1. Can the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander Be the Best Pitcher of His Generation?

    Justin Verlander just might be the best starting pitcher in his age bracket, but it’s not a sure thing. First, it depends on how you define generation and then how much weight you put on a single season...

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  2. This Date in History: The Cleveland Indians, Sucking in the 70s

    April 3, 1974 The Indians did very little right in the 1970s. Over the course of that decade, they nearly buried for all time what had been a long run of excellence from the late 1940s to the late 1950s...

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  3. Is Ubaldo Jimenez Worth It to the Indians Even Without the Suspension?

    Earlier today, my Horsehide Chronicles co-writer Ian Casselberry argued that the Cleveland Indians ’ Ubaldo Jimenez should be suspended for hitting Troy Tulotwizki on Sunday...

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  4. Can the Yankees Withstand the Loss of Michael Pineda?

    Can the Yankees survive the loss of Michael Pineda? The real question is, can they survive the loss of anyone? Among position players, they lack depth. Pitching is a different matter...

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  5. Boston Red Sox's Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey Go Down? What's Next?

    Today at Boston Red Sox camp, it’s a two-for-one special on thumb injuries! Plus, buy a two-liter bottle of Coke, Diet Coke or Mountain Dew Stroke-Inducing Cherry and get a ...

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  6. When Will the Angels Put Their Best Team, and Mike Trout, on the Field?

    Last week, the Angels optioned Mike Trout to Triple-A Salt Lake City. One of the two best prospects in baseball (along with Bryce Harper), Trout was slowed this spring by illness ...

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  7. Is Kansas City Royals Outfielder Lorenzo Cain Able to Help a Failed Franchise?

    You probably can’t win too many bar bets on: “When was the last time the Royals had a good…?” The answer in some cases—such as shortstop—is “never,” and the answer in others is debatable...

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  8. Yu Darvish Will Succeed, but Here Are 8 Rangers Who Didn't Live Up to the Hype

    The Rangers have set their starting rotation , and right-handed Japanese import Yu Darvish will start the team’s fourth game on Monday April 9 at home against the Mariners ...

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  9. The Texas Rangers Shouldn't Sign Josh Hamilton, and Neither Should Anybody Else

    Whoever signs Josh Hamilton will be making a big mistake. Hamilton’s two-year, $24 million contract extension expires at the end of the season and the former MVP will become a free agent...

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  10. Blue Jays' Omar Vizquel, Makes Roster, Might Go to Hall of Fame

    It is tempting to characterize Omar Vizquel as an “ageless infielder,” but let’s face it, he’s pretty aged. He will celebrate his 45th birthday in less than a month and hit ...

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  11. The Baltimore Orioles Are the Team You Must Own

    On Twitter last night, Bleacher Report proposed a question to our followers: Which team would you most like to own? One of our editors, Joseph Merkel, answered, “The Orioles ,” to gales of riotous laughter...

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  12. Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki Will Go to the Hall of Fame Whether You Like It or Not

    In yesterday’s post on Ichiro Suzuki and the Japan opener, I referred to Ichiro as “a legitimate Hall of Famer purely for what he has done in a Mariners uniform...

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  13. Granderson Hurt, Ibanez Won't Pay, Cust Signed and Other Tales of the Yankees

    Last week, I talked about how even the threat of a minor injury to Nick Swisher exposed the Yankees’ lack of outfield depth . Now it’s Curtis Granderson’s turn to highlight the problem...

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  14. Mariners vs. A's: Things Not to Believe About Ichiro and Brandon McCarthy

    Game one of the championship season, a contest between the Mariners and A’s in Japan, is over. While it is foolish to read too much into any one contest, there are a couple ...

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  15. Ichiro Suzuki Goes Home: The Importance of Opening Day in Japan

    Early tomorrow morning, or late tonight, depending on your point of view, the 2012 regular season will kick off with a game between the A’s and Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Japan...

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  16. Position Battles Resolved: Yankees Choose Phil Hughes, Rays Pick Jeff Niemann

    Both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees made intelligent choices with an eye on the upside when locking up two spots in American League East starting rotations...

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  17. Saints Fans Ask: Have There Been Beanball Bounties in Major League Baseball?

    The biggest offseason story in the NFL, perhaps the biggest in many years, is the heavy punishments leveled at the New Orleans Saints for maintaining a bounty system in which defensive players were rewarded for knocking opposing players out of the game...

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  18. Red Sox Position Battles: Lavarnway/Shoppach and Iglesias/Aviles UPDATED

    On Sunday, amidst rumors that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington had clashed over how best to deploy Daniel Bard and whether or not Jose Iglesias ...

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  19. The Missing Statue of Satchel Paige at Camden Yards

    I’m roughly 100 percent sure I’m the only one who will care about this, but maybe I can make you care as well...

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  20. Where Can Bobby Abreu Go Next?

    It often gets lost amidst other considerations, but the key word in designated hitter is hitter . The Angels ’ Bobby Abreu , 38, lost his ability to do that last year and ...

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  21. Toronto Blue Jays Position Battle: Travis Snider vs. Eric Thames UPDATED

    Travis Snider is one of baseball’s great mysteries. A former first-round pick (14 th overall in 2006), Snider has put up terrific hitting numbers in the minor leagues, averaging ...

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  22. New York Yankees: How Joba Chamberlain's Injury Benefits Phil Hughes

    Joba Chamberlain is cursed to be killed with kindness. In the 2009 Baseball Prospectus annual, I wrote : Chamberlain was sent to the bullpen out of spring training with an amorphous ...

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  23. Congrats, Matt Bush, You're the Scumbag of Spring Training

    Thanks to a cost-motivated decision in San Diego, one of the best days in Detroit Tigers history came in early June 2004. Consider the top half of the first round of the 2004 draft...

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  24. Nick Swisher Not Hurt Badly, But Yankees Lack Depth in Outfield

    Over at the Pinstriped Bible (full disclosure: I own the damned thing), Rebecca Glass discusses Nick Swisher ’s double-groin injury...

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  25. Los Angeles Angels Looking for Pitching, but Not Fifth Starter?

    The Los Angeles Angels , who have as good a front four in their starting rotation, are on the lookout for fringe starters to staff out their Triple-A team ( Jon Paul Morosi via MLB Trade Rumors )...

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