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  • Royals and Giants Make It a Wild-Card World Series

    NYT > Baseball
    By TYLER KEPNER
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The World Series will feature two wild-card teams, San Francisco and Kansas City, for the first time since 2002, when the Giants were also involved. But the similarities end there.
  • Bradley encouraged by challenge of fall ball

    ARI Homepage News
    Joey Nowak
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Archie Bradley -- the D-backs' top prospect and No. 9 overall -- is pitching in Arizona for the Salt River Rafters. He has posted a 10.29 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander said after his outing Saturday night that he's not discouraged by the results.
  • Braves boast connections to both World Series teams

    ATL Homepage News
    Mark Bowman
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    At some point within the next two weeks, either the Royals or Giants will clinch the World Series with what will be their 12th postseason win this year. When this happens, Braves fans will be left to choose whether to feel good or disheartened by the fact that this year's Fall Classic will provide at least one former significant member of the Braves franchise a chance to celebrate baseball's ultimate prize.
  • Crews begin bleacher, infrastructure improvements

    CHC Homepage News
    Carrie Muskat
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    If you walk by Wrigley Field, you'll notice a large gap in the left-field wall. And soon there will be one in right field as well. Crews are taking down the left- and right-field bleachers as part of the four-year, $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project.
  • After disappointment, Villarreal works way back to bigs

    CIN Homepage News
    Mark Sheldon
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    With only three Major League games behind him in 2013, Reds pitcher Pedro Villarreal didn't know if he would ever get another chance. As September callups were being summoned that season, it sure didn't look good for Villarreal when he was instead outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
 
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    ARI Homepage News

  • Bradley encouraged by challenge of fall ball

    Joey Nowak
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Archie Bradley -- the D-backs' top prospect and No. 9 overall -- is pitching in Arizona for the Salt River Rafters. He has posted a 10.29 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander said after his outing Saturday night that he's not discouraged by the results.
  • Lamb in position to claim D-backs' third-base job

    Bernie Pleskoff
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
  • New D-backs manager Chip Hale answers fan questions on Facebook

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    New D-backs manager Chip Hale answered fan questions in an on-line forum Thursday.
  • Grace joins coaching staff; Sherlock moves to bench

    Steve Gilbert
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Former Major Leaguer and broadcaster Mark Grace joined the D-backs on Thursday to be assistant hitting coach, while Glenn Sherlock was moved from third-base to bench coach and Andy Green was named third-base coach.
  • Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West

    Mark Bowman
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    As the Giants bid to win their third World Series title since 2010, most of the other members of the National League West have been busy restructuring in attempt to find the mix that might bring them the kind of consistent success San Francisco has gained with its stable and tenured management structure.
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  • Braves boast connections to both World Series teams

    Mark Bowman
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    At some point within the next two weeks, either the Royals or Giants will clinch the World Series with what will be their 12th postseason win this year. When this happens, Braves fans will be left to choose whether to feel good or disheartened by the fact that this year's Fall Classic will provide at least one former significant member of the Braves franchise a chance to celebrate baseball's ultimate prize.
  • As staff takes shape, GM's chair remains open

    Mark Bowman
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Royals GM Dayton Moore and Braves assistant GM John Coppolella have stood as the favorites to be Atlanta's next general manager. But with his club deep into the postseason, Moore's focus is currently elsewhere. Thus, there remains uncertainty about who will end up being the leader of Atlanta's front-office staff, which has undergone a significant makeover during the past three weeks.
  • Braves photographer, World War II veteran Victor dead at 97

    Mark Bowman
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Even as he approached his ninth decade on this Earth, Walter Victor took advantage of every opportunity he had to visit the Braves at Turner Field or during Spring Training. Victor was there the day Major League Baseball was born in Atlanta and he was there to take some of the most familiar pictures of the 1993 press-box fire at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
  • Salcedo among seven Braves honing skills in AFL

    Mark Bowman
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Once-heralded prospect Edward Salcedo is perhaps the most intriguing Atlanta representative playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he is joined by right-hander Aaron Northcraft (Braves No. 14 prospect) and outfielder Kyle Wren (No. 17).
  • Hart, Braves continue search for hitting coach

    Mark Bowman
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    After Greg Walker walked away from a maddening Atlanta offense that underachieved based simply on the standards it set under his direction one year earlier, interim GM John Hart the Braves are now in search of their fourth hitting coach within a span of six seasons.
 
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    CHC Homepage News

  • Crews begin bleacher, infrastructure improvements

    Carrie Muskat
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    If you walk by Wrigley Field, you'll notice a large gap in the left-field wall. And soon there will be one in right field as well. Crews are taking down the left- and right-field bleachers as part of the four-year, $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project.
  • Cubs prospect Vogelbach heats up for Solar Sox

    Teddy Cahill
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    First baseman Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs' No. 10 prospect, collected two hits and his first RBI on Thursday night, sparking the Mesa Solar Sox to a second consecutive victory over Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.
  • A's prospect Powell goes yard, backs Cubs' hurler Edwards

    William Boor
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    After dropping each of their past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.
  • Highly touted Russell makes appearance at second in AFL

    Carrie Muskat
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cubs No. 2 prospect Addison Russell, primarily a shortstop in the Minors, started at second base this week with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
  • Ceremony begins Wrigley restoration, expansion

    Daniel Kramer
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Cubs hosted MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 350 distinguished guests on Saturday for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the restoration and expansion to 100-year-old Wrigley Field.
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    CIN Homepage News

  • After disappointment, Villarreal works way back to bigs

    Mark Sheldon
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    With only three Major League games behind him in 2013, Reds pitcher Pedro Villarreal didn't know if he would ever get another chance. As September callups were being summoned that season, it sure didn't look good for Villarreal when he was instead outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
  • Winker earns AFL Player of the Week nod

    Don Ketchum
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Whether Jesse Winker reaches a similar pinnacle as the legendary New York Yankee who he models himself after remains to be seen. But the Reds prospect is off to a good start, having been selected as this season's first AFL Player of the Week.
  • Howard hones starting skills in Arizona Fall League

    Jonathan Mayo
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nick Howard has had a whirlwind of a year. He spent his junior year as the closer for the University of Virginia, was drafted by Cincinnati in the first round, transitioned to a starter in the Minors and is now playing against top competition in the AFL.
  • Lefty Marshall progressing just as Reds need him

    Mark Sheldon
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Could lefty reliever Sean Marshall be healthy enough again to be a reliable option in the Reds' bullpen next year? Marshall has been limited to 31 appearances over the last two seasons because of shoulder injuries and will be coming off June 24 surgery that repaired a torn labrum.
  • Reds approve sale of minority interest

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Reds approved the sale of a minority interest in the ballclub to Frank Cohen, it was announced on Tuesday. The transaction, which was finalized on Friday, sold the shares belonging to the Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust.
 
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    COL Homepage News

  • Rafters rally late as pitch clock gets second look

    William Boor
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    The Rafters, who had been shut down for the bulk of the evening, scored five runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Salt River Fields.
  • Brothers striving for greater consistency in 2015

    Thomas Harding
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Rockies must pitch better as starters and relievers in 2015, and the club is expected to try to add impact performers for both. It will help if lefty Rex Brothers, who turns 27 on Dec. 18 and is in his first offseason of arbitration eligibility, rebounds with greater consistency, and greater resiliency after inevitable bad games.
  • Helton enjoying postseason, likens Royals to 2007 Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Todd Helton appeared Tuesday at the Denver Rescue Mission for a Hunt.Fish.Feed. event run by Sportsman Channel and discussed the 2014 postseason, the Rockies and more.
  • Bridich's work as Rockies' GM already underway

    Thomas Harding
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Here are some items to watch in the early days of Jeff Bridich's time as the Rockies' general manager, based on conversations with various sources familiar with the situation.
  • Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West

    Mark Bowman
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    As the Giants bid to win their third World Series title since 2010, most of the other members of the National League West have been busy restructuring in attempt to find the mix that might bring them the kind of consistent success San Francisco has gained with its stable and tenured management structure.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Astros expected to raise payroll in 2015

    Brian McTaggart
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Astros took a 19-game step forward in 2014 when they won 70 games a year after winning only 51. While a similar leap next season would be welcome, just how much better the Astros will be in '15 depends on the offseason.
  • Astros name four coaches to Hinch's big league staff

    Jamal Collier
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    The 2015 Major League coaching staff for new Astros manager A.J. Hinch is beginning to take form, after the team named four new members Friday. Trey Hillman was named bench coach, Dave Hudgens as hitting coach, Gary Pettis as the third-base coach as well as outfield/baserunning instructor and Rich Dauer as first-base coach and infield instructor.
  • Listach won't return as third-base coach

    Jamal Collier
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Astros third-base coach Pat Listach was informed by general manager Jeff Luhnow on Friday that he will not return next season.
  • Appel dominates again in AFL start

    William Boor
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The Salt River Rafters were credited with a 1-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League, but the win may as well have gone to the Houston Astros organization. Astros prospects Mark Appel -- the 46th-ranked prospect by MLB.com and the No. 2 prospect in the Astros organization -- and Andrew Aplin led the way with strong pitching and timely hitting.
  • Lawless sees great things in Astros' near future

    Brian McTaggart
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    When asked if he would like seeing a rematch of the 1985 World Series between the Royals and the Cardinals, Tom Lawless didn't have to think too long for an answer. "I wouldn't like that at all," said Lawless, who managed the Astros on an interim basis in September. "That would bring bad memories back."
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    LA Homepage News

  • Dodgers announce dedication of two new Dreamfields

    Rhett Bollinger
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The Dodgers dedicated their 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields, the club announced Saturday. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and Security Benefit, dedicated its 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in Los Angeles.
  • Dodgers OF prospect Schebler locates HR stroke

    Teddy Cahill
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs at Class A in 2013 and leading the Double-A Southern League with 28 homers this year. On Friday night, Schebler connected for his first HR in the Arizona Fall League as Glendale held off Scottsdale, 6-5.
  • Friedman ready to take on high expectations in LA

    Ken Gurnick
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Following a cross-country voyage from Tampa Bay to Los Angeles this week, Andrew Friedman was introduced Friday at Dodger Stadium as the team's new president of baseball operations.
  • Hunsicker happy to be reunited with Friedman

    Ken Gurnick
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    When Andrew Friedman was promoted to Tampa Bay's general manager in 2005, Gerry Hunsicker was brought in to serve as executive vice president and mentor. Hunsicker joined the Dodgers two years ago as a senior advisor and now is reunited with Friedman, who was named Tuesday to the newly created job of Dodgers president of baseball operations.
  • Bernadina elects free agency

    Ken Gurnick
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Outfielder Roger Bernadina elected free agency on Tuesday. Bernadina, 30, had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, but he had enough Minor League time to leave the organization.
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Several Royals have strong ties to Brewers

    Adam McCalvy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Royals manager Ned Yost and one-third of his starting lineup -- shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki -- previously called Miller Park home.
  • Coulter leads Desert Dogs' homer spree in AFL

    William Boor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Clint Coulter, the No. 7 prospect in the Brewers organization according to MLBpipeline.com, began the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning, leading the Glendale Desert Dogs to a 7-5 win over the Salt River Rafters.
  • Braun feels good in first activity since thumb surgery

    Adam McCalvy
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash reported that Ryan Braun swung a bat Sunday, and Braun told club officials he felt "pretty good." It was Braun's first baseball activity since he underwent a cryotherapy procedure on Oct. 2.
  • Roenicke returning, but Brewers staff undergoes changes

    Adam McCalvy
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be back for the final year of his contract in 2015, but he will oversee an altered coaching staff. The team on Friday dismissed hitting coach Johnny Narron after three seasons in the role, and first-base coach Garth Iorg after four seasons. But Roenicke and the rest of the staff will return.
  • Coulter working on transition to right field in AFL

    Adam McCalvy
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Brewers Minor League Player of the Year Clint Coulter will continue his transition to a new position in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • Source: Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

    Tom Singer
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox, according to a Major League source. The Red Sox, who have not confirmed the hiring, are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.
  • October Confidential: Royals

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    How do you beat the Royals? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL champions.
  • A's prospect Powell goes yard, backs Cubs' hurler Edwards

    William Boor
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    After dropping each of their past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.
  • Meeting with young A's fan a treat for Vogt

    Matthew DeFranks
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Stephen Vogt met with Harrison Gomes -- an 11-year-old who penned a September letter to Oakland general manager Billy Beane that asked the A's to play "extra hard" on his birthday -- on Monday evening, playing catch, lobbing balls to hit, signing autographs and taking photos at Quakes Baseball Academy in Orange County.
  • A's prospect Olson powers Mesa to first victory

    Teddy Cahill
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Matt Olson's home runs powered Mesa to a 6-3 victory against Peoria. The victory snapped the Solar Sox's three-game losing streak to open the season.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Mets' strong crop of shortstop prospects on display at instructs

    Teddy Cahill
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    While shortstop has been an unsettled spot in the Mets' lineup in recent years, the club is amassing remarkable depth at the position in the Minor Leagues.
  • Work begins on right-center-field fence at Citi Field

    Anthony DiComo
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Construction is underway to move portions of Citi Field's outfield fence closer to home plate for the second time in three years. The Mets on Wednesday released pictures of their initial stages of fence reconstruction, revealing a modified wall in right-center field.
  • Defensive-minded den Dekker an able fourth outfielder

    Bernie Pleskoff
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Matt den Dekker's offensive contribution will be important to him and the Mets going forward, but his outstanding Gold Glove Award-caliber defense and above-average speed can be the most useful tools on a roster balanced with outfielders who hit for more power.
  • Mets prospect Reynolds breaks AFL tie with HR in extras

    Teddy Cahill
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Matt Reynolds, the Mets' No. 20 prospect, finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two runs to go with his homer. After starting the Arizona Fall League 0-for-7, the 23-year old shortstop said he has started to feel better.
  • Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

    Teddy Cahill
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
 
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    PHI Homepage News

  • Brown's future with Phillies uncertain after trying season

    Todd Zolecki
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Domonic Brown entered this year confident and ready to build upon his 2013 breakout season. But he left Citizens Bank Park late last month with only questions about his future in Philadelphia.
  • Phils' phenom Quinn shows upside in AFL action

    Teddy Cahill
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Roman Quinn, the Phillies' No. 5 prospect, finished Tuesday's game 2-for-6. He is hitting .200/.286/.200 in six games this fall.
  • Inbox: Do the Phillies need to deal Hamels in the offseason?

    Todd Zolecki
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    In the latest Phillies Inbox, beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions on Cole Hamels' status on the trade block, Ben Revere's value and the situation at the hot corner.
  • Gwynn Jr. opts for free agency

    Todd Zolecki
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The Phillies announced outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. refused his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has opted for free agency.
  • Former skipper Manuel to hold winter hitting camp

    Todd Zolecki
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Charlie Manuel still loves to talk and teach hitting, and the former Phillies skipper and current senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is hosting a baseball camp from Dec. 19-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. A second camp is in the planning stages for Philadelphia shortly after New Year's Day.
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    MLB News Index

  • Like '85 champs, Royals know how to win

    Tracy Ringolsby
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
  • Source: Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

    Tom Singer
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox, according to a Major League source. The Red Sox, who have not confirmed the hiring, are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.
  • Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants

    Ryan Hood
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The merits of Barry Zito's seven-year tenure with the Giants have been debated ad nauseam, but he deserves an assist for the contributions the team has received from Tim Hudson this season.
  • Casilla's cool demeanor belies competitive fire within

    Chris Haft
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Santiago Casilla keeps his emotions mainly to himself, unlike a large percentage of his counterparts, who favor gesticulations, primal screams or both when they're on the mound. "I am emotional, but I try to keep that inside," Casilla said. "It depends on how I feel. I'm not going to show it just so people can see it, but I really am amped up."
  • Players are getting Royal treatment in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    It's a crazy time in Kansas City, where fans who had gone without postseason baseball since 1985 have been ecstatic while the Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins.
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    PIT Homepage News

  • Tribe's Smith delivers walk-off double in 11th

    Tom Singer
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Jordan Smith's RBI double with one out in the 11th inning Saturday snapped Peoria's seven-game winless streak in the Arizona Fall League. Until turning around on the Javelinas' rally, however, the game had been a showcase of Pirates pitching prospects.
  • Hurdle, Huntington praise departing Banister

    Tom Singer
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington, whose support for Jeff Banister had a lot to do with his hiring by Texas, wished well to the new Rangers manager with gratitude.
  • Catching prospect Diaz could be in Pirates' plans for 2015

    Tom Singer
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    As the 2014 Minor League season progressed, manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington both went out of their way to heap props on catching prospect Elias Diaz, and he could have an impact on the Pirates in 2015.
  • Glasnow rebounds in second Fall League outing

    Teddy Cahill
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Tyler Glasnow's Arizona Fall League debut last Tuesday didn't go according to plan. Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, returned to the mound Monday night and fared much better, throwing three scoreless innings as Scottsdale defeated Mesa, 2-1.
  • Banister won't manage in Arizona Fall League after all

    Tom Singer
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Tyler Glasnow was on the mound, Elias Diaz was behind the plate and Josh Bell was at first base Monday night when the Scottsdale Scorpions hosted Mesa in Arizona Fall League action. So the must-see Pirates prospects were in place. One key individual, however, was missing from the pregame plate huddle with umpires: Jeff Banister, scheduled to manage Scottsdale, was not present.
 
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    MLB Trade Rumors

  • Quick Hits: Ramirez, Hitting Coaches, Hudson, Zito

    Charlie Wilmoth
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Two-time NPB MVP Alex Ramirez has retired, Jun Hongo of the Wall Street Journal Japan reports. The 40-year-old Ramirez played briefly for the Indians and Pirates between 1998 and 2000, but it wasn’t until he headed to Yakult for the 2001 season that his career really got going. He hit 29 homers that year and quickly emerged as one of the most feared sluggers in Japan, hitting 40 or more home runs three times in his career. Ramirez finished his NPB career in 2013 with 380 homers for Yakult, Yomiuri and Yokohama, then played and coached last season with the independent Gunma Diamond…
  • MLBTR Originals

    Edward Creech
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR the last seven days: MLB Trade Rumors Podcast featured host Jeff Todd discussing the Diamondbacks with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic and which options will be exercised and which will be declined with Steve Adams. A new edition of MLB Trade Rumors Podcast will be released every Thursday afternoon and can be accessed on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. In the wake of the Dodgers hiring Andrew Friedman away from the Rays, Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg told Zach Links he does not plan on changing his no-contract…
  • NL Notes: Posey, Cabrera, Phillies, Braves, Grandal

    Edward Creech
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    With Derek Jeter‘s retirement and the Giants playing in their third World Series in five years, Buster Posey should be the next face of baseball. That’s the theme of separate articles by ESPN’s Jayson Stark and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Starks believes Posey is comparable to Jeter in making his team a perennial World Series contender with an understated, but intently competitive manner, the flowing awards and accolades, and his ability to move merchandise. Sherman theorizes Posey hasn’t already assumed Jeter’s mantle because of the position he…
  • Minor Moves: Pedro Ciriaco

    Edward Creech
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Braves have signed infielder Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Ciriaco, who declared his free agency two weeks ago, slashed .213/.229/.255 in 49 plate appearances for the Royals before being designated for assignment in June. The 29-year-old fared much better at Triple-A Omaha batting .302/.322/.444 in 215 trips to the plate.
  • AL East Notes: Cruz, Rays, Vazquez

    Zach Links
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ten years ago today, Curt Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS in what has become known as “the bloody sock” game. A retrospective by MLB.com’s Ian Browne chronicles Schilling’s performance with a torn tendon sheath in his ankle and the ingenuity of the Red Sox’s medical team suturing Schilling’s ankle tendon to his skin. Before making the decision to perform the procedure on Schilling, Dr. Bill Morgan first tried it on a cadaver to see if it worked. It did and Schilling and the Red Sox went on to make…
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    WGN-TV

  • Parents outraged over costume depicting ‘shot teenagers’ sold in England

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    A costume being sold at stores in England is sparking outrage among parent who are demanding the company remove the item from sales. According to The Daily Mail, the grocery and clothing store Asda is selling two costumes – a football player and a cheerleader – splattered with fake blood and ripped. The Daily Mail says the costumes are designed for children as young as 9. On the website Change.org, the mother, Sheila Pinney wrote, ‘I was actually left speechless when I saw the costumes …” She says her 4-year-old say them as asked what they were. “He is familiar with ghosts,…
  • Dry and mild week ahead

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
  • One victim in Indiana murders was pregnant, according to mother

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Gary residents are relieved a suspected killer is off the streets and in police custody as more is learned about the victims. 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy was 4 months pregnant, according to her mother, Lori Townsend. Hardy was found strangled in a Hammond motel. Her family lives in the Denver area. 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville, Ind. was reported missing earlier this month. Her body was found in the 400 block of E. 43rd Avenue in Gary. No word on the cause of death. At least two victims remain unidentified. One of those victims was found in the 2200 block of Massachusetts Street in…
  • Marshall, Bears Frustrated after 27-14 Home Loss to Dolphins

    Joel Liberatore
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
  • Police seek man for suspected child luring on Southwest side

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Police on Chicago’s Southwest side are looking for a man suspected of trying to lure two children by offering them money. The children are 10 and 12 years old. Police say this happened on the evening of October 5. The suspect ran off after parents and neighbors saw what was happening and started chasing him. He was last seen in the area of 79th and Kolmar. The suspect is described as a black man, 25-30 years old, between 5’8 and 6 and 150-160 pounds with short black hair and a dark complexion.  
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    SD Homepage News

  • Former GM Smith named senior advisor, baseball operations

    Corey Brock
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The Padres announced a handful of changes to their player development staff, headed by the news that Randy Smith -- a former two-time Major League general manager -- will move from the position of vice president of player development to senior advisor, baseball operations, with a focus on scouting.
  • Ross among elite NL pitchers in 2014

    Bill Center
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The acclaimed aces of the National League this season were Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. Right there with that duo in several key statistical categories was the Padres' Tyson Ross.
  • Johnson begins throwing; Padres have '15 option on righty

    Corey Brock
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Josh Johnson, who in April had Tommy John surgery, played catch for the first time on Oct. 9 near his home in Las Vegas, the first step toward a throwing program that will continue this month and into November. The Padres hold a $4 million option for 2015 on Johnson.
  • Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West

    Mark Bowman
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    As the Giants bid to win their third World Series title since 2010, most of the other members of the National League West have been busy restructuring in attempt to find the mix that might bring them the kind of consistent success San Francisco has gained with its stable and tenured management structure.
  • Padres prospects get chance to sharpen skills

    Corey Brock
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    The Padres recently concluded their annual Instructional League in Arizona, a three-week program aimed at individual improvement for some of the top prospects in the Minor League system.
 
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  • Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

    Adam McCalvy
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    By their nature, long baseball seasons always end abruptly for the good teams that play their way into October, and for more than 100 years, when the final pitch has been thrown and the clubhouse disappointment is heavy, the manager gathers his players to tell them to walk away proud. That is precisely the message Mike Matheny delivered to the final gathering of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals late Thursday.
  • Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

    Jenifer Langosch
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    While general manager John Mozeliak won't let the winter pass without trying to fill some holes, the Cardinals are fortunate in that they won't have many of them. Just three players on their postseason roster (Pat Neshek, A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Ellis) are eligible for free agency, and only Neshek played a prominent role for this team. Jason Motte and Justin Masterson round out the Cardinals' free-agent class.
  • Cardinals' season ends in heartbreak by the Bay

    Jenifer Langosch
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    The Cardinals' 90-win season -- one in which they secured a second straight NL Central title by overcoming several key injuries and an inconsistent offense -- ended with a 6-3 walk-off loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday. Travis Ishikawa delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth -- a walk-off three-run homer into Levi's Landing -- off reliever Michael Wacha.
  • Put in 'tough spot,' Wacha allows series-ending homer

    Adam McCalvy
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Nineteen days had come and gone without Michael Wacha throwing a meaningful pitch before he stepped into the center of the baseball universe on Thursday to throw the most important pitches of the Cardinals' season. One hundred and seventy-one more days will pass before Opening Day 2015, leaving plenty of time to dissect whether the Cardinals made the right choice.
  • NLCS can't get any better -- until it does

    Richard Justice
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Like the Giants, the Cardinals were a team that had trouble making the pieces fit in a rollercoaster of a season. Like the Giants, the Cardinals kept pushing and fighting and clawing. They did themselves proud on a bunch of different levels. In a magical postseason, the Giants just had a bit more.
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  • Pence and San Francisco are a perfect fit

    Richard Justice
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    In a city where the ballpark is packed and the crowd is roaring every single night, Hunter Pence is at his best.
  • Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants

    Ryan Hood
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The merits of Barry Zito's seven-year tenure with the Giants have been debated ad nauseam, but he deserves an assist for the contributions the team has received from Tim Hudson this season.
  • Casilla's cool demeanor belies competitive fire within

    Chris Haft
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Santiago Casilla keeps his emotions mainly to himself, unlike a large percentage of his counterparts, who favor gesticulations, primal screams or both when they're on the mound. "I am emotional, but I try to keep that inside," Casilla said. "It depends on how I feel. I'm not going to show it just so people can see it, but I really am amped up."
  • Back to the start: Affeldt comes full circle

    John Schlegel
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    So much has happened for Jeremy Affeldt since he landed in San Francisco, it's as though his days of being signed, developed and brought to the Major Leagues by the Royals are a whole different career. And in a way, they are.
  • Past, present and Panda: Sandoval key to three Series teams

    Anthony DiComo
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    This year, Pablo Sandoval is augmenting the postseason reputation he forged into gold two years ago as World Series MVP. Like teammates Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and others, Sandoval has never lost a postseason series in eight attempts. He is as much a part of San Francisco's success over the past half-decade as anyone, a more significant part than most.
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  • Span hoping Nationals pick up option

    Bill Ladson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Nationals center fielder Denard Span is still waiting for the Nationals to pick up his option for 2015, worth $9 million. He said his agent informed him that the team could wait until after the World Series to pick up the option.
  • Williams talks NLDS decisions, Nats' season in Q&A

    Bill Ladson
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Nationals had a great season under first-year manager Matt Williams, going 96-66. However, they fell to the Giants in the National League Division Series. MLB.com caught up with Matt Williams recently to talk about the 2014 season, including the moves he made during the NLDS that had people scratching their heads.
  • Pleskoff: Souza's talent on display after rocky road

    Bernie Pleskoff
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Many people would say right-handed-hitting outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was the top player in the Washington Nationals' farm system this season. He was named the MVP and Rookie of the Year playing for Triple-A Syracuse in the International League.
  • Consistent rotation highlights division-winning season

    Bill Ladson
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Nationals had a good enough team to go to the World Series, but they fell short by losing to the Giants in the National League Division Series. That doesn't take anything away from their strong season, which culminated in an NL East victory.
  • Nationals' bench set for overhaul in 2015

    Bill Ladson
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    After watching his players lose to the Giants in the National League Division Series, manager Matt Williams told his players how much he appreciated their effort during the season. But though the Nats finished with the best record in the NL, they have to make some changes to their roster.
 
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  • Tigers' outfield prospect Moya slugs homer

    Joey Nowak
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
  • Roberts hangs up cleats after 14 years in Majors

    Cash Kruth
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Second baseman Brian Roberts is retiring, according to The Baltimore Sun. The 37-year-old Roberts spent 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles and played his last year with the Yankees.
  • Offseason begins as Orioles pack bags

    David Wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Technically, baseball season still lasts at least another week. For the Orioles, it's over. The boxes and bags that filled the home clubhouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday afternoon were only a reminder of that.
  • Orioles give their best in being bested by Royals

    Ian Browne
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It is no exaggeration to say that Baltimore came "O" so close to winning all four games in the AL Championship Series, only to lose them all to the World Series-bound Royals. The Orioles were hardly outclassed. They went toe to toe in all four games, only to come up short to a team that is the first ever to start a postseason with eight straight wins.
  • Orioles faced wrong team at wrong time

    Anthony Castrovince
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Don't blame the Orioles for losing this American League Championship Series. Just acknowledge that timing is everything, and they, like the Angels and A's before them, were simply on the wrong side of history.
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  • Source: Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

    Tom Singer
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox, according to a Major League source. The Red Sox, who have not confirmed the hiring, are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.
  • Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

    Ian Browne
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Before the Red Sox could complete their baseball miracle in the 2004 ALCS, a bit of a medical science miracle was needed.
  • Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight

    Ian Browne
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    If the image of Dave Roberts getting his hand just under the tag in Game 4 of the ALCS remains the most indelible memory of the 2004 postseason, the best game during the epic joyride was, without question, Game 5.
  • Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion

    Ian Browne
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Three outs from being swept, the Red Sox scored the tying run in the ninth off Mariano Rivera thanks in large part to David Roberts' memorable steal of second.
  • Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea

    Joey Nowak
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    After enduring a season riddled with minor injuries, Mike Napoli will reportedly undergo surgery on his jaw to address an ongoing problem with sleep apnea.
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  • Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields

    Scott Merkin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When Aaron Rowand was a kid and playing baseball with his three cousins, the youngest of that group, Jamie, often was deemed too small to join in the action. Jamie, as in James Shields, who figures to start Game 1 of the 2014 World Series this Tuesday against the Giants for his Royals in Kansas City.
  • Sox coaches get to know young players in Glendale

    Scott Merkin
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper came from Nashville, joined by bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen last week at the team's Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona. Hitting coach Todd Steverson made the drive from Ahwatukee, Ariz., which, despite being 23.4 miles from Glendale, can seem as long as that flight from Tennessee depending on Phoenix Valley traffic.
  • White Sox prospect Anderson flashes skills

    Teddy Cahill
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday. Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.
  • Alexei a proven vet, but Sox have shortstop options

    Scott Merkin
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    For the upcoming offseason, you now are White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. And one major question to be dealt with centers on what should be done with shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
  • Konerko embraces silence of retirement

    Scott Merkin
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    If there was a song needed to go with the retirement of Paul Konerko, it easily could be "The Sounds of Silence" by Paul Simon. That particular theme becomes hard to pull off when you live in a house with three children under the age of 10. But as far as baseball is concerned, it fits perfectly for the former White Sox captain.
 
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  • Tribe's Smith delivers walk-off double in 11th

    Tom Singer
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Jordan Smith's RBI double with one out in the 11th inning Saturday snapped Peoria's seven-game winless streak in the Arizona Fall League. Until turning around on the Javelinas' rally, however, the game had been a showcase of Pirates pitching prospects.
  • Diminishing power not just an Indians issue

    Jordan Bastian
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    There has been a noticeable lack of thump in the heart of the Indians' lineup over the past several seasons. But obtaining power is a growing problem throughout baseball.
  • Indians set to host Tribe Fest Jan. 24-25

    Joey Nowak
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Indians will host this year's Tribe Fest from Jan. 24-25 at Progressive Field, the team announced Tuesday.
  • D-backs off the table, Alomar Jr. may still get a shot

    Anthony Castrovince
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    The industry expectation is that, one of these days, Sandy Alomar Jr. will get his shot at a full-time managerial gig. But that chance won't be with the Arizona D-backs in 2015.
  • Inbox: When can Lindor be expected to join Tribe?

    Jordan Bastian
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Will shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor be called up to the Majors in 2015? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Indians fans' questions in the Inbox.
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  • Tigers' outfield prospect Moya slugs homer

    Joey Nowak
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
  • Tigers hope for a healthy Iglesias to start at shortstop

    Jason Beck
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The Tigers will go into Spring Training in 2015 with the expectation that Jose Iglesias will be ready to go when camp begins in mid-February. If he meets that expectation, he's likely to be the Tigers' starting shortstop.
  • Pipeline Perspectives: Big ceiling for Tigers' Moya

    Jonathan Mayo
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye, and in this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, they tackle big outfielders in the Arizona Fall League, with Mayo preferring Steven Moya of the Tigers.
  • Miggy may not need surgery on bone spur in ankle

    Jason Beck
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    What looked like a second consecutive offseason surgery -- and a second consecutive injury-shortened training regimen -- for Miguel Cabrera is now less certain. At this point, it's unclear whether the Tigers slugger will need surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle.
  • White Sox prospect Anderson flashes skills

    Teddy Cahill
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday. Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.
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  • Like '85 champs, Royals know how to win

    Tracy Ringolsby
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
  • Players are getting Royal treatment in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    It's a crazy time in Kansas City, where fans who had gone without postseason baseball since 1985 have been ecstatic while the Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins.
  • Royals owner Glass sharing KC's pride, joy

    Dick Kaegel
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    David Glass waited a long time to hoist a championship trophy. Now he's enjoying his team's remarkable run and relishing the way it is making the hometown fans come alive.
  • KC has home-field edge, should feel at home in SF

    Jackson Alexander
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    For the first time since the American League Wild Card Game, the Royals will have home-field advantage for a postseason series. But due to the similarity of the opponents, the location of the games could be less of a factor than how it was initially perceived in the AL Championship Series.
  • Hurdle doesn't think long layoff will affect Royals

    Tom Singer
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.
 
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  • Angels will host 15 Spring Training contests

    Quinn Roberts
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Angels announced their 2015 Spring Training schedule, which will include 15 home games. Training in Tempe, Ariz., for the 23rd straight season, the Angels' first game will be on March 5 against the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
  • Pujols opts out of Japan 'All-Star Series' to be with family

    Alden Gonzalez
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Albert Pujols has bowed out of the "All-Star Series" in Japan that's slated for November, opting instead to spend that time with his family, a source said Tuesday.
  • Rasmus prepares for potential full-time starting gig

    Matthew DeFranks
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus is beginning to understand the nuances of starting a game rather than coming in from the bullpen, and he is working toward being ready in case he is asked to join the rotation on a permanent basis in 2015.
  • Beckham wants to stay, but unsure where he'll land

    Matthew DeFranks
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    As Gordon Beckham packed up his locker two weeks ago, he had a handful of questions: Do you have an empty box? What do I do with these black shoes? Can you mail this to someone? But one stood out from the others: What do I do with this stuff if I'm not back here next season?
  • Challenging offseason decisions await Angels

    Alden Gonzalez
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Jerry Dipoto has a tough task on his hands: Keep the Angels competitive, with very little talent in the upper levels of their farm system and most of the payroll tied to long-term contracts for aging players. Dipoto, entering his fourth offseason as the Angels' general manager, must do it all without surpassing the luxury tax, and under a competitive owner with no desire to ever enter in a rebuild stage.
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  • Pitchers unfazed by 20-second clock in third test run

    William Boor
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    In the third test run of the 20-second pitch clock at the Arizona Fall League, there were no violations of the time-saving measure as Peoria and Salt River played to an 11-inning, 3-3 tie Friday night. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario shined for Salt River, going 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.
  • Hughes leads Twins winners of Diamond Awards

    Rhett Bollinger
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The Twins announced Thursday the winners of the annual Diamond Awards, which are based on voting conducted by the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Right-hander Phil Hughes was named both the Twins' Most Valuable Player as the recipient of the Calvin R. Griffith Award as well as Twins Pitcher of the Year, receiving the Joseph W. Haynes Award.
  • Twins prospect Reed earns AFL pitching honor

    Don Ketchum
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Pitching for the Salt River Rafters, Twins prospect Jake Reed earned the AFL's Pitcher of the Week honor for the league's opening week. He picked up a win against the Scottsdale Scorpions and a save against the Glendale Desert Dogs. He has given up no runs on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts in three innings.
  • With mechanical tweaks, May could find Majors success

    Bernie Pleskoff
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    After his big league debut in August, Trevor May continued to take the ball as part of the Twins' rotation. He finished the season with nine starts in 10 appearances. With some mechanical adjustments, the 25-year-old righty could be headed toward great things.
  • Twins' Buxton gets bat going in Fall League action

    William Boor
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Buxton, an outfielder in the Twins organization, put his entire arsenal of tools on display Monday as he led the Salt River Rafters to a 7-4 victory over the Surprise Saguaros.
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  • Roberts hangs up cleats after 14 years in Majors

    Cash Kruth
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Second baseman Brian Roberts is retiring, according to The Baltimore Sun. The 37-year-old Roberts spent 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles and played his last year with the Yankees.
  • Yankees begin hitting coach search with Magadan, Davis

    Bryan Hoch
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    As the Yankees' professional scouting meetings wrap up this week at Yankee Stadium, the club has started its search for a new hitting coach, setting up interviews with former big leaguers Chili Davis and Dave Magadan about the vacancy.
  • Pipeline Perspectives: Judge is best of the big men in AFL

    Jim Callis
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Aaron Judge didn't have the big season the Tigers' Steven Moya had in '14, but MLB.com's Jim Callis says the Yankees prospect has a brighter future in the big leagues
  • Bird displays power, plate vision at all levels

    Bernie Pleskoff
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird has raised eyebrows with his left-handed power, earning the team's Minor League Player of the Year honor in 2013 and posting strong numbers in '14.
  • Yanks huddle up to draw offseason game plan

    Bryan Hoch
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Yankees started meetings with their professional scouts on Monday in New York, with general manager Brian Cashman's staff entering the beginning stages of outlining what must be done to get the team back to the postseason in 2015.
 
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  • Mariners' Kivlehan homers, doubles in Fall League

    Teddy Cahill
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 6 prospect, finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI. He is hitting .292/.414/.750 in six games and is in a four-way tie atop the AFL leaderboard with three home runs.
  • Staying with Mariners appeals to Young

    Greg Johns
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Chris Young's season with the Mariners didn't begin the way he hoped. Nor did it end in quite the fashion he'd have drawn up, if given a choice. But the six months between that start and finish were as good a time as the 6-foot-10 right-hander remembers having in baseball, and he'd love the chance to paint the complete picture with another go in Seattle if things work out in free agency this winter.
  • In-game scouting report pays off for Hicks in AFL

    Teddy Cahill
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    During the fifth inning of Surprise's 13-11 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday, John Hicks replaced starting catcher Luke Maile. At the time, the Saguaros were up by five runs and seemed to be on the way to an easy victory. But the Scorpions didn't go quietly and scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game.
  • Inbox: Will Wilhelmsen be made into starter?

    Greg Johns
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The offseason is upon us, which means it's time to dig into the mailbag and resume the weekly Reader Inbox. With the Mariners facing a critical winter as they look to take the next step forward after just missing a playoff berth in 2014, there should be plenty of questions.
  • Walker pitches another strong outing in Arizona Fall League

    Greg Johns
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker made his second straight strong start in the Arizona Fall League with five innings of one-run ball as the Surprise Saguaros lost a 7-4 decision to Salt River on Monday in Surprise, Ariz. Walker, regarded as one of the top young pitchers in baseball, allowed just two hits with two walks, a hit batter and six strikeouts while throwing 77 pitches.
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  • Rays promote Bloom, Neander to VP, baseball operations

    Bill Chastain
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The Rays concluded a busy week of shuffling in upper management on Friday when Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander were each promoted to the position of vice president, baseball operations.
  • Rays sign right-hander Kohn to a one-year contract

    Bill Chastain
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    The Rays made their first move of the offseason on Friday when they signed right-hander Michael Kohn to a one-year Major League contract. Kohn's signing brings the Rays 40-man roster to its full capacity.
  • Team president Auld 'thrilled' with new position

    Bill Chastain
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The "new" guy isn't exactly a new guy within the Rays organization, but team president Brian Auld felt like a new guy around the media on Wednesday.
  • Goals, philosophy won't change with Friedman's departure

    Adam Berry
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and president of baseball operations Matt Silverman made two things clear Tuesday afternoon in discussing former executive vice president Andrew Friedman's departure to the Dodgers: Their goals haven't changed, nor has their philosophy.
  • Rays' players laud Friedman's successful tenure

    Bill Chastain
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    With Andrew Friedman as their executive vice president of baseball operations, the Rays moved from laughing stock to pennant contender. And he did so while remaining well respected and popular in the clubhouse.
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  • Banister meets with Maddux, Magadan, Bogar

    T.R. Sullivan
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    On his first day on the job, Rangers manager Jeff Banister met with pitching coach Mike Maddux and spoke with hitting coach Dave Magadan and bench coach Tim Bogar. It was the first step toward putting together his coaching staff.
  • Banister a true baseball man

    T.R. Sullivan
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jeff Banister spent 29 years with the Pirates organization, the past four as bench coach, and now he is manager of the Rangers. He has a nice three-year contract plus an option for 2018 and far more responsibility than he had in Pittsburgh.
  • Banister never gave up on long road to Texas

    T.R. Sullivan
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Jeff Banister's extraordinary journey to become the new manager of the Rangers included dealing with bone cancer that threatened the loss of his left leg in high school and three crushed vertebrae in his neck that left him paralyzed in college.
  • Banister named manager of Rangers

    T.R. Sullivan
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The Rangers have hired Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister to be their new manager. Banister will be introduced at a press conference on Friday morning at Globe Life Park in Arlington at 11 a.m. CT.
  • Rangers buy out Rios, pass on 2015 option

    T.R. Sullivan
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Rangers have informed outfielder Alex Rios that they will not pick up his $14 million option but will instead pay a $1 million buyout, according to a Major League source.
 
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  • Blue Jays' prospect Ochinko drives in five runs in AFL

    William Boor
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    After a 5-3 victory Friday, the Mesa Solar Sox have won three in a row and are starting to hit their stride.
  • Rotation a strength with young stars, vet leadership

    Gregor Chisholm
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Blue Jays' starting rotation entered the 2014 season with plenty of question marks, but it actually finished up as a surprising strength. With its young stars and veteran leaders, Toronto should be able to improve its staff from within in '15.
  • Beloved vendor 'Ralph the Program Guy' passes away

    Gregor Chisholm
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The Blue Jays' community lost one of its most unique and charismatic personalities this week with the passing of Ralphael Platner. "Ralph the Program Guy" had been a fixture at sporting events and concerts in the city since the 1960s and rarely missed a big day.
  • Diaz gets Minor League deal, Spring Training invite

    Gregor Chisholm
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Blue Jays re-signed infielder Jonathan Diaz to a Minor League contract on Wednesday afternoon with an invitation to Spring Training.
  • Inbox: Will Toronto trade Buehrle or Dickey?

    Gregor Chisholm
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Will Mark Buehrle or R.A. Dickey be traded this winter? Blue Jays beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
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  • Let's relive the Red Sox 2004 ALCS: Bloody sock and A-Rod's slap in Game 6

    BrendanOToole
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Red Sox had fought their way back to New York, and we hoped for a miracle. We got weird slaps and a bloody sock (and also a miracle). The path to Game Six began on October 16, 2003 as Todd Walker, Nomar Garciaparra, and Johnny Damon desperately converged upon a soft bloop hit by Jorge Posada. None would come close to reaching it before it found the grass, and so two men in pinstripes would cross the plate, tying the game. I, like much of Boston, sat in stunned awe at the managerial incompetence involved, and the knowledge that once again the Yankees would be breaking our hearts. My…
  • Let's relive the Red Sox 2004 ALCS: David Ortiz walks off Game 5

    Matt_Collins
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    After avoiding the sweep in Game 4, all I cared about was sending the series back to New York. At least make it a respectable run before being eliminated. Please, just win this game. I was only 13-years-old during the 2004 season, but negativity was already pumping through my veins as a sports fan. I grew up around people who had seen little besides failure in their lives, and lived through some of that myself in 2003. Because of this, I had already come to grips with the fact that the Red Sox were going to lose this series. There was no way they could come back from a 3-0 deficit, and I…
  • Baseball America names four Red Sox prospects to International League top-20

    Ben Buchanan
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Four Red Sox prospects have made Baseball America's top-20 list for the Triple-A International League. The Boston Red Sox can lay claim to four of Baseball America's top 20 International League prospects, with Mookie Betts, Anthony Ranaudo, Christian Vazquez, and Allen Webster all making the list. Not quite the six-man showingthey managed in the Eastern League, but impressive all the same. #2 Mookie Betts It's no surprise to see Mookie Betts leading the pack once more. He already showed up in the Eastern League rankings, but thanks to a mid-season promotion, Betts is eligible for the…
  • Let's relive the 2004 Red Sox World Series run

    Marc Normandin
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    10 years ago, the Red Sox began their dramatic, unique comeback against their nemesis the Yankees -- and then the Cardinals -- and we're here to relive all of it with you. Friday, October 17 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Red Sox beginning their American League Championship Series comeback against the New York Yankees. They came away victorious on this day 10 years ago for the first time in that series, and then won the next three games in a row to earn a World Series berth that would result in their first title in 86 years. Here at Over the Monster, we're going to recap the eight games…
  • Let's relive the Red Sox 2004 ALCS: Dave Roberts steals Game 4

    Marc Normandin
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    10 years ago, the Red Sox began their dramatic, unique comeback against their nemesis the Yankees, and we're here to relive all of it with you. Friday, October 17 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Red Sox beginning their American League Championship Series comeback against the New York Yankees. They came away victorious on this day 10 years ago for the first time in that series, and then won the next three games in a row to earn a World Series berth that would result in their first title in 86 years. Here at Over the Monster, we're going to recap the eight games that brought them there…
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    The Baseball Card Blog

  • 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…
  • Junk Wax Battle Postgame Report

    Ben Henry
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Judge Matt Sienkiewicz explains the rules.Last Thursday evening we kicked off what is sure to be a national phenomenon: Five players. Seven-hundred-and-twenty unopened packs. One ugly set. Yes, the inaugural Junk Wax Battle: 1988 Donruss was a success. We played at Knight Moves Board Game Cafe in Coolidge Corner, in Brookline, Mass. Starting just after 7pm, we had to call the game due to time constraints  after two and a half hours of frantic wheeling, dealing, and ripping of packs. And no, I did not find a Robbie Alomar Rated Rookie OR a Roger Clemens...We've proved some of…
  • Junk Wax Battle: 1988 Donruss

    Ben Henry
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    We like to break new ground here at The Baseball Card Blog. From the exhaustive Best Set of the 1980s Countdown, to publishing reader-submitted card designs, to an all-cardboard rendition of Casey at the Bat—not to mention showcasing the talents of Mike Kenny and Travis Peterson—we're always pushing new and unexpected ways for collectors to enjoy our hobby. Well, add another to the list. We're excited to announce that Junk Wax Battle: 1988 Donruss (formerly one of Ben's pipe dreams) is going to happen. It's a game, played with cards, where the goal is to be the first to…
  • Ball So Hard

    mkenny59
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Tom Brookens, 1989 Donruss NOTE: Don't ask me about the stain because I don't know TOM BROOKENSWATCH THE THRONE"BALL SO HARD ****** ******* WANNA FINE ME"LET'S CHECK THE HIGHLIGHTS Y'ALLIdled during '84 pennant stretch for Tigers due to pulled hamstring...= HIGHLIGHT"BALL SO HARD OOPS THERE GO MY HAMSTRINGBUT I AIN'T HAMSTRUNGGONNA CHEER 'COP THAT RING'ON THE BENCH CHECKIN' MY SAMSUNG"Missed a month of '81 season with ankle and hamstring injuries...= HIGHLIGHTStarted triple play and went 5-for-5 in same game 8/20/80 vs. Brewers...MORE LIKE LOWLIGHT AMIRIGHTTHIS IS PLAYED OUT, IMMA HOLLA…
 
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  • Quick Hits: Ramirez, Hitting Coaches, Hudson, Zito

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Two-time NPB MVP Alex Ramirez has retired, Jun Hongo of the Wall Street Journal Japan reports. The 40-year-old Ramirez played briefly for the Indians and Pirates between 1998 and 2000, but it wasn’t until he headed to Yakult for the 2001 season that his career really got going. He hit 29 homers that year and quickly emerged as one of the most feared sluggers in Japan, hitting 40 or more home runs three times in his career. Ramirez finished his NPB career in 2013 with 380 homers for Yakult, Yomiuri and Yokohama, then played and coached last season with the independent Gunma Diamond…
  • MLBTR Originals

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR the last seven days: MLB Trade Rumors Podcast featured host Jeff Todd discussing the Diamondbacks with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic and which options will be exercised and which will be declined with Steve Adams. A new edition of MLB Trade Rumors Podcast will be released every Thursday afternoon and can be accessed on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. In the wake of the Dodgers hiring Andrew Friedman away from the Rays, Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg told Zach Links he does not plan on changing his no-contract…
  • NL Notes: Posey, Cabrera, Phillies, Braves, Grandal

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    With Derek Jeter‘s retirement and the Giants playing in their third World Series in five years, Buster Posey should be the next face of baseball. That’s the theme of separate articles by ESPN’s Jayson Stark and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Starks believes Posey is comparable to Jeter in making his team a perennial World Series contender with an understated, but intently competitive manner, the flowing awards and accolades, and his ability to move merchandise. Sherman theorizes Posey hasn’t already assumed Jeter’s mantle because of the position he…
  • Minor Moves: Pedro Ciriaco

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Braves have signed infielder Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Ciriaco, who declared his free agency two weeks ago, slashed .213/.229/.255 in 49 plate appearances for the Royals before being designated for assignment in June. The 29-year-old fared much better at Triple-A Omaha batting .302/.322/.444 in 215 trips to the plate.
  • AL East Notes: Cruz, Rays, Vazquez

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ten years ago today, Curt Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS in what has become known as “the bloody sock” game. A retrospective by MLB.com’s Ian Browne chronicles Schilling’s performance with a torn tendon sheath in his ankle and the ingenuity of the Red Sox’s medical team suturing Schilling’s ankle tendon to his skin. Before making the decision to perform the procedure on Schilling, Dr. Bill Morgan first tried it on a cadaver to see if it worked. It did and Schilling and the Red Sox went on to make…
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #167: Payroll and Terry Ryan Quotes

    aarongleeman
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at the brand new LynLake Brewery and topics included the Twins' lack of spending, Parker Hageman's lengthy interview with Terry Ryan, how Ron Gardenhire's exit probably happened, the value of outfield defense, fans going from frustrated to angry, playoff payrolls, imagining the Twins as the Vikings, and mailbag questions from listeners. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 167 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Here are a few shots of the rooftop patio and the main room of LynLake…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    • Approximately one million people sent me the New York Times' "brunch is for jerks" article, but here's the thing: Combining breakfast food and booze is undeniably great. End of story. • UFC announcer Mike Goldberg did play-by-play for the Vikings-Lions game and it was a mess, with botched names and confused calls throughout. Afterward he cursed out people on Twitter who were criticizing his performance, at which point FOX removed him from their NFL schedule. • If this is true about Kate Mara ... well, then I quit. • How much payroll space do the Twins have and, more importantly,…
  • How much payroll space do the Twins have and will they actually spend it?

    aarongleeman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    In the Twins' second season at Target Field their payroll rose to a franchise-record $113 million, but that dropped to $100 million the next year and then dipped below $90 million in each of the past two seasons as general manager Terry Ryan declined to spend a significant portion of the ownership-approved budget. Here's what Ryan said recently when asked about the team's lack of spending and self-imposed payroll decline: Payroll will not be an issue. Our payroll is sufficient to [field] a winning team. There are playoff teams with lower payrolls than ours. We can't use that as an excuse. ...
  • Gleeman and The Geek #166: Over/Under at 612 Brew

    aarongleeman
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included revisiting our preseason over/under predictions, marveling at the success of Ned Yost, talking beer with Robert Kasak at 612 Brew, the Twins actually bringing in some outside manager candidates, trying to remember the Twins' last playoff win, other teams wanting Ron Gardenhire, the J.J. Hardy trade tree, and whether Torii Hunter makes any sense in left field. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 166 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Here's my view right before we started…
  • My hypothetical Twins MVP ballot

    aarongleeman
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Most Valuable Player of a 70-92 team isn't the most prestigious award, but within their struggles the Twins had plenty of good individual performances. Here's my attempt to rank them: • 1. Phil Hughes I've always found arguments against pitchers being MVPs lacking, because while they don't pitch every day their influence on the games they do pitch is huge. For instance, Phil Hughes started 32 games, threw 210 innings, and faced 855 batters. By comparison, Brian Dozier led the Twins with 707 plate appearances. Add in defensive plays and position players re-take the lead, but the point is…
 
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  • The Wire Troll: The All Nordic Edition

    RotoRob
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Niklas Svedberg has run with the back-up job in Beantown. (NHL.com) By RotoRob and Dakota Case Welcome to the 2014-15 season debut of The Wire Troll, our weekly waiver wire recommendations column. We’d like to begin by thanking Chris Wassel for all his amazing work over the years and wish him well as he moves onto other ventures. Our former NHL Editor will be sorely missed. This week, Milan Lucic apologized for being a douchebag; the Islanders finally lost; and Jonathan Toews scored a huge short-handed goal in overtime to keep the Hawks without a regulation loss. Now let’s get to…
  • 2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 250 Dynasty Rankings

    Chris Wassel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Ryan Getzlaf is a player you can build your keeper team around. (Thehockeynews.com) By Chris Wassel and RotoRob We wrap up the 2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit today with a very special treat — our first ever top 250 rankings for dynasty leagues. Starting a league from scratch? Don’t leave home without this list. In a keeper league? You better refer to this tome then, my peeps. So while Bruce Boudreau shrugs off getting dissed in Teemu Selanne’s new book, let’s get to those rankings. 1. Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: Damn, he’s great on the ice and with the…
  • Podcast: Giants Taking Advantage of Sloppy St. Louis

    RotoRob
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Jeremy Guthrie’s T-shirt pissed some people off. (Playsport.cc) The RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, was back in action this week, once again featuring Pattonandco’s Tim McLeod. Among the issues we eviscerated were: We’re already planning the 2015 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit. On the surface, the Giants looked in great shape for their clincher with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Matt Holliday has not put up good numbers against Bumgarner. The Giants were very cognizant of the fact that a three games to one series lead…
  • Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Rise of Odell Beckham

    Vaney Hariri
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Odell Beckham Jr. may be the Giants’ go-to receiver now. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger) As most leagues are at or nearing their halfway point, there is less and less room for mistakes and these picks should help you avoid making one. Here are your Week Seven Start ‘em and Sit ‘em picks. START ‘EM Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants @ DAL: Beckham was already a star on the rise (see his first TD in video below), but with the recent loss of primary wide out Victor Cruz he now has the opportunity to become Eli Manning’s go-to guy. We think Beckham will take advantage,…
  • Podcast: Breathe, Dallas Cowboys Fans

    Josh Johnson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Joseph Randle sure loves his cologne and undies. (Dal.scout.com) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Brandon Marianne Lee of HerFantasyFootball.com. Among the topics we inflated or deflated: Andrew Luck’s beard: yay or nay? Brandon’s opinion on the new Tampa uniforms and the Jags’ two-tone helmets. We discuss the surprises from Week Six. Jace Amaro and Jarvis Landry bust out, but we must tread lightly, right? Andre Williams failed to…
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    the joy of sox

  • Ten Years After: 2004 ALCS 6: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Tuesday, October 19, 2004Red Sox - 000 400 000 - 4 11 0Yankees - 000 000 110 - 2 6 0Joy of SoxOctober 20, 2004: ALCS Game 6: Boston 4, New York 2March 28, 2005: ALCS 6: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
  • Ten Years After: 2004 ALCS 5: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Monday, October 18, 2004Yankees - 010 003 000 000 00 - 4 12 1Red Sox - 200 000 020 000 01 - 5 13 1Joy of SoxOctober 18, 2004: ALCS Game 5: Boston 5, New York 4 (14 innings)October 19, 2004: Get Me Rewrite! March 26, 2005: ALCS 5: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14)
  • Watch "Four Days In October"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    I will assume most people reading this own a copy of "Four Days In October", but if you don't, or want to start watching it immediately, ESPN has posted it here.It is also on YouTube.
  • Ten Years After: 2004 ALCS 4: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4 (12)

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Sunday, October 17, 2004Yankees - 002 002 000 000 - 4 12 1Red Sox - 000 030 001 002 - 6 8 0Joy of SoxOctober 18, 2004: ALCS Game 4: Boston 6, New York 4 (12 innings)March 26, 2005: ALCS 4: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4 (12)
  • NLCS 5: Giants 6, Cardinals 3

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Cardinals - 001 200 000 - 3 6 0Giants - 002 000 013 - 6 7 0Travis Ishikawa's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth clinched the 2014 National League pennant for the San Francisco Giants, the team's third NL pennant in the last five seasons. The Giants will play Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Royals in Kansas City.The Giants had tied the game in the previous inning on a pinch-hit homer by Michael Morse. Although Madison Bumgarner (8-5-3-2-5, 98) trailed for much of the game, he retired the last 13 batters he faced.The ninth inning rally came against Cardinals…
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    otakus + otomes

  • Fanfic (Part 3)

    Rebeca DINI
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Kevin estava muito confuso, não sabia o que estava acontecendo; seus olhos cintilantes enchiam de lagrimas de desespero.-O que eu faço agora! Estou sozinho, todos que eu conheço, logo partem deste mundo e nunca mais voltam...eu mereço isso?....is-isto....É UMA MALDIÇÃO!!!O homem vendo o garoto no chão se afogando em lagrimas de ódio, chega bem perto dele e diz:-Você não está sozinho....você agora é um membro da Resistência, e todos que vivem lá são uma familia, e você kevin, faz parte dela agora! Venha…
  • Fanfic (Part 2)

    Rebeca DINI
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    -Não me deixe sozinhooo!!!!!.......Eu juro que quem te matou irá pagar!De repente entra um homem de casaco branco, óculos escuros, mas o que mas chamava a atenção nele era seu braço mecânico que era igual a mão de um esqueleto; e então o homem diz ao garoto:-Vim queimar o cadáver.E o garoto que estava tremendo fixa seus olhos no homem com ódio, e grita:-Foi você quem matou ela!!!!Você irá pagar!!!!!O garoto dava socos no homem, mas ele era tao forte que nem se contorcia de dor e nem revidava. Depois de muitos socos que o garotou deu o homem da um sorriso para o menino e…
  • Fanfic (Part 1)

    Rebeca DINI
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Era um dia nublado em londres, a chuva era fraca e fria, nao se via ninguem a passar pela rua, tudo parecia calmo; então de repente ouve-se um grito desesperado mas depois disso tudo se fez silencio de novo, o ar começou a ficar mais pesado era como se estivesse muito denso, dava calafrios.Ao longe surge um homem com vestimentas todas brancas, seus olhos eram negros como a escuridao e seu sorriso era de sastifação em assasinatos, suas vestes brancas estavam sujas de sangue. Ele tinha uma espada com um estranho formato a qual a pega e lambe sua lâmina cheia de sangue e…
  • Hollow

    MaTheus Prado
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Ichigo vencendo-o na luta o zangetsu-hollow aceita usar a coleira da submição
  • Roman

    MaTheus Prado
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    #RukiaRoman é uma fruta que quando precionada solta seu suco que é parecido com sangue
 
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  • WordPress 4.0 Upgrade Complete

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

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

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

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

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

  • JAVIER prospect comparison system, now with speed! - Beyond the Box Score

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    After posting the original articles on JAVIER, I knew I would have to update these values after the season, which would provide an opportunity to build some improvements into the system. As a refresher, JAVIER is a minor league hitting evaluation system that uses basic statistics and finds comparable players in history. It uses each player’s minor league walk, strikeout, and isolated power numbers and compares them to the league average, turning them into z-scores. These z-scores are then compared across minor league data spanning back to 1978. Read the previous description for a full…
  • Sherrington: Jeff Banister’s back story as compelling as any in pro sports | Dallas Morning News

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    If this Rangers gig doesn’t work out, Jeff Banister should check with central casting to see if anyone’s making another epic about Patton. Or a John Wayne biopic. He fits the type. Tall, erect, barrel chest, lantern jaw, laser gaze. The son of a high school football coach, he used the term “men” 22 times at his introductory news conference. When it was over, I wasn’t sure whether to shake his hand or salute.
  • Sunday Notes: Tazawa’s Role, Perkins’ Bullets, Butler, Buck, Baseball Americana | FanGraphs Baseball

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Some good stuff from David Laurila.
  • Dombrowski told that Iglesias ‘will be fine’ for 2015

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Their biggest acquisition this off-season already is on the team — shortstop Jose Iglesias. Iglesias is ramping up his baseball activity, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said during the team’s end-of-the-se news conference Tuesday. “The doctors tell me he’ll be fine,” Dombrowski said. “He’s going to be ready for spring training, he’s going to be ready to go, and he’s over all of his (injuries).”
  • Could the Yankees ever be Royals? Young and athletic K.C. is everything that Bombers are not - NY Daily News

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Yankees are sinking in the standings because they have been applying patches to a problem which requires some dry dock time. It’s not because the game has shifted to benefit fast defenders.
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Bryce Harper’s last blast of 2014 was an epic, clutch, historic clout into McCovey Cove

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

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

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

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

    TheNaturalMevs
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    It was an unbelievable day of baseball – but the wrong kind of unbelievable. I’m not sure there’s been a more shocking, stunning day from start to finish in the history of the MLB postseason. Clayton Kershaw had one of the worst innings in baseball history today. Capped off with another stunner in Anaheim, aided by a dominant outing from Yordano Ventura (pictured above, the world will know him now); today saw three home teams lose and a fourth come from a huge late deficit to beat an arguable favorite. And not ONE single game has had the outcome we desired since the wildcard…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Four Off-Season Priorities For The New York Yankees

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    The responses yesterday to Derek Jeter's new website ran the gamut: from negative criticism to plain confusion. Notice that I didn't include positive feedback. That's because, as far as I could tell, there wasn't any. In fact, most of the feedback received after the launch of The Players' Tribune was along the lines of verbal head scratching. The biggest questions being asked were, "Isn't this the same thing as Twitter?" and "If it is like Twitter, how can it be unfiltered?"Jeter's choice of the word "unfiltered" is, of course, the crux of the matter. What does he…
  • Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Boston Red Sox

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Going into the final series of the 2014 season, the Boston Red Sox downplayed their plans to honor Derek Jeter, giving some the impression that no gifts would be included in the ceremony.  Obviously, they played things very close to the vest.1. A pair of LL Bean duck boots featuring the Yankees interlocking NY logo, presented by Brian Butterfield, one of Jeter's minor league coaches.2. A pinstriped second base, presented by Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia.3. A metal placard with the word RE2PECT painted on it, presented by Red Sox players David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts.4. A check for…
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  • Weekend Open Thread

    Michael Axisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes. TGIF, am I right? This was a long and busy week for me. I’ll be glad to kick back for a few days this weekend. The Friday chats are coming back soon — probably not next week, but they’ll definitely be back soon. My schedule’s been pretty hectic of late. Here are some random links I have lying around for the weekend. Some of them are a few weeks old. I’m finally getting around to reading all this stuff I have bookmarked now that the season’s over. Some stuff on Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Dodgers: Chad…
  • DotF: Judge, Bird continue to rake in the Arizona Fall League

    Michael Axisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    The video above, which comes courtesy of Kiley McDaniel, is OF Juan De Leon at Instructional League a few weeks go. The Yankees signed the 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic for $2M back in July and he’s arguably the best prospect they signed during their international spending spree. The video isn’t much, but it’s more than we get to see from many of these guys. Here are some more minor league notes before the weekly fall/winter ball recaps: Keith Law (subs. req’d) recently saw several Yankees farmhands in the Arizona Fall League. He said 1B Greg Bird‘s…
  • Morosi: Cuban second baseman Jose Fernandez defects

    Michael Axisa
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    According to Jon Morosi, 26-year-old Cuban second baseman Jose Fernandez has defected and will soon look to sign a big league contract. He must first establish residency in another country, be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and be declared a free agent by MLB before that can happen. That’s usually a lengthy process and it figures to carry over in early-2015, if not next summer. Fernandez, who is not related to the Marlins pitcher of the same name, hit .315/.415/.426 in 65 plate appearances in the Cuban league this season before defecting last week, according to Ben…
  • King: Yankees could have new hitting coach in place by Tuesday

    Michael Axisa
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Via George King: The Yankees are expected to hire a new coaching shortly and could have one in place before Game One of the World Series on Tuesday. “I interviewed Wednesday in New York with the Yankees. They told me they were going to interview a couple of other candidates. I don’t know if that was going to happen Thursday or Friday. They said they would make a decision shortly thereafter,’’ said Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan to King. In addition to Magadan, the Yankees also interviewed Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis this year as well as some other unknown candidates. They…
  • 2014 Season Review: The Prado of the Yankees

    Michael Axisa
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    (Presswire) Despite all of last winter’s free agent signings, it wasn’t much of a surprise when the Yankees needed offensive help at the trade deadline. They started the season with question marks at second and third bases, plus no one really knew what to expect out of Derek Jeter following his lost 2013 season. Add in disappointing seasons from Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran and you had a team in need of a bat or three at the deadline. The Yankees made their first move to add offense about a week before the deadline, grabbing Chase Headley from the Padres. That was a nice start…
 
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  • Meet the Speakers of the EBCA Convention 2014: Brian Cain

    philipp
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    The European Baseball Coaches Association is holding its annual EBCA Convention from November 7 to 9 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Best Western Premier Hotel Majestic Plaza is hosting the convention. Mister-Baseball.com as usual is going to introduce the speakers at the baseball clinic: EBCA 2014 – Prague Speakers Brian Cain Brian Cain is one of the top peak performance and mental conditioning coaches in all of baseball. He works with professional players, top high school and college programs around the country on three major aspects of performance. 1. Establishing a championship…
  • Final Rosters, Schedule for „City of Barcelona“ Tourney

    philipp
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    This coming weekend the 20th edition of the “City of Barcelona” Baseball Tournament will be played at Montjuic/Barcelona. Four teams are participating from Italy and Spain. Final rosters and the schedule got released this week. The tourney starts on Friday with games between Catalonia and Navarra, as well as the Italian All-Stars and Italy North. Rosters “City of Barcelona” Tournament Schedule:
  • CEB outlines Strategy for coming years

    philipp
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    By www.baseballeurope.com Dear European Baseball Federations, . I’m writing to you to introduce you to the Strategic Plan of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), devised by your elected Executive Committee.  The plan is the culmination of many months of work, which have resulted in what we believe is a strong vision for the development of baseball across our continent. . You’ll be aware that the state of baseball in Europe is critical to the sport’s place internationally.  Over half of the International Olympic Committee members are European.  At a time when we are all…
  • Schedule online for 21U Baseball World Cup

    philipp
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has published the schedule for the upcoming 21U Baseball World Cup in Taichung. From November 7 to 11 the first round will be played. Afterwards the top three of each pool advance to the Super Round Robin. The top two of this pool will play in the finals on November 16. The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Italy will represent European Baseball in the 11-team event. Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua will be their opponents. Schedule 21U Baseball World Cup
  • Robert Droege returns to Hanover Regents

    philipp
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Utility man Robert Droege is returning to the Hanover Regents after one season with the Dohren Wild Farmers in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. The Regents are most likely getting promoted to the first division in German Baseball. Droege was used at all three outfield positions, at second, short and third base this year in Dohren. He batted .264/.374/.264 with 16 runs and seven RBI in 24 games for the Wild Farmers. Meanwhile American Judd Thomas is leaving Hanover and moves to Berlin for professional reasons. He is working as an English teacher.
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  • 2014 World Series preview

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

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

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

    Matt Smith
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Division Series round of the 2014 postseason was brought to a close on Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants’ closer Sergio Romo got the Washington Nationals’ Wilson Ramos to ground into an out to finish off a 3-1 series victory for the NL Wild Card winners. It came a few hours after the St. Louis Cardinals completed their own 3-1 series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The National League Championship Series lineup was therefore set two days after the American League version with both the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals completing swift sweeps over the Detroit…
  • A Friday filled with Division Series drama

    Matt Smith
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    We are only a few days into the 2014 postseason, but it’s safe to say that when we look back over the offseason Friday’s bonanza of baseball will turn out to be one of the most memorable days from it. It was the only day on the Division Series schedule in which we were guaranteed games from all four series – Monday could provide that too if the two American League series both go to a fourth game – and all four served up the sort of drama and excitement that playoff baseball is all about. The MLB.com Game Recap videos combined provide a great way to spend 15 minutes…
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  • MLB: A Look Back at 2014 Predictions

    Eric Bynum
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    With the playoffs kicking off I thought it would be a fun project to take a look back at who I predicted would win. Here is my post from March. I picked the Dodgers to win it all, which is still a decent pick. I actually picked four of the five National League teams, although I didn’t necessarily get them right in who wins and who makes it in via the Wild Card. In the American League, I only got two of the five. Here were my picks in March: AL East 1. Tampa Bay Rays (I still want to write Devil Rays) 2. *Boston Red Sox AL Central 1. Detroit Tigers AL West 1. Texas Rangers 2. *Oakland…
  • Minors: United League Announces Awards for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The regular season awards for the United League were recently announced. The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards went to the Fort Worth Cats Ryan Lashey and the San Angelo Colts Chris Grossman. Lashey started the season with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He played with Normal for 49 games before coming to Fort Worth where his season really took off. After hitting just .241 with Normal, Lashey hit .369 for Fort Worth in 53 games. With 79 hits over the last half of the season Lashey was a force in the Cats lineup. He finished the year with Fort Worth with six home runs and 45 RBI while…
  • Minors: United League Announces All ULB Team for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    The United League Baseball recently announced the All ULB Team for the 2014 season. The 2014 ULB Champion Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings led the team with 10 selections.         Position Players Position          Player                     Team                                BA     HR      RBI Catcher           Mario Mercedes     Brownsville Charros       .315      4         26 1st Base           Matt Chavez           San Angelo Colts     …
  • France: Montpellier Leads League Standings

    Eric Bynum
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In the French Division 1 Baseball League, the Montepellier Barracudas currently lead the league in a tense four-way battle for the lead. Montpellier has a slim lead over Senart. Both teams have the same number of loses, but Montpellier has two more wins. Not far behind are both Paris UC and Rouen. The rest of the league is under .500. Montpellier is coming off a 10-inning 7-5 loss to the worst team in the league the Chartres French Cubs who only have three wins on the season. Meanwhile, Senart swept Rouen in a two game set to move into second place all by itself. Montpellier is getting the…
  • College: Tim Tadlock Wins Skip Bertman Award

    Press Release
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame Texas Tech skipper named National Coach of the Year LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock as the 2014 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year. Tadlock will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas. Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, Tadlock has the Red Raiders in Omaha with a 45-19 record. In only his second year as head coach, he has led Texas Tech to wins at the Coral Gables NCAA regional…
 
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  • Get a brain, morans.

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

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

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

    Arizona Phil
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Kyle Schwarber ripped a double and an RBI single and scored a run, Charlie White belted an RBI triple and a single and scored a run, and Mark Zagunis singled twice, scored a run, drove-in another, and stole a base, in a seven-inning AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #1 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Trevor Clifton and three relievers combined to toss a three-hit shut out, as Team Johnson blanked Team Gonzalez 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the "Cubs World Series." For some reason, Cubs…
  • Schwarber & Zagunis Star at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled, and scored a run, Mark Zagunis ripped an RBI double and scored and drove-in another run with a sacrifice fly, and Charcer Burks singled twice and walked, in a seven-inning AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #1 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.  The contest was game one in a five game intrasquad "Cubs World Series" to be played at Riverview Park this week, between the "Northside Rooftops" and the "Wrigley Field Ivy," each team chosen by draft by the two managers (Jimmy…
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  • Andrew Friedman Says Don Mattingly Will ‘Definitely’ Manage The Dodgers In 2015

    Cork Gaines
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Andrew Friedman was introduced to the media today as the Dodgers president of baseball operations. During the press conference, Friedman was asked about the future of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Friedman’s answer put to rest the idea that Joe Maddon will follow Friedman to the Dodgers, at least for now. “[Don] Mattingly will definitely manage the Dodgers next season,” said Friedman. “I’m looking forward to working with Donnie for a long time.” Of course, this does not eliminate the idea of Maddon eventually managing the Dodgers. This just means that…
  • Rays TV Ratings Remain Strong But Are Down From Previous Years

    Cork Gaines
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Of the 27 American teams in MLB with available data, the Rays finished a very strong 12th in local television ratings, averaging 73,000 households per prime time game. While that is good, there is some bad news. This year’s ratings were actually down 18.0% from last year (89,000 households) and down 30.5% from their peak in 2010 (105,000). Here is how the ratings compare to attendance since the Rays moved exclusively to cable. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • There Is Hope That Joe Maddon Won’t Follow Andrew Friedman To The Dodgers

    Cork Gaines
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    It’s the next day and it wasn’t a bad dream. Andrew Friedman is now the president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now Rays fans are worried that Joe Maddon will join him and there are plenty of reasons why we should not be surprised if it does happen. However, there are also a lot of reasons to think Maddon is going to remain with the Rays for a while. The biggest hope comes from Maddon’s own words during an interview with Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely … I’m really embedded here pretty well. The roots…
  • Andrew Friedman To Keep Don Mattingly As Dodgers Manager … For Now

    Cork Gaines
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    With Andrew Friedman leaving the Tampa Bay Rays and joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as president of baseball operations, focus now to turns to Joe Maddon and whether Friedman will try to lure his now-former partner-in-crime to manager the Dodgers. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, there is hope that Maddon will remain with the Rays for at least one more season. Source: Friedman’s plan for now is to move forward with Mattingly as manager in 2015. #Dodgers — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 14, 2014 Of course, “for now” sounds ominous and plans have a…
  • Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays To Join The Dodgers

    Cork Gaines
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Andrew Friedman was the Astros top choice to be their new GM in 2011. In a move that will come as a shock to many, the Rays have announced that Andrew Friedman is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays. He will join the Los Angeles Dodgers as head of baseball operations according to several reports. Matt Silverman will take over as the head of baseball operations. Brian Auld will move from his role in baseball operations and become the new team president. Marc Topkin was the first to report Friedman’s move. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ current GM, Ned Colletti, will remain with…
 
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  • Brandon Guyer: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    Thomas Swan
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Brandon Guyer finally got his chance last year. Out of options, the Rays had to keep him at the major league level. For the first few months of the season, Guyer probably wished he was back in the minors. In the first month of the season, Guyer only had 22 at-bats. His slug line of .136/.174/.182 […] Brandon Guyer: Looking Back, Moving Forward - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Jake McGee: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    Drew Jenkins
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Possibly the biggest surprise of the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays was the way the bullpen turned out. Grant Balfour was brought in to be the closer, and Heath Bell and Juan Carlos Oviedo gave the Rays a pair of guys who had seen their fair share dominance as closers in the past. These three were […] Jake McGee: Looking Back, Moving Forward - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Are the Tampa Bay Rays in Danger of Falling Apart?

    Robbie Knopf
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    As we know quite well at this point, 2014 was the worst season by the Tampa Bay Rays since 2008. There are excuses we can make–no one expected the combination of injuries, bizarre slumps, and bad luck that made the season turn out quite this badly. As the Rays retool their team for next season, […] Are the Tampa Bay Rays in Danger of Falling Apart? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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  • MLB: A Look Back at 2014 Predictions

    Eric Bynum
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    With the playoffs kicking off I thought it would be a fun project to take a look back at who I predicted would win. Here is my post from March. I picked the Dodgers to win it all, which is still a decent pick. I actually picked four of the five National League teams, although I didn’t necessarily get them right in who wins and who makes it in via the Wild Card. In the American League, I only got two of the five. Here were my picks in March: AL East 1. Tampa Bay Rays (I still want to write Devil Rays) 2. *Boston Red Sox AL Central 1. Detroit Tigers AL West 1. Texas Rangers 2. *Oakland…
  • Minors: United League Announces Awards for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The regular season awards for the United League were recently announced. The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards went to the Fort Worth Cats Ryan Lashey and the San Angelo Colts Chris Grossman. Lashey started the season with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He played with Normal for 49 games before coming to Fort Worth where his season really took off. After hitting just .241 with Normal, Lashey hit .369 for Fort Worth in 53 games. With 79 hits over the last half of the season Lashey was a force in the Cats lineup. He finished the year with Fort Worth with six home runs and 45 RBI while…
  • Minors: United League Announces All ULB Team for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    The United League Baseball recently announced the All ULB Team for the 2014 season. The 2014 ULB Champion Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings led the team with 10 selections.         Position Players Position          Player                     Team                                BA     HR      RBI Catcher           Mario Mercedes     Brownsville Charros       .315      4         26 1st Base           Matt Chavez           San Angelo Colts     …
  • France: Montpellier Leads League Standings

    Eric Bynum
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In the French Division 1 Baseball League, the Montepellier Barracudas currently lead the league in a tense four-way battle for the lead. Montpellier has a slim lead over Senart. Both teams have the same number of loses, but Montpellier has two more wins. Not far behind are both Paris UC and Rouen. The rest of the league is under .500. Montpellier is coming off a 10-inning 7-5 loss to the worst team in the league the Chartres French Cubs who only have three wins on the season. Meanwhile, Senart swept Rouen in a two game set to move into second place all by itself. Montpellier is getting the…
  • College: Tim Tadlock Wins Skip Bertman Award

    Press Release
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame Texas Tech skipper named National Coach of the Year LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock as the 2014 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year. Tadlock will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas. Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, Tadlock has the Red Raiders in Omaha with a 45-19 record. In only his second year as head coach, he has led Texas Tech to wins at the Coral Gables NCAA regional…
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  • 1957 Topps Baseball Wantlist (Updated Oct 16, 2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This post tracks progress on a Good-to-VG set of 1957 Topps. While my set's technically complete, I'm upgrading its Poor-Fair filler cards to "intact," with no paper loss, trimming, writing. (Creases and other handling wear are fine.) Comment here or email if you've got some hits to trade!NEED # 295 -- just one left!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 competitor…
  • The Baseball Connection to 1920s British Cigarette Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Peter Schiller
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    For those of you who have been coming here for the past few years will remember that I have played in this charity game benefiting ALS 3 of the past 4 years now (I missed last year) & it’s that time of year again! So, if anyone feels compelled to make a donation to help find a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) you can do so by following the link below or the widget to the right (on the sidebar). Peter Schiller’s 2014 Donation Page! Here are some pictures of me at past games. Bill “the Spaceman” Lee & me (10/2011)
  • Casa Base: Daintiness

    Fabio Borselli
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
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  • Members Of The Atlantic League’s Pace Of Play Committee

    independentbaseball
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Earlier this year, the Atlantic League made national sports headlines when it adopted mid-season changes to increase the “pace of play”.  Who are the members of the committee that voted on the rule changes? Answer: Tal … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2013 Team Championship Patch With An Alien Wearing A Crown

    independentbaseball
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 2013 independent baseball team had its championship patch feature an alien wearing a crown? Answer: The 2013 Pecos League champions, Roswell Invaders http://roswellinvaders.com/roswell.asp?page=14&store_id=1088&country= Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in … 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.
  • Current Commissioner Who Wrote Season Of The Owl

    independentbaseball
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which current independent baseball league commissioner authored a book titled, “Season of the Owl”? Answer: Miles Wolff, current commissioner for both the American Association and the Can-Am League http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/league/booksmerchandise/ 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.
  • Home Stadium For The Sonoma Stompers

    independentbaseball
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Where do the Sonoma Stompers play their home games? Answer: Arnold Field in Sonoma, CA http://stompersbaseball.com/tickets-promos/stadium-seating/ Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give … 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.
  • Ownerships Of The Vallejo Admirals

    independentbaseball
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which owners/ownership groups have controlled the Vallejo Admirals independent pro baseball team? Answer: Redwood Sports and Entertainment (group), Joe Fontana, Buck Kamphausen, Tito Fuentes Baseball Academy, and Robert (Bob) Young Jr. http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/ci_25552809/young-takes-over-admirals-owner Please support this site: … 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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  • Pitching Faults: Correcting A Closed Stride

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

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

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

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

    kenny
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The Mental Game of Baseball Hitting Yogi Berra once said “You can’t hit and think at the same time.”  Trust and confidence in the swing is gained through dedicated practice and game experience, swing repetition and recall. An inexperienced hitter relies on his day to day practice improvements to gain confidence in his swing.  An [...] The post The Mental Game of Baseball Hitting appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • 2014 MLB Awards

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    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Listen to Episode 3 of Stache Radio

    metsjetsnets88
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Monday night, the Stache Radio crew was back at it, and it was even more fun than usual this week. On episode 3 of our Mets podcast, Newsday beat writer Marc Carig hopped on the show with one of the most entertaining baseball interviews you'll all year. We had a blast as Marc chimed in after a long day in Florida. With background cameos from fellow beat writers, and this incredible photo surfacing a few minutes before the interview, it made for a goofy, light-hearted chat that nevertheless touched on some serious baseball talk as well. You can…
  • Listen to Episode 2 of Stache Radio

    metsjetsnets88
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Monday night is Stache Radio night, and our second Mets podcast is now online for your listening pleasure. This week, Mets beat writer Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal joined us, and we asked him about a number of topics, including Ike Davis and his rift with the media, how the bullpen will be constructed, and more. You can listen to our interview with Diamond from around the 14-minute mark to the 48-minute mark below. The full episode is a solid 90 minutes of Mets talk, with live callers and fan tweets as well. Among other things, we spoke in depth about the…
  • A Fundamental Shift in MLB Outfield Evaluation

    metsjetsnets88
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have MLB teams begun to fundamentally evolve in the way they evaluate and value outfielders? That's a question I've been pondering recently in the wake of some recent transactions, most notably Nelson Cruz's one-year, $8 million free agent contract, and Brett Gardner's four-year, $52 million extension. Fairly or unfairly, the New York Mets have taken some heat for not signing Cruz to a similarly-valued contract, especially in the context of signing outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in November. Many will point out that…
  • A Powerful Statistic Worth Getting Familiar With

    metsjetsnets88
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Power. It's a desirable commodity in the baseball world. It's a big reason the New York Mets committed four years and $60 million to Curtis Granderson, and a big reason players like Ike Davis continue to get chance after chance to find themselves in MLB. Power, or even just the potential to hit for power, is valuable. It will never go out of style in baseball. When most people think of measuring power, the first stat that comes to mind is probably slugging percentage. Slugging percentage, or SLG, is simply a measurement of total bases per at-bat. It's a pretty…
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  • AL Wild Card: Small markets, big rewards

    Kevin McGuire
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    The Phillies are out of the postseason for the third straight season. It stinks, but baseball will go on and I will be paying attention. It gets started tonight with the American League Wild Card game, or the play-in game. The Kansas City Royals, in the postseason for the first time since 1985, host the Oakland Athletics, a team much more familiar with the postseason in recent seasons but one struggling to leap past the hurdle of the bigger market teams en route to the World Series. Jon Lester and James Shields bring a certain playoff pedigree to both rosters, and should battle in a good wild…
  • Pennsylvania loves Pirates more than Phillies, says Reddit map maker

    Kevin McGuire
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    You may have seen one of those maps of the United States over the last month or so making the rounds with sports logos illustrating each state’s most loved or hated team in the NFL or college football. There is also one for baseball that is starting to make the rounds, showing which MLB team each state loves. Apparently our state loves the Pirates. #FireRuben RT @CBSSports: Which MLB team does your state love? This map has the answer (Via @kmhokies35) pic.twitter.com/CS7iLT1wkK — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) August 18, 2014 I am not exactly sure what statistical information qualifies this…
  • A feel good night for Ryan Howard

    Kevin McGuire
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Ryan Howard went from hero to goat, back to hero last night. A second-inning home run gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 1-0 lead over the visiting Houston Astros, but that was the only run the team would score until the 15th inning of the latest in a series of marathon games played by the Phillies this season. Howard, who had grounded into a pair of 4-6-3 double plays earlier in the game, found a way to dribble one through the crack in the shift, allowing Grady Sizemore to come around third base and score the winning run of a 2-1 decision. Considering all of the struggles the Phillies and…
  • Ruben Amaro and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

    Kevin McGuire
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    It was not a great day for Ruben Amaro on Thursday. Perhaps the most important day of the season for a general manager flew by without any movement from the Phillies front office, Amaro opting to stand pat more so because he felt the other general managers were not playing the same game as he. Then, to make things worse, Cliff Lee had to leave Thursday night’s game in Washington in the third inning with his elbow flaring up. Not even a 10-4 win over the NL East-leading Nationals was enough to change the mood among Phillies fans. “More surprised that there wasn’t more…
  • This Ruben Amaro comment on prospects says it all

    Kevin McGuire
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    “I think one of the most over-coveted elements of baseball are prospects. I don’t know how many prospects that have been dealt over the last several years have really come to bite people in the [rear end].” - Ruben Amaro, July 31, 2014 [via MLB.com]
 
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  • Quality of World Series questioned as Royals prepare for Giants

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Suleymanov
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After 14 productive and injury plagued seasons in the American League East, former all-star second baseman Brian Roberts has announced his retirement from baseball. The news does not come as a surprise as the once perennial all-star has had tremendous difficulties with his health and overall effectiveness for the past number of seasons. Roberts, 37, spent this past 2014 season with the New York Yankees prior to being designated for assignment in August. Beginning his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 2002, Roberts did not develop into an all-star right away. It was not until 2003 where an…
  • Rumor: Nationals to decline option on Adam LaRoche

    Steve Benko
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It has been rumored that Washington Nationals will decline the $15 million option on Adam LaRoche’s contract. The Nationals will likely opt to buy out his contract for $2 million. The plan for Washington is to move Ryan Zimmerman over to first base due to the trouble he’s had at third base. Despite the fielding and injury troubles Zimmerman has had, he’s younger, just getting into his prime, and if he can shake the errors and injury bug, could be much better than he already is. LaRoche still has a few good years of baseball left him, and he’s expressed that he’d like to stay with…
  • Tampa Bay Rays Sign Michael Kohn

    Mark Suleymanov
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The Tampa Bay Rays have filled out their 40-man roster by inking right handed relief pitcher, Michael Kohn to a major league contract, the team announced Thursday. Kohn, 28, elected free agency in September after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated him for assignment. The move came as a surprise to many as he was coming off of a very productive 2013 season and in the midst of a decent 2014 season. During those 2 seasons, Kohn had an accumulated 3.52 ERA in 76 2/3 innings. Despite that, the Angels decided to cut ties with the right-hander likely because his control had become a major…
  • The State of MLB Managers

    Kevin Pittack
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    It has become a trend over the course of the last few NBA seasons for teams with head coaching vacancies to hire players just wrapping up their playing careers regardless of the fact that they lack any coaching experience, let alone head coaching experience. It would seem that this reinforces the idea that NBA coaches are not as important as the casual fan would think, but rather the players on the court are responsible for the majority of success or failure of a franchise. This thought process seems to have been seeping through Major League Baseball with much less fanfare for a few years,…
  • Rangers decline option on Alex Rios, will become a free agent after World Series

    Steve Benko
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Texas Rangers have declined the $14 million option on Alex Rios, and will buy out his contract for $2 million. Although he’s probably not going to get very many big offers, he’s more than likely to get some good short term deals. At 33, it may look like his career is in a big decline, but he has some baseball left in him. Injuries limited his production in the second half of the season, but he still was able to hit .280. He hit four home runs in 131 games this past season, compared to the 2013 season where he hit 18 home runs, that is sure to raise a few eyebrows about his ability to…
 
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  • NLWC and NLDS Starting Pitcher Predictions: Foul Ball Totals Accurate Predictors of How Long Starters will Last?

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

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

    FoulBallzAdmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    And yet another set of games for us during this very interesting and somewhat surprising 2014 postseason. So far the predictions with a +/-1 are incredibly accurate. But there have been some surprising incorrect predictions. Some of the starters have been pulled extremely early. As has been the case, all stats are from the 2013 season for either a night game or a day game, depending on when it is being played, and at-bats that included 1 or more foul balls. The following data comes from our foul ball database that draws from Retrosheet.org. All percentages represent a combination of batters…
  • ALCS & NLCS Game 3 Foul Ball Predictions: When Will the Giants, Cardinals, Royals and Orioles Starters Leave?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The 2014 postseason continues with the Championship Series’. So far the predictions with a +/-1 are incredibly accurate. But there have been some surprising incorrect predictions. Some of the starters have been pulled extremely early. All stats are from the 2013 season for either a night game or a day game, depending on when it is being played, and at-bats that included 1 or more foul balls. The following data comes from our foul ball database that draws from Retrosheet.org. All percentages represent a combination of batters who got on base themselves (1B, 2B, 3B, HR, Hit-by-pitch, BB),…
  • ALCS & NLCS Foul Ball Predictions: When Will Giants, Cardinals, Orioles and Royals Starters Leave the Game?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The 2014 postseason continues with the Championship Series’. So far the predictions with a +/-1 are incredibly accurate. But there have been some surprising incorrect predictions. Some of the starters have been pulled extremely early.   All stats are from the 2013 season for either a night game or a day game, depending on when it is being played, and at-bats that included 1 or more foul balls. The following data comes from our foul ball database that draws from Retrosheet.org. All percentages represent a combination of batters who got on base themselves (1B, 2B, 3B, HR, Hit-by-pitch,…
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