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Did the Dodgers Just Hire Vin Scully’s Successor?

Vin Scully is (likely) heading into his final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and on Wednesday, the team just might have hired his successor. Joe Davis, currently with FOX Sports, where he calls Major League Baseball, college football and basketball games, will assume play-by-play duties alongside Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra. The 27-year-old will work 50 road games,...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Donald Trump signs fan's baseball at debate

Prior to the fourth Republican debate Tuesday night in Milwaukee, GOP front runner Donald Trump took the time to sign some autographs before heading to the historic Milwaukee Theatre. Among those outside the hotel he was staying at…Miller Park mainstay, “Ballhawk Shawn” Bosman. Just got THE DONALD TRUMP!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Gz1Et1uAs0 — Shawn (@BallhawkShawn) November 10, 2015...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Hanson’s death ruled 'overdose'

Not long after word of Tommy Hanson’s death made it’s way to social media the whispers of drug use started making the rounds. Because that’s what happens when an athlete suddenly dies of “catastrophic organ failure” at 29-years-old. First, it was just speculation. Then, while the pitcher’s Major League Baseball brethren mourned his passing, came the claims that the guy Hanson was...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Major League Baseball Remembers Tommy Hanson

Sure it’s cliché, but it’s easy to forget that baseball is one big fraternity when you see two teams of 25 going head-to-head for the better part of seven months. So when that brotherhood loses one of their own…you better believe they grieve just like you and me. Thoughts and prayers to the family of Tommy Hanson. Great guy and competitor. RIP — Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) November...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

BBWAA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot

After back-to-back years of outstanding first ballot candidates, the potential Class of 2016 might bring it all back down to Earth.  That is, of course, if you exclude “The Kid”. Monday, the BBWAA released its 2016 Hall of Fame ballot and among the 15 newcomers…perennial All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. and closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman. While there are no guarantees (are there ever...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mickey Mantle rookie card sells for nearly $500K

I hope you’re sitting down. Back in August, the sale of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 baseball card made headlines when it sold at auction for a whopping $382,400 - a record of sorts for the iconic piece of cardboard. Until now. Sunday, another Mantle Topps rookie card (also graded PSA 8) broke the bank after selling on eBay for - get this - $486,100 plus $250 shipping. ...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Saying Goodbye to the 2015 Season

Well, that’s a wrap for the 2015 MLB season. So I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to the Royals, that team that never seemed to die, no matter how badly they seemed to be beaten at any given time. And, yes, it’s also time to say goodbye to the Mets, with their pitching staff, and superhero nicknames, and Bartolo Colon at-bats, and Wilmer Flores crying...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals fan crowdfunds to try to keep Zobrist, Gordon in KC

So, ummm…this is something. Shortly after the World Series ended, Kansas City Royals fan John Karpinski hit the internets and set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough money to keep both Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon from packing their bags and heading elsewhere.“We’re in the second smallest market in MLB,” Karpinski wrote. “Did you get $10, $100, $1000 worth of enjoyment...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Julia Roberts is a Kansas City Royals Fan?

Plenty is made about baseball teams and their famous fans and this past World Series had its fair share. Representing the Kansas City Royals fan base were comedic actors Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Eric Stonestreet while the New York Mets were led by heavyweights Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Billy Joel. And while the newly minted World Champs might not have as much...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

LGBT Organization Takes Jab at Lance Berkman

It’s Election Day across most of the country and if Lance Berkman gets his way, Proposition 1 is going to get voted down in Houston. You remember Proposition 1, right? Yeah…that’s the one Equal Rights Ordinance which would allow, among other things, transgendered people to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Well…the former Astros slugger is against it. And...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Crawford Has a New Gig

For many Major Leaguers, the off season gives them the opportunity to get healthy for the upcoming year. For others, it might be the right time to travel or pick up a hobby. If you’re Brandon Crawford…you test out your acting chops. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, the San Francisco Giants shortstop made a side journey to the Disney studios to tape an episode of “Liv and Maddie”...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WWE superstar Triple H salutes the Kansas City Royals

This is going to look awesome in the trophy case. Not even 12 hours after the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, WWE superstar-turned-WWE-executive Triple H (real name Paul Levesque) tweeted that the company would be awarding the team with its own championship belt. Congrats to the 2015 @MLB World Series Champions the Kansas City @Royals! #HeadedYourWay #DontGetChampagneOnTheTitle...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

No Wisdom, Just Links: Grantland’s Wake

This week, we lost a good friend: Grantland. Yes, ESPN’s sportswriting and pop culture site, the brainchild of Bill Simmons, was shut down. We are not here, however to talk about how it died, but rather how it lived, by sharing some of the best baseball writing- and writing in general- from the dearly departed. Some of them are personal favorites, others are well-respected ones that...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes’ Wife Received Prophetic Text

On August 31, Jonny Gomes went from the outhouse to the penthouse after being traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Kansas City Royals. Hours later, his wife Kristi received the following text from fellow baseball wife Amanda (wife of big league pitcher Brandon) McCarthy. I know I joke about it… But I might need to follow my gut feelings more- check out that date.. Congrats guys...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Twitter Takes Shots at Edinson Volquez’s Dad

When the Kansas City Royals announced that Edinson Volquez would be back for Game Five Sunday night, the baseball world held its collective breath, hoping the pitcher would do his father (who died just prior to Game One) proud. And after scattering just two hits over six innings, it’s pretty safe to say that, somewhere, Daniel Volquez was smiling, cheering on his son. Unfortunately...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Daniel Murphy-Rob Gronkowski connection

Just when you thought all the conceivable Daniel Murphy stories had been covered…here comes another. Not long after his early days dreaming of being an “Insurance Person” and well before his unexpected (and probably unwanted) support from the Westboro Baptist Church, the New York Mets second baseman was sharing a clubhouse with a Gronkowski. Sure, it was Gordie Gronkowski Jr. and...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Young fan nails his Colby Rasmus Halloween costume

Game. Over. When I saw that Jose Bautista was holding a contest inviting his fans to dress like him for Halloween, I might have announced that he was the best at Halloweening. I was wrong. Very, very, very wrong. Whoever the parents are that dressed their kid up as post-Wild Card win Colby Rasmus win all the Halloween awards this year and next year. The Colby Rasmus Halloween...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Of Course Dressing Up as Steve Bartman is Still a Thing

While the wound is still fresh for Chicago Cubs fans…it’s been 12 years and 18 days since Steve Bartman either did or didn’t interfere with a foul ball during Game Six of the 2003 NLCS. Yet, here we are, still dressing up as the guy for Halloween. not all Cubs players hate steve bartman
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista is the Best at Halloweening

Go to any neighborhood in any city and you’re likely going to see some kids dressed up “baseball player” this Halloween. And while I’m sure there are better things he’d like to be doing on Saturday (Game Four of the World Series perhaps?), Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista took to the Twitters to issue a fun, Halloween-inspired contest. Contest time guys! Tweet Pic of @JoeyBats19...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Matt Harvey splits with girlfriend

Prior to the NLCS, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey made some minor ripples in The Big Apple after missing a mandatory team workout. What made matters worse was the idea that the pitcher couldn’t keep his story straight as to why he was absent. Was he stuck in traffic? Did he lose track of time?!? We’ll probably never know for sure! Until now. Maybe? Rumor around the campfire...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Salvador Perez seen with interesting substance on shin guard

Welp…this is a new one. Early on during Tuesday night’s marathon Game 1, FOX cameras zoomed in on Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s right hand, and they might have discovered something they weren’t expecting. In case you weren’t paying attention…social media was. Within minutes, the topic went from speculating whether or not Edinson Volquez knew his dad was dead to...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom planning to cut his long hair

You’d think there would be more important things to talk about on the eve of the World Series, but…here we are. Prior to what ended up being an historic Game 1 Tuesday night, Jacob deGrom announced that he is likely going to be visiting the barber’s chair soon. “I think (my hair) is gone at the end of the year,” the New York Mets pitcher said via the New York Daily News. “It’s...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Symphony Issues Challenge to New York Philharmonic

There are wagers (like the one the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets made prior to the NLCS) and then …there are wagers. Prior to Game One of the World Series, Michael Stern, music director with the Kansas City Symphony, issued a challenged to the New York Philharmonic. “We propose a little challenge, a wager if you will,” Stern, a “born and bred” New Yorker said. “If (the Kansas City...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and (No) Links: World Series 2015 Preview

The 2015 World Series is between two teams who are in many ways completely opposite of each other. The Mets got here on the power of starting pitching and a few players (most notably Daniel Murphy) going out of their mind at the plate. The Royals got here through a world-class relief staff and a line-up that seems to be full of players who specialize on getting a hit the moment they...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Raul Mondesi Jr. Set to Make Big League Debut in World Series

Raul Mondesi never played in a World Series game. His son, Raul Jr., might just get his chance this week. But here’s the interesting part…Junior has yet to play in the Majors. Matter of fact, the 20-year-old infielder has yet to advance higher than Double-A.  Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals announced that Mondesi Jr. would replace Terrance Gore, who, incidentally, did not register...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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