MLB notes: Diamondbacks manager lashes out at Ryan Braun

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches from the dugout during a 2011 game. (REUTERS/Jeff...

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches from the dugout during a 2011 game. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson offered sharp criticism of Ryan Braun in the wake of reports that the suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder would soon apologize for his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun played a key role in the Brewers defeating the Diamondbacks in their National League Division Series showdown in 2011. Gibson said he was recently discussing his career with his wife, Joanne, and she brought up Braun's impact on that playoff matchup two years ago.

“Her point was, she gets pissed off about the PED stuff and goes back to the playoffs and Braun,” Gibson said before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“I told her that if I get a chance to see Braun, I got a question for him, right to his face. Is he about rehearsed by now? About ready to come out? He’s probably been practicing at theater school somewhere. Anyway, she was looking at how things like that can influence people's opportunities and the opportunity to do something like that.”

The Diamondbacks lost the five-game series in which Braun hit .500 (9-for-18) with four doubles and a home run.

Gibson takes exception that Braun publicly denying in 2012 that he used PEDs before last month accepting a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball in the investigation of the south Florida Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

“I said this a long time ago: I think that people should have an opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed,” Gibson said. “Something tells me he’s getting really prepared for just about anything that they could throw at him.”

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SANDOVAL HIRES CHEF BRO

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, listed as weighing 240 pounds on MLB’s website, has shed some serious weight recently in large part due to the aid of an older sibling.

Sandoval’s 36-year-old brother, Luis, has become his personal chef. A culinary arts graduate, Luis helped Pablo, 27, lose 22 pounds over a six-week period, according to CSNBayArea.com.

“Everything healthy,” Pablo, the 2012 World Series MVP, said about his diet. “He goes with me everywhere.”

The Giants have never been fond of Pablo’s size, complaining about the bulky slugger’s figure since his rookie season in 2008.

Pablo’s weight has fluctuated over the past six years. Before the recent weight loss, however, he was considered by many to be the heaviest he’s ever been.

A free agent following the 2014 season, Pablo knows he cannot afford to regain the lost pounds.

“It’s going to be important for me to be in the same shape,” he said. “It’s important for me and for my teammates, too.”

In 105 games so far this year, Pablo has knocked out nine home runs, drove in 59 teammates, and sustained a .268 batting average.

FIELD OF DREAMS GETS TEAM

The ballpark immortalized by 1989 film “Field of Dreams” will house a minor league baseball team starting next season.

A franchise from the fledging Northern League, an independent baseball circuit set to debut in 2014, will call the famous ballpark home, according to KWWL.com.

The Field of Dreams park, which was built specifically for the film, is the focal point of Dyersville, Iowa’s All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

“(Local) communities have tried for a long time to bring professional baseball to the area, and I think landing here at the Field of Dreams is a perfect spot,” Jacque Rahe, executive director for the city’s economic development corporation, said.

The complex, currently under construction, will eventually feature 23 fields, plus the one used as the setting for the Kevin Costner flick.

Officials have plans of keeping the original field from the film as close to its original condition as possible. It will remain open to the public for tours.

Field of Dreams, the movie, turns 25 next year.


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