First Pitch: Harper v. Machado

July 07 2014: Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) greets Baltimore Orioles third base Manny Machado (13) before a MLB game at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C.
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Happy Monday everyone. With some serious college basketball withdrawal in store for today, hopefully we can at least quench your baseball thirst before tonight’s World Baseball Classic semifinal. Here are five baseball stories from around the web that might interest you:

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are two of baseball’s best young talents, each with a unique set of skills. Having either one on your favorite team would be enough to please most fans, but ESPN’s Buster Olney asks which of the two is the better overall player.

By now, everyone knows about the Cubs, who went worst-to-first over about a three-year period to end their 108-year championship drought. At Bleacher Report, Scott Miller takes the story deeper, all the way to its roots, to give the whole picture.

Over at Baseball Census, Bobby DeMuro breaks down everything you need to know about college prospect Wyatt Tilly, including breakdowns of his swing, plenty of GIFs, and a whole lot more.

Jonah Keri is one of the best baseball minds out there, and if you’ve been watching March Madness, you’ve probably seen commercials for Azaria’s new show, Brockmire, in which Azaria plays a down-on-his-luck broadcaster. Bonus points here for not having to read anything.

Officially, Brady Anderson serves as vice president of baseball operations. Unofficially, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Ken Rosenthal on Anderson’s unique position with his former team.


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