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EndScore Report: In Your Face Jorge Posada and David Kahn

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, Front Office, NBA, News,

David Kahn gets ridiculous at the NBA Draft Lottery.This week, we give an "In Your Face" to the New York Yankees' Jorge Posada for being unprofessional and whining. Also on the docket is the Minnesota Timberwolves' David Kahn for insinuating that the NBA fixes the NBA Draft Lottery for the big story. Maybe it's true, but what a wrong way to bring it up! Give this edition of "In Your Face" a LISTEN, why don't ya?

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka trying to become the next Ichiro

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Tsuyoshi NishiokaEverybody knows the legend that is Ichiro Suzuki. As a 27-year-old in 2001, he made his debut for the Seattle Mariners and proceeded to define what it meant to be a Japanese-born athlete being successful in MLB. His career accolades already suggest he’s Hall of Fame material and this past weekend he became the career leader in hits for the Mariners. The search to find the next great Japanese player is on, yet less than a dozen position players have cracked the big leagues.

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EndScore Report: American League Predictions

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

Adrian Gonzalez joins the Boston Red SoxDV and Chris make their bold predictions for the American League, choosing the eventual winners of the A.L. East, A.L. Central, A.L. West, and the A.L. Wild Card. They also make their choices for the A.L. Most Valuable Player and A.L. Cy Young. Will the offensively charged Boston Red Sox with the acquisitions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez overcome the New York Yankees? Will the wild card once again come from the second place team in the A.L. East? Can Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau get back to being healthy in order for the Minnesota Twins to defend their A.L. Central crown? Will the Texas Rangers make another run for the World Series by first winning the A.L. West? All this and more are talked about in the latest EndScore Report, which you can listen to here!

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EndScore Report: Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein

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

Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo EpsteinDV and Chris discuss the motives, background, and validity of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter's statements about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein. Naturally, Showalter would say something about AL East rival teams, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. When you consider that he's lost two jobs (Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks) because he would alienate his players and management, going after someone outside of the organization is a breath of fresh air. Does Showalter make good arguments? Hear what we have to say.

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New York Mets release Luis Castillo

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Luis CastilloThe New York Mets cut dies with Luis Castillo on Friday, releasing him from their training camp while absorbing the remaining year of the four-year, $25 million contract he signed prior to the 2008 season. Constant knee injuries and an overall lack of effort have made the fans sour with Castillo, and both sides are probably happy to be rid of each other. The 34-year-old veteran now has a blank check when it comes to his own future.

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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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New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte to retire

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

Andy Pettitte to retireNew York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will be hanging up his glove and will retire, ending what has to be one of the better MLB careers a player could have. Pettitte won five World Series rings (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009) with the Yankees and is MLB all-time postseason winningest pitcher with 19 wins. He finished with a 240-138 record and 3.88 ERA in sixteen seasons, three with the Houston Astros and 13 with the Bronx Bombers. His candidacy for the Hall of Fame will be contentious as he did not win the magical benchmark of 300 wins, but 240 victories and an under 4.00 ERA in the Modern Era, as well as the rings and playoff wins, will make the voting close. However, that's all in the past and it's time for Pettitte to work on his future.

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Rafael Soriano signs, will wear pinstripes

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Rafael SorianoWell, it’s not all bad for the Tampa Bay Rays, right? They lost Carl Crawford to their division rivals in Boston recently and will have to face him 18 times this season. Now Rafael Soriano, their startlingly effective closer in 2010, has jumped ships to another division rival – the New York Yankees. The good news at least is that the Rays won’t have to face him coming out of the bullpen 18 times, right? Right?

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Cliff Lee signing helps shape AL East

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

CC SabathiaWhat does Cliff Lee signing with a National League team mean for the American League East? A lot, actually. The New York Yankees didn’t land this year’s greatest free agent, and that changes the whole landscape for the 2011 season. No longer are they the juggernaut that would win the East title year after year; now they spend twice as much money as anybody else to simply contend for wild cards, if they even get those.

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