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Cliff Lee ended his post-game interview with a monstrous fart

Following the Phillies’ 7-4 loss to the Giants on Monday night, Cliff Lee spoke with the media. After all, it was Lee’s first start in two months, and he’s a popular trade target leading up to the trade deadline at the end of the month. Once Lee concluded his chat with the media, he bid […]

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Chip Caray makes an unfortunate verbal slip-up

Although that headline could come from 2009, it appears once again thanks to something that happened in the booth Monday night. Evan Gattis returned to the Atlanta Braves’ lineup on Monday night after missing 17 games with a bulging disc in his back. Well, Chip Caray would have you believe differently. Bulging dick, bulging disc…what’s […]

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Dodgers, Time Warner, DirecTV still lobbing grenades at each other

The second half of the MLB season is underway, and the majority of Dodgers fans in Los Angeles still can’t watch the team’s games. Good work, everyone. But while the standoff between Time Warner and DirectTV continues on, the truth of the situation remains murky. DirecTV is refusing to budge on their refusal to add […]

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MLB on ESPN is up, despite a poor Home Run Derby

Through the first half of the regular season, ESPN’s MLB coverage is up from 2013 across the board. That’s good news, especially given that the Home Run Derby drew just a 3.4 rating and 5.4 million viewers on Monday, down double digits from each of the last two seasons. That 3.4 rating is the lowest […]

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Jon Heyman leaves one very important word out of tweet

On Friday, the Houston Astros failed to reach an agreement with top overall pick Brady Aiken by the 5 PM deadline. It’s an embarrassing, potentially disastrous, event that will more than likely haunt the team for quite a while. Naturally, after news of the failure broke, every baseball reporter across the country began to confirm […]

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ESPN will finally debut a ref cam on Friday Night Fights

The ref cam is one of those things that pops up every so often in combat sports. Perhaps shockingly, ESPN has never used a ref cam on Friday Night Fights – until this week, of course. On Friday night, referees Steve Willis and Pete Santiago will break new ground for ESPN, wearing cameras mounted in […]

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Anthony Rendon doesn’t like watching baseball, and that’s fine

A miniature firestorm has erupted during All-Star week over some comments made by Washington Nationals second/third baseman Anthony Rendon. When talking to the Washington Post, Rendon (who finished four in the NL’s Final Vote voting last week) said something that sent some fans into a tizzy – that he doesn’t watch baseball because it’s “too […]

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MLB and Fox’s statement about Tony Gwynn isn’t acceptable

During Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game, one of the biggest talking points wasn’t the game itself – it was the fact that Major League Baseball and Fox didn’t honor Tony Gwynn and several other recently-deceased baseball legends during the game. It would have taken 30 seconds and been a wonderful gesture, but it didn’t happen. On […]

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MLB, Fox’s snub of Tony Gwynn was disappointing

During Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game, there was a prevailing thought among baseball fans watching that the league would somehow honor the late Tony Gwynn during the game. Gwynn appeared in 15 midsummer classics over his illustrious career, the tenth-highest total ever and second-most among players who started their career after 1970. Gwynn also scored […]

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AA Classic: Vin Scully opens the 1985 All-Star Game

One of the biggest complaints the AA readers had about Monday’s Home Run Derby was the lack of competent announcing. I’m sure that will also be a common complaint during tonight’s game called by Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, and Tom Verducci. But let’s go back to happier times in Minnesota. Here’s the opening of the […]

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Metallica stars in new This is SportsCenter commercial

The newest ESPN This is SportsCenter commercial has been getting some love online, and we’d figure it would be worth sharing. In the ad, Metallica is hanging out at ESPN’s Bristol offices wondering what to do now that Mariano Rivera retired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoPYP-58SHU Personally, I think ESPN missed a huge opportunity by not inserting John Clayton […]

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Screengrab snafus: your Home Run Derby roundup

Earlier today, I discussed ESPN’s disappointing production values during the 2014 Home Run Derby. In addition to the live mics, questionable directorial choices, and shoddy tracking job of home runs, ESPN’s graphics department also had a rough evening.

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The Dick Vitale 2014 concert series has moved on to Lionel Richie

First, it was Billy Joel. Then, Barry Manilow. Next, Elton John. Now, it’s Lionel Richie’s turn. Dick Vitale has been enjoying his share of concerts this year, and on Monday night, he indulged in some Lionel Richie. Vitale loves tweeting about the concerts he attends, and Monday was no exception. Without any further ado, we […]

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Midwest markets are dominating MLB’s local ratings

The All-Star Break is the de facto midseason break for Major League Baseball, and many writers (myself included) use it as an opportunity to look back at the first half of the season. One of those writers that also does that is John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, who took a look at some interesting […]

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