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  • Batsman's Death Turns Attention on Helmets

    NYT > Baseball
    By REUTERS
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.
  • Tomas, D-backs agree on six-year deal

    ARI Homepage News
    Jesse Sanchez
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
  • Braves re-evaluate plans as Tomas signs elsewhere

    ATL Homepage News
    Mark Bowman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The Braves were intrigued enough by Yasmany Tomas' power potential to send manager Fredi Gonzalez and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to Tuesday's workout in the Dominican Republic. But their interest in the Cuban prospect evaporated on Wednesday evening, when Tomas opted to sign with the D-backs.
  • Hoyer seeking improvements for Cubs' roster

    CHC Homepage News
    Carrie Muskat
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The Cubs are among the teams waiting for free agent Jon Lester to decide where he'll pitch next season, but that isn't stopping general manager Jed Hoyer from trying to address other areas on the club that need improving.
  • Reds Community Fund helping youth throughout the year

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    Mark Sheldon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The non-profit Reds Community Fund is largely in the business of creating opportunities for inner-city youth to play baseball and softball that otherwise wouldn't have a chance. Because of the recently opened P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, business is good -- very good, in fact.
 
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  • Tomas, D-backs agree on six-year deal

    Jesse Sanchez
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
  • Tomas deal an extension of Cuba's impact

    Andrew Simon
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The wave of big-money deals for Cuban free agents continued to surge Wednesday, when sources told MLB.com that the D-backs have agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract with24-year-old slugger Yasmany Tomas.
  • Tomas contract would be record for D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Yasmany Tomas' six-year, $68.5 million deal will become the largest contract given to a free agent in D-backs history.
  • Tomas signing gives D-backs fans chance to dream

    Phil Rogers
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Score one for the D-backs. And, if Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes are any indication, they will score big with Yasmany Tomas.
  • D-backs release Spring Training schedule

    Steve Gilbert
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The D-backs will open their fifth Spring Training at Salt River Fields on March 3 with an exhibition game against Arizona State University before opening up a 34-game schedule the following day against the Rockies.
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  • Braves re-evaluate plans as Tomas signs elsewhere

    Mark Bowman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The Braves were intrigued enough by Yasmany Tomas' power potential to send manager Fredi Gonzalez and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to Tuesday's workout in the Dominican Republic. But their interest in the Cuban prospect evaporated on Wednesday evening, when Tomas opted to sign with the D-backs.
  • Inbox: Could Heyward return to Braves after 2015?

    Mark Bowman
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Could Jason Heyward return to the Braves when he becomes a free agent after the 2015 season? Who will fill the leadoff spot next year? Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
  • Gonzalez, Donald share goal of aiding with recovery

    Mark Bowman
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chris Heitzman's progress is an example of what Fredi Gonzalez's friend Cindy Donald aspires to help others realize with her Dreams of Recovery Foundation, which is aimed toward raising funds for individuals who have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury.
  • Smoltz headlines Braves' list of HOF hopefuls

    Mark Bowman
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    John Smoltz, in his first year of eligibility, headlines the Braves' list of candidates for election to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield are the other players with Atlanta connections who will also appear on the ballot.
  • Speedskater-turned-businessman Plant makes mark on Atlanta

    Mark Bowman
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Mike Plant has made a significant impact since joining the Braves after the 2003 season, and he calls his efforts toward the forthcoming stadium in Cobb County the "crown jewel" of his career.
 
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  • Hoyer seeking improvements for Cubs' roster

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The Cubs are among the teams waiting for free agent Jon Lester to decide where he'll pitch next season, but that isn't stopping general manager Jed Hoyer from trying to address other areas on the club that need improving.
  • Cubs' season of giving lasts all year long

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In conjunction with Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, Cubs Charities presented "100 Gifts of Service" in 2014, a year-long program that featured Cubs players, coaches and front office associates engaging in a variety of community service projects.
  • Cubs say bleachers may not be ready by opener

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Wrigley Field bleachers, currently undergoing a major renovation, may not be ready by Opening Night because of unseasonably cold weather and delays with related projects, but a contingency plan is in place for season-ticket holders, a Cubs spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Cubs Authentics unveil Wrigley Field Collection

    Mark Newman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    The Cubs announced on Monday that Cubs Authentics, their official provider of game-used and authenticated memorabilia, has introduced the Wrigley Field Collection for fans looking to collect unique items from the historic ballpark.
  • After big dip in support, Smith hoping to close out Hall bid

    Tom Singer
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Lee Smith fell from 50.6 percent in 2012 to 29.9 percent of the voting in last year's Hall of Fame balloting, but the former career saves leader has three years remaining to earn a spot in Cooperstown.
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    CIN Homepage News

  • Reds Community Fund helping youth throughout the year

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The non-profit Reds Community Fund is largely in the business of creating opportunities for inner-city youth to play baseball and softball that otherwise wouldn't have a chance. Because of the recently opened P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, business is good -- very good, in fact.
  • Reds sign Boesch to Minor League contract

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    In a move that added depth to the pool of outfielders, and potentially their bench, the Reds signed Brennan Boesch to a Minor League contract and invited him to big league camp at Spring Training.
  • Reds have left-field options on free-agent market

    Mark Sheldon
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    If Walt Jocketty and the Reds look to the free-agent market to fill left field, their options include Nori Aoki, Torii Hunter, Michael Morse, Alex Rios, Colby Rasmus and Chris Denorfia.
  • Reds add Towers, Schugel as special assistants to GM

    Mark Sheldon
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Reds completed some expected changes to the baseball operations side of their front office on Tuesday with the formal additions of Kevin Towers and Jeff Schugel as special assistants to general manager Walt Jocketty.
  • Goals for Diaz: Keep weight off, keep bullpen job

    Mark Sheldon
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Jumbo Diaz won his battle with weight, and now the reliever is determined to show the Reds in 2015 that he's not only won that war for good -- but also a spot in Cincinnati's bullpen.
 
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  • Barnes expresses gratitude by assisting those in need

    Thomas Harding
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're a teenager -- or a little older and wonder what it's like to compete against Major League players -- and you happen to be in Anaheim, Calif., in December, you could have a chance to do so, all for a good cause, thanks to Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, people such as Barnes express their gratitude for their good fortune by assisting others.
  • Downtime gave Lyles chance to develop pitch

    Thomas Harding
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    A broken bone in his non-pitching hand sidelined Rockies starter Jordan Lyles for part of the 2014 season, but he used that time to work on a split-finger changeup, which he thinks will make him a more complete pitcher.
  • Rockies unveil 2015 Spring Training schedule

    Brian McTaggart
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Rockies will play 16 Spring Training home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in 2015, the fifth year they'll share the facility with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Dodgers pick up Nicasio from Rockies

    Ken Gurnick
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    New Dodgers management continued to bolster the pitching staff Monday by acquiring right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named or cash considerations.
  • Walker hopes support for Hall of Fame grows

    John Schlegel
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Not many Major Leaguers can claim status as a national baseball icon, a cornerstone for two franchises and a key veteran presence for a third, but Larry Walker has all that on his resume and more. He would like to see that translate into support on the Hall of Fame ballot.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Stassi brothers host Homers for the Hungry

    Brian McTaggart
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Astros prospect Max Stassi and his brother, Brock, a first baseman/left fielder who reached Double-A with the Phillies last season, will hold their sixth annual Homers for the Hungry benefit on Saturday in their hometown of Yuba City, Calif.
  • Astros' Aplin uses intangibles, effort to make a difference

    Bernie Pleskoff
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the Astros' Andrew Aplin and how his solid offensive skillset and reliable fielding can help the big league club.
  • Altuve stays busy following breakout season

    Brian McTaggart
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    It's been a busy offseason for Jose Altuve, who spent a couple of weeks on a tour with fellow big leaguers for the Japan All-Star Series, emerging off the bench as one of the Major League Baseball All-Star squad's best hitters.
  • Like father, like son: Sports big part of Pettis family

    Brian McTaggart
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Gary Pettis isn't the athlete in the family anymore, but his passion for baseball hasn't waned.
  • Bagwell's Hall case goes beyond lofty numbers

    Brian McTaggart
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Considering the number of years a player can appear on the Hall of Fame ballot has been cut to 10 years from 15, former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell could use a bump in his voting total if he's going to reach Cooperstown.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Throwing prospects into fire becoming the norm

    Richard Justice
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Perhaps more than ever before, young players are the currency of baseball. Those old timetables have been torn up as teams have watched Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Sonny Gray, Andrelton Simmons and others get fast-tracked to the big leagues. Almost every club has a young player or two being discussed. Are they ready? Will they be ready at midseason?
  • Dodgers serve community with 'Season of Giving'

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This year, the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation have launched a "Season of Giving," a community-focused campaign that seeks to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles throughout November and December.
  • Dodgers send infielder Jackson to Royals

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Infielder Ryan Jackson, a member of the Dodgers for 23 days, was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for cash considerations.
  • Dodgers seek short-term solution at shortstop

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Now that Hanley Ramirez has returned to Boston, the Dodgers will try to add a shortstop, short term. Corey Seager, the 20-year-old can't-miss prospect, is close but not yet ready.
  • Dodgers pick up Nicasio from Rockies

    Ken Gurnick
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    New Dodgers management continued to bolster the pitching staff Monday by acquiring right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named or cash considerations.
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Ballpark pup has Brewers celebrating 'Hanksgiving'

    Adam McCalvy
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    The story of Hank the Ballpark Pup continues to raise money and spirits in Wisconsin. "I am personally going to be celebrating 'Hanksgiving' this year with my family," said the Wisconsin Humane Society's Angela Speed.
  • Braun feeling good following thumb surgery

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Ryan Braun won't know for sure until he gets back to the grind of baseball and fends off a few 95-mph inside fastballs. But so far, the Brewers right fielder believes his thumb surgery was a success.
  • Crew announces postgame concert series at Miller Park

    Adam McCalvy
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Country music artist Joe Nichols and veteran bands O.A.R. and the Goo Goo Dolls will perform at Miller Park next year as part of the Brewers' first-ever postgame concert series.
  • Brewers promote Guerrero to first-base coach

    Adam McCalvy
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Rather than hire a new first-base coach, the Brewers are giving one of their existing coaches a promotion. General manager Doug Melvin said the role will be filled in 2015 by Mike Guerrero, a longtime Brewers Minor League instructor and manager who joined the big league staff as an extra coach last season.
  • 'Very busy' Sheffield on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

    Jason Beck
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Gary Sheffield isn't about to sit back and think about his legacy in retirement. He's an agent, an analyst and a father, and he has a chance to enter Cooperstown in his first turn on the ballot.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • Yearlong efforts help A's serve Bay Area community

    Jane Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The A's philanthropic endeavors of 2014 ran parallel to their on-field success, with the organization donating nearly $500,000 to various Bay Area charities this year.
  • Kantrovitz returns to A's as assistant general manager

    Jane Lee
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The void left in Oakland's front office by newly named Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi has been filled by a familiar face, with the A's welcoming back Dan Kantrovitz as assistant general manager.
  • Players' cut of postseason pool announced

    Adam Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants' full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
  • McGwire hoping to reverse trend on HOF ballot

    Matthew Leach
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Entering his ninth year on the Hall of Fame ballot, the question is whether Mark McGwire can get the kind of big jump in support he'll need during his allotted 10 years on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot.
  • A look back at the careers of first-timers on Hall ballot

    Adam Berry and Cash Kruth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • No rest for charitable Granderson in offseason

    Anthony DiComo
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By the time Major League Baseball's season comes to an end, most players want nothing more than to head straight home and relax. Not Curtis Granderson, who has been spending time supporting charities, delivering speeches and participating in fundraisers for children.
  • Dice-K will return to Japan to continue career

    Andrew Simon
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, according to a report in The Japan Times on Monday, with the defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expressing a strong interest in signing him.
  • Inbox: How is the 2015 rotation shaking out?

    Anthony DiComo
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Will the Mets address their surplus of starting pitchers via trade? Could the club be interested in Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo has answers in the Inbox.
  • Piazza looks to break through into Hall of Fame

    Paul Casella
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy. After coming up a bit short in his first two years on the ballot, Piazza is hoping that 2015 is the year that he finally breaks through into Cooperstown. Piazza's third time on the ballot comes in a year stacked with Hall of Fame-caliber players, including a pair of players that also spent time with the Mets in Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, both on the ballot for the first time.
  • Open for business: Mets' Single Game Tickets on sale

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

  • Phils' search for power moves on without Tomas

    Austin Laymance
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The Phillies will have to look elsewhere for a power bat in the outfield now that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas has agreed to a deal with the D-backs.
  • Phillies' giving spirit lasts all year long

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Phillies raised a record $904,732 for the ALS Association at this summer's ALS Phestival. They have raised more than $15.2 million over the past 30 years, but they were involved elsewhere in the community, too. With the arrival of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, now is a good time to take a look at what else the Phillies have been up to this year.
  • Lee cleared to begin offseason throwing program

    Austin Laymance
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    After an examination last week, Cliff Lee has been cleared to begin his normal offseason throwing program next week, a good sign for the left-hander as he recovers from an elbow issue that sidelined him for the final two months of the 2014 season.
  • Phillies sign five to Minor League contracts

    Austin Laymance
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The Phillies have signed five additional players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. They are right-hander Paul Clemens, catchers Rene Garcia and Koyie Hill and infielders Chris Nelson and Cord Phelps.
  • Postseason heroics bolster Schilling's HOF case

    Ian Browne
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    This is Curt Schilling's third year of eligibility, but he doesn't expect to get in this go-around, especially when he knows who else is on the Hall of Fame ballot. The voting results will be announced on Jan. 6 on MLB Network and MLB.com.
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    MLB News Index

  • Black Friday MLB.com Shop sale: Save up to 30 percent

    Mark Newman
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It's the critical time on the calendar when GM's baseball shopping adventures overlap with your own. It's Black Friday, and while clubs follow a methodical process to find their Hot Stove prizes, you can find a much more instant gratification right now at the MLB.com Shop, where you can save 30 percent on any order above $99, 25 percent on any order between $50 and $99.99 and 20 percent off with no minimum.
  • Butler thanks KC for his time with the Royals

    Dick Kaegel
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Departed designated hitter Billy Butler gave thanks to Kansas City fans and the Royals organization on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in the Thanksgiving edition of the Kansas City Star.
  • O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

    Brittany Ghiroli
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in Spring Training, Orioles Minor League catching coordinator Don Werner was confined to his home and endured numerous surgeries, 16 chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments, the last of which came Friday to officially clear Werner as cancer-free. And while he didn't step foot on a baseball field for nine months, the O's were with Werner nightly.
  • Every team, fan base has reason to be thankful

    Anthony Castrovince
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    In the baseball world, no matter your rooting interest, there's plenty to be thankful for and optimistic about. Here on Thanksgiving, let's review those reasons, shall we?
  • Tomas, D-backs agree on six-year deal

    Jesse Sanchez
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
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  • For Harrison, many reasons for which to be thankful

    Tom Singer
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When the extended Harrison family gathers around the Thanksgiving table on Thursday and bows its heads in silent prayer and thought, Josh won't have any trouble coming up with what to give thanks for. He will start with Mia, the daughter born to him and wife Brittney on Feb. 11.
  • Bucs will hold free PirateFest on Dec. 13-14

    Austin Laymance
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    This year's annual PirateFest will be held Dec. 13-14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, and is free to the general public for the first time in the event's 25-year history.
  • Hard-throwing Glasnow has bright future

    Bernie Pleskoff
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed starter Tyler Glasnow is a huge flamethrower with several quality pitches and improving control/command. He's No. 1 on the Pirates Top 20 Prospects list.
  • Alvarez poised to take over first base for Pirates

    Tom Singer
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    In 2014, Pedro Alvarez began his conversion from third base to first, but his campaign was cut short due to injury. Heading into Spring Training, the Pirates expect him to be their regular first baseman next season.
  • Patient Bonds believes he'll eventually reach Hall

    Barry M. Bloom
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    For Barry Bonds, this is his third year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and he's optimistic about eventually being elected even if it's not in the Class of 2015.
 
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    MLB Trade Rumors

  • MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 8

    Cray Allred
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    MLB player agent Matt Sosnick of Sosnick Cobbe Sports joins host Jeff Todd for the first of a two-part discussion (1:26). This week’s portion includes the latest on Josh Johnson as well as discussion of other Sosnick Cobbe clients such as Josh Willingham, Jay Bruce, Jon Singleton, and Ricky Nolasco. Then, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes joins the show to go in-depth on the latest moves from the Red Sox (20:18). Don’t forget to fill out our podcast survey for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and please leave a review! The podcast…
  • Quick Hits: Pirates, Bruce, Rule 5 Draft, Capuano

    Mark Polishuk
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    The Diamondbacks won the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes, signing the Cuban outfielder to a six-year, $68.5MM contract and drawing praise from some around the baseball world, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.  One AL scout called the contract “a great deal,” since another AL scout told Piecoro that “most people thought it would cost between $80MM-$100MM” to sign Tomas.  It’s possible that the Snakes were able to get a relative bargain, however, due to concerns that other teams had about Tomas’ defense and plate discipline, not to mention career…
  • NL East Links: Detwiler, Hamels, Rice

    Mark Polishuk
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Here’s the latest from the NL East… Ross Detwiler‘s camp “has suggested” that the Nationals trade the left-hander if possible, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.  After being used as a starter and swingman in previous seasons, Detwiler was used solely as a reliever in 2014 and he posted a 4.00 ERA and -0.2 fWAR over 63 IP.  He told Wagner that he had trouble getting used to an irregular bullpen schedule and isn’t sure what his future holds in Washington.  “I don’t feel they have confidence [in me] so I don’t feel like I’m going to…
  • Arbitration Breakdown: Todd Frazier

    Matt Swartz
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing some of the higher profile upcoming arbitration cases. I will rely partly on my arbitration model developed exclusively for MLB Trade Rumors, but will also break out some interesting comparables and determine where the model might be wrong. Todd Frazier enters his first year of arbitration this winter coming off a career year. In 660 PA, Frazier hit .273, stole 20 bases, smashed 29 home runs and collected 80 RBIs. The Reds’ third baseman has some solid pre-platform year numbers as well, having already accumulated 44 home runs and 155 RBIs…
  • At Least Four Teams Interested In Yoan Lopez

    Mark Polishuk
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez has drawn “strong interest” from several teams, including the Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres and Yankees, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports.  The 21-year-old Lopez held one showcase for scouts earlier this month and will showcase himself again next week in the Dominican Republic. Lopez is a 6’4″, 190-pound pitcher who has three seasons under his belt for Isla de la Juventud of Cuba’s Serie Nacional.  Major League Baseball has declared Lopez a free agent, but the righty still has to receive clearance from the U.S. Department of…
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  • UMass cut ties with Cosby, LaBeouf raped during art show, holiday shows and sing-alongs, Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

    WGN Web Desk
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
  • Is ‘professor’ who helped with Michael Brown autopsy who he says he is?

    WGN Web Desk
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Watch Video The last thing an attorney might expect to receive at a deposition is a brain, but that’s what the man said he was handing over. A brain. In a bucket. Sliding the bucket across the table and opening the lid, the man urged the lawyer, Michael Hodges, to take it. Hodges declined. The deposition continued. This might have gone down as just on odd moment in Kansas legal history were it not for the fact that about a year later the defendant, Shawn Parcells, ended up playing an instrumental role in the case of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police…
  • Holiday gift ideas for mom

    WGN Web Desk
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Stumped on what to buy your mom for christmas? You’re not alone. Here to help us find sort through all the clutter for helpful and unique gifts for your favorite lady is Samantha Schultz of thepeanutsgang.com.
  • Bag with 100k found at BK

    Max Tarlton
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    A worker at a Burger King in California had   a whopper of a find, when they found a backpack stuffed with $100,000 in cash. An assistant manager spotted a blue backpack left behind in a booth for hours.. She called her boss, who opened it in search for an id. That’s when they found the bag was full of stacks of cash. The owner of the Burger King called the police. Police took a closer look in the bag. Along with the money, candy, marijuana, and a bank deposit slip were also found. They’re working with the back to track down the bag’s owner.
  • Travel expert Kendra Thornton with Cyber Monday travel deals

    WGN Web Desk
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
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    SD Homepage News

  • Ross pitches in for kids impacted by homelessness

    Corey Brock
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    As part of their partnership with the Padres, Papa John's awarded Ross with 250 pizzas to the charity of his choice for his outstanding on-field delivery. Ross' charity was the Monarch School, a school for children impacted by homelessness located a long fly ball from Petco Park.
  • Padres shift offseason focus to trade market

    Corey Brock
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    After trying to sign Pablo Sandoval to what would have been the largest contract in club history, the Padres might not find offensive help in free agency after all. A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Padres are heavily focused on trades, with Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes a potential match.
  • Garvey's clutch HR tops list of Padres' best games

    Bill Center
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Any Padres fan who was alive in 1984 knows about Steve Garvey's famous home run. And those who weren't yet with us have likely been told about it ... again and again. Garvey's historic moment ranks at the top in Padres history.
  • With Panda off market, Padres must look elsewhere for offense

    Corey Brock
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    The Padres' fast and furious flirtation with free agent Pablo Sandoval is over, with their big offensive target this offseason agreeing to a five-year contract with Boston.
  • Grandal, Renfroe keeping their bats warm

    Bill Center
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Yasmani Grandal hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican Republic during winter league play, while outfield prospect Hunter Renfroe impressed with his all-around game in the AFL.
 
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  • Cardinals Care donates to more than 100 organizations

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    For all the attention garnered during a fourth straight trip to the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals also enjoyed a banner season off the field and out of the spotlight. And while it was executed with little fanfare, the organization's decision to pour its time and resources into the community made a key impact.
  • Matheny offers to give No. 22 to Heyward

    Jenifer Langosch
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    New Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward didn't make the request, but manager Mike Matheny didn't feel he needed to wait for one. What better way to welcome Heyward into the organization, Matheny thought, than to initiate a potential jersey swap himself.
  • Kantrovitz leaves Cardinals to be A's assistant GM

    Austin Laymance
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Dan Kantrovitz has departed his position as the Cardinals' director of amateur scouting to be Oakland's assistant general manager, the A's announced on Monday.
  • Cardinals to use spring to find right mix for lineup

    Jenifer Langosch
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The only conclusion that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he's come to regarding a projected 2015 batting order is that it won't be decided until a little experimentation can be done. And experimentation, of course, is on hold until spring.
  • After big dip in support, Smith hoping to close out Hall bid

    Tom Singer
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Lee Smith fell from 50.6 percent in 2012 to 29.9 percent of the voting in last year's Hall of Fame balloting, but the former career saves leader has three years remaining to earn a spot in Cooperstown.
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  • Giants' best bet at third likely from outside

    Doug Miller
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    The World Series champion San Francisco Giants now have a rather large vacancy at the hot corner. General manager Brian Sabean is never shy when he knows what he wants and needs, and he's going to have some decisions to make regarding third base for 2015.
  • Throwing prospects into fire becoming the norm

    Richard Justice
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Perhaps more than ever before, young players are the currency of baseball. Those old timetables have been torn up as teams have watched Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Sonny Gray, Andrelton Simmons and others get fast-tracked to the big leagues. Almost every club has a young player or two being discussed. Are they ready? Will they be ready at midseason?
  • Bochys embrace mission of Homeless Prenatal Program

    Jane Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Bruce and Kim Bochy have partnered with the Homeless Prenatal Program to help low-income and homeless families.
  • How much will Giants miss Panda?

    Terence Moore
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Perennial contenders in baseball have a core, and while the Giants still have Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, losing Pablo Sandoval could have a big impact on their future success.
  • Giants reportedly set to meet with lefty Lester

    Chad Thornburg
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    After missing out on retaining third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have reportedly shifted their focus to acquiring free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, who is scheduled to meet with the club next week.
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  • Souza has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season

    Bill Ladson
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just by talking to Nationals outfielder Steven Souza Jr., one can tell that he looks forward to Thanksgiving. It means spending time with his family, including his parents, in Everett, Wash.
  • Zimmerman ready to begin prep for move to first

    Andrew Simon
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Thus far, Ryan Zimmerman's offseason has consisted of "a lot of resting," but that's about to change. He plans to enjoy the holiday weekend with his family, then begin his normal routine next week as he works toward 2015.
  • Zimmerman, Nats lend support to Turkey Day initiative

    Andrew Simon
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Ryan Zimmerman was wearing two gloves on Tuesday morning, but neither one was made of leather or designed to catch a baseball. Instead, the Nationals veteran simply was following proper kitchen protocol as he and his wife, Heather, spent time volunteering at Food & Friends.
  • Zimmerman rates among Nats' players of decade

    Bill Ladson
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    It's hard to believe the Nationals have played 10 seasons. From Livan Hernandez to Ryan Zimmerman, the club has given its fans a lot to cheer about. Here are the Nationals' players of the decade by position, according to MLB.com.
  • Players' cut of postseason pool announced

    Adam Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants' full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
 
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  • O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

    Brittany Ghiroli
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in Spring Training, Orioles Minor League catching coordinator Don Werner was confined to his home and endured numerous surgeries, 16 chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments, the last of which came Friday to officially clear Werner as cancer-free. And while he didn't step foot on a baseball field for nine months, the O's were with Werner nightly.
  • O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

    Andrew Simon
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.
  • Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's moves

    Phil Rogers
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    The American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.
  • Inbox: Will the O's trade Ubaldo this offseason?

    Brittany Ghiroli
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Will the Orioles trade Ubaldo Jimenez? What is the club's stance on re-signing Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz? Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions in the latest Inbox.
  • Source: O's hitting coach Presley reassigned

    Brittany Ghiroli
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley will not return to his role in 2015, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Personal reasons have prompted his reassignment within the organization.
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  • Napoli finds joy in brightening lives of ill children

    Ian Browne
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mike Napoli wears a blue bracelet that says "Lacey Strong" and has hearts on it, and it is for a foundation in memory of Lacey Warner, someone who Napoli will never forget. Lacey died at the age of 16 in May due to complications related to a congenital heart defect. But in her last few months, Napoli tried to bring her whatever joy he could.
  • 'Three Amigos' ready to take Boston by storm

    Quinn Roberts
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Although Pablo Sandoval is just beginning to get a taste of his new home, Boston's new third baseman is having no trouble adjusting to his new teammates, especially Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz.
  • Red Sox willing to dramatically expand payroll for '15

    Ian Browne
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Fresh off investing over $180 million in two hitters, the Red Sox are hardly done reconstructing their roster. There is pitching to go get, and owner John Henry made it clear that he isn't going to hold back the front office when it comes to investing properly in the starting rotation.
  • Hanley's journey brings him back to Boston

    Ian Browne
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Boston Red Sox agreed with left fielder Hanley Ramirez on a four-year contract through the 2018 season on Tuesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Juan Francisco was designated for assignment.
  • Farrell: Yoenis will move from left field for Hanley

    Ian Browne
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Red Sox manager John Farrell made it clear on Tuesday that Hanley Ramirez will play left field for Boston in 2014, while incumbent starter Yoenis Cespedes will shift to center or right.
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  • White Sox ACE program helps send players to college

    Scott Merkin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thanks to his involvement in the White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program, Torriun Towers was one of six future college players to sign letters of intent in a Nov. 18 ceremony.
  • Additional 2005 fan-favorite players added to '15 SoxFest

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pitcher Jon Garland and infielders Geoff Blum and Tadahito Iguchi have been added to the initial list of 2005 World Series Championship team members scheduled to appear at SoxFest 2015, along with a number of current fan favorite White Sox players.
  • White Sox plan for contention a work in progress

    Scott Merkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    General manager Rick Hahn made clear during Tuesday's conference call to announce a two-year, $25 million deal with first baseman/designated hitter Adam LaRoche that the White Sox are still an offseason work in progress.
  • White Sox officially announce LaRoche deal

    Scott Merkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Chicago added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers, agreeing to a two-year, $25 million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche. The deal was announced on Tuesday.
  • Family adversity didn't deter prospect Danish

    Scott Merkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    His father's incarceration and death in prison did not stop White Sox prospect Tyler Danish from chasing his dreams of playing pro ball.
 
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  • Cleveland hosts Thanksgiving for area children, families

    Jordan Bastian
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Cleveland organization hosted groups from the Boys & Girls Clubs, City Mission, OhioGuidestone, Our Lady of the Wayside and Shoes and Clothes for Kids for a Thanksgiving event on Sunday. On Thursday, Indians staff members from the front office also helped out at the Cleveland Foodbank, packing and sorting food for distribution and preparing hot meals.
  • O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

    Andrew Simon
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.
  • Tribe considering new third-base option in Headley

    Anthony Castrovince
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Indians appear at least slightly open to the possibility of tinkering with their status at third base, especially if it can improve their defensive outlook, and free agent Chase Headley may be their top contender.
  • Broadcaster Hamilton talks all things Tribe

    Anthony Castrovince
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    MLB.com talked with Tom Hamilton, who just wrapped up his 25th season in the broadcast booth with the Indians, about his book, the 1990s and what's ahead for the Tribe.
  • Indians have knack for predicting future performance

    Jordan Bastian
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    There is an innate desire to declare a trade either a win or a loss for a team in the immediate aftermath of a transaction. The reality is that it can take years, or entire careers, before a deal can be accurately analyzed and a winner determined.
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  • A View from Studio 3: Trammell worthy of HOF

    Matt Yallof
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Alan Trammell was everything we want in a Hall of Famer, right? He spent his entire 20-year career with one team. He was a World Series champion. But a jam-packed 2015 ballot doesn't bode well for Trammell, who deserves enshrinement, writes MLB Network's Matt Yallof.
  • Tigers employees follow players' community lead

    Jason Beck
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Tigers' effort to give back continued leading up to Thanksgiving, long after players had headed home for the offseason. Twenty-five members of the club's front office volunteered in the week before the holiday at Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit group designed to help overcome poverty and racism through education and training.
  • Carrera outrighted by Tigers, becomes free agent

    Quinn Roberts
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera elected to become a free agent on Tuesday after the Tigers outrighted him to Triple-A Toledo.
  • Strong stats buoy Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy

    Jason Beck
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Alan Trammell has made his way back to the Tigers, now a special assistant almost a decade after managing the team. Barring a miraculous surge in votes, it appears he will not make it into the Hall of Fame.
  • A look back at the careers of first-timers on Hall ballot

    Adam Berry and Cash Kruth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.
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  • Butler thanks KC for his time with the Royals

    Dick Kaegel
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Departed designated hitter Billy Butler gave thanks to Kansas City fans and the Royals organization on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in the Thanksgiving edition of the Kansas City Star.
  • Gordon lights up Plaza to continue magical year

    Dick Kaegel
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Thousands came out to cheer Alex Gordon, but this time, not at Kauffman Stadium. On Thursday night, it was at the Country Club Plaza. And, oh yes -- the roar of the crowd was also directed at thousands of holiday lights.
  • Royals acquire shortstop Jackson from Dodgers

    Dick Kaegel
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Royals acquired shortstop Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Royals Charities spreading goodwill all year round

    Dick Kaegel
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A World Series came to the Royals for the first time in 29 years, but many Kansas City organizations know there's something they can depend upon every year. That's Royals Charities, an ownership hallmark of the Glass family. It has provided the K.C. community and region many things for which to be thankful, donating more than $8.3 million to about 300 organizations since its inception in 2001.
  • Nix elects free agency instead of assignment to Minors

    Dick Kaegel
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Infielder Jayson Nix has elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha.
 
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  • Angels' Smith trying to strike out degenerative disease

    Alden Gonzalez
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The real Lee Smith is a strong, intelligent woman with a zest for life and a wholesome disposition. Joe Smith will tell you that, and these days the Angels' reliever will frequently say it to himself. He needs the occasional reminder, because Huntington's disease has progressively robbed his mother of her true identity.
  • Lefty Roth clears waivers, becomes free agent

    Alden Gonzalez
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Angels left-hander Michael Roth left the organization on Tuesday, electing to become a free agent just 28 months into his professional career after clearing waivers. Outfielder Alfredo Marte and catcher Jackson Williams, both of whom were claimed by the Angels this offseason, also cleared waivers but were outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
  • Angels Spring Training tickets go on sale Dec. 5

    Alden Gonzalez
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Angels Spring Training tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. PT, the club announced.
  • Players' cut of postseason pool announced

    Adam Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants' full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
  • Closer Smith, two '02 Angels seek Hall of Fame votes

    Alden Gonzalez
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Lee Smith is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the 13th of a maximum 15 years in 2015, one of three former Angels, along with two first-timers who were part of the World Series team in 2002 -- outfielder Darin Erstad and the man who followed Smith as closer, Troy Percival.
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  • For Twins, 2014 a year of giving

    Rhett Bollinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This year, the Twins hosted the All-Star Game at Target Field, and with it came numerous charity events that raised a record $8 million for the local community. And that was in addition to the usual charity events the Twins host throughout the year, including Hope Week in May and the upcoming Holiday Week of Giving, which starts Dec. 8.
  • Swarzak outrighted by Twins, to become free agent

    Rhett Bollinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Twins outrighted right-hander Anthony Swarzak to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, creating an open spot on their 40-man roster. Swarzak is expected to become a free agent.
  • Twins talk with Torii about possible reunion

    Rhett Bollinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Could the Twins be heading for a reunion with free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter? A Major League source familiar with the situation said the Twins have been in contact with Hunter and his agent, Larry Reynolds, about a return to Minnesota.
  • Korean club reportedly rejects top bid for lefty Yang

    Cash Kruth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang will not pitch in North America next season after a report out of Korea by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday indicated the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization were unhappy with the highest bid and rejected it.
  • Three coaches join new manager Molitor's staff

    Rhett Bollinger
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Twins officially added three coaches to their staff under new manager Paul Molitor on Tuesday, as Neil Allen was hired as pitching coach, Eddie Guardado was named bullpen coach and Joe Vavra was moved to bench coach.
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  • Yankees must counter Boston's big moves

    Richard Justice
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    With the Red Sox already deep into their offseason makeover, it's time for the Yankees to make a splash -- perhaps by signing Jon Lester -- to show that they are committed to being in the mix for the 2015 AL East title.
  • Family, turkey, football sit atop Kelley's holiday list

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    For Yankees right-hander Shawn Kelley, Thanksgiving has long been an important opportunity to spend table time with the family, digging forks into a bird and delightful side items. His favorite dish of all, though, is a fruit salad that was always waiting at his grandmother's home in Louisville, Ky.
  • Mattingly's last stand tops Yanks' HOF storylines

    Bryan Hoch
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium has long been known as a landing spot for some of the top talent in baseball history. Accordingly, eight members of that pinstriped alumni are appearing on this year's ballot for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Yanks have ground to make up in free-agency race

    Bryan Hoch
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The Red Sox have pulled out of the gate as the early offseason noisemakers, nearing completion on deals that appear set to deliver Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to Fenway Park. Must the Yankees respond with a splashy move of their own?
  • Historic football rivalry runs wild in Yankee Stadium

    Paul Casella
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The most-played rivalry in college football came to Yankee Stadium on Saturday as Lafayette defeated Lehigh, 27-7, in the 150th meeting between the schools. Among those in attendance for the game was Cubs manager Joe Maddon, a member of Lafayette's class of 1976.
 
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  • Mariners looking past short-term success with Seager

    Tracy Ringolsby
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Focused as they may be on "now" mentality, the Mariners haven't lost sight of their long-term mantra, which is underscored by Kyle Seager's long-term contract.
  • Seattle videographer travels world helping those in need

    Greg Johns
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Her name is Tan Vo, and around Safeco Field, many fans know her simply as the camera operator who roams the stands to get faces up on the big screen. But as Vo knows, there is a story behind every person you run across in this world just waiting to be told.
  • Mariners keeping eye on market for right-handed bat

    Greg Johns
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    While the vast majority of this year's free agents are still available and the Winter Meetings are still nearly two weeks away, all of the early Hot Stove action in Major League Baseball has centered around hitters. In particular, quality right-handed or switch-hitters.
  • Source: Seager nears $100M extension with Mariners

    Greg Johns
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    The Mariners are close to signing third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million extension, according to a source.
  • Only thing missing from Edgar's bio is Hall of Fame

    Doug Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Edgar Martinez mastered an incredible body of work during his Major League career, but he's yet to garner the necessary support among Hall of Fame voters. He hopes his declining vote totals start to reverse course this year.
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  • Archer to bring his giving spirit to South Africa

    Bill Chastain
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chris Archer is all about giving back. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the Rays right-hander will be taking his penchant for making a difference to South Africa.
  • Rays sign reliever Frieri to one-year deal

    Bill Chastain
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The Rays signed right-hander Ernesto Frieri to a one-year Major League contract on Wednesday and designated infielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment.
  • Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's moves

    Phil Rogers
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    The American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.
  • Fuld's Wiffle Ball tourney to feature host of big leaguers

    Bill Chastain
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Sam Fuld's Wiffle Ball tournament is coming together. Fuld, who has conducted Sam Fuld's USF Diabetes Sports Camps for several years, has added a new wrinkle this year by hosting a Wiffle Ball tournament on Dec. 13.
  • Guyer enjoys healthy dose of success in '14

    Bill Chastain
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    In 2014, Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer dodged the major injuries that have nagged him in the past. Like the 2012 season, when he missed the final four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
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  • New son, health give Tolleson plenty to be thankful for

    T.R. Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    During the Thanksgiving season, reliever Shawn Tolleson has much to be thankful for in his life. His career is back on track after he missed almost all of 2013 because of major back surgery, he is pitching for his hometown team and his wife, Lynley, gave birth to their first child in September.
  • Prospect Guzman involved in car accident in Dominican

    T.R. Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in a car accident Tuesday morning in his hometown of LaVega in the Dominican Republic that left a motorcyclist dead, according to The Associated Press.
  • Korean club reportedly rejects top bid for lefty Yang

    Cash Kruth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang will not pitch in North America next season after a report out of Korea by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday indicated the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization were unhappy with the highest bid and rejected it.
  • Holland teaches value of fitness, nutrition to kids

    T.R. Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Rangers pitcher Derek Holland spent Tuesday afternoon teaching fifth-graders at Rankin Elementary School about the importance of exercise and good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Darvish cleared to throw after undergoing MRI

    T.R. Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who missed the final seven weeks of the season with mild inflammation in his right elbow, has been cleared to throw by Dr. Keith Meister.
 
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  • Inbox: How much left to spend after Martin deal?

    Gregor Chisholm
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    How much money do the Blue Jays realistically have to spend after signing Russell Martin? MLB.com reporter Gregor Chisholm fields this question and more from Blue Jays fans in his latest Inbox.
  • Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's moves

    Phil Rogers
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    The American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.
  • Blue Jays seek counter to Boston's splash

    Gregor Chisholm
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Boston's signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval will have a ripple effect throughout baseball both in terms of free agency and trades. Here's a closer look at what it could mean for the Blue Jays.
  • Blue Jays sign reliever Burke to Minors deal

    Gregor Chisholm
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Blue Jays on Tuesday signed right-hander Greg Burke to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Burke spent the 2014 season pitching for Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Rockies' organization.
  • McGriff, Delgado highlight Blue Jays on HOF ballot

    Gregor Chisholm
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Fred McGriff, Carlos Delgado, Jeff Kent and Roger Clemens headline the list of former Blue Jays players who are on the 2015 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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  • How the recent Red Sox spending represents a new decision making medium

    Joon Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Red Sox front office has followed two drastically different philosophies in the last five years. The recent contracts given out by team represent a new medium. It's not a secret that the Red Sox just spent a lot of money. According to multiple reports, Ben Cherington and the front office are preparing to commit four years and $88 million with a vesting option for another to Hanley Ramirez and five years and $95 million to Pablo Sandoval. Given the team's hesitancy to give out deals longer than three years in recent off seasons, the decision to sign not one, but two players to contracts…
  • Can the Red Sox afford to keep Shane Victorino?

    Ben Buchanan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A $13 million bench bat is usually the sign of a contract gone horribly wrong, but Shane Victorino might fit perfectly into Boston's plans for 2015. It's no secret that the Red Sox have more outfielders than they have room for. Just for fun, let's go down the list: Rusney Castillo Mookie Betts Yoenis Cespedes Daniel Nava Hanley Ramirez Shane Victorino Jackie Bradley Jr. Allen Craig Brock Holt That's a lot of bodies! And even if we're giving, say, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, and Brock Holt credit for being infielders, the Red Sox would still have to cut two of them and another one of the…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts

    Matt_Collins
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today's links cover the two big additions from the week, ownership's willingness to spend, and a new era for journalism. In just 24 hours, the Red Sox just completely overhauled their offense. But why? (Alex Speier; WEEI.com) How will the Monster affect Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval? (Tony Blengino; Fangraphs) One reason to be confident in these moves? How much these guys appear to legitimately love the idea of playing in Boston. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) As many have speculated, John Henry confirmed his willingness to go over the luxury tax threshold to improve this roster.
  • Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester 'north of' $135 million

    Marc Normandin
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The chances that $120 million were enough to get Lester seemed slim, and offers like this will require a response from the Sox eventually. The Red Sox offered $120 million to Jon Lester over six years earlier this offseason. It seemed like $120 million wasn't going to be enough to get it done, but the six years was a positive sign that showed the Red Sox were serious about bringing Lester back. They'll likely have to raise that money up for sure now, as the Cubs have reportedly submitted an offer "north of" $135 million over six years to Lester, according to CSN Chicago's David Kaplan. Now,…
  • Here is Pablo Sandoval wearing a Red Sox uniform next to a panda

    Ben Buchanan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    Yeah, that's...that's what that is. The Red Sox introduced Pablo Sandoval at a press conference today in which their new third baseman uttered the words "The Panda is with me." So perhaps it's no surprise that it took all of about five minutes for the first photos to emerge of Sandoval wearing a Red Sox uniform in Fenway Park next to a panda: He wasn't kidding about the panda. Give @KFP48 a follow #RedSoxNation! pic.twitter.com/kSNt5WAkF3 — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) November 25, 2014 Alright, so it's somebody in a panda costume because that's probably a lot easier to manage. It might also…
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  • Top 5 Prospects for 2015: Chicago Cubs

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This 30-part series will look at the projected Top 5 freshman contributors for each big league club for the year ahead. The rankings take into consideration a mixture of ceiling, readiness and potential playing time allocation, which is to say some players with lower ceilings may be ranked ahead of others with higher ceilings because they project to have a greater impact in the coming season. In a Nutshell:: The club certainly has some holes in the outfield. Question marks also remain at both second and third bases. The Top 5 Freshman for 2015 1. Kris Bryant, 3B: Incumbent Luis Valbuena will…
  • Shelby Miller

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Ray Kuhn The Atlanta Braves are hardly ever wrong on pitchers. They have perfected the art of buying and selling pitchers at just the right time, and the fact that they have one of the best pitching coaches in the game, Roger McDowell, certainly helps. So for that reason, I immediately became cautiously optimistic about Shelby Miller for 2015 once it was announced that the Braves had acquired him in the Jason Heyward deal. Now don’t get me wrong, the Cardinals knew exactly what they had in Miller, but they also knew what they were getting in Heyward and have a lot others from where…
  • Offseason Stock Report: Early Round Busts

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Greetings and welcome to the first installment of the offseason stock report. If you love this silly, fake game as much as I do, you’ve either shined up your 2014 winner's trophy several times and have shamelessly admired it since the end of the season or have shed many tears over the disappointing fantasy results that you've just endured. Either way, it's time to move on and look forward to the start of the 2015 season. In this series, I will attempt to analyze the performances of various players from this past season and project what can be expected from them next season. After digging…
  • MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 8

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    MLB player agent Matt Sosnick of Sosnick Cobbe Sports joins host Jeff Todd for the first of a two-part discussion (1:26). This week’s portion includes the latest on Josh Johnson as well as discussion of other Sosnick Cobbe clients such as Josh Willingham, Jay Bruce, Jon Singleton, and Ricky Nolasco. Then, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes joins the show to go in-depth on the latest moves from the Red Sox (20:18). Don’t forget to fill out our podcast survey for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and please leave a review! The podcast…
  • Quick Hits: Pirates, Bruce, Rule 5 Draft, Capuano

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    The Diamondbacks won the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes, signing the Cuban outfielder to a six-year, $68.5MM contract and drawing praise from some around the baseball world, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.  One AL scout called the contract “a great deal,” since another AL scout told Piecoro that “most people thought it would cost between $80MM-$100MM” to sign Tomas.  It’s possible that the Snakes were able to get a relative bargain, however, due to concerns that other teams had about Tomas’ defense and plate discipline, not to mention career…
 
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  • Twins’ “new” coaching staff has a very familiar look

    aarongleeman
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    When the Twins fired Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as manager the idea of blowing up the coaching staff and rebuilding everything from scratch with outside hires sounded appealing given the organization's struggles, but choosing Paul Molitor over Torey Lovullo as the new manager squashed that notion. Molitor is the epitome of an in-house hire and in filling out his coaching staff the Twins have continued to lean heavily on current and former members of the organization. Bench coach seemed to be a very important hire considering Molitor's complete lack of managing experience and the overall…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #172: BS’ing with Stu

    aarongleeman
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we welcomed special guest Steve "Randball's Stu" Neuman for beers at Summit Brew Hall and topics included filling out the Twins' coaching staff, having Torii Hunter feelings, Miguel Sano and 40-man roster additions, good charities and $100,000, Curt Schilling spouting off, "The Sportive" podcast, and trying out for "The Voice." Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 172 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to first-time…
  • Link-O-Rama

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

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

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

    Josh Johnson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    C.J. Anderson is rolling right now. (Profootballfocus.com) By Josh Johnson and Ken LeBlanc The parameters we shackle ourselves with for this article are as such: no Thursday players and no Colts (at least this week since we have covered a multitude of them over the last three weeks). Now that you know where we are coming from, we ask you to read and groove with us down the obscure spiral of depths that we so routinely try to dig to for your benefit. Without further ado we spill on the Fantasy alter our Start ‘em, Sit ‘em picks for Week 13. START ‘EM Derek Carr, QB, Oakland…
  • Podcast: Who’s Your Nose Tackle

    Josh Johnson
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Big shock: Bill Belickick hates Fantasy football. (Chatsports.com) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Chris Ross of NFLdraftlounge.com. Among the topics we tarred and feathered: Derek Carr scouting report: then and now. The knocks on Marcus Mariota are? No big surprise Bill Belichick hates Fantasy football. Can the Saints still be considered Super Bowl contenders? Chris gives us his top prospects and some risers. What does Josh Gordon have in store for game…
  • The Wire Troll: Marcel Reece Be With You

    Josh Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Josh McCown has surprisingly taken over as the Bucs QB. (Tampabay.com) The sensual smooth sounds of jazz are meant to relax the heart and warm the soul. If you are like us, your Fantasy season has probably been more frantic like the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” We are not saying we’re a saxophone that anyone can play. We would prefer to be one of those old-time pianos that plays itself. Basically we strive to be music to your ears but you must realize that we are merely an orchestra pit to your chorus. Together the harmonies will flow as we present to you our Wire Troll…
  • The Wire Troll: Rise of the Young Guns

    Dakota Case
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Big Riley Sheahen is starting to shine in Motown. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA Today Sports) It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too. Nick Bjugstad, C, Florida Panthers (ESPN: 11.7 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): After a slow start to the season, Bjugstad is establishing himself as one of the league’s hottest young goal scorers. In Week Six, the former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher standout put on a scoring clinic with five goals, eight…
  • Video Game Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

    Quinn Potter
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    So real you can almost smell the hooliganism! While contrarian opinions existed, the critical consensus in recent years is that EA’s FIFA series has ruled the pitch. Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 looks to change all that with a huge step in the right direction for Konami as it tries to regain its dominant position in the world of virtual footie. CONTROLS (3.75/5) The controls are quite detailed and complex. It’s like the game designers tried to fit the entire range of physical possibilities for the human body into a 16-button game controller. This feat is, of course, impossible, and leads…
 
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  • Don't Let Us Win Tonight: Thanksgiving Outtake

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the early drafts of Don't Let Us Win Tonight, the quote from Curt Schilling talking about his November 2003 Thanksgiving meetings with Larry Lucchino, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer was part of the off-season prologue in the front part of the book - and was much longer. It was eventually shortened and moved to before Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS.On the two-year anniversary of those important meetings in Arizona - essential steps towards what happened 11 months later - I'm posting the longer quote:Curt Schilling:When I found out about the Diamondbacks wanting to trade me, there were only two places…
  • Sandoval Looking For "A New Challenge" In Boston

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The Red Sox announced the acquisition of new third baseman Pablo Sandoval this afternoon.K.F. Panda:I want a new challenge. I made that choice to be here in Boston because I need a new challenge; I need to lead that team, with the legacy they have here, the fan support they have here. That's why I had to make sure that I made the right decision. It took me a long time. Now I'm here to help them be in the postseason again.The Red Sox also presented Hanley Ramirez:
  • Reports: Pablo Sandoval And Hanley Ramirez Signing With Red Sox

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    There are reports that the Red Sox are close to signing (or have already signed) free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.Jake Wesley reports that Sandoval's deal is 5/102.Ken Rosenthal tweets: "Source: Hanley Ramirez headed to Boston tomorrow to finalize deal with #RedSox." That deal is believed to be around 5/90.
  • Curt Schilling, Creationist

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Barry Petchesky, Deadspin:Heavy-tweetin' ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That's no coincidence — he's been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we're told that it's for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.Schilling, the former pitcher who rejoined ESPN as a baseball analyst in September after eight months away to deal with mouth cancer, took to Twitter on Nov. 12 to rail against evolution and in favor of creationism.An earlier link: Curt Schilling Has Disproved…
  • Those Stanton-To-Boston Rumours Can Finally Stop

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins agreed to a 13-year contract worth $325 million. It also includes an early opt-out clause.$25/year seems reasonable for Stanton, but ... 13 years? Stanton turned 25 ten days ago, so this will take him through his age-38 season. ... Business Insider calls it "a genius move".
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  • Baseball’s most underrated Hall of Fame candidates. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim Raines (46.1) to at least creep closer, lest they lose any “momentum.” And it will again be…
  • Marlins seek lefty balance in lineup, on mound | MLB.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Marlins are looking to the left, for pitchers and first basemen.
  • Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2014

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Washington Times, November 28, 1914:Connie Mack is said to be willing to trade this big slugger, J. FRANKLIN BAKER, because he is not working in harmony with the other members of the Athletics. Larry Gardner and a pitcher was asked from the Red Sox, but Bill Carrigan turned down the offer. A sneaking rumor has it that Baker has seen his best days, and is on the down grade. According to Baker’s SABR bio, the third baseman wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of the team’s stars, but Mack refused. Neither would budge, so Baker went back home to his farm in…
  • Jon Lester has plenty of options in addition to Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Nick Cafardo runs down what is currently known about the Lester sweepstakes.
  • What’s cooking? MLB shares Turkey Day recipes | MLB.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Over the years I’ve learned a lot about baseball from members of the site. I’ve also shared a lot of laughs. Thanks for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
 
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  • Sharing Some Experience On My Rice Cookers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Happy Thanksgiving!  Over the years, the New York Yankees and their fans have had more things to be thankful for than other fans and the teams they root for.  So, with a nod to that elusive 28th World Championship, here are 28 things Yankees Universe should "thank the good Lord for" (or, whomever your higher power is), in no particular order:1. George Steinbrenner ("The Boss")2. Lou Gehrig ("The Iron Horse")3. The short porch in right field4. Derek Jeter ("The Captain")5. Mariano Rivera6. Thurman Munson7. All the no-hitters and perfect games in franchise history8. Gene Michael9. Joe…
  • Tanaka Thoughts: Stay Well, Ma-Kun

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

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

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

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

    Michael Axisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I say this every year and I’m going to say it again: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it isn’t close. Eating great food > getting presents at this point of my life. Yes, I’m old. Barring some kind of breaking news, I don’t plan on posting anything these next few days. It’s a long holiday weekend and I’m going to relax and enjoy it. You should too. Forget about baseball for a few days. Use this as your open thread for the rest of the weekend. Talk about anything your heart desires except politics or religion or anything like that. This isn’t…
  • Sanchez: D’Backs agree to six-year deal with Yasmany Tomas

    Michael Axisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The Diamondbacks have agree to a six-year deal worth $68.5M with free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, reports Jesse Sanchez. The contract reportedly includes an opt-out after the fourth year. The Yankees attended Tomas’ workouts but did not have serious interest in signing him. More to come … eventually. Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogSanchez: D’Backs agree to six-year deal with Yasmany Tomas The post Sanchez: D’Backs agree to six-year deal with Yasmany Tomas appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
  • Stark: Yankees called about Jimmy Rollins, moved on because price was too high

    Michael Axisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    (Presswire) The Yankees called the Phillies to inquire about the availability of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but they moved on because the price was so high, reports Jayson Stark. Phils GM Ruben Amaro confirmed Rollins was not asked to waive his no-trade clause and called him “one of best shortstops in baseball still” and “somebody we want on our club.” Rollins, who turns 36 tomorrow, hit .243/.323/.394 (102 wRC+) with 17 homers and 28 steals in 34 attempts (82% success rate) this past season. His defense at short continues to rate as a bit above-average. Rollins is under…
  • Heyman: Yankees only willing to give Chase Headley three years

    Michael Axisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Jim McIsaac/Getty) According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are not willing to give third baseman Chase Headley anything longer than a three-year contract. Obviously this could all be posturing at this point. Heyman says the Giants have contacted Headley after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this week, and supposedly the Indians, Blue Jays, and Padres have shown some level of interest as well. If the Yankees are truly only willing to go three years for Headley, then in all likelihood they’ll be playing Martin Prado at third base in 2015. Heyman says Headley rejected a…
  • On the Yankees and the prospect of a $500M payroll

    Michael Axisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    (Mike Stobe/Getty) As you’ve surely seen by now, Kiley McDaniel recently wrote about the ways the Yankees use their financial might to secure top minor league free agents, such as Yangervis Solarte last year. Buried deep within that story was this little nugget about the team’s finances: A Yankees source told me they could break even financially with a $500 million payroll expenditure (including luxury tax) … Whoa! That’s one hell of a buried lede. McDaniel used to work for the Yankees back in the day so I’m sure he still has connections in the front office and…
 
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  • Andrelton Simmons, Steve Janssen to participate in Curacao Baseball Week

    philipp
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) announced that Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Dutch National Team Head Coach Steve Janssen also are going to participate in the Curacao Baseball Week. This year’s edition takes place from December 1 to 5 at the Blue Bay resort in Curacao.
  • New Softball Field being built in Barcelona, Spain

    philipp
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    A new softball field will be built in Barcelona, Spain. As part of a development project nearby the current Carlos Perez de Rozas baseball stadium in Montjuic the new ballpark will be erected. The costs have been calculated at about €600,000. The new field includes two bullpens and two dugouts. Two additionally sports venues will be erected as part of the project with a dog training area and a track for athletics.
  • Markus Solbach to 4-0 as Sydney Blue Sox down Perth Heat

    philipp
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    German right-hander Markus Solbach remains unbeaten in this year’s Australian Baseball League. On Thursday he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits (4 ER) and three walks, while striking out five in a 9-5 win of the Sydney Blue Sox against the Perth Heat. His ERA rose to 2.36 with the outing, as he improved to 4-0. Trent Oeltjen and Trent D’Antonio had two RBI apiece. In the second ABL matchup on Thursday the Canberra Cavalry downed the Adelaide Bite 6-2. Four runs in the third decided the outcome. Mitch Walding and Kieran Bradford (home run) drove in a combined four runs. Brian Grening…
  • Press Release: World’s Top 12 nations revealed for first-ever ‘Premier 12’

    philipp
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money. The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan,…
  • Mario Chiarini leaving Rimini for T&A San Marino

    philipp
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    One of the profile players of the Italian Baseball League, outfielder Mario Chiarini is changing his colors. After playing for Rimini at the top level of Italian Baseball since 1997 the 33-year-old is transferring to T&A San Marino for the upcoming campaign according to the Corriere Romagna. He batted .254/.341/.352 with a home run, 11 runs and eight RBI in 19 games during the regular season this year. At the European Championship he appeared in seven games for the Italian National Team.
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  • If the awards matter, why announce them like they don’t?

    Matt Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Derek Jeter’s retirement had many scribes pondering who will become the new ‘face of MLB’ and how the sport could do a better job at promoting its stars. Consequently it was wonderful to see Mike Trout, unquestionably one of the most dazzling young players the sport has got, receiving his first Most Valuable Player Award a couple of weeks ago. The news stories, online videos and TV coverage garnered by him receiving a trophy from a legend of the game in front of a packed crowd at a gala event would have been a good way to keep MLB fresh in the mind. That’s not how the…
  • Is MLB heading to London in 2016?

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

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

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

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

  • Nations Revealed for Inaugural Premier 12 World Baseball Championship

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Courtesy IBAF.org LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money. The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4…
  • Final 2014 IBAF World Baseball Rankings: Japan Takes No. 1 Spot

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    With the conclusion of the 21U Baseball World Cup and the Central American and Caribbean Games, the final world standings have been released. There were only a few movers in the top 10 including Japan taking the No. 1 spot from the USA after making it to the finals of the 21 U BWC. The Netherlands also over took the Dominican Republic for No. 5 on the list. The biggest mover in the top 30 was the Czech Republic moving up seven spots to No. 20. Argentina fell the furthest falling six spots to No. 28. The top 12 teams will be allowed to compete in the inaugural Premier 12 tournament to be held…
  • Cuba Wins 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    VERACRUZ, Mexico – Cuba, No. 3 in the world, defeated No. 18 Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship of the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) to regain its title. It was Cuba’s 15th title in 18 attempts at the CACG. New reforms in Cuba allowed several players return after playing professionally in Japan. Three national team players, Alfredo Despaigne, Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel, returned after the end of the NPB season to play for Cuba and help lead them to the title. The players were given special permission to play in Japan if they returned to the national team…
  • Minors: Will the Osos be back in Raton in 2015

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Pecos League has been in existence since 2011 and some teams have bounced around from city to city. The Raton Osos started out as the Ruidoso Osos in the league’s inaugural season of 2011.  A year later the Ruidoso team was gone. The Osos were reborn in 2013 in Raton. Over the next two seasons they went a combined  36-92. Earlier this year an interesting article was posted to the website of KRTN Radio out of Raton and included parts from the city’s parks and recreation director. This article gives a little insight into how some independent league teams are run and the…
  • 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…
 
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    East Windup Chronicle

  • Keys To Understanding Baseball

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cubs 40-Man Roster Moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rays Cut Sean Rodriguez To Make Room For Veteran Reliever

    Cork Gaines
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Rays have signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, incentive-laden contract. To make room on the roster, the Rays have designated infielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment. Frieri will get $800,000 guaranteed but could make up to $3.15 million with incentives according to Roger Mooney. Those incentives are almost certainly based on the number of games finished, meaning Frieri has a shot to be the team’s closer and will be paid more if he closes out games. Frieri saved 37 games for the Angels in 2013, but struggled in 2014 before being traded to the…
  • Dave Martinez Is Out As Rays’ Bench Coach

    Cork Gaines
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In a move that is no surprise, Dave Martinez has resigned as bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays stating that he has chosen to “move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization.” Martinez was under contract for the 2015 season, however, there was little chance he was going to be retained once the Rays hired a new manager to replace Joe Maddon. While the Rays’ front office makes all decisions regarding the coaching staff, the bench coach is the one spot where it is important that the person has a personality that meshes well…
  • Former GM Has Idiotic Criticism Of Rays’ Search For A New Manager

    Cork Gaines
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Former Reds, Expos, and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden is now an analyst for ESPN and recently wrote a column criticizing the Rays for how they are conducting their search for a new manager to replace Joe Maddon. Bowden’s biggest criticism seems to be that the Rays interviewed a bunch of people who have never been managers: “Their initial list of eight individuals to interview was puzzling to begin with, considering just two of those candidates were former big league managers: Wakamatsu and Manny Acta.” Of course, this completely ignores the fact that the last Rays…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    After the Rays narrowed their managerial search to three candidates on Friday, the biggest news to come out over the weekend is that Matt Silverman actually asked some of the veteran players for their opinion on who should be hired and according to Jim Bowden, they pushed for Dave Martinez. To top it all off was the disrespect toward long-time Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Several Rays players, including Evan Longoria and Alex Cobb, publicly and privately urged new Rays GM Matt Silverman to hire Martinez, citing that continuity would help them through the losses of manager Joe Maddon and…
  • Dave Martinez Not Among 3 Finalists To Be Next Rays Manager

    Cork Gaines
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu are the three finalists to be the next manager of the Rays the team announced on Friday. The one name not on the list that may surprise many Rays fans is bench coach Dave Martinez. However, as we have mentioned before there were plenty of signs that the Rays wanted to move in another direction including the constant theme expressed by the team that they were looking for a fresh voice in the dugout. Martinez would have been just the opposite of that and would have instead been a vote for the status quo. Matt Silverman emphasized that point after…
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • Why Matt Joyce Is Still Valuable To The Tampa Bay Rays

    Drew Jenkins
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    2014 was arguably Matt Joyce‘s most disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Generally a nice power hitter to complement the likes of Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist, Joyce’s slugging percentage (.383) and ISO (.129) slipped to career-lows. As such, many thought this would be the end of Joyce’s tenure with the Rays. He will […] Why Matt Joyce Is Still Valuable To The Tampa Bay Rays - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Your Dose of Thanksgiving Baseball

    Robbie Knopf
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    What does it say about me that I missed the Winter Leagues recap yesterday but did it today? In any event, Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and I’m glad to give you some Thanksgiving baseball to talk about before your football-filled day. Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 5, Toros del Este 3 What would Thanksgiving be without Manny […] Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Your Dose of Thanksgiving Baseball - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Ernesto Frieri, A Reclamation Project Worth Taking On

    Robbie Knopf
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Ernesto Frieri was downright terrible in 2014. Between the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates, he managed just a 7.34 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched, giving up an astounding 11 home runs (2.4 per 9 innings). But while everyone else sees numbers like that and cowers in fear, the Tampa Bay Rays look at them […] Ernesto Frieri, A Reclamation Project Worth Taking On - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Vinci Baseball and Softball Sports Blog

  • Vinci Welcomes Our First Professional Softball Player

    Vinci
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Vinci Co., LLC, is proud to welcome our first ever professional softball player to the company in Natalie Hernandez. From 2011-2014, Hernandez played collegiately for the University of Illinois-Chicago before turning professional in June and is currently a GA at Robert Morris in Chicago. Vinci is a family-owned and operated sports equipment company dedicated to quality. A number of minor and major-league baseball players, and now our first professional softball player use Vinci equipment. Makers of baseball gloves, softball gloves, sunglasses, batting gloves and batpacks. “Speaking with…
  • NEW Vinci Bat Pack

    Vinci
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of its first bat backpack. The Vinci Bat Backpack is a stylish all-in-one carry system for ball players everywhere – from little league baseball to the softball field to the college diamond. The Vinci Bat Backpack offers a variety of key components, including a waterproof bottom, a large compartment for helmet and gear and an ergonomic design with padded shoulder straps. It includes double heavy-duty fence hooks for hanging with a separated zipper opening and storage pocket. Breathable mesh padded backing…
  • New Vinci Videos

    Vinci
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    We’d like to reveal four new videos featured both on Vincipro.com and Youtube. All of our videos close with our hero, Benjamin Vinci’s signature. This signature is in every glove that we make. One of the videos, the PJV-M will also soon be featured on the Dicks’ Sporting Goods website, with more to come!   Our first video is of the Optimus series baseball and softball gloves. Prepare for greatness. Watch our top of the line Optimus gloves in action. From your local ball park all the way to the Major Leagues! The second video highlights our sports multi lens sunglasses.
  • Leading MLB All Star Votes

    Vinci
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    The MLB All-Star game is heading to Target Field in Minnesota for the 2014 mid summer classic. Voting for both the American League and National league ends on July 3rd, 2014 with the managers fill the remaining bench spots as well as the entire rotation. In the American League Jose Bautista leads all American League vote getters with a little more than 2.1 million votes. Bautista is followed by Mike Trout and Melky Cabrera to round out the outfield spots. Starting with the catcher position we have Matt Wieters, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Derek Jeter…
  • Vincipro.com website new and improved

    Vinci
    29 May 2014 | 4:53 am
    We’ve recently updated our website, with many new improvements. The goal is to improve the overall experience of using our website. Here are some of the changes/improvements. Simplified checkout Better quality product images Paypal 6 months same as cash for qualified orders over $99.00 Signup for back in stock notifications on out of stock items Designed to format for cell phones, tablets, and computers Store locator to find the nearest store carrying Vinci products Email any questions about individual products from that specific product page We feel this overall improvement will make…
 
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    Baseball de World

  • Nations Revealed for Inaugural Premier 12 World Baseball Championship

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Courtesy IBAF.org LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money. The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4…
  • Final 2014 IBAF World Baseball Rankings: Japan Takes No. 1 Spot

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    With the conclusion of the 21U Baseball World Cup and the Central American and Caribbean Games, the final world standings have been released. There were only a few movers in the top 10 including Japan taking the No. 1 spot from the USA after making it to the finals of the 21 U BWC. The Netherlands also over took the Dominican Republic for No. 5 on the list. The biggest mover in the top 30 was the Czech Republic moving up seven spots to No. 20. Argentina fell the furthest falling six spots to No. 28. The top 12 teams will be allowed to compete in the inaugural Premier 12 tournament to be held…
  • Cuba Wins 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    VERACRUZ, Mexico – Cuba, No. 3 in the world, defeated No. 18 Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship of the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) to regain its title. It was Cuba’s 15th title in 18 attempts at the CACG. New reforms in Cuba allowed several players return after playing professionally in Japan. Three national team players, Alfredo Despaigne, Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel, returned after the end of the NPB season to play for Cuba and help lead them to the title. The players were given special permission to play in Japan if they returned to the national team…
  • Minors: Will the Osos be back in Raton in 2015

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Pecos League has been in existence since 2011 and some teams have bounced around from city to city. The Raton Osos started out as the Ruidoso Osos in the league’s inaugural season of 2011.  A year later the Ruidoso team was gone. The Osos were reborn in 2013 in Raton. Over the next two seasons they went a combined  36-92. Earlier this year an interesting article was posted to the website of KRTN Radio out of Raton and included parts from the city’s parks and recreation director. This article gives a little insight into how some independent league teams are run and the…
  • 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…
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1926 W512 Strip Card Baseball #5, Glen (Glenn) Wright

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    I want to think Mr. Wright looks mean here. Someone threw a pitch at his head, called his puppy an insulting name, or said his nose looked like a handful of raspberries. (In this set, it does.)On the field, Glenn's cannon arm earned him the awesome nickname "Buckshot." You picture someone like that as all glove and no bat, but Wright regularly cleared .300, first for Pittsburgh and later in Brooklyn. Like Joe Sewell, another top 1920s shortstop, he rarely struck out. SABR wrote a nice profile for Glenn, starting with his unassisted triple play in 1925.Buckshot earned a minor level of support…
  • 1920 W516 and W529 Boxing #5, Lou (Lew) Tendler

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Despite the low-grade condition of most strip cards, a repeated appearance of Babe Ruth in the #5 slot made those type acquisitions more costly than most.1920 W519 #5 (correct image)1921 W521 #5 (image reversed)With those big hitters out of the way, you can imagine I'm happy to find lower-cost sluggers like slim Mr. Tendler, even if it means stepping off the diamond and into the ring.1920 W529 #5, "Lou" (Lew) TendlerQuickly-issued (some might say slapdash) strip card sets like W516 generated several variations and I compared some Ty Cobbs and Tris Speakers several years ago in the post 1920…
  • 1957 Topps Baseball Wantlist (COMPLETED Oct 23, 2014)

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

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

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

  • Casa Base: Very Unlikely

    Fabio Borselli
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • Casa Base: Bat Boy

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

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

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

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

  • MVP Of First CBL Championship Series

    independentbaseball
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the MVP of the first Continental Baseball League championship series (2007)?   Answer: Joe Pagan (for the Tarrant County Blue Thunder) 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.
  • Location Of 2007 CBL All-Star Game

    independentbaseball
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Where did the Continental Baseball League have its first All Star Game (2007)?   Answer: Wildcat Field at Clear Creek High School in Clear Lake, Texas (suburban Houston) Please support this site: if you need any … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Only Team With Losing Record In 2010 CBL

    independentbaseball
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which team was the only one with a losing record during the 2010 Continental Baseball League season? Answer: The Coastal Kingfish.  The Desert Valley Mountain Lions were .500 (26-26), and both the Las Cruces Vaqueros and … 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.
  • Date Of Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings’ Fire Breathing Clown Promotion

    independentbaseball
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question For the inaugural game of the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings (2003, Arizona-Mexico League) the team had a fire-breathing clown as a promotion.  On which date did this occur? Answer: May 30, 2003 http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/2003/05/30/133772-arizona-mexico-league-play-opens-tonight-with-fire-eating-clown/ Please support this site: … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Team Which Had A Planned “Shoeless Joe Jackson Séance Night”

    independentbaseball
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 2003 independent baseball team supposedly had a planned “Shoeless Joe Jackson Séance Night” which never happened because the league folded? Answer: The Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/tag/bisbee-douglas-copper-kings-2003/ Please support this site: if you need any home … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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    Baseball Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Witry
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    According to media reports and pictures from the scene, Cubs reliever, Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic late Thursday night. While details are fairly hazy, it appears that the crash was non-fatal, and Pedro Strop is in stable condition. According to some reports, Strop’s car was rear-ended, prompting the car to spin out of control and crash into the estate of deceased MLB player, Jose Uribe. There is no word about the involvement of alcohol, and the crash comes about month after the tragic death of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras. Here is…
  • Four teams interested in Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez

    Max Wildstein
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:58 pm
    With Yasmany Tomas off the boards, there are more Cuban ball players that are getting noticed by major-league ball clubs. Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez hosted an open showcase for scouts in the Dominican Republic on November 8th, who also has another showcase scheduled in the Dominican Republic for next week. The 21-year-old Cuban defector has already had strong interest expressed of him by the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who signed Tomas to a deal the other day, sources tell Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Yoan Lopez is a 6-foot-4,…
  • Korean Team Turns Down Rangers Winning Bid For Hyeon-jong Wang

    Joe Jacquez
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization have rejected the Rangers bid for left-hander Hyeon-jong Wang according to a news release by the team. Earlier this week, MK Sports reported that the Rangers won the bidding for his services at $1.5 million. The Minnesota Twins also submitted a bid close to $1.5 million according to multiple reports. In eight seasons for the Tigers, Yang went 62-42 with a 4.33 era. He never pitched more than 170 innings in a season, and teams considered him a middle of the rotation starter. His 157/73 K/BB ratio is promising, but an era over four doesn’t…
  • Analyzing the Next Potential Yankees Shortstop

    Michael Dweck
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    The Derek Jeter era has come to an end in New York. For 20 seasons, the Yankees could rely on Jeter to bring energy, heart, and of course his talent to the baseball diamond. He played in nearly 85 percent of all Yankees games since 1995, and if his 1995 inaugural season and injury riddled 2013 were to be excluded, he played in over 93 percent of games. However, the Yankees, who always seem to be retooling instead of rebuilding, must look for their 2015 opening day shortstop. Entering the 2014 offseason, the Yankees seemed to be in play for the only 2 premier shortstops on the free agent…
  • Orioles acquire Scott Barnes from Indians

    Max Wildstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    The Baltimore Orioles have acquired left-handed reliever Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced. The Orioles have acquired LHP Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations. — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 26, 2014 The Indians had previously designated Barnes for assignment to make room for right-handed pitcher Chris Brewer on the 40-man roster. With the acquisition of Barnes, the Orioles’ 40-man roster stands at 39. Scott Barnes, 27, pitched in 25 games for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate in…
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  • Counting Balls: Foul Ball Averages in the American League between 1988 and 1990

    FoulBallzAdmin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    A few months back the attorney for the girl hit in the Atlanta Braves claimed that players are hitting more fouls and they are harder. This seemingly illogical statement piqued my interest since this is the type of thing I’m interested in understanding.   I can’t prove they are harder hit (I don’t think that’s even possible to test), but what I can do is see if he’s correct about the number of foul balls hit. As a result of the attorney’s comments, I’ve started the first of its kind investigation into foul ball numbers. I started counting every single foul ball recorded in…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 4

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

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

    FoulBallzAdmin
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Part 2 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond is here. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. Here is the second installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind…   1) <a href=”http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/metallica-play-enter-sandman-for-mariano-rivera-20130923″>Mariano Rivera joins Metallica</a> on stage for a rendition of <a…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 1

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