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Kansas City Royals Ace, Yordano Ventura, killed in a car accident

Written by Liz Charre, President Another young developing baseball star was taken too soon from us. Yordano Ventura, the ace of the Kansas City Royals, died in a car accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. Ventura is one of three young MLB players that have been taken from the game too soon. Cardinals OF, Oscar Taveras, was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died five months ago in a boating accident. The cause of the accident is yet unknown but the Dominican police say they won’t rule out speed or alcohol. For now, Royals fans and players are remembering Ventura as a bright young star who loved the game of baseball. Many remember him as the hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series where his dominance on the mound forced a Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants. He was given the nickname “ace” for his 100mph fastball that left several batters swinging …

Chicago Cubs win World Series ending their 108-year drought

Written by Liz Charre, President The season has officially concluded with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years. It was a fight to get there as the Cubs were down 3-1 by the end of Saturday night leaving fans with the thought of this being the end. But, there was hope on Sunday night when the Cubs won the game sending it back to Cleveland to determine the winner. Saluting their fans for the final time this season, the Cubs took their hope and desperation to Cleveland where they managed to force a game 7 Tuesday night. All eyes were going to be on Kyle Hendricks and Corey Kluber, who were named the two starting pitchers for the winner take all game Wednesday night. The game started off with Dexter Fowler leading off with a home-run to push the Cubs up first 1-0. Dexter Fowler made history because he is the first player in Major League History to hit a lead-off home run in game 7 of the …

Giants lose 6-5 to Cubs, eliminated from NLDS

Written by Liz Charre, President All good things come to an end. In this case, the San Francisco Giants lost their opportunity to head into the World Series on Tuesday night at AT&T Park against the Chicago Cubs. They are now eliminated from the National League Division Series. The Giants were three outs away from forcing a decisive game 5. Both teams would have traveled back to Chicago to play the deciding game. Then, the winner would have faced the winning team from the Nationals/Dodger game on Thursday. Unfortunately, the Giants will not be given that opportunity because their bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. Down by three runs, the Cubs managed to score four runs to win Tuesday’s game and move onto their second consecutive National League Championship Series. A stadium filled with cheerful Giants fans came to a silence as the Cubs managed to make the biggest comeback in postseason history. Giants fans were left in disbelief. Even-years have been magical for the Giants since they have won three World Series Championships …

Baseball is back

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Fans, it’s that time of year again. It’s that time to put on your favorite baseball hats, jerseys and start piling up the hot dogs and beer because baseball season is officially back. It’s been a long offseason with major trades occurring beginning with pitchers David Price and Zach Greinke who made historical deals with the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other trades have occurred and major announcements have commenced. Among them, David Ortiz, known as “Big Papi” from the Boston Red Sox, has decided to retire after this season. With talent off the charts this season, there are many reasons to hit the ballpark this summer. In this pool of talented players, Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager is one to look out for. He made his MLB debut late last season but is ready to show his skills this year. Another player that fans should look out for is Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will pitch for the Dodgers. Maeda has proved during spring training that he …

Keuchel and Arrieta your 2015 CY Young Award Winners

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer With the offseason starting, several trades, awards, and winners have already been announced. However, this past Wednesday was a significant day for baseball starters as the CY Young Awards were announced. CY Young awards are given to the best pitchers in the MLB that have shown dominance throughout the entire season. This year’s CY Young Award winners are Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel and Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta. Both of these pitchers showed great leadership, dominance, and strength throughout the 2015 season and postseason. Dallas Keuchel is the third Astros pitcher in franchise history to win the Cy Young award. The last pitcher to win it for the team was Roger Clemens in 2004. As for the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta becomes the fifth pitcher in their organization to take home the Cy Young Award. Given their strong performances throughout the season, there is no doubt that it was a close call, especially for Jake Arrieta.

It’s a Mets sweep

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer For the first time in MLB history, the Mets have swept the Chicago Cubs from advancing to the World Series for the first time since the year 2000. The Mets, with an extraordinary season, won the NL East division, beat the Dodgers in five games, and went on to the NLCS, sweeping the Cubs in just four games. Winning the NLCS clinched the fifth NL pennant in franchise history.

Nationals close out season with a No-Hitter

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer A disappointing end to the season for the favored postseason contenders, the Washington Nationals, came as their season went down to an 83-79 record, seven games behind the New York Mets. However, it wasn’t a complete disappointment. Max Scherzer, the Nationals star pitcher, threw yet another no-hitter on Saturday night, marking his second no-hitter of the 2015 season. The Nationals, completely out of the postseason competition, will have to think about what changes they will have to make for the 2016 season. First, let’s talk about the dominant Max Scherzer. He pitched a season-high striking out 17 Mets. In total, he faced 28 batters. Scherzer became the only sixth pitcher in baseball to pitch two no-hitters in a season, his first no-hitter came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 20.

Scratch that, Magic number three is more like it

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer The magic number ten is now at an unbelievable magic number three. As the Dodgers continue their miraculous run toward another postseason, the odds are getting closer and closer. After beating the Diamondbacks these last two games, the fans can smell the glory. However, the Dodgers would have to celebrate on the road when they play against the Colorado Rockies this weekend and go on to play the Giants on Monday. With only three games to secure a spot on the postseason, the Dodgers will most likely succeed it on the road.