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WHAT TO DO ABOUT PETE ROSE….

Shortly, Commissioner Manfred will come down with a decision regarding the Pete Rose “situation” we are all familiar with. In fairness, images (30)perhaps the following compromise should be implemented. In essence, the Commissioner should say something like – “Pete, your accomplishments on the field are unprecedented and you should be acknowledged for that…..but off the field you remain a dark blot on our sport and therefore it is my judgment that…….

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TWO MORE AND DONE – HOF THIS YEAR

There are two more players on the Hall Of Fame ballot (in addition to Ken Griffey Jr – see previous post  I think should be elected making it a trio of inductees as we saw last year (see the full list of candidates here). The first is a relief pitcher who held the record for career saves until someone named Rivera came along and the second is a catcher who hit the most home runs ever for a player at that position. Continue reading

DAVID ORTIZ – A FINAL LAP AROUND THE TRACK?

So, David Ortiz has announced that the upcoming season will be his last. The reason behind this announcement may have been to give all teams an opportunity to plan well in advance for a tribute day as he takes his final lap as a visiting player in each ballpark the Red Sox are scheduled to play in.

Really? In a way,  it doesn’t surprise me simply because ortiz-red-soxthis man apparently has a ego the size of his body mass. Get real David. You are not Derek Jeter. No way, no how. I mean can you imagine the fans in Houston (for example) checking the schedule to find out when Ortiz is coming to town? Fans did that for Jeter and virtually every game was sold out….. Continue reading

DON MATTINGLY – SOMETIMES, NICE GUYS DO FINISH LAST

It was Leo “The Lip” Durocher (below) who coined the17iti2omk97d0jpg phrase “nice guys finish last”. While it’s hard to imagine him as a role model for anyone in the game of baseball today, Don Mattingly (below) 635811032741246297-USATSI-8863478definitely fills the definition of a nice guy. And in a way, he has finished last as the Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether he resigned or was forced out is really a moot point. What matters is that he might be one of those people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But in order to fully understand what happened in LA, we need to take a look back at his time with the New York Yankees. Don Mattingly1371570128000-C03G2FOCUS23-21P6-X-38-LINES-1306181143_4_3 was a workmanlike “carry your lunch pail” first baseman. He was quiet, often mysterious. He never (as they say) put himself out there. He was also a self made major league hitter who assembled numbers that arguably make him a outside candidate for the Hall of Fame. Much like Derek Jeter, he led by example and not with words.

Therefore, the question then becomes – was he ever truly managerial material? Fans and media in New York wanted desperately for him to take Joe Torre’s place at the end of “the run” by the Yankees. But the Yankees went in a different direction and hired Joe Girardi. Left unsaid were the reasons why Mattingly did not get the job. However, everyone knew the reasons why – the job was ill suited for his talents.

Add to that the dysfunctional ownership situation in LA 1371690499000-06-19-2013-Don-Mattingly-1306192110_4_3during the beginning of his tenure there plus the influx of dysfunctional players to deal with (read Puig)……and then the final blow of the new owners choice to collect and fill their “book of stamps” resulting in a $300 million payroll……..and well……you get the picture.

There is (or should be) a place in baseball for someone like Don Mattingly. He would be welcomed back in New York by Brian Cashman in a heartbeat. Joe Girardi’s ego could accommodate him as a bench coach and he could also have an impact as a role model for younger players like Greg Bird and Didi Gregorious. In sum, Don Mattingly needs to come home…….

WHY I CAN’T GET INTO THE DAVID ORTIZ THING

First, a disclaimer. I am a fan of the New York Yankees and therefore have been a part of the long standing rivalry with the Boston Red Sox. It’s been a fun and good natured exchange for the most part.  My brother resides in Red Sox Nation and as a Yankee fan himself he continues to enjoy the teasing that goes on with his neighbors and friends. This is not about that.

What it is about is David Ortiz ortiz-red-soxthe man and not the ballplayer. We all know he has the stats to back up his bravado – at least in the power department. And he probably will be given serious consideration for the HOF. But having said that, he falls far short in every other “immeasurable” category.

I judge umpires to be a fair representative of a man’s character on the field. They make (remarkably few) mistakes. But for most players, they accept a bad call in the same way they accept a line drive hit right at someone. Not David Ortiz. His whining about everything put him on the downside of every umpire. And mind you, we’re not talking about Ted Williams here with 20/10 vision. We’re talking about a giant of a man who would be challenged to see his toes in the batter’s box if he were standing up straight.

I have another question though. When….if ever have you ever seen a quote from one of his teammates that praised him for being a good “clubhouse guy”. Go on all you Red Sox Nation fans……..do the research. Tell me that he was the “go to guy” in the clubhouse when something or someone needed to be addressed. Tell me when it was not only all about David Ortiz and tell me that you can’t wait until he retires……and that the team as a whole won’t be better for it. Tell me.

BITS AND PIECES………..THINGS TO PONDER

Can you imagine the conundrum of ridicule from Met fans and the the N.Y. media if the team played in the American League and they had to field a DH every day from their regular roster of .150 hitters………

How do you explain a Cy Young winner of last year owning a 3-9 record ththis year while his team is 3-13 in games he’s started……….Did Cory Kluber wake-up one morning and forget how to pitch…….not likely but you have to wonder

Don’t you get the feeling that the Giants are just playing with the Dodgers until September rolls around…….

Based on the proven record of his betting on baseball, Pete Rose should never th-2be allowed to have a formal association with Major League Baseball. But he should be elected to the numbers driven Hall Of Fame. His record of most career hits is not likely to be broken by another player in a era when high salaries negate the need to play the twenty years it would take to challenge this phenomenal stat.

Although I consider myself a fan of the Yankees, I have to admire the way Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles play baseball day in and day out.

If you are wondering where the Minnesota Twins came from this year, th-1look no further than the signing of Torri Hunter. Not only is he on target for 25 home runs and 90-100 RBI, he is also the go-to guy in the clubhouse. We might also be seeing a manager in training too……

Did you hear the Secret Service caught another man trying to scale the wall at the White House…….They had to tell him “I’m sorry Mr. President, you have another year and a half to go in your term”.

Phone lines are buzzing everywhere as we move towards the July 31 deadline.images-6 Who are the buyers and who are the sellers………Who is able to land the one or two guys that brings their team over the top. Who overpays and who robs the bank netting the under the radar player who makes it seem like a no-brainer to everyone else. Johnny Cueto isn’t that under the radar guy but he is certainly underrated. Someone needs to go get him……now!

And finally, Happy Birthday America!

 

What Could Have Been………

Mickey MantleToward the end of his life, Mickey Mantle touched my heart by saying “If I had known I would have lived this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”. He was of course referring to the early age passing of his father and perhaps reflecting on the personal choices  (drinking and carousing till dawn) he made over his Hall of Fame career.

His dramatic admission of failure within the framework of a brilliant and successful career brings to mind the “case” of Alex Rodriguez at this stage of his life and career in baseball.

I say case because to date he has been nothing short of psychologist’s dream. If you were writing a book, you couldn’t make this stuff up. Baseball fan or not, you have to be captivated by his story. A brilliant talent (much like “The Mick”) who put up the numbers we all know and talk about………and yet…….unlike Mantle whose antics were largely ignored (in those days)…….A-Rod can’t seem to catch a break……even as he tries so hard (now) to win us over.alex

But here’s the main cognizant point that is often overlooked. All of us wish only to be judged and revered by our peers. No one else really matters. And the unblemished reality is that A-Rod captures the admiration of his peers. His teammates and fellow players respect him and treat him accordingly.

With all my doubts, I’d rather err on the side of caution here and trust their judgment. And so with that in mind,  let’s enjoy the renaissance and final days of our favorite player to hate……….because (remember Richard Nixon’s famous quote after losing a election)………soon…….we won’t have A-Rod to kick around anymore.