The Angels have come to terms with former Phillies and Yankees outfielder, Bobby Abreu. The incentives have not yet been released, but it is pretty much understood that Abreu will be patrolling the outfield for the Angels next season. This does not bode well for the Rangers. The only thing the Rangers could hold over other AL West clubs going into the season, were the 9 names on the lineup card in front of P. Now with the addition of Holliday, Giambi, Abreu, and possibly others (see Garret Anderson, Orlando Cabrera, Ken Griffey, etc.) the stagnant offenses the West has spat out the past 2 years will be significantly bolstered. The Angels are not a team that goes into the season with glaring weaknesses, they also do not have a problem tossing money around. After missing out on Texiera look for the Angels to sign at least one more bat before the season starts, possibly Adam Dunn…
Post on the state of AL West free agent signings coming up later today…
Alright, I’ll admit it. I have switched the dial in the afternoon. Ben and Skin have just been talking too much Rangers for me to stay away. They are on weekdays from 3:00-7:00 on 105.3 so if you are looking for Rangers, Cowboys or Mavericks talk in the afternoon throw the wheel their direction. Also, they are really good about taking calls on the air, so if you have something to say give them a call 214-787-1053. You owe me $11.53 for that plug, Ben.
On to the links…
1. Over at BBTIA, Jason Parks has his much anticipated Q & A with Keith Law in regards to the Rangers Farm System, interesting stuff there…
2. PECOTA depth charts have been released. This is arguably the most accurate projection system out there. They have the Rangers finishing 3rd behind Oakland (1) and the Angels (2). Team Runs: 812 (I predicted 815), BA .260 (I predict .280), OBP .328 (I predict .335), SLG .432 (I predict .440) Runs Against 912 (I’m an optimist and predict 875)
3. Here is an article about why the results of the supposedly “anonymous” drug tests in 2003 were not destroyed. Keep in mind that these results were supposed to be used by Major League Baseball for the purpose of seeing if they needed to implement drug testing, not to implicate anyone.
4. Tom Hicks wants A-Rod to give him a back massage and a hot stone rubdown after he kisses his rings and apologizes profusely for tarnishing the Rangers name. File this one under “whiny executives who should be more focused on the consistent losing record of their ballclub rather than getting their feelings hurt over a former player who dicked them out of millions of dollars” file…and breathe…
Ok, I’m doing this once and only once because frankly I do not care about A-Rod taking steroids. He admitted it, now let’s all move on and watch his career go up in flames because he can’t handle pressure. But here are a bunch of the links from yesterday and today, all bundled into one convenient location because that’s how much I like you guys…Here we go…
1. From DMN, another write up about Tom Hick’s fragile persona.
2. Tim Cowlishaw comments about how A-Rod has taken a step in the right direction. In my opinion this was his only direction if he had any common sense. Think Roger Clemens wishes he had a do over?
3. Kevin Sherrington and his Rangers “All-Roid” Team. Meh…
4. LSB’s comments on the A-Rod steroid issue. Always fun…
5. From MLB.com, Texas Rangers fans weigh in on A-Rod using steroids…
6. Transcript of A-Rods ESPN interview…
7. Donald Fehr defends the Players Union…
8. More fan reaction to A-Rod, more apathy on my part…
9. As if it isn’t out of hand enough at this point, our President takes time out of his day to comment on the A-Rod situation. Not to be nit picky but isn’t our country in the worst economic situation in the last 70 years? Do we really need to know what Obama thinks about A-Rod? GM is cutting 10,000 salaried jobs, Mr. President, scoot along now…
10. Yankees are disappointed but stand behind their bionic human…
11. A-Rod fesses up.
12. “A-Rod Proves Clutch Again in Crisis” Huh? Has this guy seen A-Rods career? “A-Rod crumbles under pressure but chooses only possible solution” should have been the headline. Whatever. A-Rod sucks in the clutch, that’s all I’m saying.
13. “A-Roid”…well played FWST, well played…
14. “Hall of Shame” for A-Rod. Jesus, Jim Reeve and Gil Lebreton must have a hack headline creator installed on their computers at the StartleGram. What, no A-Fraud?
15. Tim McMahon jabs a stick into a bees nest asking if Rudy Jaramillo’s career should be reevaluated because the Rangers were juiced all those years. Don’t get me started on this…
16. Jon Daniels on the A-Rod situation. In his defense JD was making hazelnut lattes when A-Rod started juicing.
17. Derek Jeter on A-Rod…Is anyone else totally bored with this by now?
18. A-Rod headlines from New York.
19. Buck Showalter knows nothing, nothing I say, dammit!!!!
20. For those of you who paid attention so far you are rewarded by some Marshawn Lynch greatness, enjoy.
The cat is officially out of the bag. As you probably already know Alex Rodriguez has fessed up to his steroid use after he was outed by seized failed drug tests from the Mitchell Report research. What happens now with Major League Baseball is the question that I have been thinking about all day.
Let’s not kid ourselves, this is the biggest black eye in the history of steroids. This is bigger than Sammy Sosa, Jason Giambi and Andy Pettite put together. The problem with A-Rod is he was always that good. There was no spike with A-Rod, no huge body change, nothing that pointed directly to steroids (unlike Brady Anderson, et al), so when news came down that he had failed drug tests it seemed more malicious, like he had personally deceived me. I think this is the main reason we are going to see such backlash against the Yankee third baseman, the other being his incessant denial of ever using performance enhancing drugs. The one good thing he has done so far, however, is admit that he took them and was wrong. By taking the honest approach he has kept himself from getting into the same sort of trouble as his ex-teammate, Roger Clemens.
As he has admitted to it, and has at least apologized to the fans, let’s give him a small break for the time being, because there is a more pressing issue. What does Major League Baseball do about the other positive drug tests? Here is my idea. Release them. Release every name from every drug test ever taken since 2003 up until today. Let us know who was cheating. Let us ridicule them for a few months. Then let them go back out there and compete on an even playing field. Show everyone who the ones who took the easy route are, and let them take their beating, but here is the catch, from here on out, lifetime ban…
That’s right. No more 40 day suspensions. No more sweeping it under the carpet. No more secondary tests and appeals and excuses. Lifetime BAN. If you take steroids for any reason other than a doctor has prescribed them to you, you will never play the game of baseball in America again. Sound a little harsh? Fine. But try telling guys like Hank Aaron and Willie Mays why their records keep falling at the hands of guys with expanding biceps and head sizes. Ask Pete Rose if he thinks it’s fair that he isn’t in the Hall of Fame because he was gambling on his team, but guys like Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, McGwire, and the rest, will be given a fair shot to make it to Cooperstown (I’m not saying they will get in, but their names will at least be put on the ballots).
The “Steroid Era” happened. No one can deny it. I would not be surprised if over 15% of all baseball players in 2002 were juicing in some capacity. What would surprise me though, is if steroid cases didn’t drop dramatically if there was more than a wrist slap for a major violation. At this point we need to go ahead and write off 10 years of baseball. Between 1994-2004 stats will be inflated. Homeruns fell in bunches, balls were hit to the moon, we had utility guys hitting 25+ HRs a year all while looking like linebackers, so just forget it. Forget about that 10 year period. It’s over and those players will be punished for it at some point, either by the MLB, by the fans, or by their own bodies which will reject them after their playing days.
Major League Baseball needs to end this now. I am tired of having the sport I love marred by the use of PEDs. Do football players use steroids? Yes. Do basketball players? I don’t know, probably. Have you ever heard the names Ray Lewis, Ben Wallace, Marion Barber, Terrell Owens, or LeBron James linked with Performance Enhancing Drugs? No. But you have heard A-Rods. You’ve heard Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, and Jason Giambi’s. They are the equivalent of these guys to their respective sports. The household names. The role models (Ray Lewis and T. O. might be stretching that), the faces of their sport, and yet here they are, defacing it.
I’m not pinning this on A-Rod by any means, there have been countless numbers of stars who have disappointed an entire generation of baseball fans. McGwire and Sosa enthralled an entire country for a whole summer. They turned all of us into 1950′s apple pie Americans. That summer the resounding mindset was one of “aww shucks, let’s go to the park, grab a dog and a beer and watch these boys hit some dingers”. I woke up every morning to see if they had hit another one, paid attention to every detail of that Homerun Race, and loved every minute of it. Until now. Now that I know that the greatest homerun chase in history (next to Mantle and Maris) was done by two cheaters. They didn’t deserve that. They didn’t deserve anything. Without steroids, those guys might have been 30+ a year home run guys. They could have still been great, but we won’t ever know. We will never know how McGwire would have really stacked up to Babe Ruth. If Brady Anderson would have hit 10 HRs in a year, much less 50. And if Bonds would have ever come close to 755.
I think that is my main problem with the whole steroid issue. I think it most everyone’s main problem. We can’t compare the greats anymore. We now have no measuring stick to decide who the great ones really are. Mantle wasn’t on steroids, maybe drunk a few games but not on steroids. Babe Ruth looks like Fred Flintstone, but that didn’t keep him from breaking every record imaginable. Willie Mays didn’t take supplements to help him stay out there day in and day out. And Pete Rose didn’t use a thing but hustle to get to 4,000 hits.
Release the list. Let us know who the cheaters are. Allow the to take their lumps like A-Rod, and Giambi and Pettite have. Test the players harder, more often, and more stringently. Revise the rules. Change the penalties. Enforce them. Then kick everyone who has the audacity to spit in the face of the league, the fans, and the history of the great game the hell out when they do it again.
My friend Kevin just forwarded an e-mail he received from the Rangers mailing list earlier today. The premise of the email was to sell packages to Spring Training, the reasoning behind going is what has me scratching my head.
“See Jones with the Rangers this Spring Training”
Is this really the best way to get people out to Spring Training? God forbid they invite us out there to see Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young or any of the exciting young prospects who have been invited by the club. No, instead they are focusing on a guy who has released by his former team for being beyond awful and now will be trying to hit his way out of a paper bag come March to prove that he still has some sort of worth to the baseball universe. I will be in Surprise, but it is for damn sure not because of Andruw Jones.
That being said I hope he makes the team and hits 100 homeruns…Go Rangers…
From Richard Durrett:
Alex Rodriguez was interviewed by ESPN’s Peter Gammons and said “I
was stupid” and “I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount
of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every
day,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami
Beach, Fla. “Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very
loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to
everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
“I did take a banned substance. For that, I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.”
The whole interview will air on ESPN today at 5 p.m.
Now if he would only apologize for firebombing our team for the last 10 years with his awful contract and trade request. Thanks A-Rod.
I’m an idiot and cleared out all of my
pictures yesterday on accident. The older posts do not have
pictures linked up with the posts and I’m too lazy go back
and find them again. Won’t happen again.
All pics via This Is Why You’re Fat…
Alright, I just got this website sent to me from Ryan over at RangerTradeTalk.MLBlogs.com and I am mesmerized. The Bacon Explosion has been put to rest by several of these caloric catastrophes…Here we go…
1. Corny Dog Pizza – Alright, my only question about this travesty is what to do with the sticks. I just can’t see the sum of these two parts being as good as they are separately. It’s hard to improve on a cornbread hotdog and a cheese and sauce covered bread.
Fatness Rating – 6.0
Delicious Factor – 4.0
Caloric Disaster Rating – 7.0
2. Bacon Wrapped Turducken:
I had Turducken for the first time this Christmas (a boneless chicken, stuffed in a boneless duck. stuffed in a boneless turkey) and it is a lot better than I would have originally thought. Wrapping it in bacon only adds to the greatness that is this boneless poultry wonder.
Fatness Rating: 4.5
Delicious Factor: 5.5
Caloric Disaster Quotient: 5.5
3. The Bacon Donut:
Homer’s kryptonite. A glazed donut covered in diced bacon. Salty meets sweet meets fat in this heart melting marriage.
Fatness Rating: 8.0
Delicious Factor: 3.5
Caloric Disaster Quotient: 7.5
4. Waffle Fries with Bacon, Gravy and Mozzarella Cheese:
Probably the biggest waistline buster this week. Waffle fries are bad enough on their own, throw in some gravy and bacon and top it with a pound of mozzarella cheese and you have a recipe for an instant colonic.
Fatness Rating: 9.0
Delicious Factor: 7.0
Caloric Disaster Quotient: 9.5
5. The final contestant for the week is the Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger. The brainchild of the Gateway Grizzlies, a St. Louis Rookie Ball club, this atrocity is a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, split in half, then reassembled with a 1/3 pound hamburger patty and two slices of American cheese, then topped with 4 slices of bacon. Nearly 1,000 calories per burger, this ranks up there in terms of the disaster rankings, but I have to say, it looks pretty freaking delicious.
Fatness Rating: 8.5
Delicious Factor: 8.0
Caloric Disaster Quotient: 7.5
Which one of these are you most likely to sneak in over a weekend?