Tagged: Athletics

I’m #9 on the leader list

This is the highest I have ever been. I just want to say thank you to everyone
reggie-jackson-1.jpgfor reading and commenting on my blogs. It’s nice to know that people actually read them. =) I use this as my way to talk about baseball, cause none of my friends are die hard baseball fans like myself. I dedicate my #9 ranking to “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson. I know everyone knows Reggie’s #44 was retired by the Yankees. The A’s also retired Reggie’s #9 that he was wearing when he was with the A’s.
 
Reggie has made the All-Star team 14 times. He has been a world series champion 5 times, Silver Slugger Award 2 times, World Series MVP 2 times and the AL MVP 1 time. His induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame was 1993. He did receive 93.6% first ballot votes. Jackson’s career statistics were AVG .262, home runs 563 and RBI’s 1,702.
 

Today in Baseball History
 
1903 – The New York Highlander franchise (to be renamed Yankees in 1913) is approved as a member of the American League.

 
~King of Cali

Just some quick thoughts from 2 Spring Training Games…

Yankees – Astros
 
Russ Ortiz pitched 3 solid innings today for the Astros. He’s trying to win the 5 spot in the rotation for the Astros. He did have one bad pitch. That turned out to be a home run for Angel Berroa. I was listening to the game online and I heard a name that sounded so familiar. It was Cody Ransom. He was a Giant a while back. He never really made it big, but I was glad to hear he’s still playing. I don’t think he will make the Yankees opening day roster but he did play 33 games for them last season hitting .302.
 
Mike Hampton got lit up today. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings. He did manage to get 2 strike outs.
 
Giants – Royals 
 
I love listening to baseball on the radio and I must say Giants fans are really lucky to have the guys we have on the radio. Today KNBR the Giants flagship station is not doing the game. I had to listen to the game with the Royals radio guys. All I can say is I feel sorry for Royals fans that have to listen to the games on the radio. These guys were just so blah. I mean I don’t want to say they were bad, but they were just so boring compared to Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming. They did make me laugh one time. One of the guys told the other one that he’s already in mid season mode (the way he was calling the game). Then the other guy says why cause of all the (Royals) errors. It just made me laugh out loud.
 
The Giants didn’t play that great today.  Matt Cain gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 1.2 innings. I didn’t really get much better for any other Giants pitchers except the Giants closer Brian Wilson. He 1 inning allowing 0 runs. The Giants had 8 different pitchers in this game. Dave Roberts had an 0-3 day and still hasn’t managed to get a batting average yet this spring training. Burriss went 2-3 to to help his battle for the 2nd base job. The only other Giants player with 2 hits was Torres. The final score of the game is Royals 14 and the Giants 5.
 
The other Bay Area team.
 
The Oakland A’s have signed Orlando Cabrera to a one year deal. They signed him for $5 million less than what he was asking for this off-season. Orlando signed for $4 million. This means Bobby Crosby will no longer be the starting short stop. He will play a utility role or be traded. I was actually excited to see how Crosby would do this season. I’m sure he will have a fine season in whatever role he is playing this year. I guess this signing means Nomar might be retiring. He said last week it was the A’s or retirement.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1927 – Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in major league history when the Yankees announce the Bambino will earn $70,000 per season for the next three years.
 
~King of Cali 

Q&A with radio host Damon Bruce from KNBR

I would like to introduce all of you to Damon Bruce. You can hear Damon on KNBR, the Giants flagship station. Where he is the nightly host of “Sportsphone 680”, which is heard from 7-10pm Pacific Time. You can also stream his show online at www.knbr.com. You gamers out there might recognize his voice, he does the play-by-play for the video game “The Bigs”. One thing I love about Damon is that he’s very passionate about the Giants and what they should be doing to improve the team. Damon was born in Chicago. You would never know it from hearing him on the radio, but he’s a Chicago Cubs fan! I know that his second favorite team is the Giants! Damon does a “Giants Hot Stove League Show” where he interviews players, coaches and broadcasters.
 
I recently contacted Damon, told him about my blog and asked him if I could
zitofrandsenbrucefanfest.jpginterview him for it. He agreed to let me interview him via email. I did get a chance to meet Damon when I was at the Giants Fan Fest. I walked up and introduced myself to him. Not only did he know who I was, but he obviously reads his own emails! He told me he would have all the answers to me by early in the week. It was great to finally meet the man behind the voice. 
(Picture to the right is Zito, Frandsen and Bruce at Giants Fan Fest.)
 
 
Here is a Q & A with sports host Damon Bruce from KNBR.
 
 
King: Since it’s known you’re a Chicago Cubs fan and you cover the Giants. Who would you want to win in the NLCS if they played each other?
 
Damon B: Cubs vs Giants – Lets hope, and it’s a sfe bet… that’s not going to be a problem for me. Personally, I would love to see the Cubs in the World Series in my lifetime, but not at the expense of me getting to cover a World Series in my lifetime. I would likely have to take the series off, and just start drinking heavily.
 
King: Who is your favorite player current and all time?
 
Damon B: Favorite Player All Time – Mark Grace… if we’re talking current Giants: Lincecum or Cain
 
King: What’s your best Giants memory?
 
Damon B: Covering Bonds the night he tied Hank Aaron in San Diego. It was surreal to watch him do that in another team’s ball park. Padres fans didn’t want to applaud, but they couldn’t stop themselves. It’s covered in scandal, but it was quite a moment in time.
 
King: What’s your opinion on Manny Ramirez possibly being a Giant?
 
Damon B: Sign him before the Dodgers do… are you even serious with this question? This guy is a proven winner, and the best post-season performer in ML history. I can’t belive the Giants are just watching the Dodgers take their time with this guy.
 
King: I like adding Renteria and Johnson if they add a clean up hitter. If they don’t then I don’t see a point if they aren’t trying to win. What do you think about those signings?
 
Damon B: Both are stop gaps… Renteria will be an offensive upgrade over Omar, but not 1/2 the defender. It really show’s they don’t have a player in their minor league system ready to go at SS. It’s a C-plus signing, maybe a B-minus… lets see how he plays and adjusts to NL pitching again. Johnson is a sub-plot to the season which will be cool to cover. 300 wins is special, and hopefully it gives the Giants incentive to deal some pitching for a bat.
 
King: If you were the Giants GM what moves would you have made this off-season?
 
Damon B: Manny… Manny… Manny… trade some pitching for a real bat if he didn’t sign. I like the Affeldt signing, would have tried to deal for Holliday instead of letting the A’s do it. Would have never inked Zito for that cash… I could go on & on… but I’ll spare you. Oh, I would have made a move on Dan Uggla.
 
King: Has there been a recent move by a team this off-season that you’re impressed with and didn’t see coming?
 
Damon B: I think every off-season needs to be spent addressing major issues… there is a major lack of major league bat in the middle of this line-up, and until that’s fixed, they’re just painting a rusty car, not treating the rust.
 
King: What’s your prediction for the NL West?
 
Damon B: D-Backs, Giants, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres.
 
King: What’s your take on the Barry Bonds issue?
 
Damon B: Should have come clean a-la A-Rod and this would have been over years ago. His ego was his greatest asset and worst enemy at the same time.
 
King: Is there anything you want to let people know about you that they might not know?
 
Damon B: I’ve written a book about Bay Area Sports Lists… will be out near the beginning of baseball season. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I’m excited, and hope people dig it.
 
I hoped you guys really enjoyed getting to know a little about Damon Bruce.
dbruceme.jpgThanks again Damon for taking the time to answer these questions and it was really nice to meet you at the Giants FanFest. Here is a picture of Damon and I at the Giants Fan Fest.
 
~King of Cali

Abreu going out west… Orlando Cabrera too?

One big name is now off the free angent list. Bobby Abreu has signed a one
BobbyAbreuAngels.jpgyear contract with the Angels. I think this is a good move for the Angels. They already have big bad Vlad and to add a good bat like Abreu can only help your offense. They did need to fill some gap that was left by Mark Teixeira depature to the Yanks. Now lets see what move the A’s will come back with now. The A’s are still working on a deal to try to sign Orlando Cabrera. If he doesn’t want to be teamless this close to Spring Training. I’m sure they will work something out within the next few days. The AL West should be a good battle with the A’s upgrading their offense and the Angels still having their solid team. They did lose Teixeira but got a decent bat by adding Abreu.
 
~King of Cali

This weekends Hot Stove

A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez is the only name to be released from the ’03 steroid testing. He is on a list of
104 players to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod was approached by an SI reporter on Thursday. A-Rod did not want to discuss the test results. He would not say if he tested positive or not for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod said “You’ll have to talk to the union.” He was asked if there was an expanation for his positive test, and he said “I’m not saying anything.” There were no penalties for positive tests in 2003. I’m sure we will get a lot more information on this in the next couple of days. I will try to keep you updated with information as  I get it.

 

Gordon signs a 1 year contract with the D-Backs

Tom Gordon has signed a 1 year contract with the Arizona. It’s reported that he will earn $500,000 and with bonuses can earn him up to $2.5 million. Gordon hasn’t pitched in a game since July 5th of last season with the Phillies.

 

Andruw Jones hopes to resurrect his career with the Rangers

SI.com has confirmed that Andruw Jones has signed a 1 year minor league contract with the Rangers. Jones was released by the Dodgers this offseason. He worked out a deal so the Dodgers will release him and still pay him his contract over time. The Rangers signed him for $500,000 plus $1 million in incentives. I really like Jones and hope he has a bounce back year. He’s to young to be on that big of a decline.

 

Ryan Howard signs a 3 year contract with the Phillies

Thumbnail image for RyanHoward.jpgWell now the Phillies and Ryan Howard can stop all the arbitration stuff. I think this is a great move for the Phillies. They have a legit power hitter locked up with a contract he’s going to be happy with. If he can cut down a lot of his strike out’s, he’s going to be an even better player. He will earn $15 million this season, $19 million next year and $20 million in 2011.

 

 

Giants have an offer on the table for Crede and Aurilia

It’s been reported that CBS television on Saturday that the Giants have made an offer to Joe Crede. No specifics on the contract offer have been reported. Crede isn’t that big bat that the Giants need but he’s a good 3rd baseman and has a little pop. It’s just a question if he can stay healthy or not. Maybe that’s what the Giants signed Juan Uribe to back him up like he did last year for the White Sox. The only other team that has been talking about trying to sign Crede has been the Twins.

 

The Giants have also made an offer to Rich Aurilia for a minor league contract. Aurilia has spent 10 of his 13 big league seasons with the Giants. Brian Sabea said “I think he’s taking the weekend to decide. We hope he comes back.”

 

I did go to the Giants Fan Fest this weekend and will be blogging about it this week. I also will have pictures of the event in the Fan Fest blog.

 

~King of Cali

Check the attendance for your team…

Teams                  Dates         Home att.       Home avg     Road avg         Total
 
NY Yankees            81            4,287132          52,928         35,193        7,137,726
NY Mets                  79            4,042,045         51,165         35,944        6,953,516
LA Dodgers            81            3,730,750         46,059         34,710        6,542,284
St. Louis                 81            3,432,917         42,382         32,342        6,052,643
Philadelphia          81            3,422,583         42,254         33,214        6,112,949
LA Angels               81            3,336,747         41,194         29,621        5,736,079
Chicago Cubs         81            3,300,200         40,743         36,328        6,206,469
Detroit                   81            3,202,654          39,539         29,308        5,511,391
Milwaukee             81            3,068,458          37,882         33,237        5,760,633
Boston                   81            3,048,250          37,633         38,367        6,155,993
San Fran.               81            2,863,847          35,356          32,272        5,445,583
Houston                80            2,779,487          34,744          32,198        5,387,486
Colorado               80            2,650,218          33,128          32,812       5,307,964
Atlanta                  81            2,532,834          31,270          34,105       5,227,115
Arizona                81             2,509,946           30,987         33,946        5,259,562
Chicago WS          80             2,460,294           30,754         30,253        4,910,792
San Diego             81            2,427,535            29,970         35,795       5,326,908
Toronto               81             2,399,786            29,627         30,119       4,809,298
Washington         80             2,321,988            29,025         32,825       4,948,027
Seatle                   81             2,329,788            28,763         29,823       4,745,428
Minnesota            81            2,302,431            28,425          29,527      4,644,597
Cleveland            80             2,169,760            27,122          31,029      4,652,092
Cincinnati            81            2,058,632             25,415          34,288     4,835,994
Baltimore             78            1,950,077             25,001          31,654     4,482,366
Texas                    80            1,945,857             24,323          29,765     4,327,076
Tampa Bay           81            1,811,986             22,370          30,343     4,239,403
Oakland                81            1,665,256             20,559          29,943     4,030,782
Pittsburgh            80            1,609,076             20,113          33,701     4,338,855
Kansas City          79            1,578,922             19,986          29,918     4,002,291
Florida                  80            1,335,079             16,688          33,335     4,001,845
 

AL total: 34,488,931    AL average: 30,630
NL total: 44,085,595    NL average: 34,201
MLB total: 78,574,526    MLB average: 32,536

 

What’s the Giants next move?

I keep reading and hearing about the Giants and possibilities. Seems like the
JoeCrede.jpgGiants are rumored with any and every free agent. The Giants needed so much so pretty much any player addition was a good fit for the Giants. Early on in the “Hot Stove” the Giants were linked to have interest in Rafael Furcal who would have been a great addition at shortstop. They ended up with Edgar Renteria. I don’t think that’s a bad move. Saves some money and Edgar is still an upgrade at shortstop. I think the move is fine if the Giants get another good player. If no other moves are made. Then I don’t see a point. Just let the young guys play. I just think this NL West division is so weak this year. That it’s there for the Giants to just take it. The starting rotation is really solid and the bullpen has been improved with the addition of Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry.
 
Giants fan have also heard the Giants name with free agents such as Orlando Hudson, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Manny Ramirez, Ty Wigginton, Joe Crede, C.C. Sabathia and now Bobby Abreu. I’m sure I left a few other names out.
 
We all know where CC ended up at. He’s went with the money and signed with the Yankees. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to get paid. Giants fans just hoped CC we take a hometown discount to play for the Giants. It was like a fantasy for Giants fans. It just wouldn’t have made much sense to pay him a huge salary and not get a bat with that money. Well we didn’t get him but where’s the big bat?
 

MannyRamirezredsox.jpgWe no longer would need Orlando Hudson if we have 3 players who are trying to fight for our 2nd base position. To me it was either Hudson or a shortstop and we already got the shortstop. Pat Burrell who is from the Bay Area didn’t seem like a good fit to me either. He’s just not the big bat I think the Giants should add. It’s known they want a first or third baseman. Ty Wigginton and Joe Crede seem like they would be okay, but they are not the big bat that the Giants need. Adam Dunn sounds okay to me even though he’s not great on “D” and strikes out a lot. I’m just trying to get any bat in a Giants uniform. I would have never said I want Dunn before today. I did also see the Giants were interested in Bobby Abreu and a cheaper alternative to Manny Ramirez. I just can’t see the Giants bringing him. He’s a good player but he’s on the decline with his power numbers.
 
If anyone from the Giants front office ever reads this blog. Please let us Giants fans know if you want to win or just put an okay team out there to get your $$$ rolling in. Giants fans have been waiting a long time to win it all. I’m not saying this is the team to do it, but if we had a bat like Manny’s then we would have a great shot at winning the NL West. Then once you get in the playoffs it’s a crap shoot. Well I like our chances in a crap shoot with the starting rotation we would take into a playoff series.
 
~King of Cali