This last week Brad Mumma pitched two solid games against the Gary South Shore Railcats (say that fast three times) in his return to the area. Of the six games that the Jackhammers played in Gary they only won two. Both of those were the starts by Mumma. He is 3-1 on the season playing for a club that is only 6-15. That kind of tells you that he is doing alright. I was only able to see the game yesterday, but he really impressed me. He looked great out on the mound. I found the pitch speed board in the fifth inning, but from there until the seventh he was hitting around 80 MPH as a high. He must have been reaching back in the eighth because he started hitting around 84-85. His last pitch of the game, an RBI double, registered at 51 MPH. Either he threw the ball in underhand, or the pitch speed can be off at times. He threw 119 pitches in the game, which by today’s standards is quite a few. His only walk of the game moved a runner to second who scored the only run that he gave up on a double to the next batter. Overall though he pitched a very solid ball game. It is no wonder he was named to the 2008 Northern League All Star team.
Brad actually played baseball with my brother when he was a kid. His father was the coach of the team. Brad went on to play for the LaPorte Slicers having a nice career. Brad was a three sport athlete at LaPorte even earning 1st team all state and academic all state in Football. He was an Honorable Mention All State first baseman in 1999 for the Slicers. He set the teams single season and career home run records that year. He will always be remembered in LaPorte for hitting a home run the weekend of his father’s death. In a baseball town, it is things like that that become legend. After high school Brad ended up with Western Michigan University where he earned second team All MAC. Brad was selected in the 32nd round of the 2003 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He peaked at Double A New Hampshire in 2005. He played with them until the 2006 season when he was let go while playing for the Lansing Lugnuts. I was up in Lansing watching Jeff Samardzija pitch when he was still on the roster. When I went to look up a little more info on him I found out that he had been released. Later that year I went to Gary to watch a game while he was with the team. Shortly after that he went on the DL, and did not play the rest of the season. He has stayed in the Northern League since 2006 playing for Gary, Schaumburg, and Joliet. After watching this solid performance today, we may have to take a trip to Joliet to see him pitch a game or two there. After all I am the sports junkie, and it doesn’t take much of an excuse to get me to go to a game.