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MLB News: New Home-Plate Collision Rule Put Into Effect For 2014

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced on Monday a new rule that should reduce the number of collisions at home plate. Rule 7.13, whose parameters were discussed at the winter meetings, will be used in all Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues games in preparation for the regular season. Multiple Los Angeles Dodgers catchers recently expressed their disdain for the rule ch ...

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Dodgers News: Don Mattingly Talks Derek Jeter’s Upcoming Reitrement

Wednesday morning, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced that this upcoming season would be his last. This 2014 season would mark Jeter's 20th season in the Bronx, playing in pinstripes for more seasons than any Yankee before him. Jeter has been plagued with injuries ever since he broke his ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. He would only play 17 games in 2013 and the the ...

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MLB News: All 30 Teams Approve Expansion Of Instant Replay

MLB took the next step forward in getting things right on the field as all 30 teams have unanimously voted to expand the use of instant replay for both the regular season and postseason. Apart of the replay system is the coaches challenge, which is a maximum of two per game. If a manager initiates a challenge and wins, he gets the right to challenge another call. Starting after the seventh inning, if a mana ...

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NL West Round-Up: Diamondbacks, Rockies Continue To Make Moves

As the year comes to a close, the National League West continues to prepare for the 2014 season and try and dethrone the 2013 champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Here's are the moves and rumors around the division this past week: Arizona Diamondbacks The Diamondbacks were busy again this week, making a few moves to improve their runner-up status from last season. After completing a deal with the White Sox earlier ...

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MLB News: Masahiro Tanaka Reportedly Prefers To Pitch On West Coast

The Masahiro Tanaka saga continues to take twists and turns as the 25-year-old Japanese sensation told his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, that he wants to pitch in the major leagues next season. While president Yozo Tachibana said he'd honor Tanaka's wishes of leaving for the states, he's reportedly trying to convince him to stay in Japan for at least another season. Under the new posting system, teams wi ...

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Dodgers News: NPB, MLB Agree To Posting System, Tanaka Posting Next?

The starting pitching market during MLB free agency has been stagnant so far this off-season. Pitchers like Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez have seen their market yet to develop for one reason: the posting of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is regarded as the top pitcher on the market and if his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, decide to post him, he'll ...

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MLB News: Still No Formalized Agreement About Posting System

In recent days, talks have accelerated between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball about a posting system. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers are waiting with bated breath whether or not Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka will be posted during the off-season. The pitching market has seen a few Tier B and C players sign, but the biggest domino yet to fall is Tanaka. He's viewed by many as the ...

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MLB News: Details Emerge About Possible MLB, NPB Posting System

As free agency heats up, the biggest domino to fall in the pitching market is still Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The 25-year-old sensation went 24-0 with with a 1.27 ERA as MLB and NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) continue to negotiate a posting system. NPB was reportedly too late in accepting the terms of a deal weeks ago, but it sounds like both sides are closing in an agreement. According to Bill ...

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MLB Rumors: Padres Could Look To Trade Third Baseman Chase Headley

A week from tomorrow general managers from around baseball will convene in Orlando, Florida as the Winter Meetings will take place. Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said the team will continue talks with clubs from the GM Meetings earlier in the month as there's heavy interest in their four outfielders. However, one name that could be on the block is San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. The Padr ...

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Dodgers’ Stan Kasten Releases Statement On Michael Weiner Passing

With the off-season underway, MLB and everyone connected with the game of baseball lost MLBPA leader Michael Weiner at the age of 51 due to an inoperable brain tumor he's been dealing with for the past 15 months. Weiner was hired to the position back in 2009 and under his leadership MLB and its players agreed to the latest CBA agreement which included the toughest performance-enhancing drug test system amon ...

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