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Dugout Digest - welcome to Reds Day

It's now time to preview one of the NL Central's three playoff teams from 2013 - the Cincinnati Reds. But while the Reds did indeed make it to the 2013 Postseason, they bowed out after just one game, and that failure cost manager Dusty Baker his job. Can the Reds have a better year in 2014 without both Baker and Shin-Shoo Choo? We shall see. Yesterday was Brewers Day on TOC,...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Milwaukee Brewers

For better or worse, the Brewers are tied to Ryan Braun. They’d love to see him return to the levels he was at prior to his suspension, but even if he doesn’t, they at least have a young core of players that can help carry the team into an era where Braun is no longer the focal point. Add in a big splash in free agency, and there are plenty of Brewers to choose from here. ...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Milwaukee Brewers

There are a lot of questions you could ask about the Brewers, and a decent amount of them wouldn’t actually have anything to do with what will happen on the field. We’ll keep those to a minimum here, but there is one nagging question that will hang over the team’s head, at least for the first couple months of the 2014 season. How will the fanbase react to Ryan Braun?...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Milwaukee Brewers

For as long as the Brewers have been one of the better offenses in the National League, they’ve also been one of the league’s worst defensive teams. A lot of that is their desire to get bats that produce into the lineup, without thinking much about the effects on the team’s defense. For all the talk this spring about wanting to improve the team’s defense -- especially at...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

By any measure, the 2013 season was a disaster for the Milwaukee Brewers. A 6-22 month of May sent the Brewers crashing down to the bottom of the NL Central standings, and they were never able to fully dig themselves out. Of course, there was also the matter of Ryan Braun’s involvement in the Biogenesis case -- rumors of a looming suspension plagued Braun for much of the first...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Brewers Day

Next up in our preview series, the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee was an incredible disappointment in 2013, and their season was marred by Ryan Braun's season-ending 65 game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis nightmare. With Braun back in the fold healthy for 2014, can the Brewers once again make it to the playoffs? Yesterday was Cubs Day on TOC, and here's your recap. ...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Four Horsemen of the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs aren't a team that is exactly loaded with impact pieces. The pieces that remain from the major overhaul the last two years are the ones that the Cubs would like to keep on the roster into the future, while attempting to leave some room for the young kids coming up through the minor league ranks. While there isn't exactly a plethora of impact talent on this team to...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs will head into yet another season with low expectations. That doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't at least some intrigue in regard to this club, though. With top prospects and at least one major potential trade chip remaining on the club, there are questions for this team that go beyond the club that the Cubs will field in 2014. With an up-and-coming club like...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The various ways to build a winner

I’m sure you’ve all heard the old saying “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”.  As a cat owner, I’m simply revolted by this, but at least understand the lesson, that there is more than one way of finding success in our endeavors.  Major League Baseball is perhaps the best example of this in professional sports.  In basketball, a LeBron James type of player could...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The biggest weakness of the Chicago Cubs

One could joke that the two biggest weaknesses for the Chicago Cubs in 2013 was their offense and their defense and they wouldn't be entirely incorrect. In fact, the Cubs' biggest concerns heading into the new season are what they're going to do at the plate, and what they can do with the leather. With pitching being addressed, at least to a certain degree that made it deep enough...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fresno Grizzlies will wear Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed jerseys

I think we've reached a critical mass for themed jerseys. This season, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) will be wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed jerseys during a game. There's no word on which game (or games) the Grizzlies will be wearing these jerseys, and there's also no word on how each turtle's jersey will be assigned to each player...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have obviously been as frustrating a team as there is in Major League Baseball over the past 100+ years, and there are no guarantees that the 2014 season is going to be any better. They made some small additions, but no one to excite the fanbase, as they wait for their top prospects to break into the big leagues. Keeping in mind those additions that they made, don...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Cubs Day

Week five of our six week preview series begins today with the NL Central and the hapless Chicago Cubs. 2013 was a long season for the Cubs, and 2014 will likely be just as ugly...but how far off on the horizon is hope? Last Friday was Tigers Day on TOC, and here's your recap. -Season preview -Two biggest weaknesses -Three key questions -Four horsemen Also last week...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox owner snipes back at Marlins over lineup complaint

This last Thursday, executives for the Miami Marlins went and got all butt-hurt because the Boston Red Sox rolled out what they deemed to be a poor lineup when they came to visit the Marlins for the Grapefruit League matchup. They were supposedly "outraged" at this and were going to have a word with the league office about it as there is an arcane rule for Spring Training lineups...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Carpenter signs six-year extension with Cardinals

Go ahead and take another Cardinals starter off the market before he even gets there. St. Louis has signed current third baseman Matt Carpenter to a six-year extension worth a reported $52 million. The contract also contains a club option of $18.5 million for the 2020 season. The 28-year old Carpenter broke out in a big way in 2013, finishing fourth in the NL MVP race and hitting...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Detroit Tigers

Picking two of the four horsemen for the Tigers isn't difficult at all. The lineup boasts the reigning two-time AL MVP. The starting rotation features an AL Cy Young Award winner. Actually, there are two Cy Young Award winners among Detroit's starting five, including last year's honoree. But one is more important to the Tigers' fortunes this season, as I'll attempt to argue. This...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Detroit Tigers

We covered the Tigers' question marks — or weaknesses — in left field and the bullpen in an earlier post, and thus won't repeat them here. (What kind of blogging would that be?) But despite an overall roster that appears relatively solid, there are some underlying questions that Detroit will have to answer affirmatively if the team is to hold off the Indians and Royals in the...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Detroit Tigers

Since 2006, two of the consistent trouble spots on the Tigers roster have been left field and the bullpen. Who could've guessed that Craig Monroe would be so difficult to replace? While Todd Jones wasn't a dominant closer (and was often frustrating to watch), Detroit hasn't been able to find a setup tandem close to Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya either.  Second base had also...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers were close to a second consecutive trip to the World Series, but couldn't overcome their subpar bullpen and a deep Red Sox lineup and relief corps. That led to rather significant changes, Manager Jim Leyland retired, Prince Fielder and Doug Fister were traded and more strikeout arms were added to the bullpen. Additionally, a lineup previously dependent on big home runs...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Tigers Day

Today, we're going to wrap up the AL Central by looking at the three-time defending division champion Detroit Tigers. The Tigers dumped stars Doug Fister and Prince FIelder this winter, but added Ian Kinsler and Joe Nathan - will that overhaul catapult them to a fourth straight divisional crown? Yesterday was Indians Day on TOC, and here's your recap. -Season preview -Two...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Cleveland Indians

The Indians scored the fourth-most runs in the AL last season. For the Tribe's offense to be as productive as it was last year, and keep them competitive in the AL Central and wild-card races, the lineup's three best sluggers will need to continue swinging big bats. Of course, no club wins without good pitching. So the ace of the starting rotation needs to be listed among the Indians...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Cleveland Indians

Who the Indians' fifth starter will be appears to be their biggest question during the spring. But the team has covered itself with five to six options to consider. While the everyday lineup looks solid, it does carry some underlying concerns. Will one of last year's breakouts turn out to be a one-year fluke? Will one of the team's top young players finally fulfill his potential...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Cleveland Indians

One of the main reasons for the Indians' turnaround from 68 wins in 2012 to 92 victories last season was ownership giving general manager Chris Antonetti the financial resources to improve the roster. Cleveland showed its ambition to challenge the Tigers in the AL Central by signing free agents like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Yet that same drive was missing during this most...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Cleveland Indians

The Indians made major investments in their manager and everyday lineup before last season, and those changes paid off with the franchise's first postseason bid since 2007. Terry Francona provided a new voice and direction for a team that was no longer listening to Manny Acta, and his presence in the dugout made a significant difference.  But ownership's willingness to spend...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Indians Day

Almost done with the AL Central. Today, it's time to look at a surprise contender from 2013, the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe won the American League's top Wild Card last season, but fell to the Rays at Progressive Field to end their Postseason run after just one game. Can the Indians contend once again in 2014 following a largely quiet winter? We'll find out. Yesterday was Royals...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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