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  • World Series Ratings Off to Worst Start on Record

    10/23/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Variety ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rick Kissell
    The Kansas City Royals were a great story in baseball this year, but as a team with little star power that hails from a small market, their surprise run to face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series may not be resonating with more casual sports fans. Fox attracted a still-sizable audience to Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday — 12.2 million — but this left it tied with the 2012 Texas-San Francisco opener, which previously had been the smallest audience to kick things off. Last year’s World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red...
  • Take our poll: Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?

    10/18/2014 12:43:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 77 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 18, 2014
    No matter what you think of Pete Rose, you can't deny what an electric moment it was on September 11th, 1985, when Rose became baseball's all-time major league hit leader -- a record that still stands today. And yet, the debate over whether his cardinal sin -- gambling on baseball -- should keep him out of the Hall of Fame for life remains as fierce as ever, as correspondent Lee Cowan explains in a profile of Rose, to be aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" October 19... Take our poll! Do you feel Pete Rose should be inducted into the National...
  • One Picture Said It All

    10/16/2014 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It takes strength, patience, endurance, maybe a whole day or even more than one, to clear out a house. To be more specific, a house where someone you know has died. Someone close to you. An aged friend or relative, say, or even a father or mother after a long illness. Things pile up over the years. The clutter that time leaves behind has built up. And mixed with it there may be family treasures beyond price: the only portrait of an ancestor extant, or a lone photograph that somehow survived the chaos of a civil war, or the tattered...
  • World Series: It's the Royals VS Giants

    10/15/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by This Just In · 138 replies
    October 15, 2014 | This Just In
    Well, Freepers. We have the winners.
  • Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS

    10/15/2014 4:17:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 15, 2014 | BY ANDY MCCULLOUGH
    In the moments after the Royals won the pennant, after their 2-1 victory carried them to a sweep over the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, joy flowed like the fountains beyond this ballpark’s outfield fences. The last embers of afternoon sunshine still illuminated Kauffman Stadium. The voices of 40,468 revelers merged with a fireworks display. Greg Holland jumped into the arms of catcher Salvador Perez. Lorenzo Cain flung his glove skyward and skipped like a child. In the center of the diamond stood the Kansas City Royals, conquerors of the American League, ready to contend for their first...
  • Throwing Darwin a Curve

    10/14/2014 8:53:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 46 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 10-10-14 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
    Throwing Darwin a Curve by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * “The pitch cuts the inside corner of the plate for strike two.” That familiar sound is heard on radios around the world. In fact, some of the best pitchers in America are not Americans. Great pitching ability is not limited to ethnicity or geography, but rather to human beings alone. Great pitchers make it look so easy, and “practice makes perfect,” but it helps that the brain power necessary for control, neurological connections, and muscular arrangements for the human arm are exceedingly better than any system that exists on...
  • MLB picks umpires with dubious strike zones for ALCS and NLCS

    10/10/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | October 10, 2014 | David Brown
    Major League Baseball announced the 14 umpiring assignments for the League Championship Series round Thursday, and many of the boys in blue selected didn't have the best of seasons calling balls and strikes. According to rankings published by Bloomberg Businessweek, the crew chief for the ALCS, Joe West, was the second-least accurate umpire behind home plate during the 2014 season. By percentage of correct calls, West was 83rd out of 84 umpires who made at least 1,000 total calls. West was right 83.91 percent of the time. The best umpire who made at least 1,000 calls was Paul Schreiber at...
  • Kansas City council changes 'Baltimore Avenue' to 'Royals Avenue' in honor of ALCS

    10/10/2014 10:20:27 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 11 replies
    MLB.com ^ | 10/10/14 | Matt Monagan
    As you probably know, the Royals are taking on the Orioles in the ALCS this weekend. It's the first time in 29 years that Kansas City has been in this position and players, fans and local church groups are all very excited. But there was still one major issue going into Friday's Game 1: The city had a street named Baltimore Avenue. On Thursday, that issue was corrected: Yes, you can now drink "Moose Drool" on Royals Avenue while watching Friday's game. And hopefully Mayor Sly James is there because Sly James is the best mayor name in all the...
  • Rise of the Barbarians

    10/08/2014 11:44:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Friday night, a Huntington Beach man, 43, was walking back to his car after the Los Angeles Angels played the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series. Three men accosted him, and then proceeded to beat him senseless. He is currently in critical condition at a local hospital after police found him unconscious. I didn't find the story particularly shocking, given that I took my father and two younger sisters to the Angels-Royals game on Thursday night. Throngs packed the stadium -- the team announced the attendance at 43,321. We had bleacher seats, which sold for $68....
  • Baseball Crowd Shouts 'USA! USA!' at Ferguson Protestors

    10/07/2014 11:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 8, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Days after liberal-minded symphony attendees sat quietly while direct action protesters disrupted their evening out, red-blooded Americans attending a baseball game in St. Louis went toe to toe with Michael Brown’s defenders. There have been two Michael Brown demonstrations outside Busch Stadium since the shooting in August. Last month attorney/activist Eric Vickers indicated in a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig that upcoming playoff games in St. Louis have been identified as "protest targets." A few weeks ago, the stadium was the scene of a foiled demonstration. Organizers Sarah Griesbach and Elizabeth Vega, two middle-aged white women who...
  • Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters

    10/07/2014 9:26:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Kinja's Deadspin ^ | October 6, 2014 | Tom Ley
    This guy right here, the one with "I am Darren Wilson" taped onto the back of his Cardinals jersey—an homage to the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed teenager named Mike Brown to death in August—was at the Cardinals game last night. He, along with many other Cardinals fans, clashed with a small group of protesters who want to see Wilson prosecuted. The guy in the Darren Wilson jersey wasn't even the worst part. Here is a video of some of the protest from last night, via Argus Streaming News. It's rather long, so I'll point out some...
  • 2014 MLB Plàyoffs: Game #1 goes to the SF Giants , 10/3/14. 3-2 over Washington Senators

    10/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies
    1050 The Ticket - SF Bay Area ^ | 10/3/14 | Radio listener /Habitually
    Giants prevail in Game #1.. Comments? Senators get handed a message.. 2010 ... 2012 ... 2014??? Is SF on a roll .. Again?
  • {VANITY} 29 year drought ends tonight

    09/30/2014 4:43:47 PM PDT · by mykroar · 123 replies
    9/30/2014 | mykroar
    Go Royals!
  • Kansas City Police Hilariously Ask Citizens A Favor During Royals Game

    10/02/2014 6:46:55 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10/2/14 | Ron Dicker
    Cops can be fans, too. While the Kansas City Royals fought for their playoff lives Tuesday night in a 12-inning victory over the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Police had a teeny request for citizens.
  • The Perfect Baseball Day

    10/01/2014 12:36:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    "You just jinxed it, Dad." My youngest son, the world's greatest fan of the Washington Nationals, has lodged this indictment against me on multiple occasions. The scene of the crime is always the same: We are at Nationals Park. It is the third or fourth inning. A Nat's pitcher is mowing down opposing batters. "Strasburg has a no hitter going," I might say. My son will then roll his eyes and throw up his hands. "You just jinxed it, Dad." Or I might say: "Gio has not let a single batter reach base." That elicits a deep sigh from my...
  • Work Begins on Wrigley Field Renovation Project

    10/01/2014 8:55:42 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 29 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | September 30, 2014 | Anthony Ponce
    Construction on the $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project officially went into high gear Monday. The Chicago Cubs wasted zero time between the end of the baseball season last week and the start of construction. Over the next six months, workers will expand the bleachers in both outfields, push the stadium's footprint further onto both Waveland Avenue and Sheffield, and lay the foundation for seven new outfield signs along with a 2,400 square foot video scoreboard in right field. The Red and Purple parking lots will also be excavated to make room for underground players' locker rooms and lounges. Some...
  • Ron Gardenhire is out as Twins manager

    09/29/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    espn ^ | 9-29-14 | Derek Wetmore
    After 13 seasons, including six AL Central Division titles in a span of nine seasons, the Twins have parted ways with Gardenhire. The team lost 383 games in the past four season under Gardenhire, an average of more than 95 losses per season. The Twins confirmed that they will replace Gardenhire in 2015. The Twins said in the release that they will "immediately begin their search for a new manager, internally and externally." Gardenhire had one year remaining on his two-year extension signed last offseason. The rest of the coaching staff was retained at that time on one-year deals. The...
  • As Jeter steps off the stage the base-bile oozes out of those who don’t know how America works

    09/29/2014 10:15:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 42 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/29/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    For most of the last twenty years the rest of the Baseball world watched Derek Jeter and his team play in October. Yes time and the odds finally caught to the Yankees over the past few seasons and on a few occasions the tables have turned, but that was inevitable. Now Jeter is stepping away from baseball as one of the all-time greats of the game. He doesn’t sit on a tiny plateau at the top of baseball lore by default for being around a long time and being one of those who have besmirched and embarrassed baseball. He’s at...
  • Local host calls Derek Jeter 'a fraud' for 'Made in NY' ad

    09/20/2014 1:05:14 PM PDT · by Ronald_Magnus · 24 replies
    NESN ^ | Sep 20, 2014 | NESN
    Gatorade's new Derek Jeter commercial featuring the legendary shortstop walking to work and embracing New Yorkers seems to be getting positive reviews by everyone. Well, almost everyone. Chris Carlin, the co-host of SportsNet New York's "Loudmouths," isn't a big fan. Carlin called Jeter a "fraud" for doing the ad, saying that it's not reflective of who he actually is. He then called the rest of us "suckers" for buying into it. "It's that this has never been what Derek Jeter has been about," Carlin said. "He has been about the team — not me. He's never let us into his...
  • Ron Washington explains resignation (x-Rangers manager takes responsibility)

    09/19/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 11 replies
    ESPN ^ | 09/18/2014 | Calvin Watkins
    Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he resigned earlier this month because he was "not true to my wife." "I was not true to my wife, after 42 years," Washington said as his wife, Gerry, sat nearby during the news conference. "I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake and apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down. "... Today, I'm at a very low time in my life. I'm sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and...
  • Gatorade Made in New York ft. Derek Jeter

    09/18/2014 5:57:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/18/14
    Ahead of his final playing days, Derek Jeter soaks in the atmosphere on a walk in the Bronx.
  • Giancarlo Stanton's face - from his instagram

    09/16/2014 1:00:08 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    instagram ^ | 9-16-14 | G. Stanton
    This is what it looks like after you get hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball: "The Aftermath...Making huge progress!! Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery">
  • Frank Torre, older brother of ... Joe and former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, dead at 82

    09/13/2014 7:03:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bill Madden
    Frank Torre, older brother of Yankees Hall of Fame skipper Joe and former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, dead at 82 Though he was nine years older, Frank Torre, who broke into the majors with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956, served as a mentor to his younger brother growing up on Avenue T in Brooklyn, and later as a father figure after their parents split up.
  • Former Mets exec claims in suit she was fired for having baby out of wedlock

    09/10/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Newsday ^ | September 10, 2014 | JOHN RILEY
    A former senior executive for the New York Mets charged that she was "humiliated" and eventually fired by chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon for having a baby out of wedlock in a new lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. Leigh Castergine, who earned a six-figure salary as head of Mets Ticket Sales and Service Operations from 2010 to 2014, said that in one executive meeting she attended Wilpon brought up her pregnancy in a discussion of e-cigarette ads.
  • McClendon: MLB not reaching blacks

    09/07/2014 6:47:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 80 replies
    ESPN Dallas ^ | September 7, 2014 | Calvin Watkins
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday he's concerned about the lack of African-American players and managers in baseball. In the last few weeks, two African-American managers left the game in Houston's Bo Porter, who was fired, and on Friday, Texas' Ron Washington resigned, leaving McClendon as the only black man as a manager.
  • Vin Scully to cut back on his 2015 Dodgers broadcast schedule

    09/03/2014 8:49:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 3, 2014 | Bill Shaikin
    <p>Scully said he has decided to skip road games, at least early in the season. In addition to the Dodgers' home games, the 86-year-old Scully currently travels with the team to Anaheim, Arizona, San Diego and San Francisco.</p> <p>"I’m going to go to Anaheim for sure," Scully said Tuesday night. "But I’m going to try to cut back on nights on the road. I really want to spend more time at home."</p>
  • Phillies with combined no hitter in ninth

    09/01/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 69 replies
    1 out vs. Braves 2 outs
  • How Clayton Kershaw compares to the greatest pitchers in history

    08/26/2014 11:31:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    SB Nation ^ | August 26, 2014 | Marc Normandin
    Unless you don't know what baseball is or what its stats mean, you're aware that Clayton Kershaw is having an incredible season. That shouldn't be news to baseball fans, either; should Kershaw maintain his league-leading ERA, it would be the fourth year in a row he's claimed that title, and unless something changes radically this should be the third time in four years that he brings home a Cy Young Award, the sole exception having resulted in a second-place finish. All of these accomplishments have come before the lefty has turned 27 years old. That's clearly great without the benefit...
  • Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame already

    08/23/2014 11:08:25 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 137 replies
    cnn opinion ^ | aug 21st 2014 | Mike Downey
    By this point, you have made up your own mind, as so many of us have. You are from one of two camps. One is the "hasn't Pete suffered enough? The other is the "Pete got exactly what he deserved" I occupy the former.
  • Little League Final Four Set in 2014 LLWS

    08/22/2014 12:33:16 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 22, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    By virtue of their victories in Williamsport today, Tokyo Kitasuna Little League (LL) from Japan and Jackie Robinson West LL of Chicago, Illinois earned the right to move on to Saturdays final four match ups in the 2014 LLWS. Japan shook off a lead-off home run from their opponents to secure their spot with a 12-1 victory over Mexico's Guadalupe Linda Vista LL in the days early game. In the evening US semi-final, Chicago capitalized on mistake filled first inning and withstood a gritty rally by Philadelphia's Taney Youth Baseball Association LL to hold on for a 6-5 win. Today's...
  • Pete Rose: 'I've Been Led to Believe That America Is a Forgiving Country'

    08/21/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | August 21, 2014 | William Bigelow
    In a touching interview with Jeremy Schaap of ESPN, Pete Rose spoke of the reasons why he gambled on baseball, acknowledging he made a terrible mistake when he gambled and also erred in signing away his future when he was suspended. Prompted by Schaap, he concluded with a plea to Bud Selig to let him back in the game for which he has such a passion.
  • Kids Receive Speech To Remember (Rhode Island Little League coach - video)

    08/19/2014 9:12:16 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 5 replies
    espn ^ | 8-19-14 | n/a
    Was posted on another thread, but it's sort of buried now. Just a fantastic, perfect speech for 12-13 year olds.
  • Little League World Series photo gallery

    08/18/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    Little League Baseball ^ | 8-18-14 | n/a
    This image below is from LLWS FB page - Sunday night Philly vs. Texas (32K attendance). The link takes you to the official LLWS page and a photo gallery.
  • (Rob) Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

    08/14/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ronald Blum
    Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday and will succeed Bud Selig in January. A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, dropped out just before the start of voting.
  • Happy 75th Birthday, Little League

    08/08/2014 11:02:16 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 19 replies
    Parade Magazine ^ | 5-30-14 | Steve Rushin
    From the first pitch in 1939, Little League has given American kids a place to play — and dream. This week, award-winning sportswriter Steve Rushin pays tribute to the game that connects us all.As my 7-year-old plays softball on a diamond behind a firehouse in West Granby, Conn., she doesn’t know that Little League links her to children across the planet. She’s too busy trying, literally, to walk and chew gum at the same time.Nor does Maeve know that Little League, an organization that unites 2.4 million children around the world, celebrates its 75th anniversary on June 6. And it...
  • Rally Possum Inspires A’s To Walk-Off Win Over Rays

    08/05/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Oakland A’s fans may be singing the praises of the rally possum at the Coliseum. Sure there have been sewage problems at the ballpark and various other issues, but none of them came before a game-winning rally in extra innings like this little marsupial did on Monday. But it was at the beginning of the inning after the first out, as centerfielder Sam Fuld walked up to the plate, that a possum went running along the warning track and vanished under the stands. Fuld would go on to a hit and later score the game-winning run for Oakland. Derek Norris...
  • Tiger Woods paid Anthony Galea $76K for 14 visits, new book says

    08/04/2014 12:04:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Golf ^ | July 08, 2014 | Pete Madden
    A new book about New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez's use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career includes revelations about another sports superstar: Tiger Woods. Released Tuesday, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, co-authored by Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday, claims that the Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea who treated Rodriguez also visited Woods 14 times between January and August 2009 and charged Woods a total of $76,012 as he recovered from knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory. Previous reports had identified only...
  • Marlins fume after new home-plate collision rule helps Reds get a win

    08/01/2014 6:09:08 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 63 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 8-1-14 | Mike Oz
    From manager Mike Redmond after the game: "To lose a ballgame tonight on that play is a joke. It's an absolute joke. I don't think anybody who plays this game should feel good about winning that game. And I would say that if had been reversed. That guy was out by 15 feet. It was a great baseball play. G threw a strike to Matty. He was out by 15 feet. He didn't slide because he couldn't slide because he was out by so far. And yet those guys in New York decided the outcome of that game ... "No...
  • 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
    outsports.com ^ | 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...
  • ALL STAR BASEBALL AND EAST COAST SNOBBERY; WHERE'S VIN SCULLY? [Vanity]

    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
    mlb.com ^ | 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
    reuters.com ^ | 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.