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Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

There were a few converted relievers who found success moving into starting roles in 2012. Chris Sale looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball for the better part of the season, and Kris Medlen flourished after he transitioned to starting in late July. Unlike the aforementioned former relievers, Jeff Samardzija did not pitch for a contender. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs. Samardzija pitched well in 2012, but he’s not about to negotiate a long-term deal based on the potential he flashed in his first season as a starter.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with Samardzija, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.64 million in January. Both the pitcher and the team plan on being a part of one another’s future, but “Shark” would like the Cubs to get a look at what he can do with a full season to his credit before discussing term and dollars.

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Your cure for the dog days of summer has arrived in the form of 11 baseball GIFs and one exchange of fists you’ll never forget.

The decision to run with Jeff Samardzija breaking his bat after striking out as our lead GIF this week was an easy one. He is, after all, our favourite former college football player turned Major League pitcher that looks like he should be operating a ferris wheel.


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