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Posts Tagged ‘Rogers Centre.’ writer adds another MLB ballpark to his list

Marlins new ballpark in Miami (photo by Steve Basford) writer Steve Basford is on a quest to see every Major League Baseball Ballpark.

Last year, he added Citi Field, Rogers Centre to the list.

This year, he has added the new Marlins Park.

Marlins Park, MLB’s newest stadium, is located on 17 acres of Miami’s former Orange Bowl in Little Havana. It is 2 miles west of downtown Miami. The stadium has a retractable roof to deal with Miami’s rainy season. It seats only 37,442 fans, the third-smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.

Marlins Park outside (By Dan Lundberg via wikipedia commons)


Blue Jays to retire Alomar’s number 12

Roberto Alomar (Blue Jays media guide photo)

43-year-old Roberto Alomar, who played for San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, the NY Mets, Arizona and twice with the Chicago White Sox, will be getting another soon.

The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee second baseman will become the first Toronto Blue Jays player to have his number retired.

Alomar, who was one of the players who helped lead the Blue Jays win back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the Rogers Centre on July 31.

Alomar, who wore the number 12 for Toronto, compiled a .300 batting average with 2,724 hits and stole 474 bases in his career.

The brother of Sandy Alomar Jr, Roberto ended his 17-year career in 2004 with 12 All-Star Game selections and was elected along with Bert Blyleven to this year’s Hall of Fame in January 2011.


compiled from Toronto Blue Jays & MLB news


Halladay returns to Toronto; receives cheers from grateful fans


Roy Halladay (file photo)

For 12 seasons, the fans of the Toronto Blue Jays knew and expected Roy Halladay to win everytime he took the mound or at least give the team a chance to win.

Those fans saw him as a 21-year-old turn into a Cy Young Award-winning All-Star pitcher.

Halladay returned to Toronto on Saturday and pitched another solid game at the Rogers Centre, a complete-game 5-3 with his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

The fans stood for almost three minutes and cheered while he threw warmup pitches and Halladay said he’ll never forget that gesture.

The Phillies usually win whenever Halladay takes the mound. They have not lost a game he has started since May 15, where his record is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA.


Info compiled from Philadelphia Phillies & Toronto Blue Jays news

No-hitters by Twins’ Liriano and Tigers’ Verlander earn American League co-Players of the Week honors


Francisco Liriano (file photo)

Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, the first pair to toss no-hitters within a five-day span of one another since Al Leiter of the Florida Marlins and Dwight Gooden of the New York Yankees in May 1996 (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau), have been named Co-Players of the Week for the period ending May 8th.

The co-winners will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

On Tuesday, May 3, Liriano became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field as he led the Twins to a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. That became the seventh no-hitter in franchise history (including one that came when the team was known as the Washington Senators) and the first no-hitter for a Twins pitcher since Eric Milton no-hit the Angels at the Metrodome on September 11, 1999. The ChiSox were no-hitted for the 13th time in franchise history, the first since Kansas City’s Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991, and the first at home since Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers accomplished the feat on April 7, 1984 at old Comiskey Park. The 2006 A.L. All-Star struck out two and walked six in the 123-pitch outing, becoming the fifth pitcher in the last 30 years to issue more walks than strikeouts in a no-hit performance.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-year-old Liriano is the fifth Dominican Republic-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). Liriano’s no-hitter was the first complete game and the first shutout of his pro career.

Justin Verlander (file photo)

On Saturday, May 7, Verlander became the 27th player in modern MLB history and the second Tigers pitcher to throw two career no-hitters (also Virgil Trucks, both in 1952) when he blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-0, at the Rogers Centre. It was the seventh no-hitter in the team’s decorated history and the first since Verlander, the 2006 A.L. Rookie of the Year, held the Milwaukee Brewers hitless at Comerica Park on June 12, 2007. The Virginia native almost reached perfection in the 108-pitch outing, issuing one walk in the eighth inning while striking out four. The 28-year-old’s no-hit performance marked the first on the road for Detroit since Morris’ no-hitter at Comiskey Park in 1984. Toronto was no-hit for the fourth time in franchise history, the last coming when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched the seventh and final no-hitter of his career on May 1, 1991.


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Tampa Bay Rays’ Shields named American League Player of the Week

James Shields (file photo)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 24th.

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, James Shields, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Shields pitched complete games in each of his two starts last week to compile a perfect 2-0 record with 16 strikeouts in a Major League-leading 18. innings pitched. The native of Newhall, California posted a 0.50 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .138 batting average while issuing just three walks.

Shields has now tossed at least 7.0 innings in four of his five starts this season. On April 19th, the right-hander recorded his sixth career complete game, his first since a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 9, 2008, be defeating the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Shields struck out nine and walked one, and became the first Rays pitcher to surpass the 1,000.0 career innings pitched. The win snapped a string of nine consecutive winless starts (0-5) dating back to August 29, 2010.

On Sunday, the 16th round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft again went the distance, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Shields held the power-laden Blue Jays hitless through four innings before Juan Rivera singled to open the fifth. The 29-year-old struck out seven and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to become the first Rays pitcher to win back-to-back complete games since Albie Lopez in 2000.

Already the Rays all-time leader in wins (58), games started (156) and innings pitched (1,016.0), Shields’ seven complete games moves him into the top spot on the Tampa Bay all-time list. In addition, he is currently ranked second in strikeouts with 829, just 45 behind Scott Kazmir. This is the second career A.L. Player of the Week award for Shields who previously was selected the week of 4/28/08.


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