1. MLB 2011 Free Agency: An Expensive Way to Hurt Your Team

    With the annual pursuit of free agents, organizations pull out their wallets and throw heaping amount of cash and years at prospective players...

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  2. David Freese Comes Up Big in Thrilling St. Louis Cardinals World Series Win

    It was St Louis native David Freese who delivered the dramatics for the Cardinals Thursday night, coming up big twice with the game and the season on the line...

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  3. MLB 2011 Playoffs: Ivan Nova, Matt Moore Out To Show Youth Trumps Experience

    When the Tampa Bay Rays tabbed Matt Moore as their Game 1 starter, the baseball world collectively raised a questioning eyebrow at the call. Here was a rookie with 9...

    Phil Gardner Written by Phil Gardner about almost 3 years ago 137 reads 0 comments

  4. Dodgers Matt Kemp Adds Speed to His Triple Crown Bid

    While the Dodgers may be making headlines on the strength of ownership struggles and lawsuits, Matt Kemp is quietly assembling himself a historical season. Everybody already knows about the chase for the National League triple crown...

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  5. Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks: A Perfect Match

    Coming into the 2011 season, Ian Kennedy had never won 20 games. Even if you would have taken his career stats accumulated over his first 4 seasons in baseball, he still would be just halfway there...

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  6. Detroit Tigers Need To Save Justin Verlander for the Playoffs

    The White Sox and Indians are dead and buried, and with 19 games left for the Tigers this season their magic number is down to 12. Any combination of Tigers wins or White Sox losses that add up to 12, and the White Sox miss the playoffs...

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  7. New York Yankees' Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova: A Tale of Two Pitchers

    The best phrase to describe the pair of young pitchers in the Yankees rotation should be polar opposites. Despite both arriving on the Yankees MLB team, they took completely different roads to reach where they are today...

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  8. New York Yankees: Derek Jeter on the Brink of .300

    With every base hit, Derek Jeter is climbing further up Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leaderboard. Two more hits will tie him with Craig Biggio and three will push him into baseball’s all-time Top 20...

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  9. MLB Trade Rumors: Trades of Heath Bell, Hiroki Kuroda, Hunter Pence

    Carlos Beltran may have been dealt, but there is plenty of action remaining on the trade markets for the 2011 season. Starting pitching has been thin on the market this year, and the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda is one of the better options...

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  10. Alex Anthopoulos' Shrewd Deal Builds Toronto Blue Jays' Long-Term Future

    On a day that Carlos Beltran was dealt to the Giants , the biggest news around baseball seemed to be the trade that sent Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays ...

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  11. MLB Trade Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays Looking at Rodriguez, Jimenez and Bell

    Toronto may be in fourth place looking up at the Red Sox , Yankees and Rays , but they don’t appear to be sitting on their hands waiting. They’ve reportedly been contacting teams about some big-name pitching talent...

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  12. MLB Trade Speculation 2011: Astros' Hunter Pence and 5 Teams Who Need Him Most

    Hunter Pence is one of the better names on the 2011 trade market, but he hasn't been getting the same attention as Mets slugger Carlos Beltran. True, Carlos Beltran has more home runs and a higher OPS...

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  13. MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Dangle Soriano; Ramirez Wants to Stay; Would Wood Go?

    With roughly $60 million and just over three years remaining on his contract, Alfonso Soriano is a difficult piece to move. Add in the fact that he’s batting just .249 with an OPS of ...

    Phil Gardner Written by Phil Gardner about 3 years ago 889 reads 17 comments

  14. MLB Trade Rumors: Mariners' King Felix Stays Put, Could Brandon League Be Moved?

    Even with trading Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers last season, the Seattle Mariners most coveted pitcher has always been Felix Hernandez ...

    Phil Gardner Written by Phil Gardner about 3 years ago 1,172 reads 20 comments

  15. MLB Trade Rumors: Which Players Are Boston Red Sox Trying to Bring to Fenway?

    The Boston Red Sox hold a narrow lead over the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East, but according to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal, that’s not the only reason they’ll be shopping at the trade deadline...

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  16. Milwaukee Brewers Make a Splash: Francisco Rodriguez on the Move from the Mets

    The fire sale has started early in New York. Looking to move Francisco Rodriguez before his $17.5 million option kicks in, K-Rod has been traded to the Brewers , according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman...

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  17. MLB: Home Run Derby Made Exciting by Entertaining Players Like Robinson Cano

    The 2011 Home Run Derby was everything you could have hoped for. It was won by Robinson Cano in thrilling fashion as he blasted a record 12 home runs in the final round to top Adrian Gonzales...

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  18. 2011 MLB All Star Game Matters, Just Not to the Players or Teams

    Bud Selig has seen to it that the All-Star game should matter; he just hasn’t managed to convince the players and organizations of that. At last count, 83 different players had been elected to the All-Star game...

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  19. Social Media Leading the Way for MLB Marketing

    Years ago, a baseball game meant sitting in the bleachers with a scorecard, a hot dog and a sunburn. Now there are retractable roofs, healthy alternative food and you’re on your smartphone checking Twitter...

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  20. MLB All-Star Game 2011: Without Stars Like CC Sabathia, Game Is Purely Spectacle

    CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees is a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, 20-game winner and this year was the first pitcher to reach the 10-win mark...

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  21. Adrian Gonzalez: Manny Ramirez Without The “Manny”

    Any mention of Manny Ramirez usually makes people think of “Manny being Manny.” That was the only way frustrated Red Sox fans seemed able to justify the zany antics ...

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  22. Russell Martin Is Taking One for the Team, Not Letting Injuries Stop Him

    Growing up playing hockey in Canada, Russell Martin had to deal with injuries and play through to keep in the game. He’s carried that same mentality into this season with the Yankees ...

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  23. National League: Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder Highlight Free-Agent Class

    Prince Albert Pujols has been the class of the NL virtually since he’s come up to the majors, but this year Prince Fielder has been the better performer...

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  24. Subdued Home Run Races: The Chase Not Receiving the Fanfare It Once Held

    Jose Bautista has come out of nowhere the past two seasons to become baseball’s undefeated undisputed champion of the long ball, but today he has to share his title...

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  25. Tom Verducci Effect: Dead Arm and Tommy John Surgery Facing the Yankees

    In 2006, Tom Verducci famously put forth his theory on pitchers' limit and created a phenomenon across baseball. Originally called the “year after effect,” it has since been renamed in his honor...

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