Category Archives: Dailies

Free Agent Future: Adrian Beltre

Don’t ask me why I decided to start with Beltre, because honestly I don’t even know but I figured why not?

Adrian Beltre

2010 Stats:

  • Season: GP 154 ·
  • AVG .321 ·
  • HR 28 ·
  • RBI 102 ·
  • Runs 84 ·
  • SB 2

3 Main Elements of His Game

  1. Great defender, one of the main reasons Sox signed him last winter.
  2. Not a negative clubhouse prescence: from what I’ve heard, he’s no Milton Bradley or Nyjer Morgan, this guy respects the game and does the right things on and off the field
  3. Can hit in the clutch and drive in runs: see 102 RBI and 28 HRS

Prediction

Angels 5 yr $85 million

Why the Angels?

Beltre would be a perfect fit with their club dynamic. He’s solid on defense and is a talented hitter as well. With Arte Moreno willing to spend more after not making the playoffs for the 1st time in 4 years, they will be willing to shell out the $85 million it will take to get Beltre. At this point, the Angels are thinking that Brandon Wood is a bust, or at least needs alot more seasoning before he’s ready for the big leagues. Beltre would probably bat in the 5 hole behind Morales and would give the Angels a solid 4-5 punch.

The Manoman

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He is a Mortal

No he is not God.

He is hittable.

He is…..

CLIFF LEE

He got pounded by the Giants giving up 7 runs (6 earned) and 8 hits in only 4 2/3 innings and lost Game 5 for the Rangers.

. Will the Yankees still go after him?

2 Words:

HECK YEAH!

(Notice the Hyundai Car Refrence)

Do you think the Yankees would miss out on this stud? No chance.

I’d say 5 year $125 million sounds right. Thoughts?

Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers

The Manoman 

My All-Star Team (Part 2- Outfield)

Tada! Its finally here! The outfielders………………..

Dun Dun Duhhhhhhhhh

 

The Manoman’s All Star Outfield

CARL CRAWFORD

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Braun (MIL/LF); Matt Holliday (STL/LF)

 

CARLOS GONZALEZ

Honorable Mentions: Josh Hamilton (TEX/CF); Torii Hunter (LAA/CF)

 

 

ICHIRO SUZUKI

Honorable Mentions: Shin Soo Choo (CLE/RF); Delmon Young (MIN/RF); Nick Swisher(NYY/RF) 

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STAY TUNED FOR PART 3! THE STAFF IS COMING NEXT!

The Manoman

My All Star Team (Part One- Infield)

So I’ve been thinking, how long has it been since I last posted something on my blog you know? And then I saw it….. 3 months!!!!!!!!!!! What!!!!! That’s crazy! Proposterous!!!! Out of this world!!! So now I am determined to write a post and here we go!

The Manoman’s All Star Infield

 

Catcher

Joe Mauer

How could you go wrong with a guys like Joe? You got the Batting Average, some pop in the bat and an amazing ability to handle a pitching staff.

Honorable Mentions- Buster Posey (C-SFG); Brian McCann (C-ATL)

 

1st Base

Mark Teixeira

Now don’t get me wrong, he isn’t an Albert Pujols or a Miguel Cabrera and honestly a week ago I probably would’ve put Pujols here, but after meeting Mark Teixeira I have changed my ways. He is such a nice guy and he can hit and make stellar plays at 1st place that no one else can.

Honorable Mentions- Albert Pujols (1B-STL); Miguel Cabrera (1B-DET)

 

 

2nd Base

Robinson Cano

Hey! What do you know? I picked Cano! This guy is awesome, he can drive the ball, bats lefty has an outfielders arm, hits in the 4 hole, and can make you laugh. Did I miss anything?

Honorable Mentions- Ian Kinsler (2B-TEX); Chase Utley (2B-PHI)

 

3rd Base

EVAN LONGORIA

Do I even need to type an explanation?

Honorable Mentions- No one is even close to being as honorable as Longo

 

Shortstop

Derek Jeter

“Now batting…. #2, Derek Jetah.” When the legendary Bob Sheppard announces your name every time you step up to the plate you know you’re pretty damn good and that you belong on this team.

 

Honorable Mentions– Troy Tulowitzki; Hanley Ramirez

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That’s it for the infield of my All-Star Team. Special thanks to the Brooklyn Trolley Blogger for his inspirational (and persistent) nudges for me to make another post. You can check out his blog here ( http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/ ). The outfield should be coming shortly!

The Manoman

                                             

Life is Good….

(Ever hear of the shirt, its pretty cool. : )

Life is awesome right now. Rays in 1st!!!! Yanks in a close 2nd !!!! and…..

RED SOX IN 4th!!!!

HAHA! That’s Great!

and who are they behind exactly?

THE BLUE JAYS.

This season just keeps getting Better and Better.

                                                                                                        

Tonight…

A BATTLE OF THE AGES.

YANKEES VS. METS

CC VS JOHAN

 

vs

CITI FIELD

5/23/2010

WHO

WILL

WIN.

(The Yanks of course but I just wanted to build up the suspense first. ; )

This is why I love baseball…

The Manoman

 

 

My 1st Mock Draft of 2010…

Recently I saw on the mlblogs homepage a section on mock drafts. I thought it was interesting and it inspired me…

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What if I went onto mockdraftcentral.com and did MY OWN MOCK DRAFT! and that is exactly what I did…

My 1st Mock Draft of 2010

(Just to let you guys know for all avid fantasy baseball fans, it was a 14 team draft 5×5. I picked 11th.)

My 1st pick… who else…

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Yeah, nuff said.

Pick 2: Joe Mauer

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AL MVP, a little over valued but I like how he solidified my catching spot.

3. Adam Lind

Surprise!!! Bet you didn’t see this coming! The fact of the matter is that Lind is really good. He hit 35 Hr’s and had 114 R.B.I.’s last year with the BLUE JAYS. Can’t wait to see him kick butt this year.

4. Hello! Mr. Cano!

Yes, with my #4 I picked Robbie. I normally would have picked a pitcher here but at this slot I wanted to follow the code of mlb fantasy 411 and wait till the 10th round. Robbie is still awesome though.

5. Hey Andre!

At this spot I picked Mr. Walkoff himself Andre Ethier. I like Andre because I think he will fully bloom this year and hit 35+ HR’s and 115+ R.B.I.’s

 

Now because I know it would be boring to read why I picked all of the players I did, here are the rest of my draft picks:

6. A. Soriano*

7. T.Hunter

8.M.Cuddyer

9.J.Weaver

10.A.Bailey

11.J.Jurrjens

12.R.Oswalt

13.M.Scutaro

14.L.Nunez

15.R.Porcello

16.J.Neimann

17.A.Escobar

*This pick was an accident as… (be prepared for alot)

  1. My computer wasn’t working and I got back onto the draft w/ 5 secs. to pick
  2. All my pre-picks were gone
  3. I wanted to pick a 1b as I was gonna pick C.Pena

and finally…

4. The clock ran out… I hadn’t picked… and I was thinking about what I would type for this post about this the whole time… Simple, right?

Final Thoughts…

Great draft overall. My outfield is solid and my only regret is my Soriano pick (see above), other than that I’m happy!

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Spring is SOON!

The Manoman

 

 

Capping Off the Christmas Wait With a Crisp Ending…

Ahhhh… the closer….

 There are the great….

Mariano Rivera

The damaged goods…

Phillies closer Brad Lidge ...

and then… there’s Matt Capps

/Getty Images Matt Capps ...

Now let’s look at the scienario shall we?

You’re a Pirate

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But not just any pirate, you are the guy that finishes the job, their savior…

YAYAYAYAY, SAVIOR VS. BISU ...

and then, they give you the axe

Medieval Axe - Executioner

So what do you do? You move on of course… but to where?

Do you want to be in the Nation’s Capital?

... meet: The White House Again

or become a Cub?

Bear Cub - Corel ©

Yeah, I think the answer is pretty obvious at this point which is why Matt Capps is now the closer of the guys in D.C.!

Washington Nationals own ...

(Yes, even the owl is going crazy)

Now onto my exclusive interview with the Athletics Spokes”man”: the A-Gnome!

Would you want a box of Coco Crisp?

BOSTON at Seattle, Saturday ...

“I would! How much is it?”

Sir it is 5 million dollars but in it comes with your very own Coco Crisp action figure that can play centerfield and run very fast!

“It’s a done deal!”

and that is how Coco Crisp came to be on the team by the Bay, the Oakland Athletics…

Oakland Athletics Pictures ...

Happy Holidays!!!

The Manoman

 

 

Melky!!!

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    No!!! It happened!!! 

     
    Yes, by this photo you can probably tell, but Melky has been traded to the Braves for Javier Vazquez!
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    But why?????
     
    Let’s take a look
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    (Yes that is a magnifying glass with a baseball glove. You can find anything on the internet nowadays : )
     

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     Going to the Yankees:
     
                                      Javier Vazquez
     

    Phillip Javier Vazquez ...

     
            and
                                      
                                    Boone Logan!

     

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    Going to the Braves
     
        Melky Cabrera couldn't ...
                             Melky!!!!!!

     
      

    ... yankee stadium michael dunn

                                                               Mike Dunn!!!
    Arodys Vizcaino! (I don’t really know who he is)
     
     
    What really breaks my heart is the loss of Melky. I’m sure he’s being put on sedatives to make it through the night without Robbie.
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    Extra! Extra! New movie The HeartBreaker coming out tomorrow! Starring…
     
    Javier Vazquez as the heartbreaker
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    Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano as the happy couple
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    AND….
    Brian Cashman as the therapist!
     
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    What’s gonna happen to Got Melk? or the Melk-Man shirts? I can’t even begin to imagine…
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    On a more serious note. How will the Yankees plans for 2010 Be affected by this? Let’s find out…
     
    Yankees Plans 2010
     
    Our Rotation
    CC Sabathia
    A.J. Burnett
    Andy Pettitte
    Javier Vázquez
    Joba Chamberlain
     
    The reason I put Javy after Andy is because Andy is a lefty and Javy is a righty, I wanted to mix it up for the opposing team and not give 2 staight righties to face in a series.
     
    I will miss my Melky and I’m sure Robbie Cano will too.
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    He always believed he could fly.
    The Manoman

    Happy Anniversary to MLB-Yankees-Rays…Forever!

    Wow. I cannot believe it’s been a year since I posted my first entry on a cold December day. It feels like I wound back the clock in typing this entry right now.

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    I want to touch upon a couple of things in this entry:

    1. I’m Sorry

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    For missing all of the game action for you guys

    For not giving you the latest trades and signings on the minute!

    For not providing analysis that will take your breath away

    For not giving you my input on what I feel about the transactions, the games, and the specialties

    2. I will…

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    Try to give you the breaking news

    Provide link lists for easy transportation to other awesome sites

    Give you the analysis that will separate this blog from most

    and..,

    Make this blog an enjoyable blog to visit and read!

    3. What has happened since I was gone?

    Well, obviously alot has happened but let’s look at the big stuff:

    1.  Mo has broken the 500 save barrier!

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    2. Derek Jeter is our new Hit King!

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    3. B.J. Upton hit for the cycle.

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    4. A-Rod extended his consecutive 100 R.B.I. and 30 homer accomplishments in the last game of the season! ( He had 2 HR’s and 7 R.B.I.’s)

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    5. The YANKEES ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS! ( Yes that deserved bold, underline, and italics)

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    4. A Shout Out!

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    To all my loyal readers including…

    1. MarshallMan- a good friend of mine

    and finally… an hononrable mention to the blogger who left me my very 1st comment…

    Jane Heller!- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

    When searching through the archives I actually found this entry…

    http://manoman.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/1st_comment_ever.html#comments

    Brings back alot of memories.

    5. The Archives

    Some of my favorite entries (from least to best)

    5. CC vs. Verlander…A True Pitchers Duel-July 18, 2009

    This entry I really enjoyed making because it was my first “live game” entry and it was inspired from reading all of your blogs!

    Favorite line:

    Don’t mess with the Captain.

    4.They’re All Stars (but Longoria is the Best)!–  June 3, 2009

    This entry I liked because it captured which players I loved seeing and it was kind of fun looking for the photos of everyone.

    Favorite Photo:

    Derek_jeter

     

     

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Sorry I think they’re all awesome. : )

    3. Rocking Rookies–  June 17, 2009

    Entry+ Rookies = What’s Not To Like!

    Favorite line:

    Will Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg ever face off in the future???

    Bryce Harper, Baseball, Las Vegas Wildcats

    and

    Fireballer Stephen Strasburg by mikezarrilli14.

    The Battle is On.

    (Okay, so maybe that was a little more than a line ; )

    2. Merry Teix-mas!-December 23, 2008

    While I was typing this entry I was filled with joy.

    Favorite Line:

    You can’t say that money completely bought Teixeira over to the Yankees in this situation if you think about it.

    and Finally…

    1.Early Division Predictions: AL East– December 19, 2008

    I loved making the predictions and the 1 thing that made this post the best is that it was my 1st True Post.

    Favorite Comment By Reader:

     Welcome, manoman! As a Yankee fan I LOVE your prediction. I still think we need another bat, but we certainly upgraded the rotation and the pen is looking good.

                                               – http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

     

     Statistics Study Guide ...

    • 45 entries
    • 217 comments

    Well, yeah, those are the stats.

    7.Favorites…

    Player- Evan Longoria

    Team- 70% Yankees 30% Rays

    Blog- They all are awesome! Some of my favorites are Julia’s, Cheeky’s, and Zack Hample’s.

    Comment-

    Ok, so now I want to go fire up the PS3 and get my MLB:The Show on! There, my Rays are in first, blowing away the competition. Wish it was like that in real life! You are right in calling Howell “lights out.” The guy has been perfect since the break, racking up 3 saves already!I’m going to have to drop Percy in my game and get Howell in there as my closer!
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/ – (In regards to the post “We Swept Them Right Off Their Feet!- July 19, 2009 )

     

    Well, that is the official 1st anniversary entry of MLB-Yankees-Rays…Forever!

     ... today was his 1st Birthday

    Happy Holidays!

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    The Manoman

    The Melk-Man Strikes Again!!!

    Melky hit single.

    Melky Cabrera

    (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/bats/posts/melkycabrera.jpg)

    Melky hit double.

    (http://baseball.dailyskew.com/uploaded_images/melky-cabrera-741789.jpg)

    Melky hit homer.

    (http://www.yankeesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/melkycabrera1.jpg)

    Melk-Man hit triple in bottom of ninth to complete cycle.

    (http://personals.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/23/amd_melky-cabrera2.jpg)

    Priceless.

    It’s just…

    (http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/melky.jpg)

    Melky has been so consistent and helpful to the Yankees this year. He plays spectacular defense and has so many walk-offs we should name him Captain Clutch.

    (http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/jazzyjoeyd/CaptainClutch.jpg)

    Sorry Derek but we are officially dethroning you for some….

    (http://baseball.dailyskew.com/uploaded_images/cabrera-763841.jpg)

    In what was supposed to be a stellar pitching matchup yesterday, both pitchers flopped. CC  allowed 5 runs…

    (http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2009/05/02/sabathia_260.jpg)

    What happened Big Man? Luckily though, Mark Buehrle did even worse and he was pounded for 7 runs and 12 hits by the Yankees.

    (http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/photos/200904121403505883741-p3.jpeg)

    Ouch. The Yankees sure beat up on poor Buehrle. When I say poor I mean the guy with a no-no and a perfecto so I’ll say GO YANKS!!!

    Looking Ahead

    Today the Yanks face the Doc of baseball, Mr.Halladay himself. Hopefully we can put the type of hurting we did on Buehrle, on the Doc.

    Looking at the Present

    Today the Rays beat the Royals and Zack Grienke 10-4 and say-hey Willie! Aybar was working his magic today hitting 2 homers, one as a lefty and one as a righty. Kaz pitched a great game as well.

    (http://img382.imageshack.us/i/scottkazmirht8.jpg/)

     Will he be next year’s cover boy???? No…

    He will.