Heath Bell: My mom gave me advice on how to get Skip Schumaker out

Heath-Bell-DiamondbacksSkip Schumaker has enjoyed a great deal of success against Heath Bell throughout his career, and that continued on Wednesday night during the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bell was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth and did just that, but not before Schumaker led off with a double.

Schumaker was brought in to pinch hit because he was 4-for-8 in his career against Bell. He is now 5-for-9 with four doubles, and Bell acknowledged after the game that he has had problems getting the 33-year-old out. Fortunately, Heath’s mom is going to help him with that.

Schumaker is batting only .151 this season in 28 games, so there are plenty of ways to get him out. It sounds like Bell’s mom has discovered one of them that should work, which is great news for the Diamondbacks going forward. Maybe they can even arrange to get her in the dugout as an additional pitching coach.

H/T Hardball Talk

Rally Squirrel Featured Prominently on Skip Schumaker’s New Baseball Card (Picture)

Remember the squirrel that appeared at Busch Stadium during Game 3 and Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies? Yeah, it pretty much got its own baseball card.

Pictured above is the new 2012 Topps Series 1 baseball card for Cardinals utility man Skip Schumaker. Skip was at the plate in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS when the squirrel ran across the field, likely costing the Phillies a strike. After going on to win Game 4, Cardinals fans and even manager Tony La Russa began embracing the “Rally Squirrel” as a good luck charm.

The baseball card reportedly only includes Schumaker’s name and cleats and little else about the Cardinals infielder. Topps says that it’s the first time in the company’s history that a player’s card did not include the player’s face.

In case you were worried about Skip being insulted, Beckett says the squirrel card will be available as a short-printed variation, so not all Schumaker cards in the set will feature the squirrel. This should be a fun item for collectors.