There`s a troubling issue that needs to be addressed and it`s not going to dealt with anytime soon

There`s a troubling issue that needs to be addressed and it`s not going to dealt with anytime soon

This year , it would appear that the MLB season is becoming one of controversy , and a great deal of animosity between a number of teams within the game . Look no further than yesterday`s game between the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks . Both teams are now caught up in a rivalry that is now seething with a great deal of childlike immaturity from both teams, with the respective managerial staffs also at odds with one another.

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Dodgers` manager Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson of the Diamondbacks, are two managers who had more than respectable careers at the height of their success. In watching this Los Angeles Dodgers` team struggling over the course of this season , is an exercise in excess , opulence and simple stupidity gone awry . A $225 million team payroll now has me believing that lead managing partner, Mark Walter and h is partners may well have to completely rethink their strategy , as it relates to the team`s play over the remainder of the season .

Looking at the Dodgers all I just happen to see, is a team that is simply bereft of leadership , with not one player on the entire roster simply willing to step up to the plate and assume the mantel of a leader . With the team firmly rooted at the bottom of the NL West , one has to wonder how long a decision is made by GM Ned Colletti and team President Stan Kasten to purge the roster and simply look further afield by way of their farm system by way of available talent . It as become abundantly clear , that with all of the high-priced players that make up the team and overall lack of productivity on all fronts , something drastic as to be done , before the fans themselves start to voice their disapproval .

If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to have any semblance of anything resembling a dignified season , then games and series , such as their upcoming schedule against the Pittsburgh Pirates , will have to be won with te utmost of ease and efficiency . Given the inconsistency of the team , I simply do not believe that is likely to happen at this juncture ! Players such as Matt Kemp , Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier , this season , have simply been a shell of the team we saw from last season , with an explosive offense . This season the offense could be best likened to a damp squib , with the pitching not that far behind .

Well , other than their off the field issues , with both Alex Rodriguez and catcher , Francisco Cervelli , now embroiled in the latest idiocy , that now further tarnishes baseball`s all too disreputable reputation . This year for the New York Yankees seems to be like any other at this time of season for this renowned organization . They are in contention for their division alongside heated rivals the Boston Red Sox . That being said, neither GM Brian Cashman or lead managing partner , Hal Steinbrenner have seen fit to address the latest allegations now surrounding the All Star third baseman or the team`s catcher . I guess that is to be expected , when over the years as the mounting evidence of steroid cheaters and the rumors surrounding their efforts to avoid being caught . In that time , not one prominent owner , general manager has spoken out publicly , decrying the misdeeds of the players . Which begs the question , have they or the players ever really cared what the fans or public ever thought about the level of cheating that has gone on , for well over a decade and a half ? Clearly, that buffoon of a commissioner , Bud Selig , might as well be walking around with either his head shoved up his own ass or buried in the sand .

Truth be known , the apathy and the sudden calls player banishment , is now, all so asinine , when one considers , for better part of seven years , during the mid nineties , when Mark McGwire , Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds were laying waste to one of baseball`s most hallowed records , fans simply did not give a damn . Anal retentiveness and apathy does a have a place within the American way of life ,and sporting landscape , especially , when it comes to the nation`s pastime . The evidence was there , ignored repeatedly , even after a very in-depth investigation had taken place , but yet the fans , major media outlets , as well as baseball`s sports broadcast partners and their self-absorbed broadcasting analysts simply chose to look the other way . Nothing new really , when you consider collectively, their IQ`s would not be enough to gain them membership into MENSA . The current players themselves have simply refused to speak out on te issue , te prolific and wat now appears to be widespread use of illicit substances banned by te game .

Prominent high-profiled players such as Torii Hunter , Albert Pujols , Derek Jeter , Ryan Howard , Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder , have simply refused to say anything on the matter . Could it be that the players` own union , the MLBPA would rather remain mute on this idiocy while trying to paint themselves as pillars of integrity and virtue ? Yet somehow Bud Selig seeks to use players such as this, to be role models and ambassadors for a game , that is now losing its relevance for many and within the fabric of the nation`s social culture . Can we now stop it also , with this all too asinine notion , that baseball remains the nation`s pastime ? It has not been that way in over five decades and counting , even with what baseball`s hierarchy assures us , has been a rising level of attendance for games over the last eight consecutive seasons . What should be of more concern for Bud Selig , is the very fact that his RBI initiative (Returning Baseball to the Inner Cities) has , had the success of a lead balloon .

Three games above .500 and the Tampa Bay Rays`(35-30) inconsistency will become their own undoing this season . Thought to have best pitching rotation in the American League . The pitching has been nowhere near consistent enough to validate those claims , in spite of the outstanding season by Matt Moore .

With David Price now sidelined on the DL , it will be left to Moore , Jeremy Hellickson , Alex Cobb and Joel Peralta to now spearhead what is in essence, an extremely weak pitching rotation , based on the team`s ERA of 4.26 . Yet if te pitching can be adjudged to ave been a major letdown , then the team`s offense has offered little to support the claims of Joe Maddon and his staff that they are capable of challenging for the AL East divisional crown , if not the division at a minimum , then a wildcard berth , while making up for the team`s shortfalls .

Limited resources , a lack of creativity in terms marketing and an unwillingness by managing partner , Stuart Sternberg to search for a wealthy financial backer to finance the organization . It has to be said, that in spite of recent successes of the Rays , from an economic standpoint , were it not for the fact that they are the beneficiaries of the league`s tax-sharing scheme . There is no way in hell , that this ball-club could remain solvent much less competitive enough to field a team in the AL . Miserly support in terms of their home games at Tropicana Field . It would be fair to suggest that Major League Baseball is far from being a viable concern not only within the state , but specifically within the Tampa Bay area . Yet there are those who still call for a state of the art venue to be built for what has always been a poorly supported baseball franchise .

Now one could argue that the Tampa Bay Rays have achieved an astonishing amount of success under the present ownership group led by Stuart Sternberg . By comparison , Sternberg`s predecessor, Vince Naimoli proved to be a lying cheating and conceited individual , who sought to extort money by any means necessary from the state and municipal agencies , while putting out a less than stellar product on the field of play during his tenure as the Rays` owner . In reality , we are now seeing history repeat itself somewhat , with the expectations now being a great deal more , but repeatedly in the last few years the Rays have fallen sort in their and the fans` expectations of winning a World Series title .

This season Tampa`s circumstances , are one where GM Andrew Friedman made the decision to pare down the team`s payroll from a figure of just under $64.1 million in 2012 to what the front office believes to be a feasible and much more manageable figure of $60.8 million . One would consider that to be somewhat miserly, if not paltry , when measured against the teams who consistently maintain a high six or eight-figure salary commitment on an annual basis . Considered to be the face of the franchise for its immediate and long-term future , Evan Longoria is considered to be the Rays` best player as well its highest paid . And though it is my belief, that two or three years down the road the commitment ___ shown to the third baseman could become the Rays` own undoing . It seems almost certain that 2013 will be the final year that the fans will have the privilege of seeing David Price pitch for the team . A one-year $10 million deal , which is on the extremely low side for an AL Cy Young Award winner , starting pitcher , one year removed from winning that award and from what many believe to be the player`s best season with the franchise .

The Tampa Bay Rays , on Friday , will play host to the Kansas City Royals , with both teams seeking to make the best out of this series , while looking to place themselves in a better position from a divisional standpoint and also by way of challenging for a wildcard berth . On the mound for the Royals will be Luis Mendoza (1-4, 4.19 ERA) facing off against Matt Moore (8-2, 3.78 ERA) , in what should prove to be an interesting pitchers’ duel between these two young starters .

From my own standpoint with a great deal to play and ignoring controversies that have now engulfed the game of baseball and the ongoing apparent idiocy of how Bud Selig continues to ineptly handle each scandal that as come to the fore . I for one , would certainly like to see his named successor be someone from outside the archaic hierarchy that presently represents the game at its highest levels . Not only am I sick and tired of hearing this ongoing bilge that the team owners are consummate businessmen . When in reality , nothing could be further from the truth . Captains of industry , they may well be away from baseball , but I have yet to witness a concern being ran so incompetently , where secrecy and lies are perpetrated with such regularity , that Pinocchio and a disreputable congressman or woman would definitely feel ashamed . Yet, there are fans and analysts alike, who choose not to question the autocratic power and rule of Bud Selig , the league hierarchy and te bellicose owners , who make up baseball`s governing body , along with a dimwitted union (MLBPA) , now led by Executive Director Michael Weiner .

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With the baseball season just over one-third of the way through its schedule , has there been anything overall that has been of a complete surprise to you ? Also from a list of the following candidates , whom I believe to be more than capable of succeeding Bud Selig , rather than baseball choosing a successor from within their own ranks. Do you believe that Bob Costas , Hank Aaron , Sean McManus , David Levy , or perhaps someone else of your own choosing would be a better successor ? Rather than an heir-apparent , from within baseball`s inner sanctum be rubber stamped , and supposedly bringing about a transition that will essentially offer the fans more of the same incompetent and inefficiency that MLB has now become more known for .

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(1) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly , center, yells at members of the Arizona Diamondbacks while umpire Manny Gonzalez holds him back as Jerry Hairston Jr. looks on after starting pitcher Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of their baseball game , Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. Mattingly was one eight individuals ejected from the game and now awaits any punishment deemed appropriate to be rendered by the MLB hierarchy . AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill …

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers batting coach Mark McGwire, right, yells at Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson after Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of their baseball game, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill ……

(3) New York Yankees trainer Steve Donohue , left, checks on catcher Francisco Cervelli, center, as manager Joe Girardi looks on during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, April 26, 2013. Cervelli left the game . AP Photo/Julio Cortez …

(4) Manager Joe Maddon (70) of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with principal owner Stuart Sternberg just before the start of the Grapefruit League spring training game against the Minnesota Twins at the Charlotte Sports Complex on March 11, 2013 in Port Charlotte, Florida. Getty Images North America / J Meric …

(5) Embattled MLB Commissioner Bud Selig , who over the past eighteen months has moved from scandal to the next , never actually dealing with each crisis and solving it effectively . NY Daily News / Paul Carson ……..

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tophatal …… 06/12/2013

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37 thoughts on “There`s a troubling issue that needs to be addressed and it`s not going to dealt with anytime soon

    1. Sam`s Sports Brief

      Why are some fans of the impression that baseball can “ police itself “ , when history has shown that it has continually done a really poor job on so many issues when they seek to address them either individually or jointly ?

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    2. Sam

      Nothing shameful , simply baseball and the lack of respect that some players have and their belief that baser instincts of the wild is somehow acceptable on the field of play. Animals in te wild behave as they do when their subject to being a victim of prey . Yaisel Puig is an ass !

      Puig of the Dodgers

      Also , who now believes that Bud Selig still has the respect of the fans ?

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        1. Sam

          Baseball is being ran by a bunch of wimps ! Puig should face a minimum of no less than 20 games for the punch thrown . But no , he is likely to get a slap on te wrist and be told not to do that again . Are these grown men or kindergarten kids ?

          Baseball has no moral fiber or integrity left to it whatsoever and young kids cannot look to any of the players now playing as a role model . Not Pujols , Jeter , Mike Trout or others who are said to be high-profiled . I mean which of the players named, have you ever heard openly speak out any against te players known to ave cheated and who ave been subjected to a ban while bringing baseball into disrepute ?

          Truth be known , baseball never ad any moral or social fiber and a clear case can be made tat even with the introduction of desegregating within the game , with Jackie Robinson`s introduction , who was treated with such disdain by a number of his teammates . If you remember also , on the night Hank Aaron broke the all time home run record , he was subjected to death treats and racial epithets . Yet now , ignoramus fans would rather condone acts of cheating .

          Revisionists and baseball historians tend gloss over it all , and paint a rosy picture , which is so typical to begin with , because they cannot and choose not to face the truth .

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  1. I admit, I got caught up in the McGwire / Sosa home run record chase in 1998. But initially I didn’t figure steroids was behind it. 61 home runs had been done before. Ken Griffey Jr. had hit 56 home runs in 1997 before Sosa and McGwire were doing their thing, so breaking that record wasn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

    But McGwire and Sosa didn’t just break Roger Maris’ record, they shattered it. And that’s what aroused my suspicions. I don’t think those records should be recognized, or Bonds’ either. And I do think that multiple time steroids offenders should be banned from the game. At some point cheaters need to face the consequences of their actions.

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      1. A-Rod got paid big time off of his cheating. So I guess it depends on what the user considers winning. Some people are OK with losing their good name and reputation if it means they will get paid off of it.

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          1. Sam

            Maurice Barksdale

            By the time A-Rod will have retired from baseball , his career earnings will have exceeded a half billion dollars ($500,000,000) , wit te player having signed two contracts exceeding $250 million each time , first wit te Texas Rangers and then with the New York Yankees . And fans analysts alike, believe tat baseball is on a sound financial footing . Over the past seven years three ere of te games most respected franchises have declared bankruptcy reorganization proceedings ( Cubs , Dodgers & Rangers ) because of financial mismanagement of their respective owners at the time .

            A real bunch of frigging douche-bags . A Rod remains a conceited and lying bas##rd .

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            Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon .

            And by the way the New York Mets are still not out of the financial maelstrom that their owners , Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz created by getting involved with disgraced financier Bernie Madoff , even when there was evidence to suggest that the financier was committing fraud and grand larceny .

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      2. Sam

        Cheaters do win , they have won financially and now there is not a damn thing that can really be done to them . I mean has baseball or the legal establishment (Justice Dept) gone after Bonds , McGwire or any others and sought to punish them with impunity ? Think about it , for one minute ? Not even baseball , even with the grand gestures and idiocy shown by Bud Selig ave done anything at all to curb this ongoing pandemic within the game of baseball .


        “ I have been exonerated and now it`s time for me to get on with my life . A 50mg of Viagra and I should be good to go , while tagging the wife “
        . Roger Clemens (left)and his attorney Rusty Hardin

        Clemens outside court .

        Roger Clemens has earned over $100 million during his career , and I seriously doubt he is overly concerned whether or not he gets into Baseball`s Hall of Fame . Besides the BBWAA (Baseball Writers` Association of America [adjudicators for potential inductee]) , what credibility do they ave to begin with ? Were these not the very same idiots, who sought to ignore the growing evidence and stories tat came out of the steroid era ? Yet, they were all too critical of Jose Canseco , Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada .

        The US Justice Department all but screwed up their case against Barry Bonds . Roger Clemens having won his case , now seeks to use a defamation suit against his former personal trainer Brian McNamee .

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          1. Sam

            Legacies ? When they (players) have banked over $100 million (career earnings) . I don`t believe that they will actually give a damn about legacies . The money takes care of that as they have duped the public and those morons who called themselves baseball journalists and analysts . As to this idiocy, about the suspensions that will be leveled against the latest culprits . Considering the weakness and lack of a backbone amongst baseball`s team owners , league hierarchy and the substantial power of the players union . Who do you believe will ultimately end up winning that battle ?

            Executive Director Michael Weiner of the MLBPA (players` union) has already stated he will seek legal recourse against the MLB hierarchy over any suspension he and his members believe too excessive . I`ve read pieces by fans concerning this latest fiasco in baseball and it is abundantly clear that they simply have no damn clue, much less have they done any research concerning the underlying issues . I guess that comes with the territory , apathy and the sporting landscape of baseball as a whole ! .

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              1. Sam

                The young players have not realized a damn thing , because at the Minor League Level of baseball , steroid use is just as prevalent among the players there , with over 175 players in the past three seasons having been caught cheating , using a banned substance . And as to Bud Selig`s idiotic claims that baseball has the most rigorous testing in all of professional team sports . Those claims remain a joke , much like Selig , himself and his ongoing incompetent reign as commissioner .

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          2. Sam

            Fans actually saw Bonds , Clemens and McGwire as cheaters , only after , hindsight . There was already enough evidence there to suggest malfeasance , but the vast majority of fans , the press and baseball itself, chose to ignore it all . So let`s not kid ourselves for one minute on the issue . There are still idiot fans out there , who still see it as the players, having done nothing wrong . These are the very same idiots who have probably shelled out money buying memorabilia of those players further adding and fattening the wealth of those baseball players .

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    1. Maurice Barksdale

      For me , it wasn`t so much that the record was obliterated , but also that the print and television media , willingly bought into the factual aspects of the achievement even when there was mounting evidence and suspicion tat everything was simply not above board or legitimate . Never mind, we had te fans trying to point to te rules of baseball. Screw that idiocy, as the rule of law trumps the rules of a sport . Or are the vast majority of American sports fans tat damn stupid to begin with ?

      Bud Selig remains an individual of low intelligence and with no idea how to deal with a mess that he has overseen for better part of almost two decades .

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  2. Let me pose this question to you all . If you`re the parent of a young child who is athletically gifted and they came to you asking you the question ___ Mom or Dad , my coach trainer or teammate introduced me to steroids and I ave used it more tan once and I would like to keep on using it ? Would you countenance te action of that child knowing the dangers ? Because it appears tat there are some among us who see nothing wrong by the actions of the athletes who have ran afoul of the rules .

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    1. CDR /Blog Surface

      Great brawl , good for the inane idiocy that still remains within the game of baseball. Now Bud Selig will punish eight individuals from the Dodgers and Diamondbacks . Yet his dumb ass , cannot suspend the likes of Francisco Cervelli , Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for what has been a clear violation of one of baseball`s most long-standing rules .

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  3. The Rays can’t afford to stay in St. Pete much longer. Their bullpen was decimated by cost cutting moves. Think about who they lost. James Sheilds, Wade Davis, J.P. Howell were big losses to the pitching staff. Then they lost Nieman to injury, combine that with Price’s problems and I think you get the idea where this team is heading. Without greater revenue streams this team is doomed to mediocrity.

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    1. aero

      At present the Rays can`t afford to leave the locale because Sternberg and his partners simply cannot afford to pay the cost of breaking the lease (expiration 2025) at the Trop with the city of St Petersburg . It would cost at least $ 65 million alone , beyond the legal fees .

      Of late , Maddon and his boys , have not been helping themselves out , with their inconsistent pitching and hitting as well as , many surprising lopsided losses in games and series that they should have most definitely won .

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    2. aero

      There is a major disconnect between what the Rays think that they can achieve and how they have gone about trying to achieve those feats. The television radio ads are simply asinine and really amateurish to say the very least .

      Whoever heads up the front office`s Sales and Marketing Department really needs to return to school and learn a great deal more on the subject . They`re being short changed by their advertising partners .

      Injuries asides , we all knew one way or another the Rays would be in for a difficult year . Each off season we see the customary paring down of the team salary and Friedman is then summarily asked to go out and pick up talent on the cheap . Stuart Sternberg should be looking to get a partner with deep pockets to finance the organization , because he sure as hell isn`t showing any damn business acumen from the economic side of things .

      The team is simply making money not off its own efforts , but merely from the fact is one of several teams that receives millions of dollars , by way of the outmoded archaic tax revenue sharing scheme that Bud Selig seems to be under the impression creates a level playing field .

      Wil Myers

      Finally , the call up of Wil Myers , I don`t believe will help the team , not if his stats are any ting to go by . He is striking out at an alarming rate at the AAA level (Durham) and then some .

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  4. Since Roids were behind the records set I hae lost interest in the game. i really follow it. Baseball is a joke. It is like the NBA a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing. Who cares- It used to mean something to me when I was a kid growing up in the 1950’s and 1960′ now it’s a joke.

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    1. bobby gee

      All four of the major team professional sports are in some form of disrepair . NHL , barely anyone is watching via NBC`s broadcast , even though the fans are being treated to some excellent play from the Bruins and Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals . The real issue with hockey is that the teams and their owners are back to their ways of old , that caused so much of the financial disparities . The Coyotes are a financial mess and Gary Bettman is not sure if the franchise will survive or be dissolved .

      Goodell and the NFL still can`t wrap their heads around the fact that their brand isn`t as good as advertized . Also the owners , union and league hierarchy have never cared about the welfare of the players in spite of Roger Goodell`s insistence and that of the union (NFLPA) that they are actually doing something .

      All I can say , is that almost two decades of Bud Selig`s irreverent stupidity and major missteps , are a reason you can no longer take the game of baseball seriously . Fantasy Baseball geeks can get their excitement by whatever means necessary , because it`s clear that the vast majority of their devotees , simply do not give a s#it that the game is now ruined .

      With the NBA , what you see is what you get . A bunch of overpaid primadonnas and a league hierarchy that still remains so damn clueless . Now we are on the cusp of seeing allegedly the league`s best team by way of record , simply being hoisted on its own ass , because players such as Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade simply have no stomach for a fight . .

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        1. bobby gee

          I`m not saying that the board members of the NHL hierarchy are stupid , but in what other major sport do you find it were that the governing body is now said to be paying the network to televise their product ? Only hockey could come up with that idiocy , and the owners , union and NBC Sports most of all , would deem it satisfying for all of the parties concerned .

          Commissioner Gary Bettman may well have been a protege of David Stern , but it clearly shows that the has not fallen all far from the tree in terms of their shared and complicit stupidity .

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  5. Chris

    The Rays are in a real precarious situation and with the team`s pitching so volatile , and the situation is not looking so great for Joe Maddon and his overall ambition for the season . As things now stand I just can`t see them gaining a wildcard berth , as they are simply not playing well enough to dictate their own fate . And the call-up of Wil Myers is more of a sign of desperation rather than actually being a rational decision . Myers strikes out more than he makes contact with the ball .

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  6. I must have missed the part where the Mets were meant to be this damn awful a team in so many aspects of the game . In a meeting played against the Phillies , New York was able to commit three errors on one single in-field play and came up smelling like roses , in spite of the 4-3 victory . This must be why their fans can tolerate such mediocrity and still act as if it represents something great .

    Simply proving once again why their fans are so willing to accept this idiocy while claiming they are building towards the future .

    Their front office is now so inept , devoid of creativity and this latest asinine plan to use a sexuality explicit ad site devoted towards young females as a way of gaining All Star votes for David Wright , again shows that the front office led by Sandy Alderson and JP Ricciardi is being ran by a bunch of damn morons . Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are aging lumps of fecal matter , who remain an embarrassment to the game and this organization as a whole .

    MLB standings and wildcard standings

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