After getting swept by the Dodgers and shutout in all three games the San Diego Padres are the first team in the 100+ year history of Major League Baseball to be shut out in 3 straight games to open a season. The previous record was 26 consecutive scoreless innings by the St. Louis Cardinals to open the 1943 campaign (those Cardinals incidently went on to win 105 games, but thats irrelevant in our case). This comes fresh on the heals of their 15-0 Opening Day fiasco, which is now the most lopsided shutout in MLB Opening Day history. The previous record holder you ask? The Pittsburgh Pirates trounced the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 pm Opening Day…in 1911. 105 fucking years ago. This is just poor baseball.
This weekend the Padres head to Denver for the Rockies home opener. If they can not sonehow, someway scratch a few runs across in Coors Field this weekend I nominate the Padres for relegation. Send the entire organization to El Paso and call up the Chihuahuas to San Diego. Make the Padres earn their way back to Major Leagues because they definitely dont deserve to be there. I’ve joked for years that the Padres are a Quadruple A baseball team but this is worse than Quadruple A. Im not even sure this is Triple A level baseball.
I didnt expect the Padres to be any good in 2016, but this? This is flat out unacceptable. Silver lining is that there should be plenty of good seats available this year.
The spending race in the American League West is on in full swing. After watching the Angels break the bank (with zero success) the last two winters and the Mariners give Bobby Cano the keys to the castle a few weeks ago the Rangers went out and made their second big splash of the offseason. The top FA left on the market since the Cano signing has been Shin-Soo Choo the on-base machine South Korean out fielder. Today Choo and the Texas Rangers agreed to a 7 year/$130million deal. Several teams had been courting the services of Shin-Soo for a few weeks and reports are that he turned down 7yrs/$140mil from the Yankees last week and while it seems like on the surface he took less money the reality is that the state of Texas does not have an income tax. Meaning the Yankees would have had to offer $147million to offset the taxes and match the $130mil from the Rangers. Now that there are more markets capable of spending with the big boys it will be real interesting to see how state income taxes begin to impact negotiations. IT is also worth noting that the state of Washington also has no income tax, something I’m sure Robinson Cano was made very aware of. This spending race in the West is very reminiscent of the Space Race between the Red Sox and Yankees in the early 2000’s (even more similar, the Red Sox just won another World Series!).
As for on the field impact Choo played CF in Cincinnati last season but I can not foresee any way that he plays CF in Texas, he’s much better suited to play RF and Leonis Martin should have a stranglehold on the CF spot in Arlington. I would imagine the Ron Washington will hit Choo in the lead-off spot seeing as last year he posted a .285 BA/.423 OBP/.885 OPS/112 BB. With Choo getting on base at the top of the order (or conceivably in the 2 behind Profar) in front of the Prince/Beltre combo in a launching pad of a ballpark the Texas Rangers should put up some huge numbers this season. This signing also puts the writing on the wall for Nelly Cruz in Texas, he effectively becomes the next best available bat on the market and there are a few teams out there in search of some middle of the lineup power. Seattle seems to be the obvious landing spot for Cruz. As built the Mariners are still one legit bat away from being a threatening lineup. Counting on Corey Hart to protect Cano in the lineup is not the recipe for winning baseball. Make no mistake about it somebody is going to have to overpay for and take a huge gamble on Nelson Cruz so it will most likely be a team where one additional bat would make a huge difference. Baltimore would make sense for Cruz as the O’s are trying to compete and win right now, are in need of one more power bat in a hitters park and should be desperate enough. Washington could probably use a little more pop to compliment their pitching staff (and hedge their bets on Ryan Zimmerman ever being back to the player he was) and my dark horse is the Cincinnati Reds. They were in discussions with Choo and have some money to spend. They don’t need a CF as now Billy Hamilton should certainty be their Opening Day CF and lead-off hitter. Cruz would fit nicely into that line-up as good protection for Joey Votto or he could be slotted in between Brandon Phillips and Votto, though a top 4 of Hamilton, Phillips, Votto, Cruz would be able to hang some crooked numbers in Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati is just going to depend on how much Cruz will be over payed.
CBS Sports – The Padres and right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit have agreed to a two-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is worth $15.5 million and is pending a physical.
I just dont understand this move. $15.5mil over 2yrs for a 36 year old 8th inning guy? I would imagine Houston Street is still pitching the 9th but thats the same kind of money that Baltimore just gave Grant Balfour. This move makes me believe the Padres are trying to set themselves up to trade Houston Street at some point this season. Given Street’s steady track record and relative lack of injuries it would make sense for the Pads to hold onto Street until the July 31st Non-Waiver Trade Deadline when there are always a few contenders willing to overpay for a quality bullpen arm, let alone a quality closer heading into a close pennant race. Benoit was eminently hittable last year with Detroit in their clusterfuck of a Closer situation and the last memory anyone has of him is when Big Papi was rattling the city of Boston to life with an 8th inning Grand Slam in the ALCS off one of his fastballs. While I agree spending money is a positive thing it is way more crucial to spend that money correctly (see: Cubs, Chicago; Mets, New York; Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles; Phillies, Philadelphia) but it is nice to see the Padres are at least trying to put a competitive team in that beautiful little downtown ballpark.
To the 2013 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX!!!!
I’m going to do a little MLB Post Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship Recap since I know most people get all wrapped up in football and the holidays this time of year and tend to forget baseball exists. Well not me and especially not this year. This is just a cursory recap of what I deam important moves with a little of my input thrown in for good measure. Winter Meetings are in Orlando this week and I suspect there are some big trades coming in the next few days.
Scoured the interwebs for a pic of a pretty girl in a Mariner’s shirt or hat. This is what I’m posting. I’ll let you do the math. Get your shit together Seattle, you’re still technically part of the West Coast.
Not sure if Hova is the best or worst agent in baseball right now because yes he did get a team to pony up $240 mil over 10yrs for Bobby Cano, but that team is the SEATTLE MARINERS. Not exactly on the verge of winning a World Series in the near future in the Emerald City. I understand that the kid is a tremendously talented player and all but that kind of scratch for a 29yr old 2B that has a tendency to lollygag around the diamond from time to time is a HUGE gamble for a franchise that is in no way financially capable of surviving this deal blowing up in their face. The Yankees can print their own currency and look what AFraud’s quaterbillion dollar albatross is doing to the Bombers. No chance Seattle could survive the fallout of this deal going bust.
That being said I feel like King Felix Hernandez is grinning ear to ear right now. Can’t knock the M’s for at least going out and spending in an attempt to reward King Felix for his loyalty to the franchise. If I was a Mariner’s fan I would love this move, as an impartial observer I don’t hate the move. I get what Seattle is trying to do and I respect the hell out of them for being ballsy enough to spend some loot in an attempt at closing the gap in the AL West and not potentially waste the career of one of the game’s best arms. Although Cano’s power numbers should drop quite a bit in the mosoleum he’ll now be calling home in Safeco Field.
I get that Robinson Cano has roughly 240 million reasons he could name as to why Seattle and I respect that. But this is the kind of move you make when you just want to play baseball and be filthy rich and have zero interest in winning. Nothing wrong with that, just have to acknowledge it. Unless he signed with Seattle because Jesus Montero got sent to the Pac North West from the Bronx in the Joel Pineda deal.
ESPN – Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled star rookie Yasiel Puig from Wednesday’s win against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning for disciplinary reasons. Mattingly would not disclose the exact reason for Puig’s benching.
After the game, Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti in Mattingly’s office for about 30 minutes. Puig said Mattingly explained his removal had to do with his defensive readiness.
Maybe he didn’t get arrested but his BA has dropped over 100points since the All Star break (remember when it was a crime he didn’t make the National League Team?) and he’s taking his bad ABs out in the field with him. Donny Baseball trying anything and everything under the sun to get through this kid’s skull without tanking the Doyers World Series dreams. Tough when the player in question is such an unbelievable talent. Sometimes Ricky Henderson ability comes with Ricky Henderson personality.
Look lets be clear: I am a diehard 100% unabashed Red Sox fan. I hate Alex Rodriguez. I want him thrown out of baseball for life. The fact he gets to play while appealing his suspension and affect a pennant race is beyond ludicrous. I love Dempster throwing at him FOUR times in one AB and the fact that Dumpster will serve his suspension before ARod is kind of confusing. I could not be more excited to know that all ARod has ever wanted is approval from baseball and now he will NEVER make the HOF. I love MLB clearly singling him out for persecution.
All of that being said I absolutely have to respect the balls it takes to choose JayZ and Kanye’s “Niggas in Paris” as the song you walk out to for the 1st AB in New Yankee Stadium post Sox series. Maybe this is when ARod embraces his role as the villain, well at least until Selig finally gets to burn him at the stake.
Just as a reminder this is how the first six lines of that little ditty go:
“So I ball so hard muhfuckas wanna find me
first niggas gotta find me
What’s 50 grand to a muhfucka like me
Can you please remind me?
Ball so hard, this shit crazy
Y’all don’t know that don’t shit phase me”
Nothing in this world more dangerous than a man with absolutely nothing to lose and more than enough cash to hire the most cut-throat, mafioso lawyers NYC has to offer. Lord knows I hate him but goddamn if I can’t respect that type of hustle. Tiger Woods should be taking notes.