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Kevin Gregg vs. Big Papi

By bullpenbrian - July 12, 2011 - 12:13 am 3 comments.

David Ortiz vs. Kevin Gregg was far from a title bout on the field. But pit these two against each other in the ring and it’s a legit heavy weight match-up in the making.

Gregg is a strapping 6’6 230lbs, Big Papi 6’3 and a generous 230lbs.

No punches were landed during the batter vs. pitcher confrontation a week ago, but I suspect they could last tow-to-toe for several rounds in the ring anyway.

That got me thinking, in all fun of course, what would be a good feather weight bout?

How about Tony Campana vs. Mike Fontenot, each listed at 5’8, 165lbs, in a speed vs. speed battle?

Gregg, meanwhile, has made a good go of it since departing the Cubs–(5-6) 23 saves– following the 2009 season. He saved (37) games for Toronto in 2010 and has (15) with Baltimore at the break this season.

-Papi finished the first half at .304, 19 HR & 55 RBI.
-Fontenot is batting .227, 2 HR & 9 RBI with the Giants.
-Campana is hitting .263, 2 RBI & 10 stolen bases.

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Cubs Could Use A Bautista

By bullpenbrian - May 16, 2011 - 5:05 pm Leave a comment.

I simply marvel at Jose Bautista.

He’s homered 13 times in his last 21 games and leads MLB with 15 HR.

His 35 intentional walks also ranks first in the bigs, and he’s reached base safely in 31 of 32 games this season.

Man, the Cubs use a bat like that!

Meanwhile, just look at where this guy’s come from:

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Bautista Hits 50 HR, Big Deal?

By bullpenbrian - September 24, 2010 - 12:01 am 2 comments.

Jose Bautista hits 50 home runs and baseball fans talk about 50 dingers like it means something again. Really?

Albert Pujols hit 47 last year. Ryan Howard hit 48. Just three years ago A-Rod (54) and Prince (50) hit the 50-mark. Heck, in 2006 Howard hit 58, David Ortiz 54!

Bautista’s achievement, albeit a terrific one, isn’t exactly remarkable.
The guy’s hit 50 home runs, which is very respectable, but it’s not 60, and it’s not 70. To speak as though is silly.

It seems baseball fans want Bautista’s mark to mean more than is really does.
No question it’s our way of moving forward from the Steroids Era.

We want our sacred records back, and of course, more 50 homer seasons to cheer for. But this time around we want them clean, we want them real.
We want Jose Bautista, not A-Fraud.

Sure, 50 is worth celebrating, but to think we’ll never see 50 again, c’mon!

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Cardinals Season Over?

By bullpenbrian - October 9, 2009 - 12:23 am 2 comments.

It’ll be interesting to see how Holliday responds after his error cost the Cardinals a split in L.A.

St. Louis, remember, was suppose to be the team to beat because of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.

That’s now out the window with the Dodgers leading two-zip.

Series isn’t over, of course, but Holliday’s miscue most likely cost St. Louis its season.

By the way, how much does Mark DeRosa hate the Dodgers!

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