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Over the Monster 39 mins ago
Michael Wacha shouldn’t be locked into the rotation

Michael Wacha shouldn’t be locked into the rotation

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Unlike the other veterans around him, he should have to earn his spot in the rotation. Prior to the lockout going into effect, the Boston Red Sox were, much like many other teams around the league, quite busy adding to their roster. Although they didn’t add the quality of starting pitcher that some of us perhaps expected and certainly hoped for, they added a trio of veteran arms to join their rotation. One, James Paxton, will be on the shelf for at least the first half of the season, but both Rich Hill and Michael Wacha are expected to be...
Call to the Pen 39 mins ago

New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury on 2023 Hall of Fame ballot

Now that the voting for the 2022 MLB Hall of Fame is over, it is time to take a look ahead at next year’s ballot. There is one name that is likely to elicit a strong response from New York Yankees fans when that ballot comes out. Although he has not retired, and although the […] New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury on 2023 Hall of Fame ballot - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
www.thegoodphight.com 40 mins ago
The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #19 - Jordan Viars

The Good Phight’s top 20 prospects: #19 - Jordan Viars

Jordan Viars Who doesn’t like young, HS lefty outfielders who can hit? We continue our countdown of top prospects here at The Good Phight, counting backwards from 20 to our top prospect. Jordan Viars, L/L, 18 years old Scouting report, via Fangraphs: Viars is a young, big-framed Texas high school outfielder who is likely headed to a corner in pro ball. He’s short to the ball despite his size, and currently peppers both gaps with doubles contact. He was an athletic two-way high schooler who will be a right field dev project in pro ball. Jay: 20th, Ethan: 20th,...
Lone Star Ball 40 mins ago
Thursday morning Rangers things

Thursday morning Rangers things

Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP via Thursday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Evan Drellich looks at the efforts by the MLBPA in the current negotiations to get more money to players with less than three years of service time. The Rangers announced the signings of a half-dozen players to minor league deals yesterday. There’s a career fair on Saturday at Globe Life Park for those who would like to work at the Rangers games. Jeff Wilson looks at the results of the most recent round of Hall of Fame voting. David Schoenfield looks at the...
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Triple the misery: MLB's labor woes threaten third spring

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It's a moment Brandon Bajema relishes each year — receiving the email notification that Chicago Cubs tickets for spring training games in Arizona are about to go on sale.
Bluebird Banter 1 hour ago
Happy Birthday Ken Huckaby

Happy Birthday Ken Huckaby

Former Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby turns 51 today. Ken was a 22 round pick by the Dodgers in the 1991 draft. He was in the Dodgers system for seven seasons, making it to Triple-A. Then he bounced from the Mariners, Yankees, Diamondbacks and finally landed with the Jays. Out 2002 season started with Tom Wilson (not the hockey player nor the member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) sharing the catcher’s job with Darren Fletcher, but Fletcher was having a lousy year and retired in the middle of it. Huckaby played in 88 games, the most he had in his six seasons. It turned out to...
Redbird Rants 1 hour ago

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt joins Padres

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has joined the San Diego Padres as a part-time consultant for player development. When the St. Louis Cardinals abruptly fired Mike Shildt as manager, he was immediately connected to the San Diego Padres. Shildt is a veteran manager, knows how to command respect in the clubhouse and is […] Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt joins Padres - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants
Amazin Avenue 1 hour ago
Mets Morning News for January 27, 2022

Mets Morning News for January 27, 2022

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Billy Wagner did not make it to Cooperstown but he had some opinions about those who should. Former Met Jerry Blevins also weighed in with his thoughts on how players in the game view steroid users including Robinson Canó. Next year will be Carlos Beltrán’s first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, and while he was never linked to PEDs, he will forever be linked to another form of cheating that the voters will have to grapple with. Despite being another...
Over the Monster 1 hour ago
OTM Open Thread 1/27: It is Thursday

OTM Open Thread 1/27: It is Thursday

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Happy Thursday! While there has been some progress with the negotiations to end the lockout, the season hasn’t been saved yet. No hockey or basketball today. Talk about what you want, revel in the Ortiz news, and be good to one another.

Padres roster review: Jake Cronenworth

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2022 season: Jake Cronenworth became an All-Star in his second year in the majors
Rox Pile 1 hour ago

Colorado Rockies podcast: Hall of Fame talk, Fresno Grizzlies deep dive

In our latest Colorado Rockies-focused podcast, we look ahead to baseball season with a specific focus on the Low-A Fresno Grizzlies as well as the next round of voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. We are talking Todd Helton, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and minor league baseball on this Colorado Rockies podcast With […] Colorado Rockies podcast: Hall of Fame talk, Fresno Grizzlies deep dive - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - Colorado Rockies News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Jays Journal 1 hour ago

No former Toronto Blue Jays elected into Hall of Fame

The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame results were announced this week and no Toronto Blue Jays alumni made the cut. It wasn’t unexpected, especially with so much controversy and also competition around the likes of players bigger-than-life such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and others. Truth be told, quite a few players eligible […] No former Toronto Blue Jays elected into Hall of Fame - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Rum Bunter 1 hour ago

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Appreciating Quinn Priester’s 2021 Season

Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Quinn Priester had a strong 2021 season at the High-A level and it may have been even more impressive than you realize Last year, Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Quinn Priester had a quality season with the organization’s High-A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. In 97.2 innings, Priester had a 3.04 ERA, […] Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Appreciating Quinn Priester’s 2021 Season - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Twinkie Town 1 hour ago
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 8

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 8

Welcome to Round 8 | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra Josh Winder was our selection in round seven. He is on the 40 man roster and on the cusp of making his debut for the Twins. Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Jordan Balazovic 48% (Miranda 45%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%, Celestino 1%) Jose Miranda 68%...
Red Reporter 1 hour ago
2022 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Allan Cerda is your #13 Prospect!

2022 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Allan Cerda is your #13 Prospect!

Photo by Andy Lyons/ The 22 year old has shown some impressive power early on in his career. Despite playing in a pitcher’s park in Daytona, Allan Cerda has shown that he can really mash the ball, putting up 14 dingers in his time with the Tortugas. An infielder joins the ballot today. Matheu Nelson - C (23 years old) 2021 at a glance: Hit .330/.436/.773 in 53 games at Florida State University and hit .179/.343/.321 in 35 PA between ACL Reds (Arizona Rookie League) and the Dayton Dragons (High-A Central League). Pros: Incredible raw power to all fields, strong arm...

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