Jason Heyward’s First At-Bat in Perspective

Jason Heyward made his anticipated Major League debut today and he hit a home-run in his first Major League at-bat. That’s really exciting for Atlants Braves fans. However, to keep things in perspective I compiled this list of St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers who hit a home run in their first major league at-bat, since the year 2001.

Mark Worrell 06-05-2008
Adam Wainwright 05-24-2006
Gene Stechschulte 04-17-2001
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MLB.com Brings the Leverage! *yawn*

In a move that evidences how devoted to they Yankees, Major League Baseball is MLB.com’s lead story today is on Brett Gardner and the fact that he spent the offseason perfecting his bunting in hopes of being the opening-day starter in New York. The Yankees are the last team who need the attention, and Brett Gardner, at 26 is not in anyway an exciting prospect. The only thing interesting about him is that he might be one of the rare players developed by New York to become a regular starter.

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Magenta Madness! Another “Josh Anderson 1/1 Post”

Josh Anderson 2008 Topps Co-signers Magenta Printing PlateWell after a long wait I was able to reel in my third Josh Anderson 1/1. This one a 2008 Topps Co-Signers Magenta plate. So I’m wondering… Does this make me a supercollector yet? I also have a game-used and autographed Anderson bat, plus around 15 other different certified autographs of him and 9 different base cards I’ve gotten signed by him. Am I there yet? I’ve collected Eric Davis for years, but never considered myself on the supercollector level. (more…)

Win and You’re (tw)In

This blog is called Monozygotic. On that note, I feel like I must talk the Minnesota Twins. On Tuesday they face the Detroit Tigers in a tiebreaker game for the AL Central spot in the playoffs. Over the last 20 games the Twins have won 16 including 4 wins against the Tigers leaving both teams with records of 86-76.

I personally am rooting for the Twins to pull off this come-from-behind run. Sure the fact that they caught the Tigers and forced this playoff is remarkable in itself. But it will be quickly forgotten if they don’t win Tuesday’s game. Their late season run is not the only reason why I’m hoping they win. The fact that they’re called the “Twins” has absolutely nothing to do with I want them to win.

The reason I want them to win comes down to one player. One Twin who didn’t even throw a pitch this season. (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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What $58,245,500 gets you these days

Kansas City gets what it pays for.

At least that’s what Ben Fry’s salary vs performance graph shows as of July 2. This fun little tool measures Major League Baseball teams’ win-loss records against their payroll.

Its pretty refreshing to see the Rays with the best record in baseball — and the second lowest total payroll at $43,820,56. The cheapest talent can be found with the Florida Marlins who, as a team, make less than half of what the Rays make. That’s taking it too far though, an this graph is neat because it shows the extremes on both ends of the spectrum — the New York Yankees spend $209,081,584 on payroll compared to the next-closest team, the Mets at $137,793,376. (more…)