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Diamond Update AL Player of the Week Dustin Pedroia, Boston For the third week in a row a player from the Red Sox is our AL Player of the Week. Pedroia led the AL with a 1.405 OPS, a .474 batting average and .615 on-base percentage. He scored...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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   1. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay A master with youngsters and at convincing players to believe in themselves and their team.  2. Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels His teams are aggressive and will play the game at a high intensity. Not afraid...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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With the 2011 Major League Draft final, let’s take a look back through history at the top picks at each slot 1-50. There are some Hall of Famers on the list, but some had to be left out. And there are a few slots that make you scratch your head...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Every year at draft time, we are reminded just how inexact the science of projecting major league really is. Mike Piazza was drafted in the 62 round by the Los Angels Dodgers, presumably as a favor to Tom Lasorda. Wasn’t there a scout somewhere...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Athlon Spotlight No Rule Change Needed After Injury On May 25 in San Francisco the Giants lived through their worst nightmare. Star catcher — and anchor of their lineup — Buster Posey broke his leg and tore ligaments in his ankle while blocking...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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The Natural The story of Bubba Starling has evolved into a Midwestern myth over the course of his high school career at Edgerton (Kan.). To hear it told, the lanky 6’5”, 195-pound two-sport star was Paul Bunyan with a wood bat in his hands at...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
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Around the Horn NL Races Going as Expected There are fewer surprises in the National League than in the AL. But one team we didn't expect to be on the north side of .500 is Arizona. On Friday the 13th, Arizona dropped to a season-low seven...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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When you search for Ted Williams, you should get a lot more images of an American icon who was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, and fewer images of the alcoholic guy with the funny voice who ditched his family. But that doesn't...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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Around the Horn Time to Assess A.L. races Now with the quarter pole comfortably behind us, it’s time to reassess the American League divisional races. Next week, we’ll examine the National League. Clearly, the biggest surprise in baseball...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Depending on who you talk to, steroids either tarnished America’s Pastime or made it freakin’ awesome. (HOME RUNS!) Either way, that era is over now. According to Bud Selig, Congress and Rafael Palmeiro, baseball players don’t do steroids. But we...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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Around the Horn Jones’ Knees Take Toll Just as Chipper Jones’ career with the Atlanta Braves was getting underway, a spring training injury in 1994 cost Jones an entire season. The former No. 1 overall draft pick of Atlanta was ticketed to be...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Jorge Posada is batting .165. He’s a DH. Of the 13 DHs in the American League with enough plate appearances to qualify, he’s 13th in average and on-base, 10th in slugging and 12th in OPS. Has he earned the respect of fans and teammates?...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Pitchers are notorious for being bad hitters. But Bob Buhl, the National League pitcher from the '50s and '60s who had a .089 career batting average, set the bar so low, you'd have to dig a pretty deep hole if you wanted to lower it. Here are...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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AL Player of the Week Ben Zobrist, Rays Zobrist made hsitory with his big day in Minnesota with 10 RBIs in a day-night DH. But he was raking the rest of the week as well. He hit .480 with a 1.561 OPS, three homers and 15 RBIs. He scored eight...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Ryan Raburn might be on your fantasy team because he is a second base-eligible player with 20+ homer power. Luckily for fantasy, they don't score fielding, because Raburn has a history of botching left field. Here, he let's a ball that should'...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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Now that we are about a month into the season, the trading block is beginning to call to me. This is the point of the season where I go after an underachiever who could turn it around in the second half. Here are the names I am going after:...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
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Around the Horn Tulowitzki: Total Package By the time Troy Tulowitzki earns $20 million for a season in 2015, there will be at least 13 other players who have reached that milestone before him. But few, if any, of them will provide more value...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Detroit Tiger ace Justin Verlander got his arms and legs mixed up over the weekend and turned a pick-off throw into a kinda, sorta pitch to home plate throw. According to Verlander: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t get my body turned....
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By Bruce Herman April 15, 2011 Close-Up on Closers Tony LaRussa says if chooses to go another way from Ryan Franklin, who’s blown three saves in four appearances, the way he’ll go is Miguel Batista, who has one more career save (41) than...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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I’m not sure Texas Rangers third base coach Dave Anderson has yet been pulled out from under the team bus that left Comerica Park last night. The Josh Hamilton bus, that is. Hamilton threw his third base coach unnecessarily under the bus, then...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Around the Horn Catalyst in the Middle With an injury to second baseman Chase Utley keeping the All-Star out of the lineup for Philadelphia, the Philles have had to improvise a little. Manager Charlie Manuel inserted Jimmy Rollins, primarily a...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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Around the Horn Like Father, Like Son On Saturday, rookie Kyle Drabek picked up his first major league win with a sterling 1-hit performance over seven innings to defeat the Minnesota Twins. It was almost 25 years ago when his father, Doug,...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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- by Charlie Miller (@AthlonCharlie) Athlon Sports offers up its official predictions for the 2011 Major League Baseball season. National League East 1. Philadelphia Phillies 2. Atlanta Braves 3. Florida Marlins 4. New York Mets 5....
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
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-by Charlie Miller (@AthlonCharlie) As the regular season approaches, Athlon will go around the majors with updates from every division. Today, we focus on the NL Central. Chicago Cubs The Cubs are as healthy coming out of spring training as...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
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-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden) As the regular season approaches, Athlon will go around the majors with updates from every division. Today, we focus on the AL West. Los Angeles Angels The big story line this spring for the Angels has been...
Braden Gall
3 years ago

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