Fans scramble for Delmon Young home run, 1st inning ALDS game 1, 2011
- Above Delmon Young home run, ALDS game 1, first inning, Nick Swisher tries to catch, 9/30/11, reuters
Nearly two decades later, Justin Verlander(notes), Roy Halladay(notes) and Clayton Kershaw(notes) have helped bring in a new era of prime power arms that’s caused scoring and home runs to drop to levels not seen in 19 years....
Teams averaged 4.28 runs per game this season, the lowest since 1992’s 4.12 and down from a Steroids Era peak of 5.14 in 2000. And the home run average was down to 0.94 each team per game, also the lowest in 19 years and a sharp drop from 1.17 in 2000....
It wasn’t just home run hitters who had a tough time, according to STATS LLC. The major league
On the flip side, the 3.94 ERA was a level last seen in 1992.
Maybe all those extra pitchers from the expansions of 1993 and 1998 finally have been absorbed.
“Pitching is getting better. Teams are drafting pitching more. They started doing that a while ago and now you’re seeing what all those guys can do,” Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “For a long time, parents didn’t want their kids to be pitchers. They were afraid they’d get hurt. Now they see
Detroit’s Justin Verlander became the first 24-game winner since Arizona’s Randy Johnson(notes) in 2002. Tampa Bay’s James Shields(notes) had 11 complete games, the first in double digits since Johnson’s 12 in 1999. Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee(notes) became the first pitcher with six shutouts since Tim Belcher’s eight for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1989.
And, oh, those strikeouts—a record average of 7.09 per team per game after breaking the 7 barrier for the first time a year earlier. Walks were down to 3.09, the fewest since 1968—when there were just 20 teams and pennant winners went straight to the World Series without playoffs.
“It’s not easier to be a pitcher, but it’s way more difficult to hit,” San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain(notes) said. “The way I think about it, when I’m pitching, I feel like I have a little more of an upper hand because they’re going to fail more than I’m going to fail, the way the numbers work out.”
Back in 1981, teams averaged 4.75 strikeouts. It’s not quite the dead ball era, but the balance has shifted more toward flame-throwers after a long period when bats ruled.
“The pendulum is switching,” New York Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Pitchers are throwing harder. Guys are throwing 94-98 (mph). Bullpen. Rotation. Years ago, 92 was a hard fastball. Now it’s an average fastball. Guys might even say it’s a tick below.”
Also throw in one factor that couldn’t be predicted: rainouts. There were 54 postponements,
For more than one run batted in, the abbreviation is RBIs: Granderson led the majors with 127 RBIs, Braun had five RBIs in the win. The seldom-used plural written out is runs batted in, but in AP Style the “s” is placed at the end of the abbreviation: RBIs.
Traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch as the teams change sides on the field. Even though AP Style is ballgame (one word) on all other uses of the word, it’s two words in the formal title of this baseball anthem.
Or the Series on second reference.
Teams that win the championship are World Series champions, not world champions."
The song hits back against a sense of moral and physical decline, and the audience - white, working class and proud - loves it.
Made in America and Cost of Livin' are just two of the most successful recent songs that address the country's economic woes. The past three years have thrown up a host of others, including John Rich's Shuttin' Detroit Down and Hank Williams Jr's savage
And in one of the more striking revelations to come to light, it was disclosed that Wilpon and Katz, who fought long and hard to make the Mets an exclusive holding of their family,
Wilpon and one of his senior partners say they were aware of investigations of Madoff by the Securities and Exchange Commission
Among its best-known developments are Citi Field, the $800 million home of the Mets, and the Lipstick Building in Manhattan, where Madoff had his offices and where
He added: “Their claim has to be, ultimately, that they weren’t aware of the scam being perpetrated and therefore have no obligation to return funds that were paid out to them. That shouldn’t make it important whether they were sophisticated or not.”"Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
The 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between November 2 – 6 in three different cities – New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on November 2, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on November 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake Stadium) on November 5 and 6. Each game will feature the MLB team playing the Chinese Taipei national team and all games will be broadcast live in Taiwan by FTV, Major League Baseball’s exclusive over-the-air broadcaster for regular season and postseason games.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will be selecting the MLB team and staff. A full roster and coaching staff will be released in October.
“Major League Baseball is excited to take another important step in showcasing our great game to Taiwan, continuing our objective to bring baseball to fans throughout the world,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “We are pleased that many fine players will represent Major League Baseball when they meet the top talents of Taiwan.”...
There are currently 28 players from Taiwan playing in Major League organizations including
First, Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, a home run to left field on July 9, ricocheted off him and was retrieved by his 23-year-old son, Christian. “He missed it because he has awful hands,” the son said at the time, teasing his father in a televised interview.
The windfall that ensued after Christian Lopez returned the ball to Jeter, asking nothing in return, included Yankees merchandise and season tickets. And that led to Raul Lopez’s great
on Wednesday night, as noted by Michael Kay, the YES broadcaster."...
Christian Lopez with Jeter, 7/9/11, ap
The NY Times Bats Blog post contains an MLB video of Mr. Lopez' catch. The video is preceded by a commercial currently running across television including MLB games. It depicts a likely terrorist bomb being planted on a bus in an ordinary looking suitcase and that we should be alert to such events. Apparently MLB and the NY Times agree with the Obama administration that we should look out for bombs placed by clean cut, white, middle class Americans, since that's the appearance of the individual selected for this 'anti-terror' campaign. ed.
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"What an accomplishment. Every year has been a brilliant year. The best relief pitcher in the history of baseball now has the record for most saves in the history of baseball. So Mariano has saved his 602nd game.
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It was quiet in front of his locker 30 minutes later. It is usually quiet there, unless Posada has something to say. Then he lets you have it.
"It's the thing people don't always see from Jorge," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday. "How emotional he can be. It's mostly because he's always wanted to win as much as anybody we have."That day in Comerica Park, some Yankees already were out of the shower and dressed and thinking about the bus to the airport. The first moments of next season are always the same when you lose the last game, whether you are home or on the road. They are looking to go, especially when it ends 8-3 and one of the only ones fighting is the catcher. The catcher wasn't going anywhere. He was still in uniform, sitting there in front of the locker. He had at least made that one last swing. He had not made the last out of the season. A year later, against Joe Borowski of the Indians, he just missed hitting a ninth-inning home run that would have brought the Yankees to within a run and scared the Indians half to death. At Comerica, in October of '06, one of the writers came by and told him that this might not be the time to say it, but he was going to say it anyway,
Posada thanked the guy, shook his hand.
"You never think it will end this soon," he said. "Not after what we used to do."He gets paid now by the Yankees for all of it, what he used to be and what the Yankees used to be, for being