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Go Dragons!

July 25, 2008

Nice that the town we live in gets some rep.. go Dragons! Their games are always fun. I’ve seen quite a few players come up through the Dragons, like Adam Dunn, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, William Bergolla, among others. I didn’t go last night, but apparently, during the brawl, there were fans trying to get onto the field, and the interim manager for Peoria was being a douche the whole time. Their normal manager, who was taking the night off? Ryne Sandberg. Julio Castillo, the pitcher who threw the pitch into the stands appeared to be jussssst a bit outside as he was aiming for the dugout. A dumb thing to do though.

Oh, and this. That sucks.

2008 NL All-Star Snubs

July 6, 2008

Of course, even with the All-Star rosters being expanded even more in 2008, there were quite a few players snubbed from the competition this year. Here is who I think should have made the team.

Ken Griffey Jr.

I know, he’s not been great this year, hitting only .242/.350/.406 but what happened? I think he should have been a pick out of respect for all of baseball, especially with him being “clean” (although we do not know for sure) and joining the 600 home run club. Cal Ripken was pretty bad in his last few seasons, and there is also the case of Barry Larkin in 2004, so why not put Griffey in there? Is this a making of Bud Selig and his minions helping the NL team, and his very good friends, the Milwaukee Brewers, as Griffey was leading by 200,000 votes over Ryan Braun last night? How would Braun get 200,000 votes in 24 hours? I know, Braun is having a great season, and he’s an exciting player to watch, but what the hell Selig? And also, Jason Varitek is on the AL team, and he’s hitting .219/.301/.360, and he was voted by the players. Yeah, starting and being on the bench are two different things, but putting Griffey in, or even in the bench would not be half retarded. UUIB demands an explanation, and Rory Fitzpatrick says hi.

Johan Santana

He’s had a good season, 2.96 ERA and a 7-7 record with the inconsistent Mets, but I still think he should have made it, rather than Brian Wilson, who leads the league in saves, but has not really been good, and the Giants already having a representitive in Lincecum. Cole Hamels would also be someone I would rather have, or Kyle freaking Lohse. Or Chad Billingsley. Or Adam Wainwright.

Pat Burrell

He gets all the opportunities in the world by batting behing Utley, Howard, and Rollins (who should also be on the team) and he’s having a great year with an OPS+ of 155 which is 5th in the NL, 21 homers, 4th in the NL in OPS, 5th in OBP, etc etc. It’s probably because Nate McLouth is a Pirate, and Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick were also very deserving. But Burrell’s never been to an All-Star Game, and that’s just ridiculous, especially with someone like Miguel Tejada going in, who has an OPS+ of 99 this year. Ridiculous, stupid selection with Miguel Tejada. Burrell would be the next guy I put in if one of the pitchers, or one of the other players gets injured. He also deserves to be voted last player in, since David Wright might get in anyways, because there is the possibility that Jones could opt out of the game due to injury, having been sidelined the past few days. I don’t think it’s Burrell’s fault (or for that matter Jason Bay’s fault, as he also got snubbed), that the “fad” Cubs fans voted in a weak player like Alfonso Soriano, who is having a good but not spectacular season. Vote Pat Burrell in, that’s a sack of crap that he isn’t in.

Those are my choices for All-Star snubs.

Oh, I forgot Xavier Nady. I rag on the guy a lot, especially when he kills the Reds, but he is deserving of a spot this year.

My NL all-cheap team

June 26, 2008

In my expertise, the cheaper you are, the uglier you are and the worse it’s going to be. Of course, that’s in my second job, prostution (I am pretty high priced myself). In baseball however, there is not really a correlation. There are some great players making peanuts for cash, and these players are mostly pre-arbitration players.

Jorge Cantu

Jorge Cantu

C Russell Martin – LA Dodgers

This was a tossup between two very good catchers in Brian McCann of the Braves and Russell Martin, in everything. There’s also Geovany Soto, who is very good. But I would go with Martin just because he’s dating Alyssa Milano now, I think, in a trade with Brad Penny. Both are great catchers.

1B Conor Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks

There are some great, cheap first basemen, like the unhappy Prince Fielder, Joey Votto and James Loney but I’m going with Conor Jackson, as he’s getting on base at a .401 clip, and has always provided consistent play, even though his fielding is somewhat suspect, but the other guys I considered, their fielding is suspect too, and in the case of Loney, his fielding has not developed yet, although I have to admit, I’m not good at analyzing defense. I think CoJack would be my choice though.

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Griffey finally hits 600th homer

June 10, 2008

He was stuck on 599 since May 31st, but a little more than a week later on June 9th, Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th home run. He joins Sammy Sosa, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds as the six members of the exclusive 600 home run club. Griffey’s later career has been riddled with injuries and we can only wonder what could have been had he remained healthy. Griffey is only nine off of Sammy Sosa and will surpass him this season. Going any higher than fourth on the list at 38 years old however, appears unlikely.

The top six home run hitters:

  1. Barry Bonds: 762
  2. Hank Aaron: 755
  3. Babe Ruth: 714
  4. Willie Mays: 688
  5. Sammy Sosa: 609
  6. Ken Griffey Jr. 600

Regardless of his final home run count, his swing will go down as the most picturesque in baseball history. Even in his advanced age and damaged body (especially his countless hamstring injuries), he still makes hitting it out of the park look effortless.

Piazza retires, Houston (kind of) fixes their outfield, and a visit to Cincy

May 21, 2008

Mike Piazza has retired after 16 seasons in the majors. Piazza was an elite player for a majority of his career, most notably with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. A lock for the Hall of Fame (definitely first ballot), Piazza batted .308 with 427 home runs over his career. He is definitely the best player ever picked in the 62nd round of the draft.

The Houston Astros fixed their outfield home run lines that tricked their outfield into thinking the Cubs’ Geovany Soto hit it out. Soto ended up with an inside-the-park homer instead of a real one. While they’re at it, maybe they can flatten that hill in center that is bound to end a career sooner or later. Stadium quirks are only cool when they aren’t intentional. Houston, you’re trying too hard.

I was in Ohio last weekend to visit Dayton and catch a Reds game (Brandon Phillips 30/30 Bobblehead Day) with Phil and some friends. I like Great American Ball Park. It was a good place to watch a game because though we were in the 500s and our noses were bleeding profusely, we were behind home plate where you get a visually pleasing view of the Ohio River and Kentucky. Enough talk of aesthetics though. The Reds beat the Indians in interleague play with a walkoff homer by Adam Dunn that almost left the park. Dunn is still striking out a lot, but he is keeping those homers (11) and BB totals high. He is combating a weak .231 BA with a productive .373 OBP.

And on an irrelevant note, I ate Skyline and Sonic for the first time and it was delicious.

Astros change yellow line in outfield (Yahoo!)

Piazza retires from baseball (Yahoo!)

Griffey back to Seattle?

May 13, 2008

The Dayton Daily News reported that the Mariners sent their president to scout Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds about a possible return to Seattle. In the 90s, Griffey was arguably the biggest name in baseball. Both teams are in last place right now, so this is actually a pointless move. Neither team is going anywhere, but Griffey is a legend. He was everyone my age’s (19) favorite player and I still have that “Kid Dynamite” poster that I got in a box of cereal laying around somewhere.

It would make sense for Griffey to finish his career in Seattle where he was on track to be the best hitter in the history of baseball. But he went to Cincinnati and his body betrayed him. Had he stayed healthy, we could have seen Bonds vs. Griffey for Hank Aaron’s home run record. Griffey is still a serviceable player in the bigs though. He is batting .250 this year which is nothing special, but he is only 3 homers away from the 600 homer club. And with the prettiest swing in baseball, he is still a threat at the plate. He could still hit 25 home runs and while he is not a 3rd or cleanup hitter anymore, he could still be a good addition to any lineup in the 5th to 7th slot.

Griffey has to accept or reject any trade so that could complicate things. Griffey is aging (38 years old) and becoming a DH would undoubtedly extend a career plagued by nagging injuries. Regardless, this trade won’t make a difference in the standings, but Griffey should retire where he made his greatest mark, which was in Seattle. Keep an eye peeled for a potential move from one loser to another.

Mariners send exec to check out Griffey (Dayton Daily News)

Reds GM Wayne Krivsky fired already

April 23, 2008

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It has only been two years into Cincinnati Reds GM Wayne Krivsky’s tenure, and now owner Bob Castellini is firing him and replacing him with former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty. As a Reds follower, I definitely saw this coming. It appeared Castellini got impatient with not winning. I like Castellini, I really do. Although Krivsky kind of had an obsession with older, reliever veterans, he made some great trades, like Wily Mo Pena for Bronson Brandon Arroyo, Brandon Phillips for some A-ball player, the Josh Hamilton Rule 5 deal, the Jeff Keppinger trade, etc. Wayne Krivsky was not bad at all.

“Frankly, I blame it on my own impatience,” Castellini said. “I wouldn’t say that it was a particular thing. We’re not going to bat 1.000 [on acquisitions]. The results were not there.”

It is pretty fair to say that the Reds want to win now and not 2009, although I myself would have waited until 2009. It also seems like the Reds were going to turn the corner too. Does this mean we will see more General Manager firings in midseason? We usually see them in the offseason.