Spring Training, 2014

by Chuck

Well, that was fast. Thirteen games in just under four weeks goes quickly, especially with seven games in the first nine days. If there’s a silver lining from not going to the ball park anymore its the surest sign the season is about to start.

The Brewers started this spring season with two straight road games, with the home opener against the Dodgers on March first. I missed this game due to my wife’s birthday, so my first game back in the booth was on Monday, March 3rd against the Cardinals. Now, in case you haven’t heard, the Brewers adopted this stray mutt that wandered into the park one day. He’s a little thing, a Bichon mix with what looked to be some kind of terrier. He’s cute as dogs go, but being white the staff had trouble keeping him white, he always looked like he slept under a car with a leaky oil pan. He was named Hank (after Aaron) and achieved celebrity status to the point during one game the line was longer to get pictures taken with the dog than to get Fergie Jenkins’ autograph.
Speaking of, Jenkins was in Maryvale on March third along with former Cub Bob Dernier signing autographs for the Fergie Jenkins foundation. He made the rounds of all the spring training facilities and had with him guys like Blue Moon Odom, George Foster, Rollie Fingers, Bert Campaneris, Dave Stewart, Vida Blue and Gaylord Perry.  My wife was out of town on business this day, so I had to bring my daughter with me. She got to meet Hank and had her picture taken with Jenkins, and as a bonus got to be the “Junior Announcer” for the game, which is a promotion the Brewers run to give a kid a chance to go up to the booth and announce the first three Brewer hitters in the bottom of the fourth inning. She rocked it.
The Cubs won the game with a late rally of Mike Fiers, but the highlight took place in the second inning when shortstop prospect Javier Baez lined a 425 foot bomb just to the right field side of the batter’s eye.
March 5 vs. Oakland: The Brewers won this game getting four runs off relievers Drew Pomeranz and Phil Humber after being stifled by starter Jarrod Parker. He seemed to be throwing well, so the subsequent Tommy John situation came as a surprise. He pitched into the fourth inning, giving up two hits, one a Ryan Braun homer. Enigmatic Michael Taylor went yard off Yovanni Gallardo for the A’s. Another prospect on hand for Oakland was outfielder Billy Burns. My friend Bernie Pleskoff routinely clocks him faster than Billy Hamilton, but his offensive profile is even less than Hamilton’s, so the chance he makes it at this point (he’s 24) is slim.
3/6 vs. Colorado: The Rockies were a split squad, so they sent over their Triple A team. Their shortstop, Cristhian Adames looked good, but no one else really stood out in a game the Brewers won late on an Elian Herrera homer.
3/7 vs. Padres. Padres won 6-2, with starter Tyson Ross the best pitcher I saw all spring. He’s a big guy and throws the ball so effortlessly. Matt Garza was the loser in his first Maryvale appearance. Highlight was an inside the park homer by Padres minor leaguer Rico Noel, a line drive to right center that skipped past Eugenio Velez in center.
3/8 vs. Royals. This was the most entertaining game of the spring, with both teams scoring runs and overcoming deficits. John Lamb started for KC and didn’t get out of the first inning, walking two and giving up four hits and four runs before taking a shower with two outs in the inning. The Brewers added another run in the second off reliever Ray Marimon to go up 5-0, game over, right? Wrong.
The Royals scored three in the third inning and two more in the sixth to tie the game, and scored a single run in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Mitch Haniger led off with a double and scored on a single by Jeff Bianchi. Sean Halton singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Jason Rogers sacrificed, the Royals then walked Velez intentionally to load the bases for Robinzon Diaz, who promptly one hopped the left center wall to score Bianchi and win the game.
The best part of the day took place before the game started. In Maryvale, both teams enter and exit the field through a tunnel down the right field line. The Brewers side is the first base side, so when the visitors enter for the game they’ll usually walk around the diamond and enter the third base dugout from the outfield side. Sometimes they’ll walk down the first base line but far enough from the crowd lined up along the railings waiting for the Brewers to come out and sign autographs. Norichika Aoki came out and as a former Brewer walked over and signed a few, but that really wasn’t unexpected. Brandon Laird saw him and signed a couple himself, but Mike Moustakas went over and walked the entire line, he must have been there fifteen minutes easy and signed for everyone. Never saw a visiting player do that before, and it was way cool. (He then went over to the third base side and signed for another ten minutes). First class dude.
3/10 vs. White Sox: Was looking forward to seeing the Chisox’ new first baseman, the Cuban import Jose Abreu, but he didn’t make the trip. Adam Dunn did, and so did Alexi Ramirez so it wasn’t so bad, and Chris Sale started for Chicago, who won 6-3.
3/14 vs. Diamondbacks: Brewers won 9-8 in ten innings, the only extra inning game of the spring and second walk-off. I figured with Arizona leaving on the 16th for their trip to Australia they wouldn’t send any starters, but Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra made the trip, along with most of their front line bullpen guys. It was 2-2 after the first inning and 6-2 Dbacks after five. The Brewers scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead, but the Dbacks went ahead in the eighth on back to back homers from Tuffy Gosewich and Rudy Flores. Heading to the bottom of the ninth the Brewers were still down one, but consecutive one out doubles by Kevin Mattison and Sean Halton tied the score. In the tenth, Khris Davis led off with a pinch double and was sacrificed to third. With the infield in, lefty hitting Caleb Gindl shot a ball between third and short that was somehow fielded by Didi Gregorius on a totally ridiculous play, but he slipped trying to throw home and it was late, Davis scored and the game was over.
3/15 vs. Reds. This was the blow-out game of the spring, the Reds winning 16-4. It started in the first, with two outs Todd Frazier walked and stole second and scored when Jean Segura booted Ryan Ludwick’s groundball. Chris Heisey then left the building and it was 3-0. The Red scored three more in the second and it was 6-1 after two. Tyler Thornburg gave up seven runs (four earned) in two and two thirds, with Donovan Hand giving up five and Rob Wooten three, each in one inning. Neftali Soto, Roger Bernadina and Chris Nelson also homered, the last two back to backers off Wooten.
3/17: The White Sox made their second appearance of the spring in a game highlighted, if you want to call it that, by the Brewers decked out in green uniforms and caps for St. Patrick’s day. The Sox won 9-0 and Abreu did play, going 0-4. He looks good in the box, but the scouting reports of him being just a little slow through the zone seems true, he’ll kill mistakes but I don’t see him being the superstar power hitter some think.
3/18 vs Rangers. Brewers won 9-3 behind a three run homer by Carlos Gomez and a grand slam from Mark Reynolds. Rangers first base prospect Ronald Guzman hit a three run bomb in the ninth for the Rangers scoring.
3/22 vs. Angels: First sellout (10,151) I’ve seen in three years at Maryvale. Angels won 9-6 behind homers from Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and a three run pinch job from Chad Tracy. Gomez went yard for Milwaukee.
3/25 vs. Giants. Madison Bumgarner entered the game having pitched 17 innings for the spring and allowing a grand total of zero runs. The Brewers changed that, hitting three solo homers off of him, including back to back shots by pitcher Wily Peralta and Carlos Gomez. Bumgarner seems bigger to me, (and Pablo Sandoval smaller) but it looks to be good weight, he just seems more like a man now and less like some gangly teenager. The Giants won thanks to three ninth inning runs.
3/27 vs. Reds. The Reds second appearance closed out the 2014 spring training season in Arizona, as the Brewers charter flight back to Milwaukee took off shortly after the game. The Reds were a split squad and sent their minor league roster to Maryvale but it didn’t matter as they won 8-2.
For the spring, the Brewers went 12-17 overall and were 5-9 at home. I like their rotation, but their bullpen is a problem, and it’s just not with one spot, it’s top to bottom. Everyone struggled, it’s going to be interesting to see how Ron Roenicke juggles guys if more than one are struggling at the same time. I think the lineup will score runs, although some of the bench decisions were puzzling. They will struggle on defense as well, so to be competitive the starters will need to pitch deeper into games and guys like Braun, Gomez, Ramirez and Reynolds will need to consistently drive in runs.
In my season prediction contest I have them finishing third with a .500 record, ten games behind second place Pittsburgh and one game ahead of fourth place Cincinnati.

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240 Responses to “Spring Training, 2014”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Sorry about the format…Wordpress is starting to get on my nerves.

  2. Cameron Says:

    Trout extended for 6/144.5

  3. Bob Says:

    Baseball is back on a full-time basis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Weather permitting of course.

  4. Cameron Says:

    April Fool’s, it’s actually a player strike.

  5. Chuck Says:

    It has been revealed…the true identity of Twitter user @OldHossRadbourne is Rob Neyer.

  6. Bob Says:

    Is this an April Fool’s Day joke?

  7. Chuck Says:

    No

  8. Raul Says:

    I’ve been in Cali for the last week so I missed a lot.
    I did catch some of the Sunday night game with the Padres and Dodgers. And I watched a few minutes of the Pirates and Cubs on Monday, I think.

    Based on the text messages I received from friends (and by glancing at the Spring Training numbers) Mark Teixeira still sucks.

  9. Raul Says:

    Ha.

    I stopped following Old Hoss on Twitter like 2 or 3 years ago. Just got annoying.

  10. Cameron Says:

    Googling stuff about the Old Hoss Radbourn twitter. You know, to see if Chuck was fucking with us. Nothing about Neyer. There was a thing about Keith Law a while back being Radbourn too, but that wasn’t true either.

    Did find this, though. http://www.linkedin.com/in/oldhossradbourn

    Dude’s got dedication.

  11. Cameron Says:

    And tonight, Cal Ripken’s streak of 2,632 consecutive games will be broken… By an NBA referee.

    http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/04/02/veteran-ref-bavettas-streak-hits-2633/?ls=iref:nbahpt3c

  12. Raul Says:

    I think The Streak is still bigger than Cal Ripken.
    I mean nobody ever mentions any other accomplishment when it comes to Ripken.

  13. Cameron Says:

    I think it is too, which is kinda a shame because the dude had one of the best bats and arms from a shortstop, and was a fairly underrated defender. One of the best players to ever play the game.

  14. Chuck Says:

    Neyer “came out” on Twitter about the Radbourne thing.

  15. Cameron Says:

    Whoops… Neyer’s Twitter feed was the one place I forgot to look. =P

  16. Bob Says:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10716817/arizona-diamondbacks-running-supersized-corn-dogs

  17. Raul Says:

    Half the country is on food stamps (that number might be total bullshit, I just made it up) and people are blowing $25 on corn dogs.

    When Bob was a kid, $25 bought you gasoline for a month.

  18. Cameron Says:

    I’m on food stamps too, but since I have an income I only get $18 a month in stamps.

  19. Bob Says:

    Now 25 bucks does not get you a happy meal at Taco Bell. Which is what I use for gasoline!!!

  20. Bob Says:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24511578/scouts-watch-what-a-rods-record-setting-nephew-does-for-encore

  21. Raul Says:

    I actually forgot that Jon Heyman still exists.
    Let’s see what this sh*t show article looks like…

  22. Raul Says:

    Well,

    The Yankees are finally on the board after beating the Astros 4-2. Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte went 3-3 with an RBI.

    Ryan Zimmerman helped the Nationals keep the Mets winless, going 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBI. And I’m sure that Mike Silva will be on Twitter bitching about Terry Collins and Daniel Murphy taking paternity leave. We’re not even a week into the season and it’s painfully clear that Mets fans are BY FAR the dumbest in all sports. These people would focus on the laminate tile in the kitchen during a house fire.

    Brandon Belt has 3 HR already. Is he finally coming around as a true Major Leaguer? The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 8-5 last night and gave fat boy reliever Jean Machi (6′0 255lbs) his 2nd victory of the season.

    Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp (funny how he’s still in the league) hit a game-winning HR in the bottom of the 12th to hand the Mariners their first loss of the season.

    This weekend has some interesting matchups.

    Remember when the Brewers were in the American League? Well tonight they turn back the clock and travel to Boston to face Jake Peavy and the defending WS champs.

    The Braves take on the Nationals this afternoon and both teams figure to battle for the NL East title all season long. David Hale takes the mound for Atlanta vs Jordan Zimmermann.

    The Giants take on the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Hopefully there are no parking lot antics. Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who won his 1st start against the Padres on Sunday night.

    The Cardinals take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh (why do I get the urge to say Three Rivers?) with Shelby Miller taking on Gerrit Cole. This one could be a low-scoring affair. Both teams are 2-1.

  23. Cameron Says:

    Now now Raul, they’re just the dumbest team in baseball. I’ll still say the dumbest team in sports is the Oakland Raiders by far. Mark Davis proves the nut didn’t fall far from the tree.

  24. Bob Says:

    I say the Dolphins, going by the past year.

  25. Raul Says:

    The Dolphins had Shula for 30-something years of consistent winning and apparently didn’t learn a damn thing. The team is stupid.

    But Mets FANS are the worst. They’re seriously complaining about a guy spending time with his family after the birth of his child. And they’re focused on Terry Collins. Really? The goddamn manager? What’s he worth? One quarter of one win over the course of a season? The Mets are dealing with the health of Matt Harvey, the development of Zack Wheeler, the inexperience of Travis d’Arnaud, two dingleberries in the outfield, and a 40-year old BARTOLO COLON is their NUMBER 2 STARTER.

    And Mets fans care about the motherf*cking manager? In the 1st week of the season?

    And even worse, these fans have the balls to criticize the Yankees?
    Unbelievable.

  26. Lefty33 Says:

    The issue isn’t even about Mets fans at this point regarding Murphy’s paternity leave as it’s gone way, way beyond that limited scope into something totally asinine.

    You have jokers like Boomer Esiason now chiming in as if his opinion matters or panels of talking heads on CNN and Fox discussing whether what Murphy did or what the CBA allows is “right” or not.

    Anyone who rips/questions Murphy for doing something which is 100% allowed under the CBA and past that simply the right/correct/only thing to do is a complete twat.

  27. Cameron Says:

    Oh, if we’re going by fans… I’d say the worst would be Eagles fans. No other team has needed a sitting judge in the stadium to expedite the process of getting through drunk and disorderlies 8 weeks a year.

    In terms of idiots though… Yeah, Mets fans are defeinitely up there.

  28. Lefty33 Says:

    FYI- That court has not existed since 2003.

  29. Cameron Says:

    True, but the fact it had to exist to begin with…

  30. Lefty33 Says:

    FWIW, to me the worst fans that I can think of are Rays fans.

    I mean sure they have to deal with the stupidity and cheapness that is Sternberg but at the end of the day the franchise has put a winning product on the field for the last six years and as a thank you the locals have repaid that winning by having average home attendance go down six years in a row.

    The Rays so far this year have averaged 15,634 per which is far and away the worst of the fifteen teams that have played a home game. The Rays had a higher average attendance than that in 2004 when they went 70-91 behind studs like Mark Hendrickson, Rocco Baldelli and Toby Hall or in 2001 (62-100) behind Steve Cox, Tanyon Sturtze and Esteban Yan.

  31. Raul Says:

    Lefty,

    The funny thing is, I could see myself being a Rays fan if I wasn’t a Yankees fan. Likeable manager…good young talent…they seem to play hard and don’t have any real jerks on the roster…what’s not to like?

  32. Raul Says:

    Rocco Baldelli and Grady Sizemore…two guys over the last 10 years that, had it not been for injuries (or in Baldelli’s case, illness), they could have been special players.

  33. Cameron Says:

    Tampa in general doesn’t give a shit about sports. The Buccaneers get blacked out fairly regularly and I don’t think anyone in the city knows the Lightning exist.

    Juuuust like everyone else.

  34. Raul Says:

    I think in the mid-90s the Braves were in the World Series and couldn’t sell out tickets. That was outrageous.

    Anyway, in more recent news…

    Jason Kipnis signed a 6-year, 52 million dollar contract with the Indians.

  35. Raul Says:

    And we get to see if the hype is legit…

    Masahiro Tanaka makes his ML debut against the Blue Jays tonight.

  36. Cameron Says:

    That could potentially be a bad debut for him. Toronto may be a a swing-and-miss lineup, but when they make contact it’s painful.

  37. Cameron Says:

    Huh… http://www.profootballhof.com/fanfest/

    Cleveland’s a two hour bus ride and I can find a hotel relatively cheap. Could be a fun couple of days…

  38. Lefty33 Says:

    @34- The Braves drew very well from ‘91-’99. They finished at least 3rd or higher in attendance every year while making the playoffs every year.

    The Braves claim, and this is the backbone of why they are moving in 2017, is that demographically their fanbase is more in the Cobb County area where they are moving versus Fulton County where they play now which is supposedly “too rough” of an area for tourists/suburbia types to want to come to games.

  39. Lefty33 Says:

    @31- Because Florida is football country. Baseball is something that takes place in February and March and than after that who cares. Even then the record attendance levels during ST this year are more snowbird/tourist driven then they are by locals.

    The Rays have won the last six years and the Marlins have won 2 WS yet no one shows up. I mean the fact could also be added that between Naimoli, Sternberg, Loria and Huizenga each franchise hasn’t exactly been blessed with outstanding ownership.

  40. Cameron Says:

    Bullshit. It’s moving to Cobb County because Cobb has the rich white people and Fulton has the urban Atlanta area. It saves the yuppies gas money and gets them away from those filthy negroes.

  41. Raul Says:

    I’m sure there’s a bit of a racial element to it, but considering how beloved Hank Aaron is, I don’t think the Braves are a racist organization.

    But if there is more money to be made in Cobb County, that’s where they will go.

  42. Lefty33 Says:

    @29- Here’s some history on that court:

    It came into existence as a knee jerk reaction by the team responding to pressure from the NFL after a series of incidents at a Monday Night football game in 1997 against the San Francisco 49ers. In that nationally televised game, there were more than 60 fistfights in the stands, and someone even fired a flare gun.

    For years it was well known that the Vet had little in terms of cameras and the team knowingly skimped on hiring enough of their own security or paying for enough Philly cops.

    Court was held inside Veterans Stadium only for the last four games of that season (1997 season). Contrary to a common myth, it was moved the following season to a Municipal Court in South Philly, where it was held until deemed no longer needed by Judge Seamus McCaffrey (2002 season) who was one of the two judges that oversaw “Eagles Court” over it’s tenure.

    In an interview with philly.com McCaffrey also laid other myths about the court to rest:

    “Contrary to what people say, we didn’t try drunks,” McCaffrey says, debunking a huge myth. “Any drunks were taken to a holding cell to hang out until they sobered up which mind you every NFL stadium has. People seem to think that stadium holding cells only ever existed in Philadelphia.”

    The judge said that an average game might yield something like three trespassers, one or two disorderly conducts and a public urinator or two which he said is on par for any NFL game at any stadium.

    The only crimes that were ever been tried at “Eagles Court” are disorderly conduct, open containers, defiant trespassing, public urination and underage drinking — any felonies go to a higher court.

    Over the parts of six seasons that Eagles Court existed 227 (out of 249 arrested) were found guilty. Out of those 249 who were tried only 42 were from Philadelphia and when informally asked by the judge as to whom they were a fan of he said that it was 50/50 Eagles versus non-Eagles (mostly Giants/Cowboys).

    Biggest group of fans as instigators bar none: Giants fans

  43. Cameron Says:

    I do love the myth (not sure of the voracity, but it’s funny) that the first plea in said court was “Troy Aikman’s a faggot.”

  44. Raul Says:

    Atlanta leads Washington 2-1 in the 8th.

    Jordan Zimmermann struck out 9 in 5 innings of work throwing 82 pitches. I wonder why he was removed.

    Score is tied at 2 between the Brewers and Red Sox in the middle of the 5th. Ryan Braun is 0-3 and continues to struggle in the early going.

    The Tigers have pounded the Orioles for 10 hits and 7 runs as they lead by 5 in the top of the 5th. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez lasted 3.1 innings. Rajai Davis hit a 3-run HR off Gonzalez in the 4th on a 1-2 count. Just a brutal pitching mistake.

    The Phillies lead the Cubs 3-2 after 5. Take a look at that lineup in Chicago. Just pathetic. I thought Theo Epstein was a “genius”.

  45. Cameron Says:

    The lineups in AA have more talent than the major league roster for Chicago. Didn’t take over as fast as I’d like, but once the bats down there start to look ready for the show, they could be an exciting group.

  46. Lefty33 Says:

    “The Phillies lead the Cubs 3-2 after 5. Take a look at that lineup in Chicago. Just pathetic. I thought Theo Epstein was a “genius”.”

    Theo is a genius but then again so is Wile E. Coyote.

  47. Raul Says:

    Hahaha

  48. Chuck Says:

    Yasiel Puig benched after arriving 40 minutes late.

    Dodgers need to deport that a**hole.

  49. Cameron Says:

    Yes, deport the youngest and most talented hitter on the team because he showed up half an hour late.

  50. Raul Says:

    I don’t think Chuck was being literal, but this Puig guy does seem a bit careless.

    Didn’t he have a DUI or Speeding ticket recently?
    And showing up late to meetings, while insignificant to many of us, is a somewhat serious infraction in professional sports.

    I understand that he’s kind of a free spirit and a bit animated and emotional on the field, but baseball is your job and your teammates and coaches are depending on you. The least you can do is get your ass where you need to be on time.

  51. Cameron Says:

    I know, I’m just giving him shit. Though he does need to tone down the asshole a little. Or at least be like Jose Fernandez and be a likeable asshole.

  52. Raul Says:

    Mark Teixeira is out with a hamstring strain?
    You’ve gotta be fucking shitting me.

    How? You’re a goddamn 1st baseman. You literally don’t have to take more than 5 steps like…ever. And you had a damn year to get healthy.

    This is the same dipshit that said the Yankees are “back” after their FA signing spree. And not only can’t he hit his weight, he pulls a hammy on Game 4 of the season.

    This guy is seriously the worst signing ever. Ever. This guy is even worse than Carl Pavano. At least Pavano kept his mouth shut. Teixeira acts like he’s one of the leaders on the team and would probably get outplayed by Lyle fucking Overbay.

  53. Cameron Says:

    Kei Igawa

  54. Raul Says:

    Kei Igawa didn’t sign a contract that rivals some countries’ GDP though.

    Teixeira is a disgrace.

    Big ups to Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies. He went 6-6 today. Impressive day.

  55. Cameron Says:

    He signed for 4/56 and never got out of Trenton. At least Texeira played in the majors.

  56. Cameron Says:

    My bad, he only signed 5/20. …Where did I get 4/56? That number’s familiar for some reason…

  57. Raul Says:

    4/56 sounds like what Pavano got.
    Or maybe that’s Jeter’s last contract.

  58. Cameron Says:

    Rounding up, Pavano got 4/40, Jeter’s on a 1/12. This is gonna bug me now… Like trying to remember a song and all you can do is hum the melody, but you fuck it up so no one knows what you’re singing.

  59. Chuck Says:

    Teixeira caught his spikes in the astroturf from what they said on the broadcast.

    I think Puig is “special”, like Rain Man special. If he’s pulling shit like this on purpose then he’s a douche like Delmon Young and the minute he stops hitting he’ll be doing saki commercials in Osaka.

    The Dodgers need to do for him what the Reds did for Chapman, hire someone to shadow him 24 hours a day so in those cases where he needs to read his watch or get the right change back when he buys 19.85 in gas and gives the clerk a 20.

  60. Cameron Says:

    He’s got more talent than brains and isn’t old enough to handle the money he’s given responsibly. The only thing separating him from most NBA and NFL rookies is he had to leave Cuba.

  61. Raul Says:

    Matty Cain vs Zack Greinke tonight. I really want to go to bed early tonight but I might have to push it.

    Yu Darvish makes his season debut vs Alex Cobb and the Rays tonight.

    And Edison Volquez takes on Adam Wainwright.

  62. Bob Says:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10738378/jameson-taillon-pittsburgh-pirates-pitching-prospect-tommy-john-surgery-elbow

    Also, Will Middlebrooks is on the DL.

  63. Cameron Says:

    The fictional orthopedic surgeon slasher that I said was haunting Atlanta’s gone on tour I see.

  64. Raul Says:

    Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

    Wait.

    You mean to tell me that Jameson Taillon…one of the most babied pitching prospects in the last 5 years…needs TJ surgery?

    Jesus fuckin Christ…

  65. Cameron Says:

    Look at the bright side, Raul. The 2016 season’s gonna have all these fireballing rookies now. =P

  66. Raul Says:

    Who put steroids in Brandon Belt’s coffee?

  67. Cameron Says:

    Just wait for the other weeks of the season Raul. First month or so, you can pretty much throw HR totals out the window.

  68. Cameron Says:

    RIP Micky Rooney

  69. Cameron Says:

    Yu Darvish recorded his 500th K in 401.2 IP, a record.

  70. Bob Says:

    Good. I have 3 of his rookie cards.

  71. Bob Says:

    The Red Sox signed Ryan Roberts.

  72. Chuck Says:

    Padres released Brandon Wood. Hate to say it, but looks like the end of the road for him unless he’s willing to learn Japanese.

    Such a good kid, feel bad for him.

  73. Raul Says:

    Brandon Wood was Baseball America’s #3 prospect in 2006.

    Arbitrary, but just for the hell of it…

    The #3 rated prospects by BA since 1990:

    1990 – John Olerud
    1991 – Ryan Klesko
    1992 – Roger Salkeld
    1993 – Cliff Floyd
    1994 – Jeffrey Hammonds
    1995 – Chipper Jones
    1996 – Ruben Rivera
    1997 – Kerry Wood
    1998 – Adrian Beltre
    1999 – Eric Chavez
    2000 – Corey Patterson
    2001 – Josh Beckett
    2002 – Hank Blalock
    2003 – Jose Reyes
    2004 – Delmon Young
    2005 – Delmon Young
    2006 – Brandon Wood
    2007 – Delmon Young (seriously?)
    2008 – Joba Chamberlain (haha)
    2009 – Colby Rasmus
    2010 – Giancarlo Stanton
    2011 – Jesus Montero
    2012 – Mike Trout

    So I’m not saying Brandon Wood is the worst guy on that list, but he’s been pretty bad.

    And as you can see, the evaluators in the mid-to-late 2000s were just awful.

  74. Cameron Says:

    @72 Too bad he isn’t ten years older with those numbers. The Phillies would break the bank for him.

  75. Raul Says:

    I benched Ryan Braun for Michael Cuddyer this week.
    Let’s see how much that backfires.

  76. Bob Says:

    Chuck, congrats to UConn.

  77. Raul Says:

    I didn’t pick UCONN to go far at all.

    Haven’t paid attention to them. Didn’t they leave the Big East?
    And then Calhoun stepped down…

    Kinda figured they couldn’t recruit at all…and here they are…national champs

  78. Raul Says:

    I think ESPN ran a 30 for 30 on the Big East.
    It was a really good profile of the conference. It’s sad what it became, though.

  79. Chuck Says:

    This was the most fun of the four because it was the least expected.

    I had them losing in the Elite 8.

    After Louisville beat them by 34 points a week before the tournament started and going to OT against St. Joe’s, I figured that was it.

    I have that 30 for 30 DVR’d but I haven’t seen it yet.

  80. Raul Says:

    Alright, here’s the dealio…

    My fantasy team has the following starting pitchers

    Gerrit Cole
    Alex Cobb
    Jose Quintana
    Matt Moore
    Mike Minor
    Hyun-Jin Ryu

    Now, I can have 4 active starters at any one time, so two guys ride the bench in any given week.

    Mike Minor is on the DL, and Matt Moore is probably missing his next start…and maybe also going on the DL.

    I’m not too sure if I can rely on Alex Cobb to have a good season…or on Matt Moore to be healthy. And I’m not sure if Mike Minor can repeat his 2nd half dominance from last season.

    So what should I do?

    The Free Agent market in my league doesn’t seem to have much. Here are some of the available guys…

    John Lackey
    Wade Miley
    Jason Vargas
    Tyler Skaggs
    Chris Tillman
    Jordan Lyles
    Edinson Volquez
    Zach Britton
    Jenrry Mejia
    Jared Cosart
    Kyle Gibson
    Shelby Miller
    Corey Kluber
    Zack Wheeler
    Henderson Alvarez
    Jhoulys Chacin
    AJ Griffin
    Trevor Cahill

    I mean that’s a long list and there are more, but I’m not sure if any of them is better than what I’ve got already.

    Help me out here.

    is Skaggs legit?

  81. Bob Says:

    I would consider Wade Miley.

  82. Chuck Says:

    Even if they were all healthy, your pitching staff sucks.

    I don’t like Skaggs personally, but I think pitching for a decent team in a rotation spot more suiting his abilities will help him out even if he pitches no differently than he did last year.

    I know Lyles pitches in Colorado, but outside of AZ, the other three NL West parks are pitchers’ parks, so you have a 40% chance he’ll throw a shut-out. I like Jared Cosart for the same reason.

    Lackey pitches for a playoff team, he can give up five and still get the W, I’d put Vargas there too.

    Wouldn’t touch anyone else.

  83. Raul Says:

    At the expense of whom, Bob?

    I’d have to drop a guy.

  84. Chuck Says:

    If Archie Bradley is available, grab him, he’ll be up soon.

  85. Chuck Says:

    Drop Quintana

  86. Raul Says:

    Bradley is available. Is he going to be on an innings limit? I don’t think he’s thrown at AAA.

    I dunno about dropping Quintana. 200 innings, 188 hits allowed last year while striking out 164 (3.51 ERA). You think he’s less valuable than Ryu or Minor or Moore?

  87. Raul Says:

    I guess you value Cobb pretty well then.

    I mean he did pitch well against Texas in his last start.

  88. Chuck Says:

    How is your league based?

    I assume wins and losses don’t matter…

    Yes, I like Cobb.

    I do not like Mike Minor, and if what I saw last night is an indication of anything, Matt Moore is having Tommy John.

    Don’t like Ryu either, but like with Skaggs, he’ll get a lot of cheap wins

  89. Raul Says:

    This league is a weekly league.

    So you set your lineup and get points from Monday-Sunday.

    You don’t have to win categories. So it’s not like there are HR, RBI, Wins, Saves…and whoever wins the most categories that week wins the league.

    It’s like rotisserie scoring, but in a weekly head-to-head format.

    Wins and Losses matter, but you get points for quality starts, strikeouts, innings pitched…you lose points for things like walks and hits allowed, runs allowed.

    I mean, I didn’t make up the scoring. I know it sounds screwy.

  90. Chuck Says:

    When I played fantasy, that’s the kind of league I played in.

    Having to go in every day to change your effin’ lineup is a pain in the ass.

    Go on vacation for two weeks, season is over.

  91. Raul Says:

    So I picked up Bradley and stashed him on the bench.

    I moved Minor to the Injured spot so I wouldn’t have to drop anyone yet.

    If Moore needs TJ, I’ll drop him, start Ryu and see if I can find another decent starter.

    I had a buddy text me yesterday because he needs outfielders. He wanted to know what I would take for Carlos Gonzalez. I told him I’d give him Cargo for Strasburg. He declined. But I knew he would. Cargo is my best OFer.

    My other OFers are Wil Myers, Ryan Braun and Michael Cuddyer.
    I figure I could trade one of those guys for a starter if really necessary.

  92. Raul Says:

    So it didn’t take long for that benching of Ryan Braun to fuck me.
    He’s 3-5 with 3 HR today and 7 RBI.

    So much for a sore thumb.
    That Cuddyer better hit like a monster this week.

  93. Cameron Says:

    Albert Pujols hit RBI number 1500 today. He’s 8 homers off 500.

  94. Chuck Says:

    Why the hell would you bench Braun?

    Did you see his career numbers in Philly?

  95. Cameron Says:

    It’s a weekly setup league and Braun had reports of a thumb injury.

  96. Chuck Says:

    Now I’m confused, I thought Raul was the fantasy player…did you bench him in your league too, Cam?

  97. Cameron Says:

    Nah, I just read what he posted. =P

  98. Bob Says:

    Since Michael Moore brought up the death penalty issue recently, here is a fucker who deserves it: http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2014/04/08/jared-remy-brags-to-investigator-about-attacking-fellow-inmate/

  99. Bob Says:

    Today is the 5th anniversary of Nick Adenhardt’s death.

    Also, Chuck congrats to UConn again.

  100. Raul Says:

    Wow. Hard to believe it’s been that long since Adenhardt died in that crash.
    And they said he was a special talent, too.

    Who knows how things might have played out for the Angels with Jered Weaver and Nick Adenhardt leading that pitching staff.

  101. Raul Says:

    Just disgusting @ Bob.

    That Jared Remy is a douchebag. He’s gonna learn the hard way…there is always someone stronger and tougher than you in prison. And people don’t forget.

  102. Raul Says:

    I benched Braun after they said he was dealing with a thumb injury @ Chuck.

    But to be honest, I didn’t do my homework and research his numbers in Philly. So you have a great point with that. I should have taken my chances.

    In 44 career games against Philadelphia, he’s hitting .392/.435/.739 with 17 HR and 37 RBI.

    That’s insane.

    And hitting in Philly? Braun hits .405/.467/.835.
    My goodness. I really have to check the numbers moving forward.

  103. Raul Says:

    Geno Auriemma is one of the greatest coaches in history.
    He deserves more recognition.

  104. Raul Says:

    I saw Airplane on tv last night before going to bed.
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

  105. Bob Says:

    Here is your best sports anchor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcVYQsY_2KE

  106. Cameron Says:

    The annual relief pitcher of the year award (formerly the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award) will now be broken into two awards. The AL will have the Mariano Rivera Award, the NL will have the Trevor Hoffman Award.

  107. Raul Says:

    I think it’s dumb @ Cameron.

  108. Raul Says:

    Facepalm @ Bob.

  109. Cameron Says:

    @105 Is it bad that when I saw that it happened on Fox News that it became ten times funnier?

    @107 I’m a sucker for awards named after players, I’ll let it slide.

  110. Raul Says:

    Mike Leake’s gone 7 innings of shutout ball against the Cards today.
    I think he’ll be taken out soon, though.

  111. Raul Says:

    Giavotella got called up and is 1-2 today.
    I guess that’s nice.

  112. Cameron Says:

    Giavotella seems to be riding that 4A line. He’s been in and out of Omaha for like three years now.

  113. Raul Says:

    Brandon Belt seems to be turning a corner.
    Maybe Giavotella can. You never know

  114. Raul Says:

    Salvador Perez has 8 walks on the season (counting the current game).
    He had 21 all of last season.

  115. Cameron Says:

    Attaboy Sally.

  116. Cameron Says:

    I didn’t realize he had put up numbers like this, since his prime was before I fell back in love with the sport… But Dirk Nowitzki just entered the top 10 all time scoring list in the NBA.

  117. Bob Says:

    And Joe Dumars is leaving the NBA

  118. Cameron Says:

    And 13 years and 9 coaches later, Detroit can breathe easy.

  119. Bob Says:

    What is weird/stupid/bizarre is that in 2014 we are still attempting to honor the best reliever. How about honoring the best 5th starter? Or do something really worthwhile like honor the last guy who is drafted in the football draft.

    Oh, we do that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Irrelevant

  120. Cameron Says:

    I have to at least give credit to the relief award though in the fact it’s based off an objective point system. No voting, usually it’s just the save leader. It may not be a perfect system, but there’s no Bartolo Colon in that system either.

  121. Jim Says:

    The other day I was looking through the player stats and noted that Josh Hamilton was off to a nice start. Good for him I thought and then the evil Jim appeared and wondered how long before he went on the DL http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/04/josh-hamilton-out-6-8-weeks-for-thumb-surgery.html

  122. Cameron Says:

    Confirmed, Evil Jim is the evil orthopedic surgeon that’s responsible for all the surgeries this season.

  123. Raul Says:

    My friend in California pulled her 9 year old son from school yesterday. Flew to Seattle. Sat in box seats and got Mike Trout to sign a ball for him.

    9 year old kid ditched school, flew to Seattle. Went to Safeco and got his favorite player to autograph him a ball. That kid is living the dream.

    I am beyond jealous right now.

  124. Bob Says:

    So am I.

  125. Raul Says:

    Bob,

    Big Papi on the board yesterday with a 3-run shot.
    Who would have thought 5 or 6 years ago that David Ortiz would be the constant force on the Red Sox at this time?

    Manny left in 2008 and there was some struggle overall, but since then Ortiz has hit .286/.378/.537 with 144 HR.

    Ortiz might end up the biggest star of Boston out of all those 2004 guys…bigger than Pedro, Schilling, Manny…all of them

  126. Cameron Says:

    In terms of the Red Sox yeah. In terms of all-timers, Pedro begins and ends the conversation.

  127. Bob Says:

    Papi has 3 rings so far. Papi is a DH. But again, the reason why he could be the biggest star, as opposed to the best player was his speech.

    “This is our fucking city.”

    Again best player = Pedro.

    Most charismatic = Big Papi.

  128. Cameron Says:

    @123 I remember going out of state to get an autograph once. It’s an endeavor, but it’s a blast. Didn’t fly, but I drove to the Kansas Speedway on race weekend, so it was nuts. …Well, not the speedway, the Cabela’s across from the Speedway.

    By the way, anyone here ever been to a Cabela’s? They put most Wal-Marts to fucking shame. They’re HUGE!

  129. Cameron Says:

    Wow, you want some perspective on how time really flies in baseball? Of those 2004 Red Sox…

    David Ortiz is still in Boston
    Bronson Arroyo is in Arizona
    Kevin Youkilis is in Japan
    Johnny Damon is out of work
    Everyone else is retired

  130. Raul Says:

    Never heard of Cabelas.

    Clay Buchholz against Michael Pineda in the Bronx tonight.
    Buchholz has a 5.32 ERA vs the Yankees in 12 career starts.

  131. Raul Says:

    Well, it’s been 10 years, Cam…

  132. Cameron Says:

    I know, but still, doesn’t seem like that long ago looking back. I still remember the 2004 Sox story being huge. Kinda surreal to think there’s two major leaguers out of that whole team left.

  133. Bob Says:

    Frank Castillo passed away. He was on that team. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Castillo

  134. Raul Says:

    I have to say, I’m really annoyed at the fans and the Yankees media machine making a big deal of this “Core Four” crap of Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte.

    They make it seem like they’re the Mount Rushmore of baseball…except that it would be a pretty mediocre and thoroughly …what’s the word I’m looking for? Uninspired? Overrated? I dunno.

    But I never thought Posada was that good. And Pettitte was solid but he was never great. Jeter was great and probably hyped up. And Rivera was amazing, but again…he pitched 50 innings a year.

    If the Yankees want to hype up a “Core Four” they could do better.
    And anyway, 4 guys is a big stretch for any historical team.

    A lot of “Top Threes” are more impressive, frankly.
    Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz comes to mind. In fact, Throw in Chipper Jones and that Core 4 is easily better…world championships aside.

  135. Chuck Says:

    David Ortiz is a bleep.

    He was the ringleader of the whole chicken and beer thing that got Francona fired, then threw everyone under the bus when asked about it.

    There’s a Cabela’s near me, it is big. Two floors. It’s in Westgate, across the street from Jobing.com arena and U of Phx. Stadium.

  136. Chuck Says:

    Nice autograph story, Cam, although you neglected to say who it was.

    You know what I don’t like about the whole “Core Four” thing?

    It eliminates probably the most important guy of them all, Bernie Williams.

    He was there before any of the others, he was the veteran leader who took them all under his wing and showed them what it’s like to be a Yankee, and he’s just as responsible for every ring as they are, probably don’t even win in ‘96 without him.

    So, because he’s older and retired first he gets treated the same as Jim Leyritz? Sorry, that’s wrong.

  137. Raul Says:

    Great point on the Bernie Williams thing, Chuck

  138. Cameron Says:

    It was a professional wrestler who had recently retired, I omitted because I knew no one would care.

  139. Raul Says:

    I texted my buddy yesterday…

    I said listen…the Ultimate Warrior died. It feels like part of your childhood died with him. It sucks that Macho Man Randy Savage died because…who couldn’t love Macho Man? But you know something? Brett Hart is still alive. If he dies, I think the world stops. I mean he’s Brett The Hitman Hart. Sharpshooter. The shades. Dude was the man. And speaking of which, how the hell is Jake The Snake Roberts still alive? Wasn’t he on heroin?

  140. Cameron Says:

    Oh… So Raul might care. It was Shawn Michaels.

    …And Roberts was on crack.

  141. Raul Says:

    Good for Shawn Michaels, that prick.

    Somewhere Marty Janetty is smiling.

  142. Cameron Says:

    Eh, Shawn cleaned up pretty alright actually. Super sweet guy in person. There was a blind kid who came up to meet him. Couldn’t take pictures or get an autograph because, y’know, blind kid. So Shawn just let him sit at the table and hang out with him all day.

  143. Raul Says:

    Meh.
    I wouldn’t care to meet him.
    I wouldn’t even care to meet The Rock.

    I’d love to hang out with Stone Cold, though.

  144. Cameron Says:

    Understandable, he created a fair bit of bad blood. The one person I hope rolls around my neck of the woods sometime is Jim Cornette. Dude is an absolute riot to meet in person from what I’ve heard.

  145. Raul Says:

    Adam Jones isn’t impressed by Masahiro Tanaka, calling him nothing special.
    I kinda appreciate Jones’ swagger and honesty.

    But, good as Jones is…he’s nothing “special” either.

  146. Cameron Says:

    He was in the conversation for top centerfielder a couple of years ago, but I wouldn’t say he’s a superstar now. He’s good, I’d kill to have him on my team, but. nah, he’s not really special.

    That said, I appreciate cockiness in an athlete. They’re trying to scrub sports so clean these days that I love when someone runs their mouth. Because you know that every time someone like Richard Sherman opens their mouth, a PR rep cries. And fuck PR.

  147. Raul Says:

    The thing is, Richard Sherman IS the best corner in football, so he’s allowed to talk all the trash he wants. Just like Deion Sanders did.

    If he falls off, like Darelle Revis…well, that’s another story.

    Adam Jones is good, but dude…you play in a band box and you’re hardly sniffing Mike Trout’s jock. Fall back, kid.

  148. Chuck Says:

    The paramedics who treated Ultimate Warrior indicated drugs as a possibility from what the local news here is saying, anyway.

    I saw him on TV Saturday at the WWE HOF inductions, which, ironically, included Jake the Snake.

    Glad to see Adam Jones adding some reality to our lives. Is Tanaka the best pitcher in the major leagues?

    Not even close. He’s not even the best Japanese pitcher.

    #139…that’s awesome, had to read it three times before I recognized the sarcasm.

  149. Cameron Says:

    It’s a possibility, but he was complaining of chest pain at the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, was in visible pain backstage at Wrestlemania on Sunday, and was visibly pale and weak on Raw this Monday.

    …Heart attack.

  150. Bob Says:

    Chuck, you sure about post 135? I heard/read that Beckett was the ringleader and that the meals of chicken and beer only included pitchers. And Henry would not have just given him an extension if the players did not want him there.

  151. Bob Says:

    Good God. Do people really follow this WWE crap?

  152. Bob Says:

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10761415/former-unlv-rebels-coach-jerry-tarkanian-hospital

  153. Chuck Says:

    Just the messenger, Cam. His wife was with him, maybe she told the paramedic he had taken something for his heart and the media just assumed he was a pill freak.

    I don’t know anything, and care even less.

    Bob, this was Ortiz’ way of getting everyone else out, Beckett, Youkilis, etc. He knows Pedroia isn’t going anywhere, but he wanted to be the face of the franchise and was looking to regain whatever reputation he had after the steriod fallout.

    Well placed sources have told me he’s a two-faced douchebag who only cares about himself and cries and whines like a schoolgirl when somebody else is getting more attention.

    The PR guy from the Brewers is a big wrestling fan, he has the Fandango theme song as the ringtone on his phone. As you can imagine, his phone rings off the hook, and I sit next to him in the press box.

    I saw that ESPN special on the Big East last night, brought back some memories, man. Really sad, too, that the best basketball conference in the country died a slow death over not being competitive in football.

    Quote of the show, from Bill Raftery:

    “Pearl Washington was the most exciting player in the history of the league, and was the only guy who gave Jim Boehiem a personality.”

  154. Cameron Says:

    Holy shit, Tarkanian is still alive? That photo of him in the article makes him look like the fucking Cryptkeeper.

  155. Raul Says:

    The thing is, I wonder who is making all the money on college football.
    Because a lot of the time, earning a spot in a bowl game actually costs schools some money.

  156. Raul Says:

    Is there any way to get in contact with Bob Wells?

  157. Cameron Says:

    Uh… Good question.

    Looking at revenue/expense reports, the programs themselves actually tend more often than not to break even. The university’s paying out tens of millions in tuiton and travel for the team, gate costs are split with visitors, and the big media deals funnel straight into marketing and merchandising…

    So the only people who seem to get paid directly by the game are the coaches since ADs are university staff and don’t figure into program expenses.

  158. Chuck Says:

    Raul, this guy?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wellsbo01.shtml

  159. Raul Says:

    Exactly @ Chuck.

    Because my friend Jordan sponsored his page, and I’m cracking up at what he wrote in there.

    There’s a back story with Bob Wells when my buddy was in college in Minnesota.

  160. Cameron Says:

    Ouch… Avisail Garcia out for the year with a torn shoulder labrum after landing on it for a diving catch.

  161. Raul Says:

    Isn’t he the guy who slept with Prince Fielder’s wife? Serves him right.

  162. Bob Says:

    That is the rumor

  163. Chuck Says:

    Watching the Red Sox/Yanks game.

    Grady Sizemore looks like he weighs 170.

    Indescript minor leaguer, gets strong, kills major league pitching for a few years, drug testing induced, gets injured frequently and hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.

    Just sayin’.

  164. Cameron Says:

    So, just curious. Cano left town, Jeter’s on his last year, and A-Rod… Yeah.

    So after Jeter retires, who’s the face of the Yankees? Not exactly like there’s another Jeter within a 3000 mile radius of New York ready to take his spot.

  165. Bob Says:

    Tanaka. But only 20% of the time.

  166. Cameron Says:

    I didn’t know this, but there’s a player’s association for retired NBA players, the XNBA. Wonder if other sports do that.

  167. Raul Says:

    The face of the Yankees after Jeter retires?

    It could be any number of guys until the right youngsters come up.
    Sabathia seems like he would be the guy.

    I don’t know who Chris Colabello is but he’s leading the AL with 14 RBI.

  168. Cameron Says:

    It’s hard to tell, but knowing New York media, they’ll latch onto someone.

  169. Cameron Says:

    Want your mind really blown Raul? Colabello had 17 RBI last season.

  170. Cameron Says:

    And Justin Verlander, pitching since 2005, finally has a hit.

    We’ll put a man on Mars before he homers though.

  171. Cameron Says:

    Happy 48th birthday Greg Maddux.

  172. Cameron Says:

    You know I just realized something weird? Most tourists to New York City if they wanted to see a stand-up show would probably go to Caroline’s. Naturally, right? It’s a club on Times Square, very nice, good headline sets. It’s very nice.

    …Give me a weekend in the Village and sets at the Comedy Cellar instead. If I ever went to New York, I don’t know if I’d go anywhere near Times Square. It’s too touristy, gives no real impression of the city. Same way when I went to San Francisco. We only went to Fisherman’s Wharf down there on the last day because grandma wanted to go. Nice place, but just seeing the city for itself was way better. Dunno, guess I’m weird like that.

  173. Raul Says:

    LOL
    Times Square is the one place in NYC where you’re virtually guaranteed not to bump into a single New Yorker.

  174. Bob Says:

    Actually, I would just go into Central Park, play a game a two of chess with the Russians and eat a pretzel with mustard from a vendor and feed some of it to the turtles in Turtle Pond. Not too touristy is it? And speaking of jokes, what do you call a straight person who likes heavy members of the opposite sex?

    A hefferosexual

    Want more?

  175. Cameron Says:

    lol, nice one Bob. And Central Park… Little touristy, but not so much where I’d avoid it. Again, like when I was in San Francisco, Mission Street is a little touristy, but it’s such a fantastic place that it doesn’t matter.

  176. Chuck Says:

    I remember 60 Minutes or one of those news magazine shows doing a segment on a guy who claimed he made six figures a year pickpocketing in Grand Central Station.

  177. Bob Says:

    Pickpocketing or panhandling?

  178. Cameron Says:

    Panhandling in NYC is a five figure gig, Bob.

  179. Raul Says:

    Is this how the season is going to be?
    Giancarlo Stanton steamrolling through the National League?

    Good god…

  180. Cameron Says:

    Quite possibly… Also, the Giants have been a pleasant surprise so far.

  181. Bob Says:

    @179.

    I hope so. I have 2 of his rookie cards.

  182. Bob Says:

    George Springer will be promoted.

  183. Chuck Says:

    Not sure playing for the Astros qualifies as a promotion, Bob.

  184. Raul Says:

    Promoted 2 weeks into the season?

    See, unless there’s an injury, I don’t get it.

    Either you gave a guy 2 weeks to lose his job (which isn’t very much).
    Or you felt Springer needed to improve on things that you didn’t like in Spring Training…in which case…what friggin skill could you learn and perfect in 2 weeks?

  185. Bob Says:

    Fair enough. You still get to see a UConn gut in the Majors.

  186. Bob Says:

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10789682/brooklyn-cyclones-new-york-mets-affiliate-host-seinfeld-night-july

  187. Cameron Says:

    Two words Raul. Service time.

  188. Raul Says:

    yada yada yada…
    The Mets lost.

  189. Raul Says:

    Service time.

    MLB is so damn stupid.

  190. Bob Says:

    Service time is stupid. One day in the Majors should = a year. No more of this accounting chicanery.

    And in Springer’s case they offered him a 7-year deal in Spring Training which he rejected.

  191. Chuck Says:

    Word at the water cooler is Springer was sent down because he rejected the deal.

    Word at the bathroom sink is he was called up because Springer’s agent threatened to file a grievance with the PA (Springer has MLB rights because he’s on the 40 man).

  192. Bob Says:

    And I would have sided with Springer and his agent.

  193. Chuck Says:

    Which…….again……..is why he was called up..

    Grievance magically disappears.

  194. Raul Says:

    Picked up Kyle Gibson today.

    Dropped Matt Moore last week and put Alex Cobb on injured reserve.
    It looks like Mike Minor is coming back soon but who knows how he will perform?

    Gibson is off to a good start and is shutting out the Blue Jays as I type this.
    I thought Gibson was a pretty solid prospect a year or two ago.

  195. Raul Says:

    When did Baseball-Reference start including FIP on their player stats page?
    I just noticed that today.

  196. Raul Says:

    For the record, I don’t think Gibson will have a sub-3.00 ERA all year. His first 3 starts have been against the Royals, Indians and Blue Jays.

    But I gotta think he’s a solid 12-win, mid-3.00 ERA guy.

  197. Raul Says:

    Read this just now…from Tuesday:

    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (04/15/14) There appears to be a difference of opinion between the Diamondbacks and the agent for starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley.
    Jay Franklin, Bradley’s agent, believes his client is ready for the majors, but Arizona general manager Kevin Towers disagrees.

    “I think it’s very apparent what is going on in Arizona,” Franklin told FOX Sports Monday night. “Every ballplayer that is playing minor-league baseball works his tail off to get an opportunity to play in the big leagues. Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues.”

    Towers said he has two reasons for not bringing Bradley to the majors. He doesn’t want Bradley to face added pressure during the team’s poor start, and he feels Bradley has some work left to do after struggling in his final two spring training appearances.

    “I would not bring him up in this environment the way we’re playing,” Towers said. “I know how it would be perceived if he came up: ‘Archie is going to save us.’ I don’t want to do that to a 21-year-old kid.

    “In spring training, if he had continued to deal, we would have started (the season) with him. His fastball command was not there in spring training. He’ll even admit that. If it gets to the point where we straighten this thing out and it’s a more positive environment here and he’s throwing the ball well, we’ll do it regardless of the (arbitration) clock.”

  198. Raul Says:

    Cameron,

    Did I say this already? …but Bubba Starling looks like a massive bust, dude.

  199. Chuck Says:

    I really like Kyle Gibson, he’s going to be a good one.

    “When did Baseball Reference start including FIP on their player pages, I just noticed that today.”

    Today.

    And it’s a stupid stat, so I couldn’t blame you for ignoring it.

    Archie Bradley’s agent is like any other agent, an ambulance chasing lawyer who only cares about his retirement account. The faster Bradley gets called up, the faster he hits arbitration and free agency and the more money he makes. I bet he doesn’t send Bradley a Christmas card.

    Towers is correct. Bradley’s not ready, as his most recent start would seem to indicate.

    I don’t get Starling. His biggest issues seem like easy fixes but for some reason that isn’t the case. Some guys “get it” later than others so I’ll never give up on him, but it’s not looking good for him right now.

  200. Cameron Says:

    Yeah Raul, he’s kinda losing the shine on him… Most of the big Royals prospects showed why awesome prospect does not equal good player. Moose made it, Hoz made it, Sally made it, uh… Gigi is 4A… Yordano wasn’t with that first huge wave…

    So you can see why I’m a bit hesitant about our current crop. We had Montgomery, Lamb, Dwyer, Duffy, all these awesome pitchers! …Only dude to have innings was Duffy, and he’s shit.

  201. Raul Says:

    Sure seems like the more weight Pablo Sandoval loses, the worse he gets at baseball.

  202. Bob Says:

    Happy Easter you guys.

  203. Cameron Says:

    Happy Easter. I will be securely locked in the apartment to avoid the oppressive number of religious fundamentalists in this town trying to explain Jesus to me.

  204. Bob Says:

    Since when is Ohio the Bible Belt? What town are you in?

  205. Cameron Says:

    Warren, Ohio. It’s not the Bible Belt per se, there’s just an alarmingly large population of born-again Christians here. Most of them are ex-drunks and junkies. …And relapsed drunks and junkies… And current drunks and junkies…

    My town’s kinda fucked up.

  206. Bob Says:

    So is every town.

  207. Cameron Says:

    Yeah, but mine’s a special kind of fucked up. All the steel mills left town 30 years ago. The millworkers just stayed and tried to drink themselves to death. Some of them tried to find Jesus, others didn’t. It’s a grab bag of poor people, addicts, and generally insane people.

    You see why I don’t leave the apartment much.

  208. Cameron Says:

    Actually, I think I can sum it up perfectly. Springsteen wrote a song about it. You EVER see Springsteen sing about a place where things didn’t completely suck ass?

  209. Chuck Says:

    Judging from the prior experiences you’ve shared here, you should feel right at home, Cam.

  210. Cameron Says:

    Eh, shit’s cheap and there’s no grocery tax for the state. There’s upside to living in a shithole.

  211. Cameron Says:

    Oh my god, this is so adorable. I’m talking to my friend Jeremy (who’s a diehard conservative) and he’s confused as to why his sister brought a friend to a family dinner.

    …I’m not telling him. This is too goddamn funny.

  212. Cameron Says:

    Fun inning in today’s Royals game. Sac fly, RBI single, RBI single, RBI single… And then, in order.

    1) Nori Aoki goes to steal third,
    2) Omar Infante starts for second for a double steal,
    3) Josmil Pinto throwing error to allow Aoki to bolt for home,
    4) Infante heads to third in the chaos.

  213. Jim Says:

    “Actually, I think I can sum it up perfectly. Springsteen wrote a song about it. You EVER see Springsteen sing about a place where things didn’t completely suck ass?”

    Without suck ass places there would be no good rock or country songs. Rock about escaping, and country about wallowing in the misery.

  214. Chuck Says:

    Springsteen is from New Jersey, all he knows is suck ass.

  215. Cameron Says:

    Yeah… He stopped writing about how much Jersey sucked ass for a song to talk about my neck of the woods. Youngstown, a town so bad, Springsteen said, “Eh, Jersey isn’t the worst place in the world.”

  216. Cameron Says:

    Saw that Bill Blair died today. He was a player for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues. I remember the Clowns actually being one of the better teams in the League with teams like the Monarchs, Grays, and Giants.

    Though uh… They were originally a barnstorm squad named the… Ethiopian Clowns. Boy were race relations in the 30s fucked up.

  217. Raul Says:

    I saw this ESPN documentary on Todd Marinovich.
    What a shame.

    Wasted talent.

  218. Chuck Says:

    I saw the Indianapolis Clowns play…with Satchel Paige pitching.

    Probably 1965 or so.

    Baseball’s version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

  219. Cameron Says:

    Yeah, a lot of teams even when the league was still around still barnstormed. Can’t imagine them stopping after the league folded. Looks like the Clowns actually toured until sometime in the 80s.

  220. Raul Says:

    Chase Utley, Justin Morneau and Albert Pujols are really turning back the clock in the early going of 2014.

  221. Cameron Says:

    Pujols is at HR 498. I’ve been watching.

  222. Raul Says:

    All I know is Chris Tillman better not screw me over.
    I accidentally started him this week in my fantasy team when I really wanted to start Dan Haren.

    I think Tillman goes against Pittsburgh and Haren faces Minnesota.

  223. Raul Says:

    Corection.

    Tillman faces Toronto.
    Haren faces Philadelphia.

  224. Cameron Says:

    Not a bad day to sit then. Fingers crossed, Raul.

  225. Raul Says:

    Thanks Cam.
    Not sure how I feel about having Ryu and Haren starting for me.
    But Ryu is off to a solid start.
    And so is Haren…though I’m suspicious of Haren because while he’s just 33 years old, it seems like he’s got a lot of wear on his arm.

  226. Raul Says:

    It looks like after this season, CC Sabathia should be at 3,000 innings pitched for his career.

    I suspect that in the last 30 years, pitchers have seen a steep drop in performance after that 3,000th inning.

    Anyone got numbers on this?

    Kerry?

  227. Cameron Says:

    Lessee…

    -Curt Schilling hit 3000 mid 2006, but had been seeing an ERA spike since 2005.
    -Kevin Brown pitched 3000 innings… And then spent two years with the Yankees that we all try to forget.
    -Orel Hershsiser LONG stopped looking like his old self when he hit 3000.
    -See above for Livan Hernandez.
    -Time Wakefield’s last two seasons were as a run-prone reliever.
    -Kenny Rogers imploded after 3000, but he wasn’t great to start with.
    -Andy Pettite retired after 3000, then came back and these last two years are actually pretty good.
    -Smoltz was in the middle of his closer stint when he hit 3000, was hurt when he started again, and was out after a disaster of a 2009.
    -Mussina had 3 seasons after 3000. He was good for the first, awful for the second, and his last season was worthy of MVP votes.
    -Johnson had just won his last Cy Young after 3000, but came in second place two years later and was still a strikeout machine when healthy. Had 1000+ IP left.
    -Tom Glavine had 3 All-Star appearances and 1400 IP in him, but never had a sub-3 ERA after 2003, which was the first season after 3000.
    -Clemens had 3 more Cy Youngs in him, but that’s not a fair case here.
    -Greg Maddux wasn’t the destroyer of worlds he was in his peak, but the dude had NINE SEASONS to go after that and was decent to hold a job until he died practically.

    Pretty sure that’s everyone who pitched IP 3001 from the year 2000 or later. The lower end fizzled out, the older ones lost their edge, but were good enough to hold a spot. Considering CC’s age, he’s a lot more Maddux and Johnson than Kevin Brown, especially since at 34, he’ll be the second-youngest to hit 3000 after Maddux.

  228. Raul Says:

    Thanks for looking into it, Cameron.

    I’m not sure about Sabathia.
    They’re saying that his stuff lacks bite these days and he’s looking very hittable.

    It could be that he’s in that transition period where pitchers have to adjust to aging. We’ll see.

  229. Raul Says:

    I’m not really old enough to have appreciated Eddie Murray’s career, but I remember it being a pretty big deal with Murray hit his 500th career home run.

    That was September 6th, 1996.

    Since then 11 men have cracked the 500-HR mark:

    Barry Bonds
    Alex Rodriguez
    Ken Griffey Jr
    Jim Thome
    Sammy Sosa
    Mark McGwire
    Rafael Palmeiro
    Manny Ramirez
    Frank Thomas
    Gary Sheffield
    And now, Albert Pujols.

    It’s not that I don’t appreciate what Pujols has done. For a decade he was probably the most incredible and feared hitter in the game.

    But a lot of the lustre comes off a feat when it becomes as common as 500 HR has in the past decade.

    People used to think of Jim Rice, Johnny Bench and Frank Howard as power hitters.
    They sit lower on the HR list than Alfonso Soriano.

    In a way (relax, saber-heads), the HR has become one of the most over-valued stats in baseball.
    That’s sad.

  230. Chuck Says:

    Seven of the eleven cheated and two wouldn’t have gotten there without the DH.

  231. Raul Says:

    I sometimes wonder what the impact would be if the DH was eliminated tomorrow.

    I suspect a lot of careers will end abruptly.
    That, or a lot of guys will start busting their butts to get in shape and play the field.

  232. Cameron Says:

    I know I’m showing my age here, but I’d rather have David Ortiz at the plate than AJ Burnett, I’m sorry. most pitchers these days are lucky to hit .150. What added strategy does adding a guaranteed out add to the game? Maybe back when Warren Spahn and company could hit yeah, but guys these days just fucking can’t.

  233. Cameron Says:

    RIP Connie Marrero, oldest living former MLB player.

  234. Raul Says:

    I’m starting to think that “I’d rather see Blank-DH hit rather than Blank-Pitcher” is a weak argument.

    It’s not really about who would perform better.
    It’s more about…integrity of the game, really.

    A DH could probably hit better than most middle infielders. That doesn’t mean I want to ban the Clint Barmeses of the league from hitting.

    (shrug)

  235. Cameron Says:

    And you don’t think the nebulous “Integrity of the game” argument is any stronger? I know I don’t have the best argument but at this point, I don’t see what pitchers hitting every ninth spot adds other than a free out. If anything, that makes the game weaker.

  236. Raul Says:

    Everybody bats…you know…that’s kind of the origin of the game.

    Once you get into an argument of “Well a DH hits better than X-position”, then logically, how do not substitute a DH for any other position?

  237. Cameron Says:

    Eh… Actually, a league where there were separate defenders and hitters sounds like it could be a fun exhibition league.

    I dunno, I just don’t see the big deal. Then again, I’m like, the youngest guy here by a country mile. So I know why everyone is the way they is.

  238. Raul Says:

    So my buddy is a Jets fan and he’s all excited about the 2014 schedule being released.

    I’m like, dude…there’s no way you start the season anything better than 0-7. There’s just no way.

    Jets Schedule:

    Week 1 – Oakland
    Week 2 – Green Bay
    Week 3 – Chicago
    Week 4 – Detroit
    Week 5 – San Diego
    Week 6 – Denver
    Week 7 – New England
    Week 8 – Buffalo
    Week 9 – Kansas City
    Week 10 – Pittsburgh
    Week 11 – Bye
    Week 12 – Buffalo
    Week 13 – Miami
    Week 14 – Minnesota
    Week 15 – Tennessee
    Week 16 – New England
    Week 17 – Miami

    Maybe they beat Buffalo in Week 8, but they lose to KC in Week 9.
    Ouch.

  239. Raul Says:

    Martin Perez has 2 complete game shutouts already on the season.

  240. Raul Says:

    Scott Kazmir goes for win #3 on the season.

    Has he been resurrected?
    4 starts
    27.1 innings
    17 hits
    24 strikeouts
    4 walks
    1.65 ERA

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