It’s no secret that a lot of baseball’s best players are currently injured. So many are hurting, that you can assemble an All-Star team with players who are currently on the disabled list. Don’t believe me? Well here you go.
Catcher: Carlos Santana- Santana is currently on the DL after sustaining a concussion. Even though he hasn’t performed at the offensive level that he’s expected to, he’s been a solid for the Indians this year.
First base: Lance Berkman- With the departure of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals were hoping that Berkman would come close to repeating what he did in 2011. Instead, it’s been an injury-filled season for Berkman, whose injury has allowed prospect Matt Carpenter to get a chance to get significant playing time with the Cardinals. Unfortunately, Carpenter soon also found himself on the disabled list, too.
Second base: Mark Ellis- Fine, I’ll admit that calling Ellis an All Star is a bit of a stretch, but he’s the best of what’s available. Ellis has been a steady performing at second base throughout his career, and the Dodgers were counting on him to be their everyday second baseman, but a leg injury will likely cost him at least another five weeks. In the meantime, the Dodgers will have Elian Herrera and Jerry Hairston sharing duties at second.
Shortstop: Stephen Drew- Coming off a breakout year, the Diamondbacks were optimistic that Drew would be more than able to help get the Diamondbacks back to the playoffs in 2012. Instead, he’s spent the entire season recovering from ankle surgery. It’s possible that he could return sometime within the next month, barring any setbacks.
Third base: Pablo Sandoval- The San Francisco Giants have been missing one of their key offensive pieces, and are eager to have Sandoval back at full strength. Sandoval has been out of action after fracturing a bone in his left hand. If all goes well, he might be able to start his rehab assignment as early as next week Monday.
Outfield: Matt Kemp, Austin Jackson and Jon Jay- Kemp made it one day off the DL before re-aggravating his hamstring. He will likely be missing at least another two weeks, but reports indicate that it could be longer. Jackson was critical to the early success for the Tigers, but an abdominal strain has put him out of action since May 16th. Jackson was taking swings off a batting tee today, but still isn’t quite ready for full baseball activities. Jay has been hurting with a sprained right shoulder, and it doesn’t look like a return anytime soon seems realistic. Jay is just one of the many Cardinals who have spent time on the DL, and it is definitely taking a toll on the reigning champions.
Starting pitchers: Doug Fister, Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver- Fister has reaggravated his left-side strain and will be spending his second stint on the DL. Halladay injured his shoulder, and is likely to miss up to eight weeks. There’s unfortunately no miracle in store for the Angels either, as Weaver has been placed on the DL due to a variety of back problems.
Relief pitchers: Drew Storen, Andrew Bailey and Mariano Rivera- This hasn’t been a good year for closers in baseball, and three of the best have spent a good majority of the year missing in action. Drew Storen hasn’t pitched yet this year, and neither has Andrew Bailey. Storen has been struggling with pain in his elbow, and Bailey had surgery on his thumb. But the biggest injury was that to Mariano Rivera, who will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after tearing his ACL while shagging fly balls during batting practice.
As if things weren’t complicated enough already for the Tigers, today they had to announce multiple roster changes.
The first and most devastating move, was the announcement that Doug Fister will once again be returning to the 15-day disabled list. The Tigers have announced the injury to be a left-side strain, and they’re hopeful that he will only miss those 15 days.
Replacing Fister will be Casey Crosby, a left-handed pitching prospect who was originally expected to break camp with the Tigers this spring. Instead, he started out in Triple-A Toledo, where he is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in nine starts. Assuming he makes his expected start on Friday, he’ll be making his major league debut against the Yankees.
The Tigers also announced that they have optioned Ryan Raburn to Toledo, and have called up catcher Omir Santos to take up his place on the team. In the mean time, Danny Worth and Ramon Santiago will be splitting time at second base.
That move surprises me a bit, mainly because you don’t often call up a third-string catcher to replace a position player. I wonder if the Tigers are planning on making another move very soon (perhaps even a trade), because this move doesn’t make a ton of sense.
In yesterday’s post-game interview, Jim Leyland voiced his opinion about accountability for umpires, and I think it’s a fair question to ask.
As a baseball player, you’re held accountable for your actions both on and off the field. If you’re not performing, you’re either going to be sent down to the minors or released. For a manager, if you can’t get your team to perform at the level they’re capable of, you’re not going to have a job very long. So why is it that umpires seemingly get a free pass?
There has been constant criticism against certain umpires in recent years, but yet there never seems to be any punishment handed down by Major League Baseball. When’s the last time you heard about an umpire getting fired or suspended for doing a continually bad job? Just think about that for a minute. Still thinking? That’s probably because it hasn’t happened .
It’s a seemingly flawed situation with no simple solutions, but it does deserve to be looked at. Does this mean MLB needs to further its use of instant replay, or have a more defined course of disciplinary action for umpires who aren’t performing their job?
I don’t know what the answer is, but it’ll be interesting to see if MLB makes any changes to their current system in the upcoming season. The way I look at it, everyone is responsible for the mistakes they make while they’re at work To me, it doesn’t matter if your an umpire, a doctor, or a cashier at a fast food joint. If you continually fail to do your job properly, you should be held accountable.
According to multiple sources, it appears that Take-Two Interactive (the parent company for 2K Sports), will not be releasing a baseball game in 2013.
2012 was the final year that 2K Sports was under contract through Major League Baseball, so the news isn’t necessarily a complete shock. As many baseball and video games will be sure to tell you, the MLB2K series never came close to meeting expectations.
As a video game player (and obviously a baseball fanatic), I’ve been playing the MLB2K games since 2009, since that was the only option I had for my Xbox 360. My first experience did not leave a good taste in my mouth.
It’s odd that I’m telling this story once again, as it came up during an interview I had while I was in Arizona earlier this year. During my panel interview, we got on the subject of baseball video games, and the gentleman who is in charge of licensing for MLB asked me what was the worst baseball game I ever played. When I quickly responded MLB2k9, he told me that he absolutely agreed.
There were so many flaws with the older versions of the 2K baseball games, that it discouraged a lot of people from purchasing newer releases. This in turn cost Take-Two Interactive millions of dollars in losses, and seemingly discouraged them from improving their product. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still play the game, but it’s not exactly a high-quality game.
With the 2K games, there’s been issues of realistic game play, glitches that went unfixed and a game that wasn’t even visually pleasing. Compared to MLB 12: The Show (only available for Sony devices), 2K Sports simply just couldn’t compete.
Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see who picks up the MLB rights for the Xbox 360, as I can’t imagine that they’d go a year without having a game for fans to buy. At least I would hope that it doesn’t turn out to be the case. Then again, maybe MLB and Take-Two will come to terms on another deal, and give them another shot for one more year. I look forward to hearing more updates on the situation, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted once I find something out.
Growing up in Michigan, I always looked forward to summer. It meant that winter was finally over and done with, and it was time to enjoy the sunshine with my friends.
As I’ve gotten older, I don’t have summer vacations anymore, but I do still enjoy getting to spend time with my friends and family. There’s nothing quite like getting together with people you like and having a little summertime barbeque.
At these functions, my friends often ask if I’m willing to grill for them, and I’ve never objected. Perhaps it’s because my specialty is delicious, or maybe they’re just lazy and know I’ll do it for them. For whatever reason, everyone seems to love my famous beer brats.
It’s ironic that my signature dish involves alcohol since I don’t drink, but it really does give the brats a juicy and sweet taste. Seeing as Memorial Day is tomorrow, I thought I’d share my recipe with everyone, so you can all enjoy it with your friends and family.
The first step is to obviously buy the ingredients. I generally stick with plain brats, as I think flavored brats lose their appeal when prepared with beer. If you want to go with the name brands, that’s fine, but I usually go with store brands (cheaper and allow you to give them more flavor). The two beers I usually use are Budweiser or Busch. Don’t ask me why, but it works, so I’m sticking with it. For buns, I just get plain hot dog buns. Remember, the brat is the star of the show, so don’t try to take away from it by using some fancy buns.
Once you got all of your ingredients, it’s first time to head to the kitchen. Using a pot (I’ve used all different kinds, so you don’t need to be picky), pour approximately one can (or bottle) of beer per every five brats. Ideally, I suggest you pour just enough beer so that all of the brats are submerged.
Put the heat on low, and keep your eyes on the brats. If some brats are floating or moving around, do your best to rotate them. For this, I just use a pair of long tongs. After about three minutes, turn up the heat a little bit, and continue rotating the brats. Continue the process for about three more minutes, and then increase the heat slowly until the beer just starts to boil. Once it does, turn off the heat, and take the entire pot outside with you. Do NOT empty the contents.
Once your grill is on and ready, put the brats on the grill. Try to space them slightly apart, leaving you enough room to rotate them with ease. Using a spoon (or the tongs if you’re feeling creative and/or lazy), drizzle a bit of the beer from the pot across each brat. After you’ve done each side, rotate them and put another glaze over the opposite side. From there, simply rotate and grill them until they’re cooked.
Serving is simple. Some people enjoy mustard or ketchup on their brats, but I prefer them just the way they are. Just be warned, if you make these once, you’re probably going to be asked to make them again.
Down one run in the ninth inning with the tying run on second base, Miguel Cabrera came up to bat. Cabrera didn’t miss the pitch, and sent what proved to be a game winning two-run home run.
Not only did the home run give the Tigers the win, but allowed the Tigers to bust out the brooms for only the third time this year. The last time being when they swept the Kansas City Royals back in the middle of April.
Looking back on the last few games, the most important factor was the fact the Tigers offense seems to be getting into a good rhythm. In the last three games, the Tigers have combined for 40 hits and 24 runs. I’m not saying I expect them to continue at that pace, but it’s something we should be more than able to do from time to time.
The real test for the Tigers will be their upcoming stretch of games, where they’ll go to Boston for a four-game series against the Red Sox, and then host the New York Yankees for three games. Good teams should be able to beat under-performing teams like the Twins, but playoff teams are able to compete against every team. In the next week, we should get a better idea of what this team is really made of. You know I’ll be watching, and you should be, too.
Mother Nature tried to rain on the Tigers’ parade today, but even that wasn’t enough to stop the them from their first winning streak in well over a month.
Two separate rain delays weren’t enough to cool of the Tigers, who have scored 16 runs in the last two games. It’s not quite time to alert the presses, but it’s good to see the Tigers string together a couple wins against a division rival.
There’s a simple fact about playoff teams, and that’s that they tend to have very good records against teams within their division. Not only that, but they also are supposed to take care of business against bad teams. Entering this series with Minnesota, they were doing neither.
It was less than 24 hours ago that I wrote about the fact that the Tigers offense seemed to be missing. After the last two games, you can’t help but wonder if it’s finally been found. If it has, that’s great news for the Tigers and trouble for the rest of the AL Central.
Be on the lookout, as there’s something that’s been missing in Detroit. With your help, it’s possible we can bring it safely back home.
Like most Detroit fans, my patience is wearing thin of the lack of offense that the Tigers have shown lately. This team was built to do two things well. The first being a high-power offense, and the second was to have a quality starting rotation. For the most part, the starting pitching has been fine, but the offense has certainly been lacking.
I know I keep saying it’s only a matter of time before the Tigers get back in the swing of things (pun intended), but I still firmly believe it. The track record of players like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder give every indication that the Tigers will be scoring runs. Entering tonight, the Tigers rank 9th in the American League and 17th in the all of baseball in runs scored. Simply put, that’s not acceptable.
The offense isn’t the only reason that the Tigers aren’t winning games, but it certainly complicates things. When your team is regularly only scoring four runs a game (the Tigers are currently averaging just 4.2 runs scored per game), it puts a lot of extra pressure on the pitching staff. As a pitcher, you feel that you have to be nearly perfect in order for your team to win. That’s not the mentality that any pitcher should have to take, and it usually doesn’t lead to positive results.
So if you by any chance find the Tigers offense, please let the city of Detroit know, because we’re lost without it.
Just got home from lunch with my grandmother, and I can’t help but be taken back a bit.
Her husband, my beloved Papa, passed away nearly seven months ago. Shocking as those words are to type, it’s true. After being married for nearly 60 years, my grandma is slowly adjusting to the changes of her life. Therapists refer to this state as the new normal, the current state being the one we must accept as fact. But this blog isn’t meant to be about my family adapting to life without my grandfather, it’s much more than that.
There’s no doubt that we’ve all lost someone we’ve loved. Call it a blessing or a curse, but eventually there comes a time where we all are taken away from this world. Where we end up…well, that’s a whole different story. It’s never easy going through the grieving process, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it, either.
As I listened to my grandmother talk about missing her husband, I couldn’t help but think about all those who I wish were still around. If they could see me now, what would they think? Would I have made them proud? Time will tell, but I’m doing the best that I can.
Wouldn’t it be something if we could all have one final lunch with those that we’ve lost? One last chance to tell them you love them, or even just to hear their voice. It’s a nice thought, but unfortunately we know it’s not possible.
So here’s my final words of wisdom for now. The next time you sit down with someone you love, take a minute to tell them how much you love them. You never know when it’ll be the last time.
So I went into my baseball game pretty pumped up. I was making my second start on the mound, and coming off a rough outing in the bullpen in the last game I pitched, I was looking for a quality outing. Not only that, but I was going to get my first at bat of the season.
For three innings, I pitched effectively and efficiently, holding the Blue Jays to just one run. Even better, in my first at bat of the year, I got an RBI single to left field. Things were going good for me, and I was feeling good.
Then it happened. I got into a little bit of trouble in the fourth inning, allowing a few more base runners than I would have liked to. After getting ahead of a hitter, I threw a curveball which I thought should’ve been a called third strike. It wasn’t, and I was frustrated. On the next pitch, I threw a fastball and had something happen that has never happened to me before.
My arm went completely numb. It was a weird feeling, but I knew my arm was completely shot for the day. Immediately after that batter reached base, I signaled to my coach that I was done. I can’t help but feel disappointed, and largely responsible for my team losing tonight.
For now, my biggest concern is making sure nothing is wrong with my elbow. Hopefully having a week before our next game will allow it to heal, and I’ll be back on the field soon. Until then, go Pirates!