Average Thoughts From An Average Sports Fan: 8-16-12 MLB Edition

With so much going on in the world of baseball I felt compelled to once again hit the keyboard and dedicate this entire column to “America’s Past Time”.  So without further ado, here we go…

Looks like we have some “Rotten Melk” in San Francisco…

Or I guess you could call it a “Melk Dud”.  No matter what silly headline you could give it as a newspaper editor it all means the same thing.  San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for 50 games for violating their substance abuse policy as he tested positive for the performance enhancing drug Testosterone.

Cabrera has brought much shame on himself and an organization that has already had more than its  share of PED controversy.  At a time when the Giants are fighting for a playoff berth Cabrera completely lets his teammates and the organization down by cheating and getting himself banned for the rest of the season.

The authenticity of everything he’s accomplished last year and this year is now clouded with doubt and cynicism.  This year he was second in the league in batting with an average of .346 and was the All-Star Game MVP.  With free agency on the horizon he no doubt cost himself  millions and millions of dollars in potential earnings.

As a baseball fan I am disappointed that once again another player has been caught cheating the game.  As a Dodgers fan all I have to say is, “Sucks to be you guys.  Go Dodgers!”

Time to celebrate something good…

In the form of Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez who Wednesday pitched the 23rd perfect game in baseball history in a 1-0 defeat of Tampa Bay. Hernandez was dominant striking out 12 Rays batters.

Hernandez is currently one of the games greatest talents and despite having won the Cy Young Award back in 2010 I believe he still flies under the radar to many casual baseball fans because he pitches for a team that has been flat out awful the last several years.  If Hernandez pitched in a major market he would be one of the most recognized players in the game.

Speaking of the Rays…

What is it about this team that makes them a magnet for being no-hit or having a perfect game thrown against them?  This is the second time they’ve had a perfect game thrown against them in three seasons (Oakland starter Dallas Braden tossed one against them in 2010).  Since their inaugural season in 1998 they have been either no-hit or been on the wrong side of a perfect game five times.  That’s the most by any team during that time span.

Let him play!  Let him play!

When I think of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg all I can think of is the famous scene in the Bad News Bears In Breaking Training where the officials want to rush the Bears and Toros off the Astrodome field because it’s time for the Astros to start the second game of their doubleheader.

There has been talk all year of the Washington organization shutting down Strasburg for the season once he reaches a pitch limit of between 160-180 innings.   All Strasburg has done  is compile a 14-5 record with a 2.91 ERA while striking out 173 in 139 1/3 innings pitched.  He is arguably the main reason why the Nationals have the best record in the National League at 73-45.

If I’m Strasburg and management tries to take me off the field, I’m going Tanner Boyle on them and making them chase me down to get me off.

Quit your whining already…

According to a recent article by Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan some of the Boston Red Sox players went to team ownership and voiced their displeasure with manager Bobby Valentine.

I was not a fan of the Valentine hiring and thought the team made a huge mistake when firing Terry Francona.  Considering what Francona accomplished in bean town I thought he should’ve had a tenure as Red Sox manager that equaled those of Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston with the Dodgers.

As I write this Boston has a record of 57-61 and is 13 games out of first place.  Here’s a novel concept for the Red Sox players…how about focusing your energy into what you have complete control of and that’s performing better on the field and making the most of one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball!  It’s “weak sauce” to place all the blame on the manager for your under achievements on the field.  Just shut up and play already!

Thanks for stepping into the clubhouse.

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