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The state of baseball from a distant fan

On base percentage, Slugging Percentage, Runs Batted In and Batting Average: These are all important aspects for baseball but what do they all really mean for a person like me who enjoys the game but only looks forward to playoff baseball. [Read more →]

July 20, 2011   No Comments

Duncan Has Another Challenge Ahead of Him

There is no doubt that Dave Duncan is one of, if not the best pitching coach in Major League Baseball.

He has turned Chris Carpenter into a Cy Young Award winner, Adam Wainwright into a Cy Young contender and turned around the careers of pitchers Darryl Kile and Kyle Lohse.  But now Duncan has another tough task midway through the 2010 season: turning around Jeff Suppan.

The Milwaukee Brewers released Suppan this week after he was sporting an ERA of 7.84.  Suppan played for the Cardinals for two seasons, one of which was a championship year in 2006.  Suppan pitched well in his first start, pitching four innings and getting the victory.

Regardless, Suppan will be a challenge.  The 16-year veteran has not pitched well since his first stint with the Cardinals a few years ago.  But this is Duncan, the best pitching coach in all of baseball.  Can he turn Suppan’s season around?  It’s possible considering the Cardinals are not expecting Suppan to carry the load like Milwaukee did.

Duncan has a challenge ahead of him, but it isn’t the first time.  Expect Duncan and the Cardinals to make Suppan better, at least for the rest of the season.

June 16, 2010   No Comments

Phenom in the Making

There are high hopes in Washington these days.

The sports world in the nation’s capital is feeling a buzz in the air.  The Wizards have the number one pick in this years NBA draft, the Redskins have legitimate quarterback in Donovan McNabb and the Nationals have a legitimate ace.

Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype plus more.  The 21-year-old made his major league pitching debut Tuesday, and looked fantastic.  He picked up with win by pitching seven innings and fanned 14 Pittsburgh Pirates along the way.

The number one overall draft pick of 2009 is going to be very good, very soon.  Unlike most young pitchers, Strasburg has composure that is undeniable.  After giving up a two-run home run, he pitched better.  He didn’t melt down and looked like a veteran on the mound.

Strasburg will continue to shine and is even making an impact on attendance on road games.   Expect this guy to be right up there with Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez and Tim Lincecum in one to two years.

June 9, 2010   No Comments

Marlins Taking Advantage of Perfect Game

387_082009_0017_Marlins_v_AstrosRoy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t the only ones feeling great about the latest perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

The Florida Marlins are taking advantage of the situation as well.  Starting tomorrow, the Marlins will be selling all unused tickets from Halladay’s perfect game in Florida.

The tickets will be sold at face value.  Roughly 25,000 people showed up for the perfect game Saturday night.  But, that still means there are thousands of tickets for sale.

So is this ridiculous on the Marlins behalf?  It may be, but it’s an easy way to make a buck.  There were plenty of seats still open for the game, and if anyone missed it they still have a chance to own a piece of history.  This most likely will not be the last time we see a team do this very same thing when the next perfect game rolls around.

May 31, 2010   No Comments

Re Thinking The Giants Bullpen

Last week i wrote an article about the San Fransisco Giants’ bullpen and how dominate they are in the MLB.  Since then The Giants have lost five straight games, and every pitcher got lit up in every game. [Read more →]

May 26, 2010   No Comments

All-Star Balloting Here Too Early

The results are in.

At least so far that is. Fan balloting for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star game has been underway for some time now.

The American League leaders so far have been announced. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer leads all of baseball with over 644,000 votes.

But this voting process started way too early once again this season. Joe Mauer has played only 36 games so far. How can we, the fans, judge a player through 36 games?

Fans and athletes get excited for this time of year when they are able to vote, but ballots shouldn’t be distributed until June 1.

On top of that, every person can vote 25 times. This is outrageous. I love almost everything about MLB, but their All-Star voting process is not one of them. jcbonnes_1267709647_Mauer_Face

May 24, 2010   No Comments

Marlins Star Lacks Leadership

Hanley Ramirez is the best shortstop in Major League Baseball. [Read more →]

May 20, 2010   No Comments

Wow The City of Brotherly Love

clemmensMeet Matthew Clemmens, he is a Phillies fan who is accused of intentionally vomiting on a 11 year old girl and then punching her father and some random bystanders, at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.  [Read more →]

April 16, 2010   No Comments

Toronto Blue Jay Outfielder Starts Season Off Hot

The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t started to miss Roy Halladay yet.

Fans attention is on one of their offensive players who has started off the season on fire.  Vernon Wells has had only had 14 at-bats this season, but already has knocked in seven runs. [Read more →]

April 11, 2010   No Comments

Yankees, Brewers Exchange Words

7490823090136_Brewers_v_NationalsTwo Major League Baseball teams are already bickering, and the season is only a few days old.

New York Yankees president Randy Levine called Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio a whiner yesterday, after Attanasio said it’s difficult to compete with payrolls these days. [Read more →]

April 7, 2010   No Comments