Reporter asks Prince Fielder if he feels like Lou Gehrig

  • Prince Fielder is done playing professional baseball because of a neck injury. That sucks; seeing someone's career end prematurely is always sad.Bright side for Fielder, though — he is not retiring because of debilitating disease that will rapidly kill him, then bear his name. He is unlike Lou Gehrig in that way. Both are first basemen, I suppose. MORE: These are the 50 best players in baseballThat didn't stop someone from asking Fielder, at his retirement press conference, if h夜网论坛e related to Gehrig's famous "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech.  #PrinceFielder asked if he "sort of understands what Lou Gehrig was going through in his famous speech" #Rangers pic.twitter.com/DOiohj2XXX— mfr24 (@mfr234) August 10, 2016Gehrig gave that speech upon his affliction with a debilitating disease that rapidly killed him and bore his name. Fielder, thus far, has been forced to do no such thing.Congratulations to Fielder and his family.[......]

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    Cubs close to acquiring Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

  • 夜网论坛 Baseball The Cubs are closing in on Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, according to multiple reports.The deal, which could be completed at any time, would send top Cubs prospect Gleyber Torres, a shortstop, to New York. MORE: Eight teams vying for Chris Archer The rumor mill was swirling Sunday with the Indians, Nationals and Cubs all looking likely to land the talented reliever as the Yankees offload to pick up young pieces. Despite trading for Chapman this offseason, the Yankees have decided to cash in on the talented reliever with the 100-mph fastball to get an infield prospect that is hitting .275 with a .359 on-base percentage and .791 OPS. Torres, 19, also has nine home runs and 23 doubles in 94 games with the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. MORE: Where do Chris Sale, White Sox go from here? News of the trade started to circulate late Sunday when Torres was scratched from his minor-league start.Chapman, 28, is widely regarded as the best closer in , is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves this season. His arrival in Chicago would push Héctor Rondon to a set-up role.[......]

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    Yankees jump Royals in wild-card race

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    Yasiel Puig, Dodgers rookies dress as cheerleaders as bizarre ritual continues

  • Love it or hate, rookie hazing is a tradition in baseball. And Sunday, the Dodgers had their rookies don cheerleader uniforms as they left Miami en route to New York to play the Yankees.Yasiel Puig got in on the action, too. For some reason. #puigyourcheeleader #goDodgers #goRams @JaredGoff16 pic.twitter.com/naD7vkz78M— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) September 11, 2016MORE: Baseball's worst September collapses, rankedThe move, in addition to providing the annual attempt at rookie humiliation, also apparently served to wish the Rams luck as their first season back in Los Angeles officially gets underway. Here's the requisite group photo. You're welcome! #Dodgers #RookieDressUp pic.twitter.com/nBVHjj7DBu— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 11, 2016Rookie 夜网论坛hazing was in full effect Sunday with the Rays as well. Their rookies had to dress in Team USA-inspired ... um ... attire.Tradition continues—the #Rays rookies are wearing their Team USA-inspired singlets for the flight to Toronto. pic.twitter.com/EskRF1Gbm2— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 11, 2016Oh, guys.To quote Forrest Gump, that's all I have to say about that.[......]

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    playoffs 2016: Hurricane Matthew drenches D.C.; Dodgers-Nationals Game 2 postponed

  • WASHINGTON — While the weather in the nation’s capital on Saturday has been nowhere near as bad as in the Carolinas, rain bands from the northern edge of Hurricane Matthew have resulted in a wet day and the postponement of Game 2 of the National League division series between the Nationals and Dodgers.Today's Nationals-Dodgers NLDS game has been postponed until tomorrow at 1:08 pm. More information to follow.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 8, 2016 PLAYOFFS 2016: Top 50 players in the postseason "It’s supposed to be coming down light, and the windo夜网论坛w is it’s supposed to stop between 5:00 and 8:00," Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said in his pregame press conference prior to the announcement. "So obviously we’re not going to get on the field today (for batting practice). We’ll know more as it comes."The rain was light, with occasional heavier bursts, and the tarp was on the field at Nationals Park throughout the afternoon, with puddles accumulating in front of the dugouts and along the warning track. By 3 p.m., it was clear that the game would not start on time, with no activity from the grounds crew, and no players on the field. Clayton Kershaw, the Game 1 winner for the Dodgers, briefly played catch in the outfield before heading back inside. All I really want is Yasiel Puig to do the slip-n-slide, is that too much to ask? pic.twitter.com/e5ONxW8NeQ— (((Jesse Spector))) (@jessespector) October 8, 2016An hour after Roberts’ prediction of a 5:00-8:00 window, the outlook was worse. Weather Underground pegged the window of the least chance of rain as 6:00-10:00. The Weather Channel expected the rain to pick up at 4:00 and remain steady through 7:00, when the chance of rain dropped to 35 percent, opening a window of 7:00-11:00 with little to no rain before the return of showers into the overnight hours. The Dark Sky hyperlocal weather app put the rain-free window at Nationals Park as 10:00 through 3:00 in the morning.[......]

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    Weekend ratings predictions: Cubs, Bama, NFL and more

  • First, the results of last week's predictions :— NLCS: Dodgers-Cubs Game 1: Prediction: 4.3; final rating: 3.2. — NFL national window: Mostly Cowboys-Packers. Prediction: 16.0; final rating: 15.8.— NFL Sunday Night Football: Colts-Texans. Prediction: 10.3; final rating: 8.1. — CFB regular season: Alabama-Tennessee. Prediction: 4.7; final rating: 3.9.— CFB regular season: Ohio State-Wisconsin. Prediction: 4.2; final rating: 5.2.— NASCAR Chase For the Cup from Kansas. Prediction: 2.4; final rating: 2.1.— WNBA Finals: Lynx-Sparks Game 4. Prediction: 0.3; final rating: 0.3.— NHL regular season: Bruins-Maple Leafs. Prediction: 0.2; final rating: N/A.This week's predictions: NLCS: Dodgers-Cubs Games 6 and 7* (8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Fox Sports 1). Back in 2003, Games 6 and 7 of Marlins-Cubs had ratings of 12.6 and 16.9 on the FOX broadcast network. To say that times have changed would be an understatement, and even FOX could not get to those levels now — much less Fox Sports 1. Even so, this weekend's games should do quite well by today's standards. Look for Saturday's game to deliver the second-best LCS Game 6 rating since 2010, trailing only Tigers-Red Sox on 'big FOX' in 2013 (5.5). If it happens, Sunday’s Game 7 should easily top the last winner-take-all game, Cardinals-Giants opposite Monday Night Football and a presidential debate in 2012 (4.9). Both games are almost certain to set new ratings records for FS1, with the current high water mark a 4.2 for Thursday’s Game 5. Predictions: 5.3 and 7.5.CFB regular season: Texas A&M-Alabama (3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS). Alabama tends to turn top ten games into mismatches, but if Saturday’s clash with Texas A&M is reasonably close CBS should score big numbers. The SEC on CBS season-high is 5.0 for Alabama-Mississippi in week three; look for that to be eclipsed. Prediction: 5.2.CFB regular season: Ohio State-Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday, ABC). Ohio State cruised past the Cubs last Saturday night, scoring a 5.2 against Wisconsin while the Cubs had a 3.2 against the Dodgers. Look for that to be reversed this week. Prediction: 3.3.NFL “Sunday Night Football”: Seahawks-Cardinals (8:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC). The Cardinals have always been a weak television draw, but their run to the NFC Championship Game last season left the NFL obligated to give them primetime exposure. In a season marked by poor primetime ratings, look for Sunday Night Football to struggle once again — especially if the NLCS goes seven. Prediction: 9.8.NFL national window: Patriots-Steelers (4:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS). This matchup has lost some luster due to Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, but it is still the 5-1 Patriots against the 4-2 Steelers. Look for CBS to earn its top rating of the season and threaten last夜网论坛 year’s comparable mark of 14.4 for Cowboys-Giants on FOX. Prediction: 14.3.NFL singleheader: Mostly Vikings-Eagles or Chargers-Falcons (1 or 4 p.m. Sunday, FOX). With nearly half the country getting the marquee Vikings-Ea[......]

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    playoff 2016 picks: Indians or Blue Jays? SN experts make their ALCS predictions

  • The Blue Jays and the Indians will square off in the 2016 ALCS, which starts Friday in Cleveland. Toronto is looking to return to the World Series for the first time since 1993 while Cleveland hasn't won the pennant since 1997. PLAYOFFS: Every team's worst postseason memory So which team will emerge victorious? Sporting News' baseball experts break it down:RYAN FAGAN: As I wrote a couple days ago, these are the Blue Jays we expected to see all season. Their offense is, after a September slump, as powerful as advertised (and the couple days off after sweeping the Rangers to allow guys like Josh Donaldson to heal up certainly won’t hurt that). They might have the best rotation remaining in the playoffs, and their bullpen has been outstanding during their four playoff games (1.29 ERA in 14 innings). The defense is pretty darn good, too. PICK: Blue Jays in six.MORE: The worst everyday players of 2016 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/62/18/josh-donaldson-012816-getty-ftrjpg_1rpfuh8f5134x1iacma931ghc2.jpg?t=-1969633646&w=500&quality=80 JASON FOSTER: The Indians’ starters managed to hold the Boston lineup in check in the ALDS despite the absence of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazer, but it’s far from a guarantee that they can do it again with the Blue Jays. Still, if the starters can get deep enough into the game for the bullpen to do its thing — including more strategic Andrew Miller appearances — Cleveland has a good chance to reach the World Series. Toronto, meanwhile, has big-boppers who can change any game with one swing, so the Jays’ best chance is to keep the line moving on offense and put the Indians in early holes.PICK: Indians in six.TOM GATTO: The Tribe won the season series 4-3, and it looks as though the LCS will end the same way. The offenses are essentially a push (the teams were separated by 18 runs over 162 games in the regular season), which leaves the pitching matchup as the decider. The Jays have the deeper rotation but the Indians have the better bullpen with Dan Otero, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen in the lat夜网论坛e innings. That group is well-rested after helping to secure a sweep of the Red Sox. Expect manager Terry Francona to ride those four to a berth in the World Series.PICK: Indians in sevenJUSTIN McGUIRE: Cleveland had the second best record in the league in 2016 and easily dispatched a powerful Red Sox team in the ALDS. So why am I picking the Blue Jays to move on to the World Series? Well, did you see what Toronto did to Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish and the rest of the Texas pitching staff? The Jays scored 22 runs and notched 14 extra base hits, including eight homers, in three games. These guys can flat out hit, and I simply don't think Cleveland can keep them in check for long without the injured Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. And let's not forget, Toronto's pitching is quite good as well.PICK: Blue Jays in five. (Gett[......]

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    Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

  • Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's " on Fox" pregame/postgame show.Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016 Cubs-Indians World Series with Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt. MORE: A-Rod turning into top analyst for FoxAn example of Rose's candor: When asked if he's still at odds with Ray Fosse for running over the ex-Indians catcher during the 1970 All-Star Game, Rose doesn't seem concerned. "If I didn't run into Ray Fosse, you wouldn't know who the hell Ray Fosse is," he tells reporters on a conference call.He questions why hitters — and golf superstar Tiger Woods — change the swings that brought them fame and fortune in the first place."If my stance, and my swing, are good enough to get me to the big leagues, I’m sure as hell not going to change it because I went 0-20," Rose said in an interview with S夜网论坛porting News. Baseball's all-time hits leader, who was banned for betting on games while playing for and managing the Reds, may seem a bit like your crazy uncle who's flying by the seat of his pants on TV. But Rose knows the ups and downs of baseball the way Michael Jordan knows basketball or Jack Nicklaus knows golf.This is a guy who compiled the most hits (4,256) and outs (10,328) in the history of the game. He's a three-time World Series champion, three-time batting champion, a former MVP. There's a method to his madness — even when he's memorably photo-bombing on-air colleagues like Burkhardt. His FS1 colleague A-Rod says Charlie Hustle has a near photographic memory. That ability to remember pitchers, pitches and game situations was a huge help to Rose the player in the days before video-taped scouting and film work.MORE: Joe Altuve named SN Player of the YearThe polarizing Rose is not everybody's cup of tea on TV. He swung and missed the other night when he predicted Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs would struggle in his return from injury. Fans let him have it on Twitter.But beside the gambling ban, Rose is as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the game of baseball than anybody on TV. Excerpts of his interview with Sporting News:SPORTING NEWS: You, A-Rod, Thomas and Burkhardt have drawn critical raves for your postseason analysis the last two years. Did you ever see yourself becoming the toast of sports TV?ROSE: I was always a student of the game. I thought I played fundamentally sound. And I knew I had experience in interviewing people when I did radio for nine years down in Boca (Raton) when I lived there. Then, when they tie you into Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas and A-Rod and last year Max Scherzer and Raul Ibanez, those are great guys to work with. It’s a bunch of guys having fun. We chew the fat about what we just watched. Tonight we’ll go do the pregame show. Then we’ll get to go back and talk about what we just watched. When we pla[......]

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    Cubs celebrate division title in style

  • null Baseball null null Let the party begin. The Cubs celebrated their first NL Central title since 2008 on Friday at Wrigley Field in one of the most exciting ways possible: a walkoff home run.  MORE: Most beloved players for each teamMiguel Montero took Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer deep with an opposite-field blast in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 5-4 victory, their 94th win of the season. MORE: Epstein goes undercover in bleachersMORE: Major league standingsA walkoff against the Brewers was nothing new for Montero.Miguel Montero’s last 2 walk-off HR:Today, vs BrewersAug. 12, 2015, vs Brewers (also Cubs’ most recent walk-off win vs Brewers)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2016The Cubs honored fans before the game, but the bottles started popping in the Cubs clubhouse shortly after the win. Earned夜网论坛. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/DuYWXFvOsH— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2016Looks like a good time. pic.twitter.com/eXUsCxIWNT— Joe Rodgers (@Rodgers_PG) September 16, 2016Sitting 42 games over .500 with a seven-game lead over the Nationals for the best record in the NL, Chicago is in prime position to clinch home field for the playoffs. It is 36-13 since July 27.[......]

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    Where was Babe Ruth’s longest home run? A six-city mystery

  • This year’s World Series games at Wrigley Field remind us of Babe Ruth’s legendary home run there, when he allegedly called his shot in Game 3 of the 1932 Fall Classic in Chicago.But where was Ruth’s longest homer? At least six cities claim the Bambi夜网论坛no’s biggest blast. Detroit – Ruth crushed a pitch out of Navin Field versus Ty Cobb’s Tigers on July 18, 1921.“Hall of Fame historian Bill Jenkinson once estimated it as the longest home run ever hit. Ruth hit the ball clear out of Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) to center field, a shot Jenkinson estimates would have traveled 575 feet unencumbered,” Sports Illustrated recapped. MORE: Where was baseball's first night game? Fort Wayne, Ind. – Ruth’s barnstorming team traveled to Fort Wayne shortly after the Yankees won the 1927 World Series. The Babe cranked an exhibition game dinger there that traveled over the left-center field fence and into a moving train.“Ruth later claimed this was the longest home run he ever hit,” the News-Sentinel reported. “A truly ‘Ruthian’ tale.”Ossining, N.Y. – Babe Ruth went to jail. Well, the whole Yankees roster did in 1929 for an exhibition against Sing Sing Correctional Facility inmates. Ruth’s big fly that day escaped onto a bluff outside the prison, 620 feet from home plate. The New York Post called it “his longest-ever home run.”St. Petersburg, Fla. – Ruth was getting ready for his penultimate season when he drilled a spring training pitch off a hotel on March 25, 1934.“According to Tim Reid of the Committee to Commemorate Babe Ruth, the West Coast Inn home run is believed to be perhaps the longest ever hit off major league pitching. Reid, an engineer, estimates the distance in the air as no less than 610 feet,” the Tampa Bay Times wrote.Tampa, Fla. – Ruth was wearing a Red Sox spring training uniform when he drove a 587-foot round-tripper on April 4, 1919 in Tampa. It’s immortalized with a Florida Historical Marker titled “Babe’s Longest Homer.”Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Ruth took a train to Wilkes-Barre two days after the 1926 World Series (imagine Kris Bryant playing an exhibition game later this week for a couple thousand people) and tattooed a ball 650 feet, according to members of Wilkes-Barre's City Government.The City of Wilkes-Barre built a permanent display in Kirby Park honoring Ruth’s prodigious Pennsylvania poke. The sign's headline reads “The Longest Home Run in Competitive Baseball History.”Ruth’s tape measure mystery is part of the lore surrounding the most famous player of all-time.Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of "Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names."[......]

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