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  • More Strikeouts Than Hits? Welcome to Baseball’s Latest Crisis

    08/16/2018 1:13:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 16, 2018 | Tyler Kepner
    One thing you learn from studying baseball history is that people have always predicted the sport’s demise. Over and over, the game weathers every perceived crisis and continues to thrive. More than 70 million fans will attend major league games this season; another 40 million or so will go to minor league games. Countless more watch the sport on television and online. And yet attendance is down, and more and more balls are being kept out of play. Some longtime observers consider the shifting landscape — hitters swinging for the fences, pitchers throwing everything with maximum effort, fielders standing in...
  • More Strikeouts Than Hits? Welcome to Baseball’s Latest Crisis

    08/16/2018 8:46:22 AM PDT · by DFG · 127 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/16/2018 | Tyler Kepner
    One thing you learn from studying baseball history is that people have always predicted the sport’s demise. Over and over, the game weathers every perceived crisis and continues to thrive. More than 70 million fans will attend major league games this season; another 40 million or so will go to minor league games. Countless more watch the sport on television and online. And yet attendance is down, and more and more balls are being kept out of play. Some longtime observers consider the shifting landscape — hitters swinging for the fences, pitchers throwing everything with maximum effort, fielders standing in...
  • Dodgers set stadium record with 21 R, 7 HRs

    08/02/2018 10:34:28 PM PDT · by Bullish · 26 replies
    MLB news ^ | 8/2/18 | Austin Laymance
    OS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are ready for their World Series rematch with the Astros. The Dodgers flexed their muscle in Thursday's 21-5 win over the contending Brewers, securing a series split behind seven home runs from five players and six solid innings from Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers scored a season-high nine runs in the seventh; the 21 total runs are the franchise's most since July 21, 2001, in Colorado and the most ever at Dodger Stadium. Joc Pederson started the night with a leadoff homer and left the yard again in the seventh, Cody Bellinger broke the game open...
  • Yankees' Sonny Gray denies being racist after controversial 2012 tweet found

    08/01/2018 3:59:23 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 36 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | August 1, 2018 | Randy Miller
    NEW YORK -- As Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray was having yet another terrible outing Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and then laughing about it as he was pulled in the third inning with his club down six runs, an ugly part of his past was discovered on his @sonnygray2 Twitter account. One of his tweets from 2012 paints the right-hander as a racist. Judge for yourself:
  • DNC Refuses to Play RNC in Annual Softball Game

    08/01/2018 3:14:03 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 96 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | 8-1-2018 | by Katelyn Caralle
    The Democratic National Committee is refusing to play the Republican National Committee in their annual softball game this year. “The RNC-DNC softball game was an annual tradition and a time to put aside politics. It’s a shame @TheDemocrats are refusing to participate this year,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel posted to Twitter. Sources at the RNC told the Daily Caller that they were “stunned” when Democrats pulled out of the typically good-natured game between leadership staffers that had gone on for the last decade. The source said that the DNC informed them that “all our players are out in the field...
  • Why I exposed baseball’s hateful tweeters

    07/31/2018 3:39:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 31, 2018 | Associated Press
    A pair of Twitter users whose posts exposing offensive tweets by baseball players went viral over the weekend say their aim was not malicious but to give fans a fuller picture of whom they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. In exclusive interviews with The Associated Press, both users said they weren’t looking for the years-old tweets from Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader or Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb, but when the posts came across their timelines, they felt obligated to share them.
  • Nationals looking into shortstop Trea Turner's Twitter history after offensive tweets surface

    07/29/2018 8:32:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | July 29, 2018 | Ryan Young
    Shortly after the Washington Nationals fell to the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Sunday, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner found himself in an increasingly familiar position across the MLB. Multiple old tweets of Turner’s surfaced on Twitter on Sunday afternoon that contained offensive language. The tweets in question date back to 2011 and 2012, when Turner would have been 17 or 18 years old, and at least four of them contain both racist language and homophobic slurs. Be advised that the language used in the tweets below is offensive.
  • Newcomb apologizes for offensive tweets, will take mandatory diversity training from MLB

    07/29/2018 7:51:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 29 replies
    ESPN ^ | July 29, 2018 | ESPN
    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for a series of offensive tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them "some stupid stuff.'' The 25-year-old Newcomb spoke less than an hour after he nearly pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The tweets were sent in 2011 and 2012, when Newcomb was a senior in high school. One tweet included a racial epithet that was part of a rap lyric, and several others contained gay slurs. "I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,'' Newcomb said. "It was a long time ago, six or seven years...
  • With a Loud Ovation, Baseball Shows Its Whiteness

    07/27/2018 8:19:56 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2018 | Michael Powell
    We live in an age of unbridled white id. Many days it is anything goes, baby, from the White House to the baseball stands; objecting often draws a scornful wave of the hand and a lecture on political correctness. The latest eruption comes courtesy of Josh Hader, a 24-year-old white relief pitcher with a smoking fastball and a Twitter account filled with hideous thoughts typed when he was 17 and 18. A Hader sampler: “White Power, lol” (with an emoji of a clenched fist), “KKK,” and “I hate gay people.” He also used that vilest of words for black people....
  • In memoriam: Willie Brown, football star and assistant football, baseball coach (USC)

    07/26/2018 5:16:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    USC ^ | July 26, 2018 | USC Athletics staff
    Willie Brown, a player and assistant coach on Trojan national championship football and baseball teams, died Thursday in Carson of cancer. He was 76. A three-year letterman (1961-63) and two-time All-Conference first teamer (1962-63) in football at USC, he was a member of USC’s 1962 national championship team and captained the 1963 squad. USC’s original I-formation tailback, Brown played the position during his first two seasons, including when head coach John McKay introduced the I-formation to the Trojan offense in 1961.
  • Chinese baseball team takes over Texas minor league club

    07/25/2018 2:26:53 PM PDT · by 1raider1 · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2018 | Stephen Hawkins
    The starting lineups are announced in English and Spanish at home games for the independent Texas AirHogs. And then the Chinese national anthem is played. For about 30 members of the Chinese national baseball team, the suburban ballpark a few miles west of downtown Dallas has become their summer home and training ground in an unprecedented setup.
  • Yanks, O's agree to deal for Zach Britton

    07/24/2018 7:53:35 PM PDT · by TBP · 17 replies
    MLB.com ^ | July 24, 2018 | MLB.com
    The Yankees have agreed to a deal to acquire O's closer Zach Britton, pending physicals, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. Right-handers Dillon Tate, who is the Yankees' No. 9-ranked prospect, and Cody Carroll, who's ranked No. 15, and Triple-A left-hander Josh Rogers are in the package for Britton, according to sources. The Orioles were still reviewing medical records, a source told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli, so it's unlikely a deal will be announced on Tuesday night. The Yankees will pick up the remainder of Britton's salary, which is about $5 million for the rest of 2018, and no international pool...
  • After losing a foul ball to an adult, this kid was rewarded by the Cubs

    07/23/2018 5:00:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    sbnation.com ^ | Eric Stephen
    A ballboy flipped a foul ball to a young fan, but the kid did not catch it, allowing the ball to roll under his seat to the row behind him, where it was picked up, and kept, by an adult. This adult might have deserved the benefit of the doubt. After all, he might have a child at home who also wants a baseball. This we don’t know. But that goodwill went out the window because the ballboy specifically tossed the ball to the child in the front row. Common sense and decency prevailed later in the game, when the...
  • Millennials outraged after baseball team advertises 'Millennial Night' (TR)

    07/19/2018 4:07:56 PM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/19/2018 | Emilie Ikeda
    If I say lover of naps, “selfies” and participation ribbons, you would say . . . Millennials? According to one Alabama minor league baseball team, those are the pillars of life for people born between the 1980s and early 2000s, along with avocados, craft beer and safe spaces. n an effort to bring younger fans to the ballpark, the Montgomery Biscuits are hosting "Millennial Night" this weekend, but their advertising on social media set off an eruption of mixed feedback from the very group they’re trying to attract. The Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate, currently with a record of 15-11,...
  • Dodgers Acquire Manny Machado

    07/18/2018 8:49:45 PM PDT · by TBP · 26 replies
    MLB Trade Rumors ^ | July 18, 2018 | Kyle Downing and Steve Adams
    After a small medical holdup involving one of the prospects coming back, the Dodgers have acquired All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles. Outfielder Yusniel Diaz is the key piece headed back to Baltimore in the deal. They’ll also receive minor-league right-handers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, along with infielders Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera. The Dodgers will take on the entirety of Machado’s remaining 2018 salary, which checks in at about $6.3MM. Since starting out the year with an 8-20 record, it’s been all but certain that the Orioles would deal the impending free agent in exchange for more...
  • Anyone here watching 2018 MLB All-Star Game?

    07/17/2018 6:47:24 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 69 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | July 17, 2018 | Guava Cheese Puff
    Is it a good one tonight?
  • Trump expected to skip appearance at All-Star Nationals Game (MLB summer classic)

    07/14/2018 4:56:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2018 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    President Trump is not expected to attend the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, though past presidents have attended the game when it was held in the city. The Associated Press reported that Trump will likely skip the game after returning home on Tuesday from a trip to Europe ending with his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tuesday’s game marks the fifth time it will have been held in Washington since 1937. The AP noted that several former presidents have attended the game when the nation’s capital hosted the event. Former President Eisenhower skipped out on throwing the...
  • Derek Jeter's Marlins cut ties with Papa John's

    07/12/2018 7:57:16 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 37 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Scott Chiusano
    Major League Baseball is doing its best to cut all ties with Papa John’s and its racist founder, with Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins leading the charge. A recording of John Schnatter using the N-word was uncovered by Forbes on Wednesday, and the ex-CEO stepped down shortly after.
  • Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands in credit card debt buying Washington Nationals tickets: report

    07/11/2018 4:28:07 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/11/18 | By Emily Birnbaum
    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amassed tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt in part by purchasing baseball tickets to Washington Nationals games, according to a Washington Post review of Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures and information provided by the White House. Kavanaugh has reported having up to $200,000 in credit card debt during the past 10 years, according to the Post's report. In 2006 — the year he was confirmed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — he reported having between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt.
  • Orioles' Chris Davis on pace to finish with the LOWEST qualifying batting average EVER, [tr]

    07/10/2018 5:56:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2019 | Alex Raskin
    Three years after leading the American League in home runs and two years since re-signing with the Baltimore Orioles for $161 million, former All-Star Chris Davis is on the verge of entering the record books for one of the worst offensive seasons in modern baseball history. Currently hitting .157, Davis, 32, is in danger of finishing the season with the lowest batting average of anyone to qualify for a batting title (502 plate appearances for a 162-game season), according to The Wall Street Journal. Since 1900, when baseball's modern era began, the lowest qualifying batting average ever recorded for an...