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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Posted on February 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

It was an uncharacteristically quiet winter for Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees. The Yankees winter was best epitomized by who they didn’t go after. They were never in on Zack Greinke or Josh Hamilton, the two premier names on the free agent market. They weren’t even in on the second tier of free agents like Michael Bourn or Ryan Dempster. They even let ... Read More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Posted on February 19, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

The 2012 Baltimore Orioles were one of the best stories in the game. It seems like every season there is a team that surprises. The Orioles were that team, even more so than the Oakland A’s because the A’s at least had promising young pitchers to build around. The Orioles entered the 2012 season as the least talented team in the division and a virtual lock to finish in ... Read More
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Posted on February 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

For the second time this winter, the Cleveland Indians swooped in and signed one of the premium names on the market. This newly found penchant for getting premium names has indeed opened a new era for the Indians as they have spent much of the past two decades scouring the wire for value signings and drafting and developing talent. While they are still very much a draft and ... Read More
Monday, February 11, 2013
Posted on February 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

For a baseball fan, this is one of the best days of the year. It’s a day that only takes three words to summarize: pitchers and catchers. As teams begin to filter on to the fields of Florida and Arizona, there is a feeling of hope. Every organization, even the ones we all “know” will fail have dreams of becoming that surprise team. They will all point to the Orioles and A’s of 2012 and say ... Read More
Friday, February 8, 2013
Posted on February 8, 2013 at 01:28 PM.

Let’s get it out of the way right now. A seven year commitment is risky. It is especially risky to make such a commitment to a starting pitcher. The industry has no clue how to keep pitchers healthy and why some pitchers can maintain and why others get hurt often. Even the most healthy pitcher in his 20’s can become an injury-prone 30-something pitcher. The risk is ... Read More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Predictably, a few more names have been leaked out of the Miami clinic, Biogenesis. This time, Yahoo Sports published three more names with Ryan Braun being the headliner. Named alongside the 2011 MVP are Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia. There were always going to be more names. More will follow. The black cloud of the latest performance enhancing ... Read More
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

They are two teams with two very different objectives for the 2013 season. Before the 2012 season, the two organizations seemed to be doing the same thing as the Oakland A’s were dealing players to complete the quest of getting cheaper and stocking the farm system when another playoff run could be made. The Astros were really a barren organization and had to completely transform itself by selling ... Read More
Friday, February 1, 2013
Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM.

This Sunday is exciting for football fans. It marks the end of another season and is one of biggest days in sport. But, baseball fans have a much different perspective on Super Sunday. Once the spectacle of the final football game of the season finishes, it is the unofficial beginning of the 2013 baseball season. In a little more than a week, the two most beautiful words a baseball fan can hear are finally ... Read More
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Posted on January 30, 2013 at 09:44 AM.

In a division that contains the defending World Series champion and the defending spending champion, the San Diego Padres have had a quiet offseason. That is usually the case in San Diego as the franchise is rarely a player in the free agent market and usually find pitchers willing to come to Petco to resurrect their career in the best pitcher park in the league. But, it is a bit unusual this ... Read More
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Posted on January 29, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

It was only a matter of time before the next big story broke about performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. There was always going to be another BALCO-type discovery. Steroids and HGH were only the beginning. Today, The Miami New Times broke the story that everyone had hoped not to see, but knew was coming. BALCO East is located in a facility called Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic ... Read More
Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted on January 28, 2013 at 09:55 AM.

There is nothing more exciting for a franchise than a prospect who is about to start his career. There are only possibilities. Last season saw a bunch of rookies make a significant impact on the season. Of course, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper got all of the headlines, but others such as Wade Miley, Jarrod Parker, Todd Frazier, and Wilin Rosario all had significant starts to their respective ... Read More
Friday, January 25, 2013
Posted on January 25, 2013 at 01:57 PM.

Kirk Gibson gave baseball fans one of the most everlasting moments in the game’s rich history. The image of him limping to the plate during game one of the 1988 World Series is one of those moments where fans remember exactly where they were when it happened. The swing, Dennis Eckersley’s incredulous look as the ball sailed over the fence, the limp, the fist pump, and Tommy Lasorda jumping out of the dugout ... Read More
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Posted on January 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM.

After years of speculation and one blocked trade, Justin Upton is no longer a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 25 year old outfielder was traded along with third baseman Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman/outfielder Martin Prado, 23 year old starting pitcher Randall Delgado, and three prospects: shortstop Nick Ahmed, pitcher Zeke Spruill, and first baseman Brandon ... Read More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

With the Spring Training mere weeks away, teams are starting to fill out their rosters, gather some organizational depth, and set up some spring position battles. The next few weeks are also a time when many teams are searching for value and signing players to low risk deals and inviting them to Major League camp. While Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse continue to play the waiting game, ... Read More
Monday, January 21, 2013
Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM.

It was a weekend of loss for Major League Baseball. First came the news of the long time Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver’s passing. The man who built the famed “Orioles Way” was on an Orioles fan cruise when he passed away at the age of 82. Many of today’s fans may not know much more about Weaver than a couple of Youtube clips showing one of his 97 ejections. Few know that Weaver ... Read More

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