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One hundred years into live ball era, is baseball a better game?

[ad_1] Style of play has been a hot topic this season, when records are falling left and right, and center, too. That sounds pretty exciting, but a lot of people have a lot of problems with which records are falling because of what it says about the product. Which, by the way, remains wonderful. Perfect? No. But still pretty damned good.Whether you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in
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Youth baseball participation on the rise

[ad_1] WASHINGTON -- While no one is saying the erstwhile national pastime is returning to its glory years, Major League Baseball is encouraged that kids are returning to baseball and sticking with it. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of U.S. kids playing baseball and softball combined increased by nearly 3 million, according to annual surveys by the Sports Fitness & Industry Association. During that same period, participation in soccer
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‘You’re the guy with the ball to the crotch’ — The inside story behind the funniest baseball card ever made

[ad_1] Keith Comstock played on four major league clubs as a journeyman reliever, but his professional career is most often remembered for one thing: a ball to the crotch. Thirty years ago -- in what otherwise would have been a forgotten minor league set -- Comstock appeared on one of the most memorable baseball cards ever made. Here's the story of how it came together, in his words.Courtesy Jesse MurphyWhen
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His bat handle says what?! 10 of the most hilarious and unforgettable baseball cards

[ad_1] Some players -- like the now-immortal Keith Comstock -- pose for them on purpose. Some are semi-tragic mistakes. Others, well, we just don't know.What we do know: From bat-handle obscenities to boa constrictors and mascot photo bombs, these are 10 of the funniest and most memorable baseball cards ever.Billy Ripken 1989 FleerFleerWith perhaps the most famous error card ever produced, Billy Ripken is known to this day as much
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Welcome to the best team in baseball — Greinke rocked but Astros roll

[ad_1] The Houston Astros' scariest new weapon delivered some damage on Tuesday. Oh, and Zack Greinke pitched too. Some observations on Houston's 11-6 win over the Rockies and the debut of their third ace after he came over in that last-second deadline dead that stunned the baseball world ...1. As Greinke warmed up, the Astros' television crew talked about how Greinke said he was excited to join such a talented
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Fantasy baseball daily notes — Pitcher and hitter rankings for Friday

[ad_1] 5:58 PM ETTodd ZolaFantasy CloseWriting on fantasy baseball game theory and player analysis since 1997 Winner of the 2013 Fantasy Sports Writer's Association Best Baseball ArticleGet ready for another weekend of "the sport's greatest rivalry" narrative as the New York Yankees visit Fenway Park for a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox. Don't worry, there are several other notable series this weekend with the Nationals entertaining the Dodgers,
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Now and always, Cooperstown celebrates baseball at its best

[ad_1] COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With a quiet demeanor, a humble attitude and a workmanlike approach to his craft, Harold Baines has never quite seemed like a man of his time, but one long before it. In the end, all of those qualities make Cooperstown the perfect place to immortalize his baseball career.Baines is a Hemingway hero walking among us. He is indeed quiet and, as he will admit, shy. But
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Baseball would be a ‘backup job’

[ad_1] HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is not ruling out a career in baseball after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox last month but remains committed to football."My career is football," he said Monday at SEC media days. "My main focus is football [in] college, then hopefully a career in the NFL. Then [baseball] is kind of like a backup plan, backup job."The Red Sox selected Franks,