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World Series: What Are The Odds?

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    According to VegasInsider.com, it’s even money on the Royals and Mets capturing the World Series. If we were betting, we’d take KC. That’s the ticket. Royals in 6.
    Besides, we’re rooting for our boy “Volky” (Edinson Volquez, pictured above), who we developed an excellent relationship with during his stint with the Padres.

October 26, 2015   No Comments

What If They Played And No 1 Came?

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    Actually (and sadly), that’s going to happen today at Camden Yards.
    MLB.com

April 29, 2015   No Comments

Signs Of The Times

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April 28, 2015   No Comments

Royal Flush

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Think they might be a good bet in an even year? Nah, we didn’t think so.

October 30, 2014   No Comments

Signs Of The Times

Red Sox fans celebrated in the streets Wednesday night after Boston wrapped up the World Series with a 6-1 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. David Ortiz (was there any doubt?) was named MVP after a sizzling hitting exhibition.

October 31, 2013   No Comments

He Could Rest His Case With Low Jack

    Albert Pujols has nobody to blame but the players themselves.
    Pujols is upset that Jack Clark, a former major leaguer himself, called him out last week as a user of performance-enhancing drugs.
    The former slugger, now injured more than healthy, is even threatening to sue. He wants to make Clark pay for his words, not just eat them.
    Clark has already lost the radio show gig in which he took the shot at Pujols. Clark is also considering legal action against the radio station.
    This could be fun.
    Baseball’s past will be put on the witness stand again and early indications are somebody won’t be telling the truth.
    Pujols has always proclaimed he is clean. Some believe him, some don’t. Only he and his trainer know for sure.
    This is what baseball has left us all with. Players today are presumed guilty until they can prove their innocence.
    Maybe that is backwards, but more often than not there was fire where smoke was reported in the world of baseball and PEDs.
    It is hard to believe anybody in baseball when it comes to this issue.
    Nobody believed Jose Canseco when he blew the whistle on himself and other players and in a book. He was called every name under the sun and stars even said they would sue him.
    Not one lawsuit has been filed against Canseco and his book “Juiced” only scratched the surface. In the end, Canseco was right.
    Pujols’ dramatic drop off in production, as well as his recent injuries, leave folks to at least wonder.
    Of course, players want to be believed. However, that seems like years away.
    Pete Rose lied to us for years about his gambling habits, then finally came clean.
    Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro did the same thing when it came to steroids. Palmeiro even told congress he was clean, pointing his finger at the committee members for proof.
    In the end, he was proven to have lied.
    Baseball’s game plan has always been the same — deny, deny and deny until caught. Once caught, beg for forgiveness.
    See Ryan Braun if you don’t believe me.
    Players learned it from baseball officials themselves.
    As records were falling and players were growing, baseball execs turned a blind eye to the subject. There were rumors but nobody in baseball wanted to address the issue.
    Money was flowing, crowds were building and the game was as healthy as ever. Then came the steroid crash.
    It has left a bad taste in many mouths. The fact is a large number of players used PEDs in the past. Many got rich because of it.
    All originally denied it.
    Now Pujols wants to be believed, as does every other player. Fact is, we can’t believe anybody.
    Whether or not Pujols used anything to help his game hasn’t been a real issue for a long time.
    You can’t trust any numbers from the steroid era. It sounds great to say we believe that Pujols has always been clean but we can never know for sure.
    This is the burden for the clean players who didn’t speak up during the steroid era. That was the time when they should have screamed the loudest.
    Now is too late.
    For that, players like Pujols only have themselves to blame.
    Jim Gazzolo is managing sports editor of American Press in Lake Charles, La.

August 13, 2013   No Comments

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

    The Dodgers are 38-8 over the past 46 games. No Major League club has been on a roll such as this 1. After sweeping the Rays over the weekend, the Dodgers prevailed again by rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Metropolitans.
    Imagine if they win it all Angels’ fans. I know, your worst nightmare. But the Angels have provided a huge assist by refusing to re-sign Zack Greinke and allowing him to go to the Dodgers. Instead, the Angels wasted their money on drama king Josh Hamilton. How’s that working out?

August 12, 2013   No Comments

Under The Radar

    The Dodgers and Rays have been all the rage in Major League Baseball since the All-Star break. The Braves? Not so much.
    But Atlanta is as hot as the heat that frequently engulfs the city during this time of year. Not many folks seem to be noticing though despite the Braves earning their 13th consecutive victory Wednesday by sweeping the Nats.
    USA Today

August 8, 2013   No Comments

The Write Stuff

    When AP reporter Steve Wilstein wrote about a little bottle in Mark McGwire’s locker 15 years ago, he had no idea the can of worms he opened. But Wilstein’s piece opened the curtain to PED use among Major League Baseball players.
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August 5, 2013   No Comments

Angel Dust

    Like the Spurs, we believe the Angels might be good to go this season. At least we hope so as far as our boys Mahi and Bob Young are concerned.
    Early favorites to win the World Series: Angels and Dodgers (6-1); Nationals and Tigers (7-1); Giants and Blue Jays (9-1); Reds, Yankees and Braves (12-1); Phillies (16-1); Cardinals (18-1); A’s and Rays (20-1); Red Sox (30-1); and just for the record, the punk-ass Cubs (70-1).

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February 22, 2013   No Comments