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Phillies claim former Reds reliever Jared Hughes off waivers

 

Jared Hughes Reds (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

 

The Phillies have claimed right-hander Jared Hughes off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, the club announced Thursday afternoon.

Hughes, 34, was 3-4 with one save and a 4.10 ERA in 47 games for the Reds this year, including a 1.93 ERA in 26 road games. In 10 appearances against National League East opponents this season, Hughes has posted a 1.88 ERA while holding hitters to a .188 batting average. He has pitched at least 2.0 innings in eight games this season and has a 1.00 ERA in those appearances.

Having spent his entire career in the National League, Hughes has a career record of 27-23 with 12 saves and a 2.83 ERA in 499 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-16), Milwaukee Brewers (2017) and Reds (2018-19). Over the last eight seasons (2012-19), Hughes has appeared in the third-most games (487) among NL relievers, trailing only Tony Watson (553) and Kenley Jansen (512).

To make room for Hughes on the 40-man roster, right-hander Edubray Ramos has been placed on the 60-day injured list.

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Reds rookie RF Aristides Aquino setting world on fire in just 13 MLB games

 

Aristides Aquino Reds (courtesy MLB)

 

When the Cincinnati Reds made the three-team trade with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians in which they sent Yasiel Puig, their 2nd-best power hitter to the Indians, fans were scratching their heads. But the team got RHP Trevor Bauer in return.

But the question remained, who would support Eugenio Suarez with hitting balls consistently into the seats.

Well, the Reds front office, who has made some daring moves this year that have improved the team. made another one. They brought up little-known Aristides Aquino to play in right field.

He did struggle his first few at bats, but since then “The Punisher” as he is called, has been sending balls into the seats at a surpring and alarming rate.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, 25-year-old from Dominican Republic. has become the first MLB player in history, since 1900, with 9 homers in his first 13 career games. Trevor Story, the Rockies shortstop, held the record previously with 8. Currently he has a .378 batting average with 9 homers and 17 RBI’s.

Aquino is not new to the Reds organization. He signed with the organization as an international free agent from the Dominican Prospect League in January 2011. In 2012, he played with the Dominican Summer League Reds. In 2013, he spent time with the Arizona League Reds and Billings Mustangs. The lanky outfielder, who is starting to remind people of former Reds CF Eric Davis due to his quick wrists, quick bat and wearing of #44, in 2015 played at Billings and with the Dayton Dragons. 2016, saw him play for the Daytona Tortugas and he was named Florida State League Player of the Year. After that season, the Reds put him on the 40-man roster.

Aquino did play for the Reds in 2018, but saw very limited action. After the season, he was non-tenedered a contract and thus became a free agent in November of 2018. The Reds front office, then had second thoughts and re-signed him to a minor-league deal on December 3, 2018.

He opened the 2019 season with the Reds AAA team, the Louisville Bats. . On August 1, the Reds selected Aquino’s contract and brought him back to the majors. The powerful youngster then hit seven home runs in his first ten major league games, tying the record of Rockies SS Trevor Story. On August 10, 2019, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, Aquino hit three home runs, becoming the first rookie in MLB history to hit a home run in three consecutive innings, and the second rookie after Bobby Estrellas to have a three home run game in his first ten career games.

REDS NOTES ON “THE PUNISHER”

*is the reigning National League Player of the Week…from 8/5-8/11 he led the Major Leagues in slugging percentage (1.364), tied for the lead in HR (6) and led the National League in hitting (.500) and RBI (11)…he is the first Reds rookie to win a Player of the Week award since RHP Chris Reitsma in April 2001 and the first Reds rookie position player since Hal Morris in July 1990.

*PLAYER OF THE MONTH Since his promotion on August 1, rookie RHP Aristides Aquino is tied for the Major League lead in HR (9) and RBI (17), leads the National League in slugging percentage (1.023) and ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.386, 5th), on-base percentage (.426, T16th), hits (17, T9th) and extra-base hits (10, 4th).

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 14 CAREER GAMES Aristides Aquino …….. 9 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Trevor Story, Col ………. 8 …………………. 2016 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports Aquino played in 1 game in 2018

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 12 CAREER GAMES Aristides Aquino …….. 8 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Yordan Alvarez, Hou …. 7 …………………. 2019 Trevor Story, Col ………. 7 …………………. 2016 Trey Mancini, Bal ……… 7 ……….. 2016 – 2017 Dino Restelli, Pit ………. 7 …………………. 1949 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports Aquino played in 1 game in 2018

*MOST HOME RUNS IN FIRST 10 GAMES FOR THE REDS Aristides Aquino ….. * 7 ……….. 2018 – 2019 Corey Patterson ……….. 4 …………………. 2008 Josh Hamilton ………….. 4 …………………. 2007 Juan Encarnacion …….. 4 …………………. 2002 Ron Gant ………………… 4 …………………. 1995 Brian R. Hunter ………… 4 ……….. 1994 – 1995 Gus Bell ………………….. 4 …………………. 1953 Ron Northey ……………. 4 …………………. 1950 Since 1900, Courtesy @EliasSports * Tied Trevor Story’s ML record for HR in 1st 10 career G

*MOST RBI IN FIRST 10 GAMES FOR THE REDS Ken Griffey Jr. ………… 14 …………………. 2000 Jim Greengrass ……… 14 …………………..1952 Aristides Aquino …… 13 …………………. 2019 Brandon Phillips ……… 13 …………………. 2006 Jim Bottomley ………… 13 …………………. 1933 Since 1920, Courtesy @EliasSports

*THE PUNISHER: Rookie Aristides Aquino produced 9 HR in his first 14 career games, including a 3-homer game on Sat vs Cubs in which he homered in 3 consecutive innings (2nd, 3rd, 4th)…he played 1 game for the Reds last season. • Is the first player in modern Major League history with 9 HR in his first 14 career games. • Is the first player in modern Major League history with 8 HR in his first 12 career games. • Is the second player in modern Major League history with 7 HR in his first 10 career games (Col’s Trevor Story, 2016). • Is the second player in modern Major League history with a 3-homer game within his first 10 career games (Bobby Estalella, 10th game, 9/4/1997). • Is the first Major League rookie and first Reds player to homer in 3 consecutive innings (2nd-4th), tying the Major League record for HR in consecutive innings in a game…he was the 13th player to do it, the second this season (Chi’s Kris Bryant, 5/17 at Wsh, 7th-9th). • Is the second Reds rookie to homer in 4 consecutive games (Eric Davis, 9/3-9/6, 1984). • Is the second Reds rookie with 3 HR in a game (Joey Votto, 2008). • Is the second Reds batter this season with 3 HR in a game (Derek Dietrich, 5/28 vs Pit)…was the 29th Reds player with at least 3 homers in a game, accomplished for the 37th time.

*44 ARISTIDES AQUINO, of 2nd Half: 17-44 (.386), 1 2b, 9hr, 17rbi, 1.449ops • Is the reigning National League Player of the Week. • Since his 8/1 promotion, started in RF in 12 of the Reds’ 13 games and PH in the other. • Produced a home run in 7 of his 13 apps and an RBI in 9 of his 13 apps. • His 9-game hitting streak snapped Tue at Wsh ties for the longest by a Reds batter this season (Nick Senzel, José Iglesias)…during that streak .517 (15-29, 1 2b, 8hr, 16rbi, 1.379slg, .563obp). • His 4-game HR streak snapped Sun vs Cubs is the longest by a Reds batter this season…fell 1 game shy of the franchise record for HR in consecutive games. • Thu’s 2-run HR off Cole Hamels traveled 118.3 miles per hour, the hardest hit ball by a Reds batter in the Statcast Era and tied for the hardest hit home run in the Major Leagues this season (Gary Sánchez, Pete Alonso). • On 8/3 at Atl, in his third Major League appearance, produced his first career hit (single off Dallas Keuchel), first career HR (3-run off Keuchel) and first career RBI. • Was an International League All-Star at Louisville (78g, .299, 28hr, 53rbi)…when promoted ranked among the IL leaders in slugging (1st, .636), HR (2nd) and OPS (2nd, .992). • For the Bats fom 5/23-6/19 hit .345 during a 22-game hit streak, the second-longest by a Louisville batter since 1982…from 6/12-6/19 produced an RBI in 7 straight games, the longest RBI streak by a Bats batter since Danny Dorn (7) in 2011.

GAME NOTE STATISTICS COURTESY CINCINNATI REDS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Cardinals fire assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska

 

Mark Budaska behind Mike Maddux 2018 By Thomson200 - Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

August 12, 2019

 

ST. LOUIS, Mo., – The St. Louis Cardinals have announced today that assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska (BOO-dah-ska) has been relieved of his duties as hitting coach on the Major League staff.

Jobel Jimenez (JOE-bell), the hitting coach of the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds, will join the St. Louis Cardinals Major League coaching staff for the remainder of the 2019 season.

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Phillies change batting coaches; bring back popular Charlie Manuel

Charlie Manuel with Phillies in 2008 By User phillymads63 on Flickr, https commons.wikimedia.org

August 13, 2019

 

The Phillies have relieved hitting coach John Mallee of his duties, the club announced today. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been named the team’s hitting coach. Manuel, who currently works as senior advisor to the general manager, will assume the position for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Previously, Manuel, 75, served as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 1988-89 and 1994-99. From 1994-99, his second tour as hitting coach, Cleveland led the American League in runs three times (1994-95, 1999), led the league in home runs twice (1994-95) and set a franchise record by hitting 220 homers in 1997.

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Rangers to honor former slugger Josh Hamilton this Saturday

 

Josh Hamilton running bases for Texas in 2012 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

And Richard Greene to be inducted into Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday

First pitch of Rangers-Twins game moved from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m.
August 13, 2019

Arlington, TX – Outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was the offensive catalyst for a pair of American League Championship teams, and former City of Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, who was instrumental in the building of Globe Life Park in the early 1990’s, will be inducted as the 21st and 22nd members of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony this Saturday, August 17.

Hamilton and Greene will be inducted prior to the Rangers game with the Minnesota Twins at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The on-field ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. with the starting time of the Rangers-Twins game moved from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m. A number of current Texas Rangers Hall of Fame members will attend the ceremony with Fox Sports Southwest’s John Rhadigan serving as master of ceremonies. The pair become the Rangers Hall of Fame’s first inductees since Michael Young in 2016.

The Globe Life Park in Arlington gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the first 15,000 fans entering the park will receive a Coca Cola/Walmart “The Perfect Game” Kenny Rogers Bobblehead, commemorating that historic achievement on July 28, 1994.

The Rangers have a ticket special for August 17 in honor of Hamilton’s Hall of Fame Induction. FOX Sports Southwest and 105.3 The Fan are teaming up so fans can purchase two upper level tickets for just $32.00, which was Josh’s uniform number, by using coupon code HAMILTON at texasrangers.com/hamilton.

Hamilton posted a batting line of .305/.363/.549 with 142 home runs and 506 RBI over five seasons with Texas from 2009-12 after being acquired from Cincinnati in December 2007. In that span, he ranked among the Major League leaders in slugging (5th), RBI (8th), and batting average (10th) and was selected as an A.L. All-Star starter all five years.

In his first season as a Ranger in 2008, Hamilton led the A.L. with 130 RBI and 331 total bases and hit a record 28 home runs in the first round of the All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. After appearing in just 89 games in 2009, he was selected as the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player, leading the majors with a club record .359 batting average and a .633 slugging percentage. He continued his torrid season by hitting .350 with four homers and seven RBI to earn MVP honors in Texas’ six-game win over the Yankees in the ALCS.

Hamilton produced 25 homers and 94 RBI in just 121 games in 2011 before hitting a career best 43 homers with 128 RBI in 2012. That included the 16th four-homer game in ML history on May 8, 2012 at Baltimore when he also set A.L. records with five extra base hits and 18 total bases.

Reacquired from the Los Angeles Angels in April 2015, he appeared in 50 games for the A.L. West Division champion Rangers despite a left knee injury that would end his career. Overall, Hamilton ranks third in club history with a .542 slugging percentage and .901 OPS and is 9th with a .302 batting average among players with at least 300 games. He was two-time Rangers Player of the Year (2008 and 2010) and won three A.L. Silver Slugger Awards (2008, 2010, 2012).

Overall, Hamilton had a .290 average with 200 homers and 701 RBI in 1027 games with Cincinnati (2007), Texas (2008-12; 2015), and the Los Angeles Angels (2013-14).

During his tenure as Mayor of Arlington from 1987-97, Richard Greene played a major role in the Texas Rangers effort to build a ballpark to replace Arlington Stadium and thus keep the team in Arlington. After several months of discussions with the Rangers’ ownership group led by George W. Bush, Edward “Rusty” Rose, and Tom Schieffer, the ballclub and City of Arlington announced an agreement to build the new facility on October 24, 1990. The public financing for the project was derived from $135 million in bonds to be paid from a one-half cent City of Arlington sales tax that was approved by a 65 percent majority in a special city election on January 19, 1991. Mayor Greene worked closely with Schieffer, who became President of the Rangers in 1991 and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2014, during the design and construction of The Ballpark in Arlington, which opened on time and on budget in April 1994.

Since leaving office, Greene has remained involved with the Rangers organization for many years. In November 2018, Rangers were the recipient of Major League Baseball’s highest community award, the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence. The honor recognized the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation’s efforts to support Arlington youth through the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program.

Now in its 23rd year of operation, the Richard Greene Scholars program has provided more than $1.2 million in college scholarships to 126 Arlington high school students. In addition to financial aid, the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program has become a cornerstone leadership development program in Arlington by engaging recipients with local civic and business communities. Local leaders and organizations collaborate to operate the program, including the Arlington Independent School District (AISD), the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and the Rangers Baseball Foundation, and several other civic partners. Additionally, Richard Greene Scholars participate in a rigorous local internship program and are mentored by leaders within the Arlington community.

Tickets for Saturday’s game and all 2019 home games can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park first base box office.

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