Player Profile #18: Stephen Strasburg | SP | WAS

Stephen Strasburg is an exceptional player, no question about it, and I don’t think anyone could reasonably make the argument that he wasn’t worth the number one overall pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft. If the Nationals could have a mulligan on that pick I don’t think they would change a thing.  Strasburg is still as exciting to watch as any pitcher in the game What I...
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On Daniel Murphy & Lifestyles

Last night, hours after the final out of the Yankees' Spring Training game against the Phillies, I was at a loss as to what I would write about in this post. Yeah, A-Rod got a hit. True, the Yankees got some good pitching performances from Nathan Eovaldi and company.  Certainly, shortstop prospect Cito Culver made the Jeter Play.We also found out when certain players will be making...
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Today In Mets History: Staub Ends Holdout

On this date in 1973, outfielder Rusty Staub ended a holdout and signed a three-year contract for $100,000 a season. Staub played nine years with the Mets spanning two stints (1972-75 and 1981-85). He retired after the 1985 season with 2,716 career hits, including 709 with the Mets. He is the only player having at least 500 hits for four different teams (Mets, Montreal, Detroit...
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Who Are These Swagger-iffic 2015 New York Mets?

“You know, for years and years, you used to watch those teams that won all of the time, they had an air about them. You used to play the Braves and they’d walk out there and, they weren’t cocky, but they were confident. They weren’t overbearing, they knew how to play, they knew what they had to do to win games.” ~ Terry Collins Swagger is a funny word. When I hear it for...
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Countdown to Cardinals: 31

Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 31 First player/coach to wear #31: Jesse Haines (1923) Last player/coach to wear #31: Lance Lynn (Current) Player/coach to wear #31 in the most seasons: Bob Forsch (15 total) Number of players/coaches to wear #31: 32 Last time not worn: 2005 Other interesting names tied to #31: Harry Brecheen (1940, 43-52), Ryan Franklin (2007...
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Player Profile #19: Corey Kluber | SP | CLE

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! When you think of Felix Hernandez or Clayton Kershaw or David Price or any of the other unquestioned aces in baseball, an image of their dominance probably forms in your mind. For many, myself included, that doesn’t exactly happen with Corey Kluber. So, let’s...
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Royals shoe-freak Guthrie a subject, producer in 'Sneakerheadz' film

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jeremy Guthrie strode to the table with a television camera trained on him, settling down behind a pair of microphones. His voice clear and his words concise, Guthrie announced in a mock news conference that he was hanging up his cleats. The Kansas City Royals pitcher was retiring. In his prime. From the business of shoe collecting. To which his buddy, filmmaker...
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A-Rod looks a lot like your typical hGH using bodega owner

Alex Rodriguez made his much anticipated debut yesterday -- despite one hit A-Rod looked like he couldn't catch up with anything above 91MPH and had the running speed of a 18-year-old dog. Actually, he looked a lot like our local hGH using bodega owner as this photo (from what will probably go down as an award winning interview by YES Network's Meredith Marakovits). Overgrown forehead...
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Alex Rodriguez Mocked, Ridiculed On Front Page Of New York Post (Photo)

It’s going to be a long season for Alex Rodriguez. The New York Yankees third baseman returned to game action for the first time since 2013 on Wednesday. Rodriguez, who missed all of 2014 serving a 162-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, made his spring training debut against the Philadelphia Phillies. All in all, it wasn’t a bad showing for Rodriguez, he went...
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Thoughts on Reds Raisel Iglesias’ first appearance

When the Cincinnati Reds signed right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias late last summer he didn’t head out and begin pitching right away. He took some time off before heading out to the Arizona Fall League to make seven appearances. He was impressive, not allowing a run in the span, striking out seven batters, allowing one hit and walking three batters. On Wednesday afternoon he...
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Halo Headlines: panel split on Hamilton suspension, Richards takes fielding practice

The March 5th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including panel split on Hamilton suspension, Richards takes fielding practice and much more… The Story: A four-person panel tasked with deciding the Josh Hamilton suspension is split on what to do with him.The Monkey Says: Oh boy, this is getting hairy. An arbitrator will now split that tie, but it sounds as is MLB ultimately...
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Ru Better? You Betts!

I swear to you, they're gonna drive me nuts. All of them. Mookie and Rusney and Victorino and Hanley and everyone in that dugout that gets a preseason talk from Schilling about all the good PR you can get from ketchup on a sock. I'm gonna go stand on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads, "Will work for clarity on the Red Sox outfield situation." Hey, H&R Block...
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Just for kicks: Guthrie takes 'Sneakerheadz' mainstream

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Jeremy Guthrie strode to the table with a television camera trained on him, settling down behind a pair of microphones. His voice clear and his words concise, Guthrie announced in a mock news conference that he was hanging up his cleats. The Kansas City Royals pitcher was retiring. In his prime. From the business of shoe collecting. To which his buddy, filmmaker...
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Dice-K begins comeback bid, makes first start in Japan

  Daisuke Matsuzaka is making a comeback.   The former Boston Red Sox pitcher made his first start Wednesday with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. Matsuzaka had two strikeouts, two walks and allowed four hits on 57 pitches over three scoreless innings in the team’s 3-0 win over the Hanshin Tigers. “It’s been a long time since I pitched (in Japan...
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Bubble Watch:  M’s Will Have 25 Man Roster Decisions To Make

Multiple Players Will Not Make Mariners 25 Man Roster As the first Cactus League action gets under way there are plenty of underlying stories  to keep an eye on as veterans and young players all try to scratch their way on to the Seattle Mariners’ 25 man roster. For some, not making the M’s roster means a trip into the M’s minor league system some place.  For others, it...
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No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
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ESPN’s Mike & Mike Sound Off on the Curt Schilling Situation

If you thought Curt Schilling’s war against the Twidiots who threatened his daughter was close to be over…think again. Wednesday, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic brought up the ordeal and each took their turn blasting the doltish duo that Schilling called out by name via his website.  And while I agree with just about everything Mike & Mike had to say…can we stop...
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Toronto Blue Jays look strong to open Spring

Back in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays made hefty moves in attempt to become legitimate playoff contenders. Nearly everyone was predicting the Jays to win the AL East, and they were even a popular choice to the win the World Series. The wheels fell off early during the season, though, and the Blue Jays stumbled to a disappointing 74-88 record, good for last in the AL East. Last year...
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Arizona Diamondbacks Offering Up 1100 Calories of Awesomeness at Concession Stands This Season

There seems to be an unofficial contest among baseball parks these days to see who can come up with the biggest, most artery-clogging, treadmill demanding, pants splitting culinary creations for fans to enjoy at their own peril. Last season the D-Backs introduced fans to the 18-inch D-Bat Dog, a corndog filled with cheese and bacon for $25. It appears the park is now going to offer...
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New Look Cleveland Indians Have Their Eyes on October

The AL Central is shaping up to be one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball, and this offseason has only cemented that notion. While Jeff Samardzija went from the north to the south side of the Windy City to join the Chicago White Sox, Melky Cabrera joined him in the less-famous pinstriped uniforms. The Royals are coming off a storybook season and playoff run; and though...
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Report: Dodgers willing to pay down Andre Ethier’s contract in trade

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsLast month, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said he’d prefer to be traded if he’s not a starter this season. The Dodgers are reportedly trying to entice teams to make a trade. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Dodgers are willing to pay “about half” of Ethier’s remaining salary in a trade. Ethier has three years, $56 million...
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First Pitch: Filling the Biggest Needs in the Pirates Farm System

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had one of the top farm systems in the game. What makes that even more impressive is the fact that they’ve remained ranked so high, despite graduating top prospects every year like Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, and Gregory Polanco. That’s the sign of a strong system, when you can lose one of the top prospects in the game, and...
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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 628: 2015 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Marlins` season with Bryan Grosnick, and Sahadev talks to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro (at 27:40).
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Collins Resurgence Highlights 7-3 Win Over FGCU

By Austin Sapin We’ve seen this movie before. A year ago, Zack Collins struggled for the first month, then suddenly, it clicked. For the sophomore slugger, Miami’s 7-3 victory over FGCU on Wednesday may just be the game to turn his season around. Collins game into the game hitting .190, which mirrored his early struggles from last season. After Miami got on the board with an...
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Twins prospects return in 3-1 win over Gophers

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor could have made it easier on his former college team if his B squad wasn't so talented. Molitor, in uniform for his first game in charge of the Twins, rested his regulars and went with a lineup full of heralded prospects who helped the Twins defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-1 Wednesday night in an exhibition game on the...
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