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James Shields has killed the legend of ‘Big Game James’

We can safely retire that “Big Game James” nickname for James Shields now, right? Shields didn’t give himself the nickname. Nor should he have, because you just shouldn’t give yourself a nickname. It has to be given to you or somehow earned. He got the tag while in the minor leagues, courtesy of teammate Chris Flinn, who was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the real ...
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Madison Bumgarner is having one of the best Postseasons in a decade

Madison Bumgarner has been a dynamo in this year’s MLB Postseason. In five starts, Bumgarner has a 1.40 ERA. He’s allowed just seven runs (six earned) over 38 2/3 innings, striking out 33 and walking only six. Needless to say, he’s well on his way to the third World Championship of his young career. But what you may not realize is just how good Bumgarner has been in a historical...
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World Series MVP Watch – Game 1

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. After a lopsided Game 1, the frontrunners for the awards are fairly obvious, but we have plenty of games left to play. Until then, start getting excited...
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Five keys for the Royals in the World Series

The Royals are undefeated in the postseason, winning the wild-card playoff versus the A’s, sweeping the Angels in three games during the Division Series and not losing a game to the Orioles in the ALCS. So every button manager Ned Yost pushes — regardless of how crazy it might drive observers and analysts on social media — has seemingly worked in his team’s favor. Yet while...
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Five keys for the Giants in the World Series

The San Francisco Giants are four wins away from their third World Series championship in five seasons, which is pretty unbelievable considering the franchise went 56 years between their last title and their first one in this current run. It’s been a pretty incredible few years for a team that, for whatever reason, no one ever seems to think can win it all. Standing in the way...
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David Ortiz surprises veterans with World Series tickets

This is pretty awesome. A group of veterans showed up at Fenway Park for a special tour, and were surprised by Red Sox DH David Ortiz. Ortiz gave the military personnel a tour of the stadium, and then surprised them with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City. The veterans will also be honored during the seventh inning stretch of tonight’s game. This is an...
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The Giants, the Royals, and building a roster

Whenever a young, “scrappy” team like the Royals makes a team playoff run, a plethora of articles start to emerge suggesting that their homegrown approach is “the right way”, or something along those lines. They’ve got all these young guys, they must have a great player development system! In the case of this year’s World Series, the sentiment that the Royals are somehow...
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Matchups to keep in mind for the World Series

It’s true that the stats show a small sample size and all that, but in a World Series, matchups and tendencies play the biggest part in determining who comes out ahead. With only one team to prepare for and five days to get ready, here are a few of the matchups that most definitely got picked apart by both teams heading into Tuesday night’s opener: Buster Posey vs. The Royals...
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10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Could the Red Sox attempt to trade Yoenis Cespedes during the offseason? After getting him in exchange for Jon Lester, Boston would seemingly prefer to keep him as a right-handed complement to David Ortiz in the middle of its lineup. Cespedes could also provide good range and a strong arm in right field for the Red Sox. However, according to the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo, there...
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Tiger Stadium will live again in replica form

Detroit Tigers fans — and aficionados of baseball history — have lamented the vacating of Tiger Stadium after the 1999 season. That feeling of loss was compounded when the ballpark was demolished in 2008. The field is still available for use, thanks in large part to the efforts of organizations like The Navin Field Grounds Crew. Just last week, a new redevelopment proposal for...
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Illinois store puts Cardinals tissues on sale

Yeah, the White Sox may suck. Yeah, the Cubs may suck. But dammit, this Dekalb, Illinois store is going to take glee in the Cardinals NLCS loss come hell or high water. @darrenrovell Just found this for the Cardinals fans to wipe their tears.. 2 for $1! Schnucks, Dekalb, IL. pic.twitter.com/HnTx6PQmAo — Brandon James (@anomal0us) October 17, 2014 HOW RUDE. Yet, very well-played...
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SF radio station bans Lorde's 'Royals' during World Series

If you’re in the listening range of KFOG in San Francisco, don’t expect to hear Lorde’s song “Royals” during the World Series. After the Giants beat the Cardinals on Thursday night to win the pennant, the radio station announced on their Facebook page that the song wouldn’t be played as long as the series is going. No Lorde? Oh, it’s personal now. [KFOG] The post A...
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End of season post-mortem: St. Louis Cardinals

This was such a strange year for the Cardinals. They didn’t clinch the NL Central until the final day of the 2014 season. They didn’t take sole possession of first place until September 1st. Yet, the Cardinals still won 90 games, beat Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLDS, and advanced to the NLCS. For most teams, that end to their season would be considered an accomplishment. For...
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Remembering the earthquake and the 1989 World Series, 25 years later

I was 10 years old in 1989 and had been to more baseball games than a kid could ever hope to attend. My Dad, a baseball fan his entire life who used to watch games at Seals Stadium and went to the first game at Candlestick Park in 1960, had bought season tickets in 1988 after buying tickets to 30-plus games every year. It was a baseball-obsessed kid’s dream. The ’89 Giants were...
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Travis Ishikawa’s homer with Russ Hodges’ famous 1951 call

When Travis Ishikawa sent the Giants to the World Series on Thursday, many announcers attempted to replicate Russ Hodges’ famous “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT” call. Well, MLB.com did all of those guys one better – they overlaid Hodges’ call on Ishikawa’s homer. Baseball, I love you. [Big League Stew] The post Travis Ishikawa’s homer with Russ Hodges’ famous 1951 call...
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Yup, Mike Matheny saved his closer for a save situation

The San Francisco Giants won the NL pennant on Thursday night, and Mike Matheny once again managed to the save stat and not the in-game situation. Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th: "We can't bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We're on the road.” — Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) October 17, 2014 Tie game, bottom of the ninth, one run...
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Giants win third pennant in five years after walk off homer

The San Francisco Giants are heading back to the World Series for the third time in five years following a thrilling, absurd 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS. The insanity of this game was off the charts. The Cardinals got on the board first thanks to a Jon Jay RBI double in the third, but the Giants made it 2-1 following a two-run homer by Joe Panik. That...
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Rangers name Jeff Banister as new manager

Though Tim Bogar may have once seemed the favorite to be the Texas Rangers’ new manager, the team decided to make a wholesale change in their dugout. On Thursday, Texas named Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as its new skipper. The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Bogar served as the Rangers’ interim manager following Ron Washington’s resignation on...
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Adam Jones sums up the Orioles’ great year

Even though they got swept in the ALCS, it was a pretty damn good year for the Baltimore Orioles. They won 96 games and took home their first AL East crown since 1997, despite getting picked to finish last in the division at the beginning of the year. Star center fielder Adam Jones was asked to summarize the team’s season after their Game 4 loss in Kansas City, and he did it pretty...
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D-Backs hire Mark Grace as assistant hitting coach

New Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is beginning to assemble his coaching staff. That staff will include a somewhat surprising name in Mark Grace. Source: Mark Grace will become #Dbacks assistant hitting coach. Appears Turner Ward remains hitting coach. Blanco shifting to new role. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) October 16, 2014 Grace being hired as a hitting coach...
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End of season post-mortem: Baltimore Orioles

The AL East was expected to be a dogfight between the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays this year. Instead, the Baltimore Orioles shocked them all and ran away with the division. So how exactly did they go about making everyone look so stupid for overlooking them? Preseason Prediction: The Orioles face a pretty tall task if they’re going to contend for an AL East division title. They...
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Mike Moustakas has gone from less than zero to playoff hero

It’s probably fitting that when the Kansas City Royals recorded their final out to head to the World Series for the first time since 1985 (consequently, also the last time they were even in the playoffs) that it was Mike Moustakas that threw out J.J. Hardy at first base to end it. It’s been a tumultuous season for the former top prospect, but his recent stretch in helping...
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A skinny, gimpy Barry Bonds threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants have slowly been welcoming Barry Bonds back into the good graces of the franchise this year, and that welcome was capped off by Bonds throwing out the first pitch before Game 4 of the NLCS at AT&T Park on Wednesday. Of course, Bonds doesn’t look like he did during his career. He’s lost a ton of weight due to his newfound love of bicycling. He also...
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Paul Rudd took selfies with the Royals after ALCS win

The Kansas City Royals are heading to the World Series, and one of the happiest people at Kauffman Stadium was…Paul Rudd? Yup – the actor spent a good chunk of his childhood in Kansas, went to the University of Kansas, and is a huge Royals and Chiefs fan. Naturally, after the win on Wednesday, Rudd took selfies on the field with various Royals players. Yeah, that’s pretty...
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The Royals are heading to their first World Series since 1985

It’s official – the Kansas City Royals are the champions of the American League. The Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep and win the pennant. They’ll meet either the Cardinals or Giants in the World Series, and Game 1 will be on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City needed to score in just one inning on Wednesday to...
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