Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg resigns

Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg has resigned as the Philadelphia Phillies manager, the team announced Friday. Pete Mackanin, the third-base coach, has been named interim manager. The Phillies’ record under Sandberg was 119-159. They are 26-48 this season and in last place, 14 1/2 games out in the National League East. “It’s a difficult day, a challenging day and a tough day for ...

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Numbers show: Don’t put your closer in when the game is tied

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From Mariano Rivera to Craig Kimbrel, Trevor Hoffman to Joe Nathan, the game of baseball has seen many great closers come and go. Recently, it seems as if the role of closer has been magnified as bullpens specialize more and more. Closers have a certain mojo. Rivera came out to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Hoffman came out to AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.” It sends ...

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Overcoming adversity: The Cardinal way

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During the baseball season all teams will have to fight through various players being injured. Many of these injuries are minor setbacks, but some are proven to be serious injuries. The optimal thing for a baseball team is to avoid is major injuries to their best players, as these are the most difficult injuries to overcome. If you told a ...

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Lightning’s Ben Bishop should be the Rays next designated hitter

Ben Bishop

A group of Tampa Bay Lightning players were invited to participate in batting practice with their bay-area neighbors, the Tampa Bay Rays, and throw out the first pitch on Tuesday. Captain Steven Stamkos was joined by Brian Boyle, Braydon Coburn, Alex Killorn and starting goalie Ben Bishop. All of the Lightning players went deep during their hitting session on the field, except Stamkos. The 6-foot-7 Bishop hit four ...

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Report: Rangers, Phillies discussing Cole Hamels trade

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Two teams trending in different directions, the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, are having “ongoing” discussions of a trade that would send Phillies ace Cole Hamels to the Rangers, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Sources: #Rangers and #Phillies having ongoing dialogue about Cole Hamels, and he is willing to waive no-trade to Texas. @FOXSports — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June ...

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MLB Players of Week 11: Brock Holt, Max Scherzer


Week 11 has come and gone. The Tampa Bay Rays are on a tear and have taken the top spot in the AL East. A no-hitter was thrown and a cycle was hit. It is not everyday that you have both in one week. This made my choices for hitter and pitcher of the week very easy… Hitter: Brock Holt, Boston ...

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ biggest problem: Consistency


The Los Angeles Dodgers biggest problem isn’t their bullpen, it isn’t the backend of the rotation, and it isn’t their offense that has been struggling recently; the biggest problem the Dodgers have is inconsistency. Manager Don Mattingly has set 23 different lineups in the Dodgers’ last 33 games through Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.  In that timeframe, ...

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Carlos Rodon emerging as a star for White Sox

Carlos Rodon

After being selected third overall by the Chicago White Sox in the 2014 MLB Draft, Carlos Rodon is already showing glimpses of stardom. Rodon, who signed the largest bonus in the draft class, has shown promise that deserves the bonus he received. In 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers took Rodon in 16th round, but he opted to honor his commitment and attend ...

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Notebook shows that Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

Pete Rose

Pete Rose has denied that he ever bet on baseball as a player. However, a report by ESPN’s Outside The Lines offers evidence that in 1986 Rose did indeed bet on games in which he played. Rose admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but only as a manager. On Monday, OTL announced that they ...

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MLB Week 11 Recap: Scherzer almost perfect, A-Rod gets 3,000

Max Scherzer

An important milestone was reached and a perfect game was ended in peculiar fashion with just one out left to go, leaving fans in Washington D.C. wondering if some unwritten rule of baseball had been violated. As the All Star Game gets closer, the potential for a strange first in All-Star history looks more and more likely, as the Kansas ...

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