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Legendary baseball man Don Zimmer passes away at 83

We interrupt your daily brigade of silliness for some somber news – Don Zimmer, a baseball man in every sense of the phrase, has passed away at the age of 83. Zimmer had worked in baseball as a player, coach, or manager since 1949, and had been a senior adviser with the Rays since 2004. There really isn’t much I can say about Zimmer without simply reciting his biography. He was...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Tigers really win with this bullpen?

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked on the radio if I thought any team could challenge the Oakland Athletics for the AL pennant. According to the AL standings at the time, I should’ve named the Tigers as a rightful challenger. Detroit had the second best record in the league at 27-15, a five-game lead in the AL Central and a +49 run differential. Though the Tigers were in the midst...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

10 MLB players having unexpected all-star seasons

We’re still over a month away from this summer’s All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. As the current fan balloting leaders trickle out each week, we’re typically seeing the players you’d expect at the top of the charts – you know, guys like Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Yadier Molina. We’re also seeing some perennial All-Starts who have played well in the season’s...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (June 4th edition)

Every time I think that we’re done with controversy and replay, things spiral out of control even quicker than I could imagine… May 28th, Tigers vs Athletics – Miggy can’t slide. This slide by Miguel Cabrera was…not good. And it almost resulted in him getting rewarded with a double. Thankfully, the replay went ahead and overturned that, leading to Oakland’s walk off...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

A Cubs scoreboard operator fell asleep on the job

In the midst of the fifth inning of a long Mets-Cubs game on Tuesday night, the SNY camera crew panned up to the famous hand-operated Wrigley Field scoreboard, and found one of the operators of the scoreboard taking a snooze. It’s not like this happened during a rain delay, or during a marathon extra inning game – it was the fifth inning! He’s going to have a rough time explaining...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

A Pablo Sandoval foul ball broke a reporter’s laptop

The worst thing that can happen if you’re in the press box at a ballgame is what happened to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. In the eighth inning, Pablo Sandoval fouled a ball back behind the plate…and it smashed Sheldon’s laptop, rendering it useless. The timing sucked too – in the eighth inning of an 8-3 game? Sheldon probably...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – who in the hell is Henderson Alvarez?

I obviously know who Henderson Alvarez is. He’s a Marlins starting pitcher that they acquired from the Blue Jays two winters ago. But I have no idea who this guy wearing Alvarez’s jersey is. On Tuesday night, Alvarez threw his fourth complete game shutout over his last 13 starts (dating back to last year), walking a total of one hitter in those four victories. There have been...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Casey McGehee nearly impaled by Giancarlo Stanton’s bat

Here’s an absolutely terrifying moment from Tuesday night’s Rays-Marlins game. Giancarlo Stanton got sawed off on a pitch by Rays starter Chris Archer, and his bat barrel flew towards the on deck circle and smashed Casey McGehee right in the gut. This could have been an awful situation, and McGehee could have been seriously hurt. Thankfully, he was OK, and stayed in the game.
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Singleton’s first major league hit was a homer

This weekend, it was Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras who homered for his first major league hit. On Tuesday night, it was Astros rookie Jon Singleton who homered for his first career hit. The homer was a missile off of Angels reliever Matt Shoemaker that landed in Houston’s bullpen in right center field at Minute Maid Park. The future is now, Astros fans.
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Robocop throws out first pitch at Comerica

Before Tuesday’s Blue Jays-Tigers game at Comerica Park in Detroit, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by…Robocop. It’s a pretty good toss from everyone’s favorite cyborg police officer, and makes 50 Cent’s throw from a week ago look awful, terrible excuse not withstanding. [Josh Gold-Smith]
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

50 Cent explains his terrible first pitch

Just how did 50 Cent throw that awful ceremonial first pitch before last week’s (May 27) Pirates-Mets game so damn badly? Our culture needed an answer. Fortunately for us, the rapper provided an explanation during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) post on Reddit Tuesday afternoon promoting the release of his new album, “Animal Ambition,” and the new Starz show Power, for which 50 Cent...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wil Myers will be out at least two months, and the Rays may be cooked

Bad news on #Rays Myers – out at least 2 months. Has slight stress fracture, in cast 5-6 weeks, then starts rehab — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 3, 2014
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The losers of WAR: June update

Earlier today, we took a look at the players who were leading the league in WAR to begin the month of June. If we are anything here at The Outside Corner, it is fair and balanced. As such, in the interest of equal time, let’s take a look at the other end of the leaderboard to see who is “winning” the race to have the worst WAR in all of baseball this year. Hitters Cody Ross...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The leaders of WAR: June Update

Everyone loves to track the potential award winners throughout the MLB season. MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year get more than their fair share of attention. Overlooked over the years, especially by the BBWAA, is WAR, the stat that actually provides a valuation of each and every player. In order to give WAR a little bit more due (and drive the old schoolers crazy), we’ll be...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Most exciting walkoffs of the week

Were there awesome walk offs this week? Of course there were. Let’s stop screwing around and get right to it. May 27th, Rangers vs Twins All Joakim Soria had to do was grab this dribbler and throw it to a base – any base – before the runner got there. He couldn’t even do that. Twins win. May 27th, Orioles vs Brewers A walk off double from a pitcher – you don’t see that...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon creamed a foul ball, and the Mets went nuts

History was made on Monday at Citizens Bank Park – Bartolo Colon made solid contact with a pitch. Sure it was a foul ball, but this thing went into the second deck! Curtis Granderson leaped up from his spot on the bench in excitement, but it was all for naught – Colon would end up striking out in the at bat. But what does this say about Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez, who...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Diego police officer refuses to give ball to fans

During Monday night’s Pirates-Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego, a police officer caught a foul ball (on a hop, mind you) off the bat of Russell Martin. The cop then proceeded to keep the ball for himself, instead of tossing it to one of the fans begging for the ball. If there was a kid around, I’d have more of an issue with this – there’s no reason to give away your...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – are the Pirates making a charge?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are putting together a little bit of a hot streak in the NL Central. They’ve won four out of five games, and are now tied for third in the division with the Cincinnati Reds, just two games behind the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. After a 10-16 March/April, the Pirates are 17-14 since, despite actually putting together a *worse* run differential. After...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping the week ending June 1st in baseball

This week did a lot to tighten all of the races across baseball. Of the league’s six divisions, only the Giants have a lead of larger than 4.5 games. Consequently, no first place team has a lead smaller than three games. Breathing room was the name of the game this week. Most impressive team of the week: Boston Red Sox. I’ll hand it to the Red Sox – for as bad as they were...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Singleton signs long-term deal with Astros, gets called up

Eventually, a top minor league prospect was going to accept a long-term contract — especially if it meant the player would get called up to the majors upon signing the deal — right? We don’t yet know if Jon Singleton and the Astros are starting a trend toward locking up young talent before they even reach the majors. (Until the rules were changed before the 2012 season, teams...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weekly Puig – third edition

Another week has gone by, and our boy Yasiel Puig killed it once again. We named him our best NL hitter of the month of May, but he’s also a stud in the field. Check out this catch from Thursday night against the Pirates. At heart, Puig is really just a child. MTV’s Fat Joe has issues pronouncing Puig’s name, which is a damn shame. Puig doubled up a pop-up on Thursday, and...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Best and worst MLB players from May

May is in the books, and a lot of teams and players took gigantic steps forward. Unfortunately, some players and teams also took massive steps backward. Here’s a recap of the month. AL Hitter of the Month: Edwin Encarnacion. 16 homers in May for Encarnacion powered the him to a .281/.369/.763 line, and pushed the Blue Jays to a major league best 21-9 record over the month of May...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Phillies, the Mets, and marathons

The Phillies and Mets found themselves forced into playing a five-game series this weekend because of a rain out earlier in the season. Unfortunately for both teams, three of their first four games in the series have gone to extra innings, meaning that the teams have already played the equivalent of five games, with one more to go. Seriously – from Thursday through Sunday, the...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – panic time for the Rays?

I know it’s only June 1st, but things do not look good for the Tampa Bay Rays. One year ago, the Rays were just in fourth place in the AL East, but were only three games behind the division-leading Red Sox and were 30-25. This year, the Rays are 3.5 games behind Boston…who is in fourth place themselves. Uh oh. Tampa Bay’s 23-33 record is the worst in the American League, and...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras’ first major league hit was a homer

During Saturday’s Giants-Cardinals contest at Busch Stadium, St. Louis’ top prospect Oscar Taveras made his major league debut. And in the fifth inning, Taveras stroked his first major league hit – a home run to right field off of Yusmeiro Petit. It’s likely the first of many of the soon-to-be 22 year old, who was recalled to the majors because first baseman Matt Adams was...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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