Randy Savage Passes Away

Randy “Macho Man” Savage died this morning in a car crash. Before his wrestling career he was better known as Randy Poffo the baseball player. Randy played minor league baseball in 1971-74 with the Cardinals and the Reds.

Randy debuted at rookie-ball as an 18-year-old in 1971, hitting .286 with a .492 slugging percentage, and advanced to high Single-A before calling it quits with a .254 batting average in 289 career games.

I will miss his ohhhhh-yeah catch phrase. Randy you will be missed.

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Pete Kozma!!!!!

The Cardinals put Punto on the DL and called up Kozma from the Memphis team. Pete was has been assigned uniform No. 47 and will be available when the Cardinals play host to Houston at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Kozma was the Cardinals’ No. 1 draft pick in 2007. This will be his first trip to the major leagues.
Kozma was batting just .220 (31-for-141) with 17 RBIs in 38 games at Memphis. But he had 12 RBIs in 16 games in May, and had a four-RBI game Saturday against Fresno. He followed that with a 4-for-4 performance Sunday.

The 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting Kozma is a native of Owasso, Okla. He joins Colby Rasmus and Tyler Greene as former No. 1 St. Louis draft selections currently on the team’s big-league roster.

Kozma did pinch hit tonight and hit a double that drove in a RBI. Good job Kozma!

Houston Astros Sold!!!

                            Jim Crane a St.Louis native bought the Astros?  Here’s more to the story

The sale is subject to approval by Major League Baseball, expected in 30 to 60 days. McLane, who bought the team in November 1992 for about $117 million, put the franchise up for sale in November.”Drayton, you have been a great owner of the Astros and created a first-class operation. I’m honored and proud to take over the franchise from you,” Crane said. ” I love baseball and we look forward to doing a great job.”Crane said former Houston Rockets president George Postolos will serve as CEO when the deal goes through.”I have a couple of messages for the Astros fans. First and foremost, the Astros fans come first. You are the customer. Our team will work hard to deliver a superior product and a great experience for the fans.
I believe in running a first-class franchise and everything we do will be built around building a championship team,” Crane said. A major selling point was the team’s share in a new deal with the NBA’s Houston Rockets to create a regional sports network that will begin airing Rockets games in 2012 and the Astros in 2013. Any deal was also expected to address the team’s lease at Minute Maid Park, which is owned by the Harris County Houston Sports Authority. Crane, who founded a Houston-based logistics company in 2008, is the chairman and chief executive of Crane Capital, a private equity fund company. In 2009, he was in the running to buy the Chicago Cubs and last summer teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in a bid to buy the Texas Rangers. Both times, he fell short. Crane also approached McLane about buying the Astros in 2008, but was turned down. McLane, a longtime fixture at Astros home games, has raved about Crane and thinks the team will be in good hands once the deal is completed.”This has been one of the highlights of our lives. We’ve enjoyed it. But one of the responsibilities of leadership is to hand off better than you found out. Hand off to somebody that’s going to be accountable, has the ability and the determination to continue to be a champion and be successful,” McLane said.”(Craine’s) an experienced, very knowledgeable business person,” McLane said. “He has a passion for baseball. He lives here and will continue to live here. He understands the community.” McLane, who made his fortune running the family’s wholesale grocery business, has been considering selling the team for at least two years. He said in November that the decision to fully commit to selling the team was based mostly on family considerations. The franchise, playing its 50th season, has reached unprecedented success with McLane as the owner, making the playoffs six times since 1997.

AP

Pete Rose Wants to Manage Again

Pete Rose questioned why he hasn’t gotten a second chance from Major League Baseball to get back into the game on Saturday, saying he’d still like to manage.

The 70-year-old hits king told an audience that he deserves another chance after acknowledging that he bet on baseball, something he denied for years.

“I’ve taken responsibility for my life,” Rose said. “Baseball isn’t good for second chances — not for gamblers. They are for people who take drugs. They are for people who beat up their wives. They are for people who drink a lot of alcohol. I screwed up. I wish I could change it.”

The former Cincinnati Reds player and manager was banned for life in 1989 for betting on baseball games, including Reds games. He has petitioned MLB and commissioner Bud Selig has given no indication he’s leaning toward reinstating Rose, who holds baseball’s record with 4,256 hits.

Rose hoped he would be reinstated after he acknowledged in his second autobiography in 2004 that he bet on baseball, something he had vehemently denied until then. Instead, there was a backlash over the book.

Rose reiterated that he’s no longer focused on getting inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
“I want to be a manager, that’s the only role,” said Rose, who turned 70 on April 14. “But I’m running out of time. I want to teach young players.”

Rose was the keynote speaker at a gala of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. He said he has redeemed himself and is waiting for baseball to act.

“It’s a like a singer getting caught running a red light and not being able to sing again,” Rose said. “That’s not America. I’m a baseball player. I can go on every talk show and say I’m sorry and some people don’t want to hear you. That’s not fair.”

One of the approximately 300 guests in the audience was the federal judge who sentenced him to five months in jail in 1990 for failing to report income from gambling on his taxes.

“I don’t go to many banquets where I sit with the judge that sent me to prison,” Rose said, drawing laughter. “I’m not bitter at anybody. I made the mistake.”

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is a nonprofit organization working for reform in Ohio’s criminal justice system. The theme of the gala was making Cincinnati a city of redemption.

AP

LaRussa Out For Tonights Game

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will miss his team’s game tonight at Wrigley Field because he is having his infected right eye further examined.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will miss his team’s game tonight at Wrigley Field because he is having his infected right eye further examined. 
 

La Russa, who has been bothered by a viral infection for more than a month, visited the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday to have the eye checked and for a regular physical. His right eye has been swollen shut at times, and the area around it has been discolored and puffy.

With the condition showing little improvement, La Russa stayed in Arizona for a second day, and the Cardinals said he would not be able to get to Chicago in time for tonight’s game. In a statement, the team added that La Russa’s status for the remainder of the week has yet to be determined.

La Russa, 66, has the Cardinals atop the NL Central this season, his 16th in St. Louis. Bench coach Joe Pettini is expected to serve as manager in La Russa’s absence.

Sporting News

Jose Reyes for Trade?

Since the Mets have financial problems they will not be offering Reyes a huge contract after 2011. The Mets would like to keep him but at a cheaper price. There is a chance that Reyes may go into the free agent market for more money. So the Mets may consider trading Reyes. According to ESPN, they believe that the Cardinals maybe intrested in Jose Reyes since the players they have not improved the middle infield at all. The Cardinals had intrest in Reyes back in 2010. This might be a good match, but what would the Cardinals give up? Lance Lynn?
Would love to have him. Great lead off guy with speed. Had 30 stolen bases last year but had best high in 2007 with 78 stolen bases. I would say lets make the trade.