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2013 MLB Preview: Phil Naessens Podcast 02-26-2013

Six Divisions. Thirty Teams. Everything you need to get you in the swing of things for the 2013 Major League Baseball season is on this program. Projected starting pitchers and closers, every move each team made during the off season as well as brief comments about each team. Please join Sports-Kings Reading Between the Seams baseball editor David Whitlock and Phil for your 2013...
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February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MLB Top 10 Shortstop

As the 2013 baseball season comes rolling in, Reading Between The Seams will be listing the top 10 players in the Major League’s position by position. In this article we will be discussing the MLB’s Top 10 Shortstops. Our list has been debated by members of our staff in hopes to provide detailed information for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts. Take a look firsthand, and...
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February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: National League East

The National League East features two of the best bullpens in baseball (Washington and Atlanta) and in general some nasty pitching–Steven Strasburg, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kris Medlen, Rafael Soriano, Craig Kimbrel, and Jonathan Papelbon… Scary! The NL East also offers a plethora of exciting young talent with Giancarlo Stanton in Miami, Strasburg and Bryce Harper in Washington...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera throws BP for first time since knee injury

Mariano Rivera threw batting practice for the first time since tearing his ACL New York Yankee iconic closer Mariano Rivera took the mound for the first time since tearing his ACL shagging fly balls. This morning Rivera threw 20 pitches to Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin during batting practice. The 43-year-old Rivera said he was excited to get back on the mound. “Not nervous, excited...
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February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Schmidt leans towards Bonds and Clemens in Hall

Legendary Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt offers a unique perspective on the steroid era eligible players, citing Career Home Run Champion Barry Bonds and seven time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens specifically.  He takes a literal approach to steroid accusations in that, “thou shalt not accuse unless evidence is there.”  According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Roger Clemens takes the mound in Florida

While the sports world is speculating about whether or not a 50-year-old Michael Jordan could compete in today’s NBA, 7-time Cy Young Award winner competed today with major leaguers [insert joke here about Astros being a AAA team] in a 20 minute session in Kissimmee, Florida as the Astros prepare for their Grapefruit League opener. Credit: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle According...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB….. PLEASE EXONERATE ME!

Guess what?  Five new names are added to the Biogenesis clinic PEDs scandal.  No, it’s not a yawner, in fact its quite interesting to see who was the next ballplayer selling their soul to the devil.   Unfortunately, the new members to the doping scandal are irrelevant to the baseball society though they will have to hang their heads in shame.    The new players listed...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss
IF IT AIN'T BROKE...WAIT

Torre: Instant replay on hold until 2014

Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, has said there will be no changes to instant replay in 2013, but “there will be something, for sure” in 2014.

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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MLB Top 10 Outfielders

As opening day draws near, Reading Between The Seams has been listing the top 10 players in Major League Baseball, position by position. In this article we discuss fantasy baseball’s top 10 outfielders. Our list has been debated by members of our staff in hopes of providing you detailed information for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts. Due to our list’s inherent fantasy...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton reports, still not happy

Giancarlo Stanton reported to the Miami Marlins training camp Friday, but it’s doubtful he’s any happier than he was when the Marlins management dismantled the team, sending several of their stars (Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle) to Toronto in what became Miami North.  November 13th, this spewed from Stanton’s Twitter feed Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple — Giancarlo...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: National League West

The National League West consists of the reigning World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. Defeating the Detroit Tigers in a 4-game sweep, the Giants are riding momentum going into the 2013 season. This division is not an easy division for the Giants to make a run at another title, however. With the Los Angeles Dodgers big off-season acquisition of Zack Greinke for a 6yr...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera says that he believes he deserves a World Series ring

Just when you thought Melky Cabrera was contrite about his ill-advised actions in the 2012 baseball season which afforded him a 50 game suspension for using PEDs, he boldly comes out an expresses his wish for a World Series ring via twitter!  According to a conversation Cabreara had with Bob Nightengale:   Melky Cabrera says that he believes he deserves a World Series ring...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MLB Top 10 Second Baseman

As the 2013 baseball season comes rolling in, Reading Between The Seams will be listing the top 10 players in the Major League’s position by position.  In this article we will be discussing the MLB’s Top 10 second baseman.  Our list has been debated by members of our staff in hopes to provide detailed information for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts.  Take a look...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss
MARIANO THE MAVERICK

Rivera still plans on shagging fly balls

Despite suffering a knee injury last season while doing the very same thing, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he still intends to shag fly balls in the outfield.

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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: American League East

The American League East is the most closely examined division in baseball thanks to MLB pillars, New York and Boston. Despite the Yankees’ historic run, making the playoffs 17 of 18 years, other AL East teams have perked over their broad shoulders in recent years. We’ve seen Tampa Bay become an annual playoff contender and Baltimore sneak into the playoffs last year, something...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: American League Central

While the teams in the other division in the American League have been busy making blockbuster moves this offseason, the members of the AL Central have been quietly making moves to improve their rosters. The baseball world (and Vegas) may be putting their proverbial eggs in the basket of the Angels & Blue Jays to win the pennant, the Central still has the reigning American League...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: American League West

The American League West experienced the most tumultuous offseason in baseball. Michael Young, an All-American ballplayer and long time Ranger, was traded out of the division and league to join the Phillies. The Angels signed a former MVP at the expense of the Texas Rangers and completely revamped their rotation. They’ll start 2013 with just two members of last year’s staff...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss
THAT'S THE BREAKS

Liriano reveals odd reason for injury

Baseball players often seem prone to suffering truly bizarre injuries, and Francisco Liriano is the latest MLBer to fall victim to that curse. 

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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Uh oh, “Elbow Issues” may be holding up Felix Hernandez deal

Felix is probably ready for this to be over Felix Hernandez upcoming contract extension (for a 7 years, $175M total starting next season) has been the talk of baseball this week, including his withdrawal from the World Baseball Classic as the negotiations finalize.  The latest news is that there may be alarms set by the investing Seattle Mariners that his elbow may not be in pristine...
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February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB and Red Sox call Schilling claims “baseless”

In the latest round of “he said / they said”, “he did it / no I didn’t”, Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox concluded an investigation into Curt Schillings comments earlier this week that the Red Sox organization encouraged him to take PED’s in 2008 while recovering from injury.  Two sources close to these investigations have told ESPNBoston.com writer Gordon...
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February 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez to skip the World Baseball Classic

Credit: AP/Alan Diaz According to his representatives, Felix Hernandez is going to pass on the World Baseball Classic because of his impending contract deal (5 year extension worth $135.5M by most reports).  At first glance, you might think it was part of the agreement for him to not pitch.  But in reality, there are still details of the deal to be worked out, and the Hernandez...
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February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MLB Top 10 First Baseman

As the 2013 baseball season comes rolling in, Reading Between The Seams will be listing the top 10 players in the Major League’s position by position.  In this article we will be discussing the MLB’s Top 10 first baseman.  Our list has been debated by members of our staff in hopes to provide detailed information for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts.  Take a look firsthand...
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February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

VIDEO: To get you pumped for the 2013 season

An awesome “Fan-Made” video from a “group of Bay Area (CA) college students” called Peck Vision to welcome back Major League Baseball for the 2013 season.  Of course, given their locale they’re pumped about the Giants 2nd title in 3 years, but a lot of good surprises from 2012 remind us that we have no idea what is in store for this season, and it’s going to be a fun...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun among players listed in Miami PED records

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Ryan Braun’s name is listed in Biogenesis records obtained by Yahoo!.  The case continues to be investigated as Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera have been tied to the South Florida outfit.  The implication of Braun is of particular interest, given a positive test just after the 2011 season that was later overturned on appeal.  2011 being the season...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

New AL West foes agree on 5 player deal

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros swapped 5 players, including 3 projected major leagues in a deal that should help Oakland in the near-term and Houston in the longer term.  The Astros give up Jed Lowrie (who was by far their best player before being hurt around the All Star break) and rubber-armed Fernando Rodriguez (who led the Astros with 71 games pitched in 2012) to acquire...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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