Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The MLB on TSC: Life After The Unforgettable Game 6

After a 2 month hiatus (or something like that) the MLB on TSC makes it's triumphant return or a quick cameo since, after all, baseball season is over.

Here are some odds and ends from the world of major league baseball since the St. Louis Cardinals shocked the world by winning their 11th World Series championship--

RON SANTO FINALLY GETS HIS DAY

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It was long overdue but Cubs great Ron Santo FINALLY gets elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee. For many years people were wondering why the 9-time All-Star had been shunned from baseball's highest honor when he clearly had the resume to get in. On paper, Santo's career numbers (.277 AVG, 342 HR, 2254 H, 1331 RBI) don't resemble what we today consider Hall of Fame numbers but considering the era he played in, those were better than great numbers for a third baseman. His 5 Gold Gloves and his philanthropy off the field were also reason enough to consider his candidacy. On December 5, a year and 2 days after his death, Santo finally got his day.

TERRY FRANCONA AND BOBBY VALENTINE SWITCH JOBS

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So I hear ex-ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine is the new manager of the Boston Red Sox and ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona is the new baseball analyst on ESPN? Hmmmm? I wonder which gig pays more and is less stressful?

THE MIAMI MARLINS-- THE NEW "EVIL" EMPIRE

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So the 2012 Marlins get a new name, a new ballpark (Miami Ballpark) which cost half a billion, a new manager (Ozzie Guillen) and they are the new force to be reckoned with in the free agent sweepstakes (Heath Bell - 3 years, $27 million and Jose Reyes - 6 years, $106 million). And they are making a serious push for the "2011 free agent-granddaddy of them all" Albert Pujols. Say what?! Where is all this dough coming from? Isn't this the same team that for the better part of the last decade and a half dumped all of it's star players because it claimed it had no loot?

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (REDUX)

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Is it me or it's true that the Texas Rangers were TWICE-- I'll repeat that-- TWICE-- one strike away from winning their first-ever world championship and it didn't happen? Nah! Stuff like that only happens in the movies. Wake me up when this dream is over..........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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