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    The Yangervis Solarte All Stars
I tuned into the Yankees/Blue Jays matchup on the first Friday of MLB’s regular season expecting to see Toronto’s artificial turf giving fits to New York’s thirtysomething keystone combo of Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts. Instead I found the unlikely, and equally unheard of, combination of Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte manning the middle infield for Joe Girardi’s squad. Who? Of course Solarte laced a pair of doubles and drove in three in route to a 7-3 win for the Yanks. The Yankees’ broadcasters were gushing at Solarte’s exploits as I surfed over to baseballreference.com in search of more information on New York’s unknown infielder.
The 26-year-old Solarte currently leads the American League with six doubles and is hitting over .300 in the small sample size that is early April. The former Twins and Rangers farmhand has started games at third and second for the Yankees. While Solarte has been an early season revelation, Yankees fans, and their homer broadcasters on YES, should pump the breaks before predicting big things for the Venezuelan. In eight minor league seasons Solarte amassed 41 home runs, 33 steals, and a .733 OPS. Solarte’s sudden rise to prominence in the Yankees’ lineup says much more about the sad state of New York’s infield than it does about Solarte’s long-term big league viability. Solarte strikes me as similar to former Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco, another career minor leaguer with underwhelming numbers, who emerged from nowhere to hit .293 for Boston in 2012 and just as quickly crashed back down to Earth.
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    The Yangervis Solarte All Stars

    I tuned into the Yankees/Blue Jays matchup on the first Friday of MLB’s regular season expecting to see Toronto’s artificial turf giving fits to New York’s thirtysomething keystone combo of Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts. Instead I found the unlikely, and equally unheard of, combination of Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte manning the middle infield for Joe Girardi’s squad. Who? Of course Solarte laced a pair of doubles and drove in three in route to a 7-3 win for the Yanks. The Yankees’ broadcasters were gushing at Solarte’s exploits as I surfed over to baseballreference.com in search of more information on New York’s unknown infielder.

    The 26-year-old Solarte currently leads the American League with six doubles and is hitting over .300 in the small sample size that is early April. The former Twins and Rangers farmhand has started games at third and second for the Yankees. While Solarte has been an early season revelation, Yankees fans, and their homer broadcasters on YES, should pump the breaks before predicting big things for the Venezuelan. In eight minor league seasons Solarte amassed 41 home runs, 33 steals, and a .733 OPS. Solarte’s sudden rise to prominence in the Yankees’ lineup says much more about the sad state of New York’s infield than it does about Solarte’s long-term big league viability. Solarte strikes me as similar to former Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco, another career minor leaguer with underwhelming numbers, who emerged from nowhere to hit .293 for Boston in 2012 and just as quickly crashed back down to Earth.

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    — 5 months ago with 1 note
    #Yankees  #new york yankees  #baseball  #sports  #mlb  #colorado rockies  #Minnesota Twins 
    Versatile Bonifacio Sets Table for Rebuilding Cubs
The Chicago Cubs didn’t make many headlines during the winter. The team’s biggest news was whiffing on Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka. Chicago did make several smaller moves designed to stabilize the team and build a bridge to the influx of prospects expected over the new few seasons. The under-the-radar addition of Emilio Bonafacio has been a huge boost to rookie manager Rick Renteria’s lineup over the first two weeks of the season.
The Kansas City Royals released Bonifacio after his dismal 2013 season prompted the club to sign free agent second baseman Omar Infante. The Cubs added Bonifacio in mid-February hoping that his speed and versatility would be better served in the National League. The 28-year-old has established himself as Chicago’s leadoff hitter and the reincarnation of former Tigers’ Mr. Everything Tony Phillips. Bonifacio has already started games at third base, second base, and center field. His hot hitting and versatility has allowed Renteria to mix and match youngsters like Mike Olt, Junior Lake, and Ryan Kalish depending on pitching matchups. Cubs fans shouldn’t get too comfortable with Bonifacio among the league’s leading hitters (he has a career .670 OPS) but his versatility should pay dividends throughout the season.
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    Versatile Bonifacio Sets Table for Rebuilding Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs didn’t make many headlines during the winter. The team’s biggest news was whiffing on Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka. Chicago did make several smaller moves designed to stabilize the team and build a bridge to the influx of prospects expected over the new few seasons. The under-the-radar addition of Emilio Bonafacio has been a huge boost to rookie manager Rick Renteria’s lineup over the first two weeks of the season.

    The Kansas City Royals released Bonifacio after his dismal 2013 season prompted the club to sign free agent second baseman Omar Infante. The Cubs added Bonifacio in mid-February hoping that his speed and versatility would be better served in the National League. The 28-year-old has established himself as Chicago’s leadoff hitter and the reincarnation of former Tigers’ Mr. Everything Tony Phillips. Bonifacio has already started games at third base, second base, and center field. His hot hitting and versatility has allowed Renteria to mix and match youngsters like Mike Olt, Junior Lake, and Ryan Kalish depending on pitching matchups. Cubs fans shouldn’t get too comfortable with Bonifacio among the league’s leading hitters (he has a career .670 OPS) but his versatility should pay dividends throughout the season.

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    — 5 months ago
    #sports  #cubs  #baseball  #chicago 

    Funky Friday: “Bang Bang” by Monophonics

    — 5 months ago
    #music  #funk  #wxpn  #monophonics  #funky 
    A Pox on the American League
I’m not wishing ill will on the American League’s contenders (save for those in New York and Boston of course) but someone has it in for the junior circuit. Injuries were baseball’s biggest story in Spring Training and the rash of ailments and disabilities hasn’t slowed with the start of the regular season.
The American League East has four teams vying for the division crown, with the Blue Jays bringing up the rear. The Jays’ faint hopes for 2014 took a hit right off the back when shortstop Jose Reyes predictably suffered a hamstring injury in the first week of the season. Reyes missed most of 2013 to injury and this year doesn’t look different. His injury has left the Jays with 29-year-old rookie Jonathan Diaz at shortstop. Toronto may be getting off easy. After spending nearly half a billion dollars on offseason upgrades the Yankees are currently running out a lineup with Yangervis Solarte at third, Francisco Cervelli at first, and the ghosts of Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts up the middle. Mark Teixeira, who missed most of 2013 with a wrist injury, has already succumbed to a hamstring injury. New closer David Robertson is also suffering from a pulled hamstring. Both players are on the 15-day disabled list.
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    A Pox on the American League

    I’m not wishing ill will on the American League’s contenders (save for those in New York and Boston of course) but someone has it in for the junior circuit. Injuries were baseball’s biggest story in Spring Training and the rash of ailments and disabilities hasn’t slowed with the start of the regular season.

    The American League East has four teams vying for the division crown, with the Blue Jays bringing up the rear. The Jays’ faint hopes for 2014 took a hit right off the back when shortstop Jose Reyes predictably suffered a hamstring injury in the first week of the season. Reyes missed most of 2013 to injury and this year doesn’t look different. His injury has left the Jays with 29-year-old rookie Jonathan Diaz at shortstop. Toronto may be getting off easy. After spending nearly half a billion dollars on offseason upgrades the Yankees are currently running out a lineup with Yangervis Solarte at third, Francisco Cervelli at first, and the ghosts of Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts up the middle. Mark Teixeira, who missed most of 2013 with a wrist injury, has already succumbed to a hamstring injury. New closer David Robertson is also suffering from a pulled hamstring. Both players are on the 15-day disabled list.

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    — 5 months ago
    #sports  #baseball  #mlb  #american league  #red sox  #yankees  #orioles  #tampa  #toronto  #detroit tigers 
    Craig Kimbrel is the New Mariano Rivera
The retirement of future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera left a hole in the Yankees’ bullpen and in baseball’s roster of shutdown closers. The Yankees have replaced Rivera with his long-time protégé David Robertson, a strikeout machine and seemingly worthy successor. (Robertson just went on the DL.) While Robertson’s value as a closer and Rivera replacement will be judged over the next several seasons the next Rivera has already arrived.
Craig Kimbrel is a former National League Rookie of the Year, the Atlanta Braves closer, and the stats he’s has amassed in his brief career are astounding. In just three full seasons the right-hander has saved 141 games, compiled a 1.37 career ERA, and fanned 385 batters in 229 1/3 innings. Kimbrel has allowed just 123 hits in those 229 1/3 innings and his career WHIP of 0.894 would rank as the lowest in baseball history if he had the required 1000 innings to make the list. Rivera, considered by many to be the greatest reliever ever, ranks third on the all-time list with a WHIP of 1.003.
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    Craig Kimbrel is the New Mariano Rivera

    The retirement of future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera left a hole in the Yankees’ bullpen and in baseball’s roster of shutdown closers. The Yankees have replaced Rivera with his long-time protégé David Robertson, a strikeout machine and seemingly worthy successor. (Robertson just went on the DL.) While Robertson’s value as a closer and Rivera replacement will be judged over the next several seasons the next Rivera has already arrived.

    Craig Kimbrel is a former National League Rookie of the Year, the Atlanta Braves closer, and the stats he’s has amassed in his brief career are astounding. In just three full seasons the right-hander has saved 141 games, compiled a 1.37 career ERA, and fanned 385 batters in 229 1/3 innings. Kimbrel has allowed just 123 hits in those 229 1/3 innings and his career WHIP of 0.894 would rank as the lowest in baseball history if he had the required 1000 innings to make the list. Rivera, considered by many to be the greatest reliever ever, ranks third on the all-time list with a WHIP of 1.003.

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    — 5 months ago
    #braves  #atlanta braves  #mlb  #sports  #baseball  #mariano rivera 
    Fiat Merger Could be a Boon to Chrysler
The long awaited completion of the Fiat-Chrysler merger has finally arrived and the newly formed automaker has big plans. CEO Sergio Marchionne recently boasted that the combined efforts of the companies could result in selling more than 7 million vehicles per year. The Fiat and Chrysler executives are expected to meet next month to lay out the plans for a five-year plan that takes advantage of the newfound economies of scale, greater efficiency, and global platform.
The companies combined to sell 4.4 million cars in 2013 and are projected for a slight increase in sales for 2014. Marchionne and company are hoping to build on the strongpoints of each automaker while retaining each company’s identity. It will be a difficult task but Marchionne has not been shy about publicly stating his goals for the new venture.
The Fiat- Chrysler partnership has already produced some interesting byproducts. The merging of production facilities and shared platform for the new Jeep Renegade, a compact SUV, and the new Fiat 500X figures to be the first of many examples of synergy over the next few years. Chrysler is also rolling out a completely redesigned version of the 200 midsize sedan for the 2015 model year. The all-new 200 replaces a car that was widely panned by critics and shares little in common with its predecessor beyond the name.
The new 200 features a new body structure and structural elements that yield more European-style handling. The 2015 200 will be available in 3.6L V6 or 2.4L V4 options. The 2.4L engine has been rated 23/36 mpg. The all-new 200 will not be available with a manual transmission. In addition to the 200 Chrysler is expected to unveil updated versions of the Charger and Challenger at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Both vehicles have reportedly received full body makeovers for 2015.
If you’re interested in learning more about the all-new Chrysler 200, or test driving a Charger or Challenger, contact the courteous staff at Hoffman Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Hagerstown, Md. 

    Fiat Merger Could be a Boon to Chrysler

    The long awaited completion of the Fiat-Chrysler merger has finally arrived and the newly formed automaker has big plans. CEO Sergio Marchionne recently boasted that the combined efforts of the companies could result in selling more than 7 million vehicles per year. The Fiat and Chrysler executives are expected to meet next month to lay out the plans for a five-year plan that takes advantage of the newfound economies of scale, greater efficiency, and global platform.

    The companies combined to sell 4.4 million cars in 2013 and are projected for a slight increase in sales for 2014. Marchionne and company are hoping to build on the strongpoints of each automaker while retaining each companys identity. It will be a difficult task but Marchionne has not been shy about publicly stating his goals for the new venture.

    The Fiat- Chrysler partnership has already produced some interesting byproducts. The merging of production facilities and shared platform for the new Jeep Renegade, a compact SUV, and the new Fiat 500X figures to be the first of many examples of synergy over the next few years. Chrysler is also rolling out a completely redesigned version of the 200 midsize sedan for the 2015 model year. The all-new 200 replaces a car that was widely panned by critics and shares little in common with its predecessor beyond the name.

    The new 200 features a new body structure and structural elements that yield more European-style handling. The 2015 200 will be available in 3.6L V6 or 2.4L V4 options. The 2.4L engine has been rated 23/36 mpg. The all-new 200 will not be available with a manual transmission. In addition to the 200 Chrysler is expected to unveil updated versions of the Charger and Challenger at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Both vehicles have reportedly received full body makeovers for 2015.

    If youre interested in learning more about the all-new Chrysler 200, or test driving a Charger or Challenger, contact the courteous staff at Hoffman Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Hagerstown, Md. 

    — 5 months ago
    #cars  #fiat  #chrysler  #dodge  #jeep  #Dodge Challenger 

    Hump Day Pick Me Up: “If You’re Wondering If I Want You to I Want You to” by Weezer

    — 5 months ago
    #music  #weezer  #humpday 
    Dealers Snatch Up 2014 Dodge Shaker
When Dodge unveiled the 2014 R/T Shaker at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas last fall it caught the attention of motor heads and dealers alike. The automaker announced that it would produce just 2000 Shakers for the 2014 model year. The new Challenger R/T Shaker models build on Dodge’s muscle car past and feature a functional throwback “Shaker” hood. Dodge began taking dealer orders for the 2014 Shaker on January 7th. Just four days later the model was sold out as dealers had snatched up all 2000 available 2014 Shakers in just four days.
The new Challenger R/T Shaker features a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine as well as unique hood and intakes designs that could make the car an instant classic. The Shaker has a functional exposed-element cold-air intake system which cycles cooler air back to the V-8 HEMI. The 2014 model is a blast from the past as the engine-mounted hood scoop shakes with the powertrain’s movement just like the original Challenger from the 1970s. Dodge enthusiasts can also expect a “Shaker” badge under the hood, another throwback to the 70s.
The new Challenger R/T Shaker is available in Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange, Billet Silver Metallic, Pitch Black, and Plum Crazy. Pricing for Dodge’s newest offering starts at $36,995, but the hood-to-tail stripes package is available for an extra $500.  Buyers can also add a 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen.
If you’d like to test drive the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, or another Dodge model, stop by Pomoco Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Newport News, Virginia.

    Dealers Snatch Up 2014 Dodge Shaker

    When Dodge unveiled the 2014 R/T Shaker at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas last fall it caught the attention of motor heads and dealers alike. The automaker announced that it would produce just 2000 Shakers for the 2014 model year. The new Challenger R/T Shaker models build on Dodges muscle car past and feature a functional throwback Shaker hood. Dodge began taking dealer orders for the 2014 Shaker on January 7th. Just four days later the model was sold out as dealers had snatched up all 2000 available 2014 Shakers in just four days.

    The new Challenger R/T Shaker features a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine as well as unique hood and intakes designs that could make the car an instant classic. The Shaker has a functional exposed-element cold-air intake system which cycles cooler air back to the V-8 HEMI. The 2014 model is a blast from the past as the engine-mounted hood scoop shakes with the powertrains movement just like the original Challenger from the 1970s. Dodge enthusiasts can also expect a Shaker badge under the hood, another throwback to the 70s.

    The new Challenger R/T Shaker is available in Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange, Billet Silver Metallic, Pitch Black, and Plum Crazy. Pricing for Dodges newest offering starts at $36,995, but the hood-to-tail stripes package is available for an extra $500.  Buyers can also add a 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

    If youd like to test drive the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, or another Dodge model, stop by Pomoco Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Newport News, Virginia.

    — 5 months ago
    #dodge  #dodge shaker  #cars  #Dodge Challenger 
    GMC Redesigns the Canyon Pickup for 2015
GMC has introduced a redesigned Canyon to its 2015 family of vehicles. The new Canyon features enhanced horsepower, options, and efficiency. GMC is hoping that the redefined midsize pickup will present consumers with greater cargo-hauling and trailering capacity without the size and expense of a full-sized truck.
The 2015 Canyon borrows some of the exterior aesthetics previously introduced on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD models. The Canyon features C-shaped daytime running lamps and offers buyers three body configurations. The extended cab model features a six-foot truck bed. GMC will also offer the Canyon crew cab model in both five and six –foot beds, allowing drivers to haul eight-foot long items with the tailgate down.
In addition to the three body types GMC will also offer the 2015 Canyon in base, SLE, and SLT models. Buyers can choose between 2WD and 4WD configurations on any model. The Canyon will also be available with an optional All-Terrain package on the SLE models. The interior of the new Canyon combines comfort and technology. An upright instrument panel presents the driver with easy access to a central information center. The center console features enough space to store a tablet and a standard 4.2-inch color driver information screen.
The 2015 Canyon also offers accessible rear under-seat storage. The 2015 Canyon delivers 193 hp from the standard 2.5-liter engine and as much as 302 hp from the available 3.6-liter V6. The trailering capacity could potentially exceed 6,700 lbs.
If you’d like more information on the 2015 GMC Canyon, or to test drive a 2014 Canyon or Sierra, contact the sales professionals at the all-new Hoffman GM in Hagerstown, Md.

    GMC Redesigns the Canyon Pickup for 2015

    GMC has introduced a redesigned Canyon to its 2015 family of vehicles. The new Canyon features enhanced horsepower, options, and efficiency. GMC is hoping that the redefined midsize pickup will present consumers with greater cargo-hauling and trailering capacity without the size and expense of a full-sized truck.

    The 2015 Canyon borrows some of the exterior aesthetics previously introduced on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD models. The Canyon features C-shaped daytime running lamps and offers buyers three body configurations. The extended cab model features a six-foot truck bed. GMC will also offer the Canyon crew cab model in both five and six foot beds, allowing drivers to haul eight-foot long items with the tailgate down.

    In addition to the three body types GMC will also offer the 2015 Canyon in base, SLE, and SLT models. Buyers can choose between 2WD and 4WD configurations on any model. The Canyon will also be available with an optional All-Terrain package on the SLE models. The interior of the new Canyon combines comfort and technology. An upright instrument panel presents the driver with easy access to a central information center. The center console features enough space to store a tablet and a standard 4.2-inch color driver information screen.

    The 2015 Canyon also offers accessible rear under-seat storage. The 2015 Canyon delivers 193 hp from the standard 2.5-liter engine and as much as 302 hp from the available 3.6-liter V6. The trailering capacity could potentially exceed 6,700 lbs.

    If youd like more information on the 2015 GMC Canyon, or to test drive a 2014 Canyon or Sierra, contact the sales professionals at the all-new Hoffman GM in Hagerstown, Md.

    — 5 months ago
    #cars  #truck  #trucks  #pickup truck  #GMC  #General Motors 
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