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- Lance Lynn struck out ten batters in four innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League matchup with the Braves. It was GLORIOUS:
Mike Trout extension: Angels OF has not set a deadline for contract talks - SBNation.com
At this point, Trout can pretty much ask for whatever he wants. What do you think the boundaries on that conversation should be, though? Six years, $210 million <--- somewhere in reality --> 10 years, $350 million?
- Braves fans, are you panicking yet? Because:
#Braves Beachy now faces possibility of needing a 2nd Tommy John surgery, too. Will find out more Monday.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) March 14, 2014
I asked Ben Duronio of Talking Chop if he was worried. Candidly, he said "eh, didn't expect him to be anything this year." So maybe Ben isn't panicking. I'm not either, but let's talk in July and see how that rotation is holding up.
There will be a Kitten All-Star Game in July - SBNation.com
Kittens that think they're people! Playing baseball!
Manny Ramirez hopes to return as a 'role model' - SBNation.com
Manny knows he can't hit like he did when he was 30 anymore, but he thinks he can be a "clubhouse" guy in his 40s. Can we be honest? If Manny's best pitch (baseball term) is that he can add value to his team by being a good clubhouse guy, it's probably time to recognize the writing is on the wall. My sincere suggestion: Manny should be a baseball ambassador to the world. Whether that's a sideline reporter making players laugh, or he's on some circuit talking to kids about why they shouldn't do PEDs, or he's a one-man, traveling baseball circus of exhibition and feats, it doesn't matter. He brings real joy to baseball and I think he can still contribute. Just not on the field.
Josh Beckett injury: Dodgers starter dealing with thumb sprain - SBNation.com
He got it stuck in the door. /adds one to 'list of weird spring training injuries' next to "stepping barefoot on a cactus."
- Confession: I've never had bulgogi but now I want to...
A study of strikeouts and strikeout faces - SBNation.com
Norichika Aoki is another hero, but Mike Trout is as good at everything as you might have imagined.
Defining effectively wild - Beyond the Box Score
As attempt to define the turn of phrase used to describe pitchers with fleeting command of the strike zone and see who fit the bill in 2013.
- Jason Kipnis has Indians-themed underwear and what looks like a nasty bite from nopeville:
- Jason Heyward wins the prize for best way to buy off your teammates in case you have a(nother) shitty year:
Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 14, 2014
US Mint ready to start making baseball coin - SBNation.com
This sounds like fun, if you're an 80-year-old man collecting things your children won't value. Put this next to way-too-many-bobbleheads and the quickly-saturating novelty minor league jersey market.
- Did you know the bases are actually painted? - r/baseball
Of course you did, you know everything! Well I didn't. I thought it was just really nice white leather and they were cleaned off after games. Makes sense now that I think about it.
Brian Wilson Has Thought This Whole Thing Through - FanGraphs Baseball
I picked on Eno Sarris yesterday for his confession that he confused Eric Hosmer with Mike Moustakas, but he really is doing fantastic work for FG. This story on Brian Wilson focus on positivity is no exception:
It’s not an act in the way that some might fear. It’s not all bravado designed to make fans gravitate towards him, or to sell books or products or whatever. Not in the immediate sense. No, it’s more that Wilson is showing the confidence that he believes necessary to his job. Listen to him talk about the need to eradicate "I hope" from your mental lexicon: "You’re going to give up a home run if you think about not giving up a home run."
Brian Wilson is acting confidently because he believes in the power of positive thinking, in effect. And that’s not crazy at all. Players that approach competition as a challenge rather than a threat have shown to be more successful, and the authors of the Mental Game of Baseball would also approve of his confident approach. Think positively, act confidently, even if it comes with a crazy haircut.
- Have a beautiful day:
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