Good morning, Vietnam…..or, alternatively, Columbus.
I’m sitting here in the Hyatt (which will be shaken down for all of its good and not-so-good qualities in tomorrow’s game of Rate the IL Hotel!) and I can’t help but think of the past. You see, my former broadcast partner, Bob McElligott, works just down the road at Nationwide Arena, the home of the Blue Jackets.
So, by popular demand, I’ve decided to scan the baseball landscape for those Chiefs that were with us last season but are no longer in the Nationals organization. The cast, in order of ’09 appearance:
RHP Josh Towers: With Albuquerque of the AAA Pacific Coast League (Dodgers). 2-2, 3.00 ERA, 3BB/15K in 30 IP. Playing for former Montreal Expo third baseman Tim Wallach (1st round pick in ’79 of Montreal)
IF Anderson Hernandez: Here in Columbus (Indians). Learn more about him on tonight’s broadcast.
LHP Dave Williams: Missing in action.
OF Lastings Milledge: With Pittsburgh of MLB. Hitting .233 with six RBI. Has not driven home a run since 4/20. His third spot in lineup isn’t terribly safe with wunderkind Pedro Alvarez in Indianapolis.
IF Alex Cintron: With Buffalo of the IL (Mets). Hitting .243 in 11 games.
RHP Kip Wells: Nowhere to be found.
IF Freddie Bynum: Side of a milk carton.
C Josh Bard: With Tacoma of the AAA PCL (Mariners). Hitting .212 in 10 games. One of three catchers in Seattle chain with Major League experience. Teammate Eliezer Alfonzo and former Chief Guillermo Quiroz with Double-A West Tenn.
RHP Saul Rivera: Here in Columbus.
RHP Jesus Colome: With Seattle of MLB. Has appeared in four games, has allowed five earned runs in eight and two-thirds. Was just brought up from Tacoma to pitch two nights ago. To make room for him earlier in the season before he was injured, the Mariners designated for assignment….
OF Ryan Langerhans: Off the 40-man roster in Seattle with the Colome move. Hitting .282 in 12 games with Tacoma.
LHP Michael O’Connor: With Buffalo of the IL. Has a 3.12 ERA out of the bullpen with the Bisons in nine games.
C Gustavo Molina: With Pawtucket of the IL (Red Sox). 2-for-6 in two games with the fightin’ Hoard ‘n’ Hyders.
IF Joel Guzman: With AA Bowie of the Eastern League. Hitting .229 in 19 games. He plays for manager Brad Komminsk, the International League’s Rookie of the Year back in 1983 with Richmond. Drafted six picks after Tim Wallach, mentioned above.
C Luke Montz: Playing up the road in Binghamton of the Eastern League (Mets). Hitting .211 with 2 HR and RBI in 16 games.
RHP Gary Glover: Not on a roster.
OF Mike Vento: ” “
LHP Wil Ledezma: Closing games for Indianapolis of the IL (Pirates). Has not allowed a run in five innings and two-thirds and has coughed up only one hit.
C Javi Herrera: Gone (from baseball) but not forgotten.
IF Marcos Yepez: Is he with an MLB club? My sources say no.
RHP Jorge Sosa: With New Orleans of the AAA PCL (Marlins). 2-1, 5.40 ERA in 3 starts. He plays with National-for-a-minute Emilio Bonifacio. Side note: The Zephyrs, shamelessly cribbing from the NFL’s newly-minted title-holders, have added a fleur-de-lis to their logo. Terrible. Side note 2: Mike’s brother Scott hit for the cycle for the Zephyrs two days ago: http://www.nola.com/zephyrs/index.ssf/2010/05/scott_cousins_hits_for_cycle_t.html
RHP Logan Kensing: No stats.
RHP Cory Doyne: The goggles are not on a field anywhere.
RHP Preston Larrison: DNP
OF Corey Patterson: Nothing yet. Was in camp with the Orioles.
LHP Horacio Ramirez: With Fresno of the AAA PCL (Giants). 1-0 w/3.78 ERA in 5 appearances (2 starts). Plays his home games at Chukchansi Park. I will always remember him because he sat across the aisle from me on our flight back from Durham through a truly terrifying electrical storm. He was reading on his Kindle while I was looking for support.
OF Elijah Dukes: Still no work.
RHP Marco Estrada: With Nashville of AAA PCL (Brewers). Has allowed just 12 hits in 23 innings. One of the great guys from last season’s team with the fans. Pitching for Rich Gale, the new Brewers Triple-A pitching coach.
RHP Zack Segovia: With SWB of IL (Yankees). After rough start, has not allowed a run in his last three outings.
OF Jorge Padilla: With Las Vegas of the AAA PCL (Blue Jays). Hitting .260 in 15 games. Has stolen just two bags in three tries.
OF Norris Hopper: Also in Nashville. Batting .272 and currently on a four-game hit streak.
OF Daryle Ward: Not in the American baseball realm, per se.
RHP Clint Everts: With Binghamton of the AA Eastern League (Mets). 4.26 ERA and 1 save in 9 games.
IF Brad Eldred: With Colorado Springs of the AAA PCL (Rockies). .217 w/2 HR and 12 RBI in 18 games. Started in left field two days ago. Eldred’s hitting coach is Rene Lachemann, the former manager of the Angels. In the “I wonder how he got hired” department, Rene’s brother Marcel is the Special Assistant to General Manager Dan O’Dowd.
Game time tonight is 6:35. We’ll be on the air from Huntington Park at 6:00. Tune in locally at 620 on the AM or on the web at sportsradio620.com.
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