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Brian Reese

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I am a sports fanatic in every sense of the expression. I was born and raised in Chicago, but now reside in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a huge baseball fan and I try to follow the entire league as much as possible. I am also an avid basketball and football viewer, but I can watch any game for any sport. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and earned my degree in English with a focus in media studies and a minor in Moving Image Arts

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a slow start this season with a 7-18 record through the first 25 games. Now with the news that the team will be without Mark Trumbo for an extended period of time, it may be time to hit the panic switch in the desert for Kirk Gibson and crew. The 28-year old outfielder will be sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot. An MRI on Wednesday revealed what previous X-rays could not. Trumbo has been dealing with plantar fasciitis since spring training. The injury is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick connective tissue in the foot that runs along the bottom of the foot and...

“Slammin Sammy” Sosa was the face of the Chicago Cubs for 13 seasons, including the year when he captivated the league during his home run race with Mark McGwire in 1998. Then came the report from the New York Times that revealed Sosa had tested positive for steroids during his best years with the Cubs and his relationship with his former team has been tarnished ever since. It now seems that both parties are ready to move forward.   "I think there is something that has to be resolved," Sosa told ESPN Deportes. "If there is something to clarify, we will sit down and clear it up. Time has given me the maturity to reflect upon...

  Four players have been suspended as a result of Sunday afternoon's on-field brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. Carlos Gomez, who was said to have instigated the situation when he exchanged words with Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, headlined the names of suspensions and will be suspended for three games. Milwaukee’s Martin Maldonado was also suspended five games for punching Milwaukee’s Travis Snider during the benches-clearing altercation. Snider was suspended for two games for his part in the incident, and the Pirates catcher Russell Martin will be held out of one game. All of the players were...

The Mets bullpen has been rather inconsistent early in the 2014 baseball season. After losing right-handed closer Bobby Parnell to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Mets brought in veteran pitcher Jose Valverde to take his place. But after giving up four home runs in the last three games, manager Terry Collins pulled the plug on Valverde and has given the ball to another seasoned veteran, Kyle Farnsworth. The announcement was made early Sunday morning before the Mets were set to take on the Braves at home in an Easter Sunday showdown. Farnsworth, 38, has pitched 7 innings this season and has posted a 1.23 ERA. The 15-year...

  Before making a name for himself in Detroit and then New York, Curtis Granderson grew up in Chicago where he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2000-2002. The university retired his number 28 last February for his services in a UIC Flame uniform. Now Granderson, who is in the university athletics Hall of Fame, has his name on something much bigger and will hopefully stand much longer. Curtis Granderson Statium. That’s right, the former UIC Flame is now immortalized on the Chicago campus with his name attached to a brand new stadium. The $10 million dollar stadium was completed this spring and half of the...

  The first significant trade of the 2014 baseball season occurred Friday when the Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the playoff hungry Pirates. Pittsburg traded away right-handed reliever Zachary Thornton and a player to be named later. Davis, 27, has shown glimpse of greatness in the past, but his inability to stay healthy made him dispensable to a Mets team with Lucas Duda as their everyday first baseman.   “We’re very happy with the trade,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “We’re happy for Ike in that he’ll get an opportunity elsewhere and it’s a situation we needed to resolve here....

It’s far too early into the season to know which teams will make the playoffs, but on Monday the Padres did their part in securing a valuable part of their future. The team and second baseman Jedd Gyorko agreed to a six-year, $35 million dollar extension with a club option for the 2020 season. The 25-year old sophomore batted .249 last season with 26 doubles, 23 home runs, and 63 RBI in 125 games. The contract is the third-largest contract for a player with only one season of major league experience, behind Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons (seven years, $58 million) the Brewer’s Ryan Braun (eight years, $45 million).   “We...

The Washington Nationals looked to be one of the the favorites in the National League East going into 2014. The team was good enough to earn a wild card position last season and have much the same team, if not improved with the addition of right-handed pitcher Doug Fister and new manager Matt Williams. With an injured Braves pitching staff before the season started, a still young and inexperienced Marlins organization, an aging team in Philadelphia, and the Mets without ace Matt Harvey, the Nationals positioned themselves early as real contenders to win the division. With that said, they went into the season with a healthy roster, but...

The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in baseball right now and a win on Saturday night puts them at 9-2 in a very early baseball season. The team won 3-2 Saturday night at home against Pittsburgh and was led by a leadoff home run from outfielder Carlos Gomez. Friday night the brew-crew beat the Pirates 4-2, but that night they were led by the offensive charge of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who blasted a two run homer. Early on in the season, Ramirez is batting .727 (8-for-11) with runners in scoring position.   "I would say that's part of job — I'm a cleanup hitter driving in runs, so I have to concentrate a little...

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will return to the bullpen Monday for his first throwing session since being hit in the face by a line drive at the end of spring training. Chapman suffered a mild concussion and had a small plate and screws inserted under his eye to repair the gruesome injury suffered on March 19th in a game against the Kansas City Royals. Over the weekend Chapman played catch at Great American Ball Park during team warm-ups. The team has still not set a timetable for Chapman’s return, but when questioned on Friday by a reporter Chapman said he was optimistic to return to the team and to the mound. The...
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