Fox’s MLB schedule has been released

Here’s the press release:

MLB SHINES BRIGHT ON FOX IN 2013

Remarkable Week 1 Includes LCS Rematches & Josh Hamilton’s Texas Return

Jewel Events Include NYC All-Star Game, ALCS & 109th World Series

New York & Los Angeles – This April, FOX Sports steps to the plate to bring fans another season of excitement, drama and unforgettable moments as the MLB on FOX returns for its 18th season. The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK, the sport’s highest-rated and most-watched television package, features a 24-week schedule, including eight consecutive weeks of primetime coverage for the second straight year leading to the 84th MLB All-Star Game. Every U.S.-based team makes at least one appearance this season, and at least one at home during the prime time stretch which begins in late May.

FOX Sports, MLB’s primary national broadcast rights holder since 1996, has been the sport’s exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001. Last October, FOX Sports Media Group and Major League Baseball reached a new, eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that keeps FOX as MLB’s national broadcast television home through 2021.

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It’s Still Important To Stay Grounded With Ichiro & Gardner

Can this trio carry enough offensive weight? Courtesy of Getty Images

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

ESPN NY’s Spring Training countdown series got off to a pretty crummy start, but...

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How dire is the 2013 outlook?

As the weather warms up and the Alex Rodriguez scandal fades a bit with real baseball games being played, expect this to be the new top problem for the Yankees:

You have to go all the way back to 1992 for a spring training of lower expectations than this one for both the Yankees and the Mets, where in both cases, our locals have a better chance of finishing last than finishing first this season.

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When last seen, the Yankees were being booed out of the Stadium amid a blizzard of strikeouts en route to being swept by the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS last October, while the Mets, after playing above .500 baseball up until July 20, limped home with a 12-18 September, in front of a lot of empty seats, finishing fourth, 74-88.

Unfortunately, the offseason bore little fruit for either team in its hopes for a better ending in 2013. In the Yankees’ case there is sufficient evidence that they’ve regressed while GM Brian Cashman has sat back and watched one prospective improvement player after another go elsewhere, the latest being switch-hitting shortstop Jed Lowrie, who had 16 homers and 42 RBI with the Astros last year, and went to the Oakland A’s for defensively challenged first baseman Chris Carter and a couple of so-so prospects.

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Big Leagues Monthly

One of our own, William Tasker, is a part of a great team of writers who contributed to Big Leagues Monthly which is a baseball preview magazine that’s completely online.

Big Leagues Magazine is an online publication that provides readers with comprehensive coverage of Major League Baseball. Our feature columns include prospect analysis, the corporate side of baseball, monthly interviews, an in-depth look at the history of MLB, the latest trade rumors and fantasy baseball coverage that focuses on both Mixed League and AL/NL Only formats.

William wrote the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays season previews. You can go here to subscribe (it’s $4.95) and you can go here to see the complete list of writers. Enjoy!

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Piecing it Together: Part Two

You’ll remember that last week, I mused about the possible lineup construction for the 2013 squad. Let’s revisit the idea of the lineup one more time, with something else in mind.

If you’ve read this site, then you’re probably familiar with the Replacement Level Yankee Blog and its CAIRO Projections. The...

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And now for some very important Spring Training news

As you know, Yankee uniform numbers are very serious business and that certain numbers are treasured by fans. So when the news from camp is all about who’s wearing what number, I feel we should report it…

Oh, I’m joking, it’s not that important but since we’re lacking any serious news – for now – I figured I’d let everyone know what’s happening down in Tampa.

This information is from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News and his tweets:

I know, I forgot that the Yankees had some of these guys too.…

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Regression In 2013: Robinson Cano

At the age of 29, Robinson Cano had the best season of his career. The left handed hitter batted .313/.379/.550 with 33 home runs and the league’s second best defense at second base according to UZR. His 7.9 fWAR was the fourth highest mark in all of baseball for 2012, and he...

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Five Looming Questions for The 2013 Yankees

 

As we are on the eve of baseball’s de facto Groundhog’s Day in pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training it is truly a sign that the season and better weather, for those ofus ravaged by the blizzard is on the way.   The typical cliche that is thrown around this time of year is that “hope springs eternal” and that is true for all teams but for this year’s Yankee team, it seems as though there is a prevailing bearish outlook. In that spirit here are “five looming questions” surrounding the Yankees as they prepare to head south to Tampa:

5) How will they handle the Catcher Position?

In what was viewed as just another cost-cutting measure in the lead-up to 2014, the Yankees opted to let their starting catcher of the past two seasons, Russell Martin, walk in free agency and sign with the Pirates. Martin’s departure has left a void at catcher not only behind the plate but in the batter’s box as well because none of his potential suitors possess the type of bat that Martin provided for the team.…

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