Home Run: Arizona Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Outfielder

Over the weekend, news broke that the Arizona Diamondbacks have done something extraordinary: drafting paralyzed Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn: The former Mater Dei High School (CA) star and “Mr. Baseball” in California who many thought would be a “can’t miss” prospect was paralyzed after sliding into second base during his freshman season at Arizona State [Read More...]

Safe at home: Grant Desme, the star baseball player who is becoming a priest

You may remember the story of Grant Desme from a couple years back. Now a reporter has caught up with him, to tell the story of his life since leaving baseball. From Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports: On the afternoon Grant Desme retired from baseball, he was at peace. The world in which he had [Read More...]

The world of “Beep Baseball,” blind America’s pastime

This was news to me, but it’s really quite remarkable: The rules of beep baseball are much like the original game, except the pitcher plays for the batting team and the bases are more like tackling dummies. (Also, the team names are way cooler. Minnesota Fighting Lions? Cleveland Scrappers?) It’s wild and fiercely competitive, and [Read More...]

Answering the call — at a baseball game

From Major League Baseball … a fan with faith. And a phone. [Read more...]

Play ball: Cincinnati opening day moved from Good Friday

You may remember the controversy from some weeks back.  Well, now there’s an update: A looming conflict between a religious holiday and a yearly tradition has been avoided. The Cincinnati Reds announce the 2012 Opening Day game will be played Thursday, April 5 at 4:10pm vs. the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. The [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on baseball

“Baseball is a game of inches. And hours. And in those moments between release and resolution are contained particles of infinity—the space between a prayer of supplication and the surrender of “Amen”; the whisper of intention that brings what is empty and void into fullness. The hope for redemption. We can relate to that just [Read More...]

Foul ball: MLB schedules opening day for Good Friday — UPDATED

A reader alerted me to this and called it “the most stupid marketing decision by anyone!” Details: Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds will move to Friday in 2012, with an April 6 game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. Major League Baseball released the Reds’ 2012 schedule today. Click here to download a [Read More...]

The Catholic baseball star who just learned that he's Jewish

The sports world is wrapping its collective head around this surprising news: it turns out that a well-known player for the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers, a lifelong Roman Catholic, is in fact Jewish — and has close relatives who died in Auschwitz. The New York Times reporter Joshua Prager has the scoop: Earlier this summer, Ralph [Read More...]

Faith on the field: Marlins manager Jack McKeon prays before he plays

Thanks to OSV’s Mary de Turris Poust for this: a great glimpse at a man of unbending faith — from, of all places, the sports pages of the New York Times: Jack McKeon’s baseball days begin in a pew. At 8 on Tuesday morning, the Florida Marlins’ manager attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, less [Read More...]


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