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EndScore Report: Jim Thome Hits His 600th Home Run, Who Else Will?

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Kudos, MLB, News,

Jim Thome hits his 600th home runIn this edition of EndScore Report, we speak on Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome joining an elite club by hitting his 600th home run of his career. There are only seven other players that have achieved the feat - Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa. Who else will be able to reach this great MLB milestone? After the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, we don't see anyone else joining the group for a long time. LISTEN UP!

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Jose Bautista and Mark Teixeira heating up in the home run race

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jose BautistaThe home run race has been tight all season long, and right now, the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista clings to a one-homer lead over Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. Bautista is the reigning home run king, and he and Teixeira have a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack in baseball. Bautista has had trouble getting the ball out of the park lately, while Teixeira has been hitting them with ease, so it’s not unrealistic to think we may soon have a new leader soon. If Teixeira can hold the lead for longer than a day, he’ll be the first person to do that to Bautista in over a year.

 

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EndScore Report: Albert Pujols or Jose Reyes

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB,

Jose Reyes, better than Albert Pujols?Albert Pujols, better than Jose Reyes?This edition of EndScore Report comes to you live after the New York Mets loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, on July 21, 2011. The game featured two of MLB's best in Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes. The question of the day became, who would you rather have on your team? DV and Chris answer that question HERE!

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Jose Bautista has more than home run swing

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB,

Jose BautistaJose Bautista, the reigning Major League home run king, temporarily took the lead in long balls on Saturday afternoon; blasting two line drives over the left field wall off of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price to bring his total to seven. Neither were majestic shots Toronto Blue Jays fans have come to love in their slugging right fielder, nor were they enough to get a win for the team, but as far as personal accomplishments go, Bautista is certainly making the most of his prime baseball years.

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EndScore Report: National League Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Kudos, MLB, Playoffs,

Albert Pujols is the preseason National League MVP favorite in his contract yearIn this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris make their selections for the division winners of the National League East, Central, West, and Wild Card, as well as the MVP and Cy Young winners. Will the preseason favorite Philadelphia Phillies take the east? How will the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants do? Will a contract season help propel Albert Pujols to the MVP? Roy Halladay won the Cy Young last year with the Phillies, so will another Philly pitcher take the prize? Cliff Lee? Roy Oswalt? Cole Hamels? Find out here!

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Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contract

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, MLB, News,

Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contractAlbert Pujols, arguably the best overall player in baseball today, did not come to a contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals by the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday, February 16th. The reason Pujols designated a deadline was to not cause any distraction during the season for the team. However, considering all the things that Pujols can do and what he's done for the organization, how can his pending free agency after the 2011 not cause any degree of distraction? The usual big money teams, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, already have first baseman, but will undoubtedly have some interest should Pujols hit the market. Other interested teams include the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and N.L. Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

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Tony LaRussa accuses MLBPA of putting pressure on Albert Pujols

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, MLB, News,

Tony LaRussa and Albert PujolsSt. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony LaRussa, is accusing the Major League Baseball Players Association of putting pressure on free agent-to-be Albert Pujols to sign for the richest contract in baseball history. Pujols is arguably the best player in baseball and it's imperative for the MLBPA that he is paid that way in order to establish and keep a precedent - the best players get the most money. If Pujols should settle for anything less than Alex Rodriguez's benchmark contract of $27.5 per for 10 years, it could set the stage for owners to pay below-market value for players. This all said, it's ultimately up to Pujols as to where he plays. He's in the proverbial driver's seat and despite the usual group of high revenue teams (New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox) already having first basemen, Pujols commands a lot of attention.

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Albert Pujols sets spring training as deadline to settle contract situation

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, MLB, News,

Albert Pujols deadline for contract negotiations on February 16thAlbert Pujols' current contract will end after this 2011 season and he is going to make bank no matter where he goes. Naturally, the St. Louis Cardinals would like to keep, arguably, the greatest baseball player of his generation. Pujols is that rare player that can hit for power, average, and draw walks. Pujols has made it know that he won't talk about a contract extension once spring training starts, so the Cardinals have between now and February 16th to agree on an extension. One thing for sure is that it will cost alot for Pujols to play after next season.

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Albert Pujols sets spring training as deadline to settle contract situation

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News,

Albert Pujols sets spring training deadline

Albert Pujols, arguably the best player in baseball, has given the St. Louis Cardinals a deadline of spring training in order to get his contract situation settled. Pujols will be playing in his final contract year with the Cardinals when the 2011 MLB season begins. Reportedly, Pujols will test free agency should the extension not happen by spring training, but the Cardinals would be crazy not to. However, if it happens, Pujols would be in high demand as he is still only 30 years old and a perennial Triple Crown threat.

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Pujols will play in 2010

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB,

Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols is going to play. He faced the media this weekend after his first spring workout and has said that his elbow is fine and there’s a good chance he’ll never need the dreaded Tommy John surgery. After going under the knife last October to repair and clean the bones in his elbow, the St. Louis slugger was happy to say that his elbow is responding well and he hopes he’ll be able to play a full season.

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