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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Giancarlo Stanton just signed the largest contract in the history of sports. Let’s break down the numbers so we can all feel worse about ourselves. The overall contract is 13 years for……wait for it……$325 million. Let’s break that down further.
$325,000,000/13 seasons = $25 million per season
Let’s assume he plays all 162 games for 13 straight years (he won’t).
$325,000,000/2106 games played = $154,320 per game played
Now, let’s assume he has 4 AB’s per game (again, he won’t).
$325,000,000/8424 AB’s = $38,580 every time he steps to the plate
And how about HR’s?
$325,000,000/455 HR’s (35/year) = $714,285 per HR hit (it’s an estimate, but still…)
Now a live look in to us at our desks writing this…
Monday, October 27th, 2014
There seems to be a trend occurring on the corner of Ontario and Carnegie streets in Cleveland– the continued downward spiral of the attendance at Progressive Field for Indians games. The rock and roll capital of the world certainly isn’t rockin’ or rollin’ in attendance when it comes to their baseball team. The games look more like a scene straight out of the movie Major League than they do an actual Major League Baseball game.
Typically, when a team struggles in attendance, it’s a result of the product on the field. However, product on the field isn’t the issue in Cleveland. Sure, they didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they have put together back to back respectable seasons with even a Cy Young contender in Cory Kluber. So then, why aren’t fans showing up?
In the 2014 season, the Indians were 29th in the league in attendance, averaging 18,640 fans per game at home. That is an abysmal 42.4% of occupancy within the confines of Progressive field – that means more than half of their stadium isn’t full each game, representing the worst attendance in the league.
This year, the Indians announced plans to renovate Progressive Field to keep it up to date with the changing times. Part of their planned renovation is to take out over 5,000 seats, reducing capacity from 43,000 to 38,000 – probably a smart move by the front office. Each year, people assume the attendance will rise back to a respectable amount, but it doesn’t. What do you think is going on with the Cleveland Indians?
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
For Kansas City Royals fans, it’s been years since their last post season birth – 29 years to be exact. That’s right, 29 years of never seeing October baseball. That is the longest postseason drought in all of Major League Baseball; right behind the Royals are the Blue Jays with 20 years of not seeing the postseason, followed by the Mariners who are stuck at 12 years.
The Royals did win the World Series in 1985, a feat some franchises haven’t accomplished in years or even ever. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 105 years, the Indians in 65 years. Some notable teams that haven’t ever won a World Series title include the Rangers, Astros, Brewers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Rockies.
Though the Royals haven’t seen the postseason for 29 years until now, at least they’ve hoisted the most coveted trophy in all of baseball.
Friday, June 20th, 2014
As most of you probably already know, this MLB season marks the first year of the new instant replay system. Previously, the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, which would occur at the stadium and that crew would render a decision on the call. Only boundary home run calls were eligible for review.
The current system, however, allots each manager one challenge per game, and a second (and final) challenge if the first results in an overturned call. If neither team has any challenges remaining, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate an instant replay review from the seventh inning on. If the play in question is a boundary home run call, the umpire crew chief may initiate a review at any time. All instant replay reviews are examined by an umpire at the Replay Command Center in New York City who may uphold or overturn the initial call.
The use of instant replay in MLB has been up for a lot of debate. Proponents of the use of instant replay feel that it improves the accuracy of play calling and adds a new layer of strategy to the game. A team is allowed only one challenge per game that they are forced to use judiciously. If correct, they get a second challenge but that’s it. Critics of instant replay feel that it takes away from the human element of the game and that errors are a part of the game. They also feel instant replays take away from umpires’ role and slow the game down.
What do you think about the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball?
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
It’s no secret that the Red Sox have won a couple World Series titles in recent years, however, none of those have been clinched within the walls of Fenway Park. In fact, last night was the first time since 1918 that Boston clinched a World Series in front of their home fans. Some fans waited 95 years to witness a World Series win at home, though most of them haven’t even been alive that long.
The last time Boston clinched a World Series at home gas was just 30 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread just cost 12 cents and World War I was fresh on the minds of every American. The last Red Sox team to celebrate a home World Series win had Babe Ruth on the roster. Even more notably, the Red Sox traded away Babe Ruth following their 1918 win, leading to the curse of the Bambino, which ended in 2004. Needless to say, Fenway Park waited for what seemed like an eternity for a World Series clincher at home. That wait came to an end last night as Boston fans witnessed a final out, which gave the Red Sox a long awaited home World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
By: Jordan Mills
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
It didn’t take long for the Reds to find a new manager after letting Dusty Baker go following another disappointing playoff run. The Reds front office looked within their organization and hired pitching coach Bryan Price. Price was the pitching coach for four seasons with the Reds and will replace Dusty Baker who was relieved of his managerial duties Oct. 3.
Before Price joined the Reds organization, he spent 10 seasons with the Mariners and D-backs as their pitching coach, this will be his first managerial position. Under Price, the Reds pitching staff had the fourth best ERA in the Majors and led the National League in strikeouts. The Reds and Price agreed to a 3 year contract.
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By: Jordan Mills
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Jimmy Leyland has decided to step down as the Detroit Tigers manager after eight seasons at the helm. Leyland led the Tigers to two American League pennants with an overall record of 700-597 giving him a .540 winning percentage. Leyland was known for his no-nonsense approach to managing.
Leyland previously managed the Pirates, Marlins and Rockies and has managed nearly 3,500 games with an overall record of 1,757-1,711. In 1997 he led the Marlins to a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians in seven games. He is one of a few managers to have won pennants for an American League and a National League team.
Leyland made it clear in a Tiger’s press conference that he will not be retiring, but he will be working with the Tiger’s organization in a different role. This season was his 50th season managing in baseball.
- Jordan Mills
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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On Wednesday night, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became only the 15th player in Major League history to capture the sport’s Triple Crown. Cabrera finished the regular season leading the American League in Batting Average (.330), Home Runs (44) and RBIs (139) to deliver the sport its first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and the first ever achieved by a Latin-born player. The last Triple Crown was won in 1967 by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski.
Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers now set their sights on loftier goals in the MLB Playoffs. Having won the AL Central Division, the Tigers will now match up with the young, upstart Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series. The two teams begin a 5 game series in Detroit on Saturday October 6th with a 6:07 first pitch.
Miguel Cabrera reached the pinnacle of the sport swinging a custom Phoenix Wood Baseball Bat. Check out all Phoenix baseball bats at Baseball Rampage.
Monday, August 6th, 2012
Sign this petition if you want to see baseball and softball added to the 2020 Olympics. Correct the travesty that allows Ping Pong and Badminton to participate as Olympics sports but prevents one of the worlds most popular games from playing.
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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Wilson is proud to introduce its 2012 Limited Edition Gloves. This year’s line-up includes gloves from 2012 Hall of Fame-inductee Barry Larkin, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels and Cat Osterman of the USSSA Pride. Accompanied with each glove is a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by the player and Wilson glove Master Craftsman - Shigeaki Aso. Only 500 gloves were produced for each model.
For every Limited Edition Glove sold, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of each player’s choice. Sales of Barry Larkin’s glove will benefit Baseball Assistance Team, Brandon Phillips’ glove will benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta, C.J. Wilson’s glove will benefit C.J. Wilson’s Children’s Charity and Cat Osterman’s glove will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The 2012 Limited Edition line includes a variety of Wilson’s best Game Model gloves. Barry Larkin’s throwback glove from the early 1990s reminds players what Wilson A2000s looked like two decades ago while CJ Wilson’s Anaheim Angels red A2000 highlights today’s custom A2000s. Brandon Phillips’ silver/red/black custom A2K, which he named “Casper”, is the quintessential custom glove for elite players. Cat Osterman’s glove is a white fastpitch model and features the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s HOPE ribbon.
Wilson A2000 Barry Larkin Throwback 11.5″ Baseball Glove
Wilson A2000 CJ Wilson 12″ Game Model Baseball Glove
Wilson A2K Brandon Phillips 11.5″ 2011 Game Model Baseball Glove
Wilson A2000 Cat Osterman Hope 12″ Fastpitch Glove
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