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Thinking of ways to shorten ballgames is opening up the crazy jar

Do baseball games need to be shorter? I’m presuming most everyone would like to see MLB contests clock in at less than three hours. It feels like something of a relief any time that happens. Yet some would like to see shorter ballgames become a far more regular occurrence and are willing to consider drastic changes to the sport in order to reduce the time commitment for players...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas is curious as to whether or not the balls are juiced this year

Lets make sure this is Real!!! The Baseballs don't fly like this in April!! Trust Me the Balls are Doctored!! Enough Said!! — Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) April 9, 2014
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – sweet, beautiful revenge

During today’s Phillies home opener, the Philadelphia faithful let Ryan Braun of the Brewers have it. Like, they let Braun *have it* – the boos were deafening. But there’s really no better way to silence a loud, angry crowd than to perform well at the dish, and that’s exactly what the 2011 NL MVP did. In the Brewers’ 10-4 win over the Phillies, Braun went 3/5 with a trio...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joey Votto does interview dressed as a mountie

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was on Intentional Talk today before the Reds-Cardinals game, and he did his interview with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose dressed like a Mountie, hitting every Canadian stereotype you can imagine. This is pretty amazing.
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The San Francisco Batkid threw out the first pitch at the Giants home opener

Here to throw out today's #SFGOpeningDay first pitch it's Miles Scott #sfbatkid https://t.co/B46Pk7ImRj — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 8, 2014
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 7th edition)

Walk off hits are awesome. When your team collects a walk off winner, you get dragged from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in pretty quick fashion. Imagine a game looking hopeless, and all of a sudden, you string together a rally and win in quick fashion. Maybe your bullpen blows a lead, only to be bailed out by the offense. Sometimes, neither team will really take much...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers have a mascot, but don’t call it a mascot

In their recent homestand, the Dodgers released into the wild an asexual costumed Dodger character to interact with fans. Behold the horror: Most right-minded people would consider this abomination to be a mascot. But don’t you DARE call it a mascot. The Dodgers simply won’t have it. Via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times: “It’s not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers pitcher being investigated for alleged sexual assault

Although no formal charges have been filed at the time of this post, Detroit Tigers reliever Evan Reed is under investigation by the Detroit Police Department for accusations made by a woman that she was sexually assaulted by Reed in a Motor City Casino hotel room during the early-morning hours of Opening Day. DPD sources told The Detroit News the woman met Reed, 28, at a bar in...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Slow down the Marlins hype machine

The Marlins are the hottest team in baseball! It is the feelgood story of the early season, assuming you can be willfully ignorant of the prominent involvement of Jeffrey Loria and his acolyte David Samson. They are a team brimming with young talent and look as if they might be ready to have that talent come together to be competitive years ahead of schedule. Or maybe not. As fun...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman has an arthritic shoulder

Shoulder issues have plagued Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for the last couple years, and it appears they’ve returned. Zimmerman left Washington’s game Saturday with shoulder soreness, and was out of the starting lineup on Sunday after undergoing an MRI. The results of the test showed no structural damage, meaning Zimmerman will likely avoid a disabled list stint for...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis Knee injury exposes Dodgers’ lack of catching depth

Bench depth looked to be an issue for the Dodgers going into this season. Among the positions that could be seriously affected by injury was catcher. The team didn’t sign a viable backup for A.J. Ellis during the winter, creating a potential vulnerability. That’s now been exposed as Ellis will be sidelined for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery for a torn...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s how the West Michigan Whitecaps rebuilt Fifth Third Ballpark

Back in January, Fifth Third Ballpark (home of the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League) caught on fire. It was a terrifying situation, and the community in Comstock, Michigan was devastated after the incident. Immediately after the fire, Whitecaps management vowed that they would play in 2014, and that their resolve would not break. On Tuesday night, baseball returns to...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees’ David Robertson sidelined with groin strain

Shawn Kelley, you’re up. With David Robertson going to the disabled list with a groin strain, the Yankees need a new closer for at least the next two weeks. This is a problem the Yanks didn’t have to worry about for the past 19 years with Mariano Rivera anchoring their bullpen. (The 2012 season being an obvious exception, as Rivera appeared in only nine games after tearing his...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The A’s AAA team destroyed the Mets AAA team on Twitter

The DH for Vegas today is Bobby Abreu. Their starter is Daisuke Matsuzaka. Apparently Omar Vizquel is unavailable. — River Cats (@RiverCats) April 8, 2014
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – an uninspiring day

This was the first day of the 2014 season that really ended up being, for lack of a better word, crappy. Of the nine games on the schedule, two were rainouts and three were decided by five or more runs. So, we had four close-ish games, and two of those only became close because of ninth inning rallies. Well, every day can’t be a winner. Here’s to a full slate of games today....
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Omar Infante hit in face by Heath Bell pitch

In the seventh inning of Kansas City’s 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium, Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from Rays reliever Heath Bell. Infante immediately went down in a heap before popping up and getting helped off the field by Royals trainers with a towel covering his face. There’s no immediate word on Infante’s...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

On Second Thought: Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers

The Dodgers entered the season as prohibitive favorites to win the National League West, what with their quarter-of-a-billion dollars payroll, ginormous TV deal, the best pitcher on God’s Green Earth and all that high-priced talent that may or may not be overrated. (Jury’s still out.) But on Friday, before the Dodgers home opener against the hated San Francisco Giants, Puig showed...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in MLB replay reviews

Instant replay is taking a hold of MLB this season, and there is some controversy on both sides about the new regulations. Some feel that baseball is losing its purity with the institution of replay reviews, while others feel that the changes came nowhere near soon enough. Here at TOC, we fall into the latter camp, and each week this season, we’re going to bring you some of the...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Yu’s back

Yu Darvish made his highly-anticipated season debut on Sunday for the Rangers, and the Cy Young contender looked pretty similar to his old self in Texas’ 3-0 win over the Rays. His fastball sat at 93 and topped out at 96 – just like it usually does. He generated seven whiffs on just 89 pitches. In seven innings, Darvish allowed seven hits, walked only one hitter, and punched...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will have Tommy John surgery

Jameson Taillon has been diagnosed w/an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow & has elected to have Tommy John Surgery — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 6, 2014
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the struggling Diamondbacks

It’s obviously still early in the 2014 season. After all, we haven’t even finished one full weekend of play. But if you’re a Diamondbacks fan, you’re probably just a little concerned about your team. The club is 1-7 through eight games, and their one win was a one run victory over the Giants. In their eight games, the team has allowed seven or more runs five times, which...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Charlie Blackmon’s six hit day was helped by Mark Trumbo

In the latest edition of The Misadventures of Mark Trumbo, Mark helps Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon collect his fourth hit of the day after this embarrassing sliding attempt on a sinking liner. The hit would end up being a double for Blackmon. It’s OK, though – Trumbo’s solo homer in the fifth was one of the lone highlights for the Diamondbacks in this 12-2 thumping by...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Tanaka lands

Masahiro Tanaka made his MLB debut on Friday night, and despite some early struggles, the results were impressive. Tanaka allowed three runs before even getting the fifth out of the game against the Blue Jays, but after Jonathan Diaz’s two-run single, Tanaka allowed just two more baserunners over the rest of his seven inning outing – and one was erased on a double play. He finished...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners-Athletics game postponed because the infield was a mess

This is quite an embarrassing situation for the Oakland Athletics. Despite clear skies, Friday night’s game with the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum was postponed because the infield wasn’t covered with a tarp overnight during heavy rains, and it wasn’t in playable condition. Seriously. O.co Coliseum infield wasn't covered with tarp overnight during heavy rain, leading to...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan catches foul ball in bucket of popcorn

Here’s the most ridiculous thing you’ll see on this Friday night. A fan at the Cardinals-Pirates game caught a foul pop-up….in his bucket of popcorn. We’ve seen gloves, beer cups, hats, fishing nets…but a popcorn bucket? I don’t think so.
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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