Good afternoon HDWEB'ers, it's March 11th and Ervin Santana still doesn't have a job. Here's everything you need to know.
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The greatest spring training home run of all time:
I challenge you to find evidence of a better, more beautiful, more kick-ass spring training home run than this one from Giancarlo Stanton. Hell, I'd put it in the pantheon of greatest home runs ever if you give me a minute. Have evidence otherwise? Let's see it in the comments.
Ervin Santana rumors: Braves considering free agent due to injuries - SBNation.com
With two starters battling injuries, Frank Wren could make a last-minute push for Santana.
MLBPA debating stiffer PED penalties - SBNation.com
Tony Clark and the MLBPA could enact tougher penalties on PED offenders as soon as the 2014 season.
MLB news: Kris Medlen awaits MRI, Braves explore market for starters, Zack Greinke throws bullpen - SBNation.com
The Braves are falling like flies and the team is turning to the free-agent market for help. Zack Greinke could return to the mound this week. John Farrell builds his rotation with an eye on keeping Clay Buchholz healthy.
Chase Headley rumors: Padres 'destined' to lose 3B in free agency - SBNation.com
Chase Headley is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season, and although the Padres made a "quiet" attempt to extend him this offseason, they do not appear likely to hang on to him for the future.
Athletics rumors: Oakland could seek temporary stadium - SBNation.com
The club is looking at "probably a half-dozen sites" to employ as a temporary stadium if they are unable to renew their lease at the Oakland Coliseum. I'm trying to think of what those half-dozen sites might include. Any ideas?
-- Walmart parking lot
-- Nobody goes to Padres games, why not PetCo?
-- The Dairy Queen bathroom
-- Skyline High School
-- Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills Campus
-- Somewhere on Interstate 580, probably
Updating the Seong-Min Kim story - Camden Chat
Remember Seong-Min Kim, the athlete who the Orioles mishandled and in return got their scouts banned from KBO competitions? Camden Chat guest contributor Sung-Min Kim has the rest of the story.
Barry Bonds in Giants camp: 'Same person, different character' - SBNation.com
Bonds, now 49 years old, has been bombarded with questions from the media upon his arrival to Scottsdale, Ariz., where the Giants are preparing for their season opener on the 31st.
Time to panic in Atlanta?
Pitching injuries and the new Brave world - SBNation.com
The Braves' pitchers are dropping like pitchers, and it's almost impossible to watch.
The Atlanta Braves: What a difference a day makes - MLB Daily Dish
An offseason of long-term extensions and otherwise low-risk moves is potentially undone in a 24-hour period.
- Hot take: Let's pump the breaks on our way to panicville, shall we? Have you seen that division? The Nationals could be a legitimate threat, I guess, but the Braves are still the team to beat and probably will be for some time. I'm an Ervin Santana fan -- but is he worth a draft pick? Does anyone expect him to repeat what he did at Kauffman last season? The answer is no, and no. Braves fans: sit tight, don't panic. You got this.
Why Spring Training is awesome - Viva El Birdos
"Live baseball is fun. The things I would do to be in Jupiter right now."
Nationals starter Doug Fister to throw off flat ground today - Federal Baseball
After the initial panic in NatsTown upon hearing that new Nationals' starter Doug Fister was sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow, the news has been relatively positive and on Monday Nats' skipper Matt Williams said Fister would throw today
Yankees spring training: Joe Girardi has been impressed by Dellin Betances and Fred Lewis - Pinstripe Alley
Joe Girardi has been impressed by both Dellin Betances and Fred Lewis, which is probably good for their chances in 2014.
Brian Wilson, Brandon League & varying concern - True Blue LA
Both Brandon League and Brian Wilson allowed two runs in their outing on Monday, but the concern about the Dodgers relievers is for different reasons.
What, Me Worry? Phillies Spring Winning Records - The Good Phight
Are the Phillies a better regular season team than spring training team?
Yankees Injury Updates: Ryan, Turley, Teixeira, Austin, Sizemore, Heathcott, Ramirez, Rondon - Pinstripe Alley
Taking a look at the players who are recovering from injuries.
Spring Training 2014: John Henry's comments on Marlins lineup unnecessary - Fish Stripes
In the first bit of Spring Training gossip of the regular season, the Miami Marlins and Boston Red Sox got into a minor spat that somehow elicited the ire of former Marlins owner John Henry, whose comments on the Marlins' lineup were unnecessary.
Professional-international-free-agent-prospect Aledmys Diaz is the rarest of birds - Viva El Birdos
The Cardinals haven't signed a Cuban defector before, so it's no wonder folks aren't entirely sure what to make of the Aledmys Diaz contract. The Cards' latest signing and newest prospect doesn't fit into the usual ballplayer categories.
Yankees Prospects: Transcript of Jim Callis' Twitter chat - Pinstripe Alley
A transcript of Jim Callis' Yankees prospect chat on Twitter.
Giants have polished sinkerballer prospect in Tyler Mizenko - McCovey Chronicles
The Winthrop University sinkerballer prides himself on forcing ground balls.
Nationals' 1B Prospect Matt Skole Starts Over Again In 2014 - Federal Baseball
Matt Skole was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday. Baseball America ranked Skole as the no.4 overall prospect in Washington's organization for 2014. The 24-year-old first/third baseman will likely start back in Double-A this season.
2014 MLB Mock Draft: Version 1 - Minor League Ball
Rodon and Hoffman at the top seem like locks but it's too early to commit to anything. This is more about names than ties to teams.
Ervin Santana free agency: Searching for the best destination - SBNation.com
Now that the 31-year-old righty has multiple suitors offering him the potential for a nice, warm pillow contract, let's take a look at his reported options to see which team can help him the most with a one-year deal.
Could Billy Butler Reach 3,000 Hits? - Royals Review
Country Breakfast has been collecting the grits, but can he collect the hits?
Tony Cingrani and dominating with the four-seam fastball - Beyond the Box Score
Starters generally need at least two, and often three, good pitches to succeed in the major leagues. But Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani baffled MLB hitters with largely one pitch—a four-seam fastball—during his rookie campaign. Can he keep it up?
Jose Iglesias has shin splints, but what does that mean? - Bless You Boys
Jose Iglesias has them, and we don't know when they will go away.
Medial tibial stress syndrome -- more commonly known as shin splints -- is an injury that affects the front of the tibia, the larger and more prominent of the two bones in your lower leg, as well as the surrounding muscles. It is almost exclusively seen in athletes and most often due to running and/or over-training.
The injury itself is due to a chronic remodeling of the muscle, tendon, and bone tissue in the affected area -- basically, the tissue is inflamed and has not been given ample time to heal.
Dr. Frank Jobe and what he meant to baseball - Beyond the Box Score
In 40 years Tommy John Surgery has gone from experimental to accepted. This post discusses the impact Dr. Jobe had on pitchers who underwent it.
Josh Hamilton: Rebound candidate? - Beyond the Box Score
The Hamilton narrative is that he's a free swinger whose free swinging ways caught up to him in 2013. Is that really the case?
Aledmys Diaz and the most trustworthy team in baseball - SBNation.com
The Cardinals are annoying, and that's a compliment.
Twitter recruits Ervin Santana - MLB Daily Dish
Santana should sign soon. When he does, it will probably be because one of these tweets melted his heart.
A pair of new Tim Lincecum mustache pictures - McCovey Chronicles
No, this does not get old.
Royals mascot Sluggerrr needs to step off Mrs. Met - SBNation.com
This mascot love triangle is NOT happening.
The Many GIFs of Scott Feldman - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman in all his GIF glory.
Barry Bonds coaching, subjected to questions not about coaching - McCovey Chronicles
Quick, let's ask him questions he won't answer!
Jorts Dad prioritizes souvenir over child's safety - SBNation.com
Sometimes you need a baseball so badly that it doesn't matter if you child gets injured due to your negligence.
- Have a beautiful day:
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