History made at Citi Field!

In the franchises 8,020th game, it took 134 pitches from the surgically repaired left arm of a man, who since becoming a Met has shown the heart and soul of a true New Yorker, Johan Santana. It was only fitting that a guy, who plays his heart out every time he is on that mound, a man that has suffered injuries and lack of run support, a man who had what could have been a career ending surgery to repair the capsule in his left shoulder, would throw the 1st no hitter in the history of the franchise.

If you believe in destiny, if you believe in signs than believe it was meant to happen for the New York Mets last night.

Prior to the start of the season Gary “Kid” Carter, one of the most popular players ever to don a Mets uniform, passed away after an intense battle with brain cancer. The Mets wear the black #8 Kid patch on their sleeve, in memory of Carter, so on a night where the Mets score 8 runs on 8 hits and Johan Santana would strike out 8 batters on 134 pitches, 1+3+4=8, it would be a magical and historic night in Flushing Queens, against a team that has tormented the Mets and their fans since 2007. Continue reading

Contenders, Pretenders, and the Pending Firesales of 2012 – The N.L. Central

As we begin to hit the period of critical mass in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the rumor mill has begun to swirl with trade gossip and the always fun topic of figuring out the teams that will be playing buyers and sellers during that last week of July.

By division, let’s take a look at which teams are shaping up to be plugging holes for a stretch run, which teams are still trying to find themselves, and which teams are getting ready to throw another log on the ol’ fire.

After taking an in-depth look at the N.L. East yesterday, let’s dive right into a division that looks like it will come down to the final weeks of the season to decide.

The N.L. Central is up at getrealbaseball.com

National League Central

The N.L. Central is one of the more intriguing divisions in 2012.  Continue reading

Ordonez to Officially Retire On Sunday

Former Detroit Tiger slugger Magglio Ordonez will officially announce his retirement at a special ceremony before Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.  Tigers’ radio announcer Dan Dickerson will host the ceremony that will begin about a half hour before the 1 pm first pitch.

Magglio played his last 7 seasons of his career with the Tigers, and is best known for his walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics that sent the Tigers to the 2006 World Series.  He began his major league career with the Chicago White Sox in 1997.

Mags finished his career with a lifetime .309 batting average, 294 home runs and 1,236 RBI.

The six-time All-Star had his best season in 2007, when he led the AL hitting .363 with 54 doubles.  He finished 2nd in the MVP voting that season.  Mags won 3 Silver Slugger awards throughout his magnificent career. Continue reading