Perhaps one solution could be to hold managers and pitching coaches more accountable when it comes to the care and maintenance of their young pitchers. The Tommy John Crisis of 2014 by Sports Genius (Ft. MrXercules) 20

“Accountability”

This is a term that has been used more frequently in sports broadcasting. It gets thrown around quite often assuming that someone is to blame for the increase of particular issues; the one-year experimental limit on home plate collisions (Rule 7.13) comes to mind.

SIDE NOTE: Players who were notably injured via home plate collisions within the last few years include Buster Posey (2011), Humberto Quintero (2011), and Alex Avila (Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS).

Similar to the issue with UCL injuries, it seems as though home plate collisions have been an escalating problem. Baseball administrators believed that they could prevent the problem by adding the stipulation. What makes one issue any different than the other…?

The ultimate question still remains, though: should anyone be held accountable? (Because one could make the argument that coaches, managers, administrators, trainers, doctors, even the players themselves are at fault.)

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Prince Fielder (1)   Rangers | 2nd | Blake Beavan | 0 | 0 | 0-0 April 15, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

Finally

Texas’s Prince has finally arrived! In what seemed to be an eternity (51 at-bats into the season), Fielder ended his home run drought and hit his first home run in a Rangers uniform, crushing a ball into right-center field. It was his first home run since September 22, 2014… and that includes the 2013 postseason.

FUN FACT: Counting the postseason (with a total of 109 straight homerless at-bats), this ended the longest home run drought Fielder has ever had in his career. His personal worst before this infamous streak was 96, between August 13 and September 11, 2008.

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• Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays The Tommy John Crisis of 2014 by Sports Genius (Ft. MrXercules) 20

According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays All-Star pitcher Matt Moore has decided to have surgery on his left elbow and will be sidelined for about a year (and possibly most of the 2015 season).

This was the pitch that ended Moore’s season.

(Highly reputable leading ligament specialist Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on Moore on April 22.)

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• Matt Harvey, New York Mets The Tommy John Crisis of 2014 by Sports Genius (Ft. MrXercules) 20

Harvey was the first casualty of this young season, having his surgery done back in October 2013. He has begun throwing again, so his recovery is going smoothly.

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Pittsburgh Pirates def. Cincinnati Reds (Game 1/Resumed Suspended Game), 8-7:
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April 15, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

This was a continuation of the record-breaking 10-home-run game game at the Great American Ballpark…

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John Jaso (1)   Athletics | 9th | Ernesto Freiri | 1 | 1 | 2-1, Angels April 14, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

John Jaso quietly made a huge impact on this day. Pinch-hitting for catcher Derek Norris, Josh Jaso came up with a runner on and the Athletics down by a run. On a 1-2 count, Jaso jacked a two-run homer into the right field stands to give the A’s the lead (and the eventual 3-2 victory).

https://twitter.com/MLBStatoftheDay/status/456078113500565504

STAT WATCH: Jaso is now batting .424 at Angel Stadium, with 6 home runs and 22 RBI (in 20 games; 16 of them when he was in the starting lineup).

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Dan Uggla (2)   Braves | 9th | Jake Diekman | 3 | 1 | 6-5, Phillies April 14, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

The Ugg Factor

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, with the Phillies coming back from a four-run deficit in the bottom of the 8th inning, there’s always a little bit left to add until the game is officially over.

The man who hit the grand slam in this game, giving the Braves the last laugh, was Dan Uggla. DAN UGGLA. This is a guy who was 1-for-his-past-45 against left-handed pitching and was continuing the struggles that he had at the end of the 2013 season; not to mention he was excluded from the Braves' playoff roster due to his impotence.

He silenced all the critics (at least for one night) by hitting what would be the game-winning grand slam in the top of the 9th inning.
Check out the Philly fans' reactions to the grand slam, as they go from taunting him to exclaiming words of sheer shock and disappointment. It is epic!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NojGv16bRew

FUN FACT: Phillies fans can only bite their tongue even deeper after remembering what Uggla did against the Phillies when the bases are loaded on June 11, 2008: he hit a walk-off grand slam against Tom Gordon (back when Uggla played for the Marlins).

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Destiny's Child Teams by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Rock Genius Editors)

Leaders:
Members:

Since there are no teams, I figured this would be a good place to compile some resources (in case someone does eventually have the time or want to make a DC team/work with a Beyonce team):

http://poormichelle.com/

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Neil Walker (4)   Pirates | 6th | J.J. Hoover | 0 | 0 | 6-5, Reds
Gaby Sanchez (2)   Pirates | 6th | J.J. Hoover | 0 | 0 | 6-6
April 14, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

YES, YES, YES

FUN FACT: This was the third time the Pirates went back-to-back in this game, making this the first time that’s happened since June 17, 1977 (when the Red Sox hit three pairs of back-to-back blasts against the Yankees).

TRIVIA: This also marked the second time Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez went back-to-back together, making them the second duo in franchise history to go back-to-back twice in the same game. The first time this happened was on April 27, 1954 when Toby Atwel and Jerry Lynch collectively hit home runs in that fashion; coincidentally enough, they faced the Reds that day.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7-7 (6 innings): April 14, 2014 by MLB Home Runs of the Day

New Great American Ballpark HR Record:

A back-and-forth home run battle between the Pirates and Reds was officially suspended at 10:56 p.m., after a 1-hour and 38-minute rain delay. It’s safe to say that the fans were disappointed that the game had to end. However, both lineups put on quite an offensive show for them, hammering pitches into Souvenir City like there was no tomorrow. After only 6 innings of play, the Pirates and Reds hit a combined 10 home runs, breaking the Great American Ballpark record for the most home runs two teams collected in a single ballgame; the record set before this game was when the Reds played against the Rockies on May 27, 2012.

(The game will be completed tomorrow at 5:30 PM prior to their regularly scheduled game at 7:10 PM.)

https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/456062089732575232

FUN FACT: With regards to the amount of power displayed between these two teams, a similar scenario took place almost 48 years ago. On August 12, 1966, the Pirates and Reds hit a combined 11 home runs in one game; the “11 home run” mark" is currently tied for third place in that single-game category.

TRIVIA: The last time a game consisted of more than 10 home runs was June 18, 2006 in a contest involving the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs; Detroit hit 8 and Chicago hit 3.

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