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SPOOKY WOULD LIKE TO DO THE DIRTY FOZZIE TO MILA KUNIS, WEEKLY EXPRESS
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend.........
13) I'm not normally much for bitching about who made or didn't make the All-Star teams, but Johnny Cueto is 9-4, 2.26, pitching his home games in a bandbox. How in God's name is he not on the NL squad?
Putting Aroldis Chapman on the team instead of Cueto makes no sense; the only thing I can think of is they held some positions just for closers.
12) Umpire Paul Emmel has worked the plate 16 times this season; in those 16 games, 15 of them went over the betting total. Only game he worked that stayed under was when Red Sox won 5-1 at Philly (Beckett-Lee).
11) Dodgers are first team since the '92 Cubs, and only fourth team since 1920 to get shut out five times in a six-game span (Mon-Sat).
10) Odd Fact of the Day: When Grandal/Amarista both homered twice for the Padres Saturday, it was just the second time in MLB history a team had both the catcher and shortstop homer twice in the same game.
Only other time was May 13, 1998, when Widger/Grudzielanek both did it for Montreal against Giant pitcher Mark Gardner, a former Expo.
9) Over their six games, Baltimore starting pitchers have allowed 33 earned runs in 26 innings, an ERA of 11.42. Can Jim Thome pitch?
That said, O's have more than one All-Star for first time since 2005.
8) Mike Trout hit .372 in June (42-113). Could he be the MVP? Already know he's Rookie of the Year.
7) Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez is 7-11 in his career with the bases loaded, with two grand slams. An impressive young player.
6) How is Matt Kemp in the Home Run Derby, if he is hurt? He might be up there hitting for a half hour. Thats good for his leg?
5) If you think the Dodgers are putrid on offense, the Seattle Mariners have now scored nine runs in their last eight games, yet still won three of them.
4) Toronto Raptors offered Steve Nash $36M for three years. How does he turn them down? He's the GM of the Canadian National team.
3) When the NFL starts, Denver Broncos will be a highly-scrutinized team, and if they lose their opener at home to Pittsburgh, panic mongers will be declaring Peyton Manning's signing a failure, because thats what nitwits in today's media do. So this stat bears some thought........
Denver coach John Fox has a 79-74 career record, but in his last nine home openers, with both Carolina/Denver, he is a stunningly bad 1-8.
2) Oakland Raiders have their fourth head coach in five years; Dennis Allen is this year's coach. Its really hard to be good that way.
1) Thinking about the Saints, unless they sign Drew Brees very soon, they could be in for a historically bad season; they're already without the coach, the GM won't be there during the season. If they don't sign Brees soon, it could start to look like they're tanking the whole year, in a season when the Super Bowl is in the Superdome. Just sign the guy already.
For anyone that Missed Canada Day, here is your List of 13
13) First of all, Happy Canada Day to our friends north of the border; this is the day when the Raptors make Steve Nash their pitch for him to join a Toronto squad that could use a boost from the greatest Canadian hooper of all-time (hey, James Naismith was Canadian, too).
Raptors are using Wayne Gretzky as a helper in the recruiting process. Will be fun to see where Nash winds up.
12) Carlos Lee decided not to accept his trade to the Dodgers; from what I've read, LA may be better off without a guy who apparently places little value on winning. Lot of guys would have jumped on the first plane in order to play for a pennant contender this late in their career. Lee is milking the moment. Who needs him?.
11) Dodgers are unspeakably bad; they've lost seven games in a row before last night, scoring a total of two runs. Their defense is awful; the eight position players they start games with these days might not win the AAA World Series. This is why they're trying so hard to add a better bat, to tide them over until they get Kemp/Ethier back in the lineup. .
10) Orioles unveiled a statue honoring former manager Earl Weaver, before they traded for Jim Thome to help them at DH. Busy day in Baltimore.
9) In his last three starts, Lance Lynn of St Louis has allowed 32 runners and 17 earned runs in 15.1 IP. Not good.
8) Aaron Cook's 81-pitch complete game Friday was first shutout in major leagues in 10 years where the pitcher didn't induce one swing/miss. Scott Erickson was the last pitcher to accomplish that unusual feat.
7) Toronto Blue Jays are over a million fans in their first 37 home games, the first time they've done that since 1998.
6) Phillies' 9-19 record in June was their worst month since September of 2000, when they went 9-20.
5) Carl Crawford is 3-14 in five rehab games with the Gulf Coast Red Sox, which doesn't make a fantasy team owner feel any better. At least they are not paying the guy $20M a year, like Boston is.
4) Seattle Mariners are one of the few teams that doesn't put a shift on for David Ortiz. M's are 3-4 last week, despite scoring 9 runs in seven games.
3) Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's game with heat-related issues, which is FOX's fault. If FOX didn't have the 7-10 pm window to themselves, the Braves play a night game Saturday, and that doesn't happen. Teams want to televise their games, so an eastern team has to play a day game, despite the temperature on the dugout floors approaching 120 degrees.
Saturday was the hottest day in the history of Georgia, as far as recorded temperatures go back.
2) San Diego's rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal is the first player in major league history whose first two big league hits were both homers, one from the left side of the plate, the other from the right side. Wow.
1) Before Saturday, last big leaguer whose first two hits were homers was JC Arencibia of Toronto, another catcher, who did it August 7, 2010.
13) In my humble opinion, Davey Johnson’s managerial career is Hall of Fame-worthy; this is 16th season as a skipper, for his 5th different team. His record with each of the five teams is over .500 (harder than you would think to pull off) and he’s won five division titles (and is in first place this season), as well as the 1986 World Series title.
He’s won with the Orioles and Reds, who have had very little success since he left. The Nationals haven’t been good since almost 20 years ago, when they called Montreal home. Johnson is smart and arrogant and a very good manager who deserves to be in Cooperstown someday.
12) As a player, Johnson played 13 years at 2B, winning two World Series rings with Baltimore, and losing two other series (‘69/’71); he hit 136 career homers, but 43 of them came in ’73, when he, Henry Aaron and Darrell Evans were teammates who all his 40+ dingers.
Johnson was still with Atlanta the next year, when Hammerin’ Hank hit his 715th home run. If anyone should write a book that would be interesting at the end of a stellar career, it would be Johnson.
11) Speaking of the Nationals, they’re 13-3 on the road when either Strasburg/Gonzalez start on the mound.
10) Chicago Cubs have been outscored 38-8 in Jeff Samardzija’s last four starts……..Rangers are 8-0 at home when Yu Darvish starts.
9) Its too bad Tim McClelland’s umpiring crew wasn’t in Atlanta this week; then Marvin Hudson could’ve worked the plate for the pitching matchup between Tim Hudson and Daniel Hudson (none of the three are related). Marvin Hudson worked the plate in Philly that night.
8) 4:25 kickoffs for NFL games (rather than 4:15) will help us gamblers wait longer to see how their 1:00 plays made out before plunging in on their doubleheader game. That’s not why the change was made, but its still will make a difference to a certain segment of the population.
7) Finally saw HBO’s documentary on UNLV basketball and Jerry Tarkanian; have to say it was an excellent hour of TV. If you like college basketball, its worth finding. Two things stand out to me about the show:
6) A kid named Graziano from Long Island was a hot recruit in 1977. Phone rings in his house, his mom answers. Voice on the other end says, “Hi, I’m Frank Sinatra calling for your son on behalf of UNLV.”
Mother replies, “I’m Ella Fitzgerald” and hangs up.
Sinatra calls back three minutes later and explains, and talks the kid up for a while. Long story short, Graziano went to South Carolina and was drafted by the Denver Nuggets. Sinatra stuck to his day job, singing.
5) At the end of the show, they say that the NCAA settled with Tarkanian for $2.5M, for denying him due process during their witch hunts to try and run Tark out of coaching. Then they show the check on camera. A check for freakin’ $2.5M. Showing the actual check was an impressive move.
4) If I ran ESPN, I’d hire a former NBA personnel guy to be my “Mel Kiper” during the NBA Draft. I’m just not a big Jay Bilas fan.
3) How is it that neither Jordan Taylor or Scott Machado got drafted? It says here they’ll both find their way onto an NBA roster when November rolls around.
2) Speaking of players who didn’t get drafted, I’ll bet anyone a pizza that West Virginia’s Kevin Jones turns out to be a better pro than that Greek kid the Knicks drafted. This could be Ron Artest/Frederic Weis all over again, other than Kevin Jones isn’t insane like Artest, and the Greek kid apparently has at least some game, unlike Weis, who had none.
1) Five of top 10 kids drafted Thursday night were 1-and-done in college. Not sure who that rule helps, making kids go to college, but for only a year. Doesn’t help the colleges, doesn’t help the NBA teams much.
Guess it helps the kids to an extent, but unsure how much. I’d be in favor of letting them go right from high school to the pros, but I’d actually prefer a system where kids got drafted, but if they weren’t good enough, teams could retain their rights while they played in college.
Catching up from a week in Costa Rica List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud..........
13) When they finalize this college football/playoff stuff, hopefully strength of schedule will be a big component; this would energize September and make it a great football month, instead of one where Florida State opens with Murray State/Savannah State (they are this year).
SOS being important means there will have to be more big games in non-conference play, which is good for us.
12) You think athletes are overpaid? Guy named Seth MacFarlane writes for a TV show called Family Guy. Makes $33M a year. 33 freakin’ million dollars a year. Wow.
11) No idea if there’s a reason, but Cincinnati Reds are 20-9 in day games, 21-24 at night. Sometimes things just are the way they are, with no specific reason why.
10) Since I watch six hours of baseball a day just about every day for six months a year, I feel qualified to tell you that three of the worst umpires are Bob Davidson, CB Bucknor and Mike Dimuro; they seem to be in the most arguments, because they miss a lot of calls.
9) CC Sabathia’s stint on the DL means he’ll be missing his first starts since April 2006.
8) Convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky is still earning his $59,000 pension from the state of Pennsylvania while he sits in prison; that’s more than many make in a year for going to work every day. Terrific.
7) Since 2005, under is 105-79 (57.1%) when Bill Miller umpires behind the plate. Lot of marginal pitches called strikes.
6) If Robert Kraft wants an NFL team in London so bad, let him move his Patriots there; just another self-serving rich dude trying to help his other businesses by using his status as an NFL owner.
5) 14 of the 60 kids taken in LY’s NBA Draft played in the D-League last winter for at least part of the season.
4) 43 is the lowest uniform number that has never been worn by anyone who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3) NFL switched the times of its late afternoon doubleheader games from 4:15 to 4:25, which means ten less minutes to screw around before the Sunday night game starts, and less overlap with the 1:00 games.
2) Major league pitchers who got 20 swings/misses in their last start are averaging only 10.8 swings/misses in their next start.
1) Dodgers were just outscored a ton in their games last week; Matt Kemp/ Andre Ethier are both hurt. LA’s leadoff hitter has an OB% under .300. They’re so starved for offense they’re playing defensively-challenged Juan Rivera at 1B. Puts a lot of pressure on starting pitchers if they think the only way they can win is to pitch a shutout.
12) MLB took All-Star voting away from the fans in the mid-50’s, because fans in Cincinnati made a mockery of the process by stuffing ballot boxes for the Reds.
Well, Giant fans are following that same path; Freddy Sanchez finished 4th in the 2B balloting, and he hasn’t played yet this season. Brandon Belt got over a million more votes than Albert Pujols. Would it kill people to actually try to vote for the players having the best seasons?
11) Along those lines, it would help if teams didn’t run TV commercials asking fans to vote for their hometown guys. If this game means so much (home field in World Series) it’d be nice if the best players played in it. Then again, having the game mean anything is stupid, too.
10) Forget that Michael Vick’s wedding cost $300,000, because once he’s paid his creditors off, what he does with his money is his own business; but lets say you have an adult daughter, and she comes home one day and tells you she is dating Michael Vick, or any pro athlete. Would you be happy about this?
9) Ryan Zimmerman was 2 for his last 31 before he got a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder before last Sunday’s game; he was 12-33 this past week, with 12 RBI and 25 total bases. Thank the lord for modern medicine.
8) Charles Howell III has made 11 eagles on the PGA Tour this season, more than any other golfer.
7) Attention magnet Bobby Valentine is the executive director of a controversial new documentary about baseball in Latin America, called “Ballplayer: Pelotero”.
It deals with how good young baseball talent is recruited and signed south of the border. Put it this way; people in the Commissioner’s Office are paying attention, and they're not happy.
Movie is being released July 13; they should’ve released it July 11, the night after the All-Star Game, there are no MLB games the 11th or 12th.
6) Apparently, the NCAA Recruiting Calendar says unofficial recruiting visits to campuses are allowed until July 5. NCAA Manual says no visits are allowed in July. Whoops.
Chaos is ensuing amongst college coaches and compliance officers. People are unsure what to do. Smart coaches will schedule unofficial visits, then recoil in mock horror and point to the Recruiting Calendar if they get called on it. Someone's got some 'splainin' to do.....
5) This is the 40th year of the DH; as a fan of an American League team, I don’t like it. Think it cheapens the game. But I do like the DH better when teams use it as a way to rest a starter but still give him AB’s, instead of having some washed-up slugger who doesn’t own a glove as a full-time DH.
Just think baseball is a better game without the DH, but its not going away, especially considering how starved the game is for offense.
4) I wouldn’t mind if they ended the rule that mandated each team have at least one player at the All-Star Game; that way, spots on the team would mean more. Does a team that loses 110 games need a guy there?
3) Do you think MLB’s powers-that-be are surprised with how popular the Home Run Derby has become? I’d like to see non-All Stars included in HR Derby, that way guys like Bryce Harper, Yeonis Cespedes and Paul Goldschmidt could still be a part of the All-Star experience.
2) Hornets’ Anthony Davis, #1 pick in the NBA Draft, has a badly sprained ankle and won’t be playing ball anytime soon, which means no Olympics. Wonder if the Hornets are quietly happy that happened?
1) The hell with being Vice President, this Governor Christie from New Jersey should be President. Been saying this for years while I was living in Jersey. He speaks his mind, he gets mad in front of the camera, he seems less phony than most politicians. All of which will get him disqualified in this political era, where sanitized game show host types who say nothing are the norm rather than the exception. Too bad.