BASEBALL - Estimates indicate that the New York Yankees will go into the 2013 Major League Baseball season not having the highest payroll of all teams for the first time in 15 years. In 1998, they played second fiddle to the Baltimore Orioles. Want to know how payrolls have developed? And who are this year’s biggest spenders? Click on the picture below to enable its interactive features and then use the check-boxes on the right to match up any teams you choose.
BASEBALL - The third edition of the World Baseball Classic has been won by the Dominican Republic, which shut down Puerto Rico in the final to complete an unbeaten 8-0 run in the tournament. They are the first team to complete a perfect campaign in the championship. Japan, winners of the first two Classics, had overcome three defeats in the group stages in 2006, and two in 2009, before winning when it mattered.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants have won the 2012 MLB World Series with a resounding 4-0 sweep of the Detroit Tigers. For the third time in franchise history, the Giants have won the Fall Classic in a whitewash and for them it is the first time since their organisation has been based on the West Coast. Only one MLB franchise has registered more World Series ‘sweeps’.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants improved to 3-0 in the 2012 MLB World Series by beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in Game 3. The Giants become the first team to record back-to-back shutout victories in more than 46 years since the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers in three straight in 1966.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants have taken a 2-0 advantage in the 2012 MLB World Series, knowing that 41 of 52 teams that took a similar lead ended up winning the series, including 14 of the last 15 in the same position. The last team to turn the tables, and the only team in the last 25 years to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole were the 1996 New York Yankees, who eventually defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants triumphed over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 MLB World Series on the strength of three home runs by Pablo Sandoval, a man nicknamed ‘Kung-Fu Panda’. The Venezuelan became only the fourth player in MLB history to homer three times in a single World Series game, joining Babe Ruth (9 October 1928), Reggie Jackson (18 October 1977) and Albert Pujols (22 October 2011).
BASEBALL - The 2012 Major League Baseball World Series start on Wednesday, 24 October. The Fall Classic has been played since 1903, a time at which games being completed within two hours were the standard. Nowadays, games of which the duration stays under 200 minutes (3 hours, 20 minutes) have become a rarity.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants will be the National League’s 2012 World Series representatives after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 in the NLCS. At one point, the Giants trailed the series 3-1 and staved off elimination in three straight games. In the previous round, they beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 after trailing 2-0. The Giants are the first team in MLB postseason history to reach the World Series after coming back from two games behind in the first two postseason series.
BASEBALL - The National League Championship Series of Major League Baseball’s 2012 postseason will go into a decisive Game 7, in which the winner will advance to the World Series. History shows that the St. Louis Cardinals have an excellent track record in these deciders. They have most appearances and by far the most wins by any franchise in Game 7 situations.
BASEBALL - With a sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, the Detroit Tigers secured a berth into the 2012 World Series. The Tigers are only the seventh franchise in Major League Baseball to make at least as many Fall Classic appearances.
BASEBALL - For the first time since 1995, Major League Baseball has expanded its postseason. It goes from eight to 10 teams as both Leagues are now awarded to wildcards instead of one. These wildcards will play each other in a single elimination match on Friday, 5 October. They include defending champions St. Louis Cardinals, who are one of five wildcards to win the World Series.
BASEBALL - Roger Clemens is 50 years old today. One of the most dominant pitchers in the history of baseball. Clemens won an unparallelled seven Cy Young Awards, presented annually to the most outstanding pitchers in the game. “The Rocket” tallied 354 career wins, whilst striking out 4,672 batters. An 11-time All-Star, Clemens won two World Series titles playing for the New York Yankees.
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BASEBALL - Alex Rodriguez is 37 years old today. One of the highest profile players in Major League Baseball, Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star, having hit more than 640 career home runs and having produced close to 2,000 RBIs. He has previously played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Since 2004, he has played for the New York Yankees, winning the World Series with the Bronx Bombers in 2009.
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BASEBALL - Barry Bonds is 48 years old today. One of the most powerful sluggers in the history of the Major League, Bonds actually emerged as the ideal hybrid between speed and power, recording one of the very few 40-40 seasons, in which a player belts 40+ home runs and steals 40+ bases. His subsequent home run records are well documented: a single season record 73 in 2001 helped establish the all-time record of 762. Shares birthday with: Amelia Earhart, Gus van Sant, Jennifer Lopez
BASEBALL - San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain entered the baseball record books when he threw a ‘perfect game’ in the Major League Baseball game between his team and Houston Astros (10-0). He became the 20th pitcher in the modern era (since 1901) and 22nd player in professional baseball to throw a ‘perfect game’, a game in which the pitcher did not allow a single man on base.