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Former pitching phenom Mark Prior making comeback with Reds

Mark Prior with Cubs (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

For the fourth straight Spring Training, former MLB pitching phenom, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.

Now 32 years old, the righthanded Prior has signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Prior was fantastic with the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2006. He had a won-lost record of 42-29 with an ERA of 3.51 with 757 strikeouts. The San Diego, California native was an All-Star in 2003.

His MLB career ended when he endured various injuries totaling 12 trips to the disabled list.

Prior has not pitched in the major leagues since 2006.

He pitched in the minor leagues last season with the Boston Red Sox at Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 19 games with a 3.96 ERA.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, MLB news

 

Reds sign Mike Leake to one-year deal; will compete with Chapman for rotation

Mike Leake (photo by dbking, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract for $3.06 million with young right-hander Mike Leake.

The 25-year-old California native will be competing in the upcoming Spring Training camp for a spot in the starting rotation.

Leake will make an additional $25,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched.

The Arizona State product made $507,500 in 2012, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career-high.

Since his MLB debut in April of 2010, Leake has a record of 28-22, with a 4.23 ERA and 325 strikeouts.

Leake asked for $3.5 million and the Reds offered $2.650,000 in arbitration.

Reds players still offering arbitration include Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo.

 

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds

Hall of Fame outfielder Stan ‘The Man” Musial dies at age 92

Stan Musial in 1953 (photo by Bowman Gum in public domain via wikipedia commons)

The baseball player who made the city of Donora, Pa. famous, Stan “The Man” Musial died yesterday at age 92.

Musial died at age 92 of natural causes on January 19, 2013 at his home in Ladue, Missouri surrounded by his family and friends. His death occured on the same day as fellow MLB Hall of Famer Earl Weaver.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of Hall of Famer Stan Musial at the age of 92:

“Major League Baseball has lost one of its true legends in  Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer in every sense and a man who led a great American life.  He was the heart and soul of the historic St. Louis Cardinals franchise for generations, and he served his country during World War II. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, Stan’s life embodies baseball’s unparalleled history and why this game is the national pastime.

“As remarkable as ‘Stan the Man’ was on the field, he was a true gentleman in life.  All of Major League Baseball mourns his passing, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, admirers and all the fans of the Cardinals.”

“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” said William DeWitt Jr., Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.” “The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren,” DeWitt said.  “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”

Musial was the first player in Cardinals history to have his uniform number retired, and he was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1969, being named on 93 percent of the ballots.  At his retirement ceremony at the end of the 1963 season, Musial was referred to as “baseball’s perfect warrior, baseball’s perfect knight” by Commissioner Ford C. Frick.     Frick’s words are inscribed at the base of a bronze statue of Musial that stands outside Busch Stadium.  The now iconic statute, which sits on Musial Plaza along Stan Musial Drive, serves as a popular, almost hallowed, gathering spot for generations of Cardinals fans.

Musial played for the Cardinals from 1941-1944, 1946-1963. He missed the entire 1945 season to serve in the United States Navy during World War II.

Musial’s Hall of Fame career included a .331 batting average, 3.630 base hits, 475 homers, 1,951 RBI’s, a 24-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, 7 batting championships and his number 6 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Indians try to sign Ohio native Nick Swisher who visits Progressive Field today

 

There have been reports on radio talks and in news reports that Free Agent outfielder Nick Swisher will be touring the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field today.

The Cleveland Indians need a starting right fielder after trading Shin Soo Choo last week to Cincinnati in exchange for Drew Stubbs who’ll play center field.

Swisher, a native of Columbus, Ohio and the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, played for the New York Yankees last season where he hit 24 homers.

Nick Swisher (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The 32-year-old switch-hitter, who can also play first base, has played for Oakland and the White Sox.

Swisher’s career totals include: a .256 batting average with 209 homers, 673 RBI’s with 1,085 base hits.

B.J. Upton chooses Atlanta over Philadelphia

 

The Atlanta Braves have landed one of the top free agents of the 2012 off-season.

On Wednesday, they reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton to a fiver-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton, who’s brother Justin plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. He made his debut with the Rays at age 19 and spent six full seasons with the team.

B.J. Upton (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20-20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).

The 28-year-old Upton, replaces Michael Bourn, another free agent. He gives the Braves with top-line defense and a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty dominated lineup.

He batted .246 with a career-low .298 on-base percentage in 2012, but clubbed 28 home runs with 78 RBI’s and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.

Upton chose the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, whose needed a CF to replace Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Victorino is also a free-agent this off-season.

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