Monday, April 23, 2012

Titanic Shipwreck in Boston

On the 100th anniversary weekend of Fenway Park which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Red Sox have a disaster of their own.  With VIPs in attendance to celebrate the centennial of the park's first game, the Yankees took an early 3-0 lead to quell the excitement and never looked back.  After the 6-2 loss on Friday, the weekend turned worse for the Sox.  Saturday, Boston would enjoy their only highlight of the weekend by jumping off to a 9-0 lead on the hated bums from the bronx.  The Yankees then scored 15 unanswered to crush the spirits of the Fenway faithful who responded with boos for new manager Bobby Valentine.  The good news was that Sunday's game was cancelled due to rain, perhaps avoiding an ugly scene in Boston.

This 4-10 start may be the signal of an end of an era.  With the departure of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona, the Sox amazing streak through most of the 2000s may have officially came to an end.  While the end of last season raise concerns, I think the ship's captain may have abandoned ship rather than trying to save her or at least prolong her life.  I have no reason (yet) to not support Valentine but the previous regime deserved a better fate than they received.

The Sox head out of town this week to visit the Twins and the White Sox.  Hopefully their departure will allow them to escape the negative atmosphere in the city and refocus on the season.  It is early and there is still a lot of baseball to be played.  Go SOX!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Reds Ready to Take the NL Central

With the exporting of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Company look to take the NL Central this season.  April can't get here fast enough for OhioMLBfans!  The Reds make their way south for camp which opens February 19th for pitchers and 24th for the rest of the squad.  Get the rundown at Reds on

Monday, February 13, 2012

Papi,Sox Agree to 1-year Deal

The Red Sox have come to terms with David 'Big Papi' Ortiz on a one-year deal for $14.575 million.  This agreement comes on the heels of Spring Training opening camp and allows Papi to focus on the season.  For more see Big Papi at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Brief History of the Single Season Homerun Record


The National Baseball Hall of Fame website has a great timeline of the single season homerun record.  Starting with just 5 HRs by George Hall in 1876 to the current (and disputed) 73 by B.B. whom I refuse to name or give credit.  It's a great story that you can read in 5 minutes.  It's worth the read.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Swept by the Indians......the Cleveland Indians

Red Sox Nation is ready to explode.  The Sox got swept by the Indians this week......yes, those Indians.  How is this possible?  Well, with lack of hitting and poor pitching anything is possible.  Just when you thought the Sox would have a chance to right the ship and get back to 3-3 or 2-4 at worst, the wheels fall off.  Unfortunately, the bums from the bronx are coming to town this weekend.  Maybe the ball club will be energized by the rivalry or the fans as the Sox open Fenway Park for the first time this season.  Surely they can win one in front of the home crowd.  Although I said the same thing about the Indians, there is hope following the Yankees series.  The 0-6 Sox will play the 0-6 Rays.  Something has to give.  You can't have a scoreless tie in baseball, right?  No team has ever won the World Series after starting 0-6, but you may recall that now team had ever won a series after going down 0-3, but we all remember that glorious comeback against the hated Yankees.  Ah, the joys of yesteryear.  Remember Sox fans, the season is a marathon, not a sprint.  We still have 156 games left.  By the end of April this little sputter out of the gate should be an afterthought.

On a much more positive note, the Cincinnati Reds are 5-1 for the first time since 1990 when they went wire-to-wire and won the World Series.  The Reds are hot right out of the gate and firing on all cylinders.  I don't see why they shouldn't win the Central this year and at least make the NLCS if they can manage to avoid a fiasco like the Phillies series last year.

Could two teams, that of course I'd like to see in the postseason, start off the season any different?  This is what makes baseball so exciting.  Go Red Sox and Go Reds!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opening Weekend-Is the Season Over Already

The Red Sox got swept by the Texas Rangers and start the season 0-3 for the first time since 1996.  Tampa Bay starts 0-3 as well after losing Carl Crawford in the offseason and find out that superstar third baseman Evan Longoria has a strained oblique and is on the DL.  The Yankees start out hot….again and the O’s have run away with the East!  What?

The Red Sox have been picked by many to win the East and the World Series but are they over hyped?  This weekend was more of a testament to the hitting prowess of the Rangers.  Texas has 7 guys with at least 5 AB hitting over .300.  Although the starting pitching for the Red Sox (Lester, Lackey and Buchholtz) were far less than stellar, I’m not concerned…yet.  The good news for the Sox is that they start a series with the Indians, a team known to cure many ills.

The perplexing thing for me this weekend was Francona’s quick decision to move Crawford to the seven spot in the lineup.  Sure he had a bad weekend, but Crawford knows how to work through it.  He’ll be fine.

The good news for the Sox came by way of the bats of Adrian Gonzalez and Big Papi.  Gonzalez is hitting .385 with 3 RBI and Papi sent 2 balls screaming and drove in 4 just like the Papi we used to know.

The O’s had the perfect combination of a team on the decline in the Rays and superb pitching by some young stars.  Their three starters combined for 20 innings pitched giving up only 1 run and 6 hits while striking out 17.  Very impressive but I don’t expect those numbers all season.

Remember, the season is young so let’s climb down from the ledge and see what is to come.  I think we’ll find that everything will work out in the end.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Opening Day (Night)

As previously mentioned, I’m more of a traditionalist than not with the understanding that some things have to change to remain relevant and not get passed by.  And, as with everything else in the world, I realize that money drives everything.  However, is moving the greatest day in Spring, that being opening day of course, that can be shared by baseball fans throughout the country to a single ‘opening game’ on Sunday night really necessary?  ESPN already runs the sports world, would it hurt for them to carry games on Monday and get the buzz that is happening all around the sport in stadiums everywhere and to miss out on one Sunday night game?  Baseball should start in Cincinnati like it did for years.  The parade, all the pomp and circumstance to kick off the new season.  Instead, the baseball world has to watch one game the night before and not get to enjoy the experience of actually being at opening day.  Sure the teams have their own ceremonies the following day and everyone has a great time but now it is the second day of the season.  The Yankees and Red Sox are going to draw plenty attention throughout the rest of the season, let’s let the other 28 teams enjoy one of the few things some teams have to celebrate for the entire season.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Opening Day Excitement

Opening day has finally come and gone.  The weather could not have been better and the games likewise.  Sunday night the Red Sox come from behind on the strength of Kevin Youkilis’ three extra base hits and a solo shot from Dustin Pedroia to beat the hated Yankees.  Yesterday, Jason Heyward hits a long homerun on his first swing ever as a major league player and the Braves spanked the Cubs who tied an opening day record by allowing 16 runs.  Sir Albert Pujols hit not one but two opening day homeruns which puts him on pace for 324.  It could be a good season.  Roy Halladay pitched a gem in Philly as the reigning NL champs look to repeat.  Tim lincecum struck out 7 and gave up only 4 hits through 7 innings in a Giants 5-2 win over Houston.  Perhaps the play of the entire season has already occurred.  Mark Buerhle kicked a ball that was hit back at him, then chased it down as it careened toward the first base line between the pitcher’s mound and first.  He crosses the base path right in front of the baserunner and in one motion, scoops the ball with his glove and flicks it between his legs underhand to first to get the runner by about a half step.  WOW!  What does day two have in store?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Is OPS the Best Measure of a Players Offensive Worth?

OPS is the sum of a player’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage which calculate a player’s ability to get on base and to hit for power.  This seems like a very useful statistic for determining a player’s worth with the theory being that a player that is on base more would therefore score more by the law of averages.  Also, the same would be true that a player that hits for power more would score more as well.


The best way for me to grasp things like this is to put the numbers to the test and look at the results.  The top ten players in OPS for their career are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Albert Pujols, Barry Bonds, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Rogers Hornsby, Manny Ramirez and Todd Helton*.  The only one I would possibly have a problem with is Todd Helton.  How did he get in there?  Looks like a pretty good list of the best ever to me.


The Adjusted OPS (OPS+) takes into account the ballpark and the league the player played in.  The top ten in OPS+ for their career are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols, Dan Brouthers, Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb and Jimmie Foxx*.  Again, a very impressive list.


Just for fun, I looked at last season’s (2009) OPS leaders.  They are Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Derrek Lee, Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Mark Teixeira, and Ben Zobrist (Manny Ramirez was omitted due to lack of plate appearances).  Once again, what a list.  I would start a team with any of these guys.  I bet you didn’t expect to see Joey Votto in the top ten (unless of course, you are a Reds fan).


I think OPS and OPS+ are two of the best stats for finding great hitters.  All that being said, I would not determine a player’s worth solely on OPS or OPS+.  If you have a player that has great plate discipline and therefore has a high on-base percentage but rarely ever hits for power, their OPS would be affected.  However, I would love to have that player hit just ahead of a guy high on this list (like Albert Pujols), so that one run has a much better chance of becoming two.  Also, this is solely an offensive category that does not take into account fielding or intangibles such as leadership.  So unless you are just looking for a DH or a fantasy player, I would look at the OPS and OPS+ but not make a decision solely from those numbers.