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The highest-scoring All-Star Games Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Saturday, 01 August 2015

The highest-scoring All-Star GamesThe Highest-Scoring All-Star Games

An article by Sports on Earth

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a little different than its NHL and NBA counterparts. Whereas those games pretty clearly devolve into defenseless shootouts, the nature of the Midsummer Classic is such that -- with the exception of many pitchers seeing action -- the box score and final score is often a realistic imitation of an actual game.

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Top Moments in All-Star Game History Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Saturday, 01 August 2015

Top moments in All-Star Game historyTop Moments in All-Star Game History

An article by Sports on Earth

The main appeal of the Midsummer Classic goes beyond the boxscore. We watch the All-Star Game for the fanfare and pure fun.

But you may note that some of the more memorable moments in the recent past haven't had much impact on the game itself. Cal Ripken's homer in his last Midsummer Classic? That was just a solo shot in the third inning. Pedro Martinez's five Ks in '99? Those came in the first two innings of a relatively easy American League win.

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Pujols 3 HRs Power Angels to DH Sweep Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Saturday, 01 August 2015

PujolsPujols' 3 HRs Power Angels to DH Sweep

An article by Yahoo! Sports

Although Albert Pujols doesn't much care for celebrations outside of October, he smiled and stood still when Mike Trout and Erick Aybar ran up and doused him with two postgame buckets of ice and liquid.

After a landmark night even by this prolific power hitter's standards, Pujols wanted to soak it in - and soak in it - for just a moment.

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Ortiz's Career-High 7 RBIs Spark Red Sox Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Saturday, 01 August 2015

OrtizOrtiz's Career-High 7 RBIs Spark Red Sox

An article by Yahoo! Sports

David Ortiz was touched by watching the Hall of Fame induction speeches. He then went out and added another big night to his illustrious career.

Papi homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

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The MLB All-Out-Of-Position Team Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

The MLB All-Out-Of-Position Team

An article by Sports on EarthThe MLB All-out-of-position Team

It came as a surprise last Friday when the Orioles gave Steve Pearce his first professional start at second base. Pearce, never a middle-of-the-diamond player, has spent most of his career in the corner outfield and at first base.

But Baltimore was short on healthy infielders, and Pearce was willing. The experiment didn't end there, as Pearce not only started at second for all three games of the Orioles' weekend series against the Rays, but also handled all of his chances.

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The NL Doesn't Want The DH Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

The NL Doesn't Want The DH

An article by Sports on Earththe NL doesn't want the DH

Amid the annual discussion about making the designated hitter rule universal in both the National and American League, one teensy point seems constantly overlooked.

The National League does not want it.

Not now.

Not in the foreseeable future.

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It Doesn't Look Like David Ortiz Will Recover from This Slump Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 01 June 2015

OrtizIt Doesn't Look Like David Ortiz Will Recover from This Slump

An article by BostInno

The harbingers of doom have been forecasting David Ortiz's decline for several seasons, and have continually been proven wrong.

But this year they may be right.

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Who Will Be the Next Mr. 3,000? Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 01 June 2015

 

300Who Will Be the Next Mr. 3,000?

An article by Sports on Earth

Baseball is a sport obviously obsessed with records and milestones, and we all have our favorites. Mine is the 3,000-hit club. Just the notion of a club makes it more fun. It's not an all-encompassing metric of baseball greatness (Babe Ruth isn't in it, for crying out loud). But it is basic and lovely. The whole plot of the (generally underrated) baseball movie "Mr. 3000" -- a title that makes it sound like a Japanese robot movie -- is that a guy (Bernie Mac) would come out of retirement after losing three hits to a "clerical error" simply because his life would be incomplete without reaching that number. Baseball history loves its round numbers, and no baseball number is more round than 3,000.

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Looking Into MLB's Crystal Ball Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 01 June 2015

MLB Crystal BallLooking Into MLB's Crystal Ball

An article by Sports on Earth

More than a month into the 2015 baseball season, we've seen some fascinating subplots emerge -- regarding both teams and individual players.

Using Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections, we can already predict final stat lines and records over the remainder of the season, and generally those numbers make a lot of sense on paper.

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BALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 01 May 2015

BALCOBALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains

An article by Yahoo! Sports

Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with swollen skulls and Popeye-like arms. Bodies deflated after testing for performance-enhancing drugs started in 2003 - and not coincidentally, offense has receded, too, transforming the game back to late 1960s and early 1970s-style pitching and defense.

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Four-Decade Durability Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 01 May 2015

Four-Decade DurabilityFour-Decade Durability

An article by Sports on Earth

Hundreds of mourners turned out at Minnie Minoso's funeral services in Chicago on Saturday to pay their respects to the White Sox legend. Minoso's incredible talent and engaging personality not only led to nine All-Star appearances, but also to his earning the nickname Mr. White Sox.

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David Ortiz's Legacy Still Intact Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 01 May 2015

David OrtizDavid Ortiz's Legacy Still Intact

An article by Sports on Earth

If David Ortiz is worried about his legacy, he shouldn't be. It couldn't be more secure. Let's begin there. If he's not the greatest baseball player of his generation, he's on the very short list. He's also one of baseball's great ambassadors. In short, he's what we'd like every professional athlete to be.

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Baseball Commissioner Letter Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Ernie BanksA letter from the Commissioner of Baseball

On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank you for inviting me to join you at today's memorial service for Hall of Famer Ernie Banks...

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President Obama says goodbye to Cubs legend Ernie Banks Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Ernie BanksPresident Obama says goodbye to Cubs legend Ernie Banks

An article by Yahoo! Sports

Having spent a significant portion of his adult life in Chicago, President Obama became a fan of Ernie Banks, just like everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing him or meeting him. And though the president is never shy about sharing his allegiance to the Chicago White Sox, his respect and admiration for Mr. Cub was always clear. Perhaps never more so than Nov. 20, 2013, when he awarded Ernie Banks the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Dallas salutes its baseball legend with remembrance of Ernie Banks Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Ernie BanksHorn: Dallas salutes its baseball legend with remembrance of Ernie Banks

An article by The Dallas Morning News

Family and friends of Ernie Banks gathered at the Potter’s House on Friday to celebrate the life of the greatest baseball player Dallas has produced. Banks died Jan. 23 in Chicago, the city where he forged a Hall of Fame career as “Mr. Cub.” He was 83.

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Ernie BanksDallas Memorial Held for Ernie Banks

A baseball great, and North Texas native, was remembered in Dallas on Friday. Friends and family members celebrated the life of Ernie Banks at a service for the late sports legend.

North Texans Pack the Potter House to Remember Ernie Banks
(Video from CBS-DFW)

 

Ernie BanksPhotos: Celebrating the Life of Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

Photo array from the Dallas Morning News

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A letter from Former President George W. Bush Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Ernie BanksA letter from Former President George W. Bush

Ernie was a good man, fine American, and wonderful ambassador for the great game of baseball. I am grateful for hi s contribution to our Nation. Mr. Cub will be sorely missed.

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Chicago Cubs to Honor Ernie Banks Throughout the 2015 Season Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

ErnieChicago Cubs to Honor Ernie Banks Throughout the 2015 Season

An article by Cub news

The Chicago Cubs today announced the team’s plans to pay tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks during Spring Training, Opening Night at Wrigley Field and throughout the course of the 2015 season. “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks passed away last month at the age of 83.

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Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt recovering from Stage 3 skin cancer Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 01 March 2015

Mike SchmidtAn article byYahoo! Sports

Hall of Fame slugger Mike Schmidt says he feels "fantastic" after recently completing his last round of chemotherapy treatment for Stage 3 melanoma. His treatment prevented him from being a spring instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies, but Schmidt reported to camp in Florida on Sunday to inform the masses of how he's doing. And with an obligatory message:

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Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as hitting consultant Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 01 March 2015

Manny RamerizAn article by Reuters

Manny Ramirez, a sweet-swinging former Major League Baseball player who twice failed doping tests, is back in the big leagues as a hitting consultant for the Chicago Cubs, the team said on Tuesday.

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Sports Illustrated Remembers Ernie Banks Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Ernie Banks Sports Illustrated CoverSI cover: Remembering "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks

An article by Sports Illustrated

Decades passed before there would be lights at Wrigley Field, but during Ernie Banks’ playing days with the Chicago Cubs, there was no doubt who took center stage and whose light shined the brightest when he took the field.

“Mr. Cub” was so many things to so many people that it was easy to look past the Cubs' perennial stupor into the bottom of the National League nearly each and every season he was in the major leagues.

Banks, who graces this week’s regional cover of Sports Illustrated, died last Friday at 83 of a heart attack and immediately received tributes from all around the world.

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Fans, former teammates, friends pay respects at Ernie Banks visitation Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 09 February 2015

Ernie BanksAn article by the Chicago Tribune

Ernie Banks loved baseball and he loved the fans.

On Friday, the fans loved him back, paying their respects during a public visitation at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago.

Banks' casket is draped with a No. 14 flag. Above the casket is a huge photo of a youthful Banks in a Cubs uniform. The Hall of Fame slugger died Jan. 23 of a heart attack, just shy of his 84th birthday Saturday.

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