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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

K-Rod Option Declined, Now Free Agent

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez's option has been declined and is now a free agent. Rodriguez had a $17.5 million mutual option. Francisco Rodriguez will receive a $4 million buyout from the Brewers compared to the $3.5 million he was originally to get. Rodriguez's contract was reworked after his trade in July from the New York Mets. Rodriguez would have...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 30, 2011  |  Discuss

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

Cubs Fire Quade: Now What?

Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have fired manager Mike Quade after just one full season at the helm. Quade compiled a record of 95-104 after taking over for Lou Piniella late in the 2010 season. The Cubs went 71-91 this season in Quade's only season as manager. One week into his new job, Theo Epstein is cleaning house and appears to be bringing in his own guys. Who do the...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 02, 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

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

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

Braun Wins Appeal, Will Not Serve 50 Game Suspension

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will not serve a 50 game suspension. Braun went before a three member panel last month to argue that he should not serve a 50 game suspension for a failed drug test. Braun said of the panel's decision, "I am very pleased and relieved by today's decision". Major League...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds' Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman Cover Adam Sandler Classic

Musician and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo and teammate Aroldis Chapman visited MLB's Fan Cave in New York recently and decided to throw down while there. It's only fitting that two Reds perform the Adam Sandler classic "Red Hooded Sweatshirt". So, here it is. Your browser does not support iframes. Chapman is no Kevin Nealon, but does an admirable...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez Hilariously Touches Them All

During the Milwaukee Brewers-Philadelphia Phillies game yesterday afternoon, Carlos Gomez was at the plate in the first against the Phillies' Vance Worley. Gomez hit a ball deep to left and Gomez rounded to bases to give the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead. Except for one minor detail. The ball was foul. That didn't stop Gomez as he continued to round the bases thinking he had...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates' Starling Marte Homers on First Big League Pitch

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been waiting to see top prospect Starling Marte in action. Last night, he didn't disappoint. The young Dominican outfielder homered on the first pitch he ever saw in the Majors. He took a Dallas Keuchel cutter into the left-center field seats. Your browser does not support iframes. Marte knew something special was going to happen in his at bat...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 27, 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

Want to See The Cubs-Astros Game? Do You Have $0.19?

The Chicago Cubs wrap up their dreadful season this weekend against an even worse Houston Astros squad at the Friendly Confines. The Cubs are at 60-99 and the Astros are at 53-106. That's right the two worst teams in baseball. Why would anyone want to see these teams play? That's probably why two tickets on StubHub are for sale at $0.19. That's right, $0.19. ...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Lady With Big Dumb Hat Ruins "God Bless America", Giants Somehow Find Will to Win

The San Francisco Giants trotted out Misa Malone, a performer from the San Francisco based show Beach Blanket Babylon, to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch and it was very odd to say the least. Malone had probably the biggest and most dumb hat I have ever seen, which is actually a commonplace on Beach Blanket Babylon. If you knew anything about...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Should Hunter Pence's Double Have Counted?

The San Francisco Giants completed their 3-1 series comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. A big reason that the Giants won Game 7 was Hunter Pence's bases clearing,  broken bat double in the five run third for San Francisco, but should the double have counted? According to MLB rules, Rule 6.05 states, "A...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

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