In yet another addition of the mad ranter, is Cliff Lee all that?? What’s with the possible playoff expansion?? Is there something wrong with Childress?? Do you have a T206 baseball card?? Did ya vote??? Is Syracuse for real?? That and more… inside this addition of Rants and Raves…
I guess Cliff Lee is mortal after all. After all the hype, about him being the best clutch pitcher in all of baseball, and possibly ever, he gave up 6 earned runs in game 1 against the Giants. Then in game 5, Lee gave up 3 more earned runs. Wow 9 earned runs in two games (6.94 era in World Series), after only 2 earned runs in 4 previous playoff games in 2010. Okay which is the real Cliff Lee??
Congratulations go out to the San Francisco Giants. For a team that had Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds in its rich history, it is ironic that a bunch of no names took it all.
Syracuse has won more games than last year. They are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big East. Last year, the first under Doug Marrone, they were awful. Now you can see a marked improvement. Marrone’s first recruiting class wasn’t in the top 60 in the nation, yet key true freshmen are making an impact on the team. Freshman kicker Ross Krautman has 11 field goals, Prince-Tyson Gulley has one touchdown and is averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return. DE Mikhail Marinovich has 13 tackles and 1 sack in 8 games, LB Malcom Cater has played all 8 games so far with one sack and LB Brice Hawkes has also played in every game. Things are looking promising.
Is Derek Jeter going to be a Yankee? Do the Yankees want him? Oh yeah they want Jeter back. He is one of the all-time greats and a fan favorite. Derek needs 74 hits for 3,000. No career Yankee has ever reached that milestone. The question is, at what cost. Jeter just became a free agent and his last contract was for $189 million, 10 year deal. Now coming off the worst overall season of career, his .270 batting average, the lowest since he became a regular in 1996, is 44 points below his career batting average and represents a 64-point drop from his 2009 production, when he hit .334. His 179 hits matched the lowest total since his injury-shortened 2003 season, and his .340 on-base percentage was the lowest since his rookie season of 1995. Do the Yanks give Jeter less money so they can try to sign Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford???
Is Mariano Rivera going to remain a Yankee? He is considered the greatest reliever of all-time. He is also the greatest post season pitcher of all-time. Yet he is 40 years old, but still posted 33 saves, with a 1.80 era while earning $15 million. The Yanks have 27 year old Jonathan Albaladejo who saved 43 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. They also have Joba Chamberlain who is still only 24 years old. He has the make-up to be a closer.
For the record, Hank Steinbrenner described Jeter and Mariano Rivera as "hopefully lifelong Yankees" and said that re-signing both of them "is going to be a priority."
"Obviously we want them back," he said. "They're two of the greatest Yankees ever."
Yep, Brad Childress has a lot of explaining to do. First he sends players to Brett Favre's house to beg him to come back for another season. Then he makes a deal for Randy Moss. With the release of Moss, you have to start to wonder if Childress has lost his team?
MLB baseball players Union says its players are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven. I don't think the owners will cut back the regular season to 154 games. Its all about the $$$. What I do see happening is that the season will be two weeks shorter. There will be more day/night double-headers, with teams getting an extra day or two off. Players and owners want more money not less.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic Church out of Baltimore is selling a Honus Wagner T-206 card. The card donated by a brother of a nun who died in 1999 left all his possessions to the order when he died this year. The card is in poor condition, yet it is expected to bring in between $150,000 and $200,000. A near-mint condition sold for $2.8 million in 2007. Only 60 Wagner cards are know to exist. The proceeds will go to the ministries in 35 countries.