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Mason baseball players as Marvel’s Avengers

Mason baseball players as Marvel's Avengers

Caleb Parnell

April 30, 2019

Avengers: Endgame recently hit theaters this past weekend and has become a global phenomenon, already earning more than $1.2 billion worldwide in the first few days. With the recent release of Endgame, it is a good time to make comparisons between the characters in the Avengers series and players on...

Breaking records with weird rules

Chesbro stands with his arms crossed, staring off into the distance.

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2019

Jack Chesbro’s 41 wins in 1904 defines his legacy. In an era where reaching half that mark is enough to lead the league, it seems like he will be the permanent holder of this “unbreakable” record. Unfortunately for him, a look at recent history and the rule book can help pick this record apart. Problem:...

The Not So Tough “Tough Loss”

Jacob deGrom mid-pitch for the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2018

Terminology: WAR = Wins Above Replacement, single number to estimate the value of a player. MVP = Most Valuable Player award, awarded to one player from each league at the end of the season. ERA = Earned Run Average, how many earned runs a pitcher allows per nine innings. Game score = A metric tha...

The Rays’ Reliever Revolution

Baseball player pitching.

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2018

Even before a pitch was thrown in spring training, it was already decided that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees would make the playoffs. Both the Red Sox and Yankees had made the playoffs in 2017 and acquired MVP-caliber players (JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton, respectively) in the offseason....

The Problem With Baserunning

The Problem With Baserunning

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018

Who is the best base runner is baseball? A speedster like Dee Gordon or Billy Hamilton? What about a baserunning mastermind like Paul Goldschmidt? The two most valuable base runners in baseball last year were actually Byron Buxton and Mookie Betts. While they did not have the same volume of steals as ...

Inherited Runners – The Next WAR Factor

Baseball player throws a ball.

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2018

CRACK! As Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis’s line drive landed down the left field line, it brought both Andrew Cashner’s season and the Texas Rangers’ playoff hopes to their final games. The hit gave the Astros an 8-2 lead and they went on to win the game. The runners Cashner had left on f...

Mason baseball beats Strasburg on the road for the first time in a decade

Senior Thomas Creed slides under the tag to score against Mount Vernon on Monday’s senior night. (Photo by Erin Dean)

West Hagler, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2018

As of Friday, May 18, the Mason Varsity baseball is 6-11. Obstacles like a lack of depth on the mound and batting inconsistencies have led them to lose a few more games than anticipated, but still, they look to the postseason in high hopes. One major accomplishment for the Mustangs is beating Strasbu...

Mason baseball players and their MLB counterparts

Mason baseball players and their MLB counterparts

Jay Nesson, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2018

The baseball season is underway, and that means that it is time to compare our own athletes to professional athletes again. With a close look at playing style, we give you Mason players and their Major League Baseball counterparts.   Thomas Dean: Nolan Arenado A good defensive third baseman who also absolutely rakes; classic three hitter.   &nbs...

Most exciting World Series ever?

José Altuve high fives Yulieski Gourriel

Jay Nesson, Staff Reporter

November 3, 2017

One could argue that the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers is the most exciting final in years. Two severely dominant teams matching up quite nicely in this 2017 World Series, both the Astros and the Dodgers are both superb defensive and offensive ball clubs.  ...

Nats’ Rendon deserves NL MVP

Anthony Rendon admires a hit.

David Miller

September 8, 2017

Yes, I know that Daniel Murphy has a higher batting average. I know that Giancarlo Stanton has way more home runs. I understand that Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Joey Votto, and others have put up insane stats this year, but hear me out. We’re living in the age of Statcast, and the fact that Batting...

The Atlantic League: an alternative to affiliated baseball

The Atlantic League: an alternative to affiliated baseball

David Miller

May 15, 2017

Anyone who played Little League Baseball in Falls Church growing up was likely umpired by local accountant Mike Wetmore. After being Chief Umpire in Falls Church for 10 years, Wetmore and a friend from college, Jack Lavoie, made the decision to buy a controlling share of an Atlantic League baseball ...

Nesson makes history with no-hitter

Jay Nesson kisses his game ball

David Miller

April 20, 2017

On April 10, 2017, Sophomore Jay Nesson made Mason Baseball History by throwing a complete game no-hitter. Nesson threw for no runs, on no hits, with two walks, and eight strikeouts. His name will soon be added to the list of Mason no-hitters in the Mason Hall of Fame next to the Mary Ellen Henderso...

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