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There’s no obvious AL MVP favorite

As we approach the midway point of the 2015 MLB season, the National League award winners are pretty easy to choose – Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, and Joc Pederson are pretty easy selections for the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards. But over in the American League, things are more interesting. The rookie crop is a disaster. The best pitchers in the league either play...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 12

Welcome to the twelfth week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. BEST HITTER: Nolan Arenando, 3B, Rockies It’s been a while since home runs dominated this space but that’s a big part of why Nolan Arenado is here. He led baseball with an impressive 7 home runs this past week. But he wasn’t just hitting for power. He slashed...
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Trying to pick the ideal Home Run Derby field

The Home Run Derby is just two weeks from today, and MLB is implementing some new rules to switch things up a little bit. But let’s be honest here – people tune in to the Home Run Derby to see elite home run hitters. This year, those tuning in to see the top power hitters in the game may be disappointed. MLB homer Giancarlo Stanton won’t be participating because of a fractured...
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Five injuries having the biggest effect on MLB playoff race

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and the playoff races in the American and National Leagues are still quite tight. And while every team has dealt with injuries in one form or another this year, not all of those injuries are created equal. Yeah, it sucks for the Phillies that Cliff Lee hasn’t thrown a pitch this year…but it’s not as if Philadelphia would...
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Huston Street only wants to pitch in save opportunities

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim closer Huston Street has pitched in the majors for 11 seasons for four different seasons. He’s been a Capital C Closer in all of those seasons for all of those teams. Needless to say, he’s been around the block and is very comfortable in his role as he approaches 300 career saves. During Friday’s Angels-Mariners game, Seattle manager Lloyd...
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Citi Field scoreboard clueless about Reds player’s name

During Sunday’s Reds-Mets game, an odd thing happened when Jason Bourgeois pinch hit for Cincinnati. The scoreboard at Citi Field read “unknown” instead of his name. Well, that’s embarrassing. The scoreboard eventually switched from “unknown” to “Bourgeois”. There was likely some confusion because of the fact that Sunday was the first game of the year for Bourgeois...
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The Home Run Derby rules are changing again

In an effort to get people to care about the Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball has once again changed the rules of the All-Star Week staple. This year, the eight competitors will be seeded based on their season to date home runs and inserted into a knockout-style bracket. Instead of a set amount of swings, players will be timed during each round. Players also have the opportunity...
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Jeff Francoeur throws ball about one foot

Jeff Francoeur had a rough day in the field on Sunday in Philadelphia. First, he bobbled a ball hit to the wall by Denard Span of the Nationals. Then, when attempting to throw the ball into the infield…well, he barely got it past his own feet. Well Jeff, at least it didn’t go backwards… The post Jeff Francoeur throws ball about one foot appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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WATCH: Carlos Correa scores after hitting routine fly ball

Carlos Correa hit what looked like a routine fly ball in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Yankees-Astros game. But this is baseball, and crazy things happen from time to time. Today, Correa’s ball wasn’t caught, and all hell broke loose. It went down in the books as a double and a two base error on center fielder Brett Gardner, who fumbled the ball after it fell between...
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Bad break: Giancarlo Stanton suffers broken bone in hand, out indefinitely

Bad news for the Miami Marlins, and bad news for baseball fans in general. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton has a broken bone in his hand, an injury that is expected to knock him out for four to six weeks. Stanton suffered the injury in Friday’s 7-1 loss to the Dodgers. During his final at-bat, Stanton struck out versus Pedro Baez and was in noticeable pain after swinging and missing...
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He’s outta there! Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Even Ryne Sandberg has had enough of the Phillies. Friday afternoon, the team announced that Sandberg has resigned as manager, 74 games into his third season in Philadelphia. The Phillies were slogging through an expectedly terrible season, compiling the worst record in MLB at 26-48. No team is out of first place than a larger deficit than Philadelphia’s 14.5-game margin. Their...
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Mets’ slide may get Terry Collins fired, but team isn’t good

Well, at least the Mets didn’t have a winless road trip. That’s probably the best takeaway from Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the Brewers, which mercifully ended a seven-game losing streak and avoided the indignity of losing all eight games of a road spin through Toronto, Atlanta and Milwaukee. However, salvaging one victory puts just a speck of shine on what has been a...
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The longest home runs for the week ending June 25th

This week, Giancarlo Stanton got angry. You wouldn’t like Giancarlo Stanton when he’s angry. The Marlins slugger showed up not once, but twice this week, including tying his record-long blast this season. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Carlos Martinez, 484 feet (June 23rd) The word you’re looking for here is “majestic”. What a titanic, laser beam home run from Giancarlo. 2. Salvador...
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Franklin Gutierrez returns, but Mariners need much more

If you were watching Wednesday’s Mariners-Royals game, caught some highlights or checked the boxscore, you may have done a double take when you saw Franklin Gutierrez’s name. And that would have been completely understandable. The 32-year-old outfielder hasn’t played in the major leagues since Sept. 27, 2013, and it seemed as if we might never see him play another MLB...
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Figuring out baseball’s contenders and pretenders

The Pretenders aren’t just a great ’80s band. The name also applies to teams that may look like contenders but lack the chops to stick around through the fall; they’re no Chrissy Hynde, so to speak. The 2015 season is nearly halfway done, and that’s plenty of time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Let’s take a look at each league and see which teams will...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays are winning and they’re not going to stop

Last year and this past winter saw the Tampa Bay Rays trade away David Price, Ben Zobrist, and Wil Myers. These moves were not widely lauded and most thought there wasn’t a chance the Rays could compete this year. As of the morning of June 24th, the Rays are first in the AL East with a 41-32 record (3rd best in AL, 7th best in MLB). This has prompted me to ask two questions...
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Josh Donaldson tried his damnedest to save Marco Estrada’s perfect game

On Wednesday, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada set down the first 21 Tampa Bay Rays hitters he faced. The 22nd batter was David DeJesus, who hit a foul pop down the third base line. Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson really wanted Estrada to keep his perfect game going, and flew into the crowd to record the 22nd out of the game. The 23rd batter was Logan Forysthe, who hit...
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A look at Carlos Santana’s BABIP woes

If you think batting average is a good way to measure a player’s skill, then this article most likely isn’t for you. Because in this article, you’ll learn that Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana has been an above-average hitter in 2015 despite his batting average flirting with the Mendoza Line and despite him having one of the league’s lowest BABIP. Before we...
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Can the Marlins actually contend this year?

If it weren’t for the Phillies, this would not even be a conversation.  However, due to the Phils’ ineptness (current winning streak aside), the topic can momentarily turn to the Miami Marlins and whether they have a late season push in them. Indeed, as it stands now, the Marlins are not lighting the world on fire (twelve games under .500), but there is one big reason why the...
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Giancarlo Stanton launched another absurd homer on Tuesday

Giancarlo Stanton did what Giancarlo Stanton does on Tuesday night. Check out this missile he hit off of Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals. Friendly reminder that we here at TOC use data from the ESPN Home Run Tracker to determine THE LIST of the longest home runs of the week as opposed to the Statcast data you see in this video, and the Tracker has this laser from Stanton tracked...
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Twins’ Byron Buxton joins stellar rookie class

This has been The Year of the Rookie in MLB, with many top prospects getting the call up to the majors and providing a jolt of excitement and fresh air to what hasn’t been a terribly exciting 2015 season thus far. (Fans of the Royals or Astros would surely disagree with that. Maybe Nats fans too, thanks to Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer.) Cubs fans have surely enjoyed surging...
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The Rangers are on the hunt for Cole Hamels once again

Cole Hamels, the newest ace of the Texas Rangers? It’s apparently still a possibility, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Sources: #Rangers and #Phillies having ongoing dialogue about Cole Hamels, and he is willing to waive no-trade to Texas. @FOXSports — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 23, 2015 In January, the Rangers were one of four teams (along with the Red Sox...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 11

Welcome to the eleventh week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. This week a no-hitter appears again and from a familiar face to boot. In addition to that we highlight a seldom seen milestone a week after highlighting another seldom seen milestone, and again from a familiar face. BEST HITTER: Alex Rodriguez, 3B/DH, Yankees...
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Report: Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player

For years, Pete Rose denied betting on baseball. Then he changed his story, and claimed to only have bet on baseball as a manager. Now, new evidence obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines seemingly disproves that line of thinking and proves that Rose bet on baseball while he was playing. OTL obtained pages from a notebook that was taken from an associate of Rose’s during a raid...
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An All-Star team of players who haven't made All-Star team

We’re less than a month away from the All-Star Game, and the outrage over every Royal on the ballot starting for the American League team is still simmering. But instead of getting angry about the Royals, maybe we should have some fun instead and look at other potential All-Star Teams. For example, what if the starters for the AL and NL this year were solely players that had...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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