Picks of the Pen: I'll Have the Fish


When June started, the Marlins were two games out of first place.  18 losses in 19 games and a manager later, they’re in dead last, depending on your perspective.  The fall has not been pretty as the Fish find new ways to lose every night, and nothing seems to remedy the situation–not even the gurgly-voiced new hitting coach.


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The Miami Heat collapsed and died on the floor of the American Airlines Arena, and a minor league Cubs affiliate celebrated in style–with open mockery.

The Peoria Chiefs handed out “2011 Lebron Championship Rings” this past Thursday, which meant that all fans received nothing.  To make sure they really drove the point home, the front office claimed they also weren’t going to play the fourth inning and complimentary Heimlech Manuever lessons would be available to prevent choking.

Thanks to recent back surgery, all Pirates catcher Chris Snyder could do was sit there while his wife, a passerby, and an off-duty police officer were attacked by an enraged scooter driver.  Rum Bunter was on the case, describing just how exactly the situation devolved, picking up the slack left by the local news.


The Twins are coming, the Twins are coming.

Minnesota has proven that they still have some life left in them over the past few weeks, compiling multiple 4+ game winning streaks.  News kept getting better this weekend for the club, as they were able to welcome back former MVP Joe Mauer.

Nate Gilmore over at Puckett’s Pond explains the transformation that’s brought Twins’ games from being an unbearable to actually now fun viewing experience.

Staying in the AL Central, White Sox slugger Paul Konerko and his 381 homeruns got Eric Seidman over at FanGraphs thinking.  If the 35-year-old is able to reach the praised 500 home run plateau, would he be a lock to become a member of the Hall?  Seidman examines Konerko and other unassuming players who are approaching MLB milestones and their cases for induction into the Hall of Fame.


Richard Rothschild at Sports Illustrated makes the daring suggestion that Wrigley Field must go. It’s a convincing argument and even as a Cubs fan, I wouldn’t be that opposed to it under one condition. Fenway Park must go too. If people complain about narrow concourses and tight seats at Wrigley, you obviously haven’t been to the ballpark in Bean Town.

After a good start, the Royals have fallen on hard times, yet the future is still bright. On Kings of Kauffman, Mitch Hall looks to see whether it is realistic to hope that Kansas City will make it to .500 by the All-Star break. After examining the upcoming schedule, it looks like sadly for Royals fans, the answer is no.


A’s first baseman Daric Barton has failed to follow up on a very impressive 2010 campaign this year, struggling mightily at the plate. Athletics Nation sheds some light on what’s wrong with the Oakland first sacker.

As the lead writer of FanSided’s minor league site Seedlings to Stars, I always like reading updates about the minors. Motor City Bengals keeps everyone updated on ten top Tigers prospects–a great way to keep fans connected with the stars of tomorrow!


Over at FanGraphs, Eric Seidman writes about certain milestones that might not trigger Hall of Fame elections. For example, there are a few
players in MLB right now who are either approaching or on pace to reach 500 homers, 3,000 hits, or 300 wins. These are all astounding
statistics, but in some cases, they might not be enough to land a player in Cooperstown.

Believe it or not, things aren’t all perfect in Boston for the Red Sox. J.D. Drew has been struggling all season long, and he’s in the final year of his contract. However, it’s not as if the Sox don’t have options. Ryan Kalish seems to be the future in right field, but Darnell McDonald, the speedy youngster, has performed extremely well since coming off the DL. As Rick Meegan of BoSox Injection points out, even the best lineup in baseball can’t afford anyone holding them back, especially when there are alternatives.



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