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Stop thinking and just play

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Confession time: I am an overthinker. When a problem comes up, I like to work out three solutions and think of worse-case scenarios. I have been like this my whole life, and it messes up my life. The same can be true for a baseball player — a slump at the plate, unable to find the strike zone, the ball just can’t find your glove. Some would say a solution is more practice, but sometimes a different solution may be in order: Just stop thinking and just play.

Today, I read a wonderful article about how Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo’s wife helped him to stop overthinking. Shin-Soo Choo is very special to me. I watched him for a season as a San Antonio Mission.  Before the All-Star break this year, Choo was not having a good season. He was even taken out of the line up. And then after the All-Star break, his numbers are a .333 batting average, .441 OBP, .607 slugging percentage and a 1.048 OPS.

Choo’s wife used a building metaphor to describe his game. Buildings with a solid foundation can take whatever is shaking them. More importantly is the outcome of this advice. He stopped thinking and started playing and having fun.

“It really helped clear my mind,” Choo said. “I’m not thinking about one game or one week. I’m just seeing what is right in front of me and doing what I do. I’m not thinking about a big picture.”

Baseball is a kid’s game. It should be fun. Sometimes, we need to not see what is going to happen next. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.   Best thing you can do for your game: Stop thinking and just play.

Q and A with Miss Baseball.

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Right now I am glad I write and don’t do a video log. I normally have a high Minnie Mouse voice and now I sound like a old lady that smoked for 20 yrs. As I am too tired and sick to give you all a real post I thought I would answer questions that people at random ask me.

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Q: I thought you were a Royals fan; Why do you have a Ranger wreath on  your door?

I was a Royals fan because my favorite player last year played for them. If it came down in the playoff between the Royals and the Rangers I would hope the Rangers would beat down the Royals.

Q: You don’t have cable how can you watch all the baseball games?

The MLB app is wonderful, I buy for spring training and I can watch every game during the season other than the Rangers and Astros live.  I have to wait 90 mins after a game as ended to watch them because I am in their blackout zone.

Q: You post a bunch of stuff about the Dodgers, what’s up with that?

Thanks to being a part of the Kaplifestyle family, I started watching the Dodgers because of that. Now I watch the Dodgers because I am a fan.

Q: You write a blog about baseball! Why?

Why? Why not, I hope to be a place where women, chicks,
, whatever we call ourselves to talk about the game. There is so much sports news geared towards men, but women like baseball too. In my experience, I know more women who know more about the game than most men.  the exception to the rule is unless you played at a professional level.

Q: Do you talk to baseball players? I couldn’t do that I would be too scared.

Sure! on Twitter mostly. They are not scary, they are people. Some are really nice, some are jerks. Treat them like a person and they will treat you like one too.

 

Adrian Beltre gets his 3rd cycle and becomes a standout in history.

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History was made last night. Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers hit his third cycle. Only John Reilly, Bob Meusel and Babe Herman have done it. The last time it was done was Sept. 30, 1933. The even greater feat was that Globe Life Park, or as I like to call it, The Ballpark in Arlington, was home to all THREE of Beltre’s cycles.

John Reilly had all of his as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He had two in one week at Bank Street grounds in 1883. The next year, the Reds had a new home, League Park I, and Reilly hit his third cycle there in 1890.

Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees ( the Texas Rangers fan in me wants to boo) never had any of his at the famed Polo Grounds or Yankee Stadium, which would have been the site in his 1928 cycle (see below). Instead, he had his May 7, 1921, at Griffith Stadium (Washington Senators); July 3, 1922, at Shibe Park (Philadelphia A’s); and July 26, 1928, at Navin Field (Detroit Tigers)

Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Robins had his first two cycles May 18, 1931, and July 24, 1931, at Ebbets Field. In 1933, was traded to Chicago and became a Cub, and on Sept. 30, of that year, he had his third cycle, in Sportsman Park III (St. Louis Cardinals)

Adrian Beltre not only made history but now has become a legend, having done something NO ONE has ever done: hit three cycles in the same ballpark. On Sept. 1, 2008, he hit his first, as a member of the Seattle Mariners. On Aug. 24, 2012, he hit his second, this time as a Ranger, and on Aug. 3, 2015, he reached the cycle in five innings. Is a fourth cycle possible?

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August 2, 2pm, Texas. The perfect combination for baseball.

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One problem writing is you can’t really write sarcasm. You hope that people will understand that what you are writing is a joke and not be offended.That being said, Today I don’t really care who I offend.  An Open letter to MLB baseball.

Dear Dummies,

Who in their right mind would make a day game in Texas in August.   As I am writing this the temperature is between 93-95 depending on who is reporting it.

This historical avg  high for today is 96 and the all time high is 107.

Let me tell you a little about Globe Life, plastic and metal and concrete make it boiling in the stadium.   On the field it’s even worse.  but I am not telling anything you don’t know. and yet here we are.

The average ticket to the Texas Ranger ball game cost between $15-$40.For $40 and you too can lose water weight and most of your electrolytes.

The only glimmer of hope I have is there had to be some mistake.  Maybe you thought the Giants was the home team. The temp at this writing is a balmy 62 and the historical high for this day in 1946 it was 91. Maybe you confused us with Houston, they have a roof, we do not.

I know you are going to tell me it is hard to make the schedule in baseball, you have my sympathies  but for the love of everything good and baseball. DO NOT MAKE DAY GAMES IN TEXAS IN AUGUST!

Thank you for your time

Sincerely,

Miss Baseball.

 

 

Cole Hamels is a Texas Ranger

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Cole Hamels is on his way to Texas.  I have been reading and watching all the information I could get about the Hamels trade deal.

For those of you who do not know, “cash considerations” is a nice way to say money, and in this case, about $9 million.

I have concerns, and quite frankly, I think Hamels would be better suited with the Dodgers.

My top concerns about the Hamels trade:

His ERA is high against A.L. teams: 4.73

According to baseball prospectus, his fantasy rating gets a ding with the ballpark factor. The Rangers ballpark has a history of eating pitchers alive. (Remember Chan Ho Park?) He also gets a ding for coming over to the power-hungry A.L.

He comes from a weak division, the NL East. It has the Nationals, with a PCT of .535, and the fourth-place team (Hamels’ Phillies are last) is the Marlins, at .416. Now Hamels is coming to a strong division in the AL West. The Astros just came out on top after last night’s win against the Angels and have a PCT of .559. And the last-place A’s, who lost last night to the Dodgers, have a PCT of .441.

Him being healthy scares me. He has had no injuries. I am a longtime Rangers fan, and we have not been very lucky with the health of our pitchers. Is Hamels a ticking time bomb?

I feel like we gave up too much for Hamels, especially Jake Thompson and Nick Williams. While you never know with a prospect if they are going to be any good, I got to watch these guys play and I see something really good in both of them. I am making a call on Thompson. We are going to be sorry in a few years. Williams could be a bat for someone, and I think we are going to get hurt on this trade.

I talked before about lopsided trades, I just hope this is going to be another one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lopsided Trades

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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.

 

 

Q and A with Miss Baseball

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For today’s post, I was inspired by Jon Heyman. I used a few of the question he answers For example, he was asked who gives the best interviews. I haven’t had any responses yet to my two interview requests.  Feel free to ask me questions, and I will respond.

1. DH or no DH?

DH. This chick digs the long ball.

2. Favorite team: Rangers or Royals?

ALWAYS RANGERS!

3. Favorite baseball movie?

“A League of Their Own.” Also answer to favorite movie.

4. Peanuts or Cracker Jack?

Cracker Jack

5. Slugfest  or pitchers’ duel?

Slugfest. Chick digs the long ball!!!!!

6. Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig?

Lou Gehrig

7. Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays?

Mays

8. Favorite baseball food?

Hot dogs

9. Beer or soda during a game?

I always drink soda because you never know when a ball is going to come flying at you.

10. Surprise team of the year?

Houston Astros