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Deserting the Desert

by Kenny Ducey

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The 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks were destined to be in the thick of the NL pennant race come late August. They brought back their core from 2013, when they finished 2nd in the NL West to the 92-win Dodgers, and came nine games from a Wild Card spot. They had a budding ace in Patrick Corbin, who was only going to help a pitching staff with a respectable 3.92 ERA a season ago improve. They added Bronson Arroyo in the offseason, fresh off a 14-win campaign in Cincinnati. They had the healthy mix of established veterans and rising youngsters that seems to be the winning formula these days.

Hunter Mahan Wins a Wild One at The Barclays

by Drew Casey

Brendan Bowers: WFUV Sports

Wow. Let me start with that. What a crazy one at the final day of the first round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in Paramus, N.J. In the end, Hunter Mahan emerged as the winner at Ridgewood Country Club. Mahan fired a stellar six under-par 65 and won the tournament by two strokes over Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale, and Jason Day. To top it all off, Mahan's wife and daughter flew in today in hopes that he would win and the first place trophy was broken during the post-victory festivities. 

Hank Gola Joins One on One

by Drew Casey

Kenny Ducey : WFUV Sports

Hank Gola of the New York Daily News joins Kenny Ducey and Drew Casey on this week's One on One on site at the Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey. Hank dishes on Rory McIlroy, the first three rounds so far, and previews Sunday's action.

To hear the entire interview, click the link below or download the podcast on iTunes.

One on One Sits Down with Peter Mele

by Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

Peter Mele, executive director of the PGA Tour, joined Kenny Ducey and Drew Casey to give us insight into what goes on behind the scenes. From describing what the tour did differently this year to previewing what lies ahead in this tournament, Mele provided a different view than the fans get to see. To hear the entire interview, click the link below or download the podcast. 

Life in the Minors Chapter 10: The All Star Experience

by Drew Casey

Brendan Bowers: WFUV Sports

For the fourteenth consecutive year, WFUV talks to the members of the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees in the New York Single-A Penn League about the trials and tribulations of being minor league ballplayers. The long bus rides, the low pay, 76 games in 80 days. This is a look into Life in the Minors: How the Other Half Lives.

An Epidemic of Arm Injuries from Little League to Major League Baseball

by Kris Venezia
MLB Pitcher.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had a great rookie season last year and that might be an understatement.

The Cuban athlete was selected for the National League All-Star team, won the NL Rookie of the Year Award, and struck out almost 200 hitters, but this season hasn’t gone as planned for the 22 year-old.

Fernandez suffered an arm injury in early May that needed Tommy John surgery, and he won’t pitch again until next season.

Liberty Report 8/17: The Value of Two Points

by Sam Torres Jr

Sam Torres Jr. : WFUV Sports 

3-10 and 12-9. Those are the two New York Liberty records before and after thirteen regular season games. The Liberty have been gradually improving all year, so it must not come as much of a surprise that they defeated the Indiana Fever Sunday night 73-61 in their season finale after losing 76-63 to the same team three nights prior.

Life in the Minors: Chapter 9 - Coaching in the Minors

by Drew Casey

Anthony Pucik : WFUV Sports 

For the fourteenth consecutive year, WFUV talks to the members of the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees in the New York Single-A Penn League about the trials and tribulations of being minor league ballplayers. The long bus rides, the low pay, 76 games in 80 days. This is a look into Life in the Minors: How the Other Half Lives.

This weekDrew Casey and Brendan Bowers discuss coaching in the minors.