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Nelson Figueroa
Nelson Figueroa, Jr. (born May 18, 1974) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and current post-game studio analyst for New York Mets
New York Mets
broadcasts. He played in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) for the Arizona
Arizona
Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Mets, and Houston Astros. Figueroa also played for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL)
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Pitcher
In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and closer. Traditionally, the pitcher also bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League
American League
and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have generally been given over to the position of designated hitter, a cause of some controversy
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1995 Major League Baseball Draft
Contents1 First round selections 2 Background 3 Other notable players3.1 NFL players drafted4 External links 5 ReferencesFirst round selections[edit] The following are the first round picks in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.[1]= All-Star= Baseball Hall of FamerPick Player Team Position Hometown/School1 Darin Erstad California Angels OF University of Nebraska2 Ben Davis San Diego Padres C Malvern Preparatory School3 José Cruz, Jr. Seattle Mariners OF Rice University4 Kerry Wood Chicago Cubs RHP Grand Prairie, TX5 Ariel Prieto Oakland Athletics RHP Palm Springs, CA6 Jaime Jones Florida Marlins OF San Diego, CA7 Jonathan Johnson Texas Rangers RHP Florida State University8 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies 1B University of Tennessee9 Geoff Jenkins Milwaukee Brewers OF University of Southern California10 Chad Hermansen Pittsburgh Pirates SS Henderson, NV11 Mike Drumright Detroit Tigers RHP Wichita State University12 Matt Morris St
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World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball
Baseball
Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament sanctioned from 2006 to 2013 by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and after 2013 by the World Baseball
Baseball
Softball Confederation (WBSC). It was proposed to the IBAF by Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB), the Major League Baseball
Baseball
Players Association (MLBPA), and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world
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Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League
American League
(AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball
Baseball
in 2000.[6] The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises about 240 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs
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Chinese Professional Baseball League
The Chinese Professional Baseball
Baseball
League (Traditional Chinese: 中華職業棒球大聯盟), or CPBL, is the top-tier professional baseball league in Taiwan. The league was established in 1989.[1] CPBL eventually absorbed the competing Taiwan
Taiwan
Major League in 2003
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Fastball
The fastball is the most common type of pitch thrown by pitchers in baseball and softball. "Power pitchers," such as former American major leaguers Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan
and Roger Clemens, rely on speed to prevent the ball from being hit, and have thrown fastballs at speeds of 95–105 mph (152.9–169.14 km/h) (officially) and up to 108.1 mph (174 km/h) (unofficially).[1] Pitchers who throw more slowly can put movement on the ball, or throw it on the outside of home plate where batters can't easily reach it. The appearance of a faster pitch can sometimes be achieved by minimizing the batter's vision of the ball before its release. The result is known as an "exploding fastball": a pitch that seems to arrive at the plate quickly despite its low velocity. Fastballs are usually thrown with backspin, so that the Magnus effect creates an upward force on the ball
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Slider
In baseball, a slider is a breaking ball pitch that tails laterally and down through the batter's hitting zone; it is thrown with speed less than a fastball but greater than the pitcher's curveball. The break on the pitch is shorter than that of the curveball, and the release technique is 'between' those of a curveball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a fastball pitch, but is more of a breaking ball than the cutter. The slider is also known as a yakker or a snapper.Contents1 Slider
Slider
continuum 2 Notable sliders 3 History 4 References Slider
Slider
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Curveball
The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a characteristic grip and hand movement that imparts forward spin to the ball, causing it to dive in a downward path as it approaches the plate. Varieties of curveballs include the 12-6 curveball
12-6 curveball
and the knuckle curve. Its close relatives are the slider and the slurve. The "curve" of the ball varies from pitcher to pitcher. Outside the context of baseball, variants of the expression "to throw a curveball" essentially translate to introducing a significant deviation to a preceding concept.Contents1 Grip and action1.1 Safety2 The 12–6 curveball
12–6 curveball
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Changeup
A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball and fastpitch softball. The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much more slowly to the plate. Its reduced speed coupled with its deceptive delivery is meant to confuse the batter's timing. It is meant to be thrown the same as a fastball, but farther back in the hand, which makes it release from the hand slower while still retaining the look of a fastball. A changeup is generally thrown to be 8–15 miles per hour slower than a fastball
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Split-finger Fastball
A split-finger fastball or splitter is a pitch in baseball derived from the forkball. It is named after the technique of putting the index and middle finger on different sides of the ball, or "splitting" them. When thrown hard, it appears to be a fastball to the batter, but as the pitch nears homeplate it then appears to the batter and observers to suddenly "drop off the table" towards home plate—that is, it suddenly moves downwards, towards the dirt.[1] Despite the use of the word fastball, it is used as an off-speed pitch.Contents1 History 2 Purpose and technique 3 Notable pitchers 4 ReferencesHistory[edit] The splitter grew out of a much older pitch known as the forkball which was used in the major leagues since the 1920s.[2] The modern splitter is often credited to baseball coach Fred Martin who threw the pitch in the minor leagues as a changeup of sorts
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Brandeis University
Brandeis University
Brandeis University
/ˈbrændaɪs/ is an American private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts, 9 miles (14 km) west of Boston.[6][7] Founded in 1948 as a non-sectarian, coeducational institution sponsored by the Jewish community, Brandeis was established on the site of the former Middlesex University.[4] The university is named after Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Justice of the U.S Supreme Court. In 2015, it had a total enrollment of 5,532 students on its suburban campus spanning over 235 acres (95 hectares)
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Bernard Gilkey
Otis Bernard Gilkey (born September 24, 1966 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB) player for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, and Atlanta Braves. Primarily a left fielder, Gilkey occasionally played right field as well. He also played a small number of games as a center fielder, first baseman, and designated hitter. Gilkey was a right-handed batter.Contents1 Career 2 Personal life 3 References 4 External linksCareer[edit] Gilkey played basketball at St. Louis's University City High School and signed a letter of intent to play college basketball for Drake University.[1] However, fearing that he was not tall enough to be a great basketball player, he chose to sign with the St. Louis
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Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°12′N 66°30′W / 18.2°N 66.5°W / 18.2; -66.5Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico  (Spanish)FlagCoat of armsMotto: "Joannes est nomen ejus" (Latin) "John is his name"Anthem: "La Borinqueña"[a] "The Borinquenian""The Star-Spangled Banner"Great SealStatus Unincorporated territoryCapital and largest city San Juan 18°27′N 66°6′W / 18.450°N 66.100°W / 18.450; -66.100Official languages Spanish English[1]Common languages94.7% Spanish[2]5.3% EnglishEthnic groups75.8% White12.4% Black3.3% Two or more races0.5% American Indian & Alaskan Native0.2% Asian<0.1% Pacific Islander7.8% Other[3]DemonymPuerto Rican (formal) American (since 1917) Boricua (colloquial)Country  United StatesGovernment Commonwealth[b
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1998 In Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1998
1998
throughout the world.List of years in baseball... 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 ...1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001..
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Jorge Fábregas
Jorge Fábregas (born March 13, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for eight teams during a nine-year major league career. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami. Drafted by the California Angels in the first round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Fábregas made his MLB debut with the California Angels on April 24, 1994
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