Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but……..

— One of the interesting things about pro sports is how people come from all over to make the big leagues, in every sport.

Cleveland Guardians recently brought up utility guy Angel Martinez, who is 22 years old; in his first seven games, Martinez is hitting 8-20 with eight walks, so a promising start. 

His father is former major league catcher Sandy Martinez, who played for six different teams in his 8-year career.

Sandy Martinez hit only six big league home runs, but the first one was against Roger Clemens, the last one against Curt Schilling. He was also the catcher for the Cubs on May 6, 1998, when Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters in a game against Houston.

So good bloodlines for Angel Martinez as he begins his journey thru the major leagues.

— Pet peeve about baseball stats:

WHIP is Walks + Hits divided by innings pitched, which measures how many guys a pitcher puts on base. Why don’t hit batters count in this stat? They definitely should. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but it isn’t totally accurate, either.

— There is a rule saying that every team must have a player in the All-Star Game. 64 guys got picked for the All-Star Game, 32 first timers; 15 teams have only one of their guys in the game.

— UConn signed basketball coach Danny Hurley to a 6-year, $50M deal; he recently turned down a 6-year, $70M deal from the NBA’s Lakers.

— Lot of stuff going on this month;

NBA Summer Leagues are starting up, with the biggest summer league in Las Vegas starting Friday. I’ll repeat myself; if you like the NBA, going to the NBA Summer League should be on your bucket list. It is affordable and fun.

Next week is All-Star week in baseball, so Home Run Derby will also happen, then once the games start again, the trade deadline will pop up and trades will be made.

NFL training camps are a couple weeks away; hard to imagine guys playing football in this heat, but they do.

In this part of the world, upstate New York, it will be horse racing season at Saratoga starting later this week; if you want to pay $6.50 for a 20-ounce Coke, Saratoga is your place.

— I had lunch at an IHOP near my house Monday; place has been there forever, but I hadn’t been in there in a long time. Good food, decent prices, but they didn’t have silverware; I was eating with a plastic fork and knife. Not a huge deal, but it just seemed weird.

Famous birthdays, July 9th:
Mike Andrews, 81
Mike Riordan, 79
Jimmy Smits, 69

Willie Wilson, 69
Tom Hanks, 68
Jim Paxson, 67

Trent Green, 54
Enrique Murciano, 51
Brett Rypien, 28

— Tigers 1, Guardians 0
Game’s only run scored on an 8th inning error by the Cleveland shortstop.
Detroit has won four games in a row

— Pirates 8, Mets 2
Mitch Keller tossed 8 innings, got his 10th win of the year.
Mets took P Christian Scott out after only 77 pitches; the bullpen imploded.

— Cardinals 6, Nationals 0
Miles Mikolas threw 6.1 scoreless innings, giving up six hits.
Alec Burleson homered, drove in three runs.

— Reds 6, Rockies 0
Andrew Abbott allowed three hits in seven scoreless IP.
OF Rece Hinds homered, doubled in his major league debut.

— Twins 8, White Sox 6 (11)
White Sox led 5-2 after six innings.
Minnesota is 8-0 this season against the Pale Hose.

— Rangers 9, Angels 4
Top four hitters in Texas lineup were 7-19 with 5 runs scored, 6 RBI
Angels are 1-6 so far this month.

— Braves 5, Diamondbacks 4 (11)
Sean Murphy tied game with a 2-run homer in 9th inning.
Marcell Ozuina’s sac fly knocked in winning run in the 11th. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.