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Tim Wakefield refuses to stop playing 1970s VHS tapes in clubhouse

Tim Wakefield refuses to stop playing 1970s VHS tapes in clubhouse
From the Wait ’til this Year Humor Vault BOSTON–Boston Red Sox players say they’ve gotten used to 44-year-old Tim Wakefield’s strange phrases (“Anything good in the icebox?”) and drinking habits (“One-and-a-half Ensures ensures you’ll throw a good game!”), but they can’t help but be frustrated by his insistence on playing 1970s VHS tapes in the... Read more »

Out of Left Field: Notes from around baseball

The divisional races with the most separation are the NL West and NL East at just four games. Across baseball, 13 teams are within four games of first. Oddly, both Wild Card races are less compelling than any of the divisional races: the Braves lead by five games while the Yankees lead by 5.5. Jose... Read more »

Cubs' trade candidates

There are lots of ‘em. Let’s get to it: Aramis Ramirez Why: Ramirez has turned it on of late, bringing back memories of his 25 HR second half last year. His contract is up after this year. Road blocks: Ramirez says he’ll block any trade. Derrek Lee said the same thing last year before agreeing... Read more »
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Jose Reyes to DL; Castro to get All-Star start?

With Jose Reyes expected to be placed on the DL today, it’s quite possible that Starlin Castro will get the start at short in next week’s All-Star Game. Troy Tulowitzki (17 HR, 57 RBI) is on the roster as well but has been out since Monday with a tight hamstring. If he opts/is told not... Read more »

Strengths and Weaknesses: Prince Fielder

Strengths and Weaknesses: Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder leads the National League in RBI and is second in home runs. He’s set to become a free agent when the season ends. Let’s take a look at his strengths and weaknesses: STRENGTHS Success led Bill James to invent new statistic, Home Runs per Pound (HR/LB). Married woman with last... Read more »

Out of Left Field: Notes from around baseball

Adam Wainwright hasn’t thrown a pitch this year, and Chris Carpenter is 1-5 … yet the Cardinals lead the Central by two games. The AL and NL saves leaders, respectively, are Brandon League and Leo Nunez. Can you name their respective teams? The Yankees have 83 home runs; no other team has more than 65,... Read more »
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How much does team speed matter?

The Cubs have two.  Intentional walks? No.  Wins in their last at-bat? No.  Okay, I know, the title and the picture give it away–I’m talking about stolen bases.  Because the Cubs were taught by their parents at a very young and impressionable age that stealing is wrong no matter what the situation, they understandably refuse... Read more »

For one day in April, all was right in the sports world

Friday was about as good as it gets in the sports world. For just one day, April 8, everything came up Brandon: The Cubs won their first road game of the season, beating Milwaukee 7-4. The Cardinals’ Ryan Franklin blew a ninth-inning lead and St. Louis fell to the Giants in 12 innings. The NL... Read more »

Out of left field: Interesting news and notes from around baseball

Only four pitchers have at least four wins already, and two of them play for the Angels: Jered Weaver is 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA, while Dan Haren is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA. The Reds have almost doubled the offensive output of the Twins: 107 runs for Cincy, just 57 for Minnesota. Oakland–my preseason pick to... Read more »
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2011 MLB Predictions

NL East Phillies They almost made it to the World Series in 2010 and now they have Cliff Lee … again. Getting really sick of them … NL West Giants The NL West is always crazy, but the Giants return Lincecum, Cain, Brian Wilson, et al. I’m still not sure how they score any runs,... Read more »