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Marlins Announce Signing Via #MorseCode

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On Cloud Conine explains how the Marlins’ Social Media team got creative when announcing the recent signing of Michael Morse.

Originally posted on On Cloud Conine:

Yesterday, the Miami Marlins Social Media team had a little extra fun announcing the team’s newest free agent signing.

Around 3:00 P.M. the following Vine was tweeted:

(Warning: be sure to unmute the Vine before playing)

What was that? Did you miss something? Maybe this will clarify things…

Still scratching your head? Finally, all was revealed:

In honor of his Twitter handle @MCode38, the Marlins announced the signing by tweeting the morse code message “Marlins sign Morse.”

Naturally, Marlins mascot, prankster and one-fish welcome wagon,

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Preparing for the Cuba vs Orioles 1999 series

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With Cuba in the news, groundskeeping guru Murray Cook revisits a classic blog post.

Originally posted on MURRAY COOK'S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG:

Cuba_opening_game Baseball fields around the world are managed totally different from what you might expect. Here, in the good ole USA, our stadiums have automatic irrigation systems, state of the art drainage systems, weather stations, hydraulic pitching mounds and high tech maintenance equipment!  We are so fortunate! 

In 1999, the Baltimore Orioles played the Cuba National Team in an exhibition in Havana, Cuba.  The stadium and field needed upgrading before the  deal could be completed so I was asked to put together a team to make it happen. The American crew consisted of AL Capitos, Budgie Clark, Greg Meeks and myself.   It took 3 weeks to complete what could have been completed here in days.  For example:

1. Irrigation – The field was hand watered with a fire hose. One person all night!

2. Aerfication- We brought over an aerfier on the barge from Miami with other equipment. The field…

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“Jocks vs Joes” –Braves Annual Holiday BaseBowl Bash

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Braves Give has the details on the team’s recent Holiday BaseBowl Bash, benefiting military charities.

Originally posted on Braves Give:

For the 5th year in a row, we continued our commitment of honoring local military families with our annual Holiday BaseBowl Bash. Over 100 servicemen and women along with their families were invited to participate in an afternoon of bowling, games, food and fun at Midtown Bowl on December 6.

Braves pitcher David Hale, pitching Coach Roger McDowell, Braves Alumni Marty Perez, Jim Nash, Johnny Estrada and Greg McMichael were there to spend some quality time with the families, sign autographs, and spread holiday cheer.

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We kicked off the party with a special check presentation to five deserving military-supportive charities. Throughout the 2014 season, five Braves home games were dedicated to honoring the various branches of the military. The Braves players wore their red military appreciation jerseys during each of those games and their jerseys were then auctioned online to benefit the following charities: Wounded Warrior Project, BraveHeart: Welcome…

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Cubs Will No Longer Be Compared To Model T

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The Canuck Cubbie writes about the surge in optimism surrounding the Cubs in 2015.

Originally posted on The Canuck Cubbie:

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So now that the dust has settled and the holiday season just got better with the “official” announcement that Jon Lester is a Chicago Cub, what will the team do next? They’ve signed Jason Hammel and Miguel Montero and increased the Vegas odds to 12-1 but does this really make them instant contenders?

What about the Sports Illustrated cover with a focused Jon Lester? Will it be another curse or can the Cubs pull off the impossible and collect their first World Series win since the Model T rolled off the assembly line.

Travis Wood could and Welington Castillo could wind up in a Phillies uniform and Cole Hamels might land on the North Side. Of course, I’m a firm believer of sticking to the game plan. The Cubs have a good thing going right now and if people have put their expectations on high because of all these exciting…

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As The Hot Stove Burns, Winter Meetings Edition

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Bill from kahunasroyals checks in on the early returns from his letter to Santa.

Originally posted on kahunasroyals:

Dear Santa,
If I said I’d been good this year, chances are my wife would interject saying I’d been very naughty and not to listen to me. That said, the Royals were very good this year and have a few needs I’m asking you to help fill.
The top priority for the boys in blue is a starting pitcher who can eat innings and keep them in games until the late innings. Obviously, if money were no object they’d go out and sign Max Scherzer or re-sign James Shields. Unfortunately that’s not the case where cash is concerned, so looking at the next teir of starters on the free agent market their sights are still firmly set on reuniting with Ervin Santana even though the market may drive his price up enough to keep him out of reach. Santa, I’m asking that you make this happen because the Royals and…

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Photo Gallery: Latest Progressive Field construction updates

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TribeVibe shares some great images from the construction going on at Progressive Field.

Originally posted on TribeVibe:

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Workers were in high gear at the ballpark on Monday thanks to temperatures in the 50s — in mid-December! Construction progress continues, with structural support in place in the new bar area in right field, as well as continued progress on the new bullpens in center field.

As reminder, for full renderings of the finished project and a live video stream of construction is available by clicking here.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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Baseball around the World

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Official MLB historian John Thorn writes about a 19th century attempt to spread baseball around the globe.

Originally posted on Our Game:

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Spalding’s Australian Baseball Tour

They set out from Chicago on October 20, 1888, and didn’t return to the United States until April 6, 1889. It was Albert Goodwill Spalding’s world tour, an attempt to spread the baseball gospel (and his sporting-goods empire) to the four corners of the known universe. Previously Spalding, Al Reach, and the Wright brothers had organized a midseason English tour in 1874 that pulled the Boston Red Stockings and Philadelphia Athletics out of league play for nearly two months. Cricket teams from Britain had toured the U.S. as early as 1859, and Harry Wright and Al Spalding wanted to return the favor. But when they got there, the Brits didn’t want to see baseball, they wanted cricket. The baseball players complied, and their unorthodox style of slugging won bemused praise.

The 1888 tour was comprised of the Chicago White Stockings, led by Cap Anson, who had…

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Recapping a fantastic NatsFest

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Curly W Live checks in with a report from Saturday’s NatsFest.

Originally posted on Curly W Live:

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The Nationals would like to thank all the fans, players and staff members who made this past Saturday’s NatsFest an overwhelming success. Re-live some of the best moments from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in this exclusive photo gallery and recap video from the event. We’re counting the days until spring!

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Winter Meetings-Reconstruction Zone (Dbacks and Dodgers)

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Former Major League scout Bernie Pleskoff looks at how the D-backs and Dodgers reshaped their rosters at the recent Winter Meetings.

Originally posted on BERNIE'S BASEBALL WORLD:

Personnel from every aspect of baseball met last week at the Manchester Hyatt in beautiful San Diego.

The past two years at the Winter Meetings have been rather uneventful, to say the least. This year, the ground shook from the moment we arrived. It was exciting, eventful, invigorating and exhausting, all at the same time. Fans from every team waited and hoped to learn about every morsel of information about their club’s future.

In this several-part blog, I will recap my thoughts about the week that changed the landscape in the sport we all love. Dbacks and Dodgers today. Two more teams tomorrow.

The Diamondbacks entered the off-season with a very thin starting rotation. Their goal was to obtain reliable Major League quality pitchers and stock their farm system with able pitching depth. They accomplished that goal. And then some.

When the season begins in April, it will not be…

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What’s next on the Hot Stove?

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MLB.com’s Adam Berry looks at what’s next this offseason in the Hot Stove blog, your home for the latest trade and free agent news and rumors.

Originally posted on Hot Stove:

There were plenty of big signings (see: Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz, Russell Martin, etc.) before the Winter Meetings and a number of big names changing teams via trade, like Josh Donaldson, Jason Heyward and more.

The Winter Meetings in San Diego were a flurry of activity, too. Jon Lester, Ervin Santana, Brandon McCarthy and David Robertson are off the board, and big trade targets like Jeff Samardzija, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have found new homes.

So, what comes next? There’s still quite a bit to be resolved.

As MLB.com’s Paul Hagen writes, many of the top available players this offseason are still, well, available. And each team has needs left to address.

That group is headlined by right-handers Max Scherzer, bound to command a massive contract, and James Shields, sure to be in demand by teams that missed out on Lester. For teams looking for a mid-level…

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