Should we abolish the MLB All-Star Game? Point/Counterpoint


Whether you love or hate (or find apathy for) the All-Star Game, you have to realize it’s in serious long-term peril. While you’re entitled to your own opinion, you’re not entitled to your own facts. And here are some critical numbers and interpretation of those All-Star game numbers from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated:

Viewership for the All-Star Game is hemorrhaging and in more unpleasant news for Fox Sports, the All-Star Game viewers are also getting older. A brief snapshot of the downward trend: The game drew 28.2 million viewers in 1985. Twelve years later, the first time Fox aired the game, viewership dropped to 16.7 million viewers. The audience fell to 12.3 million in 2005 and last year the game drew 11.0 million viewers, up slightly (10.9 million) from 2012. Last year’s viewership increase stopped a three-year decline in viewership but the game concluded as the third-least watched MLB All-Star Game in history.

Perhaps most disturbing: Sports Business Daily reported the average age for last year’s All-Star telecast was 53, the highest mark yet for the game. Given the 18-to-49 adult demo is the money demo for sports broadcasting, this is not a good trend.

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Ozzie Guillen, of all people, praises Chicago Cubs rebuild


Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is famous for despising Wrigley Field. He spoke of how the rats there are a big as pigs. Needless to say he’s not the biggest Cubs fan, and the idea of his managing on the North side some day sounds ridiculous. But it might not be as crazy as you think. For now though Guillen is an ESPN Analyst and he talked with the media to preview the MLB Home Run Derby.

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Final call White Sox fans, #TargetSale in All-Star Game


As Chris Sale was left off the American League All-Star team on Sunday, the backlash started to hurdle in on John Farrell for his decision.

Although every team needed at least one representative, Dellin Betances, the New York Yankees setup man, was selected. If starters can just pitch one inning of work in the All-Star game, why would Farrell select Betances over Sale, one of the most dominant pitchers in the first half of the season?

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


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


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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Four of the funniest baseball cheating scandals


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

Rickie Weeks

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


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


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


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


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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