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Seller Beware: A History Lesson From The Houston Astros

The MLB trade deadline is the great divider. With two months left in the season your team is either going to make a push for the playoffs or sell off veterans and look to the future. Even though a lot can change in two months of baseball, July 31 forces general managers to make these distinctions quickly, so as not to be left in the dust. Some fans even welcome their teams becoming “sellers” to bring in young talent for the next year and beyond. However “selling” is no easy task, so be careful what you wish for. Continue reading

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Spin Cycle Podcast – Colin Talks With Sow About The First Half Of The MLB Season

Guess who’s back! I know it’s been a while, but Sow and I are back on the podcast to discuss the first half of the baseball season. We talk about players and teams to watch, and Sow tells us which teams are truly in the playoff hunt and which ones will be an afterthought come September. Continue reading

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It’s The End Of The Closer As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

When Mariano Rivera went down in center field of Kauffman Stadium, clutching his knee and writhing in pain, he not only crushed the 2012 World Series hopes of New York Yankees fans across the world, but he also may have effectively eliminated the closer position as we know it.

It sounds extreme, but Rivera was one of the last legitimate closers that we have left in a league that is increasingly devaluing their role. Continue reading

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Outlawing Baseball’s Third-To-First Move Makes No Sense

My wife is Canadian, and had probably watched a grand total of three hours of baseball in her entire life by the time I met her. I, on the other hand, had probably averaged three hours of baseball per day since I was eight years old. Needless to say, the first time we watched a baseball game together I had some serious explaining to do.

She prides herself in being a quick learner, able to pick up foreign concepts swiftly and effectively—and my baseball tutorial was no exception. She figured out things like the infield fly rule, the dropped third strike, and the check-swing appeal with significant aplomb. Continue reading

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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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