#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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#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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Let’s Play Two

By: Ryan Korp

“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks is famous for his saying “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame, let’s play two!” 

Well last night, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Oakland Athletics did just that.

On a night where two cities received free baseball, two Major League games went into extra innings and went on well into the night. The A’s and Angels played 19 innings in a game that lasted six hours and 32 minutes, the longest game by time in both teams’ franchise history.

The game featured 16 pitchers and

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#TweetOfTheDay

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

#TweetOfTheDay for Wednesday, April 24, 2013:

Such an incredible stat describing how awful the Cubs have become. Cheer up, Cubs fans, it’s only been 104 years…

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Winter Classic

By: Ryan Korp

Coors Field the day after the storm

Coors Field the day after the storm (Photo credit: DanMcLean)

One day every season the NHL puts on a game outdoors. It’s freezing, maybe even snowing as the teams play in baseball stadiums across the US. Even though the NHL season got a late start, there have been some outdoor games this year.

No wait, those were baseball games.

Denver, Colorado has been the site of one of Major League Baseball’s hottest teams. Yet, the Rockies have had three games postponed due to snow. That’s right, snow.

Denver has been in a deep freeze this April and the Rockies have experienced some unpleasant game-time temperatures. The snow has forced them to play two doubleheaders already and have had a game

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Buck Wild

John Buck

John Buck (Photo credit: paul.hadsall)

By: Ryan Korp

A career .236 hitter, this player was nothing more than an average backstop on a sub-par team throughout his 10 Major League seasons in Kansas City, Toronto and Florida. But the first three weeks of the 2013 season, John Buck has been on a tear and looking like an all-star catcher for the New York Mets.

To give you an idea, here is a typical season for John Buck prior to 2013: 105 games played, 13 HRs, 47 RBI, 37 runs scored, .235 batting average.

John Buck’s career year: 2010 in Toronto where everyone and their mother seems to go and start launching homeruns and having off the charts offensive years. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnarcion being the latest examples.

Buck batted .281 with 20 HRs and and 66 RBIs north of the border and landed a starting spot inFlorida the past two seasons where he didn’t produce all that much.

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