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Athletes vs. Actors – PEDs vs. Plastic Surgery

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Wednesday April.3, 2013

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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Tyler Austin – Yankees Prospect: A Baseball Story of Courage; Feature Interview by Lori Martini

Friday August 10th, 2012

Lori Martini (Baseball Writer- and @LoriMartini on Twitter):  Baseball is my life.  Heck, if I could get paid for playing softball- I would have the greatest, happiest job in the world!  I’m sure anyone who has played the game feels the same way.  So many players go through the system and either get overlooked, marred by injuries or simply can’t perform up to major league standards.  Aside from all of that, there are the politics and life in general that can get in the way of success.

So when we see athletes like Lance Armstrong and Mike Lowell, not only overcoming testicular cancer, but rising to the top of their respective sport, one cannot help but feel completely inspired.  These guys did NOT give up and in fact, they fought harder than anyone. Given the success they have experienced, the hard work certainly paid off. Which brings me to a very special ballplayer and today’s feature subject, Tyler Austin.  

Tyler was born in Macon, GA to Kim and Chris Austin and has two younger brothers, Dylan and Kyle who also play ball.  At age 17, Tyler was diagnosed with testicular cancer during the MLB Draft. Read the rest of this entry

The 2012 Toronto Blue Jays: Need a Big Bat to Contend in the A.L. East

Tuesday May 2nd, 2012

Rob Bland:  Much has been said about the quiet offseason that Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos underwent.  After the uproar that was caused by the media in the Yu Darvis bidding process, and the Prince Fielder free agency, fans became upset that Anthopoulos was just sitting on his hands.  The fact that Anthopoulos stated numerous times that they would not be major players in free agency seemed to fall on deaf ears.  Anthopoulos has been adamant about building this team with young and athleticism, the latter of which is something that Prince Fielder doesn’t necessarily embody.  That’s no knock against Prince, because he is paid to mash, not steal bases. 

The question is asked, do the Jays need a big bat or another arm to take that final leap into contention in the American League East?  Now, I could answer this a few different ways.  Read the rest of this entry

What does the Factor12 Rating Really Mean? Baseball Stats 101

Saturday April 14th, 2012

Josh Robbins (Guest Writer):  As previously defined, the Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers on

In basic terms, F12 is a rating that utilizes all aspects of pitching.  It produces a number on a scale of 0.000-infinity (theoretically), where the average pitcher’s value is 24.000.

For example: Justin Verlander opened the season at Comerica Park last week and dominated the Boston Red Sox hitters for eight innings.  8IP/ 2H/ 0R/ 1BB/ 7K or F12 Rating: 38.907

In last week’s games: 137 pitchers appeared in a MLB game while compiling 351.67 innings pitched.  As a result, the average pitcher threw 2.57 IP in the opening week of 2012 (351.67/137).

Yet, what does the 38.907 really mean?

The IP and SO-BB categories do not use a fixed range (0.001-4.000).

So, it is possible to accumulate more than 4 points.

























The ten ratio statistics do use a fixed range (0.001-4.000).

**The F12 Rating is simply the twelve stats added together.

**The F12 AVG is (F12 Rating minus 24.000).

F12 Rating

F12 > AVG

F12% > AVG









**F12 can be viewed as the percentage difference for each pitcher above or below actual MLB league average performance (F12%>AVG).

***Josh Robbins is a Video-Journalist and Baseball Historian living in Gilbert, Arizona.  In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach.  From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all 30 MLB stadiums in a world record 26 days by car.  Please email Josh at or visit for more information about the Factor12 Rating.***


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The Factor12 Rating: Get to Know this Baseball Stat

Monday April 2nd, 2012

Josh Robbins (Guest Writer):  The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers on


F12 consists of the following twelve statistics incorporating every aspect of pitching:

Innings Pitched (IP); Strikeouts Minus Walks (SO-BB); Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP); Earned Run Average (ERA); Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP); Home Runs per 9 innings (HR/9); Walks per 9 innings (BB/9); Strikeouts per 9 innings (SO/9); Opponents Batting Average (OBA); Opponents On-Base Average (OOBA); Opponents Slugging Average (OSLG); Modified Base-Out Percentage (MBOP) has been adjusted to include wild pitches and balks.


The traditional strikeout statistic places too much value on a pitcher’s ability to retire a hitter via strikes.  In fact, strikeouts minus walks differential illustrates a clearer image of a pitcher’s true dominance over hitters and mastery of the strike zone.  In 1974, Nolan Ryan recorded a whopping 367 strikeouts while issuing a staggering 202 walks producing a 165 SO-BB differential.  Last season, Clayton Kershaw amassed 248 strikeouts and allowed only 54 walks equaling a 194 SO-BB differential.  On first glance, Ryan appears to be more dominant.  However, Kershaw was far superior in controlling the strike zone. (more…)

Rate the GM: The Kenny Williams Report Card

Friday March 2nd, 2012


Rob Bland:  How long does a GM have job security after winning a World Series?  I get asked this fairly often, as teams tend to stick with a general manager for longer than they should, especially when they have won a championship in the past.  Even though a team may struggle and writers, experts and all of the pundits question every move they make, owners often stick with a GM if he has won “the big one”.  Assembling a Major League quality team is not an exact science, even if the sabermetricians will have you believe it is.  Sure, calculating OPS and WAR and FIP can help put you in a position to win, but there is something to be said about the culture of an organization.  It may be a myth, but you always hear about winning teams having winning attitudes.  They exude confidence. For example,  is often said that there is an aura about the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium.  That being said, there has to be a mixture of personalities in a clubhouse.  A general manager’s job is to put the best ballplayers on a roster, and the manager’s job is to utilize those players in ways that will maximize their talents and win games.  A winning record should not directly reflect a GM’s performance. But then after all, he chose the players and hired the manager. Read the rest of this entry

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