July 2014 archive

Jul 30

McCutchen, Heyward: Young, Talented, and Underpaid

Andrew McCutchen is a four-time All Star, Gold Glove winner, and reigning NL MVP, and if the season ended today he’d be a strong candidate to join Barry Bonds as the only Buccos to win two, depending on what the voters disregard more: Cutch’s overall game, Troy Tulowitzki’s numbers, or Clayton Kershaw being a pitcher. …

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Jul 29

Some Thoughts on Fair Play from the Sportsmaster

I don’t know much about sports.  In fact, I know very little about the subject.  So when approached about writing an article for a sports blog, I was hard pressed to find a topic.  Until I remembered that what I do know about sports, I learned from comic books. In the 1980’s when I went …

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Jul 24

Remembering Sid Fernandez

I don’t think it’s any great coincidence that growing up my favorite Mets’ pitchers were Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernandez, and David Cone.1  Besides all three being extremely good, all three had distinctive throwing motions that a ten-year old ersatz pitching savant could mimic in daily wiffle-ball sessions.2 Amongst the trio, Fernandez received the least attention.  …

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Jul 19

Eric Hosmer and Those Summer Nights

Scan the AL leaderboards for July, and you’d be hard pressed to find a batter more dialed in at the plate than Eric Hosmer. Others have hit for more power or driven in more runs, but Hosmer has been extremely consistent: he’s recorded at least one hit in each game (he currently has a 14 …

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Jul 17

Torii Hunter Ruined Baseball

Torii Hunter ruined baseball.  It is a little known fact, and it is unquestionably true.  Torii Hunter was once so good at catching baseballs that he ruined baseball as we know it.  Watch Hunter’s evil deed for yourself: It was the 2002 Midsummer Classic, in Milwaukee, the very backyard of Commissioner Bud Selig no less, …

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Jul 15

The Return of the King: What Lebron James’ Letter Really Says

(A special thanks to Scott for allowing me to invade his blog space for this guest post.) I won’t get into a lot of what’s already been talked about in this LeBron discussion, concerning salaries (Scott has done that well enough here) or from an X’s and O’s standpoint. There are people much more qualified …

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Jul 15

Buc Buc: Get Off Pedro Alvarez’s Back Already

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up shop in 1882, and in those 132 years Pedro Alvarez owns the top two spots for strikeouts in a season. This fact might surprise some. I don’t know why it would if you watch Pirates games since Alvarez has adopted a unique approach to the three true outcomes by disregarding …

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Jul 12

Hero’s Journey: LeBron Returns to the Cavs

LeBron James resigned with the Cavaliers. You know this. You should know this. Everyone on the planet knows this by now. I don’t really know if it makes basketball sense for LeBron to head back home. He went to four NBA Finals in Miami, won two of them, and won league MVP and Finals MVP …

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Jul 10

Time to Get Out and Vote, NL Style

(This is part two of a two part series covering my All Star Fan Vote. I know you can’t wait to read this important news so here’s the link to part one.) In a previous article I discussed the credentials for the various AL All Star Fan Vote candidates, and in this article I’d like …

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Jul 10

Time to Get Out and Vote, AL Style

(This is part one of a two part series covering my All Star Fan Vote. I know you can’t wait to read this important news so here’s the link to part two.) I’ll admit that I don’t take the MLB All Star game all that seriously. That’s not to say that the players shouldn’t be …

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