Frank Thomas thinks Sammy Sosa’s 60 home runs was ‘shady’

If you take a look at Sammy Sosa’s career numbers, Frank Thomas has a point. But Sosa was improving before the great home run chase of 1998. In 1997, he hit 36 homers. The following year, he added 30 more to that total.

And this goes back to that steroid era and whether or not certain players took illegal substances or not. Thomas has been one of the most feared hitters of all time and he doesn’t believe Sosa could have hit that many homers — doubling up Thomas.

And it’s a shame too because the reason why I fell in love with baseball was that era. I am a product of the steroid era. Without out, I don’t know if baseball would be my favorite sport of all time. Those homers saved baseball. As ugly as that era was, we needed it.

The Indians’ decision to demote Chief Wahoo is a mistake

The Indians aren’t changing their uniforms. It’s just that you’ll see the block C a lot more than Chief Wahoo from now on.

If you haven’t heard the news, the Cleveland Indians have demoted Chief Wahoo. No, that doesn’t mean they are phasing him out (although it appears that way) but rather Chief Wahoo will no longer be the team’s primary logo. Instead, the block C will be the team’s primary. Chief Wahoo will still be seen on the team caps and uniforms, but the block C is the logo you will see prominently.

Now, I understand that the team name itself isn’t very great now in our politically correct world and I agree with it. And the logo is offensive to some. The decision to phase out the logo is a little disappointing since it’s a great logo in terms of design. And it’s somewhat iconic with the franchise and pop culture. However, adding the boring block C as a primary logo doesn’t excite me.

But here’s the real problem. The rest of the country wants Wahoo gone. However, the fans of the Indians in Cleveland love the Indians. I attended an Indians game in Cleveland a couple years and I could not believe how many of the fans enjoyed wearing Wahoo. In fact, one fan even told me that she is all about Wahoo as part of the team identity.

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Warriors are more Oakland than the A’s? Hold up!

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The Raiders have an Oakland feel. Sure, I dig that.

The Warriors have an Oakland feel too. That’s correct. But once they move to San Francisco, it will lose that touch.

But the A’s don’t have an Oakland feel? I’ve been going to A’s games since I was a kid and I don’t know what Adande defines as an Oakland feel. Even though the crowds are small, the passion is just as strong as any other fanbase I’ve seen. During the playoffs, you can’t match the passion and cheers from Oakland.

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Vince Carter calls Dwight Howard a ‘crybaby’ and it’s glorious

Vince Carter and Dwight Howard were once teammates.

From 2009-2010, Vince Carter and Dwight Howard were teammates on the Orlando Magic. Carter has seen Howard play up close and personal, so he knows the history of the big man.

They play on separate teams now and they faced off last night as the Mavericks took on the Rockets. During the game, Carter had some choice words for Howard as he was talking with an official.

“All the time,” Carter told ESPN of Howard’s whining to officials. “He always talks about how I’m a crybaby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest crybaby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a crybaby].”

Of course Carter didn’t really say any of that to really attack Howard, but it’s true that in this league with floppers and bad officiating, the perception of certain players are put under the microscope. For Howard, after he whined his way out of Orlando and flopped in Los Angeles, his reputation isn’t very strong. Adding to the fact that he’s a terrible offensive player for a guy of his stature, he has a lot going against him.

His perception of being a unreliable basketball player has always been something I held on to after he forced his way out of Orlando. Carter just adds to the perception of what I have of him. Is Howard that bad? Probably not. But he’s turned himself into that kind of a villain in the NBA where we want to see him look bad. After all, he did bring some of it to himself and Carter is just pointing it out to us again.

And for me, as a non-fan of Howard, this was just what I like to see.

Jonathan Martin’s bullying case and how it’s not OK even though he says he’s fine

What surprises me about this is that this actually happened. Most times ribbing in the locker room happens and it passes by, but for the first time since I can remember, the ribbing and joking caused someone to lose it.

What’s surprising about Friday’s development in Jonathan Martin’s case is that he said that he’s OK and that the teammates making the jokes aren’t to blame.

“Yeah, I’m good man. It’s insane bro, but just know I don’t blame you guys at all. It’s just the culture around football, and the locker room got to me a little.”

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New Era and MLB find new ways to market merchandise you don’t need

This was something that I feared but kind of expected when I saw that the postseason patches would be applied onto the batting practice cap. Now with images surfacing of teams going through practice, it shows that New Era and MLB are finding new ways to market their products.

I don’t even know why a postseason patch would be applied to an article of the uniform that won’t be used during the game. But I suppose if anyone sees these before the game, that will embed in their minds to get one. After all, applying a patch to anything makes it a new product, right?

Last year, MLB added the postseason patch to caps for the first time ever. This year, they’re adding postseason patches to the jerseys. What’s next? Postseason patches to the batting helmets? Wait, maybe they’re already doing that. Either way, their new marketing ploy is here and I bet someone will buy it. It’s not really new, but it’s different enough where you might think about getting it.

Bud Selig to retire as MLB’s commissioner in 2015

When I found out the news, I did a little dance. This is what I have been waiting for.

This isn’t to say that I don’t like Bud Selig. I think he was a decent commissioner, but wasn’t anything worth praising. He gave us Interleague Play, which I think was nice and his expansion of the playoffs is starting to grow on me. However, as an Oakland A’s fan, his departure is welcomed.

After his “blue ribbon” committee to solve the Athletics’ stadium situation continues to go nowhere, and his recent comments on calling the Coliseum a “pit,” seeing him leave is perfect. His indecision about the A’s has hurt the potential revenue and well-being of the team. The fear of rejection it seems is the reason why he has procrastinated on it.

But with his departure in 2015, that could mean one of two things for the A’s: Either Selig finally makes a decision before his tenure is up or whomever comes in as the new commissioner will have to deal with it. And if it’s the latter, I hope that new commissioner gives the A’s some help.

Until then, we’ll just wait and see if he gives the A’s an clarity on the direction of their future.

Bud Selig is retiring in 2015.