Former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is now a member of the Washington Nationals. He signed a two-year contract with the choice of opting out after one season. That may work out in Wieters’ favor if there is a demand for 31-year-old low average, switch-hitting catchers next season.
Matt Wieters will make $10.5 million this season. That’s a pay cut when compared to the $15.8 million the Orioles overpaid him last year.
Matt Wieters never turned out to be the player the Orioles hoped he would be when they drafted him with the 5th overall pick in 2007. His lifetime batting average is .257. When the Orioles signed him, he was supposed to be the next Joe Mauer. Matt Wieters was never Joe Mauer. He did win two Gold Glove awards, in 2011 and then again in 2012.
Watching Orioles games on TV and hearing the way color commentator Jim Palmer talked about Matt Wieters, one might think that Wieters was baseball Jesus. It was obvious Palmer had a severe man-crush on Wieters. Like most things said by Palmer, it was annoying to listen to. When Palmer speaks, you can almost hear the Grecian Formula drip from his head and puddle up on the broadcast booth countertop. Someone should tell Palmer that it’s not natural for 71-year-old men to have a full head of jet black hair. Palmer looks like he’s cosplaying Ronald Reagan.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig received a prop from the TV show The Walking Dead. It’s a replica of Lucille, the baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire used by Negan to kill Glenn.
I stopped reading The Walking Dead comic with issue #100. It was the issue that Negan killed Glenn with the barbed wire bat. I watched the TV show until I realized it suffered from the very same plot problems that plagued the comic book: characters are only there to be killed in gratuitous and meaningless fashion.
I found this problem to be worse with the TV show. Actors spent years crafting their characters into layered individuals, only to have them end up decapitated, stabbed, boiled, shot, or eaten.
In the comic, the characters were much more one-dimensional individuals. Also, because of the art style employed, they all looked alike. I never really cared too much when a character died in the comic because it never felt like too much of a loss. That wasn’t the case with the TV show.
Another problem with the TV show is the main protagonist Rick Grimes. He’s played by British actor Andrew Lincoln. The man cannot act. His performances come off as over-the-top and heavy. Think William Shatner with a bad southern accent.
I don’t understand the point of a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. The dangerous part of the bat is the head. That’s where all the kinetic energy is. I don’t see how barbed wire makes the bat more lethal. I guess it could be a defensive measure. The way you defend against someone with a baseball bat is to close the distance with your attacker. Get close enough and you can easily block a baseball bat attack by focusing on the area of the bat closest to your attacker’s hands. Wrap barbed wire around that area and it would make a baseball bat attack much more difficult to defend.
This wasn’t a concern when Negan killed Glenn. It wasn’t a fight. It was execution.
I don’t know what Yasiel Puig is supposed to do with this bat. He should try to sell it on eBay.
The Chicago Cubs (103-58) and the Clevland Indians (94-67) face off tonight in a World Series Game 7. Even though the Cubs won nine more games than the Indians, they don’t have home field advantage. Because the American League beat the National League in the 2016 All-Star Game, the Indians have home field advantage.
The All-Star Game deciding home-field advantage in the World Series has got to be the most stupid rule in baseball. Considering that baseball is a game full of stupid rules, that’s saying something.
The All-Star Game use to be just a fun exhibition game between players that almost never played against each other. The advent of interleague play ruined all that. Now teams play teams in the other league every day. For example, the American League Baltimore Orioles play the National League Washington Nationals six times a year because both teams are geographic “rivals.” They aren’t rivals. We went to an Orioles game in Washington a few years ago and not only were there about an equal amount of fans from both teams, but a lot of people were also wearing both Orioles and Nationals gear. For instance, an Orioles jersey with a Nationals hat.
Both interleague play and the All-Star Game deciding home-field advantage in the World Series was the doing of one man: former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Selig was an awful commissioner. He was at the helm during the 1994 player’s strike. He was also in charge during the so-called steroid era. The idea that his stupid ideas would remain in effect even after leaving the commissioner’s office seems dumb.
Personally, I don’t mind interleague play, but it does make the Word Series a bit anti-climatic when one team for the National League and one team from the American League face off to decide which team is the world’s best. The Word Series use to be exciting for no other reason then you would get to see teams play each other that you never got to see play against each other.
The Chicago Cubs won 103 games this season. That’s tough to do. Every year, one team wins the World Series. Usually, no team wins 100 games in a season. The idea that the Cubs could win 103 games and then have to play Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland in front of Indian fans seems all sorts of wrong. The Cubs should be able to play tonight at Wrigley in front of Cubs fans.
Usually, under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t care who wins this Word Series. I don’t hate either team or even more importantly, I don’t hate the fans of either team. Typically a match-up like this would invoke nothing but neutrality within my heart. Because the Cubs and their fans are getting jobbed with home field advantage, I want the Cubs to win.
No team that wins 103 games in a season should be forced to play Game 7 of the Word Series on the road unless the other team somehow won 104 games. That didn’t happen, so I’m rooting for the Cubs.
If you were wondering who is the richest person in Venezuela, Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully dropped a knowledge bomb square on the subject at last night’s Dodgers game. When Milwaukee Brewers infielder Hernan Perez came up to bat, Vin Scully unloaded on the evils of socialism. Venezuela is a socialist country.
Wikipedia says that Venezuela is a Federal presidential constitutional republic. I think that’s Spanish for socialism. As soon as Vin Scully remembers his Wikipedia password, I’m sure he will log in and change it.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamines.
Davis released the following statement:
I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.
Adderall? That’s a drug for kids who have ADHD. Davis seems more than happy to sit for 25 games. I almost get the impression that he’s just glad he didn’t get caught for taking something else.
A therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is something covered in the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. It essentially allows a player to take a banned substance if they have a doctor’s note and they promise, cross their heart hope to die, that what they’re taking isn’t being taken to give them a competitive edge. MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to use performance enhancers before they didn’t allow him to use them, and he simply kept on using them.
I assume from Davis’ statement that he was probably using amphetamines with the league’s blessing last year when he hit 53 home runs and batted in 138 runs.
For having such gaudy numbers last year, Davis was having a terrible season this year. He was hitting only .196, but he hit 26 home runs and hit 72 runs batted in. He also had 173 strkeouts, second most in MLB.
It’s hard for me to put into words just how much I dislike Bryce Harper. I can’t even watch Nationals games anymore. Living here in Maryland, I can watch every Orioles and National game on TV. I used to, pre-Harper, watch quite a few Nats games when the O’s weren’t on. Not anymore.
As of this morning, Harper is batting .249 and has only four home runs. Harper has struck out 65 times. Being the Bryce Haper hater that I am, maybe I should start watching Nationals games again for the schadenfreude.