Everyone who is a sports fan wants to appear smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone else. Sports provide so many historical moments and stats. I will bring you closer to the high level of sports learning you seek. I will do all of the hard research so you can become the ultimate sports fan. Each edition will be on one particular sport. You may know some of the events but I will open your eyes to something about them you may not yet know. I bring to you the 1st edition of “Get Smart” So let’s get started.
Joe Dimaggio’s 56 Game Hit Streak
In 1941 Joe Dimaggio had 56 straight games with a hit. This record still stands in 2012 and is widely considered the most elusive of all sports records. The final and 56th game of the streak occurred on July 16th against the Indians at Cleveland’s famed Municipal Stadium. The pitchers in that game were Al Milnar and Joe Krakauskas, Dimaggio went 2 for 4 and scored 3 runs. The great streak came to an end one day later July 17 in a game also against the Indians.
Joe Jackson And The Throwing Of The 1919 World Series
In 1919 one of the worst happenings in the history of Baseball occurred. The heavily favored Chicago White Sox threw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The truth came out two years later that some of the White Sox players were involved with gamblers and payed off to lose. In 1921 eight players from the White Sox were found guilty of intentionally losing the series and banned from baseball for life. The most notable of those player was the sure Hall Of Fame candidate “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Jackson is considered one of the best short stops to ever have played the game. The puzzling fact of Joe Jackson’s involvement in the throwing of the Series are his stats. The stats Jackson had in that series do not look like that of a man that was intending to lose. Jackson batted .375, had 5 runs scored, hit a home run and batted in 6 runs. Jackson played no different than he usually did at the plate and made no critical fielding errors. It has been said that he was aware that the games where fixed but did not actively participate in the plan. We will truly never know if he was involved but if you judge it by the numbers the answer looks like he was not.
The Beginning Of The MLB Draft
The amateur draft has a history of good picks by teams but it has a even greater history of players not panning out. It is the least popular of the drafts amongst casual sports fans. The die hard baseball fans look forward to it every June. The first ever MLB amateur draft took place in 1965. The first team to pick was the Kansas City Royals, who selected outfielder Rick Monday from Arizona State University. Monday went on to play 19 seasons and retired in 1984 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Monday had a career batting average of .264, 271 Home Runs and 775 RBI’s. He was also a World Series Champion with the Dodgers in 1981. After his playing career ended he moved on to Broadcasting.
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The rookie phenom that is 19 year old Bryce Harper will continue his whirl wind season by going to the All Star Game. Harper was not originally slated to attend the game which takes place this week in Kansas City. Harper will be taking the spot of injured Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton. Harper will be the 3rd youngest player to play in the MLB All Star Game. While Harper will be playing off of the bench the eyes of all of the fans will be on him for sure.
Harper has had a solid start to his MLB career since his debut in April. He is an excellent outfielder fielder with a rocket arm. His offensive play has been very good for his experience level. Harper has a batting average of .283, hit 8 home runs and had 25 RBI’s and scored 43 runs in just 62 games for the 1st place Washington Nationals.
Harper going deep at Fenway Park earlier this season.
Harper came in with a lot of hype and has been living up to it. He has displayed a maturity on and off the field, the later many thought he would be able to do. He has shown a lot of personality and has a charisma that a lot of players don’t have. He has created great moments already in his young career, like when he hit a home run in the historic Fenway Park during his first game on that field. He is in the right spot now to really display his skills in front of a national audience. Harper is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year in the National League.
Harper will probably get at least 1 at bat and play 2 innings or so. Many players have created unforgettable moments in All Star Games. I have a feeling Bryce Harper will have a chance to make one of those moments. When he gets he will more than likely take advantage of it. If Harper continues to play the way he has been and develop into the player that he has been billed to be than this is just the beginning.
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The 2012 All Star Game will be held in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium on July 10th. The votes are in and we now know who will make up the MLB All Star Game starting line ups. Many fans and media disagree with some of the results.
As usual there were some that got snubbed. Players like the New York Mets David Wright for example will not be starting at Third Base for the National League team. Wright has a batting average of .354 with 9 Home Runs and 50 RBI’s. Wright lost the chance to be a starter in the fan voting to the San Fransisco Giants Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval is batting .300 with 6 Home Runs and 25 RBI’s. Wright not only has better numbers but is better a fielder. This is not the first year there has been controversy over starters.
This years All Star Game will have many of baseballs best players starting the game from the bench, all because of fan voting.
The debate has rage on for many years whether the fans should be allowed to dictate the starters. The All Star Game is really just a popularity contest. Many of the teams in bigger markets get more players voted in. More importantly many of the teams get their players named as starters.
The All Star Game was created as an exhibition of the best players from the first half of the season. The one problem is that it is no longer just exhibition game now. The winning team whether it be the National League or the American League gets home field advantage in the World Series. Who knows how many World Series Champions were crowned based on their league winning the game played in all the way back in July. All Star teams that were not comprised of the best in each league.
Something needs to change and boy does baseball commissioner Bud Selig have a lot of things on his list to fix. When it comes to the All Star Game the fan voting needs to be taken away if baseball wants the winner to have such an advantage in the World Series. The All Star squads should be picked by the players and managers only. There is way too much riding on the game for it to be up to fans that only vote for their favorites rather than the players who really have dominated the first half of the season.
Let’s think about the example of David Wright that I brought up previously. David Wright has put up incredible season numbers and will most likely win the MVP trophy at the end of the year. It is not right that a player that has been playing the way Wright has would not start the All Star Game.
If the All Star Game is going to be considered an exhibition it should not have important ramifications like it has now. I am all for making it fun but if its going to be it needs to be just a game in July with baseballs best player and only that. So Bud Selig a decision should be made. Either you have a fan vote or a game that could dictate the next World Series Champion not both.
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