Gregg Hoffmann

Midwest Diamond Report - 7/27

Aramis Ramirez doesn’t consider himself an “elder statesman” or “role model” for the younger Brewers, especially his fellow Dominicans Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura and Wily Peralta.

At 36, however, the veteran third baseman is looked to for leadership by the younger players, as well as for his production over 14 years in the big leagues.

“He’s been doing it for a long time,” said Gomez this spring. “You have to look up to him and learn from him.”

Ramirez says, “I don’t see myself that way. I just try to come here every day and do what I can to help my team win. I had some guys who really helped me when I first came up (with Pittsburgh in 1998) and showed me some of the differences between the big leagues and the minors.

“I will help them in that way. If they are doing something I think they shouldn’t, I’ll talk to them. I’m not a real vocal guy though. I’m not going to get on a guy’s case. I like to lead by example.”

Ramirez has been doing that, first with the Pirates, then the Cubs and now since 2011 with the Brewers. Going into this season, he had a .285 lifetime average with 354 home runs and 1,276 RBIs.

He’s had an All Star year this season. In fact, fans voted him to the National League All Star team as the starting third baseman.

“That was an honor,” Ramirez said. “I’ve been an All Star before, but to be voted in by the fans was something special.”

Ramirez had two hits in the game, as did Jonathan Lucroy, who started at catcher for the NL. “I think as a group we represented the team well,” Ramirez said.

For a full feature on Ramirez, check out an upcoming edition of Game Day, the Brewers’ program.

White Sox-Twins series

The Twins will try to avoid a sweep by the White Sox later today.

In the series opener on Thursday, Hector Noesi pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs as the White Sox defeated the Twins, 5-2, at Target Field.

The Sox beat the Twins, 9-5, on Friday night as Jose Abreu hit his 30th homer, Dayan Viciedo had four hits and John Danks pitched well.

Chris Sale improved his record to 10-1 with a 7-0 shutout on Saturday. Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer.

Player of the Week

The White Sox’s Jose Abreu hit his MLB-leading 30th homer on Friday and extended his hitting streak to 16 games on Saturday. In his last 35 games, Abreu has been held hitless only once. For these facts, he is the MDR Player of the Week.

Other MDR teams’ Players of the Week included:

** the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy, who hit two homers, including a walkoff game-winner on Tuesday night, and became a main cog in the offense once again.

** the Cubs’ LHP Travis Wood hit his third homer of the season and is tied for the most among MLB pitchers. He also has 10 RBIs, making him the first Cubs’ pitcher to hit double figures since Carlos Zambrano had 11 in 2009.

** the Twins’ Danny Santana, who brought a five-game hitting streak into Saturday, including a three-hit game against the Indians on Thursday.

Updated Notes


** 1B Mark Reynolds, who had not hit a homer for a month, hit his third in a week on Saturday.

** RHP Yovani Gallardo allowed just four hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings Friday, but again failed to get a win after closer Francisco Rodriguez blew a save. Gallardo has not won since June 19, a span of six starts.

** 2B Scooter Gennett, who has battled a quad problem lately, was expected to start Sunday.


** RHP Jake Arrieta posted his ninth straight quality start Saturday, but the Cubs lost to the Cardinals.

** OF Ryan Sweeney drove in four runs Friday, including three on his second homer of the season. Sweeney also homered Saturday.

** The Cubs have attempted to deal starter Edwin Jackson, reports Jon Heyman of, but initial efforts have not been promising. Jackson, signed before the 2013 season, is playing on a $11MM annual salary this year and is owed the same amount for each of the next two campaigns.


** The Twins dealt 1B/DH Kendrys Morales last week because the veteran had not been productive since he was signed earlier this summer.

** An event honoring former Twin Chuck Knoblauch was cancelled after he was arrested for assault on his ex-wife.

** 1B Joe Mauer has been hitting some soft toss, but not live pitching yet as he comes back from a strained right oblique.

White Sox

** The Sox have had 42 hits in the last three games.

** LHP John Danks gave up four earned runs on six hits, walking nobody and striking out five to reach nine wins for the first time since 2010

** White Sox starters as a group have the second-best ERA in the American League since June 23.

Henderson Bobbler On DL

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson is on the disabled list, and so is the truck delivering his bobblehead.

Today is the "All Fan Jim Henderson Bobblehead Day," but due to mechanical issues, the truck may not arrive in time for the items to be distributed. If the items are delayed further, fans will need to hold on to their ticket stub to pick up their bobblehead on a later date. Specifics on the delayed distribution will be announced today, if necessary.

"We are hopeful that the Bobbleheads will arrive in time, but we wanted to communicate in advance the issues with the transportation so that fans are prepared when they arrive at the game tomorrow," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. "We appreciate everyone's patience and apologize on behalf of the transportation personnel who are bringing the Bobbleheads to Milwaukee."

Elsewhere in Baseball

Viroqua’s Mitch Stalsberg struck out 18 in a perfect game, 2-0, win over Westby in regional action of the state American Legion tournment. The lefthander, who will attend Winona State, is the same guy who struck out 21 in a state prep tournament game this spring.

What’s Ahead

MDR will be well-represented later today when the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cooperstown. Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre all have ties to teams covered by the MDR web site for nine years and now the MDR Blog. You can watch coverage of the inductions on MLB Network and

Next weekend, the White Sox and Twins will do it all over again at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, with a three-game series that starts Friday.

The Brewers travel to Tampa Bay Monday to take on the Rays, who have been hot the last couple weeks.

The Keltner chapter of SABR will hold a meeting at Goolsby’s in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, Aug. 9. A research presentation on Henry Killilea will be made by Dennis Pajot.

Tours of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. located outside the UWM Panthers Arena, will be conducted by Bob Buege, Gregg Hoffmann, and Rick Schabowski.


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