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  1. I don't think speed has ever been one of his strong points, so I'm not sure what happened in that particular game. Last year was his big breakout year, I think he hit almost .350 between high A, AA, and the majors. He also started showing some power for the first time in his career. He also tore up the Venezuelan League over the winter, and has been hitting like crazy this spring. Dude swings at almost every pitch he sees though. I think he walked 4 times in 140 at bats in the majors. I figure pitchers will eventually start working against that.


    He also doesn't really seem to have a position. He came in as a really good defensive catcher, but I think there are concerns about his ability to be a catcher long-term because of his size (5'11" and about 250). In the minors they took him away from catching one entire season before putting him back and bouncing him between there and first base. He's supposed to play third this year, but he has pretty limited experience there, so we'll have to see how that goes.

  2. I had basically forgotten about the NFL Network drama a while back, but then I heard now that Comcast are most likely completely dropping it on May 1. The NFL told them that it either has to be part of the standard cable package or just not on at all, so Comcast chose option B. I don't think they ever even had a deal with Time Warner Cable, so at this point about 2/3 of the country doesn't even have the opportunity to get the channel anymore. Awesome work by all involved.

  3. I saw someone suggest they do 18 and make it no interconference play like baseball used to be. 6 games against your division opponents and 1 each on alternating home fields against every other team in the conference, then the Super Bowl is the only meeting of the conferences. I'm sure that's not what they'll do though, so I see no reason to change anything.

  4. You can still take him down by the legs, but you're not allowed to make a "lunging motion". Shouldn't there be a corresponding rule that an offensive lineman can't try to keep a player from getting up?


    The more I think about that expanded "defenseless receiver" rule about defenseless receivers the more I think it's bad news for football. If a receiver goes over the middle and lowers his head it's a penalty every time. Obviously it's too dangerous for guys to just be leaving themselves open for helmet to helmet contact, but guys will figure out how to draw flags pretty easily.

  5. This offseason hasn't really had enough crazy stories outside of the A-Rod stuff. Here's one that will do for now:


    BRADENTON, Fla. _ The wife of Pirates outfield prospect Jose Tabata is suspected by police of abducting a 2-month-old girl in Plant City, Fla.


    Amaila Tabata Pereira was found with 10-pound Sandra Cruz-Francisco standing at a street corner in Bradenton, Fla., the city where the Pirates hold spring training, on Tuesday afternoon. The baby had been reported missing by her mother, Rosa Sirilo-Francisco, at 9 p.m. Monday.


    Plant City is located 56 miles northeast of Bradenton.


    The mother told a Plant City police investigator she was leaving a health department office in mid-afternoon Monday where she had taken her baby for a routine checkup when a woman named Janet claimed to be an immigration employee.


    The woman said Rosa Francisco should give the baby to her or risk being deported. Police think that woman was Pereira.


    Police said the 43-year-old Tabata Pereira also goes by the names Alalia Rivera, Amalia Segui and Almalia Maldonao. The Pirates media guide lists her name as Mayita and media relations director Jim Trdinich said that was the information provided to the club by Jose Tabata.


    Tabata, 20, was married this past December in Hillsborough County, where Plant City is located.


    "This is an extremely serious matter and we have given the matter our full attention," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement released by the club. "While we have received very little information at this point in the investigation, we have received no indication that Jose is believed to have had an involvement in the matter.


    "We are attempting to secure more information as quickly as possible. Until we receive further information, it would be inappropriate to comment further other than to say we will provide whatever assistance we can to the sheriff's office and to Jose as they deal with the matter."


    The part that made the story seem crazy to me is that 20 year old Jose Tabata married a 43 year old woman with about 23 first names.

  6. NFL Rule changes for the year:


    No blind hits or blocks to the head

    No contact to the head of a "defenseless receiver"

    No more than five players bunched together on an onside kick

    No more "wedges" on kickoffs.


    First one's reasonable enough. The second one I thought was already a rule, but I guess just leads to a ton more flags any time a guy's head even gets touched. I'm not quite sure what the third one means, and the fourth seems completely insane. Doesn't that completely change the way every single kick return ever has been blocked?

  7. I kind of understand waiting around on Garcia because of age, but Byron Leftwich looked like he had something to offer last year in limited action and he still hasn't reached 30. He takes a while to get rid of the ball sometimes, but he was throwing bullets perfectly on target every time he came in.

  8. Kevin Youklis left the team because he suffered an injury a few days ago and apparently could barely walk after last night's game, but wanted to play anyway to avoid elimination. Not sure what's going on with him, but he's out for now.


    Team USA's only bench player today is Brian McCann. I hope he brought his infielders glove.

  9. From what I heard Andruw Jones looked somewhat not awful in spring training thus far, what are the chances he catches on elsewhere?


    I wonder what happened to Tom Gorzelanny. He just stopped being able to pitch in the majors. He was good all through the minors, came up and had a good year and a half, then just fell apart. He was never really a strikeout pitcher, but he fell off significantly in that department last year. When he went back to AAA for 7 starts he had something like a 2 ERA, a WHIP under 1 and had 33 strikeouts and 4 walks then came back to the majors and was as bad as ever. I'm not really sure what you do with a guy like him.

  10. I didn't realize until today that tomorrow's Puerto Rico starter Ian Snell is 100% African American and 0% Puerto Rican. He was actually one of the first guys selected to the team after requesting a special exemption to be allowed on since the stepfather who raised him was from Puerto Rico. He also said he's considering changing his last name for the second time in his career. Most guys only get one and he's thinking about going for three.