Author Archives: Jared Macdonald

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Jeff Mathis: Fitting in wherever he goes

When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Jeff Mathis from the Los Angeles Angels back in December, the catcher didn’t exactly represent the kind of blockbuster offseason acquisition that their fan base was hoping for. After all, Mathis, having long been criticized for his limited offensive skills, brought with him a career .194 average and .557 …

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Off-field bond integral to Brewers’ bullpen’s success

The Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen was a driving force behind the team’s success in 2011. Formed primarily from the remnants of the unsuccessful group from 2010, it took minor additions to turn the group of one of the worst reliever corps into one of the best.

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Lonnie Chisenhall leads youth movement in Cleveland

Lonnie Chisenhall is no stranger to pressure. As a first-round pick he really has no other choice. Since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in June, however, he’s shown that living up to hype and expectations isn’t going to be such a big deal. TheGP Baseball caught up with the first-year stud who joined a struggling team in the middle of a heated division race.

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The evolution of Doug Fister

Call it appreciation or adoration, The Good Point has a soft-spot for Doug Fister. After an August feature following the man’s debut at Comerica Park, Jared Macdonald followed up with the hurler to get a thorough account of how he’s changed his game. Now as he stars for the Tigers in the ALCS, there’s no looking back.

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Marc Rzepczynski joins Cardinals at perfect time

A midseason trade sent him from the Toronto Blue Jays to a veteran Cardinals team on the verge of an historic wild card run and Marc Rzepczynski couldn’t be more appreciative. The left-handed reliever opens up about the trade and what it means to play in St. Louis.