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  • Woman, 105, Makes History at Petco Park, San Diego Padres First Pitch

    07/21/2014 7:14:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 | R. Stickney
    San Diego Padres and Petco Park welcomed Agnes McKee to celebrate her 105th birthday in a very special wayAgnes McKee's birthday celebration wasn't just a first for her. It was also a first for Major League Baseball. At 105, McKee threw out the first pitch before Sunday’s San Diego Padres game and became the oldest person ever to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. “I haven’t thrown a ball in years,” she said before the game. “I do Wii Bowling which we do like this,” she said gesturing. “So it’s the same thing.” “Other than that, nothing on this scale...
  • Billy Bean hired by MLB as Ambassador For Inclusion,will lead gay inclusion program

    07/16/2014 5:22:11 AM PDT · by massmike · 47 replies ^ | 07/16/2014 | Cyd Zeigler
    Major League Baseball has hired openly gay former ballplayer Billy Bean as their new Ambassador For Inclusion. Bean's job will be to assure all MLB stakeholders of an inclusive and equitable workplace and provide awareness and educational resources that help mandate the league's workplace code of conduct. "It's ironic that I am returning to baseball to help erase the same reason I left," Bean told Outsports in an exclusive interview. Bean left baseball in 1995 shortly after his then-partner passed away. Bean skipped his partner's funeral to play in a game for the Padres, lest someone discover he was gay.
  • MLB to honour gay pioneer Glenn Burke at all-star game

    07/15/2014 9:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 15, 2014 | Amanda Holpuch in New York
    Burke, who came out to team-mates in the 1970s and to the public in 1982, died of AIDS in 1995 aged just 42.More than two decades after Glenn Burke abruptly retired from Major League Baseball, the former LA Dodgers outfielder will be honored at Tuesday night’s all-star game as one of the few professional athletes to have come out. Burke's four-and-a-half year career is remembered for his charismatic attitude and the pressures he faced as a gay athlete in the late 1970s. Burke, who played for the Dodgers and the Oakland A's, was the first professional ball player to come...

    07/15/2014 7:05:46 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 51 replies
    July 15, 2014 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    All right, where's Vin Scully? He's the most iconic baseball announcer in the game's history, but has obviously been snubbed by the East coast liberal establishment. Where did Scully's career begin? With the Brooklyn Dodgers, but that STILL doesn't buy him a seat with the terrible announcers from back East at THIS All Star game. This is an outrage!
  • Giants Consider Ban on "Culturally Insensitive" Clothing at AT&T Park

    07/11/2014 11:25:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    NBC Gay Area ^ | 7-11-14 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The San Francisco Giants are considering a new dress code for fans, which may include a ban on fake Native American headdresses and other “culturally insensitive” clothing. The proposal for a new dress code comes after two Native Americans were detained during a Giants game last month after asking a fan to remove a headdress they found disrespectful. If approved, the new policy could be a first for a major-league sports franchise,
  • Remembering Ruth's big league debut 100 years ago

    07/11/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies ^ | 07/11/2014 | Anthony Castrovince
    The train traveled overnight, carrying him from his roots to his calling. This was not a trip Babe Ruth planned, expected or even hoped to make. He was comfortable in his native Baltimore, still in awe of his surroundings after his exodus from an orphanage and reform school, still content pitching and pounding out home runs for a first-place Orioles team in the International League. But that team was sagging in attendance and bleeding money, and it had shipped three of its better assets -- Ruth, Ben Egan and Ernie Shore -- to the American League, to Boston, to recoup...
  • Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84

    07/10/2014 10:16:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bruce Weber
    Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84. The cause was an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke, his son, Timothy, said. In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and later, after a trade, with the Cincinnati Reds. Published the next year as "The Long Season," it was a new kind of...
  • Giants consider ban on ‘culturally inappropriate’ attire

    07/10/2014 12:52:36 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 29 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, July 9 at 9:07pm | Kale Williams
    The [San Francisco] Giants are contemplating a new kind of dress code at AT&T Park, one that could keep certain types of politically incorrect gear out of the stadium. The proposal stems from a brouhaha that arose after a fan, who appeared to be Caucasian, donned a headdress at Native American Heritage Night. The fan was approached by two Native Americans who asked for the headdress and then refused to give it back, according to a report from USA Today.
  • The Origin of the Little League Baseball® World Series [75 years of Little League]

    07/09/2014 5:52:11 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    The Origin of the Little League Baseball® World Series Since its inception, Little League® has shown to be a microcosm of society, reflecting cultural and historical trends. In 75 years, the “idea” of Little League, devised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by Founder Carl E. Stotz in 1938, with its first season in 1939; has rewarded players, families, volunteers and communities with impactful life lessons centered around the games of baseball and softball. Understandably, the idea took some time to resonate. By 1946, there were only 12 leagues patterned after Mr. Stotz’s model. In 1947, Mr. Stotz and the first local Little...
  • Pete Rose Awaits His Return, 25 Years Into Exile

    07/07/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2014 | TYLER KEPNER
    Pete Rose has a vision. Someday his career hits record will be tied, and he will respond with one final turn at bat. He will roll a single up the middle and crawl to first base for No. 4,257, reclaiming his title as Hit King. Rose related this fanciful dream on the phone the other day, at the end of a lively conversation. The problem with the story, obviously, is that he is 73 years old and has been barred from baseball since 1989. But there has to be a better ending out there, somehow. Life is good for Rose....
  • Baseball All-Star voting ends tonight, post your choices

    Voting for the starting position players for the MLB All-Star game ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). The final rosters will have 34 players on a side, with all teams being represented. Factors I weigh in making my choices (in descending order): 1) How the guy is doing this year. 2) How he did last year. 3) How he did the last two or three years. 4) The guy's whole career. Here then are my choices, starters listed first, followed by backups: NATIONAL LEAGUE C: Lucroy, Molina, Posey 1B: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Rizzo, Morneau 2B: Utley, Murphy SS: Tulowitzki, Ramirez 3B:...
  • Belgium World Cup match draws more U.S. viewers than World Series

    07/03/2014 12:04:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 51 replies ^ | Jul 2, 2014 | Reuters
    The more than 22 million watching on Tuesday beat the number of viewers - some 19 million - who tuned in to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series last year.
  • Police: Pizza Delivery Man Beaten Badly in Possible 'Knockout Game'

    07/01/2014 6:07:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WWLTV ^ | July 1, 2014
    A pizza delivery driver was severely beaten with a baseball bat while making a delivery Tuesday morning in the former B.W. Cooper housing project, according to the NOPD. The driver got out of the car in the 1300 block of South Prieur Street around 2 a.m. After asking a man waiting outside if he placed the order, the driver was beaten with a baseball bat. Nothing was taken, which has authorities wondering if the incident was a pizza delivery version of the ‘knockout game.’ The victim had to have staples put into his head and Domino’s has said it won’t...
  • Nationals-Cubs Preview (Double Header Today Because Of "Pride" Parade Tomorrow)

    06/28/2014 5:36:41 AM PDT · by raybbr · 11 replies
    Yahoo.Sports ^ | 6/28/2014 | PAUL DIGIACOMO
    The first scheduled doubleheader at Wrigley Field in 31 years will take place Saturday, and the Chicago Cubs will be facing the same franchise that they did then. Chicago's game scheduled for Sunday against the Washington Nationals was moved to Saturday as part of a day-night doubleheader after an offseason request by Alderman Tom Tunney, who was concerned about neighborhood traffic and congestion in connection with the city's annual Pride Parade. It is the first scheduled twinbill at Wrigley since July 4, 1983, against the Montreal Expos, who moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals. It will also...
  • Tim Lincecum Throws No-Hitter vs. Padres. . . Again

    06/25/2014 6:57:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
    He's done it again. For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has pitched a no-hitter against the weak-hitting San Diego Padres. Lincecum (6-5) allowed just one base runner: a second-inning walk of Chase Headley. He struck out six on 113 total pitches, using a big-breaking curve to set up his fastball. He also added two hits at the plate and scored two runs. The Giants won the game 4-0. Lincecum threw his other career no-hitter last July, also against the Padres. In last year's no-hitter, he walked four and struck out 13 on 148 pitches. The...
  • Why Non-Baseball Fans Should Love Tony Gwynn

    06/22/2014 4:37:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 22, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    The world lost not only one of the greatest baseball players of all-time this week, but one of the finest representatives for baseball, sports and humans of all kinds. The death of this wonderful man at the early age of 54-years-old was a loss for all of us. My first awareness of Tony Gwynn came early as he followed me by just one year after I graduated from San Diego State University. Fascinatingly, he came to the Aztecs as a highly-heralded basketball point guard and did not even play baseball at SDSU his first year. He became such a...
  • Baseball's Shrinking Gap Between Worst and First

    06/21/2014 5:07:02 AM PDT · by foreverfree · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/19/14 | Brian Costa
    A league that was once divided between the haves and the have-nots has become the united realm of the mediocre. Twenty teams have won between 45% and 55% of their games, nearly double the number that fell within that range at this point in 2013. And if the sport's hierarchy seems clear, try waiting a week. It may change.
  • Clayton Kershaw Pitches No-Hitter

    06/18/2014 10:15:35 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 34 replies ^ | June 18, 2014 | Eric Stephen
    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw pitched the game of his life on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, pitching a no-hitter to beat the Rockies 8-0 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out a career-high 15 batters in the effort and walked none. The only batter to reach base all night was Corey Dickerson, who reached on a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez to open the seventh inning.
  • Bear Crashes Alaska Baseball Game [VIDEO]

    A baseball-loving bear stopped by an American Legion baseball game in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday.An actual Bad News Bear interrupted an American Legion baseball game in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday. Local Larry Johansen was filming the 5th inning of a game between West Post 1 and Juneau Post 25 when players spotted a large black bear walking along the outside of the fence. A caption to the YouTube video notes that officials halted the game until they "were sure what the bear's intentions were." Luckily, the furry baseball fan passed by the field without incident.
  • No Mitt, No Problem: Fan Catches Home Run Holding Baby at Giants-Rockies Game

    06/16/2014 6:24:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/16 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Photographer Jeff Chiu took this amazing photograph of a fan catching a home run with his left hand while holding a baby at Sunday's Giants-Rockies game at AT&T Park. Aaron Hernandez Due in Court to Seek Dismissal of Charge The catch came during the third inning. The fan later walked away calmly as people cheered him on, both baby and ball safe in his hands. Here's a close up of the moment. Best Father's Day catch ever? Video at site.
  • RIP Tony Gwynn

    06/16/2014 11:01:07 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 12 replies
    Google News Compendium | June 16, 2004
    Ton Gwynn passed away. He was 54. San Diego Padre Hall of Famer. One of the best hitters in baseball history. He wa diagnosed with salivary cancer about 4 years ago.
  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

    06/16/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT · by Borges · 53 replies
    ESPN ^ | 6/16/2014
    Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died of cancer at age 54, it was announced Monday.
  • Padres legend Tony Gwynn dies at 54

    06/16/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | 6/16/14 |
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Padres confirm this morning that baseball legend Tony Gwynn has died. The 54-year-old has been battling oral cancer for four years and has been plagued with additional health issues over the past several months.
  • DiMaggio and Sinatra: The Feud Between Two Italian-American Pathbreakers

    06/13/2014 5:47:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 13, 2014 | Michael Beschloss
    In March 1949, Joe DiMaggio posed in Yankee Stadium, smiling, with another famous Italian-American of his era — each in his professional uniform — but their friendship would not endure. On the evening of Nov. 5, 1954, the Yankee Clipper and Frank Sinatra hastily got up from dinner with friends at the Villa Capri in Hollywood and drove to a little apartment house at Kilkea Drive and Waring Avenue. DiMaggio was being divorced by Marilyn Monroe, his wife of less than a year. A private investigator, Barney Ruditsky, had called to report that she was there with another man. When...
  • Don Mattingly has the worst job in baseball

    06/10/2014 1:34:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    SB Nation ^ | June 10, 2014 | Grant Brisbee
    You don't feel sorry for Don Mattingly. He manages a financial bully, and no one likes financial bullies in baseball. The Dodgers didn't just start spending more than every other team, they made a point to be proud of it and remind us every third day. They had a We're The New Yankees debutante ball, and everyone who attended got a gift bag with an iPad in it. There are 500 different baseball people you should feel sorry for before Mattingly. In this article, I will attempt to make you feel sorry for Don Mattingly.
  • Former Cy Young Award Winner Bob Welch Dies at 57

    06/10/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Bob Welch, a former Cy Young Award winner and the last Major League pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season, has passed away at the age of 57, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday. Welch, a two-time All-Star who posted a 27-6 record as the Cy Young Award winner on the Athletics' 1990 American League championship team, passed away in Seal Beach, Monday night. Cause of death was unavailable. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Welch," said A's President Michael Crowley. "He was a legendary pitcher who enjoyed many of his best seasons with...
  • Murder Victim's Rendition of National Anthem to Open Major League Baseball Game

    06/06/2014 9:28:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 06, 2014 | Eric ShawN
    Of the 2,430 Major League Baseball games this season that will open with the singing of the national anthem, one performance this weekend will carry a special emotional tribute and resonate with inspiration and faith. On Saturday night, when the New York Yankees take the field against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the familiar tune will be sung by 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood.
  • Baseball legend Don Zimmer dies

    06/04/2014 6:31:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    AP via ESPN News ^ | 6/4/2014 | AP
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83. Zimmer died Wednesday. He had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April.
  • Travel teams are eroding community baseball: Washington Post opinion

    06/01/2014 10:50:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-29-14 | David Mendell
    By David Mendell The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong throw to first base. Seeing the athletic play by my son, a burly fellow leaned against the chain-link fence. "You've got a nice little ballplayer there," the man, Mike Adams, told me. "You should think about getting him into a full-time travel program. The sooner, the better." I was a neophyte in the byzantine world of youth baseball, and Adams' husky voice carried the resonance of a father who had logged many hours behind caged dugouts. Yet I had to chuckle....
  • MLB Fans in Uproar Over Free-Pizza Promotion Gone Wrong

    05/28/2014 5:19:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 5/27 | Jimmy Traina
    Don't mess with sports fans when it comes to pizza. Especially free pizza. Major League Baseball and Domino's teamed up for a promotion to give away 20,000 free pizzas to people who have an account after the first and second no-hitters of the 2014 regular season.
  • Rapper 50 Cent threw out probably the worst first pitch ever

    05/28/2014 5:51:09 AM PDT · by fungoking · 40 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 5/27/14 | Mike Oz
    It's a good thing 50 Cent didn't hype up his first pitch at Tuesday's New York Mets game against the Pirates with a tagline like "Throw a Strike or Die Tryin'." If he had, he'd be dead. Instead, he's just embarrassed — and he's the new owner of the worst first pitch in history. We don't say that lightly. Baseball has given us some horrible first pitches over the years, but 50 Cent just took things to a new level of ridiculousness. Watch this thing. Oof. It's as bad as his catalog after "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." As bad...
  • Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game

    05/26/2014 12:42:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | May 26, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    Conrad Gregor sent a special thank you to his parents for making a five-hour drive to see him play baseball this weekend: He launched a home run that led his team to a comeback win — and his father caught the baseball after it soared over the right-field wall. "It's a little unbelievable," Gregor tells the Quad-City Times in Iowa, "but I'm glad my parents were here to see it and when I got back to the dugout, I heard he made a pretty good catch." The against-all-odds moment came at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park, where Gregor plays for...
  • EXCLUSIVE BREAKING ANALYSIS: Obama Still Can’t Throw a Baseball Correctly (VANITY)

    05/20/2014 4:48:04 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    Obama’s lack of basic motor skills was on display Monday evening at a Little League game in Washington, D.C. He looked like he was trying to shot put a hacky sack, or something. The Little Leaguers were not impressed, the Associated Press reports: Shocked parents reached for their smartphones to snap a quick photo, but not all of their kids were as impressed. Some held back, unsure of who Obama was, as their parents tried to lure them back onto the infield to join the president. “Daddy, let’s just play,” said one young boy, pulling his father by the hand.
  • Obama to pitch U.S. tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame (check out the photo at the link)

    05/22/2014 7:30:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a pitch for U.S. tourism at a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of his efforts to provide a boost for U.S. economic growth.
  • Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero's ear partially bitten off by teammate

    05/22/2014 7:08:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 20, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
    Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero was the victim Tuesday of a Mike Tyson-like ear chomp by triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo, according to Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras. Guerrero, a Cuban infielder who is in the first year of a four-year, $28-million contract, was scheduled to undergo plastic surgery to reattach the part of his ear that was bitten off by Olivo in a dugout altercation, Boras said.
  • (Obama Throws Like a Girl) Batter Up! Obama Pops in on Little League Game

    05/20/2014 7:09:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 19, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Batter up! Obama pops in on Little League game WASHINGTON (AP) — Put down the juice box and lace up your sneakers. President Barack Obama is pinch-hitting for Little League. The president paid a surprise visit Monday to Washington's Friendship Park, where a handful of teams were warming up for the big game. Stepping onto the field in a tie but no jacket, Obama shook hands with the players and posed for photos with each team. "What's going on people? How's it going?" the president said, before sidling up to a young girl whose arm was in a sling. "Hey,...
  • ‘Laughing sooo hard’: Obama again attempts to throw baseball as mockery heats up in bullpen

    05/20/2014 9:08:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    twitchy ^ | 5/20/14 | staff
    Yahoo News ✔ @YahooNews President Obama makes surprise visit to Little League teams warming up at DC park: Andrews Dad @Andrew_Dad Follow @YahooNews Hey you people comparing Obamas throwing ability to that of a girl, stop making fun of girls 4:21 PM - 19 May 2014 According to Mark Knoller, Jay Carney’s daughter was playing in a baseball game and President Obama stopped by on his way to a fundraiser (of course). Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller Follow Pres Obama drops by Little League game in DC on way to Dem fundraiser in Maryland. Daughter of @PressSec plays on...
  • New Renderings Released of Braves Stadium

    05/14/2014 4:52:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    The Atlanta Braves have released new drawings of their planned 41,000-plus seat Cobb County stadium. The images show a stadium with least four decks and a broad sun canopy with gathering places for fans. It also provides a glimpse of the design concepts behind the $400 million mixed-use complex planned to sit around the ballpark. “This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress,” said John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves. “The renderings represent the...
  • Baseball Solves The Problem of Batter Rushing the Mound Towards Pitcher Regarding Errant pitch

    05/12/2014 4:42:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    GooglePlus ^ | May 12, 2014 | Google Plus
  • Tommy Lasorda on V. Stiviano: "I hope she gets hit with a car"

    05/07/2014 9:45:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he's not surprised by his friend Donald Sterling's racist remarks. The former Dodgers manager tells West Palm Beach station WPBF after 30 years of friendship with Sterling, "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it." Lasorda also offered his thoughts on the woman Sterling was talking to on the tape, V. Stiviano, saying: "I don't wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car."(continued)
  • Watch rare video footage of the 1919 World Series (Black Sox)

    05/03/2014 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | May 1, 2014 | Matt Snyder
    For the baseball fan who loves history, this is pretty awesome. From Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection as well as Library and Archives Canada comes some actual video footage of the notorious 1919 World Series (or the "world's series" as it was known at the time) between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. It's difficult to tell what exactly in happening in several portions of the video and there is no audio, but that's not really what it's all about, is it? Check this out:British Canadian Pathé News, 81A: [1919 World Series excerpt]Great stuff. Seasoned baseball minds...
  • 1919 World Series video discovered [youtube link]

    05/03/2014 6:38:37 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-25-14 | n/a
    Direct link here: British Canadian footage of 1919 World Series
  • The MLB Local TV Announcer Rankings

    04/28/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | April 28, 2014 | Joe Lucia
    Over the last two weeks, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the majors. The polls were broken down division by division to gain the perspective of both fans and rivals for each broadcast team. The votes are in, and we weighted your grades on a four point scale for each broadcast crew and sorted them to determine who your favorite and least favorite broadcast teams were. Each “A” vote received 4 points, 3 points for a “B” vote, down to 0 points for an “F” vote. The total points scored were...
  • The greatest baseball interview ever

    04/27/2014 10:41:36 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    Sportsnet ^ | APRIL 16, 2014
    Munenori Kawasaki of the Toronto Blue Jays gives an interview.
  • Former NFL QB Earl Morrall dies

    04/25/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 39 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | news services
    MIAMI -- Earl Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died. He was 79.
  • Interactive map - A map of Baseball Nation [fans by zip code]

    04/24/2014 12:41:51 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 43 replies
    new york times ^ | 4-24-14 | n/a
    Cool, zoomable map.
  • Here’s How One Baseball Player Looked Like After Getting Hit In the Face With a 90 MPH Fastball

    04/21/2014 5:19:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 20, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    After taking a 90 mph fastball to the face during a Friday game, Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. showed off his injuries online this weekend — and they’re not pretty. The minor league center fielder was struck by the ball on the right side of his face during a game in Frisco, Texas. Miraculously he managed to walk off the field after sustaining the blow. MORE PICS AT LINK
  • Mets’ Minor League Team Is Hosting ‘Seinfeld’ Night, Complete With Puffy Shirts and Cereal

    04/17/2014 6:23:01 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 23 replies
    The Wrap ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jordan Zakarin
    Cereal eaters, terrible dancers, and latex salesmen will be especially welcome in Brooklyn in early July. Jerry Seinfeld wore his Mets fandom on his sleeve during the long run of his eponymous sitcom, and now, one of the team's minor league affiliates is returning the favor. Quite literally, in fact. The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ short season single A team based in Coney Island, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original airing of the “Seinfeld” pilot with a night filled with festivities about nothing, so to speak. On July 5, the team is transforming MCU Park into an arena...
  • A Different Take On Jackie Robinson

    04/16/2014 7:28:08 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 73 replies
    Yesterday wasn’t just tax day, it was the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. For those games not washed away by rain or snow, teams wore #42 jerseys in his honor. ESPN, as usual, used the anniversary to lament the dwindling number of black baseball players. The number of blacks playing major league baseball has gotten extremely low in recent years. It goes right along with a massive decrease in the number of black kids playing baseball and going to baseball games. In many ways the decrease in black interest...
  • Atlanta Braves accidentally set fire to American flag

    04/10/2014 2:36:35 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04-09-2014 | Houston Mitchell
    As a scheduled part of their home opener, the Atlanta Braves set off fireworks before their game against the New York Mets on Tuesday. As an unscheduled part of their home opener, the fireworks set fire to the American flag that flies above the Braves Vision video screen in center field. "It happened because of new pyrotechnics," Braves spokesperson Beth Marshall said. "For the first time, they put pyrotechnics on Braves Vision. One of the pyrotechnics flew at the flag and lit it on fire." Marshall added that the material of the flag is flame retardant, so it went out...