Tagged with "Leyland"
Whip It Out Wednesday
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Tigers Thome Leyland NFL Lions

            Hey there folks, welcome to another Whip It Out Wednesday with your old pal IHM. I’m filling in for my brother, AFD, while he galavants around town with his special lady! Today’s edition comes with a heavy heart, as our good friend B-Dub’s brother has lost his fight with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you buddy.


            Trying to press on and give you the good ol’ fashioned rants you’ve all grown accustomed to, I’ll start with my biggest hot button of the week, which is the Detroit Tigers handing out contract extensions to both Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski, despite the fact that the team has NOT clinched a playoff spot yet. Leyland got a one year extension through 2012, and Dombrowski gets a whopping four more years! People, I just have one question in regards to this move… WHAT THE FUCK???????

            Look, it’s not like Leyland was ready to pull a Riggleman and walk if he didn’t get a new deal. The man is making LaRussa money for piss poor results. These Tigers under Leyland have made one World Series APPEARANCE… and they choked that away thanks in large part to terrible defense by their pitchers. That was 2006. This is 2011. Since then, including 2006, they have come into the final weeks of the season just about every year either in the lead or in contention for the AL Central title. EVERY TIME they have choked it away somehow. Hell, even in 2006, they blew a massive division lead in the final weeks of the season because they couldn’t beat the mighty Royals in the final weekend and squeaked into the playoffs as a Wild Card.

            So, the real question here is WHY? You’re four games up in probably the worst division top to bottom in all of baseball. Your closest competition is Cleveland, AT .500, and Chicago, BELOW .500. You have 12 more games head to head with the Indians, and 6 more against the White Sox. Since the All-Star break, these Motor City Kitties are a whopping 12-10… and STILL have managed to expand their division lead. Why are the fans in this town still so willing to celebrate mediocrity? Why is Mike Illitch willing to dole out extensions when he is spending major market money and getting small market results? Just sheer idiocy folks.

            The next issue is Dombrowski. Four fucking years? The guy has made some decent moves in his time here, I’ll give him credit for that… but he has also made some stupid, stupid trades as well. Getting Peralta, surprising, but good. Cabrera in exchange for “Tom Glavine” and “Willie Mays” (Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin)… a no brainer now. But the trade that stands out the most to me in his tenure is giving up Jair Jurrgens for Renteria. Imagine having Verlander and Jurrgens 1-2 for the playoffs… scary for any opponent. Verlander and Scherzer/Porcello… not so scary. Yet, that’s what we’ve got. If Dave Dombrowski was getting ready to walk if he didn’t get an extension, I’m holding the fucking door for him and helping him pack. Hope this doesn’t come back to bite you in the ass, Illitch, and this team doesn’t pull the late-August to September nosedive they’ve pulled in each of the past five seasons. Not like there’s any HISTORY there.


            Staying with baseball and a much nicer subject for me, I’m really looking forward to seeing Jim Thome join the 600 home run club. Currently, he’s sitting at 598, likely getting there by the end of this month. Really, I’m just glad I can finally say I watched a CLEAN player reach the milestone… I have been witness to McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, and AFraud reaching that pedestal, but we ALL know the on and off field issues they’ve had… no need to get into THAT here. But Thome has been a class act, on and off the field, since the day he stepped up to the big leagues. He’s always been one of my favorites, although he has been a Tiger KILLER throughout his career.

            Dan Uggla has extended his hitting streak to 30 games as well with a single in the fifth inning last night. Interesting to see that not only Uggla, but teammate Freddie Freeman as well, had 20+ game hitting streaks at the same time, before Freeman was held hitless on Sunday. Something that hadn’t been done in a while, and just one of those interesting things that go unnoticed amid the hype of the bigger markets.

            And before I leave baseball, props to Michael Young, who recorded his 2,000th career hit earlier this week. The Rangers all-time hits leader, Young is probably one of the best pure hitters in the game that many folks don’t know a whole lot about.

            Going to the NFL, bad luck continues for the Detroit Lions 2011 draft class. First, Nick Fairley breaks his foot, and not second round pick RB Mikkael Leshoure ruptures his Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice and will miss the entire 2011 season. To replace Leshoure, the Lions have signed veteran RBs Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell. If I’m Lions coach Jim Schwartz, I’m calling my old buddies down in Tennessee and seeing if they’re interested in a first round pick along with Jahvid Best for holdout Chris Johnson… then PAY THE MAN! The guy ran for 2,000 yards for christ’s sake… PAY HIM!

            I’m usually not a big fan of holdouts, but in Johnson’s case, I’ll have his back. To any of us, $850,000 is not chump change. To possibly the best running back in the NFL, though, it’s like playing for next to nothing. The guy deserves at least five times that… at least. Get your shit together Titans. I usually don’t like it when a player goes the holdout route, but when it’s a young running back at his peak like Johnson is, and the pay is so far from being up to par based on performance, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s not out there crying about it every day, bashing the organization, so I have no issue with how he’s going about his business.

            Well folks, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Thanks as always for reading, and for any comments you leave on the way out. Happy Hump Day, and be sure to keep Brad in your thoughts and prayers.


Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB McCourt goes to court Leyland ejected





It is hard to believe that it is Wednesday again. But since it is, I guess it must be time for deep thoughts. I don't have any driving need to dump anything today, so I will just do a bit of random meandering. Of course there has been much discussion about the mess in LA. Fan82 had a great blog on Tuesday and took a full hack at the head of Mr. McCourt. I am not an expert on this ordeal, but from what I have read...it does indeed appear that Bud Selig has a valid concern regarding McCourt remaining in control of the Dodgers. Beeze did make a valid defense of McCourt and his point about the Mets, Marlins and Rays has validity. As I did a bit of reading, I stumbled upon an article that succinctly defined the issues that MLB has with McCourt.



In its 20-page filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, baseball began to reveal the findings of its two month-long investigation into McCourt and the Dodgers, and certainly its attitude toward McCourt.

Among them, according to the document, McCourt:

“Siphoned off well over $100 million of club revenues and [was] obviously unable to properly distinguish between his personal interests and those of the club.”

Attempted to use the club’s financial crisis, “To permit millions more to be misappropriated for his personal use.”

“Has alienated fans, sponsors, and business partners, and has eroded public confidence in the club.”

In spite of 2004 purchase conditions that he provide an additional $30 million in liquid equity within three years, “failed to satisfy this obligation.”

Caused his own financial crisis because of his, “Financial mismanagement, extreme leveraging, personal distributions made for his own benefit at the club’s expense, and the resulting decline in attendance caused by the community’s extraordinary unhappiness with the club’s owner.”

Baseball’s takeaway is that McCourt is most concerned about McCourt, not the Dodgers. Its end game is to rid itself of McCourt and begin the process of rebuilding the Dodgers through new ownership, the sooner the better. 


There are always two sides to every story, but it appears that baseball has a fairly good case. Of course now that it is in bankruptcy court, who knows what the result will be. One thing that is certain, the lawyers will get paid...

I felt compelled to add this link after reading today. This give an entirely different spin on the matter and asks why Selig gave such a glowing recommendation when McCourt originally expressed interest in purchasing the Dodgers:


Now, will Selig and MLB stop in LA or will they examine some of the other teams that Beeze has mentioned?







One of the things that I love about baseball is the manager and umpire relationship. If you think about it...because baseball is the only sport without a clock, it is the only game that allows the theatrics that some managers use in expressing their disagreement with a call. Did you see Jim Leyland's latest ejection? It was indeed a classic. If you did not see the game, there was a play at first base that clearly had the runner out. Inexplicably, the 1B umpire missed the call. After signaling safe, he must have sensed that he missed the call because he looked home for help. After a brief conference, the call was changed to an out. Of course Leyland rushed the field to complain. He started off okay, but when he began to pantomime the umpire...he was gone. Check out the players in the dugout after Leyland is ejected. Here is the video:









Did your mom ever embarrass you when you were a kid? Usually, this does not happen to a 20 something, which I think makes this story even the more funny. Here is an article by Chris Chase of Yahoo Sports:






Murray's mother and coach, Judy, has jokingly referred to Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez as "Deliciano" via Twitter, a reference to certain aesthetic qualities Lopez has that are of interest to the superficial female. The nickname has caught on and has become a running gag during the fortnight at the All England Club. Lopez himself said it's funny while insisting that countryman Rafael Nadal has more female fans. Just about the only person who isn't laughing is Andy. 

When asked about Judy's ogling of Lopez, the son responded:

"I think it's about time she stopped that nonsense. Makes me want to throw up. It's disgusting.

"I was practicing with him before the tournament and my mum was on the side. I shouted across the net, I said, 'Feli, if we sit down for a drink, if you could take a picture with my mom, because she thinks you're beautiful'.

"She went bright red. Refused to take the picture. Quite funny. Not like her."

Andy's comments were said in jest, but his tone made it clear that he's not exactly a fan of his mom's new status as president of the Deliciano fan club. 


I would have a real problem with my mom rooting for my opponent, much less commenting on twitter about how cute he is. Good luck Andy, you are in a tough spot.





Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks...2011 College Baseball Champs! Although I did not have a rooting interest for Florida or South Carolina, I was happy that David Roth was able to watch his son Michael hurl his team to another championship. It will be interesting to see what type of job offers David will have when he gets back to Greenville SC.








This picture has nothing to do with anything, but I would say that this policeman has been guilty of profiling...I bet he takes a long time getting an explanation.





That's all I have for this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:




The other day I got out my can opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, what the hell am I doing?

When Armageddon comes, it would be good to be an Olympic athlete, because running real fast and jumping over stuff could come in handy.  



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

 Have a safe and happy 4th of July... 

Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB; Albert Pujols Jim Leyland


Here we are again at the apex of the work week. Since I started doing the Wednesday deep thoughts blog, I find that the weeks fly by. So, now we get to the good part...Pitchers and Catchers report! Yahoo!! Hang on my snow weary brethren; spring is on the way. Cactus and Grapefruit League games will soon begin and baseball will once again be on the daily agenda.






As excited as I am to hear the sound of leather balls against wooden bats, the Pujols saga threatens to ruin the season before it even begins. Why must the media do this time and time again? Albert Pujols is the best player of our generation. Seriously, this guy is an OPS machine. 30 HR's, 100 RBI's at a minimum each year and a lifetime batting average of .331. Not only is the Cards first baseman a great player, but he is also a great guy. He has been a model citizen giving back again and again to his community. Now, he will be painted by many as a greedy professional athlete. The Cardinals have a real problem. If they do not manage to sign Albert the Cardinal fans will go berserk. But, if they sign Pujols to a 10 year deal, he will be 41 when the contract is over.

Now I read that Tony La Russa is trying to blame the MLBPA for pushing Pujols to sign a giant contract. Here is what LaRussa had to say:  


“I know what he’s going through with the union and, to some extent, his representatives, because his representatives are getting beaten up by the union,” La Russa said. “Set the bar, set the bar. That’s [expletive], really and truly, but you’ve got to deal with it …

“I know that he’s getting pressured. And it’s not arm-twisting. It’s dropping anvils on your back and through the roof of your house.” 

So, Tony...what proof do you have of this arm twisting?

La Russa admitted he had no first-hand knowledge of the MLBPA trying to influence contract negotiations. He called it “a guaranteed assumption” and said “the union would be the first to admit they’re going to push him. ” 


So, players union...what say you?



“We have had no conversations with Albert or Dan Lozano or any representative of Albert’s about the numbers,” MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner told Yahoo! Sports. “No pressure. Not even any conversations. Our concern is that players make an informed decision when exercising their rights under the contract. Knowing Albert, knowing Danny, a very sophisticated player and representative, they’re going to make well-considered decisions. ”



Well this really sucks. I can't really blame Tony La Russa, as I would be pissed at the prospect of losing an Albert Pujols too. What did he Cardinal brass expect would happen? They knew this day was coming, right? I don't see this ending well for anyone and maybe this will give the fans another place to focus their anger? Nice try Tony, but I don't buy it.

I truly hope that Pujols stays with the Cardinals. But...if he did decide to leave, where would he go? I am positive that the Cardinals don't want to see Pujols go to the Cubs. There is one team that does not have a proven 1B...the Texas Rangers. I don't see Texas paying this type of money again, but how scary would that Ranger lineup be with Hamilton and Pujols hitting back to back...yeeoowww! Come on Albert, you really don't need 300 million. Let ARod be the douche, you are better than that.

I have to add one thing...Beeze, I saw your comment about Pujols lagging last year as he "only" hit 39 doubles and was more slugger than complete player. While it is somewhat a true statement, it is a bit misleading...last year ARod hit 29 2B's. Prince Fielder hit 25. Ryan Howard hit 23. Adrian Gonzalez hit 33. David Ortiz hit 36. The thing that is amazing about Pujols is the lack of strikeouts. Except for his rookie season, last year was his career high for strikeouts with 76. This is more telling...Ortiz had 145, ARod had 98, Fielder had 138, Howard had 157 and Gonzalez had 114. Pujols is a threat to win the triple crown each year, it is just going to be much more expensive for him to continue doing so in a Cardinal uniform.








I read a great story about Jim Leyland. This year's trip to spring training will be a bit different. Leyland will be joined by his son, Pat. Here is a summary of the article:

He was all ready to go to the University of Maryland last year until the Tigers drafted him in the eighth round and signed him. And now Pat Leyland is here with his dad, not as the manager’s son like the past five years but a uniformed Tiger, the youngest one in camp and among the youngest in any. If he played any other position, Pat would report in March like the rest of the minor leaguers, but teams need extra catchers to handle the volume of pitchers early in spring, and so the 19-year-old gets a treat for the next few weeks. 

It would be nice to manage Pat. Leyland may sneak him into an exhibition game before he heads out with the first round of cuts. Pat’s locker is in the far left corner of the clubhouse, sandwiched between other young catchers’, and near an exit door. He was busy Sunday marking his new gear with the No. 77, not bothering to concern himself with when dad would send him back with the other kids.

“He’s very busy getting his team ready, and that’s what he’s here for,” Pat said. “It’s not family bonding time. He’s got a big job to do.” 

Now that is cool...






Since I work in the mortgage industry, I am very familiar with the government mandating new rules. Here is a new rule that members of Congress are kicking around. What do you think?


WASHINGTON (AP)—Two Senate Democrats are urging Major League Baseball and the players union to ban smokeless tobacco, such as chew and dip.

Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey and Dick Durbin of Illinois say products like dip and chew endanger players’ health and send “a dangerous message” to young fans. 

In a letter, the senators urged Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and union chief Michael Weiner to agree to a ban in their next collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires in December.

Smokeless tobacco is banned in the minor leagues but not in the majors.

Union spokesman Greg Bouris said Tuesday he expects the issue to be discussed during collective bargaining talks. Rob Manfred, the league’s executive vice president for labor relations, said the league is striving for a ban. 



I dipped Copenhagen for 20 years and damn was it hard to quit. From what I have seen, seeds have taken over most dugouts anyway and that is a good thing.



That's all I have for this week.


Here is a bit of Jack Handey for you on your way out:

"Have you ever seen a child, on his way to school, have a car drive past and splash him, and then he just stands there and thinks if he should just go to school or go home and change and be late... And then I drove past and splashed him again! "

"I love going down to the elementary school, watching all the kids jump and shout, but they dont know Im using blanks."

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