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Posts Tagged ‘Oakland A’s.’

Japanese native Suzuki stars for Mariners in return to his country

Info compiled from Seattle Mariners, MLB, Radio & TV news


Ichiro Suzuki (photo by Jason Wise via Getty Images, courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

To the delight of Ichiro Suzuki and other Japanese players currently employed by Major League Baseball, the players association and MLB are using the current two-game series, between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s to assist Japan in rebuilding its country following the devastating earthquake and tsunami from 2011.

Suzuki gave his countryman and countrywomen plenty to cheer about as he had four hits and an RBI as the Mariners won the 2012 opener over the A’s, 3-1 in 11 innings.

This was the fourth time that MLB has opened in Japan.

Unfortunately for the Oakland A’s, they became the first team in major league baseball to lose eight straight openers since the Philadelphia Phillies from 1985-92 according to STATS LLC.

Suzuki spent nine seasons playing in the Japanese Baseball League in Osaka with the Orix Blue Wave before coming to America to join the Mariners in 2001.

The capacity crowd of 44,227 at the Tokyo Dome were delighted to see their hero batting third in the Mariners order. He was the leadoff batter for the first 11 years of his career.

Tokyo Dome (2005 photo by Fg2 via wikipedia commons)

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

McKeon to go back into retirement from Marlins

 

Jack McKeon (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon is retiring now that the regular season has ended.

The 80-year-old wants to remain with the franchise as a consultant.

McKeon has managed the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Florida Marlins twice.

His final managerial record reads 1,972 games, 1,035 wins, 964 losses and a .518 winning percentage.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & MLB news

Detroit Tigers win AL Central Division; first title since 1987

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Detroit Tigers, behind their newest pitcher Doug Fister, beat the Oakland A’s Friday night 3-1, to become the 2011 American League Central Division champions.

It is their first title since 1987.

Fister retired 17 straight batters at one point in the game to win his third straight start, fifth consecutive decision and ninth win of 2011.

The Tigers are headed to the playoffs for the first time since winning the wild card in 2006 and losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Detroit had not finished on top ot their division since winning the AL East in 1987, three years after winning their last World Series title.

Info compiled from the Detroit Tigers

Verlander pads AL Cy Young Award drive with 23rd win

 

Justin Verlander (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander should be the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner hands down.

On Tuesday, he pitched seven strong innings to earn his major league-leading 23rd win as the Tigers won its 11th straight game, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-1.

Verlander, who is 23-5, struck out six and walked two while becoming the first Detroit pitcher since Hal Newhouser in 1946 to win 11 consecutive starts and the AL’s first 23-game winner since Barry Zito of the Oakland A’s in 2002.

Info compiled from MLB & Detroit Tigers news

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