Home Run Explodes In Woman's Beer Cup

At least three people tried to catch this home run—although "tried" might be a stretch for the guy in orange—and it eluded all of them. With all the hands in front of her face, this poor woman made no attempt whatsoever to catch the ball, and probably assumed at least one of the dudes around her was going to snag… » 7/30/14 11:11pm Wednesday 11:11pm

Billy Hamilton Hits The Brakes, Swim Moves For A Bunt Single

While trying to bunt for a single last night against the Pirates, Billy Hamilton—Cincinnati's red-and-white blur of a center fielder—executed one of the worst bunts imaginable. It's basically a line drive right to first baseman Gaby Sanchez, but Hamilton still made it to first base safely thanks to the threat of… » 7/12/14 3:32pm 7/12/14 3:32pm

MLB's New Home-Plate Rule Had Its Lowest Moment [Update]

This run, the Reds' sixth of 11, didn't have much of an impact on the result of a game, which saw Pirates outfielder Travis Snider take the mound in the ninth (and strike out Joey Votto). But the controversial play at the plate may have been the best example yet that no one, not managers, coaches, or umpires, quite… » 6/19/14 9:48am 6/19/14 9:48am

The Astros Just Changed The Game For Big Prospects In Small Markets

Today, the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to a big contract extension before he's played a game in the majors. It's a bit of baseball history, but more than that, it's an undeniably great move for Houston, and a look at the future of how small market teams will attempt to stay competitive. » 6/02/14 2:20pm 6/02/14 2:20pm

The Pirates Win MLB's First Walk-Off Video Review

With two outs in the ninth in a tie ball game, Starling Marte tripled off the right field wall, and came home on a throwing error on the relay. He was called out at the plate. A year ago, this game would have gone to extra innings. But thanks to replay review, the Pirates got to enjoy some delayed gratification. » 5/07/14 8:49am 5/07/14 8:49am

How To Cheat, Do Drugs, And Succeed At Baseball, By Dock Ellis

We're big fans of Dock Ellis, obviously, so we enjoyed this latest animated short, narrated by the man himself and excerpted from Donnell Alexander's Beyond Ellis D. Honestly, listening to Dock Ellis talk about drugs, cheating, and Gaylord Perry is almost as much fun as listening to Vin Scully talk about anything. » 4/24/14 11:44am 4/24/14 11:44am

Down With Baseball's Fun Police

As much as I love baseball, no sport gets further up its own ass when it comes to players being allowed to look like they're having fun. Take the bench-clearing brawl in yesterday's Brewers-Pirates game, sparked by Carlos Gomez taking time to admire what he thought was a home run. Words were exchanged, punches thrown,… » 4/21/14 11:16am 4/21/14 11:16am

Martín Maldonado Tears Cover Off Ball, Gets Infield Single

When you hear the phrase "he tore the cover off the ball," you think about a blistering line drive or a towering home run. In the sixth inning of Milwaukee's 5-3 win over the Pirates, Brewers backup catcher Martín Maldonado literally tore the cover off the ball and it never made it out of the infield. » 4/19/14 11:12am 4/19/14 11:12am

Pirates Fan Catches Foul Ball With Exploding Tub Of Popcorn

Here we have a Pittsburgh fan camping out underneath a foul ball off the bat of Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, MacGyvering his tub of popcorn into a glove for an easier grab. I was really expecting (hoping) the ball to bust right through the bottom but it looks like it hits the side of the tub, which gave… » 4/05/14 11:11am 4/05/14 11:11am

Shirtless Idiot Crashes Pirates' Pierogi Race

During the Great Pierogi Race between innings of last night's Cubs-Pirates game at PNC Park, one fan hopped the fence and took off in hot pursuit of those savory, anthropomorphic dumplings. High-stepping across the outfield, shedding clothes as he went, he tried to escape over a low wall in right. He did not make it. » 4/03/14 11:52am 4/03/14 11:52am