• 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. 

  • 22 Athletes Who Will Play Their Entire Career With One Team + Cal Ripken Jr. Autograph Giveaway

    In todays world of sports, it seems like athletes follow the big pay day, as well they should. A career path that could be diminished by an ankle tear could be worth potential millions of dollars should be looked after like a life insurance policy. With the talent pool in professional sports at an all time high, the competition is fierce and unforgiving, so when a player spends his entire career with one team, it’s all the more profound. One of the most renown and well-respected players in MLB history, Cal Ripken Jr., played his whole career with the Baltimore Orioles and this week we are giving away a signed photo from baseball’s Iron Man as part of our 12 Days of Giveaways courtesy of Brigandi’s in New York City. Enter above and then see twenty-two athletes who’ve spent a decade or more with one team and will probably finish their career in that same city. Derek Jeter The most notable of the bunch and most likely to face retirement in the near future. After coming off an injury ridden season that limited Derek to playing only 17 games, The Captain was almost plagued with picking up the $9.5 M tab on his more »

  • 10 Athletes Who Blew Our Minds in 2013

    It’s clear that—in sports—there’s a need to point out the best individual players despite the overwhelming message that a team’s collective effort trumps everything (points to Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Seahawks) But, with the Most Valuable Player Awards being among the most coveted pieces of recognition in athletics, RSVLTS is here to count down the Top 10 Most Valuable Athletes of 2013. And, while it may not compete with the opinion of the Associated Press, it still is a part of the Yearbook13 event—where there is a chronicling of all the most notable, memorable, and otherwise monumental aspects of the fleeting year.

  • Mariano Rivera Signed Baseball Giveaway + 10 MLB Hall of Fame ‘Shoe Ins’

    For our 12 Days of Giveaways series we’ll be sending off a Mariano Rivera signed baseball today. You heard right, people, a certified ball signed by the Sandman himself courtesy of Brigandi’s in New York City. Enter below and a winner will be chosen at random at noon, one week from today. Once you’re done entering check out RSVLTS 12 Days of Giveaways for a chance to win iconic collectables from sports history.   Mariano Rivera is the most dominant closing pitcher in baseball history as he holds the record for most career saves in the MLB.  The 2013 season was the last one for this Yankee Legend. There is no doubt he will be voted in to the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible. This official Major League baseball, signed by Rivera, is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Preliminary Photos of Braves New Cobb County Stadium

    The Atlanta Braves new home will have it’s fair share of perks. Cobb County stadium will be the centerpiece of what is essentially a strip mall and I mean that in the most pleasent of ways. With a strip leading up to the stadium from Cobb Square called “Entertainment Way” one can only imagine the bars, restaurants and shopping that’s sure to make it’s way to Cobb. Although most of us we’re scratching our heads when the organization announced the relocation it seems like a better atmosphere for Chipper Jones to make a few bucks for an appearance at the Entertainment way Cracker Barrel. A huge perk in disguise for the new stadium is the subtraction of 10,000 seats to hold 41,000 now. Not many people realize the sheer volume of seats Turner held. The Braves we’re always criticized for not filling the stadium, so it’s good to see the suits wising up to a more intimate stadium. Coming in at 1/4 the amount of the new Yankee Museum/Stadium, Cobb County field seems like it’s on the right track to bring an optimal baseball experience to it’s fan base.

  • Top 10 Overhyped Sports Stories of 2013 (That Didn’t Actually Matter)

    With ESPN running nearly 24-hour sports news and banter-laden segments, they need to maintain a constant flow of material. Unfortunately, this means that many of the stories that they cover are tabloid-esque sensationalist time-fillers that further invoke the interest of a population who catalyze meaningless brouhaha. A year full of soap opera-worthy drama that ESPN beat until the end of its ninth life, 2013 had no shortage of meaningless locker room tales. And, in true End of the Year fashion, RSVLTS has the best—and least meaningful—of the sporting news abyss. 10. Mark Sanchez’s Headband Does anybody remember that guy who was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback? Well, the biggest splash he made in 2013 was via his choice of headwear. And, as the media gravitated towards it, it spiraled into a story much larger than necessary. Seriously, the MLB is on during the summer, can’t tabloid NFL stories fall to the wayside during the offseason? 9. The Alex Rodriguez Saga While controversial, the Alex Rodriguez debacle in New York City hardly has the same impact as it once did. Once a player who would easily join the all time greats in Cooperstown, A-Rod is now a shamed fallen star more »

  • Minimalist MLB Stadiums [Photos]

    Now that the 2013 MLB season is in the rear view mirror we take one more look at America’s sport with these fascinating minimalist posters that capture the essence of each ballpark.

  • Watch Excited Red Sox Fans Flip Car [Video]

    Wicked pissah! Sawks win! What better way to celebrate than flipping over cars? Also uprooting trees seems like a fun idea. Maybe next time, though, it would be more polite to make sure no one is in the car when it gets flipped. To be fair, if the Mets ever actually won a World Series I might lose control, too.

  • Drunken Wade Boggs Sings Garth Brooks In The Keys [VIDEO]

    This is one of the classics from the Busted Coverage archives because there isn’t much better than Drunk Wade Boggs signing “Friends in Low Places” way back in 2011. So many of you are new to BC that I had to dig up Wade for an encore from Snappers in Key Largo. Watch until the end when a woman give Wade some advice. “Don’t quit your day job, darlin.”

  • Ranking The 30 MLB Ballparks According To Yelp

    What is the easiest way to see how Major League Baseball ballparks  stack up against each other? Yelp. Obviously. We went through the Yelp pages for each of the 30 ballparks and ranked their popularity according to  Yelp number and the number of Yelp reviews received. When you’re finished see Ranking The 31 NFL Stadiums According To Yelp. 

  • Bearcats Baseball Post Game Shenanigans

    The University of Cincinnati Bearcats really know how to have a good time. Their post-game interviews are quickly becoming legendary for all the background hijinks (I’m partial to the jousting catchers). I suppose that when you have a 24-32 record, you need to enjoy yourself somehow. And as bonus, we’ve got all the shenanigans captured in GIF form for you kids to use in your Reddit comments or whatever it is you do with them.

  • 2001 Eye Opening Ad Sheds Light on Native American Issue in Pro Sports

    In 2001, The National Congress of American Indians released an blatant poster of racist baseball caps in hopes to raise awareness of the Cleveland Indians logo on their cap. Today that poster is more relevant than ever. With the controversial Redskins branding under the microscope, everyone from SI to the President has chimed in with their two cents. It looks as though Daniel Snyder, the owner of the team is stubbornly clinging to the name, he claims 95% of Native Americans don’t have an issue with. The poster at hand was created by the NCAI in the 1990′s by the advertising firm, Devito/Verdi in 2001, says Slate. The poster features unquestionably racist characters of The New York “Jews” and San Francisco “Chinamen” next to the Cleveland Indians Cheif Wahoo logo. Definitely the most compelling argument we’ve heard yet. Take notes Bob Costas.

  • The History Of The Logos Of The MLB Playoff Teams

    Major League Baseball has now officially entered the postseason and even more amazing than the Pirates making it this far is the history of the teams’ names and logos. From the shared, convoluted history of the Red Sox and the Braves to the many changes of the young Rays, there is a ton of great trivia here.   

  • Baseball Salaries vs Winning Percentage [Infographic]

    Marginal wins was a statistic popularized by the late Doug Pappas and furthered by Baseball Prospectus that helped put a dollar amount on just how much a major league baseball team pays per win. Marginal wins started by figuring out the lowest possible price by which a major league team could be fielded (the league minimum salary x 25, plus some money for DL expenses, filling out the 40 man roster, etc.) and then assuming that such a team would win about 30% of it’s games, since no MLB team would go 0-162. Every win over that 30% mark is then a marginal win, and the formula Pappas used can tell you just how much a team spent for each additional win. Ideally, teams will spend very little money per marginal win, giving them payroll flexibility, and demonstrating the ability to win with fewer resources. You also get the fun of seeing teams with the most bloated, ineffective payrolls, paying massive amounts of money for middling success. Some teams spend huge amounts, make poor and expensive roster mistakes, and finish much worse than more clever teams that can’t afford to spend as much. In this infographic, you can see the more »

  • Ode To the Catcher: The 15 Greatest In Baseball History

    When it comes to positions on the baseball diamond there is none more important than the catcher. In most cases the catcher is the smartest guy on the field. He is the most nimble. Manages pitchers emotions. Deals with extreme summer time heat in full gear. He fools umpires by framing pitches and is fearless when blocking home plate as a hitter is barreling down the third baseline. Casey Stengel said it best when talking about the Yankees great Yogi Berra, “Why is our pitching so great? Our catcher, thats why. He looks cumbersome but he’s quick as a cat.” Today we honor the most under appreciated guy in sports by looking at the 15 best catchers in baseball history.