Who Will Have Their Swing and Second-Half of the Season Ruined by the Home Run Derby Tonight? My Predictions

I know the headline can be a little misleading on my feelings for the Home Run Derby. I absolutely love watching the game’s best power hitters whoever is willing to participate in the Midsummer Classic’s Three Hours of Power. I know a lot of studies have been completed that prove the Home Run Derby doesn’t ruin a player’s second-half, but I go by the eye test and what my dumb brain remembers, and it seems like just yesterday that Bobby Abreu broke the Home Run Derby record by hitting 24 home runs, then only hitting 6 home runs in the second half of the season. After besting Bobby Abreu in 2008, Josh Hamilton never competed in a derby again, citing his long-term health as a player taking precedence over some extra hardware he could’ve accumulated derby after derby. As a guy who always made his health a priority, you can understand where Hamilton was coming from.  Continue reading

No Ballpark Can Contain Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper crushed a home run last night and the internet is losing it’s collective mind. I’ve never been much of a fan of Statcast or Bryce Harper, but I’m a big fan of page views so I feel that it’s my duty to blog about it. Very noble of me, if we’re being honest.

First of all, I find Statcast to be a bunch of lying nerds that are just making up numbers to hang out with the cool kids who like sports. Ok Dilbert, thanks for the exit velocity on Scott Schebler’s third inning pop out to the center fielder. You made the game that much more enjoyable for me knowing that his lazy fly ball to Albert Almora Jr. clocked in at 94.6 MPH. Wow, you mean to tell me Billy Hamilton’s sprint to first base on a ground-out was 3.7 seconds? Coooooooooool. Maybe that stuff will start counting for “points” in the millennials’ new version of baseball,  but until then: Continue reading

Cup Check: Are Baseballs Ruining America’s Pastime?

As summer gives way to fall the MLB postseason is finally upon us. It was a long and grueling regular season filled with errant helmet throws, pointless rules debates, and, worst of all, the Mets. One hot button issue that has taken over the world of contact sports of late has been concussions and the risks they pose for future health concerns. While head trauma is certainly a very real and very scary threat, we witnessed another very scary moment on Tuesday night during the Yankees/Twins Wild Card matchup (at least most guys would consider it scary). I’m hear to bring your attention to another player safety issue that doesn’t get nearly as much press coverage as it deserves: dudes getting hit in the junk. Continue reading

Nati Boys #10: Football is Back(ish)

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On today’s episode we discuss the impact of the Bryce Harper injury, check in on how the Reds are doing and recap the Bengals first preseason game against the Buccaneers.  Roger Goodell remains consistently inconsistent with his punishment of Ezekiel Elliott.  We have more developments in the Kyrie vs. Lebron saga and The Ball family is making their presence felt again.  Finally, we wrap things up with a lengthy fantasy draft of our favorite television shows.

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It Turns Out Bryce Harper Isn’t Double Jointed After All

Bryce Harper is many things. Great ballplayer, fan favorite, spoiled brat with a bad attitude. Saturday night proved there’s at least one thing he isn’t, and that’s double jointed.

It’s pretty much Baseball 101 that you should step on the front end of the bag at first base. Too much can go wrong when you step on top of the bag, near the back, or side. I guess maybe Bryce missed that part of base running class while he was busy making sure his weird hair cut looked fluffy enough when he takes his helmet off.

The Washington Nationals are still awaiting the results of an MRI to determine the damage done to his knee by the poor base running and inability to look cool while falling down. Bryce is just lucky this happened when he still has a two seasons left to recover before his Unrestricted Free Agency off-season. I would’ve hated for him to have to settle for $350 million rather than the $425 million he’s probably going to ask for.