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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The best MLB free agent bargains of the past 10 years

With players reporting to spring training this week (and TOC beginning its season previews), the offseason is all but officially over. And with that, free agent signings have essentially come to an end — especially among the top talent available. Yet this is also the time of year that MLB clubs can find some good value in the bargain bin. That is, unless some team already made...
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2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
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Kenley Jansen may start the year on the DL after foot surgery

The Dodgers got some bad news on Tuesday – closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following foot surgery. That timetable puts his return, at the earliest, a week into the 2015 season. Here’s the official press release from the club via Dodger Thoughts. This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth...
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Alex Rodriguez has apologized to baseball fans

Let’s put the entire saga behind us, shall we? Alex Rodriguez released a hand-written apology on Tuesday to all baseball fans. Alex Rodriguez issues hand-written letter of apology to fans: http://t.co/oNkSUZeFC5 pic.twitter.com/ThI7AvGDqG — MLB (@MLB) February 17, 2015 You can view the whole apology here, but here’s the full text. To the Fans, I take full responsibility...
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2015 season preview: Tampa Bay Rays

We talk about “lost seasons” all the time in sports, but 2014 truly was a lost, franchise-altering season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay got off to a horrid start in 2014, and were 31-48 on June 24th. Then, they caught fire, going on a 22-6 run to close within one game of .500…and then they traded David Price to the Tigers, struggled down the stretch, and had an offseason...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is attempting a comeback with the Athletics

On Monday afternoon, long-time Oakland Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi retired. On Monday night, long-time Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito rejoined the club on a minor league deal. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015   The...
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Jason Giambi is calling it a career

Athletics, Yankees, Rockies, and Indians veteran Jason Giambi is retiring after 20 seasons in the majors. Giambi turned 44 in January, and spent the past two seasons with the Indians. He hadn’t been much a regular since he left the Yankees following the 2008 season. In a statement released to the New York Daily News, Giambi thanked his family, teammates, coaches, and the media...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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