The Most Attractive MLB Teams

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Heating Up The Diamond

Baseball and basketball are unique in that the individual players’ faces are always visible, helping to make them some of the most recognizable athletes on the planet! Since we’re in the heat of the Major League Baseball season, we decided to take a closer look at the players running out onto the diamond every night. More specifically, we had thousands of people weigh in to determine which teams were the most attractive. Check out where your team ranks and if they’re making an impact both on and off the field.

Hottest Pennant Race Ever

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Major League Baseball’s World Series of Attractiveness winners are the San Diego Padres.. They have a couple players to thank for their overall ranking, but most notably pitcher Third Baseman Ryan Schimpf who earned the highest rating on the team at a 7.2 out of 10.

They also could thank the bullpen for their contribution to their top rating. Three of the five most attractive players on the Padres are pitchers: Clayton Richard, Craig Stammen, and Wil Myers.

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The only teams in the top ten from the American League were the  Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.

Every Team’s Hottest Stars, American League

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Here are the top five hottest players for every one of MLB’s 30 franchises. Red Sox Right Fielder Mookie Betts, who finished second to Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting last season, had the team’s highest appearance rating of 6.6 out of 10.

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Only one team had more than two players rated at a 7.0 or above.The Kansas City Royals were that team, with Catcher Drew Butera and First Baseman Eric Hosmer at a 7.3 and 7.0 average attractiveness rating respectively.

Every Team’s Hottest Stars, National  League

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In America’s Heartland, the St. Louis Cardinals command attention from baseball loving fanatics. While their scouts have signed exceptional players such as Matt Carpenter, their most attractive players are Tyler Lyons, Matthew Bowman, and Dexter Fowler. When they’re not taking the mound, as starters or in relief, these three gentlemen are finding ways to look their best outside of the bullpen.

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Throwing The Hot Stuff

If you’re heading out to the ballpark or turning on the game to see some of these gems, make sure you’re representing by stocking up on fan gear at Fanatics. We’ve got everything you need to look your best in official MLB apparel.

Houston Astros Home Run Hot Spots: Minute Maid Park

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It all began in 1960 when Judge Roy Hofheinz and other members of the club’s ownership group saddled up and attended the annual MLB owners meeting in Chicago. During this meeting, Houston was awarded a franchise club in the National League. The then-Houston Colt .45s made their debut on April 10, 1962 after crushing the Chicago Cubs (11-2). The team was dubbed the Houston Astros in 1965.

The Houston Astros were the first team in professional baseball to introduce an indoor stadium to the Major League – hosting the first exhibition on April 9, 1965, against the New York Yankees in the Astrodome. The ’Stros have appeared in the playoffs 10 times but have yet to bring the Commissioner’s Trophy home to the Lone Star state.

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Sometimes called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome first opened its stadium doors to fans in 1965 – serving as a haven from the intense summer heat. The multipurpose dome was an innovative stadium in its day but failed to stand the test of time as modern ballparks began to offer luxurious amenities and dynamic game day experiences.

It wasn’t until 1996 that the Astros would muster up enough votes and later break ground for a new ballpark. The turn of the century ushered in a new age for America’s pastime in Houston as the Astros moved into their new home – Enron Field. Now identified as Minute Maid Park, the majestic ballpark continued the tradition of ingenious stadium designs by featuring a retractable roof.

Situated on the Northeast end of downtown, Minute Maid Park is a “jewel in the crown” of the breathtaking downtown skyline. The breezy ballpark welcomes open air into the stadium and is capable of hosting nearly 41,000 Houstonians – providing the means to stand tall with the modern ballparks in baseball’s Golden Age.

Round-trippers are often cranked out into the crowd, so be sure to remain on high alert while immersing yourself in the showdown unraveling before your eyes. Last season, the park produced a total of 171 home runs with the furthest dinger launching off the bat of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s first baseman, C.J. Cron, and landing a jaw-dropping 471 feet.

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Before heading over to Minute Maid Park, check out our home run heat map above to see which seats boost your chances of snagging that once-in-a-lifetime homer from the comfort of your chosen seat.

Considering the ‘Stros led the American League in home runs during the 2015 season, Houston hopefuls come to each game with the intention of bringing that keepsake long ball home.

Minute Maid Park boasts various attractions such as the Phillips 66 Home Run Alley. Take a stroll through the alley, and you will find yourself wandering down memory lane as the walls are decorated with historical images from the team’s olden days. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself behind the left-center field, be sure to have your glove on-hand and ready for action (don’t forget to snap a photo of the classic home run–tracking gasoline pump).

While the fence line and Home Run Alley are favored hot spots, cozying up behind either right or left field will increase the likelihood of a dinger soaring your way – especially in sections 152, 153, 100, and 102.

Calling all Houstonians and fans abroad! The Astros are forecasted to win the AL West, so be sure to support the team every step of the way. Before strapping on those boots, head over to Fanatics to shop from the latest Astros threads and fan gear in the game!

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Pacific Division

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Pacific Division Jerseys

NHL fans rejoice as the Adidas-manufactured jerseys have finally been revealed – showcasing the new jerseys 31 teams will rock during the upcoming season.

As the contract with the former jersey manufacturer (Reebok) reached expiration, the league sought out a new partnership, reaching a seven-year deal with Adidas. The sportswear giant is determined to set a new high-water mark. New features to the jersey’s fabric include upgraded technology in weight, breathability, and performance – paving the path for players to operate at optimal levels.

Continue reading to view the visuals of the Adidas-crafted jerseys, and get your first look at the inaugural uniform for the new kids on the block, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Anaheim Ducks

The 360 view of our new @adidashockey jersey! #formthefuture

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As the league transitions to Adidas, the Anaheim Ducks have chosen to keep their team’s previous design. The jersey maintains the same colorway and patterns, but now has white, tied-down laces rather than loose black ones.

Arizona Coyotes

It’s perfect. #FormTheFuture

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Just like their SoCal neighbors, the Arizona Coyotes decided to carry over their previous colors and design to their new Adidas threads. The team’s logo now sits higher on the shoulders, and black patches have been added to the collar.

Calgary Flames

🔥 #FormTheFuture 🔥 @adidashockey

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The Calgary Flames jersey for next season will feature tied-down laces below the collar (which now has more red and less black). The Flames ditched the piping that had trailed the side of the jersey, while the Alberta and Canadian flags retain their respective spots atop the shoulders.

Edmonton Oilers

New #Oilers look from @adidashockey! You like? #FormTheFuture

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The Edmonton Oilers usher in a new era of “Orange Crush” with their new Adidas threads. The Oilers maintain the same colorway as the previous version but utilize a darker shade of blue on the jersey. Blue player numbers now appear on the sleeves paired with a white outline.

Orange stripes now lie between the white and blue strips of the sleeve, as well as the waistline. The most notable changes come from the collar, which is now blue with a sliver of white at the very top. Let’s see if the new orange threads can spark another playoff run for the energized Oilers.

Los Angeles Kings

*checks closet* *sees 13 LA Kings jerseys* “Yup, gunna need the new one” @adidashockey

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The 14th primary jersey for the Los Angeles Kings features minor changes compared to the team’s previous threads. The shield logo has been shrunk slightly but remains in the center of the jersey. The piping across the upper half of the sweater is lower, creating a more “squared” feel for the timeless design.

San Jose Sharks

All Day I Dream About Sharks #FormTheFuture

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The San Jose Sharks opted in preserving the identity of their team’s jersey by carrying over a similar design for the Adidas-crafted sweaters, except for the modernized secondary logo that appears as patches on the shoulders.

Vancouver Canucks

The jersey arrives. #FormTheFuture

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Skating down the same path as many other teams in the Pacific Division, the Vancouver Canucks stuck to their traditional mainstays. Minor modifications made to the collar ditch the majority of white and welcome more blue. Player numbers remain on the sleeves, and the “Canuck Whale” logo lives to see another season.

Vegas Golden Knights

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Drum roll, please …

And here are the Vegas Golden Knights’ brand new threads you’ve all been waiting for. The not-so-golden Knights’ inaugural jersey will sport a “storm gray” and black colorway, along with a white and gold trim. Bill Foley, the team’s majority owner, utilized West Point’s color scheme, a nod to his alma mater.

The team’s secondary logo is situated on the shoulders, while the collar follows a simple steel gray and black design. The most interesting feature? The sleeves. Three panels of black, gold, and red stack on top of each other and host player numbers both filled and outlined in white. The two-tone waistline presents a thin gold strip right above a mass of black to finish the jersey.

We can’t forget to point out that the gloves are white and gold.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Whether you’re a diehard hockey fan or just enjoy watching hockey at your leisure, be sure to gear up in the latest Adidas jerseys. Unsure of where to find the brand-new threads? Have no fear. Fanatics.com has got you covered from head to toe with the newest NHL apparel to hit the ice.

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Central Division

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Central Division Jerseys

The wait is finally over. The NHL has released visuals of the 31 new Adidas-crafted jerseys – ending the era of Reebok-manufactured uniforms.

A lot of hype has circulated the advanced technology incorporated into the new jerseys such as the stronger fabrics. The new threads are up to 27 percent tougher and 72 percent stronger than the previous versions.

Read on to see the aesthetic changes implemented to all seven franchises competing in the NHL’s Central Division.

Chicago Blackhawks

It’s always sweater weather in Chicago… New technology via @adidashockey, same traditional identity. #FormTheFuture

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Over in the Windy City, the Chicago Blackhawks paired with Adidas to ensure their timeless threads remain untouched. And from the looks of it – they accomplished their goal. Save for minor modifications to the collar (which is now wider), the Hawks will take the ice in the same fashion as before.

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are one of the few franchises in the league to embrace the change of their jersey’s design. The redesigned uniform stands as a tribute to the team’s original look, satisfying the pleas echoed by old-school fans throughout the past few seasons.

It appears that the Avs opted for a light blue on the shoulders and sleeves, and abandoned the majority of white on the collar. White stripes now line the blue patches that run from wrist to neckline. The most notable change, by far, is the added blue and white stripes that extend to the waistline.

Dallas Stars

There’s no other jersey in the league like it. Our new @adidashockey jersey! #VictoryGreen

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Although rumors claimed the Dallas Stars were in for a complete jersey change, the Texas-based squad chose to preserve the team’s #VictoryGreen identity and traditional jersey stripes.

Minnesota Wild

#mnwild is ready to hit the road this season in these sweet @adidashockey sweaters. #FormTheFuture

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The Minnesota Wild ushered in a new era of uniforms by axing their old Christmas-themed sweaters and presenting a new green design. The laces below the collar are now tucked in, and the piping along the shoulders has been removed. The team’s “Wild Creature” logo sits solo on the player’s chest while a thick, white stripe crosses the center of the jersey.

Other notable changes include thin red stripes on the sleeves and a white stripe placed at the end of the waistline.

Nashville Predators

It’s here. #Preds x @adidashockey

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The Nashville Predators’ new Adidas-crafted jersey embraces a more minimalist look. The Tennessee-based crew ditched the white piping on the front of the sweater, along with the blue patches just below the collar. A keyboard is found on the inside of the collar, and guitar strings now run through player numbers – a nod to Nashville’s iconic music scene.

St. Louis Blues

It’s here. #FormTheFuture @adidashockey

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Not many aesthetic changes were implemented into the St. Louis Blues’ new look. The team opted to maintain its previous jersey design during the transition to Adidas threads. Aside from technological changes, the team’s new sweaters now feature white jersey numbers instead of yellow ones.

Winnipeg Jets

Take a closer look 👀 #FormTheFuture

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Following in the footsteps of other NHL franchises, the Winnipeg Jets conserve the same ole’ jersey design. At a second glance, you’ll notice the laces below the collar are now tied down rather than hanging loose.

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Like the changes made to your team’s jersey? Suit up this season with the newest Adidas-crafted uniforms by heading over to Fanatics.com, the one-stop shop for licensed sports apparel and fan gear.

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Kansas City Royals Home Run Spots: Kauffman Stadium

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The Kansas City Royals of the American League are on track to break the club’s record for home runs this year. So far, the “Blue Crew” has cranked out a total of 48 dingers, putting them a step in the right direction for nailing a combined 177 homers this season.

The Midwest-based squad looks to shatter the club’s 1987 highwater mark of 168 home runs in a single season. Seasoned sluggers Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer are beginning to heat up at the plate and are ready to unleash some all-star firepower.

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Looking beyond the smoky barbecues and funky jazz tunes in Kansas City, one will find a highlight: Kauffman Stadium – often referred to as “The K.” Recognized throughout the league as one of the most alluring ballparks in the league, Kauffman Stadium serves as home field for the Royals.

Initially dubbed “Royals Stadium,” the vibrant three-tiered ballpark was renamed in 1993 to commemorate the ardent spirit and morality of the team’s original owner Ewing Kauffman. Kauffman purchased the expansion franchise in 1968 with the intention of bringing Major League dominance to the Midwest and to provide a winning club for Kansas Citians to rally behind.

“The K” first opened its doors in 1973 and has since hosted some marvelous Major League events, including two All-Star games and four World Series showdowns (1980, 1985, 2014, and 2015). The stadium has stood the test of time, undergoing a $256 million renovation in 2007. In between the outfield walls and the grassy Midwest landscape sits a row of spectacular fountains featuring cascading waterfalls. Also, there’s no way you can miss the scoreboard situated behind the centerfield fencing, which boasts the Royal’s crest.

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Jorge Soler is currently in the lead this season for launching the farthest long ball directly through centerfield and right over the crowned scoreboard at a true distance of 470 feet.

The retired “Mullet,” George Brett, spent his entire 21-season career slugging for the KC Royals, and took the club’s home run high-water mark to the next level. The Hall-of-Famer swung big during his time in Kansas City, with 317 career home runs for the Royals. Kansas City’s biggest active slugger is left fielder Alex Gordon.

Steer clear from seats too far beyond the fenceline, as your chances of catching that keepsake home run ball decreases massively. For those of you situated down the right- or left-field lines, leave your mitts open wide in sections 101, 102, 103, and 108. Sitting next to the fountains in sections 201 and 202 can never hurt either – if you don’t mind getting splashed. And if you’re chasing that high flying moon shot down, be careful not to stumble (or jump) into the water.

If you’re planning on attending a game at Kauffman Stadium, you may want to come prepared. Upgrade your wardrobe with the latest white and royal blue fan gear in the game by heading over to Fanatics today!

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The Evolution of the Manchester United Jersey

Tucked away in rainy Manchester, one of England’s most iconic soccer clubs is working on its domestic and international comeback. Despite winning the Europa League but not the Champions League this past season, Manchester United are currently amassing new talent to give its manager, José Mourinho, no excuse for losing the next Premier League campaign.

On the road to recovery, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scheduled to take the field at Old Trafford come the new year. Ibrahimovic will rock the number 10 shirt and provide “extra quality” to the Manchester-based squad as one of the top strikers in the league. Additionally, the new roster includes international stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelöf, who will sport this year’s Adidas-crafted, Chevy-sponsored jerseys. However, this particular kit is just one of the many variations that both current and former United players have donned on the field. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see the transformation of the Manchester United kit throughout the decades.

United Uniforms

 

Manchester United’s kit has maintained one consistent design element since 1902: its color. Red and white have been the primary colors utilized, while their rival on the other side of town, Manchester City, operates under blue and white. Although not required, handlebar mustaches prevailed between 1902 and 1909. Surprisingly, Manchester United wasn’t always known by its current name or colors.

The club was originally founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) by railway workers who were interested in playing association soccer. They sometimes wore green and yellow kits in the beginning. John Henry Davies, a brewery owner in Manchester, financially rescued Newton Heath in 1902, signaling a change to both the name and colors we know today. Manchester’s primary kit experimented outside of its predominantly red design between 1922 and 1927. This new version featured a white base for the shirt, accented with a red “V” running from the shoulder to stomach.

Once World War II ended, Manchester United kicked into gear to become a dominant figure in global soccer. Their stadium was bombed during German air raids in 1941, but former player, war-hero, and newly appointed manager Matt Busby used this tragedy to unite a team and city. He would serve as the club’s manager for over 25 years. Busby successfully brought together the club’s “Famous Five”: Jimmy Delaney, Stan Pearson, Jack Rowley, Charlie Mitten, and Johnny Morris.

Sharp became the club’s first kit sponsor in 1982 and remained so until 2000, after which he was replaced by Vodafone. Several of the club’s most iconic players – David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, and Peter Schmeichel – had the chance to play for the Red Devils during this era.

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United’s current kit is the most commercially lucrative one in the club’s history. Adidas entered into a contract with the Manchester-based club in 2014 through a deal, which earns United nearly $100 million a year. Their sponsor, Chevy, recognized the value in advertising on the front of the Red Devils’ kit – paying $80 million a year for this privilege.

United They Stand

Even though the club will be playing in the Champions League next season, a sixth-place finish in the Premier League table won’t satisfy many United supporters. With a loaded roster including players such as David de GeaPaul Pogba, and the newly resigned Zlatan Ibrahimović, supporters and sponsors will expect nothing less than worldwide glory.

I come to finish what I started @manchesterunited

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This year, the jersey will be designed by Adidas, sponsored by Chevy and, of course, owning its red and white roots. Snag your official Manchester United Premier League gear at the best place for licensed soccer merchandise – Fanatics.com.

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The Evolution of the Barcelona Jersey

Futbol Club Barcelona was founded in 1899 by soccer pioneer Joan Gamper who placed an ad in a local paper and garnered the attention of 11 other enthusiasts. The club has since transformed into the second most valuable football organization in the world and is one of the most popular clubs around the globe.

Barcelona History

From their beginning, Barcelona has enjoyed success in the highest level football league in Spain – La Liga. Along the way, their trophy case has become quite packed as well. In addition to 24 La Liga title wins (most recently in 2015-2016, and second only to rival club Real Madrid), Barcelona has nabbed 29 Copa del Rey championships and several Champions League Titles (most recently in 2014-2015).

Since this club has been around for over a century, its jerseys have understandably transformed throughout the decades. As you can imagine, Barcelona’s current star, Lionel Messi, doesn’t wear the uniform that players such as Paulino Alcántara donned in the early 20th century. However, the one constant feature has been the kit colors: blue and claret – a deep purplish-red color.

Read on to see the Barcelona kit changes that have taken place over time, in addition to how the club’s blue and claret stripes have evolved yet remained so starkly similar.

Barcelona Beginnings

1899: The first Barcelona jersey in 1899 is simple with stripes and a standard collar. It is comprised of four thick, alternating blue and claret stripes: one on each sleeve and two on the main body. Carles Comamala – a prolific goalscorer – is one of the players from these early days, replacing Barcelona founder, Gamper, when he retires from the field.

1920s: Barcelona adds a tie closure to the jersey’s neck, memorably sported by players such as Ramon Torralba Larraz – a 14-season legend. The kit also features more alternating stripes than previous versions, with several on the sleeves and body. The stripes on the primary section of the jersey remain similar today, despite a few variances.  

1925: The standard collars are replaced by a slight crew neck design, hence eliminating the tie closures, which do not make any future appearances on the Barcelona kit.

1969: The crew neck collar will remain a staple of the blue and claret jersey throughout many decades, dozens of players, and multiple seasons. In the late ’60s, the standard collar makes a comeback, and one player, Francisco Fernández “Gallego,” dons the kit proudly on his way through 11 seasons with Barça.

1982: Standard collars remain on the ’80s kits. Javier González Urruticoechea – a key player in the 1984-1985 season – is one player who not only sports the jersey but also gains the adoration of fans due to his charisma and monumental save that ensures Barcelona a league victory with four matches to go.

2000: At the turn of the century, a blast to the past occurs, with two thick stripes on the main body (one of each color) and solid dark blue sleeves. Vitor Borba Ferreira “Rivaldo” plays during this apparel shift and racks up goals despite not being a straight striker.

2002: The uniforms feature the previous thinner stripes and a brighter red compared to the old claret. However, this doesn’t last long. In 2007, the color returns to a deeper reddish-purple. Samuel Eto’o is a player for Barcelona who wears the brighter red jersey while being the league’s top scorer for the 2004-2005 season.

2013: Barcelona’s kit continues to evolve with a single red stripe down the center, flanked by blue sleeves. In 2015, Lionel Messi is seen in another kit design, featuring a subtle reversal of the classic blue and claret combo.

2016: The jersey appears more similar to previous versions, consisting of the standard blue stripe bordered by reds, then lined with blue sides and sleeves.

Whether you hope to catch Barcelona this upcoming season at Camp Nou or are rooting for them from the comfort of your home, you can grab your own Barça jersey at Fanatics.com.

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Chicago White Sox Home Run Hot Spots: Guaranteed Rate Field

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The Chicago White Sox were established in 1901 as part of the brand-new American League. One of eight inaugural major league teams in the AL, the Chicago White Stockings (the team’s original moniker) won the very first AL game, and would go on to win the World Series in 1906.

From the Stockings to the Sox

Over their long history, the White Sox have fielded successful teams (they won the Series again in 1917 and for a third time in 2005), and many of their players have become household names. From Hall of Famers of yesteryear such as Luke Appling and Nellie Fox to more recent sluggers like Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko, Sox fans always have someone to root for.

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The Chicago White Sox still play ball on the South Side of Chicago, but their stadium underwent a name and sponsorship change after the 2016 season. No longer known as “The Cell,” the White Sox players, such as José Abreu and Todd Frazier, now jog out to their positions at Guaranteed Rate Field. While the name has changed, the park is still much the same, and there are plenty of places to up your chances of snagging a home run ball.

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So far in 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field has been home to at least 58 homers, and in 2016, U.S. Cellular Field saw 185 balls leave the park. For your best bet this season, grab seats out in left or right field where balls are more prone to leave the park.

More specifically, the outfield reserved section is where the action tends to be, so in left field, grab tickets for sections 157, 158, and 159. If you’re hoping for some opposite field homers from your favorite player who bats right, or there are a bunch of lefties in the lineup, check out sections 105, 104, and 103 to better your chances of catching a long ball.

Balls that leave the park definitely travel, as 2016’s farthest long ball traveled 451 feet off the bat of Baltimore’s Pedro Alvarez. As far as White Sox hitters go, the longest arch off the bat traveled 440 feet courtesy of José Abreu.

If you’re headed out to Guaranteed Rate Field this summer and hoping to catch a home run ball, keep these stadium locales in mind when you grab your tickets. Also, be sure to check out Fanatics.com for some sweet White Sox duds, and don’t forget your glove before you go.

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Managerial Journeys: Dusty Baker

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With over 40 years in baseball – almost 20 as a player and over 20 as a managerDusty Baker, who is currently at the helm of the Washington Nationals, has seen plenty. His journey has taken him from small to large market teams and across the entire U.S. This is one legend who isn’t content with just being a part of America’s pastime – he’s still a part of baseball’s present and future.

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Join us as we take a look at the road Dusty Baker has walked to make it from playing in the minors to coaching World Series contenders.

Player Power, Powerful Player

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Born Johnnie B. Baker, the California native entered professional baseball as a player through the 1967 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was selected in the 26th round by the Atlanta Braves. While he did his work in the minors – receiving call-ups every year from 1968 forward – Baker didn’t join the Braves majors squad until 1972.

He would eventually leave the Atlanta Braves and Georgia to return home to the Golden State as a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best stretch as a member of the Blue Crew came between the 1980 and 1982 seasons. Baker would finish in the top 10 of MVP voting twice, attend two All-Star games, earn two Silver Slugger awards, and receive one Gold Glove. Oh, and he also would be a part of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions side.

Baker would round out his playing days playing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics before starting the next phase of his professional association with baseball.

Move to Management

Dusty Baker assumed the role as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and he had a better first year than anyone could have expected. The ’93 Giants finished the season with a record of 103-59, which earned Baker NL Manager of the Year honors. He would win the award two more times with the Giants, in 1997 and 2000. Baker almost navigated his team to a World Championship but lost 4-3 in a seven game series against the Anaheim Angels in 2002. That was also the end of his tenure in San Francisco.

He would move eastward to Chicago, where he’d take the Cubs to the postseason in one out of four seasons, before heading to the Cincinnati Reds. Baker’s performance as the manager of the Reds saw his team make it to the postseason in three of his six seasons, but he never advanced further than the first round. All of this experience would take Dusty to the nation’s capital in 2016, where he signed on to manage the Washington Nationals. While he hasn’t replicated the 2002 season in charge of the San Francisco Giants to date, the Nationals represent an excellent opportunity to make a huge playoff push.

A National Treasure

Whether you’re a fan of Dusty from his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers or are hoping he helps take your Washington Nationals deep into the postseason, be the best-equipped MLB supporter you know! Fanatics.com has the best officially licensed merchandise and apparel for all 32 teams with low prices, fast shipping, and a variety of sizes.

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Sports Traditions: Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel

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Timeless Traditions: Terrible Towel

Pittsburgh Steelers fans have a rather unique love affair with towels, and one in particular: the Terrible Towel. How did this yellow cotton bathroom fixture end up elevated from drying duties to team lore? Today we demystify the origins of the Terrible Towel for everyone who is not a member of #SteelersNation.

Sacred Yellow Cotton

Myron Cope, a former Steelers radio announcer, concocted the idea for a way to rally home fans during the team’s playoff run in 1975. The team eventually won Super Bowl X versus the Dallas Cowboys, and since then the towel has served as a secondary banner for the team.

Rooting for you @steelers, with the #TerribleTowel and all! #HereWeGo #herewego

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Since 2010, esteemed guests visiting Heinz Field have had the chance to participate in the “Terrible Towel Twirl,” where they are allowed to lead the crowd in this pre-kickoff tradition. Even one of the first men on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, has had the chance to lead tens of thousands of fans in this timeless tradition.

All Around The World

Given the importance of the Terrible Towel as a symbol for Steelers fans, and its extreme portability, they’ve been spotted all over the world thanks to many members of #SteelersNation.

Look, it made it to the Colosseum!

Where has your #TerribleTowel been? 🤔🌍 #FanFriday

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It’s also been on a cruise (and hopefully made its way to a buffet or two).

#steelernationbahamas #HappilyEverEllex @steelers #bacheloretteparty 🖤💛

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The warm, Indonesian island of Bali looks like the perfect place for a Terrible Towel.

Steelers Nation invades Bali! #steelersnation #travelingtowels #bali #indonesia #pittsburghsteelers #terribletowel #besakih

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And some have even looked to see if it’ll pick up the luck of the Irish. But does your team really need luck when they have Antonio Brown?

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