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Players who could have their arbitration years bought out

It’s been a busy couple weeks in terms of players having their arbitration years bought out by their respective teams. The Chicago White Sox recently signed Adam Eaton to a five-year extension, Christian Yelich signed a seven-year deal with the Miami Marlins to wipe out his arbitration and Brian Dozier inked a four-year deal to keep him in Minnesota. Reports are also indicating...
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Facebook releases 2015 MLB fandom map

Every year, Facebook releases a map of MLB fanbases by most popular team in each county. We can draw some interesting nuggets from the map. (click to enlarge so you can actually see some of the counties) -Only two teams aren’t represented, and both are second class citizens in their local markets – the Mets and Athletics. Poor guys. The Giants’ 2014 World Series win likely...
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Dark horse Cy Young candidates

As the new season approaches (we’re less than a week away now), more and more predictions are being rolled out by websites, and well, just about everyone. We unleash predictions because having just one come true is a phenomenal feeling and we want proof that we, in fact, actually made them. Just imagine if you were the one to predict that Corey Kluber would be the best American...
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The Mets have bought out all of Juan Lagares’ arb years

The New York Mets actually spent some money on Wednesday, signing Juan Lagares to a four-year extension through 2019, buying out all of his arbitration years. The Mets also hold a club option on Lagares for 2020, which would be his first free agent year. He’s guaranteed at least $20 million through the life of the deal. #Mets & Juan Lagares have agreed on a 4-year extension...
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Creating baseball bats isn’t an easy task

You might think that creating baseball bats is easy. It can’t be that bad, right? Cut wood, shape wood, paint wood…tah dah! You have a baseball bat! Of course, it’s not that simple. There’s so much that goes into making bats, from choosing the correct type of wood, to shaping the wood in the proper way, to making sure it meets the specifications that the client wants. Former...
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It continues: more of the best (worst?) new ballpark foods for 2015

A few weeks ago, we published an article looking at some of the crazy, amazing new food items that would be popping up at ballparks this season. Little did we know, we acted too soon. Since that time, there have been even move incredible menu choices introduced by teams for this year. And like last time, most of these are going to make you want to hop on a plane. Here’s (another...
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Are the Angels being overlooked?

If you talk to someone about the AL West this offseason, chances are they won’t mention the reigning division champs. There’s plenty of talk about the Mariners being a breakout team and a sexy World Series pick after just missing the playoffs in 2014. There’s a substantial bit of discussion about the Athletics following their drastic rebuild this offseason. Even the two...
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5 non-roster invitees to watch in 2015

Non-roster invitees for major league clubs are like the TV pilots that Amazon Prime or Netflix release for possible new shows.  Most of them are unwatchable and have no shot at succeeding. However, sometimes one takes off and has a nice run.  Two recent examples would be pitchers Zach Duke for the Brewers and Pat Neshek for the Cardinals in 2014. Duke posted a 2.45 ERA in 74 appearances...
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Mike Napoli hit a ridiculous broken bat home run

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know – it’s Spring Training, and what happens doesn’t matter all that much, and blah blah blah. But on Monday night, Mike Napoli hit a home run that broke his bat. It was ridiculous, incredible, and completely awesome. Imagine being Brian Duensing here. You jam Napoli and do enough to break his bat…and yet, he’s still trotting around the bases and Red...
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Manipulating service time has no guarantees

The debate about whether or not Kris Bryant will start the year in the majors with the Cubs appears to be over. Bryant was reassigned to minor league camp on Monday by the team, seemingly ensuring that they’ll get an extra year of control on him. While Bryant’s demotion makes sense from a business standpoint, that’s not exactly encouraging for fans who look at the demotion...
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Cubs demote Kris Bryant to minors to start 2015 season

Oh god, cue the outrage from Scott Boras and tortured Cubs fans – barring an injury, Kris Bryant won’t start the year in the majors. #Cubs option Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and send Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to minor-league camp. — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) March 30, 2015   Bryant hit approximately 800 home runs this spring for Chicago, and the Cubs not...
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Friendly reminder: Bryce Harper’s power is ridiculous

The Nationals played the Mets today in Port St. Lucie. In the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Harper faced Jacob deGrom and did *this* to a 2-0, 93 mph fastball. Yeah, that dinger cleared the damn roof of the patio way out in right field at Tradition Field. I don’t even want to begin to try estimating how far Harper’s blast went, and all I can really do is set here with my...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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