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Old 05-30-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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In case those who do not follow Bay Area baseball have not noticed, Melky Cabrera has had a month to remember. With one Giants game remaining in the month, Cabrera has already broken Willie Mays' record for hits in May by a SF Giant, whapping out 50. He is one hit away from the Giants most hits record for any month (51 by Randy Winn.) Cabrera in May has had three games with four hits and four games with three hits. In 16 of the Giants 28 games Melky has had multiple hit games.

In May Melky has batted .435 .463 .661 . And he hasn't just been a standout at the plate, his baserunning and glovework have been a delight to watch. Even the post game interviews, where Melky has appeared frequently because he was the hero of the game, are fun. Cabrera speaks very little English and thus requires a translator for American tv and radio. The interviewer poses the question, the translator turns it into Spanish, Melky rattles on at length in Spanish and the translator then provides the English version. What is funny about all this is that Melky speaks in nothing but the typical cliches most players rely upon to get through interviews. The result is an incredibly labored process to yield one more version of "I'm just glad to be here and the fans are great and I'm just playing hard and hoping for the best etc etc."

The fans have taken Melky to their hearts and there is now a small group billing themselves the "Melkmen" who dress in all white, with old fashioned milkman delivery uniforms, complete with hats.

It has all been a blast....even if everything is downhill for Carbrera after this, thanks Melky for a fantastic month.


The Melkmen
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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ChiSox are winning again in Tampa. Im cautiously starting to believe this team can sustain success this season (not 12 out of 13 type of success but still)....
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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ChiSox are winning again in Tampa. Im cautiously starting to believe this team can sustain success this season (not 12 out of 13 type of success but still)....
The temptation would be to cite the departure of Ozzie as the reason for the Sox rejuvenation. The problem in doing that is that Guillen has guided the Marlins to a 20-8 May. I guess the real lesson is that the difference between Adam Dunn slumping and Adam Dunn hitting is a great deal more weighty than the difference between managers.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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The temptation would be to cite the departure of Ozzie as the reason for the Sox rejuvenation. The problem in doing that is that Guillen has guided the Marlins to a 20-8 May. I guess the real lesson is that the difference between Adam Dunn slumping and Adam Dunn hitting is a great deal more weighty than the difference between managers.
Yeah, thats come up a lot in local media here lately. Basically how Robin is the polar opposite and that he is the calming influence this type of team needs. I think that is overstating it, and like you said it has far more to do with Dunn being productive and Konerko hitting like .500 the last couple weeks.

That said, Ozzie was pretty miserable here the last couple seasons and I don't know how motivated he was to win.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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The 250 Million Dollar Man seems to have finally decided to open fire for the 2012 season.

Albert Pujols is warming up.

In April he hit .217 .265 .304

For May it was .263 .309 .491

With most of his production coming recently. The last seven days it has been .429 .484 .893
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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In case those who do not follow Bay Area baseball have not noticed, Melky Cabrera has had a month to remember. With one Giants game remaining in the month, Cabrera has already broken Willie Mays' record for hits in May by a SF Giant, whapping out 50. He is one hit away from the Giants most hits record for any month (51 by Randy Winn.) Cabrera in May has had three games with four hits and four games with three hits. In 16 of the Giants 28 games Melky has had multiple hit games.

In May Melky has batted .435 .463 .661 . And he hasn't just been a standout at the plate, his baserunning and glovework have been a delight to watch. Even the post game interviews, where Melky has appeared frequently because he was the hero of the game, are fun. Cabrera speaks very little English and thus requires a translator for American tv and radio. The interviewer poses the question, the translator turns it into Spanish, Melky rattles on at length in Spanish and the translator then provides the English version. What is funny about all this is that Melky speaks in nothing but the typical cliches most players rely upon to get through interviews. The result is an incredibly labored process to yield one more version of "I'm just glad to be here and the fans are great and I'm just playing hard and hoping for the best etc etc."

The fans have taken Melky to their hearts and there is now a small group billing themselves the "Melkmen" who dress in all white, with old fashioned milkman delivery uniforms, complete with hats.

It has all been a blast....even if everything is downhill for Carbrera after this, thanks Melky for a fantastic month.


The Melkmen
I too am happy to see the "Melkman" doing well. The Yankees were high on him for a few years, but he never really blossomed in New York. By the way, it was Yankees announcer John Sterling who first called him the "Melkman."

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Old 06-01-2012, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Melky looks like a bit of a BABIP creation.

His BABIP this year iS .413. That won't hold.

He's pretty much the same player he has been, with the expected increase in power that comes with maturity.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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Melky looks like a bit of a BABIP creation.

His BABIP this year iS .413. That won't hold.

He's pretty much the same player he has been, with the expected increase in power that comes with maturity.
I don't think anyone is expecting Melky to get 50 hits every month from now on. That pace would result in 300 hits for the year, beyond the reach of even Ichiro!
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:59 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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The Astros are coming home tonight for a taste of some home cooking while coming off their worst series this season in Denver, and mired in a six-game losing streak after beating Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles last week. They'll regroup and now face the first-place Reds and a starter they've already beaten this year (Mike Leake, who is 1-5).

And the Rangers are going to L.A. this weekend to do a series with the Angels. This promises to be a good one. Albert Pujols has gotten his groove back, so seeing that against Josh Hamilton will be worth watching.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Another umpire-tainted no-hitter. Santana's should have been broken up by a Beltran liner that the replay showed hit the foul line, and clearly showed the mark on the foul line where it hit.
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