Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Closed

If you've been checking this site daily for the past six months, well, sorry 'bout the lack of updates. I started Bad Baseball with the best of intentions but quickly realized I was doing little more than regurgitating stories read elsewhere on the 'net. Opinions are great, but when they come three days after an event they're of little relevance.

I have, however, continued to blog on two more specific pursuits, so please take a few minutes and check 'em out! I have no doubt that if you enjoyed Bad Baseball at any point in time that you'll enjoy these, too.

Thanks for reading.

Darryl Strawberry Fields


The Priceless Pursuit

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ponson's positve test


Sidney Ponson tested positive for stimulants during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and will be banned from international competition for two years. Basically, he can't play in another World Baseball Classic until... the next World Baseball Classic in two years.

Ponson tested positive for Phentermine, which oddly is a weight loss supplement very similar to amphetamines. If there was ever a guy I DIDN'T think was on some sort of crazy weight loss pill, it's Sidney Ponson.

Major League baseball won't suspend Ponson since he will be treated just as a first time offender and will be subjected to a fine. Also because what's the point? Ponson can run himself out of baseball on (lack of) talent alone, he didn't need PEDs.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rough way to lose a game

In all fairness to Luis Castillo, his error to lose the game against the Yankees wasn't the easiest play for a second baseman to make. Not easy for me, anyway, a Saturday adult rec league ballplayer.

But Castillo is a big league second baseman. Hasn't he ever been taught: TWO HANDS!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The end for Tom Glavine?


The Atlanta Braves released long time starter - and soon-to-be Hall of Famer - Tom Glavine on Wednesday.

Most of the sporting world is "stunned", and talking heads everywhere are claiming that the Braves owed Glavine more than this. I say they owe him nothing.

Let's not forget the years Glavine left Atlanta for New York. I've read John Feinstein's book, "Living on the Black", that chronicled a season with Glavine and fellow soft tosser Mike Mussina. I've read how Glavine "wanted" to stay in Atlanta all along, but the money just didn't add up.

He can claim whatever he wants, but at the time, Glavine's decision to leave Atlanta for greener pastures in New York was purely business. So was Atlanta's decision yesterday.

Glavine seems like one of the "good guy" of the past 20 years, and he certainly will be a great addition to the Hall of Fame. But sometimes teams just have to let fan favorites go. The Padres did it this past off season with Trevor Hoffman, and many people argued that San Diego owed Hoffman the chance to finish his career with the Padres. But if the guy just isn't getting the job done any longer, why do they owe him anything?

Maybe I've become numb to sports as anything more than entertainment, but in the real world, when you're no longer capable of performing the tasks of your job, you're usually no longer employed. Glavine was still rehabbing an injury and in the process blocking prospect Tommy Hanson from the big leagues.

The Braves essentially paid Glavine to do nothing - and that's more than any employer owes an employee.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What happened there?


Most of the time when I scan the box scores, mostly to see who went deep and what pitchers took a win or loss, I get them through them all without a second thought. Sometimes, though, something catches my eye and I wonder, "What the hell happened there?"

Like today's 20-1 game between the Twins and White Sox.

Big ol' Bartolo Colon took the loss for Chicago, lasting just two innings before surrendering eight runs on seven hits. A bit of an odd line: only one of the runs was earned, yet he gave up two home runs. Not entire sure how that happens, unless they're calling a hanging curveball an error (which they're not, and couldn't even if they wanted to). So there's gotta be a scoring error, or else things were absurdly sloppy.

Sox relievers Lance Broadway and Jimmy Gobble combined for 4.1 innings of relief and (combined) allowed 12 runs on 12 hits. See the box score here.

Ugly stuff - looks like the Sox took off a little early for Memorial Day weekend. On that note - have a great one! Always remember the meaning behind it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Site updates

Hello, readers.

Two things for you this fine Wednesday before a three day weekend.

1) Well, two in one. First off, thanks for reading Bad Baseball! It's taken many twists in the past year, but I think that's to be expected from a first attempt at a blog. Second (but still part of the first of two things), you've surely noticed the occasional post about a baseball card or autograph I've obtained through the mail. I started Darryl Strawberry Fields to showcase my Straw collection but realized I had thousands more cards I wanted to share memories of, as well share my adventures in cheap card collecting. So I created Priceless Pursuit. Check it out! There will certainly be more updates than the Darryl site, if only because I have 20x the material. I think you'll like it.

Second, I've also begun contributing to the site "A Pack To Be Named Later". It's goal: open one of every pack ever made. Check that site out, too! My first entry is on 1995 Sport Flix.

There ya go - even more baseball and card related reading for you to waste time with.

Priceless Pursuit and A Pack To Be Named Later. Check 'em out, bookmark them, tell your friends!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The student-athlete is dead


You've no doubt read, by now, about the revelation that USC men's basketball coach literally paid for O.J. Mayo's services, giving $1,000 cash to Rodney Guillory, Mayo's "handler".

You've no doubt heard in the past about infractions involving USC and Reggie Bush and his shady real estate deals.

You've doubt grown quite skeptical of college athletics and its "student athletes". And you have every right to be.

I'm not going to bash USC for what appears to be a major NCAA violation with O.J. Mayo, but can anyone honestly say they're surprised? He was widely considered the best basketball prospect in the country out of high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, and out of nowhere he signed with USC? Not Duke, North Carolina, or Memphis, some of basketball's national powers? Not even Ohio State, right in his own back yard, to ride the coattails of the success brought to the school by Greg Oden?

The scenario seemed sketchy from the beginning, and rightfully so.

But this must be rampant in college athletics, which has become as big a business as any professional sport. It's near impossible to put a price tag on the recognition and credibility Mayo brought to the Trojan's basketball program. The only thing bizarre about it was the $1,000 asking fee - seems a bit low, if you ask me.

College athletes may not be paid, but they certainly get "paid." They receive absurd stipends, not to mention the free education. Well, the chance at a free education, anyway. I doubt guys like Mayo attend many classes in their one year on campus.

At Virginia Tech - the college I attended - athlete stipends were put onto something called the "Hokie Passport", which basically is an ATM card accepted at the on-campus shops as well as local businesses (including Wal-Mart). Seems like an easy way to distribute money, right? Well, what happens when a linebacker (I'll refrain from naming him) buys rounds of drinks downtown with his Hokie Passport?? Isn't that supposed to be his stipend money? What if this same guy goes to the local Wal-Mart and buys a Playstation with his stipend? Isn't that essentially the same as paying college athletes? Maybe not officially, but when money goes from the university to the athlete, to essentially use however he or she pleases, that's close enough.

I've never had a problem with it, either. It's business. It's the way the world works. Star athletes in big time programs bring in big time revenue for their schools - and why shouldn't they get a small cut of it?

Now, I don't know if Mayo received any part of the thousand dollars paid to his handler to sign with USC, but I'm certain other perks were passed down along the way. I don't think college athletics should start handing out signing bonuses left and right, but it's time we admit that the notion of pure student-athletes is silly.