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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mizzou College Gameday Signs



So Mizzou's reigning homecoming king, Patrick Elmore, is gone. He now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

I will give you all a moment to wipe away your tears.

I talked to him over the phone this past week and he informed me that he will be attending the first ESPN College Gameday of the year outside of the Georgia Dome for the Clemson vs. Alabama game.

Pat does not like Alabama and although he is a Tigers fan, it's not the Clemson Tigers who he roots for. Pat is a diehard Missouri Tigers fan (obviously).

Pat told me to take some time to come up with some sign ideas for Mizzou that he can hold up at College Gameday. So I did.

I figured I would share my ideas with all of you as well.


Enjoy:
  • "College Gameday obviously got lost on their way to the game of the week in St. Louis!"

  • "I'm not Illi-ing, MIZZOU is #1!"

  • "Make some Illinoise for MIZZOU!"

  • "Illinois Football puts the ZZZZZ's in MIZZOU!"


  • "The only good thing that comes out of Champagne is drunk hook ups!"

  • "No Obama, No McCain, I'm voting Daniel for president in '08!"


  • "William Moore covers all Illini like a Tee-Pee!"

  • "Even Pocohantas cheers for MIZZOU!"

Good Luck Pat! We will all be watching to see you get on and rep the TIGERS! We miss you a lot and can't wait for Homecoming for the King to come back!

The Fake Rivalry


So this weekend the future national champs kick off the season against Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome in the Lou. Everytime I think about this rivalry I just get anrgy. It is a rivalry because someone else says so. Maybe in basketball there is one, but that all that is there.

I have no beef with Illinois. I hate the big 10, so I can get on board for hating them for that, but that is about all I got. I like the color orange. I like Michael Jordan and since his son goes there I got to like that. Deron Williams is really good. I wish Bill Self would have coached here instead of Kansas. Alumni of Illinois invented the plasma screen TV. What is there to hate?

Is it because they border us? Are we rivals with every state that borders Missouri? I loathe Tennessee? Screw you Kentucky? Stupid.

The Kansas rivalry is legit. It is legit because we freakin went to war with them. This is no manufactured rivalry. There are years of history there.

You can't just pick your rivals. This just makes me angry.

I didn't want to go here, but I think that St. Louis people were a little jealous of the KU/MU rivalry and so they made their own. GASP! Yeah I said it. Maybe I am biased (ok, not maybe, I am biased) but I think there is some truth to that.


Overall, this is stupid. I am excited to play Illinois. It will be a good game, but it is no rivalry. It is a mis-use of a word. Rivalry is thrown around too much these days, and has taken away from the great ones (like the Border War).

I guess some dude just wanted to sell a few more shirts, so more power to him, but I am not buying one.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Phor All Phelps Phans

This just in...

(For those who were just born yesterday or for those who have been living in a cave for the past few years)

...but,
Michael Phelps is AMAZING!


Tonight Michael Phelps won his 7th Gold Medal in as many races. Which, I guess isn't too hard to do if you think about it. I mean, it HAS already been done before.

However...

Tonight was probably one of Phelps' most exciting and nerve racking races. For those who didn't get a chance to see it, Michael Phelps won the 100 meter Butterfly by one one hundreth of a second.

That's right, 1/100th of a second.

Thats 0.01 seconds.

That's like (and say this real fast): From now to now.

Not even that, it's like: N to Now, NaNow, NNow!

You take longer than one one hundreth of a second to blink.

And that's what Serbia's Milorad Cavic lost by.


Think about it... You train everyday of the year for four years straight to win an Olympic Gold Medal and you lose by a nose. Not a Pinnochio nose but this kind of nose. How will Cavic sleep at night? Knowing that he could have wiggled his toes and it would have given him enough burst to be a hundreth of a second faster. If any friends or family members of Cavic are reading this, please have him visit this website immediately.

But anyway, enough about the loser.

We here at Corker Bats want to celebrate the winner. The sep-winner, Mr. Phelps.


The guy is amazing, incredible, invincible. He is indescribable. Even though I just did.

Is he even human? Because I would not be surprised if I saw Elijah Wood on the side of the pool getting him to swim faster.

Although, you could call Michael Phelps a movie star also. I mean he did have a few small cameos in the television show's 2006 remake movie, Miami Vice. Don't remember him in the film? He played the boats.

I also would not be surprised if he showed up late to a race because he was finishing up a meeting at The Hall of Justice with the rest of the Justice League.

Side Note:
I have always wondered what Aquaman's superpower was other than swimming fast, and now I know...
He defeats Chinese and wins gold medals.


A few other tidbits about the legend:
  • The man eats almost as much in a day as Mark Mangino and yet still he maintains 4% body fat.
  • He is the new front runner for the 2008 Election.
  • As most humans get pruny by being in the water for too long, he gets pruny for being out of water for too long.
  • His roommates are Snorks.
  • He breathes water and pisses chlorine.

I almost feel like the US is cheating for having him on our side. But it's great isn't it? Michael Phelps has become such a BIG deal all over the world!

To reference that for you:

Asian Comparison - Michael Phelps is bigger than Godzilla!

American Comparison - Michael Phelps is bigger than Brett Favre!



Tonight he attempts to be the only Olympian in Olympic history to walk away with 8 gold medals. By now, he is just collecting medals. Kind of like how Brangelina is collecting kids! His final race is going to be amazing. The whole world will be watching. There is so much riding on this race.

But not to worry. There is no way he will lose! The odds of Phelps losing this race are the same as the Patriots losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl...

Wait...

Oh jeeze.



Anyway, best of luck to Michael Phelps in his pursuit of breaking records and making history.

Tonight's race is going to be
PHREAKIN' PHUN!

Friday, August 8, 2008

08-08-08 IS HERE!



Ok, so the day has come.

August 8th, 2008.

Or otherwise known as 08/08/08.

To most, today is a day where for 24 hours it's cool to look at on our digital watches or even just our home calendars for that matter.

But to everyone in the sports world (well, NBC at least), today is the opening day of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. Now I'm not going to beat around the bush on this one, but the Olympics are dead. At least in this country.

Mainly because the Olympic Committee keeps taking out sports that the USA dominates in. Why do you think they took baseball and softball out and why they won't put football in? But that is another topic for another day.

We here at Corked Bats love sports and want to encourage the mediocre sports fan to increase their interest in to one of our countries top forms of entertainment. And what better time to get started than now with the Olympics starting today? Because the Olympics have the widest array of sports all clumped together into one of the biggest spectacles worldwide.

So let's start basic with an introduction to the sports of the Summer Olympic Games:


AQUATICS
This is basically all the water sports. You know, your everyday swimming, diving, water polo, and everybody's favorite synchronized swimming! Someone please call me when this gets televised on NBC!
Let's move on...

ARCHERY
This sport consists of hitting a target with a bow and arrow. See Robin Hood or visit your nearest Renaissance Festival for more details.
Let's move on...

ATHLETICS
I don't think they could have picked a broader name for this group of sports. This grouping includes the most famous of all Olympic Sports and that is Track and Field.
Let's move on yet again...

BADMINTON
A sport that I'm sure everyone has played at least once in their grade school physical education class. I only wish our Team USA Badminton squad consisted of Urlacher and Ortiz!
Let's advance...

BASEBALL
I am sad to say that this will be the final Olympics with baseball as one of the sports. Thanks world, take our National Past Time out of the Olympic Games! Here's an idea: Why don't you other countries sac up and let us play the sports we're good at! Heck let's even add football to the Olympics!
R.I.P. Baseball - Thank goodness for the World Baseball Classic.
Let's go on...

BASKETBALL
NOTICE: If the US starts to dominate in this sport, it will more than likely be taken out shortly. (See 'Baseball' Above) This year we have the joy of watching "The Redeem Team" try and bring the gold back to the USA much like "The Dream Teams" did in the 1984, 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games.
Let's roll on...

BOXING
Also known as cubing. (That was a joke) But this is basically a sport where people get inside a square area, which is referred to as a ring (I don't get it either), and beat the crap out of each other until one of them is next to dead, or has their ear bitten off.
Let's carry on my wayward son...

CANOE/KAYAK
This sport includes Kayaking and Canoeing with flat water and slalom courses.
A.K.A. Nap Time during your day long Olympic marathon.
Let's continue...

CYCLING
This event includes Cycling Road, Cycling Track, Mountain Bike, and new this year for the emerging X Game Generation, BMX Cycling. Here's the dialog from the Olympic Committee meeting: "OK, our rating have been slipping for the Olympics. We need something to grab the attention of the younger generation.... How about that BMX stuff? Trust me, I saw it in a movie once!"
Let's ride on...

EQUESTRIAN
Horse jumping. Let's not waste our time.

FENCING
I don't know if you guys realize this, but my favorite college (favorite that I don't attend, of course) is the best fencing school in the country.
On we go...

FOOTBALL
Don't get too excited red blooded Americans. It's not THAT football. It's the football where you actually use your feet. I know, I know, lame. But it's the most popular sport in the world. You guys don't have to bother watching this sport. USA will probably get rocked.
Let's continue...

GYMNASTICS
It's actually funny because the little symbol that they use for Gymnastics looks a lot like the guy on the Slippery When Wet signs. The irony in that is I fall whenever I walk on a freshly mopped floor and whenever I attempt anything that is Gymnastics. I always love to tune in to watch the Ribbon Dancing event. Nothing will ever be gayer than this Olympic SPORT!
GAY! Let's move on...

HANDBALL
This is a sport that definitely is enjoyable. A variety of a bunch of different sports combined, Handball is fun to watch but even more so fun to play! I gotta HAND it to the committee on this sport! (Rim shot)
Let's move on...

HOCKEY
No not the hockey we are used to not watching on TV. This is a different hockey which we will continue to not watch on TV. It's field hockey. Which I thought only girls in the north east played, but apparently men and women across the globe play it.
Next...

JUDO
Judo is Japanese for "The Gentle Way". Which makes sense because it's a hand to hand combat technique of ancient samurai warriors. Come on Japan! Judo-n't know what you're talking about!
Let's go on...

MODERN PENTATHLON
Swimming and Running, Shooting, Fencing, and Riding an unknown horse all make up the Modern Pentathlon. Yikes... that's probably not THAT hard! Good gosh!
Let's advance...

ROWING
If this sport is anywhere as enjoying as this clip from Family Guy that I think about whenever I see rowing, then I am going to watch it in this year's Olympics.
Moving on...

SAILING
A buncha' dudes in boats that are powered by wind.
Continuing on...

SHOOTING
And parents want to blame movies and video games for violence in schools? Ummmm, excuse me, has anyone watched the Olympics in the past 112 years?!?
And on we go...

SOFTBALL
Like baseball, this is the last year for softball. Which I will admit saddens me just as much as losing baseball. Because not only are we going to be missing out on a chance to watch our country completely dominate the world in the female version of our nation's past time, but we will also be missing out on seeing JENNY FINCH!
R.I.P. Softball
Sadly, moving on...

TABLE TENNIS
Although it's been an Olympic Sport since 1988, what is to come next? Air Hockey? Fuse ball? However, the Chinese do take their table tennis very seriously. I mean, check out their venue for the sport.
Next...

TAEKWONDO
In Layman's terms: Ninja fighting. I have a feeling some country in Asia will take the gold in this event. Although, I must say that it will be cool to watch.
Moving on...

TENNIS
This is like Table Tennis only without the table. It is also one of the oldest sports in the Olympics having been in the first Olympiad. The more you know...
Carrying on...

TRIATHLON
(Or from the picture, Juggling)
Swimming, Running, and Biking all in one long race. This event is one of the true tests of athleticism and endurance. However, I will never partake in one nor will I ever sit down long enough to watch one.
Let's advance...

VOLLEYBALL
The good thing about this sport is that you have your choice of which kind to watch. You can watch indoor volleyball like this. Or you can go the route of many and watch the outdoor volleyball like this. It's your choice. Go Rachel!
Next up...

WEIGHTLIFTING
This is an original Olympic sport having been in the Games since 1896. However, there are a few more steroids involved in the sport now as opposed to the very beginning of the sport. It is also the sport which I'm best known for.
Moving on...

WRESTLING
No, this is not the wrestling that we have grown accustomed to in this country. It's the old school wrestling which you see in middle and high schools all over. You know, dudes in one-sies wrestling other dudes in one-sies. I'm not calling it gay, because wrestlers could bash my head in in less than a second, but it is a little weird.

So there it is... a brief rundown of all the Olympic sports for this year's 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China. Corked Bats hopes this has helped to start that beginning sports fan journey into exploring the wide world of sports.

So from us here at Corked Bats,
ENJOY THE XXIX OLYMPIAD!
(or Major League Baseball, PreSeason NFL, Little League World Series, or Re-runs of Scrubs on Comedy Central, whatever you will be watching this August)



Or if you don't enjoy sports, then I'm sure these ANIME MASCOTS will help encourage you to watch?

Another Day at Practice

I caught up with Gary Pinkel after practice. My camera messed up so I got the second half of the interview on. I thought it was pretty cool though. He has some insightful things to say about player development and the way the secondary plays.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

HAPPY JET FAVRE DAY!

This must be forwarded with the following thought: I think that Brett Favre is overrated, and I would rather have Dave Gerrad as my quarterback on my team this year. I do respect him and his career, but in my opinion he is not a top 5 QB (maybe 10), like everyone else thinks. That aside...

I know I am not the only one, but I know I am so ready for this Favre stuff to go away. Somehow this has been an ever bigger story than the Yankees and the Red Sox. This has been a great p.r. move by Brett.


Supposedly any press is good press, and if that is the case, then Favre has masterminded the greatest p.r. stunt in recent sport memory. I'd say this easily trumps A-Rod announcing that he is opting out of his contract in the middle of a World Series Game that the Yankees are playing in, or when the NBA announced their stupid dress code in the middle of the offseason, making everyone talk about their league.

I guess what I am saying is I think this has been no accident on Brett's behalf. My view on this man has changed quite a bit. I do not buy into this 'for the love of the game' deal. I have come to realize this guy just loves the spotlight, hence the long delays in deciding when he would retire, the on field theatrics, always getting mic'd up, the
dramatic exit, and now holding an entire franchise hostage.

Brett loves attention. In my opinion, he has become drunk of it. This is out of control. I can understand if you want to play, but when does a guy does a guy begin to think that he is bigger than a sport.

Anywho, hopefully this is over. I spent this whole freaking day hearing about Favre, and hopefully now it is over for a while. Honestly, I kind of miss getting pissed about constantly hearing about two non-first place teams in baseball, and I hear some sports competition starts on the 8th, but that story has kind of disappeared.

In the meantime, HAPPY JET FAVRE DAY!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Royal Rumble



Major League Baseball handed out two suspensions to Kansas City Royals today.
Catcher Miguel Olivo and Starting Pitcher Zack Greinke were both suspended five games for their roles in the brawl between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals this past Sunday afternoon (August 3rd).

A few notes about the whole situation:
  • Man, what a game for Royals fans. Not only did they lay a beat down on their division leaders, but they also laid a BEAT DOWN on their division leaders. You buy tickets for a Sunday afternoon baseball game and you get some WWE Monday Night Raw also. What a deal! The Royals should make that a new promotion night. Along with Buck Night and T-Shirt Tuesday, they should have Smack Down Sunday!
  • Why aren't issues like this ever settled between mascots? Instead of beaming the batter with a pitch and awarding that batter first base, why not try and knock down that annoying mascot above your team's dugout with a pitch? Or have away teams travel their mascots and just let them go at it when tension builds during a game? So what if the Philly Phanatic is suspended three games for his beat down of Fredbird? At least Ryan Howard is still in tact for that playoff run! Anyone catchin' my drift?
  • I don't think Olivo charged the mound because of the pitch that was up at his hands. If you listen closely, right before the pitch is thrown, D.J. Carrasco, Chicago's pitcher at the time, says: "You guys put the baby in those baby blue uniforms!" Immediately after the pitch, Olivo says, "Oh that is IT!" and proceeds to charge D.J.

  • If I was Bud Selig, I would have suspended A.J. Pierzynski for his new look. In fact, I would have awarded Olivo for the punch he landed on Pierzynski. Honestly, no one in the league likes Pierznski. He is a jerk. Why do you think he didn't make the All Star team this past year? It wasn't because he didn't have the numbers, because he did. I think he is just messing with everyone now. He is seeing how much he can get everyone to hate him. As for me, he doesn't bother me. He's on my fantasy team and has put up some solid numbers for me this season. Luckily in my fantasy league you don't lose points for getting drilled by a backup catcher.
  • Unfortunately for the Royals and White Sox, I am going to have to say that this fight wasn't the best of what has turned out to nearly be a brawl-free-summer. I am still going to have to say the winner goes to the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox. Although James Shields wasn't able to land the first punch on Coco Crisp, watch #31 Jonny Gomes come in and start whaling on Crisp. That was like David taking down Goliath... or at least sending a message to Goliath that says: "We aren't messing around in this division anymore. The Sox and Yanks are going to have to do through Tampa to win this division!" Isn't that quoted in the Bible?

  • This picture below shows Pierzynski trying to get some man lovin' from Olivo. Which I guess in turn explains the new hair do.
  • And actually the Royals have announced that while Olivo is serving his suspension, they will activate catcher Kimbo Slice from Triple A for their series vs. the Boston Red Sox. I think it's safe to say that Coco Crisp won't be charging the mound in this series.

  • Also in entertainment news, MTV announced that it will be the White Sox and the Royals who will be competing for Tila Tequila in the third season of A Shot At Love. MTV claims: "More fights make for great reality TV!" -- Any one else think that Chad from Season 2 looks like Pierzynski?


I think the Black Eyed Peas said it best when they said: "Where is the love?"

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Football Practice


I am so freaking excited for Mizzou's upcoming football season. All I can do is read sites like powermizzou.com right now and the big 12 blog of espn. It is ridiculous. I just cant get enough.

Yesterday was the first day of real practice (the have been having 'optional' practices for some time now) and Glen and I really wanted to go. We ducked out of work a little early, drove strait to Columbia, changed in the car, and arrived at practice. I took some video of the whole thing on a flip camera and I thought I would put some up. Glen has some great pictures too, but you will have to sweet talk him into posting them somewhere. Does it bring back any memories Huff?

Friday, August 1, 2008

The 2000 MLB Draft

As I mentioned before, I hate the way the sports media tries to evaluate drafts in the moment. I feel it is a crap shoot to know who won and who lost in the drafts. If anything, we should evaluate the drafts of about 5 years ago. Then we can really see which teams have drafted well and which teams have not. Glen was the man who really encouraged me to do it, and so I am (and just for the sake of the record, I am posting this right now on my time).

I am starting with the 2000 MLB draft. Things I wanted to see: how many guys are in the bigs, how many are good, how many are great, how many first rounders make it to the bigs, how many first rounders are out of baseball, which teams were the big winners of the draft, and if the draft could be done again, how should it go?


I will try to back up what I am saying statistically, but I do have personal feelings on guys, and must point out that these are merely my uninformed opinions. I am drafting based completely on value, not team need. It would be too much work to see where teams had need at the time and try and get in their head of which player is the best fit. Rather, I am just ranking the players and then assigning them teams.

The big challenge also is guys are still breaking on to the scene from this draft so we really can’t even get a proper evaluation yet. Take a guy like Nate McClouth for example. He just broke on to the scene this year. He would have not made the list of notable players if I did this last year. Now he is a first rounder in the re-draft. Just some food for thought on how crazy it is in baseball and the way guys develop. I also reserve the right to miss guys seeing as I can’t promise that someone did not slip through my radar. Ok, without any more delays...

THE 2000 MLB RE-DRAFT

1. With the first pick, the Marlins select... Chase Utley. (1st Round, 15th Overall)

This is a no brainer. Right now he is carrying the first place Phillies and having an MVP year. He plays a position that usually is not associated with 30 HR power. He has had some injury problems, but still this is not even a contest. He is a career .300 hitter, who averages 13 steals, 112 RBI's, and has a good glove (.98 field percent) over the course of his career.

2. With the second pick, the Twins select... Brandon Webb. (8th Round, 249th Overall)
Okay, so it was not a 'no-brainer' after all up top. A bon-a-fide ace, leading the ML in wins this year, career 3.21 era, and average 180 strike outs to 74 walks over his career. SICK. The Marlins may still kick themselves for not going after the lock down ace.

3. With the third pick, the Cubs select... Grady Seizmore. (3rd Round, 75th Overall)

The five tool centerfielder is a cornerstone player. He averages a 25 homerun/25 steal season, plays great D, is a solid character, and a phenomenal hitter. He is a great snag at number 3.

4. With the fourth pick, the Royals select... Cliff Lee. (4th Round, 105th Overall)

This may be a reach, but there is just so much value in a guy who has ace potential. He has been awesome this year but really came of nowhere until now. The AL all-star starter is a strike out machine who is a dominator.

5. The Expos, now known as the Nats select... Rich Harden (17th Round, 510th Overall)

If he could stay healthy he could be the first pick. This guy is a legit ace. It will be fun to see what he does with the Cubs this year. He has already looked pretty stinking good.

6. The Rays are up and they select... Adrian Gonzalez (1st Round, 1st Overall)

The 6' 2" power lefty is the best power hitter in the draft. He could lead the league in home runs someday. I may have him too low, but get off my back, this is hard. He already has 25 homers this year and hit 30 last year. He has a solid career average of .280 too. What is really crazy is how the Marlins trade him to the Rangers for Ugeth Urbina who then traded him, Chris Young, and a crappy prospect to San Diego for Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka. A lot of teams are kicking themselves right now.

7. The Rockies finally solidify that pitching staff by taking... Adam Wainwright (1st Round, 29th Overall)

He could be an ace if he could stay healthy. I take him over James Shields because he can strike people out. His career numbers are great; he just has to stay healthy. Also, I could not pass up seeing him go to a divisional rival of the Cards. I would love to see Wainwright work 'em over.

8. Detroit somehow grabs... James Shields (16th Round, 466th Overall).

I like Shields. He has been the second guy behind Kazmir for too long. I think he is a stud in the making. A solid number 2 pitcher, not quite an ace. He has almost 4 times as many strike outs to walks over his career, and 2 of 3 years have had a sub 4.00 era. I like him a lot.

9. San Diego selects... Jason Bay (22nd Round, 645th Overall).

If your name is Bay, you must play near a Bay. It makes so much more sense than the 3 river area. The former Rookie of the Year averages a .282 average, 32 long balls, and 102 RBI's. Solid club house guy, he is a great fit and a very good player.

10. Anaheim is up, and they take... Bobby Jenks (5th Round, 140th Overall).

A very solid closer for the White Sox, Anaheim always hoards good bull pen pitching. Why not. Maybe the move him to the rotation for a while before they realize the bull pen guy he is capable of. He has two 40 save seasons and a career era of 3.02.

11. Milwaukee grabs... Ryan Church (14th Round, 426th overall).

This was hard for me. There a lot of good outfielders available (which you will see in the next couple of picks), but I like his upside. He is an on-base monster who has great power potential. I wish he had not gotten hurt this year so we could have gotten a better look at him, but I think he could develop into a real gem.

12. The White Sox decide to take... Nate McLouth (25th Round, 749th Overall).

I have no idea what this guys deal is. He came out of no where. He is having a break out year where he made it to the all-star game. I thought he would cool off (which is why I dropped him on my fantasy team... doh!) but dude has 22 long balls and 13 steals and a .281 average. That’s just too good to pass on.

13. The Cardinals select... Adam LaRoche (29th Round, 880th Overall).

Looks like it’s a Pirates run. The latest player drafted to be selected in my little draft (and really the latest player of note to make it to the bigs and do something); this slow starter is a career .270 hitter with 25 homers. He is going off on a tear right now, hitting over .400 for the month. When this guy is on, the Cards will be glad he is on their team.

14. Baltimore goes with (another pirate?)... Xavier Nady (2nd Round, 49th Overall).

I guess he is a Yank now, but we will still call it part of the Pirate run. I probably got him wrong. He should go much sooner but I just can't take him over those other guys. Nady is solid. Career .280 hitter who averages 20 jacks a year, he is hitting .320 this year. He could walk a little more but he is still good. Another one of those guys who needs to learn to stay healthy.

15. The Phillies go with... David DeJesus (4th Round, 104th Overall).

This guy rocks. I had him so low because I am trying as hard as I can to not be biased, but a career .280 hitter who can give you 10 steals/home runs a year is pretty nice. He is a great defender a solid leader. I would take him first.

16. The Mets are on the clock, and they select... Dontrelle Willis. (8th Round, 223 Overall).

There was a time when he would have been the first pick of the draft. I think he is incredibly overrated. I would draft Boof Bonser of D-Train but he still has upside. The question is whether or not he can return to his old self. He would probably go ahead of those outfielders because the mere chance of him returning to form is really valuable, but I just don't like him so here he stays.
17. The Dodgers are up, and they take... Rocco Baldelli (1st Round, 6th Overall!).

Another injury prone outfielder who has 20 home run potential. He is a punch line right now. The career .280 hitter could still have a decent career, but he could also be out of baseball in 2 years if he keeps up with this pace of injuries.

18. The Blue Jays select... Manny Delcarmen (2nd Round, 62nd Overall).

A solid bull pen guy, he is about the last productive to player to come out of this draft (thus far). He is the sort of guy that grows on trees. A solid bullpen guy who may have a good career. Career era of 3.81 and he is having a sub par year this year, lets see how far he goes.

19. The Pirate select... Sean Burnett (1st Round, 19th Overall).

Ok this is weird. This is exactly where the Pirates actually drafted Burnett in the 2000 draft. He is a complete bust for where he was drafted though. He is now a crappy spot starter bullpen guy. He has only seen action in 2 major league seasons, and this year fields a 4+ era.

20. The Angels take... Boof Bonser (1st Round, 21st Overall).

Another bust. He is a crappy starter with the Twins that they have been looking to deal. With a plus 6 era I would not he shocked to see him out of baseball soon. The Royals are probably going to make a deal for him any day. He was a part of a sweet trade though. The twins traded A.J. Persynski to the Giants for Boof, Liriano, and Joe Nathan. That is a total steal.

That concludes this year’s draft. Bonser was the last "productive" player of the draft.
Here are my thoughts:

50 rounds and only 19 guys make it. That is wild.

Throwing Boof and Burnett aside, only 4 legit big leaguers came out out of the first round (Gonzalez, Baldelli, Utley, and Wainwright).

16 of the players drafted in the first round are out of baseball. Over half are already gone. That is mind blowing,

The Pirates came out really well from this draft, ending up with 4 of the productive players (although they only drafted McClouth and Burnett).

Baseball drafts are boring. Why would anyone want to watch this on TV? Hardly any of these guys make an impact and no one knows who they are.