The couple that schedules baseball games - During the recent broadcast of the Red Sox-Yankee series closing the American League baseball season, Tim McCarver remarked that whoever it was that had made up the 2005 baseball schedule, with the Red Sox opening the season at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees closing it at Fenway Park, had a sense of the dramatic.That was Michael Trick, a teacher of "computational methods in optimization" at Carnegie Mellon and a partner in the Sports Scheduling Group (SSG) of Butler, Pennsylvania. From cw
Some Strange But True hitting moments from the 2010 Major League Baseball season - A Molina brother hit for the cycle. A Pirate got tagged out in the middle of a home run trot. And the same baserunner stole third -- and got caught stealing third -- in the same inning. And if all that could happen in one year, it's just more proof it was another Strange But True kind of season. So what better excuse to look back at the Strangest But Truest Hitting Feats of 2010. From cw
Dock Ellis' no-hitter on acid becomes great animated short film - The next time someone compiles a list of the greatest baseball films ever, the work won't be complete until it includes this 4-1/2 minute animated short by artist James Blagden. It's a moment-by-moment imagining of the time in 1970 when Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Dock Ellis, so he famously claimed, pitched a no-hitter while tripping on acid.
Rick Reilly: Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is living history - You'll probably never witness an unassisted triple play in your lifetime, right? (There have been only 14.) Or see an intentional walk with the bases loaded. (Six.) Or watch one player hit two grand slams in an inning. (Once.)But you can see something right now that hasn't been around in baseball since the late 1800s: a switch-pitcher.His name is Pat Venditte, he's 23, and he's pro baseball's only ambidextrous pitcher. This living piece of history is more than a YouTube star; he's throwing almost daily for the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees' Single-A club. And he's not just throwing: He's blowing through hitters like a Cub Scout through Skittles. At one point in April, the closer's ERA was 0.00 in 6 1/3 innings, and he hadn't blown a save in five games. From cw
Fan Refutes NYPD Version Of Yankee Stadium Drama - A Queens man is considering legal action against the New York Yankees after he was ejected from Tuesday night's contest against the Boston Red Sox for trying to use the restroom during the playing of "God Bless America."During the patriotic 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, nature called on Bradford Campeau-Laurion. When he tried to leave his seat during the traditional singing of God Bless America, however, he says he was stopped by a NYPD officer who said he'd have to wait until the song was done. From cw
Zoom Service: Yankee Stadium GigaPan - MLB - SI.com - This panoramic view of Yankee Stadium on July 4 was shot using GigaPan technology. You can zoom in on any detail â€“ from Alex Rodriguez approaching the plate in the first inning against the Red Sox to the faĂ§ade of the new Yankee Stadium beyond leftfield. Taken by a robotic camera, the photo was shot over the course of 10 minutes and consists of 124 frames stitched together. Carnegie Mellon developed the GigaPan technology last year in collaboration with NASA. From cw
Yankees-Red Sox argument ends in murder? - BOSTON (Reuters) - A New York Yankees' fan was accused on Monday of murdering a Boston Red Sox supporter and injuring another by running both down with a car after a heated argument over one of America's oldest sporting rivalries.
Baseball Team Looking for a Few Fat Men - The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men. The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for Sunday.The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season. From cw
Mitchell steroid report spreads baseball guilt - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of baseball stars from Barry Bonds to Roger Clemens were named on Thursday in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on steroids use, which U.S. Major League Baseball hopes will help clean its tarnished image.
Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction charge - Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday and could face prison instead of the Hall of Fame for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. From cw
The Man Who'll Cash In on Bonds - Matt Murphy, the lucky New Yorker who caught the historic 756th career home run hit by Barry Bonds in San Francisco earlier this month, is about to cash in. The online bidding war for the Bonds ball began Tuesday, and ends on Sept. 15, at scpauctions.com. Murphy, 21, caught up with TIME's Sean Gregory to talk about winning the Bonds lottery. From cw
FLAWED WALLS - Since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 it has been rumored that the dimensions were a bit exaggerated in the outfield. An already small ballpark with dimensions from left to right of 329, 409, and 330 respectively, CBP had been rumored to be even more homer friendly than that.Two years ago, with much questioning by fans and local media, CBP fixed the "374" marker in left-center, and moved the left field wall back a few feet, but kept it 329 down the line.To me, the ballpark still seems small. So I took the debate to Google Earth. From cw
Ballplayer's save still a cherished old glory - t's been called the greatest grab in baseball -- and it didn't involve a ball and leather glove.
The day was April 25, 1976. The country, celebrating its bicentennial, was a year removed from Vietnam. And in Los Angeles, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Dodgers.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cubs center fielder Rick Monday was limbering his arm when he spotted a father and his teenage son rush onto the field. They spread out an American flag and doused it with lighter fluid.
Yet before they could put a match to it, Monday sprinted to the drenched flag, scooped it up and ran for the dugout. As the two protesters were escorted away to boos, 37,000 fans stood section by section and without prompting sang "God Bless America." From CJDUSA
What's a gyroball? - Ace pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is being auctioned off by his Japanese baseball team this week. Early reports indicate that major-league clubs may be willing to pay $40 million or more for the rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka, who is supposed to be able to throw a mysterious pitch called the gyroball. What is the gyroball? From cw
Gathright Rallies Royals Past Red Sox - Joey Gathright hit a go-ahead, two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals put another dent in Boston's playoff hopes with a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. From cw
Reporters Must Testify Over Bonds Leak - A federal judge told two San Francisco Chronicle reporters they must comply with a subpoena and tell a grand jury who leaked them secret testimony of Barry Bonds and other elite athletes ensnared in the government's steroid probe. From cw
Will Bonds Be Indicted for Perjury? - With the grand jury investigating Barry Bonds apparently nearing the end of its term, speculation has swirled around the possibility that one of the game's greatest sluggers could be indicted for perjury or other crimes. From cw
Young gets 50-game ban for ump bat toss - ampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended for 50 games without pay by the International League on Tuesday for throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.IL president Randy Mobley said he believed the suspension was the longest in the league's 123-year history. There was no record of the most severe suspension in the minors for an on-field incident. From cw
Cuba to play in WBC - The Cubans will be allowed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic after the U.S. government reversed course Friday and issued the special license necessary for the communist nation to play in the 16-team tournament. From cw
Baseball statistics: history or property? - A company that runs sports fantasy leagues is asking a federal court to decide whether major leaguers' batting averages and home run counts are historical facts that can be used freely or property that can be sold. From cw
Players understand tougher steroids policy - The sides agreed to a deal that calls for a 50-game suspension for a first failed test, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. The agreement also includes testing for amphetamines for the first time. From cw
Palmeiro Explains Failed Drug Test - Rafael Palmeiro took responsibility Wednesday for his failed steroid test but offered a possible excuse hinging on a tainted vitamin shot, giving his first public explanation on the eve of a congressional report into whether he lied under oath. From cw
General Manager of Red Sox Resigns - New York Times - ''I gave my entire heart and soul to the organization,'' Epstein said in a statement. ''During the process leading up to today's decision, I came to the conclusion that I can no longer do so. In the end, my choice is the right one not only for me but for the Red Sox.'' From bofh
They Won! - congrats White Sox fans! The White Sox won the World Series with a great four game sweep of the Astros. The last game was pretty boring with no score till late, but a few great plays in the last inning.
Hotels filled for world series - Hotel vacancies in Houston are tight but loosening up as thousands of Katrina evacuees are finding other places to live.That may help in the long term for business travelers, but it may not be enough to satisfy Chicago White Sox fans who want to be close to Minute Maid Park if a World Series comes to town.That's because nearly all the rooms booked next week near the park are already sewed up by more than 50,000 quilters attending a convention. From cw
DRAWING PITCHERS - Michael Witte, an illustrator, enjoys his work but finds that the artistâ€™s life can be lonely. So, a few years ago, to relieve the monotony of his days, he installed a twenty-seven-inch television in his attic studio overlooking the Hudson River in Nyack. He liked playing tapes of old baseball games, and found himself frequently pausing to watch the windups of Hall of Fame pitchers, frame by frame. â€śOne of the things I discovered is that the mechanics of the greatest pitchers are consistent throughout the history of the game,â€ť he said the other day. During the course of his procrastinations, Witte became convinced that he had divined a very important secret: how to safely and dependably throw a ninety-five-mile-per-hour fastball. From cw
Sox try to capture first pennant since '59 - "(Sunday) is a big game for us," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Maybe the biggest game we're going to play this year and hopefully we come home with a victory. It's not going to be easy. Those guys are going to show up ready to play and ... you never know what's going to happen." From cw
Garciaparra rescues two women from the water - One woman had a large lump on her head and appeared to be unconscious, he said. When she came to, the first thing she said was: ``Are you Nomar?'' Victor Garciaparra said. From cw
White Sox even ALCS on controversial strikeout call - Given a second chance when umpire Doug Eddings called strike three -- but not the third out -- Chicago beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Joe Crede's two-out double in the ninth to even the best-of-seven AL championship series at a game apiece. From cw
Ted's Severed Head - What would be the ultimate prize for a big-game collector of memorabilia from a larger-than-life sports legend? Curious gallery goers may find an answer in the new exhibit titled The Ted Williams Memorial Display with Death Mask from The Ben Affleck 2004 World Series Collection, hosted by the Chelsea district From
In This Vote, Jeter and Matsui Lose - Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik and Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt earned the final roster spots for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Detroit, as fan voting conducted by Major League Baseball ended last night. From cw
How to throw a no-hitter on acid - Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirate and future Texas Rangers pitcher Dock Ellis found himself in the Los Angeles home of a childhood friend named Al Rambo. Two days earlier, he'd flown with the Pirates to San Diego for a four-game series with the Padres. He immediately rented a car and drove to L.A. to see Rambo and his girlfriend Mitzi. The next 12 hours were a fog of conversation, screwdrivers, marijuana, and, for Ellis, amphetamines. He went to sleep in the early morning, woke up sometime after noon and immediately took a dose of Purple Haze acid. Ellis would frequently drop acid on off days and weekends; he had a room in his basement christened "The Dungeon," in which he'd lock himself and listen to Jimi Hendrix or Iron Butterfly "for days."A bit later, how long exactly he can't recall, he came across Mitzi flipping through a newspaper. She scanned for a moment, then noticed something."Dock," she said. "You're supposed to pitch today."Ellis focused his mind. No. Friday. He wasn't pitching until Friday. He was sure."Baby," she replied. "It is Friday. You slept through Thursday." From cw
Robot can hit 300-km pitch, theoretically - A Hiroshima University researcher has developed a robot theoretically capable of hitting a baseball traveling as fast as 300 kilometers per hour by instantly analyzing its path using images captured with precision cameras. Idaku Ishii, 35, an associate professor at the university's Graduate School of Engineering, said he plans to exhibit the robot at the Prototype Robot Exhibition opening next Thursday as part of the ongoing 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture. From cw
WORLD SERIES 100th ANNIVERSARY - a year old? (wasn't the first one played in 1903?), but still a good recap of some of the best World Series games played.
Edit - the first one was in 1903, but 1904 was skipped and there was none in 1994 due to the strike. whatever...