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July 16, 2008

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The 2008 All-Star Game from Yankee Stadium was one of the most memorable in recent history, possibly of all time.  This was a very fitting final chapter to this storied stadium in the Bronx.  However, Scott Kazmir and Brandon Webb pitching on 1 day of rest showed why we need to change how the games are managed. 

The managers are overly concerned with giving everyone playing time in the ASG, and i can understand their concerns; these players are playing to represent their league, and all want their chance to shine.  However, in many cases, backups are given equal playing time to those voted in by the fans, and in most cases, those who are voted in are the ones who deserve the spots.   HOwever, these early mass subs by the coaches lead to lack of backups late in games, especially in the pitching category.  Starting Pitchers who would not normally be pitching on the small amount of time since their last start are thrown into games, and this can lead to overuse of the bullpen and also serious injury.  Kazmir, Webb, and Dempster should all have been replaced on the roster by fully rested pitchers who could make a strong contribution.  When Kazmir pitched the 15th today, he was obviously fatigued, and I do not believe he could have pitched more than one more inning w/o seriously hurting himself.  The managers goal should not be to use all the pitchers by the 9th inning, but to showcase the best players on the team against the best in the league.  

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June 05, 2008

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The Mariners once again lost on Wednesday night, falling to 15.5 games out of first in the A.L. West.  Once again, the pitching struggled, as Miguel Batista failed to lead them to victory.  I have a simple solution to the problem that is our starting pitching, and although it may not solve the entire problem, it can not hurt it.  Start R.A. Dickey.  RA has had two very strong outings in a row out of the bullpen, and in all honestly has looked stronger than any pitcher outside of Bedard/Felix this year. It can't get any worse for the Mariners, as Washburn, Silva and Batista continue to struggle and give up lots of runs early.  R.A. Dickey has proven himself out of the bullpen and deserves a shot at earning a role in the rotation.    

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May 29, 2008

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The Chicago Bulls hired a new head coach today, and its their old one, Doug Collins who got the nod.  Collins has been a solid head coach with a few different teams, but I do not believe he is the right fit for this team.  Collins could not win when he had this guy named Jordan on his team, how is he going to be able to win now.  Collins did come into a decent situation, a mediocre team that is getting the #1 pick in the upcoming draft.  The Bulls should have no problem making the playoffs this upcoming season, but I still don't believe that Collins will be able to push them over the hump and get them past the 2nd round of the playoffs.  I think that Avery Johnson would have been a much better pick for this team, which was in desperate need of a coach who could be

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May 28, 2008

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The Boston Celtics went up 3-2 in their series with Detroit with a big win at home on Wednesday night.  To me this means that the Celtics have basically clinched this series, because I dont think that Detroit can win 2 in a row against the Boston Three Party.  In all honesty, I was surprised that this series has been this good so far, but it feels like Boston this year in the playoffs is only doing just barely enough to get by each round, and this round has been no exception. Tonights hero was Kendrick Perkins, who put up 12 points and 13 rebounds in the first half, including 3 big boards in a run to end the half.  Game 6 will be played in Detroit and I feel that the Pistons may win this one, but do not be surprised if the Celtics come out strong and slam the door on the Pis

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May 26, 2008

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The Seattle Mariners once again lost on Memorial Day, and have now fallen to a sickly 18 games under .500.  This is not the start that both management and fans thought they would have this year, and many are growing impatient with how the season has gone.  Many rumors have been flying about different trades, one major scenario involving Jarrod Washburn.  Another trade possibility that I would not be surprised to see in the next couple months if the Mariners struggles continue is that of Erik Bedard.  Erik Bedard was supposed to be a major acquisition in the offseason and has yet to fulfill the hype.  Other big names that may be moved are Adrian Beltre, Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro.  Check for more updates as they become available. Technorati Profile

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