Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Youkilis traded to White Sox

Some very interesting news lately has been the main focus of Major League Baseball's talks: Kevin Youkilis is no longer a member of the Red Sox in Boston, but now sports new color sox: white.

Youkilis has found himself a new home in Chicago, and it would seem that even though his team was put down in his first game at the White Sox's field, he still has fans over at Fenway. The Red Sox cheered for Youkilis despite the trade as he stepped up to bat, displayed on the big screen.

It's good that Youkilis still has Red Sox fans, because should he find himself up against Boston (and you know he will) he's gonna need all the support he can get. The old team won't go easy on Kevin!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tampa relief pitcher Joel Peralta ejected from game

Though the unspoken rules of major league baseball are often strictly adhered to, it would appear that the Nationals have broken one such rule in an attempt to remove Tampa Bay's relief pitcher Joel Peralta for the presence of pine tar on his glove.

The Nationals had once been the home team for Peralta, and there seems to be no apparent animosity between the two parties. However, in the eighth inning of a 5-4 game that the Rays were winning, the Nationals suddenly asked for the blue to check Peralta's glove -- where they happened to find pine tar.

This has led Joe Maddon, manager of the Rays, to accuse the Nationals of some dirty playing. "If you had done really good police work and noticed something from a distance that's one thing, but that's way too easy... To point one guy out because he had pitched there, where there's probably some common knowledge based on that, I thought it was a real cowardly ... move," said Maddon of the Nationals.

Peralta, though obviously annoyed by the move, seems to be happy that at least Washington didn't take home the win that night.

This begs the question: were the Nationals being poor sports and picking on a former player, or were they justified in calling him out for breaking the rules?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rockies cut Jamie Moyer; end of his career?

It looks like Jamie Moyer may not be playing another season in the big leagues.

As he completes his fifth decade of life (the big five-oh), it's likely Moyer won't be coming back to play with the pros. Just recently, the Rockies cut the pitcher that has the designation as the oldest to do many things on the mound -- wins, shutouts, and even a World Series in 2008.

Regardless, it seems like Moyer's time has run out. As his age ticks away, so does his ability to play the physically demanding sport of baseball, and so the master must step back to let the students take the helm (or the mound, in this case).

Moyer is among a distinct group of baseball players (just twenty-nine exist) who have played Major League baseball over four decades. This man has seen so much of the majors, and how it has changed, that he may be a living testament to modern baseball.

"I just felt like that by sending him out there, we were compromising him and the team," says Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ken Harrelson speaks with bashed umpire, but makes no promises for the future

Ken Harrelson, the broadcaster for the White Sox, has shown some compassion for one of the umpires he has so harshly blown up about on the air.

"Harrelson said Saturday he thought about it and then left a message for Mark Wegner. Without a warning during Wednesday's game at Tampa Bay, Wegner ejected Chicago rookie starter Jose Quintana in the fourth inning after he threw a pitch behind the Rays' Ben Zobrist." -Yahoo! MLB News

Harrelson was unrelenting, however powerful umpires may be in the sport that Bud Selig looms over. He said that umpires needed to be held accountable, and that some didn't even know baseball.

Though the White Sox manager Reinsdorg and Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig both tried to reign in the broadcaster, he says he can't make any promises. Even a small-time student of the sport can tell that this was just to shut up Harrelson, who didn't please the higher-ups in the sport.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Santana pitches first Mets no-hitter, but two are injured?

It would seem that the perfect night for the Mets was not so perfect after all.

Santana pitched what was the first no-hitter the New York Mets have ever seen, putting on a great performance at Citi Park. Even though he threw 132 pitches, it appears he is doing fine and his arm suffered no ill consequences.

Mike Baxter and Ramon Ramirez, however, were not so lucky. The have been put on the disabled list for now, and their injuries make what might have been a great celebration little more than a costly game for the Mets. Even more worrisome, can Santana keep it up? Pushing a strong pitcher like this to his limits can only make or break his career.

After all, if it can break a rookie kid out of college ball, it can break a regular pitcher like Santana just the same. Only time will tell, though.