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Are the Dodgers Making a Big Expensive Mistake?

25 Aug

One of the biggest trades in MLB history happened Friday between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and outfield Carl Crawford in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, middle infielder Ivan De Jesus and left fielder Jerry Sands. The Sox also added on $12 million dollars to sweeten the deal.

So who is winning in this massive trade? The Sox are definitely winning. By trading all these players they freed up a quarter of a billion dollars in payroll. It also got rid of a lot of upset players who were not so happy with new manager Bobby Valentine. So instead of fight through it they decided just to trade them. The Sox couldn’t get in worse they are already in last place in AL East so why not make a change?

The Dodgers fate is still unclear. Right now the Dodgers(under new ownership including Magic Johnson) are three games away from first place behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. And there is nothing more than a winning team to make new owners happy. A winning team is exactly what the new Dodger owners need to make sure they make their money back in television deals. No one is going to pay big bucks to broadcast a team that sucks. So the Dodgers are hoping the veterans can help them not only play better but establish a new brand.

-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Surprise More Doping in Baseball

23 Aug

Yet another baseball player is being suspended for the use of synthetic testosterone. This time it is Oakland’s Athletics’ pitcher Bartolo Colon. He will join his fellow teammate Melky Cabrera with a 50-game suspension. Colon will definitely be missed by the As he was a solid starter who over 24 starts had an 3.43 ERA(earned run average, Jered Weaver has the top ERA currently at 2.29).

Synthetic testosterone is popular because of its ability to leave your system within 6 to 8 hours. It also if used in small doses will not elevate testosterone to an alarming level. Despite the obvious popularity of this steroid and former drug pusher Victor Conte pointing out the lack of adequate testing by the MLB changed little.. The MLB has said that they are now exploring anyone who has slightly high testosterone on any test not just the one specifically destined to test for synthetic testosterone. And maybe it’s working they caught Colon. But the MLB is delusion if they think only these two players were engaging in this activity. But there defense is that they cannot afford to test everyone as much as they would like. If they could how many players would be left standing?

-M

Oh Silly Rabbit, Don’t You Know Better Than to Create a Fake Website

19 Aug

San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera for tried to fool the MLB into thinking he “accidently” took performance enhancing drugs. Cabrera’s people created a fake website that sells a suspicious supplement with side effects of increasing testosterone. It was their execuse for why Cabrera suddenly had a spike in testosterone. Cabrera paid a consultant, Juan Nunez, to create the site for $10,000. Nunez is now taking the fall for the failed plan.

I can’t say I blame them for trying. I mean after all we are talking about the MLB who still thinks that most of their players are not doping so they are definitely not the brightest crayons in the box. So where did this genius sad plan go wrong? The site only magically appeared during the appeals process. Don’t they know if you are going to launch a cover-up it needs to be way before Cabrera has already been suspended. The MLB maybe be dumb but they are not that dumb.

-M

So Everyone is On Drugs

17 Aug

I’m always amazing that out of all the sports, baseball is the one in the spotlight for steroid use. I understand it takes a lot of power to hit the ball and you need to be able to run fast but I also remember pictures of a chubby Babe Ruth . . . so you can see my confusion. But yet again another player has been suspended. San Francisco Giants’ outfielder, Melky Cabrera, received a 50 game suspension for having high levels of testosterone. Cabrera is an MVP who leads the league in hits with 159 and is second in batting average at .346. The record for highest batting average held by Ty Cobb is .366. (The batting average is number of hits divided by times the player is at the plate batting). So you can imagine losing him will really hurt the Giants.

In reaction to the suspension Giants general manager Brian Sabean was only slightly surprised shocked. Sabean said, “I was actually in the meeting with Bruce when he talked to the players and I kind of got emotional because I didn’t see something like this coming.” Who did see this coming? None other than steroid developer and pusher Victor Conte. You may remember Conte from his involvement in the Barry Bonds case. Conte served time in prison for his distribution of steroids and money laundering through his company, Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative(BALCO).

When asked about the current drug use in the MLB Conte said, “I would say maybe as much as half of baseball. I’m not going to name names but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.”

Not only that but Conte went on to claim that it is pretty easy to get away with it despite the more strict drug test that have been implemented by the MLB. Players can get rid of steroids in their system in as little as 8 hours.

So what does the MLB have to say about all of these allegations. MLB vice president Rob Manfred said, “There is no way that Victor Conte would have information that would allow him to have any basis on that.” Good job MLB baseball denial is the best way to deal with this issue. Let’s all just keep pretending that this is not happening and it will just continue go away.

As I have said before I think we should all just get real. There is no way to stop players from using steroids . . .  obviously. So instead let’s just make everyone use them. It is the only way to level the playing field. Legalize steroids and pass them out to players. I mean we have no moral problem pumping farms animals full of them so why can’t we just legalize them in purer form? We are all already eating them anyways.

-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

And You Think Nothing Exciting Happens in Baseball

9 Jul

No one at the Texas Rangers/Minnesota Twins game last night was complaining due to a lack of action. The game was boldly interrupted last night by lighting. It was so loud and so powerful that Twins center fielder Denard Span tweeted, “That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!”

It is kind of funny to watch all these grown men running from lightning. I can’t blame them but still so funny.

-M

Robert Griffin III, Keeping the III

26 May

New Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is the first professional athlete to get to put “III” on his jersey. No one in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL has ever done this before. Apparently they were saving roman numerals for the Super Bowl before now. I kind of think this had something to do with advertising. Griffin signed with Adidas which has a three line logo (yeah I forgot about that too) which looks a lot like “III.” So basically they think every time you see “III” on the back of Griffin’s jersey you are going to want to buy Adidas.

-M

The Ultimate Success: A Hot Dog Named After You

17 May

If you haven’t kept up with the success of Mr. Josh Hamilton then you are missing out. Hamilton, who I have to like because he is from my hometown in NC, has made quite the name for himself. Hamilton plays for the Texas Rangers. On May 8th he made 4 home runs and a double against the Baltimore Orioles. This is amazing because it is only the 16th time in the history of baseball that someone has made 4 home runs in a game. Not only that  but he has the AL record for most bases with 18. So basically this guy is incredible. (Check out the article we reblogged for more info on Hamilton)

And you know you are really incredible when food starts to be named after you. The Ranger’s Ballpark will be selling a 2-foot long bratwurst named the “Great Bratbino” after Hamilton. So for just a mere $26 dollars you could be biting into a wiener named after Hamilton.

-M

 

Giants Struggle, Dodgers Dominate

8 May

Monday night the San Francisco Giants had their asses handed to them by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-1. The game was so painful that my friend who is a die-hard Giants fan asked me to turn off the television. It was so bad that you would have thought the Giants had never played baseball before. Literally they couldn’t even keep their gloves on.

The night had started out badly when the Giants were told that reliever, Guillermo Mota, had tested positive for drugs and would be banned for 100 games. This is not the first time that Mota has been banned for drug use, he missed 50 games with the Mets back in 2006. Mota’s drug of choice is clenbuterol. Adam Katz, Mota’s agent, thinks it is a little extreme that he was banned for 100 games for using a less extreme steroid children’s cough medicine. If you are wondering why a grown man would be taking a children’s cough medicine it is because the drug also causes increased metabolism and anaerobic capacity. It is the same drug that caused Spanish cyclist, Alberto Contador, be stripped of his win in the Tour de France in 2010.

The Giants had already lost star hitter, Pablo Sandoval, who is out for 4-6 weeks for hand surgery. It is so bad that they had to bring in outfielder, Aubrey Huff, who hasn’t been playing due to a panic attack disorder.

Something needs to change soon for the Giants . . . maybe a new coach.

-M

 

 

 

 

Dodgers Getting Some Magic

28 Mar

It is kind of crazy that Frank McCourt bought the LA Dodgers & surrounding land for $430 million in 2004 and just sold them for a record $2 billion. You may remember last June when the Dodgers were forced to file for bankruptcy after the baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, refused to approve a deal with Fox Prime Ticket worth over $2 billion. McCourt was in the middle of messy divorce and Selig didn’t want the money from the deal to be for McCourt’s personal use. Which meant the Dodgers had to file for bankruptcy and take a $150 million dollar loan from the MLB.

Don’t worry McCourt will still be involved . . . with the parking lot and some surrounding land that he will partially own. The group who bought the Dodger is head by former Laker and HIV walking miracle man, Magic Johnson. LA locals seem pretty pleased with the deal and hope that Johnson will finally restore the Dodgers to their former glory. Although it seems kind of absurd to buy a team that can’t even sell tickets for $2 billion, Johnson’s group stands to make a ton of money. Remember that $2 billion dollar deal with Fox Prime Ticket, well now that the Dodgers have a new owner it could be increased. Not only that but they could sell the broadcast rights to rival Time Warner for even more money.

If I were the new Dodger’s owners the first thing I would invest in is security.I think the fear of being shot has kept people from Dodger Stadium.