At age 68, many would think it’s time for Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland to retire and enjoy his golden years. Some might even say the game has passed him by, that younger men should take over.
What those people may not realize is that no matter Leyland’s age, he is a master of getting the most out of his players. Two prime examples of this are pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Scherzer, a so-so pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, blossomed once he came to Detroit in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Albert Pujols, who for many years wowed St. Louis Cardinals fans and terrorized National League pitchers, is now doing the same as a member of the American League’s Los Angeles Angels. Drafted in the thirteenth round in 1999, Pujols has gone on to be the most consistent player in baseball. Winning two World Series with the Cardinals, the 12-year veteran first baseman has a career .323 batting average along with 482 homers and almost 1,500 runs batted in. An 8-time All-Star, he boasts a .333 batting average in the midsummer classic, and is one of the most feared postseason hitters. His 18 career Read the rest of this entry »
Jim Thome: A Working Man’s Baseball Player couldn’t summarize the career of this hitting legend any better. Only the eighth player in Major League history to be a member of the 600 home run club, Thome is well known for his dedication to both his craft as a hitter, and the respect he has for the game.
Playing for six different organizations during his 22-year big league career (including two stints with both Cleveland and Philadephia), Jim Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years, there have been a number of blown calls that have impacted crucial moments in Major League Baseball games.
The most memorable of these calls came on June 2, 2010 in a game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. With two outs in the ninth inning, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a perfect game bid – allowing no hits and no walks – needing to retire just one more batter to etch his name in baseball lore. Indians shortstop Jason Donald proceeded to hit a ground ball to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who fielded the ball and made an accurate throw to Galarraga with his foot on the bag. Although the ball clearly beat Donald to the base, umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called the runner safe. Although Joyce later admitted he blew the call, there was nothing that could be done to go back and give Galarraga the perfect game that he clearly earned.
This is why baseball needs instant replay.
I’m a die-hard baseball fan. In fact, I just renewed my MLB EXTRA INNINGS subscription with Direct4tv. I will watch and defend the sport as long as I’m on this Earth. However, I can’t defend the absence of instant replay. The anti-replay arguments about “preserving the human element of the game” and “keeping the game moving along” are futile. At the end of the day, the most important thing for an umpire, referee or official in any sport to do is get the call RIGHT.
The reality for Yankees fans is that they never actually have to watch their team ‘rebuild.” The Yankees have so much money to spend on free agents that they are always one offseason away from getting back into the playoffs. Also, as long as they have CC Sabbathia to man their rotation, they will be in the thick of things. Despite all the coming and going of other top pitchers, Sabbathia has been and still remains one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. The Yankees also just acquired Michael Pineada and Hiroki Kuroda Read the rest of this entry »
With the sometimes tempestuous but always interesting Ozzie Guillen era over, White Sox fans are wondering if the installment of ex-player, Robin Ventura, as the new Sox manager can turn the team’s fortunes around.
When Robin Ventura was named the 39th manager of the venerable American League charter franchise this past October, many fans wondered if a player who had never coached or managed at the major league level has what it takes to lead the team back to its 2005 World Championship form. Time will tell, Read the rest of this entry »
The DH has been an interesting topic for a long period of time. For all you newbies out there, DH stands for Designated Hitter. This “position” is only allowed in the American League and it refers to someone who only hits and doesn’t play the field. When you look at the DH position on the surface, it seems ridiculous that the American League allows a DH and the National League doesn’t allow a DH. Most people believe that the DH should be completely abolished. However, there’s another way to look at the Read the rest of this entry »
If you read the book or seen the movie, Moneyball, then you’re well aware that small market teams can win in baseball. They figured it out with math, just like MIT students figured out how to beat blackjack when playing against the house. Only in this case, it was the Oakland A’s versus the big market teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
The concept is simple. In order to win more games, offensive players need to get on base more often. Home runs and stolen bases are thrown out the window. The Read the rest of this entry »
The Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine to lead the misfit Red Sox for the 2012 season. As talk swept the Nation, many people wondered if he will be the right fit for the job. Terry Francona was a players manager, and although he led the Sox to two World Series wins, things fell apart as his team got more complacent over the years and especially at the end of the 2011 season. Does Valentine have the no-walkover touch that Francona lacked? Only time will tell, but many fans thought other people would be the right fit for Read the rest of this entry »