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Philadelphia Phillies Are Dumb To Trade Jayson Werth

The last week before the MLB trade deadline on July 31st is usually an eventful and dramatic couple of days up until the last second.

The players who are on the trading block are not exciting and certainly bring no guarantee.

The only proven difference-maker was SP Cliff Lee, who was traded to the Texas Rangers two weeks ago. Lee was 2010’s diamond in the rough, or technically on the mound, because the fact is, he makes a team better.

The rest of the rumored players on the chopping block, minus Philadelphia Phillies right-fielder Jayson Werth, do not come with any certificate of guarantee. With Lee a goner already, this makes Werth a very popular guy.

It would be hard to believe the Phillies’ for sale sign is out on Werth. With 2B Chase Uttley on the DL till September and leadoff hitter SS Jimmy Rollins not 100 percent healthy, it doesn’t make much sense to me.

You can bet one thing for sure: The Phillies wish they had never let Cliff Lee go in the first place.

It’s crazy that a pitcher of the caliber and talent of Cliff Lee has worn four different uniforms in less than two seasons. That number be five after 2010 is over because Texas cannot afford Lee, or themselves for that matter.

Going back to Werth, he is not putting up the numbers he is capable of at all. Surely not the best timing, as Werth is a free agent at the end of 2010.

Is Werth to blame for his sub-par stats and should teams be proceeding with caution?

Absolutely not, considering the Phillies flipped Werth the bird and handed 1B Ryan Howard a blank check a year before his current contract is up, which isn’t till after 2011. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Phillies Are Dumb To Trade Jayson Werth’ »

A Special Tribute To Honor ‘The Boss’ New York Yankees Owner George Steinnbrenner

 

THIS TV PAYS TRIBUTE TO “THE BOSS” OF BASEBALL GEORGE STEINBRENNER

Baseball Movie “The Pride of the Yankees” & TV SeriesHome Run Derby
Airing Saturday, July 24 – 7:00 pm ET

Los Angeles, CA—July 20, 2010—THIS TV, the free broadcast movie network from MGM Studios and Weigel Broadcasting, will honor “The Boss” of baseball, the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, with a special programming lineup on Saturday, July 24. Kicking off at 7:00 pm ET the tribute will include “The Pride of the Yankees,” the Academy Award® winning film starring Gary Cooper followed by four back-to-back episodes of the 1960 television series “Home Run Derby,” with Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. An encore presentation of the tribute will air Sunday July, 25 at 11:00 pm ET.

Leading off the tribute will be the premiere of the newly-remastered version of the classic baseball movie, “The Pride of the Yankees,” which hasn’t been seen on broadcast TV in nearly a decade. The 1942 biographical film stars Gary Cooper as Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who had his career cut short at 37 years of age when he was stricken with the fatal disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (later to become known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”). The Academy Award® winning film follows the ‘Iron Horse’ from his childhood in New York to his famous ‘Luckiest Man’ speech at Gehrig’s farewell day in 1939. Yankees teammates Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Mark Koenig, Bill Dickey and sportscaster Bill Stern portray themselves.

“George Steinbrenner was a visionary who built the New York Yankees from the ground up. His passing marks the end of an era,” said John Bryan, Executive Vice President, Broadcast Strategy, MGM. “We are fortunate to have some great Yankees content in our library, and we could not think of a better way to honor “The Boss” of baseball than to share them with THIS TV’s viewers.”

Following the film will be four back-to-back episodes of the 1960 television show “Home Run Derby,” which helped inspire today’s Home Run Derby event, held annually before each MLB All-Star Game. The series pitted top sluggers of baseball including Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and Willie Mays, against each other in a nine-inning home run contest. THIS TV will broadcast the first four episodes of “Home Run Derby,” which features Yankees’ Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle, in Steinbrenner’s honor.

Widely known as “The Boss” of baseball, George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees principal owner and chairperson, passed away last week at the age of 80. At the time of his passing, Steinbrenner was celebrating his 37th anniversary as principal owner of the team. During his tenure, the Yankees posted a Major League-best .566 winning percentage (3,364-2,583-3 record) while winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Championships (also the most in the Majors). And under his leadership, the New York Yankees became the leading sports franchise and the most highly recognized sports brand in the world. Continue reading ‘A Special Tribute To Honor ‘The Boss’ New York Yankees Owner George Steinnbrenner’ »

New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angel-Style Baseball

The New York Yankees were elated to get the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of the Bronx as fast as possible, after beating them 10-6 Wednesday afternoon.

The Angels got a taste of their own medicine after dominating the Yankees the night before.

On Tuesday night, a beaten-up Angels team came into the series as the underdogs. The Halos are without superstar first baseman Kendry Morales for the remainder of the season.

Still, even before Morales broke his leg in walk-off celebration, the Angels had not been playing typical Angel-style baseball.

Manager Mike Scioscia’s motto is run, steal bases, sacrifice, hit for contact no matter what the situation. Since Scioscia took over in 2000, this type of overly-aggressive play has defined the Angels.

For Yankee fans, playing the Angels has been very unnerving for that reason. Also, it hasn’t stopped working for the Angels as Yankee Universe witnessed once again on Tuesday night. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angel-Style Baseball’ »

New York Yankees: Halos Spell Trouble in the Bronx

Andy Pettitte thinks he can be back on the mound in three weeks.

After watching the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slaughter the New York Yankees, any encouragement that the team could manage without the Southpaw went right out the window.

Phil Hughes went into the game with a 3-0 career record against the Halos. That was short and sweet after Hughes gave up nine hits, six runs and two home runs over five innings.

It was the icing on the cake on this streak of bad luck the Yankees have had since the start of the second half of the season.

Hughes started the season on fire, but he has been declining over the last month. His velocity is still around the mid to low 90′s, but he continually lacks command of his fastball and in turn not getting strikes.

So, Hughes relied on his cutter again, which has never been completely in control. If the pitch doesn’t cut down, it becomes ineffective and easy to hit. This became a fact with the final score reading 10-2.

The Yankees had a shot to win the game with their bats, but Angels rookie Sean O’Sullivan had a different plan after being called up earlier in the day from Triple-A. He replaced ex-Ray Scott Kazmir, who just went on the DL.

O’Sullivan faced 22 Yankee batters, throwing a total of 85 pitches, over six innings. He struck out four, walked three and allowed the only two runs to score in the first inning.

Nick Swisher smacked a homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Swisher, along with Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner, has been one of the most solid Yankees in 2010. Honestly, without Swisher’s bat the Yankees would not be in first place right now. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Halos Spell Trouble in the Bronx’ »

MLB Rankings – Week 15 – Trade Rumors

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New York Yankees Are to Blame for Joba Chamberlain’s Performance

New York Yankees fans first fell in love with Joba Chamberlain in Game Two of the 2007 ALDS, also known as the infamous “bug” game.

Joba was everything and more that night. It was the spirit in his young eyes that does not come around that often.

Yankees Universe went totally crazy for this kid that night, even making losing the game bearable. Joba was the future, an authentic, talented, home-grown player that Yankee fans had been waiting for since 1996.

New York City saw Joba as the long and overdue messiah of our most coveted sports franchise. Finally, fans could be proud again.

Joba became a hero before learning how to be an MLB pitcher. Mind you, Joba hails from a small town in Nebraska, so imagine adjusting to New York. He was thrown into playing under baseball’s biggest spotlight, facing the hard-ass NYC media and the expectations of the Yankees fan-base.

Even though, Joba came-up alongside his rookie buddy Phil Hughes, it was all about Joba. Hughes did not seem to mind being in Joba’s shadow. In turn, Hughes was deemed as the less-talented, so he went out and earned the team’s trust. Which has concluded to be Hughes greatest asset.

Joba had the pressure on his shoulders and the Yankees cut him no break. Joba was going to be a starter, as the Yankees went bananas by treating him like a baby.

All the attention caused a media spectacle, evaluating Joba’s every move. The problem was that Joba’s mistakes were not excused as a rookie with growing pains. The prematurely crowned star’s errors were marked as failures, which was not fair and stunted his growth.

In 2009, the Yankees pushed Joba into the starting position but never let him stay in the game long enough to work his way out of tough situations. It made no sense after watching Joba succeed in the height of competition. This kid had a fist pump that rivaled New York Mets closer K-rod act. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Are to Blame for Joba Chamberlain’s Performance’ »