• Charlie Greene

Spring Training Report 18

Hello Bisons Booster Club members, family and friends,

This is your Booster Club First Vice-President reporting from West Melbourne, Florida. WELCOME; With this edition, 13 Bisons fans begin receiving these reports directly.  They had been receiving them from a friend who forwarded them regularly.  Therefore, this is a good time to remind everyone that not everything in each report will be of interest to everyone who receives them because they include information  that may be of interest to varying audiences.  I always advise: read what you choose to read and then hit delete.  I will not be insulted! TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What was Rowdy Tellez's best achievement with the Blue Jays in 2019? 2. Who were the 2 Twins players who led the league in hits for 3 consecutive seasons? Answers below. WEATHER REPORT: The temperature at 6:30 AM when our collie and I went on our short walk was 63 degrees with a 7 mph wind blowing out of the ENE under mostly clear skies featuring a brightly shining super moon.  The high temperature this afternoon was 77 degrees with the wind up to 14 mph and the skies covered by hazy clouds.  The average high on this date is 76 degrees and the all-time high was 88 in 1976 while the average low is 54 degrees and the record low was 34 degrees in 1996. SPORTS PAGE: This afternoon, the Blue Jays rode in 2 charter buses to Tampa where they defeated the Yankees 4-2. At bat for the Jays: Billy McKinney DH was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts .261. Anthony Alford CF struck out in his only plate appearance. .167. Cavan Biggio 2B went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. .174. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B hit a single and drove in a run in one of his 3 times up to bat.  .269. Joe Panik SS came up to bat 3 times, hit a single, scored a run and struck out. .429. Santiago Espinal SS hit his second home run of the spring in his only time at bat driving in a baserunner. .350. Teoscar Hernandez RF was 0 for 3. .167. Reese McGuire C hit a single and drove in a run in one of his 2 plate appearances. .167. Andy Burns 1B came up to bat 3 times, hitting a single and striking out once. .318. On the mound: Ty Tice as the only former or current Bison to appear in the game.  In the bottom of the 9th inning, he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 batter earning credit for his first save. 3.86. Former Bisons in other games played today: For the Marlins: Jon Berti 2B was 0 for 3. For the Astros: Joe Biagini pitched 2 innings of relief allowing 2 hits and striking out one batter. For the Phillies: Starting pitcher Zach Wheeler threw 4 innings allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. One game in the Grapefruit League and 9 out in Arizona are not yet complete, but I have 2 meetings this evening starting at 6:00 PM, so I will not include anything from those games. One of the players currently assigned to the Bisons pitching staff is right hander Hobie Harris. The 26 year old Harris was in the Yankees system until being chosen by the Blue Jays in the Triple A Rule 5 Draft last year which does not require the Jays to return him to the Yankees if he is not successful in the Toronto system.  Except for 5 appearances in Double A Trenton in 2018, he has spent most of his professional time in A level Tampa.  In 2019, he had a 4.62 ERA in 48.2 innings over 29 games with Tampa with a strikeout rate of 10.9 per 9 innings. IN OTHER NEWS: I was up extra early this morning in order to arrive at a local auditorium to be a judge of the Brevard School District Grades 4-6 science projects in the "Animal Science" category.  Out of the 60 projects I and 7 other people had to judge, there were many that deserved awards, but we had to limit our awards to the top 5, which often was a challenging assignment. I am happy to report that the supply capsule that lifted off late Friday evening from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station successfully arrived at the International Space Station yesterday. TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. In September of 2019, Rowdy Tellez slugged  .586 in September, 4th best among American League rookies and 20th among all AL batters. 2. Tony Oliva let the American League from 1964 through 1966 and Kirby Puckett did it from 1987 through 1989.  Oliva won Rookie of the Year honors with his league-leading  217 hits in 1964, was MVP runner-up in 1965  when he led the League  with 185 hits and led the League a third time in a row in 1966 with 191 hits.  Puckett's peak season was 1988,, when he had 234 hits; the year belore he had 207 and the year after he had 215. BACK PAGE: On Wednesday, I am back at Meadowlane Intermediate School to spend most of the day assisting 6th grade teachers and 6th grade students. Charlie Greene, First Vice-President, Buffalo Bisons Booster Club

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