We’ll start with the sublime and then move on to the ridiculous . Oh sorry we’re talking baseball , so it remains ridiculous

We’ll start with the sublime and then move on to the ridiculous . Oh sorry we’re talking baseball , so it remains ridiculous

By Tophatal , 2nd April , 2013

So yesterday , marked the official Opening Day as such , for the majority of teams within Major League Baseball . Many of those games just happened to be, noted rivalries between of many of baseball’s most heralded teams. At Yankees Stadium , the New York Yankees’ played host to their heated AL East rivals , the Boston Red Sox . And if the events are anything to go by , then the Yankees , are about to have a long an arduous season . We knew that the team’s pitching was likely to be suspect , but who could have imagined that the offense would be so anemic ?


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For the Yankees’ Opening Day starter , CC Sabathia , I suspect that this was a game , that the left handed pitcher would rather forget . Decidedly more so , given the meager run support , given to the player by his teammates during this game .

With the Yankees not set to play again until Wednesday , when they will resume their series against the Boston Red Sox. Tuesday becomes a rest day , during which Joe Girardi and his coaching staff can assess the damage done , as well as the psyche of his players. Granted , excuses can , and will be made, that the team has a litany of injured players on the DL . Yet in no way , should that really be an excuse for an organization , where losing is simply seen as unacceptable .

One thing that there can be no denying , and it is now, the false bravado of the New York Yankees , and the very fact that their window of opportunity to add the mantel pieces for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera , in terms of additional silverware by way of a sixth World Series title , is now becoming narrower by the year. This season , will be the last for Rivera , the all-time saves’ leader within baseball and one of the most prolific pitchers of any era in baseball history .

On the mound, on Wednesday for the Yankees , will be Hiroki Kuroda , facing off against Clay Buchholz . Should the New York Yankees start the season at 0-2 , there will be no need to start the alarm bells as of yet , but , should they lose four or five consecutive games open the start of their season , then look for Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi , seeking to make some not so drastic changes , if only stave off the criticism of the front office and their continued failure to develop talent from within their farm system over the past several years . Strangely enough at a time, when senior managing partner and team owner , Hal Steinbrenner sought to pare down the team’s payroll . The franchise simply resorted to what they do best, and that is to simply buy their way out of a bad situation. How else, can one explain the idiocy of acquiring an unproductive malcontent such as Vernon Wells ? Wells is still owed $42 million on the final two years of an extortionate and exorbitant seven-year $126 million deal , originally signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 . . Chances are , Wells , will simply be counterproductive , or he may well surprise the naysayers by contributing greatly to the Yankees’ fortunes over the course of the season.

Call me naïve , but if you’re looked upon as the presumptive leader on a team , then should it not be incumbent on that player to act accordingly , rather than presenting themselves as something of an immature blowhole ? Evan Longoria has become a bona-fide star within baseball , but I am not so sure that he is simply capable enough handling any real adversity , let alone , leading the Tampa Bay Rays to any tangible success . However, comments attributed to the Rays’ third baseman , in which he came across as an imbecile , in being critical of his former teammates , BJ Upton and James Shields . Longoria tried to suggest that neither player was on board , with the Joe Maddon’s managerial style , or the fact that they knew how to handle the adversity of the team’s consistent misfortune of losing on a regular basis before the franchise’s recent run of success . Unless , I am mistaken , you win and lose as a team and not simply single out players whom you believe to be giving a less than convincing effort .

Evan Longoria is lucky enough to now be richly rewarded by the Rays, having signed a multiyear deal that gives him $105 million and the safety net of six years guaranteed income . Unfortunately, his former teammates were not so lucky , having to go elsewhere to seek their fortunes , because plainly put , the Rays are an organization that will continue penny-pinch in order to remain competitive as well as being financially viable . Something that the franchise has not been able to achieve without the advent of the baseball hierarchy’s archaic and asinine tax sharing revenue scheme , that penalizes teams with payrolls in excess of $150 million , by taxing them on a prorated basis as much as 25% of that nominal figure , which is then disbursed for the league’s small market teams , which is allegedly determined on their fan-base and the market in which they are domiciled , based upon the Nielsen’s ratings and their market research . Which begs the question why was it from 2004 through until 2011 , the Florida Marlins, soon to become the Miami Marlins were afforded this luxury ? When for those intervening years , team owner Jeffrey Loria and his sidekicks , David Sansom , Larry Beinfest and Michael Hills , plead poverty as to the franchise’s resources , only for the ball club to go out on an exorbitant cash spending spree in 2012 on acquiring high-priced free agents , that saw the team’s payroll become a bloated $125 million boondoggle that culminated with a sub . 500 record (69-93) within the NL East and a last place finish within the division that season . This season we will see the Marlins resort back to the ways old with a sparse payroll , which will be amongst the lowest in all of baseball , with a team salary of $44 million in salaried commitments based upon known records .

I don’t believe that this beleaguered Marlins’ franchise will have any tangible success within the NL East this season ! Rookie manager Mike Redmond and his staff will have a hard time to get this team contending with the division and against their heated divisional rivals domiciled there .

As to the Tampa Bay Rays and what the season has in store for Joe Maddon and his players , will rest primarily upon the effectiveness of the team’s pitching and their leadership shown by their 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner , David Price . If he, along with Jeremy Hellickson , Roberto Hernandez , Alex Cobb can spearhead what is said to be the best . pitching staff in the Majors , then there is no reason to believe why they cannot be a major force to be reckoned with . And in spite of the managerial ingenuity shown by Joe Maddon , unless Longoria can show that he has the leadership skills , the Rays could be in for a long an arduous season .

The team’s home opener on Tuesday afternoon , pitted the Rays against divisional rivals the Baltimore Orioles , who under their erstwhile manager , Buck Showalter , will be looking to get the team back to their excellent highs of last season . Joe Maddon’s players in front of a sellout crowd at Tropicana Field , in St Petersburg , Florida would come away on the wrong side , of a rather lopsided 7-4 loss to the Orioles. However , the two teams are scheduled to meet again , twice more in games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday , at the team’s home venue , in St Petersburg.

It would be remiss, to suggest that Sandy Koufax is not one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history . The former Dodgers’ great statistics speaks volumes to a prolific career and the accolades won . Koufax was given the privilege of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opening game of their schedule , played against the San Francisco Giants , played at Dodgers’ Ballpark , in Los Angeles California . On the mound for the Dodgers, in this match-up of two well-respected NL West franchises , we had Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain . Kershaw since his drafting by the Dodgers in the 2006 MLB Draft , his career has been on an upward spiral, from the minors on through ,

In recent seasons , Kershaw has been amongst the very best performing pitchers in the National League , but this oh so early comparison , to a legend , such as Sandy Koufax, is simply asinine , and in many respects, insulting to both players . If Kershaw can maintain the current pace as to the success attained , then there is no reason not to believe why he cannot become a future inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame , but for now , the comparison to the legendary left-handed pitcher becomes nonplussed, and not of any real significance .

Dodgers’ owners , Magic Johnson , Mark Walter , Todd Boehly , Peter Guber , and team President , Stan Kasten , will certainly look to assess the performance of this team over the course of the season . There is no denying , that coming after the failings in 2012 , a great deal more was expected of this high-priced assembly of stars . It’s one thing to accumulate a roster of players , reward them in some cases , with astronomical salaries , but if there’s no cohesion on the field of play , then surely, that will be equated with a lack of success .

For the Dodgers, in 2013 , it will be “do or die “ and according to Magic Johnson , “ no expense will be spared on or off the field of play as this ball club seeks to win a World Series’ title” . Take into account that it has been twenty-five years (1988) since the Los Angeles Dodgers won the last of their five World Series titles . To be a part of that particular equation in 2013 , the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to be a truly dominant team , led by their erstwhile manager Don Mattingly and his managerial staff.

Not yet ready to throw out the baby with the bath water , but , if I hear one more damn prognostication about the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates , and the expectations for both ball clubs this season , I am likely to let loose with several bits of profanity ! Has there ever been two more misguided and lackluster baseball franchises , who continue have you salivating with excitement , one minute , only to disappoint the next ? With the exception of the ongoing woes and the misguided maneuvers of the Chicago Cubs , I truly believe that the Pirates and Royals, are now , the two most inept franchises in all of baseball ! simply, look at the records of the Pittsburgh Pirates and that of Kansas City Royals , as evidence of that over the past decade and a half . Not to be outdone mind you , in recent years , it could be said that the Seattle Mariners should be equated amongst these misguided and mismanaged baseball franchises ,

A strong could be made that David Glass , Bob Nutting and Howard Lincoln as the owners or senior managing partner in the aforementioned triumvirate of teams , have simply obfuscated their responsibilities , in seeking to make the Royals , Pirates and Mariners a resounding success financially , as well as competitively . That being made , much of this , all comes down to how the ball club seeks to go acquiring their talent , by way of the MLB Draft , free agency trades or simply promoting from within their respective farm systems . Yet when it is all said and done, it comes back down to money , and about those teams that have it and those that don’t . Are they willing to spend , or are they not willing to do so ? I will leave that for you all to be the judge of that, as it all in reality , comes down to a matter of conjecture and bear analysis by way of the teams’ actions.

In many respects I believe that this season , will be about the teams expected to succeed, being under more pressure to do so, more than ever before , along with their respective managers . Perhaps, the three managers, with the greatest need to succeed will be , Mike Sciocsia of Los Angeles Angels , Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies , and Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers . Sciocsia , along with team owner, Arte Moreno and GM , Jerry DiPoto , have once again gone off to the races , having acquired outfielder, Josh Hamilton to go alongside a highly explosive offense headlined by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols and a pitching staff , with a proven ace , in , Jered Weaver. That being said , the Angels’ fall from grace last season within the AL West came as something of a shock , because of the inconsistency of the hitting and pitching at the most inopportune of moments. A repeat of that in 2013 , and their season could simply implode without having put up much of challenge against the rest of their divisional rivals and those primarily within the AL .

Jim Leyland has a great deal going for him as a veteran manager , beyond the respect of his peers and players he has managed over the course of his career. However , what cannot be denied , is the very fact that he and the Tigers have come up too short , more often than we could care to remember. Detroit being manhandled by the San Francisco Giants last season (4-0) in the World Series , was enough to have left us all somewhat squeamish . Pitching awful , offense , simply mediocre , and beyond that , there is not much else that needs to be said , after that sorry chapter .

At some point during this season, we will see the Phillies simply cave , and fall apart. This team is littered with All Stars , but what it appears to lack is a vocal and inspirational leader on the field of play. Clearly , Charlie Manuel cannot be seen as the voice of reason , much less a motivator , when needed . This, is a team, that either flies by the seat of its pants , blowing hot and cold. Injuries asides, they will either sink or swim by the merits of their deeds , on the field of play. With the amount of money sank into the pitching staff , and in particular for Cole Hamels . I would like to think that the Phillies’ front office is likely to get a sizable return on that investment at some point in the season, preferably deep into the postseason ! Squandered opportunities and a lone World Series’ triumph in 2008 , in essence , just happens to be all that the franchise , has to show for the recent success over the past six years . The clock is now ticking for Charlie Manuel and front office executive, Reuben Amaro Jr .



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With the first week baseball almost in the books , what if anything do you hope to see in the first five or six weeks of the baseball schedule ? Which teams, if anything , have you been most impressed this early in terms of the season’s infancy? Chime in, with your thoughts, as you see fit .


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(1) In this photo combo of file photos, Jay-Z, left, watches an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2013. New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano sits in the dugout during a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., on March 28, 2013. Cano plans to switch agents from Scott Boras to a new company formed by musician Jay-Z’s , Roc Nation and CAA Sports . AP Photo/Reed Saxon, left, and Kathy Willens ….

(2) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) greets Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) at an opening day baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 1 , 2013. AP Photo/Kathy Willens ….

(3) Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia gestures to the pitcher as New York Yankees’ Kevin Youkilis reacts after a seventh-inning strikeout stranding two runners in an opening day baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 1, 2013. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …

(4) New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia .. delivers in the first inning at an Opening Day baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 1, 2013. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …

(5) New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is on the disabled list, walks gingerly on the field after doing an interview before the Yankees’ spring training baseball game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …

(6) Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) throws out Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts after making a diving stop during the fourth inning of an opening day baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays would go on to lose the game 7-4 with a rather poor offensive output coming from the Rays’ hitters and inadequate effort from the team’s middle relievers . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …

(7) ST. PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 02: Outfielder Adam Jones (10) of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates his team’s 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field on April 2, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(8) Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is seen here on Opening Day , having just thrown out the ceremonial first pitch to start the Dodgers’ season and their game against reigning World Series champions the San Francisco Giants on the 1st April , 2013 . The Dodgers would go on to defeat the Giants 4-0 , but their in their subsequent game , the roles would be reversed with the visitors exacting revenge at Dodgers’ Ballpark , in Los Angeles , California with a 3-0 victory . Getty Images / Chris Hughes ….

(9) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw , left, rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a season opening baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2013. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong …

(10) A “near perfect game ” . Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish is greeted by his teammates as he leaves the game after surrendering a hit in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Houston. Darvish pitched eight and two-thirds perfect innings before giving up a hit to Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez in the Rangers’ 7-0 win . AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool …

(11) Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) shakes hands with Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker at the start of a major league baseball game , Monday, April 1, 2013, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman ….

(12) Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel is seen here congratulating his starting pitcher Cole Hamels during a game . Hamels and the rest of the team’s high-priced pitching staff will be under a great deal of pressure to succeed after the team’s inconsistent showing in 2011 and 2012 . Manuel and GM Reuben Amaro will be under a great deal of pressure as well as certain members of the team for the ball club to succeed this season , as the front office seeks answers for the franchise’s woes as of late . AP Photo / Paul Harmon ………


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31 thoughts on “We’ll start with the sublime and then move on to the ridiculous . Oh sorry we’re talking baseball , so it remains ridiculous”

  1. A couple of things Alan.

    First of all Selena Star makes the cut easily.
    Picture #11 Scioscia and Baker. It’s obvious neither onea these guys has missed a meal in the last 10years.

    Mark Cuban is nuts if he thinks this Britney Griner thing will actually work. Ok for publicity but let’s get real. Maybe Stern would allow her to wear body armor. Link below:


    1. Ronbets

      The MLB Draft this season , will be truly interesting and once again a bunch of high school and college kids will be looking to “ get paid ” , having shown no real talent or potential .

      Selena’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard as it’s better than most and probably tastes better as well .

      Kelis …………. ” Milkshake ”

      Tophatal ………………


    2. Ronbets

      Remind me once again how an ass like Mark Cuban made his billions , while in public he continues to make such an asshole of himself ? I know that the Mavericks need all the publicity that they can muster given . how inconsistent that the team has been this season . Yet this bull$hit , concerning the drafting of Brittney Griner has all the rendering of self absorbed dick, who simply craves publicity for himself for as long as he can remain in the public spotlight . Not unlike his fellow billionaire and often self-loved cretin , Donald Trump .

      The Mavericks this season in spite of ‘the major overhaul to their roster from last season to now , I believe that they will struggle should they make the postseason , no matter who they are matched up against in the first or latter rounds of the playoffs . They are far too reliant on Dirk Nowitzki , in terms of the team’s offense . There has to be more output from the likes of O J Mayo and others , as well as the role players coming off the bench .

      Mavericks’ results this season , their divisional and conference standing .

      Tophatal ,,,,,,,,,,,,,


  2. Ronbets

    Well hello Selena ! Do you like to suck $$ck ?

    Selena Star can jump on my gear stick, anytime she wants , I ain’t a hater bro ! I just love women with a vengeance !

    Dusty Baker has never been known to refuse a meal or make a quick exit from a buffet table . If Scioscia can’t get the Angels deep into the playoffs or at a minimum win the AL West , then Angels’ owner , Arte Moreno will have to fire his ass .

    What Mark Cuban meant to say was , that he’d have sex with Britney Griner , cause you know in this day and age of political correctness , you’ve just got to say the right things .LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Look , given how the Mavericks have been .. playing as of late , Griner would definitely be an improvement in assisting their offense .

    “Of course I’d have sex with Brittney ! I hear she loves go to down on the ball or balls and there ain’t nothing wrong with that ” ! Mark Cuban

    “Sex with a man is not on my agenda at present , as , I’ve got app for that , and it’s called in some circles a vibrator and in others a d#ldo ” ! Brittney Griner

    Tophatal ……………………….


  3. Managers on the ” hot seat “ this season , Mike Sciocsia , Dusty Baker , Clint Hurdle , Eric Wedge , and Ron Washington .

    Joe Girardi and the Yankees will suffer for the initial part of their season , because their pitching and offense will remain suspect . Cano and Youkilis will have to be at their very best if the team is to even have a remote chance within the AL East .

    MLB schedule and results 3rd April 2013

    Tophatal ………….


  4. The Rays battled their way back for a 8 to 7 win last night on Matt Joyce’s walk off homer. I would be very much suprised if the A.L. East isn’t much like this game. It should be a dog fight all season with a finish that will come down to the wire. Should be fun.


  5. Are you sure she is not a guy. She sounds like a guy? Baseball! I tried watching some of the games. The only one I watch to the end was the Phillies Braves game. It is too early to tell. Lets wait until at least ten games are played.


    1. bobby gee

      Brittney Griner is the only reason to watch college basketball in terms of her play , but if it’s looks that you are after then check out Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame . She can dribble with both of my balls anytime she wants .

      Brittney Griner . Asexual or androgynous ?


      Skylar Diggins worth tapping that piece of ass for and to be sure. I know that I would ! This just in Diggins can play as well .

      The Yankees say don’t give up on them too soon as it’s their intent to spend their way out of trouble this season .

      Tophatal ………………..


      1. I heard her speak after the game. Yankees a re in world of hurt. We will see. Boston ? who knows? We have a better Gage as to how this will shake out after ten or twenty games.


        1. bobby gee

          And was her voice , that of a baritone or simply much softer and feminine like ?

          World of hurt for the Yankees ? I’d say ! look at the players on the DL and then see how much they earn combined ? . That is in some cases , is in excess of 30% of the payroll of the Rays , Pirates and Oakland A’s . Hot damn !

          The Yankees’ pitching beyond Sabathia and Rivera , remains weak and unimpressive and it will continue to be that way of the remainder of their schedule .

          Tophatal …………….


      2. Skylar Diggins has a bright future ahead of her. A great combination of style and substance. A talented player and not at all ashamed of using her looks to enhance her mainstream appeal. She gets it.


        1. Maurice Barksdale

          I know that Diggins can play and she looks good both on and off the field of play . That being said , I would take her over Griner , in the biblical sense , but in terms of overall play then it’d have to be the 6′ 8″ center of the Baylor Bears .

          Skylar Diggins

          Rapper Lil’ Wayne wants to get up all into Diggins’ business and then some .

          And it’s as I said that publicity whore Mark Cuban actually meant to say , he’d only draft Brittney Griner , if he she’d agree to have sex with him . He gets in some penetration , while she gets the feel of his balls ,

          Lolo Jones

          Former US track star Lolo Jones is peeved , because vowing to remain a virgin until marriage , is not getting her enough attention having changed sports to become a member US women’s bobsled teams as she seeks to compete in Sochi , Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics .

          Tophatal ………………………….


  6. It’s starting to look like the Phillies have too many high priced players who have seen their better days, and are no longer hungry enough to sustain the passion to win. However, it’s still early but the Braves and Nats look awfully good.


    1. Maurice Barksdale

      Too many high priced players is an understatement , as it regards the Phillies and that team payroll . GM Reuben Amaro is a damn idiot along with the entire franchise ownership group .

      Charlie Manuel and his entire coaching staff will be on the clock this season , along with several of the overpaid players on that Phillies’ roster . If they fail to win or obtain a wildcard berth within the NL East for the postseason , then several individuals within the organization will be sent packing at the end of the season.

      The NL East will become a dogfight between the Braves and Nationals , and it may well go down to the last day of the season in 2013 . The games between these two teams over the past two years have been very competitive . No doubt it will be that way as and when the two meet at Nationals Ballpark in DC , as well at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia .

      Not wanting to be overly biased as a Braves’ fan , but I want to see this team up their game over the course of this season , after the letdown of last year in the postseason !

      Tophatal ……………….


      1. The Phillies got caught up in the spending spree mentality of baseball. They traded away some good young players and prospects in order to make room for aging veterans. If they aren’t in the race near the trading deadline I think they need to start rebuilding and infuse the roster with younger talent.


        1. Maurice

          I wouldn’t trust Phillies’ GM Reuben Amaro to run a kids’ lemonade stand at a charity event much less a professional baseball franchise ! . Their most recent success in their sweeping of the Rays in 2008 wasn’t unexpected but their repeated failings since then, has become all too embarrassing . Amaro is now making Omar Minaya’s years as general manager of the Mets seem like they bordered on being genius .

          Tophatal …………….


  7. Alan,

    Griner? Not only the best women’s player today, but also the most intimidating. IOW, she possesses some Rick Mahorn and John Stockton qualities.

    Cuban? Hands on owner that can’t recognize embarrassment……..his own.

    Do you recognize the player shown in this clip from the Orient? Hint…he still believes he can “will” his urine tests to negative.



    1. ssssss Ronbets

      It’s the intimidation factor as it relates with Brittney Griner , just as it was with Shaq when he first entered the NBA and made all other centers who followed him during the era he played , seemed almost obsolete .

      Unfortunately. for Shaq he got “schooled” by Olajuwon when the Magic and Rockets met in that lopsided NBA postseason series , the 94-95 NBA Finals . And that’s as it should be . when it concerns ” The Dream ” .

      In the 94-95 Finals Shaq and the Magic were toyed with by the Rockets

      Man Ram hit a home run in Taiwan ? Good for him . Now tell him to go and find a deep hole to crawl in , and I’ll gladly shovel the dirt over his dumb ass ! Do we really need to be concerned with a piece of fecal matter like Manny Ramirez ? I definitely am not ! I’ve no respect for the guy , who has no respect for the game or the fans at large !

      If actress Rosalyn Sanchez can do this with a banana , imagine what she could do with a real piece of meat , as in a man-size piece of meat ? Suck away girl , suck away !

      Tophatal …………….


    1. Before delving into the fat contracts, priority #1 Charlie Manuel GOES to be followed by pitching coach Dubee. Roy Halladay apparently hasn’t got it any more @ 20mil per year. He goes. Keeping a watchful eye on Jimmy Rollins and Cliff Lee. Both subject to go. Utley, Paplbn, Howard are safe. I like Revere for the future. Let’s see what happens the next few months.


      1. For me , the thing concerning the Phillies is the inconsistency of the pitching and the offense . And looking at their farm system , well that cupboard is so bare that even the lowly Mets would be envious .

        Manuel has to go this season along with the bulk of that coaching staff . Let’s just say GM Reuben Amaro ought to be castrated before being stoned to death .

        If former Orioles’ pitcher Kris Benson were to come out of retirement and then bring along his wife Anna Benson , have her as an incentive perform oral sex on the Phillies’ roster for each win they get over the remainder of their schedule . Do you think that would provide enough of an incentive for the players to turn things around for the franchise ?

        Anna real has a grip on things , don’t you think ?

        When her husband Kris , was a member of the Mets , she made the comment that if he ever cheated , then she’d have sex with every member on the roster of club . The bat boys asked , if they could be willing participants in that particular exercise .

        Phillies’ free agents in 2014 and the team payroll .

        Tophatal ……………..


  8. Is it me , but the Orioles’ and the fast start of Chris Davis just an aberration or will the player be able to maintain his momentum through April and beyond ? The kid is playing lights out , in terms his offense and when measured against hitters in the AL and MLB as a whole .

    Davis of the Orioles

    It would appear also that Buck Showalter and his staff have prepared his players for the long haul over the course of this season . Ignoring the Orioles , and you will be doing so at your peril .

    The AL East is bound to be interesting and while the belief appears to be that the Blue Jays are the presumptive favorites to win the division . It may well come down to a three horse race between the Orioles , Rays and quite possibly the Jays if their pitching and offense can live up to expectations .

    Not wanting to slight the Red Sox and Yankees , but way too much drama and injuries have beset both teams during this past off-season . Let them beat up on each other as usual , and then we can perhaps take the last man standing of the duo ?

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    Tophatal …..


    1. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump )

      On paper the Rays have the makings of a good team but their play hasn’t exactly reflected that . And now Maddon and the coaching staff will have to prove themselves . At the same time Evan Longoria has to prove that he’s a leader and not an overrated and overpaid high priced …. star , who has yet to achieve anything of real note .

      Gold Gloves and All Star ….. appearances count for absolutely nothing when players are adjudged by what they do in the postseason .

      Over the Rays’ next dozen games the team and the pitchers had better bring their A game .

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      Tophatal ……………….


    2. Chris Humpherys

      The fact that the Tampa Bay Rays got pummeled by the Cleveland Indians doesn’t come as a big surprise at all ! .

      The pitching of the Rays has it frailties for those who wish to scrutinize it even more , rather than being completely sold on the potential of the starting lineup . The basis of which , had more to do with the exploits of last season and their stats , rather than the reality that Maddon and Friedman simply didn’t want to admit that the loss of Shields and Wade Davis would cost the Rays’ dearly beyond the compensatory value of their salaries .

      The Rays will be in for a tough time this season , because they are getting very little run support from the offense and the pitching overall has been inadequate .

      Jaime Pressly one hot little minx and a hot piece of ass as well !

      She can back that ass up unto my pole anytime or any day of the week or night that the she would want . I am easy to please and just as happy to be of service !

      Tophatal ……………..


  9. Fantasy geeks of the world unite , and then get up and do something .

    Last night’s scoreboard brings many back to reality !

    The Mets are proving that last season was no fluke and they are indeed as bad as is now being shown .

    Terry Collins and his managerial staff are already behind the “8 ball ” and last night’s 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Phillies shows that this Mets’ team has frailties all over the place as well as , lacking leadership from anyone on the field of play. How is it, that the analysts out there , cannot spot that fact, but yet , they continue to hype up David Wright as being something special ?

    I would like to thank the Marlins in advance on becoming the new “bitch ” in the National League , that every team is now liable to take advantage of ! Last night’s 3-2 loss to the Braves , shows how bad this team is and is likely to remain over the course of the season !

    At the trade deadline this season , The Marlins are likely to shop Giancarlo ” Mike” Stanton to the highest bidder for the player’s services and thereby getting Stanton’s salary off the books , in essence resorting back to the ways of old with a cheap payroll and playing mediocre baseball , as has been the case over the past five seasons

    NL East standings

    NL expanded standings

    NL Wildcard standings

    MLB expanded standings

    MLB results 9th April 2013


    I bet she’d love to make some ” bacon” !

    Wendy Fiore hanging her assets out then covering them up , as not to get them too burnt . That’s a shame !


    RZA aka … ” Bobby Digital” ……. “You Can’t Stop Me Now”

    Tophatal ______________


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