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World Baseball Classic quick thoughts

2017 world baseball classic

  That was a hell of a tournament by pretty much any measure: frenetic crowd noise, record-setting attendance, impassioned play, close games and intriguing match-ups. The World Baseball Classic commenced with little buzz, but ended up being a home run for the game. Hopefully Major League Baseball rides this momentum to create an even better […]

Corey Kluber’s two-seam fastball and cutter combination provides a blueprint for Trevor Bauer tonight in Game 2

trevor bauer two seam fastball

Last night, the Cleveland Indians rode the steady vessel of Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen to victory in Game 1 of the World Series, shutting out a potent Chicago Cubs lineup. While Miller and Allen unleashed their typical electric fastball-breaking ball combination to stifle Chicago, Kluber was able to dominate without a great […]

Dexter Fowler Spurns Orioles at the Altar, Returns to Chicago

Oriole Bird Crying Jordan Meme

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 25, 2016. After the Orioles culminated a wildly successful offseason by landing certified innings-eater Yovani Gallardo, I was ready to praise GM Dan Duquette.  The research was finished, as was my first paragraph.  But then, I got this text from my […]

Orioles, Dexter Fowler Agree to Three-Year Deal

Dexter Fowler Chicago Cubs

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 24, 2016. Dexter Fowler has landed in Birdland, agreeing to terms on a 3-year, $33 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.  Fowler fills two conspicuous voids for the Orioles: a proficient leadoff hitter and a capable right fielder.  Fowler’s […]

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