• Charlie Greene

Spring Training Report 14

Hello Bisons Booster Club member, family and friends,

This is your Booster Club First Vice-President reporting from West Melbourne, Florida. TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What records did Teoscar Hernandez set in 2019? 2. What Major League team had the worst single season winning percentage in the 20th century? WEATHER REPORT: The temperature at 6:30 AM when I took our collie for a short walk was 68 degrees.  The afternoon high today was 73 degrees with a 7 mph wind blowing out of the NNE bringing in a cold front that arrived early this morning. SPORTS PAGE: If you like offense, you should have been at today's Blue Jays game in Dunedin.  Toronto lost a 19 to 13 slugfest vs the Pirates. At bat for the Jays: Bo Bichette SS hit a single in one of his 2 at bats and scored a run. .250. Ruben Tejada SS also hit a single in one of his 2 trips to the plate, scored a run and drove in 3  runs. .167. Joe Panik 2B also hit a single in one of his 3 plate appearances, scored a run and drove in 2 runs. .429. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF went 3 for 3 including his 3rd double of the season, scoring 1 run. .300. Andy Burns PR-LF went 0 for 3 with 1 strikeout, but did score a run. .250. Reese McGuire PH-DH hit his first double of the year in one of his 2 times at bat, driving in a run while striking out the other time at bat. .154. Rowdy Tellez 1B struck out once and scored a run. .250. Patrick Kivlehan 1B went 0 for 1 with a walk. 286. Danny Jansen C hit a single in one of his 3 plate appearances, drove in a run and scored a run. .500. Jonathan Davis CF hit his first home run  in one of his 3 trips to the plate and drove in 3 runs. .200. On the mound: T. J. Zeuch pitched the 7th inning and was charged with 6 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits with one strikeout.  He was the losing pitcher and also was charged with a blown save. 14.54 Ryan Dull gave up 6 earned runs on 4 hits with one walk without getting an out. 27.00. Sean Reid-Foley pitched the 9th inning and allowed 2 hits while striking out 2 batters. 0.00 The other 7 runs were given up by pitchers on the Toronto 26 man roster who never played in Buffalo. Transactions: On March 5th, the Red Sox signed former Bisons RHP Collin McHugh to a one year contract. Former Bisons in other games played today: For the White Sox: Edwin Encarnacion DH went 0 for 2 plus a walk. For the Indians: Oliver Perez allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits in one inning. For the Athletics: Liam Hendricks  was charged with 1 earned run on 2 hits in one inning of relief with 2 strikeouts. For the Rockies: Daniel Murphy 1B went 2 for 4 scoring 2 runs. Six games with former Bisons will not be finished before I send this report. IN OTHER NEWS: Today was a particularly enjoyable day for many of the sixth graders in the school in which I volunteer. Every student who had completed all their homework and in class work in February and who did not have any behavior problems during that month was allowed to go to a 45 minute incentive party at the beginning of the day at which they could play board games or card games with friends in the cafeteria.  Of the 24 students in each class, normally all but about 3 or 4 get to attend the event which is held once each month after the first month of school.  Other parties feature line dancing and the most popular bingo at which, everyone who gets bingo wins a prize from candy to passes which allow them to skip doing homework.  Then, for lunch, the sixth graders from the 3 classes in which I spend most of my time were able to have lunch bunch if all their work was done and behavior was acceptable during this week.  Lunch bunch means they get to eat lunch in one of the 3 classrooms with friends from all 3 classes while the teacher shows an entertaining cartoon on the video screen in the room.  Those students who are not eligible for lunch bunch, usually from 3 to 6 per class, have to eat at a quiet table in the cafeteria. If you purchase a vehicle manufactured in Mexico, it may have come by boat  and was unloaded at a Port Canaveral dock.  From 12,000 to 24,000 autos are processed through the Florida port and then trucked throughout the northeast each year. TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. In 2019, former Bison Teoscar Hernandez set career records in home runs (26), RBI (65), walks (45) and stolen bases (6) while with the Blue Jays. 2. After the Philadelphia Athletics won the pennant in 1914, owner Connie Mack sold the team's best players in a cost-cutting move.  Two years later, 1916, they won 36 games and lost 117 for a .235 winning percentage, the worst single season winning percentage since 1900.  They finished 54 and 1/2 games behind the pennant-winning and eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox. BACK PAGE: On Saturday, my wife and I will travel once again to Port St.Lucie to watch the Mets play the Nationals. Charlie Greene, First Vice-President, Buffalo Bisons Booster Club

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