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Roger Clemens' Fall From Grace

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baseball great, Roger Clemens, has been indicted for lying to Congress. What does this mean for baseball and for the player? For more background, we talk to Nathaniel Vinton, an investigative sports reporter with The New York Daily News. He also co-authored, "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime."

"Roger Clemens is one of the greatest baseball players of his generation," says Vinton. However, if you look at his career you can see that the ball player had a renaissance at age 35, which is when he started using performance enhancing drugs, according to his trainer.

 

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The Takeaway

A Tarnished Image for Roger Clemens

Friday, August 20, 2010

He used to be bound for the Hall of Fame, but now seems more likely to go to prison. The seven-time Cy Young Award Winner, Roger Clemens was indicted on six counts by a federal grand jury yesterday, for allegedly lying to Congress, with statements like this, "let me be clear, I have never taken steroids or HGH."

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WNYC News

Clemens Indicted for Lying to Congress Over Steroid Use

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A federal grand jury indicted seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids. The former Yankees pitcher faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Bobby Thomson and 'The Shot Heard 'Round The World'

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bobby Thomson, the baseball legend who hit the winning shot for the New York Giants in the 1951 National League playoff series died on Monday night. He was 86.

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The Takeaway

MLB's Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Monday, August 02, 2010

Major League Baseball's trade deadline was this past weekend with some major changes for some of the sport's closely watched teams. The Yankees traded for outfielders; the Dodgers got starting pitcher, Ted Lilly; and the Phillies traded for pitching ace, Roy Oswalt. Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, brings highlights from the transactions and tells us which teams will benefit the most.

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A-Rod and the Best Home Run Hitters of All Time

Friday, July 30, 2010

Alex Rodriguez is considered by many to be one of the best baseball players of all time. He was the youngest player to reach 500 home runs and is now at 599. Already in elite company, he is edging closer to that elusive 600 club. Who else is in that club?

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The Takeaway

Baseball's Trade Deadline Nears

Friday, July 30, 2010

With Baseball’s trade deadline looming, the nation’s pastime has started to really heat up. Aces are switching locations and teams are searching for that perfect missing piece as we get closer to July 31st. On top of everything else is A-Rod’s bid to become the seventh member of the elite 600-home-run club. 

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The Takeaway

Jerry Craft: On Becoming Their White Boy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jerry Craft was 20 years old when a semi-pro baseball recruiter called him up to see if he'd consider playing for the Witchita Falls Graham Stars. He had been playing college baseball at Texas Tech and had never heard of the team, but said he would talk to the team's owner.  When he arrived for his meeting in the summer of 1959, he realized the reason he didn't know about the team was because it was in the West Texas Colored League. 

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WNYC News

WNYC's Brian Lehrer Reflects on Steinbrenner's Life

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flags were lowered to half-staff at City Hall as fans gathered at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to pay respects to the late team owner, George Steinbrenner. Many Yankees players and fans are singing the praises of 'The Boss.' But WNYC's Brian Lehrer talks to Richard Hake in the WNYC Newsroom about another side to Steinbrenner.

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The Takeaway

George Steinbrenner and the Man Who Banned Him For Life

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

George Steinbrenner reigned as the owner of the New York Yankees for 38 years. In that time his team won seven World Series Championships, 11 American League pennants, 16 AL-East titles. But Steinbrenner was also suspended from baseball twice, one time for life. In 1990, "The Boss" was banned for life for paying a small-time gambler who was  paid $40,000 to dig up some dirt on hall-of-famer, Dave Winfield. Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993, and went to win five more championships.

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The Takeaway

Without Steinbrenner, What's Next for the Yankees?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 80. He helmed the Yankee ship for 37-plus years, winning seven World Series Championships. Steinbrenner spent a lot of money on the team in order to win and changed the relationship between teams and their owners. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin examines Steinbrenner's legacy.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ben McGrath on David Ortiz's career as a designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ben McGrath on David Ortiz's career as a designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox.

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The Takeaway

Rediscovering Unmarked Graves of Negro League Players

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project is setting out to locate all the unmarked graves of baseball players in the Leagues. Dr. Jeremy Krock, a 52 year old anesthesiologist from Illinois joined up with Larry Lester, a Negro Leagues historian. Lester calls this a quest to follow the "thread that leads to their last resting place." They've made some amazing discoveries, including the resting place of Bill Gatewood, who taught Satchel Paige his "hesitation pitch."

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Stephen Strasburg Makes His MLB Debut

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Washington Nationals pitcher, Stephen Strasburg was the number one overall pick in the draft last year, and today he makes his Major League Baseball debut. Washington fans are giddy with excitement and the team is selling standing-only tickets to the sold-out ball game. 

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How Imperfect Observation Ruins a Potentially Perfect Game

Friday, June 04, 2010

On Wednesday, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was moments away from a near perfect game, only to be foiled by a questionable call. Without that call, Galarraga would have been the third pitcher to throw a perfect game in as many weeks. What gives?

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Remembering Baseball's Ernie Harwell

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"Baseball is a tongue-tied kid from Georgia growing up to be an announcer and praising the Lord for showing him the way to Cooperstown." - Ernie Harwell at his National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (August 2, 1981)

Before I start writing about Ernie Harwell, I feel the need to again to say that I am not a native of Michigan.  Harwell wasn't either; he was born in Atlanta and worked as a paperboy there, even delivering the daily rag to novelist Margaret Mitchell.  It was his southern roots that give Harwell that distinctive twang in his voice, something he never lost through 55 years of calling baseball games.  But by the time he died this week, he had two hometowns: Atlanta by right of birth and Detroit by bonds of love and true loyalty.

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Remembering Sportscaster Ernie Harwell

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

We look back at the long career of William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell (January 25, 1918 — May 4, 2010). Harwell was a sportscaster best known for his long run with the Detroit Tigers, announcing the baseball games on radio and television. He broadcast for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants and the Baltimore Orioles, but he found a permanent home with the Tigers and won love from Tigers's fans. He died Tuesday at age 92.

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The Takeaway

Predictions on Baseball's Opening Day

Monday, April 05, 2010

Today is opening day in baseball and the season has already begun with a Yankees loss to the Red Sox last night. Nation sports editor Dave Zirin previews the season. He says the stats are all pointing to a predictable "chalk year," but, he doubts it will be. We get Dave's take on the baseball year ahead and why he has high hopes for the Atlanta Braves.

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The Takeaway

Sports: Final Four, MLB Season Opener

Friday, April 02, 2010

Move over, Thanksgiving. Easter weekend is shaping up to be a big one for televised sports. The Final Four square off in Indianapolis Saturday, and Major League Baseball opens (in a major way) at Fenway on Sunday. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul Matin joins us to talk about what the weekend holds for the NCAA, and for the Yankees and the Red Sox.

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    Takeouts: L.A. Angels' Torri Hunter, Out Of Line or On Target? Your Responses on Government and Genius

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torri Hunter, about the racial makeup of Major League Baseball, are causing controversy in some quarters but leading others to defend Hunter's point of view. We talk more to Ibrahim Abdul-Matin about the dust-up.
    • YOUR RESPONSES: The Takeaway moves away from a  week long discussion on genius to hear a little bit about government gridlock and hear your suggestions to fix it.  But you still had a lot to say about genius, including some fun facts about the relative IQ's of some of our nation's top leaders.

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