Articles by Dave Byrne

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Farewell, Harmon

It is with great sadness that we discuss yesterday’s passing of legendary Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew at age 74. Since last Friday’s announcement that Killebrew would be stopping treatment in his fight with esophageal cancer and entering hospice care, there has been an outpour of support for the famed Minnesota Twin. For those new to baseball and fans too young to remember Killebrew’s playing days, myself included, you may be wondering what made him so…

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Manny Ramirez and the Baseball Hall of Fame

Dare We Hope that Manny May be Famed? Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, shares a view point that a lot of baseball’s most respected minds have had recently – all in regards to recently defamed slugger Manny Ramirez. “Until the past couple of years, I thought he was on his way to the Hall of Fame,” he told theAssociated Press. “I don’t think many guys got as many big hits in their careers as…

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MLB addresses concussions with seven-day DL

There’s a rising awareness concerning brain injuries across all professional sports these days, their seriousness, and the jeopardy players put themselves in by attempting to play through them, but we need not look at the severity of concussions in hockey or football to understand why Major League Baseball is taking measures of their own to prevent head trauma in baseball. On May 29, 2008, Toronto Blue Jay second baseman Aaron Hill missed 107 games as…

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Strasburg an All-Star?

In light of Stephen Strasburg’s fourth dominating start for the woeful Washingston Nationals, the buzz around the rookie pitcher’s chances to represent his squad in July’s All-Star Game in Anaheim have heated up. Despite his relative inexperience in Major League Baseball, Strasburg has quickly compiled some of the finest starts for a first-timer in the history of the sport. In terms of strikeouts, for example, no other pitcher has obtained more in his first four…

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LA Dodgers most logical bet for Roy Halladay

At a press conference last week, Bob Costas introduced the starting pitcher the American League All-Star team as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. In doing so, he touched on a topic that has been on the minds of Toronto fans for some time now; how long will Roy Halladay stay in Toronto? Baseball’s best pitcher has been a Blue Jay his whole career and has been nothing less than a model employee. Having…

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A Long Road for Eric Hinske

In just his second at bat as a New York Yankee, Eric Hinske took a fifth inning offering from the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero and sent it into the right field foul pole at new Yankee Stadium. Having been recently acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates with cash for minor leaguers Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson, the 31-year-old has already endeared himself with the Yankee faithful. Hinske, a player familiar to Toronto fans, has played…

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Aaron Hill toils with history

When it comes to the All-Star voting, American fans often forget about the Toronto Blue Jays. So, when the starters for this year’s American League All-Star team were announced on Sunday, it was a pleasant surprise to see Aaron Hill’s name, even though he is the league’s most deserving second baseman. Although his numbers have sagged in recent weeks, Hill’s stats have been staggering comprehensively over the first half of the season. If you expand…

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Judgment Day nears in Major League Baseball

Tuesday night David Ortiz was moved to the sixth spot in the batting order for the first time in five years. This was a result of weeks of poor play and an alarming absence of power from the previously Ruthian slugger. Major League Baseball is roughly two months into their 2009 season. At this point, with the trade deadline roughly nine weeks away, team’s executives will start to evaluate the chance their current rosters give…

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Reality sets in for 2009 Jays

The first six games of the Blue Jays’ current nine game road trip seem to have confirmed what many journalists, fans and even team officials themselves believed at the beginning of the season; that this Toronto club is a team that will struggle all season long. Blessed with an underwhelming schedule for April that saw the Jays face a smattering of mediocre teams from the AL Central and West divisions, Toronto marched to the best…