Narrative laden NLCS detracts from the real thing

A quick listen to the broadcast of this year’s National League Championship series reveals a not necessarily shocking, but still overwhelming reliance on certain narratives in order to generate and facilitate discussion. Whether Joe Buck or the studio crew, this group loves themselves a good (if often times nonsensical) narrative. Like, they want to marry narratives. Not that it’s...
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Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
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Joe Maddon: Cubs ‘need to push back mentally’

The Chicago Cubs were stymied on both sides of the ball on Monday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers tidily defeated them 6-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS, taking a 2-1 series lead. The Cubs offense failed to show up for the second time in the series and the club’s pitching wasn’t much better. Manager Joe Maddon said his team’s mental strength wasn’t where it needed to be following back...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up to survive just about everything that could happen in a major league...
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John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in Game 4. ”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager John Gibbons told the Associated Press. ”That’s an understatement...
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Terry Collins says next season might be last with Mets

Terry Collins might be stepping away from the game after next season. The 67-year-old New York Mets manager spoke with Adam Rubin of and said after a physically trying season plagued by health problems, he needs to reevaluate his job going forward. “I just need to reevaluate at the end of this coming year what’s going on, where I am, how I’m feeling,” Collins said...
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Clay Buchholz: Ortiz’s last game brought me to tears

David Ortiz’s storied career reached its end point on Monday after the Boston Red Sox were defeated 4-3 by the Cleveland Indians, effectively getting swept in the ALDS. The loss turned out to be longtime DH David Ortiz’s final game. Clay Buchholz, a Red Sox teammate with Ortiz since 2007, expressed sadness Big Papi would no longer be his teammate. “I haven’t cried after...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle-tested Giants have faced long postseason odds before

Cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill. Their tough, rugged exteriors combined with an unmatched ability to squeeze through tight spaces has made them the one creature on earth synonymous with survival. If a nuclear bomb hits, chances are there will still be cockroaches running around after the fallout. The San Francisco Giants have been compared to cockroaches before. But this...
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Report: Braves to interview Ron Washington, Bud Black

The Atlanta Braves will interview external candidates Ron Washington and Bud Black for their future managerial opening, reports Mark Bowman of Atlanta has interviewed a handful of internal candidates thus far. Interim manager Brian Snitker, bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, and third base coach Bo Porter have all met with Braves management for the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred offered Red Sox chance to cancel Pomeranz deal

The Boston Red Sox organization expressed unhappiness with the San Diego Padres after it was revealed Padres general manager A.J. Preller wasn’t honest about Drew Pomeranz’s medical records following a trade for Anderson Espinoza. Preller received a 30-game ban for withholding medical information and the Red Sox continued to cry foul. Reacting to suspension of #Padres GM...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Scioscia backtracks on previous comments, endorses Trout for MVP despite record

Mike Scioscia is backing superstar Mike Trout as AL MVP. That might not seem noteworthy, but the comments reverse the Los Angeles Angels managers previous thoughts on qualifications for the award. Back in August, Scioscia said “there needs to be value on how you’ve affected a team’s performance.” Interesting comments considering Scioscia has the American League’s best player...
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Edwin Encarnacion following loss: ‘I don’t want to leave here like that’

Edwin Encarnacion potentially played his last game in Toronto following the Blue Jays 4-0 loss verse the Baltimore Orioles. The defeat pushed Toronto into a tie with Baltimore for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. With the loss, Encarnacion might have played his last game at the Rogers Centre. He told Shi Davidi of, he doesn’t want the game to be his last...
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Theo Epstein signs five-year extension with Cubs

Cubs president Theo Epstein has agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him in Chicago through 2021, the franchise announced Wednesday. Epstein, who signed with the Cubs in October 2011, has successfully completed a massive rebuild of the franchise. The Cubs are the best team in baseball at 101-56 and will have home-field advantage in the NL Playoffs. During the season before...
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Duquette: Trumbo is “worth a significant investment”

When Seattle dealt Mark Trumbo and C.J. Riefenhauser to Baltimore for Steve Clevenger, there was no predicting Trumbo’s sizable impact on the Orioles. Trumbo’s set the league afire in 2016, leading the show with 45 home runs. The Mariners salary dump turned into a best case scenario for Baltimore, as the organization sits in the thick of the AL Wild Card race – largely due...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the division lead. General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke with Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle...
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September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Teixeira unloads on PED users, calls for harsher penalties

Mark Teixeira’s career is set to close, as the New York Yankees first baseman will retire at season’s end. The 36-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal 14-year career split between Texas, Atlanta and New York, hitting 406 career home runs. In a wide-ranging interview with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Teixeira opened up about what it was like to be a clean star in the sport’s steroid...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta tells ex-Rays teammates he’s retiring

Reliever Joel Peralta visited ex-Tampa Bay Rays teammates on Saturday, breaking the news he’s retiring from the league, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Peralta reportedly has a healthy arm, but ongoing knee issues have seemingly ended his career at age 40. Joel Peralta is in #Rays clubhouse visiting ex-mates. Didn't make formal announcement, but he is retiring...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi: Gary Sanchez should be considered for AL ROY

Gary Sanchez may only have 32 MLB games under his belt in 2016, but New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes the starting catcher should receive rookie of the year consideration. Girardi told the New York Daily News Sanchez “should be considered” for AL Rookie of the Year. He admitted it’s going to be difficult for Sanchez to gain traction for the award unless he puts...
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September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians must reevaluate rotation after Danny Salazar lost for season

The Indians announced earlier today that Danny Salazar will miss the regular season with a strained right flexor tendon after the starting pitcher had an MRI done on Monday. Salazar has been dealing with arm pain for much of the year, first being announced on June 6th when he missed a start, then it struck again when he was unable to pitch in the All-Star Game. Shortly after, he...
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September 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Brewers, Dodgers worked until last minute on Ryan Braun/Yasiel Puig trade

The August 31st waiver trade deadline passed nearly two weeks ago, and there were no major moves. One the major deals discussed involved the Dodgers and Brewers, and involved both Ryan Braun and Yasiel Puig potentially changing addresses. The deal (obviously) didn’t happen, but just how close was it?’s Adam McCalvy reported that the two teams worked until the last possible...
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September 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Cashner may not re-sign with Marlins due to facial hair policy

The Miami Marlins might lose starting pitcher Andrew Cashner in free agency and it has nothing to with baseball. Cashner spoke with Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and admitted he “hates” the Marlins facial hair policy. Cashner was acquired from the San Diego Padres in late July for a package which included top prospect Josh Naylor and the hard-throwing right-hander Carter...
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September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Twins are considering Alex Anthopoulos for President role

The Minnesota Twins are considering Los Angeles Dodgers executive Alex Anthopoulos for their open position of President of Baseball Operations reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Alex Anthopoulos is a confirmed candidate for #Twins president of baseball operations position, sources say. @MLB @MLBNetwork — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 6, 2016 The Twins adopted the position...
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September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Shoemaker undergoes emergency surgery to stop brain bleeding

Matt Shoemaker underwent surgery late on Sunday to stop bleeding in his brain reports the Associated Press. The Los Angeles Angels starter was seriously injured after getting struck on the right side of his head by a Kyle Seager line drive. Shoemaker was immediately taken to hospital following the incident. The right-hander received CT scans every 2-3 hours according to general manager...
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September 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco wondered why bobblehead wasn’t ‘more beefed up’

Jose Canseco had a small, very Canseco-ian concern about his bobblehead. The Oakland Athletics held a bobblehead night for Canseco on Saturday, to honor his 1998 MVP season, where the juiced up, polarizing former outfielder hit 42 home runs and 124 RBI. Canseco admitted to taking steroids for nearly his entire career, so when he saw his bobblehead, he wondered why it was so skinny...
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September 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: The Dodgers expressed interest in reacquiring Zack Greinke

The Los Angeles Dodgers expressed interest in reacquiring Zack Greinke but were rebuffed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers checked in on the right-hander this week. The talks didn’t go very far. “It’s not going to happen, not yet and maybe not ever. But the Dodgers expressed interest in trading for the Diamondbacks right-hander...
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September 01, 2016  |  Discuss
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