#UniformUpdate: MLB to honor vets with camo uniforms

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

Happy Memorial Day sports fans! To help America honor its many veterans, Major League Baseball has designed camouflage jerseys and hats for the players to wear on the field. All proceeds from these uniforms will be donated directly to the USA’s veterans.

In the past, MLB teams have worn red or blue caps, caps and jerseys with the American flag inside the logo, and even white caps with red or blue brims. This year, camo is the design. Although they are not getting the best reviews, they are paying a tribute to this country’s heroes.

Here they are:

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Elbow Problems

 

Eric O’Flaherty becomes latest Braves pitcher on the DL

By: Ryan Korp

 

Eric O’Flaherty becomes the latest Atlanta Braves pitcher to suffer “elbow tightness”, the dreaded words that every pitcher fears and ultimately leads to one thing – Tommy John.

 

Braves reliever Johnny Venters already underwent his second career Tommy John surgery this season, sidelining him for the remainder of the year and most of next year.

 

Venters and O’Flaherty were part of the dominant Braves bullpen the last few seasons, forming an almost unhittable bridge from the starters to lights-out closer Craig Kimbrel. Last year the two appeared in 66 and 64 games out of the pen.

 

There was concern going into last season after the bullpen was overworked in the 2011 season and started to tire out in September. 2011 saw O’Flaherty post a ERA under one in 78 games out of the pen and Venters appeared in 85 games, posting a 1.84 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

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Trouble In Hollywood

By: Ryan Korp

 

It was quite an off-season on the west coast in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles was a hot bed for off-season transactions, bringing lots of star power to California. From Hamilton to Greinke, the Angels and Dodgers loaded up on talent that sparked plenty of talk about an all-LA World Series.

Here we are in the middle of May, and both the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves near the bottom of the standings.

The Angels are off to one of their worst starts in

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#TheList: Five MLB Players Made by the Steroid Era

By: Ryan Korp

Major League Baseball went through a dark time clouded by steroid use in the mid 1990s until the early 2000s. Players came out of nowhere to have huge years and short bursts of ridiculous success, only  to fade faster than they came onto the scene.

By now, most of these guys are just an afterthought. I’ll bring them back into your memory for a little, give them another 15 seconds of fame.

1. Shawn Green

A Rookie of the Year Candidate with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1995, Shawn Green came into the big leagues with a high upside. Through his first three full seasons in the league, Green topped out at 16 home runs and a .288 average. In 1998, Green exploded and seemingly out of nowhere hit 35 homeruns, drove in 100 runs and stole a whopping 35 bases.

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#UniformUpdate: Brewers, Cardinals have 100-year flashback

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals made their Sunday matinee matchup a little more interesting with their choice of uniforms.

The two teams sported throwback uniforms from 1913, and although they were pretty blank, they were pretty cool. Check them out here:

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#UniformUpdate: Toledo Mud Hens

By: Joe Siniscalchi

These Chewbacca styled jerseys will be worn by the Mud Hens on May 4th Photocredit to cnet.com

May the Fourth be with you. That’s what the Toledo Mud Hens are telling fans on May 4th, when they wear these awesome uniforms during their game. I personally think the Chewbacca jerseys look pretty cool, and that hopefully the Force helps the team pull out a win. The theme for the next day? Revenge of the Fifth. During the games, various Star Wars characters will entertain fans, and the some of the jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to charity. The Mud Hens always have great promotions. Add this to the list.