Tuesday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill on Adrian Beltre’s 36th birthday
— According to MLB Network research, the Rangers are the youngest team in the Major Leagues. The average age of their Opening Day roster is 27 years, 333 days. The average age for a Major League player is 29 years and 54 days. The Rangers are the only team under 28.
— General manager Jon Daniels wasn’t surprised by the news, saying, “It’s a mix. It’s a talented group but an inexperienced group. Some of our young guys have experience. Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus have experience, they were in All-Star Games and World Series and their in their mid-20’s. That’s a function of some guys getting up here at an early age.”
— Monday marked the eighth time in Major League history that a team was held to one or fewer hits in the season opener. The last time was in 1991 when Expos pitcher Dennis Martinez and two relievers held the Pirates to one hit in a 7-0 victory.
— The Rangers predecessors had it happen to them as well. The 1964 Washington Senators were one-hit by the Angels in 4-0 loss. The Senators only hit was a double by pitcher Claude Osteen off of Angels starter Ken McBride.
— Indians pitcher Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in 1940 against the White Sox. They didn’t count pitches back then but Feller walked five and struck out eight over 33 batters. Maybe 130 pitches is a decent guess. He still went 27-11 with a 2.61 ERA in 37 starts, six relief appearances and 320 innings that season.
— How many pitches did Bob Feller throw in 1946? He pitched 371 innings, walked 153 and struck out 348. They didn’t start officially counting pitches until 1988 and the highest recorded since then was 4,280 by Roger Clemens in 1996. If Feller averaged a conservative 15 pitches per inning, he blows by Clemens with 5,565 pitches. He averaged more than 15 pitches per innings.
— Of course Feller had just missed 31/2 years to serve in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Alabama during the World War II so he was well-rested.
— Just for the heck of it: John Thomson.
— The Rangers had not been shut out on Opening Day since 1972, a 1-0 loss to the Angels in the first game in franchise history. It had been the second longest streak in the Major Leagues. The Mets have scored in 52 straight openers. The Rays have never been shut out on Opening Day since beginning play in 1998.
— Right-hander Phil Klein gave up a three-run home run to left-handed swinging Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning on Monday night. The Rangers trailed 4-0 at the time and manager Jeff Banister was asked if that was a situation where he would have used a left-handed reliever. Said Banister, “I’m not concerned with something I don’t have. We’re working on making better what we do have.”
— Following up on yesterday, the Rangers 15 players born outside the 50 United States are the most on any Major League team. They represent eight different countries.
— Rangers traveling secretary Josh Shelton also celebrated his birthday on Tuesday.
— Rangers special assistant Dave Oliver is 64. He was in Spring Training and looking good after some difficult times.
— Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr turns 97 today. He was William F. Sullivan’s favorite player. Bob Feller was his favorite pitcher.