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Best Moments from the Final Weekend of MLB’s Regular Season 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 29, 2014, 9:47 AM

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After 160-odd games, you’d think Major League Baseball would be all out of regular season excitement. But you’d be wrong. The final weekend of games before the start of the playoffs was marked by big celebrations, big performances, and big goodbyes. Here are some of the highlights, beginning with… the Kansas City Royals?
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Derek Jeter Walks Off in Final Game at Yankee Stadium 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 26, 2014, 7:06 AM

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Sports loves a good storybook ending — to a season, a series, a career — and there was instant classic storybook ending last night in the Bronx.
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The Last Days of Derek Jeter's Bat 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 25, 2014, 10:01 AM

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It’s a big night in baseball. Postseason positioning is going on in the American League, there’s a tight race for the NL Central crown, and, oh yeah, Derek Jeter’s playing his last game at Yankee Stadium. (That is, if it doesn’t get washed out — it’s currently raining cats and dogs in NYC.)

Jeter will still have three games left on the schedule — in Boston, at Fenway, naturally — but he when he takes his last at bat he won’t be the only one leaving the game.

His bat is retiring, too.
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A Baseball Season in Tweets 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 18, 2014, 12:32 PM

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Every MLB season is a big one. But the 2014 campaign has been especially exciting: No-hitters all over the place. A crazy amount of crazy opening pitches. And, of course, the Derek Jeter Retirement Tour. And a good way to gauge just want moments connected with fans the most is to look at social media.

Our friends at Spredfast recently shared a chart with us tracking Baseball Chatter on Twitter from March through the middle of August. It’s an interesting look at what generated the most chatter online, from the start of the season in Australia to Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter to Jeter’s last All-Star Game.

Here’s the chart. Click on it to open a larger version:
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Andrew McCutchen Torches Phillies for Inside-the-Park Home Run 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 11, 2014, 9:40 AM

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It's the top of the 5th last night and the Pirates are down 3-2 to the Phillies. Star centerfielder and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen steps up to the plate. On the first pitch he sees blasts a shot to deep center, and with a lucky bounce (and some bad positioning from the Philadelphia outfield), Cutch turned on the jets and extended a sure-fire triple into his first career inside-the-park homerun. And it's probably the best inside-the-park homer you'll ever see.
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Yankees, Fans, and Friends Celebrate Derek Jeter 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 8, 2014, 9:18 AM

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Heading into yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees were 8.5 games behind the red hot Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. With only 22 games left on the schedule, the Yankees’ hopes for the playoffs were dim. And that means Derek Jeter’s final season is getting closer to its end.

So the Yankees took time before Sunday’s matchup to honor the Captain. Special flags bearing Jeter’s number 2 flew over Yankee Stadium. Players wore special patches on their jerseys and hats. The bases were branded with the same logo. And a bunch of faces from baseball’s recent past — Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken Jr. and Joe Morgan and former teammates Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada and Paul O’Neil  — joined Jeter on the field. Oh, and Michael Jordan was there, too.
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Mo’ne Davis Throws Out First Pitch at Dodger Stadium 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 3, 2014, 3:17 PM

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The Mo’ne Davis Show continued last night in Los Angeles. She tossed out the first pitch before the Dodgers hosted the Washington Nationals (a 4-1 Dodgers win, by the way), and she did a pretty great job:
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