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Published: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:26:56 -0500

 



Fall League Probably More Interesting Than The World Series For Two Former Big League Veterans

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:15:04 -0500

As the rest of the baseball eagerly anticipates the World Series, two of the stars from past Fall Classics are probably more interested in the games being played in Arizona right now than they are in the League Championships. Indeed, they both have a good reason to be watching what goes on there instead of in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston or New York. This is true even for a former Yankee himself, an outfielder who played on pennant winning New York teams in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.



Roster Of Stars Who Played For Both The Yankees And Astros

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:42:50 -0500

Houston has already played a memorable League Championship Series in New York, one that went seven games with at least a half a dozen lead changes throughout. Back in 1986 their opponents were the Mets, who went on to beat Bill Buckner and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Now three decades later the Astros are once again battling New York for a pennant, only this time it is for the American League and their opponents are the Yankees.



Baseball Brawls Seldom Erupt Between Players Of Different Ethnic Groups

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:07:32 -0500

No one would argue that Major League Baseball took way too long to integrate, since African Americans had been kept out of the organization until Jackie Robinson suited up for the Dodgers in 1949. Since then, fortunately, racial differences have seemed to have little effect on the game. The best indication of this lack of tension between members of ethnic groups on the diamond can be best supported by an examination of the ten most memorable brawls in the history of Major League Baseball.



The Reds' New Affiliate Should Revive Interest From Fans Of The Appalachian League

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:37:54 -0500

Well before the winter meetings commence, even before the pennant championships begin, the Reds have made a huge addition to their organization. It will not have any effect on the field, but it could have a huge impact on the franchise. The Reds are finally returning to the Appalachian League, a rookie level conference with teams based in what has traditionally been Reds territory.



Mattingly's Move With Stanton Had a Precedent From Hall Of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:35:41 -0500

When Miami manager Don Mattingly revised his lineup by moving his star slugger one spot up, he was simply repeating what a Hall of Fame skipper had done 27 years ago. The strategy back then failed on the first try, but the next day proved fruitful. All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton entered the last series of the season just one home shy of the sacred sixty mark, a milestone only a few players have achieved in the long history of Major League Baseball.



Baseball Lineup Of Players With The Longest First Names

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:51:59 -0500

During a recent broadcast of a Pirates game, a visiting announcer admitted that he would have difficulty correctly pronouncing the name of one of the Pittsburgh players. When infielder Gift Ngoepe came to the plate the announcer, according to his partner in the booth, had nailed the pronunciation. The two then went on to discuss numerous players they had difficulty pronouncing, and the color analyst claimed that he was okay unless the name contained more than three syllables.



Perfect Swing Mechanics

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:52:48 -0500

Baseball is one of the most popular games in the world today. There are those who participate in a professional baseball game while others do it for fun. It is also a popular game in high school and college and most of the people who shine while in school make it to the professional teams.



Mauer's Doubles More Than Quadruple His Home Run Total This Season

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:03:58 -0500

Major League Baseball set an all time record for home runs in the middle of September, and there are still two weeks remaining in the regular season. Although no one is going to catch Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who is on pace to eclipse the sacred sixty home run mark, nearly every player is enjoying career highs in the power category. Numerous theories have been discussed by the sport officials and participants, including juiced balls, smaller parks, flame throwing pitchers, and the development of new approaches undertaken by the players themselves.



Cleveland's Streak Revives the Story of the 2016 Giants

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:26:30 -0500

Even though they finished in fourth place and traded away two future Hall of Fame stars, a club that played over a hundred years ago has been in the headlines all this week. Thanks to the historical winning streak of this year's Cleveland Indians, the 1916 New York Giants have been brought back into the news over a century since they made history. It is the 26 game winning streak of those Giants that the 2017 Indians are hoping to match or surpass, so a long overdue reflection on that club seems appropriate.



Cleveland's Streak Is Not Only Rare, But Nearly Incredible

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:38 -0500

First came the total solar eclipse, which traversed over the country on Monday, August 21. Then only a few days later the streak began to traverse the sport of baseball, and it has yet to stop. No team has enjoyed a run like this one in a long time, but somehow the eighteen game winning streak of the Cleveland Indians has been underappreciated.



Verlander Trade Shortens An Already Small List Of Veterans Who Have Stayed With Their Original Teams

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:12:35 -0500

Justin Verlander's trade to Houston has increased the Astros chances to advance in the postseason, but it has decreased an already limited list in Major League Baseball. After spending his entire career with the Detroit Tigers until the deal was made last week, Verlander is now longer one of just a handful of veterans of ten years or more who have played for just one team. Here is the list of those who still qualify to join the ranks of recent Hall of Fame inductees Derek Jeter and Tony Gwynn.



Baseball's Biggest Number - OPS - Is Of Little Value

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:48:10 -0500

On Base Percentage (OBP) plus Slugging Percentage (SLG) produces OPS, which can be a big, impressive number. However, it has been known for over sixty years that adding OBP and SLG together overstates and disfigures the value of each as an individual statistic.



Consideration For American League Cy Young Award Should Include Names Beyond Kluber And Sale

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:17:55 -0500

While the two pitchers featured in the article are certainly among the best in all of baseball, the ESPN column was premature in handing out the coveted award to one of the pair. The Cy Young candidacy is not limited to just Cory Kluber of the Indians and Chris Sale of the Red Sox. Minnesota ace Ervin Santana may have a legitimate claim for the prize, as he ranks among the top in nearly every major pitching category.



Cleveland Three Game Shutout Sweep Recalls Similar Feat By Los Angeles To Start the 2016 Season

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:09:19 -0500

When Carlos Carrasco and two relievers of the Indians combined to hold the Royals scoreless in Sunday's 12-0 rout, it marked the third straight game in which Cleveland shut out Kansas City. The remarkable feat, however, did not garner the attention that it might otherwise warrant, partly because it happened in Cleveland instead of Los Angeles. You see, just last year the Dodgers accomplished the same rare feat, shutting out the San Diego Padres for an entire three games series.



The New York Mets Among Teams Are Most Likely To Change Managers

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:47:21 -0500

New York manager Terry Collins, whose Mets have struggled through devastating injuries to the pitching staff, has been the subject in recent talks of changes in skippers among the thirty teams in Major League Baseball. According to the August 24 column by writer Jon Heyman at bleacherreport.com, some folks close to the team fear that Collins will not be managing the Mets when players open spring training in 2018.



Colon Gets Important Win For Himself As Well As His Team

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:41:04 -0500

Veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon made headlines last year when, after twenty seasons in the Big Leagues, he finally hit his first home run. His blast came against James Shields of the San Diego Padres on May 7 in the top of the second inning, while Colon was pitching for the New York Mets. It would take even longer than twenty years for Colon to accomplish another feat, one much rarer than hitting a home run.



Looking Back On The Last Perfect Game In Major League Baseball

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:52:09 -0500

In the current era of Major League Baseball, when strikeouts are rampant, the fact that Matt Cain of the Giants struck out fourteen hitters would be printed nowhere near the front page of any newspaper except on the West Coast. A few more details of that game from five years ago, however, remain unmatched even today. For example, those fourteen whiffs accounted for more than half of the batters Cain faced that day, and four of them came against future batting champion Jose Altuve.



Houston Has A Problem Controlling Central

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:58:13 -0500

In spite of getting to watch the most dominant team in baseball for the first half of the season, fans of the Astros must be feeling uneasy about the immediate future. Houston went 60-29 for the first three months, but since the halfway point they have lost more than they have won. The front office did little at the trade deadline, partly because the Astros had such a huge lead in the American League West that the playoffs were almost a certainty.



Why the Pitcher's Screen Is the Most Important Equipment on the Field

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:00:53 -0500

In addition to the apparel, gear and equipment that players require, there are also many items that you need on the field to enable your team's A-game. Some of these are essential for ensuring a safe game too. Coaches at all levels consider the L-screen as one of the most important pieces of equipment on the field. Easy to assemble and designed for both right and left-handed players, they are widely used in little leagues, schools, by traveling teams as well as for backyard practice. These are just some mentioned here, but it can be more...



Chicago Got A Starter, But Should Have Improved Its Bullpen Instead

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:15:58 -0500

The Cubs seemingly addressed their biggest concern at the trade deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the cross town rival White Sox. The lefthander had an immediate impact on the defending World Series champions, as he dominated in his first two starts and Chicago surpassed the Milwaukee Brewers to gain first place. In all likelihood, the Cubs will remain at the top of the National League Central Division.



Baseball Players Who Have Spent Three Different Stints With The Same Club

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:52:39 -0500

When he suited up for Kansas City after the trade deadline on August 1, outfielder Melky Cabrera joined a host of other players who have spent a second stint with a team. Cabrera had previously been with the Royals back in 2011, a year before he won the National league battle title as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Many of those who return to a team have been motivated by a desire to end their careers with the club with which it began.



Mink Oil for Baseball Gloves - Here's Why Not

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:20:24 -0500

There are many myths about how to take care of your treasured baseball glove. This article exposes one myth regarding mink oil and baseball glove care. Read why mink oil is actually bad for leather.



Baseball's Unwritten Rules: Base Running Do's and Don'ts

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:06:53 -0500

Every year you will read or hear that a Major-League manager declares his most important, absolute first rule is that every one of his players must run hard to first base, every time. Then, inevitably, during the season players will be disciplined, or called-out, for not obeying the most important, absolute first rule.



Baseball's Unwritten Rules: Sliding & Tagging

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:43 -0500

Although not written in the Rule Book, situational and technical aspects of the Game have been taught and written about for over a century. The well-known, practiced, and accepted aspects of when and how to slide, and properly apply a tag, have not been transmitted to most of today's players and coaches.



San Diego Has Been One Of The Quiet Feel Good Stories Of This Season

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:35:48 -0500

The Padres have been making inquiries about trading for Oakland ace Sonny Grey, according to an article from ESPN.com yesterday. Foxsports baseball columnist Ken Rosenthal confirmed the report, describing San Diego as a surprise contender at the trade deadline.



Encarnacion Reaches Milestone In Cleveland's Victory Against Toronto

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:34:42 -0500

When you think of all of the great sluggers who have suited up for Cleveland since the inception of inter league play back in 1995, it is hard to believe the team's historical feat was accomplished by a guy who is spending his first year with the Indians. It happened on July 21 when Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run against the club from Toronto, the city he had called home for the bulk of his Major League career. The Blue Jays had been the only ball team against which...



Baseball Pitch Back: The Ultimate Training Tool

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:18:32 -0500

Struggling to manage all the aspects of the game in one training session? Rebounders are an effective aid for all baseball and softball practices. These multi-purpose screens help players train with minimal staff and coaching supervision. Read More



Baseball Batting Cages: 5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Practice Sessions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:17:15 -0500

Are you looking for a simple way to improve your practices? Invest in a good quality batting cage! In addition to providing your players with valuable batting practice, this great coaching tool allows you to simulate live game scenarios to improve the timing and tracking of the ball for your pitchers and catchers as well.



Trade Puts Quintana Into Rare Company Of Stars Who Played For Both Chicago Teams

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:09:08 -0500

Although he had to change teams as the deadline approached, pitcher Jose Quintana will not have to relocate his home. He is staying in Chicago, where he left the White Sox on the South Side and joined the Cubs on the North Side. Staying in the same city must have helped Quintana get off to a good start with his new club, for he dominated after taking the mound for the first time with the Cubs.



After American League's Victory, the All-Star Rivalry Is Back To Even For the First Time Since 1964

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:22:37 -0500

As if the latest Major League Baseball All-Star game had not been dramatic enough in itself, that contest also managed to accomplish a feat unmatched in 53 years. Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano broke the 1-1 tie, crushing a home run in the tenth inning for the American League. That victory evened the records for the two leagues for the first time since 1964, as each team has won 43 of the contests.



Five Players Who Should Have Much Better Second Halves In 2017

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:36:57 -0500

As soon as Seattle's Robinson Cano sent that tenth inning pitch over the wall in Miami to win theAll-Star game 2-1, the second half of the season officially began. Surprising teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins hope the second half will be a facsimile of the first, while other clubs would like a chance to start over. Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post discussed in a recent column the five teams that constituted the biggest flops of the first half of the 2017, identifying the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants, the...



Wilson's Baseball Glove Takeover

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:53:03 -0500

Baseball has a variety of companies that compete for a share of the equipment market. Wilson has quite simply taken over the game.



Baseball Is On Pace for a Record Home Run Year

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:19:55 -0500

This year home run records have already been broken in Major League Baseball. As many as 60 players could hit 30 home runs, but why?



Boston's Answer For Third Base Might Be A Former World Series MVP

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:34:02 -0500

Deven Marrero and Zu Wei-Lin have filled in adequately, but Boston must address its third base situation as the trading deadline approaches. Winning the American League East would be difficult enough, but with its current lineup the Red Sox will have almost no chance beating the likes of the Astros or Indians in the postseason. Scott Lauber, a staff reporter for ESPN, listed in a July 8 column several trade options Boston might want to pursue.



Verlander's Dominance Of The National League Should Make The Cubs Even More Interested In A Trade

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:11:51 -0500

Whenever a former Cy Young Award winner is on the trade market, every contending team has to have at least a modicum of interest. Thus, there have already been published reports about clubs hoping to land Justin Verlander to make a deal with the Tigers. Even though it has been six years since he won not only the Cy Young Award but also earned the distinction of being the American League's Most Valuable Player, Verlander still has much upside.



The Night The Loss Streak Ended, In Remembrance of New York Pitcher Anthony Young

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 22:00:40 -0500

The passing of former pitcher Anthony Young has inevitably led to recollections of his unenviable record for consecutive losses, a streak which Young handled with humor and dignity on late night TV talk shows. Back in the 1992-1993 seasons Young, who passed away on June 27 at age 51 after suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, lost 27 straight decisions as both a starter and a reliever for the New York Mets. His streak ended on July 28,1993 at Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins, who came just one out shy of...



Bad News: Baseball Has Problems - Good News: All Solutions Are Known And Available

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:21:28 -0500

Field of Dreams, the fantasy movie, had a mysterious voice saying, "If you build it - he will come." "Shoeless" Joe Jackson would return with his talented friends to show fans the way his generation played baseball. Sorry, Joe ain't coming back.



Broadcaster's Comparison Of Current Reds To Recent Rebuild Of Astros Is Off Base

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:27 -0500

After the last place Reds suffered an 18-3 pounding from the Washington Nationals, a long time Cincinnati broadcaster tried to provide a silver lining for the unhappy fans who support the team that plays its home games at Great American Ball Park. Even he, however, had to admit that the cloud will loom a few more seasons before the Reds could possibly become legitimate contenders. On his post game radio show, Dan Hoard compared Cincinnati to the team with the best record in all of baseball this year, the Houston Astros.



Freeman's Move From First To Third Recalls Ten Great Players Who Made The Opposite Switch

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:32:56 -0500

When Atlanta's Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list this month, he may be using a different glove. Because new Braves acquisition Matt Adams has become a key part of the offense, Freeman may move across the diamond to play third to accommodate Adams at first. If he does indeed make that shift, Freeman will join a tiny list of players who have moved from first to third.



MLB All-Star Ballots Should Be Arranged By WAR, Not By Alphabet

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:48:50 -0500

The officials at Major League Baseball have spent nearly a half decade trying to brainstorm ideas for speeding up the pace of the game, but they have accomplished very little toward that goal. Their most recent strategy, the no-pitch intentional walk, has cut at best a mere few seconds off the length of the average game. Unfortunately, the Commissioner's office has added those few seconds to an annual task of its fan base.



Baseball's Endangered Species - Bunts

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:18:23 -0500

His book, Coaching Youth League Baseball, was written by College Hall of Fame Coach, Skip Bertman in 1975. Much of what he wrote about bunting is basically ignored today.



Two Current First Place Clubs Would Make For An Intriguing, And Quite Ironic, World Series Matchup

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:17:11 -0500

Since we have not quite yet reached the All-Star break, it is I suppose a little early to start a discussion of the World Series. In spite of that fact, one team appears to be a clear favorite to reach the Fall Classic. The Astros have held the best winning percentage for most of the season, and they are at or near the top in the American League's offensive and pitching stats.



Minnesota Draft Pick Royce Lewis Hopes To Lead Successful Run Like Overall Number One Mauer In 2001

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:26:24 -0500

If Minnesota shortstop Royce Lewis turns out to be as good as its last overall number one selection, the Twins will be more than pleased. Back in 2001, after the club managed by Tom Kelly had finished with the worst record, the Twins chose a catcher from a local high school named Joe Mauer. Even though Mauer spent the next few seasons developing in the minor leagues, the Twins enjoyed immediate success the year they drafted him.



Baseball Players Whose Names Fit A Different Sport With Strikes

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:08:07 -0500

Before resuming their long storied rivalry, the Yankees and Red Sox took part in a charity bowling event prior to a three game series. Many members of both teams attended, including recently retired David Ortiz. Boston's All-Star designated hitter was a voluntary coach for one team, while New York left hander CC Sabithia served as coach of the other group of bowlers.



Baseball's Answer To Speed Up Games - Follow The Rules

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:54:38 -0500

Major League Baseball is constantly complaining about the length of their games and has implemented several Rule changes to speed them up. Unfortunately, they have not allowed their umpires to strictly enforce all Rules currently on the books. Although modified from time to time, most of these Rules are not new.



An Innovative Idea To Help Revive Waning Excitement About The MLB All-Star Game

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 15:58:58 -0500

The Major League Baseball All-Star game is just a little over a month away, and it will mark the first time the Midseason Classic will take place in the state of Florida. Although there have been teams there for over two decades, in addition to over a dozen Spring Training homes, it has never hosted the All-Star game. Marlins Park in Miami is the site for the 2017 game, which will mark the unofficial halfway point of the season.



Teaching Catching to Newcomers to Tee Ball

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:09:17 -0500

In the mid-1970s, I became involved in setting up a Tee Ball League based on the American Little League structure in Brisbane, Australia. Tee Ball was a new sport to all those who joined the new league. Very few parents of the players had played either Softball or Baseball. So it was a learning experience for them, too.



Teaching Fielding to Newcomers to Tee Ball

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:08:31 -0500

Tee Ball is different to cricket in that each fielder has a glove to use when catching and fielding the ball. These change the approach a coach must have to teaching the skills of catching and fielding in contrast to the teaching of those skills in Cricket or Vigoro.



Sitcoms Featuring Appearances By Famous Baseball Players

Tue, 30 May 2017 20:56:52 -0500

Men who have a bunch of homers have a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame, which also houses some excellent pitchers who occasionally yielded a homer. Now the Hall has a guy named Homer, even if he is just a cartoon. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the first airing of "Homer At the Bat," the wildly popular episode of The Simpsons that features appearances by a half dozen Major League All-Stars.



New York May Want To Start Dealing For The Future Beyond 2017

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:33:36 -0500

Troubles continue to mount for the Mets, who scratched right hander Jacob deGrom from his last scheduled start against the San Diego Pades. Although manager Terry Collins said the decision was an issue of weather and not a physical one, fans have to be at least a little concerned. After all, the club that was supposed to contend with Washington for the National League East championship, currently finds itself seven and a half games out of first.



Toronto Pitcher's Home Run Recalls Game Between Two Canadian Teams In 2003

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:25:49 -0500

Even though the game was played in a National League ball park, the Blue Jays still managed to have a DH. In this case, however, the two letters stood not for designated hitter, but "Due Homer." You could very easily argue that it was actually overdue, given the significance of that blast.



Five Huge Surprises In a The First Quarter Of The 2017 Baseball Season

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:15:32 -0500

Surprises abound as the 2017 baseball season progresses, as just a simple look at the current standings would indicate. Many of the clubs who were projected to reach the playoffs this year find themselves near the bottom or, in two particular cases, all the way down in last place. San Francisco, which has won nearly half of the seven World Series during the current decade, has the worst record in the National League.



Success Of Bellinger Leaves Dodgers Facing A Dilemma Several Teams Had To Overcome Last Season

Mon, 15 May 2017 07:44:34 -0500

Each season there inevitably develops a dilemma that is a benefit to their clubs, but it means trouble for certain individual players. It is referred to as the Wally Pipp syndrome, named after the Yankee first baseman who was replaced by Lou Gehrig. As the history books of baseball have pointed out, Pipp held his position regularly until an injury forced him to the sidelines for what was supposed to be just a game or two.



Players Visiting Their Old Teams Have Been Greeted Warmly So Far In 2017

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:18:01 -0500

Traditionally, homecomings are scheduled for the fall, when towns across the United States decorate floats in addition to electing certain local high school students as the King and Queen. Major League Baseball, however, has already celebrated some important homecomings, including two highly anticipated ones on the same night. Even several weeks before that historic night New York outfielder Matt Holliday visited St.



MLB: Bet Against the World

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:54:34 -0500

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."This quote from a well renowned baseball critic fits exactly to what we call MLB betting. Basically, it is nothing special, but just another type of baseball betting.



Pitchers Who a Have Maintained An Unlikely Dominance Over Future Hall Of Fame Sluggers

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:42:37 -0500

One of the most anticipated series in the American League will occur just a few weeks after the All-Star break, when the league's Most Valuable Player faces the defending champions for the first time this season. Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels travel to Cleveland to battle the defending pennant winning Indians for a three games series on Tuesday July 25 through Thursday, July 27. While most eyes will be on young stars like Trout and Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, one of the interesting individual match ups will involve a Cy...



Baseball Team Based On Characters From Shakespeare's Plays

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:49:41 -0500

"To be or not to be... a baseball player" was the question young Hamlet had to ask himself at one point in his life. The lad asking the question was not the title character of a famous play by William Shakespeare, but catcher Hamlet Marte of the class A Lancaster Jayhawks in the Colorado Rockies organization.



Potential Free Agents Often Put Baseball Fans In A Dilemma

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:56:44 -0500

Baseball fans might think it is a little too early to worry about players who are eligible to become free agents after this season, but that very topic often times hovers over a club throughout the year. This is especially true for a team that has several stars who could land huge free agent contracts. Toronto faced that situation just last year, when both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were to become free agents.



Backyard Baseball Batting Cages: Tips for Buying the Right One

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:39 -0500

Backyard baseball batting cages allow you making practice at home whenever you want. But before buying cage do you know the important points to consider for selecting right type & quality product? Read out here...



Your Guide to Softball and Baseball Turf Mats

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:20 -0500

Turf mats are one of the widely used products, made from artificial material which looks like grass for softball & baseball fields. They help to maintain the beauty & value of school or community & help to reduce the maintenance cost. If you are going to purchase it, read this article for getting the perfect quality turf mats.



Standings One Year Ago Should Worry Baseball Teams Expected To Contend In 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:22:38 -0500

Fans of teams who have been slow getting out of the gate will rationalize that baseball is a long season, citing that old metaphor about how it is a marathon rather than a sprint. While it is still very early, the waning days of April often serve as a harbinger for how the entire season will play out. Heading in to the fourth week of the 2016 season, Cleveland was the only playoff team below second place in its division.



How to Stop Illegal Bats in Sanctioned Play

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:08:15 -0500

As a bat shaving expert I have an intimate knowledge of bat altering. A local park owner and I had a conversation about illegal bats being used in sanctioned play. He thought the only way to keep doctored bats out of play was by supplying the bats or compression testing every bat each day of play.



The White Sox Become The First Team To Start All Three Outfielders With The Same Last Name

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:45:16 -0500

When the White Sox announced that they were the first team to start three outfielders with the same last name, I was surprised. You could even say it threw me for "Alou", as I recalled as a child seeing brothers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus all playing outfield for the Giants at the same time. A quick check at baseball-reference.



Detroit's Cabrera Is Not The Only Slugging Miguel In The American League

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:56:56 -0500

When a player dominates your team for over ten years, the best advice to heed would be a slightly different version of an old adage. For the Minnesota Twins it has translated to "If you can't beat him, sign him." Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, affectionately known by millions of adoring fans as Miggy, has owned the Twins since he entered the American League back in 2003.



Baseball Uniforms - Things You Must Be Aware Of

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:04:21 -0500

Baseball uniforms play an important role in the game of baseball. Therefore, this article defines all the details regarding baseball uniforms and the ways to choose a good one for your game.



Best Corner Infield Tandems In Baseball

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:45:26 -0500

The Red Sox may have a good chance of repeating as the champions of the American League East this season, but a report from a major sports web site has ranked them the worst in one vital component of a baseball team. The criticism involves two positions in the Boston infield, including that manned by former World Series Most Valuable Player Pablo Sandoval. According to Jonah Keri of cbssports.



First At Bat On Opening Day Often Foretells The Success Or Failure For The New Season

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:21:36 -0500

When the 2017 season draws to an end in October, each team will have batted first in 81 games. The most important of those in determining the fate of each team could very well be the opener, based on what happened on the first at bats of 2016. On April 4 last season in Los Angeles, Dexter Fowler doubled on the first pitch off of right hander Garrett Richards, the ace of Angels staff.



Importance Of Baseball Uniforms

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:42:15 -0500

Like other sports, even in the game of baseball, the uniform plays a major role. This article therefore, discusses about the importance of the uniform of baseball as well as the latest trends of the baseball uniforms.



Active Players Who Could Be In Baseball's Hall Of Fame By 2027

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:54:25 -0500

It will be at least five years before the decisions will be made, but the topic is one to ponder as the new baseball season begins. Which current players have the best odds of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Hame after their playing days are over? A sports web site recently addressed that issue, listing the most likely future Hall of Famer from every team.



Considerations To Make When Buying The Best Baseball Bats

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:08:36 -0500

Baseball is a very popular game in some countries and it combines different skills, including hitting, throwing, speed and even quick decision making skills. A bat is the most important equipment in the game and you must be keen when choosing if at all you are to have a good time in the field of play. A hitter who ends up with the wrong bat is bound to have issues with swing speed and other mechanics of the game. When you have the wrong bat you will have a harder time making solid contact with your ball. It makes it very important to consider all elements that really matter when looking for a baseball bat.



Opening Weekend Features Intriguing Match Ups To Start The 2017 MLB Season

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:09:38 -0500

As if the start of a new baseball season needed any added anticipation after a contentious Presidential election and a long winter, the schedule makers of Major League Baseball have provided fans with several intriguing match ups on the slate of opening series. These games include a battle between two old time rivals that will be broadcast on National television. Though they will certainly be noteworthy games, not one of the match ups will be a historical first like an opening series last year.



To Replace Gregorius At Shortstop, the Yankees Need To Look At His Former Team

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:49 -0500

The Reds suddenly have an opportunity to trade All-Star Zack Cozart, even though it comes at the expense of another former Cincinnati shortstop. Due to an injury in the World Baseball Classic, the New York Yankees need a replacement for Didi Gregorius. While playing for Netherlands in the WBC, Gregorius suffered a shoulder injury that will leave him sidelined until at least May.



Baseball Deals That Have Fans Scratching Their Heads Entering The 2017 Season

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:28:15 -0500

In a few short weeks the new baseball season will start, and fans can begin to assess the effects of the acquisitions made by their teams. Signing free agents always carries a certain risk, as does adding players via trades. Most deals are obviously done in order to fill a hole or improve a weak spot on the roster, like the Cardinals signing free agent Dexter Fowler to fill both the hole in center field as well as to strengthen the lead off spot.



The Minnesota Twins Are Projected To Have The Largest Increase In The Win Column For 2017

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:15:28 -0500

Before the new baseball season gets underway, many fans are wondering what to expect from their favorite teams. The latest issue of Sports Illustrated has listed the over or under win totals for each club, which will either encourage or discourage its followers. The team projected to have the biggest increase in victories is Minnesota which, according to oddsshark.



St Louis Is Not Baseball's Model Franchise In Spite Of Just One Losing Season In Seventeen Years

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:13:48 -0500

During a Spring Training broadcast between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Twins on the MLB network, one of Minnesota's announcers paid the ultimate tribute to the opposing team. He looked at the win-loss records of St.



Pitchers For Opening Day Should Earn The Privilege

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:59:36 -0600

The first game of the baseball season is always special, and every player relishes the opportunity to take part in it. For some reason, however, teams tend to make special announcements when they select the pitcher who will start the game.



Baseball Names Who Would Make A Good Roster For A Team In Las Vegas

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:18 -0600

Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, has declared that Las Vegas is a viable market for future expansion. His predecessor, Bud Selig, had during his tenure dismissed placing a team in that city because of its association with gambling. The topic came up during Manfred's February 21 press conference in Arizona, where Cactus League play was scheduled to begin.



Will The Reds One Day Retire The Number Of All-Star Brandon Phillips?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:35:25 -0600

A Cincinnati radio station hosted its last edition of the Reds Hot Stove League this week, since the program will soon give way to the broadcast of Spring Training games from the Cactus League in Arizona. The main issue was not about the present state of the club, but rather about one of its very recent past players. The host of the show suggested that recently-traded second baseman Brandon Phillips, while worthy of induction into the Reds Hall of Fame some day, does not deserve the honor of having his number retired...



Chicago's Lineup Must Have Bryant and Rizzo In the Middle To Repeat As Champs

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:50:05 -0600

Babe Ruth batted clean up for the storied Yankees of the Twenties, but he certainly had help from the player who hit in front of him. That third hole slugger was first baseman and fellow Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who combined with the Sultan of Swat to make the best middle of the order tandem in the history of the game. It would not be until seventy years later that any three and four hitters would come close to those of the New York World Series champions of Ruth and Gehrig.



Games Against Padres And Braves Will Feature Season Highlights For Cincinnati Fans

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:57:08 -0600

Most of my fellow fans, as they circle the Reds games they plan to attend this year, are placing circles around the two contests against the Yankees in May. They are also highlighting many of the nine games the Cubs will play in Great American Ball Park, and the annual interleague battles with the Indians. Because of that geographical rivalry, the Reds are in an unusual, albeit unenviable, position.



Baseball Hall of Famers Who Spent All But One Season With the Same Team

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:51:44 -0600

New Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Bagwell became one of the rare modern day players who spent his entire career with one club, but he came very close to having begun his tenure with a team in the opposite league. Having been drafted by the Red Sox and spending his entire minor league stint in their farm system, Boston dealt their future first baseman on the last day of the trading deadline in 1990. In exchange for Bagwell, Boston received from the Astros pitcher Larry Anderson in an effort to strengthen the Red Sox rotation...



Baseball Portable Mounds Allow Use of Facility for Multiple Games

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:53:13 -0600

Baseball portable mounds can easily transform any playing field into a game or practice area in a few minutes. These portable types come with different heights and taper so that all ages can play. Read More...



After Blocking Three Trades, Phillips Must Yield To Cincinnati's Second Base Prospect

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:01:44 -0600

Throughout the winter off season, the team with the worst record in the league last year did almost nothing to improve, beyond hoping that its young players get enough experience to improve enough to compete by 2019. The few moves the Reds did make all focused on the bullpen, which finished with the third highest earned run average in all of baseball in 2016. What the Cincinnati front office has not addressed, even though there is an easy solution, is the other position in which it ranked twenty-eighth out of the thirty...



A Look Back At Last Year's Bold Baseball Predictions

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:13:18 -0600

Predictions for the upcoming baseball season sprout up about this time every year, an exercise that helps create excitement for yet another chapter of America's oldest pastime. It is almost certain that 2017 will be no different, so keep an eye out for those annual baseball magazines and almanacs that appear on shelves at grocery stores beginning in February.



The Best Third Basemen in the History of Baseball

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:34:24 -0600

When discussing this I have to be careful since I like Brooks. Just a couple of years after he retired he came through our area and played a couple of slow pitch softball games with some of us. He is a down to earth guy.



Cooking Fanatic Rick Renteria Would Be Great Manager For This Team Of Kitchen-Related Ballplayers

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:53:30 -0600

Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria made news this winter, although it had less to do with the hot stove than it did with the kitchen stove. He recently visited Chicago's Benito Juarez Community Academy to speak with students enrolled in the culinary program, discussing a passion for cooking that was handed down from his mother. The dish Renteria prepared as the students watched and listened was a favorite Mexican entree, queso fundido.



Minnesota Should Take A Chance With Former Cy Young Winner Tim Lincecum

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:29:48 -0600

The Minnesota Twins have already invited a former San Francisco Giants pitcher to spring training, so why not add another one? After all, few teams are as desperate for pitching as the Twins, who finished with the worst team earned run average in all of baseball last season. Ryan Vogelsong is already set to appear in Spring Training, vying for what would likely be a spot in the bullpen.



Major League Players Expected To Switch Positions In 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:11:24 -0600

As teams pack up in anticipation of heading to either Florida or Arizona for Spring Training in a few weeks, some clubs will be monitoring the progress of players who are switching positions in 2017. Oftentimes the transition proves smooth, as evidenced by the half dozen or so players who were asked to switch diamond spots heading into last season. Among the best-known veterans who made a change in 2016 were several All-Stars.



Baseball Training Aids That You Should Buy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:41:59 -0600

Baseball requires skills. Some people have them since birth, but there are others that can develop the skills through practice. And if you want to make the most out of those practice sessions, you should consider getting baseball training aids. There are different baseball training aids on the market today. The list below will show you training equipment that is useful for both beginners and advanced players alike. They provide a broad training base for players of all levels.



Team Triple Crown Winners During 2017 Baseball Season

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:06:08 -0600

Before the Holidays it appeared a certainty that All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier would be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but team officials have recently admitted that trade talks with the Minnesota Twins have been tabled. Although a deal could still be made before Opening Day, that news has to be a relief for Twins fans. After all, Minnesota relied almost exclusively last year on the production of Dozier.



Five Things to Know Before Going to a Cubs Game

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:39:14 -0600

Thinking of going to a Chicago Cubs game for the first time? Here are five things to know before you make the trip to Wrigley Field!



Five Baseball Managers Likely To Be On The Hot Seat In 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:35:49 -0600

Three managers will be spending their first Opening Day 2017 with their new teams, and each one is hoping to get off to a good start to relieve some of the pressure that comes with the job. Last year saw two managers take over teams that would eventually reach the playoffs, as Dusty Baker took over the helm of the Washington Nationals and Dave Roberts replaced Don Mattingly as skipper of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the other extreme, some managers may be experiencing in 2017 what will be their last Opening Day with their current...



Develop Player Strength and Extension With Total Control Balls

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:58:31 -0600

Total control balls are used in both baseball & softball and it helps in developing strength of the players. Read here how you can enhance extension of your player through this.



Turf Mats: The Must-Haves for Your Team

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:55:58 -0600

If you are having a baseball team, then you must be aware of the importance of turf mats, isn't it? Here are the list of various turf mats that you must have for your team. Take a look!



In Spite Of Its Early Success, Atlanta Fans Should Be Happy To Leave Turner Field Behind

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:04:53 -0600

One of the many things to look forward to in the 2017 baseball season is the new park opening in Atlanta, which will be called SunTrust Park. Its location is in the suburb of Cobb County, about ten miles northwest of Atlanta, and the Braves hope the new stadium will help them forget the last half decade that they called Turner Field their home. The last postseason game played in Turner Field was back in 2012, and it will help erase any fond feelings for that site as the Braves move into the new ball...



Increase In Popularity For Bonds Recalls Other Players Who Have Grown More Likable After Retirement

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:05:18 -0600

Most of the baseball world is looking forward to not only the start of Spring Training next month, but also the World Baseball Classic. Before those two events, however, fans will be paying close attention to the another annual highlight, the Hall of Fame selections. This year's ballot is loaded with stars, none of which appears to be a shoo in.



They Are No Longer The Most Popular Name In Baseball, But Smiths Could Still Boast A Great Roster

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:55:48 -0600

According to ESPN.com, the number of current players named Rodriguez and Gonzales is now higher than the number of Smiths in Major League Baseball. That statistic reflects not only the influx of Latin Americans in the country's pastime, but also in the United States in general.



Tips on Purchasing a Pitcher's Screen

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:42:24 -0600

If you are looking for some tips for purchasing a pitcher's screen, then you should read this article. Take a look and make the best of your investment.



Encarnacion Signs With Cleveland And Joins If You Can't Beat 'Em Join 'Em Club

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:45:39 -0600

The signing announced last week was a bit of a surprise, but free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion finally chose to sign with Cleveland. Earlier predictions had the All-Star power hitter either staying with Toronto or heading to Boston, where he would have been the successor to the now retired David Ortiz. He should provide manager Terry Francona and the Indians with a much needed power bat from the right side in the order, joining a lineup that came up just one win short of its first World Series championship in over half...



Changes In the 2017 Baseball Season That Will Take Some Time For Most Fans To Get Used To

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:06:42 -0600

Pittsburgh has reportedly been trying to acquire Chicago starter Jose Quintana, news that seems to indicate the Pirates hope to compete rather than rebuild in 2017. The White Sox, who in their current rebuild have already traded left hander Chris Sale and lead off hitter Adam Eaton, would demand at least two Pittsburgh prospects in return. The interest in Quintana most likely means that center fielder Andrew McCutcheon will remain in Pittsburgh.