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Postby Super GM » Sat Jul 12, 2003 5:53 am

Check out this article I just found. Looks like we finally know where Urbina is going. Dontrelle Willis makes it to the All-Star game, because Brown goes on DL.

Florida's Dontrelle Willis was named to the National League all-star team Friday.

A few hours later, the Florida Marlins proved they were serious about contending for the NL's wild-card spot by dealing for American League saves leader Ugueth Urbina.

Willis made the all-star squad when Los Angeles Dodgers all-star pitcher Kevin Brown was placed on the disabled list with an abdominal strain.

Willis is 8-1 since being called up from the minors in May.

Florida gave up three minor-leaguers to get Urbina, who has 26 saves in 30 chances this season. Gone to Texas are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 amateur draft, outfielder Will Smith and left-handed pitcher Ryan Snare, the only one of the three on the Marlins' 40-man roster. All three are playing in Class AA.

"Ugie came as advertised and did a great job for us," Texas Rangers General Manager John Hart said. "We're bringing back good players. It dovetails with the direction that we are going. That's going with youth and trying to acquire as many young players as we can."

Urbina bolsters the Marlins' bullpen. Florida entered the day two games above .500 and only 41/2 games out of a wild-card spot.

The Marlins plan to use the right-hander as a setup man for closer Braden Looper, who leads the team with 16 saves.

"We were looking to fortify the back end of the bullpen," Marlins General Manager Larry Beinfest said. "We wanted to bring in a guy who would help us now. A high-impact guy."

Reports from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press were used in this story.
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Postby wrveres » Sat Jul 12, 2003 7:51 am

Well I know this much, and there has only been minimal talk here on these boards about it. But, The Braves, Marlins and Phillies can't all make the playoffs. Same goes in the west.
The way I see it ..
Giants, D' Backs from the west, way too much pitching.
only one from the central, probably STL.
That leaves who from the east?
I am pulling for the Phish. I want to see the Braves finally miss the playoffs, and time for the Phillies to start rebuilding again. With a new manager of course.

C'mon join Willis/Beckett phish express. Call it a bandwagon. I don't care. NO ATL. ;-D
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Postby Super GM » Sat Jul 12, 2003 9:13 am

wrveres wrote:C'mon join Willis/Beckett phish express. Call it a bandwagon. I don't care. NO ATL. ;-D


No ATL, huh? That's not gonna happen any time soon! :-)
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Postby wrveres » Sat Jul 12, 2003 9:44 am

Super GM wrote:
wrveres wrote:C'mon join Willis/Beckett phish express. Call it a bandwagon. I don't care. NO ATL. ;-D


No ATL, huh? That's not gonna happen any time soon! :-)


You know what I hate the most, that stupid "Tomahawk Chant", uggggggghh.. Arrrrggggh .. makes me grit my teeth thinking about it.
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Postby blankman » Sat Jul 12, 2003 9:48 am

wrveres wrote:You know what I hate the most, that stupid "Tomahawk Chant", uggggggghh.. Arrrrggggh .. makes me grit my teeth thinking about it.


I know what you mean. Its probably the dumbest cheer in baseball. :-t
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Postby Super GM » Sat Jul 12, 2003 10:04 am

Oh c'mon!!! Y'all don't like the "Tomohawk Chop"??? B-) What do the Yanks and Padres do then? :-D
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Postby wrveres » Sat Jul 12, 2003 10:08 am

Super GM wrote:Oh c'mon!!! Y'all don't like the "Tomohawk Chop"??? B-) What do the Yanks and Padres do then? :-D

Hmm.. Well we watch the game, and we even show up to the game, especially when it is a playoff game. :-)
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Postby Super GM » Sat Jul 12, 2003 10:11 am

When was the last time the Padres went to the playoffs?? I think it was 1998 against the Braves....Could that be?
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Postby Guest » Sat Jul 12, 2003 11:05 am

Super GM wrote:When was the last time the Padres went to the playoffs?? I think it was 1998 against the Braves....Could that be?



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Postby chinch sacs » Sat Jul 12, 2003 12:25 pm

wait, did he say that Padres fans show up for games? have you seen the attendance at that park? looks like Montreal...
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