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We Swept Them Right Off Their Feet!

I think we need to take these out…

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Why??? Well, because the Yankees and Rays swept both their series and are now 3-0 since the All-Star break! Go 3 and 0! Hah, hah, hah. Much of this success can be contributed to the fact that our pitchingis doing spectacular and that our hitters are coming up clutch in key situations.

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My man Longoria has been doing alot better since the break and I’m glad. His shot in the 1st game the Rays played since the 2nd half began put them ahead 8-7 and they were able to hold on to the lead with great pitching from J.P. Howell at the end of the game.

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This series Howell has been especially lights-out as he has recorded saves in all 3 games and using his dominant stuff to overpower the Royals hitters. He is a talented pitcher that knows how to manipulate his stuff at the right time and place. Will he ever be as good as The Sandman? Nobody will, but in the meantime he can keep on doing what he’s doing and keep on securing the win for us in the 9th inning.

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The Rays definitely win the comeback kids award as in each of their games in this series they have came back in the 7th inning or later to get the lead and the win. Talk about fighting till the end!

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Hey, this is a Yankee and Rays blog right? So I gotta give a little love to the boys in the big white and blue, the New York Yankees!

Mark Teixeira

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How about Teixeira this past series man? He was on fire! 2 homers, 5 hits, 4 R.B.I.’s, so this is why we signed this guy for 180 million dollars this past off-season. He could really put on a show once he gets rolling.

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I don’t think the Tigers were prepared for this fiersome beast that they had to face.

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You’d better watch out Red Sox Nation.

 

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 We’re Catching Up.

Manoman’s Top 20 (20-11)

This is the first entry of a 2 part series titled Manoman’s Top 20

 I was thinking about doing something like:

  • The Top Awesome Players That Are Now Playing Today
  • My Grand Slam Crew of Active Baseball Players

            I was even thinking of doing something like…

  •            The 20 Most Spectacular Men That Are Playing the Game of Baseball Today

                              (thankfully I didn’t go there)

So with that, let’s get on with the list!!!

                                                                   
 

 

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20. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Always flying under the radar and puts up great numbers at the massive Petco Park.

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19.Dustin Pedroia 2B

The “Little Man” had great numbers in 2008 and he won the MVP Award. Even though he is a Red Sox, I like him because he shows so much determination and dediication to the game of baseball.

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Nick Markakis

18. Nick Markakis RF

He is a consistent threat at the plate and makes great plays in the outfield.

 

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17. Grady Sizemore CF

Grady is a great young hitter with 40-40 potential and he is very exciting to watch on the field.

 

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 16. David Price SP

David is an amazing young pitcher who is going to be the next Johan Santana. He has electric stuff and is the future ace of the Rays.

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 15. Jorge Posada C

 

He is a homegrown Yankee who has played with the club for more than 10 years now. He also provides great leadership and order to the pitching staff and is cool to watch in the game.

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I like how Ichiro plays the game and he is practically a guarantee to get on base every time he is at bat. He has gold glove caliber fielding and he is a steals machine.

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CC is now in N.Y.C. and with him comes at least 15 victories and a great attitude. I feel like he is one of my “home boys”.

 

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12. Mark Teixeira 1B

Mark is an up-beat kind of guy that brings his best to the field every game and always has a smile on his face.

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11. Tim Lincecum SP
“The Freak” is a phenomenal young stud that blows hitters away with his impressive arsenal of pitches. Admit it, he looks like a kid and yet he still dominates guys that are in their 30’s.
 
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The W.B.C. is almost here!
The Manoman

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  

Merry Teix-mas!

Wow. That was out of the blue. The Yankees just signed former Angels All-Star 1st baseman Mark Teixeira to a reported 8 year 180 million dollar deal December 23, 2008. This has been an amazing off-season for the Yankees, from Sabathia, to Burnett, and now Teixeira. It looks like the $27 million luxury tax placed on the Yankees didn’t really affect their plans this off-season as they have, arguably, the top 3 free agents available. The Mark Teixeira acquistion though has both its pros and cons.

 

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Pros:

  1. They have Teixeira for 8 years and he is a consistent, power hitter
  2. Teixeira is a gold-glove 1st baseman, which is a serious up grade over Jason Giambi.
  3. Teixeira is relatively young, 29, and has alot of skills left on his plate
  4. Mark is adjusted to both the American and National leagues
  5. Most Yankee fans will be happy about this acquistion and come to see more games 

 

Cons:

  1. They signed Teixeira for eight whole years, and if he doesn’t put up his part is anyone thinking of the next Kevin Brown?
  2. He will be 37 at the end of his contract which is pretty old for a baseball player
  3. He will be blocking the up-rising of Yankee first basemen for eight years which could prevent a top prospect from coming out onto the bigs.
  4. He will cause a log jam with the outfield since Swisher is going to be an outfielder and the Yankees now have six outfielders, Nick Swisher, Xavier Nady, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner.
  5. This will envoke more Yankee haters into saying “Money can’t buy a World Series!”

 

This is my response to that last con. The Yankees waited patiently and gave all the other teams their chance to get Teix. The Yankees bid about as much as the Nationals did and it was Mark Teixeira’s preference to sign with the Yankees. You can’t say that money completely bought Teixeira over to the Yankees in this situation if you think about it.

I probably won’t be able to post from 12/24 to12/31 because it is the holidays and I am going on vacation.

 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

The Manoman 

Happy Holidays!

This entry is dedicated to the holidays and winter. Here are just some tidbits of holiday happiness:

 

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The holidays are right around the corner and there’s a strong possibility of a White Christmas this year.

 

Rocco Baldelli received an early holiday present last week when he discovered that his doctors mis-diagnosed him with mitochondial disease, a non treatable disease which causes fatigue and the mitochondria cannot produce alot of energy (ATP). My cousin also has it so I know its a difficult disease to live through. Rocco discovered he really had channel-opothy, a non-progressive, highly treatable disease. This will definetly aid him with his free agency.

 

Mark Teixeira will make a decision on a team this week, according to a Major League Source, bringing a present to whichever team signs him. This will finally end all his controversy surrounding his free agency.

 

The Giambino is also likely to bring a holiday present to the Oakland A’s as he is speaking with Billy Beane on bringing him back to Oakland for 2-3 years.

 

Well, that’s all for today. Remember, I encourage you to leave comments and enjoy my blog.

 

Enjoy the last days of 08′!

 

The Manoman

 

 

 

   

Early Division Predictions: AL East

Okay, I know that it’s still really early in the offseason but I feel the need to write about my super early division rankings. What that basically is, is what placements I think teams are going to receive in their divisions. Over the next 6 to 7 days I will be writting my different division rankings. First up is the AL East:

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AL East

1. Yankees: They just got CC and A.J. Burnett and replaced Giambi with Swisher while also getting a great pitching prospect in the White Sox trade, Kanekoa Teixeira, in exchange for Betemit,and pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Rivera’s one of the best closers ever. They have a stacked line up and a killer rotation.

2. Rays: Solid rotation with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Sonnastine. Don’t forget about David Price their pitching stud. They can use Grant Ballfour, Dan Wheeler, or Troy Percival, if he’s healthy, in the closer’s role. They have Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton who are players who consistently deliver and have a stacked farm system and will dominate for years to come.

3. Red Sox: Good rotation with Dice-K, Beckett, and Lester leading the way. Papelbon is dominant in the bullpen. Having Lowell out hurts them but they still have a great line up and they are a nice combination of old and new.

4. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay leads a questionable rotation now without A.J. Burnett. They have Wells, Rios, and intriguing players Travis Snider and Adam Lind. Need to at least acquire a mid- level pitching player to have a slim chance of competing in this tough division.

5. Orioles: Obtaining Mark Texeira would give them an immense boost to their offense. Their best hitter right now is Nick Markakis and he is a stud. The Orioles need more pitching for sure as their rotation headlined by Jeremy Gurthie isn’t really steady. Sherril is a decent closer and Matt Wieters will be the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year if Price doesn’t beat him out.

Look for the rankings of the AL Central in the next two days.

Bye for now!

The Manoman