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Marlins Make First Splash With Bell

The Miami Marlins vowed to be active in this year's free agent market, with everyone from Albert Pujols to Jose Reyes to C.J. Wilson being tied to the team. Instead of those three highly coveted free agents, the first big move they make this offseason turns out to be a closer, as they signed former Padre fireman Heath Bell to a three year, $27 million. The signing was first reported...
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December 02, 2011  |  Discuss
LEGGO THAT LOGO

The worst logos in MLB history

Welcome one, welcome all, to the first post in LOGO MONTH, a celebration (and denigration) of all things logos. We have taken a look at a lot of logos in our short time here at The Outside Corner, and today, we're going to take a look at the ten worst MLB logos of all-time. These are in no particular order. To be on the list, a logo had to have been used by a major league team...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Re-Casting Baseball Wives to Make it Actually Watchable

If you didn't catch the series premier of Baseball Wives last night, consider yourself blessed.  Me, I wasn't so lucky as I was tasked by our crack editorial staff with watching the show and reviewing it.  Here is my basic take: I watched the first 30 minutes of the show and then got up from my chair punched myself in the groin and writhed on the floor in agony for 30...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Ramon Hernandez to the Rockies, Chris Iannetta to the Angels

These rumors have been simmering all night, but they're looking a lot more concrete right now. Troy Renck of the Denver Post is tweeting that the Colorado Rockies are about to sign free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two year deal, and then trade their incumbent catcher, Chris Iannetta, to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Let's break the...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Can the Royals Contend in 2012?

The Royals have been a scapegoat in the American League for years. They've finished above .500 just once in the last 17 years (2003, when the team finished 83-79), they've dealt away stars like Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye for far below market value, and they've handed playing time to some of the worst players you can imagine in baseball. But the team went on a full...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

David DeJesus a Great Fit for the Cubs

About a month ago, I ranked David DeJesus as the fourth best available free agent centerfielder. DeJesus only started six games in center for the A’s last season, but my inclusion of him in the centerfield ranks was more due to the lack of free agent depth at that position than anything else. Here’s what I wrote in my free agent primer… 2011 was a tough season for DeJesus...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

No one really needs to tell you how the St. Louis Cardinals ended 2011. With a sizzling end to the season, the Cardinals overcame their Spring Training loss of Adam Wainwright to take the World Series. As one might expect of a Tony La Russa-led team, the World Series champs didn’t have a lot of rookies on their team, but the bullpen did get quite a bit of help from the likes of...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox To Name Bobby Valentine as Manager

The news is not officially official yet (no press releases or anything), but Mike Lynch of Boston's WCVB station is tweeting that Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox after reaching a verbal agreement with the team.. Yesterday, it was reported that Valentine and former Chicago White Sox manager Gene Lamont were the finalists for the position, and earlier...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

If MLB Had an Amnesty Clause

In the last week, both Major League Baseball and the NBA agreed to new collective bargaining agreements.  Seeing how MLB managed to negotiate their new CBA without even a tinge of acrimony while the NBA antagonized their entire fan base and forfeited one-fifth of their, I think we can all agree that MLB did a much better job.  However, there is one area where the NBA did pretty...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Movember MLB Mustache Madness Championship Mustache Match

It all comes down to this.  The MLB Movember Mustache Madness bracket has finally reached its final matchup.  As Brent Musburger would probably say, this one is for all the mustache wax.  We've combed through the whiskers of players past and present.  We've trimmed away the mustaches of managers, movie stars and mascots alike.  Now just two follicled foes remain to...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

While the Los Angeles Dodgers had a rather disappointing team season, they had quite a few things to be happy about individually. Matt Kemp finished second in the MVP voting, but he was likely the best player in the National League and possibly the majors last season. And Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young, and whether or not you argue for Halladay, Kershaw is easily one of the top...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

New Houston Astros Owner Crane Starts Cleaning House, Fires GM Wade and President Smith

This just in from the news everybody saw coming months ago department, new Astros owner Jim Crane, having finally approved to take ownership of the club has fired team president Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade. Those are the only two firings as of right now, but if I were a coach or front office employee in Houston right now, I'd start updating my resume.  Actually, that...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Movember MLB Mustache Madness Final Four

Movember MLB Mustache Madness is down to the Final Four and only mustached legends remain.  Each of our regional bracket champions have been crowned after some tight battles, leaving us with the best of the best.  Will it be a current player or a former player?  Will it be a real life manager or one from cinematic lore? John Axford vs. Rollie Fingers vs. These two have...
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November 25, 2011  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

I would like to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and I would like to thank everyone who comes to peruse my prospect lists. For this list in particular, I would like to thank Dave Gershman of Beyond the Boxscore and Penn League Report for his assistance and expertise of the Jays system. If there was a team other than the Nationals that people should jump on...
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November 25, 2011  |  Discuss

Happy Thanksgiving From The Outside Corner!

(Ed. note: We couldn't find a baseball Thanksgiving photo so our old pals Charlie Brown and Snoopy are filling in) Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there on the internets who are taking a break from your family celebrations and parade/football watching! Hopefully the soundtrack at your home is full of good cheer and laughter and not the typical family fighting that always...
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November 24, 2011  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

To say 2011 didn’t go as planned for the Minnesota Twins would be an understatement. Considered a contender for the AL Central crown, the Twins suffered a disappointing season from Francisco Liriano and injuries and disappointment from Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Despite the awful season, the Twins added few prospects to the major-league team with the exception of Ben Revere...
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November 23, 2011  |  Discuss
JIVE TURKEYS

MLB's All-Thanksgiving name team

Those fascists at the National Football League would have you believe that Thanksgiving is a day specifically reserved for the sport of football, but we here at the Outside Corner know better. The Major League Baseball season may be over, but baseball can be enjoyed and appreciated any time of year, Thanksgiving Day included. To prove this to you, we've spent all day slaving...
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November 23, 2011  |  Discuss
GO FISH

Marlins mascot getting makeover?

The Marlins got a new name, color scheme, and uniform. Is this what their new mascot logo will look like too?

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November 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Are Relievers Worth Big Money?

In the wake of the massive Jonathan Papelbon contract handed out by the Philadelphia Phillies, and the essential overpayment of Joe Nathan by the Texas Rangers, I got to wondering whether or not teams should hand out contracts involving big money to relievers. This phenomenon has been around for awhile, but it's getting out of hand in recent years, with "proven closers"...
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November 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Man Decides He Wants To Be Kenny Williams, Breaks Into His House

Many of us have dreamed about being a successful, World Series-winning General Manager. Of course there's only a select few that will ever get to live that dream. Guys like Kenny Williams, who built the 2005 White Sox roster that swept the Astros to win the team's first World Series title in 87 years. More than a few of us have wondered what it'd be like to spend...
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November 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Movember MLB Mustache Madness Elite Eight

The Movember MLB Mustache Madness reaches the Elite Eight round and the competition starting to get, dare I say, hairy.  With a trip to the Final Four on the line, we're blowing out all the bracket championships in one fell swoop.  You've got until midnight Thursday, so get your votes in now just in case you fall into a post-Thanksgiving turkey coma before you get the...
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November 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Joe Nathan, Plan to Start Feliz

Breaking news out of Dallas, as TR Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers have signed former Twins closer Joe Nathan. Terms have not been disclosed as of yet, but Ken Rosenthal is reporting that it's a two year deal with a club option. Jon Heyman is reporting that Nathan will be getting around $7 million a year, which...
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November 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg to Return as Phillies Triple-A Manager

Woe is Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who just announced that he'll be spending another season managing the Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2012. Sandberg, coming off a season in which he reached the postseason as a minor league manager for the second time in five seasons, was passed over for every available managerial vacancy in an offseason...
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November 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Reportedly Stabbed to Death by Brother

Absolutely awful news coming out of the Netherlands this afternoon where promising Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was allegedly stabbed to death in what appears to be an incident of fratricide. Rotterdam police have arrested his 22-year-old brother Jason in connection with the murder. Halman, one of the few players from the Netherlands to ever wear a Major League uniform, was...
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November 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

The now two-time defending AL Champion Texas Rangers have somewhat quietly built themselves into a real powerhouse. With a major-league roster that is already good enough to, well, get to two consecutive World Series, the Rangers also have the payroll and the farm system to keep this going, and the farm system has been very impressive of late. Though the farm system has given the...
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November 21, 2011  |  Discuss
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