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David Ortiz on contract critics: '(Expletive) them'

Photo Credit: Associated Press According to John Tomase of the Boston Herald, Red Sox’ designated hitter David Ortiz has had just about enough of the people criticizing him for his desired salary. Ortiz is one of the best designated hitters of all time and he isn’t asking for a long term deal or a ton of money. He is under contract with the Red Sox for 2014 with a salary of...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

High School pitcher strikes out 22 batters in 7-inning no-hitter

Prep star (Ferris HS Sr.) Evan Pontley was a strikeout machineCredit: Dallas Morning News The state of Texas is known for fireball pitchers.  Roger Clemens (Katy), Nolan Ryan (Alvin), Josh Beckett (Spring), Kerry Wood (Grand Prairie).  But none of them did what Ferris High School (TX) senior Evan Pontley did.  That is strike out 22 batters in 7 innings.  Those good at math note...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays promo: Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head

Opposing managers usually can’t outwit this guy(Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) ‘Tis the season for hilarious promotional giveaway announcements.  Fans look forward to their teams performance, but also circle their calendars for the more unusual promotional items, like a Nolan Ryan/Robin Ventura, Yu Darvish, or Kirk Gibson bobbleheads (not liked by himself).  Or their beloved manager...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Garza passes on Los Angeles Angels offer because he was on vacation

There’s a lot of reasons that a baseball player might pass on a comparable deal from one team to sign with another.  It might be overall team strength.  It might be size of market.  It might be hometown discount.  But not usually “I was on vacation and didn’t know about it.”  Well, this last reason seems to be the one that led Matt Garza to pass on signing with the Los...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Jurickson Profar shoulder discomfort jeopardizing Opening Day

When the Texas Rangers dealt 3-time All-Star Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers this winter, the move hinged upon phenom Jurickson Profar taking over the full-time 2B duties.  However, Profar came into camp in Surprise, AZ, slowed by a balky shoulder and will not be able to begin throwing for another week, according the ESPNDallas.com writer Richard Durrett.  Profar felt pain in...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves, Julio Teheran agree to 6-year deal

John Bazemore/Associated Press The Atlanta Braves are making a commitment to keep their young players for many years. First, they signed first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year deal worth $135 million. Second, they avoided arbitration Jason Heyward by signing him to a two-year deal worth $13.3 million. Now, they’ve extended an ace-in-the-making, Julio Teheran. The 23...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen is a question mark for Yankees

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Many things for the New York Yankees are uncertain for the 2014 season. One of the pieces of the puzzle that needs rearranging is the bullpen. With the loss of Mariano Rivera and Boone Logan the bullpen will have to find a new setup man and lefty specialist. Last years setup man David Robertson will assume the role of the closer. The lefty specialist role...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Waste No Time Assigning Cano’s Number

Credit: Associated Press Numbers are very important to the New York Yankees.  They were the second team in Major League Baseball to add numbers to their uniforms, and would have been the first if their opening day game in 1929 hadn’t been rained out. Players’ numbers are linked to their legacies, and the Yankees have often been quick to protect those legacies by retiring numbers...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols likens Derek Jeter to Jesus

Credit: Robert Deutsch /USA Today Sports According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels slugger Albert Pujols had some extremely positive words to say about Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter: Pujols on Jeter: “On and off field, he’s the way you want your kids to grow up, Only Jesus is perfect, but he’s pretty close to that guy.” — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols Likens Derek Jeter to Jesus

Credit: Robert Deutsch /USA Today Sports According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels slugger Albert Pujols had some extremely positive words to say about Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter: Pujols on Jeter: “On and off field, he’s the way you want your kids to grow up, Only Jesus is perfect, but he’s pretty close to that guy.” — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros to honor Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt in pregame ceremony

Oswalt and Berkman played together from 2001 to 2010(Credit: Eric Kayne/Houston Chronicle) Houston Astros fans have not had much to look forward to on the field the past three dismal seasons (112 – 324), but on April 5th, they will get to pay tribute to two of their heroes from the 2005 National League Championship squad, to date, their only pennant.  Lance Berkman (a Houston...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Derek Jeter announces 2014 will be his last season

(AP Photo)   Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announces on his Facebook page that he will retire after the 2014 season. The announcement was made through a long post made to his fans. “Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: AJ Burnett Signs With Phillies

A.J. Burnett (Credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP)It appears that AJ Burnett will be moving across the state of Pennsylvania, as the pitcher has signed a one year, $16 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It was first reported on Twitter by Hayden Balgavy who is theSports Producer/MMJ for THV 11 in Arkansas: Hearing Arkansas native A.J. Burnett has reached a one year deal with...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Sign Jose Valverde to Minor League Deal

Credit: Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Jose Valverde was once one of the top closers in baseball. He led the league in saves three times (2007, 2008 and 2011) and has 286 saves in his career. He had a decent year in 2012, but was absolutely awful in 2013 where he notched 9 saves in 20 chances and posted a 5.59 ERA. According to Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports’ Hardballtalk, Valverde...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphin Helps Rays’ Alex Cobb “Put a Ring On It”

Alex Cobb (Credit Chris O’Meara/Associated Press)Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Alex Cobb is now an engaged man thanks to the help of a dolphin at Orlando’s Discovery Cove. He didn’t go the cliché route, and propose on Valentine’s day; in fact, he went the opposite of cliché and proposed in one of the most unique ways that I’ve ever seen. In case you were wondering, his...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda Says He’s 100%; Wants To Start

Credit: Associated Press New York Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda has not pitched in a regular season game since being traded from the Seattle Mariners before the 2012 season. Pineda came into camp in 2012 quite overweight. He injured his shoulder before the end of Spring Training and required surgery. The rehab for shoulder surgery kept him out for all of 2012 and 2013. Pineda...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves to wear 40th anniversary patch of Hank Aaron’s 715th HR

This is pretty cool. Today the Braves unveiled a patch that they’ll wear this season to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.   Post by Atlanta Braves. Considered one of baseballs greatest moments, Aaron hit the 715th home run on April, 8, 1974 to set the record for most HR’s, surpassing the great Babe Ruth. Check out the short film on the historic...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Hanson Inks a Minor League Deal with the Rangers

Tommy Hanson signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Texas Rangers today.  The near future for AL West is going to come down to a literal arms race, and with this move, the Rangers reinforced their tank division at the Berlin Wall. Pitching is a commodity that teams must strive to stock up on, with the freak accident by Derek Holland effectively taking...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly thinks baseball is ready for a gay player

With groundbreaking news across sports (even National) news outlets that NFL prospect Michael Sam will certainly be the most noteworthy homosexual player in any major sport, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly thinks that Major League Baseball won’t be far behind, or will at least be very accepting of someone in the same situation.  According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Mattingly...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins GM diagnosed with curable cancer

In a bad news, good news situation, Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in a lymph node in his neck, but it is treatable.  Also convenient is his proximity to the world-class Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for treatment.  According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Ryan is upbeat: “Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Kipnis: What Happens in Vegas Never Happened

Jason Kipnis (Credit: AP Photo/Mark Duncan) It looks like Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis had himself a good time in Las Vegas this weekend as he (jokingly) tweeted: Dear Bank, I’d like to report some fraudulent activity. I was not in Vegas this weekend. Please remove all those charges from the weekend.. — Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) February 9, 2014 He’s clearly...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Cashner wins arbitration case with Padres

“Let the Hearings Begin!!!”.  Not quite the same ring as was tolled at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Friday, but it is officially MLB arbitration hearing season.  While many cases have been settled out of court (so to speak), the first case was won by San Diego Padres RHP Andrew Cashner, who will make $2.4M in 2014 (vs. the $2.275M offered by the Friars).  The San Diego...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: President Obama name checks Mike Trout in speech

The Farm Bill is a lot of things.  Hopefully a boost to rural economy.  Maybe a jobs creator.  Perhaps a conservation bill.  Maybe it can win the Rookie of the Year and leap outfield fences in a single bound.  President Barack Obama seems to think the last scenario isn’t that far-fetched.  During a public appearance touting the new $986B Farm Bill, Mr. President name dropped...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez Voluntarily Dismisses Lawsuit

In a surprise turn of events, History’s Greatest Monster, Alex Rodriguez has filed a Voluntary Dismissal under the Federal Rules of his suspension challenge and his so-called “witch hunt” suit against the MLB, Players Association, and Commissioner’s Office.  I won’t bore you with the details of what that actually entails.  The long and short of it is that despite this...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bronson Arroyo signs with Diamondbacks

(Credit: AP Photo)   Free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo has signed to a two-year, $23.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the deal also includes a $11 million option in 2016 with a $4.5 million buyout. Arroyo’s deal with Arizona: 9.5m in 2014, 9.5m 2015, 4.5m buyout on an $11m option on 2016 — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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