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Defending a World Series title isn’t always easy. The 2014 Boston Red Sox can attest. Last year’s World Series victors just completed a 10-game skid, becoming only the fifth defending champion to post a double-digit losing streak. Can they recover in their title defense? The track record of teams with such a long stretch of […]

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Michael Pineda put himself and the Yankees in a sticky situation when he took the mound in the second inning of last night’s game wearing a very noticeable swath of pine tar on his neck. The glistening goop was so noticeable, the big right hander would have been better off stealing the pine tar rag […]

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Jacoby Ellsbury’s return to Fenway Park wasn’t exactly a hero’s reception. Although the Red Sox properly honored their former centerfielder with a video montage before the game, the fans weren’t as generous. Most favored status in Red Sox Nation can be fleeting, especially when you return in the road grays of New York, but the […]

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The evaluation of minor league prospects is no longer a cottage industry. Every major media platform seems to have at least one analyst dedicated to tracking baseball prospects, and the highlight of those efforts are annual rankings compiled just before spring training. Although there are many reputable evaluators (as well as many who are not), […]

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If the Yankees are expecting reinforcements from the farm, they’d better stock up on Miracle-Gro. At least that seems to be the consensus of the most respected talent evaluators in the baseball media. Keith Law is the latest prospect guru to offer a less than sanguine view of the Yankees’ prospect pipeline. Coming on the […]

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“Never let the big man beat you”, warns an old baseball adage. In the 2013 World Series, the Cardinals didn’t heed that advice, and the benefactor was David Ortiz, who further cemented his reputation as one of baseball’s most prolific post season performers. Top-10 World Series Production – One Series, by OPS Note: Minimum 10 […]

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There aren’t many compelling story lines heading into the 2013 World Series. Despite an attempt to create forced narratives (the St. Louis Cardinals do everything the “right way”, while the Boston Red Sox’ have an unbridled love for playing), the upcoming Fall Classic seems to be without a hook. Unless, of course, you happen to […]

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