Report: Phillies considering releasing Ryan Howard

July 24, 2014 – 2:10 am by Ryan Phillips
    Ryan Howard

A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies are considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the season.

Howard is owed $25 million this season and a total of $60 million over the next two seasons, but he has been so bad over the past few years that he’s basically wasting a roster spot. Howard is a three-time All-Star, won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was the 2006 National League MVP. But since 2011 he has dealt with serious injury problems and has been awful when healthy.

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Jack White is the literal face of Cubs baseball

July 22, 2014 – 11:23 pm by Hickey

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The Chicago Cubs added an official mascot, Clark the Cub, this offseason. But we’re pretty sure no one has more accurately summed up the Cub fan experience than rocker Jack White, who took in Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field the night before his own show in the Windy City.

I believe the dictionary definition for this particular look is “bemused.” And I’m fairly certain it has appeared on my own face at some point during the majority of Cub games I have attended or watched in my lifetime.

As it turned out, the Cubs actually produced a reason to smile later on, beating the Padres 6-0 behind two home runs from former Padre prospect Anthony Rizzo to snap a five-game losing streak. But it won’t be long before we pull out our “Jack White face” again.

(h/t Nick Pants)

MLB Rumors: Phillies telling teams Cole Hamels isn’t available

July 22, 2014 – 1:04 am by Ryan Phillips
    Cole Hamels

The Philadelphia Phillies are a team that is most definitely a “seller” as the 2014 MLB trade deadline approaches. After Monday night’s 7-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the Phillies are 43-56 and sit 12 games out of first place in the National League East. Despite that, Philadelphia is apparently going to hold on to what may be its most valuable trade chip.

The Phillies are reportedly telling teams that they won’t be trading Cole Hamels. The 30-year-old three-time All-Star isn’t having a great year, but left-handed starting pitchers are always in demand. Especially those who have won NLCS and World Series MVPs.

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Minor league GM offers to get in-game prostate exam

July 21, 2014 – 1:26 am by Hickey

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We’re pretty sure Harry Caray never did it quite like this.

General manager Andy Milovich of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans has offered to receive a prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for an upcoming game. Perhaps we need to explain this a little more in detail. Well, not too much detail. We’re talking context-type details.

Milovich made the deal that he would get the exam during Thursday’s game if the Facebook page of 10-year-old cancer patient Fallon Emery reached 10,000 “Likes” from fans (or opposing fans) by noon EST this Thursday. It appears fans have been using their fingers to do just that — as of midnight on Monday (or Sunday depending on how you define midnight) Fallon’s page had received 8,397 likes.

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Los Angeles Angels acquire Huston Street from San Diego Padres

July 19, 2014 – 2:42 am by Ryan Phillips
    Huston Street

The rumored trade between the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres for Huston Street was officially completed Friday night. It wound up being a six player deal that netted the Padres four of the Angels’ top 20 prospects in exchange for one of baseball’s most reliable relievers.

San Diego received second baseman Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, right-handed reliever R.J. Alvarez and right-handed starter Elliot Morris. The Angels got Street and hard-throwing righty reliever Trevor Gott from the Padres.

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MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Angels close to acquiring Huston Street

July 18, 2014 – 5:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Huston Street

One of the hottest names on the trade market this summer is San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. And after a report on Friday it looks like Street will be headed out of “America’s Finest City” in short order.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Los Angeles Angels are close to acquiring the two-time All-Star. So far this season for the Padres, Street has pitched 33 innings and has a 1.09 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 24 saves in 25 opportunities. He has been one of the most consistent closers in baseball over the past three seasons since arriving in San Diego.

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Eric Bledsoe wants max contract from Phoenix Suns

July 17, 2014 – 8:26 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season in 2013-14 and entered restricted free agency this offseason. While the Suns have threatened to match any offer Bledsoe received from another team, they have still not agreed to a contract with their young star. On Thursday we got an idea why the two sides haven’t come to an agreement yet.

Reports suggest that the Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal but that the 24-year-old guard rejected that immediately. Bledsoe apparently wants a maximum deal that would wind up being a five-year, $80 million pact. The two sides are incredibly far apart in talks.

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Celebrating the worst of the year in sports

July 17, 2014 – 2:16 am by Hickey
    Lane Kiffin angry

Last night ESPN put out its annual “We need some filler on the one day of the year there are no sporting events” program, the ESPYs. We understand that some of you even may have watched.

The ESPYs are billed as the Oscars of the sports world… which got us thinking. You see, every year on the same night of the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberries are also awarded. The Razzies are given out to recognize the worst films and performances of the previous year while Hollywood pats itself on the back for the rare echelon of movies that didn’t suck.

And in honor of the Razzies, we’ve decided to come up with our own counterpoint to the ESPYs: The Rumors and Rants CRAPPYs, honoring the worst of the worst between June 2013-2014.

Without further ado, here are this year’s winners…

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