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  • 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. 

  • 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.