On The Board

09 April 2016

Madison Bumgarner (SFG)

The San Francisco Giants' pitcher launched his twelfth career home run to tie the record for longballs hit among active hurlers and is ranked fourth in franchise history with the most round trippers. He is the third Giants' pitcher to smash 3 home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his career and the fifteenth player to hit 2 longballs against Clayton Kershaw (LAD - 3-time Cy Young Award Winner).

Extra: Matt Kemp (San Diego Padres) is the third player in franchise history to drive in 10 runs in a span of two consecutive games. With that, he helped the Padres register 29 runs in those two games and establish a franchise record for two straight contests. Interestingly, before this mark, they had established the record for most consecutive innings without scoring a run to start off a season.
08 April 2016

Pinch-Hitters (STL)

The St. Louis Cardinals brought on three pinch-hitters in consecutive innings and all of them launched a home run. In 57 occasions a pair of punch-hitters have come on for a team and hit home runs in the same game (two of them for St. Louis), but this is the first time in MLB history that a trio has done it for a club. Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia have one, none, and two home runs, respectively, in their short careers.

Extra: The San Diego Padres established the record of 30 straight innings without scoring a run to start off a season.
07 April 2016

Starlin Castro (NYY)

After the first 3 games of the season the second baseman for the Yankees leads the club in hits (7), home runs (2), extra-base hits (4), RBI (8), and batting average (.583). He is the first player with those numbers in his first 3 contests with any team.

Extra: In the previous game, Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies) became the first player to launch at least 4 home runs in his first 3 games in the Majors and is the first to have his first four career hits, all be home runs.
06 April 2016

Victor Martinez (DET)

In his second consecutive game, he connected on a home run while appearing as a pinch hitter, in the previous game on the left side of plate and this time on the right. He is the first player to achieve this in his team's first two games in a season and is the eighth pinch-hitter to do it in consecutive appearances. In the prior campaign, only one pinch-hitter for Detroit hit a home run. 

Extra: The San Diego Padres are the first team to get shutout three games in a row to start off the season and their opponent, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is the second club to give that amount of shutouts to begin a campaign (with a total of 25 runs scored which is the most for a team that did not allow any runs).
05 April 2016

M. Cabrera (DET) & D. Gordon (MIA)

The matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the Miami Marlins is the first Opening Day game in which the two batting champions from their respective leagues in the previous season faced each other. They are Miguel Cabrera (AL .338) and Dee Gordon (NL .333). Both players got their first hits of the campaign during the game and Gordon became the first defending batting champion to start off the next season with a three extra base hits.

Extra: Carlos Correa (Houston Astros) became the youngest player in franchise history (second youngest shortstop in MLB) to launch a home run on Opening Day. He connected for his 23rd long ball in his 100th career game, more than any other shortstop in that amount of contests in the Majors.
04 April 2016

Span, Panik, and Posey (SFG)

The San Francisco Giants had three hitters (Denard Span, Joe Panik, and Buster Posey) launch consecutive home runs against Milwaukee pitcher Ariel Peña. This is the third time the back-to-back-to-back HR feat has been achieved on Opening Day. Span became the player with the most RBI in his first game in a Giants uniform (5). Peña is the first reliever to ever give up 3 straight homers in the first game of the season.

Extra: For the first time in Major League Baseball the new rules over sliding at second were applied (6.01 j). In the seventh inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, the hitter for the Atlanta Braves, Hector Olivera, was declared out at first base despite reaching safely. This was due to the illegal slide of his teammate Nick Markakis at second base while he was trying to avoid a double play.
03 April 2016

New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals

For the first time in an Inaugural Game, two pitchers who faced each other in the previous World Series went at it again. Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez were the starters in Games 1 and 5 of the 2015 Fall Classic, in which both went home with a no decision; Kansas City won those games and then the World Series title. In 2016, the Royals once again came away victoriously, led by Volquez, the winning pitcher.
02 April 2016

Play Ball 2016

A new exciting baseball season begins. 

Will we have a fourth team in MLB history that leads from Opening Day all the way to the World Series to eventually be crowned the champion; the previous ones that did it were the New York Yankees (1927), Brooklyn Dodgers (1955), and Detroit Tigers (1984). 

Or will the San Diego Padres become the third club to win it all after having hosted the All-Star Game in the same season, and joining the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959) and the New York Yankees who did it twice (1939 and 1977). This year the All-Star Game will be held for the second time in San Diego (Game #87). The previous time in 1978, the Padres finished in fourth place in their division. 

Statistics begin, records get shattered, and the spectacular plays and incredible events in Major League Baseball are here. Play Ball!
01 April 2016

MLB 2016 Season

The new season approaches and will start with interesting events and special series. 

The New York Mets visit the Kansas City Royals, the rematch between the two World Series contenders last year. The two teams with the best record in 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals (100) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98) also face each other. 

This season will be the 20th since the start of interleague play, each club currently competes in 20 games against an opponent from the other league. The only interleague series that has not been played is the San Diego Padres vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, and will be held in July of 2016 (these teams have played all 3 series against each other in San Diego's ballpark 2004/10/13). 

The Chicago Cubs,  the franchise with the longest time without being crowned World Champions (108 years) will celebrate their 100th year playing at Wrigley Field, and start off the season hosting the same team with which they first opened the park (Cincinnati Reds). 

The Atlanta Braves will play their twentieth and final season at Turner Field, they will open a new stadium in 2017 which will be called Suntrust Park. 

David Ortiz announced his retirement after what will be his twentieth season in the majors. Before this season starts, he already has accumulated 503 home runs and 1,641 RBI (MLB Rank #27 and 30), he also owns the records in those categories and in hits for all Designated Hitters. He helped the Boston Red Sox claim three titles World Series after 86 years (2004/07/13). 

Ken Griffey Jr. will be honored by the Seattle Mariners to retire the #24 which he wore on his uniform; he will be the first in the history of the club to have his number retired.
05 October 2015

Major League

Four teams that had a losing record in 2014 made the postseason (CHC-NYM-HOU-TEX). 

National League: the regular season ended with three teams in the Central Division (STL-PIT-CHC) with more victories than the other teams that won their Divisions, including the other League. It is the second time in the last three years that three clubs of the same Division make the postseason. Two teams clinched their Division crowns for the second year in a row (LAD-STL) and one of them did it for the third consecutive year (STL). For the first time a series will take place between teams that were no-hit twice during the year (NYM-LAD). One franchise comes into the playoffs as a Wild Card for the third consecutive campaign (PIT). 

American League: Only one team that participated in the postseason last year returns this year (KC). The club with the most time since its last playoff run reappears after 22 years (TOR). The East Division has represented 16 of the 25 teams that have obtained the Wild Card. One franchise becomes the only one to partake in the playoffs as the Wild Card in both Leagues (HOU).


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