Jerry Dipoto, and an Angelic transformation

Jerry Dipoto is a man with a vision.  He’s among the most detail oriented executives in all of baseball.  It’s generally how his mind works, he’s analytical and calculating.  Some call it diligence, others, obsessive.  He’s also proven to be a risk-taker, which can be a very good thing or bad thing in this business.  […]

Dugout Digest – gifts under the tree

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of the TOC readers out there! Due to the holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, and absolutely nothing happening on it, we're going to be preempting our Wednesday DD this week and rolling with just Monday and Friday editions. Also, there will be no new posts on […]

Mariners’ signing of Raul Ibanez is bizarre

On Saturday, the Seattle Mariners signed Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, with incentives adding a potential $1.25 million to the contract. It'll be Ibanez's third stint with the Mariners during his career, which began during a four game stint in 1996 with Seattle. The team just acquired a full-time DH in Kendrys […]

A.J. Pierzynski signing salvages poor winter for Texas Rangers

Prior to the weekend, the only news that we've heard about the Texas Rangers has related to either which players have left, or which marquee free agents they missed out on. But finally, there is some positive news for the Rangers and their fans, as the team agreed to a one-year deal with catcher A.J. […]

Former MLB player Ryan Freel commits suicide

Former MLB player Ryan Freel, who made his name with a hard-nose, hustling style of play with the Cincinnati Reds, has committed suicide at age 36. Freel last played in the majors in 2009 with the Royals, and his best years came a decade ago with the Reds, highlighted by three straight seasons with at […]

Chicago Cubs & the benefits of signing Edwin Jackson

Assuming that the deal actually goes through as planned, which is easier said than done on the North Side these days, the Chicago Cubs will have made their most noteworthy signing of the offseason, in bringing in starter Edwin Jackson.  Jackson, who has become the very definition of a journeyman over the last several years, […]

Josh Hamilton claims the Rangers never made him a contract offer

During an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning, new Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton claimed that the Texas Rangers never made him a contract offer this offseason. Hamilton said that he gave the Rangers no promise to counter any offer he received, and that he gave the Rangers the […]

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon retools “Who’s on First”

The Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" standup routine is one of the more famous baseball comedy routines in history. On Thursday's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the routine was reprised by Fallon, along with cameo appearances from Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (playing the roles of "who" and "I don't know" respectively). It's […]

Roberto Hernandez could pay big dividends for Tampa Bay Rays

Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays made a somewhat quiet signing in bringing aboard Roberto Hernandez on a one-year, $3.25 million deal (insert witty comment about identity fraud and whether or not they got the right guy). The move was a bit surprising, given the Rays’ depth in their rotation, as well as the […]

Dugout Digest – end of the world

If you're reading this blog post, congratulations: the world did not end in a blaze of glory like the Mayans predicted. And now we can move on with our lives and not worry about the Mayan calendar ever again. Anyway, over the last couple of days, we saw some things that could be a hint […]

Cubs finally get their starter in Edwin Jackson

After failing to trade for Dan Haren of the Angels and failing to sign Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers, the Chicago Cubs finally have the veteran starting pitcher they've been craving: journeyman Edwin Jackson, who the team agreed to a

Pablo Sandoval judged the Miss Universe pageant on Wednesday night

World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants was a judge during Wednesday's Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas as part of a panel that included Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, among others. Miss USA Olivia Culpo was chosen as the winner by the judges, the first […]

A Christmas wish list for every MLB fanbase

We've got less than a week until Christmas, and there are plenty of fanbases that are still itching for something related to their team's onfield performance for the 2013 season this winter. So I decided to put my thinking cap on, and ponder just what exactly each fanbase wants for their team for the 2013 […]