In 1977 a Los Angeles scout discovered Valenzuela in a Mexican baseball league. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela pitched his first ever Major League game. His outstanding pitching led the Dodgers to the “World Series” the Dodgers won against the Yankees that year, and Valenzuela won the “CY Young award,” and the “Rookie Of The Year.” He soon burst on the scene, fans increased by 9,000 every time to see Valenzuela pitch. This was known as “Fernando mania” at Dodger Stadium. He was also given the nickname “El Torro,” but that reign would soon end in 1991, when he was released by the Dodgers.
 Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986.  In 1986, Bonds led National League (NL) rookies with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 65 walks, but he finished 6th in Rookie of the Year voting.  He played center field in 1986, but switched to left field
Garrett Dell Informative Speech Outline COMS 1030 Title of Speech: History of Baseball, America’s past-time Specific Purpose: I will teach the class about the history of baseball. Thesis: Baseball can be divided into three sections, the beginning, middle and modern baseball. Introduction I. Attention Getter Ever wonder how the most popular sport to play the last 150 years was invented and how it grew into the giant it is today? Raise your hand if you have ever played baseball or been to a baseball game.
Before 2004 he had never hit more than 20 home runs or driven in more than 80 runs in his career, nor had he hit over .450 (which represents the total number of bases divided by the player’s at-bats – essentially how much power production the player has). So Beltré ¬wasn’t a power hitter, until 2004, that is, when he ¬became a free agent and had his one shot at big-time money. This was also the last year that the MLB didn’t test for steroids. That year he hit 48 home runs and drove in 121 runs, with a batting average of .629. Beltré signed a five-year, $64 million contract.
This place is called the Hall of Fame. One of the most famous Halls is the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Since its inception in 1876, millions of people have played professional baseball, but only 242 players are considered one of “the best” and earn a coveted placement in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This paper analyzes the careers of certain players who have been recognized as one of “the best” and will discover what it takes to accomplish such recognition. What it Takes to Make it Into the Hall of Fame Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and Cy Young are four baseball players almost every baseball fan knows of.
The Pittsburgh Pirates had the most players hit by a pitch averaging a little over one player being hit in 88 games out of 162. At the All-Star break this 2014 season, batters have been hit by a pitch 956 times. This is on pace to have more batters hit by a pitch than in the 2013 season. In 2013, the average speed of a fastball in Major League Baseball was 92 miles per hour. The faster the pitch, the larger margin for error in the location the ball is thrown.
A torn elbow ligament once was a pitcher's sentence to the broadcast booth or the monthly autograph show at the local Holiday Inn. Tommy John surgery, technically an ulnar collateral ligament replacement procedure, has saved the careers of hundreds of Major League players. It may one day make the Hall of Fame case for its inventor, surgeon Frank Jobe. Thirty years after Jobe invented this surgery, baseball players are still using it. The elbow is a hinge joint, moving in only one dimension which is flexing or extending.
In 1901, the American League announced that the Baltimore Orioles would move their franchise to New York, becoming the New York Yankees. After the move, the Orioles competed in what is now called AAA level from 1903-1953. Babe Ruth pitched for the AAA Orioles before being sold to the Boston Red Sox. ("Baseball Page") On April 15, 1954, thousands of Baltimore fans packed the streets as the new Orioles paraded from downtown to their new park at Memorial Stadium. During the 90-minute ceremony, the Birds signed autographs and threw Styrofoam balls into the crowd.
The eight men included the great "Shoeless" Joe Jackson; pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude "Lefty" Williams; infielders Buck Weaver, Arnold "Chick" Gandil, Fred McMullin, and Charles "Swede" Risberg; and outfielder Oscar "Happy" Felsch. 1 The White Sox team was founded in 1900 as an American league franchise, owned by Charles Comiskey. They were originally called the White Stockings. Later Changing their name in 1902. In its first year, they won the league championship.
Their 2013 season was as dismal as their last ten seasons, in last place in the national league’s central division with a record of 66-96. So why do fans still come to Wrigley, to watch the team of lovable losers? Wouldn’t they rather see a team winning and being successful? The answer may lay in being optimistic. The Cubs were always positive, even when they blew a seven run lead in the 2003 national league division series, even when they lost the 1946 World Series in heartbreaking fashion on Jack Spinner’s walk off home run in game 7 against the Brewers, even when the team’s slugger Sammy Sosa was found guilty of steroid usage and was suspended, the Cubs and their fans still remained contended, even optimistic about their team’s chances to win the Central and go to the playoffs.