Gruden Replaces Kornheiser

Finally! According to ESPN Tony Kornheiser has decided to “step down” from his position on Monday Night Football because of his fear of flying. I don’t know who ESPN is trying to fool.

Kornheiser should never even have been appointed to the position in the first place. He was by far, one of the worst MNF personalities of all time. Honestly, have you ever met a football fan that enjoyed listening to him blab during games? Thank you ESPN for finally replacing this joker. I have no idea why it took so long but I’m just glad it’s finally over.

On to the 2nd part of this post. Jon Gruden, AKA Chucky,  is taking his place.

Jon Gruden

I love this move. Gruden has the NFL experience and actually knows what he is talking about. Anything would have been an improvement over TonyK but this move is great.

I have nothing personal against Kornheiser and I really don’t mind PTI. MNF is just simply a role that he has no business doing.

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PEDs: What MLB should do

I hate talking about Performance Enhancers in baseball. It seems like every time I think I can just enjoy baseball another big name player is linked to steroids. So I’m going to reflect on what I’d do to solve this problem if I was in Bud Selig’s shoes.

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Darius Miles Arrested

Darius Miles has once again been arrested. Last night police in Fairview Heights, Illinois stopped Miles for failure to signal. Needless to say, a search of his car revealed that Miles was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was charged with misdemeanor possession and has already posted bail and been released.

The recent comeback Miles made with the Grizzlies was a great story. I was really pulling for the kid. Wait. He’s 27 years old now so let me rephrase that. I was pulling for the man.

Wait a minute! Darius Miles is an NBA player and he smokes marijuana? Wow. why am I even posting this? This is not news.

I can’t believe I wasted time even starting this post.

NL Central: Ludwick Put on DL

The Cardinals placed Ryan Ludwick was on the 15day DL today. Ludwick strained his left hamstring while chasing down a fly ball in last night’s 7-1 loss to the Pirates. The Cards started the season with a surplus of outfielders and now with Ankiel & Ludwick on the disabled list the depth is coming in handy. Top prospect Colby Rasmus and Chris Duncan are now seeing everyday playing time.

The Central is full of big name injuries. The Cards now have Brendan Ryan, Chris Carpenter, Rick Ankiel & Ludwick on the DL. The Cubs have Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez on the DL.

The Cards and the Cubs were the favorites to finish one and two in this division but these injuries have given hope to other NLC teams. The Reds and Brewers are only 1 game behind the Cards for 1st. A lot of people liked the Reds chances this season but in all honesty they don’t have a chance to compete unless the Cards and Cubs remain injury plagued all season.

Houston and Pittsburgh are holding down 5 & 6th place and they still don’t stand a chance. This may turn into a nice battle for 5th place and I definitely give the edge to the Pirates.

Rebirth of Dan Meyer

Southpaw Dan Meyer was once a highly touted pitching prospect. He looked like a can’t miss MLB pitcher when the Braves selected him in the 1st round of the 2002 draft. He quickly rose through the minor league ranks and made his major league debut in September of 2004. At 23 yrs old, Meyer only pitched in 2 games for the Braves that September. In those 2 games he  gave up 2 hits, 1 Walk and 1 k and had an ERA of 0.00.

During the offseason the Braves acquired Ace Tim Hudson from the A’s in exchange for Meyer, Juan Cruz and Charles Thomas. So after just 2innings of work for the Braves the promising 23yr old Meyer was heading to Oakland.

Meyer was beat up in Oakland

Meyer was beat up in Oakland

Meyer never lived up to the expectations in Oakland. He was expected to contend for a spot in A’s rotation but he had a horrible spring in 2005 and was sent to the Minors.  Meyer then continued to struggle as he remained in the Minors the entire ’05 & ’06 seasons.

In 2007 Meyer started showing signs of progress in minors. His 6-2 record and 3.40 ERA were good enough for him to earn a call-up to the bigs in August. Meyer made 6 appearances for the A’s, 3 of which were starts, but his performance was sub par to say the least. The once highly touted prospect struggled, pitchers hit .294 off him as he went 0-2 with a 8.82ERA.

In 2008, the southpaw once again underperformed for the A’s. He pitched only 27.66 innings during his 11 appearances in the big leagues. He also made 4 starts but it made no difference whether he started or came out of the pen big league hitters continued to crush the ball. Opposing batters hit .304 off of Meyer which led to a horrific 7.48 ER, 1.77WHIP & 0-4 record.

That was then, This is now

Last November, The A’s waived Meyer. The Florida Marlins decided to take a shot on him and claimed him off waivers. Going into the spring not much was expected out of Meyer. He had a shot at contending for the last bullpen spot and that was about it. Meyer then put together a solid spring and made the club.

Meyer has taken advantage of his second chance with the Marlins. In 13.1 innings this season opposing batters are batting just .152 and that has lead to just a  2.03ERA for Meyer. He’s still hasn’t recorded his 1st career win but he also hasn’t been beaten in this season. Plus with 5 holds already he’s proven to be a very reliable arm out of the Marlins bullpen.

Meyer's performance is worth smiling about

Meyer's '09 pitching is worth smiling about

At 28yrs old Meyer appears to have finally found his place in the big leagues. There’s no reason that he shouldn’t continue having success for the Marlins.If you’re in a fantasy league that scores Holds then Meyer is definitely worth a look Deep or NL-Only leagues Meyer may be worth a look. He also is both SP&RP eligible so he can also be a valuable asset in leagues that have limited spots for relievers.

AL Baseball Sucks

I haven’t watched more than 3innings of AL baseball this year. Yes I hate the the Yankees and Red Sox but that has nothing to do with it. Contrary to what ESPN leads you to believe the Yanks & Sox only make up 14% of the AL. That’s right there is actually 12 other teams in the AL. There is some good story lines in the AL but I still can’t sit down and watch a full AL game. I’d love to watch Zach Greinke mow down opposing batters but I just can’t do it.

Why? The answer is simple. The Designated Hitter. It is by far the worst rule ever added to anyof our Major Professional Sports. In baseball you play the field AND bat. What is so hard about that? I have absolutely no interest in watching fat overpaid sluggers take 4 or 5 at bats then spend the rest of the game sitting on their ass. I also can’t stand watching pitchers throw inside with no consequence. In the NL if a pitcher intentionally goes high and tight on a batter then you can guarantee that next time he steps up to the plate he’s going to see the same thing.

I’m going to end my rant now but within the next two weeks I’m going to post a complete argument on why the DH is horrible for baseball.

Vacation is Over

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last post! Well its time for the vacation to end. For the Pub’s millions of daily readers I promise regular posts from here on out.

Also, I’m still looking for another bartender or 2 here at the pub. So if you or anyone you know is an opinionated sports fan that has an interest in blogging let me know.