Baseball history

My favorite day in baseball history: Game 4 of the 1989 World Series This day in baseball history in 1989 was the greatest day of my entire life. I was eight years old and it’s an entire series that I will never forget, the 1989 World Series. I know it’s hard to say it was the best day of my life, given the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake that devastated both San Francisco and Oakland. My heart goes out to every single person who wa injured or lost someone they loved that day but this series meant the world to me. […]

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Jessica Mendoza continues to make history If you watch baseball you may remember the name Jessica Mendoza. She became the first female analyst when she took over for Curt Schilling on a Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN. She made history again when she was in the booth for the New York Yankees and Houston Astros one-game Wild Card playoff. Mendoza was an Olympic Gold Medalist and silver medalist who attended Stanford University. She began calling softball games for ESPN in 2007. She’s faced a lot of resistance from men on social media and elsewhere, who don’t want a woman calling […]

Jessica Mendoza gets a full-time spot on Sunday Night Baseball

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Is the designated hitter a legitimate position in baseball? As baseball continues to evolve, even purists need to adjust to change. It’s doing so more quickly than it has in the past. Everyone involved with the game needs to learn to agree and keep up, which includes the argument of the designated hitter. The designated hitter position has been around for 43 years and people still debate whether or not the rule should exist. With all the changes that happened so quickly over the past 15 to 20 years, why is this the one that no one can agree on? […]

It’s time to accept the designated hitter as a legitimate ...

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How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

Baseball still has “firsts” Baseball has been around for a very long time and has an extremely rich history. In fact, the first reference to the game was made in law that prohibited it being played near the town meeting hall of Pittsfield, MA. That law was enacted in 1792. The New York Knickerbockers were the first team, founded on September 23, 1845 and the first game played under rules that are similar to those today took place in 1846, as the Knickerbockers took on a team that called themselves the “New York Nine”. The first baseball league, the National […]

2015 Baseball “Firsts”