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As Feller taught us, jinxing no-hitters isn’t a new thing.

Mark Newman:

If you’re always worried about jinxing a no-hitter, then check out this story by MLB.com’s Alyson Footer about how the subject came up even 75 years ago…

Originally posted on Alyson's Footnotes:

One of the many things I discovered while researching Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter in 1940 is that paranoia surrounding a no-hitter goes back longer than any of us have been alive.

The story of how Feller tried to jinx Randy Johnson’s no-no in 1994 is pretty awesome, considering he was pacing the press box and telling anyone within ear shot, “You know, I am the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day.” That included visits to the TV booth and the radio booth — and, by visits, I mean that Feller burst into the booth and just started yelling, not caring that the mics were live and the broadcasters were in the middle of an inning.

But I have to admit I was even more entertained by what I read in the clippings the Indians sent me from the actual newspaper coverage after Feller’s no-no 75 years…

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Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter!

Mark Newman:

Happy 75th Birthday to the only Opening Day no-hitter — courtesy of Bob Feller, aka Rapid Robert. My first (1973) and last (2006) autograph from a baseball hero.

Originally posted on TribeVibe:

CI_033115SS-002 On April 16, 1940, Bob Feller became the first and only pitcher in Major League History to throw an Opening Day no-hitter. Feller wore this glove when the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. He added the extra webbing at a later date when the glove was re-laced.

“Tomorrow’s another day, and I’ll be out there every time I pitch—just trying to win for the Indians.”

-Bob Feller, April 16, 1940

Seventy five years ago, Bob Feller took the mound at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to usher in the start of the 1940 baseball season. Feller, already the ace of the Cleveland pitching staff at only 21 years old, struck out five of the first six recorded outs in the game.

Several innings passed with neither team scoring. The Indians punched in a run when Jeff Heath singled to left field and Rollie Hemsley delivered a two out…

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Opening Night Firsts: Cardinals at Cubs

Mark Newman:

All the firsts from Opening Night are here in the MLB.com Openers blog. Join me all day and night on Opening Day as we keep it going through all the home openers. – Mark

Originally posted on Openers:

This is MLB.com’s #OpeningNight liveblog, recording all the important firsts. Follow Cardinals-Cubs on ESPN, with your MLB.com At Bat app and via MLB.com Gameday.

First passed ball: Martinez’s mixup fastball gets through Molina’s legs in the seventh. Good chance that won’t happen again in 2015.

First rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”: Joey and Jerry, who threw out the first pitch, lead the crowd at Wrigley from the booth:

Banks Brothers

First quality start. Wainwright went 6 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking none. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes. Carlos Martinez is the Cards’ first reliever of the year.

First person to 100 pitches. Wainwright, on second pitch to Chris Coughlan in the sixth. He gets out of the inning a pitch later when Coughlan hits a fly to Heyward that would have been adios on a typical summer day. Still 3-0.

First Web gem:…

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Watch Showalter talk about his 2015 club

Mark Newman:

Make sure you are following our Openers blog. That’s where it’s at…maintaining it around the clock through the final openers. The only place to find all 16 announced Opening Day starters, the OD ceremony plans, injury updates, roster decisions, videos, pic quotes and more…all in one cool place. Follow it to get the posts in your inbox…

Originally posted on Openers:

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The King of Opening Day

Mark Newman:

Join me on our official MLB.com Opening Day blog, where we’re posting around the clock with all the news and special touches to get us through the final home openers in early April. Please spread the word! – Mark

Originally posted on Openers:

Seattle’s eight consecutive Opening Day wins represent the longest streak in the Majors since the Reds won nine in a row from 1983-91. Not coincidentally, Felix Hernandez has started seven of those games and is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. King Felix will try to extend that streak against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field.

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Opening Day? There’s a blog for that.

Opening Day is right around there’s a blog for that. Introducing OPENERS, which we just launched this week. We’ll be counting down the days and posting around the clock through the final home openers. It’s the only place to find all of the announced Opening Day starting pitchers (we add each time there’s a new one), it’s a repository for injury updates, it’s where you’ll find classic Opening Day quotes, what’s new in 2015 ballpark concession fare, video team previews, and tons of content from the only network of 30 traveling beat writers, our MLB.com columnists, MLB Network talent, great photographers and much more. It is integrated with our social team featuring tweets, and you’ll want to include #OpeningDay on your social posts. Please give it a follow in the widget on the right side of the blog, and leave comments here so we can highlight your own content along the way as well. Opening Day…almost here.

Follow the OPENERS blog!

2015 Composite Projections Have Arrived!

Mark Newman:

Happy Early 10th Birthday (in May) to our MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog…and hope you fantasy owners love the new composite projections. It’s a milestone around here…

Originally posted on MLB.com Fantasy 411:

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast from Thursday, 2/19

CLICK HERE for the results of our now completed 12-team mixed league expert mock draft

Hey gang,

Attached is the first draft of this year’s composite projections, representing the average projection from 12 different providers. This is fewer than last year, when we had 14, and we’ve had as many as 16 in a season. However, in looking over these numbers, and reading recent research on the topic, it’s clear that more and more systems are converging in their projections, so there’s really very little value to be found by scraping up another few sets of numbers.

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Please read the release notes from last season and previous years, for an explanation of how these are created, and the resulting caveats and limitations, BEFORE asking any questions in the comments area!

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2014/02/18/2014-composite-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2013/02/19/composite-projections-are-here-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2012/02/18/composite-projections-have-arrived-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/03/03/2011-composite-projections-update/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/02/19/2011-composite-projections-1-0/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2010/03/07/updated-projections-372010/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/12/22/building-better-player-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/02/19/2008-gxp-and-2009-projections/

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Introducing #AskTheHistorian

thorn-askthehistorianJohn Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball and veteran MLB PRO Blogger, has been answering quite a few historical questions from fans on Twitter of late. For the responses requiring more than 140 characters, John has introduced a new feature to his popular blog that is required reading for all baseball fans. It’s called #AskTheHistorian and encourages fans to submit their questions that they’d like to see him address. So fire away with your toughest historical queries, and if you’re not already following Our Game, make sure to click the “Sign me up!” button on the right side of his blog to sign up for email notifications of new posts.

‘Pitchers & Catchers Report’ – What It Means To You

Matt Cain & Buster Posey report in 2013 - after their previous title
PitchersAndCatchersReport2They are four of the most beautiful words in the language: “Pitchers and Catchers Report.” What do those four simple words mean to you?

I will be writing an MLB.com story about those words in the next few days as we count down to #BaseballBegins on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and I would like to include some fans within the responses — mixed with pitchers, catchers, managers, legends, execs, broadcasters, groundskeepers, a Grapefruit League city mayor and more. Please leave your response in the comments here. Include your first and last name, hometown and favorite team. And if you blog about the subject yourself, either here at MLB.com/blogs or elsewhere, please be sure to leave a Permalink URL in the comments so we can get people there.

Here’s to that incredible time of year for all of us and another big Baseball season!

– Mark

Braves Country Caravan – Week 2 Recap

Mark Newman:

Great inside look at the Atlanta Braves Caravan by their official PRO blog “Braves Give” — the voice of the club’s community affairs department. See what Freddie Freeman & Co. are up to…

Originally posted on Braves Give:

The first week of Braves Caravan was super exciting and loads of fun, and it was just a warm up to what was to come in week 2! Here’s an exciting overview of the second week in our two-week Caravan journey.

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Monday, January 26 – Hudson K-8 Anti-Bullying Rally – Birmingham, AL

Week 2 of Caravan took us to west to Birmingham, Alabama to visit students at the Hudson K-8 School. We partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host a “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying rally with 100 middle school students. Braves players Andrelton Simmons, Ian Thomas, and Ross Wilson shared their thoughts on the importance of accepting one another and finding common interests with their classmates. They also answered questions from the students on teamwork, peer pressure, and goal setting. The rally concluded with the Braves players signing a “No Place for Hate” banner in which they pledged to do…

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