Category: Baseball

A Pirates Fan Talks To Francisco Cabrera, 25 Years After The Worst Game Ever

The idea, or part of it, was to tell Francisco Cabrera what he did to me. I wanted to let him know that the greatest moment of his otherwise anonymous…

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When Was the Phrase ‘Walk-off Home Run’ First Used?

Now “walk-off” appears in Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries. Photo Walk-offs used to mean only home runs. But when Joe Panik won a game for the Giants last October, it was…

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This Is What The Dodgers’ Money Can Buy

During the offseason, the Dodgers gave big contracts to three of their own free agents: Rich Hill, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen. At the time, it seemed like the team…

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Japanese Playoff Baseball Game Turns Into A Mud Bowl

In the first round of the Nippon Professional Baseball playoffs in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers and Yokohama DeNA Baystars battled through absolutely absurd conditions to play an entire baseball game…

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On Baseball: How the Astros Built a Contender From the Ground Up

In 2012, the Astros used the first pick to choose Carlos Correa, now their superstar shortstop, who homered and doubled in the winning run in Game 2 on Saturday. But…

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Joe Maddon Works Soda Tax Criticism Into His Thoughts On Blocking The Plate

In the bottom of the seventh inning of last night’s NLCS Game 1, with the Dodgers leading 4-2, Justin Turner singled through the left side and Chris Woodward, the Dodgers’…

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Dodgers 5, Cubs 2 | Los Angeles leads series, 1-0: Dodgers, Missing a Star, Beat the Cubs as Yasiel Puig Steps Up

Kershaw, being modest, diplomatically disagreed with that notion before Game 1. “Until somebody beats them, they’re the best team,” he said of the Cubs. “So we’ve got to go get…

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On Baseball: 21 Years Later, Jeff Maier Gets to Relive His Big Moment

The right fielder, Tony Tarasco, retreated to the wall and waited for the ball — but Maier’s black Mizuno glove beat him to it. There was no instant replay then,…

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Astros 2, Yankees 1 | Houston leads series, 2-0: Astros Elude the Yankees’ Grasp Again, Winning Game 2 in the 9th

In the two games here, both 2-1 defeats, they managed just one run in 16 innings against the Astros’ starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel and Verlander. Though Verlander had been cuffed…

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Bad Child Spared Demonization By Replay Call

Reasonable people may disagree about whether spectators should be bringing baseball gloves to professional baseball games. Is it lame? Probably not, so long as you are a child. But even…

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