Run To First!

I apologize once again for my relatively long absence. I have been caught up in summer and have not had enough time to sit down and talk baseball.

I always knew that when a player hits a ball in fair territory, their job is to run to first base. Not to walk to first, not to jog to first, but to run to first. I have noticed an overwhelming amount of morning jogs to first base on a ground ball that could very easily be turned into a hit. I know some of you may be thinking I’m crazy and that these professional ballplayers put everything they have into helping their team. Then why do you see this happening from so many of your favourite stars today?

Wow what amazing hustle, what incredible speed. I notice at least one or two groundouts every game that could have been stretched into a hit or at least a much closer play at first. I understand on some groundballs to first there is no point running when it’s an obvious out. But when you hit a sharp grounder or slow roller to the left side of the diamond, hustle it out. They should run like its for an award.  I realize that this speed may cause injury, but the chances of it happening when your running to first is very slim… unless your Ryan Howard.

Whenever I hit a grounder in my games, I’m always running it out like there is no tomorrow. I can walk to first when draw four balls not when its the difference between one out or two thanks to an inning ending double play. Ever heard of a two-out rally? It is a simple change that many big leaguers today should consider. Why do we only see a hustle when someone lays down a bunt? Even that there only objective was probably to advance the runner. How about advancing the runner with a home run eh? That’ll really advance the runner as well as the pitcher’s ERA. All I’m saying is maybe we should see a little more of this.

Even though he was bunting a speedy guy like Jemile should never ground into a double play all year. For example, take totals from Jemile’s career and he has grounded into 8 double plays from 2011-2012 . Look at another similar sized player, like Zack Cozart and his total comes to 25 from the end of 2011-2013.

When a picture a hard runner, I think of Ichiro Suzuki. For years this guy has been bolting down the first base line. I’m not just saying this because he is a slap hitter, but he is practically half way to first before the fielder can even glove it. If hitters would just run like their contract is depending on it, I’m sure we would see a whole lot less double plays and some higher averages from the players we love.


MLB Free Agents 2013

With the end of the 2012 season comes the start off signing, trades and waiver claims. Here are reports made by me, on all 30 teams based on free agents and players. All stats and records are as of November 30 2012. Enjoy

MLB Free Agents

Team  Free Agents (Position) Best Fitting Free Agents Tradeable Players 
Arizona Diamondbacks     Matt Lindstrom, RP
Takashi Saito, RP
Henry Blaco, C
    Michael Bourn, OF     Willie Bloomquist, SS
Atlanta Braves     Michael Bourn, OF
Reed Johnson, OF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Chad Durbin, RP
Jeff Baker, RF
    Josh Hamilton, OF     Dan Uggla, 2B
Jair Jurrgens, SP
Baltimore Orioles     Joe Saunders, SP
Randy Wolf, SP
Endy Chavez, OF
Nate McLouth, OF
Jim Thome, DH
    Zack Grienke, SP     Brian Matusz, SP
Brian Roberts, 2B
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Boston Red Sox     Vincente Padilla, RP
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP
James Loney, 1B
Scott Podsednik, OF
Cody Ross, OF
    Kyle Lohse, SP     Daniel Bard, RP
Chicago Cubs Manny Corpas, RP
Joe Mather, OF
Mike Napoli, C
Zack Grienke, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
Ian Stewart, 3B
Chicago White Sox     Francisco Liriano, SP
Brett Myers, RP
A.J. Piersynski, C
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Orlando Hudson, 2B
    Michael Bourn, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
    Alex Rios, OF
Philip Humber, SP
Cincinnati Reds     Bill Bray, RP
Miguel Cairo, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, OF
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Josh Hamilton, OF
    Nick Masset, RP
Cleveland Indians     Roberto Hernandez, SP
Kevin Slowey, SP
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Travis Hafner, DH
Grady Sizemore, OF
    Jose Valverde, RP
Kyle Lohse, SP
    Jason Donald,SS
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP
Colorado Rockies     Jeff Francis, SP
Jonathan Sanchez, SP
Jason Giambi, 1B
    Mike Napoli, C
Anibal Sanchez, SP
    Ramon Hernandez, C
Michael Cuddyer, OF
Detroit Tigers     Anibal Sanchez, SP
Jose Valverde, RP
Delmon Young, DH
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
    Rick Porcello, SP
Ramon Santiago, 2B
Houston Astros     Chris Snyder, C     Mike Napoli, C
Michael Bourn, OF
Delmon Young, DH
    Wilton Lopez, RP
J.D. Martinez, OF
Kanasas City Royals     Joakim Soria, RP     Jose Valverde, RP
Kyle Lohse, SP
Zack Grienke, SP
    Luis Mendoza, SP
Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Jason Bourgeois, CF
Los Angeles Angels     Dan Haren, SP
Zack Grienke, SP
LaTroy Hawkins, RP
J. Isringhausen, RP
Eric Hurley, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP     Scott Downs, RP
Hank Conger, C
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Los Angeles Dodgers     Joe Blanton, SP
Randy Choate, RP
Juan Rivera, 1B
Shane Victorino, OF
Bobby Abreu, OF
    Anibal Sanchez, SP
Mike Napoli, C
    Ted Lilly, SP
Chris Capuano, SP
Juan Uribe, 3B
Nick Punto, 3B
Miami Marlins     Carlos Zambrano, SP
Juan Oviedo, RP
Carlos Lee, 1B
Chad Gaudin, RP
Austin Kearns, LF
    Mike Napoli, C
Zack Grienke, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
    Ricky Nolasco, SP
Logan Morrison, OF
Milwaukee Brewers     Francisco Rodriguez, RP
Shaun Marcum, SP
Jose Veras, RP
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Kameron Loe, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP
Jose Valverde, RP
    Nyjer Morgan, OF
Minnesota Twins     Carl Pavano, SP
Matt Capps, RP
    Josh Hamilton, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
Michael Bourn, OF
    Glen Perkins, RP
New York Mets     Jason Bay, OF
Scott Hairston, OF
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Jon Rauch, RP
Ramon Ramirez, RP
    Michael Bourn, OF
Delmon Young, OF
Ryan Dempster, SP
    Mike Nickeas, C
New York Yankees     Rafael Soriano, RP
Andruw Jones, OF
Nick Swisher, OF
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Raul Ibanez, OF
    Josh Hamilton, OF
Delmon Young, OF
Mike Napoli, C
    Clay Rapada, RP
Chris Dickerson, OF
Oakland Athletics     Dallas Braden, SP
Brandon McCarthy, SP
Stephen Drew, SS
Brandon Inge, 3B
Jeremy Accardo, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP
Delmon Young, OF
    Brandon Moss, 1B
Philadelphia Phillies     Jose Contreras, RP
Ty Wigginton, 1B
Placido Polanco, 3B
Hector Luna, 1B
Brian Schneider, C
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Bourn, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
Mike Napoli, C
    Freddy Galvis, 2B
Pittsburgh Pirates     Kevin Correira, SP
Jason Grilli, RP
Rod Barajas, C
Chad Qualls, RP
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Anibal Sanchez, Sp
    Jeff Karstens, SP
Clint Barmes, SS
San Diego Padres     Jason Marquis, SP
Tim Stauffer, SP
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Josh Hamilton, OF
    John Baker, C
Will Venable, OF
Jesus Guzman, OF
San Francisco Giants     Angel Pagan, OF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Freddy Sanchez, 2B
Aubrey Huff, 1B
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Bourn, OF
    Brett Pill, 1B
Javier Lopez, RP
Seattle Mariners     Miguel Olivo, C
Kevin Millwood, SP
George Sherrill, RP
    Mike Napoli, C
Anibal Sanchez, SP
    Jason Vargas, SP
Brendan Ryan, SS
Casper Wells, OF
St. Louis Cardinals     Kyle Lohse, SP
Lance Berkman, 1B
Brian Fuentes, RP
    Nick Swisher, OF     Edward Mujica, RP
Tampa Bay Rays     Kyle Farnsworth, RP
Carlos Pena, 1B
Jeff Keppinger, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
J.P. Howell, RP
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Josh Hamilton, OF
    Alex Cobb, SP
Reid Brignac, SS
Ben Francisco, OF
Texas Rangers     Josh Hamilton, OF
Mike Napoli, C
Koji Uehara, RP
Ryan Dempster, SP
Colby Lewis, SP
    Nick Swisher, OF     Mitch Moreland, 1B
Toronto Blue Jays     Jason Frasor, RP
Brandon Lyon, RP
Kelly Johnson, 2B
    Anibal Sanchez, SP     Mark Buehrle, SP
John Buck, C
Jesse Litsch, RP
Washington Nationals     Edwin Jackson, SP
Sean Burnett, RP
Chien-Ming Wang, SP
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Mike Gonzalez, RP
    Zack Grienke, SP
Ryan Dempster, SP
    Tom Gorzelanny, RP
Jesus Flores, C
Roger Bernadina, OF