Tuesday, August 2, 2016

MLB Week 17 – I’ll Trade Ya...


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Welcome back Homer Bailey, our 106-million-dollar man.

Homer Bailey was very impressive this past Sunday. It looked like he pitched better in the majors than he did in any of his minor league rehab starts.

Best wishes to the now former Cincinnati Red, Jay Bruce.

All Cincinnati Reds fans worldwide will never forget that certain September evening back in 2010 when Bruce’s walk off homer at Great American Ball Park against the Houston Astros propelled the Reds to its first postseason appearance since 1995.

Bruce ends his Cincinnati career seventh on the Reds all-time home run list with 233.

It was rumored that a Jay Bruce to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Yasiel Puig trade was on the table. That would have been very interesting.

I’m very surprised that Brandon Phillips, who vetoed a trade to Washington last winter, and Zack Cozart are still with the Reds.

Speaking of vetoes; Cleveland fans please don’t be too hard on Texas’ Jonathan Lucroy when the Indians and Rangers meet this postseason, and I strongly feel that will happen. You have one of the best young catchers in Yan Gomes and Lucroy knew that. Not to mention that you also have former Yankee reliever Andrew Miller.

I never ever thought I would see the day that the New York Yankees give up.

John Sterling shtick; YANKEES RETREAT, THUUUUUH’ YANKEES RETREAT

Somewhere in the Trinity Memorial Gardens at Trinity, Florida, George Steinbrenner is spinning in his grave.

After all the trades the Yankees made, their players average age has dropped, from 73 to 70.

Drinks offered in the Yankees clubhouse, soft drinks, water, Gatorade, Ensure, and Geritol.

If Steinbrenner was still alive, he’d probably be Donald Trump’s running mate.

Four games back in the Wild Card, the Pittsburgh Pirates also gave up, trading Francisco Liriano, and closer Mark Melancon.

There were so many trades going on at the Trade Deadline, it was rumored that my employer, the United States Postal Service, was about to trade me for an employee to be named later.

Memo to the Atlanta Braves; your team sucks, and you think trading your young talent for Matt Kemp is going to help?

With the Olympics beginning this week, I’m hopeful that the International Olympic Committee will return to its senses and reinstate baseball for the 2020 Tokyo games.

Useless Trivia; the United States won the baseball gold medal only once, during the Sydney Australia games of 2000. Team USA defeated the Cuban National team 4 – 0 in the Gold Medal game. Team USA won the bronze medal (third place) in 1996 and 2008.

I’m looking forward to the debut of Sevens Rugby in the Olympics. If you’ve never watched Sevens Rugby, you’re in for a treat. The women’s tournament begins Saturday August 6, the men start on Tuesday August 9.

40 Years Ago; Thursday August 5, 1976, Cincinnati’s Fred Norman pitches a complete game at Dodger Stadium to move his record to 11 – 2 as the Reds beat Los Angeles 3 – 2. Pete Rose went 3 for 5 to raise his season batting average to .335. At 70 – 39, Cincinnati enjoys a ten game lead in the National League West, and is cruising to their second straight divisional title and fifth division championship since 1970.

Have a blessed week. GO TEAM USA!!!

Dan Howard

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