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Tim Tebow’s MLB Tryouts: See What The Scouts Are Saying

Tim Tebow’s MLB Tryouts: See What The Scouts Are Saying

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Former NFL star Tim Tebow finally showcased his baseball skills during a media-covered try out (dubbed the nth TebowTime) in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The 29-year-old tried to impress 42 major-league scouts for 27 MLB teams in hopes of securing a professional contract.

Tebow initially wanted to be a baseball player, even before he decided to pursue a future in football after junior year in high school. After bagging a Heisman Trophy in 2007 with the Florida Gators and enjoying a brief career with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, here he is trying to revive his first dream.

So on Tuesday, he ran an above-average 60-yard dash, did outfield throwing drills, did a batting practive and, finally, a live batting practice against recent major-league relievers David Aardsma and Chad Smith.

How did it go? Well, it looks like he’s still going to have to wish for it a little harder. Check out what some of the scouts had to say about Tebow below.

Jim Bowden of ESPN graded below average in 5 categories, according to 12 MLB scouts at the workout. With the scale going from 20-80 (with 50 being the MLB average), Tebow’s score went was:

Arm – 40 (No carry)
Fielding – 45 (Needs footwork)
Hitting – 35 (Grooved uppercut swing)
Power – 55 (Raw power)
Running – 55 (6.7 60-yard dash time)


Guess we’ll have to find out when he can try out again… or if a scout decides to give him a chance and train him as hard as possible. Meanwhile, Tebow needs to improve if he wants a real chance at the MLB.

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Justin Verlander Engaged To Girlfriend Kate Upton

Justin Verlander Engaged To Girlfriend Kate Upton

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Looks like Justin Verlander is currently on cloud nine.

Aside from being at the prime of his career, the Major League Baseball star has recently proposed to his super famous girlfriend of about three years, Kate Upton. His two-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model fianceé proudly showed off the rock when she hit the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York on Monday night.

The Detroit Tigers pitcher didn’t break a sweat when he got the expensive ring. He can definitely afford it, after signing a $180 million contract in 2013–right about the time that they start dating. (How convenient, huh?)

Let’s hope this lifts his spirits up further, especially during games! Congrats to the couple.

Photo via Justin Verlander’s Instagram

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Colorado Rockies Superstar Jose Reyes Arrested For Domestic Violence Against Wife

Colorado Rockies Superstar Jose Reyes Arrested For Domestic Violence Against Wife

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Jose Reyes has been busted for allegedly hurting his wife while on vacation in Hawaii.

The incident reportedly happened around Halloween last October but is making news just now. According to cops in Maui, the baseball star and his wife Katherine were staying at the Four Seasons Wailea when they were heard arguing. Reyes then allegedly grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into a glass door.

Security responded and reportedly took Reyes into custody. Meanwhile, his wife was said to have been taken to a hospital for thigh, neck and wrist injuries. Reyes was later released on bail. No word from MLB or his agent.

Reyes previously played for the Mets, Marlins and Blue Jays.

Photo via TMZ / Maui Police

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Atlanta Braves Pays Tribute To Fan Who Died At Game Against New York Yankees

Atlanta Braves Pays Tribute To Fan Who Died At Game Against New York Yankees

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Last Sunday, the Atlanta Braves flew the United States flag at half-staff in Turner Field after a fan died from falling 20 feet from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game against the New York Yankees on Saturday.

The victim was identified as Gregory K. Murrey, a 60-year-old resident of Alpharetta, Georgia, long time Atlanta Braves fan and season ticket holder of 23 years. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Murrey was said to have plummeted down after (allegedly) booing New York Yankees’ controversial player Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez came on to the field.

The Braves have expressed their sympathy the family and said that they are “deeply saddened”. “Greg was a valued and longtime season-ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan,” the team said in a statement. “This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends.”

A handful of EMTs gathered around to Murrey’s aid, tending to him for 6-7 minutes before being moved out to Grady Memorial, a local hospital. Murrey was said to have dropped where the families and friends of players are situated and that many of the audience members witnessed the fall. Braves President, John Schuerholz made grief counselors available to the players’ family and friends who saw the unfortunate event.

Before Sunday’s game, the Braves displayed a photo of Murrey on the video board and observed a moment of silence to one of their fallen fans.

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Astros’ Rookie Debuts As The Dark Knight In MLB Game

Astros’ Rookie Debuts As The Dark Knight In MLB Game

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Houston, the Dark Knight has arrived.

Lance McCullers Jr., a 21-year-old rookie, made a debut like no other last Monday night as he sported Batman cleats against their game with the Oakland Athletics.

A ton of people have speculated as to what this meant, some people have said that it was to strike fear against the A’s or to send a message to Matt Harvey of the Mets (the MLB’s Dark Knight), but this was all answered by McCullers in an interview where he said he liked Batman—plain and simple.

He also said that he has been wearing them for a year when he was still at the Class AA Texas League and was still playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks. Lance debuted on to the Majors against the A’s on Monday. Despite his Batman cleats and former accolades (2014 California League Champion, Gatorade National Baseball Player in 2012, etc.), the Astros’ still lost 2-1 against the Oakland Athletics. McCullers said that his strikeout pitch “kind of” disappeared which led to walks.

Astros’ Manager A.J. Hinch said that McCullers handled his debut really well. Even with the excitement running through Lance McCullers Jr.’s veins, he was able to perform very well and only needed to pitch efficiently according to the manager.

Hinch also added, “With that kind of breaking ball, I guess you say you can do whatever you want as long as you keep that breaking ball in the zone.”

Lance McCullers Jr.’s Batman cleats have clearly

stolen the spotlight from his performance on his debut.

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Oscar Taveras Was Drunk During Fatal Crash, Reports Reveal

Oscar Taveras Was Drunk During Fatal Crash, Reports Reveal

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As previously reported, St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a horrific car crash last October 26 in the Dominican Republic. He and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were driving in his 2014 Chevy Camaro when it ran off the road and killed the both of them.

And as it turns out, 22-year-old Taveras was actually the one at fault.

According to Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for The Dominican attorney general’s office, Taveras was “legally intoxicated” and had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when they crashed.

”Until we have the opportunity to review the official report, we cannot confirm details,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. ”While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won’t change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy. We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate our players that they must take responsibility for themselves both on and off the field.’

Taveras was laid to rest in a cemetery near the Dominican Republic’s north coast last month.

Alcohol has since been banned from the Cardinals clubhouse and is not provided in the locker room, on the road or on charter flights returning to their home in St. Louis.

Photo via Video Screen Grab

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St. Louis Cardinals Baseballer Oscar Taveras Dies In Car Crash

St. Louis Cardinals Baseballer Oscar Taveras Dies In Car Crash

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Rising Major League Baseball star Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend reportedly died in a tragic car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

According to a rep for the his St. Louis Cardinals team, 22-year-old Taveras was the one driving the car with his girlfriend in tow when he lost control and went off he road.

It is unsure if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which usually causes accidents like such, but local police suggest rainy conditions may have been a factor. Officials are said to be investigating the case, still.

Taveras’ teammate Kolten Wong expressed sorrow on Twitter hours later, writing, “Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I’ve played with him every year and we truly lost a great person! #RIPOscarTaveras”

Here’s something to remember him by–his recent home run against the SF Giants during Game 2 of the NLCS.

Photo via Video Screen Grab

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A Look Back at Derek Jeter’s Story Book Career [Video]

A Look Back at Derek Jeter’s Story Book Career [Video]

Here’s a look back at Derek Jeter’s story book career in major league baseball. Winning and Jeter go hand in hand. He helped the Yankees win 4 world series in his first 5 years with the team. Jeter will be known as the yankee you can’t hate.

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25 Fascinating Sports Facts about the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB

25 Fascinating Sports Facts about the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB

The playoffs are in full force, with 8 teams remaining in both the NBA and NHL. Check out these 25 fascinating sports facts from around the horn. Read the full story

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25 Fascinating Facts about the 2014 NFL Schedule, NHL and NBA Playoffs, and More

25 Fascinating Facts about the 2014 NFL Schedule, NHL and NBA Playoffs, and More

It’s been an exciting week in sports: Both the NHL and the NBA are in full-swing playoff mode. The NFL schedule was released. Plus baseball is like, happening, or something.  Read the full story

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Death at a Baseball Game

Death at a Baseball Game

Death is a morbid subject that should not be associated with an athletic contest.  Instead, games should be decided upon by skill, chance, and even luck. While death is something that strikes everyone eventually, unfortunately it has occurred numerous times in professional baseball prompting systemic rule changes.

Truth be told, throughout baseball’s history, only one major league baseball player has actually died on the field. Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman was beaned in the face with a baseball in 1920 and ultimately died 12 hours later.  His death was the impetus towards banning spitballs, replacing dirty baseballs, and encouraging the batting helmet (albeit this didn’t happen until 30 years later).  In 2007 First base coach Mike Coolbaugh from the minor league team, Tulsa Drillers was struck by a line drive and subsequently died on the field.  Now, throughout professional baseball base coaches must wear helmets. In addition to mandatory helmets for base coaches, Major League Baseball’s instituted a new rule mandated coaches stay in the coaches box.

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Third base coach Larry Bowa was a ejected from a game for not staying in his "box"

Years ago, umpires resembled blimps on the baseball fields.  With lifelong job security, numerous umpires would tip the scales at over 300 lbs, which suggested that umpires didn’t need to be in shape.  On opening day 1996, portly umpire John McSherry had a heart attack dying on the field.  This death shifted the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation to train umpires in proper diet and exercise regimens.  Nowadays, umpires are in better shape than ever, though there are still a few holdouts.

Larry Mcsherry's body language indicates to manager, "your body can fit inside mine"

Tobacco is a silent killer that has shifted the rules philosophy in major league baseball.  Standard procedure on the baseball field used to be a player would have a mouth full of chaw as he went to his at bat.  This was immortalized in the roller coaster scene in the Sandlot.  However, bad publicity caused by numerous throat and mouth cancer instances by former MLB players, prompted the rules committee to ban tobacco usage in the minor leagues.  Current MLB players are still allowed to chew tobacco while playing, however, this rule is strictly enforced throughout the minor leagues by league watchmen.  The reasoning is that Major League baseball players are highly superstitious and are less apt to change their habits from the minor leagues.

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Tobacco companies profits have plummeted without MLB player's implicit endorsement of their products

Deaths are not immune to simply occurring to player-participants at a baseball game. Legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away just before a game.   Numerous fans have lost their lives by attending baseball contests.  Many have fell over railings, tripped up escalators, choked on hot dogs, fist fights, stabbings, and died of gun shots.It’s a little known secret that one of professional baseball’s largest expenses are their insurance policies.  When death occurs at a baseball game, they affect insurance policies, and these in turn prompt teams and leagues to do whatever they can to prevent another similar event occurring.

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Can the Best College Baseball Team Beat the Worst MLB Team?

Can the Best College Baseball Team Beat the Worst MLB Team?

The rudimentary football debate is that the worst NFL team can handily defeat the best college football team. Baseball, however, is a different beast. Read the full story

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Weekend Baseball Action

Weekend Baseball Action

Get all the lowdown on all the Major League Baseball games going on this weekend. Read the full story

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Check out This Awesome MLB Highlight

Check out This Awesome MLB Highlight

You won’t believe how this game went down!

 

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Pete Rose Discusses His Methamphetamine Use

Pete Rose goes on the record about taking speed to enhance his performance in this quick, candid interview: Read the full story

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