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Justin Morneau Still Recovering: What MLB Must Do To Curtail Concussions

Baseball may not be considered by many to be a contact sport, but Minnesota Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau will tell you that is far from the truth.

Morneau played his first baseball last week in over eight months after suffering a concussion from taking a knee to the head.

Playing a few innings in a meaningless game is still far from where Morneau wants to be, but he and the Twins will take the progress.

While the NFL zoned in on illegal hits this season, and the NHL is talking hits to the head this week, there has been little mention of how to make the MLB safer.

As the game of baseball gets faster with stronger players and better bats, the protective equipment around the league is failing to keep up.

This slide-show features suggestions on what the MLB needs to do to protect its players and the future of baseball.

Fell free to comment below with what other safety ideas you have.

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MLB News and Rumors: New York Yankees Pitching Better than Expected

A lot of questions surrounding the New York Yankees pitching rotation entering spring training are being answered half-way in.

The biggest question mark had to do with starting pitching.

Many experts felt as though after C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett, the Yankees really had no one one on their roster to fill the final two spots of the rotation.

The Yankees went out and signed a few players who may be past their prime, but were great pitchers in the MLB at one point or another. This list included Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Mark Prior.

Garcia and Colon have both impressed as potential starters, and Prior has looked solid coming out of the bullpen.

Garcia is still yet to give up a run in five innings, while Colon has allowed three runs in nine innings. Obviously, spring training stats do not always translate to the regular season, but both of these are promising signs.

Prior has pitched a single scoreless inning so far, but may find himself in AAA to start the season until he builds up his arm strength.

A lot of baseball enthusiasts thought pitching would be the weakness of the Yankees, and it is still obviously not their strength. With that in mind, the Yankees may have found some veteran pitchers who want to revive their careers and pitch for a World Series ring.

Another possibility for the Yankees is to start off the season with a four-man rotation and either give the fourth spot to Colon or Garcia or have them split starts.

This is an interesting suggestion because obviously the Yankees rotation is very top heavy, and the more starts for Sabathia and Hughes, the better. If Sabathia and Hughes can stay healthy and don’t wear their arms out, I think it would be smart for the Yankees to limit the starts of the back of the rotation.

With Opening Day only about 20 days away, the Yankees have some time to figure out their rotation, but not a lot. Fortunately for them, their offseason signings have looked smart so far and they could potentially have three pitchers reviving their careers this season.

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MLB Power Rankings: The Greatest Right Fielder in Every Team’s History

Right Field is usually the place where the guy with the strongest arm is put so that he can throw players out going to third.

The ball is also not hit too often to right field, and in general this player is better in the batter’s box than out in the field.

So with this in mind I thought I would pick the best right fielder in each teams franchise history. In this ranking I took into account both hitting and fielding, with a slight emphasis on the first.

If you don’t agree with my opinion feel free to comment what you think.

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Rafael Furcal, Scott Rolen and The 15 Best Infielder Arms In MLB History

It seems that almost every day a new list of strongest arms in the MLB is published. The problem with almost all of these lists is that they only include outfielders.

There is definitely some logic behind this, because in general outfielders do have stronger arms than infielders, and get to show them off more.

But, believe it or not there are infielders who have great arms too, and for once they are going to get the recognition they deserve.

The problem with rating infielder arms is that there are two very different ways to look at it, accuracy or power. This list has some players that are better at one and some that are better at the other.

What makes an infielder’s arm especially special is if they can master both of these skills, strong, powerful throws on a line to the glove.

Feel free to offer your comments below on what players should or should not have been on this list.

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