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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XIX)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Another day, another home run clubbed by former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt belted his 11th home run of the season Friday night, as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-3. His long ball, a three-run shot, came in the third inning off Milwaukee starting pitcher Randy Wolf.

Not only did Goldschmidt homer, but he also doubled twice and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Goldschmidt collected a double in the second, home run in the third, single in the fifth, walked in the seventh, then laced a ball down the line in the ninth, which could have rolled into the corner, but a fan touched it on the way.

If Goldschmidt completed the cycle, it would have been the second one hit in the game by Arizona. Earlier in the game, Aaron Hill finished his second cycle of the season with a triple to right-center field.

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MLB: Goldschmidt’s Home Runs Personified

Ever want to know what a ball former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt hits for a home run says?

Well, you don’t need to wait any longer. @GoldyHRBalls on Twitter has the answer.

Just landed, ’twas a solid trip. Would celebrate but, well, it is the Cubs. #buhbye

Hey Paul, can you give a baseball a break? Yeesh, no rest for the weary these days. #buhbye

Recently I traded a few emails with the creator of the account. Here is the Q&A.

Q: When did you start the account?

A: Shortly after Paul was called up last August.

Q: What made Goldschmidt an ideal player to create an account about? Did you consider any others before jumping on the Goldschmidt train?

A: Honestly I figured it would be fun to have a “parody” twitter account, and noticed the attention Goldschmidt was getting as well as his propensity for hitting homers, so I thought it was a good fit. Can’t say I really considered doing any other parody accounts, this one was more of a right player, right time type of thing. Wanted to have a little fun with it and see if it could grow some. Which I have, and it has.

Q: As a fan, have you been impressed with what Goldschmidt has been able to do?

A: Yes, because rare is a player who comes to the Majors with a ton of hype who actually lives up to it. As a rookie he came to the D-backs and was exactly as advertised, only with a better glove than we thought. But he seems to have improved even more this year, and is not just someone who will hit home runs. No, he makes contact, which is the sign of a good hitter. It appears the D-backs finally have a first baseman, and it’s great to see.

Q: Fans have seemed to latch onto Goldschmidt quickly. Why do you think that is?

A: Well as the old commercial used to go, “chicks dig the longball.” Or, really, he’s a young player on a young team who is doing some pretty amazing things with the baseball. His home runs are the stuff of legends, whether it be the distance they’re hit or the situations in which they are hit (like grand slams in the postseason). He’s also a really humble guy, not at all the classic “arrogant” athlete. Of course, if he falls apart I have no doubt the fans will turn on him, but as of now he seems like the type of guy the fans will continue to cheer for.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XVIII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt has a little bit of speed to go along with his power.

Goldschmidt hit a stand-up triple Friday night, as well as his 10th home run of the season. His triple in the bottom of the fourth inning scored Jason Kubel to put Arizona up 6-2, then his home run in the sixth made it 8-5.

In total, Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Goldschmidt is now batting .290 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI.

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College Football: No game on Sept. 8?

Texas State might be without an opponent for its scheduled home opener on Sept. 8.

As of right now, Texas Tech is considering buying out of the game due to a dispute over which ESPN affiliate will broadcast the proceedings. According to a report by Red Raider Sports, a source said the Red Raiders are “…adamantly opposed to playing on the Longhorn Network,” which might show the game.

The Longhorn Network is a channel dedicated to all things University of Texas.

If Texas Tech pulls out of the game, the Bobcats would be in a tough spot. It might be too late to schedule another ‘name’ program, or any program at all. Texas State might be forced to leave that date open and have its home opener be Sept. 22 against Stephen F. Austin.

 

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XVII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt is back to doing what he does best — spraying the ball all over the field.

After a disappointing return to Texas, where he went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts, Goldschmidt picked up the pace against the Seattle Mariners. With a 2-for-4 outing Tuesday night in which he clubbed his ninth home run of the season, Goldschmidt is now 3-for-7 with two runs scored and four RBI in the series thus far.

I got an opportunity to speak with Goldschmidt yesterday, so expect something in Thursday’s print edition about his recent success.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XV)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (SMDR Photo).

If former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt keeps hitting like he is, there might not be enough room on the Internet for these Goldschmidt Trackers.

Goldschmidt did it again Friday night, clubbing his eighth home run of the season. It was a solo home run off Oakland A’s starter Tommy Milone on a 2-2 count.

In the first inning, Goldschmidt singled on a soft fly ball to center field, making sure his hit streak would extend to 15 games. He then added the home run in the fifth inning to raise his batting average to .298.

Here is an update from a funny Twitter feed dedicated to the balls Goldschmidt hits for home runs (@GoldyHRBalls).

Why do teams keep pitching to Paul? Seriously, I need a break in between trips to recover. #buhbye #baseballonthego

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XIV)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (SMDR Photo).

So this Paul Goldschmidt fellow is pretty good.

Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday night, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and his seventh home run of the season. The former Texas State slugger put the Arizona Diamondbacks up 1-0 with an RBI double in the first, 3-0 on an RBI double in the third and 6-1 with an opposite field home run off the Colorado RockiesAdam Ottavino.

According to a tweet from Jules Tompkins of AZSports620:

Paul Goldschmidt: 1.405 OPS in 14-game hitting streak. Eight RBIs and 11 runs scored to go with nine doubles and five home runs.

Goldschmidt is locked in, to say the least.

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College Baseball: Four more Bobcats drafted

Even though Texas State finished its baseball season, Ty Harrington‘s club is still tying school records.

With four selections in the third day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Bobcats’ three-day total increased to five, tying a school record set last year. Along with senior Jeff McVaney, junior pitcher Louis Head, junior pitcher Colton Turner, junior pitcher Travis Ballew and senior first baseman Casey Kalenkosky were picked up in the draft.

Head paced Texas State’s selections on Wednesday as he was picked in the 18th round by the Cleveland Indians. He was the draft’s 563rd overall pick.

Turner got picked next, in the 21st round by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Two rounds later, Ballew had his number called by the Houston Astros. Ballew, a Rangers fan, immediately called Head, an Astros fan, to brag.

Kalenkosky then wrapped up the Bobcats’ day (so far) as the Atlanta Braves tabbed him in the 30th round. He will join former Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza in the Braves’ farm system.

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College Baseball: McVaney to the Tigers

Texas State senior outfielder Jeff McVaney was the first Bobcat selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. McVaney went with the 274th pick (8th round) to the Detroit Tigers.

In 2012, McVaney claimed the team triple crown, leading Texas State in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. McVaney batted .338 with 10 HRs and 48 RBI.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XIII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondback (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt is hitting at such a torrid clip, we can’t keep up with him.

Goldschmidt extended his current hit streak to 12 games with a 2-f0r-3 day at the plate Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Padres. One of his two hits was his sixth home run of the season, which came a day after he slugged his fifth.

With his two-hit day, Goldschmidt upped his average to .277 to go along with the aforementioned six home runs and 21 runs batted in.

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