Showing posts from August, 2014

Former Mets Out Fielder: Marlon Byrd (2013)

  Marlon Jerrard Byrd was born on August 30th, 1977 in Boynton Beach, Florida. T he six foot right hand hitting outfielder attended Georgia Perimeter College at Marietta Georgia. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round of the 1999 draft.  By 2001 he was voted the second best prospect (behind Josh Beckett by Baseball America, winning the MVP while joining Jeromy Burnitz in the 30-30 club of the Eastern League. In 2002 he made his fourth minor league All Star team, hitting .297 leading the International League in runs (103) extra base hits (59) & total bases (256) while at AAA Scranton.  That September he got a call up to the Phillies big league club, joking second baseman Marlon Anderson as the only two major leaguers ever to have Marlon as a first name. In 2003 the Phillies were hoping Byrd was the word, as he got a regular job in their outfield. In 135 games he hit .303 with 7 HRs & 45 RBIs posting a .366 on base %, coming in fourth in the R

Former Italian / American Player: Mark Loretta (1995 - 2009)

Mark David Loretta was born on August 14, 1971 in Santa Monica, California. The six foot infielder was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round of the 1993 draft. After making the American Association All Star team in 1995 he got a promotion to the Brewers squad as a September call up. He earned a reputation as a good contact hitter and one of the toughest guys to get out with two strikes. He usually wore the uniform number 8 most of his career, until his final years. He would spend seven and a half seasons in Milwaukee, batting over .285 four times. In 1998 he batted .316 with a .382 on base percentage, striking out only 47 times in 434 at bats. Loretta would bat .291 the next season and hit over .280 twice more before going to the Houston Astros for the 2002 stretch run. He would play all infield positions in his career, posting fielding percentages at the top of the league at both second base & shortstop. In 2000 he posted the best fielding percentage by all NL s

Remembering New York Giants History (1949): Sid Gordon Hits Pair of HRs in 10-0 Romp

July 31, 1949: The NY Giants went into Crosley Field at Cincinnati and swept a double header from the Reds, shutting them out in both games. The Giants bombarded the Reds 10-0 in the 1st game. New York's Sid Gordon hit two HRs in the second inning leading the charge. Gordon became only 7th National Leaguer to homer twice in an inning, since then it has been done over twenty more times. Gordon went on to hit 26 HRs in 1949, after coming off a 30 HR season in 1948. He would be traded at the end of ’49 to the Milwaukee Braves & had three 25 plus HR seasons there. The Brooklyn native & popular Gordon finished his career back in New York in 1955. The true New Yorker he was, Sid sadly passed away playing softball at central Park in 1975, suffering a heart attack. The Giants Larry Jansen pitched the complete game shutout and went on to a 15-16 season, he would win 19 the following season & 23 in the Giants ’51 pennant season.  In the second game of the Sunday double