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Big Names Calling It Quits After 2016 Season

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The 2016 MLB season has been full of surprises and they may keep coming until the season is over. After the season is over some familiar faces will be leaving the game and the league will look much different without these players. These players will be remembered for the incredible athleticism they showed every time they stepped on a field.

These players have showed their teammates what it truly means to be a professional because of their individual work ethics. Although these players were not the only big names on their teams, they did make a significant difference on their teams and helped their team’s chemistry.

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder was one of the most exciting players to watch because of the power of his swing. Fielder made a name for himself when he started his career in 2005 on the Milwaukee Brewers. It would only take him 2 years to become one of baseball’s most dangerous homerun threats.

In 2007 he would finish his season with a career high 50 homeruns. Due to a spinal injury Fielder was forced to retire from baseball before this season ends because he is physically unable to play. He will finish his career with 319 homeruns the same number his father Cecil Fielder.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez will be finishing up his career on the Yankees on Friday. In his last game he will not be taking the field because his request to play third base was denied by manager Joe Girardi. Clearly the Yankees management has had enough of his lack of production even on his way out.

The Yankees have not given up on this season and they made that clear in their decision to not play Rodriguez on Friday. Rodriguez will go down as one of the best homerun hitter in history with just under 700 homeruns. It is in his best interest to retire right now because they Yankees are ready to move on and start fresh with their prospects.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira will be calling it a career after the season is over. Teixeira has always been a reliable player, but his health would often play a role in his production on the field. He has had several injuries with his legs over the past few seasons, and that has given him extended time on the DL.

He knew it was time to leave the game although he is only 36. He has made plenty of game changing plays at first base with his quick moves to snag a ball out of the air and get an out. He will finish his career with just over 400 home runs.

These players made fantastic plays during their younger years, and even during their later years. Those highlights will always be a reminder of how great they made their teams. These players may have a shot at getting into the hall of fame, and they did all that they could to put their names in for consideration. They gave it all they had and more and they may not walk off as champions, but they will leave the game as some of the greats.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith

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The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.


“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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