Thursday, February 16, 2012

Manny would sign with Oakland A´s

All signs point to Oakland soon will be signing free agent Manny Ramirez as a designated hitter.

Ramirez, who must serve a suspension of 50 games before playing for violation of drug policy in Major League Baseball, has attracted interest not only in Oakland but also of the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.

However, the Orioles' general manager, Dan Duquette, said recently that he sees as Ramirez, 39, can fit into his team.
Discussions between the Jays and Ramirez, reportedly, did not get far.

General manager Billy Beane said last week that BD wants to add a veteran to help strengthen the middle of the lineup. The co-owner of the A's, Lew Wolff has expressed interest in adding to Ramirez, who has 555 homers and a .312 batting average in 19 seasons in the majors.

The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the A's "possibly" sign Ramirez just before or after the team comiemce spring training this weekend.

Barry Praver, one of Ramirez's agent, declined to comment Wednesday, but the A's officials have done nothing to discourage speculation about Ramirez.

According to a report by Fox Sports, while complying with the suspension Ramirez can play games of spring training and extended spring training games. When the regular season begins, Ramirez can train with the team big league or minor league squad, but has to leave the stadium as soon as you open the doors to the public.

Michael Pineda comes to New York Yankees

Michael Pineda was recently talking with Robinson Cano and he admitted to his friend who was feeling a little overwhelmed with the change to the Yankees and the prospect of playing for a big team in a big city.

Cano calmed him instantly, said Pineda. "My head was spinning because I have never stayed in New York," said Pineda told Cano.

"He said, 'Do not worry man, I'll take care of you.'"

Pineda, 23, was presented Tuesday to the minor league complex for the Yankees, the first time it has put a dress of the Yankees since the turn of January that sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi the Mariners by Pineda and the prospect Jose Campos.

Any uncomfortable feeling that Pineda had clearly gone now. He spoke with a group of reporters for about 10 minutes, laughing and smiling after running a set of sprints in bright sunlight with several other pitchers.

"It's my first day and I'm excited because it's my first time practicing with the New York Yankees," said Pineda. "I came early because it's my first time living in Tampa and do not know what I'm doing."

At one point, Pineda said he was careful speaking English, but that was easily understood and made ​​several jokes.

He had a
light session-launch to catch anything different items, and when someone asked how his fastball, he replied with a smile, "as a 65 (mph)."

He spoke briefly about his love of fishing and how to enjoy cooking. "Dominican Cuisine" he said of his culinary expertise. "I'm Dominican."

Like any pitcher who comes to the field, Pineda has parts of his game who wants to sharpen. For him it is his two-seam fastball and changeup. "I'm concentrating a little more on that," he said.

He also wanted to avoid what happened last season when he had a brilliant first half. Before the gap-Star Game, Pineda was 8-6 and 3-03 effectiveness. After that, he was averaging 1-4 and 5-12.

Gary Carter dies at 57

The former catcher and Hall of Famer Gary Carter died Thursday at age 57, confirmed his daughter.

"I am sorry to inform you that my precious father went to live with Jesus; us today at 4:10 pm.," He wrote Kimmy Bloemers on the porch of the family on the Internet. "This is the hardest thing I've ever had to write but I wanted to be the one to report. He is now in heaven and met with her ​​father and maa. I believe with all my heart that Dad received a standing ovation when he entered the gates of heaven to be with Jesus. "

Carter was diagnosed with four tumors in the brain in May. In recent months, the family hoped to chemotherapy and other treatments, tumors were controlled.

But in January,
the family revealed that doctors had found new tumors in the brain of Carter.

Carter made ​​a public appearance earlier this month, going to the Opening Day varsity baseball coach was.

Last spring, after experiencing headaches and forgetfulness, Carter underwent an MRI where they were found four small tumors.

Carter, a 11-time All-Star, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 after retiring from baseball in 1992. He finished his 19 seasons with .262 average, 324 homers and RBIs 1.225.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nadal says he does not cheat

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal said on Monday that it is "impossible to cheat" and that doping has little meaning in sports like tennis, soccer, or accuracy.

Speaking to television channel Antena 3 the Spanish player said, in relation to the puppets of the French Canal Plus which implied that Spanish athletes achieve their excellent results thanks to doping in Spain have been given more propaganda what should be.

"The French treat me great, but when I go into court encourage me less, I understand Spanish because we have spent many years in the Tour and win Roland Garros," said the player, adding: "I've been three or four drug tests in so far this year, it is impossible to cheat. "

Nadal was publicly via Twitter, which coincidentally had to undergo a drugs test on Saturday at 8:30 am.

"I have not seen anywhere doping. All I know is I can not take. I played the final (Roland Garros), 2005 against (Argentine) Mariano Puerta, who later tested positive, but I've never seen doping, "said the player.

Nadal justified the successes of Spanish sport and based on these principles: "The effort, the desire to excel and work are vital"

The Spanish tennis player, number two in the ATP, who said he would love to be the champion of Spain in the 2012 London Olympics, admitted he is happy with the general treatment will occur in France.

New York Yankees Tony Peña want to manage MLB Baseball

After having led the Kansas City Royals to win the award for Manager of the Year, the dominian Tony Pena has served as bench coach for the Yankees in recent years.

However, the desire to assume the reins of manager is something that has not gone to the former Baseball Star..

"Everyone knows where I am. The desire to manage is there, "Pena said when talking to writers today during the celebration of the exaltation ceremony Hall of Fame Baseball Latino.

Peña is currently the bench coach for the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi.

However, it has received proposals for re-manager in recent years.

"There have been rumors, but only that, I have called" Pena said.

But the veteran baseball man does not want to receive calls only to meet requirements of interviews with members of the minority.

Peña is the right hand of Joe Girardi who manages New York Yankees and said that every day has to go running in his mind to respond to the foreman when he asks for advice.

"I have to go running in my mind and start thinking as he thinks that when I order something I can respond as he expected," he said.

He said: "It is sometimes difficult, because you have to control a bit to not tell ahead to do something, but these things happen."

Linsanity rules NBA

"The Linmania" (or Linsanity) is fever right now. But not only in New York, but throughout the NBA. Lin is feeling right now.

The New York Times on its Web site devoted five issues in their NBA page, all related to Jeremy.

USA Today is not far behind and responds with three others.

The owner of the Knicks has put this team in New York to live an exciting time. They won five games on line, all without the super millionaires Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

Lin is a player not drafted. On Saturday, scored 20 points to lead the Knicks over the Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio, which was the fifth victory run the Knicks, who is also his fifth game with 20 or more points.

That meant that on Monday the New York Times and USA Today placed the figure as read. The social network Facebook and Tweeter are in the same wavelength as the media. Yesterday ESPN had three songs dedicated to the player of Taiwanese origin, born in Palo Alto, CA, United States.

Big Papy resigned with Boston

David Ortiz agreed with the Boston Red Sox, avoiding arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, according to a source told the team to Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine.

The parties agreed to a contract of $ 14,575 million, the midpoint between what he called Ortiz and the Red Sox offered him, the source said.

The Red Sox offered $ 12.65 million (a slight increase in salary of $ 12.5 million in 2011) and Ortiz called for $ 16.5 million.

"It's just one of those things when we were all together in the same room made sense to reach a middle ground and we did," said general manager Ben Cherington Red Sox, according to the Boston Globe.

Ortiz was in the same hotel as Cherington in St. Petersburg, Fla., according to the newspaper, but left without comment.

Cherington said the team "made ​​it clear to the player" that the team wanted to come back.

Ortiz's agent, Fernando Cuza, told reporters "that both parties were happy with the deal and leave it at that. This is a process and once we get together, it was a matter of get on the same page and so did. "

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