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  • Dodgers Acquire Peralta From Rays

    NYT > Baseball
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.
  • D-backs add five to roster, designate pair

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    Corey Brock
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The D-backs added five players to the 40-man roster Thursday, the deadline to set the roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11. The team added outfielder Socrates Brito, infielder Brandon Drury, left-handed pitcher Will Locante and right-handed pitchers A.J. Schugel and Kevin Munson to the roster.
  • Braves, Padres move to front of Tomas pursuit

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    Jesse Sanchez
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    The competition to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the front-runners in the Tomas sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.
  • Cubs add prospect Edwards to 40-man roster

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    Carrie Muskat
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Cubs added pitcher C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster Thursday, protecting the right-hander from being picked in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Reds put Garrett, Waldrop on 40-man roster

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    Adam McCalvy
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Reds added a pair of Minor Leaguers to the 40-man roster Thursday, including top 20 prospect Amir Garrett, a move necessary to protect the left-hander from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
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  • Dodgers Acquire Peralta From Rays

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.
  • M.L.B. All-Stars Lose in Japan

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars, 6-4, in an exhibition game in Naha, Japan.
  • Sports Briefing | Baseball: M.L.B. All-Stars Lose in Japan

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars, 6-4, in an exhibition game in Naha, Japan.
  • Manfred Given 5-Year Term as Baseball Commissioner

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year.
  • Kevin Long, Mets’ Hitting Coach, Also Works From the Mound

    By TIM ROHAN
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    The team is hoping that Kevin Long, who throws batting practice left-handed to lefty hitters, will help Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda.
 
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  • D-backs add five to roster, designate pair

    Corey Brock
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The D-backs added five players to the 40-man roster Thursday, the deadline to set the roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11. The team added outfielder Socrates Brito, infielder Brandon Drury, left-handed pitcher Will Locante and right-handed pitchers A.J. Schugel and Kevin Munson to the roster.
  • A View from Studio 3: Goldschmidt's silence is golden

    Matt Yallof
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    In this age of limited character space, limited attention spans (equivalent to that of a gerbil) and self promotion that makes P.T. Barnum look tame, it's easy to forget about one the best hitters in the world. And because it's the offseason, that is perfectly fine with the Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
  • Hale focused on teaching D-backs 'winning baseball'

    Steve Gilbert
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The early days of Spring Training workouts might last a little longer for the D-backs this year under first-year manager Chip Hale.
  • D-backs strengthening relationship south of border

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Luis Gonzalez grew up in a low-income household with his parents, siblings, grandparents and aunt, parlaying his grandmother's message of hard work into a 19-year Major League career highlighted by the winning hit in the 2001 World Series. So as he looked out at a crowd of several hundred high school and college students Tuesday morning and told them to follow their dreams, he was living proof that dreams can come true.
  • Lewis joins D-backs to lead analytics research

    Corey Brock
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The D-backs' director of baseball analytics and research isn't your typical numbers guy, as Dr. Ed Lewis' background comes in a completely different area. Lewis, hired by the D-backs on Monday, is a former veterinary medical and surgical practitioner who has been a lifelong fan of baseball, statistics and, more recently, advanced analytics.
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  • Braves, Padres move to front of Tomas pursuit

    Jesse Sanchez
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    The competition to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the front-runners in the Tomas sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.
  • Braves announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

    Mark Bowman
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    While there is some uncertainty about how their roster will be reconstructed over the next few weeks, the Braves know that they will open their exhibition season at home against the Mets and then remain in Florida throughout Spring Training to prepare for their Opening Day matchup against the Marlins in Miami.
  • Northcraft continues to make progress in Braves' system

    Bernie Pleskoff
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    This fall, Aaron Northcraft -- ranked by MLB.com as the Braves' No. 16 prospect -- was back pitching for the Braves on their Peoria Javelinas entry in the Arizona Fall League. He looked much more confident on the mound, much more relaxed -- and the results were much better than last year.
  • Top prospect Peraza among Braves' roster additions

    Mark Bowman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The Braves bid adieu to the longest-tenured member of their organization to create 40-man roster space for top prospect Jose Peraza and six other Minor Leaguers who will have an opportunity to experience their first Major League Spring Training.
  • Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
 
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  • Cubs add prospect Edwards to 40-man roster

    Carrie Muskat
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Cubs added pitcher C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster Thursday, protecting the right-hander from being picked in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • MLB's last off-day in Japan loaded with culture, goodwill

    Anthony DiComo
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Since they arrived in Japan 10 days ago, the squad of MLB All-Stars have been greeted warmly at every stop and they've embarked on a series of goodwill visits that have impacted them as much as the locals.
  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    Mike Bauman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
  • Source: Lester makes free-agent visit to chilly Wrigley

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Hopefully Jon Lester brought a warm coat to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Lester met with the Cubs in what was believed to be the second stop on his offseason tour of prospective teams, according to a source. The Wrigleyville area was in a deep chill because of an early blast of winter weather.
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  • Reds put Garrett, Waldrop on 40-man roster

    Adam McCalvy
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Reds added a pair of Minor Leaguers to the 40-man roster Thursday, including top 20 prospect Amir Garrett, a move necessary to protect the left-hander from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Reds seeking economical bullpen solutions

    Mark Sheldon
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    If there's a lower-priced reliever on the free-agent market that could fall into the low-risk, and potentially high-reward, category, there's a very good chance the Reds will at least be taking a look this winter.
  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    Mike Bauman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
  • Search for left-field pop brings challenges for Reds

    Mark Sheldon
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If they didn't know it already, last week's General Managers Meetings in Phoenix made the Reds and GM Walt Jocketty aware that finding a free-agent left fielder -- even of the non-superstar variety -- is not going to be cheap or easy.
 
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  • Rockies add prospect Anderson, designate Nicasio

    Brian McTaggart
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Rockies added left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to their 40-man roster and designated right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio for assignment on Thursday. Teams had until 9:59 p.m. MT on Thursday to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Morneau knocks in pair to cap strong Japan Series

    Adam Berry
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    With a 1-for-3, two-RBI showing in the Major League Baseball All-Stars' 6-4 loss to Samurai Japan on Thursday, Justin Morneau headed back to the States with eight RBIs over the seven-game showcase.
  • Rockies' brass to host Twitter chat on Friday

    Thomas Harding
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Rockies will give their fans an opportunity to hear firsthand the plans of new general manager Jeff Bridich and several other principal characters with the 2015 Rockies on Friday.
  • Rockies' Iannelli rewarded for finding Dickerson

    Thomas Harding
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Rockies scout Damon Iannelli felt strongly enough about the offensive ability of outfielder Corey Dickerson that he convinced the team to draft him twice. The way Iannelli went the extra mile -- actually, many extra miles -- to confirm his confidence in Dickerson earned Iannelli the 2014 Southeast Scout of the Year Award, which was presented last week at the General Managers Meetings.
  • Morneau powers MLB stars to first Japan Series win

    Adam Berry
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Rockies star Justin Morneau had an RBI double and three-run home run to lift the MLB All Stars to their first win of the Japan Series.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Back to school: Berkman hits the books at Rice

    Alyson Footer
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    A year after retiring from the big leagues, Lance Berkman has returned to his alma mater Rice University, looking to earn a kinesiology degree next summer.
  • Astros add trio to roster for Rule 5 Draft protection

    Brian McTaggart
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The Astros added infielder Ronnie Torreyes and right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez to their 40-man roster on Thursday, which was the deadline to set rosters and protect players them from being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Astros lose Zeid to Tigers on waiver claim

    Brian McTaggart
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The Astros lost right-handed reliever Josh Zeid to the Tigers via waivers on Thursday, the day they had to set their roster to protect players from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft in December.
  • Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

    Jason Beck
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catching surplus, the source said talks ended with the Tigers moving on.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
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  • Peralta reunites with Friedman in Dodgers-Rays trade

    Alden Gonzalez
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Dodgers beefed up their needy bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring veteran right-hander Joel Peralta and Minor League lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
  • First-rounders among prospects added to Dodgers' roster

    Alden Gonzalez
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Dodgers selected the contracts of right-hander Zach Lee, lefty Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler on Thursday, adding the three prospects to the 40-man roster and thus protecting them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
  • Wills hopeful for induction into Hall of Fame

    Jamal Collier
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Former Dodgers infielder Maury Wills is part of the 10-person Golden Era ballot who will be considered for induction in the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Candidates will be reviewed and voted on at MLB's Winter Meetings on Dec. 8 in San Diego.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Puig reflects on first Japan Series experience

    David Venn
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Yasiel Puig doesn't have any complaints about his experience as part of the MLB squad that competed against the Japanese national team in the Japan All-Star Series, but the Dodgers outfielder would add more time at the beginning of the trip for players to get ready for the showcase, if he had his way.
 
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  • Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

    Adam McCalvy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Former big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.
  • Brewers add four prospects to 40-man roster

    Adam McCalvy
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Taylor Jungmann was one of four players, with relievers David Goforth and Michael Strong and shortstop Yadiel Rivera, who were added to Milwaukee's roster ahead of the deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    Mike Bauman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
  • Revitalized Chapman seeks renewal with Brewers

    Adam McCalvy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Jaye Chapman is a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher with two new hips and new life in organized baseball. Chapman and the Brewers finalized a Minor League contract on Monday that does not include an invitation to Major League camp, but it does offer an opportunity to start over after one season lost to double hip surgery and another spent re-establishing himself in an independent league.
  • Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

    Jim Callis
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
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  • Athletics add infielder Nunez to 40-man roster

    Tom Singer
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    The A's have added infielder Renato Nunez to their 40-man roster, giving the California League All-Star protection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • A's remaining offseason agenda a balancing act

    Jane Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Despite Billy Beane's early splash in free agency with Wednesday's three-year signing of designated hitter Billy Butler, the A's general manger's ensuing offseason plans appear a bit clouded.
  • A's sign free-agent DH Butler to three-year deal

    Jane Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The A's moved swiftly in their pursuit of a right-handed power bat, reeling in free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler on a three-year, $30 million deal, which was made official on Wednesday.
  • A's claim Hassan off waivers from Red Sox

    Jane Lee
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The A's claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Red Sox on Monday, adding roster depth amid an otherwise quiet start to their offseason.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Box office open: Mets' Single Game Tickets on sale

    Paul Casella
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mets fans can officially begin planning their 2015 trips to Citi Field, as single-game tickets for next season are on sale now. Tickets, which start at $11, can be purchased by visiting mets.com/tickets or by calling 718-507-TIXX.
  • Mets add Syndergaard, five others to 40-man roster

    Paul Casella
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The Mets added top prospect Noah Syndergaard to the 40-man roster on Thursday, along with fellow right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Wheels in motion: Ex-Giant wants to win with Mets

    Paul Casella
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Zack Wheeler admitted on Thursday that he couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to still be a member of the Giants as he watched them win their second World Series title in three seasons last month.
  • Japan trip extra special for MLB dads

    Anthony DiComo
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    For the handful of fathers and sons who spent their trip to Japan bonding in a way that life almost never allows, the All-Star Series was a throwback to simpler times.
  • Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
 
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  • Phillies may find themselves priced out of Tomas bidding

    Todd Zolecki
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Some folks in baseball still consider the Phillies to be the favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. But are they?
  • Trio of young arms added to Phillies' 40-man roster

    Todd Zolecki
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The Phillies added pitchers Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and Nefi Ogando to the 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Harmon becomes part of Hall of Fame after visit

    Paul Hagen
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Terry Harmon played 10 seasons in the big leagues as a utility infielder for the Phillies, retiring after the 1977 season. Last year, he and his wife, Kay, decided to do something they'd never done before: visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. As a result of that pilgrimage, Harmon is now in the Hall of Fame. Or, at least, his glove is.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Phillies announce 2015 player development staff

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Phillies on Tuesday announced that they have finalized their player development staff for next season.
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  • White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

    Cash Kruth
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    The White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic. Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as the South Siders.
  • Cashman, Valentine to participate in 'Heights & Lights'

    Joey Nowak
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and former big league manager Bobby Valentine will once again rappel down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the annual Heights & Lights event.
  • Peralta reunites with Friedman in Dodgers-Rays trade

    Alden Gonzalez
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Dodgers beefed up their needy bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring veteran right-hander Joel Peralta and Minor League lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
  • Time running out to cast your GIBBY Awards vote

    John Schlegel
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    There is no game clock in baseball, but time is ticking away to have a say in honoring the very best of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Voting for the GIBBYs (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards) ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Bucs sign Liz looking for another makeover success

    Tom Singer
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    After helping to rejuvenate the careers of many talented but struggling arms in recent seasons. the Bucs are looking to have the same success with Radhames Liz after signing the right to a two-year, $3 million deal.
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  • Bucs sign Liz looking for another makeover success

    Tom Singer
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    After helping to rejuvenate the careers of many talented but struggling arms in recent seasons. the Bucs are looking to have the same success with Radhames Liz after signing the right to a two-year, $3 million deal.
  • Taillon, four others added to Bucs' 40-man roster

    Tom Singer
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    A busy day of roster shuffling for the Pirates on Thursday ended with veteran first baseman Ike Davis being designated for assignment, one of the moves needed to clear enough roster space for five Minor Leaguers added to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    Mike Bauman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
  • Robinson, Boggs, Hurdle, Harrison honored by MLBPAA

    Mark Newman
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Hall of Fame third basemen Brooks Robinson and Wade Boggs received Lifetime Achievement Awards, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was given the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award and Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison was named overall recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 15th annual Legends for Youth Dinner on Tuesday night.
 
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  • Minor Moves: Bruce Billings, Xavier Avery

    Steve Adams
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Nationals announced that they have signed right-hander Bruce Billings to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. The 29-year-old Billings pitched four innings for the Yankees last season and split the season between the Yankees and Dodgers organizations. Overall, the veteran posted a 5.27 ERA with 6. K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 95 2/3 innings. Outfielder Xavier Avery has inked a minor league deal with the Tigers and will receive a Spring Training invite as well, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.
  • Reds Listening On Jay Bruce; Padres Have Shown Interest

    Steve Adams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    FRIDAY: In response to the report that Bruce rejected the Reds’ extension offers, agent Matt Sosnick went on the record with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick to offer the following statement: “It is true that the Reds made Jay two offers during the season. The fact the deal didn’t get done had nothing to do with Jay’s desire to remain a Red for life, which is still the case. It was more about his desire to make sure that contract talks didn’t become a distraction during the season. But Jay still greatly appreciated the offers.” THURSDAY: The Reds have long been known…
  • NL East Links: Lester, Stanton, Niese, Mets

    Steve Adams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Though the Braves met with Jon Lester‘s camp yesterday, the team did not make a formal offer to the free agent lefty, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). Beyond that, president of baseball operations John Hart told ESPN’s Jayson Stark that the possibility of Lester signing in Atlanta is a “long shot,” but added that he is keeping all doors open (Twitter link). Here’s more from the NL East… In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria says that the Giancarlo Stanton extension is…
  • Braves Shopping Justin Upton; Asking Price Higher Than Heyward

    Steve Adams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Following the trade of Jason Heyward to the Cardinals, there’s been plenty of speculation that the Braves could also consider dealing Justin Upton, with the Mariners being named as a potential fit. Joel Sherman of the New York Post now hears that the Braves are “very much shopping” Upton, but the asking price is said to be steeper than their price for Heyward, which was rather significant itself. For Heyward, Atlanta received four years of right-hander Shelby Miller and a solid pitching prospect in Tyrell Jenkins. To be seeking more than that is ambitious, especially…
  • Quick Hits: Saberhagen, Kubel, Transactions, Front Offices

    Steve Adams
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen is looking to get back into Major League Baseball as either a pitching coach or bullpen coach, reports MLBTR’s Zach Links (on Twitter). The 50-year-old Saberhagen enjoyed an excellent 16-year career with the Royals, Mets, Red Sox and Rockies, pitching to a 167-117 record with a 3.34 ERA and 1,715 strikeouts against just 471 walks in 2,562 2/3 innings. He was the MVP of the 1985 World Series as a 21-year-old — the same season in which he captured his first Cy Young. Here are some more miscellaneous notes from around the league… Free…
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  • Chicago Gospel Pianist Eddie Robinson Dies

    Geri Hearne
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    A well known Chicago Gospel pianist has passed away.  Edward “Eddie” Robinson played with Mahalia Jackson, touring the world for seventeen years. He played at the White House for five presidents. He also played with Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and Gladys Knight. Robinson was born in 1933.  He was known as a natural musician, learning to play by ear at a young age.  The Navy veteran performed with Willie Wilson, host of WGN-TV’s Sunday morning gospel show  ‘Singsation!’ A wake is being held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday followed by the funeral service at Greater…
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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
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  • Pat’s all-time favorite moment: The ‘porn stache’

    WGN Web Desk
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
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  • Braves, Padres move to front of Tomas pursuit

    Jesse Sanchez
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    The competition to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the front-runners in the Tomas sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.
  • Padres make Minors trade among roster moves

    Corey Brock
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The Padres tidied up their 40-man roster on Thursday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft next month, pulling off a trade, adding three to the roster while shedding two other players. The Padres traded outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch. San Diego added outfielder Alex Dickerson, right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero and infielder Taylor Lindsey to the 40-man roster. The team also designated two players for assignment -- right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer and outfielder Yeison Asencio.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Padres strongly considering keeping Ross, Cashner

    Corey Brock
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    While there's certainly no nebulous area in regards to the Padres' biggest offseason need -- offense -- the team might be rethinking the way it goes about addressing it. Instead of trading starting pitchers Tyson Ross or Andrew Cashner to upgrade the offense, the Padres are giving strong consideration to keeping both arbitration-eligible players, a baseball source told MLB.com.
  • Renfroe among Padres to shine in offseason leagues

    Bill Center
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres' No. 4 prospect, finished the Arizona Fall League with the league's highest slugging percentage (.569) and most extra-base hits (16) while tying for the home run title (six).
 
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  • Back to school: Berkman hits the books at Rice

    Alyson Footer
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    A year after retiring from the big leagues, Lance Berkman has returned to his alma mater Rice University, looking to earn a kinesiology degree next summer.
  • Cardinals acquire infielder Kelly in trade with Mariners

    Carrie Muskat
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Cardinals acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Mariners Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster, which is now at 37.
  • Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
  • Matheny helping Cardinals work through grief

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    While Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shied away from speaking publicly in the days after Oscar Taveras' accident, he has been perhaps the most active behind the scenes. Seeking to be, as he describes it, "a leader of men," Matheny recalled his initial reaction to that Sunday evening news in late October as being, "What do I have to do for my guys?" What he's done, quite simply, is try to be there.
  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    Mike Bauman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
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  • Giants add four to 40-man roster

    Chad Thornburg
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The Giants added four Minor League right-handers to the roster -- relievers Derek Law, Ray Black and Cody Hall and starter Joan Gregorio. To make room, the Giants designated reliever Juan Gutierrez for assignment.
  • Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
  • Giants announce Spring Training schedule

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The World Series-champion Giants will open their Spring Training schedule on March 3 against the Athletics at newly renovated HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., and they will face the American League-champion Royals on March 23 at Scottsdale Stadium.
  • No wrong choice for Panda between Giants, Red Sox

    Richard Justice
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    At some point, Pablo Sandoval will sit down and consider everything the Giants and Red Sox are putting on the table. Both teams will offer financial security and a great baseball environment. Both teams will offer the opportunity to be part of a cornerstone franchise and to play in a great ballpark. In other words, this is a great time to be Pablo Sandoval. He can't make a wrong decision.
  • Okert acing every test faced in Giants' system

    Spencer Fordin
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Steven Okert, a reliever in San Francisco's organization, has experienced rapid success at each level of the Minor Leagues, but he may have outdone himself this fall. The 23-year-old went to the Arizona Fall League and was simply dominant.
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  • Cole eyeing big league roster spot after strong '14

    Bill Ladson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A.J. Cole, who was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Thursday, had arguably his best season in professional baseball in 2014, going a combined 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He pitched 134 innings and struck out 111 batters. No wonder Cole is considered Washington's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com.
  • Nats fill 40-man roster by adding Cole, three others

    Bill Ladson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The Nationals added four players -- right-hander A.J. Cole, infielder Wilmer Difo, outfielder Brian Goodwin and left-hander Matt Grace -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday. Meanwhile, infielder Pedro Florimon was claimed off waivers by the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus was placed on outright assignment and elected free agency.
  • Catch nets Souza gift certificate from Zimmermann

    Bill Ladson
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    After pitching a no-hitter on the last day of the 2014 regular season, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann said he would give outfielder Steven Souza Jr. anything he wanted. On Wednesday, Souza revealed to MLB.com that Zimmermann gave him a gift certificate.
  • Nationals add to baseball operations department

    Bill Ladson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    The Nationals continue to add to their baseball operations department, hiring Mike Cubbage and Terry Wetzel on Wednesday as special assistants to general manager Mike Rizzo.
  • Beasley leaving Nats, joining Rangers as third-base coach

    Bill Ladson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Tony Beasley, the Nationals' Minor League coordinator, is leaving the organization to become the third-base coach of the Rangers.
 
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  • Orioles claim outfielder Hassan from A's

    Brittany Ghiroli
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Looking to add outfield help, the Orioles claimed Alex Hassan off waivers on Thursday from the Oakland A's, continuing a whirlwind week for the 26-year-old, who was claimed by Oakland from the Red Sox several days ago.
  • Orioles add pitchers Wilson, Wright to 40-man roster

    Brittany Ghiroli
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Orioles protected pitchers Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright from the Rule 5 Draft, adding both right-handers to the 40-man roster before Thursday's midnight deadline.
  • Davies' repertoire works best as starter

    Bernie Pleskoff
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Orioles right-hander Zach Davies went to high school in Gilbert, Ariz., which is a freeway ride away from where his Arizona Fall League Glendale Desert Dogs club plays their home games. In seven starts, Davies was 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA over a team-high 25 2/3 innings.
  • Almanzar, Jones sign Minor League deals

    Brittany Ghiroli
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have signed nine players to Minor League deals, including the re-signing of infielder Michael Almanzar and left-hander Chris Jones.
  • Orioles re-sign reliever Drake for 2015

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Orioles announced Tuesday they have re-signed right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake to a Major League contract for 2015.
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  • White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

    Cash Kruth
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    The White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic. Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as the South Siders.
  • Sox protect four from Rule 5 Draft

    Cash Kruth
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The White Sox made a host of roster moves Thursday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, maxing their 40-man roster. Right-hander Frankie Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith all had their contracts purchased, while Chicago also claimed left-hander Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers.
  • White Sox Charities continue to make positive impact

    Cash Kruth
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    It was a banner year for White Sox Charities, from club icon Paul Konerko's final season to Jackie Robinson West Little League's captivating run and the continued success of the organization's ACE (Amateur City Elite) program.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Saladino brings singular focus to recovery

    Scott Merkin
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Tyler Saladino sees the possibility of a big league opportunity ahead of him, but the White Sox prospect is putting all of his attention into his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
 
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  • Urshela among five protected from Rule 5 Draft

    Anthony Castrovince
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Given the increasing emphasis on the need for young, controllable talent, sometimes the more impactful roster additions an organization makes in the offseason are the ones that come internally. The Indians made five such additions Thursday as a precursor to next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Third annual Tribe Fest Jan. 24-25 at Progressive Field

    Tom Singer
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Indians' third annual Tribe Fest, a chance for fans to mingle with numerous players past and present, will take place Jan. 24-25 at Progressive Field.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • MLB's last off-day in Japan loaded with culture, goodwill

    Anthony DiComo
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Since they arrived in Japan 10 days ago, the squad of MLB All-Stars have been greeted warmly at every stop and they've embarked on a series of goodwill visits that have impacted them as much as the locals.
  • No matter the location, these friends always talk baseball

    Anthony DiComo
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    It does not matter if John Farrell, Terry Francona and DeMarlo Hale are in Sapporo, where MLB's All-Stars wrapped up the five-game All-Star Series against Samurai Japan on Monday, back home on American soil or anywhere else. For three friends who met years ago over baseball, who bonded over baseball and who reunited this month in Japan over -- what else? -- baseball, the topic rarely strays.
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  • Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera

    Jason Beck
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The Tigers' search for bullpen help led them to the waiver wire on the day Major League teams have to set their 40-man rosters. Josh Zeid isn't the big-name signing that many expect the Tigers to make, but he's the kind of waiver claim they often seek out at this time of year.
  • Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

    Jason Beck
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catching surplus, the source said talks ended with the Tigers moving on.
  • Tigers protect Nesbitt, Machado from Rule 5 Draft

    Jason Beck
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The Tigers filled their 40-man roster Thursday, purchasing the contracts of relief prospect Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
  • Trammell, Parrish to host baseball camp Dec. 13

    Jason Beck
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    While Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish have come back to the Tigers' organization over the past 12 months, their ties to the city have been maintained for a while through their work at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit. The two will host their fifth annual baseball camp there Saturday, Dec. 13.
  • Shoring up bullpen remains on Tigers' agenda

    Jason Beck
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Tigers took care of two of their most pressing needs last week by re-signing Victor Martinez and trading for Anthony Gose. They likely have a waiting game ahead of them if they're going to make any move on retaining Max Scherzer. That leaves some time to address other parts, such as the bullpen, even if it's not the major move many might pine for.
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  • Royals make trade, add prospects to 40-man roster

    Dick Kaegel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from San Diego for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch. They also promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte, which brings the roster to 38, leaving two spots for potential acquisitions.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • A's sign free-agent DH Butler to three-year deal

    Jane Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The A's moved swiftly in their pursuit of a right-handed power bat, reeling in free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler on a three-year, $30 million deal, which was made official on Wednesday.
  • Royals add former infielder Getz to front office

    Dick Kaegel
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Former second baseman Chris Getz is taking a new position with the Royals -- he's becoming an assistant in player development in the team's front office.
  • Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
 
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  • Angels acquire outfielder Robertson from Rangers

    Chad Thornburg
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 pm
    The Angels acquired outfielder Daniel Robertson from the Rangers on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
  • Angels protect pair from Rule 5 Draft, but not Cowart

    Alden Gonzalez
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Angels added catcher Jett Bandy and right-hander Dan Reynolds to the 40-man roster on Thursday, protecting both from exposure in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart, the former No. 1 pick who has seen his stock plummet after back-to-back rough seasons in Double-A, has been left unprotected and can be plucked from the organization in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
  • One for the road: Santiago starts MLB All-Stars finale

    Adam Berry
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Angels left-hander Hector Santiago had only pitched one inning of relief during the Major League Baseball All-Stars squad's tour of Japan, but he got his chance to start in Thursday's exhibition against Samurai Japan at Okinawa Cellular Stadium.
  • After exciting tour, MLB All-Stars set for finale in Okinawa

    Anthony DiComo
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The MLB All-Stars will end their tour with an exhibition match against Japan's national team today in Okinawa at 6 p.m. JT (4 a.m. ET) on MLB Network and MLB.TV.
  • Ex-Hamilton aide Narron joins Angels' Triple-A team

    Alden Gonzalez
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Angels have hired Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton's former accountability partner, to be the new hitting coach at Triple-A Salt Lake, an industry source confirmed on Wednesday.
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  • Top prospects Sano, Meyer, Rosario on 40-man roster

    Rhett Bollinger
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Twins added four players to their 40-man roster Thursday, including top prospects Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer and Eddie Rosario, to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Sano, Meyer and Rosario were all considered locks, but the addition of lefty Jason Wheeler is a considered a minor surprise.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Source: Twins tab Guardado as bullpen coach

    Rhett Bollinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The Twins are close to adding a fourth coach under new manager Paul Molitor, as the club is set to hire Eddie Guardado as bullpen coach, according to a Major League source.
  • Inbox: When will Twins fill out coaching staff?

    Rhett Bollinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    When will the Twins announce the rest of the coaching staff? And how much say does Paul Molitor have compared to Terry Ryan? Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
  • Nunez steps in to help MLB All-Stars in victory

    Joey Nowak
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    After entering as a substitute in the fourth inning of the MLB All-Stars' game against Samurai Japan on Tuesday, infielder Eduardo Nunez made the most of his opportunities. The Twins utility man was right in the thick of things from the minute he stepped on the field, going 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate in the MLB club's 3-1 win.
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  • Cashman, Valentine to participate in 'Heights & Lights'

    Joey Nowak
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and former big league manager Bobby Valentine will once again rappel down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the annual Heights & Lights event.
  • Cashman sleeps on street to support cause

    Bryan Hoch
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Along with more than 750 of the nation's top executives, Yankees GM Brian Cashman participated in the Covenant House's "Sleep Out" movement, aiming to raise awareness for homeless youth. It marked Cashman's fourth consecutive year supporting the event.
  • Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks

    Bryan Hoch
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    General manager Brian Cashman remained tight-lipped Thursday while discussing the team's progress in the marketplace, indicating that there have been plenty of phone calls and text messages exchanged but little to show for it as of yet.
  • Wheeler's rights sold to Rakuten as Yanks make moves

    Bryan Hoch
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The Yankees sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Japanese Pacific League's Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday, one of several moves they made before the deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
  • Yanks add Colombian outfielder Emery to organization

    Jesse Sanchez
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Yankees added another top teenage prospect to their system on Thursday, signing outfielder Bryan Emery to a $500,000 deal, according to an industry source.
 
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  • Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for Kelly

    Greg Johns
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
  • Mariners protect three from Rule 5 Draft

    Greg Johns
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The Mariners added three of their top Minor League prospects -- reliever Mayckol Guaipe, catcher John Hicks and infielder Ketel Marte -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
  • Mariners claim lefty reliever Olmos from Marlins

    Greg Johns
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Edgar Olmos, a left-handed reliever in the Marlins' organization, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Mariners.
  • Mariners recognized for philanthropic initiatives

    Greg Johns
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Mariners' "Refuse to Abuse" campaign against domestic violence has earned the franchise its first Commissioner Award for Philanthropic Excellence, a prestigious honor that was announced Thursday at the Major League Baseball Owners Meetings in Kansas City.
  • Mariners earn second 'Retailer of Year' award

    Mark Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball Properties announced that the Mariners had become the first two-time winner of the "Club Retailer of the Year" award, based on the club's commitment to driving merchandise sales through creative marketing and merchandising efforts.
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  • Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

    Adam McCalvy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Former big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.
  • Rays shake up 40-man with trade, roster moves

    Bill Chastain
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The Rays conducted a lot of late-night business Thursday, making a four-player trade in addition to designating three players for assignment. The moves helped define the club's 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the end of the coming Winter Meetings.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Japan trip extra special for MLB dads

    Anthony DiComo
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    For the handful of fathers and sons who spent their trip to Japan bonding in a way that life almost never allows, the All-Star Series was a throwback to simpler times.
  • Inbox: Would the Rays consider trading Zobrist?

    Bill Chastain
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Would the Rays consider trading Ben Zobrist? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.
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  • Rangers add four to roster, trade Robertson to Halos

    T.R. Sullivan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Rangers added four prospects to their 40-man roster while trading outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Angels for a player to be named later.
  • Rangers bring back catcher Gimenez on Minors deal

    T.R. Sullivan
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Rangers have brought back catcher Chris Gimenez on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The club also added pitcher David Martinez on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite.
  • Rangers in wait-and-see mode with Ogando

    T.R. Sullivan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Rangers were hoping that injured right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando would be ready by now to begin throwing in the Dominican Winter League. That is not going to happen anytime soon.
  • Rangers hire Beasley to be third-base coach

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Rangers completed the largest coaching staff in franchise history by hiring Tony Beasley as their third-base coach.
  • Waiver wire, Minor Leagues a treasure trove for Rangers

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Last offseason, the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade made headlines across the country, but the Rangers' claim on Shawn Tolleson was buried in the transactions column in the back of the sports sections. This shows that a successful offseason is not always dictated by the biggest headlines.
 
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  • Martin comes home, officially joins Blue Jays

    Gregor Chisholm
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Toronto introduced the biggest signing of general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure on Thursday as catcher Russell Martin donned a Blue Jays jersey for the first time.
  • Tepera fills out Blue Jays' roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft

    Gregor Chisholm
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The Blue Jays added right-hander Ryan Tepera to the 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon to protect the 27-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in December.
  • Blue Jays 'moving forward' but no offers imminent

    Gregor Chisholm
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos did his best on Thursday afternoon to pour cold water on the rumors that Toronto could be on the verge of landing another big-name free agent.
  • Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
  • Blue Jays may get involved in talks with Sandoval

    William Boor
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    On the same day Pablo Sandoval left Boston, reports are surfacing that the Blue Jays may have interest in the free-agent third baseman.
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  • Could Russell Martin cost the Red Sox Jon Lester?

    Ben Buchanan
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Russell Martin and Jon Lester don't have much in common. So why does Buster Olney say the former's signing with Toronto could keep the latter from signing in Boston. When it comes to six degrees of separation, Jon Lester and Russell Martin are not so far apart as, say, Ken Ryan and Brandon Workman, but when Russell Martin signed on with the Blue Jays earlier this week, Red Sox fans weren't exactly trying to figure out what it meant for the lefty ace's market. Well, if you believe Buster Olney, it turns out it could actually mean quite a lot, mostly because of what it meant for the Chicago…
  • Giancarlo Stanton rumors aren't dead, they're just napping

    Matt_Collins
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    If the Marlins do make Giancarlo Stanton available again in a couple years, would it be a good investment for the Red Sox? You really thought the Giancarlo Stanton talk was going to stop now that he signed a 13-year, $325 million extension with the Marlins? Surely, you’re not that naive. As it stands now, the slugger is going to be in Miami for a long time, but given the franchise’s past, there is a lot of understandable skepticism surrounding that. This skepticism was only made stronger when it was revealed that the contract is to be heavily backloaded. So, with this is in mind, it’s…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Curt Schilling, Jon Lester, Andrew Miller

    Nick Bond
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Today's links look at what former players have to say about the Red Sox's offseason so far, what the press has to say about the Red Sox offseason so far, and what the Red Sox are still hoping to do this offseason. Former ALCS hero and noted finance expert Curt Schilling believes that the Red Sox lowballed Jon Lester ... (Sam Galanis; NESN) ... a professional editor used the phrase "smarty pants" to describe the front office in the headline of a major metropolitan newspaper ... (John Tomase; Boston Herald) ... shockingly, even Dan Shaughnessy's angry about what the Red Sox are doing this…
  • Red Sox add Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez, two others to 40-man roster

    Ben Buchanan
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Red Sox' 40-man roster is set ahead of the Rule 5 draft, with Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sean Coyle, and Travis Shaw joining the ranks. The Red Sox have announced that Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sean Coyle, and Travis Shaw have been added to their 40-man roster, protecting the four prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Of the four, Rodriguez and Swihart are the biggest names. Swihart, 22, is arguably Boston's top prospect, and has been tabbed as the "catcher of the future" since he was drafted in 2011. Rodriguez, the 21-year-old lefty pitcher who came over from Baltimore in…
  • Check out this Red Sox transaction tree stretching back to 1986

    Marc Normandin
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    It's still active, as two fruits of this tree are on the Red Sox right now. The Red Sox began the process of drafting Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo before the two were even born. No, their coming wasn't told in the prophecies stored in the deepest, dankest regions of Fenway Park, but the first move that eventually led to their acquisition came in 1986 -- Workman was a 1988 baby, and Ranaudo 1989. The whole process has been documented by Grantland's Ben Lindbergh, who figured out the lengthiest active transaction tree for all 30 teams. The Red Sox have the third-longest, thanks to a…
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    The Baseball Card Blog

  • 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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    RotoFeed

  • Minor Moves: Bruce Billings, Xavier Avery

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Nationals announced that they have signed right-hander Bruce Billings to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. The 29-year-old Billings pitched four innings for the Yankees last season and split the season between the Yankees and Dodgers organizations. Overall, the veteran posted a 5.27 ERA with 6. K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 95 2/3 innings. Outfielder Xavier Avery has inked a minor league deal with the Tigers and will receive a Spring Training invite as well, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.
  • Reds Listening On Jay Bruce; Padres Have Shown Interest

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    FRIDAY: In response to the report that Bruce rejected the Reds’ extension offers, agent Matt Sosnick went on the record with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick to offer the following statement: “It is true that the Reds made Jay two offers during the season. The fact the deal didn’t get done had nothing to do with Jay’s desire to remain a Red for life, which is still the case. It was more about his desire to make sure that contract talks didn’t become a distraction during the season. But Jay still greatly appreciated the offers.” THURSDAY: The Reds have long been known…
  • NL East Links: Lester, Stanton, Niese, Mets

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Though the Braves met with Jon Lester‘s camp yesterday, the team did not make a formal offer to the free agent lefty, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). Beyond that, president of baseball operations John Hart told ESPN’s Jayson Stark that the possibility of Lester signing in Atlanta is a “long shot,” but added that he is keeping all doors open (Twitter link). Here’s more from the NL East… In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria says that the Giancarlo Stanton extension is…
  • Braves Shopping Justin Upton; Asking Price Higher Than Heyward

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Following the trade of Jason Heyward to the Cardinals, there’s been plenty of speculation that the Braves could also consider dealing Justin Upton, with the Mariners being named as a potential fit. Joel Sherman of the New York Post now hears that the Braves are “very much shopping” Upton, but the asking price is said to be steeper than their price for Heyward, which was rather significant itself. For Heyward, Atlanta received four years of right-hander Shelby Miller and a solid pitching prospect in Tyrell Jenkins. To be seeking more than that is ambitious, especially…
  • Dynasty Fantasy Football – Top 35 v2.0

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Analysis by Josh Collacchi You’ve gotten DFS coverage at Project Roto, you have redraft coverage at Project Roto. What’s missing? Dynasty fantasy football. Not to worry,...
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  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    • Nora Purmort and Aaron Purmort are sort of the official couple of Twin Cities Twitter. They are beloved, both online and in person, and their young son Ralphie Purmort is an Instagram superstar because he's basically the cutest kid of all time. Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after they got married and Nora has been writing honestly, openly, and humorously about their life together in a way that is truly inspiring. Now they need your help. Aaron's condition has worsened to the point that treatment has stopped working and he's entered into hospice care at home. He's dying.
  • Arbitration-eligible Twins: Tender or non-tender?

    aarongleeman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    December 2 is the deadline for teams to tender 2015 contracts to arbitration-eligible players and the Twins have seven such decisions to make this offseason. There are some no-brainers to keep, some no-brainers to non-tender, and some calls that could go either way. Below you'll find MLB Trade Rumors' projected 2015 salaries for the Twins' arbitration-eligible players and my thoughts on what they should do and/or will do with them. • Trevor Plouffe ($4.3 million projected salary): This time last year the thought of the Twins non-tendering Plouffe rather than paying him around $4.3 million…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #171: Free Agent Outfielders

    aarongleeman
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included breaking down Torii Hunter and the free agent outfielders available to the Twins, explaining the arbitration process and this offseason's decisions, Starflyer 59's latest album, the latest (in-house) additions to Paul Molitor's coaching staff, donating to Aaron Purmont's family, drinking at Devil's Advocate, and reviewing Fritos Chili Pizza. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 171 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    • Longtime Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady finally got rid of his infamous/hideous combover in the name of love and saving $600 per week. • Craziest story of the week: Robert Swift, former NBA first-round draft pick, is now "a heavily armed heroin addict" who was arrested with "a military-style grenade launcher." • Sad headline (and pictures) of the week: "Mase performed to a crowd of less than 50 people." • Accurate review: "Buffalo Wild Wings seems a little too proud of their food and beverages." • I sometimes worry my life is being wasted arguing about Joe Mauer with people on…
  • Examining the Twins’ free agent options: Outfielders

    aarongleeman
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Most teams coming off four straight 90-loss seasons have obvious holes all over the roster, but the Twins' lineup is pretty well set for 2015. Kurt Suzuki has a new two-year deal at catcher and first baseman Joe Mauer is signed through 2018. Brian Dozier isn't going anywhere at second base and shortstop will be filled by Eduardo Escobar and/or Danny Santana. Trevor Plouffe played well enough to stay at third base, at least until Miguel Sano is ready after elbow surgery. Santana or Aaron Hicks will do the same type of seat-holding for Byron Buxton in center field and Oswaldo Arcia will man an…
 
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    RotoRob

  • Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Rashad Jennings is Hungry

    Josh Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    T.Y. Hilton has a great matchup in Week 12. (Rotoviz.com) By Ken LeBlanc and Josh Johnson Proverbs Chapter One, Verse 20 states: “Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares.” Wisdom is indeed a trait to be shared and while we still may try crying from street corners we trust a written recommendation may reach a wider audience. We are not conformists to many laws but we still understand the need for guidance. So without further pontification we give up the lords of Fantasy with our Start ‘em, Sit ‘em picks for Week 12. START ‘EM Rashad…
  • Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed: Unity

    Mike Chen
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Unity’s visuals are detailed and beautiful, at least when you don’t move. The early buzz for Assassin’s Creed: Unity was bad; from game-breaking glitches to horrifying graphical bugs, these issues soon became widespread memes around the game community. And while Ubisoft is slowly fixing them patch by patch, the actual game is getting overlooked. The truth is that Unity isn’t nearly as bad as you may have heard — but it’s far from the true next-gen innovation the series needs. CONTROLS (4/5) Let’s face it: as innovative as the series’ controls have been, the actual…
  • Podcast: Jay Cutler is the Problem

    Josh Johnson
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Le’Veon Bell made Nick a happy camper. (en.wikipedia.org) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Laura Leigh Majernik of AltCon Radio. Among the topics we fluffed like pillows: We recapped a wild weekend, as well as the Adrian Peterson situation. Can Rashad Jennings be counted on the rest of the season? We discuss our Wire Troll recommendations. What exactly happened to Peyton Manning on Sunday? What is the key to Dallas winning its division? Was Bill…
  • The Wire Troll: Shifting Strategies

    Nick Wagner
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Drew Stanton showed what he can do against a tough Lions’ D. (azcardinals.com) With the Fantasy playoffs quickly approaching, the time has come for owners whose hopes are still alive to re-evaluate their rosters. With the exception of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers, the bye weeks are over, making it very unlikely owners will be starting their WR6 unless stricken by an insane string of injuries. Don’t release your handcuff running backs, but now is a great time to unload other backups you will never use. Take the extra roster spot or spots to stream a defense a few…
  • Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Herija Green
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Look out for the AT-ATs! While there may not be a more bulletproof IP in the world of console gaming than Call of Duty, this felt like a big year for Activision’s goliath. Ghosts, last year’s iteration that came out just as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were launching, endured probably the series’ harshest criticism from reviewers for failing to make any noteworthy innovations. This year also marks the start of the three-year developmental cycle with Sledgehammer Games being given the reins for the first time. So, is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a step forward for the…
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    the joy of sox

  • Those Stanton-To-Boston Rumours Can Finally Stop

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins agreed to a 13-year contract worth $325 million. It also includes an early opt-out clause.$25/year seems reasonable for Stanton, but ... 13 years? Stanton turned 25 ten days ago, so this will take him through his age-38 season. ... Business Insider calls it "a genius move".
  • Schilling Posts Picture Of Stitched-Up 2004 Ankle

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Curt Schilling shared a post-surgery picture of his stitched-up right ankle - from the glorious 2004 postseason - on his Twitter account yesterday.It's a bit more graphic than the swollen ankle shot featured in Don't Let Us Win Tonight!
  • P-Rod

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Welcome back, Slappy! Let the circus begin.New York Daily News, November 6-7, 2014:Alex Rodriguez urinated on a wall of his cousin Yuri Sucart's home to send a message and mark his territory, the cousin's wife told the Daily News in an explosive interview at the couple's Miami home.Carmen Sucart, whose husband, Yuri Sucart, is A-Rod's estranged cousin and alleged steroid mule, blasted Rodriguez for accusing her deathly ill husband of trying to extort the troubled Yankee superstar."He is the devil," she said Thursday. "He is evil."
  • Truck Day: February 12, 2015

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Gordon Edes has information on the Red Sox's 2015 spring training schedule.Opening Day is against the Phillies on Monday, April 6 in Philadelphia.
  • 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 - the Sultan of Sweat - announced his…
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • Pablo Sandoval’s Brother: Red Sox Showed ‘First Class’ Attentiveness | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Was Werner or Lucchino very, very sneaky?
  • Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2014

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Rock Island Argus, November 21, 1914:“Rabbit” Maranville of the Boston Braves and his bride left Boston yesterday for George Stallings’ plantation in Georgia. The “miracle man” of the Boston team cleared the way for the honeymoon trip by means of a check sent to Secretary Herman Nickerson of the Braves, taking care of all expenses on the route to Haddock, Ga. This latest present from his chief was a distinct surprise to Maranville and means that his entire honeymoon expenses will be taken care of by the big chief… I like my boss. I think he’s a good guy. I wouldn’t be terribly…
  • MLB to tweak replay system, but managers’ challenges will stay | New York Post

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    How will this be done? Will there be a time limit?Joe Torre, baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said last week at the general managers’ meetings that managers would no longer slowly stroll from the dugout to the umpire in order to give his team time to determine whether to challenge the on-field ruling. Managers instead could signal from the dugout.
  • Dodgers Acquire Joel Peralta – MLB Trade Rumors

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    The Dodgers announced that they have acquired right-hander Joel Peralta and lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
  • Reds at least considering trading big names, reducing payroll | FOX Sports

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    The Reds had a club-record $114 million payroll last season, but missed the playoffs. They already have $75.5 million committed in ’15, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. If they retain all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the total projects to about $120 million, with no other moves.
 
 
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  • Sharing Some Experience On My Rice Cookers

    Frank
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Rice cookers have become a very integral part of the modern day kitchen. In most kitchens, you will most likely find a rice cooker amid all the crockery in that kitchen. Since rice is a basic foodstuff in most households it is best to come up with best Japanese rice cooker reviews and ratings, as Japan is a nation with rice staple. To be able to identify the best rice cookers it is important to consider factors like size of the cooker, power and energy consumption, type of rice to be cooked and time taken to cook the rice. The types of rice cookers include electric, gas, microwave and…
  • Time for a Frozen Yogurt Party!

    Frank
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    I finally bought a frozen yogurt for our house. We host parties all the time, and I so excited to give you frozen yogurt maker reviews on all the products we tried before buying. Because we want this one to last a while, we ordered a few different frozen yogurt makers from Amazon Prime so that we could ship back our “rejects” for free. We read tons of frozen yogurt maker reviews on Amazon before choosing 3 to order and try ourselves. Our top three choices were the Cuisinart ICE-21, the Yonanas 901 Deluxe, and the Nostalgia Electrics FFT100 Fro-Frutti Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker. I…
  • I Use These Tips For My Kitchen Knives

    Frank
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The post I Use These Tips For My Kitchen Knives appeared first on Rotosavants.
  • Make A Perfect Pizza with Toaster Oven

    Frank
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Convection toaster ovens are revered for being among the best toaster ovens on the market, no wonder they feature prominently in the best toaster oven reviews. If you are budgeting on an ideal convection toaster oven, you need read to our convection toaster oven reviews to make sure that you make a well informed purchase decision. Here are some of the renowned oven toasters which are recommended to you today. Breville BOV800VL Smart The 1800-watt toaster oven features a 0.8 cubic foot nonstick interior. It prides itself for coming with an IQ technology that allows control over heating. With…
  • Microwave Saving Time & Money – Read My Recommendations

    Frank
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Due to their efficiency, microwaves are used in most homes today. They save time and money. Before you make a decision on buying a microwave of any brand, you first need to consider your needs. Write a list of the features you want the microwave to have, its size, power rating and its advancement. After coming up with a list, you can now search for the top microwaves. The Panasonic NN-ST479S is among the top microwave brands in the market today. This brand has a sensor cooking, turbo reheating and eighteen different cooking programs. It is spacious and can cook a meal for a large dinner. Its…
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Welcoming the newest member of the Diamond Hoggers Family!

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    So the biggest news of the past few days had nothing to do with baseball in my world (and that’s big wrestling with the Heyward trade and the Stanton contract). On November 18th (born on the same day as Big Papi Ortiz) at 9:18 AM, my daughter Harper was born 8 pounds and 7 ounces. I have seen a lot of amazing things in my life with these eyes, but I have never seen anything in my life that comes close to comparing with the first time that I saw my little daughter. The sheer emotion and happiness overtook me. I knew when I looked at this amazing little creation that for the rest of my…
  • The Giancarlo Stanton Extension Press Conference

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Because many of us have never seen a press conference to discuss a $325-million dollar contract. Look at the miser Loria as they sign the dotted line together! He’s like ‘sign the fuckin papers’ almost grinning that he pulled this off! I think that Stanton plays his entire career in Miami and retires with about 550 big league home runs. To lock that down for over a decade is never a bad thing. I just can’t overstate how happy I am to see this elite talent stay with his original organization.
  • Giancarlo Stanton signs the biggest contract in Sports History

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    At 13 years, $325 million dollars; Giancarlo Stanton has signed the most lucrative contract in sports history. And I think I’m in the minority of folks who believes that this is a great deal for baseball. I hear a lot of people say being critical – saying that the Marlins overpaid – and to these folks I say that teams like Miami simply can’t win with you. They did exactly what they needed to do in backing up their talk that they would offer Stanton a record deal. Prior to learning the terms, many folks said that Stanton would be offered a joke of a contract that…
  • The Giancarlo Stanton Contract is Unofficially Offical

    TheNaturalMevs
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    13 years, $325 million. Says some guy on Twitter. @Deadspin @TMZ_Sports Giancarlo Stanton deal official 13 years 325 million full no trade clause can opt out when he's 30. — Christopher meola (@DfineNrmLC) November 14, 2014 Hat tip, to Deadspin. There truly is a Deadspin find like this for every day you’re alive.
  • It’s sounding that the Marlins have pulled off a Stanton heist

    TheNaturalMevs
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    #marlins, stanton closing in on $325M, 13-year deal. expected to have no-trade and opt-out. story up soon on @CBSSportsMLB — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 14, 2014 This is awesome. The mega-contract in all of baseball (and sports) history is being pulled off by the Miami Marlins, says Jon Heyman. We’re glad it’s going to Stanton and he’s staying put. Cuban Sandwiches are about to be a bit more expensive at Marlins Park.
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Tanaka Thoughts: Stay Well, Ma-Kun

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Yesterday the YES Network posted a fun video about Masahiro Tanaka, in which they presented five facts they think you should know about the Yankees pitcher:1. He used to be a catcher.2. He has won a Japanese Gold Glove.3. He is a big fan of Momoiro Clover Z.4. His nickname in Japan was Ma-Kun.5. He and his wife were married in Hawaii.Pretty interesting. However, there is one more fact that Yankees Universe should be aware of and/or remember. This one isn't so funny:His elbow is a ticking time bomb.Until he hurt his elbow, Masahiro Tanaka was someone the Yankees and their fans assumed…
  • Six For Six: Candidates To Fill The Hole At Short For The Yankees

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    While Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi focus on who will play 3B for the Yankees next year, I'm thinking about who will be pounding a glove one position over, at shortstop. By my count, there are at least a dozen men who could be the immediate successor to Derek Jeter. Some, like Brendan Ryan and Troy Tulowitzki, don't deserve a chance. Others, like Elvis Andrus, might not be available.  Another shortstop, Jung-Ho Kang, is too much of an unknown.So, who is left? There are six men whom the Yankees should seriously consider to be the…
  • Yankees' Betances A Finalist for 2014 AL ROY

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Yankees Universe received some pleasant news yesterday when reliever Dellin Betances was named a finalist for the 2014 AL Rookie of The Year (ROY) Award. Betances faces some stiff competition, however, as he will have to beat out the favorite for the award, White sox slugger Jose Abreu. Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker is also a finalist.For those who bet on baseball--and for the rest of us as well--Abreu has been a safe wager for AL ROY almost since the season began. He finished the season with 36 HR and a .581 SLG, but also proved he could get it done without the long ball,…
  • 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…
 
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    River Avenue Blues

  • Cashman Speaks: Priorities, Free Agency, Kuroda, Hitting Coach

    Michael Axisa
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the fifth straight year, Brian Cashman slept in the West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House last night as part of an nationwide event to raise money to benefit the homeless. “I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is terrible. With all the elements, with nature. It’s not right. No one should have to live like that,” he told Wally Matthews. Here are some notes from the GM, courtesy of Matthews, Mark Feinsand, Brendan Kuty, and Bryan Hoch. On the team’s…
  • Friday chat reminder

    Michael Axisa
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s Friday. That’s means it’s chat day. Since we last spoke the Yankees … did nothing in particular. That’s alright. We’ll figure out something to talk about. See you at 2pm ET. Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogFriday chat reminder The post Friday chat reminder appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
  • Mailbag: Swisher, Cervelli, Johnson, Cabrera, Non-Tenders

    Michael Axisa
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Only five questions for you this week but they’re five good ones. As a reminder, we got rid of the Submit A Tip box in the sidebar as part of the redesign. There’s a new email button in the sidebar, right under the YES Network video widget. Use that to email us questions. (Jason Miller/Getty) Many asked: What about a Nick Swisher reunion? Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal reported the Indians are exploring ways to move Swisher, perhaps in a bad contract-for-bad contract swap. Swisher is owed $15M in each of the next two seasons with a $14M vesting option for 2017 based on his plate…
  • Thursday Night Open Thread

    Michael Axisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Buster Olney (subs. req’d) continued his look at the top ten players at each position yesterday with second base. Robinson Cano sits in the top spot because of course. He is far and away the best second basemen in baseball and has been for about five years now. The Yankees don’t have a player on the list because they don’t have a second baseman at the moment. If the season started today, I’m guessing Martin Prado would be at third and Jose Pirela at second. Thankfully there’s still three months of offseason to find an upgrade. This is your open thread for the…
  • Yankees add Austin, Burawa, Pinder, Williams to 40-man roster; sell Zelous Wheeler’s right to team in Japan

    Michael Axisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Bye Zelous. (Jim McIsaac/Getty) The Yankees have added outfielder Tyler Austin, right-hander Danny Burawa, right-hander Branden Pinder, and outfielder Mason Williams to the 40-man roster, the team announced. Today was the deadline to set the 40-man for the Rule 5 Draft and all four players would have been eligible. The Yankees have also sold utility man Zelous Wheeler‘s rights to the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. There are currently 38 players on the 40-man roster, meaning New York can select up to two players in the Rule 5 Draft. Adding Austin to the 40-man was the only no-brainer of…
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    Mister Baseball

  • KNBSB President Bob Bergkamp to step down in December

    philipp
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) sent out a press release on Friday afternoon stating that KNBSB President Bob Bergkamp will step down in early December. In the statement he indicates that his heavy workload as alderman for the city council of Breda leads to the end of his presidency. On December 3 he will chair his last KNBSB board meeting. Current Vice President Frits Mulder will temporarily take over as acting president.
  • Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra prevail on Friday in Australia

    philipp
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    The Australian Baseball League continued on Friday with three games. The Adelaide Bite used an early 5-0 lead after home runs by Stefan Welch and Angus Roeger on route to a 6-5 win over the Brisbane Bandits. Granden Goetzman made things interesting with a solo home run in the ninth, but the Bandits couldn’t transform a pair of two-out walks into the tying run. The Melbourne Aces edged out the Sydney Blue Sox 4-2. Three runs in the third got them up in front. Sydney ended the shutout bid with a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth, but wasn’t able to complete the comeback. Cody Buckel…
  • Jack Santora to leave Rimini for T&A San Marino?

    philipp
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    According to Baseballmania.eu T&A San Marino has reached an agreement with infielder Jack Santora. The 38-year-old switch hitter from Monterrey, California, who has an Italian passport, has been playing for Rimini since the 2007 season. This year he batted .265/.412/.382 with 11 runs and 10 RBI in 19 games in the Italian Baseball League.
  • Seattle Mariners release Daniel Thieben, leaves Buchbinder Legionaere

    philipp
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Seattle Mariners have released German right-handed pitcher Daniel Thieben. The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg announced the transactions and at the same time revealed that he leaves the German Baseball-Bundesliga club as well. The new destination for the Dohren native is not yet known. The 21-year-old Thieben played three seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization for the AZL Mariners and the Pulaski Mariners at the Rookie level. Between 2012 and 2014 he appeared in 51 games with an ERA of 4.41. He struck out 52 in 79 2/3 innings, while walking 70. Developed by the Dohren Wild…
  • Pat Venditte signs with Oakland Athletics

    philipp
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Switch pitcher Pat Venditte, who won the silver medal with the Italian National Team at the European Championship in Regensburg and the Czech Republic in September, has found a new home. Being a minor league free agent after his contract ran out with the New York Yankees he signed a new deal with the Oakland Athletics this week. It’s a minor league contract, which also includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training with the A’s.
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  • Is MLB heading to London in 2016?

    Matt Smith
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Sadly the lack of TV and radio coverage of MLB in the UK this past season meant that we didn’t hear much from ace broadcaster Josh Chetwynd. However, with one off-season tweet he was able to create plenty of excitement among British baseball fans. Word from BBF AGM is that London is in serious consideration for MLB series in 2016, according to Matt Crawshaw of @BlueSoxBaseball — Josh Chetwynd (@joshchetwynd) November 16, 2014 The pessimist in me worried that it might be too good to be true, but Matt Crawshaw quickly allayed those fears with confirmation that #MLBLondon is a…
  • A new look for the website

    Matt Smith
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’ve not found this post via a link on Twitter, you’ve probably just had a bit of a surprise. Yes, it all looks a bit different, doesn’t it? It’s been a while since I gave the website a new look and this one has been in the making for a few months. The dawn of the offseason was a good time to dedicate some hours to finalize it all as a distraction from the relative lack of baseball games to enjoy. All 2,250+ posts from March 2006 onwards are still here, just with a new lick of digital paint. The formatting on some of the older posts may not be perfect, but I hope…
  • Bonus baseball from Japan

    Matt Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Just a couple of weeks after lamenting the end of the MLB season, some bonus baseball is on its way from Japan. A team of MLB players, including Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig and Evan Longoria, are heading to Japan for an All-Star series of games against Samurai Japan, which is essentially the Japanese national team. The games will be available to watch live or on-demand online via MLB.TV, although there doesn’t appear to be any coverage in the U.K. via the BT Sport/ESPN channels. Anyone who bought an annual MLB.TV subscription for the 2014 season will be able to watch the games as part of…
  • What’s next for the Rays?

    Matt Smith
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Earlier in the week we looked at the impact that Joe Maddon may have on the Chicago Cubs now that he has been unveiled as their new manager. But what of his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays? The Rays endured 10 losing seasons starting with their debut year in 1998, including going 127-197 combined in Maddon’s first two years in charge. The team showed faith in Maddon and it proved well-founded as his reign brought six consecutive winning seasons and four playoff appearances, including a 2008 American League championship and a World Series defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies. One of…
  • Maddon made for the Cubs

    Matt Smith
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    During his recently-ended tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays, Joe Maddon became known for unusual antics designed to make sure coming to the ballpark never got stale for his players. Various guests were invited into the clubhouse, from magicians to a 20-foot python, and there were occasional fancy dress team flights to keep players loose, and to raise some money for charity to boot. What can we expect now that Maddon has officially been named as the Chicago Cubs’ new manager? Don’t be surprised if one of the first guests into the Wrigley Field clubhouse is a goat, designed to help…
 
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    East Windup Chronicle

  • Keys To Understanding Baseball

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    When it comes to sports there are a lot of people that are simply in the dark. The games can be hard to follow and things that are not seen by the untrained eye typically determine the outcomes. That is why you need to take the time to learn the sport and then watch it. You cannot learn all you need to know by just watching the game. You need to take the time to research the game. So for me, baseball is the game that I love. It is also a game that many people fail to understand. They think all the game involves is throwing the ball and hitting the ball. But there is so much more to the game…
  • Baseball and the Birth of the Best Electronic Cigarettes

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    There has always been something about baseball that appeals to the average American. Even people who don’t generally like sports end up enjoying baseball. Many people believe that one of the main reasons that baseball became the national pastime stems from the fact that it’s a sport that all kids could play, no matter what their economic position. All that was needed was a bat, a ball, and a few objects that can be used as bases. With these items, a group of friends can play baseball all afternoon long. No one is completely sure when or where baseball, especially the form of the sport…
  • Tips For Preventing Injuries In Youth Baseball

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Elbow and shoulder injuries are on the rise when it comes to youth baseball. These types of injuries are not that easy to get over so we want to avoid them at all costs if possible. In this article I will give you a few tips for preventing injuries in youth baseball. A good warm up will go a long way to helping prevent injuries in your kiddos who like to play baseball. If they take the time to warm up their muscles before the game, they are less likely to get injuries while playing the game. Make sure to discuss with your young one how very important taking time to do theses warm-ups is.
  • Watching Baseball Is Fun For The Entire Family

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    It is starting to get warming outside as Spring is slowly approaching. Of course if you live on the East coast it can be quite confusing what time of year it is especially these days. It is almost Spring however if it feels like it or not. You may be starting to think about fun activities that you and your family can do together now that it is getting warmer outside. Why not take in a baseball game together and get the entire family out for a night of fun. It is my guess that even if you have teenagers in our household they are going to enjoy going out with the family for a fun night at the…
  • Exercises To Get You Ready To Play Baseball

    admin
    4 Dec 2013 | 12:05 pm
    If you want to be a great baseball player you need to condition your body first. In this blog post we will look at a few different exercises that are sure to help you with your baseball career. Even if you just want to play baseball for fun, you still need to condition your body so that you are not setting yourself up for an injury. The kettle bell single arm exercise is a great place to start when beginning a baseball career. It is a good idea however to start out with something lighter than a weight so that you don’t hurt yourself. A good idea is to use a shoe or something about the same…
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • Cubs 40-Man Roster Moves

    Rob G.
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The Cubs have put C.J. Edwards on the 40-man and that is the extent of their Rule 5 deadline roster moves. You can check out AZ Phil's full list of Rule 5 eligibles if you wish, but I don't see any obvious names that will get selected. Maybe Zach Cates or Ivan Pineyro or Starling Peralta, but there's certainly no one on there that folks should all be too worried about losing even if they do get picked. Out of the rest of the league, I did notice ex-Cub Ronald Torreyes made the Astros 40-man today. Not much else going down in Cubs-town, Cubs didn't get Russell Martin after he signed with the…
  • Cubs Trade for La Stella

    Rob G.
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The Cubs have acquired 2b Tommy La Stella from the Braves and their #4 international bonus slot for former Brave RHP Arodys Vizcaino and Cubs international bonus slots #2, #3 and #4. The Braves end up with about $832K more in international bonus money. So with the Braves getting more cash, the silent agreement between the two clubs is that La Stella was the better bet going forward as a player, certainly in the Cubs' collective minds. La Stella came into 2014 as high as the #2 Braves prospect according to John Sickels (B grade), a left-handed hitting second basemen with good contact…
  • And We Shall Rumor...

    Rob G.
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    The GM Meetings have begun and every agent wants the Cubs excess in their clients' pockets.  So where we at... - Russell "31-year-old Career Year" Martin wants Brian McCann money, something in the vicinity of 5/75-80M. Beefy seems to be just fine back there, don't you think? - The Phillies are allegedly in blow-up mode, but beyond Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, can't imagine there's much for the Cubs to look at. Hamels DID NOT put the Cubs on his list of teams he could block a trade to, but the Phillies are asking for 3 top prospects and I don't think they mean Alcantara, Edwards and…
  • 15 Cubs Minor Leaguers Declared MLB Rule 55 Free Agents

    Arizona Phil
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    15 Cubs minor league players were declared MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM (Eastern) last Monday, including 13 "six-year free-agents" (6YFA) and two "second contract" free-agents. Tags: Cubs Minor League free-agents
  • Sunday Funnies: Don't ask a Cub Fan to turn back the clock today.

    CubbyBlue
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Turn back the clock today?What a stupid idea. The last time it was good for us doesn't even exist because WE WEREN'T BORN YET.If a tree fell the last time the Cubs won a World Series but everybody died since then, did it make a sound?I don't think so.Turn back the clock?Are you insane?Even the "good" years are horrible, filled with collapses and black cats and Steve Garveys.Lucky for us, that's in the rear view.Now is a time for optimism.The times they are a-changin'.I can see clearly now the rain is gone.You're built like a car, you've got a hub cap diamond star halo.Okay mabye not T. Rex…
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    NYT > Baseball

  • Dodgers Acquire Peralta From Rays

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.
  • M.L.B. All-Stars Lose in Japan

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars, 6-4, in an exhibition game in Naha, Japan.
  • Sports Briefing | Baseball: M.L.B. All-Stars Lose in Japan

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars, 6-4, in an exhibition game in Naha, Japan.
  • Manfred Given 5-Year Term as Baseball Commissioner

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year.
  • Kevin Long, Mets’ Hitting Coach, Also Works From the Mound

    By TIM ROHAN
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    The team is hoping that Kevin Long, who throws batting practice left-handed to lefty hitters, will help Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda.
 
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  • Rays Trade Joel Peralta To Andrew Friedman And The Dodgers

    Cork Gaines
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Rays have announced that they have traded Joel Peralta and triple-A reliever Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers for relief pitcher Jose Dominguez and single-A starting pitcher Greg Harris. Dominguez made 14 appearances out of the bullpen for the Dodgers over the last two seasons. Harris was a 13th round pick in the 2013 draft. By trading Peralta, the Rays will save $2.5 million. He had club options left for 2016 and 2017, also at $2.5 million each season. In addition to the trade, the Rays also designated three players for assignment, including Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa, and…
  • Rays To Cut Jose Molina

    Cork Gaines
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Rays are going to designate Jose Molina for assignment according to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com. #Rays will DFA C Jose Molina tonight as they clear roster space. Is signed for $2.75M for 2015. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 20, 2014 The Rays need to make the move to clear space on the 40-man roster for minor leaguers they need to protect from the Rule 5 draft. The Rays will almost certainly have to eat the $2.75 million Molina is owed for the 2015 season unless they can work out a trade in the next 10 days. A quick recap of the basics at work here which can be complicated What…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Ben Zobrist did it again. While playing for the MLB team in Japan, Zobrist went to bat in the sixth inning of a game and used the wrong helmet. Batting right-handed, Zobrist wore his left-handed hitting helmet which of course has the flap on the wrong side. Zobrist faced three pitches before Evan Longoria eventually got Zobrist’s attention and gave him the correct helmet. This is not the first time Zobrist has done this. I can’t find it in the archives, but I believe it was a Rangers game in either 2012 or 2013. Zobrist wore a right-handed helmet batting left-handed. Very few…
  • Jeremy Hellickson Traded To Diamondbacks For Two Single-A Prospects

    Cork Gaines
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Rays have announced that Jeremy Hellickson has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor league prospects. Coming back to the Rays’ organization are infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams. Both will likely start the 2015 season in single-A. Velazquez is a 20-year-old switch-hitter who led the Midwest League with 50 stolen bases this season. He was a 7th round draft pick in the 2012 draft. Williams is 19 and hit .351 with a .403 OBP in two stops in 2014. He was a 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays…
  • Why Attendance Still Matters In The Era Of Huge TV Contracts

    Cork Gaines
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    We recently took a look at the Rays’ upcoming television contract and how it could be worth $80-100 million based on the Rays’ strong local TV ratings and the deals recently signed by other teams. Considering the Rays are only taking in about $20 million per year on their current deal, that would be a huge boost to the team’s revenue without having to do much more than hiring a few lawyers to negotiate the deal. With all that extra revenue, it is easy to dismiss the Rays’ attendance woes since the revenue they are losing at the gate and concessions is small compared to…
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Granden Goetzman Homers in Brisbane Loss

    Robbie Knopf
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Granden Goetzman‘s slugging percentage in the Australian Baseball League is just .008 short of his batting average and his slugging percentage combined. He has been an extremely streaky player, but at least Thursday was one of his good days. Australian Baseball League: Adelaide Bite 6, Brisbane Bandits 5 More strong results from the four Tampa […] Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Granden Goetzman Homers in Brisbane Loss - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Rays Roster Moves: Joel Peralta Traded, Prospects Added

    Robbie Knopf
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A lot has happened to the Tampa Bay Rays’ 40-man roster in the past few hours, and let’s try to sort through the madness. As it turns out, we correctly predicted the prospects the Rays would protect from the Rule 5 Draft five days ago. Now, it’s time to humble ourselves. Ryan Brett, Justin O’Conner, Matt Andriese, […] Rays Roster Moves: Joel Peralta Traded, Prospects Added - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Report: Tampa Bay Rays And Texas Rangers Talking Trades

    Drew Jenkins
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The Tampa Bay Rays have already made two trades in the young offseason, with Jeremy Hellickson being dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cesar Ramos going to the Los Angeles Angels. Though it might not have been the entire motivation behind both of those two deals, they did come with the benefit of clearing 40-man […] Report: Tampa Bay Rays And Texas Rangers Talking Trades - 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

  • 1920 W516 and W529 Boxing #5, Lou (Lew) Tendler

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Despite the low-grade condition of most strip cards, a repeated appearance of Babe Ruth in the #5 slot made those type acquisitions more costly than most.1920 W519 #5 (correct image)1921 W521 #5 (image reversed)With those big hitters out of the way, you can imagine I'm happy to find lower-cost sluggers like slim Mr. Tendler, even if it means stepping off the diamond and into the ring.1920 W529 #5, "Lou" (Lew) TendlerQuickly-issued (some might say slapdash) strip card sets like W516 generated several variations and I compared some Ty Cobbs and Tris Speakers several years ago in the post 1920…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Casa Base: Bat Boy

    Fabio Borselli
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
  • The Boys of Summer

    Guest
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Some may call me old, others, a purist. Regardless of what you call me, I’m not ashamed to say that I miss the good ole days of baseball! I come from an era where players weren’t doping. They weren’t playing for endorsements and they weren’t playing to be traded next year. Well, maybe some of that is false, but it didn’t seem like it back then. Maybe it’s because I was young and naïve as a young baseball fan then, but baseball today just doesn’t feel the same as it did when we were kids. Like a lot of boys growing up in America, baseball was a big part of my life. I played…
  • Casa Base: Slides

    Fabio Borselli
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
  • 7 of the Greatest Sports Bars in America

    Peter Schiller
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Everyone has a favorite sports bar.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a dirty, corner dive or a sleek, upscale place with wall-to-wall flat screens.   Regardless, the place is filled with great memories with friends, family, drinks, food, glorious wins, and devastating losses. These spots will always hold a special place in your heart.   But there are some that are simply a cut above the rest and have gained nation-wide fame for their total devotion to creating the perfect environment for sports fans to watch the game.   Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum, Kansas City…
  • What the Heck Happened to Baseball Video Games?

    Guest
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Baseball. Gaming. Xbox. One of these is not like the other. Even though the sports video game industry is worth billions worldwide, the Xbox One is completely out of luck regarding a baseball simulation title. “MLB The Show,” a Sony Playstation exclusive, now reigns without contention as the only legitimate baseball game on the market (albeit a good one). So how did it happen? Baseball gaming used to be good. In fact, it was actually a great time, when you jump back a few consoles. The big players like EA and Sega were producing titles in full force. It was a great era to play as…
 
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • HR Leader For The Huron Heaters

    independentbaseball
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Huron Heaters played only one season:  in 1994 in the North Central League.  Who led the team in home runs? Answer: Bobby Holley had 9 home runs. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=1dd1fea1 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.
  • ERA Leader For North Central League When It Folded

    independentbaseball
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The North Central League folded early into the 1995 season.  Who led the league in ERA at that point? Answer: Doug Martin of the Chaska Valley Buccaneers http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Chaska_Valley_Buccaneers Please support this site: if you need any … 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.
  • Number Of Teams In North Central League

    independentbaseball
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question How many teams played at least one game in the North Central League (1994-1995)? Answer: 9 in total http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/North_Central_League Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors … 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.
  • Number Of Teams In WBL History

    independentbaseball
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question How many different teams (including team name changes) played in the Western Baseball League from 1995-2002? Answer: 23 different teams, including the travel team “Western Warriors”, played at least one game in the WBL http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Western_Baseball_League Please … 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.
  • Last WBL Champions

    independentbaseball
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which team won the last Western Baseball League championship (2002)? Answer: The Chico Heat http://www.independentbaseball.net/champions/ Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you … 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

  • Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout

    kenny
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout Check out this awesome set of baseball catchers practice drills that will give your catcher a “Gold Glove” workout and watch your catcher’s skills improve in no time!   Soft Hands Drill – Complete 15 reps The Soft Hands Drill is excellent for building correct framing technique. [...] The post Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power

    kenny
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    What is Bat Speed? Bat Speed: Bat speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH) and considers only the highest speed of the bat head (peak ve­locity) through the hitting zone. Only the best hitters reach their highest bat speed just PRIOR to contact with the baseball. Most hitters produce high bat speeds through their [...] The post Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power appeared first on 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.
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  • MLB Schedule 2015 v1.0

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    In Elmhurst this weekend, we are seeing our first snowfall of the season. While we aren't experiencing any significant accumulation, the snow serves as a reminder that baseball season is a long way away. Since the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals to win their third World… read more...
  • Will the Kansas City Royals rally tonight and tie ...

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Will the Kansas City Royals rally tonight and tie the a World Series 1-1?
  • The 2014 World Series is set: San Francisco Giants...

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    The 2014 World Series is set: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals.
  • Potential World Series Combinations: 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
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  • Life Lessons from California First Basemen

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When I was 11 years old, Steve Garvey taught me a lesson. Knives hurt when they are driven directly through your heart. During Game 4 of the 1984 National League Championship Series, the San Diego Padres' first basemen belted a two-run game-winning… read more...
 
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  • Sources: Phillies scaling back interest in Yasmani Tomas

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorNovember 20 2014, 3:00 pm EST.@PhilabaseballThe Phillies have been closely linked to Yasmani Tomas for nearly three months, but sources indicated Thursday the club may be scaling back their interest in pursuing the Cuban slugger.Tomas, 23, has extreme power and a major league ready bat, but the Phillies front office is not sold on the possibility of sliding him into a corner outfield slot, according to multiple sources."They need his bat, but he's built more for the [American League] so he won't have to play defense everyday," said one American League…
  • Borders added to Phillies' minor league development staff

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorNovember 18 2014, 2:45 pm EST.@PhilabaseballPat Borders spent nearly 25 years as a professional ballplayer, so it's only natural for him to have a desire to become involved in managing. "I just hope I can bring the energy and fun that I had when I played the game to these young players in the system," Borders told milb.com.The' addition of Borders highlighted Tuesday's announcement of the Phillies' developmental staff for 2015. A former World Series MVP and a two-time World Series winner, he'll manage short-season single-A Williamsport. Dave Brundage and…
  • Troubled past haunts Allen and his Hall of Fame chances

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Recognized as one of the most polarizing players of the last 50 years, Dick Allen is the best offensive player of his generation not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has one last chance to gain entry via the Golden Era Ballot when a committee gathers to vote in December during baseball's Winter Meetings.Read more »
  • Schilling speaks out about GM Amaro, state of the Phillies

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Curt Schilling was in town last week for his induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, so The Review caught up with him for a few minutes to discuss his career in Philly and the present state of the Phillies; he spoke candidly and wasn't afraid to place blame on the front office.  .Read more »
  • 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 »
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  • My New Project

    Troy Patterson
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    I am currently working on writing my first novel. I have created a new blog to give updates on the progress as well as to give my general musings.http://tdpatterson.blogspot.comUntil I figure out the domain to buy for it.
  • Locking Up Xander Bogaerts

    Troy Patterson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It's fairly obvious that once a team in this era finds someone they believe in they strive hard to lock them up to a long term deal.  The team gets cost certainty, usually some free agency years bought and a solid bargaining chip, while the player gets guaranteed money and avoiding distracting arbitration hearings during their last three seasons.  Coming to an agreement can be beneficial to both parties.  It's never to early to look at this as the Rays were very proactive with Evan Longoria and have made out very well.The question is when can you decide as a team that the…
  • Game 9: Day After Thoughts

    Troy Patterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Jake Peavy only gave up one run and the eight strikeouts was impressive, but the walks continue to be concerning.  I'll give him a small amount of slack as the strike zone was terrible last night.  Here is the zone against right handed hitters.The Red Sox have a big problem when David Ortiz is done by retirement or age.  They have no one in the system who can match his skills or even 3/4 of it.  This maybe the one place the team has to make plans to sign a big name fee agent some time in the near future to replace a 30 home run hitter with a .300/.400/.500 type line.Uehara…
  • The 2014 Clay Buchholz

    Troy Patterson
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The first start for Clay Buchholz this season was not pretty and a lot of the early numbers don't suggest he's gotten better with rest.  His velocity is down across the board and in his first game he threw a very significant amount of change ups in the game.  Many are righting him off already and I've definitely been discouraged by what we have seen, but there are some positives as well.Although his velocity has dropped from a high of 94 mph and a recent average of 92 mph from 2011 to 2013 to 90 mph this April he's hasn't been a strikeout per inning pitcher since 2008.  Since…
  • The Henry Owens Hype Train

    Troy Patterson
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Photo By Kelly O'Connorsittingstill.smugmug.comIn a rain shortened six inning game last night the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Reading Phillies by a final of 5-0 to open their 2014 season.  The big news just happens to be prospect Henry Owens looked dominant and completed the game without allowing a single hit.  Now that's not officially a "no-hitter", but certainly a great start to his 2014 season and more reason to get excited about the towering prospect.In the six innings last night Owens had nine strikeouts to go with only two walks.  The strikeout total is what he does…
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  • Free Agency: Francisco Liriano

    Shawn Brody
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    31-year-old left handed pitcher Francisco Liriano is once again a free agent. However, this time around Liriano comes off a two year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he posted a solid ERA of 3.02 in 2013 and a 3.38 in 2014. Punching out 338 batters over 323.1 innings in that span, as well. The southpaw is sure to get more in his new contract than the $1 million for 2013 with a $6 million 2014 option that he got his first go-round with the Pirates, and this is evident by his rejection of the $15.3 million qualifying offer he received from the Pirates this offseason. It is now being…
  • Opinion: Blue Jays Soaring High

    Shawn Palmer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Coming into the offseason, no one really expected the Toronto Blue Jays to be huge players in the free agent market. But after signing catcher Russell Martin to an $82-million contract over five years, they are suspected to be in on a few other “big-named” players. One of those being three-time champion Pablo Sandoval. This is surprising, because it was rumored that the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox were the only players involved. If the Blue Jays were to land Pablo Sandoval and add him to their already talented lineup (even with Melky Cabrera most likely going elsewhere)…
  • Rob Manfred handed 5-year term as Commissioner

    Evan Petzold
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    All of the baseball owners voted to approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, who will succeed Bud Selig to become the Commissioner of Baseball next year. Current commissioner, Bud Selig announced the results – it was a unanimous vote in the favor of a five-year term. Selig will have his final meeting in January in Arizona before giving up the job to Manfred on January 25, 2015. “I’ve been so busy and every day is so frenetic that the last month or two, I’m sure I’ll spend a lot of time thinking about it,” Selig said, “but…
  • MLB Rumors: November 21, 2014

    Evan Petzold
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    On Thursday, it was rumored that the Washington Nationals may be shopping Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann in addition to the news that Cuban free-agent Yasmany Tomas is apparently expected to attend the winter meetings and the Atlanta Braves being a possible dark horse to land the Cuban slugger. Here is the updated list of MLB rumors for November 21, 2014: Note: This list of rumors will be frequently updated throughout the day.
  • Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta from the Rays in a four-player trade

    Evan Petzold
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Joel Peralta and left-handed pitcher minor league Adam Liberatore in exchange for two right-handed pitching prospects, Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com, was the first to report the deal. Later, both the Rays and Dodgers announced the fully trade. Dodgers just made a trade, upgrading bullpen with acquisition of Joel Peralta from Rays. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 21, 2014 Andrew Friedman, current President of Baseball Operations for the…
 
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  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 4

    FoulBallzAdmin
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Introducing Part 4 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. So far. This fourth and probably final installment of prognostications was taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind… 1) The Milwaukee Brewers organization decides they need to do something no other team has done in an effort to increase attendance. They decide to build a new stadium…IN Lake Michigan. It will be a stadium buoyed by hydraulic stilts,…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 3

    FoulBallzAdmin
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here is part three of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. So far. Here is the third installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind… 1) After  several umpires file complaints stating they are victims of sexual harassment from pitchers (who constantly objectify them by checking out their butts as they clear home plate of debris), catchers are forced to clear home plate using…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 2

    FoulBallzAdmin
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Part 2 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond is here. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. Here is the second installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind…   1) <a href=”http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/metallica-play-enter-sandman-for-mariano-rivera-20130923″>Mariano Rivera joins Metallica</a> on stage for a rendition of <a…
  • 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…
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