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Dodgers will have a tough time dumping Andre Ethier

There’s no place in the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield for Andre Ethier, even after the trade of Matt Kemp. Los Angeles has reportedly been looking to move Ethier all offseason, and according to CBS’s Jon Heyman, they’re willing to eat half of the $56 million over three years left on his deal. Naturally, they’ve had no success. The Dodgers have offered to pay down “about...
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The Diamondbacks will be selling a churro dog this year

The Arizona Diamondbacks are taking ridiculous ballpark food to the next level. Check out their newest creation – the churro dog. New to Chase Field this year: the Churro Dog. pic.twitter.com/drUK3rITxX — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 4, 2015 So, what’s *in* that delicious looking creation? Good question! Darren Rovell, take it away… The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon...
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An anti-Mets billboard has gone up in Port St. Lucie

It’s no secret that the New York Mets ownership group is loathed by Mets fans. But a group of Mets fans raised a significant amount of money on Kickstarter to show their displeasure with the ownership on billboards, and one of those billboards went up today near the Mets Spring Training home in Port St. Lucie on I-95. SB I95 in PSL after exit 129, come see glorious Anti-Wilpon...
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2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the signing of Nelson Cruz, they’re hoping that whatever Cruz has left in him can finally...
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The switch pitcher, Pat Venditte, baffled the Giants

During Tuesday’s Giants-Athletics Spring Training game, the A’s used Pat Venditte in the third and fourth innings against a pair of Giants hitters. On the surface, there’s nothing special about this…until you realize that Venditte pitches with both his left and his right arm. Venditte is unfortunately not on Oakland’s 40-man roster, so it doesn’t seem very likely that...
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Chris Rock rips Jackie Robinson biopic ’42’ in deleted scene from ‘Top Five’

The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 was generally a crowd pleaser. It earned a 79 percent positive rating from film critics on Rotten Tomatoes. (Here’s our review from 2013.) Baseball fans seemed to enjoy the film, as did those who follow the game’s history and one of its most important figures. But Chris Rock apparently didn’t care for 42. Or at the very least, the character he...
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Jung Ho Kang homered in his second at bat of the spring

Jung Ho Kang came to the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter surrounded by a cloud of mystery. How would the Korean infielder’s prodigious power translate to the major league game? Well, we can’t make much of Spring Training statistics, but this homer that Kang launched off of Marco Estrada on Tuesday was pretty impressive. Post by The Outside Corner. Now that’s tantalizing...
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2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
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Cuban player makes David Ortiz’s home run trots look brisk

This is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen this morning. Check out Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne in these two clips. Despaigne homered twice on Tuesday for Alazanes de Granma, and he didn’t exactly rush his trots around the bases. Alfredo Despaigne went deep twice today in Cuba. Leisurely home run trots of 41 and 42 seconds. He is the best: https://t.co/L6zM2cPYhn ...
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Victor Martinez tore his meniscus while playing catch

Earlier this offseason, the Tigers announced that freshly re-signed DH Victor Martinez would be undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He’ll likely be ready for Opening Day, but at 36 and coming off the best season of his career, this wasn’t the news that Detroit wanted to hear. But how did Martinez tear his meniscus? Well, he was playing catch…outside of his house...
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What other Rob Manfred ideas can piss off baseball fans?

Eliminating shifts. Shortening the season. Pace of play rules… Rob Manfred has said that “he’ll listen” on nearly every way to improve the game of baseball during his tenure as commissioner. Naturally, the fact that he’s even brought up the previous three topics (despite not even coming close to acting on the first two) has rubbed some baseball fans the wrong way. That...
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Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

New Pirates first baseman Corey Hart has already gotten injured in camp…and he’s in the running for “most ridiculous injury of Spring Training”. Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool at Pirate City Sunday, Hurdle said. Out for a few days. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) March 2, 2015   Dammit, Corey. But given Hart’s injury history, I’m sure the Pirates...
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2015 season preview: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers would like to forget 2014 ever happened. Coming into last season with big expectations based on the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, Texas was decimated by injuries throughout the lineup and starting rotation, and it was too much to overcome. New manager Jeff Banister could be the new voice this team needs, and his analytical approach meshes better...
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Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

Trying to find a player due for a breakout season is fun, especially if: a) it’s a player from your favorite team and you tell other fans you’ve found a player to watch, or b) you play fantasy baseball and like rubbing it in to your friends that you know way more than they do. Either way, it’s an opportunity to prove how smart you are to strangers and friends. Who doesn...
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Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

Everyone thinks they know who the favorites for the World Series are this year. But as we saw with the Royals last year, sometimes teams come out of nowhere to make an unlikely postseason run. We’re not talking about trendy sleeper picks like the Mariners, Indians and both Chicago teams. We’re talking about real dark horse World Series contenders, teams that nobody is really...
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2015 season preview: Washington Nationals

Despite not making the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals were heavily favored in 2014. Sure enough, they coasted through the NL East, withstanding an early challenge from the Braves, and finished with the best record in the NL. Then, the Giants eliminated them from the NLDS in four games. Once again this winter, Washington was declared the winner of the offseason, and are heavily...
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Minor league team rolls out Christmas Vacation jerseys

We’ve taken a bit of a break from bringing you all of the ridiculous alternate jerseys that minor league teams will wear this season, but we felt the need to call attention to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (high-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and their Christmas Vacation jerseys. Find out what these are for and more, in our promo schedule announcement #MBpelicans http://t.co/jCzbBzcIiS...
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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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