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McCarthy a finalist for MLB's Clemente award

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McCarthy a finalist for MLB's Clemente award

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DETROIT -- Brandon McCarthy has been named one of Major League Baseball's finalists for the annual Roberto Clemente award that is given out to players that best exemplify sportsmanship, community involvement and a positive contribution to their team.

McCarthy and his wife Amanda raised over 18,000 dollars through auctions to help raise money for the victims of the Colorado Wildfires this June. The proceeds were donated to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross in Colorado Springs and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.A player from each team is nominated and you can vote for the winner here. The voting process ends at 8:59 p.m. on October 14.McCarthy was involved in a scary incident on September 5 when he was struck above the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar at the Oakland Coliseum. The 29-year-old subsequently underwent two hours of surgery that same night to relieve pressure on his brain caused by an epidural hemorrhage. He was released from the hospital on September 11. Doctors agreed that he has made an excellent recovery from the injury.
Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Major League Baseball is looking into ways to protect pitchers from head injuries with custom hats. It is good to see that MLB is trying to find a way to protect pitchers from the risks they incur.Here are all the finalists for the 2012 Roberto Clemente AwardArizona Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist
Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson
Baltimore Orioles Jim Johnson
Boston Red Sox Jon Lester
Chicago Cubs David DeJesus
Chicago White Sox Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier
Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis
Colorado Rockies Michael Cuddyer
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros Wesley Wright
Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C.J. Wilson
Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
Miami Marlins Logan Morrison
Milwaukee Brewers Rickie Weeks
Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau
New York Mets Johan Santana
New York Yankees Mark Teixeira
Oakland Athletics Brandon McCarthy
Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Resop
St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday
San Diego Padres Luke Gregerson
San Francisco Giants Matt Cain
Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays David Price
Texas Rangers Michael Young
Toronto Blue Jays - Ricky Romero
Washington Nationals Ryan Zimmerman

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Jade wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Jade their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

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Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.