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Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:35:43 -0500


Brandon Phillips Would Be A Great Replacement For Injured Harrison In Pittsburgh

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:12:26 -0500

Josh Harrison suffered a fractured hand after being hit by a pitch in Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, an injury which will likely sideline Pittsburgh's All-Star second baseman for almost two months. The Pirates, who currently sit on top of the National League Central division, need not look too hard to find an experienced Gold Glove winner to fill in at second during Harrison's prolonged stint on the disabled list. Their answer, if they intend to stay at the top of the division, is not likely to be the guy they called up from...

Rookie Managers of Two Top Teams In Baseball Have One Important Thing In Common

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:11:28 -0500

Major League Baseball had an influx of new mangers heading into the 2018 season, including three for clubs that made the postseason last year. One of the newly hired skippers had never even been a coach at the Big League level, not to mention his complete lack of managerial experience. It should come as no surprise that this inexperienced new skipper, Aaron Boone of the Yankees, finds his clubs closer to the bottom than the top of the American League East.

Reduce Risk Of Injury With Baseball Portable Mounds

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:29:56 -0500

Trying to decide between portable and permanent ones for your field? Team managers and coaches are recognizing the value of having a low-maintenance, moveable pitching area that improves player performance and tournament scheduling, reduces risk of injury, and keeps younger players in the sport longer. Learn about the key reasons why they have become an integral part of youth leagues as well as parks and recreation baseball programs.

Understanding Baseball Home Plates

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:29:42 -0500

Prior to 1900, plates could be made of any material, but with the introduction of Robert Keating's design around the turn of the 20th century, they were all required to be made of rubber. As a result, suppliers now offer either all-rubber or partial rubber products. Rubber has distinct advantages. It improves player safety, reduces hand vibrations and provides for springy takeoff to first base. Where these products really differ is in their mounting types and bottoms. Learn what your options are before you make a purchase.

Benefits Of Baseball Batting Cages

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:28:44 -0500

As a coach or team manager, you juggle many balls to keep things in order. From balancing the budget to enhancing team performance, ensuring player safety and field maintenance, your plate is full of challenges!

The Curse Of The Eighteenth Letter In The 2018 Season

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:19:09 -0500

Considering it is the eighteenth year of the century, it comes as no surprise that I have frequently heard Alice Cooper's first huge hit on the local oldies stations. Even though "Eighteen" is a song about age, it has never been more appropriate this year than it has in the four and a half decades since it was released on the band's Love It To Death album. The year of '18 will most likely continue to be a good one for Alice Cooper and his earliest Top Twenty single, but that number so far has not looked...

Colorado And Miami Share 25th Anniversary This Year, But Little Else

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:41:18 -0500

The two teams are nearly polar opposites, even beyond the two thousand miles that separate them geographically. One team made the postseason last year and is expected to make it again in 2018, while the other in yet another long rebuild has not tasted the playoffs in fifteen years. Colorado is consistently among the top ten clubs in attendance, which means that nearly three million fans attend Coors Field to see the Rockies each year.

Best Youth Baseball Bats - Choices in Material

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:22:38 -0500

One of the secrets to success on the field is playing with the right gear. Ill-fitting sportswear or shoddy quality equipment can affect the player's performance. Hence, the need to pay attention to what you buy.

Opening Day Battle In Detroit Recalls Unique Slugfest Between Babe Ruth's Yankees And The Red Sox

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:32:22 -0500

Home runs, which were hit in record numbers last year, portend to be even more prominent in 2018. Opening Day featured plenty of the long ball, including three by the same player. Chicago designated hitter Matt Davidson went deep with a trio of home runs in a 14-7 rout against Kansas City, and White Sox teammate Tim Anderson cleared the fence on two occasions in that game.

Twins Face A Tough Decision On Joe Mauer

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:29:47 -0500

The Minnesota Twins must have let out a sigh of relief at the recent news from the officials at Major League Baseball, but the team is still carrying a large albatross as it prepares for the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred's office issued a statement last week that All Star third baseman Miguel Sano would not be suspended for an alleged sexual abuse incident, which MLB concluded was without enough evidence to further investigate. Sano of course is an essential part of the Twins batting order, a middle of the lineup presence that...

Three Rookie Managers Are Favorites To Win The World Series In 2018

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:34:45 -0500

Alex Cora, Aaron Boone and Dave Martinez enter the 2018 season in an exclusive club, joining only a handful of other rookie managers to take over a team that had reached the playoffs the previous year. The long history of Major League Baseball has seen just ten such skippers, and not even one of them led his team to the World Series in that first term. Even worse, more than half of those rookie managers failed to take their inherited playoff teams to the postseason, including fourth place finishes suffered by Jimy Williams with the 1986 Toronto Blue...

Pssst, Want to Be in A Good Mood? Treat Your Hat Good

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:48:04 -0500

In our day and age, it's safe to say that hats have become a staple in human culture and fashion, and probably the most recognizable, yet simplest design is the classic baseball cap. Baseball caps are sometimes worn sideways or even backwards as fashion statements, but for the most part, these hats are worn to push back your hair and to protect your eyes when exercising or playing sports, primarily, baseball. Unfortunately, when working out in the heat, for example, in the summer when we are most active, we tend to sweat, a lot.

Another New Rule Change Would Make Extra Innings Even More Exciting Than Putting A Runner At Second

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:33:02 -0500

Major League Baseball has officially decided to adopt a new rule intended to shorten the length of some games, but for the upcoming season it will affect only teams in the Minors. When the score is tied after nine innings, each team will start its next at bat with a runner on second. As the new rule stipulates, the runner placed on base must be the last player to bat before the hitter due to lead off the tenth inning.

Team Triple Crown Highlights Success Of Individual Player, But Failure For The Club

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:25:17 -0600

It is such a rare feat that almost fifty years passed without one single player having reached it, until Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers earned it in 2012. That season he smashed 45 home runs, collected 139 runs batted in, and hit .330, leading the American League in all three categories to net the coveted Triple Crown.

Baseball Writer Needs To Show More Objectivity When Voting For 2018 Award Winners

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:22:55 -0600

The St. Louis Cardinals have added outfielder Marcel Ozuna to strengthen its lineup, while the Milwaukee Brewers really boosted their outfield by signing free agent Lorenzo Cain and trading for Christian Yellich. In the National League Central division, however, it is the Chicago Cubs that is the team to beat.

All Star Bob Watson Had 186 Homers With a Thousand Runs Batted In, And Now One Huge Sacrifice

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:41:55 -0600

Former Major League All-Star Bob Watson amassed eleven sacrifices over his nineteen year career in Major League Baseball, but not one of them was as selfless as the sacrifice he recently made. In dire need of a new kidney, Watson refused to accept the offer his children made to be donors. Watson said that he has already lived 71 years, and he should not hinder their chances to live long as well.

Angels May End Up Bedeviled By Effort To Boost Home Run Production For Ohtani

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:35 -0600

Los Angeles has decided to shorten the height of its home run fence, possibly in an effort to boost the power numbers o the highly touted newcomer to the Angels. The reduction of ten feet, from eighteen down to eight, seems to conveniently coincide with the team's signing of international star slugger Shoehei Ohtani. Let it be noted that the change is not likely to effect the two most prominent sluggers in the lineup, because both Mile Trout and Albert Pujols are right handed hitters.

Unique Facts About The Late Tito Francona

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:52:17 -0600

Just as pitchers and catchers reported to their respective spring training destinations in either the Cactus League of Arizona or the Grapefruit League of Florida, the baseball world received news that no doubt dampened the usual enthusiasm of the beginning of a new season. Tito Francona, a fifteen year Major League veteran and the father of current Cleveland Indians manager Terry, passed away on February 13 at age 84. Although his son has become more well-known because of several World Series Championships and pennants, Tito actually enjoyed a better career on the field...

The Twins Must Add A Pitcher In Light Of Santana's Surgery

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:23:51 -0600

The Twins had been actively pursuing a veteran pitcher for their rotation, but now their pursuit must end. In light of the loss of Santana, Minnesota must actually acquire, not just pursue, a veteran starter. Things already looked bad for the club that went from having the sport's worst record in 2016 to reaching the postseason last year, when an accusation of sexual assault was made against All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano.

A Few Additions To A Columnist's 18 Things To Hope For In The 2018 Baseball Season

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:07:04 -0600

Jordan Foster of the Sporting News wrote a column this week identifying eighteen things he wants to seen during this baseball season, which is set to begin in two weeks with the onset of Spring Training. Several of his dozen and a half items are ones that appear perennially in his column, while others are unique to the upcoming season. As he has proposed in the past, Foster wants to see the designated hitter rule applied in both leagues.

Braun Move To Second Base Would Not Be All That Difficult In The Game Of Today

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:12:21 -0600

Milwaukee just enjoyed quite a week, acquiring two top notch sluggers within a span of 24 hours. After signing free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a five year contract, the Brewers then acquired Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins in exchange for a package of top prospects. This sudden influx of talent, which provides huge upgrades to both its defense and offense, does nevertheless pose a problem for Milwaukee.

Dickens On The Diamond: Roster Of Baseball Players Sharing Names With Characters Of Charles Dickens

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:59:39 -0600

The Los Angeles Dodgers posted a recent promotion that had a sketch of third baseman Justin Turner, who was adorned in a beret and smock while holding a paint brush in front of an easel. The caption identified Turner as "The Artful Dodger", an allusion to a character in the famous Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. For all of us who caught the reference right away, I offer an entire roster of baseball players who share a name with a character from the writings of Dickens.

Major League Baseball Promotes The Home Runs Myth - Again

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:30:46 -0600

MLB loves Home Runs (HR). They loved them during the steroids era and celebrated the players who cheated to produce them.

Softball Pitching Mats: Jennie Finch Has The Latest Technology

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:26:42 -0600

For any sports facility, having a steady surface is quite important as it adds to the level of play. While getting Softball Pitching Mats for Baseball or Softball games, the technology is an important factor to be considered. Here are some of the facts that state why you should go for Jennie Finch.

What to Look for in a Baseball Pitch Back

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:11:00 -0600

There are many questions that arise while purchasing Baseball Pitch Back for any facility. We get questions like "What to look for when about to make a purchase", "what quality should it posses" etc. And with the right information about the product, one can save a lot on cost & get improved quality. Here is some information on What to Look for when buying Baseball Pitch Back.

Help Your Team Play Its A-Game With the Hack Attack Pitching Machine

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:10:15 -0600

Whether it is Baseball or a Softball Team, a pitching machine is useful for both the sports as it improves accuracy, speed & skills of a player. But with the options available, the confusion just keeps rising. With the right information about all kinds of Pitching Machines, one can easily determine what he needs. Here is some information about choosing Hack Attack Pitching Machine for your next game.

Baseball Broadcasters Who Have Had More Success In The Booth Than On The Playing Field

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:16:31 -0600

One name invariably comes up every January, when Major League Baseball reveals the selections for its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It is neither Pete Rose nor Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens nor any other player with controversial issues which have so far outweighed their statistical accomplishments. Jim Deshaies, a reliable pitcher for the Astros during his career, made baseball history in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame by getting just one vote.

Pittsburgh Outfielder Moves From Pirates To Giants Exactly 25 Years After Barry Bonds

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:04:30 -0600

Baseball's career home run leader changed teams for the only time during the winter of 1993, leaving the Pirates to sign a free agent contract with the Giants. He would of course remain there on his way to not only the records for career and single season home runs, but also the record for Most Valuable Player awards. Now 25 years later, another M.

Five Other Games In The Season's First Half That Should Copy Oakland's Free Admission Promo

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:43 -0600

What should certainly prove to be one of the most memorable promotions in baseball in 2018 will take place in Oakland, where on April 17 fans will be in for a literal treat. Since that particular day marks the exact fiftieth anniversary of the first baseball game in the Oakland Coliseum, all fans will be admitted free of charge.

Free Agent All-Stars Could Be Heading To Cities Where They Have Received Rude Welcomes

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:05:07 -0600

Although both of them have been in many All-Star games as well as having led their clubs to successive postseason appearances, neither one has been rated high on this winter's free agent market. Outfielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Brandon Phillips could very well write some intriguing stories, considering the teams who have indicated at least a modicum of interest in them. The Rangers are looking to add some power from the designated hotter spot, which is currently held by left handed hitting Shin soo Choo.

Baseball and How It Relates to Life

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:04:26 -0600

You can learn a lot from baseball. The great sport has many lessons you can use in your everyday life.

Alonzo Signs With Indians, Joining An Impressive List Of Former Reds To Later Play For Cleveland

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:08:20 -0600

The Indians this week signed free agent Yonder Alonzo to play first base, which led many to repeat the word "surprise" made famous by the late Jim Nabors in his role as Gomer Pyle. After all, Alonzo is a former member of the Reds, a team the Indians have often turned to when looking for players. Some of the transactions have worked well for Cleveland, but recently it has been the Reds who have benefitted more from the ex-Indians.

Playing With Four By Fours: A Baseball Team Of Players With Four Letters In Both Names

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:14:56 -0600

Baseball fans were given a special treat in the Christmas edition of The New York Times, thanks to a column by Tyler Kepner. His gift to us was a fifty question quiz on baseball trivia, thirty of which I answered correctly. The query that most intrigued me was one about the history of the Most Valuable Player awards, an answer that required five names.

Phillies Should Surprise The Baseball World With A Pennant Run In 2018

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 18:33:16 -0600

Just this week the Phillies made headlines, signing coveted free agent Carlos Santana to a lucrative for three year contract. Few experts had considered Philadelphia, who has been in a rebuilding phase for the past few seasons, among the teams to land a big free agent. After all, the club began shedding its heavy contracts a few seasons ago, trading or releasing All-Stars such as Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Baseball Roster Of Player Names That Welcome The "New" Year

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:38:33 -0600

As we near the commencement of another January, I am reminded of one of my favorite episodes of the TV sitcom Seinfeld. Titled "The Millennium," the plot centered around the competition between Kramer and Newman to attract people their respective New Year parties. Even though Newman was frequently the antagonist in the series, he actually was worth rooting for in this particular episode.

Adding Cozart To Acquisitions Of Ohtani And Kinsler Would Put Los Angeles Into The Playoffs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:46:30 -0600

Most Cincinnati fans lost track of one of their favorite players last August, when All-Star Brandon Phillips finished the season on the West Coast. The Gold Glove second baseman had become a much-beloved figure at Great American Ballpark in the eleven years he spent with the Reds, who traded him to the Atlanta Braves just before Spring Training last year. Because he remained in the National League, as well as in the same time zone, Cincinnati fans were able to track Phillips while he played for the Braves.

In Spite Of Ohtani Hype, There Are Better Opening Day Games Than His Angels Debut Against Oakland

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:09:36 -0600

Now that the drama about Shohei Ohtani must subside, thus begins the hype about his prospective game-changing role when the 2018 season starts. The Japanese star finally decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, who intend to use him as both a starting pitcher and a designated hitter. One of the hosts of a popular daily baseball show suggested that he had already circled the Angels against the Oakland A's as the Opening Day game he intends to watch on March 29, even though a host of other games are likely to be more exciting than one...

Buddha's Viewpoint on OBP

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:32:31 -0600

Do baseball and Zen have something in common? Joey Votto's patience may prove it.

Cleveland Could Find An Upgrade At First From Right Within Its Own Division

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:31:50 -0600

Last off season the Cleveland Indians surprised everyone in baseball when they landed the most highly coveted free agent on the market, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. With that acquisition the defending American League Champions not only expected to return to the World Series, but win it as well. Even though the club failed to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, it is highly unlikely to pursue a big name free agent this year.

Cincinnati Has An Already Familiar Voice To Eventually Replace Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Brennaman

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:19:10 -0600

The Reds have gone through a record number of pitchers over the last two seasons, so Cincinnati fans have become well acquainted with learning new names for both starters and relievers every few weeks. The constant changing that has really been frustrating, though, for us who follow the games has nothing to do with decisions on the diamond. Almost inexplicably, the Reds have employed a haphazard scheduling system for its many broadcasters.

Baseball Phrases That Need To Be Laid To Rest

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:42:10 -0600

Perhaps the sport of baseball needs to follow the example of a luxury retail brand, who just announced that its name needed a facelift. According to the November 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal, the company will do business under its new name beginning this month. While changing the very name of baseball would be much too drastic, there are some stale phrases which seem to reinforce the sport as outdated or inaccurate.

Mets' Hope Callaway, Their 21st Manager, Will Have a Long Tenure

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:45:04 -0600

Mickey Callaway has been named as the managerial replacement for Terry Collins, who had led the Mets to the National League Championship just two seasons ago. Callaway, a former right hander who has been the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians for the past few seasons, inherits a team with many talented hurlers such as Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. The new skipper will be the twenty first hired in the history of the franchise, which began play as part of a four team expansion in 1962.

How to Enjoy a Baseball Game in Cuba

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:56:49 -0600

Learn How to enjoy a baseball game in Cuba with Bed and Breakfast in Cuba. It's an experience you don't want to miss in your next trip to this island.

Another San Francisco Giant Could Replace Barry Bonds As The Single Season Home Run King

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:25:07 -0600

The fact that his home happens to be there is not the only reason Giancarlo Stanton has expressed a preference to play on the West Coast, if the Miami Marlins do indeed intend to trade him and his hefty salary. A look at his career statistics against clubs in the National League West indicates that he has enjoyed tremendous success, making one imagine even better offensive totals if he faced those clubs more than just six times per season. Stanton has frequently been mentioned in trade talks, since the new ownership partners of Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman...

It's Not Too Early To Judge Potential Rookie of the Year Candidates For 2018

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:03:42 -0600

As everyone had expected, the selections for the 2017 Rookie of the Awards were both unanimous. They were the first pair to get every vote in the same season since 1997, when Scott Rolen of the Philadelphia Phillies won it in the National League and Ichiro Suzuki took the honor in the American. Outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who was also a finalist for the Most Valuable Player Award, received the selection in the A.

List of Teams Without a World Series Title Reduced To Seven Now That Houston Won It In 2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:01:59 -0600

It took fifteen years for the octet to lose a member, but it finally happened on the first day of November in 2017. After the Houston Astros finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers, the list of baseball teams without a World Series championship dropped to seven. All but two members of the septet have at least made it to the Fall Classic, including one club who has made it twice.

Realignment Proposal Would Make It Impossibe For Dodgers-Astros World Series Rematch

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 19:07:50 -0600

Because both teams have a talented young corps of players, the Astros and Dodgers may return to the World Series in 2018. The odds are quite slim, considering the same two teams have not made back to back appearances in the Fall Classic in forty years. If Houston and Los Angeles do not reach the World Series next year, then it could be impossible for both of them to win pennants ever again in the same season.

Crazy World Series Between Los Angeles and Houston Recalls Wacky Showdown From 1993

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:39:48 -0500

Game Five of the 2017 World Series ended with the most runs scored in the Fall Classic in over twenty years, a ten-inning affair that also set a record number for home runs hit. Nevertheless, one memorable World Series game saw the two pennant winners cross the plate nearly thirty times, and they managed to do it without the extra inning. Back in the fall of 1993, Toronto entered game four in Philadelphia having won two of the first three.

Initials Of World Series Stars Reveal Generation Gap Between Milennials And Baby Boomers

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:16:27 -0500

After Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner hit a two run homer to put the Dodgers up for good in game one of the World Series, a commentator referred to him by his initials. Fans of celebrity Justin Timberlake responded, identifying their idol as the true J.T.

The World Series Should Recall Houston's First Championship Battle Against Los Angeles

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:06:43 -0500

Houston is heading to Los Angeles for a huge battle for the World Series, marking just the second time the Astros have reached the Fall Classic. The Dodgers themselves, for all of their postseason appearances over the last few decades, have not been to the World Series since 1988. The two clubs have obviously never met in a postseason championship until now, but they did battle for a division championship exactly thirty seven years ago.

Understanding Baseball Through a Computer Simulation: Evaluating Batting, Steals, and the Hot Hand

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:55:52 -0500

Baseball is a team game, so it can be very difficult to truly determine the impact of individual players or decisions. Through a computer simulation, I can quickly run through millions of innings, and individual variables can be manipulated to determine their effect on runs scored. This includes eliminating all other players and simulating a lineup made up entirely of one hitter, tweaking the likelihood of a certain outcome such as a home run, and adding stolen bases to a specific situation. This controlled environment gives us a precise way to determine the value of hitters, the relative value of different types of hits in terms of runs scored, when an attempted steal will help the team, and provides evidence against the hot hand.

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, 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 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.

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.