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[7 Jun 2012 | Comments Off | 101 views]
Carlos Beltran: Is He Undergoing a Career Renaissance at Age 35?

Carlos Beltran signed with the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals this year, in part to replace power numbers on the team that Albert Pujols once provided. Tough shoes to fill, right? Absolutely, yet Beltran has managed to do it so far. While Pujols has struggled for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, his new team, Beltran has excelled in St. Louis so far, leading the league in homers as of press time and providing great numbers in batting average, RBIs and even the stolen base category.

Staying off the disabled …

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[29 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | 335 views]

New Era – A rich and long history
Using his aunt’s founding in order to jump start the business, Ehrhardt Koch founded New Era in 1920. He made casual and uniform caps in New York with 14 employees and decided to call them the New Era Cap Company. The popularity of baseball in the 1930’s sparked Koch’s interest in baseball caps. Quickly, his company were servicing a multitude of minor league, local, college and Canadian baseball teams.

Their success between 1940 and 1970 depended on exclusive deals with various major league baseball …

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[27 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | 108 views]
8 Tactics for Surviving a Career Ending Sports Scandal

Pete Rose just spent his 70th birthday still blacklisted from baseball. As yet another milestone for one of baseball’s most storied, infamous player-coaches comes to pass, the debate about Rose’s past and future with Major League Baseball will once again fill the sports talk airways and interwebs. From gambling and steroids to sex and violence, throughout the last 20 years since Rose’s problems surfaced we have witnessed many athletes fall victim to their own self-made scandals, and yet just as many are able to walk away scot-free.
Had he played his …

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[8 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 46 views]
Cheating Manny Ramirez Retires from MLB Baseball

After testing positive for an illegal substance during spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays, Manny Ramirez has decided to promptly retire from MLB baseball after 19 seasons in the majors’.
Whether you agree are a hardcore baseball fan who disagrees with all types of cheating – including performance enhancing drugs – or someone who is willing to look the other way in favor of “entertainment”, Ramirez actions today should still come off as offensive and cowardly.
Rays Caught Off Guard
It’s safe to say that Manny was aware of the failed test …

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[30 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | 64 views]
Phillies Acquire Pitcher Roy Oswalt via Astros’ Trade

With all the acquisitions and trades surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff, you’ve gotta start wondering what the hell is going on.

Last year it was Cliff Lee joining the Phillies in a mid-season trade, only to send him off packing before the start of the 2010 season. Lee will make around $9 million this year.
Earlier this year it was the trade for ace Roy Halladay, who has yet to disappoint in Philadelphia. He even had a perfect game this year and is worth every penny of his contract.

And now, as …

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[21 May 2010 | Comments Off | 42 views]
Does a Perfect Game Mean Anything? MLB Stats Suggest Not

One of my blogging buddies did a pretty good analysis on the effects of a “perfect game”  in Major League Baseball translating to long-term success and/or if it is an indication of the quality of pitcher.
Granted, anyone who makes it to the big leagues is a quality pitcher – I use that loosely of course.
But what he found out when looking at the last 10 Perfect Game pitchers was that they were nearly on par w/ major league averages when it comes to WHIP, ERA, etc.
“That logic tells you that …

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[7 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 35 views]

Major League Baseball’s October classic kicks off today in fine fashion, matching up the league’s best for a memorable playoff season.
Yesterday’s 1-game playoff between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers was an instant (ESPN) Classic.  12-innings, something like 24 hits and 20 stranded base runners in total.  Both teams were hungry, but the Twins executed in the clutch and pulled out the win to advance to meet the Yankees – baseball’s best (regular season) team.
American League Series
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
The Yankees enter the postseason with the major’s best …

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[27 Jul 2009 | One Comment | 21 views]
Franchises Betting the Farm on Unproven/Old Talent

Some recent NFL signings have made me look back at how many times a sports franchise has made a dumb move by signing a player to a high-priced, long-term contract.  Whether the player was getting up there in age, hadn’t proved themself (really), or was just being paid on their historical performance, the teams that signed the players were affected in the long-term financially and took losses on the player.  Sure, the right signing can carry a franchise (e.g. Shaq, Manny Ramirez, Drew Brees), but the wrong signing can set …

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[1 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | 7 views]

Some statistics are deceiving, including the 3-3 record the Dodgers’ Randy Wolf has attained to start the 2009 season.  Wolf is playing very well for LA, but just can’t get the run support needed to entertain achieving actual wins.  Despite the lack of wins he has accrued, Wolf is a solid fantasy baseball starter as a #3-4 option – possibly even a #2.  The wins do hold him back slightly, but his strikeouts and innings pitched are an asset to most fantasy rosters.
In 17 starts, the veteran left-hander has 11 …

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[19 May 2009 | Comments Off | 20 views]
Has Baseball Gone Soft?

Major League Baseball has gone soft on its interpretation of the rules of the game.  Baseball, for all intents and purposes, has not changed its rules in over 30 years.  This comes as a stark contrast to other sports such as basketball and football that are constantly evolving their rules which inevitably allows the calls made by the ref’s and officials to impact the outcome of the game a little bit more.

In baseball, there are really only a limited amount of calls that can be made by the umpiring crew.  …

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[30 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 6,504 views]

So your team just came off of one of the worst seasons in franchise history.  Ticket sales are projected at an all time low for the upcoming season.  The team’s superstars are grumbling and upper management is enforcing strict parking space rules at the practice field.  What can the franchise do? How do they erase the sting of a horrible season in the player’s and fan’s eyes alike?  Simple…You change your logo.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the Detroit Lions unveiled their super amazing stimulus plan for their …

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[7 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 60 views]

We’ve all played sports video games before.  From the original sports games like RBI Baseball, where you could bunt for a homerun, to Tecmo Bowl where you could literally kill a quarter with a single running play.  The question still remains…Will they ever be able to create a sports video game that gets everything right?  Let’s face it, no matter how advanced the computer’s AI gets, it’s still a computer with a finite amount of movements and reactions to your input on the controller.  Don’t get me wrong, video games …

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[3 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | 455 views]

Every year or so, a sports movie comes out that is supposed to make you feel good, tell a captivating tale, break your heart, or keep you on the edge of your seat.  Unfortunately, I always walk away disappointed which is why from this day forward – with the exception of The Sandlot – I will never watch another sports movie. 
I hesitate to even put The Sandlot in the “sports movie” category because it is really more of a story about growing up, getting into trouble, facing your adversity, and …

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[2 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 397 views]

Baseball players might be some of the most superstitious people on the planet.  We have all heard stories about Jason Giambi refusing to shave his “porn stache” cause he was on a hot hitting streak, rumors of gold thongs being passed around the locker room for good luck, and so much more.  The thing that players might be the most superstitious about, however, are their baseball jerseys.
Growing up, I played baseball…a lot of baseball.  I had rituals for how I put my socks on, my pants on, my cleats on, …

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[18 Mar 2009 | Comments Off | 6 views]

Despite Manny Ramirez’ apparent hamstring injury, he did a promotional spot playing Cricket out in Gilbert, AZ.  This, after reports that he had confined his workouts to the pool.  Can’t say I’m surprised by Manny’s actions, but I would be highly upset if I was the Los Angeles Dodgers since they just promised Ramirez $45m over 2 yrs.
He is not running as he tries to relieve tightness in his left hamstring, which is keeping him out of spring-training games. Manny Ramirez says he is exercising in a swimming pool but …