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By Patrick Smith
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November 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm ET
Chris Davis and “The Devil”
The devil made Chris Davis take Adderall. But he and God are cool now. So ... y'know.

The devil made Chris Davis take Adderall. But he and God are cool now. So … y’know.

Chris Davis finally broke his silence and … well, maybe he shouldn’t have.

You’ll recall that Davis, the 2013 home run king and the Orioles starting first baseman, was suspended in September for the remainder of the regular season and what turned out to be the entire O’s postseason. He can’t even play opening day next year. Davis talked to zero media about his suspension, which was for a positive Adderall test – his second. Until yesterday, when he opened up to a Baltimore Christian radio station.

Among his comments:

“I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know ...

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By Oakland Athletics
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November 20, 2014 at 2:17 am ET
Butler Frees Up A’s To Trade For Needed Outfield He(alth)lp
Charles Sollars via Flickr

Charles Sollars via Flickr

Only the Seattle Mariners had worse output among American League teams from their designated hitters than the Oakland Athletics in 2014.

A’s fans say the team took a big step toward rectifying that with the off-season signing of former Kansas City Royal Billy Butler. Butler is a .295 career hitter, but it also turns out, he can play a very serviceable first base -.992 fielding percentage in 394 career games. That’s only .002 below the league average for his career. Stew on that for a second.

How did the A’s get him? 2014 was a down year for Butler and Kansas City is as concerned about small-market finances as the A’s. Losing Butler means losing $12.5 ...

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By Patrick Smith
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November 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm ET
Stanton, Not Nats

Washington Nationals v Miami MarlinsThere was totally no reason to put use that palindrome as a headline. I just spent half an hour trying to make it fit. I couldn’t, but enjoy it anyway. And now, on to our story:

Three hundred and twenty five million bucks, huh? Admit it – when you read that number in the paper this morning, followed by the name “Jeffrey Loria,” you thought the ghost of Tom Hicks had settled in Miami. Because the words “Loria” and “smart baseball moves” aren’t typically uttered in any proximity to one another.

But this time it’s different. Loria didn’t use the giant money hammer that plonked hundreds of millions of and too many seasons onto the heads of Prince Fielder, Alex Rodriguez, ...

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By Landon Evanson
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November 18, 2014 at 11:28 am ET
MLB Classics: Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten

WhitenGiancarlo Stanton just inked a deal with the Marlins that’s just about as unfathomable as his power. Which got me to thinking of another player who was cut from Stanton’s cloth — big, powerful, athletic — Mark Whiten.

In the second game of a doubleheader on September 7, 1993, Whiten put on a display of his raw ability when he equaled two major league records in a single contest when be blasted four home runs and drove in 12 to help the Cardinals trounce the Reds.

Going into the game, Whiten had 18 homers and 75 RBI, but none of the 22,606 at Riverfront Stadium will ever forget what Whiten could have been....

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By Andy Smith
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November 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm ET
Not A Great Five Minutes for the Pirates

martin-throwingIn a span of about five minutes, two big pieces of news broke in the baseball world, both with strong ramifications for the Pirates.

Most pertinently, Jon Heyman reported catcher Russell Martin had signed with the Blue Jays, and Ken Rosenthal chimed in that the deal was for five (!) years and $82 (!!!) million. The deal exceeds even the most aggressive projections on what Martin would make this offseason. Just yesterday in fact, there were reports a deal with the Cubs seemed likely at around four years, $64 million. If you’re looking for a silver lining as a Pirates fan, it’s that no sane person would think the Pirates could or should match what Martin got from the Blue Jays. ...

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By Steve St. Angelo
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November 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm ET
A Bird Around the Neck Is Worth … What?!?!

money-bag-400301_1280Wow. The Marlins are really stupid.

What part of this movie did they miss?

Alex Rodriguez? Albert Pujols? The Dodgers outfield? CC Sabathia?

Ryan Howard?

Or closer to home for me …

Mike Hampton? Todd Helton? Carlos Gonzalez? Troy Tulowitzki?

An albatross is an albatross is an albatross.

Oh my god. Giancarlo Stanton ain’t gonna cure Ebola, folks. He’s going to hit 35 majestic homers, bat .270 and drive in 90 runs every year. That’s pretty good, but even that is assuming he comes back at his full, sharp, chiseled best from the fastball that broke his face. Twelve years and more than $320 million? About $26 million per year average? For a dozen years!

They can’t be serious. People ...

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By Peter Robins-Brown
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November 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm ET
Who the Hell is Eating all that Pizza?

_little ceasarThese days, the Tigers budgetary constraints are about as easy to discern as the ingredients that constitute the “cheese” in a Little Caesar’s pizza. (Is it some sort of rubber product? Were cows even involved in the process at any point? How quickly, on like a per second basis, is that goop clogging my arteries?)

Last year, when the Tigers traded Doug Fister for a package of prospects, we were told the biggest motivation was to keep payroll in check. Then at the trade deadline Trader Dave went out and acquired Joakim Soria and David Price, whose combined salaries for the last couple of months of the season exceeded what Fister would have been owed for the entire year.

This ...

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By Landon Evanson
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November 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm ET
“How sweet it was” (VIDEO)

Wild Card Game - Oakland Athletics v Kansas City RoyalsTip of the cap to the late, great Dave Niehaus on the header.

The Royals may have come up ninety feet short in the World Series, but they should hold their collective heads high because they created a lifetime of memories for their fans.

However one chooses to remember the #TakeTheCrown October of 2014 (or that the filmmaker called the ALCS the American League Conference Series), it’s impossible to argue against the assertion that baseball is back in Kansas City....

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By Landon Evanson
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October 30, 2014 at 11:14 am ET
What can be said other than “Thank you?”

WSGame7jgl102914 2992I hadn’t been nervous watching a World Series game since 1991, when the Twins were battling the Braves in what turned out to be Jack Morris’ defining moment. In fact, I hadn’t experienced anxiety watching any contest since Game 163 back in 2009, and almost thought we were going to have a deja vu all over again moment when Alex Gordon’s single was played into three bases, much like Michael Cuddyer’s tenth-inning effort five years ago.

The only difference was that Cuddyer crossed home plate. Alex Gordon would not.

For the past couple of seasons, I have been desperately trying to locate the passion for the game I once had. Little did I know, it was in Kansas City. It’s ...

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By Bob Moffitt
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October 30, 2014 at 12:56 am ET
Maestro

Like an actor disappearing and someone else emerging completely, like a pianist turning each note into a wave of sound, like the painter who swirls and dabs and brushes and scratches a pallet of colors into one vision, like a chef who combines a host of flavors into one delectable collection of tastes and aromas, like anyone who has the ability to take a craft, learn it, master it, and then it make his or her own; Madison Bumgarner has done so with the ability to take brute force and finesse and intelligence and deliver a series of pitches that no one could see or hit or anticipate.

It was a World Series performance for the ages, to be sure....

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