VIDEO: Jacob deGrom begins game with eight straight strikeouts to tie MLB record

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Jacob deGrom has made a strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year Award and he’s adding to his resume so far tonight.

DeGrom began tonight’s game against the Marlins with eight straight strikeouts to tie the modern MLB record. Jim Deshaies previously did it with the Astros in a start against the Dodgers on September 23, 1986.

DeGrom’s streak was ultimately snapped when, of course, the opposing pitcher Jarred Cosart hit a clean single to right field. The 26-year-old right-hander ultimately fell two strikeouts short of the all-time record for consecutive strikeouts at any point in a game, held by Mets great Tom Seaver (April 22, 1970). Still, not bad for a rookie.

Watch deGrom set the record below:

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Combatting the Sun Monster

Originally posted on Nats Insider:

When the MLB calendar reaches its final weeks and the season transitions from summer to fall, Nationals Park can sometimes present a surprise for whoever is playing in the outfield.

During day games in September, the sun can make it very difficult to see flyballs, particularly ones that travel low to right and right-center field. Nationals players call it the Sun Monster, and though they joke about it and wear t-shirts with its likeness, the effects are serious.

On Sunday, in the Nationals’ 3-2 win over the Phillies, the Sun Monster struck twice. It got Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. on a ball hit by Ian Desmond in the bottom of the second inning, and it got Nats center fielder Denard Span in the top of the fourth.

Span has now played in the Nationals’ outfield for nearly two full seasons. Sunday, however, was like nothing he’s ever seen.

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“Wake me up when September ends” because playoffs

Originally posted on Sheed Sports:

It’s that time of year. And I’m not talking about football.

I’m talkin’ baseball. (And for those of you who are over baseball thanks to the start of football season, cut me some slack.)

It’s the time of year when suddenly you’re cheering for a lot more baseball teams than just your own. Justin just thanked me for the Giants’ win today over the Detroit Tigers (his Mariners are currently one wild card game back in the American League with the Tigers hot on their heels), and I’m religiously cheering for pretty much anyone who plays the Brewers and Pirates. And of course the Dodgers.

So before I get into it, I’ll list the leaders of each division and the wild card standings:

National League East leader: Washington Nationals

National League Central leader: St. Louis Cardinals

National League West leader: LA Dodgers

National League wild card leaders: San Francisco Giants…

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The girl who rocked the LLWS signs autograph for Yasiel Puig

Originally posted on Zona de Sabor:

Mo'ne Davis signing an autograph for Dodgers star Yasiel Puig.

Davis threw out the first pitch of the Dodgers game. (Twitter/@ESPN)

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis shined a little brighter on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers game. Davis was in charge of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game and even had time to sign some autographs…, for Dodger players.

The Philadelphia native captivated the country with her performances in the most prestigious youth baseball tournament in the world, the Little League World Series (LLWS). During that tournament the young pitcher became the first girl to pitch a shutout. She even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Davis attended the Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals game in LA, where she threw out the first pitch -a strike to boot. As if things could not get any cooler for this young athlete, she…

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What Would Be Your Walk Up Music?

Originally posted on World Wide Webb Blog:

Wouldn’t it be great if every time you walked into a room a song started playing? Not just any song, but a song that set the stage for the moment and let everyone in the room know who you are and what you are about? That is what happens in baseball with walk up music.

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When I was a kid there was no difference between Reggie Jackson coming to the plate or Mario Mendoza. Now, we have 10 to 15 seconds of a player’s personality coming through to the fans.

It may have all started with the movie Major League when relief pitcher, Ricky Vaughn, would walk up to the mound to the sound of “Wild Thing”. (link) Officially, it started in 1998 when San Diego Padres Pitcher, Trevor Hoffman, started entering the game to the music of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.” Now, what Yankees fan doesn’t think of…

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Taijuan Walker: A Freakish Athlete

Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners is a freak athlete. A 2010 first round draft pick,he made his debut August 30th 2013. This year he has made only 3 starts due to some injuries, but he is on track to get back to the big leaugues in September. You might have first heard of him in 2012 when he appeared in the MLB Futures Game.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

You also might have seen and heard of him in 2013 when Taijuan showed off his freakish athleticism. Here’s the video that caught many peoples eyes.

Those were the dunks that caught every ones attention. He decided to have a dunk contest against Brett Lawrie, which was featured on Intentional Talk.

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After Millar hated on Walkers dunk on Intentional Talk, they decided to have Taijuan back on where he judged Kevin Millars dunks.

Taijuan also got challenged by another MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds.

Everyone wanted to see how they could compare to the man who started it all Taijuan Walker. Going back to his high school days Taijuan was a two star athlete, baseball and basketball. Walker was 10-4 with a 1.77 ERA as a high school senior, fanning 93 in 67 1/3 innings and allowing no home runs. He also was a basketball star, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game at forward. So that’s where all of those dunks come from! Walker is an imposing presence on the mound at 6 feet 4 inches and touches 95 MPH on his fastball. Here’s a video of his first win..

Taijuan Walker is another name to know for the near future, this man will be a big component in the Mariners quest for a World Series.

 

Is Pete Rose’s Lifetime Ban From Baseball Still Fair?

Originally posted on 1059 SUNNY FM:

I’m a Florida boy, raised in Tampa.  I’ve always loved sports, since I was a kid, and though I love the New York Yankees, my heart is still with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Call me a homer if you like, I don’t care.

You may know that the Yankees Spring training is in Tampa.  They play spring ball at “Legend’s Field” across the street from Tampa stadium, right off one of the main roads in Tampa, Dale Mabry.  The Yankees training facility is only a few blocks away from both.  THAT was about 5 miles from the home where I was raised.

As a youth, I used to ride my bike to that very same training facility…yeah, it was there then too! However, back then it wasn’t the Yankees that trained there…it was the Cincinnati Reds.  Back in the “Big Red Machine” days.  I remember going to watch them train and seeing Johnny Bench…

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Mike Stud: From Ball Player to Rapper

For some Tommy John surgery is the end to a career, but for some it opens up the doors to a new one. Mike Seander now known as Mike Stud was a great baseball player. In High School Mike went 9-2 with a 0.91 ERA and 107 strikeouts while earning Gatorade Player of the Year. Mike decided to go to Duke to pursue his dream in baseball. At Duke his freshman year he closed he posted 9 saves with a 1.61 ERA (lowest in Duke Baseball History) . But then unfortunately in his Sophomore year he suffered an arm injury which needed Tommy John Surgery. After recovering from the surgery Mike decided to use his final year of eligibility at Georgetown where he appeared in 9 games striking out 9 in 8.2 innings pitched, but that was the end of his career in baseball.

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But, then started his Music Career. While recovering from his surgery he used music to pass time. Then in 2010 Mike Released his first video for College Humor which now has over 1.4 Million views. Later on he released his first album “Toast to Tommy” which was a tribute to him having the surgery. As he continue to gain popularity as a rapper he released another album called “Relief ” which features many baseball references. His latest Album called “Closer” signifies how far he has come since the surgery and how close he is to making it as a rapper. Heres his number one hit Closer..

Mikes baseball past follows him wherever he goes, one of his good friends is Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays as they played together at Duke.

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He recently threw out the first pitch at a Minor League Game.

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Baseball is in his blood as much as being a rapper is.

Something else that’s pretty cool is Marcus Stroman comes out to pitch to Mikes Song “Out Here” which has become a song for all ballplayer a to use as a walk up song.

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Mike Stud is a great rapper to start but the fact that he played baseball and continues to support the game makes him the man to listen to.

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What is the Baseball Lifestyle?

What does Baseball Lifestyle 101 mean to you? To us here at Baseball Lifestyle 101 its more than just baseball its a lifestyle.

What is the baseball lifestyle? Well, you turn on the T.V. And what channel pops up? MLB Network. What is your favorite movie? You should already know as soon as you hear that, The Sandlot or The Benchwarmers.

Whats your favorite snack? Thats obvious some of these..IMG_4524.JPG

Well if you are living the Baseball Lifestyle, what apparel is in your closet? Maybe this..

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(Routine Baseball)

Or..

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(Digmi)

If your a serious ball player you should have either one of these in your backyard..

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(A Batting Cage)

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Or a pop up net.

That is only part of the Baseball Lifestyle! Hope you all are living it!

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