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The Diamondbacks need a psych evaluation (Updated: McCutchen hurt)

The Diamondbacks need a psych evaluation (Updated: McCutchen hurt)
Once upon a time (actually, about a month and a half ago) we saw the Arizona Diamondbacks do something very very silly because reasons and they lost the game.  You can read that account to see how stupid it was.  Because that’s the only word we can use: STUPID. Tonight, the Diamondbacks lost again.  But... Read more »

Can we speed up the MLB game?

Can we speed up the MLB game?
The internet has gotten us super-connected to one another these days, but there is so much content out there that we’re sometimes overwhelmed by input and don’t see something interesting until a topic takes its “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” turn.  In today’s case, well, yes I knew that Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals... Read more »

Links and Thoughts That Might Interest You

Links and Thoughts That Might Interest You
We’ve got a few hours before Edwin Jackson‘s next-to-last start (barring some weird occurrence) before the non-waiver trade deadline, so here’s a look at random happenings on the internet regarding the Cubs and MLB… Oh those Astros… I linked to a fantastic Baseball Prospectus article on the Brady Aiken-Houston Astros mess in a previous blog,... Read more »
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Colby Lewis might not know how baseball works

Colby Lewis might not know how baseball works
I was at a wedding tonight where one of my best friends got hitched to the lady he deserved.  While the white folk danced like white folk (it was awesome), I snuck a few peeks at the Cubs game where Travis Wood and friends got rocked in Arizona again.  So I didn’t miss much, and... Read more »

Appreciating the Opportunity

Appreciating the Opportunity
The American League won the All-Star Game again on Tuesday night, so I hope that means the Oakland A’s get to open up the World Series at home this October.  It was, of course, Derek Jeter‘s final All-Star appearance as an active player, and he was pretty good with a multi-hit game.  Mike Trout was... Read more »

MLB did something cool today in the name of equal rights

MLB did something cool today in the name of equal rights
There were home runs on Monday night and there will be an actual exhibition game (that “counts”) on Tuesday night, but during the All-Star FanFest on Tuesday before the game, the folks at Major League Baseball did a really cool thing:  One year after Major League Baseball issued a policy prohibiting players from harassing and... Read more »
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All-Star Heroics May Come Down to Rizzo and Castro

All-Star Heroics May Come Down to Rizzo and Castro
As I watched Jeff Samardzija in a pitcher’s duel against Felix Hernandez in Seattle, there were a few things that catalyzed tonight’s topic other than those two very impressive gentlemen eating quality innings against each other.  I saw the Rays getting pummeled late by the Toronto Blue Jays and wondered whom the Rays’ lone representative... Read more »

Alfonso Soriano DFA by the Yankees; Should he come back to the Cubs?

Alfonso Soriano DFA by the Yankees; Should he come back to the Cubs?
This is shocking but not shocking news about Alfonso Soriano, if you get what I mean:   Girardi said Soriano has been DFA’d — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 6, 2014 It seems that Alfonso Soriano’s major league career might be coming to an end.  He had been on the short side of the platoon in... Read more »

Josh Byrnes was Fired (What are the Cubs implications?) -- UPDATE: Padres ask for permission to interview McLeod

Josh Byrnes was Fired (What are the Cubs implications?) -- UPDATE: Padres ask for permission to interview McLeod
Josh Byrnes is out as the general manager of the San Diego Padres. Or as Tom Loxas put it: Shit, I knew about Byrnes yesterday. Thought everyone did? Ooops. — TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) June 22, 2014 The Padres have been a mess in terms of ownership situation for a while now. The failed attempt by Jeff... Read more »
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Grit and the Unwritten Rules

Grit and the Unwritten Rules
This is a rare non-Cubs blog for us, but I was eating my Oreos with milk and scrolling through Twitter while following baseball games when this happened in the Milwaukee Brewers-Arizona Diamondbacks game with Ryan Braun at the plate… Marshall is ejected after hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch. He leaves to a standing ovation.... Read more »