• 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 »

  • The short shelf life of the Tip-Tops, the Brooklyn baseball team situated near the Gowanus River and named for bread [Link]

    Everyone is familiar with the National League and American League of Major League Baseball, but for a brief period from 1914 to 1915, they were joined by a third league known as the Federal League. When the Brooklyn Dodgers left Washington Park for the newly constructed Ebbets Field, it seemed like the perfect time for New York to gain a fourth baseball club and its only member of the 8-team Federal League. Unfortunately, the new league, offering better and higher-paying contracts, wasn’t meant to last.

  • 15 MLB Pitchers in the Tommy John Hall of Fame

    This week, baseball fans everywhere got some bad news. Jose Fernandez, the most exciting young pitcher in the game, has hit the DL, and doctors are recommending “Tommy John” (i.e. elbow ligament replacement) surgery. That means nobody is going to get to watch this electrifying 21-year-old pitch for another 12-18 months, which is just depressing. Of course, it’s hardly surprising any more. We’re currently in the middle of what some are calling a Tommy John epidemic. Fernandez is just the latest high-profile casualty. What’s the cause? Why are so many elite pitchers going under the knife? Well, it’s likely a combination of two factors. The first is that more guys are having it done because the procedure is now so effective. In the past pitchers may have tried to rehab elbow injuries. Now they’re electing to go under the knife right away so that, ultimately, they’ll be in peak physical shape for longer. The other factor? Guys are overworking their arms from an earlier age. With millions of dollars at stake, elite prospects are playing ball year round, playing for multiple teams in multiple leagues, trying to develop their talent as quickly and thoroughly as possible. And this is destroying more »

  • Your First Look At The Atlanta Braves New Ballpark [7 Photos]

    The Atlanta Braves have released six conceptual renderings for a first peek at the new ballpark and mixed-use development design. “This is a very early look at how our vision is shaping up and, even though we are still months away from final plans and drawings, we are very pleased with the progress,” said John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves. “The renderings represent the sense of place we intend to create 365 days a year in addition to a world-class ballpark.” Shopping, dining, living, office and entertainment space, as well as a boutique hotel, will create a play, work, stay environment complete with green space and a water feature. The development, combined with an intimate, state-of-the-art ballpark, will keep this destination bustling year round. You can attempt to view the images over at homeofthebraves.com but chances are the site will be down because it is flooded with traffic so we pulled together the photos below of the ballpark set to open in April 2017.

  • 101-Year-Old Kitty Cohen Tosses Out The First Pitch [GIF]

    We’re nominating this for the best first pitch of the 2014 MLB season. On Mother’s Day the Toronto Blue Jays invited a special guest to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kitty Cohen, who is 101 years old, became the oldest person to ever toss a first pitch in Canada and possibly all of baseball.

  • Robinson Cano Surprises Booing Yankees Fans [Video]

    Robinson Cano returns to New York today, but no longer as a Yankee. He left the Yanks for Seattle and a $240 million, 10-year contract. Although most folks would go where the money is, that doesn’t mean fans still aren’t angry. To help them blow off steam, Jimmy Fallon presented a giant portrait of the second baseman for fans to boo in public. They didn’t know the real Robinson Cano was right behind the picture. How quickly their attitudes change…

  • A Precise Look at the United Nations of Baseball

    Over the years arguments over baseball territories have taken years off the lives of men and women alike in the corner of sports bars across America. Those days are now numbered. With the stroke of a few keys, The New York Times created an interactive map showing the exact location based on zip codes of Baseball fandom.  Using aggregated data provided by the Facebook, The Times created an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, narrowing down to precise detail the exact line pinstripes turn red in connecticut, or the line in chicago that separates sox from cubs loyals. Check out the entire article with fully interactive capabilities here.  

  • The Michael Pineda Guide to Pine Tar

    New York Yankees Starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for having a blotch of pine tar on his neck. This was the second time in two weeks Pineda had a run-in for using the “illegal” substance. Pine Tar, although illegal for pitchers to use in the rule books, is used quite frequently, but with great precaution and discretion. It’s an unwritten rule that batters and pitchers alike play with it, but because of it’s frequent use, both teams usually keep quiet about it. What Michael Pineda did, however, was a shockingly blatant method and the Red Sox capitalized on it. It looks as though Pineda has been having some trouble using pine tar in a discrete manor, so we thought we’d help him out for future outings on the mound. You see Michael, you’re using it all wrong. A blatant slap of tar on your neck is going to be noticeable as will a discoloration on the bottom brim of your cap, but what umps and opposing teams will never see coming is a complete image change. Some facial hair or even mascara will take you the full 9 next time you more »

  • 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.


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