Archive - Jun 2013 - Sports Article
Thirteen of the 30 Major League Baseball managers have been catchers in their minor or major league playing careers. Yes, 43 percent of todayâ€™s managers are former catchers, with six managers being former outfielders, and five managers who were shortstops in their playing days. Iâ€™ve always had an idea of the reasoning of why so many catchers become managers, but former Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinal three-time winning Gold Glove catcher Tom Pagnozzi simplified it for me.
â€śBecause theyâ€™re the smartest baseball players, thatâ€™s why,â€ť Pagnozzi joked.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ A one-out single in the first inning was the only hit Trey Bishop would give up for the game in a 9-0 Benton McClendonâ€™s Appliances win over host Mountain Home Hoppers in the Twin Lakes Classic on Friday in Mountain Home. The win pitted Benton (first in its pool) against Jonesboro on Saturday at 4:30 in a single elimination format.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton McClendonâ€™s Appliances improved to 1-1 in the Twin Lakes Classic with a 6-3 victory over Batesville on Thursday in Mountain Home. Benton lost 14-3 against DeSoto, Mo., on Wednesday.
Leadoff man Tyler Lewis and No. 2 hitter Jack James remained hot and are providing a 1-2 punch for the McClendonâ€™s at the top of the order. Lewis doubled to leadoff the bottom of the first and would later score Bentonâ€™s first run for an early 1-0 lead.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton McClendonâ€™s dropped a 14-3 decision to DeSoto, Mo., in the Twin Lakes Classic in Mountain Home on Wednesday to fall to 2-6 on the season. The McClendonâ€™s will play Batesville today at 3:30 and will play host Mountain Home at noon on Friday.
BRYANT â€“ Along with former Bryant Hornet, Bryant Black Sox, and Arkansas Razorback pitcher Trent Daniel (drafted in the 17th round to the Colorado Rockies) in attendance, the Bryant Black Sox swept a two-game series against Russellville by scores of 3-2 and 4-1 on Monday at Bryant Hornet field.
BENTON â€“ It didnâ€™t start well for Benton Sport Shop, but the team cleaned up their play and ended up with their first win of the season in an 11-3 decision over Malvern National Bank on Saturday at Bernard Holland Park.
Benton starter Jay Davies walked the first four batters of the game, the last one resulting in the first run of the game, but settled down and ended up giving a very solid performance. Davies would get out of the inning when Ethan Hendrix forced a man out at home and Davies would strike the next two batters out to get out of the inning.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Hornet pitcher Nate Rutherford will be joining teammate Marcus Wilson as an Arkansas Tech (Russellville) Wonder Boy. Rutherford signed to play for the Wonderboys on Thursday morning at the Bryant High School baseball office and said it wasnâ€™t hard to decide on Arkansas Tech for life after high school baseball.
Intense emotion and frustration has been a part of all sports since the beginning of time. Everyone wants to win and no one wants to lose. As for Major League Baseball, the pride that many players take spills over a little far at times.
Armed with a bat and a helmet, players have been known to take out a water cooler or throw some head gear a time or two in the past. While most outbursts lead to ejections more times than not the player should have stayed in the game.
With their 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals still hold the best record in the majors, and it seems like they have been the best team in baseball all season. But, unfortunately for he Redbirds, the National League Central has the third- and fourth-best teams (Texas Rangers are second-best at 35-21) in the majors, too, and the 37-19 Cardinals hold just a 2.5 game lead over the 35-22 Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
At the end of the 2012 baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinal Nation were left with the sick feeling of what could have been after losing a 3-0 lead in the NLCS against the Giants. A team that wasnâ€™t supposed to make it and then proved everyone wrong, once again, was back in the spotlight only to fall before the big dance.
Now that the 2013 season is well underway, the Cardinals are turning heads again. With the best record in baseball at 35-18, St. Louis has blown through opponents with ease while losing very few games.