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Where should Wieters hit?

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Where should Wieters hit?

Posted on 27 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Matt Wieters will be the Orioles starting catcher this Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards… sooo last night’s news.  Literally.

For the record, yes, the phone lines did light up last night on The Mob Town Sports Beat around 7:35-ish when Andy MacPhail made his big announcement.

Thyrl and I weren’t even a minute removed from a commercial break when we discussed off-air where we each thought Wieters should hit in the lineup whenever he finally came up.  It’s a topic we’ve talked about plenty of times on the air as well.

Thyrl has long been a proponent of putting Wieters in the #2 spot in the order.  It makes fine sense.  The second spot is where he would have the most protection in the lineup, batting behind Brian Roberts and in front of Adam Jones, whom would then bat third.  Essentially, Dave Trembley would slide Wieters in the same spot that Nick Markakis and Adam Jones occupied when they each made their first significant impact, and starting with Jones and Markakis everyone would just be bumped back a spot from the norm.

The more conservative viewpoint would be that the #6 or #7 spot is best for Wieters, where he won’t have as much pressure to be a major run and RBI producer, at least from the immediate get-go, against the likes of Roy Halladay, Josh Beckett, and CC Sabathia.

If Dave Trembley were to happen to ask for my two cents, I’d go with the latter.  I just feel like the last thing the team should do is mess with the Roberts-Jones-Markakis trip at the top of the order right now.

For some perspective, here’s where some of baseball’s other most recent phenom-prospects have started in their respective club’s lineups.

In 2004, Joe Mauer appeared for the Twins 35 times behind the plate as a 21-year old.  Mauer primarily batted #8 and hit right from the start at a .308 clip and getting on-base at a rate of .369.  By his first full season the next year in ’05, he assumed his now familiar third spot in Minnesota’s lineup.

Ryan Braun broke into the bigs with the Brewers and burst on to the scene exactly two years and a four days before Matt Wieters will make his debut.  After just two starts at #2 to begin his career, Braun batted third for Milwaukee in their final 113 games of the season and went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year with 37 home runs and 97 RBI’s.

Meanwhile, all-world Tampa By Ray third-basemen Evan Longoria almost split the difference between Mauer and and Braun and hit in the #5 hole for the majority of his ’08 rookie season.  Then after a successful late-season stint filling in the clean-up spot for an injured Carlos Pena, Longoria ripped it up with the move up in the order and was promoted to the #3 spot for the playoffs when he blasted 6 home runs for the eventual A.L. Pennant winners.  As for this season, the young All-Star has been off the charts in the #3 spot and last year’s 27 HR and 85 RBI totals will pale in comparison to the numbers he’s on pace to put up.

Matt Wieters will catch Friday, but where will he hit?

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Tonight on the Mob Town Sports Beat – The Necro Butcher!

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Tonight on the Mob Town Sports Beat, “The Necro Butcher” will be checking in at 6:30 with Thyrl.

The movie The Wrestler was released today and if you’ve been privileged to see the film, you are already familiar with the man they call – The Necro Butcher.

He’s the dude who opposes Mickey Rourke in the movie’s most pivotal match, giving the film its most violent scene!

He’s not only a real-life maniac, but also a star in the independent wrestling business and is currently traveling nationally with the Ring of Honor wrestling tour.

The Necro Butcher is also most known for his true ‘hardcore’ style.  Check out the tribute video.  This guy is B-A-D-A-S-S!

Remember tonight at 6:30 The Necro Butcher on The Mob Town Sports Beat!

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Ravens talk on WNST this weekend

Posted on 17 January 2009 by caseywillett

If you are looking to talk about the Ravens today, WNST has you covered.

9-11 Thyrl Nelson

11-1 Myself and Ray Bachman will talk Ravens – Steelers. We will also chat with Peter King of SI.com as well as hear from from various coaches and players from the Ravens this week. We will also discuss Rex Ryan and were he might be headed to in this NFL coaching carousel as well as Terrell Suggs and Samari Rolle’s health status.

1-4 – Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark from the Comcast Morning Show, will be doing a special playoff edition show. They will have a couple of special guest that you will want to tune in to hear from.

Also tomorrow from 10-12 is the Sunday Morning Blitzwith Rex Snyder and Jason Jubb.

I am looking forward to taking the trip up tomorrow morning for the AFC Championship game and seeing everyone at the WNST pregame party up there. To find out more info about the party, you can click on this link to get all of the details.

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Great time last night at The Original Steakhouse

Posted on 02 March 2008 by caseywillett

What a great event it was last night at The Original Steakhouse. I can not imagine a better place to have watched the UFC pay per view last night than there. It was a packed house with not an empty seat to be had and people lined around the bar to watch the fights. The Original Steakhouse staff was a great host for the evening and kept everyone happy.
When Anderson Silva choked out Dan Henderson in the main event, the place erupted with joy while some had a look of shock on their face. There were some other great fights including Chris Leben knocking out Alessio Sakara in the first round of their fight and Yushin Okami knocking out Evan Tanner with a devastating knee. All in all it was a very solid card from top to bottom. Hopefully we can go back to The Original Steakhouse for a future UFC pay per view.
Want to thank Paul Kopelke our General Manager, Emily from WNST for all of her help last night at the event and setting the event up, Joey from Bud Light, John Rallo and his crew from Ground Control Baltimore, Thyrl Nelson and his wife for stopping by last night, Chris (The Virg), Brian who destroys me at Ground Control and his wife for coming by, Mike from Towson and the other listeners who stopped by last night and said hello. Again big thanks go to the Original Steakhouse staff for their hospitality last night.
I owe a huge thank you to Tap Out, UFC, Downtown Locker room, Fight magazine, and Bud Light, for providing us with great giveaways last night during the event. We had some fun with the trivia questions in between the fights, including a question about what sponsor was on the back of Chris Leben’s shorts last night that everyone noticed.
Hopefully we can have another event next month when Matt Serra defends his title against George St Pierre.

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