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Hanley Ramirez Is An Anchor For the Red Sox

It was with great interest that I watched current Red Sox GM Mike Hazen speak of the plans that were in place for the 2016 season.  My ears perked up when he game to Hanley Ramirez’s name, hopeful that he would be the first Red Sox GM to listen to advice, and reveal his plan for moving Ramirez.  Instead of those happy words, Hazen laid out a plan that included Ramirez moving to 1B.  This will necessitate a move of one of the Red Sox budding young stars, because there simply is not enough positions on the field, not with Fat hanging out across the diamond. Continue reading Hanley Ramirez Is An Anchor For the Red Sox

Manfred Mann Has Not Failed To Disappoint

Whenever I think of Manfred Mann, I think of a kid in a candy store, except rather than being happy, the kid can only think of complaints.  Out would go the Mars bars, Swedish Fish, and Jolly Ranchers.  In would come cauliflower, arugula, and lima beans.  Candy corn would somehow survive the rampage.

Non-sensical introductions to the side, every time Mann opens his mouth, I feel nauseated.  As a muse, Mann is all a person could ask for.  Unfortunately, his vision is often short-sighted, and does not keep the history of the Game at the fore.  It’s an abdication of his sworn duty, even if no one else will acknowledge it.

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2016 MLB HOF Thoughts

[In what is an annual tradition, the BBWAA once again screwed up their most important duty: faithfully electing qualified MLB players to the game’s ultimate shrine – Cooperstown. This year’s balloting went along better than most years, as only 3 writers chose to get *cute* by leaving Ken Griffey, Jr. off of their ballots. I will not give any credence to those writers, nor will I entertain any arguments as to why they might have done it.

It was idiotic, moronic, and selfish for those three to deny Griffey a unanimous vote as the BBWAA has done to every player who has so far been enshrined1There are arguments made by others that voters simply aren’t allowed enough votes [they’re allotted 10 per election.] Others will excuse writers by saying ‘Well, if Babe Ruth wasn’t good enough to earn 100%, and he’s the Greatest player ever, then no one should earn 100%. Of course, that’s an idiotic argument on multiple fronts.

First, when the Babe was elected, it was against every single player who had ever stepped on the field up to that point, including active players, that were eligible. Secondly, just because writers of previous generations were morons does not excuse writers of ensuing generations. Should the Babe have been elected unanimously? Of course. Is the fact that he was not more excusable than Griffey, Jr. not being? Of course. There were at best 8 players who should have been considered for a HOF vote this year. It’s simply not an excuse.. Continue reading 2016 MLB HOF Thoughts

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1. There are arguments made by others that voters simply aren’t allowed enough votes [they’re allotted 10 per election.] Others will excuse writers by saying ‘Well, if Babe Ruth wasn’t good enough to earn 100%, and he’s the Greatest player ever, then no one should earn 100%. Of course, that’s an idiotic argument on multiple fronts.

First, when the Babe was elected, it was against every single player who had ever stepped on the field up to that point, including active players, that were eligible. Secondly, just because writers of previous generations were morons does not excuse writers of ensuing generations. Should the Babe have been elected unanimously? Of course. Is the fact that he was not more excusable than Griffey, Jr. not being? Of course. There were at best 8 players who should have been considered for a HOF vote this year. It’s simply not an excuse.

Congratulations to the Cubs

In reviewing what the Chicago Cubs have done this off-season, there has to be a lot of hope for fans of those ‘lovable’ Losers. They added John Lackey on a low-risk, short-term deal12 years/$32 million.. Ben Zobrist came aboard with a club-friendly 4 year, $56 million contract, and everyone’s2Except mine, apparently favorite defensive outfielder, Jason Heyward3I’m just assuming it’s his defense that garnered the $23 million he’ll earn on average for the next 8 seasons, unless he’s foolish enough to opt out of his deal. It certainly wasn’t his big bat, as he has garnered a total of 38 HRs in 1502 ABs over the last 3 seasons. He also has only put up 156 RBIs over that time frame, and his OPS for that stretch hovers around the .770 mark.. These additions, along with what they already had leftover from their NLCS run in 2015 puts them in prime position to end 108 years of suffering. Continue reading Congratulations to the Cubs

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1. 2 years/$32 million.
2. Except mine, apparently
3. I’m just assuming it’s his defense that garnered the $23 million he’ll earn on average for the next 8 seasons, unless he’s foolish enough to opt out of his deal. It certainly wasn’t his big bat, as he has garnered a total of 38 HRs in 1502 ABs over the last 3 seasons. He also has only put up 156 RBIs over that time frame, and his OPS for that stretch hovers around the .770 mark.

Manfred Mann Screws Up, Again

Alex Rodriguez earned $22,000,000 in 2015 while playing in 151 games for the N.Y. Yankees. Bartolo Colon earned $11,000,000 while pitching in 33 games for the N.Y. Mets. He also had 3 appearances in the World Series. Nelson Cruz played in 152 games for the Seattle Mariners, Chris Davis 160 games for the Baltimore Orioles, and the list could go on for days.  Manfred Mann was alright with all of that, and probably things that are nearly as bad, during his first year on the job.  Mann has determined that MLB has much bigger problems than PEDs, even as they threaten the very integrity of the game and its most cherished records.

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Did Carl Crawford Trade Cooperstown for Cash?

Greed is good. 

-Gordon Gekko

The above is a vast oversimplification of Michael Douglas‘ brilliant speech in the 1987 movie Wall Street.  It also sometimes applies to our favorites sports teams, and the players who suit up in their uniforms1It without doubt is the mantra of one Scott Boras..  Sometimes greed can be good, because the thought of a big money deal will push a player to to perform above expectations, or perhaps even to expectations, because that athlete is well aware of the pay day at the end of the tunnel.  Think Jacoby Ellsbury following his 2013 season or David Price this off-season, for starters.  There are countless other examples across all major sports to suggest that this is not an uncommon trait amongst athletes, or people in any line of work, really.  Greed can be good.  Especially if it helps a favorite team to a Title.

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1. It without doubt is the mantra of one Scott Boras.

The Miami Marlins Make a Mistake

It was just two short weeks ago that I was lauding the Miami Marlins for how they dealt with Scott Boras.  At the time, I couldn’t heap enough praise on their upper management personnel, who laid in to Boras.  Their words were heartening, but apparently, that is all the moral fortitude that the Marlins have for this off-season.  I write that, because last week the Miami Marlins announced their coaching staff for the 2016 MLB season.  The big name added to the staff?  One Barry Bonds.  Yes, that Barry Bonds.

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Did the Red Sox Make the Right Move With David Price?

When I read the news on Tuesday that David Price was going to sign with the Boston Red Sox for a nearly unbelievable $217 million over 7 years, I didn’t know quite how to handle it, at first.  The first thought that came to mind once I cleared my head was not about the money, but how the relationship would be in the clubhouse between Price and the Red Sox senior man, and 3-time World Series Champion, David Ortiz.  They have some history, after all.  Then I considered the type of teammate that Ortiz has been throughout his career, and decided that he would find a way to get past Price’s punk attitude.  Provided, of course, that Price delivers.  If he doesn’t, and Ortiz doesn’t break him in two, I’d be disappointed.

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The Miami Marlins Put Scott Boras In His Place

As I was reading through an article regarding the Miami Marlins’ willingness to trade their wunderkind pitcher, Jose Fernandez, I could not help but be overcome with admiration for the baseball people that Jeffrey Loria has assembled in Miami.  This admiration comes from the words that his people had for Scott Boras, with regard to how the Marlins would be run.  Boras, for those unaware, may actually be the Devil in Disguise.

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What Will the Red Sox Do For David Ortiz’s Last Hurrah?

Two days ago (on his 40th birthday), David Ortiz announced that 2016 would be his final season by posting to Twitter:

2016 will be my final season. Thanks for all the memories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHQA3N5OD0 

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