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Here’s another completely terrible first pitch

It has truly been a banner year for awful first pitches. Today, we bring you back to Texas, but a little to the southeast of Arlington. Before Tuesday night’s Athletics-Astros matchup at Minute Maid Park, an Astros fan that threw out the first pitch spiked the ball. And when I say spiked, I mean SPIKED – I don’t even know if her pitch initially hit the grass, or if she spiked...
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5 teams that should trade for Bartolo Colon or Scott Feldman

With five days remaining until MLB’s waiver trade deadline, conversations are picking up among contenders looking to add one last key piece or patch up a troubling roster hole. Somewhat surprisingly, teams looking to add starting pitching have two options available that just cleared waivers and can now be traded. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon is the more prominent of the two names...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Did trading Yoenis Cespedes doom the Oakland A’s?

On July 31st, the Oakland Athletics stood atop the league, at 66-41, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. They carried what was far and away the best offense in the American League, with 535 runs scored to that point and looked primed to carry that into October. Then they traded Yoenis Cespedes. Now, the trade of Cespedes was completely shocking, but also looked at as something...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the future is now in Chicago

I’m really starting to wonder if the Chicago Cubs aren’t going to finish in last place in the NL Central this year. Despite splitting a four-game series with the Braves this past weekend, the Reds are just 12-24 since the All-Star Break, falling five games under .500 and pretty much out of the NL playoff race. And then, there’s the Cubs, who are a solid 18-18 since the Break...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs set to call up Jorge Soler

Earlier this month, it was Javier Baez making his way to the Windy City as the first of a new wave of prospects beginning to appear with the Chicago Cubs. On Wednesday, it appears that another highly touted youngster will be making his debut with the big club, as the long-awaited debut of Jorge Soler will take place against the Cincinnati Reds. He was removed from a game with...
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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 24th

This week was absolutely crazy. The Nationals walked off three times. The Cardinals walked off on the Reds twice. There must be a pennant race going on. August 18th, Diamondbacks vs Nationals (11 innings). The first of many this week for Washington, and perhaps the most exciting of them all after a Tyler Clippard blown save in the ninth. August 18th, Reds vs Cardinals (ten innings...
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Dugout Digest – so, maybe the AL East hasn’t been won

Last week, I was very complimentary towards the Baltimore Orioles in regards to their domination of the AL East. Of course, the Orioles got swept by the Cubs this weekend, and the Yankees swept the White Sox. Baltimore still has a healthy six game lead, larger than any division leader in baseball aside from the Nationals, but New York has clawed their way from the brink of irrelevance...
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WATCH: Mets turn triple play with help of Yasiel Puig

The Mets’ romp of the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon had a defensive highlight in addition to the offensive fireworks put on by New York – a seventh inning triple play that snuffed out a potential Dodgers rally. Matt Kemp hit a grounder to Eric Campbell at third, who threw to second baseman Daniel Murphy to force out Adrian Gonzalez, who fired the ball over to Lucas Duda at first...
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Dugout Digest – the Royals are making a statement

Kansas City is really taking a step forward in their attempt to win the AL Central and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The Royals are now three games up on the Tigers in the division, and have rolled their way to a 24-10 second half record – including a 17-4 mark in August. And it’s not as if they’ve got a murderer’s row schedule the rest of the way ...
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Dugout Digest – the baseball undead

The Braves just aren’t going to die, are they? Yes, they picked up no ground in the NL East over the last two weeks thanks to Washington’s insane winning streak. But the team has now won seven of eight games, and has moved to just one game back of the Giants (even in the win column) for the National League’s second Wild Card spot, though the Pirates have woken up following...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Cyclones will wear Nickelodeon slimed jerseys

The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear these Nickelodeon themed, slime covered jerseys for '90s night: pic.twitter.com/FNUhrV0JX8 — Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) August 21, 2014 This brings back so many memories of my childhood…way to go, Cyclones.
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Burst pipe floods Angel Stadium

What is it about old AL West stadiums, burst pipes and flooding? Normally, O.co Coliseum is the go-to stadium for such issues, but this time it is Angel Stadium’s turn. Tough way to start day at stadium. Fire pipe break early morning led to flooding & damage on six levels. Clean up continues. #Angels — Angels (@Angels) August 22, 2014 Clean up continues. pic.twitter.com...
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Red Sox signing Rusney Castillo for $72 million looks crazy, but is it really?

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo isn’t the same sort of player as fellow countrymen Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, according to scouting reports such as those compiled by Baseball America‘s Ben Badler. Yet the Red Sox are hoping the 27-year-old can make the same sort of impact in the major leagues and do so quickly. Boston is making a serious investment in Castillo’s ability...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team giving away star player's old car

On Friday, August 29th, the Albuquerque Isotopes are giving away star outfielder Joc Pederson’s 1994 Buick Century in a raffle. The car, nicknamed “Little Chucky,” has only 166,000 miles on it and has at least one operable window, which is really all you need. It is perfect for cruising around during the New Mexico summers with its “awesome” stereo system and lack of air...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The longest homers for the week ending August 21st

No Giancarlo this week…but there are still some bombs that deserve to be seen. 1. Anthony Rizzo vs Ryan Vogelsong, 466 feet (August 19th) This bomb by Anthony Rizzo didn’t go on to the much more attainable Waveland Avenue – no, it went onto Sheffield Avenue, behind right field at Wrigley. That takes some strength. 2. Nate Freiman vs Mike Minor, 459 feet (August 17th) This...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – good pitching Thursday was here in full force

I crack jokes every so often about “good pitching days”, when multiple starting pitchers light the world on fire. Yesterday was probably the most prime example of this – 15 of the 16 pitchers that got starts went at least six innings, and 14 of the 16 threw quality starts. We also had four complete games on the day, three of which came by pitchers that earned losses. Sometimes...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

With best record in National League, Nationals have cheapest tickets in baseball

A few seasons ago, things came together for the Washington Nationals. They won the National League East while looking like one of the most talented teams in the league. While they were upset early in the postseason, they were a popular pick to win the World Series last year. That didn’t quite happen, but it didn’t scare people from picking them again this year. It might have...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Harbaugh's 'main focus' at ballgames? Snagging foul balls

Would it surprise you at all to hear that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh takes going to baseball games seriously — perhaps too seriously? The man is there to catch some foul balls, and if he doesn’t get one, he’s not happy. The San Jose Mercury News‘ Tim Kawakami got this out of Harbaugh in a story about his developing friendship with A’s manager Bob Melvin. Melvin thought it...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chris Rock snags ball at Yankees game, gives it to kid

Chris Rock was at Thursday’s Astros-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and was sitting right behind the Houston dugout. Jon Singleton hit a foul pop up in the seven inning that came down feet away from Rock, and after a brief scramble, he ended up with the ball. And showing that he’s a nice guy, Rock then gave the ball to a young fan in the crowd. Good on you, Chris...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Angels survive without Garrett Richards?

This time yesterday the Angels were on top of the MLB world having surged to the top of the AL West, proud owners of the best record in baseball. Then Garrett Richards collapsed in a heap of agony, blowing out his knee, ending his season and dealing a crushing blow to the World Series hopes of his Angels. The knee injury to Richards is the most devastating non-Trout-related injury...
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Dugout Digest – the Orioles are making the AL East weak

You might be hearing a common theme when talking about the AL East, one that completely sells the Baltimore Orioles short. The narrative surrounding the division is that “it’s just not that good”, which seems to infer that Baltimore is just lucky, or whatever. Quite frankly, that’s a load of crap – the AL East “stinks” because the Orioles are kicking the tar out of...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB upholds Giants protest, Tuesday’s rain-shortened loss to Cubs resumes Thursday

It happens once every 28 years or so in baseball, but officially protesting the outcome of a game can pay off. The Giants filed a protest with MLB following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field. The game was called after 4.5 innings following a 15-minute rainstorm during which the groundskeepers couldn’t probably cover the field with a tarp. The soaked field (with standing water...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Garrett Richards stretched off field with horrific knee injury

Garrett Richards was just stretchered off the field with a horrific knee injury and may have taken the Angels’ World Series hopes with him. #Angels Garrett Richards goes down while running to first. It appears Richards caught a spike and blew out his knee. He was on the ground for eight minutes, screaming in pain before he was moved to a golf cart via stretcher. One assumes that...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Everybody hates Bryce (Harper)

I love Bryce Harper. A player like that has the potential to be great for the game. He’s still a very raw talent, but there are plenty of tools to work with and he plays the game like his hair is on fire. There’s a lot to like. And yet, he takes home a very negative reputation. The stigma surrounding Harper almost leaves a bad taste in your mouth. How has he managed to receive...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig’s reflexes are absurd

After striking out in the third inning against Ian Kennedy, Yasiel Puig slammed his helmet down in the Dodgers dugout. The helmet bounced back at Puig, who caught it with his other arm and tossed it back down again. Sure, it’s not the most incredible thing ever, but Puig’s reflexes are crazy. I guess as a baseball player, they have to be.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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