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Ep. 19: Lana Berry, Social Media Consultant/Author

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Lana Berry has done something pretty cool. She’s a social media consultant with a personal following of over 100,000 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Her love of sports and social media (particularly baseball) has allowed her to meet, interact, and gain credibility with industry professionals. What she’s also done is built enough credibility within the industry to write an E-Book titled “Getting The Call: How To Land Your Dream Job In Sports”, which compiles answers from over 100 of those industry professionals on how they landed their jobs. (more…)

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MLB Preview 2015: Top-5 Players Facing A Make Or Break Season In 2015

Bryce Harper (55 HR, .272 BA, .816 OPS) has put up solid numbers in his first three seasons. Unfortunately 2015 will need to be even better to buck the "Overrated" label levied by his peers.

Bryce Harper (55 HR, .272 BA, .816 OPS) has put up solid numbers in his first three seasons. Unfortunately 2015 will need to be even better to buck the “Overrated” label levied by his peers.

A make or break year for a baseball player isn’t always one that sees them going into free agency. It’s also one that changes perceptions placed on a player after a couple of inconsistent or down years. (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: The Division Races and Other Second-Half Predictions Pt. 2

Mike Trout of the Angels and Robinson Cano of the Mariners make the AL West as exciting a race as ever (Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Mike Trout of the Angels and Robinson Cano of the Mariners make the 2014 AL West as exciting a race as ever to watch in the second half (Harry How/Getty Images North America)

What a second-half it is shaping up to be.

I saw the other day a statistic that said for the first time in Major League Baseball’s history four divisions are separated by no more than a game and a half. Four! So where does that put things for those contenders who are, not only fighting to avoid the Wild Card play-in game, but fighting for the opportunity to be in that playoff conversation? (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: American League West Preview

Sonny Gray will look to lead the A's to a third consecutive AL West Crown (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America)Sonny Gray looks to lead the A’s to a third consecutive AL West Crown (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America)

The last couple seasons when I’ve kicked off these previews the American League West seemed all but won. In 2012 they had the best staff, best lineup, and best front-office heading into that season. The Oakland A’s proved that incorrect on the last day of that season by thumping the Rangers 12-5. Last season the Angels looked like the favorites heading into the season when they brought Josh Hamilton over from the Rangers to form an impossible lineup trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Hamilton. Well, the A’s spoiled those plans as well winning a second consecutive AL West crown.

Yet here I am in 2014 about to prove I haven’t learned my lesson.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Are Surging, Others Withering In The Heat Of Summer Races

The heat has been turned up on Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central

The heat has been turned up on Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central

As the races in major league baseball march on we are starting to see some teams in situations they may not have foreseen when the season began. (more…)

Locker Talk Episode 27! NBA Playoffs and Baseball Chatter

The New York Mets Matt Harvey is "must see television" in 2013. Is he a franchise cornerstone?

The New York Mets Matt Harvey is “must see television” in 2013. Is he a franchise cornerstone?

Co-host Baden Bagley and I talk about the Pacers/Heat series and what to expect for game five in Miami. We also talk the top pitchers in major league baseball and which teams are the top three teams in major league baseball.

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The Week (Er…Weeks) That Were In Major League Baseball (5/24/2013)

Yu Darvish and the Rangers are rolling early in 2013, but Oakland still looms

Yu Darvish and the Rangers are rolling early in 2013, but Oakland still looms

Yes it has been a few weeks since I last posted this and I apologize (mainly to my mom whose my most avid, yet sports clueless reader). I’m back on it though so I won’t waste time. onward! (more…)

The Locker Major League Baseball Preview 2013: American League West

Mike Trout, spectacular in 2012, is looked to for an equally as good 2013 for the Angels

Mike Trout, spectacular in 2012, is looked to for an equally as good 2013 for the Angels

The American League West has a shot to have three teams within the division in the playoffs. How far any of them go is a matter of pitching and leadership. (more…)

Major League Baseball Offseason 2012: Next Weeks Winter Meetings Should Lay Groundwork For Free Agent Market, Produce Trades

B.J. Upton and Justin Upton are two marquee names available this offseason (J. Meric/Getty Images North America)

As far as the hot stove season in baseball goes, the first few days in December are when things really get going.

Now for those of you who didn’t understand anything I said in the first line welcome to baseball “nerd jargon” 101. For those who know exactly what I’m talking about you’re looking for a tidbit, a nugget, a gem, or a something indicating what your favorite team will and will not do.  (more…)

Major League Baseball 2012: Los Angeles Angels May Prove To Be Best In The West After All

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Before this season I loved what the Angels had put together out in Anaheim. They had the best staff in that division, the second best player in baseball, and arguably one of the top three managers in baseball.

Then they stumbled out of the gate to 10-17. (more…)