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I was on the show Sports Jeopardy!

When I was four years old I would entertain my father’s family by reciting the entire California Angels roster, including jersey numbers. In the seventh grade I won a football pool. With that money, I made a purchase that I thought would one day make me a millionaire, a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr. rookie card. To say I was a sports fanatic from an early age would be an understatement...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs have every right to start Kris Bryant in the minor leagues

Twelve days.  Because of collective bargaining agreement rules between the MLB and its players association (that only lawyers could really understand), that is all that the Chicago Cubs need to put budding superstar sluggerKris Bryant in the minors to gain team control for an additional year.  And they should do it.  Maybe sooner than later just to stop the speculation. There...
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WATCH: Puig’s epic bat flip and cannon arm

Spring Training is usually a light-hearted affair with players more worried about playing a round of golf after the game, than the game itself. However, sometimes during these glorified scrimmages a player will do something that will even have the announcers in awe. On Wednesday in a game against the Padres in Glendale, Yasiel Puig of the Dodger had a memorable inning. In the top...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros minor league team pulls back planned promotion because jinx

Superstition is the fabric of sports.  You don’t touch the Stanley Cup until you have won it.  You don’t step on the white line in baseball.  You eat the same pregame meal the night before a big game.  And you probably don’t distribute World Series rings for a season two years away.  Especially if your team hasn’t had a winning record in half a decade.  The Houston...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Two foul balls, one fan snags it, the other fails spectacularly

Foul balls into the stands sometimes provide the most entertaining video footage of the entire game.  From grown men jumping on top of one another, to using popcorn buckets to catch, to leaning over rails to catch, to beer being knocked out of hands.  We had the best of times and the worst of times on Sunday.  Check out this young Boston Red Sox fan who leaps to snag a screaming...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

College baseball player booted from team after tweeting vitriol regarding Mo’ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis is an amazing inspirationCredit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY One of the highlights of a 2014 sports year that was mixed in good (Madison Bumgarner, Spurs, World Cup) and bad (Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Alex Rodriguez) the Little League World Series (LLWS) superstar Mo’ne Davis was definitely the former.  The young lady captured the imagination of youths and adults as...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington Nationals Bryce Harper hits first HR of spring, and it’s long gone

As the Washington Nationals are World Series favorites primarily based upon their pitching, they probably will not be able to make the leap unless they get hitting.  At the center of the fan and media focus is their outfield wunderkind Bryce Harper, who is always a lightning rod of scrutiny.  Will he hit up to his potential or continue to be plagued by injuries and slumps (career...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Five worst MLB cliche’s of Spring Training

Spring is a time of eternal hope, especially in baseball.  All MLB teams start afresh tied in the standings.  Last years’ injuries, bad luck, or just bad play are a thing of the past.  The temperatures are warming up, our favorite players or team are getting in shape, and we look forward to (what should be) the National Holiday of Opening Day.  So fans want to know what to...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers ‘ban’ high fives for unusual reason

The Milwaukee Brewers are not allowed to do this for at least a few daysCredit: Morry Gash, AP High fives are as much in the fabric of baseball as popcorn, beer, ballcaps, and sunflower seeds.  So why would the Milwaukee Brewers ‘ban’ high fives?  For the health of the club.  Conjunctivitis (also known as ‘pinkeye’) is going around their Maryvale, AZ, Cactus League clubhouse...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig makes catch while crashing into wall

Another Cactus League game, another highlight for Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Yasiel Puig.  Two days after hitting a towering home run, he flashed his leather in centerfield (as opposed to his usual right field) by snagging a long drive by Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo.  Check out everyone’s favorite player to talk about (via MLB.com) Your browser does not support iframes...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Kate Upton works with MLB to find homes for puppies

Three things that I like: Baseball Puppies Kate Upton Not necessarily in that order (especially #2 and #3).  But combine all three, and you’ve got me hooked.  Supermodel Kate Upton appeared today in Viera, FL, to raise awareness for puppies in need of homes for a “Grand Slam Adoption Event.”  The 22-year-old is passionate about pet adoption and tweeted some of the highlights...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chicago Cubs biggest prospects hit back-to-back-to-back home runs

The Chicago Cubs have a stockpile of talent and free agent acquisitions to feature.  2015 will almost certainly be a significant improvement over 89 losses, probably expecting 89 wins or more.  Much of the optimism centers around young talent that made their major league debuts last year, or absolutely bashed the minors highest levels.  Jorge Soler (23), Javier Baez (22), and...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval only names two San Francisco Giants that he will miss

Given the recent success of the San Francisco Giants, it was a bit of a surprise that the team didn’t keep their popular 3B Pablo Sandoval from bolting to the Boston Red Sox via free agency.  Having won three World Series in the last five seasons, it seemed a no brainer to ‘Kung Fu Panda’ back.  It did not happen but it wasn’t money. Sandoval moving on from San FranciscoCredit...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dodgers Yasiel Puig hits moon shot home run off of Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are expected to battle for the National League West title this year.  A title that the Dodgers currently hold.  Of course, the Giants have the Commissioners Trophy as World Series Champions so they are none too concerned.  The teams squared off in the Cactus League today for a friendly game.  The ‘MLB The Show 15′ cover boy...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Top six MLB position battles to watch in Spring Training

Credit: MLB.com After the dust has settled in the hot stove league, teams have swapped free agents, acquired Rule 5 picks, and scouted winter ball.  Most teams’ Opening Day starting positions are set no matter how the players perform in the so called Grapefruit and Cactus leagues also known as Spring Training.  Barring injury, performance of players in the spring will rarely...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher who broke Hunter Pence’s wrist apologizes on Twitter

Pence holds no ill-will toward the pitcherCredit: AP It took literally one day before a major Spring Training injury shook up the National League pennant race.  The San Francisco Giants’ “odd number year curse” continued as 3-time All-Star Hunter Pence had his forearm snapped by a pitch on Thursday.  He immediately left the game and by the end of the afternoon, the diagnosis...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.B. Shuck makes first highlight reel catch of Spring

It’s been a while, people.  A long while.  Since Madison Bumgarner broke the hearts of Kansas City Royals fans in Game 7 of the World Series, we have not had live baseball.  Until this week.  Let the great plays begin!  Here is a gem from Chicago White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck who robs Scott Schebler (he plays for the Dodgers) of a hit with a diving catch (via MLB.com) Your...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten MLB numbers that should have never been retired by their team

Yankees Monument Park is getting fullCredit: Yankees.com As the New York Yankees are retiring another set of jersey numbers (and honoring the players in Monument Park), some question whether or not the franchise will run out of double-digit numbers to assign in the decades to come.  After Derek Jeter’s #2 is retired, the lowest available number will be #11.  For a team like...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton debuts personalized helmet with mouth guard

After a horrifying pitch to the jaw to end his 2014 season, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will use a helmet with a jaw-guard in 2015.  But not just any jaw guard off the shelf.  A sleek looking, NFL face mask style addition.  With a customer letter “G” as part of the design.  Check out the @MLB tweet Yeah, @Giancarlo818 – The faceguard plays. pic.twitter.com...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: University of Arizona wins game with walk-off steal of home

While Major League Baseball is a couple of weeks away from preseason games, and over a month away from the regular season, NCAA Baseball started over a week ago.  Mostly escaping TV coverage, there are a number of heavyweight matchups already.  One of these is the perennial power Rice University Owls visiting Pac 12 powerhouse Arizona Wildcats in Tucson for a three game set over...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez – Backup first baseman?

Rodriguez? Back up?Credit: AP The baseball world awaits (or bemoans, depending on your perspective) the triumphant (or disgraceful) return of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in 2015.  Having missed the entire 2014 season on a suspension due to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), Rodriguez will be nearly 18 months older than he was in his last game.  To put it in perspective...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

OPINION: MLB rule changes to speed up game ‘swing and miss’

Major League Baseball will implement three “MLB rule changes” in an effort to speed up what has been portrayed as a game in need of speeding up.  One isn’t even a rule change at all, the second misses the true reason of the delay, and the third is something new to mitigate an effect that slowed down the games last year for the first time.  Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports that...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Minor League baseball team sells Opening Day tickets for four cents

All of us remember our grandparents telling us the “good old days” when you could be a soda at the drugstore counter for a nickel and a haircut cost 50 cents.  But did they ever tell you that you could get baseball tickets for four cents?  Probably not.  So spin this tale their way next time you visit.  The Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals High-A) had an ill-timed...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals plan hilarious ‘chia beard’ giveaway

The Washington Nationals have a creative fan giveaway in store for its fans this season.  It’s fun to hear when the marketing departments for Major League Baseball promotions think outside of the box.  Bobbleheads?  Been there, done that.  Towels, T-shirts, umbrellas…ho hum.  Chia beards?  Intriguing!  The Washington Nationals are planning to give away a limited edition...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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