The Idiot Balked I Tell You …. Don’t Call Bud Selig An Idiot …..
tophatal …….. 6/1/2012 ……… 10:52:52 PM (EST)
So just as the fans were beginning to hype up the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles , with those two teams seated atop of their respective divisions . Each now finds itself in something of a dog fight to maintain their leads within the NL East and AL East . Those two divisions at present appear to be the most closely contested within baseball , with the leads within each no more than 1/2 a game . The smallest margin is that of the Nationals over the fast improving Miami Marlins . Leading the onslaught has been the offense of Ozzie Guillen’s …. team . And it has been Giancarlo Stanton in the month of May with his prowess that has led the way . Stanton essentially went on hitting spree as the Miami Marlins slowly erased what was a 5 1/2 game lead by the Nationals .
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Ozzie Guillen for his part , having returned from a club mandated five game suspension after his comments concerning Cuban dictator and leader , Fidel Castro . The manager’s comments were not meant to alienate the South Florida fan-base of the organization but what was meant to be an innocuous and a non-venal statement created a firestorm against the Anti-Castro community , not only within the state but right across the country. GM Michael Hill , team President Dave Sansome went on a wild off-season spending spree in acquiring several high-priced free agents to bolster the roster . If only the Marlins’ front office could have shown some clear transparency as to its business dealings beyond that of player personnel decisions , rather than the continued misleading statements that were also littered with an abundance of lies . But this has been , and still remains the environment under which Major League Baseball (MLB) still operates under . Greed , corruption , lies and a hierarchy that is so out of touch with reality , that has you wondering if their makeup , is one of mentally challenged individuals ! The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the fans simply don’t give a shit , even when they are being asked to financially assist the owners in building their cavernous edifices meant to house their teams !
The Miami Marlins are the guests of the Philadelphia Phillies who themselves have gotten off to a horrendous start to the season. For Charlie Manuel , his coaching assistants and GM Reuben Amaro are under an extreme amount of pressure to turn things around , make a credible and successful attempt in defending their NL East title . With both teams now said to be seemingly awash with cash having spent lavishly on acquiring fee agents over the past two seasons . And with the ebullience of Michael Hill and team owner Jeffrey Loria , it has to be said anything short of making the postseason would be deemed a failure in light of the franchise’s multi-million dollar stadium and the very fact that the city of Miami also is under a great deal of pressure to answer never-ending stories concerning how they went about their deliberations in the progression of financing the deal committing the city to underwrite the building of the new ballpark .
With US Attorney General Eric Holder’s office the US Justice Department now issuing subpoenas at the drop of a hat , to a wide variety individuals on the city’s council as well as the city Mayor Tomas Regalado . The mayor has remained decidedly moot on the matter as too have the senior front office executives of the Miami Marlins . Not to be left out this at all has been Bud Selig who as the league’s highest ranking executive championed the Marlins’ efforts for a new ballpark. Funny isn’t it , while he goes about doing this to the benefit of the South Florida franchise , their in-state counterparts, the Tampa Bay Rays are treated like lepers when it comes to Stuart Sternberg seeking the league’s assistance in a similar endeavor. It also has been the same for the Oakland A’s … Lew Wolff and the team’s general manager Billy Beane . Still under the impression that the commissioner has always had the teams’ best interests at heart ? You are simply naive to think that Selig doesn’t favor some teams over others. And for the individual with his assessment of the sports’ landscape at present assessing it as if it were stock indices to analyzed how is it that a stories such as this are overlooked , while we have players who are violently attacking public bystanders in the street , and the commissioner’s idiocy that its steroid policy is one that is above reproach . Cherry picking stories merely to paint the baseball environment and other sports as being a place of Utopia is about as asinine as it can get !
For the Miami Marlins if they can erase the lead of the Washington Nationals I believe that Davey Johnson and his team fall back to earth with an almighty thud ! The Nationals don’t have a pedigree of success and even though they are currently the “flavor of the month” . Ask yourself this , what happens the moment that either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg is lost to a prolonged injury ? And make of it what you will but Mike Rizzo at present is simply blowing smoke up everyone’s ass because the press are taking notice of his organization at the moment . If only he possessed the same sort of bravado at this point last season and even later in 2011 .
The Nationals were due to host the Atlanta Braves who themselves are a mere two games behind the NL East divisional leader . Johnson’s players knowing that if they want to prove their legitimacy as contenders for the NL pennant as well as the World Series . Then it will be incumbent upon the likes of Harper , Strasburg , Gio Gonzalez , Ryan Zimmerman , Adam LaRoche , Ian Desmond and Rick Ankiel to prove to the baseball world that they are indeed ready to take that step to the next level . The game was postponed due to rain with it being rescheduled at a later date .
Say what you will but the AL East will and always has been the division everyone seems to be enamored with . It does possess two baseball’s most illustrious and revered teams . And that is with due credit to the likes of the Tampa Bay Rays , Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays . The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are looked upon as the “class of the division” and pennants and World Series won by the two teams in question has them being looked upon with a certain type of reverence . And it is primarily why the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are held in such high esteem . And for Buck Showalter who by any estimation has to be one of the best managers in the game today. One should remember as Joe Torre’s predecessor with Yankees , Showalter was one of the primary reasons why Derek Jeter , Jorge Posada , Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera broke through with organization , in which the success of the franchise can be clearly defined in the late nineties .
It is clear that with Showalter’s ingenuity and that of his coaching staff is one of the primary reasons why the Baltimore Orioles are having such a successful season . Now jointly atop of the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays (29-22) .During the month of June how both teams will fare. The Rays will play . hosts to the Orioles Friday night , Saturday and again on Sunday . Those three games should prove to be a clear indicators as to the ambition and direction that both teams would like to be heading in. Wei-Yin Chen (4-1,3.31 ERA) and David Price (6-3, 2.71 ERA ) face off against each other on the mound in the first of the three-game-series . Price is amongst the AL’s most successful pitchers behind Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.97 ERA) , who sits atop in wins amongst all AL starting pitchers. That duel between David Price and Bruce Chen should prove to be intriguing with their contrasting styles but it will the offenses of both teams that could provide us with a great deal of intrigue .
The genius that is Joe Maddon and his micromanaging has brought about a great deal of success for the Tampa Bay Rays in recent years . The players on the roster believe in their manager and his coaching assistants without any questions being asked . That has certainly paid off with the team’s recent results in the month of May , which now seems to be carrying over in to June . And with the organization’s recent acquisition with veteran DH , Hideki Matsui , it provides the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense with that much need extra fire power. However, Maddon knows that his team’s pitching and defensive capabilities that will be of the utmost need , if the Rays are to prevail over the course of this season.
Now a great deal is being made of this season with the addition of an added wildcard berth for each league with baseball . Done under the guise of creating additional excitement and intrigue for the fans . I am not so sure that Bud Selig actually gets it , with regard dire straits that the game finds itself concerning the financial viability amongst the vast majority teams within baseball. Granted , for the uninitiated exorbitant prices have been paid in the purchase of a number of franchise . Most notably the unheard of $2.15 billion ( $2,150,000,000) paid by the consortium , who purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers . That figure still hasn’t sunk in for a number of fans and it adds to speculation as to how valuable the New York Yankees might just be. $2 billion for the Dodgers ? If that’s the case, then how much would the New York Yankees be worth ? $ 3 billion ? $ 4 billion to $5 billion ? With it now being widely being speculated upon , that John Moores , managing partner of the San Diego Padres now ready to relinquish control in his majority stake of the organization , it remains to be seen how much could be realized from the sale of that majority share. At present there are only two known consortiums said to be showing interest in purchasing the Padres. One of the groups is led by PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson , businessman ,Tom Seidler , and the four surviving grandchildren of the late Walter O’Malley , former owner of the Dodgers , are part of one group . The other , is led by former Padres’ great and Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn , who’s still beloved by the fans and the organization as a whole . Either way , until there’s a final decision rendered by the league hierarchy we will not know what value can be placed on the San Diego Padres.
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Which of the divisional races do you believe provides the greatest interest and which of the teams do you think will be there at the end and be determined a divisional winner ? By all means leave a comment on this and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter .
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(1)Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney , left, high-fives teammate Carlos Pena after closing out the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 1, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won the game 5-0 . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …
(2) ST. PETERSBURG – JUNE 01: Pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated after his save against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on June 1, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …
(3) Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, argues with second base umpire Chris Guccione after a close play at second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, June 1, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Guccione ruled Orioles’ Adam Jones out at second on a fielder’s choice by Matt Wieters . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …
(4) First baseman Carlos Pena (23) of the Tampa Bay Rays is thrown out at home as catcher Matt Wieters(32) of the Baltimore Orioles applies the tag during the game at Tropicana Field on June 1, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …
(5) The Washington Nationals grounds crew works to keep the water off the tarp as the rain falls before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 1, 2012, in Washington. The game was postponed due to severe weather in the area. AP Photo/Alex Brandon …
(6) (6) Freddy Galvis (13) of the Philadelphia Phillies throws to first base past Donnie Murphy (22) of the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on June 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-4 . Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images …
(7) Manager Charlie Manuel (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the mound and talks with pitching coach Rich Dubee (30) after Jose Contreras (52) was injured during the . game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on June 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-4 . Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images …