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AUG
2015

Zaun is Right: Trout is Better.

I hear there has been some outrage over my former broadcasting comrade, Greg Zaun, implying that Trout is—if we all had to vote now—the clear cut AL MVP, and that it’s not even close. Well, I think it’s kinda close. If you look at their respective numbers it’s certainly close...
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2015

Roster Shuffles and Tulo’s Struggles

Hutchison will head south to Buffalo so the Jays can keep him on his throwing program. The Jays have lots of off days coming up and when you’re having he kind of year Hutchison is, you get demoted so you can, “stay on schedule” instead of having the schedule rearranged for you....
15
AUG
2015

Timely Heat

How about them underdog Yankees? Back in first, huh? Yeah, well, see, that’s what happens… There is something magical about the hungry underdog spirt, something about the chase as opposed to being chased. Actually, there is a lot of something. Interesting quote by Girardi, and...
15
AUG
2015

Price, Buehrle, and Why You Should Pitch Like Them

It’s a common misconception that, if you’re an older left-handed pitcher with less velocity, you have to throw more off-speed, aka, junk. The thinking goes that, because your fastball is slower, you must throw less of it as it’s easier to hit. Instead, throw...
14
AUG
2015

Smile, Crocodile

  I’ve played the role of sports analyst and player, and I can attest that the relationship between the two is a tenuous relationship at best.  Players see reporters as necessary evils. Reporters see players as sensitive man-boys who, if they could just check their egos long...
13
AUG
2015

Tips on Preparing For Your First Off-Season

  Congratulations on finishing up your first season in the minors. After a long college/high school year followed by this dip spit-scented slog through the bush leagues, you really do deserve a break. However, before you cram your team bag full logoed trinkets for mom and...
12
AUG
2015

To Stroman, or Not to Stroman

Marcus Stroman is a beast. Well, okay, maybe he’s not a beast, beast. Not like Hallday was a beast or Donaldson is a beast. He’s a young beast. A mini-beast. The man who would be beast… Okay, okay, he’s got a lot of beast potential. I like Stroman. Hell, everyone one likes...
12
AUG
2015

There is No Player, Only Zuul

During a radio interview with TSN today, the question of religion in the locker room was brought up. The impetus: something to do with Roberto Osuna having strength in Christ, which is why he’s either successful, or doing his best, or focusing… or something. Whatever it was, it...
11
AUG
2015

The Five Steps

What do players play for? A great question, and, depending on when you ask a player during his career, it can be answered in many different ways…. I remember my first and only Spring training with the Rays. I got a big league camp invite, which meant I got treated like a...
10
AUG
2015

Something to Believe in

Ever wonder what the difference, psychologically speaking, is between a team that is winning and a team that is losing? Simply put, it’s belief. It used to be that I didn’t like that answer. Belief, meh, it feels like you’re saying if we join hands and chant around a...