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Former Minor Leaguer to Try His Hand at Cricket

In 2008, cricket player-turned-reality show contestant Rinku Singh made headlines when he (and Dinesh Patel) left India to play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The story was so popular, it hit the silver screen as “Million Dollar Arm”. Former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Boomer Collins is hoping to be the opposite of Singh – minus the benefit of a reality competition...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

“Marlins Man” is Getting Charitable…Again

This past season, Laurence Leavy (aka “Marlins Man”) attended 148 baseball games, including all five games of the 2015 World Series. And now, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer wants you to own the iconic jersey and visor he wore to those games (and a host of other cool things)…all in the name of charity. Among the other items up for auction: One ticket to the MLB Opening Night Game...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Tanking and Baseball

Tanking. It’s not a word that comes up in baseball all much. You often will see NFL, NHL and NBA teams “tank” so that they have a better shot at top prospects, but it’s rare that you hear the words said in Major League Baseball. Partly it’s because of the different structure of the league: one single great player can change an entire team in the NHL or NBA, and a great...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

That Time Dmitri Young Showed Up During a WWE Pay-Per-View

Plenty of baseball players have shown their love of professional wrestling over the years. From Wade Boggs appearing alongside Curt Hennig to introduce the world to the “perfect swing” (Boggs would later induct Mr. Perfect into the WWE Hall of Fame) to Josh Reddick channeling Ultimate Warrior on live television. But did you know that only one active Major Leaguer ever appeared...
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November 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bo Jackson Won’t Sign Iconic Photo

Bo knows copyright infringement? Athletes have many quirks…this we know. And when it comes to Bo Jackson, the former two-sport stud is very particular with what he’ll allow his name to be on. Saturday, Jackson will be appearing at a memorabilia show just outside of Chicago, and if you’re planning on getting his John Hancock, you better follow the rules. Autograph seekers of...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter Addresses That Infamous Gift Basket Rumor

Joe Buck’s new show “Undeniable” debuted Wednesday on something called The Audience Network and on his premiere episode, he brought out a pretty heavy hitter. Derek Sanderson Jeter. Among the topics FOX’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer-turned-talk show host discussed with the legendary shortstop…his career with and subsequent retirement from the New York Yankees,...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Eight Things (Surprisingly) Older Than Bryce Harper

In just his fourth year in the Majors (has it already been four years?), Bryce Harper has finally started living up to the potential…hitting .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. And he did it all before turning 23. When the Washington Nationals outfielder, who was born Octohber 23, 1992, wins the National League MVP award Thursday night, he’ll become just the fourth youngest all...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa Still Partying Down in Dubai

Sammy Sosa and his group of low-rent Kardashian wannabes are still in Dubai and still partying like rockstars. The former slugger has been in Dubai celebrating his 47th birthday. First, he hit the clubs in his recent vampire-like get up. Then, he and his crew took their act to the desert. Surprisingly, he looked less like the walking dead and more like a sorority girl spending her...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Willie Mays and Yogi Berra to Receive Medal of Freedom

Better late than never. It was announced Monday that Willie Mays and Yogi Berra would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor. The Hall of Famers are among 17 people to be honored this year by President Barack Obama. “From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: The Off-Season Blues

Although the hot stove is starting to heat up, the fact remains we are now in one of the colder parts of the off-season. The announcements of award-winner are only just starting, it’s still a few weeks until the winter meetings, and it’s been long enough since the World Series that early parts of baseball withdrawal are starting to set in. It almost makes you want to be like...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Larry King Re-writes Baseball History

“I’d rather be lucky than good.” You’ve heard it said a million times and, likely, you’ve heard it from a million different sources. But who said it? Larry King knows. Babe Ruth was right when he said I'd rather be lucky than good… #itsmy2cents — Larry King (@kingsthings) November 16, 2015 Babe Ruth did. Wait. Babe Ruth did? No he didn’t…it was Lefty Gomez. Seriously...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Mayor Makes Good on World Series Bet

World Series and Super Bowl wagers between the officials who govern the cities involved in the “big game” are as old as time. Yet there we are, every year, curious about the bets made by people we don’t care about from cities we don’t reside. Which brings me to this! Friday, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, decked out in sunglasses and a fedora, for some reason, sang and clapped...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander Sounds Off on Terror Attack

Not long after news of the terrorist attacks in Paris broke…folks have flooded social media offering their prayers (or in some cases “prey”) Justin Verlander was among the many. The Detroit Tigers pitcher took his thoughts one step further, by literally calling out the guys responsible for the attacks. Yikes. The post Justin Verlander Sounds Off on Terror Attack appeared first...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa Parties it Up in Dubai

Vampire Sammy Sosa is back gang! The former big leaguer spent his 47th birthday in style…partying it up in, of all places, Dubai. Friday, Sosa posted nearly a dozen pictures of himself on Facebook (looking every bit as ghoulish as he has previously) but this time, he’s surrounded himself with some sort of low-rent Kardashian wannabes. As you might recall, Sosa has experimented...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

600 Chris Denorfia Bobbleheads Left on Doorstep

Whoever said “you can never have too much of a good thing” never had 600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads dumped in front of their house. But that’s exactly what happened to Philip Jia and his San Diego roommates recently. “We thought it was from a drug cartel or something,” Jia’s roommate Jalena Lau said. “But when we went through them, they were just regular bobbleheads...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Golf Digest Lists Baseball’s Best Golfers

The Monday after the baseball season ends is known for two things…players preparing for the playoffs or hitting the links. And while only a handful of team’s get to continue play in October, that leaves a ton of guys out there playing golf.  Tops among them Tyler Clippard. The New York Mets reliever carries a +1.9 handicap and, according to Golf Digest, is the second best among...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Coming Soon: The HOVG Podcast

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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts has site set on PBA

Pro baseball has seen its fair share of two-sport stars ... but not quite like this. Mookie Betts returned home to Nashville the day after the 2015 season concluded and got a start on his other passion. Bowling. “I’ve been bowling for a long time and the opportunity to bowl against the guys I’ve watched on TV on Sundays for all these years is going to be an amazing experience...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Dodgers Just Hire Vin Scully’s Successor?

Vin Scully is (likely) heading into his final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and on Wednesday, the team just might have hired his successor. Joe Davis, currently with FOX Sports, where he calls Major League Baseball, college football and basketball games, will assume play-by-play duties alongside Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra. The 27-year-old will work 50 road games,...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Donald Trump signs fan's baseball at debate

Prior to the fourth Republican debate Tuesday night in Milwaukee, GOP front runner Donald Trump took the time to sign some autographs before heading to the historic Milwaukee Theatre. Among those outside the hotel he was staying at…Miller Park mainstay, “Ballhawk Shawn” Bosman. Just got THE DONALD TRUMP!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Gz1Et1uAs0 — Shawn (@BallhawkShawn) November...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Hanson’s death ruled 'overdose'

Not long after word of Tommy Hanson’s death made it’s way to social media the whispers of drug use started making the rounds. Because that’s what happens when an athlete suddenly dies of “catastrophic organ failure” at 29-years-old. First, it was just speculation. Then, while the pitcher’s Major League Baseball brethren mourned his passing, came the claims that the...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Major League Baseball Remembers Tommy Hanson

Sure it’s cliché, but it’s easy to forget that baseball is one big fraternity when you see two teams of 25 going head-to-head for the better part of seven months. So when that brotherhood loses one of their own…you better believe they grieve just like you and me. Thoughts and prayers to the family of Tommy Hanson. Great guy and competitor. RIP — Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

BBWAA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot

After back-to-back years of outstanding first ballot candidates, the potential Class of 2016 might bring it all back down to Earth.  That is, of course, if you exclude “The Kid”. Monday, the BBWAA released its 2016 Hall of Fame ballot and among the 15 newcomers…perennial All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. and closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman. While there are no guarantees (are there...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mickey Mantle rookie card sells for nearly $500K

I hope you’re sitting down. Back in August, the sale of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 baseball card made headlines when it sold at auction for a whopping $382,400 - a record of sorts for the iconic piece of cardboard. Until now. Sunday, another Mantle Topps rookie card (also graded PSA 8) broke the bank after selling on eBay for - get this - $486,100 plus $250 shipping...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Saying Goodbye to the 2015 Season

Well, that’s a wrap for the 2015 MLB season. So I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to the Royals, that team that never seemed to die, no matter how badly they seemed to be beaten at any given time. And, yes, it’s also time to say goodbye to the Mets, with their pitching staff, and superhero nicknames, and Bartolo Colon at-bats, and Wilmer Flores...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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