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Phillies 2019 Top 30 Prospects list

[ad_1] The Phillies ended the 2017 season in last place in the NL East, with 96 losses, but as 2018 loomed, there was hope on the horizon. The organization was in rebuilding mode and last year's introduction to the Top 30 prospects list stated the team would be fun to watch in 2018, competitive in 2019 and really ready to win in 2020.It appears the big league club is a
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Alex Bregman admires young fan’s swing

[ad_1] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- It took only two words for Alex Bregman to send 9-year-old Jax Nystrom into a frenzy, but this kind of reaction -- young people freaking out at the slightest bit of attention from him -- has become commonplace for the Astros' All-Star third baseman."Great swing," Bregman tweeted on Monday night after watching a video of the left-handed-hitting youngster taking hacks in a batting cage.
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MLB trends to watch in 2019

[ad_1] The game is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever. Forget comparing the sport to what it looked like in the 1960s or the '80s; the game has changed massively in just the last half-decade. Remember, just five years ago, we were all talking about the lack of power ,and no one was talking about launch angle or spin rate. Things are slightly different now.That being the case, it's useful
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Largest contracts in MLB history

[ad_1] For a long time, the 2018-19 free agency period was hyped as a potentially historic one. Now it's exactly that.With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both hitting the market at once, it seemed like it was just a matter of who would sign a record-setting contract first. On Tuesday, after a long winter of waiting, the baseball world got its answer: Machado, who has agreed to a 10-year, $300
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Clayton Kershaw named Opening Day starter

[ad_1] GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw, signed to a three-year, $93 million extension over the offseason, was again named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter by manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday. The Dodgers open the season March 28 against Arizona at Dodger Stadium.It will be the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner's ninth consecutive Opening Day start, extending his franchise record. The longest streak of all-time belongs to Hall of
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Ryan McMahon competing for 2B job with Rockies

[ad_1] SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The day after Rockies coaches talked with Ryan McMahon about a flaw at the start of his swing, he hit a game-turning three-run homer off the Mets' Robert Gsellman on June 20. But that didn't change the fact he needed regular playing time to correct the issue.So the next day, the Rockies optioned McMahon to Triple-A Albuquerque for the second time. In 44 games after his
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Javier Baez lays out expectations for 2019

[ad_1] MESA, Ariz. -- Javier Baez did everything in his power to help carry the Cubs as injuries and other issues hindered the roster and offense down the stretch last season. He played all over the infield, hit all over the lineup and finished as the runner-up for the National League MVP Award.On Tuesday morning, Baez met with the media for the first time this spring, discussing last year's abrupt
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Craig Biggio visits Astros Spring Training

[ad_1] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The first Hall of Famer to join the Astros at Spring Training is Craig Biggio, who was in uniform for morning workouts on Tuesday and will remain with the team throughout the week. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The first Hall of Famer to join the Astros at Spring Training is Craig Biggio, who was in uniform for morning workouts on Tuesday and will
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Manny Machado signing offers Padres fans hope

[ad_1] This is how free agency is supposed to work, whether you agree with 10-year contracts in baseball or not, whether you think the San Diego Padres just made a good $300 million bet on Manny Machado or not, as sources tell MLB.com. The Padres spent this big to buy hope in San Diego, where fans haven't seen a World Series in more than 20 years. They acquire one of
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Rhys Hoskins would like Bryce Harper in Philly

[ad_1] CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Suhhhhh kiiiiiiid.It is the social media comment heard around Philadelphia, when Bryce Harper typed a short message the other day on one of Rhys Hoskins' Instagram posts. Phillies fans freaked, hoping to find some meaning in the words of the free agent that Phillies fans desperately want to come to Philadelphia. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Suhhhhh kiiiiiiid.It is the social media comment heard around Philadelphia, when Bryce