Best Baseball Movies of All Time

The sport of baseball is America’s pastime. For more than 100 years, the sport has been one of the most beloved in the United States and despite falling on hard times in the past 10-15 years because of drug scandals, still is watched religiously from March to November. The sport has been the backdrop to many great movies, but what are the best?

‘A League of Their Own’
Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty, this popular movie, released in 1992, follows two sisters that look for success as they join the first female baseball league. Their manager, Jimmy Dugan, played by Hanks is angry drunk that would rather stay in the locker room and drink than be in the dugout managing.

‘Field of Dreams’
For many people, including myself, it doesn’t get any better when it comes to baseball movies than Field of Dreams. From the famous line “If you build it, they will come,” to the surprising finish, this Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones movie provides a little of everything.

‘Bull Durham’
One year before Costner starred in Field of Dreams, he had the lead role in Bull Durham. Costner played Crash Davis, a minor league catcher that was assigned to the Durham Bulls, a Class A team, so he could help groom young pitcher “Nuke Lakoosh.” Also starring Susan Sarandon, this movie also gets into hilarious moments with an intriguing love triangle.

‘Major League’
While Field of Dreams is considered to be the best baseball movie, Major League is one of the funniest. Watch the Cleveland Indians led by Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) keep their new owner, a former exotic dance that married into the team, from moving the team.

Honorable Mention:
Bad News Bears
The Natural
The Sandlot

2013 Easton L7 Softball Bat Review

Easton L7
For any slowpitch softball player looking to grab a 2013-model bat for next season, now is the time to search for the best model for you. There are numerous models that are on closeout as warehouses look to rid their stock of older models so they have room for the new models which will be out in the coming weeks. Among those elite 2013 bats that you have a chance to get a discounted price is the Easton L7.

The Easton L7 is a bat that is made with an end-loaded feel that gives you the ultimate power swing. If you normally swing a 30oz. Demarini White Steel, you will be fine with just swinging a 28oz. L7. Much like with other Easton models, this bat was made with their ConneXion technology system which has eliminated the guessing game on where and how the energy is transferred throughout the bat.

The Eason L7 is constructed with IMX composite for the handle and THT100 scandium alloy for the barrel. The alloy used for this bat is ideal for extended bat life and also gives you a larger sweet spot to swing for the fences with. For those that enjoy the feel of a thinner grip, this bat gives you just with a 29/32″ handle, which is especially useful for those that have become used to the typical U-trip hand position.

2013 was a great year for Easton bats. The Easton L7 was one of the most popular for the company, surpassing the popularity of the L8. The Easton L7 is currently available for around $200 on Direct Sports and is perfect for those looking to finish up their fall ball seasons and stash away for 2014.

Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

In Major League Baseball, the qualifications to determine if you are Hall of Fame worthy have changed drastically over the years. Drug use and suspected use have made fans question the validity of the numbers put up by many of the most popular players in the sport. One of those players that has never been linked to performance enhancing drugs is Boston Red Sox superstar, David Ortiz. Ortiz is in his 17th year and has been a part of two World Series championship teams and has been one of the most consistent players for the Red Sox since joining the team in 2003. So the question needs to be asked, is Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

Regular Season Success

The usual measuring point for a Hall of Fame career is a high average, close to 500 home runs and close to 3,000 hits.  When you look at what Ortiz has done in his career, he is a career .292 hitter with 1,630 hits. He also has 373 home runs and 1,191 RBIs and has finished as the league leader in home runs once (2006, 54) and RBIs twice (2005-06, 148-137). Since joining the Red Sox, Ortiz has never hit below 23 home runs in a season and surpassed 30 home runs seven times.

Postseason Heroics

When you think about Ortiz, especially after the 2013 American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, his postseason performance comes to mind. Ortiz hit a memorable grand slam against the Tigers to help propel the Red Sox to a victory and turn a Boston police officer into an internet hero. Aside from that home run, didn’t have a great series against the Tigers, but overall, throughout his career, has played well when it meant the most. He is a career .272 hitter in the playoffs with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Is he worthy?

For as much as Ortiz has become an iconic part of the Red Sox community, he hasn’t done enough to warrant his induction to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, he is still in the same category as Todd Helton, who while he did a lot for the Colorado Rockies, but didn’t do enough.