Happy Father’s Day!!!!
Thinking of my dad today. He lives so far away and I don’t get to see him as much as I would like to. He and I got to realize OUR major league dreams together! I owe my career to him.
I feel so lucky. Got to spend time with my middle son Chris on Memorial Day when he came to umpire in the Leo Mazzone Memorial Day tournament. Spent this weekend with my youngest son Nick on the lake. What a great weekend. And this Father’s Day I’m a proud granddad for the very first time. My oldest son Tony became the proud papa of a beautiful little girl, Brooke Elizabeth Mazzone, in December. Life is good.
Leo’s MLB rankings broken down into 5 categories.
1. Top 10 teams
2. Teams that could go either way
3. Teams that could come back from poor starts
4. Mediocre teams
5. Bad teams
Top 10 teams…
1. Cardinals – Great starting pitching
2. Tigers – Deep, powerful lineup
3. Giants – Well balanced
4. Rangers – Pitching and power
5. Red Sox – Starting pitching and solid lineup
6. Braves – Power, pitching, defense and strikeouts – streaky
7. Nationals – Pitching and fair offense
8. Reds – Fair pitching, good offense and good at home
9. Orioles – Good offense, good bullpen and starting pitching??????
10. Yankees – Good pitching and patching it together on offense
Teams that could go either way
Teams that can come back from poor starts
2. White Sox
5. Blue Jays
So today I got my Baseball Digest in the mail and found this small little snip it that I wanted to share. I found it extremely interesting.
“One of Roy Halladay’s few highlights in 2012 was notching his 2,000th career strikeout. Among pitchers who have reached that plateau, the Phil’s ace now ranks third all-time in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.78). Here were the top 10 at the start of the 2013 season.”
Pitchers With Best Strikeout-to-Walk Ratios (Min of 2,000 S0)
Pitcher SO BB Ratio
Curt Schilling 3,116 711 4.38
Pedro Martinez 3,154 760 4.15
Roy Halladay 2,066 556 3.78
Mike Mussina 2,813 785 3.58
Greg Maddux 3,371 999 3.37
Javier Vazquez 2,536 763 3.32
Randy Johnson 4,875 1,497 3.26
Dennis Eckersley 2,401 738 3.25
Juan Marichal 2,303 709 3.25
Fergie Jenkins 3,192 997 3.20
My top picks
Red Sox-BEST STORY
Border line teams
Teams that have no chance of having a good year.
Leo’s most disappointing teams so far in major league baseball.
Subject to Change!
Leo’s top 10 greatest players of the NCAA tournament (March Madness)!
1. Lew Alcindor - UCLA
2. Bill Russell – SF University
3. Bill Walton - UCLA
4. Oscar Robinson – University of Cincinnati
5. Wilt Chamberlain – Kansas
6. Larry Bird – Indiana State
7. Bill Bradley – Princeton
8. Magic Johnson – Michigan State
9. Jerry West – West Virginia
10. Christian Laettner – Duke
Leo’s top 5 major league baseball clubs pre-spring training rankings
5. Atlanta Braves
4. California Angles
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Washington Nationals
1. Detroit Tigers