Showing posts with label Arizona. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arizona. Show all posts

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rumor Mill: Beltran for Top Prospect , Izzy to Arizona?

Here are some of the Rumors that ESPN's Buster Olney have compiled in his latest blog:

Buster Olney says that a high-ranking official told him the "dam is about ready to burst on the trade market." The number of phone calls is multiplying and everyone is getting more serious. "I think that once July 24 hits, that's when you're going to see a bunch of things happen," said an AL official. "There's a lot of talk."

In that, the Tigers continue to look for high-end starters, not the third and fourth starter types that flood the market. They had scouts at Ubaldo Jimenez's most recent start.

On the Mets Front, Olney says the Mets are insisting on a top prospect in return for Carlos Beltran. He adds that pressure on the Giants to add a bat is decreasing as their division lead continues to grow.

The Diamondbacks are focused on less expensive relief pitchers, like Brad Ziegler and Jason Isringhausen.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Reyes and Beltran are Mets All-Stars

Jose Reyes will start at shortstop for the National League in the All-Star Game--if he can even play.

Reyes overcame an approximately 245,000 vote deficit in the last week of voting to Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and gain the starting bid. Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez started at shorstop for the National League each of the past three All-Star Games.

Of course, it's unknown at this point whether Reyes will even be able to play in the game. He left Saturday's game vs. the Yankees with tightness in his left hamstring and the team is still awaiting the results of an MRI. Reyes previously missed the 2006 and 2010 games because of injuries.

The Mets leadoff hitter will be making his second All-Star Game start and it's his fourth selection to the game, which is the most in team history for a shorstop.

Reyes is hitting a league-best .354 with a league-high 124 hits. He leads the National League with 65 runs scored and is second in MLB in steals with 30. He's a NL MVP candidate at this point.

Joining Reyes in Arizona will be right fielder Carlos Beltran, who made the squad for the sixth time and his fifth time as a member of the Mets. His five appearances as a Mets outfielder are second behind Darryl Strawberry, who was named seven times.

Beltran is hitting .281 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI this season.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Santana Blasts Immigration Laws Before Braves Game

Musician Carlos Santana, was in Atlanta Georgia yesterday to receive a "Beacon of Change" award and took the opportunity to blast the states new anti-immigration laws. Before Sundays "Civil Rights Game," at Turner Field, Carlos Santana called the states new law "anti-American." The Georgia Immigration Law, HB 87, cracks down on illegal immigration by increasing enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires. Santana sugguested the law is based on racism and economic anxiety. He went on to proclaim " I represent the human race, the people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia you should be ashamed of yourselves." Santana referenced his 1960's rock-n-roll background and said he is an artist unafraid to speak out. "It’s an anti-American law. It’s a cruel law, actually," Santana said. "If you all remember what it was like here with Martin Luther King and the dogs and the hoses, it’s the same thing, only it’s high tech. So let’s change it.” The 2011 All-Star game is set to be held in Arizona, it will be interesting to see players response to the state's laws and their actions leading up to the game.
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