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Who ever owns this Rookie Card is one rich person

The hype these past 8 months for when would Stephen Strasburg make his major league debut came to and end last night and oh how the young man not fail to please the spectators at the game and the rest of the baseball world.

Strasburg struck out 14 players in his first major league career start. He struck out each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates line up. He threw a nasty curveball that made Delwyn Young look like he needed to be sent down to the minors. He came after players with a 101mph fast ball, then slowed it down to a 94mph before throwing sliders and change ups that made you wonder was this kid not human. Though he did give up a 2-run home run to Young in the 4th inning, it did not faze him. He would comeback to strikeout the next seven batters with ease and show people that the hype wasn’t just hype. It was something that you should expect from the 20 year old flame throwing pitcher who spent most of his life as a relief pitcher in high school and through out most of college before his junior year.

The number 1 pick in the draft last year destroyed competition in the minors going 7-2 with a 1.50era. Not bad for the minors right? How about 7 innings 0 walks and 14 k’s. Now if that isn’t impressive I don’t know what is.

Jim Riggleman had a though choice though in the 6th and 7th inning. To let his new ace continue and go over the pitch count or take him out. He went risky but the reward was perfect. He got everything he could have asked for in his pitcher. Now the question is, can Strasburg sustain this the rest of the season. His next three starts are against The Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Whitesoxs, the Baltimore Orioles and back to the NL to face the Atlanta Braves. Not to put down the Pirates but they aren’t a difficult task. They have been beaten 20-0 this season so Strasburg fanning them 14 times wasn’t a complete surprise to them.

Curt Schilling said this kid would have an impact the second he took the mound. His impact was close to an earthquake in the baseball world. He shook the Pirates line up up  and shook the heads of many people watching who just couldn’t believe what they were watching. Lets see how long Strasburg now goes before he becomes human once again.

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After what I and every other sports addict or common people saw last night happen to Armando Galarraga the whole “life isn’t fair bit” is for real.

Last night Galarraga stepped to the mound not knowing that in two hours he’d be one out away from the 3rd perfect game this season and the 21st in MLB History. He also stepped to the mound not knowing that he WOULD get the out but first base umpire Jim Joyce would have a moment of stupidity and call the base runner safe which , no replay needed, was obvious the runner was out. The site of Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was right on point. A minute of throwing your arms in the air excited because your teammate just threw a perfect game to a disbelief look at what you just saw the umpire signal at first base.

Jim Joyce had this to say, “I just cost the kid a perfect game …. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay.” Well Jim you were right you did cost this kid a perfect game.

MLB Officials and Commissioner Bud Selig are in talks this morning about over turning the call and giving Armando what he deserves and that is perfection. My questions out of all of this is A. why did the three other umpires who have clear vision of the play call for a discussion to talk together and make the right call. B. when will MLB realize its time to forget old fashion and institute replays. There is already replays for home runs why not add it for things like this. Baseball is already close to a three hour sport what will 5 minutes more due? Get the right call? Joe West might have a problem but he can be dealt with later. What happened last night was awful and for Armando Galarraga to keep a straight face and go after the next batter was commendable and professional. I can bet other pitchers would have gone nuts but he kept his composure and got the next batter out to finish the game and at least give his team the win.

This story is far from being over and after todays meeting I hope the call is overturn and Armando Galarraga can place his name into the history books as the 21st pitcher in MLB History to throw a perfect game.

-Timmy Dimas

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Hanley being ... Hanley?

We have heard of players not hustling and being taken out of the game by their managers for it. The best part is the day after reactions to all of it. Last night Florida Marlins star Hanley Ramirez was benched by Fredi Gonzalez, the manager. In the bottom of the first Ramirez fouled a ball awfully hard off his leg and was checked by medical staff right then and there. He gave the team an okay to continue to play but he’d be on the field for only a short time. In the top of the second inning Tony Abreu, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, blooped a single over the head of Ramirez. At first Hanley was chasing it down like any other fielder but after it hit his shin he started to do something less of a jog after the ball. Gonzalez’s would bench him for the rest of the game.

Now lets fast forward to this morning.  Gonzalez said that Ramirez was not benched do to the shin injury but because of the lack of hustles.  Quote, “we felt that the effort wasn’t there that we wanted.” He later said that Cody Ross had been hit by a 95 mph fast ball but remained in the game and did not slow up his game because of the hit.

Hanley responded this way about being benched. “It’s his team. He can do whatever he [expletive] wants.” Then he responded this way about his teammates saying he should apologize. “We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls. They don’t apologize,”  He said this on chasing the ball, “I wasn’t trying to give up. That was the hardest I could go after the ball.” The best thing he said though was this. “That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues,” and “He” in this comment is of course the manager.

So if you haven’t grasped the concept yet, Hanley seems to be not caring as much about the situation as people would think he would. He says he did his best and that being taken out of the game was a load of garbage. I can tell you this much. Hanley needs to relax before he becomes the next Ramirez to be given the slogan “Manny being Manny” even though “Hanley being Hanley” does have a nice ring to it.

The Marlins aren’t known for playing players but Ramirez was a different case. They gave him a 6 year 70+mil contract extension to remain in Florida. Ramirez is touted as a top 3 short stop in the game if not number 1 but this isn’t the way to keep a good image. Hanley needs to stop being Hanley and start being a Marlin. Like Fredi said, and I quote, “I got 25 guys all wearing the same uniform with all of the same Marlins insignia on the front and I think it’s disappointing if anybody did it, not just one guy.” Sorry Hanley, just because you’re a marquee guy does not mean you can do what you want.

-Timmy Dimas

All quotes provided in the article was thanks to The New York Post, MLB.com and ESPN

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Mariano Rivera watches the first grand slam he's given up since 2002

Can you baseball fans go back eight years ago and think about the New York Yankees? Well, if you’re a dedicated Yanks fan you can remember that was the last time Mariano Rivera gave up a grand slam. Fast forward to May 16th 2010, Rivera allows one.

It came in the ninth inning yesterday against the Minnesota Twins Jason Kubel. Kubel drilled a the ball into right field and cleared the bases as the Twins would go on to win 6-3, thanks in part to that home run.

After speaking to a few Yankees fans I get the sense that this isn’t a problem and I could have told you that with out talking to Yankees fans. Mariano Rivera is if not the greatest closer of all-time, then definitely a top 5. Rivera will bounce back and have another 40 plus save season. He has seven saves this year with a 1.59 ERA in 11 innings with 11 strikeouts. When The Sandman enters the game, teams should still fear what he is capable of doing. He might be 40 years old, but his cutter has yet to lose its touch.

-Tim Dimas

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Just two weeks ago New York Mets fans were over the top with joy. Their team had swept the Braves and Dodgers and were on a 7 game win streak that included a 9-1 home stand. They went out to Philadelphia to play the Phillies and in the first game they won 9-1. After that the magic was gone from the team and the fans.

The Mets are coming off being swept by The Florida Marlins in a four game series that witnessed Oliver Perez lose his rotation spot, The Mets lose on a walk of ball in the dirt, John Maine throwing 12 straight balls to start the game and Johnathan Niese hurting his hamstring in the final game of the series. Now isn’t that a boat load.

The Mets have a lot of questions that need to be answered. Who are they going to get to fill in Oliver Perez’s spot? When does John Maine lose his? If Jonathan Niese goes on the DL who takes his spot? and that’s just for pitching.

The Mets bats haven’t been that good. David Wright has lost his All-Star MVP stigma. You can bet on Wright to get a strikeout at least once a game, 51 on the season so far. Is it time time for David to exit stage ‘Wright’ or will he bounce back? How about Jose Reyes? Manager Jerry Manuel put him in the 3 spot but that failed. Now he’s back at the top. Is it time for him to exit?

So many questions need answers and The New York Mets seem to have none. They are back to the bottom of the N.L. East and will face The Atlanta Braves for a 3 game series. Last time this situation came up the Mets went on their huge win streak to take the N.L. East. Is that magic going to happen again? You have a better chance of Wright striking out again.

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The Philadelphia Phillies just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to cheating. Wednesday MLB Officials told the Phillies they have to remove the binoculars out of their bullpen after Colorado Rockies accused the Phillies of using the binoculars to steal signs.

The incident happened Monday night when a camera for the Rockies showed bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer looking through his binoculars during the second inning and outfielder Shane Victorino going into the dugout and getting on the bullpen phone later on in the second inning. Charlie Manuel denied the reports but this is the Phillies third time being accused of cheating dating back to 2007 when The New York Mets accused them and then in 2008 when The Boston Red Sox accused them.

Billmeyer didn’t comment on the situation but Manuel added he had no idea that the binoculars were even in the bullpen but added then that Billmeyer was using them to watch Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and how he set up during the game.

No fines have been made but expect MLB Officials to keep their eye out for anymore claims made by teams on the matter.

-Tim

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After a dismal performance in the first of their double header, The New York Yankees went on an offensive serge as well as another brilliant pitching performance from Phil Hughes.

Hughes went 7 innings striking out 8 Detroit Tigers batters and only allowing 5 hits. Javier Vazquez had similar numbers in the first of the two games but wasn’t able to get the run support Hughes got.

The Yankees scored 8 runs in the night game to the afternoons 0 runs. Mark Teixeria went 2-5 with 3 runs batted in and Alex Rodriguez went also 2-5 but with 2 runs batted in. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with one run batted in and stole his 16th base of the season. Joba Chamberlain got the hold tossing 1 scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera made his first appearance on the mound since April 30th. He joked after the game saying “I got a little map” which he used to find his way back to the mound.

Yankees will square off again against the Tigers for the fourth game of the series in which Detroit has won 2 of the 3 so far. Great pitchers set to take the mound as C.C. Sabathia (4-1 3.04ERA) takes on Justin Verlander (3-2 4.50ERA) today at 1:15.

-Tim

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