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End of season post-mortem: Tampa Bay Rays

This was supposed to be *the* year for the Rays. They looked like one of the most talented teams in the American League, and were going to be a playoff lock. But just like with the Rangers, their season derailed quickly and couldn’t get back on the tracks. By the time all was said and done, all the dust had settled, and the smoke was cleared, the Rays were in no man’s land in...
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Braves use Frank Wren as the fall guy for Fredi Gonzalez’s sins

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves made the move that we all expected for awhile now – they fired general manager Frank Wren, who has put together a team that has fallen out of the playoff race in recent weeks. But Atlanta’s follow-up move was quizzical – they named adviser John Hart as the interim GM, and stated that Hart, team president John Schuerholz, and Hall of Fame manager...
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End of season post-mortem: Miami Marlins

All things considered, the 2014 Miami Marlins were a bit of a surprise. Sure, they were never truly a playoff contender — especially after Jose Fernandez tore his UCL in mid-May and needed Tommy John surgery — but they hung around .500 for much of the season. Coming off a year in which they lost 100 games, there may actually be some reason for hope on South Beach. Preseason Prediction...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – say bye bye to the Braves

One of the most disappointing 2014 seasons came to an end on Sunday as the Atlanta Braves were knocked out of playoff contention, less than a week after the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East at Turner Field. Amazingly, the Braves may bring manager Fredi Gonzalez back in 2015 while relieving GM Frank Wren of his duties. Gee, that sounds about right – remove the man who gave...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Royals are fading away

I think it’s a bit misleading to say that the Kansas City Royals are fading, which I did in the subject of this post, but Kansas City has lost two in a row to Detroit in interesting fashion. The Royals got pummeled from pillar to post on Friday, and barely lost on Saturday, thanks in large part to a controversial call in the sixth inning. But let’s not put all of the blame on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Dodgers make it four

We discovered our fourth playoff team on Friday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers joined the three division champions (Baltimore, Anaheim, Washington) in the playoff picture. Now, the Dodgers haven’t clinched the NL West yet, but they’re up 3.5 on the Giants with only eight games to play (including three with San Francisco). For the Giants to overtake them, it’s going to require...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Braves fan catches homer in popcorn bucket

The story here isn’t Lucas Duda homering off of Julio Teheran to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. No, it’s this Braves fan catching the homer in his bucket of popcorn. Nice play, man. I’d make a Falcons joke, but considering they destroyed the Bucs on Thursday night, I think they’re just fine with receivers right now. The post Braves fan catches homer in popcorn bucket appeared...
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End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball could be played in San Diego during September...
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The longest homers for the week ending September 18th

You guys…we’ve reached the second to last edition of the longest homers of the week this season. We’ll follow up with one more next week, and wrap up the season with a longest homers of the year compendium the following Monday. This week, our list is headed by Brandon Moss of the Oakland Athletics, a team that really needs to hang their hat on something this September. 1...
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Dugout Digest – do or die for the Brewers

This is really a last gasp for the Milwaukee Brewers. After a crushing 3-2, 13 inning loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, the Brewers are six games back of St. Louis in the NL Central, and 3.5 games behind the Pirates for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. You can pretty much count out the division at this point, but Milwaukee still has a shot at the Wild Card, especially given that...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Cincinnati Reds

The NL Central was supposed to be a three-team race between the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds this year. St. Louis and Pittsburgh fulfilled their expectations, but Cincinnati fell off in a major way. Coming into the season, the Reds were viewed by some as a better club than the Pirates. The team showed what it was capable of at its best, going 18-10 in June and getting as close...
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2015′s breakout team: the Cleveland Indians

For whatever reason, Cleveland seems to be the place to be for late 20’s breakouts from starting pitchers. Cliff Lee set the tone for the Indians a few years back, and this year, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have followed in his footsteps. It is unfortunate for the Indians that Carrasco’s dominance, along with Danny Salazar’s resurgence, occurred so late in the season....
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End of season post-mortem: Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies just don’t know when to quit. They really should quit. It was another season of the Phillies trying to win with almost the exact same roster that lost 89 games the year before, only older. As you, but not Ruben Amaro Jr., probably guessed, it didn’t go very well. Preseason Prediction: I think third place is the ceiling for the Phillies, and the bottom of the National...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Athletics finish collapse with a thud

So it’s official then – the Oakland Athletics won’t be winning the AL West, despite their torrid start to the year. I think we all kind of knew deep down that the A’s weren’t going to completely run away with the AL West, after all, they never had a lead of more than six games. But I don’t think any of us could have foreseen a stretch in which they went 17-27 (and counting...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

While you were sleeping, the Angels won the AL West

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim clinched their first AL West title since 2009, thanks in large part to a tremendous comeback by the Texas Rangers in Oakland. You can’t make this up. After the Rangers collapsed down the stretch in 2012 (and in 2013, to a lesser extent) to hand the division title to the A’s, the A’s fell apart over the last six weeks, and it was the Rangers...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Braves fan hit in face trying to catch foul ball

This clip from Wednesday night’s Nationals-Braves game at Turner Field is going to make you wince…and then maybe laugh. Ah jeez. I’m laughing. The poor guy had no chance at this foul ball. What’s more embarrassing – the Braves’ play on the field this September, or this fan completely whiffing on catching this foul ball and eating it? But seriously, random Braves fan...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Reds benched all their regulars the day after nearly getting no-hit

The Reds nearly got no-hit by Jake Arrieta last night. They ended up “only” getting one-hit. So how did Reds manager Bryan Price respond? HE BENCHED EVERYONE: #Reds lineup: Negron 6 Santiago 5 Rodriguez 8 Ludwick 7 Lutz 9 Hannahan 3 Elmore 4 Barnhart 2 Corcino 1 — John Fay (@johnfayman) September 17, 2014 Well, pretty close to it, anyway. Ryan Ludwick and Ramon Santiago are...
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Dodgers overcome their Yasiel Puig problem as postseason approaches

For the past six weeks, it looked like the Dodgers would win the NL West and perhaps the league’s top seed despite getting little contribution from Yasiel Puig. In August, the Cuban sensation compiled a slash average of .216/.296/.247. As that slugging percentage indicates, Puig wasn’t hitting for any extra-base power, managing only two doubles and no home runs in 108 plate appearances...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Atlanta Braves to clean house?

To say this was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves would be an understatement. After surprising the league, overtaking the Washington Nationals last year, and starting this year as the youngest team in baseball, things were looking up for the Braves despite the national media’s love affair with the Nationals. Most picked the Nationals to win the division, and obviously...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Gwynn Jr. got a great ovation in San Diego

Tony Gwynn Jr. lead off and played center field for the Phillies on Tuesday night. The Phillies were playing the Padres in San Diego at Petco Park. You can imagine what happened from there. Gwynn’s father, Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, passed away in June following a battle with salivary cancer. This was his son’s first game in San Diego he passed away. What a fantastic...
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Adam Jones celebrated AL East title by pieing fans

Adam Jones celebrated the Orioles’ first AL East title since 1997 by taking the team’s tradition of pieing one another and applying it to the Orioles fanbase. I love the super slow motion that was used in these camera shots. And now for a closer look… It’s so dramatic. My hat is off to Jones and the rest of the Orioles for keeping their celebration fun. Those Orioles fans...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Korean mayor egged by colleague for moving ballpark

This is one of the most incredible, bizarre things I’ve ever seen. Ahn Sang Soo, mayor of the Korean city of Changwon, had a pair of eggs thrown at him during an assembly meeting. Furthermore, the egg thrower in question was assemblyman Kim Sung Il. Now, what got the assemblyman so upset? Well, mayor Ahn wants to move the baseball stadium in Jinhae (represented by Kim) to Masan...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Pirates want more October baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing some great baseball as of late. Since getting swept in heartbreaking fashion in St. Louis, the Pirates have gone 9-2, with their two losses coming by just a total of three runs. They still have three left with the Brewers and four left with the Braves in Atlanta, meaning that they truly do control their own fate – keep winning, and a playoff berth...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's radar gun goes haywire

The A’s stadium is known infamously for many reasons including sewage issues, too much foul ground, and electrical outages. You can now add a radar gun being the fritz to the list as tonight’s game showed pitches ranging from 1 mph (how long would that take to reach home plate) to 400 MPH. Could one even see a 400 MPH? Would that shatter a bat regardless of where it hit it?...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles clinch first AL East title since 1997

Orioles magic is heading into the Postseason. Baltimore defeated Toronto 8-2 on Tuesday night, clinching their first AL East title since 1997 and making their second Postseason in the last three seasons. The Orioles quickly emerged as the dominant team in the AL East, and first place was theirs for good at the beginning of July.  This season was simply incredible for Baltimore...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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