Mike Venditti Blogs

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Purely Baseball

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thousands of people, young baseball players and their families have descended upon Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the 2019 Little League World Series and I couldn’t be more excited! This is, unquestionably, the best display of organized sport. Every. Single... Read More

Tales From the Cockpit: Now or Never

No matter how you look at it, the 2017 South Carolina Gamecocks football season was abysmal. Sure, the offense improved and were quite possibly the best offense Coach Will Muschamp has ever had as a head coach, but the defense and the overall team record did not improve. In fact, they got much... Read More

Bases Loaded- Trade Deadline Special

Welcome one and all to another edition of Bases Loaded! The 2019 MLB trade deadline has come and gone and it's time to take stock of what has happened. The Atlanta Braves have become legitimate World Series contenders Not only did the Braves take 2 of 3 from the 2nd place Nationals to extend their... Read More

Tell the Whole Story

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is a history museum. It exists to tell the story of baseball. It's a living document that is ever changing, growing and evolving. But it still doesn't tell the entire story. We've been practicing revisionist history in Cooperstown for... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Great Expectations?

Training camp is almost here and it’s time to start wondering what the Carolina Panthers will be in 2019. The 2018 campaign ended badly, with the Panthers finishing 7-9, missing the playoffs and seeing quarterback Cam Newton heading into off-season surgery. The future looked grim for the black and... Read More

Bases Loaded: Mid-Season Report

Ah yes! Bases Loaded is back! Welcome in to the premier baseball blog on ESPNUpstate.com! For those who aren't familiar, Bases Loaded was originally a baseball podcast I did in Orlando. I then created this segmented blog to accompany the show. So, now that the blog is back stay tuned for more... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Stop Accepting Mediocrity

Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets are not committed to winning. Since buying into the Hornets organization back in 2010, acquiring controlling interest of the team, Jordan's Hornets have been far from spectacular. The Hornets since the 2010-11 season have made the playoffs just twice and... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: Bring the Rays to Charlotte!

Rays owner Stu Sternberg has officially quit on the Tampa Bay area. Tuesday, Sternberg discussed with the media a plan to split future seasons of Rays baseball between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Montreal, Canada. He claimed that the Tampa area was incapable of supporting the team on their own and... Read More

Inside the Mind of Ditti: A Wise Kawhi Would Stay

NBA free agency is almost more exciting than the NBA regular season. With the trades and mega-signings across the league, there is never a dull moment during the offseason. This year is no different with potential free agents like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and most importantly, NBA Finals MVP... Read More

ITMOD: You're Up, Red Sox

Over the past few weeks, we've seen some monster contracts in baseball, from Bryce Harper's monster deal with the Phillies, to Mike Trouts even bigger contract extension with the Angels. Now it's time for the Red Sox to put up or shut up, or they could be without a generational talent in two years... Read More