Thanks to everyone who checked out my first blog entry and thanks for all the kind words. I'll try to keep you interested and entertained.
Kudos to Manny Ramirez on his 500th and 501st career home runs over the weekend. I think its safe to say that his ticket is punched for Cooperstown now. At age 36, he still has another 3-4 productive years ahead of him I imagine. By the time he hangs it up, he'll finish near 600 home runs and may surpass 2000 rbi. That plus his lifetime .312 batting average and .408 OBP will probably place him among the 20 greatest players all time.
I have a decision to make by 12 noon tomorrow concerning my pitching staff on my fantasy team. Its a points league and its also a keeper league and there is money involved. Tomorrow Pedro Martinez comes off the disabled list. I have him stashed in my injured reserve, but if I decide to activate him, I must drop on of my current 8 starters. Four of those starters, Webb, Lackey, Volquez and Sheets I'll not even consider dropping. My other four starters are Andy Pettitte, Andy Sonnanstine, Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester. I will appreciate any feedback on who you feel I should drop or should I just drop Pedro?
Although home run production is down in MLB this season, there is a strong possibility that the record for most home runs by a second baseman in a season may fall by the way side this season. The record belongs to Rogers Hornsby and Davey Johnson who each hit 42 in a season. Ryne Sandberg hit 40 in 1990, making only 3 times that a second baseman has hit 40+ in a season. This season Chase Utley already has 20 homers and is on pace to hit 55. Dan Uggla has 16 homers and is on pace to hit 48. So what do you think? Will the record be broken? And if so, who will be the man?
Did you know that KC Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre is the son of former major league 2nd baseman and manager Jim Lefebvre? Jim played for the Dodgers from 1965-1972 and was the NL Rookie of the year in 1965. He went on to manage the Mariners in 89-91, the Cubs in 92 and 93 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997.
Here's a story you probably haven't heard... On April 2, 1931 in an exhibition in Chattanooga, TN, a pitcher named Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on six pitches. You'd think that a pitcher capable of such a feat would have a great future in professional baseball, but the hurler who humiliated Ruth and Gehrig never made it to the big show. You see, Jackie Mitchell was a girl.
Well thats if for this entry. I may add some more tidbits later in the day but after loosing my material 3 times typing this entry, I'm posting it now.