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Added October 7th, 2014 by Ian
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Nationals and Giants in longest playoff game ever

The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants play longest playoff game in MLB history
When the San Francisco Giants traveled to Washington to take on the Nationals in a National League Divisional Series playoff game on Saturday, October 4th neither the teams nor the fans knew what they were in for. The game turned out to be the longest in Major League Baseball (MLB) playoff history as the Giants came from behind to tie it at 1-1 in the top of the ninth and then won it 2-1 by scoring again in the top of the 18th inning. The win gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Here are some interesting and fun facts about the contest:

It tied for the longest playoff game by innings at 18. The record was first set back in the 2005 season when the Houston Astros met the Atlanta Braves in game four of a National League Divisional Series. The Astros won the game 7-6 at home.

 
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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian
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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
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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
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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 July 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Fans can buy the ground Derek Jeter’s walked on

 
Added July 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Chicago Cubs file lawsuit against fake mascot