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James Shields

Shields Failing Big Game Tests

When the Kansas City Royals traded for "Big Game" James Shields from the Tampa Bay Rays, they acquired an ace who ate a lot of innings and provided much needed stability for their starting rotation.  His presence on their staff was just what the doctor ordered. However, when you get to the post-season, this is when the games truly get "big" and Shields has been anything but that so far with respect to living up to his nickname. In the one-or-done Wild Card game versus the Oakland … [Read More...]

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals Epic Post-Season Continues

The Kansas City Royals are storming into the World Series on one of the best and most exciting rolls I have ever seen.  The Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics pretty much tells all of us what we need to know about these Royals.  As you know, they were trailing 7-3 going into the bottom of the eighth-inning in that game and ended up winning in extras, after Oakland had again retaken the lead in the top of the twelfth. The excitement continued with fascinating and … [Read More...]

Derek Jeter

Farewell to Jeter

Derek Jeter officially retired just over two weeks ago but his reign in the Bronx has been over for exactly two years as, on October 13, 2012, he broke his ankle in game one of the American League Division Series versus the Detroit Tigers.  Although Jeter did not retire until recently, that day marked the realistic end of his career as a player who consistently helped the Yankees on the field. In 2012, Jeter was coming off a season in which he hit .316 and launched 15 homers.  It was a bounce … [Read More...]

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