Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The MLB on TSC: Jack McKeon, Connie Mack, Jose Reyes and the Mets

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After a three week hiatus the MLB on TSC is back. Time to report some odd (ities) and ends from around major league baseball, where facts are always stranger than fiction.

Here goes:

1. The word on the street is that 80-year old Jack McKeon is back managing the Florida Marlins after former manager Edwin Rodriguez put himself out of his own misery by jumping ship and resigning. McKeon, as we all know, led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship and managed them until 2005 when he retired at the young age of 74. So is McKeon to old to manage? Probably. But I'm sure another octogenarian (84-year old Joe Paterno) up in Happy Valley, PA would beg to differ. For Joe Pa and J-Mac, 80 is the new 60.

With his return gig to the Marlins, at 80, McKeon became the second oldest manager in major league history, behind Connie Mack, who was 87 in 1950 in his final season managing the Philadelphia Athletics.

In his first game as manager, McKeon's Marlins lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Marlins have now lost 19 out of their last 20 games, losing 10 of those games by 1 run thus becoming only the second team in major-league history to go 1-19 over 20 games with 10 one-run losses. The only other team to do it was the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics, whose manager was...... 80-year old Connie Mack. Go figure!

2. Shortstop-extraordinaire Jose Reyes has informed the New York Mets that he will not negotiate a new contract during the season thus opening the door for the cash-strapped Mets to trade the superstar by the trade deadline. Reyes is having a monster year and as a disgruntled Mets fan, I have my doubts that the Mets are going to be able to afford him once he becomes a free agent after the season. Reyes is currently leading the National League in BA (.341), runs scored (54), hits (103) and triples (12). He is second in stolen bases (26), 9th in SLG (.517) and 7th in OPS (.902).

At last check, Reyes also had a major league-leading 35 multi-hit games thus far.

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The irony of the Reyes saga is that if he continues to have a monster year and the Mets don't trade him before the season ends, he could conceivably become the first Mets player ever to win the NL MVP award. Mets fans have waited 49 years for an MVP award winner and in the blink of an eye he could be gone. SMH!

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Sucks, doesn't it?

Finally--

ON THE BOSTON BASHERS FRONT--

The mighty Red Sox have scored 14 or more runs in 6 of their last 29 games. They are only the second team in the Modern Era (since 1900) to score 14 or more runs at least 6 times in a span of 30 games (1 month equivalent) or less. Only the 1930 New York Yankees, led by the immortals Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, had put that kind of hurtin' on their opponents before. They did it 7 times in a 20-game span.

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It's safe to say, "Dem boyz from Beantown are NO JOKE!"

AND DOUBLE FINALLY--

Can't end this post without mentioning the "Bummer for Bumgarner.

What a difference a year makes for San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has gone from World Series heroics to "lonesome roads" status in 2011. He is a disappointing 3-9 with a 4.06 ERA so far this season. Some say Bumgarner is getting a bum rap (pardon the pun) because he gets very little run support. That may be true for the most part BUT in his last outing, Bumgarner allowed eight runs while recording only one out as the Giants dropped a 9-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins. Bumgarner became the first Giants starting pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) to allow eight-or-more runs without getting out of the first inning. Now that's what I call a BUMMER!

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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