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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:54:36 -0600

 



Toronto Native Votto Is Not Going To The Blue Jays, But His Long Time Former Teammate Might Be

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:17:06 -0600

Toronto, which is going to lose either Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, must attempt to replace the power of those two sluggers. They made a small step in doing that by signing designated hitter Kendrys Morales in November, a switch hitter with a higher career batting average but far less power than either Encarnacion or Bautista. The Blue Jays have often during the past half decade shown interest in Toronto native Joey Votto, who has a long term contract with Cincinnati.



Who Invented T-Ball?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:55:44 -0600

"I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat." Babe Ruth - On May 6, 2001, the Capitol City League Rockies and the Satchel Paige League Memphis Red Sox from the Washington, D.C.



Cleveland Has A Better Chance Than Chicago To Return To The World Series In 2017

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:57:55 -0600

The youth of the Cubs, epitomized by the selection of Kris Bryant as the National League Most Valuable Player, has many people discussing a return to the World Series next year and beyond for the team from Chicago's North Side. In actuality, it seems that their opponents in this past Fall Classic are more likely than the Cubs to reach it again in 2017. Several key members of the Cubs are facing free agency, most notably closer Aroldis Chapman and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler.



Why Children Like to Play Baseball

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:13 -0600

No matter what is going on in your life you can grab your glove and head for field that fills your dreams each night. All of your troubles just melt away and suddenly you can be anyone you want to be. That is how a child feels when they get to the beloved baseball diamond



Rookie of the Year Drought Ends For Dodgers After Twenty Years

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:06:17 -0600

The Dodgers finally nabbed another Rookie of the Year award, ending an ignominious streak of over twenty years without one. Los Angeles Shortstop Corey Seager was the 2016 recipient of the National League Rookie of the Year honor, while Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer was selected in the American League. That Southern California rookie drought, which dates back to 1996, seems even more incredulous when you recall the fact that Los Angeles before that enjoyed a streak of five straight years where a Dodger player earned that very award.



New Minnesota Front Office Executives Have An Unpopular Task To Tackle

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:57:35 -0600

The team which lost the most games last season has a completely different front office now, as Minnesota hired a new chief executive as well as a new general manager. The Twins made the announcement on Monday, November 7, via a news conference on the MLB channel. General Manager Thad Levine will be taking over the Minnesota organization after a tenure working with the Colorado Rockies, and Dave Falvey will serve as the team's chief executive baseball officer.



Live Baseball Games: Truly American Events

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:05:31 -0500

A baseball game is less similar to other sporting events and more of an American tradition. Going to a live game is a family-friendly trip with food, entertainment, and history for all tastes.



Chicago's Answer To The Curse: Steal First, Then Use The Purse

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:44:56 -0500

Forgive me if I refrain from reveling in the lifting of the curse of the Cubs, as they reached the World Series for the first time since 1948. Had the event occurred three or four or five years ago I could share in the celebration, but this team is not the lovable losers America had grown fond of. When you trace how the Cubs acquired this team and their manager, you realize they seem more like the hated Yankees of past decades than the traditionally lovable losers.



The Last Place Baseball Team Most Likely To Move Up In 2017

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:41:57 -0500

It is not all that rare in baseball for a team to suffer back to back seasons in last place in its division, and it happened to two clubs in 2016. What is unusual, however, is the fact that both of those teams actually reached the playoffs just the season before their two consecutive last places finishes. The Cincinnati Reds ended up at the bottom of the National League Central last season, just as they had done the year before.



The Benefits of Portable Backstops for Baseball Teams

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:40:14 -0500

As an owner of team or recreational facility, you must be wondering why to invest in baseball portable backstops, isn't it? This article has got answer for you. Read here the benefits of portable backstops for your team!



Nearly A Third Of All Shortstops Are Eligible For Arbitration For the 2017 Season

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:19:50 -0500

If the teams are unable to offer a contract acceptable to their young players, both sides of course go to arbitration. Few parties ever have to take negotiations that far, but this winter it is likely that players from one position will find themselves in that situation. The arbiters who decide the cases will need to really familiarize themselves with shortstops, since nearly one third of the starters at that position are eligible for arbitration heading into the 2017 season.



Five Players Likely To Switch Positions On the Baseball Diamond Next Season

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:41:58 -0500

At the end of every baseball season, some players are faced with the possibility of switching teams. A small percentage of others must face what can be an even harder adjustment, which is switching positions. Last year Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds had to switch from shortstop to third base, while Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins transitioned from third to right field.



Just As Ortiz Said In July, Encarnacion Should Be His Successor In Boston

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:25:16 -0500

Few people ever think about the All-Star game from the middle of July until October, when the National League champions suddenly remember its significance. Because the American League won 4-2, its pennant winner will have home field advantage for the World Series. Another significance of this past Midsummer Classic had nothing to do with the results, but an interview during the game.



The Cubs Are Winning - Or Are They?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:55:47 -0500

My husband has been a Chicago Cubs fan since he was nine years old. He has followed them from his childhood home in Danville, Illinois, through college years and our life together in many different cities. And through all those years, the Cubs have always managed to lose just when it looked like they were ready to win. He's convinced a curse has been placed on the Cubs, and even this year, when they might make it to the World Series, he's afraid to be hopeful. The "Curse" will strike again!



Cleveland Ace Would Like To Forget His Worst Outing Against Toronto In 17-1 Rout Back In July

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:22:45 -0500

With all of the fireworks in the park that day, one would have assumed the special event was a Fourth of July celebration. Given that the game actually took place in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the assumption might have been that it happened on July First, known up North as Canada Day. Instead the day fell in between those two holidays on July third, and the fireworks were ignited by the powerful bats of the Toronto Blue Jays.



Banister's Decision To Start Playoffs With Hammels Doomed Texas Against Toronto

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:24:17 -0500

Baltimore manager Buck Schowalter took a lot of heat, from fans as well as baseball pundits, because he did not use closer Zach Britton in the Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 4 in Toronto's Rogers Centre. The Orioles ended up losing the game 5-2 on an eleventh inning three run walk off homer by Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays. When Texas manager Jeff Banister made a crucial mistake with his pitching rotation before being swept by the Blue Jays, he suffered absolutely no backlash from those same pundits who had...



Five Highlights Of An Otherwise Disappointing 2016 Season For The Minnesota Twins

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:53:01 -0500

Not long after the Chicago Cubs clinched home field advantage for the 2016 playoffs, the Twins were staking a much different claim. Minnesota, because of its Major League worst record of 59 wins and 103 losses, wrapped up the rights to the number one draft pick next year. That bittersweet prize is not the only highlight for an overall disappointing season for the club, which just one year before had been in the playoff race until the last weekend.



Witness a Magical Cubs Game From a Rooftop View

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:55:28 -0500

Wrigley Field is rightly known as one of the best stadiums in all of baseball. A rooftop ticket is a fantastic way to view a Cubs game with all of the amenities and less of the hassle.



The Contending Team Likely To Suffer The Most Changes Entering Next Season

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:43:38 -0500

Many of the teams currently contending in the final week of the Major League Baseball season have an excellent chance of doing so again in 2017, including the overwhelming favorite to win it all. The regular lineup for the Cubs, which should be unaffected by free agency or a salary purge, is likely to be in tact for next season as well. Other first place clubs, too, in the National League will probably have the same starting lineups as this season.



Toronto Poses The Worst Playoff Threat To Texas In 2016

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:48:22 -0500

The Texas bullpen is 39-19 in 2016, by far the best record in baseball. It is an amazing fact considering its earned run average is 4.36, tied with Minnesota for worst in the league.



Current Cubs Could Be Reincarnation of the '98 Yankees

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:55:24 -0500

Earlier in the season, baseball pundits were comparing the 2016 Chicago Cubs to the 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Windy City's National League team was on pace to at least match Seattle's 116 wins that year. A losing streak before the All-Star break stopped such talk of that win total, which actually relieved many Cubs fans.



What's In A First Name? A Lot of Letters For These Current Baseball Players

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:41:57 -0500

For this season All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is making a million dollars for each letter of his first name, and that is the least he will make for the next ten years. According to his current multi-year contract, starting in 2022 the team's Most Valuable Player will be making more than double the number of letters in his first name and last name combined. That is good news for him, especially since he has one of the longest first names in the game.



Baseball's Epidemic Of Strikeouts Continues To Spread

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:38:33 -0500

Since the inception of the American League (AL) in 1901, there has only been one team, with or without the Designated Hitter (DH), that has accumulated 1400+ strikeouts (SO) in a season. This year, based on their current rate per game, at least two, and possibly three or four, will reach that level of futility. In addition, the National League (NL) will have two, maybe three, teams as well. Those are just the worst cases of the growing SO epidemic.



Baseball Needs To Broaden Its Recognition of Its Latin American Past

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:11:57 -0500

Major League Baseball recently celebrated Roberto Clemente Day, honoring the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder by displaying the number 21 at every ball park. A selection for candidates to receive the Roberto Clemente Award was also undertaken by each of the thirty teams. The event was designed as a way to memorialize a great player who gave his life in a humanitarian attempt, as he perished in a plane crash en route to take supplies to a disaster-ravaged Puerto Rico.



My Last Baseball Game and a Quadruple Play

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:45:27 -0500

My baseball career started as a request from the sportsmaster of my high school for a teacher to take responsibility for baseball as a new sport. I decided to give it a go. I had never played the game but I was lucky enough to have the help of a baseball tragic to learn the game. Our author tells how he became involved in school Baseball coaching and going on to play several seasons and finishing his playing career on a "high" being involved in a "quadruple play".



In the 2016 Baseball Season, Second Is First

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:48:03 -0500

For the first time in the long, storied history of Major League Baseball, second will most likely be first. This does not mean that any second place team will have home field advantage in the playoffs over a division champion, even though there have been second place teams in very recent history who have actually won the World Series. In fact, the last two to win it all, Kansas City and San Francisco, both finished in second place in that season.



Chicago's Most Feared Playoff Opponent Is Also Its Most Familiar

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:17:23 -0500

Instead of relishing the unbelievable season the Cubs have enjoyed in 2016, the devoted Chicago fan in my family has spent the past two months looking at the box scores and standings. The last time he checked the sports page, he had to have seen that his Cubbies had a fourteen game lead as well as the best record by far in the National League. He swears he is justified in his worry, which revolves around the club way behind in the N.



Cincinnati's Ace And Chicago's Jake Arietta Share Rare Offensive Feat in 2016

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:09:44 -0500

Bright spots have been few for the Cincinnati Reds this year, but the team had to enjoy Saturday's game in Arizona on August 27. Not only did they shut out the Diamondbacks 13-0, but starting pitcher Anthony Desclafani achieved something no other pitcher besides Chicago's Jake Arietta had done this entire season. Desclafani, who threw a complete game in the contest, also took five trips to the plate.



Intriguing Matchups Possible For Baseball's 2016 Playoffs

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:53:15 -0500

The two teams that met in the World Series last year are both long shots to even qualify for the playoffs come October, but there could still be some intriguing match ups in Major League Baseball's 2016 postseason. The defending champions, the Kansas City Royals, are currently in third place in the American League central and chasing two other clubs for a Wild Card spot. Their World Series opponents in 2015 are in even worse shape over in the National League, where they trail Miami and Washington in the East division and two other teams in the Wild Card race...



Minnesota's Molitor Not Among Managers Who Are On The Hot Seat

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:41:39 -0500

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor had birthday number sixty on August 22, the day after his players were swept in a four game series against the Kansas City Royals. With his club burdened with the worst record in the American League, Molitor probably felt little like celebrating this year. Still in all, Molitor should take some comfort in the probability that he will keep his job, unlike almost a half a dozen other managers of Major League clubs.



Detroit Could Use Gomez For Pennant Race To Fill Out Injured Roster

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:26:26 -0500

The Tigers have been the most active contender since last month's trade deadline, trying to fill in for the numerous injuries that have sidelined key players. They have lost half of their opening day infield and one third of their regular outfielders, amassing a crowded disabled list. Just two days ago, Detroit engineered a trade with the Braves.



Cubs Have Two Worthy Candidates But the MVP Is In Washington

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:46:32 -0500

When considering candidates to win the Most Valuable Player award for the National League with a month left in the 2016 season, one would certainly have to start with members of the best team. The Chicago Cubs have more wins than any other team in baseball, and with a twelve game lead they are shoe ins to get home field advantage in the playoffs. Two players from the Cubs deserve plenty of consideration for MVP, the team's two corner infielders.



Machado's Three Home Runs In Three Innings Recalls A 1930 Game In Yankee Stadium

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:36:54 -0500

Baltimore's Manny Machado joined an extremely short list in the game on Sunday, August 6, when he hit home runs in each if the first three innings. Before the All-Star infielder performed that rare hat trick against the Chicago White Sox, you have to look back eighty six years to find the only other player to ever accomplish that feat. Perhaps it is appropriate that Machado achieved the feat while playing the White Sox, for it was a member of that very team who first hit three home runs in the first...



The World Series Is Baseball's Only Post Season Games

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:12:54 -0500

Playoff Games are an extension of the 162 game seasons to determine the teams that represent each league in the World Series. The National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl or the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Championship Series are also the only Post Season games for those sports. The World Series, Super Bowl, and Championship Series are supposed to be entities unto themselves which pit the winners of two leagues against each other to produce a Champion for the year.



Mets Hoping Bruce Can Propel Mets To Pennant Like Cespides Did Last Year

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:50:43 -0500

The Mets acquired Jay Bruce at the trade deadline, just as they did Yoenis Cespides at the same time last year. New York then went on to win the National League pennant, primarily on the strength of Cespides. Bruce will be expected to provide a similar surge for the Mets who, like last year, are trailing in the National League East.



10 Incredibly Easy Mental Hacks for Baseball

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:16:53 -0500

Learn to master the head game of baseball using these 10 incredibly simply mental hacks to help you be mentally tough in the field, at the plate or on the mound. Good ballplayers prepare and they build strong routines around those preparations. Whether in conditioning, stretching, practicing, warming up or playing, most successful players will tell you they have a routine they follow. Start to develop your own routine that allows you feel comfortable and at the top of your game. Consider adding these visualization techniques to build even more control into your game.



Deal For Lucroy Would Have Given Cleveland Best Backup Catcher In Baseball

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:58:08 -0500

The Indians should not grieve too long about their inability to acquire All-star Jonathan Lucroy, who refused to waive his no-trade clause to leave Milwaukee and join first place Cleveland. After all, his presence would have eventually led to a controversy as to the number one catcher, the distinction held by currently injured Yan Gomes. The return of Gomes, who landed on the disabled list on July 17 with a separated shoulder, is yet to be determined.



Baseball's Common Sense, Like Elvis, Has Left The Building

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:24:54 -0500

The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game is the latest example of the fan's disapproval of the way the players are selected and the game played, by again registering the lowest TV viewership since records have been kept. This despite the pending retirement of All-Star favorite, David "Big Papi" Ortiz, plus continuing to reward a World Series home-field advantage to the winner.



Reds May Have Chance To Trade For Future Star From Cincinnati

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:41:00 -0500

Baseball fans in Cincinnati had a bittersweet reaction as Ken Griffey, Jr. was inducted in the Hall of Fame last weekend. The hometown hero went into Cooperstown as a Seattle Mariner, the team for which he spent the prime years of his career.



Five Trends That Need To Stop At Ball Parks

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:34:27 -0500

Perhaps it was because the temperature was over ninety degrees that day, and maybe it was the fact that the home town team has the worst record in the league. Whatever the reason for my displeasure, I sat in the bleachers at the Reds game on July 19 and noticed certain trends that bug me as a spectator. The walk up songs used to perturb me, since I recognized few of them.



Texas Names Recall Famous Abbott and Costello Baseball Routine

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:44:53 -0500

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello began using their "Who's On First?" routine at this time exactly eighty years ago, a few months before they joined the cast of The Kate Smith Hour. Since then, the routine is brought up at some point during every baseball season.



Successful Clubs Need Coaching Staffs With Former Major League Players

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:56:24 -0500

The fact that Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy have led their teams to the most recent World Series championships is proof that a team does not have to hire a skipper who was a star in the big leagues. Yost took the Kansas City Royals to the title in spite of having a career .212 batting average, and Bochy has won three titles with the San Francisco Giants without ever having appeared in more than a third of his team's games during his playing career.



Baseball Tips and Tricks

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:48:26 -0500

Baseball is a great game. You either learn from the field, from your favorite player or from the internet. All of this sources are a great way to learn playing baseball. With that in mind. I have created some great tips and tricks when playing football



All-Star Game In San Diego Brings Back Memories Of The 1992 Classic At Jack Murphy Stadium

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:43:17 -0500

When San Diego fans last had the opportunity to watch Major League Baseball's All-Star game in their home city, there was a Clinton serving as President of the United States. The year was 1992, the park was Jack Murphy Stadium, and the President was Bill Clinton. Now, as the Midsummer Classic returns to San Diego twenty four years later, a few changes have occurred.



6 Ways to Relieve Elbow Pain From Baseball and What Causes It

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:20:28 -0500

Baseball is fun, but sometimes we don't know if we will be injured or not. Elbow pain is common when playing baseball. Fortunately, elbow pain can be treated easily and in this article, you will know some of its symptoms and ways to treat it.



The Halfway Point of the Baseball Season Is The Fourth Of July, Not The All-Star Break

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:44:46 -0500

The All-Star break has always been considered the halfway point of the baseball season, but the fact is that every team has played more than half of its games a week before that. A more accurate marker of the halfway point of the Major League Baseball season would be the Fourth of July. Just here in 2016, every team has played at least 83 games, and most will reach ninety by the All-Star break.



Chicago's Staff ERA Best In Baseball Since the Hall of Fame Packed 1981 Astros

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:12:52 -0500

The 2016 Cubs are visiting territory that no baseball club has inhabited in the last thirty five years. That span obviously pales when compared to the length of time since Chicago's last World Series Championship, an ignominious streak of over a hundred years which is likely to end this fall. If they do go on to win it all, the biggest reason will be because of their pitching staff.



David Ortiz Leads A Pack of Aging Stars Who Are Dominating Baseball

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:12:19 -0500

At forty years of age, Boston's David Ortiz is outslugging even the players almost half his age. The designated hitter for the first place Red Sox leads the Major Leagues in slugging percentage at .695, almost one hundred points higher than any other player.



3 Important Features That Make Best Baseball Gloves

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:33:23 -0500

Baseball gloves are supposed to fit the player's hand, abilities and even position to ensure that better play is achieved with every game. The grab really matters in a baseball game and you therefore cannot be a complete player without the best baseball gloves. When looking at the gloves available in the market, you will find different sizes, fast pitch softball gloves, slow pitch softball gloves and even left handed gloves. The glove design will determine whether they are suitable for infielders, outfielders, catchers or pitchers.



Golden State City May Get Rematch With Cleveland In October

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:25:13 -0500

The city that houses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is jamming this week, celebrating its first major sports championship title in 52 years. The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, came back from a three games to one deficit to defeat the heavily favored Golden State Warriors to capture the championship of the National Basketball Association. Cleveland's next title could very likely occur in considerably fewer than 52 years.



Current Standings Are Clear Indication That Team Salary Equals Success In Baseball

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:21:01 -0500

In spite of what the executives of Major League Baseball frequently declare about an even playing field for all clubs, money most certainly makes a difference when it comes to determining who wins and who loses. True, the team with the highest team salary does not necessarily win the World Series every year, but nine times out of ten that big-moneyed club is at least in contention. A quick examination of the current team salaries (according to about.



Cincinnati Uses The Volunteer State For The Draft

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:43:50 -0500

The Cincinnati Reds hope their first round choice will one day join the likes of other great players from the state known more for its music than its baseball tradition. As the second overall pick in the draft, they selected third baseman Nick Senzel from the University of Tennessee. Senzel not only went to college in the Volunteer State, but he grew up right there in Knoxville.



Best Choices For American League All-Star Team In 2016

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:44:42 -0500

The American League is hoping to extend the winning streak beyond their current three peat as Major League Baseball prepares for its annual All-Star game a month from now. Not only has the Junior Circuit won the last three Midsummer Classics, but their star outfielder has done something no player has ever done in the history of the sport. Los Angeles's Mike Trout has won the Most Valuable Player in the last two All-Star games, and he could very well earn the honor again.



Best Picks For National League In 2016 All-Star Game

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:59:53 -0500

As the temperatures outside start to rise, we all know that the heart of the summer is nearly here. Along with it, of course, comes the midsummer classic. In just a little over a month, Petco Park in San Diego will host Major League Baseball's annual All-Star game.



Baseball's Quiet Off Season Deals Have Made Much Noise For Some Teams So Far In 2016

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:45:43 -0500

Fans have had over eight weeks now to evaluate the progress of the headline transactions their teams made during the off season. As is always the case, some deals have started to pay off, while others so far look to be mistakes. Obviously San Francisco fans are happy with the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto, who is currently 8-1 with a 2...



Baseball Should Amend Rules For Awarding Wins For Starting Pitchers

Tue, 31 May 2016 07:54:27 -0500

The rule was drafted exactly one hundred years ago, long before the first All-Star game and decades before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. There were no league championship series back then, and the rule precedes the designated hitter position by more than a half century. That DH rule of course allowed a regular hitter to bat in place of the pitcher, only in the American League.



MLB First Quarter Awards

Mon, 23 May 2016 15:55:01 -0500

Most baseball teams have played at least forty games of the season and, even with my English major math, that means they are a quarter of the way through the 2016 marathon. The clubs making the most headlines so far have been both Chicago teams, the Mariners, and the Orioles. For some teams, such as the Phillies and the Tampa Rays, the season has brought somewhat surprising success.



Could Your Players Benefit From Softball Pitching Mats?

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:46:36 -0500

Are you going to purchase a softball pitching mat for your league? Wait, take a closer look at the key features that need to consider, for purchasing the best mat for your team.



Two Essentials for Every Field: Infield Tarps and Turf Mats

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:45:37 -0500

Make your field and practice session more worth, purchase infield tarps and turf mats. Both of them have their own benefits and purpose. Take a look here!



Total Control Balls: Do They Really Improve Player Performance?

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:44:50 -0500

Wondering whether total control balls can really improve players' performance, then this article is only for you. Read here how this control balls enhances the players' efficiency and performance.



Current Players Who Could Challenge DiMaggio's Incredible Hitting Streak Which Turns 75

Thu, 19 May 2016 15:19:26 -0500

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of an important record in Major League Baseball, The Wall Street Journal printed a feature about Joe DiMaggio's incredible 56 game hitting streak. Since the feat in 1941, no player has come close to duplicating it. The man who established the second longest streak is Pete Rose, who hit safely in 44 games in 1978.



Former Cincinnati Manager Working Miracles With the Rebuilding, and Contending, Phillies

Mon, 16 May 2016 08:26:47 -0500

When the two teams met to open the season back on April fourth, there was little interest in the game. Both teams had already conceded the 2016 season by declaring this upcoming year to be a rebuilding one. The Reds actually ended up sweeping the Phillies in that opening three game series at Great American Ball Park, but by the time the clubs met again this past weekend it had been Philadelphia who had shone.



In Spite of Sweep, Cubs Exposed Weaknesses In Washington Series

Mon, 09 May 2016 14:57:28 -0500

The Chicago Cubs have so far certainly lived up to the lofty expectations most baseball pundits had predicted before a single pitch had even be thrown. The traditionally lovable losers have more wins, scored more runs, and allowed fewer than any other team in the Major Leagues. This past weekend the Cubs even swept the second best team in the National League, the Washington Nationals, in a four game series at Wrigley Field.



Former Reds Helping Their New Teams Thrive in 2016

Wed, 04 May 2016 14:09:10 -0500

The Chicago White Sox are off to a great start in 2016, currently in first place ahead of the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals in the American League central division. Part of Chicago's success, however, is due to the team currently in last place in the National League central, the Cincinnati Reds. The cleanup hitter in the middle of the batting order arrived to Chicago via a winter trade with Cincinnati.



Vastly Different Outlooks For the American League's Last Place Teams

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:51:10 -0500

Each of the teams in last place in the American League right now were in contention until the last weekend in 2015. Two of those teams, in fact, actually made the playoffs. The Houston Astros, who had lost over one hundred games for successive seasons, were the feel-good story for reaching the ALDS of the last year.



Techniques on How to Properly Field a Ground Ball at Any Level, So You Do Not Get Hurt

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:44:10 -0500

There is a correct way to do everything in life, and today I am going to teach you how to properly field a ground ball! If you have never played baseball before, I suggest that you play catch and get used to using a glove and catching a ball. If you have played before and you know the concepts of the game this will make sense to you.



Choosing Your Favorite Team

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:42:32 -0500

When I was first growing up I always had a problem from choosing which team I actually like. My mom's family are huge Chicago fans no matter what sport it was. The problem with that was there were two teams in Chicago!



Looking Back Twenty Years To a Record Setting Mid-April Game Between Playoff Teams

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:21:46 -0500

The Texas Rangers probably never thought about it when they scored three runs in the first inning on their April 19 game. The memory of twenty years ago, however, should have struck some fans, especially when Houston turned around to plate two runs in the top of the second. Texas would not have to panic about an evaporating lead if they could somehow have revisited what happened back in 1996.



Minnesota Is In Much Better Condition To Overcome a Winless Start Than the 2003 Tigers

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:27:07 -0500

The losing streak to open the season, which was stopped at nine games with a victory over the Los Angeles Angels, has led American League baseball fans to compare the 2016 Minnesota Twins to the 2003 Detroit Tigers. It was that club which was the last to lose its first nine games, finally ending the ignominious run by defeating the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on April 12. Detroit went on to go three and twenty one during the first month of the season, and ended the worst year in franchise history with...



More Retired Baseball Stars Are Getting Involved in Coaching

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:59:59 -0500

It is refreshing to have Barry Bonds back in baseball, now that he is a hitting instructor for the Miami Marlins. The only player in history to win as many as seven Most Valuable Player awards, Bonds should certainly be an inspiration to Marlins youngsters as well as to current stars such as outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon. The all-time career home run leader, however, is not the only former star to be on a coaching staff entering the 2016 season.



More Baseball Baserunning Treats!

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:45:19 -0500

In Baseball Chronicles 1, I wrote how baserunning can be considered baseball's 10th man. My point is that not everyone practices baserunning and every coach should. There are an endless number of drills and techniques coaches can and should practice. This article contains a few.



Across Two Counties, Two Leagues, and Four Teams, Russell Martin Is The Key To Reaching The Playoffs

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:06:03 -0500

In his ten years in the Major Leagues, Russell Martin has played with four different teams. Unbelievably, all four of them reached the postseason. His current team, the Blue Jays, are among the preseason favorites to win the American League pennant this year.



Possible Destinations For Boston's Pablo Sandoval

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:43:27 -0500

One of the most noteworthy decisions at the end of the Grapefruit League came from the management of the Red Sox. Boston announced that Travis Shaw, not veteran Pablo Sandoval, would be the team's starting third baseman. That move makes Sandoval a bench player, since the Red Sox have slugger All-Star David Ortiz at designated hitter.



Baseball Season Is Here Again!

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:47:16 -0500

This is simply a light-hearted article written to get people excited about the upcoming baseball season. It talks about all the fun things to look forward to throughout the whole season.



Minnesota's Revolving Door Opening Day Outfielders: A Sign of Instability or Strong Farm System?

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:26:43 -0500

When the Twins take the field in the bottom of the first inning on April 4 in Baltimore, they will become the answer to an unlikely trivia question. Minnesota's outfield will be completely different from last year's opening game. Starting in left field is Eddie Rosario, who replaces 2015 starter Osvaldo Arcia.



O' Boys: A Baseball Team of Irishmen For St Patrick's Day

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:07:35 -0500

St. Patrick's Day just wasn't the same this year in the city of Cincinnati. One of its most popular Irish residents, Jim O' Toole, passed away last December.



Teaching Players to Bat in Tee Ball

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:16:07 -0500

Tee Ball is a game relatively new to many Australians where Cricket is "King" in summer sports. It is, however, a sport that is becoming more popular in schools because every player bats and fields. Hitting the ball off a tee is somewhat easier than hitting a ball bowled. Our author had experience in teaching players and parents new to Tee Ball the skills of Tee Ball. Here he offers advice on how to teach players new to the game the secrets of great batting.



Are You Aware of the New Baseball Netting Recommendations for 2016?

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:17:35 -0500

Have a checked the all new baseball netting recommendations for 2016? If no, then this article will help you. It has some of the great benefits for players as well as the audience. Take a look!



Bryce Is Not Right: Baseball Will Be Just Fine the Way It Is

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:12:33 -0500

The Most Valuable Player in the National League last year, Bryce Harper, ruffled some feathers this week when he told ESPN the Magazine that baseball needs flair to attract young people. The Washington outfielder defended such actions as the bat flip and the fist pump, emotional reactions that have traditionally been deemed arrogant and against baseball's unwritten rules of etiquette. Many retired baseball veterans have voiced their disagreement with Harper's comments, claiming that the professionals in their sport should behave more gentlemanly while maintaining a competitive spirit without being arrogant.



Minnesota Has Great Opportunity To Address Hall of Fame Slight To One of Its Greatest Players

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:55:17 -0600

The Minnesota Twins have made official their intention to induct Torii Hunter into the team's Hall of Fame this year, just a few months after the outfielder announced his retirement. The seven time Gold Glove outfielder will be inducted during the weekend of July 16-17, as will longtime Twins broadcaster John Gordon in a separate ceremony. While Hunter is certainly deserving of the honor, the organization might have waited at least a complete season before placing him in the Hall of Fame.



The Brewers Lack a Face of the Franchise

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:51:08 -0600

The Milwaukee Brewers and their fans have experienced a tragic sequence of events which has led to a lack of team identity. This article chronicles those events and the remarkable timing with which they happened.



Orioles Could Be a Great Fit for Cincinnati Slugger Jay Bruce

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:41:18 -0600

The deal with the Blue Jays may have fallen through, but that should not keep the Reds from continuing to shop outfielder Jay Bruce. A three-team proposal that would have sent him to Toronto and outfielder Michael Saunders to the Angels never materialized, even though Bruce's left-handed bat would have been a great complement to Toronto's right heavy lineup. There are still teams that could use Brue's leftie power, evidenced by his career average of thirty home runs per season.



Single Team Streaming Is Nice, But MLB Needs Even More Tweaking to Its Extra Innings Package

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:07:38 -0600

It took the threat of an anti-trust law suit and a loud clamor from its dwindling fan base, but Major League Baseball finally made an amendment to its Extra Innings package. Offered for purchase through most cable and satellite companies, Extra Innings allows fans to watch most games in nearly every market. The most frequent complaints about the package, other than its expense, has been the inability to purchase just the club you want to watch.



Baseball's Vowel Heavy Lineup

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:57:14 -0600

A unique group in Major League Baseball saw two of its members sign new contracts last week, as Mat Latos and Jonny Gomes both found new cities to call home. Latos, a righthanded starting pitcher, signed a deal with the White Sox. Gomes will be playing in the outfield for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.



Five Candidates for Baseball's Comeback Player of the Year in 2016

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:01:36 -0600

Spring training is still a few weeks away, but already predictions are rampant for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. While most prognosticators have focussed on which team might win the World Series and who might be the Most Valuable Player in each league, one Internet article tackled a less publicized award. The site called 120 Sports posed the idea of which player is the most likely candidate for Comeback Player of the Year.



My Celebrity Encounters: Don Drysdale

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:33:03 -0600

I grew up in southern California, and spent most of my life working in the entertainment industry. I am currently a professional touring musician, and I have worked in the motion picture business as a driver, courier, production assistant and actor. This series of articles focuses on some of the people I have met over the course of my life. With the exception of a few, these were positive experiences, and I will try to present these in a chronological order.



Phillips May Regret Refusing Trades to Contenders in Washington and Arizona

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:08:21 -0600

Brandon Phillips, who has the right to veto any trade, used that power twice over the winter. Last month he nixed a deal that would have sent him from Cincinnati to Washington, where he would have been reunited with long time Reds manager Dusty Baker as he embarks on his first year as skipper of the Nationals. Many baseball pundits questioned Phillips' decision, feeling that he would be much happier playing for a team that is a favorite to win a pennant.



Cincinnati Received Five Top Ranked Prospects in Chapman and Frazier Trades

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:23:53 -0600

Considering the controversy that surrounded Aroldis Chapman after a domestic violence incident, the Reds managed to get a much better return when they shipped him to the Yankees. Cincinnati traded their All-Star closer to New York in January, a little over a month since Chapman was involved in a household dispute that involved gunshots. Police investigators have declined to charge Chapman in the incident, but baseball commissioner Rob Manfred could very well punish the left hander with a suspension.



National League Teams Already Have DH, So Why Wait Until 2017?

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:58:55 -0600

After nearly fifty years, the experiment will finally be recognized as a success. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has hinted that the designated hitter, which the New York Times once called a "gimmick," will be used in the National League. It was in 1973 that teams in the Junior Circuit elected to have another player hit for the pitcher, a concept that most considered a short term effort to increase offense.



Leadoff Question Has Easy Answer for Toronto Blue Jays

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:22:05 -0600

The Toronto Blue Jays look to be likely contenders again, judging by their powerful lineup. They have the same basic parts from last year, plus the luxury of having Troy Tulowitski for an entire season rather than just a month. Several questions, however, could cause last year's American League runner-up to experience a setback in 2016.



What Are The Throwing Yips In Baseball?

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:27:43 -0600

When you have the throwing yips, you simply can't release the ball freely or send it to your target easily. Most ball players with the pitching or throwing yips lose control of their accuracy and can't hit a target.



Five Fellow Cincinnatians Who Should Join Griffey, Junior in Hall of Fame

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:50:21 -0600

Ken Griffey, Jr. last weekend came just three votes shy of being the first baseball player to be unanimously selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He was joined by catcher Mike Piazza, whose career in baseball contrasted greatly from that of the talented outfielder.



The Best Bird Nicknames in Baseball History

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:39:50 -0600

One of the most notable sports passages the past year was that of Meadowlark Lemon. Over the last half of the 20th century, Lemon became synonymous with the Harlem Globetrotters, arguably the most entertaining sports franchises in the world. Much of Lemon's legacy will be due to his charm, as kids and adults alike grew to love his antics on the court.



Five Resolutions Cincinnati Fans Should Make for a Happier 2016

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:31:40 -0600

The Cincinnati Reds have traded many of their best players and appear to be in an obvious rebuilding mode. Still, fans should not be disgruntled as spring training lies just a little over a month away. The 2016 team should fare no worse than the one that played in the second half last year, when the club went 17-38 in August and September.



One Challenge for Minnesota Is Finding a Leadoff Hitter Without a Trade

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:35:24 -0600

Brian Dozier was identified as the worst Leadoff hitter of 2015, according to a popular sports website called cheatsheet.com. Dozier, in spite of being among the league leaders in runs scored, certainly needs to hit further down in the Minnesota batting order next season.



Pace of Play Continues to Hurt Baseball

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:09:11 -0600

Forever baseball has operated without a clock. This made it unique from other sports like football and basketball. In baseball teams had to get 27 outs.



New York Mets Targeting Wrong Cincinnati All-Star and Should Pursue Votto Instead of Bruce

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:29:57 -0600

The New York Mets are supposedly discussing a deal with Cincinnati that involves All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce, as the Reds continue to dismantle in an effort to rebuild with prospects. The Mets, though, might be looking at the wrong Cincinnati player to bolster an offense that lost slugger Yoenis Cespides to free agency after coming up short against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Instead of the slump-prone Bruce, whose struggles are evidenced by declining numbers the last two seasons, the Mets should be asking the Reds about first baseman...



Maddon Has History of Succumbing to Pressure of High Expectations

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:53:31 -0600

The year 2015 was a bittersweet one for Major League Baseball, which welcomed many blossoming young stars but had to bid adieu to some popular veterans. The young pitching rotation of the New York Mets managed to overcome the rookie sluggers of the Chicago Cubs to capture the National League pennant, while All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter said farewell after spending one final season with his original club in Minnesota. A more somber farewell involved the passing of Yankee legend Yogi Berra, one of the most beloved and often quoted players in the...



Protecting Your Softball Field This Winter

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:20:08 -0600

If you are practicing on your softball field in winters, then you need to make sure that your field is covered properly and maintained as well. Here are some do's & don'ts to be consider!



Cincinnati Has Chapman But Other Teams Also Have Albatrosses Heading Into 2016

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:48:19 -0600

Cincinnati's All-Star closer, whose recent trouble has been highly publicized during baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, might be appropriately sent to Seattle. After all, in spite of his relatively young age, Aroldis Chapman seems to have a lot in common with the title character of Tennyson's poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The old seaman and his crew were sailing along until he shot and killed an albatross, which thereby brought down terrible luck for the rest of the ship's passage.