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MICHAEL CUDDYER – IN A FLASH – HE’S GONE!

I’ve always been intrigued by the human side of baseball and the men who play the game. So, I wonder (for example)……What happens to an athlete……..does he just wake up one morning and suddenly say to himself……you know what…..I just don’t think I can get around on a 95mph fastball anymore. Or…….does he find himself in a lonely hotel room thinkingdownload (19)……if I have to take one more red eye flight with the team to play tomorrow’s day game…..what happens? Perhaps more apropos to today’s news is the question what happened so suddenly with Michael Cuddyer who stunned the baseball world, and in particular the New York Mets with his announcement that he is retiring from the game.

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NL CENTRAL – A DECIDED SHIFT IN THE BALANCE OF POWER

If you are a fan of baseball, you have to be interested and enamored with the download (17)moves the Chicago Cubs have made to strengthen their team this winter. And if you are a Cubs FAN, you have to be simply ecstatic. With the Impending signing of Jason Heyward, who was coveted and designated as a “must sign” by the St. Louis Cardinals, a dramatic shift in the balance of power in the NL Central is now taking hold. But actually, we need to look backward before we move forward as the revitalization of the Cubs began long before this though….Continue reading

WHAT’S WITH DUQUETTE’S INFATUATION WITH CHRIS DAVIS……

I read with interest a post by Maria (She Talks Baseball) that she titled “We Wish You A Merry Chris – Mas” and it got me thinking. Dan Duquette has images (39)been around the baseball block a number of times……..he is not stupid. And yet, he has reportedly put a seven year deal worth $150 million on the table for Scott Boras and Chris Davis to either accept or reject…..and it does not appear to be a “Limited Time Only” offer. Like, Duquette really wants this guy. I wondered why given the other needs the Orioles have ……

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SUBTLE WAYS HIGH SALARIES HAVE CHANGED THE GAME

Over the course of his major league career, Mickey Mantle made $1,328,000 playing for the New York Yankees while appearing download (13)in 12 World Series and winning 7 Series Championships. Today, $1.3 million a year is paid to the 25th man on the team and in many cases the manager of the team. So today, salaried money is Big money. We all know that and at times we may complain about it……but there are subtle ways in which the steady climb in salaries has influenced the game……for the better.

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT PETE ROSE….

Shortly, Commissioner Manfred will come down with a decision regarding the Pete Rose “situation” we are all familiar with. In fairness, images (30)perhaps the following compromise should be implemented. In essence, the Commissioner should say something like – “Pete, your accomplishments on the field are unprecedented and you should be acknowledged for that…..but off the field you remain a dark blot on our sport and therefore it is my judgment that…….

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