Author: John Hayes

Struck Out on the Live Blog, Homered on the Night

Opportunities Missed… Much like the Dodgers bullpen Wednesday night, I missed out on World Series glory. I’ll admit it: I blew my first opportunity for live coverage of a major sporting event. Strike one was a lack of cell service. (It’s hard to update a “live” blog when you only get a single measly bar of AT&T coverage every third inning…) Strike two was a phone battery that drained faster than Jose Altuve’s 10th-inning bomb left the ballpark. (Lesson learned: always carry one of those portable charger packs.) Strike three was an experience that left me without any words...

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2017 MLB Playoff Predictions (Update)

Who Holds The Crystal Ball? We are less than 48 hours away from the first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series between the Dodgers and the Astros, and baseball fans are already salivating at the key matchups. Altuve vs. Kershaw. Turner vs. Verlander. Correa vs. Jansen. The list goes on. This year’s Fall Classic marks the first time two 100-win teams have faced each other in the World Series since 1970. With such successful regular-season records, this matchup seemingly shouldn’t have been too difficult to predict. However, most of the LMBF crew had other ideas with their...

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A Storybook Ending for LA LA Land

Dodgers Advance! Game 5 of the NLCS may not have featured the dramatic flair of a certain Kirk Gibson home run, but the Dodgers of 2017 wasted no time in leaving their own mark on franchise history. After a dominating team effort, Los Angeles has returned to the World Series. Their drought may not have lasted 108 years, but the 29-year wait was long enough. On a night when Clayton Kershaw continued to purge his postseason demons with six innings of one-run ball and Kiké Hernandez became only the tenth player in history to hit three home runs in a...

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NLCS Preview: Will History Be Rewritten?

National League Powers Collide Once Again If you haven’t paid attention to baseball since last October, don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit of déjà vu. In a twist of fate the Cubs and Dodgers will battle once again for the title of the National League’s best. After a hard-fought Game 5 victory in the NLDS over the Washington Nationals, the Cubs seek to become to the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998 to 2000. With 104 wins and the best record in the Major Leagues,...

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2017 MLB Playoffs Picks

Who Will Take the Crown? October baseball is back, folks. This year’s playoffs feature some of the most competitive matchups in years. Given how much we like to debate about whose team is superior (Dodgers, ahem…), the LMBF staff couldn’t help but pick the winners of each playoff series. So without further ado, here are our predictions for the 2017 MLB playoffs.   Baseball ExpertsALDS: CLE vs. NYALDS: BOS vs. HOUNLDS: AZ vs. LANLDS: CHI vs. WASALCSNLCSWorld SeriesRecord (Thru CS) AntonCLE (X)HOUAZ (X)CHIHOUCHI (X)CHI (X)3 out of 6 BovardCLE (X)HOUAZ (X)WAS (X)HOUAZ (X)AZ (X)2 out of 6 JacksonCLE (X)HOULACHICLE...

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Happy Birthday: Eddie George

Happy 44th birthday, Eddie George! A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, George was born on this date in 1973. The Ohio St. Buckeye won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 and went on to achieve a successful 9-year career in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans. His greatest achievement, however, was earning a spot on the cover of Madden 2001. As the superstar gracing the cover of the first Playstation game I ever owned, George quickly became my favorite player. A dedicated disciple of the Titans running back, I even dressed as E.G. for...

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This Day in Sports History: 8/20 Shoeless Joe Comes to the Sox

Every story has a beginning, and the tale of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the Black Sox Scandal is no different. Shoeless Joe’s part in the chronicle had its beginnings 102 years ago today, as the White Sox acquired Jackson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, and $31,500. Jackson and seven teammates were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for funds from notorious mob kingpin Arnold Rothstein. Although he was acquitted of any wrongdoing in a 1921 public trial, Shoeless Joe remains banned from consideration for...

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This Day in Sports History: 8/18 Fenway Gets A Rival

People forget that Chicago and New York aren’t the only cities to have ever played host to multiple MLB teams. On this day in 1915, Braves Field opened in Boston to a 3-1 Braves victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Before being largely demolished in 1955 – part of the original stadium is built into the Nickerson Field athletic complex on Boston University’s campus – Braves Field saw its fair share of history: Babe Ruth’s final season in 1935 (Yes, he retired as a member of the Boston Braves.) The 1936 MLB All-Star Game The 1948 World Series (Boston...

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This Day in Sports History: 8/16 Boxing Becomes Official

The First Fight Club We’re only 10 days away from Mayweather v. McGregor! So it’s perfect timing that on this day in 1743, the earliest code of boxing rules was created in England by boxing pioneer Jack Broughton. That’s one piece of sports trivia your buddies won’t see coming!   (Image courtesy of The History Blog) Share this:PrintTweetEmailLike this:Like...

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MLB’s Sheriffs: Top 5 3rd-Strike Calls in Baseball

MLB’s Best Umpires As we approach the dog days of summer, the finer elements of baseball often go unappreciated as much of America begins longing for the start of football season. In order to avoid overlooking America’s pastime, here are the 5 best 3rd-strike calls among MLB’s finest umpires. 1) Tom Hallion 2) Mike Krakow 3) Larry Vanover Or strike-two calls… 4) CB Bucknor And the best of the best… 5) Dutch Rennert   (Feature Image courtesy of SportsBank.net) Share this:PrintTweetEmailLike this:Like...

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