Radio Joe's Sports Blog Stew of Stuff (if that makes any sense)
by Radio Joe,posted Aug 29 2012 2:05PM
These are some topics on my mind as of late. When I’m not focusing on one specific argument/issue, I think I’ll do more of these type blogs down the road.
Why does the trade waiver deadline seem bigger than ever before?
Is it me or is the MLB August 31st waiver deadline more active than of recent years? Just look at the blockbuster that went down several days ago between the Red Sox and Dodgers! (By the way, I know it’s early, but the Dodgers are 1-3 since Adrian Gonzalez entered the Dodgers’ lineup). Teams want impact players. I guess that's how you're suppose to win a World Series these days. There are a myriad of players that have already been thrown on trade waivers; some have already cleared…I’m amazed by all the household names on this trade waiver list. Let’s see how many of them find new homes, though, in the next couple of days.
SP Shaun Marcum
SP Roy Oswalt
C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
SP Jon Lester
SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
SP Kevin Millwood
SP Jacob Vargas
And according to the New York Post, SS Alex Rodriguez has a chance of being put on waivers!
Apparently the Dodgers have interest in just about every one of these players. If the Dodgers were to land another top tier name, I would expect them to win the World Series. Otherwise, their season will be a failure. Magic Johnson apparently wants to win now…and so does GM Ned Colletti. Have people forgotten the Dodgers came out of bankruptcy only a few months ago? Obviously, the change in ownership makes a difference in healing that wound, but to rebound from that and spend this much money in so little time? According to the Wall Street Journal, the Dodgers payroll has nearly doubled from $95 million to $178 million this season. About $145 million of that payroll is divided amongst nine players! If you ask me, those figures are mind-blowing.
As for Shaun Marcum, if he does clear waivers, I’m curious to see what kind of value the Brewers can get in return. It won’t be the type of package we got for Zack Greinke. Marcum’s elbow injury almost destroyed his value. Luckily, you can’t deny a 5-4 record with a 3.19 ERA this season. If Marcum can bounce back from Tommy John, he sure as hell can bounce back from elbow tightness. That logic could give aid to his value.
My Captain’s picks in the Ryder Cup
Miggs in Shorewood tweeted me a question the other day – “If you were the USA Captain for the Ryder Cup Team, who would be your four Captain’s picks?”
The U.S. has quite an arsenal of young talent these days in golf. The Europeans have been dominant for so long in golf, but the Americans are turning a corner in the sport. While the U.S. won in 2008 and fell just short of a victory in 2010, I like their chances of winning this year at Medinah.
Here are my four picks.
Sleeper: Bo Van Pelt
Furyk and Stricker continue to have solid seasons on Tour. They also bring significant experience to Team USA. Although Dustin Johnson has had quite a see-saw season this year, you can never go wrong with him. He is by far one of the more talented young-guns out there. As for Bo Van Pelt, although he hasn’t won much in his career (his first win came at the final U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee), he’s consistently finding himself in the Top 10 on leaderboards. It’s only a matter of time before that guy gets on a hot streak. He will give all of his European competitors a run for their money out on the course.
Hunter Mahan would be a nice pick as well, but he’s struggled in the last month and a half. To be fair, he’s won twice earlier this season on the PGA Tour. If he can catch fire in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he deserves a spot.
It’s back, BABY!!! European Soccer is back in solid form. I can’t wait to see how things will shape between now and May. The two leagues I’ll be following the most include the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga.
In the English Premier League, it’s going to be battle between several of the most obvious clubs in England. Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham will be making a run at the title this season. I’m not sure what to make of Fulham and Liverpool at this point. If Clint Dempsey moves from Fulham to Liverpool, then you can throw Liverpool into the mix of competitors. Swansea City is off to a fast start, but I’m not sure how much that run will last. Southampton is one of three newcomers to the Premier League this season. Although they’ve lost their first two matches, they strike me as an intriguing team maybe later this season. The two giant clubs to focus attention towards, though, are Manchester United and Manchester City. They are the favorites in England this year (no surprise).
The signing of striker Robin Van Persie to ManU has set the tone for the rest of the league. ManU is looking for revenge against Man City. Down the road this season, you could make an argument that this could become a bigger rivalry than Real Madrid and Barcelona. The talent on both sides is overly impressive. Then again, Real Madrid and Barcelona could beat ManU and Man City any day of the week.
Speaking of which, Real Madrid and Barcelona square off this afternoon in the Spanish Super Cup. I will be watching that. I’m a devout Barca fan, and I’m going back to that fame city in January. Skeptical about new head coach Tito Vilanova, I believe Barca may not be the same team after losing head coach Pep Guardiola. I do find it bizarre, though, that Pep has yet to land a coaching job in Europe.
What if Derek Fisher was a Milwaukee Buck? We need a guard. He has phenomenal veteran leadership. Is there a leader in the Bucks locker room? He might be old, but he can still make shots. Jerry Stackhouse and Kurt Thomas were pivotal leaders/shot-makers for the 2009-2010 team. I’m just saying…