The first of what will probably be a long list of suspensions has been announced by Major League Baseball. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season and postseason for violating the leagues drug policy. Braun will not appeal the suspension.
Braun’s suspension is the result of MLB’s probe into the now defunct Biognesis clinic which apparently supplied as many as 20 players with performance enhancing drugs. Further disciplinary action is expected to be taken over the next few weeks against others players who were linked to Biogenesis.
In 2011 Braun was very nearly suspended after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs but he suspension was later overturned on appeal.
The first half of the season is in the books and there were many great teams, players and moments. I will hand out awards for best and worst team, AL and NL MVP’s, CY Young’s, Rookies and and Managers of the first half. We can only hope the second half lives up to the excitement we had for the first three months.
Here’s some news to keep you cool, the NHL has finally revealed the division names for the realigned league. Next season each conference will have two divisions, two eight team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven team divisions in the Western Conference. The biggest change for the league is the Detroit Red Wings shifting for the Western conference to the Eastern Conference. Also shifting from the West to the East are the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Here are the four divisions and the teams included in them:
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
The 2013 NHL season starts October 1 with three games including the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beginning their title defense against the Washington Capitals.
In what most would consider a surprising result Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes defeated Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round to win the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby.
With the victory Cespedes became the first player not selected to the All-Star team to win the Derby, he was also the last addition to the field after Detroit Tigers MVP Miguel Carbera turned down a spot due to a sore back.
The competition this year was fierce, but Cespedes set the pace for the night early when he bashed 17 home runs in Round 1, and eventually hit 32 home runs overall tied for third most all-time during a single derby.
Cespedes was so dominant that he won the competition over Harper with five swings to go. Last years champion Prince Fielder and NL team captain David Wright were non-factors. As was AL team captain Robinson Cano and overall home run leader Chris Davis. Wright received a strong ovation in his home town park Citi Field.
Thanks to the efforts of Cespedes the AL out homered the NL 53-50 and the 103 home runs hit raised $529,000 for charity.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw the second no-hitter of the 2013 season, blanking the San Diego Padres 9-0 tonight. It took 148 pitches, as Lincecum struck out thirteen Padres while walking four.
Hunter Pence made a spectacular diving catch on a line drive to end the eighth inning.
The last Giants no-hitter was thrown by Matt Cain just last season.