Sunday Notes: Bobby Dalbec is a Music Nerd

Bobby Dalbec is a bona fide music nerd. The son of a longtime Atlantic Data govt, the 26-year-old Boston Pink Sox rookie not solely performs piano and guitar, he’s an ardent fan of a number of genres. Rising up across the enterprise influenced that. His father, Tim Dalbec, has labored with a various group of artists that embody — to call only a few — Bruno Mars, Robert Plant, Smash Mouth, and the Zac Brown Band.

Whereas he listens to every part from rap, to accommodate, to Neo soul —“If it sounds good in my ear is all that issues” — guitar-based rock is clearly in his wheelhouse. Speaking to the younger power-hitter previous to a latest recreation at Fenway Park, I realized that he enjoys Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer — “lots of people assume he’s a pop man, however his his guitar taking part in is fairly top-tier” — and Stevie Ray Vaughan. One other favourite is Goose, a jam-band out of Connecticut.

Considerably surprisingly, Dalbec solely not too long ago started taking part in the guitar.

“My dad by no means pushed me towards music,” stated Dalbec, whom the Pink Sox chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2016 draft out of the College of Arizona. “He was a drummer rising up, however I by no means realized drums. The primary instrument I realized was truly piano, and that was three or 4 off-seasons in the past. I used to be self-taught. Piano was type of a gateway into studying guitar, which I actually dove into after the primary COVID outbreak.”

Why piano earlier than guitar?

“I used to be tremendous into Queen at the moment,” defined Dalbec. “Elton John, as effectively. I listened to a number of that type of music, so I needed to be taught these songs. In fact, a guitar is simpler to journey across the nation with than a piano, in order that’s what I’m principally taking part in now.”

When he left residence to begin the season, Dalbec introduced alongside his Stratocaster —“a ‘50s Vintera Daphne Blue Strap with a maple fretboard” — and his pedal-effects board. The guitar buy was prompted by a member of a Grammy Award-winning band

“I used to be speaking with Eric Howk, the lead guitarist for ‘Portugal. The Man,’” Dalbec informed me. “That they had the music ‘Fell It Nonetheless,’ which went platinum. The primary electrical I purchased was a PRS CE 24, for about $450 — I purchased it used and nonetheless have it — after which [Howk] hooked me up with the Fender man. I like that ‘50s Vintera type of sound, however I’m truly within the hunt for a brand new PRS now, type of a semi-hollow. I simply haven’t pulled the set off on it but.”

Dalbec admits to being a relative neophyte when it comes to guitar chops, though a number of that has to do with lofty requirements. He’s not too long ago been listening to Tom Misch, a UK-based musician who grew up a violin savant, then studied music know-how earlier than turning his consideration to the guitar. Dalbec isn’t practically that superior, nevertheless it’s
not as if he doesn’t perceive what he’s doing. On a latest street journey, Adam Ottavino performed the band Boston’s ‘Foreplay/Lengthy Time,’ and Dalbec took it upon himself to be taught the music’s essential riff. And he likes to improvise.

“I’ll use a loop pedal, make a chord development, add a bass line, and simply type of jam over it,” stated Dalbec. “What I’m primarily specializing in recently, once I play a solo, is soloing over that chord — not essentially simply soloing on the pentatonic scale or no matter key the music is in.”

Spoken like a real music nerd.



Al Aber went 0 for 4 towards Spec Shea.

Merito Acosta went 0 for 4 towards Cy Pieh.

Morrie Aderholt went 0 for 4 towards Rip Sewell.

Hank Arft went 0 for 4 towards Bobby Shantz.

Casper Asbjornson went 0 for 4 towards Sheriff Blake.


Ralph Garza Jr. is exclusive in that he throws three pitches from one arm angle, and two pitches from one other arm angle. The 27-year-old Minnesota Twins right-hander employs a standard three-quarters supply for his four-seamer, cutter, and slider, and he drops down sidearm for his sinker and his curveball.

The veracity of what you simply learn depends on the way you outline pitch varieties. An alternate I had with Garza earlier this week introduced that sometimes-conundrum to the fore. Requested how he grips his sidearm curveball, the erstwhile Houston Astro informed me that it’s the identical as if he had been throwing a slider excessive. Had been he to carry the 79-mph providing like a curveball, “it will be like 50 mph.”

So, is the pitch a curveball, or is it truly a slider?

“I name it a slider,” replied Garza. “The catchers additionally name it a slider. The computer systems name it a curveball.”

OK, then. What concerning the breaking ball he throws from excessive?

“Together with a cutter, I throw a slider that’s extra 12-6,” defined Garza. “They name it a slider, although it’s extra of a curveball than the one I throw from the facet.”

So there you’ve it. The pitcher the Twins claimed off waivers in early August throws a curveball that’s arguably a slider, and a slider that’s arguably a curveball. Throwing totally different pitches from totally different arm angles isn’t the one factor that makes Ralph Garza Jr. atypical.


A quiz:

The New York Yankees have essentially the most residence runs (16,475) of any MLB franchise. Which franchise has hit the second-most residence runs?

The reply may be discovered under.



Taylor, Michigan and Hamilton, Ohio will meet within the Little League World Sequence championship recreation tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. Ohio superior to the ultimate by beating Sioux Falls, South Dakota 5-2. Michigan topped Honolulu, Hawaii 2-1.

Jerry Koosman had his No. 6 retired by the New York Mets yesterday. The left-hander from Appleton, Minnesota pitched for the Mets from 1967-1978, profitable 140 regular-season video games and going 3-0 in 4 World Sequence begins. All informed, Koosman went 222-209 in 19 big-league seasons.

Solly Drake, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs in 1956, and for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies in 1959, died earlier this week at age 90. Per RIP Baseball, Solly Drake and Sammy Drake had been the primary African-American siblings in MLB historical past (submit 1900).


The reply to the quiz is the Giants, who’ve totaled 14,959 residence runs whereas calling New York and San Francisco residence.


Stevie Branche is trying like a discover for the Cincinnati Reds. Signed as a non-drafted free agent final summer time out of the Rochester Institute of Know-how, the 24-year-old right-hander has 85 strikeouts, and has allowed simply 28 hits, in 48-and-two-thirds innings between Low-A Daytona and Excessive-A Dayton.

His path to professional ball was atypical, in addition to just a little bumpy. A senior-sign with a level in Mechanical Engineering, Branche wasn’t envisioning a profession on the diamond in his preliminary two seasons at RIT. Admittedly not prepared for the twin calls for of baseball and lecturers when he reached campus, he struggled to realize a toehold each on the mound and within the classroom. Come his junior yr, that modified. Buoyed by encouragement from teammate Will Gorman — “He informed me, ‘Hey, you can also make one thing of this’ — Branche upped his focus, in addition to the rate on a fastball that now sits mid-90s and has topped out simply wanting triple digits.

Following his senior yr, and a truncated five-round draft during which he was bypassed, a pair of groups reached out with gives. One was the San Francisco Giants. The opposite was the Reds.

“I felt that was the place I belonged, that it was the higher match for me of the 2,” Branche informed me shortly after being promoted to Dayton. “I noticed myself flourishing and progressing the most effective on this group.”

Know-how helps him flourish. Branche had a Rapsodo at his disposal at RIT, nevertheless it wasn’t till after he was drafted that deep dives into pitch design entered his actuality. The results of these endeavors has been a swing-and-miss breaker.

“I didn’t have a slider in any respect throughout my faculty profession,” defined Branche. “I used to be a curveball man, and I couldn’t throw it that tough, in order that they needed me to check out the slider. That was what I actually labored on throughout quarantine: making an attempt to form that pitch, get the spin route, and the general spin, proper. I’m getting it as much as about 84-85 mph with generally over a foot of horizontal break. Metrically talking, the vertical break can be wherever from negative-three to positive-five. The spin [rate] averages round 2,200 to 2,300 [RPM] proper now.”

The engineering grad is aware of the numbers on his different choices, as effectively. Branche stated that his two-seam circle changeup ranges from 87 to 90 and spins between 2,000 and a pair of,100. His mid-90s fastball, which will get good experience up within the zone, spins between 2,500 to 2,700. The spin effectivity is top-shelf, at 98 to 100%.



Altoona Curve broadcaster Trey Wilson referred to as his 1,000th skilled baseball recreation final evening. Wilson broke into the enterprise with the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2013 and has additionally been behind the mic for the Lansing Lugnuts and the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Jordan Lawlar, the sixth-overall choose on this yr’s draft, will bear season-ending shoulder surgical procedure to restore a posterior labrum tear. The 19-year-old shortstop performed in simply two video games for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ rookie-league affiliate earlier than being injured.

Zac Veen had a grand slam whereas hitting for the cycle on Tuesday. A 19-year-old outfielder and the highest prospect within the Colorado Rockies system, Veen is slashing .306/.401/.524 with Low-A Fresno. He has 15 residence runs and 31 steals.

Enmanuel Mejia has thrown 33-and-two-thirds innings over 25 aid appearances between Low-A Bradenton and Excessive-A Greensboro and has but to be charged with an earned run. A 22-year-old right-hander from Bonao, Dominican Republic, Mejia was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019.

Fernando Guanare has a 2.45 ERA to go together with 29 strikeouts and only one stroll in 33 innings with the Los Angeles Angels’ Dominican Summer time League squad. An 18-year-old right-hander from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Guanare was inked to a contract this previous January.

Brandon Pfaadt has a 2.60 and 136 strikeouts in 110-and-two-thirds innings between Low-A Visalia, Excessive-A Hillsboro, and Double-A Amarillo. A 22-year-old right-hander, Pfaadt was drafted within the fifth spherical final yr out of Bellarmine College by the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Andrew Albers is again with the Minnesota Twins this yr after three seasons in Japan, the place he performed for the ORIX Buffaloes. I requested the 35-year-old southpaw out of North Battleford, Saskatchewan which pitchers most impressed him throughout his time in NPB.

“We had a man by the title of Yoshinobu Yamamoto who may be very, superb,” Albers stated of the ORIX right-hander. “He’s led the league in ERA, and has actually good things. Two-seam, slider, little cutter, good break up. He can throw a breaking ball when he must. Nothing goes straight. He simply will get weak contact after weak contact. He’s younger (23 years previous, as of earlier this month] so he hasn’t performed out his contract but to presumably come over.”

Yamamoto is 11-5 with a 1.64 ERA in 18 begins this yr. His ERA was 1.95 in 2019, and in 2020 it was 2.20.

“There’s additionally a man with SoftBank, Koudai Senga,” added Albers. “He throws actually laborious — he’s 96 to 100 [mph] — and has an excellent break up and a good little slider; it’s agency. Good things. So these are the 2 guys I used to be impressed with essentially the most. I didn’t see the opposite facet very a lot. We had been within the Pacific League, so I can’t say a lot about [the pitchers] within the Central League.”

Might the veteran left-hander see Yamamoto and/or Senga succeeding in MLB?

“No query,” replied Albers. “They’d each be positive.”



The Hanshin Tigers have NPB’s finest file, 55-40 with three ties. The Nippon-Ham Fighters have the worst file, 32-47 with 13 ties. Hanshin’s three ties are the fewest for any workforce, whereas the Seibu Lions and SoftBank Hawks have 17 every, essentially the most of any workforce.

Kosuke Fukudome drew his 1,000th profession NPB stroll on Wednesday. The 44-year-old Chunichi Dragons outfielder has 1,937 NPB hits.

Thyago Vieira set a Yomiuri Giants franchise file earlier this week when he made his thirtieth consecutive pitching look with out permitting a run. The 28-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil has made 41 aid appearances and has 14 saves and a 2.11 ERA. Viera performed for the Chicago White Sox in 2018 and 2019.

The KBO’s Kia Tigers have signed 24-year-old right-hander Bo Takahashi. A local of Presidente Prudente, Brazil who was featured in a July 2018 Sunday Notes column, Takahashi had been pitching for Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.


One of many Random Details and Stats entries in July 4’s column knowledgeable that Jim Minshall holds the big-league file for many pitching appearances with out giving up an earned run. A right-handed reliever for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974 and 1975, Minshaw got here out of the pen six instances.

Listed here are two different Minshaw information:

Pitching for Class-A Salem in 1972, Minshaw made 26 begins and went 16-1.

Previous to being promoted in 1974, Minshaw performed for the Double-A Thetford Mines Pirates. Positioned in Quebec, Thetford Mines was Pittsburgh’s Jap League affiliate in 1974 and 1975.


I not too long ago ad-libbed an analogy whereas making a purchase order at my native adult-beverage retailer. After I requested concerning the 10.2 ABV of a craft beer that caught my eye, the clerk knowledgeable me that whereas the stout in query is sweet, it does “style just a little boozy; you’ll be able to positively inform there’s some alcohol concerned.” (As a matter of reference, Guinness is 4.2 ABV, whereas Heineken and Budweiser are each 5.0).

My response was to say {that a} boozy style accompanying a higher-than-normal ABV isn’t essentially a nasty factor. It’s just a little like a warning monitor in baseball. There’s nonetheless room to catch the ball, however for those who don’t listen you may end up hitting the wall a bit too laborious.

(I didn’t say it was an excellent analogy.)



Sports activities Illustrated’s Amanda Crawford talked to Baseball For All’s Justine Siegal about how ladies belong in baseball, not solely off the sector, but additionally on the sector.

At The Chicago Solar-Occasions, Rick Morrisey wrote about how Tony La Russa has made errors as White Sox supervisor, however that doesn’t make him evil incarnate.

At CBS Sports activities, R.J. Anderson wrote about how MLB pushed again the Atlantic League mound, and made quite a few gamers sad in doing so.

Additionally within the Atlantic League, an umpire was faraway from a recreation after making what had been reportedly racist feedback. Invoice Thompson has the story at Phrases Above Alternative.

Malcolm Allen chronicled Mark Lemongello’s life and profession for SABR’s BioProject. A pitcher for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays within the Nineteen Seventies, Lemongello had celeb kin, in addition to a mood that bought him in hassle each throughout and after his taking part in days.



Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried has come to the plate 50 instances this yr and is slashing .325/.372/.400. He has 13 hits and has struck out 12 instances.

Miami Marlins pitchers have come to the plate 233 instances this yr and are slashing a mixed .066/.100/.085. They’ve 14 hits and have struck out 124 instances.

Kevin Newman leads all shortstops in fielding share [.994], having been charged with simply two errors in 898-and-two-thirds defensive innings. Newman is the one MLB shortstop with not less than 300 innings to not be charged with a throwing error.

Miguel Cabrera has a .923 OPS in Tigers wins and a .487 OPS in Tigers losses. League averages are .842 and .601.

Salvador Perez has 188 profession residence runs and 153 walks.
Darrell Porter had 188 profession residence runs and 905 walks.

Corridor-of-Famer Pie Traynor had 2,416 hits, 58 residence runs, and 37.8 WAR.
Non-Corridor-of-Famer Bill Dahlen had 2,457 hits, 84 residence runs, and 77.5 WAR.

Billy Williams performed in 897 consecutive video games, all as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, from September 1, 1963 to June 13, 1969.

On at present’s date in 1986, the California Angels scored eight runs within the backside of the ninth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 13-12. Dick Schofield settled the affair with a two-out grand slam off Willie Hernandez.

David Cone threw a one-hitter on at present’s date in 1988 because the New York Mets beat the San Diego Padres 6-0. Tony Gwynn’s fourth-inning double was the visiting workforce’s lone hit.

The Boston Braves acquired Lew Burdette from the New York Yankees in alternate for Johnny Sain on at present’s date in 1951. Sain went 35-25 over the following four-plus years, then referred to as it a profession. Burdette went 203-144 over the following 16 seasons, together with 179-120 with the Braves.

Gamers born on at present’s date embody Bill McNulty, whose big-league profession comprised 9 video games for the Oakland A’s, 5 in 1969, and one other 4 in 1972. McNulty went 1 for 27, together with his lone hit coming off of Nolan Ryan in his ultimate recreation.

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