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  1. More Giants merchandise has been sold than any other team’s this offseason, Buster Posey the top-selling jersey

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The website Fanatics.com keeps track of sports merch sales, and they just released the tally for this now, mercifully-concluding offseason: Since the offseason began (October 30, 2012-TODAY), the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants have also won the off-season merchandise title. The Giants are currently the number one selling team since the off-season began, beating out the Yankees…

  2. FanGraphs and Baseball Reference agree on a value for replacement level in WAR

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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    When we talk about WAR, we’ve historically been talking about two different metrics, actually. Because the two entities which developed and calculate WAR — FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com — have historically used two different values to determine the “replacement level” component of the stat. While those of you who dig into these metrics with anything beyond…

  3. 2013 Preview: The American League West

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels have signed the biggest slugger on the free agent market. This time, however, we feel like it’s going to finally work.…

  4. Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it. Wells has a full no-trade…

  5. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  6. United States loses, baseball wins at World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Let’s face it: the World Baseball Classic’s uphill climb as an event worth watching wouldn’t gain any momentum if Team USA ran away with it. That’s why it has to be pretty exciting for MLB to see Puerto Rico advance past the U.S. and join the Dominican Republic, Japan and The Netherlands in the WBC semifinals. While…

  7. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  8. Phoenix Municipal Stadium only has one more spring training left in it

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

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    It was announced this morning that 2014 will be the last season the Athletics train at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. They’re going to move into Hohokam Park, where the Cubs currently train, after the Cubs move into their new place in Mesa and after Hohokam gets a $20 million face lift. Arizona State University’s baseball team…

  9. Revisiting Trout vs. Cabrera MVP debate — with a twist

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    So, get ready for a bit of a shocker. I was on a panel with Farhan Zaidi of the Oakland A’s. He’s a great guy. A’s general manager Billy Beane often calls him “Emotional Stat Guy,” which he says will be the name of his fantasy baseball team (though I personally think it would be…

  10. Angels renew Mike Trout for $510,000

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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    As a pre-arbitration player, 2012 AL MVP runner-up Mike Trout has no negotiating power with the Angels. So, instead of signing for a salary he didn’t like, he had his contract renewed by the team for $510,000 on Saturday. That figure is just $20,000 above the major league minimum. It’s unclear whether the Angels initially…

  11. Greetings from Tempe Diablo Stadium

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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    There’s a reason for that Harley Race pic. Just read. Day three of my Cactus League tour takes me to Tempe Diablo Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels, the team with perhaps the most star power in all of baseball. Just check out the banner: Of course, bringing in an MVP-caliber hitter and the…

  12. Great Moments in Non Sequiturs

    Feb 21, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Michael Hurley of CBS Boston has a column up criticizing Sam Miller’s quite good piece for ESPN.com about the ascendance of WAR. It’s your standard anti-sabermetric rebop. Hurley attempts to paint himself as a sensible moderate type, but make no mistake, the guy is definitely threatened by advanced metrics. But that’s not a big deal. There are…

  13. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander…

  14. Mike Trout gained 10-15 pounds during the offseason

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

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    While Josh Hamilton dropped 20 pounds during the offseason due to a change in his diet, it seems his new teammate, Mike Trout, was busy bulking up. Last season, #Angels OF Mike Trout looked like an NFL RB. He looks more like a FB now, after gaining 10-15 lbs. He reported at 240 lbs.— Mike…

  15. Mark Teixeira comes to terms with aging, says he’s overpaid

    Feb 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal has a must-read interview with Mark Teixeira, who has come to terms with the idea that he won’t be the same player in his mid-30s as he was in his 20s. In another moment of candor, he also said that he feels there’s nothing that he can do…

  16. A call for moderation in WAR usage

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Jim Caple of ESPN takes what I think is a decent, moderate approach with respect to the war over WAR. Basically: it’s a cool stat that can be useful, but let’s not rely on it too much or consider it an argument-ender. Of course, because that’s moderate, I expect almost no one to like it.…

  17. Fernando Martinez and the Astros show why the World Baseball Classic still has so far to go

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

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    Fernando Martinez stands as one of several players in the mix to make the Houston Astros’ outfield. But he has more up against him in that quest than just competition from Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Barnes. He has up against him his participation in the World Baseball Classic, where he will play…

  18. Morosi is disappointed in U.S. stars for dissing the WBC. Here’s why he’s wrong.

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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    The U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic was announced this morning and, no, not all of the big U.S. stars are on the roster. Not present are Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Justin Verlander,Clayton Kershaw, David Price and many, many more. Some may view this as a matter of professionals putting their professional obligations first. Jon…

  19. Trout catches grouper

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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    You know it’s the offseason because some player’s girlfriend tweeted something interesting and I’m running with it. From the Twitter feed of Mike Trout‘s girlfriend, Jessica Cox: 500 lb Goliath Grouper! I’d say it was a good day fishing! 🎣 @trouty20 @jeffreytrout @tylertrout @debbietrout27 twitter.com/JessTara/statu… — Jessica Tara Cox (@JessTara) January 13, 2013 From a…

  20. Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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    A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Stanton, 23, batted…

  21. Wil Myers to start the season in the minors

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Early leader for the 2013 Mike Trout Award: Wil Myers: While the Rays like to delay the arbitration/free agent clock on all their young players, [Wil] Myers will most surely begin the year at Triple A Durham so he can continue to develop and so he can build the confidence that comes with playing everyday…

  22. If you’re in the opinion business, be prepared to defend your opinions

    Nov 16, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    I will preface this by saying that I am certain — 100% certain — that a lot of people out there in Internet land said rude, personal and otherwise awful things to baseball writers who argued in favor of Miguel Cabrera for the MVP.  There were also people who likely said rude, personal and otherwise awful…

  23. Mike Trout, baseball’s best player, is denied MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    In handing Miguel Cabrera the American League MVP award, the voters weren’t making a statement that Cabrera’s four additional points of batting average, his 14 homers or even his 56 RBI made him a better player than Mike Trout last season. Because this isn’t really about who was the better player. Sportswriters decided long ago…

  24. Miguel Cabrera cruises to American League MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

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    The debate has raged on for months. And now we finally have a winner. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named the American League MVP this evening by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Despite the impassioned and often contentious arguments dating back to the summer, the balloting wasn’t all that close. Cabrera received 22…

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