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Baseball Gets A New Boss, Pair of Aces’ Streaks End & More!

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Postseason races are heating up as we’ve now reached the middle of August. All of the moves made at the trade deadline are now starting to make their impacts (one way or another), and it excites me to say that there’s still a month and a half of regular season baseball to play. There was some big news this week, so let’s get to it!

MLB Chooses Selig’s Replacement

After 21 years at the helm, Bud Selig decided that one more year would be enough for him. It was a historic reign over an era, which will probably stand out in history (the Steroid Era), but it also meant that the league would have the exciting task of choosing a new commissioner.

On Thursday, the owners finally picked their man, deciding to go with Rob Manfred over Tom Werner of the Boston Red Sox. Manfred, who has worked with the MLB since 1998, will be the 10th commissioner in league history and will be tasked with injecting some youth into an old sport.

By all accounts, Manfred seems like a great choice. He was vital in the labor negotiations that have gone on over the years, which should help once the current bargaining agreement expires (some feared a lockout). Along with that, he was also vital in the joint drug agreement between the MLB and the Players Association.

While some might not be happy with the choice (they expect more of the same since Manfred was Selig’s right hand man), I am staying optimistic about it. His work with the labor agreements is incredibly promising and as shown by Adam Silver taking over for David Stern in the NBA, progress is still possible even with an internal replacement.

Rockies Lose Two Stars For The Year

It’s safe to say that things haven’t went as planned for the Colorado Rockies this year, and the bad news continues to pile up. After a relatively hot start for the first 30 or so games, the team has completely fallen off the table, and that slide will continue with the announcement that they will be without their two stars for the rest of the year.

Early in the week, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was ruled out for the season with a hip injury, and now outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been sidelined for the remainder of the year with a knee injury. Given the injury history of both of these players, as well as their status on the team, this is not good news for Colorado.

Realistically, there’s a pretty decent chance that both of these two have played their last games in the Mile High City as members of the Rockies. Tulowitzki has been growing increasingly disgruntled with the seemingly endless rebuild and Gonzalez could fetch a pretty hefty haul should they decide to move him.

It’s pretty unfortunate that both of them are out for the year (you never want to see anyone get hurt), but it’s unlikely that they would’ve made a difference anyways. The Rockies have been one of the worst teams in baseball all season long and they weren’t going to change that. Should Gonzalez or Tulowitzki hit the trading block, would you want the Cubs to go after either? If yes, which one, and what would you be willing to part with for them?

Aces’ Streaks End

With the two best pitchers in baseball throwing on the same day, fans were expecting the continued dominance of both Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez, but surprisingly they both faltered and in doing so, lost two lengthy streaks that they were both riding on.

First, in Detroit, King Felix snapped a streak of going 7 or more innings and allowing 2 or fewer runs that spanned all the way back to May 12th, as he was pulled after just 5 innings in a loss to the Tigers. It’s not that he was pitching poorly (2 runs through 5), but more likely it was a ball that he took off the leg in the 4th inning that contributed to his early exit.

Next up in Los Angeles, Kershaw went the distance and allowed only three runs, but the Dodgers bats failed him and in turn snapped the streak of 11 straight decisions going his way. His last loss, prior to this one, happened all the way back on May 28th. In allowing 3 runs, his ERA jumped all the way up to 1.86.

It was truly incredible what these two aces were able to accomplish over the last few months, but I’m sure they’ll pick right up where they left off in their next starts. I think it’s pretty unquestionable that Kershaw will win the Cy Young in the NL this year, but the AL race seems to be up for grabs a little bit more. My pick is still Felix, but there’s a few different ways the voters could go. How do you see the Cy Young races playing out?

This Week’s MVP: Chris Carter (.333/.345/.778, 4 HR, 10 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 K)

(All C’s for the awards this week)

  • Doc Raker

    Tulo- I think the Cubs system is short stop rich and see no reason to give up any prospects for an injury prone short stop as good as he is when healthy.

    “While some might not be happy with the choice (they expect more of the same since Manfred was Selig’s right hand man), I am staying optimistic about it.” Who is not happy with Selig? The owners that are making more money than ever before or the players and agents that are making more money than ever before? I wish the fans had a commissioner so we didn’t have over priced tickets to pay for all these unhappy multi-millionaires.

    • Eddie Von White

      CAPS is not happy with Selig. I thought you were going to say: “I wish the fans had a commissioner so we didn’t have…to listen to Len.”

      • Dork

        Give me labor peace, I can’t make it without baseball and a spreadsheet to track it in.
        Ticket prices.. The internet and stub hub make this a true supply and demand equation. I have no issue with it.
        If we traded for Tulo we could continue to try to put a shortsop at every position. Cargo makes more sence for the cubs but I am not sure I would give up what it will take to get an often injured OF’er. Especially when there are so many shortsops available to play the postion.

      • PLCB3

        Exactly how I feel about StubHub. I was in Chicago first week of April this year, I took in 2 Cubs games and a Bulls game. Opening day at Wrigley in the bleachers, $95 on cubs.com after taxes and fees. Opening day at Wrigley in the bleachers, $80 on StubHub after taxes and fees. Bulls game later that day, $100 on bulls.com (ticketmaster), $50 on StubHub (had $10 off coupon, so technically $60). Cubs game next day, $50 on cubs.com, $30 on StubHub.

        The Bulls come to Boston for a matinee the day after Thanksgiving, and the Bruins will also be playing at the Garden that evening. I plan to go to both games. I will likely pay $30 for the Celtics game when face is $70, the Bruins game will likely be sold out, so I will pay over face.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Oddly enough, it seems to be the opposite here in Toronto. I’ve started looking for tickets for the upcoming Cubs vs. Jays series here in Toronto and have found that when I am able to find the seats I want on jays.com they are generally slightly cheaper than comparable seats on stubhub. It may also have to do with the seats I am looking for though (generally field level behind home plate or near the dugouts).

      • PLCB3

        That’s likely the reason. I like sitting in the bleachers or the upper levels because it provides a better view of the game imo.

      • Doug S.

        Same out here. Great seats at Mariners or Seahawks (even pre SB win) are typically 2-3 x face on Stubhub, though Mariners demand has cooled a bit.

      • PLCB3

        Football is different because the games are always sold out

      • PLCB3

        Where do you get I’m not happy with Selig? Because he’s a regressive backwards-thinking commissioner? Or because I equated him to Brett Favre because he said he was going to retire 10 years ago and kept delaying it several times.

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes and yes.

      • PLCB3

        The first reason is why i dislike him for the 2nd reason

      • Doc Raker

        When I become commissioner or King, Len will no longer broadcast the Cubs games, that I can guarantee.

        Len and DeShaies call of the Baez home run referred to the ball being ‘contussed’ as in bruised like a contusion. I found it really lame and only heard it because it was the call on the video link of the home run on MLB. I certainly would not listen to Len if I have the choice of which broadcast to listen to.

        Contussed is almost as lame as Len asking ‘Do fish trot?’ when DeShaies described a Marlins pitcher trotting in from the bullpen.

    • Noah_I

      Agree, I’m a no on Tulo considering the haul the Rockies will look to get for him and his age (turns 30 in October). I’m also a no on CarGo, who I think is an average played outside of Coors (.329/.387/.601 with 82 career HRs at home, .258/.314/.437 with with 54 home runs everywhere else). Plus, he has injury issues of his own.

      Regarding tickets being overpriced, I’m of the opinion that, if they were, the market would bear that out. Considering that, once the Cubs are competitive again, they’ll sell out Wrigley every game, I’d argue that they have their ticket pricing set pretty well.

      • PLCB3

        It kind of is because tickets are going for below face value on StubHub.

      • Noah_I

        That’s presuming that there is revenue the Cubs aren’t taking in because of the StubHub market, which would be an incorrect presumption. StubHub is a secondary market. In other words, every ticket available on StubHub was purchased from the Cubs at face value (unless obtained in some other manner). It’s not that tickets that would otherwise be purchased from the Cubs for face value are going unused because people are buying from StubHub. It’s that demand is low because the Cubs have been bad.

        When that turns around, though, at the exact same prices (and let’s be honest, once the Cubs start selling Wrigley out on a regular basis again, prices will start rising as well), the team will sell out and individuals will be able to sell tickets on StubHub for above face value.

        What the market is really bearing out is that, independent of price, teams sell less tickets when they are bad than when they are good.

      • PLCB3

        Right but the secondary market matters to the Cubs too because they have their own ticket scalping services.

    • PLCB3

      I feel the same way about Tulo that you do. He hasn’t played 130 games in 5 of the last 7 seasons.

  • Doc Raker

    Tulo- I think the Cubs system is short stop rich and see no reason to give up any prospects for an injury prone short stop as good as he is when healthy.

    “While some might not be happy with the choice (they expect more of the same since Manfred was Selig’s right hand man), I am staying optimistic about it.” Who is not happy with Selig? The owners that are making more money than ever before or the players and agents that are making more money than ever before? I wish the fans had a commissioner so we didn’t have over priced tickets to pay for all these unhappy multi-millionaires.

    • Eddie Von White

      CAPS is not happy with Selig. I thought you were going to say: “I wish the fans had a commissioner so we didn’t have…to listen to Len.”

      • Dork

        Give me labor peace, I can’t make it without baseball and a spreadsheet to track it in.
        Ticket prices.. The internet and stub hub make this a true supply and demand equation. I have no issue with it.
        If we traded for Tulo we could continue to try to put a shortsop at every position. Cargo makes more sence for the cubs but I am not sure I would give up what it will take to get an often injured OF’er. Especially when there are so many shortsops available to play the postion.

      • AC0000000

        Exactly how I feel about StubHub. I was in Chicago first week of April this year, I took in 2 Cubs games and a Bulls game. Opening day at Wrigley in the bleachers, $95 on cubs.com after taxes and fees. Opening day at Wrigley in the bleachers, $80 on StubHub after taxes and fees. Bulls game later that day, $100 on bulls.com (ticketmaster), $50 on StubHub (had $10 off coupon, so technically $60). Cubs game next day, $50 on cubs.com, $30 on StubHub.

        The Bulls come to Boston for a matinee the day after Thanksgiving, and the Bruins will also be playing at the Garden that evening. I plan to go to both games. I will likely pay $30 for the Celtics game when face is $70, the Bruins game will likely be sold out, so I will pay over face.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Oddly enough, it seems to be the opposite here in Toronto. I’ve started looking for tickets for the upcoming Cubs vs. Jays series here in Toronto and have found that when I am able to find the seats I want on jays.com they are generally slightly cheaper than comparable seats on stubhub. It may also have to do with the seats I am looking for though (generally field level behind home plate or near the dugouts).

      • AC0000000

        That’s likely the reason. I like sitting in the bleachers or the upper levels because it provides a better view of the game imo.

      • Doug S.

        Same out here. Great seats at Mariners or Seahawks (even pre SB win) are typically 2-3 x face on Stubhub, though Mariners demand has cooled a bit.

      • AC0000000

        Football is different because the games are always sold out

      • AC0000000

        Where do you get I’m not happy with Selig? Because he’s a regressive backwards-thinking commissioner? Or because I equated him to Brett Favre because he said he was going to retire 10 years ago and kept delaying it several times.

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes and yes.

      • AC0000000

        The first reason is why i dislike him for the 2nd reason

      • Doc Raker

        When I become commissioner or King, Len will no longer broadcast the Cubs games, that I can guarantee.

        Len and DeShaies call of the Baez home run referred to the ball being ‘contussed’ as in bruised like a contusion. I found it really lame and only heard it because it was the call on the video link of the home run on MLB. I certainly would not listen to Len if I have the choice of which broadcast to listen to.

        Contussed is almost as lame as Len asking ‘Do fish trot?’ when DeShaies described a Marlins pitcher trotting in from the bullpen.

    • Noah_I

      Agree, I’m a no on Tulo considering the haul the Rockies will look to get for him and his age (turns 30 in October). I’m also a no on CarGo, who I think is an average played outside of Coors (.329/.387/.601 with 82 career HRs at home, .258/.314/.437 with with 54 home runs everywhere else). Plus, he has injury issues of his own.

      Regarding tickets being overpriced, I’m of the opinion that, if they were, the market would bear that out. Considering that, once the Cubs are competitive again, they’ll sell out Wrigley every game, I’d argue that they have their ticket pricing set pretty well.

      • AC0000000

        It kind of is because tickets are going for below face value on StubHub.

      • Noah_I

        That’s presuming that there is revenue the Cubs aren’t taking in because of the StubHub market, which would be an incorrect presumption. StubHub is a secondary market. In other words, every ticket available on StubHub was purchased from the Cubs at face value (unless obtained in some other manner). It’s not that tickets that would otherwise be purchased from the Cubs for face value are going unused because people are buying from StubHub. It’s that demand is low because the Cubs have been bad.

        When that turns around, though, at the exact same prices (and let’s be honest, once the Cubs start selling Wrigley out on a regular basis again, prices will start rising as well), the team will sell out and individuals will be able to sell tickets on StubHub for above face value.

        What the market is really bearing out is that, independent of price, teams sell less tickets when they are bad than when they are good.

      • AC0000000

        Right but the secondary market matters to the Cubs too because they have their own ticket scalping services.

    • AC0000000

      I feel the same way about Tulo that you do. He hasn’t played 130 games in 5 of the last 7 seasons.

  • Dork

    Putting a SS at every postion becomes easier if Valaka starts to catch.

  • Dork

    Putting a SS at every postion becomes easier if Valaka starts to catch.

    • Dork

      must suck to be the guy who has to trim it everyday.

    • Dork

      must suck to be the guy who has to trim it everyday.

  • Seymour Butts

    Not interested in either player, short of a free give away.

    Who is this Manfred man?

    • Thought he was busy with his earth band.

      • Len Kasper

        Did someone say ‘Earth Band”?

  • Seymour Butts

    Not interested in either player, short of a free give away.

    Who is this Manfred man?

    • Thought he was busy with his earth band.

      • Len Kasper

        Did someone say ‘Earth Band”?

  • Doug S.

    Another great outing by Hendricks today. I hear Len’s gonna ask him to change it to Hendrix.

  • Doug S.

    Another great outing by Hendricks today. I hear Len’s gonna ask him to change it to Hendrix.

  • Be sure to catch the replay of Baez’s bomb. Pretty impressive.

    • PLCB3

      Note to self: Watch tape of Baez’s HR

      • Tape? Are you working with a VCR over there?

      • PLCB3

        I call all video clips tapes.

      • I call dogs pickles.

      • Dork

        That must get confusing

      • It was, until I placed the two unrelated words in my ‘unrelated words’ spdeadsheet. A9 and B9.

    • Doc Raker

      It was a bomb but the K rate is still unacceptable. Len said the ball landed in what will be back stage seats for the upcoming Night Ranger concert next weekend at Citifield. Sister Christian will be the warm up band for the show, Len is stoked.

  • Be sure to catch the replay of Baez’s bomb. Pretty impressive.

    • AC0000000

      Note to self: Watch tape of Baez’s HR

      • Tape? Are you working with a VCR over there?

      • AC0000000

        I call all video clips tapes.

      • I call dogs pickles.

      • Dork

        That must get confusing

      • It was, until I placed the two unrelated words in my ‘unrelated words’ spdeadsheet. A9 and B9.

    • Doc Raker

      It was a bomb but the K rate is still unacceptable. Len said the ball landed in what will be back stage seats for the upcoming Night Ranger concert next weekend at Citifield. Sister Christian will be the warm up band for the show, Len is stoked.