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The All-Star Break is bearing down on us. Are you happy with where your teams are?

Current division leaders:

Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels

Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs
Arizona Diamondbacks

The NL West is the Worst, the Tampa Bay Rays are still keeping pace with the BoSox, and the Cubs are helping keep elderly Chicagoans alive. Will the division leaders stay the same? Who are your picks for the wild card?

Let's discuss all things BASEBALL here!
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Who thinks David Wells will be pitching soon!

I do!

I still laugh thinking how he dropped a drag bunt for a single in his first start for the Dodgers.
Wells is great! I don't know if I'd want him pitching for my team at this point but I'd love to throw back a couple cold ones with him. He definitely has more heart than 99% of the young guys on the field these days.
Hamilton is a monster! 28 HRs in the 1st round, its a shame he didn't win the whole thing.
Yeah, even Morneau said that Hamilton was the true winner. What a beast

Pretty funny article about Ichiro Suzuki's pep talk before the All-Star game
Even as a Twins fan, I thought that having Morneau win was anti-climatic. I felt bad for every player who came up after Hamilton, all the crowd wanted to do was watch Hamilton.

Go AL tonight!
Pretty good game so far!
WOW what a remarkable inning by the sinkerballer Cook. Got all the groundballs he needed there.
Pedro a Yankee? I thought you followed baseball Robert. I guess I was wrong.
I was being ... I can't spell it... phosecious... sarcastic!

What an all star game! 15 innings! Red sox save the day again. Drew gets the MVP award, and Papelbon is hot as usual. I have never seen so many plays at home plate in one game before. It wore everybody out.
Papelbon saves the day? Oh wait I get it. You must be being phosecious and sarcastic again. Next to Mariano's dominance, the fans chant of OVERRATED for Papelbaby was very entertaining.
I said he was hot... and even with the jeers from class-less yankee fans he struck em out! Shut them up real quick. He out pitched Mariano. What did Mariano do? He gave up hits and the fielders saved his but. Even the commentators said that Papelbon said nothing in disrespect during that interview. Only in New York would a player such as Papelbon be disrespected over nothing. If the roles were reversed and it was in Boston, it never would have happened.

Where were the Yankee bats in this game?
Robert I see you are still too busy to do any research before you make statements. It's becoming a habit with you. Debating with you is too easy. You're living by the statement "Open mouth, Insert foot".

In the game Yankee hitters were 1 for 5. Boston hitters were 2 for 9. Neither were exactly lighting up the world. Drew had a HR and won the MVP. All Star MVP honors often go to somebody with only 1 or 2 hits because players only play a few innings. It's nothing to shout about.

Mariano went 1.2 innings without giving up a run. Papelcrybaby went 1 inning and gave up a run. Yes it was unearned but he still gave up a go ahead run. Unearned or not, if the AL was winning it would still have counted as a blown save.

Just for fun lets compare season stats.
2.43 ERA and 4 blown saves.
1.06 ERA 0 blown saves and an incredible 4 walks in 42 innings.

That's just this year. Need we compare career stats? You don't want to go there.
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I'm just glad that Russell Martin represented the Dodgers well.

Funny how both pitchers with the best ERA's as starters (Volquez and Duscherer) gave up runs.

Corey Hart has a noodle for an arm.. Not sure how he wasn't able to throw out Morneau lumbering down from third on a regular distance fly ball.

Would have been pretty funny to see another tie though.. maybe this will move baseball to actually play out an All-Star game instead of shoving all the players through a revolving door
How about the representation from the Twins?? Nathan pitches a 1-2-3 inning, Mauer had a hit and a walk in his two at-bats, and Morneau went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.

Not a bad showing from a team in 'flyover' country, away from the East & West coast bias.
If Nathan pitched in a bigger market his name would be huge. He doesn't get the recognition he deserves. His numbers are great.
The Twins as a whole probably don't get the recognition they deserve.

Isn't Liriano all better now? Why isn't he in the majors? I know he won't be as electric now that he can't rely on that nasty slider as much anymore, but it should still be an upgrade to a spot in the rotation.
The truth about Liriano is that if the Twins leave him in the minors past a certain date (I don't know what it is) it backs up his first arbitration eligible year. What the Twins are telling everybody is that there is no room in their rotation. It's all about the money. He's lighting up the minors. He just won pitcher of the month in AAA.
I thought they were already past that certain date. Just like Evan Longoria, before they called him up. They tried to postpone his arbitration but ended up signing him long term. I think Liriano will be called up soon, very soon.
Liriano's agent is asking the union to investigate why he hasn't been called up because of the belief the Twin's are trying to postpone arbitration. Problem here is that the Twins have four young pitchers that are actually doing a fine job and it seems they don't want to rush him back to the majors (the first month this year he was terrible at the major league level). There has been some small talk in this market of possibly going to a six-man rotation when he's called up, if they can spare a another roster spot on a starting pitcher.

What the Twins really need is a right-handed hitter.
Man, I might be speaking too soon, but the Mets keep finding ways to win. Didn't think losing Randolph and some other personnel would eventually lead to such a turnaround!
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