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  1. Hank the Dog has been adopted

    Mar 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Hank the Dog

    Hank the Dog, the stray who wandered into Maryvale Baseball Park and became an unofficial Brewers mascot this spring, has a permanent home. In Milwaukee of all places: The stray pup who has won legions of fans since showing up at Maryvale Baseball Park along with Brewers pitchers and catchers will move north to Milwaukee…

  2. The Ballpark of the Future is … kinda trippy

    Mar 14, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    Sports Illustrated and ballpark architect Populous have combined to do something fun: imagine what a ballpark might look like in the year 2030. Go check it out here. There are artist’s renderings and explanations of all of the unique flourishes and how the concepts of ballpark design will evolve over the next 15-20 years. It’s…

  3. More bad news for the Braves: Brandon Beachy could need Tommy John surgery too

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves better hope there’s a two-for-one sale at Dr. Andrews’ office, because in addition to Kris Medlen almost certainly needing a second Tommy John surgery, it appears as though Brandon Beachy is heading in that direction too. Previously it was assumed that Beachy’s problem was merely muscle soreness — in his biceps specifically —…

  4. No one is buying Ryne Sandberg’s claim that benching Rollins wasn’t about sending a message

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

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    A couple days after the Ryne Sandberg-Jimmy Rollins foofaraw broke, Ryne Sandberg is still insisting that benching Rollins for a couple of days is not a disciplinary thing or about him sending a message. People in the know aren’t buying that. Jim Salisbury of is one. He wrote last night that the timing was…

  5. Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre banged up

    Mar 14, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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    I often note at this time of year that spring training means nothing. The team is 10-3? Your left fielder is batting .429? That’s swell. But it also means nothing because spring training results often — heck, mostly — don’t carry over into the regular season. Even when they do, there’s no reliable way to…

  6. Jose Iglesias to begin the year on the disabled list

    Mar 14, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

    Jose Iglesias

    Rick Porcello was probably the happiest guy in the world when the Tigers traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias last season. A groundball pitcher matched up with a top-notch defensive shortstop is the stuff that dreams are made of. Sadly for both of them, however, they won’t be together to kick off the season. Lynn Henning of…

  7. Brace yourselves: kittens playing in an All-Star Game is coming

    Mar 14, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

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    If they don’t get Andres Galarraga to throw out the first pitch they had best not even bother. But apart from that, I am behind this 100%: After winning six million viewers with its Super Bowl Sunday “Kitten Bowl,” Hallmark told advertisers Thursday it is creating a similar event, “Kitten Paw Star Game,” to air…

  8. The Red Sox could be sued over “B-Strong”

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:37 AM EDT

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    This hit the news two weeks ago, but I missed it because I was derping around Florida. It appears that no resolution has been announced yet, however, so it’s still an operative controversy, as we in the controversy business say. A Texas-based foundation — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation — has been in negotiations with…

  9. Great. I got traded to the Phillies. Even though I was in the Best Shape of My Life.

    Mar 13, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Schroeder: What do you mean Craig Calcaterra wasn’t so great?  Lucy: He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who’s never had his picture on bubblegum cards?  Schroeder: Good grief.  Take that, Lucy: This awesomeness…

  10. Wanna live in a ballpark?

    Mar 13, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT


    The Toronto Blue Jays’ single-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts,want to add  100 residential units just beyond the outfield wall as part of a stadium renovation: By 2016, people might be living at Lansing’s minor league ballpark. As many as 100 new apartments could be built in the outfield of Cooley Law School Stadium as part of a…

  11. Manny Ramirez: the drug suspensions were “the best thing happened to me”

    Mar 13, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


    Ken Rosenthal has an exclusive interview with Manny Ramirez. As we saw last week, Manny wants back in baseball. That may be a pipe dream, but it’s not anything new. What is new is Manny speaking openly about his two PED suspensions: He received a 50-game suspension in ’09 and was on the verge of…

  12. Must-Click Link: a neerrrrrrrd in the clubhouse

    Mar 13, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

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    As a nice companion piece to my thing about reporting what one sees in the clubhouse, here’s our friend Eno Sarris writing over at the Hardball Times about being an inexperienced reporter in the clubhouse. Eno’s particular challenge, apart from simply being a new BBWAA member and still learning the ropes of how one operates…

  13. Keith Olbermann REALLY hates that Barry Bonds is coaching the Giants for a week

    Mar 13, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Keith Olbermann, you may or may not know, has some strong opinions from time to time. His opinion on Barry Bonds showing up to Giants camp as a guest hitting instructor has inspired one. Check out his rant below. Olbermann obviously feels strongly about Bonds, as is his right. But I feel like he vastly…

  14. Stephen Drew regrets not taking the qualifying offer from the Red Sox

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Don’t expect Scott Boras to admit this — or for him to allow Stephen Drew to publicly do so — but Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe has the inside scoop: Red Sox players say Stephen Drew now regrets not taking the qualifying offer when he had the chance. But the veteran players have turned…

  15. Jon Niese bristles at the media reporting Dan Warthen’s racial slur — and I sorta understand why

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dan Warthen

    I usually have super strong and certain opinions about things. Especially when they concern the media. But this situation has me waffling and wondering all over the place, and I feel like just talking through it. Cool? Cool. Yesterday a story by Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal was published in which he described…

  16. Jimmy Rollins on Ryne Sandberg: “Everyone is allowed to have their opinion. That doesn’t make it right.”

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Phillies spring training as off to a spectacular start. The offense is pretty awful. Pitchers are getting hurt. Jimmy Rollins is having one of his occasional spats with his manager about his perceived effort. Rollins, despite being healthy, has been out of the lineup for three straight days, with Freddy Galvis taking his place. When…

  17. The Mariners commercials are out and, as usual, they’re great

    Mar 13, 2014, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Most teams make a series of commercials around this time of year to promote the upcoming season. Most of them are just some version of one of the team’s stars saying “hey, come on out to [Corporate Name] Park and see [Team] in 2014!” followed by a season slogan and a screen with the URL…

  18. The Mets could solve their shortstop problem via a trade with the Diamondbacks

    Mar 13, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT

    Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis

    The Mets shortstop situation is still in flux. Or a mess. Or a tire fire. Or is being overly-focused upon because nothing else is going on. Take your pick. Just know that it’s what everyone who goes to Port St. Lucie is talking about. The latest being John Harper of the Daily News. Who, after noting…

  19. Pete Rose is hitting the church circuit

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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    I sorta came to like casino/memorabilia shop Pete Rose. Church Pete Rose is going to take some getting used to: Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s all-time career hit leader, will return to Philadelphia and appear at Christ’s Church of the Valley on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Rose will appear live and be interviewed by Senior…

  20. Matt Kemp plays defense in a minor league game

    Mar 12, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp took his first turn in the field this spring when he played an inning in center field in a minor league game today. The verdict? #Dodgers‘ Matt Kemp played an inning in center at the end of his minor-league game and got a couple chances. Said it felt “a little weird.” — J.P.…

  21. Livan Hernandez to officially retire

    Mar 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Livan Hernandez hasn’t pitched since 2012, but he hadn’t officially retired yet. Now he will reports Bill Ladson of The official papers will be filed and Hernandez’s playing career will, administratively speaking, be no more. Hernandez pitched for 17 seasons in the big leagues, compiling a record of 178-177 with an ERA of 4.44.…

  22. The independent Kalamazoo Growlers are making a “selfie jersey”

    Mar 12, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    If Ellen and the Oscars didn’t kill the idea of the “selfie” I suppose it’ll never die. So why not let the independent league Kalamazoo Growlers make a jersey out of fan-submitted selfies: You had no idea you wanted a “Selfie Jersey” until just this instant (via @kzoogrowlers): — NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) March…

  23. Francisco Rodriguez suffers a freak cactus injury

    Mar 12, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    This never would’ve happened if the Mets signed him. Unless, of course, there are sharp grapefruits out there: Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus yesterday. First freak incident of camp. Status for tomorrow’s game unknown right now. #Brewers — Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 12, 2014 A letter in Francisco Rodriguez’s writing doesn’t mean he’s not…

  24. Baseball is dying on Twitter, you guys

    Mar 12, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

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    A story about Twitter engagement with televised sports shows that (a) half of all Twitter comments about TV shows are sports-related; but (b) baseball lags the other sports: One league that should be somewhat concerned, however, is Major League Baseball. In addition to the fourth-worst television ratings in history, the 2013 World Series failed to…

  25. Ryan Braun’s popularity and appeal is doing well

    Mar 12, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    I guess artists are just misunderstood. How else to explain where Ryan Braun falls in the world of popularity of celebrity spokesman? From Darren Rovell’s story about Braun signing with a little-known cleat manufacturer, Braun’s first endorsement deal since his suspension: As of December, Braun — who lost $3.3 million in salary as a result…

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