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  • Bigger, Faster, Stronger? Not Everybody at Spring Training

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    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Big and bloated or slim and sleek, plenty of big league players showed up to spring training this year looking nothing like they did last season.
  • Tomas sees plenty of action at third base

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    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After not getting a ball hit to him while playing five innings of third base in Tuesday's exhibition against Arizona State University Yasmany Tomas saw plenty of action at the hot corner Thursday.
  • Minor's absence opens opportunities for Stults

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    Mark Bowman
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    With Mike Minor likely sidelined at least through the first couple weeks of the regular season, Eric Stults now seemingly has a greater chance of being part of Atlanta's Opening Day roster.
  • Olt flexes muscle as Wood turns in solid debut

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    Carrie Muskat
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Manager Joe Maddon's Cubs debut ended in a tie. The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in a split-squad game at Sloan Park in the manager's first game at the helm.
  • Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

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    Mark Sheldon
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Reds' veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips arrived at Spring Training healthy and won't be limited after suffering a thumb injury that required surgery in 2014.
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  • Bigger, Faster, Stronger? Not Everybody at Spring Training

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Big and bloated or slim and sleek, plenty of big league players showed up to spring training this year looking nothing like they did last season.
  • Hunter Makes Twins Return in 9-8 Win Over Red Sox

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.
  • Hunter Pence’s Arm Is Broken

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split squad.
  • Giants Suffer Blow as Pence Ruled Out for Six Weeks

    REUTERS
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence suffered a fractured left forearm after being struck by a pitch on Thursday and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
  • Mets Get Preview of N.L. Rival

    TIM ROHAN
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Bartolo Colon was a pleasant surprise for the Mets in a Grapefruit League game against the Washington Nationals, who started Max Scherzer for the first time.
 
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  • Tomas sees plenty of action at third base

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After not getting a ball hit to him while playing five innings of third base in Tuesday's exhibition against Arizona State University Yasmany Tomas saw plenty of action at the hot corner Thursday.
  • Lopez to make D-backs debut Saturday

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Cuban free-agent pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the Mariners in Peoria.
  • Cahill, Bradley impress on mound for D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Trevor Cahill and Archie Bradley each made a good impression Thursday afternoon in the battle for spots in the D-backs starting rotation.
  • New mechanics fare well for Cahill in spring debut

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    D-backs starter Trevor Cahill debuted his new mechanics for the first time in a game and pitched well, allowing two hits and one walk over two scoreless innings as Arizona held off the Rockies, 4-3.
  • Hall chats with fans online

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall answered questions from fans during a live web chat today from Salt River Fields.
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  • Minor's absence opens opportunities for Stults

    Mark Bowman
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    With Mike Minor likely sidelined at least through the first couple weeks of the regular season, Eric Stults now seemingly has a greater chance of being part of Atlanta's Opening Day roster.
  • Bethancourt shows off arm when Gold Glovers are present

    Mark Bowman
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Braves rookie Christian Bethancourt seems to know when a former Gold Glove catcher is serving as a manager in the opposing dugout.
  • Teheran puts past behind him in first spring outing

    Mark Bowman
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Given the success he has had the past two seasons, Julio Teheran can now laugh off the memories of having surrendered six home runs in just two innings during a 2012 Spring Training start against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
  • Buck gets best of Buck in Braves' first spring win

    Jason Beck
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    John Buck, making a rare start at first base, doubled in two runs in the sixth inning off former Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer. Joey Terdoslavich doubled, walked twice and scored two runs.
  • Johnson brings value as utility player

    Mark Bowman
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Fifteen years after making his first trip to the Braves' Spring Training complex as a hot-shot shortstop who had just been drafted in the first round, Kelly Johnson has returned to his original organization hoping to prolong his Major League career as a utility player.
 
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  • Olt flexes muscle as Wood turns in solid debut

    Carrie Muskat
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Manager Joe Maddon's Cubs debut ended in a tie. The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in a split-squad game at Sloan Park in the manager's first game at the helm.
  • Fowler irked by switch-pitcher's change of hand

    Carrie Muskat
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Dexter Fowler was warming up in the on-deck circle prior to leading off the Cubs third inning Thursday, trying to time Athletics pitcher Patrick Venditte, who was throwing right-handed. But then Venditte, a switch-pitcher, told home-plate umpire Brian Gorman that he was going to throw left-handed.
  • Schwarber's slam highlights Cubs' offense vs. Giants

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, provided the bulk of the offense in Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Giants and showed everyone why he's a top prospect with a grand slam to right field in the second.
  • Cubs prospect Schwarber turns 22, hits grand slam

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber celebrated his 22nd birthday in a grand way Thursday. Schwarber, the 2014 No. 6 prospect in the Cubs organization according to MLB.com, hit a grand slam off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the second inning of Thursday's contest.
  • Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

    Jim Callis
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Who are the best fantasy prospects for this season? Unlike MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which is based on long-term potential, the rankings here are determined solely by expected big league production in 2015.
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    CIN Homepage News

  • Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

    Mark Sheldon
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Reds' veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips arrived at Spring Training healthy and won't be limited after suffering a thumb injury that required surgery in 2014.
  • Cueto, Chapman show no rust in debut

    Jordan Bastian and Mark Sheldon
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Yan Gomes enjoyed a breakout season last year, working through his first full season as the Indians' starting catcher and earning a Silver Slugger Award for his showing at the plate. In a 9-3 Cactus League victory over the Reds on Thursday, Gomes picked up right where he left off.
  • Nearly one year later, Chapman showing no signs of trauma

    Mark Sheldon
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Nearly one year after being hit in the head by a line drive that could have killed him, almost all signs of the trauma are gone from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
  • Cingrani determined to win rotation job

    Mark Sheldon
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani not only sounded determined in that he wanted a spot in the club's rotation, but also that he needed it, too.
  • Votto close to making Cactus League debut

    Mark Sheldon
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Reds star Joey Votto, who missed 100 games last season because of a distal strain of his left quadriceps, was not in the lineup for the first three spring games vs. the Indians. However, manager Bryan Price said Thursday that Votto's will soon see game action.
 
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    COL Homepage News

  • Rockies get mixed bag on mound vs. D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, who was limited to just 11 starts last year due to a shoulder injury, retired the D-backs in order in the first inning before running into trouble in the second as Colorado lost, 4-3, Thursday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
  • Pain-free start good news for Chacin, Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Leaving the mound without pain made Thursday afternoon a success for Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. He'll worry about sharpness as Spring Training continues.
  • Speedy Barnes eyeing consistency for Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes vows to be a smarter hitter, even after leading the Majors with 17 pinch-hits last season.
  • Situational hitting among Rockies' batting practice tweaks

    Thomas Harding
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    Rockies second-year hitting coach Blake Doyle has tweaked the team's batting practice in an attempt to correct poor situational hitting -- a fault that showed up on the road, where the Rockies went a franchise-worst 21-60 last season.
  • Brown has solid fastball, but changeup's his bread and butter

    Thomas Harding
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    For all the Spring Training talk about the velocity the Rockies have at their disposal, righty Brooks Brown -- the team's best reliever at the end of last season -- stymied hitters softly.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Springer singles in first game action since July

    Brian McTaggart
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    With his family watching in the stands, Astros right fielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a single in a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
  • Top talent to square off in Houston College Classic

    Richard Dean
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    It's an early-season college baseball tournament, but based on the caliber of this year's field, the Houston College Classic has the look of an NCAA regional. Second-ranked LSU, eighth-ranked Houston and undefeated Texas A&M highlight the 15th annual event, which also features Baylor, Hawaii and Nebraska.
  • Appel notches win, makes most of first opportunity

    Brian McTaggart
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    It was only two innings during a Grapefruit League game in early March, but for Mark Appel, it was another step towards Houston. He made his first appearance on Thursday afternoon, tallying a win and gaining some valuable experience.
  • Conger expected to start for Astros on Saturday

    Brian McTaggart
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Backup catcher Hank Conger should play this weekend after he was held out of some bullpen sessions in recent days as he recovers from what manager A.J. Hinch described as a sore left wrist.
  • McHugh sharp as Astros power up in spring opener

    Brian McTaggart
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Collin McHugh doesn't have to worry about earning a spot in the rotation anymore, and he came out strong in Houston's first Spring Training game with three strikeouts over two innings in a 6-3 win over the Phillies. Luis Valbuena, Robbie Grossman and Marwin Gonzalez homered.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Dodgers scout who signed Sutton, Lopes passes

    Ken Gurnick
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Longtime Dodgers scout John Keenan, a prolific acquirer of talent, died Thursday. Keenan had the distinction of signing a Hall of Famer, Don Sutton, as well as All-Stars Davey Lopes and Bill Russell. He also signed Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe.
  • Dodgers' bullpen roles not likely to be decided soon

    Ken Gurnick
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Manager Don Mattingly praised just about everybody who came out of the bullpen after Clayton Kershaw to face the White Sox on Thursday. Scoreless innings were turned in by Brandon League, Chris Hatcher, Dan Coulombe and Ryan Buchter, and two scoreless from Joe Wieland.
  • Kershaw: Spring debut was 'good first day'

    Ken Gurnick
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Clayton Kershaw is fine. His 2015 debut looked a lot like his 2014 National League Most Valuable Player/Cy Young Award-winning season. Starting against the unfortunate Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Kershaw pitched two perfect innings in the 6-1 win. He struck out three without allowing a ball hit out of the infield.
  • Kershaw, Puig set LA on path to win over White Sox

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Clayton Kershaw opened his 2015 Cactus League season with two perfect innings, while Yasiel Puig's first-inning RBI groundout put L.A. on top for good as the Dodgers took a 6-1 win over the White Sox on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.
  • Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

    Jim Callis
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Who are the best fantasy prospects for this season? Unlike MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which is based on long-term potential, the rankings here are determined solely by expected big league production in 2015.
 
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  • Last call: Braun chats up umpire about pace of play

    Adam McCalvy
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today, Braun and the batter's box:
  • Lohse looks sharp in Brewers' meeting with Angels

    Alden Gonzalez
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    While the Angels' Hector Santiago was amped up before his first game, Kyle Lohse seemed calm from the get-go, allowing just one hit in the Brewers' 3-2 loss to the Angels on Thursday.
  • Eyeing everyday role, Gennett out to solve southpaws

    Adam McCalvy
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Scooter Gennett didn't face a single left-handed starting pitcher last season, but he's already 1-for-1 against them this spring. Beginning a bid to prove he can hit southpaws and secure everyday duties at second base for the Brewers, Gennett blooped a single to center field against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago to lead off Thursday's Cactus League opener.
  • Garza's comfort not just reserved for robe

    Adam McCalvy
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Sadly, Matt Garza won't trot to the mound Friday wearing one of the custom robes he ordered this spring for each member of the Brewers' five-man starting rotation.
  • FS Wisconsin unveils Brewers TV schedule

    Adam McCalvy
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    FOX Sports Wisconsin unveiled a 150-game television schedule on Wednesday, which covers 36 games against the rival Cardinals and Cubs, plus five games against the World Series champion Giants.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • A's schedule Gray, Kazmir for Cactus debuts

    Jane Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    A's rotation leaders Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, held out of the first week of exhibition games to get some extra rest, are scheduled to make their Cactus League debuts next week.
  • Switch-pitching Venditte continues to confound

    Jane Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Should Pat Venditte finally get a tour of the big leagues one day, after toiling in the Minors for years with his ambidextrous glove and switch-pitching ways, the unfamiliarity and sheer disbelief and wonder with which opponents greet him will gradually dissipate. For now, the A's pitcher will continue to perplex -- and sometimes confuse -- them.
  • Zito 'pretty impressive' in return to game action

    Jane Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A's comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs' Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn't dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.
  • Zito allows homer in A's duel with Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in a split-squad game at Sloan Park in Chicago skipper Joe Maddon's first game at the helm. Barry Zito, 36, a non-roster invitee who is attempting a comeback after not pitching last season, retired the first five batters he faced, then hit Chris Coghlan with two outs in the Chicago second to set up Mike Olt's two-run homer.
  • Back strain could sideline Freiman for 2 weeks

    Jane Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    A's first baseman Nate Freiman could miss up to two weeks of spring action because of a muscle strain in his back sustained from workouts, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Collins impressed with Nationals' rotation

    Anthony DiComo
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    If the Mets have any designs on competing for a playoff spot in the NL East, they will need to do better against the Nationals.
  • Goal for Colon is to reach 200 innings again in 2015

    Anthony DiComo
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    At this point, Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen do not try to interfere with Bartolo Colon's program. They know better. Set to turn 42 in May (he joked that he's not sure if he's 42 already), Colon is set in his ways. And his ways apparently work, as Colon proved by topping 200 innings last year for the first time since 2005.
  • Lagares playing it safe with right elbow

    Anthony DiComo
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Twice in his Grapefruit League debut against the Braves on Wednesday, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares had prime chances to throw out baserunners. Each time, Lagares refrained, not wanting to risk the health of a right elbow that he hyperextended last September.
  • Colon goes two perfect innings in Mets' loss

    Bill Ladson
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Bartolo Colon went two perfect innings in the Mets' 5-4 loss against the Nationals on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.
  • Zac Brown Band to peform at Citi Field in August

    Anthony DiComo
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    The Mets announced Thursday that Grammy Award-winning country music group Zac Brown Band will perform at Citi Field on Aug. 21. Tickets will go on sale March 20 at Mets.com/ZBB. Mets season-ticket holders will also have access to a special online presale on March 18.
 
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  • Phillies looking for bounce-back year from Brown

    Paul Hagen
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Team president Pat Gillick is one of Domonic Brown's strongest supporters, and the Phillies hope the outfielder can boost his stats from a poor offensive campaign in 2014.
  • Righties Gonzalez, Aumont have work to do

    Paul Hagen
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Reliever Phillippe Aumont is out of options and starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is in the second year of a three-year contract. The right-handers have significant upsides, but neither has yet demonstrated the consistency they need to help the Phillies win at the big league level.
  • Gillick: Healthy, stable Phillies can reach .500

    Paul Hagen
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Phillies president Pat Gillick said on a Philadelphia sports talk radio show Thursday morning that he thinks that with good health, the rebuilding team could realistically have a winning record this season.
  • No problems for Lee in Grapefruit League debut

    Brian McTaggart
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Cliff Lee pitched two scoreless innings in his first game action since July, though the Phillies' comeback effort wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss to the Astros.
  • 'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game back

    Paul Hagen
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The most important result for veteran Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee after his start in Thursday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium wasn't even a number at all. It was this: "It feels normal," the 36-year-old said.
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  • Bradley comes out swinging against Twins

    Ian Browne
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Jackie Bradley Jr., who is on a quest to prove he can hit in the Major Leagues, got off to a good start in Thursday's Grapefruit League opener, banging out two hits in his three at-bats.
  • What to watch for in today's games

    Cash Kruth
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The return of Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, 18 months after Tommy John surgery, and Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran's spring debut highlight today's slate of spring games.
  • Bogaerts, Pedroia get off to powerful starts

    Ian Browne
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Xander Bogaerts could tell that Dustin Pedroia was back to full strength in January, when he watched his double-play partner hit and listened to him chirp. So count the shortstop among the least surprised when Pedroia belted a grand slam on Thursday night in his Grapefruit League debut.
  • Norris thrives under bright lights in spring debut

    Adam Berry
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Blue Jays top prospect Danile Norris made a solid Spring Training debut under the lights on Thursday, against most of the Orioles' right-handed regulars and in front of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and several other members of the front office.
  • Zimmerman looks comfortable at 1B in spring opener

    Bill Ladson
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    In a 5-4 victory over the Mets on Thursday night, Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman played first base as if he had manned the position for years.
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  • Liriano, Morton on the hill a welcome sight for Bucs

    Tom Singer
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Francisco Liriano was hardly seen in his first two Spring Trainings with the Pirates. Charlie Morton wasn't expected to be seen when this 2015 season gets underway. So there was the welcome sight Thursday of both veteran pitchers putting up two zeroes each in a 2-1 exhibition loss to the Yankees.
  • Ready to make leap, Bucs' Lambo has new number, outlook

    Tom Singer
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    His uniform number -- from the back-shelf 57 to the front-row 15 -- isn't the only thing Andrew Lambo has changed. Some things you can't see. "This year I'm confident, physically and mentally focused and ready," Lambo said. "Last year I was unprepared, not confident."
  • Bats unable to back pitching in loss to Yankees

    Tom Singer
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Left-hander Francisco Liriano and righty Charlie Morton, two-fifths of the Bucs' rotation, each pitched two shutout innings in their first appearances of the spring in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
  • Harrison not concerned about minor ankle injury

    Tom Singer
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Josh Harrison, who exited Wednesday's game in the first inning after turning his left ankle, will rest as a precaution for the next couple of days, but he said the injury is minor.
  • Bucs lead clubs eager to take next step this season

    Mike Bauman
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As we speak, there are 29 baseball teams in Spring Training that are all talking about "taking the next step." The only team that does not have to talk like this is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants could very easily discuss "taking the same step," the one that has led them to three World Series championships over five seasons.
 
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  • Quick Hits: Vogelsong, Royals, Lee, Erasmo

    Mark Polishuk
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Ryan Vogelsong seemed to be on the verge of signing with the Astros before he eventually rejoined the Giants, and the righty hinted that there was something unusual about how negotiations broke down with Houston.  According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the issue was that after agreeing to sign Vogelsong to a one-year, $4MM deal, the Astros wanted to pay Vogelsong less after viewing the results of his physical.  Both Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Vogelsong’s agent Dave Meier declined to comment to Heyman about the situation. Here’s some more from around the baseball world……
  • No Extension Talks Between White Sox, Samardzija

    Mark Polishuk
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    The possibility of a contract extension between Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox “hasn’t even been a topic of conversation,” the right-hander tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  “We haven’t come close to crossing that bridge. We’re all working on getting the team where we want. That’s our main goal.”  Like most players, Samardzija would prefer to avoid negotiations once the season begins, as those talks “can become a distraction.” Samardzija is heading into his last year under contract and will be one of the most sought-after names…
  • AL East Notes: Castillo, Yoon, Hoffman, Yankees

    Mark Polishuk
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Rusney Castillo‘s strained oblique may cause him to miss a bit of Spring Training time, yet the injury isn’t considered to be particularly serious.  Still, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford posits that this setback might convince the Red Sox to give Castillo some extra minor league preparation time at the start of the season and give the center field job to Mookie Betts.  Castillo told Bradford that he would be open to being in the minors if the team felt it necessary, and his long-term contract makes him secure about his role in Boston’s plans.  “Of course there is a…
  • Hunter Pence To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Forearm Fracture

    Mark Polishuk
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has suffered a non-displaced ulnar fracture and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, the team announced.  Pence suffered the injury earlier today when he was hit by a pitch from Cubs righty Corey Black during a Spring Training game.  The fracture occurred just above Pence’s left wrist, so he was at least fortunate to avoid what could’ve been a more serious injury. That said, Pence’s absence for some or all of April is clearly a setback for the Giants lineup.  Given how Pence’s time on the DL is expected to be relatively short, San…
  • Mariners Designate Ji-Man Choi For Assignment

    Mark Polishuk
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    The Mariners have designated first baseman Ji-Man Choi for assignment, the team announced.  The move creates a 40-man roster spot for left-hander Edgar Olmos, who was returned to the M’s from the Rangers after Texas’ waiver claim on the southpaw was reversed. Choi’s roster situation will likely be resolved by a trip to the 60-day disabled list, as he broke his right fibula during a Spring Training game on Wednesday.  He underwent surgery today and is expected to be out for four to six months. Since joining Seattle’s farm system in 2010, Choi has a .304/.407/.492…
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  • Bulls Rally to Beat Thunder

    Joel Liberatore
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
  • Minnie Minoso son remembers White Sox legend: ‘He was just happy and he was great’

    WGN Web Desk
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    CHICAGO — Sometimes it’s hard to see the man behind a sports legend… until you talk with his son At 26, Charlie Rice-Minoso is the youngest child of Minnie Minoso.  The White Sox legend died on Sunday at the age of 90. He was out running errands at the time. “He was just happy and he was great,” Charlie says of his father.  “The last thing he said to me was ‘I won’t be gone long, I’ll see you later.” By the time Charlie came along, “Mr. White Sox” was done with his playing career, which lasted through five decades, and had become an ambassador for the team he…
  • Girl, stem cell donor meet for first time to celebrate both lives

    WGN Web Desk
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill — A 2nd grade girl celebrated her life today by meeting the man who saved it. 8-year-old Sabrina Chahir was waging a long battle with a severe form of blood cancer. That is until a man from Germany stepped up to donate his stem cells to be used for her transplant. Thursday Sabrina met her donor, 30-year-old Maximilain Eule at a special celebration courtesy of the owners of Pilot Pete’s. In 2011, he donated stem cells to Sabrina who had been diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia at the age of 2. Chemo, and radiation treatments failed Sabrina, who had even lost her…
  • ‘Cute mugshot girl’ arrested again, has a new booking photo

    WGN Web Desk
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina teenager whose “cute mugshot” took the internet by storm last year has been arrested again and has a new booking photo. WNCN reported 18-year-old Alysa Suguro Bathrick was arrested earlier this week in connection to a shoplifting incident. Bathrick was arrested late last year in Raleigh on charges of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with intent to distribute. She tweeted: Surrendered myself at 7 a.m., got released at 11:30 a.m. F*** what you heard. And my mugshot’s cute. #ftp When a Twitter user asked Bathrick last year what…
  • Freight train carrying crude oil derails near Galena

    WGN Web Desk
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois, bursting into flames and prompting authorities to evacuate everyone within 1 mile. Galena authorities say eight cars of the BNSF train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. Authorities said the evacuation didn’t affect many people. The derailment happened in a rural area about 3 miles from Galena. The train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil, along with two buffer cars loaded with sand. Firefighters could only access the derailment site by a bike path.
 
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  • Pence out 6-8 weeks after breaking left forearm

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The season hasn't started, but the Giants are already down a starting outfielder. Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, breaking his left forearm.
  • Cain, Hudson have encouraging BP sessions

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The Giants appear to be on the verge of getting a pair of arms back in their rotation as Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are each nearing a return to game action.
  • Carbonell sparks Giants rally with homer

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Giants used some late-inning magic to erase an early deficit and secure their first Cactus League victory, 8-6, over the Cubs on Thursday. After trailing, 5-0, through five, the Giants scratched across a run in the sixth, scored two in the seventh via a Daniel Carbonell home run and took the lead with a five-run eighth.
  • Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Ryan Vogelsong admittedly wasn't as dialed in as he could have been, but as far as Spring Training debuts go, the Giants right-hander was pleased with his performance.
  • Umpire injury leads to odd strike-calling scenario

    William Boor
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    After home-plate umpire Dale Scott was hit by a pitch and had to leave Thursday's game between the Cubs and Giants, Jim Joyce took over calling balls and strikes, doing so from behind the pitcher's mound.
 
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  • Davis, Schoop jacks power O's past Blue Jays

    Brittany Ghiroli
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop both homered in leading the Orioles split squad to a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night in Grapefruit League action at Ed Smith Stadium.
  • Ripken visits O's during book promotion tour

    Brittany Ghiroli
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The Orioles got a visit on Thursday from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Ripken also signed copies of his new children's book, "Out At Home."
  • O's righty Yoon released, returns to Korea

    Brittany Ghiroli
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The Orioles have agreed to release pitcher Suk-min Yoon from his contract at his request, a move that will save the club about $4.3 million per an MLB.com source. Yoon has signed a four-year deal with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization.
  • Machado thrilled to be back out on field

    Brittany Ghiroli
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Manny Machado was hitless in his first spring game on Wednesday, but the third baseman was happy to just get back on the field.
  • Chen goes two strong as O's split-squad edges Rays

    Bill Chastain
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The Orioles topped the Rays, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon as Tampa Bay kicked off its Grapefruit League season at Charlotte Sports Park.
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  • Bradley comes out swinging against Twins

    Ian Browne
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Jackie Bradley Jr., who is on a quest to prove he can hit in the Major Leagues, got off to a good start in Thursday's Grapefruit League opener, banging out two hits in his three at-bats.
  • Kelly struggles in first Grapefruit League start

    Quinn Roberts
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Joe Kelly's first start of Spring Training on Thursday against the Twins proved to be one he'd rather forget. Ineffective in 1 2/3 innings, Kelly allowed four runs on seven hits in a 9-8 loss. The Twins managed to string together four straight hits in the first inning and three straight hits in the second.
  • Bogaerts, Pedroia get off to powerful starts

    Ian Browne
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Xander Bogaerts could tell that Dustin Pedroia was back to full strength in January, when he watched his double-play partner hit and listened to him chirp. So count the shortstop among the least surprised when Pedroia belted a grand slam on Thursday night in his Grapefruit League debut.
  • Pedroia hits slam, paces offense in slugfest

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The Twins opened Grapefruit League play by outlasting the Red Sox in a 9-8 slugfest Thursday night at newly renovated Hammond Stadium.
  • Buchholz has T-shirts made for starting rotation

    Ian Browne
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    For weeks now, Red Sox manager John Farrell has deflected questions about a perceived lack of a No. 1 starter by saying he believes the ace is whoever takes the ball that night. Clay Buchholz not only carries that same belief, but had it expressed with T-shirts that he made for all five pitchers in the starting rotation.
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  • Crain progressing toward live batting practice

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Jesse Crain is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session of the week on Friday, marking his seventh time working off the mound since the start of Spring Training. If all goes well, the veteran right-handed reliever believes the next step becomes live batting practice next week.
  • Danks' experience shaping his approach on mound

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    John Danks was asked the difference between himself as a pitcher now and a few years ago following his two-inning start in Thursday's Cactus League contest against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. "About six miles an hour," said a smiling Danks.
  • Abreu, Alexei add to spring hit total in Sox loss to LA

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez each added singles to their fast spring starts, but the offense was held off the board until the ninth inning in the White Sox 6-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.
  • Pierzynski's quick thinking sent '05 White Sox on their way

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Of the standout moments during A.J. Pierzynski's eight-year-stint with the White Sox, none may be more memorable and certainly more meaningful than his strikeout that wasn't in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Anderson focused in return opportunity with White Sox

    Scott Merkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There is no Plan B for Brian Anderson at this point. The former first-round pick of the White Sox is focused on doing what he can with this opportunity to be in Chicago's Minor League camp spring, aiming to show that he's worthy of being a piece of the club's plans.
 
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  • House, Tomlin make debut bids for rotation as Indians win

    Jordan Bastian
    4 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    The Indians and Reds had their rotation competitions on display on Wednesday afternoon, when the Indians picked up a 4-2 Cactus League victory in the second game in as many days between the clubs at Goodyear Ballpark.
  • After nearly giving up, Moss rejuvenated career

    Jordan Bastian
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Nine days. That is all Brandon Moss had to get through before he could opt out of his contract with the A's and pursue an opportunity playing baseball in Japan. He was mentally ready to head overseas and his family was prepared to make the dramatic move with him.
  • Gomes' first spring hit clears left-field wall

    Jordan Bastian and Mark Sheldon
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Yan Gomes enjoyed a breakout season last year, working through his first full season as the Indians' starting catcher and earning a Silver Slugger Award for his showing at the plate. In a 9-3 Cactus League victory over the Reds, Gomes picked up right where he left off.
  • Zimmer gets taste of life in big league dugout

    Jordan Bastian
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Bradley Zimmer admitted to coming down with some rookie jitters when he arrived at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday. Once the highly-touted Indians prospect was on the field, things slowed down and felt more natural for the outfielder.
  • Former pitcher Moncrief developing into promising hitter

    Jordan Bastian
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Indians outfield prospect Carlos Moncrief went 4-for-4 in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Reds. Moncrief added a homer, double and three runs in a "B" game against Cincinnati on Thursday.
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  • In much-hyped return, Harvey to oppose Price

    Anthony DiComo
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Mets manager Terry Collins knows that once Matt Harvey steps into uniform, stands on the mound and sees Tigers ace David Price on the other side, it will be impossible -- even in a Spring Training game -- to completely rein in Harvey.
  • Gose, Moya listening to message about using their speed

    Jason Beck
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has preached aggressiveness on the basepaths ever since he got the job. He has reinforced the message this spring: Look for the extra 90 feet. New Tiger Anthony Gose didn't really need the message.
  • Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness

    Jason Beck
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup Thursday with lower back tightness.
  • J.D.'s bat backs Simon's strong spring debut

    Jason Beck
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Zoilo Almonte scored the go-ahead run on a Dixon Machado scoring error and Eury Perez stole home in a two-run ninth inning, leading the Braves to a 6-4 win over the Tigers Thursday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
  • Tigers bullpen getting healthier

    Jason Beck
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Joakim Soria and Joba Chamberlain are tentatively scheduled to make their first outings of this Spring Training on Sunday. Bruce Rondon shouldn't be too far behind.
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  • Rogers: Royals roll on with Escobar in leadoff spot

    Phil Rogers
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    If it's not broken, don't fix it. The free-swinging Alcides Escobar doesn't fit the traditional definition of a leadoff man, but the Royals rolled to the World Series after an exasperated Ned Yost put him into the leadoff spot last September. He's still writing his name there.
  • Royals' prospects stand out in win over Rangers

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    It was like the Royals' very own Futures Game on Thursday in a 5-4 win over Texas.
  • Cuthbert's two-run single in ninth rallies Royals past Rangers

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert ripped a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth off Rangers reliever Alec Asher to rally Kansas City to a 5-4 victory over Texas on Thursday afternoon.
  • Royals haven't yet determined Finnegan's role

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    There is a pretty healthy discussion going on within the Royals' organization these days about what to do with rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who was drafted last year as a starter but has excelled out of the bullpen.
  • Royals take power surge in opener in stride

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There is always an offensive distortion factor that all managers whose teams train in Arizona have to consider. That was true again in the Royals' Cactus League opener Wednesday as they banged out a 13-2 win over Texas, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back homers by Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios.
 
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  • Arbitrator reportedly to decide if Hamilton goes to rehab

    Alden Gonzalez
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    An arbitrator will decide whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should enter a substance-abuse rehabilitation program after a four-member advisory board deadlocked on a decision, the Los Angeles Times reported late Wednesday.
  • Cron, Rutledge in lineup; preview of Opening Day?

    Alden Gonzalez
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Was the Angels' starting lineup for Thursday's Cactus League opener the same one they'll trot out for Opening Day 32 days from now? It sure is possible.
  • Trout talks being aggressive at plate, backs it up right away

    Alden Gonzalez
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Mike Trout has talked previously about his desire to take advantage of pitchers' early mistakes and not fall into too many two-strike counts, which tend to lend themselves to a high strikeout total. In his first Cactus League at-bat on Thursday, he swung at a first-pitch fastball from Brewers veteran Kyle Lohse and skied it to right-center field, a towering fly ball that was knocked down by the wind.
  • Amped up Santiago, Trout contribute in Angels' first game

    Alden Gonzalez
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Hector Santiago spent the offseason trying to slow everything down on the mound. Then he started the Angels' Cactus League opener Thursday, and that new between-innings clock started and hitters weren't stepping out of the box as frequently, and everything started to move really fast again. Santiago got through his two-inning outing without any damage, giving up a hit, a walk and a strikeout while throwing 33 pitches in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Brewers.
  • Trout exemplifies leadership for Angels

    Lyle Spencer
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the Angels' camp, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver and Huston Street fill the roles of leaders nicely. But there is another leader here, and there is nothing ordinary about him. Mike Trout, at 23, doesn't have to say a word. But make no mistake, he already is a formidable presence as a leader by example.
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  • Gibson works on changeup in first spring start

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Pitchers often use Spring Training as a platform to work on a specific pitch, and Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson isn't any different. The sinkerballer has been working to improve his changeup to go along with his slider and little-used curveball, which he feels will be important for him in his second full season in Minnesota's rotation.
  • Twins use balanced attack, top Red Sox in slugfest

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The Twins opened Grapefruit League play by outlasting the Red Sox in a 9-8 slugfest Thursday night at newly renovated Hammond Stadium.
  • Ryan believes Twins can contend in 2015

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    After four straight years with at least 92 losses, Twins general manager Terry Ryan is ready for the Twins to turn the page this season and get back to their competitive ways. Despite the fact the Twins finished in last place in the American League Central with a 70-92 record last season, Ryan said it doesn't stop him from believing his team can contend this year.
  • Tonkin determined to show he can stick with Twins

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    After spending parts of the last two seasons in the Majors, Michael Tonkin knows how important this year is for him and he's determined to show he can be a capable late-inning reliever.
  • Molitor goes with regulars in first Grapefruit lineup

    Rhett Bollinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    New Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't waste any time getting his regulars into the lineup for the Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox, as he penciled in nearly every projected Twins starter Thursday night.
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  • Cashman: Jeter should be last Yankees captain

    Bryan Hoch
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Derek Jeter proudly served 12 seasons while holding the title of Yankees captain, and general manager Brian Cashman believes that he should be the last in franchise history.
  • Rogers heeds Rivera's advice in scoreless spring debut

    Bryan Hoch
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Esmil Rogers believes that he has the ability to succeed as a big league starter, but when the greatest closer in history pulled up a chair at his locker last week, the Yankees right-hander knew he had better hang on every word.
  • Strong pitching, late home run lift Yanks past Pirates

    Tom Singer
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    Tyler Austin threw out the potential lead run at the plate in the sixth inning, and two innings later, hit a towering homer to snap a tie and give the Yankees a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
  • Beltran ready to reclaim role as Yanks' right fielder

    Bryan Hoch
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    After a frustrating season in which injuries held Carlos Beltran back from being the player he expected to be, the veteran is looking forward to putting those issues in the past and reclaiming his spot as the Yankees' everyday right fielder.
  • Tanaka could make first start next week

    Bryan Hoch
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field and said that he is nearly ready to pitch in Grapefruit League games.
 
 
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  • Viciedo's bat key to landing on Blue Jays' roster

    Adam Berry
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The Blue Jays will use the recently signed Dayan Viciedo at first and third base this spring. He'll spend some time in left field, too. But realistically, Viciedo's future is dependent entirely upon what he does in the batter's box.
  • Norris thrives under bright lights in spring debut

    Adam Berry
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Blue Jays top prospect Danile Norris made a solid Spring Training debut under the lights on Thursday, against most of the Orioles' right-handed regulars and in front of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and several other members of the front office.
  • Blue Jays burned by pair of Orioles homers

    Brittany Ghiroli
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Top prospect Daniel Norris fired 1 2/3 shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts as the Blue Jays dropped a 5-0 decision to the Orioles on Thursday night in a Grapefruit League clash at Ed Smith Stadium.
  • Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

    Jim Callis
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Who are the best fantasy prospects for this season? Unlike MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which is based on long-term potential, the rankings here are determined solely by expected big league production in 2015.
  • Blue Jays bring double trouble for first spring win

    Gregor Chisholm and Tom Singer
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Dioner Navarro all had doubles as the Blue Jays came away with a 4-1 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
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  • Red Sox starters wearing 'He's the ace' shirts

    Marc Normandin
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    So long as someone steps up, then four of these shirts are correct! There has been a lot of talk about who the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff is. The Red Sox rotation would like you to know that it's the other guy. Here is Wade Miley modeling new t-shirts pic.twitter.com/ikcfE25fqK — Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 5, 2015 Apparently, each of the five Sox starters -- Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, and Miley -- are all wearing these shirts today. It might turn out that none of these dudes are an ace, but hey, it's March, it's time for optimism and I'm happy to…
  • The terrifying Red Sox prospect hole could be filled in Portland

    Marc Normandin
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    The empty hole moving through the Red Sox farm system has finally landed at Double-A. The Red Sox have one of the best farm systems in the game, with plenty of youthful prospects to dream on as well as minor-league vets knocking on the door to the majors. The system isn't perfect, though, and hasn't been for a few years now. There has been a hole where prospects should be quietly moving its way through the organization, and in 2015, it's going to rest at Double-A Portland. It all started at Low-A Greenville two years ago. Almost no one hit, and the one prospect who did, Mookie Betts, took a…
  • 2015 Red Sox top prospect voting #20: Let's wrap this up

    Ben Buchanan
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Travis Shaw takes the 19th spot, leaving just one to go. The Red Sox have already played baseball against two college teams, and tonight they'll play a fake game against a real team in the Minnesota Twins, so it's about time we finished up this whole voting thing. Coming in at #19 is Travis Shaw, the second first baseman to make the list in a system that has produced a couple surprisingly high-quality players at the position this past ~decade (Kevin Youkilis, Anthony Rizzo) for how low a priority the position seems to be in building the system. Like Youkilis and Rizzo, Shaw was picked up in…
  • Red Sox baseball returns to television: game time and broadcast info

    Ben Buchanan
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Red Sox are on television! The Red Sox are on television! The Red Sox have already played a couple of games this spring, but unless you were down in Florida to catch the college doubleheader in person, you had to take Joe Castiglione's word for it. Thursday night, those of us stuck elsewhere will get our first look at the new team as they take on the Minnesota Twins in the first televised game of the year. Let's get the details out of the way: Who: Red Sox vs. Twins(Game 1 of the all-important Mayor's Cup wooo) Where: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers When: 7:05 p.m. Uh...How (do I watch it, I…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Joe Kelly, Dustin Pedroia

    Matt_Collins
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today's links look at stories including Henry Owens' new physique, Christian Vazquez's development, and the value of having two capable center fielders. Hanley Ramirez should be a productive member of the lineup, but only one thing is for sure. The man is large. (John Tomase; WEEI.com) One of the team's top prospects is trying to become a large man, too, as Henry Owens has tacked on mass this offseason. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Joe Kelly never intended to be doing what he does for a living. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Two of the top pitchers in the projected rotation looked and…
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  • Snowbound and Stir Crazy

    Ben Henry
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    In case you missed it, Boston has received so much snow in the last few weeks that everything and everyone—including me—is at a breaking point. The MBTA doesn't work, the government is encouraging people to stay indoors and off the roads, and there are no signs that the cold and the snow will let up anytime soon. Which has given me plenty of time to stew in my thoughts...I would really like to see colleges offer an intercollegiate stock car racing circuit, if only to see cars and fire suits covered in logos and emblems of universities and names of individual departments. Maybe the Dale…
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner

    mkenny59
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    John Barfield, 1991 Score Cool mechanics, John Barfield."Your mom liked 'em, Internet weirdo." - John BarfieldTouché, John Barfield. Let's move on.John was brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma City in late May ’90 as a temporary replacement for Gary MielkeThat is the SEXIEST story about opportunity knocking I have ever heard. It’s also, coincidentally, exactly how I started blogging.But, like the man who came to dinner, John pitched so well in middle and long relief, he just stayed and stayed and stayed.WhatTexas Rangers equipment manager Dizzy Flapperton: STILL HERE, EH BARFIELD? YOU’RE…
  • Junk Wax Battle 2.0 - Players Needed!

    Ben Henry
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that I'm all about innovation in this wonderful hobby of ours. Not so much innovating the cards themselves, but how we as collectors approach and make sense of them, and their meaning and use within our lives.Back in October, my friend Matt and I hosted a game—we called it Junk Wax Battle—at our local board game cafe in Brookline, Mass. The goal was to put together a complete set of 1988 Donruss by ripping packs, trading with other players, and winning in-game auctions. We had five players and one judge.And while it was fun, it was too…
  • The Equation: Joe Oliver Edition

    Ben Henry
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Here's today's equation. Back in the early 1970s, Jim Henson and the Muppets adapted a few fairy tales, including The Frog Prince. In the Henson retelling, there is a character called Taminella Grinderfall. I think you can still find these TV specials on VHS, if not DVD.Taminella Grinderfall  Terry Gilliam in this cast photo of Monty Python's Flying Circus (far right)  Crazy Joe Oliver, circa 1992"You want home plate? Come and take it!"
  • Custom 1966 Leaders Cards

    Ben Henry
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Pulled a card at random—1967 NL Home Run Leaders—and made a couple of customs. Nineteen sixty-six was a big year for John Lennon!
 
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  • 2015 Shortstop Tiers

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Positional tiers allow drafters to not only get a better bearing on the position, but also can be utilized as a way to judge if you can either wait or have to pounce on a player you want. Tier 1 – Elite Troy Tulowitzki- The perennial fantasy debate centers on whether to draft or not […] 2015 Shortstop Tiers - Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks - Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks - Practical and useful fantasy baseball advice and analysis.
  • Quick Hits: Vogelsong, Royals, Lee, Erasmo

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Ryan Vogelsong seemed to be on the verge of signing with the Astros before he eventually rejoined the Giants, and the righty hinted that there was something unusual about how negotiations broke down with Houston.  According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the issue was that after agreeing to sign Vogelsong to a one-year, $4MM deal, the Astros wanted to pay Vogelsong less after viewing the results of his physical.  Both Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Vogelsong’s agent Dave Meier declined to comment to Heyman about the situation. Here’s some more from around the baseball world……
  • No Extension Talks Between White Sox, Samardzija

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    The possibility of a contract extension between Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox “hasn’t even been a topic of conversation,” the right-hander tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  “We haven’t come close to crossing that bridge. We’re all working on getting the team where we want. That’s our main goal.”  Like most players, Samardzija would prefer to avoid negotiations once the season begins, as those talks “can become a distraction.” Samardzija is heading into his last year under contract and will be one of the most sought-after names…
  • AL East Notes: Castillo, Yoon, Hoffman, Yankees

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Rusney Castillo‘s strained oblique may cause him to miss a bit of Spring Training time, yet the injury isn’t considered to be particularly serious.  Still, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford posits that this setback might convince the Red Sox to give Castillo some extra minor league preparation time at the start of the season and give the center field job to Mookie Betts.  Castillo told Bradford that he would be open to being in the minors if the team felt it necessary, and his long-term contract makes him secure about his role in Boston’s plans.  “Of course there is a…
  • Hunter Pence To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Forearm Fracture

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has suffered a non-displaced ulnar fracture and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, the team announced.  Pence suffered the injury earlier today when he was hit by a pitch from Cubs righty Corey Black during a Spring Training game.  The fracture occurred just above Pence’s left wrist, so he was at least fortunate to avoid what could’ve been a more serious injury. That said, Pence’s absence for some or all of April is clearly a setback for the Giants lineup.  Given how Pence’s time on the DL is expected to be relatively short, San…
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  • Top 40 Twins Prospects of 2015: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

    aarongleeman
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Also in this series: 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40. 5. Kohl Stewart | Starter | DOB: 10/94 | Throws: Right | Draft: 2013-1 YEAR LV G GS ERA IP H HR SO BB 2013 RK- 6 3 1.69 16.0 12 0 16 3 RK+ 1 1 0.00 4.0 1 0 8 1 2014 A- 19 19 2.59 87.0 75 4 62 24 Considered the top high school prospect in the 2013 draft, the Twins selected Texas right-hander Kohl Stewart fourth overall after college stars went 1-2-3. On draft day scouting director Deron Johnson described Stewart's ceiling as "unlimited" and he signed for $4.5 million, bypassing a chance to follow in Johnny Manziel's footstep as…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #183: The Best Shape Of His Life

    aarongleeman
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included everyone except us being in the best shape of their lives, Paul Molitor's new clubhouse rules, sampling beers at LynLake Brewery, Torii Hunter's oft-discussed leadership, Johan Santana's latest comeback with the Blue Jays, Jordan Schafer vs. Aaron Hicks, the Twins trying to find a leadoff hitter, managing expectations for Miguel Sano, and mailbag questions. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 183 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber,…
  • Top 40 Twins Prospects of 2015: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

    aarongleeman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Also in this series: 1-5, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40. 10. Eddie Rosario | Center Field | DOB: 9/91 | Bats: Left | Draft: 2010-4 YEAR LV PA AVG OBP SLG HR XBH BB SO 2012 A- 429 .296 .345 .490 12 48 31 69 2013 A+ 231 .329 .377 .527 6 24 17 29 AA 313 .284 .330 .412 4 26 21 67 2014 A+ 34 .300 .382 .300 0 0 4 5 AA 336 .237 .277 .396 8 31 17 68 After a strong 2013 it took less than one week for things to get ugly for Eddie Rosario in 2014. In early January he was suspended 50 games for a second positive marijuana test, causing him to sit out until late May. When he returned the Twins…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #182: Topless Prospects and Talkless Haircuts

    aarongleeman
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' top 10 prospects, Ron Gardenhire's plans for 2015, the big Miguel Sano comeback, Kevin Garnett following Torii Hunter's footsteps, eating and drinking at New Bohemia, Nick Punto's retirement, billion-dollar TV deals, how to get a proper anti-social haircut, Jose Berrios going topless, moving day, and mailbag questions. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 182 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free…
  • Top 40 Twins Prospects of 2015: 15, 14, 13, 12, 11

    aarongleeman
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Also in this series: 1-5, 6-10, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40. 15. Max Kepler | Center Field | DOB: 2/93 | Bats: Left | Sign: Germany YEAR LV PA AVG OBP SLG HR XBH BB SO 2012 RK+ 269 .297 .387 .539 10 31 27 33 2013 A- 263 .237 .312 .424 9 23 24 43 2014 A+ 407 .264 .333 .393 5 31 34 62 As a 16-year-old Max Kepler was big and fast with lots of tools and a unique background that included his parents meeting as performers in the German ballet, so when the Twins signed him out of Germany for $800,000 he was viewed as an intriguing, high-upside prospect. Five seasons later some of that intrigue…
 
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    RotoRob

  • Trojans Face Stiff Test at Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic

    RotoRob
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Marc Huberman has developed into a workhorse for USC. (Shotgun Spratling) The University of Southern California Trojans — finally defeated earlier this week after a 12-0 start — will find out whether they are contenders or pretenders this weekend at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic. The 25th-ranked (according to Baseball America) Trojans face No. 7 TCU, top-ranked Vanderbilt and No. 6 UCLA. Yup, USC’s amazing start could come crashing down hard and fast over the next few days. Let’s face it, sweeping Fordham (1-8) isn’t a true test of a team’s…
  • Trojans Finally Lose Despite Tyler Gilbert Gem

    RotoRob
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    David Oppenheim (right) has added teeth to the Trojan attack. (Kyusung Gong, OC Register) On Tuesday afternoon, the USC Trojans (12-1) finally lost their first game of the season, blowing a lead and allowing UC Santa Barbara to complete a walk-off win. Don’t blame Trojan starter Tyler Gilbert. In six innings, he gave up just three hits and one run, while fanning 11. Gilbert, who transferred to USC from a Juco (Santa Barbara City College), remains 1-0 and has now lowered his ERA to 3.52. In 15 1/3 IP, he’s given up 14 hits while striking out an impressive 21 batters. Opponents are…
  • Video Game Review: ScreamRide

    Quinn Potter
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! ScreamRide, by Frontier Developments, is, at first glance, like giving the animals the keys to the zoo.  Rollercoasters set in a futuristic city where cars grab air time by flying off the tracks? Check. Massive-scale “destruction” mode? Yep.  Build your own adrenaline-pumping, physics-warping ride?  You betcha. The question is: can a game with so few boundaries and so little narrative actually keep your attention for the long haul? CONTROLS (4.25/5) Controls are well laid out and responsive. The only drawback is when you move from gameplay to…
  • Kyle Davis Racking Up Saves for USC

    RotoRob
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Kyle Davis has been shutting the door for the Trojans. (Joseph Chen, Daily Trojan) The University of Southern California Trojans keep rolling, now 12-0 heading into Tuesday afternoon’s tilt at UC Santa Barbara. The club keeps winning close games thanks to the near impenetrable force that is closer Kyle Davis. The junior righty put out another fire Saturday to earn his fifth save of the season — over halfway to last year’s total of nine. His ERA is a bit higher this year (2.84), but he’s whiffed 10 batters and given up just four hits in 6 1/3 IP. Davis solidified his…
  • Panthers Aiming to Spook Bruins?

    David Harrison
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Roberto Luongo is one of several Panthers who have periodically enjoyed success against Boston. (Vancouversun.com) Whether by coincidence or by design, the Florida Panthers are putting together a team full of players who hold bad memories for the Boston Bruins. With the two teams battling it out for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and little to choose between them in the betting, there is all to play for in the last few weeks of the regular season. As ever, qualification for the playoffs will come down to fine margins and, with some of the signings that the Panthers have…
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    the joy of sox

  • Baseball Today!

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    The Red Sox play their traditional spring college doubleheader today.Clay Buchholz will start in the first game against Northeastern, with Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez following him. Wade Miley will start against Boston College at night; Steven Wright, Craig Breslow, and Brandon Workman are also expected to pitch.Boston's Grapefruit League opener is Thursday against the Twins, with Joe Kelly getting the ball.
  • And Then We Came To (Almost, Sort Of) The End

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    My relationship with the Red Sox has changed dramatically over the course of writing this blog. Back in mid-2003, I was obsessed with the team. Now, after three championships over a ten-year period, my attachment has decreased significantly.These days, I glance at stories online (mostly ESPNBoston, WEEI, Over The Monster, and redsox.com), but I no longer feel the need to be in the know about everything every day. And because of that, I don't feel like I have anything worthwhile to say about the team.This disengagement has been helped along by two last-place finishes in the past three seasons.
  • NYDN's Madden Whines About "Double Standard" With Red Sox

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Bill Madden, Daily News:It is really quite amazing how the Red Sox, after winning the Yoan Moncada sweepstakes for $63 million, are taking bows and being hailed for investing heavily in their farm system, even though they don't know what position the unproven 19-year-old Cuban prodigy is going to play any more than they know where their other $72.5 million Cuban import, Rusney Castillo, is going to play this season.All told, the Red Sox spent $265 million this winter on Moncada, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez and the contract of Wade Miley, who they acquired in a trade, in contrast to the…
  • Ortiz In Camp, Looking Fit

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    NESN's Don Orsillo snapped the above shot of David Ortiz arriving at camp yesterday.Rick Weber, ESPNBoston:Whatever he did in the offseason, it worked. He looked ripped, wearing a sleeveless black shirt that exposed massive, chiseled biceps on his 39-year-old body. And he felt good enough about himself to toss a little dig in the direction of Pablo Sandoval, chiming, "My belly hasn't grown like Panda."Ben Cherington:David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player].Also, the Red Sox's signing of Yoan Moncada has Daily News columnist John Harper…
  • Red Sox Sign Cuban Infielder Yoan Moncada

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    Stupendous!Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com:Cuban top infield prospect Yoan Moncada has agreed to a record-setting bonus with the Red Sox, according to an industry source.The agreement is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is worth $31.5 million -- a figure that smashes the $8.27 million bonus record for an international amateur under the current signing guidelines, which was given to right-hander Yoan Lopez by the D-backs in January.It is believed Moncada [19 years old] considered offers from five teams before choosing Boston. He worked out privately for the Brewers, Cubs,…
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • Crane Kenney: Cubs Considered Playing A Season In Milwaukee

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The Chicago Cubs of Milwaukee? Crane Kenney’s statement indicates that they had considered playing an entire season—perhaps 2015?—at Miller Park, which would have given them from September 2014 to April 2016 to do significant work at Wrigley Field. Logistically, this would have created significant issues for Cubs season-ticket holders who live, say, anywhere south of the Lake/Cook county line in Illinois. Even that line is about 70 miles from Miller Park; those season-ticket holders who live in the city of Chicago would be faced with a 90-mile drive to every game. The Bears did…
  • Opening up about Mets visit, Murphy comments | MLB.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    MLB picked the right man for this job. When I took this job at MLB, I knew it was going to take time for many to embrace my message of inclusion. Expecting everyone to be supportive right away is simply not realistic. If you asked anyone who has competed in high-level men’s professional sports, I believe they would agree with me. This doesn’t change the way I go about my business, or my belief in what I am doing, but it’s reality. After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth. I really do. I was visiting his team, and a reporter asked his opinion about me. He was…
  • MLBAM Player-Tracking System Is Set for Coming-Out Party This Year : Sports Video Group

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’m really looking forward to this.
  • Velocity is not Mike Trout’s problem - Beyond the Box Score

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.
  • Positive Howard looking forward, not behind

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Can Ryan Howard rebound? Here’s a link to his heat map from 2014.
 
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    Baseball Awards

  • 2013 National League

    Shawn Weaver
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The 2013 season was nearly all about the Central division.  Three of the six teams that finished with records over .500 played in the Central, all three of those winning at least 90 games and making the playoffs.  The St. Louis Cardinals won the Central with 97 wins, and also took the pennant before losing in the World Series.Atlanta won the East with 96 wins, and Washington was second with 86 wins.  Los Angeles won the West with 91 wins, and Arizona was second with 81 wins.  Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were the wild card teams with 94 and 90 wins, respectively.  The…
  • 2013 American League

    Shawn Weaver
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Some excitement to the end in the AL race, and the five playoff teams all won at least 92 games.  Boston won the most in taking the East with 97 wins.  Oakland took the West with 96 wins and Detroit squeezed out the Central by a game with 93 wins.  Tampa Bay and Cleveland took the wild cards with 92 wins each.  Texas almost made it, winning 91 games.  Falling short was Kansas City with 86 wins, and Baltimore and New York won 85 each.  On the other end, Houston lost 111 times.  Boston won their way through, taking the World Series.Miguel Cabrera won the…
  • 2012 National League

    Shawn Weaver
    31 May 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The National League's biggest winner in 2012 was the Washington Nationals, who took the East division with 98 wins, followed by the Cincinnati Reds, who won the Central with 97 victories.  San Francisco won the West with 94 wins, also the number won by Atlanta in taking the first wild card slot while finishing second in the East.  The Cardinals took the second WC slot with 88 wins and second place in the Central, to edge West second-place team Los Angeles, winners of 86.  At the bottom of the standings, Houston lost 107, the Cubs lost 101, Colorado lost 98 and Miami lost 93.In…
  • 2012 American League

    Shawn Weaver
    15 Dec 2013 | 4:45 pm
    Perhaps the oddest thing about the 2012 AL was that the Red Sox, recent powers in the league, finished in last place with 93 losses.  The biggest surprise on the positive side would be the Oakland A's, winning the West division with 94 victories.  The Yankees took the East with 95 wins.  Both teams were closely pursued, as the Rangers finished one game behind the A's and the surprising Orioles came with two games of the Yanks.  Texas and Baltimore then faced off in the new "wild card game," with the Orioles moving on to the division series.  The somewhat surprising…
  • 2011 National League

    Shawn Weaver
    24 Jul 2013 | 5:50 pm
    Philadelphia was the dominant team in the regular season, mainly on the strength of the best pitching in the league.  The Phillies won 102 games.  Milwaukee took the Central with 96 wins, Arizona won 94, with solid offenses and good pitching.  St. Louis edged their way to the wild card spot with 90 wins, then ran the table in the postseason for a World Series title, showing again that the playoffs are largely a crapshoot.  It was the capper on Tony LaRussa's career.  Atlanta won 89 and San Francisco 86.  Houston was the worst team in the league with 106…
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    Baseball Digest Daily

  • Gear Up: Baseball Season is Here!

    baseballdigestdaily
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    Baseball fans, it is that time again! Teams are heading to the great spring training fields to prepare for giving us another great season of baseball. Grab those season tickets, or make sure you have your sports cable channels set up and ready to go if you prefer to watch as a couch potato. Either way, we should be in for yet another great baseball season. Fans are probably not the only ones who are excited. Players are most likely even more excited to get back out on that field, smelling the familiar smells, hearing the sounds and throwing, hitting and fielding that elusive baseball. Spring…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Baseball

    baseballdigestdaily
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    As one of the most archaic sports in the world, millions of people love playing baseball.  The only interesting aspect is that a lot of them don’t know all of the rules or even how the game is supposed to be played.  If you have recently become interested in baseball and how you can improve your game, this simple guide will help you through the process. Understanding Outs When the pitcher throws a ball and the batter misses it three times, it is known as an out.  This resultsin the batter walking away from home plate and going back into the dugout to allow the next person on the batting…
  • How to Make Attending a Baseball Game Not Boring

    baseballdigestdaily
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    If you are not a fan of baseball or find it boring, you are not alone. However, everyone should attend a major league game at some point in their life because you don’t want to miss out on the most iconic of American pastimes. Here are some tips on how to have fun at any baseball game. Grab some friends and head out to the stadium with this cheat sheet. Stadium food Stadium food can actually be quite good if you know what’s popular at your local stadium. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers offer Dodger dogs. These are bacon wrapped sausages of delicious greasy goodness. It is far better…
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Real Live Baseball was played today

    TheNaturalMevs
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Even though the games don’t count for anything except for conversation pieces at the water cooler at work, baseball is officially unofficially back and part of our lives again. The Reds won. Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam. Marcus Semien hit two bombs, including one off of Madison Bumgarner. The Pirates import went yard. Baseball things were happening. And this is only the beginning. The weather is still awful here in Ohio but soon the snow will melt and spring will bring renewed hope and baseball games that count. And sunshine in the morning. But it would still be nice to take about…
  • Bryce Harper still hopes to be a Washington National for life

    TheNaturalMevs
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Per Mark Zuckerman over at Nats Insider, Bryce Harper would like to play his entire career in Washington. In other words, he’s standing by his words for now. “If the Nationals let it happen, I’m all for it,” Harper said in a 1-on-1 interview with CSN. “I’ve always said that. I’ve said it since Day 1. Right when I was drafted I said, ‘If you look at the guys like Cal Ripken, [Derek] Jeter, Chipper Jones … you look at these guys who stayed with their franchise forever, they’ve been so good with their fans, they’ve been so good with their organization. I would love to…
  • A poorly-lit Bryce Harper jersey makes an appearance on House of Cards

    TheNaturalMevs
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Hat tip to my buddy @Mike_hllywa on this one. So apparently I need to get into this show. The last time I had multiple friends telling me to get into a show, it was Breaking Bad; and it was life-changing television. I’ve heard nothing but good things about House of Cards on Netflix. Adding Bryce Harper to the equation (and Kevin Spacey doesn’t hurt things) can only help. I’ve got to give this show a chance before baseball season starts.
  • Can we just sit this guy until the season begins, please?

    TheNaturalMevs
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Henderson Alvarez plunks Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch during #Marlins intrasquad game. pic.twitter.com/HEthx3ZkrH — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) February 28, 2015 I say this only half in jest, but seriously. For those that have serious fantasy ownership stock in Stanton (like we do), the absolute WORST thing that could happen is any injury that would cause him to miss the opener in April. He’s fine by the way, but I hate hearing stuff like this. Makes me cringe just a little.
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Happy Saturday to all in the baseball world. Today is not just extra special because Spring Training is in full swing, but it’s the last day of February. We’ve survived it. The most dreadful, empty, bad weather, grey month on the calendar and after today it’s over. In a few weeks it will be March Madness, and not long after that Wrestlemania, and then the main event; Major League Opening Day. In between to keep our appetites wet will be some fantasy baseball draft and spring training games, names in box scores we don’t recognize, and a few key storylines that let us…
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    Joe Posnanski » JoeBlog

  • No. 40: Eddie Collins

    jposnanski
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    They called him “Cocky,” and there was nothing subtle or ironic about the nickname. Eddie Collins was a generally reserved man off the field, but on it he thoroughly believed himself to be the smartest man in baseball. He wasn’t wrong; Collins WAS the smartest player in baseball in his time or, if not, he was certainly in the photograph. Eddie Collins was, in fact, one of the smartest players in the history of the game. And it is this — his genius for the game of baseball — that makes placing him in the Top 100 so difficult. There is no satisfying way to compare…
  • Top 5 Hitters and Pitchers

    jposnanski
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Bob Dutton, the Mariners beat writer for the Tacoma paper, knows how to send me down rabbit holes. On Tuesday, I went to Seattle’s spring training spot in Peoria to report something I’m writing about the amazing Felix Hernandez and, well, a couple of things happened. The first thing that happened was that I met one of my childhood heroes, Rick Waits. He is now the pitching coach for the Mariners, but longtime readers here might remember that he was also the focus of annual spring arguments I would have with my father. My side of the argument: This is the year Rick Waits wins the…
  • Boxing, Minnie and 100 Greatest

    jposnanski
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    So, you might have heard: Boxing is coming back to NBC Prime Time this Saturday for the first time in like a bajillion years. I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with boxing because of my father, who is: 1. The most peaceful person I’ve ever known. 2. The biggest boxing fan I’ve ever known. Boxing is weird that way. A few months ago, I met the amazing Jenny Lewis. She sings like an angel. And she is a CRAZY boxing fan. I mean, seriously, crazy. She found out I was a sportswriter, and she made it clear that she has no interest in any sports except boxing. And she…
  • Goodbye Parks

    jposnanski
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
      Three or four years ago, we went to California as a family and one of the cool things we got to do was go to the Parks and Recreation set. We got to do this, of course, because the executive producer of the show is my friend and permanent PosCast guest Michael Schur.* *If someone is a permanent guest to a show, does that actually make him actually a “co-host.” Probably so. Yes. Probably so. In any case, while on the set we ran into Nick Offerman, the actor who plays one of the really great comedy characters ever on television, the steak-loving, government-hating,…
  • Ten Oscar Thoughts

    jposnanski
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    1. The Oscars were, once again, utterly predictable. I predicted 18 out of 24 awards, which is good, but I missed two on principle, picking Boyhood for Best Picture and Director even though I knew it had almost no shot. These things are getting too easy to pick. The only things that even resembled a surprise was when Boyhood lost Best Editing — I don’t know what Richard Linklater did to the Academy but many did they turn on Boyhood — and maybe when Big Hero 6 beat out How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Best Animated Feature. Big Hero 6 was the better movie and right choice, in…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • On Daniel Murphy & Lifestyles

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Last night, hours after the final out of the Yankees' Spring Training game against the Phillies, I was at a loss as to what I would write about in this post. Yeah, A-Rod got a hit. True, the Yankees got some good pitching performances from Nathan Eovaldi and company.  And of course, shortstop prospect Cito Culver made the Jeter Play.We also found out when certain players will be making their Spring debuts (Carlos Beltran on Friday and Masahiro Tanaka late next week, for starters).However, none of these things, in my opinion, is more interesting than what happened in Mets Camp…
  • Yankees Start Spring Schedule Tuesday

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    We're one day away from the start of Grapefruit League action!The pre-season gets underway on the road tomorrow against the Phillies. The Yankees have announced that Adam Warren will start, followed, I'm guessing, by half a dozen others. Game two, also against the Phillies, will take place the next day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Nathan Eovaldi will start things off in that one. They're back on the road the next day against the Pirates, where Esmil Rogers will be at the head of the line.We'll have to wait a little longer to see the guys who will actually be part of the five-man…
  • Did The Yankees Do Enough This Winter?

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    The New York Yankees have the biggest payroll in baseball, and it is no surprise that they have been able to win the most World Series ever as well. With that type of reputation, losing seasons are not tolerated. After not having a very good 2014 year, many thought that they would open up their checkbook to get more talent. Instead, they were relatively quiet during the winter. People in fantasy baseball are hoping that the few offseason moves they made will be enough to at least stay in contention in 2015. The only new player expected to start on opening day for the New York Yankees is…
  • Forget His Diet, Mark Teixeira's Hitting Approach Is NO FUN

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    Mark Teixeira's "no-fun" diet has become the talk of Spring Training.  Fans and media alike have been talking non-stop about it, which includes no dairy, no sugar and no gluten.  Teixeira hopes that the diet will help him avoid inflammation and, thus, keep him on the field in 2015. He also hopes it will help bring him back to what he hasn't been since 2011: A 30HR, 100RBI man.He didn't say that he hopes the diet will help him handle the shift better.When asked what his thoughts are on the shift, Teixeira said he could conquer it by "hit[ting] more home runs, hit[ting] more doubles…
  • Alex Rodriguez: Team Leader?

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:53 am
    Position players who haven't already done so will report to camp today.  Then it begins: tomorrow will be the first full squad Spring Training workout for the 2015 New York Yankees. It goes without saying that this team is leaderless at the moment. Hopefully a leader, or leaders, will eventually emerge, rather than one being anointed right away.  Several people could end up grabbing the reigns. It sounds as if at least one person wants to make an attempt to do just that: Alex Rodriguez.According to Yankees.com, when he was asked about taking a leadership role…
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    River Avenue Blues

  • Open Thread: March 5th Camp Notes

    Mike Axisa
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    (Presswire) The Yankees picked up their first win of the spring this afternoon, beating the Pirates 2-1 in an untelevised game. Tyler Austin‘s solo homer broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury and John Ryan Murphy both went hitless in three at-bats while Brett Gardner went 0-for-1 with two walks. Chris Young had one hit (double) and both Garrett Jones and Rob Refsnyder had two hits apiece, including a double. Esmil Rogers got the start and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Chase Whitley followed with two scoreless innings of his own. Righty relief prospect Nick…
  • Brian Cashman on next Yankees captain: “Captaincy should be retired with No. 2″

    Mike Axisa
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    (AP) With Derek Jeter now retired, the Yankees are without a captain for the first time since 2003. And since Robinson Cano bolted for the Mariners last year, there is no obvious captain candidate on the roster either. That’s alright. The Yankees have gone years between captains before and they’ll do it again. If it was up to Brian Cashman though, there would be no next captain. During a radio interview on Thursday he said he believes the team’s captaincy should be retired alongside Jeter. From Bill Price: “As far as I’m concerned, and I’m not to decision maker on…
  • Jimmy Rollins contradicts himself about willingness to join Yankees

    Mike Axisa
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    (Presswire) Heading into the offseason, the Yankees had the daunting task of finding a new starting shortstop, something they hadn’t had to do in two decades. The free agent market had some possible solutions — none of them great — and the same was true of the trade market. Eventually Brian Cashman parted with Shane Greene to get Didi Gregorius. But, weeks before the Gregorius trade, the Yankees placed a call into the rebuilding Phillies about veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins. That made sense. Even at age 36, Rollins had a good year in 2013, hitting .243/.323/.394 (102 wRC+)…
  • Chase Headley and the Simple Goal of Being Dependable [2015 Season Preview]

    Mike Axisa
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    (Presswire) The Yankees went into the offseason with two third basemen and left with a completely different one. Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension ended and yeah, technically he’s still a third baseman, plus they had Martin Prado in tow as well. The team clearly (and rightfully) has little faith in A-Rod‘s ability to actually play the hot corner because he’s pushing 40, has two surgically repaired hips, and hasn’t played a whole lot the last two years. So the Yankees proceeded as if Rodriguez was not a third base candidate this winter, though eventually they traded…
  • Out of options market could provide Yankees with some temporary rotation depth

    Mike Axisa
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    (Presswire) In about a month, teams will scramble to finalize their Opening Day rosters and decide their final roster spots. Many players who just miss the cut will to go Triple-A and wait for a call-up. Sometimes the team doesn’t have that luxury though because the player is out of minor league options, meaning he can’t go to Triple-A without passing through waivers. The Yankees have two out of options players in camp this spring: righty Esmil Rogers and catcher Austin Romine. Rogers seems like a lock for the Opening Day roster even if he’s nothing more than a long man, but…
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    Mister Baseball

  • Video: Swedish Academy S&C Winter Workouts

    philipp
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Video of strength and conditioning workouts of the Swedish Baseball and Softball Academy in Leksand.
  • Team „Europe“ with first Practice in Tokyo / First Pictures

    philipp
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    On Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11, World No. 1 Samurai Japan will take on a team of European players in a pair of exhibition games at the Tokyo Dome. The Global Baseball Matchup is going to be broadcasted live throughout Europe by Eurosport 2 at 10am CET. The first ever Team Europe arrived in Japan on Wednesday and got its jerseys and equipment from Asics. The first full day was Thursday, which the entire team used for a first workout, which included base running, batting practice and bullpen sessions to get rid of the jetlag. Japanese media is showing major interest in Team…
  • GB Baseball announces Changes to National Team Staffs

    philipp
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    By British Baseball Federation, www.britishbaseball.org GB Baseball has changed the title of General Manager for national teams to Operations Manager and has announced the appointment of Nik Patterson as GB Cadet Operations Manager and the promotion of Glen Robertson to the role of Director of Operations. OPERATIONS MANAGERS GB Baseball has been lucky to have dedicated volunteers in the role of national team General Managers over the years, and is particularly fortunate at the moment to have an excellent group in place: Glen Robertson (GB Seniors), Jo Ratcliff (GB Lions), Phil Edmonds (GB…
  • Baseball Season in Kiev Baseball League (Ukraine) will start with 9 Teams

    philipp
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    By Andrei Butnari Baseball season in Kiev baseball League (Ukraine) will start with 9 Teams. For reference – in 2014 it was played with 7 teams, and in first year of League (in 2013) it was 4 teams. Due the annually increasing of teams played in Kiev baseball Championship, the staff decided to start new system of League, where will be 2 divisions: Major League KBL – 5 teams Minor League KBL – 4 teams This year all 9 teams will play once with each other team and then, due the results, will be formed Major League KBL and Minor League KBL. Due the finals results of KBL 2015, the…
  • ESF announces Changes for Softball European Championships

    philipp
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    By European Softball Federation, www.europeansoftball.org The ESF Competition Committee had to restructure the pools of the European Championship Women 2015 due to the withdrawals of two teams – Belgium and Bulgaria. Pools for EChW 2015, Rosmalen (NED) Pool A: Netherlads, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Israel Pool B: Russia, Spain, Poland, Croatia, France Pool C: Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Slovenia, Ireland Pool D: Italy, Great Britain, Slovakia, Switzerland The ESF Competition Committee also had to restructure the pools of the European Championship Cadet Girls 2015 due to the withdrawals…
 
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  • 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.
  • I think therefore I hit

    Matt Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    When MLB announced that they were introducing new rules to increase the pace of games, one player – shall we call him a serial offender – particularly came to mind as a cause of the changes. David Ortiz may be loved by Boston Red Sox fans, but to many others he’s the frustrating guy who wanders around after every pitch and goes through his annoying ritual of adjusting and then spitting on his gloves. It all has an air of self-importance: I’m David Ortiz and I can do what I like, everyone else can wait for me. So, it was no surprise to learn that he isn’t exactly…
  • MLB.TV 2015 subscription details

    Matt Smith
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Different baseball fans will have their own little signposts that mark the journey from the cold off-season – warmed slightly every now and then by the transaction ‘hot stove’ – to the glorious sunny skies (in Arizona and Florida, at least) that herald Spring Training and the baseball season drifting into view. One of my favourite ‘baseball is coming’ moments every year is checking my Inbox and finding an e-mail from MLB.com informing me that my annual MLB.TV Premium subscription is about to be automatically renewed for another year. Default automatic…
  • Oakland A’s: Where everything changes, but everything stays the same

    Matt Smith
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    As an Oakland A’s fan, naturally I take a closer interest in the team’s dealings than the other 29 MLB clubs. However, it’s difficult not to spend some time considering what General Manager Billy Beane has done this offseason, regardless of your team allegiance. His latest trade, completed on Saturday, saw the A’s acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for John Jason and two prospects. The many people who depicted Oakland as a team punting 2015 for a rebuilding effort after trading away Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Derek Norris and Jeff…
  • AL East: Off-season so far

    Matt Smith
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The Baltimore Orioles won 96 regular season games in 2014 and won the AL East division by 12 games ahead of the New York Yankees. At first glance you might think that they didn’t need to do much to keep ahead of the pack, yet that’s not how things work in a division containing two giants (Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees), another big market team (Toronto Blue Jays) and a team that has proved more than capable of punching above its weight (Tampa Bay Rays). The Orioles were unable to hold on to free agents Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis and, so far, are yet to replace them. The…
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  • Today in Baseball History – March 5

    Eric Bynum
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is elected by player representatives as the Executive Director of the Major League Players Association. He was the former assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers. He would hold the position until 1982. During his time he turned the MLPA into one of the strongest unions in the country. March 5, 1973 New York Yankees teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced they have swapped wives. They swapped wives, families, and even dogs. The moved worked better for Peterson who is still married to the former Suzanne Kekich. They have had four children…
  • College Baseball Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

    Press Release
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame LUBBOCK, TexasOne of only three men to twice win a recognized college player of the year award plus two men who led their teams to the World Series at both the collegiate and Major League levels highlight the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. “This class features players and coaches with some incredible superlatives,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “There are some unique and outstanding accomplishments by the individuals in this class.” This year’s class, which will…
  • Andruw Jones Withdraws from Europe vs. Japan Series

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Team Europe lost a high profile player today as 10-time MLB Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones withdrew from the team for its upcoming trip to Japan. Jones would have been a representative of the Netherlands for Team Europe in the Global Baseball Match coming up next week in Japan. He released the following statement through the World Baseball Softball Confederation: “It is with tremendous regret that I announce the difficult decision that I will not be able to represent Team Europe in its historic debut versus the Japanese National Baseball Team in front of passionate and familiar Japanese…
  • Colombia Defeats Host Brazil at 13th South American Baseball Championships

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    CUIABÁ, Brazil – Colombia took the lead in the standings of the 13th South American Baseball Championships with an 8-3 victory over host Brazil on Tuesday. It was Brazil’s first loss of the tournament, while Colombia remained undefeated. In other action on Tuesday Argentina blew out Peru 23-2. Argentina remains in third place with a 2-2 record. 13th South American Baseball Championship Standings: 1. Colombia 3-0 2. Brazil 2-1 3. Argentina 2-2 4. Peru 1-2 5. Bolivia 0-3 Related NewsThe 13th South American Baseball Championships Open in Brazil CUIABÁ, Brazil - The 13th South…
  • Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey. A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11. The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe. Related NewsAll-Euro…
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  • Let's Play Two!

    Rob G.
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    In a nice bit of serendipity, the Cubs start off the Cactus League schedule with a doubleheader..of sorts. Split squad action on the "road" versus San Francisco and a home game versus the revamped Oakland A's. The home game will start with this: Fowler, Rizzo, Castro, Montero, Baez(2B), Coghlan, Olt, Sweeney (DH), Lake(RF) and Travis Wood on the mound. The Giants will see La Stella (2B), Denorfia, Alcantara (CF), Soler, Castillo, Bryant, Schwarber (DH), Valaika, Russell and Turner taking the mound. It doesn't appear the game is being video broadcasted anywhere, but you might be able to find a…
  • Can the Cubs Really Improve Enough to Make the Playoffs?

    WISCGRAD
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    The Cubs won 73 games last year, which was the most the team had won since 2010 and a respectable improvement on the 66 wins from 2013. But 73 is still a long way from the playoffs. It took 88 wins to make it last year and looking back the last 25 years that is almost always what it takes (other than about a dozen odd exceptions). Yet many pundits are giving the Cubs a strong chance of climbing all the way to the playoffs, and Cubs fans, of course, are hopeful of such a rise. So what does it look like when a team climbs from a win total in the low 70s one year to the high 80s the next? Is it…
  • Monday Funnies: How many numbers are the Yanks gonna retire, anyway?

    CubbyBlue
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Hi.Just, you know... waiting for baseball to start.Didn't I draw some thumbs twiddling last year?It's killin' me, this wait.
  • Sunday Funnies: How to tweet baseball rumors

    CubbyBlue
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Pretty sure I missed a couple good ones, but... just looking at the day in tweets about James Shields yesterday.Never stopped.Seemed like my phone vibrated with the next bit of exciting news all day long only to end up with the dreaded "decision expected within 24 hours".And that's when I think maaaaan, what a silly life I live.But now it's today and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
  • Cubs 40-Man Roulette Continues

    Rob G.
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    So you got one of the last spots on the Cubs 40-man roster....CONGRATULATIONS!!! Don't start nesting though, because your odds of lasting there are just slightly better than guessing which of the 38 spots a roulette ball will land on. Today's unlucky victim was RHP Gonzalez German, whom you probably didn't even know was a Cub, but sometime around January 23rd the Cubs put a claim in on him.  Unfortunalety for German, the Red Sox dropped a player and there's no way on God's green Earth that Theo is going to let an ex-Red Sox player go unclaimed. Little known fact - once drafted by the Red…
 
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • Radio Show: A-Rod, Yankees & Mets discussion

    Lenny Neslin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:22 pm
    So after Alex Rodriguez made his surprise appearance in Tampa on Monday, my good friend Jeremy Schilling invited me on his weekly online radio show. Topics covered include:A-Rod's impact on the YankeesWho's better in 2015: Yankees or Mets?How the NL can avoid being so pitching-heavyWho's the new leader of the Yankees clubhouse? Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with JSchil1 on BlogTalkRadio
  • More fun A-Rod reading this week

    Lenny Neslin
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:46 am
    The official report date for Yankees' pitchers and catchers is tomorrow, but next Wednesday might be the biggest media day for all of spring training. Why? That's the day Alex Rodriguez is due to report.In case you've been living under a rock this week, here are a few A-Rod stories (and reactions) that are worth your while: First up, a #longread on the Yankees DH/3B/DH/3B/DH (who knows) from ESPN The Magazine: "The Education of Alex Rodriguez." The story reveals very personal details, such as his encounters with a therapist, but here's a fun little excerpt that caught my eye:…
  • LINK: How Phil Hughes turned his career around in Minnesota

    Lenny Neslin
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Phil Hughes quietly had one of the best seasons by any pitcher in 2014 after leaving the Yankees and moving to Target Field. He even set the all-time single season record for best K/BB ratio (11.63). Who knew? Unreal.But it wasn't really until now when someone finally cared to look into it more closely. That person was Matt Goldman from Beyond the Box Score, an awesome baseball analytics site that I can't recommend enough.Most people would take one look at Hughes' record and say that Yankee Stadium is simply a much harder stadium to pitch in than Target Field. Sure, that may have been a…
  • Baseball’s most hated player ever: A-Rod or Barry Bonds?

    Lenny Neslin
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Barry Bonds has the most homers. A-Rod has the most haters. And now we know the two reportedly worked out together this offseason. Watching how the A-Rod Saga plays out during spring training and the season will really be something, especially with the majority of fans feeling the exact opposite about A-Rod as they did about Derek Jeter during his farewell tour.I don't think Yankees fans generally hate Barry Bonds any more than the average fan. It's not like he broke Babe Ruth's record (Hank Aaron already took the hate for that). But since A-Rod plays for the Yankees and has lied…
  • Storify: PITCH Talks: Yankees, Mets & Hall of Fame

    Lenny Neslin
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Last night, I watched live as some of the best baseball writers in the country fielded questions from former Boston Globe coworker Pete Abraham and an audience of 300 other crazed baseball fans like me.And yes, as I said I would, I tweeted my brains out. See below for some of the highlights of the 2-hour panel discussion.[View the story "PITCH Talks: Yankees, Mets & Hall of Fame" on Storify]
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  • Hunter Makes Twins Return in 9-8 Win Over Red Sox

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.
  • Hunter Pence’s Arm Is Broken

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split squad.
  • Giants Suffer Blow as Pence Ruled Out for Six Weeks

    REUTERS
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence suffered a fractured left forearm after being struck by a pitch on Thursday and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
  • Mets Get Preview of N.L. Rival

    TIM ROHAN
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Bartolo Colon was a pleasant surprise for the Mets in a Grapefruit League game against the Washington Nationals, who started Max Scherzer for the first time.
  • Davis Hits Long Homer in Orioles' 5-0 Win Over Blue Jays

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Chris Davis hit a long three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 to win the second half of their split-squad doubleheader Thursday night.
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  • Today in baseball history - March 4 - The father of Japanese baseball

    BTGrimes
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Father of Japanese baseball SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 4, 1927 - Horace Wilson died on this date in 1927 at his home in San Francisco. Who was Horace Wilson? He was the father of Japanese baseball. Here's the story: Baseball hasn't existed in Japan as long as it has in the United States, but our national pastime has been part of Japanese culture for over 130 years? According to Japanese baseball officials, the game was brought to the Land of the Rising Sun in the 1870's by Horace Wilson, a Tokyo University English Professor from the United States. Wilson was born on a Gorham, Maine…
 
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  • Joe Maddon had gotten too ‘gimmicky,’ it was time for him to go, and the Rays are looking forward to normal baseball

    Cork Gaines
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    We have spoken at length around these parts about how losing Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman may not mean much on the field. The Rays are a data-driven team with a clear idea of how they want to build a team and how they want that team to lineup and play on the field. That is not likely to change much under Kevin Cash and Matt Silverman. But the one area where thing will be a lot different is in the clubhouse and both Jayson Stark and Buster Olney feel the change was good for the Rays after spending time with the team. Earlier this week on Buster Olney’s “Baseball Tonight”…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    It’s official, the Rays have announced that Alex Cobb will be the opening day starter. He will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, and Jake Odorizzi. Of course, the big question is, who keeps Matt Moore’s spot warm for the first 3 months of the season. THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… It’s that time of year when veteran players start getting “flu-like symtoms” without ever actually getting the flu. Some Rays prospects will play against the Canadian Junior National Team at The Trop on March 22. Tickets are $10 and parking will be $5.
  • John Jaso explains why moving to the outfield is not nearly as easy as it sounds

    Cork Gaines
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Hopefully, a bat is the only equipment John Jaso will need this season. John Jaso is back with the Rays but this is not the same John Jaso who came up through the Rays’ system and spent parts of three seasons with the Rays. This Jaso is no longer a catcher and instead will be used mainly as a DH. However, he could also see time at first base and in the outfield. Jaso has played first base in the past including two games in the big leagues and 15 in the minors. On the other hand, Jaso has never played in the outfield and he says he will be nervous the first time he is sent out there in a…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Juan Francisco and Eugenio Velez Here is the Rays’ TV broadcast schedule, which will include 150 games  on Sun Sports and three more on Fox Sports 1. That leaves nine games that will not be broadcast locally. Most of those are mid-week afternoon games or late-night west coast games. On a related note, I just learned that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s (which translates to The Angels Angels of Anaheim) local Fox affiliate will broadcast 29 of the Angels’ Spring Training games. 29! As many of you know, I have long railed against the lack of broadcasts during the Spring.
  • Rays have no ‘elite’ prospects according to minor league expert

    Cork Gaines
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Steven Souza John Sickels of the highly-respected Minor League Ball has released his annual list of the top 20 prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system and a couple of things stand out. The first is that Sickels did not give any Rays prospects an A grade, his grade for elite prospects. Shortstop Willy Adames, whom the Rays acquired in the David Price trade, tops the list with a grade of B+/Borderline B, suggesting he is closer to a B-prospect than an A-prospect. Sickels defines B-prospects as having “a good chance to enjoy successful careers.” Outfielder Steven Souza and…
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  • 10 Possible Tampa Bay Rays Defensive Alignments Versus Lefties

    Robbie Knopf
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    It still isn’t entirely clear who will be on the Tampa Bay Rays’ roster when Opening Day comes around, but it is never too early to start talking about playing time. The Rays have averaged just 50.6 games against left-handed pitchers the last five years, but it turns out that allotting at-bats will be much more complicated […] 10 Possible Tampa Bay Rays Defensive Alignments Versus Lefties - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Joey Butler’s Clutch Hits Not Enough in Rays Spring Opener

    Robbie Knopf
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    There is a major irony in spring training–everyone comes to see the stars, but it is usually the unknowns who decide who wins and loses. Of course, that is exactly why the games mean so little. However, breaking through the irrelevancy is far from impossible–while people came to see Evan Longoria, Kevin Kiermaier, and Asdrubal […] Joey Butler’s Clutch Hits Not Enough in Rays Spring Opener - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • ST Game 1 Preview: Nate Karns Aims To Start Rays Spring Training in Style

    Robbie Knopf
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    When the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training season begins, Nate Karns will be the pitcher on the mound. He will be hoping not only to start the Rays’ exhibition season on a strong note, but also gain the early advantage in the team’s fifth starter competition. Alex Colome is not even in the US yet because of visa […] ST Game 1 Preview: Nate Karns Aims To Start Rays Spring Training in Style - 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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  • Today in Baseball History – March 5

    Eric Bynum
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    March 5, 1966 Marvin Miller is elected by player representatives as the Executive Director of the Major League Players Association. He was the former assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers. He would hold the position until 1982. During his time he turned the MLPA into one of the strongest unions in the country. March 5, 1973 New York Yankees teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced they have swapped wives. They swapped wives, families, and even dogs. The moved worked better for Peterson who is still married to the former Suzanne Kekich. They have had four children…
  • College Baseball Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

    Press Release
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame LUBBOCK, TexasOne of only three men to twice win a recognized college player of the year award plus two men who led their teams to the World Series at both the collegiate and Major League levels highlight the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. “This class features players and coaches with some incredible superlatives,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “There are some unique and outstanding accomplishments by the individuals in this class.” This year’s class, which will…
  • Andruw Jones Withdraws from Europe vs. Japan Series

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Team Europe lost a high profile player today as 10-time MLB Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones withdrew from the team for its upcoming trip to Japan. Jones would have been a representative of the Netherlands for Team Europe in the Global Baseball Match coming up next week in Japan. He released the following statement through the World Baseball Softball Confederation: “It is with tremendous regret that I announce the difficult decision that I will not be able to represent Team Europe in its historic debut versus the Japanese National Baseball Team in front of passionate and familiar Japanese…
  • Colombia Defeats Host Brazil at 13th South American Baseball Championships

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    CUIABÁ, Brazil – Colombia took the lead in the standings of the 13th South American Baseball Championships with an 8-3 victory over host Brazil on Tuesday. It was Brazil’s first loss of the tournament, while Colombia remained undefeated. In other action on Tuesday Argentina blew out Peru 23-2. Argentina remains in third place with a 2-2 record. 13th South American Baseball Championship Standings: 1. Colombia 3-0 2. Brazil 2-1 3. Argentina 2-2 4. Peru 1-2 5. Bolivia 0-3 Related NewsThe 13th South American Baseball Championships Open in Brazil CUIABÁ, Brazil - The 13th South…
  • Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan

    Eric Bynum
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey. A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11. The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe. Related NewsAll-Euro…
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  • 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
  • Zack Wheeler Spring Training 2014

    Dave Doyle
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:17 pm
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 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…
  • 1973 Topps "1953 Baseball Stars" (aka 1953 Reprints) #5, Hal Newhouser

    28 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    I'll start today's entry by saying farewell to Sy Berger, whose guiding hand in what "baseball cards" mean today reached well beyond the Topps Chewing Gum (T.C.G.) offices. Keith Olbermann did a nice job saluting our modern hobby's most influential creator, in matching bubble gum pink blazer.My own post dives into similar "retro" ground via a long-awaited show find, the #5 type card from a Topps test printing created on the 20th anniversary of their own elegant, hand-painted 1953 set. Sy Berger might've created the 1952 cards on his dining table, but the follow-ups showed real artistry.I'd…
 
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  • Who’s a Better Hitter: Cobb, Ruth, or Wagner?

    Matt Nadel
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Hey baseball fans! There’s a question on my mind that I, for the longest time, was never able to figure out the answer. The question is who is the best hitter from the first Hall of Fame class? In case you don’t know, in 1936, the first three hitters inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner. So, out of those three, who’s the best at hitting? Personally, I think it’s Ruth and I’ll tell you why in three simple reasons: Reason Number One: He Revolutionized Hitting Why? Small ball was the way to win games back in the Dead Ball…
  • A (Sort of) Interview with Ty Cobb

    Matt Nadel
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Hey baseball fans! Today I have a special interview! It’s with the Hall of Famer who has the best lifetime batting average of all time (.366), Ty Cobb! But wait: Ty Cobb has been dead since 1961, so how could I have possibly interviewed him? Good question. Remember my “interviews” with Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth, where I asked someone who knew a lot about one of the hitters to answer questions as if he was him? Well, I did the same thing with this interview. The person who answered my questions as if he was Cobb is Norm Coleman, an actor who actually plays Ty Cobb on…
  • Casa Base: Expectations … Bat

    Fabio Borselli
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
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  • Pitchers and Catchers Report: AL East Rotations

    Guest
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:51 pm
    The East Division has been a powerhouse in the American League for a majority of the 21st century. Whether it’s Boston and New York hoarding top free agents or Tampa Bay and Baltimore developing their extremely fruitful farm systems, the AL East has consistently produced one if not two of baseball’s top teams year-in and year-out. Last year the East saw their two workhorses in Boston and New York struggle along with the normally overachieving Rays who eventually traded their top pitcher and career Ray, David Price. With booming offseasons in Boston and Toronto and developing consistency…
  • What would Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner & Willie Mays be paid in 2015?

    Matt Nadel
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Hey baseball fans! With the offseason upon us, money is a big topic in many of my baseball-related conversations. Should this player be paid more? Should this player be paid less? Should this player sign a bigger contract? I have heard these questions daily for the past couple of months and I’ve answered them differently depending on who the player is. Then I got to thinking: if a Hall of Famer from back in the day played now, how much would he be paid? In today’s post, I’m going to answer such a question about three different MLB Hall of Famers from three totally different…
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  • Mascot For Somerset Patriots

    independentbaseball
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who is the mascot of the Somerset Patriots? Answer: Sparkee http://www.somersetpatriots.com/sparkee 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 … 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 York Revolution Player To Sign With MLB Team

    independentbaseball
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the York Revolution website, who was the first player to reach sign with a MLB team after wearing a Revolution uniform? Answer: Tike Redman signed with the Baltimore Orioles on May 15, 2007. http://www.yorkrevolution.com/revs-signed-by-mlb … 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.
  • Highest Elevation For Independent Baseball Game In 2014

    independentbaseball
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the Pecos League office, which independent baseball team played at the highest elevation in 2014? Answer: The Santa Fe Fuego at Fort Marcy Park.  According to the league, the stadium is over 7000 feet … 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.
  • All-Time Pecos League HR Leader

    independentbaseball
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the Pecos League office, who is the league’s all-time career leader in home runs? Answer: Logan Lotti has 41 home runs between the 2012 Las Cruces Vaqueros, 2013 Alpine Cowoys and 2014 Douglas Diablos. … 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.
  • Managers During First Can-Am League Season

    independentbaseball
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Can-Am League’s first season was in 2005, after reorganizing from the Northeast League entity.  Who were the field managers that year? Answer: Brockton Rox:  Ed Nottle Elmira Pioneers:  Greg Keagle Grays (travel team):  Chris Carminucci … 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 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.
  • Baseball Hitting Drill: Tubing Arm Extension

    kenny
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    In today’s video blog post, I am sharing an excellent baseball hitting drill that incorporates tubing, which can be used to check that your players are understanding and executing the proper mechanics of hitting.  The use of tubing allows hitters to feel feedback and gain a better sense of what they are doing right and [...] The post Baseball Hitting Drill: Tubing Arm Extension appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • The Bunting Power Pack! 8 Awesome Baseball Bunting Drills

    kenny
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    The Bunting Power Pack! 8 Awesome Baseball Bunting Drills Whether you hit for power, hit for average, or even if you have trouble hitting, you can always help your team in critical situations by laying down a successful bunt. Bunts can help win ball games, so everyone who swings a bat should know how to [...] The post The Bunting Power Pack! 8 Awesome Baseball Bunting Drills appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: 3 Agility Drills for Outfielders

    kenny
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    As a baseball player, you have to work continually to develop your fielding skills. Good fielding requires a combination of mobility, speed, agility and ball-handling skills. Most players field countless grounders or fly balls to practice and perfect their skills, but the other important components of fielding – like agility and footwork – cannot be [...] The post Baseball Fielding: 3 Agility Drills for Outfielders appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: Reading the Hops

    kenny
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    The ability of a fielder to read the hops will greatly improve their fielding percentage.  Teaching the basic fundamentals of baseball fielding &  ground balls, the foot movement and distances of spread, bending of the knees, and glove positioning out in front and low to the ground, demand time, patience and practice. Baseball Fielding: Reading [...] The post Baseball Fielding: Reading the Hops appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • 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.
  • Phillies 5, Yankees 5: Ryan Howard off to good start

    Kevin McGuire
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    You should never take one game in the spring and use it as a predictor for what will happen the rest of the month, or the season. But it was encouraging to see Ryan Howard get off to a nice start in his spring training debut Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater. Howard, hitting fourth in Ryne Sandberg‘s line-up, went two-for-two in his two plate appearances, with his first hit of the spring going to left field. He also played some nice defense as well. “He did a lot of good things on the field,” Sandberg said after the game [per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com]. “He showed some…
  • Out of the Batter’s Box – Grapefruit League play is here for Phillies

    Kevin McGuire
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sunday was an exaggerated disaster but today the games that matter only slightly more begin. Grapefruit League play opens up today in Clearwater for the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. 1. Phillies open Grapefruit League play today vs. Yankees Two days after losing to University of Tampa, the Phillies get started with the Grapefruit League schedule with a home game in Clearwater against the New York Yankees. Cliff Lee will get the start, so expect an inning or maybe two before he gets the rest of the day off. You can watch the game live on Comcast Sportsnet or catch the replay…
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  • 9th Annual Academy Awards Contest

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_409.jpg' width="524" height="575"></div><br /><br /> Our annual Oscar battle doesn't get any closer that it did last year. Susan seized an early… read more...
  • Several old baseball tickets were added to my site...

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Several old baseball tickets were added to my site today. http://www.humzoo.com/billpearch/photos/81/
  • Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_408.jpg' width="383" height="575"></div> As a Chicago Cubs fan, I've spent ample time at Wrigley Field. From… read more...
  • Starting to think about Fantasy Baseball 2015....

    15 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Starting to think about Fantasy Baseball 2015.
  • My Fake Biography

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    A friend of mine recently tired of writing professional biographies for corporate peers. Rather than stomp his feet and protest, he selected a different path. He opted to release his stress by writing biographies for his friends that are 100% false.… read more...
 
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  • Pakistan Wins 12th West Asian Baseball Cup

    Featured Writer
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    PAKISTAN – Muhammad Sumair Zawar, Muhammad Jawad, Burhan Johar and Muhammad Ahsan Baig combined to score eight runs to help Pakistan defeat India, 11-0, to capture the title at the 12th West Asian Baseball Cup at the Pakistan Sports Board Complex in Islamabad. Iran (2-1) took home the silver medal with an 18-4 rout against Irag on the final day of the Baseball Federation of Asia event. Syed Batani and Syed Husnain paced the Iranians with three runs apiece. India (1-2), making its debut at the West Asian Baseball tournament, finished third. Iraq (0-3) failed to win a game, while…
  • Cuban League: Hitters Racking Up Big Numbers

    Featured Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    CUBA – Granma slugger Alfredo Despaigne is enjoying another banner year in the Cuban League. The 29-year-old, a three-time league Most Valuable Player, tops the circuit with a .375 batting mark and ranks third with 12 home runs. Despaigne signed a two-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines in December to return to Japan for the upcoming 2015 season. He reportedly inked a 500 million yen ($4.11 million) deal, which is a hefty sum for a small-revenue Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) squad for a player who has played only 45 career NPB games. The following are the current Cuban League…
  • IBL Update: Unipol Bologna Inks Pitcher Marquis Fleming

    Featured Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    ITALY – Preparations for the 2015 Italian Baseball League (IBL) continues with teams signing foreign import players from Latin America and the United States. The IBL will unwrap the upcoming season on March 27 with reigning champion Unipol Bologna opening defense of their title against Tommasin Padua, Lino’s Coffee Parma takes on Godo Knights, Angel Service Nettuno 2 squares off against T&A San Marino, and Rimini hosts Nuova Citti di Nettuno. Unipol Bologna has signed former Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Marquis Fleming. The right-hander attended California State University…
  • Gary SouthShore RailCats to Host Open Tryouts this Spring

    Featured Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    USA – Gary SouthShore RailCats Manger Greg Tagert has announced two chances to become a RailCat with open tryouts onMarch 14th at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN and May 2nd at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, IN. The RailCats and Schaumburg Boomers, both owned by prominent Chicago attorney Pat Salvi and his wife Lindy, will team up to host the first tryout at Cumberland University on March 14th. Cost for participants in $60 and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for position players and 12:30 p.m. for pitchers. The second chance to become a RailCats player will be at U. S. Steel Yard,…
  • Cuban League: Pitching Down The Stretch Key To Title Hopes

    Featured Writer
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    CUBA – With the 2014-15 Cuban National Series winding down, stellar pitching down the stretch will be crucial to the championship hopes of contending teams. League-leading Matanzas (46-26) boasts a trio of starting pitchers that have combined for 27 wins and 231 strikeouts. Cionel F. Perez (6-2) ranks third with a 2.02 ERA over 80 innings, while Yoanni Yera (11-5) Jonder Martinez (10-3) leads the circuit with 82 and 80 strikeouts, respectively. Second-place Granma (43-29), which resides three games out of the top spot, will rely heavily on hurlers Lazaro Blanco, Dariel Gongora and Alain…
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  • With experience, Penn aims for a better ending in the Ivy League

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By NICK TRICOME | ContributorMarch 4 2015, 2:00 PM EDT.@ItsNickPenn’s season was over, and Jeff McGarry was in shock.The Quakers lost 4-0 to Columbia in a one-game playoff to decide the Ivy League Gehrig Division, ending a 2014 run that saw them finish with a 24-17, with a 15-5 Ivy League record.The results were the team’s best in some time, but the hope was for a better ending.“We don’t want to feel that way again,” McGarry said. “It was depressing my first two years here, just not even being in the race. But when you come that close and you don’t finish, and the seniors are…
  • Slowey and Herrera pace Phillies in win over Yankees

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorMarch 4 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRKevin Slowey tossed two scoreless innings and Odubel Herrera collected three hits to lift the Phillies to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday afternoon.Slowey, a non-roster invitee, is fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The right-hander was released by Miami last June and entered camp with a 4.62 career ERA. The one hit Slowey allowed was a single by Alex Rodriguez in the opening frame. The contest marked Rodriguez's first action since his season-long suspension in 2014…
  • Black History Month: All-Time Philadelphia Negro League Team

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorFebruary 15 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRNegro baseball was a mainstay in the Philadelphia region for more than eight decades. The sport provided an identity for the black population, allowing for racial, cultural and financial success.Hundreds of black ballplayers called Philadelphia home, but only a select few made significant contributions to the sport while spending the majority of their career in the Philly region.To celebrate Black History Month we're revealing an All-Time Philadelphia Negro League Team roster, comprised of the best talent that played…
  • College Weekend Review: Explorers end weekend on high note

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorFebruary 22 2015, 9:00 PM EST.@PGordonPBRCameron Johnson drilled an RBI-double down the left field line in the 15th inning on Sunday to lift La Salle past Charleston Southern at CSU Ballpark, 9-8.The Explorers (4-3) entered the final frame ahead by a run, but a two-out RBI-single from Brandon Burris evened the contest and forced extras.Trailing 4-2 heading into the eighth, La Salle scored six runs highlighted by a game-tying two-run homerun by Ryan Welling. Johnson added an RBI-single to push the Explorers to a 5-4 lead. Josh Savakinus added a two-run double…
  • Cliff Lee uses magic eight-ball to answer to his future in Philly

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorFebruary 19 2015, 9:30 PM EDT.@PGordonPBR Cliff Lee walked out to a makeshift conference room at Bright House Field on Thursday and plopped a Magic 8 ball on the table."I brought this to answer my hard questions," Lee said with a smile, noting a teammate put the toy in his locker during the first pitcher and catcher workouts of spring training.A 13-year veteran, Lee knew he was going to be asked about his health and the possibility of being dealt at some point this season.His take on the rebuilding process?"Hold on a second," Lee said as he shook the Magic 8…
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  • AL West: Burning Questions for Each Team

    Joshua Sadlock
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images North America Today, I am rounding out the American League in my division-by-division look at the biggest question for each team. Last year, we saw a bit of a shakeup in the AL West.  The Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers had battled for the top two spots in the division the prior two seasons, while the expensive Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (a mouthful, I know) roster underachieved.  In 2014, the Angels roster finally lived up to the hype, and the team captured its first division crown since 2009.  Mike Trout finally won his first MVP award, and deservedly…
  • College Baseball Roundup: Harrison Bader Making Gators Greater

    Ron Barry
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Harrison Bader‘s reputation is starting to precede him. The junior outfielder from Bronxville, NY, led the Florida Gators in hitting as a freshman (.312).  He did it again as a sophomore (.337).  And now, he’s off to such a great start that enemy hurlers are starting to learn to stay away from the strike zone. This was illustrated Wednesday night in the lone college battle between two top-ten teams.  Ninth-ranked Central Florida, which had topped the second-rated Gators 4-3 Tuesday, was going for a sweep of the mid-week series.  And the Knights walked Bader 3 times in the contest,…
  • When is it time to quit the game?

    Drew Peabody
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The toughest time for a pro athlete is when he has to leave the game. In rare cases, a player can go out on top. In the NFL, you have Jerome Bettis and John Elway who played their final games on the winning team in the Super Bowl. They went out on their own terms, and winning a championship to boot, capping their careers. There are certain players, like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera who suffer an injury in what may have been the last season of their careers, but decide to give it one more season to end their last season on the field, rather than on the bench. Many players on their way out…
  • Are the New York Yankees Running out of Numbers?

    Justin Groc
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The New York Yankees have already let it be known that they will be retiring the numbers worn by catcher Jorge Posada (20), pitcher Andy Pettitte (46), and outfielder Bernie Williams (51) during this upcoming season. Of course, the next number to be withheld from anyone else will the one belonging to newly-retired shortstop Derek Jeter’s (2). Jeter’s number will be the last remaining single-digit to ever be worn by a Yankee. Mariano Rivera’s 42 has already been retired, having been the last player to where it since Major League Baseball retired the number in honor of Jackie…
  • Mets Win Their Spring Training Opener

    Bryan Schwartz
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-2 in their 2015 spring training opener Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Overall, it was an impressive first game for the Amazins’ to start a season with increased expectations from the past few years. Dillon Gee, who is likely slated for the bullpen in 2015, started for the Mets, allowing two runs in two innings. After Gee, New York pitchers were lights out. Jon Velasquez, Jack Leathersich, Zach Thornton, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris and Erik Goeddel all put up zeros following Gee’s exit. Leathersich did struggle with his control,…
 
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  • 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,…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 3

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

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