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.
Why 2013 has been Terry Francona's second best managerial job, and will finally culminate with him being awarded Manager of the Year. Like others, Terry Francona has had a number of ups and downs during his thirteen years as a professional manager. From the highest of highs in 2004 and 2007 as a World Series Champion to the lowest of lows when he was fired from the Philadelphia Phillies (not recording any winning seasons) and the debacle of the 2011 Red Sox who "chocked" a 9 game September lead as Boston missed the playoffs, leading to the departure of Francona in Boston.
Major League Baseball teams are the toughest franchises to run of any sport. General Managers must deal deftly with the regular draft, the Rule 5 draft, international free agency, unrestricted international free agency, regular free agency, trades, minor claims – you name it there are a million ways to improve or destroy a baseball club. So, who ranks as the top ten General Managers in baseball?
Since the start of the 2010 offseason, we have seen general managers make moves that have turned franchises around for the better or worse. When assessing the decisions general managers have made over the past three seasons, I wanted to examine four different qualities.
To the insult, affront, and dismay of every real fan of America's pastime, 22% of polled Americans selected Alex Rodriguez as the face of baseball in a recent survey. Apparently, those most likely to choose A-Roid were casual fans of baseball who live more than 20 miles from a ballpark – in other words, football fans who mistakenly answered a survey about baseball. But still.
Baseball fans have been up in arms for years over the mere idea of adding instant replay to MLB. Well, now it's happening, and fans just aren't sure how to take it. Two weeks ago Major League Baseball announced that it will move forward with the installation of instant replay technology to minimize bad calls made during games. The agreement states that a 75 percent vote by the owners will be needed in order for this new system to be approved.
For the last two decades, New Yorkers have held one inescapable truth: the Yankees are better than the Mets. Since 1995, when Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera came up for the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers have barely missed the playoffs and put up five World Series banners. The Mets have endured nearly a dozen losing season and made only one World Series – losing to, you guessed it, the Yankees.
You've watched countless baseball games and often marvel at the patterns on the field, but you never thought you could do it in your own yard. You can. And it's easy, actually. With a plan and the right equipment, your lawn can look like Yankee Stadium—and you'll have people from blocks away in awe of your finely groomed property.
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