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Josh Byrnes Era in San Diego ends with a whimper

The San Diego Padres have the third-worst record in baseball and — again — are at the bottom of the league in just about every offensive category. On Sunday, they became the first team this season to fire their general manager. Josh Byrnes was let go after nearly 2.5 years on the job. Byrnes took control of the Padres in October 2011, after then-GM Jed Hoyer left the organization...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Brewers are somehow still winning

I don’t really know *how*, but the Milwaukee Brewers are still dominating the National League Central. No division leader in baseball has a larger division lead than Milwaukee’s 5.5 game cushion over the Cardinals. Their .610 winning percentage is the best in the National League (clearing the once dominant Giants), and is just a half game back of the A’s for the best mark in...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright paints his face to support US soccer team

Apparently Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is a huge soccer fan, showing up at the ballpark this morning with an American flag painted on his face. This is your #stlcards ace. pic.twitter.com/57oRUmWTg9 — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) June 22, 2014 Wainwright isn’t pitching today — Carlos Martinez takes the mound against the Phillies this afternoon — so here’s to hoping...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Devin Mesoraco, eater of souls

I don’t normally like to spotlight a player in the opening of the Dugout Digest, but I felt this was important. Devin Mesoraco of the Reds has come into his own this year, and it seems like he’s getting overshadowed by half of the catchers in the National League for one reason or another. Mesoraco is fifth among all catchers in baseball with 2.0 fWAR, and he’s racked up just...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brewers score three runs on a wild pitch

Reading that headline, you’re probably baffled. Three runs on a wild pitch? What the hell? Oh, so that’s how it happened – a terrible throw by Michael McKenry let the second run score, and some heads up baserunning allowed Jean Segura to score the third run. You *really* don’t see that every day.
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the power of the Martinez

Everyone knows how good Victor Martinez is. He’s homered 18 times this year, and struck out just 21 times. He’s actually having a better season with the stick than Miguel Cabrera. But did you know that there’s another Martinez that is playing well for the Tigers? Former Astro J.D. Martinez has filled in admirably in the outfield this year, hitting .317/.348/.615 with seven...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

James Russell is crushed that the Cubs won’t re-sign Jeff Samardzija

“It’ll definitely be different if a guy like Jeff leaves. He’s been one of the staples around here. You just kind of put his face with the Cubs team. It’d be definite culture change. “It’d be like taking one step forward and 10 steps back.” -Cubs reliever James Russell on Chicago’s failed efforts to re-sign their ace (via the Chicago Sun-Times) To which Cubs GM Jed...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

I’m not going to lie to you guys – this week sucked for long home runs. The most memorable homer of the week was Giancarlo Stanton hitting a screaming liner over the right field wall. Now that I’ve killed the contents of this column, let’s do it! 1. Brandon Moss vs Colby Lewis, 447 feet (June 16th) It takes some effort to send a homer to Oakland’s right field cheering...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Joyce hits ball back into pitching machine

Before Thursday’s Astros-Rays game, Matt Joyce did something that you don’t see every day. Many people more connected with baseball say it happens from time to time and isn’t incredibly rare, but seeing it in practice is crazy. That’s right – Joyce hit the ball back into the pitching machine, which then proceeded to fire it right back at him. What a crazy world we live in…
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – have the Blue Jays peaked already?

I’m starting to wonder just a little bit about the Toronto Blue Jays. They’re still in first place in the AL East, but things have gotten a bit dicey lately. The Jays have lost nine out of their last 12 games, and they’ve scored only 28 runs over those dozen games. Their division lead has shrunk to 1.5 games over the Yankees and 2.5 over the Orioles, and their schedule won’t...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending June 18th

This week, we’ve got double plays, game-savers, and some history that was saved. June 12th, Diamondbacks vs Astros – George Springer can fly. Not once, but twice. Springer’s defense has been much better than I expected. I think the best part of the way he’s played in the field this season is how quickly he gets into a position to throw after laying out. June 14th, Angels...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Gabe Kapler hilariously broke down Bartolo Colon’s double

On Wednesday, Bartolo Colon doubled off of Lance Lynn – his first hit in the majors since 2005, when he won the Cy Young award as an Angel. That evening’s episode of Fox Sports Live decided to break down the mechanics of Colon’s hit in all its glory. This is so hilarious. Poor Bartolo, just doing what he has to do.
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

How historic was Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter?

Most baseball fans woke up Thursday morning to the news that Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter versus the Rockies on Wednesday night. But to only say that Kershaw threw a no-hitter doesn’t give the feat nearly enough credit. Many analysts — the Los Angeles Times‘ Steve Dilbeck, ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield and FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron among them — are...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will buy and who will sell at MLB trade deadline?

The trade deadline is still over a month away, but the rumor mill is already starting to churn. An extra Wild Card spot and increased parity, especially in the American League, is making it hard to tell who will by buying and who will be selling at the deadline, but we’ll do our best to determine where each team stands as of today. American League  BUYERS Cleveland Indians -...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips did his best Kent Hrbek impression on Wednesday

Check out this play from Wednesday’s Reds-Pirates game. In the first inning, Starling Marte stole second base cleanly…and Brandon Phillips tagged him while pushing his leg off of the bag! Second base umpire Jerry Layne wagged his finger at Phillips and both Phillips and Marte had a laugh about it, but could you imagine if Marte was called out? The amount of hot takes written...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s every out of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter, as called by Vin Scully

Part of the appeal of Vin Scully is how he fills the dead air between pitches. But on Wednesday night in Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw wasn’t the only maestro at work. Scully’s efforts calling his no-hitter were fantastic. Because MLB.com loves us sometimes, they spliced together every out from Kershaw’s unreal performance, with Scully’s voice as the backdrop. It’s beautiful.
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Braves are falling further down the standings

The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves are not playing good baseball right now. The team lost 10-5 to the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing Philadelphia to complete their first sweep in Atlanta since the final series of the 2011 season. For the month, the Braves are just 6-10 with a -22 run differential – that record is worse than all NL teams but the Mets, Rockies, and Padres...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Travis Snider strikes out Joey Votto — Really

Travis Snider’s MLB pitching debut will probably be overshadowed by a controversial call at home plate (and Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter will rightly get most of the national attention), but the Pirates outfielder struck out one of the best hitters in MLB Wednesday night. In the ninth inning of an eventual 11-4 loss to the Reds, Snider took the mound to give the bullpen a break...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny doesn’t think the Lucroy/Molina ad is funny

“I think you have to take it in the nature in which it was meant and it was meant to be geared toward their fan base. It was just amazing that it was that much directed at our organization. I think that part probably caught me off-guard the most.” “Not saying that’s surprising. We’ve gone through this the last few years, especially last year with the Cardinal Way stuff...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers manager makes a terrible, terrible joke

Ausmus was asked how he deals with the losing when he goes home: "I beat my wife." Obviously was joking and he later apologized. — George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) June 18, 2014 Ausmus: "I didn't want to make light of battered women. I apologize for that if it offended anyone." — George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) June 18, 2014
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June 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

WATCH: Bartolo Colon doubles, internet rejoices

I’m not sure what the best part of this double by Bartolo Colon is – the fact that it even happened, his terrible, flat-footed swing, or his awkward jaunt around the bases. All I know is that it’s awesome, and hopefully happens again and again.
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard may or may not listen to Nickelback

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard on allegations by a Braves fan that he listens to Nickelback: “Damn, that’s outrageous. I didn’t know that. Is it bad to listen to Nickelback?” After getting told that yes, it probably wasn’t a good thing to be accused of being a Nickelback listener: “I mean, I’m not afraid to say that I diversify my musical portfolio. I didn’t know...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs intentionally hit Ryan Braun, promptly give up go-ahead grand slam

Kirk Gibson is not a fan of Ryan Braun. This is well-documented. Ever since it was revealed that Braun was using banned substances during the 2011 postseason — the same postseason in which Braun’s Brewers dealt Gibson’s Diamondbacks a crushing walk off loss in Game 5 of the NLDS — there’s been a feeling that the Diamondbacks would try to “get back” at him when the opportunity...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – welcome to first, Royals

For proof of how nutty (or unpredictable, or blase, or mediocre, or whatever adjective you want) the 2014 MLB season has been thusfar, simply look at the AL Central standings. There you’ll find the Kansas City Royals, all alone staring at the rest of the division. The Royals are the only team in the division with a positive run differential (+19), and have risen to the top of the...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun continues to troll Kirk Gibson

“I wasn’t surprised I got hit. I was surprised I got hit in that situation and circumstances. You’d have to ask him [if the HBP was about 2011]. I wish him the best. I hope he finds peace and happiness in his life and is able to enjoy his life. I wish him the best.” –Ryan Braun on Kirk Gibson, after getting hit by Arizona pitcher Evan Marshall Tuesday night [Twitter]
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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