The sound you hear, is but the brief glimpse of baseball showing and still sowing the seeds of doubt ….

The sound you hear, is but the brief glimpse of baseball showing and still sowing the seeds of doubt

With the recent suspension of the Milwaukee Brewers` …. Ryan Braun . A great many fans within the blogging world, seem to be rejoicing and are of the opinion that baseball seems to be finally coming to its senses, with Commissioner Bud Selig supposedly leading the way. If only that were true at this juncture, because in essence, this agreement, wherein, Braun serves a sixty-five game suspension., means absolutely nothing ,as there was no admittance of guilt for any wrongdoing on his part by way his admitting to the use of a banned substance . Though, we are lead to believe by the MLB hierarchy , that this was in fact the primary reason behind the suspension.


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Ryan Braun`s agent and legal representative, Nev Balelo , worked in close conjunction with the league`s investigators and legal counsel to draw up this agreement as to his client`s suspension. As to any impending suspensions of the other players, known to be associated company founder, Anthony Bosch of Biogenesis . For now, it appears that baseball is now playing with its cards being kept firmly pressed against its chest.

From the very beginning, this situation was poorly handled by baseball`s hierarchy, and we were being given the impression that everything was closely being monitored by Bud Selig`s office and a number general managers and MLB team owners could not be trusted to carry out any kind of working options, that would prove to the public and fans alike, that baseball was in fact getting its act together. Truth be told, baseball takes its lead, by repeatedly tripping over its own feet , as it continues to look for ways to repair over a decade`s worth of damage done to its image and integrity .

This season I believe , will go down as one of the most infamous in recent history , tainted , without any real merit , and that is in spite of the stellar play we have all witnessed from many of the game`s emerging young stars . If last season could be described as the year, that Mike Trout broke unto the scene. Then this year, well at last the second quarter of the first half has been about the exploits of the Los Angeles Dodgers` young rookie sensation Yasiel Puig . Not to be outdone in the American League, there is the Baltimore Orioles` young phenom Manny Machado , a player who seems to be instinctive , with a natural flair for the game . Machado and Puig are likely to be this season`s Rookies of the Year from the respective leagues .

At a time, when baseball is trying to hang unto what remaining nobility, it has, it does not seem strange, that the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) remains as pompous and as sanctimonious as ever. An institution bereft of intelligence and integrity . Yet, somehow from within the bastion of what is an outmoded and archaic organization. The fans and public alike are meant to believe that they are the arbiters of sound judgment when it comes to adjudicating the most celebrated regular season awards . This being the very same institution that during the height of steroid era, simply, either turned a blind eye to wanton cheating , that was taking place within the game. Or their reporting of the events were clouded by their undoubted biases and downright stupidity. It may well be an annual rite of passage for the players to be named the AL and NL MVP . But in light of Ryan Braun winning the award in 2011, when it was known by the league hierarchy that the player was alleged to have failed a drug test and subject of an ongoing investigation . MLB`s leaders felt it prudent not to let the BBWAA know of its findings, and therefore the Brewers` slugger was denoted as the NL MVP recipient for that year .

A full two years after of Braun being awarded the trophy. Second place finisher, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers has voiced his concerns and believes that the Brewers player`s name should be stricken from the records as the 2011 NL MVP. I am inclined to ask at this juncture , does Kemp now feel that he should now be named the recipient of the award ? If Kemp, can now voice his disapproval of Ryan Braun at this moment in time, then why no contempt or criticism of former teammate, and fellow slugger Manny Ramirez ? A two-time violator of the league`s steroid policy, Ramirez never served the mandatory one hundred game suspension mandated by MLB. In fact, upon being notified of the league`s findings at the time , the player immediately announced his retirement from the game . Only to return, first playing in the Far East , then recently signing a Minor League deal with an affiliate of the Texas Rangers . GM Jon Daniels of the Rangers believes the player to be a good fit for the organization and that he will be of benefit to the organization and their postseason ambitions.

For Ramirez, his sojourn in the Minors for the Rangers has been somewhat understated , as he no doubt seeks a call up by the coaching staff at some point in the Rangers` future schedule . When there is said to be this much hypocrisy within the game from some its most high-profiled players , how can anyone take them seriously , much less the game itself ? Never mind that we also have the continued apathy amongst many of the on air radio and television personalities who cover the game of baseball. Not to be left out of this, are the ever endearing anal retentive fans, who one minute call for changes to be made, but somehow cannot be succinct enough to explain the type of changes that they would like to see made within baseball as a whole .

Courtesy of ESPN & Associated Press

Kemp: Ryan Braun should lose MVP

TORONTO — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who finished runner-up to Ryan Braun in voting for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award, thinks the suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger should be stripped of the honor.

Braun finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes, to 332 and 10 for Kemp. Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun following a positive test that October for elevated testosterone, but the penalty was overturned by an arbitrator who ruled Braun’s urine sample was handled improperly.

Braun agreed Monday to a 65-game suspension for unspecified violations of baseball’s drug rules and labor contract.

Asked Tuesday whether the award should be taken away from Braun, Kemp responded: “I mean, yeah, I do,” pausing and adding, “I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”

Kemp said people feel “betrayed” by Braun.

“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said. “I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed. That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organization, a lot of his teammates. I think a lot of people feel that way.”

Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, said the award vote was final.


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Bud Selig for his part , has tip-toed around the issue of this latest fiasco and the apparent stupidity of his office in paying for documentation from the offices of Biogenesis , suggests to me, that he is taking advice of any kind from a litany of like-minded buffoons . It begs the question, can he in all good conscience, believe that a number of the cases he will present against suspected players , can proceed ahead with any real veracity , if in fact a player seeks to challenge the league`s authority and how they went about collecting a great deal of the information now said to be in their possession ?

From my own perspective, Matt Kemp may well believe that he is saying all of the right things , and that if anything , he feels it is something the fans and in general, as well as the public, are likely to agree with his sentiments. As I alluded to earlier, if his criticism of Ryan Bran can be so concise, then why no criticism of Manny Ramirez ? Baseball`s code of silence amongst its players, is no different from that of the Thin Blue Line line of law enforcement and their police officers . You do not `rat ` on your buddies , and you do not level acute criticism of them either . What comes next, after this saga and the apparent friendship between these two prolific players, remains to be seen .

If things cannot get any worse for the New York Yankees (54-48) , then what is now said to be taking place off the field of play for the AL East , fourth placed team , has all the makings of a bad dramatic episode now going hideously wrong . Derek Jeter remains sidelined and the team`s highest paid player , Alex Rodriguez , remains the scourge of the game as well their being a heated , and now some might deem it to be an irreparably damaged relationship between the player and team GM Brian Cashman .

Rodriguez , hoping to finally to come off the team DL , was placed back on that list after it was revealed that he had a slight quadriceps tear . Not so , says the third baseman , revealing that he was ready to play and to contribute in any way that he can to aid the team . Somehow , this might not be the what Rodriguez had envisaged for himself tis season . Yet in light of the fact that his name is the most recognized of those players associated with the Biogenesis scandal. Either Brian Cashman and his fellow executives are looking for either a graceful way to push the player out of the door , or they may well seek a legal recourse to actually send him packing, if Bud Selig is unable to summarily do so, with a long-term suspension . Over the past eighteen months Alex Rodriguez has proven to be more of a thorn in the side of the Yankees` organization than he has been of an asset to the ball-club .

With the Yankees having now acquired their former outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash for right-handed pitcher Corey Black . This could prove to be a harbinger of things to come as it relates to Alex Rodriguez`s immediate and long-term future. Soriano, keen to reassert himself as one of the game`s most prolific and hitters and productive players , had several enjoyable seasons with the Yankees` organization before being traded to the Texas Rangers in February , 2004 , in a trade that would send Alex Rodriguez New York bound . Now having come full circle, the two players will now reunite as teammates , but for how long ?

Earlier in the season Lonn A Trost , CEO & Chief Legal Counsel to the New York Yankees spoke with Brian Cashman as well as with senior members of the Steinbrenner family about the possibility of voiding the four remaining years left on Alex Rodriguez`s contract. The player is owed $104 million , and it was recently noted that he had in fact taken out an insurance policy to indemnify against himself against future loss, in terms of earnings. As to whether or not this constitutes and covers the possibility of his being suspended and how such a claim would be met , without any details being made public . It is hard to envisage how a claim would be honored by an underwriting insurance company. The decision was made to proceed ahead, with Rodriguez still under contract and a member of the Yankees` roster .

On the field of play, the Yankees have been struggling, losers of six of their last ten games and they are now 6 ½ games out of a seeding, for an AL wildcard berth. Too soon to count them out ? Well dependent upon who you might well be listening to . There are those , who believe that the AL East is still up for grabs . While the naysayers, are of the opinion that an aging roster , injuries and inconsistent pitching have been the main reasons for the New York Yankees` woes this season . I believe it is all of the above , along with this constant idiotic belief that they can simply spend their way out of trouble . I guess a burgeoning $235 million plus payroll can at times paint a rosy picture , no matter how dire a situation might be .

A three-game home series against the divisional rivals the red hot Tampa Bay Rays(60-42) , starting on Friday , will pit CC Sabathia against the Rays` Jeremy Hellickson , and could go a long way in telling us whether or not New York has the grit to tough it out and make a fight of the remainder of this season . Anything sort of a series` win against the Rays , and it could very well spell the beginning of the end for the ball-club for the season .



Picture gallery .

From your own perspective, are you disappointed in the way tat the baseball hierarchy has dealt with this latest scandal (Biogenesis) ? And what are your opinions concerning Matt Kemp`s disapproval of Ryan Braun being allowed to keep is 2011 NL MVP Award ? Do bear in mind, that the Los Angeles` Dodgers` player did not voice is concerns with regard to Manny Ramirez . Finally, your thoughts on the latest drama concerning the always controversial Alex Rodriguez ? Chime in with your comments , as you see fit .


Picture and slideshow gallery details below .

(1) Matt Kemp , left , of the Los Angeles Dodgers is seen here with Ryan Braun prior to a Spring Training during game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, March 30, 2012 at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Phoenix, Arizona .Kemp has been critical of Ryan Braun and the fact that the 2011 NL MVP award winner remains recognized as the recipient of the award for which the Baseball Writers Association of America have stated that the result will stand . © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 …

(2) Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers is seen here signing autographs for the Dodgers` fans . The player has simply been sensational this season for the team , which has seen the ball club rise to second place within the NL West . Much of the credit goes to Puig and his offense as well as times, some sensational defensive plays . Getty Images /Mark Strong …

(3) Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles , has been one of the primary reasons that the third placed Orioles have been in contention within the AL East for much of the season ,albeit that teammate Chris Davis has received the bulk of the team`s headlines for much of the season . Machado is amongst the top offensive players in the AL leading , the league in doubles . AP Photo / Phil Kelly …………..

(4) New York Yankees` GM Brian Cashman , left, is seen here with Alex Rodriguez , as the player answers questions posed by the convened press at the Yankees` headquarters, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida . Rodriguez was answering questions concerning his then use of anabolic steroids dating back to his playing days between 2001- 04 _______ then playing for the Texas Rangers . A strained relationship between Cashman and the Yankees` third baseman has now cast a great deal of uncertainty over Rodriguez`s future with the New York Yankees` organization. NOAH K. MONROE / THE STAR-LEDGER @ copyrighted material all rights reserved .

(5) Former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers` manager Joe Torre , now a SVP of MLB Operations, is widely considered to be one of the leading candidates alongside , Rob Manfred to succeed Bud Selig as the next MLB Commissioner . Selig is due to step down as commissioner , as early as February of 2014, when his current contract is due to expire . After a two-decade long career as baseball`s highest ranking executive , Selig`s sometimes confrontational and unconventional style of leadership , has as become the antithesis of what is now needed within the game , in its upper echelons of leadership and management . NY Times/ Jorge Vargas ……

(6) A sense of foreboding as words uttered concerning Ryan Braun by Bud Selig, came back to haunt him . Getty Images North America /Rick Carlson ….

(7) Bud Selig foreground, stands at the dais as he formally makes the announcement that the 2013 MLB All Star Game will be held at Citi-Field , home to the New York Mets , in Flushing, New York . Also pictured are second from the left New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mets` senior managing partner and co-owner Fred Wilpon . AP Photo / Rajiv Singh …..



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27 thoughts on “The sound you hear, is but the brief glimpse of baseball showing and still sowing the seeds of doubt ….”

  1. Matt Kemp proving why Rihanna dumped his dumb @ss n ! As a player , he simply represents what many have always felt about athletes who seem to be barely educated. Kemp is too dumb to even think clearly, much less intelligently . And now he is proving that he is not a leader , as many might have believed him to be .

    Whine all you want Matt Kemp, , but you still come across, looking like an @ss .

    Alex Rodriguez`s career with the Yankees is likely to come to an abrupt end this season. There is no way in hell, that he can remain with this team after his most recent falling out with Brian Cashman . As to the Yankees` front office , they must have some of the most idiotic individuals in positions of power . God knows things have gone downhill for the ball-club since the untimely death of George Steinbrenner III .

    A-Rod will remain a dick, , even after he has left the game . The Yankees brought him in with a specific purpose , to win World Series` titles and for the player make an onslaught in surpassing the home run career total . Now all of this player`s achievements are tainted and no proponent, can make a case that they are not .

    The New York Yankees will find a way for a willing partner to take the troubled third baseman off their hands , by making an enticing offer to that potential suitor .

    Now another loss and another nail in the coffin , as it relates to the Yankees` season .

    The Rays are now in first place within the AL East ? Now let`s see if they can old unto that position for the greater part of the remainder of their season . If not, they are likely lose out on making the postseason altogether , because neither the Orioles or Red Sox will be going away anytime soon .

    Tampa Bay Rays news

    tophatal …………………..


  2. Bob Nightengale`s column in USA Today , suggests what I have been saying all along concerning Alex Rodriguez and also the fact that the organization is now concerned with their image rather than before , when they simply blinded by money and not much else beyond that .

    Courtesy of USA Today

    A Rod done with the Yankees

    By Bob Nightengale , USA Today

    The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez promised Thursday to stop fighting.

    No more name-calling.

    No more accusations and condemnations.

    And no more secret doctors, mysterious MRI results, media blitzes and whispers about committing fraudulent acts.

    YANKEES: A-Rod’s earliest return is August

    A-ROD: ‘Enough doctors; let’s play’

    The peace treaty lasted, oh, for about two hours.

    That was roughly span between Rodriguez and the Yankees issuing play-nice statements and Rodriguez picking up the telephone and calling good friend Mike Francesa of WFAN for a brief interview.

    Rodriguez was asked point-blank, do you trust the Yankees?

    “I’d rather not get into that,” Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez instead reminded everyone, once again, that he is healthy. He’s ready to play. And he’s willing to jump on a plane right now and play third base against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

    Yet he says the Yankees just won’t let him, and that his attorney is documenting absolutely everything the Yankees are doing.

    If nothing else, after yet another dizzying day of statements, accusations and denials, we finally do have clarity.

    Alex Rodriguez will never again play for the New York Yankees.

    Certainly, not if the Yankees can help it.

    Click on link to read in full .


    It certainly now looks like Brian Cashman will do everything within his power to jettison a player who has simply underachieved with the team , while being overpaid since joining them in February , 2004.

    Can Pete Rose simply shut the hell up , about offering advice to players now caught up in te latest steroid scandal ! His lying @ss , for years simply refused to tell te truth . Now all of a sudden , he is now offering advice to today`s players , as to how conduct themselves with honesty and integrity ? What a damn joke ! Pete Rose could not spell the words ` honesty` and `integrity ` , if it were taught to him several times over, by a grade school teacher .

    `In my day , we played the game like real men and then after , we were like thugs , because we were thugs and louts ` . Pete Rose .

    Pete Rose to cheaters: Baseball will catch you

    By Ted Berg USA Today

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — All-time major league hits leader Pete Rose has been banned from baseball since 1989, but no one can stop him from keeping a close eye on the game. And Rose, who says he watches two or three games a day, has some advice for suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and other players caught up in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, including Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

    “Come clean as quickly as you possibly can,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday from a memorabilia store a block away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “I guess Braun thought he was going to get away with it when he got off the hook the first time. I wish I could go around to all the spring training camps and talk to the young players about what happened to me.

    COMEBACK: A-Rod won’t be back until August at earliest

    “If baseball wants to get you, they’ve got enough resources and enough investigators that they’ll find a way to get you.”

    Rose accepted a lifetime ban from then-commissioner Bart Giamatti in August 1989, after an investigation revealed he had been gambling on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds. Before confessing in a 2004 autobiography, Rose admitted fault to Commissioner Bud Selig. He has filed for reinstatement multiple times, but Selig has yet to rule on his case. And as the only living person banned for life from the game, Rose thinks Braun caught a break.

    “Braun’s got to feel pretty fortunate to only get 65 games, because they’re really cracking down on it,” he said. “He did like I did. He disappointed a lot of people. Deceived a lot of people. And if you get anything out of it, I think the young players should take one thing away from it: Don’t lie. All they have to do is watch what happened to me, and that would teach you, don’t lie.”

    SPEAK: Kirk Gibson calls on Braun to talk

    But even as an indomitable baseball fan enduring the sport’s harshest ban, Rose will not say whether he thinks the league’s current system of suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use is appropriate punishment.

    “I’ve been suspended, in August, 24 years,” he said. “Is that fair? I don’t know. What’s worse? They’re both bad.

    Click on link to read in full.


    Rose to this day , remains a pompous and selfish @ss !

    The purity of baseball according to Kirk Gibson .

    The piety of baseball and its players remains a damn joke . Now even Kirk Gibson is chiming in on the issue ? Where was his @ss , at the start of tis all ? Where the nineties a compete blur and an aberration for this idiot ? Cheech and Chong must`v e been helping him out with his supply of weed .

    tophatal …………


      1. Sam

        First off , you`re giving baseball way too much credit . This is simply an exercise in futility . Because , until Bud Selig lays down the law to the teams , managers , team owners and front office executives . The game itself , will not seek to change from within, concerning the use of steroids and the players , who are said to be cheating . I mean , what course of proactive actions have actually ever been taken by the union (MLBPA) itself , to address the issue . Have you ever asked yourself that ?

        Manny Ramirez has yet to serve his mandatory 100 game suspension as a two-time offender of te league`s steroid policy and he has been allowed to return to the game , and is now playing for a Minor League affiliate of the Texas Rangers . Why no action there from the league hierarchy ?

        tophatal …………..


          1. Sam

            The point is Manny Ramirez is already playing this season , and I will now provide you with a link to his stats for this year and the Rangers` affiliate that he is playing (Round Rock – Texas) for .

            Baseball`s continued hypocrisy is ongoing and the blame for that rests squarely on the shoulders of Bud Selig and the game`s hierarchy . Other than in the US House of Representatives and US Senate ,where else could find a bigger group of idiots ?

            Rangers don’t plan to call up Manny Ramirez anytime soon

            By Jeff Passan , Yahoo Sports

            Don’t expect to see Manny being Manny in the major leagues anytime soon.

            Despite an injury that could end DH Lance Berkman’s career and the potential Biogenesis-related suspension of right fielder Nelson Cruz , the Texas Rangers do not plan on summoning Manny Ramirez from Triple-A anytime soon, major league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

            The Rangers signed the 41-year-old Ramirez to a minor league deal in early July after he spent the season’s first two months playing for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Over 16 games, Ramirez has hit .250 with an on-base percentage barely over .300 and three home runs in 60 at-bats.

            More important than the numbers are the quality of the plate appearances, and talent evaluators who have seen Ramirez are not filing reports that indicate he’s anywhere close to resembling what he was before two performance-enhancing-drug-related suspensions helped jettison him from the game: one of the best right-handed hitters in major league history.

            “This isn’t Manny Ramirez,” said one scout who recently saw Ramirez. “This is a 41-year-old still trying to play baseball and not doing it very well.”

            Ramirez has not taken a major league at-bat since he walked away from the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 after a positive PED test left him facing a 100-game suspension. A comeback with the Oakland A’s last season fizzled out in Triple-A, and scouts expect the same this time around. Though Ramirez has proven no trouble on or off the field, one evaluator said his “bat looked slow” and another said “he’s not ready to help anyone right now.”

            The Rangers may need it from someone soon. With Berkman’s hip injury leaving him pondering retirement and the Rangers unsure how Cruz will handle a suspension – appeal and potentially hurt his free agent value this offseason or accept the punishment and miss perhaps 50 games? – they are interested in a right-handed-hitting outfielder.

            Click on link to read in full .

            Now is there anything else you need to know on the matter ? jnere

            tophatal ………


        1. Maurice

          Baseball in terms of its leadership , has not progressed . There is no god damn intelligence to begin with and whoever succeeds Bud Selig, even if it is Joe Torre or Rob Manfred , will prove to be just as frigging incompetent . All I hear from fans, is continued whining, but no one points a damn finger , beyond pointing to Selig .

          The players , union and team owners and general managers are equally to blame

          . I mean , why was there no action taken by the Brewers` front office against Ryan Braun to begin with ? Screw the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the MLBPA (union) . The current MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner is of dubious pedigree to begin with , just like is predecessor Donald Fehr . Need I say anymore on the matter ?

          Baseball never had any frigging integrity to begin with . The game`s historians and revisionists are the ones painting a rosy picture of its past and the exploits of players such as Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , Ted Williams , Yogi Berra , Joe DiMaggio , Hank Aaron , Jackie Robinson and others of a bygone era . What a damn waste !

          Never mind the pious bastards on television with their dumb anecdotes and stupidity of continually avoiding this issue unless pressed on the subject ! .

          tophatal ……………..


  3. Braun got what he deserved even though Major League Baseball has yet to tell us what exactly he’s suspended.

    We’ll see if other players are penalized the same way or whether MLB is just going to go on another random witch hunt, which it’s always done.

    What’s sad here is that Selig and the MLB have the opportunity to do things right, find out what the hell happened and then tell us why they’re suspending the players they’re suspending. Like you, I don’t expect that to happen.


    1. Chris

      You are so wrong, as Ryan Braun did not get what he deserved , which should have been a 100 game suspension and not the sixty-five game suspension arranged and agreed to by his agent , Nev Balelo .

      Bud Selig does not possess a backbone or a dick for that matter . His man-gina is as big as Kim Kardashian`s @ss .

      tophatal …………


        1. Maurice

          The fact that Braun`s agent Nev Balelo was part of the negotiation process in terms of the length of this suspension (sixty-five games) , should tell you all that you need to know . Bud Selig caved , and do not forget there was no admission of guilt on the part of Ryan Braun in terms of a public statement . All we have are the formalities from the baseball head office, in terms of the details that were made public .

          Once again , pure idiocy on the part of Bud Selig . Fans believe this , now to be a positive ? They have to be really that frigging gullible to believe this bulls#it !

          Based on the start date of the suspension , and the number of games played by the Milwaukee Brewers . Braun`s suspension will take him through to the end of the season .

          tophatal …………


  4. Puirty in baseball my ass. This is a joke. he should have been banned last year. ramirez too. How about a-rod. This is the longest running joke. So what! Baseball is dead. It is just like this country- dead and no one has pushed it over yet into the scrap heap of history.


            1. bobby gee

              As much as I have admired Joe Torre as a manager . I am not so sure that his succeeding Bud Selig would prove to be successful .

              Even now , with Torre as a ranking member of baseball1`s executive committee , not a great deal has been achieved .

              Selig`s departure from baseball cannot come around soon enough ! His two-plus decades as the game`s leader have been an unmitigated disaster . There are few positives , if any positives , that one can actually point to during his reign .

              tophatal ……..


  5. I vote to allow all pros to use whatever the hell they want to enhance themselves, matter of fact
    have the team buy the shit and give it to them ala the Chargers……

    That’s the only way to level the playing field since some are using anyway….no longer an honest
    game…if ever.
    Allow the use of the spitball and extra pinetar….so what if it kills them later on……always
    they have had the choice to use or not. Personally I can’t care less, since I’m not even in their
    pay status.


  6. It’s going to be up to those of us in the blog world to take MLB to task for it’s incompetence. The Baseball writer’s will only go but so far. MLB is how they earn their living, so they’re not going to hammer them too hard because they need MLB.


    1. Maurice

      The BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) are a bunch of dumb ba##ards ! I mean, where were they during late eighties and early to mid-nineties , at the height of the steroid era . Were they actually doing their jobs or simply sniffing each other`s @s#oles ?

      Those morons were critical of Jose Canseco and his book . And once Mark McGwire , Sosa , Bonds and Clemens were seen as te face of te steroid era . Only then , did those idiots actually begin to their jobs .

      In all honesty, they have not been particularly good in actually, writing about the whole issue to begin with ! Instead much of the content has been an unabashed pieces of diatribe and regurgitated fecal matter .

      tophatal …………..


  7. al clements

    I believe that the game of baseball should be shuttered for an entire year, and then we can have Tom Hanks , Rosie O`Donnell , Madonna and Geena Davis don their uniforms once again. We can have women`s baseball . LOL,LOL ,LOL !!! I mean , what could be better than that ? Unless you want to O`Donnell playing the game , dressed in nothing but a bustier ? LOL !!

    Speaking of which , if we can have the Women`s Lingerie League in football . Then why no Women`s Lingerie League for baseball ?


    There`s no crying in baseball is there ?

    topatal …………………


  8. Sunday`s scheduled games and Saturday`s results .

    If Ivan Nova of the Yankees is said to have had some quality starts this season . Then mediocrity is alive and well , in terms of the Yankees and their pitching staff in their most recent games . And with the Rays having now won this away series against the Bronx Bombers . The only ting left to say concerning te Yankees , is Ciao ! Good-bye and good riddance !

    The Yankees could only muster two hits in their 1-0 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Saturday . I do not expect the result to be any different for today`s series` finale` .

    MLB divisional standings and wildcard standings

    tophatal ……….


  9. I’ve stopped believing anything that comes out of Selig’s mouth or the union too for that matter. I’m trying to enjoy the game of my youth and turn the volume down on the bullshit.
    Go Rays!


    1. aero

      It is by no means strange to know that none of this season`s Hall of Fame group are from a current era crop of players due for eligibility ? All of this year`s inductees , are guys who have died and contributed to the game , either as players , executives or officials . For once , the BBWAA seems to be doing something right .

      Courtesy of NY Times

      With No Living Inductees, Only Echoes Stir the Quiet at the Hall of Fame

      By Richard Sandomir ,

      COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates the sport’s history at this time each year by inducting at least one new member with small-town pomp and fealty to decades of tradition.

      Usually, he is alive, filled with joy and stories of his first days as a ballplayer.

      But on Sunday, for the first time since 1965, there was no breathing inductee to deliver a speech, tell a joke or remember advice from his first manager.

      Instead, in a rain-delayed and sparsely attended ceremony that underscored the lingering damage that performance-enhancing drugs have inflicted on America’s national pastime, the three men who were enshrined have been dead since the 1930s. Two were better known to historians and aficionados than fans. Several living players have Hall-worthy statistics and might have lured a huge crowd to this village, which was founded by James Fenimore Cooper’s father and boosted by the myth of baseball’s invention here.

      But Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, who were all in their first year of eligibility for election but tainted by their involvement in or connection to baseball’s steroids era, were firmly rejected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America earlier this year. Last week, Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers star, was suspended for 65 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement with an anti-aging clinic in Florida that baseball officials believe distributed performance-enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees star who has not played this season, is a focus of the investigation and could be suspended soon.

      “I think baseball is hurt and the Hall suffers,” said Johnny Bench, the Cincinnati Reds catcher who was inducted in 1989 before thousands of fans who had ridden buses to see him. Referring to players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, Bench said, “Do they qualify by putting numbers that are tainted?”

      Ozzie Smith, the Cardinals and Padres shortstop who entered the Hall in 2002, said that being rejected by voters “is one of the things you have to weigh when you decide to do something wrong.”

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      Great to see the Rays take two out of three in the most recent series against the Yankees ! Next up , the Red Sox at Fenway and that series too , out to be a great deal of fun . Hopefully , James Loney can carry on with his brilliant season .

      tophatal ………


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