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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

Hank the Ballpark Pup ran in the Brewers' Sausage Race

If you're not familiar with the Brewers' unofficial mascot Hank, here's a quick primer - Hank is a stray dog that the Brewers found wandering around their Spring Training complex. After a checkup with a veterinarian, who revealed that Hank may have been hit by a car, the Brewers have been taking care of Hank and have welcomed him to their family.  On Wednesday, Hank made his...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the San Francisco Giants

The Giants are a star-heavy team. They have both a former MVP and a former Cy Young winner in their midst, along with three other starters that received Cy Young votes and thee other hitters that have received MVP votes. Needless to say, there are plenty of options when choosing the four horsemen of the San Francisco Giants. Matt Cain Cain has been the workhorse of this Giants...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the San Francisco GIants

There weren't many questions about the Giants in 2013, and the team fell apart. There were a lot of questions about the Giants in 2012, and they won the World Series. So clearly, questions don't tell us much of anything about potential struggles. Naturally, there are a few questions about the Giants going into 2014, but I'm not sure how significant any of them will be. Will...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Bautista delivers first mammoth homer of spring training

It's officially baseball season, because Jose Bautista is hitting monstrous home runs. In the first inning of Toronto's Spring Training game with the Phillies on Wednesday, Bautista crushed this Roberto Hernandez pitch to deep left center field, knocking it over three fences and completely out of Bright House Field. It's all downhill from here, I guess. [follow]
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the San Francisco Giants

Saying that the Giants "fell off" in 2013 is misleading. The Giants didn't just fall off, they cratered. Sure, the club finished in third place in the NL West, but they were just two games ahead of the last place Rockies. Really, the most positive thing to say about the 2010 and 2012 World Champions is that they finished 2013 with a winning record against every NL West club. Against...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 season preview: San Francisco Giants

Everything went right for the Giants in 2012, and not much went right for them in 2013. Actually, let me rephrase that - not much went right for them on the mound in 2013. The only starters to have an ERA under 4.00 were Madison Bumgarner and Chad Gaudin, who made more appearances out of the bullpen than in the rotation. The Giants trotted out  nine pitchers last year  that provided...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Giants Day

Day 13 of previews takes us back to the Bay Area for our Spring Training look at the San Francisco Giants. 2013 was the Giants' worst year since 2008, the first season of the post-Bonds era, and the Giants didn't do a lot to reshape their roster this winter. That could be a problem. Yesterday was Padres Day on TOC, and here's your recap. -Season preview -Two biggest weaknesses...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the San Diego Padres

When selecting the Padres' four horsemen, is it more important to look toward the future than the present? Players like Chase Headley and Josh Johnson will certainly play major roles in how successful or disappointing San Diego is this season. But looking at potential building blocks for this franchise and taking a longer view seems more reasonable when discussing the Padres. Here...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the San Diego Padres

The Padres have enough injury risks on their roster that every key question concerning the team could revolve around staying healthy. Getting 30 starts from Josh Johnson and 130 games from Carlos Quentin would make a tremendous difference for San Diego. But slogging through a full season without suffering any significant injuries is an issue for every MLB team.  There are other...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the San Diego Padres

The Padres' infield could be one of the team's strengths this season. So leading a post about San Diego's two biggest weaknesses with an image of third baseman Chase Headley might seem curious. He's two years removed from hitting 31 home runs with 113 RBI and an .875 OPS. Yet his drastic drop in production last season, along with recent injuries, make Headley a bit of a question...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the offseason of every MLB team

For all intents and purposes, the 2013 MLB offseason is over. Sure, there are still three marquee free agents on the market, but Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales, or Ervin Santana probably won't change much in the way of grades. At the beginning of the month, I looked at the winners and losers of this winter, and there have actually been some changes since then - most notably, the Baltimore...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: San Diego Padres

The NL West was terrible last season. How bad was it? In mid-June, the Padres were one game out of first place. But San Diego eventually finished 16 games behind the Dodgers, only two ahead of the last-place Rockies.  It's possible the division could end up with the same results this year, though almost every team arguably made improvements. The Padres made a couple of key additions...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ozzie Smith, Budweiser want Opening Day to be national holiday

Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are teaming together on a campaign to turn Opening Day into a national holiday. The campaign is essentially centered around one of those White House petitions that requires 100,000 signatures before it must be acknowledged by the White House. Over the next 30 days, Anheuser-Busch will be featuring videos from Smith's journey to Washington...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Padres Day

NL West week is continuing on today with the San Diego Padres, who seemingly underachieve every year. San Diego had a mediocre winter, and they seem primed to have another mediocre season as a result. Yesterday was Rockies Day on TOC, and here's your recap. -Season preview -Two biggest weaknesses -Three key questions -Four horsemen Yesterday was a busy day in the...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Colorado Rockies

The Rockies are hoping to extricate themselves from the NL West basement this year, but to do so, they are going to need four players to step up in a big way.. Troy Tulowizki For the Rockies, they go as Troy Tulowitzki goes. That isn't a big shock. Most teams' fortunes are pretty well tied to how the best player on their team performs. But for the Rockies, their performance...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor recovering from urethra surgery

Mike Minor was one of the few young Atlanta players that didn't get a contract extension this winter. While a deal still may get done this spring, Minor may not be too active during Spring Training, because this winter, he underwent...urethra surgery. Oh. Mike Minor is a few weeks behind because he had to rest for a month after undergoing a 12/31 procedure to repair scarring...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Colorado Rockies

Questions? After having one of the most befuddling offseasons in the league, you be we have questions for the Colorado Rockies. What's the big plan? After two straight last place seasons, it isn't clear that the Rockies are away of their lot in life in the NL West. They had a perfect opportunity to trade veterans like Michael Cuddyer, Jorge De la Rosa and Rafael Betancourt...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor league team rebrands itself...with bacon

The AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are rebranding, and their new alternate logos are very heavy on...bacon. The cap with a bacon strip on it will be worn during all Saturday home games. The bacon strip t-shirt you see above is a scratch and sniff t-shirt that smells like bacon. And the piping on those pants during Saturday games? Yeah, they're bacon strips. This is absolutely amazing...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ron Washington vows to keep bunting

Ron Washington defending bunting is one of the surest signs of spring. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition, really, and when one writer in the Rangers' press corps asked what the deal was with all of the bunting in the team's early drills, Washington delivered with a goldmine of colorful quotes. Writers questioning Washington's decision-making is nothing new. Washington...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have problems, this is well known. Constantly having to deal with playing in such an extreme environment is and always will be a major complication for anything they do. Headed into the franchise's 22nd season of existince, they still haven't fully figured out what they need to do in terms of roster construction to have sustainable success. Coors Field is...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A fan sent Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings

In your "incredibly creepy" tidbit of the day, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince is reporting (and I use that word loosely, considering the subject matter) that a fan has sent Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. Tidbit from #Phillies camp today: Somebody mailed Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. The perks of celebrity. #FanNail — Anthony Castrovince...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Colorado Rockies

After two straight seasons of dwelling in the NL West cellar, the Rockies are hoping to turn their fortunes around. But an offseason full of head-scratching moves once again has put into question whether or not Colorado is headed in the right direction. Depth Chart (as of 2/24) C: Wilin Rosario 1B: Justin Morneau 2B: D.J. LeMahieu SS: Troy Tulowitzki 3B: Nolan Arenado...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ike Davis on terrible 2013 season: 'I sucked because I sucked'

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis had a disastrous 2013 season. He played in just 103 games, hit just .205/.326/.334 with only nine home runs in the majors, earned a midseason vacation to AAA Las Vegas, and saw his season end in August followed a strained oblique. While talking to Mike Puma of the New York Post over the weekend, Davis revealed that the oblique had been bothering...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Rockies Day

Preview day number eleven. Today's victim? The Colorado Rockies, who improved from 64 to 74 wins from 2012 to 2013, but still couldn't escape the NL West basement. In 2014, the Rockies will be without a franchise legend in Todd Helton, who retired after last season, but will look to once again improve on their win total and maybe turn themselves back into contenders. Back on...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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