Cal Ripken, Jr. played 20 seasons in the majors — all for the Baltimore Orioles. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1982, a World Series champion in 1983, a 19-time All-Star, and a two-time American League. He won two Gold Gloves and eight Silver Slugger awards. He's baseball's Iron Man, playing in 2,632 straight games. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
In other words, Ripken is one of the all-time great baseball players.
Since retiring in 2001, he has remained involved in the game, most notably through Ripken Baseball. The program aims to instill in kids and young ballplayers the right skills and attitude to be successful on and off the field.
Last week, Ripken stopped by Sports Illustrated to talk with SI Now about the MLB All-Star Game and his work with Transitions lenses. He also spoke to SI Kids about Ripken Baseball and why it's important for kids to get a lot of different kinds of experiences before committing to any one sport.
Parts of the country are in the grip of a scorching heat wave. So what better time to talk a little hockey!
This afternoon, the NHL announced that it had reached a deal with the NHLPA to allow players to take part in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Everyone — players, coaches, owners, fans — expected NHL involvement in the Olympics. But a bunch of issues, such as how long the NHL season would shut down for the Olympics, hung up negotiations between the league, players association, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation.
By Vidur Malik
Ever want to work on your basketball skills with an NBA superstar, like, say, D-Wade? If you have an iPhone, you now have a chance.
Late last month, the three-time NBA champ released an iPhone app called Dwyane Wade Driven. The app leads users through basic basketball drills that improve a player’s fundamentals. It also includes workouts you can do in the gym or at home that make you better on the court.
Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder Jose Bautista is one of the best power hitters in baseball and will be playing in his fourth straight All-Star Game today at Citi Field in New York. Bautista is an example of how constantly working on your game can make you better: He changed his batting stance in 2008 when he was traded to the Blue Jays, and has since had seasons of 43 and 54 home runs. He also makes sure to eat healthy so he has the energy to play well.
Bautista and fellow AL East slugger David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox hung out at the MLB Fan Cave in New York yesterday to promote New Era’s new line of Diamond Era hats and the video game MLB 13: The Show. Bautista talked about his success – and his Blue Jays’ chances in the second half of the season – while sporting one of the new hats and hitting homers in the game’s home run derby mode.
The year 1992 was a very good one for Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was drafted number-one overall by the Orlando Magic, selected Rookie of the Year and even released his own line of sneakers.
Baseball’s big bats take center stage on Monday for the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby. And given the amount of power in the lineup, this year’s Derby could be one of the most exciting in recent memory.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 33 home runs, anchors the American League squad. Also representing the AL is last year’s winner, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, and the 2011 Derby champ, Yankees first baseman Robinson Cano.
On the National League side, captain David Wright of the Mets will try to send the hometown crowd away with a New York victory. Joining him is 20-year-old Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. When Harper takes his first cut, he’ll be the youngest player to ever compete in the Derby. If he hits a homerun, he’ll be the youngest to do that, too.
The stage is set for a historic night that could potentially rank among the most memorable of all-time.
Here are five other recent Home Run Derbies that captured America’s attention for one glorious night.