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Posts Tagged ‘MLB’ writer adds another MLB ballpark to his list

Marlins new ballpark in Miami (photo by Steve Basford) writer Steve Basford is on a quest to see every Major League Baseball Ballpark.

Last year, he added Citi Field, Rogers Centre to the list.

This year, he has added the new Marlins Park.

Marlins Park, MLB’s newest stadium, is located on 17 acres of Miami’s former Orange Bowl in Little Havana. It is 2 miles west of downtown Miami. The stadium has a retractable roof to deal with Miami’s rainy season. It seats only 37,442 fans, the third-smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.

Marlins Park outside (By Dan Lundberg via wikipedia commons)


MLB’s best backend-bullpen combo is in Cleveland


The Cleveland Indians are a young and exciting team.

But the backend of their bullpen has a couple of 27-year-old right-handers who given teams fits in the eighth and ninth innings.

Chris Perez (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Closer Chris Perez (0-1, 2.59 ERA, 24-of-25 save opportunities) and setup man Vinnie Pestano (3-0, 1.85 ERA, 39 strikeouts in 35 innings) are putting together quite a reputation as the major leagues best late-inning duo.

Perez, who came over from the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2009 trade, is a 2-time All-Star, has a career record of 10-15, with an ERA of 3.06 and 92 saves.

Pestano is 4-2 in his MLB career with an ERA of 2.21 with 131 strikeouts.

Vinnie Pestano (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)


Info compiled from MLB & Cleveland Indians news & statistics


Jim Thome happy to be in Baltimore; joins his 8th MLB team

Jim Thome (courtesy of

Jim Thome has always been one of baseball’s “Mr. Nice Guy” with the media.

He has always been coveted by several teams, Cleveland twice, Philadelphia twice, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

He has now joined his eighth MLB team, the Baltimore Orioles, who are one of the surprise teams in baseball this year with a record of 42-36, .538 winning percentage, 6 GB the NY Yankees in the AL East.

Thome arrived in Baltimore on Sunday in exchange for two minor leagues from the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is 41 years old now and is expected to make a good team, better.

Thome is back in the American League with his 609 career homers and he can play DH on a regular basis without having to play the field.

On Sunday, against his former team, the Cleveland Indians, he received standing ovations eventhough he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 6-2 loss.


Info compiled from MLB, Baltimore Orioles news

Surprisingly, Andrews leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

Erin Andrews at 2010 USC-Oregon (photo by Neon Tommy, Y2kcrazyjoker4 via wikipedia commons)

A fan favorite has left ESPN.

34-year-old Maine native, Erin Andrews, who covered numerous sports for the network since 2004. She was the sideline reporter for college football and basketball.

The University of Florida graduate will be working for Fox Sports this fall, as a Hostess/Reporter for their new college football coverage for 2012.

Andrews will host a 30 minute College Football pregame show on Fox and she will be a sideline reporter/contributor for MLB and NFL telecasts. She will make her debut at the MLB All-Star Game on July 10, 2012 as a sideline reporter covering the American League All-Stars in that game.


Info compiled from Fox Sports, Radio & TV news

D-Backs’ 2B Hill gets second cycle of the 2012 season

Aaron Hill with Toronto (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill last week hit for his second cycle of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He became the second major-league player since 1900 to accomplish  the feat twice in the same season.

Hill also singled, doubled, tripled and homered on June 18 against Seattle.

Brooklyn Dodgers player Babe Herman had two cycles in 1931, according to STATS LLC.

Friday night off Brewers starter Randy Wolf, Hill doubled in the first inning for his 1,000th MLB hit; singled in the third; hit a home run in the fourth, his 11th of the year, a two-run balst.

In the sixth inning, Hill completed the cycle with a triple off Livan Hernandez.


Info compiled from MLB & Arizona Diamondbacks

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