Archive for July, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by JohnBowen

In 2010, Hunter Pence must have hit .345 with 43 home runs, 52 doubles, 125 walks, and 173 RBI. He also must have sucker-punched the official scorer’s child.
Otherwise, it would be hard to explain why the Philadelphia Phillies (along with some other teams) were so intent on acquiring him. The Phillies committed four prospects to [...]

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by JohnBowen

…and yesterday, he clubbed his 2000th career hit.
This was lost in the news since it’s hardly a Hall-of-Fame rubber stamp (not that anything in Pujols’s career isn’t) and Major League Baseball was ablaze with trade news.
This year is by far Pujols’s worst, and yet he still holds some nice marks, including his 23 home runs [...]

Friday, July 29th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Just before the bottom of the fifth inning at Miller Parkon Friday Night, Hunter Pence was taken out of the Brewers-Astros game and was seen emotionally hugging his teammates in the dugout before departing.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the trade is a 4-for-1 deal has taken place involving Jonathon Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and two players [...]

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Angels @ Tigers (Jarrod Washburn)
Orioles @ Yankees (Mike Mussina)
Royals @ Indians (Kevin Seitzer)
Mets @ Nationals (Brian Schneider)
Pirates @ Phillies (Grant Jackson)
Rangers @ Blue Jays (Doyle Alexander)
Giants @ Reds (Eric Davis)
Marlins @ Braves (Gary Sheffield)
Red Sox @ White Sox (Bobby Jenks)
Astros @ Brewers (Carlos Lee)
Cubs @ Cardinals (Lou Brock)
Rockies @ Padres (Andy Ashby)
Twins @ Athletics (Terry [...]

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by JohnBowen

The Giants succeeded in acquiring their big bat for the stretch run.
Philly has failed thus far to land Hunter Pence.
A blessing in disguise if you ask me.
Anyway, these two teams are squaring off now, live from Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins led off with a double down the right field line, and has advanced on a bunt.
Tim [...]

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by JohnBowen

…live from Turner Field.
Game is on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball.
The last time the Pirates were a relevant franchise, the year was 1992, their star was a much skinnier Barry Bonds and their season ended at the hands of the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.  The Pirates need just five more wins to [...]

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Angels @ Indians (Chuck Finley)
Marlins @ Nationals (Nick Johnson)
Mariners @ Yankees (Tino Martinez)
Giants @ Phillies (Aaron Rowand)
Orioles @ Blue Jays (Roberto Alomar, HOF’11)
Royals @ Red Sox (Bret Saberhagen)
Mets @ Reds (John Franco)
Pirates @ Braves (Sid Bream)
Twins @ Rangers (Bert Blyleven, HOF’11)
Cubs @ Brewers (Jeromy Burnitz)
Tigers @ White Sox (Magglio Ordonez)
Astros @ Cardinals (Darryl Kile)
Diamondbacks @ [...]

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by JohnBowen

Astros @  Cubs (Ricky Gutierrez)
Angels @ Orioles (Vladimir Guerrero)
White Sox @ Indians (Bartolo Colon)
Athletics @ Yankees (Rickey Henderson)
Padres @ Phillies (Matt Stairs)
Cardinals @ Pirates (Dick Groat)
Braves @ Reds (Deion Sanders)
Mets @ Marlins (Braden Looper)
Mariners @ Red Sox (Darren Bragg)
Blue Jays @ Rangers (Tom Henke)
Tigers @ Twins (Jack Morris)
Rays @ Royals (Johnny Damon)
Rockies @ Diamondbacks (Rodrigo [...]

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by Chuck

In what can only be described as a shocking development, the Yankees once again used their front office brilliance and checkbook to fill their biggest need; a righthanded hitting outfielder/DH with homerun potential.
After being rebuffed in their attempts to sign the likes of Ty Wigginton, Josh Willingham, Jorge Cantu and Michael Cuddyer, and with Jesus [...]

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by JohnBowen

Two of the American League’s best starting pitchers square off, as CC Sabathia (14-4, 2.64) squares off against James Shields (8-8, 2.60).
Sabathia’s been consistently excellent for the last 5 years is in the midst of his best season in pinstripes. This will likely land him a big raise when he opts out of his current [...]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Yuniesky Betancourt has upheld his reputation for being among the worst in the game. It’s time for Doug Melvin to take action.

Monday, July 18th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Red Sox @ Orioles (Curt Schilling)
Reds @ Pirates (Dave Parker)
Athletics @ Tigers (Dwayne Murphy)
Mariners @ Blue Jays (John Olerud)
Yankees @ Rays (Rafael Soriano)
Padres @ Marlins (Cameron Maybin)
Cardinals @ Mets (Joe McEwing)
Phillies @ Cubs (Larry Bowa)
Nationals @ Astros (Ivan Rodriguez)
White Sox @ Royals (Ken Brett)
Indians @ Twins (Matt Lawton)
Braves @ Rockies (Walt Weiss)
Brewers @ Diamondbacks (Richie [...]

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Happy 60th, Dad!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by Chuck

Authors Note: This article was published originally at NYBaseballDigest.
This article isn’t meant to be a comparison between two or three specifc players, but as an exercise in how certain organizations go about the process of developing their top prospects to become major leaguers.
Much has been said and written over the past few years regarding the Yankees’ [...]

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Marlins @ Cubs (Derrek Lee)
White Sox @ Tigers (Norm Cash)
Indians @ Orioles (Brady Anderson)
Yankees @ Blue Jays (David Wells)
Red Sox @ Rays (Carl Crawford)
Phillies @ Mets (Tug McGraw)
Cardinals @ Reds (Chick Hafey)
Nationals @ Braves (Rick Ankiel)
Pirates @ Astros (Rick Rhoden)
Royals @ Twins (Greg Gagne)
Brewers @ Rockies (Jeff Cirillo)
Dodgers @ Diamondbacks (Luis Gonzalez)
Angels @ Athletics (Brian [...]