‘Nervous’ Bonds back with Giants in new role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds placed on a San Francisco Giants uniform Monday morning for the first time since his remaining main league recreation as a participant in 2007. He's noticeably slimmer than in his final seasons as a player – shedding considerable weight since becoming an avid bicycle owner – so the uniform is probably a somewhat smaller size than he beforehand wore, however he was delighted to wear it once more.

At forty nine, Bonds says he may nonetheless hit balls out of the park, however the sport's controversial home run king is just not here to do this. He's here to work for the following seven days as a roving teacher for the Giants and supervisor Bruce Bochy. Bonds expressed interest in working past that in some position but needs to see how issues go first.

"I am extra nervous at this than when I used to be playing, because as a player, it was only my mind, me," Bonds mentioned, addressing a number of dozen reporters. "Now I am trying to put that [data] into other players' minds. I am a little extra nervous being on this side than that facet. Hopefully I can simply carry some good value to the ballclub. Hopefully, I can carry value to these guys and then let Bochy see how I do.

"I might reasonably allow them to evaluate me, after which hopefully something good can come out of this."

Bonds said the thought of working as an teacher came up at a current charity occasion and that it was a great time to get again within the recreation.

"The timing was proper on both sides," Bochy stated. "That's why it's occurring now. We welcome all former gamers. When you have a look at our camp, Jeff Kent simply left. J.T. Snow is here. Wealthy Aurilia is here. Randy Winn is here. Will Clark is coming in. And we're excited about Barry being right here to help out in so many different aspects of the sport. Not just hitting. This guy was an amazing baserunner and outfielder.

"I think it's going to be good for each side. Good for Barry to see how this will work for him and good for the gamers to work with one of many nice minds in baseball."

When Mark McGwire returned as a hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals a number of years in the past, he admitted that he had taken efficiency-enhancing medication. Bonds was not so forthcoming.

"I already went to court, and that is where I'll go away it," he mentioned when confronted on the subject. "And I believe something outside that doesn't have to be commented on."

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AP Picture/Chris CarlsonRegardless of acknowledging that he's nervous, Barry Bonds says he is delighted to be working as a roving teacher for manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants.

Bonds additionally didn't elaborate a lot when asked whether he thought this educational role may assist rehabilitate his picture and help with his probabilities with Corridor of Fame voters.

"I think you guys are all adults," he mentioned. "I've no advice for you."

He did, nonetheless, say there isn't any doubt he belongs within the Hall of Fame.

In his closing season, Bonds hit 28 residence runs, broke Hank Aaron's career homer document and finished with a 1.045 OPS yet by no means obtained an offer to play again. Requested whether or not he had been blackballed or had any regrets about the way in which his enjoying profession ended, Bonds stated that was prior to now and he's looking to the future. He stated his only remorse was that he did not have a better relationship with the media.

Indeed, Bonds was all smiles and friendly in the course of the news conference, a lot completely different than his occasionally standoffish, generally surly persona as a participant.

"I was totally different character playing," he said. "Now I've had to slow down and do various things. I feel all of us do. I think once you've been gone awhile you've got time to reflect on things. However I needed 'that guy' to play. I wanted him. It was who I used to be on the time. It was not who I am in my day-to-day life.

"I am the same individual but a different character. I used to be like this man over here who's crazy and this man over right here who is not. I'm more in the center. I can still be crazy, but I'm lots calmer now."

Bonds mentioned that nevertheless gamers look at him, even when they are intimidated, they may be able to join once they work one-on-one.

Asked whether he may be taught as much about teaching from them as they are going to study playing from him, Bonds replied, "I have to learn [about] them. However that will never take me more than a minute. All you have to do is go into a batting cage and I'll let you know all the things that's occurring. Very quick."

How a lot can one of the biggest, albeit controversial, players in baseball history assist the Giants?

"I believe they did pretty good with out me," Bonds said. "They received two World Collection championships. I do not know if I can assist. I do know I can do one thing: I may help you do a little higher than you already are. However I do not know the way a lot I can do. However I'll have time to search out out."

Bonds said he had no bittersweet or jealous emotions when the Giants gained the World Collection championship that all the time eluded him.

"I am not jealous. I am blissful," he said. "This is my town. It is my metropolis. It is my family. I'm joyful. I was nearly in tears after they received, I used to be that comfortable. It was one thing we had wished for a long time… I've at all times been a Large."

And now he's wearing the uniform again, although he is not sure if he will don it again after this week.

"I simply wish to get by seven days and see if I can do this," Bonds mentioned. "I've acquired to get by these seven days first. I do not know if I am even ok."

 

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MVPs: Tigers’ Cabrera, Pirates’ McCutchen

McCutchen Wins NL MVP

NY – All those who marvel at Miguel Cabrera can only surprise what he might have performed this year if fully wholesome.

Even so, Cabrera was a huge hit in Motown.

Despite being hobbled by all kinds of ailments, the Detroit Tigers slugger gained his second straight American League Most Invaluable Player award Thursday, once again beating Angels outfielder Mike Trout by a snug margin.

A season after profitable baseball’s first Triple Crown in forty five years, Cabrera got here back to lead the majors in hitting at348 and finish second with 44 dwelling runs and 137 RBIs.

“I think this 12 months was tougher due to the accidents,” he said on a conference name from the Miami space.

“It was the last two months. It was tough to play through it,” he stated.

The eight-time All-Star missed a number of games after the break due to a foul back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower stomach, shin bother and a groin tear. He just lately had surgery to fix the tear and mentioned he’ll be ready for spring training.

Still, Cabrera acquired 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He turned the first participant to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.

Pirates heart fielder Andrew McCutchen took the National League MVP award by a surprisingly large margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh.

McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes to finish far ahead of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.

“I’m floating proper now,” McCutchen stated in Pittsburgh. “However I positively did not count on it to be a landslide with these other guys – Goldschmidt and Molina. They have been nice candidates, and I did not know what to anticipate.”

McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting317 with 21 dwelling runs and eighty four RBIs. He additionally scored ninety seven runs, stole 27 bases and had a404 on-base share.

The 27-12 months-previous with the long, flowing dreadlocks helped the Pirates cease a report streak of 20 losing seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

Cabrera finished with 385 factors, while Trout received five first-place votes and 282 factors. The difference was eighty one points final season, when Trout was AL rookie of the yr.

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.

“I think all three guys deserve this trophy,” Cabrera stated.

Davis and Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson every acquired a first-place vote.

Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He additionally drew a $1 million bonus for successful a second MVP throughout his present contract with the Tigers.

No AL player has won three straight MVPs. Albert Pujols was the last repeat NL MVP winner in 2008 and 2009; Barry Bonds took 4 straight from 2001 to ’04.

The Tigers have just about owned the foremost postseason awards during a three-yr run of success. Justin Verlander was the MVP and Cy Young winner in 2011, Cabrera took the MVP final season, and Detroit ace Max Scherzer gained this year’s Cy Younger Award on Wednesday.

“I am on the fitting group,” Cabrera mentioned.

The 30-12 months-previous third baseman from Venezuela also captured the AL MVP final year when he hit330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. Cabrera topped Trout 22-6 in first-place votes in that balloting.

Trout hit323 with 27 homers and ninety seven RBIs this year, stole 33 bases, and led the AL in runs and walks.

Cabrera clearly was baseball’s most dominant hitter for many of the season as the Tigers gained their third straight AL Central crown.

Voting for the BBWAA awards was completed earlier than the playoffs. Cabrera hit262 with two homers and 7 RBIs in 11 postseason video games, and made a couple of key outs in Detroit’s six-recreation loss to Boston in the AL Championship Collection.

Cabrera was in competition for a second straight Triple Crown for a lot of the 12 months, and was hitting359 with 43 homers and a hundred thirty RBIs by means of Aug. 26. However he managed only two extra-base hits in his next 25 games by way of the tip of the common season.

Cabrera mentioned he didn’t assume rest would have helped heal his injuries near the end.

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera gained the American League Most Beneficial Player award for the second straight year.

As an alternative, he took a distinct approach: “OKAY, let’s play by means of it and see what occurs,” he stated.

Cabrera still grew to become the first proper-handed hitter to win three straight batting titles in both league since Rogers Hornsby from 1920 to ’25.

Cabrera additionally saved amazing his teammates with his prowess on the plate.

In mid-August, he homered in all three video games of a collection at Yankee Stadium, twice connecting off career saves leader Mariano Rivera.

His shot in the opener was probably the most spectacular, regardless that Detroit ultimately misplaced. After fouling two balls off his left shin, Cabrera was having hassle standing in the batter’s field when he tagged Rivera for a tying, two-run drive with two outs within the ninth inning.

Cabrera had bedeviled the Yankees before. As a 20-year-previous rookie, he helped the Marlins beat New York within the 2003 World Series.

McCutchen, third in MVP balloting final season, acquired 409 points. Goldschmidt finished second with 242, whereas Molina received the opposite two first-place votes and got here in third.

McCutchen’s win came two days after Pirates supervisor Clint Hurdle was picked because the NL manager of the year. McCutchen was the primary Pittsburgh participant to win the MVP since Bonds in 1992.

The Pirates went 94-sixty eight this year, a season after going 79-83. Along the way, McCutchen grew to become the face of the franchise and heard loud “MVP!” chants when he would step to the plate at PNC Park this summer season.

“I might mislead you if I mentioned it did not enter my thoughts ever,” he said. “It is awesome to hear one thing like that.”

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati within the NL wild-card recreation, then lost to St. Louis in a division series that went the total five games.

Boston wound up beating St. Louis in the World Collection. No one on the Pink Sox or Cardinals won any of the key BBWAA awards.

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Ortiz named MVP after hitting .688 vs. Cards

BOSTON – Most Priceless Papi.

David Ortiz walked off because the World Series MVP on Wednesday night, capping a dominant week through which he spurred the Boston Purple Sox over St. Louis with a mix of energy, patience and a most timely pep speak.

Ortiz hoisted reliever Koji Uehara after the final out of a 6-1 win, then Large Papi raised the gleaming gold trophy in his crowning achievement.

“I know I’m one of many forces for this ballgame and I prefer to take things private,” he stated. “And that’s been my complete profession, a challenge.

“I wasn’t trying to be the man, but I do know I received to get something done to keep the line shifting. I don’t even have to do something at present, I assume, the rest of the staff took over.”

Now a three-time champion, Oritz is the final hyperlink to the Crimson Sox workforce that swept the Cardinals in 2004 and ended an 86-yr title drought.

“He just keeps writing new chapters,” general manager Ben Cherington. “I know nice gamers are great, are more likely to be great in any second but it surely’s arduous to see him in these moments and never suppose that there is something completely different about him. He is locked in. We’ve seen him locked in before but to do it on this stage, and do it in so many large moments, I am unable to add anything extra to the legend that is already there, but he retains writing more chapters on his own.”

After some time, the Cardinals merely gave up attempting to get him out. Ortiz walked four times – three of them intentional – within the 6-1 win Wednesday night in Recreation 6 that clinched the championship.

Ortiz CelebrationMVP David Ortiz hugs supervisor John Farrell after a World Sequence that noticed him acquire six RBIs.

When Ortiz came to the plate for the last time, within the eighth inning with the end result safely in hand, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stood up and spoke to him within the batter’s field. Molina softly patted Ortiz twice on the facet, too.

Effectively accomplished, pal.

Ortiz watched 4 extra large ones and trotted to first base, having piled up totals that not even slow-pitch softball players dream about: He reached base a whopping 19 occasions in 25 plate appearances – the second-most in a single World Series behind the Giants’ Barry Bonds (21) in 2002.

The sellout crowd broke into thunderous chants of “MVP! MVP!” every time Ortiz batted. Fairly a turnaround for the 37-year-previous slugger who badly slumped within the AL Championship Collection.

Ortiz hit eleven-for-sixteen (.688) with a 1.948 OPS, two home runs and six RBIs in opposition to the Cardinals, and just missed a grand slam when Carlos Beltran robbed him by reaching over the short bullpen wall. By comparison, the remainder of the Purple Sox hit169 with a 484 OPS and two home runs.

Asked to explain Ortiz, manager John Farrell paused.

“Well, I would in all probability moderately let his bat do the talking, as a result of it’s pretty particular,” he stated.

Ortiz also drew eight walks and legged out just a few infield hits, helped by St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter taking part in method out in shallow right area. At one level, Ortiz tied a Series file by reaching base in nine straight journeys.

“He is as hot as anyone you’re going to see this time of 12 months,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “We tried to make powerful pitches in tough conditions, tried to pitch around him at occasions.”

Ortiz’s760 on-base percentage and batting average had been the second-highest in Sequence historical past, trailing only Billy Hatcher’s marks of800 and750 in 1990 for Cincinnati.

As Ortiz got here up within the first inning, Molina and plate umpire Jim Joyce talked about him.

“This man’s unbelievable,” Molina said on Fox audio.

“He is fun to observe,” Joyce mentioned.

Yet for all the impact he made swinging the bat in getting 11 of Boston’s 41 hits – or just standing there and watching the Cardinals pitch around him – Ortiz made an equally vital contribution along with his words.

With St. Louis leading the Sequence 2-1 and the Red Sox scuffling in Recreation four, Ortiz known as his bearded band together for an impromptu huddle in the dugout.

Ortiz mentioned he merely advised the fellows to loosen up, keep loose and respect the moment. His teammates advised a special story after Boston rallied to win.

“It was like 24 kindergartners looking up at their instructor. He obtained everybody’s consideration and we appeared him proper within the eyes,” stated Jonny Gomes, who answered with a profitable dwelling run. “That message was fairly powerful.”

That is also what the Purple Sox count on from their Dominican-born thumper, identified for his neatly tailor-made suits and dazzling diamond jewelry.

Whatever the Purple Sox want, and whenever they want it, he’s ready. When the Collection shifted to St. Louis and there was no designated hitter, he adeptly moved from the DH spot to first base.

He did the identical factor method back in the 2004 Collection, and once more in 2007 when the Pink Sox swept Colorado.

As the Crimson Sox celebrated on the field after the ultimate out, Ortiz considered what it meant to win a 3rd title. Straightforward, he answered.

“That means I’m getting old,” he mentioned.

 
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Lincecum, Giants agree on 2 years, $35M

SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35 million, two-year contract via the 2015 season.

The deal is pending a bodily, which had but to be scheduled. Lincecum has a full no-trade clause in the new deal.

General manager Brian Sabean said when the season ended that among his prime priorities was bringing again the 2-time NL Cy Younger Award winner, who also indicated he cherishes familiarity and wished stick with the only club he has known. He pitched the Game 5 clincher in the 2010 World Series at Texas, then shifted to the bullpen and became a dependable reliever during the Giants’ 2012 run to their second title in three years. He pitched a no-hitter July 13 at San Diego.

Sabean wished to lock up Lincecum’s deal before he hit the open market in free agency.

The 29-12 months-old Lincecum just accomplished a $forty.5 million, two-year contract that paid him $22 million this previous season.

The Giants, who missed the playoffs at 76-86, already took care of their first order of business by signing proper fielder Hunter Pence to a $90 million, five-yr contract before the season ended. He played every sport this year.

Lincecum, the tenth general draft pick by San Francisco in 2006 out of Washington, has had losing data in every of the past three seasons but manager Bruce Bochy has expressed encouragement with the pitcher’s progress to make changes to not only his delivery and mechanics but in addition his between-begin routine and fitness.

Tim LincecumTim Lincecum’s new deal is price $35 million and features a no-commerce clause.

After his final begin of the season Sept. 26 towards the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the 4-time All-Star mirrored on the thought of a doable departure. Many thought he would possibly hearken to his hometown Seattle Mariners if they got here calling.

The Giants did not let that occur, figuring out somebody would signal Lincecum in a rush regardless of all the ups and downs.

“I’ve just been probably the most lucky pitchers on this organization just to be part of so many issues,” stated Lincecum, who received the Cy Young in 2008 and ’09. “To have the fellows round me, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, huge names, Buster Posey arising, Pablo Sandoval. The names just don’t finish. To be right here to witness all of the things they’ve achieved, and be there for also the staff things, it’s been fairly special for me.”

Lincecum went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 32 begins this season. The precise-hander joined Corridor of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry and also Kirk Rueter as the one Giants in San Francisco historical past to win at the very least 10 games in six straight seasons.

Nicknamed The Freak, Lincecum is 89-70 with a 3.forty six PERIOD over seven major league seasons.

With followers unsure whether he would return beyond 2013, his supporters held signs throughout his last begin corresponding to, “Timmy Do not Depart” and “SF Loves You!” He tipped his cap – a rare gesture for him.

“It was fairly particular,” Lincecum stated at the time. “Just to be in that form of like situation at the moment, you sort of actually see what is going on on and the feelings which might be tied with it. I am still attempting to determine methods to handle it.”

 
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Leyland won’t return for Tigers: ‘It’s time’

DETROIT – A picture of Jim Leyland’s face stared out from the video board at an empty Comerica Park, next to that familiar Olde English “D” and a message that stated merely: “Thank You Jim.”

After eight seasons managing the Tigers, including three division titles and two American League pennants, Leyland stepped down Monday. His voice cracking at times, wiping away tears at others, he announced his departure two days after Detroit was eliminated by Boston within the AL Championship Collection.

“It has been a thrill,” the sixty eight-year-old Leyland mentioned during a news conference at the ballpark. “I got here here to change expertise to staff, and I think with the assistance of this whole organization, I think we’ve accomplished that. We’ve won quite a bit. I’m very grateful to have been a small a part of that.”

Leyland made his managerial debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, and from Barry Bonds to Miguel Cabrera, he’s managed among the sport’s greatest stars and been involved in a few of baseball’s most memorable games over the past quarter-century.

In 1992, his Pirates misplaced Game 7 of the NLCS when Atlanta rallied within the backside of the ninth inning. Five years later, Leyland received his solely World Series title as supervisor when his Florida Marlins beat Cleveland in an eleven-inning thriller in Recreation 7.

He is experienced a few of the highest highs the sport has to supply, but he also endured troublesome rebuilding periods in both Pittsburgh and Florida.

After one season with the Colorado Rockies, Leyland didn’t manage in any respect from 2000-05 earlier than Detroit employed him. Leyland led the Tigers to the World Series instantly after taking over in 2006, shedding to St. Louis in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series once more in 2012 but had been swept by San Francisco.

Leyland labored underneath one-12 months contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to attend till after the season to address his standing. He was reflective late this season, mentioning to reporters that he had already managed the Tigers longer than he had anticipated they’d hold him, but he additionally said in September that he still beloved the environment, the competitors and his crew.

Actually, he’d actually told general manager Dave Dombrowski in early September that he didn’t wish to return as manager. He expects to remain with the organization in some capacity after going seven hundred-597 as a manager.

Jim LeylandJim Leyland announced Monday that he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons and two journeys to the World Sequence.

“I am not completely retiring as we speak, I am simply not going to be within the dugout anymore,” Leyland said. “I hope and pray that you simply give the next supervisor the same respect and the same chance that you gave me.”

Leyland says his health is okay, however it is time to stop managing. He stated he began weighing his determination round June.

“I began thinking this was getting just a little tough. I thought that the fuel was getting somewhat low,” Leyland mentioned. “I knew that I might get through it as a result of I knew we’d be taking part in for one thing.”

The Tigers determine to contend again subsequent yr, which may lead Dombrowski to search for a confirmed commodity who can are available and handle. Kirk Gibson, who led Detroit to the 1984 World Collection title as a player, is now managing in Arizona, however Diamondbacks president Derrick Corridor tried to quash any hypothesis that Gibson would return to the Tigers.

“We might not grant permission [to the Tigers to speak to Gibson] if asked as a result of we wish him right here, and he told me this morning he has little interest in leaving,” Hall mentioned.

Detroit’s gamers came upon about Leyland’s departure after Saturday night time’s sport in Boston, when the Red Sox won Game 6 to take the collection.

“You have bought your head down, you lost and the season’s over, after which Jim dropped that bomb on us,” outfielder Torii Hunter mentioned. “I simply had a feeling that it might have been his last 12 months. All yr, he was kind of emotional, and I just felt it.”

Leyland stated there was no announcement Saturday because he wished the main target to be on the victorious Red Sox. Nevertheless, he was honest about how a lot this defeat hurt.

“With all due respect to the Boston Purple Sox – who earned it, they gained it, they should be the place they’re – I really believe the Detroit Tigers must be playing right here tomorrow,” Leyland mentioned. “This is one which’s going to stay with me, that is one that really hurts, because I actually felt like we let it get away.”

Red Sox supervisor John Farrell said the transfer got here as a shock.

“I had sent him a text yesterday morning simply to congratulate him and the group on not solely an amazing team, however an amazing year,” Farrell said. “I expressed the respect that we have for him, and positively I’ve personally for him for all of the success he is had in his profession.

“To see the announcement in the present day, and to pay attention and know early September this was very clear on his thoughts, that’s stunning. However my gosh, whenever you take a step back and also you see someone who has managed for 22 years, it is a hell of a profession and one I’m certain he’s extraordinarily proud of.”

When Leyland arrived on the Tigers’ training camp this year, it marked 50 seasons since he first showed up there as an 18-yr-outdated prospect. His playing career by no means amounted to a lot, however his accomplishments as a supervisor over greater than 20 years have been impressive.

He is 1,769-1,728 overall throughout stints with the Tigers, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies.

When Leyland took over the Tigers, they had gone 12 years with no profitable season. Below Leyland, they completed under500 only as soon as.

Detroit has develop into one among baseball’s glamour groups of late, with stars like Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer serving to the staff win video games and draw fans. Cabrera received the Triple Crown and MVP award final 12 months. Verlander won the MVP and Cy Younger Award the earlier season.

“It has been as much fun for me to handle Ramon Santiago is it has Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander,” Leyland stated. “Now in saying that, it was additionally an honor to manage the Triple Crown winner, an MVP, a Cy Young winner.”

The Tigers should be capable to preserve their core of players mostly together for next season, however now they will have to discover a new manager to replace Leyland, who always earned high marks for his skill to keep his veterans targeted.

“He actually cares deeply about his gamers,” utility man Don Kelly said. “If you go out there, the way he treats you, you want to run through a wall for him, go on the market and get a win. That is the best way he treated me, he handled all people like that.”

Fellow Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, of the Lions, also lauded Leyland, saying if he hadn’t been a manager he may have been “a captain of a ship someplace.”

“I feel the hallmark of his managerial model would have been the same hallmark if he would have been that ship’s captain,” Schwartz stated. “He would have been up at the helm most likely smoking a cigarette. It would have been like 20-foot swells, hurricane coming in and he would not even bat a watch. Everyone on the crew would have seemed up and said, ‘Hey, things are going to be OKAY.’ That is why I’ve a lot respect for him.”

“There’s all the time second-guessing and there is a lot of issues that go on and baseball’s robust,” Schwartz added. “There is a reason they call it a supervisor. He has to manage lots of completely different personalities and things like that and I actually realized so much watching him up shut these final 5 years and, you recognize, baseball goes to miss him. Hopefully he can stay. I do not know what role he’ll have however I heard that he’ll keep in the game. Baseball will be higher for him staying within the sport.”

 
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Pirates top Reds for 1st playoff win since ’92

Pirates’ First postseason Win Since 1992

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff video games. The wait can be considerably shorter this time around.

Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the Nationwide League wild-card game Tuesday night time.

In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason sport since 1992, Marlon Byrd also connected and Andrew McCutchen had two hits and reached base 4 times for Pittsburgh.

“We’re for real,” McCutchen said. “We’re definitely for actual.”

Liriano scattered four hits for the Pirates, who will face St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL Division Collection on Thursday. Liriano struck out five and walked one to win the primary playoff game of his career.

“We didn’t talk about one-and-accomplished; we talked about one and run,” Pirates supervisor Clint Hurdle said. “Win one and run to St. Louis.”

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third begin since coming off the disabled checklist final month. He gave up four runs in 3 1/three innings and appeared rattled by a raucous ballpark that taunted him by chanting his name.

The 36-year-previous Byrd, acquired by the Pirates in late August from the New York Mets, celebrated the first postseason at-bat of his 12-year profession – 1,250 video games – by sending Cueto’s fastball into the seats to present the Pirates the lead. The shot sent one other jolt by means of an already electric crowd, which began singing, “Cue-to, Cue-to,” in unison when Martin stepped in.

“This is 20 years of ready. You are seeing all of it come out in one night time,” Martin mentioned. “Hopefully we are able to keep this environment ’til late October.”

Martin sent a drive into the bleachers in left area. The Reds by no means recovered, ending a ninety-win season with a six-recreation dropping streak.

Three of these losses got here against Pittsburgh in Cincinnati, within the final series of the season, which decided the positioning of the win-or-die recreation.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker backed Cueto earlier than the game, saying his ace “thrives on this atmosphere.” Maybe, however the correct-hander by no means regarded snug in entrance of the largest crowd in PNC Park historical past, a place Cueto has dominated.

Cueto, who went in eight-2 at the ballpark by the Allegheny River, even lost his grip on the ball while standing on the mound.

A second later, he misplaced his grip on the sport.

Martin’s 405-foot shot to left-middle gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead and all the momentum Liriano would require.

Signed on the cheap in the offseason after a mediocre 2012 split between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox, Liriano has been reborn in Pittsburgh. He went sixteen-8 with a three.02 PERIOD throughout the common season, his devastating slider almost unhittable in opposition to left-handers.

The Reds proved no match. Joey Votto went 0-for-four with two strikeouts. Jay Bruce produced an RBI single in the fourth but Cincinnati never really threatened on an evening baseball formally returned to Pittsburgh after a 20-yr trek through purgatory.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the eighth, a drive to right area that was upheld by video assessment.

After the game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips took to Twitter and shouldered the blame for the tip of Cincinnati’s season.

Pittsburgh’s 94-win regular season reignited a relationship sullied by years of mismanagement and miserable play. When the gates opened two hours earlier than the primary pitch, fans – most of them dressed in black on the urging of MVP candidate McCutchen – sprinted to their seats in anticipation of the club’s first postseason sport since Atlanta’s Sid Bream slid into residence forward of Barry Bonds’ throw within the bottom of the ninth in Sport 7 of the 1992 NL Championship Sequence.

The victory despatched the Braves to the World Series and the Pirates into an abyss it took an entire generation to flee.

The first step came with victory No. 82 on Sept. 9. The next came two weeks later when a win over the Chicago Cubs assured the Pirates of a wild-card spot. Essentially the most thrilling but lifted the workforce with the twenty sixth-highest payroll within the majors ($73.6 million) into a showdown with baseball royalty.

The Reds, meanwhile, head into an offseason that might be eventful. Baker has led Cincinnati to the playoffs in three of the previous four years however the Reds didn’t advance every time. They fell to the San Francisco Giants in five video games – after leading 2-0 – within the division series in 2012 and had been swept in the same round by Philadelphia in 2010.

This time, they didn’t even make it that far. Cincinnati spent many of the season because the third team in a 3-way race with the Pirates and the Cardinals for the NL Central title.

Cueto, who made three trips to the disabled listing this season with a strained lat, was pressed into service when projected starter Mat Latos discovered bone chips in his right (throwing) elbow.

At the time, it seemed like an improve. It wasn’t. The Pirates made it 3-zero on Tuesday on a sacrifice fly in the third by Pedro Alvarez, and Cueto was pulled when Starling Marte doubled with one out within the fourth. Marte sprinted house on native boy Neil Walker’s double off reliever Sean Marshall, and Walker scored on a fielder’s selection by Byrd to make it 5-1.

When Martin hit a drive to left off Logan Ondrusek within the seventh, the get together seemingly unthinkable for a group that lost a hundred and five games in 2010 began. Martin’s lengthy ball marked only the second multihomer playoff game in team history. Bob Robertson hit three in Game 2 of the 1971 NLCS.

Recreation notes

Martin is the primary catcher to homer for 3 totally different teams in the postseason. He beforehand hit playoff homers for the

Los Angeles Dodgers

in 2008 and the

New York Yankees

in 2012… Liriano is the primary Pittsburgh left-hander to win a playoff sport since John Candelaria in Sport 3 of the 1979 World Collection… The Reds have lost 4 straight playoff games and eleven of their previous thirteen… Pittsburgh is the first dwelling crew to win for the reason that new wild-card format was introduced final season… The Pirates went 10-9 this 12 months in opposition to St. Louis… Byrd is the oldest participant to homer in his first postseason at-bat, in accordance with STATS.

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.

 

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Bud Selig calls O.co Coliseum in Oakland ‘a pit’ during candid radio appearance

(USA Immediately)

selig,calls,coliseum,oakland,during,candid,radio,appearance appeared on the John Feinstein show on Wednesday and was very blunt about several baseball subjects. Most notably, Selig offered sturdy opinions when asked about

the continued sewage problems at O.co Coliseum

— aka Oakland Coliseum — and the A's growing want for a new stadium.

From the John Feinstein Show:

“It’s a pit,” Selig mentioned. “It reminds me of previous County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We have to cope with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to unravel that problem.”

However hasn’t the committee been working on it for a very long time? What’s the hold-up?

“We have, John, but I’ll inform you it’s far more complicated,” Selig said. “Look, you may have one staff that wants to maneuver and the other group doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very difficult state of affairs. Earlier than I go away, I’m happy we’ll work out one thing.”

The A's desired destination continues to be San Jose, however the San Francisco Giants have claimed ownership of the San Jose market and stay unwilling to budge. These issues have already been dragged out over the past couple years, and till the authorized matters might be resolved, the A's and MLB will likely be stuck in a holding pattern. These are the problems Selig spoke of, and even if the A's have been ultimately allowed to build in San Jose, we're talking one other 12 months or two added before they're taking part in in a brand new residence.

That is not nearly soon sufficient for Selig, who made it clear he isn't thrilled concerning the O.co Coliseum enjoying a prominent function in the postseason.

“I’m not comfortable about it,” Selig said. “It’s an unlucky mess. I wish there was a simple answer, but in fact, there may be not a simple resolution.”

Selig also weighed in on the Rays attendance issues at Tropicana Field, calling the situation "disgraceful." And offered this response when asked who he considered the all-time residence run king between Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

“Henry Aaron and I, as you understand, have been extremely shut mates for fifty eight years now; it’s exhausting to consider,” Selig stated. “I consider he’s the greatest participant of my generation. I saw him — I want everyone might have seen him within the ’50s when he was younger and not attempting to pull all the things. He was unbelievable to watch. Unbelievable. He’s a man of class, a man of dignity. He’s represented our sport superbly, and his carer is famous. I’m not going to say any more on that. You can figure out from my reply, I’m sure.”

Contemplating Barry Bonds was ignored in that response, we can.

The one matter pushed by Feinstein that Selig wouldn't contact was Alex Rodriguez, but who can blame him on that? He'll have plenty of time to talk about A-Rod once his hearing begins on Monday in New York.

 

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Pirates clinch first winning season since 1992 after masterful performance by Gerrit Cole

For 20 depressing seasons the Pittsburgh Pirates were the losingest losers in American professional sports activities. No more. Not after Monday evening, when the Bucs beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 and gained their 82nd game of the season.

In doing so, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992, back in the Barry Bonds/Andy Van Slyke period. The profitable season is not quite a surprise. The Pirates are one of the prime teams in the National League this yr, virtually certainly playoff-bound. The one question, really, was once they’d attain win No. 82. Pittsburgh had sat on eighty one for 4 games, including a 3-game weekend sweep by the NL Central-rival St. Louis Cardinals.

To bust that losing streak, the Pirates turned on Monday to a young star who was 2 years previous the final time the Pirates had been winners. That’s Gerrit Cole, their prime younger pitcher, who pitched seven innings of three-hit, zero-run ball. He struck out nine and got the win in his greatest begin since joining the Pirates in July.

The Pirates needed to beat a Cy Younger-caliber pitcher to notch No. 82, Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers. He was his regular powerful-to-hit self, however the Pirates obtained their lone run in the seventh inning when Marlon Byrd doubled then Pedro Alvarez knocked him dwelling with another double.

(USA Right now)

When the final out of Monday’s recreation was recorded — Neil Walker tossing A.J. Pierzynski out on a grounder to second base — Pirates star Andrew McCutchen opened his arms extensive in the outfield, as if he had been thanking the next power. He knew what this meant to his franchise, to its followers.

“Pirates followers, your long national nightmare is over,” Pirates TV announcer Greg Brown stated.

But this yr’s Pirates have their eyes set on something greater than only a profitable season. And that dream is not over. In reality, it is getting even more exciting. Ain’t that right, Pirates followers?

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Alex Rodriguez hits 650th career home run — will he catch Willie Mays anytime soon?

Some of us are so caught up in the chase to nail Alex Rodriguez for PED use, that we might forget A-Rod is part of one other chase — he’s inching towards Willie Mays’ 660 career homers. Passing Mays would put A-Rod fourth on the all-time listing behind (so as) Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

With a suspension looming, it’s a risk that A-Rod may never make it to 660. But he hit another vital dwelling-run threshold on Monday night time, slamming his 650th profession homer. It came off a floating R.A. Dickey knuckleball, which Rodriguez powered into proper discipline in the Yankees 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Dickey, it is price mentioning, additionally gave up Ichiro Suzuki’s four,000th profession hit last week.

A-Rod reaching Mays — whether you need him to or not — is necessary to watch from a historical standpoint, but in addition, in A-Rod’s case, from a financial one. He’d get a $6 million bonus for doing so. Can he? Let us take a look at some numbers:

(Getty Images) Up to now this season, A-Rod has hit three homers in 70 at-bats, a rate that is (not-surprisingly) worse than his 15.0 career AB/HR common. Assuming his current AB/HR rate and averaging his at-bats per game this season, A-Rod would want 60 games to hit 10 more homers. The Yankees have 31 common season games left, so he obviously could not catch Mays in 2013 based on those projections.

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It’s doubtless, though, that A-Rod begins hitting homers more often as he gets more comfortable at the plate. Projecting 15.0 AB/HR (which is generous for 2013 A-Rod), it will take him 39 video games to hit those 10 homers. So it is fairly unlikely that he matches Mays this season unless he goes on fairly a tear — like in 2007 when homered in every 10.eight at-bats.

That was a profession-best, which would be just about unattainable for 38-12 months-outdated A-Rod to match. We’re talking a few man who hit 18 homers in 122 games last season (that’s 25.7 AB/HR), and that was before a second hip surgery.

If A-Rod’s enchantment-pending suspension knocks him out of action for all or even a large chunk of 2014, there is no telling what participant we’d see afterward. That, coupled along with his diminishing energy numbers, ought to be sufficient for Mays loyalists to be ok with A-Rod not touching 660.

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Miguel Cabrera: First player ever with 30 homers and 90 RBIs before All-Star break

You don’t need me to tell you that Miguel Cabrera is extraordinarily good at hitting baseballs. He won a Triple Crown last season, duh. But with a solo home run in Thursday’s game, Cabrera hit another offensive landmark, one that’s cool because it’s something nobody had ever done before. Not Ted Williams. Not Barry Bonds. Not even Yasiel Puig.

The homer was Cabrera’s 30th of the season, and it earned his 94th RBI. No player, according to STATS, has ever hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break with 90 RBIs. The closest to the mark: Tony Perez in 1970 and George Foster in 1977, both with 29 and 90.

Thirty homers and 100 RBIs — that’s a great season for many other players. For Miguel Cabrera, the amazing 2013 version, it’s a good start. Worth a mention: Chris Davis, who hit his 34th homer and 86th RBI on Thursday, has a chance to reach 30/90 too.

With Cabrera, it’s entirely possible that he’ll reach 30 homers and 100 RBIs before baseball’s breather, which is insane. Only two players — Juan Gonzalez in 1998 and Hank Greenberg in 1935 — have hit the 100-RBI threshold before the All-Star break.

It should be noted that the date of the All-Star break changes every year. Sometimes, it’s July 6, sometimes it’s July 16 — not to mention that we didn’t have an All-Star Game before 1933. So take it all with a grain of salt when we talk about records. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge that Cabrera is beastly at the plate.