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michaelclair

  • joined May 11, 2011
  • last login Apr 16, 2014
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Michael loves only three things in this life: baseball, stirrup socks, and expertly groomed mustaches. Four if you count baseball players with expertly groomed mustaches and stirrup socks as their own unique subcategory.

He's a contributor to MLB Daily Dish, as well as creator of Old Time Family Baseball and contributor to the Platoon Advantage.

He also knows that one weird trick discovered by a Mom.

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2014 Season Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have seemingly discovered the secret to baseball success. Is it visualization? Prayer? Alien DNA? And just how good can they be in 2014?

2014 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates emerged from a 20 year slumber, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1992. Can they do it again?

2014 Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Braun is back and Matt Garza's goatee has joined up. Do the Brewers have enough scattered around the rest of the roster to compete this year?

Offseason review: Chicago Cubs

Last year, the Cubs topped 90 losses for the third straight season. But with the farm system exploding, what could 2014 bring the team?

Offseason review: Cincinnati Reds

This offseason, the Cincinnati Reds decided to lay low, either because of financial constraints or because they hoped they could turn into a team of undercover operatives. Will the team pay for that decision making or is the core of talent strong eno

Five Positional Battles to Watch This Spring

Just as philosophers must search for meaning in the universe, managers are tasked with finding meaning in spring training numbers. Which five remaining positional battles should you be paying attention to?

Johan Christian Andersen Santana's fairy tale

While we would like to believe that Johan Santana can return from his second shoulder surgery and offer something to the Orioles, is there any reason to expect that?

The free agent market is broken

Spring training games are underway and three marquee free agents in Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, and Kendrys Morales remain jobless. Is there any fix?

Five Teams Relying on Prospects to Succeed in 2014

Prospects are a dangerous shell game, their rate of failure often too high. But next year, five contending teams are doubling down and will need their young rookies to come through if they hope to compete.

Standing out in the free agent market

After Tim Byrdak took to Twitter to find a job, a number of top free agents were inspired to get creative with their approaches as well. Will the attention grabbing-stunts help Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz, and the rest actually get a job?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ubaldo

Ubaldo Jimenez has come to the Orioles, playing like a Western anti-hero. Will the sinker-balling slinger be enough to help the Orioles in the wild, wild East?

No winners in A.J. Burnett deal

A.J. Burnett was arguably the best free agent pitcher available, signing with the Phillies for $16 million. Unfortunately, no one, not the Phillies, not the Pirates, and not even Burnett came out ahead.

Which team had the least productive offseason?

We already know who may have 'won' the offseason, but who lost?

The Post-Hype Sleepers

The Angels and Blue Jays disappointed many with their poor showings last year. Now that no one is expecting much from them this year, could they surprise?

Spring hopes eternal

With spring training starting this week, there's something else to pay attention to other than the stars getting in shape and the rookies getting their hacks. And that's the aging veterans at the back of the depth chart, hoping for one last chance.

Comparing MLB Free Agents to TV Characters

With Spring Training about to start, six big name free agents have yet to sign. What can Larry Gergich, Jeff Winger, and Michael Bluth tell us about their situations?

Should the Rays trade David Price?

The Rays have a choice to make. Trade David Price and hope for a brighter future or hold onto him and aim for the World Series.

Masahiro Tanaka makes for a bright Yankees future

The Yankees may have spent roughly a trillion dollars this offseason, but in the end, they not only improved for next season, but they kept their eye on the future, too.

Will Masahiro Tanaka be worth all the hype?

The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are nearly over. Will the winning team be happy with their investment?

Dodgers, Kershaw, both come out ahead

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers agreed to a 7-year, $215 million contract. Somehow, both sides won.

Delmon Young Springs Eternal

Eleven years after being drafted, teams still cling to the promise that Young once showed as the #1 overall pick and #1 prospect in the game. Is there any hope left?

Which 2014 free agents could see Cooperstown?

After months of arguing, today we finally learned which players will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame this July. Let's look into the future and see which 2014 free agents could find themselves there.

What Can the Dodgers Expect From Matt Kemp?

With Matt Kemp seemingly staying in LA next year, which Matt Kemp can the team expect? The MVP of 2011? The injured outfielder of 2013? The seemingly perfect hologram from a dystopian future that has just achieved sentience?

Yuniesky Betancourt, coming to a town near you?

Despite being the worst player over the last five years, Yuniesky Betancourt is reportedly mulling over his options and will be deciding on a job soon. How does he keep getting work? And why is even asking this question so depressing?

How six top free agents can get a GM's attention

With 2014 around the corner, the remaining free agents are starting to get restless. Ervin Santana’s agent already teased out his client’s brand new weapon, so what can the rest of the unemployed do to get attention?

MLB storylines to look forward to in 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, and with many of the premier free agents already off the board, what are the storylines that we’ll be reading, and the questions that we’ll be asking, in 2014?

Shin-Soo Choo demands the world, will soon get it

Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down the Yankees 7 year, $140 million dollar offer. That's a lot of money, but he and agent Scott Boras are counting on there being even more out there. Chances are they're right.

What if Kevin Towers is Right?

Kevin Towers has seemingly lost two major trades to the White Sox and it's not even January 1st yet. But unless Towers has become a baseball robot that only makes bad decisions, he may just be right.

Steve Stone's Occult Secrets

It's guest-host week at McCovey Chronicles! Up next is Michael Clair, whose Twitter account and website are must-follows. Dude had a baseball card with a mustachioed Will Clark and his dog a couple...

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