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Spin Cycle Podcast – Colin Talks To Sow About Harvard-Yale, Neftali Feliz, and MLB Awards

You’re going to be doing a lot of traveling in the next couple of days, so I figured I’d provide you with some much needed Ipod material (or for those of you without mp3 players, you can always burn it to a cd to play in the rental car).

In this edition of the Spin Cycle Podcast, Sow and I talk about horrific Ivy League football, the Rangers situation with Neftali Feliz, and we debate the recently announced MLB awards. Continue reading

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Did The Rangers Learn Nothing From The Joba Chamberlain Disaster?

Only in baseball can, “this guy is really good at his job—let’s change his job” be considered a sound business model.

The most recent instance of this motto received the final go-ahead yesterday when the Texas Rangers signed closer Joe Nathan and announced that incumbent closer Neftali Feliz would be making the transition to the starting rotation. The Rangers flirted with moving Feliz to the rotation at the beginning of 2011, but ultimately decided against it.

So why are the Rangers so desperate to move Feliz to the rotation now? Why would they take a young reliever who has been the bullpen linchpin of an AL powerhouse and change his role completely? It’s perplexing, especially since the Yankees have already provided a clear example of how that can work out. Continue reading

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Annoying Fan Behavior #21: Telling A Player He Sucks

Nelson Cruz took a lot of flak for not making the catch on David Freese’s game-tying triple to right field in Game Six of the World Series. Cruz went back on the ball, seemed to slow down as he neared the wall, and mistimed his jump, allowing the ball to land over his head.

I can’t imagine how many Rangers fans shouted, “YOU SUCK!” in Cruz’s direction as the ball caromed off the wall.

Really, Rangers fans? Cruz tied an MLB record by blasting eight dingers in the postseason, but suddenly he sucks because he didn’t catch a ball that was about three feet from going over the fence?

That was just one instance of Annoying Fan Behavior #21: Telling a Player He Sucks. I’ve started a personal crusade to end this type of behavior, and I think this is a great place to start. Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian, 1 – Tony La Russa, 0: The Sports Blog’s Dependence On Page Views

There’s no better sign of what’s become of the sports world than the sequence of events that took place today. This morning we were hit with the bombshell that Tony La Russa, fresh off his third World Series win, was going to retire.

A couple hours later that news was absolutely trounced by the news that the first lady of sports, Kim Kardashian herself, planned on filing for divorce from her husband of two months, Kris Humphries.

I’m sure there are tons of sportswriters and radio hosts who are up-in-arms that one of the best managers in the history of baseball is being overshadowed by a woman who’s made millions of dollars for doing nothing, but this isn’t going to be one of those rants. Continue reading

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Jim Leyland Is Either Lying or Senile

After leading the Tigers to the ALCS, I’m pretty sure that 66-year-old Jim Leyland hasn’t lost his mental faculties just yet. But how can I be sure when he comes out and says something like he said today?

Leyland’s team lost to the Rangers yesterday to fall into a 3-1 hole, meaning that the media is (for once) actually describing tonight’s Game 5 as a “must-win.” Anybody who watched Bobby Boucher play on the offensive side of the ball in the championship game knows that in a must-win all hands are on deck and you can’t hold anything back. Continue reading

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