Category Archives: Altercation

JOE TORRE – A QUIET YET VERY EFFECTIVE LEADER

When you look up a profile of Joe Torre, you quickly realize that he has been successful in every facet JOE TORREof his career, and never has that been true more than in his current position as MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer. As a player, he finished a distinguished career withi (1) a .297 batting average, appeared in nine All Star Games, and won a NL Batting Title in 1971. Then, as a manager he won four Championships more than 2,300 games. Culminating his career as a manager, he was rewarded with a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. (left) Oh, and by the way, he’s also a member of the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

And from the looks of things, he’s just getting warmed up. Since 2011 (his first year as a baseball executive), joe-torre-jpghe has presided over the introduction and refinement of instant replay, the creation of the “Buster Posey Rule” for collisions at home plate, the adoption of the 20 second rule designed to speed up games, and is now poised to lead the way with the adoption of a “Chase Utley Rule” requiring a runner to be sliding directly at second base when attempting to break up a double play. 
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THE CY YOUNG AND MVP AWARDS – REVISITED

Five weeks ago, I took a stab at who might win the Cy Young (left) images (8)and MVP (below) awards in each league. Yesterday, the top three finalists were announced in each category (somebody had a good idea). The field looks remarkably images (7)similar to the players I predicted would be in contention, except for the inclusion of Sonny Gray who emerged as a candidate for the AL Cy Young. 

While my reasoning behind the selections I made remains constant, my selections now are a bit different, mainly because the Post Season is now over. In the same way I put stock in a player’s TEAM making the playoffs, I now think that player’s performance in the Post Season counts equally as much. So, let’s get to the picks….. Continue reading

ANOTHER BASEBALL BRAT – BRYCE HARPER

The Bryce Harper/ Jonathan Papelbon explosion in the dugout that was caught in full view of cameras this weekend is merely a indication that something has been wrong in that clubhouse since day one this season. This was a team locked and loaded during the off season with the free agent big splash signing of Max Scherzer. All they seemingly had to do was play the schedule.

In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts in the dugout during an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park in Washington. There's rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper. Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19. He'll hit six home runs in a span of three games. He'll get ejected twice in the span of seven days. He'll win NL Player of the Week honors _ and then do it again a week later. And all of that has happened just this month. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: WX201

Except they walked through the season and the Mets stole it away from them. As Bob Dylan said many years ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”………this Nationals team was a train wreck from day one.

Jonathan PaplebonJonathan-Papelbon-Bryce-Harper-scuffle-lg is an aging closer who has not been consistently effective for years. He has been suspended for four games by the Nationals. In all likelihood, he will be struggling to hook up with a team next Winter to save his downward spiraling career……but that should not be the point. The focus instead should be on how the Nationals front office is handling Bryce Harper.

Look, Bryce Harper is only 22 years old. Okay, I get that but there has to be some accountability He said in a post game press conference following the incident (paraphrasing his words)…”I (emphasize the I)  have six games more to play and there are things I (there it is again) want to accomplish this season.”  Really, Bryce? Your team was just eliminated from the playoffs….do you get that? But even worse, the Nationals front office doesn’t seem to get it either. Instead, this is all about a MVP AWARD for a player on a losing team. At some point, Harper needs to step up and lead his TEAM. But the bigger question is when will the Nationals read him the riot act emphasizing that TEAMS win Championships. This is not golf.

Conversely, 1392234550000-2014-02-12-jeter2Derek Jeter was the same age as Bryce Harper when he broke into the Majors in 1995. From day one he preached and played to win. He led by example. He charged to first on EVERY ground or fly ball. Okay, I get it…..not everyone is Derek Jeter. But having said that, Bryce Harper is a immensely talented ballplayer and that alone should carry with it a responsibility to LEAD his team by setting a example for all others to follow. 

Take your MVP AWARD if that’s what makes you happy, Bryce. But in my book, it’s a pretty shallow award……and you need to grow up.