How good was Aaron Hill this April? Take a look at the stats to see where he ranks among AL second basemen:
- 1st in hits (29)
- 3rd in RBIs (17)
- 2nd in runs (16)
- 3rd in home runs (5)
- 4th in batting average (.312)
- 1st in doubles (5)
"We're looking into what we can do," (Ricciardi) said. "It's hard for me to feel sorry for anybody who does something and gets caught. If you're close to being a big league player and you get involved in anything, shame on you."OH REEEEEALLLY? Well then, Mr. J.P., can you explain why this guy deserves 50 games plus a few purple nurples and pink bellies, while a certain bespectacled "Machine" keeps getting run out to the mound every five days, in spite of blowing twice the legal blood alcohol limit while driving around Dunedin at 4 am the night before he was scheduled to start a spring training game?
A really interesting subject came up in yesterday’s comments section: uniform cameos, meaning players who made very brief and easily overlooked appearances with a given team. It’s a great topic, and one that really shows the power of a uniform. Take Pete Rose, for example: It’s one thing to remember that he briefly played with the Expos in 1984, but actually seeing him in a Montreal uniform is pretty jarring.
Tony Fernandez, who logged just four votes in his first and only year of eligibility this year, scores better than Aparicio and Vizquel both as a hitter AND as a fielder. Couple that with his status as the major leagues’ first great shortstop from the Dominican Republic, and it’s puzzling that he was excluded from the poll.After Fernandez left Toronto for the second time in 1993, he was used sparingly as a shortstop, and logged only 10 games at the position in his final four seasons. Nevertheless, he was amongst the elite at his position from 1985 through 1990, and likely deserved more than the four Gold Gloves that he won in that period.
Finally, B.J. Ryan has a mild sprain of an elbow ligament. It's safe to assume it's the UCL, though it was never named. Of course, in the same article, they pointed out that it was "sprained not torn." Once again, a sprain is a tear.
“They had been giving us (expletive) about (having the pizza),” Madore said. “Next thing I know, there’s a fly ball to left field and it goes foul and my buddy says, ‘You want some pizza now?’ And he hits him right in the face. Hey, the guy wasn’t paying attention. When you’re in the stands you’ve got to be ready for anything - a foul ball, a flying slice of pizza, everything.”