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This Day in Baseball History - May 18th

This Day in Baseball History - May 18th

On May 18th, 1956, Mickey Mantle would hit his 136th home run.
This was significant because at the time this gave Mantle the record for most home runs as a switch hitter.

The previous record was held by Ripper Collins who played for the “Gashouse Gang” St. Louis Cardinals.
Ripper led the Cardinals to the World Series in 1934 and retired in 1941 holding the record for most switch hit home runs with 135.
In that 1934 championship season, Ripper tied with Mel Ott of the New York Giants for the National League home run crown with 35.
It was the first time since 1890 that a switch hitter would lead the National League in home runs.

Ripper was a natural left hander.
His Dad taught him how to hit and throw right handed.
In fact Ripper would come to games with a right handed first baseman’s glove and a left handed third baseman’s glove and would play both positions using different gloves.

And while Ripper Collins is just a footnote in history, Mickey Mantle went on to hit 536 home runs.
And that 536 home run mark still stands as the most home runs ever hit by a switch hitter.
In fact only one other switch hitter has 500 HR’s (Eddie Murray – 504).
And then there are 3 with 400 (Chipper Jones – 468, Carlos Beltran – 411, Mark Teixeira – 400).

And then there are switch hitters that weren’t famous for the long ball but were great hitters.
That list notably include Pete Rose, Tim Raines, Roberto Alomar, and Maury Wills.

While the percentage of MLB switch hitters is about 10-15% in any given year, there are only a handful of switch hitters in any Little League.

According to a USA Today article “Many kids try switch hitting when they are young but give up after striking out in games.
Switch hitting isn’t as easy as it looks. 
Kids aren’t willing to spend the time needed to hit well from both sides of the plate. 
Hitting off a tee is boring to many kids, so they don’t get enough reps to become a good switch hitter.
Young hitters want instant success, so they usually stick to their dominant side.”

Sean Walsh of the Majors Pirates is one of those rare switch hitters.
12 year old Sean had a great season with the Pirates to wrap up his SCLL career, batting close to .500 and hitting a home run left handed.
Like most kids who switch hit, Sean is a natural right hander.

His Mom Monica said “Sean started switch hitting as a drill to help break down the mechanics of his swing about 3 years ago.   We were working on making his swing more consistent and we found that he could process what we wanted him to do better while working on it from the left side vs. trying to fight his muscle memory on the right.  Once he learned from the left he could then replicate it on the right.  The original intent was not to become a switch hitter but we found he was getting good at it and he enjoyed having the option.”

And as someone who threw BP regularly to Sean this year on the Majors Pirates, it was impossible to tell which was his natural side.
Line drives were hit consistently from both sides.

The switch hitting club is a very exclusive group.
It takes hard work, practice, and patience.
And as Ripper Collins would probably tell Sean Walsh, “Welcome to the club, kid!”


Ripper Collins of the St. Louis Cardinals, who once held the home run record for switch hitters, welcomes Sean Walsh of the Majors PIrates to the switch hitting club

SCLL Headlines - Sunday May 21st

Majors takes the weekend off, but set for a wild week of playoff action beginning Monday May 22nd
 

Majors - #10 Pirates/#8 Padres and #9 Yankees/#3 Athletics battle it out on Monday May 22nd in a loser leaves town elimination match
 

Majors - #1 Reds and #5 Giants set for epic Tuesday Showdown
 

Majors - Upstart #7 Cubs hope to keep the magic alive Wednesday against the #3 Red Sox
 

AAA - #5 Thunder advance behind the pitching of Rocco Loskutoff and Clayton Magner and Reese Hsu's 2nd playoff home run
 

AAA - #4 Hooks walkoff in extra innings to stave off elimination and set up an American League showdown against the #5 Thunder
 

AAA - Gabe Goodwin's HR helps propel #3 Rattlers to a 10-8 win and live to play another day
 

AAA - #5 Grasshoppers win a pitching duel 5-4 to set up a National League showdown against the #3 Rattlers
 

AAA - Bulls, Sea Dogs, Marauders and Sand Gnats eliminated.  A big THANK YOU from the AAA Coordinators to the Managers of those respective teams, Kevin Maher, Franz Seidelhuber, Rick Martinez, and Chris Hriano.  Guys you did an amazing job this year and made our jobs easy.  Thank you.
 

AA - Upsets rock the bracket
 

AA - Florida Gators Assistant Coach Mike Zirelli looking for an unprecedented 3rd consecutive trip to the AA Championship Game.  Manager Greg Walbridge and Assistant Coach John Minton are also looking for back to back championship games on this Gators coaching staff. 

 

Showdown Tuesday!

"To be the man, you gotta beat the man"

- Ric Flair, 1989


All three #1 seeds in AAA and Majors are undefeated!
And all three have games on Showdown Tuesday.

Come check out the action this Tuesday May 24th.

Majors #1 seed Cincinnati Reds against the #5 seed San Francisco Giants at Arguello at 5:15 p.m.

Then in AAA we have simultaneous same day Tuesday battles between #1 and #2 seeds.

AAA American League #1 seed Mud Hens face off against the #2 seed Sea Wolves at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola

AAA National League #1 seed River Cats face off against the #2 seed Mudcats at 5:15 p.m. at Stadium

 

Can the underdogs pull off the upset?
Who wants to be the man???
If you want to be the man, you gotta beat the man!
Wooo!!!!!!


The Nature Boy Ric Flair said it best

Majors 2017 Final Regular Season Statistics - Runs Scored, Runs Allowed, Home Runs Hit, Home Runs Allowed

Runs Scored

Red Sox 9.90
Athletics 9.05
Reds 8.05
Astros 7.50
Padres 7.25
Cubs 7.10
Giants 6.95
Tigers 6.75
Yankees 5.80
Pirates 5.30

Runs Allowed

Astros 5.55
Reds 5.60
Giants 6.55
Cubs 6.90
Pirates 7.10
Athletics 7.30
Red Sox 7.50
Yankees 9.05
Padres 9.20
Tigers 9.60

 

Home Runs Hit

Athletics 21
Giants 18
Tigers 14
Astros 13
Reds 13
Red Sox 12
Padres 12
Cubs 10
Yankees 9
Pirates 4

Home Runs Allowed

Astros 8
Athletics 8
Reds 9
Cubs 9
Giants 10
Padres 10
Red Sox 13
Yankees 15
Pirates 16
Tigers 24



 

Majors Playoff Matchups

Note:  No Reseeding
Brackets determine matchups

 

Winner's Bracket

Game 1 - Monday May 15th - #8 Padres 9  #9 Yankees 7

Game 2 - Monday May 15th - #7 Cubs 4  #10 Pirates 2

Game 3 - Tuesday May 16th - #5 Giants 5  #4 Astros 4

Game 4 - Wednesday May 17th - #3 Red Sox 8  #6 Tigers 4

Game 5 - Thursday May 18th  - #1 Reds 8  #8 Padres 7

Game 6 - Thursday May 18th - #7 Cubs 10  #2 Athletics 6

Game 11 - Tuesday May 23rd -  #5 Giants at #1 Reds

Game 12 - Wednesday May 24th - #7 Cubs at #3 Red Sox

 

Loser's Bracket

Game 7 - Monday May 22nd - #8 Padres 13  #10 Pirates 4

Game 8 - Monday May 22nd - 5:15 p.m. at Stadium - #9 Yankees at #3 Athletics

Game 9 - Thursday May 22nd - 5:15 p.m. at Arguello - #8 Padres at #5 Astros

Game 10 - Thursday May 22nd - 5:15 p.m. at Stadium - Winner of Yankees/Athletics game vs. #6 Tigers
 

Playoff Home Runs

1 - Will Foster (Cubs)
1 - Anthony Figaro (Padres)
1 - Bryce Burke (Padres)
1 - Evan Elwood (Giants)
1 - Gavin Everett (Astros)
1 - Kirk Lord (Red Sox)
1 - James Tofigh (Red Sox)
1 - Cole Kenyon (Tigers)
1 - Carter Friday (Athletics)
1 - Tyler Wong (Reds)
1 - Spencer Haderle (Padres)
1- Landon Murphy (Padres)
1- Jackson Bae (Pirates)

AAA Playoff Schedule for American and National League for Winners and Losers Bracket in Chronological Order

American League

Winners Bracket

Game 1 – Saturday May 13th - #5 Thunder 9  #4 Hooks 5

Game 2 – Saturday May 13th - #3 Sea Dogs 11  #6 Bulls 7

Game 3 – Monday May 15th - #1 Mud Hens 13  #5 Thunder 4

Game 4 – Tuesday May 16th - #2 Sea Wolves 6  #3 Sea Dogs 5

Game 7 – Tuesday May 23rd at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola – #2 Sea Wolves at #1 Mud Hens

Game 10 – Saturday June 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Laureola – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 9

Game 11 (if necessary) – Monday June 5th at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola – Winner of Game 10 vs. Lose of Game 10, if 1st loss for Loser of Game 10

Game 12 – AAA Championship Game – Saturday June 10th at 11:30 a.m. at Arguello

Losers Bracket

Game 5 – Sunday May 21st - #5 Thunder 7  #6 Bulls 2

Game 6 – Sunday May 21st - #4 Hooks 9  #3 Sea Dogs 8 - 7 innings

Game 8 – Wednesday May 24th at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola – #5 Thunder at #4 Hooks

Game 9 – Tuesday May 30th at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola – Winner of Game 8 vs. Lose of Game 7


National League

Winners Bracket

Game 1 – Saturday May 13th - #4 Marauders 17  #5 Grasshoppers 10

Game 2 – Saturday May 13th - #6 Sand Gnats 11  #3 Rattlers 1

Game 3 – Tuesday May 16th - #1 River Cats 7  #4 Marauders 5

Game 4 – Wednesday May 17th - #2 Mudcats 11  #6 Sand Gnats 1

Game 7 – Tuesday May 23rd at 5:15 p.m. at Stadium – #2 Mudcats at #1 River Cats

Game 10 – Saturday June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Laureola – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 9

Game 11 (if necessary) – Monday June 5th at 5:15 p.m. at Stadium – Winner of Game 10 vs. Lose of Game 10, if 1st loss for Loser of Game 10

Game 12 – AAA Championship Game – Saturday June 10th at 11:30 a.m. at Arguello


Losers Bracket

Game 5 – Sunday May 21st - #3 Rattlers 10  #4 Marauders 8

Game 6 – Sunday May 21st - #5 Grasshoppers 5  #6 Sand Gnats 4

Game 8 – Thursday May 25th at 5:15 p.m. at Laureola – #5 Grasshoppers at #3 Rattlers

Game 9 – Tuesday May 30th at 5:15 p.m. at Stadium – Winner of Game 8 vs. Lose of Game 7


Playoff Home Runs

2 - Alan Szymanski (Marauders)
2 - Reese Hsu (Thunder)
2 - Nick Fox (Sand Gnats)
1 - Jake Sawyer (Thunder)
1 - Nate Hui (Sea Dogs)
1 - Cole Reimer (Marauders)
1 - Alessandro Martinez (Marauders)
1 - Rocco Loskutoff (Thunder)
1 - Ryan Mendez (Mudcats)
1 - Gabe Goodwin (Rattlers)
1 - Everett Haggarty (Sand Gnats)

Majors Section

2017 Final Regular Season Standings

Reds 14-6
Athletics 11-5-4
Red Sox 13-7
Astros 10-7-3
Giants 10-10
Tigers 10-10
Cubs 9-10-1

Padres 6-12-2
Yankees 6-14

Pirates 5-13-2
 

AAA Section

2017 Final Regular Season Standings

National League

River Cats 10-3
Mudcats 7-6
Rattlers 6-7
Marauders 5-7-1
Grasshoppers 4-8-1
Sand Gnats 2-10-1

American League

Mud Hens 12-1
Sea Wolves 8-5
Sea Dogs 7-6
Hooks 7-6
Thunder 6-7
Bulls 2-10-1

 

AA Section

See below spreadsheet for AA Scores and Standings

Final Standings - Updated 5/11/17

SCLL News

  • Majors Astros Blastoff Into 1st Place!

  • 05/01/2017, 10:15pm PDT , By Ted Mathias, tmathias@axway.com
  • The 1986 Houston Astros gave everything they had but could not get the job done. Can the 2017 Majors Astros win one for the memory of that 1986 team and other Astros teams that have come so close?
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2017 San Carlos Summer Tournament Section
 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!
(To register just fill out the PDF below)
 

The 2017 San Carlos Summer Tournament will be from July 18th - July 23rd, 2017. 

 Click here to see the 2017 SCHEDULE OF GAMES (will be posted soon), RULES, TEAM REGISTRATION and ROSTER RELEASE FORM.
 

If you have questions please contact Ross Mackie at rosssmackie@yahoo.com and Toby O'Brien at thomas.j.obrieniii@gmail.com.
 

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