MLB: Next Week’s Draft Has a Disgusting New Twist

Oregon State left-handed starter Luke Heimlich announced today that he has requested to be excused from playing in this weekend’s super regionals against Vanderbilt after the revelation that he is a registered sex offender in the state of Washington.   The details on the case are rather disturbing, as he pleaded guilty in 2012 to molesting his 6-year old cousin.   There was a second count in the case that…

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MLB: The 4 Home Run Club

“With all of the greats in Cincinnati Reds’ history, it is surprising that this was the first time the franchise ever had a player hit four home runs in a game.” I have heard that a few times over the past few days after Scooter Gennett became the 17th player to ever hit four home runs in a game, but the reality is that it shouldn’t be surprising at all….

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MLB: The Unsung Heroes – AL

For every winning team, there are always those players that step up and have years that nobody expected.  Last year, Trevor Cahill was a big factor out of the Cubs bullpen, pitching to a 2.74 ERA in 50 games. Prior to last season, he had a career 4.13 ERA in 1,083.2 innings, working mostly as a starter for Oakland and Arizona.       Cahill signed with the Padres in the…

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MLB: Week in Review

1.   Albert Pujols Joins 600 Club When I was growing up in the 1980s, I would marvel at the fact that there were players in big league history who hit 600 career home runs.  The big home run hitters of my childhood (Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Murray) would all get over the 500 mark, with Jackson and Schmidt seemingly on a collision course with 600 before their careers…

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College Softball: World Series Preview/Predictions

(1) Florida How they got here:   Overcame 1-0 series deficit to beat Alabama, 2-1. 0.69.   That is the number you must look at when you look at Florida’s roster.  That represents their team ERA this season.   That is far and away the best ERA in the country (second place Minnesota finished with a 1.19 ERA before their ouster in the Regionals).    Florida accomplished this not by having…

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MLB: No Trout, Big Problem

Quick:  Which team is the most unwatchable team in all of baseball? You would be justified if you came up with the San Diego Padres, but they do have some young talent on their roster that at least should give their fans some glimmer of hope.    You can easily say the Miami Marlins, but their outfield, with Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich is one of the most…

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MLB/Softball: Week in Review

1.   Red Sox Overtake Orioles After games of May 20th, the Red Sox were 21-21 and struggling to find their way.   The Orioles, on the other hand, were 25-16, and a half game up on the Yankees in the American League East. Times have changed, folks.   The Orioles have now lost seven in a row, swept by the upstart Twins and the dominating Astros in the process….

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MLB: Around the Majors 5/25/17

1.  Super Nova There are many ways for a pitcher to win in baseball.  I prefer strikeout pitchers, because there is nothing the defense can screw up on a strikeout.   However, we have seen pitchers have various amounts of success with not-so-ideal strikeout rates. That brings me to Ivan Nova, who certainly was not stellar against the Braves on Thursday (8.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 K).  …

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MLB: Michael Conforto & Patience

Sports fans are a fickle bunch, and many of us never learn from history.   We have seen countless baseball players, for example, initially struggle before become stars, and in some cases, Hall of Fame inductees.    Just take a look at Braves’ legends Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.  Take a look at what the Blue Jays needed to do with Roy Halladay.   On the offensive side of the…

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MLB: Week in Review

1.  A Night at Citi I made my first trip ever to Citi Field in Flushing on Saturday night.    One of the biggest highlights for me was the ability to watch the Preakness Stakes live on the big video board!  That race was fitting for a Classic, complete with an upset winner.    That same video board had a bit of an issue later in the game, when a…

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