This ‘N That


Ervin Santana is all smiles again after a strong winter league campaign in the Dominican Republic.

In no particular order of importance …

I’m busy working on a non-baseball project that will eat up a lot of my free time the next few days. If something of actual importance happens, I’ll weigh in, of course.

I’m also dealing with a back problem. Nothing that appears to require surgery — so far — but for now I have to limit my time sitting in front of a computer.

The 2008 minor league spring training schedule is on FutureAngels.com, which is the only place on the Internet where you’ll find it. FutureAngels.com functions as an unofficial web site for the minor league complex, posting schedules for spring training, summer league and fall ball. The schedule includes links to maps showing where each game will be played, so if you’re lost around Phoenix you can print these maps to get you around.

Right now, I’m scheduled to work the March 16-18 games. As always, I’ll have video on-line, each night if possible. FutureAngels.com is the only place on the Internet where you’ll find video from the Angels minor league spring training.

Across the parking lot, players are reporting now to major league camp, which means beat writers are also reporting to camp. The Angels’ Media Relations try to steer reporters to certain stories, which is why you’ll see the Times, Register and Press-Enterprise run largely similar articles. Media Relations schedules a block of time for Mike Scioscia to meet the press, so they all get the same notes and quotes.

Today’s story du jour is Ervin Santana. Last summer, Ervin got ripped by certain elements of the press, and the fan sites as usual engaged in a knee-jerk dismissal of his future. Well, as I’ve written many times, the problem was mechanics, and mechanics can be corrected, but some people just want to write off a player as a "bust" without engaging their brain to figure out why a player is struggling. Today’s articles disclose that Ervin had a mechanical problem with his hip and shoulder flying open, causing his pitches to flatten out.

Mechanics are a habit, and a habit comes from repetition. If you add up pitches thrown in a game, warmups, bullpens between starts, spring training and whatnot, a pitcher probably winds up and throws somewhere around 5,000 to 10,000 times a year. If a flaw creeps in, and you keep repeating that flaw, soon it becomes habit and you just don’t think about it. Bad habits can’t be fixed overnight, as you have to consciously force yourself not to do what you’ve been doing wrong, and during a game a pitcher wants to concentrate on the contest and not remembering to fix a flaw.

The big baseball story this week was the Roger Clemens / Brian MacNamee melodrama on Capitol Hill. I just can’t get excited about it. In my opinion, the only reason Congress is involved at all is that Major League Baseball is incapable of policing itself. Without Congressional pressure, illegal drug use would probably be rampant in MLB. Let’s face it, owners are in this to make a buck, and people will gladly pay a lot a money to watch Barry Bonds hit homers or Roger Clemens strike out batters. If you had told their fans that Bonds and Clemens were juicing, few of them would have cared. They just want the gratification of entertainment.

Athletes are competitive, and the most successful athletes are those who are the most competitive. That means pushing their bodies to the limit, and to go beyond that limit may require the use of illegal drugs. But let’s not overlook that steroids and HGH weren’t banned by MLB until a few years ago, and much of the reported abuse occurred before then. Barry Bonds is alleged to have used substances so chemically altered that they may not be covered by law.

So rather than argue over legal technicalities or records with asterisks, I’d rather they just concentrate on purging the game of these substances and move on. You’ll never be 100% successful, because if the difference between a dream major league career or a life selling insurance is injecting yourself with chemical enhancements, it’s hard to convince many people to give up millions of dollars for a few thousand.

In closing … I want to encourage you to sign up for the FutureAngels.com bulletin board. With a blog format, you can only respond to my articles. On the bulletin board, you can start your own topics. The MLBlog format requires you to use your e-mail address as a screen name, which is an invasion of privacy in my opinion, but on the bulletin board you can create your own screen name and protect your privacy.

1 Comment

Today, ask yourself what you want more of in your life and then live with the question all day: How can I have more ______ in my life? Both Kullu and Manali are prevalent hill channels of Indian and worldwide popular for its breathtaking natural numerous elegance.I come home drenched in sweat, and all talked out. These problems and other hindrances to the enhancement of your creativity can be resolved by getting online art institute degrees. Feelings are a tricky thing they come and go, and doubts can sneak in. Party Favors Aren Just for WeddingsJuly 15, 2009 By Cherie Johnson Leave a CommentOne of the many things a bride has to consider is the favors that will adorn the tabletops at her reception.The anti-catabolic complex of ingredients helps muscles recover more quickly after exercise by acting on muscle growth regulators in the body, according to Universal Nutrition. It is there boots though that first made the mark. Consider trading your flats for a pair of heels. The ‘s hardness can be permanent but it can also be temporary. It is human nature that folks always want to share a good thing! Points are usually maintained in value-timesnap pairs, such as a value and the timesnap in which it was recorded or added together.Stop Betting and Start InvestingHave you dabbled in sports betting? Coming fom common gis to The eopean conties and Noth ameica famos peope, each wi fascination with the CHANEL pses and handbags. While this is certainly the quickest and easiest fix, wireless transmitting has its drawbacks. Today post focuses on the structure of an interview and the types of questions you can ask to identify the best candidates. Furnishing ReferencesNever, ever list references on your rsum. The national Shula Award winner will receive $25,000 and attend the Super Bowl.So far, this is just how your car knows that there’s a Humvee in front of you, and that the Humvee has slammed on its brakes. Book Cheap Air TicketsJetAirways India is the biggest private airline in India and is head quartered in Mumbai. Ladies designer jackets for sale on our website with worldwide shThe range is manufactured using quality tested fabric and material. Athogh it is ndestandabe that yo bdget is a big facto to conside when bying tennis gadgets it is a the moe impotant to think abot the qaity of the item yo ae abot to by. Malcolm, on the other hand, generally uses a Gretsch Jet Firebird, from which he has stripped all unnecessary refinements such as tone controls and all but the bridge pickup. Well, put on a white coat, hang a stethoscope around your neck and do some tests of your own.When you have that picture clear in your head, think about how you feel, how your life is, and how content you are. This is to say, learn to move on. So You Want to be a House SitterThe kinds of house sitting opportunities I’m about to tell you about are available to anyone, anywhere with an email address who can get online to check for offers of house sitting jobs (and then transport themselves to the owner’s property of course, but that comes later). Just click on the “Grocery Stores” checkbox in the Layers window. Go for high heels and do not think about the comfort, for you are not going to feel uncomfortable, but will feel as if you are just wearing a flat shoe. That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for the babies that I have here.And stay up on what’s trending. She likes to say something that you do not want to hear and yet she can say something so pleasing at the same time. Keep running, lift weights to balance out your program, and eat properly. The first volume came out several months ago, in January of 2005. It’s so easy to live out of miens, and so hard to get back to your suggested miens. Questions about what you do for a living, how much money you make, what education you have, and where you live often establish a hierarchy of energy.
Nike Air Max Shoe http://www.gtgrouphotels.com/img/nk05.asp?id=144

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: