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Posts Tagged ‘Ken Griffey Jr.’

2012 MLB Highlight: Adam Dunn became sixth player to hit 40 HR’s in both leagues

Adam Dunn at 1B (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn’s 40-homer season during the 2012 season, allowed him to become just the sixth player in major league history to belt 40 or more homers in a season in the National League and the American League.

In the N.L., the 33-year-old hit 40-plus homers in a season four times for the Cincinnati Reds (2004-2007) and 40 homers playing for the Reds and Arizona in 2008.

The five players who accomplished the feat before Dunn includes: Darrell Evans with Atlanta and Detroit, Shawn Green with Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ken Griffey, Jr. with Seattle and the Reds, Mark McGwire with Oakland and St. Louis and Jim Thome with Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox.

Dunn is a 2-time All-Star, 2002 with the Reds and 2012 with the White Sox. He has 406 career homers and 1,018 RBI’s.

Dunn has also played for the Washington Nationals.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox, Radio & TV news

Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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Cincinnati Moeller grad Robinett chooses UD’s baseball program

 

(courtesy of Dayton Flyers)

Cincinnati Moeller baseball coach Tim Held has reported that one of his players, recent graduate Kyle Robinett, a catcher, is a preferred walk-on and has committed to the University of Dayton Flyers baseball program.

Robinett earned first-team all-Greater Catholic League South Division despite missing half the season with a severe ankle sprain.

Robinette led the Moeller Crusaders in home runs with five.

The Moeller program has produced Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Junior, Buddy Bell, David Bell and Len Matuszek in baseball.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, internet reports

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs

 

Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.

THE 600 HOME RUN CLUB INCLUDES:

762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

Reds reward Dusty Baker with two-year contract extension through 2012

Reds manager Dusty Baker (file photo)

Reds celebrate NL Central title last Tuesday (megasportsnews.com)

When the Reds hired Dusty Baker three years ago, they gave him a three-year contract to get the team out of the lower division to the upper division of the NL Central.

It took him exactly three-years to transform the team who depended on the power of inconsistent power hitters Ken Griffey, Jr. and Adam Dunn, into a team who’s offense thrived on going from first to third on base hits, which they led the league in during the 2010 season.

Dusty got the job done in three years and he was rewarded Monday with a new deal, for leading the Reds into their first playoff appearance in 15 years.

Bakers’s coaching staff was also offered two-year contract extension.

The Reds will be heading to Philadelphia to play the defending NL champions on Wednesday to start the playoffs.

Cincinnati was the biggest surprise of all the division champions, winning the tough Central Division despite having a young and inexperienced lineup and pitching staff. With the Reds and Cardinals in a tight race from mid-May to mid-August, Baker kept the team from getting into prolonged losing streaks. The Reds finally stretched the division to nine games in August and that was the end of the race.

Cincinnati hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1995, when Davey Johnson took the Reds to the championship series. Since then, the Reds have gone through two owners, three general managers and five managers until they settled on Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker to run the show.

The Reds unexpected championship has put Baker in quality company.

Baker led the Giants and Cubs to the playoffs before the leading the Reds. He joins Bill McKechnie as the only managers to take three National League teams to the playoffs. Nine have taken three different teams to the playoffs overall, McKechnie, Davey Johnson, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Joe Torre and Dick Williams.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

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