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2013-05-02 08:36:27 AM  
Sure, as long as you don't drop it into her foul territory.
 
2013-05-02 09:19:07 AM  
This should please Long Ball Larry.
 
2013-05-02 09:43:55 AM  
STEP INTO IT!

// I love this commercial
// it's the #1 to "Dikembe Blocks Stuff"'s #2
 
2013-05-02 09:44:40 AM  
Not one of them associated with the names Hamilton or Pujols.  LOL.  Angels closer to last place than they are 1st.  Really rooting for the DIsastros to make a push and put LAA into the cellar, where they belong.

/baseball town my ass.
 
2013-05-02 10:08:44 AM  
If that's the case, Jose Bautista must be getting ALL the tang.
 
2013-05-02 10:46:09 AM  
Hunter Pence put one out 460+ feet at Arizona last night, and he chokes up 2 inches on the bat.
 
2013-05-02 11:12:51 AM  
FAIL. Your home run tracker says "last week" yet you say "April".
 
2013-05-02 11:17:09 AM  
Napoli had 2 huge HR's as well last night.  Yes I know its May, but his blasts traveled 472 feet and the shorter one was 467 feet.
 
2013-05-02 11:26:26 AM  

carrion_luggage: This should please Long Ball Larry.


That's your new nick name.
 
2013-05-02 11:39:39 AM  
Oh Colby, you run into one every so often but your ABs are as ugly as your face
 
2013-05-02 12:12:50 PM  
I see this and think, "Yup, steroids and HGH are  completely out of the game."
 
2013-05-02 12:20:36 PM  

funk_soul_bubby: FAIL. Your home run tracker says "last week" yet you say "April".


I scrolled down expecting that one to be at the top of the list. How can you make a list of the longest home runs in April and miss the longest?
 
2013-05-02 12:36:48 PM  

Pfighting Polish: I see this and think, "Yup, steroids and HGH are  completely out of the game."


Good point. I don't think Mike Napoli should be hitting 470 ft. home runs coming off an injury.
 
2013-05-02 01:01:34 PM  
Really no guy on train whith massive sack pic?

\disapoint
 
2013-05-02 01:22:27 PM  

SkylineRecords: Pfighting Polish: I see this and think, "Yup, steroids and HGH are  completely out of the game."

Good point. I don't think Mike Napoli should be hitting 470 ft. home runs coming off an injury.


And a degenerative hip condition... And he's running first to third on leaked grounders... Something is off here
 
2013-05-02 01:26:24 PM  
Mickey Mantle laughs at these steroid endured long balls, wake him up when they get over 520 ft!
 
2013-05-02 01:28:30 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Not one of them associated with the names Hamilton or Pujols.  LOL.  Angels closer to last place than they are 1st.  Really rooting for the DIsastros to make a push and put LAA into the cellar, where they belong.

/baseball town my ass.


During the Angels-A's series, I was cracking up at some of the Rangers fans' comments on the ESPN thread. Wow, do they like to give Angels fans the business!

/GO A's!
 
2013-05-02 01:33:03 PM  

praymantis: Mickey Mantle laughs at these steroid endured long balls, wake him up when they get over 520 ft!


www.biography.com

Also unimpressed.
 
2013-05-02 02:08:34 PM  

praymantis: Mickey Mantle laughs at these steroid endured long balls, wake him up when they get over 520 ft!


Or when players recall that the greatest moment of their career was getting a hummer in the bullpen.
 
2013-05-02 02:46:17 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Not one of them associated with the names Hamilton or Pujols.  LOL.  Angels closer to last place than they are 1st.  Really rooting for the DIsastros to make a push and put LAA into the cellar, where they belong.

/baseball town my ass.

During the Angels-A's series, I was cracking up at some of the Rangers fans' comments on the ESPN thread. Wow, do they like to give Angels fans the business!

/GO A's!


Yes. We Ranger's fans are all very much enjoying the Fblog.psprint.comIL that we're witnessing right now.

And the 13th through the 15th should be fun, too.

/Antlers & Claws, my man.
//Antlers & Claws.
 
2013-05-02 03:07:00 PM  

4NTLRZ: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Not one of them associated with the names Hamilton or Pujols.  LOL.  Angels closer to last place than they are 1st.  Really rooting for the DIsastros to make a push and put LAA into the cellar, where they belong.

/baseball town my ass.

During the Angels-A's series, I was cracking up at some of the Rangers fans' comments on the ESPN thread. Wow, do they like to give Angels fans the business!

/GO A's!

Yes. We Ranger's fans are all very much enjoying the F[blog.psprint.com image 76x76]IL that we're witnessing right now.

And the 13th through the 15th should be fun, too.

/Antlers & Claws, my man.
//Antlers & Claws.


Not an Angels fan, but I wouldn't start bathing in their failure just yet. Pujols AND Hamilton have a long history of getting really hot in every month between May and August. Hamilton will drop off, but Pujols has had a terrible April for about 3 years now, but ALWAYS ends up reminding the baseball world why they call him "El Hombre".
 
2013-05-02 03:09:05 PM  

Pfighting Polish: I see this and think, "Yup, steroids and HGH are  completely out of the game."


Yes.  Because back when baseball was played in enormous stadiums in the era around WWII, no one ever hit home runs.  Anyone who hits home runs is on drugs.
 
2013-05-02 03:55:39 PM  

SkylineRecords: 4NTLRZ: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Not one of them associated with the names Hamilton or Pujols.  LOL.  Angels closer to last place than they are 1st.  Really rooting for the DIsastros to make a push and put LAA into the cellar, where they belong.

/baseball town my ass.

During the Angels-A's series, I was cracking up at some of the Rangers fans' comments on the ESPN thread. Wow, do they like to give Angels fans the business!

/GO A's!

Yes. We Ranger's fans are all very much enjoying the F[blog.psprint.com image 76x76]IL that we're witnessing right now.

And the 13th through the 15th should be fun, too.

/Antlers & Claws, my man.
//Antlers & Claws.

Not an Angels fan, but I wouldn't start bathing in their failure just yet. Pujols AND Hamilton have a long history of getting really hot in every month between May and August. Hamilton will drop off, but Pujols has had a terrible April for about 3 years now, but ALWAYS ends up reminding the baseball world why they call him "El Hombre".


You're not even trying.

Did you watch Hamilton at all last season?

For the month of June last season Josh posted a:
.223 AVG
.318 OBP
.754 OPS
16 RBI

In July 2012 he had a
.177 AVG
.253 OBP
.607 OPS
11 RBI

In those two months combined, he was right at the Mendoza Line. He started coming around in August, but the wheels went flying off in September and October, so you're sorta right in pointing to the drop off (I'd more characterize it as quitting on his team at the end of the year). Hell, he still looks either  absolutely lost at the plate, or totally disinterested. It seems like he can't wait to just get the at-bat over with & done while flailing away at shiat in the dirt. He's already become a problem for Scioscia, who has moved him from cleanup to the 5-hole in their order, and it's only May.

So no, I wouldn't go so far as to say that Hamilton gets really hot in every month between May & August. Instead, he's been showing some really sub-pedesterian tendencies for quite some time.

And Pujols looks like a cripple out there right now. He can barely run at this point & plantar fasciitis doesn't just go away. Instead, it tends to sick around unless you get off your feet for a good while.

That said, I'm sure they'll get it together at some point this season, but the Halos are looking exactly like they did last year. When they finally did come around, it was way too late for them to make any kind of run at the Wild Card, much less the Division. I'm not writing them off. It's way to early for that. Hence, the phrase, "what we're witnessing right now" that I used in my original post.
 
2013-05-02 06:56:16 PM  
How are Arizona fans liking the Upton trade? I still laugh at some of them saying good riddance to him when it went down.
 
2013-05-03 12:21:18 AM  

steamingpile: How are Arizona fans liking the Upton trade? I still laugh at some of them saying good riddance to him when it went down.


what other option did they have?
 
2013-05-03 09:52:31 AM  

farbekrieg: steamingpile: How are Arizona fans liking the Upton trade? I still laugh at some of them saying good riddance to him when it went down.

what other option did they have?


Not trading three years of a 25-year-old who was nearly the NL MVP in 2011 for 1 year of Martin Prado, a prospect with control issues (Randall Delgado), and spare parts?  Letting Upton know that his real choices were going to Seattle for a much better package, or remaining miserable in Arizona?

By the way, Delgado, who many would argue was the centerpiece of that trade, in 2013: 24 IP, 9.62 ERA, 22 K, 19 BB, 7 HR.  In AAA.

And Chris Johnson, Arizona's "throw-in" to the Braves?  Only hitting .352/.374/.500.  Granted, it looks like a ton of luck, and he's still a hackmaster, but he's young enough to think he might be able to hold down a 3B spot until someone good comes along.

Fun fact: Upton is the hottest hitter in the NL, slugging .693 for a month.  Babe Ruth slugged .690 over his 22-year career.  Babe Ruth was good at the Base Ball.
 
2013-05-03 10:07:54 AM  

chimp_ninja: farbekrieg: steamingpile: How are Arizona fans liking the Upton trade? I still laugh at some of them saying good riddance to him when it went down.

what other option did they have?

Not trading three years of a 25-year-old who was nearly the NL MVP in 2011 for 1 year of Martin Prado, a prospect with control issues (Randall Delgado), and spare parts?  Letting Upton know that his real choices were going to Seattle for a much better package, or remaining miserable in Arizona?

By the way, Delgado, who many would argue was the centerpiece of that trade, in 2013: 24 IP, 9.62 ERA, 22 K, 19 BB, 7 HR.  In AAA.

And Chris Johnson, Arizona's "throw-in" to the Braves?  Only hitting .352/.374/.500.  Granted, it looks like a ton of luck, and he's still a hackmaster, but he's young enough to think he might be able to hold down a 3B spot until someone good comes along.

Fun fact: Upton is the hottest hitter in the NL, slugging .693 for a month.  Babe Ruth slugged .690 over his 22-year career.  Babe Ruth was good at the Base Ball.


All of this.

As a Mets fan, my reaction to that trade was, "what the hell, Arizona?"

/some bs about how he wasn't going to succeed there because the team wanted him to succeed too much.
 
2013-05-03 10:22:39 AM  

Dafatone: /some bs about how he wasn't going to succeed there because the team wanted him to succeed too much.


I love that so much. If a 25-year old with amazing talent can't succeed in your organization, but can elsewhere, that's a problem with you, not the player.
 
2013-05-03 12:17:08 PM  

DeWayne Mann: Dafatone: /some bs about how he wasn't going to succeed there because the team wanted him to succeed too much.

I love that so much. If a 25-year old with amazing talent can't succeed in your organization, but can elsewhere, that's a problem with you, not the player.


And somehow, the conclusion to draw from that was "well, the DBacks messed him up and now they have to trade him.  Maybe it's their fault and not his."  Rather than "Gee, rough year for this very young player.  Maybe we should back off on promoting him and give him another chance."
 
2013-05-03 02:26:59 PM  

Dafatone: And somehow, the conclusion to draw from that was "well, the DBacks messed him up and now they have to trade him. Maybe it's their fault and not his." Rather than "Gee, rough year for this very young player. Maybe we should back off on promoting him and give him another chance."


Let's also calibrate: His "rough year" in 2012 involved +2.3 bWAR, thanks to a .280/.355/.430 line (108 OPS+).  This was at age 24, when a lot of prospects haven't even broken into the majors.  His line is basically identical to Bryce Harper's for 2012, and all anyone could talk about in DC was how Harper is going to mature into a superstar.

So we're talking about a young guy having a setback year, and he still significantly outhit the average NL RF (.260/.329/.439) while playing 150 games.

Plus, keeping him around doesn't break the bank.  Upton is due $9.75M for his age-25 season this year.  He's never played at worse than a ~2-2.5 WAR pace in a full season, and most teams value an extra win at ~$4M.  So even if he's grumpy and repeats 2012, he's basically being paid right around what that is worth on the free market.  And he's already proven that he can play at an MVP-ish level, and history suggests that he'll get even better as he hits his late 20s.

So instead of Arizona disparaging him publicly to the media (which precipitated Upton being moved), they could have found someone he trusts to let him know that the Braves' offer is ridiculous, and he needs to decide between going to Seattle, staying in Arizona, or sitting still while the team waits for other offers to come in.  Instead, they panicked and took the bargain-basement offer that quickly diverted (deserved) media criticism from the ownership, at least for the time being.

That's what drove the trade.  Ownership trying (unsuccessfully) to get themselves out of a negative spotlight at all costs.
 
2013-05-03 04:16:55 PM  

chimp_ninja: Dafatone: And somehow, the conclusion to draw from that was "well, the DBacks messed him up and now they have to trade him. Maybe it's their fault and not his." Rather than "Gee, rough year for this very young player. Maybe we should back off on promoting him and give him another chance."

Let's also calibrate: His "rough year" in 2012 involved +2.3 bWAR, thanks to a .280/.355/.430 line (108 OPS+).  This was at age 24, when a lot of prospects haven't even broken into the majors.  His line is basically identical to Bryce Harper's for 2012, and all anyone could talk about in DC was how Harper is going to mature into a superstar.

So we're talking about a young guy having a setback year, and he still significantly outhit the average NL RF (.260/.329/.439) while playing 150 games.

Plus, keeping him around doesn't break the bank.  Upton is due $9.75M for his age-25 season this year.  He's never played at worse than a ~2-2.5 WAR pace in a full season, and most teams value an extra win at ~$4M.  So even if he's grumpy and repeats 2012, he's basically being paid right around what that is worth on the free market.  And he's already proven that he can play at an MVP-ish level, and history suggests that he'll get even better as he hits his late 20s.

So instead of Arizona disparaging him publicly to the media (which precipitated Upton being moved), they could have found someone he trusts to let him know that the Braves' offer is ridiculous, and he needs to decide between going to Seattle, staying in Arizona, or sitting still while the team waits for other offers to come in.  Instead, they panicked and took the bargain-basement offer that quickly diverted (deserved) media criticism from the ownership, at least for the time being.

That's what drove the trade.  Ownership trying (unsuccessfully) to get themselves out of a negative spotlight at all costs.


It always amazes me when ownership gives a fark what people think about them.  Are they really that sensitive?  They're ownership!  They can't be fired.  You'd think they'd make themselves the enemy to take heat away from players/coaches.
 
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