Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ubaldo Jimenez (pictured above) has had a nightmarish past two years. Sunday added to the woes. Can he ever regain his form from April-July of 2010?
By Josh Kramer
Back on July 8, 2010, Ubaldo Jimenez was hands down the best pitcher in baseball. He was sitting pretty with a 15-1 record and a 2.20 ERA. Jimenez was just a couple of days away from representing the National League as the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, and appeared to be on track to break records. Nearly two years later, Ubaldo’s world has been flipped upside down.
On April 1, 2012, Ubaldo Jimenez hit a new low. Going against his former teammates for the first time, Ubaldo took aim at Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki. There is no way to be 100% sure that Jimenez beamed Tulo on purpose, but his reaction did not provide any comfort for those on either side. Jimenez seemed ready to throw down with his former teammate whom most are aware was never his favorite person. I know that players get hit by pitches every game. Even at times pitchers drill opposing hitters on purpose. It is a part of baseball and has been for well over 100 years.
But this is Spring Training. The Rockies and Indians both officially open up the 2012 campaign later this week. I do feel Rockies Manager Jim Tracy overreacted a bit when he said, “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be.”
Amid all of this controversy and Ubaldo’s five-game suspension, his insane decline as a pitcher has been lost. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of http://www.nflgridirongab.com. Randy Moss (pictured above) one of the all-time great wide receivers, decided to hang up the cleats and retire yesterday.
By Josh Kramer
Sure last week was absolutely ludicrous between all of the transactions in the MLB and NFL. Well the pace will not slow up by any means. Here are the topics that have caught my attention.
No More Randy Moss
After a very up and down career, though predominantly up, one of football’s greatest wide receivers of all time is calling it quits. Many headlines have exclaimed “No Moss.” And I must say, I tip my hat to a man who normally has struggled to handle his business off the field and in the locker room frequently throughout his career. It is few and far between to find athletes these days who know when the time is right to walk away. Continue reading
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By Josh Kramer It is no secret that things have not been great for the Cleveland Indians over the past couple of weeks. The Tribe heading into tonight had lost three straight games, including seven of ten, plus they sat 1.5 … Continue reading
The Cincinnati Reds are no longer a sub 500 team or a ball club that strives to win as many as they lose. They also are not one of those small market teams that will as they say, “get them next year.” One of those … Continue reading
So maybe the Home Run Derby has lost some of its luster. Maybe even the actual All Star Game has lost of its appeal. Possibly the entire thought of the All Star Weekend is not as exciting as it once was. But this … Continue reading