K.C. Royals vs S.F. Giants World Series: what to watch

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The 2014 World Series may not get the highest ratings, but it will be the most eventful. Sure, there are no Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, but there are the Cinderella story Royals and dynasty-craved Giants.

Not only is Ned Yost undefeated in his first playoff appearance with a Royals team that hadn’t been here since 1985, but on the other side Bruce Bochy looks to cement himself in the Hall of Fame by becoming the 10th head coach to win three World Series.

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Shutting down Strasburg is. . .STUPID

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has certainly lived up to all the hype surrounding him when he became the #1 pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. Despite his elbow injury during his rookie season, which required Tommy John surgery, Strasburg has bounced back to nearly 100% health and strength. But a lot has been made on the Nationals decision to shut Strasburg down, no matter what, when he reaches 160-165 innings this season. With a legitimate shot to go all the way, is this really smart by the Nationals?

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L.A. Angels’ Albert Pujols Contract is Nonsensical

It is amazing that as the NFL and NBA recently concluded labor disputes their popularity isn’t suffering as much as Major League Baseball; who are losing the youth demographic. The decision for L.A. Angels owner Artie Moreno to pay Albert Pujols two hundred fifty four million dollars over ten years is ludicrous and absurd. Say that again $254 million over 10 years.

There is speculation of what Pujols’ age really is.

In 2011, I am skeptical of this notion because data around the world are fairly transparent. If that were the case, the truth likely would have come to light by now. Even so, men of a certain age (shout out to Ray Ramano) will not produce more than in their prime without assistance from performance enhancing drugs.

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Yankees Nick Swisher: Honored by Ohio State Ballfield Dedication

The Ohio State University baseball program Thursday afternoon unveiled the newly-renovated Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes recognized the New York Yankees star Nick Swisher for his philanthropy. He gave the program $500,000 to help install a new field.

“The word honor comes to mind,” Swisher said. “I never would have thought I would have been at Ohio State. When I came here, I experienced that passion, pride and tradition that Ohio State has. I think everyone on the team experiences that every single day. It’s been an amazing thing.” [Read more…]

Chicago White Sox to Trade For a Closer?

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After the Chicago White Sox loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, 670 A.M. the Score broadcasters Ed Farmer and Darin Jackson indicated that GM Kenny Williams is likely going to be on the phone exploring ways to fix the back end of his bullpen. As the Sox blew another two-run lead in the ninth, it is obvious something needs to change. Just two days after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would likely stick with Matt Thornton as his closer, he brought in rookie Chris Sale. Sale quickly got into trouble, so he turned to Thornton, who blew his 4th save in as many chances.

Here are the top trade candidates followed by possible internal solutions within the organization who might to assume the role.

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Yankee Stadium Hosts GREATEST Prank Ever! (Video)

I wish I had found this by April 1st, because this would be the greatest video stunt to pull on April Fool’s Day. Obviously, it’s a bit old as this hoax was perpetrated via the jumbotron of old Yankee Stadium during the 5th inning of a Yankees game.

Ah CollegeHumor.com you are kings among men.

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Depth is the Key to Surviving MLB’s 162 Game Marathon

The first priority for team management has to be the daily line-up that takes the field.

This undoubtedly is the reason that position players in Major League Baseball like Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez have traditionally received more money over a longer term than pitchers like Johan Santana and C.C. Sabathia. While it is true that arm problems can derail a career in a heartbeat, front office workers also comprehend that players in the line-up everyday consistently create a following with the fans that a player taking the mound every fifth day just cannot create. With that said, pitching is paramount to the success in regular season play and throughout the postseason in both leagues.

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Yankees Derek Jeter and Hank Steinbrenner Kiss and Make Up (Video)

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Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner has been badmouthing his players. Steinbrenner recently speculated they were more focused on building mansions than repeating their World Champion win last season. His remarks are seen as a jab at team captain Derek Jeter in particular, who has just completed a three-year construction job on a 30,000-square-foot mansion in Tampa. Jeter coincidentally played the worst season of his career last year, and many feel it was a key factor in the Yankees’ not reaching the postseason after winning it all in 2009.

Steinbrenner later cleared the air, calling his remark “a bad choice of euphemism.”

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Derek Jeter Possesses By Far the Best Contract in Baseball

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There was a time in sports when players were rewarded for their performance on the field. It actually is more logical to pay a player for his potential rather than his resume since that is essentially the period of time for the contract. It does help to have a body of work at the highest level to convince owners and general managers to part with some of their money. Derek Jeter is definitely on the downside of his illustrious career.

Jayson Werth and Carlos Pena have taken a substantial amount of heat in the media for the terms of their contracts, but it should come on the other side of the aisle because management is the side that agreed to the terms.

By Patrick Herbert

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