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PICTURE: Cole Hamels grows mustache, fires hot dogs from cannon

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Cole Hamels is no stranger to sporting unique appearances. During a recent exhibition game, Cole Hamels was using the team’s hot-dog cannon and launching dogs into the crowd. If that wasn’t cool enough, Hamels was pictured wearing this awesome new mustache!   Cole Hamels Mustache, Phanatic, Hot Dog Gun. Embarrassing Overload! @ogtedberg @avsny...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Thanks For The Memories Johan!!

Guest Blog by our proud Partner, Phil Naessens (originally posted here) On Friday March 29, 2013 New York Mets fans received the terrible news that beloved ace Johan Santana would most likely miss the entire season due to a tear in the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. This is the same exact injury that sidelined Santana for the entire 2011 campaign and the Mets have exercised...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Big League dream comes true for career minor leaguer

Amidst a flurry of signings of high contracts to All Stars and Cy Young Award winners (Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, and soon-to-be Clayton Kershaw), it’s fun to hear a good-newsstory of a person who will probably make the league minimum, but couldn’t be happier.  Mets lefty farmhand Scott Rice has made the big league club. Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Buster Posey Inks A 167M Deal To Stay With The Giants

  The San Francisco Giants and the 2012 NL MVP, Buster Posey just inked an eight year contract extension worth $167 million contract to continue to orchestrate behind the plate.  The Giants gave the highest contract ever to their two-time World Series champ which also included a no-trade clause according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  This contract is the longest in years...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Naessens Show 3-29-2013: MLB Opening Day Preview

It’s Friday and that means baseball on the Phil Naessens Show!  Reading Between the Seams is proud to continue our partnership and bring you in depth baseball information from the premier show across the world wide web! On the Friday edition of The Phil Naessens Show Eric Pleiss from Knuckleballs Blog joins Phil to discuss all the new faces on the Minnesota Twins Opening Day Roster...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 5 candidates to replace Tim McCarver on Fox

With news (readily welcomed here) that Tim McCarver would be stepping down from the primary Fox Sports color analysis microphone after 2013, the immediate question is, “who will fill those (sock-less) shoes?”   And especially the big head.  And work with Joe Buck (whose head size rivals Tim’s).  With the World Series locked up through 2021 for Fox Sports, the new candidate...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

REPORT: Adam Wainwright to become near $100M man

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Adam Wainwright has agreed to a 5-year, $97.5M extension with the St. Louis Cardinals.  This will be in addition to the $13M club option for 2013.   Sources: Wainwright, #STLCards in agreement on five-year, $97.5M extension that will run from 2014 to ’18. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 27, 2013 As expected, this falls short...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Bo Knows Throwing Out The First Pitch On Opening Day In Chicago

There is know better way to start the baseball season off more than bringing an old friend of both Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field on Opening Day.  That old friend is no other than Bo Vincent  Jackson, who is one of the greatest two sport athlete of all-time.  Jackson spent 4 season with KC (1986-1990)...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonny Venters the latest reliever to suffer elbow injury

Just a few days after St. Louis Cardinals’ Jason Motte suffered a forearm/elbow injury resulting in a start on the DL, another team expected to contend for the postseason suffers a bad blow.  Atlanta Braves All Star set-up man Jonny Venters left today’s game vs. Detroit in Lakeland, Florida.  Venters was struggling in the outing, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while retiring only...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League baseball team to feature urinal gaming

The Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be the first team to implement a “urinal gaming” system in its Coca Cola Stadium gentleman’s rooms.  According to Jon Schaeffer on MiLB.com Coca-Cola Park in the Allentown, PA, stadium is the worlds first to implement this “technology.”  IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes described the technology with...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss
A DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Matt Kemp visits Sesame Street

With only a few days left before opening day arrives, Los Angeles center fielder, Matt Kemp, stopped by Sesame Street to visit his friend Abby Cadabby, a character on the show, to discuss the word of the day, “attatch”.  Heck, I didn’t realize Sesame Street was still a running show!  Well, it’s refreshing to see a Major League All-Star player in a positive light,...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Naessens Show 03-26-2013: Fantasy Baseball Tuesday Outfielders and Catchers

Reading Between the Seams continues its partnership with Phil Naessens in bringing you his top rated Podcast coverage of Major League Baseball.  Our site manager David Whitlock is featured on Monday’s show, but we’re excited to bring you baseball coverage from his other shows, including Tuesday’s weekly feature on Fantasy Baseball: Joining Phil to discuss outfield options...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Grantland Publishes Race Baiting Immigration Article

It has been about four months since a sports mediacaster awkwardly injected politics into a Monday Night Football halftime show. Why the network felt it was appropriate, we’re not sure, but it set off a firestorm of controversy for the ensuing weeks. (You can see for yourself below.) Now Grantland, the ESPN affiliated sports site, has published an immigration article under the...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins resort to Groupon to try to fill opening day seats

Ugggh, I feel bad for Marlins fans.  And I’m a Houston Astros fan.  At least the Astros have moved a lot of opening day tickets, despite an unprecedented price jack by the new ownership.  I guess ESPN Sunday Night Baseball helps.  But I digress. But back to the South Florida Flounders.  Recall, the Miami Marlins grand Opening Day ticket sales event yielded a long snaking line...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Naessens Podcast 03-25-2013: American League Preview Part 1

It’s time to visit the American League and on Monday’s Phil Naessens Show Sports-Kings: Reading Between the Seams Managing editor David Whitlock joins host Phil Naessens to preview the wild wild American West and the under-rated American League Central. Download: pns3252013.mp3 To download this program to your portable device...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

REPORT: World Baseball Classic to pay injured players salaries

After an entertaining, but very injury-riddled, World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball and the WBC may have figured out a way to lessen the impact on teams that suffered injuries to major league players.  At least the financial impact.  Buster Olney, Senior Writer for ESPN and ESPN the Magazine, an MLB source has confirmed that the WBC will pay the salaries of the players...
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March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB to honor the Newtown tragedy victims during opening series

Major League Baseball will honor the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting with a moment of silence before all season openers, and all players, coaches, and umpires will wear a ribbon patch, honoring the 26 victims of the tragic shooting.  Earlier in the week, the Yankees and Red Sox had jointly planned to honor the fallen during their Yankee Stadium season opener, to include...
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March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Motte likely to start season on DL

In what has been the spring of injured closers (Chris Perez, Grant Balfour) you can add St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte to the list.  According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com: After throwing a pain-free inning against the Mets on Thursday, Motte said his right forearm tightened up on the bus ride back to the Cardinals’ complex. He alerted the medical staff that afternoon...
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March 23, 2013  |  Discuss
TURN UP THE HEAT

Chapman back to closer's role

Following speculation that Aroldis Chapman could return to the bullpen this season, the Reds have announced he will once again be the team's closer.

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March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Brandon Belt tells manager he plans to hit for cycle, then exceeds it

As if the San Francisco Giants needed any more help (okay, every team does), Brandon Belt has had a Spring to inject even more expectation in the World Series Champions.  Belt has been tearing it up in Scottsdale, batting .469 with 6 Home Runs and 16 RBI in a mere 57 at bats.  He hit 7 HR all of 2012 in 400+ at bats.  Belt was somewhat rushed to the majors in 2011 after two abbreviated...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Naessens Podcast 03-22-2013

It’s Friday and that means baseball on the Phil Naessens Show!  Reading Between the Seams is proud to continue our partnership and bring you in depth baseball information from the premier show across the world wide web! Phil is joined by Eric Pleiss from Knuckleballs Blog to talk about the Minnesota Twins Starting Rotation, Alex Hall from Athletics Nation joins us to discuss which...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros manager Bo Porter subtly suggests Strasburg situation mishandled

Nothing like an honest answer to an honest question.  In what would seem like the furthest thing from begging a criticism of the much maligned decision by the Washington Nationals last year to shut Stephen Strasburg down as he approach 200 innings, Bo Porter answered a question regarding Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro and his durability with a jab at the Strasburg limit via...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros manager Bo Porter subtely suggests Strasburg situation mishandled

Nothing like an honest answer to an honest question.  In what would seem like the furthest thing from begging a criticism of the much maligned decision by the Washington Nationals last year to shut Stephen Strasburg down as he approach 200 innings, Bo Porter answered a question regarding Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro and his durability with a jab at the Strasburg limit via...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles and Ravens battle for city supremacy

The battle lines have been drawn for Thursday September 5, 2013, and their respective mascot birds are out for blood.  Or at least cash.  Specifically, the Baltimore Orioles have a home game scheduled at 7:05 EDT against the Chicago White Sox per the MLB schedule release over a year ago.  However, with the Baltimore Ravens win in Super Bowl XLVII a month ago, per NFL protocol...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Naessens Show 03-19-2013: Fantasy Preview

Reading Between the Seams continues its partnership with Phil Naessens in bringing you his top rated Podcast coverage of Major League Baseball.  Our site manager David Whitlock is featured on Monday’s show, but we’re excited to bring you baseball coverage from his other shows, including Tuesday’s weekly feature on Fantasy Baseball: On the March 19th edition of The Phil Naessens...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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