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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian
MLB

Derek Jeter goes out in style

Whether you got tired of it or not, the biggest story of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the retirement tour of New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter after 20 years in the league. Jeter was treated like royalty most of the season as he was presented with gifts, ceremonies, and tributes at every ballpark he visited. Some people thought things went a bit overboard though as he was just another baseball player retiring after a long career.

Jeter always had a flair for dramatics though and that’s how he ended his career both during his last game at Yankee Stadium in New York and during the season finale against the arch rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. When the Yankees took on the Baltimore Orioles in Jeter’s final home game they were leading 5-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. Most viewers figured the Yankees would pull Jeter from the contest so the fans could give him one more huge ovation.

 
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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian
MLB

MLB says baseball games are too long

There used to be quite a few doubleheaders in Major League Baseball, but one of the reason’s fans don’t see them much anymore is because there just isn’t time for them. This is because the average MLB game takes three hours and two minutes to complete these days. In 1984 an average nine-inning contest was over in two hours and 40 minutes. While it might not seem too long to many fans, MLB isn’t really happy about the time it takes to play games. The stadiums themselves are probably happier with longer outings since it means more concession sales, but MLB wants to start speeding things up.

Since this is the first year the average length of baseball games has reached the three-hour mark, Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that he’s putting together a committee to help speed up the contests. This is Selig’s last year in charge as Rob Manfred is scheduled to take over the league next year, but Selig has already made this issue a priority.

 
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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian

Man United fans fly banner over Real Madrid game to persuade Ronaldo to return

Manchester United has been struggling again this season after finishing seventh last year for their worst ever finish in the English Premier League table. The club has spent millions of pounds during the summer on acquiring players such as Angel di Maria, Daley Blind, and Luke Shaw as well as Radamel Falcao on loan, but it appears the one player United fans want to see at Old Trafford is Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 29-year-old Ronaldo made a name for himself several years ago when he starred for United for six seasons, but was then sold to Real Madrid of the Spanish La Liga five years ago. Since moving to Spain, the Portuguese forward has been scoring at about a goal-per-game pace. Some newspapers recently reported that Ronaldo was thinking about rejoining United before retiring and a group of fans tried to persuade him to head back to England as soon as possible by flying a banner over the stadium during Real Madrid’s game on September 27.

 
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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian
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Pitcher Phil Hughes chooses MLB record over $500,000 bonus

Last week we told the story of Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes and his chance to cash in on a $500,000 bonus if he pitched 210 innings this year. Hughes chances of reaching the bonus were dampened by a rain delay a couple of weeks ago which forced him to move back a day in the rotation and it meant he had just one game to reach the required innings instead of two.

Hughes started for the Twins on Wednesday September 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and it looked like he was going to go the full nine innings and hit the bonus. But believe it or not, his chances were once again shot down by rain as the game was delayed for over an hour in the eighth inning. This meant manager Ron Gardenhire pulled Hughes after the delay and went to the bullpen for in the ninth inning. Hughes was stuck at 209 and 2/3 innings and needed just one more out to hit $500,000.

 
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Added September 16th, 2014 by Ian

President Obama pays off Belgian beer bet