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TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips answers several questions each week. Gregory Polanco Jersey . This weeks topics include the Colby Rasmus-Colby Lewis bunting controversy, Yu Darvish suggesting a six-man rotation and the difficulties faced by the Colorado Rockies. 1. On Saturdays game against the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus laid down a bunt in the fifth inning with nobody on base with two outs and the Jays up 2-0.  The shift was on and Rasmus got a base hit.  The Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis took offence with the play after the game.  Did Rasmus break an unwritten rule, or was Lewis simply complaining after a loss? Bunting for a base hit with two outs in an inning and no one on base is not good baseball.  In that situation, the batter should go to the plate with the intention of getting a pitch he can drive to the gap for extra bases.  That means that it would only take a single to score him.  When a hitter bunts for a single, it means that it will take two singles to score him from first base.  The only time that it is acceptable to bunt for a hit with two outs and no one on is if the man bunting has the kind of speed and ability to steal second base even when everyone knows he is going to try.  Rasmuss bunt for a hit was bad baseball.  Even with a shift on and the fact that they just about gave him first base on a bunt, it isnt a good play.  He certainly doesnt have the kind of base-stealing ability to justify it.  So Colby Lewis was right about his evaluation of the play.  It was either very selfish of Rasmus or it showed a lack of baseball knowledge.  Take your pick.  Neither is flattering.  What I dont understand is why Lewis voiced disgust over the play.  Since it was bad baseball by Rasmus, he was doing Lewis a favor.  Lewis should thank Rasmus rather than criticize him.  Lewis just sounds like a pitcher who has a 6.23 ERA and has given up 139 hits in 95 innings leading to a .345 opponents average.  Quite honestly, what Lewis did is worse that than what Rasmus did and what Rasmus did is bad.  I guess I would rather be ignorant than whiny. 2. Texas Rangers ace pitcher Yu Darvish told the Japanese media that he believed that if MLB teams switched to a six-man rotation that teams could reduce injuries to pitchers.  What do you think the ideal numbers in a starting rotation are? How ironic is it that a Texas Rangers pitcher made the suggestion of going to a six-man rotation?  Former team president and Hall of Fame pitcher, Nolan Ryan, is just a year removed from the franchise.  It was Ryan who had suggested that the Rangers pitchers needed to work harder.  He thought that the organization needed to demand more from its pitchers.  He wanted guys to be like him when he played.  What Ryan didnt recognize is that he was a freak of nature.  Others cant do what he did. Ryan wanted to do away with pitch counts.  He thinks that todays pitchers are pampered and overprotected.  Pitchers arms break down from fatigue and/or poor mechanics. At one point this year, the Rangers have had eight pitchers on the disabled list and five of them have had elbow injuries, four of whom had Tommy John surgery.  Nolan Ryan is no longer with the Rangers organization, but he has left a mark for sure.  Darvishs recommendation of moving to a six-man rotation to protect the health of the pitchers is an understandable suggestion.  In Japan, teams typically play six games per week and starters make one start per week.  It certainly has worked for him.  One of the major adjustments for Japanese pitchers coming to the States is their ability to handle the workload.  Masahiro Tanaka got off to a great start with the Yankees, but unfortunately he couldnt handle the rigors of a five-man rotation and tore his ulna collateral ligament in his elbow.  I think a five-man rotation is sufficient.  A six-man rotation would mean that there would be one fewer position player or reliever on the roster.  This would tie the hands of the manager far too much to be functional.  Adding a sixth starter would also drive payrolls higher, as starters make more money than relievers and utility bench players.  The next suggestion will be to expand the rosters, adding three players.  The MLBPA would support the addition of major league jobs, but owners would reject it as it would drive payroll budgets even higher.  The answer isnt to add another starter - it is to better manage the innings of the five in the rotation.  Managers need to trust their middle relievers to soak up innings.  They need to make fewer pitching changes and trust that a pitcher who has one solid inning of work can keep pitching for a second inning.  3. The Colorado Rockies are poised to miss the playoffs yet again and now there are rumblings that their two star players – who are both under long-term deals – Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are open to being moved.  If you ran the Rockies, how would you try to the turn this franchise around? The Rockies have the toughest path to long-term winning because of playing in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains.  Coors Field is a hitters dream come true and a pitchers nightmare.  It is also so dramatically different than playing on the road that it almost feels like a different sport.  Hitters stats drop significantly almost across the board away from Coors Filed.  At home, pitchers have to cope with the reality that they are going to give up more hits and home runs and it is okay.  Baseball is a mental game.  The mind can play tricks on players.  The roller coaster of emotions takes a toll to the point that players dont know which direction they are going.  It takes a special breed to play in Colorado. The Rockies have been able to configure winning teams here and there, but the inability to sustain success will forever be a trademark of this franchise.  There swing of the emotional pendulum at home and on the road is so tiring that it will be nearly impossible to consistently win.   The key to winning in Colorado is to have strike-throwing, ground-ball pitchers.  It is also critical to have a solid defence.  The idea is to not give the opposition free passes on the bases or extra outs in a game.  Because every at-bat can be an extra-base hit at Coors Field, runners are in scoring position when they are on first base.  It is critical to make the opposition earn every base runner and run that they get.  Offensively, contact hitters are critical because, every time a hitter makes contact, they have a chance to do something impactful. I would not trade Tulowitzki or Gonzalez. As soon as the Rockies get more competitive, they are going to wish they had them.  They are both extraordinary defensive players and impactful offensive studs.  A trade is not the answer.  Their best chance to win in Colorado is to stockpile pitchers and hope to catch lightning in a bottle with a couple of them.  They need to have at least 20 major league-ready pitchers every year because of the mental toll of pitching at Coors Field.  They need a full-time sports psychologist to aid in keeping the pitchers sane.  Ballplayers like stats.  Pitchers hate to give up runs.  They try to miss bats when they give up hits and runs.  Rockies pitchers need to understand that giving up five runs over six innings may be a successful result, despite what the stats may say.   The key for the Rockies will be to keep their successful pitchers.  If a guy shows he can handle the stress of performing at Coors Field, they need to secure him for the long term.  The Rockies are fighting an uphill battle because of the nature of their stadium. That isnt going to change.  So they need to change the thinking of their players as to what is success. They will win again at some point, but I think it will be very difficult to win year after year. -- This weekend is the induction ceremony for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. It is a big year for the Hall.  Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, three of the games best managers ever, are being enshrined.  So too are Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas.  It will certainly be a weekend to remember.  Bryant Gumbel from HBOs Real Sports made a really good point this week about the contradiction that exists in Cooperstown, particulary around Tony LaRussas induction. Gumbel said, “La Russa is being honored for guiding teams he managed to 2,728 wins — a total that ranks third in baseball history. But heres the rub — about 43 percent of all of those wins were recorded when La Russa was managing Mark McGwire and winning because of his prodigious power. Thats the same Mark McGwire who has been denied inclusion in the Hall because voters believe that prodigious power owed a great deal to steroids. By what logic can the guardians of the Hall vilify McGwire for his pharmaceutically assisted feats — yet glorify La Russa, who benefitted most from those same feats — and who, by the way, conveniently played dumb while his slugger morphed into the Incredible Hulk?" Now the same could be said about Joe Torre, too.  He had multiple players tied to PEDs over the years.   I would add that Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox won a ton of games over the years with some PED-users on their teams, too.   Isnt there some amount of shame for all of this years inductees?  Now, you can make the argument that all of this years inductees had to overcome cheaters to earn their success, as well.  The reality is that all of them, in some way, were impacted by steroid-users, one way or another.  So why discriminate?  The Hall of Fame is a museum that documents the history of the game.  In every era of baseball, performance was enhanced in one way or another.  Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, two iconic Yankees never faced the best African American players of their time.  Didnt that enhance their performance?  Isnt there some shame in the segregation and discrimination that existed in that era? The mound was lowered in the early 70s to increase offence. Didnt that enhance performance? In the 70s, baseball introduced the designated hitter. Doesnt that mean that, every season prior to that, a pitchers performance was enhanced as they didnt have to face line-ups of the same strength?  I could go on and on with examples which changes the balance of power in the game.  The Hall of Fame needs to induct all worthy players based upon their production.  They need to document the era by inclusion and then explanation, not by exclusion.  This weekend has a chance to be one of the best ever in Cooperstown, but it could be so much better.  Dave Parker Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. Sean Rodriguez Jersey .The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line.The Vancouver Canucks ended a lengthy losing streak in their first appearance after the Olympics. Theyll shoot for another positive result when they host the Minnesota Wild in tonights clash at Rogers Arena. The Canucks went into the NHLs Olympic break mired in an 0-7-0 slump, but halted that slide with Wednesdays 1-0 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues. It had been Vancouvers longest stretch of regulation losses since the 1998-99 season, but goaltender Eddie Lack helped snap the skid with a 20-save shutout performance. "Lack was outstanding," Vancouver head coach John Tortorella said of his rookie goaltender. "Key saves at key times. He calms this team down." Jannik Hansen provided the offense needed for Vancouvers recent win, scoring the games only goal late in the third period. After outshooting St. Louis 28-17 over the first 40 minutes, Vancouver finally broke the scoreless deadlock late in the third when Tom Sestito picked up the puck along the right midboards in his own zone and backhanded a beautiful outlet pass to Hansen. Hansen corralled the disc near the red line and split two defenders near the blue line before skating into the inner half of the right circle and rifling a wrister under the right arm of Jaroslav Halak to make it 1-0 at the 11:13 mark. The Canucks played Wednesdays game without forward Ryan Kesler, who is dealing with a bruised right hand. The American Olympian has been the subject of trade rumours ahead of next weeks deadline and returns to the lineup for tonights tilt. Despite the win on Wednesday, Vancouver was knocked out of a playoff position while idle on Thursday as Dallas moved into the eighth spot in the West with a win over Carolina. Bill Mazeroski Jersey. The Canucks are tied with Phoenix and one point back of the Stars. Lack will get another start tonight while Roberto Luongo sits this one out. Luongo won his second gold medal with Team Canada in Sochi after playing a backup role to Carey Price. Tonights test marks the final test for Vancouver before hosting Ottawa in Sundays outdoor battle at BC Place. The Wild posted a third straight win when they came back from the break to post Thursdays 3-0 victory in Edmonton. Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season to anchor the win. Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who will aim for their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 2-9. "I thought that our guys had a real good focus on defending tonight and doing it the right way," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. Kuemper is expected to get the start again tonight. Niklas Backstrom is dealing with an abdominal problem at the moment, but he was able to dress as the backup on Thursday. The Wild, who are seventh in the West and six points ahead of the Canucks, are completing a two-game road trip tonight. Minnesota is 11-14-5 as the away team this season. Minnesota beat the a visiting Canucks team 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 17, giving the Wild wins in three straight and four of the last six meetings in this series. Vancouver, however, has dominated the Wild in B.C. in recent seasons, winning 11 straight at Rogers Arena in this series before Minnesota halted that streak with a 3-1 win on March 18 of last season. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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