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  • Royals Designate Liam Hendriks For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors
    Jeff Todd
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The Royals have designated righty Liam Hendriks for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Presumably, the move creates space for Moises Sierra, who was claimed earlier today. Hendriks, 25, threw 19 1/3 frames for Kansas City after being acquired from the Blue Jays in a mid-season deal. On the year, Hendriks tossed 32 2/3 innings if 5.23 ERA ball, striking out 6.3 and walking 1.9 batters per nine and posting a more favorable 3.84 FIP. Over parts of four seasons in the bigs, Hendriks has worked to cumulative 5.92 ERA over 188 2/3 total innings. In nearly 400 Triple-A innings…
  • HistorySource: The President Attends the World Series

    NYT > Baseball
    By MICHAEL BESCHLOSS
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Politics seems to have been as big a motive for presidential appearances over the decades as love of the national pastime.
  • D-backs top prospect Bradley bounces back in AFL

    ARI Homepage News
    William Boor
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley's dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life. The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 8-1 on Friday afternoon.
  • John 3.0 can return Braves to glory

    ATL Homepage News
    Terence Moore
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Step by step, the Braves of now are seeking to resurrect the team of a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series championship. So far, so good -- at least when it comes to moves away from the playing field, with the trio of Johns -- Schuerholz, Hart and Coppolella -- the club's three-headed general manager.
  • Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

    CHC Homepage News
    William Boor
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
 
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  • D-backs top prospect Bradley bounces back in AFL

    William Boor
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley's dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life. The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 8-1 on Friday afternoon.
  • D-backs hire assistant GM Minniti from Nationals

    Steve Gilbert
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The D-backs continued filling out their baseball operations department Thursday by hiring Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as special assistant to senior vice president of baseball operations.
  • D-backs prospect Drury testing his potential

    Don Ketchum
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Add another name to the list of outstanding young infield prospects for the D-backs. Brandon Drury is determined to find himself a spot on the big league roster sooner rather than later.
  • Bradley honing his craft in Arizona Fall League

    Don Ketchum
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Slowed early in 2014 by an elbow strain, D-backs pitching prospect Archie Bradley had a solid recovery over the summer and he already has made three starts for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters. He is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA, allowing 12 hits and six walks to go with six strikeouts in seven innings.
  • 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.
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  • John 3.0 can return Braves to glory

    Terence Moore
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Step by step, the Braves of now are seeking to resurrect the team of a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series championship. So far, so good -- at least when it comes to moves away from the playing field, with the trio of Johns -- Schuerholz, Hart and Coppolella -- the club's three-headed general manager.
  • Simmons, J-Up, Heyward finalists for Gold Glove Awards

    Mark Bowman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton stand as the three Braves announced as finalists at their respective positions for this year's Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which will be presented Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
  • Braves get their man, persuade Hart to join full time

    Mark Bowman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When John Hart agreed to become the interim GM in September, he was looking forward to working with team president John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox in search of the man who would eventually fill the role on a permanent basis. But it did not take long for him to realize they already knew who they wanted to assume the responsibilities.
  • Hart named Braves' president of baseball operations

    Mark Bowman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    John Hart was named the Braves' president of baseball operations on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract that will run through 2017.
  • Hart will bring swagger to Atlanta

    Anthony Castrovince
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.
 
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  • Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

    William Boor
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
  • Good catch: Cubs keeping Schwarber behind dish

    Carrie Muskat
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    There's no doubt that Kyle Schwarber can hit, but there were questions as to where he should play. Not anymore. After some intense lessons this summer, the Cubs want Schwarber to keep his focus on catching, and that's good news for their first-round pick.
  • Cubs' Russell rakes in Fall League victory

    William Boor
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Addison Russell, the Cubs No. 2 prospect and the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run.
  • Tip for making the bigs: Room with Giansanti

    Carrie Muskat
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Want to get to the big leagues? You need to room with Cubs prospect Anthony Giansanti. Javier Baez, Eric Jokisch, Matt Szczur and Rafael Lopez all made their Major League debuts this season with the Cubs, and all are former Giansanti roomies. Logan Watkins, Mike Olt and the Marlins' Justin Bour also were in the big leagues, and also once shared living space with Giansanti.
  • 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.
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  • Trio of Phillips, Cozart, Hamilton earns Gold Glove noms

    Joey Nowak
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart and center fielder Billy Hamilton are all National League finalists at their respective positions for Rawlings Gold Gold Awards, which are given each year for defensive excellence.
  • Negron's ebullience caught Reds' attention

    Manny Randhawa
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Recalled from Triple-A Louisville on July 10, Kristopher Negron infused energy on offense and played solid defense at multiple positions for Cincinnati over the final 10 weeks of the 2014 season, and the utility player could be a valuable piece in '15.
  • Reds prospect Iglesias makes debut in AFL

    Spencer Fordin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Reds dismiss third-base coach; rest of staff remains intact

    Adam McCalvy
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Steve Smith is out as Reds third-base coach, the team announced Monday while saying the rest of the staff would remain intact.
  • 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.
 
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  • Rockies' Arenado, LeMahieu, Morneau finalists for Gold Glove

    Thomas Harding
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    A Rockies franchise known for its bats has had a nice tradition with the glove. Third baseman Nolan Arenado, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and first baseman Justin Morneau could add to the growing reputation, as they were named Thursday as finalists for the National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award at their respective positions.
  • Rockies part ways with coaches Wright, McLaughlin

    Thomas Harding
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright and assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach Bo McLaughlin will not return in 2015, the team announced Thursday.
  • Taste of starting duties has McKenry ready for more

    Thomas Harding
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Rockies catcher Michael McKenry knows better than to believe his solid 2014 season automatically means bigger and better in '15, but though the decision is not in his hands, he is ready to take on No. 1 duty.
  • 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.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Keuchel chosen as AL Gold Glove finalist

    Brian McTaggart
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel is one of three finalists at his position selected Thursday for a Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award, joining Mark Buehrle of the Blue Jays and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.
  • Astros' prospect Velasquez untouchable in AFL action

    Spencer Fordin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Vincent Velasquez, ranked Houston's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by MLB.com in Tuesday's lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River relievers held Peoria to just two hits for the day.
  • Astros one step closer to moving spring facility south

    Brian McTaggart
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    The Astros cleared a major hurdle in relocating their Spring Training operations to Palm Beach County, Fla., on Tuesday when county commissioners voted to approve a financing plan for a new facility the club will share with the Nationals. The teams have 90 days to find a location for the complex.
  • Appel dominates, continues scoreless streak in AFL

    Teddy Cahill
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.
  • 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.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Friedman: Maddon not Dodgers-bound after opting out

    Ken Gurnick
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Joe Maddon, who opted out of his 2015 contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, will not be replacing Don Mattingly, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
  • Dodgers Arizona Fall League overview

    Jim Callis
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Shortstop Corey Seager leads Los Angeles' talented crop of prospects playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs this season in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Report: Bundy to return as third-base coach

    Ken Gurnick
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Lorenzo Bundy, while managing in the Mexican Winter League, was quoted as saying that he will return as the Dodgers third-base coach in 2015. The Dodgers had no comment on the report, but that is the first indication on the status of any of manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff.
  • Pair of Dodgers get bats going in Fall League victory

    Spencer Fordin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Two Dodgers carried the Glendale Desert Dogs to victory on Thursday. Left fielder Scott Schebler delivered a solo home run in the second inning, and Corey Seager pushed home the decisive run with a third-inning double in Glendale's 2-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.
  • Four Dodgers among finalists for NL Gold Glove

    Ken Gurnick
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were named as finalists at their positions for the NL Gold Glove Awards.
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Brewers Arizona Fall League overview

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

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

    Joey Nowak
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jonathan Lucroy will hope to become the first Brewers' catcher to win a Gold Glove Award when the winners are announced in a few weeks.
  • 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.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • Moss' right hip surgery a success

    Jane Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The A's Brandon Moss underwent successful right hip surgery this week, according to the team, and is expected to be at full strength by the start of the 2015 season. The procedure, performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville on Tuesday, involved repairing a torn labrum and additional clean-up work to alleviate the impingement in Moss' hip.
  • Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

    Tom Singer
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox. The Red Sox, who made the hiring official on Thursday, 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.
  • Donaldson battling division foes for Gold Glove Award

    Jane Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has been named one of three American League finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award at his position.
  • 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.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Lagares named finalist for Gold Glove Award

    Anthony DiComo
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    In his second Major League season, the Mets' Juan Lagares was recognized for his defensive prowess Thursday when he was unveiled as a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award among NL center fielders.
  • Mets tab Long as hitting coach

    Anthony DiComo
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The Mets did not need to look far to find their new hitting coach, taking him from just across town. The team on Thursday announced that recently dismissed Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long will fill that role for them in 2015. Long replaces Lamar Johnson, who took over when the Mets dismissed Dave Hudgens in May.
  • Mets' Mazzilli motors around basepaths at AFL

    Spencer Fordin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    L.J. Mazzilli, a second baseman in the Mets organization, tripled and scored two runs Monday night in Scottsdale's 7-3 victory over Glendale at the Arizona Fall League.
  • Sporting News gives deGrom top rookie honors

    Joey Nowak
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Mets standout Jacob deGrom has been named the National League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News magazine, with the hope of adding the BBWAA's award to his mantel in the coming weeks.
  • 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.
 
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    PHI Homepage News

  • Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award

    Paul Hagen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet, on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.
  • Phils' philospophy beginning to evolve

    Todd Zolecki
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    October is a quiet month for baseball teams not in the postseason, so the Phillies have barely registered a blip on the local radar screen -- even with the team signing Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams this week. That changed Thursday when Phillies interim president Pat Gillick told CSN Philly that the team probably would not contend again until 2017 or 2018.
  • With Maddon available, Amaro backs Sandberg

    Todd Zolecki
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday afternoon that the club supports manager Ryne Sandberg and has no interest in newly available skipper Joe Maddon.
  • Phils re-sign Sizemore to boost outfield depth

    Todd Zolecki
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.
  • Phillies Arizona Fall League overview

    Jonathan Mayo
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    The switch-hitting Roman Quinn has the chance to be a top-of-the-order catalyst if it all comes together for him. Still only 21, his injury track record hasn't forced him behind the curve just yet. Quinn headlines a class of seven Phillies prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
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    MLB News Index

  • Giants' bullpen blinks first in Game 3

    Barry M. Bloom
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    The Giants' 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 3 on Friday night in San Francisco played out much like the first two games of this World Series did. The team whose bullpen outperformed the other's won.
  • Hudson's World Series debut doesn't lack intensity

    Steve Gilbert
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tim Hudson, at 39 years old, waited a long time for his World Series debut, but the Royals put the pressure on early in Game 3 so the Giants' veteran right-hander had little time to take in the experience.
  • Escobar pounces quickly, providing spark for Royals

    Jamal Collier
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they'd never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
  • Morse shrugs off illness for big Game 3 hit

    Anthony DiComo
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick -- a flu bug, he thinks -- leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
  • Herrera's first MLB at-bat comes in World Series

    AJ Cassavell
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
 
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    MLB Trade Rumors

  • Week In Review: 10/18/14 - 10/24/14

    Charlie Wilmoth
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Extended Phillies - OF Grady Sizemore (one year), P Jerome Williams (one year) Avoided Arbitration Phillies - P Cesar Jimenez (link) Declined Option Twins on P Jared Burton (link) Claimed Royals - OF Moises Sierra (from White Sox - link) Angels - C Jackson Williams (from Rockies - link) Designated For Assignment Royals - P Liam Hendriks (link) Outrighted Orioles – P Steve Johnson (link) White Sox - OF Michael Taylor (link) Key Minor League Signings Pirates - P Josh Stinson (link) Phillies - C John Hester (link) Braves - IF Pedro Ciriaco (link)…
  • MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 3

    Cray Allred
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On the third episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast, Jeff Todd runs down the transactional news from the week (1:20) before being joined by Angels assistant GM Matt Klentak (2:07), who talks about the state of the Halos as they look to supplement a 98-win team while remaining cognizant of the future. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes also joins the line (24:05) to talk through upcoming qualifying offer decisions around the league and predict whether or not this will be the year that a QO is finally accepted. http://traffic.libsyn.com/mlbtr/MLB_Trade_Rumors_Podcast_-_Episode_3.mp3   Click…
  • Miguel Cabrera, Adam Wainwright Undergo Surgery

    Steve Adams
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Two of the game’s biggest stars, Miguel Cabrera and Adam Wainwright, underwent surgery today, according to reports from MLB.com’s Jason Beck and Will Carroll of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Cabrera’s operation isn’t entirely surprising, but doctors also discovered a stress fracture in the navicular bone near the top of his right foot, Beck writes. That injury requires a longer rehab process and required screws to be inserted into Cabrera’s foot, according to Beck. Cabrera will be re-evaluated in three months’ time, and GM Dave Dombrowski said the former…
  • Latest On Joe Maddon

    Steve Adams
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Joe Maddon shocked many people by opting out of his contract with the Rays today and has now become the most coveted managerial free agent in recent history. While early speculation was that he’d follow former GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers, Friedman and the Dodgers have issued a statement backing Don Mattingly as their manager, definitively stating that Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season. There’s been plenty of other Maddon chatter, however, so we’ll keep track of the latest on his situation here… Twins GM Terry Ryan tells Berardino that the news of…
  • Royals Designate Liam Hendriks For Assignment

    Jeff Todd
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The Royals have designated righty Liam Hendriks for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Presumably, the move creates space for Moises Sierra, who was claimed earlier today. Hendriks, 25, threw 19 1/3 frames for Kansas City after being acquired from the Blue Jays in a mid-season deal. On the year, Hendriks tossed 32 2/3 innings if 5.23 ERA ball, striking out 6.3 and walking 1.9 batters per nine and posting a more favorable 3.84 FIP. Over parts of four seasons in the bigs, Hendriks has worked to cumulative 5.92 ERA over 188 2/3 total innings. In nearly 400 Triple-A innings…
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  • Sunny weekend and high temps near 70 on tap

    Adrienne Balow
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Plenty of sunshine and above normal temperatures near 70 are in the forecast for the entire weekend.  
  • Residents warned ahead of Wallenda’s tight rope walk

    Angelica Robinson
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Marina City residents are receiving warnings ahead of Nik Wallenda’s big tightrope walk next weekend. Wallenda plans to climb a 15-degree incline from one of the marina city towers, across the Chicago river, to the Leo Burnett building. Then he’ll walk between the marina towers, blindfolded. Residents received a letter from building managers telling them not to yell, play loud music or take flash photos during the stunt.
  • 13-year-old boy fatally shot in Gary

    Angelica Robinson
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    A 13-year-old boy in Gary was allegedly shot and killed by a neighbor who was upset about his home being burglarized. The Sun-Times reports Kobe Jones was shot nine times near his home in the 1000 block of Polk Street. Police say Jones’ neighbor returned home at about 5 p.m. Friday to discover the burglary. He was reportedly yelling outside and some neighbors walked over. Police say Jones laughed at the man and that’s when the man reportedly shot the boy nine times. The man and his girlfriend drove off but returned later and were arrested by police. Charged are pending.
  • ComEd vault problems knock power out in downtown high rises

    Angelica Robinson
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Problems with at least three underground Com-Ed vaults  on the near north side, knocked out power to several high rises. It happened around 1:00 a.m. near the 1000 block of N. Dearborn. A man working at a business near by says it all started with a blast that shook buildings in the area. ComEd says there was no fire or explosion. It was a breach in one of the underground lines. Power is still out to two buildings. No injuries were reported.
  • FDIC takes over Nation Republic Bank of Chicago

    Angelica Robinson
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    The FDIC took over the National Republic Bank of Chicago. The bank operated two branches one on the near West Side and one on the far North Side. State Bank of Texas, which is based in Dallas, has agreed to buy most of the failed bank’s assets and will assume all of National Republic Bank’s deposits. National Republic is the 16th bank to fail this year.
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  • MLB pays tribute to Gwynn before Game 3

    Barry M. Bloom
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Major League Baseball honored the late Tony Gwynn prior to Game 3 of the World Series between the hometown Giants and Royals on Friday at AT&T Park.
  • Padres name Geaney director of player development

    Corey Brock
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The Padres hired Sam Geaney on Thursday to be their director of player development, a role in which he will oversee the organization's Minor League system.
  • Padres dismiss hitting coach Plantier

    Corey Brock
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Padres relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting-coach duties on Wednesday. The Padres ranked last in the Major Leagues in several offensive categories this past season.
  • Rivera thankful for chances to prove himself in Majors

    Bill Center
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. So are many baseball careers. Catcher Rene Rivera spent more than a decade bouncing around before finding a home and putting together a career year with the Padres in 2014.
  • Turner leads group of Padres prospects in AFL

    Teddy Cahill
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trea Turner watched last year's Fall Stars Game on MLB Network from North Carolina State as a student-athlete. The event made an impression on him, and Turner set a goal to play in the Arizona Fall League. Just a year later, the shortstop has made it to the prestigious league of rising stars.
 
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  • Wainwright has cartilage trimmed from elbow

    Jenifer Langosch
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy.
  • Small tweaks all the Cardinals need this offseason

    Jenifer Langosch
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    With a rotation coming back in full and lineup of returning position players, the Cardinals are expected to spend the next few months looking to complement rather than overhaul. General manager John Mozeliak recently described the organization's position as "opportunistic" -- the same word he used leading into the winter a year ago.
  • Molina, Wainwright finalists to be repeat Gold Glove winners

    Jenifer Langosch
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright, both Gold Glove winners in the National League last season, have again been named finalists for the annual defensive award. Rawlings announced the three league finalists at each position on Thursday, and among Cardinals players, only Molina and Wainwright made the cut.
  • Navy grad Harris finally pursuing MLB dream

    Spencer Fordin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    For five years, United States Naval Academy graduate Mitch Harris sailed around the world and watched his dreams of playing professional baseball grow even more remote than the exotic locales he visited. Now, he's back on the mound, weeks away from his 29th birthday and a level or two from the Major Leagues.
  • Cardinals may gain Spring Training neighbors, stay in Jupiter

    Jenifer Langosch
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The Cardinals appear on the verge of gaining two new spring neighbors, as the Board of County Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Fla., approved financing for the Nationals and Astros to build a Spring Training facility in the county on Tuesday. The organizations now have 90 days to select a site for the complex, which will be a close commute for the Cardinals, who share a Spring Training facility with the Marlins in Jupiter.
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  • Giants' bullpen blinks first in Game 3

    Barry M. Bloom
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    The Giants' 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 3 on Friday night in San Francisco played out much like the first two games of this World Series did. The team whose bullpen outperformed the other's won.
  • Hudson's World Series debut doesn't lack intensity

    Steve Gilbert
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tim Hudson, at 39 years old, waited a long time for his World Series debut, but the Royals put the pressure on early in Game 3 so the Giants' veteran right-hander had little time to take in the experience.
  • Morse shrugs off illness for big Game 3 hit

    Anthony DiComo
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick -- a flu bug, he thinks -- leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
  • Seasoned Vogelsong ready for first clash with Royals

    Anthony DiComo
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Even though Ryan Vogelsong has never started a game against the Royals, there is little they can throw at him in World Series Game 4 that he has not already seen.
  • MLB pauses during Game 3 to Stand Up To Cancer

    Mark Newman
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Major League Baseball used its biggest stage for the sixth year in a row to hold a live Stand Up To Cancer moment for a capacity crowd and a global FOX viewing audience.
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  • Nationals promote Cromie to assistant GM

    Bill Ladson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Nationals expanded their baseball research and development department on Friday by promoting Adam Cromie to assistant general manager and director of baseball operations.
  • Span and LaRoche in hunt for NL Gold Gloves

    Bill Ladson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Nationals center fielder Denard Span and first baseman Adam LaRoche are finalist for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 on ESPN2.
  • Zimmerman happy for former teammate Morse

    Bill Ladson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman said Giants outfielder Michael Morse was one of the best teammates he ever had. One can imagine Zimmerman's reaction after Morse helped San Francisco advance into the World Series last week.
  • Zimmerman resting hammy; may play first base in 2015

    Bill Ladson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman is currently resting his right hamstring and will start rehabbing the hamstring again in November. With Adam LaRoche likely to be a free agent after the World Series, Zimmerman is expected to be the everyday first baseman in 2015.
  • Nats, Astros closer to sharing Spring Training complex

    Bill Ladson
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Nationals and Astros received good news regarding relocating their Spring Training facility to Palm Beach County, Fla. On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a financing plan for the two teams.
 
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  • Orioles outright right-hander Johnson

    Quinn Roberts
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    The Orioles outrighted right-hander Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
  • Orioles' Hardy, Jones and Markakis finalists for Gold Glove

    Brittany Ghiroli
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis are each among the three AL finalists at their position for the Gold Glove Award.
  • Surprising contributors led unheralded club to first place

    Brittany Ghiroli
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    An ALCS sweep that ended their season notwithstanding, the Orioles had an excellent season that was boosted primarily by acquisitions and reserves who filled in for unavailable All-Stars.
  • 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 spikes 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.
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  • Boston's Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play

    Spencer Fordin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Pitching and defense ruled the day at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, when the Surprise Saguaros narrowly earned a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
  • Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91

    Joey Nowak
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Al Forester, the longtime Fenway Park employee who drove the cart carrying Ted Williams during the 1999 All-Star Game festivities in Boston, died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.
  • Schilling's postseason magic kept Sox rolling in '04 WS

    Ian Browne
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In the hours leading up to Game 2 of the World Series, backup catcher Doug Mirabelli camped out in the players' parking lot and filmed his teammates as they reported for work. Forgive Curt Schilling -- but he was not in the mood. Scheduled to take the ball for a bloody sock sequel in Game 2 against the Cardinals, Schilling could barely get out of bed on that Sunday morning.
  • Red Sox tab Davis to be new hitting coach

    Ian Browne
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    By hiring Chili Davis, the Red Sox feel they've found a hitting coach with the type of enthusiasm and technique that players will feed off. "It goes back to the person Chili is," manager John Farrell said.
  • Red Sox's Bradley, Pedroia, Cespedes finalists for Gold Glove

    Ian Browne
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Red Sox have three finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove, including rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes are the other two finalists from the Red Sox.
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  • Konerko caps stellar career with Clemente Award

    Scott Merkin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Former White Sox slugger Paul Konerko was recognized before Game 3 of the World Series on Friday with the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins as co-winners of the prestigious 2014 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
  • Longtime scout Provas passes away after battle with cancer

    Scott Merkin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Paul Provas, who was a valuable part of the White Sox organization since the 1993 season, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with brain cancer.
  • Eaton, Ramirez named AL Gold Glove finalists

    Scott Merkin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The White Sox have two chances to capture a 2014 Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award with Adam Eaton announced Thursday as a center-field finalist and Alexei Ramirez announced as a shortstop finalist.
  • White Sox AFL class features talented Anderson

    Jim Callis
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Tim Anderson has moved faster than expected since the White Sox drafted him in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He also missed two months after an errant pitch fractured his right wrist in June, so he's in the Arizona Fall League to compensate for missed at-bats.
  • Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

    Phil Rogers
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Like the Royals, who are meeting the Giants in the World Series, the 1959 so-called "Go-Go Sox" were built around speed and defense. They had finished 10 games above .500 the year before, exactly like the Royals, and found a winning formula that included a deep starting rotation and the best bullpen in their league.
 
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  • Tribe's Wolters guides Peoria back from rocky start

    Teddy Cahill
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    After Peoria and starter Dylan Baker fell behind quickly Friday in Arizona Fall League action, the Javelinas were undeterred and scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Solar Sox, 9-4. Cleveland catching prospect Tony Wolters helped guide five relievers through 8 2/3 scoreless innings after Baker's early exit.
  • Brantley, Gomes named AL Gold Glove finalists

    Jordan Bastian
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    On Thursday, Rawlings unveiled the finalists for the 2014 Gold Glove Awards, which will be revealed at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 4 on ESPN2. Indians left fielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes were among the finalists.
  • Inbox: What will the Indians' bullpen look like in 2015?

    Jordan Bastian
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Will the Tribe go after top relievers in the offseason? Who will get the majority of starts at third base? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
  • Indians Arizona Fall League overview

    Teddy Cahill
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Cleveland top prospect Francisco Lindor's season was extended as Triple-A Columbus reached the International League playoffs, but the 20-year-old shortstop couldn't wait to get back to work.
  • 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.
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  • Miggy's ankle surgery reveals foot fracture

    Jason Beck
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Miguel Cabrera had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle and another to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. He'll likely be very limited in his workouts this offseason.
  • Coles leaves Tigers to be Crew's head hitting coach

    Jason Beck
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The Tigers made no changes on manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff after the season, but they're going to need a new assistant hitting coach after Darnell Coles was hired by the Brewers on Thursday to be their head hitting coach.
  • Kinsler, Avila, Miggy among Gold Glove finalists

    Jason Beck
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Miguel Cabrera and second baseman Ian Kinsler were named finalists at their respective positions for the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award.
  • In 'pen puzzle, Soria appears to be piece to keep

    Jason Beck
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Figuring out how Joakim Soria fits into a Tigers bullpen that's set to get a makeover while still keeping several of its parts is not necessarily a simple matter for the club this offseason, but the reliever is seemingly an important commodity.
  • Al Avila navigating dad, VP roles amid concern for son's health

    Jason Beck
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Alex Avila should be able to have a normal offseason after concussion symptoms from a couple of weeks ago subsided and followup tests came back negative. Still, there's a lingering concern within the Tigers organization -- including VP and assistant GM Al Avila -- for his health after at least three concussions in recent years.
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  • Escobar pounces quickly, providing spark for Royals

    Jamal Collier
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they'd never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
  • Herrera's first MLB at-bat comes in World Series

    AJ Cassavell
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
  • MLB pauses during Game 3 to Stand Up To Cancer

    Mark Newman
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Major League Baseball used its biggest stage for the sixth year in a row to hold a live Stand Up To Cancer moment for a capacity crowd and a global FOX viewing audience.
  • Drastically different lineup delivers for Royals

    Alden Gonzalez
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Ned Yost adapted to National League rules with a drastic lineup change, and after his Royals pulled out the 3-2 win that gave them a 2-1 advantage in this Fall Classic, only one word could accurately depict him: Genius.
  • Vargas, Royals in search of commanding Series lead

    Anthony Castrovince
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    A Royals team that was under .500 as recently as July 22 is now two wins away from claiming the World Series crown. And a Giants team that has owned even-year Octobers of late faces its first World Series deficit in the Bruce Bochy era. It's going to be fascinating to see how Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants respond and whether Jason Vargas and the Royals can seize control in Game 4 tonight at AT&T Park
 
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  • Vargas at peace with decision to leave Angels

    Alden Gonzalez
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The Angels coveted a steady veteran, and their first priority was to re-sign Jason Vargas, a guy they thought was coming back until he accepted a last-minute four-year, $32 million offer from the eventual American League-champion Royals.
  • Angels Arizona Fall League overview

    Jonathan Mayo
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Kaleb Cowart is back in the Arizona Fall League this season -- he played on the Scottsdale Scorpions in 2012 -- to try to continue to build off lessons from adversity. Cowart is still ahead of the curve, age-wise: he won't turn 23 until next June, but he's hoping this fall's time with the Mesa Solar Sox can help him get back to moving up the ladder.
  • Angels' Pujols, Calhoun are Gold Glove finalists

    Alden Gonzalez
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and right fielder Kole Calhoun were named Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award finalists on Thursday, deemed among the top three defenders at their respective positions by AL rivals and baseball analysts.
  • Cowart comes through with big triple in AFL

    William Boor
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Kaleb Cowart, the Angels fourth ranked prospect was off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, but broke out of his slump as he went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Williams claimed from Rockies, placed on 60-day DL

    Alden Gonzalez
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The Angels claimed catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday. The Angels' 40-man roster is full, but Williams will be placed immediately on the 60-day disabled list because he's coming off knee surgery.
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  • Twins re-sign Hamburger, six others to Minors deals

    Rhett Bollinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Twins re-signed seven players to Minor League contracts for the 2015 season, including right-handed reliever Mark Hamburger, the club announced Friday. The Twins will announce Spring Training invites at a later date.
  • Twins' Kepler sparks four-run inning in Fall League play

    Teddy Cahill
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Max Kepler tripled and doubled, helping Salt River defeat Surprise, 9-2. With the victory, the Rafters improved to 10-3-1, becoming the first team to reach 10 wins this fall.
  • Burton heads to free agency after Twins decline option

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Twins declined their $3.6 million club option on right-handed reliever Jared Burton, the club announced Wednesday. Burton will receive a $200,000 buyout and will now become a free agent.
  • Thrilled to be back, Buxton leads Twins' AFL class

    Jonathan Mayo
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    After a 2014 season that saw him play in just 31 games because of injuries, Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is simply happy to be playing baseball. "It couldn't be a better feeling to be back out here, playing games and being healthy," he said about returning to the Arizona Fall League for a second straight season.
  • 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.
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  • Yanks' Austin starts late rally in Fall League win

    Teddy Cahill
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    For six innings Tuesday, Glendale right-handers Francellis Montas and Parker Bridwell silenced Scottsdale's offense. Despite some wildness that led to two runs, the pair held the Scorpions hitless, allowing the Desert Dogs to open a four-run lead.
  • Sabathia nearly '100 percent,' ready to anchor rotation

    Bryan Hoch
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Three months removed from season-ending right knee surgery, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said on Tuesday that he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent" and expects to be ready for a full workload of 32 starts and 200 innings in 2015.
  • Flying high in AFL, Bird named Player of the Week

    Don Ketchum
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Up-and-coming Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird was named the Arizona Fall League's Player of the Week, representing the Scottsdale Scorpions, on Monday. In four games, he hit .353, had a .421 on-base percentage, a .706 slugging percentage, a 1.130 OPS, two home runs, five RBIs, a pair of walks and three runs scored.
  • Yankees Arizona Fall League overview

    Jim Callis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The longest stretch of baseball in 2013 first-round Draft pick Aaron Judge's life began when he reported to Yankees Minor League Spring Training in March. He played 131 regular-season games from April through August, then reported to instructional league in September. There's no rest in Judge's immediate future, because he's now in the Arizona Fall League, slated to play with the Scottsdale Scorpions through mid-November.
  • Inbox: How will the Yankees upgrade the rotation?

    Bryan Hoch
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Could a top-three free-agent pitcher wind up in pinstripes for 2015? How will Alex Rodriguez perform? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
 
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  • Kivlehan keeps hits coming after giving up football

    Spencer Fordin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    So far, the greatest challenge in Patrick Kivlehan's baseball career has been finding a position. Kivlehan, the No. 6 prospect in Seattle's organization, has hit at every stop of the Minor Leagues and has made up for lost time spent playing football.
  • Seattle has trio of Gold Glove finalists in Cano, Seager and Felix

    Greg Johns
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez were named top-three American League finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at their positions on Thursday. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 in a 4 p.m. PT televised presentation on ESPN2.
  • Inbox: What is the position plan for Peterson?

    Greg Johns
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    What is the position plan for prospect D.J. Peterson? What is Justin Smoak's future with the Mariners? Beat reporter Greg Johns answers these questions and more in the latest Reader Inbox.
  • King Felix named AL's top pitcher by Sporting News

    Greg Johns
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Year in 2014 as part of the Sporting News AL All-Star team selected by a vote of baseball executives, becoming the first Mariners player honored since '10.
  • Sanchez, Mariners prospects heating up Winter League

    Greg Johns
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Victor Sanchez, one of the Mariners' top young pitching prospects, is off to a hot start in the Venezuelan Winter League. The 19-year-old right-hander out of Rio Chico, Venezuela, has posted a 2.00 ERA with the Leones del Caracas while allowing two earned runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings
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  • Rays players sad to see Maddon go, but confident about future

    Bill Chastain
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The reaction among Rays players seemed to be one of sorry to see Joe Maddon go while trusting that the Rays management team will make the right calls to find a suitable replacement to perpetuate the organization's excellence.
  • With Maddon out, Rays prepare for managerial search

    Adam Berry
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Now, as the initial surprise of Joe Maddon's exit wears off, president of baseball operations Matt Silverman and the Rays' front office must move forward. What will they look for in a new manager? Who's on the short list to succeed Maddon? At what point do they need to have a replacement in place?
  • Maddon breaks down decision to leave Rays

    Bill Chastain
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Joe Maddon hopes Rays fans will understand his decision to exercise an opt-out clause to manage the Rays in 2015, essentially making him a free agent to field unknown offers.
  • Maddon opts out of contract, leaves Rays

    Bill Chastain
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Manager Joe Maddon has left the Rays, exercising an opt-out clause in his contract. He was signed to a three-year deal that was to run through next season.
  • Rays prospect Leonard showing impressive power potential

    Bernie Pleskoff
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    After converting from pitcher to infielder, Rays prospect Patrick Leonard could prove to be a major part of the James Shields trade from 2012 if he continues to develop his power.
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  • Beltre only Rangers player among AL Gold Glove finalists

    T.R. Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Adrian Beltre of the Rangers is one of three finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence among American League third basemen.
  • Inbox: What offseason decisions are looming?

    T.R. Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Will the Rangers stick with Mitch Moreland? Does Joey Gallo have a chance to make the Opening Day roster? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan takes a look at the latest questions on fans' minds in the Inbox.
  • Rangers Arizona Fall League overview

    Jim Callis
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Perhaps more than any other farm system, the Rangers are teeming with toolsy, young position players. Outfielder Nick Williams is the most consistent hitter among them, but even he realizes he has more work to do before he's ready for the big leagues.
  • Banister working to settle on coaching staff

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    New Rangers manager Jeff Banister is in Surprise, Ariz., this week for organizational meetings and to continue the process of putting together his coaching staff.
  • Bogar opts to break from Rangers' coaching staff

    T.R. Sullivan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the Rangers' season, will not be joining new manager Jeff Banister's coaching staff. That was the conclusion reached after Bogar had discussions with Banister and general manager Jon Daniels.
 
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  • Recent history repeated itself with Blue Jays' infield

    Gregor Chisholm
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    In a lot of ways, the performance of Toronto's infield in 2014 mirrored the results from a year ago. Brett Lawrie got hurt again, and a lack of long-term options meant there was a revolving door at second base for the second consecutive season.
  • Buehrle a Gold Glove finalist for Blue Jays

    Gregor Chisholm
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has been named a finalist for a 2014 Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award. Buehrle was a four-time recipient of the award from 2009-12. He also was a finalist in '13 but lost to teammate R.A. Dickey.
  • Expectations of Blue Jays' bullpen left unmet

    Gregor Chisholm
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The performance of relievers is notoriously hard to predict from year to year, and the Blue Jays found that out the hard way in 2014. The bullpen was expected to be a strength, but instead, it turned into a major weakness. Injuries played a small factor, but a number of quality arms never found a way to get on track.
  • 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.
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  • Let's relive the Red Sox 2004 World Series: Bloody Sock 2 in Game 2

    bryanjoiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Curt Schilling takes the mound for the last time before he gets non-experimental surgery on his ankle. Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is probably best thought of as the moment it became likely that the Red Sox would finally win it all. It would not have felt that way. It would have still felt like an amateur tightrope walk, where the winds always had the power to knock you off at the last moment, as they had done so many times before. This time, they had been conspiring to keep you upright, and now were easily at your back, and the clouds had parted. It had looked like this before. Shea…
  • Taking a look at the second-tier of free agent starting pitchers

    Matt_Collins
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    While most of the focus has been on who will be Boston's next ace, here are some names who could fill out the middle of the rotation. The offseason is still very young (and hasn’t even started for a couple teams), but there is already a clear talking point that will likely dominate the entire winter. Who is going to top the rotation next year? Will the Phillies come down in their demands for Cole Hamels enough for the Red Sox to pony up? Will Boston be willing to shell out the commitment it will take to land Jon Lester or Max Scherzer? Is James Shields good enough to be comfortable with him…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Yoenis Cespedes, Junichi Tazawa, Shane Victorino

    Nick Bond
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Today's links look at Yoenis's potential, Tazawa's morale and the chances that Shane Victorino can come back and contribute. Chili Davis thinks Yoenis Cespedes could be great. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) And he makes John Farrell happy, even if he has a longer contract than his manager. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Junichi Tazawa is just happy to be here. Which is to say, he's just happy to a shutdown middle reliever. (Ricky Doyle; NESN) Which pitcher(s) will be joining him towards the back end of the bullpen remains unclear, but there are some ideas (and a whole lot of stats) flying around trying…
  • Red Sox announce hiring of hitting coach Chili Davis, retain Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach

    Joon Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The hiring of the new Red Sox hitting coach is official. The Red Sox have found their replacement for former hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. The team announced the hiring of Chili Davis as the club's major league hitting coach. The team also announced that assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez will return for his third season with the club. The club's hiring of Davis was previously first reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Davis returns to the Red Sox organization, where he served as the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. A three-time All-Star and World Series Champion during…
  • Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley Jr. named Gold Glove finalists

    Ben Buchanan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Three Red Sox have been named finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove awards. The Red Sox will have three shots at a Gold Glove this year, with Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jackie Bradley Jr. being named finalists for second base, left field, and center field respectively. For Pedroia, this is nothing new. He's constantly in the mix, and should probably win more often than he does, even with three already to his name. If he wants to make it four, Pedroia will have to beat out Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano--strong competition when you consider that these awards tend to only be about 30%…
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  • Joy of The Completed Page: 1976 Topps

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

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

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

    Ben Henry
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    With the unveiling of the underwhelming design of 2015 Topps flagship—with its 25-year-anniversary homage to the 1990 Topps design, intended or not—and the prospect of collecting Heritage '66 next summer already uninteresting, Archives may be the set for me in 2015.  So today I daydreamed about which old designs Topps will pull out of their storage closet for its 2015 Archives set. Here are my guesses.1988 Topps BaseballI happen to like the design of 1988 Topps. It's like a combination of the best elements of the 1966 and 1967designs, with an easy-to-read orange back. Nine-year-old…
  • 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…
 
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  • Week In Review: 10/18/14 - 10/24/14

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Extended Phillies - OF Grady Sizemore (one year), P Jerome Williams (one year) Avoided Arbitration Phillies - P Cesar Jimenez (link) Declined Option Twins on P Jared Burton (link) Claimed Royals - OF Moises Sierra (from White Sox - link) Angels - C Jackson Williams (from Rockies - link) Designated For Assignment Royals - P Liam Hendriks (link) Outrighted Orioles – P Steve Johnson (link) White Sox - OF Michael Taylor (link) Key Minor League Signings Pirates - P Josh Stinson (link) Phillies - C John Hester (link) Braves - IF Pedro Ciriaco (link)…
  • Prospect Report: Can Randal Grichuk Emerge As A Starter In St. Louis?

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When Randal Grichuk was sent to the Cardinals as part of the David Freese trade, little was thought of the move. St. Louis already had a lot of young outfielders, so why should we expect anything to come of him? Buried behind Oscar Taveras and others, many assumed Grichuk would simply later be used as trade bait to strengthen the team elsewhere. That never happened, as Grichuk erupted at Triple-A. In 472 plate appearances he hit .259, but with 25 HR and 8 SB. The line led to him getting 116 PA in the Majors, adding another 3 HR. While we can point to…
  • Yadier Molina: The Most Overrated Catcher in 2015

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yadier Molina receives almost as much praise as any player in the game for his seemingly unparalleled abilities to call games, limit base runners, and his efforts in leading the Cardinals to four straight NLCS appearances.  Despite the spending the majority of his career as a poor offensive option, Molina is now lauded for his […] Yadier Molina: The Most Overrated Catcher in 2015 - Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks - Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks - Practical and useful fantasy baseball advice and analysis.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 Top Fantasy Prospects

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The prospect staff at Fake Teams continues their fantasy prospect rankings and system reviews with an in-depth look at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Just like last year, the prospect staff here at Fake Teams will be taking an in-depth look at each major league organization, including our top 10 fantasy prospects, an overview of the organization's minor league system as a whole and potential opportunities for playing time in 2015. Our goal is to provide you with more information as you prepare for minor league drafts for dynasty and keeper leagues, as well as look at players that could potentially…
  • Misconceptions Week 8: Long Live DeMarco!

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Lot of nonsense being thrown around. Lets get into what you should be ignoring and paying attention to! I was having lunch the other day when I heard some people around me talking about fantasy football. A great lunchtime conversation topic, I threw up a nice big smile knowing all was well in the world. But then I heard this. "I mean I heard Dallas wants DeMarco Murray to get less than 30 carries a game. I'm worried." Oh boy. You guys need this article more than ever. Lets get into what absurd theories you're listening to and shouldn't be. And since we were already on the topic... Theory 1:…
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  • Link-O-Rama

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

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

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

    Josh Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Owen Daniels should benefit from extra attention on B-More WR corps. (Rachel Woolf, Baltimore Sun) By Vaney Hariri and Josh Johnson The timid and meek may not want read articles like this. Our hope is that together we can push the needle into the Fantasy playoffs. We realize it’s tough each and every week and that’s why we are at your service with your Start ‘em or Sit ‘em picks for Week Eight. — JJ START ‘EM Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions @ ATL (in London, England): Bush has been relatively disappointing this year (we slotted him 15th in our Running Back Rankings)…
  • Podcast: Blame Percy Harvin for Everything

    Josh Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Seattle’s poor punt coverage? Percy Harvin’s fault. World famine? Percy Harvin’s fault. (espn.go.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 Brian Tesch of FantasyPros.com and Sharona Sports. Among the topics that bubbled over: Percy Harvin is a Jet? Who steps up in Seattle? How much Fantasy impact can Harvin have this year? Brian explains. Who will draft a QB first in the 2015 NFL Draft? Mohamed Sanu is growing in the absence of A.J. Green.
  • Create Your Own Football Fashion Look

    RotoRob
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    RotoRob is pretty stoked about his Chargers these days. Last month, we wrote about the launch of the NFL Hall of Fashion, of which we were honoured to be one of the 16 initial inductees. Today, we’d like to tell you a bit more about NFL Apparel and the “Together We Make Football” Women’s Campaign. The NFL Women’s Apparel campaign is now is its fifth year and the whole idea behind the “Together We Make Football” campaign is that you can take gear from your favourite NFL team and incorporate it into your own fashion sensibility to create a customized…
  • The Wire Troll: Build a Foundation Out of Charles Clay

    Josh Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    If you started Tre Mason Sunday, we bow down to you. (AP photo) While you are still trying to figure out exactly how many people Percy Harvin punched in the face, we must remind you to put in your waiver claims. Also with a major bye pending in Week Nine you might want to proactively plan ahead to avoid future headaches. Once again, we sacrifice to the Fantasy gods our Wire Troll picks for Week Eight. Bye Weeks: San Francisco, New York Giants QUARTERBACK Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders: As Blake Bortles rose up draft boards thanks to a mature comeback bowl performance, Carr slid. It seemed the…
  • Review: NHL Gamecenter Live 2014-15 App

    Mike Chen
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    This year’s NHL Gamecenter includes mobile user interface improvements. Note: The free version of Gamecenter is essentially a highlights-and-stats app for both consoles and mobile devices. This review covers the premium version. The new NHL season is upon us, and with it, fans are inundated with advertisements to purchase NHL Center Ice (the TV package) or NHL Gamecenter Live (its online counterpart). For years, Center Ice was the most convenient way to get wall to wall NHL action. However, in recent years the functionality of NHL Gamecenter has propelled it to the forefront. The new…
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  • World Series 3: Royals 3, Giants 2

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Royals - 100 002 000 - 3 6 0Giants - 000 002 000 - 2 4 0Kansas City manager Ned Yost once again relied on the nearly infallible arms of his bullpen - to the point of letting Kelvin Herrera bat in the seventh inning with a runner on base just so he could stay in the game and pitch another inning - and it paid off. The Royals held on for a 3-2 victory and now hold a 2-1 lead in the World Series.When KC starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-4-2-0-0, 77) allowed a single and an RBI double to begin the bottom of the sixth, Yost had his hook ready. In came Herrera. The flame-throwing righty had thrown 32…
  • Ten Years After: 2004 World Series 2: Red Sox 6, Cardinals 2

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Sunday, October 24, 2004Cardinals - 000 100 010 - 2 5 0Red Sox - 200 202 00x - 6 8 4Curt Schilling, from Don't Let Us Win Tonight:That was one of the scarier mornings of my career. I woke up at about 7 a.m. in one of those mindsets where you know something's wrong. I looked around and wondered, why am I up? It's 7 a.m. I would normally sleep until 10 or 11, given game time. And as soon as I turned to my left, I felt like my leg was in a fireplace. I rolled the cover back and my right ankle was swollen as thick as my right calf. And it was red, very red. It was so sensitive. Just the covers…
  • Ten Years After: 2004 World Series 1: Red Sox 11, Cardinals 9

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Saturday, October 23, 2004Cardinals - 011 302 020 - 9 11 1Red Sox - 403 000 22x - 11 13 4
  • World Series 2: Royals 7, Giants 2

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Giants - 100 100 000 - 2 9 0Royals - 110 005 00x - 7 10 0Salvador Perez smacked a two-run double and Omar Infante launched a two-run homer as the Royals scored five times in the sixth inning. The Giants tied a World Series record by using five pitchers in the inning. Perez and Infante got their hits off Hunter Strickland, who got into a shouting match with Perez as Infante finished circling the bases.On the Fox broadcast, Harold Reynolds theorized that Strickland was yelling at himself into his glove and Perez, jogging from third to home, thought the words were directed at him. However,…
  • Ten Years After: The Radio Broadcasts

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    You can get copies of the WEEI broadcasts of most of the 2004 ALCS and World Series by clicking on this link.The zip file includes ALCS Games 3-7 and all four World Series games. The final three ALCS games include the call-in shows either before or after the game.Grab it now! Because the link will expire in seven days.
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  • WordPress 4.0 Upgrade Complete

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    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!
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    17 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
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    25 Dec 2013 | 1:19 pm
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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…
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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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  • Phils’ philospophy beginning to evolve | phillies.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    It’s about time. “My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of our options open and we’re not going to limit ourselves with the options…
  • Dave Dombrowski: Injury worse than expected, Miguel Cabrera ‘is as tough as you can possibly be’ | MLive.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day. But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be. “He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that…
  • MLB - Royals’ Ned Yost keeps managing to win - ESPN

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that? He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness. He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that? “I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m smart—because I’m neither. I’m not a dope, but I’m…
  • Gambling Bochy creature of habit when it comes to pitchers | CSN Bay Area

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ratto cracks me up.In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by: (a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse. (b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, which he did after walking Gregor Blanco and giving up three routine groundouts, one of which scored…
  • Yost’s managerial decisions make for extra-entertaining World Series | FOX Sports

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    In defense of Yost.We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.
 
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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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  • Yankees' Mark Teixeira & His Priorities: They Mean Only One Thing

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

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

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

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

    Michael Axisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here is your open thread for tonight and the next two nights as well. The Royals and Giants resume the World Series in a little bit (Guthrie vs. Hudson, 8pm ET on FOX), plus both the Knicks (preseason) and Devils (regular season) are playing. Talk about those games or anything else right here. Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogWeekend Open Thread The post Weekend Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
  • Baseball America’s 2014 Draft Report Cards: Yankees edition

    Michael Axisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Baseball America published their 2014 Draft Report Card for the Yankees earlier this week, though it is behind the paywall. It’s fairly straight forward anyway. LHP Jacob Lindgren (2nd round) has the best secondary pitch (his slider) and is closest to the big leagues. RHP Austin DeCarr (3) has the best fastball, OF Mark Payton (7) is the best pure hitter, and 1B Chris Gittens (12) is the best power hitter. No real surprises there. In a free companion piece, Clint Longenecker broke down some recent draft spending trends from around the league. The Yankees exceeded their $3.2M pool and…
  • 2014 Season Review: The Fifth Outfielder Who Played Too Much

    Michael Axisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    (Elsa/Getty) Last offseason, the Yankees sought to improve their offense by signing big name free agents, and that led to both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran wearing pinstripes. With Brett Gardner earmarked for left field and Alfonso Soriano in tow, Ichiro Suzuki was suddenly a man without a job. Not a full-time job anyway. Ichiro had been relegated to a fifth outfielder’s role before pitchers and catchers even reported to Spring Training. He was going to be a pinch-runner and defensive replacement specialist. That’s pretty much it. To his credit, Ichiro didn’t complain…
  • AL East Shakeup: Joe Maddon opts out of contract to leave Rays

    Michael Axisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract and is leaving the organization, the team announced. I’m sure we’ll hear tons about him potentially joining Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers in the coming days and weeks. Or maybe he just has his eye on that open first base coaching job in the Bronx. Times are a changin’ down in Tampa, that’s for sure. Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogAL East Shakeup: Joe Maddon opts out of contract to leave Rays The post AL East Shakeup: Joe Maddon opts out of contract to leave Rays appeared first on River Avenue…
  • Mailbag: Refsnyder, Aviles, LaRoche, Schedule

    Michael Axisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Got six questions in this week’s mailbag. The best way to send us mailbag questions or comments or links or anything else is through the Submit A Tip box in the sidebar. Refsnyder. (Scranton Times-Tribune) Greg asks: What kind of stats can we expected from Rob Refsnyder at the major league level in 2015? I’m not really sure how to answer this so I’ll start by saying Steamer projects a .262/.328/.390 (102 wRC+) line from Refsnyder next season, which seems reasonable enough to me. (Reminder: Projections are not predictions, they’re an attempt to estimate current talent…
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  • Meet the Speakers of the EBCA Convention 2014: John Vodenlich (UW-Whitewater)

    philipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 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 John Vodenlich John Vodenlich enters his 12th season at the helm of the UW-Whitewater baseball program. He has taken the Warhawks to heights unreached prior to his arrival on campus. While the Whitewater program has had longstanding success, Vodenlich has set a new standard, turning…
  • Baseball Finland taking part in “Dethroning Violence” event in Helsinki

    philipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Press Release Finnish Baseball and Softball Federation Baseball Finland will participate this Sunday in the “Dethroning Violence” (Väkivallankumous) event arranged by several youth outreach programs. The event will take place at the Roihuvuori Pesäpallo field in eastern Helsinki from 12 noon to 6pm. This movement was born in the aftermath of violent acts against innocent young people in eastern Helsinki in 2014. The opening event is a friendly tournament of Pesäpallo (Finnish baseball), which will take place at 12 noon on the Roihuvuori sports field. In addition to young…
  • Changes coming for European Cup Club Competitions

    philipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    by Confederation of European Baseball The Sports Group of the C.E.B. Executive Committee has decided to change the format of the European Cup club tournaments. European Cups – period 1st week June European Champions Cup Participants (8) are the Champions of the following Federations: ·       Czech Republic ·       France ·       Germany ·       Italy ·       Netherlands ·       Russia ·       Spain ·       Ukraine European C.E.B. Cup Cup winners or runner-ups (8) of the following Federations: ·       Czech Republic…
  • London Sports with successful Trip to Spain

    philipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    By Baseball Softball UK LondonSports, the largest youth baseball club in Britain, founded in 1987, recently sent U12 and U15 teams to play a series of matches in Spain, spread over two weekends in October. The British teams came away with a record of nine wins and three losses. It was the second year running that LondonSports had sent teams to Spain, and this year’s itinerary included stopovers and playing time in Barcelona (at the Olympic stadium) and Gijon. The competition was four youth teams from the northern part of Spain. For more information visit www.britishbaseball.org
  • Italy announces preliminary Roster for 21U Baseball World Cup

    philipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    The Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) has announced a 26-man preliminary roster for the 21U Baseball World Cup in Taichung next month. The final roster will be released on October 30. The coaching staff is led by Guglielmo Trinci, assisted by Rolando Cretis, Claudio Corradi and Alberto D’Auria. Before departing for Taiwan the team is holding a training camp in Tirrenia next week. In Taichung they will play three exhibition games between November 3 and 5 against local university teams. Roster: Pitcher:  Gabriele Quattrini, Yomel Rivera, Jacopo Piccini, Simone Bazzarini, Matteo…
 
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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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  • Royals tie series at 1 apiece. Billy Butler's smack in the 6th.

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

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

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

    Arizona Phil
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Mark Zagunis singled twice, doubled, walked, stole a base, drove-in his team's lone run, and threw out a runner at the plate, in an AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Although they were outhit, Team Gonzalez took advantage of three errors, six walks, an HBP, and a PB, to edge Team Johnson 2-1 in Game 3 of the "Cubs World Series." Team Johnson now leads the series, two games to one. Here is the box score from the game: Tags: AZ Instructional LeagueCubs…
  • 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…
 
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  • Why Dave Martinez May Not Be The Manager Of The Rays In 2015

    Cork Gaines
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Back in September when we discussed the possibility of Joe Maddon not managing the Rays in 2015, the uneasiness of the thought was muted a bit because we knew the Rays have Dave Martinez waiting in the wings and nobody knows the ways of Maddon better than Martinez. But while Martinez is certainly a candidate, there is no guarantee he will take over Maddon’s office next season. In fact, Matt Silverman made it clear today that they don’t have a specific name in mind to replace Maddon. Following the announcement that Maddon was opting out, Silverman said that the team will conduct…
  • Joe Maddon Is Not Going To Dodgers, Is Expecting ’4-5 Legit Suitors’

    Cork Gaines
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. It will take a while for that to sink in especially because it appears that Maddon doesn’t have a job lined up. The obvious speculation at first was the Los Angeles Dodgers where Andrew Friedman recently became the president of baseball operations and their current manager, Don Mattingly, no longer seems like a good fit. But several reports have made it clear that Maddon is not going to be managing the Dodgers in 2015, with Ken Rosenthal making the most emphatic declaration. Source: Maddon NOT heading to #Dodgers. — Ken…
  • Joe Maddon Is Out As Manager Of The Rays Effective Immediately

    Cork Gaines
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Sources: Manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays immediately. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 24, 2014 According to Jon Heyman, the opt-out clause in Maddon’s contract kicked in with the departure of Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers. Heyman says there were some “contentious days” after Friedman’s announcement. maddon could have opted out immediately after friedman left. word is, there were some…
  • Andrew Friedman Got A Record Contract And His First Taste Of How Things Will Be Different In LA

    Cork Gaines
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Well, we knew the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a lot of money at Andrew Friedman to entice him to leave the Rays. Now we know exactly how much and it is a record. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Friedman’s contract with the Dodgers is 5-years and he will make $35 million. Not surprisingly, Andrew Friedman’s deal with the Dodgers is record-setting: from sources, $35 million over 5 years, plus incentives. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 24, 2014 $7 million per year. PLUS INCENTIVES! For comparison, the Cubs lured Theo Epstein away from the Red Sox with a 5-year, $18.5…
  • Rays Next TV Deal Could Be Worth $80-100 Million Per Year

    Cork Gaines
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    With so much attention focused on getting the Tampa Bay Rays a new stadium it is easy to overlook another revenue stream situation that will almost certainly improve in the next year or two. With the Rays television contract set to expire in 2016, the Rays could be sitting on a gold mine that will mean more revenue for the team and more money to spend on players. Currently, Sun Sports is paying the Rays about $20 million per year for the rights to broadcast games locally. That is one of the smallest local TV deals in baseball even though the Rays are in the middle of the road when it comes to…
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  • Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Albert Suarez Stays Strong

    Robbie Knopf
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    It looks like Albert Suarez is nowhere near close to giving up on his dream of playing in the major leagues. The 25 year old has done his best Alex Torres impression from 2012 as he continue to pitch well in the Venezuelan Winter League. Arizona Fall League: Peoria Javelinas 9, Mesa Solar Sox 4 […] Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Albert Suarez Stays Strong - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • An Era Ends for the Tampa Bay Rays, But a New One Begins

    Robbie Knopf
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    2008 changed everything for the Tampa Bay Rays, and it was only the start. After a step back in 2009, the Rays came right back with 90 win seasons each year from 2010 to 2013 and three postseason appearances in four years. But now, we can say with certainty, that the first great era in […] An Era Ends for the Tampa Bay Rays, But a New One Begins - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Breaking News: Joe Maddon Leaving Tampa Bay Rays

    Robbie Knopf
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Andrew Friedman left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we thought that we be it. It would be difficult enough for the Rays to continue without the executive who had transformed for their team from a laughingstock to a perennial contender, but they would find a way to survive. However, as it turns out, Friedman leaving […] Breaking News: Joe Maddon Leaving Tampa Bay Rays - 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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    Number 5 Type Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Windy City Thunderbolts Mascot

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

    independentbaseball
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 2013 Hawaii Stars player played in the Japanese major leagues and also is a MMA fighter in Japan? Answer: Katsuaki Furuki Mentioned around 1:15 mark here: Link to Japanese MMA fight here. http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=472711&seasonid=25203 Please support … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Independent League With Teams In 3 Time Zones

    independentbaseball
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which independent professional baseball league has teams in three different time zones? Answer: The Pecos League:  Central Time Zone (Alpine Cowboys), Mountain Time Zone (majority of the teams), Pacific Time Zone (Bisbee Blue) Please support this … 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.
  • Team’s Stadium Which Had Bow And Arrow Trick Shots

    independentbaseball
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which independent baseball team’s stadium was used for a series of YouTube videos for bow and arrow trick shots? Answer: The Quebec Capitales Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your … 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.
  • Reporter Who Became A Mascot For The Newark Bears

    independentbaseball
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which television reporter became a “mascot for the day” for the Newark Bears in 2001? Answer: George Falkowski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5786w4n1oY Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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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

    metsjetsnets88
    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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  • New York Mets Hire Kevin Long As New Hitting Coach

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

    Steve Benko
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    When Tim Lincecum was called up to the major leagues in 2007, he was a 5’11, 170 pound 22-year-old pitcher out of the University of Washington. He had a fastball that topped out at 99 mph, a two seamer, a curveball, a changeup, a slider, all of which were pure nastiness. Lincecum is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, with two no-hitters, two World Series rings, and an MLB record most strikeouts in the first four seasons of a career; an impressive resume, in such a short amount of time. In his prime, The Freak was everything fans wanted to see in a pitcher. Once he got to the MLB, he realized…
  • World Series Five-Point Preview

    Brett Blizinski
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The World Series pits two wild card winners against each other this year and this is a very intriguing matchup. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are far different teams, however. On one side you have the Kansas City Royals who haven’t been to the playoffs in 29 years and they somehow have not lost a single game. Going 8-0 thus far, some have called it “Royals Magic” and honestly that’s the only plausible name I could give this magical run. But what happens if their “magic” runs out? Then you have the Giants, who are looking to cement their names as a dynasty. With a…
  • Baseball Needs a New Face, But Whose?

    Kevin Pittack
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Beneath bright lights he shines as the brightest star in the midst of a nascent dynasty, a talented player in one of the nation’s largest cities and with an avid fan base that in the recent past identified with failure and now expects excellence. Such were the first few seasons of Derek Jeter’s career and they are currently being paralleled by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Poesy, and this World Series may be his launching pad to the Jeterian stratosphere. It has been a conversation since Jeter announced his retirement prior to the 2014 season: who will take up the crown from the…
  • 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…
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  • Foul Ball Predictions: NLCS and ALCS Prediction Results

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

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

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

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