March 2015

Watch Showalter talk about his 2015 club

Make sure you are following our Openers blog. That’s where it’s at…maintaining it around the clock through the final openers. The only place to find all 16 announced Opening Day starters, the OD ceremony plans, injury updates, roster decisions, videos, pic quotes and more…all in one cool place. Follow it to get the posts in your inbox…

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The King of Opening Day

Join me on our official MLB.com Opening Day blog, where we’re posting around the clock with all the news and special touches to get us through the final home openers in early April. Please spread the word! – Mark

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Seattle’s eight consecutive Opening Day wins represent the longest streak in the Majors since the Reds won nine in a row from 1983-91. Not coincidentally, Felix Hernandez has started seven of those games and is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. King Felix will try to extend that streak against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field.

Felix Hernandez

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Opening Day? There’s a blog for that.

Opening Day is right around there’s a blog for that. Introducing OPENERS, which we just launched this week. We’ll be counting down the days and posting around the clock through the final home openers. It’s the only place to find all of the announced Opening Day starting pitchers (we add each time there’s a new one), it’s a repository for injury updates, it’s where you’ll find classic Opening Day quotes, what’s new in 2015 ballpark concession fare, video team previews, and tons of content from the only network of 30 traveling beat writers, our MLB.com columnists, MLB Network talent, great photographers and much more. It is integrated with our social team featuring tweets, and you’ll want to include #OpeningDay on your social posts. Please give it a follow in the widget on the right side of the blog, and leave comments here so we can highlight your own content along the way as well. Opening Day…almost here.

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Spring Training – March 8, 2015, Orioles at Twins

Need a dose of sunshine? Twins photog Brace Hemmelgarn posted a great gallery of some of his shots from Spring Training.

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Spring thoughts

Former longtime Major League pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Jim Kaat shares his thoughts on Spring Training and discusses some new technology that will be featured in broadcasts this season.

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I have been thinking of many titles for this post.

“Putting today’s technology in perspective.”

“Baseball is still more art than science.”

As an analyst, I want to be able to explain to the viewer what the new technology we’re using means on a particular play and I have about eight seconds to do it before the next pitch. Quite a challenge.

As fans, you will soon be exposed to Statcast. MLB has invested a lot of money in it. Without trying to make it too complicated, I will give you one example. A center fielder runs down a fly ball in the gap and makes a spectacular catch. Statcast says he ran 35 feet in x.x seconds to make the play. What I need as an analyst to put this in perspective for you is how much ground does the average center fielder cover in the same amount…

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Guest Blogging — Brandon Hicks!

Brandon and Brandon features a guest post from yet another Brandon in Giants camp: infielder Brandon Hicks.

Brandon and Brandon

Just like old times. Guest blogging again.

It’s great to be back with all the guys. There’s still sort a Brandon row in the clubhouse — we’re within a couple lockers of each other but not adjoining like in SF. (I am happy to report we have not revived the Brandon handshake. It was not the greatest handshake, as the other Brandons will tell you. In fact, it kind of gives you an uncomfortable feeling when you do it.)

To refresh your memory, I was sent to Triple A in mid-July. I watched the World Series from my home in Galveston, Texas, with my girlfriend and a buddy of mine. We parked ourselves in front of the TV every evening.

I admit it was a little difficult at times. I wished I could have been there and been a part of it. But of course you’re rooting for the guys…

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Diamond Visions: Baseball’s Greatest Photographs

John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball, currently is doing a series of posts in his excellent Our Game blog on baseball’s greatest photographs. See which images made his Top 10 and follow along as he continues the reveal.

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Hy Peskin at Yankee Stadium Hy Peskin at Yankee Stadium

What are baseball’s greatest photographs? That question came up on Twitter over the weekend. Some fellow tweeps offered World Series highlights, others offered sterling Sandy Koufax moments, or inspiring Jackie Robinson shots. It all boils down to criteria, I countered. Do you mean a great moment captured by the camera? An evocative portrait? A sweeping landscape? A favorite ballplayer or ballpark? A favorite photographer? For me, any of these groupings is sensible–and large enough that to select a top ten would be tough. But I promised to offer my thoughts here at Our Game, where the 140-character limit holds no sway.

In a way, I have tackled this question previously through subsets, most recently “Lost Ballparks” (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/09/03/picture-portfolio-no-7-lost-ballparks/). I devoted separate 15-picture portfolios to Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson; another to the game in the 1880s; and yet another to women in baseball (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/03/28/picture-portfolio-no-3-women-in-baseball/). At the site I created to accompany publication of

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This Just In

Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco shares some very exciting news on the family front in his White Shark blog. Start your MLB.com Blog in time for up for the upcoming season and blog alongside the pros like Gregor!

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4 p.m.

March 1, 2015

Breaking news: I’m going to be a dad again. My wife took three home pregnancy tests and they all came out positive but we weren’t completely convinced until she went to the doctor a week and a half ago and we saw the baby’s beating heart. We’d been hoping for another child for some time.

We told Gregor that he was going to have a little brother or sister. My wife rubbed her tummy and tried explain that the baby was in there. He rubbed his own tummy and said, “Baby!’’

“No not you! Mommy!’’ I said. “You can’t have a baby!’’

I’m really hoping for a girl. I grew up with all brothers, and I remember tellingly mom that I wanted a sister. Then she got pregnant again and I had another brother. And now I have two sons. So I’m ready for a…

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