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New York Yankees v Miami Marlins

There’s nothing like an early June visit to south Florida. The temperatures hover between 80 and 90 degrees and the humidity never dips below 90 percent. Afternoon thunderstorms roll through daily but provide no relief from the heat and humidity. It’s hot, it’s wet, and it’s sticky.

But my parents live in south Florida now after years of splitting time between there and New York. My kids were just out of school and flights were relatively affordable. Oh, and the Marlins were in town, for a weekend series with the Mets. A chance to see Marlins Park and its glorious home run sculpture, even if the game to be played on the field wasn’t likely to offer much in the way of entertainment. So we found ourselves in the muggy swamp that is south Florida the first week of June.

What? Matt Harvey‘s pitching for the Mets against the Marlins on June 2? Well, afternoon thunderstorms be damned. What a great time to visit Miami!

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Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays thrust themselves to the front of the larger baseball conversation this winter, overhauling their roster and becoming a World Series contender almost overnight. As with any sweeping change, there is bound to be some growing pains.

We here at Getting Blanked turned to local PR pro and woman about town Meredith Rogers to help bring new Jays fans into the fold (not to mention helping entrenched fans come to grips with the flood or newbies on their turf.) Enjoy!

A Twisted Guide to Blue Jays Opening Day: new fans at the ballpark

Allow me to be among the first to congratulate you on emerging from a long, harsh winter to baseball. Sure, we do the winter thing every year, but I’m always surprised and delighted to thaw out in the spring.

The Blue Jays 2013 season has finally arrived. Here we stand on the precipice of a thousand Colby Rasmus thought pieces. On the cusp of a hundred Jose Bautista call outs that are unfathomable to no one but Jose Bautista. On the edge of a thousand Jose Reyes GIFs.

I mean, this is happening to Toronto. It’s okay to get excited.

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After much speculation and negotiation, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets as part of a seven-player trade that sends the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner to Toronto along with catcher Josh Thole and Minor League catcher Mike Nickeas in exchange for highly touted catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, the system’s top pitching prospect in Noah Syndergaard, veteran catcher John Buck and outfield prospect Wilmer Becerra.

Only in a world where fantasy baseball trades, video game franchise modes and prospect rankings are given more credence than they’re due could this trade be viewed in a negative light. It’s a good deal for both teams. The swap shores up a New York Mets organization that hopes to build around a young pitching rotation with the proven talent of the recently locked up David Wright. Meanwhile the Toronto Blue Jays further establish their newly found status as the best team in the American League East – at a time when the rest of the division appears wobbled by age and inconsistency – by acquiring a pitcher whose $5 million salary in 2013 likely makes him the greatest value-add possible for a rotation.

Dickey’s contributions go beyond the benefits of exceptional talent at a below-market price. He’s a unique player, a unique person, who offers a multitude of qualities underneath his jersey. He isn’t easily encompassed or grasped. However, here for your enjoyment and edification is an attempt to do just that: The Getting Blanked A-Z Guide To R.A. Dickey.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling down and we’re only four to six weeks away from the landlord actually turning on the heat to our place when frozen pipes become a viable threat. Most importantly, though, the 108th World Series begins tonight in San Francisco, where the hometown Giants will host the Detroit Tigers to decide the champions of baseball.

Here, for your enjoyment and edification is an A-Z guide to everything World Series related.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The leaves are falling, it’s getting easier to justify wearing clothing that hides your spare tire and you’re only four to six weeks away from the landlord actually turning on the heat to your place when the threat of the pipes freezing becomes overbearing. But most important of all: it’s World Series time.

It’s been a long season. Odds are that your team hasn’t played a meaningful game since the end of July. You probably got really sick of baseball by mid-August, and while the excitement from the final day of the 2011 regular season won’t soon be forgotten by even the most neutral of observers, those of you without a real stake in the outcomes of late September games were likely left with a taste in your mouth similar to those mornings when you wake up fully dressed on the floor beside your sofa . . . wait, that’s not your sofa . . . but that is a burrito in your pocket.

Score!

It’s okay. Don’t fret. The World Series offers all of us a chance to start over and watch our baseball souls get born again. Just let The Getting Blanked Guide To The World Series wash over you like baptismal water and you shall be redeemed.

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Confession time. I like the Home Run Derby. I like watching great players swing a bat. I like home runs. I also like going to batting practice early and watching ballplayers smack home runs off 70 mph meatballs. And that my friends is what the Home Run Derby is all about: an exhibition of power hitting.

I don’t attribute any meaning to it. I don’t predict great things for its winner. It’s merely a fun little exercise in which fans get to see the strongest hitters swat balls out of the yard.

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Major League Baseball’s Rule IV First Year Player Draft is scheduled to begin tonight, and while the players selected this evening, tomorrow and Wednesday won’t have the immediate impact on their new teams that the draft classes of other North American sports do, it’s sure as heck not going to stop MLB from making a production out of it.

The process will be broadcast live on the MLB Network in the United States and on Rogers Sportsnet One in Canada starting at 7:00 PM EDT, and you better believe that Getting Blanked will have a live blog / chat ready and raring to go as all the magic unfolds. We’ll include all of the Twitter feeds of the best draft analysts (and maybe Jon Heyman, too) so that, unlike Bruce Willis at the end of Armageddon, we won’t miss a thing.

Ahead of the draft you can join us right here at 3:00 PM EDT for a live stream to talk about some of the players that the Toronto Blue Jays might be considering.

But before we look at the specifics of this year’s draft, let’s get a few of the rules straight.

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