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The best and worst MLB players in September

Oh, you thought that just because we’re in playoff mode, we’re not going to reflect on the month of September? Please. These are the best and worst players of September, the final month of the 2014 regular season. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Miguel Cabrera. The defending two-time MVP won’t make it three in a row this year, and he’s not even the most valuable Tigers’ hitter...
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A.J. Hinch will be the next Astros manager

After firing Bo Porter earlier this month, the Houston Astros needed a new manager to bring them into 2015 and beyond. Their choice is reportedly former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, who also worked in the front office for the Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Source: AJ Hinch close to becoming new Astros manager — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014...
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Will another pitcher match Roy Halladay’s Postseason no-hitter?

The 2010 NLDS between the Reds and Phillies got off to a routine start. In his first career Postseason start, Roy Halladay set down the first three Reds he faced. The Phillies plated a run in hte bottom of the first after a Chase Utley sac fly. Halladay set down three more Reds hitters without breaking a sweat in the second. Philadelphia tacked on three more runs in the second following...
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Ron Gardenhire fired by Twins, fourth team seeking a manager

The Ron Gardenhire era is over in Minnesota after 13 long, mostly successful seasons. Ron Gardenhire is out. — Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 29, 2014 Gardenhire won the AL Central with Minnesota in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. However, success in the playoffs was always difficult for him, as the Twins won six playoff games total in those six playoff appearances...
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End of season post-mortem: Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners tried their damnedest to make the AL West a three playoff team division this season. Oakland’s collapse helped keep them in the race, and on September 8th, Seattle was a season-best 15 games over .500 and had a half-game lead on the Tigers for the second AL playoff spot. But the Postseason wasn’t in the cards for the Mariners – they went 8-11 after reaching...
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TOC’s 2014 award spectacular

Well, the 2014 regular season is behind us. It was a pretty wild and crazy season, and I’m sure the next month of playoffs won’t let us down either. But what else is there to do at the end of the season aside from hand out some hardware? The TOC staff was ask to provide MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year ballots for both the American and National Leagues. Five candidates were...
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WATCH: The 15 longest home runs of the 2014 season

The 2014 regular season is behind is, and we know the ten teams that will be playing Postseason baseball this October. But even though the Postseason is a clearly magical, amazing time, let us not forget the tremendous season that brought us to this point – and the majestic home runs we saw along the way. Each Friday this season, we tracked the five longest home runs of the week...
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Dugout Digest – welcome to the playoffs

The MLB Postseason is here, and the season is over for 20 of the 30 teams in MLB. For ten, the dream of a championship will continue for at least one more game. Nine of those clubs will end their year disappointed. The playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Seattle Mariners becoming the final team to bow out of contention. We know the matchups that...
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WATCH: Tom Wilhelmsen dances to 'Turn Down for What'

The Mariners came up one game short of making the post season despite finishing the season strong with three straight wins in front of their fans. You’d think the close call for October baseball would be somewhat of a bummer, but the Mariners and their fans showed a lot of camaraderie and spirit by celebrating an unexpected strong season after years of mostly disappointment. Leading...
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The A’s finally clinched a playoff spot

It took all 162 games, and the end result was disappointing given their strong first half of the season, but the Oakland Athletics clinched the final American League playoff spot following a 4-0 win over the Rangers in Texas. Sonny Gray was marvelous in the clincher for Oakland, tossing a complete game shutout while walking none and striking out five. The A’s will head to Kansas...
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Tigers clinch AL Central with win over Twins

And finally, we know the AL Central champion – it’s the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers beat the Twins 3-0 behind the arm of David Price on Sunday at Comerica Park to edge out the Royals for their fourth division crown in a row. Detroit was the best team in the division all year, and it’s shocking that it took them until game 162 to wrap the title up. The Royals and Indians should...
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Stephen Souza Jr. ended Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter with a fantastic catch

Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter on Sunday, topping the Marlins 1-0 while striking out ten and walking one. But the real highlight of this game was the catch that Stephen Souza Jr. made to record out #27 and end the game. It seems like every no-hitter has that signature play. Rarely do you see it on the final out of the game. Simply incredible. Zimmermann’s no-hitter is the...
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Dugout Digest – it all comes down to game 162

There’s just one regular season game left on the 2014 docket…and there are still questions about the playoffs. -The Tigers and Royals both lost on Saturday, meaning that a tiebreaker game to decide the AL Central is still in play. -The Pirates and Cardinals also both lost on Saturday, meaning that a tiebreaker game for the NL Central is also still in play for them. -The Mariners...
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White Sox fans gave Paul Konerko an amazing ovation as he left the field

These are the final days of Paul Konerko as a member of the Chicago White Sox, and Robin Ventura made sure Konerko got one hell of an ovation from the crowd at US Cellular Field. Earlier in the evening, the Sox honored Konerko with a ceremony and unveiled a statue of him in the left field plaza. The post White Sox fans gave Paul Konerko an amazing ovation as he left the field appeared...
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Report: Joe Girardi blasted Yanks before Jeter's final game

Before Derek Jeter’s emotional final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, manager Joe Girardi absolutely shredded the team. According to a report from ESPN New York, the Yankee skipper was not pleased about his club missing the playoffs for the second straight year, and he ripped some of his players for being overweight and some for not being “hungry” enough to make a playoff...
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End of season post-mortem: Cleveland Indians

After an early elimination from the playoffs in 2013, anything less than an extended run into the postseason in 2014 would be disappointing. The Indians are now disappointed. A whole crew of players that casual baseball fans have never heard of were good enough to get into that Wild Card game and despite many of them improving as they entered their prime, but it wasn’t enough this...
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Dugout Digest – and then there was one

There’s just one lonely playoff spot left to clinch with two games remaining in the 2014 regular season. It’ll come down to Oakland and Seattle in the AL West. If the A’s can win just one more game in Texas this weekend, they’ll clinch the spot. If Seattle loses, the A’s clinch the spot. For the Mariners to get in, they need to take two more from the AL West champion Angels...
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WATCH: Mike Trout robs Kendrys Morales of extra bases

What else can we really say about the defense of Mike Trout aside from “holy crap”? This twisting, leaping catch in the eighth inning of Friday’s Angels-Mariners game at Safeco Field robbed Kendrys Morales of extra bases. However, it wouldn’t end up matter too much – Seattle still hung on to win 4-3 and keep their minuscule playoff hopes intact. The post Mike Trout made...
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Royals make the playoffs for first time since 1985

We have learned playoff team number nine – the Kansas City Royals. The Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday night to clinch at least a Wild Card spot in the American League. It’s the first playoff berth for the Royals since 1985, when they defeated the Cardinals in seven games to win the World Series. Since that year, it’s been nothing but mediocrity in Kansas City. The...
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The Kirk Gibson era is mercifully over in Arizona

On Thursday, Dave Stewart was hired by the Diamondbacks to be their GM. On Friday, Stewart fired manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell, ending a tenure that bordered on infuriating at times. #Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell have been relieved of their duties. — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 26, 2014 This was well-overdue for the...
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The longest homers for the week ending September 25th

We’ve reached the end of the line. This is the last edition of the longest homers of the week for the 2014 season, with apologies to those who homer in the final three games of the regular season this weekend. On Monday, we’re going to wrap everything up with a look at the 15 longest homers of the year. But today, we close with more blasts from the final full week of the regular...
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Torii Hunter loves it when champagne drips all over his body — wait, what?

It got weird, didn’t it? video via MLIVE’s James Schmehl The Tigers can clinch the AL Central title for a fourth straight season on Friday night with a little help from their Windy City friends, which would result in the Tigers players celebrating and spilling champagne all over each other. Torii Hunter clearly cannot wait for this to happen. And if the White Sox do help the...
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David Ortiz began his Hall of Fame march in the 2004 ALCS

In the 2004 ALCS, most of the attention is paid to Dave Roberts stealing second base in the ninth inning. That steal led to Bill Mueller singling him in and giving Boston life. But it was David Ortiz who was the real hero, hitting a walk off, two-run homer in the 12th off of Paul Quantrill to give Boston a 6-4 win. In Game 5, Ortiz would strike again with a solo homer in the eighth...
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End of season post-mortem: Milwaukee Brewers

You thought Oakland’s slide was bad? The Brewers spent 159 days in first place this year. They missed the playoffs. Completely. Couldn’t even hang onto the second wildcard spot. Anytime you go down in history compared to the 2007 Mets, it was a rough year. Preseason Prediction: Braun hits more like he did in 2009 or 2010, but whether that’s because he’s off whatever he was...
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WATCH: Giants celebrate Wild Card berth with gusto

On Thursday, the Giants beat the Padres 9-8 in a wild contest to wrap up one of the two NL Wild Card berths. Technically, San Francisco clinched a spot earlier in the afternoon when the Brewers lost to the Reds, but they made it official after the victory against San Diego. The Giants still have no idea who they’ll be playing in the Wild Card game, and where. The Pirates are only...
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