Category Archives: Max Stassi

AJ Gets a Contract From the Dodgers

It’s no secret that my favorite Major League player – at least until Max Stassi gets promoted again – is A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers. So much so that I almost always carry him on my fantasy team (I only have one team) even though he isn’t exactly a points bonanza. Every time he does manage to do something I celebrate it and rationalize that I made the right move to start him over Buster Posey on that day. Seriously, I do that.

On a more realistic note, Ellis is a great catcher even if he isn’t an offensive juggernaut. when he is going good, he gets on base, and he draws walks like a man pushing the button at a crosswalk every ten seconds. A.J. Ellis simply walks into Mordor.

AJ Ellis TweetSo I was very glad to see him get a new contract from the Dodgers. I certainly would love to see him have a great season, one where he doesn’t celebrate a no-hitter by jumping up and and landing on a carelessly discarded catchers mask screwing up his ankle. Naturally baseball is a business, and Ellis is going to have to step up the offense in order to stay in the lineup and move into the future with the Dodgers.

But in case things don’t work out for AJ Ellis in the long term, I would point out to the Dodgers that Max Stassi is still out there! Seeing Max in a Dodger uniform would be great to me!

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Ports Pitcher Incites Canada-Mexico Brawl

The biggest Ports news of the day is from the World Baseball Classic 2013 where 2012 Port Arnold Leon is one of the leading figures in the Canada-Mexico brawl that marred the 9th Inning of last nights game. With Canada leading 10-3, Leon plunked Rene Tosoni AFTER being warned by the Umpire not to do it. Benches emptied and a kerfuffle ensued with six players ejected before order was restored.

I am not a big fan of the intentionally hit batter, I get that there are times that it has to happen, but the special rules for the WBC13 seem extra designed to make sure that this sort of thing happens. I’m not excusing Leon’s actions, but in the “real world” of baseball the Canadians wouldn’t have done what they did with a six run lead in the 9th. If the WBC wants to be real baseball, then real baseball rules should be in place…

Max Stassi, last years Ports catcher, took note:

Stassi Tweet

Meanwhile Arnold himself took to twitter to comment on the issue in a non-specific way:

 Arnold Leon Tweet

(Mexico Thanks for your support! Baseball anywhere in the world is the same! Respect the foe we must have no matter the score!)*

*Translation courtesy of Google, so it’s probably lost a little something in the translation. But you get the idea.

Endings… Beginnings… And Continuations…

I watched the Giants win the World Series last night, and I have to say that I am sad.

Not because the Giants won. Truth is as a Northern Californian I am okay with it, especially considering the economic impact that a World Series can have on an area. No, I am sad because it’s all over for the year.

Or… is it???

For the first time ever I am interested in and following the Arizona Fall League. Most because my favorite Ports player, Max Stassi, is playing there along with several other Ports.

Desert Dogs Cap

So count me in as a Phoenix Desert Dogs fan for the next couple of months. Let the baseball continue!

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