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Lamb will try to break the AA wall

August 25, 2010

Springfield, MO – John Lamb is scheduled to start against the Springfield Cardinals, Double-A team for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday evening at 7:10 CT. The Cardinals will probably send out left-handed Ryan Kulik (7-2, 3.08) to the mound against John Lamb (0-1, 7.94) who is still trying to break through the Double-A wall with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, at Hammons Field. You can hear the action live online through the Naturals website or on ESPN 92.1 The Ticket.  

Photo credit - James Lamb


I am sure we are no more eager to see John make the necessary adjustments at this level than he is. However, I am reminded of a great quote from one of the greatest managers in professional baseball whom was surrounded by plenty of great ball players during his career in the dugout.  

“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”
Tommy Lasorda  

Tomorrow night the Naturals will challenge the Cardinals in the third game of this series during their last regular season road trip of the year. Series will end this Friday night before the team heads off to Tulsa, OK to close the trip. Some familiar faces should be in the crowd, including the opposing dugout, for the 20 year-old lefty from Laguna Hills.  

The overall statistics for John Lamb during his first full season of professional baseball sitting at (8-7, 2.32) are far from terrible. However, his strong desire to compete, work hard and make adjustments should help him break that Double-A wall in the Texas League and give his team a chance to win. Guess we will see which third tomorrow’s game will fall into after the last out. 


  1. TPiazza permalink
    August 26, 2010 09:20

    John sounds eager to take the mound tonight!!, backed by the optomistic tone in his voice after talking to him about a few adjustments he made within his mechanics over the course of a long toss session/bullpen at Hammonds field on Tuesday. In my mind its just a matter of time befor John finds success at this level(AA).

    • August 26, 2010 11:04


      Glad to hear that you picked up on the optimism in his voice. He really has a “good” idea about the game and he can thank having association with baseball men like yourself. Try to get a pic or two and send it our way!

      • TPiazza permalink
        August 26, 2010 12:22


        Ill try and get some pics!! As you know Im no photographer.

  2. TPiazza permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:04

    From the several different perspectives I view the game of baseball, I can tell you this… John Lamb is as an exciting player/prospect as anyone. Especially considering his age. From an evaluating perspective, this particular “lefty” is every bit of that “tingly” feeling you get when you have the opportunity to see him toe the rubber. I’ll be one of the first to occupy a seat at Hammonds Field tonight in Springfield MO.

    • August 26, 2010 10:51


      Thanks for finally finding the site and kind comments. I have know for sometime now that you are one of John’s advocates and I’m glad to know that he has “you” in his corner during this process. Let’s hope for some good “tingles” tonight!

  3. greg permalink
    August 26, 2010 18:57

    5 innings into tonights game he hasn;t broken thru the wall, he has demolished it…..congrats James….from one dad to another!

  4. TPiazza permalink
    August 26, 2010 20:45

    He looked more prepared tonight. That he had a better understanding of how to attack hitters. And to boot, his breaking ball looked sharper. I still dont understand some decision making from behind the plate…. a 2 strike 2 ball count with 2 outs and we have a ****ing pitch out on with a runner at first. ???

  5. James Lamb permalink*
    August 26, 2010 23:38


    Thanks for the pics and opinions about the game. Curious approach on the 2-2 count, but it all seemed to work out tonight with his adjustments, the defense and Robinson’s bat.

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