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As hard as it is to believe, this week marks the conclusion of the 2012 MLB regular season. Without question, it has been one of the craziest seasons in recent memory, with the likes of multiple perfect games, historic rookie impacts, colossal trades, spectacular individual accomplishments and...
Mike Trout was the best player in baseball this season. You know, I know it. We know it for a variety of reasons – the least of which is the sabermetric craze. The big sports media outlets are waging a debate on a near-presidential scale of whether Trout or Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP this...
The first wild card one-game playoff showdown in Major League Baseball history was held up for about 20 minutes on Oct. 5 when the hometown Atlanta Brave fans showered Turner Field with debris. The fans were reacting to a perceived blown call by the umpires in the eighth inning that may have helped...
  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees hits a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of their game on October 3, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City (October 2, 2012 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) (PhatzRadio / AP...
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Wednesday night marked the last game of the Chicago Cubs regular season. A season that ended with the second most losses in franchise history. Though it’s not in my nature to share personal preferences, I must admit in this case that as a fan, the 2012 season did sting a little bit. There was new...
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - It would have been the final out of Game-4 of the World Series and a 4-3 victory for theBrooklyn Dodgers had catcher Mickey Owen held on to strike three on this date in 1941. Instead, the ball went all the way back to the screen. The batter, ...
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Every baseball season defies prediction. And yet every year, blowhards like me stand up and try to tell you exactly where your favorite players and favorite teams will end up. Soon, Off The Bench will do a season wrap-up where we break down the predictions from our season previews and try to figure...
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  NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - "Branca throws. There's a long fly. It's gonna be I believe... THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!" So many things came together that day in New York's Polo Grounds to make Russ Hodges' radio play-by-...
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There are a lot of names that are floating out there in regards to who will serve as the replacement for ex-Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine. When we look at the field, there are five names that really make a lot of sense to us. Let’s check them out. #1 John Farrell In a perfect world this...
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Here we go again. Last year, it took a miraculous comeback by the St Louis Cardinals, along with an epic collapse by the Atlanta Braves, to give the Wild Card Redbirds a shot at postseason glory. Of course, they capitalized on that opportunity; winning the franchise's eleventh World Championship...
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There have been some big changes in St. Louis since the Cardinals won the World Series last year with slugger Albert Pujols leaving the team as a free agent and manager Tony La Russa retiring. However, the club will still have the opportunity to defend its World Series title as they made the...
October 2, 1978 - Bucky "Bleeping" Dent's unlikely home run helps the New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway Park. Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, Dent smacks a three-run shot against pitcher Mike Torrez into the screen above the Green...
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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been crowned “The Chosen One” since he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16 year old. His talent has forever been impressive, but his God’s-gift-to-baseball status has rubbed more than one traditional fan the wrong way. His haircut,...
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There was a time, in the not so distant past, when a no-hitter in baseball was so infrequent that you could remember the names of the pitchers who tossed such gems over the past several years.   The moments were recalled on the yellowed newspaper clippings of your memory. The no-hitters dotted...
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September 29, 1954 - Willie Mays makes his famous running catch off the bat of Vic Wertz in game one of the World Series. In the eighth inning with a 2-2 tie and men on 1st and 2nd, Wertz slammed a 420 foot shot to the cavernous center field of the Polo Grounds. Mays was playing shallow, since...
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    Catcher Rob Johnson is signed by the New York Mets. ...

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    The St. Louis Cardinals sign free agent outfielder Carlos Be ...

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