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WATCH: Brewers Martin Maldonado tears the cover off the ball, literally

One of the oldest expressions in baseball is “TEAR THE COVER OFF THE BALL!”  The purist might think it originated in the 19th century when baseballs were literally sewn together to play.  More recently, you might invoke memories of The Natural, and Roy Hobbs doing as much in his debut at bat for the New York Knights.  Now, add Milwaukee Brewers Martin Maldonado to the lore...
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#FlashbackFriday: A Spectacular Walk-Off Home Run Trot

Throughout the years, there has been some epic and absolutely spectacular walk-off home run home trots. But there is one that really stands out and at the same time isn’t exactly an admired one. Rich Aude, a former major league first baseman from 1993 to 1996, is the subject of this pimped out walk-off trot. In this video taken 20 years ago from 1994, he plays 1st base for the...
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WATCH: Yankees turn first triple play of 2014 MLB season

For a pitcher, there is no better gift than a triple play.  Two on, no out, big inning pending.  Then it all goes away thanks to tags, throws, and gloves.  Watch as the New York Yankees clean up the 2nd inning for ace C.C. Sabathia by going around the horn, Yangervis Solarte, to Brian Roberts, to Scott Sizemore, who made a nice scoop in the dirt.  That’s 5-4-3 if you’re scoring...
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Chicago Cubs fan tries to recreate “Bartman moment” at Yankee Stadium

Chicago Cubs fans seem to be oblivious to rules and etiquette when it comes to foul balls down the left field line.  If it’s your own team and in the stands, don’t touch it.  If it’s the other team and on the field, you should probably not give the ump a chance to call interference.  This Cubs fan, apparently not learning the Bartman lesson, seems to fall in the same trap...
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WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs!

The team over at MLB Fan Cave came up with a wonderful idea – have Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo take batting practice with actual meatballs. Donning an apron, Rizzo went through with it and demolished every meatball that came his way. Check out the hilarious (and messy) clip below! The post WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs! appeared first on...
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WATCH: Cano Gets Double Play Assist From Miller’s Shoulder

Robinson Cano shows off his new Mariners’ jersey (Credit: Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) Robinson Cano was in perfect position for a strange play during the bottom of the third inning of last night’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Watch as Mariners’ shortstop Brad Miller attempts to come up with Elvis Andrus’ grounder and a bad hop causes the ball...
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VIDEO: Jackie Robinson remembered sixty-seven years after breaking color barrier

The game of baseball, and perhaps all professional sports, was changed on April 15, 1947.  We remember what Jackie Robinson did for the sport, but more importantly, racial respect and equality when he broke the color barrier.  While full equality may not have fully arrived all these years later, without those that were willing to be firsts like Jackie, we may be even further behind...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman pitches off mound, wows observers

After a horrific scene just three-and-a-half weeks ago, Cincinnati Reds (and really all baseball fans) got a bit of good news today when Aroldis Chapman, the hard-throwing lefty closer for the Reds, threw off the mound for the first time.  Chapman was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals slugger Salvador Perez, breaking facial bones throughout his...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan falls fast asleep at Yankees/Red Sox game.

Fox Sports’ Jimmy Traina tweeted a video via his Instagram account of a fan at tonight’s Yankees and Red Sox game. The guy apparently forgot where he was, and must have not slept in days. Check out just how deep of a sleep this fan is in DURING the game! Fan at Yankees-Red Sox game in DEEP sleep. (Hopefully) http://t.co/oAeVGfEmQZ — Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 14, 2014...
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WATCH: Rays C Ryan Hanigan tags out two runners in one play

It’s just your standard 6-2 (tag) -4-3-2 (tag) double play.  In what has to be a major league record, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan recorded two tag outs on the same play to preserver a 2-0 lead early.  Watch the alert fielding (and communication) by all Rays involved (via MLB.com): One would expect no less from a Joe Maddon managed team, who is known for having a defense...
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VIDEO: Phillies Jimmy Rollins hits walk-off home run, “dedicates” it to heckler

There’s no better feeling for a batter than to hit a walk-off home run to give your team the victory.  I stand corrected, it might be even better if you are able to “dedicate” the home run to a fan who had been heckling you during the at-bat.  Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins checked both those boxes, watch here as he lights up a Dan Jennings offspeed pitch down the...
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VIDEO: MLB instant replay fail, bad call stands in Red Sox/Yankees game

There have been mixed reviews in the first two weeks of Major League Baseball instant replay. Clear calls have been overturned quickly.  Some “pretty” clear calls have been curiously left to stand.  But this is the first case of a clear call that, for what appears to be technical difficulties, didn’t get overturned.  Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is not so sure what...
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WATCH: Giants P Bumgarner belts go-ahead grand slam

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner did something that many pitchers who go up to bat don’t really have a chance to do. In San Fran’s 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies last night, the young lefty gave put the Giants ahead for good with a “giant” hit. In the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Bumgarner crushed a grand slam. Watch Madison’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda appears to have foreign substance on hand

As the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox face off in the first of the 2014 rivalry games for the American League East favorites, controversy has already inserted itself.  Pete Abraham, beat writer for the Boston Globe, is among many tweeting photos of Pineda’s hand showing a brownish sticky substance near the wrist: Here’s the goop on Pineda’s hand: pic.twitter.com/Axx9bHqs2n...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrelton Simmons shows off his cannon arm

When Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons says “I could make that play sitting on my a–.”  He means it.  Watch as he makes a diving stop deep to his right in the hold, then, in the interest of time, just goes ahead and throws a rope from his knees (h/t DeckerDelight via Reddit.com  and @metskevin11) Braves fans are used to seeing fireworks, at least this time it was on the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fireworks at Braves game accidentally ignite U.S. flag

American flags adorn Turner Field in Atlanta, GA (Credit: Tami Chappell/Reuters/Corbis) Before you read on, please note that the Atlanta Braves are not a terrorist organization and they did not intentionally light the American flag on fire last night. I mean, just look at the picture above, the Braves clearly love America. Mike Conti of 92.9 the Game in Atlanta, GA tweeted this...
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MLB naming reliever awards after Rivera, Trevor Hoffman

Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman (Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press) Major League Baseball has decided to reward two of the best relievers in the history of baseball by renaming the annual awards for relievers in each league.  The American League Reliever of the Year Award has been renamed after legendary Mariano Rivera who retired in 2013 after amassing 651 saves (most all...
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PHOTO: Tim Lincecum named each of his mustache hairs

Tim Lincecum (Credit: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press) Tim Lincecum showed up for Giants’ photo day with a ridiculously thin mustache. We’ve all seen it in all if its creepy glory. Most of us would call the police if we saw anyone with that thing on their face talking to our children. To make things even creepier, it appears that each of his creepy, wispy mustache hairs have been...
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VIDEO: Remembering Hank Aaron and Number 715 forty years later

The history can not be summed up better than what Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer Milo Hamilton called (via MLB.com): He’s sitting on 714 Here’s the pitch by Downing Swinging, there’s a drive into left-center field That ball is gonna be…OUTTA HERE! It’s gone. It’s 715. There’s a new home run champion of all time, and it’s Henry Aaron - Milo Hamilton...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Core Four reunited for Jeter's final home opener

It’s only been a week of the regular season, but every day it seems like we have another “last first” something with Derek Jeter.  Last first Spring Training at bat.  Last first Opening Day game.  Last first hit.  Last first win.  Today at Yankee Stadium, in his last first home opener, there was definitely an aura of sentimentality as the fellow members of the Yankees...
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WATCH: Weirdest Pitcher Unassisted Play Ever

Sonny Gray (Credit: Gregory Bull/Associated Press) Oakland A’s pitcher Sonny Gray recorded a strange out during yesterday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Watch as Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager hits the ball off the first base bag and the ball caroms right into Sonny Gray’s glove. Gray won the race to first and recorded the out. If you’re scoring at home, that’s...
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Cincinnati Reds tweet intent to wear blue hats for Kentucky, then recant

So did the Cincinnati really intend to wear blue caps to honor the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team’s run to the NCAA Championship?  All indications were “Yes” on Saturday evening as the Reds official Twitter account tweeted something to that effect.  Until an odd tweet appeared later stating that it was not their intent.  See the sequence go down: In support...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Division III team turns a 9-3-2 triple play

The Greensboro College Pride (Credit: GreensboroCollegeSports.com The Greensboro College Pride pulled off a very rare triple play against the Maryville (TN) Scots in NCAA Division III baseball action yesterday. The strange play happened in the top of the third inning. The ball was caught by the right fielder who doubled up the runner who had left first base. Then for some reason...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: New York Mets Ike Davis hits walk-off grand slam off Chapman-less Reds

The scary injury to fireball closer Aroldis Chapman has probably already cost the Cincinnati Reds one game in the standings.  That game was today, when the Reds were clinging to a 3-2 lead over the New York Mets in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to record an out while losing in grand fashion.  Grand slam fashion that is, check out Mets pinch hitter Ike Davis crushing a hanging...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Teixeira lands back on DL with hamstring strain

It only took three games and one at bat before Mark Teixeira’s seemingly glass body gave out yet again.  The Yankees 1B was placed on the DL on Saturday, according to a tweet from the Yankees official Twitter account: #Yankees place 1B Mark Teixeira on 15-day DL with right hamstring strain; recall C Austin Romine from Triple-A @swbrailriders. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April...
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