First day of the Play-offs 2006

Like all baseball fans, I sat back and enjoyed a thrilling final month to the regular season. Now the play-offs are here and the intensity goes up yet another notch. As an A’s fan, I have to be honest and say my heart sank a bit when the Tigers lost on Sunday. Yes, I know […]

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No No No – Yes!

(As Jim from the Vicar of Dibley might say) Only a few days after Ramon Ortiz came so close on Monday, Anibal Sanchez pitched a no-hitter against the D-Backs last night. The Fish are on the charge at the moment and this puts another landmark on the miraculous Marlins map of 2006. Sanchez relied on […]

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Cards-Nationals 04/09/2006

What a great evening’s entertainment. Never mind sitting down to watch mundane tripe on the telly after a day at work. Stick MLB.TV on and you could not only be watching a great ballgame, but also possibly watching history unfolding before your eyes. My eyes lit up when I logged on to MLB.com and saw […]

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FIVE US update

I posted a while back about Five’s plans to launch a new Freeview channel dedicated to American programmes (one of two new channels, the other being Five Life – dramas, soaps and the like). Having speculated that this might result in MLB moving away from terrestrial TV, I’m pleased to say that this will not […]

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2-6-2 Triple Play

I’ve just finished watching the Daily Rewind for yesterday’s games and they left the best play until last. The D-Rays turned the first ever 2-6-2 triple play in MLB history against the Mariners. Out 1 – J.P. Howell strikes out Raul Ibanez swinging. Out 2 – D-Rays catcher Dioner Navarro immediately guns the ball to […]

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Flying Fish

No, nothing to do with that annoying Seattle fish market lot businesses like to show you training videos of. The real flying fish are the Florida Marlins, battling against the odds and many an experts’ pre-season prediction (as well as non-experts like myself). Their recent four game sweep of the Brewers has made it eight […]

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5.5 games back

No great insights into the cultural differences between Britain and America today (to make a change). Just a brief note about the American League standings. Closing in on 130 games being played and there is an amazing symmetry in the AL at this moment. All three division leaders (the Yankees, Tigers and A’s) have a […]

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Another Royals disaster

The box score from last night’s Indians-Royals match-up tells as cruel a baseball tale as you are likely to read. Smashing ten runs in the first inning would make many supporters confident that a glorious victory was on the cards. The sad thing is, it wouldn’t be a surprise if many of the 12,671 attendees […]

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Not bad for a sixteen year-old

An interesting story popped up on the MLB section of the ESPN website on Sunday: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2555073 According to reports, the San Francisco Giants have given a 16 year old third baseman (more accurately baseboy I guess) a $2.1 million signing-on bonus. The lucky lad is from the Dominican Republic and is called Angel Miguel Villalona. […]

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Coors Field Conspiracies

Home field advantage is a common theme throughout sports. Local knowledge can help you get an edge over your opponent, whether that’s knowing how to play centre field in Minute Maid Park or how a pitch will play on day four in a Test Match at the Oval. Familiarity is said to breed contempt, but […]

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