Don Mattingly implies Yasiel Puig fakes injuries when he strikes out

Mattingly said Puig, “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.” Too bad he doesn’t grab a Spanish copy of Dummies Guide to Running the Bases.

After the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly seemed to imply that outfielder Yasiel Puig is a big fat faker who fakes an injury every time he strikes out. Puig seemed to hurt himself in his final swing of the bat. When asked by reporters about Puig’s last at bat in a 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks, Mattingly said Puig, “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.”

Too bad he doesn’t grab a Spanish copy of Dummies Guide to Running the Bases.

Yasiel Puig has all the talent in the world, but at times, he looks like he doesn’t really know how to play the game of baseball. And who can blame him? He played only 23 games at the Class-A level and another 40 at the Double-A level. That’s it. He was then called up to the majors. In a perfect world, he would be down in the Dodgers’ minor league system, learning the game the right way. The world is not perfect and as a result, Puig is starting in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers and his jersey is a top-seller in the official team store.

I wonder if Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, even really knows who Mattingly is. Does he know that his manager was one of the best players of his generation? Probably not. If he did, public criticism of Puig’s play would have a lot more power behind it.

(AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

New comic retailer advocacy group named after a snake

There’s already a comic retailer advocacy group, ComicsPRO, but according to comments made by Dennis Barger, ComicsPro is only looking out for themselves.

Dennis Barger, owner-operator of Wonderworld Comics in Taylor, Michigan, announced on Facebook the formation of a new comic book retailer organization, the Comic Book Retailer Alliance, or COBRA for short. Here is the original Facebook post:

My frustration with much of what is going on in comics has at least in a large part been set in motion for a reversal. When the Beatles wrote “I get by with a little help from my friends” they had no idea the level of people that would one day join forces like a modern day superhero team to form a comic book organization like no other. This group of retailers are unsurpassed in their knowledge of the industry, fortitude of character and strength of their voices. It is my pleasure and honor to team up with Randy Myers, Dominic Postiglione, Larry’s Comics, Jetpack Comics, Jesse James, Chandler Rice, Aaron Haaland and Richard Nelson to start the Comic Book Retailer Alliance. An advocacy group for the protection of the local comic shop (lcs) and the for a future in print comics for all creators. Way more information to come.

There’s already an established comic book retailer advocacy group, ComicsPRO, but according to past Facebook comments made by Dennis Barger, ComicsPro is only looking out for themselves, whatever that means:

MY HERO Brian Hibbs, champion of retailers everywhere, has made a bold move (finally). He has come to the conclusion that ComicsPRO the “professional” retailers group founded by many of the biggest names in comic retailing is only looking out for themselves. I came to this conclusion 4 years ago and let the one year that I paid for lapse. They think that retailers cow-tieing to digital comics from ComiXology is the answer. I think groups like Comic Retailers who will NOT sign up with ComiXology or iVerse is the stance we should be taking. They say DC is our friend and Marvel is our enemy, they are clearly misguided. Brian has (as he usually does) restored my faith in him.

To some comic book shop retailers, individuals like Dennis Barger, digital comics are a threat to their very existence. When he’s not complaining about variant cover comics that he believes are too sensualized, Barger complains about digital comics. For instance, here’s something he posted recently on Facebook:

ahhh noooo ComiXology is still broken…guess what, my paper and staples didn’t get hacked, my bags and boards protected your passwords from getting hacked, my trade paperbacks aren’t going to attempt to spam you forever…how long before a hack wipes out your account and you have to conveniently rebuy everything? you are propping up a paper tiger that is giving you nothing in exchange that you can’t get for free on a bit torrent site. I SELL COMICS, Comics by comiXology for iOS sells 1s and 0s that can be taken away from you at a moments notice….good luck with that

ComiXology, the major seller of digital comics, recently suffered a security breach and as a precautionary measure urged users to change their passwords. ComiXology may have experienced a data breach, but at least they don’t run the risk of being condemned.

Like my local comic book shop.

Atomic Comics, located in downtown Hagerstown, was condemned by the city back in April of 2013. It still operates, sort of. There’s a note on the door (along with the official notice from the city inspector declaring that the building is not suited for habitation) instructing would-be customers how to get for their comics. The notice from the city stays in the window all the time. The note from the owner comes and goes daily.

Even before Atomic Comics was condemned, I hadn’t shopped there in years. It was freezing in the winter, hot in the summer, and smelled like cigarettes, dust, and Austin Powers action figures. If it weren’t for digital comics, I probably wouldn’t read comics, at least not the monthly floppies. I read most of my comics in the collected format, purchased exclusively from Amazon.

Sports Card Radio: ‘Nothing against the Magic people, but most of them are not the most spendy, big-wallet type of people’

On the February 13 episode of Sports Card Radio, my new favorite podcast, host Colin Tedards interviewed Ryan Kent Jr. from BallCardsRadio.com. Ryan is a 14-years-old high school freshman who’s been collecting sports cards for ten years, and he now has his own podcast that Colin has been listening to.

During the interview, the discussion turned to the topic of Magic: The Gathering, the highly popular collectible card game. Ryan described Magic: The Gathering players at his local card shop, and how they’re a little… different.

Here’s an audio clip:

Nobody ever buys a box of Magic: They Gathering? I’m sure this would be news to the retailers who sell boxes. If most Magic: The Gathering people aren’t the most spendy, big-wallet type of people as Ryan says, and Colin seems to agree with, how is Magic: They Gathering making so much money? According to Hasbro, the parent company of Wizards of the Coast, maker of Magic: The Gathering, profits for the 2013 fourth quarter were at $286.2 million. That’s profit, not sales.

When was the last time a sports card manufacturer made over $286 million in profit for a quarter? Probably never.