The Oberlin Review

MLB Offseason Spending Highlights Change in Values

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year $110 million mega-deal Monday. On the surface, the deal will help them contend with their American League East rival New York Yankees this season, after they made headlines by acquiring National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. However, with the contract finalization so close to the start of the season — spring training starts today — it highlights an alarming trend of MLB teams choosing not to sign blue-chip free agents, opting instead to pocket extra cash. With four of the top 10 free agents of this offseason still unsigned, MLB teams appear to have adopted the strategy of tanking. Thirty-year-old Martinez comes off a career yea...

Chief Wahoo Logo Overhaul Long Overdue, Despite Fan Disappointment

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

February 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Jan. 29 that Cleveland baseball will stop sporting the Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms after the 2018 season. The cartoon caricature, first featured on players’ caps and jersey sleeves in 1948, has sparked controversy since the 1970s. The statement, which read, “the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball,” appeared to have split baseball fans and others into two categories: “racists” bummed by the news and “soft liberals” offended by the fact that the logo ever existed in the first place. Neither side is more correct than the other, and being able to understand and appreciate both sides of an argument is a skill that most of us need...

Perspective: A Thank You to Baseball

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The other day, I passed a young father playing catch with his son in the driveway, and as I drove off, tears gathered in my eyes as I reminisced about the times when that little boy was instead a little girl, and the father was my dad. Between school, work, and softball, not many things grab my attention and stick with me, but this did. Call baseball what you want — boring, too slow, outdated — but never deny its ability to form a bond between father and child in a way that few other things can. The year is 2004, the girl is six years old, and her mom has tied a pink bow in her hair to match her pink dress. She’s in the backyard on a summer afternoon, holding a bat that’s certainly too heavy, and her dad has a ba...

State Honors Famous Baseball Alum

State Honors Famous Baseball Alum

September 29, 2017

A bill honoring the late Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African-American man to play under contract in the major leagues and a member of Oberlin’s first baseball team, was signed by Governor John Kasich Tuesday after its first two failed passage attampts. Walker’s birthday, Oct. 7, will be recognized annually as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in Ohio beginning in 2018. House Bill 59 was sponsored by Democratic Representatives David Leland and Thomas West and was approved unanimously by...

MLB’s Departure From Traditional Values Detrimental to Culture

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

From Aaron Judge’s 500-foot blasts to Aroldis Chapman’s 103 mile-an-hour fastballs, there’s something about Major League Baseball that departs from its place in the bedrocks of American society for over 100 years. While baseball, like all sports, is constantly evolving, its growing overreliance on statistics is rapidly changing the sport’s foundation. Baseball has always been a game whose allure lies as much in the time between actions as it does in the actions themselves. Since there is no game-clock, before each pitch there is a building anticipation, and until the final out, there is potential for something great to happen. All of the life that exists between plays has given the MLB the character and quirk...

On a Hot Streak, Yeomen Sweep Kenyon

On a Hot Streak, Yeomen Sweep Kenyon

April 28, 2017

The Yeomen’s offense exploded for 25 runs in a four-game series sweep last weekend against North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon College. In the team’s first home series against a conference opponent, the games helped secure sole possession of second place in the NCAC East Division with 6–2 and 10–7 wins on Saturday and 6–2 and 3–1 victories on Sunday. With their six-game win streak on the line, Oberlin split the doubleheader against Division III powerhouse Marietta College Pioneers...

Baseball Rebounds to Split Weekend at Hiram College

Baseball Rebounds to Split Weekend at Hiram College

April 21, 2017

Oberlin’s offense turned from cold to scorching hot over a four-game series with the Hiram College Terriers. The Yeomen bounced back from two tough losses Friday to bury the Terriers 14–4 in Saturday’s game one and 13–4 in the nightcap. Oberlin’s North Coast Athletic Conference record now stands at 3–5. Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz said he was proud of how the team responded in Saturday’s games. “We played a little bit tight on Friday, but we were much more relaxed on Saturday,...

Oberlin Goes 1–3 in Wooster Series

Oberlin Goes 1–3 in Wooster Series

April 7, 2017

Baseball had its hands full with a four-game series against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots doubleheader last weekend, dropping three-of-four games to the nationally sixth-ranked team. Coming off of a 9–1 non-conference loss against Otterbein University earlier in the week, the Yeomen hoped to hit the ground running against Wooster but could not muster the hits. The Yeomen started the weekend off with a bang, scoring four runs in the first inning off of Wooster’s ace Michael Houdek....

Baseball Sweeps Berea in Doubleheader

Baseball Sweeps Berea in Doubleheader

March 10, 2017

With 31 hits and 29 runs, the baseball team opened up the 2017 season in style by defeating the Berea College Mountaineers in a doubleheader 12–1 and 17–0. After a disappointing 2016 campaign, the Yeomen are looking to build off their current 2–0 start to recapture the magic of 2015, when they claimed the first conference championship in program history and made a deep run into the NCAA Regionals. “The disappointment from last year has left our guys extra hungry for success this season,...

Baseball Revitalizes Cleveland

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

September 9, 2016

Filed under SPORTS

For 52 years, Cleveland sports fans have agonized over the “Cleveland sports curse,” the city’s inexplicable inability to win a championship in any professional sport. From 1964 to 2016, Cleveland’s baseball, basketball and football teams had never reigned supreme in their respective leagues. As a result, a combined 147-season championship drought diminished hope for the city to return to its winning ways that dazzled the sports world in the 1950s. But on June 19, that all changed. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to win the team’s first title in franchise history, ending Cleveland’s championship drought in an unbelievable fashion. Inside Quicken...

Feature Photo: Baseball Champs

Feature Photo: Baseball Champs

October 9, 2015

Members of the 2014-2015 baseball team unveil their North Coast Athletic Conference Championship banner alongside College President Marvin Krislov and Director of Ath­letics Natalie Winkelfoos. The baseball team defeated The College of Wooster in the NCAC championship tournament to earn both their first NCAC championship title and Oberlin’s first NCAC championship title for a men’s team. The Yeomen finished last season 21–28 overall and 3–2 in the NCAA Championships. Automatically qualifying...

Baseball Upsets Gators, Fighting Scots

Baseball Upsets Gators, Fighting Scots

May 8, 2015

After splitting the first two games of its series against the DePauw University Tigers, Oberlin baseball emerged victorious in the rubber match on Sunday, winning 11–1 to earn a spot in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. This is the team’s second ever appearance in the tournament, with the first coming in 2013. In that appearance, the Yeomen won their second game against the Denison University Big Red but were eliminated from the tournament after falling to both the College of Wo...

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