Monday Mailbag

By Scott Benzing
Aug. 07, 2017

In the days since I have started this blog, I have gotten asked a lot of questions about the blog itself and some questions as to why I am doing this, as well as random baseball questions that people want answered.

Even though it's only been a little more than a week, the questions are piling up like David Wells' buffet plates. 4 at a time with no end in sight.

So without further adieu, here are the answers to all the burning questions I've gotten.

Why are you starting a blog about baseball?

This is a question I get very often. Ever since I could walk I have been watching, playing, reading and talking about baseball. It is a true passion of mine and I want to eventually get a job in sports media, baseball is preferred. The process is far from easy and I figure that if I were to get into any journalism class I would need to start early and build a portfolio.

Who are you?

I'm a high school student trying to break into sports journalism and since baseball has always been a passion of mine, I want to work covering baseball.

What journalism format are you trying to build your career around?

Baseball writing. I would eventually like to be one of the writers and reporters on ESPN or FOX. Of course, being on a team beat would be pretty cool as well.

Would you like to go into broadcasting?

That could be interesting. I don't think I would be very good in the booth but it makes no sense to say no at this point.

Have you ever thought about selling your articles and having them professionally published?

I have, but I have a long road ahead of me until I get to that point.

What is your favorite team and players?

Being from Baltimore, my favorite team is the Orioles and my favorite players are Adam Jones and Manny Machado.

Ok, who is your least favorite team and players?

The main teams I dislike are any AL East rival, and the Kansas City Royals. My least favorite players are Ryan Flaherty, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Alex Gordon.

Who are your favorite non-Oriole players?

Of all time, Joe Mauer and David Ortiz. Currently, Mike Trout. What can't that guy do?

Oh you're an Oriole fan? Why didn't they use Britton?

Yesterday? They were up by 11 going into the ninth. Using your closer in that spot is crazy.

What is the best team you've ever seen?

That's tough but I'm going with the late 2000's Phillies. Utley, Rollins, Howard, Werth, Victorino, Halladay, Hamels, Lee. How did they only win one World Series?

What do you think of Aaron Judge?

He can rake. I would like to see him put together more than one half of a season before I say he's the best player ever. At his current state, he reminds me of a right handed Cliff Floyd with more strikeouts. Big frame power hitter that wears out by mid-July.

Well if Judge isn't, then who IS the best player ever?

Of all time, Rickey Henderson without a doubt. Of the ones I've seen, Mike Trout. Again, what can't he do?

Why wasn't Zach Britton used in the Wild Card game?

I honestly have no idea. Not much matters when you only had 4 base runners in the whole game, but I would have gone with Britton there. Although, to be fair, I was screaming for Britton to go in from the 7th inning in that game. The way I see it is that it was a terrible mistake, but there's a reason we watch the games and Buck manages them.

Do you watch any other sports?

I follow and watch the NBA, but not to the extent that I do baseball. I also watch clips of hockey fights on YouTube, does that count?

Would you ever consider writing about the NBA?

I could, but I'd have to learn a lot more about it.

What are the best baseball movies?

Can't go wrong with Field of Dreams, 42, Major League 1&2, Bull Durham, The Sandlot, Moneyball, and The Natural.

Who is the most underrated player in baseball?

Angels SS Andrelton Simmons. He is by far the best defensive shortstop in the game and has started hitting too, he's batting over .300 this season.

What is your favorite baseball memory?

Words can't justify it, so I won't try to.

What is your least favorite baseball memory?

It was a cold, rainy October night. The Orioles had made it to the ALCS against the Royals. The game was tied going into the 10th inning. Evil KC outfielder Alex Gordon hit the tie breaking home run. It still hurts to think about and that was 3 years ago.

If you were the MLB commissioner for a day, what would you do?

Get rid of the DH and implement a lifetime ban for steroid users. Two of the worst opinions that I have that I will force onto everyone.

If you could interview one person in baseball, who would it be?

Adam Jones or Joe Maddon. One put my favorite team on the map by himself, the other is probably the smartest baseball mind I've ever seen.

Joe Maddon? The singer?

No. That's Joel Madden. Not even close to the same person.

Oh you mean the Raiders coach?

I think that's enough questions for today.

Thanks to everyone that asked. Hope you guys have enjoyed my posts lately, more to come in the future. I'll probably do another Q&A style post in a slow offseason week.