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When is it too early to fire a coach or manager?

It was reported on Sunday that the Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager, Ron Roenicke after the team started the season 7-18. In his time with the team he went 342-331 in just over five seasons with the squad.

The team finished only two games above .500 last season. The Brewers higher-ups knew that this team was not going to contend this year. They didn’t go out and improve the roster over the offseason and assumed they would morph into the Kanas City Royals. The expectations for this team fell harder than Rand Paul, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz’s hopes of becoming president in 2016.

Did the Brew Crew happen to forget the division that they have been apart of for decades? The Cardinals have had this division on lock for the past decade. The new look Cubs are energized and bound to make a serious run at the division title. They are not going to the World Series, but they have a chance at winning the division. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are still in the middle of the pack, but they also have chances of making the postseason.

I feel sorry for the Brewers because they do not have the sorry Houston Astros to beat down on in the National League Central. Oh wait; those same sorry Astros are in first place in the American League West.

Yes, I understand that baseball consists of a 162 game schedule, however the Philadelphia 76ers have a better chance of winning the NBA Championship than the Brewers chance of making the postseason this year.

Roenicke started the season with the tools he was given why not let him finish out the lifeless season that his team was predestined to have. Milwaukee had the chance of firing him at the end of last season and didn’t take it.

Craig Counsell will become the interim manager who is going ruin his personal reputation just to keep the Brewers in last place. Roenicke could have done that under his current contract, which had a team option for next season.

In baseball, you will not change the morale of a team or fan base midseason. I can’t speak for all die-hard fans, but if the writing is on the wall, just get out your bifocals and read it. It will be long season. I’m a Braves fan, I have already come to the understanding that season will be disappointing.

I thank you for allowing me to vent, but now I ask the question, When is it to early to can a coach or manager?

Personally, I believe in riding the horse that got you to your present-day situation and taking responsibility for my poor decisions. Give the person a chance to fail, because we all know they will not succeed in Milwaukee. Green Bay yes! Milwaukee no!

Photo: Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

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What happens when Sports meets Reality?

Yes, Down The Line Sports Entertainment is a sports and entertainment blog that does not cover civic issues, however there comes a point where sports reality, reality, and the civic issues intertwine.

Sports reality is very important in many ways especially as devoted fans who will do anything and everything to will our teams on to victory. Sports is the MOST real thing on television besides the news. One might argue that the news is skewed and actually not real. But,

  • Imagine how the people of Chicago will react when the Cubs win a World Series?
  • Think of the feelings that you experience when you have a bet on the Kentucky Derby.
  • Is there anything more exciting than a buzzer beater?

Sports leaves each of us with a feeling that can’t be described. It leaves us with a memory that will always be tangible. You will remember where you were you seen Buster Douglas knock down Mike Tyson. You will remember being amazed as David Tyree made a catch using his helmet in the Super Bowl. You will remember the smell of the cold wind blowing in your face as you run in a marathon.

That is reality! You are experiencing it right? Those are priceless memories that can’t be taken away from you, right?

But, is that the same feeling you have when your first child is born, the regret of not paying a bill on time because you were laid off, or being a witness of a loved one struggling to hold on to their life.

Aren’t those same tangible, realistic feelings?

Below is a chart that compares and contrasts both sports reality, reality, and civic issues.

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What happens when sports realities and reality happen at the same time to affect civic issues?

With that, I take you to Baltimore, Maryland where sports is at the center of reality. For those of you who do not know, Baltimore is the epicenter of protests and riots because of the handling of the death of Freddie Gray as he was being arrested. Since his death, the community and police have banded together to seek peace and find the truth. That is not being shown on television though. We are seeing looting, disrespect for authorities, burning of buildings, and a whole lot of destruction.

Yes, Freddie Gray died, but what does this have to do with sports and reality?

Because of protests, the Baltimore Orioles have not been able to play their home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards because the team and Major League Baseball want to protect fans, players, employees, and umpires from potential harm.

The team has decided to play a game on Wednesday, April 29, in front of an empty stadium. The team was also scheduled to host the Tampa Rays this weekend, but instead they will travel to Tampa and act as the home team.

How are sports reality, reality, and civic issues being used in this one example? Well,

  1. Hearing the cheering of the hometown team will not be a memory someone will gain this weekend.
  2. Ticket holders who made plans for Monday and Tuesday’s games may not be able to attend the games on Thursday.
  3. On Wednesday, the team will not have fans cheering for them. Therefore losing home field advantage.
  4. Employees of Oriole Park at Camden Yards who make close to minimum wage will miss out on three days pay, as they will not be traveling to Tampa. I would think the team would pay them because this is not the employee’s fault.
  5. Because there are no games being played either in public or in Tampa, the team will lose out on revenues that are generated by ticket sales, parking, concessions, and other revenue streams. Someone will have to pay for what the team has lost. Expect consumers to pay higher prices until the team recuperates its loses.

To the peaceful protestors of Baltimore, please know that people around the world and I see what is going. We respect you and encourage you to continue to seek the truth.

To the police and community leaders of Baltimore, please continue to share peace in a city that is desperate. Show shines of sympathy and empathy because people need it.

For the looters and destructors, hell terrorists, please start to think. Step outside of your body and look at what is going on. If you do that you will see:

  1. One of America’s greatest cities being destroyed. Believe it or not, you will have to pay for those damages. Actually, the entire city and state will have to pay for your crimes.
  2. People who have negative views of blacks will (in the their mind) be justified.
  3. That all of this damage will have been for nothing. I am sorry to say that riots will not bring Freddie Gray back. No matter how many buildings are set on fire, Orioles games cancelled, or how much disrespect is shown to the police will bring this young man back. I’m sorry, that is reality.

Consider the phrase, “One bad apple spoils the bunch.” That bunch is inedible.

I hope that the Orioles are not punished for acts they did not commit.

Sidebar. Yes, this is a national mess that only local authorities have control over. Stick to local government. Let’s not make this more political that what it already.

Yes, sports reality is a “legal” high that can never be matched, but please notice the real issues surrounding you. There are parts of this country that are still fighting for voting rights and equality rights amongst other things. Seek to find issues that may interest you and use your voice.

After, remember that events that have already occurred cannot be prevented after the fact. If you want to see change get out in your community, actually speak to your neighbor, and network with people who are a different demographic than you. Be the person you want to see as a leader of your neighborhood.

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Braves pitcher gets 80 games off

Anyone ever heard of Andrew McKirahan? I’ll wait.

I am an Atlanta Braves fan and I never heard of him. Apparently, he is a cheater. Sorry, that was unprofessional of me. According to the Associated Press, McKirahan has been suspended by MLB because he tested positive for Ipamorelin. It’s some type of human growth hormone.

I do not understand the reason as to why he would do it. The young player is currently making the league minimum. However, because of this little 80 game hiatus he’s is going on he will forfeit $221,858. This season he was scheduled to make $507,500.

So, I wonder if it was really worth it.

It was just nine days ago when I went on a rant because Jenrry Meija was suspended for a different PED.

When will players understand that they can no longer cheat the system, cheat their organization, cheat the fans, and cheat themselves?

We as fans need to do our parts as well and no longer approve the using of these drugs. We do not boycott games and or demand stiffer penalties. Isn’t it an endorsement when fans cheer a player that has previously cheated? Yankee fans, do I really need to bring up A-Rod? We’ll save that conversation for a later date.

It is time for this epidemic to cease to exist. I agree with the phrase “It ain’t cheating if you don’t get caught”. What should happen if you do get caught? When you get caught?

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Can Kris Bryant actually give the Cubs a chance?

On Friday, the Cubs called up their top prospect, Kris Bryant, after deciding to send him back to the minors for the first twelve days of the season.

The prospect went 0-4 in his first big league game.

It begs the question, can Bryant help lead the Cubs to the World Series?

Uh, NO!

I’m so sorry Chicago fans, but the Cubbies will always be the Cubbies. No person currently walking the earth will ever see them win a title.

Reminder, the last time they won a WS was in 1908.

Let’s do the math:

                                                                                 2015

                                                                                -1908

                                                                          107 years without a title

I know that you guys need to have faith, but let’s stay in reality.

There is always next year!

Remember, there is another baseball team in Chicago. Nevermind.

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Tigers’ Martinez to have surgery

During offseason workouts, Victor Martinez tore the medical meniscus in his left knee last week.

Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery next week.

There is no timetable for his return.

Last season, the DH hit 32 bombs and 103 RBIs with .335 batting average.

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Mr. Cub dead at 83

Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83 in Chicago.

He was the very first African- American to play for the franchise and he did so from 1953- 1971.

Banks hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs. He had 14 All-Star selections and won two MVP awards. He was a 1977 Hall of Famer.

Ernie Banks was known for saying, “Let’s play two!”

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs said:

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”

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Hall of Fame should induct 4

The Baseball Writers of America Association will reveal the 2015 class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The announcement will be made at 2 p.m. eastern standard time.

Before we get to the players that should be inducted, we have to address the people that should not now or ever be inducted.

No player that has ever used steroids or any other performance enhancer should never be allowed into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and many others should never be immortalized for ruining a sport. Pete Rose should be allowed in before any of them because what he did as a player. At least his performance on the put drugs into his body.

This article is not about who should go into the Hall of Shame, it’s about the cherished ones that will go into the Hall of Fame.

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MLB Playoffs, Picks, Preview, #beatLA

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The second round of the Major League Baseball playoffs begin tonight.

The post season will continue to be interesting. There are several complete teams and the ones that aren’t complete still figure out ways to win ball games. Let’s get started with LA and Cinderella, also known as KC.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals

After a brilliant come back victory, the Royals will try to continue their miraculous playoff run. Kansas City battled back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. They then won the franchise’s first playoff game in over 28 years 9-8 in the in front of over 40,000 fans in Kauffman Stadium. This was my first time seeing KC in the post season, and I hope not the last.

Now that KC has their one win they will need three more to move on past the Angels. The Angels very well may be the favorites to win the whole thing, but they never go deep in the postseason and I don’t expect that to change this year. The team is stacked, but I don’t see them living up to expectations.

The season series was split. I believe the Royals will pull out the series in 4 games. What’s next? The Cubs win the World Series! Haha, not in my lifetime.

Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles

Detroit has a phenomenal starting rotation with great hitting to back it up. This team can be unbeatable in the first round if Justin Verlander shows up and plays like a quality third starter. The Tigers can also hit with the best of teams.

Baltimore has had many injuries this year, thus why I can’t name one batter in their lineup. However, the team keeps on winning. Can this continue? I doubt it.

Expect the Tigers to sweep.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Every year the Cardinals are in the mix. Don’t you get tired of em’? It shows that when a baseball team has a foolproof system they will always be hard to beat. I often compare the to the San Antonio Spurs. Don’t count them out either. The big story is about Clayton Kershaw. He’s the no brainer to win the CY Young and MVP, but he can only play in a maximum of two games. The rest of the rotation will have to keep the St. Louis bats at bay. And the Dodgers can do it.

The only thing I love about writing about having my own blog: my opinion. I HATE the Dodgers! So I will be puling for the Cards in 4, but we all know that this series can go the distance.

San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals

The Giants got to this game by playing a flawless playoff game against the Pirates. One swing of the bat deafened an entire city that. The last time Pittsburgh was that quite the Tampa Bay Bucs were scoring a touchdown last Sunday to pick up their first victory. Too soon? San Francisco brings experience into this series and a lot of momentum, which in baseball is all you need. Not to mention, Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen where he flourishes. I am an Atlanta Braves fan and I hate the Nationals.

Giants clinch in 3!

World Series: San Francisco vs Detroit                

Giants in 6!