Saturday, May 07, 2011

Emptying the notebook - pre-Mother's Day edition

Been awhile. Give us some time to recharge the engines.

Fox broadcaster and former MLB catcher Tim McCarver on this afternoon's Reds/Cubs telecast was clever enough to mention that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is the only player named Starlin to ever play in the Major Leagues. He also pointed out that the Cubs' Darwin Barney was just the second Darwin to ever play in the big leagues, the last being right hander Darwin Cubillan who pitched for the Expos, Rangers, Orioles and Blue Jays from 2000-2004.

McCarver neglected to mention that Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome is the only Major Leaguer to be named Kosuke. Guess he figured that was belaboring the obvious. How soon before 'A Starlin is born' and 'The evolution of Darwin' headlines get old? Already done.

There were two no-hitters thrown this week with varying degrees of cleanliness. Today the Tigers' Justin Verlander tossed his second-career no-hitter at Toronto allowing just one baserunner on a one-out walk in the eighth. Ealier this week the Twins' Francisco Liriano no-hit the White Sox but issued six walks in the process.

Today's list

Best Reds managers to work with (since I joined the beat in '99)

1. Dusty Baker
2. Jack McKeon
3. Dave Miley
4. Jerry Narron
5. Pete Mackanin
6. Bob Boone

Happy Mother's Day to all.

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