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2013 SWOT Analysis: Chicago Cubs

This SWOT analysis was written by Berselius of the fantastic Chicago Cubs blog Obstructed View. Check the blog out, and follow Berselius on Twitter @STAnteater. The Cubs are coming off a 100-loss season, with a decent chance of another one in 2013 in what should be another rebuilding year. Theo Epstein and his braintrust inherited a team full of aging, expensive veterans that...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - pitching, pitching, and more pitching

Four days from Opening Day across the league, three days until Opening Night. Are you not entertained?! Yesterday, I took a look at the winners of various fifth starter jobs across the league, the familiar names involved, and the questionable decisions that led to those decisions. We also broke down the AL Cy Young and NL Cy Young favorites coming into the season. Ironically...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals get relative bargain, sign Wainwright to five-year, $97.5 million extension

Ken Rosenthal has reported that the St. Louis Cardinals have signed the ace of their pitching staff, Adam Wainwright to a five-year, $97.5 million contract extension: Sources: Wainwright, #STLCards in agreement on five-year, $97.5M extension that will run from 2014 to '18. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 27, 2013 That's a lot of money for the Cards...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Awards preview: NL Cy Young award

Last year's NL Cy Young award winner is in the American League. The two pitchers who won the three awards from 2008-2010 are still around, but appear to be shells of their former selves. In fact, out of all of the pitchers in the National League, the only two former Cy Young winners that appear like they'll be able to make a substantial push for the award in 2013 are Clayton...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Awards preview: AL Cy Young award

The American League has always has a very talented crop of pitchers. 12 different players have won the Cy Young award since 2000, with the only repeat winner being Johan Santana of the Twins (though Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens have won in both leagues). David Price eked out a wn over 2011 winner Justin Verlander to win the 2012 award, and those two are definitely in the running...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Familiar names and questionable decisions form baseball's fifth starters

With just five days until nearly the entire league begins play on April 1st, roster battles are being decided here in the final week of games. The last spot on the bench or in the bullpen is largely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but the fifth starter's job in the rotation means a lot more. A lot of teams usually have an open competition in spring for the final...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - urinals, extensions, and rookies

We only had four posts go up on the site yesterday, and they were of vastly different backgrounds. First, Garrett looked at extension candidates for each team. Perfectly justifiable in the grand sceheme of things. I broke down the favorites for the American League and National League Rookie of the Year awards, and will be doing the same thing today with the Cy Young award in...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Awards preview: NL Rookie of the Year

Earlier today, we broke down the AL Rookie of the Year candidates. Now, it's time for the NL candidates. Coming off of the wretched Chris Coghlan selection in 2009, the last three winners of the ROY in the NL have been stars (Buster Posey, Craig Kimbrel, Bryce Harper), and the cumulative rookie crop in the National League has largely been better than the American League crop...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Awards preview: AL Rookie of the Year

Picking the Rookie of the Year is far and away the most difficult of any of the three major awards dished out in MLB. Last year, the winner in each league didn't even make the Opening Day roster for their respective club. The conensus pick among our staff is another guy who won't open the year on his team's Opening Day roster: WIl Myers of the Rays. Myers is far and...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to feature games in urinals

When you're taking a leak at a ballgame, I bet you're thinking "man, this is boring. I wish I could be having some fun while relieving myself". Well, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are taking care of that by introducing the Urinal Gaming System to all urinals at Coca Cola Park for the 2013 season. When a user approaches...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Extension candidates for every MLB team

Nowadays, it seems like every young potential star player gets signed to a long-term contract extension that buys out their arbitration years and a few of their free agent years. On top of that, established stars that are nearing free agency opt to sign lucrative contracts to stay with their team, never getting to test the open market. It may make free agency a bit boring, but it...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - awards preview week

Today, we're going to begin previewing the major awards going into the 2013 season. We'll take a look at the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year favorites in both the American and National Leagues, kicking off with the ROY today. We've also got some other goodies planned, so keep your eyes here today. Yesterday, here's what you missed around the Corner. ...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Marlins are offering a Groupon...for Opening Day tickets

Using Groupon to pick up slagging ticket sales is a trend that's becoming more and more common across all sports. Hell, the A's did it last year, and the Cubs did it for a chance to throw out the first pitch. But the Miami Marlins (shocker, right?) have taken things to a new level: they're offering a Groupon for Opening Day tickets. The Marlins are offering three...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Braun's overturned suspension caused change in protocol

Last year during Spring Training, arbitrator Shyam Das overturned Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension for PED usage. Braun's attorneys successfully argued for their client, alleging that the collection process of Braun's sample was flawed.  After the snafu with Braun left MLB with egg on their face, they changed their collection policy for the 2012 season and beyond. The...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers end Kyle Lohse's wait, sign him to three-year deal

It appears that the final big name free agent is finally off the market, as Kyle Lohse has apparently agreed to a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $33 million. Milwaukee was tied to Lohse from day one of free agency, and the fact that they waited until this later in the offseaosn to get the deal done with him shows just how hesitant the team was to give up the...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The beauty of the Vernon Wells trade

We are all a fan of some team.  Even the self-proclaimed objective journalists grew up rooting for someone.  It’s simple human nature.  I’m an Angels fan, and as such I don’t have a great deal of love for the Yankees.  So it would make sense that I love the Vernon Wells trade.  It removes an unproductive player from my favorite team and inserts him into the lineup...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the final countdown

We're just one week from Opening Day, and all of us here at TOC couldn't be happier to get the season started. With this final week will come a new, final look at the upocming season before we kick things off. We'll be breaking down the favorites for the awards in each league this season, along with our staff's picks for award winners and the playoffs. But first...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Reynolds also can hit homers over scoreboards

On Friday, we posted a spectacular video of Justin Upton launching a homer over the scoreboard at Champion Stadium in Orlando. Well, last night in Goodyear, Arizona, Mark Reynolds of the Indians showed the world that he can do it too. In the sixth inning of the Indians-Diamondbacks game on Friday night, Reynolds took a belt-high fastball from Arizona reliever David Hernandez and...
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March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 X-Factor: San Francisco Giants

I'm going to make this very simple. The x-factor for the Giants is a guy that used to be a dominant force, a two-time Cy Young winner, and last year, was just a 1.5 fWAR player at age 28. My x-factor for the San Francisco Giants in 2013 is Tim Lincecum. After Lincecum won the Cy Young in 2008 and 2009, signs immediately began to appear that he was starting to lose his...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: San Francisco Giants

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. 2011 was pretty much a nightmare season for the Giants, a down season sandwiched between a pair of World Championships...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: San Francisco Giants

Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Giants... Did Brian Sabean make the right move by re-signing Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan, and multiple relievers this offseason? Sabean has been criticized for years over his "veteran fetish", a tendency that came into focus once again this offseason when he handed multi-year contracts to Scutaro and Pagan...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: San Francisco Giants

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. For the third time in four seasons, the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. Brian Sabean's somewhat unorthodox winter will be forgotten once again, as his retention of most...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: San Francisco Giants

The Giants won the whole shebang in 2012, their second title in three years, and they did it with one bona fide superstar hitter in Buster Posey. San Francisco's roster was largely filled with veteran hitters and a pretty good pitching staff, destroying the narrative that you need a star-laden, dominant team to win the World Series. Giants on TOC End of Season Postmortem...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss
MOON SHOT

Justin Upton hits homer over the scoreboard

In Thursday night's Nationals-Braves game, new Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton unloaded on an 86 mph Dan Haren cutter, sending the first pitch he saw in his sixth inning at bat out of the park for a homer. But the fact that Upton homered is only half oft he story. Upton's monstrous homer not only left the yard, but also cleared the scoreboard in left center field at Champion...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Giants day!

Welcome to our final preview day on TOC, featuring the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants have won two titles in three years, led largely by catcher Buster Posey and a pretty solid pitching staff. San Francisco kept their team largely intact going into the 2013 season, and will look to make it three titles in four years this season. Yesterday was Dodgers...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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