Thursday, September 15, 2011

The MLB on TSC: Mariano Rivera, Tim Wakefield and the Pirates

Time now for another edition of the MLB on TSC, where baseball's present always meets baseball's past and where facts are sometimes stranger than fiction.... and oh yeah, baseball mumbo jumbo is always welcome.

Here goes--

MARIANO RIVERA AND TREVOR HOFFMAN

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CONGRATS to the great Mariano Rivera on recording his milestone 600th career save against the Seattle Mariners. Rivera became only the second pitcher in major-league history to reach the milestone. He is 1 save behind Trevor Hoffman who ended his career with 601 saves. To put it in perspective, 7 players have hit 600 or more home runs in baseball history. So maybe a save is tougher than a home run yet saves don't get the same notoriety.

TIM WAKEFIELD AND JACK QUINN

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Also CONGRATS to Tim Wakefield on finally (and I mean FINALLY) earning his 200th career win. Wakefield finally got the milestone win after 8 unsuccessful attempts. At 45, he became the second oldest pitcher in major-league history to record his 200th win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the record still belongs to a player by the name of Jack Quinn, who won his 200th game just a month shy of his 47th birthday for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

For the record, Quinn was 50 when he made his final appearance in the majors in 1933. Will Wakefield hang around to equal Quinn on that?

....AND THEN THERE ARE THE PIRATES

All I can say is, at 67-82, the math is no longer on their side. Sorry Pirates fans, there isn't anything the laws of physics can do for you at this point because the mathematics has fallen apart for your team. They have officially extended their major-league record to 19 consecutive LOSING seasons. And to think, I was on their bandwagon earlier in the year when they were semi-red hot. Boooooooo!

AND FINALLY-- THE WORLD CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Gone fishing. The NL West belongs to Arizona's most dangerous snakes.

AND DOUBLE FINALLY-- PENCIL IN MOTOWN

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Start popping the champagne Detroit-- with a magic number of 1, Jose Valverde (44 for 44 in save opportunities), Justin Verlander (23-5, 238 K, 2.36 ERA) and the rest of the Tigers are (for all intents and purposes) in the dance.

I'm not a psychic but I will say this-- a guy with the initials J.V. will win the AL Cy Young Award, AL MVP and the AL Rolaids Relief Man Award.

And he may repeat as NL MVP too. Who knows?

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