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WHO'S   BETTER   -    "HOCUS POCUS"
07/27/2014 @ 09:48 AM
Baseball's Hall of Fame announced a "rule change." They reduced the number of years players remain eligible for induction. It's nothing but "Hocus Pocus."

WHO'S   BETTER   -    Who Belongs "IN" Cooperstwon?
07/26/2014 @ 10:34 AM
Its been debated for years - who belongs in baseball's Hall of Fame? The game's "steroid era" is keeping some of the games best players out of Cooperstown while other "cheats" have been voted in...why the double standard?

WHO'S   BETTER   -    AN IDIOT IN EXILE.................
07/24/2014 @ 03:13 PM
Respected sportswriter/author Pat Jordan wrote a story about Johnny Damon - former Red Sox/Yankee star that disturbed and offended me.......

WHO'S   BETTER   -    MIAMI ICE - "JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ"........
07/24/2014 @ 09:38 AM
Cuban's do "ice skate" - and do well - they even made U.S.A. Olympic history.....I never knew that.......

WHO'S   BETTER   -    NFL 's 1st "GAY" - (who cares?)........
07/23/2014 @ 09:44 AM
The St.Louis Rams are in the national spotlight - they drafted the NFL's first openly gay player Michael Sam - Missouri's defensive end.......

WHO'S   BETTER   -    "BIG CUBANO" .....................
07/22/2014 @ 11:45 AM
The Florida Panthers have a new "goalie" - guess what - he's "CUBAN." What do Cubans know about ice skating - hockey - or anything to do with "ice?"

WHO'S   BETTER   -    "WHO GOES 9 ANYMORE?"...........
07/21/2014 @ 08:55 AM
a ML pitchers nightmare are "arm" problems causing the need for "Tommy John" surgery...high school pitchers are now having the controversial operation...

WHO'S   BETTER   -    NAUGHTY - NAUGHTY "MASCOTS"....................
07/20/2014 @ 09:30 AM
A half-dozen Cub "mascots" are in trouble...the national league club have filed suit against several people for behaving badly.....

WHO'S   BETTER   -    MLB No.1 "JERK"..............................
07/19/2014 @ 10:31 AM
The Atlanta Braves cut loose Dan Uggla - he's not worth the trouble keeping him around the club-house.

WHO'S   BETTER   -    BASEBALL'S " SNOOZE " TIME.............................
07/18/2014 @ 10:51 PM
Baseball fans have complained for several seasons now games are too long - most complaints come from TV viewers watching night games that go on forever..but some fans even sleep at the bllpark.....


WHO'S BETTER - " YAZ or ORTIZ?"................

Posted on 07/28/2014 @ 09:06 AM

WHO'S   BETTER   -

Has "Big Papi" eclipsed Yaz as the second-greatest Red Sox player of all time?

Last Monday night Ortiz hit his 453rd home run moving him past Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place on the all-time home run list. That prompted a Boston sportswriter to track down Yaz and ask the question - "where does Ortiz rank on the Red Sox all-time list? Yastrzemski responded.

"I would say as a hitter. I would say he's next to Ted Williams...I would put him ahead of me..he had more "power" than I had."

In my opinion Yaz was just being polite - speaking kindly of "Big Papi" - I'll agree with Yaz that the big strong DH Ortiz has more "power" hitting a baseball but in no way does that makes him a better "hitter" or player than Yastrzemski. As a former infielder I'd hate like hell to have one of Big Papi's screaming line drives heading in my diection. Balls come off his bat like rockets. But place him ahead of Yaz as the Red Sox No.2 all-time greatest players? No way. No contest.

Just compare their stats.
Carl Yastrzemski enjoyed a 23-year major league career - all with the Red Sox.
David Ortiz is in his 17th major league year - his first 5 years with Minnesota.

Yastrzemski left the game with a lifetime batting average of .285 - 3,419 hits - 452 home runs - 1,844 runs batted in

Ortiz has a .286 lifetime batting average - 2,118 hits - 456 home runs - 1,505 runs batted in.

Will Ortiz be able to stay in baseball another 6 years to match the longevity of Yaz - don't bet on it. Remember - for most of Yaztrzemski's career he was an every day player. Ortiz has been a full time DH since 2003. In summary - Carl Yastrzemski is second on the all-time list for games played - third for total at-bats- Red Sox all-time leader in career RBI's - runs - hits - singles - doubles - total bases - and until last week second on the team's list for home runs behind the great Ted Williams.

Yaz was also an 18 time All-Star - 7 time Gold Glove winner against "Big Papi" being named 9 times to the All-Star team. Now consider their body sizes. Yastrzemski's pretty normal - not "Big Papi."

Yaz comes in at 5'11" - 175 pounds - ORTIZ AT 6'4" - 230 (extra large "Godzilla" size)
The kid with the long name is right - Ortiz has more "power" hitting a ball than he does but that's it. I believe Yastrzemski was being generous about Ortiz's DH role and place in Red Sox history. Ortiz has only been in Boston half as long as Yaz - he failed a drug test in 2003 (oh-you forgot that!) and he's been almost excusively been a designated hitter. He can't possibly be a greater Red Sox than Yaz who owned the territory in from of Fenway's Green Monster for close to two decades.

Since the Red Sox are last place in their AL East Division Boston fans need a controversy to take minds off the clubs lousy hitting and play - Who's Better - "YAZ or BIG PAPI? - is better than saying - "wait till next year!" (Ted Williams remains the No.1 Red Sox star)......

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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