New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark.Follow paulmbanks
With MLB and ESPN’s eight-year, multi platform rights extension taking place this season, additional baseball coverage will be brought to the World Wide Leader. This includes a wild-card playoff game and ten more regular season games.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says teams in smaller markets will get to show their product to the country, and the world, more often this season.Follow paulmbanks
Atlanta Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez made a clever remark regarding southpaw reliever Ian Thomas.
The obscure pitcher spent his first three seasons and part of a fourth after coming out of Virginia Commonwealth University as a non-drafted player in three separate non-affiliated leagues.Follow paulmbanks
Fans of baseball nationwide look forward each year to the MLB’s exodus to spring training, which marks the slow start to the much-anticipated season. While many people will find the best cable TV deals so they can watch games from the comfort of their home, there’s also a fair share of fans that will accompany their favorite teams to either the Cactus League or the Grapefruit League. It’s a decision made especially difficult because both Leagues are at either end of the geographical spectrum – one (the Cactus League) is in the West in Arizona, or the other is literally at the end of the South Eastern United States in Florida.
Bobby Jenks is best remembered as the rookie closer on the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team. Jenks has the third most saves in White Sox history, and was often clocked above 100 mph on his pitches. Bobby Jenks once registered 102 m.p.h. during a 2009 game at Safeco Field.
However, the life of Bobby Jenks off the field is an even more interesting and compelling story, as a CSN Chicago special reveals.Follow paulmbanks
Jason Heyward has admitted his delight at avoiding arbitration and signing a new two-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year old agreed a $13.3 million deal over the next two seasons, bringing an end to Heyward’s fears of entering arbitration on the back of an injury-plagued 2013 MLB season.Follow paulmbanks
A lot of speculation came out of the Baltimore Orioles ’ camp last weekend after the club kept quiet on their plans to sign a new starter to their desperate roster.
Usually the annual FanFest is an event where the clubs offer a carrot to the fans, maybe shedding light on a trade rumor, but this year the Orioles supporters were left in the dark regarding their pitching ranks.Follow paulmbanks
Many people have wondered why New Jersey doesn’t have its own Major League Baseball team. After all, the residents of New Jersey would most likely love to have a team there, and the state leadership would be more than happy to support it. In fact, the state even has the three main components that are nearly essential to owning and operating a successful MLB franchise. So why doesn’t New Jersey have a team? As it turns out, a Supreme Court Ruling from 1922 might be to blame.Follow paulmbanks
Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.Follow paulmbanks
As baseball heads into the postseason, the New York Mets are faced with an offseason of intense decision-making. During the break, there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed but fortunately, this time, there’s plenty of money available to transform the squad.
Plenty of positions need firming up: the outfield is lacking a real big hitter; General Manager Sandy Alderson needs to decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda can hold down first base; the New York Mets are in the market for a new shortstop according to Alderson; and, despite Matt Harvey’s intense rehab, there’s no prognosis on when his shoulder injury will heal so a replacement veteran starting pitcher might be in the mix.Follow paulmbanks
How the San Francisco Giants found their latest prospect is yet another example of it’s all about who you know in life. Even in sports. Yes, sports, where it’s a pure meritocracy, and all about talent. You get ahead only if you can play, and left behind if you cannot play.
Not true. Sometimes it is all about who you know. Like the case of Matt Chavez and the San Francisco Giants.Follow paulmbanks