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Mike Napoli hit 900+ feet of homers on Wednesday

Mike Napoli loves himself some Rogers Centre. Four of Napoli's six homer runs this season have come in the home of the Blue Jays, and three of those four homers have cleared 460 feet. In Wednesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays game in Toronto, Napoli put on an unreal performance of pure strength. In the fourth inning, Napoli hit his first home run of the evening to dead center...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets manager Terry Collins should not be on the hot seat

Going into the 2013 MLB season, the general consensus was that Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had the most pressure on him this season. Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia probably ranked a close second. If neither of those teams made the playoffs — or played below expectations during the regular season — after their respective ownerships shelled out big money...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a tight battle

We've touched on how surprising the NL Central race has been this season, but I think Wednesday's games really put the division in a nutshell. The first place Cardinals now have just a two game lead on the fourth place Reds, with the Pirates and Brewers sandwiched between them. The games on Wednesday saw the Pirates storm back from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth inning to beat...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The best and worst MLB players from April

The first month of the 2013 MLB season is in the books, and this will serve as your de facto recap of which players starred, and which players faltered this April. AL Hitter of the Month Chris Davis, Orioles. Davis raked to start the season off, bashing nine homers in his first 27 games (second in the majors, first in the AL) and driving in 28 runs (tied for the AL lead). Throw...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

How bad are the Marlins without Giancarlo Stanton?

Giancarlo Stanton left the Mets-Marlins game on Monday night with a hamstring injury. An MRI on Tuesday revealed that Stanton has a grade 2 strain, and will miss at least a month. Miami called up 22-year old prospect Marcell Ozuna from AA Jacksonville to take Stanton's place in right. Ozuna was generally ranked as the third best outfield prospect in the Marlins system, behind...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion's fifth deck smash at Rogers Centre

During Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays game, Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers in the 9-7 Blue Jays victory. While neither of Encarnacion's homers were the longest of the night (that honor went to Mike Carp's blast off the facade in right center field), E5's first homer of the evening off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning was a towering...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The Red Sox shortstop "problem"

Reflecting back, there’s a critical period in the Red Sox development which is largely under-remembered due to what happened in October, 2004. But it began in November, 1997 when the Sox actually traded for a young star – Pedro Martinez – as opposed to their typical coveting of used-to-be-stars approach. And it ended in July, 2004 when the new-era Sox traded away oft injured...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - 200 again

We had our second pitcher of the season pick up win #200: Tim Hudson of the Braves. Hudson's Braves dominated the Nationals in an 8-1 win, and the 37-year old turned in one of his best performances of the year to reach the milestone. He even added a homer on the offensive side of teh game. We're going to have one more pitcher hit 200 wins this year, as CC Sabathia is currently...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper gifts Tim Hudson a home run

In the bottom of the fifth inning of Tuesday's Nationals-Braves game, Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson hit a ball to deep right field. Washington right fielder Bryce Harper went back on the ball, leapt up to make the catch, and inadvertently knocked it over the fence, giving Hudson his first home run of the season and the third of his career. Hudson's homer pushed Atlanta's...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrelton Simmons slips, throws runner out from seat of his pants

In the ninth inning of Monday's Braves-Nationals game, Atlanta was clinging to a 3-2 lead. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel got Ian Desmond to hit a grounder to shorstop Andrelton Simmons, who slipped as he was fielding the ball. Undaunted, Simmons fired the ball across the field like a laser beam while in a seated position, with the throw beating Desmond to the bag by a fraction...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

The fragility of the Rockies and Troy Tulowitzki

The Colorado Rockies are one of the biggest surprises of the early MLB season, finding themselves at 16-10 and all alone atop the NL West. But in recent days they have gotten a stark reminder of their mortality when they lost star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a strained left rotator cuff. Though Tulowitzki proved to be of the day-to-day, it has to be a concern for the Rockies...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Which MLB teams should be worried after April?

The first month of the 2013 MLB season ends on Tuesday. While it's still early in the schedule and struggling teams still have plenty of time to shake off bad starts, 25 games or so can begin to form an impression.  For a handful of teams, the first impression has been a bad one, leading to questions as to whether a recovery is possible. For others that have been slight...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels vs Athletics, by the numbers

Monday night's Angels vs Athletics game was the definition of pure insanity in a baseball game. The A's won in 19 innings, and didn't lead at any point during the game until Brandon Moss' two-run homer in the bottom of the 19th. In a game like this, there were some unique situations that came into play, and we can break them down using numbers. 5: the number of...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Trumbo's monstrous homer, and the joke of "estimated" measurements

Measuring home runs has proven over time to be an inexact science. You would think with the modern marvels of pitch and hit tracking, that we'd have a greater knowledge of home run distance, or even technology in place in every stadium/telecast that could enhance fans' viewing experience. This clearly isn't the case in Oakland. On Monday evening, Mark Trumbo hit a bomb...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a dramatic turn of events

The Marlins-Mets matchup on Monday night was supposed to be a fantastic pitchers duel between two of the brightest young stars in the majors: Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey. Of course, the game ended up going 15 innings, and the two young studs combined to throw 9 1/3 innings. and in a game that went 15 innings, they ended up being merely a memory when the Marlins won the game on...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Campana steals three bases during one at bat

Former Chicago Cub Tony Campana is one of the fastest men in baseball. After being acquired by the Diamondbacks this winter, Campana lost out on his bid to make the major league roster, and is currently playing with AAA Reno. On Saturday night, Campana did something pretty cool in the Aces' game against the Fresno Grizzlies: he stole all three bases in one inning. Furthermore...
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April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox invite Jason Collins to throw out first pitch

This morning, the Dan Patrick Show revealed that in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated, the cover story would be a story written by NBA player Jason Collins, coming out as the first active, gay male athlete in the major professional sports leagues. Reception for Collins' article has largely been positive, and people from all across sports have reached out to Collins...
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April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft check-in: 2012 Round 1

It's only a matter of time before one of the first rounders in last June's draft will be playing in the majors. Mike Zunino (Mariners), Michael Wacha (Cardinals), and Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) are the most likely candidates. Regardless, here's a look at where all of last year's 1st rounders are, and how they're currently doing as of Sunday. 1. Carlos...
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April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
OFF THE MARK

Cardinals teammates try to spell 'Rzepczynski'

St Louis Cardinals reliever Mark Rzepczynski has one of the most difficult names in the majors to spell. Two non-consecutive Z's? What? Anyway, in this edition of the Cardinals BirdsiView web series, St Louis teammates Joe Kelly and Daniel Descalso try to spell Rzepczynski's last name, largely to failure before finally managing to get it right. Why couldn't his last...
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April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Giancarlo's back

Baseball is a funny game, especially this early in the season. After game one of the Marlins' doubleheader with the Twins on Tuesday, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton had a triple slash of .176/.311/.216. There was some talk that he was a doomed player in Miami's awful lineup. But of course, Stanton has gone on a tear since that afternoon game, and after his two homer game...
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April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
WAR OF WORDS

Price goes on anti-umpire tirade

Jeremy Hellickson was ejected from the Rays/White Sox game on Sunday and David Price has taken to Twitter to accuse umpire Tom Hallion of lying about the reason. 

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April 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies to call up top prospect Nolan Arenado

The Nolan Arenado era in Colorado begins today. After last night's loss to the Diamondbacks, the Rockies announced that third baseman Chris Nelson had been designated for assignment and that Arenado would be called up from AAA Colorado Springs. In 21 games this year, the 27 year old Nelson had a .242/.282/.312 line to go along with no home runs and poor defense at third base...
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April 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the topsy turvy AL West

If anyone is wondering why you shouldn't put too much stock in early standings, I direct you to the American League West. The A's started the year 12-4, and have lost eight of their last night to sit just a game above .500. Ironically over the last week and a half, the Rangers and A's have nearly inverse run differentials (+21 for Texas, -19 for Oakland), and that'...
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April 28, 2013  |  Discuss
MOONSHOT

Stanton's home run clears scoreboard

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of the year on Saturday night in his 18th game. Stanton got his money's worth with the moonshot, as his first inning homer off of Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood traveled an estimated 440 feet and went over the scoreboard in left field at Marlins Park. Last May, Stanton hit a similar blast that broke...
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April 28, 2013  |  Discuss

St Paul Saints to hold umpireless exhibition game

The St Paul Saints of the American Association indy league are at it again. The Saints have been known for goofy promotions for years, and on May 11th against the Gary SouthShore RailCats, they're going to crank things up to another level and play without umpires. Balls and strikes will be called from behind the mound by a judge, complete with a robe and a gavel that he&...
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April 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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