Especially after Galaraga (sp) perfect game last year
For as long as there is limited overs cricket - of ten, twenty or fifty overs - there will remain the Sri Lankan spinners' mid-innings choke
Ivan Pudge Rodriguez retired today as a Ranager. My favorite US athlete of all time. Heck, probably my favorite athlete period behind Imran. In my mind, he's the greatest catcher of all time. He's far ahead of everyone defensively and his offensive numbers match up well with others. Even if you don't consider him the GOAT, he belongs in the shortlist with Bench, Fisk, and Bera. Consider:
-Pudge is the all-time leader in games caught with 2,427. He hit 311 home runs, 304 as a catcher, which ranks fifth-best all-time.
- His 67.3 wins above replacement is tied with Fisk for second-best among catchers, trailing only Johnny Bench.
-He's the only player in history to have a 20-home run/20-stolen base season as a catcher.
-He's one of five players in history with a .290 batting average, 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,300 RBIs. The other four were Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, George Brett and Barry Bonds.
-He was a 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove Award winner, 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and the 1999 AL MVP.
I can go on and on. Of course, like many players from his era, he has the steroid cloud hanging over him. Though I must point out that he was never named in the Mitchel report, nor tested positive for any test. Canseco is the only one that alleged he took roids. So take that for what it's worth. I would contend though that he was already a great defensive catcher with a gun arm prior to meeting Canseco. He would've had a stellar career with or without steroids.
So long Pudge and thanks for the memories.
Saw Darvish pitch a whole game for the first time yesterday.
Looked impressive, would love for the Yankees to face him again this year though.
Yankees always struggle when they see a new pitcher for the 1st time.
Blue Jays vs Mariners
WHAT A GAME!!
Any Nats fans here? That Bryce Harper guy looks pretty handy. Heck of an arm too.
He doesn't walk enough but will be the best bat in the majors in 5 years.
Tempted to head over to the game tonight, just to boo Darvish.
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