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The Crown Finally Fits

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King Felix has finally fulfilled his lifelong goal as he threw the 23rd major league perfect game and 3rd of the 2012 season. Perfection is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to baseball. Not only do you have to be precise, but skill and a lot of luck is required to get the job done. Hernandez went the whole game using his paralysing curveball and his amazing fastball. This lead to Felix striking out the side twice and racking up 12 strikeouts. The Mariners, who Perfectionare definitely aren’t the best offense in the game, scored only one run but in the end that is all they needed. After the game Felix said, “It was always on my mind,every game, I need to throw a perfect game.” That in itself shows a lot about Felix’s attitude towards the game. He is always ready to perform and I think that it was finally his time to shine. For the Mariners organization, this game means so much as it  is their first perfect game. The King has finally earned his crown and I bet it feels pretty good right about now. Thank you for reading my story and please recommend it to anybody.

  Brayden West

Sayonara Suzuki

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Yesterday marked an end of an era in Seattle as the long time face of the Mariners franchise was traded to the New York Yankees. Simply known as Ichiro in Seattle, Suzuki gave 110 percent for 12 long seasons as he tried to bring his team to victory.  Ichiro showed the MLB his raw talent for the first time in 2001 in his first week as a Mariner as he gunned down Oakland’s Terrence Long at third with a laser throw from right field. Safeco’s right field will forever be known as Area 51 where Ichiro roamed and made spectacular his plays. Personally as a life long Mariner fan, it frustrated me as I first heard the news because the Mariners are still acting as a mere farm team for the Yankees giving the likes of Randy Johnson and now Ichiro away. It is very  upsetting Mariner fans as they see one of the most influential Mariners of all time leave. The worst part came Monday night as the Yankees were in town which ment that Ichiro would be walking across to the other dugout to play his first game with another team besides the Mariners against them. The scene was all but familiar as he walked up to the plate wearing his new number 31. Seattle recognized his valuable service and gave him a standing ovation in which he bowed to the crowd. As I watched one of my idols walk up as a Yankee I got chills all throughout my body and then as the fans were watching, Ichiro struck a single for his first career hit as a Yankee. The night was certainly one to remember as his trade was out of the blue. I can totally understand why the M’s would do this because of salary cap room but for only two barely known prospects is down right gut wrenching. After all the excitement, I will still follow Ichiro until the day he retires which I hope will be in a Mariner uniform. Until then, Sayonara Ichiro, you did wonders for the Mariners and thank you for your service. Thank you for reading this article and please comment with your thoughts.

 Brayden West

Views on Baseball’s R.O.Y. Race

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This years MLB rookies of the year are…..definetley going to be in a close race. Frontrunner in the A.L. is my overall favorite player Mike Trout who I believe is going to be one of the greatest  players of this decade. Now in the N.L. , which is less publicized, my vote would have to go to Padres first basemen Yonder Alonso. Looking at both leagues competition, the stats show that both of these young guns have a huge upside to improve their teams’ chances this year. Mike Trout a first year All-Star, is hitting an astonishing .333 batting average with runners on base while carrying an overall slugging percentage in July of .795! On the other hand, Yonder Alonso is having a better than average rookie season with an overall .262 batting average. If you compare the two, my pick for overall MLB rookie of the year is Mike Trout. In my opinion he has the chance of running for A.L. MVP in his rookie season which would prove his raw talent. Not to be overlooked, ya that guy Harper from the Nationals is raking and could make a strong run for the N.L. ROY. This year is a great year for young talent and the upcoming years should be nothing less than spectacular. Thank you for reading and please comment your opinion.

Brayden West

Too Much Pine Tar

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“So 19 year old baseball “phenom” Bryce Harper, why do you have so much pine tar on your bat?” Simply said, “Thats a clown question bro!” Come on Ozzie Guillen, unless the umpire comments on his use of pine tar, you need to keep yourself inside the dugout where you belong. The kid has his own routine and you should respect that. Pine tar has been an issue for a long while publicity was emphasized on the George Brett incident and now this brings up the controversy once again. Pine tar is a substance used to grip the bat better and has been used in baseball for a long time. I mean if you want to criticize somebody for using pine tar, it should be bat slinger Josh Hamilton. Guillen should be laughed at for his impersonation of Harper and the league should go by the standards of the rule placed in 02′. The rule states that players should be permitted to use it on the handle of the bat up to 18 inches. The rookie knew what he was doing and he simply overcame the nonsense. I give Harper 5 stars for handling the situation and Guillen as I said just needs to sit down and shut up. Thank you for reading and please read some other stories.

Brayden West

Votto Out for 3-4

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As the Reds come off a huge series sweeping the Cardinals to take the lead in their division, they got some serious bad news. Star first basemen Joey Votto has torn his meniscus in his left knee which sidelines him for 2 to 4 weeks after having a surgery. This comes as a huge setback to the Reds removing one of the best hitters in the National League. The playoff race will surely be tight as the reds look to continue without the slugger and when he comes back, Votto should come back as strong as ever. Personally, I think the Reds have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs and the absence of Votto should only affect the team slightly. In the long run, it should shape up to be a productive season despite his injury. Thank you for reading this story and please read some more.

Brayden West

Dickey Dominates!

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Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is definitely having a Cy Young type of year. He is 11-1 and has thrown back to back one hitters which is a feat accomplished every 50 years or so. Dickey throws a knee shaking knuckleball and also has an arsenal of a decent fastball and a change-up. His presence on the mound this year is amazing as he puts up an average of 6 strikeouts a game. Dickey intimidates the batters because of his knuckleball and then he will fire a fastball over the heart of the plate to put you sitting back on the bench. So what makes him a Cy Young contender?  Lately, Dickey has not one but TWO one hitters and one of the lowest ERA’s in the game. If he continues, he could potentially have a 20 game season which puts him in contention for Cy Young with the likes of Clayton Kershaw. Overall, R.A. Dickey is definitely a force to be reckoned with within the rest of this year and maybe more. Just continue to watch him go for history and maybe even break down the barrier to get a no-hitter. Thank you for reading my story and check out others. Have a great night!

Brayden West

Rookie Rating: Harper vs.Trout

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This season is great one to see two amazing rookies go through the season battling it out for the rookie of the year. To my understanding, both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are amazing prospects who can produce tremendous power at the plate. Both are outfielders as well and they are not to shabby in the field. Trout who is a year older at 20, was drafted at the 25 spot to the Angels in 2009. Harper as you all should know, was the number 1 pick for the Nationals in 2010 who is known for his towering shots in high school. Both have made their full-time MLB debuts this year. When it comes to batting average, Trout has a pretty decent looking .333 compared to Harper’s .302 so Trout has an advantage in batting. That is also backed up by his slugging percentage and other batting stats. Another thing that is setting the two apart is Trout’s speed. Both prospects are pretty fast, but Trout has stolen more bags this year because of his acceleration. Now on to fielding, where Trout only has one error compared to Harper’s 3 errors. If you count that then Trout has the edge once again. When you account both of those categories, I believe that Trout has a bigger upside despite Harper being more in the spotlight and being widley know in the league. Mike Trout will be a long time pillar in the Angels organization and Harper will hopefully do the same for the Nats. But if I had to choose a prospect, Trout would be my man because I’ve seen him play and he amazes me with his all around skill. Thank you for reading this post and check out others. Have a great day!

       Brayden West

Manny Done Being Manny?

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Is Manny Ramirez finally done with his tainted career for real? Yesterday, Ramirez politely asked the Athletics organization for a release following the organizations decision to not call him up from Triple A. The A’s decided to agree and let him go. In Sacramento he was sitting easy at a .302 batting average and ready for his call up. He has waited out his 50 game suspension which was supposed to be a 100 game for his second use of prohibited substances. All this set Manny back to a point where he had to set his priorities straight and get back to baseball. He was ready to be back in the majors but sadly didn’t get the chance to get back to the bigs. Personally, I think that he may be done with his long career and will call it for real in a few days. I may be wrong, but he certainly has to think it over if he doesn’t receive any offers. Overall, the Manny Ramirez saga may be over and we will find out soon. Thank you for reading my post and have a great day!

 Brayden West

Play Of The Day: June 13th

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Play Of The Day!

Play Of The Day goes to Bryce Harper as he denies a celebratory beer in Canada where the drinking age is 19…his reply goes viral “Thats a clown question bro.”

Nationals on a Rampage!

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Latley, the Washington Nationals have been on a tear through their last few series. The N.L. leading Nats continue like this and they can become a serious contender and maybe go through the playoffs like a breeze. I mean with young talent like Bryce Harper and fireball pitcher Stephen Strasburg, how can you not have a good run once in a while. Strasburg has won his last 5 starts and continues with an 8-1 record an astonishing 2.41 ERA which is almost tops in the major leagues. Both Harper and Strasburg are former number 1 picks and they have proved themselves worthy of that title. Harper especially has been tearing the hide off the ball with a .307 batting average and a huge slugging percentage at .553! If he continues like this, he could potentially be an all-star. Besides those two, the rest of the team is performing at a big time high with splendid outings from Gio Gonzalez and a renewed Danny Espinosa  who is becoming hot. The Nats are a favorite to win their division with a good record of 38-23 and I think they can hold strong and maybe be better in the second half. WIth all the young guns performing and others becoming hot, they have a legitimate chance this year. I cannot wait to see Harper blossom and also watch the Nats go on to the playoffs. Remember, the Nationals are one of many teams who have not won the world series yet. Look for them to stay strong! Thank you for reading my article and please check out others.Have a great day!

 Brayden West

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