It's been a rough couple of weeks for the San Francisco Giants as they've gone 5-9, including last night's loss to the red hot Kansas City Royals. This has taken them from being the sportsbettingprofessor.com betting favorite to win the National League title to a mere contender. One of the main problems for the Giants has been pitcher Tim Lincecum, as he's having one of the worst seasons of his career. If you're familiar with the Giants, then Lincecum's struggles are nothing new to you. Giants fans have seen the former back to back Cy Young winner diminish into a below average pitcher over the last 3 seasons.
In the history of all things men's sports at Vanderbilt, there has never been a National Championship. They've done a lot of great things, but National Champ has never been put next to a men's sport for the Commodores. That ended this summer as the Vanderbilt Baseball Team won it's first championship. They came through in ways that probably shocked, surprised, and baffled even the players on the team.
It's often said that the lines between Wall Street traders and professional gamblers are, at best, distinctly blurry - after all, trading is effectively gambling, except on the prices of stocks, bonds and other financial instruments instead of sports events, cards, and the like. Many of the world's most successful traders started out as gamblers, and some of them - such as hedge fund wizards David Einhorn and Seth Klarman - still occasionally compete at major poker tournaments.
The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books. After three days and 256 picks, we finally can start looking ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft. Unlike in baseball, where there are nearly forty rounds, top picks are rarely seen in Major League Baseball for several years after draft day, and the drafted players are totally irrelevant to fantasy baseball and any daily fantasy baseball guide, the NFL draft is about immediate results from ready players.
The New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez gets the sternest punishment as a consequence of a drug investigation, which was led by Major League Baseball. He has been suspended for the entire session of 2014. The initial ban was supposed to last for 211 games, initially imposed by the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig.
While many of us were celebrating the new year on new year's day, former American League Cy Young candidate Mark Mulder was celebrating something else, as he signed a contract to play for the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN.
When San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean called his own team a group of "cockroaches", he meant it as a term of affection, oddly enough. "I could put nine of you in a microwave, turn it up for 20 minutes," he said, as reported by MLB.com "and eight of you are walking out." Sabean meant his team had great resiliency — at least, that's what we hope he meant — but bugs and baseball have a more tenuous relationship than the metaphor implies. How have insects affected MLB games in the past?
America's national pastime has wrapped up, as the 2013 season featured the Boston Red Sox taking home the World Series crown against the St. Louis Cardinals. Two million persons celebrated the Boston victory parade in grand style, SB Nation reported. Pitchers and catchers report come February, and you can start planning your own version of a championship celebration for the next time the stars align and your favorite team wins it all. Where should you be when it happens?"
Major League baseball players have the life. They spend February and March enjoying sunny Arizona or Florida, get paid big bucks to play a game for the next six months (seven, if it's a good season) and then do whatever they want the other three to four months of the year. Well, maybe not "whatever" they want. As salaries increased, restrictions in MLB player contracts have, too.
With baseball season coming to a close, October is a gloomy month. But there's something new to look forward to besides spring training. A team of developers wants to reinvent the ballpark experience with an app called Blue. It's always better to see the game in person than at home on TV, but there's still some give-and-take. Live games don't offer some of the commentary and stat-keeping television does and Blue wants to change that using Google Glass.
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