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Dan Schlossberg’s Weekend Notebook

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How things change: when sidelined by appendicitis in April, Jason Heyward had a batting average that trailed Justin Upton’s by 200 points. Now they’re almost dead-even . . .

Steve Garvey, with Rico Carty the only write-ins to crack the All-Star lineup, points out that there was no internet voting at the time of his election. Garvey, who beat a case of the mumps to play in the ’74 game, was MVP of the All-Star Game, the NL Championship Series, and the National League that year . . .

Steve Garvey says he'll be the last All-Star write-in

Steve Garvey says he’ll be the last All-Star write-in

Could any player be more underrated than Arizona rightfielder Gerardo Parra? He leads all outfielders in assists and has proven to be a potent leadoff man for the D’backs . . .

Gerardo Parra is a fine player but underrated

Gerardo Parra is a fine player but underrated

Zack Wheeler is living proof that not all rookies will be ravishing from Day 1. The question for the Mets is whether he will become another Matt Harvey or whether he’ll be another Bill Pulsipher . . .

Pittsburgh pilot Clint Hurdle should win National League Manager of the Year honors by unanimous vote . . .

Bad news for Atlanta rivals: heavy-hitting rookie catcher Evan Gattis and crack righthanded pitcher Brandon Beachy, both battling injuries, figure to be back in action right after the All-Star Game . . .

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole: a name to remember

Loved the matchup of Cole Hamels (Phillies) v. Gerrit Cole (Pirates). Heard there was a special on Cole slaw in Pittsburgh that night . . .

Billy Sample’s movie has a July 26 release date . . .

Yasiel Puig’s hot start suggests Willie McCovey in 1959. McCovey did not make the All-Star team that year but did win NL Rookie of the Year. Puig could do both, though Shelby Miller (Cardinals) and Gattis will give him a battle for the trophy . . .

Puig can play

Puig can play

Don’t you agree that Terry Francona deserves the American League Manager of the Year Award just for having his pitching-starved Indians in contention so long? . . .

Hardly surprised that the Houston Astros have the worst record in the American League but a bit surprised that they’re even worse than the Miami Marlins . . .

First to worst? How in the world did the San Francisco Giants tumble from world champions last year to cellar dwellers this summer? Can you say Tim Lincecum three times fast? . . .

Don’t look now but the Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the NL West title chase now that Hanley Ramirez is healthy again and Puig is performing far better than anyone (himself included) could have imaged . . .

Teams that figure to unload high-salaried veterans before the July 31 trading deadline include the Mariners, White Sox, Brewers, and Cubs, and possibly the Twins, Royals, Mets, and Phillies too. Not sure if the Marlins or Astros have anyone who qualifies as a high-salaried vet . . .

Despite the universal snub by Cooperstown electors this year, I’d be willing to bet that Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine both get in next time. They had six Cy Young Awards and a World Series MVP award between them, plus 300+ wins each . . .

Hall of Fame Ralph Kiner, a Mets broadcaster since the team’s 1962 inception, was behind the SNY mike on July 4 at age 90 — almost as old as Julio Franco in his prime.

 

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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