The Future Begins for Kendry Morales

Kendry Morales
Kendry Morales homers in his first professional at-bat on May 21, 2005.

 

Now that the Angels have declared Kendry Morales the heir apparent at first base, I thought you might like to see how it all began.

I was at Rancho Cucamonga the afternoon that the Angels introduced Kendry to the media. I videotaped the press conference and his performance during the game. He homered on the second pitch he saw.

Click Here to watch the press conference.

Click Here to watch his first homer and other game highlights.

You need Windows Media Player and a broadband Internet connection (cable modem, DSL) to watch.

Trivia Time — Who was the first base coach when Kendry homered? He would have been the first person to congratulate Kendry as he rounded the bases.

3 Comments

Grebeck?

On another note, thoughts on a one year/$10M deal for Pettitte? He wasn’t offered arbitration so the Angels lose nothing.

I think it’ll take more than that to get Pettitte. I found this 12/16 article suggesting a “mystery team” has offered Pettitte three years at $36 million:

http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2008/12/rumors_suggest_andy_pettitte_o.html

Speaking of Andy … my guilty pleasure is to videotape the World Series every year. I have them going back to 1980. I watch them while I run treadmill. Right now I’m watching Game #5 of the 1996 World Series, Yankees vs. Braves, Pettitte vs. Smoltz. Yanks win 1-0 on an unearned run. They were arguably the two best pitchers in the majors that year.

I was thinking that Pettitte reminded me a little — and only a little — of Will Smith. I’ve been looking for tall lefties with some velocity and control as a comparison. Right now, they’re about the same height and size, although Will has room to grow.

Looking at Pettitte’s minor league career, he was drafted in the 22nd round. Will was in the 7th round. Both were 19 when they started their careers in Rookie-A. Pettitte had a 1.05 WHIP, Will’s was 1.08. Pettitte gave up more walks, Will more hits in a hitter’s league. Pettitte struck out 10.7 per 9 IP, Will was 9.4. Pettitte’s velocity in the majors was low 90s, Will is already there and excels at changing speeds. Both have plus curves; Pettitte had a cutter, Will can add that later.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how long that comparison holds.

Regarding the first base coach when Kendry hit his homer … It wasn’t Grebeck. It wasn’t any baseball professional. That’s a clue.

Was it Stephen Smith?????

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