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When You Hit a Baseball Real Hard

When you hit a baseball real hard...

it goes right through your glove.

Nice try Josh Donaldson. You should think of getting a new glove. ASAP! And Joey Rickard, you sure know how to hit a strong line drive. With that kind of power, you can probably get 10 ~ 20 more hits every season!
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@Straightshooter We always have room for some Giants love
@DavidGom lol Na man I love my Os to much XD But I appreciate the offer haha
@Straightshooter come join the Giants community haha
@DavidGom Yea I dont mind the giants, but my second favorite baseball team is the Pittsburgh Pirates, and my second favorite football team is the Texans. lol But yea the Giants are cool to
How old is his glove anyways
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I'm Ashamed of My Hometown
San Diego, get your shit together. Each year at the Padres stadium, Petco Park, the LGBT society in SD holds an event called "Out at the Park" that is meant to bring the community together for an evening of baseball. This year, Petco Park really, really screwed up. The San Diego Men's Gay Chorus was meant to sing the national anthem before the game to represent the LGBT community for this event. Their voices were never heard. The stadium let them take the field, and then as they were about to sing, a recorded female voice instead sang the anthem (which, if you've been to a Padres game, isn't something that happens - we always have live singing) The men had to walk off the field hearing people shouting profane, homophobic things at them. The Padres said it was a mistake, a technical error, a third party contractor, and that they were sorry. But that doesn't explain the other examples of mistreatment. Days prior to the game, the Padres organization told the performers that the chorus would have to pay for their tickets in order to sing. This is not something that happens, ever. If you perform the national anthem, you get to enter the park for free, DUH. Why did the Padres suddenly want this now? That would have cost the small organization thousands of dollars, and after dispute they were finally allowed in as performers. You can listen to their great voices here when they performed in 2015. It's a pity their voices weren't heard this year. Get it together Padres, you're a disappointment in baseball but don't be a disappointment to your entire community.
Series preview: Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
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Quotas reflect the chances of victory that a bookmaker gives a team in terms of calculations or which outcome of the game he considers likely. This is then set in relation to each other and the resulting betting odds. However, that is only half the truth. If a bookmaker were content to simply offer the maximum objective odds and thus to anticipate the outcome correctly as often as possible, then he would not be doing his job. To lie correctly is the goal of us as players. The bookmaker, however, wants one thing above all: make a profit! Quotas are often adjusted for this purpose. For example, favorites are deliberately overrated by bookmakers, which means lower odds for their wins. Bookmakers do this very deliberately. Because the majority of players tend to bet on favorite wins and because favorites naturally win more often than outsiders, bookmakers would give away money if they gave objective favorites to the favorites every time. Another factor influences bookmaker odds. The competition among themselves. Especially in times of online football betting and numerous online bookmakers, the competition is very large and odds comparisons are from the perspective of the players only a small finger exercise away. Of course, this has clearly intensified the competitive situation. And so bookmakers often adjust the quotas they offer; simply to make their own bets more attractive. How are the odds displayed and how do sports betting work? Through the Internet, you can easily register with bookmakers beyond the continental European market. However, the odds are sometimes different in these. Even those who want to use a holiday in Vegas "athletic" will run there, a different representation of quotas, and thus a different reading style, on the way. Below are the three most common representations of betting odds. Decimal / continental Europe Of all the quota types, the decimal quotas we know are the easiest to understand. 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So the net profit, which one makes in a successful bet. Of course, you also get paid his stake again. However, this is not considered a profit in the sense of the British odds and is therefore ignored in the representation of the odds. The British odds are always presented in simple fractions. For example 5/3. The number in front of the dash (5) represents the profit distributed in the event of success. The number behind the dash describes the amount required (3) to achieve the reported profit (5). Of course, that does not mean you can only bet three pounds. The British odds simply represent the ratio of net profit to stake in a very simplified way. British odds are easily converted into our decimal system. Quote 5/3 5: 3 = 1.67 + 1.00 (to take into account the stake included and thus determine the gross profit) = 2.67 By the way: A 2.00 bet, as in our example for the continental European decimal odds, would typically not be shown in the UK as 2/1 but as even money or just even. The term even money is also used in the American system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdk6prcpUKI
The Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
And Lou Gehrig too. On April 2, 1931 the seventeen year-old Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back. They were arguably the deadliest hitting duo in baseball history, and she did it in only seven pitches. Which is pretty damn impressive. Less impressive is what happened afterwards. "They are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day." Ruth wasn't the most gracious in defeat (via), and some historians have dismissed the exhibition game as an April Fool's Prank. It's unlikely that Ruth would have been visibly upset if he struck out on purpose, nor would he have asked the umpire to inspect the ball. And a few days later, Mitchell's contract was voided on the basis that baseball was "too strenuous" for women. Yeah, beating some of the most famous players of all time sounds really strenuous. What if she broke a nail?! /sarcasm She kept playing anyway. So clearly the game wasn't TOO strenuous (she died in 1987 at the age of 74). She joined the amateur team House of David in 1933, and retired in 1937. Meanwhile, women weren't formally banned from the MLB until 1952, though unofficially they were often kept off the field. Such was the case for Eleanor Engle, who never took the field. The President of the minor leagues stated that no contract with a woman would be approved because “not in the best interest of baseball that such travesties be tolerated.” In the 1970s girls were allowed to join Little League, in the 80s women joined college baseball, and in the 1990s, Ila Borders joined the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League. But no female player has reached the majors (yet). But the 100-year anniversary of the time a teenage girl struck out some of the toughest hitters in baseball history. Maybe it'll happen again in 2031?