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Burrell, Baldelli, Bradley… Oh My!

  

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                                              Wow. Didn’t see that coming.

That was unexpected. The Rays recently signed former Philly ouitfielder Pat-the-Bat Burrell to a 2 year $16 million contract. Pat hit 33 homers and had 86 R.B.I.’s for the Phillies in 2008 but also sported a meager .250 batting average. Pat is sure to secure the Rays D.H. role for the next two years with steady 25-30 homer range production. Pat shows that he is dedicated to this team as he agreed to donate some money from his contract to the Rays official charity.                                                                      

 Tampa Bay Rays Lineup 2009                                           Tampa Bay Rotation 2009 

                                                                                                                                                                   

                  
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  1. Akinori Iwamura (2B)                                                     1. Scott Kazmir 
  2. Carl Crawford (LF)                                                         2. James Shields 
  3. B.J. Upton (CF)                                                            3. Matt Garza                      
  4. Evan Longoria (3B)                                                       4. Andy Sonnastine
  5. Carlos Pena (1B)                                                          5. David Price
  6. Pat Burrell (DH)
  7. Dioner Navarro (C)
  8. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  9. Fernando Perez (RF)                         

                                   

                                       Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley smiles as he is introduced ... 

The man above is a wanted criminal for getting a steal on his 3 year 30 million dollar contract.

If seen, please call the Dormant Cubs or go to www. what the heck did you just do? .com 

 

That was what some Cubs fans felt after the news that Milton Bradley was going to their team for 3 years 30 million dollars. Others felt it was the best thing they could do for their team. One of my only concerns for the Cubs is that Bradley has an injury plagued history but if he doesn’t receive any injuries he is sure to be a nice addition to the Cubs lineup as their right fielder. Unlike Burrell expect 15-20 homers as he is moving from a hitter’s friendly park to a neutral park.

 

                                      Rocco Baldelli by dbadair. 

Last but not least, my man, Rocco Baldelli. He is a great man and has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. I am so happy that he was mis-diagnosed with the mitochondrial disease as it is a non-treatable disease. Rocco signed for a one year 500,000 dollar deal with the Red Sox but that doesn’t matter since my cousin lives up there. He will probably be a fourth outfielder but as long as he’s happy with it I’m happy with it. 

Best wishes Rocco! Rock on!

The Manoman  

                          
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Happy New Year!!!

Hey guys! I’m back! Happy New Year!!! It seems like just yesterday that it was 2008! My vacation went well but unfortunately I didn’t have internet access so I wasn’t able to post fo a long time. The highlight of my vacation though was crashing into a net with my skis up in the air just like I did when I was younger. 2009 looks to be a great year for baseball as CC and A.J. look to be dominating in the AL East and Postseason masher Evan Longoria looks to follow up his outstanding rookie of the year campaign with another awesome season. David Price and Phil Hughes are going to be solid contributers to their teams and even the Melk-Man and Carl Crawford are going to bounce back from their not so typical seasons. Who will be next season’s Fairy Tale Team? Will the Rays once again make it to the series? How will the Yankees fare with CC, A.J. and Teix? So many questions, 162 games to be played. I also want to give a shout out to the MLB Network as now our National Pastime is going Full Time 24/7 and I don’t have to wait each morning for some tiny tidbits of baseball info to pop up on ESPN. This year is going to be great and I can’t wait for baseball to get started!

 

Happy New Year 2009!

 

The Manoman