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Throwing it Around

Football season has ended, and I don’t feel like going to sleep. If you can get through this brutal stretch in February, there’s a lot to look forward to in the spring and summer. We’ll do our best to keep you busy until then with some great links around the interweb: -Dave Cameron writes briefly on the 2016 #1 overall pick. [Fangraphs] -Have you read up on the Red Sox lately...
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Carlos Correa reminds me of young Alex Rodriguez

So, nothing earth shattering here – a lot of people have said for a while that Carlos Correa reminds them of Alex Rodriguez. But it was 1996 and I was in Florida for Spring Break staying at my late grandparents home and reading their morning paper while eating my cereal. There was a nice article about this young shortstop who I had a few rookie cards of, wondering if he could...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Not really. February is brutal. It might as well be called ‘Barnes & Noble Season’ to the baseball fan. It’s fantasy magazine February for all of us impatiently waiting to start our rotosserie league drafts in March. But we are in a period of Festivus with April 3rd and 4th being the day we can all open our great gifts. Every year it’s a rite of passage, I buy one...
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Lou Piniella is back with the Reds

I have to take my hat off to the Reds – probably their finest move of the entire offseason was the announcement yesterday that former manager Lou Piniella would be returning to the organization as a ‘special advisor’. Now if old Pappy Piniella comes in and can light a fire under some asses and inspire the suits in the front office in some way, this is going to be a great...
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Your Saturday Baseball Post

It’s your first Saturday Baseball Post of the offseason, we’re 58 days from Opening Day. Pitchers and catchers will report soon. Your fantasy league should be filling with familiar faces and it won’t be long until we’re all gathered round rooting for the same old categories that remind us it’s truly spring. As for us, well we’re trying to sell our condo. It’s truly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Next Week will be Hideous Ballplayer Week

A time-honored tradition here at Diamond Hoggers returns the week before Valentines day, during the most hideous month of them all. Hideous Ballplayer Week has been a feature for many years here, and next week we roll out a brand new stable of stooges for you to learn about. We don’t want anyone to think we are hating on their dad or anything. If you reached the big leagues, you...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

I thought this was a pretty Funny promotional night

I admit to not knowing what ‘Netflix and Chill’ was really, but I heard a lot of skirmish about it here and there. I’m 33, not hip, and generally don’t know what kids are up to these days. I have no idea how this caught fire. But I wanted to find out what Netflix and Chill was all about. So I did the only thing I knew how to do. I Urban Dictionary’d it. I admire the Binghamton...
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Iron Sheik meets Iron Sheik Jr. via Howard Stern

This isn’t new, so if you’re a Stern fan; please don’t jump all over me because this is really old content. It’s the off-season and if I’m ever going to throw up a post like this, now is the time. If you’re one of the lucky ones that haven’t seen this yet, it’s definitely worth the price of admission in these parts. Here you have Howard Stern, the Iron Sheik (wrestling...
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“Chicken Soup” Rosario is no more. He is now Wonton Phosario

Oh, the nuggets the boredom of an offseason brings. We once gave Wilin Rosario the nickname “Chicken Soup” because he was seemingly always on the shelf, nursing himself back to health. If it wasn’t hangnail, he had a cold and was on the roost in the dugout nursing himself back to health with Campbell’s. We panicked in hearing that Rosario was headed to Korea to play ball...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Anything Harry Caray just causes immense happiness

MLB Network had a special feature tonight on Harry Caray, who in my opinion was the greatest ever when you factor in that he worked in the mystical land of Chicago for so long along with all his over lovable shenanigans. Caray was so much more than just a ‘Carnival Barker’ as they referred to him affably tonight on the documentary. He was a great baseball man – arguably the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwing it Around

The first day of the worst month of the year is over with. We can all hunker down, and get through the struggle that is February together. Pitchers and catchers will be here to save us in a couple of weeks. So watch some hockey, study up on your fantasy baseball documents, or do what ever it is you prefer to pass the time. This is gonna be brutal. -Dansby Swanson writes about going...
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Corey Koskie offers advice on business, life, and gym management

Corey Koskie carved out a nice little career in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Toronto. Though never an All-Star, he had a really nice season in 2001 that saw him finish 25th in MVP voting. He was almost a 5.0 bWAR player that season. And this article from The Players Tribune is a great read about players and their thought process after they get out of baseball. It’s written...
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Throwing it Around

We’re going to start doing this feature again daily to get some linkworthy reads up on the blog, and it will remain at least until the season starts. At that point it might become semi-irregular again but never too far from once again returning. -Like MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus has Seager #1 and Buxton #2 in their top 50 prospects. [Baseball Prospectus] -Speculation about Alex...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Dickerson traded from Colorado to Tampa Bay

So I guess the rumors out there about Corey Dickerson being on the move weren’t just talk after all. The Colorado Rockies dealt Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays – where he assuredly will become a less exciting offensive player – and the deal was centered around the return of LHP reliever Jake McGee. Poor Rockies fans. I think it’s good for baseball when the Colorado...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fans and their weed

We have written in the past about Cubs fans and their appreciation for Marijuana. It’s clear more now than ever before; show me a guy who bleeds Cubbie blue, and I’ll show you a guy who has ‘tried it’. The internet’s best Cubs/weed gem yet has been out there, but we just now found it. It’s naturally titled “A stoner’s guide to 4/20 at Wrigley”.  A few of the...
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The Montreal Expos Documentary on MLB Network was beyond Excellent

That seemed like the quickest hour of my life. The quick, hour-long documentary on MLB Network dubbed ‘The Colorful Montreal Expos’ was really good tonight. There were so many things I never realized about the Expos; like their beginning years at Jarry Park. I have heard the name Rusty Staub plenty of times; I knew he was a white guy with red hair and lefty stick that played...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday Bob Uecker/Harry Doyle

Happy 82nd birthday to one of baseball’s best announcers. Bob Uecker has withstood the test of time, and seems rather ageless over the last 30 years. And holy shit look at the size of Andre the Giant’s hands and fingers in this video. My favorite Uecker moment comes at the end of this when he is choked so eloquently by The Giant at Wrestlemania IV.
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thinking Baseball Again

It’s my first post of 2016, it only took 25 days into the year to get to. With football season being down to the Super Bowl, my mind always crosses over back to my first love: the game of baseball. And with those things I’ve started the usual nuances that baseball season brings; my house-keeping. I’m following a few new accounts on twitter. I’ve got MLB Network on the television...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Merry Christmas Baseball Fans

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all baseball fans out there who have enjoyed reading this blog and following the best game on earth for the last eight or so years. We have been extremely busy, and it’s the part of the year we usually let our brain rest writing about baseball. And of course the Reds recent direction has curbed our enthusiasm for the sport momentarily. But...
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December 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Barry Bonds to be Miami Marlins new hitting coach

A slimmer, trimmer Barry Bonds than you remember is about to make his return to the game after being veiled in the sacred fraternity since 2007. It’s crazy, it’s been nearly a decade. Bonds is reportedly expected to accept the Miami Marlins’ offer to become hitting coach. You can just see that curmudgeon Jeffrey Loria sitting in his office high atop Marlins Park plotting his...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 World Series Odds

With the 2015 season completely filed away in the books, we look to online sports handicapping odds to for clues to see who may rule the 2016 MLB season. The Los Angeles Dodgers are holding serve as 8/1 odds to be the 2016 Champions, with a host of over teams checking in second at 10/1. Those teams include the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Just how good are the Chicago Cubs?

he Chicago Cubs are, without question, one of the top-rated sides in Major League Baseball and will fancy their chances of advancing to the World Series next season. Despite their best efforts, the Cubs were knocked out at the final hurdle, losing to the New York Mets in the NLCS game. The Mets went on to face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series for the biggest prize in baseball...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What does 2016 hold for the Chicago Cubs?

Now that the dust has settled, 2015 will be largely seen as a successful season for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs got to the NLCS game where they were beaten by New York Mets to deny them the opportunity to take part in the World Series and face Kansas City Royals for the biggest prize in baseball. The Cubs could only finish third in the NL Central as a moderate record of 97-65 was...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Saturday Baseball Post

There are only two games today, and college football has really taken center stage. But it’s LCS Saturday, and the Cubbies and Mets kick things off in Queens tonight. Leaves are on the ground, the fall nip is in the air, and for the first time it really feels like October baseball all around us. We definitely needed to give homage to this with a Saturday baseball post. Hopefully...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs move on to the NLCS

[Box Score] It’s hard to believe this was the first time the Cubs have clinched a postseason series on Wrigley Field soil in their history. It’s hard to believe that Fernando Rodney and Clayton Richard got holds. I thought the Cubs were in trouble when Travis Wood was on in relief before the fifth frame was completed. But the Cubs have such star power, and in our opinion their...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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