Baseball sites a hit
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From CNN Interactive Writer Wayne Drash
April 10, 1997
Web posted at: 8:40 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- The rookie stands on the mound looking as
if he's ready to toss a lamb chop past a hungry wolf. The
chiseled veteran digs in, Louisville Slugger in hand. The
sweet smell of fresh grass, dusty infields and leather mitts
spreads across the ballpark.
"Ball-wun!" the ump shouts, his round index finger delicately
noting the count.
It's that time of year again. Fans, with renewed optimism,
dream of October. Ballplayers zone in on the record books.
It's baseball at its best.
For baseball fans, there's almost no better place to keep
tabs on the season than the World Wide Web, where you're no
more than a click away from baseball's latest scoop.
Chat with baseball expert Peter Gammons. Visit the
much-hyped Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves new ballpark.
Get scores and highlights before the nightly newscast.
Create your own fantasy baseball team. Discover what batter
has been walked the most in the World Series.
It's as though baseball fanatics are joined together in an
interactive curmudgeonry, the cyberspace field of dreams.
Please, keep the rhubarb down while you scroll through an
overview of only a handful of the thousands of baseball
sites out there.
For starters, head to Major League Baseball. Although heavy on the public
relations, the site contains current and historic video clips
and photographs, baseball rules, archives and a kids'
section. Be sure to visit MLB's special site on Jackie
Robinson, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his breaking
baseball's racial barrier.
And many kudos to my favorite site, John Skilton's Baseball
Links, which claims to be the Web's most comprehensive
baseball link page with 2,510. Links to high school baseball
teams, youth clubs, college teams, fantasy leagues -- you
name it -- are available.
"If you can't find what you're looking for, it probably
doesn't exist yet on the Internet," the site says.
Baseball fans who want the most current scores should begin
at one of the heavy hitters, such as ESPN, CNN or MSNBC's
baseball pages. The sites feature many similarities --
prominently displaying articles and stats -- but each network
has something different to offer.
Plenty of other sites are just as successful without the
corporate glitz. You'll want to bookmark the following:
- Fastball: Chats, stats,
daily news, interactive games. Check out their ranking of
- Total Baseball:
Daily updates, statistics, history.
- Instant Sports:
Up-to-the-minute baseball updates. An example from Thursday's
action: "In the bottom of the second inning, Scott Aldred is
pitching to Bob Higginson (0-0, .333). There are two outs.
The count is full. Vince Coleman is on deck." Amazing!
Just the stats, please
Rounding the Internet's baseball diamond wouldn't be complete
without a visit to the Baseball Encyclopedia, the most
comprehensive statistics compiled in Major League history.
You may even discover that Mickey Mantle has been walked the most in World
Also take a stroll through past, present and future
ballparks at Ballparks by Munsey and Suppes. For a rating of ballpark food,
visit Sports Illustrated's "Speaking Frankly" from last year.
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