Morning Phil Up – 2/1/2014 – National League Roundup


May 18, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman (27) hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rising Apple – Collins: Eric Young, Jr. Is Primary Leadoff Candidate

Danny Abriano of Rising Apple discusses why Eric Young Jr. should not be the New York Mets’ leadoff hitter.

District on Deck – Washington Nationals Favorites to Win National League East?

Ryan Ritchey of District on Deck explains why he believes the Washington Nationals will clinch the NL East Division and writes about their stacked lineup.

Redbird Rants – Lance Berkman announces retirement

Daniel Solzman of Redbird Rants writes about Lance Berkman officially announcing his retirement from baseball and his phenomenal career.

Rum Bunter – A.J. Burnett Watch Heats Up

Tom Smith of Rum Bunter talks about the “A.J. Burnett Watch” and who’s interesting in signing him.

Outside Pitch MLB – Brewers attempted to sign Michael Young

Andrew Vigliotti of Outside Pitch MLB writes about how the Milwaukee Brewers attempted to sign Michael Young, but Young wanting to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers instead.

Outside Pitch MLB – Braves need B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla for World Series run

Andrew Vigliotti of Outside Pitch MLB explains why B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla are key pieces for a World Series run and what they mean to the team.

MLB Daily Dish – Cubs sign Jason Hammel to 1-year, $6 million deal

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish breaks down the Chicago Cubs signing of Jason Hammel.

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