Ballpark Frank


Griffey, Clemens Rock As USA Team Rolls In The WBC
March 10, 2006, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Sports, USA Baseball, World Baseball Classic

A young Ken Griffey Jr. takes a swing in Seattle. hit two homeruns and drove in seven runs while struck out six in 4 and 2/3 innings today (March 10, 2006) as the USA team beat up on South Africa 17-0. You would have thought it was 1995 again the way these two players looked in the prime of their Major League glory days. I’d love to see Junior return to form this season after years of injuries in Cincy. I would love to see Rocket back for one more season too. He is definitely still capable for dominating a game from the mound.



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.



USA Baseball Team Upset By Canada In WBC
March 8, 2006, 11:47 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Sports, USA Baseball, World Baseball Classic

WBC USA Team Stands Around As Rocket Clemens talksI just read on Baseball Musings about the fate of the USA baseball team today (March 8, 2006) versus Canada. I was surprised that team USA lost but I guess I should not be because in baseball David can defeat Goliath on any day. That is why they play the games.

Team USA had better buckle down since with another loss they could be left standing around.



Book ‘Game of Shadows’ Casts Barry Bonds As Steroid User
March 7, 2006, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, book, Major League Baseball, MLB, Sports

Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroid Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

, a new book by and , was has been pre-released to the media today (March 7, 2006) rocking the baseball world with detailed accounts of steroid use by slugger Barry Bonds. The book is said to be based on more than a thousand pages of documents and interviews with more than 200 people, specifies the steroids and administration of by Greg Anderson and Victor Conte to prior to the 1999 season and beyond. According to the book excerpts posted on ESPN.com:

“By 2001, the authors allege, he was using two designer steroids referred to as the Cream and the Clear, as well as insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate (a fast-acting steroid known as Mexican beans) and trenbolone, a steroid created to improve the muscle quality of cattle. That’s the same year Bonds broke McGwire’s single-season home run record (70) by belting 73.”

According to a report out of Scottsdale, Arizona today Barry Bonds responded to the new book by saying:

“I won’t even look at it. For what? There’s no need to.”

The reports in the new book do not really surprise me. It does sadden me though since Barry Bonds does not need to take steroids to be a success. It is pretty obvious to me though that Bonds was doing something different starting in 1999. Barry Bonds came up with a similar slender build to Darryl Strawberry and in 1999 his neck was bigger than most NFL players! It just is not normal for a human being to make aggressive body changes around the age of forty, a time when the body should be slowing down.

To read the book for yourself you can pre-order it by clicking here.



Baseball Loses Kirby Puckett
March 6, 2006, 10:56 pm
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Cooperstown, Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, MLB, Sports

Kirby Puckett will be remembered forever for his leadership and infectious smile.
Kirby Puckett passed away today (March 6, 2006) as a result of stroke he suffered yesterday in Arizona at the young age of 45 years old. I followed Kirby throughout his career. Kirby was many times the shortest player on the field at only 5′ 8″ but was a testament for hard work and determination. The simple addition of a leg-lift trigger to his batting stance helped to transfer his weight adding pop to his swing which ultimately launched Puck to stardom. I looked up to Kirby Puckett and even played a few games on the field at Triton College in Illinois where he played college baseball.

Minnesota adored and he did not let them down. Kirby captivated baseball in 1987 and 1991 as he took over several playoff games to lead his small market team to two World Series championships. I am not even going to dissect his stats – they are superb. Kirby was a first ballot Hall of Famer and I am saddened to hear of Kirby’s death today. The world will miss Kirby Puckett’s leadership and infectious smile.



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?



Watching the World Baseball Classic on TV?
March 5, 2006, 12:03 am
Filed under: Ballpark Frank, baseball, Sports, World Baseball Classic

Watching the WBC on TV.The World Baseball Classic has already started and I have been reading the updates but I have yet to see an actual game. I am looking forward to the first USA game on Tuesday (March 7, 2006). Here is the information:

4 p.m. Mexico vs. United States (Phoenix, Ariz.) ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

I am also looking to watch some of the other games so I tracked down the full World Baseball Classic TV schedule that was posted on the Baseball America web site.