Sports Explained: MLB Spring Training Goes To The Movies on Oscar Night

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February ushers in the hope of springtime, with Pitchers and Catchers reporting to Spring Training in Florida and Arizona. With the Oscars kicking off tonight, we mash up baseball and Hollywood.

After My Kid Learned To Walk, I Got Him a Wiffle Ball Bat. What Happened Next WILL BLOW YOUR MIND (A National Letter of Intent Day Satire)

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As the 24-hour sports networks cover National Letter of Intent Day and high school athletes choose what university they’ll make millions for in the upcoming years, Michael Kasdan wonders how young is too young.

The Man We All Looked Up To: Ernie Banks, 1931-2015

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When Ernie Banks played baseball, white boys weren’t supposed to idolize black men. Fortunately, most white boys didn’t know that.

From The Front Lines . . . of Sports: The Day I Met Ernie Banks

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Kim Bongiorno honors Ernie Banks, by sharing her story of the day she met him.

How to Have a Ball With Your Kids—Literally

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This is a pretty epic stunt—a great way for a dad to connect with his kids using a simple ball on an astonishing scale.

The Best of “Sports Explained . . .” for 2014

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If you make only one resolution in 2015, make sure you resolve to checkout our “Sports Explained…” series every week. We promise you’ll flip over them— you’re welcome!

Mr. Blake, My First Man of Baseball

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Jon Sindell remembers the man who believed in him as a kid – and a ballplayer.

Tommy Lasorda: On Greatness

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The Good Men Project’s On Greatness brings you the most inspiring quotes and related imagery from the world of sports.

When A Sporting Event Breaks Your Child’s Heart

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Sports are often uplifting, yet there are other times when sports are downright depressing—as in this instance shared by Justin Ricklefs

Our Boys Becoming Men: Pausing To See The Good and Hopeful

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After weeks of the concussion and hazing and abuse stories, a ballplayer’s speech reminds Michael Kasdan of the good in sports and – more importantly – the good in our boys who are rapidly becoming men.

Baseball Mourns Up-And-Coming Star in Cardinals’ Taveras

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St. Louis Cardinals’ top outfield prospect and his girlfriend were killed in auto accident in Dominican Republic.

Home Run: The Power and the Glory

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This excerpt from The Mighty Roman Baseball Blast shows what homers are all about.

El León, “The Closer”

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Hero or goat, The Closer holds fans’ hearts in his hand.

Parents Behaving Badly, Part II: The Questions We Should Be Asking Ourselves

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Hank Zona tells parents what questions they should ask of themselves to navigate the world of youth sports.

A Rich History: How the San Francisco Giants Became MLB’s Favorite Underdogs

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The San Francisco Giants aren’t underdogs very often. The seven-time world champions have bred a long tradition of success, from their roots in Manhattan to their current home in the Bay Area.

The Tigers Are Going to the World Series!! In Japan, That Is.

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As our World Series begins, so does another on the other side of the world. Mike Kasdan shares his baseball memories from The Land of the Rising Sun.