Showing posts with label Nick Swisher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nick Swisher. Show all posts


Thanks A Lot, Nick Swisher

オハイオ州のたわごと(Oh Shit!)

Minnesota Twins fans who were looking forward to seeing Tsuyoshi Nishioka's Target Field debut will have to wait for a lot longer than today's home opener.

In the seventh inning during yesterday's game, the Twins second baseman and former Japanese batting champ was standing firm on second base when Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher attempted to break up a double play and took a hard slide... right into Nishioka's firmly planted left leg. Nishioka was carried off the field and it was later ruled that he had fractured his fibula. Ouch.

Nobody is blaming Swisher for playing dirty. Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire was quoted as saying "Swisher's a clean player. It was a good slide. That's not an issue at all." And Nishioka himself called the slide a "professional play." Right now the bigger question is why in the hell Nishioka didn't jump out of the way.

Yankees Force Game 6 in Arlington

The Texas Rangers are still just one win away from reaching their very first World Series, but the New York Yankees aren't going away that easily.

After being outscored 25-5 by the Rangers and losing three straight games, the Yankees battled back in Game 5 for a 7-2 victory to force a Game 6 in Arlington Friday night.

And I'll tell you what: if Yankees fans aren't leaving the ballpark early, they're showing up three innings late. What gives? Those people missed 90 percent of the excitement when their Bronx Bombers put up three runs in the second before Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano jacked back-to-back homers in the third to build an early 5-0 lead.

Meanwhile, CC Sabathia was getting hit all over the place, but managed to keep the damage to just two runs via Matt Treanor while allowing eleven hits and striking out seven over six innings.


It's 2010 Home Run Derby Time!

Update: Good job, Big Papi.

Here is the lineup for the Midsummer Classic 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby contest, in order of appearance. Who ya got?


The All-Star Roster Has Been Decided

The All-Star final fan votes are in. It was no surprise that ass-kicking Joey Votto made it for the National League team. The only surprise was that he didn't make the roster prior to the fan voting. He promptly thanked his voters this afternoon by hitting bomb number 22 on the season. He's the first ever Cincinnati Reds player to make it into the game based on the final fan vote. Way to go, Joey!

In a much tighter race, Nick Swisher managed to eek past Kevin Face-muff Youklis to claim the final spot for the American League. There were five very deserving players up for the final spot, and based on their numbers, some might say that Michael Young, Delmon Young, or Paul Konerko have been having better seasons than Swisher or Youklis. But the Youngs and Konerko just couldn't compete with Swisher's Twitter campaign, the celebrity and/or senate endorsements for Swish and Youk, or the sheer number of voters the larger market teams have.

Nick Swisher Needs a Slump Buster, Pronto

Regardless of his horrendous postseason play, Nick Swisher is still upbeat, according to AP sports writer Jay Cohen, who apparently witnessed him frolicking into the clubhouse Friday, donning a chipper smile.

Swisher is hitless over his last 11 at-bats, failing to successfully reach base since his leadoff single off Los Angeles Angels starter Joe Saunders in the seventh inning of Game 2. Nevermind extra base hits, which he hasn't seen since an RBI double in the opener of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins.


Nick Swisher's Career 0.00 ERA

Nick Swisher can play at first base or in the outfield. Now, you can go ahead and add the mound to his repertoire. Sort of.

The New York Yankees' right fielder enjoyed a chuckle or two on the hill Monday during his team's 15-5 pounding by their newest nemesis, the Tampa Bay Rays. After a poor Chien-Ming Wang outing, the Yanks already-exhausted bullpen consisted of Jonathan Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez and Phil Coke.

Swisher (and his 4-seam fastball clocked at 80 mph even) was the only "hurler" to keep the Rays off the board.

The 28-year-old, who last pitched as a high school freshman, became the first Yankee position player to toe the rubber since Wade Boggs threw knuckleballs against the Angels in 1997. Swisher walked B.J. Upton to kick off the eighth, gave up a base hit to Willy Aybar, got Gabe Kapler to go down swinging, Carlos Pena to pop out, and Pat Burrell to fly out to center. As 3:10 to Joba put it, he's the Anti-Ankiel. Swish also homered in the fourth, his third of the season.


A's Deal Nick Swisher, We're Slackers

SwishYeah, so we dropped off the face of the earth for a few days... and you'll have that after the New Year has been rung in and whatnot. But we're back!

Three weeks after sending Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics have made another big trade. They've sent fan favorite Nick Swisher to the Chicago White Sox for three prospects. That's their best pitcher and hitter for nine minor leaguers total.

The 27-year-old outfielder, who has a history of not messing around, hit .262 with 22 longballs and 78 RBIs over 150 games last season, drawing 100 walks for a career-best in patience at the plate.



Vicente Padilla Knows Karate

Ah, brawls. Really, they're the only thing more exciting than a stolen base or a squeeze play.

It all started when Oakland's Nick Swisher was nailed by a Bill White pitch in the seventh inning on Saturday. As the umpires issued a warning to both benches, Swisher glared toward the mound.

Swisher, who hit a bomb in each of the first three games of the series against the Texas Rangers, was hit again on Sunday in the first inning by Vicente Padilla, and this time he'd had enough.

The switch-hitting outfielder charged the mound and tackled Padilla while A's second baseman Jack Hannahan, making sure not to miss any of the action, dove into the pile as well.

Second base ump Tim Timmons fell to the ground during the melee before plate umpire Chuck Meriwether tossed only Padilla and Swisher, who had to be restrained by several teammates. This marks the first time Swisher has ever been ejected and the second time for Padilla.

A's starter Lenny DiNardo lasted just two innings. "I was definitely in a different mental state in the second inning," he explained. "My first instinct was to go out and hit the first batter. The umpires and coaching staff told me just to throw strikes and I didn't do a good job of that."
DiNardo gave up five runs and two hits with four walks and a strikeout, lasting just 1.2 innings for his second straight start.

Michael Young was the star of the night for Texas however, as he drove in 7 runs on 3 hits and a walk. Sammy Sosa had 2 RBIs for the Rangers while Brad Wilkerson and Nelson Cruz drove in the last two.

Mark Ellis, who has officially hit in every spot in the batting order, nailed 3 RBIs and Kurt Suzuki drove in two runs for Oakland in their heated 11-9 loss.