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Sights From Today’s Marlins/Mariners Afternoon Affair…

Sights From Today’s Marlins/Mariners Afternoon Affair…

Today, we took the kids to the ballpark for some afternoon baseball with the Miami Marlins.  I always try to get to a game early in the season, and this was the first chance we had to get to a game with out hectic Little League and T-Ball schedules.

The weather was beautiful, and hot.  For all of the game that I have attended since Marlins Park opened, this was our first experience of a game with the roof opened.

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We sat in ‘our’ seats through the first 5 innings and then moved to higher ground to escape the sun’s rays.  From our seats, located in Row 1 of the second level, we have a nice unobstructed view of the field and are pretty centered between the hitters and the outfielders.

Here is the famous statue in left field.  Sadly, we did not see it in motion today…

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And here is the $250 Million Dollar Man, Robinson Cano in the field.

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And at the plate.  He had two hits today.

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And here is our lead-off hitter, Christian Yelich.  He did not get a hit until the eighth inning, but he ended up scoring the game-tying run on what would be my first experience of ‘Replay’ at a live game.  Yelich has a nice hit-streak going right now and I am hoping that continues tomorrow night when the Marlins are in Atlanta.

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And there is my buddy, #27, all the way in right field.  I told the kids that the next time we attend a game I will get seats along the first base side so we can be closer to Giancarlo.

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Here he is at the plate.  He did not have a hit today.

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And here is a shot from the seats we moved to after the sun was too much for us.  You should have seen their reaction to the ‘review call’ when it was in favor of the Marlins.

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What a great afternoon.  It was fun for all of us and Marlins Park is a really enjoyable place to catch a game!

I’m already scanning our schedules for the next time we can get down to the ballpark.

 

Among The ‘Normal’ Guys I Will Be Watching During The 2014 Season, Here Are A Few More I Will Be Paying Attention To As Well…

Among The ‘Normal’ Guys I Will Be Watching During The 2014 Season, Here Are A Few More I Will Be Paying Attention To As Well…

We are right around 36 hours away from the official start to the 2014 baseball season.  You better believe that I will be starting my day by listening to some games on my IPhone and then ending my night watching my Marlins host the Colorado Rockies.

It is going to be a great season.

In addition to the standard crop of guys that I will be watching as the season progresses, here are a few more guys that I am going to be paying attention to.  Each of them offers a great level of skill and enthusiasm to the game, and I am eager to see how their seasons unfold.

Jose Reyes

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Mark Teixeira

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Joe Nathan

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Tim Lincecum

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

Gio Gonzalez

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Billy Hamilton

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David Price

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And of course, Derek Jeter

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Have I paid attention to these guys prior to this season?  Of course I have.  But, I believe that each of these guys will have some level of impact on the game this year – both minor and major.  It may be huge headlines, and it may be record-breaking performances, but I think that you will be hearing the names of these players a lot in 2014 – and I am ready!

I cannot wait to watch it all unfold!!

Is there anyone you think is ready to make a huge impact this season?  Are you paying special attention to someone new this year?

Let’s go!

Here Is 2014’s Team-By-Team Major League Baseball Salary Summary

Here Is 2014’s Team-By-Team Major League Baseball Salary Summary

From Deadspin.com

With opening day just days away, it’s time to look at the payrolls and salary breakdowns for every MLB team. There are familiar faces near the top and bottom of the list, but a new franchise claims the spending crown for the first time in 15 years.

The Associated Press has compiled these numbers based on publicly and privately reported salaries, prorated bonuses, and deferred money. Cash transactions and buyouts are reflected in the team payroll figures, so they will differ from the sum of players’ salaries listed at bottom.. These numbers are not exact, because precise contracts are closely guarded secrets. But this is as good as we’re going to get.

For the first time since 1998, the Yankees no longer top baseball. That honor goes to the Dodgers in a runaway—with an estimated payroll of more than $235 million, the Dodgers project to spend more this year than any franchise ever as. In all, 16 teams are expected to break the $100-millon mark—also a record. The average MLB player’s salary projects to somewhere just shy of $4 million.

Bringing up the rear are the Astros, with a projected $44.5 million. But penury is not necessarily an indicator of failure. Four teams in this year’s bottom six—Oakland, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay—made the playoffs last year. Only three teams in the top six did.

Below are the team payroll figures. Individual player salaries can be found in the comments by following these links.

1. LA Dodgers $235,295,219
2. NY Yankees $203,812,506
3. Philadelphia Phillies $180,052,723
4. Boston Red Sox $162,817,411
5. Detroit Tigers $162,228,527
6. LA Angels $155,692,000
7. San Francisco Giants $154,185,878
8. Texas Rangers $136,036,172
9. Washington Nationals $134,704,437
10. Toronto Blue Jays $132,628,700
11. Arizona Diamondbacks $112,688,666
12. Cincinnati Reds $112,390,772
13. St. Louis Cardinals $111,020,360
14. Atlanta Braves $110,897,341
15. Baltimore Orioles $107,406,623
16. Milwaukee Brewers $103,844,806
17. Colorado Rockies $95,832,071
18. Seattle Mariners $92,081,943
19. Kansas City Royals $92,034,345
20. Chicago White Sox $91,159,254
21. San Diego Padres $90,094,196
22. NY Mets $89,051,758
23. Chicago Cubs $89,007,857
24. Minnesota Twins $85,776,500
25. Oakland A’s $83,401,400
26. Cleveland Indians $82,534,800
27. Pittsburgh Pirates $78,111,667
28. Tampa Bay Rays $77,062,891
29. Miami Marlins $47,565,400
30. Houston Astros $44,544,174

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.

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Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.

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Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.

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Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31’ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.

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David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.

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The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

Million Dollar Question – Who Is Your #1 Draft Pick In Fantasy Baseball?

Million Dollar Question – Who Is Your #1 Draft Pick In Fantasy Baseball?

The draft for ’30-YOC’ fantasy baseball is this Sunday evening.  And I pretty much have my strategy in place for how I want to attack the 2014 season.  Equally, I am always curious to see what others would do if they had the first pick in the draft.

Do you go with the crafty veteran that is putting up unreal numbers?  Do you go with the young guy who has become elite almost overnight?  Or do you go with the most consistent pitcher in the game?

For me, I tend to lead towards consistency with my picks, but I have also never been awarded with the #1 pick in any draft in which I have been a part of so I have never had to make that single, crucial decision.

Maybe this year that will change.  Maybe not…

But, I am ready to have fun on draft night as I craft my roster.

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What would you do if you had the #1 pick???

Sights & Stories From Today’s Spring Training Action Between The Marlins & Cardinals – MUST READ!

Sights & Stories From Today’s Spring Training Action Between The Marlins & Cardinals

Today was a fantastic day for baseball.  It was sunny, but not too hot.  And there was just enough of a breeze out to keep it from feeling too humid.

I got to the stadium early this morning – around 9AM.  With only one day to make the trip to Spring Training, I wanted to take advantage of the full day and spend as much time at the ballpark as I could.

Since the game was not scheduled to start until 1:05, I had plenty of time to walk around and check out what was going on at all of the Marlins fields that makes up half of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

The minor leaguers were out in full force, with at least 80 of them out and about.  And the big leaguers were present as well – on the main practice field.  After going through a few stretching and running drills, the major league squad split up with the offensive players going to the main stadium for practice and BP and the pitchers going to the side bullpen for their pitching session.

At the pitching session, it was a rotation of four guys throwing at the same time – and Jose Fernandez was in the bunch.  He was closest to the fence, and I literally had a front row seat as he threw 60-80 pitches.  The fence at this area of the field is extremely high, and unfortunately my pictures came out awful.

When he was done, the group that assembled (about 10 of us) asked if he would sign but he said he had to go do some running.  He did, however, open up the gate between the players and the fans and shove five balls he used during his session through to us.  I was lucky enough to grab one!!

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That is a ball that was used by the reigning NL ROY – Pretty cool!!!

Instead of standing around and wait to see if he was going to return and sign for us, I opted to head towards the main stadium to see if I could get anything going there.  The main stadium is not open to the public for practice or BP, but I have learned where to stand as the players have to walk by where I was to get from the stadium to the clubhouse.

I saw almost everyone – Salty, Lucas, Solano, Redmond, Mathis, Hechavarria, Yelich, Ozuna, and then my main man walked through the outfield wall and headed right towards me!!!

Giancarlo Stanton!!!  He was very nice – I asked if he could sign for me as I was the only one around and he waved me over.  He quickly grabbed my pen and signed my ball.  I thanked him for taking the time to do that for me and I wished him well and good luck during the 2014 baseball season.

Here is the signed ball!!!

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I may have missed Fernandez, but I got the guy I was truly seeking – and the auto is crisp and clean!!

After that, it was game time.

Henderson Alvarez was on the hill for the Marlins.

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And Adam Wainwright was on the mound for the Cardinals.  My picture of him came out way too blurry so I will skip posting it here.

But, here is a picture of the new 3B coach for the Marlins – Mr. Brett Butler:

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I was able to walk around to all areas of the park – so I snapped pics throughout the game.

Here are a few more:

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Yadier Molina

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My man Stanton at the plate, with Molina catching:

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The day was fun, lots of fun.  I only get to do this once a year, and I really enjoyed myself today.

I’m a little sun-burned, and a little tired.  But, it was a great day – I got to see my boy Giancarlo Stanton up close.  I got to watch Jose Fernandez pitch.  And the Marlins beat the Cardinals 7-3.

The only thing that would have made this better would have been if my wife and kids could have joined me but it is not Spring Break yet and I don’t think pulling them out of school for the day to go to Spring Training would go over too well…

Oh, I also saw Andre Dawson, but it was just for a minute.  He was moving from field to field during practice and I waved to him.  He waved back, but I am not certain that he recognized me…  Otherwise, I know he would have come over to say ‘Hello’..  LOL

I am so ready for the season to get underway – today was a great kickstart to the 2014 season for me!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Tomorrow, I Go To Jupiter!!!

Coincidentally, the anniversary of my employment at my workplace is during Spring Training.  And in my world, if you do not use your vacation time when your anniversary hits, your hours are wiped out and the clock resets itself.

In a nutshell, this means that I have 8 hours of PTO remaining that must be used by the middle of next week.  Normally, I save a day or two just in case one of my kids gets sick and I need to take a day or two off, but it looks like I am clear now as everyone is feeling great.

So, what is a guy to do?

I’ll tell you what this guy is gonna do.  He’s going to Jupiter, Florida to catch himself a full-days worth of Miami Marlins Spring Training action.  The fish play the Cardinals at 1:00 so I will catch a few innings of the game.  But, I will get there much earlier than that.  I love the Jupiter complex and enjoy walking around taking in all of the action.

Hopefully I will be able to see some of the players on the side fields go through their drills before the game starts.  And since not all of the guys will be playing in the game, I am hoping to be able to see some of the ‘main roster’ players during their workouts.

It should be fun.  It should be hot.  And I cannot wait.

And if I am able to snap some good pictures while there, I will surely share them with you when I return.

Happy Friday to me!!

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Who Wants To Play Fantasy Baseball With ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???

Are You Ready For Fantasy Baseball With ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???

Not only am I ready for the start of the 2014 major league baseball season, but I am also very excited for  the 2014 fantasy baseball season as well.

My platform of choice?  Yahoo Fantasy Baseball.

And I want to run my own league again this year.  Last season was a ton of fun, and I am eager to see if there is enough interest out there for me to fill up a 12-player league with friends of ’30-YOC’.  

If you want to play, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.  My preferred style of play is rotisserie, and I use the live draft feature for selection of my players.  I try to hold the draft on a Sunday night so it is more convenient for all players.

Each league consists of twelve players, and I have 10 returning players from last season returning for 2014.

So, if you want one of the final two manager spots in the league, leave me a comment on this post and I will send you the details.

Thanks for reading.  Now who is ready to ‘Play Ball’???

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