Archive for March 2008

2008 Opening Day Rosters, Who’s In and Who’s Out?

March 31, 2008

I love opening day rosters. I love the random ballplayers who get on, and the players who come back after missing a year. Here are some notes and players who made (and who didn’t make) their respective teams.

Jay Gibbons Released

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So, what does a lot of money taste like, Baltimore? Hopefully it does not taste like Jay Gibbons. They pay 11.9 million dollars for the next two years. But he hit .186 in ST, had a 10-day suspension for steroids, and was going sour on Orioles management. How you do that on that bad of a team, I do not know, but Jay Gibbons did. He got beaten out by Scott Moore for god’s sake..

Other teams that have to pay lots of money: Cleveland with RP Aaron Fultz, Cincinnati with RP Mike Stanton, and Houston with SP Woody Williams. Also, benching high-priced players like Angels CF Gary Matthews Jr. and CF Juan Pierre gathers lots of notice as well.

Matt Murton odd man out of the Cubs

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With as many decent players as the Cubs have, they suck at making rosters. What other team in the right mind would go with Mike Fontenot and Ronny “out-machine” Cedeno over Matt Murton? Kosuke Fukudome also projects to be another Matt Murton, so wouldn’t you rather have two Matt Murtons and Fontenot than a Matt Murton (Fuks-K), Fontenot, and a really shitty player in Ronny Cedeno for their Opening Day roster? Good god, no wonder why they haven’t had a World Series in 100 years, stuff like this always happens to them. When you have Major League talent in your system that is not garbage like Ronny Cedeno, maybe you should take advantage of it, Chicago. They have a lot of better players than Cedeno.

Read more for more transaction-a-riffic commentary, and a rundown of who’s in and out of the roster of all thirty teams!

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C.R.E.A.M. (see Wu-Tang)

March 31, 2008

Congratulations to BALCO founder Victor Conte. His probation ended today, March 30, 2008, and he is now promoting his latest scheme, a book entitled, BALCO: The Straight Dope on Barry Bonds, Marion Jones and What We Can Do To Save Sports. The title is a mouthful and definitely needs some work, but he plans on ratting out everyone he was involved with at BALCO. Conte says he will drop some bombshells about the athletes he was involved with, as well as federal agents who worked on the investigation into the company, including one who Conte says fabricated a fake confession. We have been bombarded lately with these cash-strapped “authors” coming out with cliche tell-all books about ugly scandals, and Conte is jumping on this bandwagon. After all, legal fees do add up.

Conte on his literary motives: (ESPN.com)

“It was not long ago when Bug Selig was claiming that baseball didn’t have a drug problem,” Conte said, according to the newspaper. “The world certainly knows now that there has been a rampant use of drugs in sport for decades. The anti-doping programs in place are still inept and this contributes to the use or lose mentality of many athletes. I will continue bring attention to the many loopholes that exist in the testing programs. Hopefully, one day athletes will be able to be clean and play on a level playing field at the same time. I see that I have the potential to make change — I can do that.” (more…)

A look at why the Indians will win the AL Central once again

March 31, 2008

Editors note (Mike): We forgot to introduce a third person who will be a guest contributor for us. He already wrote a story for us. Ben is a passionate baseball fan, and possesses homerish tendencies towards the Cleveland Indians. To sum up Ben: opinionated.

Since the Detroit Tigers acquired stud third baseman Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins in a deal that included their top two prospects Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin, a large, loud, obnoxious, arrogant, and ignorant contingent of the Tigers’ fanbase has proclaimed the race for the division title over before the season even started. With that said, let’s let some facts speak for themselves. (more…)

Julio Franco alive and well in Mexico

March 29, 2008

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In today’s New York Times, there is an article that talks about Julio Franco’s new job in Mexico. He’s a first baseman in a Mexican team. When players like Woody Williams, Jeff Conine, Shawn Green, and Javy Lopez are retiring, Julio Franco has the balls to play in the Mexican Leagues. Those other guys are just pussies.

“He doesn’t have one, but he does expect to play professional baseball on his 50th birthday. In a Mexican League season that has begun, Franco is playing first base in Cancún for Tigres de Quintana Roo.”

“Franco has another reason for continuing to play. He is serving as the team’s hitting coach as well as a player, and it’s a start to the next phase of his career. “

Julio Franco was good for a long time, hitting .270s-.300s for 20 years straight, with OPS hanging around in the .750s to the .800s in his best seasons. But the best part is that he kept these numbers for a long, long time, and he could compete with other Major Leaguers even at age 47, while guys half his age are retiring. Shows how good his batting eye really was. Maybe not a Hall of Famer at all, but thou he shall be remembered. Maybe he will be a good manager one day.

Carl Everett should have asked Julio Franco if dinosaurs existed. Julio would know.

Nearing 50, Julio Still Going Strong in Mexican League (NY Times)

An army of Luis Gonzalezes skiing

March 28, 2008

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Top Baseball Movie Named

March 28, 2008

MLB.com did a 64 movie bracket to determine the greatest movie involving baseball.

The top four movies were:

  1. Field of Dreams
  2. Major League
  3. The Natural
  4. Bull Durham

I think the fans got it right, though Bull Durham influenced Major League in a few ways (ie. voodoo slugger, washed-up catcher, other numerous cliches). Some try to make the case that Field of Dreams is not a true baseball movie, since the main idea is the father-son relationship at the end, but if you’re a film snob, you came to the wrong place. Try this Ebert. Any movie featuring Archibald “Moonlight” Graham is a baseball movie, through and through. Definitely the best movie with a baseball backdrop, one main reason being this monologue that still delivers shivers up my spine…

‘Field of Dreams’ tops tourney (MLB.com)

Future pitching coach Kelvim Escobar

March 27, 2008

A couple weeks ago, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looked to be the front runners for the AL West division title. But, that was before the potential career ending injury to 2007 18 game winner RHP Kelvim Escobar. Escobar has a tear in his pitching shoulder and it is almost certain he will miss the 2008 season. This makes the AL West race a lot more interesting this season. I originally had the Angels winning the division this season, but Escobar was a large part of my projection. Escobar’s 18 wins and 3.40 ERA were instrumental in the Angels division title last season and this is a huge loss for the team. And on top of the possible career ender to Escobar, he will be joining ace RHP John Lackey on the disabled list. Lackey has a strained triceps and will not be throwing a ball for another two to three weeks. Lackey finished third in the 2007 Cy Young voting last season with a 19-9 record and an AL leading 3.01 ERA. Lackey will return this season, but it still raises the questions, how many games will the Angels lose without their ace for approximately a month, and will he return to his 2007 form?

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