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HRBL 2010 Champion

 | February 26, 2011 8:06 AM

Once again the Funky Kimchees have maintained their dynasty and again won HRBL (Highrock Rotisserie Baseball League) in 2010.

HRBL 2010 Final Standings

This season proved to be the most challenging because of all the injuries my team suffered.  My first four picks spent significant amounts of time on the DL.  But in September everyone became healthy and I ended up running away with it.

HRBL 2010 Standings

I did not have a real MVP.  My favorite pitchers were Brandon Morrow and Brett Anderson.  My favorite batter was Nelson Cruz.  It used to be Buster Posey until I traded him to David Kwon. Smile

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Tweeting and tweeting

 | October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

I began saving my tweets in my blog on a daily basis so I can search for them later.  This is an example of my crippling perfectionism. 🙂

The biggest news in my tweets was the announcement of baby #4.

Family

Christianity

Education

Society

  • In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy. I love Obama but this illustrates the Nobel Peace Prize is becoming increasingly irrelevant. http://bit.ly/9qzsC Oct 9 08:15:16 
  • In South Korea, an Effort to Defend Unwed Mothers – NYTimes.com. Nearly 96% of unwed pregnant women choose abortion. http://bit.ly/b2ShG Oct 12 09:13:05

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John Olerud’s Family

 | June 11, 2009 7:42 PM

Olerud Family

John Olerud is my favorite baseball player.  I was always drawn to him because of both his ability and the way he played the game.  I remember when he became a Red Sox and actually rooted for a team that I normally detest just because he was playing for them.

Awhile ago I was delighted to learn that he was Christian.  And recently I read in this article about how his faith had helped him cope with his eldest daughter’s illness.  I think all fathers can relate in some way to what John Olerud is experiencing, though obviously not on the same level.

It’s nearly impossible to know her potential, or how her defects will affect her as she ages. Deeply religious, the Oleruds contend with the uncertainty the only way they can — faith.

”We believe God has control of all things,” Olerud said. ”I don’t think Jordan’s a mistake by any means. We really don’t know what it’s going to be for her. Because she doesn’t fit into those syndromes where they can say most kids are usually at this point, it’s kind of in the Lord’s hands.”

Boston Red Sox – Growing family – The Boston Globe

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2008 Thoughts – Sports

 | January 10, 2009 3:31 PM

MLB

  • Pat Gillick proves he’s a winner by leading the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series title.  And just like with the Blue Jays he leaves and already the Phillies are making bad moves, like signing Raul Ibanez for too much money in an over-crowded outfield market.
  • I predicted the Tampa Bay Rays would win the World Series and was quite wrong as their bullpen continued to implode.   I think they should have used Shields for Game 5 part 2.  He is their best pitcher and then they could have used Garza in Game 6.  Maddon definitely should have pinch hit for Howell.
  • The Yankees once again made it difficult to be a Blue Jays fan as they signed the top three free agents.  I don’t think I have ever seen an offseason so dominated by one team.  For the Yankees they were good signings because they print money but for any other team they would be bad ones.  C.C., A.J. and Teix are just not that good.
  • Last season if the Blue Jays had been in another division they would have made the playoffs.  Now with Burnett gone, Marcum and McGowan hurt and the Yankees stocked things look grim.  The Blue Jays should trade Halladay and Wells to the Yankees for a package of prospects.  I would do it for a package that included Joba and Hughes.  They definitely should trade Halladay because he deserves to win a championship.

Olympics

  • I had mixed feelings about the Beijing Olympics before they started.  In the end I enjoyed these Olympics probably more than any other except the 1976 Montreal Olympics because I actually attended those with my family.  (It was at those Olympics we learned I needed glasses because I needed to use the binoculars to see the scoreboard).  And it is too bad that I and so many others enjoyed them since it accomplished one of China’s goals, to obscure China’s abominable human rights record.
  • I watched seven out of eight of Michael Phelp’s gold medal races.  I am normally not like this.
  • I was surprised by how much I enjoyed NBC’s coverage (except for the tape delay).  Maybe it was because for the first time I had cable during the Olympics so I could also watch MSNBC, CNBC and other stations.  Still NBC was lambasted for its coverage and CBC was applauded.
  • I was annoyed with watching “live coverage” that was actually delayed by three hours because I am on the west coast.
  • Beijing’s opening ceremonies were stunning but part of me couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable about the fact that China spent billions, far more than any other nation ever will, yet many parts of their country are still burdened with oppressive poverty.  It would be like going to someone’s house, being presented a lavish dinner and then noticing the kids are gaunt and eating week old cabbage soup.

NFL

  • I am still upset the Patriots lost.  And I am not even a Patriots fan.
  • I would become a 49er’s fan but their new uniforms are unattractive to say the least.  What happened to tradition?
  • It’s impossible to become an Oakland Raiders fan with Al Davis as the owner.

NBA

  • I am not a Celtics fan but I hate the Lakers.  Therefore I thoroughly enjoyed the finals.  In general though I found the 2008 playoffs the most interesting I have ever watched.  Maybe again it was because I had cable and was actually able to see some of the games, like the Hawks repeatedly beating a shocked Celtics team in Atlanta.
  • The Raptors are struggling and Chris Bosh will leave in 2010.  It’s sad when our greatest hope is Bargnani.  I think I will become a Golden State Warriors fan even though the team is poorly coached, the front office is horrible, and they seem to wear a different uniform every night.  But at least they are entertaining, all offense, no defense.
  • I am enjoying winning my fantasy basketball leagues.

NHL

  • In the one sport where my team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, would actually have an overwhelming revenue advantage there is a salary cap.
  • I heard the San Jose Sharks are good.  Maybe it’s time to switch. 🙂

Some are saying 2008 was one of the best years in sports.  I am not so sure about that but I thoroughly enjoyed it even if all my teams sucked.

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World Series Predictions

 | October 22, 2008 10:38 AM

I was stunned when the Red Sox came back to win Game 5 and was thinking that maybe both my predictions would be wrong. Watching Game 7 I thought the Red Sox were coming to come back again. I was begging Maddon to bring in Kazmir or Jackson or Price. When Price got the final out I was elated.

The Phillies destroyed the Dodgers and were impressive. However I am still going to predict Tampa Bay in six, with the Phillies winning the games that Hamels starts. Tampa Bay’s pitching is deeper and I always pick the AL team.  Tampa Bay in 6.

By the way, remember when the Phillies lost to the Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series. Remember seeing Curt Schilling with the towel on his head? Remember Game 4 which the Jays won 15 – 14?  And of course Joe Carter winning it with his home run.  And Pat Gillick was the GM of that Blue Jays team.

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Toronto Blue Jays 2008 RIP

 | September 16, 2008 8:19 AM

Well, the season is over for my Toronto Blue Jays.  I was hoping they could win at least three out of four against the Red Sox but instead they lost three out of four.  It does not surprise me though, the Red Sox are better in every category than the Blue Jays.

Here is a strange photo from the Red Sox victory.  First it looks like Dustin Pedroia has been photoshopped over Lyle Overbay.  Second it is amusing that Dustin Pedroia is laughing at Lyle Overbay but not surprising considering what I read in this ESPN the Magazine article, 170 Pounds of Mouth.  Dustin is probably laughing because he knows that Lyle Overbay is safe as replays showed.

Boston Red Soxs Dustin Pedroia, left, smiles as Toronto Blue Jays Lyle Overbay protests being called out at second base in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, in Boston. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Blue Jays ahead of Yankees?

 | August 18, 2008 9:45 PM

The Blue Jays have been playing surprisingly well lately and they start a three game series with the Yankees where conceivably they could win two out of three.  Their starting pitchers for this series are Burnett, Purcey, Halladay while the Yankees’ are Rasner, Pettitte, Ponson.

The Blue Jays really aren’t good but I can take comfort in the fact they could finish the season ahead of the Yankees just like I took comfort two seasons ago when they finished ahead of the Red Sox.  It was nice to see them just sweep the Red Sox, wish I could have been at the game at Fenway when Beckett was blown away.

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These are the results of who is all-time greatest Blue Jay .  I am disappointed because I think Joe Carter is considerably overrated.  He is a good guy though, I think he’s a Chrisitan.

1) Who is the all-time greatest player in Blue Jays history?

28.7% Joe Carter (1991-1997):

Walk-off home run won 1993 World Series.

23.0% Roy Halladay (1998-present):

Control artist has a .667 winning percentage.

12.1% Carlos Delgado (1993-2004):

Hit 40 or more home runs three times with Blue Jays.

11.6% Roberto Alomar (1991-1995):

Hit .480 in 1993 World Series win over Philadelphia.

9.3% Dave Stieb (1979-1992, 1998):

Underrated ace was perennially victimized by poor run support.

7.7% George Bell (1981-1990):

Won 1987 MVP with 47-HR, .605 SLG performance.

4.8% John Olerud (1989-1996):

OBP machine hit .363 in 1993.

1.6% Tony Fernandez (1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999):

Late-career surge with Jays outdid his original stint.

1.1% Tom Henke (1985-1992):

Struck out 100 or more batters three times in closer role.

0.3% Lloyd Moseby (1980-1989):

Polished outfielder combined speed, power and defense.

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ESPN Baseball Tonight is running polls asking to name each franchise’s three greatest players.  Right now they are running a poll for the All-Time Greatest Blue Jay.

In my mind it is not too close.  It has to be Roberto Alomar.  When we traded for him I said “Finally we have a superstar, now we can win the World Series.”  It was Roberto Alomar who hit the homerun off Dennis Eckersley in the 1992 ALCS and finally got the monkey off the Blue Jays’ back.  When Roberto Alomar was playing for the Blue Jays I thought he would be the greatest second baseman of all time.

It was weird how his career played out, spitting on an umpire, going from team to team, having vision problems at the end that forced him to retire.  I am not even sure he will get into the Hall of Fame though I think he will.  Wikipedia says this about thim.

Roberto Alomar Velázquez (born February 5, 1968 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball player (1988-2004), considered by many to be one of the best second basemen in history.[1][2] He holds the record for most Gold Glove Awards at that position,[3] and has also won the second most Silver Slugger Awards for a second baseman.[4]

Roberto Alomar – Wikipedia

Here is the actual poll. My second place vote goes to John Olerud because I love the guy and my third place vote goes to Roy Halladay. Where is Jimmy Key? 🙂

Who is the all-time greatest player in Blue Jays history?
Roberto Alomar (1991-1995):
Hit .480 in 1993 World Series win over Philadelphia.
George Bell (1981-1990):
Won 1987 MVP with 47-HR, .605 SLG performance.
Joe Carter (1991-1997):
Walk-off home run won 1993 World Series.
Carlos Delgado (1993-2004):
Hit 40 or more home runs three times with Blue Jays.
Tony Fernandez (1983-1990, 1993, 1998-1999):
Late-career surge with Jays outdid his original stint.
Roy Halladay (1998-present):
Control artist has a .667 winning percentage.
Tom Henke (1985-1992):
Struck out 100 or more batters three times in closer role.
Lloyd Moseby (1980-1989):
Polished outfielder combined speed, power and defense.
John Olerud (1989-1996):
OBP machine hit .363 in 1993.
Dave Stieb (1979-1992, 1998):
Underrated ace was perennially victimized by poor run support.
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Cito GastonThe Blue Jays fired John Gibbons, who will probably be best remembered for challenging Shea Hillenbrand to a fight and then getting into a shoving match with Ted Lilly, and hired Cito Gaston.

Gaston is the manager responsible for four of the five AL East championships in team history, as well as its two AL pennants and World Series wins.
Toronto Blue Jays Fire John Gibbons: Is J.P. Ricciardi Still in One Piece?

I think John Gibbons is a bad manager simply because I don’t like managers that are so confrontational with their players. I prefer the “player’s manager.” Cito Gaston is more of a player’s manager but I don’t think he’s a great manager either. He makes curious strategic decisions (hitting Joe Carter third, benching John Olerud against lefties when he was batting over .300 against them, etc.), is not good with rookies and has also had confrontations with players (e.g. David Wells, Derek Bell, etc.) I think this hiring is more about nostalgia and not about reality.

In the Toronto Star there was an interesting article saying Surely Ricciardi will be the next to go. I have been saying for quite awhile that Ricciardi is a horrible GM and that he is the reason for the Blue Jays’ problems, not Gibbons.

  1. Ricciardi is arrogant. He demeans his own players and now he demeans players from other teams such as his recent remarks about Adam Dunn. The Toronto Star article states that MLB players no longer want to come to Toronto because of Ricciardi.
  2. His draft record is terrible. The Jays have one of the weakest farm systems and have had almost no prospects succeed at the major league level. Compare that to their contenders the Rays, the Red Sox, and the Yankees, all who have been developing quality players.
  3. The payroll is no longer an excuse. The Blue Jays payroll is in the top 15, maybe even the top 10. It’s competitive now but spending a large percentage of it on questionable contracts like Vernon Well’s and A.J. Burnett’s has made the Blue Jays uncompetitive.

You know whom the Blue Jays should hire from their past? Pat Gillick! The man uses an old school approach and sometimes I did not agree with it but his record is amazing. Every franchise he has managed has won, the Blue Jays, the Orioles, the Mariners, the Phillies.

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