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New Dodgers pitcher Greinke joined select group of pitchers with 200 strikeouts for two or more MLB teams in one season

Zack Greinke (photo by Jninja via wikipedia commons)

Much-traveled pitching ace Zack Greinke has joined a very select group of pitchers who have struck out at least 200 batters for two or more teams in one season.

The right-handed ace joined Randy Johnson, Earl Wilson, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Rick Sutcliffe, David Cone, Mark Langston and Frank Viola from many years ago.

Blyleven did it two times in 1976 with the Twins and Rangers totaling 219 K’s and in 1985 with the Indians and Twins totaling 206.

Most recent pitchers prior to 2012 joining the select group includes C.C. Sabathia in 2008 with 251 strikeouts with the Indians and Brewers, 2010 Dan Haren with Arizona and the Angels, 216 K’s.

In becoming the 11th pitcher to join the group, Greinke struckout 200 batters for the Brewers and Angels.

 

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio Sports talk shows

Radio, TV reports say Reds, Ludwick agree to 2-year deal pending physical

 

There are reports on radio, television and the internet reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal pending completion of a physical.

Ludwick signed a bargain-basement one-year, $2-million contract with Cincinnati in 2012 and emerged as the club’s regular left fielder and one of its most potent hitters to go along with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Ryan Ludwick was the Reds cleanup hitter in 2012 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

After struggling with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, the 34-year-old Ludwick, had a bounce-back season in 2012 where he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs to help Cincinnati win the National League Central Division title.

He has played 10 Major League seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds and is a .263 career hitter with 143 homers, 530 runs batted in and 850 base hits.

Houston Astros appear headed to AL West in 2013

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

It seems as if Major League Baseball has told businessman Jim Crane it would not approve his purchase of the Houston Astros unless he agrees to move the team to the American League.

Crane reportedly agreed to the move in exchange for a drop in the sales price, which was valued at $680 million.

The Astros currently are a member of the six-team National League Central Division. The AL West is the only division in the major leagues with four teams, Angels, Athletics, Mariners and Rangers.

The Astros would be in a division with their in-state rivals, the Texas Rangers.

With the 2012 MLB schedule all set, the earliest the Astros could move to the American League would be in 2013.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Baseball news

 

 

20-year NHL veteran Weight retires

Doug Weight with NY Islanders vs Washington in October 2010 (photo by Bridget Samuels via wikipedia commons)

Doug Weight, a longtime captain who played for six NHL teams in 20 years (1991-2011) the Rangers, Edmonton, St. Louis, Carolina, Anaheim and the New York Islanders, has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old Weight accepted a job with the Islanders as an assistant coach and senior adviser to general manager Garth Snow.

One of the National Hockey League’s top playmakers at center, Weight played 1,238  games, scoring 278 goals and garnering 1,033 points.

He won a World Cup of Hockey championship for the United States and was a three-time Olympian-winning a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

 

Info courtesy of the New York Islanders, Radio & TV news

Mikita, Esposito coming to Columbus, Ohio June 29

 

Stan Mikita at 2009 Blackhawks ceremony (photo by Francesca from Chicago via wikipedia commons)

Stan Mikita, who played with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1958-1980, scored 541 goals and Phil Esposito, who played with the Rangers, Boston and the Blackhawks from 1963-1981 and scored 717 goals, will be participating in the Morning Sports Report on June 29 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus Ballroom.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission announced that the two Hall of Famers will be a part of the forum.

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash will also participate in the breakfast.

 

Info courtesy of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission

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