National League

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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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    Season Preview: NL West

    The NL West features baseball’s best pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), catcher (Buster Posey), shortstop (Troy Tulowitzki) and announcer (Vin Scully). It also has some of the game’s top first basemen and a...

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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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    Season Preview: NL Central

    Off the Bench continues our valiant, March march toward Opening Day with another divisional installment of Season Previews.  This time we tackle the NL Central.  Defending NL pennant winners, the St....

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    Season Preview: NL East

    The NL East is one of the more interesting divisions this year. It boasts a variety of philosophies and promises some good competition. In the Nationals and Braves we have legitimate...

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    Anonymous Brewers Could Squeak Into Playoffs

    The Milwaukee Brewers head into the 2014 season with one of the more fascinating rosters in the game.  Whether it is a product of their incredibly small market, the public’s general...

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    Are The Braves The New Phillies: ATL Takes Big Risks With Plethora Of Longterm Deals

    In the last 17 days, the Atlanta Braves have spent more than a quarter billion dollars locking up a good number of their young, homegrown stars to longterm contract extensions. For...

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    LookOut Below: Three Big Bust Candidates For 2014

    Spring Training is here! Finally! It’s the time of year when every team is a contender and every non-roster invitee is the potential Next Big Thing. Teams have made optimistic additions to...

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    Braves Lock Up Kimbrel, Freeman, Teheran, And Heyward #FireJimBowden

    The Atlanta Braves announced a series of extensions this week that promise to keep their young players hearing the Chop for the next few seasons.  Having already addressed the position player...

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