Tommy Davis, Batting Star With the ’60s Dodgers, Dies at 83

A two-time batting champion, he helped power a dominant Los Angeles team, but a serious injury derailed his career, and he fell short of the Hall of Fame.

#baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #davis-tommy-1939-2022, #deaths-obituaries, #los-angeles-dodgers, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #world-series

Ralph Terry, Yankee Hurler Redeemed by One Pitch, Dies at 86

In 1960 he gave up the home run that handed the Pittsburgh Pirates a World Series victory. Two years later he got the final out of the Series against the San Francisco Giants.

#baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees, #terry-ralph, #world-series

World Series Rings: Everyone Wants them, No One Wears Them

World Series rings are the ultimate goal for many in baseball, but for those who win them practicality can get in the way.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #houston-astros, #jewels-and-jewelry, #world-series

Alex Anthopoulos Missed Braves World Series Win Because of Covid-19

Home after testing positive for Covid-19, Alex Anthopoulos missed the party that wouldn’t have been possible without his brilliant deadline maneuvers.

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Freddie Freeman Comes Through With World Series Win

Freddie Freeman might have played his final game for Atlanta on Tuesday. Even if he did, he has already delivered on a promise he made to honor his mother.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #freeman-freddie-1989, #snitker-brian-1955, #world-series

Jorge Soler is Named World Series MVP for Braves

He was hitting .192 when Atlanta traded for him and missed time with the coronavirus. But Soler’s homers put his team ahead in three games in the series.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #houston-astros, #soler-jorge-1992, #world-series

Max Fried Lost Game 2. Then He Pitched Atlanta to a Title.

Atlanta’s ace erased the memory of a bad outing by keeping Houston off balance and throwing six scoreless innings.

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Atlanta Overcomes Decades of Frustration to Win World Series

A dominant all-around effort secured a Game 6 win, allowing an 88-win team to triumph over the top-scoring Astros.

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World Series: 1979 Pirates, 1985 Royals and 2016 Cubs Recount Overcoming 3-1 Deficits

The Houston Astros are trying to pull off a feat that has been done only six times in the World Series. Players from the teams that did it happily recalled their thrilling comebacks.

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Atlanta Braves Hope Home-Field Advantage Doesn’t Matter

Adam Duvall’s blast felt like the where-were-you-when moment Atlanta has been seeking for decades. And then it wasn’t.

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A World Series of Relievers — Like It or Not

Injuries have forced things to extremes for both Houston and Atlanta, with bullpens accounting for more than 60 percent of all innings pitched. This was not by design.

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Astros Beat Braves to Send World Series Back to Houston

A first-inning grand slam had Atlanta thinking championship, but the Astros kept fighting and sent the Series back to Houston for Game 6.

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Austin Riley’s Journey From High School Punter to the World Series

Austin Riley was a quarterback and all-state punter in high school, but baseball was his true love. His breakout season helped power Atlanta’s surge to the World Series.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #riley-austin-1997, #world-series

The Atlanta Braves Are Peaking at Exactly the Right Time

An 88-win team faced a series of daunting challenges, yet is on the verge of a championship thanks to timely hitting and terrific bullpen work.

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Braves on Cusp of Championship After Game 4 Win

Atlanta shocked Houston with back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, putting the team one win from its first World Series title since 1995.

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World Series: Bregman, Altuve and Correa Are Struggling for Astros

Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have been to the World Series before, and they know what to expect. So far, Atlanta’s stellar pitching has contained them.

#altuve-jose, #atlanta-braves, #baker-dusty, #baseball, #bregman-alex-1994, #correa-carlos-1994, #houston-astros, #world-series

Pitching and Managing Evolve, and a No-Hit Bid Ends Early

With Ian Anderson’s pitch count rising, and the bullpen all gassed up, Manager Brian Snitker knew exactly what to do — even if a younger version of himself wouldn’t have done it.

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Atlanta Flirts With a No-Hitter and Takes Series Lead

After the team honored Hank Aaron, Atlanta’s pitchers baffled Houston’s offense, holding the Astros hitless through seven innings.

#anderson-ian, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #darnaud-travis, #houston-astros, #riley-austin-1997, #world-series

World Series: Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. Can Picture Himself Out There

Ronald Acuña Jr. is disappointed that an injury has kept him out of the World Series. But, the All-Star outfielder said, “it’s my turn to be on the bench supporting my teammates.”

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Universal DH Could Spell End of Hitting PItchers

With baseball veering toward a universal designated hitter, Sunday’s Game 5 of the World Series could be the last time pitchers routinely take turns at the plate.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #bumgarner-madison, #fried-max-1994, #glavine-tom, #kershaw-clayton, #morton-charlie-1983, #ohtani-shohei, #wainwright-adam, #world-series

World Series: A Tribute to Hank Aaron Will Kick Off Games in Georgia

A tribute to Hank Aaron will kick off the World Series in a city and region still resentful of M.L.B.’s decision to step into the political fray.

#aaron-hank, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #world-series

World Series: How an Ice Cream Machine Turned Around Atlanta’s Season

Atlanta has been praised for its shrewd deadline trades. Braves players credit their resurgence to a midseason pickup that produces day after day.

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Atlanta Heads Home, Hoping to Find Strength in Defiance

A region’s fans have their share of enemies, real or imagined, and the atmosphere at their World Series games should be electric.

#altuve-jose, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #fried-max-1994, #houston-astros, #snitker-brian-1955, #world-series

World Series: Astros Beat Braves to Win Game 2

A series of light hits and defensive miscues let Houston run up the score early, and the Astros’ pitching held the lead.

#altuve-jose, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #fried-max-1994, #houston-astros, #world-series

Tyler Matzek’s Journey From the AirHogs to the Atlanta Braves

The left-hander was once so out of sorts that he attended tryouts with football players and security guards. Now he has one of Atlanta’s most dependable arms.

#anthopoulos-alex, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #matzek-tyler, #world-series

When Did Braves Pitcher Charlie Morton Break His Leg?

Morton was struck by a comebacker in Atlanta’s Game 1 win over Houston in the World Series. Three outs later, he left with a fractured fibula. When the break occurred is unknown.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #houston-astros, #morton-charlie-1983, #world-series

Atlanta’s Charlie Morton Breaks Leg and Won’t Return in World Series

Morton was struck by a comebacker in his team’s Game 1 win over Houston in the World Series. Three outs later, he left with a fractured fibula. When the break occurred is unknown.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #houston-astros, #morton-charlie-1983, #world-series

Atlanta Blasts Its Way to a Win, but Loses an Ace

The Braves’ offense pounded Houston’s Framber Valdez, but Atlanta will have to scramble after Charlie Morton was knocked out of the remainder of the World Series.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #houston-astros, #morton-charlie-1983, #valdez-framber, #world-series

World Series: Martin Maldonado Is the Astros’ Real MVP

Thanks to Martín Maldonado’s guidance of a pitching staff in flux, his status as one of the game’s worst hitters is irrelevant.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #houston-astros, #maldonado-martin, #world-series

In the World Series, Eddie Rosario Is Looking Good

An unheralded pickup at the trading deadline, Rosario has been on a tear, powering Atlanta through the playoffs. Can the M.V.P. of the N.L.C.S. keep it going?

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #rosario-eddie-1991, #world-series

A Tale of Two Infields Pits Strength Against Strength

Houston and Atlanta have continuity to spare. The connections between this year’s World Series teams are numerous, especially with their homegrown cores.

#albies-ozzie-1997, #altuve-jose, #atlanta-braves, #baker-dusty, #baseball, #bregman-alex-1994, #correa-carlos-1994, #freeman-freddie-1989, #gurriel-yulieski-1984, #houston-astros, #morton-charlie-1983, #riley-austin-1997, #smoltz-john, #swanson-dansby-1994, #world-series

World Series Recalls Dusty Baker’s Relationship With Hank Aaron

“If Henry is watching down, he will enjoy this World Series because of Dusty, above all,” Bud Selig said of Dusty Baker, who bonded with Aaron in their time together in Atlanta.

#aaron-hank, #atlanta-braves, #baker-dusty, #baseball, #coaches-and-managers, #houston-astros, #world-series

In Dusty Baker, the Astros Have a Manager Worth Rooting For

Brought in to clean up someone else’s mess, Dusty Baker is back in the World Series with a chance to redefine his legacy as well as the legacy of the team he inherited.

#baker-dusty, #baseball, #click-james, #coaches-and-managers, #crane-jim, #houston-astros, #major-league-baseball, #world-series

Rennie Stennett, Pirate Who Had Seven Hits in a Game, Dies at 72

A second baseman, he was part of baseball’s first all-minority lineup in 1971, along with the future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.

#baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #pittsburgh-pirates, #stennett-rennie-1949-2021, #world-series

Del Crandall, All-Star Catcher With Champion Braves, Dies at 91

In his 13 seasons with the team, first in Boston and then in Milwaukee, he helped lead them to two National League pennants and a World Series title.

#baseball, #crandall-del-1930-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #milwaukee-braves, #national-league, #world-series

Grant Jackson, Relief Pitcher for Six Teams, Dies at 78

A left-hander, he had a 3-0 record in the postseason, including the victory in Game 7 of the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died of complications of Covid-19.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #jackson-grant-1942-2021, #pittsburgh-pirates, #world-series

Tommy Lasorda, a Dodger From His Cleats to His Cap, Dies at 93

“Cut my veins, and I bleed Dodger blue,” said Lasorda, who managed the club to two World Series championships in a decades-long Hall of Fame career.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #lasorda-tommy, #los-angeles-dodgers, #world-series

2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.

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An Open Letter to Justin Turner and M.L.B.

Turner could not have been unaware of the pandemic’s severity when he insisted on celebrating his World Series win in close quarters with his Dodgers teammates. And Rob Manfred, baseball’s commissioner, can’t just blame one player.

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M.L.B. Says Justin Turner Refused to Stay Off Field After Dodgers’ Win

“Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk,” the league said in a statement.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-dodgers, #turner-justin-1984, #world-series

After a Dampened Celebration, Enduring Glory Still Awaits the Dodgers

For years, Los Angeles’s players have borne the burden of a title drought. The unusual circumstances of their World Series win won’t dim the joy and relief that come with the long-awaited championship.

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Blake Snell, Kevin Cash and a Decision That Will Haunt the Rays

Blake Snell was dominating the Dodgers in a must-win World Series game. Kevin Cash still pulled him, raising painful questions of what might have been.

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Justin Turner Was Pulled From Game 6 After Positive Virus Test

The positive test was announced on the broadcast after the end of the game, which the Dodgers won to clinch the World Series title.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #turner-justin-1984, #world-series

Dodgers Win the World Series After Years of Frustration

Mookie Betts delivered two runs in a Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that sealed the franchise’s first title in 32 years and compensated for several postseason disappointments.

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With Title in Sight, the Dodgers Are Armed and Ready to Get Creative

Los Angeles has a wealth of pitching options for two more potential World Series games. If the club can get the combination right, it could mean the end of a long title drought.

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In a Must-Win Game 6, Rays Plan to Turn Up the Aggressiveness

Tampa Bay Manager Kevin Cash said he felt like his pitchers had been too conservative so far in the World Series. Fortunately for the Rays, it will be Blake Snell, their ace, on the mound on Tuesday.

#baseball, #cash-kevin-1977, #los-angeles-dodgers, #snell-blake-1992, #tampa-bay-rays, #world-series

A Bid to Steal Home Offers a Taste of the 20th Century

No, it wasn’t 1955 in Yankee Stadium, but yes, Manuel Margot tried to match Jackie Robinson in the World Series.

#baseball, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #margot-manuel-1994, #tampa-bay-rays, #world-series

Clayton Kershaw Steadies Dodgers and Puts a World Series Within Reach

Los Angeles rebounded after a wild loss on Saturday to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 and move to within one win of a championship.

#baseball, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #roberts-dave-1972, #tampa-bay-rays, #world-series

Brett Phillips Becomes the Rays’ Latest Unlikely Hero

Phillips may have been the last hitter the Rays wanted in a do-or-die situation in the World Series. But he delivered one of the most memorable hits in team history to win Game 4.

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Rays Stun the Dodgers With a Chaotic Walk-Off Win in Game 4

The Dodgers needed one more out to take a 3-1 lead in the Series, but they made two mistakes on a wild final play that gave the Rays a memorable Game 4 victory.

#arozarena-randy, #baseball, #kiermaier-kevin-1990, #los-angeles-dodgers, #tampa-bay-rays, #world-series