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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

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

Well Balanced Cardinals Primed For Another Championship

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No Clear Cut Favorite In Baseball Playoffs

By John Ventola

The start of the major league playoffs is only one week away, and a few things have become clear about the forthcoming postseason. All ten of the playoff teams will have a chance at the World Series championship, but each also has weaknesses that can be exploited by the opposition. Like last season, an individual player (in 2014 it was San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner) will probably step up and take his team to the title.  Also, there is a good chance the World Series titlist will come from the National League’s Central Division where the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburg Pirates, and Chicago Cubs posted the three best won-loss records in baseball. Continue reading

Half Of Major League Teams In Legitimate Pennant Contention

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American East West and National Central Close Races

By John Ventola

A long time major league baseball axiom that says teams in the lead on Labor Day will be pennant winners is not only being tested under the current playoff system, it is proving true only if a team happens to finish first in its division and then captures a five-team playoff for the league pennant. Continue reading

Greinke Consecutive Scoreless Inning Streak Ends

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Scoreless Inning Streaks By Dodgers Righthanded Trio Impressive

By John Ventola

The Los Angeles Dodgers have enjoyed the lefthanded servings of three outstanding pitchers since moving cross country from Brooklyn in 1958. Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, and now Clayton Kershaw, have turned in multiple mound masterpieces, making the franchise one of major league baseball’s winningest teams. While stars in their own right (should that be left), they each had a one-time teammate that complemented them from the right-side, and posted unbelievable shutout-inning streaks, three of the six longest in major league history. 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