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Puig Grabs Attention, Stanton Hits Moonshots & More!

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Though the season may be off to a rough start for the Cubs, at least fans can rest easy knowing they’re not rooting for the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose once-bright season has already gone down the drain.

Thankfully, not all the news has been bad over the past week. The Cubs got a win yesterday, and Jeff Samardzija is off to a great start. There’s been good and bad, but we’ll start off with the unexpected/odd.

Yasiel Puig’s Off-Field Problems Grab The Spotlight

If he wasn’t such a boisterous player in one of the biggest markets in the world, the problems surrounding Yasiel Puig may not have made many headlines. Unfortunately for him, it seems that his behavior off of the field is getting more attention than his play on it.

First, he was arrested this offseason after going 110 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone, and although the charges of reckless driving were eventually dropped, that’s not exactly what the Dodgers want their star player doing.

The issues that he is facing now are far more serious than speeding, however, as it was recently reported that a member of the group that brought Puig over from Cuba was spotted at Spring Training and was allegedly trying to collect a debt that is owed to him.

As you would expect, these aren’t your typical businessmen that are looking for a late payment, they are smugglers whose threats should be taken very seriously. It may be the rest of the league adjusting to him, or these off-the-field problems could be hurting him at the plate, as he’s hitting just .241 on the year. This is an incredibly delicate situation, and not one that teams are used to handling, so if you were in Ned Colletti and Don Mattingly’s position, what would you do with Puig?

Big Name Acquisitions Still Struggling

The allure of bringing in a big name player is often too much for front offices to pass up, no matter the price. These players are often built-in marketing tools and they can be used to excite fans about the upcoming season. As we all know, not all of these big-name, high-dollar moves end up working out, which is something we’ve already seen so far this season.

When Prince Fielder was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Texas Rangers, he was supposed to find the power stroke that he had lost once he transitioned to the American League, but so far he’s just looked lost. With a .194 batting average and 2 home runs thus far, the Rangers may be feeling a bit nervous about their big investment.

Much like the Rangers, the Orioles are paying quite a bit of money to Ubaldo Jimenez, and given his track record and start to this season; they may already be regretting the deal. Currently, he sits at 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA (6.77 FIP) which is certainly not what the Orioles were hoping for after giving him $48 million prior to this year.

Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski has to be feeling pretty good about this offseason, too, as along with Fielder, two other former Tigers have started the season slow. Curtis Granderson (who was traded in a 3-way deal that brought Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to the Tigers 4 years ago) has 8 hits in 57 at bats (.140) for the Mets, and Jhonny Peralta is hitting .183 for the Cardinals with a strikeout rate hovering around 25%. What, in your opinion, are the worst offseason moves so far?

Giancarlo Stanton Asserts Himself As The Best Pure Power Hitter

With home run numbers down quite a bit since the days of Sosa, Bonds, and McGwire, the league has been without a consistent threat to hit 50 or more dingers per year. This year may be the year that that changes, as Giancarlo Stanton is once again proving the kind of power that he possesses.

After he hit 37 home runs in just 123 games in 2012, many people began to take notice of the then-22 year old slugger. His start to this year is starting to gain some notoriety, too, as he leads the league in home runs, RBI, and intentional walks.

Not only does he put them over the fence, but he also puts quite a bit of force into them as evidenced by the length of the bombs he hits. He currently has 3 of the top 5 longest home runs this year, with distances of 457 feet, 469, and a monstrous 484- foot shot in the season’s opening week against the Padres.

If he’s able to stay healthy over the course of a full season, I’d have to say that he’ll lead at least the National League in home runs pretty safely, and probably the MLB as a whole. Is Stanton the best power hitter in baseball? If not, who is?

This Week’s MVP: Joey Votto (.429/.571/.857, 3 HR, 7 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Martin Perez (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 K)

  • PLCB3

    I’m not worried yet about the slow starts of the star players. The season is only 3 weeks old. Lots of players get off to slow starts.
    Too early to say what the worst move was, but I hope it’s Peralta. That steroid using cheat got 50M from the Cardinals, and I hope that he continues to suck for them.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      Given that I live in the Detroit area, I couldn’t agree more.

      • PLCB3

        Detroit sucks in all sports except baseball. If the Cardinals and Tigers could switch cities then I could hate Detroit 100% and love St. Louis 100%

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Ah, but the Wings have made the playoffs 23 years in a row…and have 4 cups in that time.

      • PLCB3

        Reason 46363738596949 why Hawks fans are the dumbest fans in the NHL. Aside from that, Chicago and Detroit at rivals in all 4 sports except baseball if you’re a Cubs fan.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Haha well I naturally have to support the Tigers, but the Cubs are easily my NL team.

      • PLCB3

        I like the Tigers because they are the White Sox’s rivals. One day on my Disney internship I said Go Tigers to a guy in a Tigers jersey and he asked me if I was a Cubs fan or a Tigers fan.

        As for hockey, I like the Bruins. I did not watch hockey until I moved Boston last year.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        There’s actually quite a large amount of Cubs fans in this area, it’s pretty surprising.

        I don’t mind the Bruins, either, except for in this series of course!

      • PLCB3

        Probably people who watched the Cubs on WGN when the Tigers were crap. Do you like the Pistons and Lions too?
        I hate all the Chicago teams except the Cubs and Bulls.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I do like the Pistons and the Lions, too, so hopefully one of these teams comes around sooner or later, haha.

      • PLCB3

        The Pistons won the title in 2004. That team was the true definition of teamwork if I ever saw one. The starting 5 of Rip, Chauncy, Sheed, Ben, and Tayshaun just worked together so well. They were all a bunch of nobodies (sans Sheed), until they joined up.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Definitely, it’s just been bad move after bad move following that period of success. They’re still one of the only teams to win a title without a superstar, so that’s pretty cool in my book.

      • PLCB3

        First bad move was Darko. How about the Bad Boy Pistons? Joe Dumars was named Finals MVP before being named an All-Star just like Chauncey was. Not to take anything away from the Pistons, but I believe that the Lakers would have won that series if they weren’t bickering with each other.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I would say that Isiah was the star of that team, also on a side note, great 30 For 30 on them the other day. Yeah, the Lakers were definitely a stacked team backed then, but they just lost the ability to be a cohesive unit.

      • PLCB3

        Fair enough about Isiah. I did see part of that 30 for 30 tape, but I missed the first half because I was in Zumba class. I started watching the Bulls in 1995 when I was 7. I’ve got a good library of tapes from the Jordan era. All 6 title videos, several Jordan videos, and lots of the playoff games. I recently bought Sam Smith’s book Jordan Rules. Jordan didn’t beat Detroit until he involved his teammates in the offensive game. Same reason Kobe didn’t grow up until he did that.
        The 2004 Lakers, you have an immature and out of control Kobe Bryant, a volatile Gary Payton, and an immature guy in Shaq who is the most dominant player in the game but has serious issues being the bigger man. I think the Lakers could have won the title if Karl Malone was healthy. He could have kept that team together.

      • AC0000000

        Probably people who watched the Cubs on WGN when the Tigers were crap. But this case was funny because he asked if I liked the Cubs or Tigers after saying Go Tigers. Do you like the Pistons and Lions too?
        I hate all the Chicago teams except the Cubs and Bulls.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I do like the Pistons and the Lions, too, so hopefully one of these teams comes around sooner or later, haha.

      • AC0000000

        The Pistons won the title in 2004. That team was the true definition of teamwork if I ever saw one. The starting 5 of Rip, Chauncy, Sheed, Ben, and Tayshaun just worked together so well. They were all a bunch of nobodies (sans Sheed), until they joined up.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Definitely, it’s just been bad move after bad move following that period of success. They’re still one of the only teams to win a title without a superstar, so that’s pretty cool in my book.

      • AC0000000

        First bad move was Darko. How about the Bad Boy Pistons? Joe Dumars was named Finals MVP before being named an All-Star just like Chauncey was. Not to take anything away from the Pistons, but I believe that the Lakers would have won that series if they weren’t bickering with each other.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I would say that Isiah was the star of that team, also on a side note, great 30 For 30 on them the other day. Yeah, the Lakers were definitely a stacked team backed then, but they just lost the ability to be a cohesive unit.

      • AC0000000

        Fair enough about Isiah. I did see part of that 30 for 30 tape, but I missed the first half because I was in Zumba class. I started watching the Bulls in 1995 when I was 7. I’ve got a good library of tapes from the Jordan era. All 6 title videos, several Jordan videos, and lots of the playoff games. I recently bought Sam Smith’s book Jordan Rules. Jordan didn’t beat Detroit until he involved his teammates in the offensive game. Same reason Kobe didn’t grow up until he did that.
        The 2004 Lakers, you have an immature and out of control Kobe Bryant, a volatile Gary Payton, and an immature guy in Shaq who is the most dominant player in the game but has serious issues being the bigger man. I think the Lakers could have won the title if Karl Malone was healthy. He could have kept that team together.

      • I vote you shut the shit up about hockey until you’ve reached your second year of fandom.

      • You had me at shut the shit up.

      • PLCB3

        So will I be qualified at next season’s playoffs since I started watching right before the playoffs last year or do I have to wait until opening night of the 2015-16 season? And if you are going to make me follow that rule, then everyone who became a Hawks fan last year is required to follow that same rule.

      • I vote you shut the shit up about hockey until you’ve reached your second year of fandom.

      • You had me at shut the shit up.

      • AC0000000

        So will I be qualified at next season’s playoffs since I started watching right before the playoffs last year or do I have to wait until opening night of the 2015-16 season? And if you are going to make me follow that rule, then everyone who became a Hawks fan last year is required to follow that same rule.

      • Eddie Von White

        Watch it, CAPS.

      • PLCB3

        Is Detroit sucks not a common chant at Hawks-Red Wings games?

      • Doc Raker

        Stick to Zumba CAPS you know nothing about the Hawks and hockey. As a Hawk fan I understand the Redwings have a great organization but so do the Hawks. When the Hawks and Wings meet in the Stanley Cup it will be epic. Right now the Hawks need to beat St Louis.

        I want to see a Hawk Duck series, I think that would be great hockey.

      • PLCB3

        Who said either of them are playing for the Cup? I can’t wait for the Hawks to get knocked out, and then this stupid talk of the Hawks being a dynasty can officially be put to rest. 2 titles in 4 years does not make a dynasty, especially when one of the titles has an asterisk.

      • You know what these rambling hockey posts need? Musica Latin caliente…

      • PLCB3

        You mean Musica Latina caliente

      • Seymour Butts

        I was thinking more of an active moderator.

      • Eddie Von White

        The dumbest fans are the fans who tell other fans they’re the dumbest fans.

  • AC0000000

    I’m not worried yet about the slow starts of the star players. The season is only 3 weeks old. Lots of players get off to slow starts.
    Too early to say what the worst move was, but I hope it’s Peralta. That steroid using cheat got 50M from the Cardinals, and I hope that he continues to suck for them.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      Given that I live in the Detroit area, I couldn’t agree more.

      • AC0000000

        Detroit sucks in all sports except baseball. If the Cardinals and Tigers could switch cities then I could hate Detroit 100% and love St. Louis 100%

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Ah, but the Wings have made the playoffs 23 years in a row…and have 4 cups in that time.

      • AC0000000

        Reason 46363738596949 why Hawks fans are the dumbest fans in the NHL. Aside from that, Chicago and Detroit at rivals in all 4 sports except baseball if you’re a Cubs fan.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        Haha well I naturally have to support the Tigers, but the Cubs are easily my NL team.

      • Eddie Von White

        Watch it, CAPS.

      • AC0000000

        Is Detroit sucks not a common chant at Hawks-Red Wings games?

      • Doc Raker

        Stick to Zumba CAPS you know nothing about the Hawks and hockey. As a Hawk fan I understand the Redwings have a great organization but so do the Hawks. When the Hawks and Wings meet in the Stanley Cup it will be epic. Right now the Hawks need to beat St Louis.

        I want to see a Hawk Duck series, I think that would be great hockey.

      • AC0000000

        Who said either of them will be playing in the finals? I can’t wait for the Hawks to get knocked out, and then this stupid talk of the Hawks being a dynasty can officially be put to rest. 2 titles in 4 years does not make a dynasty, especially when one of the titles has an asterisk.

      • You know what these rambling hockey posts need? Musica Latin caliente…

      • Seymour Butts

        I was thinking more of an active moderator.

      • Eddie Von White

        The dumbest fans are the fans who tell other fans they’re the dumbest fans.

  • Doc Raker

    I know a guy in the Hall of Fame who was a notorious slow starter. Look at Sandberg’s April numbers, hideous. He was a multi hit per game guy in all the other months.

    Here is to Kris Bryant and other prospects bringing some Giancarlo Stanton power to the Cubs.

    • PLCB3

      I don’t want to give up a boatload of players for him. On 2nd thought, everyone the Tigers gave the Marlins for Cabrera flamed out.

  • Doc Raker

    I know a guy in the Hall of Fame who was a notorious slow starter. Look at Sandberg’s April numbers, hideous. He was a multi hit per game guy in all the other months.

    Here is to Kris Bryant and other prospects bringing some Giancarlo Stanton power to the Cubs.

    • AC0000000

      I don’t want to give up a boatload of players for him. On 2nd thought, everyone the Tigers gave the Marlins for Cabrera flamed out.