In another example of the brilliance of the Mets organization....wait for it....they are still paying millions to Bobby Bonilla. Yes the same Bonilla who signed a gargantuan contract and averaged 19 HRs and a .270 BA. in numbers that only make sense to the Mets...well, read this:
"According to a report on CNN.com, which was confirmed by a source with knowledge of the team’s finances. When the Mets waived Bonilla in 2000, they still owed him $5.9 million, according to the report. Although the numbers don’t seem to add up, CNN reported that the Mets will pay Bonilla $1,193,248.20 every July 1 from 2011 to 2035."But...wait......I don't....Oh, forget it.
Let me just say how glad I am the Yankees listened to me and didn't sign Derek Lowe a few seasons back. All he's done since the Braves signed him to a fat contract is who his age. He has lost speed and his slider is nowhere near as effective as it was when he was younger. His ERA since the Braves signed him has been 4.77 (and climbing) and his WHIP is somewhere in the vicinity of 1.6. Ouch. So glad the Yanks took A.J. Burnett over Lowe, who a lot of people wanted more.
Give San Francisco a lot of credit. Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati shore up a leaky offensive line and help Alex Smith and Frank Gore. Taylor Mays could be a hard-hitting and good safety and Navorro Bowman is a solid Penn State linebacker. That said, they are asking plenty from head coach, Mike Singletary: Davis has a track record of dogging it. Iupati is a offensive holding machine.Bowman has a history of pot use, fighting and showing up small in big games. And Mays is a physical freak who hasn't translated his ability onto the field. The potential is high for all these guys; but the bust potential is high as well.
Everybody was so down on the Spurs, thinking they'd get swept in the playoffs. And yet here they sit up 3-1 against the Mavs. 2 reason. Any team with Duncan, Ginobili and Parker is in any series. But more...defense rules playoffs. And that's what the Spurs do. Ginobili is averaging 3 steals a game against the Mavs, and the Ghost of Antonio McDyess is averaging a little less than a block a game. Overall they are holding Dallas to 10 points less per game than the regular season. Sounds like they could easily take the series tonite.
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal regarding the disparity between Top 100 high school recruits and getting drafted in the NFL draft. Fro 2003 to 2005, only, 17% of the top 100 football recruits were selected in the NFL's first two rounds. In 2002, out of the top 10 recruits, only Vince Young and Haloti Ngata were taken in the 1st round of the draft. Of the rest, only Chris Davis (only 7 recptions in his career) and Leon Washington are in the NFL. Only 4 out of 10, and only 2 in the first 2 rounds. Interesting stuff.
In 3 starts in AAA, Aroldis Chapman has a .60 ERA and has 18 Ks in 15 IP. Can't wait to see the Reds promote him and see if this guy becomes the LeBron James of baseball.
Whatever happened to Michael Beasley. Instead of turning into Amare Stoudemire, like everyone thought he would, he seems to heading the way of a less talented Derrick Coleman...or even a Billy Owens. 10 bucks the Heat try to trade him shortly.
And lastly, one of the things I love about minor league baseball are the wacky promotions they have. And here, in this photo gallery on ESPN, they have pictures of different promotions minor league squads have run. It's definitely worth a look. Love the Girl's Night Leopard print.