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Utilitarianism, When Two Sports Clash, and the Dude Who Played an NBA Game and Never Got Paid for It

“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

One thing that’s always intrigued me about sports is the dying phenomenon of the multi-sport athlete at the professional level.

While sports, in general, are beginning to largely ditch specialists in favor of utilitarians, the greatest form of a utilitarian (no, I’m obviously not talking about John Stuart Mill) is no longer a thing. Continue reading

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Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | March 23rd, 2020

The Milwaukee Brewers finished 89-73 last season. That was good enough for a Wild Card berth. They lost to the eventual World Series champs in the one-game playoff. They will look to get back to the playoffs this season but will have to do it without a few key players. Let’s take a look at what 2020 holds in store for the Brew Crew.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Season Preview

Joel Dorcas | March 20th, 2020

Hey, fine people of Tampa! You have a really good Major League Baseball Team! Of course with the worldwide pandemic going on right now, baseball and sports are completely on the back-burner for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean we can’t take a closer look at what’s in store when and if the 2020 Season is played out. Here’s what we can expect from the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays. Continue reading

St. Louis Cardinals 2020 Season Preview

John Supowitz  | March 18th, 2020

The reigning National League Central Champions will try to win back-to-back divisions since the 2014-15 seasons. There have not been many turnovers going into this season; the biggest change is losing outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who had 52 home runs and 177 RBI in his two seasons with St. Louis. Continue reading

Atlanta Braves 2020 Season Preview

Kody Clawson  | March 17th, 2020

2019 Summary

The 2019 season was an overall success, finishing 97-65 and winning their second straight National League East title. However, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series 3-2, their tenth straight postseason series that ended in a loss. While the team floundered yet again in the postseason, it returns this season with their young core still very much intact and with another season under their belts. While they have the talent to make a postseason run, they’ll have plenty of competition yet again, both in the division and in the National League in general, standing in their way. Continue reading

Minnesota Twins 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | March 15th, 2020

The Minnesota Twins finished the season with 101 wins crossing the 100-win mark for just the second time ever (102 wins in 1965). The Bomba Squad set the Major League record for homers in a season with 307, but they couldn’t get past their playoff kryptonite in the New York Yankees and fell 3-0 in the ALDS. That was last year. Now, let’s look forward to the 2020 season, whenever that starts.

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Chicago Cubs 2020 Season Preview

Joey Ricotta | March 14th, 2020

Well, we don’t know for sure when the 2020 season will get underway, or how many games will be played, but we still need something to look forward to. 2019 was a disappointing season for the Cubs. They finished 84-78, good for a third-place finish, which led to the firing of curse-breaking World Series Champion manager Joe Maddon, and the hiring of former beloved catcher David Ross.

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New York Mets 2020 Season Preview

Cyrus Tarapore | March 13th, 2020

The off-season for the Mets was a loss. Most notable was that Steve Cohen’s potential
purchase of the Mets fell through. Had he purchased the Mets, it could have changed the entire long term trajectory of the franchise. If the transaction went through, the Mets would have had the richest owner in the entire league.

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Los Angeles Angels 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | March 13th, 2020

Today we go to the West Coast to visit the Los Angeles Angels. They’ve made some upgrades this off-season, but will it be enough to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2014?

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 80 Outfielders

Kody Clawson  | March 11th, 2020

As usual, outfield is a position that is as deep as it is varied. You’ll find many different skillsets available amongst the position. But you’ll also need at least three and maybe up to five from the position to fill out your roster. So let’s look at the position not only in rank, but also in skillset, in order to see who you should draft when.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Season Preview

Jacob Dunne | March 11th, 2020

We head to the West Coast to check in on the Los Angeles Dodgers. They made significant additions to their already stacked lineup and bullpen over the offseason, but will it be enough to get them over the hump and win the World Series?

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Five MLB Teams Who Will Surprise in 2020: Part One

Givanni Damico | March 8th, 2020

It is finally baseball season! This is the best time of the year for me because we’ve got nonstop baseball from now till late October. Everybody knows that the Yankees, Dodgers, Braves, and Twins will have success this year, but who are some teams that fly under the radar? That’s what I will get into right now.

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Buck-Guys Talk Podcast: Complete 2020 MLB Breakdown

Daniel Corrigan | March 5th, 2020

The entire episode is dedicated to the 2020 MLB season. We breakdown each division, and give our way too early playoff, World Series, and Award winners.

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Texas Rangers 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar | March 3rd, 2020 

Well, the Rangers closed The Ballpark in Arlington in decent fashion, going 78-84 last year, and now move into their new ballpark, Globe Life Park. Not much was really expected last year for the Rangers in the AL West with the Astros* and A’s, but they were in the American League Wild Card race for part of the season and outperformed where expectations were.

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Cincinnati Reds 2020 Season Preview

Daniel Corrigan | March 1st, 2020

Next up in our 2020 MLB season previews are the Cincinnati Reds of the National League Central. There was a lot of buzz around this team last season after they traded for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood in the off-season. It ultimately ended in disappointment.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 20 Shortstops

Matt Bishop | February 29, 2020

It’s almost baseball season and Shortstop is deep. In fact, there are 14 shortstops that are being drafted within the Top 100 players this season. With an abundance of talent at the position this year, there are at least 15 shortstops that are serviceable as your #1 option, in my opinion. If you miss out on an elite option at the position, no need to panic as you can wait a bit to grab a potential bounce back.

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Chicago White Sox 2020 Season Preview

Joey Ricotta | February 28th, 2020 

What a difference a year makes. Just over a year ago, White Sox fans were feeling let down and disappointed after management failed to land star free agent Manny Machado. Now, many view that as a blessing in disguise. The Sox had a ton of money to shelve out this offseason and have an influx of young talented players ready to take the next step. Do they have enough to make a serious run this season?

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San Diego Padres 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar  | February 25th, 2020

Next up in our 2020 MLB season previews, we head out West to San Diego to preview the Padres season. The young Padres team has some promise as they try to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2006. They won’t be able to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West, but they can compete for a wild card spot if things go right.

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Seattle Mariners 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | February 22nd, 2020

We head to the Pacific Northwest to check in on the Seattle Mariners. They have a few young hitters ready to possibly make an impact this year, but will they have enough pitching to compete in the American League West?

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Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | February 21st, 2020

The Toronto Blue Jays have been working on a rebuild with an infield full of sons of former major leaguers including two Hall of Famers. The lineup should be solid, but where will the pitching come from? Let’s take a look at the 2020 Blue Jays.

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Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 Season Preview

Marcos Mendoza | February 20th, 2020

Arizona Diamondbacks are the next team we look at on our team previews. The Snakes are a team on the rise entering the 2020 season in a competitive National League. Filled with a great mix of Youth, and season Veterans the Arizona Diamondbacks are poised for a big season in 2020. To start let’s take a quick recap of the 2019 Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 50 Relievers

Jacob Dunne | February 20th, 2020

Finding a reliable source of saves is as tough as it’s ever been. Only 22 pitchers reached 20 saves in 2019 and only 11 pitchers reached 30 saves. More managers are opting to go with a committee to close out games instead of just one ace reliever. That’s why true closers are rarer than ever this year.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 30 First Basemen

John Lepore | February 19th, 2020

First base used to be a spot on the diamond where teams had their big power guys. The position has fallen off offensively in recent years. Although there are still a few gems, the days of waiting on a first baseman for value later in the draft have all but disappeared. Let’s take a look at the top 30 players at first and see if there are a few values still out there.

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Miami Marlins 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar  | February 19th, 2020 

Let’s head down South to Miami next to preview the Marlins season. The rebuild is underway as part-owner Derek Jeter tries to return them to the playoffs. The fish obviously won’t be able to compete in a stacked NL East, but they have some young promise. First, we’ll look back at the 2019 season and then look ahead to this season. Continue reading

Detroit Tigers 2020 Season Preview

Tom Greene  | February 18th, 2020 

Tigers fans, it’s that time of year again! Pitchers and catchers have reported, Spring Training games are around the corner, and believe it or not, the weather will thaw out and Baseball will be back on Woodward Avenue once again. Continue reading

Baltimore Orioles 2020 Season Preview

John Lepore | February 18th, 2020

The Baltimore Orioles are where we visit next in our team previews. The rebuild has started. The Birds may not be looking toward a division crown this year, but they have some promising players on the horizon. We will be taking a quick look back on 2019 and then diving into what the Orioles will look like this season. Let’s break it down.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 30 Third Basemen

Jacob Dunne | February 12th, 2020

Third base gave fantasy owners a lot to be thankful for in 2019. The hot corner supplied elite power numbers, batting average, and even had a few players swipe 20-plus bases. Heading into the 2020 season, third base has everything you need to make a run at a fantasy championship.

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 30 Catchers

John Lepore | February 9th, 2020

To begin the trip around the diamond with our rankings for the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Season, we start with the catchers. Over the past few years, the catching position hasn’t been exactly overflowing with fantasy talent. Sure, there are a few guys who are consistently at the top, but overall it hasn’t been great. This year there are some familiar faces as well as a few guys who have made their way up the chart and look to have a breakout season. Let’s get it started.

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Deep Dive: Dylan Bundy

Frank Ammirante | February 7th, 2020

Dylan Bundy enters his age-27 season with a clean slate, having been traded from the lowly Baltimore Orioles to the contending Los Angeles Angels. The former top pitching prospect has been plagued by the long-ball, but a move to a new team could pay dividends for his 2020 production. Let’s take a deep dive to further examine why Bundy is an intriguing option for the upcoming season.

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Blockbuster Three-Team Deal Involving the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Twins

John Lepore | February 4th, 2020

News just came down that the long-awaited trade of Mookie Betts has been agreed upon. As per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the deal includes a few other players, cash, and three teams. Let’s break it down.

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The Little Things That Drive Organizational Success

Kody Clawson | January 30th, 2020

I always wanted to be an athlete of some sort, but when I got into middle school and realized actual athletic performance wasn’t going to be my forte, I turned my attention to other possible ways to be involved. Ever since then, I felt like the front office called my name. I thought that if I wasn’t going to be a GM, then I should at least try to be an assistant if some sort.

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Nick Castellanos Signs with the Cincinnati Reds

Joey Ricotta | January 27th, 2020

Nick Castellanos has inked a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for four years and $64 million. The deal includes an opt-out after the 2020 season. The former Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs outfielder drew the interest of many clubs. Let’s take a look at what he will provide his new club with and why it makes sense. 

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Podcast- MLB Hall of Fame and Astros/Red Sox Reactions with Joe Ricotta and Johnnie Black

Tom Greene  | January 24th, 2020

It’s been a while since I tapped into doing some MLB Content! So, I thought I’d get some reaction to the ongoing Astros and Red Sox scandals along with some Hall of Fame talk.
For that, Johnnie Black (@jball0202) and Joe Ricotta (@theriot326) join the show for some analysis.

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Fantasy Baseball: ADP Comparison (SS Edition)

Joey Ricotta | January 23rd, 2020
Welcome, maybe you saw my name at the top of the article and are wondering if you clicked on the wrong one. You might be more accustomed to seeing my name preceding DFS articles, but fantasy baseball is another arena I have a heavy interest in, and of course, DFS is just an extension of fantasy sports.

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Marcell Ozuna Signs With the Atlanta Braves

John Lepore | January 21st, 2020

Marcell Ozuna has signed with the Atlanta Braves for one year at $18 million. The left fielder played his last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Although they weren’t his best years in the majors, Ozuna has been solid and a 2-3 rWAR player. Let’s take a look at what he brings to the Braves’ outfield.

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A Complete Breakdown of the Astros’ #BuzzGate

Daniel Corrigan | January 17th, 2020

What an unbelievable day in the world of baseball. In the aftermath of the Houston Astros cheating punishments, AJ Hinch was fired by the Astros, Alex Cora has stepped down from the Boston Red Sox manager job and Carlos Beltran did the same with the New York Mets. That’s when the world of baseball collapsed.

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Josh Donaldson Signs With the Minnesota Twins

John Lepore | January 14th, 2020

Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins for four years at $92 million with a fifth-year option. The former MVP had a bounce-back season with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year prove-it deal worth $23 million. Let’s take a look at what his new squad is getting.

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Todd Frazier Signs with the Texas Rangers

Joey Ricotta  | January 12th, 2020

Third Baseman Todd Frazier has agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers for one year at $5 million. There is also a team option for 2021 at $5.75 million. Prior to striking a deal, the biggest news coming from Todd Frazier this offseason was his neighborhood wild turkey problem…which he’s complained to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy about. As for what he brings to his new team on the field and in the clubhouse, let’s take a closer look.

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My Hall of Fame Ballot

John Lepore | January 2nd, 2020

As members of the BBWAA deliberate individually over whose name they will put that check next to, debates abound on social media. Each year we attempt to look back to evaluate and decide who should join the greats in the hallowed halls in Cooperstown, NY. I don’t have a vote, but if I did, here are the players that would get my check.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Signs With the Toronto Blue Jays

John Lepore | December 22nd, 2019

Left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has signed a 4-year/$80 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. As a 32-year-old pitcher, Ryu had his best season in 2019 leading the league in ERA at 2.32. Let’s take a look at what the Korean star brings to his new team.

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Dallas Keuchel Signs With the Chicago White Sox

John Lepore | December 21st, 2019

Dallas Keuchel has signed with the Chicago White Sox for a contract worth 3 years/$54-$56 million according to Ken Rosenthal. The 31-year-old lefty waited last season and wound up signing into the season with the Atlanta Braves. Let’s take a look at what he brings to the South Siders.

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Madison Bumgarner Signs With the Arizona Diamondbacks

John Lepore | December 15th, 2019

Madison Bumgarner has signed a 5-year/$85 million contract with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. $15 million is deferred. The big lefty played an integral role in the San Francisco Giants winning three championships in five years at the beginning of the decade. Here’s what he brings to his new team.

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Anthony Rendon Signs With the Los Angeles Angels

John Lepore | December 12th, 2019

Anthony Rendon has signed with the Los Angeles Angels for 7-yrs/$245 million. There are no deferred payments, he has a full no-trade clause and there are no opt-outs. The former Washington Nationals third baseman has been one of the best in the game for a few years now. Let’s take a look at what he brings to his new squad.

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Modern Baseball Era HOF Ballot

John Lepore | December 8th, 2019

The Modern Baseball Game committee will announce their inductees tonight. There are 10 people on the ballot, but unfortunately, the committee members can only vote for four. I am going to run down the four candidates I would vote for if I were on the committee.

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Zack Wheeler Signs With the Philadelphia Phillies

John Lepore | December 4th, 2019

Zack Wheeler has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 5 yrs/$100+ million. Now over four years removed from Tommy John surgery, the righty looks to continue his progression toward being an ace with his new team. Let’s take a look at who the Phillies are getting.

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Cole Hamels Signs With the Atlanta Braves

John Lepore | December 4th, 2019

Left-hander Cole Hamels has signed with the Atlanta Braves for one year at $18 million as per Jeff Passan. Hamels will be 36 years old later this month but still can offer some solid innings. Let’s take a look at what the Braves are getting.

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Yasmani Grandal Signs with the Chicago White Sox

John Lepore | November 21st, 2019

The Chicago White Sox have opened up the checkbook and signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a franchise-record 4-year/$73 million contract. The rebuild on the South Side just got a nice boost and it looks like Rick Hahn wants it ahead of schedule.

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Minnesota Twins 2019 Season Recap

John Lepore | November 18th, 2019

The Minnesota Twins finished the season with 101 wins crossing the 100-win mark for just the second time ever (102 wins in 1965). The Bomba Squad set the Major League record for homers in a season with 307, but they couldn’t get past their playoff kryptonite in the New York Yankees and fell 3-0 in the ALDS. Let’s take a look at how the season went, and what’s on the horizon for the Twins.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 Season Recap

Joey Ricotta | November 16th, 2019 

Another great season and a trip to the playoffs, following a 106-56 regular-season record that brought the Los Angeles Dodgers to their seventh straight NL West first-place finish. However, the playoffs proved to be a different story, as the Dodgers were knocked out even earlier than in recent years, failing to reach the World Series for the first time in three years. They fell to the eventually World Series champions, the Washington Nationals in five games in the NLDS. Let’s take a look back on the season, as well as a look forward to 2020. Continue reading

World Series Champions Washington Nationals 2019 Season Recap

Alex Kielar | November 14th, 2019 

The Nationals did it. They did the unpredictable (although our very own Johnnie Black predicted it prior to the season, so ask him for the lottery numbers) and won their first World Series. They overcame every obstacle imaginable to do it, from starting the season 19-31 to winning the Wild Card game in come-from-behind fashion against Reliever of the Year Josh Hader to beating the extremely tough competition in the Dodgers and Astros in seven games, and more. So how did the Nationals overcome all the odds (0.1% chance to win the World Series in May) to win it all? Let’s get further into their season. Continue reading