What would George Constanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Full disclosure: I’m a Seinfeld freak. I can recite episodes verbatim and I usually don’t have any problem using a line from the show to describe something happening in my every day life. It’s a gift. So as both a Seinfeld freak and a baseball freak, I’ve always enjoyed the episodes where the two intermingled. […]

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The best defensive plays for the week ending July 29th

We’re seemingly seeing different players pop up on this list every week, and I think that’s a testament to just how good the players in this league are getting at fielding their positions. No longer do we have just one or two great defensive players per position – there are quite a few. Also, the […]

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The two most dangerous potential playoff teams

According to Billy Beane, the only GM to ever be portrayed by Brad Pitt (because that means something), the playoffs are a crapshoot.  But you know what he thinks, and evidence certainly suggests he might be right.  When you’re playing shorter series such as a one game playoff or a best of five, any team […]

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Dugout Digest – thinking blue out west

Oh, go ahead and look at who’s at the top of the NL West – it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA is three games up on the Giants, and that three game lead is the second-largest of any division leader (behind just the Tigers in the AL Central). Just like the Nationals in the NL […]

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Is it time to bury the Reds for this season?

As of July 29, the Reds and Marlins both have a 52-53 record. Yet the difference in the perception of that record two days before MLB’s July 31 trade deadline is fascinating. Joe Lucia touched on this earlier in Tuesday’s Dugout Digest. The Marlins are viewed as a sleeper contender, having won eight of their […]

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The strange Wild Card races

I’m not entirely sure if Major League baseball, or more specifically Bud Selig had planned on this occurring when he created the second Wild Card, or even the first for that matter.  Winning the division is key.  It’s never been more important during divisional play than when the second Wild Card was created.  But in […]

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Dugout Digest – here come the…Miami super Marlins?

I don’t think Miami is much of a contender in the National League for the final two months of this season. But quite frankly, if we’re going to keep calling the Reds a contender, the Marlins also deserve that attention. Miami has won five in a row and seven of eight over the past week. […]

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Where do the Cardinals go after losing out on Jake Peavy?

Wasn’t Jake Peavy to the Cardinals a done deal a couple of weeks ago? The Cards needed a starting pitcher for the back end of the rotation and appeared to have found their man in the veteran right-hander. But then it didn’t happen. And over the weekend, the Red Sox traded Peavy to the Giants instead. […]

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The return of Tim Lincecum

There was a time when San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum could have been considered the most dominant pitcher in baseball. When he won the Cy Young Award in both 2008 and 2009, that declaration would have been a simple, and easily defensible, one to make. But there was always something of a cloud looming, representing the day that […]

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Mark Appel’s promotion upsets Astros players

More than most sports, baseball is about “earning your spot.” Players have to work their way through four or five levels of the minors before getting their chance in the big leagues, and some guys wait close to 10 years before they get their shot. So it’s at least understandable when players get upset over […]

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Dugout Digest – the Blue Jays aren’t going down easily

Left for dead following an 11-23 stretch going into the All-Star Break, the Toronto Blue Jays have come out of the Break on fire. The Jays are 7-3 in their ten games in the second half, taking two out of three from the Rangers, three out of four from the reeling Red Sox, and two […]

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Dugout Digest – the Rays have arrived

The Tampa Bay Rays are officially contenders in the American League – well, as much as they could be without being above .500. Tampa Bay beat Boston again on Saturday to win their ninth game in a row and move to just 6.5 games back in the AL East and only 3.5 games back of […]


Red Sox get actual, real-life prospects for Jake Peavy

A week ago, it seemed like the Red Sox were poised to crawl out of the AL East cellar and make a run at a wildcard spot. Now, less than a week from the trade deadline, they’re starting to sell. Jake Peavy is the first piece to go, with Boston sending the struggling right-hander back […]