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Aroldis Chapman posted by Reds Fan

Born February 28, 1988, Aroldis Chapman is presently with Cincinnati Reds, playing Major League baseball. He is from Cuba and nicknamed the Cuban Flame Thrower or the Cuban Missile, as he is a fantastic pitcher, and holds the MLB record for fastest pitch speed of 106mph. He also holds the record for striking out minimum one batter in 40 appearances consecutively. Chapman has a left-handed throw, and he bats as well.   

Aroldis Chapman started playing baseball when he was 15 years old. Initially he was a first baseman, but the coach noticed his throw, and recognized his potential to be a good pitcher. In 2006, Chapman joined a team of Cuban National Series. In 327 2/3 innings, he managed 365 strikeouts, 3.74 ERA, and 24-19 record. In 2008, Chapman failed in defecting to U.S., and the Cuban President suspended him from playing baseball for the full year. In 2009, he was successful in defecting when the Cuban team was playing in Netherlands, and became a resident of Andorra.

In January 2010, Chapman signed a six-year contract with the Cincinnati reds, and in April that year he played his first professional match for the Louisville Bats, a Triple-A team. In this match against the Mud Hens, he pitched for 4 2/3 innings and struck out nine, and gave only one unearned run. In August 2010, Chapman made his MLB debut, when the Reds were playing against Milwaukee Brewers in the eight innings. The very first pitch was recorded to be 98mph and was called strike. In March 2014, Chapman suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by Salvador Perez's line drive, and had to undergo surgery. In May, he was back and Chapman made his 100th save against the Diamondbacks in July, which made him the eight fastest pitchers to achieve this record. 

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Betting on the Reds in 2013 posted by Reds Fan

Are you a big Cincinnati Reds fan? Are you confident that your team can beat any other team in the MLB? Then you may want to take a chance and win lots of money by picking your team in an online betting game. There are three ways of MLB online betting that you can choose from- money line, run line and over under.

Money line is the easiest type of online betting that you can participate in. The rules are simple- just pick the team you think will win the game. Since you’re a Reds fan, you’d naturally pick your team here. Each team has odds and you simply have to choose the team that will win the ball game. As in any other gambling game, teams with bigger odds of winning will payout less money that the amount that you wagered while teams with lesser chances of winning will have a bigger payout than the amount you have bet.

The other game that you can put your money into is run line betting. In this game, the favored team has a 1.5 run advantage that it has to cover in order for you to win the bet. If your Cincinnati Red win by two or more runs, you win. But if they don’t, you lose the game.

Or you can put your money in over under betting. Here bookies will set a total number of runs scored by the competing teams. You can choose if the total number of runs to be completed in the game is either higher or lower than what was set by the bookies.

Online MLB betting is fun and exciting, however if you can't quite make your mind up over who's going to come out on top or if you're looking for a bit of betting fun during the close-season there are many types of online gambling to get your fix from.

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The Latest Marmol Meltdown Is Enough posted by Richard Kagan

Here the deal on Cub's reliever Carlos Marmol.  The hard throwing righty is either lights out, or it's All Hands on Deck.   Marmol was in the game vs. the Reds to protect a 3-0 lead and a gem of performance by Ryan Dempster. Marmol walked guys, put runners in scoring position and Cincinnati scratched 3 runs to tie the game.  They won it on the 10th.  Marmol is boring.  He doesn't get anyone out.  His walk ratio per batters pitched is horrendous.  Something like 25% of the guys he has faced, he has walked.  You don't have to get a hit off him.  Just stand there.  When he is on and somedays he is, his slider is unhittable.   The thing is with Marmol who don't know which pitcher will show up.  The closer or the Blower.  He has blown some games that were in the bag.  And, that is hard to do.  I used to like him.  He thought he was going to be great.  But, groom someone else for the closer role.  Let some other pitcher try his luck.  It has to be better than Marmol.

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President's Speech vs. NFL game posted by Richard Kagan

What in the world are we coming to?  President Obama wanted to make his national address on Wednesday night but House speaker John Boehner objected.  This was political brinksmanship at its finest.  Now, Obama had to either go ahead with the date, or move his address to Congress nect night, the debut for the 2011 NFL season.  President Obama opted to make his address on Thursday.  Now, people will have to decide to watch the game or listen to Obama's speech.

What to do?  If you were as patriotic as the character that Hank Williams plays on the intro the Monday Night Football, you'll listen to Obama's speech.  Are you ready for some football?  Not yet.  I can wait a half hour.  But now people will have to make a decision, you can't trust people to make an informed choice.  Or to go with their instincts.  This is not life and death, it's a football game, one of hundreds that will be shown on TV this fall and winter.  If you have a problem missing the game, then look at that.  If we don't get a handle on the economy, football will be relatively meaningless.  I'll take the odds on that one.

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Stealing Away Some Rival Talent posted by Todd F. Dixon

Another busy day for the Redskins front office.  There is a new strategy in DC these days, steal away talent from your rivals.  Instead of looking all over the country for players, we looked at situations in our division and up 95 to shore up our roster.  Let's take a look at the recent moves.

Josh Wilson CB Ravens - Wilson is a local product having gone to Dematha and then on to UMD.  He was a 2nd round pick ny the Seahawks in 2007.  He was traded to the Ravens on the last year of his contract when injuries decimated the Ravens secondary.   He quickly stepped up his game and landed himself in a starting position.  He also has experience returning kicks and punts so he could help in special teams as well.  His skills are just as good as Carlos Rogers except he has goood hands and is 4 years younger.  He is automatically a starter opposite DHall and a huge upgrade.  So long Butterfingers Rogers.

Stephen Bowen DE Cowboys - An undrafted free agent as a rookie out of Hofstra, he was signed to the Cowboys in 2006.  He learned in Wade Phillips 3-4 defense and is considered a very good 3-4 end.  The Cowboys desperately wanted to keep him but they have salary cap issues and the Redskins surprisingly swooped in and signed him.  He provides great depth along the line, and with Fat Albert and Jeremy Jarmon gone, he will see many oportunities to get at the QBs of the east.

 Barry Cofield NT Giants - Cofield didn't play in a 3-4, but the defense the Giants use has been known to use certain aspects of that type of defense.  He is listed as a nose tackle on NFL.com which was the Redskins greatest need this offseason.  Cofield was HUGE for the Giants and they were very upset to see him go, especiallly to a division rival.  He will be seeing Eli a lot this season though, in the backfield.

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Todd F. Dixon

Redskins Free Agent Activity!! posted by Todd F. Dixon

So the Redskins were said to be making a huge "splash" in free agencey, which they haven't really done.  The main targets for the Redskins (WR Santonio Homes, OL Marshal Yanda, and OL Doug Free, CB Ike Taylor) all re-signed with their respective teams.  So, plan B.  They made some moves pretty quick although they weren't what was expected.

 The first move they made was dumping Donovan Mcnabb which ends yet another highly anticipated era that ended poorly.  I'm happy we got rid of him and were able to get some value (even though it was a 6th rounder).  Bruce Allen has yet again been able to turn a bad situation good and save a little dignity to this Snyder franchise.  It was a great move, and we will save millions on the cap that we are already more than 20 million under (somehow).  We could sign 3 players with the money we are going to save which we kinda did.

The first big signing was Giants DT Barry Cofield.  He is listed as a NT which was our 2nd biggest glaring need on defense behind CB but, he has been a 4-3 DT (Like Haynesworth) his whole career.  The only thing I can say is that he has the right size, and is a team-first guy who will play wherever he is asked.  He is also great at getting to the QB, so I may be okay with it when I see it play out.  

The best and smartest move was re-signing Santana Moss.  This was so perfect.  He had the best year of his career last year (93 receptions) playing all over the field getting thrown to by a struggling Mcnabb and Grossman.  He will provide great veteran leadership on the field, and also he is a great locker room presence and knows the system and loves DC.

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Trevor Time calls it a day posted by David

Trevor Hoffman, Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader, announced his retirement this week after an illustrious 18-year big league career.  The seven-time All-Star finishes his career with 601 saves, a 61-75 record, a 2.87 ERA, and 1,133 strikeouts.  In 1089.1 innings pitched – spanning 1035 games – he surrendered exactly 100 home runs.  Hoffman spent the bulk of his career with the Padres, with whom he won four division titles and one National League pennant.


Hoffman was drafted as a position player, but after hitting .249 and .212 in his first two seasons in the low levels of the minors, the Reds turned him into a pitcher.  Hoffman found immediate success on the mound, going on to become a dominant closer for nearly two decades, but Cincinnati lost him to the Marlins in the 1992 Expansion Draft.  After half a season in the majors, he was traded to San Diego in a deal that sent Gary Sheffield to Florida.  Hoffman would spend the next 15 and a half seasons in a Padres uniform.


Hoffman’s best season came in 1998, when he recorded 53 saves (at the time, tied for second in a season), boasted an ERA of just 1.48 and a WHIP of 0.85, and allowed only two home runs.  In 73 innings, Hoffman struck out 86 batters while walking 21.  That same year, he came in second in Cy Young Award voting despite receiving more first-place votes (13) than the winner, Tom Glavine (11).  In an MVP race that saw sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire finish first and second, Hoffman came in

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A new champion is crowned posted by David

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who are World Champions for the first time since moving to the west coast more than 50 years ago.  Their last title in New York came in 1954, when Willie Mays made “the catch” that will be played on highlight reels forever.  The Giants came unbelievably close to not even making the playoffs this year, but the fans who claimed that watching their team was “torture” are now the happiest fans in baseball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Cain?  The San Francisco hurler was nearly untouchable throughout the playoffs, outshining staff ace Tim Lincecum, who had a bad outing in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.  In three postseason starts, Cain allowed only an unearned run over 21.1 innings of work, going at least 6.2 innings in each outing and providing a huge boost to his team’s hunt for glory.  He might be the best #2 starter in the majors, but Matt Cain looked like the second coming of Cy Young when it mattered most for the Giants.

How about Brian Wilson?  The flamethrower’s postseason numbers included six saves (in seven chances) and a win in 11.2 innings pitched, allowing just an unearned run.  Additionally, Wilson allowed no more than one hit per appearance while anchoring the San Francisco bullpen.  Wilson gave Bruce Bochy the confidence this postseason usually reserved for Mariano Rivera’s manager when handing his closer the ball in October (or November).

How about the fantastic class of rookies in the postseason?  Stephen Strasburg wasn’t among them, but Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Danny Valencia (Twins), Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz and Mitch Moreland (both Rangers) would make an incredible young team if they all played together.  In fact, even top prospect Domonic Brown, who compiled just 62 regular-season at-bats, was on the Phillies’ playoff roster.  Expectations will be high for this talented group, and here’s hoping none of them experiences too much of a sophomore slump.

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Longer series are good for ball posted by David

Postseason sweeps are great if your team comes out victorious, but for the fan who just wants to see a good series because his team is already done for the year, sweeps make October less exciting.  The Phillies and Yankees outplayed their first-round opponents so it was no surprise that the Reds and Twins failed to win a single game, but the other two division series were more fun to watch.  Additionally, the League Championship Series in both the AL and NL will last a minimum of six games, which is how it should be.  A postseason series that features one team in complete control over the other is like a boxing match in which one fighter KO’s the other in the first round, but then fights him again the next night and does it all over again.  A series that goes the distance (or a game shy of it), on the other hand, is good for ball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Cody Ross?  The Giants outfielder hit two home runs against Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS and added one off Roy Oswalt in Game 2 to provide San Francisco with its only run of the game.  This feat of power against two of the league’s best pitchers comes after Ross hit only three long balls in 33 games after coming over in a trade from the Marlins.  Though closer Brian Wilson has struck out six in 3.1 scoreless innings of work, Ross’s .375/.474/1.063 line as an everyday player makes him the favorite for the series MVP should his team eliminate the two-time defending NL Champs and play in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2002.

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Pair of Triple Crown candidates duel it out posted by David

Albert Pujols and Joey Votto are having monster seasons.  Not only are the sluggers leading their teams in the playoff hunt – the Cardinals are 1.5 games back in the Wild Card race while the Reds lead the NL Central – but Pujols (.321, 34 HR, 93 RBI) and Votto (.326, 31 HR, 90 RBI) are the top two National Leaguers in each of the Triple Crown categories.  Both have strong cases for the MVP award, but if either one wins the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, it would be awfully hard for the voters not to choose him as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

How ‘bout that?

How about Billy Wagner?  The 39-year-old anchor of the Atlanta bullpen has saved 30 games, holds a 1.68 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP, and did not give up a run in the entire month of June (11.1 innings, six hits, five walks, 17 strikeouts).  Wagner plans to retire at season’s end, and with the Braves currently leading the NL East, he’s looking for his first crack at the World Series and the opportunity to go out on top.

How about Carlos Gonzalez?  The Venezuelan outfielder is enjoying a fine year in his first full season as a big leaguer, hitting .320 with 26 homers, 84 RBI’s, and 20 stolen bases.  His batting average, .569 slugging percentage, and .922 OPS put him behind only Pujols and Votto in the National League.  Rockies fans can look forward to many years of watching Gonzalez display his talents at Coors Field.  At 24, he has a very promising career ahead of him.

How about the Twins?  Despite almost getting no-hit and losing three of four to the Rangers earlier this week, the Twinkies are 27-13 since the All-Star break, and hold a three-and-a-half game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central.  After losing cleanup man Justin Morneau to injury the week before the All-Star break, several Minnesota players have stepped up to the plate.  Since the break, birthday boy Jim Thome (now 40) is slugging .651, Delmon Young and Jason Kubel have driven in 33 and 32 runs, respectively, in 39 games, and Joe Mauer has raked to a line of .399/.476/.594 with 32 RBI’s in 36 games.

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Catcher David Ross to join Cubs, reunite with Jon Lester (Big League Stew)

Not to suggest Jon Lester has any pull with the Chicago Cubs after signing a six-year, $155 million contract, but he surely can't be disappointed to hear veteran catcher David Ross will be joining him. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal , Ross and the Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal, which means the former Boston Red Sox battery will be reunited on the north side. It's not a signing that will steal headlines or earn lengthy discussion on television. The 37-year-old backstop has essentially been a backup throughout his 13-year career. Ross appeared in 90 and 112 games respectively for the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 and 2007, but never topped 70 games in any other season. He's a .233/.318/.435 career hitter with 95 home runs, 38 of which came in those two years with Cincinnati. He had two separate stints with the Red Sox. In 2008, he appeared in eight games after being released by Cincinnati. After four seasons with the Atlanta Braves, he returned to Boston in a backup role in 2013. In two seasons, he appeared in 86 games, hitting .197/.276/.374 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs. Not that any of those stats matter to Chicago, because it was during that return that a relationship between Ross and Jon Lester blossomed, leading to some of the left-handed ace's best numbers. Of Ross' 86 games in Boston, 29 were Lester starts. Lester posted a 2.77 ERA overall in those games. In four postseason games back in 2013, he put up a 1.33 ERA with Ross behind the plate.  Familiarity, comfort and trust go a long way sometimes. Even with Miguel Montero on board, it's assumed Ross will be Lester's regular catcher in order to give him all of the above. As for Ross, he'll leave some comfort behind, but it's a chapter he's looking forward to.  Thx for all the kind words & support. Boston will always hold a special place in my heart. Looking forward to this next chapter. #Grateful — David Ross (@D_Ross3) December 20, 2014 Overall, it's a great fit. The right-handed hitting Ross serves as a nice compliment to the left-handed slugging Montero, so it's not as if Chicago is creating a major roster logjam to accommodate the signing. They'll just have to find a trade partner for Wellington Castillo, who's expendable to them but likely plenty valuable to someone else seeking a veteran catcher. Just beware, inquiring teams. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have had a pretty hot hand at the trade table recently. You can ask Billy Beane all about that .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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