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Giancarlo Stanton debuts personalized helmet with mouth guard

After a horrifying pitch to the jaw to end his 2014 season, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will use a helmet with a jaw-guard in 2015.  But not just any jaw guard off the shelf.  A sleek looking, NFL face mask style addition.  With a customer letter “G” as part of the design.  Check out the @MLB tweet Yeah, @Giancarlo818 – The faceguard plays. pic.twitter.com...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: University of Arizona wins game with walk-off steal of home

While Major League Baseball is a couple of weeks away from preseason games, and over a month away from the regular season, NCAA Baseball started over a week ago.  Mostly escaping TV coverage, there are a number of heavyweight matchups already.  One of these is the perennial power Rice University Owls visiting Pac 12 powerhouse Arizona Wildcats in Tucson for a three game set over...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez – Backup first baseman?

Rodriguez? Back up?Credit: AP The baseball world awaits (or bemoans, depending on your perspective) the triumphant (or disgraceful) return of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in 2015.  Having missed the entire 2014 season on a suspension due to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), Rodriguez will be nearly 18 months older than he was in his last game.  To put it in perspective...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

OPINION: MLB rule changes to speed up game ‘swing and miss’

Major League Baseball will implement three “MLB rule changes” in an effort to speed up what has been portrayed as a game in need of speeding up.  One isn’t even a rule change at all, the second misses the true reason of the delay, and the third is something new to mitigate an effect that slowed down the games last year for the first time.  Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports that...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League baseball team sells Opening Day tickets for four cents

All of us remember our grandparents telling us the “good old days” when you could be a soda at the drugstore counter for a nickel and a haircut cost 50 cents.  But did they ever tell you that you could get baseball tickets for four cents?  Probably not.  So spin this tale their way next time you visit.  The Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals High-A) had an ill-timed...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals plan hilarious ‘chia beard’ giveaway

The Washington Nationals have a creative fan giveaway in store for its fans this season.  It’s fun to hear when the marketing departments for Major League Baseball promotions think outside of the box.  Bobbleheads?  Been there, done that.  Towels, T-shirts, umbrellas…ho hum.  Chia beards?  Intriguing!  The Washington Nationals are planning to give away a limited edition...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: New York Yankees have scheduled ‘Andy Pettitte Day’, will retire his number

Just 16 months removed from throwing his final pitch, the New York Yankees are reportedly set to retire Andy Pettitte‘s number in a day set aside for the key member of the so-called “Core Four” (along with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera).  The New York Daily News is reporting that August 23 will be “Andy Pettitte Day” and his number 46 will be removed from...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter plans low profile during his first year of retirement

After what amounted to nearly 10-months of an extremely busy schedule of public appearances, interviews, and, oh yes, playing baseball during his retirement tour in 2014, former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is going to be out of the public eye, at least this first season.  Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Jeter won’t be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Casino publishes MLB futures win totals; Dodgers and Nationals lead way

As the Major League Baseball offseason free agent frenzy settles down and pitchers and catchers are mostly scheduled to report within days, it’s time to see who is projected where for the 2015 MLB season.  The next month and a half will be filled with every media outlet and expert (or otherwise) picking standings, playoff participants, and projected World Series champions.  The...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has some intriguing thoughts on low-income youth and baseball

Andrew McCutchen makes poignant remarks in his article Credit: AP/Michael Perez Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen has a very unique perspective about economically disadvantaged youth and baseball.  That’s because he was one.  McCutchen poured out his story in an article he authored titled “Left Out” in The Players Tribune, an intriguing media platform...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Baseball team to host Brian Williams themed promo

Credit: SportsLogos.net Well, that didn’t take long.  After a couple of weeks of embarrassing “exaggeration story” revelations for suspended NBC News Anchor Brian Williams, the Cleveland Indians AA affiliate has pounced on the marketing opportunity for a ‘Brian Williams Pants on Fire Night’ at Canal Park in Akron, OH.  The Akron Rubber Ducks expanded upon the frills...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester aces Par 3 7th for a hole-in-one

Not may people have had the whirlwind winter that Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has experienced.  He capped it off just days before pitchers and catchers report with a hole in one.  Check out the braggadocios tweet (via @jlester34) @Titleist 1st hole-in-one today on the 7th at Estancia! @Evan3Longoria was an eye witness! Look out @Keegan_Bradley! pic.twitter.com/gPTtyPVdbA —...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons the New York Yankees should cut Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is likely to be a shell of himself in 2015Credit: AP/Michael Dwyer Ready or not, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is poised to make his appearance on a Major League Baseball field this spring.  After a tumultuous 19 months since the Biogenesis scandal broke, the 3-time Most Valuable Player has completed his 162-game PED suspension and is cleared to play....
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday Lenny Dykstra!

Happy 52nd birthday to New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies fan favorite, Lenny Dykstra. “Nails”, as he was affectionately known played hard on and off the field. Dykstra, was the leadoff hitter on the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, and the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies squad that lost in the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays. Dykstra has a connection to me personally...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Future MLB All-Star Game host venues to be up for bid

MLB Commish Robert Manfred is already shaking things up Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP New Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred has been offering a lot of thoughts and visions for his league in the first few weeks, and today he dropped another bombshell.  Instead of rotating All-Star Game host venues between leagues in alternating seasons and generally following a “who...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy 40th birthday, Vladimir Guerrero!

Today is the 40th birthday of one of the most exciting players of this generation, Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero, a native of the Dominican Republic possessed an arm that baserunners feared, had an amazing power at the plate without wearing batting gloves, and never saw a pitch he thought he could not hit. He won the A.L. MVP in 2004 while playing with the Anaheim Angels. However he...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

If Padres sign James Shields, will it be enough to win the NL West?

James Shields big arm is coveted around MLB; he is expected to sign soonAP Photo/Pat Sullivan The final domino in the 2015 free agent pitcher bonanza appears poised to fall and the San Diego Padres might be poised to win.  Multiple reports are indicating that former Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals ace James Shields will make a decision on his 2015 team on Monday.  MLB.com...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Magic Johnson try to play baseball

When athletes get together the discussion arises as to what is the hardest skill to master. Some make the argument that hitting a golf ball is the hardest, or returning a tennis serve by a professional player, or being able to stand in a boxing ring and exchange punches. I believe the hardest task to do consistently well is to hit a baseball. Magic Johnson, one of greatest basketball...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter’s life keeps getting better

Derek Jeter is currently living the life that most of us can only dream about. He is retired after having one of the G.O.A.T careers, rich beyond all comprehension, an untarnished legacy, but this final fact is just unfair. The Captain is dating the model that will grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Hannah Davis. Jeter, who has had relations with many of the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

What is the Caribbean World Series?

What is the Caribbean World Series? With the football season complete, and Spring Training not beginning for about another month, is there any top-notch baseball currently being played anywhere? Lucky for us the Caribbean World Series is currently being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I have heard of the Caribbean World Series, but I did not know how what it entailed. After doing...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Review of Angels top prospects

MLB.com recently released a list of the Top 100 Prospects. Unfortunately the Los Angeles Angels had only two players among the 100 listed. The Angels organization is constantly ranked in the bottom five when it comes to top prospects. In comparison the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins lead the way with six prospects listed among the Top 100. Granted, the Angels have been extremely...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox and Mariners mascots talk Twitter trash, make Super Bowl bet

When the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, there will be more at stake than “just” the Lombardi Trophy.  That’s right, the teams’ success will bleed over to their baseball teams, as the Boston Red Sox “Wally” mascot and his counterpart in Seattle “Mariner Moose” have upped the ante with a bet of their own.  Check out...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros have major fail for Jose Altuve autograph ball giveaway on Twitter

The Houston Astros have been a punching bag in both the American and National Leagues for the past four years.  As the team rebuilt from the Biggio-Bagwell-Berkman, so called “Killer B” era (punctuated with a pennant 10 years ago), mostly AAA talent and discounted free agents have filled their roster these past season.  Most pundits around the league feel like they’ve turned...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Pablo Sandoval hits amazing half court shot from rear end

The Boston Red Sox knew they were getting an All-Star third baseman in Pablo Sandoval, but did they think the Boston Celtics might be interested in his services, too?  Probably not (given Sandoval’s 5’11”, 245 pound frame).  But with no defense to block, the Kung Fu Panda can knock it down.  Check out Sandoval’s Instagram evidence:   #Repost @mikesandoval0807 with...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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