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My MLB All-Star teams (Voting ends tonight)
July 4, 2013 | Charles Henrickson

Posted on 07/04/2013 10:55:57 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson

Voting for All-Star starters ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

Here are my All-Star teams. 34 players on a team, at least 13 pitchers, every team must have a representative.

NATIONAL
C: MOLINA, Posey
1B: VOTTO, Goldschmidt, Craig
2B: CARPENTER, Scutaro, Phillips
SS: SEGURA, Cabrera, Desmond
3B: WRIGHT, Alvarez
OF: GONZALEZ, Brown, Harper
OF: GOMEZ, McCutcheon
OF: BELTRAN, Cuddyer, Bruce
P (13; 9 S, 4 R): HARVEY, Kershaw, Wainwright, Zimmermann, Lee, Corbin, Locke, Wood, Fernandez; Melancon, Mujica, Kimbrel, Grilli

DL: Tulowitzski

Honorable mention: 1B Freeman, OF Puig

AMERICAN
C: MAUER, Santana
1B: DAVIS, Fielder
2B: CANO, Pedroia, Kipnis
SS: PERALTA, Lowrie
3B: CABRERA, Longoria, Donaldson
OF: TROUT, McLouth
OF: JONES, Ellsbury
OF: BAUTISTA, Cruz
DH: ORTIZ, Encarnacion
P (14; 10 S, 4 R): SCHERZER, Iwakuma, Hernandez, Darvish, Colon, Sale, Santana, Kuroda, Masterson, Norris; Crain, Robertson, Nathan, Rivera

DL: Buchholz

Honorable mention: 2B Kendrick, 3B Machado


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KEYWORDS: allstargame; allstars; americaspastime; baseball; mlb
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In making my choices, I consider not only the current year but also the previous year(s).

Some tough choices (NL C, NL 2B), some weak positions (NL 3B reserve, AL OF), some strong positions (NL 1B, AL 2B, AL 3B). Oh, and as a "Carlos" myself, I like my All-Carlos NL outfield: CarGon, CarGo, and CarBel. Also, while Kershaw or Wainwright would be good choices also for NL SP, I give the edge to Harvey, because the Mets are hosting the game.

OK, fellow baseball fans, what are your choices?

1 posted on 07/04/2013 10:55:57 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Charles Henrickson

Good to see you have Jose Fernandez on the roster. Read his story sometime. It took him 3 tries to escape Fidel. When he finally got to Tampa he immediately insisted on taking 3 English courses each semester in HS.

In an otherwise season of misery (though they are looking better), he is a joy to watch for Marlins fans. For a 20 year old, his command is amazing.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 10:58:26 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: BluesDuke; ken5050

America’s Pastime ping.


3 posted on 07/04/2013 10:59:30 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

How about we have a position, most over paid verses performance. My nomination: A-Roid.


4 posted on 07/04/2013 11:00:45 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Charles Henrickson
American League starting lineup....THE BOSTON RED SOX!
5 posted on 07/04/2013 11:00:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: FlJoePa
Good to see you have Jose Fernandez on the roster.

Normally I don't pick rookies--too small of a sample size (thus Puig only gets an honorable mention from me). But I had to pick someone from the Marlins, and he's having the best year. (Stanton would typically be the obvious choice, but he's missed a lot of time this year, and his numbers are only so-so for his standards.)

I saw this Fernandez pitch against the Cardinals, and he's the real deal.

6 posted on 07/04/2013 11:03:07 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Mouton

Some big names, big contracts, perennial All-Stars, not playing at All-Star levels this year: Pujols, Hamilton, Holliday, Verlander, Sabathia, Cain. . . .


7 posted on 07/04/2013 11:08:02 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Phillips will start at 2nd base for the national league.


8 posted on 07/04/2013 11:08:16 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: Charles Henrickson
Iwakuma, Hernandez

I live in the Seattle area, so I am glad to see these two on your roster. I think if there was a category for AL Top Two Pitchers in a Rotation on one of the Worst Teams in Baseball --- they would win hands down.

9 posted on 07/04/2013 11:09:50 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Charles Henrickson
Did you see that Papelbon doesn't think that Puig should make the team
10 posted on 07/04/2013 11:12:12 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: barmag25
Phillips will start at 2nd base for the national league.

And he would be a good choice. NL 2B is strong this year. Phillips obviously gets the most career points, and he's the best defensively. His average is down, but his RBIs are up.

Matt Carpenter is raking this year. And he's doing surprisingly well at 2B. Scutaro is no slouch either, of course, and he came up big for the Giants last fall.

11 posted on 07/04/2013 11:12:51 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I’m a Tiger fan, looks like you got my picks already.

Anybody see Torii Hunter last night? Everybody gets angry sometimes but Hunter is about the last guy you expect to see heading for the pitchers mound.


12 posted on 07/04/2013 11:17:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ken5050
Did you see that Papelbon doesn't think that Puig should make the team?

Yes, I did. And I agree with him, sorta. I almost never pick a rookie for an All-Star team. Three months--or in Puig's case, two months--does not an All-Star make.

But Puig is SO hot, off to an incredible start, that it makes it tempting to put him on the team.

BTW, do you know who's doing almost as well this year as Puig, in terms of BA and OPS, for almost the same amount of PAs? Puig's teammate, Hanley Ramirez. But nobody's talking about him.

13 posted on 07/04/2013 11:18:11 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: cripplecreek

Torii Hunter came close to making my team as a reserve outfielder. I went with Nate McLouth instead. Which should tell you how weak the AL outfield is this year.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 11:19:48 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson
I watched Puig since June 3 and no one has put excitement in the game like he has, not only at bat but on defense and the base paths.
15 posted on 07/04/2013 11:25:59 AM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: Gay State Conservative
American League starting lineup....THE BOSTON RED SOX!

I've got three BoSox on my team: DH Ortiz, 2B Pedroia (reserve), and OF Ellsbury (reserve). P Buchholz would be on my team, but he's injured.

16 posted on 07/04/2013 11:26:41 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson
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17 posted on 07/04/2013 11:27:20 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: LibertarianLiz

Imagine what King Felix’s career win total would be so far if he had been on good teams.


18 posted on 07/04/2013 11:29:56 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

of Parra of the D Backs


19 posted on 07/04/2013 11:31:07 AM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: advertising guy
of Parra of the D Backs

Close. He's one of my "just miss" guys. Very good player, both offensively and defensively. Would not be a disgrace if he makes the team as a reserve.

20 posted on 07/04/2013 11:32:45 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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the selection rules are a bit silly. A guy can come in 2nd place with 10% of the players’ vote and he is on the team. Even if the player behind him in 3rd place also makes the team due to one-player-each-team rule.

And why 2 Designated Hitters for AL? Elect one and let the manager decide during the game who pinch-hits for Ortiz.

Will they run out of pitchers if it goes 15 innings? that is still the drama.

How many guys from Missouri did CarlosHen select?


21 posted on 07/04/2013 11:33:11 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Gay State Conservative

National League starting line up, the Saint Louis Cardinals!!
This is our year to win it all for Stan The Man Musial!


22 posted on 07/04/2013 11:34:14 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Charles Henrickson

he’ll get his 2nd gold glove in his third full time year career this year 25 2 baggers.....301 avg....5 lead off homers this year

best of arm in the game


23 posted on 07/04/2013 11:38:52 AM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: campaignPete R-CT
And why 2 Designated Hitters for AL?

Not sure, but I think the rules state there has to be a second DH. I picked Encarnacion, whose stats are worthy, and he's been more DH than 1B or 3B this year, I think.

If it were up to me, of course, there would be no such thing as a DH. I'm a National League guy and an old-timey baseball purist.

How many guys from Missouri did CarlosHen select?

I, CarHen, a resident of Missouri, selected seven players (out of 68 total) from Missouri: one from Kansas City, Ervin Santana, and six from St. Louis: Molina, Carpenter, Beltran (starters), Craig (reserve), Wainwright and Mujica (pitchers). I do live in St. Louis, yes, but I also think these guys deserve to be on the team.

24 posted on 07/04/2013 11:42:48 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: chae
This is our year to win it all for Stan The Man Musial!

One of my favorite memories of my Dad...1961 All Star Game,Fenway Park.I was a young kid; we had box seats,first base side.Hot summer day (that turned ugly,resulting in the game being called at 1-1).The Red Sox had a rookie pitching sensation named Don Schwall who made the team.Musial comes up against Schwall...count 3-0.Then he starts fouling off pitch after pitch,it seemed to be about a dozen.My Dad leans over to me and says...and I remember his *exact* words.."you watch,Musial's just toying with this kid".Next pitch,Schwall strikes him out.Fenway went wild! And my Dad was no longer infallible!

25 posted on 07/04/2013 11:45:54 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
I have thought about it many times. His stats would also be even better than they are if he were on a better team. He constantly throws terrific games; and, then the team behind him just sucks at the plate, he gets a loss or no-decision. Not his fault.

I have been watching the Mariners play ball for decades now and there is one thing that stands out, among all the things wrong with the team. And, that is: No matter who is on the team; no matter who is the field Manager; no matter who is the General Manager; no matter who owns the team --- they simply cannot move a runner in scoring position across the plate. I don't know what it is about this team. I have, in my frustration, decided that as soon as a player's name is stiched on the back of a Mariner's jersey, they lose the ability to bring someone across homeplate who is in scoring position.

That is only one, of the many things, that is aggravating about being a Seattle Mariners fan.

26 posted on 07/04/2013 11:48:52 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: LibertarianLiz
they simply cannot move a runner in scoring position across the plate.

Call them the Seattle Marooners.

27 posted on 07/04/2013 11:55:48 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

you are correct that the player who finishes 2nd place to Ortiz in the player voting becomes the 2nd DH and automatic spot.

Silly, because half the AL teams do not have a full-time DH ... they rotate players based on opposing pitcher matchups, etc. Otherwise, the manager could use Kendrick as the DH or Kipnis or matchup vs. the pitcher game situation.

Encarnacion will be allowed to play the field if that is what the manager decides.

JOE TORRE will not be managing this year’s game, so maybe I will watch. And Ron washington will not be either. But, Leilich did a hack job on managing previous all-star games.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 11:59:17 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Freddie Freeman belongs at 1b for the national league in the asg. a .315 ba and he only has a salary of 550k this year? What a bargain !

If he played in an ESPN bias market like DC or ny, he’d be there, without question.


29 posted on 07/04/2013 12:52:21 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: kingpins10

The problem is that NL 1B is so stacked this year. Votto and Goldschmidt have to be there, no question. I put Craig slightly ahead of Freeman. And Adrian Gonzalez would be a good choice, too. So there are five worthy, and two of those are locks.


30 posted on 07/04/2013 2:09:31 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Votto has a slightly better ba than freeman, but freeman has 15 more rbi’s.

He is also a better fielder.


31 posted on 07/04/2013 2:14:21 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: Charles Henrickson

Just looked it up:

Votto: 10 errors.

Freeman: 6 errors


32 posted on 07/04/2013 2:17:34 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: kingpins10

There’s no way Votto is not on the team. He is an absolute lock. “All-Star” is not just about this year, three months. It’s also about what a guy has established himself to be. And Votto is the best in the league over the past few seasons.


33 posted on 07/04/2013 2:19:10 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lifelong baseball fan)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I’m not saying he won’t make the team, just that freeman is already a better 1b.

The numbers don’t lie. King out...


34 posted on 07/04/2013 2:20:29 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: Charles Henrickson

Did you really pick Segura for the NL SS?

This guy...? Lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jewBHBP_9g4


35 posted on 07/04/2013 2:33:06 PM PDT by proudpapa (A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

YOUR NL team is a good benchmark.

position players:
I’m not excited about Scutaro, but with Bochy the manager and a WS win, I give him a pass as a 2nd SF player.
Rosario C, COL could be a 3rd catcher
Tulowitzski might play. ???

Pitchers:
i’M NOT into Melancon and Mujica
add Chapman? maybe Paul Maholm, if the Braves only have 1 player. Maybe Bumgarner, SF.

Cishek could be the Marlins choice over Fernandez.
Maybe Gregg over Wood for the Cubs’ selection.


36 posted on 07/04/2013 5:08:27 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Charles Henrickson

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/tag/_/name/carlos-santana

Not everyone sold on Santana C, CLE

“It’s that defensive reputation that will likley keep him off the All-Star team. Joe Mauer looks like he’ll be voted in as the starter and Matt Wieters will probably get the backup nod via the players’ ballot. If there’s a third catcher chosen it’s more likely to be Jason Castro as the Astros’ representative.”


37 posted on 07/04/2013 5:29:18 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I go with Hardy BALT SS (he is going to make it regardless) and drop one of the OAK infielders ... (Donaldson or Lowrie) Lowrie defense is a question mark. Limited Range (?) plus 11 errors. (or drop both and add Coco Crisp CF, base stealer)

Add Kendrick and drop Crain, give CHW one player.
I already dropped Santana C above.

Robertson gives the NYY 4 players. Won’t kill me to see him not make it. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay


38 posted on 07/04/2013 6:25:42 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Howie is a good player...and good citizen!!


39 posted on 07/04/2013 6:33:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Sic semper evello mortem Tyrannis)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Ditto !!!!!!

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40 posted on 07/04/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Charles Henrickson

W # 34!

41 posted on 07/04/2013 6:45:24 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Charles Henrickson; Gay State Conservative; LibertarianLiz; barmag25; ken5050; advertising guy; ...

The selection show is today (Saturday) 630pm EST on Fox Sports TV, before the game of the week.


42 posted on 07/06/2013 1:59:48 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; All
May I go off topic for a question:

Rangers just signed Manny...he's in Triple AAA now. Didn't he retire rather than face another 50 game suspension for PEDs? So what happens to that?

43 posted on 07/06/2013 2:02:12 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: campaignPete R-CT

all over it....got Daytona and my beloved D Backs today as well.....chillin a 12 pack of Boston Lager too


44 posted on 07/06/2013 2:06:17 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: ken5050

Manny served the 50 games last year while with Oakland organization (was on minor league roster)


45 posted on 07/06/2013 2:08:22 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Thanks....


46 posted on 07/06/2013 2:18:03 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: FlJoePa
Did you see "Giancarlo" Stanton blow the game today by lobbing the ball to Morrison in the bottom the ninth.?

Ball skipped under Morrisons glove allowing Jon Jay to score the winning run when he should have had to stop at third.

Stantons throw was only slightly better than the muzzie fags first pitch at a White Sox game a few years back.

47 posted on 07/06/2013 2:28:06 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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The home plate umpire blew the game earlier on, but I agree. Stanton “lollygagged” the entire play. I can’t blame Morrison on that, and you could tell that LoMo was PISSED as he spit out his chew and stormed into the clubhouse.

Stanton is another that thinks things will just happen for him because he’s always been a head taller, a step faster, etc.

He needs to seriously change his outlook (not lifting weights, but listening to coaches) if he’s ever going to come close to reaching his potential.

Terrible way to end a game.


48 posted on 07/06/2013 2:30:59 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
Exactly right.

The Marlins have some good coaches too (unlike the motley crew they had last year with Guillen, those guys couldn't even correct Heath Bell).

Well, there's always tomorrow, hope Fernandez has another good outing, and Lance Lynn going for St. Louis.

49 posted on 07/06/2013 2:42:02 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Rome2000

I always wanted the Fish to let Stanton go to arbitration after this season, because I still think he’d be a bargain given his injuries.

But lately, I almost hope he hits 60 HR’s in the HR contest and they trade him for 1/2 of some other team’s prospects.

He doesn’t seem to have a very high baseball IQ.


50 posted on 07/06/2013 2:49:23 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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