Besides having the coolest name in baseball, dude’s got the sickest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. He just struck out Dustin Pedroia on a 98 mph sinker that bounced a foot in front of the plate. Wowza.

Little known factoid about the guy: when the Indians signed him for $25,000 out of the Dominican, he was a 6’2″, 120 lb 16-yr old with no teeth – they’d all rotted out from eating sugar canes his whole life. Not all aces come as prepackaged hype machines, you know.

This guy’s just ridiculous, and it’s so much fun to watch. Comment on the game here if you please.

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  • Joba the starter, coming in 2008

    Tip o’ the hat to commenter yankz for pointing this story out. It appears that Joba Chamberlain will, in fact, be a starter in 2008:

    Speaking with a reporter from The Associated Press, owner George Steinbrenner’s son, Hank, confirmed the news on Chamberlain — who allowed just one earned run during 24 innings in the regular season as a setup man for Mariano Rivera. This decision is independent of Rivera’s status as a potential free agent.
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After reading the comments on the fork in the road post, I thought I’d follow up a bit. I enjoyed the discussion, and thought some good ideas came out of it. I really believe that the more we talk about these issues, the more we’ll all learn. Remember, I’m no expert. I’m some dude who thinks about baseball a lot and posts his thoughts for public viewing. You guys are the crux of it all. You call me out when I say something stupid, and you lend different ideas to the ones I present. That’s why this site works so well.

Honestly, my biggest problem with what I wrote is how I presented it. It was written over the course of a couple of days, and as I progressed the ideas kind of shifted. In essence, the beginning didn’t mesh with the end, and the middle didn’t do a good job of transitioning. What follows is what I think I should have written — only better, because it takes the discussion we had into consideration. And I’m sorry, but it’s going to be another long one. I’ll leave out the pictures this time.

As I mentioned in my disclaimer, the Yankees would never take the more radical path. They have the resources to stay in contention, so they’re going to continue along that path…if they can. This is where I’ll defend the “gut the team” notion. The essence is simple: The Yanks might not have much of a choice in the matter.

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HWB Honolulu (10-4 win over Waikiki)
Ajax: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 10 hits & 6 RBI in his last 6 games
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – sighs of relief all around…he’s now 1 for 25 in Hawaii
George Kontos: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3-6 GB/FB – knocks that ERA down to 4.50

JP’s AzFL update is here.

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Javelinas win again

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The Javelinas beat the Saguaros 8-3

Brett Gardner: 1-3, 1 Triple, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 R
Reegie Corona: 1-3, 1 Double, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 R

The Javelinas are now 3-1 on the season after another convincing victory. They’re batting .328 as a team and are led by the top two hitters in the league, coming into today’s game. After today’s results, Gardner is hitting a cool .500 through the first four games of the season.

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Mitchell to name names

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The Mitchell Investigation is going to release names in its report. While I’m just as curious as everyone to see who was juicing and who wasn’t, I’m thinking that this is going to get ugly. Like Sarah Jessica Parker ugly.

Big Papi strikes again!!!…

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