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This week in replay reviews (June 11th edition)

I think we’re getting used to replay – but that doesn’t mean controversy is dead and buried. Why would it be? June 4th, White Sox vs Tigers – rundown chaos. Rundowns where a team is able to get two outs but can’t are the worst. Adrian Gonzalez was originally ruled safe at third base, but upon review, was shown to have never touched the bag with his foot before getting...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Lonnie Chisenhall’s coming out party

Monday night saw one of the better performances of anybody in Major League Baseball over the past several seasons, and that’s probably a tremendous understatement. Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall went 5-for-5 on the night, swatting three home runs and knocking in nine, as the Tribe routed the Texas Rangers by a count of 17-7. It was just the latest chapter...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Nationals are waking up

Washington has been in a state of mediocrity since last season. They were barely above .500 on September 1st before a strong final month made their year look respectable. This year, it was more of the same – through the first two months of the season, the Nationals were a sub-.500 team. But in June, the switch has been flicked. Washington is 7-2 this month, and their +30 run differential...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

This Yoenis Cespedes throw is the grossest thing you’ll see all day

I know I’m a little late to the party on this, but this throw from Tuesday night by Yoenis Cespedes is just incredible. The hit by Mike Trout actually initially bounced off of Cespedes’ glove before he recovered and threw an absolute rainbow to the plate to nail Howie Kendrick. Derek Norris didn’t even need to move his glove, let alone squat! I don’t even have anything else...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Machado says he’ll appeal 5-game suspension

“It was coming. We’re going to appeal it. I made my peace yesterday, and we’re going to move on from it. We’re going to go ahead and try to get that down. “Obviously, I don’t want to be down for five days. I need to try to help this team in any way. We’ve got a lot of tough games up in the road, and I need to be a part of this team. I’ve been a part of this team for...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

How are the Giants dominating the National League?

With the season two months in, the talk of small sample sizes have shifted to the back of discussions for the most part. Trends can tell us who is completely out of the race at this point (Yo! Philly!), who has been ravaged by injuries to the point where they have no shot of contending (Poor, poor Rays) and who might be better than expected (Kudos, Milwaukee. Enjoy my favorite Milwaukee...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (June 10th edition)

This week was actually pretty light on walk offs. From our usual starting point of Tuesday heading into the weekend, we only had three. Then the weekend came, and everything got thrown all out of whack. June 3rd, Mets vs Cubs 0-2, two outs? That’s clutch, Nate Schierholtz. June 4th, Red Sox vs Indians Well, this game as over as soon as the ball hit the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The wild and and crazy AL Central

The AL Central was supposed to be the least interesting division in baseball.  And why shouldn’t it have been?  The Tigers were going to just roll over the entire American League.  They’ve got a big-time payroll, and a lineup that features stars like Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter.  Their pitching staff comes fully loaded with a trio of staff...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

New Era unveils Major League Baseball 4th of July caps

https://twitter.com/NewEraCap/status/476413207821570048/photo/1
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Trevor Cahill considered for return to rotation, DFA’d instead

The Arizona Diamondbacks have received a lot of criticism over the last few years for some of the roster decisions they have made. This is one of the reasons Tony LaRussa was brought on board as team president. Well, it doesn’t look like it is taking. Consider this quote from Kirk Gibson yesterday. Gibson tells @Burnsy987 & @Gambo987 he is exploring the idea of moving Trevor...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bo Porter’s unique managing helps the Astros get a win

What Bo Porter did in the eighth inning on Monday night wasn’t breaking new ground, but it *was* something that we don’t see too often. In the bottom of the eighth, lefty Tony Sipp started off the inning by striking out lefty Gerardo Parra. There was no chance in hell that Porter was going to let Sipp face right-hander Paul Goldschmidt next, especially given his insane splits...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates finally calling up Gregory Polanco

Pirates fans, the charade is finally over. Gregory Polanco is on his way to the majors. The team announced the decision late Monday, after its 6-2 win over the Cubs. Second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list following an appendectomy. That precipitated the roster move that will bring Polanco to Pittsburgh. Josh Harrison, who had been the primary right fielder...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Indians are closing the gap

We have a more detailed column on this coming later today, but the Cleveland Indians have turned up the heat on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Cleveland is now just two games behind Detroit after their thumping of Texas on Monday night, and are actually even with the Tigers in the win column. The Indians bottomed out at six games under .500 three different times this season...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping the week ending June 8th in baseball

Most impressive team of the week: San Francisco Giants. The Giants are the best team in baseball, and we’ve pretty much moved past the point where we can write their hot start off as a fluke. The team has won two-thirds of their games so far this season, hasn’t lost a series since dropping two out of three in Pittsburgh at the beginning of May, and has lost just one series at...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weekly Puig: Fourth Edition

Yasiel Puig really has taken his game to another level this season, establishing himself at the forefront of the race for the National League Most Valuable Player Award and firmly distinguishing himself as one of the league’s elite outfielders. One day, we may have the opportunity to discuss his transformation from solid ballplayer to superstar, but that’s not this week. Unfortunately...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Machado went crazy over the weekend

After the series he had against Oakland, it’d be too easy to sit here and say Manny Machado is immature and needs to grow up. But Manny Machado is immature and probably needs to grow up. Machado’s interesting weekend started in the third inning Friday. He was standing at second with two outs when Adam Jones grounded to third baseman Josh Donaldson. Instead of just throwing to...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the mediocre National League East

We’re almost 40% of the way through the 2014 season, and while a few trends have become prevalent, one really jumps out at me – the National League East stinks. Seriously. The Braves, Nationals, and Marlins are all tied for first place, and all three teams are just three games above .500. That .525 winning percentage is good for just an 85 win season if you extrapolate it out...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

These two fans in Chicago tried to one-up each other with kindness

In the fifth inning of Sunday’s Marlins-Cubs game, a Marlins fan and a Cubs fan both came off looking like extraordinary gentlemen when it came to the matter of a foul ball. The Cubs fan dropped the ball, hit by Marcell Ozuna, onto the field. Nate Schierholtz tossed the ball up into the crowd, where it was caught by the Marlins fan. The Marlins fan then immediately tossed the ball...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Padres fan wanders around ballpark in a bear suit

Are there even bears anywhere in southern California, let alone San Diego? This guy must have been sweating his ass off in this bear costume, though – it’s still San Diego, and it’s still June. Anyway, it’s a good thing they were playing the Nationals – Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche have the whole “furry” thing down pat.
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – rise of the Cubs?

Oh god, here we go again – the Cubs have won five games in a row and are only 5.5 games out of a playoff spot. Let’s get one thing straight – even though the Cubs are playing better lately, they’re not a contender by any stretch of the imagination. While they’re only 5.5 games behind the Marlins for the NL’s second Wild Card spot, there are seven teams closer to Miami...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs fan amped up after catch HR ball

Junior Lake had a two homer day on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Marlins. After Lake smoked his second homer of the day to left center field, the Cubs fan who caught the ball was juuuust a little pumped up about it. Seriously, look at this guy – taunting the Marlins outfielders, flexing, veins bulging out of his neck…take it down a notch, buddy...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays give emotional tribute to Don Zimmer

Warning: this 22 minute tribute produced by the Rays prior to their game on Saturday with the Mariners will tug at your heartstrings. Several current and former Rays players spill their hearts out about the late Don Zimmer, as well as Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter. Among those in attendance include Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda, and members of Zimmer’s family, including...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales signs with Minnesota Twins (for some reason)

As the draft wraps up today, Kendrys Morales’ wait in comp pick purgatory is finally over. The slugging DH/1B has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins for a prorated $12 million. At this point in the season, a prorated $12 million deal would pay Morales about $7.6 million for the rest of the year. On the surface, this seems like a questionable deal — at best ...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Johan Santana has a torn Achilles, and his career is probably over

The @Orioles' Johan Santana tore his left Achilles during extended spring training and is out for the rest of the season. — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 6, 2014
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Giants are unstoppable

Everyone, myself included, assumed that the Los Angeles Dodgers would run away with the NL West. Two months into the 2014 season, a team is running away with the division, but it’s not the Dodgers – it’s the 2010 and 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants. After rallying to beat the Mets on Friday night, the Giants are now 40-21, a whopping 8.5 games up on the Dodgers in...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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