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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Jason from IIATMS hits the big time:
Jason Rosenberg was heading home and listening to satellite radio when he heard that Manny Ramirez was fourth among National League outfielders in initial All-Star voting. By the end of the night, a new Web site was born: Vote for Manny.
Remember us little guys when you're rich and famous, Jason.
UPDATE: Jason is going to be interviewed on Westwood One radio tonight too. All hail your omnipresent IIATMS overlord.
Eric Gagne is making a comeback:
The Quebec Capitales baseball club got a surprise from the major leagues Tuesday in the form of a contract with Eric Gagne, the former star relief pitcher of LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers fame.
He hasn't been able to pitch since 2004, so if I were the Capitales, I wouldn't hold my breath.
This sounds like a dubious suspension:
Kansas City manager Trey Hillman was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for spitting in an umpire's eye, something Hillman said was entirely accidental if it happened at all . . . "Suspended because while I was arguing spit reportedly came out of my mouth and hit him in the eye," Hillman said. "I didn't see it come out. There were raindrops falling. It takes a pretty talented person to be able to spit and yell at the same time. I was yelling. There was obviously no intent . . .
If a little spittle flying form a guy's mouth is going to lead to a suspension, then they may as well ban arguing with umpires altogther. My view: anything short of a genuine loogie should be a fine at most.
It's probably also a good time for the ump to review the Ten Commandments of Umpiring. Number 4 and number 6 seem perfectly apt here.
ShysterBall reader James Van Hooser just graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in English. This means he can (a) go to law school; (b) go to grad school; (c) learn guitar and take up busking; or (d) get in a Mustang full of beer, beef jerky, applesauce and a couple of his friends and take in as many baseball games as he possibly can this summer. James chose wisely:
Baseball: My two best friends and I just graduated from college and we are going on a three week road trip to delay our inevitable entrance into the “real world”. We are all avid baseball fans, so we framed our trip around seeing as many MLB games in as many different ballparks as our schedule would allow. This blog is an attempt to detail our experiences and hopefully inspire others to take similar baseball themed road trips.
I'm not lying about the beef jerky and applesauce: here's the evidence. The beer is a legitimately big part of the trip too. I can fault neither his ambition nor his priorities. The only thing I can fault is the fact that he has named his car "Arwen." I find nothing wrong with naming one's car at the outset of a road trip, but "Arwen" is nerdy by even my supremely nerdy standards. Could have been worse I guess. He could have named it after a silver dragon from the Dragonlance books or something.
According to the schedule, James should be en route to Atlanta as we speak. I plan on following his progress with a jealous, jealous eye.
This one comes in response to the Vote Manny post. You may be surprised to hear that it comes from David, who is one of ShysterBall's least popular commenters. I know, but (a) it's a good comment; and (b) I try to give everyone a chance. Not that I didn't have to delete a somewhat offensive non-sequitur from it first . . .
Wait a sec.
David may be slightly nuts, but I don't know that I disagree with him here.
I'm out of my league when it comes to the draft, so it's good that guys like Keith Law are around to break it down for us. Today Keith has his prediction of how the first round will play out (sorry, though, Insider only). As always, good reading and good analysis from Keith.
He has the Nats taking Strasburg and the Braves taking a pitcher from Georgia. Shocking, I know!
NBC: bringing you the best Wednesday lineup since they dropped "Real People," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Facts of Life," and "Quincy" on you back in 1980:
I'm lazy this morning, so if you want box scores, go and get them here.
Mets 6, Nats 1: Livan Hernandez shows how you stick around baseball for 15 years getting 225 innings a year despite the fact that you kind of stink: you throw tons of pitches without getting tired and occasionally, just occasionally, you rip off a killer start like this one (CG, 9 H, 1 ER) to keep the overall numbers closer to average than they typically feel. Oh, debut for Fernando Martinez (0-3 and an RBI on a fielder's choice).
Orioles 7, Blue Jays 2: The smallest crowd in the history of Camden Yards showed up to watch the Blue Jays fall further into the abyss. The crowds will be larger this weekend, however, as Matt Wieters will be called up to make his Major League debut. Prediction: Mere anarchy will be loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence will be drowned. The best will lack all conviction, while the worst will be full of passionate intensity.
Indians 5, Rays 1: At five games back, the Rays have matched the farthest out of first place they ever were last year. Except that came in April last year, so now may be a good time to start declaring them dead. Well, preparing to think about declaring them dead anyway. By the way, every run in this game came on a home run. It probably happens a lot, but I always like when I notice that sort of thing before someone points it out to me.
Phillies 5, Marlins 3: Joe Blanton was lights out (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 11K) and Hanley Ramirez had to leave the game with tightness in his groin in the third. I hate it when that happens.
Royals 6, Tigers 1: Zack Greinke continues to maraud his way through the American League, this time making mincemeat of the Tigers (CG, 6 H, 1 ER, 8K 0 BB).
Reds 6, Astros 4: As of Monday Joey Votto was still having problems with dizziness. His home run last night must have been a case of him swinging for the ball in the middle. And a day after letting Harang pitch both sides of a rain delay, Dusty pulls Micah Owings at 99 pitches and doesn't let any of the five subsequent relievers pass 16 pitches. At this point I can only conclude that he's just messin' with the pitch-count hysterics and Dusty haters out there. Which is probably what I'd do if I were Dusty Baker.
Cubs 6, Pirates 1: A rain-shortened final. Milton Bradley walked twice, so apparently the umpire vendetta against him has come to an end.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 1: Bad day all around for Milwaukee, as they lose the game, lose sole possession of first place, and lose Ryan Braun early when he got popped on the wrist by an Adam Wainwright pitch. Corey Hart is lost too: He's 11 for his last 66 and left a lot of runners on the bases last night.
Twins 5, Red Sox 2: Joe Mauer is finally held at bay, but no one has an answer for Justin Morneau yet (2-3, HR, 3 RBI). David Ortiz was moved down in the order for the Sox. I'm not sure why people make such a big deal about this, but they do.
Giants 4, Braves 0: Tim Lincecum is really good (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8K). Kris Medlen may be some day, but he ain't yet (5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). Send him back down and bring up Hanson.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 5: Arizona ends San Diego's win streak, despite almost blowing a big lead in the final two innings. Chris Young ended things with a pretty spiffy catch at the wall.
A's 4, Mariners 3: The Mariners do blow a three-run lead late, wasting a strong outing from Jarrod Washburn. It was all singles and walks that did it for Oakland, but they'll take it.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 1: What were the odds that Livan Hernandez and Eric Milton would pitch well and get wins on the same night? It if wasn't for Miguel Batista coughing up that A's-Mariners game I would have thought that we has been cast into some other dimension where black is white, up is down, and cruddy pitchers get guys out all the time.
White Sox 4, Angels 2: Jayson Nix homered twice and played some nifty defense and Bartolo Colon was better than he's been in several starts.
Rangers 7, Yankees 3: Joba Chamberlain threw way too many pitches early and got knocked out after four innings. If he's ever going to live up to his potential he's going to have to build some efficiency into his game.