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Baseball Starts Tomorrow!

That is right baseball fans spring training starts tomorrow and MLB Network will be showing two of the games! In the first game it will be. . .
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This game will be on MLB Network at 3:00 P.M. Eastern. This will be a fantastic game. The starting pitchers have not been set yet but it could be Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee. Thats right Cy Young winner against Cy Young winner. Now I just wish this was a regular season game because it is very likely that each will pitch between one and three innings. Both teams have something to prove this season. For the Giants they need to show every one that the signings of Randy Johnson, Edgar Renteria, and Juan Uribe were so that the Giants could compete and not be second to last in the Nation League West yet again. For the Indians they have to show that last year was just a bump in the road. They have plenty of starting depth and young talent. Ever heard of Grady Sizemore? Both projected starting pitchers have something to prove too. For Cliff Lee it is that he will stay the way he is. In 2005 he won eighteen games. In 2007 he won five games and was sent down. Then in 2008 he won twenty-two games. For Tim Lincecum he has to prove that last year was not beginners luck as many people think it is. In his first twenty-four games he went seven and five. In his second set of twenty-four games he went twelve and three. The second game MLB Network will show is the . . .

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One of the best things about this game is it is NESN’s coverage at seven P.M. Eastern! In case you do not know NESN stands for New England Sports Network. This game could feature Josh Beckett against Scott Baker. I would not be surprised though if Jon Lester went for the Red Sox though due to Beckett’s injury history. This season the Red Sox and the Twins have something to prove for Boston it is will the low risk high reward signings be able to keep up with the Yankees huge free agent signings and will the shall we say “different” Red Sox offense be able to keep up with the Yankees. I say yes to both. The Yankees signings were out of desperation. They were afraid of the Rays and Red Sox. The line up is different. It does not give an opposing pitcher as much fear without Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez could hit one home run all season and pitchers would still be afraid of him. Once you have established yourself as a power hitter your most likely going to stay a power hitter and in Manny’s case it is hard to stop being one with 500 home runs. As for the Twins they need to prove every one wrong again. I think they will finish in a close third with the White Sox, Royals, and Tigers. The Indians will win the division while the White Sox get second by three games, the Twins get third by four, the Royals get fifth by six, and the Tigers get last by ten. As for the starters, Beckett needs to show us he is healthy and in his 2007 form when he won twenty games. Scott Baker must show us that he can be an ace. Last season he was eleven and four with 141 strikeouts. I am sure Francisco Liriano, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, and Nick Blackburn could be the ace of this young staff and would like to be the ace of this staff. One of the best things about baseball is that every player has to prove them self, in most cases. This season on the Red Sox look out for Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Dice-K, Mike Lowell, Jason Varitex, Jon Smoltz, Clay Buchholz, Brad Peny, Jed Lowrie, Julio Lugo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay, Josh Bard, and David Ortiz who all have something to prove this this year.


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All right congrats to Rohan over at King Yankees for getting the answer to the first Eat, Sleep, Baseball baseball trivia. The question was who played the most games for one major league team and the answer was . . . Carl Yastrzemski aka Yaz. Who would have thought, a Yankee fan getting a Red Sox question right. All right now to today’s question. Who was the first man to bat for the American League in an All-Star game?

Hint- Not Joe Cronin

Good luck!

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2- clevelandindians.com
3- www1.whdh.com
4- wikipedia.com
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#4- Lou Boudreau

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As you might have noticed I wrote two or one word sentences to some of my favorite bloggers. Sorry if I missed you.

So I got forth again. I already dedicated my first 4 to Joe Cronin so this time I going with another hall of famer. This one didn’t play with the Red Sox as long though.

Lou Boudreau

Lou Boudreau was born on July 17, 1917 in Harvey, Illinois. His carer stats include a .295 batting average, 1,779 hits, 68 home runs, 789 RBI’s, and 51 stolen bases. Boudreau spent two seasons as a player/manager and two seasons just as a manager with the Red Sox. He played  13 seasons of his carer with the Cleveland Indians. He also managed the Kansas City Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. Boudreau played four different positions, first base, shortstop, third base, and catcher. His primary position was shortstop. He made 230 carer errors and had a .973 fielding percentage. Boudreau was a seven time all-star who won a World Series and a MVP in 1948 while with the Cleveland Indians. That same season he hit .355 with three stolen bases, eighteen home runs, 106 RBI’s, and 199 hits. In 1970 Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 77.33 percent of the vote on his ninth try. Later in that year he had his number 5 retired by the Indians. Boudreau also had a great announcing carer. He was the announcer for the Chicago Cubs from 1958-1959 and from 1961-1987. The one year he was not in the broadcast both he was in the dugout as manager of the Cubs. He also announced the Chicago Bulls on the radio from 1966-1968. He died on August 10, 2001. Even though he wasn’t a Red Sox legend he should be honored.

Lou Boudreau Autographed / Signed Post Card BWPC067

Lou Boudreau and his wife before 1948 World Series game

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1- wikipedia.com
2- hollywoodcollectibles.com
3- clevelandseniors.com
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Remember This Guy?

Okay I was about to start a Young Guns for the Brewers when I saw Trot Nixon’s name on the roster. At first I thought it was a different one then I clicked on him and it was the same guy!

Trot Nixon was drafted by the Red Sox with the seventh pick in the 1993 MLB draft. He paved the way for Red Sox to wear go-tees (your welcome Youk 🙂 during the eleven seasons he spent in Boston. On September 21, 1996 he made his major league debut with the Red Sox. He became the starting right-fielder in 1999. That year he hit .270 with fifteen home runs, 103 hits, 52 RBI’s, and three stolen bases. In 2001 he had his breakout year with Boston hitting .280 with 88 RBI’s, 27 home runs, 150 hits, and seven stolen bases. Two years later in 2003 he had his best season ever batting .306 with 87 RBI’s, 28 home runs, 135 hits, and four stolen bases. The next year he helped the Red Sox come back against the Yankees in the ALCS going six for 29 with one home run and three RBI’s in that series. In the World Series he helped Boston sweep the Cardinals going five for 14. He only played in 48 games because he had a herniated disc. His carer then became a downward spiral after that. In 2006 he had only eight home runs and 102 hits. Nixon was not offered salary arbitration and the Red Sox signed J.D. Drew to take the right field spot. In January 2007 he signed a one year three million dollar deal with the Cleveland Indians.  He batted .251 with three home runs that season. In the 2007 ALCS Nixon faced of against his former team the Boston Red Sox. Through the first four games Cleveland had a big lead three games to one but we all know how that season ended. The Red Sox came back to win the series and then sweep the Rockies in the World Series. In the ALCS he went three for seven with one RBI. In the 2008 offseason he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On June, 13 he was traded to the New York Mets for money. In 2008 he batted .171 with one home run, one RBI, one stolen base, and six hits in 35 at bats. On December 18 he signed a minor league deal with the Brewers with an invitation to spring training. It is very unlikely that he will get a starters sport since Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, and Corey Hart are all in the outfield but he could get the role of the forth outfielder beating out Tony Gwynn Jr. Nixon is now 34 years old. This story shows how stardom doesn’t not last. Just like Andruw Jones. One minute you could be a star the next a nobody. So Mr. Nixon and Mr. Jones I hope you prove me wrong by having a great season.
Trot Nixon   
Trot Nixon (left) and Jhonny Peralta (right) celebrated the Indians' 13-6 win in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Trot Nixon

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1- sportsillustrated.com
2- boston.com
3- azcentral.com
4- wikipedia.com

Fantasy Baseball Help- Tip 1

I know Cob is starting a fantasy baseball league so I thought for all you first timers I thought I would give you some tips.

Draft Players on Good Teams

When drafting your team try to draft great players on average or great teams. The Mariners lost 101 games in 2008 year. In 2007 years ago they won 88 games. In 2007 Felix Hernandez won 14 games an in 2008 he won nine and lost 14. For pitchers run support is key. A baseball team with great sluggers and average pitchers will do fine. In 2007 the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won 66 games. In 2008 the Rays won 97 games. Every single one of their pitchers did better because of run support. When drafting sluggers you can afford to break this rule for a really good player. Playing on a better team for a slugger means more runs, RBI’s, and a higher on base percentage. You get more runs because people will drive you in more. You get more RBI’s, because more people will be standing at third base. Lastly you will get a higher on base percentage because if a pitcher walks someone they will then have to face a better hitter next. Lets use the Mariners and the Rays again. In 2007 Ichiro hit had 111 runs, 68 RBI’s, and a .396 on base percentage. In 2008 he had 103 runs, 42 RBI’s, and a .361 on base percentage. Akinori Iwamura, of the Rays had 82 runs, 34 RBI’s, and a .359 on base percentage in 2007. In 2008 he had 91 runs, 48 RBI’s, and a .349 on base percentage. Sure his on base percentage dropped by .010 but he had a much better year. When you drafted players on good teams their confidence is higher which means a better year most of the time. So my list of teams I would draft from are the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, Astros, Cubs, Reds, D-Backs, Giants, and Rockies. I don’t plan on drafting any one from the Rays or Yankees though. Also I left the Brewers and Cardinals off for two reasons their pitchers and the fact that their not that heathy.

Hall of Fame Winners and Losers- Part 5

Dale Murphy No, Never



Dale Murphy is on the ballot for the eleventh time. He hit .265, with 398 home runs, drove in 1,266, scored 1,197 times, had 2,111 hits, stole 161 and was caught stealing 68 times. Murphy played for 18 seasons with the Braves, Phillies, and Rockies. If he does go in it will be as a Brave. In just an eight span Murphy won two MVP’s, along with six golden gloves, four silver sluggers, the Lou Gehrig  award, and the Roberto Clemente award. In that same span he was elected to seven all-star games. This year he will get 15% of the vote and at his best 45% of the vote.

Jesse Orosco No, Never


Jesse Orosco is on the ballot for his first time. He has a carer record of 87-80, with an ERA of 3.16, and 1179 strike outs. Orosco, a relief pitcher is the all-time leader in appearances. He played 24 seasons with the Mets, Dodgers, Indians, Brewers, Orioles, Cardinals, Twins, Yankees, and Padres. He played with the Dodgers two different times. He made four errors at pitcher. He had a great .984 fielding percentage. Orosco is my favorite player on the ballot to not play for the Red Sox because in 2003 in 15 games for the Yankees he had a 10.38 ERA. Orosco will get 7% of the vote this year and his high will be 45% of the vote.

Dave Parker, No, Never


Dave Parker is on the ballot for his 13th year. He hit .290, with 339 home runs, drove in 1,493, scored 1,272 times, had 2,712 hits, stole 154, and was caught stealing 113 times. He made 144 errors at first, second, and in the outfield. He has a .966 fielding percentage. Parker played 19 seasons with the Pirates, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Angels, and Blue Jays. Parker if he goes in will go in as a Pirate. He won two batting titles, three golden gloves, three silver sluggers, and a MVP. He also was elected to eight all-star games. I think Parker should go in. He just missed 3,000 hits and had great stats otherwise, but I don’t think he will. Last year he got 15.1% of the vote I think this year he will get 17% of the vote and his best will be 24.5% of the vote back in 1998. 

Hall of Fame Winners and Losers- Part 4

Don Mattingly No, Never



Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the ninth time. He had 222 home runs, had 2153 hits, with a .307 batting average, he drove in 1,099, stole fourteen, and was caught stealing nine times. He made 68 errors at first base and in the outfield. He played fourteen seasons all with the New York Yankees. While Mattingly was good he didn’t have a hall of fame carer. He didn’t hit 500 or get 3,000 hits. Maybe if he played longer he would be in the hall. Mattingly got 15.8% of the vote last year. This year he will get 20% of the vote and at his best 55% of the vote.

Mark McGwire, No, Never


Mark McGwire is on the ballot for his third year. He hit .263, with 583 home runs, drove in 1,414, scored 1,167 times, had 1,626 hit, stole twelve and was caught stealing eight times. McGwire played  sixteen seasons with the A’s and Cardinals. While McGwire has great numbers (half of his hits were home runs) his carer will remembered by one word, steroids. This is an important election because Clemens, Bonds, and others don’t stand a chance if McGwire doesn’t get in. It would send a message, if you used steroids you will not get in. McGwire will get 25% of the vote and at his best 35% of the vote.

Jack Morris, No, Never


Jack Morris is up for election for his tenth year. Morris had a carer record of 254-186, an ERA of 3.90, and 2,478 strikeouts. Morris played 18 seasons with the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays, and Indians. He will probably go in, if he goes in as a Tiger.In 1986 and 1992 he won 21 games. He pitched 28 shutouts and 175 complete games. He made 29 errors with a .965 ERA. Last year he got 42.9% of the vote. This year he will get 50% of the vote and at his best 70% of the vote. He will never get in to the hall because you need 75% to get in.

Hall of Fame Winners and Losers- Part 3

First- My Celtics won!

Mark Grace No, Never



Mark Grace is on the ballot for the first time. He hit .303, with 173 home runs, drove in 1,146, stole 70, and was caught stealing 48 times. He played 16 seasons with the Cubs and D-Backs. Grace won the World Series with the D-Backs against the Yankees in 2001. Grace will probably go in as a Cub. Grace was a first baseman who made 110 carer errors. In 2002 he played pitcher for one inning. He gave up a home run. Grace had a great fielding percentage, .995. He will probably get around 5% of the votes this year and at his best 60% due to his great fielding.

Rickey Henderson, Yes


Rickey Henderson is on the ballot for his first time. He hit .279, with 297 home runs, scored 2,295 times, had 3,055 hits, drove in 1,115, stole 1,406, and was caught stealing 335 times. He played 25 seasons with the A’s, Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres, Angels, Mets, Mariners, Red Sox, and Dodgers. He played with the A’s for different times and the Padres two different times. He will probably go in as an A’s. He had more stolen bases and runs then any other player in the history of baseball. He had 3,000 hits too. He is one of the best leadoff hitters ever. He will get 99% of the vote and get in to the hall of fame.

Tommy John No, Never


Tommy John is on the ballot for his 15th and final time. He has a carer record of 288-231, an ERA of 3.34, and 2,245 strike outs. He made 49 errors at pitcher and had a .963 fielding percentage. John played 27 seasons with the Indians, White Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels, and A’s. He was with the Yankees two different times. John was the first player to get Tommy John surgery, which was named after him. In 1980 he won 22 games with an ERA of 3.43. John got 29.1% of the votes last year this year he will get 35% of the votes and will not make it in the hall of fame.