NL EAST NEWS

Braves Deal Lowe To Indians

The first move of the offseason was made on Monday when the Atlanta Braves traded pitcher Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians for a minor leaguer. The Braves will receive left-handed minor league Chris Jones for Lowe. Jones went 7-1 with an ERA of 3.36 and 66 strikeouts this season with the Kinston Indians, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Braves will eat all...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 31, 2011  |  Discuss

Nats Re-Sign Chien-Ming Wang

The Washington Nationals have re-signed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang to a new one year deal. The deal will be worth $4 million and could be more with Wang meets certain incentive goals. The deal will be official once Wang passes a physical. Wang has signed a one year deal the past two seasons with the Nationals. Wang completed his long road back to the Majors last season, making...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 03, 2011  |  Discuss

The Old Man And The Mound

Free agent and soon to be 49 year old Jamie Moyer is making a comeback and hopes to sign with a team in 2012. Moyer missed the entire 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Moyer injured his elbow playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. The injury was so bad that Moyer's Dominican team's GM, former Major Leaguer Moises Alou, thought his career was over...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 04, 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

Miami Marlins Contact Jose Reyes

Free agent shortstop Jose Reyes has been contacted by the Miami Marlins, according to sources. The Marlins are also said to have an interest in free agents Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. The Marlins open up a new stadium next season and would like a top free agent to build interest in the team. Marlins team president David Samson, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Nationals Catcher Ramos Kidnapped In Venezuela

The Aragua Tigers, a Venezuelan Winter League team, has confirmed that their, and Washington Nationals, player Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped. According to El Nacional, a Venezuelan newspaper, four armed gunmen kidnapped Ramos, 24, near his home. The gunmen have not contacted Ramos' family, but have contacted the police. Ramos was with his family at the time of the kidnapping...
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

Jose Reyes To Miami "Almost A Done Deal"

It is growing more and more likely that, like LeBron James, Jose Reyes will be taking his talents to South Beach. Reports are swirling that Reyes to the Marlins is "almost a done deal". This move will certainly help the Marlins chances in the NL East. If the deal done in fact get done, Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins current shortstop, will more than likely move to third...
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

Ozzie Foresaw Dunn's Dreadful Season

In an interview with ESPN Radio, Miami Marlins and former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen knew that Adam Dunn was in for a long season from the first day of Spring Training. Guillen went on to say on ESPN Chicago's Waddle and Silvy Show, “I looked at his swing and I told [bench coach] Joey Cora going home, ‘My God we’ve got a big problem." The White Sox...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 13, 2012  |  Discuss

New York Fox Station: "Gary Carter Will Be Remembered As One Of The Elite Pitchers In Baseball History"

For those of us who watch "The Soup", we know how funny and cringe inducing local TV can be, especially FOX 5 in New York. So this comes as no surprise that a reporter confused Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter with being "one of the elite pitchers in baseball history".
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Dykstra Sentenced For Grand Theft Auto

Former Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in prison by a Los Angeles County judge for his role in a grand theft auto case. After the sentencing, Dykstra was immediately remanded to custody and he walked into the court's back room. Prosecutors said that Dykstra and two other co-defendants tried to lease and then sell high end cars from numerous dealerships...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

TMG Sports Blog 2012 MLB Predictions: NL East

Yesterday, we finished the American League and now move onto the National League. The NL East to be exact. The Marlins have a new name, new stadium, and a new team, but will that be enough? Can the Phils repeat? How will the Braves respond to their epic collapse? So let's do this thing! 1st- Philadelphia Phillies The Phillies are the five time defending NL East champions...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
March 08, 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

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

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

Chipper Jones Gives Impassioned Speech Before Game

In what was going to be his last All-Star Game, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones stepped up and spoke to his National League teammates before the game. Chipper, in his first game ever at Kauffman Stadium, was asked by NL manager and former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa to address the team. Your browser does not support iframes. Chipper quoted the great...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Coles Hamels, Phillies Agree to Huge Extension

Cole Hamels and the Philadlephia Phillies have agreed to a six year, $144 million extension, according to sources. The deal will be made official later today. Hamels new deal will be the second largest given to a starting pitcher, only CC Sabathia's seven year, $161 million deal trumps Hamels' new contract. Hamels was assured by the Phillies that by signing the contract...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 25, 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

Phillies Dump Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino

The Philadelphia Phillies disappointing season continues as the team have now traded two of their starting outfielders ahead of the 4PM trade deadline today. The Phillies made two separate moves today involving Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. Philadelphia traded Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for Nate Schierholtz and two others. Nate Schierholtz had just recently...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 31, 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

Truck Full of FIsh Crashes Into Building Named After Marlins Owner

South Park once said, "If irony were strawberries, we'd all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now." A truck delivering fish crashed into the Loria Center, named for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, on Monday morning. No one was injured. Perfect. Just perfect. Utter perfection. Its only fitting that after a disastrous Marlins season, a truck full of fish its a...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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