I spent most of today doing most of my taxes. For a few hours, I was wondering where I went wrong and couldn’t figure it out. I love TurboTax, but couldn’t for the life of me figure out how I was supposed to be owing the feds a couple thousand and the state a couple of hundred. I knew something was wrong along the line until I figured out how to report some sales and capital losses (short and long-term) correctly from a rollover out of a pension fund. That made a few thousand dollars worth of difference. It’s not like I or most people had a successful year on the market last year.
Now, Mike….exhale. Whew. The defibrillators can be put away now.
Nice to see photos of an old familiar figure in Yankee camp wearing #51. No, he’s not attempting a comeback, just using Yankee camp to prepare to try to play in the WBC for Puerto Rico. But Bernie working out in Yankee camp was a nice thing to see, and it–for a moment anyway–brings welcome relief from the A-Roid circus with the cousin, now the banned trainer, a possible suspension…
But Bernie’s numbers look good compared to the inflated numbers of the cheaters. God forbid anything come out on Bernie. Not a HOF, but in that almost but not quite mold of say an Al Oliver. .297. 287 HR. Excellent OPS+ of 125. 5x all star. 2x top 10 for MVP (never higher than 7th). A whopping 121 postseason games played in. .275-22-80 in the postseason. 4 gold gloves and an ALCS MVP.
From Baseball Reference:
Black Ink: Batting – 4 (405) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 61 (402) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 48.3 (82) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 133.0 (100) (Likely HOFer > 100)
Can we get back to baseball? Thank goodness for a guy like Bernie. I can fully understand Pete Abraham when he wanted a steroids-free day over at his blog. You want a baseball blog, not the crime log of the day.
If I recall correctly, I heard one writer, when questioned, say that Jeter is about the only guy he trusts to be clean. What about Mo? For me, it would absolutely floor me if Mariano Rivera was ever proven guilty. I can’t think of any more honest, decent, ethical person in the game than Mo. If they ever turned up anything on him—that would be the one that kills me.
Great answers in the previous post. Keep them coming. One reason I picked the Marlins as a team to watch was their youth. Josh Johnson 25. Andrew Miller 24 in May. Ricky Nolasco 26, Aribel Sanchez 25, Jorge Cantu 27, Hanley Ramirez 25, Uggla 29, Hermida 25, Cameron Maybin 22, Volstad (22)… young, entering their primes, lots of upsides. Some had growing pains.
But nice answers from what I’ve seen so far. I didn’t put a limit on age, maybe I should have. But you get the point. Players to build on. Besides Mauer…Russell Martin for C. Joba. It’s still too early to know if Phil Hughes reaches his potential…or Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero or Ian Kennedy. What about the Reds’ Homer Bailey? You don’t give up on him….yet. If Pedroia is named, what about Ellsbury, Buchholz, Masterson? Upton, Price and Longoria. Hey, Kazmir is still just 25. Wieters, Adam Jones. Carlos Gomez? Francisco Liriano? Grady Sizemore is 26. Alex Gordon 25. Miguel Cabrera 26 in April. Bonderman 26. Edwin Jackson 25. Verlander 26. Howie Kendrick 25. Saltalamacchia. Felix Hernandez. Felix Pie.
NL (Marlins already listed): Hamels (25), Kyle Kendrick?, Daniel Murphy, Jose Reyes is still just 26 in June. Niese. Pelfrey (25). McCann (25). Kotchman, Prado. Francoeur is just 25. Milledge. Dukes. Zimmerman (24). Lannan. Samardzija. Soto. Yadi Molina is still 26. Prince Fielder, 25 in May. Ryan Braun 25. Votto. Jay Bruce. Cueto. Owings. Hunter Pence. Zach Duke. Lord knows if Tabata develops (Still just 20). Do the Dodgers give DeWitt a shot? If they go after Orlando Hudson, DeWitt has no position what with Hudson, Blake and Furcal. Loney. Matt Kemp. Billingsley, Kershaw. Stephen Drew. Justin Upton. Chris Young. Pablo Sandoval. Matt Cain. Lincecum. Tulowitzki. Huston Street (still just 25). There are more. I’m trying to keep it 27 and under for the most part.
Glavine back with the Braves. I do wish he and Smoltz would have retired. It would have been kind of nice to have Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz enter the HOF together as a unit.
The Boss shows, but also shows his frailty. Comes in via golf cart, transported to wheelchair.
Here are some links to look at. Mariano started 10 games in 1995. Here are his best , his MLB debut, and his last start.