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  1. Cuba to allow athletes to sign foreign contracts

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Cuba

    Are the days of ballplayers risking their lives to defect a thing of the past? Cuba says athletes can sign professional contracts in foreign leagues, reversing long ban: http://t.co/dS6PQKkBQr -RD — The Associated Press (@AP) September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government’s anouncemnt thru GRANMA (the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party) says that athletes will…

  2. Scott Boras wants the first two games of the World Series played at a neutral site

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In a column posted earlier today, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo wrote about the benefits of Major League Baseball shifting the first two games of the World Series to a neutral site, an idea spawned by super-agent Scott Boras. The aim is to revive interest in the World Series. Cafardo writes that the World Series…

  3. Jon Morosi: finding new ways to support Miguel Cabrera for MVP depending on the circumstances

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    You don’t have to have some set of hard and fast rules about how you feel about awards if you don’t want to. Feel free to go with your gut each year. Feel free to just vote for your favorite player all you want. Or not. I don’t care. And if you think Miguel Cabrera…

  4. Thoughts on dictating the Sabermetric Agenda

    Sep 13, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Marx Lennon

    Some more stuff spinning out of Brian Kenny’s crusade to Kill The Win. This from Mike Bates at SB Nation, who you may know better as The Common Man. Mike is clearly in the camp of the statistical analysts and views baseball from a sabermetric perspective. That said, he’s not on board with Kenny’s crusade.…

  5. Could a Cardinal not named Yadier Molina win the MVP?

    Sep 9, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    The NL MVP race doesn’t have a consensus candidate, really. I feel like, among the chattering classes, Andrew McCutchen and Yadier Molina have the most juice behind them. But Paul Goldschmidt has his backers. Even guys like Freddie Freeman have people making their case for whatever reason. But how about a non-Molina St. Louis Cardinal? Derrick…

  6. Dennis Eckersley: Closing “not as tough as you think”

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    For years, we have been inundated with the sentiment that there is nothing tougher, nothing that requires more focus and mental fortitude than being a Major League closer. Former Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley, who authored two of the best relief seasons of all time in 1990 (0.61 ERA. 48 saves) and ’92 (won the AL…

  7. What, exactly, is “The Living Room” era?

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    1960 TV

    This is kinda weird. Just as the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee has split up its candidates into eras such as “The Golden Era” and “The Expansion Era” the folks who hand out the Ford Frick Award to broadcasters has split up its candidates into eras as well. I dig the names: The “High Tide…

  8. Is it time for Twins to move Joe Mauer away from catcher?

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    joe mauer twins

    Talk of moving Joe Mauer from catcher to another position has been common in Minnesota since 2004 when his rookie season was ruined by knee surgery and got loudest when he spent half of 2011 on the disabled list, but recently he’s been so healthy and productive that it’s become little more than a whisper.…

  9. Jose Fernandez had himself a ballgame

    Aug 2, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins

    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez was staked to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but in reality, all he needed was one run given how dominant he looked against the Indians tonight. The 20-year-old Cuban struck out 14 batters over eight innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. In his previous start against the Pirates,…

  10. More suspensions! But just minor leaguers

    Jul 24, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Rachel Leigh Cook

    Sorry. Bored. Keep waiting for all the Biogenesis shoes to drop and all we get are these guys:  The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cleveland Indians Minor League shortstop Rubiel Martinez and…

  11. Common sense prevails: the BBWAA will not be stripping Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    There was a time in late 2011-early 2012 when several baseball writers were arguing that the Baseball Writers Association of America should re-vote the NL MVP award in light of Ryan Braun‘s positive drug test. That idea was fraught will all manner of problems and was never seriously considered by the BBWAA. But the meme…

  12. Tim Lincecum could have an interesting Hall of Fame case someday

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    With his fastball hovering around 90 mph these days, Tim Lincecum will probably never again be what he was when he first came up. Of course, that’s a remarkably high standard; Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons and led the NL in strikeouts three years in a row. From 2007…

  13. Columnist calls for enhanced drug testing, chooses to discredit results of drug testing

    Jul 12, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon Getty

    Christine Brennan’s latest column for USA Today decries the fact that Bartolo Colon is in the All-Star Game. Why? Because he tested positive for PEDs last year: Colon, and every other performance-enhancing drug user in baseball, should never be allowed to become an All-Star, or win any MLB award. No Cy Young, no MVP, no…

  14. MLB’s top-selling jerseys: Buster Posey and Mariano Rivera

    Jul 11, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    buster posey jersey

    MLB.com released a list of their best-selling jerseys and Giants catcher Buster Posey is No. 1, followed by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Here’s the top 20, which is based on online sales via MLB.com in 2013: 1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 2. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 3. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 4.…

  15. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL MVP

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The reigning MVP has some heavy-hitting competition this year. Let’s see if he can hold them off. AL OPS leaders: 1.136 – Miguel Cabrera: .368/.458/.678, 26 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB in 323 AB 1.126 – Chris Davis: .329/.405/.721, 31 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB in 301 AB 1.102 – David Ortiz: .320/.406/.607, 16 HR,…

  16. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL & NL Cy Young

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Yesterday, we took a look at what WAR had to say as far as midseason awards winners. Now, I’m making my own choices, starting with the Cy Young Awards. First, let’s get the charts out of the way, here are the top 10 in the AL by ERA and both versions of WAR. ERA 1.…

  17. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder power Max Scherzer to 12-0

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Prince Fielder added a two-run homer of his own to back starter Max Scherzer, who improved to 12-0. Cabrera bumped his Triple Crown stats to .377/24/81. He leads the Majors in average and RBI, but trails Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (28) in…

  18. Are we headed towards another Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera showdown?

    Jun 21, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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    Depending on who does what tonight, this could change, but at the moment, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are #1 and #2 in Wins Above Replacement at the moment, according to FanGraphs. Cabrera is at 4.4 and Trout is at 4.3. Cabrera, who achieved baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years, beat out Trout for…

  19. Mike Scioscia gets a vote of confidence from Albert Pujols

    May 9, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Albert Pujols

    Not many players have the stature to be giving out votes of confidence to the longest-tenured manager in baseball, but a future Hall of Famer with a $240 million contract is one of them. With the Angels really struggling and speculation about Mike Scioscia’s job security starting to swirl Albert Pujols stuck up for his…

  20. Steve Carlton is a few cards short of a deck

    May 6, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton

    Steve Carlton had a 24-year career in Major League Baseball, 15 of which came with the Phillies between 1972 and 1986. He won four Cy Young awards in 1972, ’77, ’80, and ’82, and led the Phillies to their first ever championship in 1980. He also helped the Phillies back to the World Series in…

  21. Bryce Harper sounds OK, but Davey Johnson may still hold him out

    May 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    harper nationals getty

    Bryce Harper was pulled from last night’s game due to a bruised side, But Mark Zuckerman spoke to him and he sounds like he’s good to go for today’s game against the Braves: “If I can play tomorrow, I’m gonna play,” Harper said. “If they put me in the lineup, I’m gonna play. I can…

  22. Wanna buy Bret Saberhagen’s old baseball stuff?

    Apr 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 1.59.27 PM

    Via the Associated Press, two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen is auctioning off a bunch of his old baseball memorabilia “because it’s gathering dust in a storage shed and the proceeds will be used to benefit others.” SCPAuctions.com is running the sale and there are a total of 77 items up for bid, including: -…

  23. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:19 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Braves 2, Marlins 0: Justin Upton went 4 for 4 including another homer. At this point it’s getting so ridiculous that I feel like any more grit/lazy jokes are just gratuitous and cruel to Diamondbacks fans who may soon begin wondering why, again, it was so necessary to trade a stud slugger, still only 25,…

  24. Sean Forman: WAR is “GDP for baseball”

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    There was some big news in the baseball stats community recently, as Baseball Reference and FanGraphs agreed to a common replacement level in their Wins Above Replacement statistic. Though the two sites’ computation of the statistic still differs in other ways, creating some uniformity in replacement level should clear up some of the confusion around…

  25. Curt Schilling and Alex Cora pick Ryan Howard for NL MVP

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    I’m not lying. Thankfully, the rest made reasonable picks in Joey Votto (17 votes), Buster Posey and Bryce Harper (six), Ryan Braun and Justin Upton (three), Andrew McCutchen (two), and Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton (one). Ryan Howard is 33 years old and is still visibly limping from an Achilles injury that caused…

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