• Top 10 Matchups of Athletes Returning to a Former Team

    Ask any professional athlete; there is always some level of animosity when facing a former team. A sportsman’s competitive nature always forces them to compete, but situations where players face teams for which they previously played are especially amplified with intensity. The following matchups are examples of highly publicized first matchups between a notable player and his former team. Mostly, players on this list managed to perform to a reasonably high level of performance. However, some managed to make it on the list due to the sheer highly publicized nature of the bitter reunion. Hence, not all players on this list managed to perform highly in their first matchup against their former team. Furthermore, there is one instance where the player’s new team was trumped by their former team. However, all of the following reunion matchups were highly publicized at the time of their happening. The list is as follows: 10. Jeremy Lin Returns to New York There was a time when Jeremy Lin dominated sports headlines—the birth of the national sensation known as “Linsanity”. During his hot streak with the New York Knicks, Lin was reputed as a breakout superstar that was performing feats of seemingly divine magnitude. ESPN more »

  • NFL Arrests Per Team Since 2000 (graph)

    The NFL is no stranger to Johnny Law, producing forty mugshots from players in the off season of 2013. I’ll say that again, FORTY players. With the Hernandez fiasco putting a spotlight on players acting a fool, we did our due diligence using U-T San Diego’s NFL Arrest Database, to find that number jumped from 27 in the off season last year, and there are still  nearly two months left to wreak havoc. Maybe it’s a lenient penalty system in place with a slap on the wrist fine for these guys that has them acting like over privileged children without repercussions. You’ve seen the documentaries, read the stats on what the concept on money means to these athletes. Or maybe it’s becoming more mainstream in the locker room, making it part of the culture to get pinched. Whatever the case arrests in the NFL are definitely on the rise.   This interactive graph shows every arrest and charge since 2000. Visit the page and roll over for more details on players.  

  • The All-Movie Baseball Team Line Up

    Baseball movies. We love’em. You love’em. They molded our up bringings. Whether they were comedies about a young kid getting the chance of a life time or seasoned vetren dealing with the reprecussions of an aging athlete, we learned a lot from these movies and some of their names have grown to become more house hold than contemporary players in the majors today. We’ve devised a line up of the cream of the crop baseball players in movies in preparation for the ASG at Citifield.

  • Carlos Gomez Makes 9th Inning, 2 out, Game Saving Grab

    Carlos Gomez made the game saving catch of the season last night. 2 outs, man on first, bottom of the 9th. Joey Votto has a 2-2 count worked against him and hits an absolute bomb straight back past center field. Votto even ripped a page out of Griffey’s technical swing book, dropping the bat as if he knew he’d just won the game for his team. Not if Carlos Gomez had anything to say about it, with more than enough time to get to the wall and time the descent of the ball, Gomez sprung up and snagged what would be a text book walk off home run. Votto started complaining about something, but there’s nothing to complain about here, folks. Francisco Rodriguez records his 303rd save, and Gomez who’s in a NL MVP race, also leading the MLB in WAR just earned himself another notch. Take you hat off, slow clap, kneel before your computer, and repeat these words; “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy.” Your browser does not support iframes.

  • The 10 Most Bizarre Trades In Sports History

    Trades are often some of the most rumored and speculated occurrences in all of professional sports. People’s minds are often littered with images of what the discussed player would look like in a different team’s uniform. But, some trades in sports history are something of an oddity. Whether a player is traded for himself, an inanimate object, a seemingly oversized bounty, or in the presence of sheer spite, all of the completed trades on this list stand out in athletic history as thoroughly bizarre.

  • 10 Record Breaking Major League Baseball Contracts

    Baseball players are among the highest paid professional athletes—salaries that allow the leagues’ brightest stars to earn astronomical sums of money. Currently, the league’s highest paid player is Alex Rodriguez, who will make $29.5 million before the conclusion of the 2013 Major League Season. But, according to the folks at baseball almanac, Rodriguez’s current contract—while mammoth—is not unprecedented. And, while Rodriguez is the highest paid player in the history of the Big Leagues, there were other players that predate Rodriguez who—for their time—made unthinkable amounts of money. The players on this list are all players who became some of the most affluent players in sports history due to their teams demand for their talents. Before beginning, a reminder is needed to re-establish the fact that this is an article that contracts record-breaking contracts—it is not an article chronicling the largest contracts in Major League Baseball history.

  • CC Sabathia Discusses His Greatest Career Achievements And More…

    For more than a decade New York Yankees star CC Sabathia has been one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball. Fun fact, when he came into the league in 2001 he was the youngest player in baseball. Only 20 years-old! His career resume is impressive. World Series Champ, 6X All-Star, Cy Young winner, nearly 200 wins, 2300 Ks, and all this before his 33rd birthday. Baseball-reference.com, arguably the top spot for baseball stats on the web, says that CC is a “likely Hall of Famer” so with that in mind Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports talked with him about his career, potential Hall of Fame candidacy and much more. The Boys In The Hall celebrated by SUBWAY® has been talking to plenty of MLB stars including Evan Longoria, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, David Price and more so when you’re done watching CC head over to the The Boys In The Hall page for more videos.

  • Who Would Win The Coaching Staff Basebrawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks?

    Last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers got into a bench clearer after pitcher, Ian Kennedy, went on a head hunting binge, first at rising Dodger prospect, Yasiel Puig, which was retaliated by Zack Greinke hitting Miguel Montero in the back. Normal baseball. Nothing to see here. Then in what seemed like a double retaliation, Kennedy went after Greinke, which is an absolute baseball ‘no-no’, but to boot threw at his head, now tallying the head count to two. Montero, the Diamondbacks catcher seemed to be the peacemaker when he was behind the plate on both accounts, first tending to Puig, then trying to hold back Greinke, pleading with him for Kennedy’s innocence, but to no avail the ruckus began. “It got pretty ugly,” said Montero. Obviously this cleared the benches, players threw some punches, but more interesting was the amount of physicality shown by the coaches. Mattingly threw D-Backs bench coach Allan Trammel to the ground, LA batting coach and forearm advocate Mark McGwire seemed like he was letting off 15 years of steam going after anything wearing red, like a bull in a ring. McGwire had to be held back by Arizona third base coach and more »

  • All-Star Captains Wright & Cano Show Off Hats: Hit or Miss?

    The MLB All-Star Game captains, Robinson Cano and David Wright show off their new garb for the game at Citi-Field. The uniforms are pretty generic for an All-Star game, but those hats could be the worst in ASG history. With all the old school homage Citi throws in your face, they could’ve just done flat out better. Leave it up to the mets to blow it. We’re sure they’ll still sell. Both captains will be scouting out their team for the home run derby and David Wright says he might look to the team at Sports Science for some advice on trajectory to find out who has the best swing in the NL.

  • MLB Stadium Hot Dog Infographic

    It is estimated that baseball fans will consume more than 20 million hot dogs over the course of the 2013 MLB season. Here is a look at the calories, dollars and ingrediants of MLB’s most well know hot dogs.

  • The List of 14 MLB Players Who Will Be Suspended For Steroids

    Breaking news for all baseball fans up to 20 MLB players are set to be suspended for PEDs. Since the news is breaking there are tons of rumors flying but here are the players that have been confirmed to be on MLB’s hit list. Six players are missing from the list but we will add them as soon as the names are released.

  • Babe Ruth’s Home Runs in Perspective (Infographic)

    Babe Ruth’s home run numbers compared to the players of today are impressive. Compared to his peers they are basically unfathomable. An attempt to put them in perspective. In 1920 The Sultan of Swat hit more home runs than every team in the league except the Phillies and in 1921 hit more than the second and third leaders on the list combined.

  • Yanks & Red Sox Jump in Fear as Thunder Booms Close to Stadium

    On Sunday night, the Yankees and Red Sox game was delayed three times because of scattered thunderstorms. During the third delay, a select few from both teams decided to wait out the delay under the safe awning of the dugout until thunder and lightning struck a little to close to home. The dugout cam from both ends captures players jumping in shock, holding each other frightfully as the sound blew through Yankee Stadium. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the 6’4″ catcher for the Sox, had enough and shuffled into the clubhouse after the boom sent him airborne. .

  • Elimination of Human Error vs. Sports Tradition: The Replay Debate.

    The game’s officials—whether they’re called the referee or the umpire—are often the least popular person on the field during a sporting event. When the official makes a poor call, it can lead to fan-based incensement of Steve Barton-like proportions. If you are unsure of the aforementioned statement, then just ask Don Denkinger—a former Major League Baseball Umpire who, despite an illustrious career in the profession, suffered through many threatening letters from St. Louis Cardinals fans in the wake of the 1985 World Series. This adversity happened as a result of Denkinger’s erroneous call—one that placed Kansas City Royals batter, Jorge Orta safely at first.

  • Can Yu Do it? Yu Darvish Could Join a Very Exclusive Stirkeout Club (Infographic)

    Yu Darvish could become the second foreign born player to reach 300K’s. The only other player to accomplish this feat in the modern era is Pedro Martinez. Darvish is on pace to break Pedro’s record, exploding in his first couple of years in the majors. He obviously has the height factor, standing on the mound at 6’5″, trumping Pedro by 6″. IF he continues to walk the path he’s on, Yu is projected to hit the 350 mark.  

  • RSVLTS Visits The Field of Dreams

    Last weekend our sports correspondent Scott Flato went to Rochester, NY for the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Game. He got to hang out with some of the biggest names in MLB history. Wade Boggs showed off his tattoos, Ricky Henderson played the “name all the teams you’ve played for challenge” and Fred “The Crime Kitty Cat” McGriff looks like he is still in playing shape.

  • Your Current MLB Batting Avg Leader Got Owned in Wiffle Ball

    As of today, James Loney leads the MLB in batting avg and much desrved. Loney’s well oiled batting eye has gained him acclaim from around the league and now he has has the top spot to prove it. Although Loney has forty less at bats than the man in second place (Miguel Cabrera), it’s still a feat for the rising star to be put in a category with the Triple Crown winner. Though Loney has 11 multi-hit outings already this season, he thinks we forgot about a segment on Sports Science a few years back yonder, in which Jimbo was featured going head to head with one of the best wiffle ball pitchers to ever play the game, Joel De Roche, a Wiffle Ball Cy Young Winner (it exists). De Roche made the “rising star” look flat out silly, making the ball dance and dive to a point that left Loney clueless. After Loney was given a bat that matched the size of a big league club, he eventually made contact, but no one remembers that.  People don’t forget, James.

  • Good Guy Matt Kemp

    There were no reporters. No TV cameras. This was not a publicity stunt. The Good Man Project tells us how Matt Kemp did an amazing thing for a young Dodgers’ fan who is battling cancer. 

  • Scenes From Mothers Day 2013 Around Major League Baseball [15 High Quality Photos]

    Major League Baseball honored Mother’s across America yesterday with the annual tradition that sees players using pink bats, pink arm bands, even the bases and line-up cards are pink. Much of this equipment is auctioned off after the game to raise money for breast cancer research. Mother’s Day seemed to produce a flair for the dramatic this year with Chris Sale tossing a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. All in all it was a great day and if you couldn’t make it to the ballpark because you were meeting up with Mom here are a few pictures from about MLB.

  • High School & College Scouting Reports For 28 MLB Greats

    MLB scouts have a tough job. Each year they check out thousands of talented baseball players and have to make a snap judgement on whether or not their team should spend millions of dollars draft the player. Then, when the draft takes place and literally hundreds of players are drafted only a fraction will ever make a MLB club and from that small pool only a fraction will become MLB all-stars.

  • From Attempted Suicide to MLB Superstar: The Life and Very Complicated Times of Ken Griffey Jr.

    Despite spending the last decade or so of his career often injured, Ken Griffey Jr. was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger award winner, 1997 MVP, 6th all-time in career home runs with 630, and he accumulated nearly 80 WAR (more on “WAR” in the Bonus Facts below). Any number you look at, it’s clear Ken Griffey Jr., nicknamed “The Kid,” was one of the greatest players ever to step onto a baseball field. He became a superstar when he was only 19 years old, starting in center field for the Seattle Mariners in 1989. But just because someone is successful, famous, and rich (it’s estimated he made over $150 million during his playing career) doesn’t mean they can’t be sad or, even, depressed. After becoming one of the biggest can’t-miss prospects in baseball history, at the age of 18 the man who would not only be known for that beautiful swing, but also for his infectious and seemingly constant smile, attempted suicide.

  • 30 Rare and Iconic HQ Photos of Willie Mays

    Willie Mays is widely considered to be the greatest all-around baseball player of all-time. He could do everything. In the pre-PED era he hit 660 home runs, fourth all-time and hit over 50 home runs in 1955 and 1965, representing the longest time span between 50-plus home run seasons for any player in Major League Baseball history. Mays won two MVP awards and tied Stan Musial’s record with 24 appearances in the All-Star Game. Ted Williams said, “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” He was a center fielder, famous for making “The Catch,” and won a record-tying 12 Gold Gloves starting the year the award was introduced six seasons into his career. Today as we celebrate his 82nd birthday let’s look back at the life and career of Willie Mays.