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Beyond the Top 10 by position lists

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The MLB Pipeline Top 100 is unveiled Friday night at 9 p.m. ET on both MLB.com and MLB Network, and Jonathan Mayo goes beyond the Top 10 by Position lists.

Originally posted on B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful:

The Top 100 is coming out Friday night (In case you haven’t seen all the plugs, here’s one more — 9 p.m. ET, MLB.com and MLB Network). For the past week and change we’ve been building the excitement by revealing our Top 10 by Position lists.

With all of those lists, there are, of course, more than 10 guys who interest us or who have bright futures. Some lists are deeper than others, but even on the weakest (1b?), there are guys worth talking about who will undoubtedly be on our organizational Top 30 lists (That’s right, we’re expanding those from 20 to 30).  So I thought it’d be fun to add on a few extra names to consider for each of our positional lists.

This isn’t necessarily the prospect who is No. 11, so don’t draw any conclusions like that. This is more like a look at a…

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1/28/15-Something Current–Dodgers Caravan/Bank of America-by Jon SooHoo,Juan Ocampo, Patrick Gee and Jessica Sterling/LA Dodgers

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Dodgers Photog Blog shares some outstanding photos from the team’s 12th annual Community Service Caravan, Pitching in the Community.

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Long Beach Rescue Mission Visit with Justin Turner, Kenny Landreaux and Matt Luke by Jon SooHoo

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Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena with Al Downing and Steve Yeager by Patrick Gee

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Odds and ends

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In his blog, MLB Network’s Jim Kaat discusses a number of topics in the news like DeflateGate, the pitch clock, and Ernie Banks. Make sure you’re following Kaat’s Korner!

Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:

A few things have popped up in the sports news lately and they have hit my hot button!

As a media person as well as a former professional athlete, I am blessed to have a unique advantage in some of the “shenanigans” that go on in sports. The much-ado-about-nothing story that slightly deflated footballs were used in the AFC Championship Game game is an example of the people responsible for airing this coverage on TV and writing about it failing to do sufficient homework.

I tried to approach my job as a broadcaster the same as I did when I was a player. Be prepared. Do the homework and research necessary to be accurate, honest and objective. Unless you have been living under a rock and not paying attention to what goes on behind the scenes in sports, you have missed the fact that teams in all sports — both professional…

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Memories of Mr. Cub

Mark Newman:

Saddened to hear we lost the great Ernie Banks. Losing MLB legends always hits so hard because they are so loved by so many. An official guestbook blog has been created so you can leave any memories of Mr. Cub and your condolences. cubs.mlblogs.com

Originally posted on Memories of Mr. Cub:

The Chicago Cubs join with fans in mourning the passing of Ernie Banks, the greatest player in team history, at the age of 83 on Friday. Please share your memories of “Mr. Cub” and any condolences in the comments below.

WrigleyMarquee“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” said Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Cubs. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.

“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977…

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The Past Meets the Present in New Alternate Uniform

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From the Corner of Edgar & Dave explains how the Mariners’ past meets the present in the team’s new Sunday home alternate uniforms, with photos galore.

Originally posted on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave:

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The Mariners today unveiled a new alternate uniform that will be worn during Sunday home games at Safeco Field.

The new jersey and pants are a classic cream color. The lettering and logo are the same as the current uniforms but in the original Mariners colors. The “Mariners” lettering is royal blue with gold trim outlined in royal. The button placket and sleeves are trimmed in royal, and there is a Mariners nautical “compass rose” patch in royal and gold on the left sleeve.

In a nod to vintage baseball uniforms, there are no players’ names on the backs of the jerseys; just large block numbers in royal with gold trim. The look is completed with a royal blue cap with gold Mariners “S” and compass rose baseball logo and royal blue socks with gold stripes and.

“The royal blue and gold colors of our franchise’s inaugural uniforms are blended…

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Opening Day… Moments Away

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Tony of Plouffe’s New Hairdo can’t wait for Opening Day — for multiple reasons!

Originally posted on Plouffe's New Hairdo:

TwinsFest Tickets – Check

Spring Training Tickets – Check

Opening Day Tickets – Check

Baseball Fever – Double Check

Outlet for Baseball – NONE

I’m going stir-crazy, so many baseball things on the horizon, but nothing substantial for nearly two more months.  Sure, I can get a small fix at TwinsFest (tomorrow), but that’s more of a trade show – nothing more than a cash-grab without actual baseball.

But before I pathetically pine for Opening Day any longer, let’s revisit some good memories and examine a sweet “Opening Day 2015” related story…

Tony in the Media – 2014:

  1. Intentional Talk – HR Derby Outtakes
  2. Rolling Stone – Balls Deep: A Home Run Derby Diary
  3. MLB.com – Kennys Vargas’ First MLB HR
  4. 96.3 KTWIN – Interview with Lindsay Guentzel

Not a bad list, if I do say so myself.  Self-pimpery doesn’t come easy for me, but it was a great bit…

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The tougher AL West …

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Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez takes a look at what appears to be a very competitive AL West this season thanks to a busy Hot Stove season for several clubs.

Originally posted on Gonzo and 'The Show':

canotroutThe American League West was tough last year — by a very reliable measure, it was the toughest by a wide margin — and it should be even more difficult for the Angels to capture a division title in 2015.

In a nutshell, three of their competitors should be better and one of them could be just as good.

The Mariners added Nelson Cruz and Seth Smith to a club with an outstanding rotation and a bullpen that had the fourth-lowest WHIP in baseball last year. The Astros have added Colby Rasmus, Evan Gattis, Hank Conger, Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to an emerging young core, and could sign Ryan Vogelsong. The Rangers added Carlos Corporan and Yovani Gallardo to a star-studded roster that will be healthier. (I mean, they can’t get any more injured, right?) The A’s have shuffled the deck, and while they parted ways with Josh Donaldson, Jeff…

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Nationals sign RHP Max Scherzer to seven-year contract

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The Nationals have added 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to their rotation, and Curly W Live has everything you need to know about the blockbuster signing.

Originally posted on Curly W Live:

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by Amanda Comak

Solidifying their starting rotation as arguably the best assembled in Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals agreed to terms with 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on a seven-year contract on Wednesday. Scherzer will be announced in a 2 pm press conference.

Scherzer_baseballcard_wasScherzer, 30, joins the Nationals after seven Major League seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2010-14) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2008-09) and on the heels of back-to-back All-Star campaigns.

“We are delighted  to welcome Max Scherzer to our organization,” said Theodore N. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals. “An incredibly talented and widely-feared pitcher, Max brings even more depth to an already outstanding rotation. We are confident he will make significant contributions to our pursuit of winning a World Series championship.”

The right-hander is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA in 207 career games (198…

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First Cardinals Caravan Is Fun-Filled Adventure!

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Cardinals Insider has stories and great photos from the latest edition of Cardinals Caravan, the organization’s annual rolling fan fest touring the region.

Originally posted on Cardinals Insider:

January 20, 2015 – After more than a decade with the Cardinals, I had my first chance to be part of the Cardinals Caravan this weekend. I have to tell you it was a lot of fun!

In an era of mass media and almost non-stop social media, the Cardinals Caravan is refreshing reminder of what matters most…connecting with fans one on one.

The Cardinals have been conducting the annual Cardinals Caravan for more than forty years, growing our fan base the good old fashion way with face to face contact with fans young and old.

The Cardinals Caravan recipe is quite simple: the team comes to town, hosts a mini-town hall forum, signs some autographs, poses for photos and makes memories that promise to last a lifetime.

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The 2015 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, covered six states in four days (Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky…

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GOOD RIDDANCE

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Marlins broadcaster Glenn Geffner points out it’s not always who your team adds, but also who your division rivals lose. In his latest post to his FISH TALES blog, Geffner looks at who the other NL East clubs have seen depart this winter.

Originally posted on FISH TALES:

For all the talk about the anticipated improvement we’ll see from the Marlins in 2015 due to this winter’s slew of roster additions, the club also stands to benefit in the new year from addition by subtraction.

Marlins fans should be thrilled to say goodbye to 4 players subtracted from the rosters of National League East rivals this offseason.

Nationals relief ace Tyler Clippard, traded to the Oakland Athletics yesterday, has been as tough as on the Marlins as any pitcher in the game since he joined the Nats in 2008.

In 52 career appearances against Miami, Clippard is 3-1 with a save and a 1.25 ERA, limiting the Marlins to a .159 batting average while striking out 74 and allowing only 31 hits in 57 2/3 innings.

He was particularly tough on the Marlins over the last 2 seasons, going 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA and a .116 average…

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