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MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

This, as in every year, there are players left out of the All-Star game who are seemingly deserving, but things aren’t as bad as they could have been. Jose Altuve made a miraculous comeback in the fan voting at the last moment to save one wasted roster spot that had been slated for Omar Infante, the 31st most valuable second baseman in the American League. A few other American...
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Jonathan Papelbon still wants out of Philly

I feel like I’ve written a version of this headline about five times over the past year, but it’s really only been four. My apologies. Anyway, as we roll along towards the All-Star Break and the trade deadline, lone Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Jonathan Papelbon is reiterating his desire to be traded to a contender before the end of the month. Via MLB.com… “I would...
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Jon Lester finally got his first hit

Going into Monday night’s Cardinals-Cubs game, Chicago starter Jon Lester was 0/66 at the dish to start his career. Well, now he’s 1/67…though that one hit came in an unlikely way. An infield single….off the foot of former teammate John Lackey, nonetheless. It’s all downhill from here, Jon. The post Jon Lester finally got his first hit appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

The All-Star Selection Show continued into its second day on ESPN Monday night, and the reserves and pitchers for the American and National Leagues were revealed. The starters were announced before Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Andrew McCutchen will be starting in the outfield to replace Giancarlo Stanton for the National League, and Kris Bryant was chosen to replace Stanton...
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Braves the most interesting team to watch at the deadline?

We’re three and a half weeks away from the 2015 trade deadline, and the buyers and sellers are crammed pretty tightly together. Hell, the only two teams we *know* will be selling are the Brewers and Phillies, and the extent of their selling is still unknown. But one team that could conceivably both buy and sell at the deadline is one that has never been too keen on moving established...
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Robinson Cano dealing with stomach ailment all season

It’s been a disappointing second season in Seattle for Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, but we finally may know one of the reasons he’s struggling – Cano is reportedly dealing with acid reflux, a stomach ailment that came about when Cano was treated with antibiotics for a stomach parasite in October. Some of the details via USA Today… Cano was in the midst of...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 13

Welcome the thirteenth week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. This week we feature 3 hitters: One a player passed up by 29 clubs when cheaply available, one a superstar who isn’t close to hitting his prime, and an aged veteran in his last season. We also highlight a reemerging ace and an ace who might get traded this month...
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2015 MLB first-half all-surprise team

The first half is officially in the books for most teams in the league, as all but four teams across the league have played 81 games. Since we’ve reached this threshold, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the biggest (positive) surprises of the first half and create a team based on those surprises. We didn’t expect much from these guys this year…but they’re...
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Braves reportedly aren’t keen on trading Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin has been one of this year’s biggest surprises for the Atlanta Braves, but could the Braves sell high on him this summer? According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, it doesn’t look like it. By the way, on Maybin: He's been playing well for the Braves and ATL not open to dealing him now. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 6, 2015   Through 73 games this...
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2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

Well, the all-Royals lineup never happened, but the 2015 All-Star lineup still features a ridiculous about of Royal blue. Four members of the reigning AL champions were announced as All-Star starters on Sunday – Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, and Alex Gordon. But the leading vote getter in all of baseball wasn’t a Royal, and it wasn’t Mike Trout – it was...
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WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a wonderful catch on Sunday to rob Brock Holt of extra bases, and earned himself a face full of Green Monster (phrasing…) for his troubles. This was actually the second great defensive play of the game by Marisnick, following a laser beam throw to third base in the second inning. Houston took the lead in the top of the seventh...
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The Angels nearly traded for Ben Revere

The Angels need offense, and they very nearly got some offense earlier this season in the form of…Ben Revere. Yeah, *that* Ben Revere. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the brief details. 1. Trevor Gott, RHP, Angels — A few weeks ago the Phillies thought they had a deal with the Angels that would have sent Ben Revere west for Gott, who was then in Double A. The Angels pulled...
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Astros’ first base-DH surplus now helps cover George Springer injury

The Houston Astros have been the surprise of the 2015 season, building the best record in the AL and a five-game lead in their division. As we approach the All-Star break, the big question hovering over this team is whether or not they’re “for real,” can maintain this level of performance and get to their first postseason in 10 years. A significant reason for the Astros’...
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A-Rod gets 3,000th hit ball from Zack Hample, charity gets $150K donation

Friday (July 3) was a day for Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees to resolve off-field issues, apparently. Earlier in the day, A-Rod and the team settled their dispute over his $6 million bonus for hitting his 600th home run, agreeing to donate $3.5 million to charity. Later on, Rodriguez and the Yankees also reached an agreement with Zack Hample for the return of the baseball that was...
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Charity wins: A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over $6 million milestone bonus

The dispute between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees over the $6 million bonus for tying Willie Mays on MLB’s all-time home run list has been settled. Following Rodriguez’s PED scandal, the Yankees felt they weren’t obligated to pay the bonus. There was no longer any achievement or milestone to celebrate and promote since A-Rod’s achievements are now disgraced. However...
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Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball? It seems almost impossible that any franchise could ever step to the Marlins and dare displace them atop the dysfunction power rankings. Yet somehow in the last six months and culminating in the resignation of Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno and company have shown the world that when it comes to reprehensible behavior, they go to...
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Braves willing to deal starting pitching for catching

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting the Atlanta Braves are “open to dealing from pitching prospect depth in a trade for a bat. They’ve asked about young catchers.” The report, on the surface, makes sense. The Braves have used 23-year-old defensive prodigy Christian Bethancourt behind the plate as A.J Pierzynski’s backup. While his strong arm has been on display, throwing out...
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Blue Jays need rookies to keep producing for success in 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays (42-39, 1 GB in the AL East) entered this season in a full-blown youth movement. Yes, the team still had important veteran players, but the club opened with six rookies on its 25-man-roster. Three of those rookies didn’t make it very long. Miguel Castro, pegged as the closer early in the season, started off hot, but struggled and was quickly optioned...
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The longest home runs for the week ending July 2nd

Let’s all take a moment of silence to reflect on Giancarlo Stanton’s dominance of THE LIST, which may be coming to an end after he fractured his hamate bone. …… OK, now let’s get on with it. Joc Pederson is once again at the top of this week’s list, and he may be the man to beat going forward. 1. Joc Pederson vs Allen Webster, 461 feet (June 29th) I can’t recall someone...
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Cardinals fire scouting director in hacking scandal fallout

Remember when the narrative surrounding the saga of St. Louis Cardinals staffers hacking a Houston Astros database was “well, it must have been a low level member of the front office”? Well, that narrative has been turned on its head – according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa in relation to the hacking incident. That’s...
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Outta here: the five best moments in home run derby history

The home run derby is getting some much-needed tweaks this year, with the inclusion of a bracket and timed rounds. The hope is these changes will breathe some life into baseball’s showcase event, which has sadly become a boring slog over the last few years. But it wasn’t always a sad, boring slog! No, the home run derby has produced some incredibly exciting moments in its history...
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Jose Fernandez homered in his 2015 debut

Jose Fernandez made his 2015 debut on Thursday following Tommy John surgery last May. But the biggest highlight of the day for Fernandez and the Marlins didn’t come on the mound – it came in the batter’s box. This. Just. Happened. – The Outside Corner | Facebook That’s a pretty ridiculous homer, and it came off of another guy making his 2014 debut, Matt Cain of the Giants...
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Fan who wouldn’t cut hair until Jose Fernandez returned gets haircut from pitcher

Andres Salgado is a seriously devoted Miami Marlins fan. When pitching sensation Jose Fernandez suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, Salgado vowed not to cut his hair until the 22-year-old recovered. So he let it grow for 13 months. But with Fernandez returning to the Marlins’ rotation Thursday, it was time for Salgado (who became known as “The Jose Guy“...
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Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano

Following an 11-17 June, the Twins have fallen five games behind the Royals in the AL Central, just one game ahead of the Tigers for second place in the division. Minnesota is only a half-game away from the league’s second wild-card bid, but is fighting in a mosh pit with five other clubs for that spot. To try and break from the pack, the Twins have to put their best team on...
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The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and before we reflect on the first half, how about we reflect on a wild June? AL Best Hitter of the Month: Albert Pujols Hello my friend, we meet again…June of 2015 was vintage Pujols. He hit .303/.395/.737 for the month with 13 homers, 13 walks, and just eight strikeouts. No player in baseball had more homers than Pujols...
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