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Lopsided Trades


The July 31 trade deadline is ever looming. ESPN put out a story about the Most Lopsided Trades.

This made me think of some crazy, lopsided Ranger trades.

Sammy Sosa:

I once heard George W. Bush talk about how he did regretted trading Sammy Sosa, but at the time, Sammy was 20 years old and not really doing anything. Who knew what would become of him? The bigger regret is who also left when we traded him to the Chicago White Sox.

Wilson Alvarez: In the past, the Texas Rangers have not been known for great pitching. In 1989, there was a trade for Sammy Sosa, Wilson Alvarez and Scott Fletcher. The Rangers got Harold Baines and Fred Manrique. As a longtime Ranger fan, I am still crying over this trade. Alvarez went on to be an All-Star pitcher, with a 14 year-career and an overall 3.96 ERA and a 1.390 WHIP. I know the Rangers sure could have used him.

In the ESPN Lopsided article, they talk about the Mark Teixeira trade, and the Rangers really benefited on that one. July 31, 2007: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Ron Mahay to the Atlanta Braves for Beau Jones (minors), Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

There was a trade in which I almost feel sorry for Detroit. Juan Gonzalez was traded in a nine-player deal. The Rangers traded Gonzalez, with Danny Patterson and Gregg Zaun, to the Detroit Tigers for Alan Webb (minors), Frank Catalanotto, Francisco Cordero, Bill Haselman, Gabe Kapler and Justin Thompson.

Alan Webb and Justin Thompson: While these turned out to be duds, the rest of the deal worked out great for the Rangers.

Francisco Cordero went on to be an All-Star closer for the Rangers. In 2004, he had 49 saves, an ERA of 2.13 and WHIP of 1.284. He played for the Rangers from 2000 to 2005.

Bill Haselman was a great backup catcher for the Rangers. His five years with the Rangers included an overall batting average of .273

And two of my favorite players came over in the trade

Gabe Kapler, a good outfielder and good numbers, with a BA of  .280.  He was a fan favorite, especially with my girlfriends.

Frank Catalanotto, called by fans Little Cat, was another fan favorite, and I would say one of my absolute favorite players of all time. I followed his career after he left the Rangers.  He was so versatile in both infield and outfield.  His overall BA with the Rangers was .290

Trades are a part of the game. There are some who underperform, or a trade was just what they needed to get their game on. You truly never know how a player is going to be until they are in uniform on the field.

What’s a crazy trade you remember? Drop me a line, and let’s keep the conversation going.



MLB All Star Game results and Harper’s body


Last night the All Star game starters were announced.  Contrary to popular belief, the Royals did not have the entire starting lineup; they do have four. One of the best catchers in the game Salvador Perez. SS Alcides Escobar, Outfielders:  Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.

The fans of baseball took to their computers and voted for who they thought should get in. I talked about how the fans should always vote in Vote love not WAR. If you don’t like how the results are going you have the power to change it. The rest of the line up is 1st Miguel Cabrera, 2nd Jose Altuve, 3rd Josh Donaldson, DH is Nelson Cruz.

Ned Yost has already said that Mike Trout will play center and Cain will play right.

In the NL there was not one team dominate, Sad for me none of my Dodgers are starting. The Reds who are hosting the All Star Game this year  have one player

Catcher Buster Posey, 1st Paul Goldschmidt, 2nd Dee Gordon, SS Jhonny Peralta, OF Matt Holliday, Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper.

Yes, there are some players on the DL in that case, the reserve with the most votes in the same position will get to start and the replacement for the roster is chosen by the manager.

The reserves will be announced on tonight on ESPN. After the announcement show, Fans will get a chance to vote again, for the Final Vote from a list of five players in each league.

Now for some eye candy today.  I want to thank ESPN for the ESPN body issue, featuring on the cover Bryce Harper. Sadly Harper has chosen not to participate the home run derby but this photo has hit a home run for sure.  Harper has been quoted saying ” he needs to work on his abs.” I am just one women’s opinion but the abs are great. Magic Mike great!


Miss Baseball’s Top Concerns for the season


Well, that was some opening day. Am I right? I loved all the games I did get to catch. I being a Ranger fan am glad I missed last night’s game. No one likes to see their team get shutout.  So after all this baseball watching I have a few concerns.

Jon Lester and the No Pick Off Move.

Now, don’t get me wrong Lester is a great pitcher but according to ESPN broadcast. Lester has not really had a pick off move since 2011. Come on Jon, you are in the NL now where small ball is king. The base runners are going to figure out that they can run on you. Oh and if you’re on base and Lester is on the mound. RUN!

New York Yankees Infield:

I watched the infield yesterday make what I would call careless errors. One might argue with me that its just one game. True. but I hold the New York Yankees to the highest of baseball standards and they were not in the infield yesterday for sure.

No l’m Not in Love with San Diego Padres.

I have been watching the baseball news and reading baseball stories about all the trades the San Diego Padres have done. I need more proof that all these moves are going to work. People are calling general manager A.J. Preller a genius He is only a genius if it works, and the fact that he was trained by Jon Daniels scares me.

Alex Rodriguez Apology




Dear Alex,
I have been a fan of baseball since I was 2. While I wouldn’t speak for all fans I do speak for me. I am a forgiving person. Anger and grudges only hurt the person who holds them. I make a choice each day not to hold on the anger. I am ready to forgive you but your apology needs more.

So here is the apology that I want:

Dear Fans of baseball,
I am sorry, I was wrong. I made decisions that I will regret for the rest of my life. I am not asking for your forgiveness. I’m only asking for a chance to earn your respect. I have changed and I will never be that person again. I will do everything in my power to be the player you can be proud to cheer for.
Sincerely Apologetic,
Alex Rodriguez

You have served your suspension. Forgiveness can be had you just have to earn our respect.

Miss Baseball