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The starting line-up:
1. Safety issues
The same argument that failed in football, “danger is part of the game”, is going to fail in baseball too. Statistically speaking, a line drive back at the pitcher’s face/head is incredibly rare. However, using that point as a basis for an argument against safety is moot; airplanes hardly ever crash, but they are still constantly made safer. Currently there is no material that is strong enough while also possessing breathability. Pitchers already feel a sauna effect pitching in 90+ degree heat and humidity in regular uniform. Functionality, style, and comfort all need to meet in order for pitchers to buy in.
2. Got paid. Don’t care.
Josh Hamilton doesn’t care anymore. Doesn’t care about wins and losses. Doesn’t care about what fans think. He explains his main concern is with a consistent approach and learning something new each day, but his rhetoric is hard to buy when he is struggling so badly. Some plays, most notably a dropped fly ball that cost the Rangers the West last season, show a lack of desire and focus.
3. Grow up
I’ll be the first to admit, 25 grown men and a coaching staff running around in tight pants might not be the most mature bunch. Still, I shook my head when I heard what Padres catcher Nick Hundley said about his PED-suspended teammate, fellow catcher Yasmani Grandal. Hundley explains: “You want to talk about a guy who is unproven and had a good couple months on steroids, go ahead”. Grandal may be younger, and may have been the favorite to win the job in the Spring, but how insecure can you be? How could you let it show to the public, while also embarrassing your teammate? Come on.
4. Sunscreen and rosin
This spray sunscreen mixture allows for a far superior grip on the baseball. An anonymous AL pitcher told a reporter the stuff could be used as the foundation for houses. A source close to the Red Sox also explained this mixture is used staff-wide to gain an advantage. If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.
5. He has to throw a pitch!
Botching a home run review call is bad, but certain review circumstances could possibly lead to a bad call. Not knowing the rules is a completely different story. Three Blus were fined and one suspended after a recent Astros v. Angels game where they allowed the ‘Stros to make a pitching change without the original pitcher throwing a pitch. Little leaguers everywhere were screaming at the TV!
Red Sox 3B Wil Middlebrooks is in intense pain when he breathes, imagine how he feels fielding grounders, throwing, and swinging a bat. A separated rib is causing all of this pain for Middlebrooks, yet he is still playing everyday. A perfect fit for the Sox, who are trying to get back to the grit of teams from the past.
7. Mustache March
Yeah it is May, but check out this dude’s mustache. Carlos Villanueva’s ‘stache is part Dali, part pirate, part bad ass.
8. Tulo to 3B
Former Braves great Chipper Jones recently voiced, if he were GM, he would “move Tulo to third”. This notion makes sense. It would allow Tulowitzki to focus a bit less on defense, and reduce injury risks for a prone player.
Loyal readers know I am a fan of social media news. Things got embarrassing yet again for the Marlins franchise as they took to the Twitter and Instagram world promoting their MLB Fan Cave experience. Hashtag MarlinsFanCave got some comical responses, here are a few of my favorites:
- “do I get to hide in shame in this cave?”
- “I’m getting the homerun sculpture tatt’d on my leg here in a few weeks.”
- “Wait, there is such a thing as marlins fans?”
Strikeouts in one inning for Rays SP Alex Cobb. After allowing a runner on after striking him out, and a steal of second and third, Cobb allowed a run.
Saves for Braves closer Craig Kimbrell. At 24, he is the second youngest player to reach this mark. His 15.8 K/9 mark isn’t too bad either.
Dollars owed to clubhouse staff in back wages and penalties to batboys, cooks, clubhouse attendants and other workers after a federal audit concluded the San Fransico Giants salary practices were improper from the 2009-2011 seasons.
We all know Lee can deal when he is hot. He can even put together a whole season where he is Cy Young worthy. Although the fighting Phillies are struggling, Lee is back in form at 4-1 after beating the Diamondbacks. Most intriguing here is the trade scenarios as the Phillies fall further into the cellar.
Devil Rays fans remember the days when Kazmir was their best shot at a W or two for the week. Still along for the ride during the name switch, he had a few more All-Star caliber years before falling off. Now, many are claiming he is back from the dead, and it is true. His fastball has as much movement as ever at 93 mph.
The shortest player in the MLB also is one of the most talented second basemen. At 5-5, Altuve always feels the need to prove himself. After hitting .290 in an All-Star season last year, his average this year is sitting around .320 with some power numbers to go with it.
World Series trophy
2. Red Sox