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The two biggest weaknesses of the Minnesota Twins

When a club suffers through three straight 90 loss seasons, moves their franchise player to a different position, bids farewell to a former MVP, and sees a top ten prospect go down with a season-ending injury...well, there's probably just a couple of things wrong with that club. Such is life for the Minnesota Twins - Joe Mauer is now a first baseman, Justin Morneau is now a Rockie...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 season preview: Minnesota Twins

The 2014 season doesn't bring about a lot of expectations for the Minnesota Twins. They struggled mightily in a variety of different ways last year as they try and build up their farm system to become competitive in the American League Central once again. To a certain degree, they've done that. They boast one of the better systems in the game and are on the right track toward becoming...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler hopes the Rangers go 0-162, calls GM a 'sleazeball'

Ian Kinsler was not pleased when he was traded by the Texas Rangers this offseason. In an interview with Robert Sanchez of ESPN the Magazine, the new Tigers second baseman unloaded on his former team and general manager Jon Daniels. The issues started when Kinsler didn't want to change positions to accommodate top prospect Jurickson Profar following the trade of Michael Young....
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Twins Day

Let's continue with AL Central week, shall we? Today, we're going to examine a former powerhouse that's been on the downslide of late - the Minnesota Twins. After winning the AL Central in both 2009 and 2010, the Twins have lost 90 games in each of the last three seasons, and they might not be much better this year, despite the additions of Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco. Yesterday...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Chicago White Sox

The offseason Rick Hahn had with the White Sox was a step in the right direction. After all, this was a 99 loss team in 2013 that had one of the oldest and worst offenses in baseball. Hahn started the rebuild process this winter, and while the White Sox certainly seem to have a better offense in 2014, nothing is set in stone. Hahn also did a nice job in taking down the average age...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have had their share of stars over the years - Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas, and Paul Konerko are just three of them. But the times are changing, and Chicago hasn't really had a solid supporting cast around Konerko i the last couple of years, with the possible exceptions of the constantly broken down Carlos Quentin and the notoriously streaky Alex Rios. In 2014...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Chicago White Sox

When you lose 99 games, demote a franchise icon to a bench role before his final season, and have over $30 million compared to two struggling players...well, do we even need to search for weaknesses? Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn won't be in Chicago next year, and the revamping of this squad will continue into 2015 and beyond. But that doesn't help them in 2014, because the White Sox...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 season preview: Chicago White Sox

I can't say enough bad things about the 2013 Chicago White Sox. They lost 99 games, fielded a $118 million payroll, and also had one of the worst farm systems in the game. But this winter, something happened - general manager Rick Hahn overhauled the club in his second offseason in charge, and hope is on the horizon for Chicago. Depth Chart (as of 3/3/14) C: Tyler Flowers ...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to White Sox Day

We've crossed the halfway point of our season preview series, and this week we're focusing on one of the more unpredictable divisions in baseball - the American League Central. Really, would you be shocked by any team aside from the Tigers finishing last in 2014? But we're not talking about the Tigers today - we're talking about the Chicago White Sox, who put together one of their...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins prospect Miguel Sano to miss season

Sorry Minnesota, but the 2014 season just got a little more disappointing. Miguel Sano, the organization's #2 prospect and a consensus top ten prospect in baseball, will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2014 season. The 20-year old Sano was signed by the Twins out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 and immediately became one of the most heralded prospects in the game...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Trout celebrates new deal with massive grand slam

Just when you think Mike Trout can't get any more awesome at baseball, something like this happens. With the Angels already leading the Cubs 5-1 in the fourth inning of their game on Friday, Trout came up to the plate with the bases loaded and James McDonald on the hill. He proceeded to deposit a 2-0 fastball from McDonald over the left field berm, one-hopping the hedges and bouncing...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Four Horsemen of the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't make too many changes to their roster, other than primarily adding depth to their pitching staff and a pair of new Cuban prospects. Their goal remains the same, though, as they continue to pursue their first World Series title since 1988. When it comes down to it, it's a matter of remaining healthy and getting top performances from key guys. Just who...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Key Questions for the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the 2014 as heavy favorites to do it all: take the National League West, the National League pennant, and perhaps take a World Series title home to Hollywood by the time it's all said and done. On paper, they may have the pieces to do it. They've spent the last couple of years throwing money every which way in order to ensure that was the case. With...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Biggest Weakness for the Los Angeles Dodgers

When you have more money to spend than you know what to do with, it's easy for you to throw as much money as possible in every direction in order to ensure that your weaknesses are minimal. Such is the case with the Los Angeles Dodgers. A star-studded roster with arguably the best starting lineup and potentially the best starting rotation in the game, it's difficult to point out...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the 2014 season with their expectations as high as they've been in the last 25 years. Their payroll is sky high and they have plenty of notable names both on the bump and in the field. Nonetheless, while this team is absolutely loaded for a legitimate World Series run in the upcoming year, there are still questions facing this team. How they are...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Dodgers Day

Today, we'll be hitting the halfway mark in our season preview series, turning our focus to the 2013 NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers had a terrible first half in 2013 that nearly cost manager Don Mattingly his job, but they turned on the jets in the second half and handily won the NL West. Los Angeles didn't make much of a splash in the free agent market this winter...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Four Horsemen of the Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks had two of the National League’s biggest breakout players last season, but also had problems when it came to power in the middle of the order and locking down late leads. It stands to reason, then, that the four horsemen for Arizona in 2014 are those two breakout stars and the two guys they brought in to fix last year’s problems. Paul Goldschmidt No matter...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Key Questions for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Lately, there seems to be one big question when it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks -- what, exactly, is Kevin Towers thinking? There doesn’t seem to be much of a long-term plan, and he’s made some trades that seemed to produce underwhelming returns. To be fair, the assets he’s been killed in the blogosphere for giving up -- like Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer -- haven’t...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks' shortstop Didi Gregorius talks defense, hard work heading into 2014

Didi Gregorius played solid and often spectacular defense for the Diamondbacks and hit .252/.332/.373, but finds himself locked in a position battle for shortstop in Phoenix heading into the 2014 season. Defense is a priority for the 24-year old from the small Caribbean island of Curaçao, also home to Braves standout defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. We caught up with the easygoing...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Two Biggest Weaknesses of the Arizona Diamondbacks

When you’re a good-but-not-great team, there aren’t a whole lot of weaknesses. As an entirely average club lately, the Diamondbacks don’t have many (if any) problem positions. They have solid players across the diamond, a rising star in Paul Goldschmidt and have the depth to cover a few injuries. There isn’t a lot to be worried about here. Of course, there isn’t a lot...
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February 27, 2014  |  1 Comment

The best of the worst from MLB Picture Day

One of the best traditions of spring training is team photo day. Why? Because so many MLB players are so very bad at posing for photos. Allow us to share with you some of the best, and by "best" we clearly mean "worst," from this year's stock of photos. Shelley Duncan seems very distressed to learn that he is, in fact, Shelley Duncan. Bryan LaHair wants you to think he...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

For a second straight offseason, Kevin Towers stayed busy, swinging a pair of trades involving the Chicago White Sox and adding some power to a lineup that hit the fourth-fewest home runs in the National League after trading Justin Upton. The fire-and-grit Diamondbacks are coming off back-to-back .500 seasons after winning the division in 2011, and despite the recent mediocrity,...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Survivor: Cagayan episode 1 recap - David Samson arrives

Here at TOC, we're going to be covering this season of Survivor. Why? Because one of the contestants is Miami Marlins president David Samson. Today, we'll be recapping the season premiere. In Survivor: Cagayan, there are three teams competing - brawn, brains, and beauty. David Samson of the Miami Marlins is a member of the brains tribe. Samson and his tribe came to the island...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Diamondbacks Day

Welcome to Diamondbacks Day here at TOC, where we embrace mediocrity. Arizona is coming off of two straight 81-81 seasons, and while I try to keep personal biases out of my writing, I'd love to see them have the same record once again this year. Yesterday was Giants Day on TOC, and here's your recap. -Season preview -Two biggest weaknesses -Three key questions -Four horsemen...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Reddick makes incredible homer-robbing catch

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has made his share of great catches in the past, but in Wednesday's game against the Giants, he may have outdone himself. Michael Morse hit a fly ball to deep right field, and Reddick proceeded to scale the wall, hang on, reach far over the fence, and rob Morse of a home run. This catch was even better than his "Spiderman" catch in Toronto...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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