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    Fixing Instant Replay: How MLB Can Reconcile Legacy and Technology

    We’re two weeks in and it’s indisputable: replay in baseball is flawed.  It’s confusing everyone involved–fans, umpires, players, broadcasters, managers, and talk show hosts alike; it’s making a too-long product even...

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    It Was… The Most Interesting Game Ever Played

    It doesn’t always hold your attention, but when it does, it prefers Yankees/Red Sox. Baseball is on it’s way out, say some.  The complaints are myriad: it’s unsustainable; the modern market...

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    Catching Situations To Watch

    I was happy to see former University of Tennessee star JP Arencibia in a Texas Rangers uniform earlier this week.  Following the loss of AJ Pierzynski, Texas needed a full-time catcher...

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    Monday’s Notebook: Baseball is Back and so is… Andrew Brown?

    Baseball began in earnest yesterday, which meant that Max and I exchanged about 100 iMessages as both of us were working  watching more than one game at once.  The biggest story...

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    The Official OTB Preseason Picks

    Baseball is back and that is awesome. We’re in for a whole summer of home runs and head first slides, singles and strikeouts. One of the best things about the MLB...

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    2014 Spring Training SuperStars

    Spring Training results don’t matter.  I’ve said this before, when Off The Bench was in its infancy, but every year I find myself pouring over the spring statistics none the less.  For...

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    Monday’s Notebook: Dave Dombrowski is Baseball’s James Dolan

    Rarely do I get a chance to unabashedly mock grown men for being bad at their jobs, but rarely do grown men perform as poorly in the public eye as Detroit...

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    Simmering Sizemore Situation Stumping Sox

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the Boston Red Sox’ zero-risk, Bill Belichick-style value signing of Grady Sizemore.  It appears I was misguided in designating the move “zero-risk.”  Angst and malcontent...

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    Season Preview: AL Central

    In 2014, the American League Central will look to bring the World Series crown back to the division for the first time since 2005.  The Detroit Tigers made it into the...

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    Season Preview: American League West

    The AL West has done a pretty good job of defying prediction of late. In each of the last two seasons, the Oakland Athletics have walked away division champs, despite the...

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    Season Preview: American League East

    In previous years, Off The Bench has run its extremely popular “30 Teams in 30 Days” series in the month prior to each new season. While the finished product of 30...

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    Yankees Extend Gardner, Back Into (Very Fast and Exciting) Corner

    Out of what seemed like the clear blue sky yesterday, the Yankees announced that they had come to terms with speedy outfielder Brett Gardner on a 4 year, $52 million extension...

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