Dodgers Yasiel Puig or Angels Mike Trout: who ya got?


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Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm last summer. In a sport that lacks a true “poster child,” Puig might just develop into that iconic figure. And Puig could become that definitive superstar sooner rather than later. Or it could be the Angels Mike Trout. Chances are it will be somebody from the City of sAngels.

Last year Puig made a 280 foot throw (distance according to MLB Network) that was just insanely perfect from deep in right field of Nationals Park.

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Baltimore Orioles get on board with World Environment Day


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It may be way too late to save Baltimore from being under water someday, but the Baltimore Orioles are trying to do their part to minimize the catastrophic effects that climate change will have on future generations. Even if we, as an entire globe, were able to somehow restore carbon emissions to the the pre-industrial revolution levels of the year 1700, it’s still too late.

In the decades ahead, the polar ice caps will melt, sea levels will rise and coastal cities like Baltimore will flood. But World Environment Day (WED) is June 5, and their are still some things we can do.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart goes on tirade against Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia


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Ryne Sandberg hasn’t been Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies very long, but he already finds himself at the heart of national media controversy. Sort of. Daily Show host Jon Stewart lit into him last night on his Comedy Central talk show, then segueing into an all out assault on the city of Philadelphia.

The late night talk show host and comedian really goes off on Philly fare, the Phillies mascot, and Philly culture in response to the claims Ryne Sandberg made that the Shake Shack restaurant at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, made him extremely sick.

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Four of the funniest baseball cheating scandals


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Michael Pineda’s pine tar-smeared neck transports us to a time when baseball cheating was simpler; a time before steroids, congressional committees and televised testimony about injecting HGH into Roger Clemens’s behind. Pineda’s beautiful incompetence reveals how much we long for the stress-free cheats of old.

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Tips to Buying a Batting Cage for Softball or Baseball


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If you want to buy a batting cage, it is very important that you know what you are looking for and what you are getting. Batting cages aren’t cheap and you should invest in something that will actually last you for many years. Let’s take a look at some tips to keep in mind before you buy a batting cage.

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“Don Draper,” Jon Hamm doing Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Tonight


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The Dapper Don Draper is coming to ESPN ‘s Baseball Tonight on Sunday. Well, not the actual character, but actor Jon Hamm. The baseball fan and star of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Jon Hamm will serve as guest analyst on Baseball Tonight alongside host Karl Ravech and Barry Larkin.

Of course, you asked what is Jon Hamm plugging? Why else would he do this? Well, there’s your answer. Jon Hamm is obviously most well known as the “all women want him, all men want to be him” protagonist of “Mad Men,” but he’s done some other good stuff too.

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VIDEO: Story of former Padres #1 pick Matt Bush, now an inmate


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Matt Bush a former No. 1 pick in the MLB draft is currently in prison for alcohol-related charges. He’s widely considered to be one of the biggest busts in Major League Baseball history. He was drafted by his home team San Diego Padres as a teenage phenom in Mission Bay, California. Deemed the next big thing, and given a $3 million contract, he was cited for underage drinking just two weeks after signing his deal.

The alcoholism created numerous legal problems for Matt Bush, and his play on the field suffered too. He blew through all his money, despite being given numerous chances. The Padres cut ties with Matt Bush in 2009.

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Pirates Jason Grilli raising awareness for National Grilled Cheese month


Pirates Pitcher Jason Grilli Teams Up With Feeding America To Serve Grilled Cheese Sandwiches For Americans Facing Hunger In Pittsburgh

Chicago White Sox fans remember Jason Grilli? No? Well that’s understandable as he started eight games for the Sox and had a miserable 7.40 ERA on the southside in 2004. It took 13 seasons, but Grilli has found himself in the Major Leagues last season. He was the closer, 33 saves on a Pittsburgh Pirates team that went to the postseason for the first time in 20+ years. Jason Grilli even had a save in the NLDS.

Now he’s trying to save you from going without some good grilled cheese.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson shows up to open Curtis Granderson Stadium


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You know an event isn’t a big deal until National Civil Rights Leader and former Presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson shows up. The Founder of Operation Push was on hand in the west side of Chicago as New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson had one of the biggest days in his young, extraordinary life.

Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen Curtis Granderson Stadium, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The new home to UIC Flames baseball is the largest alumni gift in UIC history; but more importantly the largest donation by any professional athlete to his alma mater (according to Sports Illustrated via the school’s Sports Information Department). That’s any school; anywhere. The new venue will host more than 38 little league organizations annually, providing for a safe and first-class experience to compete.

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Mets OF Curtis Granderson: largest athlete gift to his alma mater EVER


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New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson will return to the line-up Friday. His injury was minor; not very news worthy.

Granderson’s Thursday though, was extremely news worthy. Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen Curtis Granderson Stadium, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The new home to UIC Flames baseball is the largest alumni gift in UIC history; but more importantly the largest donation by any professional athlete to his alma mater (according to Sports Illustrated via the school’s Sports Information Department). That’s any school; anywhere. UIC will be just one tenant of the venue; Chicago youth community baseball will make good use of the facility.

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NY Mets Curtis Granderson to unveil his new college stadium today


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New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark.

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Bud Selig claims small market MLB teams will get more opportunity


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With MLB and ESPN’s eight-year, multi platform rights extension taking place this season, additional baseball coverage will be brought to the World Wide Leader. This includes a wild-card playoff game and ten more regular season games.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says teams in smaller markets will get to show their product to the country, and the world, more often this season.

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