The Pirates continued their yearly in season fire sale, sending All-Star second basemen Freddy Sanchez to the San Fransisco Giants for Tim Alderson.
Many are saying that the Giants overpaid for Sanchez, and we agree; Alderson was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the San Francisco organization entering this season. He has a 7-2 record and a 3.65 ERA in two minor league stops this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have dealt shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, first baseman Jeff Clement, and right-handed pitching prospects Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock, the Pirates announced Wednesday.
The Mariners got a great defensive shortstop by acquiring Jack Wilson, but they also apparently will be stuck with his hefty contract in 2010, writes Keith Law.
The team said Cedeno will report directly to the Pirates, while Clement is headed to Triple-A Indianapolis and Pribanic, Lorin and Adcock are being assigned to Class A teams.
Cliff Lee is moving to Philadelphia and a ballpark that tends to punish fly-ball pitchers. Lee has fly-ball tendencies (54.5 pct of balls in play), but when the ball goes into the air, he keeps it in the park. A look at the pitchers with the lowest fly-ball to home run percentage for pitchers with a minimum 900 batters faced (2008-09):
As we get ready to sit down tonight to watch some of the greatest players in the world take the field in St. Louis, we at 108 Red Stitches feel that its time to sit back and reflect on those players who didn't receive top honors.
No, we're not talking about the guys who got snubbed and weren't voted or picked for the 2009 All-Star game.
We're talking about our favorite mid season award; "The False Stars".
We've compiled a list of some of the worst players in the majors, and are willing trot them out against any Triple A, softball beer league, or even Little League All Star team.
And we're willing to bet, they'll lose.
Geovany Soto, Catcher: Not are you trailing the runner up for this position (Russell Martin) by twenty three hits (Soto has 50, Russ has 73), but you just landed your sorry .230 BA ass on the disabled list and may miss about a months worth of games.
Chad Tracy, 1B: Five home runs and a paltry .222 BA gets you the starting job at first base on the 2009 False Stars. Nagging injuries haven't helped Tracy, and despite the Diamondbacks recent release of Tony Clark, Tracy is in a constant state of fear that he'll lose his job to Mark Reynolds or one of the two hot prospects the D-backs have in the farm system.
Howie Kendrick, 2B: Apparently being anointed the "second coming of Christ" at the beginning of the season doesn't translate into big league success. Before a recent rebound thanks to a demotion to Triple A, Kendrick's season was horrific. He's currently sporting a batting average of .239. Kendrick's been touted as a power hitting second basemen, but his four home runs puts him behind sluggers like Mike Fontenot, Jayson Nix, and Brendon Harris.
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS: Public spats with your manager and a .250 batting average with 2 dingers gets you traded to baseball purgatory (Kansas City). Betancourt's miserable defense and his reluctance to take a few pitches makes him the starting shortstop for the 2009 False Stars
Chris Davis, 3B: Davis is the hands down, odds on favorite to win the MVP of the 2009 False Star game. Davis is currently batting .202. Despite his 15 home runs and 33 rbis, Davis spent a chunk of time in the minors trying to correct his swing. Davis' 2009 season is a far cry from his spectacular 2008 campaign, and he is the most deserving of the False Star distinction.
Willy Tavarez, OF: After stealing 62 bases last season, you'd think he wouldn't have to fight for playing time with Chris Dickerson. But thanks to a .245 batting average (worst among leadoff hitters, or those posing as leadoff hitters) and only 17 steals, Tavarez is runner up to Davis in the 2009 False Stars MVP voting.
Rick Ankiel, OF: Maybe its time for Rick to make a position change; we heard he used to pitch. Ankiel is flashing a .071 batting average in the first half of July and he's put up some gaudy numbers throughout the 09 campaign; .215 BA, 5 home runs, 22 RBI, and one stolen base. Injuries aside, Ankiel's season is almost down the drain.
Chris Young, OF: Time to rename the Mendoza Line to the Chris Young Line. Young's posted a .198 batting average, landing him the starting right field spot on the 2009 False Stars Roster. Six home runs and 25 RBI's later, and you have to begin to wonder if the Chris Young era is coming to a close in Arizona.
Chien Ming Wang, SP: Every fifth day in New York, thousands of responsible parents are covering their children's eyes. Wang has pitched 42 innings this season, and his era is finally under 10. Heck, it took an act of God to get his era under 20. Batters are hitting .365 against him, and in the twelve games he managed to show up for work, he gave up seven home runs and has walked 19 batters. His WHIP is horrific (2.02) and he's been placed on the DL until further notice.
Howard Stern show producer Gary Dell'abate was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Mets game this weekend, and ma-ma-monkey took that honor and threw it right out the window.
After practicing in the hallowed Stern Show hallways and working with a Sports Psychologist, Gary launched the first pitch about 6 feet wide (and high) of home plate, plunking the home plate umpire.
It was all for a good cause though, Gary was taking part in "Autism Awareness Day".
According to multiple news sources, Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a banned substance, and will begin serving the fifty game suspension.
Ramirez, arguably the highest-profile player to fail the test, released the following statement;
Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation.
Here's a list of two start pitchers for the second week of Fantasy Baseball 2009. The list isn't as impressive as last week, but you've still got some solid options:
- A.J. Burnett—New York Yankees: @ TB, vs. Cle
- Jon Lester—Boston Red Sox: @ Oak, vs. Bal
- Scott Kazmir—Tampa Bay Rays: vs. NYY, vs. CWS
- Edinson Volquez—Cincinnati Reds: @ Mil, @ Hou
- Chad Billingsley—Los Angeles Dodgers: vs. SF, vs. Col
- Yovani Gallardo—Milwaukee Brewers: vs. Cin, @ NYM
- Zack Greinke—Kansas City Royals: vs. Cle, @ Tex
- Chien-Ming Wang—New York Yankees: @ TB, vs. Cle
- Chris Carpenter—St. Louis Cardinals: @ Ari, @ CHC
- Javier Vazquez—Atlanta Braves: vs. Fla, @ Pit
- Gavin Floyd—Chicago White Sox: @ Det, @ TB
- John Danks—Chicago White Sox: @ Det, @ TB
- Ted Lilly—Chicago Cubs: vs. Col, vs. Stl
- Matt Garza—Tampa Bay Rays: vs. NYY, vs. CWS
- Kevin Slowey—Minnesota Twins: vs. Tor, vs. LAA
- Randy Johnson—San Francisco Giants: @ LAD, vs. Ari
- Mike Pelfrey—New York Mets: vs. SD, vs. Mil
- Ubaldo Jimenez—Colorado Rockies: @ CHC, @ LAD
- Fausto Carmona—Cleveland Indians: @ KC, @ NYY
- Chris Volstad—Florida Marlins: @ Atl, @ Was
- Koji Uehara—Baltimore Orioles: @ Tex, @ Bos
- Todd Wellemeyer—St. Louis Cardinals: @ Ari, @ CHC
- Jesse Litsch—Toronto Blue Jays: @ Min, vs. Oak
- Glen Perkins—Minnesota Twins: vs. Tor, vs. LAA
- Jamie Moyer—Philadelphia Phillies: @ Was, vs. SD
- Vicente Padilla—Texas Rangers: vs. Bal, vs. KC
- Zach Duke—Pittsburgh Pirates: vs. Hou, vs. Atl
- Dana Eveland—Oakland Athletics: vs. Bos, vs. Tor
- Doug Davis—Arizona Diamondbacks: vs. Stl, @ SF
- Daniel Cabrera—Washington Nationals: vs. Phi, vs. Fla
- Zach Miner—Detroit Tigers: vs. CWS, @ Sea
- Walter Silva—San Diego Padres: @ NYM, @ Phi
- Ricky Romero—Toronto Blue Jays: @ Min, vs. Oak
- Brian Moehler—Houston Astros: @ Pit, vs. Cin
- Dustin Moseley—Los Angeles Angels: @ Sea, @ Min
- Carlos Silva—Seattle Mariners: vs. LAA, vs. Det
- Carl Pavano—Cleveland Indians: @ KC, @ NYY
- July (4)
- May (3)
- April (3)
- March (4)
- February (8)
- January (10)
- December (17)
- November (20)
- October (16)
- September (8)
- August (8)
- July (9)
- June (9)
- May (9)
- April (13)
- March (20)
- February (34)
- January (28)