Sa-winggggbattabattabatta! Like Arlie Latham, infamous for his
antics at the plate, the creators of this terrific humor site know
that distracting the other team is just as much a part of baseball
as hot dogs are. Visit the heckle Hall of Fame, memorize jeers and
sneers for umpires, batters or pitchers, or read the hilarious
archive of fan posters. More than 500 heckles and a pile of articles
on legendary loudmouths, various cities' bleacher creatures and
fixtures such as the San Diego Chicken make this clever site a must
for fans with attitude.
Drawing from Sports Illustrated's mother lode of baseball writing
and photos, this site always has interesting content. CNN's global
focus contributes information on college to world baseball,
something most other big baseball news sites don't have. The mix of
stats, scores, features, fantasy sports and chat here is top-notch,
but the site has more. As teams gear up for opening day, fans can
take their turn at bat in the message boards and interactive polls,
or see videos and photo essays.
The Web is rich with quality baseball sites, and Fastball is one
of them, with a solid mix of news, stats and features. It has
thorough spring training coverage that will keep you on top of all
the developments in these final two weeks before Opening Day. And
for some great belly laughs, check out the treasury of quotes in the
Foul Pole feature from the master of baseball malapropisms, Casey
If no one will take you out to the ballgame, there's always
big-league baseball's official Web site. Majorleaguebaseball.com
offers one thing others can't: live audio feeds of games and video
of key plays. You can even follow live coverage of every pitch in
any game or tune in to MLB's weekly press conference. Little
Leaguers and other young baseball fans have their own pages, where
they can ask questions and get help with their game. The breaking
news, features, player stats, schedules and an archive of historic
video and broadcast calls at this superprofessional site are hit out
of the park.
This refreshingly smart baseball news and commentary site has a
major-league sense of humor and a number of original resources.
Chief among these is strikethree.com's savvy and well-informed Rumor
Mill, which collects and comments on anonymous tips on everything
from player swaps to pitching order. Talented columnists mix humor
and wit in writing about team performances and baseball happenings.
Acres O' Baseball Links thoroughly covers official sites but also
has a bundle of pointers to interesting fan pages as well as books
SPORTING NEWS BASEBALL |
TSN's revered baseball coverage comes to life on this excellent
site that is a long way from the magazine's stodgy print
personality. Read expert analysis from TSN's veteran reporters, who
offer in-depth team coverage, player profiles, scouting reports,
stats, news and rumors. The site's minor league coverage is among
the most comprehensive you'll find.
Here's a deep-thinking site that's a change of pace from the
straight-ahead news and scores. Its strength is a deep archive of
thought-provoking essays on such subjects as the unique effects of
ballparks and quantifying a player's salary against his production.
Many of the site's resources are links, and though some are dated,
the subject matter is timeless.
SKILTON'S BASEBALL LINKS |
Updated frequently, this vast links site gets you out of the
dugout and into the Web's galaxy of baseball pages. Boasting more
than 6,000 links that are indexed by category and fully searchable,
Baseball Links' collection ranges from obvious destinations to
obscure fan sites and baseball music. For those overwhelmed by the
directory's vastness, the Link of the Week singles out choice surfs.
LEAGUE BASEBALL |
Baseball and radio share a long, rich history, and this offering
from Major League Baseball ensures the tradition will continue into
the new century. Click on Live Game Audio from atop the main page
menu and tap into live radio play-by-play from around the league.
The broadcasts feature the home team announcers and cover just about
every game on the schedule, with occasional exceptions. Whether
you're following your team from afar or keeping track of your
fantasy players, this is a top-notch resource.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM |
For those who can't make it to Cooperstown, N.Y., the online Hall
of Fame is an easy way to cover the bases of baseball his-tory.
Biographies of Hall-of-Famers from Hank Aaron to Cy Young, virtual
exhibits and introductions to the museum's vast research collections
give the feel of an actual visit. The online museum store sells an
extensive selection of baseball gifts and memorabilia.
|ROTONEWS FANTASY BASEBALL REPORT |
RotoNews is just one of the many great all-around forums
available to the growing legions of fantasy baseball nuts. It offers
plenty of pre-draft guidance and analysis, player values and
evaluations, and some news updates. One of the great features with
many of these sites is that they help players find available leagues
on the Net, and RotoNews' matchmaking service offers extensive
THE GAME AND BEYOND |
ThinkQuest, a group dedicated to education on the Web, offers
this interesting site that is helpful for students, those just
learning the game or those of us who simply want to know what makes
a curveball curve. You can learn how to calculate ERA, throw
different pitches or swing a bat correctly through helpful graphics
TODAY: BASEBALL |
The familiar national news-paper used its considerable editorial
resources to build this capacious, if predictable, baseball news and
trivia site. Daily features are the heart of this year-round source
of online baseball coverage, but the site also rallies a
stadium-sized audience on its baseball message boards and fantasy
baseball pages. Diamond Nuggets--short features about players, teams
and leagues--and a salary index spruce up the scoreboards and