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The best defensive plays of the first half

We’ve reached the unofficial midway point of the 2014 MLB season, and we’ve seen some memorable plays this year. We figured that instead of just reliving the best defense from this weekend, it would be better if we relived the best defense from the entire first half. There hasn’t really been that one iconic catch yet this year, but we’ve still seen a lot of plays that have...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Outside Corner’s midseason awards spectacular

The All-Star game is now behind us, and we have the second half of baseball to look forward to over the rest of the summer and into the fall. While midseason awards really don’t have much meaning, they’re a fun little gimmick that we like to roll out during the All-Star Break every year. Anyway, the TOC staff voted (5-4-3-2-1 for MVP, 5-3-1 for Cy Young and Rookie of the Year...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dismissing ‘pipe shot’ nonsense another All-Star moment for Derek Jeter

I did not expect to write anything about Derek Jeter for the Wednesday after the 2014 All-Star Game. I can understand if you don’t want to read anymore about him today, though I certainly appreciate it if you’re sticking with me here. The internet and TV are surely bursting with stories on the Yankees shortstop batting 2-for-2 in his final Midsummer Classic. There will be so...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

13 players key to their teams’ second-half success

MLB teams don’t get a do-over after the All-Star break. Yet several clubs contending for division titles and playoff spots need turnarounds from a key player or two to improve their chances at the postseason. Just about every contender is in such a position despite disappointing performances from hitters or pitchers that have been major contributors in the past. Among the division...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Best and worst MLB players of the first half of the season

At the beginning of every month, we look at the best and worst players of the preceding month. But while performing well or poorly in one month is great, it doesn’t necessarily tell you much about how the rest of the player’s season has gone – remember Charlie Blackmon and Chris Colabello going off in April? Needless to say, we thought it would be a good idea to see which players...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage from 1965 All-Star Game surfaces

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
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Trades every team needs to make this July

Ah, the trade deadline. One of the best times of the year for a baseball fan, when rampant speculation and crazy rumors flow like water every single day until July 31. Like Dolly Parton said, it’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it. And why not let it? Drive you crazy, that is. Part of the fun of the trade deadline is daydreaming about which player your favorite contending...
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WATCH: Every one of Yoenis Cespedes's 30 HR Derby blasts

Yoenis Cespedes successfully defended his Home Run Derby crown at Target Field on Monday night, and he put on quite a show. While smashing 30 homers of the course of the evening, Cespedes defeated teammate Josh Donaldson in a first round swing off, knocked off Adam Jones of the Orioles in the second round, toppled AL captain Jose Bautista in the third round, and trampled the upset...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending July 13th

Well guys, we’ve finally reached the All-Star Break.  The first half is behind us. But before we reveal the most exciting walk offs of the first half, we’re going to recap the last week of them – and man, there were certainly some great ones. July 7th, Braves vs Mets The Braves were already salty after taking the lead in the eighth inning, blowing it, and seeing their manager...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s the great Derek Jeter tribute everyone is talking about

Nike’s Jordan brand has released this Derek Jeter tribute video in advance of his final All-Star Game. The only words spoken in the video are Jeter’s introduction announced by late Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard, and the crowd chanting Jeter’s name at the end of the video. The theme behind the video is various people paying tribute to Jeter by tipping their caps. Some of...
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Giancarlo Stanton wields Thor’s hammer in new video

Video editing is an incredibly fun way to turn the most basic of videos into something that’s out of this world. Check out this MLB-produced video of Giancarlo Stanton heading into tonight’s Home Run Derby, where he wields Thor’s hammer instead of a bat as he smashes a home run. LIGHTNING! FIRE! EXPLOSIONS! And let’s just ignore that the video is really three Stanton homers...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

SPOILER ALERT: The trade deadline is going to be boring

Do you like trades? Are you excited by rumors? Is the MLB trade deadline your favorite time of year? Then I have some news for you! It could be so, so, so very boring. For the last several weeks this trade deadline appeared as if it might be stuffed full of blockbuster deals. We even got a tantalizing amuse-bouche when the A’s and Cubs jumped the gun and triggered the massive Samardzija...
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Here’s each Home Run Derby participant’s first career homer

The Home Run Derby is tonight, and MLB has put together this video of the first career home run of each of the ten participants. There are a lot of bizarre sights in this one, including one foreign ballpark, one ballpark that has been drastically remodeled, one ballpark no longer being used for baseball, several unfamiliar uniforms, and one different first name.
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the All-Star Break

We’ve made it, you guys – the MLB season has reached its midpoint. It’s been a wild first half that has seen preseason contenders (Rays, Red Sox, Rangers) fall off a cliff, while surprise teams (Blue Jays, Brewers) have placed themselves into contention in the second half. It really will be a wild season with dog fights happening in every division in baseball, with the possible...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the rising Angels

The awesome start that the Oakland Athletics have put together this year hasn’t been overlooked by any means. But the start the Angels has put together *has* been a bit overlooked, and that’s a damn shame. The Angels are just 1.5 games behind the A’s in the AL West, and they have both the second-best record and run differential in baseball. The A’s are, of course, superior...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez was very frustrated with this strikeout

Adam Wainwright has a habit of making hitters look silly. He did that to Carlos Gomez on Saturday, striking him out with this vicious curveball in the fifth inning. After whiffing, Gomez angrily tried to break his bat over his knee three times, eventually just giving up and smashing it on the ground, following that outburst up by spiking his helmet. St. Louis rolled to a 10-2 win...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Which team had the worst week in MLB?

It was a rough week for several teams in MLB. Many big names went down with injuries, and may have taken their respective clubs’ playoff chances with them. Two division races could be significantly affected by these developments. Off the field, at least one team should probably reevaluate how its upper management interacts with fans. The past week was a brutal one for five clubs...
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Dugout Digest – nobody wants the NL

Heading into the All-Star Break, I’m noticing something about the National League – no one wants to win the damn thing. The Braves and Nationals keep trading the NL East lead, and their mediocrity has allowed the Marlins, Mets, and suddenly hot Phillies to stay in the race. The NL Central is a giant mess thanks to Milwaukee’s recent collapse, and fourth-place Pittsburgh is...
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WATCH: Junior Lake breaks bat over his knee

Cubs outfielder Junior Lake isn’t having that great of a year…but he sure has strong knees!
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

How to make interleague play even better for natural geographic rivals

The Astros’ move to the American League threw quite the curveball to interleague play. Rather than having designated weeks in the middle of season where all interleague play took place, it’s now spread across the entire season. Having 15 teams teams in each league means that with 14 of the teams coupled up at any point in the season, the leftover 15th team in each league is left...
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David Price is incredibly happy about LeBron James signing with the Cavs

LEBRON BACK TO CLEVELAND!!!!! That makes me love him even more!!!! And I LOVED him a ton already!!!! #hestheman — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 11, 2014 Oh happy day…oh happy daaay…oh happy DAAAYYYYY…when lebron went back..when he went back…tooooo clleeeveeelaannddd!!! #goodforyouLBJ — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 11, 2014 In case you’re wondering, David Price...
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Can the Cardinals survive without Yadier Molina?

The Cardinals are about to find out just how well The Cardinal Way works without their leader. It was announced yesterday that All-Star catcher Yadier Molina would be out 8-to-12 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, leaving St. Louis to figure out how to replace his offensive production, stellar defense and leadership. In past years, the Cardinals had seemed like a baseball hydra. You...
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The longest homers for the week ending July 10th

Heading into the All-Star Break, the juice disappeared from our countdown this week. I’m all about some massive homers week after week, but this week’s effort is a little bit disappointing. Next week, we’re not going to have a weekly countdown (apologies to players who smash long homers this weekend), but we *will* be recapping the longest homers of the first half. 1. George...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cardinals record bizarre 5-8 putout at 2nd base

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
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Dugout Digest – the dregs of Texas

Earlier this week, I touched upon the “Battle of Texas”between the Astros and Rangers. Houston swept the series, and by virtue of that, moved ahead of the Rangers by a mere percentage point in the AL West standings. The Rangers, determined to show that they really are worse than the Astros, then went out and got thrashed 15-6 by the Angels on Thursday night, solidly giving them...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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