Dilson Herrea to the Mets, Harvey to the DL

Herrea (left) a smaller second basemen could mean the Mets moving Daniel Murphy in a future trade.

Dilson Herrea to the Mets

Dilson Herrea (left) was traded to the Mets today for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.

For a Buck and a Byrd the Mets acquired Dilson Herrea and a player later to be named from the Pittsburgh Pirates minutes ago.  Does this mean that Sandy Alderson has a plan to use Daniel Murphy as future trade bait possibly this off season? The Mets need help all over the diamond and if trading Murph will get us two players that can start immediately I’m okay with sending him on his way.  I love Murph and I love the Mets but I think its time he goes to a team that will respect him.

And Matt Harvey was officially placed on the DL today.  Lets hope Wheeler can pick up where Harvey left off.

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What If the Yanks kept Soriano?

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Again, hear me out.

162 game averages :

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A-Rod 177 29 39 125 18 85 135 16
                 
Soriano 171 40 35 99 19 47 148 11

Another interesting number when comparing the production of these two players is the location in the batting order that they produced these numbers in. In A-Rod’s career (throughout the whole span) he has hit in the 3-4 spot 71.85% compared to Soriano who has hit there 21.17%, but has batted in the lead-off spot 41.21% of his career. Think about the numbers Soriano put up for the Rangers, Nationals and Cubs when they were all last place teams and hitting lead-off almost half the time along with being moved around the line-up. Now think about what he could have produced if he was hitting anywhere in the Yankees lineup from 2004-2012. Soriano came up and was a speed demon with power in the lead-off spot and his speed went underutilized after 2008 with the Cubs, which is head-scratching. A-Rod’s speed was also an asset of his but he was more known for his pure power and great contact. What’s shocking is how close the home run numbers are over the past 9 years since they were traded. Let’s also not forget to factor in the proven notion that Yankee Stadium is a launching pad, and who knows what Soriano could have done here.

Now listen I’m not saying we would have or would have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod and the actually clutch performance he put on throughout that postseason. But the headaches, the drama and the disappointment that has followed ever since trading for A-Rod in the 2004 season. We reached two world series when we had Soriano and only one since we’ve acquired A-Rod.  Let’s take a look at this financially speaking too now. Since being traded to Texas, Alfonso Soriano has averaged a $13.322 million salary per year, with most of that money coming after 2008 in a bad contract offered by the once “spend-happy” Chicago Cubs. Now in the other pocket, we have the worst contract in baseball history. A-Rod’s contract since 2004 has averaged over $27.555 million, helping the Yankees break the luxury tax threshold by milestones. Consider the fact that there would have been more money for the Yankees to spend on other superstars and stay around that total salary number they hovered around for years during the early 2000s, but adding another player rather than spending it on one guy. Hindsight is always 20/20, and call me crazy but I would have kept Soriano and built from there if I were the Yankees going back. There are some things that would have been changed guaranteed: less headaches, less insults, less boos and less scrutiny. We can’t go back, but now the Yanks seem to be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after mistakes made in years past. Tell me what your thoughts are on this!

-Anthony

PED Use Not Only a Problem in Major League Baseball but in The NFL Too

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In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez PED circus I thought that it would be relevant to discuss the NFL players that have been suspended for parts of the 2013-2014 NFL regular season.  Now understand that the MLB and NFL do have separate rules regarding PED’s but what it boils to is players trying to gain an edge over their opponents no matter the sport.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar – Linebacker- St. Louis Rams – 4 Games

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A Boston College graduate that was part of the New Orleans Saints 2009 Super Bowl Champion team.  Dunbar was pegged to be the starting middle linebacker for the St. Louis Rams week one but his four game suspensions handed down from the league for PED use will put that on hold until week 5.  St. Louis’s defense is good but no team can afford to lose a guy who they are depending on to be a starter and I believe that the Rams will suffer from his lose.

Asa Jackson – Cornerback – Baltimore Ravens – 8 Games

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Jackson was an unknown on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion team of 2012 and maybe the departure of a lot of defensive veterans pressure him to up his performance and take PED’s.  Truthfully I cannot tell you why Jackson took PED’s but what I can tell you is that he won’t be receiving a paycheck for eight weeks.  This is Jackson’s second violation of the NFL’s PED policy as he also tested positive for Adderall in 2012 serving a four game suspension.  When will Jackson get the message?

Bruce Irvin – Outside Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks – 4 Games

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Irvin is the best player on this list and the Seahawks are going to suffer from him not playing the first four games of the 2013 season.  Irvin is coming off his rookie season where he recorded 8 sacks and going into this year Pete Carroll was looking for Irvin to be the number one pass rusher on the Seattle front line.  Unfortunately that will have to wait until after the Seahawks week four matchup against the Texans to get on the field.

DeMarcus Love – Left Tackle – Minnesota Vikings – 4 Games

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The most Love has done in his career that is relevant to anyone is he protected Ryan Mallet’s blind side at Arkansas.  Love’s professional career has not gone well after being drafted by the Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 draft.  He was inactive for the entire 2011 season and in 2012 Minnesota took Matt Kalil with their first pick in the 2012 draft and has not only taken Love’s position at left tackle but also gave Kahlil his number 75.  Don’t think the absence of Love is going to hurt the Vikings performance in the first four games.

Will Hill – Safety – New York Giants – Four Games

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Mr. Hill is also a second offender of the NFL’s and got off a little easier than Asa Jackson who I spoke about earlier.  Hill didn’t receive a greater punishment from the NFL this time because he violated a different violation of the leagues PED policy (whoopie!!!).  Last season Hill tested positive for Adderall and was suspended four games.  This time around it was a different drug that has not been named by the media or NFL yet but some speculate it is Marijuana.  Hill was looking to be in the dime packages for the Giants but now has to deal with this suspension.

Weslye Saunders – Tight End – Indianapolis Colts – 8 Games

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Weslye (no that is not a typo) is another second time offender of the NFL PED policy and he is not getting off as easy as Will Hill.  Saunders is being hit with an 8 game suspension for his second positive test of a drug that has yet to be disclosed but is definitely on the list of drugs that the NFL does not allow.  In 2012 as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers was suspended four games for using Adderall and following the newest 8 game suspension for Saunders he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts.  Struggling there buddy, try and work a little harder and maybe you’ll make a team.

Gabe Miller – Tight End – Chicago Bears – 4 Games

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Miller was recently signed by the Chicago Bears off of their practice squad to fill the hole left at third tight end spot on the depth chart.  The drug Miller was using to violate the NFL PED policy is unknown but if he’s taking it and he’s only on the practice squad than I would suggest pursuing a career in another field.  Miller is probably the most irrelevant guy on this list right in front of DeMarcus Love.

That rounds out the list for now but I am sure that I will be adding names to this list as the season goes on.  Von Miller is waiting to hear from the league about his appeal of his suspension for drug use in the coming weeks.

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The Rejuvenation of ARod and the Yankees

Last night, the Yankees and the Red Sox finished off a weekend series in Boston that was filled with the usual fanfare and fireworks of the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The game was a high scoring affair in which the Yankees came out on top 9-6. CC looked rocky again, giving up 6 ER in 5.1 IP (improved to 11-10 on the year). The Yankees bullpen looked strong, hurling 3.2 scoreless frames with the GOAT getting his 36th save of the year. Every Yankee got a hit except for Soriano (0-6) and Jayson Nix (0-1), even Chris Stewart got a hit and an RBI…Aliens

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The real story coming from this game occurred in the second inning where Rex Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches at ARod, with the fourth pitch of the AB hitting ARod right on the left elbow. This resulted in warnings to both benches. Joe Girardi was furious, flying out of the dugout like a bat out of hell (obligatory Meatloaf reference) screaming at home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. He was clearly upset that Dempster was left in the game after intentionally throwing at ARod and being allowed to stay in the game. Girardi was ejected, but it got the Yankees blood pumping and fired them up. “Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands,” Girardi said. “You can’t just start taking potshots because you disagree with the way the system is set up.”

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You’re right Joe…That IS bullshit and he IS a pussy.

Later on in the game, ARod got his revenge, hitting a home run off Dempster to straight away center to start the Yankees rally that would eventually give them the lead. “It was awesome. I was pretty excited,” Rodriguez said of the homer that started the Yankees’ go-ahead rally. “It was the ultimate payback.” When arriving at home plate, ARod delivered an even bigger jab to the Boston faithful, imitating David Ortiz’s point to the heavens. It was a big ‘Fuck You’ moment from ARod and will hopefully spark the rest of the Yankees season.

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This was a huge game for the boys in pinstripes.  They took two of three from the first place Sox, moving within 7.5 in the East and 6 back in the Wild Card. The ejection by Girardi in the second will prove to be one of the turning points in the season. It showed that their manager, regardless of off the field issues and injuries still believes in this team and supports his players. It was the needed spark to light a fire under everyone’s ass (the proverbial “Michaels Secret stuff”, if you will) .

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You heard it here first…The Yanks are about to go on a tear down the stretch. Don’t count us out just yet. Pride, Power, Pinstripes.

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Take on the MLB All-Star Game

Last night was the MLB All-Star game at Citi Field, and as usual most people didn’t care. The All-Star really started to lose its luster in 2002 when the game was played at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The game had pushed on to the 11th inning and the managers had used up all of their pitchers to this point. Bud Selig thought it smart call the game in a tie, with no MVP being awarded. After this Bud Selig decided it was a good idea to make the All-Star game worth something, disabling his own “ability” to end the game in a tie if need be. The All-Star game winner (National league or American League) would be awarded home field advantage in the World Series. Now, many of you might not know the rules of the All-Star voting. It is made up 50% of fans vote, selecting starters and reserves as well as 50% Manager picks; however, each team must have one representative be “selected” to the game. Consequently, each year the Royals, Tigers, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, Astros, Mets, Marlins and so on have been in the cellar, each has had a player go to the All-Star game that would soon mean much more to teams that would actually make the playoffs. Silly isn’t it right? Major League Baseball was saying okay this is the “big boy” game that counts for something because in baseball home field advantage does mean something (the last three World Series have been won by the team with the home field advantage.)  Then, they turn around and say, “It’s okay Billy one of you will make the All-Star team. We won’t leave any of you guys out. We promise!” A little contradictory, but I still watch the damn thing, or most of it each year.

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This year was a pitcher’s game, ending in a 3-0 victory for the American League. Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey both started, and Harvey dazzled his hometown crowd after letting the first two guys on. He also belted Robinson Cano above the knee with a 96 mph fastball, no biggie. The two runs were manufactured runs. Jose Bautista hit a sac-fly off of Patrick Corbin scoring Miguel Cabrera. The next inning J.J. Hardy grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Adam Jones. Finally, in the ninth, Jason Kipnis doubled in Prince Fielder, who was standing on third after his hustling triple. However, the most important part of the game happened in the eighth inning when Mariano Rivera entered the game as “Enter Sandman” played behind him. Jim Leyland called on Mariano to pitch the eighth because he didn’t want to chance the National League making a comeback and Mo not being able to reach the field if there was no bottom half of the ninth inning. The most eye-opening occurrence was that nobody took the field with Mo, but by the time he reached the mound both dugouts were on their feet cheering and applauding for him, along with the over 45,000 that were in attendance at Citi Field (a rival’s ballpark.) You could see the emotion in the building, the players as well as in the greatest closer of all time, who will be the last person in baseball to regularly sport the number 42. It may not be the best show on earth, but last night’s game showed the class and respect for greatness that is still instilled within baseball. Now baseball turns their sights to the second half, which will be dominated by the trade deadline, the playoff race, and a crap ton of more A-Rod and Yasiel Puig talk.

The GOAT, Ladies and Gents!

The GOAT, Ladies and Gents!

Those are my two cents … cash them in!

 

P.S. If you haven’t seen the video of Matt Harvey asking New Yorkers what they think of Matt Harvey you should because its funny and head-scratching watching those people who claim to be Met fans talk about a guy they’ve clearly never even watched.  Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0D8V0dCbf8

-Anthony

Sports GIF of the Week

I know I’m late on this, but yet again last week was won early on in the week. On Monday Ben Revere made a ridiculous diving catch in center field while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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However, it wasn’t his catch that won the week for me, it was written on his glove that made the moment so memorable. Take a look:

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Straight class. Philly and Boston aren’t the same rivals as New York and Boston in my opinion, but this move shows compassion and professionalism. For those of you who can’t/don’t read the above photo: download (1)

Back in the Groove

There hasn’t been a SportsGoneHam post since the end of the NFL Season, but now that has changed. We will get back into the swing of things ladies and gents. When we post and we will post more often, we will touch upon the most talked about topics of late in the sports world. You will laugh, you won’t cry, you will share, and most of all you will enjoy!

MADNESS

I give up on brackets. WHO CAN PREDICT ANYTHING ANYMORE? A 15 has finally made it to the Sweet 16, but let me tell you for sure that no seed lower than a 10 has ever won the National Championship (You’re welcome, Nick). However, this year somebody has busted a bracket (and again). I picked St. Louis banking on an emotional ride to the finals, but they ran into a pissed off Oregon team who was disrespected more than any team I’ve ever seen when they were given a 12 seed, well thanks a lot Committee! I think the Louisville Cardinals will win this whole thing now, unless Oregon just runs train on them too, then I just quit. La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast, or Dunk City, are “Cinderellas” that we can all not ignore. La Salle has two really good guards and can play close games as they’ve shown twice now, and FGCU is ready to run with the big boys. Sherwood Brown is channeling his inner Kenneth Fareid, more scoring but less rebounding, in order to lead his team to the promised land. When you know there will be upsets, but you pick the wrong ones:

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THE HEAT ARE ON FIRE?

As everyone, and probably their mothers know by know, the Heat have won 27 straight games. It’s all Mothership ESPN talks about on a daily basis, while they ignored the Denver Nuggets “modest” 15 game win streak out West. They haven’t lost a game since February 3, which means this streak is on the verge of spanning 2 months.  The past two games the Heat have been without Dwayne Wade, without whom over the past three years the Heat possess over a .700 winning percentage, kind of nuts when you think about it. Over these 27 games the Heat are shooting a ridiculous 51% from the field and outscoring their opponents by double digits. I don’t know if they’ll get to the fabled 33 games of those ’71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, but they will certainly get close. I heard today about the talk of them being the greatest team ever if they break the streak and it’s simple, they aren’t the greatest team ever, period. Will they be up there in the talks if they break it of course, but they need at least one more ring to even be considered for that top spot.

Whattup Playboi??

Whattup Playboi??

NFL FREE AGENCY

Many guys found the market unfriendly to them, including defensive ends and defensive backs who could not find the money they were looking for. The Quarterback market, free agency or trades did not develop the way most had hoped besides Alex Smith being traded to the Chiefs so that Andy Reid would have a competent signal-caller as he took over the reigns of 2012’s worst team. The worst move in my opinion of this Free Agency Class was Joe Flacco’s contract because the other players on the Ravens saw this contract that Flacco was given and thought “hey, why can’t I get PAID too?” Boldin was traded for scraps, Ellerbe left, Ed Reed defected from the only team he’s ever known, and Paul Kruger left for the Cleveland Browns (ironically the team the Ravens used to be.) So way to go Joe! But talking about playing contract roulette by not signing the extension before last season huh? Big splashes were made by the Dolphins, Chiefs, Broncos, and Seahawks, while some have said the Giants have done well keeping their guys and adding depth. Head-scratchers are most certainly the Jets and the Cardinals, you think they’d re-watch their own debacle of a game to look at what they needed to add, but instead both teams didn’t make any moves in free agency. the Jets had an excuse in their little cap room, but the Cardinals have no excuse for their only splash being Rashard Mendenhall.

NHL QUICK HITS

The creme de la creme are the Blackhawks (who recorded at least one point in 24 straight games to start the season), the Penguins (who have a 12 game win streak of their own right now), and the Ducks who have been quietly the second best team in the West this season. Surprises include the Canadiens, the Jets, the Maple Leafs, and the injury riddled Senators who are without two of their best players, but still find themselves sitting in the middle of the playoff picture. The shortened season has provided for excitement, but desperation for many teams including the Rangers, the Flyers, the Caps, the Coyotes, the Sharks and the Preds. Many would say the Blackhawks made more people care “aboot” Hockey again, but it never left this blogger’s heart. I mean an eight seed winning the championship last year in dominating fashion was exciting for all, eh? Moral of the story watch some hockey and it won’t disappoint!

MLB OPENING

The Yanks are more banged up than bumper cars, the Blue Jays made some eye-opening moves this offseason, and the two Los Angeles teams look like well, Los Angeles teams with all-stars and big names ready to shine. The fact of the matter is, the baseball season is still too long and tenuous for most to keep track of day in and day out. This is why I will most likely opt to remain out of Fantasy Baseball this year. I will keep an eye on my Yankees and watch their games, but remember season’s aren’t decided in April or May, but in August-September. There will be a plethora of baseball stories as the season goes, which will most certainly include instant replay, PEDs, division races, trade rumors and much more. Tune in!

The OTHERS

  • Tiger Woods has regained the No. 1 ranking after his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, let’s see how long he can keep it and if he can win another title, we know ESPN will be all over that in 2013.
  • The USA seems to be struggling in the “football” front as Klinsmann and the boys can’t seem to play good enough defense to keep teams away from Tim Howard. The USA needs to make the World Cup if Klinsmann wants to keep his job, the problem is the countries around us are getting better.
  • NASCAR has brought back the stock car in their name rather then a drag racing car with a lip on it. It has already provided some excitement on the track and maybe it’ll keep up for this long haul of a season.

Those are my two cents … cash em in!

Anthony

(Please let me know if there’s any sports you want me to blog about and give my take on!)

It’s been a while

So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. Johan Santana has returned in a big way pitching the Mets’ first ever no-hitter We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning is  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

T-Catz