Tagged: Albert Pujols

Is He Really Done?

Is Andruw Jones really done? I think he is damn close if anything.

Andruw Jones I am one of those Braves fans that even when Andruw would strike out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th would stick up for him and mention how he makes a diving catch to save a run about every 4.3 games. Andruw was great in all but his last year with the Braves.

His spectacular defense would always make up for any mistake he made at the plate. And then that final year came. He continued to be a strikeout machine while his power numbers dwindled and his range in the outfield narrowed to the range of Johnny Damon’s arm.

His defense is not anywhere close to what it used to be and that is destroying his career. Well, his weight is destroying his career. What it really comes down to is that he gained 10 pounds and can barely get to the balls in the gaps anymore. Now when he strikes out no one can use the excuse “well, he will make a diving catch.” Cause he won’t make that diving catch. It really is a shame.

I have never seen a player physically implode the way Andruw has and it is in a way depressing. Now the Dodgers are trying desperately to get rid of him and bring in Manny Ramirez. You know you are doing bad when a team is trying to get rid of you to bring in the human wrecking ball. If Manny is happy the team is happy. If Manny is angry he will destroy everything around him. But let’s not forget that L.A. would be receiving the oh so graceful Ramirez to patrol left field.

Manny RamirezThere have been some rumors about the Braves being a possible fit for Andruw Jones. Before I say anything more about it I will let The Office say it for me. We will let the office be the clubhouse, Toby be Andruw Jones, Jim be Bobby Cox, and(insert any other Braves player) be Michael.
 

Andruw JonesAndruw is arguably one of the greatest defensive outfielders to ever grace the diamond, but he is past his prime. I know he is only 31 but he obviously has no desire to play at the top level anymore. I was so happy when a few years ago he came in 2nd in the MVP race (even though he got screwed and the writers even said they gave it to Pujols because he came in second so many times to Bonds).

He looked like he finally turned the corner and was going to become a legitimate mega star. He let me and the Braves franchise down and I think he let himself down.

I hope the Braves don’t sign him because he will only take up space on the bench and not produce. He won’t be a great defensive player and he won’t be a clutch pinch hitter. All he will be is a waste of money. It hurts to say it but I think he needs to hang up the cleats and leave on the highest note possible. See ya Druw, good luck. I hope he can have the best life possible but I doubt it will involve baseball. Maybe he can come back and be a coach or manager. I hope everything works out for him.

Sincerely,

~Ben

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MVP

This week the National and American League Most Valuable Player Awards were released. The voters came through this year.

Albert Pujols won it for the National League while Dustin Pedroia won it for the American League. They both deserve it, hands down.

Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols is easily the best player in Major League Baseball right now. If you deny it then you are ignorant to his greatness. We are talking about someone who will go down as one of the greatest hitters of all time. This year he hit .357 while jacking 37 home runs. That is a ridiculous average while still being able to produce so many runs. He drove in 116 runs while scoring 100 on 187 hits. Guess how many strikeouts he had. 54. As opposed to 104 walks. With some simple mental math you can figure out that he walked almost 2 times for every strikeout. Albert Pujols is a pure hitter, not slugger, hitter. He can hit for contact and power at the same time while keeping up a tremendous average. Pujols deserves the MVP award hands down. A few years back I thought Andrew Jones should have won it, but I can’t complain. I would love to be able to say “I came in second in the MVP voting behind Albert Pujols.” Bow down, this guy is a freak.

I think I’ll also address everyone that says Ryan Howard should have won. Wrong, incorrect, negative, no. Ryan Howard is what I like to call a slugger.

Slugger\slug- ger, noun: someone who swings wildly at everything even remotely close to home plate and try’s to hit a home run everytime.

That is what Ryan Howard is. He try’s to hit a home run everytime he goes up and instead looks like a complete moron when someone throws a curve ball. I actually find his at bats quite humerus to be honest. Howard also has some comical defense at times.

Philly Phans can say that he lead them to the postseason and World Series and someone who wins the MVP should be in the postseason. Wrong again. Some of the greatest players ever played on terrible teams, why should that keep them from winning an award for individual excellence? It shouldn’t.

Dustin Pedroia on the other hand, did make it to the postseason. This kid is one heck of a talent. He plays the game with such a passion it is hard to not like him. He is one of the smallest guys in the game yet he makes his presence known to anyone and everyone near him. He is so small yet he hits the ball kinda like that Pujols guy I mentioned earlier. Dustin Pedroia is a damn good player.

Dustin PedroiaBig game players come up big in big situations. Albert Pujols and Dustin Pedroia are two big game players that come up big in big situations. You have to look long and hard to find another pair of guys you would rather have come to the plate in a big situation. Congrats on the hardware.