Archive for the ‘MLB’ Category

America’s Owner

July 13, 2010 3 comments

It may be just a coincidence that the birthday of the most important and transcendent figure of America’s pastime, coincides with that of the entire magnificent nation, on the Fourth of July; but it’s telling in a way. George Steinbrenner III took a franchise which had been an after-thought for years, and turned them into the most relevant, winningest and certainly most important organization in all of sports.

It’s no wonder that after dying of a heart attack this morning, people are not mourning The Boss. They are truly celebrating his life chocked full of accomplishments. And rightly so. Read more…

A Tribute to Junior

June 8, 2010 2 comments

Even though the world had been expecting the news to come – with the specific timing unknown – the revelation was still jarring. Like getting punched in the ribs after telling your soon-to-be assailant to do so. You’re bracing for the blow, but right as it’s delivered, you hold your breath, close your eyes and flinch. Complete preparation just doesn’t exist when reflecting upon the depth of meaning with an announcement like the one from this past Wednesday.

Ken Griffey Jr. has retired from baseball. Read more…

The Field of Dreams Fantasy Draft

June 5, 2010 1 comment

At Not in HD, we try to create with the purpose of blowing your mind. As many of you may recall, about two months ago our staff of writer-extraordinaires put together a hilariously fascinating concept: The History of Sports Fantasy Draft. We had a blast doing so, and by the feedback I received from our readers, you were thoroughly entertained.

Because we aim to please – and because I am a huge sports nerd – I buried my head in the history books and came up with an idea for a sequel which was to be pure delight: Read more…

Almost Perfect

June 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Unless you have been stuck in a construction site port-a-potty all night, you should know that Detroit Tigers starter, Armando Galarraga, had perfection yanked from his deserving grasp. Read more…

The Night MLB All-Star Ben Zobrist Bought Me Dinner

May 11, 2010 1 comment

Although it had been planned for months, I found myself sitting through the final out of the Seattle Mariners/ Tampa Rays game Tuesday, wondering if I really was about to have dinner with Rays All-Star, Ben Zobrist. Read more…

Mariners Corner: Flying Away

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever had the misfortune of sitting in an airport, watching out the window, as a plane you were supposed to be on taxies down the runway, preparing to take off into the ether?

Not a fun feeling. Flying on stand-by can really blow sometimes.

Essentially, Mariner fans have been standing-by this season. Hoping to get something for nothing, or at least, something for a lot less than they bargained for. Read more…

MLBPA Ready to Egg Self, Over Anti-Immigration Measure

By now you have likely heard that the MLBPA is doing all it can to pin itself in a corner, by asking Arizona to repeal its new Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Arizona Senate Bill 1070). So why is the Player’s Association sitting there, shaving cream pie in hand, waiting to smear its own face?

Good question. Don’t worry, if you are confused as to the reason MLB is taking such a public stand, you aren’t alone. ESPN’s Corey Costelloe doesn’t quite understand their rational either. In fact, he writes that the MLBPA should tread lightly on this one. Read more…

Around the League: Jason Heyward’s Nickname

Before we go any further, it seems only fair to tell you that I can see the fear in your eyes. That look of sheer horror, pupils dilated to the size of gumballs, with precipitating tears of terror sprinkling out of your eye-lids. But I command you: Do not be afraid. This may be the Summer of Heyward, but I won’t be that guy who crams it down your throat every other column.

However, every time the planets align, prophesy calls for a Jason Heyward feature. It’s what the universe wants. Read more…

Mariners Corner: Three… is a Magic Number

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The Seattle Mariners last won the AL West in 2001, the very same year they tied the MLB record for wins in a regular season, with 116. In the eight seasons since, the M’s have finished last in the West four times and second to last another two.

Not coincidentally, 2001 was the last year DH Edgar Martinez had an above average offensive season. Seattle has been searching in vain for reliable middle of the order forces ever since. Read more…

The Market: Fantasy MLB Sleepers and Insomniacs

April 24, 2010 1 comment

We are three weeks into the MLB season and your fantasy drafts have come and gone. You and I both know you probably swung for the fences a few too many times, leaving you to build your hotel empire on Baltic Ave (Carlos Zambrano). Now comes the hard part; cleaning up the mess. Yet I’ve let you down of late, and not provided you with adequate fantasy tools, leaving you with Matthew Berry and Eric Karabell, which is essentially like going to school naked. How in God’s name have I not written a fantasy sleepers column yet?

Easy, I have been too focused on division previews and Opening Day. Well, leave you hanging out in the breeze will I NO LONGER. (Even though I still have one more division to break down before I’m in the clear.)

It’s finally time to talk fantasy sleepers and duds. Read more…