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Albert Pujols Injures Wrist: Mega Contract Now in Jeopardy?

Skip Schumaker ended more than three hours of Father’s Day suspense for 41,660 fans with a one-out, ninth-inning home run to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the geographic rival Kansas City Royals. While the Cardinals won the game avoiding their eighth loss in nine games, there was certainly a dark cloud over Busch Stadium as RedBird fans left the field.

Cardinals three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols was injured on the field Sunday afternoon after an ugly collision with Royals third baseman Wilson Betemit leading off the sixth inning. Pujols hurt his left wrist and shoulder and was seen leaving the stadium in a heavy brace to immobilize his wrist. Pujols will have an MRI exam and X-ray Monday morning.

Cardinals’ fans have to be thinking, “I hope he’s not out for long.”

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

Albert has to be thinking, “Crap, there goes my A-Rod contract!”

I’m not going to say I told you so (although I just did) but when ballplayers turn down tens of millions for more money, they run the risk that while they are trying to get more money, they could get hurt. If they are hurt serious enough, they could get less money than they were offered to begin with, or if they are hurt really bad, they may end up with nothing at all.

I’m not saying that Albert is wrong for trying to get more money from the Cardinals than they were offering, but this is a perfect example of what can happen. If for whatever reason Albert Pujols is never the same again, he’ll always regret not just taking a paltry $200 million for 7 years…… 

80-Year Old Jack McKeon Looks to Pick up the Pieces in Florida

Yesterday I spoke about the fact Edwin Rodriguez resigning as manager of the Florida Marlins was a cowardly act, and today, after a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays (that’s now 18 losses in their last 19 games), the Marlins are faced with finding a replacement.

To no one’s surprise, multiple sources are reporting that the Marlins are likely to name Jack McKeon as their interim manager within the next 24 hours. McKeon, who guided the team to the 2003 World Series title is 80 years old and according to STATS LLC, would become the second-oldest manager in major league history following only 87-year old Connie Mack during his final season with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950.

Time Brings Back Phil Hughes’ Arm From the Dead

In rehab start Sunday against the Brooklyn Cyclones, Phil Hughes took a major step back to getting his career on track and also helping the New York Yankees as he went 4-1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts. Hughes reportedly threw the ball between 89-95 mph. In his previous appearance in Tampa on Tuesday, Hughes was reported to have thrown 91-93 mph.

After the game Hughes said he plans to start for Double-A Trenton in five days and is looking forward to proving to the Yankees, as well as himself, that he’s capable of getting back to the Bronx very soon.

Random Musings

Jonathon Niese had a rough outing Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, lasting only 4 innings giving up 8 hits and 4 earned runs but large part he’s pitched very well this year for a surprisingly effective New York Mets starting pitching staff to date. Niese sat down with our Scott Engel this weekend to talk some Mets baseball.

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