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Chipper Jones quits Twitter

Chipper Jones has taken his talents to… uh, well, somewhere besides Twitter. Jones walked away on Wednesday morning with a final Tweet at 8:23 AM, saying that he is done with the social media giant, and crediting too much hate and trolls as his reasoning for leaving. No more twitter for me. Said I’d do it for one year and the time is up. Too much hate and too many trolls. Much...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch: Raul Ibanez demonstrates why there is a need for PEDs

photo credit to deadspin.com In light of the title, we are picking a little fun at Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez.  Raul committed one of worst throwing errors of the season Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Ibanez, who is having an epic season at the plate at age 41 with 24 home runs, wishes he could have a do over on a defensive play that happened...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE

McGwire giving up on Hall of Fame?

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, commenting on the recent suspensions, said that he has all but given up on any chance of being inducted in the Hall of Fame.

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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss
GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Trevor Plouffe flips over rail going for foul ball

courtesy of mlb.com Trevor Plouffe’s amazing catch Monday night was the only bright spot of the game as the Minnesota Twins took a 13 to nothing whoopin from division rival Kansas City Royals.  The play came in the fourth inning when Alex Gordon hit a foul ball tailing off to the left side, heading into the third base dugout.  Trevor Plouffe never took his eye off the ball...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter Back to DL, A-Rod Batting Clean-Up

Unfortunate… It’s the only word to describe Derek Jeter’s season. Just four games after recovering from an quad injury and returning from the DL, Derek Jeter is right back on the DL. This time it’s his calf. He missed the first half of the season recovering from a severe ankle injury that he sustained in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. In his first game back, he strained...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Twelve players in Biogenesis case agree to 50-game suspensions

Black Monday has arrived in the Biogenesis Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) case, and according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, 12 players have agreed to suspensions for 50-games, or the remainder of 2013. Credit: KDVR.com Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin, Padres shortstop Everth...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

WAKE UP TOM LASORDA!

Tom Lasorda was napping during the LA/Chicago game Sunday afternoon.  Well at least he isn’t managing anymore.  Can you blame him its the middle of the afternoon!  If Mr. Lasorda had his way the game would have started first thing in the morning after.  Take a look: courtesy of mlb.com Okay, okay I know, leave the 85-year-old Hall of Fame manager alone! Follow us on Twitter...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch Adam Dunn swing a big stick

credit photo to espn.go.com   Adam Dunn is one individual who never cheats himself swinging a big stick.  The left-handed slugger can launch a baseball with the best of them.  Dunn will never be known for his clutch hitting but he will provide a Reggie Jackson-like swing and when he connects “Lord Have Mercy!”  Today was one of those days where everything felt right and...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig leaves game after making (yet another) diving catch

As we mentioned in a previous blog, if you have the opportunity to pay to see Yasiel Puig play, do it, you’ll get your money’s worth.  Unfortunately, after providing the Cubs fans yet another diving catch against their North-siders on Saturday, he may be sidelined for a few days.  First, the diving catch (courtesy of MLB.com) And as you saw, his left wrist seemed to get twisted...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Garza rants on twitter after getting bunted on

credit photo to AP/Ben Margot Message to the American League. Matt Garza DOES NOT LIKE WHEN YOU BUNT ON HIM!  Just ask Oakland A’s shortstop Eric Sogard, who successfully sacrifice bunted in the first inning in the first inning that lead to an early run; but he taunted Garza again with an RBI bunt in the seventh inning of an 4-2 A’s victory against the Texas Rangers...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.B. Shuck (Angels) Makes Catch of the Year

Your browser does not support iframes. Video Credit: MLB.com Angels’ Angels Rookie J.B. Shuck who is playing Left Field while Mike Trout temporarily plays Center Field in place of an injured Peter Bourjos, is taking full advantage of his time in the show. Tonight, Shuck made a ridiculous leaping jump and landed in the stands just over the 330ft sign, robbing Toronto’s Jose Bautista...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig make another diving catch to rob a hit

If you have the opportunity to see Yasiel Puig play, pay the money, because you’re likely to see something special.  Friday night’s Puig highlight was a diving catch, as he was coming in and to his left and robbed Chicago Cubs IF Darwin Barney of a sure hit.  What I want you to watch is the economy of steps.  By the time the camera catches Puig who got a great jump, he makes...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss
LAYING IT OUT THERE

Harper makes passionate speech

Bryce Harper may be one of the younger players on the Washington Nationals, but that hasn't stopped him from acting like a leader.

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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss
FANCY

Hanley Ramirez makes sweet play to turn two

courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images It was the best double play turned this year and it happened Thursday night in Chicago.  Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop, Hanley Ramirez made an incredible stop with his momentum going towards third base.  Instead of spinning his body around to make the throw to second, he backhand’s a long flip to Dodgers’ second baseman Mark Ellis with...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter predicts own catcher will sign with Yankees

The way Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter sees it, the New York Yankees should be doing back flips if the result of the Biogenesis PED scandal results in an Alex Rodriguez suspension, and the longer, the better.  Based upon the cleared payroll, Showalter went as far to predict that his own two-time All-Star catcher, Matt Wieters, would probably defect and be wearing Pinstripes...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain robs home run

When you’re hot, you’re hot.  The Kansas City Royals have won 9 straight games, thanks to playing some of the most complete baseball since George Brett, Amos Otis, and Willie Wilson were stars.  Case in point as Lorenzo Cain robs Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe of a home run and makes it look easy (courtesy of MLB.com). Cain almost made it look routine, even the announcer...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Cal Ripken announces $100K award for information on mother’s kidnapper

Just over a year after a bizarre kidnapping case that thankfully ended without tragedy, Cal Ripken Jr. and his family have decided to offer a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest of those to abducted his mother, Vi Ripken.  According to Justin George of The Baltimore Sun, Cal felt strongly the time was now to try to nab the criminal to make sure he doesn’t...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Nights, Three Games, Three consecutive walk-off home runs

Three nights, three games, three consecutive walk off home runs for the Texas Rangers against Los Angeles Angels. According to Elias, the last team to win three consecutive games with game-ending homers was Detroit in June 2004. Message to the Angels relief pitcher. Stop giving up the LONG BALL!  For the third straight night the Texas Rangers won the game in dramatic fashion. What...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy to Padres, A Win-Win Agreement

Sitting eight games below .500 and five behind trading partner, Arizona, the San Diego Padres added an arm to their rotation. Ian Kennedy, a former 21-game-winner and before that, a Yankee prospect, now stands with an ugly 3-8 record and 5.23 ERA. He seems to have overstayed his welcome in Arizona, but the Padres will now take a shot on the righty who hails from Southern California...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros rookie Jonathan Villar steals home easily on Orioles

While the Houston Astros are saddled with the worst record in major league baseball (5 games worse than next closest team), there are reasons to believe they are turning the corner.  Not the least of which was the recent call up of 22-year-old  IF Jonathan Villar, one of the prospects resulting from the multi-year sell-off of veterans (in this case Roy Oswalt). Villar flashed some...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrew McCutchen makes amazing diving catch, then doubles up runner at first

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be one of the most exciting team to watch in baseball, and their unquestionable leaders is Gold Glove OF Andrew McCutchen.  The three-time All-Star “Cutch” leads on the field by example both with his bat and his glove.  The latter was on full display in this amazing diving catch on Carlos Beltran, then pops to his feet to double up Matt Holliday...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Giambi finds the fountain of youth with a walk-off home run

(Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports) 42-year-old Jason Giambi passes Hank Aaron on becoming the oldest player to ever hit a walk-off-home run in major league history.  It happened in the ninth inning of the White Sox vs. Indians game.  Giambi came in bottom of the ninth inning to pinch hit for Mark Reynolds and took a 1-1 pitch from White Sox relief pitcher,  Ramon Troncoso...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees manager Joe Girardi give pep talk to the Cowboys

photo by Nik Swartz Yankees manager, Joe Girardi took moment away from baseball Monday afternoon and headed up to Oxnard, California to spend some time with America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys.   Girardi watched and spoke to the team for a few minutes after practice.  Like most guest, Girardi had words of encouragement, almost mimicking Cowboy coach, Jason Garrett, mentions...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Hold up AROD, Selig Can Ban You If You Appeal Suspension

Selig raising his hands to “slow down”. Credit: Richard Drew/AP/NY Daily News Remember that possible impending suspension for AROD that Reading Between the Seams reported on Sunday? Well it appears that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has every intention of making it stick, for good. The New York Daily News reported earlier tonight that there is a special power of the Commissioner...
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League (AA) team salutes Anthony Weiner with promotion

Leave it to the minor league teams to always come up with the creative promotions (that would probably never pass in the majors).  The Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants AA affiliate) have declared Thursday August 1 “Salute to Scandal” night, with $1 hot dogs around the ballpark in honor of Anthony Weiner, the scandal-plagued New York City mayoral candidate.  According...
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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