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Seattle Mariners Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Clear choices for Seattle foursome
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<p> The latest in the series of MLB teams' Mt. Rushmores, the Seattle foursome is the easiest selection of all teams. Should they be carved from Mt. Rainier?</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

Los Angeles Angels Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

An owner, a manager and a couple of players adorn the Angels' Mt. Rushmore
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<p> Whether you know them as the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, this franchise has had some success under each name. But who as the four individuals comprising the Angels' Mt. Rushmore?</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

Los Angeles Angels Mt. Rushmore

Ubaldo Jimenez Robs Hit With Willie Mays-like Catch

The incredible catch by the Orioles' pitcher kept the game scoreless.

With two men in scoring position with two outs, Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was forced to channel his inner Willie Mays to prevent any runs to score. In the bottom of the third, Eddie Rosario had the opportunity to break the scoreless game. Jimenez delivered a high inside fastball that jammed Rosario, but it was a weak hit with the infield playing deep.

 

Did the Fans Get the AL All-Stars Right?

With the starters announced, take a look to see if the right decisions were made.
Did the Fans Get the AL All-Stars Right?

With the unveiling of the MLB All-Star Game starters for the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the fan vote always provides a little controversy. Take a look below at the American League starters and why they were or were not the best choice for the spot:

 

Related: Did the Fans Get the NL All-Stars Right?

 

Note: Statistics as of July 6

Cleveland Indians Ride Historic Starting Pitching Against Rays

Their three starting pitchers all carried perfect games into the sixth, with a no-hitter broken up on the last out.

Either the Cleveland Indians put on one of the best starting pitching displays or the Tampa Bay Rays gave one of the worst hitting attempts, or maybe some combination of both. After being swept by the Orioles, they have dominated against the Rays in historical, dominating fashion. So far in the series, the Indians outscored their opponents 21-4 behind an extremely dominating pitching rotation.

 

Chris Sale Joins Pedro Martinez in Strikeout Record Book

The White Sox ace has now struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight games.

White Sox lefty Chris Sale has become a member of a short list in the record books, joining Pedro Martinez as the only two pitchers to strike out 10+ batters in eight straight games. In a 2-1 win over the MLB-best Cardinals, Sale struck out 12 over eight innings, allowing just one run. However, very typical of his season, he ended up with a no decision, as the White Sox struggled to score.

 

Pablo Sandoval Jumps to Hit Crazy High Pitch

On a knuckleball at the eyes, the Red Sox third baseman had to jump to hit it.

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has never really had great plate discipline when batting. However, he last night reached a new high – literally. In his first at bat with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound, Sandoval went airborne to swing at a pitch. The Panda had to jump in order to swing at a pitch over five feet off of the ground.

 

Josh Donaldson Makes Unbelievable Leaping Catch into Stands

With a perfect game on the line, the third baseman helped get one out with an impressive play.

Josh Donaldson has certainly been having an All Star caliber season and is only a few votes off the lead for the starting third base spot. He might have just found the late boost he needs after making arguably the league’s best catch of the year. In the top of the eighth inning with a perfect game in the work, the Rays’ David DeJesus came up to bat hoping to break it up. He fouled a ball off into the stands by third base.

 

Red Sox to Retire Pedro Martinez's Number

Just days after Pedro Martinez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Red Sox will retire his number at Fenway Park.

Just two days after Pedro Martinez will join fellow Red Sox legends, such as Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, and Carlton Fisk, in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he will also be immortalized next to them at Fenway Park. On July 28, the Boston Red Sox will retire his infamous No. 45 at Fenway Park, becoming the ninth for the team.

 

King Felix's Son Flashes Arm Before Game

During Father's Day celebration, Felix Hernandez's son displays arm strength to fans during the ceremonial first pitch.

There have been plenty of successful father-son combos in sports, ranging from Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. to Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli. Usually, not much is made of these family ties until the sons reach the pros, or at least college. Yet, Felix Hernandez’s six-year-old son Jeremy already has people ogling at his arm.

 

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