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The most famous trade for a backup catcher in baseball history

What do you do when your team is aiming for the World Series, but nobody on your team can catch your knuckleballer? It's a tale of panic, mistaken identity, emergency flights over cleared airspace, and missing jock cups... It's an oral history of the Doug Mirabelli trade. (SLSports)
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 29, 2016 - 14 comments

The rise and fall of Rafael Palmeiro

Where is one of baseball's former players now ?
posted by k5.user on Apr 19, 2016 - 21 comments

Substitute "baseball" with any sport, really

When the sport you love doesn't love you back.
If Gibbons’ “dresses” comment was just one isolated incident, it wouldn’t deserve a second thought, but that’s not the situation we face. We are not talking about one off-color remark or even a handful of off-color remarks. We are talking about a sport-wide culture which permits casual sexism and reinforces over and over and over again to its female fans that their involvement in the sport is not as valid as that of their male counterparts.
posted by misskaz on Apr 14, 2016 - 40 comments

No one liked that son of a bitch

Charles Leerhsen, author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, argues that, contrary to the popular perception, maybe Ty Cobb wasn't a complete asshole.
Cobb was, like the rest of us, a highly imperfect human being. He was too quick to take offense and too intolerant of those who didn’t strive for excellence with the over-the-top zeal that he did. He did not suffer fools gladly, and he thought too many others fools. He was the first baseball celebrity, and he did not always handle well the responsibilities that came with that.
posted by frimble on Apr 11, 2016 - 21 comments

The ... white baseball player has always been a study in negative space

He does not flip his bat after home runs. He does not insult the hard-working fans with talk about politics. He never takes more than one day at a time. As a result, he cannot exist without a foil to embody all those “flashy” or “hotheaded” or “provocative” things he is not. The foils, of course, have generally been black. But as the demographics of the sport have changed, so, too, has this dynamic.
- Jay Caspian Kang on The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball , and the decline of the sport's cultural relevance
posted by AceRock on Apr 8, 2016 - 80 comments

Sicnarf is Francis backwards

Aesthetically amusing alliterations, creative alternative spellings, commonplace words artfully arranged, and other names that are just plain fun to say. Presenting the top 100 Minor League player names of 2016.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 8, 2016 - 24 comments

"This is for Allah. And it's goin' way out there, sucka."

The Good News: While slight in stature and short on talent, Tanner Boyle brings a feistiness that any championship club requires. Anyone who picks a fight with the entire seventh grade won’t back down come crunch time in the playoffs ... Underpinning all his actions is a pure love of the game. When asked if he wanted to quit, Boyle replied: “Crud no, I want to play ball.” He can also use the word “crud” as a noun, adjective, or verb, which, while irrelevant to baseball, is linguistically impressive.

The Bad News: The pint-size shortstop doesn’t get along with Jews, Hispanics, blacks, gays, or women (for starters) — attitudes complicated by the fact that he plays for the only team in the North Valley League that boasts any real diversity on its roster ... It’d also be safer to pass John Rocker a microphone than to let Boyle tackle any post-game press conferences.

The Bad News Bears Turns 40: A Complete Player Scouting Report
posted by Atom Eyes on Apr 7, 2016 - 20 comments

April Is The Cruelest Month / At The Oooold Baaaall Gaaaaaame!

Poems to Celebrate the National Pastime. Opening Day for Major League Baseball's 2016 season is just around the corner, and today begins National Poetry Month. Celebrate both with a selection of fine baseball verse from the Editors at poetry.org. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Apr 1, 2016 - 16 comments

Wild Bill Hagy

Wlliam "Wild Bill" Hagy started out as just another Orioles fan from Dundalk who loved his Budweiser in Section 34 of the upper deck at Memorial Stadium. But with his sloping gut, fluffy beard and straw hat, he cut a striking visual. And eventually his O-R-I-O-L-E-S cheers, replete with dramatic contortions of his out-of-shape body, became the emotional fulcrum as crowds at Memorial urged the baseball team to improbable comebacks in the late 1970s and early 1980s. (SLYT)
posted by josher71 on Mar 28, 2016 - 21 comments

RIP, Joe Garagiola

Baseball may indeed be a funny game, but it just got a little less so. The major league catcher turned longtime NBC broadcaster passed away yesterday at the age of 90.
posted by non canadian guy on Mar 24, 2016 - 27 comments

Yankees vs. StubHub

"Two weeks ago the Yankees announced they will eliminate the print-at-home ticket option this season. Hard-stock tickets and mobile barcodes will be the only way into Yankee Stadium."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 6, 2016 - 42 comments

A Collection of Negro League Documentaries

A variety of documentaries about Negro League baseball: Only The Ball Was White, Black Ball, Extra Innings: Preserving the History of the Negro Leagues, and The Long Summers of Lou Dials. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 10, 2016 - 4 comments

Super supercuts

Vimeo user somersetVII has created 10 beautiful, masterful supercut videos. Coens | 30 celebrates 30 years of Coen Bros movies while Stanley Kubrick gets an appropriately moody and atmospheric tribute. Other standouts include Baseball on Film and Cinema: A Space Odyssey, which only a true fan of the genres could make.
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 8, 2016 - 8 comments

Bip Roberts, unsurprisingly, was the first Bip.

This is a Google Docs spreadsheet recording, for every given name ever held by a major league baseball player, the first player to bear that name. Via Value over Replacement Grit.
posted by escabeche on Feb 6, 2016 - 23 comments

The single most important musical instrument in the history of baseball

A few weeks ago the Chicago White Sox held a charity garage sale and auction, and among the items listed was "The single most important musical instrument in the history of baseball" [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Dec 31, 2015 - 14 comments

Sports Turkeys 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sports Illustrated presents their 2015 Turkeys of the Year slideshow.
posted by The Gooch on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 comments

"Let my people go"

1971: Fifth grader David Simon offers up a prayer: "Dear God, if you let Mike Epstein hit a home run right now, I will never, ever skip Hebrew school again." And lo, Mike "SuperJew" Epstein did indeed smack one deep into the upper deck. But less than a month later Simon was once again skipping Hebrew School.

It is now nearly half a century since a small boy asked his god to hang a Vida Blue pitch for his hero, and neither team with which he has allied himself has to this moment returned to a World Series. His foregone conclusion: "I gotta get right with God."
posted by zarq on Nov 20, 2015 - 29 comments

Jose Bautista discusses his infamous bat flip

Are you flippping kidding me? Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays pens an essay that begins "Let me take you inside my head for a second" and brings us through his thoughts in Game5 of the ALDS against Texas and his now (in)famous home run and bat flip. [more inside]
posted by biggreenplant on Nov 11, 2015 - 94 comments

SLNYTrollery

Today's NYT sports section trolls Cubs fans with a 1908-inspired front page. The cover. More, from Talking New Media.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 23, 2015 - 56 comments

Put it on the board....YES!

To put an exclamation point on the Chicago Cubs winning their first postseason series at Wrigley Field in the 100 year history of Wrigley Field, rookie Kyle Schwarber hit a dramatic 400+ foot shot over the new video scoreboard in right field... [more inside]
posted by eriko on Oct 15, 2015 - 171 comments

ONE BASEBALL PLAYER SLAPPED ANOTHER BASEBALL PLAYER ON THE BUTT

At the beginning of October, the Toronto Blue Jays at long last clinched the AL East division, ending a record 22-year drought [prev.]. Meanwhile, after a disastrous, injury-plagued 2014 season, the Texas Rangers rebounded from a late-summer nadir to improbably win the AL West title. The two teams collided in a best-of-five series -- Texas won two, then Toronto. It all came down to Wednesday night's showdown. Tied 2-2 after six, the 7th inning proceeded to unravel over the next 53 minutes in increasingly bizarre and dramatic fashion. To wit: A freak accident. A controversial call. Roars and brickbats from the crowd. The mayor tweets for calm. A comedy of errors. A violent slide. An epic home run, and an even more epic bat flip. Benches clear. Players ejected. Fans arrested. And the slap-ass heard 'round the world. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 15, 2015 - 109 comments

that this dowager ball park should be destroyed by a ball

It came up rain, a gray somber rain that put a frown on the careworn face of Pittsburgh. My window was streaked with erratic wet lines that made me think of a small child crying. Rain meant disappointment to thousands of fans—and a doubleheader to broadcast—and it meant that on that wet afternoon, I was face to face with the biggest enemy on the road… time
In September 1965, legendary broadcaster Vin Scully wrote guest column for the times.
posted by Sokka shot first on Oct 9, 2015 - 4 comments

Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time.

After a pair of baseball announcers roasted a group of selfie-taking women, members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Arizona State University, in the stands at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, SBNation fires back: Taking photos at sporting events isn't worthy of ridicule. It's simply how fans in the 21st century document moments of their lives.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Oct 2, 2015 - 203 comments

Are you brave?

At 57, Julio Franco can't quit playing baseball.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 1, 2015 - 8 comments

“It still feels like a dream,”

Toronto Blue Jays win first American League East division championship in 22 years with victory over Baltimore Orioles [National Post] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 1, 2015 - 69 comments

Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

Yogi Berra, master Yankee catcher with goofy wit, dies at 90. I guess it's over now.
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek on Sep 23, 2015 - 100 comments

This is our f*****g designated hitter

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox baseball player who (in)famously spoke for the city of Boston(NSFW) in the wake of the 2013 marathon bombing, just hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming just the 27th player to reach the mark.
posted by waitingtoderail on Sep 12, 2015 - 14 comments

"You don’t like it, play better."

"On the Road With the Unluckiest, Most Unloved Team in Professional Baseball." [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Sep 9, 2015 - 10 comments

There's no such thing as a pitching prospect

In 2010, a Metafilter post featured a 13 year-old girl who lit up Little League baseball with a killer knuckleball. In 2015, Chelsea Baker is still ringing up batters, and is catching the eye of major league scouts.
posted by chrchr on Aug 25, 2015 - 57 comments

Josh Donaldson hate-watched The Bachelor with you

The Toronto Blue Jays, owners of the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports, are finally in a bona fide pennant race for the first time since 1993. Despite scuffling through the first half of the baseball season, the Jays' season quickly turned around as a result of a crazy 48 hours prior to the Major League trade deadline that landed the Jays two of the best players in the game to accompany an already impressive line-up. Toronto is abuzz about the Jays for the first time in a generation, having sold nearly half a million tickets since the big trades. Toronto journalist and Jays fan Stacey May Fowles created a how-to guide for new members of the bandwagon. This Blue Jays squad is not your typical baseball team. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Aug 19, 2015 - 20 comments

The long and winding road

The Biloxi Shuckers are the AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Due to delays in building their stadium, they had to start the season with a bit of a road trip. A fifty-eight straight day road trip.
posted by Chrysostom on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 comments

Minor-League Baseball Player Finds a Better Way to Be Out

David Denson is a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers' Rookie League affiliate in Helena, Montana. He has a long way to go if he wants to play in Major League Baseball -- the Rookie League is the lowest rung of the professional baseball ladder, and most players will never play a game in the bigs. Denson started his pro career with the Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last year but was demoted to Helena following an anemic .195 start to the 2015 season. Denson attributes his poor showing to hiding a secret from his teammates -- he is gay, and no active MLB-affiliated player has ever come out of the closet. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 17, 2015 - 41 comments

Take Me Out to the Brain Game

Baseball, perhaps more than any sport, is always straddling that delicate line between old school and new.
posted by MoonOrb on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 comments

Cut. It. Out.

What happens when you combine the Giants and iconic San Francisco-based sitcom Full House? (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 14, 2015 - 8 comments

HEY HEY PITCH THAT BASE CATCH THAT BAT WHO CARES

Jon Bois uses the science of crowdsourcing to create the perfect game of baseball.
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 18, 2015 - 17 comments

[BONK.]

"Let me begin by saying that I believe this is the greatest and most important event ever captured on film. I saw it live, but I was alone, sadly, and had no one with whom to share it. For a while, I wasn’t even sure I had seen what I thought I had seen, and I couldn’t go back to double-check. This was in 2000 — before TiVo became a verb, kids. This document is essentially prehistoric. It might as well be printed on papyrus." Michael Schur, The Greatest Moment in the History of the Triple-A All-Star Game
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jul 15, 2015 - 40 comments

Baseball and Caviar

The Los Angeles Angels baseball team found themselves embroiled in controversy recently when Robert Alvarado, the team's Vice-President of Marketing and Ticket Sales, brushed aside concerns about decreased attendance at the ballpark this season by stating, "We may not be reaching as many of the people on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder, but those people, they may enjoy the game, but they pay less, and we’re not seeing the conversion on the per-caps,”. This statement by Alvarado prompted this OC Weekly blog headline: Anaheim Angels: We Don't Need Poor Fans, and We Don't Want Them. Alvarado resigned yesterday from the Angels organization.
posted by The Gooch on Jun 18, 2015 - 58 comments

Cardinals vs. Astros: Information Security Edition

Last summer, ten months worth of the Houston Astros' confidential notes on trades and acquisitions leaked onto the web. The FBI now thinks the St. Louis Cardinals were behind the breach. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 16, 2015 - 64 comments

Welcome to the Cup of Coffee Club. See ya.

"Of the 17,808 players (and counting) who’ve run up the dugout steps and onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers." These are some of their stories.
posted by artsandsci on May 21, 2015 - 8 comments

But if you’re not a fan, this probably seems absurd.

Battering the Batter
For too long, MLB has tolerated the 'tradition' of pitchers intentionally hitting the other team's players. That needs to change.
posted by andoatnp on May 6, 2015 - 83 comments

Today's Orioles and White Sox Game Will Be Played in an Empty Stadium

Today's Orioles and White Sox game at Camden Yards in Baltimore will be the first game in MLB history played in an empty stadium. However, the phenomenon is more common in football (soccer) because of reasons ranging from punishment for racist fans to fears of contagious diseases. The crew at 538.com suggest that the Orioles might lose the home-field advantage from umpiring calls that teams playing in front of a friendly crowd typically enjoy. If you want to view the surreal scene yourself, the game is MLB.com's free game of the day.
posted by Fister Roboto on Apr 29, 2015 - 187 comments

WTF is a Met?

Chris Rock on HBO's Real Sports explaining why Black People Do Not Watch Baseball, and Why It Matters
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 22, 2015 - 27 comments

"I was doing fine until they started bunting."

Philadelphia — 1912. In a matter of hours, college student Allan Travers, 20, went from having never pitched a game in his life to starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. [more inside]
posted by starman on Apr 20, 2015 - 29 comments

Mr. Bradley Is Very Intimidating

In the spring of 2003, Milton Bradley, a switch-hitting outfielder for the Indians, met his future wife, Monique Williams, a community relations intern with the team. He was about to turn 25. She was 22. Over the next decade—while the erratic, belligerent Bradley was given a pass by many MLB teams, media members and the sports culture at large—he and Williams would be locked in a cycle of emotional and physical abuse, separation and reconciliation, police intervention and court conflict. The Ray Rice elevator video, shocking as it was, captured only one moment. But a trove of public records shows the tragic extent of the Bradleys' violent relationship. This Is What Domestic Abuse Looks Like from Sports Illustrated [Trigger Warning; Graphic text and photos].
posted by chavenet on Apr 9, 2015 - 29 comments

All the presidents’ delightfully awkward first pitches

Photographs of America’s most powerful men throwing the ceremonial first pitch gives some indication of why they got into politics. via NPR's Tumblr
posted by sacrifix on Apr 6, 2015 - 47 comments

The Green Fields of the Mind

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone... (full audio on YT) (transcript)
With Major League Baseball season starting its season this Sunday, now is a good time to revisit Bart Giamatti's lyrical ode to the game, "The Green Fields of the Mind." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 2, 2015 - 31 comments

Just in time for the baseball season...

Baseball behind barbed wire The year was 1944. A playoff series between two all-star baseball teams generated ample excitement. Gila River fought Heart Mountain in thirteen games to win the series. The players described it as exhilarating. But the players taking part in this all-American pastime did so in dire circumstances. Gila River and Heart Mountain were both Japanese incarceration camps (previously known as internment camps), and these athletes were among the tens of thousands of Japanese Americans imprisoned there.
posted by dfm500 on Mar 21, 2015 - 6 comments

Traded to Chicago Cubs for a washing machine.

Not everyone was delighted when Will Ferrell played 10 positions for 10 different teams (all field positions and base coach) in five games in one day last week in the Cactus League--in order to raise awareness and money for Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer for College--but honestly, most people were. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 comments

Butt Bat Girl

When Manga, public art and slapstick comedy collide [more inside]
posted by Megami on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 comments

Hey Dad, I can't see real good- is that Bill Shakespeare over there?

This is where Norris has chosen to live while he tries to win a job in the Blue Jays' rotation: a broken down van parked under the blue fluorescent lights of a Wal-Mart in the Florida suburbs.
posted by stinkfoot on Mar 5, 2015 - 31 comments

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