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  1. The Indians sign Russell Branyan to a minor league deal

    Aug 29, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers

    There can be only THREE!! True outcomes, that is.

  2. Charlie Manuel inducted into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 9, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    The Phillies honored former manager Charlie Manuel by inducting him into the Phillies Wall of Fame prior to Saturday night’s game against the Mets.

  3. Jim Thome signs one-day contract, officially retires as an Indian

    Aug 2, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Jim Thome officially calls it quits, retiring as a member of the Indians after signing a one-day contract on Saturday. The Indians unveiled a statue in his honor.

  4. MLB announces All-Star celebrity softball game participants

    Jun 23, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Every year during the All-Star break there’s a “Legends and Celebrities Softball Game” and MLB just announced the participants for this year’s event at Target Field in Minnesota.

  5. No runs, no hits, no action

    May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.

  6. The Royals: A history of (no) power

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    You probably know this, but the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago.

  7. Watch Jim “Hot Dog” Thome ruin baseball with his bat flip

    Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Someone needs to explain to 1995 Jim Thome that this is NOT how baseball is meant to be played.

  8. VIDEO: Albert Pujols slugs his 498th career home run

    Apr 20, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Watch as Angels first baseman Albert Pujols moved to within two home runs of the big 500-homer milestone on Saturday afternoon against Tigers closer Joe Nathan …

  9. Jim Thome wants to be a manager

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jim Thome hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet, but the 43-year-old joined the White Sox front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. That gig involves going to spring training to work with players beginning next week, but looking beyond that Thome told Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that…

  10. Indians to unveil statue of Jim Thome on August 2

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in…

  11. The massive Hall of Fame post

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Hall of Fame ... has never really married its two founding visions.  Some people still view it as Alexander Cleland’s place for parents and children to enjoy the history of baseball and maybe go to the field for a catch. Some view it the way Ford Frick did, as baseball’s “Hall of Great Americans,” to honor players who represent the fundamental principles that make up the spirit of the American people.

    Part I: A short history First, just a little bit of history. The Baseball Hall of Fame, more or less, was the brainchild of two people. The first knew nothing whatsoever about baseball. The second romanticized the game beyond all reason. You can think about whose spirit still lingers over Cooperstown, N.Y. The first was…

  12. Jim Thome says he’s not retired yet

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Most players of a certain stature announce their retirement. Not all. Jim Thome is sort of letting retirement happen to him, though not 100% willingly. He was on MLB Network’s Hot Stove show this morning and said that he’s not officially retired and has not ruled out a comeback. I suppose it’s entirely possible that…

  13. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…

  14. Shane Victorino’s grand slam puts the Red Sox back on top in the seventh inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with…

  15. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

  16. When it Raines, Part I

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    A fantastic point here made by Tom Tango, and I have to admit that it has made me (for the nine millionth time) rethink the Baseball Hall of Fame. As you might have heard, Fangraphs asked a bunch of writers to name the three best eligible players not in the Hall of Fame. They asked the writers…

  17. Could Larry Bowa be on his way back to Philly?

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Former Phillies infielder and manager Larry Bowa was at Citizens Bank Park for a visit yesterday. CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury notes that there is a chance he could be back on a more permanent basis: Bowa was a star player, a World Series-winning player, a coach and manager with the club. After all these years, he…

  18. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

  19. Rangers wrong to gamble on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    It’s been three years since Manny Ramirez was last a worthy major leaguer, hitting .311/.405/.510 in 66 games for the Dodgers in 2010. They then shipped him to the White Sox, where he was a disappointment in 24 games, hitting .261/.420/.319. In 2011, Ramirez signed a cheap deal with the Rays, played five games and…

  20. Jim Thome joins White Sox as special assistant to GM

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome wanted to keep playing at age 42, but no major-league offers came in and now the future Hall of Famer has joined the White Sox’s front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. Thome, who played for the White Sox from 2006-2009, will have a role working with both major…

  21. Some fun with baseball splits

    May 9, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

    Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Three

    A few fun early season statistics using Baseball Reference’s amazing new “Split Finder.” The Kansas City Royals’ No. 3 through No. 6 hitters have six homers all year … by far the lowest total in baseball. The Royals, even in the midst of a three-game losing streak, are off to a very nice start, and…

  22. Jim Thome is still looking for work

    May 1, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    There’s a statue of Jim Thome being built outside the Indians’ ballpark, but the 42-year-old slugger is still trying to avoid retirement despite an apparent lack of interest from all 30 teams. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is one of Thome’s closest friends and told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: He still thinks he can…

  23. Dontrelle Willis joins Vladimir Guerrero on Long Island Ducks

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero are going to be teammates. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willlis, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, has signed with the independent league Long Island Ducks, who also announced a deal with Vladimir Guerrero this morning. Hard to say who has a better…

  24. Yankees are trying to talk Derrek Lee out of retirement

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury has the Yankees searching for a short-term replacement at first base and David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’re trying to talk Derrek Lee into coming out of retirement. Lee sat out all of last season after failing to get an offer he liked, but according to Waldstein…

  25. Ron Gardenhire wants the Twins to sign Jim Thome

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome is looking for work and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last week that the Twins had talked to the 42-year-old designated hitter earlier in the offseason. Toss in the fact that manager Ron Gardenhire recently made it clear that he wants a veteran bat off the Twins’ bench…

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