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  • Video: Man, wrongly imprisoned for 27 years, sings National Anthem before Rays game

    07/20/2012 9:32:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 19, 2012 | Dayn Perry
    So this is very cool. William Dillon was sent to prison for murder at the age of 21 and spent the next 27 years behind bars. The only problem is that Dillon didn't commit that murder, as was later proved, thanks in large part to the necessary work of the Innocence Project. Dillon, though, doesn't seem to be consumed by bitterness (which would be thoroughly understandable). Rather, he's making the most of his newfound freedom. For instance, he asked to sing the National Anthem before a Rays game, and on Wednesday night that wish was granted ...
  • Enthusiasm

    07/19/2012 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 19, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    When I think of the word enthusiasm, I am reminded of a scene out of the 1987 movie "The Untouchables" about gangster Al Capone. In the scene, Capone (played by Robert De Niro) is walking around a table that is surrounded by his men. As he walks, he talks. "Enthusiasms, enthusiasms ... What are mine?" he asks. "What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team. Teamwork ......
  • [Saint Paul, MN baseball] Saints to change name for a game on atheist night

    07/13/2012 10:44:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT | unattributed
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The St. Paul Saints plan to change their name for a game sponsored by atheist groups. The American Association minor league club will call itself the "Mr. Paul Aints" when they host the Amarillo Sox on Aug. 10. The Minnesota Atheists and American Atheists suggested the promotion to tie in with a regional atheist conference in town that weekend. The game's billing...
  • VIDEO: Home Run Derby – Mickey Mantle vs. Harmon Killebrew

    07/10/2012 7:02:02 AM PDT · by thurmant · 12 replies ^ | 7/10/12 | FixMLB
    In honor of last night’s Home Run Derby, watch two of the all-time greats go at it in an old school Home Run Derby. For those who don’t know about this style Home Run Derby, the rules are simple. Every pitch that was swung at was either a home run, or an out (exactly the same of modern Home Run Derby rules). Any pitch that was in the strike zone that was not swung at was also an out. Once you made three outs, it was the opponent’s turn. When both players took a turn it was considered an “inning.”...
  • AP source: Yankees tell Reggie to steer clear

    07/09/2012 8:50:10 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, July 9, 2012 11:03 PM EDT | BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
    <p>The New York Yankees have told Mr. October to stay away this summer.</p> <p>The Yankees want Reggie Jackson to steer clear of the clubhouse and team events following his pointed remarks about Alex Rodriguez and several former stars, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.</p>
  • All-Time All-Stars: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    07/06/2012 11:08:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 6, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>Trying to choose the greatest pitcher of all time is at least as difficult as trying to choose the greatest hitter of all time. In both cases, the best we can do is narrow down the list.</p> <p>Outside a charmed circle of five batters, no one had both a higher lifetime batting average and a higher lifetime slugging average than any of those five. In alphabetical order, they are Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. There are other batters whose lifetime records came close, including Barry Bonds, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg. But close cannot define the greatest.</p>
  • All-Time All-Stars (Thomas Sowell)

    07/06/2012 11:07:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 6, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>Nothing is likely to get an argument started among sports fans faster than attempts to name the all-time greatest in any sport, or even the all-time greatest in a particular aspect of a sport. However, in baseball, we can at least narrow down the list of possibilities — considerably, in fact — when it comes to hitting.</p>
  • President Obama booed in Boston after trying to make a Kevin Youkilis joke

    06/26/2012 9:07:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | June 26, 2012 | Kevin Kaduk
    President Barack Obama still refuses to waffle when it comes to baseball loyalties. The commander-in-chief has consistently repped his hometown Chicago White Sox throughout his first term, wearing a White Sox jacket at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, rooting for the Pale Hose over Strasburg and Co. while in the District and being skeptical about the gift of a Brewers jersey in Wisconsin.
  • Police Go Undercover as Dodgers Fans at Giants Games

    06/25/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jun 25, 2012 | Dan McMenamin
    The undercover San Francisco police officers "will ensure additional eyes and ears" in the ballpark in case any problems arise, Mayor Ed Lee said.Hecklers and hooligans, take note. San Francisco police are sending officers disguised as Los Angeles Dodger fans to AT&T Park for this week's series between the Dodgers and Giants in an attempt to minimize potential problems between fans of the two rival teams. Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Greg Suhr announced the plans Monday in advance of the three-game series, which runs from Monday night through Wednesday. The undercover officers "will ensure additional eyes and ears"...
  • New Jersey woman hit with baseball sues Little League player

    06/23/2012 5:26:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies ^ | 6-22-2012 | AP
    <p>MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.</p> <p>Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs stemming from the incident at a Manchester Little League game two years ago. She's also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering.</p>
  • Little League Catcher Sued By Grownup Hit In Face With His Preteen Throw

    06/22/2012 1:40:05 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    Perhaps Elizabeth Lloyd of Manchester, N.J., thinks Matthew Migliaccio is a major-league catcher, rather than a Little League catcher. Otherwise, otherwise how could she think she could get a possible $500,000 out of him over his throw that hit her in the face, and think that he meant to bean her? According to the Asbury Park Press, Lloyd has sued the 13-year-old Matthew over a 2010 incident in which, at the age of 11, he was warming up one of his pitchers in a fenced-in bullpen area by the third-base line, and overthrew that pitcher, sending the ball over the...
  • Woman hit by ball sues Little Leaguer

    06/22/2012 10:32:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 49 replies ^ | 6/22/12 | AP staff
    A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it. Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs from the Manchester Little League game two years ago. She's also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering. Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in bullpen when she was hit with the ball. Catcher Matthew Migliaccio was 11 years old at the time and was warming up a pitcher. Anthony Pagano, a lawyer for the Migliaccio and...
  • Peralta is Learning that You Still Can’t Cheat

    06/22/2012 6:48:52 AM PDT · by thurmant · 8 replies ^ | 6/22/12 | FixMLB
    There’s an old adage: “If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.” Ever since organized baseball came into being people have been trying to cheat. Whether they were sharpening their cleats, scuffing a ball, or corking a bat, they were all trying to gain an unfair advantage over their opponents. Most of the people who have tried, have been caught and it has severely damaged their reputation and some never recovered.
  • Baseball's 10 worst ballparks. Ever!

    06/21/2012 10:31:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 78 replies
    espn ^ | 6-20-12 | jim caple
    The late Dan Quisenberry once said of the Metrodome, "I don't think there are any good uses for nuclear weapons, but then, this may be one." And he only pitched in 16 games there his entire career. Torii Hunter, on the other hand, played 10 full seasons in the Metrodome, so maybe he had a better read on it. This is what he told me about his former home just before the Twins moved out: "If they need any kind of help blowing it up, I will definitely be there. I will push the plunger. Boom. Boom. I will not...
  • Milwaukee man faked baseball career, tricked agents, complaint says

    06/20/2012 9:17:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-19-12 | Nicole Levy
    A 28-year-old Milwaukee man deceived two sports agents into believing he was a professional baseball player signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and illegally solicited nearly $6,000 worth of property from the agents, according to a complaint filed by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office. The agents said they never once met the fictitious professional baseball player, Montaous Walton, in person. A preliminary hearing for Walton is scheduled for Thursday. Walton set his hoax in motion in August 2011 when he emailed California-based sports agent Travis Bell, 48, claiming he was a roster invitee to the Blue Jays' 2012 spring...
  • College World Series Thread: Hello Omaha!

    06/15/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 6-15-12 | Me
    All I can say is thank God for cable, so we can watch some great college baseball. Right now it's vs. The good folk of Omaha have once again adopted the underdog, the SUNY Stony Brook (Long Island, NY) Seawolves.Both UCLA and Stony Brook had 7 taken in the draft this year.
  • Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan”

    06/12/2012 12:22:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8 | T. Rees Shapiro
    From their foxholes on Cape Gloucester in the South Pacific, U.S. Marines fighting Japanese forces in 1944 heard an unusual war cry from their enemies: “To hell with Babe Ruth!” Almost 10 years had passed since 500,000 Japanese crowded the streets of Tokyo to welcome the Sultan of Swat and 14 other all-star American baseball players taking part in a barnstorming tour of the country. Part diplomatic mission and part vacation for the players, the 1934 tour was organized as a way to bring the two baseball-loving countries closer together during a particularly rough period. As baseball historian Robert K....
  • Adam Dunn’s Remarkable Comeback Season

    06/12/2012 7:30:30 AM PDT · by thurmant · 4 replies
    FixMLB ^ | 6/12/12 | FixMLB
    Adam Dunn is no stranger to performing well. He was one of the few bright spots for a struggling Cincinnati team early in his career, and a solid foundation for a budding franchise with the Nationals. However, he didn’t do as well in his first year on the White Sox. In fact, he did horribly. One of the worst offensive seasons for an everyday player in quite some time, if not ever. The fact, that he has been able to do as well as he is doing this year is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Teaching Your Child Poor Sportsmanship: Anthony Sanchez and Baseball(Video)

    06/07/2012 4:11:00 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Vidvir ^ | 6/7/2012 | Vidvir
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  • Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has straightened out his life and crooked-out his pitches

    06/07/2012 1:48:10 AM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/2012 | Dave Sheinin
    R.A. Dickey exits the New York Mets’ Pentagon City hotel, jaywalks across South Hayes Street and makes his way underground to the Metro platform. “This thing,” he grumbles, stepping gingerly down the broken escalator, “is never working.” He’s not in a bad mood, per se — just a serious one. It is Tuesday afternoon, and Dickey, 37, is headed to a therapy session — relationship therapy. Dickey and his knuckleball, they are making great progress these days, their understanding of each other growing deeper and richer. But the work must never stop, lest they drift apart again. Later that afternoon,...