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Added May 11th, 2015 by Ian
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MLB history made with first-ever 4-5-4 triple play

It’s hard to believe that MLB baseball fans have witnessed a league first in the year 2015. However, that’s exactly what happened on May 9 when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at PNC Park and pulled off the first-ever 4-5-4 triple play in MLB history. Fans don’t often get to see triple plays during the ball season, especially one of such historical significance.

The play came early in the game as it took place in the top of the second inning. St Louis had runners on second and third base with nobody out. Yadier Molina was up at bat and he lined the ball closer to second base. Pittsburgh’s second baseman Neil Walker caught the ball for one out while the Cardinals’ Jason Heyward, who was standing on second base, took off for third. Instead of stepping on second base to get Heyward out he threw the ball to third baseman Jung Ho Kang to nail the base runner Jhonny Peralta there.

 
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Added May 4th, 2015 by Ian
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MLB history made when Orioles/White Sox game held in empty stadium

With the recent riots in Baltimore, Maryland, Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles cancelled a couple of games at Camden Yards and decided to play them on the road, but they also ended up playing their regularly scheduled game on April 29 in an empty stadium. Officials didn’t want to risk the fans’ safety and shut the ball park to the fans as the Orioles took on the Chicago White Sox. John Thorn, the official historian of MLB, said it was the first time ever in MLB history that fans weren’t allowed to watch a game. However, there have been a couple of minor league contests which banned fans as part of a promotion.

 
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Added May 4th, 2015 by Ian
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Yankees won’t pay Alex Rodriguez any bonus money

The New York Yankees have announced that they won’t be paying controversial star Alex Rodriguez any bonus money after he hit his 660th home run on May 1 to tie Willie Mays for fourth place overall. The Yankees had originally agreed to pay a marketing bonus of $6 million to Rodriguez when he tied Mays on the all-time Major League Baseball home run list. It appears the players’ union may now step in on the slugger’s behalf. If the union files a grievance it will likely be heard during the upcoming winter by an independent arbitrator.

 
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Added April 27th, 2015 by Ian
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San Francisco Giants face chewing-tobacco ban at home stadium

The San Francisco Giants have obviously being doing something right since they’ve won the World Series three times in the past five years. And since most pro athletes are superstitious they don’t like to change their ways when they’re winning. However, the city of San Francisco might make some changes for them if it has its way. What the city wants to do is stamp out the team’s use of smokeless tobacco. The product is banned in baseball’s minor leagues, but it’s still allowed at the Major League level. However, there are some rules concerning it which are aimed at reducing the visibility of players using it.

 
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