On-Base Perception

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Yankees have worst DH production in the American League

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees reacts after striking

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Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.

DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...

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New Yankees inspire John Sterling home run calls

Yankees broadcaster John Sterling sits in his booth

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Every season brings along changes for the Yankees, but one constant -- at least for the past 25 years -- has been John Sterling doing play-by-play on the radio.

Even with the Yankees' radio broadcast moving from WCBS to WFAN, Sterling continues to bring a flair to calling a game with his infamous home run calls. Whether singing a ditty or making a play on words as a ball leaves the park, Sterling...

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Yankees have organizational issue at first base

Carlos Beltran plays first base in the fifth

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Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.

The chronology goes like this:

- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...

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Carlos Beltran. In cat face paint. On a rollercoaster.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran speaks to the media during

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Carlos Beltran is apparently not a scaredy cat when it comes to riding roller coasters.

The Yankees right fielder donned cat face paint while riding a rollercoaster with his family. Better yet? He took an Instagram video of it.

There's a joke in here somewhere comparing nine lives to nine innings, or saying that Beltran may not be as "frisky" in the outfield as he once was, but I'll...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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All free agent All-Star team

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a

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Josh Johnson, David Murphy, Tim Hudson and Marlon Byrd are already off the board. Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence never even got to the shop-around stage.

But there are plenty of enticing free agents left for interested teams to engage.

Of the remaining players on the market, here's the best lineup we could put together (2013 salary in parenthesis):

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF ($9 million)

2....

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Should teams be wary of Carlos Beltran?

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds

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There are other players in this free agent class who will get more money and more years – but few appear more coveted than Carlos Beltran.

The Cardinals outfielder could return to St. Louis. But he’s also been linked to the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and nearly every other market with designs on contention in 2014.

And Beltran has done plenty to create the buzz that currently exists around...

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Managers are maddening in this World Series

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on

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There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.

Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.

To be clear, no one is accusing any...

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To pitch or not to pitch to Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals hits

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.

Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.

"It's...

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals postseason primer

Pittsburgh Pirates' A.J. Burnett throws during practice at

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The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:

SEASON SERIES

The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...

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