World Series ratings on pace for record lows

10/30/2010 2:41 PM - Devo

2010 World Series 2.jpgThe baseball world got their wish: the New York Yankees are not in the World Series and parity played its part.

The San Francisco Giants with their 11th  ranked payroll ($96,277,833), play host to the  25th ranked Texas Rangers ($64,810,570). 

It is great to see new blood in the playoffs; however the ratings do not support that fact.  Game 1 pulled in a rating of 8.9, (approx 15 million viewers).   

Compare that to the lowest rated World Series, Philadelphia Phillies - Tampa Bay Rays, that’s a drop off of 3 percent, and a 25 percent drop from last year’s New York Yankees – Phillies series (also Game 1) 

To make matters worse, the ratings from Game 2 were not any better. 

Game 2 pulled in an 8.5 or nearly 14.5 million viewers – still a 26 percent decrease from last years Game 2. 

According to an article published in USA TODAY, Bud Selig still has high hopes for the remaining games, 

MLB commissioner Bud Selig told Sirius XM Radio's Chris "Mad Dog" Russo Thursday that Giants-Rangers will draw "great ratings" if it can build to a competitive 5-game, 6-game, or ideally, 7-game series. 

I have to sit on the fence on this one.  On one side, this is great for baseball.  New players and more exposure, on the other hand the Yanks and the Boston Red Sox are nowhere to be found and it does make it feel quite empty this October. 

Sure there are great players; Josh Hamilton, the once untouchable Cliff Lee, “The Freak” Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and the ageless Edgar Renteria continuing to perform after 15 seasons. 

And great teams;  the Texas Rangers, who found themselves in dire straits financially, but stuck it out through 162 games, and the San Francisco Giants looking for their first World Series title since 1954. 

With all that said, for the viewers to be entertained and the ratings to increase, something magical needs to happen, and happen quickly.   

Games 3 and 4 have to be one for the ages.  If Game 3 is a blow-out with the Giants up 3-0 heading into Sunday nights game competing head-to-head against Sunday Night Football, the numbers could be very, very unflattering.

 Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network

Devon is a
Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com and is now a member of the Yarbarker Network.

He is a former professional baseball player with the
River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies.

Devon is a former student within
Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

 Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com ordevon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

**Devon is member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada**
**Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities**

The juggernaut New York Yankees are filled with false hope

10/27/2010 8:15 PM - Devo
Joe Girardi Jorge Posada.jpgIf you look at the Yankees 2010 season with an objective lens, this team was lucky to get past the first round of the play-offs. 

This so-called dynasty is far from it if you look closely at what they can lose and what is replacing it.

Jorge Posada is a 38 year-old catcher on his last legs.  By the way, he makes nearly $13 million for 57 RBI. 

According to rotoworld.com, Posada is set to make another $13 million in 2011.  Obviously I am not an expert on his contract and its intricacies, so unless they Yankees do have an option to let him go, they should. 

I am fully aware of what he did in the past, however, players get old and skills decline, leaving fans and so-called experts reluctantly ready to leave this former all-star behind. 

Posada, as we all know, has been one the greatest hitting catcher’s of all-time.  His power is not quite up to par with Mike Piazza, Yogi Berra or even Johnny Bench, yet his OBP. and batting average is nearly identical. 

Consider some new stats like OPS. Posada ranks second behind Piazza, .992 / .856 

A catcher on any club is the backbone of his pitching staff.  Look at Buster Posey for example, a kid in his early twenties leading a staff on the grandest stage of them all.

On the flip side, look at Jason Varitek, another catcher, a rival if you will of Posada, would not even be mentioned in the same breath as elite anymore. 

Confidence and attitude are two traits within a ball club that cannot be taught.  All athletes have confidence regardless of position; that is what makes them so good, although some are more eccentric and flaunt it more than others.  

Attitude can be classified as how one carries himself, and from a viewer that is something that has apparently left Posada and many of the Yankees.  The fear that once encompassed visiting clubs is no more.  

Look at the Texas Rangers in their playoff series against the Yankees. 

After a colossal collapse in the late innings of Game 1, that losing team would usually fold: not this time.  The Rangers stayed composed, literally taking it one game at a time and exposed a weak Yankees bullpen to pull ahead in the late innings. 

The Yankees in general, are in desperate need of change. 

Regarding the Derek Jeter situation.  Jeter is in a unique situation.  You can still call him a publicity icon but he is in baseball purgatory. 

He is the face of the franchise, a player that transcends his generation, one that symbolizes the game and what is it meant to be “a Yankee”.  The problem that he faces, along with the organization that benefited all those years from his skills, marketability and sheer greatness, is an icon that is a lesser form of himself. 

The team knows it and the opponents know it.  The glimmer is gone, and the once young proud face of the Yankees has in fact turned old. 

You can argue that the team could get by without Jeter and Posada at the helm, unfortunately another staple of the franchise is on his last legs. 

Mariano Rivera, I think without a doubt, the greatest closer this game has ever seen, is now a free agent.  Rivera is good, but he can’t do what he does forever.  On the other hand, despite what everyone says, his 2010 campaign was as good as any he has ever had. 

With all that said, turnover needs to happen in the clubhouse, the old regime has to step aside and let the new blood attempt to make a name for themselves

 It’s time for Jesus Montero to live and learn with Posada taking a backseat.

It is time for Jeter to loosen his grip on the throne whether it’s in the field or in the batter order, and let Eduardo Nunez grow in a permanent position.  Do I dare say it, move Alex Rodriguez back to SS and let Ramiro Pena figure it out at third (he’s the best they have at the moment)! 

 Needless to say, it will be a rebuilding period for the Evil Empire, or should be anyway. Who knows they might end pulling off some magical trade and cure what ails them before spring training even starts.

Isn’t that the way it should be!

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network

Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com and is now a member of the Yarbarker Network.

He is a former professional baseball player with the
River City Rascals
& Gateway Grizzlies.

Devon is a former student within
Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

 

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com ordevon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

**Devon is member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada**
**Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities**

 

Boston Red Sox look to the Frontier League for next prospect

10/22/2010 10:46 PM - Devo

Red Sox Hat Logo Insignia.jpgAs you might notice, The GM’s Perspective reports on the Independent Leagues quite often, usually more than the mainstream MLB or MiLB news. 

There are a number of reasons for this; 

  • As a former Frontier League player I enjoy reporting on the journey’s of the underdogs  
  • Compared to mainstream media, hundreds of players go unnoticed, and deserve their time in the spotlight 
  • The next feel-good story might be right under our noses (Daniel Nava, Golden Baseball League) 
  • Indy reporting is often more entertaining and a little “off the wall” 
  • We do live in a small world and connections in a sports world are closer than you might think 

I say this because my college and professional roots have once again appeared in the mainstream media, an outlet that sometimes lets potential stars go unnoticed.  Unnoticed not by choice, odds are due to the overwhelming amount of players, data, and statistical analysis that the baseball community has to sift through to find the next “chosen one”. 

For the above-mentioned reasons, I have focused on a recent story published on the Frontier League website.

 Matty Johnson, formerly of Bellevue University, the same Bellevue University that gave me fits while attending York College, has had his contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox. 

In Johnson’s two years at Bellevue, his numbers were very, very impressive; a .429 career average, 83 career games, 142 hits, 18 doubles, nine triples and two homeruns.  These numbers are exceptional and so are his 43 stolen bases in 57 attempts. 

His skills are obvious, and they seamlessly translated into success during his first professional season in Gateway; 

  • Johnson was named Grizzlies Rookie of the Year
  • .313 average
  • Six doubles
  • Three triples
  • 19 RBI
  • 24 stolen bases

 According to Gateway Manager Phil Warren, the Red Sox are indeed getting an exciting player and one who, if given the opportunity, will fulfill all of his potential. 

“Matty Johnson is an electric player,” stated Grizzlies Manager Phil Warren. “He is exciting to watch, fun to manage, and a great teammate. We owe a lot of our 2010 late season surge to him and the way he played in the field and at the plate. Matty is young and plays the game aggressively. I am very proud of him and excited that he is getting an opportunity with the Boston Red Sox. I hope he gets ample time to develop and shine in their system. I look forward to the day that we all get to watch Matty Johnson play as a fully developed player.” 

When it comes down to it, MLB clubs select players for many specific reasons and after breaking down Johnson’s numbers, he appears to be an ideal candidate for many.  Yet at 5’7 and 170 pounds his slight build is what many teams question, along with his bat. 

Johnson does have the speed that makes him one of the best at his position, obviously a positive, but with these two glaring negatives (size and power) the odds are definitely stacked against him. 

With that said, one of the newest members of the Red Sox, Daniel Nava was in the exact same position Johnson was; standout in college and a standout in the independents (Golden Baseball League).  The glaring difference between the two, Nava has all the tools Johnson has, but with a better bat, and a beefed up resume that contains GBL MVP, and a career .345 batting average in three different minor league classes. 

Only time will tell if the Red Sox made a good choice, but another player chosen with a small stature turned out to be pretty good, hint, he plays second base.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

**Devon is member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada**

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankee playoff hopes rest with A.J. Burnett

10/17/2010 3:31 PM - Devo

aj-burnett.jpgThe 2010 playoffs have been somewhat predictable up to a point;

  • Minnesota Twins were defeated before the playoffs began (Pedro's dad has another child)
  • Good pitching will beat good hitting (Cliff Lee dominates Tampa Bay)
  • Cincinnati Reds were facing, arguably, the best three-man rotation in the game (Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt)
  • A miracle was needed for Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves to skirt past the Giants ( more Eric Hinske  magic)

With all that said, the ALDS and NLDS have started a little differently, the baseball Gods have apparently decided to shake things up this October.

Yankee folklore, mystique, whatever you want to call it, reared its head in Game 1.  But wait.. the Texas Rangers after all but giving away a Game 1 victory decided to "cowboy up" in Game 2 and make this a series.

As mentioned Game 2 was a different story when Phil Hughes, Mr. October, apparently thought is was mid-August.

The Philadelphia Phillies looked unstoppable, until they were confronted with a "Freak" who was not really bothered by the history making of Halladay and decided to outperform a magician.

We will leave the Phillies / Giants series alone.  The Giants appear to be that team destined for something special.  The cards have been dealt and they are using every bit of leverage to their advantage; Cody Ross has become irreplaceable, bad defense - Brooks Conrad, and Brian Wilson (the bearded one), is getting more and more intimidating, even though "his beard is weird".

Focusing on Texas v. New York, all signs point to Lee again solidifying himself as this generations Dave Stewart.

Assuming after Game 3 the Rangers are up one game, and if the reports stay true to form, Game 4 lies in the hands of A.J. Burnett.

If Burnett, as many predict; tanks, the "Dark Side” will be in the unfamiliar position of down three games to one.

Highlight this point; Burnett will have a quality start in Game 4, thus giving the Bronx Bombers another opportunity to crush Ranger dreams. (I even gave Burnett my vote of confidence on twitter, a few days ago)

Devon Teeple

@devonteeple Devon Teeple

Surprise of the ALDS, Burnett has a quality start and they win his game. When everyone bets one way, you bet the other....just saying!

Look at this from Burnett's perspective,

He has nothing to lose, the whole baseball community is betting against him, and subtract one bad outing against the Toronto Blue Jays (2 innings, 7 runs, 9/27/10), Burnett has been decent in six September starts;

33 innings pitched, 15 earned runs, 31 strikeouts against 31 hits and 14 walks. 

Specifically, it gives Burnett a WHIP of 1.36 or somewhere between Brett Cecil and Gavin Floyd, an ERA hovering around 4.10 and nearly nine strikeouts per nine innings. 

We all know Burnett is having a bad year, but don't forget he still pumps out fastballs around 93mph (slight 1mph decrease from 2009) and has the ability to be lights out when he is on.

The numbers show (courtesy of fangraphs.com) his reliance on his fastball is a great at it has every been - 69.0 percent.  This leaves little to the imagination of the hitter. Burnett's O-contact % is 12 percent higher than at any point is his 12-year career, even when Burnett misses his spots, hitters are teeing off with aggressive swings.

Will Jorge Posada stay Burnett's battery-mate for Game 4? Maybe, but why not give Francisco Cervelli his chance.
 
Posada is batting .143; the Rangers are running at will, all while Posada is making some questionable decisions behind the plate (not looking the runner back to third in the first inning of Game 2).

Millions will be watching Game 4, many waiting to see an athlete implode on its biggest stage, except this is when the cream rises to the top.  Or in a case like this, a player than many had given up hope on reaffirms his place in history, restoring shattered confidence in the most unexpected pressure filled situation imaginable.

Devon Teeple is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of  Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.   Devon is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities.Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada.  He can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com , thegmsperspective@yahoo.com or devon@businessofsportsnetwork.com

**Devon is member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada**

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