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Mets To Extend Alderson; Collins To Follow

The news many Mets’ don’t want to hear – a reported three-year extension for general manager Sandy Alderson – is expected to come down later this afternoon. Not long after will come the anticipated return of manager Terry Collins. ALDERSON: To be extended. After floundering much of the season between ten games under and five games over .500, the prevailing winds had many...
Via New York Mets Report
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Wang hopes 2014 experiences help him get back to majors in future

MILWAUKEE -- For a 21-year-old fresh out of rookie ball, pitching in the big leagues customarily isn't the next step. But it was for Wei-Chung Wang. Everything about Wang's case was unusual. He was only eligible for the Rule 5 Draft because he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the same year after his original international free-agent contract with the club was voided...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
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AngelsWin.com's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with Brandon

This week we celebrate our 10th anniversary with an interview with long time member, Brandon. "B" has been as active as they come in the way of forum discussions for many years, has participated in many of our events and even represented us well with a Media Credential to cover the Angels (more on that in our interview below). Gibson is a great story teller and good guy...
Via Angelswin
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Game 2014.157: White Sox at Tigers

Apologies to Torii Hunter, but last night looked like Septaugust baseball. Kyle Lobstein continues to be a very promising rookie: he made one mistake, but rebounded with composure and pitched 7 strong innings, after which Joba Chamberlain pitched a good 8th, and Soria came on looking like a closer in the 9th. Unfortunately, rookie Chris “Cy” Bassitt hounded the Tiger bats into...
Via Tigers Weblog
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Mets to shut down Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets will shut down NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom before his final start, an organizational source said. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is expected to announce the decision Tuesday, with the club imposing an innings cap on the 26-year-old right-hander, the source said. DeGrom had been lined up to face the Houston Astros on Saturday at Citi Field...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Grantland: The Pirates’ Sabermetric Road Show

In Fitzgerald, though, the Pirates have built a unique bridge between backgrounds. Most quants spend much of the season sequestered in the equivalent of what the Astros call their “nerd cave” — an office from which analysts periodically emerge to interact with coaches but rarely to travel with the team. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, makes most road trips: If the Pirates are playing...
Via WHYGAVS?
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Captain's Countdown: Reax during Jeter's last week

Reaction from across the major leagues as Derek Jeter finishes out his career. The New York Yankees' captain is scheduled to close the season on Sunday at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox: --- ''He was the Dos Equis man of MLB, like that guy in that commercial. Basically the most interesting man in the world. He's always doing these different things that only...
Via AP on Fox
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Will the faltering rotation doom the Angels in the postseason?

Two weeks ago, the term “juggernaut” was being thrown around quite liberally in relation to the Angels as they had just finished steamrolling the A’s and running off a double-digit winning streak. Since then, the term used most frequently is “oh no.” The offense has slowed down to a more human pace, but that is fine. The bullpen has hit a few bumps in the road, which is...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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If Jeter keeps hitting, the ghost of Adam Wainwright will soon rise

It still bothers me that Derek Jeter's warm and fuzzy 2015 All-Star game farewell took an asterisk in the ribs from Adam Wainwright.As you surely remember, the St. Louis pitcher and NL starter grooved Jeter a meatball, right down the fairway, which Derek whacked for a double. The problem? Wainwright later embarrassed himself and the game by telling everybody what he'd done...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
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Blogger Roundtable: 2014′s Most Underrated Player

Welcome to the second Batting Leadoff Blogger Roundtable. Each week the Batting Leadoff team will each contribute their opinion on one of the game’s most pressing topics. This week the focus is on the who the most underrated player of 2014 is!  Steven Silverman – Languishing on a last-place team certainly doesn’t help, but Adrian Beltre has quietly had another stellar season...
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Will the Cubs divest themselves of Edwin Jackson?

One thing the Cubs have a perponderance of is #5-#6-#7-type starters. From Dallas Beeler to Eric Jokisch to Chris Rusin to Travis Wood to Felix Doubront to Justin Turner to Dan Straily the really deep cuts (Yoanner Negrin or Carlos Pimentel, anyone? Dae-Eun Rhee?), the Cubs have plenty of options to plug into the back end of their rotation (of which 2 spots are more-or-less reserved...
Via Obstructed View
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Yasiel Puig arm update: still gross

Yasiel Puig’s ridiculous right arm is possibly the best aspect of his game. In the 11th inning of Monday’s Giants-Dodgers game, Puig nailed Brandon Belt at the plate with an absolute laser. Yeah, that’s just disgusting. The look on Belt’s face afterwards was priceless. It’s not just that Puig’s throw was strong, it was incredibly accurate. Great positioning by Drew Butera...
Via Bloguin Best
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Yasiel Puig arm update: still gross

Yasiel Puig’s ridiculous right arm is possibly the best aspect of his game. In the 11th inning of Monday’s Giants-Dodgers game, Puig nailed Brandon Belt at the plate with an absolute laser. Yeah, that’s just disgusting. The look on Belt’s face afterwards was priceless. It’s not just that Puig’s throw was strong, it was incredibly accurate. Great positioning by Drew Butera...
Via The Outside Corner
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Tuesday, Sep 23

Yesterday my Pirates stack against Aaron Harang didn’t go as planned. A lone Andrew McCutchen homer was Pittsburgh’s offense, and that wasn’t enough to do anything meaningful for my squad. It was slim pickings on a short Monday so Danny Duffy performed to expectations, but I hoped for more out of Derek Holland. Overall my team scored 76.65 points, missing the century mark for...
Via Baseball Professor
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Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox series primer

Two teams thought to be contenders early this season will meet for a final time with much less at stake than expected. The Tampa Bay Rays (75-81) and Boston Red Sox (68-88) are familiar with meaningful September games. Both faced each other in the American League Division Series last year, and both were preseason favorites to contend for an AL East title. However, both have fallen...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

’05 Reunion for ‘Paul Konerko Day’ this Saturday

The Chicago White Sox season is finally nearing its end. There haven’t been many bright spots for the Sox this year, except for the dominant pitching of Chris Sale and the excellent bat of Jose Abreu. This Saturday will add the brightest spot for the White Sox and their fans, as “Paul Konerko Day” will be in action. According to the White Sox, the pre-game ceremony will...
Via Sports Mockery
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Guilder Rodriguez gets 1st MLB hit after 13 seasons in minors

Your browser does not support iframes. After 1,095 minor league games over 13 seasons, Texas Rangers infielder Guilder Rodriguez got his second big league start on Monday night and delivered his first big league hit, RBI and run scored in a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros. Rodriguez second hit of the game broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. “This is one of...
Via Sports-Glory
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Could Jeter be the first with perfect Hall vote?

NEW YORK (AP) Derek Jeter has had as close to perfect a career as a major leaguer can have. Still, five years from now, don't expect the New York Yankees' captain to be a unanimous selection to baseball's Hall of Fame. That's not a knock. He'd be in pretty impressive company. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken Jr. all dominated...
Via AP on Fox
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Jeter Frenzy Roundup: Final home game tickets average $845, game-used socks $409.99

As the Derek Jeter Super Funtime Retirement Tour nears its end, the frenzy surrounding the Captain finally walking off into the sunset is reaching nearly ridiculous levels. To wit: The New York Daily News reports that the average ticket price for the New York Yankees shortstop’s final home game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday have […] The post Jeter Frenzy Roundup: Final home game...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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Cardinals' Kozma is earning a roster spot with his play and professionalism

His teammates don't have to wake up Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma before games. They don't have to talk any louder to him than any other teammate, either. As cool and as calm as Kozma appears, he's listening. He's as excited as the next guy, too. Well, maybe. Watch his comically no-nonsense interview after the Game 5 comeback at Washington in 2012, and you might...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
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End of season post-mortem: New York Mets

A possible second-place finish in the NL East and near-.500 record has to be considered an improvement over the 74 wins the New York Mets earned in 2013. Of course, finishing second would be an indictment of the rest of the division, especially the cratering Braves. But the final standings could also reflect how the balance of power has changed in the NL East. The Mets and Marlins...
Via Bloguin Best
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End of season post-mortem: New York Mets

A possible second-place finish in the NL East and near-.500 record has to be considered an improvement over the 74 wins the New York Mets earned in 2013. Of course, finishing second would be an indictment of the rest of the division, especially the cratering Braves. But the final standings could also reflect how the balance of power has changed in the NL East. The Mets and Marlins...
Via The Outside Corner
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees Successful Summer of Reclamations

The Yankees haven’t had a very good season. They’re 81-75, and are likely going to finish 10+ games out of first place for the second year in a row; the first time that has happened since 1992. Fun piece of trivia unrelated to the rest of this post: their manager in 1992 was Buck Showalter, […]
Via Fangraphs
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Athletics Injury Update: Craig Gentry, Jed Lowrie, John Jaso

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels Monday night to pull ahead in the AL Wild Card race by one game. MLB has their probability of getting to the postseason at 99%, with six games remaining. Below is a report on some injuries that could affect the team in October.Outfielder Craig Gentry (concussion) has not been cleared to play and, according to Susan Slusser of...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Boxscore Breakdown #157: PANIC! at the O.co – Athletics 8, Angels 4

The one thing, the ONE thing, that C.J. Wilson couldn’t do in this game was pitch horribly. He didn’t need to pitch well. He didn’t even need to be average. He just needed not to stink up the joint and look lost on the mound again. The Angels and their confidence about having playoff success just can’t afford it. Sure enough, Wilson went and pitched one of his worst games...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 hour ago  |  Discuss
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