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2010... Year of the Pitcher? Better Check Again

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Your City Sports-Cleveland

Saint Louis, MISSOURI--The city of Cleveland will need some time to rebuild after the onslaught of storms that recently rolled through town. These storms carried no precipitation, just more oppressive heat. When this year ends, people will surely remember the three days when Haren, Weaver, and Santana devastated every Clevelander's morale.

Even though the Indians managed an exciting victory in game one of the series, Cleveland could put up very little resistance against the massive front. The lone highlight was Jason Kipnis' first Major League hit and RBI, coming in Tuesday's walk-off win. That was one more hit than the entire Cleveland lineup could muster Wednesday against Ervin Santana. All told, Cleveland averaged 1.6 runs and 4.3 hits in the three-game series with the Angels. That will not win you very many American League games.

But let's give credit where credit is due. Why spend time beating the dead horse; the bats have be…

Bochy and Washington's All-Star Bullpen Blunders

W. Ross Clites
Your City Sports-Cleveland

Saint Louis, MISSOURI--The rosters have been set for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game next week in Arizona. Yet again, it appears that the managers who make the tough decisions need some serious help.

These guys obviously make it more difficult than it needs to be, by not to relying on objective data. They do not have the time to watch every single pitcher around the league, keeping tabs on their nightly performances.

This year's scapegoats are San Francisco skipper, Bruce Bochy, and Texas' Ron Washington. For appearing in the 2010 World Series their prize will be a handful of angry colleagues from the teams in their respective league, a few scorned players, as well as thousands of fans of said scorned player.
The solution is quite simple: give people parameters/rules of the game and the complaints magically dissipate. If Major League Baseball would simply adopt a minimum criteria a player must meet for selection, the game (now …