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Did You Know…

Carl Crawford, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has led the league in stolen bases more than any other active player in major league baseball.  Crawford led the AL in steals for four consecutive seasons, from 2003 through 2007.

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’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

Well, well, well… Look At Who Has The Best Record In Baseball…

Well, well, well…  Look At Who Has The Best Record In Baseball…

It’s not the New York Yankees…

Or the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s not the St. Louis Cardinals….

And it’s definitely not the Boston Red Sox.

It is however, the Tampa Bay Rays.  And through the first month of the 2010 baseball season, they are the only team winning at greater than a 70% clip.  Sitting in 1st place in the AL East with a 18-7 record, the Rays are one of the hottest teams in baseball.  And again, they are proving that talent trumps money spent, and I enjoy that about their team.

With a roster that is full of multi-skilled players, the Rays play with a high amount of confidence and no longer look like the lowly cellar dwellers that they were during the early part of the decade.  The team is a great mix of speed, power, and contact hitting – and that is even with some of their better hitters slumping early in the season.  Their confidence is solid, and once all of their players are clicking on all cylinders, they should become even more successful.

While I am a Marlins fan first and foremost, I watch a lot of Rays games as well.  My cable company(yes, cable) carries two Florida sports channels so I get to see a ton of games from both teams.  Thank goodness for picture-in-picture viewing!!!  And while just 3-4 years ago, I was tuning into the Rays to see their opposition play, times have clearly changed.  Evan Longoria is extremely fun to watch.  Carl Crawford and BJ Upton are dynamic on both offense and defense.  Matt Garza is great on the mound.  And so on and so on…

Congratulations to the Rays on an incredible start to their 2010 season!!!