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This Isn’t A Goodbye

Just like Nick Markakis spreading his wings and leaving Baltimore, it’s time for me to leave Driving Yasiel Puig. Now, since I created it, I can’t exactly leave it; it’ll always be there. And since I’m the only person who controls it, it will just sit here, taking up space on the interwebs.

After creating this, I never knew what angle I wanted to take with it. Whether it was actual analysis (which from me is trash anyway) or humor (once again, trash) so I just abandoned it for a while to pursue other opportunities writing. You can still find me at the Baltimore Sports Report or From Section 2.

I do not know if I will ever write on this website again, because I see it as a failure. I had some nice page views for being virtually unknown in the online sports network, which was cool.

Like I said before, you can find me on those sites and always follow me on Twitter to follow my daily adventures of being a weird 18 year old.

Until next time, have a great day and bless our lord and savior Yasiel Puig.

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Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson?

Two of the best third baseman in the league right now are Manny Machado of the Orioles and Josh Donaldson of the Athletics. Both are amazingly talented baseball players who will hopefully be cornerstones for their respected franchises for the rest of their careers. This leads to people choose one or the other to say is “better”.

With recent events that happened, the two players don’t seem to like each other and have started the “Machado-Donaldson Rivalry”, if you want to call it that. I’m sure you know what happened during that whole series. Benches were cleared, bats were thrown and players got really angry. Now I’m here to find out which one is the better baseball player.

To fully compare them, I’ll do it by season since the two have a significant age gap (Donaldson is 28, Machado is 22).

Batting Average (BA)
2012: Machado (.262), Donaldson (.241)
2013: Machado (.283), Donaldson (.301)
2014: Machado (.270), Donaldson (.238)

On Base Percentage (OBP)
2012: Machado (.294), Donaldson (.289)
2013: Machado (.314), Donaldson (.384)
2014: Machado (.319), Donaldson (.318)

Slugging Percentage (SLG)
2012: Machado (.445), Donaldson (.398)
2013: Machado (.432), Donaldson (.499)
2014: Machado (.442), Donaldson (.449)

Isolated Power (ISO)
2012: Machado (.183), Donaldson (.157)
2013: Machado (.148), Donaldson (.199)
2014: Machado (.152), Donaldson (.211)

Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP)
2012: Machado (.293), Donaldson (.278)
2013: Machado (.322), Donaldson (.333)
2014: Machado (.298), Donaldson (.250)

By these, it’s evident that Josh Donaldson has unleashed his true potential as a power hitter this season, with his batting average and average on balls in play have taken a hit. Machado, not known as a power hitter, has upped his average to .270 this season after a very slow start to his season. Both have been fairly even at getting on base the same, with the exception of 2013 when Donaldson’s was way higher than Machado’s. The most notable differences are the spike in power for Donaldson this season and Machado’s consistency while growing into the player he will be for the rest of his career.

Both players are amazing defensively and will be the front runners for the Gold Glove for many years to come. Both have exceptional range, arm strength and ability to make amazing plays everyday.

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Both of these guys are amazing baseball players and would be amazing pieces to any franchise, but which one would you rather have?

The Oakland Athletics are Weird

The Oakland Athletics are known for being kind of a weird team. They do things like play baseball on a football field, pie each other in the face, and just leave their sewage everywhere. What they did last Saturday in Baltimore tops everything they’ve done up to this point. During the game, which didn’t see any bats thrown or benches clearing arguments, the Athletics bullpen got bored and decided to plant something.

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As you can see, it starts out with a sunflower seed base. Something all plants start from.

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Soon, they added some type of candy and decided to water it and see what would happen.

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With something now in the middle, maybe they think something will sprout out of this weird plant.

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Once they realize that nothing is going to grow from this, they decide to put a Red Bull can in the middle of it.

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And finally, once every other attempt has failed, they finally just decide to pour orange Gatorade into the Red Bull can.

Never change Athletics bullpen, never change. Thanks for Alan Dobbins for sending me these photos. Go follow him on da Twitterz.

Josh Lueke Designated for Assignment

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

JOSH LUEKE, THE RAPIST, WAS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. 

This Week in Baseball Weirdness 4/21-4/25

  • Andrew Cashner played left field.
  • Mike Carp pitched.
  • The Angels scored 13 runs without Mike Trout reaching base once.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka has a save.
  • Bobby Abreu got his first hit since 2012.
  • Ryan Goins hit a home run before Adrian Beltre.
  • The Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 5-4 on Friday. It’s only the 2nd time they’ve won at home.
  • Charlie Blackmon no longer has a batting average over .400, it’s .398.
  • The current HR leaders: Jose Abreu and Albert Pujols.
  • The current RBI leaders: Jose Abreu, Chris Colabello, and Giancarlo Stanton.
  • Dee Gordon and Eric Young, Jr. got to double digits in steals before Billy Hamilton.
  • Aaron Harang has a 0.85 ERA.
  • Jason Hammel has a 0.69 WHIP.
  • Johnny Cueto has a .140 BAA.
  • The two pitchers with two complete games: Johnny Cueto and Martin Perez.

DERPS OF THE WEEK FEATURING THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS’ PITCHERS SHELBY MILLER & MICHAEL WACHA

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And finally, the Bartolo Picture Of The Week

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Brett Lawrie’s Interesting Twitter Follows

Brett Lawrie is a very interesting baseball player and human being. He shows this by his on the field craziness and off the field activities, which includes following some very interesting people on Twitter. As pointed out by @Amelia_C_87 on Twitter (well, in a Skype call), Brett Lawrie has quite a few interesting people on his “following list” on Twitter. This may be a NSFW post, so just a warning. (It’s a NSFW post.)

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Okay, this one is semi-normal. He’s the mayor of the city Lawrie plays in and is a noted public figure in today’s media. But it definitely gets weirder.

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Now we start to step into the secret obsession of girls in yoga pants that Brett Lawrie has. Fun fact: Byron Buxton also follows this account.

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I’m not really sure why Brett Lawrie would follow two accounts centered around girls in yoga pants, but to each his own.

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That’s good to know, bro.

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Hey look, it’s a whole Twitter account based off of the Blue Jays bullpen.

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Nice to see Brett Lawrie is using Vine for the exact thing it was created for.

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You don’t need to speak Spanish to understand what this account is about.

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At least this one is based out of Canada!

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Brett Lawrie do love hotties.

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I’m still not quite sure what this Twitter account is about.

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At first, there was Red Sox Nation, then came along, Yoga Pant Nation.

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I think this was only meant for Rickie and Jemile Weeks.

I think we can all learn a lesson in how to properly use social media, thanks to Brett Lawrie. Also, let the record show that Jose Bautista follows none of these accounts. Good on you, Jose.

 

This Week in Baseball Weirdness 4/14-4/18

This week’s post is going to be kind of weak since I slacked off most of the week, but HERE WE GO.

  • The Twins drew 8 walks in one inning against the Blue Jays. Every Twin walked except for Eduardo Nunez & Jason Kubel. Josmil Pinto walked twice in the inning.
  • The Yankees turned the first triple play of the season. C.C. Sabathia has been pitching for the last three Yankees triple plays.
  • The Yankees also hit two triples in one inning.
  • Robinson Cano finally hit his first home run, tying himself with Dean Anna, Madison Bumgarner, Eric Chavez, Gio Gonzalez, and Travis Ishikawa.
  • Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Matt Holliday, Adam Jones, Evan Longoria, and Andrew McCutchen have the same number of home runs combined as Pedro Alvarez, Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo all by themselves.
  • Two players still have batting averages over .400: Chase Utley (.462), and Charlie Blackmon (.411).
  • The leader in batting average on the Orioles is Matt Wieters. Wieters has only finished one season with a batting average over .250.
  • Kyle Gibson is 4th in ERA with 0.93.
  • Aaron Harang and Scott Feldman still has a lower ERA than Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, and Gio Gonzalez.
  • The pitcher with the lowest BAA is Jason Hammel (.143).
  • Cliff Lee and Julio Teheran both threw complete games, in the same game.
  • Yan Gomes, Travis Ishikawa, Kelly Johnson, Don Kelly, and Brian Roberts all have a triple.
  • The Rangers have 7 wins at home; 4 of them are walk offs.

DERPS OF THE WEEK

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And finally, #BAETLA

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This Week in Baseball Weirdness 4/7-4/11

It took until the second week of the season, but I’ve found out something to do instead of just simply showing you the derps of the week; I can include every little weird thing that happened in baseball this week.

  • Two relief pitchers had at bats this week: Trevor Rosenthal and Brandon League.
  • Dioner Navarro stole a base. This hasn’t happened since 2009.
  • Dee Gordon hit a home run…off Max Scherzer.
  • Danny Salazar struck out 10 people in 3.2 innings.
  • The Orioles committed two errors in a game, and Nelson Cruz did not commit them.
  • Jose Fernandez gave up six earned runs to the Phillies which included a bases loaded walk to Ryan Howard.
  • Bryce Harper hit seventh in the batting order which he’s done 6 times with a .412 batting average, 1 home run and 5 RBI’s.
  • Alejando De Aza has more home runs than the Kansas City Royals.
  • Charlie Blackmon still has a batting average over .400 (.486).
  • Pedro Alvarez, Brandon Belt & Mark Trumbo all have 5 home runs.
  • Chase Utley has a 1.291 OPS.
  • Emilio Bonifacio leads in hits with 20.
  • Scott Feldman (0.44) and Aaron Harang (0.71) have lower ERA’s than Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, and Jose Fernandez.
  • Jason Hammel has the lowest WHIP (0.51).
  • Andrew Cashner has the first complete game of the season. This is his second career complete game.
  • The Top 5 leaders in BAA are Aaron Harang (.098), Garrett Richards (.100), Scott Feldman (.106), Jason Hammel (.109), and Andrew Cashner (.137).
  • Six players already have three errors: Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Yan Gomes, Miguel Montero, Daniel Murphy, and Pablo Sandoval.

God, I love small sample size statistics.

DERPS OF THE WEEK

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hardy tillman

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HOLY SHIT RYAN DEMPSTER IS ALIVE

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THE MOST #BARVES THING YOU WILL EVER SEE

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And finally, the Best Scouting Report of the Week: Masahiro Tanaka

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Derps of the Week 3/31-4/4

Most to a lot of the fun around baseball includes the weird faces the players make while playing the game. These are referred to “derps”, which is defined by Urban Dictionary as, “A simple, undefined reply when an ignorant comment or action is made. Brought to life in the South Park series, when Mr. Derp made a guest apperance at South Park Elementary as the chef for a day, followed by hitting himself in the head with a hammer and exclaiming “Derp!”

These pictures were screenshotted by me and my good friend Alan Dobbins, who is also on Twitter, so go follow him.

Without further adieu, here are some of the best derps from this past week!

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tim lincecum (picture via Cespedes Family Barbecue, da bes)

And finally, the Bartolo.

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Happy Birthday Chris Davis

Today is the birthday of somebody very important in my life, and hopefully your life. Today is the day all of the planets aligned, and the 2nd coming of Jesus was born, and his name is Christopher Lyn Davis. This amazing human being led the Majors with 53 HR’s and 138 RBI’s, even though RBI’s are completely useless to keep track of, but Davis still led in them. He also led the league in total bases with 370, and finished with a 1.004 OPS, which is very, very good. 

Now, let’s take a look at some of his home run stats, because those are very fun to read. Davis has hit three home runs off of Ivan Nova, Carlos Villaneuva, Ervin Santana, and Rick Porcello. Davis has hit most of his home runs against the Blue Jays (19), then the Yankees (14). His third career home run came off of former Oriole, Sidney Ponson, who is only one of five Aruba-born MLB players. Davis has hit two home runs off of Roberto Hernandez, both came after he changed his name from Fausto Carmona. On April 13 & 14, 2009, Davis hit home runs in back-to-back games against the Orioles, his current team. This happened again on April 25 & 26. 

On April 13, 2009, Davis hit a home run against the player he would be traded for, Koji Uehara. Davis only hit one home run in 2010, against his future teammate with the Orioles, Francisco Rodriguez. Davis’ 69th home run was hit on September 11, 2012 off of J.P. Howell. Davis hit a home run in four of the last five games of the 2012 season. Within the first four games of the 2013 season, Davis joined Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, and Nelson Cruz as one of four MLB players in history to hit a home run in each of the first four games at the beginning of a season. In the last four games before the 2013 All-Star Break, Davis hit a home run in each of the four games. On September 13, 2013, Davis became one of three people in Orioles history to hit 50 home runs in one season, joining Jim Gentile and Brady Anderson. 

To wrap all of these facts up, Davis only has one walk off home run, off Brandon Morrow. Only time will tell if Davis continues this kind of production, or he regresses, but for now, we can all enjoy all of these facts, and these great Chris Davis pictures/gifs. Happy Birthday, Chris.

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For our final gif, Buck Showalter sums up how we all feel about the God among us. Love you, Chris ❤

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