Category: Baseball

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Twins notes: A safety bet and a long shot

Baseball has returned to us after its long slumber, and like most of you, I’ve spent the last six months doing the 21st century equivalent of “staring out the window and waiting for spring,” namely, refreshing baseball news sites all winter long until the paint started to wear off the F5 key on my keyboard. I’ve meditated over 40-man roster moves and lost sleep...

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Opening Day link dump

Welcome back to baseball, everyone. It’s been a long winter. Real life issues have necessitated my absence from this space for a while, but I’m looking forward to getting back to regularly scheduled programming now that the season’s begun to get underway. But first, here’s a short and kind of random list of items from the offseason that I would have written about had...

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The Iron Hawk: LaTroy Hawkins returns for his 21st year of Major League baseball

“They want to know if he’s still got it – they say rap’s changed, they want to know how I feel about it” -Dr. Dre The Colorado Rockies announced recently that they were exercising their $2.25 million contract option on 41 year old reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has been playing Major League baseball since I was in middle school. Hawkins broke into the bigs...

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Ejected: Minnesota Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire

After 13 years, 1068 wins, 1039 losses, 6 American League Central Division pennants, and 72 early exits, Ron Gardenhire has been ejected once more. The Twins announced on Monday that they were releasing Gardenhire, the second-longest tenured active manager in Major League Baseball, with one year remaining on his two year contract. This is a huge change in direction for the Twins, an organization...

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5 For 5: Kansas City Royals

Hello out there in Internetland! If you joined us here last week two friggin’ weeks ago, you no doubt recall some bold claims your humble scribe made about a five part series on the teams of the American League Central. Well, life happened, folks, what can I say. The good news is I got a new job, which, believe me, is very good news....

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5 For 5: Detroit Tigers

Preseason Prediction: 90-72 First Half: 53-38 (94-68 projected) Who’s Hot: DH Victor Martinez – .328/.391/.599, 21 HR 1B Miguel Cabrera – .306/.364/.534, 75 RBI SP Max Scherzer – 11-3, 10.4 K/9, 2.96 FIP RP Joba Chamberlain – 2.63 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 0.2 HR/9 Who’s Not: SS Andrew Romine – .217/.277/.259, 48 OPS+ RF Torii Hunter – .293 OBP, 9 BB, -15.7 defensive WAR CL...

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5 For 5: The AL Central at the All Star Break – Introduction

July is in full swing, baseball’s summer vacation has arrived, and with half a season under our belts and the All Star festivities swirling around Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, it’s a good time to pause and take stock of the year thus far. With three months in the can and three more to go, it’s been a gut-wrenching ride for a lot of...

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In which Pete half-heartedly mocks the Chief Wahoo lawsuit

Nine billion dollars. This is how much money Robert Roche of the organization “People Not Mascots” stated last week that he plans to sue the Cleveland Indians for over their “racist” and “offensive” Chief Wahoo logo and imagery, and I cannot pretend not to find that absurd. Let me walk you through my thought process upon hearing this news. Nine billion dollars. I just...

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