New Nats reporter Julie Alexandria: routine Gatorade shower recipient (video)


Thursday was the first day of a brand new gig for MASN reporter Julie Alexandria. She received a Gatorade dousing that was meant for Washington Nationals (and former White Sox super-prospect) Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals’ blanked the Cincinnati Reds last night, with Jordan Zimmermann’s performance worthy of a potential Gatorade bath.

However as you can see in the video below, the pouring was geared for Julie Alexandria instead.

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Three ways to improve Major League Baseball


Ah, Major League baseball. When I write “three ways to improve Major League Baseball” what I really mean is “three ways to make baseball more like football.”  Sorry, major league baseball fans.  The National Pastime is past its prime and a distant second-string to the pigskin.  Don’t take it too hard.  It’s not like football is a sport; it’s a quasi-religion.  Heck, more Americans would rather watch a guy in a suit read names from a podium than catch another sport’s playoff game.

Major League Baseball will never be able to catch up to the NFL but it can close the gap.  After all, baseball, when the games really matter, is the most dramatic of all the sports.  Major League Baseball certainly has more substance than the NBA, tougher players than MLS (barely), and fewer franchises in inappropriate cities than the NHL.  Below are three ways the game of baseball can improve itself.

A word of warning to baseball purists, have your defibrillator ready.

(Guest post by Ryan Hogan)

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Indians Carlos Santana crashes into disgustingly obese Reds fan (photo)


Check out the disgusting southern Ohio gut on this Cincinnati Reds fan who got tackled by the Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana as he sought a foul ball. The Reds took the latest battle in the birthplace of aviation state showdown 12-5, but this buckeye bulge is brutal on the eyes.

This dude is in the same weight class as that 76ers fan who became semi-famous for awhile during the NBA playoffs a couple weeks ago.

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Cubs demote Blake DeWitt, bring up Travis Wood


The Chicago Cubs, sporting the second to worst record in the national league, today recalled left-handed pitcher Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Wood on the roster, infielder Blake DeWitt has been designated for assignment.

Wood, wearing number 30, started for the Cubs in today’s storm delayed contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

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Cincinnati Reds and Joey Votto agree to 12 year, $200 million deal


Star slugger Joey Votto agreed to a 12-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds today that is the longest guaranteed contract in major league baseball history. The contract adds 10 years to his old contract, and includes a club option for 2024.

The Reds secured their 2010 National League MVP for more than $200 million, a much more expensive contract than Ken Griffey Jr. when he returned to his home town. The longest MLB deal in history is also the largest in Reds’ history.

Unlike Prince Fielder with the Brewers and Albert Pujols with the Cardinals, the Reds weren’t going to let their star get away.

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Cubs Deal Sean Marshall to the Reds; get Young Players in Return


 Theo Epstein sent a message of rebuilding today. Actually he already sent that message earlier this week when he said that the Chicago Cubs were not interested in acquiring Prince Fielder. It’s clear: a youth movement, rebuilding from scratch is going on in Chicago.

Today, Theo acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall. Marshall leaves the Cubs with a 32-40 record, seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 292 appearances over six seasons.

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Streak for the Cash: Orioles over Reds

“We’re going streaking… through the quad to the gymnasium!” Okay, maybe just virtually, but nonetheless we are one-for-one so far on picking ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. Let’s keep it going!

For the remainder of the baseball season, I will try to give one baseball game a day that I think is a lock for the Streak for the Cash. Let’s see how big of a streak we can build.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Brewers Rickie Weeks Having an All-Star Type of Year

Investing in players hasn’t been one of the Milwaukee Brewers’ strong suits in the last decade or so. But to their credit, it seems the Brewers have learned from their mistakes and are making all the right decisions in 2011.

One of those right decisions was re-signing second baseman Rickie Weeks to a five-year, fifty million dollar contract.

Weeks is having a career year while leading all NL second baseman in at-bats (299), runs (51), hits (87), doubles (19), home-runs (14), on-base percentage (.359) and slugging percentage (.508).

With that said, why is he second to the Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips in All-Star votes?

By: Nick Grays
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MLB Discusses A Completely Logical Realignment

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that Major League Baseball Officials are discussing a divisional and league realignment that would leave both the American League and National League with 15 teams. As a person that has been pushing this idea on friends and colleagues for years, I’m all for it.

By Peter Christian

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Link Bank 6-8-11: Women of Weinergate Photos, Agents at University of Texas


Pictured above is Gennette Cordova (left), the 21-year-old college student who originally helped to get this Weinergate thing started. But in this post, you’ll get to see photos of all the main accusers. And wait till you see the pic of Representative Anthony Weiner (D- NY) with his cats, and his provocative photo title. Hilarious. Party on!

-Up next after Cordova is Meagan Broussard (pictured below), the 26-year-old Texan who received of Weiner’s (D – NY) sexts, has a MLB connection. (Busted Coverage)

“Her brother, Ben Broussard, played seven seasons in the bigs with the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. If you’ve never heard of him, you’re probably not alone…Broussard, a former second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds, batted a middle-of-the-road .263 during his career. His last season in the majors was 2008, when he played in only 26 games. His Twitter account has been silent since June 2.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Blueprint for winning the MLB MVP Award


Let’s look at has been consistent in the MVP winners of the past.  It seems like voters emphasize batting average over defensive position, or OBP.  My preconception is that more MVP winners come from East coast teams and are generally first basemen, or second basemen.  Also, I think voters emphasize a teams’ overall record in their voting.  Am I right in feeling this way?  Well, let’s see….
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