Daily Villain Dish – 04/25/14

Yankees’ Michael Pineda 10 game suspension After Wednesday nights Red Sox/Yankees game, many fans had to be wondering what is on Michael Pineda’s mind as well has his neck.  He was ejected for having a foreign substance on his person in the 2nd inning after Boston manager John Farrell called to the ump’s attention a

Daily Villain Dish – 04/18/14

Woodson, Kerr and Jackson’s decision The New York Knicks, and more importantly Phil Jackson, have a big decision to make about their coach.  Does Phil retain Mike Woodson after a disastrous season or does he being in his own guy?  Report came out today that Woody would like to be informed (via his agent mind

2014 MLB AL Central Preview

2014 AL Central Preview Chicago White Sox 2013 Record: 63-99 Key losses: LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Addison Reed, RHP Gavin Floyd, 3B Brent Morel Key additions: 1B Jose Abreu, CF Adam Eaton, 3B Matt Davidson, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs Sportsbook Projected Win Total: 76.5 2014 Projection: The

2014 MLB NL Central Preview

2014 NL Central Preview Chicago Cubs 2013 Record: 66-96 Key losses: OF Brian Bogusevic, Kevin Gregg RHP, Matt Guerrier RHP, C Dioner Navarro, Manager Dale Sveum Key additions: Manager Rick Renteria, C George Kottaras, CF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Jose Veras, LHP Wesley Wright Sportsbook Projected Win Total: 65.5 2014 Projection: The Cubs are a work

2014 MLB AL East Preview

2014 AL East Preview Baltimore Orioles 2013 Record: 85-77 Key losses: CL Jim Johnson, LF Nate McLouth, 2B Brian Roberts, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Francisco Rodriguez, IF Danny Valencia, OF Mike Morse Key additions: OF Nelson Cruz, SP Ubaldo Jimenez, SP Bud Norris Sportsbook Projected Win Total: 80.5 2014 Projection: The 2013 was full of

2014 MLB NL East Preview

2014 NL East Preview Atlanta Braves 2013 Record: 96-66 Key additions: RHP Gavin Floyd, C Ryan Doumit Key loss: SP Tim Hudson, C Brian McCann Sportsbook Projected Win Total: 86.5 2014 Projection: The 2013 season saw the emergence of good young talent, especially in the starting rotation and a playoff spot.  While they didn’t get

Villain’s Daily Dish – 02/16/14

Michael Sam’s bold move With the news over a week ago that former All-American Michael Sam is openly gay; the sports world was captive for a few days.  The news was a shock to some, but it today’s politically correct age it was easily accepted.  I’m glad Michael came out, some people questioned the timing

Thank You Derek

In 1996, I was watching ABC local news, waiting for the sports edition. It finally came on and they talked about the new crop of shortstops in hitting New York in the coming baseball season. They highlighted the next Ozzie Smith in Rey Ordonez and some kid from Michigan called Derek Jeter. Jeter was an

The Villain’s Daily Dish – Feb 9th 2014

A-rod drops the suit against MLB Finally justice will officially prevail and Alex Rodriguez has come to his senses. A-rod dropped his lawsuit against MLB, the Player’s Union, and the New York Yankees on Friday. This means he will serve his 162 game suspension and sit out the 2014 season. He also said he will

The Yankees Offseason of Dreams

It’s been a few days since the dust has settled in the Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes.  At least 5 teams were interested, but in the end the world was righted and the New York Yankees got their man.  The Yankees, desperate for starting pitching help, landed the next big Japan import to the tune of $155

Daily Villain Dish – 01/15/14

LeBron’s Jealousy So LeBron James, reigning 3 time MVP and 2 time NBA Champion is jealous. Yes, jealous of Kevin Durant and his green light for shot attempts.  Basically James came out in an interview and said he’s jealous of Durant being able to jack up 30+ shots a game for his OKC Thunder.  I

The Final Legacy of A-Rod

This past Saturday, an arbitrator announced his decision on the suspension of one Alex Rodriguez.  He reduced it to 162, the equivalent of one season in MLB.  A-Rod will miss the 2014 season for the New York Yankees for his baseball sins of PED use connected to the Biogenesis case.  But with this latest news

MLB’s New Class of HOF

The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame vote has come and gone, and 3 deserving players have made their way to Cooperstown.  The Hall welcomes some of our era’s great players; Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. But this year is still mired with the players that were left off the ballot for various reasons. 

Miguel Cabrera- The Most Under Appreciated Player in Baseball

Miguel Cabrera is having perhaps the quietest first-ballot Hall of Fame career in history. At 30, and coming off winning the American League MVP and Triple Crown, Cabrera just doesn’t seem to get the love that he truly deserves. Maybe it has to do with his not so good grasp of the English Language. But

The Unwritten Rules of Baseball

After last nights actions in the Dodgers vs Padres game there are alot of people saying Grienke was out of line throwing at Quentin. Well I’m here to explain it a little better to you along with 9 other unwritten rules of baseball. Baseball is a very traditional sport, as well as probably the most

The Freak’s top 15 Fantasy Shortstops

1. Troy Tulowitzki (COL, SS) 2 Jose Reyes (TOR, SS) 3 Hanley Ramirez (LAD, 3B,SS) 4 Ben Zobrist (TB, 2B,SS,RF) 5 Ian Desmond (WSH, SS) 6 Starlin Castro (CHC, SS) 7 Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE, SS) 8 Elvis Andrus (TEX, SS) 9 Jimmy Rollins (PHI, SS) 10 Josh Rutledge (COL, 2B,SS) 11 Alcides Escobar (KC, SS)

The Freak’s top 15 Fantasy Third Basemen

1 Miguel Cabrera (DET, 3B) 2 Adrian Beltre (TEX, 3B,DH) 3 Evan Longoria (TB, 3B,DH) 4 David Wright (NYM, 3B) 5 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH, 3B) 6 Aramis Ramirez (MIL, 3B) 7 Chase Headley (SD, 3B) 8 Hanley Ramirez (LAD, 3B,SS) 9 Mark Trumbo (LAA, 1B,3B,LF,RF,DH) 10 Pablo Sandoval (SF, 3B) 11 Brett Lawrie (TOR, 3B)

The Freak’s top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen

1. Robinson Cano (NYY, 2B) 2 Dustin Pedroia (BOS, 2B) 3 Ian Kinsler (TEX, 2B) 4 Aaron Hill (ARI, 2B) 5 Ben Zobrist (TB, 2B,SS,RF) 6 Brandon Phillips (CIN, 2B) 7 Jose Altuve (HOU, 2B) 8 Jason Kipnis (CLE, 2B) 9 Rickie Weeks (MIL, 2B) 10 Chase Utley (PHI, 2B) 11 Neil Walker (PIT, 2B)

The Freak’s top 15 Fantasy First Basemen

1. Joey Votto (CIN, 1B) 2 Albert Pujols (LAA, 1B,DH) 3 Prince Fielder (DET, 1B) 4 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR, 1B,DH) 5 Adrian Gonzalez (LAD, 1B,RF) 6 Allen Craig (STL, 1B,LF,RF) 7 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI, 1B) 8 Billy Butler (KC, 1B,DH) 9 Buster Posey (SF, C,1B) 10 David Ortiz (BOS, 1B,DH) 11 Mark Teixeira (NYY, 1B)

The Freak’s top 15 Fantasy Catchers

1 Buster Posey (SF, C,1B) 2 Yadier Molina (STL, C) 3 Matt Wieters (BAL, C) 4 Victor Martinez (DET, C,DH) 5 Joe Mauer (MIN, C,1B,DH) 6 Salvador Perez (KC, C) 7 Carlos Santana (CLE, C,1B,DH) 8 Miguel Montero (ARI, C) 9 Wilin Rosario (COL, C) 10 Jesus Montero (SEA, C,DH) 11 Jonathan Lucroy (MIL, C)

“Don’t Blame it on the Whistle”

Referees do not play the game, they officiate the game. Yes, officials do make incorrect calls at times, and yes some of those calls do happen to occur at more costly moments in a game then others. It needs to be understood that through the minutes of a game, through the blood, sweat, and tears

Time for Bud Selig to step up to the Plate

  The names are easy to remember…. Jesus, Gio, Nelson, ARod, and Braun. They are linked together in what has become the Watergate of baseball, “The Anthony Bosch notebooks”. Now is the time for Bud Selig to act like a real baseball commissioner. The other three players that were implicated, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and

Seattle Mariners: It Has Been a Very Bumpy Ride

This is a new series of articles based on pathetic and absent-minded actions from members of any one particular ballclub.  As I watched my Seattle Mariners yesterday somehow will their way to another loss against the Nationals, I realized something, the Mariners would be the perfect choice for the very first edition of  “what were you thinking.” 

Scott & Jeff’s 2011 Baseball Predictions

On our podcast last week, Jeff and I stated our predictions for the upcoming baseball season.  If you haven’t downloaded it yet, below is a recap for each of us: Jeff’s 2011 MLB Predictions: AL East: Red Sox AL Central: Twins AL West: Rangers Wild Card: Yankees ALCS: Red Sox vs. Rangers ———- NL East:

Moment of Clarity

Barry Bonds is now awaiting one of the most important situations in his life, which is the trial of him lying about the use of Steroids during his baseball career.  The MLB’s all time Home Run Leader is now going through the pre-jury situation which is basically showing him will he sit or walk like

Greatest Owner

As a Mets fan I easily could write about the Mets letting the season slip away without making any moves and how us Mets fans wish our ownership and management would do something about it (which they should have been sellers, and traded off Beltran and/or others). But I’m going to take a different angle

“The Boss” George Steinbrenner Passes At 80

The late-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 80 years old from a massive heart attack. Celebrated as an owner who was very passionate about his team earned his nickname “The Boss” by having a short fuse with his managerial staff who would come and go as quickly as night

Hinch, Byrnes Fired, Gibson Takes Over

The Arizona Diamondbacks, stuck in a downward spiral that they are desperately seeking to get out of, has fired A.J. Hinch after one year of service coaching the team as well as general manager Josh Byrnes whose contract runs through 2015. Taking over the managerial duties is former MLB player Kirk Gibson who was serving

Lady Gaga Has To Go-Go

There is no doubt that celebrities are in their own world and their own reality for the most part, but when they decide to interact in a strange and lewd way just to garner publicity while overshadowing a particular event, then there is no doubt that they have gone too far. This was the particular

In honor of Father’s Day…..

Last night on the Wingman Show we discussed a topic in honor of Father’s Day; granted a day after the holiday, but still…. The question was asked, what great athlete did you not get a chance to watch, but heard from your father (or anyone else of that generation) on how great a certain player

D.C. Hype!

The hype was matched and then some! Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint, winning in his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals. He set an MLB record with 14 strikeouts over 7 innings. He looked very impressive striking out the side 3 times during the game. Strasburg did give up 2 earned runs on a home

HOTlanta!

The Atlanta Braves are HOT! Today they completed a sweep of the division favored Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves came into the season as an after thought to win the NL East. They are now the hottest team in baseball with a 8 game winning steak. They came into their series with Philly down a half

Back with a vengeance

The Minnesota Twins are off to a blazing start this season thanks in part to the comeback of Francisco Liriano.  After having Tommy John surgery in 2006 and having a rough couple of years after that Francisco Liriano is back to his old ways.  Through his first 4 starts Liriano is 3-0 with an ERA

Joe Mauer signs extension with the Twins!!!!

Joe Mauer signed an extension with the Minnesota Twins, 8 years $184 million. He is a Minnesota home grown ball player and everyone was saying that it was imperative for the Twins to re-sign him and not let some of the big market teams bid for his services. The Twins have long been considered one

The Blame Game

The Milton Bradley blame game is back on. This game is coming from the player not the board game maker.  Milton’s latest remarks said, ” Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So obviously, it was something in Chicago, not me.”

Land Of the Brave

The Atlanta Braves actually are pursuing Johnny Damon with a one-year deal.  The outfielder filed for Free agency after helping the Yankees secure a World Championship this past season.  Johnny Damon is actually seeking a two-year deal but no one in the MLB is considering taking the heavy hitting left hander.  Hopefully he inks the

SanFran Fiasco

The two- time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants appear headed towards an arbitration hearing. The 25 year old stud pitcher has ask for 13 million dollars a year for his pitching duties. The Giants have made a counter offer of 8 million. This is the first time he has

IS the Granderson signing a good move for the Yankees???

Curtis has a good deal of speed on the base pads and if he makes contact he is dangerous, but his average is not where the Yankees would like it to be and also former Skipper Jim Leyland has stated that Curtis is not great in the field as well???? Time will tell!!!