Matthew Roberts

Matthew Roberts

Matthew cut his teeth on baseball during $2 Bleacher Wednesdays at the old Arlington Stadium in the 1980's and has loved the Texas Rangers ever since. When he's not teaching his young son to throw a wicked circle change, he enjoys the six month friendly rivalry with his wife and her precious Oakland A's. Follow him on Twitter @ifithasballs.

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By Matthew Roberts On Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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Sacramento River Cats v. Tacoma Rainiers Game Notes

As part of Baseball Hot Corner’s ongoing commitment to cover as much baseball around the country as possible, I attended today’s game between the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Addison Russell Called Up By The Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are quickly reflecting their their mascot (a cub is a baby bear, after all) after they announced the promotion of top prospect Addison Russell today, hours after confirming they were grooming More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Monday, April 20th, 2015
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Addison Russell Now Playing Second Base in Iowa

Hot on the heels of uber-prospect Kris Bryant being called up by the Chicago Cubs comes news that fellow prospect Addison Russell has made the switch from shortshop to second base at Triple-A Iowa. Maddon on More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Noah Syndergaard Begins His Campaign For the Mets’ Rotation

New York Mets’ top propsect Noah Syndergaard kicked off his 2015 season in Sacramento last night in a AAA game between the San Francisco Giants‘ affiliate Sacramento River Cats and the Mets’ More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Checking The Clock On The First Week Of Pace Of Play Upgrades

Besides the blockbuster signings of several players such as Max Scherzer, Yasmany Tomas, and Yoan Moncada, this past off-season was most notable for the transition from Bud Selig to Rob Manfred as commissioner More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Josh Hamilton Dodges Discipline Bullet

As my bio makes clear, I am a long-time, die-hard fan of the Texas Rangers. So writing about Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is a sensitive subject for me. On the one hand, I adored him during More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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Colorado Rockies Reshuffle Bullpen

The Colorado Rockies reshuffled the back end of their bullpen today optioning Rex Brothers and purchasing the contract of Rafael Betancourt. #Rockies option LHP Rex Brothers, OF Brandon Barnes, reassigned RHP More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Thursday, March 26th, 2015
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Yovani Gallardo: The Next Man Up

The Texas Rangers announced today that Yovani Gallardo will start Opening Day against the Oakland A’s on April 6th. Gallardo officially Opening Day starter…Detwiler is in 4th spot…5th starter More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Thursday, March 26th, 2015
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Opening Day Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 2015 PREVIEW 2014 finally saw the Los Angeles Angels reap dividends from the spending spree of the last few off-seasons when they handed out lucrative, though generally ill-advised, More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Opening Day Preview: Texas Rangers

TEXAS RANGERS 2015 PREVIEW After a season in which the Texas Rangers’ faithful watched the major league roster lose a whopping 2,116 total days to the disabled list – breaking the Diamondbacks’ More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Washington Nationals Prospect Profile: Lucas Giolito

The Washington Nationals enter this year’s spring training with hands-down the best starting rotation in the majors with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and the blockbuster More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Texas Rangers Prospect Profile: Joey Gallo

With pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training over the weekend, it is time to finally start getting excited for the on-field production of young invitees as they mix and mingle with the veterans. In More...

Mark Appel
By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Houston Astros Prospect Profile: Mark Appel

In 2014, the Houston Astros could not evaluate their 2013 number one overall pick, RHP Mark Appel, in spring training because of an appendectomy procedure Appel had to undergo that January. After flashing promising More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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Lorenzo Cain And The Kansas City Royals Avoid Arbitration

Jeffrey Flanagan first reported today that Lorenzo Cain and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal at $2.725 million, with further incentives for plate appearances and an All-Star game selection More...

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By Matthew Roberts On Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Rob Manfred Agenda: Two And Done?

Rob Manfred, newly minted commissioner of Major League Baseball, stayed mostly quiet after his election allowing Bud Selig to close the book on his storied, if not controversial, tenure. However, since the official More...








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