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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nats clinch NL East

The Washington Nationals are heading back to October. By virtue of a 3-0 win in Atlanta over the Braves on Tuesday night, the Nationals clinched their second NL East championship in three seasons. Even sweeter for the team must be the fact that the clinched the title at Turner Field. A year ago, the Braves won the NL East, shocking a Nationals team that was a chic World Series pick...
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Giancarlo Stanton posts photo of his injury recovery

The immediate aftermath of Giancarlo Stanton being hit in the face by a pitch from Mike Fiers on Sept. 11 was gruesome. Yet as terrible as the injury was, it could have been so much worse. Stanton has even entertained thoughts of returning to play this season, though that seems extremely unlikely. In the five days since the incident, Stanton is apparently happy enough with his...
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So close and so far: One night at the Governor’s Cup Final

Late on Thursday night, something caught my eye as it came across Twitter: the Durham Bulls had beaten the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Governor’s Cup Final (aka the International League final or the Triple-A semifinal). I remembered seeing an e-mail from earlier in the day that the Bulls would be hosting the final three games of the series, so I checked into...
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End of season post-mortem: Chicago White Sox

For a team fighting to avoid finishing last in their division and on their way to their third losing season in the last four years, things are actually looking up for the White Sox. Armed with an MVP-level slugger and one of the best pitchers alive, the White Sox are very quietly shaping up as a team that could soon join the rest of the crowd vying for AL Central supremacy. Preseason...
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Dugout Digest – the Angels are in, nine to go

One down, nine to go – the Los Angeles Angels became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season on Monday night. At 94-56, the Angels’ magic number to clinch the AL West is down to three games, meaning that they can clinch as early as Wednesday. The Angels are also getting pretty damn close to clinching the top seed in the American League, leading the Orioles by four...
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The Day The Series Stopped 30 for 30 coming in October

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series will once again delve into the baseball world, and focus on the Loma Prieta earthquake that occurred during the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. The Day The Series Stopped will air on Tuesday, October 14th at 10 PM Eastern. Directed by Ryan Fleck (born in Berkeley, raised in Oakland), The Day The Series Stopped will...
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End of season post-mortem: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs certainly weren’t expected to contend in a loaded NL Central with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. The Brewers emerging as a contender through most of the season (before their September collapse) didn’t make matters easier. But at least the Cubs weren’t going to be dead-last, thanks to the D-Backs and Rockies. But thanks to the young talent team president Theo Epstein...
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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending September 14th

Only two more weeks of walk offs remaining following this one…how depressing. The White Sox did their damnedest to stave off elimination with their late inning antics this week, and the Yankees were on both the giving and receiving end of some walk off magic. September 8th, Rockies vs Mets The anti-climactic, bases loaded, walk off sac fly. Hey, the Mets will take whatever wins...
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Jesus Montero’s ice cream buying scout has been fired

One of the most bizarre stories of the year has a conclusion. The Mariners scout who bought ice cream for Jesus Montero and sent it to the dugout, leading to an explosive confrontation, has been let go by the club according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Butch Baccala, who was promoted to the position of national cross-checker last year, was angry about Montero moving slowly on the...
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End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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