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Black History Month: How Hank Aaron smashed home runs and racial barriers

Black History Month: How Hank Aaron smashed home runs and racial barriers

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor February 9, 2021
Hank Aaron passed away Jan. 22, 2021. He was one of the most iconic baseball players of all time. More importantly, though, Aaron was emblematic of racial and social justice, playing in the South during a time of racial conflict.
What you missed during the MLB offseason

What you missed during the MLB offseason

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor February 1, 2021
Major League Baseball’s offseason always throws sparks, but with contracts in limbo due to COVID-19, nothing was certain this past year. 
Why the Braves have to re-sign Marcell Ozuna

Why the Braves have to re-sign Marcell Ozuna

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor November 10, 2020
There’s one question Atlanta baseball pundits and fans everywhere should be asking. How can the Braves make themselves even better for 2021? Two words: Marcell Ozuna.
The most important players of the 2020 World Series

The most important players of the 2020 World Series

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor November 8, 2020
The 2020 World Series was an exciting one, featuring some excellent individual performances and some inspiring narratives. But if you’re a typical college student or anyone with work to do, chances are you couldn’t catch every iconic moment of the championship games. So without further ado, here are the two best player stories you need to know after the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.
MLB Postseason: What to expect, and why it might cause problems

MLB Postseason: What to expect, and why it might cause problems

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor October 7, 2020
As the Major League Baseball playoffs approach quickly, more teams than ever are still in the mix for a postseason appearance. This has a lot to do with the new playoff bracket system being used by MLB this year due to the 60-game season. Here’s how the new playoffs for baseball will work and some of the pros and cons of the brand new look.
Former Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis is dominating Major League Baseball

Former Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis is dominating Major League Baseball

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor September 12, 2020
Lewis, a former Mercer outfielder now playing for the MLB’s Seattle Mariners, is batting an incredible .347 over the first half of the season with an accompanying On Base Percentage of .437, both of which lead the American League according to Baseball Reference.
Starting pitching woes, explosive offense highlight Braves’ first half

Starting pitching woes, explosive offense highlight Braves’ first half

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor September 11, 2020
As the Atlanta Braves progress past the halfway point of the current MLB season, the postseason playing field looks as interesting as ever. However, the Braves have some adjustments to make.
Archived graphic by Marianna Bacallao

Two huge new ways coronavirus has changed MLB’s season

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor August 25, 2020
As the renewed MLB season continues to progress, it is becoming clear that this season will be wildly different from any we’ve seen before.
Photo provided by Jen Jones

Working for a baseball league in a pandemic 

Jen Jones, Layout Editor August 24, 2020
Being a CPL intern is work, but at the end of the day one of the best experiences a journalism student can have in the sports world.
The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

Micah Johnston, Staff Writer April 14, 2020
MLB is doing a fantastic job of trying to fill the void for baseball-starved fans like us. Here’s a list of everything you can watch and do to try and sate that craving for the beautiful game during your time at home.
Trevor Austin (#34) hits a line drive into the outfield against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Baseball team holds an 8-0 record to start the season

Jen Jones, Sports Editor February 26, 2020
Mercer’s baseball team led their opening weekend with an undefeated season so far. The team played Maryland-Eastern Shore, beating them in their first game 13-4. 
Trash cans, stolen signs and redistributed trophies: What the Astros scandal could mean for Major League Baseball

Trash cans, stolen signs and redistributed trophies: What the Astros scandal could mean for Major League Baseball

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer January 30, 2020
What should change, and how? The scandal is likely to break certain parts of baseball, and there should be an order behind the chaos that could ensue, particularly concerning two major fallouts that could mold the game for years to come.
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