Archives for: 2010, week 24

06/20/10

2010 All Star Game - National League Deserving Starters

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"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

Save the date. 2010 Major League Baseball All Star Game. Tuesday, July 13th at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. If you haven't already voted for your favorite baseball players, then go to MLB.com and fill out an online ballot to help select this season's All Star starters. Fans can vote up to 25 times per email address. Talk about stuffing ballot boxes. Baseball's selection system is geared for maximum fan participation. Critics call it a ballot stuffing popularity contest often relegating deserving players to bench duty while fan favorites receive the honor of being named an All Star starter.

Time to select All World All Sports NL deserving starters....

1B- Adrian Gonzalez (SD) Gets the nod based on great production with no lineup support in a pitchers friendly division. 15 HR, 46 RBI, .302 BA, .938 OPS.
2B- Martin Prado (ATL) Leading NL hitter (.338 BA).
3B- Scott Rolen (CIN) Leads NL 3B with 14 HR, .939 OPS and main reason Reds challenging for NL Central crown.
SS- Juan Uribe (SF) Started 2010 as utility backup. Having big year in SF. Leads NL SS in HR (11) & RBI (42).
OF- Andre Ethier (LAD) Leads OF in BA .330, OPS (.995) & SLG (.603).
OF- Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Lone Pirates star batting .313 with 17 SB.
OF- Corey Hart (MIL) NL HR leader (17), 2nd in OF RBI (47).
C- Rod Barajas (NYM) Excellent signal caller and defensive backstop. Leads NL C's with 11 HR.
DH- Adam Dunn (WAS) 2nd in HR (16), 2nd OPS (.967), 2nd SLG (.588).
SP- Ubaldo Jiminez (COL) Nearly untouchable all year long. 13-1, 1.15 ERA tops in MLB.
CL- Jonathan Broxton (LAD) 16 Saves, 0.92 ERA, only 3 BB & 3 ER in 29.1 IP.

06/19/10

2010 All Star Game - American League Deserving Starters

Permalink 05:55:55 pm, Categories: All World All Sports Blogs  

"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

Save the date. 2010 Major League Baseball All Star Game. Tuesday, July 13th at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. If you haven't already voted for your favorite baseball players, then go to MLB.com and fill out an online ballot to help select this season's All Star starters. Fans can vote up to 25 times per email address. Talk about stuffing ballot boxes. Baseball's selection system is geared for maximum fan participation. Critics call it a ballot stuffing popularity contest often relegating deserving players to bench duty while fan favorites receive the honor of being named an All Star starter.

All World All Sports has selected "deserving" All Star starters. AWAS has no bearing on voting procedures or All Star participants. Simply put, we're selecting the best players (or most deserving) on a position by position basis. First up, 2010 American Leaguers....

1B- Miguel Cabrera (Det) AL slugging, RBI and OPS leader.
2B- Robinson Cano (NYY) hands down best AL 2B.
3B- Evan Longoria (TB) Leads AL 3B in most offensive categories.
SS- Alex Gonzalez (TOR) HR, Slugging & OPS leader at SS.
OF- Josh Hamilton (TEX) leading OF in RBI (50) & OPS (.970).
OF- Magglio Ordonez (DET) 1st in OBA (.410), 2nd in BA (.333), 2nd OPS (.931).
OF- Torii Hunter (LAA) Mr consistency near top of AL OF leaderboard.
C- Joe Mauer (MIN) stats are off but he's still AL's best backstop.
DH- Vladmir Guerrero (TEX) .331, 15 HR, 56 RBI blows away DH competition.
SP- David Price (TB) 10-2, 2.31 AL ERA leader and 1st to win 10.
CL- Jose Valverde (DET) 15 Saves, 0.61 ERA, allowed only 10 hits & 2 ER in 29.1 IP.

Stay tuned for All World All Sports NL All Stars.

06/18/10

MLB Power Ranking Surprises

Permalink 11:56:34 am, Categories: All World All Sports Blogs  

"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

It's been a roller coaster type season for many MLB teams in 2010. Win a few, lose a few. Not many expected the Mets or Braves to challenge for top spot in their divisions. Same can be said for San Diego, San Francisco and Texas. Did anyone expect Philadelphia to drop out of PR's? Fans in Chicago, Colorado and Milwaukee are scratching their heads too. Here's a quick look at my top 10 baseball power rankings...

1) New York Yankees (41-25) - Too much talent. They lost Granderson, Posada, Johnson to prolonged injuries and still won in their absence. Now it's ARod's turn to miss some time. Yanks keep winning.
2) Tampa Bay Rays (41-25) - Doing it better on the road (23-10) than at home (18-15). Pitching is key to their success.
3) Boston Red Sox (40-28) - Look out. Here they come.
4) Texas Rangers (38-28) - 31-18 after beginning 7-10. Rangers have history of wilting in 100+ degree Texas summers. Maybe this year will be different?
5) Atlanta Braves (39-28) - Complete team effort. Chipper retirement talk put on hold. He has to step it up if Braves are to win NL East.
6) New York Mets (38-28) - Mets riding 7 game winning streak. Subway Series starts tonight vs Yanks.
7) Los Angeles Dodgers (38-28) - Key contributors banged up all year long. LA still winning.
8) San Diego Padres (38-28) - Padres given up MLB low 218 runs. Pitchers dominating. Will offense ever show up?
9) San Francisco (37-28) - Young SF team will only get better.
10) Minnesota Twins (38-28) - Twins getting it done but must start winning road games.

Closing in: Detroit, Cincinnati, Angels, Toronto

Coincidence? Phils Offense Struggles Without Sign Stealing

Permalink 11:30:26 am, Categories: All World All Sports Blogs  

"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

Philadelphia has been slumping at the plate and in the standings. Is it a coincidence their slump coincides with being caught stealing opponents pitching signals? For those of you who forgot or missed the hub-bub... Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught on camera peering through binoculars from the bullpen bench at Coors Field earlier in May. He then tipped off Phils hitters which pitch would be thrown. During the same game centerfielder Shane Victorino was spotted on the bullpen phone before stepping up to the plate (also caught on camera). MLB issued a penalty free warning to stop. Philadelphia has been on a steady decline ever since. Coincidence? Or, was sign stealing directly related to Phils success?

One can hardly ignore the National Leagues top offense has since been sputtering. Philadelphia was 20-12 leading NL East by 3 games. They've since gone 12-17 and were shut out six times dropping them from first to third. A few hitters, including All Star 2B Chase Utley, have been slumping. On May 12th, Utley was enjoying a fine season batting .314. His batting average now stands at .255 and dropping. Jayson Werth dropped from .348 down to .281 (after a career year in 2009). Ryan Howard now struggles to drive in base runners and has lost his power stroke which produced 4 straight seasons of at least 45 home runs and 136 RBI.

Sign stealing is nothing new in baseball. It's not against the rules either. If a team is sloppy enough to let their opposition catch on it's one thing. From time to time pitchers tip pitches. However, using binoculars to peer in towards home plate and then signal hitters is off base. Before this incident, Phils were accused of using cameras or planting personnel in perfect position to let hitters know what was about to be thrown.

Time will tell if all of this is all just a pure coincidence. However, all signs point to the Phils being lost without knowing what's coming next. Stay tuned.

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