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Nolan Ryan's incredible business success in baseball & beyond

One of the most notable storylines surrounding the Texas Rangers first-ever American League Championship has been the omnipresence of Hall of Fame pitcher and new team owner Nolan Ryan.

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The Twins success at Target Field has much to do with design

This season, the Minnesota Twins celebrated their inaugural season of play at Target Field by winning the American League Central Title for the sixth time in nine years. Playing home games outdoors for the first time since 1981, the Twins led the AL with a 53-28 home field record. Aside from the talented Twins roster, much of the credit for this success can be attributed to the buzz associated with this quaint, yet surprisingly imposing ballpark.

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Michael Cuddyer has witnessed it all

Michael CuddyerTuesday night, the Minnesota Twins clinched their sixth American League Central title in the last nine years. Since this run of Twins success began in 2002, many outstanding players have taken the field at both the Metrodome and Target Field. Amid all this assembled talent, only one player has been present for the entirety of this era, that man is Michael Cuddyer.

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Buster Posey has come a long way in a short time

Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants catcher/first baseman Buster Posey has burst onto the big league scene.  The fifth pick in the 2008 draft has moved from college star at Florida State, to minor league sensation, to now being a significant contributor to his team's chase for the National League playoffs.  Entering Thursday's game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, Posey is hitting .324, with 13 HR and 59 RBI, in just 92 games.

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Classic video of Jim Thome hawking cars in Cleveland

Jim ThomeEntering Tuesday's game, Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome has crushed 587 homeruns during his 20 big league campaigns. This season, the former Indian, Phillie and White Sox has contributed 23 long balls to the Twins American League Central leading efforts.

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Baseball history on display for fans at the new Yankee Stadium

In a previous article, iFollo.com analyzed one of the most glaring negatives of the new Yankee Stadium, autograph accessibility to both Yankee and visiting players. Today's piece will focus on how effectively the two-year old ballpark showcases the great history of our nation's most famous sports franchise.

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Meeting Jim Leyland outside Yankee Stadium

I was walking around the perimeter of Yankee Stadium, prior to a Yankees vs. Tigers game, when I met Tigers manager Jim Leyland.  Ironically, I was spending my day chronicling the difficulties of attaining autographs at the new stadium when I encountered Leyland.

Yankee Stadium River Avenue Garage Not Built For Autograph Seekers

The South Bronx intersection of 161 Street and River Avenue is home to the most hallowed grounds in all of American sports. From 1923-2008, the original Yankee Stadium stood to the south and west of this very distinct part of the world.  “The House That Ruth Built” witnessed 26 World Championships, the most significant NFL game in history (1958 NFL Championship Game) and a bevy of noteworthy boxing matches, college football games and even religious gatherings. The stadium's unparalleled histor

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New York Yankees

Hunter & Carew represent the Angels, Twins & baseball extremely well

This week's All-Star Game festivities in Anaheim featured a decidedly Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins flavor. The reason for this was the very prominent roles of Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter and Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

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Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark?

Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark? Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has had an incredibly impressive three-year run. Manuel led the Phils to their first World Series title since 1980, while capturing two consecutive National League Championships along the way.

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Tim Lincecum is even smaller in person

While spending time outside of the All-Star Game headquarters in Anaheim, I was witness to Tim Lincecum exiting a vehicle and being led into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.  He is listed at 5’11”, 170 lbs, but he looks a whole lot smaller than that.  Comparisons to Mitch Kramer in “Dazed and Confused” are pretty accurate.  He much more resembles a skater in Santa Cruz or Hermosa Beach, than that of an incredible Major League pitcher.  It’s funny to look at Lincecum compared to his fellow All-Stars.  Most of his counterparts are big and very athletic looking, while Lincecum looks like a guy you’

The Wizard is really good to fans

While spending time at All-Star Game headquarters, I had the pleasure of seeing the great Ozzie Smith interact with his many fans.  During his playing days, Ozzie always appeared to conduct his business with both class and dignity.  His actions in Anaheim were right in line with this approach.  He was shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs for everyone along his path. Whether it was the hardcore baseball fan, a chauffeur waiting for a pick up or simply someone who just wanted to say hello, Ozzie made time for everyone.  He is truly a class act in every sense of the word.

Jeter & AROD operating at a different level than Swisher & fellow All-Stars

The New York Yankees are sitting comfortably atop the baseball world with a record of 56-32.  The defending World Series Champions have been operating on all cylinders during the first half of the 2010 season.  

Because of their stellar play, the Yanks are very well represented at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.  

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