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What other Rob Manfred ideas can piss off baseball fans?

Eliminating shifts. Shortening the season. Pace of play rules… Rob Manfred has said that “he’ll listen” on nearly every way to improve the game of baseball during his tenure as commissioner. Naturally, the fact that he’s even brought up the previous three topics (despite not even coming close to acting on the first two) has rubbed some baseball fans the wrong way. That...
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Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

New Pirates first baseman Corey Hart has already gotten injured in camp…and he’s in the running for “most ridiculous injury of Spring Training”. Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool at Pirate City Sunday, Hurdle said. Out for a few days. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) March 2, 2015   Dammit, Corey. But given Hart’s injury history, I’m sure the Pirates...
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2015 season preview: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers would like to forget 2014 ever happened. Coming into last season with big expectations based on the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, Texas was decimated by injuries throughout the lineup and starting rotation, and it was too much to overcome. New manager Jeff Banister could be the new voice this team needs, and his analytical approach meshes better...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

Trying to find a player due for a breakout season is fun, especially if: a) it’s a player from your favorite team and you tell other fans you’ve found a player to watch, or b) you play fantasy baseball and like rubbing it in to your friends that you know way more than they do. Either way, it’s an opportunity to prove how smart you are to strangers and friends. Who doesn...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

Everyone thinks they know who the favorites for the World Series are this year. But as we saw with the Royals last year, sometimes teams come out of nowhere to make an unlikely postseason run. We’re not talking about trendy sleeper picks like the Mariners, Indians and both Chicago teams. We’re talking about real dark horse World Series contenders, teams that nobody is really...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Washington Nationals

Despite not making the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals were heavily favored in 2014. Sure enough, they coasted through the NL East, withstanding an early challenge from the Braves, and finished with the best record in the NL. Then, the Giants eliminated them from the NLDS in four games. Once again this winter, Washington was declared the winner of the offseason, and are heavily...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team rolls out Christmas Vacation jerseys

We’ve taken a bit of a break from bringing you all of the ridiculous alternate jerseys that minor league teams will wear this season, but we felt the need to call attention to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (high-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and their Christmas Vacation jerseys. Find out what these are for and more, in our promo schedule announcement #MBpelicans http://t.co/jCzbBzcIiS...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Giancarlo Stanton will be wearing a cage on his helmet this year after he was plunked in cringe-inducing fashion last September. But Stanton’s cage isn’t any normal face guard – it’s customized for him, with a slick “G” built into the design. Check it out. Giancarlo Stanton's facemask has a stylized "G" – MLB's first-ever personalized mask: http://t.co/1eNR6cMfu7...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: New York Mets

The Mets moved decisively early in the offseason, adding a much-needed bat to the outfield in Michael Cuddyer. Unfortunately, general manager Sandy Alderson did little else, as it quickly became once again clear that team ownership wasn’t going to significantly increase payroll. Dreams of trading for a franchise shortstop kept fans warm throughout the winter, but the front office...
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The Brewers are giving away a Bud Selig bobblehead

I know Bud Selig is the man that brought the Brewers to Milwaukee, but I think the level of honor the Brewers are giving him after his retirement as MLB Commissioner is a little bit ridiculous. On May 31st, they’re giving away this 1970s era Selig bobblehead. Here's a sneak peek at the 1970s Selig Bobblehead. Tix go on sale this weekend: http://t.co/51m3K5srBQ pic.twitter.com...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Atlanta Braves

2014 started so well for the Atlanta Braves. They stormed out of the gate with a 17-8 start, and quickly took over first place in the NL East. But unlike in 2013, the Washington Nationals didn’t struggle early, and kept pace. The Braves never had a lead of more than 3.5 games. Less than a week after the All-Star Game, Atlanta fell out of first place, and they wouldn’t get back...
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Giancarlo Stanton is body painted on the cover of SI

This week’s Sports Illustrated cover athlete is Giancarlo Stanton, and Stanton is the first athlete to be body painted on the cover. Well then. This week's national cover: @Marlins slugger @Giancarlo818 is no paint-by-numbers star http://t.co/amCQTykcbw pic.twitter.com/RP7zt5DGep — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 25, 2015 I’ve gotta say – they did a pretty good job...
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Five players with something to prove in 2015

Sometimes having a chip on your shoulder is the best thing for a ballplayer. Having something to prove, or the desire to prove someone wrong, can sometimes be enough to push a guy into having a career year. There are plenty of players who fit that criteria this year, whether it’s guys proving they’re worth the huge contracts they signed this winter, or guys returning from...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Shorten the MLB season? Rob Manfred is listening, even if he shouldn’t

Since taking over as MLB commissioner at the end of January, Rob Manfred has essentially taken on the role of Dr. Frasier Crane for baseball owners, executives and fans. Frasier always began a phone call with a listener on his radio show by saying, “I’m listening.” And that’s what the new commish has been doing during his first month in the big chair. Manfred has seemingly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins were a very busy team over the course of the winter. They overhauled much of the infield, with three of the five starting positions represented by new faces. They added Mat Latos and Dan Haren to their rotation. They’re getting Giancarlo Stanton back, and Jose Fernandez should rejoin the team sometime this summer. It seems that every few years, after seemingly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the last few seasons in the City of Brotherly Love sad indeed. However, even with...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoan Moncada signs with the Red Sox for $30 million

Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, one of the mostly highly touted and most sought after Cuban prospects in 20 years, has finally agreed to a contract with a major league club. He’ll be joining countryman Rusney Castillo with the Boston Red Sox, and the bonus he’s getting is a ridiculous $30 million. BREAKING – Source: Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

CC Sabathia gained 30 pounds during the offseason

Maybe saying that C.C. Sabathia was “skinny” last season is simplifying things just a little bit. But Sabathia did get into better shape, dropping 30 pounds and turning up to Spring Training looking downright in shape. Here’s a pic of Sabathia from last spring. VIERA, FL – MARCH 11: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the third inning of a game...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Baltimore Orioles

Nobody takes the Baltimore Orioles too seriously entering the season. The Baltimore Orioles surprise everyone and make the playoffs. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. After a relatively inactive offseason in which they saw several major free agents walk away, the Orioles was again are positioned to sneak up on the rest of the league, but do they really have another season of magic left in...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

New 'pace of play' rules will be enforced this year

On Friday, Major League Baseball unveiled three rules dedicated to speeding up the pace of the game during the 2015 season. The three new rules aren’t game changers, and should help eliminate some of the dead time that plagues the game. MLB & MLBPA announce additions to the pace of game program, effective this season. Details: pic.twitter.com/qr0KBcPLA9 — MLB Public...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee answered questions using a Magic 8-Ball

So, just how much of a circus is Phillies camp in Clearwater already? Today, Cliff Lee answered questions from reporters…and used a Magic 8-Ball to give his answers. Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to answer the tough quesitons today. pic.twitter.com/EqqbQEqmMU — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 19, 2015 Cliff Lee, man. What a character...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees have finished in third and second place, respectively, during the past two seasons. As you know, that doesn’t cut it in the Bronx. Yet general manager Brian Cashman apparently had little to spend this winter, after throwing big money at four top free agents last year. Will the Yankees suffer for not getting an ace-caliber starter during the offseason? Or is Cashman...
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Danny Espinosa’s fu manchu is terrifying

Players are reporting to Spring Training all across Florida and Arizona, and Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa arrived with some extra facial hair. Danny Espinosa was one of the first position players in camp. His Fu Manchu has also reported. And it is glorious. pic.twitter.com/8K9EwJDQd6 — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 19, 2015 GOOD GOOGLY MOOGLY...
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The Pirates are wearing awesome matte helmets this spring

One of the ways to my heart is when MLB teams make simple changes to their gear that look amazing. During Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be wearing matte black helmets that look fantastic. Interesting nugget from @stephenjnesbitt, #Pirates will wear matte helmet in Spring Training. http://t.co/ern9pXso7Q pic.twitter.com/0CUB8T0erH — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino...
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Frank Caliendo read A-Rod’s apology as Morgan Freeman

I’m not a huge Frank Caliendo fan, but his reading of Alex Rodriguez’s apology letter is an absolute riot. Check out Caliendo reading the letter in the voices of Morgan Freeman, Jon Gruden, and Chris Berman. Frank Caliendo as Morgan Freeman, reading A-Rod's apology… http://t.co/V07cy3OKVj — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) February 18, 2015 I’m in tears, completely beside myself...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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