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Tony LaRussa's "Integrity"

Now that the MLB has completed its All-Star game (“This time it counts”, in case you have forgotten), I’d like to revisit the roster selection process for the National League.  You may recall that Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker had some less than kind words for National League skipper Tony LaRussa.  He stated that he believed that Johnny Cueto’s and Brandon Phillips’ exclusion was payback from their inclusion in the infamous brawl back in 2010.  Whether that was LaRussa’s intent or not doesn’t matter, he says it didn’t come in to play.  I actually hope it did.  I think it’s perfectly within his rights to teach Cueto and Phillips the hard lesson that actions have consequences.  If LaRussa had left it at that, everything would have been alright.  He earned the right to make that decision when the Cardinals won the National League pennant last season.  If Dusty wanted to make the call, then perhaps the Reds should have played better ball last season.

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A Few Thoughts For The All-Star Break

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s home run derby to help kickoff the All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Eight of the game’s best sluggers will face off to see who can ruin their swing beyond recognition all while trying to win someone a house. Tomorrow evening is the actual All-Star game and then the players get a day off on Wednesday and play resumes again at the end of the week. Before all of that I just wanted to share a couple of mythoughts about the MLB’s all-star festivities.

Show Some Love For the Little Guys

It seems that only the power hitters get to showcase their skills during the All-Star break. What about the batters that hit for average? The pitchers? The base stealers? Just like the NBA has the three-point contest and skills challenge isn’t there some sort of event that we could have pitchers do? Maybe some of extreme speed pitch where a number pops up and the pitchers have to try and hit that number on the button. Or the accurate hitters could have targets set up in the outfield and infield that they need to hit to rack up points. You may say that would be boring for fans to watch. However, it is not anymore boring than watching the NFL combine where a bunch guys work out. They could give away prizes to fans too if a batter hits a bulls eye or if a pitcher hits the speed perfectly. These may be good pregame events to have before the home run derby to keep the fans in the stadium. Continue reading A Few Thoughts For The All-Star Break

Potential Chicago White Sox Manager: In With the New or The Old?

Now that the season is over for the majority of MLB teams, it’s time for the Chicago White Sox to find their new manager. Last week, Sox GM Kenny Williams said it would not be a lengthy process and he hoped to have a selection by the World Series–now 14 days away.

Let’s take a look at the rumored candidates. Continue reading Potential Chicago White Sox Manager: In With the New or The Old?