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The best/worst photos from MLB team photo day

Team picture day at training camp is absolutely the best. It is the best because some of the pictures that emerge are the absolute worst. It is a day where true legends are made, like Nick Johnson and Jeff Samardzija. Well, picture day has arrived and a new batch of photos are ready to go down in Google Image Search infamy. Let's take a look at some of the standouts! Matt...
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February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: Washington Nationals

From dark horse darlings to front-running championship contenders, the Nationals spent big again this off-season to make themselves the clear favorite in the National League. Will all their moves pay off or will they be this year's big budget disappointment? Nationals on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I’m a Dreamer (11:30 AM) 2013 Burning...
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February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine to be named athletic director at Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut will be naming former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine as their new athletic director on Tuesday, according to William Paxton of CtPost. Valentine interviewed for the job, which is being vacated by the retiring Don Cook on July 1, in mid-January. Valentine had this to say on Thursday when reached for comment. "An intriguing...
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February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Nationals day!

Welcome to our final preview day of the NL East, focusing on the reigning champion Washington Nationals! Washington burst onto the scene in 2012 with a young club that took the league by storm, winning a MLB-high 98 games befor suffering a hard luck five game loss in the NLDS to the Cardinals. Yesterday on TOC, it was Braves day. Here's your recap. Braves on TOC End...
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February 22, 2013  |  Discuss
GETS NO RELIEF

Papelbon: Phillies have no leadership

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon openly questioned the composition of the team, saying, "Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership."

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February 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

X-Factor: Atlanta Braves

There have been more words written about Atlanta's outfield than perhaps any other starting trio in the league. There has been a lot written about Atlanta's third base platoon of Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco, and a lot written about young shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Hell, there's been a lot written about the Braves pitching staff, and the status of catcher Brian...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

No concussion for Giancarlo Stanton after beaning

After a very scary incident on Wednesday where he took a pitch to the head from prospect Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is doing OK and wasn't diagnosed with a concussion following the incident. He expects to play in Saturday's Spring Training opener against the Cardinals. Initially after he was hit, Stanton said he felt "loopy"...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: Atlanta Braves

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. What's a nightmare season for the Atlanta Braves? Well, you could probably simply leave it at "not making...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Atlanta Braves

From our season preview of the Atlanta Braves earlier today... Can Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco provide the Braves with adequate production at third, or will the team need to find an alternate solution in July? Johnson and Francisco aren't going to be Chipper Jones. Quite frankly, I don't think anyone is really expecting that either. After all, both players were...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: 2013 Atlanta Braves

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. The Braves couldn't win a World Series to say goodbye to Bobby Cox, and they couldn't win a World Series to say goodbye to Chipper Jones. But the new era of Braves baseball,...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Five MLB teams that could be better than you think in 2013

Baseball is supposed to make sense.  It’s why we count stats, to objectively quantify positive and negative performances.  Of course we know there’s always some pesky team that comes along and spoils all the fun, the pageantry, the beauty of having the best teams on paper meet in a matchup for the ages.  For example, in 2013 the Los Angeles Angels and the Dodgers are supposed...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves did some major retooling this winter. Iconic third baseman Chipper Jones retired, and the Braves needed to fill the void in the lineup his retirement created. Initially, it appeared that the signing of BJ Upton to play center field would be Atlanta's big move, but then, GM Frank Wren managed to acquire BJ's brother Justin from the Diamondbacks for a package...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Braves day!

NL East week rolls along with Atlanta Braves day. The Braves won the top NL Wild Card spot last season before getting eliminated in the wild card playoff game by the Cardinals, in part due to a sketchy infield fly call. Atlanta dramatically retooled their outfield this winter, and will be going into 2013 as one of the game's most changed teams. Yesterday was Phillies day...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss
SHADY BUSINESS

Taiwan spies on S. Korean WBC team

America may not take the WBC seriously, though other countries do as Taiwanese spies have been caught spying on the South Korean team. 

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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss
HOUSE PROTECTION

Bryce Harper's new Under Armour ad

Under Armour is featuring Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper in their new ad campaign, and that's a smart decision considering Harper's budding level of superstardom. The one minute commercial is done very well, featuring Harper working out and preparing for the baseball season on a diamond in his hometown of Las Vegas. Then, you get to the 26-second mark of...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

X-Factor: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies head into the 2013 hoping to rebound from what was a miserable 2012 campaign, for the most part. Not even their strong run down the stretch could save them from finishing third in the division. But with a couple of tweaks and an apparently healthy roster, they could be ready to make some noise. Much of what the Phils can achieve this year will depend...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

And now, an update on Jayson Werth's beard

Back in January, we showed you what Jayson Werth's beard looked like at NatsFest. Spoiler: it was very caveman-esque. Well, with Spring Training beginning and teams having their yearly photo day, we finally have a clear picture of Werth's beard to kick off the 2013 season (to the left). It's nice to see that Werth is apparently going with the "hobo"...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: Philadelphia Phillies

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. Imagining a nightmare season for the Phillies is easy, because...well, it happened last year. Nearly everyone missed...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss
SCARY MOMENT

Giancarlo Stanton drilled in head by pitch

There was a scary moment at Miami Marlins camp today, when prospect Jose Fernandez hit Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton in the head with a pitch during batting practice. The pitch hit Stanton in the area around the base of his head and top of his neck, knocking his helmet off but not sending Stanton to the ground. Stanton reportedly never got dizzy after the incident, but had...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Philadelphia Phillies

Continuing from our season preview of the Phillies earlier today... Does this core group still have another World Series run left in them? That's a very relevant question in regards to this Phillies team. It's a much older bunch of players, especially in comparison to the rest of the NL East. Of their five starters, the youngest are Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

David Price would never sign with the Yankees because of his facial hair

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price is probably nearing the end of his tenure with the Rays. Price has two seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining after 2013, and will be in line for eight figure salaries after signing a $10.1 million contract for 2013. After the contracts recently signed by Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, and Matt Cain, Price figures to...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. After being written off by bloggers, mainstream writers, and most of the fanbase heading into 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies have reached the peak of the mountain once again, and are...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Five more outed in another Biogenesis leak

So baseball insiders weren't kidding when they said there was more Biogenesis stuff waiting to come out, were they? The likes of Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun have dominated the headlines in the past month, but as more documents from the Miami anti-aging are leaked to the press, more names are being made public. Today, ESPN outed five more: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies fell flat on their faces for the majority of the 2012 season. It took a strong run towards the end of the year to get them back to .500 for the year. And even then, they still fell 17 games back of the division-winning Washington Nationals. Heading into 2013, the Phils and their aging core are hoping to make one or two more deep runs before they may have...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 10 Prospects: New York Mets

While the Mets are destined to struggle at the big league level in 2013, there is a ton of solid talent in the minors.   My Top 10 1. Travis d'Arnaud C 2. Noah Syndergaard SP 3. Zack Wheeler SP 4. Brandon Nimmo OF 5. Gavin Cecchini SS 6. Wilmer Flores 2B/3B 7. Rafael Montero  8. Luis Mateo 9. Domingo Tapia SP 10. Michael Fulmer...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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