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2012 MLB Highlight: Adam Dunn became sixth player to hit 40 HR’s in both leagues

Adam Dunn at 1B (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn’s 40-homer season during the 2012 season, allowed him to become just the sixth player in major league history to belt 40 or more homers in a season in the National League and the American League.

In the N.L., the 33-year-old hit 40-plus homers in a season four times for the Cincinnati Reds (2004-2007) and 40 homers playing for the Reds and Arizona in 2008.

The five players who accomplished the feat before Dunn includes: Darrell Evans with Atlanta and Detroit, Shawn Green with Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ken Griffey, Jr. with Seattle and the Reds, Mark McGwire with Oakland and St. Louis and Jim Thome with Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox.

Dunn is a 2-time All-Star, 2002 with the Reds and 2012 with the White Sox. He has 406 career homers and 1,018 RBI’s.

Dunn has also played for the Washington Nationals.


Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox, Radio & TV news

McGwire, Duncan will return for 2011 as Cardinals coaches

The St. Louis Cardinals recently signed manager Tony La Russa to a new one-year contract. There was speculation that his top two coaches, Mark McGwire and Dave Duncan might exit.

All that speculation has ended as all of the coaches will be back in 2011.

McGwire has agreed to a one-year deal as the hitting and bench coach.

Mark McGwire (file photo)

Before the start of the 2010 spring training camp, McGwire ended years of denials and a self-imposed exile by admitting that he had used steriods and human growth hormone on and off for about 10 years. That started before the 1990 season and included 1998 when he broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record.

St. Louis also announced that pitching coach Dave Duncan had agreed to a two-year deal, with a mutual option for 2013. Duncan, who is 65, has been with the Cardinals and manager Tony La Russa for the past 15 seasons and has one of the best pitching rotations in the majors.

In 2010, Adam Wainwright won 20 games, rookie left-hander Jamie Garcia was 13-8 with a 2.70 ERA and Chris Carpenter won 16 games.

The rest of the coaching staff received one-year contracts: first-base coach Dave McKay, third-base coach Jose Oquendo and bench coach Joe Pettini.

compiled from staff, MLB & St. Louis Cardinals news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Friday, October 1, the 274th day of 2010. There are just 91 days left in the year.


* In 1936, General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.

* In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T auto to the market.

* In 1940, the first section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 160 miles in length, opened to the public.

* In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in a ceremoney in Beijing.

* in 1987, an earthquake of magnitude, 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area, killing eight people.


86 Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president, the 39th in our country’s history.

Our 39th president Jimmy Carter is 86 today. (file)

86 Roger Williams, pianist.

83 Tom Bosley, actor from Happy Days & Father Dowling Mysteries.

75 Julie Andrews, actress from The Sound of Music.

60 Randy Quaid, actor.

47 Mark McGwire, former baseball slugger and current St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach.

45 Cindy Margolis, actress and model.

30 Sarah Drew, actress from Grey’s Anatomy.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is September 30, the 273 day of 2010. There are 82 days left in the year.


* In 1791, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna, Austria.

* In 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run. The record stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. Mark McGwire beat Maris’ record in 1998 by hitting 70 and Barry Bonds topped this record in 2001 with 73.

* In 1938, Britain and France surrendered to Germany’s demands concerning the Sudetenland, and signed the Munich pact.

* In 1946, Twenty-two Nazi leaders were found guilty at the Nuremberg trials.

* In 1949, The Berlin Airlift came to an end.

* In 1955, Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash. Dean was born in Indiana.

* In 1966, Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain.


79 Angie Dickinson, actress who played Sgt. Pepper Anderson on NBC’s Police Woman TV series.

75 Johnny Mathis, singer who had the hit song, Twelfth of Never.

67 Marilyn McCoo, singer and one of the group the 5th Dimension along with her husband, Billy Davis, Jr.

56 Barry Williams, actor who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch.

26 T-Pain, singer and rapper.

Arroyo, Bullpen and Phillips get Reds back on winning track against Rockies


CINCINNATI, OHIO-The Reds are celebrating their 1990 championship season this weekend by bringing back the players and coaches from that team that shocked the baseball world by sweeping the ‘Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and the entire Oakland A’s team to win the World Series.

MC Hammer performed for the Reds fans (

MC Hammer and his entourage (

The evening kicked off with MC Hammer performing before the game in the right-field entertainment stage. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” was the Reds’ theme song in 1990 which played in the locker room after a win. I remember it well, because I was covering the Reds in those days as well.

As part of the celebration, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, part of the “Nasty Boys” bullpen, which is the reason the team picked MC Hammer’s song, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Leadoff batter Brandon Phillips got the Reds rolling (

Now to the Reds win over Colorado.

Brandon Phillips had three hits and Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the eighth inning Friday night, as the Reds held off the Colorado Rockies, 3-2.

The Reds are finally playing a home game in July. They haven’t played a game at home since June 30. They had lost five of the last six games on the recently completed road trip to Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

Bronson Arroyo at 10-4, is slowly becoming the ace of the Reds starting staff, was cruising along until Miguel Olivo hit a first-pitch solo homer leading off the eight inning to cut the Reds lead to 3-2.

Olivo’s home run was caught by a fan in the first row of the left-field bleachers, which looked like fan interference as Reds LF Jonny Gomes went back to the wall to make a play.

Reds manager Dusty Baker asked for a review to see if the fan interfered. Plate umpire Tom Hallion upheld the call after a review that took 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Arthur Rhodes came on in relief of Arroyo in the eighth and walked pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs to load the bases. The 40-year-old lefty then got Dexter Fowler on a shallow fly ball to right-field; struck out Jonathan Herrera and Carlos Gonzalez as the raucous crowd of 37,188 stood with approval.

Francisco Cordero gave up a walk in the ninth inning before gaining his 25th save in 31 tries.

The losing pitcher was Jason Hammel (7-4) who struck out a career-high 10 batters. His only mistake was not keeping the speedy Brandon Phillips off base who stole scored two runs and stole a base.

The win over Colorado is surprising for the Reds. Since 2007, the Reds are 4-16 against Rockies.

Also by winning, the Reds ended their 23-inning scoreless streak which happened in the nightmarish Philadelphia series.

SOUNDS FROM REDS POST-GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 223 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Important to end 23 inning scoreless streak (

45 224 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Where the Reds be without Arthur Rhodes (

45 225 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP At 40 how long will he play (

45 226 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP Team is not dead losing 4 in a row (

45 227 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP He was pumped up in the 8th inning (

45 229 Francisco Cordero Reds closer Does Arthur Rhodes surprise him at 40 (

45 232 Francisco Cordero Reds closer He was pumped in the 9th inning (



* Bronson Arroyo earned the win and has won 5 of his last 6 starts. It was his 3rd straight quality start.

* Orlando Cabrera’s RBI-ground out snapped a 23-straight inning scoreless streak for the Reds. The longest streak since September 21-25, 2003.

* The Reds snapped a 9-game losing streak to the Rockies and a 6-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park against the Rockies.

* Scott Rolen stole his first base of the season in the 8th inning.


* Jason Hammel took the loss, snapping a career-high 6-game winning streak.

* Jason Hammel struck out 10 batters, setting a new career high. His old mark was a high of 8, six times, most recently against San Francisco on July 4, 2010.

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