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How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays from the week ending April 9th

Man, do we love awesome defense here at TOC. From homer robbing catches to single stealing throws, we’re going to cover it all at TOC each week. Today, we’re going to be covering the first ten or so days of the season, and we’ll continue doing this each Thursday throughout the regular season. Cool? Cool. April 1st, Rockies vs Marlins – stop it, Tulo. This play by Troy Tulowitzki...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers closer Joe Nathan blows another save while dealing with ‘dead arm’

When Joe Nathan signed a two-year deal during the offseason, the Tigers and many of their fans thought they were getting stability in the backend of the Tigers otherwise questionable bullpen. After all, despite nearing 40 years old, Nathan had saved 80 games over his previous two seasons with an ERA just over 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. Well, Nathan has blown two of his first three...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phillie Phanatic took out the Racing Sausages with a running butt attack

I love the Phillie Phanatic. I enjoy the Brewers’ Famous Racing Sausages. Put the two together (even though the Sausages in this occasion weren’t authentic), and you have all the makings of a chaotic atmosphere, especially when the Phanatic decides to do his best impression of a pro wrestler and take out the Sausages with a running, flying butt attack. Perfection.
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers release awesomely awkward 'Happy' music video

Bernie Brewer, Hank the Dog and the Racing Sausages are all prominently featured, of course. But video is a potential .gif goldmine with Brandon Kinztler doing the worm, Logan Schafer dancing on the catwalk of Miller Park’s roof and Bob Uecker playing a trumpet.
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones doesn’t think Masahiro Tanaka is anything special

“Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while. Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world.” [...] “Am I [supposed] to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight?” he said. “Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher. Another pitcher in the...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Jose Fernandez Curveball: Baseball’s most unhittable pitch?

Major League Baseball has seen something of a revolution in the last couple of years, with a sizable influx of young pitching making its way to the show. Of these young arms, it’s difficult to identify any of them as more exciting to watch than Jose Fernandez. In fact, it’s damn near impossible. The ace of the Miami Marlins has become required viewing for baseball fans, quickly...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – parity

The American League East was supposed to be competitive – we all knew that. But I don’t think any of us expected *this* – through the first week of the season, all five teams in the division are separated by just one game. The Blue Jays lead the pack at 5-4, the Rays are behind them at 5-5, and the Red Sox, Orioles, and Yankees are all 4-5. Even more weird – the division’s...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

Never slide head-first into first base, kids. Josh Hamilton is the latest cautionary tale against this practice, injuring his left thumb in the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the Mariners Tuesday night. An MRI exam on Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb, according to reports, as well as a torn capsule. Hamilton will undergo surgery in the next...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Vermont Lake Monsters reveal absurd batting practice jerseys and caps

Okay fans, here we go! Here are the BATTING PRACTICE uniforms! Navy jersey w/ new CHAMP BP hat #NewMonsterUnis pic.twitter.com/G4eciodCtd — VermontLakeMonsters (@VTLakeMonsters) April 9, 2014
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Did pyro at Turner Field set a flag on fire?

Did anyone else see this major mishap at the #Braves game last night? pic.twitter.com/jKThmgquNV — Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) April 9, 2014
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones took part in some gluttony at the MLB Fan Cave

During Tuesday night’s episode of MLB Off the Bat on MTV2, Adam Jones participated in a giant donut eating contest alongside hosts Melanie Iglesias and Chris Distefano. After watching this, my only question is, “where can I get one of those donuts?” The damn things are the size of inner tubes!
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Thinking of ways to shorten ballgames is opening up the crazy jar

Do baseball games need to be shorter? I’m presuming most everyone would like to see MLB contests clock in at less than three hours. It feels like something of a relief any time that happens. Yet some would like to see shorter ballgames become a far more regular occurrence and are willing to consider drastic changes to the sport in order to reduce the time commitment for players...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas is curious as to whether or not the balls are juiced this year

Lets make sure this is Real!!! The Baseballs don't fly like this in April!! Trust Me the Balls are Doctored!! Enough Said!! — Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) April 9, 2014
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – sweet, beautiful revenge

During today’s Phillies home opener, the Philadelphia faithful let Ryan Braun of the Brewers have it. Like, they let Braun *have it* – the boos were deafening. But there’s really no better way to silence a loud, angry crowd than to perform well at the dish, and that’s exactly what the 2011 NL MVP did. In the Brewers’ 10-4 win over the Phillies, Braun went 3/5 with a trio...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joey Votto does interview dressed as a mountie

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was on Intentional Talk today before the Reds-Cardinals game, and he did his interview with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose dressed like a Mountie, hitting every Canadian stereotype you can imagine. This is pretty amazing.
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The San Francisco Batkid threw out the first pitch at the Giants home opener

Here to throw out today's #SFGOpeningDay first pitch it's Miles Scott #sfbatkid https://t.co/B46Pk7ImRj — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 8, 2014
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 7th edition)

Walk off hits are awesome. When your team collects a walk off winner, you get dragged from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in pretty quick fashion. Imagine a game looking hopeless, and all of a sudden, you string together a rally and win in quick fashion. Maybe your bullpen blows a lead, only to be bailed out by the offense. Sometimes, neither team will really take much...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers have a mascot, but don’t call it a mascot

In their recent homestand, the Dodgers released into the wild an asexual costumed Dodger character to interact with fans. Behold the horror: Most right-minded people would consider this abomination to be a mascot. But don’t you DARE call it a mascot. The Dodgers simply won’t have it. Via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times: “It’s not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers pitcher being investigated for alleged sexual assault

Although no formal charges have been filed at the time of this post, Detroit Tigers reliever Evan Reed is under investigation by the Detroit Police Department for accusations made by a woman that she was sexually assaulted by Reed in a Motor City Casino hotel room during the early-morning hours of Opening Day. DPD sources told The Detroit News the woman met Reed, 28, at a bar in...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Slow down the Marlins hype machine

The Marlins are the hottest team in baseball! It is the feelgood story of the early season, assuming you can be willfully ignorant of the prominent involvement of Jeffrey Loria and his acolyte David Samson. They are a team brimming with young talent and look as if they might be ready to have that talent come together to be competitive years ahead of schedule. Or maybe not. As fun...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman has an arthritic shoulder

Shoulder issues have plagued Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for the last couple years, and it appears they’ve returned. Zimmerman left Washington’s game Saturday with shoulder soreness, and was out of the starting lineup on Sunday after undergoing an MRI. The results of the test showed no structural damage, meaning Zimmerman will likely avoid a disabled list stint for...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis Knee injury exposes Dodgers’ lack of catching depth

Bench depth looked to be an issue for the Dodgers going into this season. Among the positions that could be seriously affected by injury was catcher. The team didn’t sign a viable backup for A.J. Ellis during the winter, creating a potential vulnerability. That’s now been exposed as Ellis will be sidelined for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery for a torn...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s how the West Michigan Whitecaps rebuilt Fifth Third Ballpark

Back in January, Fifth Third Ballpark (home of the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League) caught on fire. It was a terrifying situation, and the community in Comstock, Michigan was devastated after the incident. Immediately after the fire, Whitecaps management vowed that they would play in 2014, and that their resolve would not break. On Tuesday night, baseball returns to...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees’ David Robertson sidelined with groin strain

Shawn Kelley, you’re up. With David Robertson going to the disabled list with a groin strain, the Yankees need a new closer for at least the next two weeks. This is a problem the Yanks didn’t have to worry about for the past 19 years with Mariano Rivera anchoring their bullpen. (The 2012 season being an obvious exception, as Rivera appeared in only nine games after tearing his...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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