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Cancer Patient is Drafted by the Rockies

In July of 2011, Justin Solomon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In June of 2012, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 35th round of the MLB Draft. Solomon has battled cancer for the past year, and with all the ups and downs that has come with it, the news of the draft has been a highlight in his life. According to the Daily Times, a New Mexico news paper...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Chamberlain’s Tweet Catches Girardi By Surprise

Rehabbing tweeter New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain has yet to pitch in 2012. Chamberlain dislocated his ankle on March 22, while he was bouncing on a trampoline with his son. He is currently rehabbing at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain is not only recovering from a dislocated ankle, he is also returning from Tommy John surgery. He hasn...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss
OW MY BALLS!

Umpire drilled in the crotch by pitch

Whether umpiring a Little League game or a Major League game, there are certain dangers and risks that come along with getting behind the plate. Baseballs may be small, but they are surely hard. If hit in the wrong place, an umpire may suffer serious repercussions. To anyone who has been behind the plate, this is no laughing matter, and this particular umpire won’t find this clip...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Announces Joint Drug Agreement Changes

Bud Selig: MLB Commissioner Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced specific changes to the Joint Drug Agreement. The modifications to the agreement specifically address the way that testing and suspensions will be handled. According to Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, MLB and the MLBPA have just announced the changes in a recently...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg Misspelled Jersey In Nats Team Store

Stephen Strasburg’s No. 37 uniform will most likely be one of the top-selling baseball jerseys for years to come. Which makes this all the more perplexing that the name was misspelled, “Strasbrug” on his jersey. When Strasburg broke into the majors back in 2010, his jersey was flying off the shelves. More than 78,000 Strasburg jerseys were sold, making him the top-selling Nationals...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Draftee Not Allowed to Walk at High School Graduation

Being selected in the MLB draft is a huge deal for high school and college players. Graduating high school and walking across the stage to receive a diploma is also a big deal. According to WBTV in Charlotte, NC, Red Sox draftee, Ty Buttrey, will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony because he was busy accepting a contract offer. The school rules indicate that students...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

One D’Backs Managing Partner Calls Out Upton and Drew

Ken Kendrick, Diamondbacks managing partner, recently called out two of the team’s stars. Justin Upton and Stephen Drew were lambasted by Kendrick on XTRA 910 AM in Phoenix. In Upton’s case, Kendrick criticized him for being inconsistent. “He’s certainly not the Justin Upton that he has been in the past and that we would expect of him. He’s 24 years old and it’s time...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB Player Faces Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

Felony charges Former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis has been charged with five felony counts of criminal sexual conduct by the State of Michigan. It is alleged that Curtis touched two female students at Lakewood High School, where he was in line to become the head football coach. Curtis appeared in Barry County District Court Wednesday. A preliminary examination date...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles Draft Another Ripken

In the 20th round of the MLB draft the Baltimore Orioles drafted the son of the greatest player in their franchise history.  Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr, is committed to play at the University of South Carolina.  His father was a 2nd round selection by the Orioles in 1978, before becoming the Iron Man of Charm City, playing in 2632 consecutive games. Ripken, listed as a...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB is Considering the Hawk-Eye System

The Hawk-Eye system is used in tennis Major League Baseball is seriously looking into specific technology that will quickly determine whether a batted ball is fair or foul. As reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports,  MLB is studying a computer and video system created by a British firm called Hawk-Eye Innovations. This is the same technology that is used in major tennis and cricket...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Struggling Bard Sent Down

The Red Sox sent starting pitcher Daniel Bard to Triple-A on Wednesday, this according to the Boston Globe.  The once-great reliever was 5-6, with a 5.24 ERA.  It was becoming obvious that Bard’s struggles were becoming more mental than physical.  In his last outing on Sunday, Bard walked six and hit two in a loss to the Blue Jays.  Bard discussed his struggles, ““I allowed...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

“Lucky” Braves Fan To Throw Out First Pitch

The Atlanta Braves, along with Delta Airlines, are giving one local fan a chance to throw out the first pitch against the Yankees next Wednesday.  Contestants can enter online, but there are a few catches.  The winner must find their own transportation to the ballpark, and must live in the southeastern United States.  Technically the winner must live in either Georgia, Tennessee...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker Makes Texas Rangers Remember His Name

Jerrod Parker Photo Courtesy of CBSSports.com After a disappointing 2-0 shutout against the Kansas City Royals yesterday, Bob Melvin placed the ball in first year starter Jarrod Parker’s hands against the best hitting team in baseball, the Texas Rangers. Going into tonight’s game, Jarrod had only one Major League win under his belt. Texas was hoping to build on yesterday’s...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Draft Me Maybe (Video)

June 4th was MLB draft day and these five guys traveled to New York with hopes and dreams of being the top picks. Highly rated prospects typically don’t do musical auditions, but in 2012, times are changing and these are no Harvard athletes. These guys are the real deal on the ball field. Who are they? Well, give them a few years and we will all know. As for now, they will only...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

KC Royals select Kyle Zimmer # 5!

The Kansas City Royals goes the college route in selecting University of San Francisco’s pitcher Kyle Zimmer. He has the prototypical body for a Major League pitcher.  The 20-year-old  Kyle Zimmer, stands at 6’4″, 220 lbs.  So far, he’s amassed a 5-3 record, with a 2.85 ERA, 104 strikeouts, and 17 walks for the San Francisco Dons. His fastball hits between 94 and 99...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss
FANDEMONIUM

Mets superfan earns lifetime ban

Following the final out of Johan's no-no, Rafael Diaz says he couldn't help but storm the field, a decision that ended up causing him to miss his son's first birthday party as well as being banned from all future games. 

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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets Pitcher Pulled for Rapid Heartbeat

Headed for medical testing As the New York Mets hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of a four game series, Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese was on a roll. Unfortunately for Niese and the Mets, he was pulled after six shut-out innings due to a rapid heartbeat. The Mets went on to defeat the Cardinals 6-1, but there is serious cause for concern. While Niese said his...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Cuban Star is “Fare” Game

Game changer There will be a bidding war in Major League Baseball, as Cuban star Jorge Soler has been declared a free agent. As noted by MLB.com, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was the first to report the news. Soler is considered the number one Cuban prospect on the market. Standing at 6’4″ and 225 pounds, the 20 year-old Soler is expected to play one of the corner outfield...
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June 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Another Argument for Instant Replay? (Video)

Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history Friday night. As with most no-hitters, this one came with a touch of good fortune. As the St. Louis Cardinals came to bat in the top of the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran stepped to the plate. As the count went to 1-0, Beltran ripped a fastball down the third base line, and the ball was immediately ruled foul by third base umpire...
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June 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Johan Santana no-hits the St Louis Cardinals, wins 8-0

Throws first no-hitter in Mets history ****BREAKING NEWS**** New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has thrown a no-hitter against the St Louis Cardinals for the first no-hitter in Mets history The first out in the 9th inning was a first-pitch fly-out from Matt Holliday in center field. Allen Craig then flew out to left field for the 2nd out. Santana faced third-baseman David Freese...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss
PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE

Hawk hears from Selig about tirade

White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson said that he received a talking-to from Bud Selig about his epic, on-air meltdown during which he savagely ripped umpires.

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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Youkilis Gaining Interest in Trade Market

Being a professional athlete can be a rough occupation. Between the massages, top-notch health care, and unequivocal admiration, there’s a time limit for these perks. Kevin Youkilis (.250/.318/.406, in 107 ABs) is finding this out publicly, where the writing is now on the wall that his days in Boston are numbered. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Red Sox brass have...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Alex Avila exits game after ball fouled off mask

Tough guy Over the past two seasons, Alex Avila has taken a tremendous beating behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers. He was a horse for the squad in 2011, playing 141 games. Eventually, he wore down and was not able to perform well during the playoffs. If you would like to know why Alex Avila had only three hits in 41 at bats in last year’s post-season, look no further than...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Tulo Placed on DL

The Colorado Rockies’ All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left Wednesday’s game with what is said to be a groin injury. The aggravation occurred when “Tulo” was running out an infield ground ball in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. Now, the groin strain appears to be significant enough to require rest time. Tracy Ringolsby, of FOXSports.com, reports that the...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Slugger’s Wife Receives Hate Mail

Out with broken hand During the course of a Major League season, many players suffer strange off-the-field injuries. The Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger, Jonathan Lucroy, was the latest casualty of such injuries this Sunday. While in a Los Angeles hotel room, Lucroy was searching for a sock under the bed when his wife mistakenly caused a suitcase for fall on his hand. Lucroy suffered...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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