4th Of July Weekend With Toby

“I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game – the American game.  It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism.  Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set.  Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.”  ~Walt Whitman

 Toby’s Crystal Ball

C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Trevor Cahill and Jon Lester all pitched on Thursday. So? That could cause problems for the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game. 

Or maybe it opens up a spot for a Rangers pitcher on the All-Star team. Here’s the deal: 

All four are scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and then again on Sunday right before the break. If so, they may get selected to the All-Star team but then will have to be replaced because they wouldn’t be able to pitch in the game. 

The American League must have at least 13 pitchers in the All-Star Game. The players have voted on five starters and three relievers. Manager Ron Washington must select five more and it doesn’t matter if they are starters or relievers. 

Verlander is a lock to be voted on by the players. Sabathia is a strong candidate. Lester and Cahill are borderline cases. 

But if Verlander and Sabathia can’t pitch in the All-Star Game, that’s at least two pitchers that must be replaced. 

One caveat: the players can select five starters and Washington could pick five other starters. But if a starting pitcher needs to replaced, the spot automatically goes to the pitcher with the highest number of player votes who is not on the list. 

Complicated? Yes. But the bottom line is there could be two additional opportunities for the Rangers to get a pitcher on the team. The reality is the Rangers may have more pitchers who deserve to go to Phoenix than they do position players although the reverse is more likely. 

Toby’s Honor Roll

1. Scott Feldman – This guy has worked his tail off and the journey back is almost over.

2. Chris Davis – The guy will not let the Rangers forget him.

3. C.J. Wilson – His All-Star credentials aren’t bad.

 T.R.’s Weekend Reading List

Ernest Hemingway died 50 years this weekend. In honor of America’s greatest writer, here are TR’s five favorite novelists and with one particularly favorite book. Sorry, it’s not a particularly intellectual but you’re talking about somebody whose all-time favorite book is Mutiny on the Bounty. 

1. Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises. All Jake Barnes does is drink, write, fish, go to the bullfights and woo Lady Brett Ashley

2. Leon UrisTrinity. It’s the best book ever written on Ireland. By the way, hated Angela’s Ashes…ranks with Silas Mariner as one the worst books ever read.

3. Robert LudlumRoad to Gandolfo. Ludlum was the best at mystery, suspense and the spy thriller.

4. Josh GrishamThe Appeal. Disturbing ending.

5. Janet Evanovich – So she’s not Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters. Her Stephanie Plum books are still fun to read and you can read them in one flight from Texas to the West Coast. 

Toby’s Puppies – The New Kids On The Block

 It’s been about one month since The Draft, here’s a quick look at the draftees who signed and have started their baseball careers.

 — 1st Round Supplemental Pick – OF Zach Cone  at Short-Season Spokane:  .359 BA/.419 OBP/.513 SLG/.931 OPS in 9 games 

— 2nd Round Pick – LHP Will Lamb at Short-Season Spokane: 3 games/3 IP/3.00 ERA/2BB/5 K 

— 8th Round Pick – RHP Kyle Hendricks at Short-Season Spokane: 4 games/5 IP/3.60 ERA/1BB/1K 

— Even though he’s not a 2011 draftee –  OF Ruben Sierra Jr. at Short-Season Spokane: .317BA/.317OBP/.537SLG/.854OPS 

Birthdays:  As we were looking over the list for this week, we figured out that we could field an entire lineup of  Senators/Rangers who have birthday’s this week.  Every player listed played at least one game as a Senator/Ranger at their position – “you can look it up”.

 1B: Jack Daughterty  (51 on July 3rd)

2B: The late Cesar Tovar (born July 3rd, 1940)

SS: Bobby Malkmus (80 on July 4th)

3B: Al Newman (51 on June 30th)

RF: “The Deacon” Warren Newson (47 on July 3rd)

CF: Nelson Cruz (31 on July 1st)

LF: Dan Peltier (43 on June 30th)

C: Danny Ardoin (37 on July 8th)

DH: Jose Canseco (47 on July 2nd)

Starting Pitcher (Pick One):

RHP: Tommy Hunter (25 on July 3rd)

RHP: Edison Volquez (28 on July 3rd)

LHP: John Koronka (31 on July 3rd)

LHP: Frank Tanana (58 on July 3rd)

Reliever: RHP Ed Roebuck (80 on July 2nd)

Closer: RHP Rich “Goose” Gossage (60 on July 5th)

 Toby’s All American Reading List:  in honor of the Independence Day Holiday

John Adams by David McCullough – actually any of McCullough’s books (1776, Truman, The Johnstown Flood) are terrific reading for American History.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts – behind every great man….

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Issacson – the quintessential “first” American

A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn – let us not forget that dissension and debate are at the root of democracy and the founding of the United States,  an alternate point of view is always a good thing.

Last Call

“I’m not going to jeopardize what I do best for the team by running around the bases, trying to stretch a double into a triple and hurt myself sliding into third base.”  — Colby Lewis on why he settled for a double on Wednesday night.

Have a safe holiday weekend – Woof! — Toby

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