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‘Million Dollar Arm’ is too bland to be worth your time

Let’s get this out of the way first: Million Dollar Arm is not a great baseball movie. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re likely going to be disappointed. The posters, trailers and commercials for the film make it pretty clear this is a showcase for Jon Hamm, best known for playing Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men. (I think he should be most famous for the “Jon Hamm’s...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest MLB home runs of the week

We have dingers, yes we do! And this week, we have several new faces – and one that is becoming a staple. 1. C.J. Cron vs J.A. Happ, 468 feet (May 10th) Welcome to the show and the top five for the year, C.J.! It’s something when a guy’s first career homer is a monster blast like this one. 2. Juan Francisco vs Justin Masterson, 448 feet (May 13th) Francisco’s average home...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – his first time

In Mike Trout’s fantastic young career, he had somehow never hit a walk off home run. That all changed on Thursday night, when he smashed a Brad Boxberger pitch over the Angels bullpen to hand Anaheim a 6-5 win over the Rays. It’s pretty wild that Mike Trout, best player in all the land, had never hit a walk off dinger in the majors before, but that’s all in the past now. Maybe...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending May 14th

This week was a little light on sterling defense, but here’s what we were able to come up with. There are a couple really great throws featured, which is something you know we love here at TOC. May 9th, Cardinals vs Pirates – Bourjos being Bourjos. Peter Bourjos lost this ball in the lights before recovering, tracking it, leaping, and hitting the wall to rob the speedy Starling...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Josh Reddick and ‘Careless Whisper’ start a trend?

Josh Reddick must have lost a bet, right? That was the only rational explanation for why a major league ballplayer would risk ridicule by choosing Wham!’s “Careless Whisper” as his walk-up music. Of course, maybe we shouldn’t use the word “rational” in association with Reddick, who has previously made interesting choices in beard length and TV interview attire. The Oakland...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – don’t freak out yet

I really dislike when people get too wrapped up in early season results. Hell, we just had a column get posted on Tuesday talking about when the right time to give up on playoff hopes is. Since that column has run, the Rays are 2-0, the Indians are 1-1 (and coming off of a 15-4 smashing of the Blue Jays on Wednesday), and the Pirates are 1-1, scoring three in the ninth on Wednesday...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers might lose two starters to season-ending surgeries

The Texas Rangers are having a very bad day. Two key rotation members, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison both were undergoing medical evaluations for their elbow and back, respectively. Both got bad, bad news. Rangers Martin Perez diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in left elbow. Weighing options with TJ surgery possible. — Anthony Andro (@aandro) May 14, 2014 Perez had a terrific...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Fernandez and the uncertainty of injured young stars

There aren’t many specific baseball dates that I remember from my childhood. I have plenty of baseball memories, of course, and I could go on for hours recounting them. I can’t really peg very many of them to specific dates on the calendar though. As I sit here in 2014, there really are only two dates that stick out in my mind. The first one is familiar to any Pittsburgh Pirate...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

On Second Thought: The Marlins/Blue Jays Mega-Trade

After a couple of years where the Toronto Blue Jays were lauded for the moves made by general manager Alex Anthopolous, the biggest feather in his cap came in November of 2012. That was when the Blue Jays, who were supposedly on the cusp of finally making some noise in the AL East, decided to throw their usual salary caution to the wind in a 12-player deal with the Miami Marlins...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – free falling

  It’s not a good time right now for the New York Yankees. Their rotation is in tatters after C.C. Sabathia became the third starter to go on the DL, and they’ve lost four straight games since. It’s almost funny how this collapse has happened – the Yankees ignored their rotation this winter aside from signing Masahiro Tanaka and re-signing Hiroki Kuroda, and sure enough...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (May 13th edition)

Another great week of walk offs is in the book, and we’ve got replays, homers, doubles, and everything else in between. May 6th, Reds vs Red Sox – Grady’s back. The return of Grady Sizemore is finally complete – he’s got a walk off hit with the Red Sox. There wasn’t really much of anything that any of the Reds outfielders could have done with this ball either – it...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s official – Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is broken

#marlins Jose Fernandez does indeed have a tear of the UCL in his rt elbow. TJ surgery looming. 12-14 month recovery the norm. Sad news. — Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) May 13, 2014
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Trout’s hometown is invading Citizens Bank Park tonight

Tuesday night’s Angels-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia will be a homecoming for Mike Trout, who grew up in nearby Millville. But this isn’t going to be any regular homecoming – approximately 8,000 fans from Millville will be in attendance at the game. That’s nearly 20% the capacity of Citizens Bank Park, and when added to the team’s average attendance...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

When is a team truly out of contention?

On Monday, one day after Mother’s Day, Jon Paul Morosi wrote a eulogy for the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays, wondering if it was time for them to blow up their roster and aim for the future. Amazingly, it was not the earliest 2014 eulogy written for a 2013 playoff team; SB Nation’s Steven Goldman beat him to the punch by ten days in writing off both Pirates and the Indians after ugly months...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Age already catching up with Yankees this season

With no AL East team breaking away from the pack, the New York Yankees and their 19-18 record (as of May 13) are good enough to hold second place in the division. But can a roster made up almost entirely of older veterans hold together over 162 games? Six weeks in, the Yanks are showing their age and you have to wonder if the team might crumble by midseason. During Monday’s 9-7...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Real Tweets from Real People: Jose Fernandez is broken

On Monday, the baseball world heard news that it absolutely did not need to hear – Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez was going on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, and that Tommy John surgery was a reasonable expectation. As a baseball fan, it’s awful. I can’t imagine how the 12 diehard Marlins fans out there – they must still be sitting in a corner rocking back and...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – an awful night for baseball

  To hell with everything that happened on the field on Monday. Jose Fernandez has been placed on the DL and probably needs Tommy John surgery. Everything I know in life is a lie. This sucks. I don’t have anything else to say, aside from “we’ll have more on this today”. Game of the Night: Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5. This game got ugly quickly for Arizona in the ninth. But...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Fernandez has an injured elbow, and this is why we can’t have nice things

#marlins place Jose Fernandez on DL with right elbow strain — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 12, 2014
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig hit a walk off grand slam with himself in MLB The Show and went crazy

Wouldn’t this be your reaction if you hit a walk off grand slam in a video game? It sure was Puig’s, but I’m sure there’s someone out there who thinks Puig is guilty of showing up his virtual opponent, making a mockery of online gaming, and is a disgrace to everyone who has every owned a PS4.
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Indians are embracing this Brohio thing a little too much

FIRST LOOK: Get your #Brohio bobblehead on 5/31 as the Tribe takes on the Rox! Tix: http://t.co/WFSJzOeQO0 pic.twitter.com/uK3C5WGvbK — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 12, 2014 Also on 5/31: Sit with @brohiogov in #Brohio, get a special, limited edition #Brohio tee! Tix: http://t.co/JHW4oKCaZD pic.twitter.com/euZNTSIDr2 — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 12, 2014 Plus, check...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The week in MLB replay reviews

Are we getting to a point where challenges are getting…dare I say, being used properly? We might not be there yet, but we’re getting close. May 6th, Giants vs Pirates – the walk off replay. Starling Marte nearly pulled off one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen all season, but was called out at the plate. But after review, it was revealed that Marte was indeed safe...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Is it December or May at Coors Field?

Whoa. pic.twitter.com/WgkUqbs5Zf — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 12, 2014
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Jeckyll and Hyde

The Miami Marlins are one of the most confusing teams in baseball. At Marlins Park, they cannot be stopped – the team is 17-5 at home this year, and they’ve outscored their opponents by 55 runs in those 22 games. On the road, the club is a mess – they’re 3-13 and have been outscored by a mind-numbing 40 runs. This weekend, they lost three out of four to the Padres and were...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez dyed his goatee pink for Mother’s Day

Most players wear pink gear on Mother’s Day in support of breast cancer awareness. Apparently the armbands, cleats and bats weren’t enough for Carlos Gomez, though — the Milwaukee centerfielder went above and beyond by dying his goatee pink for Sunday’s game against the Yankees. .@C_Gomez27 took this Mother’s Day thing to the next level: Pink goatee. pic.twitter.com/eyoGjxTgXL...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – a tight race

  We all kind of expected that the AL West would be a meat grinder this season. And here on Mother’s Day, it’s just about lived up to the hype. After a slow start, the Mariners are clicking in all cylinders and have surpassed the Angels and Rangers to claim second place in the division behind the A’s, who are still cruising right along and have the second best playoff odds...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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