The day has finally come where Frank McCourt is no longer the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After last year’s nightmare of a season with fans calling for McCourt’s head and players thinking about a future with another ball club, the resolution has finally come to fruition with a familiar face and smile taking over from here on out. Continue Reading…
There has been a lot of speculation as of late surrounding the New York Mets and possible trade scenarios they might be exploring before the MLB trade deadline. The one player that has gotten more attention and been rumored to be on the trading block is perennial All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes. Even though Reyes has been a bit injury prone this season, the shortstop has put up solid numbers and is still without a doubt the best all-around player on the Mets. Continue Reading…
The wait is officially over as Derek Jeter has become the first New York Yankee to have 3,000 hits. This was a day to remember to say the least for the storied New York Yankees franchise and the MLB as one of the best players to ever play the game went into the record books in dramatic fashion. Continue Reading…
The 2011 MLB All-Star Game is just around the corner and with the All-Star Game comes the always popular Home Run Derby. This year will be intriguing to say the least as there will be some veteran sluggers and first-time competitors on the rosters of both the AL and NL Home Run Derby squads. Continue Reading…
The New York Yankees are arguably the most popular and most successful franchise in the MLB today. With big-names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and Joe DiMaggio coming through the New York Yankees organization through the history of the storied MLB franchise, there is an enormous amount of pressure on any player willing to put on the pinstripes, but despite most players never being able to live up to these legends in the Big Apple, one player has stood the test of time and is on the verge of doing something that none of the before mentioned names have ever done. Continue Reading…
Over the past five years or so, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been arguably one of the most talented young team in the MLB. With up-and-coming stars like Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and pitching ace Clanton Kershaw, this team was thought to have a bright future, but no matter what they do the franchise continues to slip back into mediocrity in one of the worst divisions in all of baseball (NL West).
It is still a bit too early to say that all hope is lost for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they do have Kemp and Ethier playing at an extremely high level right now, but they just can’t seem to put the right kind of talent around these two cornerstones in order to turn to the Dodgers back into a winning ball club.
When Manny Ramirez came to town a few years ago, the Dodgers were arguably one of the best teams in baseball as they had their superstar at the plate, some good starting pitchers and talented young players that were coming up. Ever since Manny left, this team has gone into a downward spiral and with the new problems concerning Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, there is no telling what will happen to this team in the future.
One thing seems for certain this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers will not be able to get back into the playoffs as they currently sit in fourth place in the lowly NL West division with a record of 28-33 with the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants atop the division once again (34-26).
Not only are the San Francisco Giants making a case for another NL West division title, but the Arizona Diamondbacks are also playing extremely well right now as they are just one game back of the champs. With that being said, this could be yet another long and disappointing season for the Los Angeles Dodgers out West.
Going into Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night in Dallas, Texas, there might be a little animosity between the two leading scorers of the Dallas Mavericks. At the end of Game 3, superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki put the team on his back and scored the last 12 points for the Mavs, but his teammate Jason Terry missed his last four shots and was given the bulk of the blame for Dallas not being able to pull off the second straight comeback.
With time expiring in the fourth quarter of that game, Dirk Nowitzki had an opportunity to tie the game up and send it into overtime. Unfortunately, Nowitzki missed and the Miami Heat won Game 3 and now have a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4.
After the Game 3 loss, Dirk Nowitzki did something completely uncharacteristic and called out his fellow teammate Jason Terry for not being clutch when the team needed him most. This is obviously a statement that can get under a teammate’s skin and that might have happen to Terry after he heard this statement for the team’s undisputed leader.
Whether or not this turn out to be a positive or a negative in Game 4 remains to be seen, but the Dallas Mavericks are definitely in a must win situation here as they do not want to lose one more game on their home floor at American Airlines Center.
If the Mavs are able to get the best of the Heat in Game 4, the series will be tied up at one game apiece and the plot will continue to thicken as the NBA Finals moves forward. This will be a key victory for the Dallas Mavericks as they have to play at least one more game in South Beach and will need to gain some momentum before doing so.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look like a doomed MLB franchise at this point in time as their payroll seems to be in danger due to owner Frank McCourt’s financial troubles and the future of the storied franchise is uncertain to say the least. There is no question this young team is filled with very talented players like Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Clanton Kershaw, but they just can’t get back to form as of late with the squad seemingly ready to implode. Continue Reading…
The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants have played well in their title defense, but not well enough to hold of the best of the best in the National League this time around. Along with having some stiff competition within the NL this season like the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, the defending champs are being given a run for their money within their own division.
The NL West division isn’t exactly one of the best divisions in baseball these days with almost every single team within the division still trying to build a winner, but at times teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks can play well in the MLB regular season.
This season the Rockies and the Diamondbacks look like the Giants biggest threats in the NL West division. The Giants have been solid at times and have shown flashes of a World Series title contender, but as of right now the Diamondbacks are in second place in NL West division and are red-hot with a legitimate shot of winning the NL West division title at season’s end.
One of the big-name players around the MLB that have been linked to the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants as of late has been superstar shortstop Jose Reyes. With the New York Mets seemingly going nowhere and the San Francisco Giants looking for another prime time player to bring to the Bay Area, Reyes would be the perfect fit and could be just what the offense needs to become amongst the best in baseball at the plate.
Whether or not the Giants decide to roll the dice and go after the Mets’ superstar remains to be seen, but they would be a drastically different ball club with a much better chance of contending for another World Series title in the years to come.
When Bengie Molina began saying that he was probably going to retire after the 2010 MLB season but definitely going on the free agent market, the Texas Rangers had to step up their game to fill that void. They wasted no time into the offseason by signing a new catcher to take Molina’s spot – Yorvit Torrealba.
The Rangers inked 32-year-old Torrealba to a two-year contract worth a total of $6.25 million on Monday to be the team’s starting catcher. In 2011, the catcher will receive $3 million and then $3.25 million in 2012.
Torrealba was with the San Diego Padres last season and the four seasons prior to that with the Colorado Rockies. He helped the Rockies make their way to the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs in 2009. Prior to the Rockies, he was with the San Francisco Giants from 2001 to 2005 with a small stint with the Seattle Mariners in 2005.
The Rangers are happy with their decision as they feel like have found a starting catcher that is worthy and will be able to add quality to the team as a whole. He is definitely good at-bat and has great defensive qualities. His problem lies in his throwing – it’s not the greatest. He has had several problems with his shoulders in the past, leading up to the reason why he doesn’t have exceptional throwing skills today.
However, the Rangers also aren’t looking for a “traditional” starting catcher who is going to play so many games – they are simply looking for a catcher that can play the majority of the games throughout the season.
While they’ve filled part of their catching needs, they still need a hell of a back up – will Matt Treanor be a possibility? He was with the Rangers this year and the Rangers plan to keep in contact with him so I’m guessing that he is going to be a large possibility.
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