Jagger Duquette hurls a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader on July 31. Duquette graduated from Bristol Eastern last spring. By KEVIN ROBERTS STAFF WRITER The Bristol Blues went 5-2 last week to finish the regular season with a record of 31-23. It was the same record as the Brockton Rox, who finished as the FCBL’s top team by virtue of the tiebreaker they held over the Blues. Bristol did earn the No. 2 seed in the FCBL Playoffs, along with a first round bye. The Blues were scheduled to open the best-of-three semifinal round on Tuesday at Muzzy Field. The semifinal series was slated to continue on Wednesday and Thursday. Bristol closed the regular season with a 10-3 win over the North Shore Navigators this past Sunday at Muzzy Field. The Blues gave the home fans plenty to cheer about, and they cheered loudly throughout. “The crowd was just awesome tonight, everybody was really engaged,” manager Ronnie Palmer said. “The fan base, the fans, they … [Read more...] about Baseball: Bristol Blues enter playoffs as No. 2 seed
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opinion Dick Durbin Opinion contributor Published 7:00 AM EDT Jul 24, 2019 Around 66 million people every year enjoy one of our nation’s greatest pastimes, catching a baseball game at a Major League Baseball park. Fans join their friends and family, eating hotdogs and peanuts.They sing the National Anthem at the start of the game and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the Seventh Inning Stretch. Some of the more dedicated fans keep scorecards of home runs, RBIs, and earned run averages. Sadly, there’s another statistic that we’ve been seeing more and more of lately: fan injuries from foul balls. A Bloomberg report from 2014 estimates that 1,750 fans suffer injuries in Major League Baseball stands every season. And a survey by the polling organization FiveThirtyEight found that 14,000 more foul balls were hit in 2018 than in 1998. In 2016, Bryant Gumbel traveled to Washington State’s sports science lab for his HBO show … [Read more...] about Baseball needs more safety netting
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 5:30 PM EDT Jul 9, 2019 CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball once again celebrates their sport Tuesday with the All-Star Game, showcasing the greatest collection of young stars, including one of the finest players to ever grace the playing field in Mike Trout, in a proud city steeped with baseball tradition. Yet, when everyone returns home Wednesday, getting ready for the second-half of the season, reality will finally hit: Baseball is at a crossroads. It must decide what it wants to become. Does it want to remain this nightly edition of home-run derby, with players swinging for the fences every time they step to the plate, with home runs, strikeouts and walks accounting for nearly 40% of the action? Or does it want to return to the game it was designed to be, with teams manufacturing runs, managers employing hit-and-runs and players bunting and stealing bases Tony Clark, the players union executive director, who played 15 years, had five … [Read more...] about MLB: Baseball is at a crossroads. What does it want to become?
London (CNN)Given the buzz generated by the pair of games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox over the past weekend, the unlikely marriage between London and Major League Baseball could be one that lasts. What's not in doubt is that on a sweltering weekend in the British capital, the London Stadium was the place to be for royals and any self-respecting A-lister. Like the annual NBA London Game, celebs came out to hobnob with players, from Spike Lee and Rudy Giuliani to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who visited each team's locker room before Saturday's game. Meghan embraced Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who is believed to be her distant relative. An amateur genealogist traced their lineage back 150 years to the same small town in Alabama. Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Boston Red Sox players before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Saturday June 29, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP) British MP Ed Miliband, a … [Read more...] about Yankees crush Red Sox in London, but baseball comes away winning
Bristol Eastern High School coach Michael Giovinazzo. By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER PLAINVILLE – On May 17, the Bristol Eastern baseball team defeated Plainville, 7-1, from Plainville high school. On the surface, it might have looked like any ordinary win for the Lancers against a Central Connecticut Conference, Southern Division opponent. The handshake line at the end of the game was cordial and the Eastern players then walked back towards the dugout for its usual postgame meeting. But as Eastern head coach Mike Giovinazzo was surrounded by his players, the longtime coach got a huge ovation. That’s because the win against the Blue Devils was his 600th as the coach of the Bristol Eastern baseball program. “You never coach for things like that,” said Giovinazzo of the milestone. “You coach because you love the game and you want to teach the kids how to play the game right. That’s what I’ve tried to do over the years.” That statement is … [Read more...] about Baseball: Coach Giovinazzo gets landmark victory