Nolan Ryan was 46 years of age when the 1993 MLB season began. He announced that he would retire at the end of the season. Nolan Ryan had pitched magic through four decades and was ready to call it a career. The last big moment in his pitching career came not from his pitches but from his fists.
On August 4th, 1993 the visiting Chicago White Sox were in Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers. Nolan Ryan was on the mound for the Rangers. After giving up 2-runs to the White Sox in the first inning he was facing young third baseman Robin Ventura. Ventura had hit for an RBI single off of Ryan in the first inning. On his first pitch Ryan beaned Ventura in the elbow.
Nolan Ryan fighting at age 46. (Getty Images)
Robin Ventura appeared to be walking to first base when he suddenly threw his helmet down and charged at the mound. Ryan calmly side stepped Ventura and put him in a headlock with is left arm. Ryan proceeded to punch the 26 year old Ventura in the face approximately 6 times before his catcher Ivan Rodriguez could pull him away. The teams quickly cleared the bench and a wild brawl ensued. When the field was cleared 5 minutes later, Ventura and his manager Gene Lamont were ejected from the game by the Umpire. Ryan would not be ejected due to the fact he never left the mound until Ventura reached him.
Nolan Ryan would leave the game in the seventh inning with his team leading 5-2. The score would not change and Ryan received the win. It was his third win of the season.
Nolan Ryan would only pitch for a few more times before his arm was finally thrown out in late September. This is not only one of the many memorable Nolan Ryan moments but it was the most memorable baseball fight of the 1990s. The fight was played numerous times on television newscasts the next day. Everyone was happy to see a 46 year old Ryan school Robin Ventura who was 20 years his junior. It showed how tough Ryan really was and baseball fans nation wide loved it. This was an incredible moment for Ryan to end his final season on.
Posted in MLB, sports, Sports History
Tagged 1993, 26, 46, august, baseball, beaned, bench clearing, brawl, charge, charged, dgout, fight, final season, gene lemont, hall of fame, head, headlock, historic, history, hit by pitch, hit ventura, in the face, ivan rodriguea, memorable, MLB, nolan ryan, pitch, played, puch, rangers, rbi, robin ventura, runs, second inning, single, the mound, what inning, which teams, white sox, win, years old
The Pirates have been changing the perception of their team this year. After years of dwelling in the cellar of the National Leagues Central Division they seem to have turned things around. The team currently holds a record of 51 wins and 40 loses and are tied for first in the division with the Cincinnati Reds. Both teams hold a 5 game advantage over the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Superb pitching has a lot to do with their success but beyond the pitching is the incredible play of Andrew McCutchen.
The Pirates Andrew McCutchen is having an MVP caliber season heading into August.
McCutchen is having a great year and has shown himself to be the team leader. He has the best batting average in both leagues batting .369 after 87 games played. He also has 22 home runs, 65 RBI’s, 65 runs and 14 stolen bases. Producing many walk off game winners and with the lowly Pirates not looking so low combined with his stats shows that he is in the running and possibly the lead to win the National League MVP trophy this year.
McCutchen was drafted by the Pirate in the 1st round of the 2005 draft with the 11th overall pick. He is in prime position to turn this franchise around for good and be recognized as one of the best baseball players around. He has added excitement to a team that had nothing to get excited about since Barry Bonds left after the 1992 season. He has had a few good seasons already but none as dominant as he has been this season. The fact that the Pirates are in 1st place in late July is amazing in its own right. The city of Pittsburgh could be transferred from a football city into to a baseball city in just a matter of a couple more years.
The Pirates have a lot to prove still. Can they make the playoffs for the first time since the early 90’s? Can they advance in the playoffs? Can they continue to be a good team year in and year out? All of those questions ride on the play of McCutchen. If McCutchen continues this run he will be the N.L. batting champion and should be the N.L. MVP. Recognition of that level would be incredible for the Pirates franchise. So if you have not been following this player or this team its time to open your eyes and believe what you are seeing, its true the Pirates are for real and they have one of baseballs best rising stars.
Posted in MLB
Tagged 1st round, 2012 season, american league, andrew mccutchen, barry bonds, baseball, batting champion, cardinals, central division. 2005 draft, Florida, fort meade, home runs, july, loosers, major leagues, MLB, mvp, n.l., national league, pirates, pittsburgh, playoffs, rbis, record, reds, runs, schedule, stolen bases, super star, walk off win, will he win mvp, wins, world series
Miami Marlins Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton
The Miami Marlins are having a really good month of May. Their record for this month so far is 18 wins and 8 loses. The Marlins have shown themselves to be the contenders in the N.L. East many have thought they could be. The Marlins have to give a lot of credit to Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as Mike Stanton) for their success.
May has been a month where Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton solidified his place as a superstar after two incredible months of play. Hamilton has soaked up most of the mainstream sports media’s attention. Now their is another star to pay close attention to.
The Marlins and Stanton had a rough opening month of April. The power hitter had only one home run in April and it was at the end of the month. Stanton was also having a hard time getting on base at times. He has had 2 previous complete seasons in the bigs. He increased almost all of his stats from his first season in his second season last year. I have a feeling he can go even further this year.
Stanton celebrates his walk off grand slam on May 13th, 2012.
(Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
The most exciting event for the Marlins this month came just a week ago at their home stadium known as Marlins Park. On Sunday, May 13th in the bottom of the 9th inning the Marlins were tied 4-4 with the New York Mets, Stanton came to the plate with the bases loaded. Stanton did not disappoint, he blasted a walk off grand slam to give the Fish a 8-4 victory. In the very short history of Marlin Park this moment is the biggest ending to a game the team has seen. The grand slam not only made Stanton look good, it showed that the Marlins are ready to battle it out with the teams in the really tough N.L. East.
Stanton was drafted by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 June Draft. He was one of their top prospects until he made his Major league debut in 2010.
Stanton has been awesome in May. He hit 11 home runs and has hit 21 RBI’s this month alone. He has a season batting average of .291 and hit a total of 12 dingers and totaled 36 RBI’s so far. He is on pace to have one of his best seasons.
Giancarlo Stanton is a well rounded player with the potential to be a superstar the likes of Albert Pujols. The question is not if he will reach his full potential but when. Even the player he has been right now has been a huge benefit to the club. Stanton is the future of the Marlins franchise and their future is really bright.
Posted in MLB
Tagged baseball, bat, east, hits, home runs, josh hamilton, marlins, marlins park, marlins tickets, Miami, MLB, national league, rangers, rbi, runs, sports schedule, texas
The Texas Rangers have played 40 games so far this season. They hold a record of 25 wins and 15 losses. The team is 5 games ahead of the second place team in the A.L. West. The real story this season for the Rangers is their main star Josh Hamilton and his hot streak, or should we call it the beginning of a hot season.
The Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton has a .392 batting average, 18 home runs, 45 RBI’s, 33 runs and 3 stolen bases. Of the 40 games the Rangers have played this season Hamilton has played 37 of those games. Hamilton is on pace for 72 home runs, 180 RBI’s, 132 runs and 12 stolen bases. He has already hit 4 home runs in one game this season. Now I don’t need to tell you that it would be one of the best seasons we have ever seen. It should be noted however, Hamilton has never hit more than 32 home runs in one season, but at the same time he has never been this hot.
The big stat that has everyone’s attention are the amount of home runs he has complied so far. His home run hitting this season has reminded me a lot of Ken Griffey Jr.’s record pace in the 1994 season. However Griffey’s season ended in June when the players went on strike. Hamilton will not have anything other than an injury to hold him back this particular season. His pace is impressive but would not be a record. However if he could have hot streaks from time to time, he could very well take the home run record of 73 held by Barry Bonds in 2001.
If Josh Hamilton could take the home run record it would be an incredible thing to happen to Major League Baseball. We all know how tainted the record held by Barry Bonds is after the truth about him taking Performance Enhancing Drugs came out a few years ago. Hamilton would clean up the record having played in an era with stricter testing and a lower tolerance of P.E.D.’s. Hamilton also would be a great story of a man who has battled demons and while he will never be clear of them, made things right and triumphed over them.
Hamilton has had a crazy last 13 years. He was drafted 1st overall in the 1999 June MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He struggled with a drug addiction and alcoholism. Hmilton never fully adapted to the system in order to become a Major League star. The Rays gave him numerous chance but had no choice but to let him go after 4 years of working with him. Hamilton battled his demons and came back to baseball in the Independent League and later got a contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He played so well that year that he was signed by the Texas Rangers in 2008. He had an incredible showing in the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby and caught the attention of the sports world. Hamilton has developed into a superstar and is the face of the Rangers Franchise.
The season is only 1/4 complete though. He could calm down, or he could keep going. He is the heart of this team and I feel how Josh Hamilton goes so does the team. The team has made the World Series the last 2 seasons. I totally believe they could make another appearance this year and actually win the championship this time.
Josh Hamilton is what is good about baseball right now. He is a man that has fallen down numerous times, picked himself up every time and succeeded. He will continue to garner attention this year from all baseball fans. I believe the baseball world will rally behind him and if he is close to breaking Barry Bonds’ record near the end of the season and push him to breaking it. Hamilton is already a hero but he could become the single season home run hero by the end of the summer.
Posted in MLB
Tagged baseball, home runs, hot streak, live sports, MLB, rangers, runs, sport, sports, sports schedule, texas, west