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Johnny Cueto

Former USF coach an All-Star legend

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Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game starting pitchers will be San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox. Both are making their first start. Three pitchers own the record for the most all-star starts. The Dodgers’ Don Drysdale took the mound for the National League five times as did the Yankees’ Lefty Gomez for the American League. Former USF Bulls’ coach, the late Robin Roberts, joined Drysdale as the most prolific starter in history. From 1950-1955,…

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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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Will Ben Zobrist put Kansas City over the top?

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With the trading deadline in sight, contending teams serious about winning THIS year, often make their moves. We now see who is going for the gold in 2015 and a popular former Ray may be the final piece to make a good team a champion. When the Kansas City Royals acquired Ben Zobrist from Oakland on Tuesday, they got what we all know they got: a winner. After acquiring all-world right hander Johnny Cueto from the Reds on Sunday, the…

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Baseball writes new script from ‘To Have and Have Not’

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In 1944, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starred in their first film together. To Have and Have Not had nothing to do with baseball, but it is a fitting title for the current structure of Major League Baseball. Baseball is broken down into the “haves” and the “have nots.” The big-market teams will mostly be buyers this week. These are the haves. The smaller-market teams will mostly be sellers. These are the have nots. This week is the clearest demonstration…

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