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  • History Of The High Five [Video]

    It may seem like high fives have always existed, but the fact is, the first high five occurred relatively recently, during a Dodgers game in 1977. Learn about the historic moment and the man behind it, baseball’s first openly gay player Glenn Burke, in this ESPN 30 for 30 short.

  • Rockies and Nationals Had A Good Ol’ Fashioned Stand-Off Last Night

    Aaron Barrett of the Washington Nationals and Brandon Barnes of the Colorado Rockies had a standoff prior to the first pitch. The rules; Post National anthem, both players must remain with their hats on their chest for as long as they can, that’s about it. The standoff lasted about 7 minutes, until the home plate umpire has to intervene. Even Bryce Harper got in on the fun, padding Barrett’s elbow and putting a batters helmet on for protection against in game balls. Your browser does not support iframes. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened Scott Van Slyke and Joe Kelly standoff opened the NLCS Game 6 with one last year. Your browser does not support iframes.

  • The 25 Highest Voting Percentages In MLB Hall of Fame History

    There is an elaborate process to getting inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, you can read about it here, but long story short, a player who has been nominated needs to be selected on 75% of ballots from the voting committee. Some former players just eek their way in, looking at you Al Simmons (75.38%), while others, like the 25 legends on this list, made it in with a resounding yes. While we see big names on this list, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr, and Ty Cobb, just to name a few, no one has ever been elected unanimously and it’s unlikely it will ever happen either.

  • Who Has the Best Facial Hair in Baseball History? [Link]

    Aside from a dark period from the 1930s to the early 70s when facial hair had all but disappeared from society, mustaches and sideburns have been a part of baseball since the game began. Thanks to players like Brian Wilson, today you can even find players sporting gloriously gigantic beards. But who reigns supreme in the facially coiffed hall of fame?

  • MLB MasterCard Fantasy Camp is the Best Kept Secret Surrounding The All-Star Game

    Grown men (and women) ranging from completely novice to past college ball players competing in a hardball, wood bat tournament leading up to the finale played at a major league ballpark. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well for a set of lucky people it’s a complete reality. MasterCard in association with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has been putting on a little known tournament for years. Fantasy Camp is essentially a four-team tournament, held in the morning and early afternoon during the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game days played at a minor league ball park, followed by the championship and consolation games being held on the major league park on the day proceeding the MLB All-Star game. This year being Minneapolis’s Target Field. Photo Credit: Rick Dupler Photo Credit: Rick Dupler Each team get’s outfitted in a full uniform, home and away jerseys, cleats, socks, batting gloves, a hat, mitt and sunglasses to give the impression of legitimacy. Skills, however, varied. We had a chance to partake in the entire tournament, which was an absolute blast. Each team coached by former Twins players Scott Leius, Gene Larkin, Al Newman and Tim Laudner and organized by former players more »

  • How to Throw a Perfect Knuckle Ball

    It may be the greatest mystery of acquired skill in sports. A trait so difficult to master yet so powerful in result only a handful of professionals can achieve success with it. The knuckleball is a pitch that isn’t thrown hard or fairly accurate, but just thrown to perfection in delivery which makes it the most difficult pitch to hit in baseball. Time Wakefield and R.A. Dicky have made quite the illustrious career for themselves by throwing this one pitch more than any other, Wakefield lasting an outstanding 17 years, tenured with the Boston Redsox. Here is a breakdown on the perfect way to throw a pesky knuckler.

  • Fact Sheets For All 30 MLB Ballparks

    The Playstation-exclusive MLB: The Show series of video games is consistently ranked as one of the best baseball games. The attention to detail is definitely a factor and when it comes to the ballparks, the series doesn’t cut any corners. To coincide with this year’s MLB 14: The Show, Sony released these fact sheets with capacity, dimensions, and historical facts about each of the MLB’s 30 stadiums.

  • NFL And MLB Team Logo Mashup

    Graphic designer Brandon Hubschman, who created the NFL/NBA Logo Mashups we shared last week, is back at it again, this time combining MLB and NFL teams. Some are really great, such as Hubschman’s personal favorite, the Buccaneers/Rays logo. Check out how seamless the ray fits in to the front of the ship. Others are not so great. What’s up with the Jaguars/Dodgers? Let us know you’re favorite and check out more of Brandon Hubschman’s work at Daily Snark.

  • The Hollywood Baseball All-Star Team Results Revealed

    We love baseball movies. They’re so quotable. “There’s no crying in baseball.” “Hot ice.” etc. Leading up to this year’s MLB All-Star game we went through Hollywood’s extensive history of fictional baseball characters and held a vote to allow the masses to call the shot. Movie baseball player All-Star lists have been done in the past but never before has anyone ever held a fan vote on the web. The results were quote astonishing, hundreds of shares on Facebook and over 27,000 votes so it’s safe to say the masses have spoken and this is your Hollywood Baseball All-Star Team. Click to see the full size infographic… Here are the results:

  • Revisiting The Epic 1998 Yankees vs Orioles Brawl In GIF Form [31 GIFS]

    It was the 8th inning and the Yankees were up by seven runs. The Orioles flamethrower Armando Benitez was on the mound and he intentionally threw a pitch into the back of Yankees’ Tino Martinez. The benches cleared and what ensued was, in our humble opinion, the best brawl in MLB history. 50 steroids fueled beasts were throwing sucker punches and the fight spilling into the dugouts where it finally subsided after six minutes. It was awesome. Let’s revisit the action in GIF form.

  • 45 Early Photos Of Babe Ruth From The Library Of Congress

    On July 11, 1914, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. played his first professional baseball game. The 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher won the game against the Cleveland Naps, 4-3. He wen 0-for-2 at bat, striking out the first time and then removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. It was not a glorious start, but he would go on to become the biggest baseball player of the era. To celebrate Babe Ruth’s baseball centennial, we collected these Library of Congress photos from early in his career. Also, we came across his World War I draft card, listing his occupation as “Base Ball” and his place of employment as “Fenway Park.”

  • Nike Baseball Brings the Heat to Minnesota for the MLB All-Star Game [23 Photos]

    Nike Baseball released specs of their brightly colored Nike Lunar Vapor Trout Spectrum, Nike Lunar Trainer 1 Spectrum and the Nike Vapor Elite Pro Spectrum for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game set to take place in Minneapolis next week. Taking a local approach to the recently revealed Nike Vapor Collection, the Nike Lunar Vapor Spectrum Collection is inspired by the sun’s reflection onto the Land of 10,000 Lakes. When the sun sets over water, individual points of light blend together to form a smooth-colored spectrum of light. The collection is composed of lightweight and responsive product both for the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game enabling speed. AKA it’s bright, iridescent colors are sure to turn heads, and with MLB’s strict color guidelines in place outside of these games, why let the NBA have all the fun? The Nike Vapor Spectrum Collection will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers with the All-Star Game cleats available July 12 and Home Run Derby cleat and batting glove July 14.

  • The Complete List of Derek Jeter’s Retirement Gifts

    Regardless if you love or hate the New York Yankees there is really no way you can have hard feelings towards Derek Jeter. He is a rare player that earned the respect of players and fans alike throughout his 19 year career. Jeter’s farewell tour is weaving it’s way across the U.S. and this coming week it hits the midway point at the 2014 All-Star Game. Let’s take a look at the previous stops of the Derek Jeter Farewell Tour and some of the items that have been presented to him. Check back each week as we update the list too.

  • A Meticulous Metric of Baseball Team Names

    A taxonomy of 482 professional baseball team names, spanning over 150 years and covering teams from the bigs to the minor and independent leagues, as well as the Negro Leagues, the Nippon Professional Baseball league, and more. Styled like an old school baseball card, this is the definitive guide to the nation’s pastime. Pop Chart labs has created the largest collection of Baseball names visualized on one graphic. Buy the Prints over at their store.

  • Brooklyn Cyclones Host “Seinfeld Night” with Puffy Shirts and Keith Hernandez Bobble Heads

    New York Mets Single A affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones hosted “Salute to Seinfeld Night” at their Coney Island, MCU Park which was appropriately renamed ‘Vandalay Industries Park. The team came out for batting practice wearing ‘puffy shirts’, which the mascot Sandy wore all game, there was an Elane dance off and the Soup Nazi threw out the first pitch. If that’s not enough for you, the first 3,000 fans got a special Keith Hernandez ‘Magic Loogie’ bobble head. The fans were the real heroes of the night really getting into the fun, sporting Seinfeld referenced T-shirts and holding up Seinfeld quoted signs. Oh yeah, and all postmen got in for free if they came in uniform. The Cyclones got blown out 18-2, but was anyone really paying attention to the game when there were strategic Keith Hernandez bobble head photos to be taken around the stadium? Seinfeld Night…it's real and it's spectacular pic.twitter.com/jKjhJ6BoQA — Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) July 5, 2014 The first 3,000 people got Keith Hernandez “magic loogie” bobbleheads: The K.Hernandez "Magic Loogie" bobblehead the first 3000 fans get on Seinfeld Night w/ the Brooklyn Cyclones pic.twitter.com/MBBuFTXXMB — Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) July 5, 2014 So much fun! Brooklyn Cyclones celebrate more »

  • Lou Gehrig Bid Farewell To Baseball 75 Years Ago

    On July 4, 1939, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig bid farewell to baseball. He played 17 seasons with Yankees, setting records for career grand slams and consecutive games played. He played 2130 games before taking himself out of the lineup for the first time in May, 1939. A trip to the Mayo Clinic led to a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The public was made aware of his illness on June 19 and the Yankees announced his retirement June 21. The Yankees proclaimed July 4, 1939 “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” and Gehrig gave the following speech, considered one of the best of 20th century, in front of 61,808 fans. Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, more »

  • Visualizing The Startling Difference Between Your Salary And Top MLB Players

    Have you ever wondered how much money you make compared to a Major League Baseball player? I’ve always heard big salary numbers thrown around, but visualizing it really puts it into perspective. The interactive visualization below can be used to compare your salary and the average US worker’s salary to any MLB player across several different statistics from the 2013 season. For example, if a player made $2,000,000 and hit 10 home runs last season, this equates to being paid $200,000 per home run.

  • A Minimalist Look at Every Major League Ballpark

    There’s something about the aesthetic of a Major League ballpark, each one so unique in structure, charisma and identity. Each field almost has it’s own personality, something no other sporting arena can say. Heck, aside from the diamond and foul lines, no stadium’s outfield is identical. London based illustrator Marcus Reed has created a collection of minimalist prints featuring all 30 current Major League Baseball stadiums for RareInk. With one of a kind features like Angels stadium’s mountainous waterfalls or the beautiful landscape of PNC Park Reed has plenty of geometric shapes to play with.

  • Have You Ever Wanted To Kayak In McCovey Cove? It’s Easy! Here’s How…

    Not too long ago we learned that kayaking AT&T Park’s McCovey Cove is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy a ballgame with your friends. Being that the Giants are sitting near the top of the 2014 MLB power rank it’s something you might want to do before the season is over. There are two ways to experience the game from the cove. First, you can rent a kayak from citykayak.com. They are located at Pier 40 only a five minute walk from the stadium. The kayaks are only $35. Keep in mind that you need to kayak from the Pier to the cove which takes about 10-15 minutes. The trip is by no means gruling and you don’t need to be fit like the Winklevoss twins but being in decent shape is a plus. The other way would be to buy a four-person inflatable boat from any camping or sports equipment store. The price to buy, about $120-150, will be just about the same a renting a kayak and you can head into the water from shore of McCovey Cove which is less paddling than if you left from the pier. When you get into the cove get into a more »

  • Ranking Derek Jeter’s 9 Ex-Girlfriends By His Performance On The Field

    People have been ranking the hotness of Derek Jeter’s ex’s like there is no tomorrow. We didn’t want to beat a dead horse, but we also wanted to jump on the J train, so instead of going the standard hotness route we decided to crunch all the numbers and figure out which girlfriend was actually best for Derek Jeter, statistically. Because how can you actually tell me that Jessica Alba or Adriana Lima are any hotter than Minka Kelly or Laura Dudda?

  • Matt Joyce Hits Baseball into Pitching Machine, Machine Returns Favor

    In a strange event Matt Joyce was taking batting practice going about business as usual, when he managed to hit a ball directly into the pitching machine, the machine was none too pleased about what transpired and spit the ball right back out at Joyce. No robots were harmed during the filming of this batting practice Your browser does not support iframes.

  • 8 Remarkable Tony Gwynn Stats

    Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer this morning. Twitter is being flooded with people calling Gwynn one of the most talented and classiest guys to ever play the game. In my years covering MLB, easily the most approachable, greatest person I met was Tony Gwynn. May he rest in peace. Heartbroken. — Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 16, 2014 To put his career into perspective we pull together some astonishing facts. 1. Tony Gwynn struck out only 434 times in his 20 year career, spanning 2440 games, 10,232 plate appearances. 2. He had the second fewest strikeouts of any member of the 3,000-hit club. To put it into perspective, Derek Jeter has played 20 seasons and has 1791 strikeouts. 3. Had 3,141 hits in his 20 year career 4. Only Ty Cobb had more consecutive seasons over .300 than Tony Gwynn’s 19. 5. The only year of his career he didn’t hit .300 was his rookie year. 6. His .338 career average is the highest in MLB since Ted Williams 7. Tony Gwynn’s batting average on 6/16/1994 was .386. Two months later, it was .394 when the strike began 8. Tony Gwynn had a five-year stretch where his WORST batting more »

  • 44 Years Ago Today Dock Ellis Threw a No-Hitter on LSD

    In an interview that took place in May of 1990, Dock Ellis reflected on the no-hitter he threw in 1970. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

  • RSVLTS Baseball Movie Character All-Star Voting Starts Today!

    We love baseball movies. They’re so quotable. “There’s no crying in baseball.” “Hot ice.” etc. We’ve gone through Hollywood’s extensive history of fictional baseball characters and leading up to this year’s MLB All-Star game we’re having a movie baseball player showdown. Movie baseball player All-Star lists have been done in the past but never before has anyone ever held a fan vote on the web. Now the masses are left to call the shots. It’s simple, review each position, select your favorite players (remember, like the MLB All-Star voting, this is a popularity contest) and on July 7th we will announce the team.

  • Don Zimmer’s Life As Seen Through Baseball Cards

    Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the game endured through 66 years as a player, manager, coach and adviser, died on Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83. Zimmer was married on a baseball diamond in 1951, and it seemed he never left the field. He played the infield alongside Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only World Series championship team, he was an original member of the Mets and he was Yankee Manager Joe Torre’s confidant as his bench coach on four World Series championship teams. He filled in as the Yankees’ manager for 36 games in 1999 when Torre was being treated for prostate cancer. What better way to look back at the life of the most likable man in baseball than through baseball cards. He was involved with baseball for an astounding 66 years so there is plenty to see… 1952 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1973 1974 1977 1978 1981 1982 1988 1989 1990 1991 Copy via NY Times

  • 20 Terrible First Pitches Prove That 50 Cent Isn’t Alone [20 GIFs]

    Poor 50 Cent. Everyone is getting on his case after his terrible first pitch at a Mets game last night. He’s a rapper, not a pitcher! Plenty of celebrities are just as bad at it as he is, too. Everyone needs to watch these GIFs of 19 other first pitch fails and cut poor 50 some slack. Hell, even the great Nolan Ryan completely messed up a ceremonial first pitch earlier this year.

  • The Grand Scam, How to Sneak Into Any Game

    If you live in one of the major U.S. cities then you know going to a ball game is going to cost you more than a few shekels. The ticket, the food, the beer and the beer all added up will run you $100 + depending on your seats. Mike from Hacks of Life, managed to sneak into a Dodger game without spending a nickel. All the while getting free food and beer. Mike’s methods, while questonable, hit a home run and 9/10 time’s would work at any game. Just don’t act like a goofus, the trick is to play it cool.

  • The Most 27 Bizarre Team Logos In Minor League Baseball

    With the 2014 MLB season well underway there are hundreds of minor league baseball players trying to make it up to the big leagues. Most will not not get promoted and will have to spend another year in obscurity with a minor league affiliate, many of which have pretty strange team names and logos. Here is a look at some of the most bizarre.

  • The Fascinating (And True) Military Career Of Ted Williams [16 Photos]

    Ted Williams is widely regarded at the best pure hitter in baseball history. But let’s not remember him for being the last man to hit over .400 in a season. Or his two triple crowns (1941 and 1947). Let’s remember Ted Williams for his courage. It is often overlooked that Ted Williams served his country dedicating almost five years out of the heart of a great baseball career to our country. Being the best baseball player in the world he could have easily landed a desk job pushing paper but no, he decided to go into the air force to protect the freedom we all rely so heavily on today. On May 21, 1942, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit his 100th home run. How did he celebrate? By joining the Navy Reserve on May 22, of course! Williams went into active duty in 1943 and trained as a pilot. He served as a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged in January 1946, just in time for baseball season. However, it was not to be the end of his military career. During the Korean War, Williams was again called more »

 
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