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MLB: Cubs Get Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We wonder how this will change the dynamics of the National League Central?

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers.

Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they couldn’t resist the lure of Maddon’s sudden availability.

Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job.

Full story via Notebook: Cubs get their man in Joe Maddon – Sports – The Boston Globe.

Will this putt the Milwaukee Brewers in the cellar in 2015?

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Former Brewers In MLB Post Season

With the Major League Baseball playoffs in full swing, some teams are in the battle and others have packed their bags and gone home. Case in point, the Milwaukee Brewers are sitting on their hands as they watch the NLCS in the comfort of their living rooms or den.

We find it funny, a few former Brewers are still playing some exciting ball in post season.

A couple of stories on three former Brewers.

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Greike, image www.zimbio.com

First Zack Greinke.

In a 3-2 Dodgers win, Greinke was surgical, precise and domineering, carving through a Cardinals lineup that had devastated the Dodgers and their other ace, Clayton Kershaw, in a 10-9 shocker the night before.

via Greinke controls Game 2 — on the hill and at the dish | MLB.com.

How many Brewer fans remember JJ Hardy?

The Orioles eventually rolled to a 12-3 victory in Game 1 of the ALDS. But Hardy’s blast, which sailed deep into the left-centerfield bullpen, gave them a 4-2 edge that looked like necessary insurance when Miguel Cabrera answered with his own bomb in the eighth.
J.J. Hardy could be on Yankees’ wish list

And this year Nori Aoki was traded to the Royals. 

Twice, Aoki jogged off the field sporting a wry smile, with the ball in glove and the scoreboard showing a tie game.
Angels in the outfield? For KC, it’s Aoki and Cain

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Hardy, iage www.zimbio.com

We do understand the Brewers are always trying to get to the playoffs but it is a little ironic that they trde away or don’t resign good players who are now in the playoffs while the Brewer players, GM and owner are taking the post season off.

What do you think? 

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How To Get Thrown Out Of A Baseball Game

We are watching the MLB game tonight between the Nationals and the Giants.
The Manager of the Nationals was just thrown out for some questionable calls. STRIKES!

Matt Williams gets thrown out, picks up a bat and walks off to the dug out.

What has happened to baseball?

Which is why in the above You Tube, one of the great baseball managers, Billy Martin of the Yankees, shows you how to get thrown out of a baseball game. Billy shows you how to do it right. Kick and throw dirt at the umpire.

What has happened to the game of Major League Baseball?

What do you think

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Tigers: Four-time Champions

Four in a row for the Detroit Tigers.

It took the full 162 games, but the Detroit Tigers got the job done. The Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive American League Central Division title Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the final game of the regular season. Ian Kinsler homered and drove in two runs and David Price threw 7 1/3 shutout innings to lead the Tigers.

via Tigers 3, Twins 0: Four-time champions! Detroit claims Central Division title on season’s final day | MLive.com.

More information at Tigers.com

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Brewers Owner Not Happy

As a Major League Baseball team owner, you spend a lot of money and players don’t produce.

As a team owner, what do you next?

Losing doesn’t make you happy.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio directed his anger over his team’s fade from contention at the players Saturday. “Frankly, I’m disappointed in the team, disappointed in the guys,” Attanasio said. “They’re better than this, and they didn’t show it.” Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin held a 20-minute news conference Saturday near the Brewers’ dugout at Miller Park to discuss the season. Attanasio said Melvin will return for 2015, while the fates of manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff have not been decided.

 

Story via Milwaukee Brewers owner blames players for fade from playoff contention – ESPN.

Will Attanasio clean house?

 

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Tigers, Brewers Win Friday Night

A good night for Michigan and Wisconsin Major League Baseball.

But back-to-back home runs by Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez in the ninth inning propelled the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

BOX SCORE: Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4

via Tigers rally in ninth to beat Blue Jays 5-4.

Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and Gerardo Parra had two hits and two RBIs to lead Milwaukee to a 9-3 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night. “We know the pitching that we are going to face the next couple of nights,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “So, it was important to win this game.”

BOX SCORE: Brewers 9, Dodgers 3

via Rickie Weeks leads Brewers over Dodgers 9-3

Tigers 4, Rockies 2

 

Rajai Davis
Rajai Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Detroit Tigers just keep on winning. Even with trades made, another big win over the Rockies.

DETROIT – Austin who? OK, maybe that’s a little harsh. But Rajai Davis certainly came through for the Detroit Tigers in their first game since trading center fielder Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. He might not make Tigers fans forget about Jackson but Davis’ performance Friday certainly helped soothe the feelings of those who weren’t fond of the three-team trade that landed the Tigers pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay.

Read more at Tigers 4, Rockies 2: Rajai Davis scores two runs, knocks in two for Detroit | MLive.com.

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Detroit’s Fighting Tiger, Brad Ausmus Ejected Again

Detroit Tiger fans have to be proud thier manager is fighting for the team. Brad Ausmus got ejected for a second time this year. Being a rookie manager and with the new replay in baseball, managers getting ejected has been a thing of the past. 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — For just the second time in his managerial career, Brad Ausmus has been ejected from a game. Ausmus was tossed in the third inning Saturday night in Anaheim after arguing an overturned call after the play was challenged by Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

via Detroit Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ejected for second time in managerial career after arguing replay ruling | MLive.com.

Is Ausmus fighting for his team or is he overreacting? 

Tiger fans, what do you think? 

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Tigers Announce Pudge Rodriguez Collectible

The Detroit Tigers are having Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Collectible Figurine night on the August 2 game with the Colorado Rockies. Game time at Comerica Park is scheduled for 7:08 pm ET.

Pudge had some great years in Detroit. What is your favorite memory with him playing for the Tigers?

Will you be going to the game?

Ticket information here.

Brewer Mike Hegan : RIP 71

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If you are a Milwaukee Brewer fan and remember the 70’s and 80’s with the team, you know Mike Hegan.

First as a player and next in the broadcast booth.

Story from JSOnline.

Mike Hegan, an original Milwaukee Brewer, dies at 71
By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel

Mike Hegan, an original member of the Milwaukee Brewers and later a broadcaster for the team before moving on to call games for 23 years for the Cleveland Indians, died Wednesday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C., after a long illness.

The son of legendary Cleveland catcher Jim Hegan was playing for the Seattle Pilots when they were bought out of bankruptcy in 1970 by Bud Selig and his ownership group and moved to Milwaukee. During the Brewers’ inaugural season, Hegan batted .244 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 148 games.

The left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder was sold to the Oakland Athletics on June 14, 1971 and in 1973 was dealt to the New York Yankees, for whom he had begun his big-league career in 1964. He returned to the Brewers in 1974 and played with them until retiring after the ’77 season.

Hegan played in 586 games with the Brewers, batting .249 with 42 home runs and 188 RBI. He became the first Brewer to hit for the cycle on Sept. 3, 1976, when he went 4 for 5 with six RBI against Detroit’s Mark Fidyrch at Tiger Stadium.

After Hegan retired as a player, he took a job as a radio and television broadcaster for the Brewers. He spent 12 years as an analyst for Milwaukee before being hired by Cleveland in 1989 to broadcast Indians games on both radio and TV.

Read more at JSOnline.

MLB: Prince Fielder Traded To Texas Rangers

Ian Kinsler
Ian Kinsler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tigers deal Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers.

Tigers deal Prince Fielder to Rangers
Updated: November 21, 2013, 12:49 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder and cash considerations from the Detroit Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers confirmed Wednesday night.

The trade agreement was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski called his counterpart in Texas, Jon Daniels, Tuesday morning and floated the idea of trading Fielder for Kinsler.

“Dave called yesterday and threw out the concept,” Daniels said. “We had a little dialogue before on it. From there, David and I had a series of phone calls and both sides were interested and we got the money where both sides could live with it.”

It was made official Wednesday evening. As part of the deal, the Tigers are sending $30 million to Texas to offset Fielder’s cost, senior baseball analyst Keith Law confirmed. Fielder had to approve the deal and did.

Fielder still has $168 million due to him over the next seven seasons, so Texas will pay him $138 million over that period.

Kinsler is guaranteed $62 million over the next four seasons, which includes a $5 million buyout on his 2018 club option. In total, Detroit will pay $92 million in the deal — $62 million to Kinsler and $30 million to Texas for Fielder.

The Tigers were not among the teams on Kinsler’s no-trade list.

Read more at ESPN.

Is this a good trade for the Tigers?

Tigers Name New Manager

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Detroit Tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big news for Tiger fans.

Tigers to name ex-catcher Brad Ausmus new manager
By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
November 2, 2013 11:46 pm ET

The Tigers will name former long-time big league catcher Brad Ausmus their new manager, reports Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 and confirmed by CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Ausmus will travel to Detroit on Sunday to finalize a contract.

Ausmus, 44, has never managed or coached at the big league level. He served as the manager for Team Israel in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic this spring. Ausmus has worked in the Padres’ front office as a special assistant since 2010.

Despite the lack of managerial experience, Ausmus is very highly regarded for his baseball acumen and leadership skills. He has been considered a future manager since his playing days and recently interviewed for the Cubs’ vacant managerial seat.

Read more at CBS Sports.

Red Sox Wach(a) To Championship

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Boston Red Sox (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

St. Louis rookie sensation Michael Wacha couldn’t stop the bats at Boston. The rookie let the Sox Wach(a) all over the Cards in game six.

Red Sox win 3rd WS title in decade, beat Cards 6-1
By RONALD BLUM / AP Sports Writer / October 31, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.

A celebration nearly a century in the making was unfolding at the old ballpark, a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness.

Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Read more at Boston.com

And now about the starting pitcher from St Louis.

Red Sox beat former A&M pitcher/Cards rookie sensation, 6-1, to win World Series
Associated Press
Published: 30 October 2013 11:02 PM
Updated: 30 October 2013 11:39 PM

BOSTON — There hasn’t been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.
Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first.

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha.

John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.

Read more at The Dallas News.

What do you think about the World Series Champions Boston Red Sox?