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World Series MVP Watch – Game 3

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Another game, another leader atop the World Series MVP Watch. We finally got ourselves a tightly contested game, but failed to have any real heroes emerge...
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Company lies about buying naming rights to McCovey Cove, Giants Twitter explodes

The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series, which means companies are going out of their way to latch onto the bandwagon to get whatever kind of publicity they can with the team in the national spotlight. Today, one company took things way beyond “too far.” A company called Boatbound released a press release today  saying they had purchased the naming rights to McCovey...
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Phillies’ early signings a tip-off to not get excited about 2015

Here at The Outside Corner, we’ve generated quite a bit of content at Ruben Amaro, Jr.’s expense. It’s not malicious, but we’re wondering just what exactly his plan is for the Philadelphia Phillies, renovating the roster and restoring the team to a viable playoff contender. Typically, MLB clubs wait until the completion of the World Series to begin their offseason maneuvers...
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Joe Maddon has opted out of his Rays contract

Let the Joe Maddon Derby begin – the Tampa Bay Rays manager has opted out of his contract with the club, rending him a managerial free agent. Here's what Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg had to say regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the #Rays: pic.twitter.com/klaNMgX4w0 — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 24, 2014 This wasn’t really unexpected, as rumors of...
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Sean Casey went fishing in the Kauffman Stadium fountains

Before Wednesday’s Game 2, MLB Network analyst Sean Casey decided to “go fishing” in the fountains at Kauffman Stadium. The resulting video will be branded into your memory for awhile. I did not need to see that, though the whole “catching Red Lobster dishes” bit was pretty good. The post Sean Casey went fishing in the Kauffman Stadium fountains appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

The word dynasty is defined as “a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time”. With a third World Series championship in five seasons, the San Francisco Giants would arguably become baseball’s first dynasty since the Yankees won four title in five seasons in the late-90s. Since the Yankees shut down the Mets to win the 2000 World Championship...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Strickland loses his cool, and maybe Giants’ confidence

Man, what is the deal with Hunter Strickland? Typically, the 26-year-old right-hander would be a nice story, the type we love to celebrate during the postseason. Prior to this year, Strickland was a career minor leaguer, drafted by the Red Sox in 2007 and playing in the Boston and Pittsburgh organizations before landing with the Giants last year. After compiling a 2.09 ERA in 41...
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How international free agents killed offense in baseball

In the 1950s, baseball expanded without adding any new franchises. After going from 1903 to 1947 without dramatically increasing the talent pool and not adding any new teams, the flood gates opened up, adding at least 10% of the country’s baseball players back into that pool. While it started with just Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby in 1947, by 1959 African Americans, who had been...
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World Series MVP Watch – Game 2

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. With another lopsided victory in Game 2, no true heroes have yet emerged to become obvious MVP frontrunners. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty...
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James Shields has killed the legend of ‘Big Game James’

We can safely retire that “Big Game James” nickname for James Shields now, right? Shields didn’t give himself the nickname. Nor should he have, because you just shouldn’t give yourself a nickname. It has to be given to you or somehow earned. He got the tag while in the minor leagues, courtesy of teammate Chris Flinn, who was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the real ...
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Madison Bumgarner is having one of the best Postseasons in a decade

Madison Bumgarner has been a dynamo in this year’s MLB Postseason. In five starts, Bumgarner has a 1.40 ERA. He’s allowed just seven runs (six earned) over 38 2/3 innings, striking out 33 and walking only six. Needless to say, he’s well on his way to the third World Championship of his young career. But what you may not realize is just how good Bumgarner has been in a historical...
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World Series MVP Watch – Game 1

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. After a lopsided Game 1, the frontrunners for the awards are fairly obvious, but we have plenty of games left to play. Until then, start getting excited...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five keys for the Royals in the World Series

The Royals are undefeated in the postseason, winning the wild-card playoff versus the A’s, sweeping the Angels in three games during the Division Series and not losing a game to the Orioles in the ALCS. So every button manager Ned Yost pushes — regardless of how crazy it might drive observers and analysts on social media — has seemingly worked in his team’s favor. Yet while...
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Five keys for the Giants in the World Series

The San Francisco Giants are four wins away from their third World Series championship in five seasons, which is pretty unbelievable considering the franchise went 56 years between their last title and their first one in this current run. It’s been a pretty incredible few years for a team that, for whatever reason, no one ever seems to think can win it all. Standing in the way...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz surprises veterans with World Series tickets

This is pretty awesome. A group of veterans showed up at Fenway Park for a special tour, and were surprised by Red Sox DH David Ortiz. Ortiz gave the military personnel a tour of the stadium, and then surprised them with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City. The veterans will also be honored during the seventh inning stretch of tonight’s game. This is an...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants, the Royals, and building a roster

Whenever a young, “scrappy” team like the Royals makes a team playoff run, a plethora of articles start to emerge suggesting that their homegrown approach is “the right way”, or something along those lines. They’ve got all these young guys, they must have a great player development system! In the case of this year’s World Series, the sentiment that the Royals are somehow...
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Matchups to keep in mind for the World Series

It’s true that the stats show a small sample size and all that, but in a World Series, matchups and tendencies play the biggest part in determining who comes out ahead. With only one team to prepare for and five days to get ready, here are a few of the matchups that most definitely got picked apart by both teams heading into Tuesday night’s opener: Buster Posey vs. The Royals...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Could the Red Sox attempt to trade Yoenis Cespedes during the offseason? After getting him in exchange for Jon Lester, Boston would seemingly prefer to keep him as a right-handed complement to David Ortiz in the middle of its lineup. Cespedes could also provide good range and a strong arm in right field for the Red Sox. However, according to the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo, there...
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Tiger Stadium will live again in replica form

Detroit Tigers fans — and aficionados of baseball history — have lamented the vacating of Tiger Stadium after the 1999 season. That feeling of loss was compounded when the ballpark was demolished in 2008. The field is still available for use, thanks in large part to the efforts of organizations like The Navin Field Grounds Crew. Just last week, a new redevelopment proposal for...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois store puts Cardinals tissues on sale

Yeah, the White Sox may suck. Yeah, the Cubs may suck. But dammit, this Dekalb, Illinois store is going to take glee in the Cardinals NLCS loss come hell or high water. @darrenrovell Just found this for the Cardinals fans to wipe their tears.. 2 for $1! Schnucks, Dekalb, IL. pic.twitter.com/HnTx6PQmAo — Brandon James (@anomal0us) October 17, 2014 HOW RUDE. Yet, very well-played...
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SF radio station bans Lorde's 'Royals' during World Series

If you’re in the listening range of KFOG in San Francisco, don’t expect to hear Lorde’s song “Royals” during the World Series. After the Giants beat the Cardinals on Thursday night to win the pennant, the radio station announced on their Facebook page that the song wouldn’t be played as long as the series is going. No Lorde? Oh, it’s personal now. [KFOG] The post A...
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End of season post-mortem: St. Louis Cardinals

This was such a strange year for the Cardinals. They didn’t clinch the NL Central until the final day of the 2014 season. They didn’t take sole possession of first place until September 1st. Yet, the Cardinals still won 90 games, beat Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLDS, and advanced to the NLCS. For most teams, that end to their season would be considered an accomplishment. For...
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Remembering the earthquake and the 1989 World Series, 25 years later

I was 10 years old in 1989 and had been to more baseball games than a kid could ever hope to attend. My Dad, a baseball fan his entire life who used to watch games at Seals Stadium and went to the first game at Candlestick Park in 1960, had bought season tickets in 1988 after buying tickets to 30-plus games every year. It was a baseball-obsessed kid’s dream. The ’89 Giants were...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Ishikawa’s homer with Russ Hodges’ famous 1951 call

When Travis Ishikawa sent the Giants to the World Series on Thursday, many announcers attempted to replicate Russ Hodges’ famous “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT” call. Well, MLB.com did all of those guys one better – they overlaid Hodges’ call on Ishikawa’s homer. Baseball, I love you. [Big League Stew] The post Travis Ishikawa’s homer with Russ Hodges’ famous 1951 call...
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Yup, Mike Matheny saved his closer for a save situation

The San Francisco Giants won the NL pennant on Thursday night, and Mike Matheny once again managed to the save stat and not the in-game situation. Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th: "We can't bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We're on the road.” — Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) October 17, 2014 Tie game, bottom of the ninth, one run...
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