I can’t imagine a redneck rap video ever getting better than this…
|If you play fantasy baseball, you know the old adage of ‘don’t pay for saves.’ This season it rings more true then anything. 15 players have lost their closer position (by injury or demotion) since January – 9 since the beginning of the season.Joey Votto and Giancarlo Stanton both hit walk-off grand slams Sunday, the first time 2 players have done that since April 10, 1998|
|1 (4)||LA Dodgers||24-11||Matt Kemp hasn’t homered in a season-high 11 straight games (he had 12 HR in the first 23 games of the season), and now has some injury concerns, going on the DL for the 1st time in his career|
|2 (3)||Texas||23-13||CF Josh Hamilton tied the franchise record with his 12th HR in the team’s first 30 games when he hit 4 dingers Wednesday – the first 4 HR game in MLB since 2003. His 18 HR in the first 34 games ties an MLB record|
|3 (1)||Baltimore||22-14||Orioles became the 1st team in AL history to hit back-to-back-to-back HRs to start a game on Thursday.|
|4 (8)||Atlanta||22-14||Offense is getting it done (4th in runs, 5th in BA), but the pitching is lacking (21st in ERA, 24th in BA against)|
|5 (5)||St. Louis||20-15||RF Carlos Beltran hits 2 HR and drives in 6 runs twice in 7 days – he only had done it 3 times previously in his 14 year career|
|6 (7)||Washington||22-13||C Wilson Ramos is out for the season with a torn ACL – how will it affect the National’s starting pitching that has been doing so well? C Sandy Leon also got hurt Monday|
|7 (6)||Toronto||19-16||Jose Bautista’s 10 HR at Target Field (Minnesota) are the most by an opposing player, and only 4 Twins have hit more there|
|8 (2)||Tampa Bay||21-13||Of the 8 HR SP David Price has given up to left-handed batters, 3 have been hit by the Yankee’s Robinson Cano|
|9 (10)||NY Yankees||19-16||Andy Petitte returned to the mound Sunday, giving up 4ER on 7 Hits, walking 3 and striking out 2 in 6.1 IP to an anemic Mariner’s offense|
|10 (11)||Oakland||19-17||SP Jarrod Parker has yet to give up more then 2 ER in his now 5 career starts since being called up this season (2.10 ERA), but has only managed 1 win|
|11 (9)||Cleveland||19-16||Who would’ve thunk it? It’s the middle of May and the Indians are in 1st place in the AL Central|
|12 (12)||NY Mets||20-15||Mets got their 1st sweep at Philadelphia since June of 2006|
|13 (15)||Miami||18-17||Giancarlo Stanton hit the 3rd walk-off grand slam in Marlin’s franchise history Sunday (Dan Uggla 2008, Bobby Bonilla 1997)|
|14 (14)||Cincinnati||18-16||1B Joey Votto became the 1st player in MLB history to finish off a 3 HR game with a walk-off grand slam|
|15 (16)||San Francisco||18-17||After giving up 16 earned runs in his first 3 starts, Tim Lincecum has only given up 8 in his last 4|
|16 (18)||Chicago Sox||16-19||Jake Peavy has rebounded tremendously from offseason surgery: 4-1, 1.89 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and over a 6:1 K:BB ratio|
|17 (17)||Detroit||17-17||Prince Fielder snapped an 0-22 streak Monday, going 3-5|
|18 (25)||Pittsburgh||17-18||Pirates rank last in the majors in runs scored with 100 scored through 35 games|
|19 (13)||Arizona||15-21||Diamondbacks have lost 4 straight series, getting outscored 39-57|
|20 (21)||Milwaukee||15-20||RP John Axford’s streak of 49 consecutive converted saves (4th all-time in MLB history) was snapped Friday. He hadn’t blown a save since April 18, 2011|
|21 (19)||Seattle||16-21||The Mariners (25th in MLB in batting average) don’t have a single player batting over .300|
|22 (22)||Philadelphia||17-19||Phillies have lost all 4 games that Cliff Lee has started so far this season, and Roy Halladay’s last 5 starts, getting outscored 27-50 in those games (13 of their runs scored came in 1 game)|
|23 (24)||Boston||16-19||Boston’s starting pitchers’ ERA? 6.01, 2nd worst in the majors|
|24 (27)||Kansas City||14-20||Royals average a lowly less then 5 IP per start, but have managed to win or split their last 6 series since a 12-game losing streak. The bullpen has only allowed 2 ER in the last 23.2 IP|
|25 (26)||LA Angels||15-21||3 of Jered Weaver’s 7 career games allowing 7+ runs have come at Texas|
|26 (20)||Colorado||12-21||Christian Friedrich is the 1st pitcher in Rockies history to record 10+ strikeouts in one of his 1st two appearances|
|27 (23)||Houston||15-20||What a surprise 2B Jose Altuve has been – .321 BA, .366 OBP, and stellar in the field|
|28 (28)||Chicago Cubs||15-20||Cubs got their first 1-0 win against the Braves since 1993 on Wednesday|
|29 (29)||San Diego||12-24||The Padres have less HR as a team (15) then the Ranger’s Josh Hamilton (18)|
|30 (30)||Minnesota||10-25||28th in runs scored + 30th in ERA = worst record in MLB|
Here’s some late Monday night / early Tuesday morning entertainment. Who knew a plastic disc could do so many things? Not I.
Tell us which one was your favorite in the comments below.
During Sunday’s Miami Heat – Indiana Pacers playoff game, ESPN interviewed Commissioner David Stern who watched the game from court-side. Stern was asked about Pacers coach Frank Vogel who called the Heat the biggest “floppers” in the league which led to a $15,000 fine.
Stern defended the fine, but expressed his agreement with the underlying policy behind Vogel’s comments. The NBA, and basketball in general, faces a major issue in flopping. Stern labeled it not even a legitimate play.
Amen! Finally, someone in the power structure of a sport admits that flopping is a serious problem which should be eliminated from the game (take cue, soccer; someone please stand up and stop the insanity on the pitch).
Flopping took center stage in one of the NBA’s best first round series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers. Players such as Chris Paul, Blake “Flake” Griffin, and Reggie Evans continuously flailed their limbs and landed on their asses in the seven game series.
Grizzlies’ forward Zach Randolph called the Clippers the biggest floppers in the league “by far” on the Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio (see all of his comments in the same link above). Below, you can see one example of Clippers’ superstar Chris Paul falling to the ground with minimal contact after grabbing a rebound. In another video, Reggie Evans of LA’s basketball step-child exaggerates contact after setting a screen.
Sir Flops-a-Lot Paul
And the invisible uppercut to Reggie Evans’ chin
The Clippers are not the only ones. Manu Ginobli of the San Antonio Spurs is well-known for his disgraceful flopping prowess. It’s a league-wide epidemic affecting superstars and role players. It’s out-of-control.
At one point earlier this season in a game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks, former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy embarked on a two minute diatribe against flopping (video below). Van Gundy’s the voice you heard at the end of the Evans’ flop clip above. He’s a well known anti-flopping advocate and an important voice in the war on embellishment.
It’s time to take a hard-line approach on flopping. It cannot be tolerated. Violators should face stiff penalties designed to strongly discourage such action and rid the disease from the game of basketball.
Referees are able to stop flopping by making the requisite calls. However, all potential incidents should be subject to post-game review by the NBA. Offenders should be fined and suspended games. If you want to play, play the right way.
For example, first time offenders, aside from in-game fouls, would be subject to a $10,000 fine and a one game suspension after a post-game review by the NBA. Secondary offenders would be subject to a $25,000 fine and a three game suspension. A player who commits a third offense must pay a $50,000 fine and miss five games. Any further violation should result in a $100,000 fine and a ten game suspension.
David Stern, it’s time for you to set a precedent. Exterminate this nasty disease from the game of basketball. It’s better for the sport, the players, and the fans. You made your feelings public, now it’s time to act on them.
Surprisingly, this video has nothing to do with alcohol. Not surprisingly, it features the most impressive shot of Rubio’s career.
|Last Wednesday was the 1st time in MLB history that there were 3 walk-off HRs and a no-hitter. Jason Giambi and Chipper Jones became the first 40+ year olds to hit walk-off home runs on the same day – it hadn’t happened in the same SEASON since 1986. Also, in case you didn’t hear – Albert Pujols finally hit a home run Sunday. He became the 276th major league player to do so this season – congrats Albert!!! Finally living up to that contract!!|
|1 (8)||Baltimore||19-10||Oriole’s bullpen ERA ranks in AL last 4 seasons: 11th, 13th, 13th, 13th. This season? 1st|
|2 (5)||Tampa Bay||18-10||Just when the Rays get rolling, 3B Evan Longoria is out 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury|
|3 (1)||Texas||19-10||1B Brandon Snyder had 6 RBI vs Baltimore Monday – he had 5 RBI in 27 career games coming in|
|4 (2)||LA Dodgers||19-10||Dodgers have outscored their opponents 26-8 this season in the 1st inning|
|5 (4)||St. Louis||18-11||C Yadier Molina has as many steals as Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Drew Stubbs, and Coco Crisp|
|6 (9)||Toronto||16-12||The Blue Jays are hanging in the tough AL East race, but have 18 of their next 22 games against teams with a winning record, including 8 against Tampa Bay & Texas (37-20 combined)|
|7 (3)||Washington||18-10||LF Bryce Harper became the 4th player under 20yrs old to hit 3rd in the last 35 seasons (BJ Upton, Andruw Jones, Ken Griffey Jr)|
|8 (7)||Atlanta||18-12||C Brian McCann is only the 4th player to ever hit a grand slam off of Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay|
|9 (11)||Cleveland||17-11||2B Jason Kipnis had his 1st career 4 RBI game on Thursday (3-run HR, RBI triple)|
|10 (6)||NY Yankees||14-14||After tearing his ACL in batting practice at KC, CL Mariano Rivera’s streak of 15 seasons with 20+ saves will come to an end|
|11 (17)||Oakland||15-14||2B Brandon Inge hit his 1st HR as an Athletic Sunday, after hitting 140 of them with Detroit|
|12 (10)||NY Mets||16-13||Streaky Mets – New York already has 5 streaks of 3+ games (winning or losing)|
|13 (16)||Arizona||14-16||SS Cody Ransom is batting .351 with 4 HR and 12 RBI since being called up April 21st|
|14 (14)||Cincinnati||15-13||SP Matt Latos’s 11 K’s against Pittsburgh Sunday set a new career high|
|15 (25)||Miami||15-14||Undefeated week is a good way to jump up the rankings. SP Carlos Zambrano gets his first shutout since 2009|
|16 (12)||San Francisco||14-15||Getting swept at home by a Marlins team that was 1-9 on the road coming in was not the way to start the week|
|17 (21)||Detroit||14-14||6 of Austin Jackson’s 18 career HR are leadoff HR|
|18 (18)||Chicago Sox||13-17||1B Adam Dunn may be hitting more HRs, but he’s still striking out – in a major league-record 31 straight games|
|19 (13)||Seattle||14-17||In games Felix Hernandez has started, the Mariners have won 4 (27 runs scored) and lost 3 (3 runs scored)|
|20 (15)||Colorado||11-16||LF Carlos Gonzalez vs. left-handed pitching since April 24: .385BA, 1.774 OPS, 4HR|
|21 (19)||Milwaukee||12-17||SP Yovani Gallardo has given up 21 ER in 32.2 IP so far this season|
|22 (22)||Philadelphia||14-16||C Carlos Ruiz drove in 7 runs against the Braves Wednesday – he entered the game with 10RBI on the season|
|23 (24)||Houston||13-16||Houston got their first series sweep since August 2011 – a span of 16 series|
|24 (20)||Boston||12-16||SP Clay Bucholz has given up 5+ earned runs in 6 straight starts to begin the season, tying the Live-Ball Era record set in 1936. He would have to score 95 straight scoreless innings to get down to his 2010 ERA of 2.33|
|25 (23)||Pittsburgh||12-16||P A.J. Burnett was the 1st starting pitcher to give up 12+ ER in less then 3IP since 1920|
|26 (27)||LA Angels||13-17||So much for SP Jerad Weaver’s no-hitter igniting the offense: Angels became 1st team in MLB history to follow 2 shutout victories with 2 shutout losses|
|27 (26)||Kansas City||9-19||RF Jeff Francouer has 29 more outfield assists then any other major league player since the start of the 2005 season|
|28 (30)||Chicago Cubs||12-17||After only 5 career starts in 134 appearances coming into the season, Jeff Samardzija has 4 wins in 6 starts this season, with a 3.03 ERA nd 1.19 WHIP|
|29 (28)||San Diego||10-20||The Padres already have 5 losing streaks of at least 3 games|
|30 (29)||Minnesota||7-21||The Twins had 9 hits Wednesday through Saturday – the fewest hits over a 4-game stretch in MLB since 1900|
When a Segway is just too much ride for you…