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Finesse vs. Power vs. Power-Finesse

Nakeem Grant, November 23, 2014

In baseball, there are three kinds of pitchers: Power pitchers, finesse pitchers and pitchers that possess the unique combination of power and finesse. There have been several MLB legends that have utilized at least one of these pitching styles. Each style has its own list of pros and cons so as a young pitcher, it’s important to understand the different methods of pitching and to figure out whi...
Small Ball vs. The Long Ball

Nakeem Grant, November 22, 2014

In some of my recent articles, I have mentioned how the game has changed from the steroid era. It’s time to define the different offensive strategies and approaches in the game of baseball. There was a time where small ball reigned in baseball. I’m talking about the days of no batting helmets, black and white television screens and stirrups. In the 21st century, most baseball teams are fueled ...
Farewell to Bud Selig

Nakeem Grant, November 17, 2014

Baseball has said goodbye to a number of notable players and coaches over the last few years. This list includes Derek Jeter, Bobby Cox, Paul Konerko, Cito Gaston, Mariano Rivera and Chipper Jones. Longtime MLB commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig will resign from his position following the end of the 2014 baseball season. Selig stated a couples years ago that he will officially retire sometime arou...
2014 World Series Recap

Nakeem Grant, November 14, 2014

The 2014 MLB season ended in style with an unbelievable World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. Many predicted that this would be a highly competitive, back and forth World Series and these two teams did not disappoint the critics. It was a classic matchup with a storyline that many referred to as, “Destiny vs. Dynasty”. There was an ebb and flow between the t...

Something to Watch: The Return Tommy John Pitchers

Nakeem Grant, November 14, 2014

2014 was an exciting year for starting pitchers in the majors. There were a number of pitchers that put up All-Star stats on the hill. With the dominance of all these exciting aces, it made us forget about the alarming amount of notable starting pitchers that underwent Tommy John Surgery (TJS) before and during the season. It became a highlighted subject in baseball and it raised several questions...
7 Important Tips on Base-Running

Nakeem Grant, November 7, 2014

Base-running is a tactical part of baseball that is often overlooked due to the glamour of hitting along with scoring runs. You can’t score if you don’t give yourself and your team the best opportunity through proper base-running skills and techniques. Now that the fall season is coming to an end, this is the best time to start basic indoor physical training and work on base-running. I learned...
Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras, Dead at the Age of 22

Nakeem Grant, October 27, 2014

The baseball world was shocked to hear the sad news on Sunday during Game 5 of the 2014 World Series. Oscar Taveras, the #2 prospect in Major League Baseball, died in a car accident in his home country, the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend, whom he was with during the crash, also died. Condolences poured in from every direction for Oscar’s family and loved ones once the news got around. ...
MLB GM's Billy Beane

Johnny Evered, October 10, 2014

William Lamar "Billy" Beane III, was born on March 29th, 1962. Thought of as the best possible option of the 1980 Major League Baseball draft, many had expectations that he was the next " Yaz" or potentially a Lou Gehrig type of player. Scouts from around the country, from colleges and MLB clubs would visit Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, California to have an advanced look at the young, yet ...

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Don't Miss the 2014 MLB Postseason

Nakeem Grant, October 2, 2014

In case you missed it, the American and National League Wild Card games were filled with epic individual and team performances. In the AL, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland A’s 9-8 in 12 innings in what turned out to be an instant classic. In the NL, Madison Bumgarner and the San Francis...
Go Navy Go!

Johnny Evered, October 1, 2014

The Navy baseball alumni game is officially scheduled. On October 25th, Navy baseball alumni players will come from around the country to gather together for this special game. The Naval Academy is not known for sports, however, they are known for producing thousands of phenoms that have gone on to ...
Baseball Says Goodbye to Two Class Acts

Nakeem Grant, September 30, 2014

Last Sunday marked the end for the 2014 MLB regular season campaign. But it also marked the end for two of the game’s greatest for the Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter and White Sox first baseman, Paul Konerko. Both players will surely be getting a phone call from Cooperstown in the near future. Jete...
Phillies Do's and Don'ts for the Upcoming Offseason

Johnny Evered, September 29, 2014

The Philadelphia Phillies have finished the 2014 MLB season in last place in the National League East Division with a record of 73 - 89, far behind the Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and the first place Washington Nationals. The Phillies have now missed the playoffs for three consecuti...
Mike Trout is Making New Jersey Proud

Nakeem Grant, September 19, 2014

New Jersey native, Mike Trout, has had another remarkable year in his 3rd season in the majors. He has done absolutely everything for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this year. Trout has put on a show reeling in fly balls out in center (no pun intended), producing runs with his bat and being the u...
A Mid-Summer Classic for All Seasons

Joe Nardini, September 8, 2014

The Padavan-Preller Field complex in Bellerose, New York, home to the HBQVB youth baseball association, has seen more than a fair share of outstanding athletes and memorable games. Over the July 11-13 weekend in 2014 it saw its first Midsummer Classic tournament. It will most certainly not be the la...
The Top MLB Prospect from New Jersey: Anthony Ranaudo

Johnny Evered, August 25, 2014

Anthony Ranaudo, 24, was born on September 9th, 1989 in Freehold, New Jersey. A budding prospect, Ranaudo achieved " The Dream " by being called up on August 1st, 2014 to the Boston Red Sox in order to make to his first career start as a player in the MLB against the New York Yankees, the team Ranau...
An Interview with Washington Nationals TOP Prospect: Lucas Giolito

Johnny Evered, August 25, 2014

Lucas Giolito, 20, is the Washington Nationals top prospect in their minor league organization, tenth-best prospect in the minors and the second-best right-handed starting pitcher in the minors (bankings by MLB.com's draft and prospect expert, Jonathan Mayo). Selected 16th overall by the Washington ...

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