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Maddux, Thomas, Glavine Lead 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class 1


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The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, welcomed six new members yesterday. Pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas went in as players, and they were joined by three legendary managers: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox.

"It's obviously the biggest honor you can give to a ballplayer," Maddux said. "My goal as a baseball player was very simple -- all I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."

Sunday's induction ceremony was a huge moment in the lives of all six men. But Thomas found it hard to contain all the emotion, delivering one of the most touching speeches you'll ever hear:


If ever there was a time for the Big Hurt to have a Big Cry, this was it.

Back in January, we ran down the credentials of the three players now enshrined in Cooperstown. Catch up with that story below.
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Atlanta Braves Give First Look at New Ballpark 0


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Since 1997, the Atlanta Braves have played at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. But despite the ballpark being only 17 years old, the team thought it was time for an upgrade. Before the season, the Braves announced they'd have a new home for 2017 — and that it would be located outside Atlanta in Cobb County.

Today, the team gave the world its first look at what it says will be a "state-of-the-art ballpark."
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Dinosaur First Pitch? Dinosaur First Pitch! 0


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We've already had Batkid and Darth Vader throw out first pitches this baseball season, so why not a dinosaur? Before yesterday's Padres-Royals game in San Diego, the dinosaur Baby T from the show Walking With Dinosaurs took the Petco Park mound to get things started.

You might be wondering: How does a dinosaur throw out a first pitch? With attitude! And it's mouth:
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Celebrate Star Wars This Weekend, Baseball Did 1


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Not so long ago, in cities very, very nearby…

It was a time of celebration. Baseball clubs, located in stadiums big and and small, spent the weekend celebrating the Star Wars series. At events across the country, players and fans dressed as their favorite characters while the heroic Wookie Chewbacca and the Empire's master of evil, Darth Vader, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Sunday was May 4, which has become an official day to unleash your inner Jedi. Why? Because when you say the date it sounds an awful like the Star Wars' series signature line: May the Fourth be with you. And no sport has embraced the Dark Side quite like baseball. Minor league clubs like the Durham Bulls, Lansing Lugnuts, and Kane County Cougars mixed it up with bounty hunters and droids who turned the teams' stadiums into parties the likes of which have only been seen on Endor.
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Inside the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference 1


max mannis sabr analytics conference 2014Now that the 2014 MLB season is underway, many teams are relying on the players they signed in the offseason to get to the playoffs and beyond. While many fans know the big names of favorite players and coaches, few of them know what goes on in making the deal, behind the scenes in MLB front offices, or in the minds of owners.

These were some of the topics covered at the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Sportswriter and TV commentator Ken Rosenthal interviewed owners, general mangers, and others who play key roles in making these moves happen.  
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Wrigley Field Celebrates Its 100th Birthday 2


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It was 100 years ago today that that grand old ballpark Wrigley Field (and home of the Chicago Cubs) opened its doors for the first time. This afternoon, the Cubs celebrated with a party and a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chicago wore throwback Federations jerseys and fans came dressed in their best 1914 attire. Even Arizona got in on the act, wearing their own throwback jerseys even though the team wasn't around back when Wrigley opened.

For a while, it looked like Chicago would mark the anniversary with a win. But what would a Cubs party be without a loss? Chicago was up 5-2 on the Diamondbacks and an out away from winning the game when everything imploded. The Cubs committed a couple errors and gave up five run, capping Wrigley's centennial party with a L.

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Tough luck and sloppy play has been a hallmark of the Cubs time at Wrigley. (It has never seen a World Series champion — the last time the team won a title was 1908.) But that's not what draws people the ballpark. Instead, it's the history. And the tradition. And that ivy in the outfield. Actor Bill Murray might have summed up the Wrigley experience best in an interview with the New York Times:
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