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Joe Maddon should seek advice from Terry Francona

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Joe Maddon has his work cut out for him. He must convince his team that they can accomplish the next-to-impossible. Good luck with that. Maddon’s Chicago Cubs are looking at a 3-0 deficit in their National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. New York’s pitching has been better than their opponents from Chicago’s north side. More importantly, the Mets’ starters have been better than the Cubs’ potent, but young, hitters. So what does a manager say to his…

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Will baseball’s dramatic playoff series translate into viewers?

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With dwindling interest in baseball’s post season over the past two decades, Major League Baseball hoped for some exciting competition that might raise the level of interest. It is too soon to tell if the interest is up, but all four division series have been dramatic and, in some cases, historic. Three of the series are heading for a decisive fifth game, while the other ended in four, home-run-filled games. The Chicago Cubs have been around for 139 years and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.15 — Does Joe Maddon have the mojo this post-season?

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Good morning….Well, it’s Columbus Day, one of those weird federal holidays which most people in the private sector don’t enjoy (similar to next months’ Veterans Day). In typical fashion, our Congress is not only taking the day off to make the holiday, but the entire week. This, despite the fact that the House GOP is supposed to be in crisis because they don’t have a leader in the pipeline ready to replace John Boehner. Any baseball fans out there? I have…

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As baseball winds down, hockey begins; late night golf on TV

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Wednesday night has a lot to offer sports fans, especially those willing to stay up late. For those in Chicago, a dichotomy involving their two teams is front and center. The Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game. Chicago is embarking on another attempt to win their first World Series since 1908. They have not even played in one since 1945. Back in Chicago, the Blackhawks are helping the National Hockey…

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Florida’s diversity includes loyalties to sports teams

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According to a recent poll, a plurality of Floridians back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Not his candidacy for president, but his allegiance to the University of Florida Gators. Rubio made headlines when he jokingly categorized Florida State as a fallback school for those not gaining entry into UF. Florida State backers, including President John Thrasher, were quick to respond. The PPP Poll revealed that 23 percent of those responding are loyal to the Gators, while 18 percent identified the Seminoles…

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