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September 13, 2017 6:00 am
So many stars, so close, and now so rebuilding.
won 366 games between 2011 and 2014, which is 91.5 wins per season and a .565 winning percentage. They won four consecutive AL Central crowns. Detroit Tigers
They never won it all, of course. The 2014 Tigers lost in the ALDS, the 2011 and 2013 Tigers lost in the ALCS, and the 2012 Tigers lost the World Series. But they were formidable. They were talented. They were
scary. And while it may seem like a distant memory now, they came about as close to a dynasty as any team without a single ring to show for their troubles can get. Read the full article...
September 5, 2017 6:00 am
You're running out of time to panic! Think injuries have killed your favorite team? Well, you're not alone.
Injuries are a part of baseball, and they present hurdles that every team must overcome. Pretty much every team has lost at least one top-five player on its roster for some period of time, and many more regulars and depth players are lost along the way. Bones break. UCLs snap. Ligaments sprain. Hamstrings pull. Heads get knocked. And replacements take the field.
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Once the trade deadline comes and goes, it's a lot harder to fool yourself into not panicking.
The season is either half empty or half full. The recent history of trade demands and temerity, because Asdrubal Cabrera is not alone.
Do you remember “Operation Shutdown”?
hit .173 and battled injuries as an outfielder for the Pirates. Despite this, Bell believed he was entitled to regular playing time for a bad, bad Pittsburgh team heading into 2002. General manager Dave Littlefield didn’t agree, oddly enough, noting that the Pirates had some promising (lol) guys like Derek Bell , Armando Rios , and Craig Wilson in camp competing for the two outfield spots not occupied by Rob Mackowiak . Brian Giles Read the full article... Cubs fans are freaking out, but they aren't even at the top of the panic heap.
It’s been a busy four weeks.
Read the full article... When you're the worst offense in baseball, there's a lot of room for improvement.
"Taking the high road is hard work— walking uphill requires strength and effort. Anyone can take the low road— walking downhill is easy."
- Rachel St. John-Gilbert
Read the full article... Everyone please remain calm. Well, except for Mets fans.
Here’s the no. 1 thing I’ve learned so far during the 2017 season: When you write
Hit List twice a week, you start to understand every team’s strengths and weaknesses pretty intimately.
Read the full article... Might as well lean into the wind, right?
If you’ve ever been on Baseball Twitter, or really any part of Baseball Internet, you’re familiar with
’s Great Stuff™. Joe Kelly It’s been memed. It’s been looked at seriously. It’s allowed certain former BP Local site managers to get away with extreme abuse of editorial privilege. Any time Joe Kelly appears in a game the Great Stuffs start rolling in, from tweeters and commenters and Kelly’s colleagues in equal measure.
But just where did the saga of Joe Kelly Has Great Stuff begin, and how did we get to where we are now? Who is primarily responsible for the meme? These are the types of questions we’ve all been asking. These are the kinds of questions to which you deserve the answers.
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