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Little League Summary/Update

I know Jonah’s Little League season ended a couple of months ago, but I wanted to post a season update/summary, even if it is a bit late.  At least I have a good excuse–we bought a house (some details here at Santina’s blog)!  Here’s the Castro Valley Little League Minor B Yankees update:

  • Jonah rocks!  Seriously, he has a left-handed swing reminiscent of Will Clark’s.
  • We’re not supposed to keep track of standings, but the Yankees finished with an 11-7 record—they actually played more games than any other team (18 out of 19), due to rainouts and our coach (coach Sparky) being really enthusiastic about scheduling make-up games.
  • I was the team scorekeeper, and even ended up keeping score for the All-Star game.  Man, scorekeeping involves paying very close attention to the game.  It would have helped if there was more training—I was fortunate that I knew how to keep score, even if I’d never scored a game before.  Next year I’ll try to organize some better scorekeeper training.
  • Team hitting—good; pitching—good; running—OK; fielding—could use a little work.
  • Jonah was one of three players on his team to hit a home run.  Did I mention he rocks?
  • Jonah had two saves (no one else on the team had any).  He pretty much channeled his inner Brian Wilson (that’s the currently injured Giants’ closer, not the Beach Boys musician)—none of the saves was straightforward.  Still, Jonah rocks!
  • Jonah was responsible for two of the three caught stealing plays his team made—one as second baseman tagging out the runner, and the other as catcher throwing out the runner at third base!
  • Oh yeah, I ended up umpiring (behind the plate!) for three of Jonah’s games.  During one of those games Jonah’s teammate Daniel was pitching and was throwing hard but was a bit out of the strike zone.  At the minor B level the catchers don’t always catch the ball, so I ended up getting hit by quite a few pitches.  At one point the opposing manager yelled out, “Ump, take your base!”
  • Jonah finished the season as the team’s best hitter.  His best friend Arinjay finished as the team’s best pitcher.  Both were no-brainer selections for the All-Star game.
  • In the All-Star game the American League (Jonah’s team) beat the National League 13-3 (or was it 13-4?).  Jonah went 2 for 2 with a walk, two doubles, and 4 runs batted in.  He also pitched the final out of the game.
  • Jonah also won the home run derby, 7-8 year-old division!  By the way, Jonah rocks!
  • All in all it was a great season.  Jonah did really well, which is awesome, but more importantly he had a lot of fun playing baseball this season.  Coach Sparky had a lot of positive energy—at times practices were tiring for the parents helping out, but the kids loved it.  We’re going to do everything we can to get Jonah on Sparky’s minor A team next year!

    Jonah “the Natural” at bat.

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Trade Manny?

Short answer: Yes, if it’s the Jason Bay deal (via the Marlins).

Long answer: Yes. Take a look at players A and B below:

player A: .282/.375/.519 (AVG/OBP/SLG), 29 years old, under contract for $7.5 million in 2009

player B: .299/.398/.529, 36 years old, club option for 2009-2010 for ~$20 million
Which player would you rather have? Of course, A is Jason Bay and B is Manny Ramirez. Bay is younger and provides similar production to Manny at this stage in his career for a lot less money. Granted, the version of the Manny to the Marlins/prospects to the Pirates/Bay to the Red Sox deal that I’ve heard has the Sox playing the rest of Manny’s salary for the year. The deal isn’t as attractive in that light, but the Sox will probably let Manny go this offseason, so why not get a player as good as Bay in the meantime (Manny’s salary being a sunk cost)?

Just my quick take. We’ll see what happens later today…

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All-Star Game

So I watched the All-Star game yesterday. Rather, I watched extra innings, as Jonah did not go to sleep until then. The game went on a bit long (santina went to bed before it was over), but it was not without excitement. As in many extra-inning games, one-run strategies dominate (usually for good reason), shich leads to some interesting decisions…like sending Dioner Navarro (?!?) home in the 11th instead of holding him at third. Who was the third base coach for the AL, Wendell “Send ’em home” Kim? Or maybe Dale Sveum? (Red Sox fans will know what I mean)

At any rate, it was an exciting game, complete with the specter of a tie looming large as the night wore on.

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