Sunday, August 16, 2009

The New More Hardball

Starting on Monday More Hardball will be showcasing two new bloggers (Scotty & TamTam). This is in an effort to bring different perspectives about the game and more frequently consistent solid posts. Please take a couple minutes to get to know your More Hardball bloggers...

Scotty:
1. What's your favorite team? NEW YORK METS

2. Who're your favorite player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? MIKE SCHMIDT (yeah I said that), NOLAN RYAN, DAVID WRIGHT.

3. Who're your most hated player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? CHIPPER JONES & PAT BURRELL- THEY BOTH KILL THE METS.

4. What's your favorite thing about baseball? THE NUMBERS…UNLIKE ANY OTHER SPORT BASEBALL NUMBERS HOLD SPECIFIC MEANINGS TO FANS. I CAN SAY 56, 61 IN 61, 4,256, 3,000, 500, AND FANS OF THE GAME KNOW WHO ARE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT WITHOUT SAYING ANOTHER WORD.

5. If you could change one thing about baseball, what would it be? I WOULD PUT AN END TO OWNER’S ANSWERING PLAYERS DEMANDS TO BE TRADED…LOOK YOU ARE UNDER A CONTRACT THAT YOU SIGNED AND YOU WILL REMAIN UNDER THAT CONTRACT UNTIL IT EXPIRES. YOU PLAY POORLY, IT ONLY HURTS YOU IN THE LONG RUN. THESE GUYS ARE MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND DEMAND TO BE TRADED BECAUSE A MANAGER BENCHED THEM FOR NOT HUSTLING OR BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY SHOULD BE BATTING 3RD INSTEAD OF 5TH. THAT’S TOUGH TO HANDLE WHEN YOU WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HAVE ONE AT-BAT IN THE “SHOW” AND HAVE TO LISTEN TO A GUY COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS SPOT IN THE BATTING ORDER WHILE HE IS MAKING $5 MILLION A YEAR.

TamTam:
1. What's your favorite team? Chicago White Sox

2. Who're your favorite player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Carlos Quentin, Mark Buehrle, AJ Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, Esteban Loaiza, Nomar Garciaparra, Carlos Zambrano, Nick Swisher, and Ichiro Suzuki.

3. Who're your most hated player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Pretty much all the overrated players, like Manny, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and anyone else who happens to fall into that category.

4. What's your favorite thing about baseball? Home runs, bases-loaded Ks to end the inning, the festive atmosphere of the ballpark.

5. If you could change one thing about baseball, what would it be? Women should play! Softball just does not cut it.

GM-Carson:
1. What's your favorite team? Philadelphia Phillies

2. Who're your favorite player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Past: Michael Jack Schmidt, Wes Chamberlain, and John Kruk. Present: Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Albert Pujols.

3. Who're your most hated player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Past: Mark Lemke, Paul LoDuca, and David Bell. Present: Jose Reyes, Eric Bruntlett, and Chipper Jones.

4. What's your favorite thing about baseball? The numbers. I love stats. I basically taught myself to read by memorizing the backs of baseball cards as a kid. I read box scores every day. I'm also very intrigued by all the little things like defensive alignment, pitch selection, situational hitting, and others things of that nature.

5. If you could change one thing about baseball, what would it be? Even harsher penalties for using PEDs. For example, not only does the player get suspended for at least 50 games, their organization would then have the right to renegotiate the current contract or rid themselves of the player without having to pay any more salary. So if it comes out that Magglio Ordonez is using, then the Tigers can outright release him without paying another cent if they so desire. (I'm not accusing Magglio, just using him as an example because of his outrageous contract.)

Burton:
1. What's your favorite team? I have always been an Atlanta Braves fan. Not an early '90's bandwagon jumper. The main reason I like the Braves is mainly location, they are the closest team in the area. If North Carolina were to get a Major League Baseball team, they would be my favorite, because then I would have a local, hometown team. Even if they sucked balls, I would follow them religiously.

2. Who're your favorite player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Past: Dale Murphy - Great athelete, great person. Present: Albert Pujols - Great athlete, great person.

3. Who're your most hated player(s) of all-time (past and/or present)? Well, the multi-million dollar performance enhancing crowd ranks right up there: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens (a former favorite), Mark McGwire, and Manny Ramirez (to name a few)

4. What's your favorite thing about baseball? I enjoy the history of teams, the old rivalries, and reading about the sport's true greats. I also enjoy watching talents develop, and how someone can go from a relative 'nobody' in one season, and be among the best in the next season - without steroids.

5. If you could change one thing about baseball, what would it be? I was turned off the sport for quite some time back in 1994, when mediocre and moderately good players began demanding multi-million dollar contracts, and then walked out on the season. I'm divided on the issue of free agency, and I feel like many players make an obscene amount of money - even if they are out for a season.


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4 comments:

Burton said...

Welcome to the fold Scotty and TamTam!

GM-Carson said...

Most welcome additions.

tamtam said...

i'm glad to be a part of your website! thanks for inviting me!!

Burton said...

I look forward to working with you both ;)