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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

Jeff Samardzija wants to win - in Chicago

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been a popular trade target this winter for teams desiring starting pitching. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has driven a hard bargain for him, even reportedly asking the Braves for either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton as part of a package in return. Samardzija hasn't been dealt, and with the calendar flipping to 2014, the chances of him finding...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston wants to be a two sport star

Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston isn't ruling out a return to the diamond - in fact, he's embracing it. Winston, who will start for Florida State on Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers, wants to be both a quarterback in the NFL and an MLB player. "You can do anything you put your mind to," Winston said...
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January 06, 2014  |  1 Comment

Lou Whitaker doesn't support Jack Morris for the Hall of Fame

A lot of the drama has been sucked out of Wednesday's announcement of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class. We know with some degree of certainty that Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will be elected, and we're pretty confident Frank Thomas will be joining them. The biggest questions surround the players in that 60-75% range and whether or not they'll earn election this year - Craig Biggio...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan is on fire

Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park, Michigan is on fire. The Whitecaps are an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in the Midwest League, and celebrated their 20th anniversary this past season. According to MLIve.com, the fire started in one of the stadium's suites. No injuries were immediately reported from the fire. Firefighters had numerous...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vin Scully speaks about his experience as Rose Bowl Parade grand marshal

Vin Scully, the greatest announcer on Earth, was the grand marshal of Wednesday's Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, and spoke about the experience with MLB.com. He called the parade, "a big house party out on the street", and he was overjoyed at the enthusiasm that the crowd showed for the Dodgers. Scully also said that he never dreamed of being the grand marshal of the Rose Bowl Parade...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Recently traded Adam Eaton anonymously bashed as 'selfish'

Just 12 months ago, Adam Eaton was a top five prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, and he looked like he would be a long-term solution for the club in center field. After an injury-plagued 2013, Eaton was traded to the White Sox as part of a three-team trade that netted the Diamondbacks Mark Trumbo. In what is seemingly becoming a tradition with the Diamondbacks, Eaton was...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sucker punch leads to wild brawl in Australian baseball game

Down in Australia, a wild brawl erupted between the Sydney Blue Sox and Brisbane Bandits over the weekend. Brisbane's Patrick Leonard smashed into Sydney catcher Daniel Arribas (which would be disallowed under the new collision rules instituted for the 2014 season), resulting in both men facing off and jawing at the plate. All of a sudden, Leonard's teammate Joshua Roberts ran onto...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking back at our favorite moments of 2013

2013 was an awesome year, and the staff of The Outside Corner and the rest of Bloguin thank all of you for your visits to the site this year. There were plenty of incredible moments from 2013, both on and off the field, and many unreal stories also came to light this year. Here are some of our favorites. Remember back in May, when that couple got into an epic fight on the...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Are the Miami Marlins primed for a breakout in 2014?

Calling the Miami Marlins a dumpster fire in 2013 is an insult to waste receptacles. The club started the year 1-9, was 35-58 in the first half, and finished the season at 62-100, the second-worst mark in the majors and in the team's 21 year history. Their season was just a complete mess. However, things began to improve as the season went on. Their young pitching took a step forward...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig arrested for reckless driving

Just when all the "play the game the right way" moralists thought they could take it easy for the winter, Yasiel Puig had to go and get himself arrested. According to the Naples Daily News, Puig was arrested in Florida on Saturday morning on charges of reckless driving. The report states that Puig was allegedly caught going 110 MPH in his new Mercedes. The posted speed limit was...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Do the Tampa Bay Rays need to trade David Price?

The Tampa Bay Rays possess one of the most valuable trade chips on the market this offseason in 28-year old left-hander David Price. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner still has two years of team control left, and won't be a free agent until after the 2015 season. But there have been trade rumors about Price going back to last winter (though they've began to pick up steam this offseason...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking down each team's interest in Masahiro Tanaka

Our long national nightmare is over: the Rakuten Golden Eagles have opted to post Masahiro Tanaka, starting today. The posting process will continue until January 24th, and all teams who bid the $20 million maximum posting fee will be eligible to negotiate a contract with Tanaka. Of course, interest in the 25-year old Japanese right-hander will be off the charts. In all honesty,...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Twelve Days of Hot Stove

It’s a slow week in the baseball world and it’s Christmas, so why not combine the two? In honor of one of the busiest off-seasons we’ve seen in a long time, here are The Twelve Days of Hot Stove. Because any time you can take the words of a famous Christmas carol and replace them with baseball terms, you have to do it. Now get yourself some hot chocolate, a hot toddy or your...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz is in an enviable position on the free agent market

After Shin-Soo Choo signed with the Rangers on Saturday, there's just one free agent outfielder unsigned out of our top ten - Nelson Cruz, last of those same Texas Rangers. And keep in mind, that top ten list isn't filled with players like Jacoby Ellsbury and Choo - guys like Corey Hart, Michael Morse, Jason Kubel, and Nate McLouth were on the list. If there's a team out there...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers choo-choo-choose Shin-Soo Choo, agree to seven-year contract

The Texas Rangers have filled the Texas-sized hole in their outfield, agreeing to a seven-year, $130 million contract with former Cincinnati Red Shin-Shoo Choo according to Jon Heyman of CBS. Choo's signing is the second major move by the Rangers this winter after they dealt long-time second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder. The 31-year old Choo...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Orioles step away from contract with Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour's two year, $15 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles is off following concerns that Baltimore's medical staff had with Balfour's right shoulder. The 35-year old Balfour had surgery on right his labrum and rotator cuff in 2005, four months after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Balfour hasn't missed any time because of the shoulder since the initial...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phillies ask 'What's the Phanatic say?'

I'm sure everyone is familiar with "What's the Fox Say" by now. That's spawned legions of parodies, including this incredibly creepy one put together by the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition to the Phanatic, the video also features various local Philly mascots, including those from the team's farm system and Philly's college teams. If you want to be terrified for the rest of the...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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