rss

Category: MLB

0

Unfriendly confines: the unsung history of America’s low-key hooliganism

Don’t let all of the mascots, cheerleaders, Kiss Cams and marriage proposals give you the wrong idea: US sports stadiums are often as dangerous as European onesLoud, violent, armed. If you polled the world on what Americans are like, all three of those…

0

Cubs reach third straight NLCS after rallying past Nationals in 9-8 thriller

Defending World Series champs outlast Nationals in Game 5 to win NLDS Cubs advance to third straight NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers awaitNats led 4-1 with Max Scherzer on mound but couldn’t hold on for victoryThe Chicago Cubs win whenever they need…

0

Aaron Judge catches fans’ hearts in an MLB season for the ages | Matthew Engel

From pre-season fringe player to MLB star, the rookie has taken the US by storm this summer in the Yankees’ march to unlikely post-season successOn Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians hit a baseball towards the rig…

0

MLB playoffs: Yankees come back from 2-0 series deficit to beat Indians

  • New York will play Houston Astros for place in World Series
  • Didi Gregorius’s home runs help team to 3-2 series victory

Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete their comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions.

These Yankees staved off elimination for the fourth time in this postseason and advanced to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Continue reading…

0

Houston Astros move through to ALCS with 5-4 win over Boston Red Sox

  • Red Sox’ season ends with 5-4 defeat to Astros at Fenway Park
  • Houston will open ALCS on Friday against Yankees or Indians

Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.

Houston will open the ALCS on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home against the New York Yankees. The Indians held a 2-1 edge over the Yankees going into Game 4 of the AL Division Series on Monday night.

Continue reading…

0

Aaron Judge homers in playoff debut as New York Yankees book place in ALDS

  • Yankees advance to ALDS with 8-4 victory over Twins in wild-card playoff
  • Gregorius’ three-run homer tied game after Minnesota ran out to early lead
  • New York travel to Cleveland for Game 1 of AL division series on Thursday

Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York from a rugged start and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason win in five years.

Gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino in the first inning, a pumped-up Judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his postseason debut and the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.

Continue reading…

0

Yankees’ Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record

  • Judge hits 49th and 50th home runs to break McGwire’s rookie mark
  • Yankee slugger has 13 homers in September after midseason slump
  • McGwire hit 49 for Oakland in 1987, breaking previous record of 38

Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s major-league record for home runs by a rookie, hitting a pair for the second straight day to raise his total to 50 and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 11-3 Monday.

The 6ft 7in, 25-year-old slugger tied the mark with a two-run drive to right-center off Jakob Junis (8-3) in the third inning that put New York ahead 3-0. His solo shot over the visitors’ bullpen in left against Trevor Cahill in the seventh made it 7-3 and earned him a rare curtain call.

Continue reading…

0

Unstoppable Cleveland Indians set baseball record with 21st straight win

Cleveland break American League mark for consecutive victoriesAll-time major league streak of 26 was set by 1916 New York GiantsThe Cleveland Indians won their 21st straight game on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set a AL winning-streak rec…

0

A referee’s-eye view of Real Madrid, baseball cat and slo-mo overtaking

This week’s roundup also features it all kicking off in pre-season NFL training, some blinding catches and a golfer taking one for the team

1) It might look like one of those adverts where a member of the public is chucked into a professional game for some reason, but the results of mounting a camera on the ref’s head for the game between MLS All-Stars and Real Madrid are all kinds of excellent. Warning though: not for the easily sea sick. It’s David Elleray vs Tony Adams for the 21st century.

2) It’s NFL pre-season training, where the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers have been practising against each other and, well, it all kicked off.

Continue reading…

0

MLB’s nickname gimmick won’t solve baseball’s mounting age issues

Baseball players will get to wear nicknames on their jerseys for one weekend in a play for the youth market, but the sport’s demographic issues run deeper

Baseball has a problem. Apparently it is no longer interesting to young people. More specifically, it appeals more to those beyond a serviceable demographic deemed exciting to advertisers. According to data complied by three media organizations the average age of those who watch baseball games is 57 and that number is rapidly moving into early-bird buffet territory. The same study showed only 7% of those watching baseball are under 18.

This is undoubtedly why Major League Baseball soon will dress their teams for three games in jerseys that look like soccer tops with each player’s nickname on the back. In a reach to come off as young, baseball has gone the route of Brazilian football or every color-coordinated Sunday softball team with a portable beer cooler. It may also lead to some awkward pairings on the field say with Yankees third baseman Todd ‘Toddfather’ Frazier and teammate Aaron ‘All Rise’ Judge.

Continue reading…

0

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard roasted alive in Game of Thrones cameo

When it comes to cameos, Game of Thrones may be typecasting. Last month pop star Ed Sheeran played a musician. On Sunday, New York Mets pitcher pretty much played … a pitcher.

The baseball star was seen hurling a spear as part of the Lannister army, taking down a horse before being roasted alive by a dragon. Despite his grisly end, Syndergaard was a good call-up by Cersei’s forces: he stands 6ft 6in and his fastball regularly tops 100mph.

Continue reading…

0

Aaron Judge: how the Yankees slugger could become baseball’s richest player

The outfielder combines huge power with modesty and charisma. He could stand to make hundreds of millions if he continues to dominate pitchers

Prior to the night of 10 July, Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ 6ft 7in, 282lbs rookie right fielder, had already hammered out a reputation as a prodigious young slugger, having blasted 32 home runs, at an average of 416 feet, in the Yankees’ first 89 games.

But then came the annual Home Run Derby in Miami, which Judge won by bashing 47 dingers. Those 47 home runs covered a distance of four miles – and caused yet another sizable aftershock in the already impressive, and still growing, Aaron Judge marketing earthquake.

Continue reading…

0

Is Miami the worst place to celebrate the MLB All-Star game?

The Miami Marlins owner is an ode to everything that’s distasteful about US sports. He is the least palatable host for baseball’s showcase

For most owners in Major League Baseball, hosting the All-Star festivities this week would be a source of immense pride and a chance to show off their organization and city to a watching nation.

But for the Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, the mid-season showcase of baseball’s best talent is little more than a lucrative open house as he looks to secure a billion dollar profit on his $158.2m purchase of the team in 2002. Many in the city will see any sale as a merciful ending to his tenure in Miami.

Continue reading…

0

Will MLB’s novelty Hyde Park pitch help get baseball up and running in Europe? | Nick Miller

MLB Battlegrounds is the first move towards bringing regular season games to Europe by 2019 but selling the sport is a trickier challenge than NFL and NBA

If you were at Hyde Park in London over the weekend, you could have gone to see Phil Collins or Justin Bieber. On Thursday, the Kings of Leon are on. But on Tuesday, 4 July, you’ll instead find the first truly committed steps towards introducing baseball to the UK.

A two-year runup to regular season competitive games being played on this side of the Atlantic has already begun, but the first major event in that cycle will take place from the Hyde Park stage. At ‘MLB Battlegrounds’, England cricketers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, along with retired Major League Baseball players Carlos Pena, Shawn Green and Cliff Floyd, will take part in a ‘home run derby’: for the uninitiated, this means they’ll try to hit the ball as far as possible, as often as possible, against the clock.

Continue reading…

0

Will MLB’s novelty Hyde Park pitch help get baseball up and running in Europe? | Nick Miller

MLB Battlegrounds is the first move towards bringing regular season games to Europe by 2019 but selling the sport is a trickier challenge than NFL and NBA

If you were at Hyde Park in London over the weekend, you could have gone to see Phil Collins or Justin Bieber. On Thursday, the Kings of Leon are on. But on Tuesday, 4 July, you’ll instead find the first truly committed steps towards introducing baseball to the UK.

A two-year runup to regular season competitive games being played on this side of the Atlantic has already begun, but the first major event in that cycle will take place from the Hyde Park stage. At ‘MLB Battlegrounds’, England cricketers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, along with retired Major League Baseball players Carlos Pena, Shawn Green and Cliff Floyd, will take part in a ‘home run derby’: for the uninitiated, this means they’ll try to hit the ball as far as possible, as often as possible, against the clock.

Continue reading…

0

Mets promote Tim Tebow to Advanced A due to ‘chase rates and exit velocity’

  • Former NFL star has underwhelming average so far in baseball career
  • Twenty-nine-year-old will now play for St Lucie Mets

These are testing times for the New York Mets, with the team well off the pace in the National League East, star players injured and veteran players unsettled. And now Tim Tebow is creeping his way towards the major leagues.

The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL star is still a long way from an MLB appearance but he has been promoted from the Low A Columbia Fireflies to the Advanced A St Lucie Mets. It is unlikely that Tebow’s move is due to his stunning play: the 29-year-old rookie batted .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs for the Fireflies, stats that the Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, admitted are underwhelming.

Continue reading…

0

New York Mets apologize after mascot Mr Met gives fans the finger

  • Incident came after team’s loss to Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday
  • Club employee fired and will no longer wear mascot costume
  • Mrs Met yet to comment on husband’s faux pas at Citi Field

The New York Mets’ season hasn’t lived up to its promise with pitching struggles derailing a team tipped to compete for a place in the playoffs, and the pressure seems to have become too much for their mascot, Mr Met.

On Wednesday night, as Mr Met made his way down the tunnel after his team’s 7-1 loss the Milwaukee Brewers, he gave fans the finger. Although technically it wasn’t the middle finger as he only has three fingers and a thumb. The team said the person wearing the costume will no longer work for the Mets.

Continue reading…

0

Real Madrid’s best bits, the season’s worst dive, and an Indy 500 escape | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Ernesto Valverde, a hopeful attempt at a diving catch and Belgium’s Impossible Hill Climb

1) So to Cardiff for the Champions League final. Juventus have won four of their last five knockout games with Real – with the notable exception of the 1998 final, settled by one Predrag Mijatovic. Juve have lost the big one a record six times – with heartache spectacularly served by Dortmund’s Lars Ricken one year earlier. That denied the Italian side a double triumph after victory over Ajax in 1996 – a milestone Real could reach in Cardiff. Real have won 11 European Cups already – 70 years of that dominance is condensed into 150 seconds here, and there’s more from their 4-3 win in the first ever European Cup final, 1956, here. Or, if you’d prefer to watch them lose, here’s the last time they did so in a European Cup final. Take a bow, Alan Kennedy.

Continue reading…

0

Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

Continue reading…

0

Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

Continue reading…