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Fitting that the Kansas City Royals made the playoffs again for the first time this year when instant replay became an option in MLB…

But all jokes aside, congrats to the KC Royals on making the playoffs, and for their incredible wins in the Wild Card game+sweeping the MLB best LA Angels! Here’s looking forward to a renewed I70 rivalry between two great teams based in Missouri…

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Cardinals fans will always remember: Game 6, 1985 World Series

The NLDS series in one photo: Matt Adams hits a game-winning home run against Clayton Kershaw’s disbelief…
Thanks to the LA Dodgers on a close, great series and congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals on advancing to the NLCS!

The NLDS series in one photo: Matt Adams hits a game-winning home run against Clayton Kershaw’s disbelief…

Thanks to the LA Dodgers on a close, great series and congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals on advancing to the NLCS!

Ahead of last week’s MLB All-Star game, the Milwaukee Brewers released this #LockInLuc attack ad against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.  Despite the ad appealing for fans to vote for Brewer’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the balloting, Molina was still the top pick for the All-Star game, although upon Yadi’s untimely injury it was Lucroy who was able to start.  Perhaps that helps explain this:

Not only did starting pitcher Adam Wainwright give up 3 runs in 1 inning, but combined with Pat Neshek’s short appearance it was Cardinals pitchers who accounted for all 5 earned runs against the NL team (who lost 5-3).  It goes to show Yadier Molina plays a bigger role in leading the Cardinals bullpen than many know, and that this MVP candidate was sorely missed during the All-Star game.

Was 50 Cent’s opening pitch the worst of all time?

By now you’ve seen countless replays of 50 Cent’s blooper on the web… 

But a quick google search shows he’s not alone in being a bit off in his aim for home plate.  In fact, a more scientific approach was taken to visualize the ceremonial pitches by celebrities and public figures:

So maybe 50 Cent’s pitch isn’t the worst, but just another outlier as part of a wider set of data.

Comparing athletes by height and wight across different sports

Comparing athletes by height and wight across different sports

The national pastime is a patchwork of nation-states in this map of Facebook fans of MLB teams by county.
Check this NYTimes interactive map to see which team your neighbors root for by zip code.

The national pastime is a patchwork of nation-states in this map of Facebook fans of MLB teams by county.

Check this NYTimes interactive map to see which team your neighbors root for by zip code.

The St. Louis Cardinals were blown away at the New York Mets, who winning 3 out of 4 games against Michael Wacha, Seth Mannes and the rest of the Cardinals pitching staff.

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday steals a home run from the New York Mets

Mapping the most popular baseball teams by U.S. county using Facebook fans.

Mapping the most popular baseball teams by U.S. county using Facebook fans.