Chipper Jones walks back controversial Sandy Hook tweet

Former Atlanta Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones has never been afraid to give his opinions, even if they have been rough around the edges from time to time.

During his days in MLB locker rooms, that relative lack of a filter played just fine. In retirement and with access to social media, however, that tendency to speak first and think second has gotten Jones in some trouble. Continue reading Chipper Jones walks back controversial Sandy Hook tweet

Report: James Shields likely headed to the San Diego Padres

For all of the moves the San Diego Padres made this off-season with trade-happy A.J. Preller as their new general manager, they might be on the verge of their biggest addition yet.

Reports are that free agent starting pitcher James Shields is finally close to choosing a team, and increasingly it looks like that decision is going to be to sign with the Padres. Continue reading Report: James Shields likely headed to the San Diego Padres

Go ‘Back to the Future’ with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits

Does this mean that the Chicago Cubs will win the 2015 World Series and there will be self-lacing tennis shoes?

The Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays, announced this week that they will host ‘Back to the Future’ day at one of their games this summer.

The highlight has to be these outstanding Marty McFly jerseys, as passed along by Phil Hecken of Uni Watch:

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Buffalo Bisons unveil ‘Jedi Robe’ Star Wars jerseys

Minor League baseball is just the best. One day after the Brooklyn Cyclones showed off the outstanding jerseys for their ‘Saved by the Bell’ themed day, the Buffalo Bisons unveiled the jerseys for their ‘Star Wars’ day in 2015.

Observe the Jedi Robe jerseys that will be worn by the Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Pennsylvania radio station boots the Phillies, will cover the Nationals instead

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania radio station has determined that the Phillies are going to be so bad that fans will no longer want to listen to their games.

The station, 96.5 FM, announced this week that the Phillies have been booted in favor of the Washington Nationals for MLB coverage in 2015. Continue reading Pennsylvania radio station boots the Phillies, will cover the Nationals instead

Derek Jeter looked into buying the Buffalo Bills during his final season

Derek Jeter played his final MLB season in 2014, ending it in glorious fashion to boot, but it appears that he will remain a prominent figure in professional sports in retirement. Given his long career and his reputation as a baseball lifer, that makes sense.

What might come as a surprise, however, is the news that Jeter actually looked at buying an NFL team this past summer. Continue reading Derek Jeter looked into buying the Buffalo Bills during his final season

Watch Yoenis Cespedes make the best throw of the year

For a moment on Tuesday night, it looked like Oakland A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes had made a play destined for the blooper reel. In a lackluster effort, Cespedes booted the ball to the corner while trying to field an extra base hit off the bat of Mike Trout. This appeared to open the door for the Los Angeles Angels to score a run on the play, with Howie Kendrick looking to take an extra base.

But then something happened, and that something is not of this world.

Forget “throw of the year.” This is one of the best throws you will ever see, period. Observe the play Cespedes made to gun down Kendrick at the plate for the putout.

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Reports: Market for James Shields is heating back up

The calendar flipped to February and things looked grim for 33-year-old free agent James Shields. Even with his proven track record as a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, and even with pitching-needy teams scattered across the MLB landscape, it appeared there was simply no market for Shields.

Not so fast. Continue reading Reports: Market for James Shields is heating back up

The rich will get richer as Yoan Moncada hits free agency

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It’s not often that an elite, young player is available for any Major League Baseball team to sign. That happened last off-season with 25-year-old Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, and that is the case again this winter with 19-year-old Cuban superstar Yoan Moncada.

According to a report from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, a change in MLB rules for Cuban players means that the talented infielder is now officially a free agent and will be able to sign with any MLB team. Continue reading The rich will get richer as Yoan Moncada hits free agency