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What to make of the struggling San Francisco Giants?

You’ll forgive San Francisco Giants fans if they checked their calendars in mid-July to make sure that it really wasn’t New Year’s Eve and it had suddenly become an odd year. That might be the only reasonable explanation for what’s happened to the team since then. The Giants have been beaten up in the second half, posting an 8-16 record while watching their once-formidable...
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August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Yankees asked Braves for Mike Foltynewicz, Ender Inciarte in Brian McCann deal

The New York Yankees did well in their efforts at rebuilding in advance of last Monday’s trade deadline. With the impending retirement of Mark Teixeira and the release of Alex Rodriguez, their rebuild is going to be in an even better place. One highly-paid veteran that hasn’t been moved is catcher Brian McCann. The Braves were rumored to be interested in McCann, but according...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Terry Francona ’embarrassed’ by most recent health scare

Terry Francona was forced out of action on Tuesday after a health scare temporarily sidelined the Cleveland Indians manager. Terry Francona is not feeling well tonight; Brad Mills will manage. Terry was examined by the ballpark EMT and is still at Nats Park. — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 9, 2016 Francona, who’s twice suffered serious heart-related health issues...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Astros designate struggling Gomez for assignment

Carlos Gomez’s time with the Houston Astros is reportedly over. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports the Astros have designated Gomez for assignment on Wednesday. Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016 The Astros acquired Gomez during last season’s trade deadline with Mike Fiers in a package for...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Gary Sheffield is apparently the biggest cheerleader for Tim Tebow’s baseball career

Tim Tebow’s transition to baseball has drawn major scrutiny around MLB, as comments regarding his chances of playing in the show haven’t been kind. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter admitted to having zero interest in signing Tebow, and outfielder Adam Jones mocked the former Florida Gators quarterback’s career change on Twitter. Not everyone is against Tebow making...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds got ejected in a game against the Giants

San Francisco Giants legend and current Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected from Wednesday afternoon’s Giants-Marlins game at Marlins Park for arguing about the strike zone. I’m curious if this is Bonds’ first ejection as a coach — I’m assuming it is, considering it’s his first year as a coach in the majors. Also, this is probably the first time Bonds...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Adam Jones mocks Tim Tebow’s baseball career pursuit

It seems Adam Jones wouldn’t welcome Tim Tebow as a teammate. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported on Tuesday, the former Denver Broncos quarterback is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball. Tebow was apparently a decent baseball player in Florida before choosing football as the focus of his athletic endeavors. The 29-year-old’s chances of playing an MLB game are...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

La Stella yet to report to minors for Cubs

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella was demoted to AAA on July 29th. He still hasn’t reported to the Iowa Cubs because he’s apparently quite upset about the demotion, despite the fact that it was just a baseball move and that he’d be back in the majors with Chicago sooner rather than later. According to CBS Chicago and Cubs manager Joe Maddon, La Stella went back to his home in...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder's career reportedly appears to be over

A number of prominent MLB players have seen their careers come to a close in 2016. It appears you can add Rangers DH Prince Fielder to the list. Sources: Prince Fielder’s career appears over. #Rangers expected to hold press conference tomorrow. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 9, 2016 #Rangers’ Fielder underwent his second neck surgery on July 29. He is guaranteed...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox won’t honor Alex Rodriguez this week

Alex Rodriguez is heading to Fenway Park for the final time as a member of the Yankees this week, but the Red Sox don’t plan on honoring him like they did Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter. According to a report from ESPN, Rodriguez will be “acknowledged” by the Red Sox, but we won’t be subject to one of the painful farewell ceremonies that have been in vogue over the last few...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

It’s time to retire the retirement tour

A slew of retirement announcements in recent weeks have turned the 2016 season into a kind of changing of the guard. Players who have seemingly been around forever will depart from their current teams, leaving room for the next round of superstars to take their place. Of particular note are two players who have had similar careers in a way, but are ending their careers in very different...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Orioles' Zach Britton is a dominant relief cyborg

Orioles reliever Zach Britton is having another fantastic year in his third season as Baltimore’s closer after starting his career off as a struggling starting pitcher for the team. But while Britton was great in 2014, and fantastic in 2015, he’s taken his game to another level so far in 2016. In 46 2/3 innings, Britton has a minuscule 0.58 ERA. He’s allowed a total of three...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

As much as people want them to, the Yankees aren't selling

Much of the modern day trade speculation starts like this: you find a team that has no chance at making the playoffs and a list of decent players who aren’t signed longer than one year or two years in the future, then a good match on a playoff contender for that player. Because of this, there have been rumors abound surrounding the Yankees, most often around Carlos Beltran and...
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July 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Let’s try to make the Angels great again

The Los Angeles Angels are probably not making the playoffs this year. They currently sit in last place in their division, sporting the second worst record in the American League. They’re almost as far out of the Wild Card race as they are in the division. But the Angels aren’t the rebuilding kind – their owner is too rich, and the desire to win too strong, to commit to a years...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Are the Marlins for real?

If the season ended today, the Miami Marlins — yes, the team with Jeffrey Loria as owner — would make the playoffs for the first time since 2003 or, if you prefer, 13 long years ago. The Marlins are currently leading the race for the NL’s second Wild Card, one game back of the Dodgers for the top spot and half a game up on both the Mets and Cardinals. Looking at their lineup...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Winning in Cleveland is becoming commonplace

If this keeps up, the city of Cleveland is going to have to completely embrace a new identity. After the Cavaliers came back from three games to one in the NBA Finals, the city felt it couldn’t get much higher, but the Indians are showing that Cleveland sports isn’t done yet. After playing .500 ball through May 15th, the Indians pulled into first on May 28th for a day, then for...
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June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Surprise! The San Francisco Giants are rolling

One day, people will figure out how the San Francisco Giants do it. Sure, they spent a lot of money in the offseason to patch a few glaring holes on their roster. And despite missing the playoffs in 2015, they boasted one of the league’s best offenses that was coming back intact this season. They were widely considered to be at least a contender, not quite as good as the elite...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

American League sellers are few and far between

The combination of the extra Wild Card (which has now been around long enough we should probably just get used to it) and the extreme parity in the American League looks to have lead to a second straight season where everyone thinks they’re a contender. Nearly three months into the season, only one team in the AL is more than 10 games out of a playoff spot compared to two in...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

The Pirates are in trouble

If we’re being honest, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always long shots to make the Postseason in 2016. In a division that features the powerhouse Chicago Cubs and the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates’ chances entering the year were slim. Almost everything needed to go perfectly in order for them to make it, but so far, everything has gone horribly wrong. Injuries...
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June 16, 2016  |  Discuss

How can the Giants replace Hunter Pence?

When Hunter Pence pulled up lame while running out a grounder last week, the Giants’ hopes of making another deep October run took a major blow. Pence is the catalyst of the offense, someone who makes the hitters around him better, and the entire lineup suffers when he’s not in it. So when word came down that he’d torn his hamstring from the bone and would need at least two...
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June 10, 2016  |  Discuss

White Sox need more than James Shields to right the ship

The Chicago White Sox needed another starting arm, sure. To fill that need, they went out and grabbed James Shields from the Padres for a fairly small price. That’s all fair and well, but the White Sox’s main priority should have been (and definitely should be now) to find a bat to help a relatively weak lineup. The White Sox started the season on a roll, to the surprise of many...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians roll over Royals on their way to first place

Despite it being early in the season and there being over a century of evidence that being first in May does not have much meaning to being first in September, many bought into the hype of the Chicago White Sox early on. With Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, arguably the two best left handed pitchers in baseball, leading their rotation and a few big name hitters to back them up, some...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays appear to be back on track after putting a dent in AL East

The Toronto Blue Jays appear to be back on track, and all it took was facing off against the tough American League East. In late May, the Blue Jays appeared to be in trouble. Despite getting mostly excellent pitching performances from their starting rotation, the bullpen and the club’s notoriously powerful offense wasn’t producing at a level needed to compete in what’s often...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Trying to figure out the enigmatic Boston Red Sox

During the week, Major League Baseball was captivated by yet another offensive performance from the Boston Red Sox. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. nearly hit 30 games with his hit streak, Mookie Betts slugged five home runs across two games, the first leadoff hitter ever to do so. Additionally, Xander Bogaerts has been on a nice little tear of his own, running his hit streak up to 26...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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