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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 31, 2014

 

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Lots of beer flowing at the game is a baseball tradition. But SHOULD it be?

How much better could the experience of a baseball game be WITHOUT beer? And how much money can be made cutting off from the beer wagon?

Plus my first Hamstersdam reference from The Wire.

It is the last 2014 episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

My 2011 Video about Drunks at the ballpark.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 30, 2014

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EPISODE 800 – What ways can baseball celebrate its past even better? Which former champions and heroes should get their due?

It is a milestone episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 29, 2014

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John Smoltz has a great case for the Hall of Fame. Hopefully the numbers game won’t push him off.

Meanwhile the best way to see Bonds and Clemens inducted is for them to keep living and a few other people to die off.

It is a life and death episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 28, 2014

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Jonathan Dyer – USA Today Sports

Orioles fans might be disappointed with their Christmas haul. But guess what? They were last year as well and they got to the ALCS.

The team is already better and the other teams in the AL East are getting worse.

There is reason for the bird on the hat to smile in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 27, 2014

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Mark Anderson, the creator of MLB Cathedrals joins the podcast again.

Today we didn’t discuss current stadiums, those of the past or those of the future.

We talked about stadiums that were never built but imagined or proposed.

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

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 26, 2014

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Mark Anderson, the creator of MLB Cathedrals joins the podcast today.

In part 1 of our discussion, we talked about potential places for baseball to expand to or where a franchise can move.

And he was surprised by the support Montreal seems to be getting.

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

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 25, 2014

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Topps

It is December 25th. HAPPY RICKEY HENDERSON’S BIRTHDAY!

The second best leadoff hitter of his time, Tim Raines, deserves to join Rickey in the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Did collusion help keep him out so far?

Tidings of comfort and joy in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 24, 2014

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I had to do some last minute shopping for Christmas.

While wandering from store to store in San Jose, I wondered which teams should be doing last minute shopping for themselves regarding James Shields and Max Scherzer.

Images of 200 innings pitchers will be dancing in your head for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

(Images – Getty Images)

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Dear Santa: All AL Teams 2015 Wish List (By The Fans)

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Okay, so it is time to ask old Saint Nick, for some help for teams in the MLB to have their wishes come true.

New York Yankees:

Can someone please knock some sense into the brass in the Bronx to realize they are the friggin Yanks?  Since we can’t bring the “Boss” back to kick some ass, maybe a losing season would force the team to pilfer the payroll, and believe it or not, if Cashman behaves himself before Spring Training, the club could get under the Luxury Tax Threshold this year with a few Trade Deals, and go an attack the 2016 Free Agent core of Jason Heyward, Jordan Zimmermann, David Price and Johnny Cueto

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Would it be too much to ask if the team could just release Alex Rodriguez?  There is no way he should hit his 660th HR in Pinstripes.  Release him before that day, or way prior, and don’t pay him that dumb $6 MIL Bonus.  He ain’t worth it.  Also don’t want him passing Lou Gehrig for the RBI list ALL – Time in a New York uniform either. Read the rest of this entry

My 183 Day/30 MLB Park Trip Will Be About 229 Games.

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I have been waiting for every last team to post their times, so I can mark my way through the entire calendar for game action for every single day next year,

Two-Thirds of the teams have complied, and I am seeing about 44 – 50 Doubleheader Attempts for the calendar season.

From the season opener at Wrigley Field, I will be there… I am attending about 17 – 20 games on the North Side Of Chicago, and many of them will couple a game at Miller Park right afterwards.

Since my brother lives in Philadelphia, and is the hub for doublheaders on the Eastern Seaboard, I will see the most games there out of any other park.

I contemplated basing out of Seattle, but it is just too far away from other parks.  I will still see about 20 games there next season.

I plan on seeing the Nationals in about 12 different road parks..

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 23, 2014

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Is Sacramento a possible landing spot for the A’s?

And why are the Giants putting minor league teams anywhere the A’s could be moving to?

Those unanswerable questions and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Barring Any Setbacks Schedule Wise, I Will Be Attempting An All 30 MLB Parks/20 Days Trip In 2015

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I have been waiting as patiently as I can for the 2015 time starts for the upcoming MLB season.  It all started coming together when Wrigley Field was announced as the 2015 campaign opener.

I knew where I was going to start my quest of attending a game for every day in the 2015 year.

A lot of teams have put forth their start times for most games already, and even the Mets, Yankees and A’s are smart enough to have single game ticket sales up before Christmas holidays for 2015.

Scouring the June and July itinerary of games (for another ballpark chaser’s potential 30 Games in 30 Days via a ground trip) I started to see some Doubleheaders arise in the time frame of June 10 – July 4th time frame.

This is nothing new to me, as I have been scouting out Doubleheader possibilities since 2007.  What was starting to take form is a sweetheart list of potential opportunities of 2 games in one day.

Now not every club has specified their start times.  Teams like the Royals, Indians, Marlins, Astros, Padres, Angels and White Sox have yet to publish any game times this far.  But from the games that are put in at this point, it is looking like I will have a streak chase to trek down my own World Record of 30 parks in 23 days set in 2012.

I will have to wait until the end of January to finish the schedule, as I am in need of the ESPN Sunday night schedule of games for those months too, but it is looking in my favor to have about 10 doubleheader attempts in a 20 day span. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 22, 2014

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Lenny Ignelzi – AP

I swear I am not obsessed with the Padres.

But they ARE having the most interesting off season in baseball. And if they acquire Cole Hamels, it would finally make sense.

It is yet another San Diego episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Odds To Win The 2015 World Series (CWS Best Value Currently)

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We are back from an extended period of not writing articles here at the MLB Reports to weigh in on the World Series Odds for next campaign.

As we did last year, we will update this as a weekly segment for the next 10 months until the winner is crowned.

I can tell you right now, the favorites based on so-called “winning the offseason” hardly ever pay off.  If that were the case, the Yankees would have been crowned last year, with spending $503 MIL on 10 Free Agents, or also the Rangers would have been second with bringing in Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo.

The odds doled out for free wheeling Padres and Cubs are my top two picks to stay clear of wagering with the value currently constituted.  There are two teams in a similar view, not given enough credit.

The White Sox are looking decent in the AL Central, and play in the fairest of the Division in the American League, boast a 1 – 2 that can battle you with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija, while inking Free Agents Adam LaRoche and David Robertson gives the team nice depth all around,

The ‘Southsiders’ are definitely much improved in every facet heading into 2015.,  To say the Cubs, with their exuberant youth has more of a chance to win the 2015 title is not justified without seeing them perform on the field yet. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 21, 2014

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Chicago Cubs

It is time for the Sunday Request.

The point of a renovation is to keep the memories and connection of an original ballpark intact. 2 have done it wonderfully.

2 others? Not so much.

Hear which ones I picked on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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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 19, 2014

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Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

The Padres are going for it. Should they? Are they making a mistake?

It is worth thinking about in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 18, 2014

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Angel Franco – New York Times

If the United States will open up their diplomatic relations with Cuba, the effect on the baseball talent pool could be gigantic.

It is a Cuban themed episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 17, 2014

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Author Dan Epstein talks about the Hall of Fame, PEDs and Fantasy Island

Say good bye to his hair on this 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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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 15, 2014

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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

How exactly are the Nationals handling the small window of opportunity they have to win the World Series?.

It is a Nation’s Capital episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 14, 2014

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(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

 

It is time for The Sunday Request!

The Phillies had a lot of work to do and they aren’t doing it right so far!

They need to make a major change right now.

And somehow I tied it into the movie Enchanted.

Not a lot of brotherly love on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 13, 2014

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AP Photo

Dick Allen was kept out of the Hall of Fame by a single Veterans Committee vote.

That didn’t sit well with me nor with author Dan Epstein. The creator of such classic books as Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes joined me to discuss Allen’s legacy.

It is an honor the past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 12, 2014

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Do the Padres think they are on the verge of contending? Are they insane?

It is another San Diego based episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 11, 2014

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Photo: Charles Krupa

Hey Red Sox fans… cheer up! Yeah we lost Jon Lester AGAIN. But the Red Sox picked up 3 starting pitchers and maybe every little thing is gonna be alright.

Eat some chowder and listen to this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 10, 2014

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Photo: USA Today Sports

I started the podcast not knowing where Jon Lester was going to sign.

When the podcast ended and Lester was a Cub, this lifelong Red Sox fan was NOT happy.

It is a farewell to old friends episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 9, 2014

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Mitchell and Ness

 

 

White Sox fans had a bad start to their day seeing Dick Allen et al snubbed for the Hall of Fame.

Their day picked up when the team went on a shopping spree!

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

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 8, 2014

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The Veterans Committee failed to vote Dick Allen and Tony Oliva to the Hall of Fame by one vote.

That didn’t sit well with me on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 7, 2014

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Mike Stobe – Getty Images

 

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

I take a look at spending on a closer, how the right person can come out of nowhere and why it relates to the Howard Stern show.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 6, 2014

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ESPN

Buster Olney wants to take a stand on the Hall of Fame vote. Really? Just cast a vote or not. It isn’t a brave stance.

Plus why you should be glad I’m NOT Jon Lester.

That and more on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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