One after another, the Texas Rangers made the long, sad march back to the dugout. Red Sox ace Chris Sale once again proved overpowering, mixing fastballs approaching 100 miles per hour with virtually unhittable sliders. Of the 21 outs Sale recorded in seven innings Wednesday, 12 came by strikeouts. What followed proved just as unrelenting, and in the end, Red Sox pitchers struck out 18 batters. Yet this rare display was barely distinguishable from the back-to-back games with 13 strikeouts in Kansas City over the weekend or the 11- and 10-strikeout games that immediately preceded them. Was the idea of an 18-strikeout performance in the Red Sox’ 4-2 win on Wednesday shocking? “No,” shrugged Sale. “Not given the guys we have on this staff.”Strikeouts in Major League Baseball now come in a blur. The Fenway Park siren that punctuates each strikeout echoes in the park so often that it seems like a constant soundtrack to the game. That stands in contrast to what … [Read more...] about What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Tuesday voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to the late Larry Doby, who grew up in Paterson and became the second African-American to play major league baseball. Doby, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame who joined the Cleveland Indians just months after Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues in 1947, grew up in Paterson and played at Hinchliffe Stadium. "Being second did not make his challenges any less difficult or his courage any less remarkable," Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist. said on the House floor. The voice vote sends the resolution, sponsored by Pascrell and Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, to the U.S. Senate. Larry Doby nominated for medal "You've got to get the other end of the building to move," Pascrell said after the vote. "I'm bugging them all the time." Doby spent most of his career with the Indians, becoming the first black to homer in the World Series in 1948, and later became the second black manager … [Read more...] about U.S. House honors N.J.’s Larry Doby, who made history as Major League Baseball’s 2nd black player
Pete Caldera NorthJersey Published 11:20 p.m. UTC Jul 7, 2018 Tom Giordano's connections read like the Baseball Encyclopedia, a parade of names and events and stories from spending 71 years in professional ball as a player, manager, scout and executive. At 92 years old, the Newark-born Giordano, nicknamed "T-Bone,'' is still actively working in Major League Baseball, serving as a scout for the Atlanta Braves organization. The oldest active scout in the sport, Giordano paused for a moment this week to go nine innings about his life and career with The Record and NorthJersey.com: 1. Jersey roots It was the late 1920s and early 1930s, and they were all living in a one-room tenement behind the family’s grocery store on Elm Street in Newark’s Ironbound section: Tommy, his two younger brothers and their parents, born in Italy. Only Italian was spoken in the home. “We used to play ball in the … [Read more...] about New Jersey’s Tom Giordano, at 92 years old, sharp as ever as Major League Baseball scout
Cincinnati Enquirer Published 11:01 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 Cincinnati played a big role in keeping America’s pastime from breaking apart in the baseball war that threatened the game at the dawn of the modern era. The Cincinnati Reds were a charter team of the National League in 1876, but had dropped out and rejoined in 1890. The league had become rowdy and unruly. Cheating was rampant. Players tripped base runners or grabbed their belts to hold them back. Runners headed straight home from second base when the umpire was distracted. Fans joined in, swearing to distract players and throwing beer glasses onto the field. One man took it upon himself to clean up the game. Byron Bancroft “Ban” Johnson grew up in Avondale, and left law school to become a sportswriter for the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. One night over drinks with the Ten Minute Club in the Grand Hotel, he and Reds Manager Charles Comiskey hatched a plan for a second league to challenge the National … [Read more...] about Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati
JR Radcliffe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 3:24 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 On Monday morning, Forbes reported attendance across Major League Baseball is down a significant 6.5 percent compared to this point last year, with an average of 27.483 fans per game in 2018 compared to 29,402 last year. In all, total attendance is down 1,860,576 fans. Milwaukee, however, is definitely not to blame. In the Forbes data displaying attendance changes year-over-year, the Brewers have the second-largest increase in fans per game across baseball, averaging 33,323 fans, up from 28,753 in 2017. That’s an increase of 4,570 fans per game (16 percent), trailing only reigning World Series champion Houston (6,278). Only the Diamondbacks (3,141 per game) and Yankees (2,477) are also seeing increases of larger than 2,000 fans per game. In all, 11 of the 30 teams are pacing better than last year. The Brewers fill Miller Park to an average of 81.5 percent capacity, which is the ninth-best … [Read more...] about Attendance is way down at Major League Baseball games – but not in Milwaukee