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Monday night's Braves-Nationals game postponed

The tragic shootings on Monday in Washington DC have necessitated the postponement of the evening's Braves-Nationals game at Nationals Park. The game will be made up tomorrow as part of a split doubleheader, with game one taking place at 1:05 and game two taking place at 7:05. When news of the shootings broke this morning, a postponement seemed inevitable, especially with...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: Philadelphia Phillies

This is the eleventh edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: Philadelphia Phillies. In their first game after the All-Star Break, the Phillies pummeled the Mets 13-8 to move to 49...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - til I collapse

The Texas Rangers' collapse in the AL West has been unbelievable. The club is 2-11 in September, worse than every club in baseball except for the Chicago White Sox, who are 2-12. The A's have picked up an outrageous 8.5 games on the club in the AL West standings this month, leading to their current 6.5 game cushion in the division. Their chance of winning the division, according...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: San Diego Padres

This is the tenth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the San Diego Padres. On June 21st, the Padres were 38-36, 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Wladimir Balentien breaks Sadaharu Oh's Japanese home run record

Over the last 25 years, several gaijin (foreign) players have approached Sadaharu Oh's single season record of 55 home runs. However, the players have gotten nothing to hit once they tied the record. In 2001, Tuffy Rhodes tied the record and was walked repeartedly by teams managed by Oh. The same thing happened in 2002 to Alex Cabrera. It didn't happen in 2013 with Wladimir...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 San Diego Padres

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton to retire following the 2013 season

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is hanging up his cleats after this season, according to the Denver Post. Helton, who turned 40 last month, has spent his entire career with Colorado after being drafted eighth overall in the 1995 Draft. Calling Helton the greatest Rockie of all-time is probably an understatement. Helton has the third-highest batting average in Rockies history...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - distance

The AL Wild Card race is getting a little...different. The Rangers are now actually tied with the Rays for the top spot, while the Indians are 1.5 games behind both teams for the second spot. The Yankees, Royals, and Orioles have all fallen to three or 3.5 games out respectively. The Rays and Rangers are still the overwhelming favorites for the playoff spots, and the Indians are...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: Minnesota Twins

This is the ninth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Minnesota Twins. Well Twins fans, the Justin Morneau era is over. The former AL MVP, due to be a free agent after the...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Vladimir Guerrero calls it a career

Former Expos and Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is retiring, according to a report from the Spanish site Listin Diario. Guerrero hasn't played in the majors since a stint with the Orioles in 2011. In 2012, he played 12 games in the Blue Jays minor league system. Guerrero goes down in history as one of the greatest Expos in history. His .323 career batting average is...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 Minnesota Twins

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Perez tumbles after making great running catch

During Friday night's Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, Juan Perez of the Giants made this absurd catch. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis hit a line drive to the left field corner that was slicing away from Perez, who sprinted after the ball and caught it with his left arm fully extended before stumbling, losing his balance, and tumbling into the...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - good news, Nationals

The Washington Nationals are furiously looking to contend in the NL Wild Card race. Washington's seven game winning streak has pushed them to just 4.5 games behind the Reds for the NL's final playoff spot. However, it's still a long shot for the Nationals to even force a tie with the Reds. If Cincinnati just plays .500 ball over their last 14 games, the Nationals will...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Munenori Kawasaki gives Bon Jovi tribute a bad name

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki already showed himself to be an entertaining postgame interview, reading a cliched answer from his pocket notebook before appreciative fans back in May.  Kawasaki, whose double gave the Blue Jays a walkoff win that day, was invited to speak by teammate Mark DeRosa. DeRosa knew Kawasaki was the hero of the day and deserved the spotlight...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: New York Mets

This is the seventh edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the New York Mets. Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, step right up and meet the Mets. Well, unless you're a diehard, you...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' singing hot dog man fired

If you've ever been to a Detroit Tigers game or watched one on TV, you've probably heard in the background Charley Marcuse, 'The Singing Hot Dog Man. He has been a fixture at the ball park for the last 15 years, selling hot dogs and singing "hot dogs." It's also well known by Tigers fans that he despises ketchup on hot dogs and he wants you to as well...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Watchability Rankings - 9/13/13

Is it just me, or are the bad teams getting *worse* over the season's final month of play? Anyway, here's your penultimate edition of the watchability rankings prior to the postseason rankings. RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 +3 vs CHC vs SD ...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Travel, road trips broken down by team for 2014 MLB season

We hear a lot about “East Coast Bias” in the media. But there’s another East Coast Bias at play in Major League Baseball -- scheduling and travel. The West Coast teams -- particularly Seattle -- get a raw deal when it comes to travel during the season. Whether it’s multiple trips to the East Coast (five or six in some cases) or cross-country travel without an off-day, the...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2013 New York Mets

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Child gets leveled by fan chasing ground rule double

Here's your ridiculous video of the day. During Thursday night's Cubs-Pirates game, Chicago outfielder Darnell McDonald hit a ball to deep left center field. The ball one-hopped the wall, and a young fan was poised to snag the ball. But he didn't snag the ball, because a larger, older fan steamrolled him to grab it. Neither of them even got the damn ball! And both...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - central conquest

The NL Central race is really going to go down to the wire. On Thursday night, the Pirates won and the Cardinals lost, meaning that with 16 games left, the two teams are knotted at 85-61. The Reds are still lurking at 83-64, but unless they smack the Pirates down when they play over the final two weeks, they're going to have to settle for a wild card. At any rate, this race is...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: San Francisco Giants

This is the seventh edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the San Francisco Giants. After World Championships in 2010 and 2012, Giants fans were looking for another trip to the...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: 2013 San Francisco Giants

Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Via The Outside Corner
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: Colorado Rockies

This is the sixth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Colorado Rockies. Dare I say it, but the Rockies had a better season than any of us here at TOC expected in 2013...to an extent...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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