Posted on: September 11, 2009 10:45 am

The Ultimate All-Star Teams

So I just got done voting for the "All Time 9" for the Orioles and it got me thinking about the All Time 9...All Time!  There are way too many players to cut it down to just 9, so I've decided to put together AL and NL All-Star teams.  I'll use loose roster rules...a starter and a backup at each position, 5 man rotation, and a 5 man bullpen.  For guys that played in both leagues, I will put them with the league where they had their best years and either are in or will be in the HOF as.  I'm not putting this out there as some proclamation that I am the almighty knower of all things baseball...but I'm a baseball junkie and would love to get a little debate going on this.

C - Ivan Rodriguez, Yogi Berra
1B - Lou Gehrig, Harmon Killebrew
2B - Roberto Alomar, Nap Lajoie
3B - George Brett, Brooks Robinson
SS - Cal Ripken, Jr., Robin Yount
LF - Ted Williams, Frank Robinson
CF - Ken Griffey, Jr., Ty Cobb
RF - Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson
SP - Walter Johnson
SP - Pedro Martinez
SP - Nolan Ryan
SP - Jim Palmer
SP - Roger Clemens
RP - Mariano Rivera
RP - Dennis Eckersley
RP - Hoyt Wilhelm
RP - Goose Gossage
RP - Rollie Fingers

C - Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza
1B - Albert Pujols, Tony Perez
2B - Rogers Hornsby, Joe Morgan
3B - Mike Schmidt, Eddie Matthews
SS - Ernie Banks, Honus Wagner
LF - Stan Musial, Barry Bonds
CF - Willie Mays, Duke Snider
RF - Henry Aaron, Roberto Clements
SP - Cy Young
SP - Christy Mathewson
SP - Randy Johnson
SP - Greg Maddux
SP - Lefty Grove
RP - Bruce Sutter
RP - Trevor Hoffman
RP - Tug McGraw
RP - John Franco
RP - Kent Tekulve
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:07 am


Is there anything better in sports than opening day of the MLB season?  No matter what the experts predict and what happens in spring training and what happened last year, for one day everyone is tied (except the Phillies and Braves...but we'll pretend that didn't happen).  Symbloically and romantically, opening day signifies the true beginning of spring.  It normally coincides with the weather really starting to warm up as we move forward out of the cold winds of winter and into the warm breezes of spring and summer.  With the exception of Christmas, opening day is the 2nd best day of the year, at least for this baseball fan.

As an O's fan, it is hard to imagine this turning out to be a good season when I look at the current roster.  Nobody predicted the Rays would be as good as they were last year, either.  Even if the Birds don't fly this season, I can't wait for later in the year when we get to look at Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, maybe Jake Arrieta, Nolan Reimold, and the countless others that we heard about all last year in the minor league reports.

This year's opening day signifies the beginning of hope for me as an O's fan.  This may not be the season that we put everything together, but hopefully this is the beginning of a new era in O's baseball.  One where homegrown talent like Jones and Markakis and Wieters will really start to shine.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 18, 2009 1:42 pm

Since When is Baseball So Un-Patriotic?

I am so sick and tired of hearing all these experts, fans, owners, coaches, and players talk about how bad of an idea the WBC is because it puts guys at risk come the regular season.  Can you name another league besides MLB that fancies itself so all-important that it considers a league regular season more important than international competition?  Soccer players routinely leave their clubs to play in semi-meaningless friendly contests in international competition.  The NBA has no trouble getting the top stars in the league (Howard, James, Bryant, Wade) on its roster.  Hockey players drop everything to wear a jersey with their country's colors on it.

Why, then, is baseball so different?  Is protecting Hank Steinbrenner's ridiculous investments more important than having an opportunity to play for the pride of your country?  I can see if guys are legitimately hurt or recovering and don't want to risk losing a whole year, but what about the guys that are completely healthy and just don't want to waste their time?  In watching these games, every country seems to have almost its full complement of stars (Puerto Rico with Beltran, Delgado, Rodriguez; Venezuela with K-Rod, Magglio, Mora, etc) and brings loud, passionate fans that fill the stadium.  The US is playing with 2nd tier players (especially pitchers) and nobody is going to watch!  Baseball is our national pastime.  It would be nice if our best players cared more about playing for their country than installing a gold plated hot tub in their mansion.  This is OUR national pastime with our stars competing for American pride, but it seems like our nation could care less about it.

It's depressing to see that fans feel more loyalty to a hat with NY on it than to one with USA on it.  As an American, I can't decide if that thought makes me want to cry or makes me want to puke.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 12, 2009 11:27 am

I miss the good old days of baseball...

This whole Robbie Alomar thing that surfaced this week has me wondering what the heck happened to the baseball I grew up with.  I've pretty much accepted the whole steroids thing and that doesn't even bother me anymore, but it seems like even outside of that baseball is turning into something worse than a daytime soap opera.  We've got Roger Clemens cheating on his wife with Mindy McCready, A-Rod and Madonna, Ugeth Urbina in a South American prison for attacking people with a machete, and now Robbie Alomar has AIDS?

All of these make me yearn for things to return to a simpler time, when ballplayers had a girlfriend in every visiting city and a bag of cocaine in their glove compartment.  At least Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden were easy to figure out.  Even Bill "The Spaceman" Lee is starting to look like a normal and uncomplicated guy compared to these weird things the players now are doing.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 5, 2009 12:56 pm

Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens

My thought today involves the whole baseball steroids thing.  It has gotten to the point that I pray and cheer and hope that proof comes out undeniably linking Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to steroids and keeping them out of the Hall.  This isn't some sort of fit of idealism where I believe that by taking the juice they damaged the sanctity of the game or anything like that (they did...but that's not my argument).  This is a situation where I see two of the biggest jerks in baseball history.  The only reason Bonds has been loyal to SF is because they're the only team that would offer him the money he thought he was worth.  Clemens is loyal to nobody but himself.  With these jerks, it isn't their steroid use that has caused greatest damage to the game.  It is their attitudes that they are so much better than everyone else and that they are bigger and more important than the best interests of the game.  THAT is why I hope they do not make the Hall.  Steroids just might be the easiest way to keep them out.

Posted on: January 30, 2009 12:54 pm

Gary Williams & What College Sports is All About

For those of you that don't know me from my posts on the boards, my screen name sums up my sports loyalties.  If you're looking for someone to talk about how great the Yankees, Cowboys, and Duke are, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

My biggest rant right now is the public outcry that Gary Williams should be fired.  Anyone who says this has no concept of history, loyalty, or an understanding of what college sports is all about.

First off, the only reason there is a MD program worth cheering for is Gary Williams.  If it wasn't for his complete and total dedication to the program, the university, and most importantly his players, the team would still be playing in a half empty Cole Field House rather than packing the beautiful Comcast Center.

As a former college baseball player, I have an appreciation for how difficult it is to be both a student and an athlete.  Make no mistake, that is the order in which these priorities should come.  Gary has not had the greatest success on the court the past few years, but he has recruited guys that stayed their 4 years, went to class, were model citizens off the court, and many of whom actually graduated (Gist, Ibekwe, Osby, Strawberry, etc).  We can say he isn't doing his job as a coach, but he is recruiting good kids that work hard.  Most if not all of the guys that play for him leave the school as better basketball players and better people than when they came in.  Yeah it's nice to win more games, but as a coach is there something better to hear than that?

Category: NCAAB
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