Tag: MLB History

B/R MLB Rivalry Series: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Welcome to the third edition of Bleacher Report's MLB rivalry series. In the weeks to come, we'll highlight some of the biggest head-to-head rivalries in our national pastime and shine light on the past, present and future of those matchups. We kicked things off on the East Coast with a look at the famed Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry. Then we turned our attention west to the long, storied history of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants feud. Now it's time for the best of the Midwest. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals may not have the same contentious history as the first two feuds we highlighted. But, thanks to overlapping loyalties, it might be the best turf war the sport has to offer. The following provides a look at notable numbers and notes, a detailed breakdown of the rivalry's origins, an overview of memorable regular-season moments, a rundown of postseason meetings between the two clubs and finally a ...




B/R MLB Rivalry Series: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Welcome to the second edition of Bleacher Report's MLB rivalry series. In the weeks to come, we'll be highlighting some of the biggest head-to-head rivalries in our national pastime and shining light on the past, present and future of those matchups. We kicked things off with a look at the famed Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry, and now we turn our attention to the National League side, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have a long history of their own. Their rivalry began when both teams resided in New York and continued when they simultaneously moved across the country to California. Recent battles for the NL West crown have kept the feud alive and kicking. The following provides a look at notable numbers and notes from the rivalry, a detailed breakdown of the rivalry's origins, an overview of memorable regular-season moments, a rundown of pennant-race clashes between the two clubs and finally, a preview ...




Albert Pujols Passes Reggie Jackson on All-Time MLB Home Run List

Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols hit his 564th and 565th home runs Monday, surpassing Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and putting him 13th all time in career home runs.  "Even to put my name with those legends in baseball before me is pretty special," Pujols said after passing Jackson, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "I would've never thought in my entire life that I'd be able to do that. I've done some crazy things in this game and passed some unbelievable names, but my only focus is to help this organization to win." Pujols, a surefire Hall of Famer himself, has had a rough start to the season, as he's hitting .171 with five home runs and 14 RBI. His struggles included a career-worst 0-for-26 slump that he finally broke with his 563rd home run in the first inning of a 9-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. However, he showed up in vintage form Monday ...




Mets Rookie Noah Syndergaard: Record-Setting Season

In 1995 the New York Mets felt they were on the verge of an All-Star pitching rotation consisting of Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson. This highly promoted young trio was dubbed "Generation K." All three prospects fell short of expectations, however, as each of them suffered major injuries before the end of the 1996 season. After being converted to a closer, Isringhausen was the only member of the trio who went on to find success in the majors, recording 300 saves and playing for five teams after the Mets. Fast-forward 20 years later. The Mets again have a young generation of highly touted young starters. But this time it appears they may live up to the organizations's lofty expectations. The trio of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard helped carry the Mets to their first division title since 2006—and Syndergaard set the regular-season record for average fastball velocity per 100 ...




St. Louis Cardinals Boast 1 of History’s Best Pitching Staffs

When Adam Wainwright tore his Achilles tendon in April, the St. Louis Cardinals were left without their true ace—let alone one of baseball’s top pitchers—for most of the season. Despite the setback, the National League powerhouse has relied on a pitching staff on pace to challenge MLB record books. At 73-41, St. Louis owns the majors' best record in 2015—at least five games ahead of any other team and six in front of a tough NL Central that might produce three playoff teams. Yet the Cardinals have done so not by scoring runs—sorry, Bill James apologists—but rather by preventing them. St. Louis pitchers have allowed 2.93 runs per game this season—the best in the league by more than 0.5 runs—while scoring just 3.97 (21st in the league). But it’s the 2.93 per game that could go down as one of the best marks ever when considering it’s 29.2 percent lower than the league average of ...




Ranking the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5 Greatest Pitchers of All Time

October 25, 1998, has been seen as a great day in Toronto Blue Jays history. The ball passed from one legend to another when reliever Dave Stieb took the ball from starting pitcher Roy Halladay for the first and only time in club history. These icons are widely considered two of the greatest in Blue Jays history, so it is no wonder that this moment has been frozen in time. However, where do the two rank on the list of the best Blue Jays pitchers in franchise history? There have been many magical moments and memories from the Rogers Centre mound in the club’s 38-year history. Which of these out-architects deserve to be at the front of this list?Begin Slideshow




Does the 2014-2015 MLB Offseason Rank as Baseball’s Wildest Ever?

Major League Baseball's offseason has been bananas, right? Perhaps the wildest and most active in recent memory—or maybe ever. At least, that's how it feels while we're right in the middle of it.But how does this offseason stack up with hot stoves past?Let's start with a quick table that ranks the past nine offseasons in terms of total spending on free-agent contracts, according to ESPN.com:That's as far back as ESPN's free-agent tracker tool goes, but there's practically a decade's worth of open-market expenditures, which gives us a pretty good idea.As you can see, this offseason currently ranks as the third-highest spending in this time frame, behind 2006-07 and, yep, last year, when the New York Yankees paid out roughly half a billion all by themselves.Because so many free agents have found homes by now, there's no way 2014-15 can top 2013-14. But it is likely this winter will surpass 2006-07, ...




MLB Records That Could Fall During the Rest of the 2014 Season

With just over three quarters of the MLB season complete, it is a good time to take a look at some records that are on the verge of being broken during the rest of the 2014 campaign. True, the marks we are going to discuss don’t necessarily carry legendary weight. No one is on the precipice of breaking Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record, for example, or of topping the 233 strikeouts Mark Reynolds amassed in 2009. These will be a bit more obscure. Some are MLB records, and others are franchise specific. Some of them are achievements that a player will be happy to be remembered for, while others speak to the changing landscape of professional baseball. Here are seven records that could fall during the rest of the 2014 season.Begin Slideshow




Pitchers Who Could Challenge MLB’s 20-Strikeout Game Record

If you are a fan of power pitching and strikeout artists, it's never been a better time to watch the game of baseball evolve. Heading into play on May 5, 26 starting pitchers were averaging at least one strikeout per inning. In 2005, only three—Mark Prior, Johan Santana and Jake Peavy—reached that mark. As the anniversaries of the most recent 20-strikeout performances—Kerry Wood in 1998 and Randy Johnson in 2001—arrive this week, an interesting question arises: Which starter will be the next to join the 20-strikeout club?The following list singles out 10 dominant arms capable of registering double-digit strikeouts every single time they toe the rubber, but why stop there? Power arms are on the rise, making a list like this open to interpretation and addition, not subtraction. Last season, teams averaged 1,224 strikeouts, per ESPN. To put that in perspective, Johnson's 2001 feat came during a time when the average team struck ...




Amazing Footage Surfaces of Infamous 1919 ‘Black Sox’ World Series

Hey, want to see how legendary scandals are made? Black Sock researcher Jacob Pomrenke (h/t CBS Sports' Matt Snyder, Deadspin's Tim Marchman) gave us all quite the historical reminder with this video.  Snyder explains to whom we owe our gratitude: From Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection as well as Library and Archives Canada comes some actual video footage of the notorious 1919 World Series (or the "world's series" as it was known at the time) between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The somewhat blurry images are from a scandal that not only rocked the baseball-loving nation nearly a century ago but also spawned a great deal of modern-day pop culture. From Eliot Asinof's Eight Men Out to a passing line in The Godfather II, the scandal continued to make a mark well after 1919.  As noted, and for the uninitiated, the Chicago White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds in eight games, which is covered in an ESPN Classic article, breaking down each chapter ...




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