We Won’t Mortgage Our Future on some whacky idea

We Won’t Mortgage Our Future on some whacky idea

by tophatal ….

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With the non-waiver trade deadline due to hit , the teams within Major League Baseball (MLB) and a number of these ball-clubs beyond the postseason aspirations will seek to play themselves into contention for a postseason berth . And with that there will be a slew of player movements by way of the trades being conducted the general managers under the orders of the team owners . With a glut of free agents now coming unto the market the interest has undoubtedly risen with their being renewed interest Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25 ERA) . With the NL Central team essentially out of playoff contention , the front office will be looking to dump payroll , GM Theo Epstein will seek to purge the roster of players he believes superfluous to their needs .

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout after being lifted in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Washington. The Braves won 11-10 in 11 innings. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster …..

With the Los Angeles Angels being very aggressive in the marketplace by snapping up Zack Greinke (9-3 , 3.44 ERA) , by trading for the player, in acquiring him from the Milwaukee Brewers , this sends a clear message to their opponents and divisional rivals within the AL West . Angels’ owner Arte Moreno has no desire to see his team fail once again to mount a serious challenge to a dominant Texas Rangers’ team and a resurgent Oakland Athletics’ organization . Mike Sciocsia and his managerial staff will look utilize Greinke as best they can , with his addition now bolstering this pitching roster and their overall potency within the AL. From my own perspective, the addition of Zack Greinke now gives the Los Angeles Angels the best pitching staff in all of baseball !

Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Dodgers have also been active in the marketplace acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the under-achieving Miami Marlins . The South Florida franchise’s tailspin into mediocrity , has purists , fans and MLB analysts alike , asking whether or not we are once again seeing history repeat itself . In the offseason the ball-club sought to bolster payroll by acquiring many of the top free agents on the market , with a view to mounting a serious challenge not just within the NL but also across the landscape of baseball . Instead, the Marlins’ season has been one of sheer incompetency, with no one within the organization wishing to be held accountable for this miserable display .

Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen never one to be lost for words, has provided the press with no explanation as to the reasons for the team’s poor showing . Instead, it has been left to the local media market to seek the answers for what they believe to be wrong . Miami Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria , not a newcomer to controversy , is now seen as a pariah and succubus within the South Florida marketplace . This multi-billionaire art dealer and recluse , has been enabled in his efforts to finagle a $575 million ballpark that is now rarely filled to capacity . MLB Commissioner , Bud Selig was a major proponent in assisting the Marlins obtaining their ballpark , as he sought to be a necessary component in the dealings that took place between the Marlins’ executives and the council members of city of Miami government . Now with the US Justice Department investigating the municipal agency and subpoenaing records from the offices of the city council , it begs the question . Will anyone , within either the Miami city council , Marlins’ hierarchy or baseball’s operations answer any questions concerning this whole sorry episode ?

Just when you thought things could not get any better for the New York Yankees’ , baseball’s most relevant franchise once again pulls no punches . GM Brian Cashman made an audacious acquisition , with the executive acquiring MLB All Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for mere morsels from within the Yankees’ farm system .

Although his productivity has declined , Ichiro is still a player capable of bringing excitement to the ballpark , any ballpark in baseball . And it has been a testament to this remarkable player and his career , that he is held in such high esteem by his peers , fans and managers alike . Make no bones about it but the New York Yankees are on a tear as their offense has become so dominant and amongst the most potent within the AL as MLB , itself . The New York Yankees have remained the omnipresent “1000 gorilla “ in the room , as each season with their vast financial resources at their disposal and with the YES Network there also to provide that added buffer , there can be no denying that the baseball world is at their very feet. Cashman as the team’s general manager can continue to throw money at a problem merely in the hope that instantaneously it will be solved . In each of the last eight years the team’s payroll has bordered on approaching , if not passing $200 million annually . And this year , once again the Yankees top the payrolls’ list among all the teams in baseball. The team’s third baseman …….. Alex Rodriguez remains baseball’s highest paid player in the game , and it would appear having signed a second $250 million deal during his professional career , the player will not be found wanting from a financial standpoint.

Undeniably, the New York Yankees have been able to use non-waiver trade deadline to its advantage each season , and you simply have to go peruse the trades associated with the franchise throughout its history and the players to have donned the team’s uniform . Working clearly with a view to making the postseason once again, Joe Girardi and his managerial staff are looking for the team to play with the resolve that has often been associated with this organization over the years .

Things were perceived to have taken a turn for the worse when the Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera was lost to the team for the season but it appears they have found a ready-made replacement in Rafael Soriano who has willingly assumed the role with a great deal of zeal . Saturday night hosting the Boston Red Sox , their arch-rivals for what has now appeared to be an eternity , this heated rivalry is amongst the most passionate within the game. The events of Saturday night would end in a victory for the Red Sox , a much-needed win for a very desperate and beleaguered team . Sunday’s game will pit Felix Doubront (10-5 , 4.54 ERA) of the Boston Red Sox against Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.34 ERA) . A matchup of two evenly matched players looking to establish themselves within the lineups for their respective teams .

At 60-40 the New York Yankees have an eight game lead over their nearest rivals within the division (AL East) the Baltimore Orioles (52-49) . This divisional race is all but over and I seriously doubt that any of the division’s occupants can mount a serious challenge to dislodge the division’s leaders as the New York Yankees seek to win their seventeenth AL East divisional title. The organization’s last divisional win came in 2011 but their postseason foray was short-lived with their ALDS 3-2 series’ loss to the Detroit Tigers . The ambition of this organization has always been the goal of going into each season with the World Series as the “ ultimate prize “ . Anything short of that this year would have to be viewed as a distinct failure for the baseball club.

With this continued absurdity of Mike Rizzo , general manager of the Washington Nationals , insisting that the team’s starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will pulled be pulled at some point before the end of the player’s full season schedule , has me wondering if this organization is truly that ambitious ! The Nationals do not have a postseason pedigree and truth be told, this is an organization that is simply over-achieving . This time last year , the Washington Nationals > struggled to make their presence felt , in any way whatsoever. And having finished third (78-83) within the NL East , simply gave us glimpse into what this ball-club has been all about . Granted , this season been an eye opener with the exceptional play of Gio Gonzalez , Strasburg , Bryce Harper , Jordan Zimmerman , Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman . Mike Rizzo is simply acting like a child , who having been given an early Christmas present has been allowed to unwrap that gift but suddenly realizes he does not want that gift to be damaged . The caveat however , has been that Stephen Strasburg was shuttered down in 2011 , with the player having to undergo “Tommy John “ surgery to his pitching arm . Nationals’ manager Davey Johnson is fully aware of the vested interest that the front office has in the player and his worth economically to this baseball franchise . The team’s profile has visibly risen with the team’s glowing performances and the fact that for the greater part of this season they have pretty much has the NL East all to themselves . . Now because of the perceived success of this year Rizzo is trying to create the perception that the only thing standing their way and the inevitable will be whether or not the team’s best pitcher will be available for a postseason assault . If only that were true because it will take a great deal more than the exploits of Strasburg, if the Nationals are to win the game’s biggest prize .

The Nationals will play the final game of a three-set series that pits them against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park , in Milwaukee , Wisconsin . Taking the mound for the Washington Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez, as he faces Mark Rogers (6-6, 4.60 ERA) of the Brewers . Although the National are 7-3 in their last ten games and an astonishing 28-19 at home and 32-21 on the road . Mike Rizzo has chosen not to make any major moves other than the release of outfielder Rick Ankiel . Standing pat for now but I get the distinct feeling this whole scenario could come back to explode in the face of the Washington Nationals’ organization . Theodore “Ted “ Lerner , principal managing partner and the largest shareholder in the Nationals would like nothing better than to see this team succeed . As to whether or not the players can fulfill the owner’s wishes remains to be seen . Your thoughts , on the matter ?



Picture gallery .

As the final two-and-a-half months of the teams’ schedules now winds down to what we may well deem something of an inevitable end . It should prove to be very interesting to see how things play out in the public arena and their thoughts on this all . How do you see this all panning out ? Do you believe that there will anymore major moves made before the end of the trade deadline ? Chime in with your thoughts on this and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter .


Picture gallery details .


(1) Rumored to the most sought after free agent pitcher on the market . Ryan Dempster (46) of the Chicago Cubs, rumored to be on the trading block , watches from the dugout as the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on July 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 9-6 . Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images ….

(2) CHICAGO, IL – JULY 18: Will Ferrell (R) and Ryan Dempster (46) of the Chicago Cubs eat pizza on the pitcher’s mound before Ferrell threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on July 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images …

(3) In this May 4, 2012, photo, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a San Francisco Giants batter in a baseball game in San Francisco. Greinke has been traded by the Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers, in a deal announced Friday, July 27, 2012. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu ……

(4) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 28: Hanley Ramirez (13) of the Los Angeles Dodgers drives a ball for an RBI double in the top of the seventh inning scoring Matt Kemp (27) of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not pictured) to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 7-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 28, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images ….

(5) New York Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki , right, celebrates after scoring on a home run hit by Russell Martin during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, July 27, 2012. AP Photo/Seth Wenig ….

(6) Washington Nationals’ Michael Morse left, is tagged out at home by Milwaukee Brewers’ Martin Maldonado after trying to score on a single by Adam LaRoche during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Milwaukee. AP Photo/Jim Prisching ….

(7) Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout after being lifted in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Washington. The Braves won 11-10 in 11 innings. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster …..




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

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

23 thoughts on “We Won’t Mortgage Our Future on some whacky idea”

  1. Whatever anyone might now think GM Mike Rizzo is kidding himself if he believes that the Nationals can win the World Series without their alleged “ace in the pack” , Stephen Strasburg . Looking at the team’s pitching stats , Strasburg might not even be the best pitcher on the team’s roster. Gio Gonzalez has been sensational for the team this year . Simply look the results and individual game stats for the games pitched by the staff .

    In the game of baseball the “rich are getting richer” and the Yankees are simply proof of that and their latest acquisition of Ichiro simply proves that once again. The outfielder is due $18 million for this year but the Yankees will only have to commit to paying $2.5 million , leaving the Mariners on the hook for the bulk of the player’s salary for the season . Did I miss something here ?

    At what point will it actually occur to Bud Selig to pull his head out of his a#s , take his hand off his d#ck and stop mastu#@ating while listening to his own god-damn voice ! Now this moronic a#s has suggested that he will only make incremental changes as it relates to instant television replay . Let’s wait to see a game official screw up a decision during a series’ deciding game and then we can ask Selig what needed to be done at the time .

    Why are the Marlins still fielding a team after bailing on the season again ? Another reason why that moron Bud Selig will remain a @#ck ! Not too far behind just happens to be Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria , who will always be known as a lying sack of sh#t !

    So the Phillies have given their starting pitcher Cole Hamels a 6yr contract extension pay him $144 million (avg $24 million per year) . This now makes Hamels , not only one of the highest paid starting pitchers in the game but also one of the highest paid among position players . Phillies’ fans should demand a damn refund for having to attend games this season at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . Apathy doesn’t necessarily make the heart grow fonder but clearly with the Phillies’ fans this just might be the case .

    NB: MLB transactions in June and July


    Now guys, which of you wouldn’t want to play with Wendy’s (Fiore) flotation devices ? In thirty words, or less , please !

    Time for a bubble bath !

    Madre de dios !

    It’s got to be someone’s duty to “tap that booty” !



    1. Blog Surface/ CDR

      There’s said to be at least three teams still interested in Ryan Dempster . Angels , Dodgers and Braves , are all vying for the player’s services . And in terms of a salary he’s on the cheap end of things , when compared to the top salaried starting pitchers .

      “Look I’ll work for food but hell , I’ve got a wife and three kids to take care of . So please someone , come and get me out of here as it’s a god-damn mess with the ###king Cubs ! Ryan Dempster & family

      Team pitching AL & ……. NL

      Individual pitching AL & ….. NL

      Ryan Dempster (5-5
      ,2.25 ERA)
      2012 stats

      tophatal ………


    2. Blog Surface /CDR

      As a Braves’ fan there’s nothing better than I’d like to see than GM Frank Wren and the team trade for Dempster as it would add some bite to the team’s pitching …. corps . It would certainly bolster manager Fredi Gonzalez’s options as well .

      Overall I would certainly like to see the Braves play themselves into the postseason either as the divisional winner or via the wildcard berth ! The Nationals in spite of that lead (4 games) , I still believe because of their lack of postseason experience amongst their players it will be to their disadvantage in the run-up to the playoffs .

      Marlins @ Braves 07/30/2012 … Turner Field /Fulton County Stadium , Atlanta , Georgia

      Probable pitchers Marlins vs Braves (07/30/2012)

      Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.31 ERA) vs Tommy Hanson (11-5, 4.39 ERA) ….. 07/30/2012

      Jones and Gonzalez

      Also future Hall of Famer …. Chipper Jones has been pretty impressive as of late ! I definitely hope he does come back next season rather than retiring as he suggested . The team would be marginally above average without …. him .

      NL team pitching stats

      Chipper Jones’ career stats

      Braves’ all-time leader batting stats

      tophatal ….


      1. We Agree. We would love for the “Chip” to make the playoffs one last time. Regarding Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, every time we see him, we see our Mets falling even lower than where they are. Ahh, it hurts.


        1. Blog Surface

          I feel you pain ! I use to be an avid Marlins’ fan right up until late 2010 early 2011 . I abandoned the team because of the lying and cheating that became prevalent within this current front office !

          ‘Jonesy “ I hope will stick around for one more year ! Bona-fide Hall of Famer ! I am now a fervent and die-hard Braves’ fan ! I wouldn’t want it any other way !

          Here’s a real reason to devote more time to love fresh fruit , specifically melons ! Better than devoting time watching the Mets , that’s for sure !

          As to the Mets , that franchise has been ruined by joint owners ….. Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon . How Bud Selig can allow those two as#holes to all run /ruin that ball-club into the ground , is simply beyond me !

          The Cubs made a couple of moves but none involved Ryan Dempster .

          The Angels beat the f##king shizz-nit out of the Rangers and then some .

          Drew Brees has no damn credibility to be questioning Goodell , albeit that there’s some validity in some what he says . The player seems to forget that Jonathan Vilma had chosen not to answer any questions posed to him by the league’s investigators , as is his right . But Vilma fails to indicate the reasons why won’t answer the questions raised by the investigators at all . So who’s more credible in this instance ?

          tophatal …………..


  2. Any real surprises with regard to Sunday’s (MLB) results ?

    Chime in with your thoughts ?

    Lucy Pinder/

    Lucy Pinder

    I stand by what say I am much smarter than the average bear and Mitt Romney ” ! Bob Costas

    Is it me but all of the bull#hit hype on NBC and their coverage of the Olympics has now become a monotonous bore ! And how much of an a@s is Bob Costas ? Anecdotes or not , if he’s got nothing insightful to say then please shut the ##ck up ! If his lips could be pressed firmly up on Michael Phelps’ a#s , then that would be the next place , I would expect to find him .

    tophatal …………………


  3. Rays pulled off a nice split in Anaheim this weekend, Al. We’ll see what happens when they travel to scorching hot Oakland.

    I gotta tell you. I haven’t fallen hype to all this Ryan Dempster drama. With all these teams so desperate for pitching, there’s not a day that goes by where the Rays don’t send out a starting pitcher they aren’t confident can’t win that game.

    That leads me to believe they’ll be around until the bitter end, despite their ineptitude at the plate.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      Between now and the end of the season the Rays will to play baseball at a .690 clip or better just to make sure that they’re in with a chance of a playoff berth . The one thing I am sure of , is that the Rays won’t be able to repeat the feats of last September that saw them land a postseason berth to make the playoffs .

      In terms of the situation surrounding James Shields and the front office’s determination to either trade or retain him . Well, if they’re basing that upon the return of Longo’ , then they are idiots . Because Longo’ is still weeks away from being completely healthy .

      In terms of the Rays this season and their series against the A’s and Angels , those are two teams , who along with the Rays are vying for a playoff berth . And the Rays’ season series against the A’s and Angels , have proven to be something of an eye opener this season .


  4. The Dodgers have caught the Giants. the race is on in the NL West. The Phillies are dead. Let’s see if they can eb the spoiler in the NL East. No one is talking about Texas. two straight appearences in the Wold Series. Can the third time be a charm. NBC sucks borring. I like wathcing the soccer on the Spanish stations,


    1. Bobby Gee / thegeeman

      For me that NL West division this season has been far more exciting than any of the others within all of baseball . Especially from a competitive standpoint .

      The winner of the NL West obviously is guaranteed a playoff berth but whomever finishes second might not be so lucky . What could prove to be the determining factor as to who the ultimate victor will be in the division , may well be the head-to-head series between the Dodgers and Giants .

      The Philles simply have been woefully inept this season and they should start to rebuild , by looking to gauge the talent within their farm system .

      tophatal …………….


  5. Man, I’ve been trying to drop comments for a week now with no success. I was begining to think you had locked me out:)
    Anyway, the way I see it the Yankees aren’t done dealing and the Rays will still be shopping the bargain basement for their needs. Has Ankiel signed with anyone? I think he could help the Rays. Cheers brother!


    1. aero

      Bro , you’re not going to be locked out by me as you’re one of my most vocal supporters and for that I am eternally grateful and thankful ! Look as a treat here’s something to wet your appetite .

      Here’s Lucy Pinder (on top) playing with one of her best friends .


      There’s way too much ongoing speculation as to what the Rays should or should not be doing before the non-waiver trade deadline by way of their own dealings . All I can tell you is that from now until the end of their regular season schedule they will have to play a great deal better and then some ! They still have a series of games against the Red Sox and Yankees , and those games will ultimately go a long way in deciding their fate .

      Does Lucy get your “juices” flowing ?

      tophatal ……………


  6. I was kinda surprised the Angels swooped up Greinke. I didn’t even know they were in the hunt for him. Good to see him lose last night in his first start with the Angels hopefully he can keep doing that.

    I’d boycott Nationals games if they shut down Strasburg when my team was in the middle of a playoff hunt…

    Heading to the game tonight in Oakland, hopefully we can take down Price!!


    1. chappy 81

      The Angels needed some additional help with regard to the current roster ….. (pitching) and the acquisition of Greinke < goes a long way in doing that .

      Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo remains a constant idiot , if he believes shutting down Stephen Strasburg will be the answer to the Nats’ prayers and ambitions . If they consider doing that , then watch the fan attendance dip at Nationals Ballpark in DC .

      The Angels if they are to mount a serious challenge to the Rangers , needed to do something big in terms of adding pitching to their roster . Greinke provides that immediately .

      The A’s are making the AL West really interesting and I am sure that both the Angels and Rangers are now too afraid to look over their shoulders ! Over the past month the A’s have been ” smoking hot ” .

      tophatal …………


  7. Rameriz is just what the Dodger’s ordered! Seven hits, seven runs in something like 6-7 games? Are you kidding me? He just wanted out of Miami…

    Alan, you put Bob Costas next to that sweet little thing…seriously?
    Com’on man!


    1. Steven Jeffries

      Hanley since his move to the Dodgers has definitely been on a tear but that being said , the rest of the team has to be equally as competitive in that respect .

      “Sam , my microphone faded out , you wanted to me stick the “mike’ where again ‘ ?

      Bob Costas , I prefer , when he’s talking baseball, as I believe him to be one of the most insightful and knowledgeable guys on the subject ! But as the main host of the NBC Olympics’ coverage , he’s only marginally more competent than Ryan Seacrest is , when conducting an interview with a US athlete as the games . I could have placed a piece of fecal matter next to Costas but that would’ve been disrespectful to fecal matter .

      Lucy Pinder is one of the ” hottest pieces of a#s ” around , bar none !

      But I’m also partial to Meagan Good’s “goodies ” ! And I think you can understand the pair of reasons why .



    2. Steven Jeffries

      Is that the same doctor who prescribed a similar form of medication for the Texas Rangers ? As as they have now added ….. Ryan Dempster to their already impressive pitching rotation ?

      A spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down in the most delightful way ! What do you think ?

      Nurse I need a bed bath and a shiatsu massage along my inner thigh as I have a throbbing feeling in that area .


      tophatal ………………


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