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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a non Q and A blog entry. (16 days to be exact.) Although there’s been some big news lately, I’ve been slacking when it comes to writing about it. So I apologize for that. I’m going to use this entry to talk about the major news stories that have taken place since the last time I blogged on January 10th. I figured it’d be easier to do that than to do several different blog entries.
YU DARVISH SIGNS WITH RANGERS
After paying 51.7 million (the most for any pitcher in MLB history) for the rights to talk to Yu Darvish, the Rangers were able to lock him up with a 6-year, 60 million dollar deal. That’s good news for the Rangers, if Darvish pans out. However, there’s been more than one instance in the past of a pitcher that has been dominant in Japan, only to come over the the United States and fail, at the Major League Level. The latest example of this being Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Boston Red Sox (who didn’t even submit a bid for Darvish) paid 51.1 million to talk to Matsuzaka, and ended up getting him to agree to a 6-year, 52 million dollar deal. Although Daisuke had success in his first and second seasons with the Red Sox, injuries since then have caused him to become a non-factor, as he only pitched 6 games this season, with a 5.30 ERA. Not exactly stellar stuff. But if Darvish does turn out to be the same caliber pitcher he was in Japan, he could very well be the extra link needed to finally get the Rangers that World Series title that they’ve been so close to getting the past two seasons.
PRINCE FIELDER SIGNS WITH TIGERS
Since the Brewers where beaten out of the playoffs by the St. Louis Cardinals, all eyes have been on Fielder, with the main question being where he’d end up for the 2012 season. Well, no one knew for a long time. It was reported a few weeks ago that the the Rangers and Nationals were the teams that were pursuing Fielder the hardest. But after the Rangers spent a big chunk of change to sign Darvish, you had to figure that Fielder was going to be sporting a Nationals jersey in the upcoming season. But know one really knew for sure where he’d go. That’s why, although I was surprised, it wasn’t a huge shock when it was reported that Fielder had signed with the Detroit Tigers. Fielder’s 9-year, 214 million dollar deal makes him the highest annually paid member of the team. But I think this is going to work out well for the Tigers. Although they had to shell out over 200 million to get Fielder to sign, he has shown in the past that he can be a major factor, and I think the addition of Fielder gives the Tigers a great shot at winning 100 or more games this year.
TIM LINCECUM’S ‘FREAK’ISH DEAL
Tim Lincecum is nicknamed the “Freak”, and now I see why. He can get major ammounts of money paid for him, as he was given a 2-year, 40.5 million dollar deal from the Giants, in which he signed. I can’t deny the fact that Lincecum is good–extremely good–but I’m not sure he’s 20.25 million dollars a year good. When calculated out, Lincecum’s pricey deal comes out to roughly 94,500 dollars an inning–if he has the EXACT same stats of 33 games started, and 217 innings pitched, as he did last year. (This is highly unlikely, but I’m just using it to show how much Lincecum is going to earn the next two seasons.) But the 30,000 dollars per out is well worth it I suppose, if Lincecum can pitch the way he did the years in which he won the Cy Young award. As a matter of fact, Lincecum will earn a bonus if he wins the Cy Young, or any other award. Those bonuses include: CY YOUNG- 500,000 dollars for winning his third one, 250,000 for coming in second, 100,000 for third, 75,000 for fourth, and 50,000 for fifth. NL MVP- 250,000 dollars for winning, 150,000 for second place, 100,000 for third, 75,000 for fourth, and 50,000 for fifth. ALL-STAR GAME- 100,000 dollars if picked to pitch in the game. GOLD GLOVE- 50,000 dollars for winning the award. But all that is pocket change really, compared to what he’ll earn during the regular season.
JORGE POSADA RETIRES FROM MLB
It was first reported back in November that long time Yankee catcher Jorge Posada was considering retirement. That report was confirmed on Tuesday, as Jorge Posada held a press conference to officially announce his retirement from the game of baseball. Posada was part of that core-four of Rivera, Jeter, Pettitte, and himself, back in the 1990′s. Posada’s retirement makes Jeter and Rivera the last two members of the original four. I admire Posada for his acknowledgement that it was time for him to quit. He went out on top, after 17 great seasons with the Yankees–which is the best thing anyone who retires from any professional sport can do. Better to retire on top, than to extend your career a season or two more and retire after having a season batting average of .151. Now comes the debate of whether or not Posada is a Hall of Fame caliber player. In my opinion he is. Posada had an amazing career that included 1,664 hits, 275 home runs, 1,065 RBI’s, and a batting average of .273. Not to mention his FIVE World Series rings. Not bad for a catcher. I don’t see Posada getting into the Hall of Fame his first year, but I feel that he’ll get in his second or third year on the ballot. He was that good of a player.
TOP 100 PROSPECT LIST
The Top 100 Prospect’s List was released yesterday. While I’m not going to take the time to talk about ALL 100 players on the list, I am going to give my thought’s on the top 3. The top three prospects on the list included Matt Moore, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout. I’m shocked that Harper wasn’t number one. Not because I think he is better than Moore, but because everyone else that follows baseball seems to think he is the best prospect to come along in years. I mean, there’s no doubt that Harper is an incredible player, with undeniable power, but when it comes down to it, I think Moore is deserving of that number one spot he recieved. I have a good feeling that all three of the top 3 prospects will have a major impact at the Major League level this year. Which one will have the biggest impact is hard to say.
I was looking to go 6 for 6 with my predictions that I made a week ago today. Through the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards, I was right on, going 4 for 4. I was feeling good about my AL MVP prediction, of Jacoby Ellsbury. I didn’t think Justin Verlander would recieve enough votes to win, given the fact that he’s a pitcher, but I was wrong. It was announced earlier this afternoon that Verlander was in fact the winner of the MVP award. The first starting pitcher to win it since Roger Clemens, back in 1986.
You’re probably wondering–or maybe you’re not, I don’t know–about how I feel about Verlander’s recieving of the AL MVP award. First of all, I have nothing against a pitcher winning. Considering the fact that there was a 25 year drought between starting pitchers, it’s not like any starting pitcher can win it. They have to have an incredible season–as Verlander did. Another thing that put Verlander over the top for me, is the fact that he became the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax, back in 1965, to record 24 wins and throw a no-hitter in the same season. Anytime your name is included in the same sentence as someone as great as Koufax, you know you had a special year.
The results of the AL MVP voting (top 5) are as follows:
1) Justin Verlander- 280 Votes
2) Jacoby Ellsbury- 242 Votes
3) Jose Bautista- 231 Votes
4) Curtis Granderson- 215 Votes
5) Miguel Cabrera- 193 Votes
Although I didn’t predict Verlander to win, I didn’t think that the results would come out the way they did. I thought for sure that Curtis Granderson would finish either second or third, but he came in fourth–with Bautista beating him out. That’s the only part of the MVP voting that I question. But whatever. It is what it is. Congrats to Justin Verlander.
There is a lot of controversy as to whether or not a pitcher should be allowed to win the MVP award. I say absolutely, but you may think otherwise. So, what do you think?
Danny Worth has only been in the Majors for two seasons, but has shown a lot of promise. He’s a player to watch in the years to come. Worth–current third baseman for the Detroit Tigers–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:
1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball?
I started playing at the age of 5. I became interested in becoming pro when I was 12. Baseball was always my first love growing up.
2.) Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played all major sports growing up until I was 14. Played baseball year round from the age of 9-on.
3.) Describe what your Major League debut was like.
My ML debut was everything I expected it to be and more. It was an unreal feeling when my major goal in life was accomplished. I loved it.
4.) What pitch do you find hardest to hit?
The pitch I find hardest to hit would be a couple: backdoor curve from LHP, and a backdoor sinker from a RHP.
5.) How different were the play offs from regular season ball?
The playoff atmosphere was a lot of fun to be apart of. The players keep it the same more or less, but the fans bring a lot more intensity.
6.) Favorite food?
A nice filet mignon, medium rare.
7.) Favorite sport besides baseball?
8.) Favorite T.V. show?
All time- Seinfeld. Right now- Survivor.
9.) Favorite shoe brand?
I’m going on vacation tomorrow, and although I’ll have Internet access I don’t plan on blogging again until I get home. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not completely shutting out baseball from my weekend. As a matter of fact, I don’t plan on missing a single pitch from any of tomorrow and Saturday’s games. Just no blogging about it.
Ranger Vs. Tigers-ALCS
The Tigers roar was reduced to a purr with last nights loss to the Rangers. A win would of tied the series up at two games a piece, giving the Tigers a great chance at coming back to win the series. But now, with the loss, tonights game is a win or go home game for Detroit.
With their ace on the mound, Justin Verlander, I’d say the chances of the Tigers pulling out a win tonight, and sending the series back to Texas down just three games to two, are pretty good. The only thing that could hurt the Tigers chances of winning tonight is the fact that the Rangers ace, C.J. Wilson, is also on the mound.
Although both Wilson and Verlander have had their good games and bad games this season, I feel that the Rangers have the advantage. Their hitters are getting hot, and their bullpen is great. A deadly combination when it comes to playoff baseball.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
The race for the NLCS title couldn’t be more exciting, and unpredictable. After the Brewers took game one in Milwaukee, the Cardinals rallied in game 2 to tie the series up at a game a piece. Game three, last night in St. Louis, was sure to be interesting. It was anyones game.
From the start of last nights game, it appeared that it was going to be all Cardinals. As if it was going to be another blowout win like the one that had occured the game before. The Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and with their ace, Chris Carpenter, on the mound, it appeared as if the Brewers had no chance. But just half an inning later, in the top of the second, the Brewers scored two runs and were right back in the game down just 4-2.
Later, in the top of the third, the Brewers scored again off a solo home run by Mark Kotsay. The score was now 4-3. The Cardinals looked to be in trouble. But just as things began to look bad for the Cardinals, the tables turned, as the Brewers recieved all the bad luck, not getting a single hit after the fifth inning.
The hard throwing Jason Motte, got the save for the Cardinals. They now lead the series two games to one.
Last night’s game in Motown, between the Rangers and Tigers, was a must win for Detroit. Lose, and they’d find themselves three games down. Win, and they’d be right back in the ALCS. It was essentially, the most important game of the year for the Tigers.
Last night’s starting pitcher, Doug Fister, really proved himself. Through 7.1 innnings pitched he allowed only 2 runs, off of 7 hits. Truly remarkable. After last night it would appear that Justin Verlander isn’t the only Ace on the team.
As far as excitement goes, it was exciting because it was a playoff game that was a MUST win for the Tigers, but that’s really it. There were no lead changes with every inning. No walk off home run. Nothing out of the ordinary, to tell you the truth. I guess the most exciting part of the game was Jose Valverde’s celebration after getting the save. But even that wasn’t his best celebration ever. I don’t know. Maybe I expected a little something extra due to what was on the line for the Tigers.
FINAL SCORE: Tigers-5—Rangers-2
The Cardinals are back in St. Louis tonight to take on the Brewers. Tied at one game each, it’s really anyones series. Should be interesting to see what goes down.
Tonight also includes the Rangers taking on the Tigers again in Detroit. Will the Tigers even up the series? Or will the Rangers take a 3-1 lead with them back to Texas?
Should be a fun night of baseball.
Rangers Vs. Tigers-ALCS
Here’s the situation: Bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. Nelson Cruz at the plate. No outs. A deep fly ball to the outfield would win it for the Rangers, as there are no outs. More than likely, as the batter, Nelson Cruz was thinking: ”Okay. Just make solid contact to send the ball to the outfield, so that the winning run can score.” (Like I said, that’s what he was probably thinking. I have no way to know for sure. He could of been thinking, ”I’m gonna hit a grand slam”, for all I know.) Whatever was running through his head, his approach at the plate was flawless. EVERY pitch that he swung at, in last night’s bottom of the 11th at bat, he was right on. But the fourth pitch of the at bat was the one that he was on the most. As it was that pitch that he sent flying over the left field wall. Game over. Walk-off grand slam. The first walk-off grand slam in post season history.
This win over the Tigers brought the Rangers to a 2-0 lead in this championship series. Just two wins away from their second, consecutive, world series appearance. Truly an amazing feat.
Who knows? They might just be good enough to go all the way and win the World Series. We’ll all just have to wait to see how things play out.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
Last night’s blowout by the Cardinals proved that they don’t necessarily need a squirrel to win. All they really need, is for their star firstbasemen, Albert Pujols, to get hot; and did he ever. In last night’s 12-3 win against the Brewers, Albert went 4-5 with 5 RBI’s coming off of a home run and THREE doubles.
Albert’s performance in last night’s game raises the questions: Was this just a one night event? Did Albert just have a good night and the Brewers have a bad one? If you’re a Brewer’s fan, you’re hoping the answer to both questions is yes, that this was just a short lived streak of luck for Albert. Reason being, that if you look back to the past, whenever Albert has gotten hot, and stayed hot, he’s almost impossible to stop.
But it’s not just Albert. This entire Cardinal’s team is incredible. Overcoming the large wild card deficit they had in the early part of September to not only make the playoff’s, but to actually have success in them. Truly amazing.
Last night’s win by the Cardinal’s tied them with the Brewers at one game a piece for the series. They have off tonight as the teams travel to St. Louis for game three on Wednesday. Will the infamous squirrel make another appearance? Will Albert Pujols and the Cardinals continue you their amazing winning streak? We’ll have to watch to find out.
Who do you think is going to go all the way and win the World Series this season? Cast your vote below:
I’ll post the results after the World Series is over to compare your prediction to the actual outcome….
The poll is now closed, and here are the results:
Rangers- 44 votes (37%)
Cardinals- 33 votes (28%)
Brewers- 29 votes (25%)
Tigers- 12 (10%)
So nice job with your selections. The top two poll picks made it to the World Series.
When Bernie Williams made his Major League debut, I wasn’t even born. By the time he hit his 100th home run, I was only two. When he stepped into the batters box, for his 4,500th at bat, I was just starting Kindergarten. So how could it be possible that Bernie Williams is my favorite player of all time? The answer lies on a warm July afternoon in Motown, at Comerica Park in Detroit:
It was to be the last event of my family’s two week long trip together. The Yankees were in town to take on the Tigers, and the crowd, as to be expected with a Yankee game, was a sellout. The forecast was sunny. It was a perfect day for a ballgame.
This was the third Major League ballgame that I’d ever attended. (My first Yankees game.) Although it was sure to be an exciting match up, between two great teams, I wasn’t really that excited.
I didn’t really know the names of any of the players on either team. (Not even the stars like Jeter, A-rod, and Ordonez.) I felt out of place. Like I was the only person, out of the 41,000 fans in attendance, that wasn’t enjoying themselves. Baseball is supposed to be enjoyable—America’s Pastime. But I wasn’t enjoying myself at all.
When the first pitch was thrown, to start the 7:05 game, the sun was the only thing on my mind. As a matter of fact, it was the only thing I could see from my section 142 seat. It was nearly unbearable, as I had no sunglasses, and had to squint just to make out tiny shadows, that moved around like I imagined baseball players would. But I really couldn’t tell one team from another.
I wasn’t having a good time before, and I certainly wasn’t having fun now. I found myself thinking, “Is this baseball? Is this the game they call America’s Pastime?” I was confused.
It was the third inning when I finally had the wool, or in this case the sun, pulled from my eyes. I could finally see, both physically and metaphorically. I began to understand why the game of baseball is so great.
Although the third inning brought about my new view towards baseball, it wasn’t until the ninth inning that I became sick with the illness that is baseball fever. An illness that has spread about the nation for the past century, like a pandemic. Though this pandemic doesn’t bring death, but life, in the form of joy. Joy for the game of Baseball.
But what was the cause of this joy? What led me to become a baseball fan for life? The answer: Bernie Williams. Not just the player, but the ambassador. The ambassador who through one swing of the bat, became my favorite player—for life.
A home run to right field by Bernie. That’s the one event that sticks out in my mind from that game.
Even when Mariano Rivera came in for the save, in the bottom of the ninth, my mind was on Bernie’s home run. I couldn’t describe it then, and I still can’t describe it now. But something inside of me clicked on. My baseball switch, I suppose. It was amazing.
I felt like a new person. And in a sense, I was. I was no longer just a kid at a baseball game. I was an actual fan. A fan just like the other 41,ooo in attendance. It was great.
I had no camera, to capture the moment, but it didn’t matter. I can still see the ball flying over the wall, to this day. Everytime I close my eyes, I see it. Like a million dollar painting, stored in my head. Forever.
So there you have it. Bernie Williams is my favorite player of all time, because of that one home run. Although he hit 287 home runs in his career, it took just that one to make me a fan. (Like I said, I can’t explain it.)
So, thank you, Bernie. For not only making me a fan of your’s, but a fan of the game, that I now can’t get enough of. In a weird, distorted, unexplainable, sort of way, you changed my life—for the better.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I thought this day would never come. Baseball is finally back!!!!
I realize that there has been Spring Training games going on for the past month and a half, but as I stated in a previous entry, it’s not my thing.
As I was sitting on the couch today watching the first game of the season(Yankees Vs. Tigers), I couldn’t help but think of the number 42. Why? Well, I don’t know if you have noticed, but it involves Mariano Rivera more than just his number. Not only is he number 42, but he currently need 42 saves to pass Trevor Hoffman. He turns 42 this year. And the temperature at the start of today’s game was…..you guessed it; 42 degrees.
It is unreal how many times the number 42 is coming up. Coincidence? You tell me…….
OTHER 42′s- NOT YANKEE RELATED
Today the game time temperature in Cincinnati was 42 degrees.
The Brewers’ first two batters hit home runs to start off the season for the first time in 42 years.
I also just realized that I published this entry at 9:”42″. I SWEAR I didn’t do that on purpose. Something is going on with number 42.
-UPDATE # 2-
I just found out that Mariano has 42 career postseason saves.