Mike Francesa goes crazy over the Mets

I don’t want to say a lot about this, because it would take your time away from watching the video. In case you don’t know though, Mike Franseca is a radio host in New York, and used to be apart of the famed “Mike and The Mad Dog” show in New York. The video above is absolutely hilarious. It’s 10 solid minutes of him ripping the Mets and their fans, yelling the whole way through. Trust me, it’s worth the watch.

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C’mon Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals haven’t been relevant for a long time. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 1985. So when they were given the All Star Game in the beautiful Kauffman Stadium, they would finally have the attention of the whole baseball world for a couple of days. The most memorable thing that’s going to come out of their time as All Star host? Their relentless booing of Robinson Cano.

It’s not that Robinson Cano shouldn’t be booed. As he said, he gets booed often being a member of the New York Yankees for his whole career. What I found ridiculous was the reason they were booing and how much they booed him.

First off, I’ve seen ridiculous articles and heard statements that their should be one participant from the host team in each home run derby. I like the idea of captains picking the players are more importantly I like the idea of captains picking people who are more relevant than Billy Butler. I hate to break it to you Royals fans, but the Home Run Derby already is losing viewership and Billy Butler isn’t going to help. He’s 16th in his LEAGUE-not all of baseball, just the AL-in home runs with 16. Some of the people ahead of him include AJ Pierzynski, Jarod Saltalamacchia, Josh Reddick and most importantly everybody that Cano picked for the Derby. Not to mention that the three players Cano picked were the top three home run hitters in the whole Derby. Get real Royals fans and be glad that they needed to bring somebody from your team to the game.

Anyway, like I said I’m totally fine with booing him when he gets up to bat. When you cheer every time he records an out in the HR Derby? A little bit ridiculous. When you’re still bitter enough to boo him when he’s introduced the next day? More ridiculous. The most ridiculous thing that the Royals fans did though? Booing Cano when he’s on the AL team during the All Star Game and cheering when he gets out. I realize that you may be used to booing your on team, but your supposed to be rooting for the AL team when that’s the league your team is.

Kansas City sure has a beautiful stadium but their fans rained on the parade a bit. They held some huge bitter feelings towards somebody because he didn’t bring one of their less qualified players into the Home Run Derby, which I’m sure Billy Butler himself never thought he would be in anyway. C’mon Kansas City.

Home Run Derby Odds and other news from the MLB All Star Break

Now that the baseball season is at the midway point, the focus for the next couple of days has shifted to the All Star Break. If you didn’t read it, here’s my first half award winners. Since there’s a lot of small stories and events from the upcoming All Star festivities, here’s some small news and notes.

-The big news from today is Tony La Russa’s decision to pitch Matt Cain over R.A Dickey as the starter in the All Star Game. La Russa has made some headlines already this week with some decisions, although this one makes sense. It’s a legitimate concern that Buster Posey won’t be able to catch his knuckleball. It’s hard for a lot of catchers, especially one that’s never worked with Dickey before. So I’m okay with it, even though I think it’s strange that they allow La Russa to coach the game even though he’s retired.

-Giancarlo Stanton had to drop out of the Home Run Derby and All Star Game due to an injury. His injury allowed Bryce Harper to get into the game and become the youngest position player to ever play in the All Star Game. He was replaced in the Home Run Derby by Andrew McCutchen. Speaking of the Home Run Derby…

-Odds were released for the Home Run Derby by Sportsbook.com. They have defending Home Run Derby champ Robinson Cano and 2012 Home Run leader Jose Bautista as favorites at 3/1 followed by Prince Fielder at 7/2, Carlos Beltran at 5/1, Mark Trumbo at 5/1, Carlos Gonzalez at 6/1 and Andrew McCutchen at 8/1. I like either Fielder or Trumbo to come away with it.

-Following the Home Run Derby on ESPN is the Celebrity and Legends Softball Game. While some may not like this, I personally enjoy it. Some of the legends suiting up are George Brett, Bo Jackson, Mike Piazza and Rickey Henderson. Some of the Celebrities include Actor Jon Hamm, former American Idol winner David Cook, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, Kansas head coach Bill Self and UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones. The game will be called by ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Jon Anderson.

The All Star festivities should be good and you can hear all of your All Star news here. Stay tuned and follow me on twitter @CriesfromCrowd

CFC MLB Midseason awards

At the midseason point in the 2012 MLB season, there has been plenty of surprises and disappointments. As we look at the Midseason Awards though, there’s also a lot of familiar faces. Alongside those though, there’s also a surprising Cy Young candidate who’s running away with it right now. It could and probably will all change by the end of the year, but these are the leaders at the midway point. Here’s my MVP’s, Cy Young’s, Rookie’s of the Year and Managers of the Year.

AL MVP: Josh Hamilton, CF, Texas Rangers

It’s just another MVP caliber season from the 2010 MVP winner. I also considered Mike Trout, the rookie phenom from the Angels but Hamilton is my pick. As of today, Hamilton is batting .314 with 26 home runs and a staggering 74 RBI’s. He also leads the league in Slugging percentage and OPS while playing on the 2nd best team in all of baseball.

NL MVP: David Wright, 3B, New York Mets

At the beginning of the season, I was talking to a Mets fan about David Wright who told me that he hoped he was good enough to be trade by the deadline. I told him no way. Needless to say, I was wrong. Not only did I think the Mets would be in contention but I didn’t think Wright would be anyway close to what he’s doing. He’s batting .354 with 11 HR’s and 54 RBI’s. He also has a 1.012 OPS and has gotten a deserving nod to the All Star Game.

AL Cy Young:  Justin Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers

It’s getting tiring giving this to Justin Verlander every year, but at least he shouldn’t win the MVP right? Seriously though, Verlander is bringing it again this year and deserves the Cy Young. When comparing him to other candidates Jered Weaver and Chris Sale, I was leaning towards Sale who has a better ERA and record until I looked deeper into the stats. Verlander has more strikeouts and 5 complete games, compared to 2 by Weaver and 1 by Sale. That was enough to give it to Verlander, again.

NL Cy Young: R.A Dickey, P, New York Mets

By far the easiest decision, R.A Dickey has been dominant this season. He’s had two 1 hit shutouts and went 44 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He’s 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA and unless he has a meltdown in the 2nd half of the season, he’s by far the runaway choice for the NL Cy Young.

AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

As I talked about in the AL MVP section, Mike Trout has been amazing this year and is an MVP candidate along with the Rookie of the Year. Since he has joined the Angels they have been one of the top teams in the league and Trout has been effective both offensively and defensively. He has the best batting average in the AL and stolen bases and is one of the bright young stars in all of baseball.

NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

Another one of the bright young stars in baseball who has been arguably covered more, Bryce Harper is also having a great year for the Washington Nationals. He didn’t get voted into the All Star Game, but in his first season Harper is batting .283 with 8 HR’s and 25 RBI’s.

AL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles

NL Manager of the Year: Terry Collins, New York Mets

I’m lumping both of the Manager of the Year winners because I picked them for  pretty much the same reason. We didn’t expect the Orioles or the Mets to be anywhere near decent, let alone contending in their divisions.

Roger Clemens found not guilty of perjury charges

After 8 weeks and questioning 46 witnesses, Roger Clemens has finally been acquitted of all the charges against him. The case against Clemens included one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He was found not guilty of all counts.

Soiled medical wrappings, cotton balls, drug vials and hypodermic needles that former trainer Brian McNamee kept were all presented but in the end it wasn’t enough evidence and was argued to be contaminated due to the aging that had taken place on the genetic evidence.

This is the second time that Clemens has been on trial, with the first one being declared a mistrial before it reached the jury.

A Hall of Famer on the stats sheet, Clemens will now have to wait along with other players from the past decade on whether or not they will be allowed into Cooperstown. Whether or not McNamee did have correct evidence, the case for Clemens may be tarnished from now on.

 

The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout Debate: Who would I take?

Last year, the Los Angeles Angels called up Mike Trout at the end of their season. Trout was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft and had 5 HR’s and 16 RBI’s in 40 games with the Angels last season. Around the same time, Bryce Harper was an 18 year old in the minors who had already been heavily covered as a 1st round pick and through contract discussions.

Fast forward to 2012, where Trout and Harper are both having incredible seasons. Harper is batting .307 with 7 HR’s and 19 RBI’s for a 1st place Nationals team while Trout is equally impressive with 6 HR’s, 26 RBI’s and a league leading 15 stolen bases.

With both of these young players tearing up the major league’s, the debate across the sports world is who would you rather build a team around.

Harper has obviously been the more publicized one and the 19 year old phenom is one year younger than Trout. They both play the outfield and Trout has one year more of experience. He has more speed although Harper seems to have a better arm in the outfield.

While it is a win-win situation, I think I’ll take Harper for now. He has more power and in my opinion has more upside. Both of them are going to be great players, but if I had a choice I’m taking Bryce Harper.

David Robertson could be the savior for the Yankees bullpen

When Mariano Rivera first came up through the minor league system and joined the Yankees, he started as a setup man for John Wetland. With Mariano getting older, the Yankees have tried to take the same philosophy several times. It hasn’t worked out for Joba Chamberlain or Rafael Soriano.

When Mariano Rivera went down yesterday while shagging fly balls, some people were sent into panic. The best closer of all time was out for the season and possibly his career. Even though Mo has now said he’ll come back next year, it looks like he has even less time than he did before. And the Yankees need a replacement for him this year.

That’s where David Robertson comes in.

The casual baseball fan has probably never heard of David Robertson, even though he was an All Star in 2011. He got his shot last year when Joba Chamberlain required Tommy John surgery, and in his place he excelled. As the 8th inning setup man, Robertson had a 1.08 ERA in 63 innings pitched. He also had 100 strikeouts.

With such an amazing 2011 season, there was no doubt that Robertson would be the 8th inning setup man in 2012. So far in the season, Robertson has pitched 11 innings with 18 strikeouts and hasn’t given up a single run. Of course nobody thought Mariano would go down, but in the case it’s obvious that the Yankees have their guy that will be a good closer in the interim.

The Yankees are going to need Robertson to be like Mariano, and I’m pretty confident he’ll be a great closer. He’s not quite ready to replace Rivera yet though. “I’m not Mariano Rivera, I’m not going to be able to go out there and do what he does, get outs real quickly, I’m a different style pitcher,” Robertson said. “I’ve never done it, so all I can do is say I’ll try real hard.”

While he may not be Mariano, the Yankees have their savior in the bullpen in David Robertson and I don’t expect them to miss a beat.