11 2016 May

Reebok Bats Help Me Perfect My Game

Reebok baseball batThere’s nothing like the nice pop of a baseball bat against a baseball when you have achieved your perfect swing. I love to perfect my baseball skills, especially my batting technique. I have been playing baseball for a few years now and I got into this game after my friends joined a local baseball team.

I have always been very athletic and competitive, so when I got the opportunity to try out a new sport, I was excited. I had never tried baseball until a few years ago and now I enjoy getting as good as I can at it, just like I do with other sports. I use some great equipment to help me get the best results every time I go out and play.

I love to use Reebok bats because they help me to practice my swing and get it just right. I really like how light these bats are and that they make it easy for me to have more speed during my swing and to hit the ball with more accuracy. These bats are definitely my preference and I feel very confident in my game with them. The bats help me build my skills to be an awesome baseball player.

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29 2016 Apr

Our School Team Uses Only A Rawlings Baseball

rawlings baseballA Rawlings baseball is perfect for lots of fun out on the baseball field. I play on my school’s baseball team and I enjoy the competition and the bond that I have with my teammates. Our school uses only equipment that we know and trust and the team has been using Rawlings gear for a long time.

We use Rawlings baseballs and the balls are great for all of our needs. We use them for practice as well as for games. These baseballs stand the test of time and they make playing much better. I think that baseball is in the details. It’s about the wonderful pop that the baseball bat makes and the way that you can grip the baseball perfectly. It’s the details that make me love this game so much.

I have been a huge fan of baseball ever since I was little and my interest has only intensified as I have gotten older. I love playing on my high school’s baseball team and it has made me have even more respect for the game. We use our trusty Rawlings equipment like a Rawlings baseball and it has gotten us many wins over the years. I can’t wait to feel the grip and texture of my next perfect baseball in my next baseball game.

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20 2016 Apr

Little League Baseball Bats are Perfect for My Sons to Use

little league baseball batsWhen I started to get both of my sons ready to play little league, I was excited to see them out on a sport field competing with their peers and working as part of the team. I was sure that having them as part of a team would be something that would be very good for them. I knew it would certainly help to teach them all kinds of different skills.

To make sure that they are ready for this little league season, I had to make sure that I would be able to gather all the pieces of equipment that they would need when they were playing the game. I bought them the perfect shoes and batting helmets for the game. I also bought them some special little league baseball bats that they would be able to use.

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13 2016 Apr

Buying a Blue Raglan Shirt for My Husband to Wear

raglan shirtMy husband recently started playing baseball casually as part of a team of guys from his work. They enjoy just hanging out on the weekend playing baseball when the weather is nice. Since the team is pretty casual, they don’t have specific uniforms, but they do want players to make sure that they are wearing blue baseball shirts when they meet with other teams.

So that my husband has the shirts that he needs for these games, I have ended up purchasing him several different baseball shirts over the last few years. I most recently was able to find a really nice shirt online that I knew that my husband really would love having. The blue raglan shirt that I got for him is one that I know he’ll enjoy wearing to these casual games.

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6 2016 Apr

My Son’s First Wood Baseball Bat Helps Him Learn to Play Ball

wood baseball batNow that my son is getting a bit older and is ready to start playing baseball, I have been doing all that I can to make sure that I supply him with the different types of baseball gear that he will need. My son has had several baseballs over the year that we have thrown back and forth to get him used to catching and throwing them. He has also worn a batting helmet for when he goes up to bat.

Up until now, I didn’t get him a good quality bat of his own since he was learning to play with a team that supplied all of that kind of equipment. Now that he wants to practice his swing outside of team practice he has started needing a bat of his own. I have given him his very first wood baseball bat so that he can learn how to swing and practice on a regular basis.

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30 2016 Mar

A Comfortable Henley Shirt is Perfect for Baseball

henley shirtIf you just want to play baseball casually with friends, it is unlikely that you will have the baseball uniforms that many baseball players wear when they play. Even without these uniforms you can identify one team from the other just by telling people to wear different colors of shirt. Even better, you can find great shirts that even are made for baseball wear.

There are many different types of baseball shirts that are designed in a very specific and comfortable style that is perfect for when you are playing baseball. I personally enjoy wearing a special Henley shirt when I play baseball since I find these comfortable and stylish. I am hopeful that I will be able to buy some more of these shirts for when I play baseball with friends this summer.

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12 2015 Oct

Was Chase Utley’s Slide Legal?

In game 2 of the National League Division Series the Dodgers came from behind with a 4-run 7th inning to tie their series with the Mets at 1 game each. The pivotal moment that everyone in talking about was when the first run of the inning scored to tie the game. The Dodgers were trailing 2 to 1 at the time. They had two runners on base, Enrique Hernandez was on third and Chase Utley was on first and there was one out. Howie Kendrick faced Bartolo Colon and hit a ground ball up the middle. The Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy flipped the ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada to try to start a double play, but Utley slid in with his head striking Tejada’s legs and knocking him on his back and breaking his leg. To literally add insult to injury, the replay review determined that Tejada never touched the base and because the throw pulled him out of position the “neighborhood play” where infielders just need to be close to second base on a double play didn’t apply.

Now the Mets and their fans are all incensed saying Utley’s slide was dirty. Upon further review, Joe Torre and Major League Baseball has agreed and decided it was an illegal slide and suspended Utley two games, pending an appeal. But honestly, MLB’s suspension seems more like a reaction to the severity of the injury and fan response, than a consistent enforcement of the rules. Attempting to break up a double play by sliding toward a middle infielder happens all the time. The only time I see the illegal slide rule enforced is when the runner is so far out of the baseline, that they can’t possibly touch second base. That was not the case here. Utley was close enough to the bag to touch it if he chose to. He probably assumed he was going to be out and was only interested in preventing the double play so that the critical tying run would score. He did slide high and late, but that has not been considered illegal before. I’ve seen Yasiel Puig slide high and late, not because he was taking out a fielder, but because he had bad judgement on when to slide. Sadly, a big reason why Tejada was injured, had nothing to do with Utley. Tejada was out of position with his back to the runner at the moment of impact. Whether that was because of Murphy’s throw or because he was unadvisedly trying to pirouette to throw to first, he shares some responsibility for not being set for a collision that he should have known was coming. There have been lots of slides to break up double plays that have looked far worse than what Utley did and they were not ruled illegal before. Players have also been hurt before; ask Jung Ho Kang of the Pirates. The umpires ruling during the game was correct, based on how the rule had been interpreted in the past. If MLB wants to outlaw sliding toward fielders to break up double plays, they need to set that precedent ahead of time and pass the memo out to all the umpires and players.

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9 2015 Oct

New York Mets versus the Los Angeles Dodgers

New York versus Los Angeles is a classic, except in baseball it usually involved the Yankees, not the Mets. But the Mets are another team buoyed by youth. Particularly, their starting pitching with Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey set up to anchor the Mets staff for many years. However, the question is, “Is it too soon?” The whole controversy over Harvey’s innings and his recent tardiness to a workout puts a negative cloud over the team. For the Dodgers, success also begins with their starting pitching. It’s a two-headed monster called Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. We’ve already seen what a difference an ace starting pitcher can make in the Wild Card games and going back to last year’s performance by Bumgarner. The Dodgers are doubly dangerous with the best combo since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Kershaw has proved human is previous postseasons, especially in the 7th inning against the Cardinals. But he appears to be peaking as he enters these playoffs and I expect him to have learned from past experience, after all, he’s just entering his prime at 27 years old. The question is what happens after those guys pitch? Brett Anderson and Alex Wood have been good at times, but a bad outing could be costly in a short series. Similarly, the bullpen outside of the closer Kenley Jansen has been inconsistent. There are a lot of young arms with the potential to do well, but they are unproven.

In the first half of the year the Mets had no offense, but the mid-season acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and the return of David Wright has transformed the Mets into one of the best offenses in baseball. The Dodgers don’t have anyone with 30 or more home runs, but they led the National League in home runs. That tells you there are a lot of guys hitting 10 or more spread throughout the lineup. The Dodgers may have unloaded big names like Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, but they maintain a huge payroll by having a lot of depth. Most of the country may not know about Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez, but don’t be surprised if they make a contribution in this series. One name the country will know soon is Corey Seager, the rookie shortstop/third baseman for the Dodgers, who only played the last month in the big leagues. The younger brother of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, Corey is touted as the more talented of the two, and he’s done nothing to disprove that in his short time in the majors by hitting over .330. The Dodgers are getting healthy at the right time with the recent return of Howie Kendrick, Hernandez and Yasiel Puig. If they score just 3 or 4 runs for Kershaw and Greinke, it usually means a win. Don’t be surprised if the Dodgers sweep.

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9 2015 Oct

Chicago Cubs versus the St. Louis Cardinals

For the first time, long-time rivals, the Chicago Cubs face the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. Primarily, because the Cubs have rarely been in the postseason. However, with a young team guided by manager Joe Maddon, this could be the first of many October appearances for the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are perennial playoff participants. I’m not sure what “the Cardinal Way” means, but their secret to success is depth from a strong farm system. Albert Pujols can leave as a free agent, Adam Wainwright can get injured, but the team keeps winning because someone from the minor leagues rises up to take their place. However, this year the injury bug may be too much for the Cardinals to overcome. Carlos Martinez was the ace of the staff and his loss due to shoulder stiffness is a big blow. Another big blow could be the torn ligament in Yadier Molina’s thumb. He’ll try to play with it, but how effective will the team MVP be? Also, hurting the Cardinals is the late season collapse of Michael Wacha who sported a 7.88 ERA in September. Wainwright has returned, but he’s relegated to the bullpen. The bad news for the Cubs is that they had to play a Wild Card game, so Arrieta can only pitch once in this series. Also, Jason Hammel hasn’t been that sharp lately. This should be quite a battle and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a bench-clearing incident before it’s over. My guess is that the wounded Cardinals succumb to the youthful Cubs, but it won’t be easy.

 

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8 2015 Oct

Divisional Series begin in the American League

In a one game Wild-Card format, there’s nothing like a dominant starting pitcher. Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates were hit by the Madison Bumgarner steamroller. This year, they had the misfortune of facing Jake Arrieta. Rookie Kyle Schwarber provided all the offensive support needed with an RBI single and a two-run home run, while Arrieta tossed a shutout. Similarly, Dallas Keuchel ended the Yankees season with a shutout of his own.

So now the Divisional Series matchups are set. First, the American League, where the Houston Astros go on to face the Kansas City Royals. The Astros are a young team and as Keuchel demonstrated, they have good pitching. The offense is led by Carlos Correa and it is all or nothing; they hit a lot of home runs, but they strikeout a lot. It’s a formula that can work well in the playoffs, where it’s difficult to mount rallies against good pitching. Good pitchers don’t make many mistakes, but if they make one bad pitch and you can convert it into runs with one swing…The Royals are also a young team that had an amazing run in last year’s playoffs and this year they look like an even stronger team. They picked up Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline and he’s not even starting the first game. Despite the loss of closer Greg Holland, they have a solid bullpen. The lineup is solid from 1 through 9. They might not be superstars, but no one is an easy out and that can wear out opposing pitchers. I like the Royals to advance again.

Proving that a trade deadline acquisition can make a difference, the Toronto Blue Jays went all-in to pick up David Price and Troy Tulowitsky, while the Texas Rangers traded their farm system for Cole Hamels. It’ll be interesting to see who made a better investment. Both teams have powerhouse offenses that no one would want to face. The Blue Jays have Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Bautista while the Rangers have Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo. So if you like offense, this could be the series to watch. However, the difference will be the pitching, and I think the Blue Jays have more depth there.

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