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Gran Patron'

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Alot of activity going on right now with trades and free agency. I like the move the Yanks made for Granderson should bolster the the line-up and gives them a great center fielder.

Milwood is a good pitcher had a descent year with the Rangers this season as for the 'Stros we traded for Lindstrom the Marlins closer. Not that bad of a closer who reaches a fastball of 100mph. But is control is kinda sketchy,though.
 

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[QUOTE="jinsoo, post: 0]The Philles are set to get Halladay :) but we're going to lose Cliff Lee :([/quote]


Cliff Lee was a beast in the playoffs but Halladay in the NL will be just as good maybe even better. Halladay pitching in bigger parks and no DH in the NL. If I had to pick between the 2 I would say Halladay. You can just write in the Phillies for an appearance in the World Series.
 

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[QUOTE="illbashu, post: 0]Seriously they need a hard salary cap in MLB, Yankees basically buy championships.

Jays are going to be so **** next year without Roy. :sad:[/quote]
With that logic, Yankees should have won the world series the past 5 years which didn't happen. You need a team to win a championship, not just players and they finally got it right this year.
 

Funeralfog

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and who's spending all the money now? the red sux. im sick of hearing whiners out there who's team doesnt have an owner that is willing to spend money because we all know you'd LOVE it.

ANYWAYS, them Mariners got one hell of a one-two starting rotation, dontchya think?
 

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I think so... the M's got a good 1 2 punch with Lee and King Felix. They've also looked like their improving their bats as well. I like Halladay one of the best pitchers in league right now and I think he's a couple of notches above Lee.

Red Sox picking up Lackey and Cameron improves the team. Cant go wrong with Lackey, Beckett and Lester. Great 1-2-3.
 

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[QUOTE="Gran Patron', post: 0]I think so... the M's got a good 1 2 punch with Lee and King Felix. They've also looked like their improving their bats as well. I like Halladay one of the best pitchers in league right now and I think he's a couple of notches above Lee.

Red Sox picking up Lackey and Cameron improves the team. Cant go wrong with Lackey, Beckett and Lester. Great 1-2-3.[/quote]
As a ranger fan i am pretty pissed about the M's getting Lee but with Lackey out of LA that should help a little bit....The M's are looking pretty stacked with that picthing staff tho
 

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Yeah, the rangers play the M's pretty often and it wont get easier with Lee on the mound. Im a devoted 'Stros fan and we signed some mediocre players, I think. Pedro Feliz should boost the bats and Lindstrom as a closer has is on and off years. But without a prominent starting pitching rotation you cant go very far something we truly lack.
 

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Yeah i try to follow the stros as closely as i can and im hoping they can do sumthing about their rotation,looks like the rangers could use some work to tho
 

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McGwire apologizes to La Russa, Selig
NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire finally came clean Monday, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998.
McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade.

"I wish I had never touched steroids," McGwire said in a statement. "It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."

During a 20-minute phone call with The AP on Monday, McGwire says he called commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa earlier in the day to personally apologize.

In an interview with ESPN's "Baseball Tonight", La Russa said he didn't know McGwire had used steroids until the slugger had admitted using performance-enhancing drugs in the phone call to the manager earlier Monday.

"I'm really encouraged that he would step forward," La Russa told ESPN. "As we go along his explanations will be well received."

McGwire also used human growth hormone, a person close to McGwire said, speaking on condition of anonymity because McGwire didn't include that detail in his statement.

McGwire's decision to admit using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, his final big league team. La Russa, McGwire's manager in Oakland and St. Louis, has been among McGwire's biggest supporters and thinks returning to the field can restore the former slugger's reputation.

La Russa told ESPN that his feelings haven't changed about McGwire's joining the team as hitting coach.

"I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come," McGwire said. "It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected."

He became the second major baseball star in less than a year to admit using illegal steroids, following the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez last February.

Others have been tainted but have denied knowingly using illegal drugs, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and David Ortiz.

Bonds has been indicted on charges he made false statements to a federal grand jury and obstructed justice. Clemens is under investigation by a federal grand jury trying to determine whether he lied to a congressional committee.

"I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids," McGwire said. "I had good years when I didn't take any, and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry."

Big Mac's reputation has been in tatters since March 17, 2005, when he refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing. Instead, he repeatedly said "I'm not here to talk about the past" when asked whether he took illegal steroids when he hit a then-record 70 home runs in 1998 or at any other time.

"After all this time, I want to come clean," he said. "I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I'll do that, and then I just want to help my team."

The person close to McGwire said McGwire made the decision not to answer questions at that hearing on the advice of his lawyers.

In the interview with ESPN, La Russa said of McGwire's testimony: "The one thing he did not do is lie. And I don't think he ever would."

McGwire disappeared from the public eye following his retirement as a player following the 2001 season. When the Cardinals hired the 47-year-old as coach on Oct. 26, they said he would address questions before spring training, and Monday's statement broke his silence.

"I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again," McGwire said in his statement. "I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season."

McGwire said he took steroids to get back on the field, sounding much like the Yankees' Andy Pettitte two years ago when he admitted using HGH.

"During the mid-'90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games over five years," McGwire said in the statement. "I experienced a lot of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was definitely a miserable bunch of years, and I told myself that steroids could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and prevent injuries, too."

Since the congressional hearing, baseball owners and players toughened their drug program twice, increasing the penalty for a first steroids offense from 10 days to 50 games in November 2005 and strengthening the power of the independent administrator in April 2008, following the publication of the Mitchell Report.

"Baseball is really different now -- it's been cleaned up," McGwire said. "The commissioner and the players' association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I'm glad they did."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Mark McGwire comes clean, admits steroids use - ESPN
 
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There are a lot of people arguing that he should be let into the HOF.

My opinion, heck no. I am glad he came clean, but no, no HOF. Same with the rest of them that admitted to using roids.