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The Miami Marlins In 2016: Contenders Or Pretenders?

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 - 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) - this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 – 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) – this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

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The Marlins finally threw down some money on a relevant Free Agent in the past week when they signed LHP Wei-Yin Chen.  The former Oriole received a 5 YR deal worth $80 MIL – that also has a Vesting Option for a 6th year.

Financially speaking, Chen will only earn $14 MIL of that pact in 2016 – thus bringing the Fish to about $77 MIL total team salary to start the campaign.

Miami is one of the middle of the pack teams in the National League – much like the Arizona Diamondbacks are.  These teams should be predicted to be just around .500.  The rest of the clubs should be well north or south of the even record mark. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 1, 2015

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Barry Bonds could be the Marlins new hitting coach?

That is great but they should take it a step further. He should be a PLAYER coach!

It is a return of the King episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 23, 2015

Fox Sports/MLB

Fox Sports/MLB

The Red Sox fan in me is thrilled to see Dave Roberts take over the role as Dodger manager.

It means they are going to play his stolen base in the 2004 ALCS on a loop.ring to his collection.

He has his work cut out for him in LA, but if he does his job, he could add another

It is a turn around to a title  episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Pick KC To Win The 2016 World Series At The 18/1 ODD: It’s Worth It Even To Hedge Later

Since the beginning of the 2014 playoffs, the underdogs have won 16 of the last 18 series, and the only favorites to win were the Royals and Blue Jays in the ALDS rounds this year. Series in which the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers had them on the brink of elimination. We take you behind the curtain to reveal some great gambling perspectives from this in this post.

Since the beginning of the 2014 playoffs, the underdogs have won 16 of the last 18 series, and the only favorites to win were the Royals and Blue Jays in the ALDS rounds this year. Series in which the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers had them on the brink of elimination. We take you behind the curtain to reveal some great gambling perspectives from this in this post.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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I was curious to see what the odds were for the 2016 World Series when they were first posted.  As a former professional gambler this is my favorite thing to do.  I was happy to see the early mistake made by Vegas.  KC at 18/1 odds?  Thanks fellas!

Odds courtesy of vegasodds.com

Dodgers 8/1

Mets 10/1

Blue Jays 10/1

Cubs 10/1

Nats 10/1

Cards 12/1

Astros 12/1

Pirates 12/1

Rangers 12/1

Yankees 16/1

Red Sox 18/1

Royals 18/1
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 23, 2015

Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America

Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America

Don Mattingly is out as the Dodgers manager. How much was his fault? Enough was.

One more day before the third anniversary for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast!

 

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Zack Greinke Should Re-Sign With The Dodgers If Deal Is In The Neighborhood

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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With the Dodgers losing yet another Series in the playoffs they have some big questions about their offseason forthcoming.  Don Mattingly will likely be fired.  Then there is the Zack Greinke situation.

The 31 Year old RHP has a legitimate shot to be the NL Cy Young Winner this year (if it is not Jake Arrieta) – and he couldn’t have picked a better campaign to do this with an opt out clause in his contract.  He will command a hefty sum in the winter.

Here is the problem….The Dodgers new brass doesn’t like to spend the kind of money like the old Ned Colletti days, and this may pose a problem to sign one of the best four pitchers in the game the last few years. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 16, 2015

Howard Simmons - NY Daily News

Howard Simmons – NY Daily News

The Mets won a wild and strange finale, Don Mattingly will need to find a new job and Fox Sports has to be thrilled with their potential World Series.

East Side… West Side… Every Body is coming down for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jacob DeGrom, Daniel Murphy, Zack Greinke and Justin Turner all added to their totals for Who Owns October

Daniel Murphy, Kevin Pillar, Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler all were named Division Series MVPs.

To see this year’s MVP and for previous seasons, click HERE.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 11, 2015

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GREGORY BULL/AP

I missed the craziness and the controversy that happened at Dodger Stadium with Chase Utley.

Why?

Because I was at my 25th high school reunion.

Afterwards, in the parking lot of my old high school, I tried to piece together what happened at Dodger Stadium through the haze of the social media outrage.

And yes, I wore a Red Sox hat in my senior picture.

Sign my year book for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jorge Soler, Travis Wood, Zack Greinke, Justin Turner, Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard and Kolten Wong all added to their totals for Who Owns October
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 3, 2015

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(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Dodgers and Mets are about to square off in the post season. Both are franchises coming off of recent front office disgraces and on the field disappointments.

And BOTH teams have fan bases who simply do NOT believe their team has a shot.

It’s a glass half empty Episode 1,076 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Chris Sale, Carlos Correa, Jake Arrieta, Daniel Castro, Brad Miller, Martin Perez and Eugenio Suarez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 27, 2015

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Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

It is time for the Sunday Request.

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This is a tricky one, but when that makes itself clear as the post season moves on.

It is a “Let the emotion guide you” Episode 1,070 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Jarrett Parker, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Correa, Adam Warren, Andre Ethier, Kevin Kiermaier and Jeremy Hellickson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 1, 2015

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

 

While I slept last night, the Giants lost a devastating 14 inning marathon to the Dodgers. Had they won, I would be proclaiming the NL West was theirs to lose.

Because they lost, a September 1 showdown between Bumgarner and Greinke could be the game of the year.

Wake up sleepy head, it is The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Adrian Gonzale, David Ortiz, Bartolo Colon, Dallas Keuchel, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Trumbo, Shelby Miller and David Price all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2015

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Comedian, TV Host and baseball fanatic Trish Suhr joins the podcast to talk about bleeding Dodger, not taking out Kershaw and having a “Glass of Act Right.”

It makes sense. Trust me.

It is a Dodger Blue/Blue Grass episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Moustakas, Daniel Murphy, Matt Shoemaker, Zack Greinke, Randy Wolf, Eduardo Escobar, Aaron Altherr and Anthony DeSlafani all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

 

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Or visit TrishSuhr.com by clicking HERE
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2015

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Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Don Mattingly violated the main rule: DO NOT TAKE OUT CLAYTON KERSHAW!

Dodger fans… look away. The next week or so could get ugly.

It is a “The walls are crashing down” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Aaron Nola, Lance McCullers, Stephen Piscotty, Mike Moustakas, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Gausman, Scooter Gennett and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 22, 2015

SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

Talking Mike Fiers no hitter and why it is so important for the Dodgers to NOT lose today

It is a “Bleeding Too Much Dodger Blue” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Fiers, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew Cashner, Ben Revere, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Nolan Arenado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 19, 2015

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Getty Images

Should Don Mattingly be worried about Ron Roenicke looming over his shoulder? He should.

It is a “Bleeding Dodger Blue” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Curtis Granderson, Josh Donaldson, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jacob deGrom, Jose Reyes, Jose Abreu, Raisel Iglesias and Jake Odorizzi all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 12, 2015

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The Dodgers have the longest pennant drought of any California team. The fact that they did not make the big move for 2015 makes no sense to me.

Plus I imagine how their history would be different had they kept Pedro and Piazza.

It is an I Love LA episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Lorenzo Cain, Yasiel Puig, Carlos Rodon, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Davis, Todd Frazier, Williams Perez and Bryan Mitchell all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 10, 2015

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Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

The idea of the Dodgers and the Nationals missing the post season was inconceivable this April, but possible.

It is a “To Hell with Predictions” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jackie Bradley Jr, Francisco Cervelli, Corey Kluber, Jake Arrieta, Ryan Zimmerman, Colby Rasmus and Masahiro Tanaka  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 26, 2015

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Rich Schultz/Getty Images

 

 

Ryne Sandberg resigned from the Phillies. He won’t be unemployed for long. Let’s start a rumor and say that Ryno will return to Chicago… but with the White Sox.

It is a Windy City Legend Episode 976 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 Brandon Phillips, Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, Matt Kemp, Mitch Moreland and Rubby De La Rosa  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 22, 2015

REUTERS/USA Today Sports/Rick Osentoski

REUTERS/USA Today Sports/Rick Osentoski

 

Wait are the Twins good? Are the Astros and Rays contenders? Is the American League even more wide open than I thought?

It is a totally unpredictable league Episode 938 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jacob deGrom, Michael McKenry, R.A. Dickey, Mike Aviles, Jaime Garcia, Martin Prado, Clay Buchholz and David Freese all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 20, 2015

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Worldwide Pants

Saluting David Letterman and breaking down nostalgia. Basically Ken Griffey Jr and David Letterman will always be the best for me because of when they have their peaks.

Plus I rant about pinch running on Episode 936 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Randall Grichuk, Jimmy Nelson, Colby Rasmus, Trevor Bauer, Mark Teixeira, Chris Coghlan, Jason Hammel and Aaron Sanchez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Read Dan Epstein’s article about Letterman and baseball by clicking HERE

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 24, 2015

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AP

Hector Olivera signed with the Dodgers. What does that mean for Don Mattingly’s future with the team?

It is a “Better Win Now” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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Dodgers Brass’ Is Brutalizing The 2015 Payroll ($267 MIL) With Dead Money + Injury Plagued Chuckers!

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume.  The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL, and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%).  The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that infraction.  One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll.  The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn't throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax - when the new CBA is put into place before the 2017 season.

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume. The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL for 2015 patyroll and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%). The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that very infraction. Next year(9nd every year after till they drop under the Threshold once, they will rise to a 50% penalty/) One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll. The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn’t throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax – when the new deal with the MLB and MLBPA is put into place before the 2017 season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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What the hell is Andrew Friedman doing?  Lets just eat the contracts on Brian Wilson and maybe Brandon League, while paying the freight on Dan Haren’s 2015 salary ($10 MIL) to play for the Marlins, and also  forking out money to Brett Anderson, Brandon Beachy and also coming to a theater near you soon. If that weren’t enough, they have signed perennially injured/malcontent guys in Erik Bedard and Dustin McGowan on Minor League deals.

The club will also digest half (or more) of Andre Ethier‘s remaining deal (3 YRs, $56 MIL) if another franchise will take them off of their hands.  Yes that was not the current front office’s deal, however the throwing away of money is still directly tied to their decisions now.

Pretty soon the entire total for the dead money in the Dodgers team salary will rival the contract marks of the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s if this trend persists.

The Los Angeles payroll was supposed to be reigned in – and not jumping to an ALL – Time record.

Even with losing the albatross contract of Matt Kemp, the Dodgers are sitting at nearly $266 MIL in projected team payroll.  Let’s add a 40% penalty for being a 3rd time offender to the mix, and you can kiss another $30 MIL out the door at Chavez Ravine.  Maybe the club should hope for a Zack Greinke opt out.

For a Full Player Breakdown off all Salaries in 2015 – and going forward click here . 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 19, 2015

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The Dodgers have a shot to win the World Series this year. But will they fix their bullpen? Should they make a big move? Recent World Series winners suggest maybe they shouldn’t.

Meanwhile I sneaked onto the field of Sunken Diamond at Stanford for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Confessions Of A Ball Park Chaser – 2015 Edition: Why I Will Attend 220+ MLB Games This Year Part 1

 

Donnie Baseball holds the record for most HRs hit in a 8 game HR streak stretch ever - with big flies in July of 1987.  The Yankees 1B also would establish a record for 6 grandslams in one year that campaign, (since tied by Travis Hafner in 2006.  Mattingly knocked in 23 RBI with those 10 HRs.

Donnie Baseball holds the record for most HRs hit in a 8 game HR streak stretch ever – with big flies in July of 1987. The Yankees 1B also would establish a record for 6 grandslams in one year that campaign, (since tied by Travis Hafner in 2006. Mattingly knocked in 23 RBI with those 10 HRs.

Confessions Of A Ball Park Chaser – 2015 Edition Part 2: Why I will See 220+ MLB Games in 2015

 Confessions Of A Ball Park Chaser – 2015 Edition Part 3: Why I Will See 220+ Games In 2015

When I was a kid I wanted to be baseball player for the New York Yankees.  Don Mattingly was my favorite hitter.  Funny saying this as a Canadian, where our national pastime is hockey.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved that sport too..  Just not as much as baseball.

My mom was talking me to my dad’s fastball league games when I was in a stroller in the late 1970’s.

By the time I was 3, my 2 older brothers were already playing baseball and I was hooked.  It wasn’t too long after that I was joining them in practice.

For the next 16 years I ate, lived and breathed the sport.  Some real life issues popped up, and I never recovered from injuries sustained growing up.  I still can’t play recreational baseball because of a deep concussion history.  I turned my back on the sport live in late 1996, never coming back until 2005.  Now I am about to go my 4th epic journey to all 30 MLB Parks in the last 7 years. 

This season, I will be live for a game every day all year.  So how does one come to this lifestyle and crazy fandomness?  We must go back in time…..

Quick Blurbs:

From Ages 10 – 15, I  would hit baseballs to my dog every day.  He was an English Springer Spaniel named Patches, and he was the quickest outfielder of ALL-Time, and handy when no one else wanted to play ball in the rainy winter months in Vancouver B.C, Canada.  All I had to do was to bring a towel to wipe the slobber off of the baseballs.

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2015 MLB Hall of Fame Voting: Who Deserves to Get In?

The MLB Hall of Fame will announce which players will be part of the Induction Class of 2015. The question leading up to the announcement is which players make the cut in this loaded group of talent.

The MLB Hall of Fame will announce which players will be part of the Class of 2015. With players such as Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez being added to the ballot this year, the question remains as to which players will ultimately make the final cut this year?

By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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It is very possible that history is made with regards to this year’s MLB Hall of Fame induction class. In the past, the committee has been hesitant to vote in more than three players in one class, and it has been very rare to see more than three voted in at one time. In the past, the committee voted in four players twice (1947 and 1955) and five players only once (1936- the first year of the voting process).

As the decision day quickly approaches, there is speculation that the BBWAA could possibly end the long drought and elect five players this year. With this year’s ballot having a ton of players who could make a legitimate case to be inducted, I decided to go to the process of picking my own ballot (which doesn’t count for the BBWAA), and after taking the time and effort to research my ballet, I realized that it was a much harder process then I anticipated it would be. 

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Yankees Off-Season Outlook: Big Shoes To Fill For Jeter, But How Do They?

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By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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The 2015 off-season is very important for the New York Yankees, as they have a lot of major questions surrounding their current roster. With an aging roster and the return of recently reinstated Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have some holes to fix, but those issues might not be their biggest concern this off-season.

We all knew the time would come, but no one was ready to start talking about how the Yankees would replace Derek Jeter. Jeter leaves very big shoes to fill in the Bronx, and the Yankees must try their best to find a successor who can not only handle the pressures of New York, but also can step up and produce.

Filling the void might be difficult at first, as past experiences have shown that Yankee fans are very impatient when it comes to replacing some of the best to wear the Yankee pinstripes.  The only legitimate shortstop on the roster, Brendan Ryan, won’t be the Yankees everyday shortstop in 2015, so the Bronx Bombers must go through the trade market or free agency to fill a void that right now is larger than life. 

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It Is Time For The MLB To Eliminate Defensive Shifts + Why I Won’t Use Sabermetrics In My Posts

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I am all for a good game of chess on the baseball field, but when one wonders how come games are 4 hours, you have to add defensive shifts into the mix.

Other big sports such as the NFL, NHL and even the NBA have implemented rules in order to preserve offense in the game.

It is time to make a rule having the 3B and SS not be able to shift over to the 1B and 2B side of the field, and vice versa, before a pitch is thrown.

Credit to MLB Broadcaster Seth Everett , for being one of the only public figures I have heard that has also advocated this thought process.

Defense and technology have come light years ahead in the last 15 years or so, and it is affecting the game. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 1, 2014

AP Photo, The Canadian Press - Fred Thornhill

AP Photo, The Canadian Press – Fred Thornhill


 

Joe Maddon looks like he is heading to the Cubs. Why didn’t the Dodgers back up the Brinks truck and offer him the sun, moon and stars?

They will regret this for the rest of the decade.

The off season is beginning in earnest on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 28, 2014

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tonight is Game 6 of the World Series.

Those words can bring up so many different memories. Who will be the Reggie Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Don Denkinger, Bill Buckner, Kirby Puckett, Joe Carter, Tom Glavine, Josh Beckett, David Freese or Nelson Cruz of the night?

Meanwhile I all but beg Joe Maddon to take over the Dodgers.

It could be a memorable night that is previewed on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 14, 2014

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Talking new Dodgers front office and remembering Chambliss and Bartman.

The Cardinals Catching Situation is not the same without Yadier Molina, but at least they rostered 3 backstoppers.

Also speaking more about the LCS during this version of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Nobody Owned  October last night as there were no games

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