Thursday, September 22, 2016

MLB Week 24 – The End is Near

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

“The city is in ruins.

The fledgling city has now has been reduced to ashes by a gang of swashbuckling Buccaneers, pillaging the village, taking no prisoners and showing no mercy.

Children are crying, women are nearing hysterics, and men wander what’s left of the smoldering streets in stunned disbelief.

One pirate busted into my humble abode, terrifying my family. I sprang into action, ready to defend my wife and kids to the death if necessary. I grabbed the first thing I could reach, a family heirloom sword, and lunged toward the torso of the assailant. I could see that my aggression had no effect on my unwelcomed guest. A sneer crossed his face as he drew his revolver from its holster a pointed it in my direction. I paused briefly then resumed my attack, expecting to meet death. The pirate pulled the hammer back on his revolver, I told my wife I loved her as I could see the invader squeeze the trigger…”

Then I woke up. I should never eat pizza while watching the Reds.

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs, 2016 National League Central Champions.

Winning the division is nice, but you don’t get a pretty trophy for that.

With less than two weeks to go until this season mercifully ends, I’d like to see the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians make it to the World Series. At least one of those teams will win the Series for the first time in a long while. Cleveland last won in 1948, Chicago last won in 1908.

Television was in its infancy in 1948, most people received their news by radio and print media. In 1908 there was no such thing as radio or television.

Useless Trivia; On June 3, 1900 Brazilian priest Roberto Landell de Moura first transmitted the human voice wirelessly. His first transmission went just five miles.

On August 31, 1920 radio station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan became the first commercial radio station to broadcast a news program. The station survives today, now known as WWJ News Radio 950AM.

Yeah, not a whole lot to write about concerning the Reds.

This past weekend, The Sporting News (www.sportingnews.com) published an article naming seven baseball managers who could be fired at seasons end. They are (and my comments);

Walt Weiss of the Colorado Rockies – Probably will be fired, he hasn’t gotten the most out of the talented players he’s had.

Mike Scoscia, Orange County Angels – One World Championship over seventeen seasons, along with averaging 86 wins over the past seven seasons. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the lineup. He’s staying for season eighteen.

Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins – Would any Minnesota GM in their right mind fire a Twins legend? Then again, as I have said before, a Hall of Fame player does not make a Hall of Fame manager. I think he’ll be back in 2017.

Brian Snitker, Atlanta Braves – Who? Never heard of him. With a fresh, new ballpark next season, expect a fresh face running the Braves.

Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox – The “Southsiders” got off to a blistering start, going 17 – 8 in April. Pennants aren’t won in April; the White Sox have the fourth word record in baseball since May 1. In the words of legendary Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson, “He gone!”

Chip Hale, Arizona Diamondbacks – Arizona showed promise coming out of Spring Training, but future star A.J. Pollock landed on the Disabled List at the beginning of the season along with the struggled of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller may spell the end of Chip Hale.

Bryan Price, Cincinnati Reds – YES! YES! YES! Through Tuesday, Price has guided the Reds to 272 losses in 475 games, that’s an average of 91 losses per year.

40 Years Ago; Tuesday Sept. 21, 1976; Reds pitcher, and future Rookie of the Year Pat Zachry pitches a complete game to lead Cincinnati to a 9 – 1 win versus the San Diego Padres at Riverfront Stadium. The win gives the Reds the National League West Division championship for the second straight season.

More Useless Trivia; Cincinnati has qualified for the postseason fifteen times, never have the Reds made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. The Reds made the postseason in 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1995, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Have a blessed week. GO VIKINGS!!!!

Dan Howard

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