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Dugout Digest – welcome to Blue Jays Day

Alright guys, we've entered the final week of season previews, and this week, we'll be focusing on the best division in baseball – the American League East. The AL East jamboree begins today with the Toronto Blue Jays, who had a heavily hyped offseason in 2012 only to fall flat on their collective face in 2013. After a more laid-back winter heading into this season, can the Blue...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets St. Patrick’s Day hats are terrifying

Ah yes, St. Paddy's Day, that one day per year where seemingly every MLB team will go all-out with green jerseys, green caps, and green everywhere you can imagine. Most teams just replace the typical background color on their caps and jerseys with the color, but the Mets are taking things to a new, terrifying degree. Check out what we will wear in today's game for #StPatricksDay...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – welcome to Orioles Day

Next up in our season preview series…the Baltimore Orioles, who followed up a playoff berth in 2012 with a respectable, yet disappointing, 85 win season in 2013. The Orioles had one of those offseasons that started off really slow, but blossomed later on as prices began to fall. Can Baltimore once again reach the Postseason, or will they be relegated to an afterthought in the AL...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees entered the offseason with some real uncertainty about their offseason plans. Everyone knew they would do what the Yankees do and sign some big names, but how many and for how much? Supposedly they were committed to getting underneath the luxury tax line and would only go so far. Welp, so much for that. The Bronx Bombers instead chose to thumb their nose at the luxury...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the New York Yankees

At some point, the Yankees having an old roster is something that we should be used to, but this isn't going to be the year that happens. For all their big moves and big spending, the New York Yankees are old. So very old. They're so old that they had two players over 40 years old retire and they are still one of the oldest, if not the oldest, roster in all of baseball. The big...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Sydney Cricket Ground converted to baseball diamond

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks took off for Australia last night, embarking on a 15-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean. Once they get over the jet lag, they'll be playing the series at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground. Obviously, a lot of work goes into turning a cricket pitch into a baseball diamond. Just take a look at this time lapse of the project, taking...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Toronto Blue Jays

Some of you might take issue with who comprises the Blue Jays' "four horsemen." For instance, Edwin Encarnacion is not on this list. How can that be? He hit 36 home runs with 104 RBI, ranking among the AL's top five hitters with a .904 OPS. All right, but Toronto still won only 74 games and finished last in the AL East despite Encarnacion's production. So will his success or failure...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Toronto Blue Jays

We've covered the Blue Jays' shortcomings in the starting rotation and at second base, as well as the many injuries the team has had to deal with in recent seasons. Those are likely the biggest questions that hang over Toronto going into the 2014 season. However, with much of the same roster on hand as last year, improvement from a couple of key players could make a huge difference...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Toronto Blue Jays

When Ervin Santana signed with the Braves, more attention seemed to focus on the Blue Jays losing out on him. Toronto had a big need for starting pitching especially at the back end of its rotation and Santana could be had for a one-year contract. Losing a first-round draft pick wasn't even a concern because the top 11 slots are protected and Toronto has the ninth and 11th overall...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets unveil terrifying St. Patrick's Day hats

Ah yes, St. Paddy's Day, that one day per year where seemingly every MLB team will go all-out with green jerseys, green caps, and green everywhere you can imagine. Most teams just replace the typical background color on their caps and jerseys with the color, but the Mets are taking things to a new, terrifying degree. Check out what we will wear in today's game for #StPatricksDay...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Remember last year, when the Blue Jays were a trendy World Series pick after general manager Alex Anthopoulos' offseason overhaul? That seems like a very long time ago. Injuries prevented Toronto from fulfilling those great expectations and have raised serious doubts about the team's capability of contending this season, despite returning much of the same roster.  The Blue Jays...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Blue Jays Day

Alright guys, we've entered the final week of season previews, and this week, we'll be focusing on the best division in baseball - the American League East. The AL East jamboree begins today with the Toronto Blue Jays, who had a heavily hyped offseason in 2012 only to fall flat on their collective face in 2013. After a more laid-back winter heading into this season, can the Blue...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

If Jose Iglesias is out for season, how do Tigers solve shortstop issue?

Two weeks before opening day, the Detroit Tigers face major questions about their shortstop situation. On Saturday, ESPN and SiriusXM analyst Jim Bowden tweeted that Jose Iglesias will miss most of the 2014 season due to a shin injury that's plagued him since the beginning of spring training. This was according to a former teammate close to Iglesias. Later, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Four Horsemen of the St. Louis Cardinals

With a team as well-rounded as the Cardinals, it’s actually a bit of a challenge to pick out just four guys who will have a significant impact on the 2014 season. Sure, there are MVP and Cy Young candidates, but there’s also established veterans playing important roles and a new wave of talent that’s starting to hit the big league level. You could easily choose any combination...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Key Questions for the St. Louis Cardinals

While everyone expects the Cardinals to have a playoff spot pretty much locked in, there are still a few questions that are left to be answered. For some teams, the questions asked here are big ones, involving things that may make or break a season. For St. Louis, these are more “hey, wouldn’t it be nice?” things -- even if they don’t pan out, the Cardinals shouldn’t be...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Two Biggest Weaknesses of the St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals don’t make this easy on us. Heading into the offseason, they had two pretty clear weaknesses -- outfield defense and shortstop offense. They traded for Peter Bourjos and signed Jhonny Peralta. Problems solved. And now we have to try to nitpick two other weaknesses for an impressively complete club. How about their struggles against left-handed pitching? While...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward bought all his Braves teammates PS4s

Well, I guess we can go ahead and kill the "Jason Hayward is lazy and greedy and doesn't care about his teammates" meme, if this tweet from Braves pitcher Alex Wood is any indication. Come back in from practice and @JasonHeyward had a little gift in everyone's locker! What a guy! #ps4 #gamer pic.twitter.com/px45wnWavC — Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 14, 2014 The note says...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been the class of the National League for the past few seasons, making three straight NLCS appearances and advancing to the World Series twice. Not only have they had more big league success than just about anyone, but they also boast some of the best prospects in the game that are now knocking on the door. The rich get richer, and the rest of the National League...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Cardinals Day

Today, we'll be wrapping up NL Central preview week with a look at the reigning, defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis had a dogfight on their hands a year ago, but managed to prevail in the NL Central and eventually the entire National League, knocking off the scrappy Pirates and well-paid Dodgers en route to yet another pennant. Yesterday was Pirates...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Pittsburgh Pirates

With some of these "four horsemen" lists, maybe we've tried to be a bit tricky and clever. A team's four best players aren't necessarily the same as the four who could have the biggest influence on whether or not the season is successful. But that's really not the case with the Pirates. The Bucs need their best players to meet — if not exceed — expectations to compete in the...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates go into the 2014 season with major questions at the right field and first base positions. The fifth starter is also a concern, but Pittsburgh should have enough arms to cover that. Though the Pirates return largely the same club that won an NL wild-card bid last season, the team carries a few other questions that need to be answered. These issues will have to be addressed...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting pitching was not a problem for the Pirates last season, a big reason why they returned to the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh starters finished with a 3.50 ERA in 2013, the fourth-best mark in the NL, while an opponents' .667 OPS led the league. The rotation had depth, getting 19 starts or more from five pitchers, with two of them making 30 starts....
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg is already being passive aggressive with Jimmy Rollins

There is already a rift growing in the Phillies clubhouse between new manager Ryne Sandberg and long-time shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Sandberg benched Rollins on Tuesday, benched him on Wednesday, and will bench him once again on Thursday. - all while not talking to him and firing not so subtle shots at him through the media. Yeah, this situation already looks like it's going off the...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After second-half collapses led to fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, the Pirates finally compiled a winning record and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1992. It was a long time coming. Pittsburgh deeply enjoyed the Bucs following through on early-season promise, overtaking the Reds for the NL's first wild-card spot and beating Cincinnati in the wild-card...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Pirates Day

There were a lot of cool things that happened during the 2013 MLB season. But perhaps the coolest was meaningful baseball happening in Pittsburgh for the first time in 20 years. The Pirates made the Postseason and took the eventual NL champion Cardinals to five games in the NLDS before bowing out. It was a great run for a team that no one expected to do much of anything last season...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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