Friends of Baseball’s Mission is to offer Oregon’s economically and geographically challenged children enhanced opportunities for social interaction, academic success and physical and mental well-being through participation in youth baseball and softball team programs. www.friendsofbaseball.org
The new Concordia University & Community Athletic Complex
The Concordia University & Community Athletic Complex will be shared equally between community groups and the University’s student-athletes. Nearby neighborhoods will benefit from well-lit, year-round turf soccer and baseball fields for use by local kids, student-athletes, and fans, taking part in camps, training, practices and games.
The new Concordia University & Community Athletic Complex will include:
* Four city blocks of stadium seating, field, and training facilities.
* Turf, lights and increased size will allow year-round use and maximize hours of operation
* Press boxes and stadium seating for more than 1,000 spectators
* Concession areas and an alumni plaza
* The latest in training facilities and team rooms
It took an extra day, but as anticipated, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association today agreed to a 10-team format that includes two additional Wild Card Clubs and an elimination game in each League prior to the Division Series for the 2012 season, as opposed to waiting till next year.
The format will see a second Wild Card would be awarded in both the American League and the National League; and that a single Postseason game would be played between each League’s two Wild Card Clubs, with each winner advancing to compete among the three division champions from each League in the Division Series. If the format had been in place last year, the Rays would have played the Red Sox in the American League while the Cardinals would have played the Braves.
The change, which was endorsed by the Commissioner’s 14-member Special Committee for On-Field Matters, marks the first amendment to the Postseason since MLB adopted the six-division, eight-team Postseason structure in January of 1994. The first Postseason to be played under that format occurred in 1995. www.bizofbaseball.com...
City Staff and City Councilors were true to their word and provided a special session January 9th to give citizens of Milwaukie reports gathered since the beginning of Phase I of the Baseball For Milwaukie Project.
1/18/12: As part of the second phase of work City Council directed staff to create a Citizen Task Force that will:
• Advise the Council on a preferred option related to the facility’s orientation
• Advise the Council on a preferred slate of facility (or site) uses that would complement the minor league baseball schedule and provide amenities for Milwaukie and the surrounding region
• Advise the Council on a scope of work and budget related to the Economic Impact Analysis
• Advise the Council on a Good Neighbor Agreement bullet point list that would ensure compatibility between the operation of the facility and surrounding industrial and residential neighbors.
The Task Force is expected to meet five to seven times in the months of February, March and April.
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Get a jump start on the competition; join us at the 2012 NWBC Baseball Convention which will be held from January 13-15, 2012 at the Embassy Suites PDX in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy three great days of Baseball instruction from highly respected coaches and acknowledged presenters in motivational and other related topics.
Some of the top clinicians will include Bruce Brown, President of Pro Active Coaching and presenter at the 2012 ABCA Convention. His presentations alone will truly prepare you for the coming season. Other noted participants will include Pat Casey and Pat Bailey (OSU), Zane Kelly (Athletes in Motion), Mark Yoshino (NWACC winner from Bellevue CC), Donnie Marbut (Head Coach from WSU), Jim Parque (former Major League starter and President of Big League Edge), Shawn Humberger (Head Coach from College of Idaho), Special Guest Presenter Garye Lafevers (President of the Arizona HS Baseball Assoc), Donny Harrel (Head Coach from Seattle University), Dave Gasser (5-Time Oregon State HS. State Champ), Tucker Brack (University of Portland), and many others. www.nwstar.net/NWBC_Convention...
The Portland Old Timers and Active Baseball Players Association
The Portland Old Timers and Active Baseball Players Association is an inclusive, non-profit organization raising funds with the goal of tutoring, mentoring and giving back to the amateur/professional baseball community.
As an Organization they host an Annual Awards Banquet and the money raised provides scholarship opportunities to deserving high school senior student-athletes based on academics, public service involvement and athletic skill.
The annual banquet will also serve as a venue to bring together baseball enthusiasts, coaches, amateur athletes, professional athletes and the many baseball volunteers in the community. The 78th Annual banquet will be on January 14th 2012 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon Street in Portland.
This years guests will be:
NEIL EVERETT, cohost of ESPN Sports Center
MICHAEL STUTES, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
PETE WARD, Oregon Sports Hall of Famer, former MLB Player & Coach
TOM TREBELHORN, former MLB Player, Manager and coach & 2009 World Baseball Classic Coach, current Manager for the Volcanoes & the man who taught Rickey Hendersen how to steal bases.
"The 2011 banquet was great. Congratulations to Bo Cornish, Chad Kjemhus, Matt Beeber and Connor Harris, 2011 OABPA scholarship recipients, good luck in college! Isaac Ropp from 1080 The Fan did a great job as host and featured speakers Cole Gillespie, Kevin Gunderson and Tom Treblehorn were very interesting and entertaining. Can't wait till next year!" ~a local baseball enthusiast.
The Baseball Biography Project is an ongoing effort to research and write comprehensive biographical articles on people who played or managed in the major leagues, or otherwise made a significant contribution to the sport. The project is run by the Bioproject Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). bioproj.sabr.org
by Michael Cahill
“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries,” wrote William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar. The line, spoken by Brutus, might well have been spoken about Al Weis. The self-described “journeyman ballplayer” took the tide at the flood and became a hero of one of the most fabled World Series championship teams of all time.
Albert John Weis was born on April 2, 1938, in Franklin Square, New York, and grew up in Bethpage, graduating from Farmingdale High School. On December 15, 1967, the Mets sent four players to the White Sox for outfielder Tommie Agee and—in what seemed to many like an afterthought—Al Weis.
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Hillsboro's own Wally Backman hired Promoted by the NY Mets
Growing up a Met fan on Long Island NY, I knew about Wally Backman long before I'd ever heard of Aloha HS ...or Oregon for that matter :-). Wally was an important member of the '86 Mets, which is the only Mets championship team in my personnel memory. The Mets recently hired the Prineville resident to manage their Short Season (A) team, The Brooklyn Cyclones.
Wally began his managerial career in 1997 and managed first in Indy ball and then in the Chicago White Sox and Arizona D-Backs organizations until 2004, his complete managerial record is here.
In 2004, he was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and led their Lancaster (A) club to an 86-54 record, earning him honors as the Sporting News "Minor League Manager of the Year". He was promoted to the position of manager of the Diamondbacks big league team in November of that year and released four days later. Wally had had some minor legal troubles in '99 and '01 and the D-Backs backed out after getting some negative press coverage about that. From what I have read the Diamondbacks HAD looked into the situations and were satisfied that they weren't serious before they hired him but then they backed down when it looked like a PR problem.
In 2007 Wally managed the South Georgia Peanuts of the short lived South Coast League and won the league championship.
Sure to delight baseball fans and cinephiles alike, Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 7 PM. This program is introduced by Dave Filipi, Curator of Film/Video at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The list of clips is long and includes such treasures as;
DUGOUT CHATTER (1959), with Bob Wolff, featuring Rocky Colavito and Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians;
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME commercials (1955), featuring Ford Frick, Humphrey Bogart, William Frawley, and Bob Hope;
An excerpt of footage from 1958’s Congressional Hearings on Baseball’s Anti-Trust Status featuring Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams;
1970s television commercials featuring Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Pete Rose, the New York Mets, and Tom Seaver;
A 1952 newsreel featuring Emmett Ashford, the first African-American umpire in organized baseball;
1945 footage of Jackie Robinson by Look Magazine; an excerpt of a 1961 Minnesota Twins highlight film; early films produced by the Edison Company including THE BALL GAME (1898) and CASEY AT THE BAT (1899); an excerpt of a 1940s film on the American League featuring Bob Feller; 1936 Cincinnati Reds newsreels; and DIAMOND DEMON (1947), featuring trick pitcher Johnny Price. And more!(120 mins.) www.nwfilm.org/screenings...
from the interview: Baseball Northwest's Carson Kelly was part of USA Baseball's 16U National Team that competed in the 2010 COPARE "AA" Pan American Championships in October in LaGos De Moreno, Mexico in October. The American team won the gold medal defeating Mexico 11-4 in the final. Carson was the winning pitcher for USA in the quarterfinal game vs Cuba by pitching seven innings in their 11-3 win. The junior right handed pitcher and 3B goes to Westview HS in Oregon. He has recently been ranked by Baseball Northwest as the top prospect in Oregon in the 2012 class. More Here
Erv Lind Stadium
Erv Lind Stadium, located at NE 57th and Halsey in Portland, will serve as the home field of the Portland State softball team for the 31st season
Built in 1948, the stadium was named in honor of Erv Lind on July 16, 1965, a year after his death. A well-known local florist, he was also the
coach and manager of Portland’s best known women’s softball team, the Erv Lind Florists, for 28 years. He led the team to the ASA national titles in 1944 and 1964.
An annual award is named after Lind and is given each year to the Outstanding Defensive Player in the ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National
Championship. Lind was also elected to the Northwest Region Hall of Fame in 1984.
While serving as the Vikings’ home field, Portland State hosted the 1991 NCAA Division II West Regionals at the site. The Vikings rolled through
the regional, going 4-1 and giving up just two runs over five games. PSU opened with a 2-0 defeat of Cal Poly and after losing to Humboldt State, 1-0, to move to the losers bracket, the Vikings bounced back with a 8-0 victory over Chapman. They then defeated Humboldt State, 7-1 and 7-0, to advance to the NCAA DII Final Four in Midland, Mich.
The Vikings gained full-time access to the stadium in 2001, allowing the team to conduct practices at the facility. Heavy play from high schools
and leagues in previous years prevented the Vikings from using the stadium for practice. In the fall of 2006, a new Diamond Pro surface was installed at the stadium. Diamond Pro is a vitrified clay (expanded shale and clay) product applied to the skinned areas of baseball and softball fields to enrich color, improve drainage, reduce rain delays, limit compaction, improve safety and create an all-around safe, professional infield playing surface. The Diamond Pro surface is used in some capacity in most Major League Baseball stadiums.
In 2006, Portland State went a perfect 14-0 at home en route to claiming their first ever Pacific Coast Softball Conference title and first trip to
the NCAA Division I tournament. Over the past five seasons, the Vikings have parlayed their home field advantage into a 59-22 record, including a 44-7 mark in PCSC home games. During that span, Portland State has outscored opponents 359-172 overall and 263-90 in conference contests.
Last spring, the Vikings won all 12 of their PCSC home games, outscoring the opposition 105-37. On March 27, 2010, a new attendance record was set when Portland State hosted defending national champion and top-ranked Washington for a doubleheader. An overfill crowd of 1,280 fans left no seat empty and with a line of over 200 people waiting outside of the gate one hour before first pitch, it made for a special day in the history of both PSU softball and Erv Lind Stadium.
Map to Erv Lind
Ten things I didn’t know about managers in the postseason
by Chris Jaffe October 25, 2010
This is a great article in the Hardball Times talking about ALL the managers to ever manage in the post season.
"...For a jumping off point, you'll get a list of career postseason win-loss records for every manager in baseball history. That info ain't listed at Baseball Reference, or anywhere else that I can find, and it sure would be nice to see..."
1. Complete W/L postseason records for all managers
*That's 136 managers combining to go 1,346-1,346.
2. Longest postseason managerial winning streak
*the longest managerial winning streaks in postseason history: 12 games, which two managers achieved. As you might guess, the Yankees are responsible for one of those streaks. As you might not guess, the Yankees are not responsible for the other one.
3. Longest postseason managerial losing streak
*Flipping the last point around, the worst losing streak is 11. As many out there in reader-land likely know, Ron Gardenhire has achieved this, as he's lost his last 11 straight October games. However, it's been done before
4. Most wins without a World Series title: Mike Hargrove
5. Bill Virdon: more Art Howe than even Art Howe
*Hargrove didn't win the World Series, but at least he got into one. Who has the most wins without even getting to win? Well, it's a six-way tie at six wins.
6. Most wins in World Series without winning a World Series
*It's a similar question to the last one, and with a similar answer: six
7. Longest wait until finally making it
8. Longest career after last managerial postseason appearance
9. Longest gap between postseason managerial appearances
10. World Series records for all managers
*Listing complete postseason records is nice, but ultimately the World Series stands alone. As a result, here are the win-loss records for managers in that grandest of stages (again, including 19th century skippers): Complete Story with lists here.
Dave Niehaus, 1935-2010
November 10, 2010
Dave Niehaus, the Voice of the Seattle Mariners since the team's inception in 1977, passed away today at his
home in Bellevue, WA. Niehaus, 75, suffered a heart attack, according to his family. Here's his call of Junior scoring from first in the '95 playoffs.
We lost a great one…
This is from Dwight Jaynes' blog: In 1965, if you were playing baseball in the PIL, you had to face a lot of very hard throwers. Great pitchers. One of them, Madison’s Terry Ley, pitched in the big leagues for the New York Yankees. Another, Washington’s John Hart, helped pitch Linfield to a national championship. A couple of others were outstanding division I college pitchers.
But the best of all — and believe me — I struck out against them all, was Wilson’s overpowering 6-foot-6 right-hander Wayne Twitchell. Wayne could bring it and was just wild enough to scare the daylights out of you. And he went on to a long career in the major leagues that included an all-star appearance (a scoreless inning) in 1973, a season that saw him go 13-9 with a 2.50 earned run average for the Philadelphia Phillies. He had five shutouts that season.
Wayne lost a long and gritty fight with cancer on September 16, 2010 and it saddened us so much to lose him. Oregonian Story
Ray Crawford- HOFamer
RAY CRAWFORD IS AN INAUGURAL MEMBER OF THE PORTLAND NABA FORMED IN 1992. DURING THAT SEASON RAY JOINED A COMMITTEE THAT SAVED THE UPSTART LEAGUE OF EIGHT TEAMS FROM FAILING. DUE TO HIS INSTRUMENTAL WORK WITH THE CITY OF PORTLAND TO SECURE FIELDS, RAY WAS NAMED LEAGUE PRESIDENT IN 1993. THAT YEAR SAW THE LEAGUE GROW TO TWELVE TEAMS AND TWO AGE DIVISIONS. IN 1994 RAY ATTENDED HIS FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AND PLAYED FOR THE TITLE. SINCE THEN RAY HAS ATTENDED EVERY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AND LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE THE NABA HAS HELD. NOT TO MENTION SENDING AS MANY AS 6 TEAMS A YEAR FROM HIS LEAGUE.
RAY HAS PLAYED FOR THE RING 6 TIMES AND WON TWO. IN 1996, RAY WAS VOTED NABA LEAGUE PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR. IT WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE AWARD. LOCALLY, RAY WAS AWARDED THE CITY OF PORTLAND LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN 2000. RAY CURRENTLY RUNS ONE OF THE PREMIER LEAGUES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAVING GROWN HIS LEAGUE TO 19 TEAMS.
FITTINGLY, RAY WAS ELECTED AS A MEMBER OF THE NABA HALL OF FAME IN THE YEAR 2005 AND PRESENTING HIS PLAQUE IS FORMER PRO BASEBALL PLAYER "MATT WILLIAMS" IN PHOTO ABOVE .
President- Portland, Oregon NABA
League President of the year-1996
World Champions 1996- 18A Sequent Computers
World Champions- 2004 38A Portland Red Sox
On September 6, 2010, the Portland Beavers played their final game at PGE Park, and the final game (for now, anyway) in Portland Beavers history. Click below to hear segments of the final broadcast from Sportsradio 95.5 The Game.
"A Decade in Portland Beavers Baseball"
A one-hour show detailing the 10-year history of this incarnation of the Portland Beavers (2001-10), including audio highlights of games.
The one hour show mentioned above and the full game broadcast with Rich Burk and Tim Hagerty including the postgame On-field Ceremony and Rich's Memories and Final Sign-Off are available here: www.richburk.com (you can also buy an awesome scorebook)
Pioneer Base Ball Club
We represent the Pioneer Baseball Club of Portland, Oregon. This was the first organized base ball club in the Pacific Northwest. The club was organized in May of 1866 and played its first match game against another club in October of the same year, besting the Clackamas Nine of Oregon City by a score of 77-45. In December, the club sent members all the way to New York City to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Base Ball Players. They were accepted as a member club in this organization and were able to vote on proposed rule changes and other business. The club sent representatives to this meeting the next year as well, but after that, they stayed home and helped to organize an association of clubs in the Pacific Northwest instead.
It is our intent to represent historical base ball as it was played in the early days. Our uniforms are recreations of the uniforms actually worn by the Pioneer club in 1866 and we play by the rules of the National Association of Base Ball Players as printed in 1864 in the Beadles Dime Base Ball book.
July 16~ The Pioneer Base Ball Club takes on one of their historic rivals, the Willamettes of West Linn, using the rules of 1863.
July 17~ Come to the Parade Ground at the Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site and witness a recreation of base ball from the 1860's. Bring a chair or a blanket and root for your favorite team. The Occidentals are composed of park personnel and local citizens and merchants while the Shermans are portrayed by the Civil War reenactors of the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry representing soldiers stationed at the fort. Members of the Pioneer Base Ball club will be playing on each side. This game always starts with a bang as a gun crew from the 1st Oregon fires the mountain howitzer to kick it off.
August 21~ Come and see a rematch at Ft. Vancouver between the Occidentals of Vancouver and the soldiers at Ft. Vancouver. pbbcbaseball.com
What it stands for: Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average, developed by Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman (first at Baseball Prospectus, and then later revised by the same authors at Fangraphs).
How to calculate SIERA: You're going to need a lot more than a calculator for this one, so it's better to explain it conceptually. SIERA is an estimator rather than a true run average. It's based on an analysis of a pitcher's components, their strikeout rate, walk rate, and ground ball rate, rather than an analysis of how many runs were given up, and as such it contains a lot of the same insights as FIP, which I wrote about last year. Those two main insights, which have been shaking up baseball statistics for the past decade:
• Pitchers cannot control their Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP)
• Pitchers cannot control their Home Run per Flyball rate (HR/FB)
Maury Brown is a Portland based sports business analyst and the founder of the Business of Sports Network, a series of expansive resources, dedicated to the business of sports.
If you love baseball. If you work in the front office of a minor league or MLB club. If you're a researcher, or someone that simply wants to keep abreast of baseball as a business, then The Biz of Baseball is designed for you.
Up until now, there have been resources for all sports business, but BoB.com marks the first all inclusive location for news, interviews, data, and articles dedicated to just the game of baseball and the business that drives it. www.bizofbaseball.com.
The Biz of Baseball is a great site. It has many interviews, attendance databases, newsfeeds from MLB, MiLB, WBC, Indy ball and NCAA. It has many articles and opinion pieces, podcasts, salary arbitration info, free agent trackers, payrolls and much, much more.
Call of the Year
On the pregame show on Sunday 8/27 there is a "Picks to Click" segment on the Mariners pregame where the broadcasters and Mike Blowers pick who they think will be the days player of the game.
Sunday things got a little goofy during the segment and Mike made a wild prediction about Matt Tuiasosopo. Tui's second at bat came in the top of the 5th inning and as you can hear, the Blowers prediction was on the mind of Dave Niehaus.
Local MLB legend, pitcher Larry Jansen passes away at 89 in his hometown of Verboort
By Aaron Fentress, The Oregonian
October 12, 2009, 6:03PM
Former major league baseball star Larry Jansen, the winning pitcher in one of the sport's most famous games, died in his sleep early Saturday morning in the home he built in 1951 in his hometown of Verboort, OR. He was 89.
Jansen was the winning pitcher in the 1951 NL pennant tie-breaker game ended by what has been called "the shot heard 'round the world." In that game, the Giants defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4 on a three-run home run by Bobby Thompson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Aaron Fentress' full oregonlive.com story here
Dwight Jaynes' Blog
Dwight Jaynes (right) is a well known sportswriter in the Portland area and he has an informative blog that he writes these days. This is how he introduces it:
After 35 years in the newspaper business, it was time to step away for a while. Not sure how long -- maybe forever. You may remember me from the Oregon Journal. Or The Oregonian. Or the Portland Tribune. Or KPAM radio. I still have all those old news sources who want to clue me in, though, and it seems a shame to let them go to waste. So the goal is to provide you with stuff you won't find other places. Certainly there will be some opinions you won't find anywhere else. That's what I do.
Former umpire Doug Harvey was elected to the Hall of fame the other day and Dwight wrote a recollection. December 7th, 2009 by Dwight Jaynes
At the age of 13 I got a great job — ballboy for the Portland Beavers in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
As part of that job, I used to have to bring a few dozen new baseballs, still in the box, to the umpires’ room a couple of hours before the games. In the old days, the team clubhouses and umpires’ room were located in the Multnomah Athletic Club, beyond the right-field fence in what was then Multnomah Stadium. The umps’ room, in fact, was high up in the club — an elevator ride.
Read the rest of it here: www.dwightjaynes.com
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) was formed in August 1971 in Cooperstown New York. It now consists of more than 6,700 members -- including many prominent writers, officials, and former players -- worldwide. There is no test a person must pass to become active. All that's asked of members is that they have an interest in baseball research, statistics, or history.
The purpose of SABR is to foster the research, preservation, and dissemination of the history and record of baseball. SABR shall carry out that mission through programs:
1) To encourage the study of baseball, past and present, as a significant athletic and social institution;
2) To encourage further research and literary efforts to establish and maintain the accurate historical record of baseball;
3) To encourage the preservation of baseball research materials; and
4) To help disseminate educational, historical and research information about baseball. www.sabr.org
Interactive Baseball Rules
Welcome to the Interactive Baseball Rules.
The purpose of this site is to create a fun environment for baseball umpires, players, coaches and fans to enhance their understanding of the rules of the Great Game of Baseball.
So... clear your indicator, sweep the plate, put your mask on and lets "Play Ball" and have a good time. www.macroweb.com/ibrules
PIL Hall of Fame
The PIL has existed for at least 108 years, according to school records. It is believed to be the oldest league within a single school district in the country.
Counting this year’s group, the number of PIL Hall of Fame members from each school will be: Adams, three; Benson, 39; Commerce/Cleveland, 37; Franklin, 39; Grant 52; Jackson, 11; Jefferson, 54; Lincoln, 37; Madison, 20; Marshall, 19; Roosevelt, 37; Sabin, 2; Washington, 45; and Wilson, 18.
pilhalloffame.org Tribune Story
The Hardball Times
Baseball. Insight. Daily
THT has so much information on so many baseball subjects that it is hard to describe. Whether you want to read an in depth, two-part article comparing Carl Yastrzemski and Manny Ramirez or find out Nick Swisher's Line Drive Percentage or maybe answer the age old question "Does a run saved equal a run scored?", this is the place. www.hardballtimes.com
Portland native Joe Gordon elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
Posted by The Oregonian December 08, 2008
Portland native and former second baseman Joe Gordon has been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee today.
The late Gordon, who attended Jefferson High and the University of Oregon, was a nine-time All-Star with the New York Yankees and Cleveland. He played on five World Series championship teams and retired in 1950.
Your first baseball game.
There is a different kind of excitement about this game, because this time you are a player, not merely a fan. You proudly put on your jersey, your pants, your stockings, shoes and cap in a pregame ritual that is performed by ballplayers from tee ball to the big leagues. As you walk onto the field you look around. The other players on your team are all wearing the same uniform as you and you feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie. You are a member of a baseball team and these are your teammates. exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org
Welcome to WebBall
WebBall celebrates over 12 years of service to baseball players of all ages and coaches of all experience levels. We have tips for hitting & pitching mechanics, infield-outfield drills, coaching strategies, physical & mental training, and more. Check out the WebBall Store for the latest training aids and the best deals.
New pages added every week. See more insights on new features under the COMMUNITY menu. WebBall is always a work in progress, we welcome your suggestions. For more on the site, check Inside WebBall.
What year was Shea Stadium built? What's the name of that stadium where the Giants play? What are the dimensions of PGE Park? Did they ever play baseball in the L.A. Coliseum?* These questions and more are answered at: www.ballparks.com/baseball
More ballpark info then you'd ever thought you'd need.
*1964, AT&T Park, left field: 319; center field: 405; right field: 321, yes
Elysian Fields Quarterly-The Baseball Review
THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN BASEBALL!
Welcome to EFQ, the literary baseball journal that is short on hype and long on content. Intelligent, quirky, iconoclastic, funny, and opinionated — that's us! If you love baseball and its timeless beauty, you'll love EFQ. Every issue features 112 pages of great writing on baseball from rookies and established veterans. Anything having to do with baseball is fair game. Best of all, our print doesn't come off in your hands! When you're done with an issue, it goes on your bookshelf, not in the trash. www.efqreview.com
Baseball Rule Change Timeline
The rules have evolved from the original Knickerbocker Rules in 1845, to the first set of National League rules in 1877. Since those years, some major changes and rule additions have taken place and Baseball Almanac has, hopefully, listed them into an easy to understand timeline.
"Use of the DH takes something away from the game." - Chub Feeney
Draft Prospect Q&A With Carson Kelly
By Matt Grabusky – March 14, 2012
Matt Grabusky got in contact with Carson Kelly recently and he was nice enough to answer some questions for the site. Many players are referred to as two-way prospects. Kelly actually fits the description, with legitimate potential as a position player and as a pitcher. He is also a two time member of the US National Team. For more on Kelly, check out his draft profile.
Matt Grabusky: At what age did you start playing baseball?
Carson Kelly: I started playing ball when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I just loved to play catch with my Dad in the backyard. Q and A with Carson Kelly
Carson Kelly ready to pen next chapter in promising baseball career
By David Auguste
This story originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of ESPNHS Oregon.
It seems like everyone in Oregon can regale you with a story about what makes Westview senior Carson Kelly a rare talent.
Some point to the astounding power he displayed while cranking a mammoth homer (450 feet, some say) against Jesuit. Others bring up Kelly’s brilliant outing against Lake Oswego, in which he was one strike shy of a perfect game.
And there are numerous stories about his penchant for delivering in clutch situations, like his five-K effort that clinched a gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
But the story Kelly wants people to tell is still unwritten.
“Just looking back on the last couple of years has been great,” he says. “But there’s no finish line in my life. There’s always work to be done to become the person I want to be.”
The person Kelly was last spring was the leader of Westview’s first title-winning squad and the Gatorade State Player of the Year. He tagged opposing pitchers for 13 homers and 48 RBIs and was nearly unhittable on the mound, posting a 9-1 mark with a 1.72 ERA and 67 K’s. http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/oregon...