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22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura

You charge the mound because you’re furious. Because you want to hurt someone. You know you’ll be ejected, fined, suspended, but it’s all worth it for brief taste of revenge. You never do it thinking that it all might go horribly wrong, and you might wind up on the receiving end of one of the most iconic beatdowns in… »8/04/15 1:26pm8/04/15 1:26pm

Who Needs Hitting When You've Got Corey Kluber And Chris Sale?

Chris Sale and Corey Kluber pitched against each other last night, and they each turned in performances that lived up to the Best Pitching Matchup of The Week billing that games featuring two great starters always get but often fail to live up to. In fact, Kluber vs. Sale represented everything that is great about… »5/19/15 1:01pm5/19/15 1:01pm

The Empty Orioles Game Was Fine, But It Could've Used More Swearing

The thump of the glove and the crack of the bat were audible in today’s White Sox-Orioles game with no attendance, but the lack of fans allowed new sounds, too: the rattling of the foul ball bouncing around the empty seats, the cheers and applause of teammates, the movement of phlegm as someone cleared their throat. »4/29/15 4:25pm4/29/15 4:25pm

Last Night's White Sox-Royals Brawl Was A Photographer's Delight

If we’re being honest, the true heroes of last night’s awesome White Sox vs. Royals brawl weren’t the players on the field. Yordano Ventura’s quick-pitching and foul mouth may have started the whole thing, and Jeff Samardzija may have done more than his part to turn it into a riot, but their work was easily trumped by… »4/24/15 11:40am4/24/15 11:40am

José Abreu Is Baseball's Most Interesting Boring Star

Every now and then a sportswriter, worrying over why baseball isn't as popular with the youngs as it once was/could be, will cite the blandness of the modern star as one of the great problems facing the game. Recently, for instance, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo cited Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds, and Hawk Harrelson… »3/24/15 5:08pm3/24/15 5:08pm

You've Got To Be Superman To Swing Like Jose Abreu

When the Chicago White Sox signed Cuban defector Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal, the expectation was that he would be worth his money, and the hope was that he would be be the next slugging first baseman/DH in the line of team greats Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko. It turned out to be a pretty solid bet. »3/04/15 3:28pm3/04/15 3:28pm