Jim Knows Best!

Ok, check this out. On Steinersports.com you can find a Jim Leyritz autographed baseball with the inscription “Don’t Drink and Drive”. So is he sending a good message or making money off of a mistake? it looks to me like Steiner and Leyritz are profiting of his drunk driving accident that killed Fredia Veitch. To be fair Fredia Veitch was drunker than he was and was not wearing a seatbelt. That may be why he was acquitted of the DUI Manslaughter charge.
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Overrated? Let’s Discuss That. Pt. 3/3


And the big finish! (We’re dismembering a Top 50 Most Overrated All Time list published on bleacher-report.com
See PART 1PART 2
20. Dave Stewart I didn’t realize Dave Stewart was highly rated. Also you say “Consistency makes you a great player. Glimpses of greatness makes you overrated.” Consistency hasn’t meant anything to you on several of the aforementioned players. Also glimpses of greatness do not make you overrated. Being viewed more highly than you should be makes you overrated.

19. Jason Giambi I won’t argue about him.

18. Thurman Munson “Sadly, Munson is glorified for how his life ended, which seems to inflate his play.” Ouch. From what I udnerstand he was a huge part of the team, the captain even when he died. He collected over 1500 hits in 11 seasons and had an average of .292. You compare him to Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench, but generally when he is spoken of he isn’t compared to them. He’d be overrated if he was. But he is given proper credit for his abilities as a ballplayer and the effect he had on the team and fans in New York.
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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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MLB.com You Disappoint Me

How did I learn that the Rays won the AL East and the Yanks slipped down to the Wild Card?

I saw this.

Nothing about the Rays winning the AL East. Instead the Yankees lose out and still get the acclaim. Granted this is an MLBShop headline, and not an actual headline. So what about the actual headlines? (more…)

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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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.

The Zen of Zim

I just read Don Zimmer’s book, The Zen of Zim. The book has good stories from a great baseball mind. It’s not well-written and he goes off on tangents throughout the entire book, but I can get past all that just because he’s been a part of baseball for so long, and I want to read what he has to say. He’s also almost a little too self-deprecating but it’s genuine so I can understand it. He talks about the way George Steinbrenner treated him in Zim’s final year in New York and it really sucks that he’d act like he did. Things like pulling Zim’s company car, accusing him of leaking a story to a baseball writer, George King, and canning an idea to produce Zim bobbleheads depicting him wearing an Army helmet make Steinbrenner sound really spiteful and small.

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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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Johnny Damon’s Origins Discovered!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several new realms.
Johnny Damon is a Caveman
Surprisingly, the long-dead man appears to be related directly to former New York Yankee, Johnny Damon, Morten Rasmussen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues found.

“This provides evidence that Johnny Damon is the closest thing we have to an actual caveman” the researchers wrote in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. (more…)

It’s Almost Here! 2010 Spring Training!

2010 MLB Spring Training
Six days and 15 hours until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training! Yes, my friends we are inside a week. We will all get our first chance to see some 2009 draft picks playing alongside and against major leaguers. Some of us will get the opportunity to see for themselves what these prospects are all about. (more…)