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Delmon Young’s Puzzling New Contract

Posted by pmanocchio on January 29th, 2013

Delmon Young’s new contract with the Philadelphia Phillies seemed like one of the best bargains of the offseason. A one year, $750,000 deal for a career .284 hitter with decent power appeared too cheap to be true.

Though the base salary is low, Young can actually earn up to $3.5 million for the season if he meets added incentives. Largely incentive based contracts are common in baseball, but one of the largest incentives in this contract requires a double check and is almost laughable.

Young can actually earn an extra $600,000 just for losing weight. The outfielder’s weight ballooned from 207 pounds in 2010 to 225 last offseason to 238 at the time of his weigh in with the Phillies.

Young had been playing DH primarily with the Tigers, which allowed him to be out of shape. With the Phillies, Young will be required to be outfield on a fairly regular basis.

The terms of the contract state that Young must lose 8 pounds by the time of the first weigh-in. He must maintain that weight for the first three weigh-ins and must check in at less than 235 pounds for the final three weigh-ins.

If Young is able to meet each of these extremely mild weight requests, he will make the additional $600,000. Young would make $200,000 more than the President of the United States makes just for losing eight pounds.

The contract also includes a $250,000 bonus for being on the active roster for one day and a $100,000 bonus each for 40, 80, 120 and 160 days that Young is on the active roster.

Young can earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses as well. He will make $150,000 each for 250, 300, 350 and 400 plate appearances; $200,000 apiece for 450 and 500 plate appearances; and $250,000 each for 550 and 600 plate appearances.

It should not be too difficult for Young to make close to the full $3.5 million his contract could end up being worth, which makes the contract less appealing than it appeared at first glance for the Phillies. The Phillies are hoping that a healthier Young will help him fulfill the promise he was thought to have upon being selected number one overall in the 2003 draft.

Young’s salary will still fall short of the 6.75 million that he made last season, but getting paid just to lose weight and step up to the plate is not a bad deal either.

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World Series

Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

World Series Prediction: Yankees over Giants. That would be sigh-worthy.

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Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 Games

Posted by kirsch17 on August 15th, 2012

After testing positive for testosterone, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games, effective immediately, without pay. With 45 games remaining for the Giants, the suspension will carry over into the playoffs if the Giants advance. If they don’t make it Cabrera will be suspended for the first five games of the 2013 season. Cabrera was the MVP at the All-Star Game last month in Kansas. He also is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs while in his first season with the San Francisco Giants after being traded from the Kansas City Royals last November. Last year Cabrera batted .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs so this year he was having a major breakthrough, even though he had a little help with a little extra testosterone. This year he has the most hits in the major leagues with 159. Melky said he is aware of the results of his tests and he is deeply sorry for his mistakes and he is going to have to try and move on with his life. He knows what he did was wrong, yet he did it anyway. This seems to be the story with a lot of MLB players over the past few years, after everyone started getting caught taking illegal substances.

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The White Sox Are Contenders

Posted by briesen on August 1st, 2012

As the one hundred game mark is eclipsed for the MLB regular season, the headlines are dominated by some of the usual teams and some, well, unusual teams. While, the New York Yankees sit a top the American league, the arch-rival Boston Red Sox dominate headlines for the opposite reason. Like the Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies are making headlines for all the wrong reasons while the young, likable Washington Nationals sit a top the National League. However, one team continues to win games quietly.

The Chicago White Sox stand at 56-47, far better then anyone expected and good enough to establish a 2.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central Division. Everyone seems to be waiting for the Tigers to catch them, but maybe we should be waiting for the White Sox to pull away. Sure they don’t have big name players like MVP Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder, but they do field a team of underrated and established players.

Adam Dunn, last year’s winner of “Most Disappointing Player”, leads the MLB with 31 home runs. Four other players have 15 home runs or more including established veterans Paul Konerko (17) and A.J. Pierzynski (18). The pitching is led by their 23 year old phenom, Chris Sale, who is 12-3 this year. Reestablished veteran Jake Peavy and the always solid Gavin Floyd have also helped.

The White Sox have also had one of the better trading years of any team. Earlier in the year they traded for former Red Sox great Kevin Youkilis to help bolster their line up. They also traded for Francisco Liriano and Brett Myers to bolster the pitching staff. With a second Wild Card team added, winning the division is more important then ever this year and if the White Sox can hold on to do that, then maybe they can pull off a playoff run too.

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The More Wild MLB

Posted by briesen on July 17th, 2012

Major League Baseball has always been a league stuck in the past (seriously how are we still dealing with rainouts?), but finally America’s past time has begun to move forward by adding a second Wild Card team. There aren’t many theories about sports that can’t be argued to some extent, but one that certainly can’t be debated is this: the post season is more exciting then the regular season (college football seems to have finally gotten this memo). This fact is never more obvious then in the MLB where 162 regular season games make each game feel less and less important. It’s nearly impossible to have a season changing win or loss, there are just too many games. It also makes things very difficult for less talented teams. Getting hot for an entire month won’t mean much because over the course of 162 games, percentages will usually even out. The outcome this produces is that many of the same teams make the playoffs every year. For example, in the last ten years the New York Yankees have made the playoffs nine times, the St. Louis Cardinals have made it seven times and the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels have all made it six times.

The irony of all this is that baseball actually has the best parody of any league with eight different champions in the last decade (the NFL and NBA have each had six different champions). The reasons behind this are plentiful, but really it speaks to the randomness of baseball; if a team makes the playoffs, they have a shot. This randomness is also what can make it so exciting. By adding an extra Wild Card, the MLB goes from having eight playoff teams to ten and while all this technically means is that one extra playoff game will be played in each league, it’s had another effect. In the past a mediocre first half could all but eliminate a team, but with the new Wild Card more teams are involved in the playoff hunt then ever. Look at the American League where eight teams are separated by just two games for the two Wild Card spots. The Toronto Blue Jays are just two games back despite being just 45-45 and despite a tumultuous first half, the Red Sox stand just one game behind the Detroit Tigers for the final spot. All this will lead to not just a more exciting post season, but a thrilling end to the regular season. For a change all 162 games may actually matter.

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Roger Clemens found not guilty on all counts

Posted by kirsch17 on June 19th, 2012

In what came to a shock to most people Roger Clemens was found not guilty on all counts of doping yesterday. Even though the case was long the jurors returned their verdict  relatively quickly, less than 10 hours over several days. This ended a 10-week trial and the verdict was the latest blow to the government’s legal pursuit of athletes accused of illegal drug use. Barry Bonds was only found guilty of one count of obstruction in a San Francisco court last year. Probably one of the most famous anti-drug cases was that of Lance Armstrong. After a two-year, multi-continent investigation of the seven-time Tour de France champion the case was only recently closed with no charges.

Clemens was accused of cheating the achieve and extend his successful career and he was charges with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testifies at a deposition and at a nationally televised hearing in February 2008. Clemens had denied multiple times that he never used steroids and human growth hormones during his 24-year career with the New York Yankees that produced 354 victories. The government had a strong case against Clemens when his longtime strength coach Brian McNamee testified against Clemens saying he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with HGH in 2000. He produced a needle with other materials he said were from those injections. But he was the only one who claimed he knew about Clemens using steroids and HGH. But the defense said that Clemens was injected by McNamee but not with anything illegal, but with vitamin B12. Whatever the case the jury had the final say and they decided that Roger Clemens did not do anything illegal, a decision many people do not believe because of the evidence that was brought up against Clemens.

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Which Division Is The Best?

Posted by kirsch17 on June 18th, 2012

What many people call a disappointing season so far after last year’s run, the Philadelphia Phillies did not make things better this weekend. Getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, in Toronto, has made fans restless knowing their team will probably not win another NL East trophy this year. But they weren’t the only ones in the NL East that had a bad weekend, something Phillie fans should take notice of. The Washington Nationals also suffered a sweep this weekend, but to the New York Yankees, something that is a little more forgivable knowing who the opponent is. But by blowing three games the Nationals lost a huge chance to make a statement and prove it can truly challenge baseball’s elite. The Atlanta Braves also lost the chance to move up in the standings against the Nationals after they were shut out twice in a row by the Baltimore Orioles at home and the Miami Marlins got three combines hits in two weekend shutouts by the Tampa Bay Rays. And since there were not enough sweeps this weekend apparently the New York Mets also suffered their own sweep at home by the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. The record the NL East set as a whole this weekend was 2-13 and they went 2-10 against the AL East as a whole. This further proves that the AL East is the better division in baseball.

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Interleague Starts Today

Posted by briesen on May 18th, 2012

Unlike other leagues the MLB does everything they can to keep their two leagues separate. In fact, until 1997, the National and American Leagues wouldn’t meet until the World Series. Today is that time of the MLB season when interleague play starts. This means one thing above all else: good news for the American League.

Since Interleague began, the American League has won 11 of the 15 years including the last eight. That’s eight years in a row that AL teams have been able to improve their records playing against the NL. Over the past five years their are 9 AL teams over .500 in interleague play to just 4 NL teams. The New York Yankees are 54-36, the Los Angeles Angels are 62-28 and the Boston Red Sox are 57-33. The best NL team is (surprisingly) the Colorado Rockies 45-33. Look for the AL to continue their dominance this year.

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Why the Orioles Will Win the World Series

Posted by briesen on May 16th, 2012

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t won the World Series since 1983. They haven’t made the playoffs since 1997. That was also the last time they had a winning record. That’s 15 years, 180 months, 5.475 days since they last finished a season above .500. This year is different. This year they will win the World Series.

As of May 15, 2012 the Orioles sit atop the AL East or as it’s otherwise known, the hardest division in baseball. Their record stands at 22-14, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays, 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees, and 5.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. Their payroll for 2012 is about $82 million, good for 19th in the league. They didn’t sign any big free agents and most likely won’t be getting one at the trade deadline. So what makes this year different?

Let’s start with their pitching. Thanks to players like Jason Hammel, who’s 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA and Wei-Yin Chen, who’s 3-0 with a 2.43 era, the Orioles are currently third in the AL in overall ERA. Jim Johnson has been the most reliable closer in baseball this year getting 11 saves in 11 opportunities. The Orioles lead the AL in saves at 14.

The hitting hasn’t been too shabby either. The long ball, which has plagued the Orioles for years, has become their greatest weapon. They lead the majors in homeruns with a very balanced attack. Only Adam Jones has double digit homers with 10 and seven guys have 5 or more homers. This has jolted them to fourth in the AL in runs scored behind only the Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees.

It seems possible their hitting could continue because no one player is particularly hot. They only have one regular hitting over .300 and that’s Nolan Reimold (.313). They’ve done a much better job getting on base this year and that seems unlikely to change.

What really helps them more then anything is the fact that the MLB expanded their playoffs by one team in each league. Unlike previous years, the third best team in the AL East could make the playoffs.

And, as the Cardinals proved last year, once you make the playoffs anything could happen.

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Who You Missed This Year In The MLB

Posted by briesen on May 15th, 2012

We’re about 25% of the way through the MLB regular season. Josh Hamilton and Matt Kemp have made the MVP races rather boring so instead lets look at players who are having great years that you may have missed:

1. Carlos Beltran- Many thought the Cardinals were foolish to give Beltran a two year contract worth $26 million. Not only has he been a viable replacement for Pujols, but he is probably second in the MVP race in the National League behind Kemp. His 13 home runs (most in the NL) and 32 RBIs (second in the NL) have led the Cardinals to a 20-15 start.

2. Edwin Encarnacion- You may have missed what Encarnacion is doing up in Toronto but his 11 home runs (4th in the AL) and 29 RBIs (tied for second in AL) have led the Blue Jays to a solid 19-17 record. Unfortunately, they still reside in the A.L. East where that kind of record lands you fourth, only ahead of the struggling Red Sox. He’s well on his way to top his career highs of 26 homers and 76 RBIs and could become a hot commodity around the trade deadline.

3. Adam Jones- Jones had been a highly touted prospect who had never lived up to his hype. He showed signs of breaking out last year with a solid .280 average to go along with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs. In what is the last year of his contract, Jones is doing what he can to ensure he gets a large one this off season. His 10 home runs (fifth in the AL) and his 22 RBIs (tied for 11th) have led the Orioles to first place in the AL East. Put that along with his .295 average and he’s likely looking at a large pay upgrade this off season.

4. Bryan LaHair- LaHair is in his first full year in the big leagues and this likely means his numbers will start to go down soon. Right now he looks like one of the few bright spots on a struggling Cubs team. His .356 average ranks fourth in the NL. Put that with his 9 home runs and 20 RBIs (a number that would definitely be higher if people got on base in front of him) and LaHair becomes the biggest surprise of the 2012 season so far.

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