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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 1, 2014

Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC

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 21, 2014

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I am alone in my house, a rare thing.

The topic of the day is all sorts of pitching… David Price‘s masterpiece loss, why Masahiro Tanaka pitching in 2014 is insane and the joys of a suspended game.

It is a playing hooky at home episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Rick Porcello, Lucas Duda, Jorge De La Rosa, Adam Jones, Hector Noesi, Alex Wood, Luis Valbuena and David Ortiz all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2014

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes baseball can act as a safe outlet for hate, bitterness and other unsavory emotions that we all have but are not proud of.

My dislike of the Arizona Diamondbacks is a perfect example of that.

It is a hate filled episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Carlos Beltran, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Peralta, Nathan Eovaldi, Carlos Santana, Adrian Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 21, 2014

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USATSI

What should the Phillies do by the trade deadline?

How about trade everything that isn’t nailed to the ground?

The races are so tight right now that a bunch of teams may try to shoot the moon. No better time to take advantage of them!

It is an all anarchy episode on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Odrisamer Despaigne, Jon Lester, Neil Walker, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tim Lincecum, Peter Bourjos and Yan Gomes all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 28, 2014

New York Times - FEBRUARY 6, 1933

New York Times – FEBRUARY 6, 1933

The public outcry over Donald Sterling and his racist rants shows that we are improving as a society.

It wasn’t long ago that an owner like that would have been accepted… or in the case of Tom Yawkey, honored.

I crap all over Tom Yawkey and wish my brother a happy birthday on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

Justin Upton, A.J. Pierzynski, Tanner Roark, Phil Hughes, A.J. Pollock, Jeremy Guthrie and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 27, 2014

New York Post

New York Post

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

While most stadiums see the wrecking ball or dynamite, there have been some ballparks that have found new life after their teams left.

Justin Upton, A.J. Pierzynski, Tanner Roark, Phil Hughes, A.J. Pollock, Jeremy Guthrie and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 26, 2014

Michael Perez - AP

Michael Perez – AP

The Milwaukee Brewers have the best record in baseball. And with Carlos Gomez, Matt Garza, Ryan Braun and Francisco Rodriguez doing well, they have some of the hardest players to root for in the game.

In a strange way, that could be their appeal!

I explain why on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Carlos Gomez, Jose Abreu, Yordano Ventura, Stephen Strasburg, Jason Kubel, Joey Votto and Josh Beckett all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 22, 2014

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers have a lot of issues and need to address some lack of production. Despite that, they are off to a terrific start. And they should thank the horrible Arizona Diamondbacks for that.

That is the topic for today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Cliff Lee, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Richards, Matt Dominguez, Dustin Pedroia, Tanner Roark and Todd Frazier  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 17, 2014

Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune

Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune

 

The White Sox gave us all a clinic on how to manage a bullpen… if the goal is to have an infielder pitching in a tie game!

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

Julio Teheran, Masahiro Tanaka, Aramis Ramirez, Leonys Martin, Felix Hernandez, Jason Castro, Justin Morneauand Cliff Lee all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.05) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings 2014

Howard Simmons, New York Daily News

Howard Simmons, New York Daily News

Ike Davis came off the bench to launch a walk off, come from behind grand slam to give the Mets a 6-3 victory over the Reds.

James Loney smacked a 2 run 8th inning double that turned a 4-3 Rangers lead to a 5-4 Tampa Bay advantage that they would hold on to for the win.

Jose Fernandez dominated again. This time

Felix Hernandez retired the first 11 Oakland batters he faced. He continued his shutout into the 9th and finished with 1 run over 8 1/3 innings, getting the 3-1 win for the Mariners.

They owned baseball on April.5, 2014.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 13, 2014

Photo by Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Photo by Jim McIsaac Getty Images

 

Livan Hernandez and Francisco Rodriguez are both in the news.

Both were major figures in the 2002 World Series.

Both remind me of M.Night Shyamalan.

It makes sense if you listen to The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast. Read the rest of this entry

Forget The DH, Forget The Pitcher Hitting, Lets Hit With 8! Also Teams Should Hit Best Players At The Top

Disagree with me all you want, but I think the MLB would be better served to have just 8 hitters hit in one rotation of the batting order.  It is time to eliminate the DH and the pitcher both from hitting.  Give the fans more of what they want, the most feared hitters in baseball potentially batting 70 - 80 times more a year.

Disagree with me all you want, but I think the MLB would be better served to have just 8 hitters hit in one rotation of the batting order. It is time to eliminate the DH and the pitcher both from hitting. Give the fans more of what they want, the most feared hitters in baseball potentially batting 70 – 80 times more a year.  I also agree with Sully Baseball, that your best hitters should be afforded the most opportunities to contribute to your offense.  This means hitting in the highest slot in the order they can based on OBP, Slugging and overall Run production.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): w/assist to “Lead Personality” Paul Sullivan (Sully)

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(The 8 hitters in  lineup concept is my idea solely, I am agreeing with Sully on his lineup relevance for his approach for 1 and 2 hitters) – CB

I was listening to an archived show I did with James Acevedo, on our inaugural “2 And A Hook Podcast” show last March.

We were talking about the Designated Hitter position weakening by the year, and the Pitcher not doing any justice at the plate either.

In the show, I haphazardly referred to “they should just hit with 8 hitters.”

I forgot about the whole thing soon after saying it last year, but now I haven’t stopped thinking about for the last hour of today.

Baseball writers often will tell you it is best to write what is fresh on your mind. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 4, 2014

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Ian Kinsler needs to take media lessons from Derek Jeter. But at least he gave some life to a Tigers/Rangers rivalry.

That and my shaving habits on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 11, 2014

Photo:  Neil Leifer - Sports Illustrated

Photo: Neil Leifer – Sports Illustrated

It may not be The Sunday Request, but I feel obliged to address a Twitter reader of mine on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 7, 2014

Boston Globe/WOR TV

Boston Globe/WOR TV


Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I pay tribute to two men.

Curt Schilling played the role of the villain in baseball perfectly.

Ralph Kiner lived a full baseball life and was my connection to many facets of the past that are now gone.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 7, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 5, 2014

Montreal Expos

Montreal Expos

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I am joined by former big league pitcher Rudy May.

Rudy pitched for 16 seasons in the big leagues along side many future Hall of Famers and for some of the best managers in baseball history.

In part one of our conversation, we discuss his days with the Montreal Expos and the Baltimore Orioles. He relays stories about pitching for the great Earl Weaver and knocking down Lou Brock on “Lou Brock Day” in St. Louis.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 5, 2014

Odds To Win The MLB 2014 World Series As Of Right Now

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labour, however risking all a huge chunk of their team salary on a player - who might see a harsh decline in his production - based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn't delve into.  Perhaps with the outcome of the meeting the club had with Cano, it has effectively burned the bridges between the two parties?  The M's are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should take the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labor, however risking  a huge chunk of their team salary on a player – who might see a harsh decline in his production – based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn’t have delved into.  The M’s are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should take the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.  While the ramifications of the Cano deal might blow up long-term, look for this team to be better for the next couple of years.  They also make our ‘good valued teams’ for Winning the 2014 World Series.

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

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The Oddsmakers have finally dropped the Angels in the rankings.  At +1600, they are still not down as far as I would put them, however they are outside the top 10 now.

As you will see in a post this weekend done by Hunter Stokes, I am still surprised to see the Yankees more of an underdog than the Boston Red Sox.

In his report, Hunter will show you the age of both teams is similar – while the lineups are more comparable in 2014 then they were in 2013.

Tampa Bay is still the class of the bunch at +2000.  In some Vegas Casino’s – this club may be posted as more of a favorite, but at http://www.bet365.com, they are still at that mark. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 30, 2014

 (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Where should Joey Votto bat? Is he a #3 hitter? Is he a #2 hitter?

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I ask the obvious question: Why isn’t Joey Votto the lead off hitter for the Cincinnati Reds??

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 30, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 28, 2014

Topps

Topps


On today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast I pay tribute to Bill White on his birthday.

A great player, broadcaster and executive, Mr. White is living about as complete a baseball life as anyone could hope for.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 28, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 27, 2014

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This poster of the Pittsburgh Crawfords’ great team made me think about how far we have come in the integration of baseball. And yet there are still some barriers that need to be broken.

We’ve seen today’s answer to Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson make the majors.

Smithsonian

Smithsonian

What about today’s Jackie Mitchell?

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

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 26, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 25, 2014

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Today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast is a bit of a grab bag.

I talk a little about Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and a strange way I propose the Mariners should use them.

And I quote haiku master Masaoka Shiki… like you do.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 25, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 24, 2014

John Iacono/SI

John Iacono/SI

Greg Maddux… people will remember you as a Brave… not a Cub.

Maybe that’s why I picked a picture of you pitching as a Dodger for the website.

Writers… a unanimous Hall of Fame vote is NOT a vote for best player of all time.

That and a few other things have my goat on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 24, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 23, 2014

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Blogger, writer and podcaster Bernadette Pasley, is my guest on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

She is the host of the Yankee based blog and podcast Lady at the Bat.

We talked about the Tanaka signing and all other things Yankees.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 23, 2014

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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 21, 2014

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Harry How/Getty Images North America

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I discuss bias and impartiality.

Being called biased kind of hurt. I will never be impartial, but my impartiality will be tempered by a lack of bias.

Does that make sense?

I hope so.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 21, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 19, 2014

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It is time for THE SUNDAY REQUEST on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Usually I would NEVER give a seven year contract to a pitcher, but Clayton Kershaw is not your usual pitcher.

I think the contract is justified. Listen in to find out why.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 19, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 18, 2014

SF Examiner

SF Examiner

Rewatching Game 4 of the 1989 World Series made me realize how influential Tony LaRussa was.

Whether it was the bullpen, the steroid era or waiver wire deals, LaRussa’s paths can be felt to this very day.

Sounds like a topic for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast to me!

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 18, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 15, 2014

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AP

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 13, 2014

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I give thanks to Jose Canseco.

No really, I do.
If he didn’t write that book and expose the steroid era, we could have a bigger Hall of Fame fiasco than we do now.

Sick of the talk about not voting in juicers?
Imagine the cry to kick them out after they were voted in!

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 13, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 11, 2014

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Patrick Smith – Getty Images

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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

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