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MLB going mobile with phones

MLB is making a change when it comes to bullpen phones in the dugout. They're going to mobile phones. See more about the deal.

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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals re-sign Adam LaRoche, will look to trade Michael Morse

The Washington Nationals finally agreed to a contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, a month after initially offering the deal to him. The deal is for two years, with LaRoche making $24 million. He'll make $10 million in 2013, $12 million in 2014, and there is a mutual option for 2015 with a $2 million buyout. After a lost 2011 season, LaRoche rebounded in a big way in...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Five under the radar possible Hall of Famers

We're in Hall of Fame overload here at TOC. With the announcement of the Class of 2013 coming at 2 PM on Wednesday, talk about the ballot has reached a critical mass. However, we're gonna take things in a bit of a different direction. What current players could get into the Hall of Fame one day? Now, I'm not thinking about your Mike Trout/Bryce Harper types of players...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

The dream Team Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic roster

As the World Baseball Classic approaches, we’ve previously explored which players the United States could field in factor-less scenario.  Much like the United States, coming into the first two Classics, the Dominicans were considered heavy favorites, only to be eliminated before the finals.  So which players could the Dominican Republic field in an effort to dethrone the Japanese...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - getting close

Tomorrow marks the five week mark until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. And those five weeks are going to be a killer...January is the month that drags more than any other in the offseason. Most of the top free agents have already been signed. Trades are less likely to happen because of elevated costs for the players left on the market. So essentially, we're...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss
SWINGING BIG

Berkman, Rangers agree to deal

The Texas Rangers and free agent Lance Berkman reportedly have agreed to a contract that will bring the DH to Arlington.

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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez could be the best signing of the winter

When looking at the free agent pitchers left on the market, the pickings are slim for teams still in need of a starter. Aside from Kyle Lohse and Shaun Marcum, there really aren't any pitchers left that could slide in as a third starter for a contender, unless you're a believe in Joe Saunders or the health of Daisuke Matsuzaka. However, one name is popping up on the radar...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame is close to becoming irrelevant

There have been so many words written about the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, and none of them have really come here. The inductees will be announced next Wednesday, and we could have one of the most decorated classes of all-time. Or, we could have a class where the BBWAA elects no one, something that hasn't happened since 1996. If you think the possibility of no inductees is insane...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The dream Team USA World Baseball Classic roster

I won't try to sell you on the validity of the World Baseball Classic.  The tournament itself comes at a time which most major leaguers are more concerned with losing weight and getting warmed up and less about serious competition.  This is likely the cause of the last U.S. team being inhabited by the likes of Jeremy Guthrie and Mark DeRosa.  Still, there is some upside....
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the doldrums

Ah yes, the post-holiday hangover time of the year...it's alive and well here in the baseball world, and there wasn't a lot going on. Things will likely start to kick back into gear next week, but there were still some noteworthy events over the past couple of days. -The Indians signed Brett Myers, adding some veteran presence to their rotation. -The Marlins said they...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss
CLOSER SHUT DOWN

Sergio Romo detained at airport

The San Francisco Giants closer allegedly was detained at the Las Vegas airport for not having proper identification and getting "angry and aggressive" with a TSA agent. 

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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Why your favorite team won't trade for Giancarlo Stanton

Everyone is overloaded with trade talks regarding Giancarlo Stanton. Hell, I wrote a monstrous piece about what the Marlins would need in return for Stanton yesterday. But that doesn't mean that fans of every team in baseball aren't fantasizing about the possibility of Stanton in their team's outfield on Opening Day this year. I hate to break it to you, but it's not...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Do the Chicago Cubs have an ace in Matt Garza?

When the offseason began, it was no mystery as to what the Chicago Cubs hoped to achieve. After watching their rotation completely fall apart after a couple of mid-season trades and injuries, they hoped to build up their rotation. And by all accounts they have done exactly that. The Cubs have built up a rotation that now goes seven deep, having signed four free agent pitchers....
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

What would a Giancarlo Stanton trade look like?

I want to preface this by saying that I think there is no way the Miami Marlins will be trading Giancarlo Stanton this winter. However, Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings said this weekend that the team would at least listen if any team wanted to talk about Stanton. When it comes to trading Stanton, aside from the elephant in the room of him being the franchise's only marketable...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Brett Myers will eat innings, stabilize Indians rotation

Happy New Year Indians fans, you've got yourself a starting pitcher: Brett Myers, who the team inked to a one-year deal worth $7 million on Tuesday. The contract also contains a club option for the 2014 season. Myers spent the 2012 season split between the Astros and White Sox, working out of the bullpen for both teams. Myers had a 3.31 ERA in 65 1/3 innings in 2012, striking...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - fresh year, fresh start

Welcome to the year 2013, folks! Bigger and better things are on the horizon for TOC this year, so keep coming around here to see us. We took yesterday off, but on Monday, we finished off our year-in-review by looking at the top catches of 2012 and the top ten TOC posts of 2012. Also on Monday, Scotty took a look at a "new" version of Moneyball for the future, exploring...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss
WHERE'S THE GLOVE?

The best MLB catches of 2012

Awesome defensive plays are something that seem to bring all baseball fans together. Be it an incredible, homer-robbing catch, a dive into the crowd or dugout to take away an extra chance for a batter, or an all-out diving effort that saves a hit, great defense is something that draws eyes to the game and gets even the most casual observer to say "whoa". There were a lot...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

TOC's top ten posts of 2012

Thanks to all of you, the readers of The Outside Corners, we've experienced unprecedented growth during 2012, and are looking forward to an even better year in 2013. As part of the initial relaunching of the Bloguin.com portal in April 2011 (along with our sister site, Crossover Chronicles), we've brought you a comprehensive blend of analysis, media, and interesting news...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Searching for the new 'Moneyball'

In 2002, the Oakland A’s relied on a concept of team-building that eventually led to the coined term, “Moneyball”.  It was a new concept to baseball, but an age-old concept in economics, finding what is commonly called ”market inefficiency”.  This is essentially the idea of finding value in products which your competitors have not placed value in.  In another sense,...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - end of the year

Well everyone, this is it. We're in the final hours of 2012, and it was a fantastic year to be a baseball fan. There were a lot of things we liked about this year and there were some amazing walkoff wins. Today, we're going to bring you the top defensive plays of 2012, TOC's top ten posts of 2012, and potentially another piece related to the 2012 season along with our...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Things I liked from all 30 teams in 2012

2012 was one of the better years for baseball in recent memory. Partially because the Giants won the World Series (HOMER~!) but also because we saw overall revenue up due to fantastic TV contracts, we saw the ascension to greatness of some of the best young players the game has seen in at least a decade, if not more, and we also saw the addition of the one-game Wild Card playoff...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

The best MLB walk-off wins of 2012

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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss
ERROR CARD

Brandon McCarthy's license has a problem

Newly-signed Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has an issue with his new Texas drivers license. The photo of the license, tweeted by his wife Amanda with McCarthy's name and address covered, shows the pitcher listed as 6'7"(matching his MLB.com player card) with hazel eyes...and his gender is listed as female. Despite the cloudy nature of the F...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Hideki Matsui calls it a career

On Thursday, former Yankees left fielder/DH Hideki Matsui announced he'd be retiring. The 38-year old finishes his career in America with a career line of .282/.360/.462, 175 homers, and 1253 hits in 1236 games over ten seasons stateside. Matsui played in the first 518 games of his career, the record to begin a major league career, before breaking his wrist in 2006. But it...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - cleaning up the wrapping paper

I promise you, that's my last Christmas related pun. But anyway, a few teams got some Christmas presents this week! -The Red Sox got a closer for the second straight offseason in Joel Hanrahan -The Pirates got some more hope for the future with the Hanrhan trade and the signing of Francisco Liriano -The Angels got a completely transformed franchise under Jerry Dipoto...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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