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Former Marlins’ Ace Josh Beckett Fires First No-Hitter Of 2014

Former Marlins’ Ace Josh Beckett Fires First No-Hitter Of 2014

From USAToday.com

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Josh Beckett was the pitcher no one wanted.

He was the dead money, $35 million worth, thrown into the mega Boston Red Sox-Dodgers’ trade two years ago.

The 34-year-old Beckett even wondered privately last summer whether he might have thrown his last pitch in the big leagues. And until two weeks ago, he had gone two years without winning a game.

Then, along came the glorious Sunday afternoon, when Beckett stood tall on the mound, mobbed by his teammates, celebrating the greatest regular-season game he ever pitched — the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, 6-0, over the Philadelphia Phillies.

It was the 24th no-hitter in Dodgers’ history and their first since Hideo Nomo in 1996. It was the first no-hitter against the Phillies at home since 1969. And in 321 career starts, it was the first no-hitter in Beckett’s career.

Do you believe in sweet redemption?

“I didn’t think I had no-hit stuff,” said Beckett, once the posterboy for the Red Sox woes in 2012, and a culprit of the infamous chicken-and-beer escapades by pitchers during games. “I really just kept them guessing.”

Oh, he fooled everyone all right. Really, he’s been doing it all season long.

The Dodgers certainly weren’t counting on him this year. He was simply a candidate to make the team as a fifth starter. It’s why they signed Paul Maholm in spring training. Who could blame the Dodgers? He had a rib removed in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July to repair condition that was affecting his right shoulder.

He wondered if his career was over.

Let’s face it, if he wasn’t owed $17 million this year, the Dodgers wouldn’t have bothered bringing him back.

He worked out religiously all winter, telling himself if this was it, he was going to go out his way.

“I’m going to throw as hard as I can and see what happens,” Beckett said this spring. “I’ll throw the ball until I blow out, and I’m hoping that’s not for a few more years.”

Beckett, showing no fear Sunday, threw 128 pitches — the last a 94-mph fastball by Chase Utley for the final out and entrance into baseball history.

“It was awesome,” Beckett, who struck out six and walked three, told reporters afterward. “I took a moment in the ninth while I was warming up. It was what it was, and if I threw one, great. If not, I have healthy kids and a healthy wife — and that’s the main goal.”

A year ago, he was the unhealthy one — the numbness in his right hand and arm refused to go away. He was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA when he was shut down for the season.

“It’s crazy how simple things,” Beckett said, “become difficult to do.”

Beckett showed up at spring training asking only that he be given the opportunity to prove to the Dodgers that he could help them.

“I’m here to try and win a job and let upper management take care of all the other stuff,” Beckett said that February morning. “I want to be with the Dodgers. I want to be a Dodger. I felt like I was treated really good last year through everything and I’d kind of like to help repay that.”

Well, guess who’s been a mainstay in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, showing that same fiery competitiveness that earned him the World Series MVP award in 2003 when the Marlins knocked off the Yankees?

Beckett doesn’t rely on his fastball any longer, but rather his curveball, throwing it almost any time in any situation. He has reestablished himself as one of the most consistent starters in the National League.

Now, nearly two years after the mega trade that included $275 million in contracts, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and left fielder Carl Crawford going from Boston to Los Angeles, and first baseman James Loney and prospects going to Boston, Beckett has emerged as the biggest surprise in the deal.

Beckett, who opened the year on the DL with a thumb injury, is now 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He has yielded two or fewer runs in six of his last eight starts, and, yes, he’s getting better.

“Josh has been throwing the ball good all year,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “For him to be able to do that today is nice, for everything he’s been through with us. The surgery last year, missing the whole season. Changing himself as a pitcher. Using the breaking ball more and everything else.

“It was fun to watch.”‘

If the Dodgers have a sense of humor, they’ll even have chicken and beer on the flight home to Los Angeles. And celebrate the man who is a living testament to what can happen when you refuse to give up.

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Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 34 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 34 years old today. It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team. Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a quest to get the Dodgers back into World Series contention. He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely. A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett should have a few quality years ahead of him. And that may include another opportunity to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!! A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 33 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 33. It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team. Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a quest to get the Dodgers back into World Series contention. He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely. A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett still has several quality years ahead of him. And that should include many more opportunities to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!! A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 32 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 32.  It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team.  Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is one of the game’s best pitchers.  He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely.  A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett still has several quality years ahead of him.  And that should include many more opportunities to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!!  A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

I cannot believe that there are just three weeks left of the 2011 regular season.  It has been fun to watch, most the of the time.

And as we head into the last few weeks, there are still some heated races for divisional crowns and wild-card spots.

Theses are the ‘Top Ten’ guys that I think are pivotal to their team’s success.  If these players can turn it up a few notches, they will help put their teams in better contention.

Away we go…

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum, CJ Wilson, Dan Uggla, Derek Jeter, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Ervin Santana, and Dustin Pedroia.

10 – Zach Greinke – he has the skills,  and with possibly 2-3 more starts to go a few more wins should help his confidence.

9 – Josh Beckett – superb when ‘on’ and that seems to happen less and less.  He has the potential to be the ace and lead the Red Sox.   But will he?

8 – Justin Upton – the Diamondbacks most skilled offensive player, this is his chance to take center-stage and put his team on his back.

7 – Mark Teixeira – a feared hitter, can he get over his nagging injuries to help propel the Yankees?  His defense should not be overlooked either…

6 – AJ Burnett – Arguably the weakest and most unstable link in the Yankees chain, Burnett can be a helpful pitcher.  Will he?

5 – Adrian Beltre – Coming off the DL, Beltre has just a few short weeks to get ready for the post-season.  When he is in the lineup, Texas is a lot more dangerous…

4 – Jered Weaver – The ‘Ace’ of the Angels staff, Weaver will have to be near-perfect for the Angels to succeed.

3 – Tommy Hanson – While the Braves have one of the best bullpens in baseball, their starting rotation is a little shaky.  Hanson is coming off of an injury and if he wants to be helpful to the Braves’ success, he has to prove himself worthy of a role in the starting rotation.

2 – Cole Hamels – With the best record in baseball, and best starting pitching as well, it is very possible that the Phillies move to a 3-man rotation in the playoffs.  Hamels is probably the best man for that challenge, but he has yet to remind us of his prior post-season heroics.

1 – Alex Rodriguez – Hardly near 100%, anything that Rodriguez can offer the Yankees’ lineup will be a big help.  A dangerous threat each time he approaches the plate, A-Rod may be the player responsible for either the Yankees winning or sealing their fate.

And there you have it – I cannot wait to see how the last few weeks of the season unfold.  And while some teams are already locked into their spots for the post-season, there is enough drama and intrigue to make the next 3 weeks ‘Must See TV’.

Enjoy the games everyone!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

As you probably know, I watch a lot of baseball.  I would say that 4-5 nights a week, I am tuned into a game, or two if possible.

My team of choice is the Florida Marlins, but I also watch a lot of Rays baseball as well as anything aired by ESPN, especially on Sunday night.

And now with three no-hitters already under our belts for the 2011 season, I thought it would be fun to tell you the ten guys I would really like to see toss a ‘No-No’.

First let me say that Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, and Matt Garza are not on the list.  I’ve already seen them make baseball history so I know what that looks like.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention – Tim Hudson, Shawn Marcum, and Felix Hernandez.

10 – Chris Carpenter

9 – James Shields

8 – Cole Hamels

7 – CC Sabathia

6 – Cliff Lee

5 – Josh Johnson

4 – David Price

3 – Clayton Kershaw

2 – Josh Beckett

1 – Tim Lincecum

And there you have it.  Did I miss anyone that you would have added to the list??

Let me hear it!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.

 

2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

OK, let’s get right down to it.

I’ve shown you the legends that I would like to add to my collection.

And I have shown you the guys that will soon be calling Cooperstown home that I would like to add to my collection.

So, now it is time for me to show you the “Top Ten” players in the game today that I would like to add to my collection.

And away we go….

Honorable Mention:  Jim Thome, Hanley Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Johnny Damon, and Josh Beckett.

And now onto the “Top Ten”.

10 – Ryan Braun

9 – Mariano Rivera

8 – Pudge Rodriguez

7 – Ichiro

6 – Chipper Jones

5 – Alex Rodriguez

4 – Albert Pujols

3 – Derek Jeter

2 – Tim Lincecum

1 – Roy Halladay

And there you have.  Sure to spark a little controversy but that is fine by me; after all it is my list.  🙂

Stay tuned next week as a I have a list that offers up a detour as it relates to this baseball blog.  It will be fun nonetheless…

Thanks for reading!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 31 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 31.  It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team.  Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is one of the game’s best pitchers.  He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely.  A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett still has several quality years ahead of him.  And that should include many more opportunities to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!!  A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

‘My First Time’ – Josh Beckett – September 4, 2001

‘My First Time’ – Josh Beckett – September 4, 2001

The setting – Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL

From Beckett – “I had 15 or so people come in from Texas – my dad, mom, grandparents, and a few friends.  Preston Wilson hit a three-run homer and Kevin Millar hit a Grand Slam in that game, so I was set for run support.  I had as many hits as I gave up, because I doubled later against Jon Leiber.  Yeah, that’s a pretty good way to get yourself going.” 

Boxscore – Marlins 8, Cubs 1.  Beckett threw six innings while allowing just 1 hit and collecting his first major league victory.  He also went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored one run.