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Mariano Rivera’s 602nd Save

Mariano Rivera is one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball. In 2009, after the Yankees’ last championship in 2009, Rivera had insisted that he wants to play just five more seasons. He turns 42 this November and is signed for another season. Though Rivera makes pitching look like the easiest thing in the world, he says that it really is not and that every year it gets harder.

Rivera could be the one athlete who retires at the top of his game, and leaving behind a trail of great performances. Right from 1996, when he first started playing professional baseball as a reliever, Mariano Rivera has given baseball nothing short of one stellar performance after another.

Rivera is a pitcher who has everything in control and is peaceful on the diamond and off it. this is no mean feat especially when you consider how high-wire all Yankees performances are and that only a title qualifies as a success for the Yankees.

Rivera’s father spoke earlier this week about how proud he was of his son who overcame tough circumstances in life to become a successful ball player.

This Monday, Mariano Rivera humbly and gracefully acknowledged the crowd’s wild cheer after recording his 602nd save, as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. Rivera was on the mound alone as the crowd cheered on.

He had pitched a perfect 9th inning and struck out Chris Parmelee on his signature cut fastball.

Rivera’s record may be broken sooner or later, but he is one of the best pitchers of all time and definitely one of the most loved in baseball.

For Baseball Lovers Who Also Love Books

So, if you love baseball and you are a bibliophile, this is must-have book for your home library.

Read Flip Flop Flyball, an infographic baseball adventure. You will learn many useful and not-so-useful things such how tall A-Rod’s annual salary in pennies will be, what Nolan Ryan has to do with Mariah Carey etc. Perhaps you may never have asked those questions, but with Craig Robinson’s Flip Flop Fly Ball, you will know all that you ever wanted to know about baseball and then some more.

According to Robinson, baseball is more than just sport. It was a slice of American history and had humongous amount of statistics which just begged to be organized. Robinson realized earlier on that understanding baseball to the extent that he wanted was just not possible by mere reading of baseball articles or just by watching the game. So he started a website that featured highly entertaining and informative infographics that became hugely popular among baseball lovers. It is out of Robinson’s website that the book took shape.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the game, its rivalries, cities, ball parks, the absurdities and hilarious moments, this book may be just the right pick for you.

So how tall would A-Rod’s annual salary in pennies be?

Ans: 26,000 miles.

This Day in MLB History!


August 27th

 
1897 Future Hall of Fame catcher Senator Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut as a pitcher shutting out the Browns, 3-0.
1911 At Comiskey Park, Chicago hurler Ed Walsh, Sr. no-hits the Red Sox, 5-0. The future Hall of Famer’s son, Edward Arthur, will also pitch for the White Sox from 1928-1932.
1937 Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse tosses a rained shortened (8 2/3 innings) no-hitter beating the Reds, 5-0.
1938 In the first game of a twin bill at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive triples. His offensive outburst helps the Bronx Bombers edge the Indians, 8-7.
1938 Monte Pearson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no hitter in Yankee Stadium. The right-hander faces only 27 batters, thanks to two double plays, beating the the Indians, 13-0, for his 10th consecutive victory.
1941 Beating the Braves 6-4, Charlie Root, best known for giving up Babe Ruth’s ‘called’ home run, becomes the first pitcher to win 200 games in a Cub uniform.
1946 At Owners’ Meeting, a committee formed to study integration, which includes Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, delivers its secretive report defending the covert color barrier which exists in professional baseball. The absurd reasons given to why blacks shouldn’t be allowed to play in the big leagues include an absence of skills due to inferior training and lack of fundamentals and the need to respect Negro League contracts, but another lesser known motivation may have been profit as revealed later in the report, “The Negro leagues rent their parks in many cities from clubs in Organized Baseball (and) Club owners in the major leagues are reluctant to give up revenues amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year” as well as the fear white fans would be driven away if black players attracted more minorites to the ballpark.
1951 Scoring all the Phillies’ runs in the victory over the Reds, Del Wilber hits three solo homers making it the first time in major league history a player has accounted for all the runs in 3-0 game with home runs. The 32-year old catcher will only hit a total of 19 homers during his major league career.
1955 In his second big league start, bonus baby Sandy Koufax two-hits the Reds at Ebbets Field, 7-0. Showing his future dominance of the 1960’s, the southpaw strikes out 14 Cincinnati batters.
1974 At Shea Stadium, Benny Ayala becomes the first National Leaguer in 13 years to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The Mets rookie goes deep off Astros’ hurler Tom Griffin in New York’s 4-2 win.
1975 At Candlestick Park, nearly half the outs in the Giants 9-1 victory over the Expos come via the strike out. John Montefusco, who goes the distance to get the win, strikes out 14 Montreal batters, and the ‘Count’ and his teammates reciprocate by whiffing 11 times, including the three times he goes back to the dugout with a bat in his hands.
1977 In an 8-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, Rangers Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches. It is only time in baseball history the feat has been accomplished.
1978 By hitting his 200th home run, Reds’ second baseman Joe Morgan becomes the first major leaguer to hit 200 homers as well as steal 500 bases.
1982 In the 5-4 loss to the Brewers, A’s Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock’s 1974 single season record of 118 stolen bases. By stealing a total of four bases Rickey ends the day with 122 and will finish the season with 130.
1986 With one out in the bottom of the eleventh inning and the visiting Mets ahead, 6-5, Padres infielder Tim Flannery lines a single to center field where Lenny Dykstra comes up throwing to nail the runner trying to score from second base. Knocked on his back by Gary Templeton, catcher John Gibbons, from a prone position, throws a strike to Howard Johnson who tags out Flannery, trying to get to third base, ending the game with an unusual 8-2-5 double play.
1997 In honor of first baseman Jim Thome’s birthday, the Indians begin pulling up their socks to just below the knees. The Tribe will win 17 of 27 games en route to clinching American League East flag while sporting this new look.
1999 In a 4-1 Expos loss to the Reds at Olympic Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero’s hitting streak, the longest in the big leagues since 1987, ends at 31 consecutive games. The Montreal outfielder’s accomplishment sets a franchise record.
2001 In the Nippon Ham Fighters-Fukuoka Daiei Hawks contest, Michihiro Ogasawara doubles and tallies on Yukio Tanaka’s single breaking a 51-year Japanese record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. Indian Kenny Lofton (2000) and Yankee Red Rolfe (1939) share the major league record of 18 straight games.
2001 With his 17th dinger this month, Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa ties the National League record for August homers established by Willie Mays in 1965. Tiger Rudy York set the major league mark going yard 18 times in the eighth month of 1937.
2005 Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who has surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.
2005 After losing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants earlier in the season, Fumiya Nishiguchi (16-4) sees his perfect game against the expansion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles go into extra innings. The Seibu Lions right-hander gives up a hit and has to settle for a 10-inning complete game shutout.
2007 Citing the need a fresh start, Drayton McLane, owner of the last place Astros, fires skipper Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Bench coach Cecil Cooper is named interim manager with long-time team executive Tal Smith being appointed as general manager, also on interim basis.
2007 Jake Peavy becomes the Padres leader in career strikeouts when he punches out Orlando Hudson looking at an inside fastball in the first inning of a 3-1 San Diego victory over the Diamondbacks at PETCO Park. The right-handed fireballer, who fans 11 in the game, moves past Andy Benes who had struck out 1036 batters pitching for the Friars from 1989 to 1995.

Best Red Sox Hall of Famers

Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Among the many illustrious baseball players that have made it to the Hall of Fame, the Red Sox have contributed quite a few. The following few players are the best baseball players that have made it to the Hall of Fame, they are perhaps the best ball players the world has seen.

Ted Williams

Ted Williams was with the Red Sox throughout his entire career, from 1939-1942 and 1946-1960. He was an All Star outfielder 19 times and was also chosen the Most Valuable Player of American League twice.

Bobby Doerr

Bobby Doerr was a second baseman who played for the Red Sox from 1937 to 1951. He was chosen All Star nine times. Doerr had a .288 batting average and hit 223 home runs during his entire career.

Carl Yastrzemski

Carl Yastrzemski played with the Red Sox from 1961-1983. He was an All Star 18 times and also won the Gold Glove Award 7 times.

Jimmie Foxx

Jimmie Foxx played for the Red Sox from 1936-1942. He had also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs. He was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times during his career.

Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove played for the Red Sox from 1934-1941. He also played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He was chosen All Star five times during his career.

 

Top 10 Baseball Movie Quotes

Here are some evergreen baseball movie quotes:

 

“Ahh, Jesus, I like him very much, but He no help with curveball.” – Serrano. “Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?”

- Harris in Major League

 

“God, I just love baseball.”

- Robert Redford in The Natural

 

“I still get such a bang out of it, playing ball. Same as I did when I first come up. You get out there and the stands are full and everybody is cheering. It is like everybody in the world come to see you. Inside that there is the players in there and there yakking it up and the pitcher throws and you’re looking for that pill and suddenly there is nothing else in the ballpark you and it and sometimes when you’re feeling right and there is a groove there and the bat just eases into it and meets that ball. When the bat meets that ball you can feel that ball just give and you know it is going to go a long way. Damn, if you don’t feel like you’re going to live forever.”

- John Cusack as Buck Weaver in Eight Men Out

 

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again.”

- James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams

 

“Who the hell are you? I’m the player to be named later.”

- Bull Durham

 

“Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.” You could look it up.”

- Annie Savoy in Bull Durham

 

“Baseball is great. It’s the only sport in the world that you can play while taking a nap.”

- Ash Correll in The Forgotten

 

“Baseball should be the only thing on an eight year old boy’s mind.”

- Joe O-Malley in Stolen Summer

 

“Remember, fans, Tuesday is Die Hard Night. Free admission for anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won the pennant.”

Harry Doyle in Major League

 

“I love baseball. You know, it doesn’t have to mean anything. It’s just very beautiful to watch.”

Leonard Zelig in Zelig

 

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