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In the game of cricket, there is always given more credit to a batsman. Bowlers are often missed out despite of giving match-winning performance. The media goes gaga over a batsman’s century, the same appreciation is a far-cry when a bowler takes precious wickets. Bowlers get recognition when they take, say more than five wickets, for instance. Having said that, the game of cricket was to the better part of 80′s and 90′s ruled by fiery pace bowlers. West Indies produced top class fast bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and many more. Bowlers were a major reason that West Indies won the inaugural World cup and defended successfully the next time in 1979. More than West Indies, the Pakistanis learned more from the West Indies legends. The ninety’s saw the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, and Shoib Akhtar letting their bowling speak for them. Courtesy fantastic bowling the team went on to win the world cup in 1992. Wasim Akram’s dismissed Ian Botham (England) for a duck which set the game in Pakistan’s favour, though the wicket caused a controversy back in England. As the overs went Akram dismissed Alec Stewart, Graeme Hick, and Graham Gooch to leave England tattering. Akram came back again to dismiss Allan Lamb which in the meantime build a solid partnership of 71 with fellow batsman Niel Fairbrother.In between of all this, spin bowlers from India, Sri Lanka, and Australia came to the forefront whenever their respective teams required wickets. Now the leading wicket taker in the world, Muthiah Muralidharan, an off-spinner’s guide-book, opposition’s worry, leads with an impressive 800 wicket in test cricket and 522 wickets in one day international (as of writing).Below is the list of greatest bowlers that the game of cricket has ever produced. Watch as a slide show or scroll down to find the greatest bowlers of all time.The below list was not created to demean the achievements of some other bowlers that they were not good enough, but to highlight the achievements of some of them.To 10 Greatest BowlersIn cricket, swing is a potent weapon in the battle of willow and leather. There are three basic types of swing: in-swing, out-swing and reverse swing. Reverse swing, whether it goes away from the batsman or otherwise, goes contrary to a batsman’s expectation. The cricket ball swings in a manner contrary to what the seam position and shine of the ball suggests it should. Based on that, reverse swings is characterized as follows: The ball swinging towards the shiny side of the ball as opposed to moving towards the rough side (as in conventional swing) The ball moving in the opposite direction of the seam With conventional swing, the increased drag on the rough side of the ball causes the shinier side to move faster through the air. This creates a side force that acts in the direction of the shiny side. Even with a new ball, an upright, angled seam can generate swing when bowled at high speeds. This seems strange to many, but it depends on the following elements: Bowler’s bowling action and pace The condition of the ball Atmospheric conditions – like humidity Pitch conditions – a drier pitch roughens both sides of the ball, which is necessary for reverse swing Scientist Rabindra Mehta, a long-time friend of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, posited that true reverse swing occurs when the ball moves in a direction opposite to that of the seam position. Seam bowlers, who are not genuinely fast, can generate conventional swing easily. However, this can only occur up to a certain speed threshold, because the higher velocity in the forward motion reduces the impact of the side force necessary for swing. Therefore, for genuinely fast bowlers, the seam position becomes more important in generating swing. Mehta suggests that the seam position is more prominent because it causes the boundary layer of air around the ball to separate earlier at the top of the ball than at the bottom of it. This argument suggests that bowlers who bowl upwards of 90 miles (140 kilometres) per hour can only generate reverse swing. So what really obtains is that the effect of the turbulent air around the seam outweighs the effect of the pressure differentials of the ball.
Reverse swing bowler Waqar Younis also suggested that a dry pitch was helpful in producing reverse swing. The former Pakistan captain and coach stated that the dry pitch made both sides of the ball rough, although one side was significantly rougher than the other. Waqar also noted that the Pakistan bowlers did not touch the sides of the ball, since this might dampen the ball and reduce the effect. Waqar may have had a point, since reduced side force could have accentuated the importance of the seam position.Reverse swing was one viewed like a magician’s trick or diabolical effect brought about by ball tampering. The idea that the ball is going the “wrong” way is common, since cricket has terms for balls that goes the “wrong way.” The “googly” and “doosra” are terms used when leg-spinners and off-spinners spin the ball in the opposite direction to what their bowling action suggests.
Looking at the mechanics of the googly or doosra, one would observe what causes the ball to spin the other way. Technically, reverse swing is merely in-swing or out-swing that defies expectation. The idea that the ball “reverses” is just another one of cricket’s “wrong one” analogies. Science shows that there are merely different ways of producing outswing and in-swing. When it’s caused strictly by pressure differentials, it is conventional swing. However, when the swing is caused primarily by the seam, it is reverse swing – just a case of one force over-ruling another.
The reason it took so long for reverse swing to be accepted is its association with ball tampering. This is especially as exponents of reverse swing usually hail from the sub-continent – Pakistan in particular. Indeed, the art and science of reverse swing is not yet fully understood and is barely understood in some quarters of the cricket world. There is merit to the idea that ball tampering can aid reverse swing, however. For example, if the seam position is elevated on the shinier side of the ball, that would create additional turbulence on the shinier side of the ball. This causes the ball to swing in the direction of the shinier side.
One can suppose that reverse swing is to fast bowlers what googlies and doosras are to leg-spinners and off-spinners. It will remain part of cricket’s terminology and certainly will be an additional weapon for fast bowlers on even the most unforgiving pitches.
This lens is written for 2 sorts of people: those who basically understand conventional cricket but who are unsure of the different rules and emphases of T20 cricket and secondly those to whom the whole world of cricket is a boring, meaningless blur.(also known as Americans). Sorry, just a joke.Definition: Twenty twenty cricket is the newest form of the game and I shall henceforth refer to it as T20 cricket, so T20 equals Twenty twenty.Those of you who don’t understand the basic idea of cricket could do worse than read my earlier lens:’Cricket Explained for Dummies’ If that sounds too highbrow, and, let’s face it, it does involve moving the mouse once or twice, then in that case pin your ears back.Cricket is basically a simple game. Honestly. One side starts by batting. They try to score runs. The other team are the bowling/fielding side and they try to capture the wickets of the batsmen and also to prevent them scoring runs.Then the sides swap roles and the bowling side becomes the batters and in their turn try to score runs. The side which scores the most runs wins the match. And that’s it. Well, apart from about a trillion rules, that is. But the purpose of this lens is education with entertainment and we’re going to forget the niceties and stick to the basics.Actually T20 is the easiest form of cricket to learn. Some people would say its also the most exciting. And although I love the long form of the game (and an international match can last 5 or even 6 days), I have grown to love T20. It is genuinely exciting and a real spectacle.Let’s move on to an imaginary game. Reds versus Blues. Eleven men a side, including one specialist wicket keeper – he’s the only member of the fielding side wearing pads, and who stands behind the stumps – the stumps are the 3 pieces of wood which the batsman protects, also known as his wicket. The captains toss up and Reds win. They decide to field first. That way when they bat they’ll know what score they have to beat.So Blues come out to bat. Only two batsmen at a time are on the field. The first two are known as the Openers. They have to deal with the opposition fast bowlers when they’re all fired up and frisky,…and,well….fast…. . The top bowlers fire the ball down at over 80mph, and the ball is extremely hard. If it hits you, it hurts. LIVE FOOTAGE – Australia’s Phil Hughes ‘critical’ after being hit by cricket ball
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On December 30, 2012, the longest-tenured head coach in the National Football League took his last walk off the field. Andy Reid ended his 14-year tenure at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles in conspicuously inglorious fashion, suffering his worst loss of a disastrous season to the New York Giants in a game in which it had become all but obvious that his team simply didn’t care enough to play anymore. The next day, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie addressed the members of the Philadelphia sports media to announce that Reid had been fired. Reid’s career in Philadelphia is perhaps the very definition of contradiction. Though he was the winningest coach in Eagles history and took the team to six NFC East Titles, 5 NFC Championship games, and a Super Bowl appearance, the Philadelphia fan base had been calling for his head for almost a decade. In order to properly evaluate the Andy Reid Era of Eagles Football, it is necessary to examine all of the facets that contributed to its successes and failures.In 1998, the Philadelphia Eagles capped off the worst season in franchise history, finishing 3-13 and in a three-way tie for the worst record in the NFL. In response, the team fired head coach Ray Rhodes and hired Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid to take his place. Reid had attracted a great deal of attention for his work with Brett Favre, who won two of his three MVP awards during Reid’s tenure there. Despite this, his arrival in Philadelphia was not greeted warmly, as the big name in the mix at the time was then-defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers and future New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett. Bill Lyon of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote of Reid: “The Eagles have taken quite a risk by settling on a successor to Ray Rhodes two weeks to the day after they sacked him, by hiring an unknown while choosing not to wait to interview some glamour names with sexy resumes who are still untouchable because their teams are in the playoffs.”The doubts over Reid were not limited to the Philadelphia media. When the new head coach decided to use the second overall pick of the 1999 Draft on Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb over Heisman Trophy-winning running back Ricky Williams, the Eagles fans who were present immediately erupted in a chorus of heckling and boos.Reid’s notably taciturn relationship with the Philadelphia media became present for the first time when asked about what his plan was for the rookie quarterback in turning the team’s fortunes around: “You have to trust me.” When he left the rookie he was apparently grooming to the lynchpin of his new offense on the sidelines as the Eagles lost seven out of their first nine games in 1999, the fans were ready to run both Reid and Jeffrey Lurie out of town on a rail. However, the Eagles would have a much better second half of the season as McNabb was given the starting quarterback slot and allowed to get his feet wet. Reid’s breakout season would come in his second year. In the opening game of the 2000 season against the hated Dallas Cowboys, Reid signaled the beginning of a new and unpredictable style of Eagles offense that fans had never seen before when he started the game with a surprise onside kick, leading to a convincing 41-14 victory. Reid and McNabb would go on to dazzle the entire NFL with a scheme that went against traditional football norms: passing the ball on first down plays, running it on third-and-long situations, and making heavy use of the screen pass and quarterback run/pass option plays. The Eagles roared to an 11-5 record and won their first playoff game since 1995.While Reid was building the offensive side of the ball around McNabb, his hand-picked defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was given autonomy to build one of the most dominating defensive lineups in the team’s history. Building around core players from the Rhodes era like Bobby Taylor, Hugh Douglas, Troy Vincent, and team captain Brian Dawkins, Johnson designed a system that complemented the strength, speed, and agility of his players. With a strong secondary, Johnson was free to send his front seven in one of his custom-built blitz packages on almost every single defensive down. From 2001-2004, the Eagles defense was among the tops in the NFL in third down efficiency, red zone efficiency, and points per game allowed. For 34 straight regular season games, the defense allowed 21 or fewer points, the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Not surprisingly, the combination of Reid’s innovative offense and Jim Johnson’s crushing defense translated into a powerhouse team that dominated the NFC in the first half of the 2000s. In 2001, the Eagles repeated their 11-5 performance, winning the NFC East and handily defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears before eventually losing a nail-biter to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC Championship Game. In 2002, they would do one better, finishing 12-4 with a second NFC East Championship, but losing a shocker at home to Tampa Bay in the NFC Title game.2003 did not start off well for the Eagles. They opened the season a disappointing 2-3, including a heartbreaking 23-21 loss to the Cowboys on the road. However, behind the “Three-Headed Monster” running back trio of Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, and Correll Buckhalter, the Eagles won 12 out of their last 13 games, including nine in a row. Their magic would continue in the divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, in which Donovan McNabb connected on an unbelievable 4th-and-26 pass to Freddie Mitchell to cap off a last-minute winning drive to send them to their third straight NFC Championship Game, one that they would ultimately lose to the Carolina Panthers.The success of the 2003 season, however, served to highlight several glaring weaknesses of Andy Reid’s offense. With the lack of marquee wide receivers, the Eagles’ offense relied heavily on the mobility of Donovan McNabb and short passes to the running back corps. Opposing teams found success throughout the season in keeping nine defensive players in the box and assigning one safety to cover each Eagles wideout. To counter this and keep their hopes at an eventual Super Bowl Championship alive, Andy Reid (acting as de facto general manager) signed controversial free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens had made a name for himself on the San Francisco 49ers as one of the most naturally gifted receivers in the game, as well as a toxic presence in the locker room. His infamous separation from the 49ers included a bitter dispute over the terms of his contract and an interview in Playboy magazine in which he claimed that 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia was a homosexual. Owens, however, amicably signed a seven-year, $49 million deal with the Eagles and was greeted warmly by the notoriously prickly Eagles fans upon his arrival. Owens would prove to be the missing piece of the puzzle for the Eagles, who posted a dominating 13-3 record en route to their fourth straight NFC East Championship. Owens and McNabb would hook up for 14 touchdown passes before he was injured on a horse collar tackle in a game against the Cowboys. Despite his absence in the playoffs, however, the Eagles rolled over Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs to finally capture the long-elusive NFC Championship. Andy Reid would finally have his first shot at the Super Bowl against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.Super Bowl XXXIX started out as a defensive battle, with each team forcing punts on both of their first two respective defensive series. The Eagles wasted two first-half drives into the Patriots’ red zone with an interception and a fumble before finally scoring the game’s first touchdown halfway through the second quarter. The two teams would battle to a 7-7 tie at halftime and kept it to a 14-14 tie at the end of the third quarter, after which things began to fall apart for Reid. Patriots running back Kevin Faulk led a 9-play, 66-yard drive to put the Pats up 21-14. A roughing the passer call on the Eagles set up a field goal on the next Patriots’ drive to give them a 24-14 lead with under nine minutes left in the game. What happened next would stick with Reid for the remainder of his Eagles career.After McNabb’s second interception and the ensuing three-and-out by the Patriots, the Eagles got the ball back on their own 21-yead line with 5:40 left on the clock. They needed a quick touchdown and another strong defensive series to have a chance at even tying the game, let alone winning it. However, rather than run a hurry-up, quick-strike offense to keep the Patriots on their heels, Andy Reid chose to run a traditional mixture of runs and passes, did not use the sidelines, did not use any of his three timeouts, and seemed to adjust his play calling after each down as if it were any other drive in any other game. Although the Eagles scored a touchdown to cut the Patriots lead to 3 points, th2014 Clemson vs North Carolina Football Game
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Cricket is a very popular sport in India. A large portion of the Indian people is addicted to this sport. When there is a Cricket Match between India and any other country, or even between Australia and West Indies (or any other two countries), Cricket Fanatics in India like to avoid routine work and like to sit before TV sets to watch the match live. These people get a hysteric pleasure when ‘their’ team gets advantage, and if ‘their’ player makes a mistake (i.e. outs, dropping of a catch or giving runs to the opposite team), these fanatics use abusive words for their own cricketers.While the match is going on on the television and some one disturbs these fanatics, they become angry. If someone comes for an urgent work, he has to wait until the match is over. Even if the visitor is not interested in watching cricket, he has to watch it, or to go back. These fanatics get disturbed even if their phone rings.When something interesting happens in the match (of course interesting for the cricket fanatics), these people make phone calls to their other Cricket fanatic friends to tell the Braking news. Even after the match ends, the only subject of discussion for these people is Cricket. Cricket, Cricket and Cricket….But cricket is not played everywhere in the world. This sport is limited to 10-12 countries. The fact is that this sport is popular in some of the countries (not all) which were ruled by England. Even the people of England (Which gave birth to cricket) are not crazy about this sport.The question is that why Indians love this game so much? Why they do not take much interest in sports like Football, Hockey, Athletics, Wrestling, Kabbadi, Kho Kho?There are many physical and psychological reasons for it.
You need much physical and mental energy to play and even to watch sports like football, hockey etc. Most of the Indians are physically and psychologically weak people. This weakness is the most important reason for staying away from the sports which need a high energy. Compare the very fast game of football with the very comfortable game of cricket. In the game of football even the referees need a high stamina, while the umpire in the game of cricket is the laziest person. Cricket is the game of lazy people. We can categorize Indians as the laziest people in the world. So it is natural that Indians like cricket.But this is not just about stamina. Cricket is the easiest game to understand. People with a low IQ too can understand it. On the other hand, to understand the games like football and hockey, you need some knowledge. Average Indians never understand complicated things. So they do not understand most of the other games.The third reason is related to the subconscious mind. Indians were following unaccountability for thousands of years. It was banned by law in modern India. But the practice still lives in subconscious minds of most of the Indians. Cricket is the game where the players do not need to touch each others. This is not possible in football, hockey, wrestling, kabbadi etc. That is why there is a love for cricket and hate for ‘touching games’ amongst average Indians. That is why we see most of the Indian cricketers are from Brahmin or so called ‘higher’ communities. This fact tells us why we do not see cricket players from the so called lower castes in cricket teams.Notable thing is that the players in Indian Hockey or Football teams are totally different…from different communities…and especially from armed forces, and the communities which are physically strong.Have you seen any Brahmin player in hockey or football, or even in wrestling, kabbadi or kho kho?Our Government also gives too much importance to Cricket. This game helps the Government to keep away the people from their basic needs and problems. Cricket works like opium, and people ignore the wrong things that our Government do.
-Mahavir Sanglikar
After moving to Georgia over five years ago, one thing I had to acclimate myself to was a new host of creepy crawlers. Coming from Ohio, I was familiar with many of these new bugs, but in the American South there are a few different types that commonly pop up inside homes.Of all of them, spider crickets really stand out. Though spider crickets (also known as cave crickets or camel crickets) share the cricket name, they’re very different than the little chirpers you hear or see bouncing around in the yard. Truthfully, my first thought after seeing my first spider cricket was, “What kind of freaky mutant spider thing is that?!” And then, it jumped, and my thought crystallized. It was obviously the mutant offspring of one very adventurous cricket and one freaky spider.
Despite their… unloveability, spider crickets really are harmless. But like another other critter, most of us would prefer they make their home somewhere else.
Getting rid of this unwanted houseguest can be done in a variety of ways. Often people will use a professional service which usually consists of spraying throughout and around the home. A growing portion of people, though, are trying other methods to remove unwanted bugs from the home.
I grew up in a family that tossed hedge apples under the beds every fall, so I’m always mindful of either an old fashioned or at least, non-chemical way to solve common problems. Getting rid of spider crickets is no exception.Like nearly all other insects, the spider cricket absorbs moisture through its skin. So in order for it to survive, it needs warm, moist air. And if you live in the south, this is where your basement or crawlspace can become Hotel de Spricket (spider + cricket = spricket).
In my case, the crawlspace was most certainly the culprit, and one look with my roommate was more than enough to see that the Hotel was full!
There are a variety of crawlspace dehumidifiers available on the market, and several would be able to solve my problem. I chose the Aprilaire 1710A dehumidifier, for several reasons. First, the water removal capacity was in line with what I was looking for.
Most room dehumidifiers top out around 70 pints per day, but due to the nature of this space, the humidity level is extremely high during the spring and summer months. The 1710A will remove 90 pints per day, but as with other dehumidifiers, if conditions are more extreme, it can exceed that.
Secondly, each Aprilaire dehumidifier is constructed of steel and come with five year warranty. This was important to me since I wanted something that was going to last. Lastly, the facts that the core is insulated and there is a MERV 8 air filter were both features I really liked.
It rarely freezes where I live, but the insulation helps buffer the units from the temperature swings of transitional months. The air filter was a must with the location where I was going to use the Aprilaire. Crawlspaces are not clean, and the cheap plastic mesh “filters” used by a lot of dehumidifiers are not enough to keep dirt, dust and other debris from collecting in internal components.
Setup was really simple. Overall, the most difficult thing was probably getting the unit into the crawlspace. The casters helped some, but not as much as if it was on a finished surface. More importantly though, the casters keep the dehumidifier elevated off of the ground and away from moisture.
The 1710 lacks any sort of condensate pump or reservoir, but what it does have is a P-trap and a little over 5’ of clear hose. This wasn’t enough for me, so I went to the local Home Depot and purchased a 12’ length of hose. Once I installed the P-trap and hose, I ran the hose down towards the doorway of the crawlspace.There, I knocked out a hole, through the wood door, with a standard 1” wood bit and cordless drill. I then ran the hose through the opening and to black drain line that attaches to the bottom of the one of the downspouts.
I fed the condensate line into this drain line because the two primary downspouts of the house feed into French drains. And because the house is built on a slight grade, the P-trap and basic gravity allow the water to run down and into the small hole I punched in the black drain pipe.
If this solution won’t work for you because there is no floor drain or other drain nearby, you can pick up a condensate pump for $60-$100 from your local hardware of big box home improvement store. You then run the supplied hose from the 1710A into the condensate pump and the pump can than push the water up grade or to a nearby drain that would normally be inaccessible.
Once all of this was in place I simply set the dial and let it run. After about an hour I checked the unit and there was condensate in the line, with a small trickle emptying into the drain. To get a true reading of the humidity levels, you will need a separate humidity gauge. A week later I checked the reading and came up with just under 40%.
With the spider crickets, my goal is 35% relative humidity, so after another week, I’ll check again. Aside from reducing or elLIVE FOOTAGE – Australia’s Phil Hughes ‘critical’ after being hit by cricket ball
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Jeff
Reardon is 54 years old and hails from Massachusetts. His baseball nickname was “The Terminator.” In 1988, Jeff Reardon became the first pitcher who had saved 40 games in a season in both leagues. He was also a four-time All Star, and
earned a World Series ring in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins. Reardon began his career in baseball
with the Mets, and he pitched for seven teams during his career, which spanned
1979 to 1994. In 1985 he was the
best closer in the league for the Expos.
In 1992, Reardon broke the all-time Major League Baseball career saves
record. His career total of 367 currently saves ranks 7th in history.Bruce
Sutter is 57 years old and grew up in Pennsylvania. Hank Greenwald once said of him “Three more saves and he
ties John the Baptist.” Bruce Sutter became
the first pitcher voted into the Hall of Fame who had never started a
game. He helped the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series, and he was chosen for
the All Star team six times. Sutter pitched in the major leagues from 1976 to
1988, starting with the Cubs and ultimately retiring with the Braves. At the time of his retirement, he had
the 3rd most saves (300) in history, and a career Earned Run Average
of 2.83. Sutter led the league in
saves for five seasons, and he won the Cy Young Award in 1979. It was he who made the split-finger
fastball a household word. Rollie
Fingers is 63 years old and from California.  In 1981, while pitching for the Oakland Athletics, he not
only won the Cy Young Award but the Most Valuable Player Award as well.  Rollie Fingers pitched on the Athletics
team that won three straight World Championships from 1972-1974, and he was
named relief pitcher of the year four times during his baseball career.  Fingers also established a new career
saves record in 1980, and his final career total of 341 saves stood as the
record for 12 seasons.  He pitched
from 1968 to 1985, including stints with both the Padres and Brewers, while
posting a career ERA of 2.90. 
Fingers has been credited with being the first closer in Major League
Baseball.

Dennis
Eckersley is 55 years old and was raised in California. He posted 390 career saves, good for 5th
all time. In 1992, Dennis
Eckersley won both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award. He is the only pitcher on this page who
was an outstanding starter early in his career. In 1975, Eckersley won the Rookie of the Year Award while
playing with the Cleveland Indians, and two years later he pitched a
no-hitter. He set a new league
record with 45 saves in 1988 with the Athletics, the same team with which he
earned his World Series ring the following year. Three times Eckersley topped the league for saves. His 1990 season was incredible, posting a 0.61 ERA (5 earned runs surrendered for the YEAR), and became the only
pitcher in history to earn more saves than walks allowed. Eckersley was the first pitcher, and
one of only two ever, to become both a 20 game winner and a 50 save
closer. He pitched 24 seasons
before retiring in 1998—including tours of duty with the Red Sox, Cubs, and
Cardinals—and was voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.John
Franco is 49 years old and was reared in Brooklyn. He is the all-time career saves leader for Major League
Baseball among left-handed pitchers, with a total of 424, which was 2nd
ever for any pitcher when he retired in 2005 and stands 4th
today. John Franco was a 4 time
All Star who finished with a career ERA of 2.89. Twice he was the relief pitcher of the year, and he pitched
until he was 44 years old, making him the oldest player in baseball that year. Franco pitched in 1119 Major League
games—the most ever. While he
started his career with the Reds and ended it with Astros, he is best known for
the 14 years he spent with the New York Mets. Franco is unusual in that he threw a screwball. Lee
Smith is 52 Years old and a native of Louisiana.  Sportswriter Jim Murray described him as “The best one
inning pitcher the game ever saw.”  Lee
Smith held the major league record for career saves from 1993 to 2006 with
478—still 3rd most ever. 
His mentor was Fergie Jenkins. 
The 6’6” 265 lb. Smith was a 7 time All Star, best known for his 95 mph
fastball.  He set what was the
National League record for saves with 47 in 1991; he led the league in saves
four times, and he holds the all time record for Games Finished with 802.  Smith had an ERA of only 1.65 in
1983.  He pitched for eight teams
over the course of eighteen seasons in the big leagues, starting with the eight
years he played for my beloved Chicago Cubs. 

Billy
Wagner is 38 years old and was originally from Virginia. He is still an active player, and his
385 career saves are 6th most in the history of the game. Billy Wagner set a Major League record
in 1997 by striking out 14.4 batters per nine innings for the season. He has
been the relief pitcher of the year once and he was selected six times for the
All Star team. Wagner, a
left-hander, is not a big man, but he throws the ball 100 mph. After breaking in with the Astros in 1995,
he has since pitched for four other clubs.  Wagner sports a 2.39 ERA for his CAREER. Trevor
Hoffman is 42 years old and a native Californian. He is the rare pitcher who
throws a palmball. Trevor Hoffman
holds numerous Major League records including: 8 straight 30 save seasons; 15
seasons with more than 20 saves; 14 years with over 30 saves; 9 with 40 saves
or more. In 2002, Sports
Illustrated
magazine named him the “greatest closer in baseball history.” Hoffman is a 7 time All Star who had
his best year in 1998 when he saved 53 games with an ERA of 1.48. Twice he has been the relief pitcher of
the year, and he sports a 2.73 lifetime ERA. Hoffman pitched briefly
with the Marlins, and he is currently rostered by the Brewers, but he is best
known as a San Diego Padre, the team with which he logged 16 seasons. He is the all time career saves leader
with 591. Mariano
Rivera is 40 years old, and he is a native of Panama. The only team he has played for in the 15 years of his
career is the New York Yankees.
Trevor Hoffman says, “Rivera will go down in history as the best
reliever in the history of the game.” Dennis
Eckersley chimed in with “The best ever, no doubt.” In 1999 Mariano Rivera saved 45 games out of 49
opportunities, with a 1.83 ERA, and at one point was not scored upon
for 43 consecutive innings; in 2004 he made good on 53 of 57 save chances while
posting an ERA of 1.94; in 2005 he converted 43 out of 47 with an ERA of 1.38;
in 2008 he blew only one save opportunity in 40 tries, finishing with an 1.40
ERA—and he only walked a total of six hitters in the entire SEASON. Rivera possesses many all time postseason records including: 34 consecutive scoreless innings; 23
consecutive saves; 39 career saves; and a career ERA of 0.74. Rivera is a ten-time All Star;
five-time relief pitcher of the year; and a five-time World Champion. He has
accomplished all of this with essentially one pitch: a devastating cut
fastball. Rivera is
currently second in career saves with 526. He has the lowest career ERA in 100 years of baseball at
2.25. Rivera is a devout
Christian, and he credits God with all of his success. I started following major league baseball in 1953 when I was 9. The Boston Braves had just moved to Milwaukee, and Braves baseball cards were in every box of Johnsons Broken Cookies. I still remember marvelling at the the colored picture cards of such players as Warren Spahn and Sid Gorden. Later that year, my father took me to my first baseball game at Milwaukee County Stadium which had just been built. The Pittsburg Pirates were playing and we sat in the left field bleachers. “Watch how Del Crandall holds his catcher’s mitt,” my dad said during the game. Dad had just bought me a catcher’s mitt, mask, and shin guards because he wanted me to be a catcher.
During the remainder of the 50s I followed the Braves religiously in the paper and on the radio by listening to Earl Gillespie game broadcasts. Occasionally I caught a game on WGN TV when the Braves played the Cubs in Chicago. When my father didn’t have time to take me to games, my uncle did. In 1954 we saw the Brooklyn Dodgers and sat in the right field bleachers. “Get your glove ready, Paulie,” my dad said as Duke Snider stepped up to the plate. Sure enough, a few seconds later Duke hit a ball over the fence which landed two rows below my outstretched glove. The next year, 1955, my uncle took me to see the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds play. I vividly remember the big swing and miss of Willie Mays going after a Warren Spahn screwball. At the Reds game, I couldn’t believe the huge biceps of Ted Kluzewski who played first base.
The Braves finally surpassed the Dodgers and won two National League pennants in 1957 and 1958. They even beat the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series. Although the BFunny Baseball Bloopers of 2013, Volume One
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Jeff
Reardon is 54 years old and hails from Massachusetts. His baseball nickname was “The Terminator.” In 1988, Jeff Reardon became the first pitcher who had saved 40 games in a season in both leagues. He was also a four-time All Star, and
earned a World Series ring in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins. Reardon began his career in baseball
with the Mets, and he pitched for seven teams during his career, which spanned
1979 to 1994. In 1985 he was the
best closer in the league for the Expos.
In 1992, Reardon broke the all-time Major League Baseball career saves
record. His career total of 367 currently saves ranks 7th in history.Bruce
Sutter is 57 years old and grew up in Pennsylvania. Hank Greenwald once said of him “Three more saves and he
ties John the Baptist.” Bruce Sutter became
the first pitcher voted into the Hall of Fame who had never started a
game. He helped the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series, and he was chosen for
the All Star team six times. Sutter pitched in the major leagues from 1976 to
1988, starting with the Cubs and ultimately retiring with the Braves. At the time of his retirement, he had
the 3rd most saves (300) in history, and a career Earned Run Average
of 2.83. Sutter led the league in
saves for five seasons, and he won the Cy Young Award in 1979. It was he who made the split-finger
fastball a household word. Rollie
Fingers is 63 years old and from California.  In 1981, while pitching for the Oakland Athletics, he not
only won the Cy Young Award but the Most Valuable Player Award as well.  Rollie Fingers pitched on the Athletics
team that won three straight World Championships from 1972-1974, and he was
named relief pitcher of the year four times during his baseball career.  Fingers also established a new career
saves record in 1980, and his final career total of 341 saves stood as the
record for 12 seasons.  He pitched
from 1968 to 1985, including stints with both the Padres and Brewers, while
posting a career ERA of 2.90. 
Fingers has been credited with being the first closer in Major League
Baseball.

Dennis
Eckersley is 55 years old and was raised in California. He posted 390 career saves, good for 5th
all time. In 1992, Dennis
Eckersley won both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award. He is the only pitcher on this page who
was an outstanding starter early in his career. In 1975, Eckersley won the Rookie of the Year Award while
playing with the Cleveland Indians, and two years later he pitched a
no-hitter. He set a new league
record with 45 saves in 1988 with the Athletics, the same team with which he
earned his World Series ring the following year. Three times Eckersley topped the league for saves. His 1990 season was incredible, posting a 0.61 ERA (5 earned runs surrendered for the YEAR), and became the only
pitcher in history to earn more saves than walks allowed. Eckersley was the first pitcher, and
one of only two ever, to become both a 20 game winner and a 50 save
closer. He pitched 24 seasons
before retiring in 1998—including tours of duty with the Red Sox, Cubs, and
Cardinals—and was voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.John
Franco is 49 years old and was reared in Brooklyn. He is the all-time career saves leader for Major League
Baseball among left-handed pitchers, with a total of 424, which was 2nd
ever for any pitcher when he retired in 2005 and stands 4th
today. John Franco was a 4 time
All Star who finished with a career ERA of 2.89. Twice he was the relief pitcher of the year, and he pitched
until he was 44 years old, making him the oldest player in baseball that year. Franco pitched in 1119 Major League
games—the most ever. While he
started his career with the Reds and ended it with Astros, he is best known for
the 14 years he spent with the New York Mets. Franco is unusual in that he threw a screwball. Lee
Smith is 52 Years old and a native of Louisiana.  Sportswriter Jim Murray described him as “The best one
inning pitcher the game ever saw.”  Lee
Smith held the major league record for career saves from 1993 to 2006 with
478—still 3rd most ever. 
His mentor was Fergie Jenkins. 
The 6’6” 265 lb. Smith was a 7 time All Star, best known for his 95 mph
fastball.  He set what was the
National League record for saves with 47 in 1991; he led the league in saves
four times, and he holds the all time record for Games Finished with 802.  Smith had an ERA of only 1.65 in
1983.  He pitched for eight teams
over the course of eighteen seasons in the big leagues, starting with the eight
years he played for my beloved Chicago Cubs. 

Billy
Wagner is 38 years old and was originally from Virginia. He is still an active player, and his
385 career saves are 6th most in the history of the game. Billy Wagner set a Major League record
in 1997 by striking out 14.4 batters per nine innings for the season. He has
been the relief pitcher of the year once and he was selected six times for the
All Star team. Wagner, a
left-hander, is not a big man, but he throws the ball 100 mph. After breaking in with the Astros in 1995,
he has since pitched for four other clubs.  Wagner sports a 2.39 ERA for his CAREER. Trevor
Hoffman is 42 years old and a native Californian. He is the rare pitcher who
throws a palmball. Trevor Hoffman
holds numerous Major League records including: 8 straight 30 save seasons; 15
seasons with more than 20 saves; 14 years with over 30 saves; 9 with 40 saves
or more. In 2002, Sports
Illustrated
magazine named him the “greatest closer in baseball history.” Hoffman is a 7 time All Star who had
his best year in 1998 when he saved 53 games with an ERA of 1.48. Twice he has been the relief pitcher of
the year, and he sports a 2.73 lifetime ERA. Hoffman pitched briefly
with the Marlins, and he is currently rostered by the Brewers, but he is best
known as a San Diego Padre, the team with which he logged 16 seasons. He is the all time career saves leader
with 591. Mariano
Rivera is 40 years old, and he is a native of Panama. The only team he has played for in the 15 years of his
career is the New York Yankees.
Trevor Hoffman says, “Rivera will go down in history as the best
reliever in the history of the game.” Dennis
Eckersley chimed in with “The best ever, no doubt.” In 1999 Mariano Rivera saved 45 games out of 49
opportunities, with a 1.83 ERA, and at one point was not scored upon
for 43 consecutive innings; in 2004 he made good on 53 of 57 save chances while
posting an ERA of 1.94; in 2005 he converted 43 out of 47 with an ERA of 1.38;
in 2008 he blew only one save opportunity in 40 tries, finishing with an 1.40
ERA—and he only walked a total of six hitters in the entire SEASON. Rivera possesses many all time postseason records including: 34 consecutive scoreless innings; 23
consecutive saves; 39 career saves; and a career ERA of 0.74. Rivera is a ten-time All Star;
five-time relief pitcher of the year; and a five-time World Champion. He has
accomplished all of this with essentially one pitch: a devastating cut
fastball. Rivera is
currently second in career saves with 526. He has the lowest career ERA in 100 years of baseball at
2.25. Rivera is a devout
Christian, and he credits God with all of his success. I started following major league baseball in 1953 when I was 9. The Boston Braves had just moved to Milwaukee, and Braves baseball cards were in every box of Johnsons Broken Cookies. I still remember marvelling at the the colored picture cards of such players as Warren Spahn and Sid Gorden. Later that year, my father took me to my first baseball game at Milwaukee County Stadium which had just been built. The Pittsburg Pirates were playing and we sat in the left field bleachers. “Watch how Del Crandall holds his catcher’s mitt,” my dad said during the game. Dad had just bought me a catcher’s mitt, mask, and shin guards because he wanted me to be a catcher.
During the remainder of the 50s I followed the Braves religiously in the paper and on the radio by listening to Earl Gillespie game broadcasts. Occasionally I caught a game on WGN TV when the Braves played the Cubs in Chicago. When my father didn’t have time to take me to games, my uncle did. In 1954 we saw the Brooklyn Dodgers and sat in the right field bleachers. “Get your glove ready, Paulie,” my dad said as Duke Snider stepped up to the plate. Sure enough, a few seconds later Duke hit a ball over the fence which landed two rows below my outstretched glove. The next year, 1955, my uncle took me to see the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds play. I vividly remember the big swing and miss of Willie Mays going after a Warren Spahn screwball. At the Reds game, I couldn’t believe the huge biceps of Ted Kluzewski who played first base.
The Braves finally surpassed the Dodgers and won two National League pennants in 1957 and 1958. They even beat the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series. Although the BDayZ – THE BATTLE OF THE BASEBALL BAT!
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Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History


The Best Baseball Hitters listed in this article do not include Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan, Honus Wagner, or Johnny Bench. These eight men were written about already in my previous article “Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History.” So besides those men, these are, in my opinion after diligent research, the Best Baseball Hitters of all time. Ty Cobb (1886-1961) was a 6’2″, 180 lb., country boy from Georgia. Even after he became the biggest baseball star of his generation, Cobb was insecure because of his unsophisticated background. This insecurity would turn into a burning rage if Cobb felt his honor disrespected.
In 1905, Ty Cobb’s father snuck up on his own house, trying to catch his wife cheating on him. Cobb’s mother heard a rustle in the bushes, and thinking it was an intruder, shot her husband dead. She was charged with murder, but later acquitted.
Three weeks after his father’s death, Ty Cobb made his debut in center field for the Detroit Tigers, for whom he played nearly his entire career. He was 18 years old.
Ty Cobb was mercilessly abused by the veteran Detroit ballplayers as a rookie. These actions hardened him into a notoriously mean, aggressive hothead, prone to dirty play, racist rants, heated arguments, and fistfights galore. Cobb famously fought an umpire after a game—and whipped him good. Nobody in baseball liked him, not even his own teammates.
Ty Cobb played hard and lived hard. He was a heavy drinker and smoker. His wife finally divorced him after 39 years in a marriage that produced five children. Cobb was a major stockholder in Coca-Cola; this made him rich, and he was a major philanthropist. But he died a lonely, regretful man.
Ty Cobb has the highest lifetime Batting Average of any baseball hitter in history, .366. His record of 12 Batting Titles still stands unmatched. Of all the men who ever played the game of baseball, Cobb has the 2nd most Hits, Runs Scored, and Triples; 4th most Stolen Bases and Doubles; 5th most Total Bases; 7th most Runs Batted In.
After his first season, he never batted below .316 for 23 consecutive years. Cobb was the youngest player to win a Batting Title until 1955; won the Triple Crown in 1909; is still the only player to hit safely in 35 consecutive games or more twice, and the only player to steal his way from first to home four times in his career.
Ty Cobb is the youngest player to ever garner 3,000 Hits, and no other player has gotten to that mark in fewer at bats. Cobb was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with more votes than Babe Ruth (whom he was intensely jealous of), and the most votes ever until 1992. He played major league baseball from 1905 to 1928.
 
Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963) was from central Texas.  His first name was his mother’s maiden name.  Hornsby spent the majority of his baseball career playing second base for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He never smoked nor drank, but he loved to gamble on the horses.  Hornsby was known as a cold, brutally frank, hateful man, though he never argued with an umpire.  He died of a heart attack after cataract surgery, leaving behind a son. 
Rogers Hornsby (5’11″, 175 lbs.) posted a career Batting Average of .358—the best in the history of baseball for a right-handed hitter, and the highest ever in National League.  Hornsby won seven Batting Titles, and is the only two-time Triple Crown winner in the history of the National League. Additionally, he found success as a manager, while also playing—leading the Cardinals to an upset over the “unbeatable” New York Yankees in the 1926 World Series. 
Rogers Hornsby holds many records for twentieth century baseball players.  For instance, in 1922 he hit over .400 with 40 Home Runs; he had 450 Total Bases that same year; in 1924 Hornsby hit .424 with a .507 On Base Percentage; in 1925 his Slugging Percentage was .756; Hornsby averaged .402 for five seasons; he also led the National League in Slugging Percentage nine times.  None of these totals have been matched since by any man. He played major league baseball from 1915 to 1937.
 
Jimmie Foxx (1907-1967) grew into a big strong young man (6’0″ 225 lbs.) from doing heavy work on the family farm in Maryland.  He became known as the “right-handed Babe Ruth” during his baseball career as a first baseman.  Foxx was a good-natured, well-liked man, who always picked up the check.  He drank heavily and was not good with money.  Foxx ended up broke, and died from choking on a piece of meat at dinner with his brother in Miami.  He was survived by a son and a daughter. 
Jimmie Foxx debuted in the major leagues at the tender young age of 17 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He played for that club 11 seasons, followed by 6 years with the Boston Red Sox.  Foxx was the second player to reach 500 career Home Runs, and is still the second youngest to ever do so.  His major league record of 12 seasons with 30 or more Home Runs stood until 2004.
Jimmie Foxx was a three time Most Valuable Player; won the Triple Crown one season; was a nine time All Star; and won two World Series championships.  He finished his career with 534 Home Runs, 1922 Runs Batted In (today 8th best all time), and a .325 Batting Average.  Of all the men who ever played in the big leagues, Jimmie posted career numbers that are 10th best in On Base Percentage; 5th in Slugging Percentage; and 6th in OPS.  He played major league baseball from 1925 to 1945.
 
Stan Musial (b. 1920) was a Polish kid from Pennsylvania who stood 6 foot tall and weighed in at 175 pounds.  He played high school baseball with Buddy Griffey, the father of Ken Griffey Sr. 
Stan Musial recently celebrated 70 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has four children.  He is widely known as a humble, modest man, who once asked his team for a 25% salary reduction because his production had fallen off.  They gave it to him.  It is said that Musial played a mean harmonica, back in the day.
Stan Musial made his major league debut in 1941 for the only team he ever played for during his 22 year career, the St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected to play in the All Star Game 24 times; won three MVP Awards; and won three World Series rings.  Musial played first base and the outfield.
Stan Musial finished with a .334 lifetime Batting Average.  Still today, he is the man with the 2nd most Total Bases for a major league career (6,134); 3rd most Doubles (725); 4th most Hits (3,630); 6th most RBIs (1,951); 9th most Runs Scored (1,949).  Musial finished with 1,815 Hits at home, and 1,815 Hits on the road.  He is the oldest man to hit three Home Runs in a game (age 41). 
Stan Musial was the General Manager for the Cardinals for one season (1967) and won the World Series that year (He then resigned to devote more time to his restaurant).  He played major league baseball from 1941 to 1963.
 
Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) was the son of a coal miner from Oklahoma.  Mantle (5’11″, 195 lbs.) was the greatest switch-hitter in the history of baseball, and an extraordinary center fielder with blazing speed.  His memorabilia sells for more today than that of any other player, past or present, except Babe Ruth.  Mantle had an ineffable hold on the imagination of baseball fans across America.
Mickey Mantle was a heavy drinker and a womanizer.  His wife and four sons all became alcoholics as well.  Mantle lived too high on the hog and made bad investments.  As he lay dying of cancer he famously said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”  I suppose I could say the same thing.
Mickey Mantle played his first game with the New York Yankees at the age of 19.  The next year he replaced Joe DiMaggio as the Yankee’s center fielder.   By the time Mantle retired, he had amassed 536 career Home Runs, 3rd most in history at the time. 
Mickey Mantle was selected to the All Star Game 16 times; won a Triple Crown; was the league MVP three times; and won seven World Series championship rings.  His career numbers are currently 12th all time for OPS, and 7th for Base on Balls.  Perhaps he is revered more for the distance of the Home Runs he hit; several traveled over 550 feet.  He played major league baseball from 1951 to 1968.
 
Frank Robinson (b. 1935) was born in Beaumont, Texas, and reared in Oakland, California.  His father worked on the railroad.  Robinson was the last of ten children born of his mother.  He played high school basketball with the great Bill Russell.  Robinson has been married 49 years, and has a son and a daughter.  He was active in the civil rights movement, and became the first black manager in the major leagues. 
Frank Robinson (6’1″, 183 lbs.) broke into the big leagues as an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, winning the Rookie of the Year Award.  He led the National League in Slugging Percentage three consecutive seasons DayZ – THE BATTLE OF THE BASEBALL BAT!
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Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History


The Best Baseball Hitters listed in this article do not include Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan, Honus Wagner, or Johnny Bench. These eight men were written about already in my previous article “Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History.” So besides those men, these are, in my opinion after diligent research, the Best Baseball Hitters of all time. Ty Cobb (1886-1961) was a 6’2″, 180 lb., country boy from Georgia. Even after he became the biggest baseball star of his generation, Cobb was insecure because of his unsophisticated background. This insecurity would turn into a burning rage if Cobb felt his honor disrespected.
In 1905, Ty Cobb’s father snuck up on his own house, trying to catch his wife cheating on him. Cobb’s mother heard a rustle in the bushes, and thinking it was an intruder, shot her husband dead. She was charged with murder, but later acquitted.
Three weeks after his father’s death, Ty Cobb made his debut in center field for the Detroit Tigers, for whom he played nearly his entire career. He was 18 years old.
Ty Cobb was mercilessly abused by the veteran Detroit ballplayers as a rookie. These actions hardened him into a notoriously mean, aggressive hothead, prone to dirty play, racist rants, heated arguments, and fistfights galore. Cobb famously fought an umpire after a game—and whipped him good. Nobody in baseball liked him, not even his own teammates.
Ty Cobb played hard and lived hard. He was a heavy drinker and smoker. His wife finally divorced him after 39 years in a marriage that produced five children. Cobb was a major stockholder in Coca-Cola; this made him rich, and he was a major philanthropist. But he died a lonely, regretful man.
Ty Cobb has the highest lifetime Batting Average of any baseball hitter in history, .366. His record of 12 Batting Titles still stands unmatched. Of all the men who ever played the game of baseball, Cobb has the 2nd most Hits, Runs Scored, and Triples; 4th most Stolen Bases and Doubles; 5th most Total Bases; 7th most Runs Batted In.
After his first season, he never batted below .316 for 23 consecutive years. Cobb was the youngest player to win a Batting Title until 1955; won the Triple Crown in 1909; is still the only player to hit safely in 35 consecutive games or more twice, and the only player to steal his way from first to home four times in his career.
Ty Cobb is the youngest player to ever garner 3,000 Hits, and no other player has gotten to that mark in fewer at bats. Cobb was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with more votes than Babe Ruth (whom he was intensely jealous of), and the most votes ever until 1992. He played major league baseball from 1905 to 1928.
 
Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963) was from central Texas.  His first name was his mother’s maiden name.  Hornsby spent the majority of his baseball career playing second base for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He never smoked nor drank, but he loved to gamble on the horses.  Hornsby was known as a cold, brutally frank, hateful man, though he never argued with an umpire.  He died of a heart attack after cataract surgery, leaving behind a son. 
Rogers Hornsby (5’11″, 175 lbs.) posted a career Batting Average of .358—the best in the history of baseball for a right-handed hitter, and the highest ever in National League.  Hornsby won seven Batting Titles, and is the only two-time Triple Crown winner in the history of the National League. Additionally, he found success as a manager, while also playing—leading the Cardinals to an upset over the “unbeatable” New York Yankees in the 1926 World Series. 
Rogers Hornsby holds many records for twentieth century baseball players.  For instance, in 1922 he hit over .400 with 40 Home Runs; he had 450 Total Bases that same year; in 1924 Hornsby hit .424 with a .507 On Base Percentage; in 1925 his Slugging Percentage was .756; Hornsby averaged .402 for five seasons; he also led the National League in Slugging Percentage nine times.  None of these totals have been matched since by any man. He played major league baseball from 1915 to 1937.
 
Jimmie Foxx (1907-1967) grew into a big strong young man (6’0″ 225 lbs.) from doing heavy work on the family farm in Maryland.  He became known as the “right-handed Babe Ruth” during his baseball career as a first baseman.  Foxx was a good-natured, well-liked man, who always picked up the check.  He drank heavily and was not good with money.  Foxx ended up broke, and died from choking on a piece of meat at dinner with his brother in Miami.  He was survived by a son and a daughter. 
Jimmie Foxx debuted in the major leagues at the tender young age of 17 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He played for that club 11 seasons, followed by 6 years with the Boston Red Sox.  Foxx was the second player to reach 500 career Home Runs, and is still the second youngest to ever do so.  His major league record of 12 seasons with 30 or more Home Runs stood until 2004.
Jimmie Foxx was a three time Most Valuable Player; won the Triple Crown one season; was a nine time All Star; and won two World Series championships.  He finished his career with 534 Home Runs, 1922 Runs Batted In (today 8th best all time), and a .325 Batting Average.  Of all the men who ever played in the big leagues, Jimmie posted career numbers that are 10th best in On Base Percentage; 5th in Slugging Percentage; and 6th in OPS.  He played major league baseball from 1925 to 1945.
 
Stan Musial (b. 1920) was a Polish kid from Pennsylvania who stood 6 foot tall and weighed in at 175 pounds.  He played high school baseball with Buddy Griffey, the father of Ken Griffey Sr. 
Stan Musial recently celebrated 70 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has four children.  He is widely known as a humble, modest man, who once asked his team for a 25% salary reduction because his production had fallen off.  They gave it to him.  It is said that Musial played a mean harmonica, back in the day.
Stan Musial made his major league debut in 1941 for the only team he ever played for during his 22 year career, the St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected to play in the All Star Game 24 times; won three MVP Awards; and won three World Series rings.  Musial played first base and the outfield.
Stan Musial finished with a .334 lifetime Batting Average.  Still today, he is the man with the 2nd most Total Bases for a major league career (6,134); 3rd most Doubles (725); 4th most Hits (3,630); 6th most RBIs (1,951); 9th most Runs Scored (1,949).  Musial finished with 1,815 Hits at home, and 1,815 Hits on the road.  He is the oldest man to hit three Home Runs in a game (age 41). 
Stan Musial was the General Manager for the Cardinals for one season (1967) and won the World Series that year (He then resigned to devote more time to his restaurant).  He played major league baseball from 1941 to 1963.
 
Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) was the son of a coal miner from Oklahoma.  Mantle (5’11″, 195 lbs.) was the greatest switch-hitter in the history of baseball, and an extraordinary center fielder with blazing speed.  His memorabilia sells for more today than that of any other player, past or present, except Babe Ruth.  Mantle had an ineffable hold on the imagination of baseball fans across America.
Mickey Mantle was a heavy drinker and a womanizer.  His wife and four sons all became alcoholics as well.  Mantle lived too high on the hog and made bad investments.  As he lay dying of cancer he famously said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”  I suppose I could say the same thing.
Mickey Mantle played his first game with the New York Yankees at the age of 19.  The next year he replaced Joe DiMaggio as the Yankee’s center fielder.   By the time Mantle retired, he had amassed 536 career Home Runs, 3rd most in history at the time. 
Mickey Mantle was selected to the All Star Game 16 times; won a Triple Crown; was the league MVP three times; and won seven World Series championship rings.  His career numbers are currently 12th all time for OPS, and 7th for Base on Balls.  Perhaps he is revered more for the distance of the Home Runs he hit; several traveled over 550 feet.  He played major league baseball from 1951 to 1968.
 
Frank Robinson (b. 1935) was born in Beaumont, Texas, and reared in Oakland, California.  His father worked on the railroad.  Robinson was the last of ten children born of his mother.  He played high school basketball with the great Bill Russell.  Robinson has been married 49 years, and has a son and a daughter.  He was active in the civil rights movement, and became the first black manager in the major leagues. 
Frank Robinson (6’1″, 183 lbs.) broke into the big leagues as an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, winning the Rookie of the Year Award.  He led the National League in Slugging Percentage three consecutive seasons DayZ – THE BATTLE OF THE BASEBALL BAT!
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Elements of cricket

Like every other game, Cricket has rules and regulations that one must follow to play the gentleman’s game in the spirit of Cricket. Cricket’s popularity as a sport has increased over the years and many new countries like China, USA are actively preparing their teams to venture as a cricket playing nation. Viewership of matches on television and on the stadiums is increasing and advertisers are willing to invest large amount of money in cricket.Many people play cricket just for fun and many think to become professional cricket players. Whatever your reason is, knowing all the rules and regulations of playing cricket will help and make you a better player. This page will give you complete details about the various rules and regulations of playing cricket.ICC (International Cricket Council) recognizes three forms of cricket viz. Test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODI), and Twenty-Twenty (T20 cricket). Generally the rules apply to all the formats of the game with one or two exception-additions to the different formats. Like some rules are only meant for one day international, while some apply only to test cricket and some other may only apply to T20 internationals.Basically the game of cricket involves two teams which is required to score runs and the team with the most runs is the winner.Team Composition
International cricket matches have eleven players playing from each team in a match. The selection committee of the respective countries select fifteen players in a team in which they select the playing eleven on the match-day.Cricket can also be played with fewer players, say about six players in each team withe prior agreement with both the playing teams.Captain and Vice-Captain
The playing eleven will include a captain and a vice-captain in the team. The captain of the team is responsible for taking all the decisions that take place on the field with the team. As a backup to the captain a vice-captain is also appointed in the wake of the captain getting injured or is not fit to play at the last moment.Umpires
Every cricket match will have two on-field umpires, one TV umpire and a fourth umpire. All the decisions and the conduct of the match is done by the two on-field umpires and the TV umpire sets in when the field umpire is not able properly judge an appeal.
A fourth umpire is a reserve umpire kept in case one of the field umpires gets injured. Players are not allowed to argue the decisions that are made by the umpires. ICC usually bans and/or fines’ the players who argue the decisions made by the umpires.Toss
The toss decides which team will bat or ball first. A coin is tossed in the presence of the match referee and one of the umpires by one of the captain and the captain winning the toss will notify his counterpart about the decision whether his team will bat or field first.Innings
A cricket match will at least have two innings. The innings is completed when the team is all out or the overs in the innings are finished. In test cricket, each team will have to play two innings. Also, in test matches a captain can declare his team if he believes that the situation of the match is in his teams favor.Pitch
The cricket pitch is the surface or the place where the game of cricket is played. A cricket pitch is of 22 yards (20.12 m) long and 3 meters wide. The middle of the pitch is a protected area which the bowler must avoid running. This is because running in the protected area will damage the pitch area where the ball bounces, making it difficult to bat. A bowler is warned at the most two times after which the bowler is refrained from bowling any further in the innings.Batting
The batting team will send two of it’s batsmen to score runs. Losing a wicket will have to send another batsmen until the team is all out.Bowling
On the other hand the bowling team will have to bowl and field. The team bowling will have the objective of containing the team batting to as less score as possible. In one day internationals a bowler is allowed to bowl only ten overs. In Twenty-20 format, the bowler is allowed at the most four overs. There is no limit in test cricket. A bowler cannot bowl two consecutive overs at a time.Fielding
Fielding is another aspect which the bowling team has to take care. Fielding basically means to contain the batting team scores.Overs
An over is a set of six bowls bowled by a bowler. In a test match, usually a team is required but not mandated to complete 90 overs in a day’s play. In one day internationals and T20 format each team has to bowl 50 overs and 20 overs respectively.Runs
Run is the basic unit of scoring in cricket. Runs can be single (one run), two-runs, three runs, four, and six. If not overthrows a maximum of six runs can be scored in a ball. More on overthrows below.
Four (Boundary)
Four runs is the awarded to the batting team if the ball touches or passes the boundary rope of the ground.
Six
Six runs is awarded to the batting team if the ball without bouncing directly passes the boundary rope of the ground.
Overthrows
Overthrows is an extra run(s) scored by a batsman in lieu of the ball not being collected by a fielder at the pitch. Overthrow run(s) are credited to the batsman. Any runs already scored are also being counted.
Short Runs
A run is called short by the umpire if the batsmen running does not complete the run. If a batsmen is found of being deliberately attempting to run short then a 5-run penalty is imposed. Also if either of the batsmen is not in possession of their bat the run is called short. The bat must be in the hands of the player or else the run is called short.· No Ball
No ball is a kind of illegal delivery bowled by the bowler. The umpire calls the no ball by holding one arm out horizontally. A no ball is called when the bowler bowls without some part of front foot behind the crease. To compensate the illegal delivery the bowler has to bowl one another delivery as the ball does not count in the over and one extra run is also added in the batting team’s score.
The batsmen cannot be given out on a no ball except in the form of a run out. There are many other reasons for which a ball can be called a no-ball, but the front foot no ball is mostly occurred. In one day internationals and T20 cricket, a free hit is also awarded, in the immediate next ball in which the batsmen cannot be given out except for a run out.Wide Ball
If the bowler bowls the ball too wide from the batsmen then the ball is called as a wide ball. The umpire signals a wide ball by stretching both hands out horizontally. The ball is not counted as a legitimate delivery and an extra run is awarded to the batting team.
Leg Byes
Leg byes are awarded when the batsman has not hit the ball from his bat, but the batsman’s body or protective gear has been touched by the ball and the batsman has completed a run. The runs are added up to the teams total but not in the batsman’s total. Umpires signal a leg bye with a hand touching their raised knee.
Byes
Similarly, a bye is a run scored by the batsman when the ball has not been touched by any of the batsman’s body part and the batsman has completed a run.
There are two other conditions for byes and how the runs are calculated.
If the ball was a no ball and any byes are scored, they are recorded in the scorecard as no balls, not byes.
If the ball was a wide and any byes are scored, they are recorded in the scorecard as wides, not byes.
The umpire signals byes by raising his arm into a vertical position, the palm of his hand open to differentiate between the signal for byes and out.Mandatory Field Restrictions
This point applies to all forms of cricket – Only two fielders are allowed between the position of square leg and long stop.
For One Day Internationals – For the first ten overs only a maximum of 2 fielders are allowed to field outside the 30 yard circle (30 yards are measured from the center of the pitch and the area outside the 30 yard circle is known as outfield and the area inside the circle is known as infield). After 10 overs the concept of powerplay comes into play.
For Twenty-20 internationals – Fielding restrictions of maximum of two fielders outside the 30 yard circle applies for the first six overs.
In all forms of cricket, a maximum of five fielders can field in the rest of the innings.
Powerplay
Powerplay, the concept synonymous with field restrictions is applied in the one day form of cricket.
Powerplay one – For the first ten overs only two players are being allowed to field outside the 30 yard circle.
Powerplay two and three – These are chunks of 5 overs that the fielding restrictions apply. The decision to take the powerplay is at the prerogative of both the teams, one to each team. This means in an inning one powerplay will be called by the bowling team and the other will be called by the batting team. In powerplay 2 and 3 only three fielders are allowed to field outside the 30 yard circle.
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Cricket is a very popular sport in India. A large portion of the Indian people is addicted to this sport. When there is a Cricket Match between India and any other country, or even between Australia and West Indies (or any other two countries), Cricket Fanatics in India like to avoid routine work and like to sit before TV sets to watch the match live. These people get a hysteric pleasure when ‘their’ team gets advantage, and if ‘their’ player makes a mistake (i.e. outs, dropping of a catch or giving runs to the opposite team), these fanatics use abusive words for their own cricketers.While the match is going on on the television and some one disturbs these fanatics, they become angry. If someone comes for an urgent work, he has to wait until the match is over. Even if the visitor is not interested in watching cricket, he has to watch it, or to go back. These fanatics get disturbed even if their phone rings.When something interesting happens in the match (of course interesting for the cricket fanatics), these people make phone calls to their other Cricket fanatic friends to tell the Braking news. Even after the match ends, the only subject of discussion for these people is Cricket. Cricket, Cricket and Cricket….But cricket is not played everywhere in the world. This sport is limited to 10-12 countries. The fact is that this sport is popular in some of the countries (not all) which were ruled by England. Even the people of England (Which gave birth to cricket) are not crazy about this sport.The question is that why Indians love this game so much? Why they do not take much interest in sports like Football, Hockey, Athletics, Wrestling, Kabbadi, Kho Kho?There are many physical and psychological reasons for it.
You need much physical and mental energy to play and even to watch sports like football, hockey etc. Most of the Indians are physically and psychologically weak people. This weakness is the most important reason for staying away from the sports which need a high energy. Compare the very fast game of football with the very comfortable game of cricket. In the game of football even the referees need a high stamina, while the umpire in the game of cricket is the laziest person. Cricket is the game of lazy people. We can categorize Indians as the laziest people in the world. So it is natural that Indians like cricket.But this is not just about stamina. Cricket is the easiest game to understand. People with a low IQ too can understand it. On the other hand, to understand the games like football and hockey, you need some knowledge. Average Indians never understand complicated things. So they do not understand most of the other games.The third reason is related to the subconscious mind. Indians were following unaccountability for thousands of years. It was banned by law in modern India. But the practice still lives in subconscious minds of most of the Indians. Cricket is the game where the players do not need to touch each others. This is not possible in football, hockey, wrestling, kabbadi etc. That is why there is a love for cricket and hate for ‘touching games’ amongst average Indians. That is why we see most of the Indian cricketers are from Brahmin or so called ‘higher’ communities. This fact tells us why we do not see cricket players from the so called lower castes in cricket teams.Notable thing is that the players in Indian Hockey or Football teams are totally different…from different communities…and especially from armed forces, and the communities which are physically strong.Have you seen any Brahmin player in hockey or football, or even in wrestling, kabbadi or kho kho?Our Government also gives too much importance to Cricket. This game helps the Government to keep away the people from their basic needs and problems. Cricket works like opium, and people ignore the wrong things that our Government do.
-Mahavir Sanglikar
After moving to Georgia over five years ago, one thing I had to acclimate myself to was a new host of creepy crawlers. Coming from Ohio, I was familiar with many of these new bugs, but in the American South there are a few different types that commonly pop up inside homes.Of all of them, spider crickets really stand out. Though spider crickets (also known as cave crickets or camel crickets) share the cricket name, they’re very different than the little chirpers you hear or see bouncing around in the yard. Truthfully, my first thought after seeing my first spider cricket was, “What kind of freaky mutant spider thing is that?!” And then, it jumped, and my thought crystallized. It was obviously the mutant offspring of one very adventurous cricket and one freaky spider.
Despite their… unloveability, spider crickets really are harmless. But like another other critter, most of us would prefer they make their home somewhere else.
Getting rid of this unwanted houseguest can be done in a variety of ways. Often people will use a professional service which usually consists of spraying throughout and around the home. A growing portion of people, though, are trying other methods to remove unwanted bugs from the home.
I grew up in a family that tossed hedge apples under the beds every fall, so I’m always mindful of either an old fashioned or at least, non-chemical way to solve common problems. Getting rid of spider crickets is no exception.Like nearly all other insects, the spider cricket absorbs moisture through its skin. So in order for it to survive, it needs warm, moist air. And if you live in the south, this is where your basement or crawlspace can become Hotel de Spricket (spider + cricket = spricket).
In my case, the crawlspace was most certainly the culprit, and one look with my roommate was more than enough to see that the Hotel was full!
There are a variety of crawlspace dehumidifiers available on the market, and several would be able to solve my problem. I chose the Aprilaire 1710A dehumidifier, for several reasons. First, the water removal capacity was in line with what I was looking for.
Most room dehumidifiers top out around 70 pints per day, but due to the nature of this space, the humidity level is extremely high during the spring and summer months. The 1710A will remove 90 pints per day, but as with other dehumidifiers, if conditions are more extreme, it can exceed that.
Secondly, each Aprilaire dehumidifier is constructed of steel and come with five year warranty. This was important to me since I wanted something that was going to last. Lastly, the facts that the core is insulated and there is a MERV 8 air filter were both features I really liked.
It rarely freezes where I live, but the insulation helps buffer the units from the temperature swings of transitional months. The air filter was a must with the location where I was going to use the Aprilaire. Crawlspaces are not clean, and the cheap plastic mesh “filters” used by a lot of dehumidifiers are not enough to keep dirt, dust and other debris from collecting in internal components.
Setup was really simple. Overall, the most difficult thing was probably getting the unit into the crawlspace. The casters helped some, but not as much as if it was on a finished surface. More importantly though, the casters keep the dehumidifier elevated off of the ground and away from moisture.
The 1710 lacks any sort of condensate pump or reservoir, but what it does have is a P-trap and a little over 5’ of clear hose. This wasn’t enough for me, so I went to the local Home Depot and purchased a 12’ length of hose. Once I installed the P-trap and hose, I ran the hose down towards the doorway of the crawlspace.There, I knocked out a hole, through the wood door, with a standard 1” wood bit and cordless drill. I then ran the hose through the opening and to black drain line that attaches to the bottom of the one of the downspouts.
I fed the condensate line into this drain line because the two primary downspouts of the house feed into French drains. And because the house is built on a slight grade, the P-trap and basic gravity allow the water to run down and into the small hole I punched in the black drain pipe.
If this solution won’t work for you because there is no floor drain or other drain nearby, you can pick up a condensate pump for $60-$100 from your local hardware of big box home improvement store. You then run the supplied hose from the 1710A into the condensate pump and the pump can than push the water up grade or to a nearby drain that would normally be inaccessible.
Once all of this was in place I simply set the dial and let it run. After about an hour I checked the unit and there was condensate in the line, with a small trickle emptying into the drain. To get a true reading of the humidity levels, you will need a separate humidity gauge. A week later I checked the reading and came up with just under 40%.
With the spider crickets, my goal is 35% relative humidity, so after another week, I’ll check again. Aside from reducing or elLIVE FOOTAGE – Australia’s Phil Hughes ‘critical’ after being hit by cricket ball
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Cricket is a very popular sport in India. A large portion of the Indian people is addicted to this sport. When there is a Cricket Match between India and any other country, or even between Australia and West Indies (or any other two countries), Cricket Fanatics in India like to avoid routine work and like to sit before TV sets to watch the match live. These people get a hysteric pleasure when ‘their’ team gets advantage, and if ‘their’ player makes a mistake (i.e. outs, dropping of a catch or giving runs to the opposite team), these fanatics use abusive words for their own cricketers.While the match is going on on the television and some one disturbs these fanatics, they become angry. If someone comes for an urgent work, he has to wait until the match is over. Even if the visitor is not interested in watching cricket, he has to watch it, or to go back. These fanatics get disturbed even if their phone rings.When something interesting happens in the match (of course interesting for the cricket fanatics), these people make phone calls to their other Cricket fanatic friends to tell the Braking news. Even after the match ends, the only subject of discussion for these people is Cricket. Cricket, Cricket and Cricket….But cricket is not played everywhere in the world. This sport is limited to 10-12 countries. The fact is that this sport is popular in some of the countries (not all) which were ruled by England. Even the people of England (Which gave birth to cricket) are not crazy about this sport.The question is that why Indians love this game so much? Why they do not take much interest in sports like Football, Hockey, Athletics, Wrestling, Kabbadi, Kho Kho?There are many physical and psychological reasons for it.
You need much physical and mental energy to play and even to watch sports like football, hockey etc. Most of the Indians are physically and psychologically weak people. This weakness is the most important reason for staying away from the sports which need a high energy. Compare the very fast game of football with the very comfortable game of cricket. In the game of football even the referees need a high stamina, while the umpire in the game of cricket is the laziest person. Cricket is the game of lazy people. We can categorize Indians as the laziest people in the world. So it is natural that Indians like cricket.But this is not just about stamina. Cricket is the easiest game to understand. People with a low IQ too can understand it. On the other hand, to understand the games like football and hockey, you need some knowledge. Average Indians never understand complicated things. So they do not understand most of the other games.The third reason is related to the subconscious mind. Indians were following unaccountability for thousands of years. It was banned by law in modern India. But the practice still lives in subconscious minds of most of the Indians. Cricket is the game where the players do not need to touch each others. This is not possible in football, hockey, wrestling, kabbadi etc. That is why there is a love for cricket and hate for ‘touching games’ amongst average Indians. That is why we see most of the Indian cricketers are from Brahmin or so called ‘higher’ communities. This fact tells us why we do not see cricket players from the so called lower castes in cricket teams.Notable thing is that the players in Indian Hockey or Football teams are totally different…from different communities…and especially from armed forces, and the communities which are physically strong.Have you seen any Brahmin player in hockey or football, or even in wrestling, kabbadi or kho kho?Our Government also gives too much importance to Cricket. This game helps the Government to keep away the people from their basic needs and problems. Cricket works like opium, and people ignore the wrong things that our Government do.
-Mahavir Sanglikar
After moving to Georgia over five years ago, one thing I had to acclimate myself to was a new host of creepy crawlers. Coming from Ohio, I was familiar with many of these new bugs, but in the American South there are a few different types that commonly pop up inside homes.Of all of them, spider crickets really stand out. Though spider crickets (also known as cave crickets or camel crickets) share the cricket name, they’re very different than the little chirpers you hear or see bouncing around in the yard. Truthfully, my first thought after seeing my first spider cricket was, “What kind of freaky mutant spider thing is that?!” And then, it jumped, and my thought crystallized. It was obviously the mutant offspring of one very adventurous cricket and one freaky spider.
Despite their… unloveability, spider crickets really are harmless. But like another other critter, most of us would prefer they make their home somewhere else.
Getting rid of this unwanted houseguest can be done in a variety of ways. Often people will use a professional service which usually consists of spraying throughout and around the home. A growing portion of people, though, are trying other methods to remove unwanted bugs from the home.
I grew up in a family that tossed hedge apples under the beds every fall, so I’m always mindful of either an old fashioned or at least, non-chemical way to solve common problems. Getting rid of spider crickets is no exception.Like nearly all other insects, the spider cricket absorbs moisture through its skin. So in order for it to survive, it needs warm, moist air. And if you live in the south, this is where your basement or crawlspace can become Hotel de Spricket (spider + cricket = spricket).
In my case, the crawlspace was most certainly the culprit, and one look with my roommate was more than enough to see that the Hotel was full!
There are a variety of crawlspace dehumidifiers available on the market, and several would be able to solve my problem. I chose the Aprilaire 1710A dehumidifier, for several reasons. First, the water removal capacity was in line with what I was looking for.
Most room dehumidifiers top out around 70 pints per day, but due to the nature of this space, the humidity level is extremely high during the spring and summer months. The 1710A will remove 90 pints per day, but as with other dehumidifiers, if conditions are more extreme, it can exceed that.
Secondly, each Aprilaire dehumidifier is constructed of steel and come with five year warranty. This was important to me since I wanted something that was going to last. Lastly, the facts that the core is insulated and there is a MERV 8 air filter were both features I really liked.
It rarely freezes where I live, but the insulation helps buffer the units from the temperature swings of transitional months. The air filter was a must with the location where I was going to use the Aprilaire. Crawlspaces are not clean, and the cheap plastic mesh “filters” used by a lot of dehumidifiers are not enough to keep dirt, dust and other debris from collecting in internal components.
Setup was really simple. Overall, the most difficult thing was probably getting the unit into the crawlspace. The casters helped some, but not as much as if it was on a finished surface. More importantly though, the casters keep the dehumidifier elevated off of the ground and away from moisture.
The 1710 lacks any sort of condensate pump or reservoir, but what it does have is a P-trap and a little over 5’ of clear hose. This wasn’t enough for me, so I went to the local Home Depot and purchased a 12’ length of hose. Once I installed the P-trap and hose, I ran the hose down towards the doorway of the crawlspace.There, I knocked out a hole, through the wood door, with a standard 1” wood bit and cordless drill. I then ran the hose through the opening and to black drain line that attaches to the bottom of the one of the downspouts.
I fed the condensate line into this drain line because the two primary downspouts of the house feed into French drains. And because the house is built on a slight grade, the P-trap and basic gravity allow the water to run down and into the small hole I punched in the black drain pipe.
If this solution won’t work for you because there is no floor drain or other drain nearby, you can pick up a condensate pump for $60-$100 from your local hardware of big box home improvement store. You then run the supplied hose from the 1710A into the condensate pump and the pump can than push the water up grade or to a nearby drain that would normally be inaccessible.
Once all of this was in place I simply set the dial and let it run. After about an hour I checked the unit and there was condensate in the line, with a small trickle emptying into the drain. To get a true reading of the humidity levels, you will need a separate humidity gauge. A week later I checked the reading and came up with just under 40%.
With the spider crickets, my goal is 35% relative humidity, so after another week, I’ll check again. Aside from reducing or elLIVE FOOTAGE – Australia’s Phil Hughes ‘critical’ after being hit by cricket ball
Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being hit by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The South Australia left-hander, 25, who has …


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