• Kris Bryant’s Inconceivable College Baseball Home Run Record Visualized

    In 2013, Chicago Cubs poster-boy, Kris Bryant was an emerging superstar at San Diego, though only a junior Bryant’s sheer power spoke for itself and his legend was born. In a 58 game season Bryant hit 31 home runs. To put that into perspective, the average team out of all 296 NCAA Division I teams hit 21 home runs, the league leader, La Lafayette hit 74 HRs on the season and only 69 teams hit more home runs than Bryant in the entire season. Here’s a visual guide to just how powerful Bryant actually is compared to his peers while at San Diego. It is the most home runs hit by a college player since the NCAA switched to a BBCOR composite bat in 2011.  

  • The Cost Of Attending An MLB Game [Infographic]

    Baseball season is here and you may be thinking about taking the family or some friends out to a game. Well depending on who your local team is, you may want to stop off at the bank for a loan before hitting the stadium. Beer prices may be down slightly from last season, but tickets, food, parking, and souvenirs add up. Want to compare all 30 teams at once? Check out this incredibly informative interactive infographic from NewsNet5 and see how badly you’re being screwed.

  • Play of the Year; Astros Springer Robbed a Walk-Off Grand Slam in the Bottom of the 10th

    Bottom of the 10th. Two outs. Bases loaded for the Texas Rangers. The game was tied 4-4 in the tenth inning, after the Rangers scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to wipe away Houston’s 4-0 lead and send the game to extras. Leonys Martin stepped to the plate with the bases full, then hits the biggest hit of his life, only to have it robbed by George “the Dream Crusher” Springer. Hank Conger, Houston’s new backup catcher, hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the 14th inning to win the game. George Springer robbery pic.twitter.com/5DEdphYrHG — Bacon, Grits, Eggs (@reddawg77089) April 12, 2015 Can't be serious! @Astros George Springer robs a walk-off grand slam! https://t.co/MfPztADkfw — XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) April 12, 2015

  • 11 Astounding GIFS of Babe Ruth in Action

    The Sultan of Swat, The King of Crash, The Colossus of Clout, THE GREAT BAMBINO! George Herman Ruth, was arguably the greatest baseball player to ever walk the earth, and may have even been superhuman. The Baltimore, MD native was not only a stellar pitcher for the Boston Redsox, but as the story goes, went on to establish many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), slugging percentage (.690), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164), in fact his career slugging percentage and OPS records still stand today. Although video of the Babe is rare, Imgur has found 12 iconic motion GIFs of Ruth in his prime. Pure athleticism, all 260 lbs of it. BP while with the Red Sox — Warming up while still a pitcher for the Red Sox — Base hit with the Red Sox — Now with the Yankees — Taking batting practice — — Walter Johnson v. Ruth — Ruth out at the plate as Walter Johnson leans over — The Classic swing

  • 100 Years Of Awkward Presidential First Pitches [17 Photos]

    On Opening Day 1910, President Taft became the first sitting President to take part in the festivities when he tossed a ball from the grandstand before a Washington Nationals–Philadelphia Athletics game. The tradition of the guest of honor tossing the ball from his seat in the grandstands to the pitcher or catcher on the field would remain until 1984, when President Reagan stepped out on the field at a Baltimore game. Since then, the opening pitch is done from in front of the pitcher’s mound towards home plate. In celebration of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, The Week compiled a collection of presidential first pitches. George H.W. Bush will blow your mind. William Howard Taft Corbis Woodrow Wilson Library of Congress Warren G. Harding Library of Congress Calvin Coolidge Library of Congress Herbert Hoover Library of Congress Franklin Delano Roosevelt Keystone/Getty Images Harry Truman AP Photo/William J. Smith Dwight Eisenhower Corbis John F Kennedy Bettmann/CORBIS Lyndon Johnson AP Photo Richard Nixon AP Photo Gerald Ford AP Photo Ronald Reagan AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi George Bush AP Photo/David Sams Bill Clinton Scott Wachter/ALLSPORT/Getty Images George W. Bush Donald Miralle/Getty Images Barack Obama Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images Source: The Week

  • Drink Smarter: The Cost Of Beer At Every MLB Stadium

    Great news baseball fans! The average price for a small draft beer this year at MLB stadiums is $5.98 this year, down from 2014’s $6.09. But be vigilant, because former Commissioner Bud Selig surprisingly never made any rules about what constitutes a “small” beer. As Business Insider uncovered with these extremely important graphs, the initial price can be deceiving. Sure, Arizona and Cleveland fans may think they’re getting the best deal with their $4 beers, but the by cutting down on the size, they’re actually more expensive than the MLB’s cheapest beer courtesy of the Angels. Now we need someone to figure out the best food prices in terms of caloric density and we’ll be all set!

  • The Brewers Introduce Supreme Beef Nachos on a Stick, Because Milwaukee

    Two years ago we had an incredible opportunity to tour Miller Park in Milwaukee for an MLB Stadium Bucket List Tour sponsored by Windows Phone. We took a road trip cross country hitting up 12 major league ball parks and we have to say hands down, Miller had the best food by far. They served an enormous 2 foot  hot dog, a stand that serves food using indigenous ingredients of the opposing teams city, and a parfay that included mashed potatoes, sweet pulled pork, mashed potatoes again, pulled pork again seasoned with a red pepper sauce and some parsley, so how could the Brewers ever top any of that? By throwing beef, beans and crumbled Doritos nachos on a stick and deep frying it, that’s how. The Inside the Park Nachos feature beef on a stick, mixed with fried beans, surrounded by Doritos, fried all together and topped with sour cream and cheese. Just booked my ticket to Milwaukee.  

  • Minor League Baseball Team Sets 2015 Bar High With ‘Dorothy’ Uniforms

    The Jackson Generals are coming out swinging, kicking off their 2015 season in these absurd Wizard of Oz- Dorothy uniforms. Totally makes sense since the Generals are located in Jacskon, Tennessee, right? As you know, minor league teams have gone completely insane, attempting to out-do each other with ridiculous uniforms to draw attention and crowds to their smaller tier markets. Last year the Brooklyn Cyclones hosted “Seinfeld Night” which included an “Elane Dance-off” and appearance by the “Soup Nazi”. The Cyclones also wore custom puffy shirt uniforms for warm ups. The uniform features a white and blue gingham pattern reminiscent of Dorothy’s infamous costume, but the real kicker has to be the pig-tails. We’re guessing the team will be outfitted with red cleats for the game on May 15th. What do you guys think of our Wizard of Oz Night Jerseys? Team will wear these on May 15. #JacksonGenerals pic.twitter.com/iflMrOAoZR — Jackson Generals (@jacksongenerals) March 13, 2015

  • Cy Young Has More Complete Games than the Top 50 Active Pitchers Combined

    There’s a reason why the Cy Young Award is named after Cy Young.  Of his staggering 815 games started, he completed 749. Of those games he won 511. He also gave up the most hits in Major League history at 7,092, but even with that staggering number, he still managed to maintain a career 2.63 era. That in itself seems superhuman, but the most mind boggling stat comes from Young’s complete game title compared to the active leaders today. CC Sabathia is the current leader of the pack of active pitchers with 37 complete games compares to Cy Young’s 749. Though Young did pitch for 22 years while Sabathia has 14 under his belt, I think it’s safe to say CC doesn’t have 712 more complete games under the hood. In fact the total number of complete games from the top 50 active pitchers is 667 still 82 games shy of Young’s distant record. The next staggering stat is where CC lies under the all time complete games list. According to Baseball Reference, CC ranks in at 1,000 on the list behind a bevy of old time pitchers, including some notable names from the previous generation, Randy Johnson (100), Greg Maddox more »

  • Will Ferrell Will Play All Nine Positions In Different Spring Training Games

    Tomorrow night should be one for the ages, comedian and part time athlete Will Ferrell will lace up his spikes 8 times on Thursday to participate in eight different big league spring training games in Arizona, attempting to play 9 different positions. Ferrell will attempt to be shuttled via bus and chopper to each game. Let’s hope he has a different character for each position. This isn’t Ferrell’s first time participating in pro sports, in 2010, Ferrell made his professional baseball debut as Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson, a member of the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, he was quickly ejected after causing a ruckus. Comedian and actor Will Farrell plans to play all nine positions in Cactus League games Thursday, shuttled by helicopter to different parks. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 10, 2015

  • Old Timey Baseball Glamour Shots Look Strangely Like Star Wars Jedis

    A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away men modeled for baseball photos. But because camera shutter speeds was so slow in 1888, they had to hang a baseball on a string and just wait there for a while striking a pose for the camera. The results were these old timey baseball glamour shots that look like they were taken at Jedi academy. Oh and one Ryu. Full disclosure, these photos have not been tampered with in any way.     …And one haduken.

  • America’s Most Badass Dorm Is Built Into The University’s Baseball Diamond [Photos]

    This is (possibly) the most ‘merican thing we’ve ever seen. Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan constructed dorms overlooking their new baseball stadium. And we’re big fans. Not only is the facility itself fantastic, the fact that the players can literally live at the field is just awesome. And if there’s a broken window, at least it’s likely from a teammate. The thought of doing second story beer funnels during a nice spring day game is getting us thirsty. Florida State can keep their $50 million baseball stadium. We’re good. And if you still don’t think this is real just check it out on Google Maps. Via MLB Fan Cave

  • Power Ranking The Baseball’s Most Impressive Facial Hair From Photo Day

    GETTY IMAGE   Though it lacks the pageantry of Opening Day and the thrill of watching Spring Training games after a winter of being starved for baseball (go with me here), Photo Day is a fun ritual, wherein teams hire a photographer to snap pictures of their players right after they report to camp. Those pictures are then sifted through by people like me in an effort to find the strangest and goofiest images, but while some of those are amazing this year, they don’t compare to the bold and splendid facial hair trends that are about to hit the field.

  • The 13 Filthiest Pitchers In MLB Are Better In GIF Form

    The first set of pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training on Wednesday. And while the initial glimpses of players softly tossing balls back and forth are always a welcome respite from, well, none of that, we’re still a fair distance away from actual game action. To help welcome baseball’s hurlers back into our lives and celebrate this significant step on the long road to Opening Day, let’s take a look at a few of the pitches we’re most excited to soon see once again. Fastball: Aroldis Chapman The only apt description I have for Chapman’s heat is this: There are jalapenos, there are ghost peppers and then there are the Guatemalan insanity peppers that sent Homer on a spiritual journey. Chapman’s fastball is that one. And just for comparison, Mark Buehrle’s fastball comes in around 20 mph slower than his. Curveball: Corey Kluber The movement Kluber gets from his curve almost defies categorization. As Jeff Sullivan noted, only three pitchers have the kind of speed, drop and movement that Kluber gets with his curve. As for how it happens, we have no idea, we’re just glad it does. Changeup: Felix Hernandez Hernandez’s changeup drops under hitters’ bats like more »

  • 15 GIFS That Perfectly Describe Your MLB Withdrawal

    2014 was a memorable year for the MLB, the posterchild for the league retired, stars like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen evolved into superstardom and the equiliibrium between pitching and hitting began to level out. With bats like Jose Bautista and Prince Fielder and arms like Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner keeping butts in the seats all is well in the baseball world. The only thing we can find wrong right with the MLB at this point is that opening day is still 2 months away and we’re feigning hard right now. Here’s what we miss about baseball season that regular life just can’t fulfill. Watching the Cardinals 3-1-3 putout. The clumsiest successful play in recorded history — Watching Miguel Cabrera Homer for his 2,000th Hit — Watching Clayton Kershaw Pitch — Watching Andrew McCutchen Catch — Seeing Prince Fielder Call For a Infield Fly Ball — Oggling at Mike Trout Robbing Home Runs — Watching Johnny Cueto Spit hot Fire — Seeing Giancarlo Stanton give an interview — Watching Jayson Werth push George Washington in the Face — Watching Jose Bautista’s “I Really have to Pee” Swing — Getting caught looking at Felix Hernandez’s Curveball — Watching Carlos Gomez try and break a bat more »

  • Can You Guess The Worst Contracts in MLB History? Probably.

    You have to love baseball. Not because of it’s rich history and limitless concoctions of stats and metrics, but because of it’s salary cap rulings, or lack there of. Since the glory days of the ’90s, big contracts have diluted the game, turning our beloved game into a wormhole of greed and selfishness, but still, ya gotta love it. The abscene amount of money these past-their-prime superstars get are comical, and yet clubs still continue to make them. Gratland’s Jonah Keri put together a list of Baseball’s Worst Contracts and while you can no doubt guess number 1, the rest might surprise you, or at least entertain you. Here are the top 5 from the list.

  • Rare Shoeless Joe Jackson Autograph Discovered

    An autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson is expected to fetach over $100,000 at auction. Jackson, one of the White Sox players banned from baseball following the 1919 World Series fixing scandal, was illiterate and his wife often signed his signature, so when authentic signatures from Jackson actually appear, they command a hefty premium. The photo, which proves that Shoeless Joe did in fact own AND wear shoes, was discovered in a scrapbook once owned by Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper. Smith photographed Jackson in 1911, when Jackson became the only rookie to bat over .400. The scrapbook, featuring other photos of Major Leaguers from Smith, was sold ten years ago for $15,000 to the current owner, who is hoping the Jackson photo alone will bring in six figures. Sounds like a pretty good return to us.

  • Chipper Jones Thinks The Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Was An FBI Hoax

    Say it ain’t so Chipper! Face palm. It’s hard to believe that Chipper Jones, yes the Chipper Jones who had a MLB retirement tour just three years ago, could actually believe the outrageous conspiracy theory sites that claim the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT was actually faked by the FBI in order to drum up support for gun control. We’re not even going to give these theorists the light of day by linking to them because it is so insane. It all started when Chipper Jones posted the following controversial Tweet from his account @RealCJ10, which he has since removed. There really is no explanation why he has gone off the deep-end but up until today we really liked Chipper Jones, let’s hope his account got hacked and this is all a big misunderstanding. The story is developing but it’s safe to say that Twitter has erupted: Being someone who knows a mother & father who lost their daughter in the Sandy Hook shootings all I can say is FUCK YOU Chipper Jones. — Chris (@85Cid15) February 7, 2015 Chipper Jones is now pretty sure that the Civil War was a hoax. Brian Williams, on the other hand, totally lost a more »

  • T206 Honus Wagner: ESPN’s “30 for 30″ Explores The Curious Case Of Baseball’s “Holy Grail”

    The T206 “Gretzky” Honus Wagner is the most famous baseball card in the world. And, as the art world readily illustrates, it may be that no matter what was done or not done to “The Card,” its value really does lie in the eye of the beholder. See also: The 20 Most Expensive Sports Cards of All-Time 20. Wayne Gretzky’s PSA 10 O-Pee-Chee – $94,163 — 19. Babe Ruth, 1933 Goudey – $105,000 — 18. 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson PSA 10 – $115,242 See the full top 20…

  • Jeter Was on the Cover of SI 3 Times By the Time He Was Hannah Davis’ Age

    Somewhere in his giant Tampa estate, Derek Jeter is scratching his head wondering what the big deal is about his girlfriend Hannah Davis gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated. Davis, who started dating the newly retired Yankee great a couple years ago, was chosen as the cover girl of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, a highly coveted honor in the modeling world. You see, the reason why Jeter probably can’t understand all the hoop-la about Hanna getting the cover is that by the time Jeter was her age he’d already been on the cover THREE times, once a year since his rookie season in 1996. The more mind boggling stat is that in Jeter’s 18 year career with the Yankees, he’s been on the cover of SI 14 times. If Hannah could pull a very likely two-peat next year, then we’d give some thought to putting her at Jeter’s level.

  • Bad First Pitch Baseball Cards are Better in GIF Form [6 GIFS]

    Plus, @toppscards will commemorate @50cent's memorable 1st pitch with this special #FirstPitch card! #Mets pic.twitter.com/5gvuQuXGVN — #DavidWright (@Mets) February 4, 2015 As you now know, 50 Cent can revel in his brutal 1st pitch moment from now until the end of the internet – or time, whichever comes first, after TOPPS recently revealed a photo of that comically dreadful moment in the form of a “First Pitch” series baseball card. Although the dust has settled on 50’s moment in the internet limelight, Topps recent reboot of the pitch got us thinking. Naturally we had to look up a super cut of the absolute worst first pitches of all time, as we always do when awful first pitch conversations are had, which the led us to creating our own set of digital first pitch baseball cards that will live on eons after we’re gone. Now Baba Booey and Carly Rae Jepson along with some others can be seen right here in our 1st edition GIF session of no good, very bad first pitch cards. COLLECT’EM ALL! — 50 Cent — Baba Booey — Carly Rae Jepsen — Charlie Brown — Mariah Carey — Mark Mallory

  • The Most Searched MLB players and Teams of 2014, According to Google

    This year was one of the most talked about in recent history for the MLB, a cinderella story team almost took home the World Series, the most popular player on the planet played his last game in pinstripes and there were a handful of tragic losses from Hall of Fame star, Tony Gwynn to Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras. The year definitely had it’s peaks and valleys, but in a sea of negative press surrounding players in the NFL, the MLB had a pretty positive year. Hunter Pence embraced his internet 15-minutes, Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract, putting him in the upper echelon of super-stardom, and Clayton Kershaw proved to be one, if not the, best pitcher to ever play the game. Google trends has pulled the top 10 searched players, MLB teams and full list of “Sports” teams for their 2014 year in review. Here are the top trends. Trending MLB Players 1. Derek Jeter 2. Tony Gwynn 3. Oscar Taveras 4. Madison Bumgarner 5. Hunter Pence 6. Giancarlo Stanton 7. Justin Verlander 8. Mike Trout 9. Clayton Kershaw 10. Pablo Sandoval The Royals, second to only the Giants in the playoffs, were the top trending Major League club. Interestingly, more »

  • Baseball’s Harsh Winter Meetings and the Ghost of Off-Seasons Past…

    The Winter Meetings and the Ghost of Off-Seasons Past… It’s that time of year again- the annual bald guys wearing blazers convention is upon us. Or more commonly known by its official title: the Baseball Winter Meetings. The gathering of the collective business side of Major League Baseball gives attendees a chance to mingle with front office staffs, league executives, and a handful of Jerry Maguire-types in attempts to rebuild, recharge, and refocus on the season ahead. I’ve had a handful of opportunities to attend (loiter) the baseball winter meetings in the past and interact (watch from afar) with baseball executives and media to try and gain a better understanding (eavesdrop) of what exactly happens (closed door meetings, nighttime public intoxication, Peter Gammons) during the four day event. There’s a general sense of courtship going on at these meetings – like a baseball themed dating website weekend event- as team executives and player representatives mingle to find God’s match for them and complete the Rule 5 draft that no one but them understands. While baseball’s free agency period tends to hit a Fallon-less fever pitch around this time of year the foundation for an occasional blockbuster trade can be accomplished as more »

 

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