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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

Trout And Harper On Their Way To Baseball Super Stardom

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Cincinnati Honors Four Former Stars Before All Star Game

By John Ventola

Three former members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine” of the ‘70s, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose were honored before last week’s major league All-Star game at Great American Ball Park. They, along with former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who played after the tenure of the trio, were introduced on the field prior to the game. Based on a growing tradition of honoring hometown heroes at hosting cities of the game, their appearance represented a look back at the past, and preceded a solid introduction to the future—a leadoff home run by young phenom Mike Trout. Continue reading