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Cristian Nazario-Cruz Deserves To Be An All-Star

One of the few certainties in life is that every All-Star team will have a few deserving players omitted. This year’s Empire League All-Star selection committee did an outstanding job identifying the players who have performed at a level worthy of celebration. But, of course, this article would not have been published were it not for the one man who will not be recognized this Sunday in Plattsburgh. The absence of Cristian Nazario-Cruz is my only issue with this year’s roster. Nazario-Cruz finished the first half with a .417 On…

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Empire League Home Run Derby Odds

1. Mike Davis (West) ~ 8/5 (+160) 2. J.J Bissell (West) ~ 2/1(+200) 3. Samuel Carter (East) ~ 5/2 (+250) 4. Dioni Rodriguez (West) ~ 4/1 (+400) 5. Gevon Jackson (West) ~ 9/2 (+450) 6. Johnny Cole (East) ~ 6/1 (+600) 7. Luc Pomales (East) ~ 9/1 (+900) 8. D’Aundray Van Slyke (East) ~ 19/2 (+950) 9. Kevin Putkonen (West) ~ 11/1 (+1100) 10. Brian Brademan (East) ~ 12/1 (+1200) 11. Matt Martinez (West) ~ 16/1 (+1600) 12. Luis Touron (East) ~ 18/1 (+1800) The most noteworthy aspect of the…

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Magic Number: 3

The ‘Birds dropped both ends of today’s double header. The loan bright spot came after the game when Raul Shah was seen walking unassisted after leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury. Shah is currently the leading All-Star vote getter amount infielders. With just five games remaining in the first half of the Empire League’s regular season the Redbirds magic number has dwindled down to just three games. The first half crown would guarantee the Redbirds a berth in the Empire League Championship Series at the end of August….

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Redbirds Drop First Half Of Twin Bill

It was down to the wire at Chip Cummings as the ‘Birds dropped Game 1 of our scheduled double header 1-0. Matthias Layva, who was just activated this morning, was able to get into the 5th inning with only one run allowed, but that’s all the Islanders would need. Eddie Malone had two of the four ‘Birds hits while Kenny Collins and Raul Shah each added one of their own. They did not have a runner reach second base until the 6th inning. The series finale starts in less than…

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‘Birds Win The Day Behind Big Arms

Wendell Floranus was as brilliant as advertised. He coasted through all seven innings without allowing a run while only surrendering two hits. Daniel Roeser drove in two of the Bird’s five runs. Johnny Cole smashed three hits and newly acquired Eddie Malone added two hits of his own, including a ringing double off the left field fence. As the Birds continue to inch toward the first-half crown and a guaranteed spot in the championship series, one can only have hope in their power pitching rotation. Nuñez, Doxter, and Floranus would…

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Doxter Shows Why He Is League’s Top Prospect

Matti Doxter threw all seven innings in a dominating performance where he gave up just three hits and struck out ten. Doxter was thoroughly in command all afternoon and it made the late 2-1 lead feel safe and secure. The Redbirds runs came in odd fashion. The first was on a 1st inning infield pop up that was lost in the sun, thus registering as an RBI single for Raul Shah. The second run came on an errant pickoff throw in the 6th. The tenth ranked prospect by Ahead of…

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The Birds Are Back On Track Thanks To A Big Effort From Nuñez

The rain held up and the sunshine came out in Plattsburgh – I’m not just talking about the weather. Without spending too much time boasting about my forecasting ability, Dimitri Nuñez was dazzling once again! The lefty struck out eight and only walked one while scattering seven hits through 8.1 innings of work. It was a symmetrical effort for the Birds in the RBI category. Tarik El-Abour broke things open early with a two-run single, newly acquired d’Aundray Van Slyke added a two-run single of his own and Josh Martinez…

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How Boxing Has Failed Floyd Mayweather

Everyone is already aware that the golden age of boxing is long behind us. The iconic men who once carried the sport to new heights are now ghosts along with the nearly extinct mainstream dynamic that once warranted weekly national television broadcasts. Today boxing has become the ugly stepsister of American sports and one must only view the career of Floyd Mayweather Jr. to confirm this reality. The narrative is especially sad because, the truth is, Mayweather is not the problem with the sport. Unfortunately, Mayweather is one of the…

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Dimitri Nuñez Is On The Hill Tomorrow

Even the best teams go through rough patches and the Redbirds are currently battling those choppy seas. The Game 2 loss in today’s doubleheader marked the third consecutive for the Birds and it didn’t help that their offense could only muster two hits in the contest. Despite the skid, there are still bright spots including a line-drive single through the middle by Kenny Collins. The other positive from the day was that both new Redbirds acquisitions seem to promise productivity. Outfielder d’Aundray Van Slyke added the second base hit for…

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Redbirds Fall Despite Strong Outing From Hall

The Redbirds dropped Game 1 of the scheduled twin bill but it wasn’t for lack of pitching from starter Scott Hall. Hall, the 39th ranked Empire League prospect by Ahead of the Spread’s staff, was perfect through four. The big righty was on a roll but he was removed in the 6th with one out and a man on second. The move turned out to spell doom for the Birds who’s bullpen ran into trouble which led to the eventual loss. Lifting Hall didn’t look good in hindsight but the…

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