MLB and the Players Association have agreed to a new labor deal. An announcement of the new Basic Agreement is expected to come on Tuesday. The current deal is set to expire on December. 11. Labor talks have been conducted behind the scenes since January.
Maybe the NBA should be taking some lessons from Major League Baseball and the NFL. If they had they could be playing right now instead of acting like school yard kids fighting over the ball. I prefer college basketball anyway!
The Cardinals won their second World Series title in six seasons in front of a stadium-record crowd of 47,399. Despite twice being down to their last strike the night before, the St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series champions for 2011 after winning Game 7 over the Texas Rangers on Friday night, 6-2. Read more
According to ESPN.com and The Associated Press
Major League Baseball and umpire Jerry Meals agree Meals made the wrong call in Atlanta’s 4-3, 19-inning win over Pittsburgh early Wednesday morning.
Meals ruled Pittsburgh catcher Mike McKenry failed to tag Atlanta’s Julio Lugo in the bottom of the 19th, allowing Lugo to score the winning run. Replays showed McKenry clearly tagging Lugo before Lugo reached the plate.
The Pirates filed a formal complaint hours after the longest game in team history, and MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre said it appeared Meals missed the call.
Later Wednesday, Meals said he saw in his review of the play that Lugo’s pants moved slightly when tagged. Meals said that showed him he missed the call.
“After coming into the locker room, I reviewed the incident through our videos that we have in here and after seeing a few of them, on one particular replay, I was able to see that Lugo’s pant leg moved ever so slightly when the swipe tag was attempted by McKenry,” Meals said.
“That’s telling me that I was incorrect in my decision and that he should have been ruled out and not safe.”
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The winningest pitcher and broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Just 10 days after it was announced that Paul Splittorff was battling melanoma and oral cancer, the KC Royals said that Mr. Splittorff passed away at his home in Blue Springs, MO., a suburb of Kansas City from complications from skin cancer.
Splittorff was drafted in 1968 in the 25th round by the incoming expansion Kansas City Royals. Paul Splittorff pitched his entire 15-years in the major leagues for Kansas City. Paul retired after the 1984 season with 166 victories a club-record. Splittorff had his best year as a Royal during the 1973 season winning 20 games with only 11 losses, the Royals first pitcher to win 20 games. In 15 seasons, Paul Splittorff was 166-143 with a 3.81 ERA.
After his retirement in 1984 Paul Splittorff spent 24 years working as a television analyst.
Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett told a local Kansas City radio station ”He helped put the Kansas City Royals on the map and was such a great player for so many years, he wasn’t a real boisterous guy in the clubhouse. He just went about his work quietly and let everybody else get the headlines.”
Paul Splittorff 1946 – 2011
Major League Baseball 2011 opening day is Thursday March 31. There are only a total of six games being played. I’m glad to see that they are not officially starting the season with a Sunday night game like they have in years past.
Thursday Opening Day Scheduled Games (according to MLB.com)
Braves vs. Nationals 1:05 PM EST.
Tigers vs. Yankees 1:05 PM EST.
Brewers vs. Reds 2:10 PM EST.
Angels vs. Royals 4:10 PM EST.
Padres vs. Cardinals 4:15 PM EST.
Giants vs. Dodgers 8:00 PM EST.
As for me I’m a KC Royals fan. I realize the Royals will probably never return to their glory days of the late 70’s through the mid 80’s, but like any loyal fan I have hopes at the beginning of every year that this year will be different. Only time will tell for the 2011 season and at this time I’m just hoping the Royals can finish with a 500 record.
What ever Team you route for I hope they have a good year and maybe we can meet in the playoff’s…now I’m just dreaming!