Sunday Notes: Trevor Might Has Favourite Miggy Moments

Trevor May is a Miguel Cabrera fan. Furthermore, he has some favourite Miggy moments. I discovered as a lot after I caught as much as the always-engaging 33-year-old right-hander on the Sunday main into the All-Star break.

“I acquired my first jersey from one other participant in our final sequence,” mentioned Might, who broke into the massive leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2014 and now performs for the Oakland Athletics. “We had been in Detroit and I acquired a Miggy Cabrera jersey signed. I’m not an enormous memorabilia man, however he was my first, ‘Oh wow, I’m in The Present.’ It was like, ‘That’s Miguel Cabrera within the field!’ He’s one of many best of this technology.”

9 years later, each gamers are nearing the top of the road. Cabrera, whose profession has him Cooperstown-bound, is about to retire after this season. Might, whose accomplishments have been way more humble, faces an unsure near-term future. He has a 5.32 ERA within the present marketing campaign, in addition to a career-low 17.0% Ok price.

Might’s post-playing-days future is media-focused, and he’s already begun establishing himself in that realm. The Longview, Washington native has been an lively podcaster and streamer — gaming is a noteworthy curiosity, Pat McAfee a notable affect — and simply this previous week he was a part of MLBNetwork Radio’s All-Star Recreation protection. His newly-signed jersey is ticketed for his residence studio. As Might defined, “the background has been sort of sparse, and I needed to make it possible for baseball has a spot there, together with all of the nerdy stuff I’m into, each time I’m in entrance of the digital camera.”

Might has pitched in entrance of ballpark cameras many instances, and whereas that features greater than two dozen appearances towards the Detroit Tigers, just a few of his Miggy moments probably weren’t captured. Even when they had been, they went unnoticed by the overwhelming majority of viewers.

“I’ve gotten a thumbs up from Miggy after slider for a strikeout,” mentioned Might. “That was in 2019, in a save scenario — I bear in mind being actually dialed in — and that’s just like the Holy Grail for a pitcher. To get a nod… Austin Pruitt really acquired one from him the opposite day. He threw sinker that Miggy fouled off, and acquired a nod. He’s by no means going to neglect that. That’s one my favourite factor about Miggy; he provides guys credit score, which quite a lot of hitters don’t do. It’s superior.”

One other of Might’s Miggy moments came about 5 years earlier, throughout his 2014 rookie season. He’d given up a house run to the long run Corridor of Famer the day before today, and through a lull within the motion — the Twins had been making a pitching change — he heard his identify referred to as whereas sitting within the dugout.

Anthony Swarzak had began for us,” recalled Might. “Torii Hunter was on second and Miggy was on first. Torii came to visit — they had been speaking to the primary base coach — and Miggy mentioned, ‘Hey, Might!’ I mentioned, ‘Me? Are you speaking to me?’ He mentioned, ‘Changeup. Nasty. I couldn’t see it yesterday.’ He’d taken me deep the day earlier than on a slider, so then he goes, ‘The slider. No.’ That was a Miggy second for me. Miggy is nice. He’s undoubtedly a favourite.”



Bill Buckner went 9 for 12 towards Doug Rau.

Mickey Owen went 9 for 14 towards Clyde Shoun.

Fred Snodgrass went 9 for 14 towards Earl Yingling.

Gregg Jefferies went 9 for 16 towards Jose Mesa.

Johnny Pesky went 9 for 21 towards Al Widmar.


Andrew Nardi is quietly having first full season out of the Miami Marlins bullpen. A 24-year-old southpaw who debuted final summer season, he’s 6-2 with a pair of saves and a 3.19 ERA over 41 appearances. I lately requested him what he considers his signature big-league second up to now.

“I feel it could be my first day at Wrigley Discipline,” mentioned Nardi, whom the Marlins took in sixteenth spherical of the 2019 draft out of the College of Arizona. “We had been within the 14th inning, there was clearly the runner on second base, and I acquired out of it. I struck out [Tucker] Barnhart for the final out of the sport for my first-ever save. That was so surreal for me.”

Miami received the Might 7 contest 5-4, with the successful run scoring on an Adbert Alzolay balk within the prime of the 14th. Nardi retired all three batters he confronted within the backside half.


Again in April, I led a Sunday Notes column by speculating on the Corridor of Fame probabilities of closers Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel. Every has added to his bona fides since that point. Jansen is now as much as 20 saves on the season and has 411 for his profession. Kimbrel has racked up 14 saves this season and has 408 for his profession. Each took the mound in Tuesday’s All-Star Recreation.

Kimbrel’s continued climb towards Cooperstown-worthiness is very notable, because the righty had proven indicators of decline in latest seasons. He’s turned that round. On the 12 months, Kimbrel has 57 strikeouts in 37 innings, whereas surrendering14 walks and 22 hits. Furthermore, he’s been on a roll because the calendar flipped to June. Over 18 appearances (together with the All-Star Recreation), he’s allowed only one run in 18 innings.


Ought to MLB gamers put on Nationwide League and American League particular uniforms for the All-Star Recreation, or put on their very own crew residence and street uniforms? That query was requested by @MLB Cathedrals in a Twitter ballot earlier this week, and of the greater than 13,000 votes solid, 87.9% went to “personal crew.” Solely 12.1% went to the generic N.L. and A.L. uniforms.

Based mostly on quite a few different social media postings I’ve seen, in addition to outside-of-that-realm commentary, the ballot outcomes weren’t an anomaly. A transparent majority of baseball followers need to see their favourite gamers sporting their groups’ jerseys. Do MLB’s powers-that-be care about historical past, custom, and the preferences of followers, or is the advertising alternative — individuals will clearly purchase replicas of the generics on-line and in crew shops — extra necessary to them?


A quiz:

Ernie Banks had 4,706 whole bases with the Chicago Cubs, probably the most in franchise historical past. Which modern-era Cub ranks second in that class?

The reply may be discovered beneath.



The SABR Defensive Index rankings had been launched this week, with knowledge by video games of July 9. The highest 25 gamers in every league are listed.

Claire Smith obtained the Purple Smith Award — the Related Press Sports activities Editors’ highest honor — this previous Tuesday. At present a professor at Lew Klein School of Media and Communication at Temple College, Smith was awarded the BBWAA’s Profession Excellence Award in 2017.

A reminder that SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Convention shall be held in Detroit on July 20-23. The whole schedule may be discovered here.


The reply to the quiz is Billy Williams, with 4,261 whole bases. Sammy Sosa has the third-highest whole amongst modern-era Cubs, with 3,980.


Three weeks in the past, this column included the truth that Bruce Bochy went 3-for-6 with a double and a house run towards Nolan Ryan. What I didn’t know on the time had been the circumstances of the dinger. On July 1, 1985 in his solely at-bat of sport, Bochy hit a Tenth-inning walk-off to present the San Diego Padres a 6-5 win towards the Houston Astros. It was the one walk-off residence run Ryan allowed in his 27-year profession.

”I bear in mind it properly,” the now Texas Rangers supervisor mentioned after I requested him concerning the blast. “I feel any time any person hits a walk-off residence run, they’re going to recollect it. So, yeah, it was clearly fairly cool for me. Nolan and I had been teammates earlier, so I had some information of him. I child about how he was in all probability at 150 pitches, so he had slowed right down to in all probability round 95 [mph].”

The pitch he hit?

“It was a fastball down and in,” recalled Bochy, who went deep 26 instances over components of 9 big-league seasons. “That one little candy space I had.”



Niko Goodrum signed with the KBO’s Lotte Giants earlier this week after opting out of his contract with the Boston Purple Sox. The 31-year-old veteran of six MLB seasons had been enjoying with Triple-A Worcester.

Jae-gyun Hwang is slashing .299/.369/.401 with the KT Wiz. A veteran of 16 KBO seasons, the 35-year-old infielder briefly performed with the San Francisco Giants in 2017. His lone residence run got here at Coors Discipline within the first of his 18 MLB video games.

Roki Sasaki had 14 strikeouts and allowed one run over seven innings because the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-2 on Wednesday. The 21-year-old right-hander has a 1.48 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 79 innings on the season.

Jharel Cotton was tagged with the loss in Orix’s aforementioned defeat. The 31-year-old erstwhile big-leaguer has a 5.89 ERA over 18-and-a-third innings in his first NPB season.

Trevor Bauer was named NPB’s participant of the month for June after going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA for the Yokohama BayStars. The disgraced erstwhile MLB ace is 6-2 with a 3.67 ERA on the season.


Groups don’t get all of their targets within the draft, and most frequently it’s as a result of they by no means get a possibility to name a participant’s identify. Another excuse is their unwillingness to accede to calls for. After the completion of this 12 months’s 20 rounds, I requested Purple Sox beginner scouting director Devin Pearson if any pre-pick calls resulted in the necessity to go in one other path.

“We had that occur fairly a bit,” admitted Pearson. “Beginning yesterday [on day two], after which right this moment, we made telephone calls and the quantity was larger than we’d have needed. The benefit of how we acquired issues stacked up is that we knew precisely who the following participant was on our board. We acquired quite a lot of guys that we’re actually, actually pleased with.”

As for not getting an opportunity to take gamers they coveted, that occurred too.

“That’s sometimes the way it goes,” Pearson mentioned. “We prefer to suppose we’re the neatest within the room, however there are 29 different golf equipment with the identical participant pool and we anticipate to get sniped yearly.”

Which gamers the Purple Sox — ditto the 29 different groups — misplaced out on is one thing we could by no means know. Scouting administrators are uniformly reluctant to reveal such data. If solely to be a fly on the wall in a draft room.


On a associated word, I lately requested Purple Sox catcher Connor Wong about his draft expertise. Chosen a hundredth total in 2017 by the Dodgers out of the College of Houston, would possibly he have gone to Boston with the following decide had Los Angeles not taken him? It’s on no account unusual for a crew to deal for a participant they as soon as missed out on draft day.

Requested about that risk, Wong — acquired by Boston from L.A. in February 2020 as a part of the Mookie Betts commerce — mentioned that he doesn’t recall speaking to a Purple Sox crosschecker. Then once more, he wasn’t anticipating to go to the Dodgers when he did. The 27-year-old backstop discovered he’d been drafted on Twitter, moments earlier than he acquired a name from his agent/advisor.



Heston Kjerstad is slashing .316/.398/.579 with 16 residence runs in 329 plate appearances between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. The 24-year-old outfielder was drafted second-overall in 2020 by the Baltimore Orioles out of the College of Arkansas.

Tyler Black is slashing .273/.422/.513 with 12 residence runs in 304 plate appearances with Double-A Biloxi. The 22-year-old Toronto-born third baseman was drafted Thirty third-overall in 2021 by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Wright State College.

Jordan Beck slashed .292..378/.566 with 20 residence runs in 341 plate appearances for Excessive-A Spokane earlier than being promoted to Double-A Hartford on Friday. The 22-year-old outfielder was drafted Thirty eighth-overall in 2022 by the Colorado Rockies out of the College of Tennessee.

Robby Snelling is 6-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 62-and-a-third innings between Low-A Lake Elsinore and Excessive-A Fort Wayne. The 19-year-old left-hander was drafted Thirty ninth-overall in 2022 by the San Diego Padres out of Reno, Nevada’s Robert McQueen Excessive College.

Dalton Rushing is slashing .254/.419/.472 with eight residence runs in 253 plate appearances with the Excessive-A Nice Lakes Loons. The 22-year-old catcher was drafted Fortieth-overall in 2022 by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the College of Louisville.


Ryan Noda was coming off a powerful first full skilled season when he led Sunday Notes on December 15, 2018. Drafted by Toronto out of the College of Cincinnati the earlier 12 months, the Fifteenth-rounder had logged a .421 on-base proportion whereas slugging 20 residence runs with the Midwest League’s Lansing Lugnuts. Given the excessive OBP and their mutual Bearcat backgrounds, I comped Noda to Kevin Youkilis.

The 27-year-old first baseman isn’t to that degree simply but — Youkilis had a 140 wRC+ in a five-year prime starting at age 28 — however he’s having fun with a promising rookie season. Acquired by the Oakland A’s in final winter’s Rule 5 draft, he’s slashing .225/.375/.404 with 10 residence runs and a 129 wRC+.

They’ve recognized one another since Noda’s UC days — Youkilis would sometimes go to campus — and extra lately they’ve had conversations about baseball, and life, at homecoming occasions. What they haven’t carried out collectively is quaff drinks produced in Los Gatos, California by the Youkilis-owned Loma Brewing Company.

“I haven’t,” Nola admitted after I requested if he’s loved any Loma merchandise. “He hasn’t introduced any to Cinci but, however hopefully he’ll if he could make it to homecoming this 12 months. I’ve heard it’s fairly good.”



At The New York Instances Journal, Will Harrison checked out Pedro Martinez — “a maestro on the mound” — as an inspiration to enhance his writing sport.

At The Los Angeles Instances, Invoice Shaikin wrote about how the Athletics’ impending departure from Oakland — the one West Coast major-league metropolis with a big Black neighborhood — leaves a deep gap in East Bay,

Writing for Dallas’s D Journal, Jamey Newberg explained how Wyatt Langford’s influence will start lengthy earlier than the Rangers’ first-round draft decide arrives in Arlington.’s David Adler wrote about submariner Tyler Rogers and his UFO slider.



San Francisco’s Blake Sabol went into the All-Star break with 10 residence runs. The final Giants rookie with greater than 10 homers on the break was Dave Kingman, with 21 in 1972.

Blake Snell has 85 strikeouts in 53 innings over his final 9 begins. The Padres left-hander has allowed simply three runs in that stretch.

Andrew McCutchen has 2,018 hits and 1,156 runs scored.
Freddie Freeman has 2,018 hits and 1,158 runs scored.

Minnie Minoso led American League hitters in HBP ten instances from 1951-1961. He reached base through that route 178 instances over the 11-season stretch.

Mickey Mantle reached base through HBP solely 13 instances in 9,910 profession plate appearances.

On right this moment’s date in 1999, the Chicago Cubs scored three runs within the backside of the ninth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins, who had scored three runs of their very own within the prime half, by a rating of 11-10. Henry Rodriguez plated Mark Grace with a walk-off single.

On right this moment’s date in 1920, the New York Giants broke a scoreless tie with seven runs within the prime of the seventeenth inning in a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rube Benton went the space for the shutout.

Gamers born on right this moment’s date embody Doc Prothro, who batted .313 with the Boston Purple Sox in 1925 whereas enjoying in 119 of his 180 big-league video games. His son, Tommy Prothro, coached the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers within the Seventies.

Additionally born on right this moment’s date was Eddie Fisher, a workhorse reliever and knuckleball pitcher who appeared in 690 video games whereas enjoying for six groups from 1959-1973. Fisher’s greatest season got here with the Chicago White Sox in 1965 when he went 15-7 with 24 saves and a 2.40 ERA over a league-high 82 outing. Fisher received a World Collection ring with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966.

Jim Cockman batted .413 for the Canadian League’s London Cockneys in 1897. He went on to bat .105 for the American League’s New York Highlanders in 1905.