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Dugout Digest – the Astros are blasting off

The Houston Astros aren’t a good baseball team. They have the third-worst record in baseball this year, and the second-worst run differential. But this month, and especially over the last week, something seems to be changing. Houston is 13-13 in May, a solid step forward for a team that was so terrible to start the year. Their run differential is up to +14, spurred by a 118 run...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Johnny Damon cuts off Manny's first pitch

On Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox welcomed back members of the 2004 World Championship team. Newly-signed Iowa Cubs player-coach Manny Ramirez was set to throw out the first pitch to Jason Varitek, but as he threw the pitch, Johnny Damon came from out of nowhere to cut off the throw and flip it to Varitek at home plate. This was a hilarious homage to an incident in 2004...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The worst first pitches ever, revisited

Two years ago, we compiled a video gallery of some of the worst first pitches that we’ve ever seen. To this date, the post remains one of the most-viewed in TOC history. But in the two years since, we have seen some even more terrible first pitches and the list needs to be revisited. Of course, 50 Cent’s disaster at Citi Field will be on this list – that’s what inspired the...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Have the Dodgers given up on Matt Kemp?

If the Dodgers didn’t want to play Matt Kemp, circumstances have now dictated that they’ll have to. Kemp has been benched for the Dodgers’ past five games, making only two pinch-hit appearances during that span. Sitting Kemp down was especially curious on Monday, when the Reds’ Johnny Cueto was the opposing pitcher. Against Cueto, Kemp has a .500 average (6-for-12) with two...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (May 28th edition)

Managers are really getting a hang of this replay thing…in fact, I’m not even going to whine and complain today! May 21st, Reds vs Nationals – it’s a trap! Is it me, or have we not seen a lot of trap plays get reviewed this year? The Nationals challenged this Billy Hamilton catch down one in the bottom of the eighth, and it was reversed, giving Washington a baserunner to...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The fan Carlos Gomez made cry threw out the first pitch on Tuesday

Do you remember last month, when Carlos Gomez met a young Brewers fan and drove her to tears? Before Tuesday’s Orioles-Brewers game, that same young fan was in attendance at Miller Park, and Gomez surprised her by having her throw out the first pitch to him. And you know what? It was a damn good toss! 50 Cent could learn a lesson or two from her. [Hardball Talk]
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Blue Jays are untouchable

I don’t have much to say about the Toronto Blue Jays other than “wow”. The Jays won their eighth straight game on Tuesday after beating the Rays 9-6. Mark Buehrle is 9-1 on the season. Edwin Encarnacion has 12 homers in May, and 16 on the season. Scrap heap pickup Juan Francisco has nine homers already this year in part-time duty. Melky Cabrera is playing like he did in 2012...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Your new worst first pitch champ: 50 Cent

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and fellow baseball fans, we have a new champion for worst first pitch of all time. Carly Rae Jepsen and John Wall are among the many errant hurlers who can now relax after what 50 Cent’s performance on the mound before Tuesday’s Pirates-Mets game at Citi Field. Maybe we should give Mr. Curtis Jackson credit. If you’re going to throw a bad first...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week (May 27th edition)

We have an odd batch of walk offs for you this week, featuring homers, errors, and yes, a balk. You can’t get much more diverse than this! May 20th, Giants vs Rockies – a wild comeback. Nolan Arenado missed a walk off homer by inches, but with two outs and men on the corners in a one-run game, it really didn’t matter. Colorado needed to come back twice to win this game, which...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets find scapegoats, but will it stop their slide?

Monday was not a good day for the New York Mets. First, top prospect Noah Syndergaard landed on the DL with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow and could be the latest pitching phenom (unles Yordano Ventura beats him to it) to face Tommy John surgery. He’s headed to New York to be examined more closely. Then, another quality start wasted by a scuffling offense and one of the...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Ryu isn’t perfect, but no one is anymore

Hyun-Jin Ryu was flirting with history on Monday night. A day after Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, Ryu set the first 21 Reds he faced down in order. Then, things spiraled out of control – quickly. Todd Frazier led off the inning with a double to break up Ryu’s bid at perfection, and Ryan Ludwick followed that up with a single. A Chris Heisey sac fly ended Ryu’s shutout bid...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weekly Puig: Second Edition

We here at The Outside Corner aren’t necessarily in the business of caring about history. Despite the fact that Josh Beckett did that whole no-hitter thing on Sunday afternoon, the constant story coming out of Hollywood continues to be Yasiel Puig. There’s a reason that we have created a weekly column reviewing the week of the most polarizing player in baseball. And in our...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping the week ending May 25th in baseball

Another week of the 2014 season is in the books, and the only thing for sure…is nothing’s for sure. Most impressive team of the week: Toronto Blue Jays. The 2014 Blue Jays are everything that the 2013 Blue Jays were supposed to be. Their 29-22 record leads the AL East, and they’ve actually been able to put a little distance between them and their competitors in the division...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Josh Beckett adds to his ledger

On Sunday, Josh Beckett added another accolade to his career ledger. He threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 season, and the first of his career, in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Phillies. It was another highlight for him in a career that has mixed flashes of brilliance with crippling disappointment. Sunday, all of that disappointment disappeared, and Beckett was the star of the...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett throws no-hitter vs Phillies

Josh Beckett made history on Sunday, throwing the first no-hitter of his 14-year career as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park. Beckett’s no-hitter was the first at Citizens Bank Park since Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, and the first ever in the regular season. It’s also the first no-hitter by an opponent in Philadelphia since Bill...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez joining Iowa Cubs as player/coach

No, that’s not a headline from The Onion. Manny Ramirez is back in organized baseball. The Cubs announced Sunday morning that they’re signing the 41-year-old to be a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa. The emphasis seems to be heavily on the “coach” aspect, as Theo Epstein was very clear that we won’t be seeing Manny trying to field balls off the ivy in Wrigley this year: ...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alex Gordon has near outstanding catch overturned

In the fifth inning of Saturday night’s Royals-Angels game, Alex Gordon very nearly robbed Albert Pujols of a home run in amazing fashion. Gordon scaled the left field wall to make the catch, but the ball bounced out of his glove on the way down. It then proceeded to bounce off of his right shoulder, bounce off of his face, bounce off of his hand, and into his glove. Unfortunately...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Pirates are kicking it into gear

The Pirates looked dead in the water a week ago. After splitting a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, the club was 18-25, nine games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. But something happened this week – the Pirates got their game together. After losing game one of a two-game series with the Orioles, Pittsburgh has won four in a row to move to 22-26. A bad week from the Brewers...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phillies beer vendor catches ball in beer bucker

This is the ultimate moment in dumb luck. This beer vendor at Citizens Bank Park was walking along, hawking cold beers on a warm day during Saturday’s Dodgers-Phillies game. All of a sudden, Carlos Ruiz hits a foul ball down the right field line, and the ball lands in the vendor’s beer bucket – which he was holding on top of his head, with his back facing the field. Give this...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Padres fan does a foul ball dance that you can't unsee

During Friday’s Cubs-Padres game at Petco Park, this Padres fan made a great barehanded catch of a Seth Smith foul ball in the first inning…and proceeded to celebrate by dancing thrusting his hips numerous times. I don’t even know what to say about this – it’s fantastic. Thankfully, he didn’t knock over any of those cans of Boston Lager. That would have been a disaster.
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Red Sox on the ropes

TOC pop quiz: aside from the pathetic trio (Astros, Diamondbacks, Cubs), which team in baseball has the worst record? What if I told you that it was the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox? The Sox are 20-27, and their .426 winning percentage is worse than every team in the league aside from those three dreadful clubs. They’re tied with the Rays at six games back in the AL...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers’ lost season spirals further down with Prince Fielder injury

Has this become the curse of Nolan Ryan? After the Rangers’ former president left Arlington last October and eventually took a front-office job with the Astros, did the baseball gods cast some sort of hex over Globe Life Park? (Or maybe that corporate ballpark name has something to do with it.) Could there be any rational reason to explain the plague of injuries that have beset...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

The usual suspects are all gone this week. But I hope you enjoy a pair of Hunters, because out of all the Weeks we’ve done this, this is a pretty unique one. 1. Hunter Pence vs Jhoulys Chacin, 456 feet (May 21st) This is another one of those Coors Field homers that doesn’t look like it was hit too far…until you realize just where exactly it landed at the park. Left center...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke is an expert in seeing through garbage streaks

#Dodgers Zack Greinke on his "streak" of 22 starts allowing 2 ER or less: "They keep changing the wording of it to keep it as a streak." — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 23, 2014
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the long-awaited return

  The bad news for the White Sox is that Jose Abreu is still on the DL. The good news for the White Sox is that Chris Sale is back, and Chris Sale is dominating once again. In Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Yankees on Thursday night, Sale was perfect through 5 2/3 innings before he allowed a single to the second-to-last batter he faced. In his return, Sale struck out ten New York...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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