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Dodgers Claim Stow Partly To Blame

A civil compliant was filed last week in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and owner Frank McCourt against the two men accused of the horrendous beating of Bryan Stow. Attorney Jerome Jackson has said that Bryan Stow, the victim, should share part of the blame. Jackson said that if this case does go to a jury trial, the jurors would be asked what percentage each...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Mark Cuban Interested In Purchasing Dodgers

Frank McCourt finally relented and is putting the Los Angeles Dodgers on the market and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is interested in buying. Cuban, however, is only interested if the price is right. He had inquired about the price recently to McCourt and McCourt was asking for $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Cuban backed off because the price was too high. Cuban had tried...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss

D-Backs Extend Gibson, Towers

The Arizona Diamondbacks have extended manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers' contract by three years. This move comes after a very successful season that saw the D-Backs win 94 games, a 29 game improvement from 2010, and a National League West title. The Diamondbacks then lost in five games to the National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers. Diamondbacks...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 04, 2011  |  Discuss

Royals Trade Cabrera To Giants

The Kansas City Royals traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and a minor leaguer. Melky Cabrera had a career season this past year, his only season in Kansas City, hitting .305, 18 home runs, and 87 RBIs. Sanchez was 4-7 this season with a 4.26 ERA. He was the best pitcher for the Giants going down the stretch in their World Series...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson Doesn't Think Graduations Are Important; Is All Business

With the month of June upon us, it brings around a new summer season and high school graduations. A milestone in the life of a teenager as they now embark on something truly remarkable. Well, Kirk Gibson doesn't think so. Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has opted to miss his son Cam's high graduation in Michigan because "You're supposed to graduate...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
June 15, 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

Blue Jays Release Jamie Moyer

The Toronto Blue Jays have released aging pitcher Jamie Moyer after two starts in the minors. Moyer, 49, allowed ten runs in 11 innings with Triple A Las Vegas. The Blue Jays signed Moyer to a two start minor league contract in late June. The Jays were Moyer's third team this month. The Orioles released Moyer after just three minor league starts and the Colorado Rockies...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson's Bobblehead Giveaway Should Have Been Thought Through More

The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to make a bobblehead to commemorate Kirk Gibson's efforts with the Dodgers and his never quit attitude. Now what's interesting with this bobblehead is that is actually a bobble arm mimicking his now famous trot around the bases after his walk off homer during the 1988 World Series. Seems like a good idea and a cool thing to get,...
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

Upton Brothers Hit 100th Career Home Run on the Same Night

The Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin, have a lot in common in terms of their baseball careers. Both are first round draft picks, both are members of the 20/20 club, and now they have another thing in common and its a pretty unreal thing. Both B.J. and Justin hit their 100th career home runs on Friday night within an hour of each other. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Nine Giants Try to Run Down Eric Young, Eventually Succeed

The dictonary defines rundown as "A play in which a runner is trapped between bases and is pursued by fielders attempting to make the tag." No one told the San Francisco Giants exactly how many fielders you should ideally use. The Giants' Madison Bumgarner caught the Rockies' Eric Young trying to steal third and attempted to pick him off. Then that's where...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies Pitcher Mike Ekstrom Told To Hurry Up by MLB

In a letter from MLB's disciplinarian, Joe Garagiola, Jr., the MLB was warned Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike Ekstrom to hurry up when he pitches or he will be disciplined by the league. The letter, obtained by Baseball Prospectus' Adam Sobsey, tells the Rockies pitcher that he when longer than the 2:25 allotted to warm up when coming into a game. Additionally, Ekstrom...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 09, 2012  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 games for Positive Test

San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test. ESPN's Jorge Arangure has reported, via Twitter, that the Giants slugger has tested positive for testosterone and will be suspended 50 games, effectively ending his 2012 season. MLB has confirmed the failed test and suspension. Cabrera was having a...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Tommy Lasorda's Odd Death Request

Former Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda has had recent health issues. He suffered a heart attack in June, is currently suffering from a bad case of vertigo, and he isn't getting any younger (He's 84), so its pretty normal that he is thinking about what happens when he will die. Lasorda came up with an odd, yet funny, request when he finally reaches that final...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox "Pitcher" Says Beckett Was a "Good Influence" in the Clubhouse

The only good thing about the Red Sox-Dodgers trade was ridding Josh Beckett and his horrid work ethic and contract, but, according to the Providence Journal, John Lackey feels that Beckett was a "good influence" in the Red Sox clubhouse. Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the newest pariah for the Red Sox since Beckett is LA bound. In an interview with WEEI, Lackey...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 27, 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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