“Hard Cheddar” Weekly Segment 2: MLB Heroes And Zeroes For 2013!
By ‘Special Guest Writer’ Steve Cheeseman Follow @cheeseman_s
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2013 Hero’s and Zero’s of MLB
Throughout the 2013 Major League Baseball season, there had been plenty to talk about. Lots of surprise players, as well as surprise teams.
This season in my opinion was as good as any. However, like any sport, there was also plenty to forget, but not necessarily forgive, as you’ll see.
Here are my hero’s and zero’s for the 2013 MLB season.
Yasiel Puig Highlights 2013 – Mature Content – Parental Guidance is Advised
Yes, the Pirates lost in the playoffs, but going from 79 wins in 2012, which was well out of playoff contention, to a playoff berth before losing to the St. Louis Cardinal’s was simply amazing.
Toronto Blue Jays
The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays went from projected World Champions to league doormat.
Other than an amazing 11 game winning streak early in the season, Toronto proved to be nothing more than a stepping stone.
There is definitely a lot of work to do in the off-season, on the field, and in the club house.
Max was never a bad pitcher, typically a number 2 or 3 man of the rotation. However, this year Scherzer completely dominated.
He finished the 2013 season with a 21-3 (19-1 into the All-Star break) record with a 2.90 ERA, and career high 240 strikeouts.
Scherzer was the only 20 game winner in the majors this season. He was also selected to all-star game for the first time, reached 1000 strikeouts in his career. Move over Justin Verlander!
It’s bad enough to get caught with steroids the first time, but to get caught the second time and playing the fans like they are fools is ridiculous.
Braun claimed the first time, he had no idea he was taking PED’s. Then the poster boy for MLB was caught again claiming he was essentially a changed man. Please, stop the B.S.
The only thing you’re doing is hurting the fans and the team. A-Roid, in my opinion was always be a stain on baseball, at the same level as Barry Bonds.
An admitted steroid user of the past, he was caught again, and instead of taking his suspension like a man, he appealed it, bringing much un-needed added drama to an already frazzled Yankee’s dressing room.
This narcissistic excuse of a person once again looking after himself before his teammates. He needs a life suspension, which is a shame, because steroids or not, he was a good player.
This hard hitting Cuban truly makes baseball fun to watch. After defecting from his native land in 2012, and signing a 7-year deal worth $42 million with the Dodgers, Puig has certainly earned his coin.
Since his call up in June through end of the regular season, Yasiel hit .319 with 19 hr’s, as well as earning rookie of the month, and player of the month respectively for the month of June.
Puig also made the all-rookie team selected by Baseball America. He certainly seems to have a bright future in the “golden state”.
After the previous 3 season’s where he hit a combined 100 hr’s, 322 RBI’s, Hamilton defected from the Texas Ranger’s to division rival Los Angeles Angel’s of Anaheim (that name still bothers me) for a crazy 5 years, $125 million (that’s $25 million per year folks!).
He hit a mild .250 with 21 HR’s and 79 RBI’s. T
hat isn’t a lot for that kind of money. Just to compare, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, hit .286, with 53 HR’s, and 138 RBI’s (for $3.3 million). Who would you rather have?
Thumbs up to Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles, proving that it’s not always going to be the Yankee’s, Red Sox and Ray’s that are hard to play against in the AL East.
Led by veteran manager Buck Showalter and slugger Chris Davis, Baltimore took the baseball world by storm, with 85 wins for the 2013 season, knocking the New York Yankee’s well out of playoff contention.
The 2014 edition should be fun to watch.
Starting before the season in January of 2013, the Biogenesis scandal investigation was in full swing by the time the season began.
Throughout the season, suspension after suspension was given to Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun as we have already discussed, as well and Nelson Cruz and others.
Once again, another black mark on the game of baseball. To make things worse, and more tiresome. This is all the media talked about.
The biggest stories were not the great catches, miraculous comebacks, or clutch hitting. It was constantly Biogenesis, and I know it was a big story, but it shouldn’t consume everything.
A sports reporter here in Ottawa even voiced his opinion on the air stating, enough was enough.
The greatest closer of all time decided to hang up his spikes and call it a career. Rivera is no question the greatest closer of all time.
Rivera finished the season with a 6-2 record, 44 saves, and 2.21 ERA. Still pretty good for the retiring 42 year old. For his career he massed 652 saves (MLB record).
A 13 time all-star, he is the holder of 32 MLB records, as well as 9 team records. Love him or hate him, to steal a line from Ricky Henderson, he truly is “The greatest…of all time!”.
Overall, 2013 was as good a season as any, with plenty of bright highlights such as the end of an amazing career in Mariano Rivera, to potentially the start of another in Yasiel Puig.
The emergence of Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles as well as the Andrew McCutchen led Pittsburgh Pirates.
Max Scherzer finally came out of the shadows out of Tiger ace Justin Verlander, leading the Detroit rotation to be the most dominant in all of baseball.
It’s too bad they couldn’t piece it together in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, they weren’t all bright moments…
The collapse of Josh Hamilton, and the irrelevancy of the Toronto Blue Jays. We had to listen to a never-ending P.E.D. discussion marathon with Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun at the centre.
MLB needs to get rid of Rodriguez. Jose Canseco is at least man enough to admit his mistakes, keeping in mind, he was paid very well to do that in his book.
Rodriguez continues to play victim, creating drama and unnecessary attention to the MLB, the New York Yankees, and fans everywhere.
In the end, whether it’s a team issue, or an individual issue, as always, there is work to do. The only thing we can hope for is that everything continues to keep getting better for the 2014 season and beyond.
Until next time…
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Special Blue Jays Guest Writer’ Steve Cheeseman for preparing today’s featured article.
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Posted on October 28, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2013 NLDS, @cheeseman_s on twitter, @MLBreports on twitter, AL East, alex rodriguez, Andrew McCutchen, barry bonds, boston redsox, buck showalter, chris davis, clay buchholz, derek jeter, detroit tigers, francisco liriano, j.p. arencibia, jack morris, joe girardi, josh hamilton, justin verlander, los angeles dodgers, mariano rivera, max scherzer, nelson cruz, new york yankees, ped biogenesis scandal, pittsburgh pirates, ryan braun, st louis cardinals, steve cheeseman, tampa bay rays, texas rangers, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.