American League 3 – National League 2

 

Michael Young’s two run triple with 2 outs in the 9th put the American League on top 3-2 and Mariano Rivera secured the American League home field in the World Series with his third save of his All Star career. Despite the low scoring, this was a great game The small ball play from the National League, beautiful plays and clutch hitting from the American League made the 77th All Star Game a classic in itself. The American League is now 9-0-1 in the past 10 years. Key stats: M.V.P: Mike YoungHome Runs: American League Vlad Guerrero, National League David Wright. Lee Smith the All-Time saves leader (478) had a blown save in the 1994 All Star game in Pittsburgh and in tonight’s game Trevor Hoffman second in All time saves at 460 goes in the record books for his blown save in the 2006 classic in Pittsburgh The blameRead More »

Pirates 29-57 Vs New York Mets 50-34

 

Kip Wells lackluster first inning proved costly Pirates surrender 5 runs in first, lose 5-0 Orlando Hernandez (El Duque) dominated the Buccos only giving up four hits through seven innings. The Mets are now the first team in the national league to 50 wins and are in the driver seat in the NL East with a 11.5 lead in the standings. Kip Wells 0-4 12.42 era showed tonight why it’s time ( two years late) to finally send him packing. He’s been here for five years has never produced and every year we hear about how much talent he has. He has talent in the Pirates eyes not the other 29 teams in the major leagues. No wonder were on our way to watching a 14th straight losing season. I’m sure Jim Tracy will be saying tomorrow morning on how Kip turned it around after his horrendous first inning. ThisRead More »

Penguins Sign Mark Eaton

 

Ray Shero made his first splash in free agency signing defenseman Mark Eaton of Nashville. Eaton 6ft2 218, 29yrs old has played the last five years for Nashville Predators, signed a two yr deal worth 1.6 million per season. Eaton only recorded 3 goals last season but that is not the reason the Penguins signed him. Eaton does the little things like block shots and clear the front of the net effectively and this signing could spell the end to Josef Melichar’s Penguin career. What a shame. DePaoli’s take: This is not a surprise signing as Shero said he would take his time through free agency and not overspend for anybody. The Penguins were after Jay McKee a more established defenseman who got 4 million per year. Eaton is a similar type of defenseman and Shero got him for 1.6 million per. Sounds like a bargain to me. Ray SheroRead More »

What might have been

 

Former Pittsburgh Pirate manager Jim Leyland returned to Pittsburgh for the first as a manager since 1999. His Detroit Tigers are the best team in baseball and beat the Bucco’s 7-6 in front of a decent crowd at PNC park last night. With Jimmy Leyland returning and his strong interest to manage the Pirates last winter, the question has risen about would this team be this bad with Leyland at the helm. Leyland is one of the best managers in the game and if I were running a team he would be my first pick. The guy gets the most out of his players and runs his pitching staff and bullpen extremely well. With him the Pirates wouldn’t be a playoff team but the team wouln’t have turned on him like they have on Tracy. Leyland worked as a scout for the cardinals for the past four years and wasRead More »

Cuban and Marino to the rescue?

 

Breaking news Espn radio 1250 is reporting that billionarie Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NFL Hall of famer Dan Marino have joined Andy Murstein’s ownership group to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murstein who is from New York confirmed today ” “Last night we firmed up a partnership that we’re very excited about. I’m pleased to say that both Mark Cuban and Dan Marino will be part of our group to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.” Murstein’s ownership group is one of several groups trying to buy the franchise. The current ownership has said their asking price right now is 150-170 million and it may rise. A new owner may be named within a month and comfirmed by league when the season starts. Depaoli’s take : The addition of Cuban and Marino is a very strong sign that there may be hope the team stays. Murstein interrated today that he hasRead More »

Penguins draft Staal in 1st round

 

After weeks of rumors that Penguins general manager Ray Shero would trade out of the #2 pick, Shero decided to follow his scheme to build for the future and draft the big 6ft4 center Jordan Staal which came as no surprise. So what happened to Carolina obtaining the pick and the Penguins getting Jack Johnson. There were talks between the two teams but nothing really serious as Shero wouldn’t take that trade straight up. Rumors are he asked for Andrew Ladd and the talks stalled from there. TSN Analysts Pierre McGurie on the drafting of Jordan Staal: “When you think about Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, this is an embarrassing array of riches down the middle for the Pittsburgh Penguins.How are people going to beat these guys? How do you draw up a game plan to stop a player like Staal at 6’4″ and 215 lbs.? This teamRead More »

And The Pittsburgh Penguins select ……….

 

One day before the NHL and it’s a lot different for Penguins fans this time around then last year. Last July it was obvious who the Penguins were picking as they won the sweepstakes to superstar Sidney Crosby. This year it’s a bit different with no Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin in the draft. Despite this draft being without a Crosby type player, there are still franchise caliber players in Defenseman Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal and possibly Phil Kessel. So what will the Penguins do: Keep the pick or trade the pick ? I’ll give you the answer a day before it goes down. Now to the legitimate rumors…. For the past two weeks media circuits have been reporting the Carolina Hurricanes have offered Michigan defenseman ( #3 overall pick in 2005) to the Penguins for the #2 pick to draft Jordan Staal. Hockeybuzz.com, Kevin Allen of USA Today andRead More »

Part 1 – NHL Draft

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the number 2 pick in this year’s draft and rumors of the Penguins trading the pick have already started. Defenseman Eric Johnson is the top rated player in the draft who has the potential to be the cornerstone of a franchise for years to come. After Johnson, it’s anyone’s guess on how the top 10 will fall out. Despite the fact of Eric Johnson being the concensus #1 pick, he is not the overwhelming pick like Crosby and Ovechkin of years past. Here are 5 players the Penguins have their eyes on My top 5: 1. Erik Johnson: D, 6ft4 225 18yrs old U.S. National team: Big defensemen who can do it all. Will be a All star for years to come. Type of Player he resembles ( Rob Blake 2. Jordan Staal C, – Peterborough Petes (OHL) 17 yrs old 6ft4 215: Jordan the brotherRead More »

Breaking News

 

Penguins To Name General Manager Today The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they will name Ray Shero general manager this afternoon. Shero, 43 has been the assistant general manager for Nashville Predators for the past 7 yrs and was also an assistant GM for the Senators for 8 yrs. Two days ago it was reported Shero was the front runner to land the Bruins GM vacancy but issues over power and the idea of building a team with the likes of Crosby, and Malkin made him turn down the Bruins last night and turn his attention to the Penguins. More on this move tomorrow morning My take: Ray Shero was a very good pick for this job. Most important he is young and helped build small market teams like Nashville and Ottawa to what they are today. Shero has had a very good draft record the past 7 yrs andRead More »

Edmonton takes 3-0 lead

 

The former Penguin and career minor leaguer Toby Peterson leads the Oilers to a 5-4 win over Anaheim Okay Penguin fans: Does anyone remember a 5ft9 left winger in Toby Peterson? Many fans most likely dont but Peterson was one of the Penguins top prospects heading into the 01-02 season. Peterson was giving a fair chance from the organization, playing with the big club for the whole season and even registered a hat trick against the Thrashers playing on Mario’s line. A week later after netting 6 goals in 5 games on Mario’s line Lemieux goes down with a hip injury and Peterson goes back to 4th line duty. Who knows maybe Peterson becomes the next Robby Brown. Once the 01-02 season ended Peterson fell out of favor with the organization and would end up playing the past 4 years including this year in the minors. With Raffi Torres outRead More »