Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

Tick, Tock, Tick, Clock

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

So there’s this guy in (one of) my fantasy baseball league(s) who has the minor league depth and firepower to get pretty much any major league talent he seeks, and still have the league’s best farm system (by far) while his major league ball club improves immensely, and loses nothing from the pro squad except maybe a Pedro Strop to clear a roster spot.

So far this season, he has turned Orioles’ elite shortstop prospect, Manny Machado, and lower tier farm hands into Troy Tulowitzki, all while maintaining Jurickson Profar. He acquired Zack Greinke for a package headlined with Nationals’ blue chip third base prospect, Anthony Rendon, but not to worry, an even better 3B prospect, Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers, remains untouchable and rostered.

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Cliff Lee; Proof a Deal Needs to be Made

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If the Texas Rangers front office was hanging on to any belief that this team doesn’t need to trade for a pitcher, it’s all long gone now with the recent news about Colby Lewis. Lewis, the team’s third different opening day starter in as many years (after 4 straight Kevin Milwood’s; yeah, I don’t remember either) aggravated a forearm injury in his first start returning from the DL because of the same problem. Lewis will not make his next scheduled start, or any after because he will miss the remainder of the season, forcing Rangers GM Jon Daniels into a hand that he likely was dealing with anyway. But now the leverage of the sturdy, reliable, veteran presence and efforts of Lewis are lost and what was already a need at starting pitcher is now an absolutely vital need.

Two years ago, the Rangers were new to being contenders and the first-time jitters of being buyers instead of sellers almost cost the organization dearly. The Rangers made several moves at the trading deadline during that 2010 postseason run, when the Texas franchise experienced its first playoff series win and also an American League pennant that had eluded the team in its first 48 years of existence. But all this did not happen because of acquisitions such as Jeff Francoeur, Jorge Cantu, Christian Guzman, or even cyclist Bengie Molina.

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2012 MLB Preview; American League

Posted by    |    April 6th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

American League Preview: Two straight pennants and World Series losses, not this time. Foreshadow! More like a give away…

American League East
1. Tampa Bay Rays
2. New York Yankees WC
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

GET THIS MAN A NEW STADIUM

Unorthodox start here, but I’ll go backwards with my AL East analysis. Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Pedro Stop, Darren O’Day, Travis Adair, Taylor Teagarden, Clay Rapada, Willie Eyre, Zach Phillips. The Baltimore Orioles are essentially the Rangers AAAA affiliate. But they are trying, and in the right direction, aided by talented players that did not make the Rangers squad for various reasons. They will likely look up at all four of their division counterparts,

starting with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have many talented bats including Jose Bautista and rising star third baseman Brett Lawrie, not to be confused with Jed Lowrie, which no one has ever done anyway. The wings and alcohol and all the turmoil that ended the Red Sox 2011 collapse is hopefully in the rear view mirror, with new manager Bobby Valentine finally leaving ESPN. But the Yankees will be stronger than Boston but not as strong as the beautiful masterpiece that Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman and company have built in Tampa Bay. The Rays could win 100 games. And Matt Moore is owned in 100 percent of fantasy baseball leagues on ESPN. 100 games. (more…)

Beyond Belief; Part II

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am

Josh Hamilton was again falling victim to what is one of the deadliest things the world has to offer; addiction. In this case, the addiction being drugs and alcohol made the situation even more complicated because of the difficulty and vigorous process it takes to kick such a habit to the curb.

After days, weeks, and even a string of months of progress, Hamilton slipped up and as said previously, he began hiding his renewed drug use from his wife Katie and family. He even pawned his wife’s ring just to get ahold of cocaine.

In the fall of 2006, the former potential face of Major League Baseball had hit rock bottom. 50 pounds lighter, a night and day personality change, and a ghostly presence that brought tears and desperation to his shriveled, weak face. Katie kicked Josh out of the house, and in the following nights Josh Hamilton wound up on street corners, in dark alleys, and appeared in the headlights of vehicles traveling on the highway in the late night/early morning hours. If this were to go on another night, perhaps there would be no more of Josh Hamilton the next day.

The next chapter of Hamilton’s incredible story is the pinnacle, and it’s grandma. Josh’s grandmother, Mary Holt, brought him into her home with open arms, the only pair that remained that way in Hamilton’s life. This was his last shot and she knew it. She, like Katie, wanted Josh better so bad but also greatly cared for the game of baseball and his passion for the game he was meant to play. But the only thing on the mind of the former top pick in all of baseball was achieving one thing – his next high. Man, those words are devastating to type.

Josh’s grandmother Mary gave Josh the final chance he would not find elsewhere and if there was to be a happy ending to Hamilton’s story, it was now or never. Mary was the only one left willing to give Josh a fighting chance. (more…)