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Has this been a good offseason for MLB?

With the Yankees signing Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract on Wednesday, those who work in or cover baseball believe that offseason moves will begin happening again. What has essentially been a winter freeze since the holidays will now thaw out and we'll have news concerning the actual on-field product. Free agent signings! Trades! The Hot Stove is warming back...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mr. Met frolics in the snow at Citi Field

It’s Mr. Met. Frolicking in the snow at Citi Field. And making snow angels. All over the field. On a bright winter’s day. I mean, come on. How can you not love this? Metschick, one of my most loyal Mets fan friends, quipped on Twitter, this might be the most fun the Mets have at Citi Field all season! It’s a hypnotizing 30 seconds of mascot and snow angel goodness. The perfect...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB players talk home plate collisions

New York -- The 2013-2014 MLB offseason has been a busy one. The Hot Stove was cooking early, Masahiro Tanaka finally chose a team, and MLB has announced several rule changes for the 2014 season, including expansion of instant replay and the elimination of home plate collisions. We had a chance to talk about some of the hot topics of the game with several current and former MLB players...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Former players react to MLB instant replay changes

New York, NY -- Nearly 100 former MLB players, including several Hall of Famers, gathered on Tuesday at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel to support the 2014 “Going to Bat for B.A.T.” dinner to raise money for MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team initiative. Founded in 1986, B.A.T. is dedicated to assisting members of the Baseball Family through financial grants, health care programs...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Marlins president David Samson's 'Survivor' intro video

Miami Marlins president David Samson will be on the upcoming season of Survivor, premiering next month. On Wednesday, they released introductory videos for the 18 contestants on the show, and Samson's is...well, amazing.  In the video, we learned that Samson has been watching Survivor since the first episode and that in an attempt to prepare for his tenure on the show, he bought...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Where will the rest of the top MLB free agents land?

We're three weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, give or take a couple of days for various teams. Masahiro Tanaka finally signed on Wednesday, inking a seven-year deal with the Yankees. The glacial pace in which it took Tanaka to sign really slowed up any potential movement of other free agents - the last major league free agent signing prior to Tanaka was...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka signs with Yankees, ending free agent saga

The Masahiro Tanaka saga is over, and the Japanese ace is heading to the New York Yankees on a seven-year, $155 million contract. The contract also contains an opt-out clause after four seasons. New York desperately needed Tanaka, and they got him. He'll join a rotation that features C.C Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova, meaning that the Yankees only have to rely on one...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Lasorda rants about A-Rod, cheaters, PEDs in baseball

New York, NY -- Despite the blizzard that’s descended upon New York and much of the Northeast, many members of the MLB community gathered today at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel to support the 2014 “Going to Bat for B.A.T.” dinner to raise money for MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team initiative. Before the organization’s 25th annual fundraiser to support its financial...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Which of the five finalists for Masahiro Tanaka needs him the most?

This weekend, it was confirmed that five teams made contract offers to Masahiro Tanaka. There may be others that also placed bids on his services, but it was confirmed by Nikkan Sports that the Yankees, Cubs, White Sox, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks all had made offers for at least six years and $100 million. If you consider these five teams the finalists for Tanaka's services, barring...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

How would a Richard Sherman outburst be received in MLB?

When watching Richard Sherman's emotional outburst following the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, did anyone think to him or herself, "Gee, I wonder if anything like that would ever happen in baseball?" I'm guessing no, but there might have been a few baseball-starved fans who pondered the possibility. (Though I wonder if those truly yearning...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants pay off NFC Championship bet with Mariners

In advance of Sunday's NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, the Giants and Mariners made a friendly wager on Twitter. If the 49ers won, the Mariners would need to post a picture of the Mariner Moose kissing his bicep, AKA Kaepernicking. If the Seahawks won, the Giants would need to post a picture of Lou Seal going feast mode on Skittles, a...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Springfield Cardinals announce Joe Kelly Standoff bobblehead

Remember that epic post-National Anthem standoff before Game 6 of the NLCS between Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly and Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke? Of course you do. The Cardinals’ AA affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, announced on Friday that it would be commemorating the standoff with what will surely be one of the most popular promotional items of the 2014 season -- the...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Expanded instant replay approved for 2014 MLB season

MLB has announced that expanded instant replay has been approved by the MLB owners, the World Umpires Association, and the MLBPA for the 2014 season. Nearly every play on the field is covered, but fail/foul calls on balls in the infield, ball/strike calls, and the neighborhood play at second base will not be reviewable. I'm just going to go ahead and copy/paste the bulk of the press...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rodriguez: "2014 will be a year to rest"

Alex Rodriguez is opening his mouth in public again, and shockingly, he's not sticking his foot in it. At a promotional appearance in Mexico, Rodriguez opened up about the suspension and was shockingly candid and not combative. "It's a very sad story," said the three-time AL MVP, who appeared somber as he spoke in Spanish at a press conference to open a gym he's affiliated with...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Stadium Series arrives at Yankee Stadium

Since opening its gates in March 2009, new Yankee Stadium has hosted baseball games (duh), soccer matches, college football games (the annual Pinstripe Bowl), a boxing match (the “Stadium Slugfest” in 2010), and several concerts including Jay-Z, Eminem, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Madonna. Now, the House that Steinbrenner Built will host hockey for the first time with...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia appear on Jimmy Fallon

On Wednesday night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, New York Yankees stars Mark Teixeira and C.C Sabathia made cameos on the show. Each player wore a wig and played the role of a female while re-enacting a scene from the play August: Osage County, culminating with Sabathia slapping Teixeira across the face (while wearing a shirt with a wolf head on it, no less). And hey...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hal Steinbrenner: A-Rod is an asset

The Alex Rodriguez saga took a bizarre twist on Wednesday, when Yankees' manager partner Hal Steinbrenner didn't rule out a return to the Bronx for his suspended third baseman in 2015. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the relevant quotes. “He’s a great player,” Steinbrenner said in the Yankees’ managing general partner’s first public comments since independent arbitrator...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers ink seven-year, $215 million extension with Clayton Kershaw - are they still in on ...

The Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $215 million, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The contract also has an opt-out after five years, meaning that there's a possibility Kershaw could cash in *again*. The two-time NL Cy Young winner won't turn 26 until March, and has been one of the very best pitchers...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval posts photo of dramatic weight loss to Instagram

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has never been much of a skinny guy throughout his major league career. This is what he looked like this past September with the Giants. Big boy, right? He was officially listed at 240 pounds, but looked a lot bigger. Flash forward to today. Sandoval has been working hard to get in shape this winter, and the following pic...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

30 days of awkward: The Bud Selig farewell tour

Ask someone to propose a bad idea in four words and one suggestion might be "Bud Selig Farewell Tour."  But apparently, that's exactly what MLB's outgoing commissioner has in mind for his final year on the job. As ESPN's Jayson Stark writes, some are skeptical that Selig will actually follow through on his retirement plans because he's changed his mind before. Twice, actually...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Australian Baseball League player crashes through fence making catch

Check out this clip from the Australian Baseball League, our second of the month. During last Friday's game between Melbourne and Adelaide, Adelaide's Joe Sclafani (a prospect in the Houston Astros organization) hit a fly ball to keep right field. Melbourne's Tyler Massey (a prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization) got on his horse, made a leaping catch, and proceeded to CRASH...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

RBI Baseball is coming back

On Tuesday night, MLB announced that they would be making dreams come true for baseball fans across the world. MLB announced...that RBI Baseball would be returning. The game will be released for current and next-gen consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), as well as mobile platforms. There aren't any more details yet, but this is a day worth celebrating for baseball fans - especially...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: The worst defunct MLB mascots

The backlash towards new Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub has been swift, and it has been ugly. Cubs fans are incensed, and rival fans are taking pleasure in mocking Chicago's latest misstep. But Clark the Cub isn't the first mascot that has gotten an intense amount of hate - in fact, he's the latest in a long line of mascots that has earned the ire of their respective fanbases...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB mascots welcome Clark the Cub on Twitter

The Cubs have been pretty quiet this offseason, but they certainly made news on Monday with the introduction of Clark the Cub, the team’s first mascot in its 138-year history. Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse was buzzing over the bear with the backwards baseball cap and the already sad look in his blue eyes. Though Cubs fans did not immediately embrace the team’s newest acquisition...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cubs have a mascot, and Cubs fans aren't too happy

The Chicago Cubs have fallen from the ranks of MLB teams without a mascot, leaving the Angels, Dodgers, and Yankees remaining. On Monday, the Cubs announced that they'd be introducing a mascot for the 2014 season: Clark (named after Clark Street, one of the roads bordering Wrigley Field) will debut at a charity event on Monday night and make appearances throughout the season. ...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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