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Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon accused of rape in civil lawsuit

Alfredo Simon pitches against the Pirates in April 2014 (Credit: Associated Press) According to Rachel Axon of USA Today, Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Alfredo Simon has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit filed in Washington DC Superior Court. The woman, who filed the lawsuit as ‘Jane Doe’, is seeking $15 million in damages total ($5 million in compensatory damages and $10...
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Doc Gooden: “Pine Tar Not For Grip”

Credit: Associated Press Former New York Mets and New York Yankees star pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden does not agree with the people who are claiming that Pinedagate is a result of cold weather and poor grip. He took to Twitter today to voice his view of pine tar’s use by pitchers: lets put to rest all this talk about pine tar to get a better grip on the ball to protect the...
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WATCH: Michael Pineda Caught With Pine Tar (Again)

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. You might remember the not so distant past (April 10, 2014) where broadcasters from NESN noticed some sort of a foreign substance on his hand during his start against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox never questioned the substance during the game, and Pineda played it off as dirt during post game interviews....
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Chicago Cubs celebrate 100th birthday of Wrigley Field with epic collapse

You can’t make this stuff up.  The venerable Wrigley Field has seen it all, from Ernie Banks 500th home run to Sammy Sosa’s 62nd home run of 1998, to Ryno-mania in 1984, to three All-Star games to even, yes, five World Series (last one, 1945).  None of those ended well, neither did a Bartman or Billy Goat curse.  But today, April 23, 2014, nostalgia reigned as North-side fans...
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Tracy McGrady makes Sugarland Skeeters as pitcher

A: Roger Clemens, Scott Kazmir, Tracy McGrady Q: Who are current or former pitchers for the Sugarland Skeeters, Alex. It’s official, Tracy McGrady is a two-sport professional athlete.  The Sugarland Skeeters (Atlantic League, Independent) announced today that seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady has made their team as a pitcher.  The Sugarland...
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WATCH: New Pirate Ike Davis crushes grand slam against Reds

A great way to endear yourself to a new team is to get a big hit, for lots of runs, against a division (and regional) rival, at home.  Check (home run), check (make that a grand slam), check (Boo Reds), and check (Ike loves PNC Park) for new Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Ike Davis.  The newly liked Ike tees off against the rival Cincinnati Reds to send the Pirates to a 2-run lead (from...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympian throws out first pitch, accepts marriage proposal

If you live a life in which you win three Olympic medals, throw out the first pitch in a major league baseball game, and get engaged to the man of your dreams, which of these are the biggest moment? What if the last two are combined?  Katie Hoff won a silver and two bronze medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and also competed in the 2004 games in Athens.  However, she was...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

10 best scenes from baseball movies

Baseball has always made for great cinema.  It has drama, anticipation, personalities, victory, defeat, heroes, villains, and lots and lots of humor.  Many a list has been compiled for best overall movies (including this one by Baseball America), but it’s the scenes sometimes that we look back so fondly.  Here we try to capture the Top 10 baseball scenes of all time (at least...
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WATCH: Squirrel Interupts Phillies/Rockies Game

During the bottom of the third inning in last night’s National League matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies, the crowd went wild and the announcers weren’t sure what was going on. A squirrel had somehow made it onto the field of play and the umpires had to pause the game several times for a few seconds as the squirrel ran around for over five minutes...
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Florida State Ends Inning On Forgotten Count

Florida State University (Credit: SportsLogos.netIt’s “three strikes you’re out”, not “three balls you walk” at the old ball game. Everyone knows that, right? Apparently Jacksonville forgot that simple rule (or at least the count) during the top of the fifth inning against the fifth ranked Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday. Cameron Gibson was hitting with two outs in...
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WATCH: Dodgers intentional walk goes awry; wild pitch allows go-ahead run to score

It’s a simple game of pitch and catch.  Fathers and sons do it in the backyard.  Little Leaguers do it with ease during warm ups.  But for paid professional baseball players, sometimes it’s not so easy.  Watch Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow intend to throw a benign pitch to walk the batter, but instead uncorks a Ricky Vaughn special to the backstop, allowing the...
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PHOTO: Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields face swollen after HBP

Every batter’s worst nightmare in the batter’s box is to be hit in the face.  Broken jaws, noses, or even facial bones have led to careers ending.  Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields Jr. lived that nightmare on Friday night.  His swollen face tells the story, here’s hoping there is no further damage and he’s back on the field soon.  Deshields retweeted a friend’s...
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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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

#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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 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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10 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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

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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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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