Quantcast
  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Wrigley Field [Link]

    The first game at Wrigley Field, originally called Weeghman Park, took place 100 years ago on April 23, 1914. But it wasn’t Cubs who took to the field that day. They played at the West Side Grounds back then. The stadium was actually built for the Chicago Federals, later called the Whales, of the short-lived Federal League. Learn more about early Wrigley Field history for the centennial at Parade.

  • Yanks Turned An Around the Horn Triple Play Against the Rays

    The New York Yankees turned the first triple play of the season against the Rays yesterday. In the past 5 seasons the Yanks have executed three total triple-plays all while CC Sabathia was on the mound. Before that the Yankees hadn’t had a triple-play since 1968, but the thing that makes this one a little more magical is that it was a perfectly executed around the horn 3 up and down 5-4-3 triple play in the second inning with the Rays’ Sean Rodriguez at bat. Your browser does not support iframes.

  • We’re Giving Away 12 MLB Rookie Cards in Honor of Opening Week

    To commemorate the return of the baseball season kicking off this week, we’re partnering up with Brigandi Coins and Collectibles to give away this legendary set of rookie cards in premium, plastic ‘screw-down’ display holders. One lucky winner will receive 12 rookie cards of some of the game’s greats. The contest giveaway will last the 2 weeks starting today and the winner will be announced on April 16th. If you don’t want to wait for your name to be picked, you can head over to Gilt tomorrow or Rue La La on April 8th to check out their Brigandi Baseball memorabilia sale. The cards in the giveaway are: Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano, Frank Thomas (2014 HOF), Tom Glavine (2014 HOF), Greg Maddux (2014 HOF), Chipper Jone, Andrew McCutchen and Craig Biggio.

  • How Milwaukee Brewers’ Hank the Dog Became The Happiest Mascot In Baseball [52 HQ Photos]

    Meet Hank the Dog. Just one month ago he was a stray, in bad shape, wandering around the Brewers’ spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz. looking for food. He was discovered by team management, taken in and adopted by the players and fans alike. Fast forward to opening day in Milwaukee on March 31st and Hank received one of the loudest standing ovations in Miller Park history. Not only that but it was announced that he would be honored with a his own Bobblehead night on September 21st with proceeds going to the “Hank Fund,” created by the Milwaukee Humane Society for the care of stray animals. We’ve heard the barking: Here’s your BobbleHank! Announcing @WiscHumane Day! #BallparkPup http://t.co/cbikcyWjbz pic.twitter.com/sORS7kALjB — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 27, 2014 It is a whirl wind story that not only saved a stray pooch but has also raised countless amounts of money and awareness for the ASPCA.

  • 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster

    During the upcoming 2014 season, Major League Baseball teams will collectively travel over one million miles to complete a regular season schedule of 2,430 games over 182 days. These gnarly prints show the travel itinerary for each team is unique — influenced by geography, divisional requirements, and the whims of a computer generated scheduling system. 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster 24″ x 18″ $28  

  • The Absurd Invention Of The Baseball Catcher Suit

    In the early days of baseball, clever inventors were constantly patenting changes to bats, balls, and mitts to make for a more consistent and exciting game, but not every innovation was met with acceptance. The most notable ignored invention in baseball history must be James E. Bennett’s “Base Ball Catcher” patented in 1904. Apparently finding the act of catching a baseball entirely too dangerous, Bennett created a suit for the catcher to wear that would do all the work for him, except for throwing the ball. The entirely-too complicated device featured an open-wireframe body portion reinforced by slotted walls of wood. Adjustable shoulder and hip braces keep the contraption firmly attached to the catcher. A cushion behind the cage kept the impact of the ball from injuring the player (hopefully) and the bottom of the cage contained an opening for easy retrieval. There is also a safety cage that guards the face (hopefully). It’s a shame the idea never caught on, just for the entertainment aspect, but with pitches capable of exceeding 100 mph, just sitting there waiting for the ball to speed into your chest seems like a frightening proposition.

  • 19 Shocking Facts About Detroit’s Bankruptcy While Miguel Cabrera Laughs All The Way To The Bank

    Over the weekend Miguel Cabrera became the richest athlete in the history of American sports, ironically in a city that is so broke that 40% of its streetlights are not functioning. In 2013 Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with long-term debt estimated between $18 billion and $20 billion, and yet the team could afford to give it’s star player a contract worth $292 million guaranteed. Sure, theoretically, if Miggy helps the Tigers go deep into the playoffs it could help jumpstart the economy but let’s just take a look at the current state of Detroit and consider what could be improved upon with nearly $300 million. 

  • Miguel Cabrera Inks The Largest Contact In Baseball History

    Overnight the Detroit Tigers made a huge commitment to two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, locking him down on a new 10-year contract that will pay him $292 million. Not only that but the club has an option for an 11th and 12th season which would ballon the contract to over $352 million. FOX Sports reports:

  • The Inside Story of Baseball’s Grand World Tour of 1914 [Link]

    The 2014 Major League Baseball season opened over the weekend with a two-game series between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia. This wasn’t the first time baseball went international, though. Beginning in October of 1913, the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox embarked on a five month world tour, beginning in Japan and ending in England with many stops in between.

  • 36 Funny Fantasy Baseball Team Names For 2014

    Fantasy baseball is the king of all fantasy games. A good manager needs at least a dose of sabermetrics, a good sense of value and six-months-plus commitment to his roster to compete for the big money. A relationship/marriage-threatening effort like that deserves a solid team name.

  • 30 Stunning 2014 MLB Spring Training Photos

    the 2014 MLB season is mearly upon us and over the course of this past offseason, a handful of trades, free agent signings and announcements have been made. Robinson Cano left his pinstripes for Seattle. Prince Fielder has taken his talents to the lone star state and Derek Jeter announced his retirement. But all that news is overshadowed by that spring time air feeling that baseball is back. Here are 30 spring training photos to get you back in the baseball swing of things. Chris Sale Hideki Matsui Guest Instructing Tanaka and C.C. Sabitha waiting for their turn in line Jason Giambi Russel Wilson in Texas Rangers gear Derek Jeter with Joe Namath Joe Namath Yu Darvish Russell Wilson Taking BP Russell Wilson taking field practice. Daisuke Matsuzaka Kevin Mattison Troy Tulowitzski Prince Fielder sporting a new Texas uniform Adam Eaton and Prince Fielder got close Derek Jeter Carlos Correa Jonathan Singleton reacts to a strike call Scott Feldman asks batter “Is this what you want? You want this? Well You can’t have it” The artist formerly known as Angel Pagan Johnny Gomes fields a tricky fly ball Submarine pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe Robinson Cano outside of his pinstripes

  • A Century of Ballparks (Infographic)

    Part of a continuing exploration of information design using baseball as a core theme, this poster, by Lou Spirito, illustrates the current 30 MLB ballparks to scale. Each field is shown in a common green hue while surrounded by a color from the respective home team’s primary palette. Ballparks are arranged in ascending order by date opened. I00 years separates the first and last.

  • Brian Wilson’s First Spring Training Pitch was a Glorious Knuckleball

    In cool, but unsurprising news, eccentric Dodgers pitcher, Brian Wilson threw knuckleball for his first pitch this past Tuesday. Wilson has been practicing the pitch throughout training, but until Yesterday kept it in his back pocket. One can only wonder if this will be added to the arsenal or is he just taking it for a spring time stroll? We hope the former.

  • New Era 1934 Heritage Collection

    New Era is ringing in spring training in serious style this year. Introducing the 1934 Heritage Collection, a 19TWENTY cap from the original on-field Diamond Collection, vintage style fitted cap. The vintage caps are crafted from 100% melton wool with a leather sweatband on the inside, paying homage to the original uniform fabrics from the major leagues 90 years ago all deigned in Buffalo, NY home of the New Era headquarters. New Era Heritage Collection

  • Yankees Spring Training 1961 [16 Photos]

    Spring training is here again, so we thought we’d share the best spring training photo shoot with you. In 1961, LIFE gave Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera and assigned him the task of capturing his teammates during spring training. His teammates at the time included the legends Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and Roger Maris. The amazing and fun photos were never published in the magazine. Thankfully, LIFE gave them new life (ha!) on their website a couple years ago. 

  • Keith Olbermann Reveals That Jason Collins Is Not The First Openly Gay Player In Major Sports

    Keith Olbermann pays tribute to the first openly gay player in one of the four major sports. And it’s not Jason Collins. Glenn Burke was the first openly gay athlete in one of America’s four major sports, breaking the barrier over 30 years before Jason Collins and yet the history books don’t remember the name Glenn Burke. Watch the fascinating story described by Olbermann and wait for the interesting twist at the end.

  • 10 Greatest Moments of Derek Jeter’s Incredible Career

    Truly, there are few pinstripe clad baseball players that trump Derek Jeter. Entering the Big Leagues when Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio was the toast of the music world, Jeter quickly saw an elevation to equal—and much longer lasting—fame. Now, in 2014—nineteen years removed from his MLB debut—Jeter has decided to hit the ole dusty trail come this fall. Yankee fans will be awash in nostalgia when the Captain’s final season comes to pass. As such, we decided to countdown the best moments from Jeter’s career.

  • Minimalist MLB Stadiums

    UK-based artist Marcus Reed has created these minimalist representations of all 30 MLB stadiums exclusively for original sports artwork website RareInk. Reed’s minimalist works are know all over the world and have been featured in galleries and publications form London to Tokyo. The limited edition posters can be purchased from RareInk in various sizes and frame options, starting at $99.

  • Photo of the Day: Derek Jeter Before He Was A New York Yankee Icon

    Derek Jeter recently announced that he would be retiring following the 2014 season. Not only will Jeter spend his entire career with the Yankees but fascinatingly enough he was born in New Jersey and was a diehard Yankee fan growing up. We found this cool photo of a teenage Jeter when he was attending Kalamazoo Central High School where he was named the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, and USA Today’s High School Player of the Year.

  • The Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox Deal That Never Happened [30 for 30 Shorts]

    In the winter of 2003 two cities went after the same man. On one side, New York. On the other, Boston. In the middle, the hired gun: Alex Rodriguez. “The Deal” details how the Red Sox first failed to land Alex Rodriguez in a trade that was vetoed by the MLBPA and then lost the superstar to the rival Yankees. And this was just weeks after Boston lost to New York in a devastating Game 7 walk-off homer in the ALCS.

  • Keith Olberman Sums Up Jeter’s Career and Retirement Perfectly (Video)

    Yesterday’s announcement of Derek Jeter’s retirement sent the sport world into a frenzy that we all knew was inevitable. In true Jeter form, he humbly wrote a long Facebook post thanking the fans, teammates and media for all they’ve done for him, but Keith Olberman summed up his clean slate career in true perfection. There is no back story about Derek, no skeletons in his closet, no drama pushed under the rug. Olberman gives personal experiences and stories from the press to prove his point that Jeter is exactly who you perceive him to be.

  • The 12 Biggest Contracts in MLB History

    At one point in time the big, long and ridiculously money driven contracts in professional sports were few and far between. These contracts were generally only given to the guy everyone considered a “once in a generation” type player. That was until Alex Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers changed the blueprint for long-term contracts in Major League Baseball. Today, contracts of great length and dollar amounts are signed on a regular basis and in lure of the huge contracts signed this off-season, the Roosevelt’s takes a look through history and count down the top 10 biggest contracts in MLB history. Brace yourself; some of these may make you want to change your profession.

  • 13 Baseball Legends You Wouldn’t Believe Received A Lower Hall Of Fame Voting Percentage Than Greg Maddux

    Greg Maddux was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday with 97.2 percent of the votes. Fun fact… Maddux faced 20,412 batters in his career and just 310 of them saw a 3-0 count.  This includes his intentional walks too. If we only look at unintentional 3-0 counts, it’s 133 in 20,284 total batters. That’s roughly one out of 150 hitters.  Insane. Only seven players in baseball history have received a higher voting percentage and many more legends received less. Let’s focus on the legends who received a lower voting percentage than Maddux. The list is quite amazing.

  • Cleveland Indians Reportedly Changing “C” to Primary Logo

    Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has reported the Cleveland Indians have changed their “primary” logo to the Block C that has been used on alternate uniforms over the past few seasons. The change isn’t surprising after the media controversy surrounding the Redskins and ower, Daniel Snyder concerning the current Washington team name and logo. The team will still feature the Chief Wahoo logo on their home hats and jersey sleeves, which may have you wondering just what has changed? The initial steps in this phase out process begin with marketing. Broadcasting graphics and logos around the stadium will most likely have a heavy Block “C” influence. Indians changing primary logo to the block-C. No change to uniforms, Wahoo still on home cap, sleeves. pic.twitter.com/0EEopJ3ph2 — Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 8, 2014

  • Dapper Baseball Players Of The 1800s [25 Photos]

    The A.G. Spalding Collection from the New York Public Library has some amazing photographs of all your favorite baseball stars of the 19th century, like Civil War hero Dick McBride, but the best find is proof of contemporary actor Zac Efron being a time traveler. Check out that picture of Philadelphia Athletics superstar Joe Battin and try telling me that’s not the star of the upcoming “That Awkward Moment.” Also, although most of these dudes are nothing like the MLB juiceheads of today when it comes to physical appearance,  JF Guehrer looks like a total badass. The rest of them, with their scrawny frames and interesting facial hair, just look like the guys you’d see at any cocktail bar in Brooklyn drinking Fernet.

  • 14 Awe-Inspiring Athletic Performances of 2013

    Athletically, 2013 was a three hundred and sixty five day span of time that was collectively awe-inspiring. From the resurgent Boston baseballers to Peyton Manning making a late-career case of superiority in his more than a decade-long rivalry with Tom Brady, there were plenty of moments that made fans—with their mouths agape—go, “HOW IN GOD’S NAME DID HE DO THAT?!”

  • Ballpark Blueprints

    A no brainer for any baseball fan. These hand-drawn architectural blueprints of MLB’s most famous fields come in 18″ x 24″ prints and are definitely a must have if you call yourelf a true fan. Pay homage to America’s pastime and get yourself on eof these now. Ballpark Blueprints

  • 10 Examples of Brief Sports Superstardom

    Athletics—and those who partake in such events in a professional manner—are often thought of in two repelling polarities, either existing as a veritable earthbound deity or residing in the muck of sporting shame. However, what is often forgotten amongst the overdone stories of greatness and its polar opposite are the tales of those who were stars for a brief amount of time—the guy who, for a month, was better than the best player of the time. For these athletes, they stood as the momentary pinnacle of their respective sport—only to be cast to the wayside after one short year, month, or day. What are some prime examples of brief stardom in sports, you ask? Well, this top 10 begins now, RSVLTS responds.

  • 5 Bizarre Things Pete Rose Has Signed On Baseballs For Money + Giveaway

    Pete Rose is in the news today for saying “Jay-Z got Cano a big raise, but he got him an extra 30-day vacation called October” so the timing feels right to show you an interesting collection of baseballs we spotted at Brigandi’s Collectables in NYC. Apparently if you give Pete Rose money he’ll sign almost anything on a baseball. As part of our 12 Days of Giveaways we’re going to give away a baseball signed by Pete Rose inscribed with “I Wish I Shot Bin Laden – Pete Rose.”

  • The 11 Most Captivating Games of the 2013 Sports Year

    A multi-billion dollar industry, the world of mass spectator sports is truly an integral part of American society—inspiring fans to rabidly cheer, disapprovingly jeer, and become collectively energized. What fuels this phenomenon are the games that become etched into the lore of their respective sport; when the mental torment of watching a team struggle through a difficult season culminates in a fatigue-awash victory. The best games of 2013 fit such a criteria. And, with so many team-wide moments that prove to viewers the value of hard work, RSVLTS has gathered a Top 11 list to give 2013 a Norse Funeral-like send off.

  • Chasing A-Rod [Link]

    Learn everything you wanted to know about Alex Rodriguez in this detailed, in-depth profile from New York Magazine. While chronicling the steroid scandal that the MLB superstar is currently embroiled in, we also get a look at the personality traits that caused him to make such poor choices. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Current RSVLTS Giveaway

Win a Cap'n 'Merica Hat from The RSVLTS!
 
 
 
 

RSVLTS STORE

brewsbrews
 
 

RSVLTS launch party photobooth [100 PHOTOS]