The US team was nowhere to be found tonight. I blame the shirt. (via)
A comprehensive taxonomy of 482 professional baseball team names, spanning over 150 years and covering teams from the bigs to the minor and independent leagues, as well as the Negro Leagues, the Nippon Professional Baseball league, and more. Styled like an old school baseball card, this is the definitive guide to the nation’s pastime.
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Larry Bird backs Dominique Wilkins into the post during Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bird scored 34 points, 20 in the fourth-quarter, while Wilkins poured in 47 in a losing effort as Boston advanced to play Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Are the Celtics and Hawks heading to another memorable Game 7? The Hawks survived on Tuesday with a 87-86 victory to force a Game 6 on Thursday. (Manny Millan/SI)
In the first nine games of a perhaps crucial Year 3, Jason Heyward hit .345 with two home runs and five RBI’s. And now, for contrarian purposes, we ask: Was a good start really crucial for this player?
Said Fredi Gonzalez, the Braves’ manager: “It’s important for everybody, but more so for him.”
Said Greg Walker, the new hitting coach: “It could have been an issue if he was the kind of guy who panicked.”
There’s the key. Of all the things the Braves liked about Heyward at age 20, outrageous athletic ability was only one. Yeah, he could hit the ball really hard and run really fast, but he also approached the game the way a 10-year pro would. He wasn’t given to irrational exuberance. (Or its evil twin — utter self-doubt.) Talent had gotten him to the majors in a hurry, but temperament would make him a superstar.
- Mark Bradley, Journal-Constitution
Read the rest: “Jason Heyward: Tweaked swing, same mindset, better results”