Sunday, April 30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
The Totalitarian State of Baseball--Esteban Loaiza case in point
- "It made it harder," Loaiza said of pitching in the WBC. "But I'd do it again. It was a great thing for baseball around the world."
- ONLY ONE POINT OF VIEW IS PERMITTED IN A TOTALITARIAN STATE, & you learn to shut up or you'll be slandered & attacked relentlessly, morning til night in all media by the many useful idiot sports reporters.
- LOAIZA IS SAYING--I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT--STEAL THE FANS' & THE TEAM'S MONEY, CHEAT MY TEAMMATES, ETC.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
David Wright insists on playing hurt
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Red Sox may move radio games from WEEI to WBOS FM
RICK MONDAY ON WITH CHARLEY STEINER on 30-year anniversary of his saving the flag at Dodger Stadium
Rick Monday rescues American flag 30 years ago. After Charley talks with Rick, XM plays the actual audio of VIN SCULLY announcing the 'animals' coming onto the field, appearing to start burning the flag, Rick's running up & grabbing the flag, & the fans cheering for Monday. Is radio great or what? Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Monday, April 24, 2006
MLB Umpires joining minor league umps on picket line
Perry Van Hook of Fantasyball.com with Jeff Erickson on XM
Sunday, April 23, 2006
WOW! Alfonso Soriano has an 8-pitch at bat!!! AND,
A Reds fan recalls when baseball was free on the internet
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Brewers tie ML record, hit 5 homers in 1 inning
Nats numbers seem right: Washington Business Journal
ALFONSO SORIANO'S LEADOFF HOMERUNS--SHADES OF 2003?
- 13 LEADOFF HOMERUNS!
MLB TO FORBES: "YOU MADE THESE NUMBERS UP"...FORBES TO MLB: "WE STAND BY OUR LIST"
Friday, April 21, 2006
MLB SELLS HATRED, DUPLICITY & AP BUYS IT
Kaz Matsui homers in 1st AB for 3rd straight year
Thursday, April 20, 2006
MLB WANTS YOU TO STAY BAREFOOT & PREGNANT--ie uninformed, stumbling around, & believing it's all the Yankees' fault
- Why are Devil Rays games blacked out on MLB TV and all tv 5 hours away from Tampa Bay? MLB DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. THEY WANT TO FOCUS ON CLASS ENVY & HATRED, WHILE THEY WALK AWAY WITH ALL THE MONEY.
But the biggest story is the effect revenue sharing is having on the league's economic landscape. Most of the money comes courtesy of the New York Yankees, which paid a record $77 million toward baseball's revenue sharing system. The Boston Red Sox, baseball's No. 2 revenue sharer, paid only $51 million. Such generosity by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, required by the league's rule that teams pay 34% of their net local revenue to help make poorer teams more competitive, is the reason why the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals increased in value by more than 20%.
Revenue sharing also had a profound impact on operating income. The Yankees and the Red Sox lost $50 million and $18.5 million, respectively, before interest, income taxes and depreciation. By not using their subsidies to boost player payroll (which was the intent of revenue sharing), the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Royals and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays each earned more than $20 million.
This doesn't include an additional $34Million paid by Yankee fans to MLB & its owners for 'luxury tax...'Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Baseball field becomes classroom for 2000 kids
- An elementary and middle school baseball curriculum, revised this year, uses the game as a backdrop for lessons in science, mathematics, language arts and social studies.
- Teachers use the curriculum before and after their visit to the ballpark. But Wednesday's outing was just to enjoy the game.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Reds send Burns to minors, tap LHR Gosling; now sending Gosling down to bring up Shackelford
Zack Greinke reports to extended spring training
Jason Grey with Jeff Erickson on XM says, "It's too early to panic"
Monday, April 17, 2006
Players told: Get a haircut, & tidy yourself up
He who controls the language controls the culture
San Antonio judge wants to set deadline for Marlins relocation
Sunday, April 16, 2006
NY Times shows bias against Yankee tv programming
Umpires' Labor Union drop-out
Saturday, April 15, 2006
This day in baseball
Is Las Vegas ready for baseball?
Friday, April 14, 2006
Sometimes if you don't have XM, you don't have baseball
- Chance Patterson, VP Corp. Affairs, XM, in Jan. 2006, physorg.com news
- IT WAS BLACKED OUT ON MLB TV.
- IT WAS NOT ON ANY BROADCAST RADIO STATION IN THE JACKSONVILLE AREA.
- HE WAS UNABLE TO DRIVE FROM FLORIDA TO BALTIMORE TO SEE THE GAME.
- XM RADIO WAS THE ONLY PLACE ON THE PLANET HE COULD GET THE TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE GAME.
- GET SOMEONE FROM MLB TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER TO THIS RIPOFF. IF SOMEONE IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA IS BLACKED OUT FROM THE GLOBAL GAME OF BASEBALL, I SUGGEST EVERYONE AT MLB, MLB.COM & MLB ADVANCED MEDIA RESIGN.
Wondering about Arbitron ratings for MLB channel & satellite radio in general
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Proud Dad, Tim Russert--son Luke co-hosting XM sports show
"A new satellite radio sports show hosted by former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville and his collegian sidekick Luke Russert, son of NBC "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, is cause for a cocktail reception this Thursday evening in the studios of XM Satellite Radio overlooking New York Avenue NE.
Promotion of the reception, co-hosted by Capitol File magazine, and the show is best left to XM's executive vice president Eric Logan, who draws attention to the unlikely radio pairing's "amazing chemistry and energy."
Earlier this year, Tim Russert came under fire for his "ethical lapse" in promoting his son's show while hosting his otherwise hard-hitting NBC Sunday news program. Or as blogger Arianna Huffington sharply critiqued the plug: Mr. Russert's "unseemly use of 'Meet the Press' to promote James Carville's new XM radio sports show while refusing to come clean about the fact that Carville's co-host is Russert's college-age son."
Carville and the younger Russert, a sophomore at Boston College, came up with the idea of hosting the show as their two families sat together at Washington Nationals baseball games. A graduate of St. Albans in Washington, Russert's resume supplied by XM reads like that of any privileged son with access to major sporting events:
"An avid sports fan, by the time he was 16 he had attended two Super Bowls, a World Series, five Major League Baseball All-Star Games, an NBA final, four NBA All- Star Games, two NCAA Final Fours, an NHL Stanley Cup Final, a U.S. Open and The Preakness Stakes." " By John McCaslin, Townhall.com
- Tim Russert is on the Board of Directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame, in case you're looking for a connection.
- The article said the MRI didn't show any appreciable changes, but I wondered what that meant. Changes from what, were there problems in the previous MRI?
Spring training attendance in Florida breaks records this year
Kansas City Royals rushing up pitchers too young harms them--Mark Haverty
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Baxter, Miami Herald: Perez provides social conscience for Dominican prospects
"Shortly after Rafael Perez joined the New York Mets as director of international development in March 2005, he noticed the club's Dominican prospects seemed uncomfortable and out of sorts at the team's rookie league camp in Port St. Lucie.
And the problem, he quickly determined, wasn't on the field. It was in the cafeteria.
``Half the players and staff were Latin,'' he says ``and the menu had no Latin dishes.''
So Perez sent the Mets' chefs to a local restaurant to learn how to cook Dominican food and two weeks later rice, beans, yucca and fried plantains started appearing on the daily menu.
``We have to understand their background. And sometimes you have to go one step better to understand them,'' Perez says of the Mets' Latin players. ``If you have 30 percent Latin players, then your meals should reflect that and 30 percent of it should be geared to Latin players.''
But spicing up lunch isn't the only thing Perez has done to help ease the transition from the Dominican to the U.S. Since joining the team a year ago, Perez has also:
_Overseen the move of the Mets' Dominican training facility from the smog-choked Olympic Park in central Santo Domingo to a modern three-field complex hidden among laurel and mango trees not far from the Caribbean.
_Begun expanding a program in which the team brings as many as five of its top U.S. prospects to its Dominican academy each winter to train and bond with their future teammates.
_Proposed cultural diversity classes for coaches and players in the Mets' system.
_Followed the Cleveland Indians' example by joining a revolutionary educational program that will allow his players, most of whom dropped out of school to play ball, a chance to finish their elementary or high school studies at the Mets' expense.
``What Cleveland started two years ago was extremely important,'' Perez says. ``I believe that a better-educated player will develop and have a better chance at making it to the big leagues. Cleveland is a visionary. But at the same time it's the right thing to do. To me, there has to be a social conscience.''
Perez has been Major League Baseball's social conscience in the Dominican since 2000, when the commissioner's office appointed him to oversee operations of the 30 big-league clubs in Latin America. Family pressures led him to leave that job last winter but not before he went a long way toward cleaning up baseball's image on the island, forcing clubs to adhere to certain minimum standards at their developmental academies by establishing rules for everything from food and field conditions to the thickness of the mattresses in the dorms.
Now Perez wants to take Cleveland's vision a step further, teaching players basic administrative skills such as how to open a bank account and balance a checkbook.
``Forget the academies. Take the academies away,'' says Perez, a Dominican native who played baseball at South Alabama and worked as a global project manager for a financial software company before returning to baseball. ``You sign 100 players, 95 of them won't make it. That's just the reality.
``I'm not focusing on that 5 percent that are going to make it. I'm concentrating on those players that don't. Not all clubs are doing that. But I can tell you the Mets are going to do it.''
However, they won't be doing it long if Perez doesn't produce enough baseball players to justify the costs, which are nearly $800 a player for the school classes alone.
``All of this is to produce players,'' he says. ``Now, as a consequence is it also good for society? Yes. That's a positive. That's always a good second point. But if I wouldn't be able to prove that this is going to help produce better players, it would have been a tougher sell.''"
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Hal Richman, founder of Strat-o-Matic with Jeff Erickson on XM
Excellent points made by Art Thiel in Seattle PI
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Fausto Carmona, another rising star from the Dominican Republic to start for Indians
Halladay has forearm injury
- The gm said Halladay experienced discomfort in spring training as well. I wonder if that was before or after March 16 when he signed the $40 million contract extension through 2010? Rob Dibble rushed to award this year's AL Cy Young award to Mr. Halladay; I understand some like to make predictions. But others are mainly into pre-empting any positive traction for Mariano Rivera.
Chad Cordero--Frank Robinson says WBC adversely affected him
The Washington Post reports that Nationals manager Frank Robinson believes Cordero's time away playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic is costing him.
"He's not there yet, believe me," Robinson said. "He's throwing 85, 86 miles per hour. His location is not there. He's just not in game shape."
Cordero, who led the majors last year with 47 saves, finally got his first save opportunity yesterday in the Nationals' 7th game of the season, but Morgan Ensberg prevented him from recording his first save of 2006 by blasting a solo home run off him in the 10th inning. This came just a day after Chris Burke took him deep in a meaningless situation in Sunday's contest.
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JP Kastner from Creativesports.com with Jeff Erickson on XM
Monday, April 10, 2006
- "I think people who took a shot at George because he might have a conflict of interest, that's really unfair," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said.
- Above from the AP article. Fine, but any judge in a normal situation would recuse himself.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Fine for you pal, but not for me
What a coincidence! Musicians ready to play ball with MLB!
Another Barfield--Jeremy, coming up in June draft
While watching Josh, Jesse was getting updates on his cell phone as Josh's younger brother, Jeremy, hit a three-run home run to lead Klein High to a 4-3 victory. Major-league scouts have been busy following Jeremy, a 6-5, 235-pound slugger who will likely be taken early in the June draft.
"If there's a better high school hitter in Texas, I haven't seen him," Jesse told the Union-Tribune.
"Jeremy embarrasses me," added Josh. "He's more of pro-type player than me. And he puts on an impressive show." from the Houston Chronicle.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
DUDE of the WEEK: JULIO FRANCO--NY Daily News
IT's JULIO FRANCO...
For convincing Carlos Beltran to take a curtain call Thursday night. In the scheme of a long season, this is small potatoes, but it shows what baseball's Methuselah is all about - leadership. Something the Mets, and many other teams, have been lacking. This is not about some old guy teaching skills. No, it's about someone who can teach respect. Franco told Beltran: "Embrace it ... You don't want to be at odds with the fans. I guess they have booed him a couple of times, but that's how fans are." Wow! A player concerned about fans. Now, that's different. Bravo Franco.
- Nevertheless, I'd much rather see what Brewers fans do for a struggling player---I hear when Prince Fielder came to bat recently after 8 or 9 strike outs, they cheered for him wildly. Soon thereafter he did get a great hit & the team is undefeated.
Dibble has complex about Mariano Rivera---makes comment about 'ego'
"EGO FREE: Just when the New York media tried to whip up a pseudo-controversy over new Mets closer Billy Wagner using the same entrance anthem as Mariano Rivera - Metallica's Enter Sandman - the Yankees closer defused it by saying he likes Wagner and doesn't mind. Both closers started using the song in 1999, although Rivera had never heard it before and still prefers Christian music. Said Rivera: "I think it's funny. ... If the guy feels comfortable using the song, let him be."
MARLINS TO MAKE $30 MILLION PROFIT THIS YEAR
They also most likely put the issue of a minimum payroll back on the table for owners and players as they hash out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement this summer.
Donald Fehr, executive director of the MLB Players Association, recently said a minimum payroll would be "one of the things to look at in bargaining." Fehr also was troubled by the second player sell-off in South Florida in 8 years.
He said, "We need to examine the uses to which revenue sharing funds are put. That's a fairly significant issue, and it's not just Florida."
Any NBA team that doesn't spend at least 75% of the salary cap is surcharged at the end of the season, with the difference put into a pool for the players.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL ATTENDANCE DROPS IN ARIZONA DUE TO WBC--towns lost revenue, jobs, possibly children starved
TV and Radio add more baseball talk (which is better)
- Fox Sports NY is starting a nightly show in NY originating in its New England branch. It will be speaking to NY area Red Sox fans (as well as the other sports teams in NE). Not a bad idea, as there are plenty of them.
- WFAN radio (NY) will finally begin streaming on Tuesday, April 11. Reports say it'll be all day, including Chris Russo & Mike Francesa. Chris & Mike both love baseball, & talk about it a lot more & for more months out of the year than most other sports radio shows--whether in the NY area or outside. For the past few years, I've been out of town for periods of time without access to WFAN, & there are just times when there's no substitute. And, if you've gotten the YES Network's limited out of market menu, which includes Mike & Chris, you've been robbed & beaten by Direct TV. No more.
Friday, April 07, 2006
John Sickels with Jeff Erickson on XM
Hearing Gene McCaffery with Jeff Erickson today on XM
Gagne to have second elbow surgery
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Steve Moyer, Baseball Info Solutions with Jeff Erickson on XM
Remembering Gene Pitney
Angelos invited to congress on Friday re Comcast deal
Washington Nationals fans just don't give up
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Fay Vincent with Charley Steiner on XM
Does Baseball need Wi-Fi?
Monday, April 03, 2006
Meet the Press...and a board member of your Hall of Fame
David Glass is on the board of the Hall of Fame--FYI
Joe Sheehan joins Jeff Erickson on XM
Protrade.com fantasy league signs license deal with MLBAM
More detail on the mutinous ESPNer's meeting last week--NY Post
Sunday, April 02, 2006
MLB website is big business--N.Y. TIMES
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Sounds like Bobby Kielty sent to minors to make room for Halsey
D-Rays place Baldelli on DL
David Wells & Hee-Seop Choi placed on DL
Jeff Erickson's Fantasy Focus on with Grant Paulsen on XM
GAMMONS: POSTER BOY OF THIS ERA=MARIANO RIVERA, not Bonds
- This is from Mr. Gammons' latest blog. While I appreciate his courage for stating the obvious, he didn't vote for Mariano for Cy Young last year nor did he enlighten enough others, if any, to this marvel of history who will soon slip from our view.
- The truth is, ONLY 28 PEOPLE VOTE ON THE CY YOUNG AWARD--I'm guessing it's 28 for each league. I don't know if Gammons was 1 of the 28 this year, but on the espn guy website, the fellas gave their opinions.
- If anyone knows who appoints these 28 people, the criteria used in choosing them, & criteria voters then use in making their picks, I'd like to know. Thanks for any help on this.