1. Do you think Major League Baseball clubs should issue credentials to qualified bloggers and how would you define "qualified"?
Sure, why not. If you are covering the game and there are people who are reading what you have to say because they respect it, then yes, you should be there. However, it shouldn't be every 17 year old that just started a website. As they say in the mafia, if someone or a group of someones "Vouch for you" then I'm all for it.
2. Should Major League Baseball make any adjustments to further protect catchers from collisions at the plate?
For me, the Posey thing was WAY overblown! Look, this is part of baseball and has been for a long time. Nobody was crying when Cervelli went down. Nobody (other than the Yankees) cared. For people to spend more time talking about the collision than they did about where the Giants and Posey go from here, is a joke. No rules need to be changed whatsoever. I also don't agree at all with the idea of Billy Beane or anyone else telling their catcher to not put themselves in that situation. If that's the case, don't catch. I don't use an Atari or a Commodore 64...I am ALL for change. When it's right. It is not in this case. It's baseball. Get over it.
3. What do you think Manny Ramirez is doing right now?
If I had to guess, Manny is laughing. This guy was one of the greatest run producers of our time or any for that matter. Covering his clutch runs in October with the Sox, I watched a guy who was at times stupid is as stupid does in the field or with the mic, but was Albert Einstein with the bat. That said, behind the scenes he was disrespecting the game and its fans even more than he was in front of our eyes. His last gasp with the Rays was a disgrace. To me, Manny being Manny simply means being close to greatness and taking a swift left turn to idiocy.
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