Overrated? Let’s Discuss That. Pt. 2/3

This is part two of my effort to dismantle a “Top 50 most overrated MLB players of all time” list.
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Johnny Sain and Denny McLain

Johnny Sain and Denny McLain


35. Johnny Sain I won’t argue here. Maybe I would if I knew more about Sain, but your argument seems sound to me.

34. Bernie Williams This is one that I just might agree with you on, but as usual you argue against yourself. You put him on this list and then say “Bernie Williams was always an able hitter with a knack for coming up with clutch hits when it mattered the most. His 80 RBI and 51 extra-base hits both stand as postseason records.” So maybe that gives credence to why he’s viewed the way he is. Also you forget to factor in his musical abilities.

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Overrated? Let’s Discuss That. Pt. 1/3

All 3 are overrated according to a recent list on bleacher-report


Writers have to write. Even unpaid, unobligated folks like myself often feel the need to just write something and put it out. The burden for paid sportswriters in this digital age is far more present. This leads to a lot of news when there is no news. It also leads to terrible lists. Lists can be fun. I generally don’t grade them too hard. But sometimes one jumps out at you and it’s just so obvious that all the writer was doing was putting something… anything… out on deadline. A piece of work like that I have to address.

Shaun McPartlin, a featured columnist for bleacher report wrote an article in April called “Nolan Ryan and the 50 Most Overrated Players in MLB History“. Ok, I have problems with that from the start. You can see that his #1 is probably going to be Nolan Ryan, which I take issue with. Then the simple fact that someone would have the gumption to try to make such a list is a little bogus to me. I think baseball fans are some of the smartest fans in the world and players generally get the credit they are due. I wouldn’t ever want to try to make a 50 most overrated list. It’s just not a realistic project. Well, I figured I’d look his list over. It quickly became clear that “MLB History” to this guy is basically the Steroid Era. Throw in a couple old timers and he figured he had himself a solid article. Well let’s see about that. (I’ll release this in 3 parts, so stay tuned!)

On to #50! (PART 2)(PART 3)
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On The Bright Side…

I am a Red’s fan. Ryan is a Giants fan. We obviously want those two teams to win the World Series. If not the Reds then I hope the Giants win. If not the Giants he better hope the Reds win. If neither of these teams win, well someone else will. And of course on one level that will suck. But more than a Reds fan, I’m a baseball fan and here are some positives that would come from each of the other teams winning it all.

I’m putting these in the order I’d like them to win (following of course the Reds and Giants.)

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David Price Tweets the Truth (and quickly apologizes)

If a picture is a thousand words, how many words is a picture with words?
Whatever the answer, showing you this picture will certainly setup the rest of my story a lot better than me describing it.

Screenshot from Price's Twitter page


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David Letterman Recycles!! (Jokes)

We’ve all seen videos of comedians recycling jokes. Or maybe you haven’t. But here’s your chance. First we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Mark Buerhle’s head while throwing a perfect game. Then we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Dallas Braden’s head while throwing a perfect game

(How do they not use material from the game and actually mention DeWayne Wise?)
Ok, I hope you were paying attention.
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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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Washington Admits Drug Use… News?

Someone is in denial. A guy plays baseball in the 70s and 80s and then in 2010 it’s news that he used amphetamines and marijuana during his playing career?!

His press conference photo looked exactly like a mugshot. Don't you think?

Even this MLB.com article knows enough to say “But the use of amphetamines or “greenies” was widespread throughout baseball going back to at least the 1960’s and most likely well before that.” Everyone used them. They may slightly enhance a players performance, but they should in no way be grouped with tradition PEDs like steroids and HGH. Not only that but they weren’t banned at the time. That being said, marijuana is illegal now and was illegal then. But… Let’s get real. Punishing a guy for smoking a little pot in the 70s just doesn’t make sense to me. (more…)

Brian Giles Retires

Seeing that Brian Giles retired is no surprise. What is surprising is how I came across the news. I was just looking through transactions on MLB.com and amid all the assignments and options I saw “RF Brian Giles retired.” Simple as that. I don’t know if the story made the MLB.com News front page. I’m sure it didn’t make the main MLB.com front page (correct if I’m wrong). I only mention this because, it’s wild how quickly a guy, even a solid major leaguer, can disappear from baseball. If I hadn’t looked at the transactions I might not have figured it out for a really long time. (more…)

Manny Being Selfish (Also known as “Manny Being Manny”)

“PHOENIX — Manny Ramirez said Monday that 2010 will be his final season with the Dodgers.” Stop right there. Before I even address the rest of this article. Why is Manny telling us this in February? What benefit can it possibly have for the L.A. Dodgers? The season hasn’t even started yet and he’s decided to go generate some buzz for himself at the expense of his team. The act is getting old. Someone needs to bring him down a notch.

“I know I won’t be here next year, so I’ll just enjoy myself, (more…)

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UPDATED: NRI List

Just a quick note. I made some major updates to the consolidated non-roster invitee list. These updates primarily involved the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.

I hate the fact this “quick note” will get a Yankees tag, which will cause it to increase in size and might draw your attention to the fact that amidst my complaining of the media focusing too heavily on Boston and New York, I too write about them disproportionately.

And to make this more interesting. A video.