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December 8, 2014

Linda Sánchez Once Tried Playing for Both Teams

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez may be a team player, but she knows her limits. Hence the reason the California Democrat had to draw the line at giving her all to one congressionally related charity event over another.

In the closing moments of her recent “Newsmakers” interview on C-SPAN, Sánchez brought Roll Call Editor-in-Chief and Bad News Babes member Christina Bellantoni up to speed on why she chooses to mix things up at the Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game instead of lending her talents to the Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

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December 4, 2014

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

To the victor go the ‘Spartans at Themopylae’ bragging rights? (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Here’s something you don’t see every day in the Congressional Record: a subhead titled, “The Spartans at Thermopylae.”

The occasion? No less than the annual gloating of the victorious team in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, this time in floor remarks on Sept. 25, 1980.  Full story

December 1, 2014

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Congressional Baseball Game Scheduled for June

Rep. Lou Barletta looks into the crowd at the 53rd annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mark your calendar: The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for June 11.

The mid-summer Capitol Hill classic provides members of Congress the opportunity to transcend partisan and chamber differences in a good-natured but competitive contest. The Democrats are on a roll of late. The 15-6 victory this year in front of 8,503 at Nationals Park was their sixth in a row.

But the offseason has been filled with drama. The Democrats’ ace pitcher, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana has a torn labrum, although he has vowed to pitch next year, possibly even delaying surgery to repair it. In addition, the GOP wave carried out veteran third baseman Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y. Full story

November 12, 2014

Congressional Baseball Game Players Designated for Assignment

Congressional Baseball Game Players Designated for Assignment

Bishop, seen here at bat, won’t be back for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Baseball’s offseason can be quite cruel. Events that take place far from the baseball diamond alter rosters and the fortunes of teams. So it goes with the Nov. 4 elections, which bumped two incumbent members of Congress who won’t be back for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this coming summer.

Already, the GOP roster was set to lose Rep. Jack Kingston, who lost a Senate primary bid in Georgia and knew early he wouldn’t be returning for the 114th Congress. Election Day wrought further havoc for both rosters as Reps. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., and Vance McAllister, R-La., lost their re-election bids. Call them the Designated for Assignment Caucus.

Bishop will leave a hole at third base for the Democrats and was a veteran bat and glove for manager Pennsylvania Democrat Mike Doyle’s squad, which has won six straight games against the GOP team.

McAllister, elected to Congress in a special election in November 2013, has only the one game of experience, but it was a memorable one. He was able to get a hit off of his home-state colleague, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, the Democrats’ star pitcher.

Speaking of whom, Richmond has a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, which will require surgery. He has vowed to return to the mound next year, but such injuries and the recovery time can be tricky.

And there could be drama over in the GOP dugout, stinging from so many losses as of late. Earlier this year, the Republicans’ long-time manager, Rep. Joe L. Barton of Texas, withstood grumblings about his tenure and a shadow push to replace him with a fellow Texan, Rep. Roger Williams, a former professional baseball player. Barton survived, all the while ceding some decision making to Williams.

Now that Williams has given up, for now, his interest in taking over the National Republican Congressional Committee, he might be tempted to go full bore for the only leadership position left to him: Skipper of the GOP baseball team.

The offseason drama continues.

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October 27, 2014

Cedric Richmond Has ‘Every Intention’ of Pitching Next Year

Cedric Richmond Has Every Intention of Pitching Next Year

Richmond on the mound in 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite impending shoulder surgery, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., said he plans to return to the mound for next year’s Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game and help Democrats hold onto the coveted Roll Call Trophy.

“I do have every intention of pitching in next year’s game,” Richmond said in a phone interview Monday.

The Louisiana Democrat said the surgery to repair a torn labrum, or joint cartilage, and bone spurs in his right shoulder will take place in New Orleans the week after the elections.

But Richmond said if the doctor says he will not be able to play in the annual summer game, he will postpone the surgery to after the 2015 game, giving him an entire year to recover.

Richmond said pitchers typically take a year to rehabilitate from the surgery before pitching again but he was optimistic that he could recover in six months, considering he only pitches once a year.

Richmond helped the Democrats beat Republicans 15-6 by pitching each inning during the game this past June, but he was fighting through pain in his shoulder. His teammates were aware he was struggling, but Richmond said he never discussed heading to the bench. Shoulder pain has plagued him for at least the past three years, but, after this year, enough was enough.

“I’ve been pitching in pain, but it was just unbearable after this past year,” he said.

Though Richmond was adamant he would pitch again next year, he said Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., would be able to fill his cleats on the pitcher’s mound if necessary.

But Richmond plans to return to Nationals Park in June. “I just like the game,” he said, noting that the event also benefits local charities. Richmond also said the game is an opportunity to form bipartisan bonds and boost Democratic morale.

“Although the Republicans control the House,” said Richmond, “this is a great way to build relationships across the aisle and at the same time keep my Democratic friends excited.”

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Cedric Richmond’s Pitching Arm Threatened by Shoulder Surgery

Cedric Richmonds Pitching Arm Threatened by Shoulder Surgery

Richmond will have surgery after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic baseball star Cedric L. Richmond will undergo surgery after Election Day to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder, threatening the golden pitching arm that has led the Democrats to victory since his first Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

The Times-Picayune reported the surgery Monday as part of an interview with the Louisiana congressman, who said he could not lift his arm for two weeks after this year’s game.

“I suspect some Republicans are going to be excited when they see me walking around in a sling,” Richmond told the Times-Picayune. The surgery is set for some time after Election Day.

Richmond pitched the entire night in the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, helping the Democrats beat their Republican opponents 15-6. Richmond played baseball for Morehouse College and has been a Democratic star since he first took the mound in 2011.

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July 23, 2014

Fantasy Baseball Winners Hit a Home Run

Fantasy Baseball Winners Hit a Home Run

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez at the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roughly one month after the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, players and fans have another reason to celebrate their performances at Nationals Park.

The winners of the Roll Call Fantasy Baseball competition were announced Wednesday, granting some coveted prizes to the top three fantasy teams.

As part of the competition, contestants could choose nine players from either team and earn points based on each player’s performances. A player earned 10 points for a single, 20 for a double, 30 for a triple, etc. Full story

July 22, 2014

Congressional Baseball Game Box Score Tells a Tale

Congressional Baseball Game Box Score Tells a Tale

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hot off the presses comes the box score for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, which tells a tale of offensive firepower and creative defensive statistics, combined with an attendance of 8,503 at Nationals Park.

For those who attended the June 25 game to watch the Democrats’ 15-6 victory over the Republicans before the game was called due to rain in the seventh inning, the standout statistic might be that the Democrats’ runs came off of 11 hits, while the Republicans only managed those six runs off of nine hits.

Pitching was a key differential for the two squads. Democratic ace Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana pitched six frames, while four Republicans combined for six-and-one-third innings: Reps. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, John Shimkus of Illinois, and Patrick Meehan and Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.

Richmond walked only 3 batters, while the GOP walked 12 batters. That, combined with two errors from the GOP team, allowed a tough Democratic squad to capitalize and put the game out of reach.

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July 2, 2014

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From the opening stretches to Speaker John A. Boehner’s slow jam, watch members in all their glory as the Democrats capture their sixth-straight coveted Roll Call trophy in a 15-6 victory.

June 27, 2014

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While members counted votes and confused reporters in their final week before the July Fourth recess, John A. Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell sang to overcome the odds.

Stealing Hearts While Stealing Second Base

What better way to spend your last day of school than running around a Major League Baseball stadium?

Matijs Lobato was able to spend his first night of summer vacation on the field at Nationals Park during the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday. He participated in a between-innings race to steal second base.

The 8-year-old boy also finished up his last day of second grade at Forestville Elementary School in Great Falls, Va., before taking to the field in front of scores of fans. Full story

June 26, 2014

Democrats Dominate Congressional Baseball Game Once Again (Video)

Democrats Dominate Congressional Baseball Game Once Again (Video)

Rep. Mike Doyle holds up the trophy as the rain begins to fall after his team won the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For the sixth straight year, Democrats proudly hoisted the coveted Roll Call trophy at Nationals Park — before running for cover from the rain.

But the ensuing thunderstorm did not dampen the Democrats’ spirits after beating their Republican colleagues in the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game by a final score of 15-6. The game’s most valuable players were Reps. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., and Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

“That’s pretty special,” Manager Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania said about the Democrats’ sixth straight victory. “It feels good and it’s one of those streaks you don’t want to end but you know it will someday. So we’re trying to enjoy it while it’s happening.”

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Democrats Win Sixth Straight Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

The congressional Democrats’ baseball team secured a sixth straight victory on Wednesday night at Nationals Park, winning the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game by a score of 15-6 and securing a second straight coveted Roll Call trophy.

At a members’ reception after the game, Rep. Raul Ruiz of California secured the MVP honor for the victorious Democrats and Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas won the GOP’s MVP.

Ruiz posted impressive offensive numbers — hitting two doubles in the Democrats’ eight-run fifth inning — and showing impressive defensive skills at second base. Brady, a previous MVP during a more successful baseball era for the Republicans, showed off his offensive skills at the plate, securing two hits off of Democratic ace Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana.

 

June 25, 2014

Democratic Shortstop Injured on Game Day

Democratic Shortstop Injured on Game Day

Huffman, on the disabled list. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., who was slated to play shortstop for the Democrats in tonight’s 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, will have to watch from the sidelines this year.

Huffman injured his shoulder during the team’s  practice Wednesday morning. This would have been the second game for Huffman, who was elected to the House in 2012. And although he is disappointed he won’t be playing this year, he is confident his Democratic teammates will prevail.

“The good news is we have great depth on this team and we’re not going miss a beat,” Huffman told Roll Call in a phone interview. “I’m going to enjoy being a lightly medicated spectator and cheering for my team. And I’m confident that we’re going to be very strong” Full story

Beyond the Stars: Congressional Baseball Players to Watch

Beyond the Stars: Congressional Baseball Players to Watch

Sanchez isn’t tall, but she packs a punch in the batter’s box. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For someone who hasn’t been to a Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game before, it’s easy to spot a few players who stand out. There’s Rep. Cedric L. Richmond throwing flames from the pitcher’s mound. The Louisiana Democrat has 21 strikeouts and four earned runs in the past two games. Over that same span, he’s gone 5-for-7 at the plate, with three runs scored and two runs batted in.

On the other side of the aisle/field is Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, whose consistency is rivaled by only the Arizona sun. Over the past five years, he has batted over .300 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. In the field he’s just as good. The last error he made was in 2009, in a game that has had 24 errors since then.

But baseball is a team game. The following five players might not have a lot of flash, but they’re worth paying attention to.

1. Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif.    
Sánchez gets hearty cheers and jeers, depending on the side, when she steps up to the batter’s box. While she’s not very tall at 5 feet, 1 inch, she stands high in the batter’s box; during the past four games, she has had two hits in six at-bats, knocking in four runs. If she were on the Republican team, she would lead the team in RBIs. Flake and GOP Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster have two RBIs apiece over the same span.

2. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.    
Rooney had a rough three-game stretch from 2009 through 2011, going hitless in six at-bats. The former Syracuse Orange football player turned it around in the past two years going 2-for-3. He got one of only three hits by the Republicans last year.

3. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo.    
Like the Colorado Rockies’ all-time run leader, Todd Helton, there isn’t a lot of dazzle to Perlmutter’s game, but he gets the job done. In the past three years, the Democrat has scored six runs, including four in 2013. Perlmutter also stole a base in 2013.

4. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
In 2009 and 2010, Donnelly hit a rough patch going a combined 0-for-4. Since then the junior Democratic senator from Indiana has gone 3-for-5 with three runs, a double, and an RBI. He finds a way to get on base other ways too, having been hit by pitches on two separate occasions.

5. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.
Much like the nearby Pittsburgh Pirates, Shuster is consistently inconsistent. Over the past five years, during an odd-numbered year, he has no hits in seven at-bats. In even-numbered years, he’s 3-for-7 with two RBIs. We’re in an even-numbered year, so expect a big game from Shuster.

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