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Ballbug Tracks Baseball’s Happenings Real-time

Ballbug - Tracking the MLB buzz real-time!I am a pretty heavy blogger therefore I have been using a news aggregator called memeorandum for quite sometime, to stay connected with the top stories of the day. Memeorandum recenlty has grown to offer Ballbug, which tracks the latest baseball happenings. Check out this post on Somewhat Frank to find out more.



MLB ’06 The Show: Is Like You Are There

MLB '06 The Show - Playstation video game looks pretty sweet!MLB 2006: The Show, the latest baseball video game, has caught my attention with some humor and realistic graphics in two different TV commercial campaigns.

The first TV campaign mirrors that of a scene from the movie Bull Durham, giving tidbits to his teammates of what it is like in “The Show.” Clever and definitely laughable!

The second campaign shows all of the super graphics the game produces. Basically, the game looks almost like real life. It is pretty scary how well the graphical players mirror real Major League players. It is darn close to watching a MLB game on TV.

Baseball Simulator 1.000 - Quite possibly the best baseball video game ever!If I played video games, I would definitely give MLB ’06 The Show a try. It looks pretty sweet in comparison to my recollection of playing Baseball Simulator 1.000 back in 1989.



Are The Chicago Cubs For Sale?

Are the Chicago Cubs For Sale?The Tribune Company owns the Chicago Cubs and has acknowledged the speculation that has swirled for months about the Cubs potentially being for sale. Gary Weitman, a Tribune spokesman was quoted recently (March 18, 2006) in a Chicago Tribune report saying:

“The Cubs are not for sale.”

However, I have found some contradictory opinions in these posts on CubsNet.com and 1060west.



Does Clemens Dream Of Being A Texas Ranger?

Roger Clemens paid the complex a “nonchalant” visit today. Is the Rocket looking to play for a new team, the Texas Rangers? According to an ESPN.com report Clemens’ has family and friends in the area and was quoted as saying:

“We’ll see what happens. Whatever, I plan to be around Arlington a lot in the future.”

Now that quote could be taken out of context since Roger could just be planning to visit his friends and family “a lot in the future”. Though, the Rangers’ rotation which currently consists of Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton, Vicente Padilla, Kameron Loe, and Juan Dominguez would be a lot better with Roger Clemens. Not to mention, I could see Roger ending his career as a Texas Ranger since it mimics the conclusion of Nolan Ryan’s career and just seems like the way to end a Hall of Fame career for a Texas born star.



WSJ Examines Baseball’s Increasing Season Ticket Prices

writer Russell Adams recently examined baseball’s season ticket holders and the price of loyalty these days in baseball. The article gave some interesting insight both the latest increases in baseball prices and also into some of the perks that Major League Baseball organizations are turning to. The image below was included in the WSJ article and depicts some of the most interesting points (click to see the full size image).

WSJ Baseball Season Ticket Chart

As a Chicago Cubs season ticket holder with the night and weekend package I have seen the price gradually climb the last four seasons while the team had one solid year and were sub par the rest of the time. Does this make any sense?



Wood Is Splintering and Should Be The Closer

Kerry Wood's body is aging and falling apart., Chicago Cubs pitcher, appears to be falling apart. Wood has been rehabbing his shoulder which was repaired during the off-season and now it appears has hit a roadblock. Kerry Wood now has a medial meniscus tear that is putting him back on the operating table. The Chicago Cubs organization is calling the surgery ‘minor’ however, I beg to differ.

Since May of last year a family member of mine has been recovering from not one but two similar knee surgeries. The first surgery did not go as well as planned therefore a second was needed to fix the exact same injury Kerry sustained. These surgeries were both said to be ‘minor’ and have proved differently. last season also had a slow recovery after knee surgery. Therefore, I would be surprised to see Wood back on the mound before the All-Star break. Once Wood can return to throwing he will still need to fully rehab his shoulder which was what shut him down last year. This is becoming all too routine for Kerry Wood, the organization and Cubs fans.

So what do you do with a pitcher that is so fragile to pitch without worrying about injury? I say you put him in the bullpen. Kerry Wood should be the Cubs bullpen closer. Kerry Wood’s body is crumbling and cannot sustain pitching 200 plus innings a season. It is time for the organization to finally admit it and stop clinging to dreams of “1998 Kerry Wood potential.”

I wish Kerry the best on his surgery and a quick recovery. Upon Kerry’s return, I hope the organization finally realizes that he is not the type of pitcher that can shoulder being a starting pitcher and the workhorse of the Cubs staff. If you are looking for a workhorse turn to . Once Kerry and the Cubs realize this, they will be better off.

For additional perspective on the Cub and the Kerry Wood knee situation check out these posts on Baseball Musings, MLB Trade Rumors and GoatRiders.org.



Ken Williams and Sox Should Thank Frank Thomas

Ken Williams should be thanking Frank Thomas NOT bad mouthing him!I recently wrote a post about how I felt Frank Thomas was shafted by the Chicago White Sox. Ironically, I just heard an interview with Ken Williams attacking Frank Thomas for the way Thomas has been talking to the media about the way the White Sox handled his departure. If did not want Thomas to be a part of the Sox then, as GM of the White Sox, he should have traded Big Frank years ago. Instead he ranted about by saying:

“He’s an idiot, he’s selfish … He’d better stay out of White Sox business.”

I could not believe Ken Williams’ classless rant. This is the same Ken Williams that used Frank Thomas for years to draw fans to Sox games when they could not sell enough tickets to fill a shoebox high school gym. With the Sox winning big last season, Ken Williams has a chip on his shoulder and no longer has a use for the veteran, future Hall Famer, thus discarded him like garbage. Ken Williams and the should really be thanking Frank Thomas for all the rough years that the two-time MVP endured – regardless of what Frank Thomas has to say to the media.