Friday, September 30, 2011

The Dual Triple Crown

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As we all know winning the Triple Crown in baseball is not an easy thing to do. For a batter to win it he would have to lead his league in home runs, RBIs and batting average. For a pitcher to do it he would have to lead his league in wins, strikeouts and ERA. And accomplishing all three is no walk in the park, that's for sure.

The hitting Triple Crown has only been done 16 times in major-league history, most recently by Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967.

The pitching Triple Crown has been done 38 times, most recently by the two gentlemen in the above photo. What Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw accomplished in 2011 is even a much rarer phenomena-- a Triple Crown winner in both leagues in the same season. In fact, this is only the 5th time in major-league history that the pitching Triple Crown has been simultaneously won. The hitting Triple Crown has been simultaneously won only once, in 1933. That year Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx (Philadelphia A's - 48 HR, 163 RBI, .356 BA) and Chuck Klein (Philadelphia Phillies - 28 HR, 120 RBI, .368 BA) accomplished the rare feat.

As for Verlander and Kershaw, they are the first duo in generations to accomplish this near-impossible feat. Here are the 5 seasons where dual pitching Triple Crowns were won--

Notice the generation gap--

2011
  • Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers - 24 W, 250 K, 2.40 ERA
  • Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers - 21 W, 248 K, 2.28 ERA
1924
  • Walter Johnson, Washington Senators - 23 W, 158 K, 2.72 ERA
  • Dazzy Vance, Brooklyn Robins - 28 W, 262 K, 2.16 ERA
1918
  • Walter Johnson, Senators - 23 W, 162 K, 1.27 ERA
  • Hippo Vaughn, Chicago Cubs - 22 W, 148 K, 1.74 ERA
1905
  • Rube Waddell, Philadelphia Athletics - 27 W, 287 K, 1.48 ERA
  • Christy Mathewson, New York Giants - 31 W, 206 K, 1.27 ERA
1884
  • Guy Hecker, Louisville Colonels (American Association) - 52 W, 385 K, 1.80 ERA
  • Charles Radbourn, Providence Grays (National League) - 59 W, 441 K, 1.38 ERA
So as we can see it doesn't happen very often. What Mr. Verlander and Mr. Kershaw accomplished is a once in a lifetime phenomena. Literally.

....And we had the privilege to witness it.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Boston Massacre!!!!

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Yes Red Sox Nation, I too am speechless!

Congrats Cardinals Nation!!!!

St. Louis Cardinals: 2011 National League Wild-Card Champions

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HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!

Congrats to the Miracle Rays!!!!

Tampa Bay Rays: 2011 American League Wild-Card Champions

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Miracles do happen folks, just ask the Tampa Bay Rays....

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UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Great Is Mr. Fantastic Roy Halladay?

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To put in perspective how special and unique Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is, here's a mind-blowing stat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Halladay, who is 19-6 on the year, has had 7 consecutive seasons (2005-2011) in which he has finished, at least, 7 games over .500 or better. He is only the 6th pitcher in major league history to accomplish such a feat. Of all the great names we've heard over the decades, none are on this rare list. We need to go back quite a few generations to find the other 5 pitchers who had 7 or more consecutive seasons finishing at least 7 games over .500.

They are:

Tim Keefe - 7 seasons from 1883 to 1889.
John Clarkson - 9 seasons from 1884 to 1892.
Kid Nichols - 9 seasons from 1890 to 1898
Christy Mathewson - 12 seasons from 1903 to 1914.
Lefty Grove - 7 seasons from 1927 to 1933.

Tim Keefe, John Clarkson, Kid Nichols, Lefty Grove and Christy Mathewson

All 5 are in the Hall of Fame.

We can now add Mr. Halladay to the list-- 7 seasons from 2005 to 2011.

A list that DOESN'T include greats like Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Jim Bunning, Nolan, Ryan, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal, Bob Feller, Jim Palmer, Ferguson Jenkins, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Catfish Hunter, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez and on and on and on.....

AMAZING!

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Mr. Fantastic is surely a wonder of evolution. No doubt.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rays-Red Sox: The Showdown!

Only two games remain for both the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays who are tied for the final playoff spot in the American League. Who will prevail?

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Boston Red Sox: 89-71

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Tampa Bay Rays: 89-71

Payrolls:

Red Sox - $162 million
Rays - $41 million

If this isn't a David vs. Goliath battle for 1 playoff spot, then I don't know what is?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Congrats to the Lone Star State!!!!

Texas Rangers: 2011 AL West Champions

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For the record: They celebrate with ginger ale out of respect for the Great One Josh Hamilton!

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MURDERER'S ROW IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN! WATCH OUT!

Congrats Brew Crew!!!!

Milwaukee Brewers: 2011 NL Central Champions

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First division title since 1982!

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We haven't seen The Crew this GOOD since the days of Harvey's Wallbangers!

Congrats to the Snakes!!!!

Arizona Diamondbacks: 2011 NL West Champions

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A classic WORST TO FIRST story!

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HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!

....AND HOW VENOMOUS IT MIGHT BE....

Friday, September 23, 2011

The MLB on TSC: The Dodgers, Nationals, Indians and Blue Jays

Time now for another edition of the MLB on TSC where baseball's present always meets baseball's past and no baseball rock is ever left unturned.

Here goes:

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The 2011 MLB regular season is pretty much a done deal. All 6 divisions are pretty much rapped up with only the two wild-card spots still up for grabs-- still up for grabs by a few teams, that is. Only the Red Sox, Rays, Angels, Braves, Cardinals and Giants are mathematically alive for the final two spots.

So with 18 teams already "gone fishing", the only thing left to play for is respectability. And even that is mathematically impossible for some teams. To me respectability is defined as-- no playoff berth but at least a winning season.

Here are the teams that have a shot at respectability:

THE DODGERS HAVEN'T COMPLETELY FALLEN APART

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I must hand it to first-year manager Don Mattingly for the job he's done with the bankrupted and self-destructing LA Dodgers. The Dodgers are 78-77 and are well-positioned to have a winning season. Considering all the drama and distractions off the field, the Dodgers still have a shot at pulling off the unthinkable-- a winning season, the NL MVP (Matt Kemp) and the NL Cy Young Award winner (Clayton Kershaw). Who would've predicted that in April?

SAY WHAT?! THE NATIONALS MIGHT BE RESPECTABLE?

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Yes, the Washington Nationals are on the brink of respectability. At 76-79, interim-manager Davey Johnson has his ball club playing well as of late. If they go 5-2 the rest of the way they will, at least, finish at .500, which for them is like winning the pennant.

THE BLUE JAYS SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAME TO MR. .500

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At 79-77, the Toronto Blue Jays will once again hover around the .500 mark. For the Jays that pretty much has been their 21st century reality as they are already 890-891 from 2000 to 2010.

THE INDIANS SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT THEY'RE STILL IN ANY CONVERSATION

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The miracle season was not to be for the Cleveland Indians. They began the season red-hot but at 77-78, a winning season is all they can hope for. But considering where most of us outside of Cleveland thought they would be when the season started, a winning season is enough to leave many, including me, with eggs on our faces. Go Tribe!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Chicago White Sox (76-80) and the Cincinnati Reds (76-80) are technically still mathematically alive. Can either one go 6-0 or at least 5-1 the rest of the way? Probably not.

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Is it me or Tommy Lasorda still looks good after all these years?

30 Unique Career Paths With a Sports Management Degree

This article was provided courtesy of Masters in Sports Management:

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Who wouldn’t want a job in sports? Sports entertainment is big business, with a number of opportunities to meet interesting (and famous!) people. However, many people wonder how they can start a good career with a sports management degree. Many of us immediately think of agents when we think of sports management, but such jobs can be frustratingly difficult to get. The good news is that there are a number of paths you can take when it comes to sports management.

Instead of going the “obvious” routes of becoming a GM or acting as an athletic agent, you can choose a more unique career path. You might find a good salary – and find yourself competing against fewer people. Here are 30 interesting career paths to consider if you want a sports management degree:

1. Sports Blogger: You can actually do reasonably well as a sports blogger, and a degree in sports management can help. Use the knowledge and insight learned during your time in a sports management program to provide you with a solid background on the business of sports. You might make it big as a sports blogger, bringing in traffic and benefiting from affiliate programs and ads. If you are lucky, your blog could even be bought by a major organization, just as River Ave Blues was bought by YES Network.

2. Sports Philanthropy: You might surprised to learn that many professional athletes are unaware of the opportunities available for them to connect with opportunities to make an impact in their communities. The Sports Philanthropy Project has been taken over by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but you can set out on your own. Help athletes by a force for good by hooking them up with philanthropic efforts in their neighborhoods.

3. Player Appearances: There are companies that manage player appearances, from appearances at fundraisers to motivational speaking to other events. You can hire on as someone who helps manage athlete appearances, being involved in the process from booking to making sure everyone stays on schedule.

4. Season Ticket Management: Many season ticket holders need help managing their tickets. You can help them by selling tickets to games they won’t be attending, using sites like StubHub!. You can also be on the management side by encouraging season ticket sales, and premium seating sales.

5. Web Master: If you have a penchant for web design, you might be able to enjoy a unique career as a web master for a sports team, or for a sporting event. You can do this for minor league, youth sports league, and regional league teams as well as major sports teams.

6. Market Research: With a sports management degree, you can be a market researcher. Companies like Turnkey Sports & Entertainment might hire someone with a sports management degree to do specialized research.

7. Sports Camp Director: If you want to help youth learn the valuable lessons that can be taught through participation in sports, you can actually direct a sports camp. You can also work in coordinating camps across geographic areas.

8. Professor: Get your sports management degree, and then go back to school — as the teacher. With an advanced degree in sports management, you can become a college professor, and teach others about sports management.

9. Brand Management: Help athletes, teams and others in sports manage their brands. Help them portray the kind of organizations they want to be. You can provide tips for consistent branding, as well as help with damage control.

10. Social Networking/Community Management: Even sports teams need some help social networking — especially local leagues. There are plenty of sports networking opportunities out there, and you can position yourself as an expert.
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11. Sports Events Planning: You can be part of the planning team for sporting events. A degree in sports management can help you learn the skills necessary to be involved in different areas of event planning for sporting purposes.

12. Compliance Professional: This interesting job is one in which you make sure different rules are met. For example, a sports compliance specialist might work at a college to ensure that the program and its athletes comply with NCAA rules.

13. Public Relations: Your sports management degree can help you prepare for a career in sports public relations. Meet with the public, and drum up publicity. This unique career path requires a great deal of creativity when you are working with smaller, local teams.

14. Sports Equipment and Supply: Get a job with sports equipment makers and retailers. A degree in sports management can help you perform different duties within the structure of sporting equipment and supplies.

15. Youth Sports Organizations: Make a difference in a child’s life. You can use your sports management degree to run programs for the YMCA, Little League and other organizations.

16. Legal Services: In addition to a sports management degree, you will need some sort of law degree. However, this can provide you with the chance to provide a number of legal services, representing organizations or individual athletes.

17. Parks & Recreation: Your sports management degree can also fit you to work in parks and recreation departments around the country. Great opportunities to go your own way and teach others the value of sport.

18. Resort/Club Management: Many people don’t think of resorts and sports clubs, but your sports management degree can help you get jobs in these areas. Enjoy a career managing a ski resort, or a racket club.

19. Digital Video Editor: If you want to be involved in digital editing, you can put together highlight reels, special products and more. You should probable have video editing skills in addition to your sports management degree.

20. Olympic Involvement: One of the coolest sports jobs can be involvement in the Olympics. This career path allows you the chance to be involved in different aspects of the Olympics, from number crunching to coordinating events and ceremonies, to working with athletes, you can be involved in premiere sporting events.
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21. Race Management: Be in charge of a pit crew for racing sports. A great opportunity for someone with the right experience, interest and sports management degree.

22. Internet Production: Sports stories, multimedia and other production online. You can help the online operations for sports teams, sports networks and even local sporting events.

23. Sports Promotions: Use your sports management degree to involve yourself in sports promotions jobs. Great opportunities to connect with athletes, as well as promote events and come up with fun ways to raise team awareness. This job can be especially fun when coming up with contests and prizes for local sporting events and teams.

24. Sponsorship: Help get sponsorship for sports organizations. This can be getting local sponsors for the Little League, or finding big national sponsors to build a new sports arena.

25. Tournament Planner: You can use your sports management skills to book facilities for tournaments, and be in charge of publicity and marketing, as well as plan events for athletes to interact with the public during tours and tournaments.

26. Hospitality Specialist: Arrange hospitality for athletes, team managers and their families. Help them settle in, and direct them to where they need to be. A great career opportunity for those who want a chance to work with others in the sports industry.

27. Fan Development/Fan Club Management: Sports management isn’t just about organizations and teams; you can also be involved in encouraging fans, and managing fan clubs.

28. Sales: You can be involved in different aspects of sales and sales development when you have a sports management degree.

29. Sports Mediator/Arbitrator: Settle disputes in the sports industry. You may need some law background in addition to your sports management degree if you want to be an arbitrator.

30. Concessions Management: If you like food, you can be a concessions manager. Be in charge of the menu, buying what you sell at the park, and setting prices people are willing to pay.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Triple Crown, AL Cy Young Award and AL MVP Award

And the winner of all 3 should be....

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Justin Verlander: 24-5, 244 K, 2.29 ERA, 0.91 WHIP

This one is a no-brainer!

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Congrats Empire!!!!

New York Yankees: 2011 AL East Champions

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The Yankees since 1995--
  • 16 playoff appearances in 17 years.
  • 7 pennants
  • 5 World Series championships
What else can be said?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

20 Wins For The Snake!

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Ian Kennedy: 20-4, 194 K, 2.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Last night, Arizona's most dangerous snake Ian Kennedy became the first pitcher in the National League to win 20 games.

Here's a look at Kennedy's masterpiece in pictures--

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20th Win: 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
Final Score: Arizona 1 - Pittsburgh 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 89-65, Magic #4

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Next up for Kennedy and the Diamondbacks: The playoffs and the NL Cy Young Award!

I wonder if Brian Cashman knows what just happened out in the desert?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Congrats Philly!!!!

Philadelphia Phillies: 2011 NL East Champions

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....As if there was ever any doubt....

Here's a look at the Phillies illustrious playoff history:
  • 2011 - NL East champions, ????
  • 2010 - NL East champions, Lost NLCS
  • 2009 - NL East champions, National League champions, Lost World Series
  • 2008 - NL East champions, National League champions, World Series champions
  • 2007 - NL East champions, Lost NLDS
  • 1993 - NL East champions, National League champions, Lost World Series
  • 1983 - NL East champions, National League champions, Lost World Series
  • 1981 - Lost NLDS (3-2)
  • 1980 - NL East champions, National League champions, World Series champions
  • 1978 - NL East champions, Lost NLCS
  • 1977 - NL East champions, Lost NLCS
  • 1976 - NL East champions, Lost NLCS
  • 1950 - National League champions, Lost World Series
  • 1915 - National League champions, Lost World Series
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Watch out, NL!