MLB
Indians Sign Matsuzaka, Giambi
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Hot Stove

 

The Cleveland Indians are once again in the middle of a youth movement, but that has not stopped the team from adding a pair of veterans to the fold. On Saturday, they signed Jason Giambi to serve the role of back-up first baseman/designated hitter/pinch-hitter. They followed that up on Sunday by agreeing to terms with free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka on one-year deal.

 

Both contracts are minor-league deals that include invitations to both players to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.

 

Giambi's deal is worth $750k plus incentives that can be reached if he makes the Indians roster. The 42-year-old veteran of 18 seasons spent the 2012 campaign with the Colorado Rockies, posting a .225 average with 1 home run and 8 RBI in limited duty. At one stage of the winter, he contemplated retirement and was being considered as a possible managerial candidate in Colorado. Giambi is a career .280 hitter with 429 home runs, 1405 RBI, a .926 OPS and was the 2000 American League MVP.

 

Matsuzaka finished his 6-years in Boston, making just 11 starts in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. Dice-K posted an unremarkable 1-7 record with an 8.28 ERA in those starts, but owns a 50-37 overall record with a 4.52 ERA during his 6-year MLB career. There was talk that the right-hander would return to Japan for next season before he opted to sign with Cleveland. If he makes the team, the deal is worth $1.5 million plus incentives that could bring the contract up to $4 million based on performance.

 

It is hard to imagine where either player fits into the long-term scheme for Cleveland. The Indians have already signed Mark Reynolds to be their primary first baseman, with Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana likely to get a number of starts there as well.

 

The pitching staff is also fairly well set with Justin MastersonUbaldo JimenezBrett MyersCarlos Carrasco, and Zach McAllister penciled in as the starting five. If one of them faulters, newly acquired Trevor Bauer is likely to be the first to step into the fold.

A-Rod Once Again On DEA, MLB Radar
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB New York Yankees Steroids Alex Rodriguez Anthony Bosch

 

 

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is already slated to miss most, if not all, of the 2013 with a second surgery on his hip. Did he really need news of his involvement in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Major League Baseball on top of that?

 

According to the New York Daily News, the investigation centers around Anthony Bosch, a man based in Miami that has advised Rodriguez on nutrition, dietary supplements, and training. Bosch and his father, Pedro  Publio Bosch, are being investigated for possibly supplying illegal substances to ball players.

 

In 2009, Bosch's father was a central figure in the Manny Ramirez suspension after it became known that the subscription that Ramirez used to get the banned drug that resulted in his first breach of MLB's policy on performance enhancing substances.

 

Major League Baseball is interested in Bosch's possible roles in the the circulation of synthetic testosterone, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), and other drugs that have been making their ways into drug tests performed under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Players including Melky CabreraBartolo ColonMarlon ByrdYasmani Grandal, and Carlos Ruiz have all received suspensions in recent months for violating the agreement.

 

This is also not the first time Rodriguez has shown up on the radar of either the DEA or Major League Baseball. In 2010, Rodriguez was questioned for his ties to Anthony Galea, a Canadian sports medicine specialist. Galea plead guilty in 2011 to trafficking mis-branded drugs for treating professional athletes. As part of his guilty plea, Galea has agreed to supply the names of his clients and their treatments.

 

At the time of the Galea investigation, it was determined that Galea only supplied Rodriguez with anti-inflammatory medication and treated him with platelet rich plasma therapy. Rodriguez was questioned by Major League Baseball, but was never suspended.

 

On February 24, 2009, Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids and other performance enhancing substances during the period of 2001-2003.

 

All and all, it is not shocking to see Rodriguez still popping up on baseball's steroid radar. The sudden degeneration of his hip and his inability to perform at his previous pace are both signs of prolonged steroid usage and the long term after affects of using. Whether anything comes out of this current investigation remains to be seen, but one could imagine that the New York Yankees will look at this seriously and consider all options in regards to voiding A-Rod's albatross of a contract.

 

Stan Musial, Cardinals Great, Passes Away at 92
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB St. Louis Cardinals Stan Musial

 

 

During Albert Pujols's time with the St. Louis Cardinals and afterward with the Los Angeles Angels, many wanted to nickname him "El Hombre", or "The Man". Each time he deferred, saying instead that that title was already taken by Stan "The Man" Musial, and Pujols believed it should stay with the Cardinals' great.

 

It is a title Musial will now take with him to the grave, as Musial passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 92.

 

It was a title befitting of Musial, the greatest Cardinal to ever play the game and one of the best to ever wear a uniform; period. Let's run down the list for a moment of just how great a player Musial really was, playing in the shadows of Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams:

 

- 22 year career, all with St. Louis.

- 3630 career hits.

- 475 career home runs.

- 1951 career RBI.

- .331 career batting average

- .976 career OPS

- 123.4 career bWAR

- 3-time National League Most Valuable Player

- 20-time All-Star

- 7 career batting titles

- 1969 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 93.2% of the vote.

- 3-Time World Series Champion

 

Quite simply, Stan Musial was an absolute stud and will always be remembered as one of the top 10 players to ever play the game. He played the game by one simple rule and it is not possible to fault the results:

 

"The key to hitting for high average is to relax, concentrate, and don't hit the fly ball to center field."

 

Rest in Peace Stan. You will forever be "The Man"!

Remembering Earl Weaver Through Quotes
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Baltimore Orioles Earl Weaver Earl Weaver Quotes

 

 

On Friday, Major League Baseball lost a one-of-a-kind baseball man. Earl Weaver, 82,  was a genuine, dyed in the wool throwback to the days when baseball managers were gruff and took no lip from anybody.

 

Weaver served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons (1968-1982, 1985-1986), managing some of the greatest players to ever take the field for the birds. From Brooks Robinson to Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer to Cal Ripken, Weaver lead them all to a 1480-1060 record, four American League Pennants  and one World Series Championship. His dedication to "pitching, fundamentals, and the three-run homer" was so successful that Weaver only had to endure one losing season during his career.

 

Those accomplishments lead to an induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

But Earl Weaver was more than just a great manager. He was also a great soundbite, filling reporters' notebooks with one-liners the way that few in baseball did before or after him. With that in mind, it is only appropriate that we remember him through some of his best quotes.

 

"Nobody likes to hear it, because it's dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same - pitching."

 

"On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived."

 

"You got a hundred more young kids than you have a place for on your club. Every one of them has had a going away party. They have been given the shaving kit and the fifty dollars. They kissed everybody and said, 'See you in the majors in two years.' You see these poor kids who shouldn't be there in the first place. You write on the report card '4-4-4 and out.' That's the lowest rating in everything. Then you call 'em in and say, 'It's the consensus amoung us that we're going to let you go back home.' Some of them cry, some get mad, but none of them will leave until you answer them one question, 'Skipper, what do you think?' And you gotta look every one of those kids in the eye and kick their dreams in the ass and say no. If you say it mean enough, maybe they do themselves a favor and don't waste years learning what you can see in a day. They don't have what it takes to make the majors, just like I never had it."

 

"In baseball, you can't kill the clock. You've got to give the other man his chance. That's why this is the greatest game. "

 

"A manager's job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December."
 
"The only thing that matters is what happens on the little hump out in the middle of the field. "

"I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn't going to win any more games by being anything else."

"A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me."

"I think there should be bad blood between all clubs."

"Optimism is the cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing, though in hot water up to its nose."


Rest in Peace Earl Weaver. Baseball fans the world around are appreciative of everything you gave the game  and we'll see you on the other side of the corn field!
 
 
Sources:

Earl Weaver, Wikipedia.org

Earl Weaver Quotes, searchquotes.com

Earl Weaver Quotes, BrainyQuote.com

Earl Weaver Quotes, BaseballAlmanac.com

 

Rest In Peace Earl Weaver
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Earl Weaver

 

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