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Phils looking for some outfield help.

April 1, 2009

jonesnSeems the Philadelphia Phillies may have some interest in both Gary Sheffield and Andruw Jones. To Replace recently release Geoff Jenkins.

Sheffield was released yesterday by the Detroit Tigers and Jones is competing with Frank Catalanato for a spot on the 25 man roster with the Texas Rangers. From what I have been hearing it seems that Jones most likely will win that spot, however that doesn’t mean that couldn’t change if the Phillies want to make a deal for him.

I would think Sheffield is the better option for thePhillies offensively, however there still is the question on whether or not he will be able to preform in the field .  Here’s an Idea, Ruben Amaro Jr the Phillies new Gm should call up Brian Cashman and see what they have in trade for Melky Cabrera who recently lost his starting CF job to Rookie Brett Gardner.  Now I’m not saying I have heard anything like this but If it comes true just remember who called it first.


Rangers still contemplate Jone’s Fate

March 30, 2009

andruwjones_thumbThe Rangers may not decide between Frank Catalanato or Andrew Jones before they break camp on Thursday. This spring Cat is hitting .344 with one homer and 6RBI’s in 32 at bats while Jones sports a .277 average with one home run and 4 RBI in 47 at bats. It would seem that Cat is the better choice even though hes 34 years old. But wait a minute ,The Rangers already have 4 lefty hitters in their line up and one switch hitter. Is adding another lefty bat  a good Idea.

The Story of Andrew Jones is a sad one he went from 10 time gold glove winner and starting CFer for the Atlanta Braves to hitting .158 in 208 AB (talk about losing your Mojo) in 2008 .The question you must be asking is how does someone go from the top of their game to bottom of the trash heap? My best guess is Money makes you lazy. Just ask Angel Berroa,Jimmy Gobble,Melky  Cabrera,Nomar Garciapara or Pudge Rodriguez. Now I’m not saying all these players got lazy and lost their Mojos. I’m sure some of them were probably Juicing and decided it wasn’t worth getting caught (see Pudge’s enlarged head) Still others got cocky and lost their work ethic.

Is it to late for Andrew ? Is he done at 30? Will he ever find that swing again that made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball? Only time will tell. My advice to Texas is to give him a shot.  It’s a Bench role anyhow if it doesn’t work out you can DFA him later but even with the good hitting Spring that Catanlanato is having Jones is still younger and better. I think that the going from 14 million a year to 1 million should be incentive to Jones to reinvent his career.  Andrew go get a new personal trainer and stay away from the donut table.

Tigers opening on good friday Catholics displeased.

March 25, 2009

tigersJesus  hung on the cross from noon till 3pm on Good Friday the Tigers home opener begins at 1:05pm against the Texas Rangers the only game scheduled during this time period. Does this mean that Detroit is atheist? I’m gonna go with no on that one. My guess is that when the schedule was written this was an oversight.The Rev. Ed Vilkauskas of downtown Detroit’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church said the game at nearby Comerica Park will keep people from services.  Nobody is knocking baseball or the fact that its to cold in Detroit for a night game at this time of year, but come on Good Friday? It’s a 2000year old tradition.

I hope that the Tigers decide to move the game to 3:30 or find another way to  work something out. Looking at the Tigers record last season it might not hurt to have God on their side.

Hey how about a pre-game service? It’s all about compromise people.

Kidnapping Runs Rampant in MLB

March 25, 2009

tabathaOk so its not as bad as all that but Pittsburg Pirates top prospect Jose Tabatha’s wife has been charged with kidnapping . Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43,is accused of taking a 2 month old baby from a health clinic.

Tabatha formerly with the Yankees was questioned and is not believed to be involved in the alleged kidnapping. Pereira is being held on $750,000 bond.

Jose Tabata addressed the matter in a statement released by the team.

“I was shocked to be told today that my wife has been arrested for kidnapping. I am hurt, frustrated, and confused by her actions,” Tabata said. “I have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials in anyway that I can. Until I have all of the facts, I cannot comment any further.

The Pirates state that they will stand behind Tabatha in this trying personal crisis. Most of the details are kind of fuzzy as to how this crime occurred a preliminary recount can be found here.

With all the negative publicity  the Yankees have had lately Brian Cashman is probably breathing a sigh of relief that they traded him.

David Price headed to AAA

March 24, 2009

davidIn an interesting decision by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie pitching phenom David Price is headed to the Minors to fine tune his game.

Must be nice to have so much pitching talent that you can send the favorite to win rookie of the year back to AAA to work on his change-up. Price came up in last years playoffs to face  24 batters and only allow 2 hits.

History : David Price has been dominating hitters for as long as anyone can remember. His stellar career started off in the small town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee pitching for Blackman High School where he would compile a 0.43 ERA and 151 strikeouts. Price would also win many, many awards for his efforts including the Rutherford County MVP Pitcher in 2003 and 2004, the Co-District 7AAA Pitcher of the Year in his senior season, the Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and also received the honor of playing in the 2004 High School All-American Game his senior season.

Just as Price had set records and won awards for his brilliance on the mound in high school, he would continue this as he attended Vanderbilt University. As a freshman, Price received the honor of being named a Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball after posting a 2-4 record, a 2.86 ERA, and racking up 92 strikeouts in only 19 games and 69.1 innings. The following season Price didn’t have as dazzling of a stat line, but he did set a school single season record with 155 strikeouts (he also only gave up 43 walks for a 3.6 K/BB ratio) including one game with 17 against Arkansas.

As impressive as his first two college seasons were, he definitely saved the best for last. In his junior season (which would be his last collegiate season) Price would go 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and would shatter his old school record as he lead the nation with 194 strikeouts (his K/BB ratio this time was an unbelievable 6.26). Price would win many awards that season but none greater than his winning of college baseball’s top honor, the Golden Spikes Award. As sad as Vanderbilt’s team was to see him go, it was time for him to move on.

Drafted by the Rays in 2007 as the 1st overall pick in the first year player draft this lefty is the creme de le creme. Price has a fastball that hits 95 mph and a slurve that falls down to around 77mph that and a mid 80’s plus slider and a developing changeup gives new meaning to the  ability to change speeds. Once he harnesses his changeup into a 4th plus pitch in his repertoire he will be seemingly unstoppable  front of the rotation type starter for years to come.

So why again is he headed to AAA? Beats me, however you wont see any other teams  in the American Leauge East complaining about it.

Here  is Davids 2007  highlight reel with Vanderbuilt this guy is good

‘Zero regrets’: Schilling announces retirement

March 24, 2009

‘Zero regrets’: Schilling announces retirement

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A fond goodbye to one of the classier guys in the game and an avid blogger Curt Shilling. As A Yankees fan I will admit that I didn’t have a lot of love for Curt over the years. (mainly because he wasn’t on my team) He was a great talent that served his team well. Curt finishes his career with a record of 216-146 with 3116 strike outs and a era of 3.46. There are only 16 pitchers all time that have 3000 or more strike outs, led by  who has 5,714 a record that i feel will never be broken. The only active player that is even sniffing this accomplishment is Tom Glavine bloddy-sockwith 2,607 however it is unlikely that he will ever reach this milestone. The only member of the 3000 Strike out club not elected to the Hall of Fame is Bert Blyleven who is considered by most to be best eligible pitcher not elected and will continue to be on the ballot until 2011.

Curt’s Blog 38 pitches has long been a staple in my baseball reading diet and hopefully he will continue to share his musings and open-mindedness for years to come. Nothing symbolizes Curt Schilling’s impressive heart better than pitcher ‘s bloody sock, which he donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Schilling pitched Game 2 of the 2004 World Series just days after he had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon sheath on his right ankle.

Curt has 3 world championships and finished runner up for the Cy Young award three times. Between 2001-2004 heres how he ranked

Wins 74                         1st
Win pct. .725              4th
Strikeouts 1,006      2nd
CGs 17                            4th

So I guess the next question to be asked is obvious  Does Curt Belong in the Hall Of Fame?

Hello fellow baseball bloggers did I mention that A-rod is now buying hookers?

March 24, 2009

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In other baseball news it Appears that things just keep getting worse for    A-fraud A-Rod as now it appears he has connections to hookers.  Wow (takes deep breath ) this guy just doesnt know where to stop does he.

After his well publicized divorce with his wife Cindy, The Stripper in Toronto, The “Hey” thing, the steroids on top of the needed hip surgery we find out that he dated a hooker who got him more hookers. Whats next perhaps he will roofie a cheerleader and kill her while he sleeps.

Here is a little video that I found on You tube after Cynthia found out

Two former employees of the call girl agency say the Yankees player became a regular at one of Kristin Davis’ three agencies and wooed the woman in charge. “In regard to Alex, all I can say is our paths have definitely crossed personally and professionally,” Davis told the New York Daily News. The two met in 2006, before his divorce and “affair of the heart” with Madonna