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SABR 44 Day 1: Baseball, Houston, and Clemens

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The first day of SABR 44 in Houston, Texas, has come to an end, and already the conference is proving to be another great baseball experience.
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Meet Brandon Poulson (and Five Other Players Who Never Got Drafted)

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Guys who throw a baseball 100 mph are hard to find. But the Minnesota Twins just discovered one named Brandon Poulson, who has been pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. Ever heard of them? Neither have we. Poulson went undrafted this summer, and yesterday the Twins scooped him up for $250,000, a pretty hefty contract for someone passed over by 29 other MLB teams.

There is hope for Poulson yet. Here are five other players from across the four major professional sports leagues who went undrafted but still became highly-regarded names in their respective sports.
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Fastpitch Softball League Adds Swing Sensors to its Gear

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Understanding the mechanics of a softball swing just got a whole lot easier with the help of Zepp Labs. Last week, Zepp and the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) league announced a partnership to bring advanced data technology into the softball world.

Zepp created a sensor that attaches to the end of a bat. It only weighs six grams, but hidden inside the tiny gadget is a processor that gives softball players a never-before-seen look at their swings.
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Edwin Jackson’s Tips on How to Be the New Guy

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  • Elizabeth McGarr McCue
  • July 30, 2014, 11:33 AM

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Now in his 12th year in the majors, Edwin Jackson is playing for his eighth team. The 30-year-old righthander was born in Germany and grew up an Army brat (he also lived in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana), so he’s used to starting over. This summer, he talked to SI Kids about what it’s like being the new guy.
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8-Year-Old American Walks Messi Into World Cup Final

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  • Lauren Shute
  • July 29, 2014, 12:47 PM

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A record-breaking number of Americans (26.5 million to be exact) tuned in to watch Germany and Argentina compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. But 8-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott was the only American to escort Lionel Messi onto the field before the match.

The Virginia native was one of 1,408 kids from around the world who were part of the McDonald’s Player Escort Program at the World Cup. She was one of 25 Americans chosen to be in the program, and the only kid from the United States on the pitch for the final match.
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Roger Clemens Highlights SABR 44 Lineup

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It’s that time of year again: school is out, the sun is shining, baseball is being played, and one of most exciting SABR events is coming up: the annual SABR Convention!

Houston will be SABR central when the event comes into town July 30 through August 3 for five days of baseball-related fun. The convention draws people from around the world who live for baseball, and there are lots of chances to meet other baseball lovers, writers, front office people, and Sabermetrics experts.
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LA Kings Stanley Cup Blu-Ray/DVD In Stores July 29

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 28, 2014, 11:20 AM

los angeles kings stanley cup champions blu-rayIf you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan — or you just need a dose of hockey during the dog days of summer — you’ll want to circle tomorrow on your calendar. The official Kings Stanley Cup Champions DVD and Blu-Ray hits stores on Tuesday, and it comes loaded with extras.

The main program is an 86-minute recap of LA’s Stanley Cup-winning season. The film begins with the Kings hoisting their 2011-12 championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center, but the celebration comes to an abrupt end with LA is defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012-13 Western Conference Final. The loss stings the team, and players and coaches talk about how the experience drove them to find redemption in 2013-14.
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