Last Thursday, March 27th, I spoke with Ryan Divish, Mariners beat writer for The Seattle Times, who said that he has always been a fan of the game. Divish even played baseball for the majority of his life. However, he noted that it is difficult to remain an upbeat fan when you become a writer for the sport.
“I think you sort of lose the ability to be a fan,” said Divish when asked if it was hard to write for a team that he hasn’t always loved. He grew up in Montana, where there weren’t any major league teams. Somehow he developed into a Red Sox fan, although he admits he wasn’t diehard. Now, Divish said he tries to remain impartial when reporting on the Mariners in his daily updates for the Seattle Times.
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The smell of a broken-in leather glove and fresh-cut grass; the crack of the ball hitting the sweet spot; the rough feeling of calluses formed from that same bat and the taste of dirt in your mouth after sliding into home.
This may not sound appealing to everyone, but for baseball players it appeals to the senses.
Aspiring players dream of experiencing these sensations in spring training. Tom Makowski is one of those players who got to live that dream. Continue reading
Two by two, managers and players are getting a taste of the new replay system and the extended home plate collision rules. Fredi Gonzalez used his first challenge less than a week before opening day—and didn’t get the verdict he wanted.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Andrelton Simmons was called out on a close play at first base to end the third inning. After review, umpires upheld their call.
As St. Bonaventure University’s baseball coach and an avid Cleveland Indians fan, Larry Sudbrook is torn on the new replay system. “As a coach, I would love the ability to get calls right, but this is just another delay in the game,” he said. Continue reading
As reported, Chicago White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom battled an oblique strain this Spring. The injury plagued him for most of the team’s Spring ball session. According to White Sox beat reporter, Lindstrom likened the pain to being, “stabbed in the side.”
Saint Bonaventure University sophomore Ryan Crino, who started playing baseball at age four, battled the same injury at the onset of his senior year of varsity baseball.
“When I had it, I felt soreness in my abs,” Crino said. “It especially hurt when I would pitch because of how you need to rotate your body when throwing.” Continue reading
Partnering up with the Patterson Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities hosted a two-day event that honored 30 local veterans from the Bradenton, Fla. area on March 24th and 25th. Their schedule was as follows, taken from MLB.com:
- Monday, March 24 (6 to 9 p.m.)– Live batting practice for veterans, hosted by pitcher Charlie Morton, with Pirates Players, Coaches and Broadcasters.
The rumors were put to rest Feb. 24, 2014 when the Major League Baseball Association enacted the official home plate collision rule. According to Paul Hagen from MLB.com, “the rule is intended to increase player safety by eliminating ‘egregious’ collisions at home plate.” So, runners cannot run out of the baseline to initiate contact with the catcher while heading home. The catcher may not block the pathway of the runner attempting to score unless he has possession of the ball. This puts all the pressure on the umpire for the call at the plate. Vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre added that “MLB has the right to issue supplemental discipline in the form of fines or suspensions for flagrant acts.”
Several St. Bonaventure baseball players commented on their thoughts regarding this new rule. Bonnie’s second baseman Tom Styn states, “this rule gets rid of the thrill. Although there’s been some injuries from collisions, it’s not often enough to change one of the most exciting plays in baseball.” Continue reading
If you haven’t heard already, Marlins President, David Samson, was the first contestant voted off Survivor: Cagayan. Luckily, for the Marlins, this blind-side and poor show of survival skills did not get passed on to the team.
It’s the one prognosis that any professional athlete dreads to hear during their career.
Most athletes suffer from injuries on and off the court or field, but having season-ending surgery is detrimental for any player.
Starting left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks recently had an MRI on his left elbow, which showed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Sunday, according to an article at USA Today.com.
Professional athletes as well as college athletes suffer from season-ending surgeries frequently.
Ashley Zahn, a senior guard for St. Bonaventure University’s women’s basketball, has suffered from a continuous injury in her right shoulder.
For Corbin, it appears he could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery. Even if he doesn’t need surgery, Corbin won’t be pitching anytime soon.
Corbin was the Diamondback’s best starter in 2013. He went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA last year, which was the second season into his professional career. He had a positive outlook for the upcoming season.
Zahn has suffered from her shoulder injury for over five years.
“My injury first started sophomore year in high school,” Zahn said. “Since then, during my senior year of college, I’ve had a total of eight dislocations on my right shoulder and three surgeries. I torn my labrum and then kept re-tearing it.”
After each dislocation, Zahn would eventually have another surgery, which has a recovery time of six to seven months per surgery. Zahn said she was only full healthy one season during her three seasons at St. Bonaventure.
Despite the difficulties of her injury, Zahn said she learned a lot from not playing during the basketball season.
“You need incredible work ethic to get where you want to be after surgeries,” Zahn said. “I’ve always had a hard work ethic while being out to get myself back. It’s hard being out and wanting to be on the court, but you learn about the game and yourself.”
Zahn said she plans to use what she learned this season to prepare for future seasons after her recovery.
“It helps in future seasons because you have a whole year to watch,” Zahn said. “You see things you never would get to see when actually playing. You also learn a lot about yourself and how much the sport truly means to you. You can’t take a practice or game for granted because in time you will be done.”
Zahn offered advice to other athletes who suffer from serious injuries that affect their season.
“Don’t let the bad days bring you down,” Zahn said. “Always keep a positive mind on the goal ahead of you. Its so important to realize why you got surgery, so you can get back and play the sport you love.”
Major League Baseball is losing one of the best players to ever play the game this season in Derek Jeter. Jeter, who is set to begin his 19th season in pinstripes, announced this offseason that this would indeed be his final year in baseball. During his time, the New York Yankees have won five World Series Championships. He is looked at as one of the best shortstops of all-time, and arguably one of, if not, the best Yankee of all-time. Derek Jeter’s first game came on May 29th, 1995 which seems like forever ago. This was before the steroid age started in baseball, and before Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record. This was also right around when the Yankees started to dominate baseball. From 1996-2000, the New York Yankees won four World Series Championships. Along with being a huge contributor to those rings, Jeter is probably most respected because of his clean image. Playing in an era where steroids was dragging the sport down with all of the athletes who used it, Jeter was never involved with biogenesis or HGH. He was a clean player that was respected by all, yes even Red Sox fans!
As for the Chicago Cubs, things were a little bit different back in 1995. For one thing, Chicago didn’t and still doesn’t come anywhere close to the success level that the Yankees have had. The Cubs in 1995, just like today, were searching for their first World Series title since 1908. The curse of the billy goat was in full force, but thankfully Steve Bartman didn’t happen yet…. The Cubs finished the 1995 MLB season with a record of 73-71 which was good for a third place finish in the NL Central. Two very familiar players who played for the Cubs during this season were Sammy Sosa and Luis Gonzalez. On May 29th, 1995 the Cubs were playing a home game at Wrigley Field against the Atlanta Braves and they lost by a score of 2-1.