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East Coast Balco Scandal


So as many of you may have already heard, the Miami New Times has just posted an article about reports of an “anti-aging” clinic in Miami selling PEDs to known players. Some of the bigger names include, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, and Yankee Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Now I’m not going to go in and describe the article, because you all can go read it yourself.  I’m also not going to argue whether or not PEDs should be allowed in baseball.  This article is based on the fact that they are currently not allowed.  Instead I’m going to talk about how stupid these players are, and how stupid they think the MLB and Fans are.

Now I’m going to give a quick rundown of the four players.  First I’m going to assume these reports are related to Melky Cabrera’s positive test last year, and that he’s not a repeat offender.  Melky was the Yankees essentially fourth oufielder when he was there, known for a decent average, but being a plus defender with a rocket arm.  He had the talent to start.  And this year he showed it… however he way outperformed his talent level from previous years, batting champion til his suspension with a lot more power than I recall when he was a yankee.  Red flags MLB probably picked up on leading to his suspension.

Colon was an ace pitcher in his hayday. However he had fallen off in recent years.  A couple of years ago he had a come back year with the Yankees in a year where the Bombers couldn’t keep their pitchers healthy, and it earned him a new contract with oakland.  However pitchers past their prime don’t just suddenly get their stuff back.  I said awhile back Colon is taking something and I was right.

The only way I can explain A-Rod however is that he is a “Manny Ramirez” kind of stupid.  You already got caught once, and got a slap on the wrist and a 300million dollar contract with the Yankees (notice a pattern here?). And he goes out and gets caught again. I get he wanted to pass Bonds HR record, and he’s seriously dropped off and needed a boost.  But think about this.  If suspended for 50 games, the Yankees won’t need to pay him for almost 1/3rd of the season.  Saving them between 8-10million dollars.  They might be under the luxury tax this year after all.

Now finally Gio Gonzalez.  One of the top 3 pitchers on my Fantasy Baseball keeper league along with Ian Kennedy and RA Dickey.  If you get suspended for 50 games for this you seriously hurt my chances of winning this year. Let alone the chances of the Nationals repeating in the NL East not that the Braves have the Upton brothers patrolling their OF.

~written by JM

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January 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Upton Brothers Reunited


So I haven’t posted in a while and I appologize, however I’m making use of my new WordPress app…

A few moments ago, the Diamondbacks agreed pending a physical to a deal that will send Justin Upton to Atlanta… Earlier this offseason, Big brother BJ was signed by the Braves. Meaning the new Braves OF is Upton-Upton-Heyward, which is awesome for two reasons… A)They are all great offensive and defensive outfielders.  And B) Brothers in Left and Center field is kinda cool.

Tiny tidbit of info, the Upton brothers are good friends with Mets 3B David Wright, and Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman, they all grew up playing in the same baseball league in Virginia.  And now they are all in the same division.

Anywho, now with Upton off the market, Bourn should sign soon.  I wrote a previous post about my certianty that Bourn will be a Ranger next year.  And I still believe that.  However, the Mets have recently appealed to MLB to have their 1st round pick, the #11 pick, protected. Now if this were to happen, and Ill explain the chances of it happening in a moment, I expect them to make a push for Bourn.  The Mets outfield is non-existant, and there isn’t a close to ready goldglove CF in their farm system.

Now about getting the #11 pick protected.  It’s iffy.  The MLB rules are that the #1-#10 picks are protected.  Meaning if the team signs a type A free agent who has been given a qualifying offer, (1yr 13.3mil) they won’t have to sacrifice their first round pick, instead their second round pick is given up.  This rule was made to compensate a team for losing a good player to free agency, try to limit teams from buying everybody, and allow the 10 worst teams in baseball a chance to improve without losing too much.

However their is a flaw in the system.  The Mets were the 10th worst team in baseball, but get pick #11, an unprotected pick.  This is due to another rule in the draft, if a team fails to sign one of their picks in the next draft they acquire the pick number after that… Pirates had the #9 pick last year but failed to sign him… meaning they get #10 this year, pushing the Mets down to #11.  So if the Pirates had signed their first rounder last year, the Mets pick would be protected.

Now I’m sure this isn’t the first time it has happened, but to me the Mets are right in their appeal, and I hope the MLB changes the rule to not “the first 10 picks” are protected to “the first round pick of the 10 worst teams” are protected.

~written by JM

January 24, 2013 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Hall of Fame Snubs…


I know I posted about this before, but I’m reposting it because I’m pissed.  For the first time since 1996, the MLB BBWAA elected NOONE to the Hall of Fame.  Now I know this is a controversial ballot, because A) It’s stacked, and B) It’s one of the first true “Steroid Era” ballots.  Clemens and Bonds were on this ballot and each received 36%.  Biggio Bagwell and Piazza recieved 68%, 59% and 58% respectively.  A player needs 75% and isn’t kicked off unless receiving less than 5%.

I’m going to start by complaining about how STUPID writers in the BBWAA can be.  1 writer voted that Aaron Sele should be in the Hall of Fame.  Do you remember him, because I didn’t and he was a Met for a year.  1 Person actually put on his ballot, that this Journeyman pitcher with a W-L record of 148-112, an ERA of 4.61 and 1,407 K’s should be heading up to Cooperstown.  Other ridiculous vote getters include Shawn Green who beside’s hitting 4 Home Runs in one game had a pretty mediocre career, yeah he had some strong power seasons, but who didn’t at during those years.   Julio Franco who proved that at the age of 49 you can still be an average pinch hitter.  Yeah that’s cool but not Hall of Fame worthy.

Yet the All Star at C and 2B while also playing CF for years with 3000 hits 400SB’s and almost 300HRs isn’t worthy, a ex ROY, ex MVP .297 hitter with 449 HR’s isn’t worthy, and a Catcher who hit .308 with 427 Homeruns and a 12x All Star isn’t worthy.

I get it, the suspicion of steroids holds back alot of voters, but in my opinion the MLB Hall of Fame has 2 options to deal with the Steroid Era.

1) Either do not allow anyone where there is PROOF that steroids was used.  Proof includes, but is not limited too, being named in the Mitchell Report, a failed test and or suspension, an admission of use, or any other sort of concrete evidence

or

2) Assume everyone was on steroids.  Therefore the playing field was level, and guess what, the defining players of that Era should still be recognized for what they did and allowed into the Hall of Fame.

Personally I don’t want Bonds or Clemens in, which is why I’m in favor of the first one, but honestly, if allowing players who admitted or its been proven they were on Steroids in means that players who “Might have been but we aren’t sure” are allowed in then that’s fine.  I mean honestly some of the players who were named to be on steroids still didnt BECOME hall of famers.  Jeremy Giambi for one, Matt Franco, Todd Pratt,  plus a ton of other No-Names, or One Year Wonders.

We all knew this Era was coming, but its re-god-dam-diculous that pure suspicion is preventing players from getting into Cooperstown.  If players such as Biggio, Bagwell and Piazza don’t get in, I’m saying that players such as Jeter not be allowed in also.  Yes that would be a travesty, but Jeter was friends with Petitte and A-Rod… Maybe he used as well.  Being declared Guilty without proof, just by association, should go across the board for anyone who played in the 90’s-early 2000’s.

~Written by JM

January 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Empty Hall of Fame class…


Well as everyone should know, the MLB hall of fame voting results will be released next week. The BBWAA members vote on a certain number of players to be voted in, so long as they meet a certain number of requirements. Basically, a player must have been active sometime between 20 years ago and 5 years ago, played at least 10 regular seasons, retired at least 5 years ago, and not be illegible (Sorry Pete Rose).

There is the Clemente rule, where if an active or player who has retired in less than 5 years dies, he is eligible on the next ballot. Which is how Roberto Clemente was elected.

Anywho each writer allowed to vote can vote for 0-10 members who are eligible, if a player gets less than 5% of the votes, he won’t be on the ballot next year, if he gets at least 75% of the vote he goes to Cooperstown. Pretty simple, except for the fact that this election includes players from the “Steroid Era” and voters aren’t sure on whether or not to elect them.

According to an article on deadspin.com, they researched exit polls of about 15% of the total voters, and noone has 75%. Granted polls can change, but this class is pretty stacked, it’s hard to imagine some of these players not being elected Hall of Famers. Three players i assumed were Shoe-in’s are just under the 75% mark. These players were never PROVEN to have taken performance enhancing drugs, though some were suspected.

Craig Biggio is the closest to the 75% mark with 71.4% of poll takers, his longtime teammate Jeff Bagwell is right behind him at 69%, and one of my favorite players, Mike Piazza ranks third with 65.4%.

Now I’m not arguing about steroid users being allowed in. Both Bonds and Clemens are at 46.4%, so the writers are split. But none of the three players, Biggio, Bagwell, or Piazza were ever named in any reports accusing them of taking steroids. And any baseball fan I’m sure agrees those three players were defining players of the 90’s and early 2000’s. While none of them may get into the Hall this year, I’m sure someday soon they will all be elected. (And Piazza better be wearing a Mets cap)

~Written by JM

January 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

Bourn to Run


Happy New Year Everyone! I wanted to start the New Year blogging about something I love… Baseball, I know this is the height of football awareness. Playoff Pictures set. People are ranting and raving about their team that should have gotten in but choked (Cowboys and Giant fans that ones for you).

Anywho my point is, of the Top Free Agents left on the market, one definatly stands out as the best remaining… Michael Bourn. Great defensive Center Fielder, Stolen base machine, and really broke through as a hitter when he went to Atlanta in 2009. The question is, where will he go and for how much…

Texas Rangers will sign him. I don’t know how much he will get but I guarantee its to Texas.

How can I be so sure? Easy. It makes complete sense for both sides that Bourn goes to the Rangers. First of all Texas lost Hamilton to the Angels, So now the Angels not only have the best CF under 25 with Mike Trout, they have the best offensive CF with Josh Hamilton. Let me also add Angels took CJ Wilson from the Rangers last year. Along with Pujols, Trumbo, and Aybar. Their line up has as many names in it as the Dodgers. (Everyone knows Names don’t win Games however) Rangers also lost out on Greinke, and trading for Dickey. Their offseason has just been abysmal.

The Rangers OF currently looks like David Murphy, Nelson Cruz and Craig Gentry taking over for the departing Hamilton… Now you cant tell me Bourn isn’t an upgrade if Texas hopes to still compete and make the playoffs again. And with Texas’s continued success, and money saved on not signing Greinke or Hamilton, they have the money to get Bourn.

Bourn on the same note, is from Texas, Bourn was actually Born in Houston and attended The University of Houston. I’m sure he’d love to play in Arlington. He got his start for the Astros before he broke out with Atlanta, and now with the Astros in Texas’s division he’d love a chance to play Houston 12 times a year as bit of vengeance for trading him away.

Even though Bourn is a Boras client, which means he’s going where ever the money is, Texas has the money, Bourn has the reason and sentiment. I believe a deal gets done.

~Written by JM

January 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

It’s been a while


So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. The Mets finally got their no-hitter from Johan Santana, who is most certainly in line to win Comeback Player of the Year. We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning is  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

A

June 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm 1 comment


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