Friday, December 30, 2011

Baseball to the Face


Is this a failed attempt to catch a ball or a dumbass applauding a homerun and then getting pegged squarely in the eye with it?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hungry Kitty


The Japanese fear Godzilla. Americans...a big ol' man eatin' pussy cat.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kubel vs. Para

The Arizona Diamondbacks attempted to solidify their offensive attack in 2012 with the addition of LF Jason Kubel. With Justin Upton entrenched in RF and Chris Young possessing a nice speed/power combo in CF, that means Gerardo Parra is regulated to 4th outfielder duties.


Kubel is a left-handed batter that will be turning 30 years old in May and is coming off a year in which he hit .273/.766. The year before only .249/.750. He had one monster season with the Twins in 2009 batting .300/.905 with 28 HR and 103 RBI, but other than that hasn't be an offensive stud during his 7 MLB seasons. The Snakes signed him for 2 yr/$15M. His defense leaves much to be desired (-41.8 UZR over past 2.5 seasons). He's a nice role player that when healthy can provide some pop and run production, but did Arizona need him?

Parra is coming off a Gold Glove effort in 2011, and the 24 year old improved at the plate batting .292/.784. He does not possess the power that Kubel does, but his defense and speed are much better. He's not even arbitration eligible, so he's much cheaper than Kubel as well (he'll likely make around $500K in 2012). He's always hit for average in the minors (.314) too.

The Breakdown:
Kubel- power, run production, costly.

Parra- cheap, defense, speed, batting average.

Why did the Diamondbacks sign Kubel again?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

That's It, I'm Moving To Toronto


Apparently in Canada "BJ" only stands for Blue Jays. However, here in America it's something else quite different.

Of course this isn't the first time I've found lovely ladies from north of the border spreading love for the BJ.

From 1/18/11...

Be thankful your mom is not a Toronto Blue Jays fan. If she is a Jays fan, be thankful this is not your mom. If this is your mom...where do you live?

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Pittsburgh Pirates Rambo


WTF?! No, seriously, what the f...?!

Mike Diaz is the crazy shirtless Rambo in the picture above. The Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Diaz of the 80's. Thing I don't understand, he was never a star, not even close. Why did he get such a lame cool promo pic? 4 seasons and only 293 games between the Cubs, Buccos, and White Sox. He played primarily outfield, but a little 1st base, and even caught some too. Slyvester Stallone thinks he's whack.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

MLB Winter Meeting Predictions


The annual MLB Winter Meetings begin tonight in Dallas, Texas. Here are my predictions...

Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies come to a 4 yr/$44M pact with a 5th year vesting option.

Matt Garza of the Cubs and Matt Thornton of the White Sox are dealt to the Yankees.

The Twins retain Matt Capps and Michael Cuddyer.

There is a reunion in Colorado with Jeff Francis and the Rockies.

The Rockies and Braves do some sort of Martin Prado for Seth Smith and prospects swap.

Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins agree on a contract for 6 yr/$102M.

Blue Jays find their closer by inking Francisco Cordero for 2 yr/$15M.

The Pirates sign Derek Lee 1 yr/$6M with option for 2013.

Now lets see how much, if any of this, comes true...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ryan Klesko Undercover

While searching "baseball commercials" on YouTube I came across this late 90's Fox spot featuring Ryan Klesko as an undercover agent breaking up a stolen base ring. Thank goodness he got those criminals off the street.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Zambrano Has Sense Knocked Into Him

Carlos Zambrano is widely regarded as one of the biggest douchebags in MLB. Friday night some Karmic retribution happened in Venezuela where the troubled Chicago Cubs starting pitcher was hurling the ball towards a batter when said ball was struck back towards him, nailing him in the face. The injury required 18 stitches to the side of his mouth and he has to sit out of games for at least a week until a doctor clears him to resume activity. Cubs fans are hoping this shot to the dome hopefully has knocked some sense into the hair-trigger tempered Zambrano.


*gif borrowed from SB Nation Chicago

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Triple Hit Pitch

Watch this pitch hit the batter, then the catcher, then the umpire. Pretty impressive stuff...

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bitter

I'm a Phillies fan. I'm bitter. I hate the Cardinals.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

2011 Minor League Contract Team

Every year GMs will scour the free agent bargain bin in hopes of scooping up a veteran or a never-was on a minor league deal that will serve a purpose the following season. Most times these never pan out, but sometimes they do and become a major contributor to your MLB franchise. The following is team (25-man) roster composed of players that were signed to minor league contracts prior to the 2011 season.

The offense lacks speed and power for the most part, but it would likely out-hit the Mariners, Padres, Giants, Twins and Pirates.

Starting 9:
C - Eliezer Alfonzo/COL .267/.624 in 25 games

1B - Casey Kotchman/TBR .306/.800, 44 R, 24 DBL, 2 TRPL, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 2 SB

2B - Willie Harris/NYM .246/.668, 36 R, 11 DBL, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 5 SB

3B - Jack Hannahan/CLE .250/.719, 38 R, 16 DBL, 2 TRPL, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 2 SB

SS - Aaron Miles/LAD .275/.660, 49 R, 17 DBL, 3 TRPL, 3 HR, 45 RBI, 4 SB

LF - Laynce Nix/WSH .250/.750, 38 R, 15 DBL, 1 TRPL, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 2 SB

CF - Reed Johnson/CHC .309/.816, 33 R, 22 DBL, 1 TRPL, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB

RF - Scott Hairston/NYM .235/.773, 20 R, 8 DBL, 1 TRPL, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 1 SB

DH- Jason Giambi/COL .260/.958, 20 R, 6 DBL, 13 HR, 32 RBI

Bench:
C - Chris Stewart/SFG .204/.592, 20 R, 8 DBL, 3 HR, 10 RBI

3B/1B/OF - Greg Dobbs/FLA .275/.701, 38 R, 23 DBL, 8 HR, 49 RBI.

UTL - Adam Kennedy/SEA .234/.632, 36 R, 23 DBL, 1 TRPL, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 8 SB.

OF - Corey Patterson/TOR/STL .239/.632, 49 R, 20 DBL, 3 TRPL, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 13 SB

Lineup:
1. Reed Johnson
2. Aaron Miles
3. Casey Kotchman
4. Jason Giambi
5. Laynce Nix
6. Scott Hairston
7. Jack Hannahan
8. Willie Harris
9. Eliezer Alfonzo

The pitching is where the real diamonds in the rough were found. Only 1 pitcher on the staff had an ERA over 4.00 on the season, so this staff might out perform half of the teams in the Majors last year.

Rotation:
1. Ryan Vogelsong/SFG 13-7, 30 G, 28 GS, 179.2 IP, 139 K, 2.71/1.25

2. Freddy Garcia/NYY 12-8, 26 G, 25 GS, 146.2 IP, 96 K, 3.62/1.34

3. Bartolo Colon/NYY 8-10, 29 G, 26 GS, 164.1 IP, 135 K, 4.00/1.29

4. Rodrigo Lopez/CHC 6-6, 26 G, 16 GS, 97.2 IP, 54 K, 4.42/1.49

5. Kevin Millwood/COL 4-3, 9 GS, 54.1 IP, 36 K, 3.98/1.22

Bullpen:
1. Micah Owings/ARI 8-0, 33 G, 4 GS, 63 IP, 44 K, 3 HLD, 3.57/1.25

2. Mike MacDougal/LAD 3-1, 69 G, 57 IP, 41 K, 1 SV, 14 HLD, 2.05/1.46

3. Guillermo Mota/SFG 2-2, 52 G, 80.1 IP, 77 K, 1 SV, 4 HLD, 3.81/1.26

4. Juan Cruz/TBR 5-0, 56 G, 48.2 IP, 46 K, 6 HLD, 3.88/1.32

5. Tim Byrdak/NYM 2-1, 72 G, 37.2 IP, 47 K, 1 SV, 8 HLD, 3.82/1.41

6. Jamey Wright/SEA 2-3, 60 G, 68.1 IP, 48 K, 1 SV, 16 HLD, 3.16/1.33

7. Jose Veras/PIT 2-4, 79 G, 71 IP, 79 K, 1 SV, 27 HLD, 3.80/1.30

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Miller/BOS, Miguel Batista/STL/NYM, Chris Ray/SEA, Eric Chavez/NYY, Dontrelle Willis/CIN, Travis Buck/CLE, Alex Cora/WSH, Andy LaRoche/OAK, Jeff Gray/CWS, Jason Grilli/PIT, Dana Eveland/LAD, Alberto Castillo/ARI, and Josh Bard/SEA.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Best Free Agents of 2012

Hoping to improve your team with an impact player in 2012 via the free agent market is going to prove to be a difficult task. Aside from a handful of marquee cornerstones, the list is rather lackluster. Here's the best available free agent at each position (more will join once options are not exercised and arbitration eligible players non-tendered).


C - Ramon Hernandez (36)

1B - Albert Pujols (32)

2B - Aaron Hill (30)

3B - Aramis Ramirez (34)

SS - Jose Reyes (29)

LF - Josh Willingham (33)

CF - Coco Crisp (32)

RF - Carlos Beltran (35)

DH - David Ortiz (36)

UTL - Michael Cuddyer (33)

SP - CJ Wilson (31)

CL - Jonathan Papplebon (31)

LHP - Javier Lopez (34)

Other quality options are Prince Fielder/1B, Jimmy Rollins/SS, Jason Kubel/OF, Mark Buehrle/SP, Ryan Madson/CL, and Heath Bell/CL.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Predictions on Cards vs Brewers tomorrow at 8:05 pm

This post is about your predictions on tomorrow postseason game it supposed to be a good ballgame so leave a comment below stating your predictions for safety reason please no cursing trust your predictions on the game. It will be interesting in tomorrow ballgame. Enjoy the post and game tomorrow.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pomeranz is One Loud Mother...

Highly hyped rookie left-handed pitcher of the Colorado Rockies, Drew Pomeranz, was arrested for disturbing the peace. The 5th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Indians was being raucous in Oxford, Mississippi and has since posted bail. Maybe the Ole Miss grad was partying at his old stomping grounds and got a bit out of control. No harm, no foul. Give the kid a break.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Phillies Fail


The team built to win did not.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Best of the National League 2011


C - Miguel Montero/ARI .282/.820, 65 R, 36 DBL, 1 TRPL, 18 HR, 86 RBI, 1 SB.

1B - Prince Fielder/MIL .299/.981, 95 R, 36 DBL, 1 TRPL, 38 HR, 120 RBI, 1 SB.

2B - Brandon Phillips/CIN .300/.810, 94 R, 38 DBL, 2 TRPL, 18 HR, 82 RBI, 14 SB.

3B - Aramis Ramirez/CHC .306/.871, 80 R, 35 DBL, 1 TRPL, 26 HR, 93 RBI, 1 SB.

SS - Troy Tulowitzki/COL .302/.916, 81 R, 36 DBL, 2 TRPL, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 9 SB.

LF - Ryan Braun/MIL .332/.994, 109 R, 38 DBL, 6 TRPL, 33 HR, 111 RBI, 33 SB.

CF - Matt Kemp/LAD .324/.986, 115 R, 33 DBL, 4 TRPL, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 40 SB.

RF - Lance Berkman/STL .301/.959, 90 R, 23 DB, 2 TRPL, 31 HR, 94 RBI, 2 SB.

SP - Clayton Kershaw/LAD 21-5, 33 GS, 233.1 IP, 248 K, 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 5 CG, 2 SHO.

SU - Tyler Clippard/WSH 3-0, 72 G, 88.1 IP, 104 K, 38 HLD, 1.83 ERA, 0.84 WHIP.

CL - John Axford/MIL 2-2, 74 G, 73.2 IP, 86 K, 46 SV, 1.95 ERA, 1.14 WHIP.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Best of the American League 2011

Below you will find the best player at every position in the American League for 2011, including DH, starting pitcher, setup man, and closer.

C - Alex Avila/DET .295/.895, 63 R, 33 DBL, 4 TRPL, 19 HR, 82 RBI, 3 SB.

1B - Miguel Cabrera/DET .344/1.033, 111 R, 48 DBL, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 2 SB.

2B - Robinson Cano/NYY .302/.882, 104 R, 46 DBL, 7 TRPL, 28 HR, 118 RBI, 8 SB.

3B - Adrian Beltre/TEX .296/.892, 82 R, 33 DBL, 32 HR, 105 RBI.

SS - Jhonny Peralta/DET .299/.824, 68 R, 25 DBL, 3 TRPL, 21 HR, 86 RBI.

LF - Alex Gordon/KCR .303/.879, 101 R, 45 DBL, 4 TRPL, 23 HR, 87 RBI, 17 SB.

CF - Jacoby Ellsbury/BOS .321/.928, 119 R, 46 DBL, 5 TRPL, 32 HR, 105 RBI, 39 SB.

RF - Jose Bautista/TOR .302/1.056, 105 R, 24 DBL, 2 TRPL, 43 HR, 103 RBI, 9 SB.

DH - David Ortiz/BOS .309/.953, 84 R, 40 DBL, 1 TRPL, 29 HR, 96 RBI, 1 SB.

SP - Justin Verlander/DET 24-5, 34 GS, 251 IP, 250 K, 2.40 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 4 CG, 2 SHO.

SU - David Robertson/NYY 4-0, 70 G, 66.2 IP, 100 K, 1 SV, 34 HLD, 1.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP.

CL - Jose Valverde/DET 2-4, 75 G, 72.1 IP, 69 K, 49 SV, 2.24 ERA, 1.19 WHIP.

Monday, October 03, 2011

National League Team MVP & Cy Young


NL East
Atlanta Braves:
MVP - Brian McCann/C
CY - Craig Kimbrel

Florida Marlins:
MVP - Mike Stanton/RF
CY - Anibal Sanchez

New York Mets:
MVP - Jose Reyes/SS
CY - RA Dickey

Philadelphia Phillies:
MVP - Shane Victorino/CF
CY - Roy Halladay

Washington Nationals:
MVP - Michael Morse/LF/1B
CY - Tyler Clippard

NL Central
Chicago Cubs:
MVP - Aramis Ramirez/3B
CY - Matt Garza

Cincinnati Reds:
MVP - Joey Votto/1B
CY - Johnny Cueto

Houston Astros:
MVP - Carlos Lee/LF/1B
CY - Mark Melancon

Milwaukee Brewers:
MVP - Ryan Braun/LF
CY - Yovani Gallardo

Pittsburgh Pirates:
MVP - Andrew McCutchen/CF
CY - Joel Hanrahan

St. Louis Cardinals:
MVP - Lance Berkman/RF
CY - Chris Carpenter

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks:
MVP - Justin Upton/RF
CY - Ian Kennedy

Colorado Rockies:
MVP - Troy Tulowitzki/SS
CY - Rafael Betancourt

Los Angeles Dodgers:
MVP - Matt Kemp/CF
CY - Clayton Kershaw

San Diego Padres:
MVP - Cameron Maybin/CF
CY - Heath Bell

San Francisco Giants:
MVP - Pablo Sandoval/3B
CY - Tim Lincecum

Sunday, October 02, 2011

American League Team MVP & Cy Young


AL East
Baltimore Orioles:
MVP - Adam Jones/CF
CY - Jim Johnson

Boston Red Sox:
MVP - Jacoby Ellsbury/CF
CY -Josh Beckett

New York Yankees:
MVP - Curtis Granderson/CF
CY - CC Sabathia

Tampa Bay Rays:
MVP - Ben Zobrist/UTL
CY - James Shields

Toronto Blue Jays:
MVP - Jose Bautista/3B/RF
CY - Ricky Romero

AL Central

Chicago White Sox:
MVP - Paul Konerko/1B
CY - Chris Sale

Cleveland Indians:
MVP - Asdrubal Cabrera/SS
CY - Justin Masterson

Detroit Tigers:
MVP - Miguel Cabrera/1B
CY - Justin Verlander

Kansas City Royals:
MVP - Alex Gordon/LF
CY - Greg Holland

Minnesota Twins:
MVP - Michael Cuddyer/UTL
CY - Glen Perkins

AL West
Los Angeles Angels:
MVP - Howard Kendrick/2B
CY - Jered Weaver

Oakland Athletics:
MVP - Josh Willingham/LF
CY - Gio Gonzalez

Seattle Mariners:
MVP - Mike Carp/1B
CY - Felix Hernandez

Texas Rangers:
MVP - Michael Young/UTL
CY - CJ Wilson

Friday, September 30, 2011

Crazy Stats from 2011 (Part 1)


The Mets Jose Reyes and Shane Victorino of the Phillies had as many or more triples (16 apiece) than 3 teams: Orioles- 13, Braves & White Sox- 16.

The Braves Michael Bourn stole more bases (61) this year than the Cardinals (57) and the Tigers (49). Brett Gardner and Coco Crisp each stole 49 to at least match Detroit's total.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shawn Kelley- The Power of Zero

Congrats to the Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Shawn Kelley for being the only pitcher in baseball to finish the 2011 season with an ERA of 0.00 and have pitched 10+ innings.

Kelley's late season performance in 12.2 IP will surely help him secure a spot in the M's 2012 bullpen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coco Cordero's Strange 37th Save

Cincinnati Reds' closer Francisco Cordero is no stranger to walking the tightrope of danger in the late innings of save situations (327 career saves). Last night he pulled off something astonishing though for this 37th save of the season. He walked 4 batters, threw only 6 strikes, and even balked, but pitched the entire 13th inning unscathed without surrendering a run.

How? Nick Evans was caught stealing and Justin Turner hit into a game ending double play.

Wow.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

AL & NL Cy Young Races

My Top 10 AL CY:
1. Justin Verlander/DET 24-5, 244 IP, 56:244 BB:K, 2.29/0.91, 4 CG, 2 SHO.

2. Jered Weaver/LAA 18-7, 227.1 IP, 56:190 BB:K, 2.41/1.02, 4 CG, 2 SHO.

3. James Shield/TBR 15-12, 240.2 IP, 62:221 BB:K, 2.84/1.04, 11 CG, 4 SHO.

4. Josh Beckett/BOS 13-6, 187 IP, 48:170 BB:K, 2.70/1.00, 1 CG, 1 SHO.

5. Jose Valverde/DET 2-4, 71 G, 68.1 IP, 33:63 BB:K, 47 SV, 2.37/1.21.

6. CJ Wilson/TEX 16-7, 221.1 IP, 72:206 BB:K, 2.97/1.18, 3 CG, 1 SHO.

7. CC Sabathia/NYY 19-8, 237.1 IP, 61:230 BB:K, 3.00/1.23, 3 CG, 1 SHO.

8. Ricky Romero/TOR 15-10, 217.1 IP, 78:173 BB:K, 2.98/1.14, 4 CG, 2 SHO.

9. Mariano Rivera/NYY 1-2, 62 G, 60 IP, 7:58 BB:K, 44 SV, 1.95/0.88.

10. Jeremy Hellickson/TBR 13-10, 183 IP, 67:116 BB:K, 2.90/1.13, 2 CG, 1 SHO.



My Top 10 NL CY:
1. Clayton Kershaw/LAD 20-5, 226 IP, 53:242 BB:K, 2.27/0.99, 5 CG, 2 SHO.

2. Roy Halladay/PHI 18-6, 227.2 IP, 34:217 BB:K, 2.41/1.05, 8 CG, 1 SHO.

3. Cliff Lee/PHI 16-8, 226.2 IP, 42:232 BB:K, 2.38/1.03, 6 CG, 6 SHO.

4. Ian Kennedy/ARI 20-4, 216 IP, 53:194 BB:K, 2.88/1.08, 1 CG, 1 SHO.

5. Cole Hamels/PHI 14-9, 206 IP, 41:186 BB:K, 2.80/0.98, 3 CG.

6. Tim Lincecum/SFG 13-13, 212 IP, 84:217 BB:K, 2.59/1.18, 1 CG, 1 SHO.

7. Johnny Cueto/CIN 9-5, 156 IP, 47:104 BB:K, 2.31/1.09, 3 CG, 1 SHO.

8. Craig Kimbrel/ATL 4-3, 77 G, 75.1 IP, 29:124 BB:K, 45 SV, 2.03/1.00.

9. Matt Cain/SFG 12-10, 214.2 IP, 60:173 BB:K, 2.86/1.08, 1 CG.

10. Tim Hudson/ATL 15-10, 203 IP, 55:150 BB:K, 3.19/1.13, 1 CG, 1 SHO.

Notes- I don't typically think closers should get too much consideration for the Cy Young, but Valverde has been perfect for Detroit, Kimbrel is amazing, and Rivera continues to defy age.

Friday, September 23, 2011

NL & AL MVP Races

My AL Top 10 MVP:
1. Curtis Granderson/NYY .270/.943, 134 R, 26 DBL, 10 TRPL, 41 HR, 119 RBI, 24 SB.

2. Jacoby Ellsbury/Bos .319/.913, 114 R, 45 DBL, 5 TRPL, 28 HR, 98 RBI, 37 SB.

3. Jose Bautista/TOR .304/1.063, 104 R, 24 DBL, 2 TRPL, 42 HR, 101 RBI, 8 SB.

4. Miguel Cabrera/DET .333/1.002, 102 R, 46 DBL, 26 HR, 98 RBI.

5. Adrian Gonzalez/BOS .341/.967, 107 R, 45 DBL, 3 TRPL, 27 HR, 116 RBI.

6. Robinson Cano/NYY .305/.891, 101 R, 46 DBL, 7 TRPL, 27 HR, 116 RBI, 8 SB.

7. Michael Young/TEX .335/.851, 84 R, 40 DBL, 6 TRPL, 11 HR, 104 RBI, 6 SB.

8. Alex Avila/DET .297/.905, 62 R, 32 DBL, 4 TRPL, 19 HR, 77 RBI, 3 SB.

9. Alex Gordon/KCR .303/.879, 101 R, 45 DBL, 4 TRPL, 23 HR, 87 RBI, 17 SB.

10. David Ortiz/BOS .312/.969, 83 R, 39 DBL, 29 HR, 96 RBI.


My NL Top 10 MVP:
1. Ryan Braun/MIL .330/.977, 104 R, 36 DBL, 5 TRPL, 31 HR, 104 RBI, 31 SB.

2. Matt Kemp/LAD .326/.985, 109 R, 31 DBL, 4 TRPL, 36 HR, 118 RBI, 40 SB.

3. Prince Fielder/MIL .293/.951, 89 R, 34 DBL, 34 HR, 112 RBI.

4. Joey Votto/CIN .313/.959, 98 R, 37 DBL, 3 TRPL, 28 HR, 98 RBI, 8 SB.

5. Albert Pujols/STL .304/.927, 102 R, 27 DBL, 37 HR, 98 RBI, 8 SB.

6. Lance Berkman/STL .300/.963, 86 R, 21 DBL, 2 TRPL, 31 HR, 91 RBI.

7. Troy Tulowitzki/COL .302/.916, 81 R, 36 DBL, 2 TRPL, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 9 SB.

8. Justin Upton/ARI .292/.908, 103 R, 39 DBL, 5 TRPL, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 21 SB.

9. Carlos Beltran/NYM/SFG .303/.919, 77 R, 39 DBL, 2 TRPL, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 4 SB.

10. Michael Morse/WSH .304/.902, 69 R, 35 DBL, 28 HR, 89 RBI.

Notes: I don't think pitchers should be considered for the MVP award because they do not directly effect enough of the 162 game season. I give more credit to players of higher importance defensive positions (SS, 2B, C, CF). Having your team make the playoffs also gives bonus points.

*Stats through games played on September 22nd.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Night of Round # Milestones

Congrats to Mariano Rivera, Johnny Damon, and Tim Wakefield for accomplishing some nice round number milestones.

The Sandman, Mo Rivera, put his 600th win to bed last night. He's now 1 save behind Trevor Hoffman for the all-time record, something he'll surely break and add plenty to. When he decides to hang the cleats up, the Hall of Fame assuredly awaits 5 years after that.

Johnny Damon swiped the 400th base of his career yesterday. He's getting old, but still flashes some power and speed at times and remains a useful player.

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield finally won his 200th win. The 45 year old might not pitch next year, but he's had one helluva ride relying on one pitch.
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Different Types of Pitching Machines

Going to the batting cages is a rite of passage for any aspiring pro, but baseball players don’t have just one generic, typical type of batting cage to go to. The pitching machines available at batting cages vary from place to place, and the machines themselves are often designed differently (and for different purposes). Knowing what to expect before you face down one of these machines will help you better prepare for your practice against it. In this article, we’ll attempt to break down some different pitching machine types, so that you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll be facing come first pitch.

One major area to focus on is automation. These days, it’s quite common to find many batting cages equipped with fully automated batting cages. Automatic feeding of the balls has quite a few advantages. First, the player doesn’t have to feed the balls in himself (which would be a time-wasting nightmare), nor does the player have to bring someone else along for the specific purpose of feeding balls to the machine. Also, the player will be better able to expect periodic timing between the machine’s pitches, so that he can practice his own timing at the plate while waiting to swing.

Hand-fed pitching machines don’t offer the luxury of automation, but they have their own advantages as well. While you’ll need to bring someone else along to operate the machine (unless you only want to hit one ball at a time), the other person can be helpful. For example, while an automated machine’s going to keep hurling balls at you for the designated period regardless of what you want, the other person can simply stop feeding balls to the machine if you want to work on your swings for a second, or need a breather for a moment. If you always have someone with you willing to train, you may want to consider a hand-fed machine for that reason alone.

Other differences affect the speed of the pitches. If you’re preparing for the big leagues, you’ll obviously want a machine set to fast-pitch settings at their maximum. For rookie players, lower settings on fast-pitch machines (and for the real novices, slow-pitch machines themselves) will probably work better for their need. If you’re practicing for softball (in which case you shouldn’t train on baseball pitching machines), there are even specific softball pitching machines available for use.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Drama Jorge

Another older story that was too ripe for me to pass up was the semi-recent benching of the Yankees newest drama queen, Jorge Posada.

This season has not been kind to the seasoned vet. Posada started out the year fairly well-batting .273 in early April before his numbers plunged to a mind-numbing .138. Posada then got demoted to batting in the 9th-slot, and responded to the news by throwing a pissy fit that would have put even the brattiest toddler's meltdown to shame.



But the cantankerous catcher wasn't finished yet. By mid-season, Lil' Jorge's batting average went up and he was batting a solid .244 at one point. It was still bad, but it was a heluva lot better than what he was hitting in the early part of the season. For a moment, us baseball fans thought this man-child had seen the light, put his big boy pants on, and was ready to play like he meant it.



Unfortunately for Lil' Jorge, Joe Girardi had enough. On August 7, 2011, he was benched. Even though he's stuck in baseball time-out, Posada learned his lesson and kept his mouth shut. Though he told the public he was fine with being relegated to bench duty, I'm pretty sure that deep down, Lil' Jorge was pissed and is just waiting for that right moment which sparks another meltdown.



Now that the 2011 season is slowly winding down to a close, one must wonder what other adventures await New York's childish catcher. Will he finish the season as a fully matured man, or as an aging geezer still stuck in the glory days of his youth?

Maybe if Jorge started a new offseason diet or supplement regime he'd be ready to go in 2012. May I suggest he visit an online pharmacy.

Wait, and see.

tamtam

Saturday, September 10, 2011

phillies talk

this post is about the phillies it will include news, rumors, and much more other things so check it out.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Underworld

Though this is old news by now, Alex Rodriguez is under investigation for his involvement in a high-stakes illegal poker game. Included in this game were celebrities like Ben Affleck, as well as gratuitous amounts of drugs, violence, and alcohol, making the sordid event sound like just another night in a Hollywood club.

The kicker is that Rodriguez had been warned by baseball's very own Bud Selig that his participation in the sordid game would result in him being in trouble with the league, but apparently Rodriguez didn't listen.

If there's one sore spot for baseball in America, it is the issue of gambling. Scandals like the "Black Sox" of 1919, and more recently, Pete Rose all bring up painful memories for all involved parties because betting on teams by managers and players is tantamount to cheating. And we all know, nobody likes a cheater.

If Alex Rodriguez is convicted of misconduct (as far as I know, the case is still pending), all his prior accomplishments will be for naught. Look at what happened to the other guys who got caught gambling-the Black Sox were blacklisted from the sport and Pete Rose got sent to baseball purgatory, which is where Alex Rodriguez will likely end up if convicted. He will need someone with an online JD degree to help him out.

One does not need to be a Catholic to imagine that it sucks to be in purgatory. Alex would not like it there, especially since now he has to keep Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson company. I imagine Pete Rose could use a fresh face to talk to, since he's heard it all by now from Shoeless Joe.


(L-R: Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe)

tamtam

**AUTHOR'S NOTE: I just got a new scanner (it came with the printer), so until I figure out how to make my cartoons scan in at optimal resolution, my apologies if the images look unusually bad**

Sunday, August 28, 2011

what was your reaction when Jim Thome hit his 600 HR?

this post is for Jim Thome and baseball you tells us how you felt when Jim Thome crushed that 600 HR to put him in the record books. thank you and enjoy

which teams do you thing are going to be in the fall classic?

this post lets put your options for the postseason this start argument and to see will be right at end postseason action. this will interesting seeing people opinions on this big event coming in october please leave a comment bellow thank you and enjoy.

offseason trades and rumors

this post is for offseason trades and roumors so this post is used when the MLB postseason ends and everyone is free agents. this where new beginning happen MLB offseason trade and roumors so come and check it out towards the middle of november. please leave comment below for questions and opinions. thank you and enjoy.

who should be the AL MVP and who should be NL MVP?

This post is tell your opinions about who should be AL MVP and who should NL MVP so leave comment and tell everyone who should be AL and NL MVP thank and enjoy

what should the cubs should do in 2012?

this post is about your opinions on what the cubs need to do to secceed in 2012. so come and leave a comment but please use bad language and don't say thing that will hurt people. thank you and enjoy the post .

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Prophecy

Just because I haven't posted in a few weeks here on More Hardball (thank you, summer school, a short vacation, and the start of the new school year) doesn't mean that I haven't been following baseball.

Aside from Thome hitting 600 HRs, my local Diamondbacks going into a tailspin, and the possibility that Alex Rodriguez will join Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe in baseball purgatory for his involvement in an illegal poker game, Schlubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano's epic shitfit has managed to outshine them all.

Yep, Zambrano has become the new Sammy Sosa. Cubs fans who happen to read this blog will remember how Sosa's diva attitude eventually got him thrown outta Chicago. Well, Zambrano is following in his predecessor's footsteps. In his desperate attempt to get out of Chicago and win a championship, Big Z really stepped into the Big One. After a shitty performance in Atlanta, Zambrano cleaned out his locker and walked out on the team. He then announced an abrupt retirement, recanted that statement, and to my knowledge, he's still on the team's payroll.

Now, I'm not known for being psychic, but I swear to God-my (in)famous cartoon of Carlos Zambrano has turned out to be the most prophetic thing I've ever drawn! Originally drawn in 2010 after Zambrano had his first of many annual meltdowns in June only to go mea culpa on ESPN a few weeks later, I predicted that Zambrano would soon find himself permanently unemployed if he couldn't (or wouldn't) control himself.



When he's finally outta Chicago, I won't feel bad for Zambrano. If he's not mature enough to see how corrosive his behavior is, then perhaps he'd be better off not playing baseball in the US. Maybe some baseball club in his native Venezuela or the Dominican Republic will offer Zambrano a job instead. Hey, the man's gotta feed his family somehow.

Tamtam

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Unexpected Top 10 League Leaders- NL Edition

With only a month and a half of the 2011 season remaining it's interesting to see some of the names that litter the Top 10 leader board of various stats in the National League. Take a look...

Average - Daniel Murphy/NYM, .320/4th, the man without a position. Is he a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd baseman? Wherever the Mets play him, he'll hit. Too bad his season is likely over though due to injury.

Average - Michael Morse/WAS, .319/5th (OPS- .928/8th), he's always hit in limited exposure, and now is proving he can hit with regular exposure. One of the breakout performers of 2011.

Hits - Starlin Castro/CHC, 162/1st (AVG- .309/10th), this young SS has a bright future, even if his immediate future is with the laughingstock that is the Cubs.

Homeruns - Lance Berkman/STL, 28/3rd (RBI- 77/7th, OPS- .984/1st), a couple years ago, Big Puma was a mainstay on the homerun leader board, but after last season nobody expected this level of success, especially playing mostly RF.

Stolen Bases - Cameron Maybin/SDP, 32/4th, only had 19 SB in 4 seasons heading into the year, but he's really blossomed in San Diego after falling out of favor in Florida.

OPS - Shane Victorino/PHI, .934/7th, heading into the season the Flyin' Hawaiian's career high in OPS was .803, so this truly has been a breakout for the mighty midget (only 5'9").

ERA - Ryan Vogelsong/SFG, 2.47/2nd, this is his 7th MLB season, but his first since 2006 with the Pirates. This is the biggest bargain bin signing of the offseason.

Wins - Kevin Correia/PIT, 12/7th, a big reason for the Buccos early season success.

Holds - Jose Veras/PIT, 22/6th, see above.

WHIP - Kyle Lohse/STL, 1.12/8th, last year he sported a 1.78 WHIP, so this season has be a nice rebound and surprise.

*Stats through all Thursday August, 18th.