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The Sports Cycle Update: Little League World Series

August 29, 2011

Donnie Dwyer covers the Little League World Series from WIlliamsport, Pennsylvannia and discusses the change in our youth sports and the affect professionals have on our children…

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Video: A Look back at Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hit day

July 11, 2011

Here is a video about Jeter’s 3,000 hit game against the Rays:

13 year old Little leaguer dies after baseball hits his heart

June 5, 2011

Via NYDN:

ABC 15

A 13-year-old Little League player died earlier this week when a baseball hit him in the chest while he was trying to bunt during a game, officials in Arizona said.

The tragic freak incident happened when Hayden Walton took an inside pitch straight to his chest as he was trying to get the short hit off, according to a Winslow Little League official. After taking two steps, he collapsed in front of a horrified crowd that included his parents.

Walton died the next morning. Paramedics said that the smiley kid died of commotion cordis, which means his heart gave out after he was hit by the pitch, according to ABC-15.

According to University of Maryland Sports Medicine doctors Michael Yorio and Tom Maino, the sudden deaths happen after an impact triggers a change in the electrical rhythm of the heart, leading to sudden cardiac arrest.

But it’s so rare, that as of 2001, there were only 128 reported incidents.

“As a parent, the anguish over the loss of a child is incomprehensible,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said in a statement posted on the league’s website.

“So words cannot adequately express our sorrow on the passing of Hayden. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hayden’s family, all the players and volunteers of the Winslow Little League, his classmates, and his friends, at this difficult time.”

The league suspended play temporarily and offered grief counseling for anyone who needed it.

Walton, who was a “good kid all around”, also participated in Boy Scouts and helped neighbors by doing odds job for them, said Dale Thomas, the president of the Winslow Little League.

“You were one of a kind, and I for sure will never forget you. May you rest in peace,” one mourner wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to Walton. “I’m sure heaven has one heck of a baseball field and race track for you buddy.”

…This is a terrible accident that I read last night and thought I should share with you all. I am just thinking about all the players hurt the last few weeks.  Buster Posey, Jordan Schafer, and now a little leaguer? Just imagine what the pitcher is thinking from this accident? We saw Scott Cousins reaction after the Posey accident. He was not able to sleep and cope with what happened that night. That little 13-year-old pitcher must feel terrible for what happened. I have played 13 years of little league and I will have to say that I have never seen anything like that but my heart goes out to this kid and the family. But as I read into this situation I was thinking, don’t they teach the youngsters not to bunt on an inside pitch and pull back to prevent injury? I feel like this could have been prevented with right coaching and direction. I don’t think 13 year olds throw the ball 70 mph  but probably 50-55 mph range. But none the less, I must say that anything struck near the heart could shut down the nervous system and shut down the body like it did to Hayden. My heart goes out to him and this should be a lesson taught to all the youngsters wanting to play ball to be more safe…

Vote: What is the best play in baseball so far this season?

May 21, 2011

Hey baseball fans, I have watched a lot of baseball growing up and I have to say that this season has been the year of the glove. There have been a ton of fantastic plays from a lot of teams around the league and they have been very fun to watch. My question to you the fans is which one is the greatest? VOTE BELOW to decide which one is the best.

Roger Bernadina?

Brewers Double Play?

Cabrera Double Play?

Phillips throught the legs?

All Star Game Snubs

July 6, 2010

The All Star game is right around the corner in Anaheim and there are some players who are not going to the All Star game that should be. They got snubbed out by the managers and by the fans who should have done something about it. Here is the list: 

Joey Votto stroking a big fly

1. Joey Votto – 1st Baseman Cincinnati Reds 

…The guy is batting 318 with 21 homers (hit 2 tonight against the Mets. Look below to see video) and has an on base percentage of over .400 at .418. Votto leads the league in OPS. He’s second in on-base percentage and slugging. He’s in the top five in all three Triple Crown categories. He’s arguably the MVP in the whole league. How does this guy not make it? Omar Infante makes it? This is ridiculous. He is a main reason why the Reds are in First Place and why their offense has been so productive… 

Weaver finishing off one of his 124 strikeout victims2. Jered Weaver – Starting Pitcher for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 

…The kid is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA but that is not even it. He has thrown 108 innings and has 124 strikeouts to go with it and only 26 walks and a opponet batting average of .217. Those are Cy Young numbers and the All Star game is in his own home town. What are they thinking… 

"The King" ruling the mound.

3. Felix “King” Hernandez – Starting Pitcher for Seattle Mariners 

…The King has literally been the King of the Hill. 3 complete games, 1 shutout but it gets better. He has thrown 128 innings and has 122 strikeouts with an ERA at 3.01. Here is the reason he doesn’t make it. His record is 6-5. Why does this league think wins matter? They are not the most important thing. He leads the league in quality starts. Jamie Moyer has 9 wins, does that mean he is better than Felix Hernandez. So does Tyler Clippard. What is baseball coming to… 

Konerko watches 1 of his 20 homers leave the yard

4. Paul Konerko 

…The guy has been the MVP for the White Sox all year-long. He is second in the league in home runs with 20. Lead the whole month of April and May with slugging percentage and home run total. Has an on base percentage of .386 which is well above average in the league. I forgot, he doesn’t play for the New York Bankees. I am sorry… 

This is how the Youk gets on base

5. Kevin Youkilis 

…I am no big Boston fan but I will have to say he does deserve to make the team compared to Alex Rodriguez. Youk has a higher on base percentage of .416 compared to Alex’s .344. He has more home runs at 17 and has a higher batting average by 20 points at .299. Whoever is the better offense player should go to the games. In this case, it isn’t Kevin Youkilis for Boston… 

The kid throwing gas from the mound

6. Mat Latos 

..I understand, the Padres stink right? Wrong! They are the best team in the West and it all has come down to their pitching. Mat Latos has been a flame thrower out there. He has more wins than most people at 9-4. He has a 2.82 ERA. Opponent batting average is .193. Has a complete game shutout as well as 99 innings and 91 strikeouts on a first place team where he has come out of no where. He deserves this over some of the starters on that list. He plays for San Diego not the Yankees, I forgot… 

A true rookie slugger

7. Brennan Boesch 

…You are asking yourself, Who??? That is exactly right. The rookie Left Fielder has played in enough games to be considered an all-star. He has played in 60. Has an on base percentage of .398 with 12 homers and an average of .344. He leads the rookies in almost every single category and he is not in the game but Jayson Heyward is in there who is by the way still on the DL. Heyward is batting almost a hundred points lower and has less homers but his on base percentage is about the same. The key is everyone in the baseball world hyped up Jayson’s name so everyone voted for the best outfield prospect instead of the right one in this situation. I can’t believe he didn’t make it because of his name… 

There is still time to vote for these players until tomorrow night, but even if one or two of them make it to the games, it is still unjust because they all should have made it. 

These players got Snubbed!

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2010

It is the fourth of July and nothing gets better on this day than America’s greatest pastime baseball. 

The heart of Red, White and Blue

Here are the starting pitchers for today’s games:

Sunday July 4
Game Time Team Name Record
1:05 p.m. ET OAK Vin Mazzaro (3-2, 4.25)
CLE Fausto Carmona (7-6, 3.68)
1:05 p.m. ET SEA Cliff Lee (7-3, 2.45)
DET Jeremy Bonderman (4-5, 4.36)
1:05 p.m. ET TOR Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.50)
NYY Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.58)
1:35 p.m. ET BAL Brian Matusz (2-9, 4.90)
BOS John Lackey (9-3, 4.46)
1:35 p.m. ET NYM Hisanori Takahashi (6-3, 4.24)
WAS Craig Stammen (2-2, 5.13)
1:35 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.19)
PIT Jeff Karstens (2-3, 4.46)
2:10 p.m. ET TB James Shields (6-8, 4.76)
MIN Nick Blackburn (7-5, 6.02)
2:15 p.m. ET MLW Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 2.56)
STL Adam Wainwright (11-5, 2.34)
2:20 p.m. ET CIN Mike Leake (5-1, 3.30)
CHC Ted Lilly (3-6, 3.12)
3:10 p.m. ET SF Matt Cain (6-7, 2.93)
COL Jason Hammel (6-3, 4.32)
4:05 p.m. ET HOU Brett Myers (5-6, 3.61)
SD Wade LeBlanc (4-6, 3.25)
4:10 p.m. ET LA Chad Billingsley (6-4, 4.25)
ARZ Dan Haren (7-6, 4.56)
5:05 p.m. ET FLA Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.84)
ATL Tim Hudson (8-3, 2.37)
8:05 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.58)
TEX Scott Feldman (5-7, 5.48)
8:15 p.m. ET KC Anthony Lerew (1-1, 3.63)
ANA Joel Pineiro (8-6, 4.23)

…There are a ton of really good games on the list here ranging from Florida vs. Atlanta, Dodgers vs. D’Backs, and Brewers vs. Cardinals… 

…But the best to me has to be the Mets vs. Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. To play baseball in the nations capital with all the excitment of Strasburg and the way the Nationals have played the last few days. This is a given best game of the day! Everyone should watch and enjoy this game today and honor America… 

Nationals wear the colors on their head when they take the field today

My suggestion for fans is to eat a ton of Hotdogs and Hamburgers and open up a can of brew and Thank America for having one of the greatest pastimes…Baseball.