Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Long Lost Section of the Mitchell Report

Finally!!! I found it! Okay, I know its baseball time and everyone wanted to get away from this steroids mess, but I had to share with you this baseballogical treasure I have recently uncovered. It was all stained for some strange reason though…

                   

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   Without  further  ado , here is the long lost document:

In 2007, over 85 Major League Baseball players were mentioned in the Mitchell Report. The Mitchell Report was a document on performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Since then, more names of Major League Baseball players that have used performance enhancing drugs have been exposed and star baseball players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been mentioned among those names. Major League Baseball wanted to get past the “steroid era”, and it seemed possible when a talented, new light, named Alex Rodriguez, was playing. Unfortunately though for Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez had natural talent at the game of baseball but he used illegal performance enhancing drugs to augment his performance.

   Alex Rodriguez had a bountiful amount of natural talent at the game of baseball Alex was the first overall pick in the 1993 amateur draft after being selected by the Seattle Mariners right out of high school. During his tenure at Westminster Christian High in Miami, Alex hit to the tune of a .477 batting average in his junior year, earning All- American honors, and had a batting .505 in his senior year. His batting averages of .477 and. 505 were phenomenal considering that no player in Major League Baseball hit higher than .328 in 2008. Alex was also regarded as the top prospect in the country during his senior year at Westminster and he was a first team prep All-American and was selected as the USA Baseball Junior Player of the year. During Alex Rodriguez’s first full season as the Seattle Mariners’ starting shortstop in 1996, he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award. That achievement was garnered by Alex after he hit .358, becoming the American League batting champion. Also resulting in this achievement, was the fact that Alex led the American League in runs scored (141), doubles (54), and total bases (379) while additionally being selected to the All Star Game. Alex narrowly missed claiming the American League Most Valuable Player of the Year Award as well that season as he finished second to Juan Gonzalez in the voting by three points. In 1998, Alex Rodriguez once again unleashed his natural talent on the game of baseball by becoming on the third player, in Major League Baseball history, to join the prestigious 40-40 club. He had this honor dubbed upon him after he hit 42 homeruns while also stealing 46 bases in 1998. He also collected a career high 213 hits, obtained his second American League Silver Slugger Award, and acclaimed to a batting average of .310. Not long after Alex Rodriguez displayed his natural talent at the game of baseball, he began to take illegal performance enhancing drugs.

   Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 to augment his performance at the game of baseball. In 2003, Major League Baseball conducted survey testing of the major league players to which it was agreed upon, between management and the Major League Baseball Player’s Union. This testing did not remain anonymous however as it was revealed to the public that 104 players tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and that one of those players was Alex Rodriguez. On “60 Minutes”, a show aired on CBS, Alex was interviewed by Katie Couric days after the Mitchell Report came out regarding performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez denied at the time that he had ever used performance enhancing drugs or that he had been ever tempted to use them. He also said, “I’ve never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I have always been in a very strong, dominant position and I felt that if I had done my work, which I’ve done since I was a rookie back in Seattle, I didn’t have any problem competing at any level.” Alex Rodriguez tested positive for the banned substances of testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid also known as methenolone. Primobolan is an illegal drug that improves strength and maintains lean muscles with minimal bulk development and a few side effects. In a press conference regarding his performance, Alex said his cousin injected him with the Primobolan multiple times throughout 2001, 2002, and 2003. It was later discovered that the cousin who injected Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs was Yuri Sucart. Yuri was also Alex’s best friend, confidant, and personal protector. Alex Rodriguez used illegal performance enhancing drugs and now his talent at the game of baseball may never be seen as “natural” to the public eye in the future.

   Alex Rodriguez had natural talent at the game of baseball but he used illegal performance enhancing drugs to augment his performance. Since high school, Alex had been very talented and well known about his skills at the game of baseball. However, from the years of 2001 to 2003 Alex Rodriguez used illegal performance enhancing drugs known as Primobolan and testosterone to elevate his ability at baseball. What Alex Rodriguez did was very unjust but at least he admitted that he used the illegal performance enhancing drugs.

                 SO WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS:

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   1. DON’T DO DRUGS.

             2. CONFESS TO TAKING DRUGS IF YOU DIDN’T FOLLOW NUMBER 1

AND 3 

DON’T LET THE PERSON WHO GAVE YOU DRUGS PICK YOU UP FROM SPRING TRANING I WEEK AFTER YOU ADMITTED TO STEROID USE

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Peace out dog.

The Manoman

                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

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Let the Games….Begin!!!

Spring training is finally here! Yes! Baseball is back!!

The games have arrived and now there will be more action before! This will be a season filled with excitement and surprise.

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Will the Phillies repeat? Will the Yankees win it all? Will the Mets suffer another collapse? You never know in the game of baseball. One thing I do know though is that the Yankees played a great game today. Our pitching was phenomenal and A-Rod crushed the ball into the stands.

.Alex Rodriguez's 500th HR by danny wild.

Today the Rays unfortunately got shut out by the Reds 7-0 but they still played hard and are destined to have another spectacular season. Especially since my man Longoria is on the squad.

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Along with the games beginning I would like to make two announcements.

1. I will be holding a mock draft with MLBloggers on either March 14th or 15th at about 7:00. So far bloggers such as cube, cheeky, and King of Cali have signed up and there are only 8 spots remaining. Let me know if you want to join in on the action.

 

Two by Unspeakably Awesome.

 

2. I would like to say that my 100th comment has been left and it was from… me! So, I’m going to give a shout out to the person who left me my 101st comment…

 

The King of Cali!

You can get to his blog via http://king ofcali.mlblogs.com The King commented on my O-Dawg article and wrote (typed):

I would like to try your fantasy draft. What day and time are you planning on doing it?

                                                             ~King of Cali

Thanks King for the comment. I also would like to give another shoutout to all my loyal readers who read my blog including Julia, Cheeky, Marsh o Man, and Cube. You can get to Julia, Cheeky, and Cube’s blogs by clicking on the links below.

Julia- http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Cheeky- http://cheeky.mlblogs.com

Cube- http://cubescrewreport.mlblogs.com

 

Long live baseball!

The Manoman 

Welcome to L.A. O-Dawg

Imagine, you’re 31, and you are gifted at the game of baseball. So gifted you are playing in the big leagues and you’re so good you want 15 million dollars, a year for 3 years to play on a team. You feel you are such a good player with all of your gold gloves, any team would want you on their squad. Once you file for something called free agency you think that everything you want is in the bag. Now, after waiting for someone to sign you for 4 months, you realize there is one tiny thing in the way of your goal. Something called the… um… economic depression, was it?

 I guess you forgot about that.

Now you are wondering, what do I do? My two favorite teams don’t want you.

Mets and Yankees Mural by yehwan.

Your money’s going down the drain.

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You’re even suffering from panic attacks.

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So, what is the solution to all your problems?

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All I have to say is, peace out O-Dawg, The Manoman

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

  

 
 

                  

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

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From A-Rod to A-Fraud to A-Roid to A-OK?

What a whirlwind the past couple of weeks have been for Alex Rodriguez. From Torre to steroids you could expect nothing less from A-Rod right now. 2 weeks ago, A-Rod was called A-Fraud by Joe Torre in his new book The Yankee Years. In the book, as you probably know,
The Yankee Years.jpgTorre shared his harsh feelings on the Yankees. From his problems with management, to his mix ups with some players it looks like Torre’s supposedly “perfect” era managing the Yankees isn’t exactly the fairy tale that it supposedly was. Pairing with Verducci to create this expressive book, Joe created a minor stirral in the Yankee organization compared to what big event would follow. One that would take A-Fraud to the next level and create the monstrosity known as A-Roid. In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, it was reported by Selena Roberts that A-Rod used a banned substance known as Primobolan from 2001-2003. Primobolan is often referred to as a baseball drug since it doesn’t give you Pop-Eye Muscles after he eats spinach. Is  A-Rod really A-Roid?                                    Say it ain’t so, but it’s so. 

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   On Monday, February 11th A-Rod admitted to using a banned substance and that he was young, nieve and is now deeply regretful about that decision to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, who interviewed him on his steroid abuse.
 
 
 
               

(I’m Sorry, but I had to put that in here)

 

 So how will this affect the rest of the world of baseball? Well, Roy Oswalt has harsh feelings against A-Rod:


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He said that all of A-Rod’s numbers should not count and that if he could, he would erase them all. Imagine what would happen if he used steroids.

 

 
Also, our very own commisioner, Bud Selig is thinking about erasing Barry Bonds numbers because of this incident. I am glad that this finally got brought up but it shouldn’t have been because of A-Rod using steroids. It should have been brought up a long time ago.
 
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Will the A-Roid Saga end A-Okay? Only time will tell.
 
 
Now to end this post I have one easy question for you: What does Madonna, divorce, controversial plays, steroids, scrunitization, and fraudity equal? One answer…
                                                                   
You Got It
 
Spring training is finally here!!!
   The Manoman    

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6 Turned Lucky: The Impossible is Possible

When you think of the number six, what do you think about? You probably will think about death, unluckiness, or the devil right? Well, right now when I think of the number six I think of the latest leaders, happiness, and the Yankees sixth captain, the late, beloved, Thurman Munson. Since I placed six in the latest leaders I would like to dedicated my ranking to the great Thurman Munson.

Thurman Munson was born on June 7th, 1947 in Akron, Ohio to Darryl Munson and Ruth Smylie. He was a standout in baseball as well as basketball and football. After he graduated from Lehman High School in Canton, he opted to attend Kent State University where he was a teammate of pitcher and broadcaster Steve Stone.

                            

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 In 1970, Mr.Munson was named the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .302 with 7 homeruns and 53 R.B.I.’s. Six years later Thurman won the A.L. MVP award, fitting .302 with 17 homeruns and 105 RBI’s. That year Munson also swiped 14 bases and to this day, is the only Yankee ever to win the AL MVP and the AL Rookie of the Year.

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Thurman Munson won 3 straight gold gloves from 1973 to 1975 and helped lead the Yankees to 3 consecutive World Series starting in 1976. He ended up being a 7 time All- Star over his 10 year career and he hit 113 homeruns, drove in 701 runners, and hit to the clip of a .292 batting average. He became the first captain since Lou Gehrig during his career, and he was the 6th Yankee captain ever.

   

 

Thurman Munson “retired” in 1979, when his plane crashed during practice takeoffs and he died of asphyxlation rather than injuries sustained by impacts or burns. Immediately after Munson’s death, George Steinbrenner announced that Munson’s number was being retired and on September 20th of 1980 a plaque in Monument Park was dedicated to him.

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Long live our Captain!

The Manoman

 

 

 

 

Extra! Extra! My Blog Was On the MLB.com Homepage!

Now the Hot Stove has cooled down and general managers are waiting… Where do you guys think Manny will go?

— MLB -Yankees-Rays…Forever
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I would like to thank all of my readers, especially Julia, Marsh o Man, Dan/ Cheeky, and Mark, for making my blog on the MLB.com Homepage!!!
 
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It is a great honor and I really appreciate it. Here is how I discovered this epic honor:
 
It was February 2nd 2009, I was tired, sleepy, and getting ready to go to sleep when I decided to go onto the internet one last time for the day. I decided I wanted to take a peek at MLB.com and see if there were any major signings that happened. Once I discovered that there were none I was going to go to sleep when I thought, why not go and see if I have any more comments? I scrolled down the screen very slowly, as I was tired you see, and what I saw completely woke me up from my midnight gaze. There it was, right there on the website, a comment from my Manny post. I rubbed my eyes again to make sure I wasn’t dreaming    ( I have had some crazy dreams like this before) and I was not. “Oh my gosh!!!!” I said jumping up and down. I was in complete astonishment, and better yet, when I checked my blog I had about 5 new comments! I was amazed and I thought I would faint in joy. Talk about having a great night’s sleep, huh?
 
 
 
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On a side note… Manny just rejected a 1 year $25 million deal from the Dodgers. Who knows what his is looking for in today’s economy?
                     Minnesota State College and Universities 

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Now the Hot Stove has cooled down and general managers are waiting… Where do you guys think Manny will go?

— MLB -Yankees-Rays…Forever
                                            
                          1 week remaining until pitchers and catchers report!
                                                The Manoman
 

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