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Jose Canseco Demands Trade
Courtesy of the truly excellent Deadspin, Jose Canseco has already demanded a trade from the San Diego Surf Dogs. After one game. Awesome.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 7/5/2006 2:56:00 PM
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All-Star Thoughts
First off, it’s tough to get the rosters perfectly right, as the system is obviously fallible. I do like the fans having the ability to choose, but this certainly leaves room for error - as does the absurd rule of every team having a representative (see: Mark Redman). Another questionable rule is the winner getting homefield advantage come World Series time. I understand this one; after all, the fan should come first, and this no doubt makes the game itself infinitely more watchable. Problem is, of course, is that it’s unfair. It should come down to overall season record, not Mark Redman. Actually, that’s a surprising benefit of the rule, it prevents the likes of Redman, et al., from even playing in the game, so the better players are on the field more.

National League - If you are counting at home, the Oakland A’s are sending one player, as are the National League champion Houston Astros; the Pittsburgh Pirates are sending two. Still, both deserve it. Freddy Sanchez’s .362/.395/.527 line is one of the most under the radar and productive of the year. How the mighty have fallen; Barry Bonds doesn’t even make the candidate for the final roster spot list? It’s clear he’s a shell of his former self, but the guy has a .478 OBP and .970 OPS. Bobby Abreu, comparatively speaking, has a .915 OPS and three fewer homers than Bonds in 98 more at-bats. Of the final roster spot candidates, Nomar Garciaparra and his league-leading average looks like the sure choice there.

American League - Ozzie Guillen is one loyal guy, as six White Sox will be headed to Pittsburgh. Pudge Rodriguez over Joe Mauer? Not only should Pudge not be starting, but Ramon Hernandez should be in over him as a reserve as well. Pudge sports a .771 OPS with seven homers; Hernandez has a superior .835 OPS, 15 homers and thrown out 51 percent of opposing basestealers. Joe Mauer, meanwhile, is hitting a decent .391 on the year. But enough about catchers, as the true outrage is the exclusion of Travis Hafner. After he was passed over for Shea Hillenbrand last year, you would think there would be an effort to make up for it. Hafner leads the entire league in OPS. This would leave one to believe he’s the obvious pick as the final vote fill-in; too bad Francisco Liriano is also on that list. The Twins deserve at least partial blame for taking too long to insert him into the rotation, but a guy who’s 9-1 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in just over 80 innings has to be on the team.

Bottom line, the American League team is just too stacked. This looks like a mismatch, yet again. The AL will win and complete an undefeated decade in the Midsummer Classic.

Posted by Dalton at 7/5/2006 1:16:00 PM
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espn radio - worse by the day
This started as a Doug Gottlieb rant, but really the problem is ESPN Radio, a mediocre product that's getting worse and worse by the day.

Okay, first, Doug Gottlieb, Announcer, ESPN. He’s a hoop junkie through and through, and as much as I don’t care for Gottlieb’s style on the mic, I’ll have to admit he does know that sport reasonably well. Look out below when he tries to fake his way through other sports, though, it’s embarrassing. Case in point: Last week Gottlieb was discussing the merits of Mark Loretta as an All-Star, and one of the things he mentioned was that Loretta “only had 32 ribs.” Now it’s bad enough that Gottlieb couldn’t say “RBIs” or “runs batted in” – he actually said “ribs” – but it gets a lot worse. Gottlieb went on to say that Loretta’s low RBI total was a result of no one being on base for him, given that Coca Crisp has been hurt most of the year. Obviously, Gottlieb had no idea that Kevin Youkilis has spent most of the season batting leadoff for the Red Sox, and quite well at that (.413 on-base percentage, 56 runs).

Loretta and David Ortiz, for what it's worth, have essentially the same amount of at-bats with runners on (Ortiz is four ahead of Loretta). Ortiz has all those "ribs" because he gets extra base hits, while Loretta is basically a singles guy. In fact, Loretta has ONE extra base hit all year with runners in scoring position. It's all out there with a mouse click, Gottlieb. Do your friggin' homework.

Of course if you didn’t know better, you’d think he was making a definitive statement. That’s Gottlieb for you – he never stops being arrogant and in-your-face with what he says. If attitude makes the argument, he should win a roomful of trophies.

But if you want accuracy, if you want a prepared argument, if you want substance over style, look somewhere else. ESPN radio pisses me off a little more and more each day, botching simple things, mispronouncing names (they were calling Brad Hawpe “Hoppy” in April), sophomoric humor. Listen for yourself, see if you can get past 30 minutes. Even the commercials are a joke – how many get-rich-quick schemes can you get in bed with, ESPN?

Posted by pianow at 7/5/2006 11:09:00 AM
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MLB Mafia?
Canseco is a piece of work...his latest comments are a bit much, but if you dig deep there is something there I suppose...of course, Bud Selig doesn't really strike me as a mob boss!

Posted by Mike D. at 7/4/2006 8:17:00 AM
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