I have had it with steroids in baseball. Sure Miguel Tejada didn’t take steroids but he lied about them. From now on the word steroid is banned on this blog unless we are making fun of the Yankees or that the one in a billion chance that David Ortiz took steroids becomes true.
Today outfielder Bobby Abreu signed a one year five million dollar contract. The deal also includes incentives. This deal is a perfect example of the effect the economy is having on baseball. It seemed like yesterday he was getting twenty million! The deal is still pending a physical though. Abreu turns 35 in March will lead an already talented batting order with Torri Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero. The other five outfielders Hunter, Guerrero, Gary Matthews Jr., Reggie Willits, and Juan Rivera (who mostly plays D.H.) are all righties and Abreu is a lefty. Last season with the Yankees Abreu hit .296 with twenty home runs, 100 RBI’s, 22 stolen bases, 180 hits, and a .984 fielding percentage. Abreu has played thirteen major league seasons with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Yankees. In his carer Abreu has batted .300 with 241 home runs, 1,084 RBI’s, 1,946 hits, 318 stolen bases, and a .984 fielding percentage. Abreu mostly plays right field and Vladimir Guerrero is currently the right-fielder. Abreu will most likely move to left making Reggie Willits sit on the bench. Abreu is a two time all-star won a 2005 Golden Glove, the 2005 Home Run Derby (pictured), and a Silver Slugger in 2004. In the Home Run Derby he hit 24 home runs in the first round a record that was broken by Josh Hamilton (28) at Yankee Stadium in 2008. Hamilton though did not win because he lost to Justin Morneau of the Twins in the finals. Abreu hit six home runs in the semis and hit eleven out of the park in the finals. This is going to be a good move by the Angels who I think with this move are the favorites in the A.L. West over the Oakland A’s. The A’s signed Jason Giambi who took ste****** (hey I’m serious about what I said ay the top) back when he played with the A’s before. They also traded for outfielder Matt Holiday this offseason.
First- Manny could go to the Giants! They would have to show him a lot of money, but if they got him they would be the favorites to win the N.L. West.
Second- The fix for the Dodgers is . . .
A.) Sign Manny
B.) Sign Bobby Abreu, put him in right and move Andre Ethier to left.
I think the Dodgers will do A.
Third- The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks, six to four, at Wrigley Field. It was the first time a NHL game was played at a MLB stadium.
Now to the Entry
The MLB Network was awesome. It started out with Bud Selig welcoming us to MLB Network and thanking us for watching. He really needs to smile some more. Like in this picture.
Okay he still isn’t smiling that much, but it looks like he is trying. After that they showed us the studios. I liked studio 42 named after Jackie Robinson. I liked all the people on the show but I really liked Matt Vasgersian, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, and Harold Reynolds. They had Jimmy Rollins on the show and talked to Josh Hamilton while he was at home. They demonstrated Jackie Robinson’s steal of home where Yogi got all mad in the World Series. They also talked about Manny. They had some news headlines like Barry Bonds getting hip surgery in an effort to make a comeback. After Hot Stove Live, they had Don Larson’s perfect World Series game. They had Yogi and Larson guest in the studio. They showed the original broad cast with even the same commercials! They were really funny like the one with the baseball encyclopedia. I think a better choice for the first game should have been the last game of 2008 since it was new years or Roberto Clemente’s last game because New Years was the anniversary of his death. Here are some fun facts.
First Word- Hello
First Person on the Show- Bud Selig
First Studio shown- Studio 3, named after Babe Ruth
First Topic- Manny
First Guest- J-Roll
First Game- Don Larson’s perfect game in the World Series
First air time- 6 p.m. eastern
First News Desk Topic- Barry Bond’s hip surgery
I LOVED the MLB Network
5 out of 5 stars