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Dear Yankee Fans … I might have spoken too soon.

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Dear Yankee Fans … I might have spoken too soon.

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Trish Vignola

Remember, when I said “Dear Yankee Fans…. Chill Out”? Maybe, I spoke too quickly.

The 12th inning cast a very different pallor on a relatively young ALCS last night. As the Yankees’ future Hall of Fame shortstop, Derek Jeter, was helped off the field, even the Tigers dugout was hushed.

Most of those players had grown up watching Jeter and the New York Yankees.

“We’re all big Derek Jeter fans since we were younger,” outfielder Delmon Young said. “Watching the World Series and everything from the 1996 one until the recent once. But, you know, we all grew up playing backyard baseball wanting to win the World Series either with the Yankees or having to get through the Yankees to get to the World Series. Especially with Derek Jeter as their catalyst.

“We’d love to see him out playing with us and playing against him, because it is really fun playing the Yankees, especially with Derek Jeter healthy,” Young continued. Doug Fister, last night’s start for Detroit, talked about watching Jeter as he grew up. “To see a fellow ballplayer to go down it definitely is a hit for our game,” Fister said. “Our hearts go out to him.”

Ok. This is not a career ending injury. However, Jeter is out for the rest of the 2012 playoffs. This will be the first October the Yankees have experienced in sixteen years that will be without Derek Jeter.

Grant it. When Mariano Rivera got hurt, the Yankees were left for dead. Jeter’s injury doesn’t preclude an early Yankees exit from the playoffs. The Yankees have come back from far worse.

Except…

Derek Jeter was, at the time of his injury, the strongest Yankee this playoff.

Written off as an aging star after slumping in 2010, Jeter struggled to adapt to a no-stride swing in `11. He wound up on the disabled list for only the fifth time in his seventeen full seasons in the big leagues with a calf injury. He returned revitalized, go his 3,000th hit and finishing strong.

This year Jeter surged. It’s hard to believe, but 38-year-old Jeter posted a remarkable season. He batted .316 with an American League-leading 216 hits. He carried that over to the postseason, hitting .364 against the Orioles.

Earlier Saturday, Jeter became the first player in baseball history to reach 200 hits in the postseason with a single in the second off Doug Fister. He was left stranded, though, a problem for the Yankees these playoffs. If the New York Yankees were a train, they would be pulling into the station missing a couple of wheels and part of the breaks. Sure, they’re showing up on time (i.e. winning), but how long can this keep going? Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher are in playoff funks. Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest players in baseball history, is in worse shape. He’s been benched now on more than one occasion in this young playoff season. The Yankees also seem to have a problem lacing more than one win together. Jeter was one of the few constants, along with statistical anomaly and late-game guru, Raul Ibanez, in the Yankees’ lineup.

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The Red Sox Honor Johnny Pesky This Weekend

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The Red Sox Honor Johnny Pesky This Weekend

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Trish Vignola

Johnny Pesky is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, though he got some support for that honor. Nonetheless, the celebration of his life hosted by the Red Sox here on Sunday had a Cooperstown feel to it. Many former Boston baseball greats were on hand to be part of the occasion. Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice were there. Likely future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez was there. Roger Clemens even showed.

The event attracted several hundred fans beyond capacity to Fenway Park. Those who attended the Sox game in the afternoon were allowed to remain in the ballpark for the ceremonies. Fans who had not been at the game were welcomed into Fenway as well. Every Sox player was in the stands as well, all in uniform.

Before taking their place in the box seats along the left field line, both Fisk and Martinez met with reporters. They shared memories of Pesky. “He remained the face of the organization for the longest time,” said Fisk. He first met Pesky as a minor leaguer during spring training in the late 1960s. “More than anybody else — more than Yaz, Dewey (Evans), even Ted (Williams) — John was around a long time, before and after those guys.” True.

“It’s probably a cumulative memory of John,” said Fisk. “You talk about all the guys that played for this team over the 100-plus years, but he sort or remained the face of the organization for the longest time. How long was he here? He was here for 50, 60, 70 years or whatever it was. He was the one standard that everybody looked to. Every time you came to the ballpark, John was there.”

Martinez felt that Pesky was the soul of the Red Sox.

“If anyone thinks of the tradition of the Red Sox in Boston, Pesky comes to mind,” Martinez said. He got to know Pesky later in life, when Pesky was approaching 80. The 2004 World Series winner provided Pesky with one of his greatest thrills. “I shared a lot of moments with him,” Martinez added. “Every story about every season seems to start with Johnny Pesky. You’d get to spring training and you’d say, ‘You see the old man with the fungo – that’s Johnny Pesky.’ ”

The ceremonies began at 6 p.m. Most of the current Red Sox players were escorted from the dugout to the field by a former Boston great with a corresponding résumé. Fisk and Jarrod Saltalamacchia came out together. Jon Lester came out with Bill Lee. Martinez came out with Felix Doubront, Andrew Bailey with Keith Foulke, etc.

At the end of the evening, fans were allowed to walk along the warning track and view exhibits from Pesky’s life. The last one they saw before leaving the field, a permanent exhibit that needed no label, was the right field foul pole.

“I just think that his soul was attached to Boston in some way that nobody is probably able to describe and that makes Johnny unique, makes his soul unique,” Martinez said. “And just like we have the pole, I don’t think Pesky will ever go away.

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Jamie Moyer – The Father of Reinvention

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Jamie Moyer – The Father of Reinvention

Posted on 06 May 2012 by Trish Vignola

With Mariano Rivera hurt, Roger Clemens on Trial and Ozzie Guillen lacking a filter, this season has gotten off to a pretty dark start. Nevertheless, there are always several “feel good” stories that develop over the season, showing us why Baseball is always a good thing. Picture it! June 1986. The Boston Celtics win the NBA championship. Americans are still trying to sanitize after touching all those hands in “Hands Across America”. Chicago Cubs Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg meets his new teammate – Jamie Moyer.

The future Hall of Famer didn’t see much in his new teammate. “There wasn’t too much about him that said long-term major league pitcher.” Twenty-six years later Jamie Moyer is still getting major league lineups out, most of which werenʼt even born when Sandberg first met Moyer.

How does Moyer do it? He has a 4.23 ERA, less than 2,500 strikeouts over a twenty-five year career and a win/loss record barely over .500.

I would hardly call those Hall of Fame numbers.

You can say that he has extraordinary motivation. In fact, you can say Moyerʼs motivation helped him to become the oldest pitcher to notch a win. Does he have discipline? Of course, he does. Name me one professional athlete that doesnʼt demonstrate extreme mental or physical discipline and Iʼll show you an out-of- work athlete…or anyone starting for Rex Ryan. But, how is Moyer still playing fifteen years after Sandberg hung up his glove for the final time?

In a time when mangers can insult entire sectors of their community’s fan base to former icons on trial for perjury, baseball always finds a way to provide us with more feel good stories than not. One is Jamie Moyer – the Father of Reinvention. Once Moyer realized he wasnʼt going to be Nolan Ryan per say, he found a way to make himself useful to his organization at all times. Thatʼs right, folks! When in doubt, make yourself indispensible. For example, pitchers tend to lose velocity later in their career. For Moyer, “later in their career” could potentially translate to ten years ago. In 2011, his average fastball speed was about 80 miles per hour, a very slow speed for a non-knuckleball pitcher. His fastball this season is currently clocked at 78 miles per hour. Still amazing by our “common folk” standards, but letʼs face it. Miami Marlinsʼ Jose Reyes can run to the mound and grab the ball out of Moyerʼs hand quicker than that. If Moyer relied on velocity, he would have been an analyst on SportsCenter by now.

Moyer relies on control and mixing his pitches. He has the ability now to throw five main pitches: a sinker, a cut fastball, a slider, a changeup and a curveball. Five pitches? Do you know what it takes to do that? Most pitchers are lucky to have three. Moyer may not have freak speed, but he sure has a freaky amount of pitches to choose from. Not many pitchers can do that. Also, who knows? Moyer can always reinvent himself again. When (and if) he retires, the National Baseball Hall of Fame offered him an internship. Well, if he keeps breaking records at the rate he is, somebody is going to have to catalog all of Moyer’s stuff.

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OOTP 13 – The Road To Release, Part 4:

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OOTP 13 – The Road To Release, Part 4:

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Out Of The Park

OOTP 13 – The Road To Release, Part 4:
Feature Cornucopia

The latest version of OOTP brings with it the promise of new features, much like the way a new baseball season brings with it the promise that any team could win the World Series. We”ve already covered some major new features in OOTP 13 — the real-time sim mode, associations, expanded playoff options, the new in-game screens and the revamped user interface — so now let”s dive into the cornucopia of other new features in the game.

Screenshots taken use the second skin that comes with the game, it is called “OOTP 13 Dark”. The game will come with a third skin, which will be a classic skin with a wooden look. We will have a look at it in one of the next RTR articles.

Smarter Trading AI

Have you ever worked out a trade against the AI in a solo league that was, let”s say, a little one-sided in your favor? Say, like getting Albert Pujols for ten Single A scrubs with no major league potential whatsoever? Or whitewashing the AI for several three- and four-star players for a decent A-Ball prospect, several nobody veterans and loads of cash? Or tricking the AI into taking your overpaid 38-year-old veteran because it asked for a one-star Single A prospect after you used the “Make this work” option?

Well, we hope you enjoyed the fruits of those deals, because those days are over.

In OOTP 13, Trading has been dramatically revamped to provide a better system Ruby Fortune kasino on yksi verkon luotetuimmista kasinoista, josta kuuluu kiitos aina avoinna olevalle asiakaspalvelulle. for the AI to evaluate the players involved in a trade and correctly measure their value. This brings a new level of trading realism and difficulty. You”ll need to really work hard and be a smart negotiator to pull off that blockbuster, once-in-generation deal.

Did you see Moneyball? Billy Beane had to work to pull off even a simple one-for-one trade, and now so will you.

Random Historical Player Debut

Can you imagine comThe Estádio do Maracanã, free from the construction-jobs.info delays in São Paulo and deplorable field conditions in Manaus, is one of the five Brazilian stadiums that was renovated in time for the 2014 World Cup. a match-up between Cy Young and Roger Clemens? Or Babe Ruth squaring off against the Big Unit? Then get ready for the new Random Historical Debut feature in OOTP 13. This feature will allow you to fill your draft pools with the best players from baseball”s past, all randomly casino online appearing throughout your league”s history. Will this year”s draft feature Honus Wagner, Wade Boggs, or Prince Fielder?

But this doesn”t only apply to the rookie draft! You can create a historical league filled with random players from scratch as well. Who will be available in the inaugural draft? A 28-year old Ty Cobb maybe, Als online casino de-beste-online-casinos.info kom je ook niet zomaar in aanmerking om bepaalde certificeringen te krijgen. or a 22-year old Tim Lincecum? Who will be the first overall pick? Of yourse, you may start with random rosters as well if you do not want to run the inaugural draft.

The new historical random debut feature is a great new way to experience historical leagues like never before. Even if you are not casino online into historical leagues at all you should give this a try, it is a lot of fun and you will learn more about the history of the game and its players, both the great and the unkown.

Additional Enhancements

In addition to the exciting new features we just covered, here are some of the other great new additions and improvements in OOTP 13:

  • Expansion drafts have received additional options and UI enhancements
  • Revamped pitching engine, creating more realistic players out of high school & college
  • Improved player development engine for more realistic pitcher development
  • Improved fictional player creation engine, for example featuring more realistic defensive ratings
  • Greater statistical accuracy in historical simulations
  • Added an option to alert the GM on minor league injuries as well
  • Improved the AI throughout the game
  • View cities listed under the Nation List screen on Google maps with just a single click
  • Map the locations of your favorite teams and players” cities of birth using Google Earth
  • New Player Profile enhancements, for example splitting up the player awards and histories in several categories
  • News items can now feature images
  • …and more! We have added so many new features & tweaks, we can”t even remember every single one of them. So, you”ll probably find a few gems when you try out OOTP 13 on your own!

OOTP users have asked for AI improvements, League Associations, more playoff options, and additional historical features, and OOTP 13 delivers all of those and much, much more! It puts a host of new tools, a redesigned user interface and countless functional improvements under your control so you can mold and shape your mega-million-dollar major league franchise or small market independent start-up to to its maximum potential. The game is truly yours for the making. Come play it your way!

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Bike spokes and shoe boxes – cameo cards

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Bike spokes and shoe boxes – cameo cards

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Tim Danielson

This week we will take a look at cameo cards.  I am not talking about multi-player cards like team or league leader cards.  For this article, I consider a cameo card to be a card of a specific player where you can easily identify another player.  Most of the cameo cards I have seen are the result of an on-filed action, like the featured player is the second baseman and the picture of him shows a player sliding into second base.

I will admit that I have not opened a lot of product lately, but I feel that cameo cards are few and far between.  A lot of card sets are using either posed, portrait, or single player action pictures.  Some premium sets even crop the player out of the original picture and superimpose the image onto a different background or design.  Do not take me wrong, these sets are just as good and collectible as anything else.  I also really like action pictures used on baseball cards as well.  The pictures capture a part of the game in time and often produce amazing images and candid shots that could never be posed or made on a computer.

Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes’ salute to cameo cards will of course feature cards where my favorite player has an appearance.  If you do not know who that is by now you really should be reading more of my column!

Who would have thought that in 1983 that a stolen base king and an iron man would be pictured on the same card?
1993 Fleer Jeff Reboulet – Yes Rickey we both know you are safe.
1994 Topps Felix Fermin – I find it interesting that Rickey also showed up on Fermin’s 1993 Upper Deck card. Rickey was breaking up a double play here, but he was way safe on the Upper deck card.
1997 Topps Shawon Dunston – Rickey is breaking up a double play again, maybe even Shawon’s ankle as well. I still do not know what the Short Stop is trying to do.

Who knows what future Hall of Fame player or record breaker is making a guest appearance on your cards?  Have fun finding out!

Until next time, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

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