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Dear White Sox: stop it

I like what the Chicago White Sox did this winter. They’re going to be a pretty entertaining team to watch. However, this is terrible. Coming soon to a ballpark near you: pic.twitter.com/bQQkNPV1ND — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 27, 2015 If you have no idea what that tweet is talking about, consider yourself lucky. Also, prepare to hate TOC for the rest of your life...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

One of the Wrigley rooftop owners indicted on fraud charges

Are you sick to death of the seemingly neverending battle between the Chicago Cubs and the owners of rooftop clubs outside of Wrigley Field? The war between the two entities is still raging on, but it took an interesting turn this week – one of the rooftop owners was indicted on four counts of mail fraud after allegedly cooking the books to avoid paying the Cubs $600,000 owed to...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Francisco Giants

You can forgive Giants fans if they got a little jumpy on the first of January, when the euphoria of another World Series championship was pushed aside by the creeping horror of the start to another odd year. Is there such a thing as an odd year curse? Some Giants fans certainly think so, and their team’s performances in years following a title could turn anyone into a believer...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander surprised a young fan at Starbucks

On Friday morning, Justin Verlander grabbed a coffee at Starbucks. He was behind a young Tigers fan in line, and that Tigers fan was wearing a Verlander shirsey. I can only imagine the look on this child’s face when he turned around… Love having my fans support!! This little guy was pretty surprised when he turned around. A photo posted by Justin Verlander (@justinverlander...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

A return to the defense first shortstop?

The position of shortstop was always dominated by great defenders who cared little about their offensive prowess from the beginning of baseball until the surge in power all around baseball in the mid-1990’s. This is exemplified by players like Ozzie Smith, who managed to play a 19 year, Hall of Fame career despite a .262/.337/.328 career batting line and 28 total home runs. In...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

The battle over Kris Bryant’s service time clock, which hasn’t even started yet, was just taken in a bit of a personal direction by Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras. While speaking with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boras dragged out the Cubs’ history of losing as a reason to bring him up for Opening Day. “The opiate of player control cannot supersede the greater importance...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

For two straight seasons, the Dodgers have been the pre-season talk of the National League West. For two straight seasons, the Dodgers ran into the playoff buzzsaw known as the St. Louis Cardinals. In those two playoff series, Clayton Kershaw lost a 1-0 decision in 2013 NLCS and then proceeded to give up 18 runs in his next three starts, including two series-clinching wins for the...
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Thanks to the Brewers, we will soon have ‘Nachos On a Stick’

A few years ago, I was at a ballgame when my friend inexplicably lost control of the nachos he was holding, and they went all over the back of the guy sitting in front of him. It was a bit awkward watching the last few innings behind a guy who had cheese and onions on his shirt (though we tried to brush off what we could.) The Brewers may have had my buddy in mind when creating their...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarred Cosart being investigated for gambling

According to the Miami New Times, Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart may be in hot water after a private Twitter exchange was leaked indicating that Cosart is heavily into sports gambling of some sort: Cosart’s troubles started last night with a gambling expert on Twitter alleging he’d direct messaged a colleague asking for betting advice. Cosart later deleted his own account as...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies backtrack on ‘Astros 2017 World Champs’ promotion

It probably sounded like a fun idea for fans of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros were deemed 2017’s World Series champions by Sports Illustrated last June, touting the young talent that the organization had stockpiled and developed. With potential stars like George Springer, Jon Singleton, Collin McHugh, Mark Appel and Carlos Correa...
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Killing Time: Do MLB’s Pace of Play Clocks Work?

This spring, some teams are showing off recently improved rosters while others are going the other way. But all teams have made one similar addition: A clock in center field and another behind the plate. These pace of play clocks are among a few new rule enforcements that aim to speed up the game of baseball at least a little bit. The question remains, however, how much time, if...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers win Hector Olivera sweepstakes with $62.5 million deal

Signing Cuban infielders hasn’t worked out terribly well for the Dodgers in recent years, as neither Alexander Guerrero nor Erisbel Arruebarrena has developed as hoped. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The Dodgers are obviously hoping so, banking $62.5 million on infielder Hector Olivera, winning the latest bidding for a Cuban import. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies knew changes were needed after their fourth straight losing season, one that saw them drop 96 games and barely avoid a third straight last place finish in the NL West. But rather than trading the high salaries of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and rebuilding, the Rockies instead dumped GM Dan O’Dowd and replaced him with Jeff Bridich in hopes that a change...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips is not down with OBP

So I guess this is why Brandon Phillips doesn’t go by @DatDudeOBP on Twitter. When asked if he was down with OBP, the Reds second baseman basically said, “No, you know me.” While talking to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Phillips spoke out against the increased emphasis on a player’s on-base percentage among baseball writers and broadcasters. What’s amusing is who he...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers reach $8 million agreement with Cuban pitcher Pablo Fernandez

Among Cuban prospects, right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez has not drawn as much buzz as some of his fellow countrymen. The Dodgers apparently aren’t concerned about that, as they reached a minor league agreement with the 25-year-old pitcher on Monday worth $8 million. The deal was first reported by Baseball America‘s Ben Badler. However, Fernandez won’t be joining the Dodgers...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks won 94 games and the NL West division crown before falling just short in the division series. They looked like a team on the rise with a roster full of young, exciting players set to come into their primes together. Fast forward three seasons later and the D-backs haven’t won more than 81 games since, capped off by last year’s 98-loss nightmare...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The worst Opening Day starters of the 21st century

Last week, the Colorado Rockies announced that their Opening Day starter, a prestigious assignment typically reserved for the best and/or most respected pitcher on the staff, would be Kyle Kendrick. As in Kyle Kendrick, quite possibly the worst starting pitcher in baseball in 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Colorado Rockies! Get excited! Upon seeing this news, it seemed...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The best and worst new ballpark foods

Every year, both major and minor league baseball teams think of new, exciting ways to clog our arteries. Forget ballpark giveaways; instead, everyone wants to know about the totally insane food items making their debuts in ballparks around America. The 2015 season is still a few weeks away, but there have already been some amazing and amazingly awful-looking foods announced in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Kansas City Royals

No, it wasn’t a dream (or nightmare depending on your perspective). The Kansas City Royals are the defending AL pennant winners. Was their 2014 run a Cinderella story or is this team finally ready to be a power in the AL Central? Depth Chart (as of 3/20) C: Salvador Perez 1B: Eric Hosmer 2B: Omar Infante 3B: Mike Moustakas SS: Alcides Escobar LF: Alex Gordon CF: Lorenzo...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Five teams that may be underrated this spring

Yesterday, we brought you five teams that seem to be getting too much credit and attention this spring. After a suggestion on Twitter, we thought that maybe it would be a good idea to provide you with the flip side of the coin and look at five teams we may be underrating before the 2015 season begins. This list wasn’t nearly as easy to put together, simply because of the way...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers have experienced a time of prosperity as good as any in the history of the franchise the last few years. World Series appearances, division championships, MVPs, and Cy Young Awards have all been brought to Detroit, but the thing that has unfortunately alluded the team is baseball’s most prized possession: A World Series trophy. Now with their best players exiting their...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Five teams that may be overrated this spring

As Spring Training winds down and the 2015 season comes closer and closer, we’re starting to see some teams stand out from the pack in terms of mainstream predictions. Sure, everyone is pretty sure the Nationals and Dodgers will be awesome, but there are a few teams that are getting plenty of love that don’t appear to be anywhere near that elite category…yet, they’re getting...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Outside Corner is looking for writers for the 2015 season

Do you love (or at least really like) baseball? Do you like writing about baseball? The Outside Corner is hiring writers for the 2015 season and beyond. These positions are paid on a per post basis. Our ideal candidates will have the following characteristics: -Experience writing baseball columns (as opposed to news posts) online -A strong social media presence -Knowledge of the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss
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