Scherzer’s 20 Strikeouts in 20 Seconds

Max Scherzer’s 2016 season hadn’t gotten off to the greatest of starts, but he erased any questions Nats fans may have had about the value of his $200+ million contract last night. Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers batters last night Continue reading Scherzer’s 20 Strikeouts in 20 Seconds

Thor’s Hammer Powers Mets Past Dodgers

Noah Syndergaard doesn’t just look like the comic book character Thor. Apparently he, too, wields a mighty and powerful hammer. His is just shaped a little differently. Last night, Syndergaard mashed two home runs against the Dodgers last night to Continue reading Thor’s Hammer Powers Mets Past Dodgers

White Sox Relief Corps Makes Them True Contender

Raise your hand if you had the White Sox as your pick to dominate the AL Central this year. Anybody? . . . . I didn’t think so. But dominate they have, and dominant they continue to look as we’ve Continue reading White Sox Relief Corps Makes Them True Contender

Jake Arrieta Was The Definition of Dominance Last Night

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Dominance. It’s defined as the state of being in control of or having more power than another. Or, in the alternative, it can be defined as what Jake Arrieta was when no-hitting my Cincinnati Reds yesterday. It took only 119 Continue reading Jake Arrieta Was The Definition of Dominance Last Night

MLB Celebrates Jackie Robinson Today

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Today, the number 42 returns to Major League Baseball as we celebrate the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in 1947. His first start came on Continue reading MLB Celebrates Jackie Robinson Today

Warriors Humbled By Unfamiliar Basketball Foe

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The Golden State Warriors were humbled by defeat yesterday, just 24 hours before they go for sole possession of the NBA single season wins record. Their opponent? The L.A. Angels. No, seriously. I know you’re asking me how that’s even Continue reading Warriors Humbled By Unfamiliar Basketball Foe

MLB’s New Slide Rule Has Already Caused Controversy

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Well that didn’t take long. On just the third day of the regular season, MLB’s new slide rule has already taken center stage. It’s application – the first since the rule’s adoption in the offseason – ended last night’s Blue Jays-Rays game Continue reading MLB’s New Slide Rule Has Already Caused Controversy

Podcast Episode 49 – The 2016 Season Preview Special

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It’s Opening Day, and that means is season preview time. Matthew George and Brandon Mattingly aren’t picking divisions this year, but they are still making predictions galore as the 2016 season gets underway. Who will be the first player traded Continue reading Podcast Episode 49 – The 2016 Season Preview Special

On Opening Night, Royals Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

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Is it April or October? For yesterday’s season-opening main event, Major League Baseball treated us to a World Series rematch between the Royals and Mets. The Royals did what the Royals do consistently now – all the small things that Continue reading On Opening Night, Royals Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

It Is Time . . . And People Will Come

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Look around this afternoon. Trees are starting to regain their leaves. The sky is bluing. The birds are singing. Life has been breathed into the 2016 calendar year, and on the heels of all those amazing changes comes something even Continue reading It Is Time . . . And People Will Come

Baby Brother Ben Takes Justin Verlander Deep In Pair’s First Face-Off

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Justin Verlander thought about beaning little brother Ben when the two met for the first time in their careers today. Instead, he threw a 92 mph fastball down the heart of the plate. I bet he wishes he could take Continue reading Baby Brother Ben Takes Justin Verlander Deep In Pair’s First Face-Off

Braves’ New Cobb County Ballpark Will Feature Zip Line

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Anymore, designing a new ballpark is less about optimizing the actual playing venue and more about marketing one-upsmanship. The Atlanta Braves are certainly getting in on that act with SunTrust Park, their swanky new Cobb County facility that will open Continue reading Braves’ New Cobb County Ballpark Will Feature Zip Line

Podcast Episode 48 – All The Things We’ve Missed

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Can you believe it’s been two months since last we recorded an episode? Neither can Brandon or myself. With Opening Day now just seven days away, our offseason has officially concluded. The blog and podcast are back full time, but Continue reading Podcast Episode 48 – All The Things We’ve Missed

Podcast Episode 47 – Shame on Ron Cook

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook wrote a hit piece on the Reds’ decision to induct Pete Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame, causing Matthew George and Brandon Mattingly to have to go on the attack in this week’s episode. Continue reading Podcast Episode 47 – Shame on Ron Cook

Aroldis Chapman Avoids Charges

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Yesterday, Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner cautioned us all to withhold judgment on their freshly acquired closer, Aroldis Chapman. Chapman, who was accused of physically assaulting his 22-year-old girlfriend at his Florida home this Winter before firing off eight gunshots into Continue reading Aroldis Chapman Avoids Charges

The Yoenis Cespedes Market is Shrinking

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Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers made waves by signing outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year, $132.75 million contract. The signing almost certainly means that the Tigers will no longer be chasing after outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, thought to be the biggest offensive Continue reading The Yoenis Cespedes Market is Shrinking

MLB Conducting Gambling-Related Investigation of Yu Darvish

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Sports is funny, sometimes. Today, Pete Rose – a man who is on baseball’s permanent ineligibility list for having gambled on the game as a manager and allegedly as a player – was voted into the Reds Hall of Fame, Continue reading MLB Conducting Gambling-Related Investigation of Yu Darvish

Podcast Episode 46 – Sunday Night Shakeup

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ESPN has named a brand new broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball. In this week’s episode, Matthew George and Brandon Mattingly share their thoughts on the past, present and future of the Four-Letter’s flagship MLB production. They also discuss Yoenis Continue reading Podcast Episode 46 – Sunday Night Shakeup

Trial Set for Jose Reyes in Domestic Violence Case

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Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will stand trial on charges that he assaulted his wife in their Four Seasons Resort hotel room in Wailea, Hawaii back on October 31, 2015. The trial has been scheduled for April 4, 2016 in Maui Continue reading Trial Set for Jose Reyes in Domestic Violence Case

Cricket Player Chasing Long-Shot Big League Career

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No, this is not the plot of a Hollywood movie. Cricket Player Kieran Powell has abandoned success and a sport he knows for the remote chance to start a career in one he doesn’t. The 25-year-old batsman who picked up Continue reading Cricket Player Chasing Long-Shot Big League Career

NFL’s L.A. Relocation Affects Athletics’ Own Stadium Dilemma

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NFL football is heading back to the city of Los Angeles. Yesterday, the NFL announced that it had approved the Rams’ proposal to build a stadium in Inglewood, California. The Rams will play in L.A. beginning next season. The San Continue reading NFL’s L.A. Relocation Affects Athletics’ Own Stadium Dilemma

What Will Chris Davis Do?

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All is quiet on the Chris Davis front. The Baltimore Orioles are still waiting to see if Davis ultimately will accept the seven-year, $154 million offer they extended to the left-handed slugger during Winter Meetings. Beyond that, we don’t know Continue reading What Will Chris Davis Do?

Podcast Episode 45 – Into the Hall

We’re baaaaack! Holiday break is over, which means it’s time for Matthew George and Brandon Mattingly to get back to their regularly weekly schedules, which includes the Monday night Seeds All Day Podcast. In this week’s episode – the first Continue reading Podcast Episode 45 – Into the Hall

The Dodgers’ Offseason Is Falling Apart

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I’m sure the plan looked great when they conceived it. Resign Zack Greinke and add an elite closer to bolster their bullpen with a trade during the winter meetings. The Dodgers’ offseason plight reminds us all how quickly things can Continue reading The Dodgers’ Offseason Is Falling Apart

Responding to Commissioner Manfred’s Decision on Pete Rose

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If you read my blog, more likely than not you are a baseball fan of at least some degree. That means that by now, you’ve certainly heard that Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Pete Rose’s petition to be removed from Continue reading Responding to Commissioner Manfred’s Decision on Pete Rose