Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon fight in Nationals dugout

Should have seen this one coming. After commenting on Jonathan Papelbon’s reaction to Manny Machado “showing him up” on a home run hit by Machado on Wednesday night, Papelbon took exception and went after Bryce Harper as he came into the dugout after an at-bat on Sunday. Reports say that it was due to Papelbon […]

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Padres, AJ Preller stand pat with nothing to stand on

Oh, Padres. Where do you even begin with this? Six months ago, AJ Preller was seen as a golden beacon of tradin’ GMs, going out of his way to acquire supposedly good offensive players for an offense that was historically bad in 2014. He was wheeling and dealing, getting a brand new outfield and buying both […]

:MILWAUKEE, WI – APRIL 12: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on April 12, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Astros swoop in on Carlos Gomez, add Mike Fiers for four prospects

Looks like Carlos Gomez will be traded after all, as the Houston Astros opened up their very deep well of top-flight prospects to complete a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Gomez and starter Mike Fiers. Going to Milwaukee in the deal are outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana along with pitchers Josh Hader and […]

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Cubs call up Addison Russell to play second base

The Cubs are not messing around. Five days after the ascension of Kris Bryant to the Major League roster, top prospect Addison Russell has been given the call and will be the team’s new starting second baseman. Russell’s prospect pedigree is well-regarded in all baseball circles, as the consensus Top 5 prospect was preparing for the […]

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2015 season preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

For two straight seasons, the Dodgers have been the pre-season talk of the National League West. For two straight seasons, the Dodgers ran into the playoff buzzsaw known as the St. Louis Cardinals. In those two playoff series, Clayton Kershaw lost a 1-0 decision in 2013 NLCS and then proceeded to give up 18 runs […]

2015 season preview: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers have experienced a time of prosperity as good as any in the history of the franchise the last few years. World Series appearances, division championships, MVPs, and Cy Young Awards have all been brought to Detroit, but the thing that has unfortunately alluded the team is baseball’s most prized possession: A World Series […]

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 01: Starting pitcher Phil Hughes #45 of the Minnesota Twins works the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 1, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Minnesota Twins

After years of toiling at the bottom of the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins finally look like they are ready to break out of their doldrums. Featuring a ton of young talent on the rise and a new manager in Hall of Famer and legendary former Twin Paul Molitor, the Twin Cities look like they […]

Will Ferrell MESA, AZ – MARCH 12: Actor Will Ferrell plays with the Seattle Mariners as they take on the Oakland Athletics as part of a new HBO special from Funny Or Die in partnership with Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer at HoHoKam Stadium on March 12, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Outside Corner scouting report: Will Ferrell

2015’s most talked-about minor league signee with an invite to Spring Training made his 10-team debut on Thursday, as Will Ferrell showed off his athletic prowess by playing 10 positions in five games, including acting as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Here’s what you can expect from the newcomer. Will Ferrell: Date of Birth: […]

Pirates Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Andrew McCutchen #22 greets manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades of baseball anonymity, the Steel City has become much more than just a football town thanks to the last two seasons of Pirate prosperity. The ascension of Andrew McCutchen to MVP status has highlighted Neal Huntington’s long rebuilding process, and the Pirates have become one of the best teams in the National […]

New Giants plush dolls aren’t wearing pants

So the fine folks at the San Francisco Chronicle have reported that Bleacher Creatures has teamed up with the defending World Series champions to sell some plush dolls at the Giants team shop to commemorate said victory. A pretty cool thing, no doubt. But then you take a look at the preview photos…     Notice anything […]

Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays TORONTO, CANADA – AUGUST 27: Marcus Stroman #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after getting the final out of the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on August 27, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

What can Toronto do without Marcus Stroman?

Our fearless leader is most definitely correct: Baseball is stupid. During fielding drills on Tuesday, Marcus Stroman tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2015 season. The Blue Jays, who were really hoping for a 2015 breakout from Stroman, have become the latest team affected by the

Hunter Pence SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 4: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants looks on before a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

What will the Giants do now that Hunter Pence is out?

We don’t normally lean towards the absurd at The Outside Corner unless it’s absolutely necessary. You know, like Churro Dogs. But after Thursday’s unlucky mishap for the Giants involving Hunter Pence, who will be out 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his ulna, the Giants need to figure out a new game plan in right […]

Mariners stars Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Felix Hernandez #34 and Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners walk off the field during their game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on September 3, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the […]

Phillies battery ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 12: Cole Hamels #35 and Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after their 5-1 win in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 12, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the […]

Marcus Stroman and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays TORONTO, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 8: Marcus Stroman #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated on his complete-game victory by Jose Bautista #19 during MLB game action against the Chicago Cubs on September 8, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, […]