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Why aren't countries going after FIFA in the courts? Sooner or later someone has to take them down and destroy them.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Blatter is like most people in his position, bait of a bigot, and listens to one thing, and one thing only: money. Qatar is a disaster already, so many people killed, so much disgusting stuff, yet he sees $ signs only. He's a terrible human being.
@Cloud09 @Double Down I don't disagree but that ship sailed, though it is still in sight of land.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Candidates: Craig Ramsay, Perry Pearn, Rick Tocchet
@TheCanucksnaphook @Xxxxxnew You want Gomez??
I'd hire only two assistants. One for D help, one special teams. Both experienced in Junior and NHL. Not sure I'd hire any of the guys mentioned are what the Leafs need. That D guy who coached the Baby Leafs a few years ago would be a good hire.
I watched it unfold at home in Canada. Seeing those poor people crushed up against the hooligan fences, the police panicking and letting them in then lying about it, the players completely mystified. It was and is terrible. You don't need to be a soccer (football) fan, like LIverpool or Notts Forest, it was horrible.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/30-for-30-soccer-stories-review-hillsborough.html
A lot of people are whining the Aguirre thinks he's better than "a Hall of Famer." Yes, he's better than Ralph Sampson. And yes, he was better than Dantley. Dantley was a good mid-range player but Aguirre was good from the blocks out to the three point line and could pass, run the floor. With Dantley teams were restricted in offensive sets and systems, but Aguirre was good in all situations. As the NBA in 1980 moved from offensive sets to the modern motion offence Dantley became a role player. Good stats, sure, he was good at what he was good at but Aguirre was good at more.
Remember when Dallas made the trade? Imagine Blackman, Harper et al, so happy to be rid of Aguirre, thinking he was holding them back. Then Dantley arrives, they play with him, and soon realize their sets are stilted. "Gee, I'd pass the ball inside to Mark and he'd score or kick it back out. Adrian won't post up. I'd swing it to Mark outside, he'd shoot or find the open man. Adrian doesn't go outside to we can't run those options. We get the ball to Mark on the wing and he shoots, he drives, or kicks it to the open man. Adrian gets it, massages the ball to rub the pebble off, then 10 seconds later shoots, or maybe drives, or maybe gets bored and passes it out with 2 seconds left on the shot clock. We go out on the break, Mark could lead, attack the basket. Adrian, well, he sort of does the same thing every time."
Wonder how they felt sitting in 4th in the West with Aguirre, Tarpley out of action for quite a while, then getting Dantley and falling to 9th? Next year Dantley gets hurt, they squeak into 8th, and don't make the playoffs for years.
Detroit, on the other hand, sat 6 games behind Cleveland, was 0-13 against Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland, was on an 8-6 tear, and scoring 96 points a game. Get Aguirre, go win over 40 games and lose only 6, fly into the playoffs with gusto and win in a slam dunk. Eventually make Aguirre a 6th man next year, rinse and repeat. Notice how Detroit dropped 20 games in the standings after Aguirre left? Dallas noticed what happened when they lost Aguirre, too.
Aguirre was a truly great College player and same in Dallas, and took a lesser role to win in Detroit. Dantley refused to pass, didn't want to run the break, wanted things done his way. Who was better? No duh, Aguirre.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/30-for-30-review-bad-boys.html
The parts with Mark Aguirre were great. Man, what a player. Without him, Detroit was just tough team. The needed his versatility, ability to run, and passing that so far exceeded Dantley's. No wonder they took off after the trade, they could run an open offence and put Aguirre in the blocks or out on the wing or out at 3 point land and he was, as Larry Bird said, "always a threat, the only guy we had to double team."
In 2003 the Expos were in the playoff race comfortably but weren't allowed to field a full team like 29 other MLB teams were. Think that had anything to do with them missing the playoffs? I do.
What you forgot: Was he a memorable player, a player who fans loved, teammates loved, who made plays that made the opposition stand up and cheer, time and again? Yes, of course, obviously, all the time.
Hall of Fame? A slam dunk, all considered, but this is baseball and Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell aren't in (though Bagwell is less of a slam dunk than Vlad because Vlad made so, so many great throws, catches, and hits). He should get in by 2020 at the latest but bigotry may play a role. Yet he's the kind of player you want in the Hall, fantastic player, exciting for years and years, and a good person.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on The Hall of Fame case of Vladimir Guerrero
Vlad on the Washington ring thing? Considering they don't have any Expo retired numbers (10, 8, 30) on the walls I don't see why. MLB folded the Expos and game a new franchise to Washington. Vlad was an Expo, not a Washington. THough he played well as a visitor, quite well.
10 months ago on I want Vladimir Guerrero to be a member of the Nationals’ Ring of Honor
Sweden - Borje Salming; US - Kessel it seems; Russia, hmmm, who really qualifies, Borshevski? Kulemin? Kaberle is my given, I don't know enough Finns or Slovaks. Canadian - Keon over Sittler.
11 months, 1 week ago on <!--:en-->Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality<!--:-->
@Alec Brownscombe @Double Down Why not call a time out then? I would have.
1 year ago on An Interview with Greg Cronin
I like that Cronin didn't give bullet answers. Corsi is a useless stat, unlike puck possession, shooting %, save %, stats that actually relate to how you're playing the game. BUt people sometimes can't see the trees for the forest. I teach math, by the way.
Out possessed, outshot (and as most sites show they gave up an ton of quality shots), and had a hard time maintaining possession in the O zone.
I wonder to the day why the caching staff sat on their heels as the game slipped away. This interview makes it obvious, the coaches were overconfident and thought the game was over.
I guess most GM's know a strong power hitting 1B is important and easy to find, and defence at 1B not so hard, so you spend on hitting (Prince Fielder, basic example). At 3B you want solid D and power but don't want to sacrifice D for power, really, and few men play great 3B D and hit with power. Supply/demand says 3B should make big bucks (Beltre) if they can hit/field, but 3B who can hit/field to a top level are rare. Thus you have more guarantees with a 1B. Trumbo may succeed at 3B but you're right, it's cheaper to put him there. Trout and Trumbo need to play their best positions for the Angels to make the most of them, but with Pujols can they?
2 years ago on Could moving Trumbo to third base save the Angels money? | June
The HR contest is really batting practice, or close to it. For the fans.
2 years ago on Derby Day with Mark Trumbo | June
@SorianoJoe Can't say I disagree. Not sure why teams haven't picked up Vlad, after all a lost game or two can cost a team the playoffs, and in the AL this year it's a bit wide open.
2 years, 1 month ago on Rumors: Vladimir Guerrero not close to signing
A DH/LF who can hit for average and some power. That's Vlad, still. Will Cleveland dump Damon, or Detroit, or someone else in the next month?
I figure in the next two weeks they mat decide to sign Guerrero. Hard to know what they'll do. But a platoon with Guerrero, who has shown he can play LF still, a bit, may work out. Who knows what the future holds anyway?
2 years, 1 month ago on A Poor Man's Casper Wells?
I'd sign Guerrero to platoon, he seems a very good fit for one year; a guy who's faced pennant pressure for about a decade. Cleveland could use him too, I suppose.
2 years, 1 month ago on "So Much Going On Right Now" For Tigers
The Pirates? I doubt it. But I'm sure we'll know soon.
2 years, 1 month ago on Fire Up the Vlad Guerrero to Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors
This just in: who is Mike Milner? If Guerrero asked for his release it most likely would be to join another team. But real reporters just tweeted that Guerrero ain't retiring. Great triple last night, what a drive!
2 years, 1 month ago on Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Has Vladimir Guerrero Given Up?
Too bad they didn't sign Vlad, but such is life. Long season, and healthy teams tend to win more than unhealthy, regardless of talent.
2 years, 1 month ago on Who Should DH While Travis Hafner is Out?
I hope Guerrero has an excellent season, no idea what to expect but given how much how wants to succeed and help is a .315 BA and 15 HR too much to ask? Good luck to the man!
2 years, 1 month ago on Red Sox & Blue Jays Series Q&A With Jays Journal
From last year it was Markakis and Jones who gave the most kudos to Guerrero, so no surprise to see both doing as well if not better this year. All Jones has to do to keep staying this way is to keep doing what he's done the last 2 years.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Baltimore Orioles Plan To Give Adam Jones A Money Bath
It would be good to see Vlad the Cannon play some OF again, but if DH it is, fine. I'm not surprised at his success so far in being ready, he's not one to act entitled.
2 years, 1 month ago on Vladimir Guerrero Nearing Minor League Rehab Stint
Not that bizarre, he's already playing some OF in spring training and other teams may want him now that the Jays have spent the money getting him ready.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Reports to Toronto Blue Jays Minor-League Complex
Oh, and expectations? I expect him to play, and if he gets in 90+ games I expect 100+ hits, 10 HR's, and his team to gain at least 5 wins.
Well, people had said that Vladimir was in great shape before he reported, that turned out to be validated. They said he was working out to play OF, not DH, that was true. Last year Guerrero said he wanted to make adjustments and do better this year, well the Dunedin people say he's certainly taken steps that way too. Thing is, if he is ready to go, and the Jays don't want him, other teams will jump at the chance to get him, like Detroit and maybe more, especially if he can play OF. So maybe a win-win for the Jays, either get a solid to better player, or trade bait for the near future. Unless they screw up somehow, which is always possible, or he gets hurt.
I find it funny how people keep saying what Vladimir can't do based on one game in 2010 or how he was treated in Baltimore. Great to always use limited facts to back up a statement, not the present. To say he can't succeed somehow is like saying Pujols, Bautista, Lind, and so many more failures this year are all mirages, they are doing fantastic we just can't see it.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Signs with Toronto Blue Jays
Good player, if he is in better shape than when he was an Oriole then playing the field is very possible. Will be great to see him again in the Bigs.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Signs With The Blue Jays
@ChrisHannum Contact hitters with power like Guerrero are very rare indeed. It may be hard to platoon Boesch but it needs to be done. Some guys simply need that, to hit in certain situations only. He may need to.
2 years, 2 months ago on Brennan Boesch and the O-Swing% Difference
I doubt they'd go after Vlad, but since all reports say he can still play a solid D in a platoon situation, who knows for sure?
2 years, 2 months ago on Nationals Rumors: Twins Denard Span on Washington's Radar
I'm not so sure one can simply base how good a hitting coach is on how he hit when he played. How many hitting coaches has Mark Reynolds had, or Jai Miller, and neither can make contact anywhere close to 50% of swings. I don't know of any hitting coach who, wherever and whenever, could get guys to hit no matter what. It's not like pitching coaches, hitting is so personal, physically and mentally. No hitting coach I recall was in demand every year, pitching coaches sure. In the end, 90% of a hitter's success is his own fault.
2 years, 2 months ago on An unbiased look at Mickey Hatcher | May
I do need to learn to type, my gosh. The way I see it, Arizona will sign him to help the team, or not. If they sign him, they will either be very happy for the new success or think they have trade bait to an AL team come July/August. If they don't, no foul. As for him, this gets his name out there in a positive light; several teams lack offence, and with how mixed up so many teams are even more clubs realize this year they have a big opportunity to make the playoffs (old and soft NYY, Boston falling over themselves, Philly can't hit, Detroit lots of holes...). Act fast and smart and Guerrero could easily be the guy to get them to the postseason. Some GM's are under pressure to win, others are under pressure to not lose. Oddly, looks like a very interesting year.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Diamondbacks Unsure About Vlad
No news on what might happen yet, that usually means a team is in talks. Few do their negotiations through the media, but many do their dismissals and such that way.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Vlad "Looked Good" During Diamondbacks Workout
Ah, depth and planning.
Uhm, the $5 mil was a fabricated story by an attention seeker. Not sure if Arizona will sign him but reports say they liked what they saw, but enough?
2 years, 2 months ago on Vlad Guerrero Scheduled to Workout for the D-Backs
I have read that Guerrero has been playing some 1B and is in better shape than last year. See what happens, if he looks good but doesn't get signed some AL teams may come a-knocking, who knows. Especially if the 1B thing and improved health are true.
2 years, 2 months ago on Johnny Damon, Andy Pettitte Comeback City
Funny how people believe tweets, the new "look at me, look at me!" trend.
BTW, he was never charged or arrested, it was all a mistake by, what else, eager twitter beavers needing attention. He went to the police twice, things got cleared up, the policeman in question retracted his claims. Of course, all of that was in real news, not found on Twitter.
I wonder if he really has been working out at 1B? Would be smart.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Diamondbacks to Work Out Vlad
Good luck to Vlad. Way too many lies on twitter after all, most from 'reputable' journalists.
True, hopefully both teams will do better soon enough. I do wonder if/when Vlad Guerrero will be signed? too many people underrate him. People don't want to be a DH anymore, as they all know you get pigeonholed and get a shorter career; look at all the bad players who can't hit or field, why are they playing? reynolds, Betemit, so many more.
2 years, 3 months ago on Pirates and D-Backs are opposite ends of the MLB spectrum
Signing a FA to play makes sense; can DFA later if needed, not lost prospects or roster players, and if he plays well then trade bait.
2 years, 3 months ago on D-Backs Depth About to get Tested
I'd sign Vlad; PH, Dh, and a bit of outfield play, why not? Just make sure to give him ample warning of his role. It's not like he can't play OF, just that Baltimore never let him.
Oooh, swing and a miss there, he was never charged or even really a suspect.
2 years, 3 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Arrested in Dominican Republic
Good for him. The guy should be on a major league team by the end of May, if teams are smart enough. We shall see.
2 years, 3 months ago on Vlad Guerrero Not Charged In Disco Attack
I mean Vlad Guerrero, of course. Yanks may, after all Ibanez has not hit or played well at all.
2 years, 3 months ago on Ready For New Season
Someone will sign Guerero soon, I hope.
Odd, They could pay millions for another left handed hitter who may be worse than what they've got, or go get Damon for less but he also hits left, or get Guerrero for even less but he hits right. Best choice, team-wise, is Guerrero, but with injuries who knows? It isn't Abreau.
2 years, 3 months ago on Is Bobby Abreu the Answer in Left Field?
A lot of teams have such bad, bad hitting, either defence or pitching will keep about 10 teams from 100 losses. I haven't seen such poor league-wide hitting since, well, forever. And it's not like pitching is so much better. So few can hit properly now, especially curveballs.
2 years, 3 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Indians Work Out Vlad Again - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Working out Vladimir twice shows interest, and a lack of faith in who's on the team (Both hitting and health-wise).
Never can tell. I do think someone will take on Vlad to improve their offence, no idea who.
2 years, 3 months ago on Right Handed Bat? Vladimir Guerrero Could Be Worth A Look
Wieters. You don't want sub-.300 OBP guys in your top 5 batters, no way no how. Unless Davis and Reynolds can prove they won't kill the run support of the top 3 they need to bat 6-9, realistically. Better to be prepared with Wieters and Betimit even at #4. But if Wieters bats 4th, then Betimit 5th as some protection?
2 years, 4 months ago on Fourth and Counting
Likely no. He could be a backup 1B man and pay that way, but he needs time to get acclimated to that role. I think he'd do better in Minny or Cleveland as DH and backup 1B man.
2 years, 4 months ago on Miami Marlins Eyeing Vladimir Guerrero?
@michael.allen.engel @dscharabinCorrect. If his D skills stay strong, he may be up near Gary Carter territory or better in a decade.
2 years, 4 months ago on Bombs, Graphs and Winning over Fans
If he stays healthy, I doubt even than that he can match Guerrero, but good look trying.
If they could deal Abreu they could sign Guerrero to platoon; and as Guerrero is very god in the clubhouse and a 'good soldier', it opens up possibilities for lineups to match up well and get the hottest lineup each day. Guerrero can't play OF every day but he can still fill in now and again if needed, otherwise he'll hit and sit if that's what the team needs. I don't dislike Abreu but the team needs to let other guys play, not grumble and watch.
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: Abreu demands a trade, Morales unlikely to be ready for spring opener, Iannetta not worried about leaving Coors Field | February
@monkeywithahalo Who knows for sure? Hitting is still at a bit of a premium, and he'll be back a better hitter this year. After all, some teams will look and see that the guys hitting behind him, even the last two years, have had career years, and one can't discount that. Given injuries, flops, and so on, he may not get any offers, but a lot can change fast. A week ago Detroit and NYY had no interest in adding a hitter; in four weeks maybe Cleveland, Texas, Toronto will have a sudden need to improve. One can't tell, and with so many lousy hitters out there, well.....
2 years, 6 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels Still Interested in Francisco Cordero, Halos Tried Signing Darvish as a Teenager, A Cautionary Tale for Angel Fans | January
I think Vlad has that one more year left in him. Sadly, other guys get shots way past their prime to chase records et al, or appease a bet it seems. BUt about 8 teams may sign him, not sure why the ESPN story is so blah, after all the three times Vlad signed as a free agent it was late January/into February, why should this time be different?
I do agree about the irrational love for Jack Morris. If he gets in the HOF, why have it at all? No matter how you look at it the guy was a workhorse, but never a thoroughbred for even 2 total seasons. Or even close to being one. Put him in and you might as well put in another 500 workhorses who are never one of the best pitchers of their era.
2 years, 6 months ago on Tim Salmon Falls Off The Hall Of Fame Ballot
Opps, I should add that I agree completely than many errors are caused by guys who hustle and force fielders into errors. Too often fans mistake an error for a mistake by a fielder and forget that runners who hustle force a lot of those mistakes.
2 years, 6 months ago on Willie Wilson and the Lost Art of Baserunning
Very nicely written, I am old enough to remember Willie Wilson, though I am not a Royals fan.
@DomenicA.Vadala I agree, too many people like to obfuscate the truth with a lot of silly stats. Attitude manners, and so does being able to play and hit. No sense getting more guys like Reynolds in my opinion, guys with so many limitations. Get a guy who can plain hit, DH. Let C Davis take 1B if he can hit ML pitching. And see what the pitchers can do.
2 years, 6 months ago on That's just Manny being...an Oriole?
Oh, I think you missed the point Domenic, the point is obvious to me, that ADDING guys like Morgan, Bradley, guys like Ramirez, Chris Davis, and Mark Reynolds, will create a fun team to watch, unless you want wins. The poster pointed out that too many fans look at advanced stats as determiners of who to get on the team, and ignore better facts that show more clearly if said player can play MLB ball, or can hit/defend in your ballpark, against said pitchers....
Agreed, if Vlad works hard, gets down to around 220 pounds, less stress on his knees, he might be able to platoon in the outfield on occasion. See what transpires.
2 years, 6 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero's Hall of Fame Case
You know, if Vlad can get back to the weight he was when he started with Texas, I can see him playing a LF platoon besides DHing for another 2 years. He was simply too strong/big above the waist in the 2nd half of 2010 and all 2011 to hit and run like he did from April-June 2010. I hope he gets back down to 225 or so, he'll be able to play those 2-3 years and hit like he did with Texas again. When he was playing the field a bit he was hitting .345.
WAR is just one of those obfuscating stat lines that don't take into account teammates, park factors, pitching ability, so much. That's why your basic stats are so good, and accurate. They tell the true tale and valid arguments. I always enjoyed Vlad playing, and remember so many games where he was huge, for so long. Great arm, covered so much territory, power, average, speed, and class.
Have to agree, only idiots who like to manipulate stats (as if that matters) would omit him (and they'd let in a few guys like Rob Deer and Pete Incaviglia). He delivered game in and out, and your stats don't cover his clutch hitting or incredible arm and range in RF, one of the best ever. Can't disagree at all, his game impact ability still creates career years for guys hitting behind him (Josh Hamilton, Adam Jones, you're welcome). Take out the steroid kings and his numbers look even better, but it's not just numbers, but how he played the game. Class act, the Adenhart deal, professional, never whined or complained, never quit, no stupid arrests or fights with teammates, no going to the media to grieve....
@MCBjohnverburg Good point. Buy cheap and young and yes, great things may happen. As always, time gives us answers.
2 years, 7 months ago on Tigers Should Have Interest In Jorge Soler
@MCBjohnverburg True, never any guarantees, but we know less about these guys than ones already in the States. Saying either can ever be as good as Guerrero is a stretch but then again who knows? Time will tell, as it is with Kendry Morales. Detroit may get one.
No worries, as long as the O's focus on adding a strong pitcher, getting young and solid prospects, and trading Reynolds for a better infielder, things will improve. If Reynolds is gone, a better corner D man is found, and Duquette can get a pitcher with talent, all will be well, enough.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2011 Orioles Off-Season: Winter Meetings Start Next Week
Hard to know how good these buys are, or what their work ethic and attitudes are like. That alone is making it tough.
He has apparently told Buck that he will continue to refuse a DH job, so the O's would be wise to sell high on him now before he stinks out the joint. His poor contact rate and even worse D aren't going to improve, ask Rob Deer or Pete Incaviglia fans about that!
2 years, 8 months ago on 2011 Orioles Retrospective: Mark Reynolds | November
Mariners need hitting, beggars can't be choosers.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Epic, Grand, Amazing King For A Day: Off-Season Edition