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Mario Hollands Likely To Undergo Elbow Surgery

by Coach Huber
Phillies lefty Mario Hollands appears likely to require season-ending surgery on his left elbow after suffering a torn common flexor tendon, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. That is the same injury that has sidelined teammate Cliff Lee, and surgery would almost certainly cost Hollands the season. As with Lee, Hollands has experienced a setback following an attempt at resting an rehabbing through the injury. As a result, team physician Michael Ciccotti has recommended surgery. While Hollands is awaiting the results of a second opinion from orthopedist James Andrews, he says that he is leaning towards surgery. “I wanted to do the PRP [...]

MLB Looking Into Gambling-Related Issue Involving Jarred Cosart

by Coach Huber
TODAY: Cosart briefly addressed the situation today, telling reporters that he was simply following MLB’s protocol, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro (Twitter links). Cosart also said that he was not behind the creation of a new Twitter account, attributed to him, which had figured into some reports on the matter. YESTERDAY: Major League Baseball is looking into ambiguous gambling-related claims on Twitter involving Marlins starter Jarred Cosart, Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times reports. To be clear, all that is known at present is that the league is exploring the matter. The league is quick to pursue information regarding any gambling-related issues, and its involvement should [...]

John Buck To Retire

by Coach Huber
Catcher John Buck is retiring in order to spend more time with his family, the Braves announced. The veteran backstop had been in camp with Atlanta but did not figure to make the Opening Day roster. Buck, 34, has played in eleven big league campaigns, amassing over 4,000 plate appearances and 1,000 games behind the plate. His .234/.301/.398 batting line and 134 career home runs are solid numbers for a catcher. A sturdy defender, Buck was a stabilizing force who saw the majority of the catching reps for his team in eight separate seasons. After coming up with the Royals, [...]

Fantasy Baseball 2015: Projections and Rankings for Top Regression Candidates

by 34shadow
Good times rarely last forever. A few MLB breakout stars will learn this the hard way when regression strikes in 2015, hopefully not for fantasy baseball managers paying a premium on draft day. Remember when Chris Davis hit 53 home runs in 2013? How about Brandon Phillips driving in 103 runs? (He should be thanking Joey Votto rather than arguing the merits of on-base percentage.) Baseball stats rarely follow a linear pattern, instead jumping all over the place. This means trouble for anybody paying for someone's career year. Rather than pony up for the previous year's star performer, a savvy [...]

MLB Cubs Lead Spring Training Homers

by Coach Huber
Cubs Lead Spring Training 2015 Games in Homers in MLB! I know spring training 2015 games do not mean much, but the Chicago Cubs are leading the MLB in home runs this spring! If you follow the the Cubs they certainly had potential last year to be one of the better power hitting teams in the league. Their team is centered around power potential and has been for the past year or so. It is part of the plan for the Cubs. Simply out slug other teams as much as possible. I believe  it is a very good sign that [...]