Posts Tagged 'mlb'

I’ll Take The Phillies

I think Philadelphia will win the World Series over Tampa Bay.

I have a rooting interest.  I got to know Charlie Manuel when he was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians.  He used to wonder if he would ever get his chance to manage because he was an older guy.

He did well with the Indians as a skipper and now he has taken Philly to the World Series. 

Charlie’s mom past away recently so I know a win would mean so much to him personally.

Is The Red Sox Roster Too White?

I didn’t say, but Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com writes it.

He wonders if only having one black player in the current Boston roster will hurt them in free agency.

Red Sox fans will not like this column.

Jen Engel Loves Up Tom Hicks

Jennifer Engel of the Star-Telegram loves up Rangers owner Tom Hicks waaay too much.

She says I’m Cowboys safety Roy Williams publicist…so it’s all good.

BUT…..today’s she was loving up Tom instead of calling him out for being a dreadful baseball owner who hasn’t gotten much right since firing Doug Melvin, who’s Milwaukee Brewers made the playoffs.

Hicks told her while discussing the dreadful John Danks for Brandon McCarthy deal with the White Sox, “We have made some mistakes and that was clearly the biggest one we made,” Hicks said Wednesday during his postseason postmortem with me.

“That wasn’t just JD. Our staff made the judgment that Danks was two years away, and they were absolutely wrong. The comforting thing for me now is we have a new leader, and if Nolan had been there, we never would have done [the Danks deal]. And we will never trade a No. 1 pick, a left-handed pitcher again.”

Whatever.  I just have zero faith in that organization.  None.  It’s a shame because I think they could have something good if Hicks would spend some cash.

Matt Harrison Throws A Gem For Texas

Rookie pitcher Matt Harrison was dealing tonight in Arlington.  The kid mowed down 8 Tampa Bay Rays in 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits Saturday night.

Outstanding.

Harrison did it on 109 pitches.  The Rangers needed that.

Everyday Eddie Guardado closed it out and Harrison improved his record to 5-2.

Here’s the take on his night from the Newberg Report:

Tonight Matt Harrison:

a. Struck out more batters (eight) than he had in his other seven big league
starts combined (seven).

b. Allowed three singles — two of which came in the first inning — and no
walks.

c. Retired the final 18 batters he faced.

d. Threw one of the best games any Rangers pitcher has thrown this season.

e. Threw one of the best games of his pro career, at any level.

f. Earned his fifth win in eight starts, one victory less than Kevin
Millwood
has in 21 starts.

g. Became just the sixth Rangers starter this season to complete at least
eight innings (and the first Rangers rookie to do so in more than two
years).

h. Needed only 109 pitches — 72 percent of which were strikes and a greater
percentage of which looked absolutely aggressive — to get his 24 outs.

i. Gave the bullpen a badly, badly, badly needed break.

j. Got an eighth-inning hug in the dugout from Ron Washington . . .

Only The Rangers Can Score 17 Runs And Lose

The Rangers were down 10-zip in the 1st inning thanks to Scott Feldman in Boston.  He gave up 12 runs and did not get the loss.

So what, the Rangers banged out 20 hits and scored 17 runs…and lost.

Frankie Francisco gave up a 3-run bomb to Kevin Youkilius in the 8th inning.  The Rangers choked away what would have been a great comeback win.

Poor Ron Washington.  His bullpen is not very good.

Hank Blalock On The Disabled List…Again

This dude stays hurt.  You can’t  spell “hurt” or “Hank” without the “H”.

The Rangers put their 3rd baseman on the 15-day D-L with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Let’s break it down for ya….Hank can’t make that throw from 3rd base to 1st base anymore.

That is why he wanted to switch his position to first base. 

Blalock has a club option for 2009.  It’s worth 6 million.  He won’t have it picked up.  Can’t see the Rangers doing it.  Chris Davis is their first baseman so I don’t see Blalock being a Ranger after the season.

BTW, shortstop Michael Young is playing tonight.  He’s got a broken ring finger.

Is Race Hurting Milton Bradley’s Image?

“This guy must be crazy”, Josh Hamilton said about Milton Bradley before he met him. 

Be honest, you probably thought the same thing from the ESPN clips on TV.

Today, Hamilton, a recovering drug addict, and Bradley are All Stars for the Texas Rangers.   The New York Times has great read about their road to Yankee Stadium for the Midsummer Classic.

The guys call themselves the “Risk Brothers”.  Hambone has become a media darling, a feel good story.  Bradley is still seen as the angry black guy according to the Times:

He has become the heir to Dick Allen, Albert Belle and Barry Bonds as baseball’s brooding Public Enemy No. 1.

It is not lost on several Rangers that players like the former Yankee Paul O’Neill and managers like Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Lou Piniella— all of whom are white — were labeled “fiery” and “intense” and celebrated for their tempestuousness. Piniella, who has disputed that image, nonetheless cashed in last year with a commercial in which he argues with an umpire and throws a base.

Several Rangers noted that Bradley was generally described as “volatile,” a pejorative they contend is used primarily with black players, rather than “fiery,” a compliment they say is often reserved for white men.

“If it was a white guy in his situation, what would they be saying?” Hamilton said. Reliever Eddie Guardado said, “We all know it’s there.”

Young added: “It’d be silly for anybody to say that race doesn’t play an issue. It would be a naïve outlook.”

This is a darn good story and I recommend you read it and watch the sitdown interview both players did.  Click here.

4 Texas Rangers Make All Star Team

Michael Young is going back for the 5th straight year.  Josh Hamilton will start in center.  Milton Bradley will start at DH.  Ian Kinsler will make his first trip as a reserve second baseman.

Here’s more a more indepth take about their All Star selection and why players think more of the Rangers fantastic four than baseball fans.  This is from Jamey Newberg of www.newbergreport.com.

The Rangers will be represented by four players in the All-Star Game: Josh
Hamilton — the only one voted in as a starter — and Ian Kinsler, Michael
Young, and Milton Bradley, each of whom led the player vote.  Notably, it’s
the first time the Rangers will have four position players go.

The significant thing about the player vote with regard to Kinsler, Young,
and Bradley is that they actually received more votes from their peers than
the players who will start received.  Kinsler earned 389 player votes,
Dustin Pedroia 215; Young 470, Derek Jeter 463; Bradley 481, nobody else
listed.

Stated another way, if the players voted for the lineups rather than the
fans, Texas would have four players in the starting nine.

Manager Terry Francona has already said that Bradley will start at DH in
place of the injured David Ortiz. 

It’s the first All-Star Game for all but Young, who will make his fifth
straight trip.
 

Hamilton outdistanced Manny Ramirez late to end up with the lead in the
outfielders’ vote, and only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter received more
votes than Hamilton among American League players.

As for Kinsler, he finished a very slim 34,243 votes behind Pedroia.
Kinsler received 98.6 percent as many fan votes as Pedroia. 

Rangers medical director and head trainer Jamie Reed will go to the All-Star
Game as well.  It will be his second appearance.

Jamey

www.newdawg.com

Sidney Ponson Faces Rangers Today

Sir Drink A Lot, Sidney Ponson, pitches for the Yankees tonight against the Texas Rangers.

Ponson was told to leave town after being a first class jerk according to Rangers GM Jon Daniels.  Now he takes the ball tonight against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

This is from the the New York Daily News:

Less than a month after being cut by Texas, Sidney Ponson will have a chance to get a little payback Wednesday, when he takes the mound against the Rangers.

Although Ponson didn’t speak to New York media Tuesday – claiming that he doesn’t talk the day before he pitches – he did offer these comments to the Dallas Morning News:

“Look, they are just another team,” Ponson said. “I’ve got to try to get them out, and they are going to try to beat my brains in. I have no problem. If there is any problem, it’s for (Rangers GM) Jon Daniels or (Rangers manager) Ron Washington to answer. I’m not going to sit here and talk about what happened in Texas. That’s the past.”

I hope the Rangers light him up tonight.

A No Hitter For Rangers Minor Leaguer

For the second time this year a Texas Rangers minor league pitcher has thrown a no hitter.

Dustin Nippert threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma today. Nippert walked two and struck out five. He is now 6-2 on the season with a 3.98 ERA.

Maybe they really do have some arms down on the farm.  I hope they don’t trade them away.

 


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