Cubs betrayed Junior Lake with premature promotion


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The Cubs’ brass has spoken ad nauseam about its policy for promoting top prospects to the major leagues:  a prospect must dominate AAA baseball for an extended period of time.  When the Cubs promoted Junior Lake on July 19, 2013, there were myriad reasons they violated that policy and unwittingly set Lake up for a failure that finally led the Cubs to demote him to AAA Iowa just a couple of weeks ago.

While Lake initially seemed to demonstrate  prescience by the Cubs brass with an OPS of .760 and batting average of .284 in 254 plate appearances in the waning months of last season, there were signs even then that Lake was not quite ready.  His walk percentage of just over 5% and strikeout rate of almost 30% portended an inevitable backslide.

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VIDEO: Bud Selig is CLUELESS as to MLB’s long term issues


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The successor to Bud Selig was named yesterday. Rob Manfred is the new Major League Baseball commissioner, and for the sake of the sport, hopefully he will be much less tone deaf than the current commish. First watch this video from Countdown with Keith Olbermann on ESPN 2.

In fact, watch it a couple times so that you get all the facts and figures in:

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Frank Thomas Cooperstown special on CSN must see TV


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Retired Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As Thomas enters the Hall of Fame today, CSN Chicago presented a documentary on the extraordinary career and life of Frank Thomas.

Narrated by radio host and lifelong White Sox fan Richard Roeper, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” premiered Thursday, July 17. I originally did a preview on this documentary, which got a whopping 17 page views! 17!!! For the greatest player in White Sox history, going into the Hall of Fame.  Tells you everything you need to know about how White Sox content, or baseball content in general, does on the web. When you consider that my site got 38,000 page views the day that I ran it, and the site in general gets 20,000 page views a day.

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Tony Gwynn first on San Diego Padres all time top 10


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As you obviously know, Tony Gwynn, who accumulated 3,141 hits during his MLBaseball career passed away yesterday at the age of 54 due to oral cancer. Gwynn was “Mr. Padre”, as he spent his entire entire career there. Here are photos of the San Diego Padres community paying their respects yesterday. He’s the greatest of all San Diego Padres players, as he batted .300 in each of his last 19 seasons, an MLB streak second only to Ty Cobb’s.

Cobb is the only player in MLB history to have more batting titles. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004, and a statue was erected in his honor at Petco Park. The west side of which is bordered by Tony Gwynn Drive. Coincidentally, I’m vacationing today in San Diego, and I made my way down the ballpark when I heard the news.

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PHOTOS of San Diego, Padres fans Honoring Tony Gwynn (cuz MLB, FOX didn’t)


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Since Fox Sports and MLB didn’t honor Tony Gwynn tonight during the All-Star Game, here’s my tribute. It’s my photo collection from being in the city of San Diego on the day he died.

Tony Gwynn, who accumulated 3,141 hits during his Major League Baseball career passed away today at the age of 54. Gwynn was “Mr. Padre”, as he spent his entire entire career there. He was drafted by both the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Clippers out of San Diego State in the same week. So he’s Mr. San Diego in edition to being Mr. Padre. He tops the top ten list of all time Padres.

Tony Gwynn batted .300 in each of his last 19 seasons, an MLB streak second only to Ty Cobb’s. Cobb is the only player in MLB history to have more batting titles. His No. 19 was retired by the Padres in 2004, and a statue was erected in his honor at Petco Park. The west side of which is bordered by Tony Gwynn Drive.

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Should we abolish the MLB All-Star Game? Point/Counterpoint


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Whether you love or hate (or find apathy for) the All-Star Game, you have to realize it’s in serious long-term peril. While you’re entitled to your own opinion, you’re not entitled to your own facts. And here are some critical numbers and interpretation of those All-Star game numbers from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated:

Viewership for the All-Star Game is hemorrhaging and in more unpleasant news for Fox Sports, the All-Star Game viewers are also getting older. A brief snapshot of the downward trend: The game drew 28.2 million viewers in 1985. Twelve years later, the first time Fox aired the game, viewership dropped to 16.7 million viewers. The audience fell to 12.3 million in 2005 and last year the game drew 11.0 million viewers, up slightly (10.9 million) from 2012. Last year’s viewership increase stopped a three-year decline in viewership but the game concluded as the third-least watched MLB All-Star Game in history.

Perhaps most disturbing: Sports Business Daily reported the average age for last year’s All-Star telecast was 53, the highest mark yet for the game. Given the 18-to-49 adult demo is the money demo for sports broadcasting, this is not a good trend.

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Jose Abreu: an actual reason to care about the White Sox


 

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Jose Abreu gives you a reason to watch Chicago baseball this year. And from the looks of the near empty stadiums and the numbers showing the televisions turned off/on to something else other than Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox games, it’s obvious that very few of you are indeed watching Chicago baseball. Can’t say I blame you as 2013 was the worst combined season for the Cubs and Sox — ever.

Well, some of you watched the Sox on one particular night, inadvertently dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen, but I’m sure the Sox marketing person who green lighted that has been fired, so let’s move on.

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Ozzie Guillen, of all people, praises Chicago Cubs rebuild


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Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is famous for despising Wrigley Field. He spoke of how the rats there are a big as pigs. Needless to say he’s not the biggest Cubs fan, and the idea of his managing on the North side some day sounds ridiculous. But it might not be as crazy as you think. For now though Guillen is an ESPN Analyst and he talked with the media to preview the MLB Home Run Derby.

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Final call White Sox fans, #TargetSale in All-Star Game


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As Chris Sale was left off the American League All-Star team on Sunday, the backlash started to hurdle in on John Farrell for his decision.

Although every team needed at least one representative, Dellin Betances, the New York Yankees setup man, was selected. If starters can just pitch one inning of work in the All-Star game, why would Farrell select Betances over Sale, one of the most dominant pitchers in the first half of the season?

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Dodgers Yasiel Puig or Angels Mike Trout: who ya got?


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Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm last summer. In a sport that lacks a true “poster child,” Puig might just develop into that iconic figure. And Puig could become that definitive superstar sooner rather than later. Or it could be the Angels Mike Trout. Chances are it will be somebody from the City of sAngels.

Last year Puig made a 280 foot throw (distance according to MLB Network) that was just insanely perfect from deep in right field of Nationals Park.

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Baltimore Orioles get on board with World Environment Day


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It may be way too late to save Baltimore from being under water someday, but the Baltimore Orioles are trying to do their part to minimize the catastrophic effects that climate change will have on future generations. Even if we, as an entire globe, were able to somehow restore carbon emissions to the the pre-industrial revolution levels of the year 1700, it’s still too late.

In the decades ahead, the polar ice caps will melt, sea levels will rise and coastal cities like Baltimore will flood. But World Environment Day (WED) is June 5, and their are still some things we can do.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart goes on tirade against Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia


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Ryne Sandberg hasn’t been Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies very long, but he already finds himself at the heart of national media controversy. Sort of. Daily Show host Jon Stewart lit into him last night on his Comedy Central talk show, then segueing into an all out assault on the city of Philadelphia.

The late night talk show host and comedian really goes off on Philly fare, the Phillies mascot, and Philly culture in response to the claims Ryne Sandberg made that the Shake Shack restaurant at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, made him extremely sick.

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