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Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt: Hitters Need to do the Shifting Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

SchmidtHall of Famer Mike Schmidt: Hitters Need to do the Shifting

An article by USA Today

It took teams close to 100 years to make the drastic defensive shifts we see now. And it's evident every day the effect they're having on offensive performance.

Back in the 1970s and '80s, defenses shifted on a handful of players, but only a bit. Against Willie Stargell and a few other lefty power hitters, the shortstop would move right of second base, and the second baseman played slightly on the outfield grass.

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Mr. Cub: A Life Like a Miracle Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

banksMr. Cub: A Life Like a Miracle

An article by Sports on Earth

His story is like a movie script built around an unexpected turn, a chance that for him was easier to seize than to explain. Maybe that's because Ernie Banks had trouble believing it even as he lived it.

"My life is like a miracle," Banks said a few years ago.

A power-hitting shortstop ahead of his time, he won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and '59, staking a lasting claim as arguably the greatest player in Cubs history.

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One Final Postseason Thought Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Post SeasonOne Final Postseason Thought

An article by Sports on Earth

All told, Derek Jeter and the Yankees ruined it for everyone. The baseball postseason expanded for the first time in 1969, doubling the number of playoff games a team or a player could take part in, and it did so again in 1995, adding a whole other round. That playoff expansion happened to coincide exactly with not only the Yankees' dynasty -- well, the most recent Yankees postseason dynasty -- but with Jeter's career. Jeter was the key player over nearly 20 years of regular postseason appearances. Thus, Jeter -- along with Bernie Williams and Manny Ramirez -- leads in a ton of postseason categories, and likely will for a long time. Here are the top five postseason all-time leaders in major counting stats

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David Ortiz's Final Gift to the Red Sox Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

OrtizDavid Ortiz's Final Gift to the Red Sox

An article by Sports on Earth

New England millennials were minding their own business, going about their day Tuesday when Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports dropped this bomb on the last bit of their childhood.

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Albert Pujols Hits 537th HR to Pass Mantle, 16th All-Time Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 October 2015

PujolsAlbert Pujols Hits 537th HR to Pass Mantle, 16th All-Time

An article by USA Today

Albert Pujols' home runs these days come with a baseball history lesson.

Pujols hit his 537th home run Thursday night to move ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place on the career list, and Mike Trout also homered for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Chicagoans' Thoughts Turn to Mr. Cub Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 October 2015

BanksChicagoans' Thoughts Turn to Mr. Cub

An article by the Wall Street Journal

It was an odd little nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course that seemed quite out of place in downtown Chicago, shoehorned into a seemingly forgotten space between buildings and weed-strewn lots. The real estate just about begged for some developer to buy it up and construct high-rises. Which is what happened; the par-three golf course is now long gone.

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Ortiz becomes 27th Player with 500 Homers Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 October 2015

OrtizOrtiz becomes 27th Player with 500 Homers

An article by USA Today

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has become the 27th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.

Ortiz reached the milestone with his second homer in Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay. He lined a shot to right center on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Moore leading off the fifth after connecting for No. 499 in the first.

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Mickey Mantle didn't cork his bat, according to the Mantles Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 October 2015

MantleMickey Mantle didn't cork his bat, according to the Mantles

An article by USA Today

Calling claims that their father corked his bat “outrageously false, misleading and deceptive,” Mickey Mantle’s children are leading an effort to clear his name, beginning with legal intervention that led an auctioneer to withdraw the controversial piece of equipment from its site.

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Revisiting the Volatile Season of '65 Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 October 2015

Season of 65Revisiting the Volatile Season of '65

An article by Sports on Earth

Fifty years ago, in 1965, both baseball and America experienced memorably tumultuous years. It was the summer of Juan Marichal and Martin Luther King, of Selma and Sandy Koufax, of Willie Mays and Malcolm X. It was the year the polite demands of the Civil Rights Movement morphed into bloody confrontation in Los Angeles. It was the year that baseball's most heated rivalry exploded in a frenzy of violence. It was the year that a mild-mannered southpaw became an icon to an entire religion, and it was the year that a young redheaded announcer uttered the most memorable nine innings of broadcasting magic in the game's history.

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Bad dad almost crushes child trying to catch Albert Pujols home run Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 October 2015

Bad DanBad dad almost crushes child trying to catch Albert Pujols home run

An article by USA Today Sports

It’s thrilling to catch a ball at a Major League Baseball game. It is and if you’re lucky enough to have that experience, good for you. However, if you trade the wellbeing of your young offspring, or the offspring of those around you, in exchange for your baseball, well, that’s no good.

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For no reason at all, watch Mark McGwire hit a 538-foot homer off Randy Johnson Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 October 2015

McGwireFor no reason at all, watch Mark McGwire hit a 538-foot homer off Randy Johnson

An article by USA Today Sports

The writers at Baseball Prospectus compiled their favorite memories from Randy Johnson’s career on Wednesday for a post that’s well worth reading, and which includes the above video of Mark McGwire hitting a tremendous homer off Johnson on June 24, 1997.

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Albert Pujols, C.J. Cron homers leads Angel Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 October 2015

PujolsAlbert Pujols, C.J. Cron homers leads Angel

An article by UPI

With the major league's divisional races virtually settled, the Los Angeles Angels are providing late drama in their quest for a playoff spot.

Designated hitter Albert Pujols and first baseman C.J Cron each hit a two-run home run to lead the Angels to an 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in front of 38,355 at Angel Stadium.

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Baseball's scariest hitters Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 October 2015

Scariest HittersBaseball's scariest hitters

An article by Sports on Earth

A season can change with a single swing. But we generally tend to think of that in positive terms, as in a guy like … oh, I don't know … Slade Heathcott hitting a game-winning three-run blast for a contending club in need of a jolt.

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David Ortiz honored for Reaching 500 homer Milestone Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 October 2015

David OrtizDavid Ortiz honored for reaching 500-homer milestone

An article by the Boston Globe

David Ortiz said he would take winning a World Series any day over hitting 500 home runs. But with no chance at the Fall Classic this season, he was honored by the Red Sox before Monday night’s 8-7 win against the Rays for reaching the 500-homer milestone in Tampa Bay Sept. 12.

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The Best Homer-Hitting Duos Ever Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Home Run DuosThe Best Homer-Hitting Duos Ever

An article by Sports on Earth

Together, they have hit a staggering .302/.396/.679 with 34 homers and 67 RBIs during that time, a span of just 42 team games. By comparison, the 34 homers since the start of June are more than the Mets (33), Cubs (33), D-backs (33), Indians (27), Braves (27) or Pirates (26) had hit, entering Wednesday. It also matched the number hit by the White Sox and A's.

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7 MLB players with a chance to break Barry Bonds' all-time home run record Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

7 MLB players with a chance to break Barry Bonds' all-time home run record7 MLB players with a chance to break Barry Bonds' all-time home run record

An article by USA Today Sports

Entering this season, it seemed extremely unlikely that anyone would soon hit his 763rd Major League home run to surpass Barry Bonds and into first place on the sport’s all-time leaderboard. But a couple of resurgent performances in 2015 have changed that some, and as of today, the guys who appear most likely to break Bonds’ record are ones who could do it within the next decade.

Based on little more than cursory Internet research, familiarity with baseball in general, and gut instinct, I took my best crack at handicapping the field.

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The Best non-All-Star Team Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

The Best non-All Star TeamThe Best non-All-Star Team

An article by Sports on Earth

Even with 66 players being named All-Stars earlier this week and another 10 still in the running as Final Vote candidates, there are still plenty of All-Star-caliber players left over.

This is by no means a list of All-Star snubs. The vast majority of deserving players were indeed named to the All-Star team in their respective leagues, albeit with a few exceptions.

Instead, this is simply a best-of-the-rest team, consisting of one player at each position (regardless of league), as well as a starting pitching staff and a closer. It's entirely possible someone on this list could fill in for an injured All-Star player, such as Alex Gordon. But until such an announcement, here's our list.

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Ortiz hits 2 homers but Red Sox lose to Marlins 14-6 Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

OrtizOrtiz hits 2 homers but Red Sox lose to Marlins 14-6

An article by USA Today

David Ortiz hit two homers Wednesday for the Boston Red Sox, but it wasn't nearly enough.

The Red Sox gave up 10 runs in the sixth inning and lost 14-6 to the Miami Marlins, who completed a two-game sweep in a series between last-place teams.

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Hank Aaron Credited this Bat-making Legend for his Success Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Hank Aaron Credited this Bat-making Legend for his SuccessHank Aaron Credited this Bat-making Legend for his Success

An article by USA Today

Danny Luckett's retirement leaves Louisville Slugger on the short end of the stick.

Luckett was the company's last link to pre-automation bat-making, to the art of shaping wood into baseball weaponry as a delicate, painstaking and labor-intensive process. There's no one left at the Main Street factory with the skill set and experience to make a bat to big-league specifications without the aid of a computer.

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Mike Trout-Albert Pujols Stokes Comparisons to Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Albert PujolsMike Trout-Albert Pujols Stokes Comparisons to Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris

An article by USA Today

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols looks to the guy on his right and sees his past.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout looks to the guy on his left and sees his future.

Trout, perhaps the greatest player in the game today, is producing numbers we haven't seen since, well, Pujols.

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The Last Of The Home Run Kings Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Saturday, 01 August 2015

Home Run KingsThe Last Of The Home Run Kings

An article by Sports on Earth

Holy cow, right? There have been 91 games played so far, and teams are averaging 8.3 hits a game (a number Major League Baseball hasn't been below since 1917) … and 7.9 strikeouts (up from 7.7 last season, which itself was the highest in MLB history). You're nearly as likely to see a strikeout as a base hit! That is unprecedented in baseball history; these are numbers that are a lot stranger than the inflated home run totals of the Bonds/McGwire era.

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