AL East Meets NL West

This is not how it was supposed to be. The Los Angeles Dodgers are making history with a payroll just north of $239 million dollars — they may still end the season higher — and finding out that despite all the money they spent, the team is flawed.  Manager Don Mattingly is very much on […]

Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum: Cy Young Fifth Starters

When the Atlanta Braves were racking up first-place finishes in the National League East they relied on a trio of starting pitchers: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. When the Moneyball A’s were in their prime, they followed a similar strategy building a team around a core of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry […]

Alfredo Aceves Needs A New Home

As the Red Sox disastrous 2011 season came to an end, Alfredo Aceves was one of the notable successes, besides of course the MVP-caliber performance turned in by Jacoby Ellsbury. Aceves made four starts and fifty-one appearances out of the bullpen with a combined 2.61 ERA in both roles. While his starts were nothing special […]

Taking the Field in Daylight, Not Dreams

The crack of the bat. The smell of freshly cut grass. The warmth of the sun set against a blue sky. These are just some of the elements that make baseball one of the greatest sporting events to attend. Baseball is a sport designed to be played outdoors. While domed stadiums make a certain amount […]

Get Ready for the Baseball Season With These Apps

Baseball is back! The first game, a Texas showdown where the Rangers welcomed the Astros to the American League was on Sunday. All thirty teams will have 162 games between now and October and no fans enjoy staying connected more than baseball fans. And the best way to keep on top of your favorite team, […]

What Does the Red Sox Roster Look Like Without David Ortiz?

After the events of last August and the winter the Red Sox roster has taken on a whole new look. With a bumper crop of prospects nearing the majors and Jacoby Ellsbury entering free agency at the end of the season the lineup could undergo a number of changes in 2014 as well. For now […]

The Hall of Unexpectedly Few

Yesterday marked the first time since 1996 that the BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) failed to elect at least one player to the Hall of Fame. For a year that was anticipated to be challenging due to the sheer number of qualified candidates –  with or without PED users – an empty slate is […]

Bullpen Phones Go Wireless. What?

Baseball is a sport steeped in tradition. It moves slowly, it changes slowly, the game is played…slowly. So it comes as a big shock to me to imagine managers picking up a cell phone to call the bullpen. NEWS: @tmobile is new Official Wireless Sponsor of @mlb, formally announced at #CES2013 just now — MLB […]

Chone and Tell

Google Now is an excellent tool, but sometimes a tricky word or name just won’t be interpreted correctly. For example, the search engine couldn’t understand a voice of “When is Trot Nixon’s birthday?” Nixon, of course, has an unusual family name, Trotman, truncated into a nickname, Trot, so it’s somewhat understandable that Google hasn’t mastered […]