Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 18, 2015

Photo by STEVE SILVA - Boston.com

Photo by STEVE SILVA – Boston.com


Newsflash! Pablo Sandoval is not a thin man.

Maybe Red Sox fans should have made a mental note of that before freaking out after Steve Silva of Boston.com posted the picture seen above.

Also, evidently, Yankee fans did not cheer when A-Rod homered in the 2009 post season. Who knew?

That and other surprising facts on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 17, 20015

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

 

The Yankees are going to run out of numbers for their players to wear.

Meanwhile the current Washington roster is great. But could they be lining up for an amazing mid season trade?

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 16, 2015

AP File Photo

AP File Photo

 

Happy President’s Day!

Can you imagine how the 1990s and 2000s would have unfolded had George W. Bush aspired to be the commissioner of baseball while owning the Texas Rangers?

It would have tugged that the very fabric of the universe.

It is an alternate universe episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 15, 2015

Photo: Dr. Edith V. Sullivan

Photo: Dr. Edith V. Sullivan

 

It is time for the Sunday Request.

 

Living in Switzerland in a pre internet age made following baseball challenging. But guess what? Your pal Sully found a way.

It is an Alpine Episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 14, 2015

Photo: Paul Francis Sullivan

Photo: Paul Francis Sullivan

On Valentine’s Day, I give respect to Bobby Valentine a man whose reputation should not entirely be trashed by his awful time in Boston.

It is an unlikely love letter episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 13, 2015

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Kellogg’s

Former Cardinals and Padres SS Garry Templeton joins the podcast. He talks about All Star Game memories and playing with the likes of Keith Hernandez, Mike Easler and Lou Brock.

It is a Kellogg’s 3D edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 12, 2015

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune


I am still picking the White Sox to win the 2015 AL Pennant.

Their historical legacy and place among fanbases remains complex.

It is a South Side episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 11, 2015

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

10 years ago, Jason Giambi gave one of the strangest press conferences in baseball history. Even though I am a Red Sox fan, I found the surreal presser to be oddly endearing and sympathetic and made me see Giambi for what he was: A big dumb lovable lug.

Meanwhile today, A-Rod is apologizing to the Yankees, who SHOULD be welcoming him with open arms.

Over in Boston, their outfield is crowded as hell. Don’t worry. Time will sort it out.

East Coast Bias? Maybe for today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 10, 2015

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Emma Span, SI.com writer and author of the book 90% of the Game is Half Mental, joins the podcast today.

We talked about growing up a Yankee fan when the pickings were slim, being at Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS and why she misses the old Yankee Stadium.

It is a New York centric episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 9, 2015

 

AP Media

James Shields signs with the Padres, who turned out to be one of the biggest spenders this off season, along with the Marlins.

We all predicted that, right?

It is a World Turned Upside Down episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 8, 2015

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It is time for The Sunday Request.

Talking about the odd 1987 Twins, I discussed Kirby Puckett and company with ESPN’s Dan Szymborski.

It is an odd walk down memory lane on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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MLB Farm System Rankings (1 – 30) In 2015

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By Jordan Gluck (Featured Writer): 

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1. Chicago Cubs- They are still one of the top systems even with  Javier Baez graduating from the list. I love the bats headed by what maybe the top prospect in baseball in Kris Bryant and high end talent in Addisson Russell, Jorge Soler, Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach.

They also have upside in Albert Almora, Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario. The pitching on the farm remains the main concern with a wiry C.J .Edwards, a mid ceiling Paul Blackburn and Pierce Johnson and a very far away Carson Sands.

The best farm system in the league that will see some graduates very soon.

2. Minnesota Twins- Last season was unfortunate for the twins and all of major league baseball as  Byron Buxton got injured in spring training and Miguel Sano got TJ surgery.

I believe both of them will bounce back with ease and could be close to the major league level. Pitchers J.O Berrios, Alex Meyer and Kohl Stweart have frontline potential with Meyer possibly a candidate to make the rotation out of spring training.

They took Dee Gordons brother Nick in the first round last year and he can be a complete player. There is upside all over in Lewis Thorpe, Felix Jorge, and 50th overall pick Travis Harrison. A very solid farm that can hopefully bear some fruit this season.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 7, 2015

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At the San Francisco Airport, also known as the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, I think about the potential about face MLB could have on Gambling.

If they do, then they have to put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame right away.

It is a playing the odds episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 6, 2015

Sporting News


How can I not mention Hank Aaron on his birthday when I was in Georgia?

Crazy.

Well today is Babe Ruth’s birthday. So why not spend a day saluting the two men who would be Home Run Kings?

Hail to the Kings this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 5, 2015

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Still in Georgia, I turn my attention to Turner Field.

With only a few more seasons left at the “Ted”, the memorable moments on that field are kind of scarce.

Meanwhile the drab “Cookie Cutter” old Fulton County Stadium was the home to the best Atlanta baseball moments and some of the great baseball highlights of all time.

It is a respect for stadiums past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 4, 2015

Marlene Karas/USA TODAY Sports

Marlene Karas/USA TODAY Sports

 

My first podcast from the state of Georgia as I record from Alpharetta.

Talking about the legacy of the Braves and the lessons learned by Ted Turner and George Steinbrenner on being hands off and hands on owners.

Plus I talk about a trip to Turner Field in 1998 that was one of the best regular season games I ever saw.

It is a whistling Dixie episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 3, 2015

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

It is early February. Why isn’t James Shields signed yet?

Plus will there be trouble in Anaheim by the end of the decade? And by trouble I mean a move!

It an episode filled with questions and very few answers on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 2, 2015

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boston.com

 

Imagine a 21 year old Red Sox fan and a 21 year old Yankee fan.

They live in a different world than I did. They live in a world where Boston is the big bad sports town and New York is looking up to them.

It is brave new world episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 1, 2015

MLB.com

MLB.com


The Super Bowl is dominating everything in the TV age. What could baseball role be like in the on line age?

It is a listen on your device episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 31, 2015

Topps

Topps

If the 1969 Cubs won the World Series, they would have been the most beloved champ of all time.

Which other teams would have been the most embraced by their fans? The 1971 Giants? The 1978 Red Sox?

I think of that and give much respect to my former boss, Bonnie Hunt, and her wonderful mom Alice on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Here is the video of Bonnie and Alice singing with Ernie Banks.

mom ernie sing, from alice on Vimeo.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 30, 2015

Allen J. Schaben - LA Times

Allen J. Schaben – LA Times

What the Hell are the Angels going to do with Josh Hamilton? And why is his wife appearing on a reality show?

That and an I told you so moment on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 29, 2015

Boston Globe - Kevin Paul DuPont

Boston Globe – Kevin Paul DuPont


Can you picture an MLB where the Red Sox are not in Boston? Or are in a dome? Or the Houston Cardinals?

It almost happened.

It is an alternate universe episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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MLB Reports ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews Indians OF Michael Bourn

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Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner):

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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan/writer/reporter.  Recently last summer, she was able to interview Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Interviewing MLB Athletes is nothing new for our Junior Reporter.  Over the last few years, Haley has interviewed Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Cody Ross, Barry Enright, Justin Turner, Casey Janssen and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.

The MLB Reports is very happy with the hard work and dedication Haley puts forth for her interviews.  She has a great future in the business!

The MLB’ers like Haley because she doesn’t ask cookie cutter questions.  She asks them to delve into their own personal lives, and for this, she is able to crack up these guys from their usual monotanous answers. Read the rest of this entry

A Chase For A World Record Means Some Sacrifices To Full Year Schedule

With family leaving in New Jersey about a $5 public transit move away, I will be visiting CBP for another 30 games to help keep costs down for the whole year trip.  In addition to this park being cool - it also has doubleheader chances with both New York teams and Baltimore?Washington.  It is a good place to set up shop on the Eastern Seaboard.  I will see 40 games at CBP this season.

With family leaving in New Jersey about a $5 public transit move away, I will be visiting CBP for another 30 games to help keep costs down for the whole year trip. In addition to this park being cool – it also has doubleheader chances with both New York teams and Baltimore?Washington. It is a good place to set up shop on the Eastern Seaboard. I will see 40 games at CBP this season.

What a rollercoaster of a month it has been.  I may crumbled out of the gate before I even begin my year long baseball park journey.  Of course I am kidding there.. But there have been several ups and downs.

The Good:

A great schedule for the most part.  I have worked out several kinks, bought plenty of tickets already, made plans with countless other ballpark chasers.  The ability to be able to do this trip is not lost on me. Bought several tickets when the dollar value was high.

I am seeing my favorite 2 teams almost a quarter of their games (Yankees and Nationals).

I will chase a world record down from June to July in some fashion.

Also purchasing partial season tickets for the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Cubs, Phillies, Brewers and White Sox is awesome to have in the hopper. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 28, 2015

AP Photo - Gene J. Puskar

AP Photo – Gene J. Puskar

Dan Duquette is coming back to the Orioles but will eventually go to Toronto. That could wind up being great for both teams.

It is a bird on the cap episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 27, 2015

Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

The Yankees want to keep some money from A-Rod?

That doesn’t seem fair when you consider all the money he has made the Yankees!

The Yankees should act more like the Giants and just embrace their PED filled MVP.

It is a big box office episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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Interleague 2015 Master Schedule (300 Games) All Times Posted So Far

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The National League will be looking to shake an 11 year game losing streak to the American League in 2015. 

Among the new things that AL vs NL has to offer, is a return to all teams in action at some point in the season during the time. 

Of course the Astros were back in the Senior Circuit then, so there was 16 teams vs just 14 for the Junior Circuit.

Mark it on your calendars – from Monday June 15 – June 18 all 30 teams will take part in a 2 game home and away series versus the same club.  This is sure to be a treat for Interleague fans.

Citizens Bank Ball Park, PNC Park and Fenway Park are the only 3 stadiums to have their venues host AL vs NL as their home openers. 

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Dear Mr. Manfred: Shifts, Trying To Help Offense – How About 9 Fielders And 8 Hitters In Both AL + NL?

Under my proposed format of 9 fielders, with only 8 hitters - eliminating both the pitcher and DH from entering the box, having 8 batters only in every lineup would allow players such as Mike Trout a helluva lot more Plate Appearances in a full year.

Under my proposed format of 9 fielders, with only 8 hitters – eliminating both the pitcher and DH from entering the box, having 8 batters only in every lineup would allow players such as Mike Trout a helluva lot more Plate Appearances in a full year.  The National League would stand to gain almost a quarter of a run, and the American League would also knock off its worst hitter from each squad.  So how do you do this with the players union?  Offer a 26 man roster (with 25 activated for each game).  Creating 30 new jobs would be a better way than having the NL adopt the DH into their game.  That would not go well, and longtime would throw a conniption fit.  The best way to uniform both leagues is to go with a lineup of 8 guys.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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I like the way Rob Manfred came out blazing Sunday on heels of his 1st 24 hours as commissioner.  I agree completely that we need more offense infused into the game.

Whether any of us like or not, the ;PED’ era while it was going, was at least fun to watch on the offensive side of it.  I have even talked to fans that in my shop that would love for them not to be illegal – so we could see that HR’s creep up again.  I can’t say I would go that far, but the recent trend of Runs scored on the decline is alarming.

I grew up in the 80’s, and if there were any season that has been similar to that timeframe, last season was. Pitching, speed, defense and clutch hitting was the key to winning in that decade, and there was a degree of parity that existed too.

I am still stunned that more people can tell the real reason why games take so long.  How about Strikeouts at an ALL – Time rate?  This is the biggest factor, and it is not even debatable.  You add in the “Moneyball” concept of taking a pile of pitches, combined with tonnes of pitching changes, instant replay, TV time out, and players going through per pitch rituals that would make golf’s Sergio Garcia seem like a speed demon in contrast, and no wonder why games take forever. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 26, 2015

DC Comics

DC Comics

The Red Sox should act more like me and my mom… find ways to AVOID tension. Do this by retiring Boggs and Pedro’s number.

How does that connect with the Batman enemy, Man-Bat?

It makes sense of this episode The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Game Start Times + Opponents For All 30 MLB Home Park Openers – 2015

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park.  The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years.  There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles.  In 2014, they may even exceed that. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park. The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years. There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles. In 2014, they exceed that – with the team having adrawn 2.45 Million people, were the 1st Wild Card Holder, before losing the game in Pittsburgh to the eventual World Series winning Giants. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Season Opener is on Sunday Apr.05, 2015, and will see Wrigley start their 101st season at the venue, despite not having the bleachers renovated in time. 

Within 9 days of the opener, all parks will be accounted for in the year.  Game Start times will come in sporadically in the offseason with variance on when the clubs all post them.

Generally there is a massive spike on game 1 of any year at a ball park, so a big tip is to wait for game #2.  A lot of the squads love to offer great value priced tickets as a way to stop the catastrophic plummet from the opener. 

Whatever the case, if you know ways to acquire your way in to one of these parks for the inaugural game of the season, it is always a memorable experience! Read the rest of this entry

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