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Baseball Accidents Can Be Prevented With Care
Like pilot error being the cause of most airplane crashes, perhaps the same can be said for baseball mishaps. And if you think that the purpose of this article is to scare you players and coaches silly, you’re right!
We could entitle this piece, “Accidents We Have Seen Or Heard Of And Don’t Wish To Repeat,” because it’s definitely not Bed Time Tales. Rather, we need to attach the following reader warning:
“The ensuing written material contains scenes of violence and may not be suitable for very young children, the squeamish, or the ultra-sensitive. The suggested rating ranges from PG to R and even X.”
Case #1 ― New York Yankees have a promising catcher some years back at Twin Falls, Idaho, in the Pioneer League where he had already blasted 18 home runs by August. Destined to someday replace Hall of Fame Yankee receiver Yogi Berra.
Scene ― Pre-game batting and fielding practice. Young catcher is helping out, playing first base. Team manager and rookie shortstop are working on double plays with the fungo hitter hitting practice balls between pitches thrown to the BP hitter.
Batter hits high infield pop fly. Catching star forgets safety rule and drifts out toward second base in attempt to catch popup.
Fungo hitter doesn’t see this, and hits ground ball to rookie shortstop who flips to manager covering second base, who then relays ball to first base without looking ― as is routine ― except ball never gets there, hitting unsuspecting rookie receiver right above the heart!
Former teammate Lou Vitous: “He just fell over, gurgled, and then died. He’d been dead 20 minutes by the time the ambulance got there.”
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Major League Draft Will Start On June 6
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6 p.m. (ET). One of the first players chosen is expected to be RHP Mark Appel of Stanford (left).
The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous season.
The Houston Astros will have the first overall selection of the 2013 Draft, marking the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in club history, that they hold the top selection (previous: 1976, 1992, 2012).
It also marks the second time ever that a club has the top pick in back-to-back years, joining the Washington Nationals, who held the first selection in 2009 and 2010.
Nominations Are Now Open!
Collegiate Baseball’s 2013 Pitching Coach Of The Year
All officially rostered pitching coaches from all levels of collegiate baseball are eligible. Selection is based on the total coach profile. The nominee should exemplify the best qualities of a collegiate coach who represents his school with honor and dignity. He should be an outstanding mentor who trains and teaches the whole player, in both life skills off the field as well as competitive skills on the field.
Describe the nominee’s statistical achievements, years he has been a pitching coach, teaching techniques, special drills, bullpen workouts, weight training and conditioning regimens, charts and other reasons which show his outstanding coaching skills. Last year’s winner was Shaun Cole, pitching coach at the University of Arizona (left).
Deadline for nominations is July 15.