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Dugout Digest – one and done

Opening Day is in the books, and it was one hell of a day for most of the league – lots of dramatic games and exciting moments to kick off the 2014 season. Game of the Night: Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8. I think this game could best be described as “frantic”. Madison Bumgarner was out after four innings. Yusmeiro Petit got shelled in relief of him. And yet, the Diamondbacks couldn’t...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Don Baylor injures ankle catching first pitch

Before Monday night’s Mariners-Angels game, former Angels great Vladimir Guerrero threw out the first pitch to new Angels hitting coach (and another former Angels great) Don Baylor. After catching the pitch, Baylor seemingly injured his ankle and needed to be helped off the field. What an odd incident, and hopefully Baylor just sprained his ankle and will be back in the dugout...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Gonzalez gets two big hits for Tigers, including 2014′s first walkoff

Keeping in mind that we shouldn’t overreact to anything that occurs on Opening Day, Tigers fans rode quite the emotional roller coaster on Monday in regards to new shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Trading for the 37-year-old infielder was a head-scratching move for Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski. Yes, the team needed a shortstop following the likely season-ending stress fractures...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper takes knee to head, stays in game

A bit of a scary moment took place in the second inning of Monday’s Nationals-Mets game at Citi Field. Bryce Harper slid into second base to break up a double play, and ended up taking Eric Young Jr.’s knee to his head. Harper stayed down on the infield for a minute or two before walking off under his own power. Harper would stay in the game, but my first thought was about Justin...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino starts the year on the DL

Jackie Bradley Jr. lost his spring training competition with Grady Sizemore for Boston’s centerfielder job, but it turns out he’ll still find himself on the Opening Day roster. Bradley takes the place of Shane Victorino, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list just before today’s opener against Baltimore. Victorino, who played in just 122 games for the Red Sox last season...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig wanted his teammates’ help to improve his game

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on the reported clubhouse meeting between Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers… “He called it,” Colletti said on SiriusXM. “He wanted to know how he can get better and some of our veteran guys stood up and told him. And they told him how much they love him and how much they want him on the team and like having him here. But here are a couple of things … that...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Opening Day 2014

Well folks, we’ve finally made it. We’ve survived a long, harsh winter, and reached Opening Day. On Sunday night, ESPN kicked off the season in San Diego, and that’s where we’re going to start. Game of the Night: Padres 3, Dodgers 1. Despite only having a 1-0 lead, the Dodgers looked firmly in control of this game. After stranding five men in the first two innings, the Padres...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw on disabled list for first time in career

Putting their ace and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner on the disabled list can’t be how the Dodgers imagined starting the 2014 season. The team placed Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day DL Saturday after he felt discomfort in his upper back while throwing. (He was playing catch, not throwing off a mound.) The left-hander had already been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday and...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland’s O.co Coliseum is flooded again

It's happening already; with the rain today, there are overflowing toilets and flooding in coaches' room. #Athletics — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 29, 2014 Back in Oakland? Sewage problems in clubhouse!! Yep. We are BACK BABAY! — Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) March 29, 2014
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland’s O.co Coliseum is flooding again

It doesn’t look like Saturday’s game between the Athletics and Giants at O.co Coliseum is going to be played. It's happening already; with the rain today, there are overflowing toilets and flooding in coaches' room. #Athletics — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 29, 2014 As you might expect, A’s players are thrilled to hear the pipes are backing up at their home ballpark...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Freak out during an earthquake? Not Vin Scully

Los Angeles experienced a 5.1 earthquake during the sixth inning of Friday night’s Dodgers-Angels game. While the ballpark was shaken, Vin Scully was not. As you might expect, the veteran Dodgers announcer kept his cool, explaining to viewers as the center field camera shook that there was “a little tremor in the ballpark.” Compare that to the slightly more excited reaction...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum takes line drive off left knee

With just three days before opening day, it looked as if the Giants might have lost one of their top starting pitchers. Facing the A’s Friday night, Tim Lincecum took a line drive by Daric Barton off his left knee in the fourth inning and had to be helped off the field. Lincecum said he didn’t believe he was seriously hurt at the time because Barton’s liner hit him on a fleshy...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the final weekend

So close you can taste it… The season starts in two short days, and we’re just a little excited. Yesterday, we finished up our look at the 2014 season by revealing our season predictions and examining five teams that want a do-over on Spring Training, Also, we brought you Terry Francona being awesome, Giancarlo Stanton killing a junkyard, and the creepiest mascots ever. In...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels sign Mike Trout to six-year, $144.5 million extension

‘Tis the season to sign superstars to massive contract extensions, apparently. Yesterday it was Miguel Cabrera. Today, it is Mike Trout’s turn. Confirmed #Angels are close to a 6-year deal with Mike Trout for about $140M. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 29, 2014 The exact figure is actually $144.5 million. The deal starts in 2015, so it buys out his arbitration years...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB, MLBPA announce new PED penalties

A lot of people weren’t happy when Jhonny Peralta was allowed to return from his 50-game Biogenesis suspension to play in the postseason. Peralta served his time, then proceeded to hit .333/.353/.545 in the postseason and cash in on the free agent market with a four-year contract. Under new penalties announced by MLB and the MLBPA today, that will no longer be possible. Call it...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

TOC 2014 staff predictions

Opening Day is upon us, and what better way to get hyped for the season by looking at largely meaningless predictions by our staff? Last year’s predictions were pretty terrible – none of us had the World Champion Red Sox even making the Postseason. We all had the Nationals and Angels making the playoffs, and five of us were high on the Blue Jays. You all know how that turned...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Arkansas Travelers reveal terrifying new mascots

Did you see Otey the @ARTravs new mascot make his TV debut? What do you think? #ARNews pic.twitter.com/NWuy8qwAlX — KARK 4 (@KARK4News) March 28, 2014
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice in a junkyard

This spring, MLB and MTV are partnering on a new show called Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave. The show debuts this Tuesday, and on the premiere episode, host Melanie Iglesias took Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton to a junkyard for some batting practice. The aftermath is pretty violent, but in all honesty, I expected a lot more carnage.
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Francona told Blake Wood he made the Indians on the mound

This was a cool moment and classic Tito. He tells Blake Wood that he made club as he takes him out a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/XKHVLA875F — Mark Shapiro (@MarkShapiro) March 28, 2014
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

5 teams that would love a spring training do-over

As baseball fans, we’re all excited to get spring training out of the way and start the regular season. Of course, the preseason provides the opportunity for necessary preparation, while also building anticipation and excitement. But for a handful of MLB teams, the spring brought disappointment, possibly landing some significant blows to postseason and championship expectations...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – and then there were three

Three days left until Opening Day…all that stands between us and the regular season is one short weekend, and we’ll be good to go for 2014. Today, we’re going to finish up our season previews with staff predictions and some other clean-up. Yesterday, we touched on some important topics heading into the season – bold predictions from our staff, absurd new food items at ballparks...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hanley Ramirez destroys second homer of night

This shot by Hanley Ramirez is a *bomb*. It was his second solo homer of the night off of Angels starter Hector Santiago, and this puppy went three-quarters of the way up the left center field seats at Dodger Stadium. By the way, Hanley’s first homer of the night went to right center. If he stays healthy, he’s going to be an MVP candidate for the Dodgers this season.
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers agree to massive extension with Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera is coming off of two consecutive AL MVPs and is still two years away from hitting free agency, but the Detroit Tigers decided they didn’t want to take any chances and have reportedly signed him to a contract extension that will earn him just under $300 million over the next ten season. Before you go and get all excited about Cabrera becoming the first $300 million...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

TOC’s bold predictions for 2014

With the season on the horizon, the TOC staff decided to go out on a limb and make some bold predictions about 2014. Here’s what we’ve come up with. Scott Allen: 1. Pablo Sandoval finishes Top 3 in NL MVP voting. 2. Mark Trumbo has most HR’s in MLB. 3. Mike Trout posts the first 11 WAR season in a decade.    Ian Casselberry: The Cubs will trade Starlin Castro in July. Pat...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: New fatty foods offered by MLB teams this season

It’s that time of year, where MLB teams reveal their gluttonous new menu items for the 2014 season. ESPN’s Darren Rovell was on the ball, as always, with many of the new additions. Some of these look pretty good, while others look absolutely vile. New at Pirates games this year: Tatchos (Tater Tots w/chili, spicy nacho cheese & scallions) pic.twitter.com/lmn81cSuE4 — darren...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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