Wednesday, June 18, 2014


On the road again...
Boston just announced that they have designated Grady Sizemore for assignment, while in New York, Scott Sizemore has bounced between Scranton and NY a few times this year and currently is in the minors. Grady had some good years in Cleveland until he suffered a series of injuries, but now, at age 31, Grady is unemployed. Scott is two years younger, and while versatile, he is not the hitter that Grady was. Contrary to what you might think, they are not related.

You do the math.
ESPN offers a myriad of stats to inform and also to confuse the readers. Most of them don't really mean anything, such as this little gem. When they list the standings, they include a stat showing the chances a team has of making the playoffs, based on their current standing. Yesterday, the Yankees were 3 games over .500, and were in 2nd place in the AL East, yet ESPN figured 9 other teams had a better chance of making the playoffs, including the Minnesota   Twins, who were in last place in the AL Central, 5 games UNDER .500.

Who's the scariest hitter in baseball right now?
It looks to be the Angels Mike Trout, who's on a pace to hit 40 home runs, knock in 125 runs and bat over .300. He also plays centerfield as though he has advance notice of where the ball is going to be hit. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he hits in front of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. 

It doesn't seem fair.
Masahiro Tanaka said he didn't have his best stuff last night. but Toronto managed only 5 hits while striking out 10 times in 6 innings. The Blue Jays did get Tanaka's pitch count up, so he was gone by the 7th inning. They were relieved until they saw Dellin Betances walk in from the bullpen. Tanaka may have been hard to hit, but it looked like the Blue Jay hitters didn't even want to get in the batter's box. Betances struck out Bautista and Encarnacion, Toronto's 3 and 4 hitters. They showed them in the dugout talking afterwards and it would have been interesting to hear that conversation. "Did you see any of the pitches?" "No. did you?" "Nope."

The Tigers have a problem.
One day after the KC Royals touched up Justin Verlander for 7 runs, Max Scherzer gave up 10 runs to the red-hot Royals. In spite of the powerful Tiger lineup, They are now in 2nd place behind KC. You can't count on scoring in double figures every game, which may be necessary considering the state of Detroit's pitching staff.

A sad story.
Our condolences go out to the family of Tony Gwynn, a great hitter, a Hall of Famer and a wonderful human being

"The Kansas City Royals ball boy fielded a fair ball and threw it to a fan. The next day, he became the first ball boy ever optioned to Omaha."  -- Brad Dickson
"Every second of every game will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, plus WatchESPN or ESPN3 online, and you can even tune in to all 64 matches on your smartphone or ESPN FC app. In my home, I also can access ESPN game coverage through my microwave oven and master-bath showerhead."  -- Norman Chad
"A multimillionaire officiated the U.S.-Ghana World Cup match. He’s the only referee wielding a yellow card, a red card and a platinum American Express card."  -- Gary Bachman
"What do you get when you cross the World Cup and “The Waltons”?  Ghana defender John Boye."  -- Dwight Perry
"At Horsemen's Park in Omaha, a cashier accidentally overpaid a winning bettor by $5,957. On his way out of Horsemen's Park, the bettor broke the course record for six furlongs."  -- Brad Dickson
"Miss Nevada — a black belt in Taekwondo — won the Miss USA Pageant.  Actually, she wasn’t technically the winner, but she made the winner give her the crown."  -- Conan O'Brien
"A 65-year-old former Ohio State cheerleader has been ordered to stop doing cartwheels and the splits at Phoenix council meetings. You try putting a punchline on that"  -- RJ Currie
" On former North Carolina college basketball star  Rashad McCants   claiming he made the dean’s list without ever attending a class: “’Big deal,” said some Auburn football players, “did you get paid too?"  -- TC Chong
"Well seriously,  this just sucks. R.I.P Tony Gwynn.  54 years old. One of my favorite all-time players. If there are baseball teams in heaven one of their team batting averages is about to go up."  -- Janice Hough

"In the match vs. Ghana, the U.S. team scored 29 seconds in. I missed it. Normally when I watch soccer, I have time to cook a turkey and not miss any scoring."  -- Brad Dickson


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