“The MLB Hall of Fame is an ABSOLUTE JOKE!!” (DaveTalksSports Podcast – Ep. #23)

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, but he shouldn’t have been the 1st unanimous MLB Hall of Fame Inductee.

The MLB Hall of Fame is really really really REALLY STUPID!!!!

Congrats to Shane Lowry on winning The Open Championship!!

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I Could Get Used To Curtain Calls

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We are fans. Fans of ‘our’ teams. Fans of our favorite players. Fans of history. No matter your sports allegiance, being part of history is attainable for anyone. All those who have tuned in, or gone to a Major League Baseball game this season are part of history — whether they know it or not.

This season, a league-wide record was set. MLB players have combined for the most home runs in a season in MLB history. The running tally is now at 5,953, breaking the previous record of 5,693 (2000). While many players have contributed to this record (517 players hit at least 1 home run), 1 man broke individual records along the way.

“It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superm…”.

Naaaa, it’s Aaron James Judge.

On Monday afternoon, Aaron Judge sent 2 balls into the stands in Yankee Stadium, bringing his home run total to 50 on the season. These however, weren’t any old, garden variety home runs. Judge’s 50th home run broke Mark McGwire’s 30-year old rookie record for home runs in a season. Yes my math wizards, bring down the 7, and you’ll arrive at 1987.

Ah 1987. “Full House”. “Lethal Weapon”. Black Monday. Good year.

Judge’s accomplishments are nothing short of amazing. Early in the season, he surpassed Joe DiMaggio’s rookie home run record. And now he’ll look to join the likes of Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn. Ichiro and Lynn are the only 2 players in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season. Despite being thrust into the spotlight as a rookie, Judge has shown a refreshing sense of humility.

“I’d rather be in a good position in the playoffs and holding up a World Series trophy than an AL MVP trophy,” Judge said.

This speaks volumes to Judge’s character. He’s never looking to self-promote. He’s always about the team. In a generation of mirror huggers, I’d like to say, “Thank you Aaron Judge.”

If only every superstar in New York acted like Aaron Judge.

10, 7, 10, 7, 3, 13. Those would be Judge’s monthly home run totals. Yes, he slumped to an unenviable level in August, but that was the natural regression to be expected from a rookie in New York. If only someone had predicted this….

After a September to remember, Judge has also thrown himself back into the AL MVP race:

Aaron Judge: .283 avg., 50 hr’s, 109 rbi’s, 9 sb’s

Jose Altuve: .348 avg., 24 hr’s, 81 rbi’s, 32 sb’s

Mike Trout: .309, 31 hr’s, 70 rbi’s, 22 sb’s

Jose Altuve will most likely hoist the AL MVP trophy, however, the fact that Mike Trout is still in the conversation is the most amazing thing no one is talking about. Look at Trout’s numbers again. Now, realize he missed 47 GAMES THIS SEASON!!!! That’s 30% of the season!! His current statistics extrapolate to 44 hr’s, 100 rbi’s, and 31 sb’s. Yeah, those sound like MVP numbers to me too.

Despite Trout’s best effort, he and his Angels (78-79) will be watching the postseason from home. Altuve’s Astros (97-60) remain 1 game back of the Cleveland Indians (98-59) for the best record in the American League. Judge’s Yankees have clinched a postseason berth and are 3 games back of the Boston Red Sox with 5 games to play.

Hey, crazier things have happened….

Mets’ fans know what I’m talking about.

 

Should Aaron Judge win the AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP?? Tell me in the comment section below.

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Aaron Judge Launches His Way Past An All-Time Great

Hey Joe DiMaggio, can you slide over??

No, seriously, Joe, please make room on the couch.

Yeah, I know this is awkward, but we’re going to need to give your seat away.

Yes, I know he’s ginormous. That’s why we need you to move allllll the way over.

Have yourself a seat Aaron Judge.

Now, by no means am I trying to disrespect or disparage Joe DiMaggio, I am solely seeking to exentuate how incredible Judge has been this season.
Aaron Judge has amazed not only Yankees’ fans, but baseball fans all over the world. He continues to send baseballs into the stratosphere, literally at a record setting pace. When they lend they generally leave Armageddon-Size Craters in earth.

His latest moonshot launched him past DiMaggio, into 1st place on the Yankees’ all-time rookie home run list. A record that has stood for 81 years. The most impressive part?? Judge accomplished this feat in just 84 games!! Insanity!! Judge also joins Mark McGwire as the only rookies to hit 30 home runs before the all-star break. McGwire hit 33 in 1987 (he finished with 49).

It’s hard not to like Aaron Judge. At just 25 years old, he does and says all the right things. Judge’s character doesn’t need checking at the door, as he appears as humble as he is freakishly tall. When asked about breaking this record, he responded, “I wish all 30 were game-winners.” Well take a page out of the never say anything wrong Derek Jeter playbook why don’t ya??

And don’t worry folks. You won’t have to go through Aaron Judge home run withdrawal. Judge will compete in Monday night’s Home Run Derby. I expect him to win –in impressive fashion. The only problem will be when he inevitably regresses to a human level following the All-Star break, and everyone suggests the home run derby somehow ruined his home run hitting groove. Yeah, because that umbrella I opened inside the other day is really ruining my life….
Is Aaron Judge having the most impressive rookie season in MLB history?? Tell me what you think in the comment section below.

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One-Liner Fridays

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Helllllooooo sports fans!!  It’s Friday again.  I know you thought it would never get here, but the weekend is right around the corner.  I will get your weekend started a little early with a weekly segment I like to call: One-Liner Fridays.  You know how it goes.  Today, I will wrap up the past week in sports in One Line and One Line only.  Enjoy!!

 

You know the dog days of summer have hit you square in the face when GOLF is the most exciting thing on TV.

 

Oh no wait, I forgot, you can always turn on some WNBA action……

 

So I heard some clown on ESPN radio last night talking about how betting on the Mets to win the World Series this year (at 200 to 1 odds) wouldn’t be the dumbest thing that has ever happened before…….NO????

 

I mean I’m no rocket scientist, but I’m pretty sure laying that bet would put you in the running for dumbest person ever.

 

So Chad Johnson (yes Ochocinco), is playing in the CFL now, and he just scored his first touchdown the other day, but if you haven’t seen it check out the ref who is clearly not the hugger Derek Jeter is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EGDt07j7sA

 

I know I know, everybody just LOVES Lebron James again, but as you know from my article I know everyone read (https://davetalkssports.com/2014/07/11/lebron-james-returns-to-cleveland/), I’m not buying the bullcrap salad that he’s selling.

 

But seriously, Lebron just placed first in the Harris Poll, which determines the most popular athlete in the United States, I bet The Joker wishes he could figure out how to go from the villain to everyone’s hero in just 1 year.

 

Which brings me to another basketball player, Carmelo Anthony, also known as the most generous and most selfless man in the world.

 

He’s not in it for the money man, he’s all about pay cuts.

 

This man took $7 million less on a 5-year, $129 million contract, if that is not a sacrifice that screams TEAM than I don’t know what is.

 

More basketball??

 

Okay.

 

I only have one thing to say to the Los Angeles Lakers: “HAHAHAHAHAHA….Carlos Boozer….HAHAHAHAHAHA….Jeremy Lin….HAHAHAHAHAHA….okay maybe that was more than one thing, but you get the point.

 

When Tracy McGrady got signed by the Sugar Land Skeeters (insert immature laughter here), I figured he would have a long, illustrious career….and I was right, he pitched 6 and 2/3 innings, recorded 1 strikeout, and then said I think I’ve had enough.

 

So he retired.

 

Major League Baseball definitely handled Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game very tastefully, but man is that game terrible.

 

If it wasn’t for Derek Jeter, I think there would have been 4 viewers of that game (yea, I said 4).

 

The only thing worse than the All-Star Game itself is the Home Run Derby, that right there is 4 hours of my life that I can NEVER get back again.

 

Here is a simple formula of how to fix the Home Run Derby: you give Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa a bunch of steroids and give them each their own personalized club (you know like a caveman club) and watch them bash 600 foot home runs for an hour, this way everyone’s happy and these clowns get 15 more minutes of fame….oh, and feel free to throw Jose Canseco in there if you want.

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Tiger Tiger Woods y’all is back, it’s crazy how much one man can effect an entire sport.

 

So now that the worst time of the year in sports is upon us is it too early to ask everyone’s favorite question: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?! 

 

 

This has been another edition of One-Liner Fridays.  I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have a One-Liner of your own please post it in the comment section below.

 

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One Liner Friday’s

Welcome back to another Friday edition of One Liners. Here you will find the past week in sports wrapped up in one line and one line only. Enjoy!

I hope the Nets won’t mind that Jason Kidd has to take a leave of absence from coaching to serve jail time for his pending DWI case.

Just because Tim Tebow plays for the New England Patriots doesn’t mean he’s all of a sudden going to be good at football.

Tom Brady doesn’t have any magic dust to sprinkle on Tebow’s arm that’s going to make him accurate.

What I’m trying to say is my mother throws a football better than Tim Tebow.

You might be laughing but that’s no joke; mom dukes has a cannon.

So Serena Williams is decent at tennis huh?

Rafael Nadal should only play tournaments on clay, and any other tournament he is asked to play in he should kindly reply, no gracias.

When one of your finals games goes to triple overtime and it’s not even the lead story on ESPN, you know your sports in trouble (sorry hockey).

Hey Roger Goodell you know what you should do, you should make a public statement that offends an entire race of people, yeah yeah do that, that’s smart.

Breaking News: Mark McGwire eats entire Diamondbacks pitching staff in one bite during benches clearing brawl.

So much for players policing themselves huh?

Yasiel Puig!!

Yes, Jaromir freaking Jagr is still in the NHL, and no he’s not just riding the bench to say he made a comeback, he played 33 minutes Wednesday night.

And yes, Jagr was that player known as that other guy who played on the Penguins with Lemieux back when you were a kid.

Does Thiago Splitter know how tall he is??

In the words of Bill Walton, “Throw it down big man, throw it down!”

Hey Dwyane Wade: are you hurt or are you not hurt, are you finished or are you not finished?

By the way, that kid Sebastian De La Cruz who sings the National Anthem at Spurs games is awesome.

(Read this one in that Spongebob narrator voice) 18 innings later……

The Yankees and Athletics love baseball so much they decided to play 2 games in 1.

Can I get a little golf here?

For those of you who don’t know (and I’m pretty sure that’s most of you), golf’s U.S. Open started on Thursday, sort of.

If it ever stops raining we might get to watch some golf.

I want to take a second to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Sleep in, watch TV on the couch, go play golf, eat and drink whatever you want.

Whatever you do just make sure you enjoy your day.

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Are You Ready For Some Footb- …oh crap that’s the wrong song…I meant Baseball, Are You Ready for Some Baseball??

It’s that time of year again!!  Football is over, and it’s time to start gearing up for baseball season.  Time to sharpen those needles and find that vein.  Time to hit the gym and figure out how to get rid of that unwanted “backne”(that would be back acne in case you were wondering, one of the oh so very lovely side effects of steroid use).  You know it’s a damn shame that that’s what comes to mind when you think about America’s pastime.  A once sacred game has since been tarnished by the greed of its players and the utter disregard of its commissioners.  It has forced us to see the ugly truth; baseball is strictly a business and everybody cheats.  Now by everybody I don’t actually mean everybody.  I’m sure there are honest hardworking athletes out there that want to succeed 100% naturally(I applaud this group which at this point is most likely the minority).  It’s just that all professional sports have been linked to steroids in some way, especially baseball.  Baseball has actually named a significant period of time in it’s history the “steroid era”.  You would think that since I put steroid era in quotation marks it would be a joke, but it’s not.  If you wanted to write a history book about baseball, there would literally have to be a chapter entitled the steroid era(It would probably be the longest chapter of the book).  See, baseball in the late 80’s and early 90’s was moving in the wrong direction.  Ratings were down and labor issues became more prevalent.  In 1994, those labor disputes brought about the longest work stoppage in major sports history.  This effectively became the lowest point in baseball’s prestigious history.  The aftermath of the strike left baseball in complete disarray.  Fans became disgruntled and attendance dropped significantly, television ratings plummeted, and the fans that continued to show up to games expressed their anger through protests and childish behavior(throwing objects on the field).  Baseball desperately needed a savior, and boy did it get one.  Unfortunately, that savior wasn’t one individual or an inspiring story that could bring baseball back from the depths of hell.  Even though Major League Baseball had many options as to how to save it’s beloved pastime, they went with a solution that only has two options, and no it’s not paper or plastic, it’s liquid or pill form.  So as players, managers, and commissioners alike turned a blind eye to what was going on in the 90’s, baseball made its resurgence.  Baseball had been saved by the likes of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, and the home run race of 1998.  The summer of 1998 could possibly have been the most exciting three months in baseball history.  Major League Baseball watched along with the rest of us as their baby was resurrected and their ratings began to climb along with their bank accounts.  The players were ecstatic because they were propelled to new levels of fame and notoriety, and of course the MLB suits were jumping for joy because they could once again drive home to their mansions in their Ferrari’s instead of to their condos in their BMW’s(oh thank god, what a pity that would have been).  However, what all the enablers of the “steroid era” failed to recognize was the consequences this would have on the future of the game.  And, that brings me to my next point.

Baseball is in a precarious place right now.  Every other day someone new is being brought up in PED scandals, and those names are being thrown straight into jail(do not pass go, do not collect $200).  See, the court of public opinion doesn’t exactly work the same way as our judicial system here in the United States.  In fact it works in the exact opposite way.  You are guilty until proven innocent, and if you happen to be proven innocent you’re still guilty(i.e. Roger Clemens).  This is causing every fan and media person to jump the gun and cry foul whenever someone accomplishes something spectacular.  This needs to stop!  I know this is a complicated issue, and everyone and their grandmother thinks they have a solution that will rid the sports of illegal drugs and cheating.  That is why I’m going to try to paint a picture of what I believe will set us on the road to recovery.  The first step to recovery as everyone knows is admitting there is a problem.  I think we can all agree on that, so let’s move on to the next step; highlighting the innocence and purity of the game and how we can get it back.

Now, let’s do a little mental exercise.  Try to remove yourself from the present day and let your mind travel back in time.  Let’s aim for an age of innocence, and let’s say you are about 10 years old.  The world is new and exciting.  You are at the age of no responsibility and all you want to do is have fun.  Fun for me at the age of 10 was baseball.  Baseball and ummm nope just baseball.  When you’re 10, you don’t really think that people cheat, or lie, or steal.  Now, if I sat down the 10 year old you and tried to explain that 90% of your favorite baseball players lied and cheated to get where they were, you wouldn’t believe a word that came out of my mouth.  That right there is the feeling we need to get back.  We’ve all lost touch with that gut feeling in regards to sports achievements.  How do we get that back you ask?  I’m going to tell you just hold your horses.  Since I truly believe this problem won’t be fixed by the collective actions of the players union and MLB executives, I believe it should start with us.  The fans control everything that matters in sports.  Think about it.  If we don’t buy tickets or merchandise they don’t make any money.  If we don’t turn on the television to watch the games, they have no ratings, therefore they make no money.  As we’ve already established, all anybody cares about in sports is money, so the only way to really bring about change is to hit em’ where it hurts; the wallet.  If we protest that we won’t watch or spend another dime, maybe the game will be brought back to it’s purest form.

Let’s keep our mind in time travel mode and continue to pretend you’re 10 years old.  Do you remember why you couldn’t wait to lace up those cleats and head out to the ball park?  I sure do.  Think about grabbing your bat and glove and heading out to your local ball field.  Spring time is upon us, the smell of freshly cut grass in the air, and the diamond is glistening just begging you to step on to the field.  Maybe you are with your little league team getting ready for a big game, maybe you and your friends are gathering to play a pick-up game, or maybe you are heading to the field with your father to work on your game.  Whatever the reason was, we all remember what we loved about the game.  For me, it was heading down to the local field with my father.  After a long day of work, he used to take me to the field and hit ground-balls and fly-balls to me until the sun went down, or until my mom came looking for us because it was dinner time(no she didn’t call us on the iPhone, believe it or not in the early 90’s we didn’t have cell phones).  That is where my passion for the game came from.  That is the reason I dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player.  That 10 year old inside of you is the only thing that can bring about change.

I truly believe that everything that happens in the world starts at home.  It’s not the video games, movies, television, and music that corrupts your child’s mind.  It’s the parents that don’t educate their children on the subjects in those video games and movies.  It’s the parents that don’t teach their children right from wrong, and that there are consequences for their actions.  If it was your father who taught you and inspired you as a child, it should also have been your father who was your role model.  And as your role model your father should have taught you right from wrong.  Right, a foreign concept, is following your dream through a solid work ethic.  Wrong, a common occurrence, is taking illegal drugs and performance enhancers to succeed while leaving that honest hard working kid in your dust.  By the way, it is absolutely ridiculous that I need to explain the difference between right and wrong to grown men!  Now, I understand that uniting a nation to stand up for what’s right is probably unrealistic(I mean look at our government), but nothing would make me happier.  I’ve personally spoken to people that have no problem with steroids and PED’s in sports.  They feel that it allows the organizations and franchises to put out a better product, and in turn they are happy.  They’d rather deal with the heinous side effects of illegal drugs and watch 520 feet home runs than do what’s right and clean up the game.  These ignorant people make my blood curdle.  At the same time, I feel sorry for these people because they have been brainwashed by the Barry Bonds’ and Alex Rodriguez’s of the world.  By the way, I wonder if Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez tell their children that it’s okay to lie and cheat.  Maybe if they thought about their children every time they were shooting up, they would have thought twice about it.  It also wouldn’t have killed them to spend a little more time on the field before games signing autographs and interacting with fans.  As a professional baseball player in the spotlight, making hundreds of millions of dollars, it is their obligation to be a role model.  These players are confused, and it’s not all their fault, but they think they are special.  Millions of dollars can go to a persons head and effect them as a human being.  They think they are better than others in “regular” society and they think their time is more valuable than ours.  That is simply not the case.  Players need to remember where they came from and remember why they always dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player.  If players can find that mentality again, maybe the game can return to it’s rightful place.

With all this being said, I still can’t wait for the baseball season to start.  As a true baseball fan who watches all year round, I am excited for the upcoming season.  I am not one of these fare weather fans who only watch come playoff time.  Baseball at its purest form is a beautiful sport to watch.  To me, 1-0 pitching duels are just as exciting as 12-10 home run fests.  On any given night you may see a leaping catch at the wall to rob a home run or a curve ball that buckles a batters knees.  It’s time to get excited that pitchers and catchers report to camp next week.  It is time to put a countdown to opening day on your calendar.  Baseball is on the way.  It is time to get excited!

Look for my preview of the upcoming Major League Baseball Season including team previews and predictions.