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MLBAM used FIELDf/x to track Yasiel Puig’s awesome catch at Citi Field

I’m sure everyone remembers this completely bonkers catch by Yasiel Puig at Citi Field from May. Well, because Citi Field is equipped with MLBAM’s FIELDf/x cameras, we were able to see just how amazing the catch was. As you can see in the demo, the ball came off of Wilmer Flores’ bat at 93.5 mph, and Puig traveled 95 feet at 21.1 mph to lay out and make the catch. Man, FIELDf...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Norris starred in a Forrest Gump parody

Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris is having a great season, and his awesome beard (and tiff with Manny Machado last week) is also making waves on the field. But Norris is more than just a great player and a dude who knows how to grow facial hair – he’s got a great sense of humor too, which this Forrest Gump parody trailer showed off pretty well.
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How bad was the Dan Uggla trade for the Braves?

The date was November 16, 2010. The Atlanta Braves were a month removed from the end of a season that saw them reach the Postseason for the first time since 2005. Atlanta lost to the eventual World Champion Giants in the NLDS, and were a battered and broken team at that point. In the deciding Game 4, the Braves started the near-crippled Troy Glaus at third base, a platoon outfielder...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

Coors Field and the Great American Ballpark were both represented very well this week, and guess what? We have a new member of the yearly top five. 1. Hanley Ramirez vs Jorge de la Rosa, 472 feet (June 8th) Hanley…bruh. This thing nearly left Coors Field. It was the perfect combination of events in Denver that led to Ramirez killing this ball. 2. Wilin Rosario vs Mike Minor, 468...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – and now Max Scherzer goes nine

On Wednesday, Yu Darvish threw the first complete game of his career. On Thursday, it was Max Scherzer’s turn. The reigning AL Cy Young winner outdueled Chris Sale in Chicago, going nine innings for the first time in 179 starts. It’s pretty wild that he had never done this before, but keep in mind – before last year, Scherzer had never even crossed the 200 inning mark in a...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Soldier surprises family at Yanks-Mariners game

During Thursday night’s Yankees-Mariners game in Seattle, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stoll surprised his family, who were on the field as part of a pregame ceremony. While this wasn’t one of the returns where the uniformed soldier is in a catcher’s mask or what have you, it’s still a very emotional moment, and the crowd in Seattle reacted accordingly.
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending June 11th

Looking for great defense? We’ve got you covered. This week, most of the focus will be on catches, but you know there are some other excellent plays featured as well. June 6th, Athletics vs Orioles – starting with a bang. Craig Gentry didn’t have any time to get his feet wet in center field during this Friday night game. Nick Markakis led off in the bottom of the first for...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Yu Darvish finally goes nine

Yu Darvish’s career in America has been pretty brilliant so far. He’s a two-time All-Star, has received Cy Young votes in each of his two years in the majors (including a runner-up finish last year), and he led the American League in strikeouts in 2013. But one thing has eluded him – a complete game. Darvish has flirted with no-hitters and perfect games, but until Wednesday...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes makes another great throw against the Angels

Really? He did it again? Yes, Yoenis Cespedes made a spectacular throw from the outfield for the second consecutive game, nailing another Angels runner on the basepaths Wednesday night. (Maybe he was upset that he didn’t have two plays on our list of 10 best outfield throws.) You might think the Angels would know better than to test Cespedes’ arm after he gunned down Howie Kendrick...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs have the best Batman jerseys ever

Everything you wanted to know about these crime-fighting Batman jerseys we'll wear June 20th! http://t.co/MvosmywK8h pic.twitter.com/LWbSteeTiU — IronPigs (@IronPigs) June 11, 2014
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: 10 of the best outfield throws ever seen

Baseball fans woke up Wednesday morning to see one of the best outfield throws in recent memory, with Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes gunning down the Angels’ Howie Kendrick at home plate. (Of course, some of you were likely fortunate enough to watch the play as it happened, or shortly thereafter, on Tuesday night.) How many times have you watched Cespedes’ throw? Even after reading...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

New Era needs to stop this 4th of July cap madness

Here's the complete collection of National League team 4th of July caps… templates-running-wild: pic.twitter.com/HLCT0iSMoa — Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) June 11, 2014 Here's every American League cap for July 4th, all red (except Tampa Bay), Astros just look silly, Jays wear BP cap: pic.twitter.com/gmFf1FwHKY — Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) June 11, 2014
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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
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