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MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy

August 23rd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB
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Baseball Commisioner Rob Mandred is working to decrease incidents of domestic violence.

It seems that every year, we see more and more professional athletes investigated for (and sometimes charged with) domestic assault. While the incidents of off-the-field violence provide us a a small look into the abuse from which so many suffer every single day, consequences for the offenders seldom set an appropriate example. Professional athletes have historically had a knack for getting slaps on the wrist for both misdemeanor and felony assault. Up until very recently, professional sports organizations haven’t done nearly enough to administer discipline to these players.

This past Friday, Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced a new policy that involves the intervention, discipline, and treatment for players associated with domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. MLB issued the following statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner’s Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff.”

There will now be resources for those players (and their families) involved in abuse or violent incidents. The focus will be to provide education, intervention, and discipline. It’s worth noting that other professional organizations (looking at you, NFL) have had a greater number of known violent incidents than Major League Baseball has had.

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Kendrick to Colorado

February 6th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Kendrick to Colorado | Filed in General, Phillies

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Free agent Kyle Kendrick has signed a one year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The 30-year-old RHP first signed with the Phillies in 2003, and his MLB debut was June 13, 2007.  After eight seasons and 1138.2 innings pitched for Philadelphia, Kendrick has 622 strikeouts.  For those of you who don’t enjoy math, that boils down to 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings (compared to, say, Cliff Lee’s career 7.6 K/9).  Combined with a 4.22 career ERA and a 74-68 win-loss record, it’s a wonder to me what Colorado was thinking.

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked KK.  He was part of Philadelphia’s 2008 championship team, and he’s always been happy to do whatever is asked of him – whether that has been in the starting rotation or as relief from the bullpen. While I continue to detest some of Kendrick’s professional friendships (looking directly at you, Brett Myers), it’s undeniable that his attitude has always been positive and team-centric. I also maintain that Kendrick spent much of his time in Philadelphia as an underrated pitcher – it would be difficult not to be, though, in the company of Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.

Just as Kendrick has spent time being unappreciated, I’ve spent time defending him.  It hasn’t always been easy – his tendency to give up multiple runs in the first inning or two last season made it tough – but KK has grown from the kid whose only decent pitch was a low-90s sinker.  To be fair, his other pitches – curveball, changeup, and cutter – aren’t exactly stellar; however, he earned my respect for taking the time in the minors to develop them.

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Chris Christie Needs to Shut His Mouth

January 8th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Chris Christie Needs to Shut His Mouth | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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by Amy McGinnis

Jon Stewart, in his eloquent wisdom, said it pretty well. “You lead a state, Christie, that’s half Giants fans, half Eagles fans, and you’re groping the owner of the Dallas Cowboys? Why don’t you just break a copy of Born to Run over the head of a Hurricane Sandy victim, you backstabbing piece of sh*t?”

Here’s the deal: if Christie’s Godforsaken choice of team fandom is what keeps you from voting for him in 2016, then perhaps you should reassess your criteria for a qualified presidential candidate. If you’re like me, though, the “I’d Sooner Elect a Jellyfish” ship sailed long ago. Recent events, though ethically questionable, are NOT the reason I’ll pass on the “Christie 4 Prez” bumper sticker. His political record speaks for itself; if you or someone you know lives in New Jersey, then you’re likely up to speed on his knack for mismanaging state government and throwing constituents’ well-being to the wind.

The recent display of vomit-inducing, same-sweater-wearing, Cowboy-loving, Eagles-fanbase-bashing garbage is not why I would never cast a vote for Chris Christie. That decision was cemented long before Christie (and his Marcus Vick wannabe brother, Todd) opened his grotesquely large and food-filled mouth about anything sports-related.

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The Big 5, Two Weeks in

December 1st, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The Big 5, Two Weeks in | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Sports
The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

Here’s a look at what’s been going on with the basketball teams from Temple, LaSalle, Saint Joe’s, Penn, and Villanova.

1. Villanova’s Dylan Ennis and JayVaughn Pinkston have already led the 12th-ranked Wildcats to six wins. On Sunday, they breezed past Delaware in a 78-47 win (five Wildcats – Kris Jenkins, Darrun Hilliard, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, and Phil Booth – recorded double figures). Not all of Nova’s games have been so simple, though; it took a late comeback last Tuesday to edge past Michigan, 60-55. Coach Jay Wright, who is understandably very happy with his team’s start this season, says, “We have a lot of work to do offensively, and we can do that.” With a tougher schedule approaching, Wright knows that his squad can’t rely on its outstanding defense alone – they’ve allowed an average 56.3 points per game. Luckily, he has a solid frontcourt that will only get better with practice. Villanova leads the Big East with a 6-0 record, and their next game is on Wednesday at 8:30 at LaSalle.

2. LaSalle will go into Wednesday’s game against Villanova with a 4-2 record. Not even Jarrell Wright’s 19 points could move the Explorers past Vanderbilt on Saturday, as LaSalle lost 68-55. While 4-2 is a decent start, coach John Giannini has some issues on his hands. His team is missing easy scoring opportunities by committing turnovers and missing free throws; forget about 3-pointers. Giannini is apparently channeling Andy Reid, and says, “We need to get better.”
To be fair, LaSalle’s other loss this season is to reigning ACC champs and 9th-ranked Virginia. Luckily, the rest of the A-10 conference is off to a similar start this season.

3. Temple’s Mark Williams led the Owls to a 76-67 victory over Penn last Tuesday night. Three others (Will Cummings, Quentin DeCosey, and Josh Brown) also had double-digit games. Granted, Penn is a terrible team; however, Temple succeeded in shaking off their losses to Duke and UNLV. The Owls entered Sunday’s game against LIU Brooklyn with a win against Penn under their belt, and thanks in large part to Quentin DeCosey’s three 3-pointers, the Owls took the game 70-56 in overtime. Starters Josh Brown and Will Cummings, along with DeCosey, have been putting up consistent numbers so far this season. Cummings, a senior, and DeCosey, a junior, are showing the leadership that coach Fran Dunphy needs. Temple absolutely has the ability to hold its own in the American conference this season, and hopefully surpass last year’s 9-22 record. The Owls play at Saint Joe’s on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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MLB to Test New Time-Saving Rules

October 7th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on MLB to Test New Time-Saving Rules | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Hamels might find himself watching a clock soon.

Hamels might find himself watching a clock soon.

For those of us who love baseball, we hear it a lot.  “Baseball games take too long.” “Baseball is boring to watch.” “I don’t’ know how you can sit through three hours of that.”  To these statements, I’ll (for once) respond with diplomacy: Baseball isn’t for everyone.

Yes, some games last longer than the average three hours.  Sometimes games go into extra innings and extend into the wee hours of the night, long past everyone’s bedtime.  There’s a reason we refer to that as “free baseball,” though: we like it.  For those of us who don’t leave the ballpark before the last out is recorded, we understand – and enjoy – that baseball games can be lengthy.  We know not to make concrete plans for later, and we like it that way. Of course, there are factors that can add to the time length; however, I’ve always seen mound visits and pitching changes as ways to potentially – and deliberately – stall the game.  It’s part of baseball’s charm.

Recently, MLB formed a “Pace of Game” committee to brainstorm time-saving tactics in the world of professional baseball.  The Arizona Fall League, whose games begin today, will test the six new rules.  They are, in no particular order, as follows:

1. Hitters must keep at least one foot inside the batter’s box at all times.  An umpire can grant a time out to a batter.

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2014 AmyMac Awards

October 7th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2014 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
The sun has officially set on the Phils' 2014 season.

The sun has officially set on the Phils’ 2014 season.

Here in Philadelphia, we might not have postseason baseball to enjoy.  We don’t have a legendary Jeter-like career to celebrate, or even a relief pitcher with whom we’d love to dance (looking at you, Tom Wilhelmsen).  We do, however, have some memories.  Welcome to the 2014 AmyMac awards.

 

Most Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Mike Adams

Least Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Antonio Bastardo

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I Still Hate Jonathan Papelbon

September 16th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on I Still Hate Jonathan Papelbon | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Jonathan Papelbon reacts to booing from Phillies fans.

Jonathan Papelbon reacts to booing from Phillies fans.

During the ninth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game yesterday, Jonathan Papelbon allowed four runs on four hits and one walk, resulting in a 5-4 Phillies loss.  Phillies fans booed Papelbon upon his blown save, and he responded with a crotch-grabbing tantrum.  (Umpire Joe West swiftly ejected Pap.) I haven’t always agreed with West’s decision-making; you might recall his use of instant replay to reverse a call in September 2011 that resulted in Manuel’s announcement that the Phils would continue to play under protest.  Tossing Pap yesterday, though, was 100% the correct call.

I’ve said plenty to and about Papelbon over the past couple years, and I stand by all of it.  He has one job: shut it down.  Come into the game – not every night, mind you – hold the lead, record three outs, and shut it down.  He has just one job, for which he is grossly overpaid, but he continues to make things far more difficult than they need to be.  Papelbon, I’ve asked you in the past – don’t tell the media you “didn’t come here for this,” don’t try to engage fans one way or another, don’t blame your teammates, don’t get yourself into a jam just to see if you can get out of it, don’t disrespect your manager – just shut it down.  That’s it.  Record three outs, take a shower, and go the hell home. I’d like to remind you, sir, that we didn’t bring you here for this.

While we fans should be content with Papelbon’s 37 saves in 40 opportunities this season, I think I speak for many of you when I say that we’re not content with the $13M it has cost in just 2014.

None of this is new, though.  I’ve said it all before.  What is new, however, is Jonathan Papelbon’s new low: reacting like a punk-ass kid who didn’t get his way.  Did he miss the memo that Philadelphia is a tough crowd?

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