1. Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields Trade Had to Happen, and Rays Won Big

    Months after throwing the first and only no-hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays , Matt Garza got traded. At the time, it was somewhat puzzling to Rays fans...

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  2. Reflections on the Swamp: 4 Years of Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

    There's something in the air on game day in Gainesville . In all likelihood, it has something to do with the oppressive heat and humidity usually present for a majority of the home games...

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  3. College Football: Could All-SEC Team Beat All-Americans from Everywhere Else?

    Is the SEC the best conference in college football? It's the question that fans of every other conference have been begging to answer "no" to, and one that SEC fans want to affirm...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about almost 2 years ago 1,378 reads 31 comments

  4. Florida Gators: Saturday's Game Will Define Their Season

    The Swamp fell silent, undergrads and alumni alike standing by in nervous anticipation. You can never hear a pin drop in the Florida Gators' home stadium, but if you could, it would have been at that point...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about almost 2 years ago 2,341 reads 13 comments

  5. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout Are MLB's New Golden Boys

    It's 1951, and baseball is in the process of entering its golden age. Fathers are back from the war overseas, teaching their young sons the game they once knew as their own...

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  6. Tampa Bay Rays: The Statistics Behind Why Derek Shelton Should Be Fired

    No matter how many times a mediocre pitcher mows down the Rays or how many bases loaded situations result in zero or one runs, there is always a vote of confidence for the hitting coach...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about 2 years ago 1,882 reads 2 comments

  7. MLB: Predicting AL and NL Gold Glove Winners

    One of the least popular awards among the stat-head community is the Gold Glove. While the award claims to reward the best fielder at each position in each league, many of the best fielders in baseball have been snubbed for multiple reasons...

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  8. 2012 MLB Predictions: Projecting Every MLB Team's ERA

    The 2011 MLB season was, in a sense, the continuation of the "Year of the Pitcher." There were many dominant performances around baseball, from Clayton Kershaw to Justin Verlander...

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  9. MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Most Tantalizing Rumors Coming out of Spring Training

    Spring training is in full bloom, and with exhibitions set to start this weekend, baseball season is upon us. Though the offseason is over for the most part, there is still time before the regular season starts...

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  10. MLB Free Agency: Early Look at the 20 Best Pitchers on the Market Next Winter

    It's never too early to look at next year's free agent class, is it? With the 2012 season just around the corner, the time is now to take an obligatory look at who might be hitting the market this winter...

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  11. David Price: What to Expect from Tampa Bay Rays Ace in 2012

    On the surface, David Price 's 2011 season looked like a step back from his 2010 campaign. His win total, ERA, opponent average and line-drive percentage all were worse last year than the year before...

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  12. MLB: The 13 Most Embarrassing Player Tattoos

    Baseball is a game of characters and self-expression. Because it is not the breakneck-paced sport that hockey or football is, part of the draw of baseball is the individual—his story, his quirks and his tattoos...

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  13. MLB: The 20 Baseball Announcers You Don't Want to Call Your Game

    Whenever you flip on a baseball game that you have no personal attachment to, there are always a few criteria you evaluate before deciding if the game is worth watching...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 5,086 reads 37 comments

  14. MLB: Every Team's Biggest Spring-Training Position Battles

    Oh, the wonders of spring. It's a time of rebirth, little bunnies prancing around in the meadows, colorful flowers blooming, and baseball. Mainly baseball. However, the part of spring that has the most importance is the position battle...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 2,659 reads 7 comments

  15. One Promotion Every MLB Team Should Do in 2012

    If any sport knows how to find creative ways to get fans to the stadium, it's baseball. From bobbleheads to pennants, Ten-Cent Beer nights to Disco Demolition, some of the most memorable moments in baseball history involve promotions...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 1,134 reads 4 comments

  16. Tim Tebow: While Detractors Get Their Wish, Broncos QB Will Get Last Laugh

    With every pass in that flats that one-hopped to a receiver, they smiled. With every feeble attempt to escape a pass rush, they celebrated. When the clock read all zeroes, they rejoiced...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 774 reads 9 comments

  17. New York Yankees Prove Once Again They Run the Best Business in MLB

    Take away the pinstripes, the statues, the lore. Get rid of the 27 rings, the 40 American League Championships, the Hall of Famers. Strip it all away, and the New York Yankees still run their team better than any other ball club in baseball does...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 934 reads 6 comments

  18. Power Ranking MLB GMs Based on This Offseason

    Though the playing season is where general managers of baseball teams earn their keep, the offseason is where the long hours of player evaluation and acquisition take place...

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  19. B/R Writers Draft Players to Build an MLB Franchise Around

    If you could choose one baseball player to build a franchise around, who would it be? This is the question that I posed to 27 other Bleacher Report Featured Columnists, and one that we will attempt to answer...

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  20. Matt Moore: What to Expect from Tampa Bay Rays Prospect in 2012

    When you take a look at the rotation of the Tampa Bay Rays , one thing probably comes to mind instantly. This team has the potential to throw quality starts every single day...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 2,107 reads 17 comments

  21. MLB Trade/Free Agent Scenarios: 1 Move Each Team Will Make before Spring

    New year, same goals. As 2012 begins, the 30 teams of Major League Baseball will begin making the final transactions to shape their rosters. The hot stove is still burning, with plenty of big names still on the market...

    Eli Marger Written by Eli Marger about over 2 years ago 8,531 reads 43 comments

  22. MLB Free Agency: The One Player Every Team Cannot Afford to Lose

    The thing about free agency is that it is an open market. No matter how many years a player has spent with an organization, in almost every case, he can be pursued by the other 29 MLB teams...

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  23. MLB Free Agents 2012: Veterans Who Should Be Invited to Spring Training

    Strictly speaking, the practice of free agency is much like investing. There are your penny stocks, your blue chip stocks, and everything in between...

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  24. Predicting the Top 25 MLB Breakout Stars of 2012

    There comes a point in a player's career that he makes the transition from average to good; good to great; a talented prospect to a bona fide MLB star...

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  25. Ranking the Best Pitchers in MLB by Pitch Type

    We all know who the best pitchers in baseball are. They are the world's Justin Verlanders, Roy Halladays, and Clayton Kershaws. They are dominant, effective, and exciting to watch...

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