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2008 AL All-Star Snubs

July 7, 2008

The 2008 All-Star rosters have been announced. Here’s the AL version. Way too big and I am still not a fan of each team getting a representative. The voters, coaches, and players got a lot right this year, but as usual, a few mistakes were made.

3B Mike Lowell-Boston Red Sox

Mike Lowell is statistically better than Joe Crede this year, but Crede managed to get the All-Star nod as a reserve. Lowell is batting .297/.356/.517 while Crede is at .261/.338/.478. Crede is winning in one aspect and that is home runs; 15 for Crede and 13 for Lowell. Another stat that makes Lowell a better pick is his defense this year. Only five errors for Lowell and an atrocious 17 errors for Crede. That’s more errors than home runs and Crede is a power hitter.

Any AL catcher who missed the cut

Jason Varitek and his .219 batting average found their way onto the All-Star squad. It seems like if you live in Boston, you can suck as much as you want and still receive positive recognition. I could show my report card or burp the alphabet at Fenway and get a standing ovation. Don’t get me wrong, I think Varitek has been a great catcher and there is no doubt he can handle a staff, but come on. An average of .219, an OBP a smidge over .300, and 7 homers is not an All-Star. It’s not even an All-Average. It’s Paul Bako. There is one catcher in the AL who gets regular at bats with a lower batting average than Vartiek and it’s Angels C Mike Napoli. Napoli’s 12 homers are nice though and his OPS is 119 points better than Varitek.

OF Nick Markakis-Baltimore Orioles

RP George Sherrill will represent the Orioles as their All-Star, leaving a more deserving guy at home. Nick Markakis is a rising star who is batting .297/.394/.486. The Orioles are over .500 right now which has been pretty shocking. 2B Brian Roberts is on the Final Vote ballot which is good news for the O’s. Still, Markakis deserves some press because he is on his way.

P John Danks and P Gavin Floyd-Chicago White Sox

Danks has been pitching like an ace and Gavin Floyd is also pitching well for the AL Central leading White Sox this season. Somehow, his name isn’t on the All-Star roster. In fact, no Chicago White Sox pitcher made the list…

  • John Danks: 6-4, 2.52 ERA, 107.0 IP, 1.17 WHIP
  • Gavin Floyd: 10-4, 3.22 ERA, 109.0 IP, 1.12 WHIP
  • Bobby Jenks: 18 for 21 in saves, 1.95 ERA

It’s harder to make the case for Jenks this year with the good AL relief pitching we have seen, but Danks and Floyd have been having great years so far and deserved some more votes.

AL Final Ballot

  • Jermaine Dye-Chicago White Sox
  • Jason Giambi-New York Yankees
  • Jose Guillen-Kansas City Royals
  • Evan Longoria-Tampa Bay Rays
  • Brian Roberts-Baltimore Orioles

This will be a close race for the last spot on the team. Giambi has been on fire since he grew the stache, Dye has 19 homers and is batting over .300, Jose Guillen keeps making noise, Longoria is helping the Rays to the best record in baseball and has been flashing the leather, and Brian Roberts is one of the AL’s top second basemen. My vote goes to Jermaine Dye because even though his OPS is 19 points lower than Giambi’s, Dye has been much more consistent this season. And a first place team like Chicago deserves more than two all-stars.

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Baltimore gets only victories of season

April 7, 2008

While my coauthor Mike is at the library getting it on doing work.. I’ll post.

The Orioles are 4-1 right now, possibly on the way to a fifth win leading the Mariners 5-4 in the 7th, and on the top of the AL East standings. Crazy, considering that other than Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts, and Luke Scott (who I’ve always thought deserved a fair chance in Houston), they have no offense. But lo and behold, Markakis is hitting .429 with an OBP of .500, and Luke Scott is hitting .538 with an OBP of .600. Also, Kevin Millar is hitting decent. Their starting rotation is awful, and it will probably remain that way, with Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Albers, Daniel Cabrera, Brian Burres, and the ageless Steve Traschel, who knows what it is like for cars to drive on steam. But the Orioles on top of the AL East because of their bullpen, with rookie Randor Bierd, ex-Mariner George Sherrill, fake MLB player Jamie Walker, Denny Sarfate, and sidearmer Chad Bradford all throwing scoreless innings. If the season were 5 games, that would be awesome. And everyone would be at Devil Rays games.

They were good the first few months of last season too until falling 20-30 games under .500 per usual. But it’s fun to see the Orioles on top of the standings..

Looks like they changed Adam Jones’ picture

March 15, 2008

Looks like the MLB listened to us.. or something. Our number 1 best baseball mugshot changed to something less dramatic.

From this:

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To this:

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Fortunately, that is about the only thing that the Orioles will get right this season.

There’s always Chris Duncan looking asleep though:

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5 Non-Roster Invitees That You’ve Never Heard of Who Might Make An Impact in 2008

March 14, 2008

In Spring Training every year, players that never got an opportunity from the minors to the majors and are hitting or pitching very well. Guys like Matt Diaz have exelled like this. Of course, we all know the high-profile stories about how Juan Gone hit a homer off of Johan Santana, as well as him doing very decent in Spring Training. Of course we know about how Bret Boone might catch on in the Nationals after a battle with alcoholism. These are not big-time prospects like Jay Bruce or Evan Longoria or Indians 2007 draft pick Beau Mills on a minor league contract. If any of these guys do not play this year, then don’t sue me. These are players that you might not have heard of, but they can make an impact, or had success last year but not many are talking about. In no particular order.

Hitters

Micah Hoffpauir – 1B – Chicago Cubs

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Ok, the Cubs are stacked at first base with Derrek Lee and Daryle Ward, and it would be stupid for the Cubs to carry three first basemen, but the 28-year old Hoffpauir has been hitting .455 during spring training and also has played in every game. He should have been the Pacific Coast League MVP rather than Geovany Soto, if Hoffpauir did not go down with a knee injury mid season.

“A large part of the RBIs that Soto (the eventual Pacific Coast League MVP) was getting in the second half of the season were ones that Hoffpauir was getting earlier in the year, Bailey noted.”

If Ward or Lee get injured, then count on Hoffpauir to deliver in the Majors. He’s a great hitter that never got a chance, and my favorite player out of this bunch.

Check this out for more players you’ve never heard of.

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Division Preview: AL East

March 13, 2008

The AL East has been dominated by the Red Sox and Yankees for these last few years. I am not expecting this to change, but I am expecting some challenges from Tampa Bay and Toronto for the second place spot, and possibly AL Wild Card this season. This division will be closer between the second and third place teams than it was last season. The AL East is a star-studded division thanks to the bottomless pockets of the Yankees and Red Sox. Games between these two teams will be entertaining as usual and will be the only Fox Saturday baseball pairing we will see all season. (more…)

The Best Baseball Mugshots of 2008

March 10, 2008

As you might or might not know, the new baseball mugshots came out Saturday. And boy are they more awesome and unprofessional than years past (I guess Darren Daulton is right that the world is going to come to an end in 2010). Let’s count down the funniest mugshots.

5. Chris Denorfia, RF, Oakland A’s

The former Red and right field contender for Oakland has facial hair disaster written all over it. If he really wanted to look cool, he would wear a Jeff Kent ‘stache.

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