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Start-To-May Giveaway: A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Wins $50

Lady Loves Pinstripes hosted a Start-To-May Giveaway, where the two winners (picked at random) each receive a $50.00 gift card (2x$25) to MLB.com Shop, the Official Shop Of Major League Baseball.

Our first winner is a Philadelphia Phillies fan named Ted, who is a reader of Lady Loves Pinstripes.

I hope to hear from the second winner, who has until Wednesday May 4th to reply or someone else will be picked. Thank you and look for the next Lady Loves Pinstripes Giveaway…. Summer Is Here to be announced in about two weeks. Prizes TBA, but it will be BIGGEST yet (especially for Yankees or Mets fans).

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New York Yankees: Keep This Seattle Pitching Prince On Your Radar

Where there is a King, usually more royalty can be found. And in Seattle, the Mariners are forming a nice little pitching kingdom of their own.

Back in 2005, Pitcher Felix Hernandez was dubbed ‘King Felix’ down in A-ball for his dynamic arm, made his debut at age 19.

Seven seasons later, this King has earned the title; as King Felix is one of the most lethal pitchers in baseball today. Unfortunately, the 2010 CY Young winner plays for the Mariners who have been the bottom feeders of the AL West, a place they still remain today.

Over his career, King Felix has a 3.20 ERA, over 179 starts, posting a 74-59 record, with 1087 strikeouts, 14 shutouts and has clocked 1202 innings total. Keep in mind that if he played on any other team the King’s wins-loses and ERA would be much lower.

Now, you can only imagine the New York Yankees along with every other team in baseball have been drooling over King Felix for some time now.

Presumably the Mariners front office has listened to numerous offers to obtain the King, especially before they signed him to a four-year extension. I can assure you that a few calls came from the Yankees who would love to get their claws on the 25-year-old, who has yet to reach his prime.

Over this past winter, Yankee fans were hoping for a King under their Christmas tree, but Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik made it clear that was never going to happen. Zduriencik had already screwed the Yankees in Cliff Lee trade, by using New York as leverage to bait the Texas Rangers to get Seattle even more players.

That did NOT fair well with Yankees GM Brian Cashman, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing Felix.

Even though the 2011 Yankees are off to a hot start, reloading mid-season if a top pitcher is available is almost guaranteed.

With the Mariners standing at 13-16 and sitting pretty in a familiar last place in the AL West, trading for some young minor leaguers would be a smart move to build for the future. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Keep This Seattle Pitching Prince On Your Radar’ »

New York Yankees: Oh No Now Robbie Cano Is Day-To-Day

Brain Lewis of the New York Post reports that a bruised left-hand was the reason New York Yankees second-baseman Robinson Cano left the game in the eighth inning.

The Yankees had Cano get x-rays and they came back fine.

Cano is listed as day-to-day, which has Yankee fans on high alert, as Cano is one of the best hitters and all-around players in baseball. Losing Cano would be devastating, as he has been the most consistent bat on the team.

Cano is tied for fourth in the majors with eight home-runs, batting a whooping .320 and has 21 RBIs already this season.

Let’s hope that Cano gets a well-deserved night off on Monday night just to be safe, as he has played every game this season.

The Yankees flew to Detroit after the 5-3 win against the Blue Jays, to play a four game set against the Tigers.

 

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Lady Loves Pinstripes: 2011 MLB April Power Rankings

What a difference a month can make?

Baseball looks a lot different then I initially predicted in my 2011 Pre-Season Power Rankings (featured on MLBBuzz.com), but I can assure you that I am not alone.

The month of April has exceeded expectations, as it has already been a wild and exciting ride. Giving the fan a consistent reminder of why we love baseball so much.

So where did Lady Loves Pinstripes rank your team’s April performance?

Well, here are my April standings of all 30 MLB teams:

 

MLB TEAM RANK COMMENTS or REASON WHY?
Philadelphia Phillies 1 Closer?? Halladay can’t start daily. Howards bat will get cold…so what is timetable on getting Utley back.
New York Yankees 2 Have yet to lose a series and new Yankees have been extraordinary. Burnett is back; but a tough May and June schedule will determine a lot. Played the least # of games, and still have most homeruns in MLB.
Colorado Rockies 3 Hello Tulo; and the Rockies stated their goal for 2011 is to win the World Series. So far, so good and message sent. Going 8-2 on the road is proof.
St. Louis Cardinals 4 Cry Baby and Closer just don’t mix…send Ryan Franklin to NY or Philly for awhile because it is his fault that Cards are not ranked #1 on this list. Who is going to close anyway? Good Question…
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 Pitcher Jared Weaver is the definition of an ace and has been embarrassing opposing batters finishing April with a 6-0 record, 49 strikeouts and 50 innings pitched in six starts.
Florida Marlins 6 This team will give the Phillies a run for their money in the NL East, as this team is finally hungry.
Texas Rangers 7 Never got on the Rangers bandwagon, and have no plans too as my guess is the rotation will not be able to hold up. Can skipper Washington keep his head in the game for a whole season? Doubtful.
Cleveland Indians 8 Grady Seizmore is healthy and the Indians are rolling and leading MLB with a 17-8 record. Who would’ve guessed this?
Detroit Tigers 9 Miguel Cabrera is a one-man team by himself…best and most natural hitter in baseball drunk or sober.
Milwaukee Brewers 10 Signed Ryan Brawn for life was brilliant; Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks proving their worth, but whether the Brew Crew can do it for four more months is still in question.
Cincinnati Reds 11 Can’t steal the NL Central this season, Mike Leake.
Tampa Bay Rays 12 Tampa is far from done in 2011 is biting their tongues, as the Rays are a game from pushing the Yankees out of first place in the AL East. Johnny Damon has been born again; Manny proves he is still Manny…. adios.
Boston Red Sox 13 Worst start to a World Series campaign ever; team still looks uncomfortable and has displayed zero consistency. Carl Crawford issues are turning mental, so fix him fast because his new team needs him.
Los Angeles Dodgers 14 Disturbiana is what Matt Kemp is doing to pitchers, as he has been sensational again.
Atlanta Braves 15 Homophobic and drunk are NEVER a good combo, especially when team ace Derek Lowe is involved. It is careless, and Bobby Cox is kicking himself for signing on as a special consultant.
San Francisco Giants 16 Losing and injuries…. TIME TO SHAVE! Sadly proving where some players’ priorities are and it is not on repeating.  Lincecum is a STUD stuck with a bunch of celebrity-hungry duds who can’t hit.
Kansas City Royals 17 Might be losing their footing already, but still hanging in….for now.
Chicago Cubs 18 Cubs have yet to fight each other and pitcher Carlos Zombrano is dealing better than ever.
Toronto Blue Jays 19 It’s the same old song, that the AL East is just too damn strong for now.
Oakland Athletics 20 Billy Bean….go get a solid bat instead of abusing the young and talented pitchers just so A’s can finish .500.
Baltimore Orioles 21 Started off hot but the bottom feeders are back in familiar territory. Once again, the AL East is proving to hard a division even for Buck Showalter, who better get used to the cellar.
New York Mets 22 This team takes streaks to a whole new level and being that inconsistent proves that attitude, not lack of talent is the real problem. New GM and Skipper are cleaning up shop…. finally!
Washington Nationals 23 Getting Ryan Zimmerman active has been pushed back; will hover around the middle-bottom of NL West all season long.
Arizona Diamondbacks 24 Flashes of talent from young players spells BIG FUTURE….but not this season, not yet.
Chicago White Sox 25 Once the line-up gets in a groove…. watch out. Problem is the question is no longer will, but whether it happens. Skipper Ozzie Guillen has a cult following, but the problem is the umpires are not included.
Pittsburgh Pirates 26 Too much missing to go anywhere this season…. another mark on such a historic franchise.
San Diego Padres 27 A-Gone left too big a hole that hasn’t come close to being filled.
Minnesota Twins 28 Deja vu again? Mauer and Morneau are the poster boys of big talk, no walk. Mauer is and always has been overrated, as 2009-verison of Mauer is a ghost. A nightmare that the NL Central will not allow in 2011.
Seattle Mariners 29 Already have a King… and now an heir to his throne in Michael Pineda. Both wasted talents on a team that is not run well, as success starts from the top.
Houston Astros 30 Hunter Pence is in for a long season, and so are Houston fans…again.

 

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New York Yankees: Appreciating Bombers Bloggers

While I was doing my normal meandering around the Internet reading baseball stuff, I came to a story on a site called Cardinals GM that I had to share because it shocked me, in a good way.

This article was more of a thank you to the St. Louis Cardinals for hosting such a wonderful Bloggers Day, with a detailed accounting of why the attendees were so appreciative. Once you read this you will understand why these Cardinals bloggers were so blown away.

The Cardinals Bloggers Day took place on Opening Day, included many cool activities’ organized by the franchise and it concluded with free Legends Seats for the game as much free food and drinks as you wanted.

The Cardinals Organizations Exudes Class for Social Media Day at Busch Stadium got me wondering why the New York Yankees have never hosted anything for Yankee Bloggers, or even acknowledged our existent for that matter.

I have no idea if the Cardinals are the only MLB team to reach out like this. The fact that even just one team took time to show their gratitude, for literally the writers who boost their internet fame, is sufficient enough for me to feel a real lack of respect.

Would it be so hard for the Yankees to do this?

St. Louis is a baseball town and maybe the city itself is not like New York, but not many places are. Still, the Cardinals have a cult fan following and the club itself has a history that could rival New York’s, minus in # of World Series rings.

So, my question is why don’t all MLB teams take a few hours once a season to host their own Bloggers Day?

Maybe some still don’t think bloggers matter, but let me tell you that is just plain ignorant.

The reality is that sports bloggers were fans way before the Internet was invented, so making us feel important to an organization could pay-off BIG time down the road. Think about it…. and finally just two quick notes:

To Brain Cashman: I am waiting for your phone call.

To the Cardinals: What an awesome thing to do for your biggest fans, and I hope all 29 other ball-clubs take notice.

 

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Don’t Forget….To Enter Lady Loves Pinstripes $50 Giveaway

Two names will be drawn at random ( this Sunday May 1, 2011 at midnight, so you can enter up till 11:59pm.

The two winners will be contacted on Monday May 2, 2011.

 

 

 

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