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The Real Storylines in the A.L. East for the 2014 Season

The Real Storylines in the A.L. East for the 2014 Season #mlb #yankees @SportsBlogRT

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This season will involve storylines about Stephen Drew, Jesus Montero, and James Loney.   (Photos courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

This season will involve storylines about Stephen Drew, Jesus Montero, and James Loney. (Photos courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

With baseball season upon us, the internet is filled with many articles about the “storylines” for each team coming into the season.  These articles typically detail stories like position battles (such as the Ike Davis-Lucas Duda-Josh Satinquagmire), or upcoming…

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The Duality of Brett Wallace

The Duality of Brett Wallace #mlb #Astros #springtraining

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Brett Wallace has always been viewed in two contrasting ways.  (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Brett Wallace has always been viewed in two contrasting ways. (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Brett Wallace, who was released today by the Astros, has always been a contradiction.

There was a distinct dichotomy between Brett Wallace the “can’t miss” prospect and Brett Wallace the stocky, unathletic player struggling just to find a position on the field.  On one hand, he was…

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The Non-Roster Players Invited to Red Sox Camp

The Non-Roster Players Invited to Red Sox Camp #RedSox #SpringTraining #MLB

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John Ely:  Originally a third round draft pick by the White Sox, Ely was traded to the Dodgers as part of the Juan Pierresalary dump trade in 2009.  At the time he was traded, Ely was coming off of his best minor league season came in 2009 while pitching in Double-A (2.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP over 27 starts).   In 2010, Ely achieved his 15 minutes of fame.   Due to injuries in the Dodgers’ rotation,…

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Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Roster Invitees Preview

Boston Red Sox: Non-Roster Invitees Preview #Rays #SpringTraining #MLB

Erik Bedard hopes that a return to the AL East will erase the memories of last season.  (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

The Rays certainly have a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough.  Here is a quick preview of some of the more interesting free agent invitees to the team’s spring training this season.

Erik Bedard:  Bedard is a familiar name in the AL East, having spent a good portion of his career pitching for the Orioles.

Erik Bedard hopes that a return to the AL East will erase the memories of last season.  (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Erik Bedard hopes that a return to the AL East will erase the memories of last…

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The Expendables: The Non-Roster Invitees of the Toronto Blue Jays

The Expendables: The Non-Roster Invitees of the Toronto Blue Jays #bluejays #springtraining

Former ace Ricky Romero is coming to camp as a non-roster invitee for the first time.

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I have an unnatural infatuation with baseball non-roster invitees.  The offseason hot-stove rumors and mega-signings do not interest me as much as seeing each team’s list of players who have been signed to minor league deals with invites to spring training.

I love the melting-pot aspect of it all.  The players range from young prospects getting their first taste of major league camp…

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Alex Rodriguez Finally Moves on From His Faux-Righteous Indignation Phase of His Redemption Plan @SportsBlogRTView Post

Alex Rodriguez Finally Moves on From His Faux-Righteous Indignation Phase of His Redemption Plan @SportsBlogRT

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Whaaaat happened?

Whaaaat happened?

My latest: Roger Goodell - The Best Magician in SportsView Post

My latest: Roger Goodell - The Best Magician in Sports

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It’s Now Official: For Some Reason, River Avenue Will be Co-Named to Honor Mariano RiveraBecause Mariano Rivera has not been honored enough during the past year, he is now getting a street…View Post

It’s Now Official: For Some Reason, River Avenue Will be Co-Named to Honor Mariano Rivera

Because Mariano Rivera has not been honored enough during the past year, he is now getting a street…

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