He’s an exciting factor to our line-up, with an amazing home run percentage from year to year. Whenever we are down, or close, it’s good to see this man walk up to the plate. He makes me feel better about the game.
In 2007, he finished second to Arod with 46 home runs. (Arod had 54, if you must know.) He was then named “Comeback player of the year” in 2007. “With this award he is allowed to donate $20,000 to Dominican youth under the poverty line.”
In 2008, he won the Gold Glove award.
In 2009, he starred in the MLB All-Star game. “Despite missing the last few weeks of the season, he still finished tied for the lead for home runs in the American League at 39, sharing with Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees.” Keep in mind, that the new New York stadium is called the “home run” stadium because of it’s structure, and how so many people hit homers out of that stadium, so really, Pena should get more credit than Teixeira, being he did not play in that stadium as much.
Not only do I like Pena on the field, I love more than anything Pena the humanitarian.
"CHICAGO — Rays manager Joe Maddon may be running out of patience with the efforts of Joe West's umpiring crew to speed up games.
Maddon went onto the field when umpire Angel Hernandez didn’t grant Carl Crawford's request for a timeout against quick-working Mark Buehrle and called the next pitch a strike: “The hitter has to get set, that cannot be included in the pace of the game edict,” Maddon said.
(Plus when he went out, Hernandez didn’t acknowledge him, creating an odd, and potentially dangerous, situation until West called time from third.)
And that was after Maddon complained that West, a veteran crew chief, went too far too fast Tuesday, saying it was “inappropriate” for West to shadow him to the mound during a sixth-inning pitching change.
"I didn’t like it," Maddon said. "And you can write that. It’s not the way it should be. It has nothing to do with pace of the game."
To which West said, essentially, not so fast.
"My job is to keep the game moving; his job is that he’s got to get his relief pitcher ready," West told the St. Petersburg Times before Wednesday’s game. “He waited for that reason, and I’m sure that’s why he took so long to go to the mound. He’s got his job to do, and I’ve got mine to do. That’s okay if he thought I rushed him.”
Maddon said he believes strongly that he should be able to talk to his pitcher “without the umpire being privy to the conversation” and told West how he felt.
"I was definitely taking (David Price) out, but I didn’t like the idea of being shadowed so quickly,” Maddon said.
"The bad part is that I’m going through this exchange with David coming out of the game. … That should be between David and I. I get it done, and then the umpire comes out, and then I say I want the next pitcher."
To that point, West laughed: “Eavesdropping? That’s okay.”
West is the umpire who caused a stir this season saying it was “pathetic and embarrassing” how slow the Red Sox and Yankees played and a “disgrace” to baseball.
The most interesting point to this controversy is that at 2 hours, 22 minutes, Tuesday’s game was the Rays’ shortest of the season.”
I don’t like this ump. I understand pace of game but only 2 hours and 22 minutes? Come on, that’s not fair to the fans, who pay to see that, nor is it fair to the teams either. Maddon was even walking out after that Crawford incident visibly yelling, “Stop! Stop! Stop!” and it took the THIRD BASE umpire to stop the game. That’s just.. rude.
I remember blogging the other day about how ridiculous the strike zone was for another ump in another game. They are expanding it just to speed up the game, and that’s not baseball.
The Rays are getting some serious national attention and love after their big weekend in Boston.
ESPN has been all over them, moving them up to No. 2 in its power rankings behind the Yankees. Analyst John Kruk looks ahead to the tough decision the front office could have as the season unfolds in regard to trading Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena and advocates they keep the team together and go for it: “The Rays have an opportunity to win their division and make a push for the World Series, so they better take it.” There’s also a good take on the series from the always insightful Howard Bryant, and a good look at what’s wrong the Sox by old friend Gordon Edes.
The Rays announced that C Kelly Shoppach underwent surgery today on his right knee and will be out at least 4-6 weeks. Dr. Koco Eaton performed what the team said was “successful arthroscopic meniscus surgery on his right knee.” Shoppach last played April 10. Rookie John Jaso will be the backup to Dioner Navarro.
It’s a good thing we are winning, because this umpire isn’t the greatest. Come on, calling two strikes on Zobrist when he should have walked TWICE and then not giving Niemann a strike-out on an amazing curveball?
They said Campos was a young home plate umpire. Durr. Hopefully he gets a-talking to after this game is over.