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Posted: June 9, 2012 - 11:13pm
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A GCLL Majors Division Phillies player tags a Mariners runner.
A GCLL Majors Division Phillies player tags a Mariners runner.

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It has been pointed out that Dylan Baker is not the second Crimson Bears player drafted out of Juneau by MLB. He was the sixth: Chad Bentz (Yankees) and Toby Steveland (Braves) in 1999; Joe Ayers (Brewers) and Zach Kohan (Brewers) in 2003; and Kellen Moen (Royals) in 2011. Kellen Moen is currently a starting pitcher for the KC Royals Class A team in Geneva, Ill., 1/2 hour outside of Chicago.

Did you know???

An “Innings eater” is another name for a pitcher.

“Chair position” is the correct position for a catcher’s stance when he prepares to catch a pitched ball; he looks similar as if sitting on the edge of a chair.

“Goat’s beard” is the dangling flap hanging down from a catcher’s mask that protects the throat.

A “line drive to the catcher” is a batter’s swinging strikeout.

“Undress” is used when a player slides into a catcher with such force that, literally, at least one piece of the catcher’s equipment (a shin guard, chest protector, glove, ball) is jarred loose or knocked out of place.

“Steamroll” is hard contact with an opposing player on a slide.

“Hill” is the pitcher’s mound.

“Hot corner” is third base.

“Twin killing” is a double play.

Yogi Berra says:

“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

This Date In Baseball, June 10:

1921 — Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees became baseball’s career home run leader by hitting his 120th off Cleveland’s Jim Bagby in the third inning. The Indians took the game 8-6.

1944 — Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, became the youngest player in major league history when he pitched 2-3 of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1959 — Rocky Colavito of Cleveland hit four consecutive home runs at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, a tough home run park. Billy Martin and Minnie Minoso also homered in the Indians’ 11-8 victory.

1966 — Cleveland’s Sonny Siebert threw the only no-hitter of the year as the Indians beat the Washington Senators 2-0.

1972 — Hank Aaron’s grand slam pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 15-3 rout over the Philadelphia Phillies. It was Aaron’s 649th home run, moving him ahead of Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list. It was also his 14th grand slam, tying Gil Hodges’ NL record.

1981 — Pete Rose’s single in the first inning off Nolan Ryan gave him 3,630 hits, tying Stan Musial’s NL record. Philadelphia beat Houston 5-4 before more than 57,000 at Veterans Stadium.

1997 — Kevin Brown threw a no-hitter and kept himself from a perfect game by hitting a batter in the eighth inning, leading the Florida Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 9-0.

2000 — Darin Erstad hit a double in the Anaheim Angels’ 10-3 win over Arizona to give him a major league-leading 100 hits in 61 games. He became the fastest to reach the 100-hit mark since Heinie Manush did it in 60 games for the 1934 Washington Senators.

2005 — Baltimore’s 4-3 win over Cincinnati marked the first time that three 500-homer players appeared in the same game — the Orioles’ Sammy Sosa (580) and Rafael Palmeiro (559), and the Reds’ Ken Griffey, who hit a solo shot in the eighth inning for No. 511.

2006 — Reggie Sanders became the fifth player in major league history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases when he hit a two-run shot in Kansas City’s 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay. Sanders homered off Chad Harville in the ninth to reach the milestone joining Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds.

2008 — The matchup between Greg Maddux and Dodgers rookie Clayton Kershaw was the largest gap in career wins between two starters since Aug. 25, 1965, when San Francisco’s Warren Spahn (361 wins) faced the Mets’ Darrell Sutherland (one). Maddux, who was denied his 351st victory, outpitched the rookie. Maddux, 42, was winning 18 games in his second full season in the majors when Kershaw, 20, was born in 1988.

2010 — Jonathon Niese pitched a one-hitter for his first career complete game and the New York Mets overcame a triple play to beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 for a doubleheader split. Niese allowed only Chris Denorfia’s leadoff double in the third inning. He faced 28 batters, one more than the minimum, in New York’s first complete game this season.

2011 — Tony La Russa managed his 5,000th game when the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0. La Russa complied a 2,676-2,320-4 career record with the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. Only Connie Mack managed more games with 7,755 over 53 years.

Today’s birthday: Al Alburquerque, 26.

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