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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!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 42 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 41 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

My First Time – Mark Teixeira – April 1, 2003

My First Time – Mark Teixeira – April 1, 2003

The Setting – Edison International Stadium.  Anaheim, CA.

From Teixeira – ‘I was the first one at the ballpark – by a mile.  The anticipation was incredible.  This is what I worked for ever since I was a little kid.’ 

The Boxscore – Angels 10, Rangers 0.  Teixeira goes 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Wow, what a season.  Tons of surprises and tons of disappointments too…

Let’s get right into it.  These are the baseball milestones I was most looking forward to from the 2011 baseball season. 

Here is how that panned out…

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

Jeter’s season ended with 3,088 career hits.  He now rests at 20th on the all-time list.  If he has another solid campaign in 2012, he could get all the way up to somewhere between 11-13.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

Thome has 604 career home runs, ranking him at 8 on the all-time list.  6 more homers and he moves to number 7.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo finished the season with 603 career saves, and 1st place on the All-time list.  It is very possible that he sees number 650 next year if health stays on his side!!

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Ichiro finished the season with 184 hits and a .310 batting average.  And while that is not the kind of production we have become used to from Ichiro, it is still a very solid season.  Streak Busted!

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla kept the streak alive by belting 35 home runs, a career high.  His streak is now extended to five straight seasons.  He has a very solid 30+ game hitting streak to thank, for sure.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

Tex finished the season with 37 home runs and 312 career blasts.  At just 31 years of age, the sky is the limit for this very talented slugger. 

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

Mission failed.  37 home runs and 98 RBI leaves Pujols 2 RBI short of extending his record.  Kind of sucks – hopefully he can stay healthy in 2012, wherever he is playing…

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Dunn connected for just 11 home runs in 2011.  He has 365 for his career, and while 400 is still very likely the question is what season will it occur in 2012 or 2015?

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod managed to reach just 16 and 62 this year, an injury plagued one.  Here’s to hoping that he can get back on track in 2012!!

The 2011 baseball season was fantastic!!!  It was a thrill to watch these milestones, and some other unexpected ones unfold.

I cannot wait for next season to start!!!!

’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!!!

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 3/4 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.

All 3/4 season updates will be in Blue.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

As we all know, Derek Jeter collected #3,000 this past weekend while going 5-for-5 in a Yankee’s win.  Jeter became the 28th member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, the second to collect #3,000 as a home run, and the first Yankee!!!  Congratulations Derek!!!

Jeter now has 3,045 hits.  By the end of the season he should be sitting in 20th place on the All-time list.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

5 more still needed – We’ll see…

Jim Thome smashed number 600 just earlier this week.  He has been coming on strong as of late.  Now we need to see if he can challenge the guys ahead of him.  Next up is #609 and Sammy Sosa.  Go get him Jim!!

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

Rivera has 22 saves so far this year and is just 18 away from 600.  He’s on his way!

Mo is 9 saves away from 600.  He should be there in the coming weeks.  And Trevo Hoffman’s 601 as the all-time mark is easily gettable as well.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

Ichiro has 101 hits through 90 games – It will be an amazing accomplishment if he can do it.  We’ll have to wait and see.

With 134 hits in 121 games, it is very unlikely that Ichiro gets to 200 this year.  155 is more likely…

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Uggla has 15 home runs through 92 games so far this year.  If he goes on a power trip he still has a chance but the streak is in jeopardy.  25 would still be impressive, but 30 would be unreal!!

Nobody is hotter than Dan Uggla right now.  After a 33-game hit streak, Uggla is sitting at 27 home runs.  And with almost 40 games still left to play, one has to wonder if his hot hitting can get him to the 40-HR mark for the first time.  We’ll see…

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

With 25 round-trippers to far this year, Mark Teixeira sits at 300 for his career.  And at just 31 years old the sky is the limit for this slugger.  I see at least another 18-20 coming during the second half.

Tex is still crushing balls out of parks all across the country.  He currently has 32 home runs on the season and 307 for his career.  #400 could come as soon as 2013!!

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

In 78 games, Albert Pujols has 18 home runs and 50 RBI.  Coming off a major injury, nobody knows how Albert will rebound.  He still has a shot at 30/100 but the odds may be stacked against him.  I’d love to see him give it a run though!!

Nobody can do what this guy does.  Albert is already at 30 home runs, but has just 76 RBI.  All he needs is one superb homestand and he will be back on pace to collect 100 RBI for the 11th straight year.

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

With just 9 dingers on the year, the chase for 400 will not be realized this year.  And now the 1-time certain ‘500-HR Club’ member is more a question than a certainty.

Adam Dunn is done.  With just 11 round-trippers so far this year, he is still 35 away from 400.  Not gonna happen.

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

This goal is in serious jeopardy.  The second half of the season starts on Thursday, but A-Rod may be out until late-August.  With 13 & 52 – season number 15 is not going to happen.  Sorry Alex.

A-Rod is coming back from being on the disabled list – and we are still nto sure when he will become a regular in the Yankees’ line-up.  Resting at 13/52, A-Rod is having the least productive season of his big league career.  I would love to see a reboud in 2012!!!

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

Next update will come in late August.  Stay tuned and Thanks for reading!!!

Next update to come at the conclusion of the 2011 baseball season.  Thanks for reading.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns ‘The Big 4-0’ today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada has led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada has the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

By      Ian Casselberry

It’s the last thing any athlete wants to hear from a coach: We think we’re a better team without you.

Hearing that has to be especially difficult for someone who’s had as much success in his baseball career as Jorge Posada(notes). But that’s the conversation he had with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

From The LoHud Yankees Blog:

“He said he was going to put the best lineup on the field, and he doesn’t know when I’m going to DH again,” Posada said. “So right now I’m sitting on the bench… I’m not happy about it, but right now I can’t do nothing about it. I put myself in this situation.”

Two months ago, Posada also appeared to take responsibility for his plight. But his actions spoke otherwise when Girardi penciled him into the ninth spot in the lineup, and he then said he couldn’t play due to a sore back. (Interestingly, this also took place before a game against the Red Sox.)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman added more drama to the situation when he met with the media during the game, saying Posada pulled himself from the lineup. Worked into a frenzy, reporters surrounded Posada’s locker after the game, asking for a response to Cashman’s comments. Posada took exception to Cashman talking to the media during the game, sneering “That’s the way he works now.”

Sunday’s announcement came with no such theatrics.

Posada didn’t have a chance to take himself out of the Yankees’ lineup this time around. He wasn’t batting ninth. Girardi didn’t have him in the lineup at all, giving Eric Chavez(notes) the start at designated hitter. (For what it’s worth, Chavez batted 0 for 4 with three strikeouts on Sunday night.)

Back in May, Posada was hitting .165/.272/.349, making Girardi’s decision look like a no-brainer. Posada improved from there, seemingly motivated by the slight, and pushed his batting average up to .240, with a somewhat respectable OPS of .754. But it’s never really gotten better from there. As of Sunday, he was batting .230/.309/.372 and struggling through a 1-for-13 slump.

Yankees bench Jorge Posada, likely for goodChavez looks like a better option at DH, hitting .323/.389/.431. But those numbers have been compiled in only 72 plate appearances this season. However, Chavez can still play in the field, playing 18 games at third base. And with Alex Rodriguez(notes) working his way back from knee surgery, the Yankees might need some help at that position.

Ultimately, that might be what benching Posada is really about. A-Rod might have to play at DH when he first returns. That leaves an opening at third base, which Chavez would likely fill — perhaps in a platoon with Eduardo Nunez(notes). Chavez could also help out at first base occasionally, allowing Mark Teixeira(notes) to DH. However it works out, the Yankees now have more lineup flexibility.

The Yankees have one more option at DH, which would be to call up Jesus Montero(notes) from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the team’s preference is to go with Chavez first. Rodriguez would probably have to show he could play third base regularly again before Montero could be called up to take the full-time DH role.

Sitting on the bench can’t be the way anyone wanted to see Posada’s 17-year career with the Yankees end. But he’s not being released, presumably to avoid clubhouse drama. And there’s plenty more baseball to be played, including the postseason. Posada was hitting decently against right-handers, with a .263/.340/.438 average and all nine of his home runs. Maybe he has some contributions left to make this season.

But it could be a while — a long one — before that opportunity comes around for him.

 

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 1/2 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.    All 1/2 season updates will be in Green.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

As we all know, Derek Jeter collected #3,000 this past weekend while going 5-for-5 in a Yankee’s win.  Jeter became the 28th member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, the second to collect #3,000 as a home run, and the first Yankee!!!  Congratulations Derek!!!

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

5 more still needed – We’ll see…

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

Rivera has 22 saves so far this year and is just 18 away from 600.  He’s on his way!

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

Ichiro has 101 hits through 90 games – It will be an amazing accomplishment if he can do it.  We’ll have to wait and see.

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Uggla has 15 home runs through 92 games so far this year.  If he goes on a power trip he still has a chance but the streak is in jeopardy.  25 would still be impressive, but 30 would be unreal!!

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

With 25 round-trippers to far this year, Mark Teixeira sits at 300 for his career.  And at just 31 years old the sky is the limit for this slugger.  I see at least another 18-20 coming during the second half.

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

In 78 games, Albert Pujols has 18 home runs and 50 RBI.  Coming off a major injury, nobody knows how Albert will rebound.  He still has a shot at 30/100 but the odds may be stacked against him.  I’d love to see him give it a run though!!

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

With just 9 dingers on the year, the chase for 400 will not be realized this year.  And now the 1-time certain ‘500-HR Club’ member is more a question than a certainty.

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

This goal is in serious jeopardy.  The second half of the season starts on Thursday, but A-Rod may be out until late-August.  With 13 & 52 – season number 15 is not going to happen.  Sorry Alex.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

Next update will come in late August.  Stay tuned and Thanks for reading!!!

What are you going to be watching for this year??