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By Duke Jackson
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December 22, 2014 at 11:08 am ET
A Baseball Fan’s Christmas List

Santa ClausWe’ve been good this year. Attendance numbers are high. Revenues are strong. Checks from the TV networks are still clearing and Luke Gregerson is making over $6M a year. Fellow fans, we helped make ALL this happen. We go to the games, we watch the playoffs on TV, and we buy all the over-priced Dri-Fit and NE TECH gear. So while Luke’s kids ride around in those mini electric Mercedes Benz G-Wagens this Christmas, I ask, as baseball fans, what do WE want from MLB this Christmas?  Let me get us started:...

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By Paul Czarnowski
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December 19, 2014 at 10:07 am ET
Alex Rios Will Make 11 Million Dollars in 2015.
11 million might even unstick Rios's sunglasses.

11 million might even unstick Rios’s sunglasses.

When I start gabbing with my fellow baseball fans about player signings and contracts and numbers, one of us will work in “of course, no one should be paid that much to play a game, BUT…”

What is a man (or woman) (that’s a hint) worth? We apply monetary value to that person. “Oh, so and so isn’t worth 3 million a year,” we the people not making $3 million dollars at any point say to each other. But we’re talking about people who play a game. They’re athletically superior (supposedly) and can track an object coming at them at 90 miles an hour and know how to connect with that object just ...

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By Patrick Smith
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December 18, 2014 at 5:34 am ET
A Heartwarming Holiday Tale of Authorized Amphetamines
Apparently, all Davis had to do was ask for it.

Apparently, all Davis had to do was ask for it.

It’s the feelgood hit of the holiday season! In a Christmas miracle, baseball has approved Chris Davis’s use of Adderall for the 2015 O’s campaign. God bless us, everyone!

We all know it: Davis got suspended for the month of September, the postseason and opening day of next season for taking Adderall without MLB approval.

DAVIS: “So, MLB, may I please take Adderall next season?”

MLB: “Yes, Chris. You may.”

That’s it?! That’s all it took? Just asking them? Jeez. Maybe you might’ve thought of that back in August.

Buck Showalter told the MidAtlantic Sports Network the other day that, while playing golf with Davis in Texas recently, Davis told ...

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By Duke Jackson
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December 16, 2014 at 6:14 am ET
Nationals Enjoy the Calm Before the $torm

imrsCaptureOn Monday afternoon, a New York judge granted a rather minor discovery motion in favor of MASN, the television network which owns the broadcast rights to Washington Nationals games and is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately, the motion was granted against the wishes of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Washington Nationals. Unfortunately (again), the Baltimore Orioles are owned by perhaps one of the greatest American litigators of all-time: Peter G. Angelos (a.k.a., “Vigo“).

While this was a rather minor victory for MASN, the television network has enjoyed a number of them regarding this matter, and these wins further set the stage for what will likely become a major legal battle between Mr. Angelos, the Nationals, and MLB. ...

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By Keith Good
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December 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm ET
The stones to gather Moss

Brandon-MossI tried–and failed–to acquire Brandon Moss this past fantasy season. With Jose Abreu on the DL, I offered Hanley Ramirez and Cincinnati Pitcher Mike Leake in trade for Oakland’s 1B/OF. The opposing manager bent space time and rejected my offer at speeds faster than light. My thought at the time was, “Wow… Some fool will have to show quad aces to win Moss.”

Imagine my surprise when Cleveland acquired Moss in trade from Oakland for INF prospect Joey Wendle.

Wait… Joey who?

Once you get past the shock of swapping an All-Star for a no-name, the trade makes perfect sense. Billy Beane gets to go full Billy Beane, shedding payroll for high-upside, low-cost prospects. Cleveland gets left handed pop tailor-made ...

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By Steve St. Angelo
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December 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm ET
Not for (Fire) Sale

No, you cannot have Nolan Arenado.
No. No, no, no and no.

Yes, the Rockies are awful. But this is the type of transcendent ballplayer you build a better team around.

No, you cannot have Corey Dickerson.
No. No, no, no and no.

For the same stinking reason. You seen this guy rake? Wait till he grows up and learns to lay off balls that bounce 10 feet in front of home plate. (In Dickerson’s defense, he clobbers his share of those.)

No, you cannot have Justin Morneau.

No. No, no, no and not even if 2014 was something of a fluke. He’s the rudder of this ship. If anyone can help turn it around …

Look, these are the ...

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By Paul Czarnowski
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December 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm ET
The Passion of the Konerko: A 1-Act Play
Don Cooper, as himself.

Don Cooper, as himself.

Here’s a one act play you can put on for your friends!

Cast: Don Cooper, White Sox Pitching Coach

Jeff Samardzija, one-time Cub and Athletic

Setting: office in White Sox spring training facility. Desk, two chairs, DON COOPER is already sitting behind the desk.

Light up

[sound effect – knocking]

 

COOPER: Come in.
[Samardzija enters, we will figure out from which side of the stage once we get to dress rehearsal]

 

SAMARDZIJA:  Hey Coach Cooper. You, uh, ask for me?
COOPER: Jeff, Jeff Samardzija, welcome.
SAMARDZIJA: Well, I’m glad I’m solidifying a good rotation and am backed by Zack Duke and David Robertson. And with guys on this team who might achieve consistent batting ...

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By Scott Fendley
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December 10, 2014 at 1:51 am ET
Have We Missed THE Story?

why-is-yawning-contagious01The Baseball Winter Meetings, in this age of agent-and-PR controlled media circuses?

Yawn.

Even the trades are engineered in such a way that it’s very cold, calculated and cruel.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s great for the game that the players are getting their fair share of the Monopoly Money the game is making. There’s a shit-ton of people in the seats almost everywhere (at least tickets sold, so the season tickets weasles have earned their bonuses). The ‘small market’ teams are now competing just as well as the big boys if they are competent and smart. Which means the Twins and the Rockies need to WAKE THE HELL UP! and do something right except moaning and groaning and trying ...

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By Landon Evanson
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December 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm ET
How much do I hate the White Sox?

When the White Sox won the World Series in 2005 I had a flight with a layover at O’Hare, so I wore nothing but Cubs gear to remind everyone that Chicago is a Cubs town and that no one really cared that the South Siders had taken the crown.

When Jesse Crain left the Twins to sign with the enemy I actually said “You motherfucker!” out loud.

And today when I found out that Dave Robertson and Jeff Samaradzija are now White Sox, I cringed. Actually, it was more like…

Look, I can live with the growing pains required to go where the Twins are going, I really can. That does not mean I wouldn’t rather chew broken glass than take the White ...

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By Patrick Smith
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December 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm ET
Because the St.Louis Browns Aren’t Hiring: Duquette Kicks the Tires on Toronto Job

dan-duquette-mlb-baltimore-orioles-boston-red-soxLife’s hard in Baltimore. We couldn’t even enjoy today’s Ravens win over the Dolphins. In the second quarter, I looked at my phone and saw that exec VP of Orioles baseball Dan Duquette was all but gone, taking flight for Toronto to replace outgoing Blue Jays president Paul Beeston.

By the end of the football game, rumors were still alive, but now thankfully included a few other candidates – namely the Twins’ Terry Ryan and the White Sox’s Ken Williams.

Because the line forms way over there, buddy, to be the president of a Canadian team that plays in the second-worst ballpark in baseball, on the worst turf in baseball and that hasn’t seen the postseason since the first year ...

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