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Is Troy Tulowitzki still Colorado’s franchise player?

When you read the headline of this post, you’re probably thinking “oh great, another silly hot take. OF COURSE Tulo is a franchise player!” And while I agree that Troy Tulowitzki is a fantastic player when he’s on the field, I don’t think he’s a guy that you can build your franchise around, like the Rockies have for the last seven seasons. Take this tweet from ESPN...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – what the hell, Padres?

One of the most baffling things we’ve seen in the second half of the 2014 season is the San Diego Padres, who looked like a truly wretched team over the season’s first three months, playing competent baseball and actually making some rumbles in the National League playoff picture. Obviously, the Padres won’t be putting themselves into contention, but they can play spoiler down...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Arencibia becomes 3rd Rangers position player to pitch

J.P. Arencibia became the third (!!!!!) position player to take the hill for the Texas Rangers this year, following in the footsteps of Mitch Moreland fellow backstop Chris Gimenez. And boy, it was bizarre. . It’s worth noting that Gimenez was designated for assignment by the Rangers and assigned to AAA, while Moreland is on the 60-day DL following ankle surgery. That’s not...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pigeons hold up Pirates-Tigers game in first inning

Hey, is it all right with you guys if we just hang out around home plate while you’re playing baseball? Oh, wait — that’s Miguel Cabrera! Let’s just stay here and watch him. We’re not in the way, are we? Cool? Cool.  We’re not positive these were the exact thoughts of the two pigeons that crashed Wednesday’s game between the Pirates and Tigers in the first inning....
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Assessing the top six candidates for NL MVP

The competition for the National League Most Valuable Player award appeared likely to be a close race for the rest of the season. But then Andrew McCutchen was drilled by a pitch, suffered a broken rib and was put on the disabled list. Putting the perceived favorite on the sidelines has blown the NL MVP race open. With McCutchen possibly out of consideration now, have new favorites...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

A brief history of notable August baseball trades

Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline gets all of the attention, but August trades can be just as interesting. Plus they’re more challenging to pull off, since players have to pass through waivers in order for a trade to be made. One might even make the case that August trades have more impact on the pennant race, since more teams have a better idea of whether or not they have...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending August 12th

We’ve got another week of great defense in the books, and some of these guys really shined and thrived this week as the pennant races began to heat up. August 6th, Dodgers vs Angels – Kole Calhoun flashes leather. How’s this for a catch? Calhoun was nearly parallel to the ground when he made this grab. August 8th, Cardinals vs Orioles – staying with it. This is why you...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Braves are falling apart

Earlier this season, I wrote a post asking whether the Atlanta Braves were even a good team this year. As we roll along here in the middle of August, I think the answer is a resounding “noooooooooooope”. The Braves lost to the Dodgers for the fifth time this season on Tuesday night, falling to just a game above .500 and a whopping five games behind the Nationals in the NL East...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Royals are in first place! Can they stay there?

The backflip pretty much said it all. After catching the final out in Monday’s 3-2 win over the A’s, Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson channeled his inner Ozzie Smith and did a backflip to celebrate. Never mind that manager Ned Yost and GM Dayton Moore may have freaked out when they saw Dyson flip backward, fearing potential injury. Maybe they focused instead on the joy in Dyson’s...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrod Dyson celebrates first place Royals with backflip

The Kansas City Royals moved into first place in the AL Central after beating the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. After catching the final out, he celebrated with a backflip. If this was the Royals franchise of a decade ago, Dyson probably would have broken his ankle.
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – more Orioles magic

I feel like I’m talking a lot about the Baltimore Orioles lately, but they deserve it. The team is 16-8 in the second half, beating the pants off of a schedule that has been one of the toughest in baseball since the All-Star Break. They haven’t played one game against a team under .500 so far, and may not until next week against the White Sox (depending on whether or not the...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Machado hurt his other knee in Baltimore

Awful news for the Baltimore Orioles – former All-Star third baseman Manny Machado left Monday night’s game with the New York Yankees with *another* knee injury, this one to his right knee. Thankfully, the injury doesn’t appear as serious this time – initial word is that its a sprained knee. Machado has right knee sprain — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) August 12, 2014 If that’s...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Orioles had a laughably bad defensive sequence on Monday

Like, I don’t even know what to say about this. The Baltimore Orioles are one of the better defensive teams in the majors, and this entire sequence was just a mess. I think I’m just going to copy and paste the play description from ESPN’s summary. C Beltran stole home, C Headley stole second. C Headley safe at third on throwing error by third baseman M Machado. C Headley scored...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fan prevents Mark Reynolds homer from leaving Wrigley

This fan at Wrigley Field saved a homer! Well…kind of. He made a spectacular catch, but didn’t prevent the run from going on the board. Yeah, the fan caught the home run ball…but it was already gone. He just prevented the ball from leaving Wrigley Field and heading onto Waveland Avenue. Of course, he also swapped out the home run ball with a different ball before throwing...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick had a pathetic throw in the first inning

Josh Reddick is one of the better defensive outfielders in the American League. However, he did *not* show that when trying to throw the ball back into the infield in the first inning on Monday against the Royals. Well, at least a run didn’t immediately score. It could have been worse for Reddick and the A’s – the ball could have gone backwards or sideways and cleared the bases.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton obliterated yet another baseball

This is never going to stop getting old. Look where this Shelby Miller pitch ended up. There’s no immediate word on the distance. Needless to say, I think this is going to end up on THE LIST we put together every Friday of the longest homers of the week, and will probably end up in our top five for the year to date as well.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes’ first homer with Boston doomed the Angels

Yoenis Cespedes may be out of the AL West, but he’s still dooming the Angels. The former Oakland Athletic hit his first homer with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a three-run blast that gave Boston a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This homer was the sixth that Cespedes has hit in his three major league seasons at Angel Stadium, the most of any road park he’s played...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 10th

Whew. There was no shortage of excitement this week. There were a couple of marathon games that ended dramatically, and a few wild comebacks as well. And hey, even though some of these teams have a bleak future over the rest of the year, they’re not going down without a fight. August 4th, Rays vs Athletics Derek Norris didn’t need to hit the ball 400 feet to beat the Rays here...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners fan catches foul ball, doesn’t lose a fry

Check out this fan catch from Sunday’s White Sox-Mariners game. The catch by this fan on this sinking liner hit by Dayan Viciedo was fine – nothing really outstanding, especially given that the fan was a grown man wearing a glove. But for him to make that catch while holding a tray full of fries, and not lose even one fry? I’ll give that a golf clap.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – no longer Giants

The San Francisco Giants are a very streaky team – and right now, they’re not streaking in the right direction. In the second half, the team is 10-13. In their last 17 games, the club is 5-12. In August, they’re 4-6. And over the past week, they went just 2-5, which includes a 1-5 stretch on the road in Milwaukee and Kansas City. San Francisco has fallen to 4.5 back of a Dodgers...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw turns squeeze bunt into ridiculous double play

This is just gross. With the Brewers trailing the Dodgers 2-1 in the fifth inning at Miller Park, Jean Segura laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, with Rickie Weeks coming in hard from third. Segura popped the bunt up, and Clayton Kershaw somehow made an incredible leaping catch. Weeks was already just steps away from home plate, leading to Kershaw easily flipping the ball to Juan Uribe...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Racing hot dog falls multiple times in Kansas City

Well, this is unfortunate. During today’s Giants-Royals game, the competitor in the mustard suit fell flat in his face multiple times during the hot dog race between innings at Kauffman Stadium. This poor guy just couldn’t keep from tripping over his pants, time and time again. How embarrassing. It gives you a whole new respect for the racing mascots across the league now, doesn’t it?
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jay Bruce robs Giancarlo Stanton of home run

After hitting his 29th home run of the season in the first inning against Johnny Cueto, Giancarlo Stanton looked to get his 30th in the eighth inning. However, Jay Bruce had something to say about that, scaling the right field wall to rob Stanton. Sorry Giancarlo – if you want your 30th homer, it’s not going to come in Cincinnati.
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper upsets Braves fans by dragging foot through logo

What was a more ridiculous controversy involving Bryce Harper this week? Was it the question of whether or not the 21-year-old should be sent to the minors when he was hitting .249 with an OPS under .700? Harper quickly scotched that question by hitting a walkoff home run in the Nationals’ 5-3 win over the Mets on Thursday. Or was it the supposed indignity of Harper dragging his...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – an evening of questionable decisions

I’m not going to break down the *specific* bad decisions that took place last night, if only because I don’t want to completely turn this column into a mess of analysis. But we had one game on the east coast start at a time that would be considered late for a west coast game, and then go into 11 innings. We had a west coast game go ten innings after already being delayed for...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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