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Words of love and baseball

For Jack, Harry, Ronnie, and Ernie With the Chicago Cubs in the World Series for the first time in 71 years, generations of fans are leaving words of remembrance on the walls of Wrigley Field.
posted by zooropa on Nov 1, 2016 - 69 comments

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Cubs-Indians World Series shows what fans long have known: Life is suffering
Whichever team wins, that city will have its parade. But the fans of the losers will, in the way of their breed, find a different kind of victory. Much as they would have preferred to be drunk on joy, they’ll share their frustration, rewind memories of their fine season, commiserate, support each other and, in yet another season without a title, show much of what is most resilient, most loyal and most generous in themselves. And they’ll show it to each other.
[more inside] posted by ZeusHumms on Oct 25, 2016 - 99 comments

The Cleveland Team

Order of Canada recipient and renowned architect Douglas Cardinal is seeking to bar the Cleveland Indians' name and logo from use in Ontario as they enter playoffs against the Blue Jays.
posted by Shepherd on Oct 17, 2016 - 122 comments

"The bat flip...is a tiny gesture with outsized meaning"

Baseball's finest bat-flips are performed in South Korea. An in-depth article with animated illustrations. Flipping one's bat after hitting is taboo in MLB but celebrated by Korean fans and players. Each player has his own distinctive style. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 6, 2016 - 33 comments

Two Oreos and a glass of milk going to bed

Phil Coyne is an usher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He first started working that job in the 1936 season.
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 5, 2016 - 13 comments

Quit Baseball In 2001, Get Paid Until 2035

Tomorrow night, the Mets face off against the Giants in Major League Baseball's NL Wild Card Game. $1.19 million of the $135 million Mets payroll will be watching from afar. This is not because the player is injured or didn't make the roster. It's because he's 53 years old and hasn't played baseball in 15 years. The Mets will continue to pay Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million each year until 2035, thanks to one of the strangest contracts in sports history. (538Video). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 4, 2016 - 25 comments

Vin Scully's Last Call

In about two hours, baseball broadcasting legend Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully will call his final game, as the San Francisco Giants host Vin's Los Angeles Dodgers in an attempt to clinch a shot at the National League championship. Depending on where you are, the game will be free to watch online. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Oct 2, 2016 - 30 comments

like The Rock in Fast & Furious 7, only with much more crying

"Summer is the time for sunshine, sudsy brews and sandwiches of the hot dog variety. And of course, that classic game. The sport of kings. Baseball. What better way to celebrate America’s pastime than that classic sportswriter trope of visiting all 30 MLB parks in 30 days. Crossing the country, seeing the sights and catching a ballgame or two along the way. My trusty editor set up an itinerary and sent me on my way. What wonders will I encounter and valuable lessons will I learn along the way? Let’s find out as I embark on this adventure into America’s pastime!" -- A tribute to the great parks by the inimitable Ethan Booker
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 28, 2016 - 7 comments

Battery is a really, really bad sport anime.

This is not bait. This is not subtle. This is there to be recognized by people who know what they're looking for. A deliberate hand put this together, and it's all part of the much bigger overall theme. Battery is about self-discovery and societal oppression by way of growing up gay in Japan.
Redditor TheHaruWhoCanRead shows why the recently concluded baseball anime Battery might be more than meets the eye. Note: spoilers. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 28, 2016 - 3 comments

“The game only had a small taste of what Fernández could do.”

MLB Miami Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Killed in Boating Accident at Age of 24 [The Guardian] “Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of one of baseball’s best young players, the Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández [wiki], who was killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday. Divers from the Miami-Dade fire rescue department recovered the bodies of Fernández, 24, and two friends from the water after the crew of a coastguard patrol boat spotted their upturned vessel at about 3.15am, it was announced at a Sunday morning press conference.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 25, 2016 - 50 comments

"I know where I’m sleeping tonight. I’m sleeping at a Marriott."

Sportswriters Love Marriotts More Than You Love Anything
posted by gladly on Sep 24, 2016 - 43 comments

What is it like to see at bat?

“I see spin. I don’t see color. I don’t see red,” he said before a game with the Blue Jays. He thought for a second, though. “Maybe I do and I don’t think I do.” What can hitters actually see out of a pitcher's hand?
posted by painquale on Sep 16, 2016 - 21 comments

Chilundu Leopards

The Story of Baseball In Zambia. Courtesy Now I Know.
posted by appleses on Aug 19, 2016 - 5 comments

"It's time to witness my POWER!!!"

Anime Baseball [SLYT]
posted by metaquarry on Aug 10, 2016 - 7 comments

A League of Colón

One man's journey to discover what the MLB would be like if every single player on every single team was Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón.
posted by burgerrr on Jul 19, 2016 - 16 comments

Milk's in bag, bag's in jug

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ recently caused a small kerfuffle on Canadian Twitter when, during an interview, he said, "You guys sell milk in bags and I don’t really get why, or what you do then with the bags." This isn't the only time bagged milk has been a source of confusion and controversy - the dairy producer Saputo recently apologized to customers for reducing the amount of milk sold in their bags. So what's the deal with milk bags anyway? [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 18, 2016 - 145 comments

Little kid watches long baseball game

Young Bucs fan in it to win it (SLMLB)
posted by clorox on Jul 18, 2016 - 22 comments

"He sent me Christmas cards up until I went to college."

Johnny Bench, the Chicken and an oral history of The Baseball Bunch [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Jul 1, 2016 - 4 comments

The Paintings of Ben Sakoguchi

In a series of colorful, captivating, and often provocative paintings, Los Angeles artist Ben Sakoguchi (b. 1938) examines how baseball, long referred to as America’s national pastime, reflects both the highs and lows of American culture. The son of a grocer and avid baseball fan, Sakoguchi juxtaposes the iconic imagery of vintage orange crate labels from the 1920s to the 1950s with whimsical, eccentric, and sometimes scathing portrayals of America’s beloved sport. [more inside]
posted by dfm500 on Jun 30, 2016 - 8 comments

Bill's Port Smaps

Hand-drawn maps of Negro League teams, defunct NFL teams, the first NHL league, Ukrainian FCs. More maps, hand-drawn and not.
posted by Krom Tatman on Jun 22, 2016 - 3 comments

It's a beautiful day for a horror movie... Let's play two!

Back in 2013, we saw Sadako from The Ring throw out the first pitch at a baseball game in Japan. Then earlier this year, we saw the trailer for the upcoming The Ring/The Grudge crossover movie, Sadako vs. Kayako. You can see where this is going: Sadako throws out first pitch against Kayako at Japanese baseball game. (Via.)
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 7, 2016 - 19 comments

Gracias, Señor Clemente

Roberto Clemente was a fierce critic of both baseball and American society. "He was as likely to ruminate about civil rights as about the curveballs of Sandy Koufax or Juan Marichal." (May 31st, 2016, was Roberto Clemente Day)
posted by jillithd on Jun 1, 2016 - 11 comments

#BamForHam

The New York Times reports on the one Hamilton performance people might not be aware of - on the softball field as part of the Broadway Show League. (SLNYT)
posted by NoxAeternum on May 27, 2016 - 8 comments

Article 3: All Players in a team’s line-up shall be visually impaired.

In Beep Baseball (length 4:48), there are two bases, the pitcher is with the hitting team, batters are allowed 4 strikes, and the ball beeps. Oh, and all of the hitters are visually impaired. [more inside]
posted by nicodine on May 26, 2016 - 2 comments

Mr. Barne's Steel Shod Players Beat a Nine of Amateurs

The Lost Sport of Ice Baseball that Originated in Brooklyn: First played in 1861. "The rules to ice baseball were essentially the same as for regular baseball but with certain concessions:" [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on May 12, 2016 - 4 comments

Apparently we're putting pierogies on sandwiches now

Planning a trip to a minor league baseball stadium? Looking to gawk at the delightful excesses of ballpark food? Just want to support your hometown team in a meaningless Internet poll? Whatever the reason, check out MiLB Food Fight and vote for Minor League Baseball's tastiest, or at least most bizarre, food. If you'd rather not vote, you can always just check out the leaderboard.
posted by Bulgaroktonos on May 11, 2016 - 44 comments

Here’s What Happened When We Tried To Play Moneyball Without Any Money

In the summer of 2015, FiveThirtyEight's Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, the editor in chief of Baseball Prospectus, took over the baseball operations department of an independent-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, putting their sabermetric beliefs to the test with actual professional players. As spring training approached, they compensated for their lack of connections, tight budget and even tighter time frame by using statistics to scour the country for overlooked talent. "If the [Moneyball] A’s were 'a collection of misfit toys,' as Michael Lewis wrote, then we’ll be building a team out of toys that got recalled because they were choke hazards." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 9, 2016 - 24 comments

We must bear witness

They said it couldn't be done. But on May 7, 2016, the dreams of middle-aged fat guys throughout the Americas were fulfilled. Bartolo Colón has hit a home run (SL MLB Video), his first in 19 years of Major League Baseball.
posted by dirigibleman on May 8, 2016 - 69 comments

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

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