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Introducing to America, Syracuse’s Most Famous Chief – Bryce Harper!

April 29, 2012
Introducing to America, Syracuse’s Most Famous Chief – Bryce Harper!

  I predicted weeks back that Bryce Harper would be in the Big Leagues before the All-Star break.  Heck! I told you if you played Fantasy Baseball, put him on your bench.  He wouldn’t be there for too long. I know.  For my next trick, I will predicted that Kim Kardashian will date Kanye West just long enough for the NFL draft to finish. On a side note, why hasn’t she ever gone for...

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No Longer Batting For…

April 20, 2012
No Longer Batting For…

This is a post that appeared at Philly Sports Central earlier this week, and I thought it could be appropriate here too. Any team, Pat Burrell. Last Thursday, the Phillies announced that Pat Burrell will sign a ceremonial one-day contract so he can officially retire as a member of the team (Ruben Amaro initially offered a three day contract, but that was deemed unnecessary.) He'll be honored the weekend of May 18-20 against the...

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Now Batting For the Houston Astros…

July 23, 2011
Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve. Altuve is a 5'5, 170 pound second baseman signed by Houston from Venezuela in 2006. This legitimate Eddie Gaedel has had a meteoric rise through the Astros farm system this season. According to Baseball Almanac, only 60 players in baseball history have been 5'5 or shorter, so Altuve is joining a pretty exclusive club. If he becomes a solid contributor, he wouldn't be the first good short baseball player, but they're few...

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Welcome To The Show: Major League Debuts From June 8-15

June 16, 2011
Welcome sign

Last week’s update ran from June 2 through June 8. Said so right there in the headline. So imagine my surprise when I started looking at players this week and realized I had missed somebody. I marked it down and kept going, figuring I’d make note of it this week. So of course, I found another one, which meant I had to go back and look at all the games from that day to...

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Now Batting For The Kansas City Royals…

May 7, 2011
Eric Hosmer

I was sitting in my car on Souhegan St. last summer, talking to Eric Hosmer on the phone, when I asked him if there was anything he wishes he could do on the field, but can't. "Yeah," he said with a laugh. "Run." It's interesting, then, that in his major league debut last night, after drawing his second major league walk in his second major league plate appearance, Hosmer took off for second and...

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No Longer Batting For…

April 16, 2011
Manny Ramirez with Inland Empire

Anyone, Manny Ramirez. This is mostly Major League related, but it was pretty big news last week, so I thought it warranted an entry here. It's been a wild career for Manny, entertaining fans with some of the best statistics anyone has ever seen and frustrating fans with his attitude and antics. For 19 years, Ramirez was one of the most feared hitters in the league, but after forcing a trade from two teams,...

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Now Batting For The San Francisco Giants…

April 2, 2011
Brandon Belt

Opening day for Major League Baseball was this past Thursday, which means we're likely to have a bunch of "Now Batting/Pitching For" worthy players in the next few days and weeks. Just today, actually, Kyle Drabek went seven innings for Toronto, walking three and allowing just one hit, so it'd be easy to say that he more than qualifies. Since Drabek got himself one of these when he was called up last season, though,...

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Now Batting For The Los Angeles Angels…

September 27, 2010
andrew romine

Pardon me for interrupting the extravaganza that is Bus Leagues Awards Week, but I thought this was important. The Los Angeles Angels are experiencing some serious problems in the infield. Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo, and Maicer Izturis have missed time recently with injuries, Kendry Morales's season ended in May, Howie Kendrick has been average, and Brandon Wood has suffered through a historically terrible season (OPS+: 7). In an attempt to plug the gaps, the...

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Now Batting For… (Special Edition)

September 7, 2010
Erik Kratz

I know I've mentioned before that prospects are a major part of why I follow minor league baseball. Maybe it's because they provide the best opportunity for "Hey, I saw him when he played in ______" moments. Or maybe it's because they're the most visible players, and therefore the easiest to follow. Or maybe it's because they represent greatness, and writing about and interviewing them allows me to touch that greatness for a moment....

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Now Batting For…

September 6, 2010
freddie freeman

(Photo: Atlanta Braves with David O'Brien) Much like the last "Now Batting For..." post, this will feature three prospects who were called up in the last few days. * I almost dropped the ball entirely on Freddie Freeman. The big (6'5", 225 lbs), 20-year-old first baseman had his contract purchased from Gwinnett a week ago and has since appeared in four games, starting one. He began his career 0-6 with two strikeouts before singling...

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Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield Blaze
Current: 131 stolen bases in 109 games (1.20 per game)
Pace: 159 stolen bases in 133 games

Jurickson Profar, Frisco RoughRiders
50 game on-base streak (not on-going)

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