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Five interesting facts about Ernie Banks

The sports world and especially the baseball world is mourning the loss of one of the greats of the game.  And really, not just the game, but great baseball people.  Chicago Cubs icon Ernie Banks passed away on Friday just days before his 84th birthday.  He was a remarkable player and his journey through life had many interesting twists and turns.  Here are five things you may...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reds owner makes intriguing comment regarding Pete Rose and 2015 All-Star game

Despite a lifetime “ban” from baseball, it appears Major League Baseball’s all time hits king will be on the field for one of the league’s showcase games in 2015.  The All-Star game this year will be held in Cincinnati, and according to Reds majority owner Bob Castellini, their home town hero will be a part of the festivities (via Mark Sheldon on twitter, Reds beat writer...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez not expected until June

Jose Fernandez on the mound in June Credit: AP” width=”407″ height=”525″ /> We hope to see Jose Fernandez on the mound in JuneCredit: AP As division rival Washington Nationals load up on ace starting pitchers, the Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is not expected to be back with the team until after June 1.  And that’s an approximation at this point.  The 2013...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest MLB time-saving proposal: less time between innings

In an ongoing attempt to drive baseball games to a three-hour time window, Major League Baseball continues its approach to reduce game length and has another proposal.  Shorten the time between innings.  On the surface, great.  But uUnfortunately, not the number of commercials, but apparently the time after the commercial to the first pitch.  Jayson Stark of ESPN reports: Under...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Never ending Houston Astros makeover continues as Fowler traded

The Houston Astros continue their 2015 club makeover by trading their most experienced outfielder in Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for two major leaguers.  RHP Dan Straily and IF Luis Valbuena come in return to further provide the Astros pitching/bullpen and infield depth (via Carrie Muskat of MLB.com and other media outlets). Fowler brings an upbeat attitude and multiple offensive...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Most overrated player for every MLB team

2015 Major League Baseball rosters are starting to shape up, as free agency, trades, and overseas signings have bolstered (or weakened) all 30 teams.  For your team, there always seems to be that one guy that they just won’t get rid of.  Or the guy you knew was a bad idea to sign.  He’s expensive, he doesn’t play defense, and never hits in the clutch, the list goes on and...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Construction delay: Wrigley Field bleachers won’t be ready until May

When the 2015 Major League Baseball season opens on Sunday Night baseball on April 5, you won’t see any Chicago Cubs fans in the iconic Wrigley Field bleachers.  In fact, for the entire first month of the season and then some, fans will be limited to baseline seating.  That is because the Cubs announced on Saturday that the renovation project is running behind (via Jon Greenberg...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros GM: ‘We will have a winning record this year’

Credit: Sportslogos.net After six straight seasons of losing 86 or more games (including 324 over a span of three seasons), Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has said “enough is enough.”  Specifically, he is on record as stating the franchise will see market improvement.  Brian McTaggart of MLB.com noted the statement from an interview with MLB Network firebrand Chris...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson selects surprise cap for Hall plaque

Election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame was a near foregone conclusion for former Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.  Between those two teams, it was unclear which cap he would adorn.  Both franchises are “relatively” new, with Seattle beginning American League play in 1977 and Arizona beginning on the Senior Circuit 21 years later in 1998...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Chicago pizzeria designs cool pizza for the Cubbies

Few red-blooded Americans would argue that Chicago is not one of the top two US cities for quality pizza (yes, we’ll give props to New York).  And few baseball fans would argue that the Chicago Cubs are probably the most hapless franchise in Major League Baseball history (raise your hand if you were alive in 1908…crickets…). But at least Cubs fans can eat good pizza and support...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo makes playoff promise

It may not be as daring as Joe Namath in Super Bowl III, but Chicago Cubs All-Star 1B Anthony Rizzo is making a promise regarding the team’s prospects in 2015. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported the quote by Rizzo: We’re going to play and we’re going to win the NL Central, you can quote me on that Muskat noted that Rizzo was addressing Elementary school kids.  I don’t know...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado makes strides towards 2015

It seems like the Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado has been around for at least 5 years.  Note, despite an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove, and a Top 10 AL MVP finish, he is only 22 (and missed most of last season).  The defending American League East Champions will need his big bat in order to repeat in 2015, and things are looking good.  Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons Max Scherzer won’t sign until February

Scherzer is the jewel of the FA class, where will he land? Credit: AP/Paul Sancya Just in case you weren’t aware, former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer still is not signed.  You hardly even hear any rumors about him (unlike Jon Lester, who was signed by the Chicago Cubs after overt pursuit by half-a-dozen teams).  Scherzer might be more appealing than Lester for a few reasons...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons the Houston Astros should trade Chris Carter

Carter’s future may be bright with another team Credit: AP/Orlin Wagner The usually dormant Houston Astros (at least recently) agreed to one of their bigger trades in recent memory today, reportedly swapping three prospects (including the fire-throwing Michael Foltynewicz) to the suddenly rebuilding Atlanta Braves for C/LF/1B Evan Gattis.  The move for Gattis makes sense, given...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling offers strange reason why he is not getting Hall of Fame votes

Schilling’s vote total seems low, but really? Credit: AP Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling thinks he’s getting snubbed.  The debate to make the National Baseball Hall of Fame reached a fevered pitch this week.  And just like, ummmm, belly buttons, every expert (or not) has one.  The debates range from users of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) should get it, shouldn’t...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Three new and impact Oakland A’s players for 2015

Starting pitcher Jesse Hahn should factor into the A’s 2015 rotation plansCredit: AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane would probably trade a family member if the return was appealing. That might be extreme, but it’s clear that an immensely important group of players have been dealt from Oakland this offseason. In turn, multiple new faces will be displaying the sharp...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Official Reading Between The Seams 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Vote

Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame The writers of our own blog Reading Between the Seams embarked on the opportunity to evaluate this year’s deep Hall of Fame ballot and see if our thoughts might be an indicator for the final results (to be released on Tuesday, January 6).  With our sample size of eight voters, it takes six votes to meet the Hall’s 75% necessary for election...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MVP Jeff Bagwell may find new role with Houston Astros

When you think of the Houston Astros of the 1990s, you inevitably think “Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio.”  As the two stalwarts of the “Killer B’s” (which also featured Kevin Bass, Derek Bell, Lance Berkman, Geoff Blum, Michael Bourn, Tim Bogar, and Sean Berry at different times), they defined the Astros for a generation.  Craig Biggio has been working with the Astros...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Top ten baseball plays of 2014

With nearly 2500 games played per season and 54 outs in each (sometimes more) and tens of thousands of hits and runs, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the “best” baseball plays of 2014.  But we will try!  Separated into three categories: Defense (4), home runs (4), and walk-off hits (2).  And we finish with an emotional moment you won’t want to miss (and doesn’t...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

In Memoriam, baseball players and contributors we lost in 2014

It’s been a memorable 2014 for Major League Baseball.  Unfortunately, we lost a number of players (from age 21 to 102) and contributors to the game throughout the year.  Here we reflect on the lives of those we lost and remember fondly how they touched the game and made it better in our annual “In Memoriam” segment (alphabetical) Credit: MLB The post In Memoriam, baseball...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro held by police in shooting investigation

The Chicago Cubs have had a busy offseason for many good things, including the acquisition of ace left handed pitcher Jon Lester and manager Joe Maddon.  On Saturday, they receive some not so good news, as ESPN is reporting that three-time All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro was arrested by police in connection with a possible shooting.  Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes tweeted some...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Ken Griffey Jr. rocks awesome custom Christmas sweater

Credit: Instagram/therealkengriffeyjr For some reason this Christmas season, the “ugly” sweater made a comeback.  From parties to family photos to Instagram to Twitter.  Well, Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. sees your ugly sweater, and raises you an awesome one.  Check out this custom job that includes the moniker “swing man” complete with backwards hat swinging...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister buys Starbucks for his fans via Twitter

‘Tis the Season of giving, and Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (and his wife) are in the giving mood.  Fister is buying his Twitter followers a Starbucks, check out this tweet and enjoy! Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don’t be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Darryl Strawberry’s deferred salary goes to auction block

The New York Mets have long been “innovating” in the payment of salaries in future years.  As “Wimpy” of “Popeye the Sailor Man” fame used to say “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”  In the case of Darryl Strawberry, his deferred salary from 1985 – 1990 has long since left his control due to a divorce and other legal issues.  Now, after a bankruptcy...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri retailer selling Royals 2014 World Series Champions shirts

, a discount retail chain is selling Kansas City Royals 2014 World Series Championship t-shirts in their Joplin, MO location for the low price of $9.99. The problem with this should be obvious, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Royals in seven games in the 2014 Fall Classic. The shirts of championship losing teams are usually donated to less fortunate countries as shirts...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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