April 29, 2008
A word that is on the mind of every executive in the San Francisco Giants front office right now. After spending $126 million and investing seven years on the promising lefty, Barry Zito has returned the favor by starting out the 2008 season by going 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA, and has been sent to the bullpen: a sign of lost faith.
Zito, who now is 11-19 in his short career with the Giants, may go down as one of the biggest free-agent busts in MLB history – on pace to surpass Mike Hampton’s contract with the Colorado Rockies.
Although it is evident that Zito’s contract was a huge mistake for the Giants, it is not too late for Zito to regain his old form. He is only 29 years old and has had no major surgeries in his career. Hopefully he can turn it around sooner than later.
April 28, 2008
Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang notched his fifth win of the young season yesterday against the Tribe, while Brandon Webb grabbed win number six against the Padres. Wang, the runner up to the ’07 AL Cy Young beat the winner of the ’07 AL Cy Young C.C. Sabathia, while Webb, the ’06 NL Cy Young winner topped last year’s NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy. Wow, a lot of Cy Young action going on yesterday…Aces are a plenty these days in the MLB.
Their hot starts bode well for my pre-season Yankees – D-Backs World Series prediction; the D-Backs are off to a 18-7 start through the first 25 games of the season, while the Yanks went 12-13 in their first 25. As soon as the Yanks can figure out their bottom of the rotation problems they will be all set to go. Losing Bruney for the season hurts the chances of moving Joba to the rotation.
April 24, 2008
Today ESPN columnist Jayson Stark came out with a story about whom the 30 MLB managers are most scared to pitch to. The vote went something like this:
Albert Pujols: 11 1/3
Vladimir Guerrero: 4
Alex Rodriguez: 4
Manny Ramirez: 3 1/3
David Ortiz: 3
Ichiro Suzuki: 1
Chipper Jones: 1
Chase Utley: 1
Derrek Lee: 1
Miguel Cabrera: 1/3
It seems as if there is somewhat of an even balance between feared hitters in the AL (6) and NL (4), with a slight nod towards the AL; most likely because of the designated hitter. Surprisingly, the last two reigning NL MVP’s were left off the list: Ryan Howard (’06) and Jimmy Rollins (’07). My ’08 NL MVP pick Chase Utley is up there, and would complete the trifecta of back to back to back Phillies winning the NL MVP.
One interesting fact too, is that out of the top 12 players in 2008 thus far who have the most intentional walks, only Pujols ranks among the most feared hitters by the managers.
April 23, 2008
John Smoltz collected his 3,000th K last night, joining some exclusive company, and a ticket to the Hall of Fame. Here are the other 15 members.
April 22, 2008
Frank Thomas, unhappy that his playing time was cut, came to an agreement with Blue Jays management that he be released.
Published reports include, the Mariners, the A’s, and of course, always the Yankees.
I personally think that it will be a while until Thomas signs with anyone, because he will ask for too much money from teams who will not catch his bait. Once he realizes his true value he will sign. I think the Orioles, A’s, Rays or Twins would make the most sense.
April 16, 2008
This is why Yankees fans are the best fans in sports. Some may feel completely opposite, but this is coming from a Yankees fan and a life-long Paul O’Neil fan.
April 16, 2008
Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. The day commemorated Robinson’s first game in the league 61 years ago. That day Robinson became the first African American baseball player to play in the league, and America would never be the same.
The number 42 became forever retired in Major League Baseball in 1997 – the 50 year anniversary of his debut. Those who were already wearing the number in 1997 when it was retired were allowed to continue to wear the number 42 until they retired. Today, Mariano Rivera is the only remaining player from 1997 to still wear the number 42.
Yesterday, 330 players and coaches took the field sporting the number 42. Nine entire teams wore 42 together; the Mets, Nationals, A’s, Rays, Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Angels and Rangers. Other teams had a couple of players wear the number 42. Most feel having the players wear 42 is a great way to commemorate Robinson, but some feel it should be more organized.
I personally think it should be organized too, but I think that not just the Dodgers should be the only ones wearing the number as ‘Doc suggests in his Yahoo! blog. I think that is not fair to other teams, especially the Mets, because Robinson did play his entire career in Brooklyn after all – not in Los Angeles. I think that his other idea would be the best way; it would be to have each team assign two or three players to wear the number. The players can be voted on by their teammates.