Tag Archives: pitcher

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

Say What? Roger Clemens is Innocent

18 Jun

Former Yankee pitcher, Roger Clemens, was found not guilty Monday of lying his ass off to Congress perjury and making false statements. If you’ll remember back I posted how the trial had been pretty boring with several jurors being dismissed for napping. It got slightly more interesting when strength trainer coach Brian McNamee saved old steroid injections that he had given to Clemens in a beer can. But McNamee’s character was torn apart by his former wife. Not only that but apparently storing evident in a old beer can in a Fedex envelope doesn’t seem to stand up in court. Again really think this guy should have gone with a plastic baggie. The jury was also convinced by the testimony from catcher Charlie O’Brien who explained how Clemens real edge came from a new pitch he learned, split-fingered fastball.

I think if we can take anything away from this case it’s that the government needs to stop trying to take down baseball players. The war on baseball has cost the US tax payers, between $2-3 million dollars to prosecute Clemens. This is the second time the government has gone after baseball for doping and ended up with nothing to show for it. In 2011 Barry Bonds was the target who was eventually found guilty of obstruction of justice and sentenced to house arrest. Obstruction of justice is a nothing charge compared to perjury.

I think most baseball fans know doping is happening. It wasn’t a juice diet that turned Bonds into the incredible Hulk. And overall I don’t think fans care. Let’s stop wasting money to prove the obvious. Most players are doping. If they really want to even the fields than let’s make sure they are all on the same steroids.

-M

Josh Hamilton Out of Hospital

16 Jun

Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton has been released from the hospital Saturday morning. He was there due to dehydration because of an intestinal virus. Hamilton has been in the hospital since Friday. Apparently the bug was going around his family. He is expected to make it back for the series to start in San Diego on Monday.

-M

Most Expense Piece of Sports Memorabilia

21 May

And the prize for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever bought goes to the first jersey worn by Babe Ruth. It sold at auction for $4.4 million. The jersey is from the 1920’s. It just makes me think how the quality of clothes has really gone down hill. If you wanted to buy the whole outfit you would have needed $5 million. A Babe Ruth cap from the 1930’s sold for$537,278. That’s the most ever paid for a cap. It was previously owned by Yankee pitcher David Wells.

I often wonder if old baseball memorabilia is worth more because there were no steroids involved. I mean how much will Roger Clemens memorabilia be worth if they prove he was drugging? We already know what it means for Barry Bonds’ memorabilia.

-M

Wifey is Always Right

15 May

I haven’t covered the Roger Clemens’ perjury trial up until now because it has been super boring. If you don’t believe me than just look at the fact that already two jurors have been excused for falling asleep during the trial. Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress back in 2008 about his performance-enhancing drugs use. If he is found guilty he could face 15 to 21 months in jail. If you don’t know Clemens he is one of the greatest pitchers of all times with 7 Cy Young Awards (given to annually to the best pitcher).

The trial just became more interesting with the testimony of Clemens’ former steroid injector strength trainer coach Brian McNamee. Apparently McNamee saved the waste from the steroid injections because his wife was afraid he would become the fall guy. Literally his wife nagged him so much that he finally decided to collect the steroid waste in a beer can. He then saved the waste in a Fedex package. Now the waste is the main evidence being used against Clemens. Proving that when your wife nags you should listen because who knows when you will be part of perjury trial. Of course Clemens is claiming that McNamee was steroid pusher but he never used them.

McNamee’s testimony made it sound like him and Clemens had some kind of secret affair. He described Clemens pulling down his pants and showing his butt then McNamee’s injected him. Clemens even had McNamee inject his wife Debbie. Apparently Debbie wanted to look awesome for a 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition photo shoot with her husband.

-M

Rivera’s Career Over?

4 May

Veteran Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera’s playing days may be over after he twisted his knee during practice Thursday. He tore his right ACL, and we all know what the magic words ‘torn’ and ‘ACL’ mean.He will be sitting on the bench probably all season, and who knows if he will be back at his age (42).

Rivera was in tears as he addressed reporters after the fact. It is hard to watch a grown man cry, but you have to feel for the guy. It is just awful to end a career on an injury, and an injury during practice at that.

-K

Were You Aiming for That Bird?

30 Apr

Do you remember the episode of Seinfeld where George runs over the pigeon? He keeps moaning, “We had an agreement?” Basically that bird move when objects like cars are coming at them. It is even weirder when the object is a baseball. Last week a pitcher hit a bird, don’t worry the bird survived. It was during a high school game that pitcher, Ryne Elvers, accidentally hit a bird with a pitch. The bird just flew away as if nothing had happened. Maybe if he had being throwing fast enough to injure or kill the bird it would raise his draft prospects?

The sad thing about this baseball bird violence is not the first case. Pitcher Randy Johnson destroyed a seagull with at 95 mph pitch back in 2008. The pitches always look slower on television but I think this proves they are going pretty fast. I think PETA should be looking into this. When will the baseball bird violence end?

-M