nice swing, regard.
nice swing, regard.
clean shaven moreland is weird.
curve curve curve curve curve heater curve curve wear your hat like felix curve curve curve curve peg a guy in the back curve curve
professional AB there.
It's like he's got sub-average control with his heat, and super plus control with his secondary stuff. Weird.
thread needs more yuphamisms and innyuendos when yu is pitching
Why the $#@! is Josh still talking?! You have a $#@!ing agent, use him goddamnit.
While he says his loyalty is to the Texas Rangers, outfielder Josh Hamilton made it clear Monday that it would be in the team's best interests financially to re-sign him sooner rather than later.
"Free agency is free agency," Hamilton told ESPN analyst Jim Bowden on his "Inside Pitch" radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio. "If they sign me now, it'd probably cost less. If they sign me there (free agency), it'd cost more. So we'll see.
"Obviously, I told the Rangers that they get first shot, and I mean that. I have loyalty to the Rangers. They've been good to me and my family, and it's been a good relationship."
Hamilton will be a free agent after the 2012 season. Negotiations between his agent and the Rangers were shelved in early February after Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol.
The outfielder has been troubled by drugs and alcohol throughout his professional career. Hamilton had said he didn't expect to get into any long-term contract negotiations with the club this spring but hasn't closed the door to negotiating during the season.
The 2010 AL MVP played only 133 games last season, hitting 25 home runs and driving in 94 runs, and said he was hampered by a sports hernia for the better part of the season.
you would think a little hardball negotiating could result in a lucrative contract for josh that includes language voiding the deal if certain personal issues emerge and that also involves some games played escalators. i'm sure his agent would balk at that language and take his chances in FA where it only takes one detroit tigers, but maybe josh would overrule his agent to get a deal done with texas.
the douchebag top 5
The budding rivalry between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels took an odd twist Sunday.
Former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson took to Twitter and sent out an old phone number of current Texas catcher Mike Napoli. Later he apologized to Napoli on Twitter and said that he did the prank because Napoli said he couldn't wait to hit a homer off Wilson.
Smart move by Wilson? Wilson has more than 116,000 followers on Twitter who now have access to the number, which isn't one Napoli is using anymore.
As bright a guy as Wilson is, this might not be the best move he's ever made. Of course, even though Wilson is coming off an All-Star season and signed a five year, $77.5-million deal with his hometown Angels, he hasn't been perfect in his career.
Here are the top miscues Wilson has made in his career:
1. The ball flip – Before he became a starter, Wilson was a reliever for the Rangers. Arguably his worst outing came Aug. 5, 2008, against the New York Yankees. He pitched 1/3 of an inning, walking two, hitting one and allowing a grand slam to Richie Sexson, who finished the year with a .221 average and hasn't played in the majors since then. By the time manager Ron Washington went to the mound to pull Wilson, he had allowed four runs and his ERA on the season was 6.02. How did Wilson respond to getting yanked with a chorus of boos raining down on him at Rangers Ballpark? He walked off the mound and flipped the ball to Washington instead of handing it to him. Washington grabbed Wilson by the arm and pulled him back, making him hand the ball to his manager. Wilson apologized to his teammates and Washington but didn't pitch again that season, going on the disabled list with bone spurs in his elbow.
2. The 2011 ALCS – The Detroit Tigers were the only thing that stood between the Rangers and a second consecutive trip to the World Series. Wilson, the Texas ace, did little to help the cause. He pitched 10 2/3 innings in the series, allowing 14 hits and walking seven. His ERA in the series was 10.80. He didn't pitch poorly in Game 1 but his chance at a win was done in by a rain delay. He was on the mound again in Game 5 with the Rangers leading the series 3-2. But with the game tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Tigers opened the bottom of the sixth by hitting for the cycle in order off Wilson, with Delmon Young's homer making it a 6-2 game and setting the stage for Game 6.
3. The 2011 ALDS – This was Wilson's chance to show he wasn't pitching in Cliff Lee's shadow anymore. Wilson won his first postseason start in 2010 but lost his next two. He had a chance to get the 2011 playoffs off to a good start against Tampa Bay. It didn't happen. Wilson only pitched in one game, the opener. But he only lasted five innings. He gave up three home runs and six earned runs as the Rays blasted Texas 9-0 and put the Rangers in a 1-0 hole. The Rangers ended up winning the series in four games but Wilson didn't pitch again.
4. Opening up his mouth – It was just last month that Wilson was on a Sports Illustrated podcast talking about Twitter. Wilson said on that show that he wants to spread nothing but positive messages on Twitter. He often uses the PMA hashtag, which stands for positive mental attitude. Outing Napoli doesn't exactly rank as a positive tweet. Of course, the talkative Wilson also talked about on the same show about how he's an aspiring professional photographer and a fight he got into with white supremacists. He also talked about how much he doesn't like the NFL and that he hasn't watched television since November. Wilson is an easy target because he talks about a lot of topics and puts himself out there, whether it's talking about his racing team or his straight-edge lifestyle. He also tried a break-dancing bit on funnyordie.com. If those are the only two options, the clip is unfunny.
5. Ticking off Napoli – Napoli has taken the high road with Wilson tweeting his old digits. Napoli hasn't talked about it but he certainly knows the Rangers will be playing the Angels 19 times this season. Napoli already holds a little bit of a grudge against the Angels, who traded him after the 2010 season because they didn't think he could handle the catching duties full time. Napoli played in 16 games against the Angels in 2011 and hit six of his 30 homers against them. That was the most he had against any team. His batting average against the Angels was .356. Napoli also hit .356 against his former team. That was before one of their pitchers gave out his old number.
nice editing. or he follows the rule that if you want someone to remember something, tell them twice.His batting average against the Angels was .356. Napoli also hit .356 against his former team.
get it together, Joe.
solid article summing up douche st8edgeracer.
and once again $#@! josh for talking about his contract. he's the one who fell off the wagon and ALLEGEDLY banged some chick in a bar bathroom (NTTIAWWT) costing himself tens of millions of dollars. it's in HIS interest to shut the $#@! up and take the Rangers offer before he realizes how bad he $#@!ed up.
Didn't realize how tatted up Beimel is, surprised he doesn't have to cover that.
I'm just glad Craig was able to catch a ball near the wall without running into it.
$#@!ing gentry is always getting hurt. if he could stay healthy we could get rid of judy for good.
interesting to compare whether signing napoli or hamilton is a better risk-adjusted option. hamilton has more proven results with wheels off baggage and napoli has the unknown of duplicating last year's results. but napoli is a bad $#@! and i always loved him even when he was with the angels.
hey, a rangers asian pitcher gave up a home run. surprise!
not bad for viewing. beer sales may be a bitch though.
I predict a year of fail for Josh and Feliz.
Did we forget to give Joe Nathan a physical?
Cj should have been an Astro. Guys like kermit deserve him.
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LSB says we are about to steal a year of FA from holland. Which is nice.
This twitter story is way more entertaining than it appeared at first. Napoli is awesome.
C.J. Wilson and Mike Napoli were Texas teammates last year, but they're big-time American League West rivals now, and that rivalry heated up a few degrees Monday after a Twitter showdown.
Wilson, who signed with the Angels in the offseason for five years and $78 million, tweeted Rangers catcher Napoli's cell phone number to his more than 116,000 followers on the social networking site last week, in response to Wilson hearing that Napoli said he was looking forward to facing him and hitting home runs in the coming season.
Wilson deleted the tweet, which the pitcher described as a prank, but Napoli was irked, saying that the hassle caused by his privacy being breached was not his definition of "a good time."
Napoli told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "I don't even know why he did it. You don't do that. I am not taking it as a prank. You know, I haven't even talked to him since the end of last season. We don't have that type of relationship.
"I don't even remember saying I want to take him deep. But as every power hitter, you're always trying to take pitchers deep. So I'll say it now: I'm going to try and take him deep."
Wilson was asked about the situation Monday and didn't offer much of a comment.
"Give me a break," Wilson said. "It was four days ago. I'm not having no conversation about Twitter. Come on. It's a joke, it's a prank. Say 'no comment' on anything you write. I have nothing to say. It's not a story. It's a prank. ... I have not heard from anybody. ... It's Spring Training. It's not a big deal."
Wilson later tweeted, "Okay I think we've all had a good time, I'm even with mike for saying he can't wait to hit homers off me."
i am sure this little stunt has impressed his new team and manager. they will certainly embrace him now.
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