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By Patrick Smith
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April 22, 2015 at 2:41 am ET
Relax, Jose Bautista. Nobody’s Throwing at You. Probably.

batsQ: Did a 22-year-old Rule V Orioles rookie zing a fastball behind Toronto slugger Jose Bautista’s neck in Tuesday’s blowout O’s loss?

A: Yes.

Q: Did he do it on purpose?

A: Probably not.

Q: Does that matter?

A: Definitely not.

I’ll stop interviewing myself now. Until this month, the rookie in question, Jason Garcia, has spent his whole career pitching to players on teams with names like the Muckdogs and the Crawdads. “Baltimore at Toronto” is a little different than “Greenville at Hickory.” But because he’s a Rule V kid, he’s got to stay with the big-league club all year, whether he’s worthy of it or not. His role, such as it is, involves chomping down the wasted innings ...

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By Patrick Smith
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April 21, 2015 at 6:53 am ET
Small Price

St Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati RedsOne of life’s rarest pleasures is the baseball managerial clubhouse meltdown captured on tape and shared with the world. We’ve heard Earl Weaver, we’ve heard Tom Lasorda and we’ve heard the greatest foulmouthed tirade of them all, Lee Elia.

In his legendary 1983 rant, Elia rails against the Wrigley fans who booed the home team in a loss that dropped the Cubs to 5 and 14.

Reds manager Bryan Price blew his stack at the Cincinnati beat writers Monday before his team’s 6-1 win in Milwaukee. For six profane minutes, Price complained about reporters who’ve done their jobs well. Among Price’s gripes was that a big-leaguer learned of his demotion through a tweet from a media member. The manager ...

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By Peter Robins-Brown
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April 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm ET
A Tigers-centric Recap of the First Two Weeks

rsz_miggy10-2, bitches. Apparently the rumors of the Tigers demise have been greatly exaggerated. All offseason, pundits and fans alike pointed to an aging core, many of whom are in the midst of large, long-term contracts, and a questionable pitching staff to predict that 2015 would be the beginning of the end.

What many of those people failed to consider is that Dave Dombrowski consistently manages to re-invent this team and keep it on top, which is something Tyler Kepner pointed out in an article in yesterday’s Times. Even more inspiring than the opening record and Kepner’s analysis, is that 7 of the team’s top-10 position players (with the exception of Cespedes, Avila, and Rajai) are under contract for ...

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By Steve St. Angelo
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April 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm ET
Defense and Pitching and … the Rockies?

Rockies Spring BaseballEverybody knew even before the season started that the Colorado Rockies would have the best defense in the majors. OK, maybe just the six of us who follow them, but whatever. (Plenty of room on the bandwagon, folks.)

And yeah, if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were healthy, they’d once again mash. FYI—the six of us also knew that Nolan Arenado (inset) would become a household name this year. And, after watching 42-year-old flamethrower LaTroy Hawkins wear down last year, that we’d need a new closer. (Adam O!) What we didn’t know was that some of the young starting pitching (Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, Eddie Butler) would start rounding into something serviceable. So this is why they let Jhoulys Chacin ...

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By Duke Jackson
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April 13, 2015 at 6:34 am ET
MLB 2015 Preview: Part Deux

A little ways back, we took a look at the National League and its assorted goodness. Then, for about two weeks, my real job got in the way. Today, we finally take on the AL as well as our predictions for 2015 underneath. Moving left to right, with a “*” for our Wild Card teams… here we go:

AL East

The demarcation between the “good” and the “bad” in the East is pretty damn clear. The top three teams have the talent to make a run at the pennant while the bottom two squads may set franchise records for offensive futility. The margin of error between the Jays, Orioles, and Red Sox is razor thin: a two to three game swing could mean ...

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By Scott Kelly
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April 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm ET
Was It Good For You?

resultIt was great for me!

Great is an understatement. It was (insert word greater than great here…) for me.

I hate to put you on the spot but it would really enhance my experience to know that you enjoyed it too.

You don’t know it because you didn’t see it, but I did a fist pump! I fist-pumped like a Guido.

 

It’s been so long that I was worried it may never happen again.

I mean, I was emotionally prepared to never experience this type of pleasure again.

I had written it off as a physical problem. Age takes it’s toll on a guy, you know?

I wasn’t sure if I’d ever experience the pleasure of a Joey Votto...

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By David Chalk
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April 9, 2015 at 6:06 am ET
MLB Admits Barry Bonds Exists, May Honor Him At All-Star Game

BarryBondsMLBGreatest“Was that Barry Bonds?”  Wasn’t expecting to see The G-POPE when I made a brief check-in at MLB.com, but there He was right on the front page under the words “Greatest Living Players.”

Only took like seven and a half years since He set the all-time home run record and then was blackballed out of the sport He had saved.

MLB.com is exploiting the image of the Greatest Player On Planet Earth as part of an internet vote, where fans are encouraged to pick four out of eight candidates, or supply their own write-in vote, and promises the player “receiving the most votes will be honored at the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.”

There are also eight choices for every ...

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By Steve St. Angelo
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April 8, 2015 at 10:09 am ET
Hunger Games

EatMaybe it’s just the road uniforms, but the Colorado Rockies have shown up for the 2015 season lean and mean. Forget the record-tying doubles (12 in two games to start the season). That’s nice, especially as they’ve translated to two wins … on the road. The Rockies are toned, tanned and raking.

Looks like they’ve been skipping the snacks, except for that one chip on their shoulders.

“What sticks out to me when I hear [about tying the doubles record set by the 1912 New York Giants] is that I’m really happy that it’s on the road,” Troy Tulowitzki told reporters. “The first thing we would hear if we are at home was about how ‘it’s a hitters’ ballpark, and ...

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By Terri Narrell
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April 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm ET
Fan Seeking Team
I ain't smilin'.

I ain’t smilin’.

I’m heartbroken, disgusted, and mad as the proverbial old, wet hen (though, come to think of it, I’ve never seen an old, wet hen do anything but peck the ground). Nonetheless, I’m angry, frustrated, and – I’ll go ahead and say it — done with the Braves.

Perhaps the Braves management doesn’t realize that Craig Kimbrel was one of the few good things left for the fans of this misguided, screwed-up organization. If they cared about our opinions, they wouldn’t have traded him Sunday after spending the winter assuring us they wouldn’t. The move replaced the excitement of Opening Day with something akin to mourning.

For me, this is the last straw. It’s taken a long time ...

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By Wayne Laufert
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April 7, 2015 at 11:48 am ET
What We Learned from Opening Day 2015
Another opener is history.

Another opener is history.

Wow, that was a memorable Opening Day, huh? I know I won’t forget it for several more hours, right up until about game time tonight. All sorts of stuff happened. From the first pitch until the last, quite a few occurrences took place.

And those occurrences were revealing indeed. It’s still early, but we can track some developing trends in MLB.

For instance, I think the Yankees are in trouble. If ace Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t turn his season around, it doesn’t bode well for the Bronx Bombers. And it’s nice that A-Rod has been getting on base, but where’s the power? If he’s not going deep (zero homers so far), what good is he?

And the ...

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