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Buckner joins Chicago Cubs minor league system


Bill Buckner as a Cubs player in 1981 (photo by Waheenah via wikipedia commons)

The Chicago Cubs are welcoming back one of their former players.

Bill Buckner is re-joining the organization as a minor league hitting instructor.

Buckner will be with the Boise Hawks of the short-season Class A Northwest League.

Buckner played for the Cubs from 1977-84 and won the 1980 National League batting championship. He was a career .289 hitter with 174 homers, 2,715 hits and 1,208 RBI’s.

Buckner, who is 62, was the manager last season at Brockton, a Massachusetts team in the independent CanAm League. He previously was the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox and Toronto.

He also played for the Dodgers, Boston twice, California and Kansas City.


Info compiled from MiLB & Chicago Cubs news

Valentine chosen has new Red Sox manager


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The Boston Red Sox earlier this week chose Bobby Valentine over Gene Lamont to be their new manager.

Valentine as a major league baseball player had stints with the Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego, the Mets and Seattle. He led the Mets to the 2000 World Series. His last managerial job went was in 2002 with the Mets.

He has managed the Texas Rangers, the Mets and in Japan.

Valentine succeeds Terry Francona, who left after eight seasons following the Red Sox’ record collapse in the month of September.

Francona led Boston to a pair of World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Recently, Valentine had been working for ESPN as a baseball analyst.


Info compiled from MLB & Boston Red Sox news



Veterans committee Hall of Fame ballot has Tiant, Finley, Santo, Hodges


Baseball Hall of Fame (courtesy of NBHOF via wikipedia commons)

The Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee consisting of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy LaSorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams will have their hands full when they meet on December 5 at the winter meetings in Dallas.

The committee, totaling 16 members, will be looking at candidates from the “Golden Era” of baseball 1947-1972 to put the Hall for 2012.

The list includes Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant.

Hodges was an eight-time All-Star, who helped lead the Dodgers to seven pennants and two World Series. As a manager, he led the New York Mets to their first World Championship in 1969.

Bavasi led the Dodgers to four World Series and eight NL championships when he general manager from 1951-1967.

Finley was owner of the Oakland A’s from 1960-1980. He was very colorful, as was his teams with their white shoes, different sets of uniforms involving, California gold, white and Kelly green. His teams won three World titles.

Candidates have to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballot to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Candidates elected will be inducted in July 22 festivities along with players selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on January 9.


Info compiled from MLB, Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio & TV news

Norfolk’s Green named IL batter of the week


Nick Green (courtesy of Norfolk Tides)

The International League has named Norfolk outfielder Nick Green as the Batter of the Week for the period July 4-10.

Green has won the award before, August 25-September 1, 2008 while a member of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Green led the IL with four home runs and 11 RBI’s for the week, having his best games on Tuesday and Friday.

He had a three-hit, two-homer, seven-RBI performance on Friday at Durham to help the Tides to a 17-2 blasting of the Bulls. In the game, Green achieved season-highs in hits, homers and RBI’s.

The 32-year-old Green is in his twelfth season of pro baseball. He is a veteran of around 400 games in the majors with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.


Info courtesy of the International League

Halladay earns 10th win for Phillies


Roy Halladay (file photo)

Roy Halladay pitched the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 win Sunday over the Oakland Athletics.

The All-Star pitcher threw his National League-leading fifth complete game and was helped at the plate by Jimmy Rollins going 4 for 4.

Halladay, now 10-3, walked none in tying for the major-league high in wins. He struck out four, raising his NL-leading total to 123.

Later in the day, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw fanned 11 to pass Halladay and a total on the season of 128.


compiled from staff, Philadelphia Phillies & Major League Baseball

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