A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Don Mattingly

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.

Padres continue fire sale, ship Headley to the Yankees

Chase Headley

The San Diego Padres continued their fire sale on Tuesday, as they traded third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees in exchange for almost nothing. The move was a clear salary dump by the Padres, who are clearly trying to free up their books for whoever their next general manager will be.

San Francisco Giants sign Braves castoff Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla didn’t have to wait long to get a new job after the Atlanta Braves released him on Friday. The 34-year-old veteran signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants on Monday and the team assigned him to Triple-A Fresno.

2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Top 10 Wins of the First Half

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The first half of the 2014 season has been quite eventful for the Milwaukee Brewers, as they’ve done everything from scoring three runs on a wild pitch to literally hitting the cover off of a baseball. Through it all, they’ve been one of the biggest surprises in the MLB, boasting a 53-43 record and a one-game lead in the NL Central entering the All-Star break.

MLB Rumors: Seattle in talks to acquire David Price, Ben Zobrist

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The biggest name on this year’s baseball trade market is Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price. No one knows where the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner will wind up but on Thursday we got a clue as to who was interested.

Brady Aiken advisor criticizes Houston Astros, MLB

Brady Aiken

San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken made history when the Houston Astros made him the first high school pitcher taken with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft since 1991. It was a huge day for the 17-year-old who had become the consensus top player in the 2014 MLB Draft class. But now with time running out for him to sign a contract with the Astros, issues are popping up in the negotiations.

“The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a film every baseball fan should watch

When the Portland Mavericks would sweep a series, the team would often take a lap across the stadium with brooms in their hands.

Every summer a group of my high school friends and I get together on the days where most of us are free from work and play a game or two of baseball at a nearby public baseball park. Most of use have played baseball, organized or not, ever since we were five or six and were strong enough to swing a bat.

Use Facts, not Emotion, on Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Question: Which NL All-Star starter is hitting .253 with just one home run and only 11 RBIs since June 1, seeing his average fall 40 points during that time? He’s also no longer in the MLB Top 10 in any offensive category.

Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rondon agree to huge deal

Carlos Rondon

The Chicago White Sox may have gotten a steal when they snagged N.C. State lefty Carlos Rondon with the third pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Now, the Sox can officially see what the 21-year-old starting pitcher can do, as they have reportedly agreed to a $6.45 million deal.

Report: Kyrie Irving made pitch to LeBron James

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James is in the middle of making what could be the biggest decision of his professional life right now. Most experts believe the NBA’s top free agent is deciding between returning to the Miami Heat and going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This week he reportedly got a pitch from an important source.

Projected Rosters for 2014 MLB All-Star Game

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I made my personal selections for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters earlier this week.

Now it is time for projecting the entire rosters to be announced at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, including the Final Vote candidates and possible injury replacements.

Last Call for 2014 MLB All-Star Balloting

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It is last call for Major League Baseball All-Star voting, with the final deadline at midnight Eastern Time on July 3. Will voters get it right? Ever since online voting became the primary balloting method, that has mostly been the case.

Top Houston Astros prospect Carlos Correa out for “significant amount of time”

Carlos Correa injury

The Houston Astros have an absolutely stocked minor league system that should produce a number of impact players over the next few seasons, but the top player in the team’s pipeline could be out for quite some time. Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, suffered a serious right ankle injury on Saturday and will likely miss significant chunk of time as a result.

Tony Gwynn: Great hitter, better person

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I was roughly two hours into a 12-hour drive from Minnesota to Oklahoma Monday when I heard the news Tony Gwynn died at age 54 after a courageous multi-year battle with salivary gland cancer. For safety reasons, I pulled off the road to collect myself, confirm it was true and commiserate with friends and family.

Tony Gwynn dies at 54, long live the 5.5 hole

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After a long battle with a horrible, aggressive form of salivary gland cancer, Tony Gwynn died Monday in his Poway home, at the far too young age of 54.