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Giants win third World Series in five years

The trophy is heading back to the Bay Area once again. The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 to win the World Series, their third title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner won the World Series MVP award and got the save on Wednesday night after tossing five scoreless innings in relief. San Francisco got on the board in the second inning...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Joe Maddon will be Chicago Cubs manager

As first reported by Jon Heyman, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to hire former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon to become their new manager, pushing Rick Renteria out after just one season with the North Siders. Maddon exercised an out clause in his contract with Tampa Bay earlier this week, representing the end of an era where the Rays took one of the lowest payrolls in baseball...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 6

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Well, it looks like this series might have been all for naught. With the World Series heading to Game 7, all MVP bets are off. What you’ve done earlier...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

A brief history of Game 7 of the World Series

Tonight, the Royals and Giants will square off in the final MLB game of the 2014 season. It’s a winner take all Game 7 between the two clubs, and there’s a ton at stake for both teams. For the Royals, they have a chance to excise all the demons that have plagued their club for the last 29 seasons. For the Giants, it’s a chance to become just the fourth team in the divisional...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Canseco accidentally shot off his finger

Just when you think that the life and times of former AL MVP Jose Canseco couldn’t get any more bizarre, this story pops up – he was injured in an accidental shooting at his home in Las Vegas. From KLAS 8 News Now… A neighbor tells 8 News NOW former baseball star Jose Canseco was hurt in an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon at his house on the eastside of the Las Vegas...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros could ditch Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park renovations

Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

How much impact could Carlos Beltran have made for Royals?

Last December, Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees to be their right fielder and designated hitter. Among the final bidders for Beltran was his former team, the Kansas City Royals. The Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly made the best offer for Beltran, but the 36-year-old ultimately wanted to play for the Yankees and accepted less money...
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Ian Desmond takes a shot at Bryce Harper, Cowboys fan

The Redskins beat the Cowboys 20-17 on Monday Night Football last night. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is apparently a Cowboys fan, which makes sense given that he was born in 1992, when the whole “America’s Team” narrative was getting shoved down the country’s throat. Ian Desmond had some fun with Harper after the loss, pumping up his fellow DC-area team. Hey @Bharper3407...
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What if baseball’s Postseason resembled other sports?

Every time the MLB Postseason rolls along, people start talking about ways to improve it (as if it really needs to be tweaked anymore). But the amount of teams to make the Postseason has increased by 150% over the last 20 years, and if that pace holds (which I doubt it will), we’re looking at just about half the league making the playoffs in the year 2034. In other words, MLB would...
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Nine managers who are nervous that Joe Maddon is available

Friday’s bombshell announcement that Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays sent tremors rippling throughout baseball. Widely considered the best manager in MLB, Maddon immediately became the top candidate available for any team looking to upgrade in the dugout. The problem is that the Minnesota Twins are currently the only team in immediate need of a manager...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A night in McCovey Cove at the World Series

With tickets going for at least $400 apiece (complete with free nose bleeds!) for the World Series at AT&T Park, a chance to see the action live and in person is a heavy price to pay for many. Luckily, AT&T Park sits next to a body of water called China Basin, a slough that runs out of San Francisco Bay. The spot in that slough beyond the right field wall, McCovey Cove,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 5

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Game 5 went about as according to script as you would have guessed. Madison Bumgarner twirled a shutout to put the Giants on the verge of another championship...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras tragically passes away

Well, this is absolutely not something we wanted to discuss tonight, or any night, but Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has passed away after a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He was just 22. We mourn the passing of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. http://t.co/fCuSK3nB9n pic.twitter.com/0USk5vzaXF — MLB (@MLB) October 27, 2014 Our thoughts are with the family and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 4

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Four games down and we are no closer to knowing who is going to win this World Series. Frankly, were not that much closer to knowing who is going to win...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs

Rarely does the sudden availability of a manager set off the type of frenzy than Joe Maddon opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays did on Friday. With the World Series scene shifting to San Francisco, seemingly all anyone could talk about was Maddon and his potential suitors, likely much to the chagrin of Bud Selig. Of the suitors, one appears to be head and shoulders...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Dyson makes insane catch to rob Juan Perez

Yeah, the Giants still tied the game on this lineout by Juan Perez – but Jarrod Dyson ensured that they wouldn’t get more than just the one run on the play. Jarrod Dyson…WOW. https://t.co/i5lIq1G0c7 — The Outside Corner (@Outside_Corner) October 26, 2014 Talk about absurd. I wonder if Lorenzo Cain makes that catch if he’s starting in center and not right tonight. The post...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 3

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Another game, another leader atop the World Series MVP Watch. We finally got ourselves a tightly contested game, but failed to have any real heroes emerge...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Company lies about buying naming rights to McCovey Cove, Giants Twitter explodes

The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series, which means companies are going out of their way to latch onto the bandwagon to get whatever kind of publicity they can with the team in the national spotlight. Today, one company took things way beyond “too far.” A company called Boatbound released a press release today  saying they had purchased the naming rights to McCovey...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies’ early signings a tip-off to not get excited about 2015

Here at The Outside Corner, we’ve generated quite a bit of content at Ruben Amaro, Jr.’s expense. It’s not malicious, but we’re wondering just what exactly his plan is for the Philadelphia Phillies, renovating the roster and restoring the team to a viable playoff contender. Typically, MLB clubs wait until the completion of the World Series to begin their offseason maneuvers...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon has opted out of his Rays contract

Let the Joe Maddon Derby begin – the Tampa Bay Rays manager has opted out of his contract with the club, rending him a managerial free agent. Here's what Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg had to say regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the #Rays: pic.twitter.com/klaNMgX4w0 — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 24, 2014 This wasn’t really unexpected, as rumors of...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Casey went fishing in the Kauffman Stadium fountains

Before Wednesday’s Game 2, MLB Network analyst Sean Casey decided to “go fishing” in the fountains at Kauffman Stadium. The resulting video will be branded into your memory for awhile. I did not need to see that, though the whole “catching Red Lobster dishes” bit was pretty good. The post Sean Casey went fishing in the Kauffman Stadium fountains appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

The word dynasty is defined as “a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time”. With a third World Series championship in five seasons, the San Francisco Giants would arguably become baseball’s first dynasty since the Yankees won four title in five seasons in the late-90s. Since the Yankees shut down the Mets to win the 2000 World Championship...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Strickland loses his cool, and maybe Giants’ confidence

Man, what is the deal with Hunter Strickland? Typically, the 26-year-old right-hander would be a nice story, the type we love to celebrate during the postseason. Prior to this year, Strickland was a career minor leaguer, drafted by the Red Sox in 2007 and playing in the Boston and Pittsburgh organizations before landing with the Giants last year. After compiling a 2.09 ERA in 41...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

How international free agents killed offense in baseball

In the 1950s, baseball expanded without adding any new franchises. After going from 1903 to 1947 without dramatically increasing the talent pool and not adding any new teams, the flood gates opened up, adding at least 10% of the country’s baseball players back into that pool. While it started with just Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby in 1947, by 1959 African Americans, who had been...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 2

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. With another lopsided victory in Game 2, no true heroes have yet emerged to become obvious MVP frontrunners. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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