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San Diego Padres fire hitting coach Phil Plantier
According to Corey Brock of, the San Diego Padres have dismissed hitting coach Phil Plantier after the team struggled offensively yet again in 2014. The move is hardly a surprise, as Brock points out. The team ranked dead-last in runs, hits, RBIs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2014. “Anytime you have […] San Diego Padres ...

Texas Rangers hope to set coaching staff within the week
Now that the Texas Rangers have resolved their first order of business this offseason, the team is working to finalize the rest of Jeff Banister‘s coaching staff. Two of the biggest questions that remain center around the fates of hitting coach Dave Magadan and pitching coach Mike Maddux. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News […] Texas Rangers hope to set coachi...

New York Yankees could pursue top pitching talent this winter
Prepare yourselves, Red Sox Nation. Could the unthinkable happen? Could Jon Lester jump ship to sign a deal with the New York Yankees this winter? It’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility. The southpaw, who was traded from Boston to Oakland near the trade deadline this season, has said he remains open to […] New York Yankees could pursue top pitching...

Buck Showalter’s quest for a championship continues
Buck Showalter is a great manager. One of baseball’s best in my opinion. He has picked up teams from the bottom depths of the sport and uplifted them to heights both the players and fans of the organization could not dream be possible. For all of Showalter’s greatness, he yet to stake his claim at […] Buck Showalter’s quest for a championship continues

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants past Kansas City in Game 1
If you summarized Game 1 of the 2014 World Series in a single thought, it’s fairly simple. “Big Game” James Shields wasn’t big game. Madison Bumgarner, however, was – leading the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 blowout win over the Kansas City Royals on the road Tuesday night, tossing seven strong innings of one-run […] Madison Bumgarner...

Jerome Williams, Philadelphia Phillies agree on one year deal
Jerome Williams had been slated to reach free agency following the conclusion of the World Series, but he and the Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement on a one year contract extension. Williams will earn $2.5 million for the 2015 season, according to a release by the team. The deal also contains a number of […] Jerome Williams, Philadelphia Phillies...

World Series Game 1: James Shields knocked out in 4th inning
It would be hard to find a game bigger than Game 1 of the World Series. Naturally, with James Shields taking the mound for the Kansas City Royals, much of the pregame discussion centered around whether the right-hander would be able to live up to his famous nickname – Big Game James. If tonight was […] World Series Game 1: James Shields knocked out in 4th inn...

Tim Hudson offered contract by Kansas City Royals last winter
This past winter Tim Hudson entered the free agent market as a 38 year old veteran with a wealth of experience. It was no surprise to see him draw interest on the open market from multiple teams, before ultimately signing with the San Francisco Giants on a two year, $23 million deal. The decision has […] Tim Hudson offered contract by Kansas City Royals la...

Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on Kansas City’s World Series roster
With Game 1 of the World Series set to begin in just a few hours, it seems as though the Kansas City Royals have elected to make at least one change to their active roster – and it’s a curious one at that. The team will reportedly add 32 year old journeyman infielder Jayson Nix, […] Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on Kansas City̵...

David Ortiz to join FOX’s pregame, postgame broadcast
David Ortiz has accumulated plenty of postseason accolades in his playing career, having been a member of three World Series winning teams with the Boston Red Sox since 2004. The left-handed slugger has appeared in 82 playoff games, batting a collective .295/.409/.553 with 17 HR and 21 doubles. On top of the three rings, he […] David Ortiz to join FOX’s pregame, ...

Appreciating Omar Infante
Somewhere right around the year 2003, I asked Omar Vizquel who he perceived to be the next up-and-coming shortstop, a player who might follow in his cleat prints, although, of course, to a much lesser extent— shortstops like Vizquel come along about as often as Haley’s Comet soars across our night sky. The 11-time Gold […] Appreciating Omar Infante -

World Series Game 1: pitching matchups, start time, TV info
Fans of the Kansas City Royals have anxiously been waiting 29 years for this moment, as tonight Kauffman Stadium will play host to Game 1 of the World Series. The Royals, winners of eight straight, will take on the San Francisco Giants in a best of seven series for the ultimate title in Major League […] World Series Game 1: pitching matchups, start time, TV inf...

Paul Molitor to receive another interview for Twins’ vacancy
The field of candidates vying to fill the vacancy left by the departure of longtime Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been narrowed, according to reports, while a member of the former American League Manager of the Year’s 2014 coaching staff is set to receive another interview in the coming days. According to a tweet from […] Paul Molitor...

Oscar Taveras will remain with St. Louis Cardinals in 2015
After an underwhelming rookie campaign, some in baseball have lowered their expectations for St. Louis Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras, with many going so far as to suggest St. Louis GM John Mozeliak could trade the highly-touted prospect this offseason. However, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mozeliak has no intentions of dealing his […] Osca...

Sporting News names Jose Abreu AL Rookie of the Year
Most people aren’t aware of this fact but it is true. The Sporting News began giving out awards to Major League Baseball rookies who had exceptional seasons a year before MLB officially began handing out its own Rookie of the Year Award. The awards handed out by the Sporting News are voted upon by the […] Sporting News names Jose Abreu AL Rookie of the Year -

Prospect Archie Bradley optimistic despite early AFL struggles
There was talk in 2014 about when the Arizona Diamondbacks would call up their top pitching prospect Archie Bradley from the minor leagues. Even though Arizona ended the season with the league’s worst record and used 11 different starting pitchers over the course of the season, they never brought up Bradley. Even though it was […] Prospect Archie Br...

Giants can thank Barry Zito for signing Tim Hudson
Apparently the Giants finally have something to thank Barry Zito for. Although the seven-year, $126 million contract they gave Zito following the 2006 season was pretty much a bust, they can now officially thank Zito for the team now having starting pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson and Zito were teammates and friends as part of the […] Giants can thank Barry Zito for signing T...

The top 5 free agent relief pitchers of 2015
If there’s one thing this postseason has shown us, it’s that you need a strong bullpen. The Royals didn’t have a single starter go six innings in the ALCS, but the won every game. It is no coincidence that the two bullpens with the best postseason ERAs will square off in the fall classic. With […] The top 5 free agent relief pitchers of 2015 -

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