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Skip Schumaker robs Martin of home run

Play of the day candidate, watch Los Angeles Dodgers LF Skip Schumaker track a deep fly ball and rob Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin of what should have been a 3-run home run.  Video courtesy of MLB.com: With the home run, the Pirates take a one run lead 4-3.  Without it, they’re still chasing 2 runs at 3-1.  The game went to extras in which the Dodgers won 5-3, making...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

FAIL: College World Series misspelled on TD Ameritrade Park dugouts in Omaha

In the premier event in college baseball, the organizers might need to go back to grade school.  See the below photo tweeted by Nick Stover (@ULFlyingCard) just prior to tonight’s game between Louisville and Indiana (yes, this is baseball and not basketball). Spelling errors happen, but this is unfortunate. Welcome to the ‘CoLLLege’ World Series. @darrenrovell pic.twitter...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Astros make Mark Appel a rich man

Mark Appel is a millionaireCredit: Jake Roth / USA Today Sports The Houston Astros and Stanford RHP, and number 1 overall 2013 MLB draft pick Mark Appel have agreed to a deal, according to Jon Heyman, Baseball Insider of CBSSports.com.  The deal is expected to be worth between $6M and $6.5M, which would leave the Astros with more draft budget to spend money on other picks who have...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss
WHAT A RIPOFF

Aoki gives Reds fan an imaginary foul ball

There are rivalries, and there are rivalries.  Real rivalries go deep, here the Milwaukee Brewers RF Norichika Aoki wants none of giving a Cincinnati Reds fan the ball after he makes a catch near the wall.  Or more likely, he probably didn’t know what the fan was asking for (as Aoki gives him an awkward “low five”).  Watch the funny moments (courtesy of MLB.com): The Reds...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Cute couple gets married at ballpark, reception held during game

There are baseball fans, then there are baseball fans.  The young couple in this video take their love of baseball, the Houston Astros, and the iconic Killer Bees (Biggio/Bagwell) to a whole new level.  See their excitement (courtesy of MLB.com): My favorite quote: “It’s the Astros, this is the best place ever to get married!”  – Bride The couple and wedding party was...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

40 All-Time Baseball Players Iconic Moments

Here at RBTS we went brainstorming for a list of baseball players in the past and present to see who has the best iconic moments. Our goal is to feature players who have wowed us with their signature move that fans all over have talked about, mimic, or can tell you where they were when the incident happened. We will use Babe Ruth for example. We have heard for years about how he...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Sunny Days Ahead for Seattle Mariners

Of course it’s always rainy in Seattle, and with the recent demotions of top prospects Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley, not to mention the flop in progress that is Justin Smoak, things seem especially gloomy. Don’t fret Mariners fans help in on the way. Shortly after being sent to Triple-A Tacoma, news broke that Dustin Ackley, the former second overall draft pick out of Chapel...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Japanese baseball league swap out balls and hoped nobody noticed

Credit: Logosindex.com After home run totals in the (Japanese) Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league appeared to reach steroid era, i.e. 47% increases through 60 games, League officials finally admitted that they secretly substituted a “juiced” ball without telling anyone.  NPB (I guess) hoped nobody would notice, but it became the elephant in the room after the expected...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Nate Freiman delivers sweep for Oakland Athletics against Yankees Mariano Rivera

In an amazing game with tons of twists and turns, the tallest player in major league baseball delivered the death blow to the oldest player in major league baseball.  The Oakland Athletics 6’8″ 1B Nate Freiman delivered the deciding bases loaded single on (wait for it) a broken bat against 43-year-old Mariano Rivera to walk off the Athletics 3-2.  The Athletics swept the Yankees...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Vernon Wells Throws Out Moss At Home To Extend Game

www.nbcnewyork.com Extra innings again?  Its becoming a regular ordeal now, but I’m not just talking one or two more innings.  Lately we have seen games go beyond 15 innings.  In fact last week some fans witnessed teams playing a 2 for 1 (18innings).  It’s insane that a baseball game last three hours; but what about situations when it reaches five hour!  Hmmm, why aren...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss
HOLY MOLY

Colorado wildfire backdrop for H.S. game

They say a picture tells 1000 words, this one says “sorry Mother Nature, the game must go on”.  Fox 31 Denver posted the below photo (along with several others worth seeing) showing kids playing baseball as they normally would with a huge gray cloud over center field. Smoke billows beyond center field in ColoradoCredit: @PeterMcEvoy2 The photo was originally tweeted by Peter...
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June 13, 2013  |  1 Comment

The Legal Issues of PED Providers

Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis, will reportedly cooperate with the MLB in identifying steroid users throughout the league.Photo Credit: nydailynews.com/AP Let’s talk professional baseball. Not because it’s in season, but because it’s at the center of the latest performance enhancing drug scandal. In professional sports from baseball to bicycling, PED use seems to have ingrained...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

13 Year Old Nick LeGrande Throws Out The Ceremonial Pitch From 1800 Miles Away

credited to www.sfgate.com   I don’t know how it feels to be 13 years old and be told that you must put your dreams of playing baseball on hold because of an illness that could conceivably take your life. Well that is what Nick LeGrande is facing. He is fighting a disease called severe aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder. At this present time he isn’t playing...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Benches Clear Again After Ian Kennedy Nails Zach Greinke

  credited to nbcsports.com West Coast baseball, you got to love it.  Too bad folks out east aren’t awake to witness physical type baseball.  They only here about stories the next morning.  Anytime Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Zach Greinke is on the mound watch out.  This is the second time he and his team were involved in a bases clearing brawl.  Luckily he wasn’t...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

College World Series Primer

The most underrated sports league out there, NCAA baseball, has reached it’s apex–the College World Series. Played in Omaha, Nebraska each year the College World series is the equivalent of the Elite 8. The eight teams play in two separate pools with the winners facing off in a best-of-three championship series. Bracket 1, which starts play on Saturday, includes Mississippi State...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole masterful in major league debut

In his first major league start of what should be a career to track, Gerrit Cole looked every bit the part of first overall draft pick (2011) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  And not just against any old team, but against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, against 2-time Cy Young Award winner and 4-time All Star Tim Lincecum.  And his girlfriend’s brother happens...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Ian Stewart suspended without pay for comments

The Chicago Cubs have suspended IF Ian Stewart without pay for breach of contract (team loyalty).  This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, who tweeted: Stewart being suspended without pay, per loyalty clause, says Theo. term TBA. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) June 11, 2013 Stewart went on a Twitter rant basically committing Cub-i-cide and it might have worked...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss
ALL OVER THE PLACE

Dustin Pedroia makes huge plays in BoSox win

On Monday Night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia fit the part of Superman with everything but the cape.  After knocking in 2 runs in the first, he then made a then game-saving awkward play on a strange pop-up on the infield as well as a charge play on a Sam Fuld bunt.  Both plays were with 2 outs and the go-ahead or winning run crossing the plate for...
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June 11, 2013  |  1 Comment
WHO'S ON FIRST?

Reds-Cubs play in heavy Wrigley Field fog

Looks like the Cubs are on the field(courtesy @Cubs via Twitter) Most sports fans remember the infamous NFC Division Playoff game on New Years Eve 1988 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears in which fog rolled in off of Lake Michigan, wreaking havoc on fans watching the game, announcers trying to call it, and even referees trying to sort out the action.  Same Lake, different...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval foot in bad shape, DL-stint a certainty

The San Francisco Giants are limping in the NL West standings, and their 2012 World Series MVP is limping in the clubhouse.  According to a series of Tweets by Comcast Sportsnet Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly, Kung Fu Panda looks like he’ll be out for a while as his left foot is not healing. Bochy said new MRI on Sandoval showed foot strain wasn’t more severe, but manager...
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June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Louisville Cardinals baseball uniforms inspired by Houston Astros

Not many people look back at the 1970s and 1980s Houston Astros “rainbow stripe” uniforms and think “wow, that look is sharp, we need to be more like those!”  But at least one college team has.  The Louisville Cardinals burst into the Nashville, Tennessee, Superregional  against Vanderbilt with a “shades of red” style uniform that hearkened back to the Nolan Ryan,...
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June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig Demonstrates The Best Arm In Baseball

credited to Stephen Dunn, Getty Images) After six major league ball games, does anyone have a problem with crowning Yasiel Puig Rookie of The Year?  Let’s see, in his first week as a major league ball player, Yasiel got a hit in his first at-bat and also completed a game winning unassisted double play.  The next night he hit his first career home run and followed that up...
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June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch: Kids Do The Darndest Things!

Remember the times when an adults would snatch a foul ball away from an innocent kid?   Think about how embarrassing it is to watch a grown up keeping the souvenir and accepting all the boos from the crowd.  Imagine if you are the adult and you receive a standing ovation for putting a smile on a kid’s face for handing the ball over.  Well, after seeing this video...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss
JUST SAY NO

Thomas: PED users not welcome in Hall

Former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas is a strong candidate for Cooperstown, and he feels that while the living Hall of Famers would welcome him, they wouldn't extend the same to PED users.

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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

RBTS Diamond Plays of The Day (6-6-2013)

  With some of the emphasis on the NBA Finals, there was still plenty of baseball going on.  Here are some of the highlights you may have missed. St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Pitcher Shelby Miller pitching six strong innings giving up 2ER while striking out nine Arizona Diamondbacks.  He also helped himself at the plate collecting 2 hits, one being his first major league home...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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