baseball http://tpr.org en Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices http://tpr.org/post/baseball-fans-lukewarm-variable-ticket-prices Baseball fans in many cities, including Kansas City, can no longer count on the price of single game tickets during the season. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 34715 at http://tpr.org Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices The Rockies' Very Bad Day: When A Wild Pitch Clears The Bases http://tpr.org/post/rockies-very-bad-day-when-wild-pitch-clears-bases We usually point out <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/27/283554271/boom-amazing-soccer-goal-comes-on-games-first-play">great</a> <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/01/248060345/in-shocking-upset-auburn-beats-alabama-with-a-historic-play">plays</a> on this blog.<p>But during last night's Colorado Rockies vs. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 33829 at http://tpr.org The Rockies' Very Bad Day: When A Wild Pitch Clears The Bases Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter http://tpr.org/post/dodgers-ace-kershaw-notches-his-first-no-hitter The no-hitters just keep coming. That's the case for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the team's pitchers have thrown two games without giving up a hit in less than a month. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 33669 at http://tpr.org Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies http://tpr.org/post/tony-gwynn-san-diego-padre-hall-famer-dies Hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who spent 20 years playing for the San Diego Padres, has died.<p>The team <a href="https://twitter.com/Padres/status/478557072187875328">announced his death on Twitter</a>, saying it was "terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend."<p>Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. By the end of the season, his batting average was .394. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:44:00 +0000 editor 33478 at http://tpr.org Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery http://tpr.org/post/baseball-has-elbow-problem-more-pros-getting-ligament-surgery On Friday, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean Burnett became the latest player this season to undergo "Tommy John" surgery. In this weekend's MLB draft, at least four players selected had already had the infamous elbow surgery as amateurs.<p>The operation is named after the first player to undergo the procedure to fix an injured elbow ligament, in 1974. Pitchers are particularly vulnerable to this injury.<p>The procedure involves taking a tendon from somewhere else in the body — or from a cadaver — and grafting it into place. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 33061 at http://tpr.org Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery Baseball Man Don Zimmer Dies, Ending An Epic Sports Career http://tpr.org/post/baseball-man-don-zimmer-dies-ending-epic-sports-career His big-league career began in the 1950s and included the most recent Yankees dynasty. Along the way, the word "beloved" was often attached to his name. Baseball — the players, the fans, seemingly the sport itself — is mourning Don Zimmer today, after he died at age 83 Wednesday.<p>The tributes to the feisty guy with a good sense of humor and a bottomless love for the game are pouring out from all over, proof that he didn't waste any time during his 66 years in baseball. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32897 at http://tpr.org Baseball Man Don Zimmer Dies, Ending An Epic Sports Career Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game http://tpr.org/post/dad-catches-sons-home-run-ball-minor-league-game Conrad Gregor sent a special thank you to his parents for making a five-hour drive to see him play baseball this weekend: He launched a home run that led his team to a comeback win — and his father caught the baseball after it soared over the right-field wall.<p>"It's a little unbelievable," Gregor tells the <a href="http://qctimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/midwest-league/dad-catches-son-s-game-deciding-homer-for-river-bandits/article_bd3538c6-bcc6-500a-b62d-40dfe5172425.html">Quad-City Times</a> in Iowa, "but I'm glad my parents were here to see it and when I got back to the dugo Mon, 26 May 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32341 at http://tpr.org Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game Wrigley Field, The Much-Imitated, Never Duplicated Ballpark http://tpr.org/post/wrigley-field-much-imitated-never-duplicated-ballpark Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>We went to a ballgame this week. Cubs versus Yankees at Chicago's Wrigley Field, which is observing, no, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Now the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids are wonders of the world and older by a few centuries, but you can't get a Chicago dog with celery salt and hot peppers there.<p>Speaking of ancient times, the Cubs haven't won a World Series since Roosevelt was president, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 editor 32285 at http://tpr.org Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza http://tpr.org/post/making-it-big-leagues-was-long-shot-catcher-mike-piazza-0 <em>This interview was originally broadcast <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/07/172604335/making-it-in-the-big-leagues-was-a-long-shot-for-catcher-mike-piazza">March 7, 2013</a>.</em><p>Back in 1988, it wasn't until the 62nd round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft that the Los Angeles Dodgers finally picked Mike Piazza. Nobody expected him to make it in the big leagues. But he did. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers on Sept. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:04:00 +0000 editor 31821 at http://tpr.org Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer' http://tpr.org/post/faith-and-focus-mariano-rivera-became-baseballs-closer Mariano Rivera has been called baseball's greatest closer. He was the relief pitcher the New York Yankees called in from the bullpen to get the final outs, typically when they held the lead. If the lead was small — and the Yankees won — Rivera was credited a save. In fact, he retired after last season with more career saves than any pitcher in Major League Baseball: 652.<p>He is revered for what he did and didn't do. Tue, 06 May 2014 20:29:39 +0000 NPR Staff 31269 at http://tpr.org With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'