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Jim Edmonds, Russell Branyan Add to Weird Baseball Injuries

The extensive list of weird injuries continues to grow. Sadly, it looks like we also have a couple of repeat cases too.

Reds outfielder Jim Edmonds hit a home run on Tuesday night and hurt himself circling the bases. Edmonds thought he had popped his Achilles tendon taking his victory lap but it turns out he did not tear it. Either way, the entire spectacle was pretty strange to see, as I came across through SI Hot Clicks. Strangely enough, Edmonds isn’t the only player to hurt himself on a home run trot this year.

Even though we have frequent additions to the weird injuries list, Russell Branyan may have distinguished himself as the first two-time member of the club. The Mariners first baseman was inducted in July for hurting his toe on a coffee table in his hotel room or something like that. He has earned a second spot on the list for hurting himself in a pizza parlor. No joke. He said he was bending over to pick up his son’s flip flop when the chair underneath him went out. Apparently he fell to the ground and landed on his tailbone. Honestly, this poor guy is cursed.

You hear stories like these ones and it makes you really appreciate Cal Ripken Jr. more than you had before. Either that, or it makes you realize how much more difficult every day living is than you ever thought.

Prosecutor: K-Rod Once Beat Girlfriend So Badly She Had to Be Hospitalized

Francisco Rodriguez was in court Wednesday to face seven counts of criminal contempt charges for violating a restraining order.  The Mets pitcher sent 56 text messages to the mother of his children, Dalan Pena, after he was ordered not to contact her in the wake of his Aug. 11 attack against her father.

In the Queens courtroom, District Attorney Scott Kessler painted a more evil picture of K-Rod than the one that already exists.

Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday.

“He’s not naive and loving,” Kessler told Queens Justice Ira Margulis. “He’s merely manipulating and controlling.”

Rodriguez’s attorney naturally refuted the claim, and a D.A. saying the incident happened doesn’t necessarily make it true.  The alleged incident supposedly occurred in Venezuela and the Mets say they saw nothing about it when doing their background check before signing the right-hander.

A prosecutor’s job is to make the accused look bad, so Kessler obviously has a motive.  That being said, it seems like it would be extremely risky for him to make such a claim without some sort of evidence to support it.  That would be a pretty elaborate and severe story to pull out of thin air.  We aren’t saying it’s true, but let’s just say it wouldn’t shock us if it were.

And the 2010 Cy Young Award Goes to…

AMERICAN LEAGUE WINNER

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (20-6, 3.05)

Sabathia will win the American League Cy Young at the end of the season.  With a 21-6 record, he’s certainly a worthy candidate.  The fact that he plays for the New York Yankees has made him a shoe-in, however.  Not to take anything away from Sabathia, but the Yankees offense deserves plenty of credit for his success this year.  There are a ton of pitchers in the A.L. who would be worthy of the Cy Young Award any other year.  Those same pitchers would be worthy of it this year if they played for the Yankees.

Sabathia also helped his own cause by pitching deep into games.  That, on the other hand, is not owed to his teammates.  The Yankees’ workhorse has thrown 224 innings so far this season, which is second only to Felix Hernandez.  To be able to pitch at such a high level with that large of a workload is truly remarkable in this day and age.

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MLB Playoff Preview: American League

The National League playoff picture has yet to become clear, with only the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies looking comfortably ahead of their division rivals. As such, we’ll take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the American League powerhouse teams where the playoff picture is more clear.

The truth is, predicting who will win the World Series, even when picking from eight teams, is a crap shoot at best. The five and seven game series can easily go either way and the better teams, as proven by the 162-game schedule, rarely have any significant advantages over such a short span.

A few points of particular interest, when looking at playoff contenders, are their strengths or weaknesses in the secret sauce categories. During the eight team, Wild Card-era of baseball, teams that have had the most success have three things in common: strikeout pitchers, good team defense and a good closer (all of these are adjusted for ballpark and competition and all that junk).

Each win in the playoffs is that much more valuable, so closers often get extended for two and even three innings while good defenses keep games close. Good offensive teams do not have a significant edge in the playoffs because they face more power pitching and rarely get to see number four or five starters.

So how do the American League teams stack up? Let’s find out:

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Matt Diaz Living Lighter After Tripping Fan

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Phillies fans have been quite the topic here at LBS over the past few months. Things started with a Phillies fan getting Tased after running onto the field. After his example, another streaker tried the same move the very next night hoping to get Tazed but he came away disappointed.

On a more disgusting note, we had a Phillies fan barf on a child at a game, and then we saw a toddler drinking a beer at a game too.

Two weeks ago a Phillies fan celebrated by grabbing his girlfriend in a notorious body part.

The latest antic may have been the most humorous of all. In the middle of the Phillies/Braves game on Monday night, a fan wearing a Spiderman-style bodysuit ran onto the field. Atlanta left fielder Matt Diaz got himself involved by subtly taking out the fan. Here’s the Phillies Redman fan video in case you missed it:

Maybe the Redman fan would have lasted longer had he been living lighter with some sweet Lacoste clothes instead of the bodysuit. Just a thought.

Tampa Bay Rays Sport Funky Golf Outfits

Aside from their stellar play on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have become known for their strange clothing choices. Inspired by manager Joe Maddon, the team has themed road trips.

They’ve had a hockey road trip where they all wore hockey jerseys, they did a Western road trip with cowboy outfits, and my personal favorite was the snazzy BRayzers they debuted.

Well the Rays just finished up a six-game home stretch on Sunday and flew out for a huge series with the Yankees in New York. You figure the Rays would be all business and completely serious heading into the monstrous series, but the team actually was living lighter with a Lacoste-type attitude.

As I found out from Big League Stew via SI Hot Clicks, the boys from Tampa decided to sport golfing/country club outfits. I guess it’s just Halloween every month for Tampa Bay. Too bad the lax attitude didn’t help them on Monday night.

Cubs’ Tyler Colvin OK After Being Briefly Impaled By Broken Bat

File this one under weird injuries and be relieved that Chicago Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin is in stable condition and said to be doing okay after being briefly impaled by a broken bat during Sunday’s game against the Marlins.  It’s a natural reaction to cringe and hold your breath when a broken bat goes flying during a baseball game and this is a perfect example of why.  No need to watch this video if this kind of thing grosses you out, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.  Here’s the video of the Cubs’ Tyler Colvin getting impaled by a broken bat, courtesy of YouTube user MShell6692:

You can tell by Colvin’s reaction he was more shaken up than anything when he saw he was bleeding.  His rookie season is probably over and he’s being kept in the hospital for a couple of days, but it’s obviously fortunate it didn’t end worse than it did.