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02-04-2013, 12:30 PM
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All I can say is that it's got to really suck to be a fan of an awful team during a meh draft year....
This, at least, isn't an Bargnani 1st pick bad type of draft

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Brandon Webb just retired.


Now that's a name I haven't heard in forever. Always liked the guy and wish him well. Last time he threw a pitch in the Majors was way back when in 2009. Last he pitched was in AA for the Rangers in 2011, throwing 12 innings.

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Brandon Webb just retired.


Now that's a name I haven't heard in forever. Always liked the guy and wish him well. Last time he threw a pitch in the Majors was way back when in 2009. Last he pitched was in AA for the Rangers in 2011, throwing 12 innings.
I remember when he was considered the best pitcher in the game.

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**** the NBA. They took a Bulls basket away Saturday when the Bulls were up by 17 with 30 seconds remaining, however, they can't review a major out-of-bounds call with under two minutes to go that was clearly incorrectly given to Indiana. The league makes no sense. It can be a rigged, POS league sometimes.

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02-04-2013, 08:45 PM
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**** the NBA. They took a Bulls basket away Saturday when the Bulls were up by 17 with 30 seconds remaining, however, they can't review a major out-of-bounds call with under two minutes to go that was clearly incorrectly given to Indiana. The league makes no sense. It can be a rigged, POS league sometimes.
The phrase "let them play" doesn't apply to the NBA.

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Cubs investigating the age of Cuban defector Aledmys Diaz.

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According to a report from Baseball America, Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz. Diaz reportedly turned 23 on January 8, which would make him eligible for free agency. Cuban players with at least three years of professional experience in Cuba and are at least 23 years old are not subject to the new international signing restrictions and Diaz meets both of those requirements if he was born on January 8, 1990.
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02-05-2013, 10:18 AM
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MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs' prospects for a solid pitching rotation were enhanced on Monday when Matt Garza threw a bullpen session for the first time since the end of July and had no complications.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and pitching coach Chris Bosio watched Garza throw 30 pain-free pitches at the team’s minor league complex.

“Matty looks like he is in great shape,” Bosio said. “It looks like he worked hard in the offseason. His legs are in great shape and I believe he is ahead of where he was last year when he reported.”

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Brandon Webb just retired.


Now that's a name I haven't heard in forever. Always liked the guy and wish him well. Last time he threw a pitch in the Majors was way back when in 2009. Last he pitched was in AA for the Rangers in 2011, throwing 12 innings.
He was a one pitch guy who lost that pitch.

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02-05-2013, 11:38 AM
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He was a one pitch guy who lost that pitch.
Shoulder injuries almost always end in the death of a pitcher. While you can easily come back from TJ these days, as opposed to 10-15 years ago... There is no cure for a bad shoulder injury.

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02-05-2013, 11:39 AM
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His sinker was nasty in his prime though.

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Webb was a great pitcher and may have been in the Hall of Fame if he could have been healthier. At least we got to see him at the top of his game for a long periord of time.

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02-05-2013, 11:48 AM
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His sinker was nasty in his prime though.
When he was in his prime, he was arguably the best pitching in the league, especially factor in playing in that park that isn't exactly pitcher friendly. He threw that sinker almost 75% of the time throughout his career, according to FanGraphs. That's insane.

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He only made $31,550,000. I don't know where that ends up after taxes and agency fees but it's still solid and should have him set to live rich for life. Nevertheless, he was just about to get paid 15-20M a year longterm when his arm let him down.

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02-05-2013, 01:21 PM
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He only made $31,550,000. I don't know where that ends up after taxes and agency fees but it's still solid and should have him set to live rich for life. Nevertheless, he was just about to get paid 15-20M a year longterm when his arm let him down.
Yeah, I looked that up yesterday too. He missed his one mega-contract by like a year, IIRC. Diference between $30M, and like $150M.


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02-05-2013, 01:51 PM
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So hard for me to get excited about the Cubs these days. Used to have the Twins to root for when things got bad on the Northside, but they're in the same boat as us. I just don't seen an urgency to improve the Cubs.. Really sucks..

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02-05-2013, 01:55 PM
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So hard for me to get excited about the Cubs these days. Used to have the Twins to root for when things got bad on the Northside, but they're in the same boat as us. I just don't seen an urgency to improve the Cubs.. Really sucks..
Then you need to follow the Cubs more closely, because it's there. This ownership and management group is just doing things different that we've seen in the past. Rather than recklessly throwing money at anyone and everyone, they're building from within to be able to bring up our own talent.

I'm not trying to sound snarky, but I'll take this type of rebuild over signing a guy like Pujols or Hamilton to some absurd contract to be a borderline playoff team. The Cubs have some outstanding prospects, that hopefully we get to see blossom in front of our eyes over the next 2-3 years. This team likely won't be contending till the 2015 season at the earliest, and I'm ok with that.

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02-05-2013, 02:03 PM
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Looks like Chris Carpenter will be retiring any day now. Having the same symptoms now as he did last year with his thoracic outlet syndrome. He'll be 38 by late April this year, and they've said it's very unlikely he'll pitch this year. Stick a fork in him. He's had a good career, and sometimes enough is just enough.

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He won't retire until next offseason because he's owed $12.5 million in 2013.

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02-05-2013, 02:43 PM
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He won't retire until next offseason because he's owed $12.5 million in 2013.
That's possible, but the guy has to be mentally exhausted over all of this at this point, and might just have had enough.

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The Cardinals are a close knit organization. On other teams, yeah, he's milking that 12.5M out of them no matter what. There though, I could definitely see him hanging it up and then taking a very nice job within the organization.

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Always liked Carpenter ,, Its a shame all the injuries he went thru

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I liked him because I had his rookie card.

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Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun's name is in records of the Miami-area clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a rash of baseball players, and Major League Baseball will investigate the link to the former MVP who tested positive for illegal synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason.

Three of the Biogenesis clinic records obtained by Yahoo! Sports show Braun's name. Unlike the players named by the Miami New Times in its report that blew open the Biogenesis case, Braun's name is not listed next to any specific PEDs.

MLB is investigating the Biogenesis clinic and its operator, Anthony Bosch, to determine the breadth of Bosch's alleged PED dispersal throughout the sport. The league could pursue punishment through non-analytical positives evidentiary links to players without positive tests and one source said it will not limit the potential discipline to those whose names are surfacing for the first time, meaning those who have faced suspensions in the past could again be tried.

Braun is on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo, who the New Times reported received PEDs from Bosch. Also on the list are New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, who weren't listed near PEDs either. The record matches a document the New Times posted with Braun's name redacted and Cervelli and Valencia's cut off.
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