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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Since joining the Atlanta Braves in 2009, organ player Matthew Kaminski has earned a reputation for the his highly personalized — and often playful — introductory music he gives players up to bat. Many of his best ideas come from Braves fans, who inundate him with their suggestions on Twitter. 

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WNYC News

Prosecutor: Clemens Told 'Lies to Cover Up Lies'

Monday, April 23, 2012

The complexity of the Roger Clemens perjury retrial showed itself in many ways Monday - before a jury that knows little about baseball.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Knuckleballers

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tim Wakefield, retired pitcher, and Phil Niekro, Hall of Fame knuckleballer, discuss the pitch and a the new documentary Knuckleball!

→ Free Outdoor Screening and Event: Saturday, April 21st, World Financial Center | Pitching Clinic and Music at 6:30pm - Screening at 8:30pm | More Information

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The Takeaway

Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Monday, April 16, 2012

For today's sports fans, it’s hard to imagine professional teams segregated by color. That changed 65 years ago when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the son of Georgia sharecroppers, joined the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American in major league baseball. American sports have come a long way since 1947, but maybe not far enough. This season, just over eight percent of professional baseball players are black. That's less than half of what it was in 1959, when the last team was integrated. Are we living up to or failing Jackie Robinson's legacy? Author of "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season", Jonathan Eig, explains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pitcher Jim Abbott

Monday, April 16, 2012

Major league pitcher Jim Abbott talks about his unlikely success story—he was born without a right hand, but chose a profession that didn’t allow him to hide his disability. He’s remembered for throwing one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history, in September at Yankee Stadium. His new memoir is Imperfect: An Improbable Life.

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The Takeaway

Marlins Manager's Comments Heat Up Baseball Season

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The baseball season is just warming up, but Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen has wasted no time getting himself into hot water. Just five games into his career with the team, Guillen started a political row when he told Time Magazine that he loves and respects Cuba’s military dictator for staying in power as long as he has. The Sunshine State’s large Cuban community has been up in arms calling for the manager’s ouster.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

R. A. Dickey on Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

Monday, April 09, 2012

New York Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded major leaguer. His memoir Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball reveals how despite his ups and downs on the field, his Christian faith, the love of his family, and a quest for self-awareness helped him emerge as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010.

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WNYC News

After 5-Year Wait, Ballfields Near Yankee Stadium Finally Set to Open

Friday, April 06, 2012

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The gates were locked on Friday at MaCombs Dam Field alongside the new Yankee Stadium. That's despite reports the field had opened this week, a year behind schedule and five years after a set of neighborhood baseball diamonds were paved over to make way for a stadium parking lot.

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The Takeaway

A Look Ahead at the 2012 Baseball Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The baseball season began just over a week ago with the Mariners and the Athletics facing off at the Tokyo Dome. But there remains a long way to go before the season ends in October, and anything can happen before then. Offering their analyses and predictions of the season to come are Steven Goldman, editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor.

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Schoolbook

For Bronx Science Players, Another Season of Home Field Disadvantage

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Nomadic athletic teams are not unusual in New York City. Because of a dearth of playing space, thousands of student athletes every year deal with the rigors of traveling long distances for both home and away games. But the players on the Bronx High School of Science baseball team say their situation is different. The public park across the street, Harris Park, has been under construction since 2008, but this year it was listed as their home field -- until the parks department said they had to wait for the grass to grow.

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The Takeaway

Albert Pujols Signs with Angels

Friday, December 09, 2011

Baseball's most feared slugger has a new home. Star first baseman Albert Pujols has signed a monster 10-year, $250 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The deal has taken the sports world by surprise. Perhaps no one was caught quite so off guard as Pujols' old team, the world champion St. Louis Cardinals, where the three-time MVP spent more than a decade.

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The Takeaway

Jose Reyes Leaves Mets for Marlins

Monday, December 05, 2011

All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has reportedly signed a six-year deal with the Miami Marlins, leaving the New York Mets after nine years. This contract is the largest that the Marlins have ever given out, and comes during an Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of the financing behind their new ball park.

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Radiolab

Patient Zero

Monday, November 14, 2011

We hunt for Patient Zeroes from all over the map.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Baseball

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market takes a peek inside a different specialty store and showcases the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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The Takeaway

The Legacy of Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The celebration may be ending a little early in St. Louis. Just days after winning a thrilling seven game World Series, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement. The 67-year-old La Russa managed for 33 years in the big leagues, winning three World Series titles over the years and really revolutionizing the way the game is played. Joining The Takeaway to talk about La Russa’s legacy is George Vecsey, sports columnist for The New York Times and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life."

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The Takeaway

Texas Rangers Win Game Four Against Cardinals, Tie Series

Monday, October 24, 2011

the St. Louis Cardinals (lead the Texas Rangers three games to one in this year’s World Series/ OR / and the Texas Rangers are locked up at two games a piece in this year’s World Series) with Game 5 set to be played tonight in Texas. 
While the Cardinals are trying to cap off one of the most incredible late-season runs in baseball history, the Rangers are trying to make up for a disappointing four-games-to-one loss in last year’s World Series against the San Francisco Giants.     

The St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers are tied 2-2 in this year’s World Series, with Game 5 set to be played tonight in Texas. While the Cardinals are trying to cap off one of the most incredible late-season runs in baseball history, the Rangers are trying to make up for a disappointing four games to one loss in last year’s World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

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The Takeaway

World Series Begins in St. Louis Tonight

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Texas Rangers will face off against the Cardinals in game one of the World Series tonight in St. Louis. George Vecsey, sports columnist for The New York Times, and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life," previews the game and talks about what the World Series means to St. Louis sports fans.

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The Takeaway

The Aftermath of the Red Sox Collapse

Friday, October 14, 2011

From World Series favorites to Major League laughing stock, it's been quite a season for the Boston Red Sox. They started the September with a commanding lead in the Wild Card race and lost it to rival Tampa Bay Rays on the very last day of the season. The team's collapse saw popular manager Terry Francona leave town and general manager Theo Epstein depart to take over the Chicago Cubs.

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The Takeaway

Yankees Out After Being Defeated by Tigers

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Detroit Tigers are heading to the ALCS after edging out the New York Yankees 3-2 on Thursday night in a decisive winner take all game 5. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, The Takeaway's sports contributor, gives his analysis of the game.

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The Takeaway

A Historic Night in Baseball

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It was one of the most memorable nights in recent baseball history on Wednesday as the New York Yankees faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox played the Baltimore Orioles. "Within eight minutes the world changed," said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. George Vecsey, sports reporter for The New York Times and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life," and Frank Shorr, director of the Sports Institute at Boston University and former executive producer at Channel 7, talk about those eight minutes.

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