Aside from the obvious questions about 33 year old Nelson Cruz coming off of his PED suspension, there is one key question about the Mariners supposedly pushing to sign Nelson Cruz. Is a mid-30′s player who has already shown some signs of decline suited to hit in Safeco Field? Continue reading
Mike Mussina’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame feels quite similar to that of Tim Raines. Like Raines, Mussina was overshadowed by baseball royalty during his 18 year career. Raines played second fiddle to Rickey Henderson for the majority of his career. Mussina dealt with the likes of Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, and Roger Clemens. Continue reading
My latest for Baltimore Sports and Life is up. This time I talk about Zach Britton, who the Orioles seem to undervalue.
On the surface, it looks like the Orioles would be lucky to get anything in return for their 26 year old southpaw. He is coming off a season in which he appeared in 8 Major League games (7 starts) and posted a 4.97 ERA, 11.9 H/9, 3.8 BB/9, and just 4.9 K/9. That is coming off an even worse 2012 season in which he made 11 starts, posted a 5.07 ERA, 9.1 H/9, 4.8 BB/9, but a career best 7.9 K/9.
His rookie season of 2011 is looking more like the anomaly. Just entering his prime years and seemingly losing whatever limited strikeout ability–just 6.5 K/9 in 19 triple-A starts–, his penchant for the walk seems to be getting worse. Continue reading
I posted my Hall of Fame ballot on Baltimore Sports and Life. I don’t have a vote, but I’d put my ballot up against anyone’s. Continue reading
I started at Baltimore Sports and Life today. I always like to do a little intro about my passion for the sport, so I did for the readers of BSL. Continue reading
I thought I would spend most of my 2014 quietly typing away on this site and doing the day job. Like I said at the start of this little site, “I was once a writer.”
Evidently, there are other plans in the works. Chris Stoner, the owner of the Baltimore Sports and Life website contacted me a month or two ago about possibly writing for the site. At first, I said I didn’t think I could commit. He respected that answer, but offered a bunch of alternatives. Truthfully, I was excited about the prospect of writing again. I said yes. It was announced today. Continue reading
Late December really means just one thing in Major League Baseball circles. It is the time for the annual Hall of Fame debate. Jack Morris gets more notoriety. Tim Raines gets ignored, despite having one of the best resumes on the ballot. The, of course, there is that logjam in the ballot because the voting body decided to keep everyone out last year in a ballot full of controversial names.
This year, the ballot is even more stuffed. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Mike Mussina are added to holdovers like Raines, Edgar Martinez, Curt Schilling, Fred McGriff, Allan Trammell, and Jeff Bagwell. Continue reading
One of the best things about living in New York is the constant sports talk. It also happens to be one of the worst things about living in New York. Sports Radio is fueled by a rabid fan base and hosts who know exactly which button to push. The latter point cannot be expressed enough as eventually the host becomes a character, a heel-like presence on the radio.
Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York has perfected the art of the heel role. If the listening audience seems to be tilting one way, you can bet Francesa is tilting the other way. It makes for “good” radio. Continue reading
Last winter, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided that they needed to get gritty. It was a theme that they used as the backbone of a winter that saw them trade their young, talented right fielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves. Many of the Diamondbacks moves were based on this theory and to some degree, it worked. They did finish with 81 wins. But, a .500 season has to be labeled a disappointment to an organization that was on the upswing and still has some quality young talent.
Maybe it isn’t grit this year, but the Diamondbacks made another move that doesn’t look like an improvement. In a three team trade, the Diamondbacks acquired the soon to be 28 year old slugger Mark Trumbo along with two players to be named later. To a degree, Trumbo addresses a pressing need for the Diamondbacks. Aside from Paul Goldschmidt’s 36 home runs, no other player on the 2013 team had more than 14. The need for additional home run power was pressing. But, was Trumbo really the answer? Continue reading
When you are the best offensive second baseman in the sport and the free agent class is really void of any other star power, you can afford to dig in. Robinson Cano, the nine year veteran, and the class of this winter’s free agent class, held out for one of the richest contracts ever handed to a baseball player. In doing so, Cano leaves the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners to accept his 10 year $240 million deal. The fallout has been typical. New York suddenly believes that Cano dogged it too much and is greedy. Seattle is excited about finally getting the type of superstar hitter they have lacked since Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., and Edgar Martinez all shared a lineup. The rest of the baseball world is lamenting the fact that 10 year contracts never work.
That all may have some element of truth to it. But, that doesn’t make this deal wrong. In the end, each party involved did what was in their respective best interests. Continue reading