Posts Tagged ‘Yankees’

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Time For Replay In Baseball?

June 3, 2010

As I sit here staring at my Opening Day Poster of Target Field at work, last night’s Twins game comes to my head. Although it was a nice way for Griffey to end his career with a walk-off win, it would have been even nicer for the Twins to rain on Seattle’s parade (ironic it would rain in Seattle). In the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs, Ichiro Suzuki stepped to the plate and hit a soft grounder to the 2nd basemen Matt Tolbert who flipped it to Hardy at short for the sure force out which would have sent the game to the 11th inning. However, the runner was called safe and the winning run crossed the plate. Gardenhire (manager of the Twins) later said he would wait to see the replay but was certain the runner was out. This wasn’t the worst call of the night. Over in Detroit a disheartening (but laughable because it’s Detroit) event occurred. Andres Galarraga was 1 out away from pitching the 3rd perfect game this year, and the 21st in Major League Baseball history. Austin Jackson had already made a spectacular catch to keep the perfect game going and it seemed as if this was in the bag. The number 9 hitter, the 27th out, Jason Donald stepped int he box and hit a sharp ground ball towards Miguel Cabrera at 1st base. Cabrera fielded it cleanly and fired to Galarraga for the final out. Cabrera let out a loud cheer as he had thought he had helped his pitcher complete the gem. However first base umpire Jim Joyce thought differently. He called Donald safe on a play in which he was out by a full foot and a half. The replay clearly showed Donald was out. Alas there is no replay review in the MLB, therefore the play cannot be reviewed. Galarraga will always have this one hitter, but can never say he pitched a perfect game. Other instances such as Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” vs. the New York Yankees in the playoffs last year come to mind. The ball landed a good 6 inches in fair territory and could have potentially swung the momentum in that particular game. Again…no replay. It’s time to accept the inevitable, the MLB needs to adopt a replay rule. It doesn’t have to be for balls, strikes, or every out. It just has to be to get the big calls right. A rule system should be set in place to for managers to challenge at least 1 call, and foul balls should always be correct. Tennis uses the system, football, basketball, hockey, etc. It’s your call Bud, figure it out. Something as rare as a perfect game was robbed by one umpire…and on behalf of Mr. Galarraga, please implement the system

Jamieson Russek

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Justin Morneau: 1st Team All-Star Struggle

June 2, 2010


There is little doubt in the minds of many Minnesotans that Justin Morneau should be starting in this year’s All Star Game if he keeps up his phenominal defense and earth shattering offense. Morneau is currently batting .374, with 12 homeruns, and 37 rbi’s. If those stats aren’t impressive enough, Justin’s on-base percentage is a staggering .489. This means he is on base nearly 1 out of every 2 at bats. So with these stats why wouldn’t Morneau be a 1st team All-Star? Because of the Media Juggernaut out East. For years Yankees and Red Sox have dominated these lineups, deserving or not. The larger market teams seem to have the most fan votes and this is all that matters in the world of the All-Star selection. That and each team HAS to have one player. It is only fitting that the player ahead of Morneau in votes is Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. It’s just one more reason for Twins fans to hate the Bronx Bombers. Teixeira is batting a ridiculous .220 currently with only 8 homeruns, and an on-base percentage of a small .339. Yes, Teixeira’s OBP is smaller than Morneau’s batting average…not sayin’ just sayin’. Teixeira does have Morneau in one category and that is rbi’s. Teixeira has 1 more rbi than Justin, giving him 38. Please, if you’re a fan of the game and hate to see a player from a great organization such as the Twins get robbed of an honor like this, vote Morneau.

Who Would You Vote For?
Name Position Team AVG HR RBI OBP SLG
Justin Morneau 1st Base Minnesota Twins .374 12 37 .489 .687
Mark Teixeira 1st Base New York Yankees .220 8 34 .339 .385

Jamieson Russek