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Kansas City Royals 29 Year Postseason Drought is Over

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
For Kansas City Royals fans, it’s been years since their last post season birth – 29 years to be exact. That’s right, 29 years of never seeing October baseball. That is the longest postseason drought in all of Major League Baseball; right behind the Royals are the Blue Jays with 20 years of not seeing the postseason, followed by the Mariners who are stuck at 12 years.

 

The Royals did win the World Series in 1985, a feat some franchises haven’t accomplished in years or even ever. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 105 years, the Indians in 65 years. Some notable teams that haven’t ever won a World Series title include the Rangers, Astros, Brewers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Rockies.

 

Though the Royals haven’t seen the postseason for 29 years until now, at least they’ve hoisted the most coveted trophy in all of baseball.
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95 Years in the Making

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

It’s no secret that the Red Sox have won a couple World Series titles in recent years, however, none of those have been clinched within the walls of Fenway Park. In fact, last night was the first time since 1918 that Boston clinched a World Series in front of their home fans. Some fans waited 95 years to witness a World Series win at home, though most of them haven’t even been alive that long.

The last time Boston clinched a World Series at home gas was just 30 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread just cost 12 cents and World War I was fresh on the minds of every American. The last Red Sox team to celebrate a home World Series win had Babe Ruth on the roster. Even more notably,  the Red Sox traded away Babe Ruth following their 1918 win,  leading to the curse of the Bambino, which ended in 2004. Needless to say, Fenway Park waited for what seemed like an eternity for a World Series clincher at home. That wait came to an end last night as Boston fans witnessed a final out, which gave the Red Sox a long awaited home World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

By: Jordan Mills

Reds Hire New Manager

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

It didn’t take long for the Reds to find a new manager after letting Dusty Baker go following another disappointing playoff run. The Reds front office looked within their organization and hired pitching coach Bryan Price. Price was the pitching coach for four seasons with the Reds and will replace Dusty Baker who was relieved of his managerial duties Oct. 3.

Before Price joined the Reds organization, he spent 10 seasons with the Mariners and D-backs as their pitching coach, this will be his first managerial position. Under Price, the Reds pitching staff had the fourth best ERA in the Majors and led the National League in strikeouts. The Reds and Price agreed to a 3 year contract.

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By: Jordan Mills 

Cabrera Captures First Triple Crown since 1967

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

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On Wednesday night, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became only the 15th player in Major League history to capture the sport’s Triple Crown. Cabrera finished the regular season leading the American League in Batting Average (.330), Home Runs (44) and RBIs (139) to deliver the sport its first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and the first ever achieved by a Latin-born player. The last Triple Crown was won  in 1967 by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski.

Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers now set their sights on loftier goals in the MLB Playoffs. Having won the AL Central Division, the Tigers will now match up with the young, upstart Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series. The two teams begin a 5 game series in Detroit on Saturday October 6th with a 6:07 first pitch.

Miguel Cabrera reached the pinnacle of the sport swinging a custom Phoenix Wood Baseball Bat. Check out all Phoenix baseball bats at Baseball Rampage.

NL MVP Ryan Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A special arbitration panel ruled Thursday in a 2-1 vote to reverse the 50-game suspension imposed on Milwaukee Brewer superstar  Ryan Braun.  Braun, the reigning National League MVP, submitted a urine sample in October that contained a very high level of testosterone resulting in a failed test.

Despite the ruling, a cloud of uncertainty still looms large over Braun’s legacy in the eyes of fans and the media. Multiple sources have reported the reasoning behind Braun’s exoneration was due to a technicality in the shipment, storage and chain of custody associated with the sample. The test was conducted on a Saturday. The collector of the sample did not send the sample to the testing laboratory until Monday, thinking the FedEx office was already closed for the day. Instead he kept the sample in a cool place in his home over the weekend. Braun’s defense argued that chain of custody had been broken and the sample had been compromised.

Major League Baseball has expressed their displeasure with the ruling. A statement from MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred stated “While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Despite Major League Baseball’s objections and what some feel to be a reversal due to a technicality, Ryan Braun will be in the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day. With the departure of superstar Prince Fielder in the offseason via free agency, the Brewers will rely heavily on their MVP to lead them back to the postseason in 2012. Milwaukee begins the season at home on Friday, April 6th against the visiting World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Read More: MLB.com

Carlos Zambrano Gets 30 Days

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

After getting ejected for throwing at Chipper Jones on Friday, Carloas Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told trainers and clubhouse people during the game that he was “retiring.” Barry Praver, Zambrano’s agent, told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney that the Cubs were told that Zambrano “definitely” wasn’t retiring. Praver said Zambrano made private emotional remarks to club staff and returned his things to his locker late Friday night.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for the actions by Zambrano, which tarnished former manager Bobby Cox’s night. The Braves retired Cox’s No. 6 before the game.

“I feel that anything at all to detract from Bobby Cox’s night other than usual competition is totally intolerable, ” said Hendry.

Zambrano’s teammates have mixed feelings on the situation, but Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster wasn’t so understanding.

“He’s made his bed. Let him sleep in it,” Dempster said. “It’s not like it’s something new.”

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Zambrano would be welcomed back by his teammates, but only if he made changes.

“If he changes his attitude, he’s more than welcome,” Ramirez said.

Former Yankee Hideki Irabu Died At Age 42

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hideki Irabu a former Yankees starter, has been found dead in his California home, according to USA Today. Unfortunately, it is suspected the cause of his death is suicide but it is not confirmed. Hideki Irabu was 42.

Hideki Irabu spent six seasons in major league baseball from 1997 to 2002 with a career record of 34-35 record and 5.15 ERA in 126 games (80 starts).

Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. Even though Irabu earned World Series rings in both 1998 and 1999 while with the Yankees, he fell far short of expectations of George Steinbrenner and was famously dubbed as the “fat toad.” He was arrested in Gardena, California last year for drunk driving. Back in 2008 he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer.

He retired after the 2002 season. This a sad end to a seemingly troubled man. Our condolences go out to the Irabu family.

National League Takes 82nd Midsummer Classic 5-1

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Milwaukee Brewer’s first baseman Prince Fielder’s 3-run blast off C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers in the 4th inning proved the difference in the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League Tuesday night.  The win gives the National League its first back-to-back All-Star game victories since the 1995-1996 seasons.  Prior to last year’s NL victory, the AL had won 13 consecutive All-Star Games.

Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox delivered the first blow of the game with a solo home run in the 4th inning off Cliff Lee to give the AL a 1-0 advantage.  However in the bottom half of the same inning, Fielder’s home run gave his team the lead for good giving way to a dominant display of pitching from the National League bullpen.  The American League failed to score the remainder of the game managing only 2 hits in the final 5 innings of 7 different NL relievers.  Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals recorded the Win for the NL while C.J. Wilson took the Loss.  Giants and National League manager Bruce Bouchy turned to one of his own, the bearded hero of last season’s World Series, Brian Wilson, to record the Save.  Prince Fielder received MVP honors for his game deciding 3-run home run.

The victory for the National League grants its World Series representative home field advantage for the 7-game series against its American League counterpart in October.

MLB Civil Rights in Atlanta

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

MLB.com sums up this past weekend’s the 5th annual Civil Rights game that was played in Atlanta, GA. Having the game in Atlanta couldn’t have been more appropriate – being the origins of the Civil Rights movement. The Braves have a two-year agreement so the Civil Rights game will return to Atlanta for the 2012 games. Braves president, John Schuerholz, thinks since they got the games, he’s not so sure their going to want to take them anywhere else.

The Braves’ won 3-2 over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, the rest weekend that included a round-table discussion for key social issues, a Youth Summit giving local kids a chance meet ex-Major Leaguers, a Saturday game for the Negro Leagues, a Beacon Awards Banquet and a Delta Civil Rights Game to end it on.

Celebrities and ex-MLB players alike came together, including Hank Aaron. And even though Schuerholz and Aaron would like to see the Civil Rights Game become a permanent fixture in Atlanta, being as important as it is, it’s noted that there are many civil rights stories all across the country, and the Civil Rights Games would like explore all of those. Hank Aaron is glad he gets to have one more season to honor those who paved the way at his adopted hometown.

“If Jackie Robinson had failed, not only on the field but even off the field, you wouldn’t have gotten a chance to see great players like Willie Mays, Ernie Banks or maybe myself or somebody else. I think it would’ve set baseball back at least 10 years or 15 years,” Aaron said in the TBS broadcast booth on Sunday. “This was a tremendous moment, especially what Jackie Robinson had to go through, not only on the field, but he had to carry himself so marvelous off the field.”

Read the full story at MLB.com

A-Rod Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

So that pretty much does it. I think everyone was hoping that Alex Rodriguez was clean. We all hoped that he would break Barry Bonds’ homerun record, and that we could put the steroid talk to rest. That is not going to happen. A-Rod will be giving a press conference at noon today.

It seems that being a great player was just not good enough for these guys. They are ultra-competitive, Type-A people, who are always looking for an edge. They definitely made a bad decision by getting into drugs, but Major League Baseball is the real bad guy. MLB should have had a policy in place for testing and education. Because they did not, players get to use excuses, and allegations cannot be proven.

Baseball reaped the benefits of the homerun titans like McGuire, Bonds, and Sosa, and now baseball is going to feel the effects of the steroid allegations. I think it is sad that now every fan thinks about all players of the past decade with such suspicion. Had testing been in place, these players would not have used performance enhancing drugs, and their legacies would be intact. As it stands, some of the greatest players of our lifetimes are going to go down in the record books as cheaters.

Learn a lesson from those that have gone before you. Practice hard, lift weights, eat right, and you won’t need steroids.

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