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New York Yankees Embrace Mustached Lifestyle

They’ve got a long way to go before anyone will confuse them with the 1972 Oakland A’s, but if the New York Yankees keep winning…we might have to start referring to them as the second coming of “The Mustache Gang”. During a mid-April series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Brett Gardner stopped shaving his upper lip. And as the wins started adding up (the Yankees are currently...
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Chicago Cubs Welcome New Royal Baby

As the world seemingly waited with bated breath to learn the name of the newest royal baby…the Chicago Cubs were right there to welcome her with open arms. The #Cubs Newborn Fan Club welcomes to the world Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge! pic.twitter.com/WLM5hu2CBC — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 4, 2015 But the Cubs didn’t stop with a message on the Wrigley...
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Cardinals Fan Runs Onto Field, Somersaults on Home Plate

Monday night, one of baseball’s self-proclaimed “best fans” hit the field at Busch Stadium and landed a pretty impressive somersault onto home plate. Sure looks fun, right? But is it worth the potential lifetime ban?!? Probably not. How soon until this idiot gets his own Twitter account? That just happened! #cardinals #streaker #cubs #stl #jailtime #espn #sportscenter...
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Wisdom and Links: Pay Him The Cash, Man

Attention Brian Cashman: give A-Rod the cash, man. Yes, I know you are angry about how his steroid stuff ruined the hype and marketing opportunities that the Yankees had originally put those “milestone payments” in his contract for. Yes, I know that you have severe buyer’s remorse over A-Rod’s contract in general, even if he’s having a good year so far. And, yes, I know...
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SNL Spoofs Empty Orioles-White Sox Game

Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played baseball in front of an empty Camden Yards due to the riots right outside the stadium. Saturday, the uncomfortable broadcast was mocked on “Saturday Night Live”. Basically, it was Jim Palmer (Taran Killam) and Frank Robinson (Kenan Thompson) attempting to maintain normalcy while it was anything but normal right outside...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockford Peaches to Reunite…Almost

Last summer, the cast of “Field of Dreams” celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Academy-Award nominated movie where it was shot…Dyersville, Iowa. Not to be outdone, many of the actors from “A League of Their Own” are reuniting Saturday to commemorate the 23rd(?) anniversary of their film. However, they won’t be in a city where the flim was shot, much less Rockford,...
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Hanley Ramirez’s Helmet Has Its Own Twitter Account

Through the first month of the season, Boston Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has matched David Ortiz’s 2006 club record with ten April home runs and, in the process, has set the Twittersphere abuzz. However, the tweets have nothing to do with Ramirez’s hitting prowess. They have everything to do with his penchant to lose his helmet in the process. That’s right…@HanleysHelmet...
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MLB Surprise Money Starters

The baseball season is nearly a month old and already baseball bettors have been treated to some very profitable surprise starting pitchers. Here’s a look at a sportsbook review of three of these money-making arms and whether they’ll continue to cash in as the baseball season goes on:Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers: The Rangers righty has jumped to the top of the money standings...
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Pitcher Shares Selfie with Fellow Line Drive Victim

Tuesday night, Archie Bradley took a Carlos Gonzalez line drive off the right side of his face and tweeted out a picture of the swollen aftermath. Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks rookie pitcher was all smiles as he spent some time (and shared a selfie) with a patient named Nick at Phoenix Children’s Hospital who also took a liner to the face. @ArchieBradley7 Thanks so much for...
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Former All-Star Has New Gig

It’s been a long time since John Burkett has seen action in the Majors. Now, 50 years old and nearly 12 years removed from his last big league start…the former pitcher is moving on to a new career. Professional bowling. Life on the lanes is nothing new for Burkett, who has bowled in a handful of PBA events over the years, but just recently, the two-time All-Star announced that...
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Archie Bradley Posts Picture of Swollen Face

There seems to be a couple of these every season and no matter how many times you see it…they never get easier to watch. Tuesday night, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley had a major scare. In the second inning, the rookie took a Carlos Gonzalez line drive off the right side of his face. Warning…the video is pretty flinch-inducing. Late Tuesday night, the 22-year-old...
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Mookie Betts is a Rubik’s Cube Wizard

Given their history with slap-hitting speedsters named “Mookie”, you’d think Mookie Betts might have a rough time winning over the crowd in Boston. Thankfully, Red Sox fans have embraced the 22-year-old outfielder, but just in case his hustle and late-innings heroics aren’t working…perhaps this will. Yup. That’s Betts solving a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: All Links!

Last week, I didn’t have any links – I just made fun of the Mets’ payments to Bobby Bonilla. So, this week, I make up for it by ONLY having links! As a result of this, these links are from more than just last week, but they still are good! Joe Posnanski on the Best Pitcher in Baseball History, and also some discussion on cheating Derek Jeter’s “Player’s Tribune” site...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Returns from Paternity Leave…Gets Cut

It’s a story as old as the game of baseball itself. Man wins World Series ring. Leaves team and inks a huge contract. Spends a year in new city. Takes time off for birth of child. Returns…and promptly gets cut. Wait. What? Roster Move: Jarrod Saltalamacchia reinstated from paternity list and designated for assignment. — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 27, 2015 Monday, the...
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Adrian Gonzalez Proves Host He Has (Some) Speed

No doubt tired of being blasted for being slow, Adrian Gonzalez challenged Los Angeles Dodgers radio host David Vassegh to a foot race prior to Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Suffice it to say, the first baseman won the impromptu 40-yard dash. Tired of @THEREAL_DV saying how slow he is on air, Adrian Gonzalez challenged him to a race pic.twitter.com/SWWKqepMuo...
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Julio Lugo in Trouble in the Dominican Republic

Former big leaguer Julio Lugo is in some hot water down in the Dominican Republic. According to reports, Lugo and four other men were responsible for the kidnapping of a couple at gun point and demanded money from them. Warrants have been issued for Lugo’s arrest in Santo Domingo and La Romana. The charge? Kidnapping. However, some are asking folks not to jump to any conclusions...
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Bernie Williams to (Finally) Retire

From the “How/Why is This a Thing We’re Talking About Department” comes this. .@bw51official will formally sign his retirement papers at a press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/kX7KAXjlTZ — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2015 That’s right…3127 days (or 8 years, 6 months and 23 days) since his last regular season at bat, Bernie Williams...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB’s New Pace of Play Rules Are Working

Even though baseball is one of the oldest sports played on a yearly calendar, it still has a very young fan base. This can be credited to various factors including the fact that baseball game pace is arguably slow. However, this is set to change rapidly as new rules aimed at increasing the games pace are already in play. These new additions are not only going to affect the game in...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (no) Links: Other Things That Cost Less Than Bobby Bonilla

A few months ago, I was asked to write something about how much the New York Mets pay Bobby Bonilla every year, despite the fact he is long retired. I then promptly forgot it. Until I saw this: The #Mets will pay M.Harvey & J.Degrom a combined total of $1,171,000 this yr They will pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248 on July 1 this #MLB yr — Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) April...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton Looking to Unload Massive Crib

After the Los Angeles Angels inked Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal worth $125 million, the 2010 American League MVP did what every new Californian with a tractor trailer full of movie does…he bought a gigantic house with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Now, after a very public drug relapse, his career with the team hanging in the balance and his marriage to future “Real Housewives...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Install “Anti-Autograph Shield” Outside Wrigley Field

Perhaps afraid that their players might actually have to interact with the paying public, the he Chicago Cubs went and did this. And, yeah…how about the irony of an anti-autograph shield at the “Friendly Confines”? Classy. Cubs new anti autograph shield protecting players from fans as they walk to their cars. #WrigleyField pic.twitter.com/V86jZaxGAS — Wrigley Renovations...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs to Light Up “W” After Wins

Light it up, Cubs fans. After each victory at Wrigley Field, the team will keep the Wintrust “W” atop the new video board illuminated well after the lights are turned off at the century-old ballpark. And, it would seem… what is new is old again. Turns out, the tradition (can we call it that yet?) goes back nearly 80 years. This…according to Cubs Vine Line: Though the left...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Korean Outfielder Can Bat Flip Like a Pro

Tuesday, Yasiel Puig told the Los Angeles Times that he is going to “cut down” on his trademark bat flips. Thankfully, Kim Jin-hyung, who plays outfield for the Korean Baseball Organization’s Doosan Bears, is here to fill the void the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder is going to be leaving.  Somewhere…Batting Stance Guy is smiling. (h/t @MyKBO) The post Korean Outfielder...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler Hits Ball Out of Minute Maid Park

486 feet. Officially, that’s the longest home run ever hit at Minute Maid Park in Houston…a solo shot by Prince Fielder back in 2011. Billy Butler’s blast Monday night against the Astros might just have it beat. While the official distance hasn’t been tallied (yet), I’m guessing the Oakland A’s slugger’s bomb landed somewhere outside of Austin. And, yeah, before you...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

WISDOM AND LINKS: Question and Answer

Question: Why do teams have more off-days and such earlier in the year? Answer: Mainly for weather reasons, allowing teams to have easy fall-backs for rain or snow. This is especially true for Home Openers, since otherwise they’d have to worry about futzing around with opening day tickets. Question: What is Stanozolol and why is everyone being suspended for it? Answer: It’s an...
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