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Orioles’ Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dies at age 82

Earl Weaver (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Earl Weaver, who had his own managerial style that did not include the hit and run, sacrifice bunts and stolen bases, died at the age of 82 on Saturday.

Weaver died about 2 a.m. on January 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles’ fantasy cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette on the the Caribbean Sea. Weaver’s wife of 49 years, Marianna, was at his side when he died.

Weaver, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, managed 2,540 games with a record of 1,480 wins, 1,060 losses for a winning percentage of .583.

The fiery skipper managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 then in 1985 and 1986. He won the American League pennant in 1969, 1971 and 1979. He led the Orioles to the World Series in 1970.

His number 4 was retired in 1982 by the Orioles.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver at the age of 82:

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos issued a statement about Earl Weaver.

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.”

New Dodgers pitcher Greinke joined select group of pitchers with 200 strikeouts for two or more MLB teams in one season

Zack Greinke (photo by Jninja via wikipedia commons)

Much-traveled pitching ace Zack Greinke has joined a very select group of pitchers who have struck out at least 200 batters for two or more teams in one season.

The right-handed ace joined Randy Johnson, Earl Wilson, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Rick Sutcliffe, David Cone, Mark Langston and Frank Viola from many years ago.

Blyleven did it two times in 1976 with the Twins and Rangers totaling 219 K’s and in 1985 with the Indians and Twins totaling 206.

Most recent pitchers prior to 2012 joining the select group includes C.C. Sabathia in 2008 with 251 strikeouts with the Indians and Brewers, 2010 Dan Haren with Arizona and the Angels, 216 K’s.

In becoming the 11th pitcher to join the group, Greinke struckout 200 batters for the Brewers and Angels.

 

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio Sports talk shows

Reds activate Cairo from DL; send Harris to Triple-AAA Louisville

 

Willie Harris on Sunday traveled from Pittsburgh with the rest of his teammates as they headed to Milwaukee. But on Monday, instead of getting ready to play the Brewers, Harris had to get ready to board another plane and head towards Louisville where the Bats are playing the Norfolk Tides. That’s the life of a MLB utilityman, majors one day, minors another or released.

Miguel Cairo is back to help the Reds bench (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The move was needed to make room for Miguel Cairo’s activation from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, the Reds sent Willie Harris outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Willie Harris (Photo by Jason Wise of Getty Images for MLBpressbox.com)

Harris, who has 72 hours to report to Louisville, was batting .086 (3-for-35) on the season. His main job was to be the only left-handed pitch-hitter. He was signed to a Minor League deal in January and made the team out of Spring Training.

The 38-year-old Cairo went on the DL on April 17 because of a strained left hamstring. He played three games on a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton, going 0-for-10 with two strikeouts. Cairo is very valuable as a utilityman as he can play 3B, SS, 2B, 1B and the outfield if need be.

Another player who was in the mix to go back to Louisville, Todd Frazier, who is right-handed and was called up from Louisville after Cairo went to the disabled list, did not have to worry about a demotion after batting .389 (7-for-18) in his 10 games.

With Harris gone, the Reds have no left-handed  hitters off the bench.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Two wins in a row for National League; Fielder, pitching stars

 

(courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks & MLBpressbox.com)

The National League, the past two All-Star Games, have show the same formula it displayed in the 1970′s and 80′s, pitching, speed, defense and power-hitting.

Prince Fielder supplied the power with a three-run homer, Roy Halladay and the relief corp shut the AL on a six-hitter to lead the National League to a 5-1 win at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first two-game winning streak by the National League since the mid-1990′s. The National League’s best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96. They had lost 12 straight games before winning 3-1 at Anaheim in 2010.

The senior circuit claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Adrian Gonzalez supplied the only A.L. run with a homer off of Cliff Lee to give the American League a 1-0 lead that didn’t last long.

The home runs by Fielder and Gonzalez were the first in the All-Star Game since 2008 when J.D. Drew belted one at Yankee Stadium.

Tyler Clippard earned the win despite giving up a single to the only batter he faced, Adrian Beltre, which got Jose Bautista thrown out at the plate. He was followed by Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrgens, Craig Kimbrall, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson who turned out the lights on the junior circuit.

Texas’ lefty C.J. Wilson, who gave up the home run to Fielder, which bounced off the yellow line in left-center field and out of the park, was the loser.

Fielder, who always seems to have a frown on his face, was all smiles during the game. He won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game.

With players on both sides dropping out due to various injuries, the total was 16.

 

compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Milwaukee Brewers news

 

Doug Davis signs minor league deal with Cubs

 

Doug Davis pitching for Texas in 2008 (photo by shgmom56 & UC International via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Chicago Cubs pitching staff is hurting with injuries to a couple of starters.

Andrew Cashner (rear rotator cuff strain) and Randy Wells (right forearm strain) are on the disabled list so they had to look for help for the future.

The team from the northside of the Windy City has signed veteran lefty Doug Davis to a Minor League contract. The transaction was on Tuesday, April 12 and has several incentives which could net Davis up to $2 million.

Davis, will be heading to an extended spring training in Mesa, Arizona, to continue his workout in coming back from flexor tendon surgery. The Cubs are hoping for a May return for Davis.

In 2010 with the Brewers, Davis was limited to just eight starts, compiling a 1-4 record with a 7.51 ERA because of a heart problem and then an elbow injury.

Davis has always been known as a durable pitcher, who can throw over 115-120 pitches a game. He has also pitched for Texas, Toronto and Arizona in 11 seasons with a 91-101 record.

 

compiled from staff, wikipedia, Chicago Cubs & Major League Baseball news

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