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Cincinnati Reds, a popular team on the internet

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

Every baseball fan knows the popular teams due to history are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati Reds are among those teams as well.

The Reds were ranked 10th in the latest Yahoo! rankings of the most searched Major League Baseball teams on the world wide web in the past year.

Cincinnati plays in the smallest market of any of the top nine most searched teams, but finished higher than teams in much larger cities Philadelphia Phillies (11th) and the Chicago White Sox (13th).

The Detroit Tigers, the defending American League champions are first followed by the Yankees.

Cardinals’ rookie Miller shuts down hard-hitting Rockies, 3-0

Shelby Miller (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller gave up a single to the very first batter of the game and retired the next 27 in a row in a 3-0 win by St. Louis by visiting Colorado.

Miller pitched his first career complete game.

Miller set a Cardinals rookie record by striking out 13 batters.

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.

No collapse in 2012, as Braves clinch NL playoffs berth with win over Miami

 

In 2011, the Atlanta Braves led the St. Louis Cardinals by 10 games in the National League Wild-Card race only to lose it and a chance at the playoffs. The Cardinals went onto to become the NL champions and World Series champions.

In 2012, the Braves have weathered the storm and will make the playoffs.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Retiring third baseman Chipper Jones led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double to right-centerfield off the Miami Marlins’ Mike Dunn, the losing pitcher who falls to 0-3. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Freddie Freeman homered to send the Braves to the postseason for the second time in three years.

Jones’ double in the ninth tied him with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar for 57th place on the all-time major league career list with 2,724.

Chipper Jones (photo by Dirk Hansen via wikipedia commons)

Atlanta starter Kris Medlen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits, striking out eight and walking none. He did not figure in the decision but he and the Braves go into the record books. The Braves have won Medlen’s last 22 starts, tying a major-league record set by Whitey Ford and Carl Hubble.

 

Info compiled from MLB.com & Atlanta Braves news

Milwaukee Brewers give Uecker a statue outside Miller Park

 

Bob Uecker (Brewers photo)

Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker was never a great baseball player by any stretch of the imagination. But he is very popular with Brewers fans and baseball fans in general.

For that reason, the Brewers management unveiled a statue on Friday outside of Miller Park of the 77 year old icon.

The 7-foot bronze statue feature Uecker smiling with his hands in his pockets.

Uecker, who grew up in Milwaukee, affectionately dubbed “Mr. Baseball” by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in the 1970′s, joins Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Former Brewers owner and current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as the fourth person to have a statue outside the main gates of Miller Park.

The 90-minute ceremony included members of  Uecker’s 80′s hit television show “Mr. Belvedere”, which ran for 117 episodes from 1980 to 1985. Other attending was former Milwaukee Braves teammate Joe Torre and former Brewers star reliever Rollie Fingers.

A righty all the way, Uecker’s claim to fame is that he hit a home run off of Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax. His career totals include a .200 batting average with 14 homers, 74 RBI’s while playing for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He won a World Series championship in 1964 with the Cardinals and was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award in 2003 which puts him in the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Info compiled from Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Radio & TV news

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