Carlton Ernest "Pudge" Fisk (born December 26, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971-1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981-1993). Known by the nickname "Pudge" due to his 6'2", 220 lb frame, he was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year (1972). He is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, one of the greatest moments in World Series history. At the time of his retirement in 1993 he held the records for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351 (since passed by Mike Piazza). A testament to his durability behind the plate, Fisk held the record for most games played at the position of catcher (2,226) until June 17, 2009 when he was surpassed by "Pudge" Iván Rodríguez. Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate (24). Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won 3 Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position. Fisk was known as a fierce competitor, a superb handler of pitchers and a natural on-field leader. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Power Rankings, 7-14-10

110 games down, 52 more to go.

1. Salem Fresh 73-37 -- Can anyone stop Salem from making it back to the World Series? This blogger doesn't think so. Jerome Stern appears to be a shoe in for the NL Cy Young award. Phil Graves is showing why he is worth every bit of that 20 Mil salary, having 44 home runs and 101 RBI's already.
Batting #3, Pitching #7, Fielding #23

2. Houston Home Wreckers 68-42 -- Houston is benefiting from great all around play. The pressure is on though because Jackson is nipping at their heels in the AL South. Mario Kydd continues to be the star talent here with a .310 avg in just over 400 at bats.
Batting #8, Pitching #6, Fielding #8

3. Cleveland grievous angels 66-44 -- The biggest suprise in the rankings this time around, Cleveland climbs all the way from 9th to 3rd. Pitching has drastically improved from the 22nd rank to #9. The call up of rookie SP Jesus Martin has put a charge in Cleveland's pitching staff. He is 8-2 with a 3.08 Era in his first 14 ML starts.
Batting #2, Pitching #9, Fielding #4

4. Kansas City Storm 67-43 -- KC Pitching has hit a bit of a slump lately, with only Ace Brad Chouinard holding up the staff. He is 14-6 with a 3.33 Era. The bats continue to keep the team rolling, led by the power trio of Sting Dunham, Kevin Nakajima, and Juan James.
Batting #4, Pitching #16, Fielding #2

5. Montreal Expos 63-47 -- The 1st ranked batting team in the majors comes in at #5. Antonio Chen is still the man with a .312 avg, and Rip Kapler has been a pleasant suprise for the Expos with a .359 avg in 421 at bats.
Batting #1, Pitching #13, Fielding #22

6. Jackson Five 65-45 -- Jackson is also benefiting from great play in all categories. Nate Singleton is leading the offense with 23 homers and 74 rbi's. The starting pitchers are slumping right now, but solid bullpen pitching is making up for it.
Batting #6, Pitching #8, Fielding #6

7. Florida Boiler Bangers 66-44 -- Florida is riding the hot bat of Rookie slugger Eswalin Belliard. He has a stellar .326 avg with 31 home runs and 83 rbi's, making him a solid option for the NL rookie of the year. The Pitching staff has made some headway since the last rankings but still has a ways to go.
Batting #10, Pitching #15, Fielding #13

8. Seattle Dead Rockstars 63-47 -- Seattle makes it back into the top 10 this week at #8. Seattle GM rtconnelly has really been feeling the pressure from the top brass as Las Vegas is a little to close for comfort. On the field, 2nd year center fielder Alan Ramirez is having a remarkable season. He has a .313 avg, 38 homers and 101 rbi's, he has also swiped 22 bags. The starting pitching staff is pretty solid right now, being led by Stan Newfield and Julio Ordonez, each with 12 wins. It would appear that rtconnelly's job as GM is safe, for now that is.
Batting #22, Pitching #3, Fielding #11

9. Milwaukee Suds Utd 62-48 -- All you can say for Milwaukee is, the pitching is hot and the Batting is very very not. The starting staff has 4 out of 5 pitchers under a 3 era. The bullpen is absolutly lights out led by Bosco Sweeney and his stellar 1.78 era in 81 innings of SUA work. The Bats are gonna have to heat up for the Suds if they wanna get back to a World Series.
Batting #32, Pitching #1, Fielding #3

10. Texas Tycoons 61-49 -- George Stanley and Steve White continue to impress the Texas fans with thier bats. Stanley has 35 homers and 86 rbi's, while White has 32 homers with 81 rbi's. The starting pitching staff sustained a pretty heavy blow, losing ace pitcher Rico Ordaz to the 15 day DL. As soon as he returns, Texas should be able to look to erasing Florida's 5 game division lead.
Batting #9, Pitching #10, Fielding #21

Just outside the top

11. Buffalo Wings 62-48
12. Chicago Ugly Sox 61-49
13. Atlanta Chopahawkers 58-52
14. Las Vegas Hangovers 59-51
15. Charleston Low Country Ambush 58-52

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