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Houston Winning Ways Defy Successful Baseball Formula

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Astros Major League Surprise Team Of Year Thus Far

By John Ventola

Last year I posted a blog about a surprising Kansas City Royals team that was playing solid baseball through the first three months of the 2014 season and seemed to have the capability to contend for the American League Central crown, or at least a shot at a wild card spot in the league’s playoffs. The Royals went on to secure the wildcard spot, work their way through the playoffs, win the American League pennant, and battle the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. That Royals team lost in the Series, but have continued their excellent play this season. Continue reading

Stanton Hopes For Better Result Than Conigliaro

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Beanballs Can End Careers

 By John Ventola

Baseball injuries are usually not serious, particularly when compared with the more serious injuries that occur in the physical game of football. Pulled hamstrings, back problems, and other minor ailments often keep professional baseball players on disabled lists for short periods of time, but the worst baseball injury continues to be arm woes that require rest and rehabilitation or Tommy John surgery. Beanballs (a pitch that hits a batter in the head or face) do not happen often, but when they do, the consequences can end a career. Continue reading