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Daily Noontime – May 20, 2011

Are you interested to watch Ray Edwards box instead of play football?

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime! Have a great weekend and in the meantime, here is today’s headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* According to various sources, Tony Parker believes that San Antonio’s championship window has closed and that the team won’t be competing for anymore rings, which is rather interesting, right?

* The NBA Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder is officially tied, 1-1.

* Apparently Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards is planning to use his time during the lockout to box, so obviously football is not on his mind these days.

* There is a slight possibility that the NHL could see the Winnipeg Jets return next year, but again, it’s not certain.

* Sad news struck the NCAA on Thursday, as they learned about the death of Austin Box, who was a linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners.

* The Boston Red Sox made a few moves on Thursday evening, as they acquired Franklin Morales and Kevin Millwood to join their pitching rotation.

Games to Watch: 

* New York Mets at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Texas at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago Cubs at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Vancouver at San Jose (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

There is nothing better than a full-court swish to win the game!


The Death of the 300-Game Winner

Tim Wakefield may not win 300-games, but could he at least reach 200?

By Andy Lindberg 

Baseball, more so than any other American sport, is deeply rooted in history, intertwined within the very fabric of America. Much evidence of that history is the fact that in baseball, they count everything. Statistics in the game have been around since its inception.

Some of the grandest accomplishments in the sport have occurred well before what many of us can remember. Sure, the home run records are falling and will probably continue to fall as players become more and more genetically engineered to hit a baseball. But the pitcher today endures the most change.

In the near future, the Baseball Hall of Fame will feature pitchers with questionable resumes by the sport’s historical standards.

I believe that we will never again see a 300-game winner.

Pitchers today are coddled investments, incapable of going deep enough into a game to garner a win more than 15 times in a year in many cases. Baseball has become a game of relief pitchers, arguably the most value commodity in the game today. A quality start is considered to be six innings while giving up three runs. That is a 4.50 ERA, and according to Nolan Ryan, there is nothing quality about that.

And it’s true there is little quality to such a start. However more and more starters are evaluated on the amount of quality starts they throw as a bridge to the bullpen.

The active leader in wins is 44-year-old Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield with 193, and he probably won’t hit 200 career wins. Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay is 20 wins behind Wakefield’s mark at the age of 34. Wakefield is also the active leader for innings pitched in a career, a signal of how deep into games a pitcher goes or has gone in his career. For his career, Wakefield has thrown 3,088.2 innings, good for 117th all time.

The leader?

Cy Young with an absurd 7356. If Wakefield is the active leader with a shade over 3,000 innings, then how can we expect any pitcher currently or in the future to pitch enough to even come close to 200 wins?

Lefty Grove and Early Winn both have 300 career wins, which is a mark that used to signal instant access to the Hall of Fame, much like 3,000 hits or 500 home runs does for a hitter. However, with how today’s game has changed, there will in all likelihood be anyone who ever reaches that mark again, so what is the Hall to do?

Unfortunately, they must lower their standards. With less innings pitched, ERA’s will rise because hurlers won’t throw enough to lower them.  Win totals will drop dramatically. And those very few who are built to throw deep into games will be pulled at the slightest hint of trouble without a chance to pitch themselves to a win.

It’s a sad fact, but starting pitching, one of the greatest aspects of the game of baseball, looks to be on its way out as a position or royalty in the game. These guys used to command games. They set the tone. Creeping on the plate? Have fun with a Nolan Ryan heater under your nose.

Sandy Koufax would split your ribs. Partial fault goes to the umpires who are too quick to warn players in today’s game.

Maybe one day we’ll see a shift back toward the starting pitcher, but it doesn’t look to be anytime soon.

Given the topic, here’s a poll question!

Which of these active pitchers have the best shot at only 200 career wins?  Current ages and win totals are in parenthesis.

*Tim Wakefield (44, 193)

*Roy Halladay (34, 173)

*Livan Hernandez (36, 169)

*Tim Hudson (35, 168)

*Derek Lowe (38, 159)

*Kevin Millwood (36, 159)

*CC Sabathia (30, 159)

Daily Noontime – March 25, 2011

Nothing like a friendly Baltimore-Boston rivalry!

Happy Friday to everyone and welcome to yet another weekend, as well as another day in paradise! While we anxiously await the weekend to begin, just sit back, relax and enjoy today’s Daily Noontime!

Headlines:

* Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein received a little “too much hate” from the Baltimore Orioles skipper, Buck Showalter.

* Apparently the NFL lockout is aggravating some football fans that one by the name of Ken Lanci has decided to sue the Cleveland Browns, which is quite interesting.

* Yes, the Duke Blue Devils have been eliminated for this years March Madness tournament, but did the team get jinxed by a halftime interview with head coach Mike Krzyzewski? As Duke fans know, an interview with Coach K never ever happens!

* Sadly, San Diego State’s exciting run came to an end, due to UConn’s Kemba Walker‘s 36 points.

* The Minnesota Timberwolves are not going to make the playoffs, but one thing is for sure, shutting down Kevin Love maybe a good option.

* The New York Yankees have signed a new pitcher, welcome Kevin Millwood to the Bronx Bombers.

Games to Watch:

* Philadelphia at Miami (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* Vancouver at Atlanta (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* New Orleans at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Remember when Cleveland loved LeBron James?