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  • Trade deadline: Here we go, baby! July 19, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Tuesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. It used to be July 31 at 4 p.m., but the Commissioner’s Office now sets the deadline for any date between July 28 and August 3 in an effort to avoid conflicting with games; which sounds reasonable.…
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  • Not the game; we’re talking about practice … July 16, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports The Major League All-Star Game is tonight and that used to be a red-letter day for baseball fans, going all the way back to the time the annual MIdsummer Classic was played in the afternoon. Of course, in those days every meaningful baseball game was played during the afternoons, and…
    cheyenne
  • Break comes to right place at right time July 15, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports It’s the All-Star break, the much-needed All-Star break for some teams, with the Baltimore Orioles being at the top of the list of teams that can use a rest and a reset the most. The Orioles have had three days off in the last 70 days, facing most of the…
    cheyenne
  • Ravens Mount Rushmore or less July 12, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports First of all, isn’t the Washington-Jefferson-Roosevelt-Lincoln Mount Rushmore good enough? Why must we be so pee-wee football, “Well, the big kids have it so it’s not fair for the little kids not to have it” as a society? The participation trophy mindset remains a pox on us all. That said,…
    cheyenne
  • It’s all up to the Pirates’ greedy owner July 10, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports Depressing news out of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, though clearly not surprising since it involves Pirates owner Bob Nutting. According to John Perrotto of Pittsburgh Baseball Now, members of the Pirates front office remain “furious” over comments Nutting made in late June when he made it sound as though the Pirates…
    cheyenne
  • Ravens again look showroom new … and? July 9, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports With the Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, baseball’s postseason races must be heating up and the All-Star break must be coming next week. Not only that, NFL training camps must be just around the corner. All true, and who could want more, right? The Baltimore Ravens, the best…
    cheyenne
  • Oakland knows the short end the best July 8, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports When Charles O. Finley announced in 1968 he was moving the Kansas City Athletics to Oakland, Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri, from the floor of the U.S. Senate, blasted the maverick A’s owner, who in just eight years as owner of the team had threatened to move it to Louisville,…
    cheyenne
  • Sunday Night Baseball? Not so much July 2, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports The only thing worse than Sunday Night Baseball in general is your favorite team playing on Sunday Night Baseball. Because then you have to watch it on ESPN. ESPN used to be the network baseball standard (Fox easily is now), beginning with Baseball Tonight every night; and it used to…
    cheyenne
  • Halfway home, will the future be now? July 1, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports Just a few games over the halfway mark of the Major League Baseball regular season, let’s take a look at the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. Truthfully, all three teams are having good seasons in the context of what’s been expected of them and by what’s happened to…
    cheyenne
  • Terps-Hoyas: As it was; as it should be June 27, 2024
    MIKE BURKE Allegany Communications Sports Maryland and Georgetown will finally play each other again. In basketball. Men’s basketball. The schools announced Tuesday in separate (naturally) news releases that they had committed to a four-game series that will alternate each season between Xfinity Center and Capital One Arena. Maryland will host during the 2025-26 and 2027-28…
    cheyenne