Braves and Dodgers trade talks dead?

Slideshow: juan Uribe

Dodgers and Braves trade talks have been called off according to Hardballtalk.NBC.com. Reports were that the Braves and Dodgers were in talks about Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. The trade talks have died because the Dodgers do not really want Callaspo who may be released by the Atlanta Braves at some point.

Callaspo is not having a great year at the plate and the Braves could use Uribe’s defense if nothing else. It will be interesting to see how dead the talks really are. Atlanta has certainly been willing to trade players of late but are they making good deals for the club?

Can Bryce Harper keep up the pace?

Slideshow: Bryce Harper

Can Bryce Harper keep up the pace all season that he has started with? Harper is having a MVP like season at least to this point. Harper is off to a great start but can he keep it going all year long, that is the big question.

Harper currently leads MLB in runs with 39, walks with 40, extra base hits with 26 among other things. I don’t watch Harper every day but he seems to take more pitches these days without just swinging away, which has to be helping him.

I think that Harper will have a great season but not threaten any of the major records for a season. I believe he will taper off a little as the season drags on, and pitchers get to see more tape on how he is batting now.

Poll Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle

This is a poll asking Yankees fans or any baseball fans who was better Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle Of course either one of these men could be considered the better of the two. Most of us never saw either DiMaggio or Mantle play but we can still vote on who was the better player.

DiMaggio was a thinking man on defense and did a great deal of study on opposing batters. Mickey Mantle used his athleticism to get it done in the outfield. Joe DiMaggio missed 3 seasons while in the military so only played 13 years. Joe had 2,214 hits for a .324 batting average with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI’s.

Mickey Mantle played for 18 years. Mantle had 2,415 hits with a .298 batting average, 536 home runs and 1,509 RBI’s. I think Mantle was the better long ball hitter but DiMaggio was the better pure hitter. I also say Joe DiMaggio was better than Mickey Mantle as an all-around baseball player.

Top 5 Left Handed Pitchers of all time

Slideshow: Randy Johnson

Thanks for checking out my list of the top 5 left handed pitchers in Major League Baseball history. I didn’t just look at stats but tried to base it on just how good the player was. As with any sports list my group of the top 5 left handed pitchers ever can be debated. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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5 Whitey Ford

Whitey Ford played for the Yankees, during his 16 seasons. Career ERA was 2.75 with 236 wins. Ford was 10-8 in Word Series games and stepped up his play in the post season.

4 Sandy Koufax

Koufax retired at 30 due to injuries but was one of the best left handed pitchers ever. Koufax was a 3 time Cy Young and one time MVP winner. He had a career .276 ERA and won 166 games.

3 Steve Carlton

Carlton won the strike out title 5 times, had a career ERA of .322 with 241 wins, and struck out 4,136 hitters.

2 Lefty Grove

Grove had 300 wins in 17 seasons with a career ERA of .306 and would even act as a relief pitcher a few times over his career.

1 Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is the best left handed pitcher of all time. The 6ft 10 inch tall Johnson played for 22 years in the Big’s. Johnson had 303 career wins, Johnson was so dominating he won four Cy Young awards in a row at one point.

Poll Roger Clemens or Nolan Ryan?

This is a poll asking who was better Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens. Ryan and Clemmons were two of the best pitchers in their era, and I want to know who is better. Of course many of you will simply say Clemens used steroids and vote for Nolan Ryan, and that is fine.

Nolan Ryan played an amazing 27 seasons and for four teams. Ryan had one of the best fastballs of all time and who can forget his beat down of Robin Ventura? Nolan Ryan won 324 and lost 292 Major League games in his career.

Roger Clemens played 24 seasons and for four teams as well. Clemens won 354 and lost 184 Major League Games. Of course Clemens was a great pitcher but how much of that was steroids?

New York Yankees retire number of Bernie Williams

Slideshow: Photos from number retirement for Bernie Williams

Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams had his number 51 retired by the team this week. Williams played 16 seasons in the major leagues all with the Yankees. Bernie Williams’ number 51 is one of 18 retied by the Yankees.

"This is unbelievable," Williams said, beginning his remarks to the crowd. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a skinny little 17-year-old kid from Puerto Rico could be here this day, in this celebration. I am overwhelmed."

The Yankees are one of those historic teams with so many great players but Bernie Williams sure is among their best ever. It was good to see the Yankees fans giving Williams such an ovation when his number was retired.

Cam Newton cocky quotes will have media on him again

Slideshow: Cam Newton

Cam Newton is pretty high on himself and the national media will fall all over his recent statement. Cam Newton recently made some comments to Morgan Fogarty of WCCB in Charlotte that will make him look pretty arrogant.

Fogarty says, "You have been called the NFL's greatest talent as well as the NFL's greatest unknown. Do you agree with that?" Newton says, "Absolutely not." And, "I say this with the most humility, but I don't think nobody has ever been who I'm trying to be. Nobody has the size, nobody has the speed, nobody has the arm strength, nobody had the intangibles that I've had. I'm not saying I'm the one-on-one type of person that this league will never see again. No, I'm not saying that, hear me out. I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person."

That is Cam Newton being honest and I am sure he feels that way. He is one of the most talented quarterbacks to ever play from an arm strength and running prospective. He also is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL with accuracy problems that led the Panthers to go after tall receivers to catch Cam’s high throws.

I had two thoughts about Cam Newton’s comments. One he is cocky but that is ok. You want a cocky quarterback who is sure of himself. Two, Cam does not always play the ah shucks I just do my job game in his quotes. That can be refreshing but there will be people who pull those quotes out at every Cam Newton interception this year.To see the full story on Cam click here to go to WCCB. The thing with the Cam Newton quote is that the national media does not for the most part like him. The media will throw this quote up until Cam Newton wins a Super Bowl probably. So Panthers fans can circle the wagons because the media is on Cam now.

Videos of Hidden Ball Trick used in Major League Baseball Games

Thanks for checking out these videos of the Hidden Ball Trick being used in Major League Baseball Games. The hidden ball trick is simply that, the defense tries to fool the baserunner about the location of the ball, to get an easy tag out.

Of course players love to DO the Hidden Ball Trick but hate it being done to them. It is embarrassing to fall for it and will lead you being on video highlights in a bad way. Feel free to leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter, @NFLPanthersSB.

Poll Field of Dreams or Bull Durham

This is a poll asking which Kevin Costner baseball movie was better “Bull Durham” or “Field of Dreams” please vote below. Love him or hate him Kevin Costner can make some baseball movies, I think “For Love of the Game” is his best myself. This however is a vote for which is better between Field of Dreams and Bull Durham.

Bull Durham

Kevin Costner plays a broken down catcher on his last legs in the minor leagues who has to babysit an immature pitcher being groomed for “The Show”. Bull Durham has some great baseball moments and some realty funny dialog.

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams has Costner hearing voices that tell him to build a baseball field on his farm. “Build it and he will come” at first we don’t know the “He” is Costner’s dad. Despite actually living near Durham NC, I have to go with Field of Dreams being the better movie. I know how much I would love one more game of catch with my own father who has been dead for almost 20 years.