Baseball Article Archive


A collection of sports-related articles posted on Sports-King.com over the years. There is quite a bit of content here.

--A sizeable list of articles on the topics of sports and betting.

A collection of Sports King's baseball articles, focusing mainly on Major League Baseball. Who is favored to win the World Series? Which teams are set to outperform expectations?

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Dave Winfield: Drafted By Four Different Teams in Four Different Leagues

The story of how Dave Winfield was drafted by four different teams in four different leagues. This has only happened two other times.

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Which MLB Team Posted The Worst Record in a 162 Game Season?

A look back at the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who posted the most losses of any team in a single 162 game season.

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What If? When The Atlanta Braves Nearly Traded For Barry Bonds

What if the Atlanta Braves had traded for Barry Bonds, as they very nearly did back in 1992? How many more titles would they have won?

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The Time That Bartolo Colon Threw 38 Straight Strikes

A look back at the time when Bartolo Colon threw 38 straight strikes in a 2012 game against the Angels.

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Who Was The Last Player To Hit .400 In a Season?

Who was the last player to hit .400 in a single season in Major League Baseball? A look at Willard Brown's season in 1948.

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When The Brooklyn Dodgers Traded a Player For a Play-by-Play Announcer

A look back at the time when the Brooklyn Dodgers traded a player for play-by-play announcer, Ernie Harwell.

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The Time That The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers Swapped Managers Mid-Season

The time that the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers swapped managers - in the middle of the season.

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Was Hall of Famer Dave Winfield Actually Traded For a Dinner?

Was Dave Winfield actually traded to the Cleveland Indians for a dinner? We investigate.

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The Time That Johnny "Binky" Jones Was Traded For a 25-Pound Turkey

The story of when Johnny Jones was traded for a 25-pound turkey. What happened?

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The Time That The Boston Red Sox Sold Babe Ruth To Fund a Broadway Musical

A look back at when the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees - why did they make such a bold move?

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Johnny Vander Meer And His Two Straight No-Hitters

A look back at Johnny Vander Meer's remarkable feat in 1938 - throwing consecutive no-hitters.

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Albert Belle's Corked Bat And The Great Attempted Switch

The curious case of Albert Belle's corked bat and the hilarious attempt that was made by the Cleveland Indians to retrieve it.

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The Story of Ichiro's $40,000 Per Year Housing Allowance

The story of Ichiro Suzuki's hilariously small housing allowance that he received from the Seattle Mariners.

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Manny Ramirez and the Contract that Included Unlimited Sushi

A look at the contract that gave Manny Ramirez unlimited sushi if he agreed to play in an independent Japanese league.

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When Major League Baseball Experimented with Orange Baseballs - For Two Games

The story of the experiment of the orange baseballs in Major League Baseball - what ended up happening?

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The Time Tom Selleck Had a Real Major League At-Bat

The time that Tom Selleck, a Hollywood actor, entered a real baseball game for a single at-bat.

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A Look at the 10 Largest Contracts in Major League Baseball History

A look at the 10 largest contracts in the history of Major League Baseball - which were the most expensive?

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Barry Bonds Once Had 120 Intentional Walks In a Single Season

A look back at 2004, when Barry Bonds was intentionally walked an astonishing 120 times in a single season.

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How The Montreal Expos Were Possibly Robbed of a Title in 1994

The story of how the Montreal Expos were likely robbed of a World Series title in 1994 due to the player's strike.

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How George W. Bush Came To Own a Piece of the Texas Rangers

The story of how President George W. Bush came to own a 1.8% piece of the Texas Rangers. How much did he make from the sale?

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The Three Teams That Mark Cuban Tried (And Failed) To Buy

A look at the three professional sports franchises that Mark Cuban tried to purchase - the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.

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When Willie Mays Was Robbed of the MVP Award in 1962

Willie Mays was robbed of the National League MVP award in 1962 after turning in one of the greatest seasons in that era.

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The Story of Mark Whiten's 12 RBI Game

A look back at Mark Whiten's incredible 4 home run, 12 RBI game in September of 1993.

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Marshall McDougall's Monster 16 RBI Game

A look back at Marshall McDougall's epic 16 RBI performance in a game between Florida State and Maryland back in 1999.

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Walt Dropo: The Man Who Turned Down the NBA and NFL To Play For The Red Sox

A look at Walt Dropo, the man who signed with the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent after getting drafted by both the NBA and NFL.

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The Time Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger Both Pitched 26 Innings - In a Single Game

A look back at the time when Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger both pitched 26 innings - in the same game.

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When Two New York Yankees Teammates Decided to Swap Lives

The story of when two New York Yankees teammates - Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich - decided to swap entire lives.

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A Look Back at Ted Williams' Incredible, Record-Breaking 1941 Season

A look back at the record-breaking season of Ted Williams in 1941, where he broke several records that still stand to this day.

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Joe Nuxhall: The Story of the 15 Year-Old Who Played in the Major Leagues

The story of Joe Nuxhall, the 15 year-old who played in the Major Leagues due to World War II.

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When Eddie Waitkus Won Comeback Player of the Year After Being Shot in the Chest

The story of Eddie Waitkus and when he got shot in the chest by an obsessed fan, nearly costing him his life.

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The 1981 Baseball Card Bonfire That Claimed a 1952 Mickey Mantle

In 1981, a group of baseball fans decided to burn tens of thousands of baseball cards to express their displeasure at a MLB work stoppage.

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What Is The Record For Most RBI In a Single High School Baseball Game?

What is the record for most ever RBIs in a single high school baseball game? A look back at the 17 RBI record held by Nathan Williams.

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Hughie Jennings: The Player Who Was Hit By a Pitch 287 Times

A look at Hughie Jennings hit by pitch record, which still stands to this day. Will it ever be broken?

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Herman Long: The Player With 1,096 Career Errors

Herman Long, who holds the Major League records for most errors committed over the course of a MLB career, was actually a very good shortstop.

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Bill Holbert: The Man Who Didn't Hit a Single Home Run in 2,335 At-Bats

Meet Bill Holbert, the man who had 2,335 at-bats during his Major League Baseball career without hitting a home run.

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Juan Alvarez and Ed Olwine: 80 Games Pitched, Zero Wins

Here is the story of Juan Alvarez and Ed Olwine, two Major League Baseball pitchers who appeared in 80 games without notching a single win.

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Roger Hornsby: The Second Greatest Hitter of All Time

Roger Hornsby is arguably the second greatest hitter of all time in baseball, but does he get proper credit?

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The Weirdest No-Hitter Ever? Rocket City Trash Pandas Toss No-No, Lose 7-5

A look at the weirdest no-hitter of all time, where a team tossed a no-hitter and still lost 7-5.

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The Story of Major League Baseball's Last Forfeited Game

The story of Major League Baseball's last forfeit - a 1995 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals at Dodgers Stadium.

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What Is The Record For Most Runs Scored in a Single High School Baseball Game?

What is the record for the most runs ever scored in a high school baseball game? What is the record for most lopsided score ever?

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Len Koenecke: The Story of the Major League Baseball Player Who Died While Trying To Hijack a Plane

The story of Len Koenecke, the Major League Baseball player who died while trying to hijack a plane one day after he was released by the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Eddie Gaedel: The Story of the Smallest Player in MLB History

Eddie Gaedel and the story of the shortest player in Major League Baseball history, who stood just 3'7.

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The Time Dave Stieb Lost Two No-Hitters With One Out Remaining - In a Single Week

Here is the story of when Dave Stieb took consecutive no-hitter bids into the ninth inning, and lost both.

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Alex Rodriguez is Still Getting Paid By The Texas Rangers

Alex Rodriguez is still getting paid by the Texas Rangers, and will continue to collect checks until 2025, when he is 50 years old.

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Allan Travers and The Crazy Story of the Worst Pitching Career in MLB History

The story of Allan Travers and the worst pitching career in the history of Major League Baseball.

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The Seattle Pilots: The Story of One of the Shortest-Lived Expansion Franchises of All Time

The story of the Seattle Pilots, a Major League Baseball expansion franchise that lasted just one season. What happened?

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Ichiro's Unbelievable 262 Hit Season in 2004

A look back at Ichiro's insane 2004 season, when he compiled a total of 262 hits over 700 at-bats.

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Baseball's Rarest Feat: When Two Grand Slams Were Hit By Fernando Tatis in the Same Inning

The time that Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in the same inning against Chan Ho Park and the Los Angeles Dodgers - will this ever be accomplished again?

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A Look at the Bizarre New York Yankees "Appearance Policy"

A look at the New York Yankees appearance policy, which specifically forbids beards and long scalp hair down below the collar.

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The Time Dock Ellis Threw a No-Hitter - While on Acid

A look back at the time that Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a no-hitter - while on acid.

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Charlie Finley and The Story of the Cheap Oakland Athletics Championship Rings

The story of Charlie Finley, former owner of the Oakland Athletics, and the very cheap championship rings that infuriated players.

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The Story of the Tom Seaver Lottery

The story of the Tom Seaver lottery, where the New York Mets paid $40,000 to have a chance at securing the young ace.

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The Story of How Kirk Gibson Very Nearly Didn't Play Professional Baseball

A look back at Kirk Gibson, who very nearly didn't play professional baseball due to being very good at football.

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Ken Griffey Jr., the 1987 Draft And The Fake Scouting Report

The Mariners' executive team wanted Ken Griffey Jr., but the team's owner wanted somebody else. How a fake scouting report led to the Mariners getting Junior.

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The Time When Mike Cisco Got Traded for Nothing

A look back at the time that Mike Cisco was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles for literally nothing.

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What Was The Longest Postseason Game in MLB History?

What was the longest game in postseason history in Major League Baseball? A look back at a game that took over 6 hours to complete.

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2001: The Year Barry Bonds Hit 73 Home Runs

A look back at the incredible 2001 season that Barry Bonds posted, in which he hit a total of 73 home runs.

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How Much Will Aaron Judge's 62nd Home Run Ball Be Worth?

How much will Aaron Judge's 62nd home run ball be worth? There is already a standing offer out there for the baseball.

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What Was The Biggest Collapse in a MLB Pennant Race?

What was the biggest blown lead in a MLB pennant race? What was the biggest ever collapse?

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1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie Card Sells for $12.6 Million

A 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie card has just sold in auction for $12.6 million, making it the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever.

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The George Brett Pine Tar Incident

The George Brett pine tar incident continues to be replayed on sports TV shows to this day - what happened?

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The San Francisco Giants Almost Moved to Tampa Bay in 1992

The story of how the San Francisco Giants very nearly moved to Tampa Bay in 1992, and how other National League owners stopped it.

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10 Nolan Ryan Records That Will Never Be Broken

Nolan Ryan Records - a look at 10 records that Nolan Ryan possesses that will never be broken.

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The Juan Soto Contract Offer: Why Turning It Down Was The Right Move

The Juan Soto Contract Offer - a look at why turning down the contract was the right move if Soto was looking to maximize his career earnings.

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"Mattress Mack" Will Win $42 Million Bet If Houston Astros Win The World Series

Mattress Mack stands to win $42 million in bets if the Houston Astros can win the World Series this year. Can he do it?

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Six Teams Have Thrown No-Hitters - and Lost

Six teams in Major League Baseball history have thrown no-hitters and lost - a look back at these extremely unusual occurrences.

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How The Cleveland Spiders Ended Up With The Worst Record in Major League Baseball History

How did the Cleveland Spiders end up with the worst record of all time, and how did they end up losing 101 games on the road in the 1899 season?

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Cy Young's Three Unbreakable Records

These three records that belong to Cy Young are three that will never, ever be broken, mainly due to changes to the game of baseball.

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Major League Baseball Cancels First Two Series of Regular Season

Major League Baseball has cancelled the first two series of its season as it continues to negotiate with its players. Can a deal be struck soon?

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A History of Major League Baseball Work Stoppages

A history of work stoppages in Major League Baseball - how long did the longest strike or lockout last?

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What Was The Longest Game in MLB History?

What was the longest game in the history of Major League Baseball, both in terms of total innings played and total time to complete?

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Who Was The Worst Team To Ever Win The World Series?

Who was the worst team to ever win the World Series? A look back at the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, who are arguably the worst team to win baseball's biggest prize.

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What Was The Longest Winning Streak in MLB History?

What was the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball (MLB) history? Who holds the record?

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Will "Slightly Tweaked" Baseballs Bring Down MLB Scores This Season?

Will slightly tweaked baseballs bring down Major League Baseball scores (and home runs) this season?

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Texas Rangers Opening Day Game Will Be At 100% Capacity

The Texas Rangers plan on playing their opening day game in front of a full stadium - what do you think of this plan?

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Los Angeles Dodgers Have Historically High Betting Win Total To Enter Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a historically high win total heading into this season - are they really that good?

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More Than 33% of All World Series Futures Money is On New York Mets

The New York Mets have become a massive liability for sports books, mainly due to a recent blockbuster trade.

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Major League Baseball Paying the Price For Not Using a "Bubble"

Major League Baseball continues to pay the price for electing not to use a bubble, and it may end up costing them the season.

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Will The 2020 MLB Season Be Suspended At Any Point? A Look at the Betting Odds

What are the betting odds that the 2020 MLB season gets suspended at some point this year? We take a look.

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DraftKings: More Money Bet on Yankees/Nationals Opener Than On Seventh Game of World Series

According to Draftkings, more money was bet on the Nationals Yankees opener than on Game 7 of the World Series.

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Where Will The Toronto Blue Jays Play Baseball This Year?

Where will the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball this season? Time for the team to find a home ball park is running out.

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Cleveland Indians New Team Name Odds

What will the new name of the Cleveland Indians be? We look at the current betting odds.

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Will Anybody Hit 20 Home Runs In the 2020 Major League Baseball Season?

Will anybody hit 20 home runs during the 2020 Major League Baseball season? We take a look at the numbers.

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World Series 2020 Betting Odds

World Series Betting Odds 2020. The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are co-favorites to win - will any teams surprise?

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Baseball Season in Jeopardy: Rob Manfred "Not Confident" in 2020 Return

Could Major League Baseball actually be stupid enough to cancel its 2020 season? The odds are looking increasingly likely.

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Why is Major League Baseball Having Such a Hard Time Reaching a Deal With Its Players To Return This Year?

Why is Major League Baseball having such a hard time reaching a deal to return to action in 2020 with its players?

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Report: Major League Baseball Planning Summer Return

Major League Baseball is currently plotting a summer return, with a proposed return to action in July and a November playoff at warm-weather locations.

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Integrity of Game of Baseball Takes Major Hit Following Sign-Stealing Revelations

The integrity of the game of baseball has been called into question following league-imposed sanctions against the Houston Astros for sign-stealing.

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The Five Biggest Contracts in Major League Baseball History

The Five Biggest Contracts in MLB History - who owns the biggest ever contracts? Were they good deals?

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Washington Nationals: Underdogs All The Way To Glory

The Washington Nationals, despite the third highest payroll in the league, were the underdogs to win the title all season long.

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A History of Games 7s in the World Series

A history of Game 7s in the World Series. Does the home or away team have the advantage historically? The answer may surprise you.

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How Many Teams Have Come Back From Down 0-2 To Win The World Series?

How many teams have come back from being down 0-2 in the World Series to win since the switch to the 2-3-2 format?

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"Mattress Mack" Now Has Nearly $11 Million Wagered on World Series

Mattress Mack, aka Jim McIngvale, now has a staggering $11 million wagered on the outcome of the 2019 World Series.

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Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Odds: Where Will They Sign?

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are both still unsigned as of this moment - where do you think they will end up next year? A look at the betting odds.

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MLB and Facebook Look to Extend Deal

Major League Baseball look to continue to provide streaming via Facebook

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Los Angeles Dodgers Facing Long Odds To Win The World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers face long odds of winning the World Series following a couple of disappointing losses at Fenway Park earlier this week.

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World Series Betting Odds: Houston Astros Have Slight Edge To Win

World Series 2018 Betting Odds - will the Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers or Brewers win the World Series this year?

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Christian Yelich Betting Favourite To Win NL MVP Award

Christian Yelich, thanks to a flurry of betting, is the favourite to win the NL MVP Award.

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The Night Before Opening Night World Series Outright Betting Odds

The Houston Astros and New York Yankees are currently the co-favourites to win the World Series this year.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros World Series Odds

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros World Series Odds - who will win baseball's biggest prize?

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred: Time For Discussion About Legalized Sports Betting

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated earlier today that it might be time for the MLB to have an honest discussion about sports gambling and its place within the sport.

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2017 MLB MVP Odds: Trout, Bryant Currently Lead The Way

Mike Trout and Kris Bryant are currently the two leading candidates to win MVP awards in the MLB this season.

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Chicago Cubs Current Favourites To Win World Series

The Chicago Cubs are the current favourites to win the World Series this year, as they are ahead of teams such as the Dodgers and Royals.

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Baseball Playoffs Odds: Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals Favoured To Win World Series

The Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals are currently favoured to win the World Series, though the Dodgers and Mets are lurking as well.

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Irish Gambler Wins $100k on 15 Team Baseball Parlay

A 46 year-old Irish man reportedly won over $100,000 on a 15 team Major League Baseball parlay on Tuesday evening.

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St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals Co-Favorites To Win 2015 World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals are the current co-favorites to win the World Series this year.

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Kansas City Royals Are Slight Favourites To Beat San Francisco Giants

The Kansas City Royals are slight favourites to beat the San Francisco Giants in this year's World Series.

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Kansas City Royals Currently Better Than Even Money To Win World Series

The Kansas City Royals are currently better than even money to win the World Series thanks to their astonishing post season run.

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MLB Divisional Pennant Markets: Orioles, Dodgers Big Favorites To Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are currently the favourites to win their respective pennants - how are the rest of the races looking?

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Yankees Odds of Winning World Series Move To 12/1 Following Signing of Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees inked Masahiro Tanaka to a deal on Wednesday, which resulted in their odds of winning the 2014 World Series dramatically improving.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Current Favorites To Win 2014 World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the current favorites to win the 2014 World Series - who is right behind them?

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers Odds September 30th, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers Odds September 30th, 2013 - who will win this tiebreaker game on Monday evening?

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2013 World Series Odds

The Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers are the current favorites to win the 2013 World Series.

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Toronto Blue Jays Odds To Win 2013 World Series

Thanks to a couple of big deals, the Toronto Blue Jays are suddenly 11/1 to win the 2013 World Series.

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