Is It A Slippery Future For Baseball?

Is It A Slippery Future For Baseball?

Is a change in baseball manufacturing standards leading to increased offensive play?
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It is officially that time of the year again. Fall. Carved pumpkins adorning the porches of homes, candy sales in every supermarket in America, crisp Autumn air on the morning commute, and the beloved spooky atmosphere. Fellow sports fanatics know that fall has a very much underappreciated phenomenon starting in the sweet month of October, the World Series of Major League Baseball. A staple of North American sports, Baseball is an American tradition right up there with apple pie and muscle cars.

The 2017 MLB season kicked off in April, as custom. Highlights of the year include the dominant play by the Dodgers, a historic winning streak from the Indians, and the continuous battle between Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as the poster child best player in the league. The regular season was packed full of excitement, or agony, depending on which club has your loyalty. More casual fans of the sport skip out on a vast majority of the season until the playoffs roll around in October. Diehard fans know that October baseball is the highest quality baseball anyway. This year’s postseason has been a rollercoaster spectacle, one of the greatest in recent memory.

As beloved and sacred as baseball is, it is not without its fair share of controversies over the years. The infamous Chicago “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919, to the age of performance enhancing drugs, baseball seems to find itself in more trouble than most other North American professional sports organizations. This year was no exception as reports have surfaced of baseballs manufactured by league standards have changed from their usual. Complaints from pitchers and their coaches were first voiced in the summer, their concern was that the baseballs were too slick to throw an effective slider pitch. They theorized this was an impactful factor in 2017 having the most home runs in a single season. Interestingly enough, at around the same time, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred declared his desire to see more excitement in offensive play in the game. More hits and more homers will lead to more viewers and discourage people from leaving games early that didn’t have enough excitement.

This trend of higher hit and the home run percentage has lasted well into the playoffs, culminating in game five of the world series seeing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed six runs in a 13-12 extra-inning loss. While high homerun counts might attract more casual fans to the game it leaves an interesting ultimatum for front offices in the league; instead of pouring mega contracts to one-star pitcher, or do you instead fill your bullpen with an abundance of pitchers and rotate them more often in-game to keep the throws strong and fast? It is possible that rather than slick or juiced up baseballs the increase in offensive play is a result of better hitting by players. For such a trend to happen so quickly and have such a lasting impact well into the world series is foreign to the sport.

If either the Dodgers or Astros lose the series due to a bad slider from a good pitcher, this controversy will be closely monitored in the coming season.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The Life Of A Midwest Yankee Fan

My whole life I have been accused of being a bandwagon of a winner.

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Growing up in Indiana, we had the likes of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts as professional teams to root for. But my team of choice is in one of the most popular cities in the world: the New York Yankees.

My whole life I have been accused of being a bandwagon of a winner and I never quite knew what that meant until I got older. I was born in January of 1998 and by this time the Yankees had one World Series Championship and were looking for more and they would spark a run of four championships in five years. From 1996-2001 the Yankees played in five World Series and won four of them. Even though I was not alive to experience this dynasty, I have seen the movies and the history of these teams and I fell in love with the white and blue pinstripes. The most iconic jersey in baseball history is the Yankee pinstripes, and they were what I wanted to wear one day and as a kid, I dreamed every night of hitting a walk-off home run to win a championship for the Yankees.

But where I grew up I should not have been a Yankee fan, I should have been a Reds fan or Cardinals or even the Cubs, but I knew New York had my heart. I have wanted to go to New York my whole life and the main reason is Yankee Stadium. But my life as a die-hard New York Yankees fan has not been easy especially growing up in Greenwood, Indiana. Everyone despises my team and tells me that all we do is buy our talent and cheat and all these harsh things but they were just jealous because we kept winning. Being the most winning franchise in baseball and having the most championships with 27 of them, we are a hated team and fan base but we are winners.

Watching my favorite team hold up the World Series Championship Trophy in 2009, is a memory I will never forget but not being able to share it with my parents was hard because they are diehard Braves fans, but that satisfaction of being on top of the baseball world again was filled with absolute joy. Each one of my friends hears how much I brag about the Yankees and how I will not stop talking about how much I love them and how often we win. I have always been competitive and wanted to win and what better to be than a fan of a huge winner. The Yankees will always have a special place in my heart and they will always be my team regardless of where I live. Yankee Stadium will forever be on my bucket list and I hope to one day share it with my entire family. Growing up in a smaller town has its ups and downs and sports of many of the ups and in my town, there has been only a handful of Yankees fan like myself that I know of and still regularly talk to in my life. Baseball is one of the greatest events that brings together people and families across the nation and for me it brought me one of the purest loves I have ever had, the love for baseball in New York and the blue and white pinstripes.

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