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WATCH: Bartolo Colon doubles, internet rejoices

I’m not sure what the best part of this double by Bartolo Colon is – the fact that it even happened, his terrible, flat-footed swing, or his awkward jaunt around the bases. All I know is that it’s awesome, and hopefully happens again and again.
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard may or may not listen to Nickelback

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard on allegations by a Braves fan that he listens to Nickelback: “Damn, that’s outrageous. I didn’t know that. Is it bad to listen to Nickelback?” After getting told that yes, it probably wasn’t a good thing to be accused of being a Nickelback listener: “I mean, I’m not afraid to say that I diversify my musical portfolio. I didn’t know...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs intentionally hit Ryan Braun, promptly give up go-ahead grand slam

Kirk Gibson is not a fan of Ryan Braun. This is well-documented. Ever since it was revealed that Braun was using banned substances during the 2011 postseason — the same postseason in which Braun’s Brewers dealt Gibson’s Diamondbacks a crushing walk off loss in Game 5 of the NLDS — there’s been a feeling that the Diamondbacks would try to “get back” at him when the opportunity...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – welcome to first, Royals

For proof of how nutty (or unpredictable, or blase, or mediocre, or whatever adjective you want) the 2014 MLB season has been thusfar, simply look at the AL Central standings. There you’ll find the Kansas City Royals, all alone staring at the rest of the division. The Royals are the only team in the division with a positive run differential (+19), and have risen to the top of the...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun continues to troll Kirk Gibson

“I wasn’t surprised I got hit. I was surprised I got hit in that situation and circumstances. You’d have to ask him [if the HBP was about 2011]. I wish him the best. I hope he finds peace and happiness in his life and is able to enjoy his life. I wish him the best.” –Ryan Braun on Kirk Gibson, after getting hit by Arizona pitcher Evan Marshall Tuesday night [Twitter]
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vin Scully meets the Stanley Cup

During the Rockies-Dodgers game on Tuesday night, staffers from the LA Kings brought the Stanley Cup to Dodger Stadium and into the broadcast booth with Vin Scully. As he marveled at the Cup, Scully began to delve into childhood stories about his fandom for the New York Rangers and their goalie Dave Kerr. And of course, he asks if it really was true that margaritas were made in the...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (June 16th edition)

There were…not a lot of great walk offs this week. That really leaves me with not a lot of content for this column, but I’ll try to make the best of it. June 10th, Athletics vs Angels The story of this 14 inning game in Anaheim was Yoenis Cespedes’ unreal throw at the plate to nail Albert Pujols. But that ended up not mattering in the grand scheme of things after Collin Cowgill...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Wieters needs Tommy John surgery, done for season

After weeks of rehabilitation, the most recent evaluation for Baltimore Orioles backstop Matt Wieters has concluded that he does indeed need Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. The 28-year-old switch hitter had enjoyed his best start in his career this season, batting .308/.339/.500 with five home runs through 26 games. But on May 10, the slugger went...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers release All-Star attack ad against Yadier Molina

Politicians who trail in the polls late in the race tend to go negative in their advertising. As it turns out, so do baseball teams. Jonathan Lucroy is quietly having an unbelievable season, and is just now starting to get some national publicity for it. Catcher is a hard position to break into the All-Star Game at if you’re in the National League, though, considering Yadier Molina...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Here is Keith Olbermann’s emotional memorial to Tony Gwynn

Last night, we brought you the clip of Vin Scully remembering the life of Tony Gwynn, the person, rather than Tony Gwynn, the hitter. Today, we bring you Keith Olbermann doing the same thing, with a special focus on Gwynn’s sense of humor and knack for baseball history and humility. I’m not sure how many more of these tributes I can handle – all of them are painting Gwynn as...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Justin Verlander is mortal

If there were still questions as to whether or not Justin Verlander is still JUSTIN…VERLANDER, I think those questions were answered on Monday night in Detroit. Verlander pitched relatively well through the first three innings of his start against the Royals, allowing one hit, one walk, and plunking one hitter through his first three innings of work. In the fourth, Verlander allowed...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vin Scully pays tribute to the late Tony Gwynn

Before Monday night’s Rockies-Dodgers game, Vin Scully told a story in honor of the late, great Tony Gwynn. Scully brushed aside all of Scully’s on the field greatness, and instead focused on his wonderful sense of humor. You might want to have some tissues handy after watching this one.
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

19 awesome facts you need to know about Tony Gwynn

Baseball lost one of its all-time greats on Monday with the passing of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn. Gwynn was only 54, finally succumbing to a four-year struggle with cancer of the salivary gland. There have already been plenty of tributes written to Gwynn’s talent and character, and there will surely be many, many more. He was the best pure hitter of his era, making an...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping the week ending June 15th in baseball

Another week is behind us, and instead of playoff races getting more defined, they’re simply getting more muddled. Great, just what I always wanted! Most impressive team of the week: Kansas City Royals. The Royals only played five games this week, but they made them count, sweeping the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend after taking two from the Indians at home. Prior to that...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – time to blow up the Padres?

The San Diego Padres are not a good team, and they are not playing good baseball right now. They’re just 3-10 in June, and since improving to 21-23 on May 17th, the team is just 8-17. Their offense is a horror show – no team has a lower batting average or on-base percentage, and only the Mets have a lower slugging percentage (and that’s by a fraction of a point). Their starting...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – here come the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been energized since the promotion of Gregory Polanco. The team lost Polanco’s debut on Tuesday, but have won four in a row since. Polanco himself is smashing the baseball, and has notched a hit in all five games of his career. Pittsburgh can make a move in the NL Central over the rest of this month – the only game they have with a team currently above...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the rolling Royals

The Kansas City Royals are starting to make waves in the AL Central. After smashing the White Sox 7-2, and coupled with Detroit’s 2-0 loss to Minnesota, the Royals are just 1.5 games back in the division. However, I’m not sure how great that really is – the White Sox and Indians are tied for last in the division, and are just 3.5 games back of the Tigers. That four game series...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves and Rockies demonstrate just how silly baseball justice can be

Is there such a thing as an accident in MLB anymore? If a hitter’s bat happens to strike a catcher on the backswing, is it now automatically assumed that it was done intentionally? Does the incident call for swift retaliation by the hitter getting plunked by a pitch immediately thereafter? I get baseball’s method of meting out justice. Throwing at batters has always been a part...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

MLBAM used FIELDf/x to track Yasiel Puig’s awesome catch at Citi Field

I’m sure everyone remembers this completely bonkers catch by Yasiel Puig at Citi Field from May. Well, because Citi Field is equipped with MLBAM’s FIELDf/x cameras, we were able to see just how amazing the catch was. As you can see in the demo, the ball came off of Wilmer Flores’ bat at 93.5 mph, and Puig traveled 95 feet at 21.1 mph to lay out and make the catch. Man, FIELDf...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Norris starred in a Forrest Gump parody

Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris is having a great season, and his awesome beard (and tiff with Manny Machado last week) is also making waves on the field. But Norris is more than just a great player and a dude who knows how to grow facial hair – he’s got a great sense of humor too, which this Forrest Gump parody trailer showed off pretty well.
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How bad was the Dan Uggla trade for the Braves?

The date was November 16, 2010. The Atlanta Braves were a month removed from the end of a season that saw them reach the Postseason for the first time since 2005. Atlanta lost to the eventual World Champion Giants in the NLDS, and were a battered and broken team at that point. In the deciding Game 4, the Braves started the near-crippled Troy Glaus at third base, a platoon outfielder...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

Coors Field and the Great American Ballpark were both represented very well this week, and guess what? We have a new member of the yearly top five. 1. Hanley Ramirez vs Jorge de la Rosa, 472 feet (June 8th) Hanley…bruh. This thing nearly left Coors Field. It was the perfect combination of events in Denver that led to Ramirez killing this ball. 2. Wilin Rosario vs Mike Minor, 468...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – and now Max Scherzer goes nine

On Wednesday, Yu Darvish threw the first complete game of his career. On Thursday, it was Max Scherzer’s turn. The reigning AL Cy Young winner outdueled Chris Sale in Chicago, going nine innings for the first time in 179 starts. It’s pretty wild that he had never done this before, but keep in mind – before last year, Scherzer had never even crossed the 200 inning mark in a...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Soldier surprises family at Yanks-Mariners game

During Thursday night’s Yankees-Mariners game in Seattle, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stoll surprised his family, who were on the field as part of a pregame ceremony. While this wasn’t one of the returns where the uniformed soldier is in a catcher’s mask or what have you, it’s still a very emotional moment, and the crowd in Seattle reacted accordingly.
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending June 11th

Looking for great defense? We’ve got you covered. This week, most of the focus will be on catches, but you know there are some other excellent plays featured as well. June 6th, Athletics vs Orioles – starting with a bang. Craig Gentry didn’t have any time to get his feet wet in center field during this Friday night game. Nick Markakis led off in the bottom of the first for...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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