Leo: More Championship Clippings
The Governors’ Cup and Triple-A National Championship trophies are on display in the Clippers office!
I enjoy writing on this blog and wish I had more time to dedicate to it. The biggest reason is the tremendous feedback I get from the baseball fans that read it.
Recently, I asked for some of your favorite sets of “baseball brothers”… here are some of the top responses:
Joe, Vince, and Dom DiMaggio – Probably the most famous set of brothers to every play the game. Joe, the Yankees Hall of Famer from 1936-51, Vince, who played for five National League teams from 1937-46, and Dom, the Red Sox center fielder and potential Hall of Famer had not been for four seasons lost while serving in World War II.
Phil and Joe Niekro – The knuckleball brothers. Phil, a Braves Hall of Famer who pitched until the age of 48. Joe, the Astros’ ace in the 70′s and 80′s. They combined to win 539 games, most by any set of brothers.
Felipe, Jesus, and Matty Alou - Felipe is a member of the 2,000 hit club. Jesus and Matty joined Felipe in the Giants lineup in 1963, making MLB history.
Sandy Jr. and Robbie Alomar – Sandy Jr. helped lead the Tribe to a pair of AL Championships and Robbie is a Hall of Fame second baseman.
Ramon and Pedro Martinez – Ramon won 135 games and Pedro is a soon-to-be Hall of Famer with three Cy Young Awards.
Gaylord and Jim Perry – They were Indians teammates for two seasons in the 70′s. Gaylord pitched for 22 years and earned induction into the Hall of Fame. Jim won over 200 games, mostly with the Twins.
Paul and Lloyd Waner – The only set of brothers in the Hall of Fame. They combined for 5,611 hits with Pittsburgh in the 1950′s.
Livan and Orlando Hernandez – Half-brothers that defected from Cuba. Orlando, “El Duque” is a former Clipper (1998 & 2002), who won 90 games over nine seasons. Livan won 174 over 16 years.
Hank and Tommie Aaron - They have the most homers hit by brothers (768), with Hank (755) doing most of the heavy lifting.
Jeff and Jared Weaver – Clippers media relations guru Anthony Slosser’s favorite set of brothers. Once highly touted prospects, they’ve pitched against each other and Jeff was once replaced by Jared on the Angels’ roster.
* The Clippers were honored as the Triple-A “Team of the Year”.
* The Clippers have teamed with Huntington Bank and MasterCard to create a Clippers MasterCard. Call 1-888-810-1381 to get your card!
* MILB.com has recognized some Clippers in the Cleveland Indians Organization All-Stars
* Clippers pitcher Josh Judy will host a live chat at 8:00pm on Monday and Tuesday at TheClevelandFan.com
* Happy Birthday (10/24) to Clippers/WMNI radio producer Rob “BaRob” Mutchler! He’s the man “spinning the dials” for the Clippers afternoon games each season.
* The 2012 Clippers schedule is complete with away times. I took a deeper look and here is what I found:
Fridays at home: 13
Saturdays at home: 10
Sundays at home: 9
The Clippers are on the road for just about every in-season holiday (with the exception of Easter)
Easter (4/8 vs. Louisville, 4:05pm)
Mother’s Day (5/13 at Pawtucket, 1:05pm)
Memorial Day (5/31 at Buffalo, 10:35am)
Father’s Day (6/17 at Gwinnett, 2:05pm)
Independence Day (7/4 at Toledo, 7:00pm)
Labor Day (9/3 at Toledo, 1:00pm)
IL West Division games
Games against Toledo: 22 (11 home, 11 away)
Games against Louisville: 21 (11 home, 10 away)
Games against Indianapolis: 21 (10 home, 11 away)
The most interesting part of the schedule is in May, when the Clippers play Scranton Wilkes-Barre in Rochester. That’s because the Yankees are without a home field during the 2012 season while PNC Field is being renovated.
That’s all for now.