Monday, April 30, 2012

Brooklyn Nets: The Dawning Of A New Era

"It's cool, it's traditional and it's simple. And guess who came up with it?" -Jay-Z



Owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z have officially announced the new logo for the team which is now known as the Brooklyn Nets.

Let's Roll!

UPDATE (6-26-12): Here's a new photo courtesy of BrooklynNets/Facebook

BrooklynNets/Facebook


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kudos To "Mr. Perfect" Philip Humber

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Chicago White Sox starter Philip Humber pitches the 21st perfect game in major-league history.

THE PERFECT CLUB - Getty Images/AP Photos

PICTURE PERFECT! CONGRATS!

The Reds Join the 10,000-Win Club

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CONGRATS to the Cincinnati Reds on becoming baseball's latest member in the "10,000-Win Club". Last night, the Reds (6-8) defeated the Chicago Cubs (3-11) by a 9-4 score to earn the milestone win. The Cubs, themselves, are already members of the exclusive club. Obviously if major-league baseball sticks around long enough, sooner or later, every team will achieve their 10,000th win but considering it takes over a century to win that many games, it's safe to say, many teams won't be doing it during our lifetime, that's for sure.

Here's a list of the 10,000-win members (and the rest), courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:
  1. San Francisco Giants - 10,529 wins (since 1883)
  2. Chicago Cubs - 10,314 wins (since 1876)
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10,228 wins (since 1884)
  4. St. Louis Cardinals - 10,205 wins (since 1882)
  5. Atlanta Braves - 10,043 wins (since 1876)
  6. Cincinnati Reds - 10,000 wins (since 1882)
Next up:

7. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9,887 wins (since 1882)
8. New York Yankees - 9,775 wins (since 1901)
9. Philadelphia Phillies - 9,244 wins (since 1883)
10. Boston Red Sox - 8,913 wins (since 1901)
11. Cleveland Indians - 8,778 wins (since 1901)
12. Detroit Tigers - 8,749 wins (since 1901)
13. Chicago White Sox - 8,714 wins (since 1901)
14. Oakland A's - 8,351 wins (since 1901)
15.Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators - 8,300 wins (since 1901)
16. Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns - 8,156 wins (since 1901)

Expansion Era teams:

17. Los Angeles Angels - 4,058 wins (since 1961)
18. Houston Astros - 3,949 wins (since 1962)
19. Texas Rangers - 3,854 wins (since 1961)
20. New York Mets - 3,818 wins (since 1962)
21. Kansas City Royals - 3,284 wins (since 1969)
22. Milwaukee Brewers - 3,268 wins (since 1969)
23. Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos - 3,258 wins (since 1969)
24. San Diego Padres - 3,172 wins (since 1969)
25. Toronto Blue Jays - 2,762 wins (since 1977)
26. Seattle Mariners - 2,596 wins (since 1977)
27. Colorado Rockies - 1,444 wins (since 1993)
28. Miami Marlins - 1,442 wins (since 1993)
29. Arizona Diamondbacks - 1,136 wins (since 1998)
30. Tampa Bay Rays - 1,020 wins (since 1998)

*win totals are as of April 20, 2012.

1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings
The Reds earned their first-ever win in 1882 as the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The MLB on TSC: Life After Ozzie

It's time now for a quick edition of the MLB on TSC , where the strange and bizarre is never left unmentioned and where baseball's past always meets baseball's present and of course, where facts are sometimes stranger than fiction.

Here goes--

THE OZ-MAN COMETH BACK

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The 4-6 Miami Marlins have the day off today, which in a way is a good thing because today also marks the return of their embattled manager Ozzie Guillen from his 5-game suspension for his now-infamous comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Whether it was planned or not, a one day cooling-off period isn't a bad idea, however, let's see how the Cuban-American community in Miami responds to his return.

THE BEARDED-ONE DONE

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It looks like Brian "The Bearded-One" Wilson is done for the season. The San Francisco Giants closer is more than likely to have season-ending elbow surgery and the question on many people's mind is-- what will the Beard-Meister do with so much time on his hands? Um, shave the beard?

ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE "CHARTER" BRAVES

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Just nine games into the season and the Atlanta Braves (5-4) have done 2 things for the first time in their long (and I mean, LONG!) and storied history. First, they lost their season opener by a 1-0 score for the first time ever and now they became only the third team in major-league history to lose their first 4 games and then win 5 in a row. They join the 1969 Twins and the 1994 Pirates in the "0-4 to 5-4" club. The Braves, along with the Chicago Cubs, are the only charter members remaining from the original National League who have played non-stop since 1876. That's 137 seasons and counting. You'd think by now that they've done everything, good or bad, at least once. But apparently, no.

ATTENTION: AMERICAN LEAGUE: BEWARE OF THIS MAN

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Tampa Bay Rays ace James Shields (2-0, 3.38 ERA)-- My pick to win the AL Cy Young Award.

To be continued....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hey Ozzie, In Life, We Live and Die By The Sword!

"I'm here on my knees to apologize." -Ozzie Guillen

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It seems like the never-lost-for-words, Ozzie Guillen, really "stuck his foot in his mouth" this time around with his, "I Love Castro", comment. Say what?! Hey Ozzie, the last place on this planet anyone should say such nonsense is in Miami-- and you had the audacity to say it just 5 games into your "public figure" career in Miami, where generations of Cubans, who were fortunate to escape the brutal dictators wrath, call home? Yes, Miami, for crying out loud.

Miami!

Did you think they were just going to take it with a grain of salt, just because you're infamous for being Mr. Rambler? Don't you know by now that the news-starved media was going to have a field day with this, further lighting the flames. What in the world were you thinking?!

What Ozzie needs to understand is that, in life, if we do something often enough, sooner or later it will come back to bite us. The law of averages never fail. Never.

Ozzie has been "shooting from the lip" for quite a LONG time now and (at times) it has worked in his favor and (at times) it hasn't. This time around he opened up a can of worms-- an UGLY can of worms. Unbelievable!

I'm sure, heck, I'm positive, this is NOT how the new-look Miami Marlins wanted to start their second life. No doubt about it.

It's your bed, Ozzie. Sleep in it.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The MLB on TSC: It's Time, Expansion Teams!

An MLB on TSC quickie:

The 2012 season marks year No. 51 since the Expansion Era began in major-league baseball. In 1961, the Los Angeles Angels became the first-ever expansion team and since then major-league baseball has added 14 new teams, almost doubling in size from the 16-team league that played for the first 60 years of the 20th century.


Expansion teams have had decent success as far as the Fall Classic is concerned, appearing in 20 World Series as a whole, with a 9-11 record.

Here's a breakdown:
  1. New York Mets: 2-2
  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 2-0
  3. Miami/Florida Marlins: 2-0
  4. Kansas City Royals: 1-1
  5. Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels: 1-0
  6. Arizona Diamondbacks: 1-0
  7. Houston Astros: 0-1
  8. Colorado Rockies: 0-1
  9. Tampa Bay Rays: 0-1
  10. Milwaukee Brewers: 0-1
  11. Texas Rangers: 0-2
  12. San Diego Padres: 0-2
*The Washington Nationals and the Seattle Mariners have yet to play in the World Series.

But the one phenomenon that has NEVER happened-- as mind-boggling and strange as it may sound-- is two expansion teams playing against each other in the Fall Classic. Year after year-- some way, some how-- at least one of the 16 old-school teams has found a way to reach the World Series. Strange but true.

So in light of this odd fact, for the 2012 season, the MLB on TSC is going all-expansion in it's World Series prediction. Hey, sooner or later it has to happen. So here it is--

THE TAMPA BAY RAYS over THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, 4-3.

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CRYSTAL BALL: Tampa Bay's ace James Shields out-duels Arizona's ace Ian Kennedy in a classic Game 7.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The MLB on TSC: Playball!

The 2012 MLB season has officially jump-started! The 137th season is underway....

....And with only 1 or 2 games in the books it is way to early to throw any team or any player under the bus OR talk about major-league FIRSTS. BUT!!!! Here at the MLB on TSC we always make a valiant effort to do so.

So without any further ado-- here are some tidbits from the early microscopic season--

THE FISH THAT HASN'T SAVED FLORIDA

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With a complete off-season metamorphosis, the Miami Marlins were the talk of the baseball world for a large chunk of the winter recess. Lots of excitement and great things were (and are) expected from them. The Marlins went on a free-agent spending spree, hired the never-lost-for-words Ozzie Guillen as manager and opened up a new state-of-the-art stadium in their quest to become the new "evil empire". But with an 0-2 start and 1 run scored to 8 runs allowed, it's safe to say the Marlins have started off on the wrong fin. Yes, it's way to early to start throwing the word "bust" around but Guillen's crew better turn it around quickly because as they know all too well-- they play in the same division as the following man and his rock-solid empire--

MR. FANTASTIC IS STILL, WELL, MR. FANTASTIC

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Mr. Fantastic Roy Halladay is at it again. The man with the rubber arm pitched yet another masterpiece for the Philadelphia Phillies in their season opener. Halladay (1-0) pitched 8 powerful innings allowing only 2 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs and 5 strikeouts as the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. The man is money in the bank, no doubt about it.

And speaking of 1-0--

A FIRST FOR THE BRAVES

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One game in and we already have a major-league FIRST. The Atlanta Braves lost their opener to the New York Mets (yes, the Mets) 1-0 mostly due in part to a strong pitching performance by the Mets ace Johan Santana. This was the first time in 137 season openers that the Braves lost 1-0. The Braves, along with the Chicago Cubs, are the only charter members remaining from the original National League which began play way back in 1876. I like to refer to them as the "Original Two" because of their mind-boggling longevity. And never before had the Braves lost an opener 1-0 until today. I guess that's what they get for "messing with the Johan."

NO MO' "IN MO' WE TRUST"

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There is no doubt the New York Yankees lost a tough one against the Tampa Bay Rays in their season opener. A 7-6 loss in walk-off fashion, a rocky outing by ace CC Sabathia (5 ER in 6 innings) and a BLOWN SAVE by Mr. Automatic Mariano Rivera is NOT how the Yanks envisioned Day 1 would go. This was only the second time in his 18-year career that the 42-year old Rivera had blown a save against the Rays. But maybe, just maybe, the key words in that last sentence are "42-year old". Will there be a "country for old men"? We'll see.

On the flip side-- what a homecoming for fan-favorite Carlos Pena in his first game back with the Rays after a 1-year hiatus. Pena clobbered the Yankees with 3 hits, 5 RBI, a grand slam and the walk-off hit which stunned Rivera and the Yankees. Something tells me Floridians are focusing on the wrong team because this Rays team looks pretty darn good. And I mean, DARN GOOD! Sorry Marlins!

CAIN IS ABLE

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Congrats to San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain on signing a monster contract that will keep him in Frisco for years to come. Cain and the Giants agreed on a 6-year, $127.5 million contract that has Giants fans shouting, "Yes We Cain". And who knows, if Citizen Cain lives up to his potential, maybe Cain-Sanity will sweep the Bay Area?

VOTTO ALSO HITS THE LOTTO

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Kudos to Cincinnati Reds superstar Joey Votto who also signed a monster contract extension. And I mean a MONSTER contract-- 12-years, $251 million. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Mr. Votto is officially rolling in dough. Brother, can you spare a dime?

To be continued....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

March Madness: ....The Final Two

THE FINAL FOUR
Kentucky Wildcats 69 - Louisville Cardinals 61
Kansas Jayhawks 64 - Ohio State Buckeyes 62


The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats: 11th appearance in the NCAA Final (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975, 1978, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2012).

The No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks: 9th appearance in the NCAA Final (1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1988, 1991, 2003, 2008, 2012).

GOOD LUCK to both JUGGERNAUTS!