Gone Fishin': Blue Jays' Big Trade Has Risk

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For the first time in over a decade, the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed major sports headlines both north and south of the Border with a blockbuster trade with the  Miami Marlins (who were a train wreck this season). Heading to the Blue Jays are Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck […] READ MORE



Should the Blue Jays have allowed John Farrell to Go to the Red Sox?

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After months of speculation, baseball’s worst-kept rumor finally came true as John Farrell has left Toronto to become the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.  The Jays received infielder Mike Aviles as compensation, and sent pitcher David Carpenter to Boston to complete the trade. Farrell did not have much success in his two years […] READ MORE


Is MLB's Playoff System Broken?

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Turn up the hearing aid Bud, not everyone in Major League Baseball is enamored with the new playoff format which debuted this year.  Just ask the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers how they feel about “qualifying for the postseason” only to have their postseason destiny determined in a single-game playoff. Bug Selig says the new […] READ MORE


The Umpires Got it Right, Atlanta Fans Got it Wrong

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In a game where the rulebook meaning of “ordinary effort” was drawn into question, it was the less than ordinary defensive effort by the Atlanta Braves that cost them the N.L. Wildcard Playoff against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The big moment came with one out in the eighth and with two Braves on […] READ MORE


A.L. Wild Card Preview: Rangers vs. Orioles

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After 162 regular season games, the baseball post-season is finally here!  In the A.L. Wild Card game, the Texas Rangers face the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington.  The Rangers are reeling, having blown a four game lead in their division with six games left to play.  The Rangers lost the A.L. West to the Athletics as […] READ MORE


Adam Greenberg: Feel-Good Story or Publicity Stunt?

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Seven years after his only Major League at-bat ended in tragedy, Miami Marlin Adam Greenberg recorded his first official at-bat in the Big Leagues when he struck out on three pitches from R.A. Dickey of the Mets tonight. Greenberg’s story is, by now, well-known.  In his first Major League at-bat on July 9, 2005 in […] READ MORE


Nine Things I Learned from the 2012 Miami Marlins

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In sports as in cinema, even the worst debacles can be portals of discovery.  For example, the epically awful 1996 summer blockbuster Twister taught us the following notable lessons: Tornadoes can sneak-up on drive in movie theaters without warning, wind or sound, and one can survive a tornado (and avoid the massive amounts of flying […] READ MORE


Why It's Time to Relocate the Tampa Bay Rays

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Major League Baseball is dead in Tampa Bay.  If you don’t believe me, check out Tampa’s attendance figures this year, or the past fourteen years for that matter.  On September 23 with Tampa Bay only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, the Rays drew 18,985 fans to Tropicana Field for a Sunday afternoon game.  […] READ MORE


Escobar Suspended for Three Games

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“I didn’t do it to offend anybody…I was surprised.” The Toronto Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games today as a result of his display of a homophobic slur on his eye black in a September 15 game against the Boston Red Sox.  The Escobar incident drew a big crowd to their press […] READ MORE