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Reds Win NL Central

September 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cincinnati Reds are heading to the postseason for the 1st time in 15 years.

Jonny Gomes channels his inner Kenny Powers as he celebrates the Cincinnati Reds 1st trip to the postseason since 1995

Jonny Gomes channels his inner Kenny Powers as he celebrates the Cincinnati Reds 1st trip to the postseason since 1995

From CBS News

Cincinnati captured the NL Central crown in dramatic fashion, with a Jay Bruce homer in the bottom of the ninth lifting them to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros. It’s the Reds first division title since 1995.

It was a fitting finish to the unexpected championship drive. Cincinnati has won 22 games in its last at-bat. That’s second-most in the majors.

With the title, Dusty Baker joins Bill McKechnie as the only managers to lead three different NL teams to the playoffs. Baker also has made it with the Giants and Cubs.

Original Photos Yahoo, thesocietypages, kaboodle

Texas Rangers Hit A Rough Spot

September 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Texas Rangers seem to be doing everything in their power to shoot themselves in the foot.

The Texas Rangers have been playing like dog crap lately.

The Texas Rangers have been playing like dog crap lately.

From The Star – Telegram

With the loss, the Rangers’ magic number to clinch the West remained at four and their lead was trimmed to seven games with 10 to play.

While Lee (12-9) wasn’t as sharp as he has been in his last two starts, he would have had to match Braden’s gem to give the Rangers a chance as the offense was almost nonexistent.

That’s been a recurring theme lately.

The Rangers have scored just 14 games on their current 2-5 road trip, with just two of those coming in the last three games. Before Thursday, the fewest hits the Rangers had had in a game this season was three.

“It’s just very bad timing,” said Texas outfielder David Murphy, who went 0 for 3. “We’ve gone through some offensive struggles this season. It’s just happening now at a very inopportune time.”

Original Photos Yahoo, entertainmentwallpaper

Torre Thinking About The Mets?

September 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Outgoing LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre is flirting with the NY Mets.

Joe Torre is wondering how life might be as manager of the NY Mets.

Joe Torre is wondering how life might be as manager of the NY Mets.

From NBC Sports

Dodgers manager Joe Torre told ESPNNewYork.com that he would listen if the Mets came calling this winter.

“Oh there’s no question,” Torre said Monday at Yankee Stadium. “That’s why I didn’t shut the door.” It’s an intriguing possibility, but Torre’s asking price is likely to be too high and the Mets aren’t in position to be a contender as currently constructed. Frankly, it’s surprising Torre even commented on the scenario, considering that Jerry Manuel is still in the manager’s chair.

Original Photos DayLife, capstoreonline

Derek Jeter The Actor

September 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is being called a cheater and an actor.

Derek Jeter shows off his Oscar after winning the Academy Award For Best Actor during the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Derek Jeter shows off his Oscar after winning the Academy Award For Best Actor during the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

From Fox News

Jeter, who stood doubled over while receiving attention from a trainer, confessed that the ball hit the end of his bat and he sold the call to Barksdale with a good acting job.

”He told me to go to first base. I’m not going to tell him I’m not going to first, you know,” Jeter said.

”It’s part of the game. My job is to get on base. Fortunately for us it paid off at the time, but I’m sure it would have been a bigger story if we would have won that game”

Original Photos Yahoo, silverscreensurroundings

SF Giants Hate Kids

September 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants might not actually hate kids, but they did injure two of them.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants taunts the children in the crowd by destroying a teddy bear. Moments later Posey threw his bat into the crowd and then commandeered the stadium PA system to announce that Santa Claus has AIDS.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants taunts the children in the crowd by destroying a teddy bear moments before he threw his bat into the stands. Posey later commandeered the stadium PA system to announce that Santa Claus has AIDS.

From SFWeekly

In the fourth frame of last night’s 2-0, extra-inning Giants win, San Francisco catcher Buster Posey’s bat sailed out of his hands and hit a 13-year-old fan in the forehead. The boy as removed from the stadium on a stretcher and outfitted with a neck brace — though he did flash the crowd a thumbs-up. The boy’s hospitalization was described as a precautionary measure. Needless to say, not all bat-in-the-stands events end so well.

One inning later, third baseman Pablo Sandoval sent a foul ball off another kid’s forehead — this time a 2-year-old in the upper deck.

Original Photos DayLife, thewoodenwagon

Albert Pujols Is Red Hot

August 31, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals might be closing in on a Triple Crown.

Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals has replaced his traditional batting gloves with oven mitts made of asbestos due to his red hot bat.

Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals has replaced his traditional batting gloves with oven mitts made of asbestos due to his red hot bat.

From American Chronicle

An unusual season has brought Albert Pujols to an unusual place. After enduring a harsh May, he enters September on a path that may secure the league lead in batting average, RBIs and home runs: the Triple Crown.

“I’m reluctant to even address it,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “It’s certainly significant, but you don’t want to put emphasis on anything that detracts from our team goal. There’s a lot that potentially goes with it.”

“It’s not what I play for,” Pujols said Saturday. “It’s what I’ve told you all along. Numbers aren’t what I play for.”

Original Photos Yahoo, flickr, letsbuyit

Did Madoff Kill The Mets?

August 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Bernie Madoff may have doomed the New York Mets.

In an effort to cut costs, the NY Mets now have Jerry Manuel perform double duties as manager/stadium keyboard player.

In an effort to cut costs, the NY Mets now have Jerry Manuel perform double duties as manager/stadium organ player.

From ESPN

Even discounting any losses by the team’s owners related to swindler Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, attendance has steeply dropped this season. That may be more attributable to a predictable drop in attendance in the second season in a new ballpark than any disappointment about the decline of the team, but it is the same revenue hit regardless of the cause.

The Mets drew 3,168,571 fans last season, in Year 1 at Citi Field. This season, the total is 1,921,259, with 23 home dates remaining. That’s on pace for a 14.9 percent attendance decline.

Original Photos Yahoo, retrothing

Manny Heads To White Sox

August 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Looks like Manny Ramirez is taking his dreadlocks to Chicago.

Manny Ramirez seems to be on his way to the Chicago White Sox.

Manny Ramirez seems to be on his way to the Chicago White Sox.

From Yahoo Sports/Roto Arcade

According to multiple reports, the Dodgers have agreed to send Manny Ramirez(notes) to the White Sox in exchange for … well, for the right to not pay him $4.3 million. Not a bad exchange for a fourth-place team that’s 10 games back in the standings.

The fantasy spin here is easy: Everyone wins, except for the stiffs who’ve served as designated hitters for Chicago. The White Sox have upgraded a lineup spot that’s been an absolute sinkhole for them all season.

Manny will presumably be the full-time DH in one of baseball’s most homer-friendly environments. (Though not when his calf aches, or when he’s feeling claustrophobic, or when he’s sleepy, or when it’s a day game following a night game).

Original Photos reuters, men-access

People Are Calling Roger Clemens Bad Names

August 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Roger Clemens is not too popular with some folks.

Roger Clemens swore to tell the truth when he testified before Congress in 2008.

Roger Clemens swore to tell the truth when he testified before Congress in 2008.

From The Big Lead

Clemens was not called to testify. He called himself. He did not misrepresent the truth facing circumstantial evidence. He blatantly lied in a lame attempt to contradict overwhelming evidence. His own personal trainer testified he injected him. His wife took HGH. He had notable performance spikes and incidents of rage. His career was over at the time. His money was made. Barry Bonds became embroiled in a controversy. Roger Clemens created a farce that will cost taxpayers millions.

Original Photos Daylife, flippinghomes

Alternate Logo: New York Yankees

August 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Former MLB player Roger Clemens is facing charges that he lied to Congress.

The new Yankees logo may incorporate syringes to be more representative of their core players.

The new Yankees logo may incorporate syringes to be more representative of their core players.

From Yahoo Sports

Clemens’ all-hat, no-conscience Texas attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Thursday he would fight to the end (Clemens’, not his) against the perjury charges for his client, which is what he’s paid to do. There’s no telling what a jury might find, as the government’s chief corroborator – former trainer Brian McNamee – is no shining model of fair play himself.

Clemens took to Twitter to defend himself: ”I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.”

Original Photos standupforamerica, photobucket

Francisco Rodriguez Back With The Mets

August 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Francisco Rodriguez returns to the New York Mets in time for Saturday’s game against the Phillies.

Francisco Rodriguez of the NY Mets shows off his favorite pair of brass knuckles.

Francisco Rodriguez of the NY Mets shows off his favorite pair of brass knuckles.

From ESPN

Closer Francisco Rodriguez will return to the New York Mets on Saturday, after being suspended for two games by the organization for allegedly striking his girlfriend’s father in the face near the family room at Citi Field.

Rodriguez, who was arraigned Thursday at Queens Criminal Court on a third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges, spoke with general manager Omar Minaya after his release from police custody that afternoon.

“It’s not acceptable,” Minaya said Friday, before the Mets opened a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He understands that. He admits that. He feels really bad, of course. He put not only himself, he put his teammates and the organization in a bad light.”

Original Photos zimbio, gizmodo

Showalter Right Pick For Orioles

August 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Buck Showalter has seemingly fixed the Baltimore Orioles overnight.

Buck Showalter is a manager who know how to pick his spots, and is in the process of turning around the Baltimore Orioles.

Buck Showalter is a manager who knows how to pick a winner, and he's in the process of turning around the Baltimore Orioles.

From The Baltimore Sun

That might be the whole story, but the office decor is so consistent with Showalter’s reputation as a detail guy that — intentionally or not — it has to send a message to every player who walks past: If you’re not with the program, there’s probably someone on that board who would love the opportunity to take your place.

Though Showalter has worked hard to play down the whole new-sheriff-in-town concept, it’s fairly obvious that the Orioles already are a different team than the one that interim manager Juan Samuel handed over to him Monday.

The on-field results speak for themselves, even if it’s far too early to draw any real conclusions from the small number of games he has managed so far.

Original Photo  Yahoo

Alex Rodriguez Hits 600

August 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Alex Rodriguez of the NY Yankees finally hit the 600th home run of his career.

After New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th HR, he took the time to thank all of those responsible for aiding his career.

After New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th HR, he took the time to thank all of those responsible for aiding his career.

From The NY Times

But on Wednesday afternoon, in his 47th at-bat since No. 599, Rodriguez crushed a ball toward deep center and jogged toward first base with his hands outstretched, his palms up. It is the universal body language for “What did I do?” but Rodriguez knew exactly what he had just done. His chase was finally over.

On the third anniversary of his 500th homer, Rodriguez reached his latest milestone in the first inning of the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over Toronto, connecting for a two-run blast off Shaun Marcum that landed in Monument Park, where the ball was retrieved by a security guard.

Original Photos Yahoo, natureschoicealoe

A-Rod Still Chasing 600

July 31, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is still stuck at 599 home runs.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees still has a monkey in his back after getting stuck on 599 career home runs.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has had a monkey on his back since getting stuck at 599 career home runs.

From The NY Times

Rodriguez banged his bat against the dirt, as if he had missed a pitch he felt he should have clobbered.

“I think the thing to remember is that when I hit this, nothing’s going to change,” Rodriguez said. “We’re in the middle of a pennant race, and we’re just trying to play good baseball.”

Since hitting No. 599 last Thursday at Yankee Stadium, a span of 30 at-bats and 34 plate appearances, Rodriguez has rarely shown any frustration.

Original Photos Yahoo, talismancoins

Rhode Island Politicians Slam Curt Schilling

July 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Boston Red Sox hero Curt Schilling has been taking some hits from Rhode Island politicians.

Former Red Sox hero Curt Schilling said that people who think he used paint, ketchup or anything else red on his ankle during the 2004 World Series are 'stupid and bitter' (katchop)

Former Red Sox hero Curt Schilling said that people who think he used paint, ketchup or anything else on his ankle during the 2004 World Series are 'stupid and bitter' (katchop)

From Yahoo

“I don’t know if I trust Curt Schilling,” said former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who’s running for governor as an independent. “I just remember his own teammates didn’t like him. They thought he was a bit of a salesman.”

Chafee went farther—some say too far—when he cast doubt on the bloody sock, a talisman of the 2004 World Series victory that ended an 86-year championship drought for the Red Sox.

With an ankle injury that would otherwise have kept him from pitching, Schilling asked team doctor Bill Morgan to stitch a flapping tendon in place so he could make his start in Game 6 of the AL playoffs. They repeated the procedure five days later in the World Series—with another bloody sock, and another Red Sox victory.

The performances gave birth to a stubborn urban legend that Schilling stained the sock with ketchup or paint to call attention to himself. He has denied it, Morgan has vouched for him, and the Hall of Fame, which has the sock in its collection, has said there is no reason to doubt the stain is blood.

“It was blood, my blood, and it was coming from the sutures in my ankle,” Schilling said in 2007. “You’re either stupid or bitter if you think otherwise.”

Original Photos masslive.com, nickshell1983

Atlanta Braves Keep Rolling

July 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Atlanta Braves are like one big happy family.

Chipper Jones might get tangled up with his walker sometimes, but he and the rest of the Atlanta Braves are still a tight-knit group (katchop)

Chipper Jones might get tangled up with his walker sometimes, but he and the rest of the Atlanta Braves are still a tight-knit group (katchop)

From philly.com

But veteran Chipper Jones, who played on 11 consecutive division champions beginning in 1995, sees a completely different key to the club’s success.

“We all enjoy hanging out,” Jones said. “In the past, a clique may have consisted of three or four guys. You’d have seven or eight cliques on the team. But I’ve been to many dinners already this season where we’ve gotten into a town on the road and there’s been 15, 18, even 20 guys all eating together.”

Original Photos Yahoo, mc respiratory

A.J. Burnett Apologizes

July 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees injured both of his hands over the weekend.

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees is sorry he let down his team by severing his own hands in disgust after a bad outing (katchop)

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees is sorry he let down his team by severing his own hands in disgust after a bad outing (katchop)

From NY Daily News

Burnett was far from good in the first two innings of Saturday’s 10-5 loss to the Rays at the Stadium. That caused him to retreat into the clubhouse, where he slammed both his hands into the clubhouse doors, cutting them. Trying to stay in the game, he lied to Yankee trainers and Joe Girardi, at first telling them he had cut his hands when he braced for a fall as he slipped on the steps.

He faced only two batters in the third inning before Girardi pulled him. After the game, Burnett came clean to Girardi and Brian Cashman, admitting he caused the injury in frustration.

Burnett, 33, said he did not have a chance to address his teammates after Saturday’s game. He was the first one in the clubhouse when it opened at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and waited to face his teammates. He said he met with them to apologize before he went out to test his hands.

Original Photos Yahoo, nightviewproductions

Alex Rodriguez Looks Alien In Seattle

July 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Alex Rodriguez of the NY Yankees is still hated by Seattle Mariners fans.

The sight of Alex Rodriguez in a Yankee uniform is still alien to many Seattle Mariners fans (katchop)

The sight of Alex Rodriguez in a Yankee uniform is still alien to many Seattle Mariners fans (katchop)

From The Seattle Times

Alex Rodriguez had been booed lustily all night, as has become de rigueur with each return to Seattle. The obligatory dollar bills came fluttering down from the upper deck.

But in the end, the Yankees star also aroused the passion of the numerous Yankees fans among the 37,432 at Safeco Field, delivering a two-out, two-run single off David Aardsma in the ninth that lifted New York to a 3-1 victory on Thursday.

Original Photos Yahoo, thelegends

Jerry Manuel Melts Down

July 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel had a little melt down on Monday night.

Jerry Manuel of the New York Mets said his team was robbed against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night (katchop)

Jerry Manuel of the New York Mets said his team was robbed against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday (katchop)

From MLB.com

As soon as Meals made the ruling, Manuel sprinted out of the dugout to argue the call alongside catcher Rod Barajas — who had to be restrained — and David Wright. Manuel spent a long moment arguing the call before Iassogna, who said he has the utmost respect for how Manuel handled the situation, ejected him.

“The [umpire] told me that he saw it hit the guy, which from that angle I refuse to believe. What I saw was a reaction from the batter,” Manuel said. “This is a game that the human element is a part of it, and that’s what makes it so beautiful and what it is. Maybe the home-plate umpire missed it. That’s part of the game. But I don’t know if you can make it right by saying you saw something that maybe you didn’t see.”

Original Photos Yahoo, Scrapetv, community-credit.com

MLB Teams Wear White Hats

July 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Major League Baseball teams all wore “Stars and Stripes” hats this weekend.

All MLB players, like Jose Reyes of the NY Mets, wore special "Stars and Stripes" hats to honor veterans, but the hats looked like they were made to honor chefs (katchop)

All MLB players, like Jose Reyes of the NY Mets, wore special "Stars and Stripes" caps to honor veterans, but the hats wound up looking like they were made to honor chefs and not soldiers (katchop)

From Cincinnati.Com

For games on July 4 weekend, Major League Baseball Clubs will wear special “Stars & Stripes” caps, which have the American flag etched into the team’s logo and are off-white in color with red or blue brims (the Toronto Blue Jays hat will incorporate a Maple Leaf design instead of the “Stars & Stripes”).  Major League Baseball Properties will donate 100% of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the caps to Welcome Back Veterans, a program which addresses the needs of returning American Veterans and their families.

Original Photo Yahoo

Pablo Sandoval Hears Boos

July 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants are running out of patience with Pablo Sandoval.

Nothing really earth shattering happened in NBA or NHL free agency today, so here is a photo of Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants running from a diet book (katchop)

Nothing really earth shattering happened in NBA or NHL free agency today, so here is a photo of Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants running away from a diet book (katchop)

From MercuryNews.com

A year later, Sandoval is getting lampooned for his askew baserunning, beer-league-softball belly and, above all else, slumping bat. Call this mantra: “Pick on Pablo.”

This does not faze Sandoval. Should it? Is it time he stops treating this game like, well, just a game?

Be careful what you wish from him. His happy-go-lucky attitude is an asset. The world doesn’t need another jaded, disgruntled, inconsolable, elitist athlete.

How Sandoval copes with his recent failures, however, will point the Giants in the direction they will go in the second half of this still-alive season.

“I come in every day with my head up, and I work game by game,” Sandoval said before Tuesday’s shift against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “You have to believe, you have to trust yourself. I want to (succeed) so bad. I try to do too much.”

What the Giants need is for him to hit. And not into double plays.

Original Photos Yahoo, healthylifenews

Tigers Lose Zumaya

June 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers suffered a catastrophic arm injury.

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers clutches his elbow after his arm fell off (katchop\\Rodney)

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers clutches his elbow after his arm fell off (katchopRodney)

From Yahoo Sports

He surely felt the weight of the chance to push the Tigers past the Twins into first place. These are his Clark Kent moments – the moments when he gets so amped that teammates who visit him at the mound wonder if he can hear a word they say. He’s transformed, maybe transcended. But in the process of delivering a 99 mph heater, the freak of nature endured a freak injury: Zumaya basically snapped his arm in half. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a broken elbow can take more than a year to heal. And that’s for a normal human – one who doesn’t throw a ball 100 mph for a living. It’s difficult to imagine when or even how Joel Zumaya will throw another major league pitch.

Original Photo Yahoo

Joe Girardi Guides Yankees

June 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees did well in facing former mentor Joe Torre.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi relaxes in the dugout (katchop)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi relaxes in the dugout (katchop)

From NJ.com

Joe is a guy who I consider one of my mentors,” said Girardi, who got a congratulatory call from Torre shortly after the 2009 World Series. “Playing under him, coaching under him. I think whenever one of your mentors calls you and says ‘good job,’ it has a special meaning.”

Indeed, Girardi and Torre share a first name. They both played in the big leagues as catchers before becoming managers. And now, they both know the highs and lows of sitting in the ever-pressurized chair that belongs to the manager of the New York Yankees.

Yet they have gone about meeting the tremendous expectations that come with that chair in their own ways.

“They’re two completely different people,” said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. “The similarity is that they both want to win.”

Original Photos yahoo, abc.net

AJ Burnett Has Lost His Mojo

June 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

AJ Burnett of the NY Yankees hasn’t been doing too well recently.

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees has been throwing a lot of  meatballs lately (katchop)

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees has been serving up a lot of meatballs lately (katchop)

From mycentraljersey.com

But then I turned on WFAN today and I heard Sweeny Murti pointing out that Burnett is 0-4 since pitching coach Dave Eiland left the team to deal with a family issue. So it’s not Posada’s fault. It’s poor Mike Harkey’s.

And that’s the thing with Burnett. There’s always an excuse. Here’s my excuse: He was barely an above-average pitcher before he was paid like a superstar, and he’s barely been above average since. He had some well-timed performances against the Yankees and Red Sox in his walk year and earned himself a mega deal during an offseason when the Yankees were desperate for pitching.

Original Photo Yahoo

Yankees Rough Up Mets

June 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees won 2 of 3 games against the New York Mets.

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets step in a present left for him by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (katchop)

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets steps in a present left for him by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (katchop)

From Yahoo

Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam to support Sabathia and the Yankees beat the Mets 4-0 Sunday. The Yankees won the final two games of the Subway Series between crosstown rivals to even the season matchup at three games.

Sabathia, denied a shot at his first shutout of the season by a 22-minute rain delay in the eighth, didn’t put too much stock in beating former Cy Young Award winners Halladay—and the Phillies on Tuesday—and Santana.

“I’m not facing those guys. I’m facing their lineups,” Sabathia said of his two wins against National League East aces.

The Yankees victory, combined with Tampa Bay’s loss to Florida, moved the Yankees into sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since April 21.

Original Photos Yahoo, fakecrap.com

Fans Want To See Stephen Strasburg

June 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cleveland Indians are selling lots of tickets for their Sunday game against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.

The Washington Nationals have suddenly become a team to watch, at least whenever Stephen Strasburg and his golden arm are on the mound (katchop)

The Washington Nationals have suddenly become a team to watch, at least whenever Stephen Strasburg and his golden arm are on the mound (katchop)

From Yahoo

Robert Jensen of Columbia, Md., was at the ticket booth an hour before the Indians played the Boston Red Sox. Jensen, his wife Janet along with their two next door neighbors drove to Cleveland and bought tickets to the next four games at Progressive Field.

“Strasburg is phenomenal,” Jensen said. “We saw his first game and can’t wait for Sunday.

“Tonight, we’ll cheer for the Indians, then we’ll go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow and cheer for our Nationals. I bet a lot of Cleveland fans are going to be cheering for Strasburg, too.”

Strasburg struck out 14 over seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday—most in a debut since J.R. Richard fanned 15 for Houston in 1971.

The game Sunday afternoon will be nationally televised on TBS. The cable network has added two super slow-motion cameras for the telecast.

Original Photo Yahoo

Jamie Moyer Keeps Going

June 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies won his 100th game since he turned 40 years old.

Jamie Moyer does not feel like an old man, and still enjoys playing for the Philadelphia Phillies (katchop)

Jamie Moyer does not feel like an old man, and still enjoys playing for the Philadelphia Phillies (katchop)

From Reuters

The 47-year-old becomes just the third pitcher in Major League history to record a century of wins after entering his fifth decade, joining Jack Quinn (103) and Phil Niekro (121) in a select group of ironmen.

After allowing two runs on five hits in the second inning, Moyer found his rhythm and range in giving up just two more hits through the remaining seven innings.

Original Photos yahoo, freewilliamsburg

Armando Galarraga Robbed

June 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers made up with umpire Jim Joyce, who cost the pitcher a perfect game.

Umpire Jim Joyce does his best Stevie Wonder impression while Armando Galarraga attempts to end his almost perfect game (katchop)

Umpire Jim Joyce does his best Stevie Wonder impression while Armando Galarraga attempts to end his almost perfect game (katchop)

From The Detroit Free Press

The welcome wasn’t quite as warm for the offending umpire.

As a show of good will before this afternoon’s series finale against the Indians, Tigers manager Jim Leyland had Galarraga present the lineup card to Joyce, who was behind the plate today. They shook hands and as Galarraga walked away, Joyce patted him on the shoulder.

Galarraga received a standing ovation from the crowd.

But when Joyce’s name appeared on the scoreboard in left field, he was booed amid a smattering of cheers.

Original Photos timesleader, simmerdown

Is Ubaldo Jimenez Even Human?

May 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies has an unheard of ERA of 0.88, a 9-1 record and a no-hitter so far this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies has a strong arm (katchop)

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies has a really strong arm (katchop)

From Big League Stew

Jimenez has allowed just seven earned runs in 10 starts over 71 1/3 innings.

With about two-thirds of the season to go, Jimenez has himself some wriggle room in order to better Bob Gibson’s modern record of 1.12, set in 1968 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gibby’s 1.12 is a holy grail of sorts for pitchers. (That and the 30-victory plateau, at least until we figured out that decisions for pitchers are for saps).

The closest anyone has come to Gibson is Dwight Gooden’s 1.53 in 1985. The great Greg Maddux(notes) couldn’t beat Bob, either. Heck, it’s next-to-impossible for anyone to make 30 starts and keep his ERA under 2.00.

So, there’s pretty much no way Jimenez can do this. All he needs is one or two blowups — six earned runs here, seven there — and the chase is over. Ah, well. It happens to the best of them.

Unless, of course, it doesn’t.

Original Photo Zimbio

The Yankees Have Built An Empire

May 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees sold $450 million dollars worth of official merchandise last year.

The New York Yankees have built an empire using the teachings of Darth Vader (katchop)

The New York Yankees have built an empire using the teachings of Darth Vader (katchop)

From Forbes.com

The Yankees brand is worth $328 million (21% of their $1.6 billion total team value), while we calculate the Man U name to be worth $285 million (16% of their $1.835 billion value). The two teams swapped spots as the Yankees saw a merchandising frenzy thanks to a 27th World Series title and the opening of their new stadium.

Gross sales of World Series and Yankees championship-emblazoned products totaled $450 million last year, while the new ballpark spurred 40% growth in sponsorship revenue. Local TV ratings on YES Network (Forbes is a partner in a show on YES) were up 11%, even as most baseball teams saw ratings decline. Also helping push the Yanks to the top was a strengthening U.S. dollar, which gained 17% on the British pound over the 12-month period we reviewed.

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Is Jonathan Papelbon Toast?

May 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

People are wondering about Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox.

The plans of the Red Sox went up in flames on Monday after the New York Yankees torched Jonathan Papelbon (katchop)

Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox foolishly attempts to run from the flames on his back, after the New York Yankees torched him on Monday (katchop)

From courant.com

What’s happened? Where’s the put-away splitter? Has he become so predictable that the notoriously patient Yankees jumped on first pitches when they were running out of outs? Is his velocity down? Is last October’s nightmare still haunting him? All these things happen to closers, often after just a few years on top of their game. Don’t go by Mariano Rivera – he’s the exception, not the rule.

Papelbon, too, is a high-maintainence character, a loose cannon in a clubhouse that likes to keep it all business. He has always seemed a little too concerned with what closer’s make, perhaps because he turned away from starting, which is where the biggest money is. And he will soon be a free agent.

Should the Red Sox explore Daniel Bard as the closer? Not that he has been perfect, but it may be his job sooner rather than later, who maybe it’s time to give him some save chances. Should the Red Sox look to deal Papelbon for help in other areas? They have made block-buster mid-season deals before – remember, they traded Manny and Nomar away at deadline time. Should they encourage Papelbon to work on other pitches by using him in non-save situations?

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Citi Field, Home Of Garbage

May 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The home of the New York Mets has developed a problem with garbage blowing onto the field.

David Wright of the New York Mets takes a break from batting practice to feed Mookie, his newly adopted pet rat, that was attracted to Citi Field due to blowing garbage (katchop)

David Wright of the New York Mets takes a break from batting practice to feed Mookie, his newly adopted pet rat that was attracted to Citi Field due to blowing garbage (katchop)

From The NY Times

Dave Howard, the Mets’ executive vice president for business operations, said the team had no plans to add more trash cans or extra workers to the 18-member crew to deal with the litter.

“It’s sort of good now that there is debris to be blown out there,” Howard said. “It shows people are spending some money and buying food and drink and enjoying themselves.”

Howard says there are hundreds of wastebaskets around the stadium. “But, typically, when people go to their seats, they just drop it on the floor, which is sort of a baseball tradition,” he added.

He said there were no adjustments the Mets could make in the stadium to cut off or redirect the strength of the breezes and noted that Philadelphia and Boston had similar problems recently.

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Chipper Jones Has Regrets

May 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves wishes he took better care of himself.

Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves feels like an old man. Or maybe a burn victim (katchop)

Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves feels like an old man, and according to ex-teammate Brian Jordan, it's his own fault (katchop)

From MLB.com

While playing three consecutive seasons (1999-2001) and part of a fourth (2005) with Jordan, Jones concedes that he often arrived at the park, took a few swings, jogged a coupled times in the outfield and deemed himself ready to play. Thus, he at least had some understanding about why Jordan recently questioned his dedication to preparation during a recent interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.

“I think at some point when you start getting older, you really have to do the extra things,” Jordan recently said. “You’ve got to get in that whirlpool, you’ve got to stretch, and really work hard to keep your flexibility before you get out there on the field. And I’m not sure if he’s dedicating himself to doing that. He’s so used to — you know, I played with him so long — just sitting around and waiting for the game, and take a couple jogs and go play. But as you get older, you know, you cannot do that. You’ve gotta go the extra mile to be ready to play.”

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Phillies Fan Gets Tased

May 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

A Philadelphia Phillies fan ran on the field and police used a Taser on him.

A Philadelphia Phillies fan who ran on the field was brought down when a member of the Philadelphia Police Department used a Taser on him (katchop)

A Philadelphia Phillies fan who ran on the field was brought down when a member of the Philadelphia Police Department used a Taser on him (katchop)

From MLB.com

In the eighth inning, in front of a sellout crowd, the fan — wearing a black Phillies hat, red Phillies T-shirt and khaki shorts — jumped over a wall in right field, eluded two security officers in the outfield and was eventually tased, bringing him to the ground immediately.

Running onto the field is a crime, but normally fans are tackled to the ground. Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore told the AP that Commissioner Charles Ramsey reviewed the tape and felt the officer acted within the department’s guidelines. Vanore added that internal affairs is investigating.

The 17-year-old was charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the AP added. His name has not been released because he is a minor.

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Yankees Get Their Rings

April 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees got their World Series rings earlier this week.

The New York Yankees got their World Series rings this week, and they did a great job of capturing the essence of the 2009 season (katchop)

The New York Yankees got their World Series rings this week, and they did a great job of capturing the essence of the 2009 season (katchop)

I’m going to wear it and wear it every day. Heck, if they let me wear it to third (Tuesday), I was trying to do that. But I think it would’ve broken the rules.”

Rodriguez, notorious for choking in the playoffs before 2009, was terrific last October and said the ring “means the world to me. That’s why you play the game of baseball. That’s why in 2003 I wanted to come to New York and change positions and be part of the greatest franchise in the world. We’ve had some ups and downs here, but last year made it all worthwhile.”

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SF Giants Had A Long Day

April 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants had a 4 hour rain delay on Sunday during their game against the Atlanta Braves.

During a 4 hour rain delay, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants almost turned to cannibalism (katchop)

During a 4 hour rain delay, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants almost turned to cannibalism when he was unable to get 5 Domino's pizzas delivered to the dugout (katchop)

The Giants were to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their downtown ballpark and had 14 players from the 2000 division-winning team, including Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. But during the delay, the ex-Giants took off, some needing to catch flights out of town.

So instead of an on-field ceremony involving the ’00 Giants, there was nothing. Just baseball. In the standings, that was OK. Because the Giants improved to 5-1 behind Tim Lincecum’s seven solid innings and Pablo Sandoval’s three hits, including a home run.

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Milton Bradley Flips Out

April 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Well he didn’t actually flip out, but Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners did flip the bird at some fans while visiting the Texas Rangers.

Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners didn't wait very long this season before showing the fans his itchy trigger finger (katchop)

Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners didn't wait very long this season before showing the fans his itchy trigger finger (katchop)

Did Milton Bradley offer a rather impolite one-fingered salute to Rangers’ fans? According to internet chatters, Seattle’s Bradley didn’t flip his lid during the game, but did flip something else.

The moment in question happened in the fourth inning after Chris Davis flied out to left field, where Bradley was playing. Though TV replays showed no incident, broadcast officials did say it appeared Bradley offered the gesture towards the stands. He was booed after the play.

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David Ortiz Not Carrying Weight

April 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has been under fire for a slow start this year.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox seems more interested in hot dogs than hits (katchop)

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox seems more interested in hot dogs than hits (katchop)

The David Ortiz slump, or situation, or down turn, or whatever you want to call it, is a real situation with a real protagonist. But how did we get here? Before we go over the issues now facing Ortiz and Red Sox nation, let me make one thing clear. The fans have been very fair to Ortiz over the last year. Very fair. There were far more cheers at the game Wednesday then there were boos.

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High On The Boston Red Sox

April 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Former Boston Red Sox star Bernie Carbo recently admitted that he played every game of his career high on drugs.

As this 1974 Topps baseball card shows, Bernie Carbo of the Boston Red Sox had some interesting methods of preparing for a game (katchop)

As this 1974 Topps baseball card shows, Bernie Carbo of the Boston Red Sox had some interesting methods of preparing for a game (katchop)

I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit,” Carbo said.

“I played every game high,” Carbo said. “I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the outfield sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky.”

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Ron Washington Goes Green

March 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

In addition to cocaine, Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington also liked pot and amphetamines.

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, takes a break during the 7th inning stretch (katchop)

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, takes a break during the 7th inning stretch (katchop)

In recent days, it was revealed that Washington tested positive for cocaine last year. This, Washington said, was the only time he had used the drug. Later, Washington admitted that he had used amphetamines and marijuana during his playing days.

The cocaine episode, coming from a Major League manager, was a major lapse in judgment. But the revelation about amphetamine use by someone who played in the ’80s? It would have been bigger news if he had said that he had NOT used amphetamines. “Beaning up,” was a pervasive part of the baseball culture then, and anyone who says otherwise is defying the truth or was not there.

Original Photos Yahoo, drbongs

Rangers Manager Tested Positive For Cocaine

March 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted to using cocaine during the 2009 MLB season.

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, fantasizes about the 1st base foul line (katchop)

Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, often fantasizes about the 1st base foul line (katchop)

It is not surprising that the Rangers gave manager Ron Washington a second chance after he tested positive for cocaine last year. This is the land of second chances, and the organization has no more shining example of what the best use of second opportunities can produce than in the case of Josh Hamilton.

But now that the story of Washington’s failed drug test is public, the question is how long the Rangers can afford to stand behind their man.

My guess? Not very long.

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Same Old Story For NY Mets

March 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets continue to have injury problems.

NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel is employing new motivational techniques this season to get his players to fight through injuries (katchop)

NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel is employing new motivational techniques this season to get his players to fight through injuries (katchop)

So now that Jose Reyes is likely to be keeping Carlos Beltran company on the disabled list when the season opens, the result of his mysterious thyroid problem, you want to say the Mets are simply a cursed franchise these days.

Certainly it felt like that here at the club’s spring training complex yesterday as word spread that Reyes’ elevated thyroid hormone levels will sideline him for two to eight weeks, during which he can’t do anything strenuous that would raise his heart rate.

As one Mets person said, “This nightmare can’t be happening again.”

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Aroldis Chapman Lives Up to Hype

March 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cincinnati Reds were pleased with the debut of Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

The Cincinnati Red were very happy with the debut of pitcher Aroldis Chapman, especially his mechanics (katchop)

The Cincinnati Reds were very happy with the debut of pitcher Aroldis Chapman, especially his mechanics (katchop)

Chapman flashed a dominant fastball which sat at 96-97 mph and had good, late life. He topped out at 100 mph on a called third strike to Royals’ second baseman Chris Getz. Chapman struggled to command a 91-92 mph cut fastball that had average movement, and at times he showed a plus slider at 86-87 mph. He only threw one changeup, but had good arm speed on the pitch.

Overall, Chapman lived up to his billing as a future ace and made a strong opening bid to win a spot in the Reds rotation. He certainly impressed manager Dusty Baker, who praised Chapman’s combination of velocity and command.

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Johnny Damon To Cease Grooming

March 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

New Detroit Tiger Johnny Damon is bringing back the beard.

Johnny Damon of the Detroit Tigers stopped shaving 3 days ago (katchop)

Johnny Damon of the Detroit Tigers stopped shaving 3 days ago, and the results have been dramatic (katchop)

Johnny Damon could re-grow the beard he was famous for during his tenure with the Red Sox. Damon, who signed with the Tigers last month, wasn’t allowed to grow one while with the Yankees.

“You will probably see the beard, but it might take the whole season for the hair to grow back”

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Tim Lincecum, SF Giants Avoid Arbitration

February 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants have reached a 2 year deal worth 23 million with Tim Lincecum.

Tim Lincecum agreed on a 2 year deal with the San Francisco Giants, with the contract containing provisions such as a coffin for all road trips and no non-dome day games (katchop)

Tim Lincecum agreed on a 2 year deal with the San Francisco Giants, with the contract containing provisions such as a coffin for all road trips and no non-dome day games (katchop)

Lincecum will have two years of arbitration eligibility remaining when the two-year, $23 million deal he agreed to Friday expires after the 2011 season. So in a sense, the Giants will face the same predicament they confronted this year: Do they risk taking Lincecum to arbitration and paying him an enormous sum on a one-year contract if they lose the case? Or do they attempt to sign Lincecum to a longer multiyear pact which might pay him less on an annual basis but still represents a sizable financial commitment.

From Lincecum’s perspective, he can’t lose. By contrast, the Giants have some thinking to do.

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Los Angeles Angels To Pay NY Mets 21 Million

January 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Los Angeles Angels traded Gary Matthews Jr and 21.5 million dollars to the New York Mets for Brian Stokes. Matthews is owed 23.5 million dollars over the next two seasons.

The Los Angeles Angels will pay the New York Mets 21.5 million to take Gary Matthews Jr. (katchop)

The Los Angeles Angels will pay the New York Mets 21.5 million to take Gary Matthews Jr., and Torri Hunter likes it (katchop)

Matthews is owed salaries of $11 million this year and $12 million in 2011, plus a $500,000 bonus for getting traded. The Mets will pay just $1 million per season, and the Angels will give New York money to cover the remainder of the salary plus the bonus, a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the financial details were not announced.

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Mark McGwire Denies Canseco’s Claims

January 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Mark McGwire admitted to doing steroids, but he continues to deny Jose Canseco’s claims that they injected each other. McGwire also claims that the steroids did not help him hit home runs.

Mark McGwire telling Bob Costas that steroids did not help him hit home runs (katchop)

Mark McGwire telling Bob Costas that steroids did not help him hit home runs (katchop)

When called before Congress and asked about his steroid use, McGwire again refused to tell the truth, this time trying to wiggle away with his repeated stone-walling “I’m not here to talk about the past.”

Now comes his blubbering, disingenuous mea culpa — orchestrated by sports consultant Ari Fleischer, who was George W. Bush’s press secretary — that was done just in time so he can return to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach. And once again it seems to skirt a lot of truth.

Although in a series of calculated interviews earlier this week he finally admitted using steroids and human growth hormone for a decade — including the 1998 season when he shattered Roger Maris’ home run record — McGwire claims he only took the stuff in “low dosages” and only to help him heal faster from injuries.

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Tim Lincecum Goes Green

November 06, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

2008 High Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was stopped for speeding in Washington, and was cited for possession of Marijuana.

Tim Lincecum planned to win the Cy Young this year, but then he got high (katchop)

Tim Lincecum planned to win the Cy Young this year, but then he got high (katchop)

Washington State Patrol spokesman Steve Schatzel said Thursday that the 2008 Cy Young Award winner and former University of Washington star was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 5 in the town of Hazel Dell, about four miles north of the Oregon border, on Oct. 30.

An officer approached Lincecum’s 2006 Mercedes and smelled marijuana as the pitcher rolled down his window. Schatzel said Lincecum immediately complied with a request to hand over the drug and a marijuana pipe from the car’s center console.


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