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WATCH: Line drive goes through webbing of Eric Hosmer’s glove

This isn’t something you see every day…this play looks just like your typical deflected line drive until you watched the slow motion replay. Then you realize that Kevin Kiermaier hit the ball so hard that he went through the webbing of Eric Hosmer’s glove. Wild.
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade needs for every MLB contender

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is three weeks away, but trading season already got off to an explosive start with the A’s getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. The Yankees soon followed by acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the D-Backs. It’s possible that Oakland wiped out the trade market for starting pitching with its deal, but there could still be some big names...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Examining the state of the Chicago Cubs

The holiday weekend brought about a bit of role reversal for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. The Cubs, formerly known as a team that would go out and acquire notable talent in order for a playoff run, unloaded some notable talent in order to stockpile some youth on the A’s, the team known for acquiring the youngsters and change-of-scenery types. The Cubs sent Jeff...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s Prince Fielder in ESPN’s Body Issue

In all honest…I expected worse. Prince Fielder on @ESPNMag #ESPNBody issue http://t.co/wjFmCl00EP pic.twitter.com/XJQH7gD6CY — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 8, 2014
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the AL West is planting its flag

Can we go ahead and give some praise to the American League West? Three of the four best records in the American League belong to AL West teams, and the three best run differentials in baseball are possessed by the A’s, Angels, and Mariners. In a world where the AL East is experiencing some near-unseen mediocrity and the AL Central is its usual Tiger-dominated self, it’s almost...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bronson Arroyo needs Tommy John surgery, adding to Diamondbacks’ woes

The chaos in the desert isn’t even funny anymore, it’s just sad – starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who the team signed to a two-year, $23.5 million contract this offseason, will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season (and probably, a good chunk of 2015 as well). #Dbacks Bronson Arroyo needs TJ surgery. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB)...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Backs begin dismantling, but Kevin Towers is off to a poor start

It was only a matter of time before the Arizona Diamondbacks officially began looking toward next year. The D-Backs have arguably been the biggest disappointment in MLB this season (Red Sox and Rangers fans might disagree with that), compiling the worst record and run differential in the National League. With the All-Star break and trade deadline quickly approaching, it’s time...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Most exciting walkoffs of the week

This week, we’ve got some extra inning walk offs, a walk off grand slam, and yes, some walk offs that were self-inflicted by the losing team. June 30th, Athletics vs Tigers A walk off grand slam? That’s awesome. Good on you, Rajai Davis. He could have just put one in the gap or the corner to tie the game, but he wanted the full monty. July 1st, Diamondbacks vs Pirates When...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Brandon McCarthy another bounceback candidate for the Yankees?

It’s safe to say Brandon McCarthy’s time in Arizona did not go as planned. Signed to a two-year, $15.5 million deal prior to last season, McCarthy was traded to the New York Yankees over the weekend for the equivalent of a bag of balls: a replacement-level pitcher in Vidal Nuno, with the Diamondbacks even giving the Yankees money in the deal. McCarthy’s stint in the desert...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins have installed self-serve beer stations at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins are experimenting with a new concession feature that could make fans at next week’s All-Star Game extremely happy – they’ve introduced self-serve beer stations. To use one of the stations, fans will need to show their ID at a cash register and load a card with either $10 or $20. They’ll then scan their card at the machine, choose the beer they want (Bud...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Most egregious All-Star snubs

Well, the 2014 All-Stars have been announced, and as expected, no baseball fan is happy. There are several notable players that were absent from the rosters for one reason or another, and while the bulk of these guys will end up making it (either through injuries or the Final Vote campaign), they shouldn’t have even had to wait this far – they should already be All-Stars. I think...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels pitcher gives up on pop up, catches it anyway

During Sunday’s Astros-Angels game, Angels pitcher Mike Morin did what he was supposed to do on this pop up – he got out of the way, and let his infielders take care of it. But then, something strange happened, and Morin was spurred into action. Yup – Hank Conger and C.J. Cron collided, and neither of them caught the ball. Instead, a squatting Morin showed off his cat-like...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – contenders and pretenders

The last couple of weeks have actually done a good job at separating the contenders from the pretenders in the National League. The American League picture is still a little muddy thanks to the Rays getting hot and both of the Wild Card spots going to teams in the AL West, but in the NL, I think we have a pretty solid idea of which teams will be looking for a playoff spot in the...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Here are your 2014 All-Stars that will make too many people angry

On Sunday night, MLB announced the 2014 All-Stars (well, the first wave of them at least) for this year’s game at Target Field in Minneapolis. There were (obviously) plenty of snubs that we’ll get to tomorrow, but for now, here are your 2014 All-Star starters, reserves, and Final Vote candidates. American League C: Matt Wieters 1B: Miguel Cabrera 2B: Robinson Cano SS: Derek Jeter...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper tries to break bat over knee, fails

I’m an unapologetic fan of Bryce Harper, even if he sometimes is an emotional, childish wreck of a man at times. On Sunday, he showed off a very tiny bit of that childish streak when he tried to break his bat over his knee following a sixth inning strikeout. The key word, of course, is “tried”. Harper couldn’t do it, despite some tremendous effort on his part. And you know...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks trade Brandon McCarthy to Yankees

The dismantling of the Arizona Diamondbacks has taken another step forward, as pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been dealt to the New York Yankees. Check that, deal is done: McCarthy to #Yankees. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6, 2014 McCarthy has an unsightly 5.01 ERA this season, his second in the desert. However, that ERA masks a tremendous 4.65 strikeout to walk ratio that...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the blistering Braves

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article wondering whether the Atlanta Braves were really a good team. Since that post went up, the Braves have gone on an 11-1 tear, beating the tar out of the Astros, Phillies, Mets, and most recently, the Diamondbacks. In those 12 games, the Braves have outscored their opposition by a total of 29 runs and have moved from two games back in the NL...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yasiel Puig makes wild catch, throws runner out

When Yasiel Puig makes a great catch, we don’t blink all that much anymore. When he makes a great throw, it’s almost old hat by now. But when Puig lays out to make a catch at the edge of the warning track, jumps to his feet, and throws a runner out at third base? Yeah, you just saw something phenomenal.
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cards ballboy jumps into crowd to avoid line drive

Upon further review, you could probably call this guy a “ballman” rather than a ballboy, but clearly, he didn’t want to get hit by this first inning Matt Holliday line drive.
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs claim another victory in Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade

We are on the cusp of seeing all of the work that the superteam of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have done with the Chicago Cubs pay off, but they had one more trick up their sleeve for the final major trade piece before this rebuild could really turn a corner. As the Cubs dangled Jeff Samardzija in trade rumors, it was just a matter of time before they saw a significant prospect...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

In acquiring Cubs pitching duo, A’s go all in

This past offseason, the Oakland A’s were in a familiar spot. Even amongst their fantastic run of consecutive AL West Division titles and 190 wins over the past two seasons, they still fell to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS both years, with Justin Verlander landing the death blow in both series. So as the A’s saw their roster take shape, they knew as well as anyone that even...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels answer Athletics’ trade by acquiring Thatcher, Campana

When your division rival goes all-in by picking up two of the best starting pitchers on the trade market in one trade, what do you do to respond? Well, if you’re the Los Angeles Angels, the answer is “acquire a fifth outfielder and a LOOGY”, of course. Sources: #Angels acquire Thatcher, Campana from #DBacks. Return not yet known. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 5, 2014...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Zelous Wheeler runs into dugout to make catch, has it overturned

Career minor leaguer Zelous Wheeler made his major league debut for the Yankees on Thursday, and smashed his first big league homer. On Friday, Wheeler came in during the eighth inning of the Yankees-Twins game to play third base, and got a chance to grab a pop-up hit by Sam Fuld in the ninth inning. Then, this happened. Wheeler made the catch, with his momentum sending him down...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – fireworks in Oakland

It’s been an eventful couple of days from the Oakland Athletics. They were involved in a confusing, long replay. They played a game under appeal. They received approval from Bud Selig to move if they couldn’t reach an agreement on a new lease. They agreed on a new lease. They won in walk off fashion on Friday. Then late Friday night, the finale went off high in the sky – the...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Beane strikes again, acquires Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from Cubs

The Oakland Athletics have gotten a jump on the trade deadline festivities. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, Billy Beane’s club has acquired both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs. DEAL IS DONE: #Cubs send Samardzija and Hammel to #Athletics for Addison Russell, per sources. May be other players and team(s) involved. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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