You Play The Game To Win ………… Herm Edwards Has Never Won Anything

You Play The Game To Win ………… Herm Edwards Has Never Won Anything

By tophatal ….. 6/11/2012 …12:13:03 PM

The season within baseball is now beginning to find itself on a path. And teams are now positioning themselves before the All Star Game which this year will be hosted by the Kansas City Royals . MLB this weekend , provided us with a slew of inter-league games between the AL and NL teams. In addition , to there being a number of surprised performances it should come as no surprise that the Tampa Bay Rays are finding themselves in the midst of things . Joe Maddon and his coaching staff pretty much have the team playing at a high standard . The AL East has always been a very contentious and competitive division , with their being a number of changes in the standings over the past two weeks .

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The Rays currently have a ½ game lead over their closest rivals within the division , with the New York Yankees currently sitting in second place . In addition, as we know with the divergence in the payrolls of these two teams , it simply displays the problems that now besets the game of baseball. Complaints and the idiocy of the claims , there is now parity in sport is not on evidence by what we currently see on display . For those pointing to the different teams that have won the World Series , ask yourself how is it that the likes of the Kansas City Royals , Pittsburgh Pirates , San Diego Padres , Baltimore Orioles have not been a part of baseball baseball’s postseason fare in a number of years ? There are team owners that we know are ambitious to win , while there are others who would rather sit idly by in order to receive monies by way the league hierarchy’s tax sharing revenue scheme. If this is Bud Selig’s idea “of a joke” , then , it’s not working out well , or for the better but it is certainly making the commissioner the butt of jokes around baseball’s fan-base .

Maddon for his part has the team to make a spirited run as they seek their second AL East title . As I stated earlier there are a slew of inter-league games encompassing the league’s teams. The Tampa Bay Rays have been the guests of their state rivals the Miami Marlins . Ozzie Guillen ….. team is in a divisional dogfight against the Atlanta Braves , New York Mets and Washington Nationals within the NL East .

The Rays will look to sweep the series having defeated the 13-4 in-game two of the three game schedule. Sunday taking the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays will James Shields , as he faces off against Anibel Sanchez of the Marlins . Marlins Ballpark since its inauguration has been something of a surprise for the team’s fans as baseball’s newest venue , it is being viewed as one of the finer stadiums in all of baseball .

This third game should tell us a great deal about both and teams their ambitions . A win for the Tampa Bay Rays would increase their lead over the Yankees , who themselves will be hosting crosstown rivals the New York Mets at Yankees Stadium . Jonathan Niese and Andy Pettite will be the opposing starting pitchers in the game . As we know the “Subway Series” has been a rivalry that has long endured within the game bringing together both factions of fans for a rivalry that is almost unparalleled within baseball .

The Rays have been reliant on the pitching and specifically the roster led by James Shields , David Price , Jeremy Hellickson , Alex Cobb and Matt Moore . The team’s offense also has been impressive and this is borne out by their standing within the AL . Of the players that I believe to be the key to the Rays’ success this season , none to my mind will be more important than Ben Zobrist ! Evan Longoria , seen as the team’s best player has become injury prone and far too often it has been to the detriment of the Rays .

Tampa Bay Rays schedule over the remainder of June should prove to be very interesting , with several games where they will match wits with a number of teams seeking to improve their standing within their respective divisions . In large part I believe that GM Andrew Friedman and senior managing partner Stuart Steinberg have done a tremendous job in keeping the Rays competitive and a viable baseball enterprise . That is in spite of the organization having one of the smallest team payrolls in all of MLB (baseball) . Whether or not the Rays can reproduce the form that has seen the team make the postseason repeatedly in each of the last four years remains to be seen . All this in spite of being treated like the “ unwanted stepchild “ who is viewed as being unappreciative of all that has been offered it by the league hierarchy and the imbecilic commissioner Bud Selig ! This being the same commissioner who is said to be working hard to be the conduit for the team owners and general managers/front office executives but who has been extremely critical of the Rays’ ownership and what he believes has been their lack of effort getting a new ballpark. Given the apparent lack of intelligence of this commissioner , could he actually be the worst individual to have served the game in his current capacity ? Let know your thoughts on the question posed ?

The Tampa Bay Rays’ current home venue is the aging Tropicana Field , in St Petersburg , Florida . Bud Selig has criticized Andrew Friedman , Stuart Sternberg and the governmental agencies of Hillsborough County and Pinellas County and their lack of commitment in the building of a new stadium to house the franchise. I may well be naïve in my thought process but it has been Bud Selig who was quick to assist the New York Mets and New York Yankees in the building of their ostentatious venues to the tune of $2.355 billion , with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaiming that with both venues ( Citi-Field & Yankee Stadium) within his city , it now makes gives locale two world-class venues for the game and the epicenter for best two franchises within the game . Michael Bloomberg is a delirious and delusional asshole as can be evidenced by his political career in the city of New York ! As that city’s highest-ranking political executive , he has proven to be ill effective as the city tries to deal with a mounting budget deficit and his inane edicts.

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Are you a proponent of inter-league games ? What if anything has been the biggest surprise or disappointment you in the first quarter of the MLB schedule ? Chime in with a comment as you see fit .


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(1) MIAMI, FL – JUNE 10 : Pitcher James Shields (33) of the Tampa Bay Rays watches his team from the dugout against the Miami Marlins during the game at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images

(2) Outfielder Desmond Jennings (8) of the Tampa Bay Rays gets back safely to first as Gaby Sanchez (15) of the Miami Marlins takes the throw during the game at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(3) Shortstop Jose Reyes (7) of the Miami Marlins turns a double play as Sean Rodriguez (1) of the Tampa Bay Rays tries to break it up during the inter-league game at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(4) Outfielder Matt Joyce (20) of the Tampa Bay Rays cannot get to a fly ball during the inter-league game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(5) MIAMI, FL – JUNE 10: Infielder Ben Zobrist (18) of the Tampa Bay Rays cannot handle the throw at second as outfielder Logan Morrison (5) of the Miami Marlins gets back safely during the game at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ….

(6) ST. PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 30: Shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) of the Seattle Mariners applies the tag to infielder Evan Longoria (3) of the Tampa Bay Rays on a steal attempt during the game at Tropicana Field on April 30, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ….

(7) Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman is seen here with the team’s Gold Glove award winner Evan Longoria (center) and team manager Joe Maddon . The player is currently on the team’s DL , out for a possible 4-6 weeks . AP Photo/ Carl Mason …

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5 thoughts on “You Play The Game To Win ………… Herm Edwards Has Never Won Anything

  1. All of a sudden we’re suppose to believe that the Baltimore Orioles are to be seen as a legitimate threat within the AL East ? Last I looked it had been several years since they had a winning record in the AL East much less , win the division . Way too much Kool Aid is being drank concerning both the Orioles and Nationals .

    The Rays are primed to take the AL East because there’s no one dominant team within the division but what they might have as an advantage is that they possess the “most balanced” roster of the ball-clubs playing within the most compeititive division in all of baseball .

    For now the Nats may well have the whole world enamored with them but let’s see how they will fare through the remainder of June , then into July and late August and early September .


    Where
    and what were the Nationals doing this time last season ?

    Give Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo his due he can hold his high for the moment but the instance that team starts to swoon , and head South , his a$s will be as docile as a church mouse hiding from a cat . ‘nough said !

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    Baring all for her art Ewa Sonnet .

    tophatal ………

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  2. You’re right, Al, the Pirates are a pleasant surprise, especially considering they’ve been so bad for so long.

    The Rays are off to a nice start but I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can do when they get healthy. Will that lineup be able to provide the staff consistent run support or will they once again rely on their arms to get them through?

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      The Pirates are a pleasant surprise for now but there’s no way that they can retain that momentum and prevail in the NL Central . They’re simply not good enough to challenge the might of the Cincinnati Reds or the St Louis Cardinals within the division .

      The Rays are now going to be in for a dog fight within the AL East . It’ll be a two-horse race between them and the Yankees for the privilege of winning the division. It’s been an interesting opening two months of the Orioles but when push comes to shove that team won’t be challenging for a wildcard berth or the AL East for that matter . The Red Sox are simply stinking up the joint and their pitching is god damn …. atrocious .

      Bobby Valentine is a butthole who’s so out of his depth that it has become comical to watch this team anytime they now step unto the field . GM Ben Cherington and team President Larry Lucchino “goofed ” when they hired him to manage this ball club . There were far better candidates out there that they could have chosen . Instead they went with so-called “name recognition” rather than someone with a proven track record of achievement . And no , managing in the Japanese League doesn’t count !

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  3. I have never been a fan of the interleague games. I always liked the mystique of having the NL and AL champions not having met each other previously during their seasons, which doesn’t happen often but is still a possibility. I also think the two leagues play two radically different brands of ball courtesy of the DH and, while one may see the merits of the “position” not having it in both leagues at this point is ridiculous…and now playing multiple games within a season where you have to “restructure” your squad to compensate for the DH either being in effect or not makes no sense to me whatsoever. Biggest disappointment so far is right here in Philly…where management stood pat knowing their team would be “pitching or bust”…and right now bust is the leader in the clubhouse.

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    1. sportsattitudes

      I’ve no real thought on the interleague games as such. I think it was done primarily to bring the fans out from the teams in either leagues to simply view these other ball clubs s that they don’t often come across until the postseason . What it seems to have proven however , is with it having been initiated the attendance for a number of teams have increased , sinces its inception. It has been the case this season and previous years 2011 , 2010 , 2009 and 2008 .

      I hear no one is willing to throw Phillies’ GM Reuben Amaro a life-jacket as he treads water because that’s how close he’s now coming to losing his job as the Phillies’ general manager . LOL,LOL,LOL !! He’s assembled this roster in its current guise but in recent years the dividends gained haven’t shown anything tangible beyond that sole World Series win in 2008 . And considering the payroll then and now . Is it any wonder the fans in Philly are so irate ? Charlie Manuel and his coaching assistants appear to be drowinig waifs in need of a great deal of help .

      And how the hell can Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.18 ERA – 10 starts) remain winless given his pedigree after so many starts . With the caliber of that pitching rotation there’s no way in hell that they should be > struggling the way that they are . And the fact that they remain sub .500 within the NL East makes their current plight so much worse that it needs to be , Be it clubhouse leadership or on the field leadership when it’s not being shown by anyone within the organization what would you actually expect from a team ? It’s not coming from any of the veterans on the roster is it ? That Phillies’ team is simply “soft” and without a friggin’ backbone !

      tophatal ……

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