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  • White Sox legend Billy Pierce dies at 88

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago

    Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who spent the prime of his career with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gallbladder cancer. 

    Pierce spent 18 season in the majors, debuting with the Detroit Tigers on June 1, 1945. He appeared in five games for Detroit that season and 22 games in 1948 before being dealt to the White Sox during the offseason. That's when Pierce's career would begin to flourish.

    In 13 seasons with Chicago, Pierce made at least 32 starts and posted an ERA under 4.00 every year. During that stretch, Pierce was named starting pitcher for the American League All-Star team three times, including 1955 when he posted a career-best 1.97 ERA and league best 200 ERA+. He also appeared in one World Series for Chicago while accumulating 186 of his 211 career victories.

    Pierce's uniform No. 19 was retired by the White Sox in 1987. The team has also honored him with a statue on the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

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  • Padres didn't sell at trade deadline, still see themselves as contenders

    Israel Fehr at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

    For all the big moves we saw Friday and in the week leading up to the trade deadline, one of the biggest surprises is that the San Diego Padres didn't make any.

    The potential was there for them to pull of a handful of trades. Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, James Shields, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit and Will Venable were all mentioned in rumors recently but the deadline has come and gone and they all remain in San Diego. At least for now, anyway.

    It's not only that San Diego decided not sell, they even went out Friday and acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from Cleveland for reserve outfielder Abraham Almonte to solidify their bullpen.

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    General manager A.J. Preller was famously active this offseason, overhauling the Padres' roster and putting together a team he thought was capable of winning the World Series.

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