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Wesley Dotson

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I am an avid sports fan that is passionate about baseball, but I also have a strong interest for basketball, football, and even hockey and tennis. I spend most of my days watching, writing, or playing sports. I will be attending The University of Kansas this fall and will major in Journalism.

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Los Angeles Angels OF Josh Hamilton has battled and persevered his entire life. He has seen the darkest of days and has still managed to become a successful Major League Baseball player. Given the fact that he has overcome his personal problems from the past, recovering from a disappointing 2013 season should be nothing for Hamilton. In December of 2012, Josh Hamilton left the Texas Rangers to sign with the Angels on a five-year, $125 million contract. The moment he left for L.A., the uproar in Texas started. Hamilton experienced his best seasons in Texas, batting .305 with 156 doubles, 142 home runs, 506 RBI, and 40 stolen bases over...

After Braves starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy went down with injuries in Sunday's and Monday's games against the New York Mets respectively, it was clear that the Braves felt they needed to bring in another starter to shore up their rotation. On Wednesday, Atlanta did just that with the signing of the best starting pitcher left on the market, Ervin Santana. The deal is a one-year, $14.1 million contract. Via MLB.com: "In light of what has happened over the past few days with our pitching staff, we felt it was incumbent on us to do everything we could to strengthen our starting pitching," general manager Frank Wren said....

Red Sox OF Shane Victorino gave up switch-hitting down the stretch last season due to hamstring, hip, and back injuries. In fact, he has even said himself that recent injuries have plagued him when batting from the left side. Is he now considering giving up switch-hitting all together to focus on the right side of the plate? Nothing is set in stone quite yet, but this would only be a positive move for both the Red Sox and Victorino. Victorino is a natural right-handed batter and took up switch-hitting in 2003 in the Los Angeles Dodger's minor league organization. He has always been better from the right side of the plate in his...

Ian Kinsler spent the first eight years of his Major League Baseball career with the Texas Rangers. He was a two-time All-Star and seemed pleased to don the Texas uniform every season that he did. On November 20, the Rangers decided to move in a different direction and trade the second baseman to the Tigers for slugger Prince Fielder. Now, those pleasing thoughts of playing in Texas appear to have been false during the latter stages, as Kinsler recently opened up in an article set to be in ESPN the Magazine March 17. "There was no remorse from the Rangers," Kinsler says of the trade. "They did not care." More: "The team had changed. It...

On Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles and free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz agreed to a one-year deal worth $8 million. The deal is still pending the dreaded physical - which free agents have not fared well with when coming to terms with the Orioles (Most notably closer Grant Balfour, who would eventually sign with the Tampa Bay Rays). Cruz, 33, will fill in nicely in the designated hitter spot and will be able to prove that he can still produce. As well all know, Cruz was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He should also get some platoon spots in left field during parts of the season. The Orioles will...

With Major League Baseball's Spring Training games set to begin on February 25, the Philadelphia Phillies come into camp with many early storylines to follow. The Phillies are coming off their worst season since 2002 and suffered a fourth-place finish in the National League East with 89 losses in 2013. They have made some key additions in 2014, but will they be enough to compete with the likes of the Nationals and Braves? Can this team finally stay healthy? Is the pitching staff strong enough? What is the status of slugger Ryan Howard? And of course, which youngster is ready to show he is ready for the big leagues in upcoming...

The Philadelphia Phillies and free agent starting pitcher A.J. Burnett agreed to a one-year deal worth $16 million Wednesday. The news comes on the same day star lefty Cole Hamels announced he might not be ready in time for the start of the regular season due to shoulder tendinitis. Burnett, 37, is coming off a season in which he went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA (his lowest since 2002), and 209 strikeouts in 191 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His last two seasons in Pittsburgh helped him get back on track in his career after what was considered to be a disastrous 2009-2011 with the New York Yankees where he went 34-35 with a 4.79...

The Texas Rangers and free agent starting pitcher Tommy Hanson agreed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Monday. The deal is worth $2 million and incentives are included. The official announcement is pending a physical, which is expected to come Tuesday. He will have a chance in camp to most likely compete for the Ranger's fifth starting spot. The Rangers have been looking for starting pitching depth with Derek Holland sidelined due to a knee surgery performed in January that will keep him out until mid-season. Hanson will compete with right-handers Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis and left-handers...

Instead of deciding to take two of their young stars to arbitration hearings next week, the Atlanta Braves rewarded their young stars Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward with contract extensions on Tuesday night. Atlanta avoided arbitration by locking up two cornerstone members of the franchise, agreeing to a franchise record eight year, $135 million contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman. The Braves also agreed to a two year, $13.3 million dollar contract with outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward has the comfort of never having to worry about arbitration again, and Freeman has the comfort of knowing he will be secured for the long...

As soon as the free agency market opened for the 2014 MLB season, Nelson Cruz and his representatives made it known that he wanted a contract in the ballpark of four years, $75 million. Cruz has had troubles being offered a contract anywhere near his asking price and at this point in free agency, it seems virtually impossible he will receive one. The fact that a power-hitting outfielder like Cruz is still on the market in late January is most likely due to his refusal to lower his demands to make teams feel more comfortable in signing him. In fact, there are a few more factors hurting the outfielder's cause as to why he hasn't found a...
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