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Fun times at Indians Photo Day

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TribeVibe brought the Twitter Mirror to the team’s Photo Day in Goodyear and posted a slideshow of the hilarious results.

Originally posted on TribeVibe:

We brought the Twitter Mirror to Photo Day and managed to capture some pretty stellar selfies. Flip through our slideshow to enjoy the return of a rally stache, a Cy Kluber stare down and some GQ worthy poses.

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From the Desk of Mark D. Lerner: Back in the swing of spring

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Curly W Live has a post from Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner at the team’s Spring Training camp at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.

Originally posted on Curly W Live:

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Good afternoon!

I am writing to you from my office at Space Coast Stadium on another picturesque day in Viera. Sorry, I know you’re all facing some pretty tough weather back in D.C. We just wrapped up Day 4 of our Pitchers and Catchers workouts and the full squad is just about complete. The position players will all report by this evening, get their physicals tomorrow, and on Thursday we’ll get them all out on the field together for the first time.

B-OHaovIAAAcQm5 (1) Danny Espinosa’s mustache is something.

— Spring Training is one of my favorite times of year. It’s always so great to see everyone after the long winter. I truly enjoy hearing what our players did in the offseason, how their families have grown – some got married, or had children – or any of the interesting things they did in…

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2015 Composite Projections Have Arrived!

Mark Newman:

Happy Early 10th Birthday (in May) to our MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog…and hope you fantasy owners love the new composite projections. It’s a milestone around here…

Originally posted on MLB.com Fantasy 411:

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast from Thursday, 2/19

CLICK HERE for the results of our now completed 12-team mixed league expert mock draft

Hey gang,

Attached is the first draft of this year’s composite projections, representing the average projection from 12 different providers. This is fewer than last year, when we had 14, and we’ve had as many as 16 in a season. However, in looking over these numbers, and reading recent research on the topic, it’s clear that more and more systems are converging in their projections, so there’s really very little value to be found by scraping up another few sets of numbers.

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Please read the release notes from last season and previous years, for an explanation of how these are created, and the resulting caveats and limitations, BEFORE asking any questions in the comments area!

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2014/02/18/2014-composite-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2013/02/19/composite-projections-are-here-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2012/02/18/composite-projections-have-arrived-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/03/03/2011-composite-projections-update/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/02/19/2011-composite-projections-1-0/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2010/03/07/updated-projections-372010/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/12/22/building-better-player-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/02/19/2008-gxp-and-2009-projections/

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The GIANTS are Baaack

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The Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay couldn’t be happier as #BaseballBegins for the defending champs in Scottsdale.

Originally posted on Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay:

meme.feverCan you feel it? There’s a little hum in the air–it’s electric–or maybe it’s just me shaking with excitement. Pitchers and catchers reported to camp yesterday, with the full complement due to arrive next week–although some of the guys are already there. Of course they are–they’re GIANTS.

I didn’t think winter would ever end.

But it has, finally, and pretty soon we’ll start hearing more about Mad Bum’s energy–he’s rarin’ to go; Matt Cain’s health–he says he feels great, like he’s 18 again; how Lincecum is coming along–he spent the off-season working out some of the kinks with his dad; what Peavy’s been up to–who’s going to to play guitar with him this year? I miss Flan already–and last,  but by no means least, how Hudson is feeling?–his recovery is a little behind schedule.

madbumnNext week we’ll get our first peek…

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The Matheny Manifesto

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MLB.com’s Mike Baumann writes about Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s new book outlining his philosophies of baseball and life.

Originally posted on Baseball Books:

By Mike Baumann / MLB.com

mathenymanifestoWhen the St. Louis Cardinals named Mike Matheny manager after the departure of the legendary Tony La Russa, one prominent reaction was:

“How can the defending World Series champions be turned over to a rookie manager?”

Here’s how: What the Cardinals were getting was much more than “a rookie manager.” They were getting an individual of real substance. Cards general manager John Mozeliak knew that, even if many other people didn’t.

What followed with Matheny at the helm have been three straight appearances in the National League Championship Series, two NL Central Division championships and one appearance in the World Series.

That looks a lot like success.

If you have any questions at all about what Matheny is all about, apart from being a success as a big league manager, the answers are contained in Matheny’s book, “The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views…

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In praise of the St. Louis Cardinals

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In his Justice4U blog, MLB.com’s Richard Justice looks at the factors behind the Cardinals’ consistent success and explores why the Redbirds once again find themselves playing the role of favorites in an increasingly competitive NL Central.

Originally posted on Justice4U:

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They do things right. That’s not just winning baseball game, either. Obviously, that’s where it starts. In the last four seasons, the Cardinals have won 396 of those, postseason included. That’s 13 more than any other team in baseball, 29 more than any other National League team.

In the last 15 seasons, the Cardinals have been to the postseason 11 times. In that time, they’ve won six division championships, four NL pennants and two World Series. When the Cardinals and Giants played in the NLCS for the second time in three years last fall, it was a matchup of two franchises that might be the gold standard for all of baseball.

In terms of the ballpark experience and community involvement and creativity and innovation, the Cardinals take a backseat to no franchise in professional sports. That attitude begins with the owner, Bill DeWitt, Jr., but it permeates an entire…

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‘Pitchers & Catchers Report’ – What It Means To You

Matt Cain & Buster Posey report in 2013 - after their previous title
PitchersAndCatchersReport2They are four of the most beautiful words in the language: “Pitchers and Catchers Report.” What do those four simple words mean to you?

I will be writing an MLB.com story about those words in the next few days as we count down to #BaseballBegins on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and I would like to include some fans within the responses — mixed with pitchers, catchers, managers, legends, execs, broadcasters, groundskeepers, a Grapefruit League city mayor and more. Please leave your response in the comments here. Include your first and last name, hometown and favorite team. And if you blog about the subject yourself, either here at MLB.com/blogs or elsewhere, please be sure to leave a Permalink URL in the comments so we can get people there.

Here’s to that incredible time of year for all of us and another big Baseball season!

– Mark

Braves Country Caravan – Week 2 Recap

Mark Newman:

Great inside look at the Atlanta Braves Caravan by their official PRO blog “Braves Give” — the voice of the club’s community affairs department. See what Freddie Freeman & Co. are up to…

Originally posted on Braves Give:

The first week of Braves Caravan was super exciting and loads of fun, and it was just a warm up to what was to come in week 2! Here’s an exciting overview of the second week in our two-week Caravan journey.

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Monday, January 26 – Hudson K-8 Anti-Bullying Rally – Birmingham, AL

Week 2 of Caravan took us to west to Birmingham, Alabama to visit students at the Hudson K-8 School. We partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host a “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying rally with 100 middle school students. Braves players Andrelton Simmons, Ian Thomas, and Ross Wilson shared their thoughts on the importance of accepting one another and finding common interests with their classmates. They also answered questions from the students on teamwork, peer pressure, and goal setting. The rally concluded with the Braves players signing a “No Place for Hate” banner in which they pledged to do…

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Still Pumped from FanFest — and the Series!

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The Giants’ Gregor Blanco reflects on winning his second World Series this past fall and tells how his appearance at FanFest has him excited to defend that title in 2015. One of the things that makes our community great is pros like Gregor blogging right alongside fans.

Originally posted on White Shark:

I just got back to the hotel from FanFest and I’m still amazed by how many fans came out to see us even with the rain and everything! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see soooo many people wearing Giants shirts and hats — and so happy!

Sometimes it still seems like the World Series was a dream. I was invited to speak Thursday at an event for team sponsors, and in the introduction they played a clip of my lead-off homer in Game 2. I watched it and thought, “Wow, I really did that.’’ I kind of need the evidence to remind myself it was all real.

Everywhere I went in the off-season people asked, “How are you guys so good?’’ I’d say, “I don’t know. We just play baseball. We try to just win that game on that day no matter what.’’

People always ask…

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From the Pages of Vine Line: Q&A with new hitting coach John Mallee

Mark Newman:

The Cubs Vine Line Blog Mallee sat down for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session this offseason with their new hitting coach. Get an idea why John Mallee might have been born to do the job.

Originally posted on Cubs Vine Line Blog:

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Say hello to John Mallee, the Cubs’ new hitting coach. Or, technically speaking, say hello to him again. The Cubs announced the 45-year-old as their new hitting coach on Oct. 9, replacing Bill Mueller, who resigned the post shortly after the season ended. Even though most people don’t know it, this is not Mallee’s first go-round with the club.

“He’s somebody we know well,” said Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. “We actually hired him a couple years ago to be our minor league hitting coordinator. We were very disappointed [when] four days later, he joined Bo Porter’s staff to be major league hitting coach for the Astros.

“John’s got a great reputation. He’s done this job before and done it well with a lot of young hitters and got results. He’s a knowledgeable, energetic, passionate, true worker. Hopefully he’ll fit in well with the rest of the staff…

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