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Jake Marisnick scales Tal’s Hill to make wild catch

The Houston Astros are on fire, and not even a damn hill in center field can get in their way. In the sixth inning of Saturday’s game with the Mariners, center field Jake Marisnick climbed Tal’s Hill to rob Logan Morrison of extra bases. Houston would go on to win the game 11-4, with Marisnick adding a couple more hits to his tally, increasing his season line to a ridiculous...
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Pedro Martinez, Harold Reynolds explain the bat waggle

Have you ever wondered *why* a hitter waggles his bat at the plate? What’s the significance of where they’re waggling the bat Well, as MLB Network’s Pedro Martinez and Harold Reynolds explain, the reasoning is simple – that’s usually where hitters like the ball. My mind was actually blown when they rolled out the heat maps for Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, and Albert Pujols...
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Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club that seemed poised to take a step forward...
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Reds announce Homer Bailey needs Tommy John surgery

Another day, another prominent pitcher down with Tommy John surgery. Today’s victim? Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey. RHP Homer Bailey to have "Tommy John" surgery. Is expected to return during the 2016 season. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 1, 2015   The Reds signed the 28-year old (29 on Sunday) Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract extension in February...
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The best and worst MLB players of April

The first month of the 2015 MLB season is in the books, and it’s time to resurrect one of our favorite features – the best and worst players of the month! These choices are purely subjective, though statistics are obviously taken into account. Agree or disagree with any choices? Good, let us know what you think! We’re also going to be keeping track of the winners and losers...
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The longest home runs for the week ending April 30th

There wasn’t much change on our season-long list this week, but there were still some majestic blasts over the past seven days. Let’s take a look. 1. Mark Trumbo vs Kyle Kendrick, 451 feet (April 28th) We have a lot of fun with Mark Trumbo here at TOC, but the man can hit the bejeezus out of the ball. If only he was able to actually hit it to those seats in left center on the...
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Mike Trout’s leaping catch saves the game for the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and closer Huston Street desperately tried to blow what was a 6-0 lead to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Mike Trout had other ideas, making this great leaping catch at the warning track to rob what would have been a game-winning hit from Ike Davis. That Trout guy…he’s kind of good, right? I do believe so. The post Mike Trout...
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A totally unbiased conversation about the DH

This week, the Cardinals announced they had lost rotation ace Adam Wainwright to a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during a plate appearance. This launched what has become an annual conversation on whether or not to bring the designated hitter to the National League. Ten years ago, I would have counted myself among the opposition. Now however I find myself struggling to remember...
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What the hell happened to the Braves rotation?

The Atlanta Braves have a well-earned reputation of an organization that consistently churns out solid starting rotations. The names Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz all immediately come to mind, but while those were the biggest names on those dominant 1990s staffs, don’t forget about guys like Steve Avery, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood. The reputation is still strong to this day...
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MLB releases archaic All-Star ballot

Major League Baseball released their All-Star ballots yesterday afternoon, for the first season ever an all electronic endeavor, yet the same problems from the analog editions still exist. Back in 1970 when the right to vote for the All-Star game was given back to the fans from the managers, coaches and players who had previously held that role, it made sense to create the ballots...
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Benefits of bringing Hamilton back outweigh concerns

What are the Texas Rangers thinking in making a trade for Josh Hamilton? The question was posed to me on a radio show this week, a day after the deal in which the Angels sent Hamilton back to Texas for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The terms of the deal sound far more cold and business-like than the emotional drama that surrounded the trade and Hamilton’s...
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What losing Adam Wainwright means for the Cardinals

Earlier in the season I wrote about injury concerns I had for Adam Wainwright but no one could have seen this coming. He left his last start early after seemingly hurting his ankle busting out of the batters box on a bunt play. Everyone’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when it was officially announced Wainwright had a torn Achilles tendon and would miss the rest of the 2015...
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What’s next for Barry Bonds?

Barry Bonds: ambassador of baseball. Far-fetched? A few years ago, sure; heck, even a few weeks ago. But with Bonds’ felony conviction for obstruction of justice overturned and his record clean, baseball seems more than willing to welcome its home run king back in the fold. Even commissioner Rob Manfred suggested he’d like to see Bonds engaged in the game. But what role could...
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Orioles move two series because of Baltimore riots

The ongoing unrest in Baltimore has resulted in a pair of cancellations for the Orioles, and further tweaks to the team’s schedule this week will be necessary. Here’s an explanation from the club. Orioles announcement regarding schedule changes pic.twitter.com/nwCDyqjzWs — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015 While is it not the place of any sports based commentator...
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Dodgers face tough decisions to bolster rotation after Brandon McCarthy injury

The snarky response to the news that Brandon McCarthy would miss the rest of the 2015 season was that the Dodgers’ mega-payroll of $270 million can’t buy a fully healthy pitching staff. McCarthy’s torn ulnar collateral ligament was announced by the Dodgers on Monday. The right-hander, 31, will undergo Tommy John surgery and the recovery process is expected to keep him sidelined...
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Some early season observations that could hold true all year

Just about every article on every site you’ll read will regurgitate the title of this article in one way or another. If you get sick of it, worry not, for its expiration date will be coming up here in less than a month. But at any rate, I want to take a look at some hard truths we’re facing as progress is made through the best season of all, baseball season. Yeah, it’s...
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Will the Angels learn their lesson from Josh Hamilton?

The Angels signed Josh Hamilton for $125 million over two years ago seemingly to spite the Texas Rangers. Yesterday, the Angels traded Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers in order to functionally cut off their nose to spite their faces. All they got from the Hamilton experience was a lot of frustration and embarrassment on and off the field, and hopefully, a lesson learned regarding...
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The Tommy John fairy will next visit Brandon McCarthy

A torn UCL claims another prominent pitcher – Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy will miss the rest of this season because of the injury, which will require Tommy John surgery. Brandon McCarthy is out for the year with a UCL tear, according to Don Mattingly. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 27, 2015 Los Angeles signed the 31-year old McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million...
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The Nationals’ poor start needs to turn around in a hurry

While President Obama’s approval rating is increasing, the Washington Nationals have yet to impress the baseball constituents. Nineteen games into the season and the preseason favorite to make it to the World Series is sharing the cellar with the hapless Phillies in the National League East. Unfortunately for the Nationals, there are not any valid excuses for their underachievement...
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Josh Hamilton is officially a Ranger once again

The deal is done – the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have dealt outfielder Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers. Today the #Angels have traded OF Josh Hamilton to Texas for a player to be named later or cash consideration. — Angels (@Angels) April 27, 2015 Hamilton signed a massive five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season, but never seemed...
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The Marlins are cutting bait on Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The Jarrod Saltalamacchia era in Miami is already over. The Marlins designated the veteran catcher for assignment today, less than halfway through a three-year, $21 million contract signed last offseason. #Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia reinstated from paternity list and designated for assignment. — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) April 27, 2015 The 29-year old Saltalamacchia...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 3

Welcome to week three of our ongoing catalog of the best hitters and pitchers of the week. Last week Nelson Cruz cruised to the top offensive spot. Get it? Cruz, cruised. I’m so sorry. Please don’t leave. On the pitching side, Andrew Cashner logged 14 strikeouts in 12 innings to get his nod. Today we’ll be highlighting two new players who provided us with the most impressive...
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Cinderella is late for the ball: slow starts for the AL’s sexiest picks

A heavy early divisional schedule can only tell you so much about the strength of that division against the rest of the league, but it does have a way of quickly separating out the teams within the division. While the largely overlooked East appears to be well balanced (all teams  are within two games of first), there have been some surprising teams in both the Central and Western...
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Chris Carter is whiffing at a lot of strikes

A lot has been made of Evan Gattis’ ineptness at the plate, but what about Chris Carter’s? Carter has always been labeled as a “hacker.” He’s notoriously known for being an all-or-nothing type player, meaning he either hits the ball a mile or doesn’t hit it at all. The Astros’ slugger had a breakout year in 2014, posting a career high 1.8 WAR, which would have been...
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WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is one hell of an outfielder. His defense is simply incredible. On Sunday, Gordon demonstrated his defensive prowess by leaping into the crowd to make this catch and retire Micah Johnson of the White Sox. Alex Gordon – You’ve got to be kidding. pic.twitter.com/4Lw73uAdqc — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 26, 2015   Unreal....
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