Tag:Johnny Damon
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:38 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:50 am

Bad calls even out for Braves?

Bad calls giveth and bad calls taketh away.

Certainly more than a couple of Braves fans are lamenting Bob Davidson's awful call and the chance for the Braves to add a game to their lead in the National League East, as Davidson gave the Phillies another chance -- and Carlos Ruiz capitalized.

Maybe it's just a case of things evening out for Atlanta. In June, the Braves were on the receiving end of a bad call. Remember Gary Cederstrom admitted he blew a call in a Braves-Tigers game?

With the Braves leading by a run with bases loaded, a full count and two outs in the top of the ninth, Johnny Damon watched what everyone in the park thought was a ball four and a tie game -- except Cederstrom, who called strike three and a Braves victory.

That game was in Atlanta, so there's no guarantee the Tigers win that game even if Damon walks -- but the call still decided the outcome.

Of course, the different between that and Bob Davidson's call was that Cederstrom took Joyce's example and admitted he blew the call, while Davidson continues to stand by his obviously incorrect call.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:11 pm

Is DeJesus better than Damon and Granderson?

David DeJesus In Jon Heyman's latest article for Sports Illustrated , he quotes a general manager saying that David DeJesus is better than Curtis Granderson and Johnny Damon -- the two premier outfielders who shifted teams in the offseason.

Is that true?

Of the three, Curtis Granderson is the youngest at 26 years of age, albeit by just a year ahead of David DeJesus. Damon is an old fogey by comparison, checking in at 36.

DeJesus is outperforming everyone, even though Granderson is in a friendly home park and Damon is coming off a season with a .854 OPS, fourth-best of his career (with seasons 2 and 3 mere points ahead). At .331/.398/.478, DeJesus combines a strong bat with above-average defense and can play left and center. While this is likely his career year, he has a few more years ahead of him as an above-average contributor.

Damon is running out of those years and experiencing a power outage after departing Yankee Stadium. He no longer does any one thing particularly well (except drawing walks) but contributes enough in every facet of the game that he is still a strong complementary piece on a contending squad.

Granderson has to be considered one of the league's biggest disappointments after delivering 30 home runs for Detroit in 2009, a number that some felt could approach 40 with New York. Granderson has pretty clearly shown at this point that he is strictly a platoon player but is one of the better righty-killers in the league.

Granderson has a higher ceiling than DeJesus as well as an ability to make more of an impact, but the fact Granderson can't play against left-handers severely limits his value. The GM is probably spot on that DeJesus has better value today, but when both careers are examined in retrospect, it's likely Granderson will come out on top.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am

Another ump admits he blew call vs. Tigers

Jim Leyland In what is becoming a trend, an umpire admitted to Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he missed a call.

Earlier this year it cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, Saturday it may have cost the Tigers a victory. Leyland called Gary Cederstrom following Saturday's game-ending called third strike on a full count with bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

Replays showed Peter Moylan's pitch to Johnny Damon was well wide of the strike zone.

Leyland talked to reporters before Sunday's game with the Braves and according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News said: "You can't complain about yesterday's breakfast. But I called him after the game and I just said, 'I hope you take a look at the pitch.' He said, 'Well, I kicked it.' I knew that when it happened but watching the replay on television, it was brutal. It's not acceptable, especially in that situation. It's just not acceptable."

Following Saturday's game, Cederstrom told a pool reporter from the Detroit Free Press that he knew he missed the call immediately.

"It was a sweeping pitch, going away from Damon," Cederstrom said. "It looked good coming in, then broke late."

The umpire added: "My timing was fast. Whenever you have fast timing as an umpire, you usually get in trouble."

UPDATE: Leyland was ejected in the fourth inning of Sunday's game for arguing a call at first base. Umpire Fieldin Culbreth called out Justin Verlander at first to complete a double play and Leyland went out to argue the call and was ejected. Cederstrom was at third base and stepped between Leyland and Culbreth before walking back to the dugout with Leyland and Leyland seemed to be giving Cederstrom a piece of his mind, as well.

Replays seemed to show that, once again, the umpires missed a call against the Tigers -- atlhtough, of the three, this one was the closest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:40 am

Baseball's nice guys

Sports Illustrated surveyed 347 major league players recently, asking them, "Who is the nicest player in the game?"

The winner was Mariners DH Mike Sweeney, with 20 percent of the votes. Sort of ironic that this comes during a season in which the only news Sweeney has made was when he offered to fight any teammates who told a reporter that Ken Griffey Jr. was napping in the clubhouse during a game.

The rest of the Top 5 nice guys: Jim Thome (17 percent), Johnny Damon (5 percent), Derek Jeter (5 percent) and Raul Ibanez (5 percent).

Apparently people get nicer as they age. The average age of the top five is 36.8.

-- David Andriesen

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