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Springfield Cardinals announce Joe Kelly Standoff bobblehead

Remember that epic post-National Anthem standoff before Game 6 of the NLCS between Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly and Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke? Of course you do. The Cardinals’ AA affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, announced on Friday that it would be commemorating the standoff with what will surely be one of the most popular promotional items of the 2014 season -- the...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Expanded instant replay approved for 2014 MLB season

MLB has announced that expanded instant replay has been approved by the MLB owners, the World Umpires Association, and the MLBPA for the 2014 season. Nearly every play on the field is covered, but fail/foul calls on balls in the infield, ball/strike calls, and the neighborhood play at second base will not be reviewable. I'm just going to go ahead and copy/paste the bulk of the press...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rodriguez: "2014 will be a year to rest"

Alex Rodriguez is opening his mouth in public again, and shockingly, he's not sticking his foot in it. At a promotional appearance in Mexico, Rodriguez opened up about the suspension and was shockingly candid and not combative. "It's a very sad story," said the three-time AL MVP, who appeared somber as he spoke in Spanish at a press conference to open a gym he's affiliated with...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Stadium Series arrives at Yankee Stadium

Since opening its gates in March 2009, new Yankee Stadium has hosted baseball games (duh), soccer matches, college football games (the annual Pinstripe Bowl), a boxing match (the “Stadium Slugfest” in 2010), and several concerts including Jay-Z, Eminem, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Madonna. Now, the House that Steinbrenner Built will host hockey for the first time with...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia appear on Jimmy Fallon

On Wednesday night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, New York Yankees stars Mark Teixeira and C.C Sabathia made cameos on the show. Each player wore a wig and played the role of a female while re-enacting a scene from the play August: Osage County, culminating with Sabathia slapping Teixeira across the face (while wearing a shirt with a wolf head on it, no less). And hey...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hal Steinbrenner: A-Rod is an asset

The Alex Rodriguez saga took a bizarre twist on Wednesday, when Yankees' manager partner Hal Steinbrenner didn't rule out a return to the Bronx for his suspended third baseman in 2015. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the relevant quotes. “He’s a great player,” Steinbrenner said in the Yankees’ managing general partner’s first public comments since independent arbitrator...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers ink seven-year, $215 million extension with Clayton Kershaw - are they still in on ...

The Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $215 million, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The contract also has an opt-out after five years, meaning that there's a possibility Kershaw could cash in *again*. The two-time NL Cy Young winner won't turn 26 until March, and has been one of the very best pitchers...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval posts photo of dramatic weight loss to Instagram

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has never been much of a skinny guy throughout his major league career. This is what he looked like this past September with the Giants. Big boy, right? He was officially listed at 240 pounds, but looked a lot bigger. Flash forward to today. Sandoval has been working hard to get in shape this winter, and the following pic...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

30 days of awkward: The Bud Selig farewell tour

Ask someone to propose a bad idea in four words and one suggestion might be "Bud Selig Farewell Tour."  But apparently, that's exactly what MLB's outgoing commissioner has in mind for his final year on the job. As ESPN's Jayson Stark writes, some are skeptical that Selig will actually follow through on his retirement plans because he's changed his mind before. Twice, actually...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Australian Baseball League player crashes through fence making catch

Check out this clip from the Australian Baseball League, our second of the month. During last Friday's game between Melbourne and Adelaide, Adelaide's Joe Sclafani (a prospect in the Houston Astros organization) hit a fly ball to keep right field. Melbourne's Tyler Massey (a prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization) got on his horse, made a leaping catch, and proceeded to CRASH...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

RBI Baseball is coming back

On Tuesday night, MLB announced that they would be making dreams come true for baseball fans across the world. MLB announced...that RBI Baseball would be returning. The game will be released for current and next-gen consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), as well as mobile platforms. There aren't any more details yet, but this is a day worth celebrating for baseball fans - especially...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: The worst defunct MLB mascots

The backlash towards new Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub has been swift, and it has been ugly. Cubs fans are incensed, and rival fans are taking pleasure in mocking Chicago's latest misstep. But Clark the Cub isn't the first mascot that has gotten an intense amount of hate - in fact, he's the latest in a long line of mascots that has earned the ire of their respective fanbases...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB mascots welcome Clark the Cub on Twitter

The Cubs have been pretty quiet this offseason, but they certainly made news on Monday with the introduction of Clark the Cub, the team’s first mascot in its 138-year history. Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse was buzzing over the bear with the backwards baseball cap and the already sad look in his blue eyes. Though Cubs fans did not immediately embrace the team’s newest acquisition...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cubs have a mascot, and Cubs fans aren't too happy

The Chicago Cubs have fallen from the ranks of MLB teams without a mascot, leaving the Angels, Dodgers, and Yankees remaining. On Monday, the Cubs announced that they'd be introducing a mascot for the 2014 season: Clark (named after Clark Street, one of the roads bordering Wrigley Field) will debut at a charity event on Monday night and make appearances throughout the season. ...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Yankees better off with Alex Rodriguez than without him?

I'm not going to bother recapping the Alex Rodriguez suspension saga for all of you - everyone knows the gist of things. A-Rod's suspension has been reduced to 162 games, and barring some sort of miracle, he's not going to play at all in 2014. But while his season is done before it really got started, are the Yankees really in a better place in 2014 without Rodriguez in the fold...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Holland: My dog caused me to tear cartilage in knee

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland is expected to miss approximately three months of the 2014 season because of torn cartilage in his left knee. But the injury didn't happen because Holland was playing baseball, hockey, football, or doing some intense training - no, his dog was the cause of the injury, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News, which quoted Holland...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Trenton Thunder's new bat puppy needs a name

Is there anything better in the world than a new puppy? Maybe a new puppy that’s going to grow up to be a bat dog! Well, what exactly is a bat dog? That’s a valid question. It’s a dog (in most cases, a golden retriever) who is trained to retrieve bats during baseball games, of course. The Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ AA affiliate, have had such a dog delighting and...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa submits resume to Mariners for front office job

The start of the year is when many of us average Joes and Jodis start looking for new jobs, be it out of boredom or the fact that our bank account doesn’t have as many zeroes in it as we’d like. And when you’re applying for a job, there’s a time-honored ritual that one must follow before being formally considered. Whether you’re applying for an executive or a janitorial...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins president David Samson to appear on 'Survivor'

The circus that is the Miami Marlins is about to get a little crazier. Team president David Samson will be a cast member on the upcoming season of Survivor, which was filmed last summer in the Philippines. Season 28 of Survivor, entitled Cagayan, is scheduled to premiere in February. Samson is expected to be a part of the "brains" tribe as opposed to either the "beauty" or "brawn...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

This Hall of Fame thing just isn't fun anymore, you guys

You know what would be great? If a MLB team signed one of the top free agents this week. Or if a couple of clubs hooked up on a trade. If it was a blockbuster-type deal involving a big name and multiple players, that'd be even better. Just give us something else to talk about for the rest of the week than the 2014 Hall of Fame election and its voting process. Because that discussion...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

The newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as announced on Wednesday, are Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. All three players were on the ballot for the first time in 2014. Maddux received 97.2% of the vote, one of the highest totals ever. In 23 seasons, Maddux pitched for the Cubs, Braves, Padres, and Dodgers, winning four straight Cy Young awards from 1992...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers and Astros had a similar, yet vastly different, bullpen strategy

It's not too often when someone talks about the high-spending Dodgers and thrifty, rebuilding Astros in the same sentence. Los Angeles has thrown around money like it's going out of style under their new ownership group, while Houston is investing heavily in younger talent at the expense of their major league rosters. It's rare to see teams to go the extremes that each club has over...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins, ace pitcher Jose Fernandez make cameo on 'The Bachelor'

Confession: I watch The Bachelor. I don’t really talk about it that much because let’s face it, I’m not proud. But sometimes I want to treat myself to mindless trainwreck television and The Bachelor provides just that. But I am a sports fan first and foremost. For that reason, I didn’t watch Monday night’s The Bachelor season premiere live because it was opposite the BCS...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper got a title belt from the UFC

So many MLB players have been getting WWE championship belts as of late, but Bryce Harper decided to buck the trend. The Nationals superstar wanted a UFC championship belt - and the MMA kingpin was more than happy to oblige. I need to get a belt, everybody has WWE ones, I want a @UFC one! Anyway we can make that happen? @danawhite @joerogan @lorenzofertitta — Bryce Harper...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers giving Don Mattingly a contact extension is the right call

Don Mattingly wants the Dodgers to like him. At least from a contractual standpoint.  It now looks as if the team will give its manager some affirmation in the form of a contract extension. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Dodgers and Mattingly were making progress on a new deal and the agreement should be finished soon. Mattingly is under contract through the 2014...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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