Monthly archives: June 2005
What's Up, Doc?
I found a nice, long article about Dock Ellis over at Balls Out: How to throw a no-hitter on acid, and other lessons from the career of baseball legend Dock Ellis," by Keven McAlester is a highly entertaining read. Oh, and if you ever get the chance, "In the Country of Baseball," which was written by Donald Hall offers a good look at Ellis' career. One of my favorite bits had to do with Ellis going after the Big Red Machine.
In spring training 1974, Dock Ellis, felt that his Pittsburgh Pirates had begun to lose some of their aggressiveness.
"'You are scared of Cincinnati.' That's what I told my teammates. 'Every time we play Cincinnati, the hitters are on their ass.'"
Dem Dirty Bums
I really feel that "Bull Durham" and "The Bad News Bears" are the only two baseball movies worth remembering. Others are have their moments, but these are the only two that really hold up for me. Brian Gunn recently pointed me to a fine critical appreciation of "The Bad News Bears" by Charles Taylor over at Slate. With a remake hitting theaters next month, what better time to take stock in the original.
The integrity of the movie lies in refusing to make the Bears cuddly or lovable. Their crudest member, a towheaded misanthrope named Tanner (Chris Barnes), sums up his teammates as "Jews, spics, niggers, pansies, and a booger-eating moron." Ritchie resists the temptation to depict the kids' foul mouths, questionable personal grooming habits, and all-around crumminess as cute precociousness. He isn't afraid to be both appalled and amused by them. "The Bad News Bears" offers a brief glimpse of a moment like the pre-code early '30s when movies had no use for moralism. The sawed-off badass (Jackie Earle Haley) who becomes the Bears' star slugger smokes his way through the movie; Buttermaker slips the kids beers after they play a particularly good game.
If you like em lewd and crude, how can you possibly resist "Slapshot" for kids?
Bill James once labled Rickey Henderson as the most underappreciated great player of his time. A few days ago, Joe Sheehan wrote that "Frank Robinson is one of the most underrated managers in history, a guy who has consistently posted records above his team's talent--the anti-Baker, if you will." The same day I was reading through Sports Illustrated's new collection of "Great Baseball Writing" and stumbled across a piece on Roberto Clemente. It must have been written in the late sixties. The writer mentioned that Clemente was very good but not yet in the Mays-Mantle-Aaron class. My first thought was, "What about Frank Robinson?" So let me put it out there: Is Frank Robinson the most underappreciated great baseball figure since World War II, or what?
Hair on the chinny-chin chin
I'm a fan of facial hair. More specifically, I like a good goatee. I sport one myself, and tend to find myself inexplicably drawn to the online dating profiles of dudes with the face rug.
But not all goatees are created equally.
Baseball seems to be a breeding ground for inappropriate hairdos, beards, and mustaches, but it also provides ample examples of the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to the art of goateeing.
The Jeff Bagwell
What does Jeff Bagwell's face really look like? I have no idea. All we see is hair, hair, hair. He's a Wookie who sticks his ass out before bombing home runs.
The Matt Clement
On the other hand, in case you thought emphasizing the lower goatee was unseemly, there is a historical figure that easily proves that too-much-bottom-hair is still infinitely more appealing than the inverse...
The Goose Gossage
There are, of course, more conventional goatees, which are evenly distributed, if in varying degrees of fullness.
The Ken Caminiti
The Brad Ausmus
The stubbletee is an obvious attempt to up your sex appeal. It can certainly work the trick, but only up to a point. Lemme tell ya, no one likes to make out with stubble.
The Derrek Lee
There are plenty of additional examples of goatee accoutrement throughout baseball--The Eric "Devil's Apprentice" Gagne, The Joe "Goatee Interrupted" Nathan, The Ryan "Soul Patch" Church--but those listed above are a good enough start.
As for me and my facial trimmings...
I'm stuck in a desert somewhere between The Derrek Lee and The Ken Caminiti. I'm too lazyboned to keep up the Lee stylings, but not quite butch enough to pull off the Caminiti. I suppose, though, I can take some small comfort in knowing I'll never be caught in the never-neverland of The Matt Clement. I'm not that hung up on the Billy Goat curse.
Toaster Draft Chat
I thought I'd put up a blog entry to discuss the draft as it happens. I'll be following it all day long, so I'll try to fill in the first 200 picks as they are made below, as quickly as I can.
I made a prospect list cobbled together from a mixture of various sources. The rankings in parentheses are mine, and are intended just as a guide to help follow the draft as it goes along, not as a judgment.
1. Diamondbacks Justin Upton, SS, HS, VA (1) 2. Royals Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska (2) 3. Mariners Jeff Clement, C, USC (9) 4. Nationals Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Virginia (4) 5. Brewers Ryan Braun, 3B, Miami (12) 6. Blue Jays Ricky Romero, LHP, Cal St-Fullerton (7) 7. Rockies Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Long Beach St (3) 8. Devil Rays Wade Townsend, RHP, no school (13) 9. Mets Mike Pelfrey, RHP, Wichita St (8) 10. Tigers Cameron Maybin, OF, HS, NC (5) 11. Pirates Andrew McCutchen, OF, HS, FL (11) 12. Reds Jay Bruce, OF, HS, TX (16) 13. Orioles Brandon Snyder, C, HS, VA (32) 14. Indians Trevor Crowe, OF, Arizona (23) 15. White Sox Lance Broadway, RHP, TCU (38) 16. Marlins Chris Volstad, RHP, HS, FL (17) 17. Yankees C.J. Henry, SS, HS, OK (18) 18. Padres Cesar Carrillo, RHP, Miami (15) 19. Rangers John Mayberry, RF, Stanford (36) 20. Cubs Mark Pawalek, LHP, HS, UT (14) 21. Athletics Cliff Pennington, SS, Texas A&M (24) 22. Marlins Aaron Thompson, LHP, HS, TX (51) 23. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Oregon St (20) 24. Astros Brian Bogusevic, LHP, Tulane (19) 25. Twins Matt Garza, RHP, Fresno St (52) 26. Red Sox Craig Hansen, RHP, St. John's (10) 27. Braves Joey Devine, RHP, NC St (31) 28. Cardinals Colby Rasmus, OF, HS, AL (27) 29. Marlins Jacob Marceaux, RHP, McNeese St. (39) 30. Cardinals Tyler Greene, SS, Georgia Tech (35)
31. Diamondbacks Matt Torra, RHP, Massachusetts (22) 32. Rockies Chaz Roe, RHP, HS, KY (33) 33. Indians John Drennen, OF, HS, CA (25) 34. Marlins Ryan Tucker, RHP, HS, CA (83) 35. Padres Cesar Ramos, LHP, Long Beach St (21) 36. Athletics Travis Buck, OF/3B, Arizona St (45) 37. Angels Trevor Bell, RHP, HS, CA (58) 38. Astros Eli Iorg, OF, Tennessee (61) 39. Twins Henry Sanchez, 1B, HS, CA (40) 40. Dodgers Luke Hochevar, RHP, Tennessee (6) 41. Braves Beau Jones, LHP, HS, LA (169) 42. Red Sox Clay Buchholz, RHP, JC, TX (43) 43. Cardinals Mark McCormick, RHP, Baylor (26) 44. Marlins Sean West, LHP, HS, LA (50) 45. Red Sox Jed Lowrie, 2B, Stanford (30) 46. Cardinals Tyler Herron, RHP, HS, FL (47) 47. Red Sox Michael Bowden, RHP, HS, IL (29) 48. Orioles Garrett Olson, LHP, Cal Poly (70)
49. Diamondbacks Matt Green, RHP, Louisiana-Monroe (77) 50. Royals Jeff Bianchi, SS, HS, PA (130) 51. Dodgers Ivan DeJesus, SS, Puerto Rico (107) 52. Rockies Daniel Carte, OF, Winthrop (42) 53. Athletics Craig Italiano, RHP, HS, TX (48) 54. Twins Paul Kelly, SS, HS, TX (69) 55. Rockies Zach Simons, RHP, JC, ID (116) 56. Devil Rays Chris Mason, RHP, UNC Greensboro (71) 57. Red Sox Jonathan Egan, C, HS, GA (102) 58. Angels Ryan Mount, SS, HS, CA (62) 59. Pirates William Corley, OF, Mississippi St (201) 60. Reds Travis Wood, LHP, HS, AR (120) 61. Orioles Nolan Reimold, OF, Bowling Green (167) 62. Indians Stephen Head, 1B, Mississippi (44) 63. Yankees J. Brent Cox, RHP, Texas (46) 64. Marlins Kris Harvey, OF/RHP, Clemson (76) 65. Phillies Mike Costanzo, 3B, Coastal Carolina (88) 66. Padres Chase Headley, 3B, Tennessee (89) 67. Rangers John Whittleman, 3B, HS, TX (190) 68. Cubs Donald Veal, LHP, JC, AZ (74) 69. Athletics Jared Lansford, RHP, HS, CA (165) 70. Cardinals Josh Wilson, RHP, HS, TX (125) 71. Angels P.J. Phillips, SS, HS, GA (49) 72. Astros Ralph Henriquez, C, HS, FL (--) 73. Twins Kevin Slowey, RHP, Winthrop (79) 74. Dodgers Josh Wall, RHP, HS, LA (55) 75. Braves Yuneil Escobar, SS, Cuba (96) 76. Padres Nick Hundley, C, Arizona (66) 77. Braves Jeff Lyman, RHP, HS, CA (73) 78. Cardinals Nick Webber, RHP, Central Missouri St. (81)
79. Marlins Brett Hayes, C/OF, Nevada (57) 80. Twins Drew Thompson, SS, HS, FL (60)
81. Diamondbacks Jason Neighborgall, RHP, Georgia Tech (98) 82. Royals Chris Nicoll, RHP, UC Irvine (111) 83. Diamondbacks Micah Owings, RHP, Tulane (95) 84. Twins Brian Duensing, LHP, Nebraska-Lincoln (--) 85. Brewers William Inman, RHP, HS, VA 86. Blue Jays Brian Pettway, 1B, Mississippi (90) 87. Rockies Kyle Hancock, RHP, HS, TX (160) 88. Devil Rays Bryan Morris, RHP, HS, TN (41) 89. Astros Tommy Manzella, SS, Tulane (119) 90. Tigers Chris Robinson, C, Illinois (140) 91. Pirates James Boone, CF, Missouri-Columbia (--) 92. Reds Zach Ward, RHP, Gardner-Webb (94) 93. Orioles Brandon Erbe, RHP, HS, MD (175) 94. Indians Nick Weglarz, 1B, HS, ON (91) 95. White Sox Richard Brooks, RHP, East Carolina (--) 96. Marlins Matt Goyen, LHP, Georgia College (108) 97. Phillies Matt Maloney, LHP, Mississippi (109) 98. Padres Josh Geer, RHP, Rice (110) 99. Rangers Taylor Teagarden, C, Texas (28) 100. Cubs Mark Holliman, RHP, Mississippi (159) 101. Athletics Vince Mazzaro, RHP, HS, NJ (155) 102. Indians Jensen Lewis, RHP, Vanderbilt (103) 103. Angels Sean O'Sullivan, RHP, HS, CA (53) 104. Astros Josh Lindblom, RHP, HS, IN (68) 105. Twins Ryan Mullins, LHP, Vanderbilt (86) 106. Dodgers Sergio Pedroza, LF, Cal St Fullerton (--) 107. Braves Jordan Schafer, CF, HS, FL (177) 108. Cubs Mike Billek, RHP, Central Florida (126) 109. Yankees Brett Gardner, OF, Charleston (197) 110. Cardinals Daryl Jones, OF, HS, TX (161)
111. Diamondbacks Mark Romanczuk, LHP, Stanford (--) 112. Royals Joseph Dickerson, CF, HS (--) 113. Mariners Justin Thomas, LHP, Youngstown St 114. Nationals Justin Maxwell, OF, Maryland (72) 115. Brewers Matthew Gamel, 3B, JC (--) 116. Blue Jays Ryan Patterson, OF, LSU (168) 117. Rockies Brandon Durden, LHP, Georgia College (101) 118. Devil Rays Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, HS, IA (65) 119. Mets Hector Pellot, 2B, HS, PR (--) 120. Tigers Kevin Whelan, RHP, Texas A&M (85) 121. Pirates Brent Lillibridge, SS, Washington (84) 122. Reds Sam Lecure, RHP, no school (--) 123. Orioles Kieron Pope, OF, HS, GA (170) 124. Indians Jordan Brown, 1B, Arizona (144) 125. White Sox Chris Getz, 2B, Michigan (157) 126. Marlins Gabriel Sanchez, C, Miami (--) 127. Phillies Mike Durant, 3B, HS, CA (135) 128. Padres Michael Baxter, LF, Vanderbilt (--) 129. Rangers Shane Funk, RHP, HS, FL (--) 130. Cubs Dylan Johnston, SS, HS, AZ (--) 131. Athletics James Shull, RHP, Cal Poly SLO (--) 132. Giants Ben Copeland, OF, Pittsburgh (121) 133. Angels Brian Matusz, LHP, HS, AZ (64) 134. Astros Josh Flores, JC, (--) 135. Twins Michael Moore, C, East Tennessee St (--) 136. Dodgers Josh Bell, 3B, HS, FL (97) 137. Braves Mike Broadway, RHP, HS, IL (129) 138. Red Sox William Blue, RHP, HS (--) 139. Yankees Lance Pendleton, RHP/OF, Rice (142) 140. Cardinals Brian Anderson, C, HS, CA (--)
141. Diamondbacks Christopher Rahl, RF, William & Mary (--) 142. Royals Sean Hayes, SS, Franklin Pierce (--) 143. Mariners Stephen Kahn, RHP, Loyola Marymount (127) 144. Nationals Ryan DeLaughter, OF, HS, TX (193) 145. Brewers Kevin Roberts, RHP, Houston (152) 146. Blue Jays Jonathan Fowler, LHP, Mississippi (--) 147. Rockies Josh Sullivan, RHP, Auburn (128) 148. Devil Rays Michael McCormick, 3B, HS, OR (--) 149. Mets Drew Butera, C, Central Florida (137) 150. Tigers Jeff Larish, 1B/OF, Arizona St (114) 151. Pirates Jeffrey Sues, RHP, Vanderbilt (--) 152. Reds James Avery, RHP, Niagara (139) 153. Orioles Reid Hamblet, RHP, Biola (198) 154. Indians Kevin Dixon, RHP, Minnesota St-Mankato (--) 155. White Sox Ryan Rote, RHP, Vanderbilt (--) 156. Marlins Kyle Winters, RHP, HS, CO (213) 157. Phillies Brett Harker, RHP, Charleston (--) 158. Padres Seth Johnston, 2B/SS, Texas (63) 159. Rangers Michael Kirkman, RHP, HS, FL (158) 160. Cubs Scott Taylor, RHP, HS, VA (--) 161. Athletics Scott Deal, RHP, HS, WA (--) 162. Giants Daniel Griffin, RHP, Niagara (--) 163. Angels Tommy Mendoza, RHP, HS, FL (172) 164. Astros Wilson Hart, 3B, USC (--) 165. Twins Steven Tolleson, SS, South Carolina (166) 166. Dodgers John Meloan, RHP, Arizona (146) 167. Braves William Startup, RHP, Georgia (--) 168. Red Sox Reid Engel, OF, HS, CO (--) 169. Yankees Zachary Kroenke, RHP, Nebraska-Lincoln (--) 170. Cardinals Mitch Boggs, RHP, Georgia (138)
171. Diamondbacks Greg Smith, LHP, Louisiana St (184) 172. Royals Ryan DiPietro, E Connecticut St (--) 173. Mariners Michael Lynn, RHP, HS, IN (205) 174. Nationals Marco Estrada, RHP, Long Beach St (--) 175. Brewers Steven Hammonds, LHP, Long Beach St (--) 176. Blue Jays Josh Bell, C, Auburn (100) 177. Rockies Corey Wimberly, 2B, Alcorn St (--) 178. Devil Rays Greg Reinhard, RHP, Wisconsin-Whitewater (--) 179. Mets Greg Cain, CF, HS, CA (--) 180. Tigers Clete Thomas, OF, Auburn (92) 181. Pirates Cameron Blair, 2B, Texas Tech (183) 182. Reds Jeffrey Stevens, RHP, Loyola-Marymount (--) 183. Orioles William Owen, RHP, Belmont (--) 184. Indians Joseph Ness, RHP, Ball St (--) 185. White Sox Aaron Cunningham, LF, JC, WA (203) 186. Marlins James Guerrero, SS, San Diego St 187. Phillies Justin Blaine, LHP, San Diego (178) 188. Padres Neil Jamison, RHP, Long Beach St (211) 189. Rangers German Duran, 2B, Weatherford (--) 190. Cubs Kyle Reynolds, SS, Baylor (--) 191. Athletics Justin Sellers, SS, HS, CA (200) 192. Giants Kyle Cuthbertson, JC, CA (--) 193. Angels Jeremy Moore, LF, HS (--) 194. Astros Brandon Barnes, LF, JC, CA (--) 195. Twins John Wilson, RF, HS, TX (--) 196. Dodgers Brent Leach, LHP, Brent St (--) 197. Braves Tyler Bullock, RHP, Baylor (--) 198. Red Sox Jeffrey Corsaletti, CF, Florida (--) 199. Yankees Douglas Fister, RHP, Fresno St (--) 200. Cardinals Wilfredo Pujols, RF, HS, MO (--)
Justin Bristow, SS, HS, VA (34) Jordan Danks, OF, HS, TX (37) David Adams, 3B/SS, HS, FL (54) Vance Worley, RHP, HS, CA (56) Cody Satterwhite, RHP, HS, MS (59) Reese Havens, SS, HS, SC (67) Justin Smoak, 1B, HS, SC (75) Zach Putnam, 3B, HS, MI (78) Tim Lincecum, RHP, Washington (80) Robert Ray, RHP, Texas A&M (82) Kenny Maiques, RHP, JC, CA (87) Jeremy Bleich, LHP, HS, LA (93) Pedro Alvarez, 3B, HS, NY (99) Diallo Fon, OF, HS, CA (104) David Cooper, OF, HS, CA (105) David Duncan, LHP, HS, OH (106) Josh Zeid, RHP, HS, CT (112) Buster Posey, RHP, HS, GA (113) Kyle Russell, OF, HS, TX (115) Austin Jackson, OF, HS, TX (117) Miers Quigley, LHP, HS, GA (118) Alan Horne, RHP, Florida (122) Wade Miley, LHP, HS, LA (123) Mike Bell, 3B, CC, TX (124) Brett Jacobson, RHP, HS, AZ (131) DeSean Jackson, OF, HS, CA (132) Tyson Ross, RHP, HS, CA (133) Jarred Bogany, OF, HS, TX (134) Jeremy Slayden, OF, Georgia Tech (136) Brett Wallace, 3B, HS, CA (141) Andrew Lopez, OF, HS, CA (143) Iain Sebastian, RHP, HS, GA (145) Anthony Varvaro, RHP, St. John's (147) Ike Davis, 1B, HS, AZ (148) Danny Powers, RHP, Central Missouri St. (149) Evan Frederickson, LHP, HS, VA (150) Bryant Beaver, RHP, JC, OK (151) Carlos Hereaud, SS, HS, TX (153) Chris Dominguez, 3B, HS, FL (154) Mike Colla, RHP, HS, CA (156) Deunte Heath, RHP, JC, GA (162) Dexter Carter, RHP, HS, NC (163) David Huff, LHP, JC, CA (164) Michael Campbell, OF, South Carolina (171) Michael Nix, RHP, Auburn (173) Brian Needham, RHP, HS, TX (174) Matt Nevarez, RHP, HS, CA (176) Charlie Cutler, C, HS, CA (179) Elliot Jones, 2B, Vanderbilt (180) Brent Milleville, C, HS, KS (181) Milton Loo, 3B, CC, HI (182) Paul Phillips, RHP, Oakland (185) Daniel McCutchen, RHP, Oklahoma (186) Brian Hernandez, C, Vanderbilt (187) Aaron Weatherford, RHP, HS, AL (188) Shooter Hunt, RHP, HS, NJ (189) Yahmed Yema, OF, Florida Int'l (191) Mark Wagner, C, UC Irvine (192) Brad Barragar, RHP, JC, CA (194) Daniel Hudson, RHP, HS, VA (195) Karl Amonite, 1B, Auburn (196) Jake Rasner, RHP, HS, NV (199) Jason Ogata, SS, HS, OR (202) Allen Langdon, OF, HS, ID (203) Trevor Holder, RHP, HS, AL (204) Jim Brauer, RHP, Michigan (206) Brandon James, RHP, HS, PA (208) Francisco Figueroa, OF, Miami (209) Jemile Weeks, SS, HS, FL (210) David DiNatale, OF, HS, FL (212) Tim Murphy, LHP, HS, CA (214) Steven Pearce, 1B, South Carolina (215)
The pace picked up in the sixth round, and I can't keep up anymore. So you'll have to go to MLB.com for the rest of the picks.
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