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  • Why the ‘5 Best Baseball Movies’ Are Actually Terrible

    05/02/2015 4:38:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 132 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | James Jay Carafano
    $212.46. That is what the average family of four spent at a major league ballgame last year. For the budget-conscious, that price tag makes it mighty tempting to stay home and enjoy the boys of summer on TV—either a live game or a classic baseball movie. But watching some of the most fondly remembered films about the national passtime suggest that maybe both the game’s time and what made America great are passing. Here are five films that make the case.5. Moneyball (2011) Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill take the Oakland Athletics from a mediocre, going-broke franchise to a cash-cow...
  • Alex Rodriguez hits a pinch-hit home run to tie Willie Mays at 660 home runs

    05/01/2015 7:05:52 PM PDT · by fhayek · 48 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 5/1/2015 | Bill Baer
    Alex Rodriguez, not in Friday’s starting lineup against the Red Sox, still managed to make history. He pinch-hit for DH Garrett Jones in the eighth inning, facing reliever Junichi Tazawa. He got ahead in the count 3-0, then slugged a 94 MPH fastball out to left field for career home run number 660, putting the Yankees up 3-2.
  • Word for the day: 'Baltimogadishu'

    04/30/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Baseball in Baltimogadishu Today's game in an empty stadium: Amid civil unrest in Baltimore, Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Orioles at Camden Yards has been moved to a 1:05 p.m. CT/2:05 p.m. ET start and will be closed to the public, the Orioles announced Tuesday. The game had been scheduled for Wednesday night. This after two straight days of cancelled games and the organization locking 15,000 fans inside on Saturday night as riots spiraled outside. On the bright side, the Sox play in front of crowds about as big as today's scheduled attendance - it'll be like having...
  • Orioles VP Angelos Makes Profound Statement Following Baltimore Protests

    04/29/2015 6:12:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 39 replies
    .cbslocal.com/ ^ | April 27, 2015 3:14 PM | John Angelos
    “Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible. That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the...
  • Baltimore Orioles Caleb Joseph Signs Fake Aurographs, Takes Fake Applause at Game no one attends!

    04/29/2015 11:15:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 56 replies
    Twitter via VINE ^ | 4-29-2015 | Jake Ciely
    This Vine from twitter really says it all about what's happening in Baltimore, doesn't it? https://vine.co/v/e7Z0T35Xg2n
  • Politics is a Game of Second Chances -- Why Not Baseball?

    04/29/2015 10:20:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Hillary’s back for a second run at the presidency. Several Republican presidential wannabes are begging the voters for a second -- or, in some cases, third -- chance. Barack Obama already asked for his and, unfortunately for the country, was granted a second term as President. History is replete with examples of politicians seeking and being given second chances. Indeed, America is a nation founded on the notion that if you work hard and earn your way back, you deserve a Mulligan. Except, that is, if your name happens to be Pete Rose. Rose, one of major league baseball’s all-time...
  • An Empty Stadium in Baltimore (no fans for Orioles game)

    04/28/2015 10:30:46 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 38 replies
    the atlantic ^ | 4-28-15
    RUSSELL BERMAN APR 28, 2015 When the Baltimore Orioles host the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards on Wednesday, it won't really feel like a baseball game. There will be no cheering, and no booing. Nor will there be heckling, hot dogs, or beer. There will be no fans in the stadium at all, in fact. After riots in the city forced the postponement of games for two straight days, Major League Baseball announced that the Orioles will play on Wednesday, but the game will be closed to the public. RELATED STORY Two States of Emergency in Baltimore For a...
  • The Orioles and White Sox will play in front of an empty stadium

    04/28/2015 1:21:43 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 65 replies
    SB Nation ^ | April 28k 2015 | Grant Brisbee
    n Monday and Tuesday, games between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards were cancelled due to safety concerns related to protests and civil unrest in Baltimore. Because of a lack of common off days among teams in the typical Major League Baseball schedule, additional cancellations would have been nearly impossible to make up, but the solution is still stunning: Wednesday's game will be played in front of an empty stadium. From an Orioles press release: After consultation with Major League Baseball and city and local officials, tomorrow's game between the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox...
  • Frank Thomas responds to Chris Rock's baseball rant

    04/26/2015 5:53:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ed Sherman
    White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas responded to Rock’s commentary Thursday on Fox Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame.” He believes Major League Baseball has a responsibility to get young African-American players back into the game. “Major League Baseball has got to take initiative and put academies in the inner cities across America,” Thomas said. “(They) do it in the Dominican Republic, (they) do it in Venezuela and as soon as Cuba is open, they’re going to do it in Cuba because those kids play baseball 24/7.
  • Fans of the Baltimore Orioles asked to remain(Breaking)

    04/25/2015 7:13:31 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 117 replies
    Vanity | 25 April 2015 | Trueblackman
    According to Fox 5 in DC, fans at tonight's Baltimore Orioles were asked by the City's Mayor via message board to remain inside the ballpark due to an ongoing safety concerns as protestors remain in the streets from earlier protest.
  • Marlins' Jose Fernandez officially sworn in as a U.S. citizen

    04/24/2015 9:07:43 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    fox sports ^ | 4-24-15 | Christina De Nicola
    "It means a lot," Fernandez said afterward. "It means respect, it means love, it means freedom and it means one of the reasons I came to this country -- for freedom. Honestly, being an American citizen is amazing. That's a lot of respect. A lot of people have died to defend this country to have it the way it is. It's an honor that I can be a citizen." When the National Anthem played, Fernandez smiled and mouthed "I hear this every day." But Friday marked no ordinary day at the ballpark. "It obviously did take a little special meaning,"...
  • Next Stop on Mets’ Express: The Bronx (the hottest team in baseball)

    04/24/2015 6:11:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-23-2015 | Michelle V. Agins
    A victory Friday would give the Mets a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. They have won 11 in a row five times, including in the championship seasons of 1969 and 1986. They just swept a 10-game homestand, something no team has done since the 1991 Minnesota Twins. That team also won the World Series. It is much too early for the Mets to talk about that kind of goal, but deep down they must be thinking about it. Terry Collins, the manager, has been thinking big for months. The Mets, he insisted, would be winners — for real this time.
  • Rep. Peter King: Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be celebrated if he ties Willie Mays on Home Run list

    04/23/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY NATHANIEL VINTON
    Congressman Pete King (R-NY) supports the Yankees’ refusal to celebrate as Alex Rodriguez approaches a historic baseball milestone, pulling within two home runs of Willie Mays on the career home runs list. “I think they’re right, because it’s obvious that so many of his home runs were tainted,” King told TMZ Sports. “I think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids." Rodriguez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against the Tigers, has hit 658 dingers compared with Mays’...
  • Chris Rock rants about the lack of African-Americans in baseball

    04/22/2015 10:46:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 83 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Chris Cwik
    African-American participation in baseball is on the decline. This isn't a new development. Over the past couple years, a number of black athletes have addressed the issue.This isn't just an issue for other black players, it's becoming an issue for black fans, according to comedian Chris Rock. Rock gave his take on the alarmingly low rates of blacks in baseball for HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble." (WARNING: NSFW Language).Rock's rant is humorous, obviously, but it also points out some discouraging facts about why fewer black people are playing, and watching, the game. The fact that Howard, a prominent...
  • MLB: Here’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around

    04/20/2015 8:35:36 PM PDT · by fhayek · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/20/2015 | JARED DIAMOND
    The phrase “batting around” has existed in baseball as long as anybody can remember. It originated more than a century ago and remains a ubiquitous part of the sport’s lexicon. But what does it mean? Among baseball’s most ardent fans, players and officials, there is no consensus about how many hitters must reach the plate in an inning to constitute batting around. The debate has been raging for years in the sandlot baseball league of New York attorney Brian Mangan. Seeking to settle it, Mangan tweeted a question on March 13: “Batting around—is that when all 9 hitters bat, or...
  • Past time for NFL to consider 'bullpen drive-closers' as part of QB roles? [Tebow vanity]

    04/19/2015 8:40:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Colofornian | April 19, 2015 | Colofornian
    Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have signed a 4th quarterback -- Tim Tebow -- and talk is being bandied about re: Tebow's potential "role player" status...perhaps a review is in order to ponder a potential paradigm shift that the NFL is perhaps beyond the need to acknowledge. And for that, we need a quick review of another professional sport: Major League Baseball...and specifically the history of pitching: 1901-1968: For the first 68 years of the 20th century, Major League Baseball didn't even track "saves" by relief pitchers. Yankees pitcher Waite Hoyt was retroactively credited with "eight" saves in 1928. But...
  • MLB's hiring of minority and women front office staff has remained flat

    04/17/2015 6:27:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 16, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study's low set in the 2007 season. The annual report issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C in gender hiring.
  • "Comeback Story": Bryan Stow Throws Out First Pitch at San Jose Giants Home Opener

    04/16/2015 10:27:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Alan Waples and Lisa Fernandez
    The San Francisco Giants fan beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Thursday threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the San Jose Giants, a team where he used to be a paramedic before he was left brain damaged in the attack four years ago. "It's a comeback story," said Dan Orum, president and CEO of the San Jose Giants, who faced off against the Bakersfield Blaze on Thursday. "Just to see what he's come through, and to be able to give him something back like this — it's just the kind of thing that resonates with everybody."...
  • Like it or not, the DH is coming to the National League

    04/10/2015 7:13:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 83 replies
    The Sporting News ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jesse Spector
    If you’re not ready for the designated hitter to be part of National League baseball, your time to get ready is getting shorter by the day. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when, and more than that, it’s a matter of how.
  • MLB Opening Schedule

    04/05/2015 3:51:24 PM PDT · by TBP · 54 replies
    MLB.com ^ | Today, I think | Major League Baseball
    And so it begins!
  • Lon Simmons, Giants' Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 91

    04/05/2015 3:46:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Daniel Brown
    Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91. The Giants sent a press release Sunday afternoon that said, "The Giants family and Bay Area sports community lost a true gentleman (Sunday) morning when Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons peacefully passed away."
  • N.L. Preview: With Rotation of Aces, Nationals Are Ready to Rise

    04/03/2015 8:29:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2015 | TYLER KEPNER
    In the National League, the first half of this decade has unfolded in a pattern a preschooler could understand: Giants, Cardinals, Giants, Cardinals, Giants. It should follow, then, that the St. Louis Cardinals will represent the National League in the World Series this fall. The Cardinals are strong again, and they very well could wrest the N.L. pennant back from the San Francisco Giants, who last October rode Madison Bumgarner’s left arm to their third World Series title in five seasons. But one of these years, the pattern will break. The postseason dominance of the Giants and the Cardinals has...
  • The Plan to Speed Up Baseball

    04/03/2015 7:25:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 171 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 3, 2015 | MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
    As the 2015 Major League Baseball season dawns, the lords of baseball are asking for our forgiveness. They want a second chance, and to get it they are making changes that could shake the game to its foundations. This isn’t about tinkering with the playoffs to make a few extra dollars from the television networks. The 30 team owners have ordered the new commissioner to modernize baseball and make it appeal to an audience that is increasingly weary of the game’s slow pace. There will of course be cries of sacrilege from traditionalists about putting the national pastime on a...
  • For All You Baseball Fans and Parents of Players

    03/19/2015 8:16:15 PM PDT · by pallis · 49 replies
    vanity | self
    My homeschooled 14 year old loves baseball, batting and pitching. After his last Jr league season, a coach asked us to let him play for the high school. He tried out for pitching today. His first pitch was 87 mph, and his third was 89. It was starting to rain, and they stopped clocking them. He threw some curves, sliders and splitters. Since his first game pitched in little league, he has had phenomenal control, and everything was right on the money today. I had to tell someone. Yeah, I'm bragging.
  • Pete Rose petitions commissioner

    03/16/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 108 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 3/16/2015 | Mark Saxon
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he has received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban be lifted and that he will consider the all-time hits leader's request "on its merits." "I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti's decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached," Manfred said after a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers players in Arizona on Monday morning. "I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I'll make a decision once I've done that." Rose's...
  • Al Rosen, former MVP and Executive of the Year, dies at 91

    03/14/2015 6:17:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 14, 2015 | Mark Townsend
    The baseball world lost one of its greatest talents and brightest minds on Friday when former Cleveland Indians infielder and longtime MLB executive Al Rosen died at age 91. Known as the "Hebrew Hammer," Rosen spent the entirety of his 10-year playing career with the Indians, hitting .285/.384/.495 with 192 home runs and 717 RBIs over 4,374 plate appearances. Rosen was a four-time All-Star, earning selections from 1952-1955, and was voted American League MVP in 1953, beating out the likes of Yogi Berra, Minnie Minoso and Mickey Vernon.
  • Fantasy Baseball Opening

    03/13/2015 12:10:23 PM PDT · by newbie 10-21-00 · 1 replies
    We have a keeper fantasy baseball league that's about 5 years old in search of a new manager. The six keepers would probably be Arenado, Ellsbury, Felix, Cluber, Richards and Molina. If Richards comes back soon, the pitching is lock down, obviously the hitting needs some help. Let me know if you're interested. The draft is next weekend.
  • Giants ask Supreme Court to support gay marriage

    03/06/2015 11:24:45 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 6, 2015 | HENRY K. LEE
    San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer, right, said in a statement, “San Francisco is the epicenter of the marriage equality movement, and it is only fitting that its professional sports team would join in this effort.” The San Francisco Giants are going to bat for gay marriage.
  • Murphy (NY Mets) now to talk baseball only

    03/05/2015 9:06:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 4, 2015 | Adam Rubin
    New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will no longer address his religious beliefs and will stick to baseball, a team spokesman said Wednesday. On Tuesday, MLB ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean addressed Mets players after general manager Sandy Alderson invited him. Murphy subsequently told media that day that while he would embrace Bean as a teammate, he does not approve of his homosexuality. Bean concealed his sexual orientation during his playing career and later said that he was gay.
  • Chicago baseball pioneer Minnie Minoso dies

    03/02/2015 7:36:12 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    The baseball world lost another legend on Sunday with the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso. Minoso was a seven-time All-Star while playing with the White Sox in the 1950s and 1960s, but much more than that he was a pioneer. When he was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the White Sox in 1951, he became the city of Chicago’s first black player. There is some dispute over when Minoso was born, but the team website said he was 92. The Chicago Tribune reported that Minoso was found dead in his car at a Chicago gas...
  • Minnie Minoso, Treasured White Sox Ballplayer, Is Dead

    03/01/2015 12:44:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who became the major league’s first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.
  • A Psycho Communist Gets One 100% Right!!!!

    02/23/2015 7:46:15 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 22 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 7/23/2014 | Keith Olberman
    There has been a recent move in the MLB to introduce an "Illegal Defense" rule because of "new" shifts ... that actually date back to 1877.....
  • Baseball and the Spirit of Innovation

    02/19/2015 5:20:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Baseball, being the noblest sport, has many lessons to teach: the value of daily persistence, the inevitability of failure and the likelihood that luck will not override ineptitude (Looking at you, Cubs.). But, as a creation of humans, it is also prey to human imperfections, like the urge to suppress useful changes to spare those who resist adaptation. Part of the game's appeal lies in what George Will calls its "soothing continuities." Discontinuity can be jarring. It wasn't long ago that the Cubs had to fight to install lights in an ancient stadium that had hosted only day games. But...
  • Meet Angels Pitcher and Former Putnam City Star Andrew Heaney's Biggest Fan.

    02/16/2015 7:24:56 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 3 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 2-14-15 | Jenni Carlson
    Meet Angels pitcher and former Putnam City star Andrew Heaney's biggest fan by Jenni Carlson Published: February 14, 2015 EDMOND — Andrew Heaney won over lots of baseball types during the past couple years. That happens when you’re a talented young lefty with pop and promise in your arm. But the Oklahoma native’s biggest fan doesn’t care if he earns a spot with the Angels this season or becomes a top-of-the-rotation pitcher as many predict or ever makes another pitch in the majors. Kelly Ore doesn’t care about any of that. “He’s my brother and my best friend forever,” he...
  • Jesse Jackson: Jackie Robinson West’s Punishment Is Inappropriate And Racist

    02/12/2015 3:57:56 PM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 12, 2015
    Little League Baseball vacated all of Chicago-area Jackie Robinson West’s wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament on Wednesday. After investigating allegations that several players on JRW do not reside within the team’s district borders, LLB stripped the team of both it’s Great Lakes Regional and U.S. national titles. Despite the open and shut nature of the case, several of the team’s supporters — including Jesse Jackson and Michael Pfleger — stated at a Wednesday press conference that JRW’s punishment had nothing to do with any possible recruiting infractions and was born purely through…
  • Jesse Jackson threatens lawsuit in Little League World Series scandal

    02/12/2015 9:17:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 11, 2015 | Mike Oz
    Rev. Jesse Jackson, the polarizing civil rights activist, is calling for Little League International to return the U.S. championship to the 12-year-olds from Jackie Robinson West, mere hours after Little League stripped the team of its title. And if that doesn't happen, Jackson said Wednesday afternoon, he may take legal action. Jackie Robinson West — consumed in a vortex of allegations involving ineligible players and illegally redrawing its league boundaries — became a feel-good story in Chicago and across the country on its run to the Little League World Series. An all-black team that was supported by MLB players, Jackie...
  • JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated

    02/12/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 11, 2015
    JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated February 11, 2015 2:58 PM (CBS) – There are accusations that racism was behind the decision by Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of the national title over cheating by the adults who run the team. “We know that we’re champions, our parents know that we’re champions and the team’s parents know we’re champions and Chicago knows we’re champions,” said JRW catcher Brandon Green. Green said the players did nothing wrong as he stood with his mother, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger at the headquarters...
  • Ernie Banks, RIP: Always a Beautiful Day

    01/27/2015 12:35:36 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 33 replies
    Sports Central ^ | 27 January 2014 | Yours Truly
    There is no joy in Wrigleyville. Mighty Ernie has checked out. At 83. Cub fans aren't the only ones in baseball's world who think that, for Ernie Banks, it's still too young to go. Winning with class is easy compared to losing with grace, good humor, and the inner peace of knowing you did the best you could with what you had. But then there was Banks. The prototype of the power-hitting shortstop whose knees turned him into a first baseman who could still hit but had to prove himself every spring, anyway, his sunny nature couldn't be killed by...
  • President Obama Releases Touching Statement On The Passing Of ‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks

    01/24/2015 4:15:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | January 24, 2015 | Justin Baragona
    News broke Friday evening that one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game, Ernie Banks, had passed away at the age of 83. The man lovingly known as “Mr. Cub” spent his enter major league career with the North Side franchise, slugging 512 home runs and winning two NL MVP awards. The 14-time All-Star started his playing career in the Negro Leagues and was the first black player to put on a Chicago Cubs uniform. Despite playing for the perennially bottom-dwelling Cubbies, his optimism and love of the game never wavered, as evidenced by his famous quote,...
  • Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Has Died [HOF SS, at 83 RIP, Pres Obama will probably mention]

    01/23/2015 8:09:42 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 39 replies
    WGN TV ^ | January 23, 2015 | Steelers6
    Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died, according to a Cubs source. This is a developing news story, check back for details.
  • How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma

    01/14/2015 11:44:29 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 35 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 1-13-15 | Jenni Carlson
    How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma By Jenni Carlson.... 1-13-15 Warren Spahn was born and bred in Buffalo, N.Y., then played baseball in Boston, Milwaukee, New York and San Francisco. But he made his home in Oklahoma. The story goes that the lanky leftie settled near Hartshorne because his wife was from Oklahoma — and that’s true. But that’s not the whole story. The rest of the tale includes a random reunion with a childhood chum, a couple of gal pals from Tulsa and a bit of sage advice from one of...
  • Happy 55th birthday: Mays vs. Mantle in first episode of 'Home Run Derby'

    01/09/2015 7:11:36 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 48 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 9, 2015 | By Dayn Perry
    The date Jan. 9 is significant insofar as baseball is concerned because the objectively wonderful TV show "Home Run Derby" first took to (s)wing. In commemoration of this important day, let us take a look back at the first episode, which featured Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who, as it turns out, were both good at baseball-related tasks and duties. Come with us, won't you?
  • Edgar Martinez should be in the baseball Hall of Fame

    01/07/2015 10:18:57 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Neil Greenberg
    Edgar Martinez, a seven-time all-star, should be in the baseball Hall of Fame, but support for his candidacy has been waning over the past three seasons. “I’m not surprised that my percentage went down,” Martinez said a year ago. “We just have to wait and see for the future.” The biggest knock on his enshrinement is that he played as the team’s designated hitter and thus had little to no impact on the defensive part of the game. However, he still deserves to be in. For starters, the American League has required a designated hitter ever since the 1973 season,...
  • Curt Schilling says being a Republican cost him Hall of Fame votes

    01/07/2015 5:05:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Cindy Boren
    Tuesday wasn’t Curt Schilling’s day to be elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox former great believes his politics are one reason he fell short of the necessary number of votes. Schilling’s former teammate, Pedro Martinez, was elected, along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Although he and Smoltz have similar stats, Schilling fell 240 votes short.
  • Former Giants pitcher Stu Miller dies

    01/06/2015 6:53:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    AP via ESPN ^ | January 5, 2015
    Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, has died. He was 87... Miller played 16 years in the majors for the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore and Atlanta. He led the National League in ERA in 1958, had the most saves in the NL in 1961 and the American League in 1963 and won a World Series title with Baltimore in 1966. But he is most remembered for his All-Star Game performance at windy Candlestick Park in 1961. He was called for a balk in the ninth inning...
  • Vanity: MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2015

    01/06/2015 11:03:21 AM PST · by Veggie Todd · 39 replies
    January 6, 2015 | M
    Biggio, Smoltz, Johnson, Martinez.
  • Trio of aces poised to lead Hall of Fame class of 2015

    01/06/2015 6:53:02 AM PST · by PROCON · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 6, 2015 | HOWIE RUMBERG
    NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years. When the Hall of Fame reveals the results Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the MLB Network, holdover Craig Biggio and perhaps Mike Piazza could join those three first-ballot pitchers who were utterly dominant in a hitters' era of artificially bulging statistics.
  • Mr Tiger (Al Kaline) is 80 years old today.

    12/19/2014 7:52:36 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 41 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/19/2014 | none
    They just don't make them like this anymore.
  • Once again, Cuba, with its history of the sport, beckons to baseball

    12/18/2014 12:25:18 AM PST · by llevrok · 5 replies
    BND.COM ^ | 12/17/2014 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro’s palaces in 1999, Castro and several of Major League Baseball’s senior executives discussed one of the few bonds between Cuba and the United States: baseball. The executives, including baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, were there for an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team, as part of an effort by President Bill Clinton to thaw relations. As the dinner stretched into the early hours of the morning, Castro regaled Selig with tales from the history of Cuban baseball and fantasized about what would happen if the United...
  • Jackie Robinson West Broke Residency Rules, Suburban League Claims (Little League WS)

    12/17/2014 7:50:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    DNA Info ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Konkol
    The Jackie Robinson West sluggers from Chicago’s struggling South Side became national celebrities this summer when they hit and pitched their way to the Little League World Series and took home the U.S title. But now the adults who put together the team — parents, coaches and league administrators — face allegations they violated Little League residency rules by stacking the lineup with All-Star ringers from the suburbs to create a “super team” that became champs.