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17 insane foods you'll find only at the ballpark

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This year, MLB teams are getting adventurous with their concession offerings, including tempura-battered hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken and waffles on a stick and a burgerizza, to name a few.

At just one MLB park, Turner Field, baseball fans can gorge themselves on Fritos or Doritos topped with pulled pork and cheese sauce. Or fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce. Or a pretzel bun with a foot-long, layered with fries, popcorn, cheese sauce, chips, beer cheese, jalapenos and Coca-Cola enfused BBQ sauce  ... Yeh, you get the idea. 

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Some of the crazier options for baseball fans are below:

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Thousands take part in the longest Opening Day first pitch

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Opening night for the 2015 World Series champions came with a really long first pitch — and its own hashtag. 

Thousands of Kansas City Royals fans helped #RelaytheWay to kick off the first game of the season.

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The pitch started at Union Station on Sunday morning with Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo. Then, with the help of thousands of participants, the ball continued along the nearly 9.5-mile route to Kauffman Stadium. 

To become part of the pitch, fans donated to the new MLB Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City. Once completed, the project will include an indoor training facility and four sports diamonds. But the center will be about more than baseball. It will also provide kids with tutoring, career training and college preparation — all for free. 

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The first pitch was completed at the start of the Royals' game against the New York Mets — the same team the Royals beat to win the 2015 World Series.

This video includes clips from Relay the WayThe City of Kansas City and KSHB and images from Getty Images and Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

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Baseball legend, broadcaster Joe Garagiola Sr., dies at 90

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Baseball legend and longtime broadcaster Joe Garagiola Sr., has died. He was 90.

The Arizona Diamondbacks posted the news on the team's Twitter page.

According to ABC 15, Garagiola played for nine seasons in the major leagues and was part of the 1946 St. Louis Cardinals team that won the World Series. He went on to have a successful broadcasting career.

Fans took to social media to remember Garagiola.

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Freddie Freeman, wife hit homerun with baby's gender reveal

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Freddie Freeman hit a homerun in his baby’s gender reveal announcement Tuesday.

The Atlanta Braves All Star and his wife Chelsea posted the adorable video on Twitter.

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The couple found out the sex of their unborn child using a ball filled with either blue or pink powder.

In the video, Chelsea tosses the ball to Freeman. As he hits it, the ball explodes – and so do the cheers.

It looks like they may have another baseball star on the way.

The couple says they didn’t know the gender until Freddie hit the ball.

The couple’s baby boy is due in September.

Must-see: Hero Pirates fan saves boy from flying baseball bat

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Talk about a close call.

A quick-thinking Pittsburgh Pirates fan is being called a hero after he saved a boy from a flying baseball bat at a Saturday spring training game in Kissimmee, Florida. 

According to the Bleacher Report, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Christopher Horner captured the moment when the man blocked the bat from slamming into the child's face at the Pirates-Braves game. The image, which Horner shared on Twitter, has been retweeted hundreds of times.

The Pirates were playing the Atlanta Braves at the Braves' spring training stadium in Florida. 

The man and boy in the photo were not identified. (The Pirates won, 9-6.)

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Rare baseball cards found in paper bag

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You never know what you will find when you're cleaning out a family member's home after they pass away.

A family has hit a baseball memorabilia jackpot after discovering not one, but seven Ty Cobb baseball cards tucked away in an old paper bag, The Associated Press reported. 

The cards were printed from 1909 to 1911 and were uncovered as an unidentified family was cleaning out a dilapidated house of a great-grandfather who died. 

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The home was in a unspecified location, only said to be in the south.

The cards are part of the T206 series and were rated between 3.5 and 4.5 for their condition on a scale of 1 to 10. Experts said that's not bad for a more than century-old card.

The front of the card shows Cobb in a Detroit Tigers' uniform, the back says "TY COBB - KING OF THE SMOKING TOBACCO WORLD," The AP reported.

There were believed to be 15 T206 Cobb cards still in existence before this discovery, The AP reported.

Experts believe the seven cards could be worth more than $1 million.

All MLB teams will have a Spanish translator this season

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Communication will be much clearer for baseball players, fans and reporters during the 2016 season thanks to a new policy.

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The commissioner mandated that each MLB team have a full-time Spanish translator on staff.

Many people are surprised that it has taken so long for such a rule to be put in place, since nearly a quarter of big-leaguers hail from Spanish-speaking countries like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba.

Most Spanish-speaking players know how to speak English, but many aren’t comfortable going through entire interviews with the media in their second language.

"Sometimes I get nervous," New York Yankees Venezuelan utility player Jose Pirela told The New York Times. "I want people to understand what I say. That’s why sometimes I need somebody because I want to make sure you understand me."

Teams shouldn't be affected financially by the hirings. Before the mandate, most clubs had already hired translators for Japanese-speaking players, the second largest foreign-born demographic in the sport.

In fact, in 2014, the Yankees had three Japanese-speaking players, each with his own interpreter.

The reason for the high number of Japanese translators is likely because Japanese players often come to the majors as highly sought-after free agents from Japan's top league, whereas Latin American players usually have to work their way up through the minor leagues.

In the past, Spanish speakers often had to rely on teammates or other club employees to decipher their words for reporters, but thanks to the new Spanish-language translator program, Hispanic players will no longer be lost in translation.

All clubs are expected to fill the translator position by opening day in April.

Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died from cocaine, alcohol

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity, according to autopsy results released Friday morning.

Hanson, 29, was at a friend’s Newnan, Ga.-area home on Nov. 8 when he was found unresponsive in bed. That friend’s girlfriend, Clare Jordan, called 911 to report Hanson’s face was discolored and his hands were cold, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Jordan began chest compressions on the 6-foot-6 Hanson until Coweta County paramedics arrived.

Hanson was first taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and then Piedmont Hospital’s main campus in Atlanta, where he died the following night. The GBI completed the autopsy on Hanson, but toxicology testing took an additional four weeks to complete.

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The death was ruled accidental, Coweta Coroner Richard Hawk said Friday.

A preliminary report released by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office listed “overdose” as the possible crime, but said there was no indication or suspicion of foul play.

Hanson was spending the weekend with friend, Brandon Bond, when he was found unresponsive. During the 911 call, Jordan told the operator she knew Hanson had been drinking alcohol the night before, but that he appeared fine earlier that morning when she went downstairs, where he had been sleeping.

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Jordan told the operator she had let Hanson’s dogs outside earlier that morning, The AJC reported. When one of the dogs started barking again, Jordan went back downstairs.

“I just came down here again because one of his dogs was barking and I wanted to make sure everything was OK,” Jordan told the operator. “And he just didn’t look right.”

Once a top prospect, Hanson was traded by the Braves in December 2012 and last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels. He had a 49-35 record and 3.80 ERA in 123 games (121 starts) over five major league seasons, including four with the Braves, before shoulder problems and a concussion stalled his career.

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Many former and current Braves players, including Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann and Kris Medlen, attended Hanson’s funeral, along with former Braves manager Bobby Cox and current manager Fredi Gonzalez.

911 call: Former Braves pitcher’s dog let friends know something was wrong

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Early Sunday, Tommy Hanson was asleep and snoring in a basement room in his friends’ Georgia home. One of the homeowners went downstairs early to let Hanson’s barking dogs outside, she told a 911 operator.

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It was one of those dogs that sent Clare Jordan back downstairs, where she noticed Hanson didn’t look right.

“I just came down here again because one of his dogs was barking and I wanted to make sure everything was OK,” Jordan told the operator. “And he just didn’t look right.”

Jordan’s frantic call to 911, released Friday, offered few clues to what may have caused the former Braves pitcher to lose consciousness and die the following night. But it detailed the horrifying minutes after Hanson was found and his friends’ efforts to revive him.

Hanson, 29, was spending the weekend with his friend, Brandon Bond, when he was found unresponsive Sunday morning. It was Bond’s girlfriend, Jordan, who called 911 to report Hanson’s face was discolored and his hands were cold.

The 911 operator instructed Jordan to begin chest compressions on the 6-foot-6 Hanson, and Jordan is heard sobbing while following the directions.

“Keep pushing, OK?” the operator said.

Jordan told the operator she knew Hanson had been drinking alcohol the night before, but that he appeared fine earlier that morning when she went downstairs.

A Coweta County sheriff’s deputy and paramedics arrived at the home within minutes. Hanson was first taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and then Piedmont Hospital’s main campus in Atlanta, where he died late Monday.

A preliminary report released by the sheriff’s office listed “overdose” as the possible crime, but had no details. On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said there was no indication or suspicion of foul play.

“While at the emergency room the reporting officer was part of a conversation with emergency room personnel which led this officer to believe an overdose was a possibility,” the sheriff’s office said in an emailed statement. “Law enforcement acknowledges this will have to be determined by medical personnel as to the cause of death.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an autopsy on Hanson, but the results will not be released until toxicology testing is completed, which could take up to 12 weeks.

Hanson’s funeral was held Friday morning at Cathedral of Christ the King on Peachtree Road in Atlanta. Among the friends and family members attending were several former and current Braves players, including Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann and Kris Medlen. Former Braves manager Bobby Cox, current manager Fredi Gonzalez, pitching coach Roger McDowell, former general manager Frank Wren and current general manager John Coppolella also attended.

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