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What's Next For Albert Pujols?

The St. Louis Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series in a dramatic comeback against the Texas Rangers. Now the big question arises: What's next for Albert Pujols? Pujols was asked that question after his team had won Game 7 last night, but Pujols remained quiet on the issue. With free agency beginning next week, both the Cardinals and Pujols need to make a decision. The...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Yanks No Longer Pursue Oswalt

The New York Yankees are ending their pursuit of free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt after expressing concern about his chronic back issues. Oswalt has a history of back problems starting when he was with the Houston Astros. He reportedly has two degenerative discs in his lower back and was placed on the disabled list in June with back problems. The Yankees are very scared of his...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss

Red Sox Interview Sveum

The Boston Red Sox interviewed Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum for its manager job today. Dale Sveum is the second candidate the Red Sox have interviewed so far with Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin interviewing on Monday. Sveum has ties to Boston with him serving as third base coach in 2004 and 2005. Many Red Sox fans regard him as one of the worst third base coaches...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss

Alomar To Interview With Red Sox

The Cleveland Indians have granted bench coach and former catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. permission to seek the Red Sox managerial vacancy. According to reports, Alomar will be one of the next two, more than likely Mike Maddux is the other, to interview for the Red Sox. Alomar has no managerial experience, but was promoted to be the Indians bench coach next season. Alomar is regarded...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 03, 2011  |  Discuss

Orioles, Duquette Close To Nearing GM Deal

The Baltimore Orioles and former Boston Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette are nearing a deal to make him the team's next general manager. The Orioles offered the job to Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava first, but turned it down. Also interviewed were Jerry Dipoto, now Angels GM, De Jon Watson, assistant GM for the Dodgers, and Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock. ...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 05, 2011  |  Discuss

Yankees Interested In Cuban Slugger

The New York Yankees are very interested in Cuban defector, center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba this summer, is seeking a contract similar to the one Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman received in 2010, at least $30 million. The six foot, 215 pound center fielder has drawn interest from the Yankees because of his raw power and defensive skills...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Red Sox Mulling Signing Carlos Beltran

The Boston Red Sox have a need for a right fielder next season and Carlos Beltran could be the newest right fielder playing Pesky's Pole next year at Fenway. Red Sox front office members have talked about possibly signing Beltran or using Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick in right. Kalish and Reddick would be considerably cheaper for Boston. Beltran hit .300 last season with...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 09, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Courting Papelbon

After the Philadelphia Phillies deal with Ryan Madson seems to have fallen apart, the Phillies are now turning their attention to Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. The proposed deal with Madson, the Phillies closer last season, has fallen apart and appears to be on his way out of Philadelphia. The Phillies brass is debating whether or not to keep madson or sign Papelbon...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 11, 2011  |  Discuss

BREAKING NEWS: PAPELBON TO PHILLIES

Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a deal. Reports are saying that the deal is four years and around $50 million. The Phillies have went after Papelbon after their proposed deal with Ryan Madson fell apart. Stay tuned for more details.
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 11, 2011  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs To Hire Dale Sveum

Reports from the New York Times are reporting that the Chicago Cubs will name Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum as its next manager. Another report out of Chicago is reporting that the Cubs could name Sveum the new manager as early as tomorrow. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has not confirmed nor denied the reports, only saying that, "...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 17, 2011  |  Discuss

Youk And Brady To Be Brother-In-Laws

Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are soon to be in laws. Youkilis is engaged to marry Tom Brady's sister, Julie. The two met after a party shortly after the Pats were knocked out of the playoffs in 2010. Julie Brady is a schoolteacher with a five year old daughter from a previous relationship. She has never been married...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Yanks Look To Unload Bust Burnett On Pirates

The New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been talking about trading A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh. The Yankees are willing to unload Burnett since the Yanks now have a surplus in pitching with the acquirement of former Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda. However, the Yankees want the Pirates to go somewhere around 50-50 when it comes to paying the rest of the $33...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Jenks' Harrowing Tale Of Back Surgery Gone Wrong

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has had his fair share of back injuries throughout his career, but it pales in comparison to what he when through this offseason. Jenks underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in December to remove bone chips in his back. A seemingly routine procedure, right. Wrong. While Jenks has at his home in Arizona, he noticed a strange...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

TMG Sports Blog 2012 MLB Predictions: AL East

Today starts a series of posts predicting the upcoming Major League Baseball season. The staff, i.e., me, will predict the division winners, wild cards, and award winners. Today we pick the winners of the American League East. So without further ado, here we go. 1st- New York Yankees The New York Yankees took an unorthodox way at improving their theam this offseason. Addition...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera Suffered A Torn ACL, Career In Jeopardy

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL while shagging fly balls before the Yankees game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Rivera was leaping for a ball hit by Jayson Nix when he fell on the warning track. Rivera was noticeably in pain as he was grimacing and rubbing his face. Rivera regularly fields fly balls during practice to stay in shape. Rivera...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
May 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Sox Replace Lowe's Stolen Ring

The Boston Red Sox made a classy gesture and replaced former pitcher Derek Lowe's 2004 World Series ring after it was stolen in April. Lowe's Fort Myers, Florida home was robbed in April and he lost about $90,000 worth of property, including his World Series ring. When Lowe's Cleveland Indians visited Fenway Park this past week, Lowe had a very nice surprise waiting...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
May 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Kenyan Children Make Greatest Recreation Ever

A group of Kenyan school children are quickly becoming the newest viral video stars. The children were interested in recreating a famous American sporting event and ultimately chose Game 6 of the '86 World Series. The video starts out with Bob Stanley's wild pitch that allows Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run. The kid at the plate plays a great Mookie Wilson right...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta Ejected For Illegal Substance In Glove

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals after umpires found an illegal substance inside his glove. As Peralta was entering the game, umpires gathered around the mound and examined Peralta's glove. One umpire walked off the mound with glove in hand and Peralta was ejected before he even threw a pitch. Peralta...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling: Baseball Fortune "Probably All Gone"

During an interview on WEEI radio in Boston, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said that his baseball fortune is "probably all gone" now due to his failed business venture, 38 Studios. He also said in the interview that part of the blame should be placed on Rhode Island officials and Governor Lincoln Chafee. Schilling admits that he was partly to blame for 38 Studios...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Thome Hits Walk-Off; Wins $5K From Papelbon

Philadelphia Phillies player Jim Thome hit a Major League record 13th walk-off home run last night and in the process won himself some extra cash. Jonathan Papelbon blew the save in the ninth after the Tampa Bay Rays' Brooks Conrad hit a game tying single into right field. It was the first time this season that Papelbon allowed an earned run in a save situation. In the dugout...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Kevin Youkilis To White Sox

The tenure of Kevin Youkilis in Boston has come to an end. The Red Sox have traded third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Zach Stewart and a utility player. The trade is expected to be made official after the White Sox game with the Milwaukee Brewers. Youkilis was taken out of the game in the 7th inning of the Red Sox win against the Atlanta Braves...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Young White Sox Fan Crushed Over Lillibridge Trade

The Chicago White Sox acquired third baseman Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox yesterday for utility player Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Zach Stewart. It looks like a pretty good trade for the White Sox. They get an All Star player for next to nothing. However, one young fan was crushed after learning that his favorite player, Brent Lillibridge, was included in the trade. Hey...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Obama Booed In Boston Over Youkilis Comment

President Barack Obama was in Boston for a fundraiser at Smyphony Hall on Monday and towards the end of his speech he decided to thank the Red Sox for trading Kevin Youkilis to his beloved Chicao White Sox. He was promptly booed. Well, there goes Massachusetts, Mr. President.
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Jays, Moyer Agree To Minor League Deal

Ageless wonder and pitcher Jamie Moyer and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal. Moyer will report to the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate in Las Vegas sometime this week. The Blue Jays will be the ninth team in Moyer's, 49, long career and his third in a month. He was with the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the month, but asked for his release after not being...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

O's Get Thome From Phils

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Jim Thome for two prospects. The Phillies will receive pitcher Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino from the Orioles for the 41 year old slugger. Thome has hit five home runs and batted .242 in 30 games for Philadelphia this season. The Orioles would become Thome's sixth Major League ball club. The...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 30, 2012  |  Discuss

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