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Royals Win World Series, Rally Late and Beat Mets 7-2 in 12

They worked all season to take one more step in the World Series. Eric Hosmer wouldn't wait any longer. A daring dash by Hosmer tied the score in the ninth, and those bound-and-determined Kansas City Royals rallied yet again to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings early Monday, November 2, for their first championship since 1985. One agonizing win from a title last year, this time the Royals reign after their latest incredible comeback.

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Royals Catcher Salvador Perez Receives World Series MVP Award

Moments after Salvador Perez was presented the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, he cradled the metallic trophy in his arms. There were many heroes, but if anyone represented Kansas City's steadfast commitment to turn last year's disappointment into this year's triumph, it was Perez. He was 8 for 22 in the World Series for a .364 batting average and scored three runs. "We never quit," Perez said. "We never put our heads down. We never think, O.K., the game is over. No."

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Mets' Daniel Murphy Powers His Way to NLCS MVP

Daniel Murphy has been the driving force in the New York Mets' push for their first pennant in 15 years. On October 21, he hit a home run for a post season-record straight game, leading the Mets over the Chicago Cubs 8-3 to complete a four-game sweep. Murphy set the record with a home run in the eighth inning. He hit a double and two singles and hit safely in each of the Mets' nine postseason games.

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Max Scherzer Throws Second No-hitter of 2015 Season

Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the season for the Washington Nationals, striking out a team record 17 in a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night, October 3. The ace right-hander threw one of the most dominant games in baseball history. No one came close to a hit. Scherzer struck out nine straight batters before Curtis Granderson hit an easy pop up to end it. Another story on Scherzer is "The Case for Magical Max."

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Cespedes' Three Homers, One a Grand Slam, Wins for Mets

Yoenis Cespedes crossed home plate with a "wow" and flashed a smile. He collected five hits, a career high, a triple shy of the cycle. He smashed three home runs, tying a franchise record. He scored five runs and drove in seven, leading the Mets to a 14-9 win over the Rockies. He led off the eighth with a chance to tie the major league record for most homers in a game, but singled for his fifth hit of the game, a career best.

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Red Sox's David Ortiz Slugs 500th Home Run

David Ortiz homered twice to become the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 home runs on September 12. The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4. With an overflow crowd chanting "Let's go Papi!" in the fifth inning, Ortiz reached the milestone when he lined a shot to right-center field. He had connected for No. 499 in the first inning. As of Sept. 12, Ortiz had 50 multi-homer games in a 19-year career.

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Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra

The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over. The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his "Yogi-isms" as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died September 22. He was 96. Berra played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer and was a three-time American League MVP. Following high school, Berra joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II and served as gunner's mate on a rocket boat during the D-Day invasion of France.

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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Wins 4th Batting Title in 5 Years

When Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus first saw Miguel Cabrera play, he could tell that his picture-perfect right-handed swing was going to produce some impressive statistics. Having finished his 13th season in the majors, Cabrera has won four American League batting titles in five years. "I've always known Miguel was a good hitter," said Ausmus. "I'm more impressive that he wants to play, and he'll play hard. He plays the game like a kid."

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Clayton Kershaw Follows Sandy Koufax to 300 Strikeouts

Clayton Kershaw went to the mound on Sunday, October 4, needing to strike out six batters to reach 300 for the season, something no major league pitcher had done in 13 years. He got there, striking out seven San Diego Padres in just three and two-thirds innings. In the end, Kershaw finished the 2015 regular season with a 16-7 record, a 2.13 E.R.A., and a strikeout total of 301. In another story, Clayton Kershaw's 15 Strikeouts Lead Dodgers Past the Giants.

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Angels' Albert Pujols Hits Another Milestone Home Run

Albert Pujols has been saying for about 15 years that he will reflect on the many milestones and special home runs once his career is through. Healthy legs powering him again, Pujols hit a two-run home run on September 2, making him one of four players with 10 35-homer seasons in their first 15 years. He hit his 555th career homer in the second that tied Dominican Republic countryman Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list.

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Vin Scully To Return for Record 67th Year with Dodgers

Vin Scully has said that 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise. The Hall of Fame announcer turned 88 in November. The Bronx-born Scully marvels at his announcing longevity, recalling his first Dodgers game as a 22-year-old sharing the booth with Red Barber. Over six decades later, Scully's soothing voice is as much a part of Los Angeles as celebrities, sun and surf.

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Cubs' Jake Arrieta Records Best Second-Half Era in History

Jake Arrieta, the Chicago Cubs' right-hander, became the most unhittable second-half pitcher in Major League history on October 2. Arrieta is the first pitcher to win at least 22 games in a season since Justin Verlander won 24 in 2011. For the season, Arrieta posted a 1.77 ERA. Since the All-Star break, he has given up nine earned runs over 107 1/3 innings for an 0.75 ERA, the lowest ERA after the break in history. In another story, Cubs' Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Dodgers.

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Defensive Positioning Played a Big Role in MLB Playoffs

How major league teams line up their defenses can make a big difference. "It's pays off," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "You're using all these statistics, to move this guy over four or five feet because the percentages are in our advantage." A bouncer to the right side that was once a base hit is fielded by the second baseman in shallow right field, and the throw to first makes it a simple groundout.

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Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winners in 2015 Are Announced

World Series MVP Salvador Perez and Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar have won Gold Gloves. Perez was honored for the third consecutive season as the American League catcher, as was Hosmer, pictured here playing first base. In the National League, catcher Yadier Molina and right fielder Jason Heyward won from St. Louis. Arizona also had two winners with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and center fielder A.J. Pollock.

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Cubs' Billy Williams Thinks of Ernie Banks and Ron Santo

Billy Williams couldn't help but let his mind drift, thinking about his old teammates Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. As the Cubs got set for their first postseason games since 2008, Williams could imagine the unbridled joy Banks would be feeling. And he could see Santo in the radio booth. When Chicago took the field for the N.L. wild-card game, Williams figured two big supporters would be looking down, enjoying the moment as much as he was.

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Terry Collins Keeps Reporters Entertained and Mets on Winning Track

Terry Collins, 66, made his news conferences must see TV during the post season, full of humor, wit and stories from his long career. Given almost any topic, Collins can offer a nuanced perspective, an anecdote from long ago or a joke that draws laughter. Time has mellowed Collins, he acknowledges. His players laud him for his communication skills and his open-door policy. Collins led the Mets to their first playoff appearance in nine years.

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Chris Sale Sets Strikeout Record in White Sox Win Over Tigers

Chris Sale broke the White Sox season strikeout record during the 2015 season that stood for more than a century. On Friday night, October 2, Sale fanned his 270th batter of the season, topping the mark set by Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1908. Sale got James McCann looking at a 3-2 breaking ball for the first out of the second inning. Chicago beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1. Sale led the American League in strikeouts and was second in the majors behind only the Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (301).

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Ichiro Suzuki Passes Ty Cobb with 4,192nd Career Hit in Majors, Japan

Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning for his 4,192nd career hit in the major leagues and Japan, passing Ty Cobb's total that ranks second in history. The 41-year-old Suzuki got his record hit for the Miami Marlins against the Cardinals on August 15 in St. Louis. He had 1,278 hits in nine seasons for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan. The combined total however is not recognized as an official mark. Suzuki is pictured here hitting a single off Cardinals' starting pitcher John Lackey.

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Dean Chance, Cy Young Award Winner, Dies

Dean Chance, a right-hand pitcher for five major league teams whose Cy Young Award-winning year in 1964 ranks among the great season-long performances in the history of baseball, died October 11 at his home in New Pittsburgh, Ohio. He was 74. Chance pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, twice winning 20 games and enjoying special success against the Yankees, a team he beat 18 times. In all, Chance won 128 games and lost 115, with a career E.R.A. of 2.92.

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Dusty Baker Named New Manager of Washington Nationals

Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero black skippers. In the 66-year-old Baker, the Nationals get someone who has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 record -- a .526 winning percentage -- includes the second-most victories among active managers. Baker is a three-time National League Manager of the Year Award winner, all with the San Francisco Giants.

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Grand Slams by Reimold and Clevenger Highlight 10-run 8th Inning

The Baltimore Orioles earned a piece of history by becoming the seventh team in the modern era to hit two grand slams in the same inning. Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger both hit grand slams during a 10-run eighth inning, giving Baltimore a 14-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on September 11. Since the start of the 20th century, six teams have hit grand slams in the same inning. The Orioles are the only one to do it twice.

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Baseball Fever Grows in Montreal with Hopes of a new Team

During the past three years, a series of events has had people in Montreal embrace the idea that baseball might be coming back. With a population of more than four million people in the metropolitan area, Montreal is the largest city in North America without a baseball team. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has given his blessing to Montreal as a potential future site. "I see Montreal as a viable possibility," said Manfred.

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Billy Pierce, White Sox Pitching Great, Dies

Billy Pierce, the Chicago White Sox left-hander who became one of baseball's leading pitchers in the 1950s, died on July 31 in Palos Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was 88. Pierce was only 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds, but his smooth mechanics enabled him to become a power pitcher with a team that relied on pitching, speed and defense. Pitching for 18 major league seasons, Pierce won 211 games, was a seven-time All-Star, with a A.L. leading 1.97 ERA in 1955, and he amassed 1,999 strikeouts.

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Major League Batting Styles

Perhaps the most widely used principle in hitting a baseball is take a level, natural swing, and top batters at all levels of play have been using this principle with great success. Indeed, the success of such big league batting champions as Henry Aaron, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, and Willie McCovey, pictured left, can be attributed to a level, free hitting swing. Highlighting Don Weiskopf's Photo Gallery are the batting sequence series photographs of all of these great hitters and others.

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Andy MacPhail Takes Over as Phillies President

Longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail has taken over for Pat Gillick as team president of the Philadelphia Phillies. MacPhail, 62, has a strong track record of floundering franchises, including helping build two World Series winners in Minnesota and bringing about a resurgence in Baltimore that led to playoff appearances by the Orioles in 2012 and 2014. MacPhail stated that "This organization has a reputation of doing things first class, and I'm confident we are going to be able to get back."

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Rob Manfred Says MLB Must Improve Minority Hiring

Minority managers have all but disappeared from Major League Baseball's dugouts. Until Dusty Baker signed with the Nationals on November 3, next year could have been the first season with no black managers in the major leagues since 1984-87. Commissioner Rob Manfred said, "I think it's incumbent upon us to come up with additional programs and ways to make sure that our numbers look better over the long haul. We are focused on the need to promote diversity, not just African-American, but Latino, as well, in the managerial ranks."

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Jackie Bradley's Big Day: 2 Homers, 3 Doubles and 7 RBI's

Minus their ailing manager John Farrell, the Boston Red Sox were trying to keep their focus on the field. The hitters have done that. Jackie Bradley Jr. launched two homers and three doubles to drive in seven runs as the Red Sox once again battered Seattle 22-10 on August 15. Boston got 26 hits in the highest-scoring game ever against the Mariners. At 25, Bradley became the youngest player to get five extra-base hits in a game, and the first to do it for the Red Sox.

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Tighten Up the Defense

A tight defense can provide the foundation for a fundamentally sound baseball team. In order to win ball games, a team must execute the fundamentals correctly. Good pitching and a solid defense will prove to be a winning combination for any baseball team. The secret of a good defense is to be strong down the middle. The Skills and Strategies page features Don Weiskopf's sequence-series photographs of Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Sandy Koufax, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Northrup, and Bill Russell.

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Astros Mike Fiers Tosses No-Hitter Against Dodgers

Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 21. Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it. He threw his glove high into the air for his first career complete game and the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this season. "It was like a dream," Fiers said. "You feel the emotion of everything you've been through in your life."

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Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton Dies

Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose radio calls over six decades included 11 no-hitters and Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, died on September 17. He was 88. Hamilton spent 60 years broadcasting major league games, and was working for WSB radio in Atlanta when Aaron became the all-time home run leader on April 8, 1974. Among the other highlights of his career were calling Nolan Ryan's strikeout in 1985 and Craig Biggio's 3,000th hit in 2007.

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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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A Baseball Habit Begins to Feel the Pinch

Most days he is at work at AT&T Park, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner can be seen with a clump of smokeless tobacco lodged in his lower lip. A World Series hero, Bumgarner grew up in a small town in North Carolina, where, he said, nearly all men dipped. Next year, Bumgarner will have to break the habit, at least at his home stadium. Signaling a profound shift in the culture of baseball, Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco signed an ordinance that banned smokeless tobacco from all public athletic fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

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Blake Snell Named USA TODAY Minor League Player of Year

Blake Snell has been named USA TODAY Sport's Minor League player of the year after putting together a 15-4 season in the Class A Florida League, AA Southern and AAA International Leagues. Snell, 22, was a first-round pick in the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder made a meteoric rise through the Rays organization this summer. He compiled a combined record of 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA in 25 appearances, 23 of them starts.

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Fresno Grizzlies Power Past Clippers for Triple-A Title

Fresno pitcher Chris Devenski was almost perfect, and that set the table for the Grizzlies to roar away from Columbus and take the Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship 7-0 on September 22, in El Paso, Texas. Fresno had already been crowned champion of the Pacific Coast League and Columbus had won the International League title. Devenski worked seven innings, and gave up just one bloop single in the sixth. In another article, Clippers Win 3rd Governors Cup in 6 Years.

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Grizzlies' Tony DeFrancesco Bounces Back as Champion

Tony DeFrancesco is happy to be a national champion once again. After being diagnosed with cancer during spring training last season, the Fresno Grizzlies manager stepped down from his post as the Astros Triple-A manager. The New York native spent six weeks in Houston undergoing radiation and chemo therapy before heading back to Arizona to rest. He made it back to the diamond on May 27 and was happily managing his players instead of prescriptions once again.

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Minor League Attendance Tops 42.5 Million in 2015

A total of 42,561,445 fans passed through the gates at Minor League Baseball games in 2015, marking the third-largest single-season total in the organization's history, which currently consists of 176 teams in 15 leagues. The 2015 season saw 14 teams set single-season franchise attendance records and marked the 11th consecutive year MiLB drew over 4 million fans. In another story, River Cats Are Tops in Attendance with New Affiliation.

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Rawlings, Minor Leagues Announce Gold Glove Awards

Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods, Inc., have announced recipients of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence at their positions. The honorees were selected among qualifying players from the 10 domestic-based, full-season Minor Leagues. Each player will receive his own Rawlings Gold Glove Award, modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball's top defensive players, during the 2016 season.

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Game Times Drop More with Pitch Clock in High Minors

Leagues that used 20-second pitch clocks this season cut 12 minutes from their average game time, double the 6-minute overall drop in the minors. In the first year the pitch clocks were used at Triple-A and Double-A, 310 balls were called against tardy pitchers for violating pace-of-game rules and 170 strikes were called against procrastinating batters. Some pitchers still believe batters could do more to help. The Major League Baseball Players Association has refused to allow pitch clocks.

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Mike Hessman Becomes Minor League Home Run King

Mud Hens third baseman Mike Hessman stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning on August 3 and hit a grand slam to left-center field. He became the Minor League home run king in grand style. Hessman's 433rd Minor League homer broke the record set by Oakland Oaks slugger Buzz Arlett more than six decades ago. Hessman is one of only four players in history to hit over 400 home runs and has hit 183 in his six-plus seasons in Toledo.

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Matt Tuiasosopo Makes History for Triple-A Charlotte Knights

Matt Tuiasosopo launched three long balls and scored a career-high seven runs August 7, powering Triple-A Charlotte to a 9-5 triumph over Rochester at BB&T Ballpark. The 29-year-old outfielder wasted no time getting started on his historic night, sending a three-run shot over the right field wall in the first inning. Tuiasosopo went deep again to left for a solo homer in the second, then became the eighth player in Knights history to complete a three-homer game when he hit a three-run blast to left-center.

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Dayton Dragons' Tyler Mahle Credits Dad for Edge

Relentless was the mindset that Dayton's Tyler Mahle, a 6-foot-2, 175 pound right-hander, unleashed when he attacked Midwest League hitters this season. It's a mindset that earned the 20-year-old from Westminster, California, the right-handed starting pitcher selection on the Midwest League Eastern Division All-Star team. This season, Mahle was 11-7 with a 2.43 ERA. In five starts in July, he was 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA.

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Why Do Athletes Risk Using Performance Enhancing Drugs?

It's seen all too often these days: The meteoric rise of an athletic superstar, with fans that marvel at his strength, quickness and agility. Then comes the accusations of drug abuse and the subsequent investigations, probations, suspensions, and even permanent bans from the sport. To come to terms with a risk, athletes need to evaluate not only the upside and the downside, but also their probability of being caught, with long suspensions.

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How MLB Let A-Rod Use Performance Enhancing Drugs

Alex Rodriguez's first four seasons in the Bronx were marked by incredible individual statistics and disappointing team results. The Yankees failed to make the World Series from 2004 to '07, but Rodriguez did win MVP awards in '05 and '07. What hasn't been reported until now is that Rodriguez won that MVP with permission from MLB to use PED's. Rodriguez put up huge numbers in 2007 with the help of a powerful anabolic steroid. He asked permission to use testosterone banned by baseball since 2003, and he was granted an exemption allowing him to use testosterone all season.

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Team USA Wins Third Consecutive U-18 World Championship

The USA Baseball U-18 National Team won its third consecutive world championship with a 2-1 victory over Japan in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup on September 6 in Osaka, Japan. Team USA finished the competition with an 8-1 record, avenging its only previous loss with a victory over Japan. The United States has now won three consecutive U-18 world championships.

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Baseball to Make Global Pitch at Inaugural Premier 12 Tourney

Baseball will be looking to move a step closer to an Olympic return with the start of the new Premier 12 tournament. Featuring the top 12 nations in the WBSC rankings, the inaugural tournament was played in Japan and Taiwan from November 8-21. The quadrennial tournament is being organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation with Olympic qualification going to the winner beginning in 2019, should the sport be reinstated to the Games.

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Shonei Otani Hurls Japan Past South Korea in Premier 12 Opener

Japan took the opening game of the Premier 12 tournament 5-0 on November 8 behind the sparkling pitching of Shonei Otani, the local hero. Otani, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace, allowed two hits over six scoreless innings and the Yomiuri Giants' Hayato Sakamoto and Chunichi Dragons' Ryosuke Hirata both drove in two runs in the Group B clash before a crowd of 28,848 at Sapporo Dome.

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Major League Baseball Hopes for European Games within 5 Years

Major League Baseball hopes to play regular-season games in Europe within five years and return to Mexico for the first time since 1999. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has made expansion of international play a priority. Dan Halem, MLB's chief legal officer, said "I think the view is that the more you play in these countries on a continued basis rather than going to a country one year and then waiting five years to return, the better in terms of developing baseball." Pictured here with Halem is Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, including on-field operations.

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Twins Prospect Max Kepler Could Become MLB's First European Star

When the Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler made his big league debut on September 27, he became the latest in a small but growing group of prospects raised in Europe to graduate to the game's highest level. Kepler enjoyed a breakout campaign at Class AA Chattanooga this season. A 6'4" lefty hitter with good speed, contact skills, and gap power, Kepler received the Southern League MVP Award in 2015 by hitting .322 with a .947 OPS before his promotion to the majors.

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Hisashi Iwakuma Is 2nd Japanese Pitcher to Throw No-Hitter

Hisashi Iwakuma has become the first American League pitcher in nearly three years to throw a no-hitter in Seattle Mariners' 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on August 12 in Seattle. The 34-year-old native of Tokyo, Japan didn't overpower the Orioles. That's not his style. Instead, Iwakuma smartly used a biting splitter and precise control to throw the fourth individual no-hitter in franchise history.

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Joaquin Andujar, Former Cardinals Pitching Ace, Dies

Joaquin Andujar, a star pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s who called himself "One tough Dominican," has died in his native Dominican Republic. He was 62 when he passed away on September 8. The cause was diabetes complications. Andujar helped blaze a path of pitching greatness from the Dominican Republic to the major leagues. He won 127 games in a 13-year career, spent mostly with the Cardinals. The 6 foot, 185 pound hurler earned his first two All-Star selections with Houston Astros in 1977 and 1979.

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Tokyo Wins Little League World Series Baseball Title

Tokyo won the Little League World Series, pounding out 22 hits and overcoming an eight-run first-inning deficit to beat Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, 18-11, on August 30. The Kitasuna Little League team gave Japan its 10th title. Lewisberry scored a record 10 times in the bottom of the first, but Tokyo responded with seven runs in the second inning, four in the third and five in the sixth. Japan pitcher Nobuyuki Kawashima is pictured here celebrating after beating the Mid-Atlantic Region team.

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Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin: Developing Champions 'The Right Way'

For a baseball coach, Tim Corbin owes his very successful career to influences from other sports, too. His connections to football led him through his playing and coaching years in Ohio and South Carolina, and the baseball dugout at Vanderbilt University. The Commodores completed their successful title run in 2014 by winning the College World Series and the NCAA National Championship trophy. Corbin has endeared himself to the community through his blue-collar work ethic, his commitment and his genuine nature.

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Andrew Benintendi Named Collegiate Baseball Player of Year

In the midst of the greatest season in Arkansas baseball history, sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi has been named the National Player of the Year. He becomes the first Razorback in program history of the SEC to win NCAA Player of the Year accolades. He was one of two players in the country to rank in the top 15 in home runs and batting average, and one of two individuals with 15-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases.

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College Baseball Receives Offensive Boost with Flat-Seam Ball

Adopting to new bat standards from 2011 that lowered offensive production, NCAA Division I decision-makers switched to a flat-seamed baseball this season in hopes of reversing that trend. Entering the College World Series, teams had hit more home runs and put the long ball back in college baseball. The flat-seam ball was introduced four years after the NCAA limited the types of legal aluminum bats to those that generated batted-ball velocities as wood bats.

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Cape Cod Baseball League President Judy Scarafile to Retire

Cape Cod Baseball League president Judy Scarafile has retired after 24 years as the head of the nationally recognized summer collegiate league. She rose through the ranks, first as a scorekeeper and publicity assistant, then as league publicist, secretary, deputy commissioner and vice-president. Scarafile became the president in 1991 and was inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in 2003. More than 1,000 major league players have played in the Cape Cod League.

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Seattle Studs Win NBC World Series Non-Pro Championship

The Seattle Studs jumped out to a four-run lead and held on for a 5-2 win over the Haysville Aviators on August 8, in the title game of the 81st National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. The Studs won the championship for the second time in the last three years, reaching the finals six times since 2008. Haysville, Kansas was in its third year of play, reaching the NBC finals for the first time.

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Seattle Studs' Pitching Ace Geoff Brown Shines on the Mound

Seattle Studs starting pitcher Geoff Brown helped the NBC World Series champions survive the early innings and maintain the lead late in their 5-2 victory over the Haysville Aviators. Brown, a 26-year-old left-hander with professional experience, pitched into the ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the sixth inning and Haysville didn't score again. "Being able to take a championship home to Seattle again is huge." Brown won both of his starts in the tournament, and his veteran status was most needed.

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South Carolina Team Wins American Legion World Series

Chapin-Newberry, S.C., Post 193, which rallied to win three games in the eighth inning or later before the final on August 18, took the lead early and used two big innings to defeat Retif Oil (New Orleans) 9-2 and win the 2015 American Legion World Series Championship in Shelby, North Carolina. Post 193 was made up of players from Newberry, Mid-Carolina, Dutch Fork and Clinton. Chapin-Newberry finished the season at 32-1, with its lone loss coming to Louisiana in the tournament.

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South Carolina's Justin Hawkins American Legion Player of Year

In addition to helping his team win the 2015 American Legion World Series Championship, Chapin-Newberry (S.C.) Post 193 shortstop Justin Hawkins took home some personal hardware. He was awarded the George W. Rulon American Legion Player of the Year Award. In regional and ALWS play, he hit .368 with five home runs and 12 runs batted in. He also won the Dr. Irvin L. "Click" Cowger RBI Award for the most RBIs and Big Stick Award for most total bases (31).

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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

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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Sandlot Kids

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

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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Sandlot play in Chicago

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