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Living in the shadow of New York Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter is no easy task. After Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season, the Yankees needed to fill a hole that had not been vacant for two decades. That answer was Didi Gregorius. The then-24-year-old, who was ranked 63rd by MLB.com and 80th […]

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The Winter Meetings have now passed and Jack discusses what went down during the most exciting time of Major League Baseball’s offseason. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/WINTER_MEETINGS_PODCAST.mp3Podcast (ontherubber): Play in new window | Download

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Jack and Alex discuss Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement and what it means for the owners, players, and fans. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/PODCAST_FINAL.mp3Podcast (ontherubber): Play in new window | Download

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Jack discusses Game 7, where the Cubs have finally won the world series! http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/media.blubrry.com/ontherubber/p/content.blubrry.com/ontherubber/20161103_014235.m4aPodcast (ontherubber): Play in new window | Download

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Jack discuses game 6 of the World Series after its conclusion. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/media.blubrry.com/ontherubber/p/content.blubrry.com/ontherubber/20161101_230244.m4aPodcast (ontherubber): Play in new window | Download

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Over the past six weeks or so, I’ve been traveling to as many Midwest League games as possible to record and scout some of the prospects on hand. This included trips to Beloit, WI (Snappers), Appleton, WI (Timber Rattlers), Peoria, IL (Chiefs), and Clinton, IA (Lumberkings). It was an awesome experience being able to watch […]

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After writing numerous articles analyzing stats and players from behind a keyboard, I figured it was time to take a whack at the art of scouting. It is something I have wanted to do for quite some time now and I finally found the opportunity to test the waters. My first trip – a game […]

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Back in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals took Wil Myers in the 3rd round out of Wesleyan Christian Academy, located in High Point, North Carolina. Drafted as a catcher, Myers received a $2 million signing bonus as the 91st pick, higher than all but one pick from #’s 21-100.¬†He was viewed as […]

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Hopes were high for the New York Yankees coming into the 2016 season. After winning 87 games in 2015 and clinching a Wild Card birth, many experts predicted the Yankees to make a postseason push yet again this season. However, in the midst of a 35-36 season, the Yanks sit six games back of the […]

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The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs both get a lot of attention for their offense (and rightfully so), but an offense that is consistently overlooked is the Pittsburgh Pirates. When you take a peek at their infield, consisting of Francisco Cervelli, John Jaso, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Jung Ho Kang, David Freese, and Sean […]

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I will be the first to raise my hand and admit that I was all aboard the Taijuan Walker bandwagon prior to the 2015 season. I may have led the coalition, as I predicted Walker was going to win AL Rookie of the Year and the Seattle Mariners were going to the World Series¬†(along with […]

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When Freddie Freeman inked an 8-year, $135 million extension with the Atlanta Braves back in early February of 2014, it was officially his time to take over as the “face of the franchise.” After Freeman’s best buddy and first ballot Hall of Famer Chipper Jones retired at the end of the 2012 season, it was […]

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Once dubbed the ‘shortstop of the future’ for the Milwaukee Brewers after a breakout campaign in 2013, Jean Segura fell on hard times in 2014 and 2015 – both professionally and personally. The 2013 National League All-Star hit .294 that season, to go along with 12 HR, 49 RBI, 20 2B’s, 10 3B’s, 44 SB, […]

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Let me state the obvious here: the Oilers and Sabres are winners on the 1st night of the draft. I’m not going to give them each a little paragraph on how good McDavid and Eichel are because come on, we get it. They will be superstars. Congrats to those two organizations. Let’s take a look […]

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