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Shaun Marcum has intense skull bowling ball he uses just for spares (Picture)

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New York Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum is apparently an avid bowler. He must be pretty good, too. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the only types of bowlers who have a ball specifically for spares and a ball specifically for strikes are the good ones.

According to Mets PR man Jay Horwitz, that thing that looks like a skull frozen into a ball of ice is the ball Marcum uses for spares.

“This is Shaun Marcum’s new bowling ball,” Horwitz wrote on Twitter. “He uses it just for spares. It doesn’t spin as much as his strike ball.”

So that means when the strike ball doesn’t do its job this intense skull with the hole in its head comes in and cleans up the job? If you ask me, it’s sole purpose should be intimidating opponents. I wouldn’t be able to bowl next to that thing.

H/T MLB.com’s Cut 4 via SI Hot Clicks

Shaun Marcum Would Be ‘Shocked’ if Teammate Ryan Braun Took Steroids

As baseball fans we have all learned not to be surprised when we hear any name associated with performance-enhancing drug use. That being said, Ryan Braun is one of those names that causes the tiniest raise of the eyebrow.  You wouldn’t really expect to hear Braun’s name thrown in with the likes of Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi.  According to Braun’s teammate, Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum, it would be a huge surprise if the rest results are upheld and Braun is suspended for 50 games.

“I’d be shocked,” Marcum said according to the Journal Sentinel. “Like I say, he is one of those guys – his image, everything he does in the game – he is just one of those guys who you would never suspect or think he was taking anything illegally or do anything to cheat. I have seen him in the weight room. I have seen him in the batting cages. His work ethic is second to none. … I could never imagine him or think he was going to do something performance enhancing-wise to cheat. He is just one of those guys who respects work.”

Marcum said he heard the news via text from his mother when he was out in Las Vegas.  We already had Aaron Rodgers defending Braun in saying that there should be some sort of confidentiality with the tests until after the appeal, and it’s hard to argue with that.  Rumors have swirled about prescription medicines and substances other than steroids or HGH, but unfortunately for Braun we’ve grown tired of hearing those excuses.

It is always a possibility that Braun wins his appeal, but that has never happened in baseball when dealing with failed drug tests.  Like Marcum explained, it is the job of his teammates to support him until he’s proven guilty.  If he is, it will be yet another reminder that you can no longer trust anyone — regardless of how unlikely it may seem that they would cheat.

Blue Jays Trade Shaun Marcum to Brewers, Sets Up Deal for Zack Greinke?

Shaun Marcum is a very good American League pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays who reportedly was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday night. There were no indications that the Blue Jays were looking to deal the right hander who has just over three years of major league service time and made just under $1 million last season.

Marcum emerged in 2008 going 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 25 starts before hurting his arm. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2009 season, but he bounced back with a 13-8 record and 3.64 ERA this past year. Marcum is turning 29 years old and seems to be an asset and centerpiece of Toronto’s pitching rotation, begging the question: why would they want to trade him?

The only answer that makes sense is that the Blue Jays are preparing to make a deal for Zack Greinke. Greinke is sick of playing for the non-competitive Kansas City Royals and wants out. Though he has a no-trade clause, he reportedly is willing to accept a trade to any team. Rotoworld has been all over the Greinke trade rumors and pointed out that the Blue Jays have been making a push for the Cy Young winner.

It’s quite likely that trading Marcum for minor league prospects is a precursor to a Zack Greinke trade. Whether the Blue Jays intend on flipping some of the players to KC or keeping them to re-stock their system we don’t know, but one of the two must be the case. Why else would they trade a valuable player like Shawn Marcum?

UPDATE: The Brewers likely gave up second baseman prospect Brett Lawrie in the trade.