Chibba Lotte Marines win Japan Series crown

3 Comments

Bailey Stephens of MLB.com has an update from our baseball friends overseas.

The Chibba Lotte Marines defeated the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 on Sunday to win the Japan Series — a series that featured the longest game in the league’s history.

The Marines and Dragons battled to a 2-2 tie* after six hours and 43 minutes in Game 6 Saturday.

That led to Sunday’s decisive Game 7, whenYoshifumi Okada knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI triple in the top of the 12th to lead the Marines to the club’s first Japan Series title since 2005.  Current ESPN analyst and active managerial candidate Bobby Valentine was that 2005 team’s manager.

The Marines finished third place in the Pacific League regular season standings, but had a Giants-like run through the playoffs.

*Bud Selig was not spotted in the stands.  No word yet on whether he called for the cease in action from another locale.

St Louis Cards announcer McLaughlin arrested on DWI charge

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
0 Comments

ST. LOUIS – Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin was charged Monday as a persistent offender of driving while intoxicated, a day after he was arrested in suburban St. Louis.

Bond was set at $25,000, the Creve Coeur Police Department said.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment,” the Cardinals and Bally Sports said in a statement.

The 48-year-old McLaughlin has been a Cardinals broadcaster for more than two decades. He has also done NFL games for Fox.

Police said McLaughlin was stopped Sunday and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.