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This is my nightmare: Arizona Diamondbacks

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. It is one thing for a team to fall short of expectations, but it is quite another to fall short of expectations...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Arizona Diamondbacks

Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Diamondbacks... Can the Diamondbacks' new-look outfield effectively replace Chris Young & Justin Upton? This is going to be something to keep an eye on for this Diamondbacks team throughout the entire 2013 campaign. They lost some star power, and quite a bit of power, when they sent Chris Young off to the Oakland...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Arizona Diamondbacks

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. The Diamondbacks completely retooled their roster going into the 2013 season, and it ended in exactly the way that GM Kevin Towers imagined: with him and manager Kirk Gibson hoisting...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

After a fantastic season in 2011, the 2012 campaign proved to be quite the letdown for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They were middle-of-the-road as far as their offense goes, in nearly every statistical category. Same goes for their pitching, where they hovered around the middle of the league in every category there as well. Which is a pretty good indicator of why they finished right...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Diamondbacks day!

And then there were three. Today's preview series features the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the NL West in 2011, finished .500 in 2012, and moved some pieces going into 2013. It's a completely different team for the Diamondbacks this year, who are going all-in with a roster molded in the image of their manager, Kirk Gibson. Yesterday was Padres day on TOC, and here&...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominican Republic shuts out Puerto Rico 3-0 to claim 2013 WBC crown

It's been apparent since the earliest days of the 2013 WBC that the team from the Dominican Republic was the best team in the tournament, and now they have a trophy to prove it. With a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday night, the Dominican Republic officially claimed their first WBC title and in fact, became just the second country to win the young tournament after Japan took...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss
DROPPING A BELT SIZE

Prince Fielder shaping up via MMA training

Former UFC and Pancrase champion Bas Rutten posted this photo on his Facebook page today, featuring Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder in a gi wearing his white belt with two stripes. Pictured alongside Rutten and Fielder is Jon Burke, the trainer at VI Levels Fitness where Fielder has been training this offseason. Among Burke's clients at VI Levels are Shaquille O&...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss
THAT'S DIFFERENT

Ump calls balls and strikes from near mound

During Tuesday's Angels-Brewers game, home plate umpire Seth Buckminster got hit in the hand with a pitch from Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta. The injury was apparently severe enough to force Buckminster to leave the game, and since there are typically only three umpires at Spring Training games, that turned into quite the issue. Third base umpire Tim McClelland then took up...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 X-Factor: San Diego Padres

The 2013 Padres are pretty definitively Chase Headley's team. He's the star, the face of the franchise, and the best player on the team. I'd say that Yasmani Grandal and Cameron Maybin are the next most important members of the squad. But there's a player on this Padres team that really isn't getting much attention, and I think he can have a huge impact on the...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals are holding the most bizarre Hall of Fame vote ever

The whole process surrounding MLB teams and how they construct their team-specific Hall of Fame tends to be pretty arcane and arbitrary, but the Kansas City Royals look to have taken that to a whole new level with their voting process for their 2013 class. Today, they posted the Royals Hall of Fame ballot online so fans could vote on it via Twitter. As you might expect, things have...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: San Diego Padres

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. The Padres might actually be screwed over early on in the 2013 season. With Chase Headley likely missing two to...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins threaten to sue season-ticket holders

The neverending saga of Miami Marlins management attempting to alienate their fanbase continues. According to a report from the Miami New Times,  the Marlins are threatening to sue a pair of season ticket holders for requesting that their seats be moved after the Marlins installed a billboard that obstructed their view. Jan and Bill Leon have been Marlins season ticket holders...
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March 19, 2013  |  1 Comment

2013 burning question: San Diego Padres

Continuing from our season preview of the Padres earlier today... Can the Padres keep their heads above water without Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal to start the year? Not having Headley and Grandal to start the year is huge for the Padres. Headley will likely end up missing most of April after breaking his thumb, while Grandal won't be back with the team until the...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: San Diego Padres

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. The cool thing about streaks is that they'll eventually end. In their 45th season of existence, the San Diego Padres ended their streak of season without a World Series championship...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres looked like they'd be a dumpster fire over the course of the 2012 season in the first half of the year. They just didn't look like a good team at all. Then, something happened: the Padres improved tremendously in the second half, and finished with a respectable (if not overly great) 76-86 record thanks to finshing nine games over .500 in the second half...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominican Republic ends Netherlands' Cinderella run to set up all Latin America WBC final

When the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands faced off on Monday night in the second WBC semifinal, the game pitted the tournament's best team in the Dominicans against the tournament's best story in the upstart Dutch. As it turned out, the undefeated Dominican buzzsaw was too much for the Cinderella Netherlands team. The DR rode another dominating pitching performance...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Darin Ruf knocks a flyball over the fence

In Monday's 17-10 Braves win over the Phillies, Atlanta bashed four homers against Phillies pitching (while Philadelphia also added one of their own), but one of those homers came with a little help from Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf. In the bottom of the second inning, Freddie Freeman hit a fly ball to deep left field. Ruf, a converted first baseman, tracked the ball to...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Padres day!

And our preview series moves along to the next team in the NL West, the San Diego Padres. The Padres started 2012 very slowly before turning on the jets in the second half behind Chase Headley, but the team still doesn't have much starting pitching, and will be without Headley for the first month of this year. Welp... Yesterday was Rockies day on TOC. Here's the painful...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss
READ THE FINE PRINT

Barry Zito scammed out of $3M?

Barry Zito may have a $126 million contract but he reportedly lost $3 million of that sum by investing in a disreputable health and fitness company. 

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March 18, 2013  |  12 Comments

2013 X-Factor: Colorado Rockies

Here's the 2013 Colorado Rockies in a nutshell: Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Fowler, Rosario, the decaying corpse of Todd Helton, and a random sample of pitchers that may or may not struggle in 2013 and beyond. It's a pretty solid core of players, but there are still plenty of question marks on the team. My x-factor for the Colorado Rockies in 2013 in Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: Colorado Rockies

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. A nightmare season for the Rockies is something that seems incredibly easy to imagine. After all, a lot of the...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Colorado Rockies

Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Colorado Rockies... Do the Rockies have an actual plan? For most teams, our Burning Question series has focused on the performance of a certain player or a key position battle. But for the Rockies, there is a much larger question at hand. Does this organization actually have a plan for turning things around? That...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Colorado Rockies

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. The unimaginable has become imaginable, and the Colorado Rockies are the champions of baseball. Colorado reached the top of the mountain thanks to a pair of otherworldly performances...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Season Preview: Colorado Rockies

After a season ravaged by injuries and one of the worst pitching staffs in recent memory, not to mention an experimentation with a four-man rotation, can the Rockies do anything to turn around their fortunes in 2013? Rockies on TOC End of Season Postmortem Hope for the Hopeless 2013 Season Preview You May Say I'm a Dreamer (12:00 PM) 2013 Burning Question (1:30...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Puerto Rico stuns Japan to advance to WBC final

For the first time in seven years and three iterations, the World Baseball Classic is going to have a new champion. Puerto Rico upset defending champion Japan 3-1 last night just two days after upsetting the United States, and as a result, their Cinderella run is going to take them all the way into the tournament's final game on Tuesday.    It's hard to imagine...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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