Brett Lawrie is one of my favorite young players in baseball and he’s having a stellar second season thus far – .289 average with 3 HR’s and 17 RBI’s – before Tuesday night’s tirade, where he went off on an umpire for making two calls late after Lawrie felt he was walked. As a result, Brett threw his helmet down near the ump but the way it bounced caused it to hit the umpire and was ultimately suspended four games from the league.
Ron Swanson vs. Darryl Philbin.
Parks and Rec vs. The Office.
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox.
New Era: The Rivalry.
As a die-hard Marlins fan, there was a big reason why I didn’t want them moving the new ballpark to Miami: Too flashy of a city. Out of all the cities in the world, Miami is the most outrageously colorful/entertaining. From the bright lights, bright colors and the overpriced lobster, as a Florida-born 23-year-old, Miami is easily my least favorite.
Every athlete that doesn’t play baseball wishes they could get baseball money. Just announced today via usatoday.com, Cincinnati Reds third baseman, Joey Votto, agreed to the fourth-highest contract in MLB history after signing a 10-year extension worth $225 million.
Once good friends and former Rockies’ teammates, whatever relationship both Troy Tulowitzki and Ubaldo Jimenez had came to an abrupt end during Sunday’s game between Colorado and Cleveland (which just so happened to be Ubaldo’s first game against his former team since he was traded).
During Troy’s first at-bat on Sunday, Ubaldo drilled his former pal in the elbow, which later resulted in him going to the hospital for x-rays, and immediately charged the All-Star and ultimately caused benches to clear. There’s no telling what Jimenez’s problem is, or was, with Troy. Maybe it’s with the entire organization? But Denver Post writer, Troy Renck, has an idea:
As a huge Marlins fan, this is great news; We made the new move to Miami, received new colors, a new logo, and built a stadium that has a giant fish tank behind home plate. What more can we ask for? Well, there is one thing: The 2007-09 Hanley Ramirez. Aside from back and shoulder (surgery) injuries, Hanley’s overall awareness and competitiveness had a major drop-off. It was as if he was ready to stop playing because he earned himself a $70 million contract. Now, with a new manager in Ozzie Guillen and an All-Star shortstop in Jose Reyes, Hanley’s made a switch to third base and says he’s healthy and ready to regain his old form that made him one of the Top 5 hitters in baseball not too long ago. And judging by his christening of Marlins Park, I think we’re going to see that player again.
No one wants to switch positions, especially the one you’ve played all your life. But when it comes to winning, sacrifices have to be made. I mean, after all, isn’t winning a World Series the ultimate goal for a baseball player? Or is it just the $200 million deals?
When the Florida — I’m sorry, Miami — Marlins brought in former White Sox’ manager Ozzie Guillen to man the ship and signed former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to a $106 million deal, reports surfaced that All-Star Hanley Ramirez was unhappy about having to move down the bench because of the new signee. But lets face it, as a Marlin’ fan myself, even I know that Hanley is below-average in fielding defense and has made horrible players at SS. He’s gotten lazy there a few times and has been caught with his head in the sky watching the pigeons search for half-eaten hot dogs.
Despite all that, it seems that Guillen found a way to convince Hanley about the switch:
“I have spoken with Guillen,” Ramirez said. “What we want is to win with the Marlins. We will see what’s going to happen with the position switch and everything else. If it’s third base, OK. Wherever they put me to win, I will do so.”
Hanley also went on to say that there are no problems between him and Reyes and that he “respects him very much.” This is the first “grown man” move that Hanley has made during his career which means, after all these years, he’s willing to put the team before him.
With Reyes at shortstop and Ramirez at third, the Marlins become stronger defensively at both positions, and more potent offensively. Reyes hit .337 with the New York Mets last year to win the NL batting title, and Ramirez — a career .306 hitter — was the 2009 batting champ (via Associated Press).
With other off-season additions such as two All-Star pitchers in Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, things are really starting to look-up for the Marlins, especially with playing in a new stadium. The only worry I have about this team is the health. Hanley was nursing a season-ending shoulder injury the last few months, Reyes was starting to earn himself a “injury prone” label, and ace pitcher Josh Johnson can’t seem to stay healthy either.
But one thing’s for certain: If Johnson isn’t healthy, the Marlins don’t win a championship.
#FACTS!!!!! Boston aka America’s Most Dominant Sports City! Welcome To Boston, LOOZAH!
LMAO!!! How was LeBron James cool with shooting this McDonald’s commercial?!?!
When September ends and October approaches it can only mean one thing, MLB Playoffs. With the New York Yankees clinching the AL East yesterday and the Boston Red Sox fighting to hold on to their AL Wild Card spot, Red Sox faithful John Krasinski and die hard Yankees’ fan Alec Baldwin share a couch on The Odd Couple New Era couch.