Posts Tagged ‘MLB’
68 years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager, Branch Rickey, started Robinson at first base. It was one of the most important moments in the MLB and led a nation into the civil rights movement. Robinson and Rickey were ahead of their time when you realize that this happened 16 years before Martin Luther King’s seminal “I have a dream” speech.
Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson.
On Monday, Senator Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the Presidency from the iconic Freedom Tower in Miami. It was a rousing and inspirational speech that highlighted his family’s path to attaining the American Dream. Rubio’s message was one of hope in the resurgence of American greatness and a powerful call to action. Rubio is the best communicator in the Republican Party and will be a top tier contender for the GOP nomination.
Speaking of top-tier contenders, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign for the White House on Sunday with a web video. As I tweeted that day, say what you will, but it was well done and had the right tone.
While I think she will struggle with coming across authentic, she is going to be a formidable opponent to whomever gets the GOP nomination.
Oh, and one of the most absurd things I have ever seen, happened in Iowa. Click the link below. Talk about a stampede.
VIDEO: Reporters ran to get to close to Clinton as the Scooby Van approached her Iowa event https://t.co/7vqR31b6NN
— The Cycle (@thecyclemsnbc) April 14, 2015
If you are a baseball fan, the most envious place to be today would have been in Seattle watching the Mariners and the Chicago White Sox. Sox pitcher, Phillip Humber, did something so rare it has only happened 21 times in all of Major League Baseball history: he threw a perfect game.
The perfect game is one of those very special things that you can only hope that you get a chance to witness in person some time in your life. It is one of those things that could happen any day you go to the ballpark, but is so rare to be almost mythological.
Today there are fathers in Seattle trying to explain to their son or daughter how special this day is, and how they’ll truly appreciate it some day.
Major League Baseball spring training is underway and my sons little league opening day is this week.
For a baseball nut like me, it’s Christmas in the spring.
The gift of the Cactus League, with the addition of the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, make spring training that much better. With the Diamondbacks moving from Tucson to the Valley soon for spring training, makes the Cactus League that must stronger.
Bob Melvin has been fired. A.J. Hinch will replace him. Batting coach Rick Schu was also fired.
Hinch is a young guy, just 34 years-old. We’ll see if he can motivate the young players to get their game on. AP has good coverage posted on ESPN.com.
The Arizona Diamondbacks loss to the Padres in extra innings will likely cap manager Bob Melvin’s run as skipper. D-backs fans (and the front office) are frustrated with the slow start and today’s game only exacerbates the issue. The players have to be aware that Melvin’s job is on the line, and yet they didn’t rally to help him, with only five hits in 10 innings.
Watch for an announcement later tonight about Melvin’s future.
Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. That’s too bad. I’d like to think that players have gotten the point and would just stop using already.
This is not good timing. The Dodgers broke the MLB record for home game season-opening winning streak with their win over the Nationals last night. Manny was a key actor in that win and many others for the team that has the best record in baseball.
This will hurt the Dodgers. The question is whether the Diamondbacks will be able to capitalize, and whether it will be with or without Al (oops) Bob Melvin at the helm.