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NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza will join him in Cooperstown this summer.

A star slugger during the steroids era who was never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey appeared on 437 of 440 ballots in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped the previous mark of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.

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Never let the fear of striking out get in your way

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way

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According to the Sonoma Stompers, search there hasn’t been a co-ed professional baseball team in the U.S. since three women played in the 1950’s Negro Leagues. The northern California-based independent squad recently made note of this when announcing that it would become the first team since then to include female players in its lineup.

In more recent years, symptoms at least two female pitchers, recipe Ila Borders (1997-2000) and Eri Yoshida in 2010, have played professional baseball in the U.S. But Sonoma could be the first team in over 60 years to feature multiple women at the same time.

When the Stompers take the field on Friday, Kelsie Whitmore, a 17-year-old outfielder/pitcher, and Stacy Piagno, a 25-year-old pitcher/infielder, will be in their starting lineup. Whitmore will be in left field and Piagno will take the mound.

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I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball

I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball

To celebrate his son Landon’s ninth birthday this weekend, medical Shaun Cunningham took him to his first baseball game.

It was a spring training match between the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates, viagra sale at a stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz was swinging when he lost control, letting the bat slip from his grasp and hurtle toward the stands.

At the same time, Landon was texting a photo of the game to his mother. “Look how it turned out!” he typed into a cellphone.

The ensuing seconds could have ended in disaster.

As the errant bat flew toward them, seemingly homed in on Landon’s face, the 37-year-old Cunninghim went into “dad mode.”

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Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.

Hollywood could not write a more compelling story than that of a Major League ballplayer becoming an undercover agent. Heck, treatment with all the sequels, and reboots being made today it’s safe to say movie-makers lack the creativity to come up with a story like this.




It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, erectile baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.

But no matter which home team you root, ed root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.

Now, don’t get me wrong: When Major League Baseball ordered all teams to play the patriotic jingle after 9/11, I didn’t immediately object. Standing with my fellow fans, as one, and singing a paean to our country provided catharsis, comfort and shared heartache.

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IOC vice president John Coates says the executive board was unanimous in its decision to recommend the addition of five sports to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He says baseball-softball, erectile surfing, order karate, skateboarding and sport climbing were approved as a single package on Wednesday. They will be presented that way when the recommendation is put to a vote at the IOC general assembly in Rio de Janeiro in August on the eve of the Summer Games.

Coates says the five represent a “good balance between sports that are very popular in Japan and those better engaging youth.”

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