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Miss Baseball’s MLB Franchise Four picks


Oh lets have some fun today. I love baseball, I love everything about the game, and I love the long rich history of the game. So MLB has a ballot online at :http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ .jsp

Well I thought I would give you my picks for each team. Now i have to say this was hard. My love of the game and some personal morals and knowledge of the game really made some of these choices hard. In some cases I would cry out to the baseball gods and ask how am I supposed to choose. (toughest teams were Yankees and Red and Cardinals)

So being a life long Texas girl lets start there

Texas Rangers: When I think of Ranger baseball who comes to mind. Now I don’t know if the team made the list or if MLB made the list but my first three choices were no brainers.

Micheal Young, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan and my write in because I don’t know how you can talk about Ranger baseball and not mention him. RUSTY GREER!

Astros: I really thought about who do you think about when you think about the Astros, Nolan Ryan is a given. Then you have to pick the killer Bees. Bagwell, Berkman and HOF Biggio

Angels: Anderson, Guerrero,Finley,Salmon

A’s: Simmons, Foxx, Henderson, Eckersley

Mariners: Griffey, Johnson, Martinez, Suzuki

White Sox: Minnie Minoso,Harold Baines,Frank Thomas,Paul Konerko

Indians: Bob Feller,Jim Thome,Omar Vizquel,Tris Speaker

Tigers: Ty Cobb,Alan Trammell,Hank Greenberg,Justin Verlander

Royals:George Brett,Bret Saberhagen,Alex Gordon,Write In: Bo Jackson

Twins:Kirby Puckett,Walter Johnson,Rod Carew,Harmon Killebrew

Red Sox: Cy Young,Carl Yastrzemski,Ted Williams,Pedro Martinez

Orioles: Cal Ripken Jr,Brooks, Robinson,Frank Robinson,Jim Palmer

Yankees: Joe DiMaggio,Lou Gehrig,Babe Ruth,Mickey Mantle

Rays: Evan Longoria,Carlos Pena,David Price,James Shields

Blue Jays: Jose Bautista,Joe Carter,Carlos Delgado, and because I can write in my favorite Blue Jay Frank Catalanotto

National League

Braves:Hank Aaron,Greg Maddux,John Smoltz,Eddie Mathews

Marlins: Livan Hernandez,Giancarlo Stanton,Josh Beckett Write in: Rick Helling

Mets: John Franco,Dwight Gooden,Mike Piazza,David Wright

Phillies: Chuck Klein,Jimmy Rollins,Mike Schmidt,Chase Utley

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman,Andre Dawson,Vladimir Guerrero,Gary Carter

Cubs: Ernie Banks,Ryne Sandberg,Ferguson Jenkins,Ron Santo

Reds: Johnny Bench,Barry Larkin,Joe Morgan,Frank Robinson

Brewers:Prince Fielder, Rollie Fingers,Paul Molitor,Robin Yount

Pirates: Roberto Clemente,Ralph Kiner,Willie Stargell,Honus Wagner

Cardinals:Lou Brock,Dizzy Dean,Rogers ,Hornsby,Stan Musial

Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez,Randy Johnson,Curt Schilling,Matt Williams

Rockies: Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla,Todd Helton,Larry Walker

Dodgers: Steve Garvey,Sandy Koufax,Jackie Robinson,Fernando Valenzuela

Padres: Adrian Gonzalez,Tony Gwynn,Trevor Hoffman,Jake Peavy

Giants: Christy Mathewson,Willie Mays,Buster Posey, and I don’t know how you can talk about the Giants and not mention Will Clark so he is my last write in vote.

Ok so that’s the list, Who would you pick?

MLB Autism Awareness Game Guide



Each year MLB teams have one day for Autism Awareness, When is your favorite team having their Autism Awareness Day? Well, I asked that question and went to the web. Only to find out some of the teams had the information on the web.I then hit the phones and called the teams.Bookmark this post as I will update it when I have more information.

Well home is where the heart is. I will start off with my town San Antonio, Home of the Double A San Diego Padres affiliate The San Antonio Missions. Go Missions! (who said that?,Oh yeah! Its me, Big fan!)

Their Autism Awareness night is April 18, and it benefits The Autism Community Network. During the game player will wear puzzle piece jerseys and after the game will autograph and auction them.

Now for the MLB Autism Awareness Night Guide


11 Baltimore Orioles

12 Arizona Diamondbacks:

Support Autism Awareness and come out on April 12 for the D-backs Autism Awareness Day! MLB is partnering with Autism Speaks to recognize April as National Awareness Month. A portion from every ticket sold will be donated to Autism Speaks.

For the first half hour when gates open (11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), the D-backs are reserving Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot play area for children with Autism. If you would like to be part of the pre-game Autism Awareness parade meet outside through Gate J/Section 110 no later than 11:55 a.m.

Should a quiet area be needed, please go to our suite level concourse, there are couches by sections 202-203. Enjoy Gluten-Free ballpark items from the stand by Section 107.

For more information on Autism programs in Arizona, stop by the Autism Resource Area in centerfield behind the scoreboard until the 7th inning.

You don’t want to miss any of the action! Get your tickets and grab your glove now! We will see you at the ballpark!

For groups of 12 or larger or for accessible seating, please contact Johanna Imperial at 602-462-4113 orjimperial@dbacks.com.

For more information go to: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/ticket_dugout.jsp?loc=autismaware

14 Texas Rangers

Autism Speaks Night is Tuesday April 14 vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Members, colleagues, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets in Lower reserved or All You Can Eat seating areas. $3 from every ticket you purchase will be donated to Autism research and awareness. Come join your Texas Rangers for a night of great baseball

For additional questions about any of the above information please call Stephan Morales at (817) 273-5250 or email smorales@texasrangers.com

For more information go to: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/ticketing/community_business_discounts.jsp

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19 Washington Nationals

25 Philadelphia Phillies:

Autism Awareness Night

The Phillies are once again teaming up with Autism Speaks to host Autism Awareness Night at Citizens Bank Park. Please join us on Saturday, April 25 at 7:05 p.m. when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves.

Tickets (subject to availability) are available in locations regularly priced $47 and under. In addition, $8 from each ticket purchased through this event will benefit Autism Speaks.

For more info go to:http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme/autism_awareness.jsp

25 Milwaukee Brewers

25 Colorado Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies and Autism Speaks would like to invite all individuals, family members, employees and volunteers to come and enjoy an exciting game at Coors Field. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Autism Speaks’ work in the Colorado Community. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a game at Coors Field while supporting the leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Please come help increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families!

Outfield Box $30 – Lower Level Seating ($35 Face Value)
Pavilion $21 – Lower Level Seating ($27 Face Value)
Lower Reserved Outfield $16 – Third Level Seating ($19 Face Value)

For more information go to http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?offer=autismspeaks

26 Miami Marlins:

Autism Awareness Day

Sunday, April 26th vs. WAS – 1:10 PM

Lexus Legends Level: $25

Join the Marlins as we partner with local organizations in an effort to raise awareness about this developmental disorder. VIP Special Event Package includes:

  • Legends Level game ticket
  • First 12,000 fans will receive a Christian Yelich Gold Glove replica trophy sponsored by Pepsi
  • Exclusive Marlins Autism Awareness puzzle
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to local autism groups
  • Seating will be located in the Lexus Legends Level, which will provide your family a comfortable setting to enjoy the game
  • A quiet room will be available if needed

Gift item redemption is located on the Lexus Legends Level and must have a valid Special Event ticket. Please email groups@marlins.com for more information

For more info go to:http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/special_events.jsp#aad


2 LA Dodgers

Join us as we team up with Autism Speaks to bring you Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to concerns and take action against this urgent global health crisis.

For more information go to: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ticketing/theme_games.jsp#autism

3 New York Mets:

Join us in raising awareness for autism, a disorder that affects 1 in 68 American children.

    • Help Autism Speaks fundraise! With each ticket sold through this advanced offer, they will receive a rebate from the New York Mets.
    • Early gate entry for participating families through the Bullpen Gate beginning at 11:10 a.m.
    • Pre-game party in the Bullpen Plaza including art therapy projects by the Queens Museum of Art, karate drills by Kicking the Spectrum and much more!
    • The Cozy Corner will be open all game long for children in need of a quiet reprieve from the game.
    • The first 15,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Mets Tote Bag.
    • Left Field Landing seats will be an area exclusively for guests with autistic family members. We will lower the volume in this section and make other fan-friendly adjustments on this game.
  • New in 2015: Promenade Outfield seats will also be an area where we will lower the volume in this section and have seats reserved exclusively for guests with autistic family members.

For more information go to :http://mlb.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?group=autism_awareness&partnerId=Z114411FB-15J

17 Minnesota Twins:

This is a fundraiser for local autism groups with a pregame parade

24 Boston Red Sox

29 St. Louis Cardinals:

The St. Louis Cardinals and Autism Awareness have teamed up for Autism Awareness Night at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, May 29th at 7:15pm. Loge level tickets are just $17 and $5 of each ticket purchased will benefit Autism Awareness. Tickets are limited so come and support a great cause at the ballpark on May 29th.

For more information go to: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/group_theme.jsp?loc=autism&partnerId=ZB11W6G251-80


2 San Francisco Giants:

Autism Awareness Night

Tuesday, 6/2 vs. PIT 7:15 p.m

In Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
Join the Giants as we partner with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova, among other organizations in the community, in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. With the help of Giants legend Will Clark, who is a great supporter of the cause, the Giants hope to raise awareness about this developmental disorder that affects more children than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Pirates, as well as a limited-edition Will Clark-themed Giants hat! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission.

Now the Giants also have a special VIP package for this event, Details are here:n Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
The Giants invite you and your family and friends to a special Autism Awareness Night VIP experience, where you can join them in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, through both the raising of awareness and proceeds. Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to the Triples Alley Premium Location from 4:45-6:45 p.m., complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), as well as a Will Clark-themed hat, and a Will Clark mini helmet, each individually autographed and only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night VIP Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission. Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest Premium Location has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.

For more information go to:  http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/group_special_events.jsp#autism

7 Atlanta Braves


Join the Atlanta Braves and help raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children and adults with autism may receive a $1 ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced Outfield Pavilion ticket. A portion of every ticket will go to support Autism Speaks.

  • All tickets will be in a covered area together in the 234 – 242 aisles in left field.
  • All purchasers of this offer are invited to join a pre-game parade around the field. To participate, line up on the Hank Aaron Ramp across from aisle 129 by 12:00 PM.
  • If needed, there will be a quiet room with activities set up in the Hank Aaron Room, near your seats across from aisle 128.
  • By purchasing this offer, you will be entered into a raffle to win an opportunity to be the Honorary Team Captain!

For more information go to: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/ticket_specials.jsp?loc=autism

7 Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox, in partnership with Autism Speaks, are offering specially priced tickets for the White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers in support of MLB’s Autism Awareness Initiative.

$10 from every ticket sold in Lower Box and $5 from every Outfield field reserved will support the funding of research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism.

For information on Sensory Friendly club level seats, please email grandslamgroups@chisox.com.

Quiet Areas have been designated for those who need it on the 100 level concourse by section 155, and by section 354 in the sensory friendly club level concourse.

Please note that orders will NOT be redeemed at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows or the White Sox administrative offices

I spoke with Scott Gbur of the White Sox and he was very kind and understanding of the issues with Autism. If you have any questions you can contact him at SGBUR@CHISOX.COM or 312-674-1000

13 Tampa Bay Rays

23 Cleveland Indians

There will be a future update on what will be offered during this event. including pregame activities. so stay tuned to this channel for further updates.


25 Kansas City Royals

This is not a complete list. I will be calling and checking website for further updates.

Fandom is blind


My Twitter pals asks “Anyone want to play fantasy baseball? Let me know.”
For me the answer is no. I am a fan of the game. I’m a fan of my Texas Rangers and I’m a Jayson Nix Super Fan. To be successful in fantasy baseball, you must remain objective. I don’t have that when it comes to my fandom. I would choose my favorite players.
My fantasy lineup would be
SS Jayson Nix (come on you knew that was coming)
3rd David Wright
C Salvador Perez
RF Shin-Soo Choo
LF Alex Gordon
1st Eric Hosmer
2nd Jose Altuve
CF Andrew McCutchen
Derek Holland
Brandon McCarthy
Brett Anderson
Darren O’Day
Corey Kluber
Zack Greinke

At Big League Weekend, I screamed that Martin was safe when he was out by a mile. I still remember the look that Elvis gave me while standing in the on deck circle. his look said “girl he’s out” Elvis, I know he’s out but with my fandom, I always think my guys are safe. My pitchers only throw strikes and my hitters never went around.

Now don’t worry if you think this blog is going to be a mushy mess of fandom, because believe you and me, I have some opinions on what all the teams need to do to get better. Jayson Nix does this thing when he goes up to bat that drives me up the wall. I think it screws with his timing.
This is why I write about all of baseball. I can write what I think about the other teams and players. For my Texas Rangers and Jayson Nix I will TRY to keep my fandom in check.

MRA is not MRI


As I wait to see if Jayson Nix has made the Baltimore Orioles. I’ve been reading a lot about JJ Hardy and his injury. I kept seeing MRA and looked it up.
From the mayo clinic:

Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)  The MRA scan is a special kind of diagnostic procedure. It uses magnets and computers to create images or “pictures” of the blood vessels in certain areas of the body. 
While similar to an MRI it is not the same.

Through this test they have been able to determine that Hardy has subscapularis strain. Minimum 10 days no baseball activities. I got that from Roch Kubatko at MASN.

So it looks like the O’s might need Jayson. I will keep waiting to see if I’m going to be the biggest O’s fan…

Jayson Nix Cap Auction



So I see this on Twitter from the O’s

at the time, there was NO Jayson Nix cap on the auction block!. I quickly went to Twitter and requested my favorite player’s hat.

The response was wonderful

I was so excited. I went to bid. I admit I went a little crazy

ok a lot crazy, but I now know I am NOT the only Jayson Nix fan. The hat shot up in price last night to the tune of $196. I am disappointed that I will not be getting the hat but I am happy to see Nix fans come out.

So if you want a chance at a Jayson Nix Cap, by the way game worn and autographed then go to:


Jayson Nix Home Run




I can’t see his face or number or even his name on his jersey but I know that swing anywhere. Today was the Spring Training opener for the Baltimore Orioles vs Detroit Tigers in Sarasota, Florida. The O’s lost.

Here is the recap: RECAP: Orioles’ 5-4 loss to the Tigers. http://t.co/UICZVvCW5C

As a Jayson Nix fan, I’m going to tell you what he did today.

Jayson came in the 7th inning. His usual wonderful glove work came in handy for a 6-3 double play.
Jayson got the first hit of a rally in the 8th with a single. He would later reach 3rd when DET pitcher Hardy missed a pick off attempt.
Jayson would score thanks to a single from Alvarez.
Jose Valdez comes in to replace Hardy.
The rally got the score DET 5 BAL 3
Bottom of the 9th
With two outs down by two Jayson Nix hits a Home Run to Left Field.
But sad to say it was no enough and the O’s lost.
They play tomorrow and this time I can catch on MLB.TV.
Can NOT wait for some more action from Jayson Nix!

Hey! Where are the pictures?!


Ok, We all know Miss Baseball’s undying fandom for Jayson Nix, he’s trying to make the O’s right now. There have been tons of pictures taken from Spring Training but no pictures of Nix. It’s not just the O’s , most of the teams will only show a few big names and that’s it. I see the photographers but where are the pictures? Baseball is a TEAM sport so stop highlighting one or two players and take some photos of all the members. To the O’s How about some Jayson Nix photos? And while I am rubbing this magic lamp could you tell him his number one fan is cheering for him.

Never stop cheering


Yes he signed my program! He is one of the nicest players I've ever met

So it’s been 10 yrs since, I have seen a very young Jayson Nix. I saw him play in one game and I became his fan.  I saw talent that day. I have the program and the scorecard, he went four for five that day with his first hit a double. I saw impressive field work. He was in short amazing.

It wasn’t easy to follow his career in the beginning but thanks to modern technology or the MLB app to be more specific, I’m now able to follow Jayson wherever he goes. Thanks to the ESPN app I got the news that Jayson was placed on the World Series roster. I just started screaming and jumping up and down. I screamed again when he came into the game. I held my breath as he came up to bat. I then said the same words to him then as I said 10 years ago. ” COME ON JAYSON, make something happen”

Jayson is now at Spring Training with the O’s trying for a spot on the roster. I’m still cheering and still believing in his talent.

Miss Baseball Predictions Part 1 AL


                           American League
East.                          Central.                   West
Orioles.                      Royals.                   Angels
Red Sox.                    Tigers.                    Rangers
Blue Jays.                  Indians.                  Mariners
Yankees.                    White Sox.              Astros
Rays.                          Twins.                     A’s
Wild card: Rangers
ALDS: Royals
                            National League
East.                          Central.                    West
Nationals.                 Cubs.                       Dodgers
Marlins.                    Cardinals.                 Padres
Braves.                      Reds.                        Giants
Phillies.                      Brewers.                   D-Backs
Mets.                          Pirates.                     Rockies
Wild Card: Padres
NLDS: Cubs

Well baseball has started, for the first time, I’m going to make predictions. I researched, and studied. The last time I did this much work I was in college. Today I’m going to discuss my reason for the top leaders and wild card for the American League. Part 2 will be the National League and part 3 and 4  Will be what each team needs to improve upon to make it higher in the standings.

Part 1: American League
The team did lose Butler and Aoki, but the rest of the team is there. The Royals are the definition of pitching with the three-headed monster still intact. I see a repeat of last year and they go back to the World Series.

Please excuse me while I tuck my fandom along with my hair under my cap. We have new and uplifting manger, Banister #nevereverquit A fully healed up team. It’s time to show the world what these Rangers are made of. I see a huge battle against the Angels for first place.

Angels had problems last year with Richards being injured, and Hamilton bat going to sleepy town. Hamilton’s bat is being replaced while he recovers from surgery and Richards is set for a comeback. I hate to admit but Trout is one of the best players in the game. In the end the Angels will just barely edge out the Rangers.

Orioles: Buck Showalter is one of the best managers in baseball. Whatever the O’s need Showalter is going to find a way. Look for more surprising moves that seem to only work for the O’s.