Archive for May, 2012

Revisiting The Melky Trade

Over the hills and far away there’s a Kansas City Royals fan in a Jonathan Sanchez jersey sobbing. And he/she has every right to be for their team was robbed.

Fresh off a typical 71-91 season last year, the Royals were ripe with young offensive prospects but virtually no starting pitching depth. After trading 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, the Royals were desperate to make a move for a talented starter. Heck, their best hurler last season was Luke Hochevar who rocked a 4.68 ERA. Yikes.

Stepping back, there were five players in all of Major League Baseball to hit for 200+ hits in 2011. One of those studs happened to be Melky Astacio Cabrera. The best part? Nobody saw it coming. Alas, the Royals have a trade piece.

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The Best Story Going on in Sports Right Now

Everybody loves an underdog story, unless you’re a Dodgers fan. Thankfully I’m not, and I assume you’re not either. So please allow me share with you the Rolls Royce of underdog stories. You’d be surprised to hear that this anecdote is not only one of the best stories going on in sports right now but also has Bay Area roots. In fact, it all started just down the street from where I grew up in Redwood City…

Back in 1997, a freshman standing just 4’8’’ and weighing 70 pounds enrolled into Saint Francis High School (Mountain View, CA) in hopes of making the baseball team. By his senior year, this Ecksteinian young man was still only 5’5’’ but beefed up to 140 pounds. Saint Francis, always a high school baseball powerhouse, penciled the switch-hitting senior outfielder into the very bottom of the order (9th). He would finish his high school career with 1 HR and no athletic scholarships to college. You think the story ends here? Heck no.

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Making Sense of the 49ers’ Draft

With the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select, Rashaun Woods, I mean, A.J. Jenkins. Wide Receiver, Illinois.

You’ll have to forgive me for not posting sooner regarding the 2012 NFL Draft. I was in Santa Barbara for Alumni Weekend and let’s just say there were some non-curricular activities.†

The only thing harder than guesstimating who teams will draft is grading the players drafted and analyzing how said draft picks will contribute to their new team. That is really difficult. But you know what, let’s give it a shot with the 49ers.

†Notable alumni: Jim Rome, Barry Zito, Chris Speier, Michael Young, Ryan Spilborghs, Skip Schumaker, Johnny Tsunami, Michael Douglas, Brian Shaw, Josh Elliott, Jason Lezak & Gwyneth Paltrow.

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