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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

Frank Gifford Showcased Aptitude In Playing And Announcing

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Gifford Was Versatile On Field And In Booth

By John Ventola

Worthy athletic role models for our youth are getting increasingly harder to find these days. Off field behavior eliminates quite a few athletes, and for those who can stay within the guidelines of proper personal conduct, the overwhelming desire to win leads to errors in ethical judgment. Steroid use, doping, deflation of footballs—anything to get the slightest of margins in athletic completion. Continue reading

If You Ain’t Cheatin You Ain’t Tryin

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Athletes Look For Advantages In Facing Opposition

By John Ventola

Athletes are always looking for an edge when facing the opposition. Talent, and performance efficiency, should be what declares one team a winner, and the other a loser. If only it was that simple. Coaching, scouting, and a player’s drive to improve individual performance, all contribute to scenarios that border on dishonesty, or cheating. Any type of edge is the goal, and the line between proper and improper can get blurred at times. Therefore, rules and regulations are in place to catch offenses deemed the most flagrant. And there is nothing vaguely perceived about the New England Patriots’ SpyGate and DeflateGate NFL shenanigans. Continue reading

Baseball Season Promises More Thrills And Surprises In 2015

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

By John Ventola

While Mike Krzyzewski was leading his Duke Blue Devils to their fifth national championship, and Jordan Spieth was pulling his wire-to wire Augusta Mastery, another season of our national pastime opened without much fanfare. The slow start of World Series champion San Francisco, red hot hitting of the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, early wins by American League rivals Detroit and Kansas City, and a “bean ball” series between the Royals and Oakland have been early attention grabbers, but there is so much baseball left to be played. So many hot dogs to be eaten, so many Cracker Jack prizes to be opened before pennant races will be established. Continue reading

Lucrative Contracts Could End Up Costing Baseball

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 Fans Will Pay The Price For Large Contracts

By John Ventola

Baseball is enjoying an upswing in fan interest and attendance during the past few years but the lucrative contracts being doled out to star players recently could prove to be detrimental down the line. Television and other means of revenue will help defray some of the costs, but fans will be the ones paying the ultimate price through increased ticket and concession prices, parking costs, and other expenses that will make it harder for average working families to attend games. Continue reading