Baseball I Love 4-1-11

What is great about baseball is the word “hope.” We all live in hopes, and baseball is played practically every day, so unlike football we don’t have to wait a week. In baseball, on any given day, one’s pitcher can beat the 1927 Yanks. By the way they even lost 44 games. So it’s a long struggle of attrition. One can enjoy a well-played game, and an exciting season, even though it may not result in a championship. This idea that winning the World Series is everything is down right flummery. It takes years to build the right combination of players, and if management can keep them together, a city may just have a contender for years. As for the Mets, as bad as they have been throughout the years, they have been a late inning team. With decent pitching they have made a lot of late inning rallies exciting. But, it is a long season with injuries, slumps and sometimes just bad luck. But it is much more exciting to see the Mets make a decent run. Personally I don’t think they have the horses, and their starting pitching is still quite vulnerable. The Phillies could run away and hide, and don’t count out the Braves.

Unfortunately, baseball, which I love, is living up to its age-old criticisms. There is not enough action. There are too many strike outs, too many homeruns by mediocrities, too much reliance on the pitch count, no more 1-0 complete game shut outs, and too much money concentrated in too few hands. Baseball needs local revenue sharing, and contraction. In fact, as bad as the game is, it is too sophisticated for many fans. There are not enough plays on the field. The Yankees became successful by waiting on pitches, wearing out staffs and getting to below-average bullpens. By the way they are on the decline. Too bad Tampa couldn’t keep its players. The Yanks, with this current line-up could be in 3rd place easily. I look for a mediocre season from ARod, the most overrated player in history, Jeter, who got what he wanted, will not be better. He won’t be around for the option year. He was terrible last year. He grounds out more than Dave (W)infield. Whether Jorge can affectively DH is a question mark. I hope he can! Mariano will run out of gas in August, Joba should be cut! Burnett will be the same or worse. Hughes is a questionable commodity and CC may need the extra weight.

The only saving grace is that their competition is still weak around the league, and the Mets may be worse for another season. At least the Meds finally put an excellent management team together, and got rid of that idiot Omar in their front office. By the way, I believe Cliff Lee would have been a bust for the Yanks. They were crazy with their offer. This guy’s career stats were really no-wheresville and the pressure would have gotten to him. When will baseball learn? Never until half the teams are broke!

Speaking of Baseball!

The Yanks are on their way to another under-achievement year, with the uninspired guidance of Joe Girardi, who should have been eased out after last year. Take my word, as a diehard Yankee fan for 60 years, he will be gone next year if they come in 3rd.

He expects his bullpen to get up every day and throw aspirins and get them over the plate. He pissed away CC’s efforts, and he’s playing by Soriano’s idiotic contract. Let CC throw, he had only thrown 104 pitches. He’s a big and strong fellow. As to the Yanks, they can only hit homeruns early, have no ability to get a clutch hit, or put a team away. In fact, with all that talent on the field, they stink. Jeter will get 3000 hits, finish out this season and the next, and that will be that. He’s over the hill and I love the guy. The thought that this guy will get 3500+ hits is a pipe dream. My guess is 3260 hits at the most. He needs 70+ now and he’ll get maybe 170 if he bats enough this year and next year, he’ll finish with 160 hits or so. The opposition should bring in an outfielder to play just behind 2nd and the other two outfielders to crowd the middle and right field. He cannot get the ball out of the infield and that inside out swing is too slow. My suggestion is that like a lot of older players, he learns to pull the ball. He’s a big and rangy and maybe he’ll develop a bit more power by pulling.

As to ARod he is, and was, a stiff and cannot get a clutch two-out hit. He’ll lead off the inning with a hit or get a homerun when they are up 4 runs or behind by 4 or 5. I see a year with decent numbers, but few game winners or important hits.

Hughes has lost his fastball and Nova can pitch 4-5 innings as long as men don’t get on the bases. I am happy with Jorge’s and Teixeira’s fast starts. Martin is a pleasant surprise, but he will revert to form. Jorge may get bored at DH, Gardener must strikeout less, and Granderson needs also to get his bat on the ball. Cano seems to be sleep-walking early and I am amazed with all this talent, they continue to play boring and uninspired ball.

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A lifelong New Yorker, who now lives full-time in Palm Beach County, Richard was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and he was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools He graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History. After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., he joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business, Richard entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and is a Registered Representative, who has been associated with Acorn Financial Services which is affiliated with John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston, Ma. Today, he is a retired broker who had specialized in long-term care insurance and financial planning. One of Richard’s recent activities was to advise and encourage communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning. After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. In recent years, Richard served in 2005 as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and he again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. Over the next few years, he advised a number of political candidates. He has served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program.” He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006 Richard was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. Richard has given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. He also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. Richard serves on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. In 2007, he proposed to the City of Mount Vernon an effort to develop an arts, educational, and cultural center as part of a downtown re-development effort. Richard was a team partner with the Infrastructure & Energy Solutions Group. IEFG which has developed innovative strategies for the 21st Century. Richard hosted a weekly program on WVOX-1460 AM radio, called “The Advocates,” which was concerned with “public policy” issues. The show, which was aired from 2007 until May 15, 2013, has had amongst its guests; Representative Charles Rangel, Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, along with hundreds of others. All the 300 shows are archived at Richard currently gives lectures on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR and the Jewish Community, The New Deal, FDR and Douglas MacArthur, 20th Century American Foreign Policy Resulting in Conflict, and Israel’s Right to Exist. Richard lives in Boynton Beach, Fl, with his wife Linda of 44 years. They have two married children. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University, and is the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University and a senior software architect at NY/Mellon Bank in NYC. Richard J. 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Valhalla, November, 2007 Hebrew Institute. White Plains, November, 2007 Art Zuckerman Radio Show- January, 2008 JCC of the Hudson, Tarrytown, February, 2008 Matt O’Shaughnessy Radio Show, March, 2008 WVOX –Election Night Coverage, November, 2008 WVOX – Inaugural Coverage, January 20, 2009 The Advocates-host of the WVOX Radio Show, 2007- 2010 Rotary Club of Pleasantville, February, 2009 Hebrew Institute of White Plains, May, 2009 JCC Hudson, Tarrytown, December, 2009-10-11-12 Brandeis Club, Yonkers, March 25, 2010

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