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the All Stars Edition

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An All Star Game has to be like Star Porn  for Mike Francesa..I know the Ultimate Star Fucker plays down these All Star Events, but I bet once the kids get tucked in, Mikey dons  the leather and chains, whips out the handcuffs and goes all Marv Albert on  poor Julio.. I’m sure his imagination  ran wild when watching one big Star after another on that 15 foot TV screen he has in one of his man caves… What  a night it had to be  for Honest Mike

Sense Joel Sherman hates bells and whistles, but has no  objection to this scenario happening in an All Star Game

How about live-tweeting from the dugout during the game or miking every player on the field or having players able to re-enter in key situations? Imagine Ortiz or Harper or someone of that ilk coming up in a key spot in the ninth inning. MLB needs to create a forum where it is open to all concepts to increase the spectacle, enjoyment level and outreach to youth of what is a mid-season celebration of the sport.

Sherman has some great ideas ( like lose the grand prize home field advantage for the winner) in his All Star article, but turning the All Star Game into  the WWE  ain’t one of them

I totally agree, the product needs to be more kid friendly, and starting the games earlier isn’t the answer based on the different time zones in our country..

The $10 billion dollar business, MLB,  wants it’s young stars to  rule, so  getting these 21 to  26 yr old stars more exposure is the key, in that  regard they  did a good job. For me, I didn’t know Adam Duvall from the Reds even  existed until last night


Unless Commissioner Rob and Steal Manfred was at  some photo opt, he saw his “meaningful” Mid-Summer Classic go up in smoke when Grateful Ned Yost while hanging on desperately to a 4-2 lead, had Eddie Nunez at  2nd base, and Carlos Beltran in right field in this game.. Beltran played defense in the 6th  and 7th innings and  was lifted for Saunders in the 8th, so Ned wasn’t totally out of his mind

And I have to  agree with Sherman, Terry Collins did take on the persona of a back stage manager, who’s job is to stick to, and police a formatted scrip, which isn’t the best  formula for winning….

I don’t think  there is anything wrong with the All Star Game,  except the grand prize of Home Field advantage in the grand-daddy  Championship of them  all, the World Series, (fuck off Super Bowl) doesn’t mesh with it’s partner, the popularity contest that elects the starting line-up, and forces a representative from every team to  suit up.. We love Nunez, but really?

Then again, I can see the point behind dangling the vague  home field carrot in an effort to keep  a smidge of authenticity to  the event…There is always the subconscious reminder that  this game actually does have  meaning

Players in this era are too united in their own personal cause  to care about League pride, and while it can’t hurt to  showcase Nationally with other brand names in your sport, baseball is only regional in rooting interest, the circulation of it’s product is world wide thanks to  the Internet

Perhaps a winner and loser’s share of good old fashioned money would inspire the spark MLB is looking for in their effort to  sell the Game.. After all  how many old 1 percenters like Beltran  and Ortiz will be involved if your main effort is showcasing 21 to  26 yr’s old?

Sell Chappy and still be Happy

The Sensie Joel Sherman takes charge here today, his other gem was a point that is as old as the day Cashman inked the estranged closer, sell him at the deadline, and resign him as a Free Agent..

Get the prospect or young player that Chapman would yield in a trade, but only if said player(s) would trump  a sandwich pick afforded a team that gives a player  the Qualifying Offer..

The Yanks need to be-careful on the Chapman move, the new CBA might void the QO, and once again the Bombers would receive  U-gots for their expiring assets

We’re at least the next 10 games away from knowing which side of the aisle the Yanks will be shopping on

If they  do  nothing in the  buy or sell aisle, and remain status quo, then we know they’re full of shit Re: going for it.. They would at least have to patch a hole in the middle relief and the starting rotation… Any effort to not give Tanaka 5 days rest, or fix the Gidrool bridge to  the Tee-Shirt, is a misstep by the front office that wouldn’t be hidden in plain sight

Last night Betances was really good, his star was shining bright in the 7th inning.. Miller had a rough outing, and was removed after 28 pitches, 2 singles and a walk..

It was  pretty much  what we’ve seen from Andy over the last  3 or 4 games..

In July he’s pitched 4.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 a HR, 3 BB’s, 5 K’s, but only 1 run.. He’s allowed 7 men to  reach, and has averaged about 18 pitches per outing…Houdini Lite

Miller’s slider wasn’t as sharp  as we’ve seen it, and his pitch  selection was predictable, which is fine if you’re hitting the spots, and the ball has a skull  and cross bones on it,  but he did need a life preserver, and Grateful Ned had the perfect excuse to  yank him with the bases loaded, 28 pitches…

AL wins 4-2


Written by Sal

July 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

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  1. I wonder if they gave Ortiz a rubber submarine as a parting gift?


    July 13, 2016 at 8:06 am

  2. anybody know or care why the AL was the home team in an NL park?


    July 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

  3. Ned Yost is a class act.
    I cant stand little poopi but Yost gave him his moment.
    Classy Mgr.
    Wish we had one with class instead of a clenched jaw.


    July 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

  4. Good question Sal, hadnt realised it.


    July 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

  5. Good question Sal, hadnt realised it. But didnt AL bat 1st ??


    July 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    • Ok Donny

      I remember some caller tell Francesa he would take Altuve for Chapman

      Which of course Houston would hang the phone up very quickly

      Francesa said no way would he take Altuve, he has no on base %, and he’s not a core player

      How does he keep his gig?


      July 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  6. The Twins have acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees in exchange for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran

    Cashman traded away an all star lol


    July 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    • Sulbaran is an injured lefty pitcher who can’t get out of AA
      He’s 22 with no 2016 line

      Nice move Cash


      July 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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