Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, where today we celebrate in the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
* Ian Kinsler on leading the American League second basemen in All-Star voting: “I think it’s pretty surprising considering the last couple of years it has been hard for the Rangers players to get votes. Boston and New York always seem to lead the voting and rightfully so because they have great fan bases. If I get voted in because of the fans…I don’t know what to say. That would be a heart-felt awesome. Just to have fan recognition no matter where you plan is gratifying.”
* C.J. Wilson, who has a 1.13 ERA in his last 17 games, on the difference between this season and last year: “I’m not as teeth-clenched and a high heart rate. I’m more relaxed. I’m realizing that pitching is about making pitches when you’re relaxed rather than being amped up all the time.”
* The Rangers play the Dodgers tonight and that was Michael Young’s favorite team growing up in Los Angeles. The first time he faced the Dodgers was in 2001 at Dodger Stadium. He hit a home run in his first at-bat against them off Luke Prokopec. Said Young, “I’ve been in the big leagues nine years but that’s something I’ll never forget.”
* The Rangers are 4-17 when they score less than four runs. The Angels won 21 games last year scoring less than four runs on their way to winning a division title. The Rays won 20 games last year the same way in winning the A.L. East.
* The Rangers have won 55 games by a score of 1-0 in franchise history but eight of those have come since the Ballpark in Arlington opened in 1994.
* Ferguson Jenkins won four 1-0 games in 1974 alone and seven in his career with the Rangers. Bert Blyleven won four 1-0 games in 1976. All of them were complete games.
* The starting pitcher threw a complete game in 23 of the first 24 1-0 games in Rangers history through 1980. Since then, there have been just six complete games out of 31 that the Rangers have won 1-0. Three were by Charlie Hough and one each by John Butcher, Nolan Ryan and Bobby Witt. The last was by Witt on Aug. 26, 1990 against the Twins.
* Just for the heck of it: David Clyde.
* David Murphy, on Rangers draft pick Matthew Purke being from the same high school: “We’ve had some talent, it’s not any different from any major high school in Florida and California. But I will say that I’m a strong believer in Houston being one of the best areas to play amateur baseball in the country. It helps that there are a lot of good colleges nearby: Rice, Houston, A&M, Baylor is a couple hours away, Dallas school…Texas in general. DFW is right up there with Houston. Texas is a great baseball state.”
* Chris Davis has 88 strikeouts in 195 at-bats. Last year as a rookie he had 88 strikeouts in 295 at-bats.
* Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have 152 strikeouts between them. Most strikeouts by two Rangers teammates came in 1987 by Pete Incaviglia (168) and Larry Parrish (154). That was 322 between them.
* Outfielder Marlon Byrd has gone 57 games without an error. Davis has gone 54 games without an error at first base.
* Apparently Jason Grilli is trying to negotiate a deal to get No. 49 from Doug Mathis.
* On June 12, 1967, the Senators defeated the White Sox, 6-5, in 22 innings at R.F.K. Stadium. After that, the American League decreed that no inning could start after 1 a.m. The National League decided not to have that rule.
* From 1903 to 1957, the Giants were managed by a future Hall of Famer. That’s 55 straight years under John McGraw, Bill Terry, Mel Ott and Leo Durocher. McGraw did have to take three leave of absences because of illness. He was replaced by Rogers Hornsby and Hughie Jennings. Both are Hall of Famers.