Archive for January 25th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: PRINCE FIELDER TO TIGERS, BULLS IN TROUBLE

BASEBALL

In the MLB, big slugging first baseman Prince Fielder has finally been signed. His agent Scott Boras, came through for his client on a nine-year $214 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers. Last year, the Tigers ran away with the American League Central by 15 games over the second place team. And with the recent news of Victor Martinez, out for the season, Detroit felt the need to make sure they did not lose a beat with their offensive attack. Fielder had a down year only hitting .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI. But, over the past five years, the three-time All Star, has averaged more than 40 home runs and 113 RBI’s.  And as Fielder hopes to make the AL All Star team, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is coming back to manage the National League squad in the All Star Game next season. La Russa will be the second retired manager to manage in the All Star Game. Hall of Fame manager John McGraw was the first.

 

Retired La Russa wasn’t the only retired player making headlines yesterday. Jorge Posada, the 17-year veteran catcher, announced his retirement. Posada is one of only five catchers all-time with 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 RBIs. His career in the Bronx helped the Yankees rack up four World Series titles in his tenure with the team.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, the Chicago Bulls may be in a little bit of trouble. Luol Deng is going to be out a “while.” Deng tore a ligament in his left wrist. This is the same injury Deng had on his opposite wrist during his rookie season. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau described Deng as “week to week.” Deng will not undergo surgery, but has not ruled it out as an option. Deng so far this year is averaging nearly 16 points and 7.5 rebounds for the league leading Bulls.

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