Alive And Kicking In Kansas Or Not ………. But Dorothy And Toto Are Still Popular

Alive And Kicking In Kansas Or Not ………. But Dorothy And Toto Are Still Popular

There’s no reason to think that the mindset of an organization is about to change merely because the ownership makes certain pronouncements . The idiocy of this all is that nothing has changed with the Kansas City Royals . Merely because within the AL Central they sit mid table with an under .500 record (22-28) simply means nothing . Based on the team’s most recent form and the fact that this cannot simply find any consistency much less form in their play , consistency some observers feel that the team and organization simply aren’t warranted of any criticism. Well I say this, if abject futility is something that you feel a team is obliged to offer their fans then you simply can’t understand the premise of objectivity much less being subjective .

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In their most recent game played against the Texas Rangers played at Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , Texas . The Royals were simply out-matched and outplayed by a Rangers team that got the better of the Kansas City Royals and made this team look less than ordinary. I’ve no doubt that team owner David Glass wants the best for this team given the organization’s history but at this juncture I for one feel that this team is so far off from where they need to be that they won’t be challenging for any postseason honors anytime soon ! The Texas Rangers’ offense in this game simply was on fire hitting back to back to back to back home runs and the Royals starting pitcher Sean O’ Sullivan was made to look ordinary at best in the Royals’ 10-1 loss to the Texas Rangers .

At this juncture there’s not much more to say concerning the Royals other than to suggest that their time may well come but it certainly won’t this season or anytime soon . And that’s in spite of their minor league system , draft choices or their top 10 prospects that the organization obviously has a great deal of faith in. Now I might add that although baseball has seen a gamut of financial mismanagement from its hierarchy on down to the general managers and team owners . Please someone tell me how the hell that this travesty within the game can be allowed to continue ? But yet there are those who carry on as if baseball is in a healthy financial state ?

Is it me but the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is making a mockery of the season in terms of having hit 20 home runs in a mere 50 games for the Blue Jays this season . If Bautista keeps up this pace then quite possibly the single season home run record could very well be in jeopardy . Granted , Barry Bonds’ 73 home runs is still looked upon as being tainted but herein lies the odyssey of this all MLB simply as well as Elias Sports Bureau recognizes this as being a legitimate statistic that’s duly recognized. Can’t say that I blame either organization because as things continue and the records are assailed they will still come under a great deal more suspicion !

In their last ten games the Boston Red Sox (28-22) are 7-3 and are a mere .03 of a percentage point behind the New York Yankees (27-21) within the AL East . The division itself now seems to be a three horse race with the Tampa Bays Rays also making their presence felt , that the AL East is liable to be so competitive and contentious that you’d be hard pressed to pick an outright favorite within the division at this juncture . Each of the three teams in question have been playing at a high level and the mere fact the teams also have their flaws makes the season within the division all the more suspenseful from the fans’ standpoint .

Adrian Gonzalez has had a terrific season thus far for the Red Sox and their initial start to the season now seems to be something of the past . Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has to pleased with what he’s now seeing from his team and in particular now with Carl Crawford having hit his stride as a Red Sox player. GM Theo Epstein may well have had his doubters when he acquired both Crawford and Gonzalez but the general manager knew that having the duo would make this team a great deal more formidable. All that’s now needed is for their pitching to be far more consistent over the course of the season .

As the first half of the season I’d like to think that the second half will provide us with a great deal of suspense as things play themselves out ! The upcoming All Star Game being played at Chase Field in Phoenix , Arizona could very much be surrounded in a great deal of controversy with the state legislature having passed into law the state’s immigration bill ( SB 1070) which provides law enforcement with the power to request a suspect provide identification as to their immigration status. Now one might take umbrage at that proposal but Gov Jan Brewer (R-Az) felt the need to address this issue knowing full well that the passing of that law would have its consequences amongst its detractors as well as its supporters . With certain provisions in the bill having been struck down by the Appellate Courts at the request of President Obama of which task had been undertaken by the Justice Department . This new bill still gives statewide law enforcement the right to question a suspect as to their immigration status . Something of which many believe should be an issue dealt with by the Department of Homeland Security through the Immigration & Natural Service .

This immigration bill obviously hasn’t sat well with the Hispanic players around the league and I would certainly like to think that the players would be willing participants in the All Star Game but at the same time I understand that they may not favor the enactment of this law within the state of Arizona . This much I do know furor surrounding this emotional issue isn’t about to die down anytime soon , as both sides feel that they have something to prove . The Obama administration may well feel that the state of Arizona has overstepped their boundaries but I do feel that successive Presidential administrations down the years have simply shied away from having a comprehensive immigration bill on the books as a statute. Make of it what you will but simply ask yourself who benefits from the idiocy we are now seeing on both sides of political aisle ?

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Picture gallery for your perusal .

To the points raised within this piece what thoughts if any do you have on those mentioned and how do you see the season panning out within Major League Baseball ? Simply chime in with a comment as you’d deem fit .

Alan aka tophatal ………………………………

Picture and slide show details .

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(1) Kansas City Royals’ Jeff Francoeur (21) tosses his bat after striking out against Texas Rangers relief pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington. Francoeur went 1-for-4 with no runs in the 10-1 Rangers win. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ….

(2) Texas Rangers’ Mike Napoli (25) is greeted at the dugout by Ian Kinsler, right, and the rest of the team following Napoli’s solo home run off Kansas City Royals’ Sean O’Sullivan in the second inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ……

(3) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Sean O’Sullivan (37) walks to the back of the mound as Texas Rangers’ Mitch Moreland, rear, rounds the bases following his solo home in the second inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez …..

(4) Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Hill swings at a ball from Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Harrell as catcher Ramon Castro and home plate umpire David Rackley look on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Sunday May 29, 2011. The Blue Jays would defeat the White Sox 13_4 . AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young ….

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(5) Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run hit during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Toronto. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese …..

(6) Detroit Tigers’ Andy Dirks, right, scores against Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek from first base on a double by Brennan Boesch in the first inning of game two of a baseball double-header Sunday, May 29, 2011 in Detroit. AP Photo/Duane Burleson……

(7) Adrian Gonzalez (28) of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Carl Crawford (13) after Gonzalez scored in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 22, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Before this series, the two teams haven’t played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Elsa Martinez / Getty Images North America …

(8) Digger Phelps throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the Chicago Cubs’ baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Chicago. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ……

(9) Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells wipes his face after Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ronny Cedeno’s three-run home run, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Chicago. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ….

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MLB Standings

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MLB scores & results 29th May 2011

MLB Probable starters 29th May

Probable starters 30th May 2011

MLB Schedule 3 days at a glance

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NB: Can someone remind Digger Phelps that the Chicago Cubs play baseball and not college basketball ! His thoughts during his rendition of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame ‘ and the thinking that Cubs could overcome a 10-0 deficit with three innings to go against the Pirates simply shows what an asshole this guy is at times ! The Cubs would actually be blanked 10-0 at Wrigley Field by the Pirates .

As of 28th May when this piece was originally written the MLB standings having changed .

Author: tophatal ...........

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29 thoughts on “Alive And Kicking In Kansas Or Not ………. But Dorothy And Toto Are Still Popular”

    1. Since this post is exactly like the comments you left over at Doin’ Work and there is literally zero support for you opinion still…there’s really nothing to talk about. For anyone who didn’t see those comments and would like to see Al dodge questions, ignore comments directed at him, and generally make no sense, please go read the comments on this post. Even after I put him in his place there, he still wants to push the issue here so this will just save me the time.

      I will point out two facts you missed, though:
      1) The Royals are located in Missouri, not Kansas and your title suggest.
      2) The Rangers only hit three homers in a row, not four.

      I’m sad to see my picture didn’t work right. It summed up this entire post quite nicely.

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      1. classic

        If you think I’m looking to elicit support you’re sadly mistaken . I’ll leave that shit to dumb ass politicians looking for photo ops who kiss babies and carry on about their dumb ass support of low taxes without actually having any comprehension as to what the fu_k they’re talking about .

        Let the team’s record and play speak for itself . It wouldn’t matter where they’re domiciled as an organization at present they’ve brought nothing to the table . And the quip in the title relates to the popularity of the character from the Wizard Of Oz . Have you a sense of humor or not ?

        It wouldn’t matter if the Rangers did hit three or four in a row the Royals came up on the losing end once again with another mediocre display. And that’s something you simply cannot deny. So from hereon in give me something that will make me have a doubt about this team . Because absolutely they have done this season would suggest that they are making strides at all. They will regress and do what we’ve all come to expect from this organization and that’s to bail ! .

        If you putting me in place is to go on about the changes they’re making well that’s your right but as I’ve alluded to in this piece there’s only so much abject futility the fans will endure .

        tophatal ………….

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      2. classic

        I’ve done pieces on the Mets, Rays , Pirates Mariners , Dodgers as to their futility . So for you to think that I’m simply lambasting the Royals because they are who they are simply inane !

        tophatal …………

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      3. Your comments should be in bold.

        “Let the team’s record and play speak for itself . It wouldn’t matter where they’re domiciled as an organization at present they’ve brought nothing to the table . And the quip in the title relates to the popularity of the character from the Wizard Of Oz . Have you a sense of humor or not ?”

        As I said at Doin’ Work, no one has any illusions that they’ll compete this year. Nobody. Not me, not the front office, not the fans, not you. Nobody. Stop saying that their record this year is any indication of how they’ll be next year or more importantly, 2013. Their plan when Dayton Moore took over in 2006 was to build through the draft. So I ask again: What would you have done differently from 2006 on? Also, people in Missouri hate people in kansas and vice versa. So yes, I have a sense of humor, but only when I see something funny. Missouri hates Oz and hates Dorothy.

        “It wouldn’t matter if the Rangers did hit three or four in a row the Royals came up on the losing end once again with another mediocre display. And that’s something you simply cannot deny. So from hereon in give me something that will make me have a doubt about this team . Because absolutely they have done this season would suggest that they are making strides at all. They will regress and do what we’ve all come to expect from this organization and that’s to bail ! .”

        While I’ve done this before, I’ll do it again just for kicks.
        Eric Hosmer’s line through his first 22 games in the majors: .274, 5 homers, 15 RBI.
        Mark Teixeira’s first 22 games? .208/2/9
        How about Prince Fielder? .316/2/9
        Joey Votto? .329/3/12

        And Hosmer is two years younger than Teixeira and Votto when they debuted. Hosmer is really, really good.

        While All-Star closer Joakim Soria is faltering another top prospect, Aaron Crow, will handle the closing duties. He also has 22 games, 27 innings, 26 Ks and a 1.33 ERA. John Papelbon’s first year in the bigs? 22.2 innings, 31 Ks, 2.78 ERA.

        I won’t go into the other top prospects because I’ve already done it elsewhere and you should get the idea by now. This team will be in a position to compete by 2013.

        “I’ve done pieces on the Mets, Rays , Pirates Mariners , Dodgers as to their futility . So for you to think that I’m simply lambasting the Royals because they are who they are simply inane !”

        I don’t read your blog. I click over here when I’ve got very little to do. Do all those posts look like this one? “The idiocy displayed by the hierarchy within Team X is simply disgraceful ! They’ve been bad before so they will never be good again !” I think I’ll pass. Though on second thought, I might be interested to hear what you have to say on the Rays since they’re 1.5 back in the vaunted AL East and you think a team’s current record is the only way to judge performance.

        And actually, now that I read your last line again, I can’t tell if you left out the word “is” and you’re trying to call me “simply inane” or if you’ve left out a comma (or colon) and you’re calling the Royals that. Either way, you used the word “simply” twice in the same sentence. Maybe it’s time to find a Thesaurus.

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  1. The Royals are now giving me another reason to take up watching the WNBA ! This is a team heading in the right direction alright . Who the fu_k is guiding them at present the ghost of the captain of the Titanic ? Futility and abject mediocrity in baseball now has a new name …… The Kansas City Royals !

    tophatal …………

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  2. The Red Sox are starting to live up to expectations. They’re hitting the ball very well and with the quality of pitching that they possess, I would begrudgingly have to consider them the favorites to win the A.L.East.
    I haven’t given up on the Rays, but the back end of their rotation needs to turn it around and start winning some games.

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    1. aero

      For me it will come down to how they perform in the latter part of the season from August onwards ! If they’re still in the hunt then you simply can’t count them out at all .

      All of the teams within the AL East in terms of the pitching have their flaws . Perhaps none more so than the Yankees . But I think that we’re beginning to see the best of Hellickson and if Shields and Price can keep their composure then that rotation could give a number of teams some serious problems.

      Of the presumed contenders within the AL East only the Rays and Yankees are in the top five within the AL in terms of a low ERA .

      tophatal ……………

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  3. classic

    Don’t get your draws in bind the simple fact is the team is performing lousy and when that happens it doesn’t serve the fans well or the game itself . That being said keep on doing what you do best and I will continue to do pieces that elicit responses .

    You have a choice you know ……… you don’t have to come to site and proffer an opinion at all . I don’t expect any patron to agree with me and even when they do I know that it may not be as I might have foreseen that opinion being derived . So I bid you bonjour ! A bien tot !

    tophatal …………….

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    1. Excellent, well thought out response here.

      I comment on your things when you are so wrong that it’s painful. You’ve proven once again that you don’t know how to answer these comments. So yes, I will continue to do what I do best, which is bring facts and stat driven, educated opinion and watch you flounder. It’s kind of fun.

      But you do a very good job of commenting on other sites so they’ll visit yours. I’ll give you that.

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      1. classic

        What facts because of a farm system for a team that is years off from being competitive ?
        Yeah that’s the sort of facts that win things for a team doesn’t it ? Simply look at the stats of the Royals and where they’re struggling ?

        Batting .260 overall in the the league . Places them however 4th in the AL .

        Pitching they’re 29th in the league and they’re 13th of the fourteen teams in the AL. Those are stats I should find really impressive are they or merely the ones you throw out there about the young players for one to glean some information from ?

        You know what’s impressive a statuesque female with a body to die for !

        Those are the type of stats I’m impressed by ! Not some lame ass crap about what this guy is doing and the point that he’s young.

        tophatal …………

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      2. Two years off at most.

        Want to look at the ERA of the team? Fine. Let’s look at the prospects that will still be a big part of this team in two years:

        Aaron Crow: 1.33
        Nate Adcock: 4.07
        Jeremy Jefress: 4.70
        Tim Collins: 2.73
        Blake Wood: 3.05
        Danny Duffy: 4.11

        That’s a 3.47 combined ERA for six guys all under the age of 25. Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies won’t be around by then.

        That’s not counting John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Chris Dwyer or any of their other young pitchers who have yet to debut.

        Try again.

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  4. Try again? The stats there are for the team and it’s the team we’re talking about not a singular player. At last I looked it is a collective effort on from all parts of the organization .

    It doesn’t belie the fact the team is struggling and that is a fact !

    Oh whoa is me some of these players are under 25 ? Hell they are young kids (service member) at the age of 25 and younger dying at present for their country and as far as I’m concerned my loyalties are more inclined to lie with them than some kid in MLB .

    tophatal ………..

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    1. Once again, you’re talking about 2011. As I said like an hour ago: “As I said at Doin’ Work, no one has any illusions that they’ll compete this year. Nobody. Not me, not the front office, not the fans, not you. Nobody. Stop saying that their record this year is any indication of how they’ll be next year or more importantly, 2013.”

      So yes, it does matter that they’re under 25 and they’re pitching really, really well. This team is built for the future, which is a concept that apparently you don’t understand.

      And your comment and service members is weird and unnecessary. Of course everyone who reads this will have their loyalties lie with the military over the Royals. This was a discussion about baseball, not the military. Also, it’s “woe is me.”

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      1. classic

        It matters for the future but who’s to say that these very same players will still be around with this organization ?

        Being a former service member who spent 8 1/2 years in the military with the Royal Marines and who served in a combat zone in N Ireland as well as being part of two UN service support actions on the African Continent and in Cyprus I have nothing but the highest regard for all service members current and past . I had a younger sibling serving in Iraq as well several friends now either serving with US military or the coalition forces in Afghanistan .

        The Royals will continue compete but I can’t see that it will be with the immediacy of here and now . And as I alluded to before are you so sure that this group of players will be with this organization three years much less five years from now ?

        tophatal ……………..

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      2. Now we’re getting somewhere. Yes, I do think they’ll be around in 3-5 years. First, they HAVE to be around in 3 years since they can’t go to arbitration before that (unless they’re a Super Two, which Hosmer may be.) Then the Royals will have to pay arbitration raises. For example, Prince Fielder, who has a 50 homer season to his name, was awarded 11 million in his final year. If these kids perform that well, then the Royals will not only be contending, but a favorite to win it. So at worst, Hosmer will be in KC until 2017 and the others for longer. Past that? Who knows.

        Last year they had a payroll above 70 million, this year it’s half of that. They cut payroll down in order to be ready for a scenario that I just presented. They will have at least 35 million to offer their prospects through their arbitration years, probably more. Will it cover them all? I don’t know. There’s also the possibility of a club friendly long term deal a la Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez. That would be a good problem to have.

        This is far and away your best comment. Keep it up.

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  5. classic

    You had better make sure that none of the players has Scott Boras as their agent because if they do the Royals’ front office will be bent over a barrel and sodomized . Look at what he’s done to the game over the years ? He made Tom Hicks and Ken Gillette overpay for A Rod and then still had the Rangers paying for almost 55% of A-Rod’s salary after he’d left the organization three years into that now infamous $250 million contract to join the Yankees .

    I simply do not like the tax sharing revenue scheme enacted by the league hierarchy because very few teams have actually stuck to the mandated rules. The Marlins with Jeffrey Loria has played fast and loose with it, as too has Bob Nutting with the Pirates . And both plead poverty , never mind that you have that ingrate Bud Selig telling the Rays ownership that they will never stage an All Star Game until they have a new venue . Now what does that show to the fans of the team much less the local politicians within the community as far as you’re concerned ?

    tophatal ……………..

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  6. classic

    Just reading where Sepp Blatter the Fifa president has troubles of his own that would make Tressel’s problems seem really insignificant . Senior FIFA Executives accepting bribes in order to secure votes for future FIFA mandated soccer competitions ? Now you know why the US lost out to Brazil for the next staging of the World Cup .

    Two have been suspended and the ongoing investigation is now said to be leading a trail right to Sepp Blatter’s office . I’ve given up on FIFA to oversee the game of soccer internationally as they make the NCAA seem almost angelic in comparison .

    I’ll take MMA and with it being overseen by Dana White and the UFC organization before I’ll get entrenched with anything involving FIFA !

    I still keep up with UEFA competitions such as the Champions League and the EPL in the UK .

    tophatal ……………

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    1. I believe Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are Boras guys. Aaron Crow is not I don’t know about the rest of them.

      As far as Fifa…they’re a joke. They re-elect Blatter after the other guy up for election quits amid a scandal? So they elect the guy who’s less dirty than the other guy? What a great operating procedure. If they’re smart they’ll go back and award the US the 2022 World Cup over Qatar. The whole thing is a mess.

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  7. The Royals have a chance to be really good in a couple of years but it’s not going to be now. They got a lot of young guys filtering through their system and they could pan out for them. It would be about time in KC. Also, with regards to Bautista, I don’t see him continuing his ridiculous pace but he has been such a treat to watch every single day. I thought he couldn’t repeat what he did last year and I couldn’t be happier to be wrong. I hope he keeps shoving my big foot into my big mouth.

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    1. Chris Ross

      Really good in a couple of years is predicated upon so many factors of which the primary one will financial expediency by the Royals . And given the economic now and quite possibly two to three years from now are you so sure that the players there now much less prospects and the farm system will equate with success ?

      Bautista’s performances this season have been insane but more likely than not he will cool down and more likely than not he won’t challenge the single season home run record (73) . Fifty home runs this season however isn’t out of the realms of possibility . Mind you he could surpass the AL —- single season record of 59 by Babe Ruth if he can simply maintain an average pace at best .

      tophatal ………

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  8. classic

    And that situation now become more tenuous for the Royals because of how Boras conducts his business . Don’t get me wrong I understand that the players want to be well compensated but given the financial position of the organization I think in that in some cases they will certainly lose a crop of players that you obviously feel would be of benefit of to the team in the future.

    Paring down payroll as you’ve stated has helped but the changing economic environment two or three years from now might not even dictate that the Royals will be in a position to even retain those players at all.

    As for Blatter the guy is akin to a third world despotic leader in the way he rules FIFA with an iron fist . Much to my dismay affiliated bodies such as CONCACAF , AFC (Asian Football Federation) and CAF (African Football Federation) who continue to support him .

    Now having suspended Mohammed Bin Hammam (Qatar) and Jack Warner (Trinidad & Tobago) is a joke given that the duo were very close associates of Blatter to begin with . I firmly believe that Sepp Blatter ought to step down as much of this has happened under his watch and in many cases I suspect that he suborned the actions we’re hearing has come to the foreground . This will be Sepp Blatter’s fourth consecutive term since he succeeded his predecessor Joa de Havelange (Brazil) another individual whose conduct as FIFA President came under suspicion in his latter years .

    tophatal …………

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  9. jgome

    The issue I have with the Rangers is the mere fact that they couldn’t retain Cliff Lee . With all the money that they had their in their bounty chest I’d have thought that they would have been able to make him an offer too hard to refuse ! GM Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan muffed it on this one !

    The AL West ought to be interesting this season . Each of the teams there are capable of winning that division because of the inconsistency shown throughout much of the year so far .

    Greenberg , Daniels and Ryan

    Another big mistake Rangers made was to allow Chuck Greenberg to leave . This guy did more to make sure that the purchase of the Rangers took place than most within the Rangers’ organization would care to admit. They’re going to sorely miss him . He and Ryan and others within the front office may well have had philosophical differences as to the direction of the Rangers but mature people sort out their differences by communicating calmly . They simply don’t bitch and whine and then make threats as is being alleged concerning the incident that led to him leaving .

    tophatal …….

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  10. So what’s this about Herhiser and Steve Garvey perhaps joining up with billionaire real estate mogul Ron Burkle to perhaps buy the Dodgers pending their financial status ? Man they’d better make sure that they don’t assume the debt on that bitch given Frank McCourt’s proclivity for fu#@ing things up !

    So are you someone’s Daddy son ? Cause I’m someon’s Daddy and I like it ! Steve Garvey

    Burkle and some of his famous and not so famous friends .

    I’d have thought though that Garvey would want to make sure his kids are well taken care of before he jumps in to buy a baseball team ?

    tophatal ………

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