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Two small decisions that may have cost the Cleveland Indians the World Series

The 2016 Cleveland Indians were the most successful version of the team since 1997 and, like that team, lost the World Series in extra innings of Game 7. As we’ve seen over the last two decades, that kind of loss can lead to quite a bit of not only devastation, but hindsight, as fans look at every single pitch of every loss trying to see how things could have been different. In...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Fowler to decline contract option, become free agent

After winning his first World Series, Dexter Fowler is ready to cash in during free agency. Fowler’s no stranger to making shrewd free agent decisions. He chose to re-sign with the Chicago Cubs late in spring training after being close on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Fowler’s last-minute change turned out to be a great career choice, as he started during the...
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November 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Texas Rangers looking to move Derek Holland

The Texas Rangers are reportedly ready to move on from Derek Holland. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports the Rangers are looking to clear Holland’s salary and have discussed a trade with multiple teams. “According to a source close to the situation, starting pitcher Derek Holland may have played his last game as a member of the Texas Rangers. In advance of the Rangers...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians' Roberto Perez reveals battle with Bell's palsy

Catcher Roberto Perez has helped propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series due to his incredible defensive play and surprising offensive production in the playoffs. Perez was a key contributor in a Game 1 victory over the Chicago Cubs with two big home runs. Perez’s unexpected ascension was filled with overcoming obstacles. The most difficult being his battle with Bell’s...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

A.J. Preller says teams still discussing deals with Padres despite suspension

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s reputation took a sizable hit after receiving a 30-day suspension by MLB after the Padres failed to properly disclose key medical information during trades. Padres president Mike Dee was fired, but somewhat surprisingly, Preller managed to retain his job. Now he’s back, Preller spoke to media saying the suspension hasn’t affected...
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October 27, 2016  |  Discuss

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade make jersey bet on World Series outcome

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have teamed up once again, only this time, it has little to do with basketball. Wade posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday, challenging his former Miami Heat teammate to a bet on the outcome of the World Series. The Chicago Bulls guard asked the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar to agree to wear a Cubs jersey during Cleveland’s visit to the Windy City should...
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October 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox might not fill open general manager spot

The Boston Red Sox have an opening at general manager following the departure of Mike Hazen but aren’t reportedly in a hurry to fill it. #RedSox may not fill their GM opening: https://t.co/8EAEVgITnb — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 24, 2016 Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has backtracked on comments about...
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October 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Friedman on Kershaw returning from injury: “I cannot say enough about what Clayton did”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have little regrets about their postseason run getting cut short sooner than they hoped. Kershaw was rocked during Saturday night’s decisive Game Six NLCS matchup, lasting five innings, allowing five runs (four earned), two home runs and seven hits. The 28-year-old ace’s effort wasn’t enough to propel the Dodgers into the World Series...
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October 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Narrative laden NLCS detracts from the real thing

A quick listen to the broadcast of this year’s National League Championship series reveals a not necessarily shocking, but still overwhelming reliance on certain narratives in order to generate and facilitate discussion. Whether Joe Buck or the studio crew, this group loves themselves a good (if often times nonsensical) narrative. Like, they want to marry narratives. Not that it’s...
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October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
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October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon: Cubs ‘need to push back mentally’

The Chicago Cubs were stymied on both sides of the ball on Monday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers tidily defeated them 6-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS, taking a 2-1 series lead. The Cubs offense failed to show up for the second time in the series and the club’s pitching wasn’t much better. Manager Joe Maddon said his team’s mental strength wasn’t where it needed to be following back...
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October 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up to survive just about everything that could happen in a major league...
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October 18, 2016  |  Discuss

John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in Game 4. ”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager John Gibbons told the Associated Press. ”That’s an understatement...
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October 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Terry Collins says next season might be last with Mets

Terry Collins might be stepping away from the game after next season. The 67-year-old New York Mets manager spoke with Adam Rubin of ESPN.com and said after a physically trying season plagued by health problems, he needs to reevaluate his job going forward. “I just need to reevaluate at the end of this coming year what’s going on, where I am, how I’m feeling,” Collins said...
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October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz: Ortiz’s last game brought me to tears

David Ortiz’s storied career reached its end point on Monday after the Boston Red Sox were defeated 4-3 by the Cleveland Indians, effectively getting swept in the ALDS. The loss turned out to be longtime DH David Ortiz’s final game. Clay Buchholz, a Red Sox teammate with Ortiz since 2007, expressed sadness Big Papi would no longer be his teammate. “I haven’t cried after...
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October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Battle-tested Giants have faced long postseason odds before

Cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill. Their tough, rugged exteriors combined with an unmatched ability to squeeze through tight spaces has made them the one creature on earth synonymous with survival. If a nuclear bomb hits, chances are there will still be cockroaches running around after the fallout. The San Francisco Giants have been compared to cockroaches before. But this...
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October 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Braves to interview Ron Washington, Bud Black

The Atlanta Braves will interview external candidates Ron Washington and Bud Black for their future managerial opening, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Atlanta has interviewed a handful of internal candidates thus far. Interim manager Brian Snitker, bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, and third base coach Bo Porter have all met with Braves management for the...
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October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Manfred offered Red Sox chance to cancel Pomeranz deal

The Boston Red Sox organization expressed unhappiness with the San Diego Padres after it was revealed Padres general manager A.J. Preller wasn’t honest about Drew Pomeranz’s medical records following a trade for Anderson Espinoza. Preller received a 30-game ban for withholding medical information and the Red Sox continued to cry foul. Reacting to suspension of #Padres GM...
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October 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Scioscia backtracks on previous comments, endorses Trout for MVP despite record

Mike Scioscia is backing superstar Mike Trout as AL MVP. That might not seem noteworthy, but the comments reverse the Los Angeles Angels managers previous thoughts on qualifications for the award. Back in August, Scioscia said “there needs to be value on how you’ve affected a team’s performance.” Interesting comments considering Scioscia has the American League’s best player...
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October 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion following loss: ‘I don’t want to leave here like that’

Edwin Encarnacion potentially played his last game in Toronto following the Blue Jays 4-0 loss verse the Baltimore Orioles. The defeat pushed Toronto into a tie with Baltimore for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. With the loss, Encarnacion might have played his last game at the Rogers Centre. He told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, he doesn’t want the game to be his last...
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September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein signs five-year extension with Cubs

Cubs president Theo Epstein has agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him in Chicago through 2021, the franchise announced Wednesday. Epstein, who signed with the Cubs in October 2011, has successfully completed a massive rebuild of the franchise. The Cubs are the best team in baseball at 101-56 and will have home-field advantage in the NL Playoffs. During the season before...
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September 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Duquette: Trumbo is “worth a significant investment”

When Seattle dealt Mark Trumbo and C.J. Riefenhauser to Baltimore for Steve Clevenger, there was no predicting Trumbo’s sizable impact on the Orioles. Trumbo’s set the league afire in 2016, leading the show with 45 home runs. The Mariners salary dump turned into a best case scenario for Baltimore, as the organization sits in the thick of the AL Wild Card race – largely due...
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September 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the division lead. General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke with Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle...
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September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Teixeira unloads on PED users, calls for harsher penalties

Mark Teixeira’s career is set to close, as the New York Yankees first baseman will retire at season’s end. The 36-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal 14-year career split between Texas, Atlanta and New York, hitting 406 career home runs. In a wide-ranging interview with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Teixeira opened up about what it was like to be a clean star in the sport’s steroid...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta tells ex-Rays teammates he’s retiring

Reliever Joel Peralta visited ex-Tampa Bay Rays teammates on Saturday, breaking the news he’s retiring from the league, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Peralta reportedly has a healthy arm, but ongoing knee issues have seemingly ended his career at age 40. Joel Peralta is in #Rays clubhouse visiting ex-mates. Didn't make formal announcement, but he is retiring...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss
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