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It always baffles me when people say Baseball is boring</b>: How about some LOLZ/EPIC baseball gifs?Collapse )

Pujols is pretty much god...and so on
Cardinal has more homers at 30 than Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

01/16/10 12:00 AM EST

ST. LOUIS -- First he was a prospect, then a rising star. For a while, the descriptions came with a qualifier: "one of the best young players in the game." The past few years, Albert Pujols has outgrown any qualifiers for his greatness. Today, he officially dispenses with that description as a young player.

Pujols is turning 30.

Just as the All-Star break marks an unofficial midway point in the season, the 30th birthday is a sort of marker in a player's career. It's not that Pujols will necessarily double his career stats between now and when he hangs it up. But it's certainly a line of demarcation.

And whatever expectations Pujols may have had when he was a youngster for what he would accomplish by age 30 have surely been surpassed.

He's the game's best player and, in many corners, the public face of baseball. He's a three-time Most Valuable Player and a Clemente Award winner. He may soon be in line for a historic contract, and he's done everything while still in his 20s.

For what it's worth, the Cardinals obviously believe that the early 30s are no indicator of a slowdown. They just committed seven years and at least $120 million to Pujols' fellow middle-of-the-order thumper, Matt Holliday. In an odd coincidence, Holliday was born exactly one day before Pujols.

If Pujols even comes close to matching what he's already done, he's headed for the Hall of Fame. He's actually not yet eligible, though he will be at the end of this year. A player must play for 10 seasons to appear on a Hall of Fame ballot.

This will be Pujols' 10th big league campaign, and it might be the last remaining obstacle between him and Cooperstown. A lot can happen, of course -- but a lot would have to happen for Pujols' 30s to keep him out of the Hall.

A look at how Albert Pujols' career stats at 30 compare to those of MLB's legends.
30th birthday
Babe Ruth2/6/251,1001,251284889.351.482.712
Jimmie Foxx10/22/371,56118523791,345.334.435.628
Hank Greenberg1/1/411,0291,2812471,003.326.418.625
Joe DiMaggio11/25/449791349219930.339.403.607
Ted Williams*8/30/48N/A1,251220854.354.487.645
Willie Mays5/6/611,2381,506285828.317.390.586
Hank Aaron2/5/641,5111,8983421,121.320.375.572
Barry Bonds7/24/941,2641,265253747.284.392.534
Alex Rodriguez7/27/051,5281,8254091,176.306.384.575
Albert Pujols1/16/101,3991,7173661,112.334.427.628
* Day-by-day game totals unavailable in 1948 and prior, but since the birthdays for Ruth, Foxx, Greenberg and DiMaggio were all during offseason, complete age

"There's three things that as a professional athlete you want," Pujols said when he was named the 2009 MVP. "You want to get to the big leagues, and I accomplished that. Winning a World Series ring, I got that. And then getting to the Hall of Fame. That's everybody's dream. Every athlete, they want to be up there in the Hall of Fame, mentioned with the greatest players to ever play this game."

His age-30 numbers unquestionably put him in that class. Pujols has more home runs at 30 than Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays or Barry Bonds could manage. His career on-base percentage and slugging percentage surpass those of Joe DiMaggio, Bonds, Mays and even Alex Rodriguez.

And of course, Aaron, Ruth and Mays aren't just Hall of Famers. They're inner-circle guys, the elite among the elite.

"I don't like to compare myself with any of those guys," Pujols said late in the season when asked about taking his place in history. "I respect those guys and what they did, what they accomplished. Don't get me wrong. I'm blessed to be named in the same category as those guys. But those guys are Hall of Famers and they deserve every respect."

So settle in, because there's a lot of good stuff still to come.


Padres deal Kouz to A's for outfielders
San Diego reportedly set to receive Hairston, Cunningham

By Corey Brock / MLB.com

01/15/10 8:05 PM EST

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres and A's have reached agreement on a deal that would send San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and Minor League infielder Eric Sogard to Oakland for outfielders Aaron Cunningham and former Padre Scott Hairston.

Kouzmanoff confirmed late Friday that he's flying to Oakland on Saturday morning to take a physical. He was told by the Padres not to comment on the trade until the deal is made official.

Hairston also confirmed the trade late Friday, although he had yet to be contacted from the Padres about traveling to San Diego for a physical or a news conference.

Hairston, who played parts of three seasons for the Padres before being traded to Oakland last July, was waiting to hear official word on the deal Friday evening but was ecstatic at the thought of returning to San Diego.

"I hope I'm coming there for sure -- I was hearing rumors today," Hairston said. "I talked to my agent, and he said it's still not finalized yet. If this is true, it would be a dream come true. It was so hard for me to leave San Diego. For me to come back, is just unbelievable."

When asked about the report, A's spokesman Bob Rose said, "We have not made any announcement."

The deal was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hairston hit .236 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs with the A's after the trade. He hit .299 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 56 games before the trade. Hairston, who can play all three outfield positions, is a career .287 hitter against left-handed pitchers.

Hairston, in his time with the Padres, showed that a right-handed hitter can have success at PETCO Park, a stadium with a reputation as a pitching-friendly ballpark. Hairston is a career .285 hitter with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 344 at-bats at PETCO Park.

Kouzmanoff started the past three seasons at third base for the Padres. In 2009, he hit .255 with 18 home runs and a career-high 88 RBIs and made just three errors at the hot corner, posting a .990 fielding percentage. In three seasons in San Diego, Kouzmanoff hit .263 with 59 home runs and 246 RBIs.

Cunningham, a 23-year-old right-handed hitter, batted .302 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs for Triple-A Sacramento last season and .151 in 53 at-bats with the A's.


A-Rod: "It was a gift from God - or from Castillo"


How is everyones teams doing today?

Indians lost but its mostly Pujols fault.
Yankees lost...but that was expected.
Mets won...redemption for wankery.
The Twins...IDEK. what to say. but they won.


oh I see....lol Mets have swine flu..or do they?
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As if Monday night's mistake-filled 3-2 loss to the Dodgers wasn't bad enough, officials in upstate Sullivan County said yesterday that the Mets may be linked to the swine flu outbreak.

A resident of Liberty became ill last Wednesday, three days after attending a Mets game at Citi Field on Mother's Day, said Sullivan County manager David Fanslau. The unidentified victim became the county's first confirmed victim of the H1N1 virus Monday afternoon, he said.

Because the woman's trip to the game was her only known foray out of Sullivan County lately, Fanslau said, local officials suspect there may be a link. "Obviously, we don't know for a fact, but it's the first case we have in Sullivan County and we talked to her and the only travel she made was to New York City for the Mets game," Fanslau said.

A Mets spokesman, reached in Los Angeles, said the team has not been contacted by the New York City health department or the mayor's office regarding swine flu.

The Sullivan County victim was recovering at home and expected to return to work later this week, Fanslau said.

Another county woman has a probable case of swine flu, Fanslau said. Sullivan officials believe she contracted the illness from the first woman.

Both women work at New Hope Community, which serves 200 adult residents with developmental disabilities in Loch Sheldrake, Fanslau said.

He said it was possible the victim contracted the illness from someone visiting Sullivan, "but it's more likely that she came into contact with someone during her travels to New York City."

He said Sullivan County officials did not contact city officials. A city health department spokesman had no comment.


And his name is......MISTER 100!!

So congratulations are in store for Dan Uggla. He has hit homerun number 100! That's right

100 HOME RUNS!!!

This makes Dan Uggla the fastest 2nd baseman to reach 100. He did it in 502 games. Alfonso Soriano did it in 536.


Fuck yeah, bitches.

Marlins vs Brewers @ 7:10 p.m. - BELIEVE!
The Brewers come to Miami to play the Marlins at Landshark stadium. Game starts at 7:10 pm. It will be Andrew Miller (1-2) going up against Jeff Suppan (3-4). Brew Crew are coming off a 3 game winning streak, steam rolling over the Cincinnati Reds. Marlins dropped 2 out of a 3 game series with the Mets at Citi field.

Gimme gimme MOARCollapse )

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dude...idk what to post as a first post...so here is some buckwild Papelbon for you