Gone Batty: The History of the Baseball Bat

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Picture this: You are walking up to home plate. You glance at the mound and spot the hulking figure of Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals glaring at you as you make your way to the batter’s box. The crowd is hushed with expectant anticipation as you dig your back foot into the dirt. […] READ MORE


Bobblehead Mania

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The human head is attached to the spinal column via the first cervical vertebra. It is connected to the body by way of the neck, which is made up of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. The bobblehead head is attached to the body with a spring. The spring makes it so that with the lightest […] READ MORE


What’s In A Count

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With all of this talk about swinging away on a 3-0 count, it seems like a good idea to go over the twelve different possible counts in baseball so as to avoid upsetting Tony La Russa. While La Russa is not the only one who is upset about Yermin Mercedes hitting a home run on […] READ MORE


Sandlot Revolution

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The revolution will not be televised, except for, well, maybe on YouTube or Twitch. But either way, there is a revolution happening–call it a Sandlot Revolution. People are getting out of their houses and taking the game of baseball back. Dusty, overgrown fields are returning to their native form: the baseball field. Suited-up, stuffed shirts […] READ MORE


Buster Posey: The Long Goodbye

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San Francisco is one of the greatest cities on earth. This hill city sits on the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula. It sparkles beautifully in the sunlight on long summer days. Days that are perfectly crafted to watch a ballgame, eat a dog,¬† and possibly drip some mustard on the old scorebook. But […] READ MORE


The Pine Tar Incident: Sticky World of Pine Tar

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We’ve all seen the video of an irate George Brett of the Kansas City Royals charging out of the dugout and confronting umpire Tim McClelland (and if you haven’t it’s worth a YouTube search). Brett had just hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees. Yankees manager, the […] READ MORE


Independent Baseball Leagues

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What does it mean to be independent? The simple answer found in the dictionary is not dependent. Read down a little further and Merriam-Webster states that it means to not be affiliated with a larger controlling unit.¬†Simple and easy to understand. Independent Baseball Leagues Become Outlawed So what does independent mean to professional baseball? Well, […] READ MORE


Baseball Cards: Past, Present, and Future

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Baseball season is finally here. And what better way to celebrate than by purchasing some 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ rectangles of card stock with your favorite players on them. On the back of the card stock will be numbers representing their failures and successes in the game. There will also be a number, probably […] READ MORE


Masanori Murakami: First Japanese Player in Major League Baseball

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Masanori Murakami: MLB’s First Japanese Player Japanese Baseball: A Very Short Primer Isolation Japan is an island country located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. For over two hundred years until 1853, Japan lived in near isolation from the rest of the world. Then came along American Commodore Matthew Perry. Perry decided to visit Japan with […] READ MORE


The Corked Bat: To Cork Or Not To Cork

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The Corked Bat: To Cork Or Not To Cork How To Step 1 This is how you do it: Purchase a drill and a wooden bat. Use the 1/2 inch drill bit to bore out a six-inch deep hole. Fill the hole with crushed cork, sawdust, bouncy balls, or any other material that fits this […] READ MORE