Week 17 Pick Them

S.Samek

12-2 in week 16, 155-80 overall.

Redskins @ Giants

Jets @ Patriots

Bears @ Vikings

Packers @ Lions

Texans @ Colts

Browns @ Steelers

Cowboys @ Eagles

49ers @ Rams

Raiders @ Chargers

Chiefs @ Broncos

Jaguars @ Titans

Saints @ Buccaneers

Bills @ Dolphins

Cardinals @ Seahawks

Panthers @ Falcons

Bengals @ Ravens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Sports Pittsburgh Dad Episodes

S.Samek

This is the companion post to my social blogs top 10 Pittsburgh Dad episodes. This one covers all the best sports themed episodes.

10.As Todd Haley.

9.Pirates Playoffs.

8.Draft Day Movie.

7.Little League.

6. At the Steelers Game.

5.Steelers good luck charms.

4.Reacts to Steelers vs Ravens Week 14.

3.Dad watches Steelers vs. Dolphins Week 6.

2.Reacts to Steelers vs. Colts Week 12.

1.Dad Reacts to Patriots Week 15.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates Organization All-Stars 2017.

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The best minor league players in the Pittsburg Pirates system were honored with milb.com organization all-star status.

 

Infield

Today I take a look at the selection to see what’s good and who deserves their status.
At the Catcher Position you have Jacob Stallings. Stallings saw time at triple a and a very short stint in the majors. He hit .301 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 38 rbi.

 
Being as catcher is one of the weaker positions in the Pirates system and that Elias Diaz has graduated from being a prospect make this an easy choice.

 
At first base Edwin Espinal was honored. Espinal hit .294 with 15 home runs and 86 rbi. Both of these totals ranked near the top of the organization leaderboard. Sadly, they let him walk in free agency. Well-deserved all-star spot.

 
At second base it was Pablo Reyes. Reyes was an on base machine for the Altoona Curve with 115 hits and 51 walks during the season. Reyes may not be well known and plays at a position with more depth, but isn’t entirely out of the mix after a season like that.

 
At shortstop it’s Cole Tucker. Tucker saw time at high a and double a in 2017. Tucker hit .275 with six home runs and 50 rbi. Tucker also swiped 47 bases this season, up from just six last year.

 
Shortstop is a position of depth for the Pirates, but Tucker could still be that future shortstop for the big-league Pirates.

 

At Third base the all-star is Ke’Byran Hayes. Hayes is the fourth ranked Pirates prospect. While Hayes has been injury prone in the past this year was better. He played in 108 and hi .278 with two homers and 43 rbi. Good to see him get on the field healthy and showing his stuff.

 

 

Outfield

In the Outfield its Jordan Luplow, Chris Bostick and Edison Lantiqua.

 
Luplow was the Pirates minor league player of the year and saw time in the majors this year. He hit .302 with 23 homers, best in the system. Luplow could be in Pittsburgh to start next year and absolutely earned every accolade he gets.

 
Bostick had a good season despite no real expectations. He hit .294 with seven homers and 57 rbi with 33 doubles at Triple A Indianapolis.

 
Lantiqua played for Bristol this season, so he is unknown to most Pirate fans. Though he showed he maybe a future top 30 prospect by hitting .307 with four homers and eight steals during 48 games this season. He routinely topped offensive categories for Bristol this year and could be a breakout candidate in 2018.

 
At the utility position Albert Baur was selected. Baur played at West Virginia in the South Atlantic League and hit .298 during the season after spending two seasons in short season a ball. His campaign included 117 hits, 31 doubles and 65 rbi, all near the top of the Pirate system leader boards. Baur could be another unranked, yet sleeper player to watch.

 

 

Pitchers

The right-handed pitcher for the Pirates comes as no surprise, despite a talented system with plenty of depth at the position. Hammer Down favorite and number two Pirates prospect Mitch Keller earned the spot.
Keller made 23 starts, including six at double a. This included clutch starts in the double a playoff, where he went 2-0 with a 1.10 era. Keller is most likely going back to Altoona to start 2018, but after a stint in the AFL is primed to make a run toward starting in Pittsburgh real soon.

 
The best left hander in the system is Steven Brault. Brault is often time thrown in the mix as a fifth starter in Pittsburgh after making four starts and pitching in 11 games for the big club. He went 10-5 with a 1.94 era at triple this season. This earned him the Pirates minor league pitcher of the year award. Great pick for an all -star honor.

 
Tate Scioneaux was the all-star reliever for this team. He was Altoona’s closer after the promotion of Montana Durapau. He went 14 of 17 in save opportunities while pitching 83 innings with a 2.44 era. Scioneaux is another unranked prospect, but could surprise a lot of people if he keeps putting up good numbers.

 
Overall the list is pretty good. It’s just a little alarming that more ranked prospect don’t appear on this list. Though it adds some variety to the players to watch list.

To compare with the 2016 list check here.

Pick Them Week 15

S.Samek

7-9 week 14, 130-75 overall

Broncos @ Colts

Bears @ Lions

Chargers @ Chiefs

Texans @ Jaguars

Ravens @ Browns

Packers @ Panthers

Dolphins @ Bills

Bengals @ Vikings

Cardinals @ Redskins

Eagles @ Giants

Jets @ Saints

Rams @ Seahawks

Titans @ 49ers

Patriots @ Steelers

Cowboys @ Raiders

Falcons @ Buccaneers

 

 

 

 

 

MILB Rebrands for 2018

S.Samek

In this post I talked about the new names the Gwinnett Braves were considering. Now they officially have a new name: The Gwinnett Strippers.
The name comes from a popular fish in Lake Lanier.
The logo looks sharp with a red, green and blue color scheme. They even have an alternate logo with a worm on a hook. That’s pretty funny.
The logo set looks on pair with most minor league offerings. The name is unique, but not super over the top. It maybe doesn’t draw the attention of some of the wackier names, but does a good job of not being to pedestrian.
That and it gets another super common and boring Braves name out of the Atlanta System.

Speaking of changing names from that of the parent club, we have the former Tampa Yankees. They selected a team name from the history book the Tampa Tarpons.

The logo looks like kind of a generic fish. Though Tarpons is a cool name. Also points for how the Yankees color scheme looks so good in the main logo. Complete with a pinstripe background.

The Hudson Valley Renegades changed appreances as well. They now have another new set of logos complete with a raccoon swing a bat.
I must admit I don’t thing they really needed a change. To me the logos look a bit smoother than the old one, but don’t really change the brand with a must have logo for a hat.
Though I do enjoy how they have a set up for their season 25 anniversary by showcasing the team colors throughout the years in a set of three logos. They look very well done and impressive.

Speaking of sharpening their image we have the Augusta Green Jackets. The golf themed moniker gets a sharp new upgrade. This was due a long time ago, but as they are set to get a new stadium it’s the perfect time to adopt a new logo.

The little duffer bee dons a silly little gold cap in a mostly dark green logo. Its silly fun and looks good to boot.

So far, I am pleased with this years first wave of rebrands from minor league baseball. Interested to see what else is in store.

 

 

 

Texas Rattlers

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Today we discuss relocation. Yet in a sport that I didn’t think was coming.
Major League Lacrosse has announced that the former Rochester Rattlers are moving to Frisco, Texas to become the Dallas Rattlers.

 

Its an interesting move to say the least. It extends the geographic footprint of the league a bit. This should make travel a bit more difficult for teams as Dallas is the only team in the central time zone against a mostly eastern standard time focused league.

 

It is also interesting to see if this could be the return of west coast lacrosse. The MLL formally had posts in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 

Team up a couple California, or other Texas entrants with together with league man stay Denver and you may have something here.

 
The only question is how big of a market is Lacrosse down in Texas. Seems to me like when compared to New York, or other eastern coast states it isn’t as sought after in Texas.

 
The Rattlers also have plenty of competition for revenue in their new home. Six other franchises call the Frisco area friendly confines.

 
Yet it gives the Rattlers a chance to play in a state of the art facility. They will play in the Ford Center, home of the Dallas Cowboys complexes. The same place that hosted the 2017 MLL championship game.

 
While the move is interesting I do think one positive came out of it. The new logo. It gets a much fiercer and modern look against the old logo. The silver, navy blue and orange is a great color scheme and a lot better than the brown orange of before.

 

Good luck to the newly rebranded Dallas Rattlers.