Ben’s Baseball Alphabet: Jesse James

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On April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse, Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the U.S. Civil War. Even though the war was over many Confederate soldiers wanted to continue fighting. But they didn’t do it on battlefields against an army, instead, they chose to rob banks, […] READ MORE


Billy McLean: MLB’s First Professional Umpire

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The word umpire was initially used in legal matters. The original umpire was someone who had the authority to settle disputes between two parties. Think judge not “yer out!” Then in the 17th century, it was used for the first time in a gaming sense, but not in association with baseball. In this case, it […] READ MORE


The Arizona Fall League Begins Wednesday

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The Arizona Fall League Begins What do the current MLB players including Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Cody Bellinger, and Brandon Crawford—just to name a few—have in common? They all played in the Arizona Fall League at one time or another and the season starts this Wednesday. What […] READ MORE


Major League Baseball in Review: April Ejections

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April Ejections The first month of the season is behind us. The major leagues saw 21 April ejections. That is four more ejections in the first month of the 2016 season. Managers accounted for fourteen April ejections, while players were tossed nine times. April 5: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals In the top of the seventh inning, Marlins third baseman Derek […] READ MORE