FROM BRADLEY With LURVE, …#Pilot#

---Chapter 1: A New Beginning, or Bloggin'ing---

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After A Lengthy Discussion…

…With…

“MY PARTNER In CRIME”

…I Decided To Begin A New Bloggin’ing Experience…

…With…

…Y’ALL.

I’m Calling This New Bloggin’ing Experience…

“FROM BRADLEY With LURVE, …”

I Expect To Have A Regular Pant-Load Of Excitement Brewin’ About With The Possibilities Surrounding The Innuendo Levied There.

(SIDE NOTE: Can You Repeat The Line Before This One, But THREE-TIMES-SUPER-DUPER FAST?!?!?)

So…

…I’ve Decided…

…To Use An Old “Standby-Staple”…

…Of…

“YOU JIVIN’ ME, TURKEY?”

…Namely…

…The Good Ole…

“12-IN-’12”

…To Help Usher-In…

My NEW Series

“FROM BRADLEY With LURVE, …”

😀

Tonight…

…I’m Highlighting…

MY 12 FAVORITE MLB FRANCHISES (that aren’t The St. Louis Cardinals) and WHY!

Sounds Like A Lot Of Fun, Eh?!?!

My Thoughts, Also.

Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

The ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Are Of Course The Be-All-That-Ends-All-In-Baseball, Y’all!!! 😀

Let Us Begin…

…At The Beginning…

…Where You’re SUPPOSED To Start, By The Way.

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#Honorable Mention

THE SAN DIEGO PADRES

The SAN DIEGO PADRES: Actually, This Stems From My Navy Days. In 1998, While Attending Journalism School At Ft. Meade, Maryland, The Baseball WORLD SERIES Was Played-Out That October By The SAN DIEGO PADRES and The NEW YORK YANKEES. I Totally HATED The Yanks, and The Horses They Rode-In-On, So I Rooted Extra EXTRA HARD For The PADRES That Series. The Yanks SWEPT The Pads, 4Games To NONE! 😦

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#12

THE SEATTLE MARINERS

The SEATTLE MARINERS: This One Is A Pretty EASY Guess For Anyone That Knows Me Very Well. I Was Stationed In Everett AND Bremerton, Washington, In 1999, 2000, and 2001. I Was THERE When They Blew-Up “The King Dome” AND When They Opened “SAFECO Field” and I’ve Had A Warm’ish/Soft’ish Place In My Heart For The Mariners Since Then. Sadly, They Really Do Suck BADLY The Majority Of The Time. Oh Well. 😦

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#11

THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS

The OAKLAND ATHLETICS: These Cats Are Here For ONE REASON… “The BASH-BROTHERS” Fo SHO! Being A Child Of The 80s, There’s No-More-GLARING Example Of The 80s Than McGWIRE and CANSECO and Their FOREARM-BUMP HAHAHA Yes, Yes Indeed. Tons-O-Fun To WATCH! And Now They’ve All Be Labeled “Cheaters” Because They Were Raging-On-Roids. 😦

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#10

THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The MILWAUKEE BREWERS: The LOGO Is WHY I Like Them. PERIOD. What Can I Say? It’s A DAMNED POWERFUL LOGO, Fo SHO Fo SHO!!! 🙂

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#9

THE MONTREAL EXPOS

The MONTREAL EXPOS: A Wonderful Franchise That Was Choked-To-Death By RAMPANT LOSING, And The Fact They Were Canada’s “OTHER TEAM” or “BASTARD TEAM” or “LOSING TEAM” or Whatever. I Honestly LOVED The EXPOS, And I DID Shed A Tear The Day They Started Playing Half Of Their Home-Games In The CARIBBEAN!!! At That Point, We Knew Their Time Was On Life-Support. 😦

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#8

THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

The SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: From The 1980s Until The Start Of The 1993 Season, I Was A Major Fan Of The GIANTS. WILL "The Thrill" CLARK was THE MAN, As Was MATT WILLIAMS, Fo SHO!!! And YES, I Did Root For The GIANTS To BEAT The A's In The 1989 WORLD SERIES (aka "Earthquake Series"). Sadly, however, BARRY BONDS Left The PITTSBURGH PIRATES And Headed West, To The Greener-Pastures Of SAN FRAN. I Always HATED B.B., And That Became The "I HATE The GIANTS!" Rallying-Cry For Li'l Ole ME. I Bet Against Them During The 2002 WORLD SERIES, But (with Barry GONE) I Totally Bet For Them To WIN In The 2010 WORLD SERIES. I Won BOTH Bets. 😉

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#7

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS: I Always Had A Soft-Spot For The JAYS. They Had Some Damn Fine Ball-Clubs Over The Years. And NO They Didn’t Get Much Recognition Even After Winning The WORLD SERIES In 1992 AND AGAIN in 1993!!! Those JAYS Teams Were TRUE-BLUE-POWERHOUSES, Fo FLIPPIN’ SHO!!! John Olerud -1B- Was MY FAVORITE JAY, By The Way. 😉

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#6

THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES

The PITTSBURGH PIRATES: These Dudes Were ALWAYS My Father's FAVORITE TEAM (and a little of that rubbed of on ME). We Used To Watch Them EVERY TIME They Played The ST. LOUIS CARDINALS or The CHICAGO CUBS or The ATLANTA BRAVES (since we get all three of those stations here in SoIL). The PIRATES Had A Horrid Habit Of "Playing Amazing Baseball To Get Into The Play-Offs" Followed Quickly By "CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE"!!! 😦

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#5

THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX

The CHICAGO WHITE SOX: The CHISOX Are THE ONE and THE ONLY Professional Sports Team I EVER Root For That’s Also FROM Chicago. The BEST Reason To Love The CHISOX? Because SAYING The Phrase “I LOVE THE CHISOX!” Goes A VERY Long Way In PISSING-OFF Those True-Blue CUBS Fans. 😀 I Was Tickled-Pink When They Finally Won The WORLD SERIES In 2005… …And Less-Tickled-Pink In The SIX SEASONS SINCE!!! 😦

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#4

THE NEW YORK METS

The NEW YORK METS: I Purchased My Very 1st METS Baseball-Cap In 1991. My Two Favorite METS Players In 1991 Were 3B/Utility-Man HOWARD "HoJo" JOHNSON and Their Closer JOHN FRANCO. And WHY Did I Take-Up The Cause Of The Lowly (at that time) METS? Because I KNEW That By Doing So I Was GUARANTEED To PISS-OFF SOMEONE!!! When (nearly) Your Whole Bedrock Of Family AND Friends Are Constantly Divided Between The CARDS and The CUBS... Yeah... A Little Of The Ole "Monkey Wrench Into The Works" Routine Is TOTALLY Called-For, Fo SHO!!! 😉

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#3

THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

The PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: Well, The PHILLIES Won The WORLD SERIES The Year I Was Born. They’ve Won 5-Pennants In My Short (while not so short) Lifetime (1980, 1983, 1993, 2008 & 2009). The Icing On Cake, For ME, Was The PHILLIES Are The Franchise My Childhood Baseball HERO, 3B MIKE SCHMIDT, Played BRILLIANTLY For His ENTIRE CAREER. Of ALL The “Retirement Announcements” I’ve EVER Seen AND/OR Heard, MIKE SCHMIDT’s In 1989 Brought Even ME To Tears. SCHMIDT Retires, PETE ROSE Gets Banished, AND The Earthquake During The WORLD SERIES. Yepper Kids, 1989 Was A VERY TOUGH Year, That’s Fer DAYUM Sure.

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#2

THE DETROIT TIGERS

The DETROIT TIGERS: 5-NAMES You MUST Remember, My Peeps. #1 THOMAS MAGNUM! #2 ALAN TRAMMELL! #3 JACK MORRIS! #4 KIRK GIBSON #5 DANNY YATES! I Do So So SO Love Love LOVE My TIGERS! ‘Nuf ‘Ced, Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

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And Finally…

…What Is BRADLEY’s FAVORITE  (non St. Louis Cardinals) BASEBALL FRANCHISE???

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#1

THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS

The KANSAS CITY ROYALS: I’ve Mentioned To Y’all Previously That The 1985 WORLD SERIES Was “THE BIRTH Of MY BASEBALL FANATICISM ” Which Has Yet To Ever Really Change. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Baseball. And The ’85 Series Was Between These KANSAS CITY ROYALS and Those ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!!! My Favorite Pitcher Of MY Lifetime (thus far)? BRET SABERHAGAN Of KC, DUH!!! So Yeah, The ROYALS BEAT The CARDINALS In 7-Games. While I DO Maintain The VERY Correct Knowledge Of HOW and WHY The Cards DIDN’T Win Game 6 (it was due to the UMPIRE’s blown-call) BUT They STILL Had To LOSE Game 7! And BOY OH BOY Did The CARDS LOSE IT! The Final Score Was ROYALS 11 (aka a thumpin’), CARDINALS 0 (aka zero, nadda, nuttin’)!!! BUT, My Peeps, I Am NOT A Fickle Man. I Don’t Jump From Ship To Ship Like So So SO Many Folks Do. I Know WHO I AM, WHAT I’VE GOT, WHAT I NEED, WHAT I SHOULD HAVE, WHO I’M WITH, and WHO I’VE LEFT BEHIND. My FAVORITE PITCHER EVER EVER EVER Is BRET SABERHAGEN Of Those KANSAS CITY ROYALS, FOOO SHOOO!! The CARDINALS May Be The BIGGEST-BOYS On MY-BLOCK, But I Do Do DO Sooooooooooo LOVE ME SOME ROYALS! WOOT!!! 😀

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I Sure Hope Y’all Enjoyed That One.

I’ve Had A Rather Tiring…

…Yet…

…Personally Productive Evening.

I Think THIS Personal Accomplishment Merits…

…A HOT CUP…

…Of…

“8 O’CLOCK COFFEE”

!!!

Mmm Mmm MMMM!!!

😉

A Nifty HEADLINE For The BASEBALL FAN In Me: -NATIONALS, A’S FULFILL GOALS With GIO DEAL-

Washington bolsters rotation, while Oakland adds young talent

(Most Of The Article) By Bernie PleskoffMLB.com Columnist

–Last week, it was Reds and Padres fans rejoicing over early Christmas presents. This week, Nationals and A’s fans are enjoying the excitement of new, young players being added to their rosters.

Washington gained one of baseball’s brightest pitching stars with its acquisition of 26-year-old left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be joining a rotation that includes highly regarded right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann. With Gonzalez now in the fold, the Nats have the nucleus of an impact rotation for years to come.

Conversely, the Athletics continued to create a foundation of outstanding young talent by obtaining right-handed pitchers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, left-handed pitcher Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.—

–Gio Gonzalez–

Gio Gonzalez is Heading to The Washington Nationals from The Oakland Athletics.

–Gonzalez will not be eligible for free agency until 2016 — an attractive feature for a left-handed starter with his type of innings-eating durability. He threw 202 innings for Oakland this past season, compiling a 16-12 record with a 3.12 ERA. If there was any cause for concern, it was the glaring 91 walks Gonzalez issued. This followed on the heels of the 92 hitters he walked in 2010, so it isn’t a new problem. To be fair, his walks were countered by his very good strikeout total of 197. Missing bats is a crucial part of Gonzalez’s game.

The White Sox selected Gonzalez with the 38th pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He was traded to the Phillies in 2005, back to the White Sox in ’06 and then to Oakland in 2008. Gonzalez spent parts of six seasons in the Minor Leagues before getting a chance to pitch for the A’s in 2008. While Gonzalez is 26 years old, he has less than three seasons of service time with a big league club.

Gonzalez gets the most out of his 6-foot, 205-pound frame. He has an above-average repertoire, with a moving fastball, a very deceptive curveball and a high-quality changeup. Gonzalez has a high leg kick that helps divert the concentration of hitters. He hides the ball very well, and his pitches seem to explode on hitters with late movement. The southpaw has the ability to pitch out of trouble by changing the eye levels of hitters and moving locations. If Gonzalez can improve his command and cut down on the walks, he has the potential to be among the elite pitchers in baseball.

Like the Reds, the Nationals paid a hefty price in prospects for a quality addition to their rotation.

Peacock was an infielder with a very strong arm at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla. He asked his coach if he could pitch, and the rest is history. Peacock has pitched well as a member of the Nats organization since being selected in the 41st round of the 2006 Draft. He has thrown 584 1/3 Minor League innings. Last season, Peacock won two games for Washington after pitching in three games. He finished his big league trial with an 0.75 ERA over 12 innings.–

–Brad Peacock–

Brad Peacock is Going From The Washington Nationals TO The Oakland Athletics.

–Though Peacock is only 23 years old, he could very likely make the back end of the A’s rotation this season. He is a solid prospect with an ability to hit the mid 90s with his fastball. He also throws an average to above-average knuckle-curve and an acceptable changeup. Peacock pitches to contact and doesn’t really count on striking out hitters. He should be very successful in Oakland’s spacious pitcher’s park.–

—Derek Norris—

Derek Norris Leaves Washington for Oakland.

–Norris has the potential to be a good defensive catcher, with an ability to hit for power. Norris is solidly built at 6-foot-0, 210 pounds. He has a very strong arm behind the plate, with quick feet and good mechanics. Norris should continue his pace of throwing out a high percentage of runners trying to steal.

Offensively, Norris has been inconsistent. He had a low batting average this past season, hitting only .210 at Double-A Harrisburg. However, he also hit 20 home runs — and that’s not too shabby.

Norris played in the Arizona Fall League, which is known for being hitter-friendly, and had some difficulty at the plate. He had trouble hitting breaking balls, which was part of his difficulty during the Minor League season. If Norris can improve his plate discipline and lay off bad pitches, he will improve his overall offensive game.–

—A.J. Cole—

A.J. Cole Takes-Off for The A's from The Nats.

–Cole is only 19 years old, selected by the Nats in 2010 out of Oviedo (Fla.) High School. Tall and thin at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Cole has a very loose and easy arm action. He’s the type of pitcher who can bring his fastball at mid-90s velocity and appear to the batter as all arms and legs. Cole also throws a slurve-type breaking ball that buckles the knees of hitters. The pitch has slider action, but it breaks like a curveball and busts hitters in on their hands.

While Cole is still learning how to pitch — and he hasn’t yet faced Major League-quality bats — he might be the secret weapon in this trade. Cole projects future physical maturation that scouts feel may even increase his already above-average velocity. With an eye toward the future, the A’s have likely obtained a very solid rotation starter.

During his first full year in professional baseball at Class A Hagerstown, Cole threw 89 innings, allowing 87 hits and walking only 24, while striking out 108.–

—Tom Milone—

And Tom Milone Completes The Nationals To The Athletics Shuffle.

–The final piece of the A’s bounty is 24-year-old Milone. A control pitcher out of the University of Southern California, Milone gave up only 16 walks in 148 1/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Syracuse this past season. That’s an incredible statistic, but he’s been doing it consistently.

Milone has the ability to throw his cut fastball for strikes. That’s the key to his success. He doesn’t overpower hitters, but he is around the plate and he knows how to pitch. Milone throws his fastball in the high 80s, at best, but his curve is in the mid 70s, and it works well for him. Scouts like Milone’s changeup as an “out” pitch that he can use at any point in the count.

As a contact pitcher, Milone has to continue with sharp control and a full repertoire. He has to use good pitch sequencing that keeps hitters off balance, looking for that other pitch. If Milone continues to do that, the lefty can find success as a starter with three solid pitches. This past season, Milone went 12-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.03 WHIP at Syracuse. He also made his Major League debut for Washington, pitching in five games and throwing very well in 26 solid innings. …–

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Hmm.

I Look At It This Way, My Peeps…

The Nationals HAVE The Guys They EXPECT To WIN With.

They’re Already In-Place.

They Just Needed Something Else.

Something Was Missing.

Another DAMN FINE Starter.

Gio FILLS The 3rd-Spot In The Nats Rotation.

That’s What THEY FELT Would Make Them WINNERS.

And I HONESTLY AGREE.

Yes…

…Gio DOES WALK THE BALLPARK…

Perhaps Two OR Three Times Over

…BUT With…

…His Decent Strike-Out Totals…

…COUPLED With…

…His Talent-Level…

…AND…

…His Durability?

Yeah…

…I See Him Doing JUST FINE In The NL East.

PERIOD.

As For The Nationals’ Pick-Ups From The Elephants…

…er…

…The Athletics?

Well…

…All FOUR of THOSE Kids…

…HONESTLY Have…

…A FINE-SHOT To Prove-Themselves.

The Oakland A’s ARE NOT…

 …The Texas Rangers

…nor…

The L.A. Angels Of Anaheim

…nor…

The San Francisco Giants

…nor even…

The L.A. Dodgers.

Hell, Kids…

…They’re NOT EVEN…

The Washington Nationals!

So Those FOUR Should ALL Get Their Chances…

…Within The A’s Organization.

PERIOD.

Good Deal For BOTH TEAMS???

Really…

…YES.

The Nats Got EXACTLY What THEY FEEL They Need.

The A’s Got EXACTLY What THEY WANTED More Of.

I Seriously Call That…

…AN ACTUAL…

…WIN WIN!

Well…

…If I’ve Ever Seen One, That Is.

BOTH Teams Made QUALITY Pick-Ups.

BOTH Teams Were SMART-ABOUT What They Did.

BOTH Teams Are Doing What’s RIGHT…

…For THEIR TEAMS…

…At…

…THIS TIME.

Period.

Some People May Piss-And-Moan…

…Sure Sure…

…Happens EVERY TIME ANYTHING HAPPENS Anyway.

There Are ALWAYS Two-Sides.

Period.

Period.

HOWEVER…

…In MY (humble yet not so humble) OPINION…

…BOTH Clubs…

…SHOULD Be CONTENT.

As A BASEBALL FAN FIRST

…I’M Feelin’ CONTENT.

PERIOD.

PERIOD.

PERIOD.

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The Drama of The Major League Baseball OFF-Season…

…Continues Onward!

-TWO Months Until Pitchers AND Catchers Report (come ooo0n February)!!-