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Monday, September 24, 2012

Adam Jones leads Orioles past Blue Jays in opener of doubleheader

The O's continue to roll as the Post season approaches.  Manager Buck Showalter has done a great job with his young team throughout the season.  They will be fun to watch in October.
Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Monday in the opener of a doubleheader to move within a half-game of the AL East lead.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Baseball & Social Media

Ozzie Guillen sparked yet another controversy this week by tweeting about Bryce Harper's excessive use of pine tar.   Not quite George Brett running out of the dugout in Yankee stadium but, I guess it is a social media version.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Angels New Hitting Coach

Congrats to Jim Eppard, one of the best hitting coaches the game has seen.

..........New Angels hitting coach Jim Eppard does have a history with much of the clubhouse, including shortstop Erick Aybar, who is hitting 81 points below his career average. In a perfect world, Eppard would develop a relationship with Pujols, too, but let him walk before he attempts to win the Boston Marathon.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mattingly leads Dodgers with steady hand

LOS ANGELES -- A week ago, the Dodgers were off to their best start in decades. Now they've lost three of four, and manager Don Mattingly faces his first real test of the year as closer Javy Guerra has sustained back-to-back losses (not to mention a line drive off the jaw) and is being booed by the home crowd.
Whether Mattingly replaces Guerra with the overpowering but raw Kenley Jansen, one thing he won't do is tear down his players.
"That's something I learned from my dad, and I didn't realize it at the time, but my dad didn't criticize me, and I look back and that molds you as a player -- and now as a manager," said Mattingly. "To me, I was never afraid to make mistakes, and that's so important, because a lot of guys are afraid to mess up."

Monday, January 16, 2012

If Texas signs Darvish, adding Fielder unlikely

Will the Mariners please step up to the plate and sign Prince Fielder. He is in the prime of his career and will be a corner stone in the offense for years to come.

The Rangers expect to sign Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish before Wednesday's 4 p.m. CT deadline.

Club sources said Texas doesn't have a deal done yet, and it could go down to the last day. But sources said the Rangers expect negotiations to get done if everybody stays "fair and reasonable."

If the Rangers get Darvish's deal done as expected, they are not expecting to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. The Rangers met with Fielder and his agent Scott Boras on Friday in Dallas in what was described as a "preliminary meeting."

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Confident Danks earns five-year extension

White Sox lefty John Danks takes advantage of Mark Buehrle heading to South Beach signing a 5 year $65 million dollar deal. This is coming off his worst year going 8-12 with almost a 4.5 Era. I am not one to hate on guys getting big contracts I actually think that everyone that gets the chance to play in the big leagues deserves the money. I guess the issue here is that Jered Weaver is only getting $85 Mil over five years and John Danks is getting $65?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Red Sox acquire closer Bailey from A's

As the Red Sox look to rebound from a very disappointing season last year in my eyes this is a great move. Acquiring a young exciting closer in Andrew Bailey.

The Red Sox lined up the man who is all but certain to be their next closer by completing a trade with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday for two-time All-Star Andrew Bailey.

Coming over along with Bailey in the deal is outfielder Ryan Sweeney. To get Jonathan Papelbon's successor for the ninth inning, the Red Sox traded right fielder Josh Reddick and two prospects -- 20-year-old third baseman Miles Head and 19-year-old righty Raul Alcantara. read more click here-

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

José Bautista - How He Changed His Swing

This is a great video with jose Bautista talking about how he changed his swing. Discussing tempo and getting started early. The adjustment was all about when he was getting started. Prince Fielder said it in the Homerun Derby, "If you think you are starting early, it is not early enough."

Hitting Clips

Take a look under the hitting clips tab and watch the SLO MO video of the 2011. Great clips to get a good look at how some of the best hitters in the world get loaded.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jeter getting mixed reviews

Forget National League vs. American League. It's Derek Jeter's right vs. Jeter's wrong in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Derek Jeter is one of the best players and leaders ever to play is skipping out on All-Star weekend after picking up his 3,000th hit on a home run to left center in Yankee Stadium.

-After an unnamed major league official and some players told the New York Daily News that Jeter was wrong to skip Tuesday's All-Star festivities, players and even commissioner Bud Selig jumped to his defense.

The New York Yankees' shortstop, who was selected by fans to start for the American League, will not be attending because of "emotional and physical exhaustion" from his pursuit of 3,000 hits, according to a report.

But an anonymous major league official told the New York Daily News that baseball wanted to celebrate Jeter's accomplishment and isn't happy he's not there.

"Derek Jeter has done everything right during his whole career," the official said, according to the newspaper. "He was wrong on this one."

Ben Johnson Baseball

With the Mid Summer Classic taking place this evening in Phoenix AZ, Ben Johnson Baseball is back and running. I have added new tabs for hitting and catching clips as well as two more tabs where you can see clips from individual lessons.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mark Trumbo Swinging a Big Bat for the Halos

In their first day as Angels teammates, Mark Trumbo and Russell Branyan produced ninth-inning swings that gave fans something to stand up and feel good about at Angel Stadium.

Most of the 33,412 Thursday matinee customers cheered wildy when Trumbo launched a three-run homer to left-center field. But the racket was short-lived when Branyan's drive fell short of the wall in center, reaching the warning track for a game-ending fly ball against A's reliever Grant Balfour.

The Athletics breathed a collective sigh of relief, having claimed a 4-3 victory and a split of the four-game series.

"It was nice in the end to make a push and put a ball in play," Trumbo said of his big fly. "It was too little, too late."


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Josh Hamilton gets two-year deal

The Rangers have signed outfielder Josh Hamilton to a two-year, $24 million contract that encompasses both of his remaining arbitration years.

Hamilton is coming off an AL MVP season in which he hit 32 homers and had 100 RBIs to go along with a .359 batting average.

He gets a $3 million signing bonus, a $7.25 million salary this year and $13.75 million in 2012.

Hamilton made $3.25 million last season, when the Rangers went to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. When the sides exchange proposed arbitration salaries last month, Hamilton had asked for $12 million, $3.3 million more than Texas had offered. But after more discussions, they were able to bridge the gap before a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mike Napoli on the move north of the border

The Los Angeles Angels, shut out in several bids to acquire free-agent hitters this winter, have acquired three-time All-Star Vernon Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.

"Vernon is a player we have admired for some time," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in a statement. "He is a tremendous person and the type of player that will impact our club immediately both on offense and defense."

Wells was in Southern California for his physical Friday, according to a major league source, and agreed to waive his no-trade clause.

Napoli led the Angels with 26 home runs last year, but the team has been shopping Napoli for months in part because of his inconsistent defense. The Angels' desire to move him accelerated when Napoli asked for $6.1 million in an arbitration filing last week. The Angels were beaten out in efforts to land Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre earlier this winter, but acquiring Wells shows that their willingness to spend money this offseason is in earnest. Wells is owed $86 million over the next four seasons -- $23 million next season and $21 million in each of the following three seasons.

The Blue Jays had been trying for years to free themselves from the financial weight of Wells' contract. Friday's move could make it easier for the Blue Jays to extend the contract of slugger Jose Bautista.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous said Anaheim was one of the few places to which Wells would have waived his no-trade clause.

"It made sense for them and it certainly made sense for us the way this deal was structured," Anthopolous said.

Wells, a resident of Texas, has played all 12 of his major league seasons in Toronto and had a comeback season in 2010, batting .273 with 31 home runs, a .515 slugging percentage and 88 RBIs.

Trading Napoli and Rivera, whose 2011 salary is $5.25 million, frees up at least $10.55 million, helping defray some of Wells' hefty salary, and gives the Angels the flexibility to add more offense. The Angels slipped from No. 2 in runs scored in 2009 to No. 19 last season.

Wells, a three-time Gold Glove winner, likely will play center field for the Angels. Torii Hunter will continue to play right.

The team has had discussions involving leadoff man Scott Podsednik, an addition that would allow the Angels to use Bobby Abreu at designated hitter. The Angels prefer that route to using Abreu, who turns 37 in March, in the outfield on a daily basis.

Rookie Peter Bourjos could be ticketed for Triple-A or be in a competition with Reggie Willits this spring for a job as the team's fourth outfielder.

If the Angels can't land Podsednik, they could go after a designated hitter. They have been linked to ex-Angel Vladimir Guerrero.

Trading away Napoli also clears the path for one of the Angels' top prospects, catcher Hank Conger, who batted .300 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs at Triple-A Salt Lake last season.

The Angels figure to split up catching duties between Conger and veterans Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson.