Recent Comments by jtrainhoopster

Minor League Manager Goes Berserk

I thought it was great..........makes me want to watch minor league baseball.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 09:15 AM on June 26

Lackey, Kendall ejected as A's brawl past Angels

it is coming more and more a common practice for these batters to wear these huge arm guards at the plate. The rule is the batter has to make an honest effort to get out of the way of a pitch that might hit him. Kendall (and I have followed him for almost his whole MLB stint) does not move and gets hit alot. he also stands on the plate because of his batting style. He is a catcher for Gods sake, he knows what he is doing. I say Lacky should have been tossed for fighting, not the yelling at the batter. But if I was Kendall and facing Lacky again, be ready for a large amount of fastballs about three inches inside about chest high.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 12:56 PM on May 03

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

Hey Weedy, can you give us alook at your top ten of all time and your top ten mashers.......

posted by jtrainhoopster at 04:01 PM on September 14

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

"He's hitting the ball on the screws, for the most part, after not having faced live pitching all season. If Bonds would have had a spring training and been healthy all year, he'd have at least 40-50 homers." Lets not forget he only more then 50 homers once!!

posted by jtrainhoopster at 11:13 AM on September 14

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

I agree %100 with your words about it being impossible to make a all time list. Aaron and Cobb were both very good players and would be in the top 15 but Henderson and Mays would still be in the top 20. Pete Rose is also one of the greats and to tell the truth, he slipped my mind when thinking of people to put on the list.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 07:00 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

For the way he played. balls out and nose to the wall all the time. Not alot of physical talent but made up for it with hard work and willingness to get the job done. I am sure anybody can find something to change in everybodys list. Still waiting Grum.......

posted by jtrainhoopster at 06:46 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

Read the post before he said not to call people names............ Alos, Grum I would like to see your list. Sorry for the Ahole comment, that might have been a little over the top. I know that this is an open discussion and I should not take things so personally.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 05:28 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

Well if I had to list them out, it would go something like this 1. Babe Ruth 2. Yaz 3. Ted Williams 4. Tony Gwenn 5. Kofax 6. Cy Young 7. Nolan Ryan 8. Maddox tie with Clemens 9. Jonny Bench 10. Jackie Robinson 11. Might be Bonds but I would have to think about it being that he has only had one season over 50 dingers. Again this is MY list, so don't even bother Grum.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 04:54 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

ok Grum, lets look at the statement one more time. "not even in my top ten. Top 20 yes!!" So lets make sure you read about somebody opinion before you become a total ASSHOLE to poeple. Again MY, not yours.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 04:17 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

If Barry is the best baseball player that you have ever seen, then you need to watch more baseball. i know that he has hit lots of homeruns, but his in-ability to throw runners out or hit in the post season has prevented him from getting a WS Ring. True in 2002 he hit pretty well in the post season, but what about all the other years? Most valuable, debatable but I can understand because of his scoring ability, but best ever.........not even in my top ten. Top 20 yes!!

posted by jtrainhoopster at 02:10 PM on September 13

Kayaks Return to McCovey Cove

I think that he needs to be tested everyday for the rest of his carrer for "the cream" that way he can't say, "I don't know how it got there.........."

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:40 PM on September 13

Robinson:Erase stats after failed drug tests!

"Criminals and the state do not have a collective bargaining agreement. So try again" Yes they do it is called the automatic appeals process in many states. As well as the ability to ask for a new trail and so on. Working for the court system, I know a little somehitng about this.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 03:52 PM on August 24

Robinson:Erase stats after failed drug tests!

For the record, it does work that way. Have you ever heard of a conviction being overturned on a technicality? Look that was just an example. Also, the players union would walk if the owners or MLB said in the next CBA that what the commish goes and you can screw the arbitrator. It is a way for the players to get what they want. I am not against unions, I am part of one, but I am against people doing somehting wrong and not taking it like a man. It is not only Kenny, but other players.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 03:41 PM on August 24

Robinson:Erase stats after failed drug tests!

To say that the players union did not get off is lame. That is like saying that a killer can appeal his life sentance and get 10 years because somebody else got off. the evidence was there and the arbitrator saw it. Plain and simple, that is why there is a Father figure (commish) in baseball. The players union crys to mommy (arbitrator) too much and players get off. Do the crime, do the time. And the whole thing with being able to play while you wait for the process (which lets players into big games) is crap too. I am a life long baseball fan, love the game, but when even players on my team do that crap I can't stand it. Kenny Rogers got off light and I like the guy. He is a hell of a ball player but again back to the whole role model thing, be a man and walk away.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:39 PM on August 24

Robinson:Erase stats after failed drug tests!

Maybe I missed something over the last ten years, but when was Mark McGwire busted for using banned substance? What he used was not banned at the time and when it became banned, he stopped using it. Sure he had to quit after that becaue he was useless, but it was not a banned substance. And by the way, I would like to see how many men in congress got tested last year for things like speed, pot, booze (DUI), child prostitution you know things that are illeagal. This is a big joke. Also, as long as there is a players union that can undermind the commish (Kenny Rogers) MLB is just a day care that pays its kids LOTS fo money.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 11:37 AM on August 24

Cursed by the Casual Fan?

I have a reason for their July Swoon, two really, Jose Guillen and remember..THEY ARE THE EXPOS!!!

posted by jtrainhoopster at 04:09 PM on July 22

500 homeruns

Did he use the juice? Did anybody prove it?

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:40 PM on July 15

A-Rod decides to play for Dominican Republic in World Classic

As much as I hate to say it, I would take A-ROD over almost anybody (maybe Ichro 1st) in a draft to start a team. Overrated? Are you nuts? Not the sharpest tool in the shed maybe, and nobody is worth the money he makes, but still one of the best ball player in the league. Ask Curt Shilling.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 12:53 PM on July 15

500 homeruns

Not only has he done this great thing (well he will soon, 2999 hits) He did it on bad teams. And to top it all off, he is still productive. He helps a team that has a good shot at the playoffs now. He is not a part time player just trying to get his AB's to get this milestone. He is good 1st baseman and a solid hitter in a good lineup. Regardsless...........1st ballot all the way.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 12:49 PM on July 15

A-Rod decides to play for Dominican Republic in World Classic

Players should not be betting or profitting from such activities.......

posted by jtrainhoopster at 05:16 PM on July 13

Detroit is the best sports town in America

I agree, I was just firing back at a point he made.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 03:07 PM on July 13

Phil Roof resigns as RedWing manager

I do not know who he is as a player, but as a man, he is top of the list. Goes to show some people know what is important in life.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:53 PM on July 13

Deal In Principal

Like baseball in the mid 90's who gives a rip. All this is a temp fix till this contract expires and there is another lockout. We will see if the fans come back.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:45 PM on July 13

Detroit is the best sports town in America

I know people from Nebraska and the live, eat and breath Husker football year round. I have family on my wifes side that still live south of Green Bay and cities shut down on Sundays for Packer games. Now that is a loyal town.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:36 PM on July 13

Detroit is the best sports town in America

ok Craven, you tool. If you want to get down to who has had more titles in the last few years, how about in the last ten years? Do I hear more from LA area then anywhere in MI. When was the last Tiger title, I believe the Dodgers (who came to LA because NY sucked) have more then Detrit has from LA alone. No now thats not fair, NL vs AL, the Halos have one in the last three years, how many do the Tigers have? Hold on let me get my adding machine ready. Well by my calculations, NONE!!! Lets look at Football, no matter where a team comes from. Lions-0 all CA teams over the last lets say 15 years-----more then MI. But lets not look just at the three major sports, lets look at NCAA sports........Big blue won a national title last when in football? USC I think has won a couple. the PAC 10 had how many bowl wins over that lst 5 years and how many did the Big Ten have? Want to talk stats........MI can hold CA's Jock when it comes to titles. Now back to the original subject....Detroit is not one of the best sports towns in America. For fan support (even though there is only one sport that anybody gives a rats ass about) has to be Nebraska and Green Bay. If you want a whole break down of championships for LA based or LA area teams let me know and I can write you a book. Championships from MI might take you about a minute.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 01:00 PM on July 13

Detroit is the best sports town in America

Well we can chalk that one up to the braintrust that is the NFL owners, Madamm RAM and The Godfather. I have no answer for them.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 05:24 PM on July 12

Detroit is the best sports town in America

My bad, I just know that not a whole lot comes out of MI. Sorry to insult the maze and blue like that. My whole point to all I said is that Detroit is lucky to have sports teams at all. And to say the Lakers suck, after one bad year without a real coach is a little harsh. When Larry Brown leaves that SH%T hole Detroit, we will see how good of a team they are.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 05:08 PM on July 12

Detroit is the best sports town in America

I am not debating that point at all. I was just saying that aside fromt the pistons of late, Detroit has had nothing (aside from the red wings and the pistons of the early 90's) for a long time. About not having a football team you are right, that is a mis-justice to the area but I live in OC and the (Anaheim) Angels were among the leaders in attendance 5 years running. As far as the Sparks and the Galaxy go, (sorry ladies and soccer fans) but the sports suck and should not even be mentioned I don't care where they are located. You are right about the death and crime, but that was in responce to one of the other posts. Lets look at the number 1 and two sports markets.....NY and LA.......Detroit (aside fromt he last couple of days) is not even in the top ten in my opinion or anybody else's who matter. The only reason Miami is such a draw is Shaq, without him, they are nothing. Also, be nice to the Clippers, it is not thier fault ownership is a joke. :0) Bottom line, Detroit has to get some better Champs to become :One of the best sports towns" Big Blu football (East Lancing) and the Pistons cant carry that state all alone.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 02:52 PM on July 12

Detroit is the best sports town in America

But if you look at the great sports towns you do think of Twop major ones. Los Angeles and NY. Both cities have their fair share of all the fine thing os Detroit. Homeless, smog, crime, death..........do I need to go on. Look in 90% of all great sports towns and there is a getto close by.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 12:55 PM on July 12

I saw that on the news last night.............OUCH!!!

posted by jtrainhoopster at 06:04 PM on June 28

Erstad Gets Dirty...

Tommy you are %100 correct, and I am sorry about that. Coming from an ex hardcore player, I saw the play coming a mile away and so should have the Braves catcher.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 02:18 PM on June 24

Erstad Gets Dirty...

As far as the Yankees having their own network, if their product was not that good, or that of the Royals, people would not come to the games and thus no money to get these things. But if you spend the money, you get the players. The yankees are known for buying the best team they can. It is noce to see it blow up in their face. Now if only those Red Sox can play strong for a whole season the crumble will be complete. :0)

posted by jtrainhoopster at 06:43 PM on June 23

Erstad Gets Dirty...

Maybe you mis understood what I meant about lowering the costs of things at the stadium. Buy doing so, more people would come to the games and buy more beer and seats. You are %100 right about that, it is a BUSINESS move and that is it. I am on the side of the guy who wants to take his kids to a ball game but has to pay $250 bucks for a family of four to go. I am a season ticket holder 3 seasons now and luckly I can afford to do that. By lowering beer prices, more drunk fans will buy beer because "its cheeper so we can by more" that is brilliant marketing, but that is how he made most of his money.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 06:41 PM on June 23

Erstad Gets Dirty...

If the Yankees had 100million less on their payroll would their prices lower, hell yes they would. They would have to to get people in the stands. Take the Angles for example. The new owner lowered the prices on beer and upper level tickes to get more people in the standa so he could get big free angents like Colon and Vlad. Simple business peeople. Baseball is a game for kids and weekend hackers. It is a business first and a game second to these filthy rich owners. Mark my word, they will never loose money, only trade the money makers away to keep their pockets filled. Again, not making as much as the year before is not loosing money........

posted by jtrainhoopster at 02:39 PM on June 23

Dallas Maverick's center Shawn Bradley to retire after 12 years in the game.

Bradley is retiring!! I thought he quit years ago. That goes to show you the impact he has on the league!! Wait, bring him to the Clippers, they need to burn more cap space with bad players.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 12:17 PM on June 23

Erstad Gets Dirty...

Funny thing is, almost any other player in that situation that has a true passion for the game would have done the same thing. That is one of the things they teach young catchers. "If your going to block or intend to block the plate, HOLD ON TO THE BALL BECAUSE YOUR GOING TO GET YOUR BELL RUNG!!"

posted by jtrainhoopster at 07:22 PM on June 22

Erstad Gets Dirty...

Fat....To say that ticket prices have nothing to do with player slaries is kind of out there. Look at the New York Yankees. They have the highest payroll in the majors and the highest ticket prices. It is not all that easy, but owners (alot of the time) don't get much from consessions or parking so they have to make their money somewhere. Now when they cry that they are loosing money, that is a lie. Making less money one year then the year before is not loosing money. When you can't pay the bills because you are paying your closer 19 million dollars while they recover from Tommy John surgery (ie. why guaranteed contracts is what is ruining sports) that is the teams fault, no need to raise ticket prices to cover it. We will see what happens next year with thier ticket prices. But like Tommy said, you are right, but it is not that cut and dry.

posted by jtrainhoopster at 06:09 PM on June 22