The Wear And Tear Of Traveling On Players

Written by admin on July 12, 2013

The dream of every little boy is to make it to the major leagues. Players from Latin America and Cuba along with North American players sought to make their mark on the American National Pastime. Over the past decade plus, Major League Baseball has seen an influx of players from Japan, players who have seen success as well as failure. The most popular and successful player that has made the transition is New York Yankees’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The longtime Seattle Mariner made an immediate impact during his rookie season of 2001, winning the AL MVP, Rookie of the Year, and the batting title, while the Mariners won a record 116 regular season games. He is on schedule to reach the exclusive 3,000 hit club within a couple more seasons. A player that failed, was former Yankee and Expo, Hideki Irabu. Billed as the Japanese Nolan Ryan, he was the much maligned target of owner George Steinbrenner. Irabu was a member of a couple championship teams, but never sustained the success he had in Japan. Within a few years, more details, he was out of baseball, deemed a failure. During 2012, Irabu dealing with personal problems, tragically ended his own life.

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Pro Players Who Can Execute the Knuckle-ball Pitch

Written by admin on May 7, 2013

The knuckleball, one of baseball’s most difficult pitches to hit has recently regained a resurgence in popularity. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey uses it as his primary pitch. After years as a journeyman hurler, Dickey found success in New York, dominating hitters with the butterfly pitch. He wasn’t the first to be successful however.

Phil Niekro won over 300 career games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, using the knuckleball over a career Read the rest of this entry »

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The Manager’s Role On A Pro Baseball Team

Written by admin on May 6, 2013

Pro baseball managers have a list of responsibilities in fulfilling their roles on the Major League stage. The hierarchy of baseball operations starts at the ownership level, which is then left in the hands of the general manager who consults with actual team manager. Also known as the head coach, a pro baseball manager has an assistant, a hitting coach, a pitching staff coach, as well as a training staff and a team of doctors. The manager Read the rest of this entry »

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Techniques For Successfully Stealing Bases

Written by admin on May 4, 2013

While stolen bases are not as popular as they were in the past, smart baserunning is essential for succeeding in baseball. However, many player struggle with the fundamentals of stealing bases. Here are some tips for successfully stealing bases.

First, it is important to learn the proper technique for stealing bases. Getting a good jump is essential, and learning how to slide properly can increase the odds of success significantly. As with all aspects of baseball, stealing bases should be practiced on Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Great Pro Baseball Players From The Past

Written by admin on May 3, 2013

The Baseball Hall of Fame is filled with the great ball players of past seasons. Every fan remembers watching the great players who played on the best teams. Of all of the great players in baseball history, pitchers are among the most memorable. Here are a few of the past greats.

Sandy Kofax played from 1955 through 1966 for the Dodgers. During his career, he amassed 165 wins with an earned run average of 2.76. Kofax won four World Series and three Cy Young Awards.

One of the top five pitchers of all time was Read the rest of this entry »

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Japanese Players Who Made It to The American Pros

Written by admin on May 2, 2013

The dream of every little boy is to make it to the major leagues. Players from Latin America and Cuba along with North American players sought to make their mark on the American National Pastime. Over the past decade plus, Major League Baseball has seen an influx of players from Japan, players who have seen success as well as failure.

The most popular and successful player that has made the transition is New York Yankees’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The longtime Seattle Mariner made an Read the rest of this entry »

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