Fifth Annual Dugout Central Challenge

by KerryWhisnant

Who are the best teams? Who are the worst teams? And just how good or bad are they? Members of the Dugout Central staff and readers are again challenged to predict the number of wins in the regular season for each of the thirty major league baseball teams in the Fifth Annual Dugout Central Challenge.

It requires an in-depth knowledge of all thirty teams to accurately predict the number of wins for every team – a lot more than for picking division winners and a wild card team for each league. Relative strengths within the division, within the league and between leagues also come into play. Strength of schedule is another factor. And key injuries can upset even the best predictions.

Same as last year, there will be two contests this year, one using the average win difference (AWD) and the other using root mean square difference (RMSD) between the predictions and the actual win totals on September 29 — or later if there are make-up games played after that.

For example, if you predict that the Yankees will win 98 and the Red Sox 94, but it turns out to be 93 and 96, respectively, you are off by a total of 7 games for those two teams (5 for New York and 2 for Boston), and the AWD is 3.50. The RMSD would be the square root of (25 + 4)/2 = 14.5, or about 3.81. The average win difference does not penalize picks that are far off the mark as much as RMSD does.

Any unplayed games will be assigned wins according to the team’s winning percentage. For example, a team is 96-64 and doesn’t make up two games. They have a winning percentage of .600, and so those two make-up games will be worth 1.2 wins, for a total of 97.2. Tie-break games will count — the final winning percentage will be prorated to 162 games. Hence, in 2009 the Twins (87-76) were rated at 86.47 wins and the Tigers (86-77) at 85.47 wins.

Last year Robert Owens won the Fourth Annual Dugout Central Challenge using average win difference, narrowly beating me and even the Vegas Over/Under line, in addition to other Dugout Central entries. I won the RMSD title by the smallest possible margin over Jon Ellis; it was my third victory in four years using RMSD.

As usual the contest will be opened up to readers as well Dugout Central staff. If the number of entrants gets too large, I will cap the number of reader entries at ten, but I don’t anticipate that happening. Entries must be submitted by 7 PM CDT, Sunday, March 31, to whisnant@iastate.edu. Once you submit an entry, you may change it before the deadline if there is a significant injury or roster change that affects your prediction — or even if you just have second thoughts.

This will not be an empty exercise, to be forgotten once the season starts. Updates will be provided periodically throughout the year using winning percentages, and contest entrants will be held accountable at the end of the season. So there’s nowhere to hide, and may the best prognosticator win!

291 Responses to “Fifth Annual Dugout Central Challenge”

  1. Raul Says:

    Great to see you post here again, Kerry.

    Hope all is well.
    Doubt I can accurately predict the standings this year, but I might give it a shot.

    I can’t be any more wrong than Felber.
    :)

  2. Kerry Says:

    Hi Raul, go for it. Mike hasn’t actually entered before, but maybe we can get him into the contest, too.

    I’m in charge of a course with 1100 students this semester, so my picks may not be as well-researched as usual. And right now I’m in the process of selling my mom’s retirement condo (closing date April 10). But I couldn’t bear to see the contest not happen.

  3. Bob Says:

    1100 sudents studying physcs in one college? Proff-positive that science and math are alive and kickng in this country.

  4. Kerry Says:

    Most of them (over 90%) are engineering students taking their first college physics course (although not all are taking it for the first time :-) ). Apparently we provide a filter for the engineering college (along with Calculus).

  5. John Says:

    What kind of physics class is that – Physics 101, but specifically tailored to engineers?

  6. Kerry Says:

    Phys 221, Intro Physics with Calculus. (Phys 101 is a lower level; sometimes we call it Physics for Poets or Physics without Math :-) )

  7. Chuck Says:

    Hey Kerry…are you going to send us an email on this so we can forward our picks?

  8. John Says:

    Hahahaha @6. For us at USNA, statics was big for weeding people out of engineering (kinda funny looking back).

  9. John Says:

    Also, on my first draft of predictions, I came up 50 wins short of 2430. I predicted the league as a whole to suck…against itself.

  10. Kerry Says:

    Good idea Chuck, I will send an email to last year’s players.

  11. Kerry Says:

    OK, I just looked up BP’s win predictions and they add up to 2432.

    They’ve done this before. I know it’s just round-off error, and it happens to me, too, but there’s an easy way to correct for it and apparently they don’t feel the need to do so.

  12. John Says:

    Lol – just subtract 2 wins from the Astros. You can’t give them few enough wins.

  13. Kerry Says:

    Considering that BP gives the Stros 65 wins, I agree. They will more than likely lose 100+ — the only real question is how much is the +.

  14. Mike Felber Says:

    Maybe I will enter, just to prove a point. I do not know how well I will do, but I know I do not know so much about the details of teams & their prospects-I do not follow it closely at all. But as Kerry will bear out (I’ll bet): there is no necessary correlation between great knowledge of the viscera of players & prospects & predicting success. Someone can have a cursory knowledge, go with some general notions about team’s prospects, & do very poorly or very well. Such as how well randomized “predictions” of 81-81 for all show, there are too many un(der)known factors to have a good correlation with current baseball expertise & success. Chuck did not get smarter or stupider re: what he was following or knewwhen his results varied wildly.

  15. Chuck Says:

    You’ve proven a point the last four years by not participating, Mike.

  16. Mike Felber Says:

    I always was open about not following closely day to day, player & team developments. My not guessing-though anyone could end up doing great, my point stands-proved nothing. And I should be as welcome as anyone when our interest & attention is mostly on other things-HOF debates, old time baseball, sabermetrics, general debate, inspiring baseball stories…Any decent place has a “big tent”, not snobbish & rejecting, attitude to those who do not share all their interests within a big, or any, subject.

  17. Cameron Says:

    RIP Virgil Trucks

  18. Jim Says:

    The Angel’s find a taker for Vernon Wells. Who? The Yanks. Let the mockery begin.

    Dice K released.

  19. Cameron Says:

    …And WAIT. I don’t follow the NCAA brackets that closely, but #1 Gonzaga got knocked off by the Wichita State Shockers? I was born in Wichita, I know WSU. Shockers basketball is surprisingly good… But fucking Gonzaga?

    …Go Shockers, man. I’m rooting for a Cinderella Story now.

  20. Raul Says:

    When I read those tweets about the Vernon Wells trade, I was sad…that there wasn’t any liquor in the house.

    F*ck it. I’m rooting for the Pirates this year.

  21. Chuck Says:

    One of the MLBNetwork guys, I believe it was Billy Ripken, actually picked the Yankees to finish last.

  22. Raul Says:

    Who knows?
    It could happen, if Sabathia goes like 15-15.

  23. Chuck Says:

    I can’t believe ST is over..seems like it just started. One more game left and that’s it.

    It’s been interesting with the WBC involvement, but it seems like it just started.

  24. Raul Says:

    At least I won’t have to read about Puig’s Spring Training hitting stats.

    The guy has 2 more hits than Howie Kendrick this Spring. I haven’t seen Kendrick’s name in my Twitter feed since like June. But Puig is some monster?

    As dumb as ST stats are, you would think someone would point out that between the two of them, there has been 1 walk. One. And it belongs to Kendrick.

  25. Chuck Says:

    Puig is the internet scouting boner of the month club winner.

    Like Cespedes was last year at this time.

    He can take his one point whatever OPS to Chattanooga..see if anyone down there gives a rat’s ass.

  26. Chuck Says:

    The Yankees opening day lineup will have one position player who was in last year’s opening day lineup….Robinson Cano.

  27. Chuck Says:

    Aaron Hicks won the Twins centerfield job.

    Super Two this.

  28. Raul Says:

    Kyle Lohse ought to smarten up and tell Boras to take whatever he can get.

  29. Chuck Says:

    Lohse signed with the Brewers this morning..3/33.

  30. Bob Says:

    Just catching up a bit. Joel Sherman is reporting that most of the money the Yanks pay Wells will be applied to this year, not next. Still worth it for the Angels.

  31. Raul Says:

    Not only did the Blue Jays manage to rid themselves of that filthy contract, they manage to screw over the Angels and Yankees.

    Salud, Toronto.

  32. Chuck Says:

    Interesting to see who the PTBNL is.

  33. Raul Says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Yankees sent Tyler Austin.

    I mean this organization is being run as if it’s the friggin 1980s.

    I almost expect Frank Costanza to scream at the Steinbrenner kids about Jay Buhner.

  34. Chuck Says:

    I saw Dante Bichette yesterday.

    Dude is FAT.

    Saw Gorman Thomas too..he’s skinnier than when he played. He’s shorter than I expected, too.

  35. John Says:

    33 million for Lohse.

    By a small market team that has made similar commitments to Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf.

    Have they learned ANYTHING?

  36. Chuck Says:

    There was definitely some buzz in the press box lately, going back about a week or so there were some rumors in the Milwaukee media the Brewers were talking with him.

    From what I’ve read today, this seems to be more of a Attanasio decision than a Melvin/Roenicke decision.

  37. John Says:

    I could see that. Mounting pressure to win, grab the best pitcher available.

    It’s amazing that he got that much money on a deal signed 10 days before opening day. You would think the team would hold SOME leverage at that point in time. Maybe Boras was just like “your 5th starter is Mark Rogers. Let’s be real here.”

  38. Lefty33 Says:

    “You would think the team would hold SOME leverage at that point in time.”

    Considering what Lohse was looking for initially, I’d say that Milwaukee got off fairly cheap especially when you consider what some other teams have paid recently for similar or even more marginal talent.

    It also shows that more and more teams are almost colluding against Boras clients by choosing not to engage in his almost extortionist type negotiating tactics unless they are either seriously desperate or the price drops back into the realm of quasi-reality.

    It warms my heart when I see another one of his clients getting fucked out of money when Scotty overplays his hand just like it also makes me even more of a phan of the Phillies considering that other than Domonic Brown they have zero of Boras’s clients on the roster and go out of their way to avoid dealing with him.

  39. Raul Says:

    Only a few days away from the start of the season!
    Getting pumped.

    I haven’t blogged about how much I hate Joe Buck in months!

  40. Bob Says:

    1. The Indians re-signed Dice-K and Matt Capps.
    2. The Red Sox released Lyle Overbay

  41. Raul Says:

    Dice K is a moron.
    95 mph and wastes his time throwing junk.

    He could be a fastball/curveball pitcher and easily throw up a 3.50 ERA just based on his stuff alone.

  42. Raul Says:

    Yankees acquire Vernon Wells for Kramer Sneed and Exicardo Cayones.

    It’s like one monkey slinging poop at another monkey.
    And the other monkey slinging a larger, smellier poop at the 1st monkey.

  43. Bob Says:

    LOL at 42.

  44. Chuck Says:

    Last game today..Kansas City…hard to believe it’s over already.

    For those East Coasters still up to your asses in snow, sorry to rub it in.

    Actually, since I’m one myself and know what it’s like, no I’m not.

    LOL

  45. Chuck Says:

    Introducing your newest Milwaukee Brewer….Yuniesky Betancourt.

    Unlike with Kyle Lohse, this doesn’t make much sense to me.

  46. Bob Says:

    Actually, most of the snow has melted in CT. Perhaps Jim in New Hampshire still has a sizable amount of the snow.
    And Easter weekend is supposed to be nice with 3 straight days north of 50 degrees.

  47. Bob Says:

    And in a post that has never been uttered on this site, go Florida Gulf Coast.

  48. Raul Says:

    On September 26th, 2013, Yuniesky Betancourt will get a clutch RBI single in the 7th inning to tie the game against the Mets.

    The Brewers will win the game, remaining within 2 games of the NL Wild Card hunt.

    Then some team will give Betancourt a 3 year, 28 million dollar deal in the offseason.

    And I’ll still be questioning where the hell I went wrong in life.

  49. Bob Says:

    Bill Gates is hiring. Yup. $100,000 dollars to a new wave condom. I’m heading to Akron to learn all about rubber. Cameron, where in Ohio are you? I will treat you to a burger and a root beer since you don’t drink.

  50. Raul Says:

    Root beer?

    You might as well drink turpentine.

    Actually I read somewhere that root beer doesn’t taste like it used to. Something about old root beer originally containing sassafras. But then they found out that sassafras is a carcinogen?

  51. Chuck Says:

    Royals are a split squad today…day game in Maryvale and a night game at home.

    My guess is they’ll send the regulars to the day game because the Brewers are starting Yovanni Gallardo…gives the regulars a look at a good pitcher (and the night off), and they’ll bring some minor league guys across the street to play tonight.

    Hopefully.

  52. Raul Says:

    I should have asked you to see if you could get a ball or two signed.

    I know I said earlier that I don’t care about that sort of thing, and I don’t.
    But my uncle in DR would have appreciated it.

    Next year, Chuck! But not some scrub like Gallardo. Do whatever Arizona Indian Rain Dance is necessary to get Hank Aaron’s.

  53. Chuck Says:

    Yeah, Raul, a little late.

    I would need to do an Arizona Indian Rain Dance to get Hank Aaron to Arizona, then an act of God to get his autograph.

  54. Raul Says:

    Out of curiosity…

    and I pose this to anyone willing to answer…since maybe some of it may be personal…but what are your favorite/treasured memorabilia?

  55. Jim Says:

    @46 Just the odd pile left by the plow. But I live on the seacoast and the snow disappears early.

  56. Chuck Says:

    “but what are your favorite/treasured memorabilia?”

    Baseball cards/books I got as a kid.

    I have autographs from Aaron, Killebrew, Yount, Phil Niekro, Jenkins, Reggie, Boggs, Jim Rice….and it’s not the auto necessarily but the fact I got them in person.

  57. Bob Says:

    @ 54. My Mercury Morris autograph. Again, I met him in person.

  58. Raul Says:

    You motorboatin’ son of a b…

    You got Hank Aaron’s autograph?!?!?!? That’s amazing!
    I think Aaron is the only guy that I would be starstruck to meet.

    How was Reggie about giving you his autograph?

    MERCURY MORRIS!!! Glad to see there’s still some Miami Dolphins pride around here. Especially since I have abandoned all hope. Hahaha.

  59. Bob Says:

    The Dolphins will be fine. Tannehill proved he can play, and the Dolphins have had a good off-season despte losing Jake Long, and can augment their roster with a slew of draft picks. In 2-3 years, they could win that division.

  60. Raul Says:

    Jake Long is a big loss, for sure.
    But he was injured and not quite as dominant. Better to let him go than keep him for too long.

    Tannehill had a really good year, for a rookie.

    He has to improve his accuracy and throw the football down the field.
    Granted, it’s not like Miami has great receivers, but this dink-and-dunk offense where you run the ball and pass to your TE and WR for 6 yard gains isn’t going to bring you to the level needed to compete for a division championship or a Super Bowl run.

    The NFL is a league that protects the hell out of their offensive players, especially the quarterbacks. It’s not like 20 years ago where you sit a rookie for a while because he’d get killed out there as he learned. You cough in the wrong direction on the field now…the quarterback’s jersey moves a little from the wind…and you’re looking at a roughing the passer penalty. So Tannehill should have the reins taken off him in 2013. Air it out.

    I mean, if Trent Dilfer came up in this era he’d be throwing for 4,000 yards.

  61. Chuck Says:

    “You got Hank Aaron’s autograph?!?!?!? That’s amazing!”

    Probably 1983 or so, it was at a sports banquet in CT, a friend of mine was on the organization committee and got us tickets.

    He was still traveling with his bodyguard, and would only sign for people who had access (paid extra) for the meet and greet beforehand. He’s not very tall, maybe 5′11″, but had huge hands and shoulders.

    “I think Aaron is the only guy that I would be starstruck to meet.”

    Me, too. Was pretty intimidating. When they were leaving, he said he would sign for any kids in the room and went over and sat behind a long table. His bodyguard was in front of the table taking whatever people had, they couldn’t hand it directly to him.

    I brought my 10 year old cousin with me and he wouldn’t go up in line, so I went up with him. As we got to the table, Aaron turned and had a look in his eye that could melt steel. I just pointed to my cousin who handed a program from the event that Aaron signed, and that was that.

    “How was Reggie about giving you his autograph?”

    He was nice, just said hello…he was still playing for the Yankees then, we saw him walking to the Stadium from the players lot and signed about 10-15 autographs as he walked inside.

  62. Raul Says:

    I think I’m missing the point in getting these autographs.

    It’s probably not so much the actual autograph as much as it is the interaction with the players.

    Cool stories, Chuck. I know you have tons of them.

  63. Chuck Says:

    I’m different now than when I was younger…I will no longer pay for an autograph regardless of who it is, and unless it’s a HOFer or someone I liked growing up, I’m not interested.

    I have Jim McAndrew and Duffy Dyer’s autographs on a ‘69 World Series program which makes it even more of a collector’s item, but I got those myself and actually played golf with Dyer.

    (I have a picture of my wife with McAndrew wearing his WS ring, she’d kill me if I posted it, but there was other stuff going on in addition to running around getting things signed)

  64. Raul Says:

    Good ideas? Bad ideas?
    From Sports Illustrated:

    http://mlb.si.com/2013/03/28/20-ways-to-improve-baseball-right-now/?sct=uk_t11_a2

    The new season that begins on Sunday night will usher in yet another major change to a sport that has seen its share over the past 20 years. Houston’s switch to the American League leaves two leagues of 15 teams apiece, broken evenly into three five-team divisions, necessitating year-round interleague play. On the heels of last year’s major development — the addition of a second wild-card team in each league and an extra postseason game between them — we know more big changes are in store (expanded instant replay chief among them). With first pitch just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of where baseball is, where it’s going and, perhaps more importantly, where it should go. Here are 20 ways the national pastime could be made even better.

    1. Make Opening Day a national holiday. The return of baseball after the frigid misery of winter should always be celebrated, and as it remains the national pastime, the date should be recognized accordingly. Return the privilege of officially starting the season to the Reds, since Cincinnati was the birthplace of professional baseball. Send the President to Nationals Park to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Pair the previous season’s pennant winners in a matchup, since interleague play is now a daily occurrence. Schedule a quadrupleheader to be divided among the national broadcast partners, and make sure every American (and Canadian) has the day off to enjoy it all.

    2. Revamp the television blackout policy. The technological revolution that has enabled fans to watch games in other markets via MLB.tv and Extra Innings, and on devices such as tablets and smartphones, is a wonderful thing. But MLB could do an even better job of building its audience by scrapping the arcane blackout rules that prevent fans from watching their local nine — or several not-quite-local nines — via such packages in real time. It’s not like they’re unwilling to pay for the privilege of watching crucial at-bats from the bus stop or the bathroom.

    3. Name a new commissioner. For a former used car salesman installed during a coup that led to the worst work stoppage in the sport’s history, Bud Selig hasn’t been that bad, particularly when compared to his predecessors or heads of other major sports. Innovations such as interleague play and the wild card may offend purists, but their introduction has coincided with incredible revenue growth via increased attendance and rights fees, and the game now enjoys a hard-won labor peace as well as the strongest drug policy in major professional sports. Even so, Selig is 78 years old, and it’s time for a younger commissioner to usher in a new era, whether it’s a well-respected executive like Sandy Alderson or Derrick Hall, a media star such as Bob Costas or actor/minor league tycoon Bill Murray.

    4. Adopt the designated hitter in both leagues. The rule has been around for 40 seasons, and the players’ union isn’t about to let it be rolled back at the cost of high-paying jobs. With season-long interleague play, NL teams will be at a competitive disadvantage if they don’t cultivate their own DH options. Besides, nobody needs to see pitchers risk injury or parade their ineptitude by flailing at a .129/.162/.166 clip, as they did last year.

    5. Expand instant replay. This one’s on its way, but after experimenting with two technologies for aiding fair/foul and caught/trapped calls late last season, MLB has decided to spend another year researching a more all-encompassing solution that could handle outs at every base. As with the late-2008 introduction of the technology to handle boundary calls, it should be possible — and preferable — to get a new system in place in time for the 2013 postseason, instead of waiting for 2014.

    6. Cull the umps. For too long, a handful of troublesome arbiters — Angel Hernandez, Joe West, C.B. Bucknor and Bob Davidson among them — have done their best to make the game about their authority instead of the actions of players. As tempting as it may be to replace them with robots, at the very least, MLB needs to institute a process via which all umpires are held more accountable for their actions — including enforcement of a uniform strike zone — and disciplined with transparency, with the worst of the lot vulnerable to losing their jobs, and only the best receiving the prestigious postseason assignments.

    7. Keep the World Baseball Classic spirit going by sending regular season baseball overseas. The international tournament has its inherent limitations — particularly due to the need not to overtax pitchers — but the game’s growth outside of North America was on full display this month, as teams from Brazil, China, Italy and the Netherlands made their presences felt, and the Dominican Republic took home the WBC title. With four years until the next Classic, MLB should maintain the momentum by scheduling series abroad in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia, even South America, perhaps as many as one a month. Implement it in time for next season, so each team gets at least one trip overseas before the next tournament, and so that once or twice a year, we in the United States can wake up to baseball being played in far-off lands. The revenue would more than offset the loss of a few home dates for the participants. Plus we’d all get to say “HONKBAL!” more often.

    8. Banish Jeffrey Loria. With Frank McCourt out of the picture, the Marlins’ owner is the game’s worst by a country mile, and not just for his repeated roster teardowns and crimes against good taste. Loria conned local taxpayers into footing 80 percent of the bill for a $634 million ballpark, triggering a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. Force him to sell the team and reimburse taxpayers for every last cent via the proceeds and his private fortune, then send him to Antarctica to live out his days discussing 20th century art with indifferent penguins.

    9. Expand to Montreal, and Puerto Rico as well. It’s tempting to uproot the Marlins, but the ballpark is built, and Florida fans deserve the sunshine of a better ownership group. Instead, baseball should add two more teams, with one stationed in Montreal, where the Expos played from 1969 through 2004 and produced Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Andre Dawson as well as Tim Raines (more on him momentarily), Vladimir Guerrero and Youppi. To round things off at an even 32 teams, the Portland, Charlotte and New York/New Jersey markets may have their merits, but San Juan, Puerto Rico makes for a compelling choice, too. Though making its residents subject to the amateur draft has taken its toll, baseball has a rich tradition on the island, and fans have demonstrated incredible enthusiasm while flocking to aging Hiram Bithorn Stadium to support the World Baseball Classic or the occasional regular-season detour. Though small by MLB standards, the market could become a tourism magnet for baseball-crazed fans from other Caribbean countries as well as the U.S.

    10. Sell the Mets. Even after being cleared of further liability in the Madoff scandal, the Mets are drowning in red ink, as nearly a billion dollars worth of loans to the team and its television network comes due in the next two years. The need to service their debt has left the team padding its roster with Quad-A filler and undead retreads such as Marlon Byrd. Meanwhile, the public relations gaffes continue; how tone-deaf do owners implicated in a Ponzi scheme have to be to allow Amway to open a storefront at Citi Field? MLB and Mets fans need to be rid of the Wilpons, putting the franchise in the hands of an owner who can afford to rebuild in a manner befitting the majors’ largest market.

  65. Raul Says:

    11. Build new ballparks for the A’s and Rays. Since the opening of the Blue Jays’ Skydome (now Rogers Centre) back in 1989, every major league team except the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Royals and A’s has gotten a new ballpark. Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Kauffman Stadium have received substantial facelifts, and plans are in the works to renovate Wrigley Field well. Oakland’s rent-a-name Coliseum is a dilapidated mess ill-suited for baseball, a big reason why the team has ranked in the AL’s bottom three in attendance in each of the past seven years. The expansion Rays, mired in the gloomy Tropicana Dome (est. 1990), haven’t done much better at the gate. Smart management has brought some success on shoestring budgets to both teams, who deserve better ballparks via which they can slug it out with the financial heavyweights.

    12. Open the books. To far too great an extent, the bill for the aforementioned stadium boom was footed by taxpayers, not the owners profiting from those upgraded venues. Baseball teams are privately run businesses, but their reliance on public money — not to mention their antitrust exemption — should be accompanied by greater financial transparency. Knowing how big an annual profit the next Loria-wannabe is raking in, and how much money he’s paying himself, could help prevent future stadium scandals.

    13. Penalize performance-enhancing drug use via stronger suspensions. MLB and the players’ union have come a long way in beefing up the game’s drug policy to the point that it’s by far the best in professional sports. While some worry that the increasing number of suspensions — seven last year, more than in the previous four years combined — reflects a new epidemic of cheaters, the stronger likelihood is that it reflects the program’s enhanced ability to detect users. As a means of bolstering public confidence that players and owners want a cleaner game, the two sides are discussing stronger penalties. At this point, a 100-game ban for a first offense, and a full-season ban for a second one — accompanied by ineligibility for All-Star honors and awards in the season(s) of the suspension — isn’t unreasonable.

    14. Suspend players for DUI and domestic abuse. In contrast to their progress on the PED front, baseball has done nothing to penalize far more dangerous and destructive behaviors such as driving under the influence of alcohol or abusing wives and girlfriends. The league may be content to let law enforcement handle such offenses, but it could have far more impact if it took additional action in such cases by suspending guilty players without pay for similar lengths of time as PED violators, and donating their salaries to programs oriented towards awareness, treatment and prevention.

    15. Reform the Hall of Fame voting. The Hall is not a church, it’s a rogues’ gallery reflecting a bumpy history that includes segregationists, spitballers, Prohibition-era alcoholics and numerous other brands of miscreants — an honest reflection of the men who have played and run the game. The misguided impulse to sanitize it, largely as a protest against an infiltration of PEDs for which players, owners, commissioner and media all share responsibility, is the result of writers leaning on the ballot’s antiquated and selectively applied character clause. Ditch it, and while we’re at it, reform the voting body by relieving voters no longer connected to the game — the ones covering figure skating or golf — of their privilege. Expand the rolls to include broadcasters and more members of the electronic media with the requisite 10-year tenure.

    16. Induct Marvin Miller and Curt Flood into the Hall of Fame, as well as Tim Raines. As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1982, Miller revolutionized the game, overseeing its biggest change since integration via the dismantling of the reserve clause and the dawn of free agency. Petty politics prevented him from receiving proper recognition during his lifetime, but as an honest reflection of the game’s history, the institution is diminished without his inclusion and that of the also-deceased Flood, a seven-time Gold Glove winner who sacrificed his career to battle the reserve clause. As for Raines, thanks to an appreciation of advanced metrics such as WAR and JAWS, a growing share of voters understands that he was every bit as great as contemporary Tony Gwynn; his speed and plate discipline helped him produce as much value as the eight-time batting champion. Raines finally crossed the 50 percent threshold on the 2013 ballot — a strong indicator that he’ll eventually be elected — but he should have his bronze plaque yesterday.

    17. Let Vin Scully call the World Series. The beloved dean of baseball broadcasters has been calling Dodger games since 1950, but hasn’t worked a World Series on either TV or radio since 1996. Now 85 years old, he has scaled back his travel significantly, but it would be a sheer delight to hear him call at least one more Fall Classic. Even Fox Sports play-by-play man Joe Buck is open to the idea.

    18. Enhance the stats on every scoreboard and broadcast. Though our collective understanding of statistics has increased, many ballparks and broadcasts display only the simplest statistical information — the Triple Crown stats of batting average, home runs and RBIs — when a player comes to the plate. In our perfect world, we’d love to see on-base and slugging percentages, and even Wins Above Replacement included. Strikeout and walk percentages, and batting average on balls in play for pitchers, too, please.

    19. Stop the war on advanced statistics. In the decade since Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball, virtually every major league front office has incorporated advanced statistics into its decision-making processes. Alongside that, a growing faction of fans and media has come around to the idea that metrics such as Wins Above Replacement, Fielding Independent Pitching and Defensive Runs Saved — not to mention the flood of data produced by PITCHf/x — can free us from hoary, incorrect assumptions, increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the game. Yet a false dichotomy exists, whether framed as old media versus new, insiders versus outsiders, or scouts versus statheads. Particularly in the media, the dialogue is shrill, the narratives tortured beyond recognition. We all love baseball, and there’s more than enough room for everyone to coexist peacefully.

    20. More tacos at ballparks, and better beer, too. This is basic common sense — baseball with beer and tacos is the three-run homer of combinations. Every ballpark should spice things up by featuring an abundance of quality taco options for meat-lovers, vegetarians, even vegans, because unlike the mystery meat in those scary, processed hot dogs, you can see what’s filling that tortilla. Accompany that by putting better beer on tap as well, ideally, locally produced brews reflecting the craft beer revolution. The Giants’ AT&T Park, which features local Anchor Brewing Co. stands as well as an all-star lineup at the Public House bar, is an exemplar befitting a World Series champion.

  66. Raul Says:

    #7 is a terrible idea.

  67. Raul Says:

    I don’t know how much #14 is within the scope of MLB’s responsibilities, but I like it.

  68. Chuck Says:

    Didn’t read it…came from Sports Illustrated, so it’s automatically toilet paper.

  69. Raul Says:

    LOL

  70. Bob Says:

    Mystery meat in hot dogs. I suppose that is a fair point, but what about horse meat at Taco Bell?

  71. Chuck Says:

    Ever eaten Tilapia, Bob?

  72. Bob Says:

    The Yankees released Juan Rivera, and will start the season with Vernon Wells, Ben Francisco, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch.

  73. Bob Says:

    @ 71. No.

  74. Bob Says:

    Are they good?

  75. Chuck Says:

    Yes. And their primary diet is shit.

  76. Lefty33 Says:

    Most of what is in that SI article is contextually retarded and was written by someone with a Felberian understanding of the sport and where it’s at.

    #2 – This one can’t happen because of the type of TV deals that MLB signs.

    If they were to do that at certain teams MLB would either be competing with themselves or you would have a national network competing with a local/regional network for the same product.

    The only reason that MLB can extort the kinds of money that they get from ESPN/FOX is by dangling that tag of “exclusive” to them and the only way to do that is to have some sort of non-fan friendly blackout policy.

    Bud could care less about building the fanbase as it currently has never been larger the same as the sports total revenue. What incentive is there to change anything?

    #3- This idea is the least likely to happen until Bud drops dead.

    What incentive would there be? The players and owners have never been richer. Bud’s got a job for life or until he croaks. The plaque for Cooperstown might as well be commissioned.

    #4 – NO!

    #6- Never going to happen. The human element to this part of the game adds a load of necessary drama that would be sorely missed if they could automate this.

    #9- Expansion in Baseball, like the rest of the other major sports, is dead right now because there are markets which don’t support the teams that they have let alone trying to find new markets. Montreal had a turd for a stadium and the politicians along with their constituents spoke loudly several times that they don’t give a crap about baseball or about paying for a new stadium.

    #10- The Mets red ink is greatly overstated and the Wilpon family is going nowhere.

    #11- With what dollars? New stadiums don’t just appear out of thin air especially when teams are contractually bound in some cases for decades to their existing buildings that the current owners knew fully about when they bought the team.

    #12- LOL! How many times do private entities just suddenly fully disclose their finances for no reason short of a Congressional inquiry?

    #13- This is the first good idea.

    #14- This has nothing to do with the sport and is a fishing expedition.
    The NFLPA rolled over too easily on this point.

    #15- There is no incentive for changing the way things are.

    #17- This is the second good idea.

    #18 – They do it for a reason and that is reason is called that 98% of fans could care less.

    All SABR dorks can put their foam back in their mouth and control their pocket protectors at this thought but: Your funny acronyms are just not that damn important to the overwhelming majority of the people who like the sport.

    #19- LOL!

  77. Mike Felber Says:

    Ah good, just in time for a juvenile & unsupported personal insult!

    But worth considering & sometimes dismissing these ideas. So Mrs. Chuck must read things now, thus stories are staying…PG.

  78. Chuck Says:

    Long time, no hear, Lefty, what’s up, pro? Ready for Lehigh Valley season?

    ” was written by someone with a Felberian understanding of the sport and where it’s at.”

    I just did something I haven’t done since first grade..thank God my wife isn’t home.

  79. Chuck Says:

    ” So Mrs. Chuck must read things now, thus stories are staying…PG.”

    She does not. She hates baseball. I took her to the Alumni event for business reasons and since she’s a social person wasn’t shy about talking to people.

    She does, however, know more about baseball than you do.

    So does my 11 year old daughter.

    Do you have a point?

  80. Cameron Says:

    RIP Gus Triandos

  81. Jim Says:

    Seems that the RS will start the season with Jackie Bradley Jr. in left field. He has had a nice spring .441/.521/.644/1.165 and is considered the best defensive outfielder in the RS system.

    Of course having him up at the start of the season, rather than waiting 11 games, may make him a FA a year earlier.

  82. Chuck Says:

    Super Two date is May 14th, so it’s more than 11 games.

    It’s a stupid rule anyway, you’re worried about saving a couple million dollars in six years?

    If the kid is one of your 25 best players, then he should be on the roster.

  83. Raul Says:

    Not only that…
    If the kid ends up being a great player, he’s getting extended early anyway like Braun and Longoria. And if he sucks, he won’t be on your roster in six years anyway.

    That last year won’t matter.

  84. Chuck Says:

    Another reason why Jackie Bradley is on the Sox roster…(IMO)

    If he proves he can hit ML pitching, the Sox will have no concerns about trading Ellsbury.

    If they trade him first then call up Bradley and he takes a suck pill, then they’re screwed, but if Bradley is raking, then bye bye Jacoby.

    And it’s not like the Sox are going to contend, so whether they lose 87 games or 92 it won’t matter.

  85. Chuck Says:

    In their 51 years of existence, in how many seasons did the Mets have a better record than the Yankees?

    a) 9

    b) 14

    c) 19

    d) 24

  86. Chuck Says:

    Silva called it on Twitter two, three weeks ago..confirmed.

    Johan Santana reinjured his shoulder and will miss the season.

  87. Jim Says:

    Ellsbury is gone whether or not Bradley is ready or not. The only question with Ells, is it via trade or do they let him walk at the end of the season.

    @85 – without looking it up – 9

  88. Chuck Says:

    It will speed up his departure for sure.

  89. Kerry Says:

    @85 I looked it up and it appears to me that the answer is 12. But there were two ties, so (b) is correct is you say how many years did they not have a worse record. But maybe I miscounted.

    The years the Mets were better were clumped: 1969, 1971-1973, 1984-1991, 2000. The ties were 2006 and 2008.

  90. Kerry Says:

    Boy, I can’t count my own stats today — it looks like 13.

  91. Chuck Says:

    I counted 14, dont’ recall any ties, but would account for the difference if so.

  92. Chuck Says:

    8/158 extension for Posey.

  93. Cameron Says:

    …Decent move? Don’t get me wrong, he is the reigning MVP and a hell of a player. It’s just that knee. I know it hasn’t been reaggravated, but you don’t just shake off having your knee destroyed the way he did. That’s going to be a very easy thing to reinjure, and knee injuries and catchers go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

  94. Cameron Says:

    Also, my reports say 9/167.

  95. Cameron Says:

    And Justin Verlander signed an extension for 5/180, vesting option to make it 6/202.

  96. Kerry Says:

    Don’t forget, DC Challenge picks are due Sunday before the first regular season game starts. I only have one entry so far (thank you, John!).

    I’m still adjusting for recent injuries. The Mets were already weak; losing Santana for the whole year knocks off about 1.5 games from my previous projection (which already had him only for part of a season).

  97. Chuck Says:

    Blue Jays claim Clint Robinson off waivers from Pirates and assign him to Double A. Guy can’t catch a fucking break.

    To make room for him on the 40, the desigated Lars Anderson for assignment.

    I wonder if there’s a record for most times DFA’d?

  98. John Says:

    Sorry guys, been a long week. Let’s see:

    “It warms my heart when I see another one of his clients getting fucked out of money”

    Kyle Lohse, ages 35-37, is not going to be worth 33 million dollars to the Brewers, not even close. Boras opened the bidding high, as he always does, artificially inflating the value of his client and got a big contract for a fairly meh pitcher coming off a career year.

    “and I pose this to anyone willing to answer…since maybe some of it may be personal…but what are your favorite/treasured memorabilia?”

    Can’t quite top Chuck’s, but I have an autographed ball from an all-time great Milwaukee right-fielder…Jeromy Burnitz. LOL. When I was 9, I won one of those contests where you get to stand on the field during the national anthem, which was really cool. But, higher than that: I got both a baseball and a picture of (his) WWII destroyer signed by Bob Feller back in 2009 at a Brewers-Indians spring training game, which obviously holds multiple places in my heart as a fan of the game and as a Naval Officer.

  99. Lefty33 Says:

    “Boras opened the bidding high, as he always does, artificially inflating the value of his client and got a big contract for a fairly meh pitcher coming off a career year.”

    Although when you consider that Dempster is older and has shown no ability to pitch in the AL yet is getting paid more I still say that in comparison the Brewers made at fairly well all things considered.

    Even Soriano is going to be on Washington’s books with deferred money until 2025. For a closer who will be 34 this year?

  100. Lefty33 Says:

    “Boras opened the bidding high, as he always does, artificially inflating the value of his client and got a big contract for a fairly meh pitcher coming off a career year.”

    Although when you consider that Dempster is older and has shown no ability to pitch in the AL yet is getting paid more I still say that in comparison the Brewers made out fairly well all things considered.

    Even Soriano is going to be on Washington’s books with deferred money until 2025. For a closer who will be 34 this year?

  101. John Says:

    The difference is that Dempster:

    1) Was only signed for two years
    2) Has gone over 200 IP seven times, compared to Lohse’s 3
    3) Was signed by a team that can afford to throw money around

  102. Chuck Says:

    “Also, on my first draft of predictions, I came up 50 wins short of 2430. I predicted the league as a whole to suck…against itself.”

    My first draft was 18 over, and thought the same thing….and only gave the Yankees 84.

  103. Chuck Says:

    Well, if you were wondering what happened to Mike Pags after he left, wonder no more.

    Found him…Triple A hitting coach for the Pirates.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=t_ros&cid=484

  104. Chuck Says:

    RIP “Bullet” Bob Turley

  105. Cameron Says:

    Fuck, Jayhawks got knocked out of the tournament. Go Shockers! Leading Ohio State by 16 points right now.

  106. Chuck Says:

    My national champ is still alive..Louisville..the rest of my bracket is pretty much toast.

  107. Kerry Says:

    My bracket is in the same condition.

    That was a really bad injury to Kevin Ware. CBS won’t show it again, but it’s already all over YouTube. Not thst I want to see it again myself…

  108. Kerry Says:

    Oh, yes, time is running out for entering the DC Challenge. Only John and Chuck (and me, of course) have entered so far. Bob? Jon? Mike? Lefty? Cameron? Jim?

  109. Jim Says:

    “It requires an in-depth knowledge of all thirty teams to accurately predict the number of wins for every team”

    Kerry, I can barely keep track of the teams in the AL East, along with the Twins & Cards, since I’ve lived in those cities and followed them while there. Trying to predict the records of there rest would be pure guess work. Hell, depending on how much I’ve had to drink, I probably couldn’t name all 30 teams.

  110. Cameron Says:

    I suppose I could Kerry. Lemme do a last check of the rosters.

    And Chuck, the Cards are still in, but… Damn, Kevin Ware.

  111. Chuck Says:

    8/120 extension for Andrus.

  112. Chuck Says:

    Harper has homered in his first two AB’s.

  113. Bob Says:

    Harper is my prediction for NL MVP.

  114. Chuck Says:

    You’d vote for him if he ran for Queen of the Nile.

  115. Chuck Says:

    So much for restrictions on Strasburg’s pitch counts..has a 3 hit shutout through seven innings on just 80 pitches and he got yanked.

    Way to go, Davey.

  116. Chuck Says:

    “Harper youngest to have multiple homer game on Opening Day”

    The fellating continues.

  117. Bob Says:

    Kerry, sorry. I was busy over the Easter weekend and forgot. And I would not have been perfect as I was mulling over giving the Astros 162 losses.

  118. Raul Says:

    Harper hit 2 HR on opening day? Cool!

    Harper youngest to have multiple homer game on opening day? Err…uhh…so what?

    It’s cool to get multi-homer games. At what age they happen doesn’t mean anything.

    I feel bad for Jeff Samardzija. Dude peaked for the season with his first start.

  119. Bob Says:

    Player of the night?
    1. Kershaw ( My pick)
    2. Harper
    3. Samardzija

  120. Bob Says:

    Felix Hernandez gave his former catcher John Jaso a Rolex last night for catching his perfect game. That is cool, though I know it is somewhat customery to do.

  121. Raul Says:

    I think a Rolex is a nice gift, but I don’t really see the value in it.

    Great, you have a $50,000 watch with the $299 suit you bought at Mens Wearhouse. Jaso is surely glad to have the gift, but deep down he’s gotta be thinking “I wonder how long I have to keep this before I can pawn it?”

    If I was Felix Hernandez, I would have given Jaso a car. You know, something he could actually use and appreciate.

    Jaso is about a 1M per year player. This is a guy who, lord forbid, could be out of the game in 2 years.

    What good is the watch going to be then?

  122. Bob Says:

    Jaso should be able to land a job as a coach somewhere, or pending that end up in the broadcast booth.
    Shit, even a well-known jackass like Bobby Valentine can latch on as a high school AD. Jaso will not end up homeless.

  123. Bob Says:

    Robinson Cano left Boras for a company founded by Jay-Z.

  124. Raul Says:

    W-wa…WHAT???

    That’s …I’m…I don’t even know what to say to that.

  125. Cameron Says:

    …Jay-Z is minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center, owns Roca-Fela Records and the Rocawear clothing line, and is the CEO of Def Jam Records. Not surprised he found the money.

  126. Raul Says:

    Scott Boras is the top agent in sports.
    IN SPORTS.

    And you fire him before what could be a 200M contract?
    Robinson Cano is a moron.

  127. Raul Says:

    At least A-Rod has the sense to sign that 275 million before parting ways.

  128. Bob Says:

    I would think this moves means he stays with the Yankees, given the ties Jay-Z has to the region. Jay-Z sure does not want to anger his own fanbase, be it either in basketball or music.
    Unless the Yankees have other plans/options at 2nd base.

  129. Bob Says:

    Jay-Z is now hoping to become a certified agent.

  130. Bob Says:

    Minor league rosters are being announced throughout baseball today.

  131. Cameron Says:

    Jay-Z can offer his clients one thing no other agents can. Guaranteed endorsements.

  132. Raul Says:

    Guaranteed endorsements? For what? Rocawear clothing? How are those endorsement deals working out for Brook Lopez? Or Joe Johnson?

    Being a Yankee means more marketing ability for Jay-Z than anything Jay-Z could possibly offer Robinson Cano.

  133. Cameron Says:

    That and he’s also a brand director of Budweiser. He’s also got pull with 2K Games, which publishes one of MLB’s licenses, so there’s more side cash there. He owns more businesses too but uh… Well, they’re casinos.

  134. Raul Says:

    Jay-Z bagging Cano is a boon for Jay-Z.
    It literally does nothing for Cano. At all.

  135. Cameron Says:

    Eh… He paid Cano under the table to be his first big-name signing to help draw more athletes to the agency? Illegal yes, but entirely plausible.

  136. Raul Says:

    Apparently Jay-Z is partnering with CAA Sports in order to run this new agency.
    CAA Sports already has an impressive list of clients and Cano would hardly be the biggest among them.

    For example:

    Sidney Crosby
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    D. Wade
    Carmelo Anthony
    Ryan Braun
    Ryan Howard
    Tony Romo
    Roy Halladay
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Adam Jones
    Buster Posey
    Andre Ethier
    Matt Cain

    CAA even represents Peter Gammons, Jim Rome (what a jerk), Max Kellerman, Michael Wilbon, John Calipari…

    So it doesn’t really seem like Jay-Z is calling the shots here.

    It almost seems like CAA is using Jay-Z’s likeness to grow their business — more than it is Jay-Z using CAA the more that I think about it.

  137. Bob Says:

    Jaromir Jagr is a Boston Bruin. Hot Diggity

  138. Kerry Says:

    Wow, Yu Darvish has a perfect game against the Stros after 5 innings, with 10 Ks.

  139. Kerry Says:

    Wowser, he’s perfect through 7, with 12 Ks. 93 pitches so far, which projects to 120 for 9 innings.

  140. Chuck Says:

    “Felix Hernandez gave his former catcher John Jaso a Rolex last night for catching his perfect game.”

    Fucking cheapskate….Mark Buerhle bought everyone in uniform a Rolex after his perfect game…personalized. Plus the Clubhouse guys and broadcasters, etc. Final cost was over half a million.

  141. Chuck Says:

    “Wowser, he’s perfect through 7, with 12 Ks. 93 pitches so far, which projects to 120 for 9 innings.”

    Lucky for him he doesn’t pitch for the Nationals

  142. Kerry Says:

    LOL, yes, I wonder if he’ll get pulled before he gives up a hit (probably not).

  143. Chuck Says:

    Phone rings in Brian Cashman’s office.

    Cashman: “Hello, this is Brian”

    Caller: “Hey, Cash-Money, this is Jay-Z, ’sup, homie, calling to talk blingage on Robbie-smooth”

    Click, dial tone

    Jay-Z: “Hello, hello? You there, Money? Hello, hello? Ok, man, that’s just fucked up”.

    Five minutes later, Jay’s phone beeps with a voicemail alert.

    “Hey, Jay-Zero, this is the guy who’s ass you’ll be wiping for the foreseeable future. I’m not going to talk a $100 million dollar deal with some guy who made his fortune “singing” out of tune about rape and murder. Have someone in your office that actually knows what a slider is call me”.

  144. Kerry Says:

    5 to go to a perfecto, but it took him 9 pitches to strike out Chris Carter.

  145. Kerry Says:

    4 to go – Ankiel strikes out on 4 pitches (106 total).

  146. Kerry Says:

    3 to go – he got Maxwell to ground out on the first pitch to end the 8th.

  147. Kerry Says:

    2 to go – Castro grounds out.

  148. Kerry Says:

    Corporan grounds out on the first pitch – one more!

  149. Kerry Says:

    Oooh nooooooo, Marwin Gonzalez singles to break it up!

  150. Kerry Says:

    Hah, they replaced him right away after the hit.

  151. Chuck Says:

    There was this kid I grew up with who was a year or two older than me and was a pitcher.

    Since Little League, I couldn’t hit him with a boat oar..didn’t throw that hard but had a bigger than normal curveball for his age.

    Playing a pre-American Legion game..he was probably 16, I was 14 or 15, I got a hit my first time up, then another, then another.

    Next time I faced him, maybe a month later, first AB got drilled in the ass.

    Second AB, got drilled in the ass.

    Third AB, I tripled to right center, he catches the ball back from the third baseman, looks at me and winks at me…I nodded and winked back.

    If Marwin Rodriguez or whatever the hell his name is isn’t in Double A the next time the Rangers and Astros play, he better wear a bullet proof vest under his uniform.

    Respect is a two way street, brah.

    Something Curt Schilling never learned in his entire career. #douche

  152. Raul Says:

    Hell of a game for Darvish – no hitter or not.

  153. Chuck Says:

    Absolutely…I wonder how many times the Astros will be on the bad side of a no-hit bid this season.

  154. Chuck Says:

    Did you notice Darvish was pitching out of the stretch?

  155. Raul Says:

    I wasn’t watching the game until I saw your tweet when I got home. Kinda had a late day and wasn’t around a tv.

  156. Raul Says:

    LOL well the Astros threw up like 8 runs in their opener.
    I think the broadcasters were saying they might over-achieve this year.

  157. Chuck Says:

    I saw yours too…finally bit the bullet and moved in with Felber? :)

  158. Raul Says:

    With all due respect to Felber, I think I need electroshock treatment after reading that post, Chuck.

  159. Chuck Says:

    LOL

  160. Bob Says:

    NHL trading deadline is today.

  161. Raul Says:

    2-1 White Sox over the Royals in the 4th on the strength of solo homers from Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers.

    Alcides Escobar hit .293 last year, good for 2nd best in the majors among shortstops last year. In terms of OPS, he was 10th.

    With his defensive ability, if he can do that again, the Royals should be really happy.

  162. Raul Says:

    Tim Lincecum and Josh Beckett get it on tonight in Los Angeles.

    Matt Harvey and Clayton Richard battle it out in Queens. Curious about this one because I loved the few games I saw Matt Harvey pitch last year. He had one game against the Reds where he REALLY impressed me.

    Roy Halladay takes on the Braves. Big game for him. There are questions about how healthy he really is.

    Gio Gonzalez looks to quiet rumors of steroid use as he takes the mound against the Marlins — in Washington, though.

  163. Chuck Says:

    Saw Harvey’s debut last year here..only game I went to all season…people go back and forth between him and Wheeler and I guess it’s an apples to oranges thing because they’re so close, but I’ll take Harvey.

  164. Raul Says:

    The Mets did well to get Wheeler from San Francisco though.
    Did the Giants get a compensation pick for Beltran?

  165. Bob Says:

    No, they did not.

  166. John Says:

    “If Marwin Rodriguez or whatever the hell his name is isn’t in Double A the next time the Rangers and Astros play, he better wear a bullet proof vest under his uniform.”

    Hold on…Rodriguez is an asshole because he didn’t deliberately fail? Seriously?

  167. Mike Felber Says:

    My point Chuck? I thought you were saying you were moderating posts due to your lady reading them. It was good humored & you came back with an insult about my baseball knowledge. Now if your ladieieies follow current players & contests closely, they do know more about the current state of the game than me.

    Either way you should be welcoming to all who are decent.

    Now I do agree that the Rolex is a waste of money to most. Give them at least 1/2 the amount in cash, or to there favorite charity. I really think it misguided generosity to spend 1/2 Million or more on a no hitter reward-OK they can afford it, but not only are most team members doing very well compared to the average person even considering their length of career, spend a fraction of that on some nice but not expensive status-y experience, & give the rest to the needy.

    I dunno what Raul posted, but it the housing market even for a room is too costly & scarce, more so recently, an ex GF is having trouble finding anything decent. The vacancy rate is hovering around 1% now. Unless you have rent subsidized, the NYC area can be a hard place to live. A guy makes even “just” a million for a year or several in MLB, if he lives smart & eschews the too typical equating spending with self worth, he can be fine for many years.

  168. Chuck Says:

    The Yankees loss to Boston on Monday was the second worst in a home opener in team history.

    Yesterday’s loss marked the first two game home losing streak to start a season since 1982.

    At least they’re not the Astros.

  169. Chuck Says:

    “I thought you were saying you were moderating posts due to your lady reading them”

    Nope.

    “spend a fraction of that on some nice but not expensive status-y experience, & give the rest to the needy.”

    Hahaha.

  170. Raul Says:

    Kind of a weird topic, but I was watching some dog show on tv the other day and they were talking about rescuing dogs in Miami.

    Mark Buehrle was a guest on the show or something and they talked about how involved Mark is in that stuff. Apparently the guy has several dogs and part of the deal with him signing with Miami was that he needed to be able to locate a place to live that would allow his 5 …pitbulls, i think?

    Long story short, Buehrle wasn’t happy about being traded to Toronto after just 1 season. I don’t think anyone would be after you move your family across the country like that. But maybe we forget how involved some players are in their local communities.

  171. Raul Says:

    Happy 26th birthday, Cameron Maybin! Maybin is in his 7th season and for all the tools he possesses, maybe it’s time to call a spade a spade. I mean this poor guy has a career .250/.313/.373 slash line with an adjusted OPS of 89. Trade this guy to the American League and hope he can become a 4th outfielder like Mike Cameron. Maybin was the 10th player taken in the 2005 draft. A draft that has seen a lot of players with a lot of success: Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Ricky Romero, Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Pelfrey, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Matt Garza and Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Happy 22nd birthday, Martin Perez! Perez has been a top 100 prospect for years now, thought I can’t understand why. He hasn’t ever shown the ability to dominate for any stretch of time. Through 540 Minor League innings, Perez has a 4.23 ERA and has allowed about 9.5 H/9. You don’t give up on a 22 year old pitcher, but 540 innings is a good chunk of innings. And it’s not like we’re talking about some 6′7 guy who needs to perfect his mechanics.

    Happy 38th birthday, Scott Rolen! If you’re an old school guy, Rolen might be one of your favorite players. Tough guy. Played great defense. Kept his mouth shut. Your 1997 NL Rookie of the Year beat out Livan Hernandez and the great Vladimir Guerrero to take the award. Eight Gold Gloves and 7 All-Star appearances later, Rolen is a shell of his former self. But he’s probably one of the top 5 third basemen of all-time. It could have turned out differently for Rolen — he was once offered a scholarship to play basketball at Oklahoma State under legendary coach Eddie Sutton.

    Want to feel old? Happy 71st birthday to Jim Fregosi! Fregosi was a solid 2nd baseman for the Angels and Rangers in the 1970s but is probably remembered most recently for his managing career — having held the reins of the Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. Fregosi owns the Angels’ franchise record for triples with 70 and currently serves as a scouting advisor for the Atlanta Braves.

    Happy 66th birthday, Ray Fosse. Fosse is mainly known for the 1970 All Star Game where Pete Rose wiped him out at the plate and separated his shoulder. The play was widely credited with ruining Fosse’s career. Some will say Fosse went on to hit .297 in the 2nd half of 1970, but it seemed his power was gone forever having hit just 2 HR in that 2nd half with his slugging percentage dropping down to .361. Fosse hit 16 homers in the 1st half of 1970. He never hit 16 in any SEASON after the injury. He currently serves as a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics and was nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award in 2002.

  172. Raul Says:

    I apologize. I meant to say Fregosi was a shortstop, not 2nd baseman.

  173. Raul Says:

    So Ryan Howard married (former?) Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell last year.

    She’s a good-looking woman. Atta boy, Ryan.

  174. Lefty33 Says:

    Playing in Philadelphia seemed to scar Rolen for the remainder of his career.

    The media hung the mantle of the next Mike Schmidt on him and ragged him hard when he was never able to put up Schmidt-like power numbers.

    This led him to demand to be traded from Philadelphia during the 2002 season in which he said that no matter how much the Phillies offered him in FA he wouldn’t return for the 2003 season.

    Sure enough he took a pay cut to go play in St. Louis for 2003, 2004 and left millions on the table that the Phillies would have paid him all because he couldn’t handle the media scrutiny. This also led him to play in the baseball Siberia towns of Toronto and Cincinnati instead of a big market contender.

  175. Bob Says:

    “An ex girlfriend is having trouble finding anything decent.” Tell that broad you were the best thing that ever happened to her.

  176. Raul Says:

    Can you really blame Rolen, Lefty?

    Phillie was a wasteland for many years. Lieberthal wasted his career there.

  177. Chuck Says:

    Met Fosse a couple of weeks ago in the press box at Maryvale..he’s a broadcaster now…he came through and introduced himself to everyone..pretty cool..nice guy.

    Fregosi was the player the Angels traded to the Mets for Nolan Ryan.

  178. Kerry Says:

    “The Yankees loss to Boston on Monday was the second worst in a home opener in team history.

    Yesterday’s loss marked the first two game home losing streak to start a season since 1982.

    At least they’re not the Astros.”

    No, the Astros actually won their first game…

  179. Chuck Says:

    Astros are the first team in history to be shutout in two consecutive games and strikeout 15 times or more in each game.

    “At least they’re not the Astros”.

  180. Jim Says:

    If the Yanks end up playing with the current roster for most of the season they may not be the Astros, but they might be the Twins.

    Hard to see where the offense comes from with that crew.

  181. Chuck Says:

    I watched a bit of the game last night..that was tough to watch, especially considering the Red Sox aren’t that good either.

  182. Bob Says:

    Vernon wells popped one out. Perhaps he supplies the offense.

  183. Raul Says:

    You’re a regular George Carlin with that comment, Bob.

  184. Chuck Says:

    Minor leagues start today…Going to be home later watching Taijuan Walker and maybe Zach Wheeler if I can stay up that late.

  185. Lefty33 Says:

    @176- To a point I can’t blame him. He was always the scapegoat for the entire team.

    But the irony is that right after he left they started to spend gobs of money on payroll and got decent quick. With him as their 3B it’s possible that they/he would have won more then one ring together over time.

    I would have taken him in a heartbeat over light hitting turds like David Bell and an out of position Polanco.

  186. Chuck Says:

    “With him as their 3B it’s possible that they/he would have won more then one ring together over time.”

    And a borderline HOFer.

  187. Raul Says:

    Well this is interesting…

    In the movie “Moneyball”, Billy Beane trades Jeremy Giambi to Philadelphia for John Mabry on May 22, 2002 in an attempt to shake things up. At the time the Athletics were 20-25, hardly in trouble.

    Jeremy Giambi was hitting .274/.390/.471 at the time. Really great, actually.
    John Mabry was hitting .284/.304/.286 with 23 plate appearances to his name.

    Giambi would actually play better with Philly, going .244/.435/.538 (OPS .974).
    Mabry would basically fill in where Giambi left off, going .275/.322/.523 for Oakland.

    If you really want to stretch it, you could argue that Beane was dumping Giambi’s salary (1 million to Mabry’s 500k). But you don’t trade your best hitter in May to save 500 grand.

    The Athletics would win 20 straight games that summer and the legend of Billy Beane was born. But that was one really lucky trade that just happened to work out.

  188. Bob Says:

    The Tigers signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league deal.

  189. Raul Says:

    “I’m an old-school guy; I’m not a real fan of the DH,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who has managed in both leagues. “When the pitcher is in there, things are on an even keel. There is more strategy in the game; that’s a part of baseball. There is more little ball, there are tougher decisions on pitching strategy. It involves your bench more. The purists like it more that way. When you have the DH, you can manage in a rocking chair.”

    LOL

  190. Bob Says:

    He is right.

  191. Raul Says:

    I guess the argument on the other side is “Do you want to see a pitcher hit .190?
    Well, I don’t think that’s really relevant.

    If that’s the logic behind this rule…that you want to change the game to induce more scoring…then you could argue for a lot of other rule changes.

    Me? It wouldn’t bother me if they got rid of the DH.

  192. Bob Says:

    We saw Kershaw bat 2 days ago. Did not faze me in the least.

  193. Chuck Says:

    Joe Torre managed the Yankees for 12 years in a rocking chair.

  194. Bob Says:

    He sure did. Francona had 8 with the Sox.

  195. Raul Says:

    Exactly how come, Chuck?

    I’m just saying…if the sole reason you’re saying that is because Torre managed an AL team, then you’re basically saying the same thing about Earl Weaver.

    If you’re saying that because Torre managed under an owner who would buy everything in sight in order to keep winning, well…we’re at least in the same ballpark.

  196. Bob Says:

    Roger Ebert passed away.

  197. Chuck Says:

    The Yanks would have won a couple of rings with Brian Kenny managing.

    Put nine names on a lineup card, sleep until the seventh inning, make a couple of courtesy pitching changes or pinchhiters, bring in Mo, game over.

    That’s all he did for 12 years.

  198. Chuck Says:

    Another HR for Michael Morse..#4 already.

  199. Raul Says:

    Mike Morse?
    That scrub who was cut loose by the Nationals?
    And whom Brian Cashman should have traded Joba Chamberlain for because the Nationals need a reliever and the Yankees needed a cheap power bat who could hit instead of going out and getting Vernon Wells?

    THAT Mike Morse?

    Great.

  200. Chuck Says:

    LOL, Raul…good one. Ha.

  201. Raul Says:

    I’ve clearly not paid much attention to Spring Training.
    Because I just saw a box score where Aroldis Chapman has a mother-effing save in yesterday’s game.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM BEING A STARTER?????

  202. Raul Says:

    The Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 yesterday. Gordon Beckham went 4-4 in the losing effort.

    Slugfest in Toronto as the Blue Jays beat the Tribe 10-8. Catchers owned the day with JP Arencibia homering twice and Carlos Santana getting a solo shot. They went a combined 6-for-9.

    Cliff Lee went 8 innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 8 in a 2-0 win over the Braves. Still, it’s gonna be a long season in Philly if Ben Revere is going to be their leadoff hitter. Only 3 games, but Atlanta is 2nd in the NL in strikeouts with 34. Houston has 43 :-)

  203. Chuck Says:

    Chapman doesn’t have the stuff to be a starter, I don’t think he’s smart enough either, to be honest.

    They tried in ST to stretch him, but as expected it didn’t go very well.

  204. Chuck Says:

    Tyler Hissey’s cousin Pete had a Golden Sombrero yesterday playing for AA Portland.

    At someone in the family played the game

  205. Chuck Says:

    Between the two of them, Chris Carter and Brett Wallace have 22 PA’s, with one hit (Carter) and one walk (Wallace) and 15 strikeouts.

  206. Chuck Says:

    Actually, the hit and walk both belong to Wallace, who is 1-10 with 8 K’s, Carter is 0-11 with 7 K’s.

    The Upton brothers are a combined 3-23 (all Justin) with 12 K’s.

  207. Raul Says:

    Brutal starts for those guys

  208. Chuck Says:

    Talk radio here is already ripping the Dbacks for trading Upton, “He has two homers already..”

    Big picture, kids.

    Dbacks CEO Derrick Hall said yesterday “last year’s team would have lost last night”, meaning the 16 inning game. “That team wasn’t built to win those type games”.

    Which I took to mean once they fell behind, especially in extra innings, they would have quit.

  209. Chuck Says:

    Hey, Raul, if you have nothing to do later, jump in the car and head down I-84 to Scranton…Dellin Betances is pitching tonight.

  210. Raul Says:

    Scranton is a good 2 hours away from me.

    Arizona wouldn’t be that much better with Upton so who cares? They’re a good 3 or 4 years away from beating the Dodgers anyway.

  211. Chuck Says:

    My wife’s college roommate lives in Wilkes-Barre, if we ever get back East that’s on our stop list…hopefully Scranton will be at home..saw pictures of their new ballpark..looks good.

    I will not, however, be going to Trenton.

  212. Bob Says:

    Is it Trenton you are rejecting, or the state of New Jersey?

  213. Bob Says:

    Bryce Brentz, who shot himself while cleaning his gun, had 3 hits last night.

  214. Chuck Says:

    DelGrippo lives in Jersey, so can’t reject the whole state, but in my limited experiences I find it to be a landfill.

    The month I spent in Jersey City was the longest year of my life…I would have been better off on death row.

  215. Chuck Says:

    Glad to see Brentz can hit something.

  216. Raul Says:

    LOL @ the Jersey comments.

    Jersey is like two states. There’s the metro area near NYC, and then there’s west and south Jersey, which might as well be Amish country. Although you can find some beautiful homes there.

    Funny thing is, I had a colleague who went to college in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He said there were some shady people there. And drug use was rampant. But I guess it depends where in town he was.

  217. Brautigan Says:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe? Why not Bob Keeshan?

    Hoffman in a baseball uniform looked like Babe Ruth in a tutu.

  218. Raul Says:

    Sat in a presentation with a guy who traveled up the Pacific Northwest today.
    His computer’s wallpaper was a photo of Mount Hood.

    Maybe I’ll rent a few seasons of Portlandia and head up there and watch Brautigan wrestle some bears and eat Campbells tomato soup out of the can in some Ted Kaczynski’s like cabin.

  219. Cameron Says:

    Fun Fact: The Florida State Seminoles are the Chicago Cubs of NCAA Baseball. 21 trips to the College World Series, 0 wins.

  220. Raul Says:

    I’m really creating this weird caricature of Braut.

    One minute he’s the old SOB who shot pool with Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman during breaks in The Hustler.

    The next minute he’s Grizzly Adams/The Deer Hunter. One shot, one kill, bro.

  221. Raul Says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a better team. Eff Florida State.

  222. Cameron Says:

    The Wichita State Shockers have won a College World Series. That’ll rub the dirt in it. Also, go Shockers.

  223. Bob Says:

    Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero both signed with the Long Island Ducks.

  224. Raul Says:

    The Long Island Ducks sign everyone who has no business playing at the Major League Level.

    I’m pretty sure this is the same team that signed John Rocker a few years ago.

  225. Raul Says:

    I guess if you wanna be a jerk, everyone who plays for them has no business in the Majors…they ARE a minor league team.

    But you get my point.

  226. Raul Says:

    Yankees take a 3-2 lead in the top of the 5th.
    Ivan Nova promptly allows a home run to Prince Fielder in the bottom of the inning.

    5-3 Tigers lead.

  227. Raul Says:

    Sorry, Nova didn’t give up the bomb.

    Boone Logan did. So much for lefty-specialist, huh?

  228. Chuck Says:

    “Boone Logan did. So much for lefty-specialist, huh?”

    Speaking of someone with no business being in the majors.

  229. John Says:

    “Dbacks CEO Derrick Hall said yesterday “last year’s team would have lost last night”, meaning the 16 inning game. “That team wasn’t built to win those type games”.”

    How often do you play a 16 inning game? Once every 5 years?

    Great. Because Justin Upton struck out 150 times one time 5 years ago, the Dbacks would’ve been screwed in that one game, because striking out 150 times as a 20 year old means you don’t care about winning.

    It’s all good. The Dbacks will enjoy watching Justin Upton in the post-season this year…from their couches. But they’ll sit on those couches in the right way…like hard-nosed (white) ballplayers.

  230. Bob Says:

    The Tigers won.

  231. Chuck Says:

    Attaboy, John.

  232. Lefty33 Says:

    “Still, it’s gonna be a long season in Philly if Ben Revere is going to be their leadoff hitter.”

    If it’s going to be a long season in Philly it won’t be because of Ben Revere leading off. It’ll be because they get nothing from Howard, Ruiz, The Youngs and Rollins.

    “Funny thing is, I had a colleague who went to college in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He said there were some shady people there. And drug use was rampant. But I guess it depends where in town he was.”

    The SWB area is quite squirrely.

    You’ve got areas of poverty ghetto mixed with PA Dutch hillbilly types mixed with old school Irish/Italian Mafia.

  233. Lefty33 Says:

    George Brett and Mike Schmidt threw out first pitches in Philly today before the game. Both guys said they are considering not showing up to the HOF induction ceremony this year in a form of protest against the BBWAA/HOF as guys who they wanted to be inducted did not get in.

    Brett was “shocked” that Biggio missed out and Schmidt was sure that Piazza was a lock.

  234. John Says:

    The Phillies shouldn’t bank on getting anything whatsoever from “The Youngs”

  235. Cameron Says:

    @232

    Doesn’t sound like too far off from where I am here in the Youngstown, Ohio area. Poor ghetto black people, poor redneck white people (somehow, despite being less than an hour’s drive from Canada…), damn close to Ahmish country, and there’s a large concentration of Italian-Americans/Italian immigrants with an honest-to-god Mafia connection (mostly in Niles, where I used to live). It’s a fucking poverty potpourri.

  236. Mike Felber Says:

    “Poverty Potpourri”, if that is original, kudos ameron.

    Wilkes Barre has some claim to baseball fame. Babe Ruth loved it, & I did not realize the former single season HR record holder same from there, & Ruth may have patterned his swing after Freeman. Of course the plate was also very close for him. But the story: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1636.asp

    Thanks Bob, but you know I meant her troubles just finding a room at a decent price. Though we are still very close.

  237. Bob Says:

    Okay. Top 10 poospects in the game come Oct 1st, assuming Bundy, Profar, Myers Cole, Taveras Jose Fennandez and Jackie Bradley Jr are no longer eligible for these lists.Also, not including guys who will be in the 2013 draft. In no order

    1. Taillon
    2. Bogaerts
    3. Bubba Starling
    4. Mike Zunino
    5. Taijuan Walker
    6. Nick Castellanos
    7. Javier Baez
    8. Archie Bradley
    9. Francisco Lindor
    10. Kevin Gausman

  238. Chuck Says:

    No one in the 2013 draft will make a top ten, and Zunino will graduate this year, and I don’t think Profar or Bundy will, otherwise nice list Bob.

  239. Cameron Says:

    That bad a draft class, Chuck? The only guys I know are Appell and Sheffield’s kid. No other good prospects out there?

  240. Bob Says:

    1. Jonathon Gray
    2. Sean Manaea
    3. Clint Frazier
    4. Austin Meadows
    5. Kris Bryant
    6. Any of those guys could go # 1 along with Appell

  241. Cameron Says:

    The Orioles home opener was today. They held a pregame ceremony to honor the Baltimore Ravens winning the Super Bowl. However, due to the Orioles not moving their Sep. 5 game to accommodate the Ravens home opener (and NFL kickoff) game, no one from the Ravens showed up.

    A quote from the nfl.com article made me laugh. “This should be settled Anchorman-style on the Inner Harbor. Joe Flacco gets to chuck the trident at Nick Markakis outside of the Rusty Scupper.”

    I thought this was appropriate. I think Markakis and Flacco are damn near identical. Both are among the highest paid players at their position, both entered the league with mountains of hype, and both are in reality just slightly above average for the position. The only difference is people actually realize that Markakis is just an okay player. Flacco, not so much.

  242. Bob Says:

    Joe Flaco’s brother retired from baseball recently. He was in the Sox organization for about a week when he decided enough is enough.

  243. John Says:

    Did Joe Flacco really enter the NFL with a lot of hype? He played for Delaware, which I don’t even think is a D1 school. His senior year, he actually beat Navy in Annapolis (where he’d be a hero a few years later). The final score was like 63-56 or something ridiculous.

  244. John Says:

    Also, fun fact: Ryan Howard was on Thursday’s Office. He was playing himself, only (hopefully) dumber and more bizarre.

  245. Brautigan Says:

    Raul: DO NOT watch Portlandia. IT is unfunny as hell. Totally overated.

    Portland is closer to “The Big Lebowski” than Los Angeles in it’s portrayal.

  246. Brautigan Says:

    Did you know that major league managers only started 11 left handed pitchers against the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers all season long? In 22 games against the Dodgers, the Braves did not pitch Warren Spahn.

    Conversely, the 1955 St. Louis Cardinals faced left handed pitching almost half the time. Weird.

  247. Bob Says:

    Colbt Rasmus switched agents. Casey Close is now his agent. He left Beverly Hills SportCouncil.

  248. Bob Says:

    Meant to say Colby Rasmus

  249. Cameron Says:

    @243 Delaware is FCS. He got in on accuracy and was a huge riser after the Senior Bowl, combine, and workouts. Passed for 434 yards against Navy in that game.

  250. Bob Says:

    The Portland Sea Dogs cancelled their game today because it is too cold. Wow.

  251. Lefty33 Says:

    @243- Delaware is a D1-AA school. They are actually a national power at that level. They’ve appeared in the championship game three or four times over the last decade.

    A guy I worked with a few years ago actually went to Delaware with Flacco and said that he is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.

  252. Cameron Says:

    A national power, but hard to take ‘em seriously with a name like the Fightin’ Blue Hens…

  253. John Says:

    Yup, 59-52 back in 2007. That was my plebe (freshman) year at USNA, which means I did pushups every time Navy scored – one for each point at the time of scoring.

    Also, this would have been after Saturday morning training, which probably entailed a fair amount of PT as well.

  254. Bob Says:

    Flacco was a 1st round pick, so there was a degree of hype to him. Not at Luck at RG3 levels, but still some hype.

  255. Cameron Says:

    Man, that must’ve been a shit day for you. PT, that many pushups, AND a Midshipmen loss to freakin’ Delaware.

  256. Jim Says:

    After yesterday’s game Joe Giradi was quoted when speaking about the Eduardo Nunez’s injury that the Yanks maybe forced to use Francisco Cervelli as their back up short stop.

    When was the last time in the majors when a catcher was your insurance at short?

  257. Cameron Says:

    Since yesterday.

  258. Bob Says:

    Well Pedroia is the Sox insurance at catcher. Thankfully they have 4 guys in front of him if you count Napoli and Lavarnway.

  259. Cameron Says:

    And a level of minor leaguers or two, and a bunch of fat fucks who still remember how to put on the pads from the last time they played in 2007. You know, because the Red Sox aren’t THAT dumb. …I think.

  260. Chuck Says:

    “When was the last time in the majors when a catcher was your insurance at short?”

    Russell Martin.

  261. Bob Says:

    Mirabelli is selling real estate and coaching in Traverse City. He ain’t coming back.

  262. Bob Says:

    While I do not have the flair of Raul while doing these tributes, I feel compelled to say Happy Birthday to Bobby Doerr, who at 95 is the oldest living member of the HOF. And he lives in Oregon, perhaps Braut’s next door neighbor.

  263. Cameron Says:

    Yep, room 307 of Shady Acres. They share a bingo table. (Love ya, Braut.)

  264. Chuck Says:

    Will Middlebrooks has three homers for the Red Sox today.

  265. Cameron Says:

    Chris Davis has four homers and 17 RBIs in 5 games. For a guy picked up off the scrap heap, he’s given Baltimore amazing value.

  266. Brautigan Says:

    Every year on his birthday, Doerr goes to Junction City and signs autographs. Someone asked him why he doesn’t charge for his autographs, he said “why would I”? He no longer goes fishing, so he is finally slowing down a bit.

  267. Raul Says:

    “Portland is closer to The Big Lebowski…”

    You just made Portland 100x more awesome.

  268. Chuck Says:

    “Chris Davis has four homers and 17 RBIs in 5 games. For a guy picked up off the scrap heap, he’s given Baltimore amazing value”

    For a week.

    There’s 27 weeks in a season.

    At the end of the year, Chris Davis will be the same old Chris Davis.

  269. Cameron Says:

    He went .270/30/85 last year too. By far his best season, and he used to play for Texas.

  270. Raul Says:

    I saw some stat that showed Chris Davis with good numbers since September 1st of last year.

    He was a monster at Camden last year, hitting .288/.342/.588 in 69 games.
    He was .253/.310/.419 elsewhere.

    Who knows, maybe the kid has turned a corner or something.

  271. Raul Says:

    I sometimes confuse Chris Davis with Mark Reynolds. All you white people look alike.

    Odd thing, too.
    Mark Reynolds is off to a good start in Cleveland.
    He’s got 6 hits, and 4 of them are homers.

  272. Kerry Says:

    Speaking of turning a corner, St. Louis SS Pete Kozma, a 2007 1st round draft pick, had a .652 OPS in 6 years in the minors. Then when he came up last fall, he’s lights out in 82 PA, with a .952 OPS. You figure it’s a fluke, but he’s starting off strong again this year (.333/.346/.500).

  273. John Says:

    @271, did you see his game-winning homer against the Blue Jays? Eye-fucking level.

  274. Raul Says:

    I didn’t, John.

    Maybe I can find a link to it later. At work right now.

  275. Raul Says:

    Kozma went 0-3 last night bringing him down to .296/.310/.444 on the young season.

    4-4 game between the Cardinals and Reds heading into the top of the 9th yesterday. Then the Reds erupted for 9 runs; 7 of them off Mitchell Boggs.

    There was no love for Roy Halladay. The Mets denied him his 200th career victory by winning 7-2 behind a gem from Matt Harvey (get used to it) as he went 7 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 9.

  276. Chuck Says:

    Kozma’s only playing because of the injury to Furcal.

    Reynolds hit a homer against the Brewers in spring training that he said was in the top five longest he’s ever hit.

    It was pretty impressive.

  277. Raul Says:

    Is Furcal really that good nowadays?

    Seems Kozma could probably beat him out for the job anyway.

  278. Kerry Says:

    That depends on which Kozma you’re talking about. Pre-September 2012 Kozma would not beat out a healthy Furcal.

    It’s true Kozma only played because Furcal went down. At the time it was the best option out of no good ones. But so far he’s made the most of his chance. We’ll see if he can keep his game elevated above his minor-league baseline. (I’d be happy with a .750 OPS.)

  279. Raul Says:

    Furcal OPSed .671 last year.
    And he’s 35 years old.
    And he’s not a defensive wizard.
    And he’s not a legacy player for the Cardinals.
    And he’s not cheap.
    And the last full season where he OPSed .750 like Kerry wants was in 2006.

    So really, why is he even playing for St. Louis?

  280. Kerry Says:

    Actually he OPSed .826 in 2010, although he didn’t play the whole season. And Kozma had his issues with defense in the minors, although he was improving. Certainly his price is right.

  281. Bob Says:

    If Furcal gets healthy he could be traded at the deadline.
    1. Last year on his contract.
    2. Teams are always looking for depth up the middle.
    3. Teams have plenty of cash and he is making $7 million this year. Should be reduced to about $3 million at the end of July.

  282. Raul Says:

    John Axford lost his closers job.

    The Brewers are 2-5

  283. Chuck Says:

    Furcal had Tommy John…he won’t be healthy til next year.

  284. Bob Says:

    My bad. And speaking of injuries, Jered Weaver has a broken left ( non-pitching) elbow. Out 4-6 weeks.

  285. Raul Says:

    Tommy John.
    Now there’s a guy who isn’t a HOFer, but who belongs before Curt Schilling.

    Hahaha.

  286. Raul Says:

    Wow @ Weaver being out.

    Talk about changing the landscape of the AL West.

  287. Chuck Says:

    Weaver fell on Sunday trying to get out of the way of a comebacker, landed on his left arm.

    You could tell right away he was hurt, but more of a stinger or something, didn’t seem that bad.

    Tough “break”.

  288. Raul Says:

    They still have Greinke and CJ Wilson.
    But the loss of Weaver stings.

  289. Raul Says:

    Oops.
    Greinke’s with the Dodgers.

    My bad.

  290. Chuck Says:

    “They still have Greinke and CJ Wilson”

    Don’t forget Joe Blanton

  291. Raul Says:

    Joe Blanton.

    That guy should be on that BBQ Pitmasters show with a giant beard talking about brisket. Not pitching for a Major League Baseball team

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