Brandon Jopko

Brandon Jopko

Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner and die-hard Blue Jays fan longing for another chance to experience his team in playoff glory. You can visit his blog at pumpedupjays.com or follow him on Twitter @pumpedupjays

By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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Rangers Not Getting The Same Josh Hamilton They Knew

In a shocking development, estranged Angels’ slugger Josh Hamilton is rumoured to be close to being sent to his old team, the Texas Rangers.  Hamilton, who is currently on the DL recovering from shoulder surgery, More...

By Brandon Jopko On Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Fact: The Detroit Tigers Own The Cleveland Indians

Image via Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer Sometimes a team just has your number. Nothing seems to break your way and nothing you do seems to be effective. This appears to be the case with the Cleveland Indians whenever More...

By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Seven Rookie Relievers Who Could Impact 2015

Every year it seems some players come out of nowhere to have a grand impact on their teams’ success just like Brandon Finnegan and Hunter Strickland did last year down the stretch for the Royals and Giants, respectively. More...

By Brandon Jopko On Monday, April 6th, 2015
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Indians Extend Carlos Carrasco

The Cleveland Indians announced on Sunday that they’ve extended right handed starting pitcher, Carlos Carrasco, to a three-year contract starting in 2016 along with two options years. The total guarantee is worth More...

By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, April 4th, 2015
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No Reason Castro & Osuna Can’t Be Successful

Castro, left and Osuna, right, will start the year in Toronto’s bullpen. There’s something about putting two 20 year olds in the bullpen that might appear foolhardy. “They need more experience,” someone More...

By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Baseball Hot Corner Writers Make 2015 MLB Predictions

For this year, instead of asking just a few writers to give me their picks of the standings along with their explanations of those picks, I decided to poll all the writers on Baseball Hot Corner (BHC) and summarize More...

By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, March 28th, 2015
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Opening Day Preview: Minnesota Twins

MINNESOTA TWINS 2015 PREVIEW In comes new manager Paul Molitor who undoubtedly will bring a fresh perspective to the team. One of the things he did right away was restrict use of electronic devices for 30 minutes More...

By Brandon Jopko On Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Kyle Drabek Claimed By White Sox

Kyle Drabek, who had been competing to join the Blue Jays’ bullpen when the team headed north, has been claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox. It isn’t entirely clear at present if Drabek will join Chicago’s More...

By Brandon Jopko On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Dodgers Sign Cuban Hector Olivera

According to MLB.com’s international player guru, Jesse Sanchez, the Los Angeles Dodgers having inked Cuban infielder Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million contract which includes a massive $28 million bonus. More...

By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Rockies Release Jhoulys Chacin

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have released starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. He was owed $5.5 million this year, however he’s had a tough spring so far pitching to a 6.52 ERA surrendering 16 More...

By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Opening Day Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2015 PREVIEW Even though the Dodgers have lost some offensive punch from last year through trades of Matt Kemp and speedster, Dee Gordon, and let Hanley Ramirez walk via free agency, they’ve More...

By Brandon Jopko On Friday, March 20th, 2015
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Current & Future Cuban All-Stars, Part 4

As the last installment of this four part series on current and future Cuban all-stars, I’m covering outfielders and designated hitters. For previous installments, check out Part 1 (1B & 2B), Part 2 (SS, More...

By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Current & Future Cuban All-Stars, Part 3

Angels’ Cuban infielder, Roberto Baldoquin, is in their minor league camp right now and GM Jerry Dipoto recently shared with the media that Boldoquin is a leader and will likely be one of the most mature players More...

By Brandon Jopko On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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Current & Future Cuban All-Stars, Part 2

Having covered first base and second base already in Part 1 of this series, I’ll be looking at the other half of the infield including behind the plate. It’s important to note however that Cuban second baseman, More...

By Brandon Jopko On Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Current & Future Cuban All-Stars, Part 1

In 2014, 25 Cuban-born players played in the majors which goes to show that they’re developing quite the stature amongst teams and fellow players. Organizations keep lining up to invest heavily in Cuban talent More...








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