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  • February 11th, 2011

    February 11, 2011:

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    Despite the 437 inches of snow, and the fact that it read SEVEN degrees on my car thermometer this morning–Baseball is almost here…and while this offseason wasn’t unbearable at all, (major signing of sought after players will do that for you) it’s time to get started…

    So Sunday is the day that Pitchers and Catchers voluntarily report to their respective Spring Training locations, with their mandatory date being Friday the 18th. A number of pitchers, including Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon, and have already been in camp nearly a week, and I expect most everyone else will arrive this weekend.

    And, knock me over with a feather–Daisuke arrived yesterday–with very little fanfare. Remember how there would be DOZENS of Japanese reporters who would follow his every step, and hang on every word? It’s amazing what 4 years of not living up to your (supposed) potential can do to your mojo…Theo had this to say recently about the enigma that is Daisuke: “Well, I thought he performed really well his first two years as a whole, especially that first year. He had basically what was an injured season in 2009, and last year bounced back to a certain extent.” So it will be interesting to see what happens this year…But just in case, I’m firing up the blender!

    The Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a 2 year, $24 million contract–which I think is a great bargain for a player who, if he can stay healthy, will be a perennial MVP contender. Even missing most of September in 2010, he was the AL batting champion with a .359 average, 32 homes and 100 RBI’s–and let’s not forget he actually WAS the AL MVP for 2010…

    Yes, Barry Bonds is still in trouble–but, unfortunately, prosecutors are having a tough time making that stick. This week, they reduced his felony charges one again–it is now 5, down from 11. A big part of this is Bonds’ former trainer, Greg Anderson’s, complete unwillingness to testify against him. This guy had relay spent a year in prison on contempt charges because of this. Holy Buckets, WHAT Barry did to warrant THIS type of loyalty from his TRAINER….? The justice system is SO wonky–and so filled with strange and random things like this.

    And, after all is said and done, Barry probably serve less than 2 years in some “Club Fed” prison…all this money and all of these resources, for THIS–Yes, I think he should be punished–but does the end really justify the means in the case? Give him the jail time, AND he should have to pay all of the court costs associated with this trial…$25 million sounds like a nice round number…

    And because every season needs an experiment–the Sox are trying one that is certainly different: Can a softball player make it in the bigs? Only time will tell, but the Sox have decided to sign a 17 year old catcher from New Zealand (men’s softball is HUGE there) who batted .500 with 5 homers in a tournament last year. Te Wera Bishop joins the other 3 New Zealand softball players to ever get to professional baseball–and the farthest any of them got was Triple A (Travis Wilson with the Braves in 2003…)A dark horse? You bet–But baseball is a funny duck–just ask Daniel Nava….

    Coming up: More and more players arrive in Fort Meyers–and some actually games (even if they are meaningless) as less than a month away! Whoo Hoo!

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