Monthly Archives: August 2012

Blue Jays Fans Unusual Signs

Jimmy Traina’s twitpic this morning was really unusual, and awkward.

Couple of very horny Blue Jays fans. on Twitpic

Just two Blue Jays fans trying to get some with the team. Escobar must be the player of choice for the women on the right.

Bryce Harper Ejected In 9th VIDEO

Bryce Harper made some noise in Miami tonight. Harper had his first two home run game tonight, but in the 9th inning instead of hitting his third home run of the game, Harper grounded into a double play. Which caused this.

The Huntington Post has quotes from Nationals manager Davey Johnson on Harper’s ejection.

“Bryce couldn’t control his emotions again,” Johnson said. “I had a little chat with him. He’ll get over it. He’s just a hundred-percenter. He expects great things out of himself, breaks bats, throws his helmet. He’s just got to stop it. We can’t afford to be losing him in a ballgame. He’ll learn. He’s young.”

Harper too had some words for the media after the game on his anger issues.

“I shouldn’t have done it, but I don’t like hitting into double plays,” said Harper, 19. “I just need to stop getting mad and live with it. I just need to grow up in that mentality a little bit and try not to bash stuff in. I’ve always done it my whole life. Things need to change.”

So Harper is aware that his actions on the field are childish. Being 19 isn’t an excuse. He’s a professional athlete now, and he needs to act that exact way. Professional.

Blue Jay slugger Jose Bautista done for the year

Back-to-back home run champ Jose Bautista will opt for season ending surgery

Two-time home run champ, Jose Bautista, will undergo season-ending surgery to stabilize a tendon in his left wrist. The injury to his wrist has become unstable, thus Bautista opted for the surgery that will take him approximately three to four months to recover. The Blue Jay’s slugger should be ready for the beginning of spring training next year.

“There’s just too much instability in that tendon and it got to the point where risking injuring the tendon was not worth it,” Bautista said. “That’s why we’re opting to do it now.”

“Luckily for me the tendon is completely intact,” Bautista said. “He just needs to make it stable again.”

After leading the majors in home runs the last two seasons, Bautista started off slow this season, but still managed to belt out 27 home runs to go along with 65 RBIs in just 92 games. Jose finished the season with a .241 batting average.

“I didn’t have the consistency I wanted to but I think I picked it up on a production level and I was able to contribute,” Bautista said. “What I really wanted to do, and I said this many times, was remain healthy but unfortunately I wasn’t able to.”

Baltimore Orioles: Don’t Believe the Hype

As I took a break from packing for school, I sat down to watch the Baltimore Orioles finish off a shutout win against the Chicago White Sox. The O’s are now fourteen games over .500 for the first time since 2005 and have moved into second place in the AL East. With only a month and some change left in the season, people are starting to jump onto the Orioles bandwagon. Don’t count me amongst those people.

In fact, I’ll go as far to say that the Orioles aren’t even an average, mediocre team. How could I say this? Because the numbers don’t match up with their results.

The first thing I look at when analyzing a team is their Runs Scored-Runs Allowed differential. To win games you need to score runs and prevent runs, so this is an excellent indicator of how a team is actually performing. Baltimore has a negative 45 run differential. That is not good. As a result, their expected (otherwise known as pythagorean) record is 59-68. That would put them in last place in the pythagorean standings. Alas, standings aren’t decided by RS/RA but actual wins and losses. So let’s dig deeper.

Why does Baltimore have a below average run differential? Because they have been below average in just about every aspect of the game: hitting, base running, pitching, and defense. According to fWAR the Orioles are dead last in baseball when it comes to offense. Their offensive players have a collective 8.4 fWAR. That is BAD. Mike Trout himself has a 7.5 fWAR despite missing a month and could still lap the entire Orioles offense. The team slash line (OBP/SLG/wOBA/wRC+) is .307/.408/.309/91+. That is bad. The league average is .319/.406/.315. The only true star player the team has is Adam Jones, who sits at a 3.6 fWAR. Matt Wieters has a 2.6 fWAR while JJ Hardy and Nick Markakis both have average WARs at the moment. But that’s it for them. They are getting no other major contribution on offense. Moreover, their base running has been below average at -3.8 base running runs.

Their pitching has been better, but still not good. Baltimore’s starting pitching fWAR is in the bottom third of the league at 7.3. The major problem is the long ball. The O’s starters have a HR/9 of 1.36, the third worst mark in baseball. That leads to a 4.59 FIP, the fifth worst mark in baseball. Their only saving grace is the bullpen. The pen contributes 4.5 fWAR and is able to strike batters out, prevent walks, and prevent home runs. I know the O’s have a fantastic record in one run games, and the majority of the credit should go to their bullpen.

As for the defense. It’s bad. Really bad. Their UZR is -34.1. Only two more teams have a worse figure: the Mets and the Rockies. Don’t like UZR? Look at DRS. When you do that you will find that Baltimore is -32 and only three more teams have a worse DRS.

Putting it all together, the Orioles have a total fWAR of 20.3 A replacement level team would win 50 games. So right now Baltimore should be expected to finish with around 73-75 wins. Now, in reality that is not the case. The O’s already have won 70 games. They have a remarkable record in close games and have outplayed their pythag. Sometimes teams ride out their luck all season and never come crashing down to earth. But one should never bet on that team. 162 games is still a small sample size when you think about it and if a season was two or three times that amount we should expect them to have a record that more accurately reflects how they’ve performed in 2012. That is why I expect the O’s to flame out in September.

Davey Johnson gets into heated argument with GM Mike Rizzo

Davey Johnson yells at GM Mike Rizzo during a heated discussion that took place after the Nationals fourth consecutive loss

The Washington Nationals have been the leagues doormat for quite some time. Despite being on a 4-game losing streak, the Nationals still have baseball’s best record. This however, could not prevent a shouting match between Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo.

Mark Zuckerman, part of the reporters that were told to go back outside the clubhouse, heard the words shouted:

“Why don’t you come down here and manage this team!”

Nationals PR director John Dever then asked the reporters to head back out of the clubhouse. When they were allowed to return, Johnson acknowledged meeting with Mike Rizzo.

“I had a discussion with my boss.”

The Washington media and players are downplaying this heated discussion, which is probably the right thing to do. It’s a long season and arguments are bound to happen. However, one could wonder if the pressure is starting to get to the Nationals, a team that is not used to expectations such as the ones being placed on them now with the leagues best record. Jayson Werth summed it up best:

“I don’t think there’s any panic or anything like that,” outfield Jayson Werth said. “Although, when you’re in a pennant chase and you’re getting to September, there definitely should be a sense of urgency.”

 

What you need to know about the Dodgers/Red Sox mega trade

If you are reading this post, you already know the big story out of MLB this weekend was the Boston and Los Angeles trade this weekend. The Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan DeJesus, Jerry Sands, and Rubby De La Rosa. Wow, talk about a mega-blockbuster type deal. Especially for a waiver wire type trade.

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Who “won” this trade and was it a smart move for each franchise?

The first player I’ll go over is Adrian Gonzalez. After 2012 he will be under contract for another six years and $133mil. From 2009-2011, Gonzalez put up fWAR’s of 6.2, 5.6, and 6.6. He was an annual MVP candidate and arguably the best first baseman in baseball behind Albert Pujols and Joey Votto. But he’s had a “down” year in 2012 and is projected to finish 2012 with a fWAR of 4.2- which would actually be the fourth best mark in his career. Going forward, we can expect Gonzalez to still be a very good player even if he is entering his 30s and leaving the prime of his career. In 2013 I have him as a 5.0 WAR player and the $/WAR should be around $4.5mil, as it’s come down in recent years. Beyond that, one should typically decrease WAR by 0.5 per year and increase the $/WAR by $.25-$.5mil. That will give us:

WAR: 5.0 in 2013, 4.5 in 2014, 4.0 in 2015, 3.5 in 2016, 3.0 in 2017, and 2.5 in 2018.

Value (WAR x $/WAR): $22.5mil in 2013, $21.375mil in 2014, $20mil in 2015, $18.375 in 2016, $16.5mil in 2017, $14.375mil in 2018

Now, from 2013-2016 he makes $21mil a year, and he makes $21.5mil in 2017 and 2018. So, when compared to what he’ll actually be worth, which is $113.125mil. So he’ll cost about $20mil more than he is worth, meaning Gonzalez comes out as a loss for the Dodgers in the long run in this deal. One point to make though is that Gonzalez is a significant upgrade over James Loney, especially this season. So he will be more valuable to Los Angeles than bare bones analysis will show.

Now, onto Crawford. He has five more years left on his contract, but he will miss about 1/3 of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery. He will be 31 next season and coming off back to back seasons where he failed to even accumulate 1.0 fWAR. He can still be an above average hitter, but as he gets older the days of his elite defense may be over. That will be the true story to whether he will ever be a good player again. If he can age like Ichiro defensively, he will have value. If not, the Dodgers better hope he can hit his way to being an average player. Here’s how I see it:

WAR: 2.0 in 2013, 2.5 in 2014, 2.0 in 2015, 1.5 in 2016, 1.0 in 2017.

Value: $9mil in 2013, $11.875mil in 2014, $10mil in 2015, $7.875mil in 2016, $5.5mil in 2017.

That’s a total value of $44.25mil. He will earn $83.825mil, a difference of about $40mil. So right now the Dodgers are acquiring a value of -$60mil. Yikes.

Onto Beckett. He will have two more years left after 2012. 2012 has been a nightmare season, but he will still finish with an above average fWAR. Moreover, he had a great season last year, which is forgotten because of his role in Boston’s 2011 collapse. Being conservative, I see him putting up a 3.0 WAR in 2013 which has a value of $13.5mil and a 2.5 WAR in 2014 which has a value of $11.875mil for a total of $25.375mil. He will make a total of $31.5mil in that time span. So by now the Dodgers are acquiring a value of -$66mil.

The fact the Dodgers are eating so much money on relatively lost contracts should be good enough for a fair trade. But they are also giving up some big name prospects. James Loney will be gone after 2012, so he is a negligible factor in this deal. The same goes for Nick Punto.

Allen Webster is a 22 year old who was the pre-season #2 prospect in the Dodgers system. He’s made 39 career AA starts, so he’s close to the ML level at a very young age. According to Victor Wang’s prospect research, Webster as a top pitching prospect is worth $15.9mil. So the Dodgers are seemingly shooting themselves in the foot at this point…and hand and arm and neck, etc etc. Rubby De La Rosa was the Dodgers 2010 minor league pitcher of the year before TJS and he is still only 24 years old. He may end up a reliever at this point, but he can become a good ML pitcher. Ivan DeJesus is a filler, but Jerry Sands is another player that could contribute the ML level. Cost-controlled with a good minor league track record. Not a superstar, but he can contribute.

So who wins? It depends on how you look at it. In the long run, Boston ABSOLUTELY wins this deal. They were able to dump nearly $260mil in contracts and trade off three 30+ year old players. Normally that’s good enough but they also got two potentially good ML players and a top pitching prospect. Moreover, the saved money allows the Red Sox to reinvest it younger, better players in the free agent market. Zack Greinke anyone?

While this trade can handicap LAD in the long haul, one can argue this is a smart deal in the short run. They are currently in a playoff chase, and should they make the playoffs anything can happen. If the Dodgers do happen to win the World Series this year, or even next year, then one can see how the deal would be worth it. Especially because when you look closely at the contracts and value of the players the Dodgers received, the financial losses don’t become a financial hindrance for a couple more years.

 

RBTS Round Table : Dodgers and Red Sox Trade

Welcome to the RBTS Round Table. Today we’ll be discussing our opinions on the trade between the Dodgers and the Red Sox. To be exact our writers will be declaring the winners and losers of the trade.

Mark:

As far as the Red Sox are concerned, this has to feel like a home run. Yes, it stings to give up Adrian Gonzalez, who really is an excellent player. But to shed the salaries of Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, it’s worth it. Plus, if the Red Sox will look to blow up the roster and rebuild, what’s the point of keeping Gonzo around on a team that won’t be competing? Not to mention, the Sox got some pretty decent prospects in return.

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The Dodgers are taking a huge risk here. I don’t care how much you have, a quarter of a billion dollars is a lot of money. Gonzalez will be a plug in the middle of the lineup, and no one really has much of a doubt that he will be extremely productive. Is it unreasonable to think that Beckett just really hated Boston, and that he could still be a quality number three pitcher who really helps you in the playoffs? Is it possible that Carl Crawford was never really healthy or comfortable in Boston?

The Sox needed to purge their roster, and getting some solid assets in return is a bonus. The Dodgers know Gonzalez will be very good; if Beckett or Crawford play like they are capable of, it could make the Dodgers the clear-cut best team in the National League.

Frank:

The trade is something that really made sense for both sides. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “home run” for Boston as Mark said, but it was a necessary step in order to get this team back to square one. Basically, it was like Boston management was playing a game of Madden on All-Madden mode, and were getting killed 35-0 in the 4th quarter. Like many of us, instead of finishing the game and saving it, they just hit the reset button, and are going to try again.

For the Dodgers, this was a calculated risk, and their way of saying they are going for the title this season. Crawford won’t be a factor since he will be out for the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery. However, if Beckett can be that third starter in the postseason, and help them win playoff games, then you have to think that LA has a chance to do something special this season. With the Nationals sitting Strasburg, combined with their lack of playoff experience, you’d have to think this trade makes LA the favorite in the NL. Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to the fact that they acquired Adrian Gonzalez, who made a living eating the NL West alive not too long ago.

This was a great move for LA, and a necessary move for Boston. For LA, Adrian Gonzalez was Dwight Howard. Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett were Jason Richardson and Chris Duhon, the price of getting the big fish, except they actually have potential to salvage their careers in LA.

Joe:

Like Frank said above I feel it was necessary for Boston to make this deal. With all the drama going on in their clubhouse, they really needed to rid themselves of the guys who were possibly causing trouble. Personally the Red Sox need to rid themselves of Bobby Valentine, John Lackey, and others, but that’s for another time.

Boston received some nice prospects in the deal. Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, and Ivan De Jesus. De La Rosa, and Webster are the main prospect stars of the deal. Boston not only made out with potential talent, but they also cleared out a lot of money. As Mark mentioned above a quarter of a billion dollars is a lot of money. Even in an uncapped league like Major League Baseball financial flexibility is valuable. Instead of signing players to huge contracts like they have been doing over the years, Boston will likely make more smart money ball type deals that helped them in the early 2000’s. They can still afford a type A free agent, but they’ll also have to pay Jacoby Ellsbury his money soon.

As much as the media makes the Dodgers out to be the clear cut winners, they might actually not be. The 2012 Dodgers are the winners. Are the future Dodgers winners though? They have a ton of money locked up in Kemp, Ethier, Gonzalez, Crawford, and Ramirez. That’s without having signed Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw who’s contract expires at the end of the 2013 season . He’ll be commanding a contract worth more than $16 million a year. What if Crawford’s injuries, and struggles continue? What if Beckett doesn’t reinvent himself in the National League? What if Gonzalez maintains his low career average at Dodger Stadium? That’s .212 for those of you wondering. Those are great young players, I won’t deny that. I just question the if they have enough money to put a team around them. Baseball is played with nine guys on the field, not four.

The city of LA is used to the flashy side of things. But with all these questions to be answered, it may not end that way.

Andre Ethier Gets 10th Consecutive Hit To Break Dodgers Record

The video is in the link here.

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Andre Ethier is now the only player in Dodgers history to record 10 consecutive hits. That is truly an amazing feat. Think about it. If he would of just gotten 3 hits out of those 10 at bats he would be considered a great hitter. But 10 of 10. Wow.  That’s just remarkable milestone for Ethier.

He achieved it on a bloop single to centerfield, that had a chance to be caught.

According to Elias Records, Ethier is tied for third with nine others who have 10 consecutive hits. The two players ahead of him have 12 consecutive hits, and they are Mike Higgins (1938), and Walt Dropo (1952). Dropo had no walks over his 12 consecutive hits, while Higgins has two.

Ethier too has no walks, so if he can get three consecutive hits, in his next three plate appearances he’ll hold the record, and without a walk between.

Top 5 Los Angeles Dodgers Acquisitions Of The Season

So it seems that Magic Johnson is bringing Showtime to the Dodgers after buying the team from Frank McCourt earlier in the season.

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The Dodgers have been making big moves since Magic has become the owner of the team. Most of them started around the trade deadline, but with the recent news of Adrian Gonzalez, and half the Red Sox team coming to LA we just had to rank the Los Angeles Dodgers acquisitions.

5. Shane Victorino

Victorino was a nice pick up at the deadline for the Dodgers. He’s currently under contract for this year only. So as of now what seems like a crowded outfield in LA, isn’t. For now Victorino will man left field in LA. Victorino isn’t exactly someone who’s going to produce a lot of offense. He’s a decent hitter, but it’s his defense that’s going to help the Dodgers get to the playoffs, and beyond. For now the Dodgers have a run saver in left.

4. Carl Crawford

Victorino’s future replacement came in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox that was made official earlier today. Crawford will not be helping the Dodgers anytime in 2012. He’s set to miss the remainder of the season with elbow issues and has gotten Tommy John surgery. Crawford is just entering his second year of his 7 year $142 million deal. So he’ll be in LA for a while. Boston wasn’t Crawford’s place. Crawford hit just .260 in under two years with Boston, and provided an fWAR of 0.6.

3. Hanley Ramirez

For sometime Hanley Ramirez was the best shortstop in baseball. That was 2-3 years ago, and now Tulowitzki is, but Ramirez is still in the top 5 of MLB shortstops. Since joining the Dodgers Ramirez has batted .306 with 6 home runs. Compared to his 14 in his duration with Miami. ESPN has noticed the value Ramirez has provided the Dodgers. Snagging him before the trade deadline came out of no where, and will help LA now and in the future.

2. Adrian Gonzalez

Gonzalez had a really great 2011 with the Red Sox, but struggled early in 2012. That is until the calender turned to July. Where he batted .372 with a .385 OBP. Gonzalez is now coming back to his old self with his August numbers. What’s good for the Dodgers is that they now have 5 more years with him after this season. He costs a lot, but ownership knows he’s worth it.

1. Matt Kemp

Okay, I cheated. Matt Kemp wasn’t acquired by the Dodgers this season. But Kemp did come off the DL a few times this season, and as the Dodgers best player every time he enters the line up it’s a plus. Well duh. Kemp was having an MVP season before he hit the DL, but he’ll still finish with some nice numbers to end the year. That’s how good his first month and a half was. All that matters now to Kemp and the Dodgers is if they’ll beat out the Giants in the National League West.

That is the reason Magic made all these big acquisitions anyway.

The Real Reason Why Roger Clemens Is On His Way Back To The Majors.

It would be extremely obvious to think that Roger Clemens’ ploy to come back to professional baseball, is to delay his fate in being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this winter.  I mean, this is a man with one of the biggest egos Major League Baseball has ever seen.  What do you expect from a seven-time Cy Young Award winner.  Since the Mitchell Report, he has moved heaven and earth to plea for his innocence.  I am not a Clemens fan by any means, but at least he went head up against the federal government and kicked their rear-ends in a court of law!  Like him or not, he was what we were looking for, the only one who kept pleading for his innocence and won.  Now, public opinion thinks HE IS GUILTY AS THEY COME; but you can make your own assumptions!

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I get tickled when he says his good name and reputation is now tarnished. Roger, you did that by betraying the Red Sox and making your way to the Yankees, to chase World Series rings, or do you misremember!

Clemens isn’t a darling at all, in fact he is a bully.  Remember Game 2, of the 2000 World Series, when he threw Mike Piazza’s shattered bat back at Piazza?  What in the world was that all about?  Roger thought nothing about it and went on his merry way.  He also hoodwinked his friend, Andy Pettitte, and the sports world by telling the jury, that Andy misremember their conversation.  Pettitte, probably saved Clemens from prison time when he testified in court, as he all of a sudden actually did misremembered!

It’s unbelievable that at age 50, Roger Clemens still commands the attention with his Rocket arm.  I hope the radar gun doesn’t register his pitches in the mid nineties because I will be the first one to say bull(sugar,honey,ice,tea)!  Sugar Land Skeeters is just a tune-up to get back to the majors.  Clemens is a powerful man, and at his age I guess it’s still good to know people in high places.  Who, besides Houston Astros, is going to give Clemens another Major League opportunity?  Lets be honest, the Astros have nothing to play for and bringing Clemens back in a Houston Astros uniform will give the fans a reason to show up to the stadium.  Roger’s motivation for playing professional baseball includes surpassing Jamie Moyer, as the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League Baseball history. He will also delay the voting of his own Hall of Fame fate another five years. That is rather smart because of the recent accusations of Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon suspensions for using PEDs.  Also separating himself from Bonds, Sosa, Palmeiro and McGwire.  The number one reason to come back to Major League Baseball is to pass Greg Maddux as the winningest pitcher in the modern era.

The winningest pitcher in the modern era!

You can’t be the best pitcher in our generation if the soft throwing Maddux has one more victory than you do!  Tell the truth Roger, Greg Maddux’s 355 career wins has to be eating you alive!  Sports world, Roger Clemens is a seven- time Cy Young Award winner, the greatest pitcher in our generation; or do you MISREMEMBER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nationals Have 50-Page Stephen Strasburg Shutdown Presentation

The Nationals made a 50-page presentation for Stephen Strasburg to follow

With recent news of Stephen Strasburg being shut down for his final 2-3 starts, a report has surfaced that Mike Rizzo, the Nationals general manager, has a 50-page outline they have had since last January. Rizzo said during a radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan,  that this has been his decision all along.

“This decision is my decision; it’s based on research we’ve done from our medical practitioners and from our pitching coaches and what we’ve done in the past,” Rizzo told Holden on 106.7 The Fan today. “We’ve got a plan that’s been in place since January. We’ve got it outlined in a 50-page presentation form that we have followed protocol the whole time. It’s the same protocol that we followed with Ross Detwiler, with Jordan Zimmerman, with Stephen Strasburg.”

Surprisingly, Stephen Strasburg has been left out in the dark on this decision. The Nats have had this plan in place for eight months, and Strasburg has been clueless about how general manager Mike Rizzo planned to ease him back into the rotation.

“It’s something that they haven’t discussed with me, so all I can do is just keep pitching and keep helping this team win as many games as we can,” Strasburg said in July. “And when they think that it’s time for us to shut it down, then it’s going to be their call. I know they’re only doing it because obviously a lot of medical studies have shown that it’s the right thing to do.”

 

BREAKING Bartolo Colon Suspended For Testosterone

I knew Colon’s resurgence was suspicious after the great year he put together as a Yankee.

After pitching in just 12 games in 2009 with the White Sox, Colon posted good numbers in New York. His ERA was 4.00, but that’s pretty good being a year removed from the game. From 2006-2009 Colon posted a 5.18 ERA. So in a year he lowered his ERA by more than a run. That’s pretty difficult to do.

His success was credited to stem cells that helped heal his right shoulder. But now we know he had a little help from performance enhancing drugs too.

This is a big loss for the A’s who are 0.5 back in the Wild Card Race. They surely could of used Colon and his 3.43 ERA in September.

I wonder if anyone else is going to get busted within the next week. Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games a week ago. Will these players ever learn?

 

 

David Price Denies Trade Idea On Twitter

As you read the print right here, you’ll see the idea is just for entertainment. Whoever wrote this feels the Rays should continue

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their dumping of future large salaries. Yet Price feels the need to jokingly turn down the authors idea on twitter. Price is the Rays ace of the future. There’s no way Tampa Bay trades him. Especially to the past two time American League Champion Texas Rangers.

With the smart management the Rays have they’ll be near the top of the AL East standings for years. And Price will be the ace of the rotation.

 

Houston Astros Also Watched Roger Clemens’ Workout

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens signing with an independent league may only be the beginning of his comeback
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It was widely reported earlier today that Roger Clemens will make a comeback to baseball with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters. However, more details are starting to emerge from the workout that landed him the gig, which Clemens reportedly hit 87MPH with his fastball. Apparently, the Sugar Land Skeeters weren’t the only team in attendance to watch the 50-year old pitch. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros were also in attendance:

 

Furthermore, Ken Rosenthal, a well-respected MLB insider, was told by a Sugar Land executive, formerly of the aforementioned Astros, to not rule out a comeback for Clemens to the majors:

Clemens has already pitched for the Houston Astros in his major league career, and with their abysmal record, a league-worst 39-83, a ticket-grabbing acquisition of Clemens can’t be ruled out.

 

By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager

 

 

Rick Sutcliffe Wants Melky Cabrera Deported

Rick Sutcliffe

ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe thinks Melky Cabrera should be deported.
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There was a story that came to light yesterday about the Melky Cabrera’s desperate attempt to get out of his fifty-game suspension. Silly me, I thought that was going to be the funniest part of this story. Evidently, I was sadly mistaken. In light of this news, ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe thinks Melky Cabrera should be deported.

Here is the quote from Mr. Sutcliffe from his appearance Dave Rothenberg’s radio show:

“You know, it makes you mad. First of all, this guy is over here in the United States on a working visa. He broke the law. What’s he doing still here? I mean, forget the 50-game suspension from baseball and whether he can come back if they make the players [sic] or not. Why’s he still here? That visa should be taken away, and he should not be allowed to play over here again, or work over here again, in my opinion.”

If Cabrera were being thrown out of the league for his offense, there may be some validity to this statement. However, Cabrera is receiving the same punishment than any player, American or otherwise, has received for their first offense of using a banned substance. I would be curious what Sutcliffe’s rationalization is to treat Cabrera differently than the numerous others who have tested positive before him.

Mr. Sutcliffe should know better than most that we all have skeletons in our closets…

Cabrera will pay for his violation like all the others before him, and he deserves the second chance that every other player before him has received.

 

By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager

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