Texas Rangers at the Trade Deadline

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Texas Rangers find themselves in an interesting position after today’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. They are currently 16.5 games back in the division and 3 games back in the wild card race to the Rays and Yankees. The Rangers have several impending free agents, including Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner, Jonathon Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez, many of whom would be coveted by contending teams should the Rangers decide to sell. They also have veterans such as Mike Napoli, Cole Hamels, and Adrian Beltre who teams would also likely be interested in.

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Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the ProjectShanks.com home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball’s Review at the Two-Thirds Point

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Mike-Trout

Major league baseball is at the 2/3 mark of the 2015 season and begs for a review. These are the dog days, heading into mid-August with sellers selling and buyers hoping to rent their way to top of the heap. Re: Toronto Blue Jays. [Read more…]

No Need To Apologize A-Rod: Put the Pen Down and Pick Up a Bat

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer and NBA Insider

Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez issued a hand-written letter of contrition yesterday to fans of the team to seek their forgiveness for “the mistakes that led to [his] suspension for the 2014 season.”

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Cool?

You’re forgiven?

Wait… what are you apologizing for again? [Read more…]

Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

June 7, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

Click HERE to download or listen below.

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PSDC Randomness: BaseBRAWL Edition

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

Eric Davis vs Ray Knight (7-22-1986)

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PSDC Randomness: Baseball Rant Edition

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

In honor of Joe Girardi’s demonstrative rant after his ejection for arguing the home plate umpire’s interpretation of the strike zone last night, here are some random memorable managerial ejection rants from MLB history.

Joe Maddon – Rays

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VIDEO: Robinson Cano on Jimmy Fallon

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Robinson Cano makes his return to New York tonight after signing with Seattle in the offseason. Jimmy Fallon had his crew hit the streets to see how Yankee fans plan on greeting Cano. They had a giant cardboard cutout of the former Yankee so that fans could practice their booing. What the fans didn’t know is that Cano was standing behind the cardboard cutout the whole time. The reactions are great. Maybe they should do the same thing with Donald Sterling. That might be a worse punishment than what he got earlier today.

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What’s on Your Neck, Dude? Breaking Down the Michael Pineda Incident

By Matt Conley
PSDC Writer

On Monday, the Yankees Michael Pineda was ejected during the second inning of the Yanks’ game against the Red Sox for having pine tar on his neck. This was the second time in the last two weeks that everyone watching saw Pineda with a visible coating of pine tar on a not-so-inconspicuous part of his body. The previous time he faced Boston this season, he clearly had a large amount of the substance on the palm of his hand (he removed it shortly after the broadcast team made a point of showing it and talking about it). After the first incident, it was surprising that Joe Girardi, or one of his many coaches, didn’t make it clear to Pineda that this was not a good idea.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

I can certainly understand his desire to say “Damn the man!”, especially after the shitstorm that occurred after the first time he tried this, but come on man. People aren’t stupid. The Red Sox were going to be looking for any sign of you doing this again. Whatever unwritten rule you think you were abiding by, there comes a point when you have pushed it too far. Walking out to the mound for the second inning looking like you had an intimate night with Root from Guardians Of The Galaxy is probably a bit over the line. [Read more…]

PSDC Randomness: Triple Play Edition

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

Yankees vs Rays, April 17, 2014

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Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

April 13, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

Click HERE to download or listen below.

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Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

Click HERE to download or listen below.

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