OFFICIAL SULLY BASEBALL PICKS FOR 2017

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The season is about to begin… better make my picks that will inevitably suck!

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I like the Mets staff and Cespedes… and I don’t trust the Nationals.

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The Defending Champs are just better than everyone else.

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LA and San Francisco will battle it out all year. The Dodgers will be healthier and survive.

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The two most consistent organizations in the NL meet again.

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Not a homer pick. They will outlast the Blue Jays who will give my beloved fits.

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They came within a swing of winning it all last year and improved. Most of the division is rebuilding and they will win 100.

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Your guess is as good as mine in the AL West. I am not buying Houston’s pitching. Texas’ depth makes me nervous. The Angels stink. The A’s are rebuilding.

Seattle might win by default.

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Big markets fighting out for the big prize. Kershaw will keep hearing about his October failures until he clinches the big one. (Not the Division Series!)

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Boston’s pitching and Cleveland’s depth will force this rematch.

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For the first time since 1977 and 1978, we will have the same two teams win the pennant in back to back years.

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It is Cleveland’s year.

NL MVP: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets

NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, Giants

NL Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson, Braves

NL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, Cubs

 

AL MVP: Carlos Correa, Astros

AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Indians

AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge, Yankees

AL Manager of the Year: Scott Servais, Mariners

 

THERE WE GO! Let’s start the season and see how wrong these are!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 1, 2017

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In the latest installment of The Teams That Should Have Won, I look at a franchise that has had a lot of near misses.

The Mets have lost some heart breakers and some big time stars came and went without a ring.

But the team I picked for the Mets could have built on past success and possibly could have avoided the pitfalls that would emerge in the ensuing years.

It is the second to last DAILY episode of Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Bill Lee 1971 Topps – Sully Baseball Card of the Day for April 1, 2017

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In many ways, this card is perfect for April Fools Day. This feels like a joke in retrospect.

Have you ever seen pictures of counter culture celebrities before they became famous, or more apt before the discovered drugs? Ever see young George Carlin buttoned down and dressed like a Reservoir Dog?

That’s what this card reminds me of. Everything about this would make a card collector think that Bill Lee is a button down, no nonsense player.

Anyone who has done 30 seconds of research knows that is only true in Bizarro world.

Chances are if you have read this much of this blog post, you already know who Bill Lee is. I am going to take a wild guess that if you know your pal Sully, you already know a few things about Bill Lee.

Lee was a Southern California kid from a baseball family where even his aunt played professional ball. He was a product of USC and signed with the Red Sox, where he made his debut in 1969. A reliever at first, he became a starter in 1973 and was selected to the AL All Star Team that year, winning 17 games and posting a 2.95 ERA.

He won 17 games in 1974 and 1975, a rare feat for a left hander pitching in Fenway. He pitched well in the World Series but let up a key homer to Tony Perez in Game 7 and the Reds would go on to win.

Eventually he was traded to the Expos where he had a terrific 1979 but eventually faded. He continues to play to this day in various semi pro and independent teams.

How about THAT for the cleaned up version of his life?

The real story is filled with sex, drugs, rock n roll, clashing with management while speaking about Eastern philosophy to any reporter who would listen.

He was the leader of the drug taking Buffalo Heads on the Red Sox who drove Don Zimmer crazy. He was dragged into Bowie Kuhn’s office for his public claims of putting marijuana on his pancakes.

When he didn’t have manager Dick Williams protecting him, he was in the crosshairs of Montreal management as well.

The Spaceman, travelling to Cuba to play and being the Hunter S. Thompson of baseball is nowhere to be seen on this card.

Clean shaven with a tight haircut, he even signs his name with the formal William Francis Lee (or is it Frances?)

And check out the flip side!

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First of all, what is up with only one year’s worth of stats?

The facts about him talk about being a college boy and serving in the military. Hell, even his home is listed as Jackson, Mississippi.

Anyone casually looking at this would say “THERE GOES A GOOD OLE CONSERVATIVE BOY FROM MISSISSIPPI!” And boy you couldn’t be more wrong.

And his life story can be seen in not just one but two movies that feature your pal Sully!