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    Don’t be this Dad: Spring Training Edition
We’re pretty excited about the start of Spring Training over here at Dad’s Timeout (and when I say we I mean me). Anywho, this week’s edition of Don’t be this Dad has a baseball flair to it. It seems that new Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano broke his pitching arm attempting to startle his kids on Christmas day. According to this story from HardballTalk.com Liriano broke his arm when he slammed it against a door. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like daddy trying to put his forearm through the pantry door. 
While we don’t know if Liriano’s door slam startled his kids we do know that it startled his agent. The veteran lefty lost out on a two year guaranteed contract from the Pirates worth $12.75 million after breaking his arm. Liriano instead had to settle for an incentive based deal with Pittsburgh worth just $1 million guaranteed. The Liriano’s 2013 Christmas budget has likely taken a hit.
"No pony for you Francisco Jr., Santa broke daddy’s arm."
The next time Liriano wants to freak his kids out maybe he’ll just use an air horn or set a ferret loose in the house. 

    Don’t be this Dad: Spring Training Edition

    We’re pretty excited about the start of Spring Training over here at Dad’s Timeout (and when I say we I mean me). Anywho, this week’s edition of Don’t be this Dad has a baseball flair to it. It seems that new Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano broke his pitching arm attempting to startle his kids on Christmas day. According to this story from HardballTalk.com Liriano broke his arm when he slammed it against a door. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like daddy trying to put his forearm through the pantry door. 

    While we don’t know if Liriano’s door slam startled his kids we do know that it startled his agent. The veteran lefty lost out on a two year guaranteed contract from the Pirates worth $12.75 million after breaking his arm. Liriano instead had to settle for an incentive based deal with Pittsburgh worth just $1 million guaranteed. The Liriano’s 2013 Christmas budget has likely taken a hit.

    "No pony for you Francisco Jr., Santa broke daddy’s arm."

    The next time Liriano wants to freak his kids out maybe he’ll just use an air horn or set a ferret loose in the house. 

    — 1 year ago
    #fatherhood  #mlb  #Pittsburgh Pirates  #spring training 
    Five Spring Training Questions Facing the Baltimore Orioles
I examined the five biggest questions facing the Baltimore Orioles this spring for IHateJJRedick.com. First up, who bats leadoff?
Markakis, McLouth, and Reimold, oh my!
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    Five Spring Training Questions Facing the Baltimore Orioles

    I examined the five biggest questions facing the Baltimore Orioles this spring for IHateJJRedick.com. First up, who bats leadoff?

    Markakis, McLouth, and Reimold, oh my!

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    — 1 year ago
    #orioles  #Baltimore Orioles  #baseball  #mlb'  #spring training  #sports 
    Matt Wieters Emerges as Most Important Orioles
I’m not much of a message board guy, more of an occasional lurker than an active participant. I came across the question “Who’s the most important Oriole?” earlier this week on a popular Baltimore sports site. Jason Hammel may front the rotation, Adam Jones is the face of the team, and Dylan Bundy craps rainbows, but Matt Wieters has emerged as the most important Oriole.
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    Matt Wieters Emerges as Most Important Orioles

    I’m not much of a message board guy, more of an occasional lurker than an active participant. I came across the question “Who’s the most important Oriole?” earlier this week on a popular Baltimore sports site. Jason Hammel may front the rotation, Adam Jones is the face of the team, and Dylan Bundy craps rainbows, but Matt Wieters has emerged as the most important Oriole.

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    — 1 year ago with 16 notes
    #mlb  #sports  #orioles  #wieters  #Baltimore Orioles  #baseball  #spring training 
    Put a Stake Through the Yankees Heart
2013 could be the year when New York falls apart, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty back in 2004. The book focused on New York’s dominant run from 1996-2000 when the franchise captured four World Series titles in five seasons. Olney’s title was a bit premature. Sure, the Yankees didn’t win another title until the 2009 season, but the team has made the playoffs in 17 of the last 18 seasons. That dynastic run may finally come to an end this season.
Since the start of Spring Training New York has lost CF Curtis Granderson and 1B Mark Teixeira to injury; both stars could be out until early June. Alex Rodriguez might miss the entire season as he recovers from another injury to his troublesome hip. Derek Jeter is coming back from a broken ankle suffered in last year’s playoffs, a tough task for anyone much less a 39-year-old playing shortstop. Age has even caught up to New York’s GM Brian Cashman, who suffered a broken leg jumping out of an airplane for charity earlier this week.
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    Put a Stake Through the Yankees Heart

    2013 could be the year when New York falls apart, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty back in 2004. The book focused on New York’s dominant run from 1996-2000 when the franchise captured four World Series titles in five seasons. Olney’s title was a bit premature. Sure, the Yankees didn’t win another title until the 2009 season, but the team has made the playoffs in 17 of the last 18 seasons. That dynastic run may finally come to an end this season.

    Since the start of Spring Training New York has lost CF Curtis Granderson and 1B Mark Teixeira to injury; both stars could be out until early June. Alex Rodriguez might miss the entire season as he recovers from another injury to his troublesome hip. Derek Jeter is coming back from a broken ankle suffered in last year’s playoffs, a tough task for anyone much less a 39-year-old playing shortstop. Age has even caught up to New York’s GM Brian Cashman, who suffered a broken leg jumping out of an airplane for charity earlier this week.

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    — 1 year ago
    #sports  #mlb  #baseball  #yankees  #new york  #spring training 
    Duquette is Orioles’ Middle Man
The Baltimore Orioles’ organization received a national beatdown last week when Jonah Keri of Grantland.com wrote in depth about the team’s benign offseason, checkered on-field history, and the whereabouts of all that MASN money. Keri’s revelations weren’t surprising to any Baltimore sports diehard but they certainly painted an ugly picture when thoroughly detailed. Orioles’ fans are accustomed to ugly pictures.
The O’s still have a chance to save an offseason that has to rank among the most disappointing in baseball. Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales, A.J. Burnett, and Nelson Cruz remain on the free agent market as the start of Spring Training approaches. After whiffing on the likes of Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, and Bronson Arroyo there’s little reason to think that the Orioles will land any of the aforementioned free agents.
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    Duquette is Orioles’ Middle Man

    The Baltimore Orioles’ organization received a national beatdown last week when Jonah Keri of Grantland.com wrote in depth about the team’s benign offseason, checkered on-field history, and the whereabouts of all that MASN money. Keri’s revelations weren’t surprising to any Baltimore sports diehard but they certainly painted an ugly picture when thoroughly detailed. Orioles’ fans are accustomed to ugly pictures.

    The O’s still have a chance to save an offseason that has to rank among the most disappointing in baseball. Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales, A.J. Burnett, and Nelson Cruz remain on the free agent market as the start of Spring Training approaches. After whiffing on the likes of Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, and Bronson Arroyo there’s little reason to think that the Orioles will land any of the aforementioned free agents.

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    — 2 months ago
    #orioles  #mlb  #baseball  #spring training  #baltimore  #manny machado  #chris davis  #dan duquette  #sports 
    Can Ervin Santana Save the Orioles Offseason?
After bungling the Grant Balfour signing, whiffing on Bronson Arroyo, and seemingly out of the running for A.J. Burnett the Orioles still have an opportunity to improve the pitching staff for the 2014 season. As Spring Training approaches the Orioles just need to be proactive and willing to spend some money to make a positive impact on the starting rotation. 
 
Ervin Santana remains available on the free agent market. The Orioles have been linked to the 31-year-old right-hander in recent days, but the club has also been linked to just about every possible available starter at some point this offseason. The Orioles’ “interest” may just be Santana’s agent hoping to drum up a market for his client.

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    Can Ervin Santana Save the Orioles Offseason?

    After bungling the Grant Balfour signing, whiffing on Bronson Arroyo, and seemingly out of the running for A.J. Burnett the Orioles still have an opportunity to improve the pitching staff for the 2014 season. As Spring Training approaches the Orioles just need to be proactive and willing to spend some money to make a positive impact on the starting rotation.

     

    Ervin Santana remains available on the free agent market. The Orioles have been linked to the 31-year-old right-hander in recent days, but the club has also been linked to just about every possible available starter at some point this offseason. The Orioles’ “interest” may just be Santana’s agent hoping to drum up a market for his client.

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    — 2 months ago
    #Orioles  #baltimore  #mlb  #spring training  #ervin santana 
    The Pirates Stand Pat
Chris Stewart and Edinson Volquez. That’s it. Stewart and Volquez represent the entirety of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason maneuvering.
While the Baltimore Orioles have been correctly lambasted for their failures to address the club’s weaknesses this winter, the Pirates get a pass. Pittsburgh made the playoffs last season for the first time since 1992 and have spent the winter sitting on their hands. The club was propelled to October by the strong play of National League MVP Andrew McCutcheon, slugging third baseman Pedro Alvarez, and a deep and talented young pitching staff. The core of last season’s Wild Card team remains intact but manager Clint Hurdle will be looking at internal candidates to replace several key veterans lost to free agency.
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    The Pirates Stand Pat

    Chris Stewart and Edinson Volquez. That’s it. Stewart and Volquez represent the entirety of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason maneuvering.

    While the Baltimore Orioles have been correctly lambasted for their failures to address the club’s weaknesses this winter, the Pirates get a pass. Pittsburgh made the playoffs last season for the first time since 1992 and have spent the winter sitting on their hands. The club was propelled to October by the strong play of National League MVP Andrew McCutcheon, slugging third baseman Pedro Alvarez, and a deep and talented young pitching staff. The core of last season’s Wild Card team remains intact but manager Clint Hurdle will be looking at internal candidates to replace several key veterans lost to free agency.

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    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #mlb  #sports  #baseball  #spring training  #Pittsburgh Pirates  #pirates  #andrew mccutchen 
    Jimenez Fills Orioles’ Biggest Need
After months of rumor and disappointment, the Baltimore Orioles finally made the offseason splash fans hoped for when they agreed to terms with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on a four-year deal reportedly worth close to $50 million. The club broke its long-standing restriction on long-term contracts for free agent pitchers by signing Jimenez. The 30-year-old hurler has his warts, as detractors are already pointing out, but he fills the Orioles’ biggest hole and offers tremendous upside. The team is better today, and that’s good enough for me.
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    Jimenez Fills Orioles’ Biggest Need

    After months of rumor and disappointment, the Baltimore Orioles finally made the offseason splash fans hoped for when they agreed to terms with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on a four-year deal reportedly worth close to $50 million. The club broke its long-standing restriction on long-term contracts for free agent pitchers by signing Jimenez. The 30-year-old hurler has his warts, as detractors are already pointing out, but he fills the Orioles’ biggest hole and offers tremendous upside. The team is better today, and that’s good enough for me.

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    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #orioles  #baltimore  #Baltimore Orioles  #baseball  #mlb  #spring training  #cleveland indians  #sports 
    Cubs Look to Separate Suspects from Prospects
Fans of the Chicago Cubs are accustomed to low expectations. The 2014 season figures to be no different for the Wrigleyville nine as the Cubs once again enter Spring Training all but eliminated from the National League Central race. Cubs fans will binge on the daily Spring Training power displays put on by top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, they’ll salivate over an outfield featuring Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, and cross their fingers that Arismendy Alcantara can be a long-term keystone partner for shortstop Starlin Castro. The Cubs have fared well in offseason prospect rankings, and given the team’s hot stove slumber, the hope for a brighter future is the only thing the Cubs’ marketing team has to sell this season. While the big names mentioned above figure to spend the vast majority of the upcoming season in the minors, and preserving their big league service time, there is another group of young players that could have a more immediate impact on the Cubs long, slow rebuilding plan.
Names like Mike Olt, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, and Arodys Vizcaino will figure prominently into Chicago’s Spring Training plans. The quartet features a pair of former top prospects acquired through trade (Olt and Vizcaino) and a pair of struggling Cubs’ first round draft selections (Vitters and Jackson). The 2014 season could be a make or break year for all four of them as Chicago looks to separate the prospects from the suspects.
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    Cubs Look to Separate Suspects from Prospects

    Fans of the Chicago Cubs are accustomed to low expectations. The 2014 season figures to be no different for the Wrigleyville nine as the Cubs once again enter Spring Training all but eliminated from the National League Central race. Cubs fans will binge on the daily Spring Training power displays put on by top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, they’ll salivate over an outfield featuring Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, and cross their fingers that Arismendy Alcantara can be a long-term keystone partner for shortstop Starlin Castro. The Cubs have fared well in offseason prospect rankings, and given the team’s hot stove slumber, the hope for a brighter future is the only thing the Cubs’ marketing team has to sell this season. While the big names mentioned above figure to spend the vast majority of the upcoming season in the minors, and preserving their big league service time, there is another group of young players that could have a more immediate impact on the Cubs long, slow rebuilding plan.

    Names like Mike Olt, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, and Arodys Vizcaino will figure prominently into Chicago’s Spring Training plans. The quartet features a pair of former top prospects acquired through trade (Olt and Vizcaino) and a pair of struggling Cubs’ first round draft selections (Vitters and Jackson). The 2014 season could be a make or break year for all four of them as Chicago looks to separate the prospects from the suspects.

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    — 1 month ago
    #baseball  #sports  #cubs  #chicago  #mlb  #spring training  #javier baez 
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