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Dmitri Young is 300 lbs of fun

June 16, 2008

Dmitri Young being funny as usual dropping in to say hello during an interview with fellow plus-sized {former} teammate RP Ray King. He sounds like what would happen if Fat Albert and Lil Jon got together over afternoon crunk juice. An old video from before the season but Da Meat Hook is always good for a laugh. Thank you squidpants.

Dmitri is batting close to his weight this season (.275) in 80 at bats. Injury cost him the month of April and some of May but he’s back now playing some good baseball. Phil follows Tuffy Rhodes religiously; I celebrate Dmitri Young’s entire catalog (and Michael Bolton’s).


Jim Bowden relives mediocrity of 1998, signs Pokey Reese

May 25, 2008


Believe me, the late 1990s/early 2000s Reds had some good times, and some bad times, like going to the playoffs in Barry Larkin’s MVP year, losing that one-game playoff series against the Mets after not getting the Wild Card by getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, Deion Sanders, Pete Rose Jr., Alex Ochoa, Deion Sanders again, and Greg Vaughn, Now, Nationals GM and ex-Reds GM Jim Bowden is trying to get every ex-Red possible from this era. Last night, just in time for Memorial Weekend, Jim Bowden signed Pokey Reese, to probably hang out with his boys Dmitri Young, Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge.

Others that Bowden has signed from the 1998-2003 Reds

Dmitri Young
Wily Mo Pena
Austin Kearns (trade from Cincy)
Felipe Lopez (trade from Cincy)
Ryan Wagner (trade from Cincy)
Bret Boone
Aaron Boone
Hector Carrasco
Barry Larkin (front office)
Lenny Harris (hitting coach)
Bob Boone (ex-manager for Reds)
Jose Guillen (former)
Brandon Watson (former)

A lot of other players in the minors.

Makes it so predictable who Jim Bowden will sign next.

Deion Sanders!

Nick Johnson: NL Comeback Player of the Year?

April 1, 2008

Nationals 1B Dmitri Young won NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2007. Young was coming off of a 2006 season riddled by substance abuse issues and weight problems that got him cut from the Detroit Tigers. He also learned that he had diabetes. 2007 was a different story for Young when he started at first base for Washington, batting .320 with 13 homers while playing in 136 games, the most he had played in since 2003. He earned his second All-Star trip for his performance. Young’s 2007 was a great story, but it appears to have come to a quick end when Nationals manager Manny Acta announced that 1B Nick Johnson would be starting this season. Johnson missed all of 2007 with a broken femur resulting from a collision on defense. In his last full season, 2006, Johnson had a career year batting .290 with an impressive .428 OBP. His 110 BB were tied for fifth in MLB. The position battle for first base was close this spring. Johnson was able to pull away however, with a .308 spring BA playing in more games than Dmitri. Young did not help his cause when he showed up to camp at a whopping 298 pounds. (more…)

Division Preview: NL East

March 12, 2008

After the Johan Santana trade, the New York Mets became the top of the heap in the NL East, and possibly all of the National League. The NL East has some very good teams in the Mets and the Phillies, an average-to-good team in the Braves, then it drops off to some slightly mediocre teams in the Nationals and the Marlins. Other than Cameron Maybin and othters of the Marlins, Fernando Martinez of the Mets, and several Braves prospects, this division is not really loaded with as many prospects as the other divisions.

1. New York Mets (2007: 88-74, 2nd)

Johan Santana

The Mets are easy choice for the NL East as they got obviously the best pitcher in baseball in Santana, and they also traded for a few other cogs like C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church from the Nationals. Church is a player who has always deserved a chance in the Nationals organization but never really got one for whatever dumb reason. He really could be the Mets’ breakout player. Their pitching, other than Santana, also has El Duque, Pedro Martinez, the average John Maine, and Oliver Perez. The bullpen is decent has Billy Wagner as closer and Joe Smith, with Matt Wise added. The offense, other than Schneider and Church, does not have many notable additions, but they should be quite good, with 3B David Wright, SS Jose Reyes, OF Carlos Beltran, 2B Luis Castillo, etc. The Mets look great.

Read more for the rest of the predictions.


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.