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Little Big League
LITTLE BIG LEAGUE is a 1994 American family sports film about a 12-year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards , Timothy Busfield , and Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina
. This film and Disney
Disney
's Angels in the Outfield were both released just over a month before the 1994 MLB Baseball
Baseball
Players Strike , which forced the league to cancel the playoffs and the World Series. Both indeed feature fictional playoff races that never would have been played out in real life. The film was a box office disappointment when it was released, perhaps due in large part to it being given a theatrical release around the same time as The Lion King
The Lion King
and Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump

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American League
The AMERICAN LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUBS, or simply the AMERICAN LEAGUE (AL), is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) in the United States and Canada. It developed from the Western League , a minor league based in the Great Lakes states , which eventually aspired to major league status. It is sometimes called the JUNIOR CIRCUIT because it claimed Major League status for the 1901 season, 25 years after the formation of the National League (the "Senior Circuit"). At the end of every season, the American League
American League
champion plays in the World Series against the National League
National League
champion; two seasons did not end in playing a World Series
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Designated Hitter
In baseball , the DESIGNATED HITTER RULE is the common name for Major League Baseball
Baseball
Rule 5.11, adopted by the American League
American League
in 1973. The rule allows teams to have one player, known as the DESIGNATED HITTER (abbreviated DH), to bat in place of the pitcher . Since 1973, most collegiate, amateur, and professional leagues have adopted the rule or some variant. MLB's National League
National League
and Nippon Professional Baseball
Baseball
's Central League
Central League
are the most prominent professional leagues that do not use a designated hitter
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Commissioner Of Baseball
The COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL is the chief executive of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the associated Minor League Baseball (MiLB) – a constellation of leagues and clubs known as ORGANIZED BASEBALL. Under the direction of the Commissioner, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
Commissioner of Baseball
hires and maintains the sport's umpiring crews, and negotiates marketing , labor, and television contracts . The commissioner is chosen by a vote of the owners of the teams. The current commissioner is Rob Manfred , who assumed office on January 25, 2015
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Rickey Henderson
MLB RECORDS * 1,406 career stolen bases * 2,295 career runs * 81 career lead-off home runs * 130 stolen bases, single season MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTED 2009 VOTE 94.8% (first ballot)RICKEY NELSON HENLEY HENDERSON (born December 25, 1958) is an American retired professional baseball left fielder who played in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB) for nine teams from 1979 to 2003, including four stints with his original team, the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
. Nicknamed "THE MAN OF STEAL", he is widely regarded as baseball's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner . He holds the major league records for career stolen bases , runs , unintentional walks and leadoff home runs
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Forrest Gump
FORREST GUMP is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom . The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks , Robin Wright , Gary Sinise , Mykelti Williamson , and Sally Field . The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama
Alabama
, who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between Forrest's birth in 1944 and 1982. The film differs substantially from Winston Groom's novel, including Gump's personality and several events that were depicted
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1994–95 Major League Baseball Strike
The 1994–95 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STRIKE was the eighth work stoppage in baseball history, as well as the fourth in-season work stoppage in 22 years. The strike began on Friday, August 12, 1994, and resulted in the remainder of that season being cancelled, including the postseason and, for the first time since 1904, the World Series . The strike was suspended on April 2, 1995, after 232 days, making it the longest such stoppage in MLB history, breaking the record set by the 1981 strike . 948 games were cancelled in all, and MLB became the first major professional sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles. Due to the strike, both the 1994 and 1995 seasons were not played to a complete 162 games; the strike was called after most teams had played at least 113 games in 1994. Each team played 144 games in 1995
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Box Office Bomb
In the motion picture industry , a "BOX OFFICE BOMB" or "BOX OFFICE FLOP" is a film that is considered highly unsuccessful or unprofitable during its theatrical run, often following significant hype regarding its cost, production, or marketing efforts. Generally, any film for which the production and marketing costs exceed the combined revenue recovered after release is considered to have "bombed". Gauging the financial success of a film is difficult, and because there is no reliable definition, what makes a box-office bomb can be very subjective. Not all films that fail to earn back their estimated costs during their theatrical runs are bombs, and the label is generally applied to films that miss earnings projections by a wide margin, particularly when they are very expensive to produce , and sometimes in conjunction with middling or poor reviews (though critical reception has an imperfect connection to box office performance)
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The Lion King
THE LION KING is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Feature Animation
Animation
and released by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures . It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film , and the fourth animated film produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance . The Lion King
The Lion King
was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff , produced by Don Hahn , and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi , Jonathan Roberts , and Linda Woolverton . Its original songs were written by composer Elton John
Elton John
and lyricist Tim Rice , and original scores were written by Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer

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Conflict Of Interest
Part of a series on STATE MONOPOLY CAPITALISM TERMS Coercive monopoly Corporate personhood Corporate welfare Government-granted monopoly Intellectual property
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First Baseman
FIRST BASE, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team. A FIRST BASEMAN is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, and is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the first baseman is assigned the number 3. Also called FIRST SACKER or CORNERMAN, the first baseman is ideally a tall player who throws left-handed and possesses good flexibility and quick reflexes. Flexibility is needed because the first baseman receives throws from the other infielders , the catcher and the pitcher after they have fielded ground balls. In order for the runner to be called out, the first baseman must be able to stretch towards the throw and catch it before the runner reaches first base
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Major League Baseball Wild Card
In Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB), the wild-card teams are the two teams in each of the two leagues (American and National ) that have qualified for the postseason despite failing to win their division . Both teams in each league possess the two best winning percentages in their respective league after the three division winners . The wild card was first instituted in MLB in 1994, with one wild-card team per league advancing to the Division Series in the postseason to face a division winner. In 2012, the system was modified to add a second wild-card team per league and pit each league's wild-card teams against each other in a play-in game —the MLB wild-card game —the winner of which would then advance to the Division Series and play the team with the best record
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Major League Baseball Postseason
The MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL POSTSEASON is an elimination tournament held after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. As of 2012, the playoffs for each league—American and National —consist of a one-game wild-card playoff between two wild card teams, two best-of-five Division Series (LDS) featuring the wild-card winner and the winner of each division, and finally the best-of-seven League Championship Series (LCS). The winners of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the National League
National League
Championship Series (NLCS) play each other in the best-of-seven World Series
World Series

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Extra Innings
EXTRA INNINGS is the extension of a baseball or softball game in order to break a tie . Ordinarily, a baseball game consists of nine innings (in softball and high school baseball games there are typically seven innings; in Little League
Little League
, six), each of which is divided into halves: the visiting team bats first, after which the home team takes its turn at bat. However, if the score remains tied at the end of the regulation number of complete innings, the rules provide that "play shall continue until (1) the visiting team has scored more total runs than the home team at the end of a completed inning; or (2) the home team scores the winning run in an uncompleted inning." The rules of the game, including the batting order , availability of substitute players and pitchers, etc., remain intact in extra innings. Managers must display caution to avoid using all their substitute players, in case the game reaches extensive extra innings
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Slump (baseball)
In sports, a SLUMP is a period when player or team is not performing well or up to expectations. It is essentially a dry spell or drought, though it is often misused to define a player's decline that is natural during their career. There are various theories behind the cause of a slump. Some attribute it simply to the reasons behind a gambler\'s bad luck. While a player's or team's average collective statistics over a career or season may be quite respectable, there may be peak times when performance is really spectacular, while there are also expected low points with an inevitable drought. Others believe there are psychological issues behind a slump. At times, a player, or all the key players on a team, may feel less motivated or may not be adept to handling clutch situations. BASEBALLIn baseball , a batter can be defined as "slumping" when he has gotten few or no hits over a period, and his batting average during that time is far below that of his expectations
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Sammy Sosa
SAMUEL KELVIN PERALTA SOSA (born November 12, 1968) is a Haitian -Dominican former professional baseball right fielder . Sosa played with four Major League Baseball
Baseball
teams over his career, most notably the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
. Sosa's Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989 . After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
, Sosa became a member of the Cubs in 1992 and became one of the league's best hitters. Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, the quickest in National League history. In 1998, Sosa and Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
achieved national fame for their home run -hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris\' home run record . Sosa finished his career with brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers
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