Back to the Basics

February 8, 2008

Always wondered how those beautiful big sticks were made? Well here is a video that tells you how.  

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Key to the West

February 7, 2008

bedard.jpg“Is the deal done yet?” asked Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista to the Seattle Times.

Everyone is waiting for the trigger to be pulled on a trade that would bring lefty Orioles lefty Erik Bedard to Seattle for young gun Adam Jones, and improving reliever George Sherrill. Mariners fans have a reason to be antsy for Bedard is quite possibly one of the better pitchers in the major leagues – and he is only 28. Bedard’s stats have not been able to do him justice while pitching for the lowly Orioles his whole career – a team that can never get themselves out of the bottom of the dumpster.

The M’s won’t be getting Bedard at a low price though – they will be parting ways with Adam Jones – one of the better prospects in their system. One AL talent evaluator said Jones will be “a monster. If you put he and Nick Markakis in the same outfield, that is the start of something.”

The M’s can fortunately afford to part ways with Jones’ bat when they have Ichiro, Sexson, and Ibanez already in the lineup; although he would make a fine compliment. Also, who knows what kind of contribution Jones would make in ’08 with only 139 AB’s under his belt. What the M’s can’t afford to lose is the opportunity of acquiring one of the most promising young arms in the game. With a rotation headed up by Bedard (221 K’s, 3.13 ERA), Felix Hernandez (165 K’s, 3.92 ERA), and Batista (16 wins, 133 K’s), and one of the best closers in the game J.J. Putz (40 sv, 1.38 ERA), the M’s could hold the key to the West if they follow through with this trade.

Only one small problem. Some Angels might clog that key-hole.


Keepin’ Up With The Joneses

February 5, 2008

Andruw JonesThe MLB offseason can be a tough one to follow. With players signing new contracts up the wazoo, and owners trading players like stocks, the average fan must become a super fan just to keep up with new moves. Well, I’ll do my best right here to catch you all up to date with the movers and shakers with this detailed list of key transactions this offseason. Heeeeere we go!

Oct. 14, 2007 – Cincinnati Reds hire Dusty Baker to be their manager
Oct. 29, 2007 – Detroit Tigers acquire shortstop Edgar Renteria from Braves for 2 prospects
Oct. 30, 2007 – New York Yankees hire Joe Girardi to be their manager.
Nov. 1, 2007 – Dodgers hire Joe Torre to be their manager
Nov. 5, 2007 – Pirates hire John Russell to be their manager
Nov. 7, 2007 – Philadelphia Phillies acquire pitcher Brad Lidge and infielder Eric Bruntlett from the Houston Astros for outfielder Michael Bourn and infielder Mike Costanzo
Nov. 19, 2007 – The Chicago White sox acquire infielder Orlando Cabrera from the LA Angels for pitcher Jon Garland. The Atlanta Braves sign pitcher Tom Glavine to a one year contract
Nov. 20, 2007 – The Cleveland Indians sign pitcher Masahide Kobayashi to a two year contract
Nov. 21, 2007 – The Los Angeles Angels sign outfielder Torii Hunter to a five year contract. The Milwaukee Brewers sign catcher Jason Kendall to a one year contract
Nov. 28, 2007 – The Minnesota Twins acquire outfielder Delmon Young and shortstop Brendan Harris from the Tampa Bay Rays for shortstop Jason Bartlett and pitcher Matt Garza. The Reds sign pitcher Francisco Cordero to a four year contract
Nov. 30, 2007 – The Washington Nationals acquire outfielder Lastings Milledge from the New York Mets for outfielder Ryan Church and catcher Brian Schneider.
Dec. 2, 2007 – The Houston Astros sign infielder Kaz Matsui to a three year contract
Dec. 3, 2007 – The Washington Nationals acquire outfielder Elijah Dukes from the Tampa Bay Rays
Dec. 5, 2007 – The Detroit Tigers acquired pitcher Dontrelle Willis and infielder Miguel Cabrera from the Florida Marlins for six prospects
Dec. 6, 2007 – The Kansas City Royals sign outfielder Jose Guillen
Dec. 10, 2007 – The Brewers sign pitcher Eric Gagne to a one year contract.
Dec. 12, 2007 – The San Francisco Giants sign outfielder Aaron Rowand to a five year contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers sign outfielder Andruw Jones to a two year contract
Dec. 13, 2007 – Astros acquire shortstop Miguel Tejada from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Luke Scott and prospects
Dec. 14, 2007 – Astros acquire pitcher Jose Valverde from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Chris Burke and pitcher Chad Qualls. The Arizona Diamondbacks acquire pitcher Dan Haren from the Oakland A’s for six prospects
Dec. 26, 2007 – The Padres sign pitcher Mark Prior to a one year contract
Jan. 14, 2008 – The Cardinals acquire third baseman Troy Glaus from the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Scott Rolen
Feb. 2, 2008 – The Mets acquire pitcher Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Carlos Gomez and three