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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Don Mattingly couldn’t take Barry Bonds anymore | New York Post

I guess Mattingly didn’t like him.

The 52-year-old Bonds publicly said he wanted to return in August, but apparently the Marlins didn’t want him back. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled” during the summer, and manager Don Mattingly called him out for the lack of effort.

According to The Post’s Kevin Kernan, who spoke with an MLB coach, Mattingly would have gone so far as to step down as manager if Bonds returned for another season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 07:37 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins

Barry Bonds Fired As Marlins Hitting Coach

Third base coach Lenny Harris also not retained. Barry’s La-Z-Boy has never looked more comfy.

Bote Man Posted: October 04, 2016 at 02:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hitting coaches, marlins

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lee Smith: Farewell to Jose Fernandez, the Kid Who ‘Loved the Baseball’


I watched the game on TV and saw Bonds and Fernandez embrace each other in the dugout and laugh. As the AP reported, Bonds shouted, “I love you.”

“That goes way back, it’s a long story,” Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. “It’s impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, ‘It was the best that I have seen you pitch. I’m impressed.’ To get that from probably one of the best hitters in the history of the game means the world.”

Yes, one of the best hitters ever, but also one of the game’s notorious sourpusses. And yet Fernandez clearly brought the best out of him, joy. Here’s Fernandez photo-bombing Bonds during an interview in June. When the broadcast team alerted Bonds that Fernandez was making fun of him, Bonds turns and grabs him. “He’s like my kid,” says a laughing Bonds.

That sounds right. Critics called the Cuban-born Fernandez a hot dog—he admired his first big-league homer too avidly for the taste of the opposing Atlanta Braves, who cleared the bench after Fernandez touched home—but I think Bonds got it right: Fernandez was a kid, who rightfully enjoyed his own abilities. He also made the most of the opportunities fate put in his way.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Milestone Approaches for Mike Trout (Yawn)

Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero. 

Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).

gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, barry bonds, ichiro suzuki, mike trout, mvp, war

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Decline of Albert Pujols Underscores the Greatness of Frank Thomas

Piling on Phat Albert.

“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”



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