Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Realignment Good for MLB, Bad for Twins


Buster Olney reported about a week ago that there's a chance Major League Baseball will realign their current two league-three division per league format into a two league-one division per league format. Five teams from each league would make the playoffs, and the schedule would hopefully be much more balanced, which would create the most fair way for teams to make the playoffs. Major League Baseball obviously isn't all that concerned about evening the playing field, as they seem unlikely to ever adapt a salary cap that would give teams like Florida and Tampa Bay a chance to compete year in and year out with the Yankees and Red Sox. Of course, getting the players to agree to a salary cap is difficult, even if it comes with a salary floor*, and in my opinion realigning baseball would be a great idea.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Twins History Proves Stats are Important


When the Twins traded JJ Hardy to Baltimore for minor league relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobsen, I was vehemently against the trade. Getting rid of Hardy after he posted an average offensive season and spectacular defensive season at shortstop seemed foolish; the team hadn't had an above average shortstop since the early 2000's when Cristian Guzman represented the Twins in the all-star game.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Arrogance is Unbecoming




I didn't want this whole post to be about LeBron James, because Dallas finding the fountain of youth during these playoffs is a story in itself (and because I wrote about LeBron five days ago), but it's impossible to discuss the Finals without at least some discussion of the most fascinating player in any sport in my lifetime. I will write about Cuban and Dirk and Kidd winning a ring tomorrow, because this James rant just got too long. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LeBum


Following the Heat's 88-86 victory in game 3 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was asked a terrible question during the press conference. The team had just won the game, yet a reporter felt the need to ask James why he had "shrunk" in the fourth quarter, because he hadn't scored much. Clearly the reason was because Dwyane Wade was on fire and there was simply no reason for James to force shots when a teammate was scoring at will anyways. Asking the question after a WIN was absolutely ridiculous, and James answer to the question was about as nice as possible given the situation.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Twins Should Spend Big in Draft


Despite the team's recent mini-surge after sweeping the Kansas City Royals this past weekend, the chances that the Twins actually come back to win the division are still long. Long enough, in fact, that the team is likely going to be a clear seller at the deadline, looking to move several veterans if the right deals present themselves. It's certainly possible that the team has turned things around and will reel off enough wins over the next few weeks to climb back into contention, but the odds are against that happening.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Archive: Ricky Rubio The Legend

Today seems like as good of a day as any to repost my Ricky Rubio article from last year. Glad he's going to be a Timberpup.

Ricky Rubio: The Legend