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Staub’s On Base Talents Unappreciated By Baseball Historians

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Le Grand Orange

By John Ventola

Rusty Staub, a native of New Orleans who went on to an outstanding 23-year major league career, died Thursday in West Palm Beach just three days short of his 74th birthday. Continue reading

Chicago Versus Cleveland Should Be World Series Classic

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World Series Title Drought Will End For One Club

By John Ventola

“Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in a World Series.” Continue reading

Vin Scully Retires After 67 Years As Broadcaster

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Scully Career Featured Longevity And Descriptive Style

Vin Scully called his last Los Angeles Dodgers game Sunday, ending his iconic 67-year broadcasting career two months shy of turning 89. His time in the booth, 1950-2016, (many forget that he also had gigs with CBS and NBC for other sports between 1975-1989), makes him the broadcaster with the longest tenure in professional sports history. Continue reading

Swanson Bregman Benintendi Fulmer Do SEC Proud

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SEC Foursome Makes It To The Bigs Quickly

By John Ventola

Years ago those that made an early-aged appearance in the major leagues were essentially those who would go on to become long-time stars. Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Ken Griffey, Jr. each represented teenage signees that went on to big league superstardom with little or no minor league seasoning. (Koufax did little in the late ‘50s while on the Brooklyn roster before harnessing everything later in Los Angeles). Continue reading

Baseball Streaks Can Be Revealing Or Deceiving

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Bregman Hitless Streak Unusual But Understandable

By John Ventola

Major league baseball streaks of any kind can make a player famous—or infamous. Continue reading

Baseball Presents Alternating Hot Streaks At Midseason

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Offensive Fireworks Challenging Dominant Pitching

By John Ventola

Baseball is such an interesting game, particularly when one looks beyond the surface. The game presents unusual patterns. While the general observer will often just notice an outstanding catch or a tremendous home run, baseball purists are quick to recognize and make mention of the ebb and flow of player and team performances over a period of time. Continue reading

Rally Possum Super Powers At Work

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LSU Enters Super Regional With Omaha Again In Sight

State of mind plays a major part in the level of success achieved by players involved with athletics. When skill-sets and talent are comparable, confidence often determines the victor. Nowhere has that fact been more evident that the run the LSU baseball team has been on since a tiny marsupial snuck into the Alex Box Stadium outfield in the midst of a 9-1 beat down by SEC opponent Arkansas on May 7th. Continue reading

LSU Hopes To Continue Winning Trend At Alex Box

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Crucial Weekend Set With Top Ranked Florida

By John Ventola

For those LSU baseball fans who cancelled their June room reservations in Omaha two weeks ago, this weekend’s three game series with No. 1 Florida may have them scrambling to reconnect with Nebraska-Iowa contacts. Continue reading

Arrieta Pitching Excellence Something To Behold

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Cubs Right-hander Now At Dominating Best

By John Ventola

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta pitched the first no-hitter of the 2016 major league season Thursday. The shutout of Cincinnati in a 16-0 blowout was Arrieta’s second no-hitter in his last eleven regular season starts, continuing one of the most dominant pitching streaks in baseball history. Continue reading

Griffey And Piazza Take Different Paths To Hall Of Fame

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God Given Talent And Hard Work Lead To Cooperstown

By John Ventola

Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza were voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame back in January. When the honorees take the stage at Sunday’s induction ceremony stories about the path each took to Cooperstown should present an interesting contrast. Continue reading