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epic failure

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by AccountKiller

Well the Major League Baseball Amatuer Draft signing deadline has officially passed, and only three 1st rounders went unsigned:  Aaron Crow (Missouri), Josh Fields (Georgia), and Gerrit Cole (Lutheran HS – pictured above).

Seattle has until a week before the 2009 Draft to come to terms with Josh Fields because he was a college senior, and there’s a 90% chance that he signs on the dotted line in the next few days. However, the Nationals failure to sign Aaron Crow over a gap of less than an extra $1 million in bonus demands is inexcusable.

It is equally as bad for the New York Yankees to have lost Gerrit Cole, although no one saw this coming. The tall right-handed pitcher from California evidently had a change in heart and was unwilling to sign for any amount of money, as he wanted to attend UCLA this fall. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Cole made this decision just days before the signing deadline, rather than in early June.

In the next couple of days I’ll sort through the names and see what team had the best draft, and what team had the worst.

the 6 million dollar man, i mean boy

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2008 by AccountKiller

If you pay any attention to baseball international free agency, you already know about the mysterious Michel Inoa, the hottest international pitcher outside of Yu Darvish (who is pitching in Japan, so he isn’t a free agent and must be posted).

Iona is just 16 years old (can we see a birth certificate?) yet already sports a 94 mph fastball, with a slightly above average curveball and a decent changeup. Sounds okay right? Well what makes him special is his projectable body: 6’7″, 205 lbs… remember this kid is only 16! Assuming he is actually 16, this is a special player.

While some International Free Agents (IFAs) remain secrets like Jose Reyes, Michel Inoa is anything but; he’s already been evaluated by all 30 major league clubs and is asking for a contract of at least $4 million, with some reports saying $6 million. Wow. That type of contract would destroy anything ever given to an IFA; sorry Wily Mo!

Reports are that the Oakland Athletics are the front-runners in the Inoa sweepstakes, with the Rangers and Reds joining in on the bidding war. I find it hard to believe that the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, and Mets would back down from the kid’s price tag. I find it equally hard to believe that the A’s would go after Inoa so feverishly, as their organization’s philosophy is to stay away from high school pitchers. Why would Beane throw serious dough at a 16 year old, yet throw a temper-tantrum when they drafted Jeremy Bonderman out of HS.

The IFA signing period begins July 2nd, stay tuned. In the meantime, anyone ever know what became of Edward Salcedo?

going both ways

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , on June 20, 2008 by AccountKiller

Pat Venditte made his debut last night for the New York Yankees Class-A short season affiliate Staten Island Yankees. Who is Pat Venditte you ask? Pat is a 23 year old pitcher from Creighton, drafted by the Yankees in the 45th round of the 2007 amateur entry draft but did not sign. He was drafted by the Yankees again earlier this month in the 20th round, and quickly inked a deal.

He compiled great stats his last few years at pitching out of the bullpen at Creighton: http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Pat-Venditte.shtml. But what makes him so special? Well watch the video above.

All that dual-handedness created quite the controversy in his debut last night. For those who did not catch it Sportscenter, the clip is below. Hysterical; totally destroyed the hitter even after the delay.

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apparantely $52 million is not enough to afford a decent wedding photographer

Posted in baseball with tags , , , , on June 14, 2008 by AccountKiller

Apparantely a 4 year, $52 million contract, is not enough money to be able to afford a decent wedding photographer.