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4:38 am
Sun November 9, 2014

New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

A 2011 collision that left San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey with a broken leg sparked an MLB debate about preventing injuries. Many collisions have caused head injuries, but a bigger risk to catchers is foul tips.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 11:13 am

Before Major League Baseball's experimental Rule 7.13 debuted this year, when runners and catchers collided at home plate, one question lingered in the cloud of dust: Safe or out?

But catchers were racking up injuries, and MLB started asking another question: Are the crashes worth the risk?

Rule 7.13 bans most of those collisions. When it debuted this year, many baseball purists cried foul. But Hall of Fame catcher and Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench loves the change.

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Sports
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:25 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
5:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is singing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Maybe this trajectory mirrors the Kansas City Royals' unlikely road to the pennant: An opera star beats out much more mainstream artists to sing the national anthem at the decisive World Series Game 7.

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Research News
3:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 6:32 am

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Sports
4:44 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

From The Stadium To Your Stereo: Behind Baseball's Biggest Sounds

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit this solo home run to lead off the World Series' second game, three big parabolic microphones arranged around home plate captured the crack of his bat.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 5:54 pm

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit a home run to lead off the second game of the World Series, millions of viewers heard that satisfying crack of the bat well before watching the ball fall into the Royals' bullpen.

It's baseball's most iconic sound, and it's the No. 1 job for Fox's baseball audio engineer-in-chief, Joe Carpenter.

"The bat crack is really kinda where everything starts for us," Carpenter tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., a day before Game 1 of the 2014 World Series.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 11:27 pm

Millions of baseball fans and two cities 1,500 miles apart are getting ready for tonight's big game in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are in their first World Series in nearly three decades. They face the San Francisco Giants, who are back again after missing their chance at the series last year.

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Reporter's Notebook
4:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

A ticket for that fateful game.
Brian Naylor NPR

For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

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This Week's Must Read
4:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:43 pm

"Most of us fans fall in love with baseball when we are children," writes Roger Angell. At any age, though, the ballgame is better with a friendly and knowledgeable companion. I can't think of a better one than Angell.

Now 94, he has written about baseball for over half a century, beginning when the New Yorker magazine sent him to spring training in 1962.

"I have covered this beat in haphazard fashion, following my own inclinations and interests," he writes in Season Ticket about the game in the mid-'80s.

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The Two-Way
3:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
Matt Brown Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:05 pm

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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Sweetness And Light
9:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The National Anthem, And The National Pastime

The Star-Spangled Banner, played before every baseball game, has become so tied to the sport that an old joke asks, "What are the last two words of the national anthem?" and answers, "Play ball!"
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:09 am

This Sunday, Sept. 14, marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of Francis Scott Key's poem, "The Defence of Fort McHenry" — better known today as "The Star-Spangled Banner."

And is any national anthem so identified with sports as ours?

The association is probably because the song is played before every baseball game, and baseball games are legion. It is even responsible for that oldest of sports jokes: "What are the last two words of the national anthem? Play ball!"

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