February 5th, 2015

Hank Aaron Celebrating Birthday No. 81 Today

Happy 81st birthday to Hammerin’ Hank!

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Chris Evans photo/ Hank Aaron is baseball's all-time leader in RBI and total bases.  For many, he remains the home run king. Chris Evans photo/ Hank Aaron is baseball’s all-time leader in RBI and total bases. For many, he remains the home run king.

By Glen Sparks

Happy birthday, Henry Aaron. Hammerin’ Hank turns 81 today. The great slugger is No. 2 on baseball’s all-time home run list, or still No. 1, depending on your point of view. Nonetheless, this is a look at Aaron in 10 bullet points:

  • Born Feb. 5, 1934, in Mobile, Ala., Aaron played 23 seasons in the major leagues (1954-76). He hit 755 career home runs, 733 in the National League for the Braves (both the Milwaukee and Atlanta versions) and 22 for the then-American League Milwaukee Brewers.
  • The Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues signed Aaron on Nov. 20, 1951. He played three months for the Clowns in 1952 and was the last Negro League player to be on a Major League roster.
  • Aaron never hit…

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The 2015 Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp is underway!

Rockies Fantasy Camp is under way, and the team’s blog documenting the experience is a great way to get a taste of what’s going on Scottsdale.

Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp Blog

The first day of 2015 Fantasy Camp is in the books with only one team of the five teams going to bed with the distinct honor of being 1-0.

The morning started with the camp crew – 58 campers plus coaches and staffers – at Denver International Airport with snow falling during the 28 degree morning. After a lengthy de-icing prior to take off, the group landed in Phoenix to a pleasant high-70s and crystal clear skies. After a lunch, group introductions and a camp photo, everyone headed to the clover leaf fields for a skills session. Coaches used this time for scouting purposes. Following the skills portion, there was a one hour scrimmage between campers.

Once the scrimmage ended, everyone came inside for dinner. It was this time that the coaches headed to the draft room and picked their teams. Following the draft, team rosters were announced for the…

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