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Excerpt from Sports Illustrated’s cover story on Chardon’s Frank Hall

June 20, 2013 by  4 Comments

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Frank Hall, the football coach turned hero on the morning of the tragic shootings at Chardon High School, is the cover story for the June 24 issue of Sports Illustrated. The electronic version (as with most SI stories) will not be released for at least a few days, but the print version is more than worth the money of every Clevelander—not just sports fans. National Magazine Award-winner Gary Smith depicts the chilling, detailed horros of this February morning while providing background context and the “I should have done more” emotions that paralyzed Hall for an extended amount of time.

Below is an excerpt from the story. We encourage you all to read the other 10,000 words sooner than later. It’s a story that should have never happened, but one that should never be forgotten.

His eyes swept the room, his pen checking off the study-hall attendance list as the morning announcements ended. The three football players always at his elbow at 7:37—fullback John Connic, who used Frank’s file drawers as his personal locker, and the Izar twins, defensive end Tom and linebacker Quinn—were all missing that day, John off taking a test and the Izards, thank God, late for school. Besides the cafeteria staff, Frank was now the only adult in the room.

Two loud pops jerked his head to the right. His hearing had alwaysy been bad. Firecrackers, he thoguht. Then came another pop and another as he rose andd took in the whirl of one boy slumped over a table, two others crumpled to the floor, two staggering away with bullet wounds, and a mad scramble of screaming children everywhere in the room.

Here it was, the question lodged in the recesses of all the educators’ brains in America, the one that their minds race to and away from without ever resolving,the one to which the rest of us seem to have unconsciously agreed to condemn them all: What will I do if a kid in my school pulls out a gun and starts shooting?

Here’s what Frank never could’ve guessed, all the years, his mind had darted to and from that question: His anger trumped everything; it trampled thought and even fear. It sent his legs barging right through his brown table and straight at the gunman, sent his hand flying up, sent his voice booming, “Stop! Stop!”

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June 25, 2013
My favorite baseball player of all time was Joe DiMaggio. When I was seven, I listened to Red Barber and then Mel Allen describe the wonderful hitting and fielding of  the “splendid splinter,” and on and on. I grew up wanting to be like Joe DiMaggio, but fell far short. If I had one pice of baseball hitting advice it would be to hit the ball hard and hit the first pitch. Listen to Bobby Doere (Red Sox secondbaseman). It’s priceless:

Joe DiMaggio, Center Fielder

“He (Joe DiMaggio)
had great wrists and hit balls like rockets, with top-spin, that exploded past third basemen. It always seemed as if he hit the ball hard. Every at bat.” - 
Bobby Doerr

Tampa Raes’ Sean Rodriquez is likely upset at the presence of the new kid on the block, Will Myers, an outfielder who has taken Sean’s place in the outfield because Sean isn’t hitting well these days. Of course, we could say that about some other Rays players as well. If they were all hitting well, the Rays would not be in fourth place in the ALE, but might be leading the division, it’s that close.

The first thing Rodriguez needs to get out of his head is other players competing for game time, such as Sam Fuld and Myers. Be your own man and it wouldn’t hurt if you, Sean, were a little more like our new shortstop. A little cockiness goes a long way toward helping your self esteem and confidence up at the plate.

Sean Rodriguez, Left Fielder

I am watching this from my Orlando office on TV, so I’m sure to be a little off. I do have the advantage over being in the Trop–I can rewind, start and stop the pictue whenever I want, and watch you as long as I want over and over again. But that stance you take is the worst I have seen lately. You have the Evan Longoria foot in the gutter, which is supposed to come out, straight ahead, just a few inches, as soon as you intend to hit a pitch. On Monday night you pinch-hit for Matt Joyce and struck out because of your indecision at the plate and that cockeyed stance. It got you in trouble and it’s going to be a problem in the future unless you do something about it.

If I were the batting coach, I would introduce a brand new stance to you. It wouldn’t be Longoria’s, it would be like old reliable Ben Zobrist. He stands up, feet lined up along the batter’s box. Zobrist has a slight hunched-over look.His knees bend slightly.  I know that you, Sean, understand as well as anyone why batting coaches teach the batter to crouch a little. It tends to put pressure on the legs, particularly the leading leg. You must hit off a stiff front leg or you will disapate power and won’t hit the long ball or even the short ball with authority.  A “floating” front leg is not what you want.

But last night, Monday night, your interesting stance did you harm. You were supposed to bring your left leg and foot out of the gutter with the ball four or five feet from the plate. You did that, and you were on your way to striding into the ball. But then something happened. I can’t tell you what you were thinking. Maybe at the last minute you decided to take the pitch–which you did. But that small element of indecision cost you a strikeout because you were inot in position to do anything except take. The ball moved back over the plate and you realized it too late. There you were, your feet in the wrong place, your weight not back, and your mind playing tricks on you.

Here’s my advice after sixty years of hitting and watching hitters and determining what makes them great hitters and what makes them .240 hitters. It’s the mental preparation. They tell themselves four feet out that they are either going to take a pitch or hit the ball, not both–which you seemed to do. Your body just wasn’t positioned to hit the ball had Toronto pitcher Rogers thrown it ten miles an hour and underhanded.

The above may seem over-the-top, ridiculous and embarrassing, but that’s baseball. I’ve been there–embarrassed and looking foolish. But you’re supposed to forget it and go on and do good the next at bat. But if you completely forget it, you will never become any better than you already are. You, Sean, are a heck of a defensive outfielder. Probably the best outfielder the Rays have. But unless yuo concentrate enough–and work on your hitting enough–you will always be sitting on the bench because Joe Maddon wants runs to win ballgames and you haven’t been producing big and consistently for some time now.

Take a rest from it. I’m not going to tell you to change your batting stance or anything. Just go lay on your sofa or bed and meditate about it. Can you recall a time when you wee really hitting the ball? If so, revert to that stance and approach to hitting that you then had. It’s that simple. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing–the thing that has got you to this difficult point–you will never improve.

Albert Einstein said it best: The significant problems we solve won’t be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

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Hellickson Falters In The Sixth, Rays Lose 10-1  tags: Tampa, Rays, Hellickson, meditation, affirmations, Joe Maddon

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June 14, 2013
By Don White

I could see it on his face as I watched the Rays game last night on television from my office in Orlando.


Manager Joe Maddon is worried about his pitcher who was “Rookie of The Year” three years ago. Has he lost it? How can we “rehabilitate” or help him?

My first piece of advice for you, Joe, is don’t let the front office send him down for rehab or reassignment. That would be stupid. He belongs on the Rays. He’s got so much upside that, unless it was to rehab an injury, you would be doing him insult and yourself a disservice to send him to the  triple A farm team Durham Bulls. 


Visualize Success, Jeremy

The only piece of advice Yankee Wizard has for young Jeremy Helecksen is to start visualizing. 

Visualize the fun and excitement you had that first rookie season. Then actualize it on the mound each time you pitch. Remember, I said fun and excitement, I didn’t say wins and losses. Keep your mind off anything negative. You are a great pitcher. Say that over and over to yourself and actualize it. 

And I don’t mean go through this sometimes silent routine once. Do it all the time. In the shower, while shaving, dressing, eating, driving to the ball park. In the pen, on the mound. But don’t let it destroy your concentration while pitching. After a while, you can put the visualizations and affirmations on auto pilot. That’s the way it should be. 

At home before going to bed repeat some positive affirmations and visualize the great moments of when you pitched…

Visualize your success, and when in the top of the fifth or sixth in the next game it will sustain your momentum and help you get through the entire game relatively unscathed.

Visualize the intensity with which you threw that first year that netted you  victories and a lot of strikeouts.

If you, jeremy, can replicate that feeling you had in your best season and tell yourself, that’s me, that’s the new “2013 me,” you will be halfway home to creating another winning season. 

Stop taking those stupid pills that are meant to calm you down before a game. (I have no idea whatsoever whether you take calming pills, but I hope not.) I want you to get excited. You’ll pitch with passion, and with greater command. You’ll lose yourself on the mound. 

Don’t press or think, “I’ve got to place this ball on the inside corner.” While in a game, just let your subconscious mind take over. That way you’ll avoid aiming the ball and your command will be far better.  

In your rookie year, you didn’t have any worries except to excel. You don’t have any now, either, except to do your best. 

YOU, JEREMY, CAN TURN THIS AROUND, AND FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CAREER AND THE TEAM YOU MUST!

Hellickson is a calm-manered man, self assured with plenty of reason to be so. He doesn’t want to lose that feeling, but to add some excitement and anticipation of going 9 full innings and pitching flawless, winning baseball the entire game every outing.

Do you think Justin Verlander can just throw his glove on the mound and claim victory each time. No, he has to win each victory, one at a time. One inning at a time. One pitch at a time. And sometimes, even in the life of this great no-hitter pitcher, the road is rocky. Always will be.

Helicksen is not known to have the greatest stuff or to be even as fast as a few of those on the team who throw 97-mph fastballs.

Former Tampa pitcher James Shields who played for Tampa last year and
was given a warm recognition by Rays fans during last nights game.

 It’s now time for Jeremy to go to work and to put in extra hours of hard work developing a better, low-down, slider and/or curveball that virtually bounces off the ground each time. He needs to work on it. How do you think James Shields got to be so good? It’s his low stuff, especially those pitches that literally fall off almost into the ground four feet in front of the plate. Hitters go for it, but can’t control their bats at the end when the ball dropps two feet almost to  ground level.

That’s the only advice I have for the Rays this morning. Good luck to Tampa in winning the next Kansas City game.

Here is what Wikipedia had on Hellickson which is quite complimentary. He’s a great young man.
Jeremy HellicksonFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jeremy Hellickson
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Tampa Bay Rays – No. 58
Starting pitcher
Born: April 8, 1987 (age 26)
Des Moines, Iowa
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 2, 2010 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through June 13, 2013)
Win-loss record   31–24
Earned run average   3.52
Strikeouts   340
Teams
Career highlights and awards

 Jeremy Robert Hellickson (born April 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Hoover High School.[1] Following the 2011 season, Hellickson was named American League Rookie of the Year.

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Professional career
Hellickson was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball DraftBaseball America rated him as the 18th best prospect in all of baseball going into the 2010 season.[2] He was selected to play in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game and was the starting pitcher for U.S. team.[3]

On August 2, 2010, Hellickson made his major league debut against Minnesota Twins.[4] During his debut, he held the Twins to two runs over seven innings. He struck out six while walking two. He was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after the start.[5]

He was once again recalled to the majors on August 10 to take the spot of Wade Davis in the rotation. He made his second career start that day against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, earning his second career victory after pitching seven shutout innings with three hits, seven strikeouts and no walks as the Rays won 8–0.[6]

On August 21, 2010, Hellickson was optioned to High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs to work on moving to the bullpen. He was recalled to Tampa Bay on September 1 and made his first appearance out of the bullpen on September 4, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs.

Hellickson began the 2011 season as the Rays fifth starter. On May 13, he threw his first complete game, earning a 3–0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.[7] Following the season, Hellickson earned the 2011 American League MLB Rookie of the Year Award.[8] He was named the Rays third starter for the 2012 season and pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2012.

Hellickson was the losing pitcher in Félix Hernández’s perfect game on August 15, 2012. He still had a quality start in the game, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings to the Seattle Mariners.[9]

Achievements

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “Jeremy Hellickson wins major-league debut, heads back to minors”. Desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010.[dead link]
  1. ^ “Baseball America Top 100 Prospects”. Baseballamerica.com. February 23, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (July 11, 2010). “Hellickson shines as Futures Game’s winner”. MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Berry, Adam (July 31, 2010). “Hellickson to make debut on Monday”. MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Chastain, Bill (August 2, 2010). “Rays call up Johnson, option Hellickson”. MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Chastain, Bill (August 10, 2010). “Hellickson’s seven scoreless tame Tigers”. MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Klemish, Dawn. “Hellickson wins battle of Jeremys”MLB.com.
  1. a b Nowak, Joey. Kimbrel, Hellickson take top rookie awardsMLB.com. Published November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  1. ^ “Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners – Box Score – August 15, 2012″ESPN.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  1. a b http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-jeremy-hellickson-earns-rare-monthly-awards-double/1173357

External links

The following can also be found at Yankee Wizard and on my Sport Tips on Google. It particularly applies to the Tampa Rays, one of the best franchises in baseball, though their record so far this year doesn’t necessarily reflect how really great this team is or could be.

 

Joe Maddon: Post Traumatic Stress Therapy Could Help Rays Pitching Staff

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June 15, 2013

CoachMaddonandplayerspre-gameceremoniesOpen Letter To The Tampa Rays Baseball Club:

Don White
I’m writing, particularly to Field Manager Joe Maddon about what he called in the post game interview last night the “epidemic” surrounding Rays’ pitchers.
As you will recall, the Rays dropped two games this week to only a “fair” American League ballclub, Kansas City Royals, whose record coming in to Tampa was almost the opposite of the Rays, 31-35. Now that we’ve lost two games we are about even with the Royals, but declining fast unless our pitchers can do something to elevate their game. Actually, maybe the whole team needs this advice, because in those two games Kansas City scored 17 runs to Tampa’s 3.
The following article was meant to help those warriors who have gone into battle and returned with a Post Traumatic Stress Disease. I ask: Is there so much pressure on the Rays pitcher to have them in a state of tension all the time, so that their performance would suffer?
tampa_bay_rays_1024x768You decide. But if I were the GM or field manager of any major league team I would take this stuff seriously.
Meditation is known to reduce stress. Two days ago I suggested that Jeremy Hellickson could elevate his game if he started meditating, dreaming of winning ballgames and doing positive affirmations all week before a game. I believe the Rays have excellent pitchers, maybe the best in MLB. Please do not misinterpret my desire to help the Rays. I want them to not only win the tough ALE division, but to go on and bring back a World Series championship. So consider this as serious advice. It’s common sense, really, so why not try it?
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Research: For Post-Traumatic Stress Relief, Stretching And Meditation Work

June 10, 2013 by 
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that is increasingly being diagnosed by physicians throughout the Nation. With more cases of PTSD cropping up, more research of the condition is being conducted—and a recently published study indicates PTSD sufferers can benefit from alternative therapies.
More than 7 million adults are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a typical year in the U.S. The mental health condition, triggered by a traumatic event, can cause flashbacks, anxiety and other symptoms.

A recent study accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism(JCEM), suggests that those who are afflicted by PTSD can benefit from stretching and meditation.
“Mind-body exercise offers a low-cost approach that could be used as a complement to traditional psychotherapy or drug treatments,” said the study’s lead author, Sang H. Kim, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health. “These self-directed practices give PTSD patients control over their own treatment and have few side effects.”
The study found  that PTSD patients’ high levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and unusually low levels of cortisol – two hormones used to regulate the body’s response to stress— responded favorably in subjects who participated in mind-body exercises for an eight week-period.
After mind-body exercises, patient cortisol levels in the blood rose 67 percent and PTSD checklist scores decreased by 41 percent, indicating the individuals were displaying fewer PTSD symptoms. In comparison, patients who did not do mind-body exercises had a nearly 4 percent decline in checklist scores and a 17 percent increase in blood cortisol levels during the same period.
“Participants in the mind-body intervention reported that not only did the mind-body exercises reduce the impact of stress on their daily lives, but they also slept better, felt calmer and were motivated to resume hobbies and other enjoyable activities they had dropped,” Kim said. “This is a promising PTSD intervention worthy of further study to determine its long-term effects.”

Two other Don White articles, one each about mental rehab for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, and one about making some mechanical adjustments for slumping Luke

Hellickson article: 
http://yankeewizard.blogspot.com/2013/06/hellickson-falters-in-fifth-rays-lose.html

Luke Scott article:

A Big One Cashman Let Get Away–Lance Berkman

 
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By Don White, June 16, 2011

Windermere, FL–There are times all baseball fans want to fire the general manager. My pet peeve in Yankee GM Brian Cashman is his judgment, his inability to see and execute contracts on the great ones without giving away the store as he did on CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

I am disappointed in Cashman’s handling of free agent Lance Berkman. He could have been playing for the Yankees today, along with his 17 home runs, had Cashman played it smarter. I won’t go any further than that because I’m not privy to all the inside conversation, but I do know it wasn’t about money. Berkman wants to quit MLB in two years and take a coaching job that may be opening up at one of the Texas universities near or in Austin.

Here’s a story about how well this college All-American player, named player of the year in 1996, in all of college baseball, has done in college and major league ball. He may not be fast-a-foot, not like current left fielder, Brett Gardner, but he would have definitely been an asset for the Yankees had they decided to keep him. Oh well, Berkman is JUST ONE MORE THAT GOT AWAY._______

William Lance Berkman is 35 and Brian Cashman’s biggest mistake of 2011. He could have
been in a Yankee uniform again, but Cashman didn’t like him. Maybe it was his weight, 220,
maybe his ability to hit clutch homers, maybe it was that he wasn’t as good a fielder as
current Yankee leftfielder Brett Gardner.
The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t as myopic as the Yankees. They could see in Berkman some
great potential. Heck, it didn’t take a genius to see this man could help the Yankees. In 2011
Berkman has 17 homeruns, four more than A-Rod, and is playing well in the field or occasional replacement at first base for the Cardinals. What’s not to like? If he had been able to stay with the Yankees he could have become regular DH. But providence wasn’t going to let that happen. We have two injured old players to do that–Derek Jeter when he’s well and now Jorge Posada, both of which are out of the prime of their playing lives. Neither of which should be playing for the Yankees if they expect to win more than a Wild Card chance to play off and get in the world series.
Berkman plays both first base and the outfield and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg),
running in a kind of bouncing way that other players and sometimes fans find comical.  Berkman has spent various seasons of his career as a regular at all three outfield positions. He has played with the Houston AstrosNew York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.

AMATEUR CAREER

Berkman was born in WacoTexas. He graduated from Canyon High School inNew Braunfels,
Texas in 1994.
He then attended Rice University playing on the Owls baseball team, where he was named the
1997 National College Player of the Year, playing for the legendary Wayne Graham, as well as
named a first team All-America by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, Baseball America and
The Sporting News.[1] He was invited to visit the White House and dine with President Clinton
along with the rest of the Baseball America honorees.
Throughout college, he batted a collective .385 with 67 home runs and 272 RBI. His 41 home
runs in 1997 ranked third-most in NCAA history. That year he also made the all-time record
book in RBI (2nd-134), slugging percentage (6th-1.031) and total bases (4th-263) while
leading the Rice Owls to their first College World Series appearance.[2]

MINOR LEAGUE CAREER

After the Astros drafted Berkman, the team assigned him to play with their
Class A Advanced Florida State League affiliate, Kissimmee. In only 53
games, he hit .293 with 12 HR and 35 RBI. In 1998, his second minor league
season, he was promoted to Double-A Jackson. His potential was beginning
to show, as he hit .306 and clubbed 24 HR with 89 RBI over 122 games for
manager Jim Pankovitz. The Astros granted him a mid-season promotion to
Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. He played 17 games in New Orleans, and
1998 would prove to be his last full season in the minor leagues. In 1999,
Berkman was midway through a great season in New Orleans when he
was called up to the parent club, the Houston Astros. Prior to the
promotion, he had been hitting .323 with 8 HR and 49 RBI through 64 games.

]MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER

]Houston Astros

]1999-2004

Berkman with the Houston Astros.
Throughout his entire high school, college, and minor league career, Berkman played first base.
Because Jeff Bagwell was already entrenched at first, Berkman was shifted to the outfield to
get into the starting lineup. His first stint with the Astros ended with 34 games played. He
was demoted during the offseason for seasoning.
The demotion proved brief, however; 31 games into the 2000 season, Houston again promoted
Berkman. Moving from left field to right field, he hit .297, with 21 HR and 67 RBI. This firmly
established him in the Astros lineup, and he has been a starter ever since. In 2001, Berkman
hit .331 (4th in the NL), posted a .430 On-base percentage (OBP) (5th in the NL), and drove
in 126 runs (7th in the league). He also scored 110 runs and hit 34 home runs, while his 55
doubles led the league. 2001 also marked his first All-Star appearance (he would repeat in
2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008) and he was 5th in Most Valuable Player voting.[3]
2002 saw his batting average drop to .292, although he kept his OBP high at .405. His power
output increased also, resulting in 42 home runs. Berkman scored 106 runs and drove in 128,
 good enough to lead the league. He made his second All-Star appearance and was third in the
NL in the Most Valuable Player voting.[3]
In 2003, Berkman’s batting average dipped to .288, although his OBP was still high at
.412. He hit 25 home runs, and drove in 93 runs, scoring 110. In the field, he played every
game in left field, moving to center field once.[3] In May 2003, Berkman astounded teammates
when he admitted he did not know what a fielder’s choice was.[4]
In 2004, Berkman’s average increased to .316, and his OBP was .450, having walked 127
times. He hit 30 home runs, drove in 106, and scored 104 runs. He also hit 40 doubles
and appeared in 160 games, the most so far in his career for a single season. Berkman
made the All-Star team, his third All-Star appearance,[3] and was winner of the 2004
Home Run Derby with 51 homers.[5] In May, his .785slugging percentage and 24 RBI won
him the National League Player of the Month for the first time in his career.[6] Defensively,
Berkman split 2004 between left and right field.

[edit]2005-2010

Berkman signed a six-year, $85 million deal in March 2005.[7] Berkman moved to first base
while Jeff Bagwell was injured.[8] He ended the 2005 season with 24 home runs and 82 RBIs.
In Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Berkman
hit a grand slam in the 8th inning. That brought the score to 6–5 in favor of the Braves, but the
game was tied in the next inning on a two-out solo home run by Brad Ausmus. The teams then
battled for 9 more innings in what became the longest game inMajor League Baseball playoff
history, with the Astros eventually winning the game (and the series) in the bottom of the 18th
inning on aChris Burke home run. Burke had replaced Berkman as a pinch runner in the 10th.
In the 2005 World Series, Berkman’s first, the Astros were swept by the Chicago White Sox in
four games, though Berkman compiled a .385 average with two doubles. His six RBIs during
that series were the most of any of the Astros’ hitters.
On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2006, Berkman was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished
pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation.[9] On September 13, 2006, Berkman
became only the second switch hitter in Major League history to hit 40 or more homers
in multiple seasons, with Mickey Mantle being the first.[10]
During the 2006 season, Berkman hit 45 home runs and had 136 RBIs, breaking the Astros
single season record, which was set by Jeff Bagwell in 1997 (135).[11] He also had a .315
batting average, an on-base percentage of .420, as well as a slugging percentage of .621.[3] He
also hit a career high 5 home runs from the right side of the plate.[12] He finished third in the MVP
voting behind Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols.[13]
Berkman started the 2007 season in a bit of a slump,[14] batting .261, well below his career
average, but rebounded for a strong second half of the season. Berkman finished the 2007
season with a .278 batting average, 34 home runs and 102 RBIs, along with 7 stolen bases.
Berkman started the 2008 season batting well above .385 through April, won the NL
Player of the Month in May and two separatePlayer of the Week awards, one which he
went 29-32 (batted .906) with 6 home runs, including a McCovey Cove splash landing.[15]
At the All-Star break, he was in the NL’s top four in batting average, with 22 home runs,
and was on pace for 130+ RBIs. However, despite the rest of the team picking up steam
rebound second half, Berkman’s individual performance dipped significantly, and by season’s
end, he batted .312, with 29 home runs (7 of which were right-handed, setting a new career
high), and 106 RBI. Berkman was fifth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, behind
Berkman hit his 300th home run against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Jon Garland on
June 13, 2009.[17]

[edit]New York Yankees

On July 31, 2010, Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees for minor
The Yankees announced on October 27 that the club has declined to exercise
their option for Berkman for 2011.[20]

[edit]St. Louis Cardinals

Even Babe Ruth Was On Some Kind of Narcotic–So Why Not Recognize Fully A-Rod and Bonds?

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Babe Ruth (Right) with Hall of Fame First-baseman
Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium

From Wikipedia we print the list of the home run leaders. It appears that A-Rod of the Yankees will displace Willy Mays this year and if he can get 30 or more home runs each of the next six years he can easily overcome even that drug user Barry Bonds.When I say that I say it advisedly, knowing Alex Rodequez used drugs for three years (admitted) and even Babe Ruth was on some kind of narcotic sometimes–if only it was alcohol and tobacco. He was famous for his overnight binges from which he would walk into the Yankee clubhouse, shower, change into his uniform and go out and hit a couple homers.
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List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of the top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters. In the sport of
baseball, a home run is a hit in which the batter scores by circling all the bases and
reaching home plate in one play, without the benefit of a fielding error. This can be
accomplished either by hitting the ball out of play while it is still in fair territory
(a conventional home run), or by an inside the park home run.
Barry Bonds holds the Major League Baseball home run record with 762. He passed
Hank Aaron, who is currently second with 755, on August 7, 2007. The only other
player to have hit 700 or more is Babe Ruth with 714. Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey, 
Jr. (630), Alex Rodriguez (626), and Sammy Sosa (609) are the only other players to
have hit 600 or more.
The last change in the cutoff for the top 300 was on May 4, 2011, when Prince 
Fielder hit his 199th homer and displaced Barry Larkinand Rondell White from the list.

[EDIT]LIST

Listed are all Major League Baseball players with 199 or more home runs hit
during official regular season games (i.e., excluding playoffs or exhibition games),
the current cutoff for the top 300 (includes ties for the top 300, whenever applicable).
Players in bold faceare active as of the 2011 Major League Baseball season (including
free agents), with the number in parentheses designating the number of home runs
they hit during the 2011 season.
The stats are updated as of June 16, 2011.
Rank Player (2011 HRs) HR
1 Barry Bonds 762
2 Hank Aaron 755
3 Babe Ruth 714
4 Willie Mays 660
5 Ken Griffey, Jr. 630
6 Alex Rodriguez (13) 626
7 Sammy Sosa 609
8 Jim Thome (4) 593
9 Frank Robinson 586
10 Mark McGwire 583
11 Harmon Killebrew 573
12 Rafael Palmeiro 569
13 Reggie Jackson 563
14 Manny Ramírez 555
15 Mike Schmidt 548
16 Mickey Mantle 536
17 Jimmie Foxx 534
18 Willie McCovey 521
Frank Thomas 521
Ted Williams 521
21 Ernie Banks 512
Eddie Mathews 512
23 Mel Ott 511
24 Gary Sheffield 509
25 Eddie Murray 504
26 Lou Gehrig 493
Fred McGriff 493
28 Stan Musial 475
Willie Stargell 475
30 Carlos Delgado 473
31 Dave Winfield 465
32 José Canseco 462
33 Carl Yastrzemski 452
34 Jeff Bagwell 449
35 Chipper Jones (7) 443
36 Vladimir Guerrero (6) 442
Dave Kingman 442
38 Andre Dawson 438
39 Juan González 434
40 Cal Ripken, Jr. 431
41 Mike Piazza 427
42 Billy Williams 426
43 Albert Pujols (16) 424
44 Jason Giambi (6) 421
45 Darrell Evans 414
46 Andruw Jones (4) 411
47 Duke Snider 407
48 Andres Galarraga 399
Al Kaline 399
50 Dale Murphy 398
51 Joe Carter 396
52 Jim Edmonds 393
53 Graig Nettles 390
54 Johnny Bench 389
55 Dwight Evans 385
56 Harold Baines 384
57 Larry Walker 383
58 Frank Howard 382
Jim Rice 382
60 Albert Belle 381
Paul Konerko (16) 381
62 Orlando Cepeda 379
Tony Pérez 379
64 Matt Williams 378
65 Norm Cash 377
Jeff Kent 377
67 Carlton Fisk 376
68 Rocky Colavito 374
69 Gil Hodges 370
70 Ralph Kiner 369
71 David Ortiz (17) 366
72 Joe DiMaggio 361
Adam Dunn (7) 361
74 Gary Gaetti 360
75 Johnny Mize 359
Rank Player (2011 HRs) HR
76 Yogi Berra 358
77 Greg Vaughn 355
78 Luis Gonzalez 354
Lee May 354
80 Ellis Burks 352
81 Dick Allen 351
82 Chili Davis 350
83 George Foster 348
84 Lance Berkman (17) 344
85 Todd Helton (9) 342
Ron Santo 342
87 Jack Clark 340
88 Tino Martinez 339
Dave Parker 339
Boog Powell 339
91 Don Baylor 338
92 Joe Adcock 336
Carlos Lee (5) 336
94 Darryl Strawberry 335
95 Moisés Alou 332
Bobby Bonds 332
97 Hank Greenberg 331
98 Shawn Green 328
Mo Vaughn 328
99 Alfonso Soriano (13) 327
101 Jermaine Dye 325
Willie Horton 325
103 Gary Carter 324
Lance Parrish 324
105 Ron Gant 321
106 Vinny Castilla 320
Troy Glaus 320
108 Cecil Fielder 319
109 Roy Sievers 318
110 George Brett 317
111 Ron Cey 316
Derrek Lee (4) 316
113 Jeromy Burnitz 315
114 Reggie Smith 314
115 Iván Rodríguez (2) 311
116 Jay Buhner 310
117 Edgar Martínez 309
118 Greg Luzinski 307
Al Simmons 307
120 Fred Lynn 306
Richie Sexson 306
Rubén Sierra 306
123 David Justice 305
Scott Rolen (2) 305
Reggie Sanders 305
126 Steve Finley 304
127 Rogers Hornsby 301
Miguel Tejada (1) 301
129 Chuck Klein 300
130 Tim Salmon 299
131 Rickey Henderson 297
132 Mark Teixeira (21) 296
133 Aramis Ramírez (5) 294
Robin Ventura 294
135 Kent Hrbek 293
136 Rusty Staub 292
137 Craig Biggio 291
Pat Burrell (6) 291
Jimmy Wynn 291
139 Adrián Beltré (12) 290
Magglio Ordóñez (1) 290
142 Carlos Beltrán (9) 289
143 Del Ennis 288
Bob Johnson 288
Hank Sauer 288
146 Garret Anderson 287
Bobby Bonilla 287
Brian Giles 287
Bernie Williams 287
150 Frank Thomas 286
Rank Player (2011 HRs) HR
151 Will Clark 284
Eric Karros 284
153 Ken Boyer 282
Eric Davis 282
Ryne Sandberg 282
156 Paul O’Neill 281
157 Ted Kluszewski 279
158 Bobby Abreu (2) 278
Ryan Klesko 278
160 Rudy York 277
161 Brian Downing 275
Roger Maris 275
Dean Palmer 275
164 Dante Bichette 274
165 Mike Cameron (3) 272
Steve Garvey 272
167 Tom Brunansky 271
Raúl Mondesí 271
George Scott 271
170 Joe Morgan 268
Ryan Howard (15) 268
Brooks Robinson 268
Gorman Thomas 268
173 George Hendrick 267
Jorge Posada (6) 267
176 Torii Hunter (8) 266
Vic Wertz 266
178 George Bell 265
Matt Stairs 265
180 Bobby Thomson 264
181 Danny Tartabull 262
182 Miguel Cabrera (13) 260
Javy López 260
Tim Wallach 260
185 Bob Allison 256
Larry Parrish 256
Vada Pinson 256
188 Kirk Gibson 255
John Mayberry 255
John Olerud 255
191 Larry Doby 253
Joe Gordon 253
Andre Thornton 253
Todd Zeile 253
195 Bret Boone 252
Bobby Murcer 252
Joe Torre 252
198 Tony Armas 251
Tony Clark 251
Cy Williams 251
Robin Yount 251
202 José Valentín 249
203 Goose Goslin 248
Ted Simmons 248
205 Vern Stephens 247
206 Ken Singleton 246
207 Deron Johnson 245
Mickey Tettleton 245
209 Lou Whitaker 244
Hack Wilson 244
211 Dusty Baker 242
Sal Bando 242
Wally Berger 242
Roy Campanella 242
J. D. Drew (4) 242
216 Jesse Barfield 241
Cecil Cooper 241
Rick Monday 241
219 Jeff Burroughs 240
Roberto Clemente 240
Raúl Ibáñez (8) 240
Carlos Peña (10) 240
222 Dolph Camilli 239
Ken Caminiti 239
225 Earl Averill 238
Rank Player (2011 HRs) HR
Ray Lankford 238
227 Doug DeCinces 237
Aubrey Huff (8) 237
Gus Zernial 237
230 Gabby Hartnett 236
Derek Jeter (2) 236
232 Bill Nicholson 235
Ben Oglivie 235
234 Gary Matthews 234
Kevin Mitchell 234
Paul Molitor 234
237 Cliff Floyd 233
238 Eric Chavez 230
Rob Deer 230
240 Nomar Garciaparra 229
Vernon Wells (6) 229
242 Howard Johnson 228
Dick Stuart 228
Hal Trosky 228
245 Marquis Grissom 227
246 Johnny Callison 226
247 Bobby Grich 224
248 Johnny Damon (8) 223
Bobby Doerr 223
Travis Fryman 223
Mike Lowell 223
252 Don Mattingly 222
253 Tony Batista 221
Geoff Jenkins 221
255 Tony Oliva 220
256 Jim Bottomley 219
Al Oliver 219
Joe Pepitone 219
259 Bob Horner 218
260 Benito Santiago 217
261 Ron Fairly 215
Pedro Guerrero 215
Chet Lemon 215
Mike Sweeney 215
265 Jeff Conine 214
José Guillén 214
267 Andy Pafko 213
268 Prince Fielder (19) 211
Kevin McReynolds 211
Bill Skowron 211
Leon Wagner 211
272 Roberto Alomar 210
Brady Anderson 210
Rico Petrocelli 210
Wally Post 210
276 Phil Nevin 208
Jason Thompson 208
Devon White 208
279 Kirby Puckett 207
Richie Zisk 207
281 Felipe Alou 206
Gus Bell 206
Pete Incaviglia 206
284 Joe Medwick 205
285 Rico Carty 204
José Cruz, Jr. 204
Wally Joyner 204
288 Richie Hebner 203
289 Bill Dickey 202
Carl Everett 202
Sid Gordon 202
Todd Hundley 202
Bill White 202
294 Buddy Bell 201
Gene Tenace 201
296 Bill Freehan 200
Oscar Gamble 200
Don Mincher 200
299 César Cedeño 199
Jackie Jensen 199

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You can’t win if you can’t produce runs. Freddie 

Garcia didn’t lose the game, the hitting just wasn’t 

there in abundance. The Yankees hit zero home 

runs, while Boston had three.

Early in the game the Yankees held a 3-1 lead but 

couldn’t hold it. This ties Boston with NY in the 

won-loss columns in the American league East.

Another game tonight, Wednesday, at Yankee 

Stadium. A.J. Burnett will start, and hopefully, 

finish with Boone Logan coming in in the eighth 

inning and the great, soon-to-be gone Mariano 

Rivera to close.

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Boston 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
NY Yankees 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
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  W: J. Lester (8-2)   L: F. Garcia (4-5)   S: J. Papelbon (12)

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BOSTON RED SOX
Player AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG OBP SLG
J. Ellsbury, CF 5 1 2 1 6 0 1 .301 .361 .469
D. Pedroia, 2B 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 .246 .357 .338
A. Gonzalez, 1B 2 2 1 1 3 2 0 .340 .389 .575
K. Youkilis, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .255 .379 .474
D. Ortiz, DH 4 1 1 2 4 0 0 .324 .390 .602
C. Crawford, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .281 .383
J. Saltalamacchia, C 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 .236 .297 .425
J. Drew, RF 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .227 .331 .327
M. Scutaro, SS 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 .236 .313 .306
Totals 31 6 7 6 17 5 3 - - -
NEW YORK YANKEES
Player AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG OBP SLG
D. Jeter, DH 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 .263 .328 .326
C. Granderson, CF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .269 .344 .583
M. Teixeira, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .368 .549
  J. Posada, PR-1B 3 1 3 1 3 1 0 .195 .306 .362
  C. Dickerson, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308 .400 .385
A. Rodriguez, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280 .352 .478
R. Cano, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 .277 .315 .509
R. Martin, C 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .238 .346 .439
N. Swisher, RF 4 0 2 2 3 0 0 .222 .345 .357
A. Jones, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .215 .282 .431
E. Nunez, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212 .241 .346
  B. Gardner, PH 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .258 .337 .387
Totals 35 4 9 4 10 3 8 - - -
2B: Bos 2, J. Ellsbury (19), D. Pedroia (9). NYY 1, N. Swisher (10).
3B: Bos 1, A. Gonzalez (2).
HR: Bos 2, J. Ellsbury (7), D. Ortiz (14).
HR Detail: Bos, J. Ellsbury (Inning: 1 , 0 Out, 0 on) off F. Garcia, Bos, D. Ortiz (Inning: 5 , 1 Out, 1 on) off H. Noesi.
Scoring Position: Bos – 1 for 4. NYY – 3 for 9.
SF: Bos 1, K. Youkilis (1). NYY 0,
BOSTON RED SOX
Player IP H R ER BB K HR BFP Pit B-S ERA OpBA
J. Lester, (W 8-2) 6.0 8 3 3 1 5 0 29 112 46 – 66 3.98 .256
B. Jenks 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 3 – 1 6.57 .340
M. Albers, (Hld 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 6 – 5 3.52 .250
D. Bard, (Hld 12) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 2 – 7 2.87 .185
J. Papelbon, (S 12) 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 5 27 13 – 14 4.50 .260
NEW YORK YANKEES
Player IP H R ER BB K HR BFP Pit B-S ERA OpBA
F. Garcia, (L 4-5) 1.2 4 4 4 3 1 1 12 46 23 – 23 3.86 .265
L. Ayala 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 26 11 – 15 1.47 .250
H. Noesi 6.0 3 2 2 1 1 1 20 71 22 – 49 1.76 .208
Double Plays: Bos 1, (Scutaro to Pedroia to Ad.Gonzalez).
Caught Stealing: Bos 1, J. Ellsbury (8).
Hit by Pitch: NYY, R. Martin by J. Lester, M. Teixeira by J. Lester.
Umpires: HP–Layne, 1B–Davidson, 2B–Wendelstedt, 3B–Knight.
Time: 3:24
Attendance - 48,450

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