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  • Josh Willingham knows the end of his major league baseball career may be near, 11 years filled with knee injuries, back pain and so, so many losses. Willingham, a large man from Alabama with a thick Southern drawl, persisted because he could draw walks, whack pitches over the left field fence and play through pain. […]... read more...
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  • The Oakland Athletics claimed Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets, the team announced. Brown played 19 games for the Mets in 2014, hitting .182 with a .245 on base percentage, with two home runs and seven RBI. Brown signed with the Mets in January 2013 and hit .216 with ... read more...
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  • Center fielder Denard Span and first baseman Adam LaRoche, both mainstays of the Nationals’ defense, were named NL Gold Glove finalists for their respective positions. Span was named a finalist for the second straight season; LaRoche claimed the trophy in 2012. Because of his strong hitting and standout defense, Span was among the most valuable position Nationals t... read more...
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  • Bryan Minniti, a well-respected former Nationals assistant general manager, was hired to fill the same job title with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced on Thursday evening. Minniti left the Nationals three days after their first-round playoff exit, a surprising move after serving as Washington’s assistant general manager for five years. Minniti will serv... read more...
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  • The St. Louis Cardinals ranked 2nd when ESPN released their MLB Future Power Rankings covering the next five Major League Baseball seasons. The Cardinals were second only to the Los Angeles Dodgers. ESPN MLB analysts Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney were asked to rank all 30 teams in Major League Baseball and had […] read more...
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  • The Atlanta Braves are coming off a disappointing finish to the 2014 season, so the front office will be looking for a way to improve the club enough this winter to get to the postseason next year. There may be some rumors flying around the club in terms of trade talks this winter. The team has some players that ... read more...
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  • The Astros will face the Royals in a pair of exhibition games at Minute Maid Park, the team announced. The Astros will open spring training games on March 5 against the Phillies before returning to Houston for two games against the Royals on April 3-4. The schedule: March 5: vs. Philadelphia (Kissimmee), 12:05 p.m. March […] read more...
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  • Here's a bit of history -- from nearly 80 years ago -- that I had never heard before. Heading into a weekend of Joe Maddon Watch, I thought I'd give you an interesting slice of history that shows that many ideas in sports that we think are "n... read more...
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  • On the first day of the offseason, the Nationals exercised Denard Span’s $9 million team option for the 2015 season, according to a person familiar with the situation, a no-brainer move that was expected following the center fielder’s excellent 2014 season. In his second season in Washington, Span was among the best leadoff hitters in baseball, combining stel... read more...
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  • The Nationals’ years-long search for a new spring training home was dealt another blow this week when city officials from West Palm Beach moved, at least for now, in a different direction. The city commission voted Tuesday to grant a Boca Raton developer called Parkside Commons the exclusive negotiating rights to draw up a detailed proposal […]... read more...
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  • The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions for the third time in five years, so the team's front office will focus on making moves this offseason that can help the team get back to the Fall Classic next year. A couple of the acquisitions the team has added over the past year—Michael Morse and... read more...
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  • Three days after the Nationals’ season ended, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced in an e-mail to counterparts and friends that he is leaving the organization after five years. The move is surprising, as the Nationals’ front office wasn’t expected to undergo any changes after an early playoff exit. Minniti joined the Nationals in 2009 [... read more...
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  • We don't need therapy, but we at least need a forum like this. In five years, I'll think about Pablo Sandoval falling on his butt. In 10 years, I'll think about Madison Bumgarner cutting an outline of the strike zone, like he was making a b... read more...
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  • It would be difficult to understate one locally relevant current that ran through the World Series, in conversations with players, executives, scouts, writers and even commissioners. The Nationals, so many people believed, not only had a team worthy of the World Series; they had a team that should have gone to the World Series, and the […]... read more...
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  • The St. Louis Cardinals made the playoffs yet again in 2014, so with much of the roster set already, the team's front office will try to add some complementary pieces that can get the team back to the World Series next year. St. Louis beat the Los Angele... read more...
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  • While 2014 wasn't a banner year for Houston, the Astros showed significant improvement on the field, winning 70 games and not finishing in last place for the first time since 2010. Top prospects Jon Singleton and George Springer showed flashes of what they're capable of doing, while Jose Altuve became the first p... read more...
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  • After taking the second base job in 2013, Scooter Gennett continued to solidify his position there with a good 2014 season. This year, we watched as long-time second baseman Rickie Weeks finished off his career as a Brewer. It was... read more...
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  • For the final two weeks of September, Steve Balboni watched the Nationals more closely than any evaluator in baseball. The Giants assigned Balboni, the former Royals slugger who is now one of their top advance scouts, to cover the Nationals, to gather detailed information in case the Nationals and Giants met in the first round. […]... read more...
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  • The Miami Marlins were able to stay in contention for much of the 2014 season, but injuries caught up to them in the end. With a young and talented core in place, the front office can look at making moves that could make the team a serious playoff contender. Miami has plenty of talent in the field and on the mound... read more...
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