Volume XII July through October, 2014 Issue 48

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Mike Trout, Baseball's Best All-around Player

Mike Trout is more than simply the best baseball player on earth. He is the gold standaard. At 22, Trout made his third straight American League All-Star team. It's not the numbers or the accomplishments. It's the joy with which Trout plays the game. It's the speed he seems to do everything, how he explodes out of the batter's box and sprints around the bases. It's his attitude. It's how he seems to have a permanent smile on his face. Trout is the whole package.

In another story, Mike Trout's Mammoth Blast Makes Splash

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American League Defeats National League 5-3 in All-Star Game

The American League kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 Tuesday, July 15, for its 13th win in 17 years. Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the AL with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned the 22-year old MVP honors.

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Derek Jeter and Bud Selig, in Matching Tenures, Made MLB Better

They came to their current positions 22 years ago, one as a member of the Yankees' organization, the other as the baseball commissioner. Derek Jeter was drafted in June 1992, three months before Bud Selig rose to the top of the sport's hierarchy. Now they are retiring, with just the final lines remaining for their weighty legacies. It was Jeter, not Selig, who was celebrated at his final All-Star Game. Selig leaves baseball in much better shape than it was when he took over. Having Jeter the sport's front man was the easy part.

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Baseball Greats Inducted Into National Hall of Fame

Sunday was a reunion of sorts for the city of Atlanta at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Tim Glavine, Greg Maddux and their manager Bobby Cox were part of a remarkable run of success by the Braves and now they are Hall of Famers. They won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and made 15 playoff appearances. Frank Thomas and two other managers, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, were also inducted before a huge crowd of nearly 50,000 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Troy Tulowitzki Fueling Colorado Rockies' Offense

At a time when offensive numbers in baseball have dwindled to their lowest levels since the early 1970s, the Colorado Rockies regularly field a lineup with five players hitting above .300. Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies stellar shortstop, won NL player of the month honors with a torrid April, only to get hotter in May. He led the league with a .391 batting average, 11 home runs, and 33 RBIs. "With age I've become better," said Tulowitzki, who toned his body with improved nutrition. "I'm probably the best I've been as an overall complete hitter."

Another story on the Rockies, Nolan Arenado's 28-game Hit Streak Breaks Rockies Record.

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Adam Wainwright, Cardinals Ace Pitcher

Adam Wainwright played stopper to the St. Louis Cardinals' three-game skid, taking two runs of support and making it stand in a 2-0 victory over the Giants on July 2 at AT&T Park. The victory made Wainwright the NL's first 11-game winner, and with 7 2/3 scoreless innings, he lowered his ERA to an NL-best 1.89. Matt Carpenter, who delivered the game-hitting RBI hit, said, "Adam's the guy we call on when we need a jolt." Soon after on May 26, 2014, Wainwright pitched the finest game of his career. With 1,232 strikeouts in his career to date, he is second to Bob Gibson in Cardinals franchise history in strikeouts.

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Astros' Jose Altuve Awesome as Hitter and Base Stealer

To Houston Astros manager, Bo Porter, there's no one playing better in the majors right now than Jose Altuve who got three more hits and stole two bases on June 29, as the Astros defeated the Tigers 6-4. He finished the three-game series 9 for 14 and was leading the big leagues with 116 hits, with a batting average of .347. He's already stolen a career-high 36 bases. Altuve became the third player since 1904 with four stright games with multiple steals. Listed at 5 feet, 6 inches, Altuve stands well below the 6-2 of the average major leaguer, but he says, "Don't judge me by size, but how I play."

In another story, Gregory Polanco produces Five-hit Feat in Just Fourth Game.

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Tigers' Right-hander Max Scherzer in Mid Season Form

When Max Scherzer is on the mound, the Detroit Tigers have a chance to win pretty much any game. Scherzer is not unbeaten, unlike this point last year. He was, however, All-Star again. Scherzer closed his first half with four consecutive starts allowing two runs or fewer, but his dominance goes beyond the scoreboard. In his last four starts, he allowed only five runs on 19 hits over 28 innings, walking six and striking out 35. The Tigers' veteran right-hander has the pitches to win, including a nasty slider. "I am throwing the ball well right now," said Max, "but the biggest thing is just being on a relentless attack, always attacking the strike zone."

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Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame Batting Great, Dies

Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of oral cancer, Monday, June 16. He was 54. Gwynn, whose 3,141 hits rank 19th on the all-time list, was as revered for his upbeat and affable nature as his lifetime .338 average and eight batting titles. He earned election to the Hall of Fame with an overwhelming 97.6% of the vote. Gwynn had said he believed the cancer was attributed to years of using chewing tobacco.

In another story, Gwynn's Death Reinforces Danger of Smokeless Tobacco.

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Clayton Kershaw Pitches No-hitter for Dodgers

After winning two Cy Young Awards in the past three season, Clayton Kershaw had already built a commanding reputation as the best pitcher in baseball. Now he has a no-hitter to put on his resume. Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, June 18, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only base runner on a throwing error in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw retired his first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to shortstop Hanley Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-base error, ending any chance for a perfect game.

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Albert Pujols Connects for Two Homers to Reach No. 500

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hit the 500th home run of his career Tuesday night, April 22, becoming the 26th player in Major League history to reach that milestone. He became the first major leaguer to get his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, connecting twice and driving in five runs. The 500th went to left center at Nationals Park. Pujols clapped his hand before trotting home, and then pointed his index finger to the sky. After a couple of down-for-him years with the Angels following 11 outstanding seasons with the Cardinals, Pujols appears ready to reclaim his spot among the game's elite hitters.

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Giants' Tim Lincecum Pitches Second Career No-hitter

Tim Lincecum's days of dominance may be in the past but that doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was -- especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner June 25, and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 triumph at AT&T Park. He became the second Giant to pitch two no-hitters, barely missing a perfect game. Lincecum totally shut down the Padres, striking out six and walking one in a 113-pitch outing. This was the third no-hitter in the majors this year.

In another no-hitter, Josh Beckett Throws No Hitter, Dodgers beat Phillies 6-0.

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Constant Execution Has Made Giants Successful

For the Giants, winning is a language that everyone in their clubhouse speaks fluently. Depending on the situation, they know what accent to place on various aspects of the game. They can convey excellence through the murmur of pitching and defense or with the clamor of offense. Widely considered one of baseball's best managers, Bruce Bochy has coaxed contributions from virtually every player. Asked to summarize Bochy's influence, Mets manager Terry Collins said, "Bruce keeps everything calm. Nobody's ever nervous around him. His coaches are the same way.

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Obama's Visits Hall of Fame, Touts Baseball's Historic Role

President Barack Obama had a compelling reason to become the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22. "I promised Frank Thomas I'd check the place out before he's inducted in July," Obama, a well-known White Sox fan, joked. The real reason for the president's trip was to promote international tourism and highlight the benefits it generates. "I love baseball. It continues to be our national pastime," said Obama. "And for any baseball fan out there, you've got to make a trip here." Obama's appearance coincided with the 75th anniversary celebration of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Orioles' Chris Davis Crushed Trio of Home Runs

Chris Davis, the All-Star first baseman of the Baltimore Orioles, is determined to get back in sync and back to form. On Tuesday night, May 20, Davis hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats in an impressive display of offense that highlighted Baltimore's 9-2 series-opening win. "The first ball I hit," Davis explained, "I just tried to stay through it and get on top of one instead of working underneath on everything, and I was able to hit it. After that I just looked for the ball and tried to see it and hit it. Earlier today in BP, I felt lilke it kind of clicked for me, and it showed up for me in the game."

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Milwaukee Braves, 1957 World Series Champions

The Milwaukee Braves were one of baseball's premier teams in the 1950s. After coming within a game of winning the pennant in 1956, they won consecutive National League titles in 1957 and 1958, beating the New York Yankees in the -57 World Series. The Photo Gallery features Don Weiskopf's sequence-series photographs of Braves' pitcher Lew Burdette, who won three games in the '57 classic, and Hall of Fame sluggers Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews. The Gallery concludes with Don's dugout interview with Burdette and Braves' catcher Del Crandall's remembering the '57 World Series.

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Longtime Baseball Fixture Don Zimmer Dies at 83

Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way. He played alongside Jackie Robinson, coached Derek Jeter, and his manager once was Casey Stengel. For 66 years, Zimmer was a popular presence at ballparks all over the country. He was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died on June 4. Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April. "He was a great baseball man, a baseball lifer, and a mentor to me," said teary-eyed Yankee manager Joe Girardi.

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A Look Back at The Literary Baseball Life of Jim Brosnan

Jim Brosnan, a Cincinnati native, major league pitcher, author, Army veteran, husband and father has passed away. He was 84. Brosnan is primarily known today as the author of two books about his baseball life, The Long Season and Pennant Race. Even as a major league player, Brosnan's intellectualism often set him apart from his teammates. He kept a day by day diary which was published in 1960. The book was revolutionary, as it was the first truly honest account of the life of a major league ball player. In The Long Season, Brosnan's warmth and humor shine through the entire book.

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Yoenis Cespede's Amazing Assist Stands After Review

The Angels won the game -- on Collin Cowgill's walk-off homer, which capped a 14-inning thriller -- but no one will forget the throw from A's left-fielder Yoenis Cespedes. "A guided missile," Angels' manager Mike Sciosica called it after his team's 2-1 win at Angel Stadium on June 10 After misplaying a ball in left field, Cespedes picked it up and fired a laser to the plate to nail Howie Kendrick as the go-ahead run. The throw traveled at least 300 feet and landed snuggly into the glove of A's catcher Derek Norris, who applied the tag for the stunning out. A's manager Bob Melvin said, "There aren't that many guys able to throw it that far on the fly."

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Mariners' Felix Hernandez Hurls One-hitter With 3-0 Victory

Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino realized quickly it was one of those days when it really didn't matter what pitch he called. Fastball away? Change-up? Curve? All were kryptonite to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, June 29, when thrown by Felix Hernandez, who allowed just one hit in eight innings in leading the Mariners to a 3-0 victory at Safeco Field. Cleveland's only hit came when leading off the fifth inning on a slow roller up the middle by Lonnie Chisenhall that just eluded the slide of Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and skidded into center field.

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Wrigley Field Turns 100 Years Old

So much is visible from the top deck at Wrigley Field: The hand-operated scoreboard, the rooftops, the ivy, and off in the distance, the blue of Lake Michigan. Wrigley Field turned 100 years old on April 23, its status as one of baseball's ultimate cathedrals secure. The park has undergone its share of changes over the years, though none have altered the feel too dramatically. Compared with other major-league parks, Wrigley Field still has a different vibe, a slower pace.

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Pete Rose Manages Independent Team for a Day

Pete Rose stood behind the batting cage on June 16 joking as former major leaguer Joe Mather hit ball after ball to centerfield during batting practice for the Bridgeport Bluefish. The former batting great was back in his element, managing a baseball team, if just for a day. The 73-year-old, whose 4,256 hits are the most in major league history served as guest skipper for the Bluefish of the Independent Atlantic League. Rose said he was trying to show he could be a good ambassador for the game. "If I'm ever reinstated, I won't need a third chance," said Rose. "Believe me."

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Field of Dreams Hosts 25th Anniversary in Iowa

Actor Colin Egglesfield wasn't in the classic baseball film "Field of Dreams." But if they built a screen in center field, he would come. When Egglesfield heard about plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie's release during Father's Day weekend in Iowa, he flew to Sioux Falls, picked up his dad and drove six hours to the farm where it was filmed. Egglesfield and his father reached rural Dyersville in time for a viewing of the movie with scores of others, including star Kevin Costner. That's when "Hey dad, you want to have a catch?" got them all, all over again. Broadcaster Bob Costas hosted a Q & A with the cast on Friday.

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101 Year Old Grandmother Makes History

A 101-year-old grandmother made history on Sunday, May 11, when she became the oldest Canadian to throw a ceremonial pitch at a professional game. Kitty Cohen didn't waste any time getting out to the mound. She tossed the ball over the plate efore the Blue Jays-Los Angeles game - and it looped over the plate to the catcher - a more impressive pitch than people 1/4 of her age have thrown before games. Cohen was chosen to throw the first pitch because she has participated in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. She is pictured here preparing to throw the first pitch to Toronto catcher Josh Thole.

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Bob Welch, Cy Young Award Winner, Dies at 57

Bob Welch, who won 211 major league games and whose 27 wins in 1990 have not been duplicated in the years since, died June 10 in Seal Beach, Calif. The former Dodgers and Oakland A's pitcher famously struck out Reggie Jackson as a 21-year-old rookie in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series. He was 57. The Dodgers stated the cause of death was a heart attack. Welch was a key member of the Dodgers' 1981 W.S. title team and division-winning teams of 1978, '83 and '85. He was an anchor on the Oakland A's teams that made three World Series (1988-90). Welch won the 1990 Cy Young Award with Oakland.

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MLB Adds Better Drug Tests and Longer Bans

Baseball is juicing up its anti-doping program, adding more and better drug tests, longer suspensions and, for the first time, post season ineligibility for anyone in violation of the rules. The changes come on the heels of 2013's biogenesis doping scandal, which showed players were using banned substances without fear of testing positive. The revamped rules, announced on March 28 by Major League Baseball and the players' union, are effective immediately. Commissioner Bud Selig expressed his appreciation to the players for being proactive and showing remarkable leadership in producing the new agreement.

Another story is MLB Lengthens Suspensions for PED's.

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Pitching Too Hard, Too Fast, Too Much, Too Soon

Josh Beckett grew up as a baseball star in the baseball hotbed of Texas, so good at his Houston-area high school that the Florida Marlins picked him in the 1999 draft. He played high school baseball, fall ball, and summer ball. Beckett almost never pitched. His father and coach wouldn't allow it. For those three months a year, Beckett played the outfield instead. Beckett is now 34 years old, closing in on 2,000 major league innings. At a time when it seems every pitcher has had Tommy John surgery once or twice, Beckett has so far avoided it. Doctors and trainers increasingly believe that overuse of teenage pitchers is behind the rise, and they have studies to prove it.

Another Story is Japan High School Baseball Looks to Save Pitchers.

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Tommy John Solution: Pitch Less Young Man

Washington Nationals prospect Matt Purke landed on Dr. James Andrews' operating table on May 29, the latest pitcher to require Tommy John elbow surgery. Angels' reliever Sean Burnett tore his ulnar collateral ligament, the 21st major league pitcher to undergo the operation since spring training. Dr. Andrews, one of the leading authorities on the subject, has called the rash of these injuries an "epidemic." He issued a position statement to the American Sports Medicine Institute, offering suggestions on how to prevent them. The overriding message: Pitch less and avoid throwing past the point of fatigue.

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Reds Flash Leather; Win in 15 on Frazier's Home Run

The Cincinnati Reds twice extended with their glove an extra-inning game May 19. Todd Frazier finally won it with his bat in the 15th inning, lifting the Reds over the Washington Nationals 4-3. Brandon Phillips singled off Ross Detwhiler to open the inning and, with one out, Frazier homered to center. Phillips dove to rob Wilson Ramos of a walk-off hit with a runner on third to end the 11th. Logan Ondrusek allowed an RBI single to Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the 15th before getting Danny Espinosa to fly out to deep right field to end the 4-hour, 58-minute game.

In another story, D-backs Collect 21 Hits in Record-setting Victory.

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White Sox Proud of Cuban Tradition

Minnie Minosa is proud and hopeful for the land of his birth, which is just as true for the two later generations of Cuban stars who have given the White Sox its distinctive flavor. The Sox have had 18 players who were born in Cuba, including the current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayon Viciedo and Adrian Nieto. Abreu thanked Minosa for blazing a trail for him and other Cubans. "I love it here," said Ramirez, pictured here with Abreu. "They stop me on the streets and say they love the way I play."

In another article, Connie Marrero, Oldest Living Ex-Major League Player, Dies.

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Pitchers Are Using Bigger, More Traditional Wind-ups

A major change continues to occur in the game of baseball. A growing number of major league pitchers are using bigger and more traditional styles in winding up. They have switched from the no-wind-up delivery used by most pitchers the past couple of decades. Among the many big league hurlers using a traditional type of wind-up are Adam Wainwright, one of baseball's most dominant pitchers; Max Scherzer; Matt Moore; John Lackey; and Francisco Liriano. Featured in BPA's new edition are Don Weiskopf's sequence series photographs of five former pitching greats: Steve Carlton; Bob Gibson; Jack Morris; Billy Pierce; and Sonny Siebert.

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Astros Top Prospect Carlos Correa Lives Up to Hype

The baseball world got its first nine-inning look of the spring at Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Houston Astros' 19-year-old shortstop more than lived up to his billing, hitting two home runs, and making several sparkling defensive plays in a 7-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. "There's no age criteria on how good he can be," Astros' manager Bo Porter said. "He's a focused individual and one of the first ones to the ball park and the last one to leave. His attention to detail is mature for his age."

Another story is, Carlos Correa Suffers Serious Leg Injury.

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Kris Bryant Shows Off His Power Again For Iowa Cubs

With his parents in the stands at Principal Park, Kris Bryant, the Iowa Cubs third baseman, gave his parents the perfect send-off. He smashed two home runs in a 7-6 victory before a crowd of 8,459 Sunday afternoon, June 22. Bryant homered in his first at-bat as a Triple-A player. It was the third consecutive game that Bryant hit a go-ahead homer. A first-round pick by the Ckhicago Cubs last year, Bryant entered the season as the second-ranking prospect in the organization

For another article, Joey Gallo's 30th Home Run Proves to be Clutch.

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Las Vegas 51s Swats Four Home Runs in a Row

When Mets prospects Allan Dykstra and Zach Lutz hit back-to-back home runs for the Las Vegas 51s in the fourth inning on May 8, their manager had a sneaking suspicion something special might be about to go down. Taylor Teagarden and Brandon Allen did follow suit, thus making the 51s the first team to hit four consecutive home runs in the Pacific Coast League since 2009. The round trippers set the pace in their 16-4 romp over the Bees at Salt Lake's Smith's Ballpark.

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Mike Yastrzemski Completes Cycle in Frederick Keys' Rout

Unaware that he needed a triple to hit for the cycle, Mike Yastrzemski stopped at second base after hitting a ball to right field in the seventh inning on July 5. When he came up again leading off the ninth, the Orioles prospect had only one thing in mind upon making contact. Yastrzemski's drive nearly cleared the fence. As it bounced back onto the field, he hustled around the bases, his journey ending exactly where he hoped it would. The Keys outfielder managed the elusive triple, completing the 12th cycle in the Minor Leagues this season.

In another story, Bandits' Brian Holberton Cycles on 5-for-5 Day.

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Hillcats Holds Blue Rocks Hitter for 2nd Time in 24 Hours

Cody Scarpetta of the Lynchburg Hillcats in May was desperate to get noticed and keep his pitching career alive. On Friday, June 27, he added his name to a unique page in Carolina League history. Scarpetta pitched seven innings and Benino Pruneda finished off Class A Advanced Lynchburg's second straight no-hitter and a 5-0 victory at Wilmington. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter. Scarpetta took a perfect game into the sixth and faced two batters over the minimum through seven innings.

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From Far and Wide, Dominicans Converge, Boost Blue Jays

They hail from the same country, but their journeys have been as the city they now call home. They've landed in the major's only foreign destination, a hockey-loving Canadian metropolis that once housed baseball's finest club two years in a row. Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Juan Francisco typically occupy the top spots in a Blue Jays attack that has produced the most home runs in the majors, powering Toronto to first place in the American League East.

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Team USA 2014 Faces Challenging Slate

USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team's summer journey has taken this year's crop of the best young players in the college ranks around the glove to face elite foreign competition. Team USA Baseball played nine games in nine days against all-star, select and Coastal Plain League opponents as part of the annual Red, White and Blue Tour. The team headed back to its official home in Cary, North Carolina for a five-game Friendship Series with Taiwan's national team. The USA team then took on Japan in another Series from July 6-8. Then, Team USA traveled to the Netherlands for the Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. The national team finishes up against the Cuban national team, meeting in Havana.

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Van Horn Selected Manager of 2014 USA Baseball Team

Arkansas baseball head coach Dave Van Horn was selected as manager for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. "I was very excited and honored to be selected as manager," said Van Horn. "Anytime you have the opportunity to wear the team USA jersey, it's an honor and a privilege. Serving as an assistant coach for the team in 2011 was a great experience. Coach Van Horn is in his 11th season as the head coach of the Arkansas baseball program. He led the Razorbacks to three appearances in the College World Series.

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Vanderbilt Beats Virginia to Win College World Series

A tie-breaking home run by John Norwood in the top of the eighth inning carried Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win over Virginia on June 25, for the Commodores' first national championship. Norwood turned on Nick Howard's 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen. It was only the third home run in 16 CWS games and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21). Vanderbilt second baseman Dansby Swanson was chosen the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

In other stories, Virginia Cavaliers Take Series to the Limit; and Young Players Led Charge to Vandy's Championship.

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Augie Garrido Becomes Most Winning College Baseball Coach

Augie Garrido became the most winning baseball coach in college baseball history with a 5-1 win over Texas State. He celebrated the 1,894th career win of his 46-year coaching career, the most at any level of college baseball. Lukas Schiraldi, the son of former Red Sox reliever and Texas national champion pitcher Calvin Schiraldi, ushered in Garrido's 1,894th victory with seven innings of one-hit ball. After the game at Disch-Falk Field, the fans rose to their feet, chanting "Augie" as the Longhorns players all topped their caps to their coach.

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The Best He Ever Coached

Jim Dietz, the baseball coach for 31 years at San Diego State, didn't recruit the best hitter he ever coached. San Diego State's basketball coach wasn't crazy about the idea of Gwynn playing two sports, but Dietz encouraged him to try out. The first time he saw Gwynn's swing - the compact stroke, the short stride, the way Gwynn's hands always stayed inside the ball - Dietz knew he was watching a natural.

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Eastern Michigan U. Baseball Coach Ron Oestrike, Dies

Former Eastern Michigan University head baseball coach and E-Club Athletic Hall of Famer Ron Oestrike passed away on July 11, at the age of 82. Oestrike, the namesake for the Eagles' baseball stadium, was the most winning coach in program history with 657 wins and led the Green and White to two NCAA World Series appearances. A 1954 EMU graduate, Oestrike was the University's head baseball coach for 23 years, from 1965-87, directing the baseball program to unprecedented heights.

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Craig Keilitz Named New ABCA Executive Director

Craig Keilitz has been named the new Executive Director of the American Baseball Coaches Association after a lengthy national search. Currently the Vice President for Athletics at High Point University, Keilitz will be the fifth full-time executive director for the ABCA, an organization now in its 70th year of existence. In June, Dave Keilitz, Craig's Hall of Fame father, stepped down from the position. The ABCA is now head quartered in Greensboro, North Carolina

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Japan wins LL Title

Sandlot Baseball Filled the Day for Kids

Somewhere, surely there is a boy this summer with a baseball glove dangling from the handlebar of his bicycle, on his way to a hastily put together, loosely organized version of our national pastime. Somewhere the youngsters found an empty diamond and quickly picked teams and went at it under the mid-day sun, and into dusk. Someone brought a bat, someone brought a ball, and right field was out. They played for hours, until the light of day abandoned them. Surely this must go on, somewhere in America.

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Sandlot Baseball Was a Hit

Before Little league, before Pony League, before Babe Ruth League, on Janey Way in Sacramento, California, we had sandlot baseball. We began by playing catch on the street with rubberized baseballs, but that soon failed to satisfy our need for real competition. So we searched for a place to make a field. That was easy because almost exactly in the middle of Janey Way stood two adjacent empty lots. They made a perfect sandlot baseball field.

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How to Set Up a Sandlot Baseball Game

Sandlot Kids From the time he was eight or nine, up until he was about 15, R.J. Licata was a master at organizing neighborhood games. As he looks back now, he is amazed at all the things he learned by taking on this task. “Think about the different hats I wore just trying to get a game of baseball organized. There was a lot of carefree time-wasting, but when it was time to get down to business, we knew what we needed to do.”

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Getting Kids Back to Sandlot Baseball

The key to the revival of the sandlot baseball game are the thousands of public recreation and park agencies across the country. Children today do not play enough park and school playground baseball, and there is a long, overdue need to revive the concept and promote a nationwide movement. More opportunities to play baseball in parks and playgrounds need to be provided by local park and recreation departments and school districts. City playgrounds should be open longer and the necessary equipment provided. A major effort should be made to have local recreation and park agencies nationwide, coordinated by the National Recreation and Park Association, spearhead such a movement.

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Revival of Baseball Pick-up Games

Sandlot play in Chicago

The best way to get children to play more baseball on their own is to promote the return of pick-up games. The youth of America need to be taught how to organize pick-up games. In the Youth Baseball page, Don Weiskopf, publisher of Baseball Play America, explains the rules on how eleven favorite pick-up games are played. They include Work-up, Over the Line, Scrub, Catch a Fly and You’re Up, and a couple of Brent Mayne’s favorites, First to Ten and Play Catch.

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