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bryce harper,
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is easily the front runner for the National League MVP award. He furthered his case to take home the award for the 2015 season on Thursday when the Nationals took on the Atlanta Braves. He had quite the unusual batting line after the Washington Nationals annihilated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 15-1. His batting line went a bit like this no at-bats, no hits, four walks, four runs scored and four RBI.  Harper saw 20 pitches during his four plate appearances and didn’t swing at a single pitch, according to ESPN. It was […]

Bryce Harper posts insane batting line vs. Braves

Travis d'Arnaud
Travis d’Arnaud goes back on the DL New York Mets’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud has already spent  seven weeks on the disabled list this season. He was hit by a pitch in mid-April, against the Miami Marlins. The ball broke his pinkie and bruised his wrist.  He was only recently reinstated on June 10, and it was announced Tuesday that d’Arnaud was heading back to the disabled list with a left elbow strain. He’s been placed on the 15-day DL but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be back that quickly. The injury plagued ball club’s manager Terry Collins didn’t sound too […]

Mets’ catcher d’Arnaud headed back to DL, pitcher Gee clears ...

Joe Blanton
It’s only been two starts but Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Joe Blanton appears to have actually made his comeback. He pitched six innings of one-run baseball Monday against “King’ Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners en route to a 4-1 win. As I talked about in my latest post about Blanton, he was the last one of my comeback “kids” from this spring. So many older players were attempting to make comebacks this season such as Barry Zito, Johann Santana and Dontrelle Willis to name few, that I wrote a spring feature on them. Blanton is so far the first and […]

Joe Blanton appears to be back, out duels King Felix

billy burns
Billy Burns on second 12-game hitting streak in last 25 games When I last wrote about the Oakland Athletics’ center fielder, rookie Billy Burns, on Wednesday, June 11 he was just coming off a long  hitting streak. The streak spanned 12-games between May 26-June 8. He had three multi-hit games and a total of 18 hits, including 2 doubles, two triples, a home run and six RBI.  Burns did not get a hit in the Athletics’ game game against the Rangers on June 9, but jumped back on the hitting wagon the next day adding another two hits to help […]

The Billy Burns show in Oakland just keeps getting better

Ok, I have two separate feelings regarding Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, aka Panda, being benched for using his phone during games. My first reaction to the first Tweet I saw was very different that the one I had once I learned a little more about what happened and about the league rules. The first reaction was that these are adults. They are not in high school and managers shouldn’t be able to just take away their phone like they’re children. I hated high school so I tested out of it sophomore year and went to community college […]

Should Sandoval have been benched? I had mixed reactions

Joe Blanton
Update: June 17, 2015 9:45 pm PT Joe Blanton gets the job done for Kansas City As it turned out, well at least on Wednesday, Joe Blanton pitched one of the better performances in his career. Maybe it wasn’t the best in terms of number of innings (5.0) as he’s thrown 10 complete games in his career, but for a return to the mound as a starter after almost two years, his performance was more than the Royals could have asked for. Blanton pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, no walks while  striking out four batters. […]

Joe Blanton pitches well, gets the win in first start ...

Dillon Gee
Dillon Gee frustrated by Mets’ move New York Mets’ manager Terry Collins apologized to Dillon Gee for the news he was about to give him. Gee, one of the Mets’ longest tenured players was being demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. The Mets were going to try and use a six-man rotation that included Gee, to shave off the number of innings pitcher like Matt Harvey, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and Jacob deGrom, who is just in his sophomore season, would pitch over the course of the season.  Why they changed their minds is […]

Dillon Gee sent to the bullpen, Mets go back to ...

Corey Kluber, gray
Update: May 19, 2015 at 11:45 am PT Corey Kluber made his first start on Monday. Well, it was his first start since his epic 18 strikeout performance. After a very slow start, which you can read about below, the 2014 Cy Young Award winner had everyone wondering if that performance meant that the 2014 Kluber had returned. It turns out that Kluber may have turned the corner from his earlier struggles. He struck out the first five White Sox batters he faced on Monday. He pitched a full nine innings allowing five hits, one run, one walk and struck […]

Update: Which Corey Kluber is the real one?

Justin Masterson
Update: May 13, 3:00 pm PT Well, it didn’t take long for Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to decide what to do with Justin Masterson. Masterson who, as described in the original text below, struggled mightily against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night has already been scratched from his Sunday start against the Seattle Mariners. The likely candidate to take his place is long-reliever and knuckleballer Steven Wright, who finished the game Tuesday, after Masterson allowed six runs in just 2.1 innings. Although Farrell said that no final decision on the matter would be announced until Thursday.  Farrell hasn’t yet […]

Update: Masterson suffering from “fatigue” according to Farrell

Hamilton said if #Angels had put their arm around him after relapse, he would’ve “been playing probably a month ago.” — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 27, 2015 I believe that tweet says it all. I’ve said on multiple occasions on this blog that all the Los Angeles Angels have done is kick a decent guy when he’s down instead of reaching out a hand and helping him back up. Instead they acted like parents who misunderstand their child’s issues (many people recovering from addiction are using the drug/alcohol to self-medicate or mask some sort of inner pain or mental illness) […]

All Hamilton needed was a helping hand, he’ll find one ...

The Miami Marlins have designated Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment. Saltalamacchia was on paternity leave and was given the news upon his return that the team has decided to go with rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto and backup catcher Jeff Mathis. This comes after Saltalamacchia had expressed his displeasure with continually being benched in favor of Realmuto. Still, no one really saw this coming with the contract Saltalamachhia had been signed to. Designating Saltalamacchia for assignment the day he returned from paternity leave is a little cold but not strange. What is strange is that the move comes just 16 months after […]

Marlins DFA Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Giancarlo Stanton is already the highest paid player in the Miami Marlins‘ franchise history. He’s also likely the most well-known and most popular in franchise history. Need a good example of Stanton’s popularity? I love the guy and I’m not from Miami, nor am I a Marlins fan. Other superstars have played for the Marlins. One example would be Miguel Cabrera who once played with the Marlins yet he’s known as a member of the Detroit Tigers and will remain a Tiger throughout his career, making Stanton, literally, THE guy. He further solidified his position as the Marlins’ franchise player as well […]

Stanton is new Marlins’ franchise HR leader