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Tony La Russa To Retire

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring after 16 seasons as Cardinals manager and 33rd overall. La Russa has won three World Series in his soon to be Hall of Fame career, 1989 with Oakland and 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals. La Russa ranks third overall in managerial wins with 2,728 behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. This past season might go down as one of La...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 31, 2011  |  Discuss

Astros To Move To American League In 2013

The Houston Astros will soon get a new owner and now it appears they will be in a new league in two seasons. Houston area businessman Jim Crane was told by Major League Baseball that in order to buy the team, he must move the Astros from the National League to the American League. Crane is said to be getting a $70 million discount from the $680 million used to buy the team for...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 16, 2011  |  Discuss

Boy Wonder?: Bryce Harper Misses Pop Up

In what turned out to be a lackluster All-Star Game, the moment of the game may have been a mental lapse by one of the league's brightest young stars. Mike Napoli hits a lazy flyball to left and it should be an easy play for Harper, right? Wrong. Harper loses sight of the ball and Napoli and David Ortiz end up at second and third with one out. I know this is just an...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Kate Upton Dooms AL in All Star Game

(Fowl Line News Exclusive) The cat's out of the bag, the Curse of the Upton upended Justin Verlander the other night who got shellacked by National League swatters after the plucky Detroiter All Star spent the previous night with uber-bombshell and bikini ambassadress Kate Upton. Upton, who embodies all that is good and holy about lithe blonds wearing skimpy outfits, stands...
Via The Fowl Line
July 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Shutting Down Stephen Strasburg is a Terrible Mistake

In their 7 years of existence prior to 2012, the Washington Nationals have finished .500 just one time, have finished last in the National League East 5 times, and have never made the postseason. In fact, the last time the Montreal Expos made the playoffs was 1981, the lone appearance they made in October in their history. If you want to go back even further in history, there hasn’t...
Via The Sports Paradise
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets and Mustachioed Great Keith Hernandez Threatening to Shave 'Stache

Former New York Met and SNY analyst Keith Hernandez has announced that he might be shaving off his legendary mustache. During a Mets broadcast, Hernandez announced that for the Mets season finale, Hernandez might appear on screen without his mustache. The same mustache that was voted greatest sports mustache of all-time by the American Mustache Institute. Hernandez's '...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Selling Tickets To Eat Lunch With Dead Player

The Houston Astros can't seem to do anything right. On the official Facebook page for the Houston Astros, the team is advertising their Legends Weekend and a chance to buy tickets to a luncheon with former 'Stros Jose Cruz and Joe Niekro. Sounds good, right? One problem, however. Joe Niekro has been dead for almost six years. The knuckleballer for Houston died in...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

The Double League Disproportion

Four. It’s the number of World Series the American League has won in the last decade. It’s hardly a number that symbolizes a National League dominance overall in those 10 years (and how could it since the AL All-Stars have beaten the NL seven out of the last 10 years?), but it does suggest there’s a difference in the last bits of the season. It represents the National League...
Via Heat and Ace
January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Midseason Latino MLB Awards

2014 Midseason Latino MLB Awards The 2014 season reached its historically second half of its schedule, making the perfect moment for this year midseason awards. Let’s have fun. Here are my 2014 midseason award winners: American League Best Team: Oakland A’s Surprise Team: Seattle Mariners Disappointing Team: Tampa Bay Rays Best Latino Player: José Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays...
Via Tony Menendez Page-Home of BaseballLatino
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

From Floundering to Formidable Fish

The year was 2006. The then-Florida Marlins began Opening Day with the lowest payroll—$15 million—in Major League Baseball, the most frugal amount by more than $20 million. Their average player age went from 29.5 to 25.9-years-old in less than a year, and they played 22 rookies over the 162 games. They started out 11-31. When the locker rooms were cleaned out at the end, however...
Via Heat and Ace
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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