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What are the Dodgers to do without Hyun-Jin Ryu?

The Dodgers were and still are clear favorites to win the NL West division. But the path to that destination just got a lot more difficult. Hyun-Jin Ryu just had shoulder surgery that will side-line him for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers still have a dominating top of the rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke but without hope for Ryu’s return, the drop-off from...
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Jonathan Lucroy wouldn’t be a great fit for the Atlanta Braves

In this week’s fantastic Inside Baseball column by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, he revealed an interesting little nugget – the Atlanta Braves had asked the Milwaukee Brewers about catcher Jonathan Lucroy, but were rebuffed. Atlanta inquired about the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy but were told he is unavailable Lucroy, who turns 29 in June, is one of the best catchers in baseball...
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The longest home runs for the week ending May 21st

I can sum up this week’s list with one word: Giancarlo. The Marlins slugger dominated this week’s list, added a couple more entries to the season long list, and has claimed the top spot all for himself on THE LIST. Well done, Giancarlo. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Alex Wood, 475 feet (May 16th) Dead center. Above the batter’s eye. Giancarlo, you’re gross. 2. Giancarlo Stanton...
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Is Ryan Howard actually valuable again?

I know you’ve probably heard this before, but the Philadelphia Phillies are not a good baseball team. Sure, they are only seven games out of the first place Washington Nationals, but when one of your best hitters is Freddy Galvis, you know you’re in trouble. However, there is a player on the Phillies who has seemed to emerge from three-year long slump, someone who is somehow...
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Brewers pitcher Will Smith ejected after pine tar is spotted on arm

In the seventh inning of Thursday’s Brewers-Braves, Milwaukee reliever Will Smith was ejected in the seventh inning after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez spotted some pine tar on Smith’s arm. The umpiring crew conferred, spotted the pine tar on Smith, and booted him from the game. Smith’s infraction wasn’t nearly as blatant as Michael Pineda’s violation last year, in which...
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Madison Bumgarner homered off of Clayton Kershaw

This is baseball, and crazy stuff happens in baseball sometimes. One of those crazy things happened on Thursday – Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw faced off at AT&T Park, and the gates of hell opened during Bumgarner’s first at bat of the afternoon. That’s right – Madison Bumgarner, Giants World Series pitching hero, homered off of Clayton Kershaw, reigning...
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Astros surprising, but can get better with prospects like Correa

We’ve now passed the 40-game mark for the 2015 MLB season. Between that and Memorial Day coming up on the calendar, it’s time to start wondering what is really happening, whether or not teams are past a hot start, a rough start or a fluky stage and have to be viewed seriously. At this point of the season, no team is getting more of the “Are they for real?” question...
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Odd year, doesn't matter: Here come the San Francisco Giants

There’s no such thing as an odd year jinx. That’s what San Francisco Giants fans have tried to convince themselves of over the past few years, anyway. The Giants’ success in even years starting in 2010 has belied their struggles in the odd years that followed, either due to bad injuries, bad baseball, or both. For whatever reason, the Giants just couldn’t seem to get it...
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ESPN releases 30 for 30 Short about the Giants’ Crazy Crab

The latest ESPN 30 for 30 Short has been released, and it’s a ridiculous 12 minute exploration of the San Francisco Giants’ anti-mascot – the Crazy Crab. In response to the mascot craze of the 70s and 80s, the Giants introduced an anti-mascot, the Crazy Crab, and essentially encouraged their fans to abuse it. The Crab lasted a year, and the man in the suit (Wayne Doba) ended...
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Bryce Harper ejected for not getting in the batter’s box

During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Nationals game at Nationals Park, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson ejected both Bryce Harper and Matt Williams because…Harper didn’t get in the batter’s box? What the hell? Check out the video. Harper stepped out of the box after a bad call by Hudson, stepped back in, and stepped out when Hudson started yelling at Williams. Hudson then ejected...
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Bartolo Colon reached base on an infield chopper

Bartolo Colon is a notoriously terrible (yet amusing) hitter. And this at bat resulted in a notoriously terrible swing from Colon. Yet, the stars aligned on this chopper off the plate. Yadier Molina couldn’t field it cleanly. Colon reached base safely. The angels began to sing. A Bartolo Colon infield single would melt the Internet, but alas, this play went down as an error on...
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Who can save a dire AL rookie crop?

Six weeks into the 2015 season, one thing has become clear to me – the American League class of rookies kind of sucks so far. Every so often, we run across a situation like this in one of the leagues. Wil Myers won the 2013 AL award over Jose Iglesias despite playing in just 88 games. Jacob deGrom was a deserving winner in the NL last season, but didn’t get called up by the...
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Bryce Harper is really good ... and good for baseball

What were you doing when you were 22 years old? No matter how cool it was, it was not as cool as what Bryce Harper is doing now at 22 years old.  The young star for the Washington Nationals is becoming a household name and, considering the spotlight that was on him from such a young age, it’s remarkable to think that just now is he really coming into his own and taking his...
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Jason Kipnis likes to lead off

On Monday (May 19th), Jason Kipnis 0/3 with a sacrifice bunt and officially ended one of the hottest streaks since Barry Bonds was destroying everyone in 2004. This night ended his streak of eight consecutive games where he reached base at least three times, a streak in which he had 20 hits (seven for extra bases), four walks and three time hit by pitch. While somehow he didn’t...
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Potential first-time MLB All-Stars

Aside from winning a championship, every professional athlete dreams of being recognized as one of the game’s best, of making an appearance in an All-Star game. And unlike in other sports, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game actually matters. The players actually play for something meaningful, for a chance to have their league control home-field advantage in the World Series...
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Are the Boston Red Sox beyond repair or help?

Things aren’t going well for the Boston Red Sox in 2015. They were something of a media darling entering the offseason after spending boatloads of cash in free agency to upgrade their lineup and making some aggressive trades to round out their rotation. Many had them down as the favorites to represent the American League in the World Series if not win the whole dang thing. Yet...
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Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris is actually a pretty good photographer

Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris marches to the beat to his own drum. Whether he’s living in his Volkswagen van during the offseason or shaving his beard with a hatchet, he doesn’t care about convention. He’s gathered quite a large following online because of his hipster ways, and he’s a pretty darn good baseball player to boot. He’s had his bumps this season,...
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Jeffrey Loria’s latest managerial farce show Marlins have no plan

We were probably setting ourselves up for disappointment in the hours following the Miami Marlins firing of manager Mike Redmond on Sunday. It’s difficult not to get caught up in the excitement of a change and something new happening. You’d expect that from fans. But it was a little bit surprising just how much the baseball media got pulled into that as well. Maybe the Marlins...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 6

Welcome to week six of our ongoing series covering the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. Today’s iteration is all about the pitchers (and 2/3 Indians!). Two specific pitchers had impressive days, one on the mound and surprisingly one at the plate. BEST HITTER: As usual there were several very good performances but this week no one really stood out from the rest of...
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Which 2014 All-Stars Will Return in 2015? No, Not Yu

It is a little early to look at who will be an All-Star this year, but that hasn’t kept Major League Baseball from promoting the online voting and won’t keep us from speculating which players will not be making a return to the Mid-Summer Classic, despite making an appearance at the game last year in Minnesota. 2014 All-Star 2015 WAR LAA Mike Trout LAA 2.1 DET Max Scherzer WAS...
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The next Marlins manager is, of course, their general manager

Just in case you thought the Miami Marlins somehow couldn’t get *more* dysfunctional, their situation just turned into even more of a mess. Their new manager, replacing the deposed Mike Redmond, will be…general manager Dan Jennings. dan jennings is indeed the next marlins manager, according to sources. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 18, 2015 Bobby Cox, this is not. Jennings...
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Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond

The Miami Marlins were nearly no-hit on Sunday, and it was only a Justin Bour single with two outs in the ninth that prevented them from finishing a game with zero hits for the second time in less than eight months. But apparently, “almost” is good enough for Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins – manager Mike Redmond was fired after the 6-0 defeat to the Braves. The #Marlins...
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Adrian Beltre hits 400th homer, gets head assaulted

On Friday night, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit the 400th homer of his criminally underrated career. After the homer, Beltre came back to the dugout, and was congratulated by his teammates…who then proceeded to touch the hell out of his head, a pet peeve of Beltre’s that has resulted in numerous tiffs with Elvis Andrus in the past. Beltre’s Hall of Fame case...
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Reds ballpark literally caught fire on Friday night

Well, you don’t see *this* every day – during Friday night’s Giants-Reds game, one of the smokestacks that shoots fireworks at Great American Ballpark actually caught on fire in the sixth inning. Insanity. Complete insanity. Thankfully, Cincinnati’s finest were able to put the fire out and restore some semblance of normalcy to the rest of the night. The post Great...
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Who would have benefited most from a Furbush-Bradley swap?

Gordon Edes, columnist for ESPN Boston, tweeted last night the Boston Red Sox offered outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush and were told no. I was told this spring Sox offered M's JBJ for Furbush, were told no — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) May 15, 2015 The Red Sox making this offer makes sense. Their bullpen...
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