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  • Ranking the AL East: Pitchers

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    Matt_Collins
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    After looking through each position in the American League East yesterday, today I turn to the pitching staffs across the division. After spending yesterday going through the position players in the American League East, it’s time to do the same with the pitchers. As a quick reminder, rosters will be determined by roterresource.com, and I'm looking just at 2015 value. Here is a look at what I’m using for Boston’s roster. SP1: Rick Porcello SP2: Wade Miley SP3: Justin Masterson SP4: Clay Buchholz SP5: Joe Kelly CL: Koji Uehara SU: Junichi Tazawa/Edward Mujica Let’s get started. SP1…
  • Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen by Bret Sayre

    Baseball Prospectus
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Taking the long view of the hot corner.
  • Daily Fantasy Baseball – On Fanduel

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    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The last few years, rookies have made a pretty major impact at the MLB  level. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Jose Fernandez are just a few who hit the ground running at the highest level of professional baseball. As the 2015 approaches, there are a few with high potential. Anyone playing in FanDuel fantasy baseball leagues should be at least looking at these guys early on in the year to see if they are worth taking a gamble on. After all, they will start at relatively modest prices an could be steals. Kris Bryant Last year, Bryant was a star in the minors. Some wondered why the Chicago Cubs…
  • Omar Minaya Leaves Padres, Joins Union as Adviser

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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Omar Minaya is switching sides.
  • Stewart names Carter special assistant to GM

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    Corey Brock
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Arizona senior vice president and general manager Dave Stewart turned to an old friend and teammate Wednesday, hiring Joe Carter as a special assistant to the general manager.
 
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  • Stewart names Carter special assistant to GM

    Corey Brock
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Arizona senior vice president and general manager Dave Stewart turned to an old friend and teammate Wednesday, hiring Joe Carter as a special assistant to the general manager.
  • D-backs, Stewart comfortable with $91.5 million payroll

    Steve Gilbert
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    With a little more than three weeks until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart says his team's payroll is at $91.5 million, a number the club is comfortable with maintaining.
  • Grace mourns Banks, remembers his genuine kindness

    Steve Gilbert
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    During his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.
  • Tomas impressing D-backs in third-base workouts

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Yasmany Tomas has only been working out for a few days at the D-backs' Spring Training facility, but already the team likes what it has seen from him at third base.
  • D-backs excited for Hermosillo exhibition March 29

    Arizona Diamondbacks
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Over the past two months, the D-backs have made waves internationally, and the culmination of those efforts came together Thursday afternoon in two different events 350 miles apart. At the same time the team's biggest on-field signing of the winter, Cuban Yasmany Tomas was meeting with the media for the first time at Salt River Fields, a group of D-backs executives descended upon Hermosillo, Mexico, for a news conference to announce their upcoming exhibition game on March 29.
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  • Free agent Beachy to decide on team closer to camp

    Joey Nowak
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    While Brandon Beachy is reportedly "getting stronger" coming off a second Tommy John surgery, his agent told FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the right-hander intends to wait until closer to Spring Training to make a decision about signing with a club.
  • Braves announce 4-year deal with Toscano

    Mark Bowman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The Braves believe Dian Toscano has the capability to become a valuable big league outfielder after he gets an opportunity to spend some time at the Minor League level. The Braves officially announced their four-year deal (includes an option for the 2019 season) with Toscano on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Smoltz recalls bellhop joke he played on teammates

    Jamal Collier
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    John Smoltz, one of the new electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame, once spent time as a bellhop. Well, not exactly. But he pretended to be one once for about 30 minutes to pull off a joke on his teammates after they arrived at a hotel late one morning on a road trip.
  • In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

    Mark Bowman
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    As a frightening string of destructive tornadoes ripped through the Southeast on April 27, 2011, Mike Dunn took precautionary measures to protect his Class A Rome Braves players and the visiting Asheville Tourists club that included a young second baseman named Russell Wilson.
  • Inbox: What will determine Fredi's fate?

    Mark Bowman
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Fans ask about Fredi Gonzalez's future, offensive upgrades and more in the latest Braves Inbox.
 
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  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Banks statue in Daley Plaza for fans to pay tribute

    Carrie Muskat
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    The bronze statue of Ernie Banks was on display in Daley Plaza on Wednesday as a public memorial to allow fans to celebrate the Hall of Famer's life. Banks, who played his entire career (1953-71) with the Cubs, passed away Friday at the age of 83.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Rizzo's triumph over cancer takes stage on Network special

    AJ Cassavell
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    In a special segment Tuesday night on MLB Network, "The Offseason: Hope in Chicago and Miami" chronicled Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's battle with cancer.
  • Banks, Wrigley formed relationship to remember

    Phil Rogers
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    At a time when the reserve clause allowed baseball owners to hold onto players and limit salaries, Ernie Banks landed in the lap of Cubs' owner Philip Knight Wrigley, and the two created a lasting relationship that benefited both men.
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  • Ervin turns rough patch into learning experience

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    During the 2014 season with Class A Dayton, Reds outfield prospect Phil Ervin went through an extended funk at the plate for the first time in his brief professional career. How Ervin reacted to it proved to be one of the most significant learning experiences he's had.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Winker aims to continue rise at big league camp

    Mark Sheldon
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    Left-field prospect Jesse Winker will be in Reds Major League camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. It's sure to mean valuable experience being among players at the highest level and facing more competitive pitching.
  • Reds lock up Mesoraco with four-year pact

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The Reds and All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco avoided arbitration on Monday by agreeing to a four-year, $28 million contract.
  • No more winter in Punxsutawney for Mesoraco

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    It's not quite time for Spring Training yet, but Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco and his wife already packed up their belongings and left their hometown of Punxsutawney, Pa. for Cincinnati.
 
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  • In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

    Mark Bowman
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    As a frightening string of destructive tornadoes ripped through the Southeast on April 27, 2011, Mike Dunn took precautionary measures to protect his Class A Rome Braves players and the visiting Asheville Tourists club that included a young second baseman named Russell Wilson.
  • First full year in the books, Blackmon out to be better

    Thomas Harding
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    It only seems Charlie Blackmon has been around forever. He made his first appearance with the Rockies in 2011, and his epic beard makes it seem as if he trotted into his outfield position in the days of Julius Caesar. He'll turn 29 on July 1, so in baseball years, he's beyond young and in the so-called prime years.
  • On the Cusp: Colorado Rockies

    Bernie Pleskoff
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Rockies prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's top prospects, Jon Gray and Eddie Butler.
  • Ottavino agrees to deal with Rockies, avoiding arbitration

    Thomas Harding
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    The Rockies and right-handed relief pitcher Adam Ottavino avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $1.3 million agreement on Monday.
  • Apprehensive at first, Morneau finds home with Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    First baseman Justin Morneau wasn't sure how he'd fit with the Rockies when he signed with them before last season. He was a Twins mainstay from his Major League debut in 2003 until August 2013, when he was dealt to the Pirates -- where he helped during a playoff run but admitted he felt like an outsider. Morneau did more than fit with the Rockies.
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  • Biggio thinking of ill friend during HOF process

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Craig Biggio and longtime Astros equipment manager Dennis Liborio, who retired following the 2011 season, have forged a nearly 30-year-long friendship. Biggio said Liborio is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and he laments his friend won't be there to see him get inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 26.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Lowrie helps grow game with trip to Colombia

    Alyson Footer
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    As part of MLB's Diamond Diplomacy program, Jed Lowrie visited Colombia to host camps for at-risk kids.
  • Astros legend Bagwell to rejoin organization

    Brian McTaggart
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Jeff Bagwell, who has been largely out of baseball since he decided not to remain as hitting coach of the Astros following the 2010 season, will return to the organization after accepting an offer from the team Tuesday to become a guest instructor at Spring Training.
  • Astros' roster upgrades have Hinch raring to go

    Brian McTaggart
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The roster has been retooled and improved since A.J. Hinch took over as manager of the Astros last fall. The team has beefed up the offense, strengthened the bullpen and created competition that will take center stage at Spring Training next month in Kissimmee, Fla.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Penalties could keep Dodgers out of Moncada bidding

    Ken Gurnick
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    The Dodgers' desire to sign Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada has been tempered by the weighty penalties that would be levied against the club if it does.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Dodgers' regular-season tickets on sale Friday

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Single-game tickets for Dodgers 2015 regular-season games will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT.
  • Veteran lefty Bedard signs Minors deal with spring invite

    Alden Gonzalez
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The Dodgers announced Wednesday the signings of veteran starter Erik Bedard and Minor League reliever Ben Rowen to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Crew releases Spring Training broadcast schedule

    Adam McCalvy
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    The Brewers unveiled a Spring Training broadcast schedule that covers all but one of their scheduled Cactus League games, including 13 games available exclusively via an MLB.com webcast.
  • At 36, Lohse feeling on top of his game

    Adam McCalvy
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Statistically, Kyle Lohse is in the prime of his career, with four of his best seasons in terms of ERA+ and fielding independent pitching in the past five years. But he is also 36 years old, which explains why Lohse is asked more and more these days about his post-playing career plans.
  • Winning T-shirt designs unveiled

    Adam McCalvy
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    The Brewers on Sunday unveiled seven winning T-shirt designs to be distributed during all-fan giveaways at 2015 home games. For the first time, fans decided the winners in an online vote.
  • Henderson, Thornburg aiming for Opening Day

    Adam McCalvy
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Brewers relievers Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg, who missed most of last season with arm injuries, each expressed optimism during Sunday's "Brewers On Deck" about being healthy in time for Opening Day.
  • Braun says 'so far, so good' with right thumb

    Adam McCalvy
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    More than three months after undergoing a procedure to relieve nerve pain that contributed to the least productive season of his career, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was still brimming with optimism on Sunday.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • Fuld determined not to let diabetes hamper him, others

    Jane Lee
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A 12-year-old Sam Fuld, still coming to terms with the Type 1 diabetes diagnosis he received two years earlier, took the field during batting practice at Fenway Park for a meeting with Tigers pitcher Bill Gullickson. A diabetic himself, Gullickson had just two minutes for Fuld, who has since lived out every word he heard during those 120 seconds.
  • Inbox: Is Oakland's roster set for Spring Training?

    Jane Lee
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Are the A's done making moves, or does general manager Billy Beane have one more up his sleeve before Spring Training? Beat reporter Jane Lee tackle this and other questions in her latest Inbox.
  • A's, Abad avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

    Joey Nowak
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The A's have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with reliever Fernando Abad, thus avoiding arbitration.
  • Doolittle unlikely for Opening Day with shoulder injury

    Jane Lee
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    The A's are prepared to begin the 2015 season without All-Star closer Sean Doolittle, who has a slight rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder.
  • A's, Sogard avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jane Lee
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The A's have avoided arbitration with Eric Sogard, coming to terms on a one-year deal with the infielder on Friday.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Mets set at second base, but shortstop's another story

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Wth only three weeks until Spring Training and every major free-agent shortstop off the board, it's clear that Wilmer Flores will receive his chance. He is part of a middle-infield mix that includes a paragon of consistency on one side of the bag in second baseman Daniel Murphy and plenty of upside down on the farm -- but also an enormous question mark -- at one of the most important positions.
  • Mejia, Mets avoid arbitration with one-year pact

    William Boor
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Jenrry Mejia and the Mets have settled on a deal for 2015, agreeing on a $2.595 million contract.
  • Flores focused on improving, doing job

    Anthony DiComo
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Most of the compliments fell to Lucas Duda last summer, and rightfully so. But perhaps no Mets player benefited from trainer Mike Barwis' voluntary Michigan fitness camp more than Wilmer Flores, who showed up to Spring Training noticeably lighter, trimmer and quicker than he had been the previous year.
  • Inbox: Mets should hang on to Syndergaard

    Anthony DiComo
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    What will the Mets' Opening Day lineup look like? Is holding on to Noah Syndergaard the right move? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo has answers in the Inbox.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Teddy Cahill
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.
 
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  • On the Cusp: Philadelphia Phillies

    Bernie Pleskoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Phillies prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including infielder Maikel Franco and left-hander Jesse Biddle, ranked No. 3 and No. 7 by MLB.com.
  • Montgomery returns to Phillies as chairman

    Todd Zolecki
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The Phillies announced significant changes to their leadership Wednesday afternoon. David Montgomery will rejoin the franchise as team chairman, not as team president, the role he had held since 1997. Montgomery took a medical leave of absence in August following jaw bone cancer surgery in May. Pat Gillick replaced Montgomery as interim president, but the team said the interim tag has been removed. Bill Giles has moved from chairman to chairman emeritus.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Blue Jays, Brewers talk potential trade for Papelbon

    Todd Zolecki
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Talks between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Brewers regarding a Jonathan Papelbon trade continue, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear.
  • Giles aims to build on stellar rookie campaign

    Todd Zolecki
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Ken Giles lost his job this winter. Giles said in September that he planned to spend much of his offseason working at an indoor baseball facility near his home in Peoria, Ariz. But his brother Josh, who is his boss, told him they did not have enough hours for him.
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  • Hicks knows Seahawks' Wilson is a winner

    Greg Johns
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    In the National Football League, Russell Wilson is the little guy doing huge things as quarterback of the Seahawks. But Mariners catcher John Hicks remembers Wilson in a different way. To Hicks, Wilson was the big guy on their youth baseball team when they were 13 and 14 years old growing up in Richmond, Va.
  • Red Sox don't need true 'ace' at this point

    Anthony Castrovince
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In addition to Ben Cherington's upbeat talk of "untapped potential" in the Red Sox rotation, we've seen plenty of pooh-poohing of the "Boston needs an ace" topic by members of the Clay Buchholz-Rick Porcello-Justin Masterson-Wade Miley-Joe Kelly fivesome this winter. Maybe these guys are on to something.
  • Bo knows brief baseball career, but has lasting legacy

    Lyle Spencer
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Had he walked away earlier from the Los Angeles Raiders to focus entirely on baseball, Bo Jackson could have been the Mike Trout of his generation.
  • Biggio thinking of ill friend during HOF process

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Craig Biggio and longtime Astros equipment manager Dennis Liborio, who retired following the 2011 season, have forged a nearly 30-year-long friendship. Biggio said Liborio is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and he laments his friend won't be there to see him get inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 26.
  • Recovering Hurdle keeps inspiration coming

    Hal Bodley
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Each morning Clint Hurdle sits down behind his laptop, takes a deep breath and writes a message. Releasing an appreciative smile, he punches SEND, and the epistle is on its way to scores of recipients.
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  • Recovering Hurdle keeps inspiration coming

    Hal Bodley
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Each morning Clint Hurdle sits down behind his laptop, takes a deep breath and writes a message. Releasing an appreciative smile, he punches SEND, and the epistle is on its way to scores of recipients.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Pirates bolster farm in dealing Snider to O's

    Tom Singer
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Travis Snider, a force the last two months of the season who stood to be pushed out of right field by Gregory Polanco's potential, was dealt on Tuesday by the Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles. Since December's Winter Meetings, the Pirates have been looking for a way to turn Snider, 26, into prospects. Stephen Tarpley, a 21-year-old left-hander, and a player to be named, possibly another lower-level Minor League pitcher, were acquired in the deal.
  • Radio, TV, web have Pirates' spring covered

    Tom Singer
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    The surest sound of spring -- not the chirping of robins but the crack of bat meeting ball -- will waft over Pittsburgh airwaves at 1:05 p.m. ET on March 3. The Pirates' Grapefruit League opener against Toronto in Dunedin, Fla., will air on KDKA FM, the first of the full broadcast schedule of 29 exhibitions.
  • Hurdle back in action after 2nd hip surgery

    Tom Singer
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Nineteen days after having his left hip replaced, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who also had his right hip replaced Oct. 6,was back in the Bucs' Spring Training camp Monday for the opening day of the Pirates' Fantasy Camp.
 
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  • Blue Jays To Sign Ramon Santiago To Minor League Deal

    Steve Adams
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    5:00pm: Santiago will earn $1.1MM if he makes the big league roster, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). 1:36pm: The Blue Jays and veteran infielder Ramon Santiago have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, tweets Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. Santiago, 35, spent the 2014 season with the Reds, hitting .246/.343/.324 with a pair of homers in 214 plate appearances. The Beverly Hills Sports Council client spent time at third base, second base and shortstop in Cincinnati, as he has done throughout his 13-year big league career. Santiago…
  • Braves To Sign Eric Stults

    Steve Adams
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The Braves have agreed to sign left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). Stults is a client of Pro Star Management, Inc. The 35-year-old Stults has spent the better part of the past three seasons in the Padres’ rotation, working to a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a ground-ball rate just north of 40 percent. The past two seasons were his first full years in a big league rotation, and he averaged 190 innings between the two campaigns. While all of that appears solid on paper, Stults saw his…
  • Players Avoiding Arbitration: Thursday

    Steve Adams
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Arbitration settlements will continue to trickle in over the coming months, and we’ll be tracking them in our Arbitration Tracker as well as on a daily basis in posts such as this. Here are the day’s minor arb settlements, with all projections coming courtesy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz… The Red Sox announced that they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Daniel Nava, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Nava will receive a $1.85MM salary. Nava had filed at $2.25MM, while the team countered with a $1.3MM offer. His salary is a bit north of the $1.775MM midpoint…
  • NL East Notes: Phillies, Nats Payroll, Cosart, Ichiro

    Jeff Todd
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Pat Gillick is a curious choice to serve as the Phillies‘ president, writes David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Murphy feels that the decision to move David Montgomery from president to chairman, with Gillick remaining president, was little more than a cosmetic change to buy time before a larger restructuring. That, he writes, would seem to suggest that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is capable of doing something to save his job, as the reason for that evaluation would be to determine which of these three options are the best: replace Amaro, extend Amaro, or hire a new permanent president…
  • Omar Minaya Joins MLBPA As Senior Adviser

    Steve Adams
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Major League Baseball Players Association has announced that Omar Minaya has left his post as senior vice president of baseball operations for the Padres to join the MLBPA as a senior adviser to executive director Tony Clark. With the MLBPA, Minaya will focus on international affairs and game development in the United States, per the Associated Press. Clark stressed the importance of having the Dominican-born Minaya join the union’s ranks as the number of Latin American players in the game continues to increase. Minaya may also play a part in determining the structure of a…
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  • Karen Lewis on her health, Chicago’s mayoral race and a text from Emanuel

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    CHICAGO — Diagnosed with a brain tumor last October, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union is talking about fighting her cancer, tackling the next teacher’s contract and the race for mayor. At 61 and diagnosed with a brain tumor, Karen Lewis, the force behind the 26,000 member union, sits and smiles, months after walking away from public life and a run for mayor. “I was running, we just called it an exploratory committee until we got enough money,” she said. She is lighter in body and spirit, aware her health needed to become a priority at a time she was…
  • Comcast apologizes after man’s name changed to profanity on bill

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Photo via Elliott.org SPOKANE, Wash. — It doesn’t take much to make a cable bill infuriating. One Comcast customer was shocked to find an unusual sight on his bill after he cancelled his service. It wasn’t the amount of the bill — it was the name that got the most attention. Ricardo and Lisa Brown decided they could live without the $60-per-month cost and tried to downgrade to Internet only, but were referred instead to a customer service agent who tried to convince them otherwise.  The “retention specialist” even tried to persuade them to sign a new two-year…
  • The 33 richest cities in the United States

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Image Credit: Seattle, Washington. TomKli/Shutterstock The United States is home to great diversity—of people and beliefs; of lifestyles, dialects, and histories; and of geography. Using the FindTheHome Places Topic with data from the latest Five-Year American Community Survey (ACS) released in December 2014, we set out to identify the 33 richest cities in the U.S. In this list, a city’s wealth is ranked by the percentage of its residents earning more than $150,000. The list only includes cities with more than 500,000 residents. Think you know where your city falls on the list? Read…
  • Boyfriend caught on camera running over pregnant girlfriend with car

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Watch Video HOLIDAY, Fla. — Florida police say a pregnant woman was run down by a car driven by her boyfriend. The hit-and-run was captured by surveillance video at a nearby home Monday. Witnesses watched in horror as the car barreled straight into the woman. “He hits her, right, dead on. She went flying. She went flying over the hood,” witness Pete Rijos told WFLA. In the video, you can see 32-year-old Crystal Noordhuizen walking across Westwood dDrive just west of U.S. 19. She makes it to the shoulder, then a white Dodge Charger swerves off the road and hits her, then…
  • Bulls Game Notes For Thursday @ LA Lakers

    Bob Vorwald
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    * The Bulls have won six of their last seven games against the Lakers, after winning just six of their previous 24 games against the Lakers. * The Lakers, who have lost nine consecutive games, have not lost 10 straight games since a 10-game losing streak April 8-24, 1994. * The Bulls, who have won three consecutive road games against Western Conference opponents, last won four straight road games against the West in a single season during a six-game streak January 22 – February 19, 2010. * The Lakers, who have held each of their last four opponents to fewer than 100 points, have not done so…
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  • Kotsay a hit early on in new job with Padres

    Corey Brock
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    It's still a few weeks until the Padres find their way to Arizona for the beginning of Spring Training, yet new hitting coach Mark Kotsay has already made an impact.
  • Minaya joins Players Association to be advisor

    Joey Nowak
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Omar Minaya was hired by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday to be senior advisor to executive director Tony Clark.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Padres to don brown pinstripe uniforms for 5 games

    Corey Brock
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Padres have decided to bring back the brown in 2015 -- well, at least on a limited basis. The team announced Wednesday that on five Wednesday day games this season, Padres players will wear brown pinstripe uniforms -- the same style that was worn by teams from 1985-90.
  • Preller's moves put Padres atop offseason heap

    Richard Justice
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The San Diego Padres have won the offseason. Even with James Shields still on the market, it's going to be difficult to overtake what new general manager A.J. Preller has done.
 
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  • Cardinals still the team to beat in NL Central

    Tracy Ringolsby
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    While the Cubs have made more flashy moves this offseason, and the rest of the division is loaded, St. Louis is primed for another NL Central title.
  • Cardinals counting on Heyward to fill outfield hole

    Jenifer Langosch
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    This is the fourth of a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Up next: outfielders.
  • Cards prospects make strides with offseason work

    Jenifer Langosch
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Experience gleaned from September callup experiences led both Xavier Scruggs and Sam Tuivailala to extend their 2014 seasons with an eye on improving their respective chances for a return to the Majors this year.
  • Matheny's book seeks to affect change in youth sports

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Taking the concepts he presented to parents of youth baseball players back in 2008, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has written a 200-page book that he hopes can encourage change at the youth sports level.
  • Busch Stadium set to host U.S. Women's soccer

    Joey Nowak
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Busch Stadium will play host to the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in its first domestic game of 2015, when the American club takes on the New Zealand National Soccer Team on April 4.
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  • Source: Arbitration-eligible Crawford gets $3.175 million

    Adam Berry
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Giants have avoided arbitration with shortstop Brandon Crawford by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million deal, a source told MLB.com's Paul Hagen on Tuesday.
  • Mays man of the hour as Giants return to New York

    Chris Haft
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Willie Mays' appearance highlighted one of several events that the Giants scheduled last week to share the glory of the 2014 World Series triumph with fans in the franchise's original home.
  • On the Cusp: San Francisco Giants

    Bernie Pleskoff
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Giants prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's Nos. 1 and 3 prospects, Kyle Crick and Andrew Susac.
  • NYC fans endure winter weather to visit WS trophy

    Paul Casella
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Fans withstood the 30-degree weather to line up on the snow-covered sidewalks hours before Finnerty's sports bar in New York opened in order to secure a chance for a picture with the Giants' coveted championship hardware.
  • Heart in SF: Vogelsong re-signs with Giants

    Chris Haft and Jane Lee
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Ryan Vogelsong officially returned to the Giants on Friday, as the right-hander signed a one-year deal to remain with the team that first drafted him and to which he returned in 2011.
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  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • With Janssen on board, Nationals' roster has no holes

    Phil Rogers
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    A week after adding Max Scherzer to the front of their rotation, the Nationals have agreed to a deal that addresses the only issue they faced on the way to Spring Training, adding another solid late-innings option in former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen.
  • Source: Janssen, Nats agree to 1-year deal

    Andrew Simon
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Two weeks after trading dependable setup man Tyler Clippard, the Nationals filled a hole in their bullpen by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent Casey Janssen on Wednesday, a source confirmed to MLB.com. The deal, which the club has not confirmed, guarantees Janssen $5 million, including a buyout for a 2016 mutual option, according to FOXSports.com.
  • Nationals preparing for new right side of infield

    Andrew Simon
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Nationals might have a new Opening Day starter in Max Scherzer, and the infield standing behind the right-hander figures to look plenty different as well. With Spring Training less than a month away, Washington is set to move trade acquisition Yunel Escobar from shortstop to second base, and longtime third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to first.
  • Nats hold auditions for 2015 Racing Presidents

    David Wilson
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    There are several key traits present in every presidential hopeful: an excellent knowledge of history, a wealth of experience, a solid 40 time and some infectious dance moves. The Nationals were concerned with the latter two on Sunday, when they held auditions for the 2015 Racing Presidents at the Nats' Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast D.C.
 
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  • Orioles acquire Snider in trade with Pirates

    Andrew Simon
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The Orioles acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pirates on Tuesday in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named.
  • WAR figures show Royals boast best outfield

    Lyle Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over the Angels and Marlins.
  • Norris, Flaherty sign one-year deals with Orioles

    Jamal Collier and Andrew Simon
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty on Monday, avoiding arbitration with two of their six remaining arbitration-eligible players.
  • O's sign Parmelee, De La Rosa to Minors deals

    Andrew Simon
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The Orioles signed first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee and right-hander Dane De La Rosa to Minor League contracts on Monday. Both also received invitations to Spring Training.
  • Garcia, Gausman, Alvarez bring intrigue to O's camp

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Orioles haven't had a busy offseason, but with Spring Training approaching, the storyline will shift from who the club should add to who is having a strong camp.
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  • Nava, Red Sox avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

    Jamal Collier
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The Red Sox have signed Daniel Nava to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $1.85 million for the 2015 season, the team announced Thursday, avoiding arbitration.
  • Red Sox don't need true 'ace' at this point

    Anthony Castrovince
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In addition to Ben Cherington's upbeat talk of "untapped potential" in the Red Sox rotation, we've seen plenty of pooh-poohing of the "Boston needs an ace" topic by members of the Clay Buchholz-Rick Porcello-Justin Masterson-Wade Miley-Joe Kelly fivesome this winter. Maybe these guys are on to something.
  • Sing us a song: Joel coming back to Fenway Park

    Quinn Roberts
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Legendary musician Billy Joel will play his second concert at the Red Sox ballpark on July 16, making him the first artist to perform at the venue two consecutive years.
  • Veteran scout says Tom Brady had MLB tools

    Joe Frisaro
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    While Tom Brady will go down as one of the greatest players in NFL history, his career might have taken a different path if he'd joined the Expos after being drafted out of high school by Montreal in 1995.
  • Former Red Sox bullpen coach Bryant passes away

    Quinn Roberts
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Former Red Sox bullpen coach Don "Bear" Bryant passed away on Jan. 22 in Gainesville, Fla. He was 73 years old.
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  • White Sox embrace position as contenders

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    There have been no ironclad American League Central title predictions coming from members of the 2015 White Sox, much like Anthony Rizzo did for the Cubs a few weeks back with the NL Central crown.
  • Viciedo designated for assignment to open roster spot

    Scott Merkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    There's a chance Dayan Viciedo will still turn out to be a consistently productive player at the Major League level. That chance just won't happen with the White Sox, who designated the outfielder for assignment on Wednesday to make room for Gordon Beckham on the 40-man roster.
  • White Sox reunite with Beckham on one-year deal

    Scott Merkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Gordon Beckham has returned to the White Sox after a very brief absence. The White Sox announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract with the right-handed-hitting infielder, with outfielder Dayan Viciedo designated for assignment.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Eaton enjoys reporting duties at Super Bowl Media Day

    Scott Merkin
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    For the immediate future, Adam Eaton is more than satisfied to serve as the catalyst at the top of the White Sox batting order and anchor center field for what looks to be an up-and-coming team. But on Tuesday in Phoenix, the charismatic Eaton got thrown into the fire in a new profession as part of Super Bowl Media Day.
 
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  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Closer look: Allen a well-rounded bullpen weapon

    Jordan Bastian
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    One word is noticeably absent each time that manager Terry Francona discusses reliever Cody Allen. No matter how many times the pitcher has appeared in the ninth inning, and no matter how many saves the right-hander piled up last year, Francona will not call him a closer.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Ramsey soaking it in at winter development program

    Jordan Bastian
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    James Ramsey was in the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field, where he and a dozen other Cleveland prospects are taking part in the organization's annual winter development program this week. The event includes a long list of guest speakers and gives the players an opportunity to train at the ballpark, while getting to know the team's staff and the city of Cleveland.
  • Lindor among internal non-roster invites to spring camp

    Jordan Bastian
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    This might very well be the season in which highly-touted Indians prospect Francisco Lindor kicks down the door to the Major Leagues. For now, though, the shortstop will have to settle for an invitation to big league camp for the second year in a row. On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lindor is among the club's seven internal non-roster invites to Spring Training this year.
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  • Ausmus considering Avila for Tigers' 2-hole

    Jason Beck
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus insists he wasn't kidding when he mentioned Alex Avila last week as a candidate to bat second. How serious of a consideration Avila becomes, and how productive he can be there, might depend as much on the batter behind him, Miguel Cabrera.
  • On the Cusp: Detroit Tigers

    Bernie Pleskoff
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Tigers prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including outfielder Steven Moya and right-hander Buck Farmer, ranked No. 4 and 5 by MLB.com.
  • Castellanos off to Texas for defensive refresher course

    Jason Beck
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Nick Castellanos spent last offseason at home in Miami taking ground balls from Omar Vizquel in preparation for his return to third base. This offseason, his followup work is taking him next week to Lubbock, Texas. It's an odd place to go for a South Florida native in the middle of winter. However, it's where Tigers defensive coordinator Matt Martin lives in the offseason.
  • Due to concussions, Avila switching mask

    Jason Beck
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Alex Avila is committed to making the hockey-style catching mask work for him, whether it's comfortable or not. After concussions in each of the last three seasons, the Tigers' backstop is making the switch.
  • Tigers agree to terms with Alburquerque

    Jason Beck
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The Tigers settled on a one-year deal with reliever Al Alburquerque on Saturday, taking care of their last remaining arbitration-eligible player.
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  • Bo knows brief baseball career, but has lasting legacy

    Lyle Spencer
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Had he walked away earlier from the Los Angeles Raiders to focus entirely on baseball, Bo Jackson could have been the Mike Trout of his generation.
  • Hosmer looks back on Royals' 'incredible ride'

    Adam Berry
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Watching the Royals sweep their way through the early part of the postseason and into the World Series, it was apparent just how much the club's run energized the organization and Kansas City itself. After getting over the disappointment of the Royals' Game 7 loss to the Giants in the Fall Classic, first baseman Eric Hosmer said he's taken time to appreciate all he and his teammates accomplished in October.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Starling to get taste of bigs at Spring Training

    AJ Cassavell
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Once a mega-prospect considered by many to be the future of the Royals, center fielder Bubba Starling hasn't quite lived up to the massive expectations heaped on his shoulders. So the Royals are taking a bit of an unconventional approach in his development: They're inviting him to Major League Spring Training.
  • WAR figures show Royals boast best outfield

    Lyle Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over the Angels and Marlins.
 
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  • Around the Horn: Corner infield

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Angels know Albert Pujols and David Freese will play the corners in 2015, marking the fourth time in the last six years they've shared the same infield (twice in St. Louis, twice in Anaheim). What they'll get out of them is a far bigger mystery.
  • Angels agree to deal with Freese, avoid arbitration

    Alden Gonzalez
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The Angels avoided arbitration with third baseman David Freese on Wednesday, agreeing on a $6.425 million salary that stood as the midpoint of the numbers previously exchanged by both sides.
  • Fred Lynn's favorite player: Mike Trout

    Cash Kruth
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    As a former outfielder, Fred Lynn pays extra attention to the players who roam the outfield today. One player stands above the rest: Lynn's favorite current player, Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
  • Angels to keep Baldoquin in Minor League camp

    Alden Gonzalez
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The Angels have opted against inviting Roberto Baldoquin to Major League Spring Training, mostly because they'll have a lot of infielders competing for jobs, but also because they want to give Baldoquin a chance to develop on his own time without added pressure.
  • WAR figures show Royals boast best outfield

    Lyle Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over the Angels and Marlins.
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  • Hunter to mentor Twins' young outfielders

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Now that Torii Hunter is back with the Twins as the club's starting right fielder after being away for seven years, he has made it his mission to help mentor Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton this year.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Twins announce Spring Training broadcast schedule

    Rhett Bollinger
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Twins announced their broadcast schedule for Spring Training on Wednesday, as a dozen games will be televised on Fox Sports North, while 18 games will be carried via radio and also streamed at twinsbaseball.com.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Twins, left-hander Duensing avoid arbitration

    Rhett Bollinger
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Minnesota agreed to terms with its sixth and final arbitration-eligible player on Saturday, as the club signed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year deal worth $2.7 million. The club confirmed the deal.
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  • Yankees rely on veteran strength at the corners

    Bryan Hoch
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    With Chase Headley agreeing to a four-year, $52 million contract and Mark Teixeira back for his seventh season with the Yankees at first base, the club feels it will feature veteran strength at the corners in 2015.
  • Carpenter excited to don pinstripes

    Bryan Hoch
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The biggest step forward of David Carpenter's career came with Brian McCann putting down the fingers behind home plate, and the right-hander can't wait to have that battery recharged in Yankees pinstripes this season.
  • Inbox: Do Yanks have pieces to contend in 2015?

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    How will the Yankees fare next season? Do they have the pieces to contend? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch empties the latest Inbox.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Teddy Cahill
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.
  • A-Rod has meeting with incoming Commissioner

    Paul Hagen
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Alex Rodriguez reached out to Major League Baseball and incoming Commissioner Rob Manfred this week as he prepares to return to the field with the Yankees following a one-year suspension for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
 
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  • Hicks knows Seahawks' Wilson is a winner

    Greg Johns
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    In the National Football League, Russell Wilson is the little guy doing huge things as quarterback of the Seahawks. But Mariners catcher John Hicks remembers Wilson in a different way. To Hicks, Wilson was the big guy on their youth baseball team when they were 13 and 14 years old growing up in Richmond, Va.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Inbox: Should Peterson play first base exclusively?

    Greg Johns
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Should D.J. Peterson move to first base or stay at third? Beat reporter Greg Johns tackle this and other questions in his latest Inbox.
  • Mariners, Baker agree to Minor League deal

    Greg Johns
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Looking to add depth behind starting catcher Mike Zunino, the Mariners have signed veteran John Baker to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp. The Mariners have not officially confirmed the deal.
  • In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

    Mark Bowman
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    As a frightening string of destructive tornadoes ripped through the Southeast on April 27, 2011, Mike Dunn took precautionary measures to protect his Class A Rome Braves players and the visiting Asheville Tourists club that included a young second baseman named Russell Wilson.
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  • Moore throws off mound for first time since April

    Adam Berry
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    According to the Tampa Bay Times, Rays lefty Matt Moore threw 15 times from about halfway up the bullpen mound at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and he told the Times he felt "pretty good."
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Inbox: Will Rays maintain high level of defense?

    Bill Chastain
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Will the Rays be able to maintain a high level of defense, even if stars like Evan Longoria and Kevin Kiermaier miss time? Bill Chastain answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Teddy Cahill
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 first basemen

    Jonathan Mayo
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.
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  • Rangers' new rotation gives prospects more time

    T.R. Sullivan
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' top draft pick in 2013 and their No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, is coming to his first Major League Spring Training next month. The Rangers' work in rebuilding their rotation this winter means they might be able to keep their hands off him at the end of camp.
  • Rangers acquire Ranaudo from Red Sox for Ross

    T.R. Sullivan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The Rangers added another strong candidate to their rotation competition by acquiring rookie right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for Robbie Ross Jr.
  • Harrison hopes to follow path paved by fellow Ranger

    T.R. Sullivan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Colby Lewis was able to overcome daunting odds in returning to the Rangers' rotation last season after missing 18 months because of flexor tendon and hip operations. Matt Harrison faces similar doubts after undergoing lumbar spinal disk fusion surgery on June 3.
  • Offseason spent in Texas agrees with Darvish

    T.R. Sullivan
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    This has been a winter of content for Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has spent most of it in Texas working out at the Ballpark.
  • Daniels, Rangers focused on adding bullpen depth

    T.R. Sullivan
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Bullpen depth is the Rangers' main focus going into the final weeks of the offseason. General manager Jon Daniels said at FanFest on Saturday that Texas is still looking for relievers before going into Spring Training.
 
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  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    Teddy Cahill
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is MLBPipeline.com's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.
  • Inbox: Did Blue Jays consider re-signing Janssen?

    Gregor Chisholm
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Why didn't the Blue Jays bring back reliever Casey Janssen? What's the plan for the bullpen? Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
  • Blue Jays president Beeston signs extension, to retire after season

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston has signed a one-year extension with the club and will retire after the 2015 season, Rogers Communications announced on Monday.
  • Loup's role in 'pen amplified after offseason shuffle

    Gregor Chisholm
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Aaron Loup had another effective season out of the Blue Jays' bullpen in 2014, but if there was one cause for concern, it was his occasional loss of command.
  • 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Teddy Cahill
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.
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  • Red Sox clean house of frustrating players

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Rejoice, Red Sox fans: No more Allen Webster starts It happens to every team: an exciting prospect makes his way up through the minors, is declared the future of the team, and proceeds to spend the rest of their career bouncing back-and-forth between the bench and Triple-A. They linger in the background of the team for years as embarrassing reminders of misplaced faith, poking their heads out as long shot possibilities whenever the team is in desperate need at one position or another. If you've ever said "Maybe this is the year [Player X] puts it all together," that's who we're talking about.
  • Keith Law ranks 5 Red Sox prospects in top 100

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    You can probably guess who at least a few of them are, but there are some exciting new entries on the list as well. It's Keith Law Prospect week at ESPN, and Thursday marks the release of his top 100 list. Five Red Sox prospects made the cut, with three of them coming in the top-50 and one in the top-10, and it all bodes well for Boston's future when you consider this is what's left when Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are already in the majors and Rusney Castillo doesn't count as a prospect. You will not be shocked to see Blake Swihart leading the pack, but you might be surprised to see him…
  • Ranking the AL East: Pitchers

    Matt_Collins
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    After looking through each position in the American League East yesterday, today I turn to the pitching staffs across the division. After spending yesterday going through the position players in the American League East, it’s time to do the same with the pitchers. As a quick reminder, rosters will be determined by roterresource.com, and I'm looking just at 2015 value. Here is a look at what I’m using for Boston’s roster. SP1: Rick Porcello SP2: Wade Miley SP3: Justin Masterson SP4: Clay Buchholz SP5: Joe Kelly CL: Koji Uehara SU: Junichi Tazawa/Edward Mujica Let’s get started. SP1…
  • Don Orsillo receives honorary doctorate because Jerry Remy's tooth fell out

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Everyone involved in this is the best. July 2 was an eventful day for the Red Sox. They locked up a couple of high-profile international free agents on the first day of the new signing period, and NESN announcer Jerry Remy lost a tooth during that evening's game. Longtime play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo wanted to pop it back in, and he attempted to. It was hilarious at the time, but now it's funny all over again, as Orsillo received an honorary doctorate for his summer dentistry efforts. Tonight I receive an honorary doctorate from NE YankeeDental for emergency surgery on Jerry. So now am…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Robbie Ross, Allen Craig, Xander Bogaerts

    Matt_Collins
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today's links include stories on how the projection systems are ranking the Red Sox, whether or not teams really need an ace, and Don Orsillo receiving a major award. Alex Speier takes a look at the Robbie Ross trade. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Over at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan has an interesting take on why there's reason to expect a rebound from Ross in 2015. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs) With the trade, Boston continued it's complete rebuild of its pitching staff. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) How do the projection systems feel about the 2015 Red Sox? (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL)…
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  • 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!
  • 1986 Topps Master Set Highlights

    Ben Henry
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I collect mega master sets. Today I want to highlight a few oddities from the 1986 Topps mega master set. Nineteen-eighty-six Topps may be my absolute favorite set from my childhood. It's the first set I collected, and while it doesn't boast the greatest checklist or really any standout rookies, it holds a special place in my heart. (I ranked it as the 11th-best set of the 1980s.)What I've enjoyed as a collector over the last few years is that Topps has recognized 1986's base-card design as one of its most adaptable—it's been used in a number of recent…
  • 1978 Topps Master Set Highlights

    Ben Henry
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    I've gone on and on about collecting mega master sets. As of today, I'm actively collecting mega master sets for 1965, 1976, 1986, 1987, and 1988 Topps. But instead of writing another thousand words on the beauty of collecting a card design rather than a player or team, here's an image gallery of a few of the highlights of the 1978 Topps mega master set.In addition to the basic 726-card set, Topps also produced four regional team sets in 1978 using the same design, issued as a Burger King promotion. Those teams were the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees. But…
 
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  • Blue Jays To Sign Ramon Santiago To Minor League Deal

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    5:00pm: Santiago will earn $1.1MM if he makes the big league roster, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). 1:36pm: The Blue Jays and veteran infielder Ramon Santiago have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, tweets Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. Santiago, 35, spent the 2014 season with the Reds, hitting .246/.343/.324 with a pair of homers in 214 plate appearances. The Beverly Hills Sports Council client spent time at third base, second base and shortstop in Cincinnati, as he has done throughout his 13-year big league career. Santiago…
  • RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 1/29/2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Episode 188 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live! It’s tough to let go, so this one runs a little long. In this episode, Eno Sarris and Nicholas Minnix talk about, among other players in the news, Glen Perkins, Devin Mesoraco, Michael Bourn, Mike Napoli, Travis Snider, and Anthony Ranaudo. Requested topics discussed: Marcus Semien, Brock Holt, and Mike Fiers; keeper question about Cueto/Harvey/Betts/Dickerson, Wright/Alcantara/Pederson/Benoit, and Altuve/Braun/Han-Ram/Scherzer; and general questions about depth by position for a 15-team league, replacement level with…
  • Braves To Sign Eric Stults

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The Braves have agreed to sign left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). Stults is a client of Pro Star Management, Inc. The 35-year-old Stults has spent the better part of the past three seasons in the Padres’ rotation, working to a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a ground-ball rate just north of 40 percent. The past two seasons were his first full years in a big league rotation, and he averaged 190 innings between the two campaigns. While all of that appears solid on paper, Stults saw his…
  • Players Avoiding Arbitration: Thursday

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Arbitration settlements will continue to trickle in over the coming months, and we’ll be tracking them in our Arbitration Tracker as well as on a daily basis in posts such as this. Here are the day’s minor arb settlements, with all projections coming courtesy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz… The Red Sox announced that they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Daniel Nava, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Nava will receive a $1.85MM salary. Nava had filed at $2.25MM, while the team countered with a $1.3MM offer. His salary is a bit north of the $1.775MM midpoint…
  • NL East Notes: Phillies, Nats Payroll, Cosart, Ichiro

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Pat Gillick is a curious choice to serve as the Phillies‘ president, writes David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Murphy feels that the decision to move David Montgomery from president to chairman, with Gillick remaining president, was little more than a cosmetic change to buy time before a larger restructuring. That, he writes, would seem to suggest that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is capable of doing something to save his job, as the reason for that evaluation would be to determine which of these three options are the best: replace Amaro, extend Amaro, or hire a new permanent president…
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  • Twins Notes: Parmelee, Swarzak, Pelfrey, Boyd, Gladden, and Santana

    aarongleeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    • Dave St. Peter and Jacque Jones were great guests at the second annual "Winter Meltdown" event Saturday night, but unfortunately due to technical issues their interviews were not properly recorded for "Gleeman and The Geek" purposes. We'll do our best to recap all the details on the next episode, but for better or worse the only people to hear the pair of half-hour interviews will be those who attended the event. • Let go by the Twins after a combined 20 years in the organization, Chris Parmelee signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles and Anthony Swarzak signed a minor-league deal…
  • Arbitration settlements and taking a guess at the Opening Day roster

    aarongleeman
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Last time the Twins actually completed an arbitration hearing with a player was Kyle Lohse in 2005 and 2006, so not surprisingly they reached pre-hearing settlements with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players and released the seventh, Anthony Swarzak. They'll pay a total of $14.225 million to Trevor Plouffe, Tommy Milone, Brian Duensing, Jordan Schafer, Casey Fien, and Eduardo Nunez, bringing their projected 2015 payroll to around $106 million. That slots in between their franchise-record $113 million payroll in 2011 and $100 million payroll in 2012, representing a sizable increase…
  • Got a question for Dave St. Peter or Jacque Jones?

    aarongleeman
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Saturday night at Twins Daily's second annual "Winter Meltdown" event we'll be joined by special guests Dave St. Peter and Jacque Jones. I'll be interviewing them live in front of the audience at the event and it'll also be recorded for next week's "Gleeman and the Geek" episode. I have plenty of questions for both the Twins president and the former Twins outfielder, but I thought it would be a good idea to open up the floor for questions from AG.com readers as well. If you've got questions for St. Peter or Jones please post them in the comments section below.
  • ZiPS: When bad projections for the Twins aren’t so bad for the Twins

    aarongleeman
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Dan Szymborski of ESPN and FanGraphs has a projection system called ZiPS that is consistently among the best and most detailed around. As discussed on this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, he published the Twins' projections for 2015 and ... well, it ain't pretty. I'm sure most fans will focus on that, because the thing about projections is that every year every team's fan base thinks they're too low. Doubly so in this case, since ZiPS thinks very little of the Twins. But here's the thing: Who really cares about the 2015 projections? Certainly everyone wants to see the Twins show…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #178: Arbitration, Extensions, and Projections

    aarongleeman
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included hanging out at 612 Brew, the Twins' arbitration settlements and non-settlements, whether to offer Trevor Plouffe a long-term deal, FanGraphs' unfavorable projections for the Twins in 2015, Byron Buxton compared to Carlos Gomez, David Price's record-breaking arbitration salary, and next weekend's "Winter Meltdown" event. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 178 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to…
 
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  • 2014 RotoRob Hockey Awards

    Dakota Case
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    By Dakota Case and RotoRob Today, the 2014 RotoRob Awards turns to the ice. Don’t forget to check out our other awards: Baseball Football As we near the end of 2014, it’s time to look back at the greatest and not so greatest Fantasy performers of the year. We may have added a bit more than that, too, so bear with us. Fantasy Stud of the Year Sidney Crosby wasn’t as dominant last year, but was still better than anyone. (en.wikipedia.org) Like last year, there was no one better than Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who “regressed” to 23 goals and 80…
  • Podcast: Super Bowl Roundtable

    Josh Johnson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Could Ricky Williams have Josh Gordon following in his footsteps? (Offtherecordsports.com) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Luis Tirado (Rant Sports), Mike Krafick (Truluv Sports), Brian Genord (Endzonescore.com), Scott DellaFave (Endzonescore.com) and Jake Tabor from Educk.com. Among topics we gnashed about: Josh Gordon, you are a moron for flushing your career away. Getting suspended again just means you will have more time on your hands to get in trouble…
  • The Year of the Rookie Wide Receiver

    Josh Johnson
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Was Mike Evans the real reason Johnny Manziel was a first round choice? (Melina Vastola, USA Today Sports) If the 2014 Rookie WR class was a pop song it would a solid gold number one hit with a plethora of singles to follow! Like a catastrophic force with overflowing potential, they simply did not disappoint. See what we thought about them heading into the season in Part One and Part Two of our 2014 NFL Draft Fantasy Stock Report (note some omissions compared to the list below). Without further ado, here are the rookie receivers that we believe made a significant Fantasy impact: Sammy…
  • The Wire Troll: Anton Forsberg to Get the Call

    RotoRob
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Anton Forsberg could get a long look in Columbus. (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire) Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. With Dakota off this week, The Wire Troll falls to your trusty (crusty?) editor. It’s a short week again because of the All-Star festivities, where Ryan Johansen really lit it up. Meanwhile, the league is considering a Ryder-style event now that the World Cup of Hockey is returning. Now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy hockey waiver wire recommendations. Anton Forsberg, G, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): With Sergei…
  • The Wire Troll: Dion Waiters worth the Wait

    McCade Pearson
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Jameer Nelson (left) is taking advantage of his chance in the Mile High City. (LM Otero, The Associated Press) Here we are at the halfway point of the NBA season, Steve Kerr and Mike Budenholzer are the All-Star coaches, while both Gasols are starting in the All-Star game. (Picking Pau as a Bust was one of our worst calls ever.) The BBVA Rising Stars challenge will be a USA vs. the World format and the NBA is as wide open as ever. And now, here are this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire recommendations. GUARDS Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN: 17.4 per cent; CBS: 50 per…
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  • MLB Considering Pitch Clocks & Shorter Commercial Breaks

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    I am against one and in favour of the other. (No points for guessing correctly!)After what Bud Selig called a successful experiment in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, a pitch clock will be used during AA and AAA minor league games this season. Details, such as exactly how much time will be allowed between pitches, have yet to be announced.AFL pitchers were required to throw within 12 seconds with no runners on base and within 20 seconds when a base was occupied. There was a maximum of 2:05 between innings and a 2:30 limit for a pitching change. Hitters had to keep at least one foot in the…
  • Farrell Offers Early Peek At Possible 2015 Lineup

    10 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    John Farrell spoke last week about his possible lineup when the season begins on April 6.It would look something like this:1. Mookie Betts/Brock Holt2. Dustin Pedroia3. David Ortiz4. Hanley Ramirez5. Pablo Sandoval6. Mike Napoli7. Xander Bogaerts8. Outfielder (Rusney Castillo/Shane Victorino/Daniel Nava/Allen Craig)9. Christian VazquezFarrell:The one thing that clearly stands out is we have balance left- and right-handed. I have always liked David in the No. 3 hole. You know he is going to come up in the first inning. I think Hanley gives David some protection behind him. Then you start to…
  • Schilling Opens Mouth, Embarrasses Himself Once Again

    10 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Curt Schilling believes his Hall of Fame candidacy has suffered because of his conservative beliefs and statements.In the three years he has been on the ballot, Schilling has received 38.8% (2013), 29.2% (2014), and 39.2% (2015), far below the necessary 75% for induction.Putting aside the issue of whether Curt Schilling is a Hall of Fame pitcher, his opinion caught my ear, because I've never thought of mainstream sportswriters as flaming liberals.Speaking on WEEI, Schilling commented on John Smoltz's strong support:I think he got in because of [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine. I think the fact…
  • Pedro Martinez Elected To Hall Of Fame

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Pedro Martinez - who put together two back-to-back seasons more impressive than any other pitcher in major league history (1999-2000) - was elected this afternoon to baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Martinez - an 18-year veteran who pitched for seven years in Boston, including the magical 2004 season - received 91.1% of the votes (500 of 549) cast.Martinez posted ERA+s of 243 and 291, respectively, in those seasons with the Red Sox. Those marks rank #9 and #1 all-time. ... ESPN posted pictures from "10 of Pedro's most memorable moments in a Red Sox uniform" and eight…
  • Happy New Year!

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    95 days until Opening Day!
 
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  • 盛岡 セフレ 掲示板 名古屋市 セフレ

    srht
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    婚活における協力者をゲットする上でも、婚活コンパなどはできるだけ利用しましょう。それ以外にも、婚活セミナーなどの会場では、同じ内容の問題を抱えた人たちと出会えるかもしれません。…
  • セフレ作れるアプリ横須賀 セフレ

    srht
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    あなたはまだ目の前にあるチャンスを認識できていないというもったいない状態なのかも?いい人との出会いを増加させていくメソッドから、出会いのチャンスを作る絶好ポイントやタイプごとの異性との印象的な出会いのテクニックまで、いろいろな方向からの知恵袋をまとめたものです。…
  • セフレ 登録不要志布志 セフレ

    srht
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    ご紹介しているような結婚目的の真面目な出会いサイトで、本当に多数の結婚に至った実績を出している所も存在します。必要な料金も低額なので、体験してみるのはいかがでしょうか。 なにはともあれ先方に悪い印象を与えるようなものは除外しながら、気持ちよく颯爽とした印象を受けるようなアイテムを用意することです。こうしたことが第一の出会いテクニックと言えるでしょう。…
  • 小樽セフレセフレ探し 山梨県

    srht
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    出会い系サイトの利用方法は、何度もしくじりつつ経験値を得るものと言ってもいいでしょう。失敗を糧として、今後の新しい出会いに役立てることがやれるようになるのではないでしょうか。 ますます多くなってきた無料出会い系サイトと比較して、会費のかかる出会い系サイトについては、男と女の人数の比率が同等であったり、盛り上げるための偽物などが潜んでいない場合が普通です。…
  • 岡山セフレ募集佐倉セフレ

    srht
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    違う目的を持っていれば、利用するサイトだって大なり小なり違いがあって当然です。人気の無料出会い系サイトは、会員数も圧倒的に多いので、豊富な狙いを持つ出会いを探せることと思います。 ただ異性を探すことを希望している人にしてみれば、遊ぶだけの相手を選ぶのに会費などを払いたいなんてことはあまり考えませんから、無料出会い系サイトや無料お見合いサイト等を活用しているという場合が大半です。…
 
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  • Daily Fantasy Baseball – On Fanduel

    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The last few years, rookies have made a pretty major impact at the MLB  level. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Jose Fernandez are just a few who hit the ground running at the highest level of professional baseball. As the 2015 approaches, there are a few with high potential. Anyone playing in FanDuel fantasy baseball leagues should be at least looking at these guys early on in the year to see if they are worth taking a gamble on. After all, they will start at relatively modest prices an could be steals. Kris Bryant Last year, Bryant was a star in the minors. Some wondered why the Chicago Cubs…
  • BBA Live! Podcast: S1 E3

    TheNaturalMevs
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Mets Public Record on BlogTalkRadio
  • RIP Ernie Banks 1931-2015

    TheNaturalMevs
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Mr. Cub Ernie Banks passed away last night at age 83, meaning another timeless legend has left the earth forever. At a time when it seems like these generational talent ballplayers from our father’s youth are becoming extinct like dinosaurs, it’s important to remember that guys like Banks were more than just a guy with gaudy numbers. So let me begin with the numbers Banks played in parts of 19 seasons, compiling 512 career home runs and a 67.5 bWAR. When you ask someone what position Banks played, they’re going to tell you shortstop. But Banks actually played the second half…
  • Marlins Park hosted a Bowl Game Yesterday

    TheNaturalMevs
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    I am so mad that I missed this and did not somehow turn the game on yesterday. Instead I was meeting Santa Claus at the mall with a one-month old. It seems like one of baseball’s most unique ballparks did just fine moonlighting as a gridiron. Memphis beat BYU 55-48 in double overtime. I miss baseball; sure. But Holiday football wild ones like that one this time of year live on in the memory forever.
  • Doc Gooden’s Letter to Himself

    TheNaturalMevs
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Doc Gooden’s letter to his younger self in the Player’s Club a few days ago is the type of thing I love reading. Namely, I enjoyed this part of it: There is one pitch that will forever haunt you. It will happen during the 1988 NLCS with your team up 4-2. In the 9th inning, you’ll walk John Shelby on four pitches, and then face Mike Scioscia. The guy is not a home run hitter but you should respect him as a veteran with a lot of experience. Everyone in the stadium, including Scioscia, knows that you’re going to throw a fastball. With your first pitch, your instinct will be to…
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  • Yankees Right To Continue Their Scorched A-Rod Policy

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Shortly after MLB handed him his 162-game suspension last year, Alex Rodriguez embarked on a scorched-earth policy. Claiming innocence for what was probably the 100th time, he set out to sue everyone and everybody in his path, including his own union. This policy was the furthest thing from anyone's mind after his 2009 mea culpa, in which he said to everyone, "Judge me from here on out."  That day, the Yankees put together a formal press conference on the grounds of their spring training complex, where he was surrounded by team personnel and had his teammates in…
  • Another Bad Visual For Alex Rodriguez

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    We're a little over a month away from the Yankees welcoming back the mistake that is Alex Rodriguez.  However, it seems as if A-Rod can't wait until then to make himself look bad. There is a post over at Hardball Talk that links to a San Francisco Chronicle article about whom he is currently working out with: Barry Bonds.Yes, Major Leaguers like Dexter Fowler and Michael Morse have also worked out at the same facility, which is owned by a friend and ex-college teammate of Bonds. However, Fowler and Morse have no PED connections (that we know if). Even if A-Rod is now clean as a…
  • The Dodgers, The Nationals & The 2015 World Series

    17 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    This year's Major League Baseball season gets under way on Sunday April 5, 2015, and online bookmaker Betfair has already priced up this exciting competition. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals have been put in as the 15/2 joint favourites, and both sides are likely to be popular with punters in the ante post market. The Dodgers have won successive West Division titles but were defeated in four games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series. Manager Don Mattingly will be keen for his side to improve on that showing, and I fancy the Dodgers to be involved at the…
  • The Yankees' Coaching Staff, Willie Randolph & Misplaced Nostalgia

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Yankees will have almost an entirely new coaching staff this year, and Willie Randolph will not be part of it. From the team's press release:The New York Yankees today announced Joe Girardi's coaches for the 2015 season, with Jeff Pentland (hitting), Joe Espada (third base) and Alan Cockrell (assistant hitting) joining the staff. Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Gary Tuck (bullpen) will each return to the roles they served in 2014, while Rob Thomson will now be the club's bench coach and Tony Pena will serve as first base coach.Lots of fans in Yankees Universe were sad to find out that…
  • On the 2015 Baseball Hall Of Fame Election

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    The Stephen Drew re-signing seems to be hanging over all our heads like a loose brick. (Why, Brian? Why?) Until the Yankees actually confirm it, I'm not going to believe it. I'm going to focus, instead, on yesterday's Hall Of Fame announcement.Congratulations to the inductees: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and my birthday brother, Craig Biggio.  Eight former Yankees appeared on the ballot, resulting in the following:Tim Raines, 55%Roger Clemens, 37.5%Mike Mussina, 24.6%Gary Sheffield, 11.7%Don Mattingly, 9.1% Aaron Boone, 0.4%Tom Gordon, 0.4%Tony Clark, 0It was…
 
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  • Kyodo: “So far so good” for Tanaka during offseason workouts

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    (Jim McIsaac/Getty) Pitchers and catchers are three weeks and one day away from reporting to Spring Training (!), which means the Masahiro Tanaka Elbow Watch will soon be in full swing. The Yankees lost their ace for three months last season due to a small tear in his UCL, though doctors recommended rest and rehab rather than Tommy John surgery. Given the history of the rehab approach, it feels like it’s only a matter of time until Tanaka’s elbow gives out completely. It could be in Spring Training, in June, or in 2020. It has not happened this offseason, however. Tanaka has been…
  • Passan: Yoan Moncada could be cleared to sign within two weeks

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    (ObstructedView.net) Free agent Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has not yet been cleared to sign by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, but there is growing hope he will be allowed to sign within two weeks, reports Jeff Passan. Moncada has already established residency in Guatemala and has been declared a free agent by MLB. Once he gets OFAC clearance, he can officially sign a contract. However, as Ben Badler and Jesse Sanchez report, MLB currently requires Cuban players to receive a “specific license” before signing, not a “general license.” The league has accepted…
  • Judge and Bird crack Keith Law’s top 100 prospects list

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Judge and Bird in the Arizona Fall League. (Presswire) Over at ESPN, Keith Law released his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball today (subs. req’d). Cubs 3B Kris Bryant claimed the top spot, with Twins OF Byron Buxton and Astros SS Carlos Correa rounding out the top three. The Yankees had two players in the top 100: OF Aaron Judge (No. 23) and 1B Greg Bird (No. 80). Law’s list might be the only top 100 that includes Bird this spring. “Judge has a short swing, surprisingly so given the length of his arms, and very strong command of the strike zone … he should be…
  • Ranking The 40-Man Roster: No. 2

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Over these next two weeks we’re going to subjectively rank and analyze every player on the Yankees’ 40-man roster — based on their short and long-term importance to the team — and you’ll inevitably disagree with our rankings. We’ve already covered Nos. 3-5, 6-10, 11-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-25, 26-31, and 32-40. (Alex Goodlett/Getty) We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re down to the final two players in our 40-man roster rankings. The actual process of ranking the players was pretty difficult — tougher than I thought it would be when I came up with…
  • Wednesday Night Open Thread

    Michael Axisa
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is your open thread for the night. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all in action, and I’m sure there’s some college basketball on somewhere. Talk about those games, the snow, or anything else that’s on your mind right here. Go nuts. Wednesday Night Open Thread is a post from: River Avenue Blues The post Wednesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
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  • Finkstonball XVIII set for May 23 to 25, 2015 / Still looking for Teams

    philipp
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    The 18th edition of the annual Finkstonball Baseball Tournament in Attnang-Puchheim is scheduled for May 23 to 25, 2015. The international tournament for club and national teams also features a music festival and more side events. Organizers are still looking for teams. Don’t hesitate to apply, as spots are rare. Only 12 teams will participate on two fields. Saturday and Sunday are set for the round robin first round. Semi-finals and finals on Sunday afternoon and Monday will conclude the tournament. For more information visit the official website or download the PDF-File.  
  • Invitation to 4th International Shunka Youth Baseball Tournament in Barcelona in March

    philipp
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    For the fourth time the International Shunka Youth Baseball Tournament will be played from March 13 to 15 at Perez de Rozas Stadium in Montjuic-Barcelona, Spain. Interested teams should contact CB Barcelona for further information. Basic information: Kids born in 2002-2003-2004. 5-6 games per team. Home run derby and others Maximum 80 throws per pitcher during the tournament.
  • Swiss Baseball and Softball Federation holds Baseball Clinics in March

    philipp
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    The Swiss Baseball and Softball Federation (SBSF) is holding three coaching clinics from March 21 to 25 in Magglinen and Hünenberg. The first two will focus on defense, pitching and catching. The third is hitting for junior players. More info can be found in the following pdf-files: SBSF Defense Clinic SBSF Pitching/Catching Clinic SBSF Hitting Clinic
  • Ostrava hosts U18 Euros / Groups announced for 2015 Competitions

    philipp
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    When the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) announced the sites for the 2015 competitions at the end of last year, one host hadn’t been determined yet. Ostrava, Czech Republic will now host the U18 European Championship from July 12/13 to 18/19, 2015. No offense to the participants of the B-Level European Championship, but the U18 European Championship will be the most important national team event on European soil this year. It features ten teams, including all top countries. Other events will be the B-Level European Championship in Karlovac (Croatia) and Vienna (Austria), the U15…
  • Groups announced for European Cup Qualifiers

    philipp
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Besides updating the pools for the A-Pool European Cups, the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) also announced the groups for the European Cup Qualifiers. They will be played from June 15 to 20, 2015 in Antwerp (Belgium), Athens (Greece), Karlovac (Croatia) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). 22 teams will participate, hoping to clinch a ticket for a European Cup Playoff tournament in September. Pool 1 – Antwerp (BEL) 1) Borgerhout Squirrels (BEL) 2) Essex Arrows (GBR) 3) Espoo Expos (FIN) 4) Stockholm (SWE) 5) Spilt Nada (CRO) Pool 2 – Athens (GRE) 1) Panathinaikos BC (GRE) 2) Vienna…
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    BaseballGB

  • 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…
  • AL Central: Off-season so far

    Matt Smith
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The Kansas City Royals were the surprise story of the 2014 season. Quite simply, every other team could look at them and think, ‘well if the Royals can finally turn things around, there’s a chance for us all’. Repeating the feat will not be so easy though and if Royals fans thought that their World Series run would herald a new era of success, after so many years of hard times, they haven’t exactly been bowled over by the moves their Front Office has made to make that dream become a reality. Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios have been added to the offence, signings that…
  • AL West: Off-season so far

    Matt Smith
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The AL West is yet another division where the reigning champions have been quiet so far this off-season. The LA Angels have only completed a few minor deals (bringing in Matt Joyce, acquiring young pitcher Andrew Heaney) and, with significant commitments to the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton already on the books, their primary plan for 2015 is to rely on those who helped them to reach the postseason in 2014. The Texas Rangers also haven’t done very much, yet they had a disastrous 2014 in which they lost 95 games and parted company with manager Ron Washington. Those losses were…
  • NL East: Off-season so far

    Matt Smith
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Where in the NL West and Central we saw teams grabbing headlines trying to get back into contention, in the East you can’t start anywhere else than looking at a team that has done precious little this off-season. The Washington Nationals’ roster is very similar today to how they ended the 2014 season – minus Adam LaRoche who has joined the Chicago White Sox – and whilst that makes for a dull off-season, it doesn’t change the fact that the Nationals were the class of the division last year and remain so. The Miami Marlins made plenty of noise in signing…
 
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  • Out of the Park Baseball 16 Now Licensed by MLB

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Out of the Park Baseball 16 is nearing release and it is going to be the best one yet. If you have never played the game before it is simply the best simulation game on the market. The OOTP 16 version will finally be licensed by MLB and Minor League Baseball meaning there are more features including official logos, uniforms, and more including historical logos. A release will be made to include the opening day rosters for 2015 once they have been finalized. Not only that but the international side of the game is getting better as well. The new version will include leagues from Japan, South…
  • Premier 12: Japan Announces it will form Dream Team

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    With the Premier 12 making its debut this coming November in Japan and Taiwan, a few teams are not taking this for granted and going all out to make an impact. Former big leaguer Carlos Guillen has been named the manager for the No. 10 ranked Venezuela club. His first big test at the helm will be the inaugural Premier 12 event. Another big announcement came down today when Samurai Japan leader Hiroki Kokubo announced he will form a dream team with Japan’s biggest names to compete. The tournament will take place from November 8-21. The even will be the first of its kind with the top 12…
  • Italy: Great Article on the Career of New Nettuno Manager Lenny Randle

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    It was announced late last year that former MLB player Lenny Randle will take over at the helm of Nettuno this coming season. Randle is no stranger to Italy having played for Nettuno back in the early 1980s after being released by the Seattle Mariners. Randle’s story is one that has definitely been interesting. But I feel it is better to let me let Bruce Markusen tell it. Here is an article that Bruce wrote for the HardballTimes.com that is a fascinating read on how the world of Lenny Randle was turned upside down. But in the end he came out okay and continues to do good in the baseball…
  • Japan Replaces USA in 2015 World Port Tournament

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Team USA has pulled out of the biannual World Port Tournament for 2015. Due to a full schedule Team USA has decided it will not participate. Japan will replace them in Rotterdam for the biannual event. The four other teams participating will be the host Netherlands, Curacao, Cuba, and Chinese Taipei. The 2015 tournament will take place in Rotterdam from June 18-26. This will be only Japan’s third time in the tournament that has been dominated by Cuba over the years. However, the hosts have won two of the last three events including 2013. Related NewsNetherlands: 2013 World Port Tournament…
  • USA: ABCA Officially Supports Pitch Smart

    Press Release
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Press Release USA Baseball The American Baseball Coaches Association board of directors votes unanimously DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday that the ABCA is officially supporting USA Baseball and MLB’s joint youth arm care safety initiative, Pitch Smart. The announcement follows the ABCA’s board of directors unanimously voting in favor of supporting the initiative that was launched in late 2014. “Major League Baseball is pleased that the ABCA has endorsed the Pitch Smart pitching safety program,”…
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • Just How Good Was Ernie Banks?

    WISCGRAD
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    A lot of ink has been spilled the last few days remembering and honoring the late, great Ernie Banks. Besides being, by all acounts, a wonderful person and ambassador for the game, he was also undoubtedly one of the best baseball players ever, as his many accolades attest. First Ballot Hall of Famer. 14X All Star. Two-Time National League MVP. Gold Glove Winner. His appearances on the major career leaderboards further illustrate his legacy. More than 40 years after he retired he is still 22nd in Home Runs, 29th in RBI, 35th in Extra Base Hits, 34th in Total Bases, 14th in Intentional Walks.
  • HERO

    Dr. Joseph Hecht
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    I never thought Ernie Banks passing would affect me like this. I'm not the type to be openly weeping but I am. Listening to the radio and hearing story after story of people that wanted to share their personal stories of meeting Ernie and the uplifting impact he had on everyone he touched. We are all little kids somewhere inside and Ernie was magic when it came to Cub fans. He was Chicago's treasure from the 1950's to the present. After his career, he became one of the greatest baseball Ambassadors, leading to him receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Mr. Cub was a wonderful…
  • MLB Opening Day Roster Limits

    Arizona Phil
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    NOTE: This is an abridged version of a story I posted here about nine years ago, but in the archives it is attributed to Christian Ruzich, but actually I wrote it... Tags: Cubs 40-man Roster
  • Cubs Try Not To Fowl It Up

    Rob G.
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The Cubs hinted at getting an outfielder that could play CF or LF just over a week ago and today they finalized a deal for about the only player that made sense to fit that role. The Cubs sent Luis Valbuena and P Dan Straily to the Astros for OF Dexter Fowler. Hard to find a way to not like this deal, but I'm sure some will. In Fowler, the Cubs get a switch-hitting center fielder with a career .366 OBP and a 12.5% BB rate. Yeah, some of that is BABIP and Coors Field driven and his projections have him more in the .345 OBP range which is still plenty good out of the lead off spot. On the…
  • Cubs Arbitration Figures

    Rob G.
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    UPDATE: L. Valbuena signs for $4.1M according to Bruce Levine. The Cubs had 7 players that could head to arbitration cases, they've settled with 5 of them today. Today happened to be the deadline when teams and players had to file their arbitation numbers if they were going to go to a hearing, thus the influx of news on completed deals. F. Doubront got $1.925M (1st time arb eligible) Chris Coghlan got $2.505M (1st time arb eligible) W. Castillo got $2.1M (1st time arb eligible) J. Arrieta got $3.63M  (1st time arb eligible) T. Wood got $5.685M (2nd time arb eligible) That leaves L.
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • 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]
  • NYC Event Tonight – PITCH: Talks on Baseball

    Lenny Neslin
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    While I'm no longer working directly in sports journalism as I was at the New York Daily News and the Boston Globe, I still pay attention to the scene and read various beats and writers daily.An organization called PITCH: Talks On Baseball, a new speaker series about baseball, has planned what sounds like an awesome event that features some of the top baseball writers in the country: Pete Abraham, Buster Olney, Ken Rosenthal, Matthew Cerrone, Sweeny Murti, Adam Rubin, Tyler Kepner, and Jay Jaffe.It's not very often an event with this caliber of writers comes along, so I will be in…
  • Early 2015 Yankees Projections

    Lenny Neslin
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    It's been a long time since my last writing here but thought there'd be no better a time to return to the blog six years and a day after I started it.Brian Cashman has made a slew of small moves this offseason that has made the the Yankees a younger team, acquiring a pair of 24-year-olds: Derek Jeter's replacement Didi Gregorius and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Not exactly the two huge names Yankees fans have become accustomed to welcoming.But maybe that's just what the Yankees need after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Yankees are younger and projected to be…
  • Gatorade's "Made in New York ft. Derek Jeter" commercial is pretty awesome

    Lenny Neslin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Teams lucky enough to host the Yankees this season have presented Derek Jeter with farewell gifts, columnists have produced countless tributes to him, and so have his sponsors.Now batting: Gatorade.Unlike Jordan's #RE2PECT commercial, this Gatorade commercial doesn't seem staged at all. It captures natural fan reactions to Jeter walking to Yankee Stadium, and shows him interacting with fans too. It's a great 90-second spot and pulls on your heart strings, especially if meeting Jeter was your childhood dream.Make sure to retweet the following tweet for a chance to win one of these sweet…
  • Upgraded defense could be the difference for Yankees

    Lenny Neslin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Yankees fans love Billy Crystal just as Mets fans love Jerry Seinfeld. In this case, I love Seinfeld more than Crystal, but both are pure baseball guys at heart. Anyway, there's a great Q&A with Seinfeld on ESPN that I implore you to read, simply talking baseball. He touches on a variety of topics.I've been doing this joke lately, because I turned 60 this year, and people around that age make a bucket list. I made a bucket list, turned the "b" to an "f" and was done with it. If you want to kite surf down the Amazon, go ahead. I'm going to crack open a beer and watch a ballgame. When…
 
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    Rays Index

  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    We have our second 2015 projection and this one is better than the last, with PECOTA projecting the Rays to win 86 games, tied for the Red Sox for the best team in the AL East. We previously looked at Fangraphs, which has the Rays projected to win 83 games. The difference between the two projections is that PECOTA is more bullish on the Rays’ offense. Both projections have the Rays allowing 3.9 runs per game, however, Fangraphs has the Rays scoring 4.0 runs per game while PECOTA has the Rays scoring 4.2 runs per game, which would be an 11.2% increase over last year’s anemic output…
  • New Commissioner Kinda, Sorta Says Baseball Can Work In Montreal

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    The ink on the new baseballs with Rob Manfred’s signature are still wet, but Major League Baseball’s new commissioner has wasted little time letting people know what his vision is for the sport. Manfred first raised some eyebrows among Rays fans when he said he was open to eliminating defensive shifts as a way to increase scoring. Now, in an interview with the New York Times, Manfred says putting a team back in Montreal is “possible.” “Look, I think Montreal helped itself as a candidate for Major League Baseball with the Toronto games that they had up there last…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    24 Days until pitchers and catchers report! THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… Broadcaster Dewayne Staats broke some ribs in a boating accident. [TampaBay.com] The Rays and the city of St. Pete are once again negotiating. [MyFoxTampaBay.com] Hillsborough County has hired a law firm with “extensive ties to Major League Baseball.” [TampaBay.com] Rays prospect Ryan Brett ranks 8th among the top second basemen in the minors according to MLB.com. [MLB.com] Alex Rodriguez looks “noticeably thinner and massless.” [BI Sports] The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer are moving…
  • New Commissioner Is Open To Making Defensive Shifts Illegal

    Cork Gaines
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    Two things helped the Tampa Bay Rays accelerate from the basement of baseball to the perennial playoff contender, good, young, cheap, and deep pitching, and good defense. On the defensive front, not only did the Rays concentrate on collecting players with good gloves, they also were smarter than most teams about how they played defense and that began with the prolific use of defensive shifts. The Rays were so good at shifts that the rest of MLB quickly caught up and now shifts are the norm in baseball. Well, that may be about to change and it is going to kill one of the things that helped…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Below is a video on Rays’ catching prospect Justin O’Conner, taken with the 31st pick of the first round in 2010. O’Conner started to finally show promise with the bat in 2014. But more importantly, O’Conner is still considered a top-flight defensive prospect and has one of the best throwing arms in the minor leagues. In the video below, he is described as a “future gold glove.” THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… Marc Topkin says David DeJesus is still likely to be traded, but it may not happen until Spring Training. [TampaBay.com] Matt Silverman says the Rays…
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • Tampa Bay Rays Organization Assessment: Third Base

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The Tampa Bay Rays have certainly not given up on winning in 2015. However, this coming season will mark the least confident that Rays fans have been about their team’s chances in a long time, making the current status of the Rays’ minor league system even more important. Especially if further changes are coming this […] Tampa Bay Rays Organization Assessment: Third Base - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays’ Current Roster Has Holes, Opportunities

    David Egbert
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s just 23 days until Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers report for spring training. With that in mind, it’s a good time to take a look at the current Rays roster and see what last-second tweaks it needs to be ready for the 2015 season. Let’s take a look at the current roster and […] Tampa Bay Rays’ Current Roster Has Holes, Opportunities - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 3

    Robbie Knopf
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    With pitchers and catchers reporting in under a month, the Winter Ball season is nearing its close. Overall, 38 Tampa Bay Rays players and prospects got into games between the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (in Puerto Rico), and the Venezuelan Winter League. […] Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 3 - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
 
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  • Out of the Park Baseball 16 Now Licensed by MLB

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Out of the Park Baseball 16 is nearing release and it is going to be the best one yet. If you have never played the game before it is simply the best simulation game on the market. The OOTP 16 version will finally be licensed by MLB and Minor League Baseball meaning there are more features including official logos, uniforms, and more including historical logos. A release will be made to include the opening day rosters for 2015 once they have been finalized. Not only that but the international side of the game is getting better as well. The new version will include leagues from Japan, South…
  • Premier 12: Japan Announces it will form Dream Team

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    With the Premier 12 making its debut this coming November in Japan and Taiwan, a few teams are not taking this for granted and going all out to make an impact. Former big leaguer Carlos Guillen has been named the manager for the No. 10 ranked Venezuela club. His first big test at the helm will be the inaugural Premier 12 event. Another big announcement came down today when Samurai Japan leader Hiroki Kokubo announced he will form a dream team with Japan’s biggest names to compete. The tournament will take place from November 8-21. The even will be the first of its kind with the top 12…
  • Italy: Great Article on the Career of New Nettuno Manager Lenny Randle

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    It was announced late last year that former MLB player Lenny Randle will take over at the helm of Nettuno this coming season. Randle is no stranger to Italy having played for Nettuno back in the early 1980s after being released by the Seattle Mariners. Randle’s story is one that has definitely been interesting. But I feel it is better to let me let Bruce Markusen tell it. Here is an article that Bruce wrote for the HardballTimes.com that is a fascinating read on how the world of Lenny Randle was turned upside down. But in the end he came out okay and continues to do good in the baseball…
  • Japan Replaces USA in 2015 World Port Tournament

    Eric Bynum
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Team USA has pulled out of the biannual World Port Tournament for 2015. Due to a full schedule Team USA has decided it will not participate. Japan will replace them in Rotterdam for the biannual event. The four other teams participating will be the host Netherlands, Curacao, Cuba, and Chinese Taipei. The 2015 tournament will take place in Rotterdam from June 18-26. This will be only Japan’s third time in the tournament that has been dominated by Cuba over the years. However, the hosts have won two of the last three events including 2013. Related NewsNetherlands: 2013 World Port Tournament…
  • USA: ABCA Officially Supports Pitch Smart

    Press Release
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Press Release USA Baseball The American Baseball Coaches Association board of directors votes unanimously DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday that the ABCA is officially supporting USA Baseball and MLB’s joint youth arm care safety initiative, Pitch Smart. The announcement follows the ABCA’s board of directors unanimously voting in favor of supporting the initiative that was launched in late 2014. “Major League Baseball is pleased that the ABCA has endorsed the Pitch Smart pitching safety program,”…
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    The Mets Report

  • 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
  • Travis d’Arnaud Spring Training 2014

    Dave Doyle
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    Travis d’Arnaud Spring Training 2014 vs. Braves March 9, 2014
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    Number 5 Type Collection

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

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

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

  • Despite your opinion on @MetsGM, there is no defending his lack of creativity

    Peter Schiller
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Judging the performance of any GM looking for his first winning season in his five years at the helm would leave a lot to be desired anywhere. I am not big on the fact that “this is New York,” but I am sure there is some credence to that statement- though I can go without ever hearing it again. My feelings at this point are mixed on the state of the New York Mets and their General Manager Sandy Alderson. While what could very well be the 5th straight losing season under this regime will be unacceptable, the depth in the Mets farm system is clearly as good as it has been since the…
  • The National League’s Babe Ruth

    Matt Nadel
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Hey baseball fans! Unlike a lot of people, I tend to root for many underrated players in baseball history. I’m sure not a lot of people say that their favorite player ever is Mike Schmidt and I’m also sure not a lot of people say that one of their favorite current MLB players is Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. Now, although the person I am about to blog about wasn’t on my top five most underrated hall of famers in baseball history, he is one of the most underrated ballplayers ever and one of my personal favorites. Ladies and gentleman, Mel Ott! Melvin Thomas Ott played…
  • Casa Base: Signals?

    Fabio Borselli
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
  • Nationals go big, sign Max Scherzer to $210 million contract

    Guest
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    The Washington Nationals aren’t fooling around. The Nats have reportedly handed Max Scherzer a $210 million contract that will lock him up for 14 years, and comes with a whopping $50 million signing bonus. The contract is almost as impressive as Washington’s opening day rotation now looks, with the Nationals rolling out a murderer’s row of pitching that now includes Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez, all of whom finished the 2014 season with an ERA under 4.00. The move also cements Washington as MLB’s 2015 favorites, with their odds to win…
  • Romantic Valentine Day Gifts for Baseball Fans

    Guest
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Is the man in your life a baseball fan? Are you stumped on what to get him for Valentine’s Day? Mixing romance and baseball might seem like an unlikely combo, but these 6 gift ideas will win your guy over: 1) His favorite MLB player’s jersey Dim the lights, curl up on the couch with your man and plan an intimate move night at home. You can choose a couple of movies that your significant other will enjoy and at the end of the evening, place a gift-wrapped box on his side of the bed. Watch his reaction as he unwraps his favorite player’s jersey that you purchased from the MLB…
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  • Catcher With Most Putouts In One AA Season

    independentbaseball
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which American Association catcher had the most putouts in a single season?   Answer: Edwin Bellorin with Wichita in 2011.  He had 630 putouts that season. Please support this site: if you need any home repair … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Single Season Catching Percentage In AA

    independentbaseball
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which American Association catcher set the single season defensive percentage?   Answer: Ken Lup with Sioux Falls in 2009.  His percentage was .997 http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/league/league-records/catcher/ Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Frontier League’s All Time Career HR Leader

    independentbaseball
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which player has the most career home runs in the Frontier League?   Answer: Charlie Lisk.  He hit 127 home runs in his Frontier League career. http://www.frontierleague.com/stats/league-records/ Please support this site: if you need any home … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Frontier League’s Most Consecutive Games On-Base

    independentbaseball
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which Frontier League player holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive games on-base during a single season?   Answer: Jonathan Johnson (Gateway, 2012).  He reached base in 65 straight games. http://www.frontierleague.com/stats/league-records/ Please support this … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Single Season RBI Record For Frontier League

    independentbaseball
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which two players are tied with the most RBI in a single Frontier League season?   Answer: Pete Pirman (Kalamazoo, 2005) and Jose Vargas (Traverse City, 2012).  Each had 100 RBI during their respective seasons. http://www.frontierleague.com/stats/league-records/ … 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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  • 5 Knee Drills for Perfect Throwing & Pitching Mechanics!

    kenny
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    In today’s blog post, I have put together a list of 5 awesome knee drills for perfect pitching mechanics – complete with video demonstrations!  From follow through and accuracy to hand separation and glove tuck, we’ve got some fantastic tips and tricks to help you teach your young players to be the best pitcher in [...] The post 5 Knee Drills for Perfect Throwing & Pitching Mechanics! appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: The Short Hop Fielding Drill

    kenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    The Short Hop Fielding Drill Every program should include at least one short hop fielding drill in every practice.  It’s a simple and effective drill that focuses on improving your hands and your hand eye coordination.  This fielding drill requires 2 players who will alternate between working on fielding the short hop and throwing the [...] The post Baseball Fielding: The Short Hop Fielding Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Middle Infielders & A Double Play Drill Video!

    kenny
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Baseball Middle Infielders & A Double Play Drill Video! The “Middle Infielder” refers to the second baseman and shortstop, whose positions lie in the middle of the infield. The shortstop is typically the best defensive player on the team.  They are responsible for covering a large portion of the field in an area where a [...] The post Baseball Middle Infielders & A Double Play Drill Video! appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Hitting Mechanics Drills that Use a Weighted Foot

    kenny
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    You have probably notices that a lot of the hitting mechanics drills we work on don’t focus so much on the arms, but more on working the body, and especially how the body rotates. This powerful rotation is the main ingredient that you need to have to develop maximum power and maximum bat speed. Hitting [...] The post Hitting Mechanics Drills that Use a Weighted Foot appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Pitching: The Knee Drill – with a Twist!

    kenny
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Baseball Pitching: The Knee Drill – with a Twist! Today I want to share with you a fantastic Knee Drill that will improve your players throwing and pitching mechanics.  By putting players on their knees, players can really get the feel of leaving the glove out front throughout the throw, as well as get more [...] The post Baseball Pitching: The Knee Drill – with a Twist! appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • Nationals’ Jayson Werth sentenced to five days in jail

    Kevin McGuire
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    BREAKING: Nats' Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving Porsche on 495. pic.twitter.com/2R2f2eV25X — justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) January 29, 2015
  • Out of the Batter’s Box – The return of Blanton and Papelbon heading to Toronto?

    Kevin McGuire
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Phillies made some front office moves, have a possible new trade partner to discuss Papelbon, and Amaro remains one of the worst GMs in baseball. 1. Will anybody let Joe Blanton pitch? Former Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton is looking to make a return to the mound this season. After sitting out the 20144 season without a job, Blanton plans to workout in front of any team willing to take a look next week. The timing makes sense, with pitchers and catchers getting ready to descend on Florida and Arizona, so the interest for another pitcher for the spring should see some interest for Blanton.
  • Reports: Toronto Blue Jays the mystery team with interest in Jonathan Papelbon

    Kevin McGuire
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    It looked as though talks with the Milwaukee Brewers were dying down with regard to Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, but as noted in this morning’s round-up there appeared to be a new interested party involved. That mystery team has now been revealed to be the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, via Twitter, the Phillies are receiving interest in Papelbon from the Toronto Blue Jays. Rosenthal does note that interest is limited, but it still leaves a door open for a potential move. As noted by Rosenthal, Toronto may become more interested in a possible trade…
  • Joe Blanton wants to pitch in 2015

    Kevin McGuire
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Joe Blanton did not throw a single pitch in baseball in 2014, but he would like to pitch in 2015. The former Phillies pitcher is reportedly set to hold a public work out and throwing session in front of any interested parties next week (February 4 according to MLB Trade Rumors). The Phillies need a starting pitcher… I would not expect the Phillies being among any potential teams with interest, but not because the Phillies are set on a starting rotation. Blanton was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 for a player to be named, which ended up being Ryan O’Sullivan a couple of…
  • David Montgomery returning as chairman and other front office moves

    Kevin McGuire
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Aside from waiting to see if the Phillies will be able to move Jonathan Papelbon or if there will be any interest in the possible return of Joe Blanton (more on that one in a bit), the Phillies made some front office changes Wednesday afternoon. David Montgomery is not returning to his position as team president. Instead, Montgomery is taking over the role of chairman in the Phillies office. With Montgomery as chairman, in whatever capacity the chairman is responsible for, Bill Giles has been named chairman emeritus. Pat Gillick will continue to serve as the team president. Howard Eskin…
 
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  • Cuban National Series: Granma Stops Artemisa

    Featured Writer
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Urmani Guerra went 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Granma Horses to a 12-2 romp over the Artemisa Hunters Wednesday afternoon in Cuban National Series action. The Horses roughed up Artemisa starter Jose Luis Padron (1-2) early with four runs in the opening frame, and chased the right-hander with another four-run frame in the third. Adrian Moreno smacked a home run and drove in four scores, while leadoff man Roel Santos tallied a trio of hits and scored three runs for the winning home side. Lazaro Blanco (9-3) scattered six hits and a pair of runs over six innings to notch his ninth…
  • Australian Baseball League: Kellin Deglan Sets Home Run Record

    Featured Writer
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The Adelaide Bite suffered its first series defeat at the hands of the Perth Heat this past weekend, but still sits atop the Australian Baseball League (ABL) with 26 wins in 40 games. Texas native Aaron Miller is enjoying a stellar season for Adelaide (26-14) and currently leads the ABL with a .389 batting average. The former Baylor Bears’ standout, who was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, has also clubbed 12 home runs. Canadian slugger Kellin Deglan is also enjoying a memorable campaign down under for the Melbourne Aces, and recently broke the modern ABL single…
  • MLB Announces 2015 Spring Training Slate

    Baseball Avenue
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The 2015 Spring Training exhibition schedule will begin on Sunday, March 1st as the Philadelphia Phillies host the University of Tampa in Clearwater, Florida, Major League Baseball announced today. Cactus League games will begin on Tuesday, March 3rd, highlighted by the Oakland Athletics hosting the San Francisco Giants at their new Spring Training home, the renovated HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The first full slate of games involving all 30 Major League Clubs will take place on Thursday, March 5th. In renewals of the 2014 Fall Classic, the defending World Series Champion Giants will…
  • Four Elected To MLB Hall of Fame

    Baseball Avenue
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Three pitchers who combined to win nine Cy Young Awards and a member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in balloting by the BBWAA verified by Ernst & Young. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz became the first trio of pitchers honored by the BBWAA in the same election. Each was on the ballot for the first time, which created a precedent with three first-ballot candidates elected in consecutive years, following that of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas in 2014. Craig Biggio, who missed election last year by two…
  • Ed Blankmeyer To Steer USA Collegiate Team

    Baseball Avenue
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    USA Baseball officially named St. John’s University head coach, Ed Blankmeyer, as the manager for the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday. Blankmeyer previously served as an assistant coach on the 2010 Collegiate National Team that posted a 16-3 record and captured the silver medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo, Japan. “We are thrilled to have Ed lead the Collegiate National Team program in 2015,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO. “He has Team USA experience in 2010, as well as an impressive resume in two…
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  • Martinez, Johnson, Smoltz, Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJanuary 6 2015, 2:05 PM EST.@PGordonPBRFor the first time in 60 years the Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome four players for enshrinement in Cooperstown come July.In results announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio compose baseball's first four-man Hall of Fame class since 1955. Martinez pitched 18 seasons in the majors and won three Cy Young Awards. He was an eight-time All-Star and won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004. He ranks 13th in baseball history with 3,154…
  • Phillies sign starter Aaron Harang to one-year deal

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJanuary 5 2015, 2:15 PM EST.PGordonPBRSeeking depth for their starting rotation, the Phillies on Monday signed veteran righthander Aaron Harang to a one-year, $5 million deal. The contract includes performance and award bonuses.Harang, 36, has pitched for seven clubs over 13 big league seasons. He spent last year with Atlanta, finishing 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA over 33 starts.“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the club. “He had a very solid season…
  • Patrick Gordon: My 2015 Hall of Fame ballot

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 31 2014, 5:00 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRAn argument is floating around, supported by several prominent baseball scribes, that the way to ease the backlog of talent on today's Hall of Fame ballot is to vote more players into Cooperstown.To me, that's an extremely flawed concept.Yes, the ballot is stacked with about a dozen or so players deserving of sincere consideration, but the Hall of Fame was built to be exclusive so I'm not too keen on watering down the process to allow for easier enshrinement. I'd be lying if I said the voting system currently in place…
  • Now it's official: Phillies send Rollins to Dodgers for prospects

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 19 2014, 11:25 AM EST.@PGordonPBRIt may have taken more than nine days to become official, but Jimmy Rollins' tenure in Philadelphia has come to an end.The 36-year-old shortstop was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday for minor-league pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.“Jimmy is both an iconic player and person whom I have had the great joy of watching grow up in this game and this city,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “His contributions to the franchise and to Philadelphia are unparalleled and I wish him…
  • Phillies never made an offer to Yasmany Tomas

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 2 2014, 3:45 pm EST@PhilabaseballFor weeks the Phillies were believed to be the favorite to land Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, but things quickly took a turn early last week when sources close to the club indicated concerns about Tomas' conditioning and defensive ability.Tomas went on to agree last week to a six-year deal with Arizona for $68.5 million.For all the scouting, time and interest the Phillies invested in the 24-year-old the organization never made an offer, according to Tomas' agent, Jay Alou."Interest was sincere, but they were not…
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  • Jayson Werth Pleads Guilty To Reckless Driving, Will Serve Jail Time

    Jack McNeil
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    On Thursday, Washington Nationals’ superstar Jayson Werth pleaded guilty to reckless driving, resulting in jail time. BREAKING: Nats’ Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving Porsche on 495. pic.twitter.com/2R2f2eV25X — justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) January 29, 2015 After driving 105 MPH in Fairfax County, Virginia in July, Werth was found guilty in December. According to the Washington Post, Werth faces a 30-day suspension of his license as well. Also from the Washington Post: The Nationals released a statement. “We are aware of the agreement…
  • Detroit Tigers Offseason: Highs And Lows

    Kevin Piel
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
     It was an interesting offseason for the Tigers to say the least. They added a couple of players, and lost some. But after getting the swept out of the Wild Card round by the Baltimore Orioles, there were a lot of questions around this organization. Amidst all these questions, did they really have an offseason that one could say they took a step forward? It’s an issue worth analyzing. The Lows             It’s fitting to look first at what areas the Tigers either lost players or didn’t improve. The highest profile pitcher of the entire offseason (outside of John Lester)…
  • Toronto Blue Jays, Ronald Belisario Progressing Towards Deal

    Max Wildstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly making progress on a deal with right-handed relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. A deal is not finalized, though, but a deal appears to be close. #BlueJays have made progress on a deal for reliever Ronald Belisario, but it's not done yet, sources say. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 29, 2015 The 32-year-old right-hander is mostly a fastball/slider pitcher and uses his large size (6’3″, 240lbs) to his advantage. His fastball clocks in the low to mid 90s, averaging out at 93.9 mph last season. Belisario, who was…
  • San Diego Padres’ Bryce Morrow Working Hard To Achieve His Dream

    Brian Crawford
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Scouts do an excellent job at pinpointing talent every year, and while they help major league organizations understand what players are worth an opportunity in professional baseball, some players are still overlooked. One of the main reasons for this occurrence is underestimating a player’s work ethic, as playing professional baseball takes more than just great ability, it takes a person willing to come to the ballpark everyday with the attitude to improve every aspect of their game to climb the ladder, and that’s just the mentality that Padres’ right-handed pitching prospect Bryce…
  • Seattle Mariners Sign John Baker To Minor-League Deal

    Max Wildstein
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with veteran catcher John Baker on a minor-league deal. His deal also includes an invitation to big league spring training. Although the Mariners have not confirmed the deal, yet, Baker tweeted out a photo of himself in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. catcher john baker signs minors deal with #mariners. gets spring invite. would seem to have chance to win backup job. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 28, 2015 Thanks for all the positive vibes being sent my way. Next Chapter begins. @Mariners…
 
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  • 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%…
  • Counting Balls: Foul Ball Averages in the American League between 1988 and 1990

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

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

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

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