2013 MLB Free Agent Flops
Josh Hamilton and Zach Greinke were the big-ticket items at baseball’s Winter Meetings back in December. The pair of All-Stars ended up signing contracts that totaled in excess of $260 million with the Angels and Dodgers. Those franchises have been two of baseball’s biggest disappointments this year, thanks in large part to the slow starts of Hamilton (.622 OPS) and Greinke (missed a month due to injury). Unfortunately for some clubs the free agent flops extend well beyond California.
The Braves took dead aim at the Washington Nationals in the off-season when they added a pair of athletic, young outfielders to the lineup in the Upton brothers. While Justin Upton, acquired in a trade from Arizona, has emerged as a devastating power hitter (14 home runs in 2013) his brother B.J. has struggled to adjust to the National League. Atlanta signed B.J. to a five-year $75 million contract to play center field and presumably hit at the top of the lineup. The contract was questionable, as Upton’s ability to get on base has been decreasing since his career-high .383 on base percentage in 2008. After posting a career low .298 OBP and a career high 28 home runs for Tampa in 2013, the Braves seemed to be banking on B.J.’s future as a power hitter. As we sit just a few days before Memorial Day weekend B.J. isn’t getting on base (.237 OBP) or hitting for power (.239 slugging %).Pin It Tweet
Don’t Be This Dad!: NBA Edition
Oh, who am I kidding, these could pretty much all be called NBA Edition. The NBA, despite employing the fewest number of athletes, seems to have the largest pool of staggeringly inept fathers among all pro sports leagues. The Association is at it again.
This time it’s Terrence Williams of the Celtics, formerly of the Kentucky Wildcats and Nets, who has garnered our attention for all the wrong reasons. Williams was arrested over the weekend in Kent, Wa. after he allegedly brandished a weapon during an argument with the mother of his child. Williams was reportedly meeting the woman in order to pick up his 10-year-old son for a scheduled visitation. Yes, that’s right, the 25-year-old Williams has a 10-year-old. Dear old dad seems to be setting a fine example. I always thought that my first duty as a father was to first love the mother of my kids. Sounds like Terrence Williams learned a different lesson.Pin It Tweet
Orioles’ Manny Machado is Double Trouble for A.L. Foes
The anticipated correction that many predicted for the 2013 Orioles has yet to arrive. As the Major League Baseball season winds towards Memorial Day weekend the Birds of Baltimore are once again flying high in the American League East. Despite a tattered starting rotation and non-existent production from second base and designated hitter the Orioles are just 1.5 games behind the Yankees for the top spot in the division. The emergence of Manny Machado and Chris Davis as All-Star level players, coupled with the continued offensive maturation of Adam Jones, has kept the Orioles near the top of the AL standings.Pin It Tweet
Buying a Used Car
Depending on your personal or economic conditions a new car may not be the best solution to your transportation dilemma. A used car could be perfect for you as the used car market presents countless options, detailed vehicle history, model year comparisons, and the potential for significant savings.
Before embarking on your search for a new vehicle stop and consider buying used. Many dealers now offer certified pre-owned vehicles on their lots and put said vehicles through a vigorous testing and screening process before offering them for sale. If you’re less concerned with status and style and more concerned with substance a used car may be for you. Customers who buy used have the benefit of combing over historical data for the models and model years that most interest them. The Internet offers scores of websites that offer prospective used car buyers the chance to research and compare vehicles to their hearts’ content.
If you decide to pursue a used car or truck please consider taking some of these steps:
If you’re ready to move forward with your search for a used car, or certified pre-owned, contact the sales team at Annville Auto Center near Lebanon, Pennsylvania.Pin It Tweet
Chrysler Town & Country Still Best in Category
The minivan has been praised, jeered, altered, and praised again over its nearly 30 years of existence. Chrysler is generally credited with having created the first line of minivans in the 1980s and is still cranking out top of the line minivans today. Chrysler has experience turbulent times in the past few years but the performance and quality of its Town & Country minivan has never wavered.
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country remains one of the best options in the minivan market. While some automakers have shifted focus to a myriad of crossover vehicles the Town & Country stands alongside the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest as the preeminent minivans available to buyers.
Chrysler is offering the Town & Country in the “S” model for 2013. The “S” trim package is considered to be a more corporate option and features enhanced interior and exterior appearance upgrades over stock models. The “S” trim package is offered in all Chrysler vehicles and features a black interior and an embroidered “S” on the seat backs. The “S” models are equipped with upgraded sound systems, Blu-Ray DVD players, and HDMI inputs. Chrysler is marketing the “S” trim with the slogan Performance Tuned, Detroit Swagger. The Town & Country S is expected to hit showrooms this summer.
If swagger isn’t your thing and you’re more concerned with traditional minivan functionality Chrysler has you covered there as well. The Town & Country has three models to choose from: Touring, Touring-L, and Limited. The Touring has a MSRP of $30,530 and comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 283-horsepower Pentastar engine. The Touring-L starts at $33,530 and includes Chrysler’s SafetyTec package. The package includes intelligent headlamps, rear park assist, blind spot monitoring and other safety features. The starting MSRP for the Limited is $40,745 and includes an upgraded sound system and interior trim as well as dual DVD players and heated seats.
If you are in the market for a minivan and think the Town & Country may be right for you contact the sales professionals at Sheboygan Chrysler of WI.Pin It Tweet
It’s Hammel Time for the Orioles
With the O’s rotation in tatters Jason Hammel needs to step forward.
Over the past 12 months the Baltimore Orioles have morphed from a Cinderella story riding a wave of good luck to a legitimate contender with a lineup of young stars. While Chris Davis, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado have powered the Orioles, the team’s most important player might be pitcher Jason Hammel. With Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez on the DL, and the fifth spot in the rotation a smoldering dumpster fire, Hammel needs to re-kindle some of his 2012 magic.Pin It Tweet
Chevy Plans Replacement for Colorado Pickup
Chevrolet initially introduced the Colorado pickup truck to replace the S-10 in 2004. The Colorado, and its GMC counterpart Canyon, will be replaced in the 2014 model year. Chevy and GM have not revealed the new names for the models but Chevy will be marketed towards young buyers with an active lifestyle. The GMC Canyon replacement will be more of a functional work truck.
Chevy hopes to target a new generation of buyers and will play up the available options and custom features offered on the new pickup. Sales of small pickups took a downturn when the economy went south and have struggled to return to pre-recession levels. Ford took the drastic step of eliminating the Ranger, its small pickup offering, in late 2011 to focus attention on the full-sized F-150. Chevy hopes that its reformulated small pickup with a new look and possible new name will net an increase in sales. GM is said to be evaluating whether or not to keep the Colorado and Canyon names.
There has been no confirmation of the types of engines available in the new pickups. The Colorado is sold exclusively with a diesel engine in foreign markets. Chevy also recently unveiled a diesel version of its Cruze subcompact in the U.S. which has led some to speculate that a diesel version of the new pickup will be offered in 2014. Chevy has neither confirmed nor denied such rumors.
The new pickups will be manufactured in General Motor’s Wentzville, Missouri plant which currently builds full-size vans. The introduction of the new pickup line will reportedly create more than 1000 new jobs in Wenztville.
If you’d like to learn more about the Chevy Colorado, or its 2014 replacement, head over see the professionals at Lynch’s Horton Chevrolet in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. You can read Lynch Chevy’s review of the Traverse here.Pin It Tweet
Jeeps Announces Exciting Changes for 2014 Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee, a stable of Jeep’s vehicle line for years, has undergone some major changes for the 2014 model year. In reshaping the Grand Cherokee Jeep has gone well beyond the customary mid-life cycle changes. The manufacturer didn’t stop at new color offerings and rebranded equipment packages for the 2014 Grand Cherokee.
Jeep will offer nine versions of the Grand Cherokee beginning with the 2014 model year. Jeep will offer rear drive and all-wheel drive versions of each of its four model primary models: Laredo, Limited, Summit, and Overland. Customers will have the ability to choose between three engines: a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. The diesel option ranges in price from $2300 - $4500 depending on the model. Any model with the diesel engine has a towing capability of 7400 pounds. The diesel engine has an EPA city/highway rating of 21/28 on an all-wheel drive Grand Cherokee.
Jeep is also unveiling the high-performance SRT model. The Grand Cherokee SRT features a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8 engine. The SRT has all-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission. It is the most expensive Grand Cherokee with a MSRP of $63,990.
Jeeps offers an array of safety features on the 2014 Grand Cherokee including: a hill ascent feature, Selec-Terrain, rear backup camera, cross-traffic detection, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers. Selec-Terrain allows the driver to choose among five selections for maneuvering on different surfaces.
Jeep has also partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium to offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging as a feature on the 2014 Cherokee. The Cherokee will come equipped with a factory installed Qi wireless charging pad in the center console. Qi is a global standard for wireless power and is backed by the leading companies in wireless and mobile development.
If you would like additional information on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee please read this Cherokee review by Colosso Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Ram of Appleton, Wisconsin.Pin It Tweet