Tagged: home run

Umpire Suspended for the Botched Call Nobody Cares About

No, not that botched call. It seems no matter how poorly Angel Hernandez umpires a game, he will forever go unpunished (unless the court of public opinion counts, which sentenced him to life without parole about 15 years ago).

On the other hand, according to MLB’s official Twitter, Fieldin Culbreth was fined and suspended two games for screwing up a rule in yesterday’s Angels-Astros game:

Culbreth–and his whole crew–definitely made the wrong call in that game, but it didn’t end up costing the Angels, who came back to win the game anyway. Hernandez, on the other hand, blew a home run call that would have tied the game in the ninth inning for the A’s in Cleveland earlier this week.

But, wait. He even blew the call again after consulting instant reply, deciding there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the initial ruling. You can see that play here:

Not enough evidence, huh? Did Hernandez stop to think maybe that was enough evidence? That just maybe, he is one of the worst judges of “evidence” the world has ever seen? At least he had the gall to admit his mistake to reporters after the game. Oh, wait.

Man, that guy really sucks. Why is he still employed again?

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Pick a GIF, Any GIF!

I just happened to notice that a wealth of brilliant GIF’s were produced over the last week or so of baseball. I’d like to take a few minutes of yours to ask: Which one is the best?

Use whichever parameters you see fit–hilarity, overall awesomeness, quality of GIF-making abilities–to judge the best GIF among the five I present below. Then make sure to vote in the poll. Thanks for playing, and keep tuning in for more baseball fun this season:

1. Yu Darvish “throws” all his pitches to Albert Pujols

Yu makes many good pitches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. An ump gets unwanted cup check

umpire nut shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Michael Morse hits a no-doubter, pitcher says bad things

Morse homer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. A.J. Burnett doesn’t understand baseball

stupid burnett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. John Buck is a mean pie-thrower. Really mean.

buck hates people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Mark Trumbo Just Obliterated a Baseball

Oh. My. God.

Watch the mammoth home run here:

In the second inning of a game at o.Co Coliseum against the Oakland A’s, Trumbo took a 3-1 pitch way, way out to left field, clearing the bleachers on a line drive that would have made Giancarlo Stanton quiver.

Yours truly attends 10-12 A’s games a year, and I can tell you I’ve never seen a ball hit that far in a game, batting practice, or otherwise. This is a team that had Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco in the glory days, Jason Giambi in the early 2000’s, and now boast Yoenis Cespedes.

Yet none of them have ever gone where Mark Trumbo just went. You might have to visit the coliseum to realize how far that ball really went, but for now, just take my word for it. I can’t wait to get an official distance on that Trumbomb! UPDATE: ESPN reports the ball traveled 475 feet, tied with Anthony Rizzo for the longest homer in MLB this season. I’m not convinced. Looked like 500+ to me.

Let’s watch it again: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26704051

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Manny Being Manny: The King of Taiwan

Manny TaiwanI don’t know why Manny Ramirez, who is currently trying to revive a crumbled baseball career in Taiwan’s professional league, would ever come back to Major League Baseball.

Forget the fact that none of these MLB teams will take him for any price (well, we can ask the Miami Marlins again in a month if things don’t shape up). Manny has built a kingdom in Taiwan.

We ignored his first Taiwanese home run and the ludicrous call that went with it. We even ignored the hilarity of fans holding up “Manny Ramirez” signs with a completely different Dominican, dread-headed player on it.

But as the case has always been, we can only ignore Manny being Manny for so long. He hit his third home run of the season for the EDA Rhinos, a line drive into the left field bleachers.

Not only were the stands rocking harder than Justin Bieber playing in front of the National Girl Scout Convention, but Manny took a solid 30 seconds to trot around the bases, including a bat flip and backwards walk that would get an obligatory bean ball in one’s next at-bat in America.

I, for one, have always liked Manny, even if I’ve lost respect for him as a ball player. He knows how to have fun and ignite the fans, no matter where he plays. That has never been more evident than the high-fiving, chant-screaming crowds that worship him in Taiwan.

Manny has his face plastered all over advertisements on the league’s website, and might very well be in line to take over the entire country here soon. The pay is minimal and the competition is significantly weaker for him now, but he owns Taiwan.

Manny is the king. And that’s all the guy ever wanted. For his own sake–and ours–Manny should stay put until he hangs up the cleats for good.

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Todd Frazier Makes Dreams Come True

Lost in the madness of the Boston bombing manhunt these last couple days was a shining ray of happiness, brought to you by none other than America’s pastime. The ability of baseball (and all sports) to bring this country together in the face of a tragedy can not be understated.

And this home run from Frazier–one of two pre-game requests from the Reds’ guest bat boy (the other being pizza)–is the latest example. In a landscape clouded by crime and hate, one beautiful sight grew out of the cracks of the barren abyss on Thursday.

Frazier smacked the two-run shot for honorary bat boy Ted Kremer, a lifelong Reds fan who has Down syndrome, and making his second appearance in two seasons in that role. Check out their awesome celebration here (via MLB.com):

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Is This the Worst Home Run Call You’ve Ever Heard?

VIDEO HERE. MLB WON’T LET US EMBED THIS ONE. OH, THE HUMANITY!

It has to be close, right? We really shouldn’t pick on the Marlins, given their current organizational state. And we hate to rain on Adeiny Hechavarria’s parade (Three run homer and a win on your birthday?? NICE.). But…come on. Guys? Come on.

From the screeching voice begging to “Get it ready!” (of course, in reference to the awful eyesore of a home run structure in centerfield that lights up every time a Marlins player hits one out), to the faux excitement of another meaningless game in south Florida to the admittance that it was their first home run in Marlins Park in their 14th game…it’s just painful.

I may be overreacting, but I have an aversion to blinking lights and strange, fake fish. I think I was haunted by something like that in a nightmare once.

Anyway, whatever happened to “Get up, baby! Get up!” or “You can put it on the boarddddddddddd…YES!”? These young whippersnappers in the Miami booth need to take a lesson from the legends. Or from Taiwan, even. It seems that so far, the Marlins can do no right, even when they win.

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Toss-Up: Giancarlo Stanton or Carlos Gonzalez?

Giancarlo StantonAccording to MLBTradeRumors.com, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has information that the New York Mets’ front office may be looking seriously at trying to swing a trade for either Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton or Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.

We don’t need to tell you that the Mets’ outfield is a mess (the two highest-paid outfielders on the team aren’t actually on the team), or what kind of impact either one of those bats would have on a young lineup struggling to keep pace with the monster of the NL East. But, that’s what we’re here for. So…

…it’s this writer’s opinion that trading for Stanton is the best hypothetical move for the Mets. I prefer Gonzalez as an all-around player, but he’s more expensive to maintain in the long run than the 23-year-old Stanton would be and allows them a lot less financial flexibility to bring in free agent replacements for the pitching staff.

Though the Mets front office has indicated they are willing to increase the payroll (contrary to popular belief, it is not so they can pay Bobby Bonilla even more interest), the 27-year-old Gonzalez would bring over a contract that owes him nearly $65 million over four years, whereas Stanton will be under team control through 2016.

But as Mets’ superfan and MLBFanCave Dweller Travis Miller (@AtTravisMiller) mentions: “I’d go with CarGo. Even though he’s a few years older, he’s a proven .300 hitter who can swipe bags, and is gold glove-caliber in the outfield. A 500-foot bomb is pretty to look at from time to time, but I’ll go with the five-tool player every single time.”

It’s a tough choice, knowing that either trade would likely cost the Mets their top two prospects in Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud, as well as a hefty financial investment. But the opportunity to improve the heart of the order and complement David Wright may be too good to pass up.

CarGo

Stanton brings massive home run potential and has been improving his batting average every year in the big leagues (career high .290 in 2012), but Gonzalez has won a batting title and two Gold Gloves, and sports an average slash line of .299/28/97 with about 25 steals.

Would CarGo struggle away from the thin air of Coors Field? Would Stanton continue to blossom into a premier all-around hitter? Nobody knows for sure, but it seems the Mets may be willing to pay in order to find out.

Vote in our poll below–who would be the better hypothetical pick up for the Mets? And comment with who YOU would prefer if your team was in the same situation.

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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