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  • MLB ’15 The Show Looks Visually Good

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    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In about three days, we’ll have MLB ’15 in our hands and we’ll bang out some games on the cyber diamond. We’ll post our own bit of screenshots and tell a few tales of what we think of the game. Some early copies of the game have went out to some fortunate (and possibly crazy) folks. There were copies of The Show selling for over $400 on ebay recently. Here are a few screenshots that you can find on the Operation Sports forums if you’re not banned. Look at that ivy at Wrigley! I can’t wait to get my hands on this game. It’s probably a good thing I…
  • LEADING OFF: Rockies' Gonzalez Expected to Return to Lineup

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    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:52 pm
    A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:
  • D-backs aim to enhance fan base in Mexico

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    Steve Gilbert
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Sunday marked the 10th time in franchise history that the D-backs have visited Hermosillo, Mexico, to play a game, and to them it is regarded as a home away from home.
  • Miller hopes to take recent success into regular season

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    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Shelby Miller produced his most dominant outing of the spring as he limited the Pirates to one hit over six innings on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
  • Maddon to keep giving Bryant work in outfield

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    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Kris Bryant made his second start in left field on Sunday and manager Joe Maddon wants the Cubs top prospect to get more time there.
 
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  • D-backs aim to enhance fan base in Mexico

    Steve Gilbert
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Sunday marked the 10th time in franchise history that the D-backs have visited Hermosillo, Mexico, to play a game, and to them it is regarded as a home away from home.
  • Blair picked up by offense, but D-backs fall in Mexico

    Steve Gilbert
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Aaron Blair had a tough day on the mound, allowing six runs (four earned) over three innings in an 11-10, 10-inning loss to the Rockies on Sunday in Hermosillo, Mexico. The D-backs struck for six runs in the third inning and three in the ninth to force extras before falling.
  • Hudson posts zeros, offense stymied in D-backs' loss

    Thomas Harding
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Right-hander Daniel Hudson tossed shutout baseball for 3 2/3 innings, but the D-backs managed little on offense in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies on Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
  • Hellickson back on track for regular season

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    After skipping his last start, D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson threw 75 pitches in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Royals and pronounced his arm healthy and ready for the start of the season.
  • Goldschmidt, Pollock homers not enough for D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Two-run homers by Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock helped give the D-backs an early lead, but a big Royals seventh was too much to overcome in a 10-5 loss Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
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  • Miller hopes to take recent success into regular season

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Shelby Miller produced his most dominant outing of the spring as he limited the Pirates to one hit over six innings on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
  • Pendleton's ejection vs. Bucs marks third for Braves this spring

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First base coach Terry Pendleton became the third member of the Braves' club to be ejected this year when he offered a few words that drew the ire of veteran umpire Jeff Nelson during the seventh inning of Sunday's loss to the Pirates. As he stood in the first base coaching box, Pendleton objected to the pickoff move being used by John Holdzkom. He was voicing his displeasure in the direction of Nelson, who, while standing near second base, had called two balks against Jason Grilli during the previous half inning.
  • Johnson encouraged by results of altered stance

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Chris Johnson proved patient through the early part of the Grapefruit League season and now finds himself heading into Spring Training's final week with a sense of confidence that was enhanced by the solo homer he hit during Sunday afternoon's 4-2 loss to the Pirates at Champion Stadium.
  • Johnson's homer backs Miller's strong six innings

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Braves utility man Phil Gosselin successfully executed an eighth-inning suicide squeeze bunt to score Todd Cunningham and tie the game 2-2. The Braves' only previous run had come courtesy of Chris Johnson's fifth-inning solo home run off Radhames Liz. Johnson has eight hits, including a pair of home runs, in his past 12 at-bats.
  • Feigl, Benson have chance at Opening Day roster

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Although he was reassigned to Minor League camp on March 16, left-handed reliever Brady Feigl has entered the final week of Spring Training with a chance to begin the regular season in Atlanta's bullpen.
 
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  • Maddon to keep giving Bryant work in outfield

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Kris Bryant made his second start in left field on Sunday and manager Joe Maddon wants the Cubs top prospect to get more time there.
  • Amid competition, Jackson focused on helping Cubs win

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Maybe getting lost helped Edwin Jackson find himself. Jackson, battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, held the Royals to one hit and walked one over 4 2/3 innings Sunday in a 7-0 Cubs win.
  • Cubs sink Royals behind Jackson's solid start

    Barry M. Bloom
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Edwin Jackson found the ballpark on Sunday, but he's still trying to find his spot in the Cubs' rotation with only a week to go in the Cactus League season. Jackson was pitted up against another veteran, right-hander Edinson Volquez, starting his first season with the Royals in a game the Cubs won, 7-0.
  • As opener nears, Maddon using players in regular roles

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Besides trimming the 38-man spring roster to the final 25, Joe Maddon said he'll be inserting players into the remaining Cactus League games as if it were the regular season so they can get used to their roles.
  • New digs at Wrigley will be adjustment for Maddon

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Joe Maddon is eager to get to Wrigley Field to see his new digs. "I'm curious abbout my office," Maddon said Sunday. "I keep hearing it's one-third of the size of the one I have here [in Mesa]. I like space, but I won't have space.
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  • DeJesus determined to make most of opportunity with Reds

    Mark Sheldon
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:44 pm
    As Spring Training approaches the home stretch, non-roster invite and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. is still in camp fighting to earn a spot as a bench player on the Reds' Opening Day roster.
  • Mesoraco relieved after quad cramp diagnosis

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Reds All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco felt relieved Sunday afternoon after being diagnosed with a left quadriceps cramp. Mesoraco felt his quad tighten running the bases and worried it was serious when he exited the game vs. the Angels.
  • Dominguez, Boesch lead offensive charge behind Marquis

    Cash Kruth
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run and Brennan Boesch went 2-for-5 as the Reds beat the Angels, 8-6, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
  • Roster could be set by weekend trip to Montreal

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Reds will break camp on Thursday following the final Cactus League game of spring vs. the Indians. After that, they fly to Montreal for exhibition games Friday and Saturday vs. the Blue Jays. The club could have their set 25-man roster by that time.
  • Day stresses importance of health for Reds in 2015

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Pregame/postgame host and sideline reporter for Fox Sports Ohio, Jim Day, recently took the time to chat with MLB.com's Mark Sheldon about the keys to a successful Reds season in 2015.
 
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  • McBride's 2 HRs, 4 RBIs key Rockies in Mexico

    Steve Gilbert
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Matt McBride had three hits, including a pair of two-run homers, as the Rockies outpaced the D-backs, 11-10, in 10 innings, at Estadia Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico, on Sunday. Roberto Ramos hit a go-ahead solo homer in the 10th for the final tally.
  • Rockies' Morneau, Descalso homer to down D-backs

    Thomas Harding
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Justin Morneau and Daniel Descalso hit homered to give the Rockies a 2-1 victory over the D-backs on Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Jordan Lyles allowed one run and fanned four over six workmanlike innings.
  • Butler sees maturity as key to taking next step

    Thomas Harding
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler believes he has the stuff to pitch in the Majors, and he is intent on showing he can bridge the gap between stuff and success.
  • Gray hopes to turn negatives into positives

    Thomas Harding
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Rockies top prospect Jon Gray insisted Sunday that the groin soreness he experienced Saturday will not affect his next scheduled start. The young right-hander also hopes to learn from his poor outing.
  • Gray confident he'll bounce back from rough outing

    Thomas Harding
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Just when it seemed safe to pencil top right-handed prospect Jon Gray into the Rockies' season-opening rotation, he turned in a short, rough start Saturday against the Cubs.
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  • X-ray reveals no broken bones in Hoes' wrist

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was able to breathe a sigh of relief Sunday when an X-ray performed on his right wrist showed no broken bones. Hoes was hit on the wrist by a pitch Saturday, and he was held out of baseball drills Sunday.
  • Peacock excited to be back in action after surgery

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The results certainly weren't what Brad Peacock wanted, as he allowed four runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning, but he had reason to be happy Sunday afternoon as he got his first taste of Grapefruit League action in a 7-0 loss to the Yankees at Osceola County Stadium.
  • Astros kept off board against hot-hitting Yankees

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Scott Feldman allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings and the Astros were held to five hits in a 7-0 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
  • Top prospect Correa leaves mark with excellent spring

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    For the second year in a row, shortstop Carlos Correa made the long walk from the Major League clubhouse to the players' parking lot while carrying his equipment after being reassigned Sunday. It's a sight we might never see again.
  • Correa, Dominguez among 8 Astros sent to Minors

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    The Astros trimmed their active spring roster by eight players Sunday morning, including top prospect Carlos Correa, a shortstop, and Matt Dominguez, who was the team's starting third baseman the past two years.
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  • Pederson, Grandal show muscle vs. Giants

    Chris Haft
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Joc Pederson's sixth home run of the spring and Yasmani Grandal's RBI double helped the Dodgers pull even in the third inning Sunday before the Giants surged ahead to take an 11-9 victory.
  • Dodgers' big third boosts McCarthy

    Ken Gurnick
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Jimmy Rollins, Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke doubled in a five-run third inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat Texas, 10-5, on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.
  • McGowan feels good after back-to-back outings

    Ken Gurnick
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Dodgers president Andrew Friedman, manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made the trek to the Minor League side Sunday to watch reliever Dustin McGowan pitch in an intrasquad game.
  • A-Gon shines outside the Hollywood spotlight

    Lyle Spencer
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers' pillar of quiet strength, is Major League Baseball's most underappreciated superstar.
  • Kids take charge as Pederson, Guerrero launch long balls

    Cash Kruth
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero each homered as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-4, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
 
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  • Duda may be starting to solve lefties at plate

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The one knock on Lucas Duda's breakout season is his history against left-handed pitchers. His same-sided production has waned even as his overall results have improved. So it was refreshing for the Mets to see Duda rap out three hits against lefties in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, brandishing a new approach at the plate.
  • Gee reinforces grip on rotation

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Publicly, the Mets have still not deemed Dillon Gee their fifth starter. But Gee continued to make that little more than a formality on Sunday, actually raising his ERA to 2.49 by giving up two runs over seven innings against the Cardinals.
  • Reynolds has inside track on Opening Day start at second

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    With each passing day, it appears less and less likely that Daniel Murphy will heal in time for Opening Day, meaning the Mets must choose amongst Matt Reynolds, Danny Muno or Ruben Tejada at second base.
  • Gee deals seven sharp in bid for rotation spot

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Mets first baseman Lucas Duda finished with a three-hit, two-RBI day, with all of his hits coming off lefty pitchers. Duda's two-out single in the third drove in Curtis Granderson to give the Mets an early one-run lead
  • deGrom eyes bigger prize after Rookie of Year campaign

    John Schlegel
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    After a tremendous rookie campaign, Jacob deGrom is ready for a repeat performance.
 
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  • What to watch for in today's games

    Andrew Simon
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The first game of the regular season is now less than a week away, and Spring Training has entered the home stretch. Teams are trimming rosters and pondering final decisions, while players are running out of chances to make a good impression or tune up for April.
  • 'That was for him': Henry dedicates special day to Sanchez

    Greg Johns
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Mariners prospect Jabari Henry dedicated his big Sunday to his friend and teammate Victor Sanchez, who died Saturday in Venezuela.
  • NFL linebacker Magee tackles potential baseball career

    Ian Browne
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Brandon Magee has already played 17 games in the National Football League. At some point this year, he might play his first baseball game professionally at one of the Minor League affiliates for the Boston Red Sox.
  • Graveman's hot spring providing unexpected return from big deal

    Mike Bauman
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Kendall Graveman has looked like a very emphatic answer this spring in why the A's were willing to trade Josh Donaldson. Graveman has pitched his way into the A's rotation, where at the moment, he is penciled into the No. 4 spot.
  • Maddon to keep giving Bryant work in outfield

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Kris Bryant made his second start in left field on Sunday and manager Joe Maddon wants the Cubs top prospect to get more time there.
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  • Kang proving himself after time in Pirate City

    Tom Singer
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Jung Ho Kang's 2-for-4 vs. the Braves gave him three hits in his last eight at-bats, after three in his first 27 at-bats. Those last eight at-bats have come since Kang took a big league timeout at Pirate City, the place that seems to refresh all slumping Pirates.
  • Prospect Meadows excels in full nine innings vs. Braves

    Tom Singer
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Austin Meadows received a treat Sunday, starting in right field and playing the entirety of the Bucs' 4-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Braves.
  • Kang breaks slump at plate with two-hit game

    Mark Bowman
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Pirates second baseman Jung Ho Kang halted his recent woes with a two-hit performance that was highlighted by the two-run, ninth-inning home run he drilled off Michael Kohn during Sunday afternoon's 4-2 win over the Braves at Champion Stadium.
  • Cole can reach potential at perfect time for Pirates

    Richard Justice
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    When the games have meant the most and the pressure cranked the highest, Gerrit Cole has been at his best. Isn't that what they say about the all the great ones? OK, slow down. He's not there yet. He's 24 years old and has made just 41 career starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates these last two seasons.
  • Morton makes progress with effective outing

    Tom Singer
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    The Pirates' brain trust typically takes a meeting to discuss personnel decisions, with everyone from manager Clint Hurdle to general manager Neal Huntington involved. They may have to put their heads together on Charlie Morton's season-opening fate.
 
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  • West Notes: Rockies, Rosario, Heaney, Tropeano

    Brad Johnson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    An overhaul of the Rockies pitching process could pay dividends, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club brought in Steve Foster and Darren Holmes to serve as the pitching and bullpen coaches, and the new organizational hierarchy is expected to provide better leadership and creativity. Additionally, the club has moved Wilin Rosario to the third catcher role. The addition of Nick Hundley over the offseason should help the staff perform at a higher level. Rosenthal notes that Rosario is viewed as a poor defensive catcher who allowed too many passed balls, rarely caught base stealers,…
  • East Notes: Herrera, Lough, Rays

    Brad Johnson
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Here’s the latest from the East coast: Phillies Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera is expected to be the Opening Day center fielder, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Herrera is a second baseman by trade, but the Phillies began using him in center field 10 days ago. He’ll displace Ben Revere whose poor routes and weak arm are better suited to left field. It’s unclear if that arrangement is temporary or permanent. The club entered this spring with a planned alignment of Domonic Brown, Revere, and Grady Sizemore from left to right. Brown will likely miss Opening Day with an…
  • Central Notes: Garcia, Marcum, Brewers, Ramirez

    Brad Johnson
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    After visiting with a team physician, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia has been diagnosed with arm fatigue, writes Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Garcia is still trying to work his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He was on track to earn the fifth slot in the rotation, but will now miss the opening week. As Langosch noted, former Cardinal Chris Carpenter failed in his return bid from the surgery, although he was older at the time. One of Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales will likely replace Garcia. Indians pitcher Shaun Marcum will report to Triple-A to start the season,…
  • Rangers Release Ryan Ludwick

    Brad Johnson
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    The Rangers have released Ryan Ludwick from his minor league contract, tweets Rangers EVP of Communications John Blake. He was informed earlier this week that he would not make the Opening Day roster. The 36-year-old outfielder scuffled over the last two seasons with the Reds. In 400 plate appearances, he hit .244/.308/.375 with nine home runs. Ludwick got a late start to his major league career, finally breaking out with the Cardinals in his age 29 season. His last successful season came in 2012, when he blasted 26 home runs with a .275/.346/.531 line. He hit just .200/.188/.300 in 30 plate…
  • MLBTR Originals

    Edward Creech
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR the last seven days: MLB Trade Rumors Podcast featured host Jeff Todd discussing the Dodgers front office overhaul and their slew of offseason manuevers with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Jeff also welcomed MLBTR’s Zach Links who spent the past week touring the Grapefruit League. A new edition of MLB Trade Rumors Podcast drops every Thursday and can be accessed on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. Tim Dierkes revised MLBTR’s 2016 Free Agent Power Rankings with Yoenis Cespedes knocking Matt…
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  • Amber Alert issued for little girl, two adults

    Adrienne Balow
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – Police in University Park have issued an Amber Alert for a little girl who was taken during a home invasion late last night. Police Samiah Lomax, 5, was taken from the home just after 11 p.m. by a man and a woman. She was last seen wearing a gray Hello Kitty shirt and blue jeans and white socks. Samiah Lomax is 3 feet tall and weighs 48 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police say she could be with Serena A. Johnson, 24, who is described as a black woman with long black hair and brown eyes. She’s about 5 feet tall and 130 lbs. Johnson was last seen…
  • 7-day forecast: Temps increase, possible rain mid-week

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    For the latest weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.
  • 450-pound lion’s check-up at Brookfield Zoo becomes teachable moment

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    BROOKFIELD, Ill. — In a small but state-of-the-art medical room at Brookfield Zoo, the “king of the jungle” is as about dangerous as a sleeping house cat. Doctors put 450-pound Zenda under to give him a good once over. “We look at everything,” said Dr. Michael Adkesson with the Brookfield Zoo. “So we look at him from head to toe on a physical exam, we draw blood for various testing, to look at his organ function. We do a full set of X-rays on him, ultrasound, really everything we can do we take care of him while we got him here. In addition to making sure…
  • GPS navigation involved when car plunges off demolished Indiana bridge

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:27 pm
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Police say a driver apparently was following GPS navigation when he drove off the ramp to a demolished bridge that had been closed since 2009, killing his wife. The Times of Munster reports 51-year-old Zohra Hussain of Chicago died of burns after the car caught fire following the 37-foot plunge Saturday morning onto property owned by BP. Her 64-year-old husband, Iftikhar Hussain, survived. Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Patricia Van Til says the road is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating…
  • Blast from the Past: Dave Leitao returns to coach DePaul

    Larry Hawley
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    CHICAGO – At the beginning, the followed what’s become a popular trend to pick the next coach of their biggest revenue sports. DePaul chose the  Parker Executive Search firm from Atlanta to help them hire their new basketball coach after Oliver Purnell was not retained after the Blue Demons’ 8th-straight losing season. The money was spent, as it has by others over the past few years in all college sports, to give the struggling program a chance to find the right person to turn it around. In the end, they could have pocketed the cash. All they needed, in fact, was just an…
 
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  • Challenge for Choate is getting in work vs. lefties

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Knowing they'll be deploying reliever Randy Choate primarily against left-handed batters this season, the Cardinals are about to get creative so that he can face a flurry of them to finish spring.
  • Gonzales' landing spot now out of his hands

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    With Sunday marking his final appearance of the Grapefruit League season, left-hander Marco Gonzales is now left to wait and see how the Cardinals' pitching plans come together and where he falls in that mix.
  • Cards trim roster, send 4 to Minors

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Cardinals whittled down their list of bench candidates by cutting four position players from Major League camp following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.
  • Gonzales, Heyward set pace for Cardinals

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Gonzales was a late rotation replacement for the Cardinals, who had planned to start Jaime Garcia until learning that Garcia was dealing with some soreness and fatigue in his left arm.
  • Cardinals weigh Opening Day roster flexibility

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Seven days out from their Opening Night matchup against the Cubs, the Cardinals continue to weigh the various ways in which they could construct their roster because of the flexibility offered by a high concentration of early-season off-days.
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  • Giants pleased with Cain rounding into form

    Tracy Ringolsby
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Finally, good news for the defending World Series champions -- Matt Cain can be declared healthy. While he may not be quite ready for the season to start, he is close enough to give the Giants and Cain every reason to feel he'll be just fine.
  • Giants send 11, including Susac, to Minors

    Chris Haft
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Andrew Susac, who finished last year's World Series-winning season as San Francisco's backup catcher, was among five players optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Six others were reassigned to Minor League camp.
  • Panik, Duffy lead Giants' big day on offense

    Chris Haft
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Emerging from a spring hitting hiatus, Joe Panik went 3-for-3 and scored three runs Sunday to help the Giants defeat a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad, 11-9, in a Cactus League game.
  • Slater, Beede make Giants' future look bright

    Chris Haft
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Two members of the Giants' 2014 Draft class deepened the organization's optimism on Saturday.
  • Gritty offense lifts up uneven Peavy against Mariners

    Greg Johns
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Right fielder Justin Maxwell -- who hit a three-run homer in the fourth -- keyed the Giants' five-run rally in top of the ninth to edge the Mariners, 9-8, in Cactus League action at Peoria Stadium on Saturday.
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  • Fister more in 'swing of things' despite rough outing

    Bill Ladson
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Right-hander Doug Fister had his rockiest outing of the spring during the Nationals' 11-7 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
  • Williams unhappy with Nats' shaky defense

    Bill Ladson
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The Nationals have played 26 games during Spring Training and have made 27 errors. Manager Matt Williams admitted that he was not pleased by the amount of errors the team has made this spring.
  • Janssen getting MRI on right shoulder

    Bill Ladson
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    After watching his team defeat the Marlins, 11-7, on Sunday afternoon, manager Matt Williams announced that reliever Casey Janssen will have an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday.
  • Nats' big bats make up for Fister's rocky start

    Bill Ladson
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Nationals and Marlins found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. When it was over, it was the Nats who won the game, 11-7.
  • Rizzo confident in roster, sees opportunity for NRIs

    Bill Ladson
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Even though the Nationals are faced with their share of injuries, general manager Mike Rizzo said he is satisfied with the roster he has in place, and he doesn't see himself making trades before the start of Opening Day.
 
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  • Orioles reassign 3 to Minor League camp

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The Orioles reassigned three players following Sunday's split-squad games, trimming their spring roster to 37 by sending Dariel Alvarez, Chaz Roe and Chris Parmelee to Minor League camp. The moves leave five non-roster players in camp in outfielder Nolan Reimold, infielders Paul Janish and Jayson Nix and catchers Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia.
  • Gonzalez likely to pitch during season's first series

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Miguel Gonzalez will likely pitch in the first series of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Buck Showalter said on Sunday.
  • Lough in jeopardy of starting season on DL

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    David Lough is not progressing as quickly as the Orioles would have hoped, with the outfielder -- who is dealing with a hamstring/back injury -- now a possibility to start the season on the disabled list.
  • Jones, Snider fire up O's, but Gonzalez struggles

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Adam Jones and Travis Snider hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, but starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
  • Orioles stage hit parade to back strong Ubaldo

    Gregor Chisholm
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez tossed six strong innings, while Jimmy Paredes, Dariel Alvarez and Chris Parmelee (three) each had multiple hits in the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
 
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  • Sharp Volquez fans eight in loss to Cubs

    Barry M. Bloom
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Veteran Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson found the ballpark on Sunday, but he's still trying to find his spot in the rotation with only a week to go in the Cactus League season. Jackson was pitted against another veteran, right-hander Edinson Volquez, starting his first season with the Royals in a game the Cubs won, 7-0.
  • Madson shows he still has plenty to offer Royals

    Barry M. Bloom
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    When Ryan Madson came into camp this spring with the Royals, he wanted to prove to himself he's healthy enough to pitch again in the Major Leagues. That mission has been accomplished.
  • Royals won't skip No. 5 Guthrie despite early off-day

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Though the Royals will have an off-day during the first week of the regular season, manager Ned Yost said he will not skip right-hander and No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.
  • Royals rebound with five-run seventh to down D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A five-run seventh was capped by RBI doubles from Paulo Orlando and Moises Sierra as the Royals completed a comeback win, 10-5, over the D-backs Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
  • Rios feels sky-high about 2015 Royals

    Lyle Spencer
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In the company of one of the liveliest bands of players in baseball, Alex Rios is reinvigorated. The American League champion Royals are taking the graceful, athletic right fielder back to his youth following a dark, injury-derailed season in Texas.
 
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  • Scioscia: Angels 'likely' to begin year with four starters

    Cash Kruth
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday the Angels "most likely" will begin the season with 12 pitchers and four starters.
  • Heaney once again felled by bad inning

    Cash Kruth
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Andrew Heaney doesn't consider his first Spring Training with the Angels a success. The left-hander and club's top prospect struggled again in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Reds at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He allowed six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
  • Cron goes deep but Heaney struggles in loss

    Cash Kruth
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Angels starter Andrew Heaney, the club's No. 1 prospect, was once again burned by a big inning as Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run and the Reds beat the Angels, 8-6, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
  • Despite encouraging results, Angels won't rush Richards

    Cash Kruth
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Garrett Richards' outing Saturday made the young right-hander giddy, raising the question if his 2015 debut could come sooner than planned. The answer is no, as far as Angels manager Mike Scioscia is concerned.
  • Trout puts on a show with glove and bat vs. Dodgers

    Cash Kruth
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Erick Aybar and Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who out-hit their Los Angeles counterparts, 11-9, but couldn't sustain a rally and lost to the Dodgers, 5-4, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
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  • Twins outright righty Pryor to Triple-A Rochester

    Andrew Simon
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Twins outrighted right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, leaving the club with 38 players on its 40-man roster. Minnesota likely will use those open spots to add a pair of non-roster invitees, reliever Blaine Boyer and outfielder Shane Robinson.
  • Pelfrey's first showing out of bullpen a success

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    A day after being told he'd lost out in the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation to left-hander Tommy Milone, right-hander Mike Pelfrey made the transition to a relief role with a scoreless inning in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Orioles.
  • Backed by blasts, Nolasco settles, stretches out

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Ricky Nolasco settled down after a rocky first frame to turn in a quality start, while Eric Fryer and Oswaldo Arcia both connected on two-run homers to help lead the Twins to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.
  • Provus sees plenty of talent on Twins' roster

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Cory Provus, the radio voice of the Twins, took time out of his busy schedule this spring to sit down with MLB.com for a Q&A session.
  • Time not on Pinto's side as season approaches

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said time is starting to run out on catcher Josmil Pinto, who has yet to be cleared by Major League Baseball to return to action after suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
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  • Yanks bring back Burton three days after release

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    The Yankees re-signed Jared Burton to a Minor League contract on Sunday, agreeing on a new deal with the right-hander three days after he was released by the club, among several other transactions that trimmed their spring roster.
  • Eovaldi praised by hometown legend Ryan

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Nolan Ryan seemed to be everywhere in Nathan Eovaldi's shared hometown of Alvin, Texas, and the strikeout king was also present during Eovaldi's scoreless outing in the Yankees' 7-0 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
  • A-Rod makes debut at first in Yanks' victory

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    At this stage of Alex Rodriguez's career, there are not many new experiences to be found between the white lines. Standing at first base, charging a ground ball and feeding it to a moving target qualified as one of them.
  • Teixeira 'fine' after bruising knee in Minors game

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a right knee contusion after being hit by a pitch in a Minor League game on Sunday morning, the Yankees announced.
  • Headley lends a hand in Eovaldi's shutdown start

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to back another strong outing from Nathan Eovaldi to help the Yankees beat the Astros, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
 
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  • Holland using abbreviated '14 season as fuel

    John Schlegel
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Left-hander Derek Holland finished the 2014 season with a flourish, dominating in six September outings after working his way back from a left knee injury. With that taste of health and success to chew on over a long offseason, Holland enters 2015 as eagerly as anyone in Rangers camp.
  • Rangers still undecided on 'dominating' Kela

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Rookie right-hander Keone Kela continues to be the talk of the Rangers. Manager Jeff Banister has not said if Kela is going to make the team. But the Rangers are running out of reasons why Kela shouldn't make the team. He threw another scoreless inning Sunday in the Rangers' 10-5 loss to the Dodgers.
  • Tepesch roughed up in start vs. Dodgers

    Ken Gurnick
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Jimmy Rollins, Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke doubled in a five-run third inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat Texas, 10-5, on Sunday at Camelback Ranch. The runs came against Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch, who is fighting to make the club.
  • Smolinski's perseverance leading to Opening Day

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    A year ago, few people had heard of outfielder Jake Smolinski. Now he is on the verge of making the Rangers and might even be their left fielder on Opening Day.
  • Rangers' rotation to include Martinez

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Nick Martinez has won the fifth spot in the Rangers' rotation, manager Jeff Banister said on Sunday morning.
 
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  • Clay Buchholz named Red Sox' Opening Day starter

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Red Sox will give clay Buchholz the nod on Opening Day. Clay Buchholz will take the mound April 6th as they open the 2015 season in Philadelphia, getting his first Opening Day start with the team. While there was some small possibility Rick Porcello would get the honors, Clay Buchholz was always the obvious choice for the role. That's in no small part because he's the only player who was with the team this time last year. And it doesn't hurt that, if one pitcher is going to emerge from the team's motley crew of starter as lead man, Buchholz has about as much of a shot as Porcello. It's…
  • Red Sox vs. Rays: The starting nine (ft. Swihart)?

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Blake Swihart is in the starting lineup Sunday afternoon. Does that mean he'll be there next Monday as well? The Red Sox have Blake Swihart in with the starting lineup Sunday afternoon as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays once more. Boston Red Sox (12-10) Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B Mike Napoli, 1B Shane Victorino, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS Blake Swihart, C The question is: do we call this Blake Swihart and the starters, or just the starters? With Christian Vazquez headed to see Dr. James Andrews, it's pretty clear the Red Sox are going…
  • Red Sox vs. Rays

    Ben Buchanan
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    The lineup post kind of got lost in the whole Vazquez thing, but here's a game thread for y'all since this game will be televised. WEEI has the live call, while said television broadcast will be delayed on the MLB Network. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET. Boston Red Sox (11-10) Shane Victorino, RF Brock Holt, 3B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Rusney Castillo, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryan Hanigan, C Jemile Weeks, 2B Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright
  • Christian Vazquez' MRI reveals 'something' in elbow

    Ben Buchanan
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    It's bad news for Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez after an MRI on his throwing elbow did not come back clean. Christian Vazquez will likely miss Opening Day and possibly much more after an MRI on the catcher's injured elbow revealed..."something." That's all we know right now. The Sox are being purposefully vague about the injury, and that's rarely a good sign. Given that John Farrell has already all but ruled him out for Opening Day, however, we can surmise that this is not some minor injury that can just be ignored. Vazquez is seeking a second opinon for now, but the reality is that the…
  • Watch Mookie Betts make a rally-killing diving catch

    Marc Normandin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    It wasn't the prettiest Mookie catch, but he recovered in time. Mookie Betts has been so great at so many things to this point in his young career that it's worth remembering he's not actually a fully formed player just yet. Playing defense in the outfield is still new to him, and while he has the skills and the athleticism to make it work in the long run, there are moments where it's clear he's still a work in progress. The good news is that sometimes, even during those times where he's clearly still learning, he's capable of making plays happen. Your browser does not support iframes. Betts…
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  • The K/BB Can’t Save The Sala Czar

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Danny Salazar was sent to the minors because the Indians are trying to make life difficult for themselves. As someone who needs to pat their lip with a kerchief after a sip of anything, I know about making your life difficult, but my mustache makes me sexy, Salazar going to the minors does the exact opposite. Behind this move was almost definitely The House of McAllister trying to boost their progeny, Zach. "I don't need stirrups." That's Zach McAllister, talking to the Indians equipment manager, as he dons a kilt. McAllister isn't terrible (or Allisn'terrible if portmanteaus light your…
  • West Notes: Rockies, Rosario, Heaney, Tropeano

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    An overhaul of the Rockies pitching process could pay dividends, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club brought in Steve Foster and Darren Holmes to serve as the pitching and bullpen coaches, and the new organizational hierarchy is expected to provide better leadership and creativity. Additionally, the club has moved Wilin Rosario to the third catcher role. The addition of Nick Hundley over the offseason should help the staff perform at a higher level. Rosenthal notes that Rosario is viewed as a poor defensive catcher who allowed too many passed balls, rarely caught base stealers,…
  • East Notes: Herrera, Lough, Rays

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Here’s the latest from the East coast: Phillies Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera is expected to be the Opening Day center fielder, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Herrera is a second baseman by trade, but the Phillies began using him in center field 10 days ago. He’ll displace Ben Revere whose poor routes and weak arm are better suited to left field. It’s unclear if that arrangement is temporary or permanent. The club entered this spring with a planned alignment of Domonic Brown, Revere, and Grady Sizemore from left to right. Brown will likely miss Opening Day with an…
  • Central Notes: Garcia, Marcum, Brewers, Ramirez

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    After visiting with a team physician, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia has been diagnosed with arm fatigue, writes Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Garcia is still trying to work his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He was on track to earn the fifth slot in the rotation, but will now miss the opening week. As Langosch noted, former Cardinal Chris Carpenter failed in his return bid from the surgery, although he was older at the time. One of Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales will likely replace Garcia. Indians pitcher Shaun Marcum will report to Triple-A to start the season,…
  • Boxberger and Mujica expected to see save chances to start season

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Closer Monkey - Instant email alerts whenever there's a closer change. Closer depth charts to help you stay ahead. March 30, 2015 Tampa Bay Rays — The Rays have several options to close while Jake McGee is out.  Grant Balfour should be ready for the start of the season after missing a couple weeks due to the passing away of his father.  However, it looks like Brad Boxberger will see the most save chances.  Boxberger had over 100 strikeouts last year and could thrive in the closer’s role to start the season. Updated hierarchy:  Boxberger | Balfour | Jepsen. Boston…
 
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #187: Roster Reactions and Dozier’s Deal

    aarongleeman
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins demoting Alex Meyer, Trevor May, Aaron Hicks, and Eddie Rosario to Triple-A, choosing Tommy Milone for the rotation, moving an angry Mike Pelfrey to the bullpen, signing Brian Dozier to a $20 million contract, trusting spring training numbers, what to drink at Mason's Barre, and giving away a pair of 20-game Twins season tickets courtesy of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 187 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's…
  • Twins sign Brian Dozier to four-year, $20 million contract

    aarongleeman
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Second baseman Brian Dozier and the Twins have agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract, which begins immediately by bumping his 2015 salary from the MLB minimum to $2 million and then covers his three arbitration seasons at a cost of $3 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, and $9 million in 2018. Dozier was already under team control through 2018 and this deal does not include any option years, so he remains eligible for free agency after 2018. Typically with these types of contracts there's a tradeoff between guaranteed money and team control. In other words, the player is able to lock…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #186: Stathead Molitor, Dad Gardy, and Over/Unders

    aarongleeman
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Paul Molitor showing stat-head tendencies, Ron Gardenhire going full-on dad mode, gambling on the over/under win totals for AL East and AL West teams, giving away season ticket packages from the Minnesota Farm Growers, top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Jose Berrios, and Alex Meyer going to the minors, and the best and worst leadoff hitters in Twins history. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 186 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored…
  • When should the Twins call up Buxton, Sano, and Berrios?

    aarongleeman
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Putting an early end to all the "will they make the Opening Day roster?" questions, the Twins sent top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jose Berrios to the minor-league side of camp. All three players are expected to begin the season at Double-A, where they'll likely be joined by fellow top-15 prospects Jorge Polanco, Nick Burdi, and Max Kepler, so Chattanooga Lookouts fans should enjoy their first season as a Twins affiliate. After years of hearing about their upside it's understandable that many fans are clamoring to see Buxton, Sano, and Berrios at Target Field as soon as possible,…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #185: Rosario Time?

    aarongleeman
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Eddie Rosario's chances of stealing the center field job from Aaron Hicks, Mark Hamburger's case for a bullpen spot, winning Twins season tickets from the Minnesota Corn Growers, Spider-Man the internet repair guy, Joe Nathan being a mess, Kevin Correia finding a new home, eating salads at Mac's Industrial, getting into soccer, big spoons and little spoons, and AL Central cliches. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 185 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog…
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  • The Wire Troll: Zach LaVine Playing at a High Level

    McCade Pearson
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Zach LaVine has been blazing for the Wolves. (Probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com) We only have two weeks left in the NBA season and just eight teams have clinched playoff berths. Both conferences have heated playoff races for the other half of the spots. The Warriors hit the 60-win mark and won their first division title since the ’70s while the Knicks lost 60 games for the first time in franchise history and the Lakers could be on their way to that feat as well. For those of you that enjoy wagering on NBA games, check out Paddy Power betting tips. Without further ado, here are this…
  • Tommy Milone Battling For Spot in Twinkie Rotation

    RotoRob
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Tommy Milone’s future may ride on Thursday’s start. (Jerry Holt) One of the better position battles this spring has been the fight for the final slot in the Minnesota Twins’ rotation, a contest being waged by veterans Tommy Milone and Mike Pelfrey and youngster Trevor May. Pelfrey may have lost his shot by giving up seven hits in 4 2/3 IP on Monday. On Thursday, Milone gets the start against Boston, with May pitching the next day in what may be the two most important games to decide how this competition will be resolved. Today, let’s take a closer look at Milone (see…
  • Video Game Review: Game of Thrones, Episode 3

    Herija Green
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    You knelt as boys… Please note that since each episode of Game of Thrones features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final five episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of Iron from Ice. When last we left House Forrester, Asher had reunited with his uncle and was seeking a sell-sword army, Mira was getting in over her head in King’s Landing with her efforts to aid her family, Gerard Tuttle was walking in Jon Snow’s footsteps at the Wall and Rodrik was being bullied by the insufferable House…
  • Video Game Review: Zombie Army Trilogy

    Jeff Cater
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    We’ve had Mecha-Hitler and Zombie-Hitler. What’s next, Tanooki-Hitler? With Allied forces persistently pushing back the Axis Front, Hitler has one Ace still hidden up his sleeve: Unleash a horde of zombies to secure German victory at the highest cost. Rebellion, the folks behind the Sniper Elite games, wants you to take aim as one of several playable characters and jam some led into squishy zombie skulls in the Zombie Army Trilogy! CONTROLS (4/5) If you’ve ever played any of the recent Sniper Elite titles, the controls are absolutely identical. If you’re a neophyte, then…
  • 2015 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: First Base Rankings

    RotoRob
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Prince Fielder’s first season in Texas was frustrating. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports) By Michael Seff and RotoRob The 2015 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit rages forward today with yet another cheat sheet. So while you wonder whether Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready when the games count, let’s review the top 50 first basemen in Fantasy baseball for 2015. First base is loaded with studs, easily more than any other infield slot. This year, a newcomer has slugged his way into the top tier after Jose Abreu lit up the bigs in 2014. This is a massively deep position with plenty of stars to choose…
 
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  • David Ortiz: On The Record

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    David Ortiz:In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that's bullshit. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I've been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it's really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It's no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will. ...In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot.
  • Everyone Loves A Contest #17

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    With Opening Day (April 6) only two weeks away, it's time for this year's Red Sox W-L Contest!Correctly guess Boston's 2015 regular season record and win a copy of Peter Golenbock's Red Sox Nation: The Rich And Colorful History Of The Boston Red Sox.Older readers may remember Golenbock's Fenway: An Unexpurgated History Of The Boston Red Sox from the early '90s. This new book, which will be published next month by Triumph*, updates the team's history through the 2013 World Championship season.* FYI: Triumph published another cool Red Sox book last spring.Contest entries must be emailed to…
  • Friday: Angels Hit Four Triples In One Inning

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    On Friday, the Angels hit four triples in the third inning against Cleveland. Erick Aybar, CJ Cron, Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill hit the three-baggers.According to The Baseball Almanac:On September 15, 1901, Chicago hit five triples against Milwaukee in the eighth inning which is the most ever hit in a single inning by one team.On May 6, 1934, Boston hit four consecutive triples [Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, and Bucky Walters] against Detroit in the fourth inning which is the most ever hit consecutively in a single inning.The Red Sox scored 12 times in that fourth…
  • Pedro > Koufax

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Pedro Martinez maintained a 190 ERA+ during his #RedSox career. #Dodgers Sandy Koufax had a career-best 190 ERA+ in 1966.— Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) March 20, 2015
  • Something You Must Do Today

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Actually, do it now, because if you put it off until later, you might forget.Subscribe to Alex Speier's "108 Stitches". It's like Peter Gammons's classic Sunday Notes columns, but all about the Red Sox and written every single day. Get it delivered to your inbox and you won't have to worry about going to the Globe and then accidentally clicking on a Cafardo or CHB link.
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  • Nats have tough decision to make on Uggla

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Is it ableist to keep the good players and unload a few Ugglas?[Dan] Uggla’s disastrous 2014 with the Braves (and briefly the Giants) left him in this position, forced to accept a minor-league contract with the Nationals and nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big-league roster. Thing is, Uggla’s performance this spring suggests he is worthy of making a big-league club. An 0-for-3 showing Saturday in Port St. Lucie dropped his batting average from .303 to .278, but he still sports a .422 on-base percentage, .922 OPS, only seven strikeouts in 36 at-bats and…
  • Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    We talkin’ bout practice???? The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills. Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with the major league staff – and the non-roster veterans fighting for a spot report at the current…
  • Posnanski: A Baseball Story

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Then there was Bobby Bragan, who would confess that he was willing to give up his career to make this stand. In later years, he explained: He saw blacks as inferior to whites. He did not know how to tell his family and friends that he was playing baseball with a black person. He did not see this as hateful or even objectionable; it was simply his view of the world. Bragan asked to be traded. The Dodgers didn’t need him. He was a backup catcher who was only good for a few dozen at-bats. He was popular in the clubhouse, and he was one of those players who makes the season more enjoyable for…
  • Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners removed from Angel Stadium entrance

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick.
  • Will Mets unseat king Yankees? These matchups will decide | New York Post

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Joel Sherman compares the Mets and Yankees.Supremacy in New York could come down to who gets the best results in a few areas in which the teams have similarities such as:
 
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  • 2015 Season Predictions Post: Corey

    Corey
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Every March gives us the start of Spring, March Madness and hope for the fans of all 30 MLB teams. That’s right, a new season and a fresh slate of baseball is just around the corner. This MLB offseason was one of the more exciting that I can remember and I can’t wait to see the type of summer that follows. I missed pretty big on a couple of my playoff teams last year so I’m hoping this season I can do better. This is how I see things playing out in 2015. AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST 1. Boston Red Sox 2. Toronto Blue Jays 3. New York Yankees 4. Baltimore Orioles 5. Tampa Bay Rays CENTRAL 1.
  • The Last Idle Sunday

    TheNaturalMevs
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    For the last time, there is no regular season baseball on a Sunday. The stadiums sit empty for now with just one week to go until the regular season kicks off at Wrigley Field. We can make it through one week of anything. Especially this week with MLB ’15 the Show rolling out, a few season predictions posts still yet to come, and our season preview podcast. But one week from now we embark upon what could be the most exciting season of baseball we’ve ever seen. And they’re all so good that after a while, they blend together. All the renewed hope comes with the start of a…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    This is the final weekend without baseball. With a new season will bring renewed hope. So fill your final weekend without baseball with whatever will kill the time. We have practically outlasted the long, cold struggle. Soon enough, there will be games on around the clock; and daily storylines of real games to react to. There will be daily fantasy baseball to play and lineups to set. It’s going to be a six month-plus baseball smorgasbord and we’re all invited. This is the best time of year. Summer is on the horizon and there’s nothing better than the spring beginning of a…
  • MLB ’15 The Show Looks Visually Good

    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In about three days, we’ll have MLB ’15 in our hands and we’ll bang out some games on the cyber diamond. We’ll post our own bit of screenshots and tell a few tales of what we think of the game. Some early copies of the game have went out to some fortunate (and possibly crazy) folks. There were copies of The Show selling for over $400 on ebay recently. Here are a few screenshots that you can find on the Operation Sports forums if you’re not banned. Look at that ivy at Wrigley! I can’t wait to get my hands on this game. It’s probably a good thing I…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    It’s Saturday, and the start of the regular season is just over two weeks away. We’re getting so very close to a wonderful run of nightly games and story lines from the greatest sport on earth. Last night was our ‘Jake Mauer Experience’ auction draft over on Ottoneu. I did only okay, I feel like I punted saves a little bit. But I ate like a pig and enjoyed a couple Jake Dogs (recipe below) and laughed like a little schoolgirl with a few of my buddies at a few of the draft exploits. #jakemauer draft day @ottoneu @OttoneuTrades #ottoneu #FantasyBaseball…
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    Joe Posnanski » JoeBlog

  • A Baseball Story

    jposnanski
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    When Bobby Bragan was young and in the minor leagues, people used to call him “Nig.” This was because he was of a darker complexion than most. He found this to be a funny and fitting nickname, and he embraced it. Bobby Bragan grew up in Alabama. The only black people he knew were servants and the people who worked for his father’s construction company. He did not see African Americans as fully human, and he did not even consider that his nickname might be offensive to anyone until he reached the Major Leagues and a teammate told him. Bragan began his big-league career as a shortstop. He…
  • No. 37: Roberto Clemente

    jposnanski
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    A duet with one of my heroes and friends, David Maraniss, who aside from winning Pulitzer Prizes and writing brilliant presidential biographies, wrote the magnificent book “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero.” David’s words are in italics. There are baseball names with magic in them. DiMaggio. Koufax. Mickey Mantle. Clemente. This magic is not an easily quantifiable thing. Something about the syllables, the arrangement of consonants and vowels, the way the name sounds triggers a sensation, a consciousness that sparks beyond simple memory, a door…
  • We’re PosCasting Baseball

    jposnanski
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Do you want to spend an hour and a half listening to Michael Schur and me talk baseball? Well, if you change your mind, here you go. Here it’s on iTunes. I think this is how you get it on Stitcher. You can download it here directly. Or if you just want to listen to it:
  • RIP Al Rosen

    jposnanski
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    In the end, we are all prisoners of circumstance … and it was circumstance that kept Al Rosen from being in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rosen, who died a couple of days ago, was a truly great player. Circumstances kept many from knowing it. Rosen’s father left the family when Al was a baby. He was born with a terrible case of asthma — for this reason his mother moved the family to Miami from Spartanburg, South Carolina when he was still a toddler. He was Jewish in a part of Miami where there were no other Jews, and he spent much of his childhood fighting bullies. He boxed for…
  • No. 38: Eddie Mathews

    jposnanski
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    On January 16, 1974, Eddie Mathews called home to his wife after he got word that he was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In truth, he had not even come close. Of the many curiosities in the history of Hall of Fame voting, this might be the strangest. Mathews had hit 512 home runs in his career, a record at the time for third basemen. He had played in 12 All-Star Games and finished among league leaders in homers, runs, RBIs and total bases year after year. He had been something of a World Series hero**, and he had been one of the great young phenoms in the game’s history. That…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Podcast 43: A New Season Begins

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The first podcast episode of the year looks back at the off-season and Spring Training, and looks ahead to Opening Day. Leave your comments below or email me at ladybatting@gmail.com with your feedback. You can also hit me up on Twitter at @LadyWriting.Coming up later this week: 2015 season predictions!
  • Yankees Spring Training Battles In Home Stretch

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    With a little more than a week left before Opening Day, Spring Training position battles are entering the home stretch. Right now, of the major competitions, only one appears to have an obvious winner. Another was dropped into someone's lap. The others aren't so clear-cut.Fifth Starter: Adam Warren is the obvious winner here. He has blown the other candidates out of the water. Congratulations to him.Backup Catcher: Austin Romine being out of options makes this a tough one. Neither he or John Ryan Murphy have been lighting it up this Spring, and I've heard no rumors that any…
  • Why Mo'ne Davis Should Keep Cashing It In

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    As you've probably heard, the latest person to put their foot in their mouth on social media is a college baseball player, who posted an offensive tweet about Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis.  Bloomsburg University 1B Joey Casselberry was kicked off his team as a result and, while apologizing, said, "...I am a huge fan of Mo'ne. She was quite an inspiration." Too little, too late.In the offensive tweet, Casselberry referenced the fact that Disney is planning to make a movie about Davis' life. No doubt, Casselberry is sick of what is being called over-kill when it comes…
  • Book Review: Abused By The Yankees

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Remember Paul Priore? He was the clubhouse attendant who accused the New York Yankees of firing him because he is gay and HIV-positive. Priore also accused pitchers Bob Wickman, Jeff Nelson and Mariano Rivera of attempting to sexually assault him with a baseball bat, and Wickman of body-slamming him a number of times. He took the pitchers and the team to court, but walked away empty-handed when the suit was thrown out.Now Priore has written what he is calling a “tell-all” book, about those alleged events and a whole slew of others he claims happened during his tenure as an assistant…
  • Sabathia Passes First Test of Spring

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    CC Sabathia finally made his Spring Training debut last night and, for someone who is no longer considered to be the ace of the staff, his numbers were pretty decent: 2.0 IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K. He threw 31 pitches and, surprisingly, his velocity topped out in the mid-90s.Most importantly, Sabathia reported no health issues after the appearance. If he continues saying that today, those two innings can definitely be considered a rousing success.Something about all of this bothers me, however: Despite not being considered as such, CC Sabathia is being treated like the ace of the staff. He is…
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  • Open Thread: March 29th Camp Notes

    Mike Axisa
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    (Presswire) The Yankees beat the Astros 7-0 this afternoon. Chase Headley (3-for-4 with a double and a homer) and Rob Refsnyder (2-for-3 with two doubles) were the stars on offense. Stephen Drew and John Ryan Murphy both went 1-for-4 with a double and Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-1 with a walk. A-Rod played three innings at first base and supposedly did fine, though he only had to make routine plays. Nathan Eovaldi started and was again very good, striking out five and allowing three hits in 4.2 innings. He threw 89 pitches, so it wasn’t his most economical outing. Eovaldi has 14…
  • Sunday Links: Draft Combine, Hensley, Lopez, Alvarez

    Mike Axisa
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    (Presswire) The Yankees are playing the Astros this afternoon (Nathan Eovaldi vs. Scott Feldman), but there will be no video broadcast, so we won’t have a game thread. Instead, here are some miscellaneous links and notes. MLB, MLBPA considering pre-draft medical combine According to Jeff Passan, MLB and the MLBPA are expected to discuss the idea of a medical combine for draft prospects during the next round of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. The current CBA expires after 2016. This comes after the Astros declined to sign California HS LHP Brady Aiken — the first…
  • Open Thread: March 28th Camp Notes

    Mike Axisa
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes.The Yankees lost to the Orioles 10-2 this afternoon. The two runs came on solo homers by Alex Rodriguez and Stephen Drew. Based on the video above, A-Rod knew it was gone off the bat. Carlos Beltran singled for the team’s only other base hit. Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, and Chris Young all took 0-for-3s. Scott Baker started and got roughed up, allowing five runs on five hits in two innings. He struck out three. Dellin Betances allowed a run for the fifth consecutive appearance and is still fighting whatever it is he’s…
  • Spring Training Game Thread: All Eyes On Dellin

    Mike Axisa
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    (Presswire) The regular season is now nine days away, meaning ace righty reliever Dellin Betances has nine days to figure out whatever has caused his velocity to drop and his command to disappear. I’m concerned but not panicked at this point. Betances is scheduled to pitch this afternoon and he probably has two or three more Spring Training appearances left after today, so there isn’t much time for Dellin to straighten things out. Betances is scheduled to come out of the bullpen, so he’ll be the focal point of this afternoon’s game. He told Kevin Kernan he found some…
  • Open Thread: March 27th Camp Notes

    Mike Axisa
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes.The Yankees walloped the Phillies 10-0 in five innings and change this afternoon. The game was called early due to rain. Stephen Drew (3-for-3 with a double) and Brendan Ryan (2-for-3 with two doubles) led the offensive attack. Yup. Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann all went 1-for-3 while both Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez each went 1-for-2 with a walk. Chase Headley went 1-for-4 and Tyler Austin ended the day with a bases-clearing double. Michael Pineda started and was pretty sharp, scattering five singles in five innings. Two of the…
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    Mister Baseball

  • Fall Out Boy to Perform On-Field at Wrigley Field As Part of MLB Opening Night on April 5

    philipp
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Press Release Major League Baseball Major League Baseball today announced Chicago-born, award-winning rock band Fall Out Boy will headline MLB Opening Night’s first-ever live musical performance as part of the pre-game festivities at Wrigley Field on Sunday, April 5. Fall Out Boy will perform three songs live on-field for fans before the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals in the first official game of the 2015 MLB season. The band’s platinum hit – “Centuries” – also will be televised live to a national audience on Baseball Tonight, airing on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT,…
  • ESF Basic Umpire Fastpitch Softball Clinic 2015

    philipp
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    by European Softball Federation, www.europeansoftball.org The ESF Technical and Competition Committee along with the Director of Umpires , Andrea Marcon, announce the registration for the ESF Basic Umpire Fast Pitch Clinic which will be held in Collecchio, Italy on August 9  – 15, 2015. More information are here.
  • French Division I kicks off 2015 Campaign on Sunday

    philipp
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    The French Division I is opening the 2015 season this Sunday. After more than a decade the Rouen Huskies are not entering the campaign as defending champion after the Templiers Senart dethroned the Huskies in the finals against Paris UC. Eight teams take the field at the start of the regular season. In week one the Beaucaire Chevaliers host Rouen, Stade Toulousain takes on Paris UC, the Montpellier Barracudas square off against the French Cubs from Chartres and the Senart Templiers play against the Savigny Lions. The Lions nearly didn’t receive clearance to play in the Division I due to…
  • BSUK to launch new Hit the Pitch participation growth programme

    philipp
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    by Baseball Softball UK, www.baseballsoftballuk.com BaseballoftballUK is making final preparations for the launch of Hit the Pitch, its new participation growth programme for baseball and softball.  There will be a formal launch event at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 1 April in Central London, preceded by regional events in Manchester, Guildford and Loughborough. The launch of this new and comprehensive programme to grow participation in baseball and softball is a significant staging post in the work of BaseballSoftballUK, a call to arms for new players to get involved with our sports. Hit the Pitch…
  • Spanish Division de Honor Baseball gets underway this Weekend

    philipp
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    After its sister softball two weeks ago, the Spanish Division de Honor Baseball is opening the 2015 campaign this weekend. Eight teams – El Llano is no longer in the top division – will compete for the championship in a 14-game day round robin regular season. No playoffs will be played; the team in first after 28 games will be the Spanish champion. The Tenerife Marlins claimed the title last year and look to defend their crown. They will host CBS Sant Boi on the first weekend in an early important showdown between two favorites. CD Pamplona takes on the Astros Valencia, CB Barcelona faces…
 
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  • Fantasy drafts as perfect preparation for the season ahead

    Matt Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    As expertly recapped by Mark, we had our BaseballGB Fantasy League draft on Saturday night. It’s going to be my only draft of the year as I’m not a obsessive fantasy baseball player. Whilst others often have many teams, that approach generally just means I lose track of which players I’ve got on which teams and I start making mistakes (leaving starting pitchers on the bench on the wrong day, not replacing injured players promptly etc), which saps my enjoyment of taking part. One team, possibly two, is enough to give me my fantasy baseball fix. One thing I have learned over…
  • BaseballGB Fantasy League 2015: Draft recap

    Mark George
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    It’s that time of year again: 14 managers drafting 280 players in about 80 minutes. Here’s what happened in the 2015 BaseballGB Fantasy baseball draft. Draft day is a real highlight of any baseball fan’s year. The anticipation, the excitement and the knowledge that the new season is not far away. Then you log into the draft room and learn your draft position. Out of 14 teams, I was picking… 11th. hardly ideal, but all is not lost. I had done three mock drafts, picking at the front middle and back of the order, so after consulting my late-order mock, I prepared to…
  • Fantasy Baseball UK open again for 2015

    Matt Smith
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    We’re almost into single figures when counting down the days to MLB’s Opening Night and the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs getting the 2015 season underway on Sunday 5 April. As the season approaches, many of us are getting involved with fantasy baseball drafts and preparing our own ‘teams’ for competition. The traditional rotisserie and Head-to-Head leagues that you can find on places like Yahoo and ESPN are the standard port of call, but for 12 years now British baseball fans have also had the enticing option of competing in the Fantasy Baseball UK league. When…
  • Team Europe versus Japan on Eurosport 2

    Matt Smith
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    We have a treat to enjoy this week as an addition to the standard round of Spring Training games. For the first time, a team representing European baseball will take to the diamond in Tokyo in a two-game exhibition series against Japan. A Major League team made the same trip back in November and it’s a real mark of respect towards European baseball that Japan has been so keen to host a similar event with some of the best European talent not currently part of MLB organisations. Unsurprisingly the majority of the playing and support staff are connected to Italy and the Netherlands,…
  • March: a month-long injury avoidance exercise

    Matt Smith
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Chicago White Sox have been one of the busiest teams over the off-season and this has raised expectations that a 2015 play-off push is not out of the question after struggling through two poor seasons. Spring Training is the time of year when every team looks for whatever positives they find can to dream of a good season ahead, yet it can also be a period when harsh reality kicks in. Spring Training game results aren’t the issue, a good win-loss record in the Cactus or Grapefruit League doesn’t amount to much, it’s the ever-present fear of injury that can be so cruel.
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  • Today in Baseball History – March 24

    Eric Bynum
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 24, 1911 Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916. March 24, 1982 Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training. Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million. He will end 1982 with a 19-13…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 23

    Eric Bynum
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 23, 1962 William DeWitt purchases the Reds for $4.625 million. DeWitt made a trade immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “Bad trades are a part of baseball; I mean who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake?” DeWitt traded Robinson to the Orioles claiming he was old at age 30. In his first year Robinson would win the Triple Crown and be named AL MVP. Born on this day: 1979 Mark Buehrle Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is […]Today in Baseball History – January 20th…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 22

    Eric Bynum
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 22, 1972 The New York Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle. The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award. Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season. March 22, 1993 In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 21

    Eric Bynum
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 21, 1978 The San Diego Padres fire manager Al Dark. He becomes just the second manager (Phil Cavarretta – 1954 Cubs) to be fired during spring training. Dark took over the Padres midway through the 1977 season when they would finish fifth place. The team was 48-65 (.425) under Dark during 1977. He would be replaced by pitching coach Roger Craig who would lead the Padres for the next two seasons. Born on this day: 1939 Tommy Davis 1944 Manny Sanguillen 1963 Shawon Dunston Died on this day: 1975 Joe Medwick 1988 Edd Roush Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 20

    Eric Bynum
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 20, 1973 In a special election by the BBWAA, Roberto Clemente earns entry into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors at the Hall waive the five-year wait rule for Clemente who died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. March 20, 1989 The commissioner’s office announces that Pete Rose is under investigation for serious charges. Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is […]Today in Baseball History – January 4th January 4, 1942 Rogers Hornsby […]Today in Baseball History – February 15th…
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  • Cubs Thank Kane County for the Memories by a Score of 5-2

    Arizona Phil
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Ryan McNeil threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, Charcer Burks delivered a double and an RBI triple and scored a run, and Frandy de la Rosa reached base four times (RBI double, two singles, and an HBP), drove-in a run, and scored another, leading the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks Lo-A affiliate) on Field #5, and Jake Stinnett threw five innings of two-run ball, Yasiel Balaguert drilled three hits (RBI double and two singles), and Trey Martin slugged a solo HR, singled and…
  • 2015 Cubs Minor League Spring Training Rosters (UPDATED 3/27)

    Arizona Phil
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    2015 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING ROSTERS (last updated 3-28-2015): Tags: Minor League Spring Training Rosters
  • Pelicans Brief South Bend on Way to Succeed in Intrasquad Business

    Arizona Phil
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Shawon Dunston Jr stroked an RBI double, reached base on a bunt single, and scored two runs, Trey Martin clubbed an RBI triple, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Gioskar Amaya reached base three times on two walks and a single, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to an 8-5 victory over the South Bend Cubs in Minor League Camp intrasquad action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. Frandy de la Rosa roped a triple and an RBI single and scored a run for South Bend in a losing cause. Four pitchers threw in the game, with two starting pitchers "piggy-backing"…
  • Smokies Drop BayBears, But Aces Trump I-Cubs at Riverview

    Arizona Phil
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Jake Hannemann ripped an RBI triple and a single, walked, and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario stroked a single and a solo home run and drove-in another run with a 3-1 GO, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 6-4 victory over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks AA affiliate) on Field #5, and Justin Marks tossed four shutout innings with six strikeouts, and Danny Worth and Peter O'Brien blasted solo home runs, as the Reno Aces (D'backs AAA affiliate) rallied to edge the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 5-4 on Field #6, in Cactus League minor league game…
  • Pelicans Don't Know the Way to Beat San Jose

    Arizona Phil
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Michael Santos tossed three innings of shutout ball and Rodney Price blasted a two run HR, as the Augusta GreenJackets (SF Giants Lo-A affiliate) edged the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) 4-3 on Field #5, and Randy Ortiz and Steven Neff (ex-LHP) belted two run triples and Ryder Jones hammered a two-run double, leading the San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants Hi-A affiliate) to an 8-5 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Mesa Cubtown at Riverview Park.   21-year old…
 
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  • March 19th in baseball history: Tragedy strikes Cubs camp

    BTGrimes
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cubs'announcer killed MESA, ARIZONA | March 19, 1965 - Tragedy struck the Chicago Cubs on this date in 1965. Announcer Jack Quinlan was killed in a car accident on the outskirts of Mesa, Arizona where the Cubs were training. He was 38. The accident occurred late in the evening when Quinlan's car struck a parked truck. He was returning to Chandler, Arizona after playing golf in Mesa. Quinlan was a broadcasting boy wonder after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1948. He started doing Cubs games in 1952 at the age of 25. Hall of Fame Cubs' broadcaster Jack Brickhouse wrote in his…
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  • More thoughts on the departure of Kelly Nash and putting things in proper perspective

    Cork Gaines
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Yesterday I made a comment on Emily Austen, the Rays’ new in-game reporter that angered some people. Here is the comment: She’s good and seems like a solid choice. Personality-wise, she seems much more like Laura McKeeman than Kelly Nash. Nash was good, but she never seemed like she was comfortable with the Rays. In comparing personalities I made the observation that, to me at least, Nash and the Rays never seemed like a good match. She is a very good reporter and there is a reason the MLB Network snatched her up, something I already think she is great at. But doing in-game reports…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 6, Yankees 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Emily Austen (above) made her debut as the Rays’ new in-game reporter. I had seen a little bit of her work before with the Celtics. She’s good and seems like a solid choice. Personality-wise, she seems much more like Laura McKeeman than Kelly Nash. Nash was good, but she never seemed like she was comfortable with the Rays. THE BAD: Can we just start the regular season now? I’m not the first to say this, but Spring…
  • Evan Longoria has a new ad campaign promoting everything and it is great

    Cork Gaines
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    New Balance has released a new long-form commercial featuring Evan Longoria along with Olympian Emma Coburn and ESPN host Scott Van Pelt. While the commercial is for New Balance, it also gives a huge plug to ESPN and SportsCenter and the print version of the ad (see below) even promote’s Dick’s Sporting Goods. The more the merrier! Here is the commercial: And here is the print ad which I found in the most recent ESPN the Magazine.   Likes(1)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double and he wasn’t going to let Brandon Guyer stop him

    Cork Gaines
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A funny scene played out in the fifth inning of today’s spring game against the Yankees when the Rays had runners on first and second and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long fly ball to left-center field. Because the ball hung up in the air for a while, Guyer did not get a good jump off of first base and stopped at second. Not realizing this, Cabrera continued to second base. This is where it gets weird. With Steven Souza trying to score at home, Cabrera is just hanging out at second base with Guyer standing five feet away watching the play at the plate. By the time Guyer realized what was…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Twins 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays and Twins have Spring Training complexes that are close to each other so they tend to play each other a lot in the Spring. That’s good for the Rays and not so good for the Twins. This year the Twins are 9-6 against teams not named the Rays and 9-11 overall…Matt Andriese had a strong outing and looks good heading to what is almost certainly a spot in the rotation to start the season. He struck out 6 and walked 1 in 5…
 
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  • Rays Spring Game 23: Jake Elmore Comes Alive in 10-Inning Loss

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Jake Elmore has looked good defensively this spring at a variety of positions, but his case to make the Tampa Bay Rays was missing one big thing: offense. He finally starting filling that gap on Sunday in the Rays’ 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings. The Rays had another bullpen day, […] Rays Spring Game 23: Jake Elmore Comes Alive in 10-Inning Loss - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Rays Spring Game 22: Nate Karns Hit Hard by Red Sox

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    The Tampa Bay Rays started both Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi in minor league games on Saturday, partially because they were facing off against the Boston Red Sox. The pitcher they did decide to use, Nate Karns, had himself a rough time. The Rays made up for Karns’ struggles, but they ended up losing 9-6. […] Rays Spring Game 22: Nate Karns Hit Hard by Red Sox - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays Release Two 2011 First Round Picks

    Robbie Knopf
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    The 2011 MLB Draft was quite momentous for the Tampa Bay Rays as they had 10 picks before the second round and 12 in the draft’s first 89 selections. We saw two of those picks, Mikie Mahtook and Grayson Garvin appear for the Rays this spring, and both are set to make their big league debuts […] Tampa Bay Rays Release Two 2011 First Round Picks - 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 Sports Products Now Featured On Kohls.com

    Vinci
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    We are very excited to have Vinci sports products featured on the Kohl’s website. The Kohls website now carries select Vinci glove models, including youth and adult gloves for both baseball and softball. Batting gloves, sports sunglasses and the new Vinci bat backpack are also featured. “The people from Kohl’s are a pleasure to deal with,” says Peter J Vinci, CEO of Vinci. “From the sports buyer, to the on boarding process department, everyone has been both helpful and professional.” Vinci manufactures a full line of professional grade baseball and softball…
  • 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…
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    Baseball de World

  • Today in Baseball History – March 24

    Eric Bynum
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 24, 1911 Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916. March 24, 1982 Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training. Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million. He will end 1982 with a 19-13…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 23

    Eric Bynum
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 23, 1962 William DeWitt purchases the Reds for $4.625 million. DeWitt made a trade immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “Bad trades are a part of baseball; I mean who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake?” DeWitt traded Robinson to the Orioles claiming he was old at age 30. In his first year Robinson would win the Triple Crown and be named AL MVP. Born on this day: 1979 Mark Buehrle Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is […]Today in Baseball History – January 20th…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 22

    Eric Bynum
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 22, 1972 The New York Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle. The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award. Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season. March 22, 1993 In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 21

    Eric Bynum
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 21, 1978 The San Diego Padres fire manager Al Dark. He becomes just the second manager (Phil Cavarretta – 1954 Cubs) to be fired during spring training. Dark took over the Padres midway through the 1977 season when they would finish fifth place. The team was 48-65 (.425) under Dark during 1977. He would be replaced by pitching coach Roger Craig who would lead the Padres for the next two seasons. Born on this day: 1939 Tommy Davis 1944 Manny Sanguillen 1963 Shawon Dunston Died on this day: 1975 Joe Medwick 1988 Edd Roush Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966…
  • Today in Baseball History – March 20

    Eric Bynum
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 20, 1973 In a special election by the BBWAA, Roberto Clemente earns entry into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors at the Hall waive the five-year wait rule for Clemente who died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. March 20, 1989 The commissioner’s office announces that Pete Rose is under investigation for serious charges. Related NewsToday in Baseball History – March 5 March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is […]Today in Baseball History – January 4th January 4, 1942 Rogers Hornsby […]Today in Baseball History – February 15th…
 
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  • Forbes: How Wilpon Was Able to Keep the Mets

    Dave Doyle
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    I love to read Mike Ozanian’s column on sports business for Forbes. Ozanian predicted that Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz would be forced to sell the Mets after the Madoff mess. But they’ve been able to hold onto the team and even made $25 million last year. Read the article to find out how Wilpon did it. It’s not a big secret. Cutting payroll and costs did the trick. photo credit: Forbes logo via photopin (license)
  • Viggo Mortensen on 2015 Mets

    Dave Doyle
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    The Post got Viggo Mortensen to write a preview of the 2015 Mets. It’s pretty good except for the minor error to mention EY Jr. as a part of the team. He signed a minor league deal with the Braves this week. But otherwise, it’s a pretty solid fan piece. Mortensen wrote about Matt Harvey and the other pitchers “…Add rookie sensation de Grom, plus rock-solid Colón, Wheeler, Gee, Niese, Torres, Mejia, Familia, Montero, Edgin, Black, Syndergaard… could be an intimidating pitching staff. Don’t count Parnell out either; he could come back with a vengeance as a closer.
  • Mets Wilpon to Chair MLB Finance Committee

    Dave Doyle
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    CBS Sports: Dumb baseball moves – Wilpon to chair MLB Finance Committee
  • Mets Agree to 2015 Salary with Daniel Murphy

    Dave Doyle
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    The Mets and Daniel Murphy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a salary for 2015. Murphy will be paid $8.0 million for the last season with the Mets before reaching free agency for the first time in his career. Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia still haven’t reached salary agreements with the Mets. Arbitration hearings will be held in February although the Mets haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since 2008. photo credit: lakelandlocal via photopin cc
  • Katz Wanted To Sell Mets

    Dave Doyle
    18 May 2014 | 6:10 am
    The New York Post reports that baseball sources confirmed that Mets co-owner Saul Katz not only wanted to sell his stake in the Mets, he tried to convince Fred Wilpon to sell as well. Apparently, Wilpon is intent on leaving the Mets in Jeff’s hands and has no interest in selling. Photo credit: Flickr Scott Smith
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1979 Cramer Hawaii Islanders Baseball #5, Sam Perlozzo

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Hey there! I'm Sam, and is this a great day for baseball or what? How about a game of pepper and a non-cola soft drink?If "Sam Perlozzo" rings a bell, it's likely from his mid-2000s stint as Orioles manager, during a time of team roster and management turnover. Along with a shuffling of their front office in 2006, vets Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, and B.J. Surhoff all left Baltimore and touted prospect Nick Markakis made his debut. This double-handful of new contracts didn't change the year-end standings, as Baltimore still placed 4th in the AL East. They wouldn't finish higher until 2012…
  • 1914 T222 Fatima Baseball Players #5, Ed Reulbach, Jimmy Archer, Larry McLean, Oscar Vitt

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    2015 vintage card forums continue to bustle with gossip and check-ins, as collectors take the temperature of what their market likes on a regular. Buyers (and thus, sellers) appreciate certain teams or players today more than our forebears and there's a continual hunt for discoveries in dusty estates or cigar boxes. Part of advanced collecting is feeling poised on the edge of new cardboard territory, even when "new" means "compared to Abner Doubleday."I'm ten-plus years into the type collection, but discovered a new-to-me, 101-year-old, Turkish cigarette entry just this week: T222 Fatima…
  • 1948-49 Caramelos "El Indio" Cuban Baseball #5, Orlando "Tango" Suarez

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:53 pm
    With the loosening of Amerca's decades-old Cuban travel and trade embargo on our horizon, I dusted off a dormant entry for one of my type collection's White Whales: the Caramelos El Indio cigarette set. These black-and-white photos celebrate Cuba's 1948-49 Winter League, a warm-weather haven for baseball pros from a time before Castro's revolution. This particular #5 features Orlando "Tango" Suarez, catcher for the Almendares city team and veteran of several Cuban pro seasons.Multiple Latin American and Caribbean countries hosted "winter leagues" between November and February, so…
  • 1976 Indianapolis Indians Baseball #5, Joe Henderson

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    After 100-plus years of MLB card sets from tobacco and candy companies, one forgets how few releases exist for teams that played in America's minor league zip codes. Prior to the 1970s, those cities rarely turned local interest into collectible cards, thanks to the prohibitive cost of small-scale photo printing.Indianapolis represents a bright spot from this period, as creator of 1970s cards replete with high stirrups and sweet mustachios. I've covered three of their team sets prior to today's post.1976 team set #5, Joe Henderson (today)1977 team set #5, Tom Hume (future)1978 team set…
  • 1967 Kabaya-Leaf Japanese Pro Baseball #5, Minoru Nakamura

    3 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    I don't often get to write about pros who never played the American game, so Minoru Nakamura's arrival was my first big hit for 2015. After 15 years of working on this type collection, it's no surprise I'm down to the rarest of the rare for both domestic and foreign sets.1967 Kabaya-Leaf #5 (design from 1959 Topps)1967 is a watershed of sorts for Japanese collectors, as this marked their first comprehensive "American-style" card set. Prior to Kabaya-Leaf's effort, Japanese companies highlighted specific teams or star players in more traditional designs, like the rounded Menko game chip.1948…
 
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Handling The Loss

    Guest
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Winning and losing is bound to happen — it’s a part of sports. Throughout a baseball season, even at the youth level, it’s almost impossible for a team to win all of their games. Even the most seasoned professional athletes still have “off” days.  However, how parents and coaches decide to handle these situations can greatly help or hinder their team.   Coping with a loss the right way can facilitate growth in a young baseball player’s game, build good sportsmanship and teach a child that winning and losing is natural. Dealing with losses incorrectly, as…
  • Casa Base: Postponed

    Fabio Borselli
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
  • Can the Cardinals Make the Playoffs for the 5th Straight Year?

    Guest
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    St Louis Cardinals have made the playoffs four times in a row—can they extend this impressive run into a fifth year?     There have been some long periods in St Louis Cardinals’ history where they have contrived to miss the playoffs, season-after-season. Eighteen years stood between their World Series from 1946-1964 and the Seventies can be ignored completely—as can the late eighties and early nineties.   Right now, though, the Cardinals are on a run where you can pretty much stake your house on them making the postseason. Despite seemingly wholesale changes over the last…
  • Warm-Up Drills All Little Leagues Should Implement

    Guest
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    We usually think of children as naturally flexible and relatively fit. As a result, coaches may skip warm-ups and stretching before and after workouts. However, dynamic warm-up exercises and stretching are important ways to teach young athletes good conditioning habits that will serve them for life. Warm-ups get the blood pumping to spread the flow of oxygen to the body, while stretching increases flexibility and decreases the risk of muscle and joint strain.   Younger players only need about ten minutes of warm-up exercises. These can include: running from one foul pole to another, a…
  • Our New Mock Draft Page

    Peter Schiller
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Introducing our new Mock Drafts page, featuring the FantasyPros Mock Draft. MOCK DRAFT SIMULATOR The easiest way to prepare for your draft. Fast. No waiting for opponents to pick. Fun. Draft against the top fantasy experts. Free. You don’t even have to register. Fantasy Baseball Mock Drafts powered by FantasyPros They also have the following special features: Draft Simulator Draft Analyzer Cheat Sheet Creator Draft Assistant
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • Stadium Which Has All Of Its Dimensions End In The Number 8

    independentbaseball
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which independent baseball team has its stadium’s dimensions all end in the number 8? Answer: Yogi Berra Stadium, which is the home of the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. http://jackals.com/content.asp?ID=1 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.
  • First Rockland Boulders Player To Sign With MiLB Team

    independentbaseball
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the first Rockland Boulders player to be signed with a MiLB team? Answer: Chris Edmondson signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. http://rocklandboulders.com/boulders/milb/#.VRauvOEerVg Please support this site: if you need any home repair service … 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.
  • Name Of Field Where New Garden City Wind Team Will Play

    independentbaseball
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What will be the home field for the new Garden City Wind team (Pecos League) in 2015? Answer: Clint Lightner Ballpark http://www.pecosleague.com/pecosleague.asp?page=28&article_id=1501 Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, … 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.
  • Single Season Strikeout Leader For Raton Osos

    independentbaseball
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question In the history of the Raton Osos (Pecos League 2013-2014), which pitcher recorded the most strikeouts in a single season? Answer: Steadman Smith registered 52 strikeouts in 2013. http://ratonosos.com/raton.asp?page=3&year=2013&team=RAT&sort=so   Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Two Time Pecos League Championship Manager’s First Coaching Job

    independentbaseball
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Ryan Stevens is the manager of the Alpine Cowboys.  He led his team to two Pecos League Championships (2010 & 2012).  Where was his first professional coaching experience? Answer: He was a coach and front office … 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 Pitching & Disrupting the Timing of the Hitter

    kenny
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    The hardest part about hitting a baseball isn’t mechanics, it’s timing. By altering the speed of the pitch, a baseball pitcher can disrupt a hitter’s timing, leading to more strike outs. In today’s video tutorial, we share some excellent tips for teaching your young pitchers how to successfully alter their pitching speed and throw off [...] The post Baseball Pitching & Disrupting the Timing of the Hitter appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • One Hop Throwing Drill To Help Get The Arm Up

    kenny
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    In this video blog post, we are demonstrating throwing techniques and an awesome throwing drill that focuses on the glove and what to do with the arms during the pitch, and share some great tips on how to get the throwing arm up on top properly during the pitch. Working with the Front Arm & [...] The post One Hop Throwing Drill To Help Get The Arm Up appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • The Hop Balance Drill for Baseball Pitchers

    kenny
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Throwing with a hop can help you make a stronger, faster and more accurate throw. A hop is a small jump in the air that helps you get momentum and gather yourself to make the strongest throw possible, adding power and distance to your throws. In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating a great [...] The post The Hop Balance Drill for Baseball Pitchers appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Pitcher Conditioning: “The Leg Lift” Balance Drill

    kenny
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Balance drills are invaluable to your budding pitcher to practice every day. These are drills that focus on holding the balance point position in order to master an effective fluid balance point. In this baseball pitcher conditioning drill, we are working on balancing on the back foot with the front leg lifted. But while the [...] The post Baseball Pitcher Conditioning: “The Leg Lift” Balance Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Pitching Pushoff Drill – Part 1: The Back Foot

    kenny
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    There are a couple of push off mechanics that can be detrimental to your pitchers development and success as a pitcher. Swinging the leg up to get to the balance position is one of these mechanics that you want to work with them to change. You need to teach your pitchers to lift the leg [...] The post Baseball Pitching Pushoff Drill – Part 1: The Back Foot appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
 
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    Macho Row

  • Dismissed Bloomsburg player issued apology to Mo’ne Davis on Twitter

    Kevin McGuire
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Bloomsburg University dismissed Joey Casselberry from the baseball team over the weekend after a tweet of his regarding local Little League all-star Mo’ne Davis was published in very poor taste. Casselberry referred to Davis as a slut in a response to the news Disney is going to be using the Davis story as inspiration for an upcoming Disney Channel movie. Bloomsburg acted on Casselberry’s dismissal quickly, which as far as I am concerned was a fine decision. Bloomsburg Univ is deeply saddened by what was written about #MoneDavis by one of our student-athletes. His words do not…
  • Cliff Lee placed on 60-day DL

    Kevin McGuire
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    #Phillies’ latest statement on Cliff Lee. pic.twitter.com/iI5WIHsaZs — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 16, 2015
  • GIF: Run, Odubel, run!

    Kevin McGuire
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Speed kills. Hat Trick on the base paths for @odubelherrera1. #PhilliesST pic.twitter.com/p38E5t2Cfi — Phillies (@Phillies) March 4, 2015
  • Dave Hollins, John Kruk and Mickey Morandini looked thrilled in this 1993 reunion photo

    Kevin McGuire
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    1993 reunion in Tampa! Dave Hollins, @JohnKruk_ESPN and Mickey Morandini together again. #PhilliesST pic.twitter.com/YkUK1jrQ2s — Phillies (@Phillies) March 4, 2015
  • Out of the Batter’s Box – Phillies let win slip away, A-Rod back today and Red Sox trade rumors

    Kevin McGuire
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Phillies let a win get away, but some positives could be seen. The team gets back at it today with another game against the Yankees as Alex Rodriguez makes his return to the field. 1. Phillies blow Grapefruit League opener, tie Yankees 5-5 Yesterday, with the Phillies leading 5-1 late in the game, I jokingly tweeted this. I was only half-kidding. Mario Hollands had a rough Grapefruit League opener by giving up four runs on five hits in just two-thirds of an inning pitched in the ninth inning. Other than that though, things looked pretty good for the Phillies, especially from Ryan Howard.
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  • Ninety Feet From History

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_411.jpg' width="486" height="575"></div><br /><br /> Imagine what raced through Alex Gordon's mind as… read more...
  • Fantasy Baseball Draft 2015

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    This morning, my fantasy baseball league gathered for our annual draft. I've always joked that our auction-style draft is simply a bunch of college friends and co-workers sitting in a living room reciting players' names and counting by one. Believe… read more...
  • Salvador Dali: Master of Surrealism

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Since we are in the midst of a basement transformation project, we've decided to painstakingly rifle through myriad boxes that we assumed would never again see the light of day. While this task has driven me to edge of sanity, I did unearth several… read more...
  • MLB Schedule 2015 v2.0

    7 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    As Opening Day inches closer, more tickets appear in my mailbox. Teams are starting to play spring training games in Arizona and Florida, so that means we have less than one month until the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Easter Sunday to open the 2015 regular… read more...
  • Baseball Daily

    7 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    Joe DiMaggio on the wall at Armand's of Elmhurst. http://goo.gl/5cCiG0
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  • Nippon Professional Baseball Set March 27 Opening Day

    Featured Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), often called the Japanese League, will open the 2015 season on Friday, March 27. The Softbank Hawks defeated the Hanshin Tigers in five games last year to win the Japan Series. The league currently consists of two six-team circuits, the Central League and the Pacific League. Each season the winning clubs from the two leagues compete in the Japan Series, the championship series of NPB. CENTRAL LEAGUE: 1. Yomiuri Giants 2. Hanshin Tigers 3. Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4. Chunichi Dragons 5. Yokohama DeNA BayStars 6. Tokyo Yakult Swallows PACIFIC LEAGUE: 1. Softbank…
  • Korean Baseball Organization Starts Season March 28

    Featured Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) will launch the 2015 season on Saturday, March 28, with all 10 teams in action. The Samsung Lions will be chasing an unprecedented fifth consecutive KBO championship. KOREAN BASEBALL LEAGUE: 1. Samsung Lions (2014 Champion) 2. Nexen Heroes 3. SK Wyverns 4. Doosan Bears 5. LG Twins 6. NC Dinos 7. Hanwha Eagles 8. Kia Tigers 9. Lotte Giants 10 KT Wiz Visit the MyKBO website Photo: Korea Baseball Organization (KBO)
  • Spain: Division De Honor Opens Season Saturday, March 28

    Featured Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The Spanish Baseball League will open the 2015 season on Saturday, March 28, with eight teams. The Tenerife Marlins are the reigning league champion. SPANISH BASEBALL LEAGUE: 1. Astros Valencia 2. Beisbol Navarra 3. CBS Sant Boi 4. CB Viladecans 5. Tenerife Marlins (2014 Champion) 6. Silbao Bizkaia 7. CD Pamplona 8. CB Barcelona Visit the Spanish Baseball League Photo: RFEBS
  • Dutch Baseball League Open 2015 Season April 16

    Featured Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The Dutch Baseball League will open the doors on the 2015 season on Thursday, April 16. DOOR Neptunus captured its 15th national title last year with a seven-game thriller over the L&D Amsterdam Pirates. DUTCH BASEBALL LEAGUE: 1. Corendon Kinheim 2. Curacao Neptunus (2014 Champion) 3. DSS 4. HCAW 5. Mampaey Hawks 6. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 7. UVV 8. Vaessen Pioniers Visit the Dutch League website Photo: Ezio Ratti/FIBS
  • Italian Baseball League Starts March 27

    Featured Writer
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The Italian Baseball League (IBL) will kick-off the 2015 season on Friday, March 27, with reigning champion Unipol Bologna squaring off against Tommasin Padova. The overall level of the IBL is considered the highest in Europe. The current IBL consists of eight teams, each contesting 42 games; a team plays two 3-game series against every other team. The four teams that finish with the best regular season record qualify for a round-robin playoff. ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE: 1. Angel Service Nettuno 2 2. Parma 3. Unipol Bologna (2014 Champion) 4. Tommasin Padova 5. Rimini Pirates 6. T&A San…
 
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  • Hawks open conference schedule with split against GW

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    By NICK TRICOME | ContributorMarch 23 2015, 11:00 AM EST.@itssnickA review of last weekend's Atlantic-10 action between Saint Joseph's and George WashingtonGame 1 | George Washington 2, Saint Joseph's 1After allowing a run in the opening frame, Tim Ponto went on to throw six and 1/3 scoreless innings in what was the senior right-hander’s longest start of the season, holding George Washington until an RBI double by junior right-fielder John Brue brought freshman shortstop Matt Maul home from second to tie the game.The Colonials would take back the lead, however, once freshman right-hander…
  • La Salle combines for 26 runs to take Sunday doubleheader

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    By NICK TRICOME | ContributorMarch 16 2015, 10:00 AM EDT.@itssnickMike Lake was hoping the bats would wake up.Following a shutout loss to Northeastern on Friday, La Salle’s head coach and the rest of his staff had a long talk with the team about its approach at the plate, what to look for and how to slow the game down.After rain pushed Saturday’s game into Sunday for a doubleheader, the bats did wake-up, as the Explorers tallied 26 runs to take both games against Niagara by finals of 15-4 and 11-3.Game 1La Salle jumped right out of the gate in game one, with a four-run rally in the first…
  • Cliff Lee goes on 60-day DL; hopes to avoid elbow surgery

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorMarch 16 2015, 11:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRCliff Lee knew things were bad with his pitching elbow last week, but he hoped rest would ease his pain. Unfortunately, relief never came. Late Monday afternoon, the Phillies announced that Lee will try for a third time to non-surgically rehabilitate the tear in his common flexor tendon. He will rest and rehab for two months at his home in Arkansas and probably won't be ready to throw again until early June."It's a significant blow to our club right now," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "He was going to be…
  • Beermann grand slam highlights Villanova win over La Salle

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
     By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorMarch 11 2015, 8:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBR Max Beermann clubbed a grand slam to highlight a six-run second inning on Wednesday to lead Villanova to a 7-3 victory over La Salle in the Explorers home opener at Hank DeVincent Field.The contest marked the first of the season between city rivals.Beermann finished the afternoon with five RBI.A pair of defensive miscues allowed the Wildcats to jump ahead to a 7-0 lead before the Explorers answered with Ryan Welling hitting a solo homer in the fifth.Villanova starter Mike Sgaramella tossed six innings, allowing…
  • Aumont struggles as long ball hinders Phillies

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorMarch 5 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRCliff Lee faced major league hitters for the first time since July 31, when his season ended with an elbow injury.He gave up two hits in two innings Thursday in the Houston Astros' 6-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.''I got through it with two zeroes,'' Lee said. ''I'm just trying to make sure (the elbow) is strong so if something is going to happen, it's not because it's weak.''Luis Valbuena connected for Houston, and Robbie Grossman and Marwin Gonzalez led off the Astros fifth with back-to-back…
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  • 2015 MLB Umpire Crews

    Derek Crawford
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    The umpiring crews for the 2015 season have been announced. To some, the names of the four men in charge of making the calls in a particular game don’t matter.  But others realize that the men in blue can and sometimes do play a pivotal role.  The players have their favorites, as well as those who they can’t stand, and so do the managers.  The game can’t be played without them. So, without further ado, here are your crews for your 2015 season released by MLB: Name Years CREW A 66 JOYCE, Jim (’12) 27 53 GIBSON, Greg 16 51 HUDSON, Marvin 15.5 4 FAIRCHILD, Chad 7 CREW B 41 MEALS,…
  • Blue Jays Primed for Division Crown

    Tyler Fiedler
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Part three of a five-part series on the American League East sees us examining why it is the Toronto Blue Jays‘ year to finally win the division. The Blue Jays had a busy offseason adding two big bats in Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics and Russell Martin via free agency. They finally addressed their biggest need in signing Martin to a five-year deal. Donaldson has become one of the best third basemen in the league and will provide power and strong defense at the hot corner. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are arguably the best three-four hitters in baseball and with the…
  • James Loney: An Exception to the Rule

    Austin Burnett
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    There’s a vast misconception throughout the game of baseball concerning what epitomizes an elite first baseman in this day and age. It’s an erroneous notion that often takes just one characteristic into consideration: power. Numerous talented players have been deemed unworthy to play the position due to a slugging deficiency, even if they excel in multiple other aspects. That’s why, when James Loney, then 28, found himself in the midst of free agency after stumbling through a deplorable 2012 season that included a mid-season trade to the ailing Boston Red Sox, the market for the…
  • UT Arlington-Georgia State Weekend Notes

    Scott Stone
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    UTA and Georgia State are in the mix early on in Sun Belt Conference play, as both are sitting at 4th and 5th in the standings through the first few series’ of the conference season. Though this won’t be posted until the weekend is over, I’m going to post my thoughts on the series during the weekend. Friday: Georgia State 5 – UT Arlington 2 Georgia State had control of this game seemingly from the first pitch of the game. The Panthers were able to scratch a run across the plate in the first inning and never looked back. Ryan Blanton got the game started with a lead-off double down the…
  • Minnesota Twins News and Notes: Week of 4/5

    Stevie Larson
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Here is a wrap up of the last week of news for the Minnesota Twins. On Saturday, the Twins announced that Tommy Milone will be the fifth starting pitcher. The move means that Mike Pelfrey will begin the season in the bullpen. According to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, Pelfrey wants to be traded as opposed to pitching out of the bullpen. It seems like Pelfrey has a legitimate gripe as both pitchers threw approximately 14 innings this spring, with Pelfrey’s ERA being three points lower than Milone. According to Bollinger, Pelfrey asked the coaching staff if the competition was actually open,…
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  • MLB National League Foul Ball Rates: 1988-1996 Rates Show Similar Patterns to AL

    FoulBallzAdmin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Major League Baseball foul ball rates in the National League between 1988 and 1996 were surprising in many regards. While the National League yearly totals remained fairly level during this time, foul ball rates did jump during the 1994 and 1995 MLB strike shortened seasons, just as they did in the American League.   Legend: Red: Highest total for season; Blue: Lowest total for season; Orange: 1994 and 1995 were shorter seasons due to strikeGreen: Year strike zone was increased. Legend: Red: Highest total for season; Blue: Lowest total for season; Orange: 1994 and 1995 were shorter…
  • MLB American League Foul Ball Rates Jump during Strike Years: Shortened Seasons Equal Higher Averages

    FoulBallzAdmin
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    One thing is certain about a short season: Foul ball rates jump. It appears a larger strike zone does too. The data for the 1988-1996 MLB season range for the American League shows a reasonably even rate of foul balls at each park from between the 1988 and 1993 seasons. The American League averages fluctuated only 2 fouls per game over that timeframe (43.82 in 1990 to 45.73 in 1991). With some incomplete data, this fluctuation could be near zero too.   What the data does show inconclusively is that a shorter season significantly raises foul ball rates. In the strike-shortened 1994 MLB…
  • MLB American League Domes Have No Influence on Foul Ball Rates 1988-1996 Data Indicates

    FoulBallzAdmin
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    It’s been slow going, but I’ve finally gotten through the foul ball count for the American League from 1988-1996. Interestingly, few patterns showing up anywhere. One of those patterns has to do with the Toronto Blue Jays. Notice in the chart below, that the Blue Jays consistently have the highest total of foul balls hit during home games. Consistently. My working theory on this consistently higher average total is that they are one of three teams that played in a domed stadium (Twins, Blue Jays and Mariners) during this nine year period. In a dome, there would be less wind resistance, so…
  • IBWAA Votes and I Disagree: Alan Trammell Deserves MLB Hall of Fame Nod

    FoulBallzAdmin
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    I am a lifetime member of the IBWAA. As part of the membership, I get to cast my vote for the MLB Hall of Fame which is combined with all the other members’ votes into one vote. There are our results: Los Angeles – In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election. Curt Schilling finished in sixth place, with 65.64%. Roger Clemens garnered 64.76% (after receiving 56.64% in 2014) and Barry Bonds received 63.44%…
  • 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,…
 
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