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  • Sports Briefing | Baseball: Mets’ Juan Lagares Named Best Center Fielder

    NYT > Baseball
    By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    After a lost season, the Mets got some good news Thursday when Juan Lagares was named the best center fielder in baseball, winning the annual Fielding Bible award.
  • Five D-backs tabbed for GIBBY bids

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    Austin Laymance
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Paul Goldschmidt headlines a group of five D-backs nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards that also includes Aaron Hill, Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock and Miguel Montero.
  • Braves have decision to make about Santana

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    Mark Bowman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    As the Braves prepare for what will likely be an active and interesting offseason, their first significant decision will involve Ervin Santana, who stands as the club's only free agent positioned to potentially gain a qualifying offer.
  • Cubs decline club option on Fujikawa

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    Scott Merkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Cubs declined their 2015 club option on Kyuji Fujikawa Thursday, making the right-handed reliever a free agent.
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    CIN Homepage News
    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
 
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    ARI Homepage News

  • Five D-backs tabbed for GIBBY bids

    Austin Laymance
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Paul Goldschmidt headlines a group of five D-backs nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards that also includes Aaron Hill, Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock and Miguel Montero.
  • Stewart, D-backs look to bolster squad for '15

    Steve Gilbert
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has assembled his baseball operations point men in Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson during the final week of the regular season. Together they have to find a way to lift a team that finished 2014 with the worst record in Major League Baseball.
  • Fleck hopes to be a part of D-backs' turnaround

    Don Ketchum
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In his first six games in the Arizona Fall League, standout D-backs prospect Kaleb Fleck tallied two saves and struck out 10 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • D-backs Arizona Fall League overview

    Teddy Cahill
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Archie Bradley, ranked No. 9 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, is making up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League, where he is one of seven D-backs playing for Salt River.
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  • Braves have decision to make about Santana

    Mark Bowman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    As the Braves prepare for what will likely be an active and interesting offseason, their first significant decision will involve Ervin Santana, who stands as the club's only free agent positioned to potentially gain a qualifying offer.
  • Braves honored with handful of GIBBY Award nominations

    Mark Bowman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward are among the Braves who have been selected as finalists for this year's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, which are determined by votes cast by fans and various individuals from the baseball world.
  • Braves look toward busy offseason to get back in gear

    Mark Bowman
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    When the Braves began locking up a number of their young players this past winter, there was reason to wonder if this upcoming offseason would be rather quiet. Many months and disappointments later, there is now reason to believe it will be anything but quiet in Atlanta.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • New hitting coach Seitzer discusses his approach

    Mark Bowman
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Kevin Seitzer was not at a loss for words when he was introduced as the Braves' new hitting coach on Monday. He will attempt to instill a new mindset that could prove beneficial to Atlanta's young, aggressive offense that struggled throughout the 2014 season.
 
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    CHC Homepage News

  • Cubs decline club option on Fujikawa

    Scott Merkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Cubs declined their 2015 club option on Kyuji Fujikawa Thursday, making the right-handed reliever a free agent.
  • Winds of change beginning to blow at Wrigley

    Carrie Muskat
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    An influx of highly regarded talent joining Cubs cornerstones Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro and an expected shift in offseason strategy bodes well for the North Siders, whose home park will have a new look to complement the team's.
  • Rizzo, Castro, Arrieta earn GIBBY nominations

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    A number of Cubs players are being honored with 2014 MLB.com GIBBY nominations for their exemplary individual performances this season, and more yet for outstanding and peculiar plays that took place over the course of the year.
  • Coghlan makes most of opportunity with Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Chris Coghlan took advantage of his playing time this past season with the Cubs, looking more like the player who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2009.
  • Cubs outright Kalish, Valaika and Vitters to Triple-A

    Cash Kruth
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Cubs outrighted outfielder Ryan Kalish, infielder Chris Valaika and third baseman Josh Vitters to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.
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    CIN Homepage News

  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Reds have crucial offseason decisions to make

    Mark Sheldon
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Now that a disappointing 2014 Reds season is in the books, one of the more interesting offseasons in years looms ahead. What brings intrigue is that the club could pivot in a couple of different directions as they hope its stars heal from injuries.
  • Reds haul in slew of GIBBY nominations

    Chad Thornburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    The 2014 season concluded without a return trip to the postseason, but the Reds' year still featured plenty of memorable moments, including a career season for Johnny Cueto, a solid rookie campaign for Billy Hamilton, a record-setting year for Aroldis Chapman and an offensive breakout for Devin Mesoraco.
  • Reds pick up $10M club option on Cueto for 2015

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    In transactions that were expected to happen this offseason, MLB.com learned Wednesday that the Reds exercised the $10 million 2015 club option for ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and declined options for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
 
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    COL Homepage News

  • Rockies encouraged by growth of resilient Ottavino

    Thomas Harding
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino would rather not have gone through a disappointing performance in June. But the way Ottavino bounced back could be valuable information for his future.
  • Morneau's stellar year leads Rockies' GIBBY nominations

    Thomas Harding
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fans have a chance to make Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau's 2014 comeback performance, outfielder Corey Dickerson's impressive offensive year and Nolan Arenado's defensive work even more special by helping them earn MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
  • Rockies hoping for more health, depth in 2015

    Thomas Harding
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Days before the season ended, Rockies manager Walt Weiss thought back to those hopeful days of Spring Training, April and May. Back then, phrases like "if all goes right" and "barring injury" had not been rendered meaningless by misfortune and pain. With the season now over, Weiss is happy those caveats have meaning for 2015.
  • After MLB debut, Bergman earns AFL honors

    Thomas Harding
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Christian Bergman pitched his way to the Majors this year, and his good fortune continues in the Arizona Fall League, which on Monday named him as a member of the East Division squad for Sunday evening's Fall Stars Game.
  • Story out to author bright future with AFL work

    Jonathan Mayo
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Trevor Story, the Rockies' No. 11 prospect, can't help but feel good about a year that saw him spend half of the season in Double-A at age 21. He's looking to help further his climb through the organization with his work during the Arizona Fall League season.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Astros games to reach larger market on new network

    Brian McTaggart
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Astros games will be available to a larger portion of the Houston television market beginning next year after a bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that will allow AT&T and DirecTV to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston.
  • Altuve's big year results in three GIBBY nominations

    Brian McTaggart
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    A record-breaking season for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has him in the running for three of MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards: Most Valuable Player, Best Hitter and Breakout Hitter of the Year.
  • Astros hope to boost offense, look to youth next season

    Brian McTaggart
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When asked what his top priority will be this offseason in terms of improving the Astros, general manager Jeff Luhnow didn't hesitate in saying offense. The Astros were an improved offensive team from a year ago, thanks to Jose Altuve's remarkable season, the arrival of George Springer, the acquisition of Dexter Fowler and the second-half resurgence of Chris Carter.
  • Hinch watches AFL action, meets with prospects

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    A.J. Hinch's crash course on learning the Astros inside and out this week has taken him to the Arizona Fall League, where some of the club's top prospects are competing.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Haren exercises $10M option, to return in 2015

    Ken Gurnick
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Dan Haren surprised nobody on Thursday, picking up his $10 million player option for 2015, and he will return to the Dodgers' starting rotation.
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Nominees unveiled for 2014 GIBBY Awards

    Zachary Finkelstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The season was saturated with fantastic feats, unforeseen ascents and memorable moments. But which were the best? Now it's time for you to decide, as voting has opened for MLB.com's 13th Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
  • Dodgers must get creative to stabilize 'pen

    Ken Gurnick
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The Dodgers already have nearly $190 million committed in a 2015 payroll they would like to reduce from this year's $240 million. They need to figure out who starts at shortstop, who can provide stability in the bullpen and who'll be the fifth starter. So, the good news for the general manager is that the problem areas are limited. The bad news is that the solutions appear limited, too.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Lucroy and K-Rod highlight Brewers' GIBBY nominations

    Austin Laymance
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Jonathan Lucroy, Francisco Rodriguez and Wily Peralta are among a number of Brewers who have been nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards this year, not to mention the lovable Hank the Dog.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waivers

    Adam McCalvy
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    With Aramis Ramirez's future in limbo until after the World Series, the Brewers on Monday won a waiver claim for Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 26-year-old coming off his first 20-homer season in the Minor Leagues.
  • Brewers Arizona Fall League overview

    Teddy Cahill
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Outfielder Tyrone Taylor headlines Milwaukee's talented group of nine prospects honing their craft in the Arizona Fall League this year with the Glendale Desert Dogs.
  • Brewers bring back Coles to be hitting coach

    Adam McCalvy and Jason Beck
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Another year has brought another promotion for a rising star in baseball's coaching ranks. The Brewers on Thursday hired Darnell Coles to be their hitting coach, continuing the former utility man's swift rise up the instructional ladder.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • Bush promoted to hitting coach as A's fill out staff

    Jane Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The A's have promoted from within to fill out their 2015 coaching staff. Notably, Darren Bush has been chosen to replace Chili Davis as hitting coach after serving as the club's bullpen coach the past two seasons.
  • Determined Robertson leads A's prospects in AFL

    Jim Callis
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A Trade Deadline deal split up Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson, though they were reunited in the Arizona Fall League. They shared the shortstop position for three weeks on the Mesa Solar Sox before Russell left early. Robertson said while he was sad to lose Russell as a teammate, the trade heartened him because it showed Oakland believed he can stay at shortstop.
  • Donaldson represents A's with three GIBBY nominations

    Jane Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The A's have racked up nine nominations for this year's MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, including rented ace Jon Lester for Starting Pitcher of the Year and All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson for Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • A's prospect Robertson is AFL Player of Week

    Don Ketchum
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Daniel Robertson is playing shortstop again, and is looking every bit the No. 1 prospect for the Athletics. In Week 3, Robertson earned the Arizona Fall League's Player of the Week honors.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Mets receive eight GIBBY Award nominations

    Andrew Simon
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    A 79-83 season still featured several bright spots for the Mets, whether it was Jacob deGrom's sparkling debut, Juan Lagares' exploits in center field or Lucas Duda's powerful emergence. Those three account for four of the Mets' eight nominations for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
  • Mets' 2015 plan includes small but impactful changes

    Anthony DiComo
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Mets have no grand plans to change much over the winter. When pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., four and a half months from now, the roster will not look markedly different from the one that populated Citi Field last Sunday. But the Mets have reason to believe that with even modest improvements, they can be significantly better.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Mets announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

    Joey Nowak
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    The Mets' 2015 Spring Training schedule will include 33 games -- and 15 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie -- between March 4 and April 4.
 
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    PHI Homepage News

  • Phillies decline option on reliever Adams

    Todd Zolecki
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    As expected on Thursday, the Phillies declined Mike Adams' $6 million club option for 2015.
  • Phillies have seven nominees for GIBBY Awards

    Todd Zolecki
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Phillies have seven nominees for MLB.com's 2014 Greatness In Baseball Yearly awards. Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2014 GIBBY trophies, based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
  • Phils need increased production from every spot in '15

    Todd Zolecki
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The Phillies might be a few solid moves away from turning around their fortunes, but those moves are going to be incredibly difficult to make. Sure, if the Phillies can find a couple of legitimate middle-of-the-lineup hitters and a solid starter, maybe they could creep back into NL Wild Card contention in 2015. But good luck finding legitimate run producers plus a solid starter in the same offseason.
  • Coaching staff remains intact for next season

    Todd Zolecki
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Every member of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
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  • Speed is key for Padres farmhand in pitch-clock game

    William Boor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    San Diego prospect Mallex Smith, who swiped 88 bases in A ball this year, scored the go-ahead run in Surprise's 5-4 victory Thursday night. It was the ninth game using the 20-second pitch clock -- a pace-of-game initiative being tested at the Arizona Fall League -- and it was timed at 2:28.
  • Statcast: Dissecting Gordon's odds of scoring

    Matthew Leach
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The beauty -- or the agony, if you're a Royals fan -- is that we'll never know. We'll never know what would have happened if Kansas City third-base coach Mike Jirschele had sent Alex Gordon home with two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's World Series Game 7.
  • Astros games to reach larger market on new network

    Brian McTaggart
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Astros games will be available to a larger portion of the Houston television market beginning next year after a bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that will allow AT&T and DirecTV to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston.
  • KC has no regrets regarding tough call by third-base coach

    Phil Rogers
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Though fans may always wonder if Alex Gordon could have scored in the ninth inning of Game 7, in the end, the difference is that one team had Madison Bumgarner and the other didn't, not that third-base coach Mike Jirschele didn't bet the season on one throw of the dice.
  • Giants' World Series victory parade slated for today

    Chad Thornburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Though the Giants clinched the World Series on the road in Kansas City, fans will have an opportunity to celebrate the 2014 title today when the club returns home for a victory parade.
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    PIT Homepage News

  • Huntingon has plenty of work ahead of 2015

    Tom Singer
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    With decisions to make on free agents Russell Martin, Edinson Volquez and Francisco Liriaono, plus several arb-eligible players, GM Neal Huntington will have a busy offseason.
  • Cutch, Harrison highlight Pirates' 11 GIBBY nods

    Tom Singer
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Pirates are up for 11 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, including two nominations each for Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison.
  • Pirates Arizona Fall League overview

    Jonathan Mayo
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Right-hander Tyler Glasnow headlines Pittsburgh's prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.
  • '79 Bucs last road team to win World Series Game 7

    Tom Singer
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The Pirates made ancient history in 1979: Those Bucs are the last club to win a World Series Game 7 on the road. Since, nine others have tried and come up empty. On Wednesday night, the Giants will try to avoid making it 0-for-10.
  • Sanchez slated for winter action in Dominican

    Tom Singer
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Catcher Tony Sanchez, who figures prominently in the Pirates' 2015 plans behind the plate, indeed is scheduled to get in some valuable prep work in the Dominican Winter League, general manager Neal Huntington confirmed on Tuesday.
 
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    MLB Trade Rumors

  • MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 4

    Cray Allred
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On the fourth episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast, host Jeff Todd opens with the transactional news from the week before being joined by free agent reliever Burke Badenhop (2:53) to discuss how his consistency, durability, and ground-ball production will play on the open market. Charlie Wilmoth of MLBTR and Bucs Dugout also joins the show (24:39) to discuss the Pirates’ looming offseason decisions. This episode comes to you courtesy of DraftKings.com, which invites you to join its $100K free roll fantasy football contest this weekend.
  • AL Central Notes: Royals, Aoki, Butler, Lovullo, Tigers

    Steve Adams
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Though the Royals are coming off their best season in nearly three decades, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that the team will soon need to turn its focus to some difficult offseason decisions. Industry expectations, according to Martino, are that the Royals will at least listen to trade offers for its more expensive players — including Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas — if other teams come calling this winter. Gordon’s case is the most pressing, as he’s only controlled through 2015 at $12.5MM before he has a $12.5MM player option.
  • AL West Notes: Astros, Lewis, Rangers, A's

    Steve Adams
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    A federal bankruptcy judge today approved a Chapter 11 reorganization that will allow DirecTV and AT&T to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. The network will be relaunched next month as ROOT Sports Houston and will provide the Houston area with significantly greater accessibility to television coverage of Astros games. The team has issued a statement, via press release, expressing its pleasure with the outcome: “We are very pleased with Judge Isgur’s confirmation of the plan to reorganize the Network under AT&T and DirecTV.
  • D'Backs Exercise Options On Hudson, Reynolds

    Steve Adams
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The Diamondbacks announced that they have exercised their 2015 club options on right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander Matt Reynolds. Hudson’s option guarantees him $800K next season, while Reynolds will earn $600K. Hudson, 27, hasn’t seen regular MLB action since 2012 season due to not one, but two Tommy John surgeries. He looked to have recovered from his first Tommy John operation before re-injuring the elbow early in a rehab stint and requiring a second procedure. Hudson remained determined and worked his way through the rehab process once again, this time reaching the…
  • Padres Decline Josh Johnson's Option

    Steve Adams
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The Padres announced that they have declined their $4MM club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. As MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweets, the Friars are said to want to work out a lesser deal with Johnson and his representatives at Sosnick/Cobbe Sports. Johnson, 31 in January, signed a one-year, $8MM contract with the Padres last offseason. That deal contained a clause stipulating that if Johnson were to make fewer than seven starts, the team would secure a $4MM club option for the 2015 season. Not only did Johnson fail to make seven starts, he didn’t take the mound at all in San Diego,…
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  • Morton, Illinois; The Pumpkin Capital of the World

    Pam Grimes
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Pumpkins are a 33-million dollar industry in Illinois. And as our Steve Sanders reports in tonight’s Cover Story, an area around Morton, Illiois grows more pumpkins than all 49 other states combined. “It’s a big deal for Morton,” says Tom Laatsch. “Pretty much everybody knows, Morton’s the pumpkin capital of the world!” Laatsch has spent most of his 62 years on farms. And from seed to harvest, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable about pumpkins. “The most fun part of the job is the growers. I really enjoy having a good crop, using my knowledge to get ‘em…
  • Candidate Profile: Foster fights to keep representing 11th District

    WGN Web Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Bill Foster has a PhD in physics from Harvard University and had a 25 year career in high-energy particle physics at Fermi Lab. Foster is also a businessman. At 19-years-old and with $500 from their parents, Foster and his brother started a company in their basement called Electronic Lighting Methods.  It manufactures about 70% of theater lighting equipment in the U.S. Foster’s political career started late in life.  His father was also scientist but he too completely switched careers and became a civil rights lawyer who wrote much of the enforcement language of the Civil Rights act of…
  • Bald spot on lawn outside daughters’ window leads to father’s disturbing discovery

    WGN Web Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A bald spot under a father’s 8 and 11-year-old daughters’ window caused him to make a disturbing discovery, WFTV reports. Orange County deputies said the father, who did not want to be identified, caught a man looking into the window. The suspect had reportedly moved a cinder block from the backyard to get a better look in the window. When the father caught the Peeping Tom in the act, he yelled at him to get away and then chased him until the man hopped a fence at a neighbor’s house. Because of the bald spot in the grass under the window, the…
  • Wallenda gets ready for Sunday’s tightrope walk

    WGN Web Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Chicago River will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday. Wallenda plans to climb a 15-degree incline from one of the Marina City towers, across the Chicago River, to the Leo Burnett building. Then he will walk between the Marina Towers, blindfolded. The walk is expected to take two hours, and Wallenda has repeatedly said that he will not use a harness or a net. Here is a guide to street closures and where to watch downtown. Closed Thursday-Friday, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Upper Wacker Drive from Dearborn to State The Dearborn Street Bridge The State Street…
  • Photo of toddler dangling from hook posted online; Mother faces charges

    WGN Web Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    A mother was arrested in Virginia after a photo of her 14-month-old son hanging from plant hook was posted on social media. CBS 6 News reports the picture shows the boy suspended in the air hanging by his twisted t-shirt. He is hanging from a door frame crying and obviously uncomfortable. A criminal investigation was launched and a warrant was issued for the woman’s arrest. 18-year-old Alexis Breeden Police say the boy was hanging from a planter hook. The boy was “absolutely fine,” according to police. The toddler’s mother, 18-year-old Alexis Breeden, turned herself in Thursday…
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    SD Homepage News

  • Speed is key for Padres farmhand in pitch-clock game

    William Boor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    San Diego prospect Mallex Smith, who swiped 88 bases in A ball this year, scored the go-ahead run in Surprise's 5-4 victory Thursday night. It was the ninth game using the 20-second pitch clock -- a pace-of-game initiative being tested at the Arizona Fall League -- and it was timed at 2:28.
  • Padres decline option on JJ, but return possible

    Corey Brock
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The Padres have declined their option on right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson for 2015, but that doesn't necessarily close the door on him returning to San Diego. The Padres held a $4 million option on Johnson, who will turn 31 in January, a stipulation in the contract that he signed last winter with the team if he made seven or fewer starts in 2014.
  • Padres' walk-off streak headlines GIBBY nominations

    Corey Brock
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Offense certainly wasn't easy to come by in 2014 for the Padres, but on three consecutive days, the team had three blissful finishes, making them a strong contender for a GIBBY in the Walk-Off category.
  • With new GM, Padres may be in for many changes in '15

    Corey Brock
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    The offseason always offers up the potential for some intrigue and with the recent hire of new general manager A.J. Preller, Padres' manager Bud Black can easily envision a scenario where this winter is anything but mundane. And in terms of shaping the roster for 2015, Black has a suspicion that the team that ended the season against the Giants on Sunday could look dramatically different come Opening Day.
  • White feels right at home in Padres' front office

    Corey Brock
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Logan White didn't expect to leave the Dodgers' front office after 13 years. However, the chance to work again with A.J. Preller and Don Welke led him to accept a position as the Padres' special advisor to the GM and director of pro scouting.
 
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  • Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey

    Jenifer Langosch
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question.
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Small tweaks all the Cardinals need this offseason

    Jenifer Langosch
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    With a rotation coming back in full and lineup of returning position players, the Cardinals are expected to spend the next few months looking to complement rather than overhaul. General manager John Mozeliak recently described the organization's position as "opportunistic" -- the same word he used leading into the winter a year ago.
  • Waino, Neshek headline Cards' GIBBY nominations

    Chad Thornburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Adam Wainwright (Starting Pitcher of the Year) and Pat Neshek (Bounceback Player, Setup Man) are both finalists for 2014 GIBBY trophies. In total, the Cards garnered 10 nominations in nine categories.
  • Cardinals Arizona Fall League overview

    Jim Callis
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    C.J. McElroy has yet to rise above Class A after four pro seasons, so he wasn't expecting to play in the Arizona Fall League. The Cardinals originally planned on sending fellow outfielder Charlie Tilson to the Peoria Javelinas, but he fractured a foot at the end of the regular season, creating an opportunity McElroy was thrilled to receive.
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  • Giants' World Series victory parade slated for today

    Chad Thornburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Though the Giants clinched the World Series on the road in Kansas City, fans will have an opportunity to celebrate the 2014 title today when the club returns home for a victory parade.
  • Giants' latest title offers questions, answers

    Chris Haft
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Should a Fortune 500 company hire Brian Sabean as chief operating officer? Is Sergio Romo really gone? Is Brandon Crawford better than everybody realizes? How will Bruce Bochy look in bronze? What we learned about the Giants -- these issues and others -- during their circuitous yet fascinating route to their third World Series title in five seasons are addressed here.
  • Bumgarner's feat the best in Game 7 lore

    Marty Noble
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    More than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor that legendary penultimate games provided. And then the Giants and Royals struck a mighty blow for Game 7s Wednesday night, reclaiming for the final scheduled game a sense of supremacy.
  • Hall-worthy: World Series artifacts sent to Cooperstown

    Paul Post
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Less than 24 hours after the final out of Game 7, representatives of the Hall of Fame were on their way back to Cooperstown with many of the iconic items of the 2014 World Series, including caps worn by Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and Yordano Ventura, and Buster Posey's champagne-soaked jersey.
  • Too soon to think about future, Panda revels in present

    Steve Gilbert
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    There was no way Pablo Sandoval was going to talk much about his impending free agency. Not when the champagne was still spraying, and the music was blaring. Sandoval recorded the last out of the World Series when he caught Salvador Perez's foul pop up. Would it be his final play in a Giants uniform? You'll have to stay tuned.
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  • Nationals exercise option on Span

    Bill Ladson
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    As expected, the Nationals picked up Denard Span's $9 million option on Thursday afternoon.
  • Zimmermann, Souza highlight Nats' GIBBY nominations

    Bill Ladson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Nationals won their second National League East title in three years, and several members of the organization have a chance to take home an MLB.com 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award.
  • Nationals' bench set for overhaul in 2015

    Bill Ladson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    After watching his players lose to the Giants in the National League Division Series, manager Matt Williams told his players how much he appreciated their effort during the season. But though the Nats finished with the best record in the NL, they have to make some changes to their roster.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Nationals outright Ohlendorf; righty chooses free agency

    Bill Ladson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The Nationals have reinstated right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him off the 40-man roster. He then elected to become a free agent.
 
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  • Davies continues dealing in Fall League play

    Teddy Cahill
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Zach Davies, the Orioles' No. 8 prospect, hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings. Thursday, he struck out four batters and held the Javelinas to two hits and two walks. He worked efficiently, throwing 43 of his 64 pitches for strikes and creating five groundball outs.
  • Orioles pick up options for pitchers Chen, O'Day

    Brittany Ghiroli
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Orioles have exercised their 2015 club options on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day, and they declined the options of right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley.
  • Orioles Arizona Fall League overview

    Teddy Cahill
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Michael Ohlman, the Orioles' No. 10 prospect, is back in the desert this fall as a full-time member of the roster. He is joined by six other Orioles on Glendale's roster.
  • O's face tough decisions on free agents

    Brittany Ghiroli
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    While the O's are expected to have back the trio of players they were missing in October -- Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis -- executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette still has plenty of decisions to make this offseason.
  • Cruz, Jones among O's GIBBY nominees

    Brittany Ghiroli
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter, outfielders Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones and pitchers Zach Britton, Andrew Miller and Darren O'Day are among the GIBBY nominees who will be competing against baseball's best.
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  • Cherington hopes to meet with Lester

    Ian Browne
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can start negotiating with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July.
  • Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injury

    Ian Browne
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo's plan of getting a number of at-bats during the offseason has been derailed by a right thumb contusion he sustained while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal

    Ian Browne
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. Sources say the deal is worth $18 million.
  • Young stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015

    Ian Browne
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    It's always daunting for a last-place team to pick up the pieces and figure out how to regroup as quickly as possible. But the Red Sox are probably more comfortable than just about any other team in this predicament, considering they just went through it two winters ago and bounced back with a stunning World Series championship.
  • Red Sox mourn loss of former Mayor Menino

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Boston Red Sox today joined the entire Boston community mourning the loss of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The club extends its deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Angela, their two children, Tommy Jr. and Susan, their six grandchildren, and the entire Menino family. The club also sends it sympathies to his loyal, devoted staff members.
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  • Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future

    Scott Merkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    For the next step in the ongoing White Sox rebuilding process, general manager Rick Hahn has a number of directions to go in order to continue to develop in-house talent while bringing in the right pieces for long-term success.
  • Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms

    Scott Merkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Jose Abreu stood out as the best player on the 2014 White Sox roster. In fact, Abreu quickly emerged as one of the top performers in all of Major League Baseball. So it's of little surprise that Abreu's name and on-field exploits are attached to five of the 10 White Sox nominees as part of MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Guillen, White Sox look back on '05 championship

    Scott Merkin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Nine years and three days ago, the 2005 White Sox forever changed the Chicago baseball landscape. Manager Ozzie Guillen's club won the World Series on Oct. 26, and many members of the team recalled their experience of a dominant 11-1 postseason.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
 
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  • Kluber-led staff fuels Indians' hopes for 2015

    Jordan Bastian
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    The breakout showing from right-hander Corey Kluber, combined with the strong second-half performance by Cleveland's young and controllable starting rotation as a group, has laid the groundwork for optimism for the 2015 season.
  • Indians' Kluber, Brantley up for multiple GIBBY Awards

    Jordan Bastian
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley were not only leaders for the Indians this past season, but two of baseball's breakout stars. Their respective campaigns merit consideration for Major League Baseball's major awards this offseason.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Renovations aiming to provide more social experience

    Jordan Bastian
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    As another winter approaches, Indians fans might already be counting down the days to Opening Day at Progressive Field. The clock is ticking for Jim Folk, the team's vice president of ballpark operations, for reasons other than just baseball. At the moment, dirt and rubble is piled up around Gate C behind the stadium's center field. The ballpark is in the process of what Folk described Tuesday as a "very dramatic facelift."
  • Inbox: Will Carrasco maintain momentum?

    Jordan Bastian
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    How will Carlos Carrasco handle this offseason after his strong second-half performance? Will the Indians pick up the option on Mike Aviles? Jordan Bastian answers these questions and more in the latest edition of the Inbox.
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  • Tigers facing decisions to remain title contender

    Jason Beck
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    The crisp fall winds feel a little chillier across Michigan with the Tigers' postseason run over sooner than expected. The miserable Midwestern winter is now on countdown. The Tigers, however, will spend the offseason trying to keep their window open for a World Series title.
  • V-Mart leads the way in Tigers' GIBBY nominees

    Jason Beck
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Victor Martinez could get some well-deserved respect from fans for his incredible season in voting for the MLB.com GIBBYs.
  • Maroth moves up to coach pitchers at Toledo

    Jason Beck
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    After three seasons close to home as the pitching coach for Class A Advanced Lakeland, Mike Maroth is moving up to take the same post with Triple-A Toledo.
  • Tigers Arizona Fall League overview

    Jim Callis
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Right fielder Steven Moya headlines Detroit's group of talented prospects honing their craft with the Glendale Desert Dogs this season in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Moya can use AFL as springboard to Tigers

    Jason Beck
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Steven Moya is not looking likely to have much of an offseason this winter. If it gives him a better shot at getting to the big leagues next season, it's a push that might pay off.
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  • KC has no regrets regarding tough call by third-base coach

    Phil Rogers
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Though fans may always wonder if Alex Gordon could have scored in the ninth inning of Game 7, in the end, the difference is that one team had Madison Bumgarner and the other didn't, not that third-base coach Mike Jirschele didn't bet the season on one throw of the dice.
  • Talent in KC on display during improbable year

    Dick Kaegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Honestly, not even fervent Royals believers might have forecast this: The team took the 110th World Series right down to the final out before turning loose of their finest and most improbable season in 29 years.
  • Yost surprised as anyone with MadBum's performance

    Dick Kaegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    On the day after Madison Bumgarner dispatched the Royals with five more shutout innings, manager Ned Yost had a story about the Giants' Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
  • Royals thank KC faithful at Kauffman Stadium

    Dick Kaegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Barely 12 hours had passed since the Royals' first postseason team since 1985 had absorbed a tough 3-2 loss to the Giants in World Series Game 7. But an estimated 15,000 fans piled into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning to say thanks to the Royals. Mostly, though, the team thanked the fans.
  • Royals deal Hendriks back to Jays for Minors catcher

    Dick Kaegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Pitcher Liam Hendriks' stay with the Royals was brief, and now he's returned to where he started the season. Hendriks was traded back to Toronto in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy, the Royals announced on Thursday.
 
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  • Street remains an Angel as club picks up '15 option

    Andrew Simon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Angels retained a big piece of their bullpen Thursday, picking up their $7 million option on closer Huston Street.
  • Angels tally AL-best 15 GIBBY nominations

    Quinn Roberts
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    After finishing the 2014 regular season with a 98-64 record -- the best record in baseball -- the Angels tallied 15 of MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly nominations for the most in the American League.
  • Challenging offseason decisions await Angels

    Alden Gonzalez
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Jerry Dipoto has a tough task on his hands: Keep the Angels competitive, with very little talent in the upper levels of their farm system and most of the payroll tied to long-term contracts for aging players. Dipoto, entering his fourth offseason as the Angels' general manager, must do it all without surpassing the luxury tax, and under a competitive owner with no desire to ever enter in a rebuild stage.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Taveras' death spawns memories of Adenhart

    Alden Gonzalez
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    It was the kind of link nobody wants to make, but one few could avoid. On Sunday afternoon, when word spread of the tragic death of 22-year-old Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, many within the Angels' organization undoubtedly thought back to 2009, when their young pitcher, Nick Adenhart, was killed in a car accident of his own.
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  • New arrivals: Youngsters ready to lead Twins?

    Rhett Bollinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    After Minnesota lost 90-plus games for the fourth straight year, the Twins are tasked with revamping the rotation yet again. But an influx of young stars should bring some excitement in 2015.
  • Hughes leads the way among Twins GIBBY nominees

    Rhett Bollinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Right-hander Phil Hughes bounced back in a big way in his first season with the Twins, as he emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. As a result, he's one of six nominees for the Twins for the 2014 GIBBY Awards, as he's up for Breakout Pitcher. Shortstop/center fielder Danny Santana was also nominated for Top Rookie.
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Joey Nowak
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
  • Twins' Reed making transition from college look easy

    William Boor
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The transition from college to professional baseball is supposed to come with bumps in the road, but don't tell that to Jake Reed. It's likely a rough patch will come, but so far, the Twins' fifth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft is off to a great start in his first season as a professional.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
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  • Judge continues raking with two homers in AFL win

    William Boor
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Aaron Judge, the Yankees No. 5 prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, was selected in the first round of the 2013 Draft and went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs on Thursday.
  • Yanks could look to market to fill out lineup for '15

    Bryan Hoch
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The last two times that the Yankees finished the regular season without the gates opening for a playoff game, they adhered to what can be called the Steinbrenner playbook: open the checkbooks and chase the biggest fish in free agency, stealing the headlines for the winter.
  • Jeter's farewell receives seven GIBBY nominations

    Bryan Hoch
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Derek Jeter's final tour, Masahiro Tanaka's stellar arrival and Dellin Betances' breakout campaign are among the memorable Yankees moments of this past season that have been selected to be nominated for MLB.com's Greatest in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
  • Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation fields NYC Marathon team

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    CC Sabathia's many innings on the mound for the Yankees have been accompanied by a constant positive presence, with his wife, Amber, always cheering from the crowd. As Sunday's New York City Marathon approaches, their roles are about to reverse.
  • Judge to represent Yankees in Fall Stars Game

    Bryan Hoch
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Power-hitting Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge has been selected to represent the East Division in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game, which can be seen at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com on Nov. 1 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
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  • Iwakuma's $7M option for '15 vested by Mariners

    Greg Johns
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Hisashi Iwakuma had his $7 million contract option for the 2015 season vested by the Mariners on Thursday, as expected, meaning the standout right-hander will return for his fourth season with the club next year.
  • Mariners' Arizona Fall League overview

    Jonathan Mayo
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    He was supposed to be there a year ago, joining fellow 2013 first-round college hitters like Kris Bryant and Colin Moran. Instead, D.J. Peterson is in the Arizona Fall League now, The reason for the delay -- a broken jaw from a hit-by-pitch in August -- isn't something the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft would wish on anyone, but he does see the silver lining.
  • Mariners' top arms recognized with GIBBY nominations

    Greg Johns
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Pitching carried the upstart Mariners to within one win of a playoff bid in 2014, so it should be no surprise that three Seattle hurlers are among the nominees for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards.
  • Mariners set sights on postseason run in 2015

    Greg Johns
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    After achieving just their third winning season in the past 11 years, the Mariners have raised the stakes for 2015. And that's exactly what manager Lloyd McClendon hoped to accomplish when he took over as Seattle's skipper last winter and set about changing the franchise's direction.
  • Blue Jays claim Smoak off waivers from Mariners

    Greg Johns
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Justin Smoak's tenure with the Mariners is over after five seasons as the 27-year-old first baseman was claimed off waivers on Tuesday by the Blue Jays.
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  • Rays have decisions to make heading into 2015

    Bill Chastain
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Heading into the 2015 season, the Rays will need a healthy dose of temperance rather than overreacting to what happened in 2014, a year in which the team appeared so much better than it performed.
  • Rays quartet honored with GIBBY nominations

    Bill Chastain
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Kevin Kiermaier, Desmond Jennings, Jose Molina and Sean Rodriguez of the Rays are among those nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards.
  • Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

    Spencer Fordin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
  • Inbox: How do Rays look after offseason shakeup?

    Bill Chastain
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    How much will Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon be missed in Tampa? Should the Rays hold on to Grant Balfour and Jose Molina? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers these questions from fans and more.
  • Tampa Bay Rays release statement

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    "We are committed to making baseball work in the Tampa Bay region. We will do everything we can to make that happen and right now things are moving in a productive and positive direction. We have not spoken to Montreal -- or any other city, including Tampa -- about relocation at any point."
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  • Ortiz set to join Rangers' Major League staff

    T.R. Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    The Rangers are expected to promote Minor League catching coordinator Hector Ortiz to their Major League coaching staff. Ortiz will replace Bengie Molina, who is not expected to return.
  • Aiming to shore up rotation, Rangers open talks with Lewis

    T.R. Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Rangers, having set starting pitching as their top priority for the offseason, have made an opening offer to free-agent pitcher Colby Lewis. With the World Series over, the Rangers have five days to negotiate with and sign their own free agents. The Rangers have four free agents of their own in Lewis, pitchers Scott Baker and Neal Cotts, and outfielder Alex Rios.
  • BBQ blast has Pena among Rangers' GIBBY hopefuls

    T.R. Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carlos Pena only hit one home run during his short time with the Rangers in 2014. But its landing spot puts it among the nominees for MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
  • Rangers need key pieces healthy in 2015

    T.R. Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Rangers never have a dull offseason, and this winter should be far from the exception.
  • With season ending, Rangers mull over coaching options

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    With the World Series ending on Wednesday night, the Rangers are at liberty to announce any and all coaching appointments. There are little if any indications they are ready to do that.
 
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  • Blue Jays to focus on outfield, 'pen to build for 2015

    Gregor Chisholm
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In the coming weeks, GM Alex Anthopoulos will face some very tough decisions on pending free agents and players with club options. It will be about finding the right balance between performance and value on a team that might not be able to add a lot of payroll.
  • Blue Jays bring Hendriks back into fold via trade

    Gregor Chisholm
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Blue Jays reacquired right-hander Liam Hendriks from the Royals on Thursday afternoon in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy.
  • Bautista nominated for five GIBBY Awards

    Gregor Chisholm
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Jose Bautista had another memorable season, and this time it has resulted in his name being all over the 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs).
  • Jays' Ochinko contributes in huge inning in AFL

    William Boor
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Sean Ochinko and the Mesa Solar Sox put up a crooked number in the sixth to beat the Scottsdale Scorpions, 7-5, at Scottsdale Stadium.
  • Smoak plucked off waivers by Blue Jays

    Gregor Chisholm
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The Blue Jays claimed switch-hitting first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday afternoon. Toronto now has a $3.65 million option on Smoak for the 2015 season. If that gets declined, Smoak would enter his final season of arbitration following a year in which he made $2.63 million.
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  • Red Sox re-sign Koji Uehara through 2016

    Marc Normandin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Koji and his high fives will be in Boston for two more seasons. Players across Major League Baseball became free agents on Thursday, but as of now, they can only re-sign with their most recent club. That works just fine for Koji Uehara and the Red Sox, though, as the team announced they've re-signed the closer for two years. WEEI's Alex Speier reports that it's for $18 million total, so the luxury tax hit will be $9 million for both 2015 and 2016. Uehara had a "down" year in 2014, at least compared to 2013 when he was essentially untouchable. He still managed a 2.52 ERA and 10 times as many…
  • Koji Uehara, Burke Badenhop, David Ross declared free agents

    Ben Buchanan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Three Red Sox have been declared free agents. At least one is coming back. The offseason is here, and with it comes 121 new free agents, with Koji Uehara, Burke Badenhop, and David Ross coming from the Red Sox. There's still plenty to be done between now and the point where free agents actually start signing with their new teams. The Red Sox have the option of making the departing players qualifying offers of $15.3 million, leaving them with draft pick compensation attached should they decline. Neither Burke Badenhop nor David Ross are going to see their market go nearly so high, however, and…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Andrew Miller, Joe Maddon

    Matt_Collins
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today's links look at Pablo Sandoval's market, Joe Maddon's new home, and reviews on the seasons of Wendell Rijo and Edwin Escobar. Pablo Sandoval wrapped up his season last night, and all eyes are now on his free agency. Should the Red Sox seriously pursue him? (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL) In case you want to know more about the third baseman, here is a scouting report. (Ryan Parker; Baseball Prospectus) It's not just Sandoval getting ready to hit the market, though. Free agency officially starts in five days. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) One other player who will be on the open…
  • Red Sox top-10 prospects list unveiled by Baseball America

    Marc Normandin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    With Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts both in the bigs, it's time to name a new number one prospect in the system. Expect reshuffling in the 2015 Red Sox prospect rankings. Xander Bogaerts is no longer in his familiar spot atop the list, and Mookie Betts, who briefly took it over for him mid-season, has also been removed after playing over 50 games with with Boston to close out 2014. Plus, some of the young talent -- like, younger than Bogaerts and Betts, even -- has begun its push through the organization, so new(ish) names are going to appear. That brings us to Baseball America's top-10,…
  • Red Sox to pursue Chase Headley, Pablo Sandoval for third base

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Who will be Boston's starting third baseman in 2015? The only thing that seems certain is that it won't be Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox are in need of a third baseman, and seem to have two of the biggest names on the market in mind for the role in Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval: sandoval and headley are high on red sox wish list. aramis also on. http://t.co/fn44G3yOY6 — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 There's been no shortage of connections made between Sandoval and Boston over the past month, but this is the first real acknowledgment that Headley is on the short list as…
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  • Ring Leaders' Leaders

    mkenny59
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
                                            Terry Pendleton, 1995 Stadium Club Ring LeadersStadium Club CEO, Hank Freck: Gentlemen, today is the first day of the rest of our baseball card lives. Today we begin designing the Ring Leaders series that is going to set the world on fire.Stadium club execs: (cheer)Hank Freck: I want no expense spared, and I want no wasted space. Whoever said "less is more" is a…
  • Joy of The Completed Page: 1976 Topps

    Ben Henry
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    A couple years ago I made a custom set of 43 "missing" 1976 Topps Traded cards. Scans of their fronts and backs can be viewed on the separate "1976 Topps Traded Missing Cards" page on our blog. Here are two of them, added into my set. They look great in pages!
  • Recent Stuff

    Ben Henry
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here's what I've been collecting lately... I found this on eBay. (Great back, too.) I'm a big fan of test prints, overprints, miscuts, blank backs, wrong backs, and misprints in general. I bought six similar test-print 1951 Bowmans sometime last year and have those framed. This one is just sitting on my desk. Can't remember what I paid for it; doesn't matter. I don't think it was more than $10......I bought a collection of basketball cards on eBay a couple of months ago. I paid about $15 for it. I had seen the Walton rookie and the 1986-87 Fleer Wilkins in the listing photo, so I thought that…
  • Names of the Game

    Ben Henry
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    One of my favorite baseball names from the late 1980s.
  • Let's Talk About 2015 Topps Archives

    Ben Henry
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    With the unveiling of the underwhelming design of 2015 Topps flagship—with its 25-year-anniversary homage to the 1990 Topps design, intended or not—and the prospect of collecting Heritage '66 next summer already uninteresting, Archives may be the set for me in 2015.  So today I daydreamed about which old designs Topps will pull out of their storage closet for its 2015 Archives set. Here are my guesses.1988 Topps BaseballI happen to like the design of 1988 Topps. It's like a combination of the best elements of the 1966 and 1967designs, with an easy-to-read orange back. Nine-year-old…
 
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  • Francisco Lindor, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    There's flashier guys to cover, I'm looking at you, Carlos Correa; I'm winking in your direction, Byron Buxton, and your missing finger, excuse me, dislocated. But I'm writing rookie outlooks for 2015 fantasy baseball, i.e., I'm focusing on guys that could play the majority of the time in the majors in 2015. I'm not going to write a Buxton outlook saying. "Will be awesome, come back to read more in 2016." I'm trying to focus on impact players for this coming year. Prospect Mike is around to talk future All-Stars. Unlike Correa and Buxton, Francisco Lindor is in his last stop at the majors.
  • MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 4

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On the fourth episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast, host Jeff Todd opens with the transactional news from the week before being joined by free agent reliever Burke Badenhop (2:53) to discuss how his consistency, durability, and ground-ball production will play on the open market. Charlie Wilmoth of MLBTR and Bucs Dugout also joins the show (24:39) to discuss the Pirates’ looming offseason decisions. This episode comes to you courtesy of DraftKings.com, which invites you to join its $100K free roll fantasy football contest this weekend.
  • AL Central Notes: Royals, Aoki, Butler, Lovullo, Tigers

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Though the Royals are coming off their best season in nearly three decades, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that the team will soon need to turn its focus to some difficult offseason decisions. Industry expectations, according to Martino, are that the Royals will at least listen to trade offers for its more expensive players — including Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas — if other teams come calling this winter. Gordon’s case is the most pressing, as he’s only controlled through 2015 at $12.5MM before he has a $12.5MM player option.
  • AL West Notes: Astros, Lewis, Rangers, A's

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    A federal bankruptcy judge today approved a Chapter 11 reorganization that will allow DirecTV and AT&T to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. The network will be relaunched next month as ROOT Sports Houston and will provide the Houston area with significantly greater accessibility to television coverage of Astros games. The team has issued a statement, via press release, expressing its pleasure with the outcome: “We are very pleased with Judge Isgur’s confirmation of the plan to reorganize the Network under AT&T and DirecTV.
  • Week 9 D/ST Rankings

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Own one of the many defenses on bye this week? Can't decide which matchup is better? Jacob Adler examines the best plays for Week 9. Welcome to Week 9! It feels weird to say that it feels weird to see the Seahawks as the top-ranked defense, but that's how this year has gone. There are some decent matchups this week, and a few more if you're willing to speculate on game flow and results. Three Matchups to Play Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars The Bengals have been a disappointment this season, but so have the Jaguars. The Jaguars are still easily the best matchup for fantasy…
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  • Twins Notes: Molitor, Maddon, Lovullo, Colabello, Buxton, and chafing

    aarongleeman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    • After interviewing a surprising (to me, at least) number of outside candidates to replace Ron Gardenhire the Twins have settled on a final three of Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Torey Lovullo. Molitor was on Gardenhire's coaching staff, Mientkiewicz managed the Twins' high Single-A team, and they're both longtime members of the organization. Lovullo has no real ties to the Twins and is portrayed as being very stat-head friendly, so I'll be shocked if gets the job. Because the Twins' manager search is still unresolved Joe Maddon opting out of his contract with the Rays led to some…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #168: Dreaming Of Joe Maddon

    aarongleeman
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' three managerial finalists, the possibility of Joe Maddon entering the mix late, declining Jared Burton's option, getting razors the easy way with Harrys.com, Paul Molitor's path to replacing Ron Gardenhire, selling Kris Johnson to Japan, Rick Anderson's future, the value of a great GM, and how not to parent at Liquor Lyle's. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 168 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Here's my view during the podcast: This week's podcast is sponsored…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    • Last year I went to Legend's to have drinks and watch the Vikings vs. Giants on Monday Night Football with some friends, in part because it was Josh Freeman's debut. That game proved to be one of the worst I've ever seen, Freeman never started again for the Vikings, and the whole experience was really weird. So luckily Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune decided to reunite the group on the one-year anniversary for an oral history of the evening. Seriously. • I was on the fence about going to the Wolves home opener next week, but booking Vanilla Ice as the halftime show…
  • Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton; bullpen overhaul next?

    aarongleeman
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Rather than keep right-hander Jared Burton around for next season at a cost of $3.6 million the Twins declined his 2015 option and paid him a $200,000 buyout, making the 33-year-old reliever a free agent. Burton was a great scrap-heap pickup for the Twins after his career was derailed by injuries with the Reds and not so long ago his 2015 option looked like it might be a bargain, but his performance and raw stuff both slipped this season. Burton debuted for the Reds in 2007 as a 26-year-old and posted a 3.47 ERA in 161 innings from 2007-2009, but then arm problems caused him to miss most of…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #167: Payroll and Terry Ryan Quotes

    aarongleeman
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at the brand new LynLake Brewery and topics included the Twins' lack of spending, Parker Hageman's lengthy interview with Terry Ryan, how Ron Gardenhire's exit probably happened, the value of outfield defense, fans going from frustrated to angry, playoff payrolls, imagining the Twins as the Vikings, and mailbag questions from listeners. UPDATE: We spliced in the actual Ryan audio in the interest of fairness, so that everyone can judge for themselves. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 167 In addition to the direct download link above you can…
 
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    RotoRob

  • Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Jordan Reed Will Score in Minny

    Josh Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Brian Hartline should benefit from single coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Yes, we know this is one mother of a bye week. So many studs are off and others are hurt (i.e., Tony Romo, who is a game-time decision and A.J. Green, who is at 80 per cent). If your record is at .500, your tears are probably turning into sweat and your stomach is lurching. Settle down, we’ve got your back. Tap that box of wine and read our Start ‘em or Sit ‘em picks for Week Nine. START ‘EM Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants vs. IND: A large number of stud QBs will get a chance to rest a week as they are…
  • Podcast: Mid-Season Fantasy Football Awards

    Josh Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Is Colt McCoy the new Rich Gannon? (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Sonja Greenfield of NFLFemale.com. Among the topics stomped on were: Holy Steelers offense! It must be the old school uniforms. Let’s overreact on Brandon LaFell since Josh benched him. Jace Amaro and Eric Decker are perfect buy low PPR players. Anyone else strike you as such? Sonja explains the Calvin Johnson injury and what it means going forward. We hand out…
  • The Wire Troll: Alley-oop to Martavis Bryant

    Josh Johnson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Can Michael Vick get the Jets going? (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Good things happen to those that exude patience. As the pulp of the season slowly pours out of its half empty glass, you are probably in need of patience and wisdom as you attempt to step into the playoffs picture. Let us be your guide as we present to you our Wire Troll picks for Week Nine. Bye weeks: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee QUARTERBACKS Michael Vick, New York Jets: You could’ve signed Geno Smith, we know you had your chance. Now the turnover machine that inspired Smith as a youth is at…
  • 2014-15 RotoRob NBA Draft Kit: Top 10 Busts

    McCade Pearson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Pau Gasol (right) is unlikely to be as valuable in the Windy City. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) The 2014-15 RotoRob NBA Kit returns today with another of our much-loved Top 10 lists. So while you wonder if LeBron James is playing head games when he says the Bulls are much better than his Cavs, let’s take a look at 10 players you do not want to reach for this season. There is nothing worse in Fantasy basketball than having your first or second round pick toss up a stinker of a season, or taking a crack at a veteran bouncing back, who winds up either getting injured or simply continuing to…
  • Video Game Review: Sunset Overdrive

    Herija Green
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Go ahead… make my day. Almost a year has passed since Microsoft unleashed the Xbox One, and outside of a flurry at launch there haven’t been a ton of noteworthy exclusives to hit the console. That’s changing, though, as hot on the heels of the excellent Forza Horizons 2 comes Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games — best known for their work on long-running PlayStation series, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance. So how does the new collaboration work out? Let’s start grinding (and bouncing) and find out. CONTROLS (4.75/5) With all due respect to the shooting,…
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    the joy of sox

  • Red Sox, Uehara Agree On Two-Year Extension

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The Red Sox and Koji Uehara have agreed on a two-year contract extension (2/18). The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of Uehara striking out Matt Carpenter for the final out of last season's World Series.Ben Cherington:So we had a chance to obviously examine Koji at the end of year and spend quite a bit of time talking to him and looking at what happened in late August and early September. After that, we really felt comfortable with where he was and where he will be going forward from a health and performance standpoint.Also: Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement.
  • Bumgarner

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Some random facts about Madison Bumgarner's extraordinary postseason: IP H R BB K1001 NLWC at PIT 9 4 0 1 101006 NLDS 3 vs WAS 7 6 3 1 61011 NLCS 1 at STL 7.2 4 0 1 71016 NLCS 5 vs STL 8 5 3 2 5 NLCS MVP1021 WS 1 at KCR 7 3 1 1 51026 WS 5 vs KCR 9 4 0 0 81029 WS 7 at KCR 5 2 0 0 4 WS MVP 7 games 52.2 28 7 6 45Elias:Bumgarner is the second pitcher to toss a shutout and have a relief appearance of five or more scoreless innings in a single World Series. The first to do so was the Indians' Duster Mails in the 1920 World Series against the Dodgers. Mails pitched 6.2 scoreless innings of relief in…
  • World Series 7: Giants 3, Royals 2

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Giants - 020 100 000 - 3 8 1Royals - 020 000 000 - 2 6 0The San Francisco Giants are the champions of baseball for the third time in the past five seasons.It is only the second time in the history of the National League that a team has won three titles in a five-year span (Cardinals, 1942, 1944, 1946).Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout in Game 5, came out of the bullpen on two days rest to throw five scoreless innings of relief (5-2-0-0-4, 68), allowing only two singles and receiving credit for a save. The 25-year-old Bumgarner, who was named the NLCS MVP, was an…
  • Posnanski On Bill James: Vanguard After The Revolution

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sportsworld:Here is Bill James on one of his favorite words and causes: "Bullshit.""Bullshit has tremendous advantages over knowledge. Bullshit can be created as needed, on demand, without limit. Anything that happens, you can make up an explanation for why it happened. ..."Bill James is 65 years old, and he still has an acute sensitivity to bullshit. This has been the defining instinct in his professional life. For forty years now, he has been writing purportedly about baseball, but more about that grating buzzing sound of bullshit that has served as background music to our National Pastime.
  • World Series 6: Royals 10, Giants 0

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Giants - 000 000 000 - 0 6 0Royals - 071 010 10x - 10 15 0The Royals exploded for eight hits and seven runs in the second inning and cruised to victory behind Yordano Ventura's seven shutout innings. And for only the second time in the last 12 seasons, the World Series will be decided in a Game 7.Ventura (7-3-0-5-4, 100) was the pitching star of the night, allowing only three hits (though he did walk five). Sixty-four of his 100 pitches were clocked at 95+ mph.Giants starter Jake Peavy (1.1-6-5-1-2, 42) allowed a walk and a single in the first inning. He fell completely apart in the second.
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  • WordPress 4.0 Upgrade Complete

    PressHarbor Support
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 4.0, which was released September 4, 2014. For more information about this new version of WordPress, please see the original WordPress 4.0 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
  • WordPress 3.9.1 Upgrade Complete

    PressHarbor Support
    17 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.9.1, which was released May 8, 2014. For more information about WordPress 3.9, please see the original WordPress 3.9 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
  • WordPress 3.8 Upgrade Complete

    PressHarbor Support
    25 Dec 2013 | 1:19 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.8, which was released December 12, 2013. For more information about this update to WordPress, please see the original WordPress 3.8 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in WordPress 3.8, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
  • WordPress 3.7.1 Upgrade Complete

    PressHarbor Support
    17 Nov 2013 | 11:22 am
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.7.1, which was released October 29, 2013. For more information about WordPress 3.7, please see the original WordPress 3.7 release announcement. WordPress 3.7 introduces few new features, and is primarily intended to make architectural changes such as the addition of automated updates, something PressHarbor users have enjoyed since 2007. Unlike previous major version updates, Automattic did not provide a video tour to accompany this release. We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues…
  • WordPress 3.6 Upgrade Complete

    PressHarbor Support
    11 Aug 2013 | 6:44 pm
    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 3.6, which was released August 1, 2013. For more information about WordPress 3.6, please see the original WordPress 3.6 release announcement. For a visual tour of WordPress 3.6, please watch the following video, or read WPBeginner’s What’s New in WordPress 3.6 or WPUniversity’s WordPress 3.6 – What You Need to Know: : We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued…
 
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • The Players’ Tribune: Jeter: The Clean Up

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Now that we’ve got that World Series thing out of the way, we can turn our attention to important baseball developments, like Derek Jeter cleaning out his locker:There were a few special items I knew I wanted to take home: The two bats I used for my last hits in Yankee Stadium and last hit at Fenway Park, the bases the Red Sox gave me from my final game. There were other items, too. But more than any one thing, I know what I’ll miss most of all is the people. So after spending way too long trying to figure out what to take, I just decided to box it all up and ship it to my house in Tampa.
  • AFL Saguaros at Rafters

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Watch AFL Saguaros at Rafters.
  • Full Count » Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to 2-year contract

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Big payday for Koji.The Red Sox have signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $18 million total, according to a source.
  • Fielding Bible

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The Cain award seems a little hoke. The 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners are: Multi-Position – Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals First Base – Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox Third Base – Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals Center Field – Juan Lagares, New York Mets Right Field – Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher – Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
  • No, Alex Gordon wouldn’t have scored an inside the park home run

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    No, Alex Gordon should not have been sent.Perhaps a decision to run would have forced a poor throw home, but with a good throw Gordon would have been out easily. Regardless, that was a tremendous Game 7.
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Rest in Peace, Oscar Taveras

    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I’m by no means a Cardinals fan, but I am a huge fan of talent; and I am an even bigger fan of young phenomenal talent. When I got a text message from a friend while at dinner last night that Oscar Taveras was dead, I had to take a moment to read it several times. I didn’t want to believe it. Oscar Taveras’s don’t die – they marvel us with their talent. They win Rookie of the Year awards. They hit .353 at a ridiculously young age. They play 15 years in the big leagues and we hate seeing them come to town to play our team because they spend a series filling the…
  • Bryce Harper’s last blast of 2014 was an epic, clutch, historic clout into McCovey Cove

    TheNaturalMevs
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Game four of the NLDS, and Bryce Harper may have cemented his legend in baseball once and for all. It was evident that Harper was still locked in from the early going, as he missed a home run to center in his first at bat by a narrow margin. In his second trip to the plate he doubled in the Nationals first run with a great at bat. In his third at-bat, he took nasty Hunter Strickland into McCovey Cove to tie the game in epic fashion. It was a moment for the ages in postseason baseball. Bryce Harper has FOUR #postseason HRs before the age of 22. Only other players to do that? Andruw Jones,…
  • An Ode to the 2014 Washington Nationals

    TheNaturalMevs
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Welp, that’s a wrap. For all intensive purposes, baseball season ended for us tonight a bit prematurely. In a matter of hours, two teams we love to watch completed the foursome of elimination in the League Division Series with the Cardinals getting past Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers and the Giants breaking the hearts of the Nationals out in the Bay Area. I never dreamed when this postseason started that a World Series would exist without at least one of these two teams. It almost seems unfair – but it’s not. The Giants and Cardinals took the fight to these teams. They just…
  • Bryce Harper nearly reaches McCovey Cove with second NLDS Moonshot

    TheNaturalMevs
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    After a hitless game in the 18-inning marathon on Saturday night, Bryce Harper woke up in San Francisco yesterday and decided he was coming to the park to send this to a game four. Harper had an absolutely huge game, making two great defensive catches with the game on the line, drawing a walk that started the rally, and hitting of course his monstrous home run which was his third of his postseason. To take a quote from Brandon Belt – that’s probably one of the hardest balls Harper has hit. You have to love lowly Jean Machi pointing in the air for the ball to assist his outfielder…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    It’s the best day of the week, and there are two VERY big baseball games on today. With an ALCS of the friggin’ Royals and Orioles all but decided; only the Nationals and Dodgers can save us from a final four of boring teams. So here’s to a little of the right kind of magic today. Because neither Washington or Los Angeles had any of that going yesterday. And let this open thread post be a reminder on this Saturday that if you hang around the park long enough, sometimes a little magic sprouts up out of nothing. That’s still one of the best traditions baseball ever had…
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • A-Rod Expected To Be Reinstated This Week

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    After the final out in Kansas City tonight, Alex Rodriguez will be eligible for reinstatement into Major League Baseball.  The Yankees are expected to add him to their 40-man roster, preparing the way for his return to the big league club.Or, are they? The folks over at The Greedy Pinstripes pointed out an interesting scenario that was detailed recently in The NY Daily News. With both Anthony Bosch, A-Rod cousin Yuri Sucart and "known A-Rod associate" Jorge Velazquez recently coming under indictment, it is possible that Rodriguez himself could also be taken down. If that…
  • Yankees' Mark Teixeira & His Priorities: They Mean Only One Thing

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    This morning Mark Teixeira helped to co-host ESPN Radio and ESPN2's popular morning program, "Mike & Mike." He was scheduled to appear on the show for three of its four hours.It's the postseason, but the Yankees aren't in the playoffs so, you can't begrudge him the opportunity.  Tex has plenty of time to do TV and radio shows right now.What about during the baseball season? Teixeira didn't make a multi-hour appearance on any shows this season (that I know of).  However, he was involved in many other off-field activities, including acquiring and managing real estate and…
  • Four Off-Season Priorities For The New York Yankees

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    While the Yankees have conducted their organizational meetings this week, I have given a lot of thought to what I think they should be focusing on down there in Tampa.They should be concentrating on many things, but in my opinion, these four should be at top of the list:1. Acquiring or trading for a new shortstop:  JJ Hardy never really floated my boat, so I'm glad the Orioles swooped in and took him off the radar. What I'd like for them to do is to look into the availability of the Cubs' Starlin Castro.  The Cubs have a glut of shortstops in their system and Castro is…
  • Podcast #42- The 2014 Yankees Season: Wrapping Things Up & Saying Goodbye

    5 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    In this final podcast of the year, I present a postmortem of the 2014 Yankees season, a cheer for Derek Jeter and a big fat jeer for Alex Rodriguez.Leave your comments below or email me at ladybatting@gmail.com with your feedback. You can also hit me up on Twitter at @LadyWriting.Talk to you in 2015!
  • Some Takeaways On The Recent Hal Steinbrenner Interview

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    I realize that I am late to the party on this one, but I only just had a chance to view The Michael Kay Show's Hal Steinbrenner interview.  Kay and Don La Greca did a great job with the son of The Boss, asking tough questions that were answered, for the most part, pretty well.Some takeaways:1. When asked if he would shop the free agent market, Steinbrenner said that, the plan was to look for a shortstop and a pitcher.  A pitcher.  It does not sound like the Yankees will go after both Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, as so many in the media predicted during the 2014 season. …
 
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  • Thursday Night Open Thread

    Michael Axisa
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes. The first day of the offseason is in the books. Only another 113 of these left to go until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. The Yankees and Phillies did not play on this date in 2009 because it was a travel day between Games Two and Three, so our little recap of the 2009 World Series will continue tomorrow. Kinda crazy that series was only two games old on this date and this year’s World Series is already over after the full seven games. Here is your open thread for the night. The Saints and Panthers are the Thursday NFL game and…
  • A-Rod reinstated, ten Yankees become free agents

    Michael Axisa
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Now that the World Series is over, Alex Rodriguez has officially been reinstated off the restricted list by MLB and the Yankees. He was originally suspended 211 games for his ties to Biogenesis, but it was reduced to 162 games during an appeal. A-Rod would not have been eligible to play in the postseason had the Yankees qualified. He now counts against the team’s 40-man roster. In other news, a total of 121 players became free agents at 9am ET this morning. Here’s the full list. Ten of those 121 players are Yankees: Chris Capuano, Stephen Drew, Chase Headley, Rich Hill, Derek…
  • 2014 Season Review: The Sometimes Setup Men

    Michael Axisa
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Warren. (Presswire) Because they dealt with so many rotation injuries, the Yankees had to rely on their bullpen a ton this past season. Joe Girardi asked his bullpen to throw 501.1 innings this summer, the sixth most in the league. Dellin Betances soaked up a ton of innings, especially early in the year, but it wasn’t until late into the season that he settled into a traditional setup role. For most of the year, that responsibility belonged to Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley. Adam Warren, Workhorse Last season the Yankees used Warren as a true swingman and he was pretty damn good at it,…
  • King: Yankees may have interest in Raul Ibanez for hitting coach job

    Michael Axisa
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Via George King: The Yankees may have been waiting until the end of the World Series to contact Raul Ibanez and “gauge his interest in becoming their hitting coach.” Ibanez was not on the Royals’ World Series roster but he was still traveling with the team and stuff. They kept him around for his leadership. Ibanez, 42, is more or less done as a player (61 wRC+ in 2014) and he’s long been considered a future coaching candidate because he’s very well-liked and a great communicator. He has zero coaching experience though — Ibanez has said he’d be open to…
  • Thoughts at the end of the 2014 World Series

    Michael Axisa
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    (Presswire) The Giants won their third World Series title in the last half-decade last night. If that’s not a dynasty in this parity filled age of baseball, I don’t know what is. They rode Madison Bumgarner’s left arm to the championship just like they rode Tim Lincecum in 2010 and Matt Cain in 2012. As good as those two were, Bumgarner was better this year. He was unreal. Historically great. Anyway, here are some scattered thoughts now that the offseason is set to begin. 1. I enjoyed watching the Giants win again because they go against so many baseball axioms. Need youth…
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  • Results of Softball Tourney 2014 “Pumpkin Cup” Stuttgart

    philipp
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last weekend the annual season-ending softball tournament “Pumpkin Cup” was played in Stuttgart. At the senior and U16 level two tourneys were played with the Mannheim Tornados (GER) and SK Joudrs Prague (CZE) picking up the trophies. Complete Results: Final Standings:
  • Report about 1st Israel Baseball Academy

    philipp
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Every year about 10 elite baseball players between 14 and 21 years old from all over Israel will be selected to participate in the year-long intensive program, which is recognized by Major League Baseball. This will enable the participants to gain access to MLB’s high-level programs for top European baseball players in Europe. This year’s program got started in mid-October at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva, where 11 of Israel’s top baseball talents met to work on their skills and reach a higher level of the sport. The Academy is headed by IAB National Director Nate Fish, who is…
  • Lineup complete for ISG/DBV Convention in January

    philipp
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    The speaker lineup for the baseball clinic at the ISG/DBV Convention 2015 at the Ahorn-Sportpark in Paderborn, Germany (January 23-25, 2015) is complete. After Tom O’Connell (ISG), Terry Collins (New York Mets), Chris Carminucci (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Mauro Mazzotti (Spain/T&A San Marino), organizers announced the remaining five speakers on Thursday. Martijn Nijhoff (Netherlands), BJ Roper-Hubbert (Head Coach Bonn Capitals), Chris Dresel (Head Coach German Junior National Team/Scout Pittsburgh Pirates), Alper Bozkurt (Head Coach Paderborn Baseball Academy) and Stefan Mueller…
  • Cincinnati Reds release Italian RHP David Anselmi

    philipp
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    The Cincinnati Reds have released Italian right-hander Davide Anselmi according to a report by FIBS. The 19-year-old played two seasons in the Arizona Summer League for the respective Reds affiliate. In 2014 he appeared in 12 games, allowing 21 hits, ten runs (7 ER) and six walks in 16 2/3 innings. He struck out 18.
  • Australian Baseball League gets underway with Adelaide Bite Win

    philipp
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The 2014/2015 season in the Australian Baseball League got underway on Thursday with the Adelaide Bite defeating the Brisbane Bandits 8-3. After Brisbane took a 3-0 lead in the third, Adelaide countered with four runs in the fourth and didn’t look back on route to the victory. Ben Lodge, Craig Maddox and Rocky Gale combined for seven RBI. Tom Brice scored three runs for the Bite. Matthew Williams pitched seven solid innings for the win. Steven Chambers got charged with the loss.
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  • World Series Rules

    Matt Smith
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    The American and National League setup in MLB takes a bit of explaining to Brits new to the sport. There are two leagues, but they’re not different leagues in the sense that we’re used to in British sports, where the league denotes a different level of competition. Despite there being two leagues, it’s still all a single level of MLB and teams from the different leagues do play each other during the regular season. Finally, even though the two leagues come together as MLB, they actually play under slightly different rules. When this is all new to you, no single aspect really…
  • Three games in

    Matt Smith
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Three games into the World Series and it’s shaping up to be the close battle that we all hoped for (aside from Giants and Royals fans dreaming of a 4-0 sweep in their favour, of course). The possibility of a six or seven game classic appeared to take a big hit when the San Francisco Giants won the series opener in Kansas City 7-1. The Royals had been on such a tremendous roll that it was easy to fear an early win for the Giants might be a fatal blow. Instead, the loss prompted KC to prove that they had plenty of battling qualities too and now that they’ve taken a 2-1 series lead…
  • 2014 World Series preview

    Matt Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This year’s World Series pits a team that is gunning for their third title in five years against a team that is making its first postseason run since winning the Fall Classic in 1985. The good thing is that doesn’t mean there is a clear favourite. Far from it, in fact. Neither the San Francisco Giants nor the Kansas City Royals won their respective divisions this season, making this only the second occasion that the World Series has been contested by two Wild Card teams since they were introduced in 1995. This has prompted some onlookers to question the quality of this…
  • Championship Series start times revised

    Matt Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    After Game Three of the ALCS was postponed due to rain last night, the rest of the Championship Series has been revised with some new start times introduced. We’re now guaranteed to get double doses of baseball on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the NLCS being the earlier game first up and then the ALCS being the earlier game on Wednesday. We know there will be at least a Game Five in the NLCS, but Kansas City’s 2-0 series lead heading into Game Three of the ALCS creates the opportunity of that one being over in the minimum four games. If Baltimore are able to win won of the next two…
  • British Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 inductees announced

    Matt Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    On the customary second Tuesday in October, the sixth annual class of new inductees into the British Baseball Hall of Fame recognizes three more of the game’s greats: Alan Smith, Cody Cain, and Josh Chetwynd. Smith is the second most successful player in the British game’s history, as assessed by national titles, and he remains the holder of several modern top-tier pitching records. Off the field, he was a key administrator for the London Warriors, one of the country’s all-time best teams, and he provided instrumental support for Team GB’s silver medal at the 2007 European…
 
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • Cubs Clear Roster Slots in Preparation for Off-Season

    Arizona Phil
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Cubs have sent RHP James McDonald, INF Chris Valaika, IF-OF Josh Vitters, and OF Ryan Kalish outright to Iowa. McDonald--who spent the entire 2014 season on the 60-day DL with a sore shoulder--elected to be a free-agent immediately (he was able to elect to be a FA because he has accrued more than three years of MLB Service Time). and Kalish and Valaika can elect free-agency right away, too (they have up to eight days to decide), because they both have been outrighted previously in their careers.  Vitters cannot elect to be a…
  • Royals tie series at 1 apiece. Billy Butler's smack in the 6th.

    CubbyBlue
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Hope you're enjoying the series...
  • Get a brain, morans.

    CubbyBlue
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    If you image-search "get a brain morans", a million shots come up of this guy who was apparently protesting something.I'm not going to really try to find out what, I know we just like that sign next to that team logo.And "morans" does come up here quite a bit so... enjoy.  
  • Down Goes Frazier!

    Arizona Phil
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Victor Caratini blasted a two-run home run, doubled, singled twice, walked, and scored four runs, Jordan Hankins knocked-in four runs with three run-scoring singles, Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and doubled, scored twice, and drove-in a run, Chesny Young laced a bases-loaded three-run triple and a single, and Johan Matos belted a solo home run and singled, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. The game was played at "Cubs Park" (home to the AZL Cubs and the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL, and the Chicago…
  • Zagunis Can Do It All at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Mark Zagunis singled twice, doubled, walked, stole a base, drove-in his team's lone run, and threw out a runner at the plate, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Although they were outhit, Team Gonzalez took advantage of three errors, six walks, an HBP, and a PB, to edge Team Johnson 2-1 in Game 3 of the "Cubs World Series." Team Johnson now leads the series, two games to one. Here is the box score from the game: Tags: AZ Instructional LeagueCubs…
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  • Joe Maddon To Become Manager Of The Cubs And Bud Selig Is Going To Be Pissed

    Cork Gaines
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    In a move that is a surprise to almost nobody, Joe Maddon is going to become the manager of the Cubs according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 What is surprising is that the Cubs and Maddon couldn’t wait 24 hours until after the World Series to finalize the deal, something that is going to draw the ire of Bud Selig in the hours before the final game of his tenure as commissioner. Selig has one rule for other teams during the World Series: No major announcements. And yes,…
  • The Montreal Rumors Are Picking Up And It’s A Huge Gamble For The Rays And MLB

    Cork Gaines
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Well, we knew there would be more chatter about the Rays and their mistress, the city of Montreal. The latest comes from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News: And according to sources, Sternberg has had discussions with wealthy Wall Street associates about moving the Rays to Montreal, which has been without a major-league franchise since the Expos were transferred to Washington in 2005. As one major-league official put it to me Friday: “Say what you will about Montreal, but the Expos drew well over two million fans four times there in their heyday, while the Rays did that only once, their…
  • Joe Maddon and the Departure of a Franchise Face

    Jordi Scrubbings
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Very few franchises are defined by their manager. Managers are more or less second-guessed dugout dwellers whose job it is to write the lineup card and push the right bullpen buttons. Joe Maddon was more than that. Like Casey Stengel for the 1962 Mets, Maddon was the face of the Devil Rays from the day he was hired before the 2006 season. His trademark glasses, wine drinking, and involvement in the community endeared him to the fan base more than almost any of the players on the roster. But now that face is gone. Now there will be another face in the Rays dugout calling the shots and…
  • Theo Epstein Meets With Joe Maddon And Other Rumors

    Cork Gaines
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Joe Maddon is in a unique situation rarely seen in sports in which a coach or manager has become a free agent on his own terms. In almost every other situation, a coach or manager remains with his team until something bad happens and he is fired. Early on, it is nearly unanimous among talking heads that the Chicago Cubs are the favorites to sign Maddon to be their manager. Complicating matters is that the Cubs have a manager with two years left on his deal. In addition, the World Series is still going on and Bud Selig hates it when teams make news that takes away from the Fall Classic.
  • The Rays Told Joe Maddon About The Opt-Out Clause Which May Have Been A Genius Move

    Cork Gaines
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    When news of Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause and leaving the Rays first broke, it seemed pretty clear what happened and that it was Maddon pulling the levers. The scenario may have played out something like this: The two sides talked about a new contract. Maddon wanted $5-6 million a year. The Rays believe a manager is for the most part just a guy executing a game plan generated by the front office and is not worth that much. Maddon realized he wasn’t getting the money he wanted, so he told his agent to quietly contact some other teams to see if that kind of money was out…
 
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  • Don’t Blame Joe Maddon for Taking Rick Renteria’s Job

    Robbie Knopf
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    There are two major reasons that Tampa Bay Rays fans can be mad about Joe Maddon leaving the team. They can be upset at Maddon for asking for too much money or chastise Matt Silverman for not doing everything he can to keep this best manager the Rays have ever seen. However, it is not just Rays […] Don’t Blame Joe Maddon for Taking Rick Renteria’s Job - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Is Ryan Brett Still Rays’ Second Baseman Of The Future?

    Drew Jenkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Back in July, I explored the question of who is the Tampa Bay Rays second baseman of the future, and I ultimately came to the conclusion that the most likely candidate was Ryan Brett. It seemed logical enough, after all Brett is the Rays top second base prospect and he was in the middle of […] Is Ryan Brett Still Rays’ Second Baseman Of The Future? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Madison Bumgarner and the Rays’ Greatest Relief Appearances

    Robbie Knopf
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    What Madison Bumgarner did in World Series Game 7 is almost incomprehensible. With his team up by just one run and everything on the line, he entered the game on two days’ rest and proceeded to go 5 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits and no walks while striking out 4. Needless to say, the Tampa […] Madison Bumgarner and the Rays’ Greatest Relief Appearances - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1957 Topps Baseball Wantlist (COMPLETED Oct 23, 2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This post tracked progress on a Good-to-VG set of 1957 Topps. Like many OBC members, I started with a low-grade, Poor-Fair set, and later upgraded to "intact," with no paper loss, trimming, writing. eBay supplied my last upgrade hit in #295, Joe Collins, a Yankee from the scarce mid-series.Want to know more about the set itself? 1957 marked several formative steps for Topps, who continued to set standards for what "baseball card" means today.1. The modern card sizePrior to 1957, Topps printed baseball sets on 2-5/8" x 3-3/4" cardboard, visibly larger than today's 2-1/2" x 3-1/2". Once top…
  • The Baseball Connection to 1920s British Cigarette Cards

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We're not done looking at my incoming wave of British cigarette type cards, not by a long shot. This time, I'm including recent arrivals from Aaron, another friendly trader in OBC. All five of these #5s come from 1920s tree and flower-based sets.These artsy sets feature their own hand-drawn horticultural charm, but there's no way I'll ignore the baseball connection from their "biggest" example: Ash.Sorry, this ash.Ash timber generated millions of bats over baseball's long history and it remains a popular option because ash's softer fibers break less often than fragile woods like maple.
  • More #5s From U.K. Cigarette Packs : Flags, Flora, Fauna, and French-born Kings

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Last time in the blog, I thanked OBC trading friend Glenn for an excellent stack of UK cigarette cards that covered a variety of subjects and this post shows another handful from that type card swap. It's hard to replicate this range of cards stateside without a complete run of Topps Allen & Ginter subsets.My benefactor might be twice-happy to get that regal card (12th Century English monarch Henry II) out of his collection. On Sept 18, Glenn's adopted home of Scotland voted not to leave the UK, shelving their independence for the near future;…
  • 1930s British Cigarette Cards : Models and ships! Limpets and Sharks! Borzois and bad driving!

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    If you collect modern Allen & Ginter cards, it can seem baffling how Topps finds so many random subjects to turn into one "normal" set. Irresistible cat cards, anyone?2014 Allen & Ginter "Little Lions" #5, Cornish RexFor a seminal look at how war machines, natural wonders, technological advances and sea creatures all rate inclusion in a modern set, look no further than the wild and wooly world of British cigarette cards. Throughout the 20th century, companies perked up their packs with hundreds of subjects, from household objects to hammerheads.These #5s represent a tiny fraction of…
  • 1962 LIFE Magazine (and Post Cereal) Baseball #5, Mickey Mantle

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    After Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris's spell-binding race to break Ruth's single-season HR record in 1961, Post Cereal went all-out promoting the Yankee teammates in their 1962 set. They published another set of on-box cereal cards, pushed those cards via print, radio, and TV spots, and even added a French-translated version for Canadian baseball fans.Today's entry highlights the advertising that coincided with 1962's Opening Day, when Maris & Mantle appeared on 2-card inserts in LIFE magazine. Although originally part of a larger ad, most collectors trimmed Mickey down to the size…
 
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    Diet and Weight Loss Supplement Information

  • The Nutritional Magic Of Hydroxycitric Acid

    Wesley
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Many HCA(hydroxycitric acid) fanatics know the truth about this little-talked-about subject- which is how the compound actually helps people to lower their BMI and make massive increases in their health. The overall body weight of the person is not entirely relevant. After all, we are not looking to change the world over night, but simply to change the way we are looking at things. This is the key distinction between those who are successful with this diet and those who are not. Some good reading on hydroxycitric acid(the active ingredient) is recommended before you begin using it. The main…
  • The Real Story On Garcinia Cambogia Extract

    Wesley
    29 May 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Several conclusions on Garcinia Cambogia are always coming out with new findings regarding the supplement. Many of these simply cannot be trusted. For this exact reason, we suggest you visit this page to learn why it is vital that you use it properly. The manner in which it is ingested is extremely important and most people cannot tolerate very small amounts of this HCA acid that enters their body. Here’s some other great information at http://garciniacambogiaukm.co.uk. The stomach region holds many different compounds that interact with Garcinia and are responsible for the weight loss…
  • Getting Weight Loss Pills To Work For You

    Wesley
    25 Jan 2014 | 11:52 am
    Losing weight with supplements and pills is a very interesting topic that we will delve into a bit here. The main reason why most people fail to succeed in this area is actually quite simply. They do not want it bad enough. Weight loss pills are everywhere and the men who use them know how good they are to use their energy properly. However, for those that simply are not aware of the proper form of usage, they are unable to get results and usally end up doing something else. Dieting while obese is hard enough as it is, we need medicine to make it easier for us so that we can burn fat off of…
  • Getting The Top Diet Pills For Slimming

    Wesley
    15 Jan 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Doing the needed points to burn fat quickly is vital. Utilizing diet regimen supplements that truly stimulate the metabolic rate is great. The weight loss pills that work the most effective are shown here. You should burn fatty tissue if you intend to acquire slim. Being skinny is a great achievement. This is something that every person wishes to get. Go here to see diet pills. The best tablets for severe fat loss are those that really help the body to attain all of its nutritional objectives. This is not something that the majority of individuals would call simple. As a result, you should…
  • Garcinia Cambogia In South Africa For Fanatical Weight Loss

    Wesley
    8 Jan 2014 | 8:26 am
    A natural extract is a famous fat burning tablet that has been utilized for well over a many years in many regions of the nation. The qualities it eats diet regimen functions are a few of the very best on the planet. Women favor this medicine over options. This supplement has the greatest quantity of organic anti-oxidants of any sort of diet regimen medication available forthcoming. Garcinia cambogia in south africa is the best one for this. The very best area to get it is online. The best models are not readily available in local stores. Shedding a large amount of weight while consuming this…
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    Baseball Reflections

  • The S.F. Giants in the 2014 MLB Playoffs

    Charles Fracchia
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    I find it so hard to believe that I am living in one of the Golden Ages of Giants baseball. Two World Series Championships in three years, and now, the opportunity for a third World Series Championship. What is it about the even years in the second decade of the 2000’s? I think of all the years of my youth into my teens, my twenties, my thirties, and now, mid-way through my forties, and they’ve won in the playoffs. Growing up, the Giants never made the playoffs. Then, it was the Will Clark era which melded into the Bonds era…and figuring out how would the Giants lose in the playoffs.
  • Casa Base: Good Outfielder

    Fabio Borselli
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
  • Casa Base: Techniques

    Fabio Borselli
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
  • 2014 World Series

    Guest
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    This year’s baseball World Series is nearing its climax, and there are now just four teams with a chance of landing this prestigious title. The 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s premier event will see two of the four remaining sides go head to head in a best of seven playoff, featuring the winner of the National League up against the winner of the American League. Beginning on October 21st at the home of the American League champion, the 2014 World Series could potentially run until the 29th of that month depending upon the results of early games. The Boston Red Sox’s are the…
  • 2014 ALCS Ticket Prices & How They Compare with Past Years

    Peter Schiller
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Wow, who would have thought that the 2014 ALCS would come down to the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals as both teams swept their opponents three games to none! It’s surprising that teams with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols & Josh Hamilton (Angels) and Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler & Victor Martinez (Tigers) could be beat by two teams that had salaries of $48M lower between the Orioles and Tigers & $70M less between the Royals and Angels. So with the Orioles & Royals advancing to the ALCS, I was sent the following ticket data about ticket prices for the series and…
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • President Of Northern League During Merger With Northeast League

    independentbaseball
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question During 1999-2002, the Northern League had a “merger” (alliance) with what was the previous Northeast League.  Who served as the league president during that time? Answer: Dan Moushon http://www.canamleague.com/staff.php Please support this site: if you need … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2013 Game Which Lincoln Saltdogs Called The Comeback

    independentbaseball
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Lincoln Saltdogs played a game on July 27, 2013 which saw the Saltdogs come from behind to win in the 12th inning.  The team called that game “The Comeback”. Against which team did the Saltdogs … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2013 Game Won By New Jersey Jackals On Overthrown Intentional Walk

    independentbaseball
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question In 2013, the New Jersey Jackals won a game where an intentional walk attempt led to a wild pitch which allowed the game-winning run to score.  Against whom was that game? Answer: Against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Windy City Thunderbolts Mascot

    independentbaseball
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What is the name of the Windy City Thunderbolts’ mascot? Answer: Boomer http://www.wcthunderbolts.com/community/bio/   Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Hawaii Stars Player Who Is Japanese MMA Fighter

    independentbaseball
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 2013 Hawaii Stars player played in the Japanese major leagues and also is a MMA fighter in Japan? Answer: Katsuaki Furuki Mentioned around 1:15 mark here: Link to Japanese MMA fight here. http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=472711&seasonid=25203 Please support … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
 
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    Baseball Tutorials

  • Pitching Fault: Correcting Balance

    kenny
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In today’s video blog post, we are talking about another common pitching fault and ways to correct it! Today, I want to talk about the concept of getting to your front side in Balance Phase 3. Pitching Fault:  Correcting Balance Getting to your front side can cause you to: 1. Lose velocity 2. Be put [...] The post Pitching Fault: Correcting Balance appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Pitching Faults: Correcting A Closed Stride

    kenny
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Why do some pitchers stride too closed and work against their lower body? What exactly is too closed to the plate? In today’s video blog post, we are answering these questions, and giving you tips to fix these common pitching faults! Pitching Faults: Correcting A Closed Stride When you see a pitcher who goes out [...] The post Pitching Faults: Correcting A Closed Stride appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • 2 Awesome Catch and Throw Drills!

    kenny
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    2 Awesome Catch and Throw Drills! Are you looking for some fun and easy catch and throw drills for you rnext practice? These drills focus on turning quickly to face the target after the ball is caught, while paying close attention to proper body mechanics. The more you work on these catch and throw drills, [...] The post 2 Awesome Catch and Throw Drills! appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • “Quick Hands, Quick Feet” Baseball Throwing Drill

    kenny
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    “Quick Hands, Quick Feet” Baseball Throwing Drill Looking for an awesome baseball throwing drill for your young players?  Then check this out!  Today I am sharing a fantastic quick hands, quick feet baseball throwing drill that can be done alone. – Start with the ball in a catching postion, and then turn and simulate the [...] The post “Quick Hands, Quick Feet” Baseball Throwing Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding & Communication Between the 1st Baseman & Pitcher

    kenny
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Baseball Fielding & Communication Between the 1st Baseman & Pitcher In today’s video blog post, we are exploring the importance of good communication between the first baseman and the pitcher.    We also demonstrate a fantastic communication drill for baseball fielding that you can incorporate into your next practice.  The points we address in this [...] The post Baseball Fielding & Communication Between the 1st Baseman & Pitcher appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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    Phillies News, Rumors and Analysis - Philadelphia Baseball Review

  • Quality of World Series questioned as Royals prepare for Giants

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Let's be honest, you probably didn't have the Kansas City Royals penciled in as one of your choices to reach the 2014 World Series - neither did ESPN's David Schoenfield, but he's already proclaiming this year's Fall Classic as the worst ever. Read more »
  • Athletics showing dominance early in Philly City Series LCS sim

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorUpdated: October 12, 2014 10:00AM EDT.@PhilabaseballMeaningful October baseball likely won’t be a thing in Philadelphia for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some postseason fun.I reached out to the geniuses behind the best computer-simulation baseball game around, the folks at Diamond Mind Baseball, to simulate a full postseason using eight of the greatest teams in Philly.Here's the results so far:Saturday, October 11 (LCS)Game 1 | 1911 Athletics 7, 1993 Phillies 5 (A's lead series 1-0)The Athletics scored two unanswered runs…
  • Moyer tosses a gem; 2008 Phillies even series with 1929 A's

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorUpdated: October 3, 2014 11:00PM EDT.@PhilabaseballMeaningful October baseball likely won’t be a thing in Philadelphia for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some postseason fun.I reached out to the geniuses behind the best computer-simulation baseball game around, the folks at Diamond Mind Baseball, to simulate a full postseason using eight of the greatest teams in Philly.Here's the results so far:Friday, October 3 Game 2 | 1911 Athletics 6, 1976 Phillies 3 (A's lead series 2-0)Frank "Home Run" Baker hit a three-run homer in…
  • Simulation Series: Perfect streak comes to an end for Lidge

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorLast updated: October 2 2014, 3:45 PM EDT.@Philabaseball Game 1: 1929 Athletics 2, 2008 Phillies 1 Brad Lidge may have put together a perfect season in 2008, but he faltered on Thursday as the 1929 Athletics trumped the 2008 Phillies at Shibe Park in Game 1 of their best-of-five series, 2-1. Bevo LeBourveao, the most unlikely of heroes, lined a Lidge fastball past the outstretched glove of a diving Ryan Howard and into right field to score Jimmie Foxx to secure a walk-off win for the top-seeded Athletics.Foxx opened the bottom of the final frame with a…
  • Burnett, Phillies fall in series opener with Braves

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 19 2014, 11:00PM EDT.@Philabaseball A.J. Burnett admitted last week he's heard his name mentioned as a potential trade target, yet he was quick to say the talk never seeps into his mind while on the mound. "You learn to deal with it," Burnett said. "Especially if you're around the game long enough. I don't comment on it."Burnett's value may have taken a slight hit Friday night in Atlanta as the Braves scored four times in the second frame en route to a 6-4 victory over the Phillies at Turner Field."Everything was up," Burnett said. "I was off. [Jason]…
 
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  • Toronto Blue Jays Claim Justin Smoak Off Waivers

    Mark Suleymanov
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Seattle Mariners have announced that first baseman Justin Smoak has been claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, ending his disappointing stint with the Mariners. Smoak, 27, at one time was considered the best hitting prospect in the game and the centerpiece in the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee from Seattle to the Texas Rangers. Ever since that trade, it has been a disappointing 4 seasons in Seattle for Smoak who has struggled to hit for power and be the dominant hitter he was projected to be. In 80 games for the Mariners in 2014, Smoak mustered a feeble .202 Batting Average…
  • Joe Maddon Solidifies His Enigmatic Reputation

    Kevin Pittack
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    This past Friday, Joe Maddon added to his mystique as a perplexing member of the MLB community by opting out of his contract as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and catching most of the baseball world off guard. Joe Maddon has been helming the franchise since 2006 with an impressive record of 754-705, four playoff appearances and one World Series appearance in 2008. It could be argued that the results on the field are not even his greatest achievement, but rather that he has left an indelible mark on the franchise over the course of those nine years in the sense that the team has seemingly…
  • Oscar Taveras Passes Away in Car Crash

    Michael Dweck
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On Sunday night, the baseball world lost a great young player. Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, along with his girlfriend. Signed by the Cardinals in 2008, Taveras quickly became one of baseball’s elite prospects. He was ranked as the third overall prospect prior to the 2014 season by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus. In 80 games in 2014, Taveras posted a .239 average along with 3 home runs and 22 runs batted in. He hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in game 2 of the 2014 NLCS just two weeks ago. Taveras was a…
  • New York Mets Hire Kevin Long As New Hitting Coach

    Mark Suleymanov
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Unlike most people who get fired in the big Apple, Kevin Long has found work quickly and does not have to leave the state of New York as the Mets announced on Thursday that they have hired the former Yankees hitting coach, a two weeks after he was let go. Long, 47, held the position of New York Yankees hitting coach since 2007 and had seen considerable success during his tenure. The Yankees led the league in offense his very first season in 2007. Despite a very down 2008 season, Long was the man with the method to the madness in 2009, helping the Yankees offense be the best in baseball and…
  • Tim Lincecum is important to baseball

    Steve Benko
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    When Tim Lincecum was called up to the major leagues in 2007, he was a 5’11, 170 pound 22-year-old pitcher out of the University of Washington. He had a fastball that topped out at 99 mph, a two seamer, a curveball, a changeup, a slider, all of which were pure nastiness. Lincecum is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, with two no-hitters, two World Series rings, and an MLB record most strikeouts in the first four seasons of a career; an impressive resume, in such a short amount of time. In his prime, The Freak was everything fans wanted to see in a pitcher. Once he got to the MLB, he realized…
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  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 1

    FoulBallzAdmin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    As preparations for the 2014 season start, FoulBallz has looked long and hard into the office crystal ball and focused on the swirling red liquid inside it to come up with a growing list of predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. Each week or so—and for as long as my third eye shows me the future—an updated list of predictions will be posted. Here’s a look at the first five FoulBallz prognostications for the upcoming six months of the season. Some are serious. Others are seriously funny…I hope: Predictions: They Could Happen… 1) In a surprise move,…
  • Foul Ball Predictions: NLCS and ALCS Prediction Results

    FoulBallzAdmin
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The foul ball predictions for the Conference Series’ have been way off, even with the +/- 1 inning range I mentioned in an earlier posts. The issue with the Conference series predictions has come as a result of lower pitch counts, counts lower than the Wild Card and Division Series’ combined. Does that mean the ability to predict when a starter will be pulled from the game based on fail ball data is flawed? No. It simply means that the post season is, as we all know, a different beast than the regular season. As you will see, then the starter was left in to throw in the vicinity of 100…
  • NLWC and NLDS Starting Pitcher Predictions: Foul Ball Totals Accurate Predictors of How Long Starters will Last?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    With the Wild Card and NLDS series’ completed, I thought I’d take this post to break down the wonder of foul ball predictions I’ve made this postseason thus far, and illustrate some interesting data regarding the first-of-its-kind study into the relevance of foul balls in baseball. This is the postseason, so some of the commonly accepted “rules” of the game no longer apply. As a result of this fact, I am giving the predictions a modest +/- 1 inning range. I based my numbers on the “100 pitches rule” used by most skippers in the modern era of baseball. This assumption became an…
  • ALWC and ALDS Starting Pitcher Predictions: Foul Ball Totals Accurate Predictors of How Long Starters will Last?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Foul Ball Predictions So Far: AL Version   With the Wild Card and ALDS series’ completed, I thought I’d take this post to break down the wonder of foul ball predictions I’ve made this postseason thus far, and illustrate some interesting data regarding the first-of-its-kind study into the relevance of foul balls in baseball. This is the postseason, so some of the commonly accepted “rules” of the game no longer apply. As a result of this fact, I am giving the predictions a modest +/- 1 inning range.   I based my numbers on the “100 pitches rule” used by most skippers in…
  • ALCS & NLCS Game 4 Foul Ball Predictions: Who’ll be Out First Due to High Pitch Counts–Giants, Cardinals, Royals and Orioles?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    And yet another set of games for us during this very interesting and somewhat surprising 2014 postseason. So far the predictions with a +/-1 are incredibly accurate. But there have been some surprising incorrect predictions. Some of the starters have been pulled extremely early. As has been the case, all stats are from the 2013 season for either a night game or a day game, depending on when it is being played, and at-bats that included 1 or more foul balls. The following data comes from our foul ball database that draws from Retrosheet.org. All percentages represent a combination of batters…
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