It’s Not Over Until The Fat Lady Sings …

It’s Not Over Until The Fat Lady Sings …

A game-seven will now be played in this year’s NBA Finals , providing the league hierarchy with the climactic and suspenseful finish they will be hoping for. Conspiracy theorists wherever they might be , will continue to question the veracity of the officiating and whether or not the league itself actually intervened at any point during the series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors . No matter what the outcome in the Finals . there will be questions asked which I doubt NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will proffer up a satisfactory answer ! Clearly the referees have shown their inconsistency throughout the NBA Playoffs and during the entire NBA Finals, in the lead-up to a series’ deciding game seven which will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland , California on June 19th , 2016.

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There was a great deal of frustration on the face of Steph Curry during game six , which resulted in the Warriors’ loss and Curry being ejected , having thrown his mouthpiece into the crowd during game-six played at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland , Ohio on Thursday night. Golden State were outplayed and failed to get off to a fast start at the intent of Steve Kerr and the Warriors’ coaching staff . Sunday’s game could prove to be fateful if the defending NBA champions allow the Cleveland Cavaliers to dictate the pace of the game for its entire forty-eight minutes. Losing this game and their title would prove to be disastrous after such a sensational regular season for the Golden State Warriors. League record or not , the emphasis for the franchise was to make a successful defense of their title.

I do believe there is a great deal of merit to the claims , the NBA Playoffs have proven once again what we know to be true and it is the very fact, the hierarchy is unwilling to admit the officials are very poor and there seems to be a declining standard of the officiating talent among their on-court officials. The NBA Referees’ Union might believe this to be the contrary , but there seems to no denying the fact the league has a problem which it has failed to address over the past decade.

I’ll say this for the MLB season at this point of the schedule and it is the fact we have seen some stellar pitching from the starters and an abundance of offensive woes among several of the teams . No-hitters though not a rarity , have been seen already this season , but we have to see a perfect game . Offense from the players , has been somewhat sporadic, but in recent days we have seen Victory Martinez put on an amazing performance for the Detroit Tigers . Martinez set the trend which would lead to the Tigers’ most impressive performance of their season while leading the team to a victory over the Kansas City Royals , with the Tigers’ catcher hitting three home runs in the contest . The Detroit Tigers will be back in action on Friday when they face the Kansas City Royals in the resumption of their current series between these two AL Central combatants . Michael Fulmer will be on the mound for the Tigers as he faces the Royals’ Yordano Ventura in a match-up of two very good AL starting pitchers.

Give credit where it’s due , because even light of Jose Reyes having served a fifty-one game suspension for domestic violence and aggravated assault the Colorado Rockies are well within their right to rid themselves of the short-stop. Reyes has been designated for assignment , but will be hindered by the fact the player will be owed $40 million on the two remaining years of his existing contract . Playing sub.500 baseball the Rockies now find themselves sitting third within the NL West with a 32-33 record . Eight games behind the division leading San Francisco Giants (41-26) and three games out of a wildcard berth , the team over their last ten games are 8-2 . Yet within an un-competitive division, it simply isn’t good enough place them as a serious contender within their division.

The departure of Jose Reyes I certainly don’t believe will be on any great loss for the Colorado Rockies, given his lack of productivity since being acquired by the ball-club from the Toronto Blue Jays . Colorado has not reached the heights expected of the ownership group or their fan-base over the past ten years and it is becoming increasingly clear the management as well as the front office has become increasingly impatient with the lack of consistency and progress sought. The franchise’s farm system has talent , but there appears to be no one among their Minor League System capable of stepping up to the plate and leading by example. Among the Rockies’ starters it is already clear that has been the case , as seen with their play over the course of the season.

In the Colorado Rockies’ last game they they had an easy 6-3 victory over the struggling New York Yankees in a home contest played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday evening . Walt Weiss and his Rockies’ managerial staff will prepare the team for a three-game weekend schedule against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark , in Miami Florida.. The first of the three contests will take place on Friday and Colorado will have starting pitchers Jon Gray of the Rockies facing Adam Conley of the Miami Marlins . Both of these teams are seeking to make an impact within the NL with an eye gaining a wildcard berth at least . It remains to be seen if either can make it a reality , but it will be interesting to see how things pan out at the end of the season.

Ichiro Suzuki has now amassed more than 4,000 career hits over the course of professional baseball career, but a large proportion of those hits took place while he played in the Japanese League . However, baseball’s hierarchy has seen fit accord Suzuki’s achievement of recently garnering his four thousandth two-hundred and fifty-seventh hit , accrediting as if it were an MLB career record . Now while it is an achievement within itself , it does not equate with what is still considered to be the legitimate record held by Pete Rose , whose 4,256 career hits which is seen as the all-time record. Rose may will still remain on the outside looking in as a pariah . Yet it does seem hypocritical of MLB to afford Suzuki this accomplishment and then overlook the career statistics put up by Hideki Matsui . Ichiro is still twenty-three hits shy of the 3,000 hits’ career plateau and would have to play another six more seasons to reach the league record set by Pete Rose in MLB (Major League Baseball) based on his current pace .

Only a game and a half out of the NL wildcard berth it has to be said the Miami Marlins have been one of the surprise teams in the NL this season. Yet from my own perspective , I do believe this Don Mattingly managed team will have to do a great deal more prove their detractors wrong in suggesting this group of players are not competitive enough to win a World Series title . The struggles of the Marlins have been there for all to see over the course of this season and I doubt things are likely to change anytime soon !

Something strange is happening in the state of Texas and it has nothing at all to do with the Dallas Cowboys . While year in year out great things are expected of the NFL franchise , you have to admit . it is always great to see the Cowboys’ repeated pratfalls , with Jerry Jones , the front office and their often injured quarterback Tony Romo continue to make the same old excuses for another poor season . The less news’ coverage to the Dallas Cowboys during the off and regular season , the better off we all are as sports’ fans. While the Cowboys wallow in self-pity and ridicule , the Texas Rangers are having a good season, leading the AL West and playing some solid baseball . Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels has shown a great deal of faith in Jeff Banister and his managerial staff this season while the Texas players have gone about their business with a great deal of professionalism.

Heading into their weekend series’ schedule of games Jeff Banister and the Texas Rangers will be seeking to increase their AL West divisional lead over their rivals by taking down the St Louis Cardinals , whom they will face at Busch Stadium , in St Louis , Missouri , with the first of those games taking place on Friday evening. Cole Hamels will be representing the visiting team when he faces Michael Wacha of the Cardinals.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the few teams in baseball who can continue to spend capriciously on talent while their apathetic and clueless fans wistfully believe the money is being well-spent and getting absolutely nothing in return . Dumping an ineffective veteran Carl Crawford made a great deal of sense given the fact the player was well past his prime and no longer seen as a leader. Utter stupidity by former GM Ned Colletti was simply one of the signs that this organization still remained in a quagmire after the sheer lunacy seen from former team owner Frank McCourt . The Dodgers’ financial troubles notwithstanding, in the four seasons since being acquired by a cabal of billionaire entrepreneurs , very little has changed with the mindset of the franchise. Common sense now seems to be prevailing with Andrew Friedman having been brought in to lead the Baseball Operations , while Farhan Zaidi was installed as the general manager.

Having to play catch up in a division where it was felt the Dodgers would be totally dominant this season , we are beginning to see a number of weaknesses on the roster . The team lacks consistency and have not been able to put together a winning streak of more than four games during their entire schedule at this point of the season. Over their last ten games heading into their current schedule the Los Angeles Dodgers are an abysmal 4-6 . On Friday night the Dodgers would be playing host to the Milwaukee Brewers with Julio Urias on the mound for the home team against the Brewers’ Zach Davies . Having lost their Thursday night meeting against Milwaukee , it is easy to see why the Dodgers are such an inconsistent team . There is some great young talent being developed within the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system , but it will take time for that talent to prove to be effective long-term, in spite of what has been seen from Yasmani Grandal , Julio Urias and Corey Seager .

A great deal of pressure has been placed on the shoulders of Dave Roberts , with his having succeeded Don Mattingly as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I believe Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi will continue to show faith in the manager and his staff , but I also feel should things continue to head South , then this entire lineup could be blown apart , rather than having to witness the Dodgers’ continued futility.

If a case can be made for the unexpected season the Chicago Cubs are now having , then this must be the year where the stars are in alignment and something special could very well happen. Then you remember these are the Cubs we are talking about , a franchise whose fortunes over the last e ninety-five years reads like a sob story , never mind delving into their postseason woes . Theo Epstein , GM Jed Hoyer and the entire Cubs’ front office and ownership now seem to be on the same page. Add in the fact the organization now has one of the best managers in all of baseball. A winning formula now seems to be in place with Joe Maddon and his managerial staff to go alongside a team of truly determined players eager to win.

The Cubs have simply been relentless throughout much of the season winning games with ease , throughout the months of April , May and now in the month of June . The team has a healthy 10 ½ game lead over their nearest divisional rival in the NL Central . A lead I might add, which is the biggest in all of baseball’s six divisions . The Chicago Cubs have to be seen as a shoo-in to not only win the division , but also a leading contender for the NL Pennant , solely based upon their record. One could allude to their play which is head and shoulders above all of the NL teams , if not the entire league . A weekend schedule which began yesterday will see the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates , another divisional rival . Friday’s result saw the Cubs annihilate the Pirates without their breaking sweat during in the game . Wrigley Field in Chicago will be the scene for today’s action when the two teams resume their schedule with Jonathon Niese on the mound for the Pirates against Jon Lester of the Cubs.

Current NL Cy Young Award winner and Cubs’ All Star Jake Arrieta is considered to be the best starting pitcher on Chicago’s daunting rotation . Arrieta is having an astonishing season , but while I believe him to be one the best pitchers in the National League , he has to be perhaps one or two tiers lower than Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers . This year’s NL Cy Young Award could very well come down to the achievements and consistency seen from both of these starting pitchers and I believe should they meet head to head at some point during the season, we could very well witness some of the best pitching to be seen anywhere within the game !

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With the final of the NBA Finals set for Sunday evening prime-time what do you expect to see from both teams and have you been completely satisfied by these contests throughout the series ? Furthermore with the MLB season having now played a quarter of the scheduled games have you been impressed by certain teams and which ball-clubs and players do you believe to have been the biggest disappointments to date ?

Tophatal ……….. 2016/06/17

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

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

20 thoughts on “It’s Not Over Until The Fat Lady Sings …”

  1. There is going to be hell to pay if the officiating in tonight’s game is remotely suspect on any level . The entire NBA Playoffs have been mired in controversy from the very first game right up until now. Yet , the NBA hierarchy led by that pompous ass of a commissioner , Adam Silver continues to support the referees officiating the Playoff games , even when it has been clear they have made numerous errors throughout these series .

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  2. The idiocy continues with the local media and the Tampa Bay Rays as they try and continue with this myth of developing talent will place the franchise in a position to win long-term , while being competitive for the next five to ten years. When you consider the Rays have not won a divisional title in over five years and their postseason forays are now becoming a distant memory , you have to simply wonder what is next for this ball-club and the fact it continues to be in complete disarray on and off the field.

    On Sunday afternoon the Tampa Bay Rays took the field to face the San Francisco Giants at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. On the mound for the Rays was Mike Odorizzi as he faced Jake Peavy of the Giants. In recent years contests between these two teams . The Rays were on the wrong side of a completely embarrassing lopsided loss , falling to the Giants 5-1 . Yet the apathy of the moronic Rays’ fans, who believes this all provides entertainment and excitement are simply as dumb and delusional as they have always been evenly matched , but once again when it comes to real consistency it has been the National League team showing their capability this season.

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  3. From a season of greatness the Golden State Warriors have now mired themselves into a NBA Finals’ run that will go down as one of the worst in playoff history . Losing four of their last five games has shown that the team was simply complacent in spite of the incompetence shown by the referees through all seven games in the Finals. LeBron James wins his third NBA title landing the Cleveland Cavaliers their very first championship as well as his winning the Finals’ MVP Award for the third time in his illustrious career .

    Cavaliers’ team owner Dan Gilbert the championship he has yearned for and he can now see the franchise’s value appreciate all the more after this title win.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and state of Ohio have won their very first professional title in four plus decades but the issue which the franchise now will face is how to improve the makeup of this roster heading into the off-season. Questions will be asked of GM David Griffin and whether or not Kevin Love will remain a part of this team . Love’s postseason performances left a great deal to be desired . With the salary cap likely to increase considerably for next season , it will be interesting to see the steps taken by several teams in the lead-up to and in the aftermath of the NBA Draft . Cleveland’s needs will be varied as will those of the Golden State Warriors . Cavaliers’ coach Tyronn Lue’s contract with the franchise will likely be a long-term extension , as I hardly believe the front office will seek his ouster after the NBA Finals’ triumph.

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  4. Two pitchers who have been among the best in the Majors over the past eight years have been productive for their respective teams this season. Johnny Cueto (10-1, 2.10 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (44-26) are riding high within the NL West and the team is among the best in the NL as well as all of baseball . Bruce Bochy the manager of the Giants has seen his players play at a high level for much of the season and where they now have a ? healthy lead within the division .

    San Francisco’s weekend schedule saw the team take care of their opponent the Tampa Bay Rays sweeping their AL rival , outscoring the Rays 16-6 in the three games played at Tropicana Field , St Petersburg, Florida this past weekend. Cueto was not part of the Giants’ weekend success , but the starting pitcher’s next game will see him on the mound to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania this Tuesday.

    Johnny Cueto of the Giants .

    Tim Lincecum of the Angels .

    Tim Lincecum a two-time winner of the NL Cy Young Award , his long awaited return to the starter’s pitching mound saw the player return to pitch for his new team the Los Angeles Angels . Lincecum was exemplary as the Angels destroyed the Oakland Athletics on their way to a 7-1 victory , leaving the A’s in a not too encouraging position within the AL West . Tim Lincecum’s next projected start will likely be against the A’s when the two teams meet at Angels Ballpark , in Anaheim , California as part of their regular season scheduled meetings . The resumption of the series will begin on the 23rd June .

    Both of these starting pitchers , Johnny Cueto and Tim Lincecum are likely to be on the respective rosters for the AL and NL for the 2016 MLB All Star Game being played at PETCO Park in San Diego , California on 12th July , 2016 ,. The All Star Game has a long and well-chronicled history and this season like the others before , a great deal will be on the line with the winning league having home-field advantage in the World Series .

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  5. So here we are seventy-games into the season and teams are playing with a great deal of zeal but the real test will come with the second quarter of the season in the lead-up to the 2016 All Star Game .

    The Texas Rangers (45-25) and the Chicago Cubs (47-20) are the top-two teams within the respective leagues and they each lead their divisions by considerably wide margins .

    The Rangers will be playing today when they face the Baltimore Orioles (40-28) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas . Joe Maddon manager of the Chicago Cubs will be preparing his team to face the St Louis Cardinals (35-35) in an all AL Central divisional match-up at Wrigley Field in Chicago , Illinois,.

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  6. The New York Yankees have real issues and all of the talk of prospects coming up from the lower ranks to be productive on a team which has failed to compete all season long . At no point during their schedule have the Yankees been able to put together anything more than a four or six-game winning streak .

    Manager Joe Girardi and his managerial staff are now completely way out of their depth while several veteran players on this roster are way past their prime as well as being considerably overpaid . GM Brian Cashman has wallowed with insipid mediocrity having not seen the franchise make a World Series appearance since 2009 . From my own perspective, I believe the New York Yankees are now incapable of winning their division this season , much less gaining a wildcard berth within the AL ! New York’s front office remains bereft of intelligence and it is becoming abundantly clear the development of talent at the Minor League Level is not what they hoped it would be. New York’s draft class of 2016 . If nothing else one could surmise the New York Yankees remain a long way off from where they need to be. I believe at the trade deadline they are likely to make a move if they are within three games off from a wildcard berth .

    On Tuesday afternoon the New York Yankees will be facing the Colorado Rockies at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, New York. On the mound will be starting pitchers Chad Bettis of the Rockies against the Yankees’ Ivan Nova .

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  7. Nothing else need to be said, the Tampa Bay Rays suck, having lost their fifth straight game and yet idiots and moronic media types within the locale are suggesting there is enough talent within their farm system for the franchise to have success in the long-term. But for the recent momentary flashes of consistency from Evan Longoria this team continues to wade its way through mediocrity while their idiot fans who are completely without a clue accept this banality as a given. Success attained by former manager Joe Maddon are long gone and in the rear view mirror. Kevin Cash as Maddon’s successor and the managerial staff are way in over their collective heads. This team lacks depth at almost every position and there is no consistent hitting or pitching to be seen on any level .

    Monday night’s loss for the Tampa Bay Rays came at the hands of the Cleveland Indians in a 7-4 loss as the road team in this game to their AL rivals . Tuesday afternoon and the Rays will be back in action against the Indians when Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays as he faces Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians.

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  8. Tuesday night’s games and the end results from those contests., The divisional standings have not changed a great deal , but of late the Miami Marlins appear to have inched themselves into contention within the NL East after a fairly impressive run of contests. The team still remains six games behind divisional leaders the Washington Nationals . Yet the inconsistency remains with the Marlins as they have struggled to put together a consequential run of results. On Tuesday night Miami Marlins fell to the Atlanta Braves in a tightly fought divisional contest , losing 3-2 at home .

    On Wednesday evening these two teams will be back in action at Marlins Ballpark in Miami , Florida. On the mound will be starting pitchers John Gant of the Braves as he faces Adam Conley of the Marlins.

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  9. Teams are now letting it rip as they approach the lead-in to the All Star Break . Over their last ten games many of them have sought to play at a high level .

    The San Francisco Giants have the best record of any team over their last ten games as of the 23rd June . Having put together a 9-1 mark with some consistent hitting and pitching seen in those games with their last defeat coming on the 20th June in a road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates which they lost 1-0 . Prior to that defeat their last loss came on the 10th June against the Los Angeles Dodgers by the score of 3-2 in a home loss.

    On Friday the San Francisco Giants will begin a three-day weekend series’ schedule against the Philadelphia Phillies at at home . On the mound for the Giants in the first of the triumvirate of games will Jake Peavey against the Pirates’ Zack Eflin . Bruce Bochy manager of the San Francisco Giants will be looking to increase the team’s lead over their divisional rivals within the NL West .

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  10. Giancarlo Stanton is slowly trying to stake his claim to succeed Bryce Harper as the NLMVP for this season with the player having another excellent season for the Miami Marlins . With New York Mets now with a number of their front-line players now being placed on the DL , this could very well provide Miami with the advantage where they could play themselves into divisional contention , while providing a serious challenge to the Washington Nationals within the NL East . The pitching and offense by the Marlins have been consistent throughout much of the season. Don Mattingly and Barry Bonds as the senior-most members of the managerial staff have been able to instill into the team the mindset where they play every game with zeal seeking to be as competitive in each contest played at home or on the road.

    The Miami Marlins starting this Friday will begin a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Ballpark in Miami , Florida . Taking the mound for the Marlins will be Tom Koehler against Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs. This game should prove to be a fascinating match-up between two very good teams within the NL .

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  11. An act of desperation more than anything else , but we’re now seeing why the New York Mets will remain a constant joke and the ne’er do well to to their crosstown rivals the New York Yankees . Four years removed from sending Jose Reyes into a oblivion in trade which placed him with the New York Marlins . The former All Star short-stop is now back with his old team . Granted , with the bulk of offensive productivity lost by placing Yoenis Cespedes on the DL , New York finds itself in a precarious situation. Yet if the front office led by Sandy Alderson and JP Ricciardi have no faith in the farm system let alone any other player on the roster . Then this has to be seen as a dire situation and gut-wrench move by the executives. Team manager Terry Collins may well see this as nothing more than insurance move , but it is clear even though Reyes has been signed to a minor league contract , he is likely to make his debut for the team in the Majors within the next two to three weeks .

    Jose Reyes’ time away from the Mets has been unproductive , having played for the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies since his departure from New York in 2012. Given the fact also the player was levied with a fifty-one game suspension for domestic abuse and violence , it comes as something of a surprise the organization would still welcome him back with open arms. Yet , such remains the hypocrisy seen within the game of baseball where even the league hierarchy , general managers and owners cannot be taken at their word on any issue , much less a social issue.

    With starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard also lost to the Mets’ starting lineup these could be some troubling times for the New York Mets in the coming weeks, as they have a competitive schedule in the lead-up to the All Star Game . The New York Mets are now on the final leg of their three-game weekend schedule and will face the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta , Georgia , where the opposing pitchers will be Bartolo Colon of the Mets and Bud Norris of the Braves .

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  12. Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox might well be the best pitcher in the AL this season . but he is being given little or no run support from the offense , much less the relievers actually doing their jobs . Though Sale wasn’t in action yesterday for the Chicago White Sox in their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at US Cellular Field , what happened in the team hitting seven home runs and still losing the contest (10-8) , has been endemic of what has been wrong with the White Sox for much of the season.

    The Chicago White Sox will be back in action today as they resume their series against the Toronto Blue Jays in front of their home crowd in Chicago, Illinois.


  13. The Tampa Bay Rays are now losers of eleven straight games dating back to the 15th June which was a home victory over the Seattle Mariners , winning by the score of 3-2 . Since then team has simply been deplorable , with the pitching and hitting being abominable . Evan Longoria might well have been hitting the tar off the ball , but as of late the player much like his teammates have been an eyesore to watch as a team. Longoria is not a leader , vocal or otherwise and he certainly doesn’t lead or inspire to lead . Yet he is seen as the face of the franchise as well as being the highest paid player on the roster. For GM Matt Silverman the time has to come to make the decision , is Longoria worth keeping when the franchise itself is heading nowhere and is far from being competitive within the AL East as well as the AL NL and the league in general ?

    Year in and year out we hear the constant whining from the executives within front office of their need for a new ballpark , but neither Stuart Sternberg as the lead managing partner or any of his associates are even willing to put up any type of money as an act of good faith , which might persuade the local authorities to finance the building of a new venue for the Rays’ franchise. From my own perspective , I believe it is now time for local municipalities to stop with their idiocy of financing the building of sports’ venues for professional sports’ franchises ! During economic hard times with so many municipalities in dire financial staits and the city of St Petersburg , Florida can well do without placing themselves in further financial burden. Having being swept (0-3) in their recent series against the Baltimore Orioles the Rays would be back in action on Monday evening where they would face divisional rivals the Boston Red Sox .

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  14. So as we approach the final two weeks before heading into the All Star Break for Major League Baseball’s midsummer showcase event of the All Star Game the standings within baseball provide us with something of an indicator as to how the season has progressed . Injuries asides , teams have struggled in part to maintain consistency and play at a level of heightened expectation.

    The two leading teams within each league are the Chicago Cubs in the NL and the Texas Rangers in the AL . As for the two teams being seen as the leading candidates for a World Series’ match-up would be something of a stretch , given their recent histories in the postseason .

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  15. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers continues to add to his career legacy , with the player recently hitting another home run and in doing so he has accomplished a feat all but a handful of players have achieved. Cabrera has now hit a home run against every Major League Baseball team in the league.

    The Detroit Tigers for their part have been playing spirited baseball throughout the month of June . Coming off their last game played at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan the Tigers got by the Miami Marlins with a lopsided 10-3 victory . Brad Ausmus and the managerial staff of the Detroit Tigers will now be on the road where they are scheduled to meet the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg , Florida on Thursday evening. The two opposing pitchers will be Jordan Zimmerman of the Tigers against the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi . Over the past five seasons regular season meetings between the two AL teams have proven to be competitive.

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