MLB: Week in Review

1.  A Gift From Africa Sports leagues are always looking for new territories to explore.  The NFL plays a handful of games in Europe every year.   The NBA has always had a global reach (especially in talent-rich Europe), and the NHL, obviously, is overflowing with foreign talent from Europe. For Major League Baseball, talent from areas like the Dominican Republic has always been abundant.    They are also able…

April 30, 2017
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MLB: Mets Playing Russian Roulette with Noah Syndergaard

“I can’t force him to go inside the MRI machine” – Mets GM Sandy Alderson, when asked about Noah Syndergaard‘s injured shoulder. It is certainly true that nobody can force you to take a medical test.  It is ultimately up to the patient to accept or reject a treatment or a test.   Many pitchers, for example, elect to try rehab over Tommy John surgery, even though the surgery has…

April 29, 2017
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NFL: Draft Primer

There are a lot of things to be grateful for nowadays if you are a sports fan, and one of the things I am most grateful for is technology. See, years ago, if you wanted to get up-to-the-second NFL draft coverage, you actually had to tune into the draft.  There really isn’t anything more mundane than an NFL Draft, and I will never understand why people would rather tune in…

April 27, 2017
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Opinion: ESPN Makes Significant Staff Cuts

When I was in high school and college, my routine in the morning was simple:  I would lay on the coach for a while before I drove off to school, watching whatever was on ESPN (probably a lot of SportsCenter or related shows), or turning on Headline News at the exact moment that they would run “Headline Sports” (there was nothing quite like listening to Van Earl Wright going through…

April 26, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

1.  Madison Bumgarner‘s Strange Injury If one expects a professional athlete to just sit at home inside of a bubble to avoid injury or worse, they obviously haven’t followed sports for long.   While many players partake in risky behaviors that can hurt their careers, hardly anything ever actually happens.  The most famous injury of the last 20 years was when Aaron Boone injured his leg during a pick-up basketball…

April 23, 2017
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MLB: My Current Top Ten Position Players in the Game

In March, 2011, I had the #1 pick in a Fantasy Baseball draft.   I remember everyone in the draft room giving me (bogus) reasons why I should not pick Albert Pujols, who was (at the time) the best hitter on the planet.  I would stop short of saying he was the best player, as he was a first baseman, which will always decrease your value somewhat.   I actually did…

April 22, 2017
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MLB: PED Penalties are Tough, But…..

Back in the old days, when the steroid scandals were just getting started, I remember typing something up on a baseball forum about the types of players I expected to see getting caught.  It was the player who had nothing to lose by trying to gain that extra advantage to get to the big leagues.  Those players who are essentially too good for Triple-A, but not good enough for MLB…

April 19, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

A look at some of the big stories from around the Major Leagues this week: 1.  Pain in the Fingers Noah Syndergaard has dealt with blisters and bleeding fingernails in two of his three starts this season.   We all hear about elbows and shoulders when it comes to pitching injuries, but blisters can be disruptive to a pitcher, as well.  Some pitchers have chronic issues with these types of…

April 16, 2017
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MLB: Hall of Fame or Not: Carlos Beltran

I am going to be writing up a series of posts about active players and what I think about their Hall of Fame credentials. If a player is an obvious Hall of Famer, I am certainly not going to write up anything on them (Ichiro, anyone?)     You also won’t have to worry about me making a claim for Joba Chamberlain as a Hall of Fame pitcher.  This is…

April 15, 2017
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MLB: Prospect Dreams

As a disclaimer, I am actually also a minor league blogger for the Yankees.  No, I do not work for the Yankees, nor am I affiliated with them in any way. I have gone through the ups and downs of having a great farm system (like they have in 2017) all the way down to having a farm system where players like Eric Duncan would get me a bit excited…

April 13, 2017
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