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FSKC Announces Remainder Of Royals Schedule To Be Televised

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KANSAS CITY, MO (September 13, 2013) — The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announced today that FOX Sports Kansas City is adding three Royals games to its telecast schedule – Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Texas; Saturday, Sept. 28 at Chicago (AL); and Sunday, Sept. 29 at Chicago. The additions ensure that all remaining Royals games will be televised as the team competes for a playoff berth.

“We can’t thank Jack Donovan and his staff from FOX Sports Kansas City enough for their effort in making sure our fans get the opportunity to watch the club play down the stretch,” said Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations.  “This is not an easy task adding games and securing television mobile units at this late date and all of us here thank our partners from FOX Sports for making this happen.”

Royals remaining schedule (times Central)

Friday, Sept. 13                       6 p.m.              Royals at Detroit                     FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 14                   6 p.m.              Royals at Detroit                     MLB Network

Sunday, Sept. 15                     12 p.m.            Royals at Detroit                     TBS

Monday, Sept. 16                    7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Tuesday, Sept. 17                    7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Wednesday, Sept. 18              7 p.m.              Cleveland at Royals                FOX Sports Kansas City

Friday, Sept. 20                       7 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 21                   6 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       MLB Network

Sunday, Sept. 22                     1 p.m.              Texas at Royals                       FOX Sports Kansas City

Monday, Sept. 23                    9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Tuesday, Sept. 24                    9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Wednesday, Sept. 25              9 p.m.              Royals at Seattle                      FOX Sports Kansas City

Thursday, Sept. 26                  7 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Friday, Sept. 27                       7 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Saturday, Sept. 28                   6 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

Sunday, Sept. 29                     1 p.m.              Royals at Chicago                   FOX Sports Kansas City

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Fox Sports Girls Bring Life To Network Launch

There’s a new sheriff coming to town in the 24-hour sports network business, and Fox Sports is taking quite a swing to get it off the ground. Fox Sports 1 is being positioned to make an immediate impact in all areas of sports broadcasting, as well as taking the fan experience in brand new direction as well.

August 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA;  Fox Sports robot at Busch Stadium.

As a part of the nationwide launch, the network as literally taken to the streets all across the country, and in an impressive style. The Fox Sports Girls from across the entire country have come together to promote the new network, via a 45-foot long, 56 passenger bus, and are leaving no stone untouched along the way.

To properly spread the word, they are taking a cross-country, 3,800 mile, 13-day express bus trip, from San Diego to Boston, where they will ring in the August 17th network launch at the upcoming UFC fight night, as well as a New England Patriots preseason NFL game. With stops all along the Fox Sports network, including cities such as Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Detroit and Cincinnati, the Girls are an impressive welcoming party for getting the word out on Fox Sports 1, which will launch in place of the Speed Network on most St. Louis-area cable plans. As they have gone across the country, they have picked up both momentum, and more of the Girls, along the way.

And while the Girls themselves are the main attraction along the trip, they are far from the only scene-stealers on the site. That honor would go to Cleatus, the long-time face of Fox Sports who has come off the screen and is very lifelike now. Standing at 6’9 and complete interactive, the network’s mascot is a sight to behold and is “muscle” for both the Girls and the network alike.

In all, 21 Fox Sports Girls will be represented by the time the tour hits Boston this weekend. Along the way, they have had variety of different experiences, with variety including a recent stop in St. Louis to take in a Cardinals/Cubs game, followed immediately by a shift to Kentucky, where they spread some cheer with the troops at Fort Campbell Military Base, as well as got down and dirty with a little basic training as well. “They are going to put us through PT and kick our butts a little bit”, says Teryn, who represents locally for Fox Sports Midwest.

Spirits are high for the activities; however they are far from just a bunch of pretty faces. In just a few minutes with them, you can find that these are real sports fans. Teryn was plenty excited to discuss Allen Craig’s season for the Cardinals, while ribs were exchanged over the Astros and Angels between American League West rivals in Asha and Kaime of Fox Sports West and Southwest, respectively. The stop in St. Louis was a first for many of fan ambassadors, and the excitement in the air for the Cardinals/Cubs matchup was not lost on them. “I’ve heard about all of the great fans here, and there’s nothing like seeing this rivalry up close”, says Kaime.

Yet don’t be fooled by the looks and sports talk either, they are also well versed in what is to come from the new network, and why fans should get excited about what’s coming to them soon. “‘Fans First’ is the big theme behind it all”, stresses Kaime. “We are the fans connections to our individual networks, so it’s great to get out and see the fans because sports wouldn’t be the same without them.” And by the indications of the network, fan familiarity will happen quickly.

Along with a 24-hour sports slate, there will be original programming such as Fox Sports Live, that is set to feature analysis from Donovan McNabb, Gary Payton and Andy Roddick among others, as well as personalities such as Erin Andrews. Long-time television staple Regis Philbin will be featured as well on “The Crowd Goes Wild”, a program that will blend his unique combination of first-hand experience and knowledge.

Fox Sports 1 is showing a promising package out of the gate, and what is being promised both immediately and in the future proves this is only the beginning. “From the start, there will be live sports as well. We will have college football and basketball, MLB, soccar and Nextel Cup racing”, Jordana of Fox Sports Florida explained. “And we will have the US Open (PGA) in 2015, so that’s something to look forward to.”

And as for the girls, the trip, while sometimes grueling, has been an exhilarating mix of work, travel and friends. “With the group of girls we are lucky enough to have, it’s made everything we do so much easier”, explains Asha. “We’ve gotten to see so many things, and bringing the network directly to the fans has been great.”

 

Fox Sports 1 launches this Saturday, August 17th. Check local listings for availability.

You can find more about Fox Sports 1 at FoxSports.com. To follow the rest of the bust tour, follow Fox Sports Girls on Twitter at @FoxSportsGirls and on Facebook at Fox Sports Girls. Locally, Kayla and Teryn of Fox Sports Midwest can be found on Twitter at @FSMidwestGirls and Facebook at Fox Sports Midwest Girls.

 

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Baseball, Beautiful Women, and Robots

The folks at Fox Sports are preparing to launch the newest sports network, Fox Sports 1.

As they prepare for their launch, they are sending a tour bus around the country loaded with the Fox Sports Robot and a group of “Fox Sports Girls”.

Matt Whitener of i70baseball had a chance to visit with the group as they stopped in St. Louis this past weekend and he will be bringing you all of the details of that event here on the site this week.  In the meantime, here are some pictures that Fox Sports Midwest asked us to share with our fans.

After all: if it has robots, Fredbird, baseball, and beautiful women, it would be hard to go wrong.

Use the navigation buttons below to see each picture individually.

Fox Sports Robot and Girls at Busch Stadium

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Photo courtesy of Fox Sports.

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Mike Shannon To Take Over @Cardinals Twitter Account

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 29, 2013) – Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will hold his first-ever “Twittercast,” taking over @Cardinals for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates.

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“While his voice is synonymous with Cardinals baseball, this will be Mike’s social media debut,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “This should be a lot of fun as Mike makes the transition from behind the microphone to behind the computer or smart phone for one night to tell the story of the game in 140 characters or less.”

During Wednesday’s game versus the Pirates – which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh at PNC Park – Shannon will step away from his play-by-play seat on the Cardinals Radio Network and into Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville, IL, where he will host the @Cardinals Twitter Takeover.

Throughout the game, Shannon will comment on game action, share personal anecdotes, tweet answers to fan questions and more on @Cardinals under the hashtag #MikeShannon.

This marks the first time that the Cardinals Twitter account will be taken over by a personality. The first @Cardinals Twitter Takeover occurred earlier this season when fan retweets told the story of the game during the club’sShannonTwitter annual Social Media Night at the Ballpark. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by submitting their questions for Mike on Twitter by using the hashtag #MikeShannon.

Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972. Throughout his tenure as the Voice of the Cardinals, Shannon has also made appearances for the Cardinals television broadcasts, including as a pre-game analyst for Fox Sports Midwest. A St. Louis native, Shannon played for the Cardinals from 1962 to 1970, a span that included two World Championships (’64 and ’67) and a National League pennant in 1968. In 1999, Shannon was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his on air career as well as his contributions on the field during his career as a player.  In May 2013, Mike was named the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s 26th Missouri Sports Legend in Springfield, Missouri.

Al Hrabosky will join John Rooney on the Cardinals Radio Network in place of Mike Shannon for the Wednesday night matchup. For more information on the takeover, fans can visit cardinals.com/mikeshannon.

Mike Shannon’s Grill

Mike Shannon’s Grill, the new upscale-casual eatery from the team behind downtown St. Louis’ favorite steakhouse Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood, is the first new Shannon family restaurant in 27 years.  Located in Edwardsville, IL in the Park at Plum Creek development, the restaurant serves comfort cuisine appealing to a wide variety of customers and dining occasions.

Cardinals Social Media

The Cardinals have seen dramatic growth in the team’s various social media platforms in recent years, most notably on Twitter (@cardinals) and Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals). In May of 2010, when the team used Twitter to launch the Stand for Stan effort to celebrate Stan Musial, the team had just over 5,000 followers. Today, the team has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, making @Cardinals one of the largest followings in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have more than 1.4 million fans on Facebook, as well as a growing presence on other social media platforms such as Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google Plus.

The Cardinals’ various social media efforts, such as the Stand for Stan Campaign, Facebook Fridays with Fredbird, the 2011 Like Mike Facebook campaign, the 2012 #FreesePlease Final Vote push and the 2013 #VinetheVote & #VoteSTL Fan All-Star balloting push have all been designed to take advantage of these communication mediums that are transforming how fans interact with the club. Fans can learn more about the club’s social media activity by visiting cardinals.com/connect.

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This One’s For You: Tune In To Fox Sports Midwest

As the clock reaches 5:30 we now hand over the This One’s For You commentary to the team at Fox Sports Midwest for their annual broadcast.

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We hope our readers have enjoyed the many different viewpoints that we have been able to bring to you today.  We have certainly enjoyed taking some time to acknowledge the men and women who server our country and to feature voices that are not normally part of i70baseball in doing so.

Our writers and many more combined to bring you 17 unique outlooks on tonight’s broadcast and our respect for members of the military.  Those articles are indexed here for your convenience:

I started it off with thoughts about my cousin and her family.
Kevin Reynolds took a look at a generation known as “The Greatest Among Us”.
Rob Rains explained how he is just now gaining a personal connection to the military.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reflects on her interactions with soldiers.
Tim Danielson took a look at a special set of cards.
Chris Reed expressed his thoughts on quiet reverence.
Jim Spurlock shared his views from a Kansas City Royals fan.
Joe Schwarz brought you a Cup of Joe full of Thank You’s.
Jennifer Gosline talks about taking freedom for granted.
Jennie Finch was kind enough to share her unacknowledged moments.
Aaron Hooks talked about Matt Damon and patriotism.
Daniel Shoptaw, known as “The Blogfather”, talked about the freedoms we all enjoy.
Nick Schaeflein wears the flag on his arm and his heart.
Cardinal broadcaster Dan McLaughlin recalls the importance of connecting families.
Jacob Mayer talks about soldiers reuniting with their families at baseball games.
Nick of PH8 fame explains what This One’s For You means to him.
Finally, Tara Wellman brings a powerful post to round out the day.

Thank you all for reading, for sharing, and for commenting throughout the day.

Of course, thank you to those that fight for our right to share our opinions openly in these forums.

This One’s For You.

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This One’s For You: What That Means To Me

2013’s This One’s For You programming on Fox Sports Midwest marks six years for the network and club’s tribute to American troops, and this one the fourth straight.

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For the troops being honored by the special broadcast and programming, the United States Armed Forces, this marks the thirteenth straight year of being in active combat of some form or another, at war.

As one who has never experienced such a thing, but has many friends and relatives who have, across many wars and military operations, I am humbled and thankful every day for their dedication and humility.  It’s a big part of the reason I still get excited and goosebumpy every time my love for the game of baseball and my pride in our defenders – by extension in some small part, my family and friends – combine in the singing of our National Anthem before a baseball game.  This Thursday’s rendition will be particularly special and throat-lump-worthy.

I’ve been told by some of the same family and friends that “war is what we train for.”  One friend went a step further, telling me, “imagine if you only ever practiced your job, and never put the learned skills and training to use in a ‘live’ situation.  That’s what we do, until we’re at war.”  It seemed like such a ho-hum reaction to me.  He was deploying to Afghanistan, for the second time.  He explained it to me as if going into a war zone was his “real job” and “what he trained for” so this was something he felt was a validation of his training, him “just doing what I get paid for.”

Let that sink in for a minute.

What these heroes don’t get trained for is leaving their loved ones, their beloved spouses, children, parents, pets, and others behind for extended periods of time.  So when the Cardinals and FSMW put on This One’s For You, it’s not just about reconnecting these folks overseas with their beloved Redbirds.  In fact, it’s very little about that.  It’s about reconnecting lives, some semblance of normal on one day, and making our troops feel appreciated.

To me, what my friend does is not just a job, it’s a vocation.  It is an occupation that requires an inordinate amount of courage and bravery.  It’s something he can do because he’s a hero.  He’s definitely one of my heroes.  They all are.

So to you, pal.  To you and all of your hero friends and comrades, This One’s For You.  Go Cards.

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This One’s For You: C70 Weighs In

Three years ago, when FOX Sports Midwest rolled out that year’s “This One’s For You” tribute, I wrote a little piece as part of the United Cardinal Bloggers’ related project.  As I stated then, I don’t come from a military family by any means, nor do I have any ties to the armed forces save a few friends who have served in the past.  The military just never was a big portion of my life.

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The reason for that is, of course, because of the military.  Their service and dedication to this country has allowed a large portion of the populace to live their lives under the banner of freedom without the daily reminders of armed guards or barbed wire fences.  They serve so that most of us don’t have to.  They give for our taking.

It seems quite unlikely that we fans, sitting behind the comfort of our keyboards and being up in arms about so many things such as the 25th man on the roster and whether the closer is being used to much, would still be doing that without the dedication of these amazing men and women.  Whether it is training and protecting close at home, on a relatively peaceful foreign base, or in the warmest of political hot spots, they keep the peace and allow us to do such silly things as writing about a baseball team’s inability to score runs.

Of course, there are correlating concepts between baseball and the military, most notably in the “team-first” philosophy.  A soldier who goes it alone has a worse survival rate for himself and his squad.  While it’s not as dramatic, baseball teams don’t win on the backs of one or two people, no matter how often you hear a player has “carried his team” to victory.  It takes everyone doing their part to have a successful team, whether it is at play or at deadly work.

There is some similar terminology as well, though it is always more serious for the people in fatigues.  A pitcher may throw bullets, but a soldier dodges them.  The batter that is in the hole is much more comfortable than one of America’s finest being in one.  And, most notably, a sacrifice in baseball is a temporary thing, but sacrifices by our military are most certainly permanent.

Tonight, FOX Sports Midwest again honors those men and women who are fighting to keep America free, who are fighting to allow us these luxuries of baseball and blogging and all the rest.  We stand and salute these incredible people most notably today, but we appreciate their work daily, whether we realize it or not.

This One’s For You, folks.  Hope you enjoy.

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This One’s For You: from a Royals fan

On July 25, Fox Sports Midwest will air “This One’s For You”, showcasing the Missouri National Guard’s 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during the Cardinals – Phillies game. The American Forces Network will televise the game to U.S. troops around the world.

Before heading out on a mission U.S. Army Spc. Timothy McClellan, from Charlie Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, plays a game of rock-baseball at an Army outpost in Kahn Bani Sahd, Iraq, Feb. 6, 2007.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) (Released)

I applaud the St. Louis Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest for saluting the troops. As a Royals fan, it’s easy to get caught up in the frustration of a team struggling to get to .500 and wondering if they’re going to trade away Ervin Santana, trade for someone or just stand pat. But when you think about our Armed Services and their sacrifices, it makes you thankful for what they do and puts baseball and life in perspective.

For instance, it’s easy to complain when you have to fight traffic to and from work, perhaps have to work late and miss your favorite TV show or the game. Well, how would you like to be half a world away from your family for a year at a time? Or have a commute where you might encounter a roadside bomb, work all hours of the day and night in dangerous conditions, and where today might be your last day? Or miss holidays with your family, the birth of your child, their first steps or their graduation? For many service members, that’s just another day at work. And more times than not, they’re glad to do it and serve their country.

The great thing about our military is that it’s an all volunteer force. I’m grateful there’s folks willing to serve and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. Like being a fan of a baseball team that hasn’t finished .500 since 2003 and write about them for I-70 Baseball.

To all who serve or have served in the Armed Forces defending our freedoms and way of life, thank you. Your sacrifice for your family, friends and country is the reason why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

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This One’s For You: From I-70 Baseball

Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest will air their annual presentation known as “This One’s For You”.

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The game will be broadcast to troops overseas, some of them in battle zones, to bring a little bit of home to them wherever they are.  The pregame and postgame show will be filled with special messages from people involved with the team expressing their gratitude to those that fight for our freedoms.

For me, it hits home.  Uncles, cousins, friends, grandparents and my father have all served in countless wars and spent countless years in far away places.  We talk about the “ultimate sacrifice” that these men and women risk every day that they are out there.  The risk their lives, each and every day, so that we can relax at home with a cold beverage watching our favorite team put together another magical season.  The literal sacrifice, the time away from their families and friends, their loved ones and children, and even away from the ballpark is real and heart-wrenching.

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Daniel and Elleanna Arana

My cousin recently had a baby with her husband who is enlisted in the Marines.  He was fortunate enough to be home when his daughter was born but deployed again shortly thereafter.  The status messages exchanged on Facebook, the consistent pictures of the baby and her daily activities, and his messages of love and solitude are enough to make any father tear up.  I watch this man, who is risking his life for me and you and everyone else in America, watch his young daughter grow up through a computer screen and the point is driven home hard.

That is what today is all about.  Heroes.  To me, in this moment, Daniel Arana is my hero.  For all he does, all he sacrifices, and all he has given up for me.

Today, I-70 Baseball takes a break.  Through the course of the day, every hour on the hour, people from around the internet will share their thoughts on the military, expressing their gratitude to the servicemen and women around the world.  No coverage, no trade speculation, no thoughts on either team or analysis of any kind.

Today, we take a break and invite friends of the site to join us in expressing our gratitude.  We ask that you come back and read the posts every hour, take the time to comment on the posts that touch you personally, share your gratitude with us.

To all of you serving our great country, we join Fox Sports Midwest in saying…

This One’s For You

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Triple Play: Carlos Gomez, Jeff Keppinger, Yadier Molina

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Triple Play. This week, we name our picks for the hottest and, um, not hottest players as we head into the All-Star break, plus a breakdown of one player’s Jekyll-and-Hyde season, and other random thoughts, including our weekly Wainwright Walk Watch. Let’s dive in:

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Who’s Hot?

Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

While Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis have, justifiably, gotten the lion’s share of the headlines for their performances this season, Gomez has quietly turned into one of the top 10 all-around players in baseball this season. In fact, Baseball-Reference lists Gomez as its number one player in Wins Above Replacement (5.7), ahead of Cabrera, Davis, Clayton Kershaw and Manny Machado. Much of his value is placed on his Defensive WAR figure of 2.9 (second only to Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons), but Gomez has been an offensive force as well. With a hitting line of .295/.337/.533, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 21 SB, and 51 runs scored, Gomez has been one of two bright spots for an abysmal Brewers team (Jean Segura is the other). While Gomez’s breakout (in his age 27 season) has been largely unnoticed by places like ESPN and Fox Sports, fantasy owners certainly have taken notice. He is on pace for a 25-75-40-90 season, which would put him right on the fringe of the top tier of outfielders. Gomez also leads the league with nine triples. And that game-ending catch a few days ago to rob Joey Votto of a home run is one of the best catches you will see this year (or any other). The Brewers may be having a down season, but between Gomez and Segura, at least their fans have two reasons for optimism.

Runner-up: Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

I’m running out of superlatives to describe Davis’ hitting prowess through the first 4½ months of 2013, so I’ll just list his statistics here: 37 HR, 93 RBI, 70 runs, .717 slugging pct, 193 OPS+. He is now tied with Reggie Jackson for most long balls hit at the All-Star break (only Barry Bonds hit more). He is on pace to club 62 home runs, knock in 153, and score 117 runs. Incidentally, Davis is also in his age-27 season. Obviously, the 62 home runs would surpass Roger Maris in the record book, which is sure to draw even more idiots like Rick Reilly out to cast suspicion on Davis without a shred of evidence. That’s the truly sobering effect of the Steroid Era: today’s players are being punished for the actions of others in the previous generation.

Who’s Not?

Jeff Keppinger, Chicago White Sox

According to Fangraphs, Keppinger has been the worst everyday player in the majors this season, with a -1.2 Wins Above Replacement player rating. That’s just a year removed from putting together a career-best year with the Tampa Bay Rays (2.7 WAR). Keppinger has two home runs, 25 RBI, 21 runs scored, and a cringe-inducing batting line of .246/.274/.294 in 303 plate appearances. His park-adjusted OPS+ is just 53, meaning that he has barely been worth HALF of a replacement player. Ugh. And hey, White Sox fans (all eight of you), the Jeff Keppinger Experience runs through 2015, thanks to that three-year, $12 million dollar “bargain” contract your team offered after the fluke 2012 season. My condolences.

Runner-up: Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels

By any measure, the former Phillie has been terrible for the Angels this season. He “leads” the American League in hits (148) and home runs (23) allowed and sports a 5.53 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Other stats (including WAR) indicate that pitchers like San Diego’s Jason Marquis, Houston’s Lucas Harrell and Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie have been worse this season, but all of those pitchers have been credited with at least five wins. That gives them at least a shred of value in fantasy baseball. Blanton is 2-12, giving him no value whatsoever in any context. He is the first Angels pitcher to have a dozen losses at the All-Star break since 1974. This is what happens when a team blows all its big dollars on hitting and has to settle for third-tier free agents to fill out a pitching staff. By the way, Joe, don’t be blaming your catcher (Chris Iannetta) or your pitching coach (Mike Butcher). If you want to know who to blame for being such a rotten pitcher, just take a gander in the mirror.

Playing the Name Game

Player A: .259/.342/.512, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 27 runs, 2 SB, .854 OPS

Player B: .167/.263/.232, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 11 runs, 1 SB, .495 OPS

Player A is what Mark Reynolds did between Opening Day and Memorial Day. Player B is the version from Memorial Day till now. Egads. You knew Reynolds wouldn’t stay as hot as he was in April, when he batted .301 with 8 HR and 22 RBI, but this slump is beyond ghastly. Thus far in July, Reynolds has limp-noodled his way to a .091 average with one lone RBI. With Lonnie Chisenhall showing some flashes of potential at third base, Reynolds might find himself on the bench more and more frequently. The way he is hitting right now, that’s exactly where he belongs.

Player A: 6-1 W-L, 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 62 strikeouts

Player B: 6-4 W-L, 4.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 66 strikeouts

Player A is Matt Garza, likely the most coveted starter in this year’s trade market. He has fully convinced teams that he is healthy and the numbers back that up. At least five teams have been rumored to have interest in the right-hander; that number figures to go up as the Cubs notified him over the weekend that he is being shopped. Player B is the White Sox’ Jake Peavy, currently on a rehab assignment. This rehab assignment is critical for player and team. Neither Chicago team is going anywhere this year, so it would make sense for the White Sox to deal Peavy for prospects. You have to figure, though, that he needs to get back to the majors and turn in a quality start or two before the July 31 non-waiver deadline before any team will part with any talent for the 32-year-old. It would be a risk, but Peavy could prove to be a decent consolation prize for teams that don’t end up acquiring Garza.

Random Thoughts

  • Wainwright Walk Watch: Adam Wainwright pitched 37 innings this season before walking his first batter, so we are keeping track of how few free passes the Cardinals’ ace issues throughout the season. At the All-Star break, Wainwright has walked just 15 hitters while fanning 130, good for a major-league best 8.67-to-1 K/BB ratio. He definitely wasn’t at his best Sunday night versus the Cubs (8 hits, 4 ER allowed, 111 pitches in six innings), but he still only walked one batter.
  • Speaking of the Sunday night game, what a deflating loss for the Cubs. They rallied against Wainwright in the 6th inning to take the lead, only to give it right back in the 7th. Then they tied the game in the bottom of the 8th against closer Edward Mujica and coughed up four runs in the 9th to lose the game. Ouch.
  • Yadier Molina, despite the sore knee and what appeared to be a split fingernail, went 4-6 on Sunday with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. He leads the NL with a .337 average. He also has 34 multi-hit games this season and has thrown out 45% of would-be base stealers.
  • If there is a more complete player in baseball right now, I don’t know who it is.
  • Why yes, Jordany Valdespin, throwing a hissy fit and calling your manager a filthy word right after getting sent down to Triple-A is a BRILLIANT career move. Well done. I suspect it may take him a little longer to get recalled from the minors than it did for Ike Davis.
  • News: CBS Sports is reporting that the Padres may make Chase Headley available in trade. Views: they should have done that last year.
  • The Phillies will be an interesting team to watch the next several weeks. Oh, not because they are serious contenders or anything, but because every ball hit to the outfield will be an adventure without speedy Ben Revere patrolling center field. Domonic Brown and Delmon Young are, um, not strong defenders, so Revere had a huge responsibility covering for them. John Mayberry is not a long-term solution.
  • Going into the All-Star break, here are the major-league leaders in some categories and who SHOULD be the leader in those categories:
    • Grounded into double plays: Matt Holliday, St. Louis (22). Who should lead this category:  Yuniesky Betancourt, Milwaukee. Just on general principle.
    • Hit by pitch: Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati, 20. Who should lead: Miguel Montero, Arizona. Is there anyone in baseball he hasn’t whined about yet? Just shut up already.
    • Errors committed: Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh (16). Who should lead: Starlin Castro, Chicago. Every time I watch him play, he does at least one boneheaded thing. I don’t envy Dale Sveum.
    • Wild pitches: (tie) Edwin Jackson, Chicago and Trevor Cahill, Arizona (11). Who should lead: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay. The pitches would be straighter if he would wear his hat properly.
  • Did you see that Indians fan who caught FOUR foul balls during Sunday afternoon’s game? Just ridiculous. That’s four more than I’ve caught in my life. Not that I’m envious or anything.
  • So, the Twins won a game started by CC Sabathia for the first time in six years yesterday. That’s a completely useless bit of trivia, yet it’s one of those statistics that makes me absolutely love baseball.
  • Glad to see the Giants use the momentum from Tim Lincecum‘s no-hitter Saturday and whip the Padres again Sunday. Oh, wait…
  • I’m more of a National League guy, so I am rooting for the NL All-Stars to win and gain home-field advantage in the World Series. But I would be lying if I said it wouldn’t be kinda neat for Mariano Rivera to close out the game in his final appearance.
  • Well, that whole Freddie Freeman fan-vote thing was much ado about nothing, wasn’t it? Can we put Yasiel Puig in the game now?

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