Coffee and Clippings: Cards will abstain from panic

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Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of St. Louis Today talks about the Cardinals’ ability to get past the loss of several core players… Well, it probably could be better, though one wouldn’t know it from the 31-16 record that stands as best in either league, or the 5½-game lead over a division that reached Thursday boasting just one […]

Peter Gammons: The Importance of First-Round Draft Picks

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When the 2015 draft convenes a week from Monday (on MLB Network), conventional thinking labels this a down pool; deep, but not laden with any immediate impact stars. The primary reason is that college baseball lacks stars. Think back to the ’85 draft, when B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Barry Larkin and Barry Bonds were in […]

Peter Gammons: Managers sit and live on “The Hot Seat”

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The search for the next manager to be fired has become part of baseball coverage’s daily routine. It begins in March with prognostications about which managers could be on “The Hot Seat,” and continues on through the season, which happened in September, 2008 in Milwaukee when Ned Yost was fired while tied for first place […]

Coffee and Clippings: How the aging A-Rod and Teixeira are keeping Yankees afloat

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discuses how Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are propping up the Yankees’ line up… Well, the Yankees remain relevant thanks most of all to their shockingly dynamic duo, who teamed with Adam Warren on Tuesday night to beat the Royals, 5-1, for their second straight victory following that […]

Coffee and Clippings: The reason behind Alderson’s perpetually stoic demeanor

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George Willis (@NYPost_Willis) of the New York Post talks about Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson’s stoic demeanor… “Sandy doesn’t just have a military background, he’s a Marine, which is the ultimate in the military,” Mabus said of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson before the Mets opened a six-game homestand. “And he’s not a former Marine. […]

Peter Gammons: Figuring out the AL East; Gauging Dodger trade options

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OK, Madison Bumgarner had more RBI against Clayton Kershaw Thursday than Hanley Ramirez has in the entire month of May, as many RBI against Kershaw as Pablo Sandoval has against lefthanded pitching all season. Yet, this is the American League East, and as David Ortiz pointed out to the standings on the Green Monster Thursday, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Regular-season games coming to foreign cities soon

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Jon Paul Morosi (@jonmorosi) of Fox Sports talks about MLB’s strategy for International growth… I’m comfortable making a two-part prediction: MLB will play regular-season games in London and at least one site in Mexico during the next several years. Before going further, it’s important to note that MLB isn’t close on an agreement to host […]

Coffee and Clippings: Bryce Harper gets raw deal on latest ejection

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN writes that Bryce Harper gets raw deal in his ejection Wednesday night… Harper joined Yordano Ventura as the only players to twice be ejected this season after Hudson tossed the scorching-hot slugger in Wednesday’s game after Hudson decided to put on what Twitter refers to as an #umpshow. Here’s the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Picking up starting pitcher just got a whole lot harder for Dodgers

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Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times discusses the bleak outlook for the Dodgers starting rotation now that Hyun-Jin Ryu appears to be out with a recurring shoulder injury… Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is apparently headed for shoulder surgery, a shock to absolutely no one who’s not in the Dodgers’ front office. If they suspected they were in […]

Peter Gammons: Marlins’ decision all about perspective

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Former Defense Secretary tells the story that one time when he was with Barack Obama in the Oval Office and listening to some of the President’s frustrations that he said, “now tell me again—why did you want this job?” Which some day someone may ask Dan Jennings. Now that the night passed, the sun rose […]