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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 31, 2015

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Apple Records

20 years ago today, the Strike/Lockout of 1994 and 1995 ended. I look back at how I jumped right back into baseball once the gates opened back up.

It is a hitting rock bottom episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 5, 2015

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Ten years ago today, my twin sons were born.

So much has happened in baseball in the decade since they arrived. So many amazing names, careers and moments have transpired.

I can only imagine what the next ten will bring.

It is a proud pappa episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 1, 2015

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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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The Falling Canadian Dollar Could Be A Major Roadblock In Any Montreal Bid For Another MLB Franchise

Toronto is the only team in the MLB not in the USA.  With that comes foreign currency.  For the years of 1990 - 2007, the Canadian Dollar was hovering around the 70 cents mark for the duration.  The last economic crash in the USA - had the dollar at par for the better part of the last 7 years, including once reaching $1.10 for every George Washington bill in America.  The average for the exchange rate has been in the mid 90 cents range.  The loonie has been in a nosedive since 2014 kicked in - and now it is around 90 cents for every US Dollar.  If it goes down much more, it will be just another challenge East Division.

Toronto is the only team in the MLB not in the USA. With that comes foreign currency. For the years of 1990 – 2007, the Canadian Dollar was hovering around the 70 cents mark for the duration (62 cents at its worst). The last economic crash in the USA – had the dollar at par for the better part of the last 7 years, including once reaching $1.10 for every George Washington bill in America in late 2008. The average for the exchange rate had been in the mid 90 cents range for the most part of 2014. The loonie has been in a nosedive since the end of 2014 kicked in – and now it is around 80 cents for every US Dollar. It will cost you $1.263 Canadian for $1 American on today’s market, and it If it looks to go down much more.  This economic factor could significantly derail any effort the city of Montreal has to ever regain an MLB franchise.

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The Canadian Dollar is in a free-fall against the American greenback.  I woke up this morning to see that to buy a US $1, it now cost $1.263 Canadian dollars.  Effectively that means any club in Canada is at 26.3% Luxury Tax before the season even starts, because the team pays out player salaries in USD, while the money brought in is Canadian currency.

So often people forget that the Montreal Expos problems became occurring not only as the 1994 Player Strike/1995 Lockout fanbase was angry at the MLB, with some of them never to return, but also a sagging loony.

At its worst price, was a 0.62 cent buck vs the USA back in the mid-90’s.  With the oil prices being what they are, this has serious ramifications for any impending groups of people wishing to bring back baseball to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Expos left after the 2004 season, and in some ways it is a total injustice.  Perhaps no other franchise has been affected more by the two biggest work stoppages than the Montreal had been.

The 1981 Player strike happened when Montreal was filling Olympic Stadium to the tune of 2 Million Fans per year, and the young nucleus of players such as Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Tim Wallach and Warren Cromartie were leading the charge to an uprising NL squad.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 20, 2014

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Can we ever shake our first impressions?

Can we ever change what we think?

I take a look at first impressions in relation to Bud Selig and to Connie Mack.

It is a lasting impression episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 16, 2014

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We live in a world where PewDiePie is a sensation. What does that mean for baseball?

Plus thoughts on the Selig Experience on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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It Is Time For The MLB To Eliminate Defensive Shifts + Why I Won’t Use Sabermetrics In My Posts

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I am all for a good game of chess on the baseball field, but when one wonders how come games are 4 hours, you have to add defensive shifts into the mix.

Other big sports such as the NFL, NHL and even the NBA have implemented rules in order to preserve offense in the game.

It is time to make a rule having the 3B and SS not be able to shift over to the 1B and 2B side of the field, and vice versa, before a pitch is thrown.

Credit to MLB Broadcaster Seth Everett , for being one of the only public figures I have heard that has also advocated this thought process.

Defense and technology have come light years ahead in the last 15 years or so, and it is affecting the game. Read the rest of this entry

The Dodgers Winning The Title Could Cure Baseball In The Future – Part 1

Magic Johnson said the new ownership group would put their money down on the players to stay or come to the franchise, and man he wasn't kidding.  The Los Angeles Dodgers now own 5 of the top 23 player contracts of ALL - Time in the MLB.  With a total team payroll likely to be north of $240 MIL for the next few year, he was right.

Magic Johnson said the new ownership group would put their money down on the players to stay or come to the franchise, and man he wasn’t kidding. The Los Angeles Dodgers now own 5 of the top 23 player contracts of ALL – Time in the MLB. With a total team payroll likely to be north of $240 MIL for the next few years, he was right.  The team is presently the highest salaried team, and they will pay about $16 MIL in Luxury Tax, based on 30% penalty for $51 over the $189 MIL mark in 2014.  Their cash infusion to the NL has spawned a rapid ascent for other teams in the Senior Circuit  – who are looking just to keep up, while some franchises have no chance at all with their revenue streams.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article on how the Dodgers were going to change the way the MLB operates.  I may be proven right this fall.

4 of the top 5 clubs were alive in the LDS round

1.  LA Dodgers $240.7 MIL

2.  NY Yankees $227 MIL

3.  SF Giants –  $172.4 MIL

4.  Detroit Tigers – $170.5 MIL

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 1, 2014

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Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC

One of my devoted listeners sent me a Tweet.

This terrific Deadspin article accurately looked at baseball’s inability to sell itself.

I took it a few steps further, put part of the blame on Bud Selig, who I compared to Jay Leno and William H. Macy’s character in Fargo.

But hope for baseball comes, in all places, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Trust me, it all makes sense in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Pablo Sandoval, Clay Buchholz, Mike Trout, Alex Wood, Bryce Harper, Alex Cobb, Francisco Liriano and Brett Gardner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 29, 2014

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Bud Selig saved the Padres in San Diego? Really? Did I miss that?

Plus the Ice Cream Sandwich heard ’round the world!

It is a revisionist history episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Billy Hamilton, Mike Minor, Jordan Schafer, Collin McHugh, Jorge Soler, Jon Niese, Josh Donaldson and Hiroki Kuroda all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 15, 2014

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AP Photo: Steve Ruark

Bud Selig is out and Rob Manfred is in as commissioner of baseball.

What is Bud Selig’s legacy?

What should Rob Manfred’s focus be on?

And how do I tie it into the VHS release of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It all makes sense on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Dustin Pedroia, Adeiny Hechavarria, Josh ReddickRyan Ludwick and Eric Stults all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Every MLB ASG Going Fwd Should Have A Tribute To Those Fallen In Previous Year: A Comment On Sully Baseball’s Blog

Paul Sullivan’s   brilliant tribute video – They should hire him to do one of these every year!

MLB Reports Lead Personality ‘Sully’ did a fantastic job of writing an article about the way FOX did not give any acknowledgement towards Tony Gwynn during Tuesday’s ALL – Star Game on a post for his own website. I was going to write a similar article, but he nailed it perfectly, and you should read it here

My 2 cents:   

The MLB has had several baseball men die in the last year:  Ralph Kiner, Tony Gwynn, Bob Welch, Don Zimmer, Jim Fregosi, Jerry Coleman, and former executive (MLBPA president) Michael Weiner.

I think it would be a great job by baseball – if they were to add a segment to the ALL – Star Game, in which they pay homage to the heroes of yesteryear. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 7, 2014

 

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MLB – Apple

There was a conflict between podcasters and MLB and Apple today. You can be sure I have a few thoughts on the matter.

That is the topic of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Henderson Alvarez, Carlos Gonzalez, Grady Sizemore, Hiroki Kuroda, Cody Asche, George Springer, Tim Hudson and C. J. Wilson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

I quote an article by Craig Calcaterra in the podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 20, 2014

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It is time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

If Bud Selig wants a long term legacy, he will throw away anything that resembles blackout rules and have baseball be the sport of the 21st century.

But why do THAT when you can try to get big time TV contracts?

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

Henderson Alvarez, Ryan Braun, Mark Buehrle, Wil Myers, Kurt Suzuki, Tim Hudson and David Wright all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Milwaukee Brewers State Of The Union For 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers had a modest 2013 season, yielding a 74 – 88 record. They finished 23 games back in the NL Central (ahead of only the Chicago Cubs) which saw three of its five teams reach the playoffs. The farm system cupboards are bare, with not one single top 50 prospect in it's ranks. A rebuild is necessary but general manager Doug Melvin seems more in tune with adding free agents instead of using home grown youth (Although they do have a few on their current roster). The Brewers are picking a respectable 12th in this years Major League draft, and every effort must be make to start making those picks count, or the club may find themselves on the outside looking in while division opponents Cincinnati and Pittsburgh regularly see post season play.

The Milwaukee Brewers had a modest 2013 season, yielding a 74 – 88 record. They finished 23 games back in the NL Central (ahead of only the Chicago Cubs) which saw three of its five teams reach the playoffs. The farm system cupboards are bare, with not one single top 50 prospect in it’s ranks. A rebuild is necessary but general manager Doug Melvin seems more in tune with adding free agents instead of using home grown youth (Although they do have a few on their current roster). The Brewers are picking a respectable 12th in this years Major League draft, and every effort must be make to start making those picks count, or the club may find themselves on the outside looking in while division opponents Cincinnati and Pittsburgh regularly see post season play.

Milwaukee Brewers State of the Union: A Long Road Ahead

By Robert Villarreal (MLB Reports Columnist):  

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As recently as 2011, the Brewers held the National League Central Division title.

Historically the fans are still biding their time though, having not seen a pennant since the Brewers were in the American League and won it in 1982.

Milwaukee’s own Robin Yount won the AL MVP that year, but the Brewers inevitably lost out in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Besides a 2008 Wild Card birth – and a 2011 NLCS appearance – it’s been a rough ride for this ball club for the last 32 years.

Milwaukee Brewers 2013 Highlights

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 22, 2014

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AP Photo

They are naming the new award for baseball leadership after Bud Selig?

Why not also name the relief pitcher award for Armando Benitez?

Am I on Earth?

I try to figure that out on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 22, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 15, 2014

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Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast… more A-Rod.

Am I supposed to IGNORE Alex Rodriguez? No, but maybe I need to stop intellectually defending him.

Also a comparing and contrasting A-Rod and LeBron

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 15, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 11, 2014

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Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the 2014 season.

Kind of big news, eh?

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I do my best to make sense of the whole mess and wonder why the CBA doesn’t apply to A-Rod.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 11, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 22, 2013

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Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Not all conspiracy theories are crazy. And A-Rod’s paranoia might not be unfounded.

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I discuss the Alex Rodriguez conspiracy and other potentially true schemes.

Also I wish my wife a happy birthday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 22, 2013

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 20, 2013

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New York Daily News

It takes a great effort to make Alex Rodriguez look like a sympathetic figure.

Give Bud Selig credit for making that effort!

A nice impromptu rant fills today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 20, 2013

Red Sox Great Dwight Evans Falls Short Of 2013 Expansion Era Ballot For Hall Of Fame

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By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent)

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On November 4th the National Baseball Hall of Fame released the names of 12 candidates selected to the Expansion Era ballot of the Veterans Committee. 

The Expansion Era is composed of players, executives and managers who made their greatest career contributions between 1973 – present.

Of the 12 selected, any candidate receiving 12 of 16 votes, (seventy-five percent) will gain election into The National Baseball Hall of Fame with a ceremonial induction scheduled for July of 2014.

Dwight Evans Cannon For An Arm

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 5, 2013

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Google Earth

The controversy over where the A’s are going to play is hitting a petty and infantile fever pitch.
And MLB is FINALLY acting like a parent in the situation.

What does this have to do with my son’s dinosaur toy?

Better listen to today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 5, 2013

MLB’s Payroll Matters Part 2: Just Because Some Low Payroll Teams Have Bucked The Trend – Doesn’t Mean It Will Continue

It seems the only to way to build a team successfully - is to be atrocious for several (talking 6 - 8 seasons), stockpile top 5 Draft Picks, and have them all become your nucleus for a matter of a few seasons. The reason is because of Team Control Salaries.  Teams like the Rays and Pirates have also held players in the Minor Leagues longer than needed - due to salary and Arbitration implications.  I can think of Desmond Jennings, Wil Myers, Chris Archer for the Rays, while Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke come to mind for the Bucs.

It seems the only to way to build a team successfully – is to be atrocious for several (talking 6 – 8 seasons like the Twins, Nationals, Pirates, Rays in recent years – and now the Astros are following suit), stockpile top 5 Draft Picks, and have them all become your nucleus for a matter of a few seasons. The reason is because of Team Controllable Salaries. Teams like the Rays and Pirates have also held players in the Minor Leagues longer than needed – due to salary and Arbitration implications. I can think of Desmond Jennings, Wil Myers, Chris Archer for the Rays, while Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke come to mind for the Bucs.  If a player is ready for action in the Majors, he should playing – end of story.

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

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Lets just take a look at the teams that have played well above their value.  The Twins are a story much like the Marlins in 1997 and 2003.

The Twins had a good team in the late 80’s, and won 2 World Series Titles in 1987 and 1991.  However the economics of the game hit them hard, and they struggled for an 8 year stretch in the AL Central.

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Major League Contraction Talk Again?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 6, 2013

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COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Lisa Swan of Subway Squawkers joined The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast today to talk Biogenesis, A-Rod and Bud Selig.

She may be a Yankee fan and I may be a Red Sox fan, but we agree on a lot on this subject.

Zack Grienke, Brandon Belt, Jeremy Guthrie and Alex Avila (NOT Rodriguez) all owned baseball on August 5, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 6, 2013

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 2, 2013

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AP – Richard Drew

The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast is all about the Red Sox, A-Rod, Bud Selig and remembering Thurman Munson.

Daniel Nava, Justin Upton, Matt Cain and Yu Darvish all owned baseball on August 1, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 1, 2013

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AP Photo/Gail Burton

The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast looks at the aftermath of the Trade Deadline. For the second straight year, the Astros (the worst team in baseball) was the smartest team in terms of dealing their players.

Torii Hunter, Paul Goldschmidt, Brett Oberholtzer and Clayton Kershaw all owned baseball on July 31, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 1, 2013

     
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The MLB Needs To Amend Its Weighted Schedule/Payroll Flaws By The 2016 CBA Renewal!!

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If you are a Mariners fan, your park is the furthest geographically away from an NL home park or vice versa (806 Miles).  If you are a fan of the NL, get your bags packed, because chances are, you will need to head on a roady in order to see your favorite NL team every year.

If you are a Mariners fan, your park is the furthest geographically away from another Leagues (NL) home park or vice versa (806 Miles). If your favorite team is in the NL, get your bags packed, because chances are, you will need to head on a roady in order to see your team every year.  The MLB needs to address the situation for complete fairness to every single team.  My plan would still be to have 44 – 52 Divisional Games, 60 other games against the 10 teams in your own league, and then to play 50 Interleague Games.  Of course this isn’t even possible until the MLB and MLBPA workout a new CBA in 2016.

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

Maybe it is because I am a West Cost (Vancouver B.C Canada) guy that lives 1100 Miles away from the nearest NL Ballpark, or maybe it is because I have seen it work well in other professional sports – when I worked as a pro handicapper for 3 plus years.

I am sick of seeing teams come in to town for 3 series in a year – when it might take another team 6 years to visit in Interleague.

Sure if I lived in the East Coast, in a place like New Jersey, I could have my pick of any home parks (AL + NL) within a 450 MILE radius, I may not feel the same, but even that I doubt it.

My friend Doug Miller (from Washington State), also wrote a column worth reading on this subject.  He called it “Team Fatigue”. read that article here

I also wrote a similar column on MLB Baseball’s need to adapt a Payroll/Geographical Re – Alignment that could bring a huge amount of parity to the MLB in future years here.

With the Orioles playing good baseball all year, I fear they will not be playing baseball in October.  You know why?  It is not because they don't deserve too be, and it will likely not be their fault.  The reason is:  they will have had the toughest Strength of Schedule: playing the Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays, while the Indians and Royals play extremely weak clubs like Minnesota and the White Sox a quarter of their schedule. The same can be said for the Oakland and Texas franchise feasting on the hapless (Trade Depleted Astros), and a steady dose of the Mariners (who are far easier to play than any of the AL East teams).

With the Orioles playing good baseball all year, I fear they will not be playing baseball in October. You know why? It is not because they don’t deserve to be, and it will likely not be their fault. The reason is: they will have had the toughest Strength of Schedule: playing the Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays 76 times this year, while the Indians and Royals play extremely weak clubs like Minnesota and the White Sox a quarter of their schedules. The same can be said for the Oakland and Texas franchises feasting on the hapless (Trade Depleted Astros), and a steady dose of the Mariners (who are far easier to play than any of the 5 AL East teams).

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Triple Play Podcast Ep #16: Sully (AKA Sully Baseball) Joins Us To Dissect The ALL – Star Game Format

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The Triple Play Show will have 5 shows per month.  Each show will be about 1 hour

The Triple Play Show will have 5 shows per month. Each show will be about 1 hour. Chuck Booth will guest once a month for MLB Power Rankings,

By The Big Ticket Show ( AKA Triple Play Podcast on http://www.mlbreports.com)

Guest in this Podcast -Paul Francis Sullivan “Please Call Him Sully”:

We had a big show planned for almost an hour worth of content, instead we did our best Paul Sullivan impersonation (and not very well), as he is the 20 minute master when it comes to a podcast. 

We would like to thank Sully very much for trying to hang in with us.  We had about a 14 minute chat with him.  There are still some great points that he made about the ALL – Star Game and the format for which it used to decipher home field advantage in the World Series, and it is definitely worth a listen.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 17, 2013

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On The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I realize that former World Series hero and current financial advisor Gene Larkin is a much more humble a man than me.

Also Bud Selig’s views on instant replay are evolving. He is almost off his knuckles.
Stephen Strasburg, Mitch Moreland, Yu Darvish and Travis Snider owned baseball on May 16, 2013.

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Athletes vs. Actors – PEDs vs. Plastic Surgery

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Alex Rodriguez is an admitted PED user - and claims only to have done this while playing for the Texas Rangers.  With the new Biogenesis scandal surrounding him - how much more would his legacy be tarnished if he was found to have cheated in New York City?

Alex Rodriguez is an admitted PED user – and claims to only have done this while playing for the Texas Rangers. With the new Biogenesis scandal surrounding him – how much more would his legacy be tarnished if he was found to have cheated in New York City? It is clear that the penalties enforced by MLB for such violations are not enough of a factor – to prevent their players from trying to gain an advantage. While MLB has adopted increasingly higher suspensions for positive tests than prior to 2005, they are still not high enough to prevent kids from trying out these enhancers, because the rewards still outweigh the risk.

By Lori Martini (Senior Reporter and Baseball Writer):

As an actor, especially being female it is very tough competition. There are fewer roles for women and more female actors than men. To make matters worse, nobody wants you when you get older, which makes our time frame as a working actor very slim if one is even lucky enough to be a successful working actor.  

Some women turn to plastic surgery to try to obtain roles for parts that really should be played by 30 or 40 somethings, yet the casting notices dictate that you must look 20’s.  

Not only are there these unrealistic roles, but lately I’ve been seeing more and more degrading roles out there for women such as being topless, OK with performing simulated sex acts – even as far to be OK with being peed or defecated on.  

Seriously, how much more are they going to push the envelope, yet not expect men to do the same?

Alex Rodriguez Admits To Steroid Use:

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