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Bobby Feels Heat

August 15, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is under fire.

Bobby Valentine might find himself on a Tarnation Sports T Shirt if this keeps up.

Bobby Valentine might find himself on a Tarnation Sports T Shirt if this keeps up.

From The Boston Herald

As the Bobby Valentine Era barrels toward its inevitably disastrous conclusion, it is time to dispel with perhaps the season’s greatest myth: that Valentine is a victim.

Yes, the players are mostly to blame for the club’s lackluster record. They’ll always be the primary reason a team wins or loses. That’s about as revelatory as saying oceans cause rain.

But it’s time to put to rest the notion that Valentine is a blameless bystander in this season-long collapse, even though his supporters will undoubtedly use yesterday’s eye-opening Yahoo.com story as further proof that the inmates are running the asylum.

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Partnering With Tarnation Sports

August 08, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Other

Just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve officially partnered with TarnationSports.com and have started to design T Shirts for them!  They use high quality American Apparel shirts. They screen print the designs. They basically just do everything the right way, and it shows in the final product.

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Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

We’ll also be rampping up the activity here at Katchop as well, so there is some fun on the horizon.

So if you have a spare moment, please head over to TarnationSports.com and check out the shirts.

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

All of the shirts available at Tarnation Sports were designed by me, and any feedback you might have is appreciated!

Hamilton’s Superman Week

May 14, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Josh Hamiltion had a great week.

Josh Hamilton has been playing like Superman lately.

Josh Hamilton has been playing like Superman lately.

From USA Today

The piece of lumber that Hamilton used to club eight of his nine home runs in the last week is headed for the Hall of Fame and its place as one of the most famous bats in baseball history.

It’s up there with Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Black Betsy, George Brett’s pine tar bat, home-run bats from Carlton Fisk, Bobby Thomson and Bill Mazeroski and the fictional Wonderboy.

Hamilton started using the bat on the Texas Rangers’ recent road trip and agreed to donate it to Cooperstown after he hit four home runs with it Tuesday night in Baltimore. But there was an asterisk on the deal – he wasn’t finished swinging with it yet.

The end came in the seventh inning of the Rangers’ 13-6 victory against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night – it broke on a flare single to left field, of all things. Not all that dramatic, but Hamilton drove in his 44th run of the season with the hit and the crack is minor enough that it will be displayed just fine.

Original Photos terra.com, blogspot

Ozzie Gets Suspended

April 11, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Miami Marlins suspended Ozzie Guillen for making comments about Fidel Castro.

How do you make a dictator sad? Suspend his favorite Miami Marlins manager.

How do you make a dictator sad? Suspend his favorite Miami Marlins manager.

From The Huffington Post

I’m very sorry about the problem, what happened. I will do everything in my power to make it better. … When you make a mistake like this, you can’t sleep.”

A chastened Guillen, who has a history of polarizing comments about gays and immigrants, among others, spoke without a script and made no disclaimers. He said he’ll do whatever he can to repair relations with Cuban-Americans angered by his praise of the Cuban dictator, remarks he said he didn’t mean.

Guillen, who is Venezuelan, told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. In response, at least two Miami politicians said Guillen should lose his job. Callers on Spanish-language radio in Miami agreed and 100 demonstrators picketed Marlins Park toting signs like “NO APOLOGIES FIRE HIM NOW.”

Original Photos alafoto, dreamsretail

MLB Opening Day Looms

April 02, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Major League Baseball gets things rolling this week.

SING IT: Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if you never get a shot at the Hall of Fame because everyone knows you took steroids..

SING IT: Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if you never get a shot at the Hall of Fame because everyone knows you took steroids..

From Mass Live

Of 2011′s cellar-dwellers—Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners—two stand a legitimate chance. But even if their best hitters, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, return to form, the Twins don’t have enough pitching. The Marlins have everything, including residing in a division depleted by injuries. The Philadelphia Phillies (Chase Utley, Ryan Howard), Atlanta Braves (Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson) and Nationals (Mike Morse, Drew Storen) all will start the season with two key players on the disabled list.

Original Photo SB Nation

Texas Rangers Keep Busy

January 20, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Texas Rangers have already signed Yu Darvish,  and now they have their sites on Prince Fielder.

Prince Fielder thinks he'll look slimmer in a Texas Rangers uniform.

Prince Fielder thinks he'll look slimmer in a Texas Rangers uniform.

From Yahoo Sports

They basically flipped C.J. Wilson for Darvish. Their lineup remains better than the Angels’, even with Albert Pujols in Anaheim. Their bullpen is deeper, though the ninth inning – Joe Nathan in Arlington, Jordan Walden in Anaheim – is sketchy for both.

Imagine, then, what Fielder could do for the Rangers, for an already muscular offense, and then what the Rangers could do for Fielder.

After all, he’s done his time in the market where everything must go right in order to contend. And he has his suitors in Seattle, Washington, maybe Chicago (North Side), Miami, Baltimore and Toronto. Through no fault of his own, it appears his timing is simply crummy. The Yankees and Red Sox are both set at first base and perhaps diving for the luxury tax threshold.

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Can Pujols Live Up To Deal?

December 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Albert Pujols of the California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels will have to be pretty good to justify his big contract.

It's going to take a lot of hits for Albert Pujols to give the Los Angeles Angels their money's worth.

It's going to take a lot of hits for Albert Pujols to give the Angels their money's worth.

From The Wall Street Journal

As The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Diamond pointed out, teams that sign players to 10-year deals don’t always regret them. But a team signing a first baseman who will be 32 when he starts serving the contract has less chance of getting its money’s worth. That’s because most of a first baseman’s value derives from his bat — even for a good fielder like Pujols. He’ll have to continue to justify his worth with his offense, which is likely to decline.

Pjuols will have to deliver about 40 wins above replacement for the duration of the contract to justify its value, based on how teams value wins today and taking into account that a dollar he earns later in the deal is worth less than a dollar in 2012. But none of Pujols’s peers have been able to do that. I looked at the other 84 men to earn at least 15 wins above replacement by their age-31 season while playing at least three-quarters of their games at first base or designated hitter. None managed more than Lou Gehrig‘s 31.5 wins above replacement for the rest of his career, and that’s even with Gehrig’s career cut short by his eponymous disease. Only 10 players reached 20 WAR, and two out of three didn’t even provide 10 more wins above replacement.

Original Photo bleacherreport

Jesus Is A Cardinals Fan

October 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The St. Louis Cardinals are 2011 World Series Champions.

Jesus loves the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jesus loves the St. Louis Cardinals.

From ESPN

After seven raucous and stirring games — when, as the end drew near, it became clear that there was no amount of runs, no dearth of outs that this club could not overcome, so much so that even a quick 2-0, top-of-the-first-inning deficit in Game 7 did not appear disconcerting — the St. Louis Cardinals are World Series champions, not only resurrected from the crypt to shock the devastated and disheartened Rangers and themselves, but also in spirit.

Original Photo orlandofinearts

Thome Gets 600

August 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins hit his 600th home run.

Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins has hammered his 600th HR.

Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins has hammered his 600th HR.

From Fox News

Minnesota slugger Jim Thome become the eighth player to hit 600 home runs, connecting twice against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

The 40-year-old Thome hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for No. 599, then added a three-run shot in the seventh. The milestone came on a 2-1 pitch from Daniel Schlereth.

Both homers were hit to the opposite field. When No. 600 cleared the fence in left, Thome raised his right fist as he went around first base, and the crowd in Detroit came to its feet to applaud him.

Thome became the second-fastest hitter to reach the milestone, hitting his 600th homer in at-bat No. 8,137. Babe Ruth needed only 6,921 at-bats.

Original Photos photoshelter, stayfitbug

Carlos Zambrano Explodes

August 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Chicago Cubs will be without Carols Zambrano for a while, after he had a complete melt down and retired.. in the middle of a game.

Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs, moments before he threw a grenade at the Braves' Chipper Jones that may cost him his job.

Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs, moments before he threw a grenade at the Braves' Chipper Jones that may have cost him his job.

From The Chicago Sun Times

The Chicago Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list Saturday and said the right-hander would receive no pay and have no part in team activities for 30 days.

Zambrano cleaned out his locker and left the team after giving up five homers and being ejected from Friday night’s 10-4 loss to the Braves. He did not return to the team Saturday.

General manager Jim Hendry said Saturday that Zambrano’s actions, including a brush-back pitch to Chipper Jones that led to the ejection, were “intolerable.”

Hendry said Major League Baseball and the players’ association would discuss Zambrano’s statements about his baseball future.

Original Photos yahoo, 3dshop

Have The Padres Gone Too Far?

August 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Diego Padres continue wage war against their payroll.

The San Diego Padres may have gone too far in fighting their payroll problems.

The San Diego Padres may have gone too far in fighting their payroll problems.

From sandiego.com

Jed Hoyer, the second year General Manager, moved contracts and got two more tremendous young minor league pitching prospects.Owner Jeff Moorad’s miniscule payroll got smaller by the shedding of two more contracts.

Mike Adams, who resurrected his career from the scrap pile, goes to Texas, currently in first place, and will have the chance to save games in a pennant race.

Ryan Ludwick, his disappointing one-year stay in San Diego over, goes to a hitter-friendly park, and will have two months to show he can still hit, after earning nearly $6 million with the Padres, while striking out much more than hitting balls out of the park.

Original Photos Yahoo, galaxyarmynavy

Braves Look To Replace McCann

July 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Braves will be without Brian McCann for a little while.

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves looks a little like Bat Boy.

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves looks a little like Bat Boy.

From ESPN

Somewhat lost in the unsatisfying way the Atlanta Braves-Pittsburgh Pirates game endedearly Wednesday morning was the fact the best catcher in baseball — certainly he’s No. 1 in fantasy by a healthy margin this season — was forced to leave early with a strained left oblique. Brian McCann is pretty good, folks; he leads all catcher-eligible players in home runs and is second in RBIs and batting average to Victor Martinez!

I’m no doctor, but a strained oblique is obviously a big deal for anyone attempting to hit a baseball, and it’s a hindrance to playing catcher as well, but the Braves believe this is a short-term injury, one that shouldn’t cost McCann more than three weeks of playing time. Of course, there’s always a chance the problem lingers.

Original Photos Yahoo, magazine-agent

Brewers Trying To Keep Focused

July 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Milwaukee Brewers will be without Ryan Braun for a little while.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers almost caught a moon shot.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers almost caught a moon shot.

From The Sacramento Bee

Ryan Braun is out of the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers against the San Francisco Giants to rest his lingering left calf strain.

Braun says he feels fine and he didn’t re-injure his calf after playing the last two games. Mark Kotsay started in his place Friday night.

The injury sidelined Braun for the All-Star game despite being the NL’s top vote-getter. He also missed more than a week before the break, and the Brewers want to ease his transition back.

Original Photos Yahoo, imageshack

Cubs Disappoint

July 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Chicago Cubs are having a rough season.

Chicago Cubs fans got to watch the season premiere of Breaking Bad on their way out of Wrigley.

Chicago Cubs fans got to watch the season premiere of Breaking Bad on their way out of Wrigley.

From The Daily Herald

The Cubs dropped a 7-5 decision Sunday to the Florida Marlins, and let’s be clear about one thing: the loss was the Cubs’ own fault.

They fell to 20 games under .500 at 38-58 largely because they couldn’t get a quality start out of pitcher Randy Wells and because their offense went from the second inning until two outs in the eighth between basehits.

But that didn’t stop Quade or his troops from taking off on second-base umpire Lance Barrett for an apparent blown call on a pickoff play in Florida’s 3-run eighth inning that gave the Marlins a 7-4 lead.

Kerry Wood had just put runners on with two outs on a hit batter and a walk. With Emilio Bonifacio at the plate, Wood wheeled and threw to second in an attempt to pick off pinch runner Brett Hayes.

The throw looked to shortstop Starlin Castro looked to have Hayes, but Barrett called him safe. Quade did not argue, but Wood kicked up a minor fuss.

Bonifacio then reached on an infield single before Wood issued a bases-loaded walk and a 2-run single.

Ballgame.

Original Photos Yahoo, nj,com

Clemens Gets A Gift

July 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Roger Clemens evidently got lucky thanks to a mistrial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Durham is shown action during the Roger Clemens perjury trial in this artist rendering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Durham is shown in action during the Roger Clemens perjury trial in this artist rendering.

From The NY Daily News

Years of investigation, research and preparation were put in jeopardy Thursday when the government made a key error in the Roger Clemens perjury trial and Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial.

Just weeks from a verdict that would have either set Clemens free, or, as Walton said in the courtroom Thursday, sent him to prison, the questions on everyone’s mind are:

How badly did the government screw it up? And what happens next?

As the shock of the judge’s ruling subsided, legal experts raised the possibility of several different outcomes, ranging from a dismissal on the grounds of double jeopardy (not likely, most say) to a plea agreement between the government and Clemens (more likely Friday than it was Thursday, in the wake of Walton’s pointed message to Clemens that he would most definitely be going to jail should he be convicted).

Original Photos timesunion, tecproductions

The DJ3K Marketing Machine

July 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Since Derek Jeter reached his 3,000th hit the New York Yankees have been selling all sorts of merchandise to commemorate the event.

The New York Yankees are even selling bottles of Derek Jeter's game day urine.

The New York Yankees are even selling bottles of Derek Jeter's urine from the day of his 3,000th hit.

From chacha.com

Jeter’s 3,000th hit has its own campaign that has been titled ”DJ3K,” and everyone is trying to cash in on it. DJ3K has been turned into a logo that will be branded on merchandise for fans, everything from shirts to cellphone skins to bobbleheads. One popular New York sporting goods store, Modell’s, has said it will stay open past its closing time as long as fans continue shopping.

Another way DJ3K is cashing in is with the dirt on the field. After the game, a groundskeeper will scoop up five gallons of dirt from the batter’s box and shortstop’s patch into a bucket. This will be the dirt that is under Jeter’s feet as he makes his 3,000th hit. That dirt will be used in key chains, disks framed with photographs and other limited memorabilia for sale.

Original Photos meijer, hollywood, steinersports

Ortiz Gets Violent

July 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox fought Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox lost his composure last night.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox lost his composure last night.

From The Boston Herald

Cue the chaos.

“He obviously said something to David,” Red Sox starter  Josh Beckett said after Ortiz and Gregg attempted to throw a few haymakers, neither connecting. “David’s not the type of guy — something had to have set him off. I don’t know what it could’ve been.”

Both players are almost certain to receive suspensions. Ortiz didn’t make himself available for comment, but Gregg did. Turns out, he wasn’t happy with Ortiz’ etiquette.

“It is 3-0, they are up seven, and I think there are some ethics to this game and guidelines that you have to stay within,” Gregg said. “Run. You hit a lazy fly ball, you have to run the bases. And apparently, he didn’t like me telling him that stuff and he came out there. If he thinks there’s something wrong with me saying that, then he has other things he has to check out in this game.”

Original Photo Yahoo, imfdb

Lackey Hearing Lots Of Boos

July 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Boston Red Sox fans have not been kind to John Lackey this season.

Red Sox fans do not like John Lackey

Red Sox fans do not like John Lackey

From The Boston Herald

It’s been mostly bad at Fenway this season for Lackey, who has a 3-4 record and a 9.09 ERA in seven home starts.

The Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings before Lackey allowed four runs on five hits in the third while recording only one out on a deep fly ball to center.

The boos from the 38,072 grew progressively louder with each Toronto hit before transforming into the loudest ovation when manager Terry Francona emerged to remove Lackey with the Sox trailing 7-0.

Original Photos cbsboston, respig

Dodgers Bankrupt

June 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy in Delaware.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed Chapter 11.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed Chapter 11.

From The Huffington Post

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

The Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and buys time for the team to seek a media deal and ensure the team’s long-term financial stability, the Dodgers said in a news release. A judge would need to approve use of the money and a hearing is set for Tuesday.

“There will be no disruption to the Dodgers day-to-day business, the baseball team, or to the Dodger fans,” the statement said.

Original Photo Boston.com

At 80, McKeon Takes Over Marlins

June 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jack McKeon became the second oldest manager in MLB  history when he agreed to take over the Florida Marlins.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

From The Washington Post

The oldest big-league manager was Connie Mack, who led the Philadelphia Athletics in a straw hat and suit until 1950, when he was 87. McKeon will wear a ballcap and uniform with No. 25.

McKeon made no mention Monday of Mack, but said he draws inspiration from 84-year-old Joe Paterno, who will coach Penn State’s football team for a 46th season this year.

“I’ve managed since I was 14 years old,” McKeon jokingly said. “I’ll probably manage until I’m 95.”

Actually, McKeon was 42 when he began managing in 1973. None of his current players were yet born, but none objected to the prospect of taking orders from someone older than their grandparents.

Original Photos bleacherreport, wikimedia, pinesvet

Albert Gets A Boo Boo

June 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals has a broken forearm.

Albert Pujols has a broken forearm, but watching it on TV it looked as if he thought his arm was severed.

Albert Pujols has a broken forearm, but watching it on TV it looked as if he thought his arm was severed.

From USA Today

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will miss four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm, an injury that creates a gaping hole in the St. Louis lineup while vastly altering the dynamic of the National League Central race.

The Cardinals announced today that an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture of the left radius and that the All-Star’s arm was placed in a splint.

Original Photos Yahoo, costumeshopper

Mets Get A Partner

May 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets have a new part owner.

The Daily News says that the NY Mets will be 100% owned by David Einhorn within 5 years.

The Daily News says that the NY Mets will be 100% owned by David Einhorn in 5 years.

From The NY Daily News

Asked directly if he could assure Met fans their team will not slide into financial oblivion over the next few seasons, Einhorn dumped full responsibility on the current principal owners. The Mets are not his problem yet, just his expensive hobby. For now, there will be no further bailout or direct input beyond his $200 million investment.

“I can’t make any such assurances,” Einhorn said of a doomsday fiscal scenario. “It’ll be what it’ll be. … There’s a wide range of possible outcomes.”

One of those outcomes – arguably the most likely – has Einhorn gaining a majority share of the Mets within five years as the Wilpons wrestle destructively with Irving Picard. At that juncture, Einhorn may well offer a very different, direct answer to the oblivion question.

Original Photo bloggingmets

Cubs Enjoy Rapture

May 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The world did not end, but the Chicago Cubs did win at Fenway.

Carlos Pena of the Chicago Cubs motivated his teammates by reminding them it could be the last game of their lives.

Carlos Pena of the Chicago Cubs motivated his teammates by reminding them that it could be the last game of their lives.

From MLB.com

Recalling the Babe as a pitcher, the Red Sox today wore throwback uniforms, as did their opponents, the Cubs.

For the Cubs, the uniform seemed unchanged over time, but the Red Sox looked white-washed. Even their caps were like the snowcap on Mt. Washington on New Year’s Day.  The red knee-socks were a nice touch. The team really were the Red Sox, though some like Youkilis knocked his knickers off at the shin.

Most fans apparently hated the old uniforms. You had to use a scorecard to figure out who made the error, because the perpetrators were nameless on the back of their shirts.

Original Photos Yahoo, beenthinking

Jorge Pouts

May 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees asked out of the lineup after learning he’d be batting 9th.

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees acted like a baby once he learned that he'd be batting 9th in the lineup.

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees acted like a baby once he learned that he'd be batting 9th in the lineup.

From ESPN

After being dropped to the No. 9 spot in the lineup, the struggling Jorge Posada went into manager Joe Girardi’s office and asked out of Saturday’s lineup, according to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

The GM would not elaborate on the nature of the discussion or what it means long term.

The Yankees believe that they have grounds to suspend Posada right away, but will wait for more conversations about the situation to occur, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

Original Photos zimbio, codingnews

Bin Laden Killed

May 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Osama Bin Laden was discovered hiding at a White Sox game and was killed.

Osama Bin Laden is dead after being discovered hiding at a Chicago White Sox game.

Osama Bin Laden is dead after being discovered hiding at a Chicago White Sox game.

From reuters.com

U.S. special forces set out to kill Osama bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials told Reuters on Monday.

“This was a kill operation,” one of the officials said.

“If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive,” the official added. But the operating assumption among the U.S. raiders was that bin Laden would put up a fight — which he did.

Original Photos Yahoo, huffingtonpost

Is Jeter’s Age Showing?

May 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Derek Jeter of the NY Yankees is having a rough Spring.

Yankees fans are starting to think that Derek Jeter is looks like an old man.

Yankees fans are starting to think that Derek Jeter looks like an old man.

From The Star Ledger

Derek Jeter entered the season with a chance to silence critics after last season’s .270 nightmare. But so far, the captain hasn’t given much reason to believe that a bounce-back is around the corner. Jeter is hitting .250. He has just two extra base hits for an anemic slugging percentage of .272, a signal that he hasn’t hit the ball with authority.

Original Photos projo, freewilliamsburg

Everybody Loves Coco

April 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics is getting noticed more for his hair than his play.

Coco Crisp's afro

Coco Crisp's afro is getting noticed.

From NESN

Former Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp has made headlines early this season with a voluminous “afro” hairstyle, and he’s glad that such was the case, as it took the attention away from his sub-Mendoza Line batting average.

Now, at least, Crisp has upped his average to .234.

Original Photos Yahoo, ak.buy

Phil Hughes Has Dead Arm

April 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees placed Phil Hughes on the 15-Day DL .

The New York Yankees will be without Phil Hughes while he recovers from dead arm.

The New York Yankees will be without Phil Hughes while he recovers from dead arm.

From pinstripealley

Hey, Phil, I have a question. Your arm must have felt dead in Spring Training, too, right? I can’t imagine a scenario where you flew up to New York and all of a sudden you can barely touch 90 mph on the radar gun. If you knew that your arm “felt dead,” and that there was “nothing coming out,” you should have said something about it.

How many times have you heard about pitchers overcompensating because of a problem, whether it was their foot, leg, shoulder, or elbow? That overcompensation almost always leads to injury. Your arm is worth too much to this organization, especially during a year where pitching is at a premium in the Bronx. This team will need you in October, and a few starts in early April are not worth the risk of serious injury.

Hughes also commented on how frustrating this has been for him. I can only imagine, as the fans and Yankee hierarchy had high hopes for him this season. I’m sure he had high hopes for himself as well.

Original Photo thejournalnews

Manny Being Manny

April 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Manny Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays abruptly retired after testing positive for steroids.

Manny Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays tested positive for steroids and has retired.

Manny Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays tested positive for steroids and has retired.

From MSNBC

Bobby Jenks (via WEEI.com): “I look at it as this. You do it, you get caught, you’re an idiot. If you do it again you’re a dumbass. I mean, it’s sad to see. One of the greatest hitters, or one of them, to make the same mistake twice, same bad choice. And within a year and a half of each other? I don’t know, you know?”

Joe Posnanski: “But Manny — I don’t know how he did it. Some will say he did it with steroids, but that seems a copout to me … I suspect a whole lot more players than anyone will ever admit used steroids. How many of them hit baseballs like Manny Ramirez?”

David Ortiz (via CSNNE.com): “It’s crazy, man. That’s the last thing I was expecting was for him to retire, and go through all of that situation. I don’t know all of the details. I’m like you guys, and just hearing about it. I’m just waiting for all of the rest of the stuff to come out. But it’s sad, man, that a player with that much talent and an unbelievable career . . . to get him out of the game with all of the negativity.”

Original Photos nimg, typefreediabetes

Dodgers ‘Tweak’ Security

April 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

After a fan was beaten on opening day, the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired former LA police chief William Bratton to revamp their security.

Going to a Dodgers game will likely feel different with William Bratton heading security.

Going to a Dodgers game will likely feel different with William Bratton heading security.

From Reuters

The Los Angeles Dodgers, under fire over the brutal beating of a Giants fan on opening day, said on Wednesday they have hired former police chief William Bratton to review the team’s stadium security.

Bratton, who headed the Los Angeles Police Department from 2002 to 2009, is also a former police commissioner for New York and Boston.

“Bill Bratton is widely credited with spearheading modern community policing in America,” Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement.

“There is no one better to lead a top-to-bottom review of our current practices, and make recommendations to be implemented now and into the future,” he added.

Original Photos chicrunner, policewallpapers, telegraph.co.uk

Is It Over For The Tampa Bay Rays?

April 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Forbes is claiming that the Tampa Bay Rays are headed for contraction by 2014.

Larry King, who looks like the Crypt Keeper these days, threw out the first pitch at last night's Tampa Bay Rays game.

Larry King, who looks like the Crypt Keeper these days, threw out the first pitch at last night's Tampa Bay Rays game.

From Forbes

Strong push in Major League Baseball to dump the Tampa Bay Rays. From what I am hearing, I doubt there will be any baseball at Tropicana Field after 2014 even though the team’s lease runs to 2027.

The harsh reality is the Rays still have no fan support despite winning the AL East two out of the past three seasons and making it to the 2008 World Series. Stuart Sternberg’s group has done a good job of turning the team around on the diamond and developing and trading for  young players since taking control in 2004. But the Rays have averaged only 23,000 at the gate the past three seasons even though prices have been slashed and in 2010 the team had the second-lowest ticket prices in the AL ($19.75).

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A-Rod The Slumlord

March 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees doesn’t make timely repairs on his rental properties.

Alex Rodriguez has been accused of being a slumlord in Florida.

Alex Rodriguez has been accused of being a slumlord in Florida.

From Fox Sports

Florida housing officials have targeted New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez after residents who live in an apartment complex he owns filed complaints against him, saying the swimming pool has been unusable for two years, the New York Post reported Friday.

Rodriguez, who owns a property company that holds title to the Normandy Park Apartment complex near Tampa, has come under fire for poor living conditions, according to TMZ.

Residents have said that rusty pipes and trash are major issues, but that the swimming pool in the complex is the biggest concern.

Those who live in the complex complained that the pool has been unusable for two years, and local code enforcement officials have now ordered that it be drained and cleaned by next week.

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Bartolo Colon Is Heavy

March 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees probably won’t be counting on Bartolo Colon this season.

Bartolo Colon of New York Yankees forgot that pinstripes can make you look fat.

Bartolo Colon of New York Yankees forgot that pinstripes can make you look fat.

From The Sporting News

What could be clear soon: Bartolo Colon is not the answer at No. 5. His numbers were not that bad in his first outing—one run, two hits, two innings against the Phillies on Saturday. What doesn’t look so hot is Colon’s physique. Never svelte, he admitted to being 25 pounds overweight when he reported. Apparently he did more than rehab when sitting out the 2010 season.

Another candidate, Freddy Garcia, is scheduled for his first start on Thursday.

What has impressed early are the Yankees’ youngsters—22-year-old Dellin Betances and 19-year-old Manny Banuelos. Betances’ fastball was timed at 97 mph on Sunday, according to mlb.com, and Banuelos, a lefty, was throwing 93 on Monday.

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Alternate Logo: St. Louis Cardinals

February 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The St. Louis Cardinals are in a tough spot after losing Adam Wainwright.

The St. Louis Cardinals have some holes this year.

The St. Louis Cardinals look like they are going to have some holes this year.

From columbiatribune.com

A month before the season opener, the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a fork in a well-traveled road.Adam Wainwright will require ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, with the procedure scheduled for Monday. Standard recovery from such surgery lasts 12 to 15 months.

“Not to be melodramatic, but you’re losing an ace,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said during a briefing at Roger Dean Stadium. “It’s not something you can just replace overnight. Some different people are going to have to step up.”

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Miguel Cabrera Back On The Sauce

February 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was arrested for DUI.

The Detroit Tigers are not happy with Miguel Cabrera.

The Detroit Tigers are not happy with Miguel Cabrera.

From The Detroit Free Press

He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail at 12:20 a.m. today and released at 7:45 a.m., after posting $1,350 bond, according to information provided by Mark Weinberg from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida on Wednesday night, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting an officer without violence.

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Alternate Logo: NY Mets

January 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets are looking for a minority partner.

The New York Mets logo may be changed to reflect the fallout from the Madoff scandal.

The New York Mets logo may be changed to reflect the fallout from the Madoff scandal.

From The NY Post

But with the possibility the Mets may be on the hook for as much as $1 billion to settle the lawsuit — which claims the Mets profited from the Madoff scam — a major league executive told The Post yesterday the Wilpon family ultimately might surrender close to 50 percent of the team. The executive said he could not envision the Wilpons selling the club outright.

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Can The Rangers Keep Lee?

December 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Texas Rangers are making an all out effort to stop Cliff Lee from heading to the  NY Yankees.

Some people are acting like Cliff Lee is already a member of the New York Yankees, with one notable exception. Cliff Lee.

Some people are acting like Cliff Lee is already a member of the New York Yankees.

From The Sporting News

The Yankees reportedly have a seven-year offer worth approximately $160 million on the table for Lee. That offer is believed to be more lucrative in terms of dollars and years than the Rangers’ offer, which was made in person to Lee in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., on Thursday.

SI.com reports one of the Rangers’ offers includes an option for a seventh year. However, there is no guaranteed seventh year from Texas.

Yankees general partner/co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner spoke to The Associated Press on Friday and expressed confidence in his team’s offer.

“For somebody of that stature, it would certainly behoove him to be a Yankee,” Steinbrenner said. “Everything is progressing. We made the offer. It’s a very good offer, and we certainly hope he takes it.”

The details of the Rangers’ offer aren’t clear, as team CEO Chuck Greenberg said only that his group included a “menu of offers.”

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Felix Hernandez Wins AL Cy Young

November 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young award last week.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners won the 2010 Cy Young award. Sadly, when he read the news of his win, his eyes popped out of his head in disbelief and he may never pitch again.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners won the 2010 Cy Young award. Sadly, when he read the news of his win, his eyes popped out of his head in disbelief and he may never pitch again.

From The Day.com

A pitcher with a 13-12 record just won the American League Cy Young Award. Pretty easily, too. Which is another example why my tombstone will read, “here likes poor Mikey D. He just didn’t understand.”

Like how some of these people who vote find their way to their bathrooms in the morning without a GPS.

True enough: Felix Hernandez was the league leader with a 2.27 earned run average and 232 strikeouts. He played for a team that scored fewer runs per game than any team since the American League went to the designated hitter. OK. So no one’s denying that Hernandez should have been a contender.

But strict adherence to numbers, as well as a casual dismissal of context, results in a giant swing and a miss here.

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Could Jeter Leave The Yankees?

November 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Derek Jeter will probably remain with the New York Yankees, but Twinkietown had some fun speculating about what it would take for him to join the Minnesota Twins.

Would Derek Jeter enjoy life on the Minnesota Twins?

Would Derek Jeter enjoy life on the Minnesota Twins?

From twinkietown.com

February 11, 2011

In a move that shocks the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins sign Derek Jeter to a one-year contract worth $18 million plus performance incentives.

As Twins bloggers and number crunchers tear their clothes off in bewilderment, the mainstream media is a cross section between praising the organization and questioning how they can commit that kind of money to a single player when those funds could have been used earlier in the season to shore up so many other holes.  Local beat writers defend the decision, saying the unique circumstances and other trades allowed them to jump at this one-time, one-year opportunity.

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San Francisco Wins World Series

November 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

San Francisco looks different now that the Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

San Francisco looks different now that the Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

From The NY Times

Their fans have shivered through frigid June evenings and wept over October heartbreak, those soul-crushing years of 1962 and 1989 and 2002, watching as seemingly everyone else has sipped celebratory Champagne. Now it is their turn.

What the Say Hey Kid and Will the Thrill and the Bondses could not do, Edgar Renteria and Tim Lincecum could. They made San Francisco cry with joy, and the city by the Bay may as well turn to rubble now that their beloved Giants are champions of baseball.

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The San Francisco Giants Are Heavyweights

October 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants kicked the crap out of the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the 2010 World Series.

Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants has been punching out Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series.

Brian Wilson and the rest of the San Francisco Giants pitching staff have been punching out a lot of Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series.

From SFGate

The Giants are dominating a Series that moves to Texas for Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5. Now, the players’ challenge is striking the proper balance between the swagger that they’ll carry onto the plane and the overconfidence that could destroy them.

Each of the last seven teams to start a World Series with two wins, and 13 of the last 14, later celebrated a championship. But as they say in those investment ads, past returns do not guarantee future success.

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Texas Rangers Get Ready For Giants

October 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Texas Rangers are milking their Claw and Antlers gimmick on the eve of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series.

Tommy Hunter of the Texas Rangers has his antlers on.

Tommy Hunter of the Texas Rangers has his antlers on.

From star-telegram.com

It’s amazing,” Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon said. “It’s so big for us as far as our team chemistry just being able to enjoy being around each other and supporting each other.”

What started out as an in-house gesture among players has quickly morphed into the latest and quirkiest calling card in the league, a spot some would say has been held down by Anaheim’s jumping monkey since its appearance in the 2002 World Series.

Should a Texas player do something positive offensively he’ll acknowledge his feat with a “claw,” fingers slightly curled with his arm extended in a rising swoop. The “antlers” — hold both hands open above the ears to imitate a deer — come about after something speed-related.

“Because when a deer gets going that’s what you look like when you run all the way from first to third and then beat out a throw at the plate,” Borbon said.

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Tim Lincecum Could Head To Pen

October 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants say that the Philadelphia Phillies have not seen the last of Tim Lincecum.

Tim Lincecum might look like Marylin Manson to most people, but to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, he looks like a reliever for Game 6.

Tim Lincecum might look like Marylin Manson to most people, but to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, he looks like a reliever for Game 6.

From MSNBC

Lincecum said the same about his availability, noting that Saturday will be his normal “bullpen day” and he could skip that with an eye toward throwing an inning or two in Game 6. Roy Halladay presumably wouldn’t be available to do the same because of his groin injury.

In four seasons Lincecum has made just one career appearance as a reliever and that came on April 2, 2008 when the Giants avoided starting him because of a likely rain delay.

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Cablevision Gets Vicious

October 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Millions of Cabelvision subscribers were deprived of viewing Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Cablevision got Cablevicious with News Corp and shut out millions of viewers in the process.

Cablevision got Cablevicious with News Corp and shut out millions of viewers in the process.

From Politico

The loss of Fox channels for roughly 3 million Cablevision subscribers in the New York area this weekend isn’t just raising alarms among sports fans, who could miss baseball playoff and football games. It’s piquing interest on Capitol Hill too.

A slew of lawmakers have castigated both sides for failing to settle amicably how much Fox can charge Cablevision to carry its signal. Even as the two companies continue work on a new agreement, which could still arrive this weekend, some members of Congress are frustrated their voters are caught in the stalemate and now without access to Fox programming.

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Braves Done, Cox Retires

October 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox retired after the Braves were eliminated.

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has retired as manager, and is playing hard to get with the makers of the Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 remake.

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has retired as manager, and is playing hard to get with the makers of the Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 remake.

From Fanhouse

Cox promised that this season would be his last, and enjoyed a farewell tour around the big leagues, with teams honoring him at every stop.

“It doesn’t feel like the last time I’m putting it on, but it certainly is,” Cox said of his uniform, his voice cracking. “I won’t put it on again.”

“I’m proud of this team,” he continued. “They played their hearts out and I’ll miss them.”

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Yankees Toast Twins

October 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees eliminated the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees toasted the Minnesota Twins to advance to AL Championship Series.

Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees toasted the Minnesota Twins to advance to AL Championship Series.

From The NY Daily News

Phil Hughes was brilliant in his first career postseason start, shutting Minnesota out over seven innings of four-hit ball. Hughes walked one and struck out six, helping finish off the Bombers’ second consecutive three-game division series sweep of the Twins.

The Yankees will take the next five days off, as the ALCS will start Friday night in either Texas or St. Petersburg. The Rays staved off elimination Saturday night with a win over the Rangers, forcing a Game 4 Sunday in Arlington.

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Lincecum Lets His Hair Down

October 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum dominated the Braves in game 1.

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants scalped the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants scalped the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

From The NY Times

On Wednesday evening, Roy Halladay became an answer to two trivia questions (“Name the only pitchers to throw postseason no-hitters” and “Name the only pitchers to throw two no-hitters in the same season”), and pictures of his triumph were splashed across front pages nationwide. On Thursday night, Tim Lincecum had a strong outing that got him a nice applause from the fans in San Francisco. Yet Lincecum’s performance was actually both more impressive and more valuable than Halladay’s.

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Posey Back From The Dead

October 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants have won the NL West, and Buster Posey helped.

After being stuck in an 0-12 slump, Buster Posey came back from dead to help the San Francisco Giants win the National League West.

After being stuck in an 0-12 slump, Buster Posey came back from dead to help the San Francisco Giants win the National League West.

From MLB.com

Since his arrival on May 29, the business-like 23-year-old Posey has rarely even cracked a smile on the field, let alone unleash the excitement he displayed Sunday.

In the top of the ninth when closer Brian Wilson struck out San Diego’s Will Venable, Posey leaped out of his crouch behind home plate, sprinted to the mound and jumped in Wilson’s arms.

Usually, it’s the pitcher who jumps in the catcher’s arms in a postgame celebration. But when you’re Posey, a leading National League Rookie of the Year candidate after hitting .305 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs, you’re allowed to do things a little differently.

In the eighth inning, with the Giants up, 2-0, Posey hit his 18th home run to give the Giants added cushion, breaking an 0-for-12 skid.

“He’s been hitting a lot of balls hard and he finally got a hold of one where they couldn’t catch it,” first baseman Aubrey Huff said.

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