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By Landon Evanson
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July 1, 2015 at 10:39 am ET
Indoor Four ’15: July edition

Indoor Four logoWe’re halfway home and things are getting interesting. Very interesting. Chilean Bamboo had all of one point overall heading into the final day of June before Dee Gordon made the Splendid Sprint to put him on top for the season! 643wannabe made the brilliant selection of Oakland outfielder Billy Burns and went from last place with one point to tied for second in just one month. And Burns didn’t collect an indoor four. Just sayin’.

I feel redundant saying Kevin Youkilis and Joe Mauer over and over, but you know what? They made winners of their contestants, and not for nothin’, but Mike Trout has ah triple this season and Billy Hamilton has but one extra base hit in a ...

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By Patrick Smith
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June 29, 2015 at 4:47 am ET
25,000 Little Magical Bucks Can’t Be Wrong

buck machineSink a silver dollar in the slot. Yank the handle, watch ‘em spin.

Cherry. Cherry.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …¬† Cherry.

The bells ring, the siren wails, hundreds of coins clank into the tray and spill all over the floor. Jackpot.

Everything’s coming up cherries for the Orioles, who shut out the Clevelands twice yesterday on their way to a weekend series sweep. The team got 15 innings — and zero walks — out of starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman in a split doubleheader that drew a total of about 86,000 fans. Homers from Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Travis Snider and Chris Parmelee. They pitched, they hit, they hit for power, they hit with runners in scoring position.

Game 2, a ...

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By Duke Jackson
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June 23, 2015 at 6:47 am ET
Peace Out, Pete

23035837_SAIn June 2014, Pete Rose was on the verge of an unheard of baseball redemption. Conversely, Alex Rodriguez was approaching the precipice of baseball exile.

Twelve months later, Rodriguez became the fifth¬†player to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in a career. Upon his 3,000th hit (a dinger, of course)¬†he received a standing ovation from the same fans who loudly decried him as he rode off into exile¬†last spring. The same pundits who (correctly) labeled him a pathological liar reluctantly praised his triumphant return. Days¬†later, as Pete Rose prepared for an appearance at next month’s MLB All-Star game, ESPN’s Outside the Lines published a story that should prevent¬†Pete Rose from ever stepping foot in a baseball dugout ...

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By Landon Evanson
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June 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm ET
Hangin’ with Hargrove: A B&C interview with Mike Hargrove

Hargrove close-upMike Hargrove won more games as manager of the Cleveland Indians (721) than Hall of Famers Tris Speaker (617) and Al Lopez (570) and ranks only seven behind Lou Boudreau for most in franchise history.

During that run as Cleveland’s skipper, Hargrove guided the club to five consecutive American League Central division championships (1995-99) and to its last two World Series appearances (1995 & ’97).

Hargrove was also named a Rookie of the Year winner (1974) and All-Star (’75) as a player, but is perhaps most remembered as the “Human Rain Delay.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hargrove took a few minutes to speak with Bugs & Cranks to discuss the importance of and number of wins (or losses) a ...

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By Landon Evanson
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June 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm ET
I Get it Now

87 ReaganLet this Twins fan wind the clocks back for you for the briefest of moments to mid-May 1987.

Before less than 14,000 fans under the Teflon Confines, Minnesota took down the Red Sox 3-1 on a two-run, walk-off blast from Kirby Puckett. Juan Berenguer tossed eight innings of three-hit ball that didn’t earn the victory, but that doesn’t matter because wins are an antiquated statistic so let’s get to the point.

To be precise, the date was May 15 of that magical year.

Some guy named Brian Dozier was born that very day....

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By Landon Evanson
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June 1, 2015 at 9:34 am ET
Indoor Four ’15: June edition

Indoor Four logoWhat a clusterf…well, let’s just say it was congested at the top for May.

No one player stood out and none of your selections made the Splendid Sprint, which led to a seven, count ‘em seven-way time for the monthly points.

Alas, June is now upon us so in the spirit of Youk, pick your pony and see if he can help you inch closer to that $100 Best Buy gift card which awaits the victor at season’s end. Though Jeremy Popscene has the edge at the moment, eight players are no more than three points back with four months to go.

What are you waiting for? Giddyup!

The obligatory rules:...

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By Keith Good
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May 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm ET
Bryan Price – Premature Ejectulator
Bryan Price - Premature Ejeculator

Photo: Jason Miller/ Getty Images

Bryan Price swears, it’s never happened before. He’s never had¬†any problem being a premature ejectulator, really.

Congratulations to Reds‚Äô Skip¬†Bryan Price, who set yet another dubious record. Price was tossed from yesterday‚Äôs Cleveland/Cincinnati game shortly after handing in Cincinnati‚Äôs lineup card. I‚Äôm sure Elias has people combing through the archives, but that has to be a record. Tossed from a MLB game before the first pitch? Even Bobby Cox¬†can’t believe it.

This comes little over a month after Price spent four minutes worth of oxygen releasing a fountain of f-bombs at the media.

In both cases, Bryan Price’s reasoning is plausible. He was tossed from the Saturday’s game for pointing out the expansion and contraction of ...

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By Bob Moffitt Bugs & Cranks Oakland Athletics
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May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm ET
a’s dEfEnsE: tErriblE

Oakland Athletics v Chicago White SoxOn Sunday, a five-error exhibition of horrors by the Oakland Athletics in a loss to the Chicago White Sox included dropping, general bungling, and throwing of the baseball around the ball yard.

It was so bad that an argument could be made that the baseball was not a baseball at all, but, instead, a red-hot, spiked medieval weapon of war fired at them with catapults and the only way players could defend themselves was to deflect the deadly projectile with this large thing called a glove -commonly worn on the hand to catch things, but also useful as a human shield and/or hot dog holder.

It could also be argued another option of self-preservation was to pick up the dangerous ...

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By Patrick Smith
May 15, 2015 at 6:05 am ET
James Taylor AND the Red Sox?
Of course James Taylor is a Red Sox fan.

Of course James Taylor is a Red Sox fan.

  • ¬†Severe air turbulence
  • An aggressive tonsil exam
  • Riding in a car with a smoker with the windows up
  • James Taylor singing about the Red Sox

What are, “Things that make smitty gag?”

Correct! It’s finally happened. Just when you thought the Boston Red Sox couldn’t possibly be less likable, they dig a little deeper.

James Taylor — the Earl of Ick, the Duke of Ewww — has released “Angels of Fenway,” a song from an upcoming album. It’s Taylor’s tribute to his favorite team’s ascendence and triumph over the Yankees. It’s a celebration of Boston’s¬†2004 World Series title.

I grew up in North Carolina in the 70s and and 80s. Raleigh ...

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By Patrick Smith
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May 14, 2015 at 3:05 am ET
“All the Good Titles Were Taken,” by Jorge Posada

FUN FACT: One of every 13 books published is entitled The Journey Home.

Jorge Posada, erstwhile and sometimes-cranky Yankee catcher, done wrote a book.¬†The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes is, according to the publisher, “a touching and earnest memoir.”

If you order it on Amazon, be careful you don’t confuse Posada’s Journey Home with The Journey Home, Radhanath Swami’s “colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love.” Or with The Journey Home, Hope Kesler’s novel that asks if “a man of faith can reach the heart of a spiritually wounded young woman with a reputation for rebellion.” Or even with The Journey Home, Kelly Elliot’s novel where¬†Livy finds herself caught between the rapture of an all-consuming ...

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