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The Best Baseball Apps For Android Devices

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Baseball is one of the most cherished games in the world. It has just the right amount of physical exertion, excitement and camaraderie to keep anyone interested. Baseball lovers don’t always have the time or money to go to games, and players don’t always have a team. A good baseball Android app is always the next best thing to participating in person. The following are a few of the best Android apps for baseball. Fans can have them on their phones within minutes.

Best App for News: ESPN

The ESPN app is a free app that can put a baseball fan in direct connection with scores, trading news and other information. Baseball enthusiasts can also listen to podcasts on this application. Furthermore, app users can get access to the latest games live. It’s the perfect app for a baseball fanatic to have right by his or her side.

Best App for Stats: Gamechanger Baseball Scorekeeping

Gamechanger Baseball Scorekeeping is excellent for people who are just starting to watch scorekeeping. Not only is it free, but it also supplies the user with a systematic tutorial that shows the person how to keep score, manage a lineup and do other things. It can be a good tool for coaches, players and enthusiasts.

Best App for Fantasy Baseball

ESPN Fantasy Baseball is an excellent application for people who create their own teams and watch them prosper. Players can get a team, create a league or perform a mock draft.

Best App for Fun: Homerun Battle & Homerun Battle 3D

Players who just want to have fun can download one of the two Homerun Battle games. The free version is not a 3D game, and the player’s game is slightly limited once the score reaches 5,000. The 3D version is  $.99, and it provides the player with unlimited possibilities and a 3D experience. Both games allow the players to pit themselves against friends, family members and random players in a match of smashing homeruns. The players have the option of either playing for cash or just playing for fun. They do not have to become members to play, as they have the guest options. The game has a lot going for it in that it has reviewed an award for best app and a nomination for IMGA’s best game. consumers have rated both versions of the game with more than four stars.

Tap Sports Baseball 2016

Tap Sports Baseball 2016 is another fun game that focuses on the swing. Players can have hours of fun hitting balls out of the park and watching them fly. Players love the games because they are short, and they can play them anywhere they desire. The best part of it is that the player can create his or her team with the top major league players.

An interested person can choose from any of the above-mentioned games and download them today to enhance the baseball collection. Hundreds of apps are available, but the aforementioned applications are some of the best in the market.

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An Off Day Serious Note – Important Read

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Cubs – Off Day

WELCOME BACK – The Cubs announced that Brian Matusz, since being designated for assignment, had cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Iowa. He could have elected to go to free agency, but at this point his odds of getting a job would probably be slim. The Cubs are probably his last stop unless he shows enough. He’ll pitch in Iowa and will probably be used in the rotation to add to depth in case one of our Major League guys go down, similar to what they are doing with Trevor Cahill. The problem is that I hate the thought of either of those guys ever taking the mound in a meaningful game for this team. Makes me shudder.

TONIGHT’S PROBABLES – It’s John Lackey taking the mound for the Cubs against his old team. For the Angels, Jared Weaver takes the bump.

Lackey will face his former team in an Interleague game at Wrigley Field. He pitched for the Angels from 2002-09. Lackey is settling in well at Wrigley Field, where he has a 2.83 ERA in 11 starts. Weaver gave up four runs (three earned) while taking a no-decision against the A’s on Wednesday, giving up nine hits, walking none and striking out one. His next start comes against John Lackey, his former teammate and mentor with the Angels. (MLB.com)

A SERIOUS NOTE – If you’ve never read Cubs Den, you should. John Arguello does a great job over there as part of Chicago Now. His recent post talked about how he has been fighting a battle with cancer. It’s a good read, and here is a snip.

“My first thought was that from a physical standpoint, cancer cannot truly win.  It can only fight me to a tie because if I go down, it has no choice but to do down with me.” ~ Cubs Den – 8/8/16)

We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way. For my family, my mother in law spent the last months of her life in our house battling pancreatic cancer to a tie. It sounds like John is winning, but I’m sure he could use some encouragement, so let’s take this party over there and wish him well from VFTB.


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Cubs [AAA] Won 3 to 2

SP – Drew Rucinski – 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K

C – Tim Federowicz – 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI

Smokies [AA] Lost 5 to 3

SP – Brad Markey – 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K

SS – Carlos Penalver – 3 for 4, R

Cubs [A] Won 3 to 1

SP – Jose Paulino – 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

1B – Tyler Alamo – 2 for 3, 2B

Emeralds [SS] Won 4 to 3

SP – Bryan Hudson – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5, K

2B – Yeiler Peguero – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

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A Busy Sunday Recap

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Cubs 3 @ Athletics 1 (Box Score)

This is starting to get fun again to watch Cubs baseball. It’s been so fun that I’ve actually skipped the Olympics the last couple days to watch Cubs. It was a busy Sunday, so let’s hit on the highlights.

SWEEP OF THE A’s – This is the way a good team needs to play. They need to pounce on a bad team whenever they have the chance. There were still missed opportunities that we could have taken advantage of this weekend, but the end result was still a sweep and I’m happy about that.

WHERE’S HENDRICKS? Kyle Hendricks pitched 7+ innings of strong baseball and now has his ERA down to 2.17, which is 2nd in the NL behind Clayton Kershaw, who will fall off the list soon due to lack of innings. So, my question to you then becomes twofold.

  1. Where does Hendricks slot into your playoff rotation if you’re the manager of this team?
  2. When do we start discussing his ability to be in consideration for the Cy Young?

DID YOU MISS HIM?Jason Heyward was not in the lineup yesterday against a lefty, and I can honestly say that I didn’t even notice. I had to think about it later and realized I hadn’t seen him all game. To be honest, I didn’t miss him at all. I don’t know what’s been wrong with him this season, but I hope it’s a case of just trying too hard in the first year of a big contract. If not, we have a big problem because that joker would most certainly opt into the rest of his deal when his option year comes up.

BIG RETIREMENTS – This weekend both Mark Teixeira (on his own accord) and Alex Rodriguez (somewhat forced) announced their retirements. For A-Rod, his will come at the end of this week due to how utterly bad his play has been since August of last year. I know there is a lot of hate toward him and other PED users, but I would have liked to see him go out with 700 HR’s. It would have been good to see him join that group, considering he’s just four away. Teixeira has chosen to go out before his play drops to A-Rod territory, and for that I have to commend him. He’s been one of those guys that sort of fits in the background, but puts up great stats. He’ll probably not make the hall of fame, nor should he, but he’s better than the fandom he’s gotten.

THE BIG 3000Ichiro Suzuki hit his 3000th hit on Sunday afternoon and he did it in style with a triple. I’m glad for Ichiro, who many consider one of the smartest players in the game, but I would have liked to see what he could have done had he played his entire career in the Majors instead of some in Japan.


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Cubs [AAA] Won 6 to 4

SP – Rob Zastryzny – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

CF – Albert Almora – 3 for 4, 2 R

Smokies [AA] Lost 7 to 5

SP – Michael Wagner – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K

DH – David Freitas – 3 for 6, 2B

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Trade Regret?

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Cubs 7 @ Athletics 2 (Box Score)

SOLER RETURNSJorge Soler returned from his long disabled list stint and made a big splash in his first at bat back in the lineup, hitting a line drive home run to left field to put the Cubs up 4-0. I go back and forth on my feelings on Soler. On one hand, I see his extremely team friendly contract and the ceiling he has to go along with it and I think that the Cubs would be best served to keep him and let him develop. Then I see streaks of inefficiency and I think that while his value is still very high, the Cubs should capitalize and maximize his return for young, cost-controlled, starting pitching, especially since I can’t see them paying what it will take to bring back Jake Arrieta at the end of next season.

TRADE REGRET? – I wonder if the A’s, after watching Addison Russell return to their field, a field that he was supposed to be playing on, regret the trade they made with us back in 2014. They did what they had to do at the time to push chips in and go for the title that has eluded Billy Beane, but it was a steep price to pay and watching Russell go 2 for 3 has to at least stick in their craw a little, don’t ya think?

I don’t have much else from this game. I didn’t see the whole game due to the late start, but watching the condensed game it was over after the 1st inning. Oakland never really put up any fight.


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Cubs [AAA] Lost 3 to 0

Smokies [AA] Lost 3 to 1

Pelicans [A+] Won 5 to 1

Cubs [A] Lost 4 to 3

Emeralds [SS] Won 3 to 2

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It’s Opening Day All Over Again

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Today the Olympics begin in Rio with the opening ceremonies tonight. Lizzie mentioned it and asked folks to talk about their favorites here in GirlieView. It works out well this year as the opening ceremony is at 7:30p EDT and then the Cubs play a late game to open a series with the A’s.

Cubs – Off Day

I decided yesterday that I was going to take advantage of the off day and take my daughter on a daddy / daughter date to the Carolina Mudcats game since they were playing Myrtle Beach, which is the Cubs affiliate. She took a good nap and we drove the 30 minutes to the park only to find out that I miscalculated. When I looked at the schedule, I accidently pulled up Myrtle Beach’s schedule and saw home game. So, when there is no game and you don’t want to disappoint, what do you do? You drive back to the house and take your four year old out for a banana split the size of her head and eat it outside on the picnic bench.

PROBABLE STARTERS

FRIDAY: Jon Lester vs Dillon Overton

Lester picked up his 11th win in his last start, matching his win total last season. He’ll be happy to be pitching at Wrigley Field, where he’s 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 10 games. All have been quality starts. Overton has had trouble in his first taste of the bigs, giving up at least three runs in each of his four starts and finishing six innings just once. His struggles were apparent on July 30 versus Cleveland, when he gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

SATURDAY: Jake Arrieta vs Sonny Gray

The Cubs have lost Arrieta’s last five starts, but he hasn’t pitched poorly. He gave up two runs over seven-plus innings in his last outing, against the Mariners. He’ll miss Wrigley Field, where he has a 1.71 ERA. After improving in June with a 3.23 ERA, Gray’s July was a struggle. The right-hander went 2-4 with a 7.79 ERA, giving up seven runs three times and allowing fewer than three runs just once.

SUNDAY: Kyle Hendricks vs Sean Manaea

Hendricks is coming off his third career complete game and second shutout. He will miss Wrigley Field, where he has a 1.19 ERA. The right-hander got an extra day before this start, which should help since he threw a career-high 123 pitches. Manaea’s stuff seemed to be working against the Angels on Tuesday, but a pair of home runs late in the southpaw’s start soured things quickly. He holds a 2.51 ERA in his last five starts.

Scouting Reports provided by MLB.com


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(48-65) Cubs [AAA] Won 7 to 4

SP – Jordan Pries – 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K

1B – Taylor Davis – 2 for 3, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI

(46-63) Smokies [AA] Won 5 to 1

SP – Zach Hedges – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

1B – Ben Carhart – 2 for 2, 2B, RBI

(60-51) Pelicans [A+] Won 6 to 4

SP – Preston Morrison – 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K

CF – Jeffrey Baez – 2 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

(67-42) Cubs [A] Lost 2 to 1

SP – Casey Bloomquist – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K

RF – Connor Myers – 2 for 4, 2B

(30-15) Emeralds [SS] Lost 8 to 4

SP – Bailey Clark – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K

SS – Zack Short – 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

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