Last Blog Post Until 2014

This is my 121st blog post of the year and it will be my last of 2013. I’ve done my best to keep all the goals I originally set back in January, but it’s Christmas time, so I’m going to mess up my goal of blogging at least once every four days and take a break until the new year.

ballsome-treeI’ve really had a great time with this blog in the past year, as I’ve blogged more often than I ever had before. With the exception of my 24-day trip around the country in July/August, I got 2-3 posts up every week. That’s pretty good if you ask me.

As I did last year, I’m going to be setting five resolutions/goals for the 2014 blogging season on January 1st (my next blog post). A few of them are going to be the same, however, I’ve changed a couple around, based on my 2013 blogging year.

After that, I’m going to be posting an entry on my Hall of Fame picks, followed by the players elected into the H.O.F. (on January 8th) and a post marking the three-year anniversary of this blog on January 20th. I also have the 2013 number one overall draft pick, Mark Appel, scheduled for an interview sometime next month. So a Q and A with him will likely come late in the month, or early in early February.

Lastly, I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who’s read my blog throughout the past year, and throughout its nearly three year existence. Whether you’re a regular or just check in from time-to-time, if it weren’t for you all I’d have no reason to blog. So thank you. I’m going to do my best to make 2014 the best year yet — even better than 2013 — and hopefully you will all continue to come back every so often to read what I have to say.

Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2014.

Finally Back Up and Running

Question: What do you get when you combine a shattered computer screen with an internet connection problem?

Answer: A two week gap in blog posts–which is the case here.

Unfortunately, since I wasn’t able to hop on my laptop and type up a blog entry over the past couple of weeks, I missed out on writing about the World Series like I had been planning to. In addition, I was unable to post entries on the Gold Glove awards, as well as the Player’s Choice awards, but although I missed out on those, I’m still planning to post something on the Silver Slugger awards, which are set to be announced Thursday night.

After that will come posts on the 2012 Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP award winners. They will be published the day after each is announced and will include a recap of the winner along with a look at how well I did with my predictions (probably not all that well).

Following the award winners blog posts–which will run through the end of next week–I’m just planning to post my thoughts on the latest MLB news as it happens. That’ll be the case for most of the offseason, but I might change it up here and there; I haven’t decided yet. One thing I am going to attempt to do is post an offseason Q and A with a MiLB or MLB player once every two weeks starting after next weeks’ awards posts. I should be able to pull it off, but it really comes down to player cooperation.

So, as of right now, that’s the plan for the offseason. Keep in mind, however, that a lot can happen between now and the beginning of the 2013 MLB season, so make sure to check back often. I’ll be sure to let you know if my plans change….

Q and A With Anthony Ranaudo

Anthony Ranaudo was drafted in the first round (39th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 draft. Ranaudo would of undoubtedly been picked sooner, had it not been for the elbow issues he had his Junior year at LSU. Ranaudo picked things up this past season though, going 9-6, with a 3.97 ERA. If he can stay healthy you’re liable to see Ranaudo on the mound in Boston in the near future. Anthony Ranaudo–the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:

1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball? Did you always want to be a pitcher?

I was interested in baseball as soon as I started playing tee ball at age 4. I knew I wanted to play it my whole life. I didn’t always want to be a pitcher. As a kid I grew up watching the Yankees and following Derek Jeter, so I wanted to take his place at SS for the Yankees, haha.

2.) Coming out of high school you were drafted by the Texas Rangers. What made you decide to go to college instead of going pro? Why LSU?

I knew I wanted to go to college for a while, especially at LSU. Even though I wanted to start my pro career as soon as possible, I wanted to get a jump start on my education, play at one of the best college programs in the nation, and compete for a national championship. I decided to go to school there because of the fans and tradition. The great things I heard about those thing combined with the reputation of the LSU coaching staff sold me.

3.) What’s the most memorable moment of your College baseball career?

Easily the most memorable moment was winning the national championship and starting the final game of the World Series.

4.) What was draft night like? Where were you when you found out? Initial thoughts?

Funny story. We actually ended our season the night before and were traveling all day from California to Louisiana. So I actually found out on the plane when we landed. Even though I had a pretty good idea that it was going to happen somewhat like it did.

5.) This past year was your first season of pro ball. What do you think went well, and what do you feel you need to work on for 2012?

2011 was a bit of roller coaster for me in my results, but I think I did a great job of getting into routines and staying healthy the whole year. That was my biggest goal, to stay healthy and make all my starts, and I did that. I need to work on more stamina and consistency this year so I can have a better outing more often instead of going back and forth between bad starts and really good ones.

6.) Favorite sport(s) besides baseball?

Basketball actually is my first love. I grew up playing it my whole life and played through high school and almost played in college. I decided to go to a big school for baseball rather than a smaller one to play both. I decided to focus all my energy and attention on baseball hoping to make a professional career out of it.

7.) Favorite food?

Favorite food has to be my mom’s home made pasta dishes. Coming from an Italian family I love Italian food and the combination of homemade food and Italian makes me crazy for it.

8.) Favorite TV show?

Pro baseball has actually gotten me into a lot of TV shows. Loved watching Dexter, Lost, Nip/Tuck, East Bound and Down, and Californication. If you put any of them on TV I will probably pick them over almost anything.

9.) What advice would you give to kids, that are just starting out, who dream of becoming a pro ballplayer one day?

Advice for kids growing up playing ball and dream of it being their future? Have fun while you’re a kid and enjoy playing. Play other sports to keep busy and athletic, and when it comes to elementary school and high school, work as hard as you can so you can play the game you love for the rest of your life.


Big thanks to Anthony Ranaudo for taking the time to answer my questions.

You can follow him on twitter: @anthony_ranaudo

Q and A With Danny Worth

Danny Worth has only been in the Majors for two seasons, but has shown a lot of promise. He’s a player to watch in the years to come. Worth–current third baseman for the Detroit Tigers–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:

1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball?

I started playing at the age of 5. I became interested in becoming pro when I was 12. Baseball was always my first love growing up.

2.) Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played all major sports growing up until I was 14. Played baseball year round from the age of 9-on.

3.) Describe what your Major League debut was like.

My ML debut was everything I expected it to be and more. It was an unreal feeling when my major goal in life was accomplished. I loved it.

4.) What pitch do you find hardest to hit?

The pitch I find hardest to hit would be a couple: backdoor curve from LHP, and a backdoor sinker from a RHP.

5.) How different were the play offs from regular season ball?

The playoff atmosphere was a lot of fun to be apart of. The players keep it the same more or less, but the fans bring a lot more intensity.

6.) Favorite food?

A nice filet mignon, medium rare.

7.) Favorite sport besides baseball?


8.) Favorite T.V. show?

All time- Seinfeld. Right now- Survivor.

9.) Favorite shoe brand?

Big thanks to Danny Worth for taking the time to answer my questions. Be sure to check out my past Q and A entries: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, Bryan Harper, Casper Wells, Bud Norris, David Huff, Brandon McCarthy, Shawn Kelley, Casey Kelly, and Jeremy Guthrie (Shoe Collection).