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Monday, August 20, 2007

MLB misc.

First, an article about an interesting contract agreement between the Nationals and one of their high draft picks Jack McGeary. McGeary wanted to go to Stanford, but the Nationals wanted him to sign with them, so they worked out a deal. McGeary can go to school and work on his conditioning, and then when school's out he'll pitch in the minors. So both sides get what they wanted, the best of both worlds. Here's the article:

Here's an article about Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, a Christian, helping out his wife as much as he can when he's home with his baby son, who is recovering from surgery. Here's the article:

Next, an article about Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez and how his hitting has improved of late. Here's a quote about him:

A sore right front shoulder that deprived him of power and a batting stroke that had developed some mechanical flaws tested Ibanez throughout July. As a deeply religious person, Ibanez relied on his faith, head trainer Rick Griffin's superb medical staff and patience from his manager and hitting coach to work his way out of his hitting funk.

"I think the lack of home runs might have gotten to him," [Mariners manager John] McLaren said. "We know he has power, and we also know why he wasn't hitting for power -- his shoulder. It wasn't something that kept him from playing, but Raul just wasn't himself.

"He is such a professional and character guy, he never complained or used [his sore shoulder] as an excuse."

Here's the article:

Here's an article about Brewers outfielder Gabe Gross, a Christian, returning to the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville:

Also, an article about Braves 1st baseman Julio Franco, a Christian, reporting to play for a week or so with the Single-A Rome (Georgia) Braves and how much his new teammates wanted to learn from him. Franco will be returning to Atlanta by September 1st. Here's the article:

Lastly, an article about Padres catcher Michael Barrett, a Christian, still recovering from concussion-like symptons that resulted from getting hit in the head twice in a week's time:

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