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Coach David Belisle Inspires His Team after LLWS Loss 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 19, 2014, 6:24 PM

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Last night, the Cumberland Americans from Rhode Island were bounced from the Little League World Series by the team from Chicago, 8-7. And of course, the kids on the team took the loss pretty hard. But when the game was over, Americans coach David Belisle gathered his team together and delivered one of the all-time great inspirational speeches:
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Albert Pujols is a Champion for Kids with Special Needs 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 19, 2014, 1:03 PM

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated hitter Albert Pujols is one of the greatest sluggers in baseball. In April, he hit home run number 500, putting him in some elite company. And as the 2014 season has progressed, Pujols has kept hitting home runs — climbing the all-time list (he’s currently at number 21 with 515 dingers) and helping his team reach the top of the American League West.

But Pujols’ accomplishments on the field are nothing compared to what he has done off it. His daughter Isabella has Down syndrome, and since his days as a St. Louis Cardinal Pujols has been an active advocate for kids and adults with special needs. He has partnered with the Down Syndrome Association since 2001, and in 2005 he founded his own non-profit organization, the Pujols Family Foundation, with his wife, Deidre. The foundation promotes awareness of special needs issues and helps kids and families living with Down syndrome both in the US and his native Dominican Republic. 

Pujols’ is also helping raise awareness by being the cover model for Toys “R” Us’ 20th annual Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. The guide launched today, and it’s a resource for anyone looking for a great toy for the special needs kid in their life.

Pujols spoke with SI Kids yesterday about his work with Toys “R” Us and special needs kids and adults, as well as hitting 500 home runs and what the Angels need to do to finish the season as AL West champs.
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For the Love of Baseball: The MLB RBI Program 0

  • Posted by: Max Ferregur
  • August 18, 2014, 12:56 PM

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I love baseball and I have been able to play in both Little League and Pony League. I also play on a travel team. I cannot imagine not having a place to play or not having my bat and glove. But for many kids in inner cities, it's not so easy to go and play ball.

But thanks to Major League baseball’s RBI Program, there's an opportunity for them.

You might think RBI means "runs batted in" or is a video game. But in this case, it stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. The MLB RBI Program gives kids the chance to play baseball, love the game, and learn from it.
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MLB Owners Elect Rob Manfred as New Commissioner 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 15, 2014, 10:00 AM

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For the first time in more than 20 years, Major League Baseball has a new commissioner.
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Diamond Era: Celebrating 75 Years of Little League Baseball 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 14, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Great things can often have very humble beginnings. Take Little League Baseball. On June 6, 1939, an oil company clerk named Carl Stotz brought two teams of kids together to play baseball. In a vacant lot. In a small town. In the middle of Pennsylvania. It was the first Little League game ever played — Lundy Lumber lambasted Lycoming Dairy, 23–8 — and the start of something big. Bigger than Stotz or the kids playing for Lundy or Lycoming could ever have expected.
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Christina Tapper

Catch Dee Gordon If You Can! 0

  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • August 13, 2014, 12:57 PM

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As with many pitchers these days, Kansas City Royals righty James Shields found himself at the mercy of Dee Gordon's speed. Shields, who owns one of the best pickoff moves in baseball, had just given up a single to Gordon, the instinctive and gutsy L.A. Dodgers second baseman, in the fifth inning of a game in June. The two locked eyes and anticipated each other's next move, but Gordon was too quick for Shields. In a dizzying blur, Gordon sprinted toward second as Shields began his delivery and slid in safely for his major league-leading 40th steal.

"There's no better feeling than staring down a pitcher who wants to catch you, but instead, you beat him," Gordon says.

Gordon has begun to revel in this type of satisfaction. After battling his way into the starting lineup, Gordon has become an impact player on a squad bursting with stars. While teammates like slugger Yasiel Puig and flamethrower Clayton Kershaw change games with one swing or pitch, Gordon's swiftness on the base paths makes him influential.

"Nobody changes the complexion of a game as quickly as Dee does when he gets on first," Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes says. "Dee puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the pitcher and the defense. He causes so many problems for the other team. It's the type of trouble that helps us score and win."
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13-Year-Old Mo'Ne Davis Leads Her Team At The Little League World Series 0

  • Posted by: Sam Page
  • August 12, 2014, 5:08 PM

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Three things separate Mo'Ne Davis from most baseball players at this year's Little League World Series: her 70-mph fastball, her biting curveball, and her gender. For opposing batters, though, those first two are more than enough to worry about.

On Sunday, Davis threw a three-hit shutout against the Delaware-Newark National Little League team, sending her team — the Taney Youth Baseball Association Dragons — to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She struck out six batters in the game, which Taney won easily, 8-0.
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