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As Major League Baseball heads into the All-Star break two players stood out for me personally this week. Being a former pitcher, surprisingly neither of them are pitchers. Instead, they are two hitters from the American League, Mike Trout and David Ortiz.
First, there is David Ortiz. Big Papi this week became the leader in hits by a designated hitter. Ortiz is 37 years old and still going strong. It was just a few seasons ago when Ortiz looked to be at the end of a big career. He was hampered by injury and a contract was ending. But the Red Sox Nation resigned one of their faces of the organization and stood by their DH.
Remember when Ortiz broke into the league in 1997 as a Minnesota Twin? After six seasons he moved over to Yawkey Way and became a star. He is a two time World Series Champion and in 2004 carried the Red Sox through that epic playoff series against the Yankees. It was that series where the Sox were down 3 games to 0, and then just so happened to win 4 games in a ro...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Angels have disappointed in the first half. Can they get it together and make a run?
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Record: 44-49 (11 GB)
Biggest Surprise of First Half:
The outfield duo of J.B. Shuck and Peter Bourjos. Bourjos has raked in the 40 games he’s played this season, producing a slash line of .333/.392/.457. To put that in perspective, Bourjos’ slash line for his...
If you're a fan of Mike Trout (and if you're a fan of baseball, why wouldn't you be?) you'll probably want to check out a feature in this month's edition of Philadelphia magazine. The piece profiles the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, highlighting the contrast between his small-town upbringing and the Millville Meteor's meteoric rise in baseball.
Much of the...
If you’re a fan of Mike Trout (and if you’re a fan of baseball, why wouldn’t you be?) you’ll probably want to check out a feature in this month’s edition of Philadelphia magazine. The piece profiles the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, highlighting the contrast between his small-town upbringing and the Millville Meteor’s meteoric rise in baseball.
Much of the piece is spent...
By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist -
It seems we haven't had much Trout Porn this year, so here's something to feast your eyes with.
Check out this list.
That's a list of all 282 players with at least 500 PA through age 21 in major league history through age 21 by WAR (It doesn't matter what you set the minimum PA at, the top of the list would...
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Doubront had one of his best starts of the season as he only allowed five hits and two walks while holding the Mariners to only one run through seven innings. The lefty mixed up his pitches well, and used four...
Last night Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz passed Harold Baines for the number one spot in all-time hits for a designated hitter. Ortiz hit his 1,689th hit against the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The American League instituted the DH spot in 1973 and now Ortiz is at the top of the mountain for designated hitters.
The milestone happened in the second inning when Big Papi hit a...
D’Angelo Ortiz may have had the best ninth birthday ever, thanks to his Papi.
According to Pete Abraham, D’Angelo has been traveling with David Ortiz and the Sox since their series in Anaheim and for the first two games against Seattle. For his birthday on Wednesday, he took batting practice and stretched with the team before the game.
Young Ones, They Are
Bryce Harper turns 21 in another three months, at which point he'll probably have around 50 career home runs in his first 1,000 major league ABs. At an age where most of his contemporaries are in college or the low minors, he's a two-time All-Star. Assuming health, ordinary development and a future free of PED convictions, he projects out to something...
Manny Ramirez sounds like a changed man. Just ask David Ortiz.
Ortiz, who formed a potent 3-4 combo with Ramirez in Boston from 2003 to 2008, said on WEEI’s Salk & Holley Show Wednesday that he keeps in touch with his former teammate and that he has noticed a great deal of change in the 41-year-old slugger.
“He’s a totally different person,” Ortiz said. “I’m really...
Some MLB All Stars will be doing some social media during the Midsummer Classic. Baseball fans watching the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday, July 15th, and the MLB All Stars Game on Tuesday, July 16th, can interact with some of the games biggest stars on Facebook and Instagram. The MLB All Stars themselves will be sharing photos and videos from the dugout.
Despite a 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, their second straight, the Boston Red Sox still managed to finish the first half of their season on a high note. Now 58-39, the Bosox dropped the finale of their three-game set in Oakland and even after losing two of their past
After hitting a hot streak and looking like a legitimate contender for .500 1st half (don't laugh) they end the run with a sweep in Seattle. Despite ending the 1st half on the season under .500 and facing an ugly sweep against the Mariners the Angels are still in a decent spot to make a run after the break. Out of the Angels next 20 games 13 of them are against teams ahead of...
They don’t hand out trophies for success before the All-Star break, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good about their performance so far.
The team entered Thursday with a record of 56-37, leading the AL East by three games and boasting the highest win total in the major leagues.
We all how the players have performed this season. David Ortiz has come back better than ever from...
It’s safe to say the Boston bats just took a 2.5-game hiatus and have been safely returned to the Red Sox clubhouse.
After back-to-back 11-run games, the Boston Red Sox (56-37) go for their third win in a row against the Seattle Mariners (40-51). David Ortiz became the all-time hits leader for a designated-hitter when he roped a double in his...