Before I begin I would like to say a few things.
–My Play was AWESOME! We did very well. I was Uncle Andrew in the Magician’s Nephew. I used a can of hair gell, a bottle of hair dye,and a ton of hair-spray for my hair. I got flowers and chocolate, it’s a weird thing we do to the star at the theatre, and by weird I mean awesome. So if the sports carer doesn’t work I’ll have acting to do.
-Also my championship basketball game got moved to six o’clock so I might get to blog tomorrow.
– I moved the front page of MLBlogs! Congrats Cob for making it also and Hyun Young for being the featured blog.
Closers End The Game and End the Draft
When drafting for your team draft closers at the end or middle, unless you play some weird league where saves are worth more then wins. Closers don’t pitch as much as starters and don’t play as much as position players. The only exceptions would be to Jonathan Papelbon, Brad Lidge, and Francsico Rodriguez and some could argue Marino Rivera, Joe Nathan, and Jose Valverde. Closers get the least amount of point on your team except for benchwarmers. The closer is the most overrated position in all of baseball. All they do is pitch one inning. Yes their is a ton of pressure and not everyone can do it but at the end of the day all it is is pitching one inning. I should know I’m the closer on my baseball team. Unless you don’t blow a one save, save sixty, or are the next Trevor Hoffman you are most likely overrated. I know I will get some really bad comments about this but I really don’t care. The most overrated closer? Francsico Rodriguez. Brad Lidge goes perfect with the exception of the all-star game and all we hear is K-Rod this, K-Rod that. Don’t get me wrong K-Rod is one of the games best at closer but he blew seven games last year. The save really just means how many closer games you won. So in a way you don’t want to have a closer come in and pitch because you want to have a blow out. Sarters pitch 200+ innings if you great and closers pitch about 70 at the very most. Position players play sometimes the whole season. While I respect closers and I think they are a huge part of a teams success they are overrated.
Note- This may have been the stupidest entry I’ve ever written because since I’m the closer for my team i just dissed myself.
Happy New Year’s eve. On the last day of 2008 I thought I would look back at the year of baseball.
5-The Red Sox Come back Against the Rays
This game the Red Sox trailed by seven runs and then came back to win. J.D. Drew hit a walk off ground rule “single” to win the game for the Red Sox. He had hit a two run home run to bring the Red Sox within two with one out in the bottom of the eighth. This game forced game six where the Red Sox won that game and then lost to the Rays in game seven sending Tampa bay to the World Series.
4- Yankee Stadium Goes Away
I’m a Red Sox fan, but this was a little sad. Think of all the memories the Red Sox have had at Yankee Stadium, good and bad. Remember trailing three games to zero and then winning the World Series and breaking the curse in 2004? Do you remember Aaron Boone’s home run? Babe Ruth hit the first home run and Jose Molina’s hit the last home run at Yankee Stadium. I don’t get though if it’s so great then why didn’t they try to turn it in to a museum?
3-Josh Hamilton’s Home Run Derby
This was the last great Yankee Stadium moment. Josh Hamilton, who overcame drug addiction hit a record 28 home runs in the first round and three over 500 feet, the crowd even started chanting Hamilton’s name. Hamilton lost though to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau in the finals, in a derby that didn’t have a Yankee, Red Sox, Cub, Dodger, Angel, Cardinal, A’s, or Met. This was Yankee stadiums final WOW moment.
2-Jon Lester’s No Hitter
This was an inspiration to many people, kids, parents, and athletes. Lester came back from cancer to win game four of the World Series, throw a no hitter and other amazing things. He struck out ten and walked just two throwing a no hitter against the Royals. I remember turning on my laptop and seeing that he was six outs away. I went to a TV and watched the rest of the game. This was a great moment for anyone Red Sox, Yankee, Met, Dodger, Angle, and Royal who he threw the no hitter against.
1-Phillies Win It All
This was the Phillies first title since 1980. Brad Lidge was perfect when he droped to his knees and screamed. This was a team you couldn’t count out till it was over. It put Philadelphia back on the sports map. They beat a team of rookies, who made it all the way here, beating the Red Sox and Yankees. Hey Phillies fans you might get to party even more because some say the Eagles could win the super bowl.
Roco Baldelli returns to the majors
Junior hits 600
Manny hits 500
Ryan Braun sends the Brewers to the playoffs
Big Z’s no hitter
Boston is close to signing Brad Penny. I hope they don’t. I want to see Clay back in the rotation.
My Pats sadly didn’t get in to the NFL playoffs. 😦
Now to the entry.
Closer- Brad Lidge, 1.95 era, 2-0, 41 saves, 92 so, $6,350,000
Lidge isn’t cheep or young, which is what I based this team on, but when you strike out 92 guys, don’t blow a single save, win comeback player of the year, and have a low era, your on my team. Lidge was great in Houston till Albert Pujols hit a home run off of him and If I recall ended the Astros season. He stunk and then got traded to the Phillies which was all he needed to become his old self. Lidge’s six full season as a major leaguer give hm leadership one thing that this team kinda lacks.
Setup Man- Jonathan Papelbon, 2.34 era, 5-4, 41 saves, 77 so, $775,000
Some might say that the only reason there are so many Red Sox on this team is because I’m a Red Sox fan. Some might say this is due because the Red Sox are so good. Others might say this is due to the fact that the Red Sox rip of their players, unlike New York who overpays their players. The answer is the second one and no Boston does not rip off their players. Paps wouldn’t like being the setup man and not the closer, but in an ideal universe he would be my setup man. Paps is young and has three full seasons under his belt. He also strikes out a lot of guys.
Joakim Soria– 1.60 era, 2-3, 42 saves, 66 so, $426,500
Soria got 42 saves for a team that won only 75 games. He has two full major league seasons under his belt. He strikes out a fair amount of guys. He has a low era, too. He was the third best closer this year (Lidge was number 1 and Paps was number 2.) He has the most saves out of any one on this team, and plays for the second worst team.
Bobby Jenks– 2.63 era, 3-1, 30 saves, 38 so, $550,000
Jenks doesn’t strike out a ton of guys or have a amazing era, or have the figure of a closer, but for some reason he comes through in the clutch. With four blown saves he isn’t that bad. He is a ground ball pitcher, and with this teams defense I’m good. Not putting him in as the closer would also give the team some time to make up the extra run he allows every now and again.
Clay Buchholz– 6.75 era, 2-9, 0 saves, 72 strike outs,* $396,000
* In 16 games.
Clay is a prospect. 72 strike outs in only 16 games is WOW! He has yet to play a full season though. Clay is my long relief pitcher. He is rebounding nicely in the offseason. Clay is young and still has a lot to learn. He was probably the only major leaguer to throw a no hitter and go down to AA. Clay is also cheep.
Total Payroll Today- $8,497,500
Total Payroll of This Team- $34,667,162
My goal was to build an all-star team using last years salaries, under a 100 million. I beat my goal by $65,332,838! This team could win over 120 games, but just like the Yankees who knows if there would be any chemistry.