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Monday, April 26, 2021
Three weeks in a row a no hitter in Major League Baseball? According to MLB, no. According to our Blog? Yesssssss! Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Madison Bumgarner navigated start to finish against the defending National League East champion Atlanta Braves and did not allow a batted ball in play that resulted in a runner that was not an error or fielders choice. In fact, there was just one error in the game. Bumgarner is an unlikely source for such a feat. While in his prime he was one of the most feared pitchers in the League, including a 2014 World Series MVP (for which he won a Sportsman of the Week) to his credit, he has not been as effective. He hasn't had a complete game since 2017. A shutout since 2016. What a performance and what a Sportsman of the Week!
Monday, April 19, 2021
Two weeks into the MLB season and two no hitters. It's not supposed to happen like this. Especially early in the season where pitchers are presumably working up their pitch count. Last week, Joe Musgrove did the improbable. This week, Chicago White Sox hurler Carlos Rodon almost did the impossible. A near perfect game. The lefty took a perfecto into the 9th but on a fluke (or characteristic) unhittable sharp breaking ball, hit a batter on his foot with one out. No worries, he retired the next two batters and preserved the no-no for an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Rodon, a 3rd overall pick in the 2014 Amateur draft, has struggled with injuries with only 11 starts in the last 2 years (2019-20). It was Rodon's second complete game and first shutout. And of course, first no hitter. He did it and further reminded baseball fans how fun baseball is. Our Sportsman of the Week!
Monday, April 12, 2021
What a first full week for Major League Baseball and unbelievably we have our first no hitter! Of 2021 and for the San Diego Padres! With teams concerned about pitch counts and 10 person bullpens, Joe Musgrove ensured none were needed. Facing just one more than the minimum, Musgrove sent down 27 Texas Rangers without allowing a hit. Ten strikeouts, no walks and just a hit by pitch. It was Musgrove's first complete game and, consequently, his first shut out. Could not have come at a better time. The Padres are expected to compete with the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and if they can get this sort of performance out of Musgrove, they just might unseat the champs. A worthy Sportsman of the Week!
Monday, April 5, 2021
Sports fans across the United States were deprived of March Madness in 2020. The reward in 2021 is that much sweeter. After recognizing as a Sportsman of the Week a player on the men's side last week, it was the Women's Final Four that was the story of the weekend. Enter an all Pac 12 final, and enter our Sportswoman of the Week from the National Champion Stanford Cardinal. Haley Jones of the Cardinal led a 4 guard attack that couldn't be slowed down in two, single point Final Four victories. Jones chipped in 24 points in the semifinal against South Carolina Gamecocks, then another 17 against fellow Pac 12 rival Arizona to end the Final Four averaging over 20 points a game. The Stanford Cardinal were champions for the first time in 29 years and Jones is the deserving Sportswoman of the Week!