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2010 Season

Edition No. 19

June 11, 2010

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Brethren:

 

My week for From the Bullpen, and my apologies for the delay in getting it out.  I am still catching up at work and at home after three arduous medical malpractice jury trials in a span of six weeks, and so my team management and my writing duties have slipped down the priority list a bit.  I can think of no other reason that the Senators would be in dead last at this juncture of the season.

 

In any event, here are the Hot Stove League standings through Week 9:

 

STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK 9

 

1.

 

Wahoos

4596.60

2.

 

West Des Moines Cubs

4454.50

3.

 

Omaha Highlanders

4405.90

4.

 

Lincoln Chiefs

4342.40

5.

 

Millard Monarchs

4303.60

6.

 

Omaha Skipjacks

4128.40

7.

 

Redbirds

4000.40

8.

 

Lincoln Tribe

3996.80

9.

 

Omaha Bronx bombers

3938.10

10.

 

Detroit HS Missiles

3751.10

11.

 

Kansas City Blues

3715.50

12.

 

Lincoln Bears

3701.80

13.

 

Omaha Senators

3643.20

 

POINT TOTALS FOR WEEK 9

 

3.

 

Omaha Highlanders

621.9

7.

 

Redbirds

569.1

2.

 

West Des Moines Cubs

546.5

4.

 

Lincoln Chiefs

528.3

6.

 

Omaha Skipjacks

492.3

13.

 

Omaha Senators

474.9

8.

 

Lincoln Tribe

456.8

1.

 

Wahoos

450.3

11.

 

Kansas City Blues

441.8

9.

 

Omaha Bronx bombers

440.0

12.

 

Lincoln Bears

437.5

10.

 

Detroit HS Missiles

411.8

5.

 

Millard Monarchs

350.1

 

Things have tightened up at the top just a bit, with the Wahoos still in first but no longer looking like a team that will waltz into the title.  It would appear that the Monarchs, the Cubs, the Highlanders and the Chiefs all may have a say in the race for the 2010 championship. 

 

I had planned on spending some time on the website this morning looking over player stats and providing some insight and rapier wit about player picks and performances, but then I got that text (at least once a week) that Joe left his baseball uniform top in the dryer and needed me to drop everything and drive home to get it and then take it out to the ball field for his Friday morning game, so the witticisms will be in short supply in this issue of From the Bullpen.

 

SHORT HOPS

 

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I canít believe how fired up I am for the Huskers to join the Big Ten.    I loved the Big Eight, have never been enamored with the Big Twelve, and think it will be great to have a conference rivalry with the Hawkeyes next door and the nearby Gophers and Badgers.  If the Tigers somehow are left out, holding the bag, well, more the better. 

 

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Iím going to start up a new side business fixing baseball scoreboards.  At least half of the fields that we have played on this year have nice, relatively new, electronic scoreboards which DO NOT WORK.  Evidently, they budget plenty for starting the new scoreboards but not nearly enough for maintaining them.  Just an observation. 

 

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With the final Rosenblatt College World Series just around the bend, Iím starting to get nostalgic about the CWS.  Although it looks like there will be a lot of familiar faces again at this yearís event, I was hoping for a St. Johns or a The Citadel to sneak in for some added flavor.  No danger of the Husker baseball team returning to the mid-summer classic anytime soon.

 

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Iíve always thought I could never get enough baseball, but this presumption may be tested this summer.  Not really, but with Joe playing on both the Senior and Junior Legion teams, and with Willís Dirtbags teams playing in tournaments almost every weekend, well, itís perfect, thatís what it is.  Or it would be if the games didnít sometimes conflict and force me to miss one or the other. 

 

 

Both boys are having excellent baseball summers.  Will, The Stopper (think Charlie Kerfeld, but without the glasses),

 

 

continues to flourish in the role that he was intelligently designed for, bringing the gas to the opposition in the final frame.  Last weekend, Wilbur successfully closed out Dirtbags victories on three consecutive days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, notching six or seven strikeouts in his three innings of work.  The Dirtbags also won their third tournament of the season, to go along with their two runner-up finishes in the five tournaments that they have entered to date.  At the plate, he bats second and is the team leader in runs and doubles, and either second or third in B.A. 

 

 

After spending the spring mostly on the bench of the Mount Michael Varsity team, Joe is getting plenty of playing time this summer on the Mount Michael Senior and Junior Legion baseball teams.  He starts at second base and is batting second in the line-up, with a decent B.A. and a very salty OBP.  Because the seniorsí pitching staff is so deep, Joe hasnít seen too much time on the bump, but as the season ages and the many innings mount on the other hurlers, he will probably see some more action on the hill. 

 

All in all, everything that a baseball dad could ask for, and more.   Somebody pinch me. 

 

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Other than our Opening Day trip to Phoenix and one trip out to Rosenblatt to see the Omaha Royals, I havenít had the chance to get to any other professional baseball games.  That changes next week when I will catch a Sky Sox game in Colorado Springs, and then (hopefully) a Phillies game next weekend when the kids and I will be in the City of Brotherly Love for Sam Krauseís nuptials. 

 

 

THE TRIP

 

And speaking of baseball trips, we need to get a final head count on our annual HSL Trip, slated for August 20-22 to the Twin Cities and Target Field.  If you havenít responded to my e-mail about this by the time you read this edition of From the Bullpen, please take the time to let me know if you are in or out for the 2010 HSL Trip.  Many thanks. 

 

 

                                                                   Regards, Skipper