Refreshingly Blunt Thoughts From Mark Grace

I was just looking through the January 25, Sports Illustrated with Brett Favre on the cover and I came across a little blurb in their Scorecard section. Former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback, Mark Grace was explaining why it was he never used steroids in his playing career. “I just new that stuff was really bad for you. I am single now. I was a single guy then. I like my sex life. I want to be able to perform. It’s kind of funny. It’s kind of not. That stuff will tear you up as far as your manhood is concerned.”

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2010 Consolidated List of Non-roster Invitees

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of the 2010 MLB Spring Training Non-roster invitees for all Major League teams, as of February 8, 2010. This information is easy to obtain, but not as easy to compile and format, into one master list so I ask that if you want to take the entire list for whatever purpose you at least cite your source. I’ll cite mine. MLB.com To make things more interesting I also add links to unofficial team blogs for each of the Major League baseball teams and on some players I added links to random blogs pertaining to the player. (more…)

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Jeff Samardzija Still a Top 50 Prospect?

According to MLB.com Jeff Samardzijais is the #50 prospect in baseball. I like the guy and want him to succeed, but at what point does he stop being a prospect? He’s turning 25 in less than a week and we can only say he’ll probably be in Chicago on opening day (and by “in Chicago” I mean in Atlanta with Chicago). So what’s going on with his career? Anyone care to provide any insight?

The most interesting item he has on eBay is either a Notre Dame mini-helmet signed by him and Brady Quinn and “authenticated” by GAI or a 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition “Status Signatures” #23 serial numbered 2/10. (more…)

Mark Grudzielanek Signs With the Indians

Cleveland signed Mark Grudzielanek to a minor league deal today. Is it just me or does it seem like he’s been in baseball for forever? I looked at his stats though and the one-time All-Star did hit .299 in 2008 in 86 games for the Kansas City Royals so he seems still quite viable as a major league baseball player though he didn’t get a shot in the bigs last season. Hopefully he’ll find a spot on the big league roster this year.

It’s amazing how few of his items you’ll find on eBay considering he’s played 14 seasons up to this point. (more…)

History Will Decide?

An MLB.com headline reads “History will decide victor of Cubs-M’s deal”. I find that to be completely untrue. Because let’s imagine Milton Bradley goes to Seattle and puts up outstanding numbers while Carlos Silva puts up dismal numbers in Chicago. Theoretically history would have Seattle as the winner. If Bradley does poorly and Silva does great then Chicago will be the “winner”. I just don’t think this trade works like that. Most do. But this one is different. (more…)

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Chris Ballard Takes On Sports Fans

Today I checked my mail and saw a Sports Illustrated with Alabama’s Colin Peek on the cover (Dec 14, 2009). As I normally do, I turned to the Point After column on the back page. Chris Ballard wrote this weeks piece, entitled “So Much Raging Bull”. He started it off with a paragraph about Tiger Woods in which he called B.S. on all those he say they weren’t curious about the Woods saga which has him cheating on his wife with maybe three different women. Blah. At first I found that boring and a waste of space for Point After. But then he used it as a segue to call B.S. on a number of other segments of sports fans. This part I loved. First up? Red Sox Nation! (more…)

Sammy Sosa Found A Job Opening

A new position opened up in the land of celebrities. After the loss of Michael Jackson we were missing our “formerly dark complected celebrity turned pale white.” That role has now been filled by no other than Sammy Sosa.

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The Rookie Cards

My baseball card collection centers around two things. Cards of anyone who have EVER played for the Cincinnati Reds and autographs. However, any good baseball card collector knows and appreciates the significance of rookie cards. They are usually the most highly sought base card of a given player and that is often reflected by their “book value”. “Book values” mean nothing to me as I rarely sell cards and because nothing sells at book, but the pull of the RC still inspires me to acquire cards of guys I wouldn’t otherwise collect. Here are some rookie cards I have, I want, and I’m never going to get. (more…)

Sexist attitudes revealed in commentary on Erin Andrews

sex·ism – noun

1.    attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
2.    discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex, as in restricted job opportunities; esp., such discrimination directed against women.

Arguing semantics gets a bad rap. When it distracts from the true points of contention, that’s understandable. Sometimes it’s all about the semantics though.
So when I call this piece by Mike Nadel sexist, you’ll forgive me for picking it part word by word. You see, there is a language to sexism, and Nadel employs it effortlessly, laying bare the attitudes behind the writing.
So, let’s look at the language.

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