LATEST STORIES FROM THE OUTSIDE CORNER

The Cardinals welcomed Shelby Miller into the bullpen in a unique way

Shelby Miller getting initiated into the bullpen by taking part in the trust fall in the right field corner. pic.twitter.com/VqedaCGOCK — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 20, 2014 After getting moved to the bullpen from the starting rotation, Shelby Miller had to learn to trust his new friends and take part in a trust exercise. Everything looks like it went just fine for him.
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: D-Backs announcers go all out for 'Star Wars' Day

Appearances at Comicon? Check. Starting pitcher dressed as a Jedi? Check. Bobblehead of starting pitcher dressed as a Jedi? Check. An endless array of puns and graphics? Check. Clark the Cub as an Ewok? Check. Announce team dressed as a Stormtrooper and Chewbacca, respectively? Check. I’ve got nothing else to say.
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Colby Lewis is here to inform us that baseball has more unwritten rules

Already familiar with baseball’s assorted unwritten rules? Apparently, we all need to update our handbooks, according to Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis. During the fifth inning of Saturday’s Rangers-Blue Jays game, with Toronto holding a 2-0 lead, Lewis had a major problem with Colby Rasmus laying down a bunt to get a base hit. With two outs in the inning, Texas was playing a shift...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – picking up ground in the Central

What’s the best way to pick up ground on the division leader? Well, beating them head to head, of course. The Cleveland Indians needed to pick up some ground on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, and they’ve done just that since the All-Star Break. On Friday, the Tribe won 9-3. On Saturday, the Indians picked up a pair of games by sweeping a doubleheader, winning game one...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

World Series or Bust: Angels overpay to get their closer

The San Diego Padres have had a hard time in their search for a new GM, but perhaps they might want to just stick with their current GM-by-committee arrangement as the trio of Omar Minaya, A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. just made themselves a heck of a deal by capitalizing on an Angels team that was desperate to add some high-end bullpen help. Late Friday night, the Padres sent closer...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – we’re back

Thankfully, the season is back underway after what seemed like an eternity. I’m not sure we really gleaned much from one night of games, aside from the race for the AL’s second Wild Card tightening up even further and the National League’s dregs getting pushed further down. We also saw a trade, as Huston Street moved from the Padres to the Angels. The Astros failed to sign...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Huston Street is heading to the Angels in a six-player trade

Source: Deal between #Padres, #Angels is 4-for-2. Street and minor leaguer to Angels. Lindsey, Alvarez and two other minor leaguers to Pads. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 19, 2014 Trade will be announced after #Padres game is complete. Pads still open to trading Benoit, but will raise bar for what they want in return. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 19, 2014 One...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballgirl plays fair ball, looks terrified

Here’s a priceless moment from Friday’s Royals-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. On an Eric Hosmer scorcher down the right field line, the ballgirl picks up the live ball…and drops it when she realizes what she’s done. The look on her face sums up the situation perfectly.
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ will utterly charm you

You’re going to love The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Period. Full stop. Inning over. If you’re a baseball fan, this movie will charm you and keep you smiling throughout its 80-minute run time. Boot up your Netflix account, find this movie in the catalog (which shouldn’t be too difficult, since Netflix acquired this film directly), and start streaming it. Maybe you’ve already...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Did a cabbie jinx Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak?

Joe DiMaggio’s record 56 game hitting streak ended 73 years ago on Thursday. MLB.com has unearthed this rare radio of DiMaggio talking about the end of the streak, and how a cab driver in Cleveland may have jinxed him by telling him the streak would end. I don’t believe in jinxes, and who knows how much this unassuming comment really mattered to DiMaggio. It’s still crazy to...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest homers of the first half

It’s been an awesome first half for long homers. We’ve been tracking them week by week and, as the season begins anew today, we’re going to bring you the longest homers we’ve seen over the first three-plus months of the season. Only one player appears in the top ten twice, and I’m pretty sure you know who he is. Also: we’re not featuring anything from the Home Run Derby...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the second half

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome back. I trust that you all enjoyed you All-Star Break. Anyway, live MLB action finally starts back up today, and after a week of digesting the first half, complaining about the All-Star Break, and previewing the second half, we’re ready for some baseball. Today’s Games: Mike Leake starts for the Reds in the Bronx. Stephen Strasburg and the...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

10 most compelling storylines for MLB's second half

Let the second half of the 2014 MLB season begin! Each of baseball’s six divisions are closely contested (also resulting in tight wild-card races), which should make for some fun baseball during the next two-and-a-half months. Potential trades and playoff races will naturally be the stories followed most closely from now through September. But zooming in from the big picture reveals...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Minor league team's dog jerseys are glorious, hideous

The El Paso Chihuahuas, MiLB affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will wear these uniforms on Bark in the Park night: pic.twitter.com/wiIyZRYDUK — Uniform Nation (@sbnuniforms) July 16, 2014 The El Paso Chihuahuas have gone ahead and destroyed the “theme jersey” market for all other minor league teams this year. This is horrendous, yet strangely appropriate.
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays of the first half

We’ve reached the unofficial midway point of the 2014 MLB season, and we’ve seen some memorable plays this year. We figured that instead of just reliving the best defense from this weekend, it would be better if we relived the best defense from the entire first half. There hasn’t really been that one iconic catch yet this year, but we’ve still seen a lot of plays that have...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Outside Corner’s midseason awards spectacular

The All-Star game is now behind us, and we have the second half of baseball to look forward to over the rest of the summer and into the fall. While midseason awards really don’t have much meaning, they’re a fun little gimmick that we like to roll out during the All-Star Break every year. Anyway, the TOC staff voted (5-4-3-2-1 for MVP, 5-3-1 for Cy Young and Rookie of the Year...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dismissing ‘pipe shot’ nonsense another All-Star moment for Derek Jeter

I did not expect to write anything about Derek Jeter for the Wednesday after the 2014 All-Star Game. I can understand if you don’t want to read anymore about him today, though I certainly appreciate it if you’re sticking with me here. The internet and TV are surely bursting with stories on the Yankees shortstop batting 2-for-2 in his final Midsummer Classic. There will be so...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

13 players key to their teams’ second-half success

MLB teams don’t get a do-over after the All-Star break. Yet several clubs contending for division titles and playoff spots need turnarounds from a key player or two to improve their chances at the postseason. Just about every contender is in such a position despite disappointing performances from hitters or pitchers that have been major contributors in the past. Among the division...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Best and worst MLB players of the first half of the season

At the beginning of every month, we look at the best and worst players of the preceding month. But while performing well or poorly in one month is great, it doesn’t necessarily tell you much about how the rest of the player’s season has gone – remember Charlie Blackmon and Chris Colabello going off in April? Needless to say, we thought it would be a good idea to see which players...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage from 1965 All-Star Game surfaces

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Trades every team needs to make this July

Ah, the trade deadline. One of the best times of the year for a baseball fan, when rampant speculation and crazy rumors flow like water every single day until July 31. Like Dolly Parton said, it’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it. And why not let it? Drive you crazy, that is. Part of the fun of the trade deadline is daydreaming about which player your favorite contending...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Every one of Yoenis Cespedes's 30 HR Derby blasts

Yoenis Cespedes successfully defended his Home Run Derby crown at Target Field on Monday night, and he put on quite a show. While smashing 30 homers of the course of the evening, Cespedes defeated teammate Josh Donaldson in a first round swing off, knocked off Adam Jones of the Orioles in the second round, toppled AL captain Jose Bautista in the third round, and trampled the upset...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending July 13th

Well guys, we’ve finally reached the All-Star Break.  The first half is behind us. But before we reveal the most exciting walk offs of the first half, we’re going to recap the last week of them – and man, there were certainly some great ones. July 7th, Braves vs Mets The Braves were already salty after taking the lead in the eighth inning, blowing it, and seeing their manager...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s the great Derek Jeter tribute everyone is talking about

Nike’s Jordan brand has released this Derek Jeter tribute video in advance of his final All-Star Game. The only words spoken in the video are Jeter’s introduction announced by late Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard, and the crowd chanting Jeter’s name at the end of the video. The theme behind the video is various people paying tribute to Jeter by tipping their caps. Some of...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton wields Thor’s hammer in new video

Video editing is an incredibly fun way to turn the most basic of videos into something that’s out of this world. Check out this MLB-produced video of Giancarlo Stanton heading into tonight’s Home Run Derby, where he wields Thor’s hammer instead of a bat as he smashes a home run. LIGHTNING! FIRE! EXPLOSIONS! And let’s just ignore that the video is really three Stanton homers...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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