Angels Off to a Hot Start!

The Angels are undefeated in Spring Training! What does this mean? Nothing! Seriously, it doesn’t mean nothing but it’s close. We don’t watch Spring Training games to see who wins or loses or even stat lines, necessarily. We watch them to see how players are developing, we watch them to see how healthy players are, we watch them to see how players are approving their approach...
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Chicago Cubs: How to win an argument with a Cardinals fan

It’s no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals have dominated their rivalry series with the Chicago Cubs statistically. But, as any baseball statistician will tell you, numbers only tell half the story. Hopefully, you’ve been to at least one game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals by now. If so, you’ve probably had the […] Chicago Cubs: How to win an argument...
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Arizona Diamondbacks: Taijuan Walker impressive in spring debut

Right-hander Taijuan Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks showed plenty of up-side in his initial start of the spring When the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right-hander Taijuan Walker in the off-season, the immediate discussion centered around Walker’s upside. Here was a player at 24-years-old with a live arm, positive disposition and a wealth of talent. The only […] Arizona Diamondbacks...
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Wheeler To Make Grapefruit League Debut March 10

Per Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News, Zack Wheeler threw a live BP session today. Batters were mostly just tracking his pitches, however an attending scout said he looked “really good.” Anthony DiComo of says will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10th against the Braves. Original Report – Feb 27 James Wagner of the New York Times reports Zack Wheeler had...
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Kyle Freeland wants to improve command after first spring start

If Denver’s own Kyle Freeland is going to continue competing for the fifth spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation, he’s going to have to improve his command from his first start in Spring Training. Freeland, Colorado’s top draft pick in 2014, allowed four runs (three earned) in two innings pitched in his debut outing, striking out two and walking walking two. He also committed...
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Mark Buehrle and the Value of Working Quickly

My regard for Mark Buehrle is growing. We often don’t fully appreciate people or things while we still have access to them. Buehrle quietly slipped into retirement prior to last season after a remarkable career during which he struck out batters at well below league-average rates, possessed a sub-90 mph fastball for much of his career, and yet accumulated 52 WAR and a 215-160...
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Bearcats Box Lunch: Sandy Koufax, Fifth Third Arena, Kyle Washington

On today’s menu: a Sandy Koufax statue, some reminiscing about Fifth Third Arena and more. The internet is a big, wide open, scary place. Why should you have to dive into its depths and find stories that pertain to the Cincinnati Bearcats when we can do it for you? Here’s what the world wide web has to offer today. A man in Newton, Massachusetts has a statue of Sandy Koufax...

Misguided Early Spring Training Analysis: 5th Outfielder Battle

Spring Training statistics are just short of utter meaninglessness. This likely isn’t news to you as a reader of Crashburn Alley. Bill Baer made it a point to provide an annual reminder of this fact on these very pages. That first link offers a particularly comprehensive reason for unreliability of Spring Training statistics. To start, the length of Spring Training is such that...
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Madison Bumgarner is doubling as a hitting coach for new rotation mate

Consulting Madison Bumgarner for pitching advice is a given. But the ace lefty also is handing out hitting tips in spring training. Rotation mate Matt Moore, acquired from the Rays last August, had spent his entire career in the AL – with the DH – prior to the deal that brought him to the Giants. And it showed, as Moore went 0-for-21 with San Francisco before breaking through...
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The Royals 25 Man Roster

It’s now March, but we’re just four games into Spring Training and more than a month from Opening Day, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what the 25-man roster will look like. Like the year before it, and the year before that, most of the roster is already set. That’s what good teams do – they don’t have a lot of holes to fill. There’s always a chance...
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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Baez Batting Lead Off, Jay in Left Batting 2nd, Almora in Center Field

Joe Maddon has a little bit of an interesting twist in today’s lineup by slotting Jon Jay in left field and Albert Almora in center. We were reminded yesterday just how special Almora’s defensive prowess can be and is when he made a great grab up against the center field wall (see it here). Couple Almora’s defense with his potential on offense – he stroked a double yesterday...
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50 Greatest Phillies Games: 27. Del, Mike and Manny put Phils a win away

Until March 27, we’ll be counting down the 50 greatest Phillies games of the last 50 years. This is 50 of 50. And this is No. 27. THE DATE: Oct. 19, 1980 THE GAME: Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals, Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri THE STAKES: Game 5, World Series THE GREAT: The Phillies opened the 1980 World Series by winning two hotly contested games – both of which featured...
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Watch: Ryan Dempster Gives up BP Oppo Bomb to…Theo Epstein?

Theo Epstein may not look like much standing in the box with his sneakers and pullover. Actually, the way he’s choked up conjures images of David Eckstein. Or, given that how he drove this BP fastball from Ryan Dempster, maybe we should liken the Cubs’ baseball boss to Rajai Davis. Demp — who’s using Spring Training to prepare to pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball...
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Matt Barnes Takes Ownership Of Red Sox Uniform #68

We've always sorta liked Matt Barnes. Connecticut native, UConn alum, hard-thrower, good beard, grind-it-out mentality. Now, we like him even more. When WBZ-TV's Dan Roche asked him about his high 68 uniform number, he didn't obsess on digits he used to wear in the past (13, 26, 31). Instead, he took ownership of his lofty numerals, "Hanley is wearing [No. 13 now], so that’s out...
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Atlanta Braves Morning Chop: The Green Green Grass of Home

Sun Trust Park is finally about to get a finishing touch that we’ve been watching for. There is some extra activity today on site at SunTrust Park.  Familiar-looking vehicles of the Atlanta Braves grounds-keeping team are running across the sandy-colored dirt in the outfield. Of course, that’s exactly the problem… they are moving over dirt. […] Atlanta Braves Morning Chop...
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Wheeler Threw Live BP, Looked “Really Good”

Per Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News, Zack Wheeler threw a live BP session today. Batters were mostly just tracking his pitches, however an attending scout said he looked “really good.” Wheeler is tentatively scheduled to appear in games starting in the second week of March. Original Report – Feb 2 James Wagner of the New York Times reports Zack Wheeler had a successful...
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1 hour ago

Arizona Diamondbacks: Patrick Corbin exhibits fast ball command in spring debut

Lefty Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks has the most potential to separate from others and contend for a spot in the rotation Currently, in camp, manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has a group of nine potential candidates for the five spots in then the starting rotation. Of those considered on the bubble, […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Patrick Corbin exhibits...
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Theo Epstein takes BP against Ryan Dempster

When your plan for the season was written on a hotel bar napkin and you ultimately ended up a World Series Champion, you’re allowed to do anything you want. This includes taking batting practice off of a former All-Star pitcher during spring training.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein recently took his front office baseball skills to the cage. He took a pitch off...
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Giants who became Dodgers, part 3: The Ned Colletti years

Welcome to the third and final segment of our “Giants who became Dodgers” series, which brings us to some more contemporary history. Five of the six entries in this portion were Ned Colletti free agent signings, Colletti himself being something of a Giant who became a Dodger (though we’re only counting players in this series). It’s hardly a complete list — …
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Houston Astros need to ‘Earn It’, the AL West, in 2017

The Houston Astros Coin the Phrase “Earn It.” The Houston Astros organization has chosen the phrase “Earn It” to lead the 2017 campaign. A lot can be derived from these words. Let’s see how this team can realize them: Produce on the Mound One of the biggest questions heading into 2017 is pitching. Do the […] Houston Astros need to ‘Earn It’, the AL West, in 2017 ...
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Former Cub David Ross to appear on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

When it was all said and done and the official lineup for next season’s “Dancing with the Stars” was announced, retired Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross became the first major leaguer — retired or otherwise — slated to ever to appear on the reality show. The announcement of the cast slated to compete came Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Ross, who...
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Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospect – No. 4 Fernando Romero

Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. At #4 is Fernando Romero. Fernando Romero shocked a lot of observers with his impressive return to the mound last year. Coming into this season, Romero is one of the most exciting players in our countdown of the top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. In 2014 he […] Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospect – No. 4 Fernando Romero...
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T.J. Rivera starts at the third base | Mets lineup Wednesday vs. Cardinals

The Mets travel to Jupiter for the second day in a row to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. T.J. Rivera gets another start at third base before Jose Reyes takes over again. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- T.J. Rivera will start at third base Wednesday, when the Mets travel to Jupiter, Fla., for the second day in a row to face the St. Louis...
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Machado honoring mom by playing in Classic

Playing for the Dominican Republic is a way for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado to pay his family back for all of its support.
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Watch: Highlights from Kris Bryant at University of San Diego

Our efforts to flood the interwebs with as much information on Kris Bryant as humanly possible have already produced a four-part interview series with his father, Mike, and grainy cell phone video of his upright stance in high school. Now we’ve got some B-roll of the NL MVP from his college days at the University of San Diego.
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