I’ll try to keep the word count on this low. Most of the critical information is in the headline. Here’s what that fact looks like, visually: (Click to animate.) This shows, for the years 2005,… Read more »
As Spring Training draws near, Mets fans have begun to accept the fact that the duo up the middle for the 2015 season will start out as Daniel Murphy at second base and Wilmer Flores… Read more »
The MLB schedule is a mess. For several years now, teams have been playing roughly half their schedules within their divisions. In 2015, the pattern will continue, as most clubs play each of their four… Read more »
I’ve been a fan of Matt Holliday since his early days with the Rockies. The Cardinals are also one of my top 5 baseball teams, so I was happy to see Holliday land there after… Read more »
As it stands, we are still more than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training. The bulk of the notable free agents have been signed (knock on wood, James Shields). Arbitration… Read more »
Following a disappointing 2014 season many Reds fans were hoping that management would make a splash in free agency or on the trade market. The Reds did ultimately make some moves, but they weren’t exactly… Read more »
After a painfully quiet offseason for Orioles fans, on Tuesday Baltimore acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a Player To Be Named Later. Snider will attempt to fill one of the spots vacated when Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz signed free agent contracts elsewhere earlier this offseason.
The Orioles finished the 2014 MLB season winning the AL East with a 96-66 record and made it to the ALCS before being swept by the dark magic that was the Kansas City Royals. Things… Read more »
In one episode of The West Wing, some news is slowly spreading from one staffer to the next. The Congressional Budget Office is preparing to release new projections of the federal government’s budget surplus, lowering the estimated… Read more »
Wednesday the Washington Nationals attempted to fill their last remaining major roster flaw by signing veteran right-handed relief pitcher Casey Janssen to a 1-year $3.5 million dollar contract with a mutual option for 2016 at… Read more »
If you follow baseball closely, you know that runs are becoming more and more scarce, across the league. If you read about baseball on the Internet, you know that one big reason for that is… Read more »
It is well known that a boom in local TV money has made the game of baseball flush with cash over the past few years. The sports industry as a whole has also bloomed, so… Read more »
The Braves continue to acquire recognizable faces for potentially dubious ends.
On Episode 4 of the Banished to the Bullpen podcast, host Ryan Sullivan asked if I thought the Royals would have been better off investing the money spent in free agency so far on re-signing… Read more »
I just want to make something very clear, right off the bat: I am not a scout. This is not a scouting report. The purpose of this exercise is merely to bring attention to low-ranked… Read more »
I wasn’t happy when Rob Manfred got the nod as Bud Selig’s successor and the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball. I can’t say I was livid, exactly, because my default disposition is awfully laid… Read more »
On Friday night, we lost another of baseball’s historical and personal giants. Ernie Banks died not far short of his 84th birthday, and perhaps, only a little further short of seeing the Chicago Cubs team… Read more »
The Chicago Cubs signed Jon Lester to a six-year, $155-million contract in December. Presumably, the Cubs believe they will be competitive, if not this season, then next, and therefore decided to get themselves an ace…. Read more »
The 2013 Detroit Tigers starting rotation has a strong argument as the best rotation of all time–or at least on par with the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies rotation (which had Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole… Read more »
In 2014, Dexter Fowler was 20 runs worse than an average defensive center fielder, according to Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). It was the worst figure posted by any center fielder in Major League Baseball. Fowler… Read more »
Major League Baseball is trying to make the games go faster and so they’ve experimented with a 20-second pitch clock in the Arizona Fall League. The reports of the experiment were good and therefore the… Read more »
Sunday::funday. While Wisconsin lives this phrase almost every week, January 18, 2015 was destined to be an especially epic one. The state’s sports crown jewel, the Green Bay Packers, were set to meet the Seattle… Read more »
On Sunday, January 18th the New York Daily News reported that there were multiple changes made to various ownership committee changes at these past winter meetings. One of which included naming Fred Wilpon, whose family… Read more »
Now that the Washington Nationals have signed Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal, they have an opportunity to make a blockbuster trade involving one of their aces. The Nationals, for all intents and purposes, have… Read more »
The Chicago Cubs traded third baseman Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to the Houston Astros Monday, for outfielder Dexter Fowler. It’s a win-now move on both sides, as Valbuena will move offensively helpless… Read more »
While most of us were struggling to watch the 2nd half of the New England Indianapolis game last night, the Washington Nationals were completing a 7-year $210 million dollar pact with former Detroit RHP Max Scherzer…. Read more »
Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo isn’t afraid to be called heavy-handed. There’s never been anything subtle about his draft strategy, which is how he took players who spent at least some time as the consensus… Read more »
Trading the All-Star could signal a turning point for the Rockies front office.
This past Tuesday and Wednesday brought frustration and anger to Mets fans. On Tuesday, fans thought it would be the day that Mike Piazza got in; instead it was just Pedro Martinez who spent his… Read more »
The Phillies traded their franchise hits leader Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. They traded their best source of power, Marlon Byrd, to the Reds. Nobody is giving more than a laundry machine for Ryan Howard, so Ruben Amaro Jr. is currently eating that huge contract. However, Cole Hamels is still on the Phillies’ roster.