Nine members of the Rogers Hornsby SABR chapter met Tuesday evening, May 17 at Iron Works BBQ in downtown Austin.
Those present raised a toast in memory of Hall-of-Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, who had just passed away earlier in the day. Members recollected their impressions of Killebrew, as well as some of his teammates over the years.
Other topics of discussion included Michael Bass’s recent online poll about the top Dominican pitchers. Members were able to come up with the "Top Three" in MLB wins — Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, and Bartolo Colon. We struggled with naming the other five Dominicans that had won more than 100 MLB games (that answer is left as an exercise for the reader). The just-announced purchase of the Astros franchise by Houston businessman Jim Crane generated a lot of discussion. It was generally viewed that this would be a positive going forward. The hot start for the Cleveland Indians has Tom Wancho wondering how long the good times will last.
It was decided that the June chapter meeting will be held at Dell Diamond for a Round Rock Express game. Saturday June 25 is the most likely date, with more information to follow.