Lindsay Berra has covered a variety of sports, from baseball and hockey to tennis and the Olympics, since 1999. She joined MLB.com in 2013.
|August 13, 2015, marks the 20-year anniversary of the death of Mickey Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history. Fans remember Mantle for what he did on the field: he hit .300 or higher a remarkable 10 times, was a three-time American League MVP Award winner and seven-time World Series champion. But those who knew him remember him for more than his on-field feats. They recall a big-hearted practical jokester whose quiet courage inspired everyone to just play ball.
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|In his first week at MLB's Development Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, in July 2010, Xu Guiyuan named MLB All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki as his baseball idol, and coach Dave Palese ran with it. But now, five years later, the player nicknamed "Itchy Shoe" is running into history as the first player from MLB's three development centers in China to sign with a Major League club.
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|Players who made frequent visits to Crosley Field had tricks to playing the Terrace.
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|Mo'ne Davis made history last summer when she became the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. This summer, she witnessed history, as she and her team, the Anderson Monarchs, set off on a 23-day, 21-city barnstorming tour to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Negro League and the civil rights movement.
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|On Thursday afternoon, the 102nd anniversary of the building of the John T. Brush Stairway, the New York City Parks Department cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated set of 80 steps running through Highbridge Park in Harlem, connecting Edgecombe Avenue to Harlem River Drive. For 50 years, from the opening of the stairway in 1913 to the demolition of the Polo Grounds in 1964, the stairs carried millions of sports fans from the top of the famous Coogan's Bluff to the ticket booths behind home plate.
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|French shortstop Melissa Mayeux made history on June 20, when she became the first female to hit MLB's international registration list, making her eligible to sign with an MLB club anytime after July 2.
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|At noon on Sunday afternoon, a 16-year-old French girl made MLB history. Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the French U-18 junior national team, became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB's international registration list, which means she will be eligible to be signed by a Major League club on July 2.
More»Lindsay Berra discusses Melissa Mayeux on MLB Central|
|One afternoon in October 2014, Jason Boulais decided to do something out of the ordinary. And it led to something extraordinary. Boulais, a senior sidearmer on the University of South Carolina at Beaufort baseball team, was moving in the private little bubble in which most college kids exist, until a voice pierced his consciousness.
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|On April 27, 2011, Jackson watched on television from his home in Chicago as tornados ripped through his home state, claiming the lives of 252 Alabamians. The legendary two-sport star wanted to help, but didn't quite know how.
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|It's easy to forget a big first put up by sluggers Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada at the start of the Yankees' championship season in 2000. On April 23, the pair became the first switch-hitting teammates in baseball history to both homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.
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|It's a question every baseball fan has asked, an argument every baseball fan has had: Who threw the hardest ever? The new baseball documentary "Fastball," which premiered Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, made an attempt to answer that question.
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|Washington Senators fireballer Walter "The Big Train" Johnson struck out 3,509 batters in a 21-year Major League career that spanned from 1907-27. He summed up his prowess on the pitchers' mound succinctly: "You can't hit what you can't see." The new documentary, "Fastball," which premiers Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, proves Johnson was more right than he ever could have imagined.
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|Bo knows. You can bet he does. There's no way Bo Jackson can look back at April 9, 1993, and not consider it the most special day of his storied athletic career.
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|Truck Day in Major League Baseball is as much a harbinger of spring as the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil. Equipment managers and team staffers, customarily overseen by mascots and a gathering of intrepid fans, load an endless stream of cardboard boxes and pallets onto the team's 18-wheeler, destined for Spring Training.
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|The drastic increase in the use of the infield shift as a defensive tactic in recent years has created quite a stir around MLB. Columnist Lindsay Berra takes a closer look.
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|From current players to managers to league executives, the baseball community joined together and took to social media to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 to help in the fight against ALS.
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|A two-time All-Star during a 13-year Major League career, Dmitri Young is patrolling the hallways at MLB's annual Winter Meetings, looking for a job in scouting or player development. He also happens to be nearly unrecognizable, after shedding about 100 pounds from his playing days.
|James Cisneros works off-duty security for the Royals and was stationed in the bullpen during Games 1 and 2. He assumed that his assignment would be the same for Game 7, but on Tuesday afternoon, he got the call telling him that he would have the honor of sitting in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat instead.
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|Men have breasts, too. That is the message Bret Miller wants to shout from the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium for Game 6 of the World Series.
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|Former Royals manager Dick Howser left an impression on his players and fans in Kansas City with his personality and results, including the 1985 World Series title.
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