Thoughts on Ian Kinsler’s comments

Ian Kinsler CommentsIan Kinsler recently came out with some comments about John Daniels and the Texas Rangers, and they seem to have started a fire storm for Ian in the area. But then after the comments reach a national audience, he wants to say they were taken out of context and back off of them a little bit. Unfortunately for Ian, this isn’t going to happen. While his comments seemed a little harsh and probably not the best comments to make a point, I think if you take a deep look at what he said, then there may be some truth in what was said. Because we have heard similar things about the Rangers organization from other players who have left, namely Josh Hamilton, you have to start to think there is some truth. Even though Josh has become public enemy number one, Ian will probably fall to Public enemy number two after these comments.

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Rangers must win Game 6

At the start of the series there was pretty much a thought that the Rangers would have to finish this series off as quickly as possible. But that was before the Rangers took the first two at home, and then the thought crept in about shutting the series down in Detroit. While it seemed that the Rangers had two quality opportunities to finish off the Tigers in Detroit, they were unable to finish the job and now have two chances to end the series at home.

The Rangers need to take advantage of the home field today and step on the jugular, because giving this dangerous Detroit team a chance to survive one more day could come back to haunt the Rangers. Yes the Tigers have to win two straight and that hasn’t been done yet in this series, but there seems to be pep in the step of Detroit pushing it back to Arlington. The Rangers need to win game 6 to end the Tigers season and don’t give them any hope to come back on Game 7. Letting the Tigers push this to a game 7 could end up being part of the Rangers demise.

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Hamilton goes down with Injury

Yesterday during the Rangers game in Detroit, reigning AL MVP was injured on a play at home plate. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but it was on a pop out to foul territory and was probably a play he shouldn’t have been sent to home plate by 3rd base coach. Which even Josh Hamilton said himself after the game.

It came out yesterday evening that he would be out 6-8 weeks and that is if everything goes perfectly. But even being out that long, it will take him another two weeks at least to get back into game form. This is bad news for the Rangers, especially since the super hot start, and this happens so early on in the season. The Rangers will replace him with David Murphy, and can only hope for a .500 run in his absence. Anything more than that is a huge success, but anything less could be dangerous to the long term outlook of the season.

2011 Major League Baseball Preview

It is that time of year again, the start of the baseball season is coming up fast, and I have poured over hundreds of breakdowns and watched hours of expert analysis to come up with this outlook on how I think this season will go. Ok, maybe not…I haven’t really done a lot of research on this, but I do have a gut feeling about the teams and I am basing my picks on my gut feeling. There have been a lot of changes, and some teams have improved, but I think it will be a fun season. It better be to tolerate a 162 game season. So without further ado, here is my gut feeling on this season.

American League:

AL East:
The AL East is pretty much looking like a 3 team race(again) but the Rays look like they have fallen off from last season, so it may be up to the Red Sox and the Yankees to decide the fate of this division. But watch out for the Orioles, Buck Showalter is jawing and he could have this team be a surprise before the year is out.

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Baltimore Orioles
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central:
This division is pretty much cut and dry, the Twins and the White Sox hold the key to the penthouse. It will be a dog fight to see who is the tennant at the end of the year and gets that coveted playoff spot.

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Kansas City Royals

AL West:
Last season the Rangers came almost out of nowhere to surpise the entire league and win the division, which led to the American League Pennant. This season, the West almost looks even top to bottom. The only team that probably won’t be able to keep pace is Seattle, but the other three teams will be clawing for the division title and could even steal a wild card spot from one of the other division teams.

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem
  3. Oakland A’s
  4. Seattle Mariners

There you have it, the American league is very similar to last years final standings, but there will be a couple suprises this year and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a team come out of nowhere to steal a playoff spot. Now it is time to tackle the National League.

National League:

NL East:
This is the easiest NL division to decide, barring any major injuries, this division should belong to Philidelphia.

  1. Philidelphia Phillies
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. Florida Marlins
  4. Washington Nationals
  5. New York Mets

NL Central:
Call me crazy, but I have a feeling that this division will be the tightest division in all of baseball and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a loveable loser win the division and make a long playoff run out of the Central.

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Cincinati Reds
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West:
Once agian, this division is the Giants and I think the other teams will give them a run, but without any real offseason changes, this should be another west title for the bay area boys.

  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. San Diego Padres
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Los Angeles Dodgers

There you have the NL breakdown, some what surprising but some what expected also. This should a be a fun season across the board, and I am looking forward to watching the season shape up and progress. Well, at least until Football season kicks off. Just remember, I took this off of gut instinct and didn’t do any long analysis of this. So if I am completly wrong, then I didn’t lose any sleep over researching this.

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Cabrera arrested for DUI(again)

Miguel Cabrera was arrested last night in Florida for a DUI and was reported to have been a little mouthy with the officer. Plus the fact that he took a pull off a whiskey bottle in front of the officer. This would be his second run in with the police and alcohol in his career, and it is starting to make some people wonder if he is headed down a path of trouble. This is just another case of an athlete getting out of hand and making bad headlines.

There is some rumbling from the Tigers that he could be on a very short leash with the team, and there is a rumor that he will be showed the door. Personally I hope the team shows him the door and makes a statement that being an idiot and getting in trouble with the law will not be tolerated. Sad thought here is that even if the Tigers take the moral stand and dump him, but there will be another team to come take him and his baggage, just because he is a talented ball player. This is just a problem in our society that if you are talented enough, you can over come any and all troubles.