Sixteen-year-old Matt Nadel of Springfield, N.J., has been MLB.com’s youngest blogger for three years. And he’s an author, too. Matt’s first book, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction to Baseball History, which came out as an eBook last year, is now out in paperback.
It has met with widespread acclaim, garnering favorable reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Plus, the book’s proceeds go to the ALS, Turn 2, Jackie Robinson, and Hall of Fame foundations.
Amazing Aaron traces baseball’s past (the subject of Matt’s blog, Baseball with Matt), from legendary players and teams to historic stadiums and crazy games. Focusing mainly on Major League Baseball, the book includes chapters for each letter of the alphabet. (For example, there’s “Booming Babe” and “Unbelievable Underdogs.”)
While Matt’s prose can be a bit clunky at times, both his knowledge and his love for the game shine through in Amazing Aaron’s 96 pages.
The 2015 Little League Baseball World Series begins two weeks from today. And when the young ballplayers hit the field, they’ll be wearing new headwear provided by New Era. The company — which also makes the caps big leaguers wear — gave SI Kids an exclusive first look at this year’s LLBWS hats.
There are 16 in all, one for each region competing in the tournament. The front of the caps feature the 2015 LLBWS logo, with the region name stitched on the back.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is one of the best players in Major League Baseball: a six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion, and 2009 AL MVP. He’s also a philanthropist and all-around good guy. When Mauer was in high school, the St. Paul, Minnesota, native was a three-sport star. He excelled at baseball, basketball, and football. As a senior, he was even selected as High School Player of the Year by USA Today for both football and baseball.
Mauer’s MLB career as a catcher for the Twins in 2004. But after knee surgery in 2010, the Twins moved him to first base. He switched between first, catcher, and designated hitter until he was moved to first base for good in 2013.
Recently, I met Mauer in the Twins dugout to talk with him about his career, playing for the Twins, and advice he has for kids who want to follow in his footsteps.
Update (4:35 p.m.): With only minutes to go before hitting the trade deadline, the New York Mets pulled off the last big deal of the year. The Mets picked up slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Original story is below.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. And over the last few weeks, teams have been rushing to nab players to help them compete for a playoff spot — or move guys to other teams to free up salary for a rebuild.
With only hours to go before teams can no longer make trades, some big swaps are bound to happen before the clock strikes 4. But some pretty big trades have already been made, with the biggest coming in the last few days.
Here are a few of the high-profile trades that have reshaped teams heading into the stretch.
On Saturday, more than 2,400 walkers and runners crossed "Home Plate" at Fenway Park. They were part of the sixth annual Run to Home Base charity event.
The 9K run/2 mile walk raised $1.1 million dollars for the Home Base Program, which is supported by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Home Base helps veterans and their families heal from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. It’s a growing public health problem as more and more servicemen and women return from battlefields like Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Sunday, four baseball legends took their rightful place at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This year’s four inductees are Pedro Martinez, the Expos’ and Red Sox’ ace who won the pitching Triple Crown in 1999; John Smoltz, the Braves’ starter and reliever who teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to form historically great rotations in the ‘90s; Craig Biggio, the Astros’ legendary second baseman; and Randy Johnson, the “Big Unit,” who was the most dominant pitcher in baseball for a decade with the Mariners and Diamondbacks, among other teams.
With another spectacular Hall of Fame class in the books, it’s time to see who will be inducted in the next five years, starting with players who are currently eligible but have not yet made the cut.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker - Hall of Famer.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond.
For Martinez, the last to speak, the moment was magical as scores in the crowd waved Dominican flags for one of their own. Martinez, who also delivered part of his speech in Spanish, and former Giants great Juan Marichal, elected in 1983, are the only Hall of Famers from the Caribbean nation.
At the end of the ceremony, Martinez beckoned Marichal to the stage and they held their flag high, one last emotional gesture as the crowd roared.
"We waited 32 years for another Dominican," said Martinez, who wore a patch honoring his nation's flag on one shoulder and another honoring the United States on the other. "I hope all Dominicans remember this. I don't think the Dominican Republic will have a better image than me and Marichal on Father's Day (in the Dominican Republic) to be up there."